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821  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Barriers To Entry Into The Bitcoin Economy on: August 09, 2012, 07:06:01 AM
These barriers will take care of themselves. Can you explain how a 747 stays airborne to someone unfamiliar with mechanics? Did you install the alarm system in your house yourself? Eventually, when the general populace see enough of us trading in BTC without crashing into the ocean, they'll follow suit, and eventually someone with the right expertise will come up with a simpler method of securing them that will probably rely on installing some hardware or software that most of us couldn't build on our own.
822  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 45 on: August 08, 2012, 11:48:11 PM
2 @ 2
823  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Houston, Texas, United States on: August 08, 2012, 10:12:41 PM
I might be willing to make the three and a half hour drive for a Houston Bitcoin meet-up if I don't have to be at work early the next day.
824  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: BitDrop (or ShadyDeliveryNetwork), a non-robotic courier system on: August 07, 2012, 08:27:00 PM
Couldn't a sub-contractor system work? A large, recognized courier system would hire sub-contractors to handle deliveries. This way, even if the individual courier gets in trouble, the actual agency would have plausible deniability.

Why would anyone want to be a courier if it meant assuming responsibility for the package contents with absolutely no assurance it wasn't something illegal or dangerous?

I don't see what demand there would be for this service that did not involve delivering something stolen, illegal, dangerous, or at least sensitive.

I would rather the infrastructure remain and one person taking a fall, than having the entire system fall apart. Since you would be going through a legitimate courier, the client would also have plausible deniability for use, since the parent company has legitimate use.

Now it seems like more of a dead drop system than a courier system.
825  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: BitDrop (or ShadyDeliveryNetwork), a non-robotic courier system on: August 07, 2012, 04:10:55 PM
Couldn't a sub-contractor system work? A large, recognized courier system would hire sub-contractors to handle deliveries. This way, even if the individual courier gets in trouble, the actual agency would have plausible deniability.

Why would anyone want to be a courier if it meant assuming responsibility for the package contents with absolutely no assurance it wasn't something illegal or dangerous?
826  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Selling 2 Movie Ticket Codes (Fandango) on: August 03, 2012, 12:08:47 AM
Is this an auction? If not, what's your asking price?
827  Economy / Speculation / Re: ****$10**** on: August 02, 2012, 08:55:37 PM

My thoughts exactly. I'm more than a little concerned about the ramifications.  Shocked
828  Economy / Marketplace / Re: List of honest traders. on: July 31, 2012, 02:16:33 PM
Username "edd" sold me some Bitcoin conference shirts and some goodie bags.

I sent him 5.3 BTC and he mailed me the goods immediately.

I'm getting more soon for a Bitcoin giveaway package at a memorial golf outing later this month!

Always a pleasure doing business with you, kjlimo.  Smiley
829  Economy / Auctions / Re: bitcoindevices.com available on: July 29, 2012, 02:05:39 PM
0.11 BTC

(You should specify acceptable increments for bidding.)
830  Other / Off-topic / Re: Tomorrow at around 9:40PM KST my death will air on MBC in Korea on: July 28, 2012, 10:18:24 PM
Everyone is forgetting that this is Matthew making an announcement.

I fully expect a follow up post explaining how he is refusing to release a substandard product, forcing him to delay the broadcast of his death indefinitely.
831  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Unofficial BTC now on GLBSE on: July 19, 2012, 09:00:54 PM
I've been working on several projects simultaneously, about half of which fall under the UBTC umbrella. As you can imagine, it's been hard to find time to update the website for Unofficial BTC, let alone make any sort of announcements. Hopefully, over the next few days, I'll manage to give it some of the attention it deserves.
832  Other / Off-topic / Re: Post your GPA & IQ score. on: July 11, 2012, 03:09:35 AM
My history teacher mentioned me for Scoreing the Highest in the school on standardized tests, yet I was on the boarder of failing his class- A's on his tests/quizes, never did any homework, or did it for 5min got board, and put it in a pile to do later, but never turned it in.

yea i believe that LOL

I'm guessing spelling and grammar wasn't part of the standardized tests.
833  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] Introducing the Mt.Gox Trusted Vendor Program on: July 10, 2012, 02:58:33 PM
Just to be clear, I have never had a problem with Mt. Gox and I use them on a regular basis. I've even corresponded with Mark and others and they've been nothing but professional.

A "trusted by Mt. Gox" emblem, however, seems to me will be as helpful as belonging to the Better Business Bureau: giving the impression of more integrity than what's been earned and easily susceptible to corruption. My first boss once told me that the BBB kept files on businesses with details of customer complaints and your file "conveniently" improved once you joined and began paying dues. I never had an opportunity to verify this, but the point is, the checks and balances necessary to prevent it just aren't there.
834  Other / Meta / Re: Independent scam investigations on: July 10, 2012, 02:38:36 PM
So is this still happening or what? I'm still definitely interested in helping out. I won't take BTC as payment, but I can't guarantee I can drop everything to process a request.
I believe so? I think edd is throwing something together website/donation wise, but I'm available to train you guys whenever. And I would prefer to actually train you, since the process is pretty involved.

This is just compiling information and then posting it for the admins/mods to review right? No funny business? I imagine a bunch of us can help, pro bono or not.
Yup! If any of you find a case you'd like to handle, let me know! You can start compiling the information right away, even though I'll send you the process information after I hear from you. For your first case, I'd like it if the report is submitted to me, first, before you send it to theymos. I don't want to trouble him with training a bunch of you guys, especially since you might get the wrong impression of him when he tells you what you need to fix (I've heard complaints that he sounds a little robotic...).

The site just needs some final touches. This weekend was my wedding anniversary so I was away from a computer. I'm at my "day job" right now but should have something to show this evening.
835  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] Introducing the Mt.Gox Trusted Vendor Program on: July 09, 2012, 04:41:36 PM
An equally useful approach would be to put General Motors in charge of automobile safety standards. I expect we will soon see accelerated processing for "trusted" vendors and their customers. This is one of those sad moments when you realize your child is maturing and turning out to be just as evil and stupid as his parents.

Ummm how exactly do these two compare? The way I read it they're just saying that they'll share these verification details with the public so peeps can know that the person on the other end is who he/she say she is. That way you don't have to run around too much knocking on wrong doors with a bat sticking up over your shoulder, while trying to collect if you've been ripped off. All this is going to do is make scamming harder, or not?

I don't believe Mt. Gox said anywhere that they will share verification details. All they are doing is vouching for vendors who have gone through their verification process, giving them permission to use a logo that basically says "Mt. Gox vouches for us." As LoupGaroux point out, this opens the door to all manner of shady practices. It doesn't matter if Mt. Gox succumbs to the temptation to use their position for unethical dealings or not, the opportunity for it exists.
836  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Interplanetary payment system on: July 09, 2012, 01:15:28 PM
I found out that it takes 10 minutes to send data between Earth and Mars. More infos on interplanetary data transfer


It actually depends on how far Mars is from Earth at the time of transmission.
837  Other / Meta / Re: Independent scam investigations on: July 07, 2012, 08:04:07 AM
In order to provide a consistent and professional service to the bitcointalk community, we should probably come up with a formal application and training process for potential investigators. This would provide the public with some assurance that personal vendettas are unlikely to gain any traction, and Standard Operating Procedures would make it easier for the original investigator to pass along a job to someone else if it he or she were unable to continue for whatever reason.

The minute you start representing this in terms of some kind of formal, professional or accredited service, you're going to run into licensing requirements in many jurisdictions.

There's also the question of the purpose of these investigations.  Labelling someone a scammer after the fact has limited value.  It might matter to people who want to remain part of this community, but it's not going to matter a damn to those who are going to cut and run from Bitcoin unless the information obtained leads to legal consequences or finds its way to potential victims of their next venture.

Perhaps I should have used the word "standardized" instead of "formal."

I also fail to see why presenting evidence solely for the purpose of applying a scammer tag for the bitcointalk.org forum would require any licensing in any jurisdiction.
838  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: How do I get a bitcoin adress? on: July 05, 2012, 10:45:35 PM
i just use an online wallet to rid the hassle

but that those online wallets are so insecure startravel you are doing the right thing get the real bitcoin client

And remember that your own personal wallet is only as secure as you yourself make it!
839  Other / Meta / Re: Independent scam investigations on: July 05, 2012, 10:39:00 PM
In order to provide a consistent and professional service to the bitcointalk community, we should probably come up with a formal application and training process for potential investigators. This would provide the public with some assurance that personal vendettas are unlikely to gain any traction, and Standard Operating Procedures would make it easier for the original investigator to pass along a job to someone else if it he or she were unable to continue for whatever reason.
840  Economy / Services / Re: Offline Advertising Opportunity on: July 04, 2012, 09:02:39 PM
Shirts aren't available yet, but when they are, you'll be able to request one at Searching For Satoshi. Once I get the advertisers on board it should only take a few days to get the shirts printed and shipped.
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