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April 18, 2013, 06:56:21 PM
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Hello All,

I have been absorbed by all this crypto-currency info and am slowly getting my toes wet.

Don't think the wife is to happy with it.

Look forward to learning lots more with everyone here.
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April 18, 2013, 07:02:14 PM
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Been lurking for a while.  Have a 5x7950 machine running around 3Ghash.
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April 18, 2013, 07:03:15 PM
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Oh the ignominy of it - stuck in the newbie bin after 24 years of internet use, 18 years of linux, 30 years of programming from z80 assembler and up,  debating C++ template semantics with Stroustrupp while I was writing a parallelizing C++ source to source translator (before I evolved into a philosophically an anti-C++ person preferring C), enjoying USENET flame wars in the old days and tittering about newbies ineptitude Smiley

So anyway hi I am Adam Back, inventor of hashcash (the bitcoin mining function... all those mining cores and ASICs are grinding away producing hashcash).  So yep I contributed to the environmental crime of so far 40MW continuous mining.  We installed a 3.5kW solar installation but it seems like a small offset :|  I also implemented the opensource library credlib which implements Chaum and Brands ecash.  And actually reinvented offline multiple transfer Brands ecash (turns out someone else already figured it out when I asked Stefan).  I consulted for Nokia on ecash crypto back in 2002.  I worked at Zero-Knowledge Systems from 2000-2003.  So anyway I know a few things about ecash, privacy tech, crypto, distributed systems (my comp sci PhD is in distributed systems) and I guess I was one of the moderately early people to read about and try to comprehend the p2p crypto cleverness that is bitcoin.  In fact I believe it was me who got Wei Dai's b-money reference added to Satoshi's bitcoin paper when he emailed me about hashcash back in 2008.  If like Hal Finney I'd actually tried to run the miner back then, I may too be sitting on some genesis/bootstrap era coins.  Alas I own not a single bitcoin which is kind of ironic as the actual bitcoin mining is basically my hashcash invention.  (The only difference being a double hash for a bit of added design paranoia, the switch from SHA1 to SHA256 and defining fractional bits - hashcash difficulty can only double or halve - just count leading bits - bitcoin variant of hashcash defines the challenge as to find hashes < 2^x where x is the log2(difficulty)+32 in bits which is the same when there is no fractional part).

I am a strong believer in distributed trust models.  I was one of the early and vocal technical voices on the cypherpunks list.  Worked on distributed trust privacy tech and anonymity designs at ZKS (ToR is a newer re-implementation of their freedom network which includes my forward anonymity contribution), understand the risks of centralization, vocalized concerns about the risks of CA model, decade before we saw diginotar and others bring those predictions to fruition with Iranians and other CA operators issuing rogue sub-CA certificates for gmail.  I broke a number of crypto deployed systems most of which under NDA.  I have some concerns about centralization trends and how to avoid them on bitcoin.  Oh yeah I proposed something namecoin like also a decade or so back.

But for now I, just gotta get out of the newbie trap.

Ignominy, my word for the day Cheesy

Adam


You're one of the Cypherpunk Gods. I admire your work. I hope you can help solve some of the problems with the exchanges and infrastructure or just contribute some of your ideas.
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April 18, 2013, 07:22:16 PM
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Hello

Been watching bitcoin for a while and have decided to stop lurking. Oddly enough I am an IT professional and this is probably about the 3rd forum that I've ever joined. Now if I can just get over to the adult table....
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April 18, 2013, 07:26:34 PM
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Hello to all;

I'm from Germany and came here as a "victim" of the bitcoin-24.com-Crash, because some of the information given about the issue is placed here in the forum.
I did not invest really much in Bitcoins - always having in mind, what I read (about six weeks ago) as one of the first things about it: never invest more as you are willing to lose completely. O.K., so I was prepared to lose something because of my own incompetence, but not this way.

To speak in numbers, there are about 3.6 BTC and about 2 Euros from me locked in bitcoin-24.com - not very much, but it makes me feel angry, that it's not my own fault loosing it...

What makes me really upset is the way the information from and about the debacle(?translation, right word?) is spread around the whole net.


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April 18, 2013, 07:34:16 PM
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Hi!
I am from Morocco, I am highly interested in BTC thanks to Max Keiser report, and I find the concept very appealing, a revolutionary one and will identify some day our era and generation.
Also I would like to thank all people trying to improve the system and working t spread the word.

if I was of any help, feel free to donate:  1CRDZQa9YJXPpyM75b4kkbaksqzQdPttoJ
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April 18, 2013, 07:35:34 PM
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Oh the ignominy of it - stuck in the newbie bin after 24 years of internet use, 18 years of linux, 30 years of programming from z80 assembler and up,  debating C++ template semantics with Stroustrupp while I was writing a parallelizing C++ source to source translator (before I evolved into a philosophically an anti-C++ person preferring C), enjoying USENET flame wars in the old days and tittering about newbies ineptitude Smiley

So anyway hi I am Adam Back, inventor of hashcash (the bitcoin mining function... all those mining cores and ASICs are grinding away producing hashcash).  So yep I contributed to the environmental crime of so far 40MW continuous mining.  We installed a 3.5kW solar installation but it seems like a small offset :|  I also implemented the opensource library credlib which implements Chaum and Brands ecash.  And actually reinvented offline multiple transfer Brands ecash (turns out someone else already figured it out when I asked Stefan).  I consulted for Nokia on ecash crypto back in 2002.  I worked at Zero-Knowledge Systems from 2000-2003.  So anyway I know a few things about ecash, privacy tech, crypto, distributed systems (my comp sci PhD is in distributed systems) and I guess I was one of the moderately early people to read about and try to comprehend the p2p crypto cleverness that is bitcoin.  In fact I believe it was me who got Wei Dai's b-money reference added to Satoshi's bitcoin paper when he emailed me about hashcash back in 2008.  If like Hal Finney I'd actually tried to run the miner back then, I may too be sitting on some genesis/bootstrap era coins.  Alas I own not a single bitcoin which is kind of ironic as the actual bitcoin mining is basically my hashcash invention.  (The only difference being a double hash for a bit of added design paranoia, the switch from SHA1 to SHA256 and defining fractional bits - hashcash difficulty can only double or halve - just count leading bits - bitcoin variant of hashcash defines the challenge as to find hashes < 2^x where x is the log2(difficulty)+32 in bits which is the same when there is no fractional part).

I am a strong believer in distributed trust models.  I was one of the early and vocal technical voices on the cypherpunks list.  Worked on distributed trust privacy tech and anonymity designs at ZKS (ToR is a newer re-implementation of their freedom network which includes my forward anonymity contribution), understand the risks of centralization, vocalized concerns about the risks of CA model, decade before we saw diginotar and others bring those predictions to fruition with Iranians and other CA operators issuing rogue sub-CA certificates for gmail.  I broke a number of crypto deployed systems most of which under NDA.  I have some concerns about centralization trends and how to avoid them on bitcoin.  Oh yeah I proposed something namecoin like also a decade or so back.

But for now I, just gotta get out of the newbie trap.

Ignominy, my word for the day Cheesy

Adam


Good to have you Adam, feel like home  Smiley

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April 18, 2013, 07:36:32 PM
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What up yall.. Where them bit coins at!!
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April 18, 2013, 07:39:36 PM
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Hello,

My husband has been interested in bitcoin for the past couple of years and talked me into signing up here so I can get familiar with the community and jargon.

I'm looking forward to learning more about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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April 18, 2013, 07:43:10 PM
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Hi

I'm BNO. I have a long time experience in trading stocks. Now thinking about Bticoins.

The thinking that has led us to this point will not lead beyond - Albert Einstein
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April 18, 2013, 08:09:49 PM
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What up yall.. Where them bit coins at!!

Mine 'em up or sell something on Bitmit or the Silk Road....

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April 18, 2013, 08:10:12 PM
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Hello,

I invested some money in Bitcoins right after the crash, sold when the value went up, then bought again and sold again, and I intend to keep on doing this for a while. I guess this makes me a newbie daytrader, but I became very interested in cryptocurrencies and want to learn more about Bitcoin instead of just trading it, so here I am  Smiley

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April 18, 2013, 08:11:56 PM
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Hello,

My husband has been interested in bitcoin for the past couple of years and talked me into signing up here so I can get familiar with the community and jargon.

I'm looking forward to learning more about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

E

Look at the thread called "Goldcoin and Stablecoin proposals", lots of interesting ideas there, and a nice cross-section of some of the challenges involved in generating a new currency.

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April 18, 2013, 08:16:06 PM
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Hello,

I invested some money in Bitcoins right after the crash, sold when the value went up, then bought again and sold again, and I intend to keep on doing this for a while. I guess this makes me a newbie daytrader, but I became very interested in cryptocurrencies and want to learn more about Bitcoin instead of just trading it, so here I am  Smiley

MisterButcher

I wish there was a nice concise book giving the basics, assuming one knew rudimentary programming, encryption, and networking, as I'm sure most here do.  If anyone can suggest one, I'm all ears, or eyes, anyway.  ;-)

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April 18, 2013, 08:16:41 PM
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Hi there! Been a bitcoin skeptic for quite a while and never paid much attention to it. the recent hype however, made me look into it again and now i'm hooked.

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April 18, 2013, 08:20:22 PM
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Hi everyone Smiley

I'm new to the forum, got loads of really useful info from here, so thanks Wink

K.
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April 18, 2013, 08:25:01 PM
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Hi world.

Old miner drawn back into the community by the recent $260 USD bubble.
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April 18, 2013, 08:29:08 PM
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Hello, Bitcoin world. I want to learn more about Ripple and OpenCoin's business model. I am making this introductory post because of the new user requirements. Only four more posts to go.
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April 18, 2013, 08:32:36 PM
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Hi. I'm geeknik. I'm new to this site, but not new to alternative currencies. I mine BTC and LTC as a hobby. Power in Oklahoma is cheap (0.05kWh right now) so if I make a few bucks here and there, great. Wink

Here is a little bit about me. I am: A former police officer. A free thinker. A gun owner. A patriot. A prepper. A geek. A gamer. An Android kernel hacker. A security researcher (Also a member of Google's Security Hall of Fame). A Chrome fan (Browser + OS). A Firefox contributor (code and testing). Linux user since 1995. I currently work for as a Security Engineer/Systems Administrator for an Internet security startup in San Francisco (I live in Oklahoma City though). I am also an amateur radio operator.

If anyone is interested in getting help securing their websites, I will gladly help you you for a small BTC or LTC donation. Wink

I'm a hacker. Ask me how I can help your business.
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April 18, 2013, 08:32:40 PM
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Canadian guy here, just heard about bitcoins a couple months ago, and I live off the grid with no high-speed internet, so can't get in on the action yet.
I stayed up all night reading this forum, some of Morpheus's stuff about Goldcoin and stablecoin, and I am fascinated.  I see a day when there will be hundreds of distributed currencies, like Googlecoin, Exxoncoin, IBMcoin, GEcoin, maybe even Labourcoin (tagged to the value of 1 hour of unskilled labor) and so on, and a bunch of exchanges, and people will have highly diversified portfolios of currency, trading globally, without interference.  Despite what the Europeans are doing, and the Americans and the British, with their kleptocratic QE schemes and so on, a free market will arise, based on physical wealth.  As an anarcho-capitalist, this truly gives me hope.

An off the grid guy! I'm also like minded but not off the grid at the moment. Hopefully some of these *coins or p2p currency does take off because the power governments and elite bankers have over all of us is insane in my opinion.

Yep.  I went off the grid because the entire power and wireline (aka landline) infrastructure here is part of a state-sponsored monopoly.  One must attempt to starve the beast, and I'm looking into using my stored pc's at my friends's house to mine lightcoins, and trade them for bitcoins.  Are there any resources for secure lightcoin mining and wallets?  I don't have the resources to mine bitcoins, and will be too busy this summer to sell goods at Bitmit and so forth.

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