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May 27, 2011, 10:04:19 AM
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The whole system is nerd freindly only.

Seriously, if we want to go mainstream, there has to be some sort of user friendly program that can manage everything in a way our grandmother can understand it. Until then, BTC will be used for money laundering and illegal transactions until then.

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May 27, 2011, 10:05:26 AM
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The Internet was a nerd freindly only system one day too.

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May 27, 2011, 10:06:34 AM
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1. Buy Bitcoins
2. Make friendly software and sites
3. Huh?
4. Profit?

Maybe people are doing this. If you look around and think so, try this:

1. Buy Bitcoins
2. Huh?
3. Profit?

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May 27, 2011, 10:06:58 AM
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The Internet was a nerd freindly only system one day too.

Hmm, maybe making it norm friendly is a mistake.

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May 27, 2011, 10:27:16 AM
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The Internet was a nerd freindly only system one day too.

Hmm, maybe making it norm friendly is a mistake.

If it involves idiots crying about early adopters and deflation, indeed...

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May 27, 2011, 10:41:59 AM
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Hmm, maybe making it norm friendly is a mistake.
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May 27, 2011, 10:53:52 AM
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Bitcoin doesn't need to be user friendly in the short term: remember how many people used torrents before Azureus was stable.

Sometimes it is good to have a geeky edge.  What is important is making sure our systems are much more secure than our competition.

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May 27, 2011, 12:04:49 PM
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Compared to investor tools such as Interactive Brokers it's pretty user friendly. At least the client doesn't have blinking red and green stuff everywhere. It really has only a few buttons, "send coins" "address book". How much less complicated can it be?

Also, the really tech savy should probably be using a webbased BTC wallet instead of the program.

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May 27, 2011, 12:13:06 PM
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Compared to investor tools such as Interactive Brokers it's pretty user friendly. At least the client doesn't have blinking red and green stuff everywhere. It really has only a few buttons, "send coins" "address book". How much less complicated can it be?

Also, the really tech savy should probably be using a webbased BTC wallet instead of the program.


Yeah, it isn't that bad. I'd like more features actually. Like choosing coins and importing/exporting keys.

Why would the more tech savvy use a web wallet?

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May 27, 2011, 12:25:49 PM
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Why would the more tech savvy use a web wallet?
Sorry, I meant the opposite (less tech savvy). I'm not native English so I get confused with the terms sometimes Smiley

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May 27, 2011, 12:26:27 PM
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Why would the more tech savvy use a web wallet?
Sorry, I meant the opposite (less tech savvy). I'm not native English so I get confused with the terms sometimes Smiley


Ah yes, this is probably true until there is reliable protection from viruses etc.

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May 27, 2011, 12:29:04 PM
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I'm technologically bereft but even I can figure out the basics of how to acquire and use this stuff. 

Once there are android/iphone apps it shouldn't be too difficult to mainstream it. Remember this is still in its infancy.

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May 27, 2011, 12:33:02 PM
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The only deterrent technological aspect to Bitcoin is the mining/proof of work concept that secures the block chain. Thankfully, you don't have to know a single thing about it to use Bitcoin to your heart's content.

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May 27, 2011, 12:38:24 PM
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The only deterrent technological aspect to Bitcoin is the mining/proof of work concept that secures the block chain. Thankfully, you don't have to know a single thing about it to use Bitcoin to your heart's content.

I don't and I do.

I mean does everyone know what every part in their car is doing at any moment?  You still drive right?
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May 27, 2011, 01:03:01 PM
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I mean does everyone know what every part in their car is doing at any moment?  You still drive right?

Unless you're bitching at the manufacturer cuz the car won't move when you press both pedals at the same time, in which case I call PEBCAC

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May 27, 2011, 01:16:14 PM
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The only thing that needs to be made perhaps more "average user" friendly is the way bitcoins is stored and spend.

The mining aspect will allways be for a select few, we do however need a huge influx of users who intend to make bitcoins their primary currency(lets hope) oneday to pay for products(online at first) and not specificly to play the market(mining,mtgox etc) and profiting from bitcoins.

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May 27, 2011, 01:25:24 PM
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WTF the main Bitcoin client (the GUI) is SUPER easy and simple.  It's only the "how it works" part that's nerdy.  You can use it without knowing anything.

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May 27, 2011, 02:10:32 PM
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The only thing that needs to be made perhaps more "average user" friendly is the way bitcoins is stored and spend.
Which is probably solved by using a site instead of a wallet on their PCs. After all, storing in the cloud makes much more sense for average users.
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The mining aspect will allways be for a select few, we do however need a huge influx of users who intend to make bitcoins their primary currency(lets hope) oneday to pay for products(online at first) and not specificly to play the market(mining,mtgox etc) and profiting from bitcoins.
Yes, mining is specifically off-limits to new users. They shouldn't even be thinking about it. There's a good reason why it was removed from the original client  Cheesy

And indeed, why would they have to understand how the currency works under the hood? Rarely anyone understands how it works with money printing/federal banks in their own country.

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May 27, 2011, 02:17:53 PM
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Why-o-why do i have the feeling that OP is just another troll...
The amount of trolls/anti-bitcoin-fanatics seems to be growing equally exponential aswell...
Just google for bitcoin scam and bitcoin ponzi and things like that, you get a LOT of websites telling how stupid and bad, complicated and illegal bitcoin is...
Not sure what we can do to clear things up for those people...

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May 27, 2011, 06:22:18 PM
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Why-o-why do i have the feeling that OP is just another troll...
The amount of trolls/anti-bitcoin-fanatics seems to be growing equally exponential aswell...
Just google for bitcoin scam and bitcoin ponzi and things like that, you get a LOT of websites telling how stupid and bad, complicated and illegal bitcoin is...
Not sure what we can do to clear things up for those people...


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