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801  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Bitcoin haiku on: August 27, 2012, 12:25:23 AM
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On the way.

A Bitcoin haiku
would have been the better post
than what you did there.
802  Economy / Services / Re: Offline Advertising Opportunity on: August 26, 2012, 10:55:43 PM
There are still several ad spaces available for sale on the "Bitcoin Is Freedom" shirt!

I'll be taking requests for free shirts in a few days and will be filling all available spaces with logos for my own projects if all of them aren't sold. Encourage your favorite bitcoin related businesses to participate if you'd like to see more than 100 shirts distributed!
803  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Bitcoin haiku on: August 26, 2012, 01:56:42 AM
What's new with Bitcoin?
Scams, hacks, and controversy
Yet the code endures
804  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Top 10 sites all newbies should know about on: August 26, 2012, 01:46:45 AM
http://lovebitcoins.org/
805  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Gigantic physical bitcoin on: August 25, 2012, 12:40:30 AM
This talk by Gavin referencing Yap Stones is part of what got me so excited about Bitcoin.
806  Economy / Goods / Re: Would you buy mexican food, tamales, homemade tortillas etc w/btc? on: August 23, 2012, 04:59:19 PM
Where are  you located? I live in San Antonio, so your competition is fierce. My wife is Hispanic and an excellent cook, as well, but it's just so cheap and easy for us to pickup home made fresh (as in, made a few minutes ago) tortillas from a number of places.
807  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The "bit" in Bitcoin on: August 18, 2012, 02:59:57 AM
"Bits" were eighths of a dollar in the "New World" before the US created the current coins. Consequently, quarters were often referred to as "two-bits", hence, the phrase, "shave and a haircut: two-bits" meant the cost of a shave and a haircut was $0.25.
808  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The reality of BTC that too many (and myself) dont want to believe. on: August 18, 2012, 02:51:46 AM
I like to compare Bitcoin to smart phones. My mother (a grandmother) doesn't have one, doesn't understand them, doesn't want one and never will. This attitude isn't uncommon within her demographic yet smart phones still seem to be doing pretty well.
809  Other / Off-topic / Re: Is anyone going insane? on: August 18, 2012, 02:43:08 AM
Perhaps not enough material yet

Personally, I think there's too much material. Not too mention, too many characters. How would you pack the following into a film that could be viewed in one sitting?

  • Satoshi's white paper
  • Mining the Genesis Block
  • Development team forms
  • Bitcoin forum is created (first incarnation)
  • 10,000 BTC exchanged for pizza
  • Satoshi disappears
  • Numerous altcoins
  • Dollar parity
  • First Slashdot article
  • First Bubble
  • MyBitcoin.com fiasco
  • First major price drop
  • Mt. Gox incident and subsequent rollback of trades
  • Second price drop (bubble officially burst)
  • Gavin's CIA visit
  • Silk Road (and their continued existence)
  • etc. (it's been a really long day and I'm much too tired to go on)
810  Economy / Goods / Re: Announcing my first product, Clothes Detergent on: August 15, 2012, 01:14:46 AM
I'd like to try it but my wife has very sensitive skin so I know it's unlikely I'd ever purchase any.
811  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Vanity address generators on: August 15, 2012, 12:05:14 AM
Cool Java app.

Thanks beans.  Check for a donation from me.

I'm always excited when bitcoins show up! You have my gratitude. (BTW, I changed my sig back to my general Nyhm address, but I _did_ get your coffee tip!)

Thanks for linking to BitBrew, Nhym! I'll PM you a coupon code in a minute for a discount off your next purchase in appreciation for the endorsement, as well as for your work for the community.
812  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Using serial numbers on notes for private keys on: August 14, 2012, 02:31:12 AM


Has anyone used the serial numbers that are on fiat notes to generate bitcoin addresses ? Then you dont need to remember the passphrase to unlock your coins you just pull a $5 note out of your vault  and redeem it Smiley

If you attached $5 worth of bitcoins to a $5 note would that mean you could exchange it for $10 in a bitcoin trade and the other person would then have 50% insurance against a double spend of the coins since they can still spend the cash ?

The next question is are the serial numbers on cash available to the public or are they kept in a  government database only ? My concern is someone writing a script that checks all the known serial numbers  Cheesy

I did check a bunch of new dollar bills I received as change once and the serial numbers were indeed sequential.

But you're talking about addresses, right? Not private keys? In any case, I don't think you could generate enough pairs in a lifetime to match a random serial number exactly.
813  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Strange Idea teenagers and bitcoins.... on: August 13, 2012, 06:07:14 PM
How would this work? Would you be asking teenage girls (or more likely their parents) to exchange USD for bitcoins and then exchange them for merchandise? Or would you be giving away the coins?

For this model to become profitable, or even just break even, you'd basically have to become an online currency exchange. It would probably be easier to convince Mt. Gox to start selling celebrity endorsed Yubikeys.

If you're willing to operate at a loss simply to increase Bitcoin awareness, you'd better be prepared to give up astronomical amounts of money to convince your target market that it's better to obtain the merchandise through you instead of simply buying it at the mall or downloading it from itunes.
814  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Better Business Bureau on: August 12, 2012, 05:18:15 AM
Someone from the Mt Gox support staff posted that they were planning on "verifying" Bitcoin related businesses and issuing their own Seal of Approval. I and others pointed out the inherent susceptibility to corruption just as it has been pointed out here and, as far as I remember, no one came up with an acceptable means of checks and balances.
815  Other / Off-topic / Re: Bitcoin Radio? Bitcoin news daily? on: August 10, 2012, 04:08:53 AM
Xenland, I'd like to put up your podcasts at BitBrew so my customers can listen and comment while enjoying their coffee if that's cool with you.

I insist Smiley go right on a ahead.


Here they are: http://bitbrew.net/xenlands-bitcoin-podcast/

I took the liberty of including links to the topics you cover. Xenland, I do believe you may have found your calling. These are very good for an amateur.
816  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Send bitcoin to Brazil on: August 09, 2012, 11:15:52 PM
Last I checked, Bitcoin didn't care where you are located. The addresses are in the blockchain and everything else is arbitrary.
817  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Gavin will visit the CIA on: August 09, 2012, 08:39:48 PM
I'm way to lazy to read/search this thread. Can someone please tell me what the result of this presentation was?

A computer chip was inserted into Gavin's brain, rendering him a remote controlled operative of the CIA. He has given all the secret keys to the government and is helping to identify all bitcoin users who use Silk Road and who donate to wikileaks.

Also, it was recently revealed that Gavin is, in fact, an alien.

The chip also had the unforeseen side effect of splitting Gavin's consciousness into several distinct personalities, including, but probably not limited to, Phinnaeus, Atlas, and pirateat40. CIA technicians are hard at work writing the program for his ultimate mission: hunting down Satoshi and returning his/her brain for study. Little do they know, Satoshi's identity was discovered several months ago by a secretive cabal of Bitcoin worshipers and his/her brain has been divided into three equal portions and is in the custody of Nefario, Matthew, and Vladimir, to be reunited when the blockchain is in imminent danger, as foretold in the Great Prophecy of ENIAC in 1954.

You know, it's absurd conspiracy theories like this that give bitcoin a bad name. Everyone knows that the ENIAC "prophecy" was debunked long ago by the researchers at XEROX PARC. There is no shred of evidence to suggest that it should be taken seriously, and anyone who continues to cling to that failed machine's teachings needs to have the chip in their brain examined.

Okay, this thread is beginning to get way off-topic but let me just say that I'm very surprised that anyone would take the "research" coming out of XEROX PARC at face value. If there was nothing to ENIAC's warnings then why was Xerox systematically eliminating or brain-washing everyone who sought to publicize it? Thankfully, Jobs and Gates had the foresight to have it secretly encoded into their DNA so that it might at least be passed down through their progeny.
818  Other / Off-topic / Re: Bitcoin Radio? Bitcoin news daily? on: August 09, 2012, 07:05:53 PM
Xenland, I'd like to put up your podcasts at BitBrew so my customers can listen and comment while enjoying their coffee if that's cool with you.
819  Economy / Service Announcements / What's New at BitBrew on: August 09, 2012, 06:04:18 PM
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  • Teas are now available by the ounce.
  • Obtaining a unique BTC address for your order has finally been automated!

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820  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Gavin will visit the CIA on: August 09, 2012, 03:19:01 PM
I'm way to lazy to read/search this thread. Can someone please tell me what the result of this presentation was?

A computer chip was inserted into Gavin's brain, rendering him a remote controlled operative of the CIA. He has given all the secret keys to the government and is helping to identify all bitcoin users who use Silk Road and who donate to wikileaks.

Also, it was recently revealed that Gavin is, in fact, an alien.

The chip also had the unforeseen side effect of splitting Gavin's consciousness into several distinct personalities, including, but probably not limited to, Phinnaeus, Atlas, and pirateat40. CIA technicians are hard at work writing the program for his ultimate mission: hunting down Satoshi and returning his/her brain for study. Little do they know, Satoshi's identity was discovered several months ago by a secretive cabal of Bitcoin worshipers and his/her brain has been divided into three equal portions and is in the custody of Nefario, Matthew, and Vladimir, to be reunited when the blockchain is in imminent danger, as foretold in the Great Prophecy of ENIAC in 1954.
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