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adam3us
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April 18, 2013, 11:27:49 AM
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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

hashcash, committed transactions, homomorphic values, blind kdf; researching decentralization, scalability and fungibility/anonymity
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April 18, 2013, 11:34:38 AM
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Hello! I've bought a few Bitcoins for personal use. Might sell one or two. I'm mainly fascinated by watching the value go up and down. I once had a bipolar girlfriend so it's not a complete surprise. Look forward to chatting and browsing!
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April 18, 2013, 11:39:20 AM
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Yo! I'm from Australia and recently got into bitcoin / altcoins, I'm more into the hardware side so will most likely be messing around with building and optimizing hardware for mining.

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April 18, 2013, 11:56:23 AM
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Sebastián González Di San Juan Cheesy
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April 18, 2013, 12:05:44 PM
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Hey!  I know about Bitcoins for a long time, but I haven't been really into it yet.  Now I want to create some nice Bitcoin services and learn how the Bitcoin network works.  And of course make loads of money. Cheesy
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April 18, 2013, 12:07:43 PM
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Frank here, Dutch guy living in Stockholm Sweden, running a startup.
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April 18, 2013, 12:11:48 PM
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ok, from indonesia here  Cheesy
starting out of this Newbie bin.. Wink
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April 18, 2013, 12:13:29 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

I love this! Makes me feel less annoyed to be stuck in the Newbie section. Long term lurker and user of bitcoin stuck here because I don't like having forum accounts because I know how much time they waste!

Lurking since 2011...
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April 18, 2013, 12:16:39 PM
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ok, from indonesia here  Cheesy
starting out of this Newbie bin.. Wink

Indonesia!  How did you hear about BTC?

Welcome, be sure to search for questions before asking, but after that, don't hesitate to ask!  This forum is full of opinions.  Cheesy

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April 18, 2013, 12:18:11 PM
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Frank here, Dutch guy living in Stockholm Sweden, running a startup.

What kind of startup?

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April 18, 2013, 12:22:58 PM
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Frank here, Dutch guy living in Stockholm Sweden, running a startup.

What kind of startup?

Two different kinds, one is an indoor positioning company (www.qubulus.com), the other is reviving the '90's slap bracelets (www.clickclacks.com) Shocked)
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April 18, 2013, 12:26:51 PM
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Hi there

Im from South Africa, been in BTC for a month or 2!
Im mining and buying/selling BTC.

I am actually a network engineer.
Work with Cisco type stuff!
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April 18, 2013, 12:29:02 PM
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howdy Israel here
into BTC for a few months now Smiley
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April 18, 2013, 12:29:52 PM
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Hi there

Im from South Africa, been in BTC for a month or 2!
Im mining and buying/selling BTC.

I am actually a network engineer.
Work with Cisco type stuff!

Interesting, we're actually transitioning into a network based positioning provider using the DD-WRT firmware. Any experience with that by chance?
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April 18, 2013, 12:30:42 PM
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Hi. I am a dane who has been trading with bitcoins for a few month. I have a past of managing webshops and doing online business, and as a result of that bitcoins caught my interest. I am also looking to benefit from the rising prices, and i am trying to study the basics of trading (greedy me).

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April 18, 2013, 12:38:48 PM
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Don't care much for filling the air with noise for sakes sake.
But as I wait to be lifted from my untouchable caste in the newbie wasteland, here is my humble "Hello Post" to the Forum Gods.
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April 18, 2013, 12:39:00 PM
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Hi I am the author of SolidCoin, MicroCash and operator of the mcxNOW exchange.

https://mcxnow.com - Fast and secure coin exchange.
Primecoin / Litecoin / Mincoin / Worldcoin / CopperLark
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April 18, 2013, 12:41:02 PM
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Don't care much for filling the air with noise for sakes sake.
But as I wait to be lifted from my untouchable caste in the newbie wasteland, here is my humble "Hello Post" to the Forum Gods.

where is your sacrificial lamb stuffed with fiat?  Also, it must be on fire and shipped to Josh at BFL.

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April 18, 2013, 12:50:59 PM
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Don't care much for filling the air with noise for sakes sake.
But as I wait to be lifted from my untouchable caste in the newbie wasteland, here is my humble "Hello Post" to the Forum Gods.

where is your sacrificial lamb stuffed with fiat?  Also, it must be on fire and shipped to Josh at BFL.
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April 18, 2013, 12:55:15 PM
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I tried some mining in Bitlc.net half a year back. It slowed down my PC so I stopped. Then the pool operator took my bitcoin bits and ran. I'm trying again now, having learned a bit more about mining and about not leaving my funds in the pool for long.
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