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Question: Would you buy a pure Bitcoin card?
Yes and I have bought Casascius coins or similar. - 27 (41.5%)
Yes and I have NOT bought Casascius coins or similar. - 22 (33.8%)
No and I have bought Casascius coins or similar. - 2 (3.1%)
No and I have NOT bought Casascius coins or similar. - 9 (13.8%)
Other - See my post. - 5 (7.7%)
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January 12, 2013, 01:46:25 PM
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The card will behave as follows:
1. It is very secure, more so than even a paper wallet in some ways.
2. It holds Bitcoin and pays Bitcoin, no MasterCard/VISA etc. involved.
3. Anyone with a PC or an Android phone could accept this BTC credit card (globally).
4. You can pay no fee if you want or easily program your own card if you don't trust providers.
5. Is open source.
6. It would cost 6-20$ with the price dropping every year as with all electronics.

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January 12, 2013, 02:01:11 PM
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I would like to see a multipurpose card with a chip for Bitcoin and a strip for fiat.

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January 12, 2013, 02:02:01 PM
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I've bought two full sets of BitBills, Casascius coins, and a lovebitcoins.org Bitcoin gift card.

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January 12, 2013, 02:03:23 PM
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Is it pure Bitcoin or is it mixed in with other currencies?

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January 12, 2013, 03:10:01 PM
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Is it pure Bitcoin or is it mixed in with other currencies?
If you mean litecoin and such you could conceivably add support for those too.

USD, EUR, Yuan and such; no.

I would like to see a multipurpose card with a chip for Bitcoin and a strip for fiat.
That might be pretty neat.

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January 12, 2013, 07:03:27 PM
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Is this coming out of your previous work using the ZC5.4 card?

Otherwise, where does it fit into the existing Hardware wallets that are in progress?

I'd think there would be a market for cards that don't have a screen or keypad to know what you are paying for, but they would necessarily be limited to small amounts of BTC. The biggest problem would be trusting a hacked payment terminal or host not to just steal all the funds from the card.
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January 12, 2013, 08:01:46 PM
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Hell yea I would

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January 12, 2013, 10:59:42 PM
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Is this coming out of your previous work using the ZC5.4 card?

The biggest problem would be trusting a hacked payment terminal or host not to just steal all the funds from the card.
It is still the ZC5.4.

However I developed a payment process that does not require trust in the terminal (its in the thread somewhere):

The card will multiply the requested amount with a number only you know and then you only give the PIN if this number fits. The terminal cannot fake-double-charge either as the card will lock itself for while after each transaction.


You can still trick this system, but it requires quite some effort and the card holder could immediately know who ripped him off and can call the cops.
Further safe guards are possible like self-incrementing PIN codes or maximum withdrawals.
Even if somehow overcharged the keys never leave the card so it cannot get compromised the way a VISA card can.


The paper wallet thing; if you just keep the card in a safe and only use it with your own phone/PC to withdraw once in a great while it becomes safer than paper since paper doesn't require a code to read (except for encrypted paper wallets).

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January 13, 2013, 12:39:36 AM
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this type of card would have to offer more security than a smartphone based wallet like Bitcoin Spinner in order to add value.

from the sounds of what you've described this appears to be the case.  so, yes.
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January 15, 2013, 12:04:34 AM
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No doubt there will be a Bitcoin card within the coming 1-2 years, which will boost the Bitcoin prices, Buy, Buy, Buy!!!!

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January 15, 2013, 12:39:46 AM
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Could you describe the price multiplication security in more detail?

Is this the way it would work:
  • The terminal requests a 2 bitcoin charge
  • The secret multiplication number is 42
  • The card returns 84
  • The terminal displays 84 to the customer.
  • The customer verifies that 84 is <the requested change> * 42 and therefore authorizes the purchase.

If this is the correct algorithm, can't the terminal fake this pretty easily.  Instead of sending a bitcoin charge of 2 to the card, it sends a charge of 100.  The card returns 4200, the terminal determines the multiplication factor is 42, so it displays 84 to the user, who then validates the fraudulent charge.
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January 15, 2013, 09:05:55 PM
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Could you describe the price multiplication security in more detail?

Is this the way it would work:
  • The terminal requests a 2 bitcoin charge
  • The secret multiplication number is 42
  • The card returns 84
  • The terminal displays 84 to the customer.
  • The customer verifies that 84 is <the requested change> * 42 and therefore authorizes the purchase.

If this is the correct algorithm, can't the terminal fake this pretty easily.  Instead of sending a bitcoin charge of 2 to the card, it sends a charge of 100.  The card returns 4200, the terminal determines the multiplication factor is 42, so it displays 84 to the user, who then validates the fraudulent charge.
You are correct except the secret number will cycle only between 1 and 9 and I will encrypt the number I send back so the terminal will not be able to read it.
Your attempt would also be limited to 6 times the user's median purchase or about 10-12 BTC.
It will probably be a simple Caesar cipher, but that should be safe enough for 8 characters ("1,23e-99" encrypted to say "A,AFeDBJ").

I estimate that most people will never use the card more than 10.000 times (about 27 years if you make one purchase per day on average).
If 1 in 500 purchases happens on fraudulent terminals (with most happening at trusted merchants) the PIN code will have incremented itself the next time you use a fraudulent terminal and even a network database of fraudulent terminals would need to collect data over a few years to decrypt the Caesar cipher.

With the maximum amount in place any such criminal effort is largely wasted.

To make high value purchases you could either pay simply using your normal BTC client OR use the card multiple times charging up to the maximum amount. (the median/maximum purchase amount will update exponentially upwards should you stubbornly try to buy a house with the smart card)

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January 15, 2013, 09:30:06 PM
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I don't get how Caucios coins blew up so fast. I mean anybody could make physical bitcoins and sell them, I don't get how he's on Bitcoin Wiki and everything.


OT: I'd definitely buy one of these, basically like a Physical Bitcoin Wallet aha. It'd be cool if there was a bar code, and then the BTC are loaded onto the card, so the only way to actually spend the BTC is if you had the card, and then there could be other security features added like a pin. iPhones, Androids, basically any phone with a camera have Bar Reader Apps to check prices on items and compare, so something can be developed.

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January 15, 2013, 11:00:30 PM
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I don't get how Caucios coins blew up so fast. I mean anybody could make physical bitcoins and sell them, I don't get how he's on Bitcoin Wiki and everything.


OT: I'd definitely buy one of these, basically like a Physical Bitcoin Wallet aha. It'd be cool if there was a bar code, and then the BTC are loaded onto the card, so the only way to actually spend the BTC is if you had the card, and then there could be other security features added like a pin. iPhones, Androids, basically any phone with a camera have Bar Reader Apps to check prices on items and compare, so something can be developed.

Casascius came up with the concept of creating a holographic sticker that could have the private key imprinted on it and the coin holder would need to strip off the sticker in order to retrieve the actual bitcoin value.

It is not like he just stamped out a bunch of brass coins and sold them as "physical bitcoins".

And it was not really a business venture meant to me hugely profitable, more as a way to help bitcoin in general. He's on a lot of things related to bitcoin because he is involved in many things.

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January 16, 2013, 12:19:26 AM
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If it was as thin as a credit card and somehow managed to fit in a camera and eink display for QR codes then yes.

If it was bigger I wouldn't carry it with me everywhere but I might have one anyway to keep at home in a safe and as a souvenir.

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January 16, 2013, 03:25:52 AM
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yeah but anyone could do what casacius is doing, it's not like he has a patent or anything? What makes him so much better than all the other users, I mean I guarantee if I came up with that idea everyone would steal it off me. Is it just his reputation, because there has to be something that keeps everyone from making them themselves.

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January 16, 2013, 04:26:55 AM
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I'd change it from a card to device or some other wording to ensure people dont think the optimal use for this is in person physical purchases. I could see it being useful as something that is locked up in your house like having a bank at home, but would be scared as hell to walk around with bitcoins stored only on a card.

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January 17, 2013, 04:01:06 AM
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I'd change it from a card to device or some other wording to ensure people dont think the optimal use for this is in person physical purchases. I could see it being useful as something that is locked up in your house like having a bank at home, but would be scared as hell to walk around with bitcoins stored only on a card.

Agreed.

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January 17, 2013, 04:43:33 AM
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You would have a backup of the private key, so if the physical card gets lost or stolen, you just transfer the funds somewhere else before someone does something with them.
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January 17, 2013, 06:46:00 AM
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You would have a backup of the private key, so if the physical card gets lost or stolen, you just transfer the funds somewhere else before someone does something with them.

I'd rather it be set up as a bank type deal. If you had a back-up private key, that's just one more key you'll have to worry about. If there was like a database that stored your info like a bank, so if you lost your card you could call-in/lock your card so it couldn't be used. Basically the same thing as money but with bitcoin. Could happen, if people actually realized Bitcoins potential.

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