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April 16, 2013, 02:12:56 AM
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yep me 2, i want in on DIY avalon
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April 16, 2013, 08:35:31 AM
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If I have learned anything from bitcoin, it is to buy low and sell high.
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April 16, 2013, 08:39:11 AM
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I have to make 5 posts... No wonder why I never got out of Newbie hell!
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April 16, 2013, 09:14:10 AM
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This is just a pain ...
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April 16, 2013, 09:22:02 AM
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i dont wanna be a newb more Sad
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April 16, 2013, 09:26:47 AM
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Due to a mass of trolling, only established posters are able to post in non-newbie sections. You are considered "established" if you have spent 4 hours online and have made 5 posts (new topics or replies).

If you have really good posts, you can post a request for preemptive whitelisting in the appropriate topic.

Also:
- Newbies cannot upload their own avatars.
- You must have made one post in order to send PMs.
- You need 10 posts to put a link in your signature.

Note that it may take up to 10 minutes for your PM or posting permissions to be granted. (The system automatically checks every 10 minutes and promotes people as appropriate.)

One post to send a PM? I have posted but still have PM's disabled - have the rules changed or does the forum take some time to lift the restrictions on your account?

Railgun.
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April 16, 2013, 11:17:23 AM
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looks like they do count but there is still a cooling time for newbies. it's a good system when you think about it. but a pain in the ass for newbies. trolls won't come on if they have to wait 4 fours. some will but only once.
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April 16, 2013, 01:17:36 PM
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looks like they do count but there is still a cooling time for newbies. it's a good system when you think about it. but a pain in the ass for newbies. trolls won't come on if they have to wait 4 fours. some will but only once.

I guess it might discourage the more impatient of trolls, though I'd have thought that they wouldn't be on this sort of forum anyway... oh lovely weather isn't it

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April 16, 2013, 01:20:11 PM
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Is there an age limit for newbies? I don't feel very "new". Just kidding.
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April 16, 2013, 01:35:31 PM
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Thanks for this, very sensible. I hate forums which get spammed by newbies ......like me  Smiley

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April 16, 2013, 01:54:12 PM
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same here...
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April 16, 2013, 02:39:00 PM
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i´m hearing the jeopardy melody all the time  Grin
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April 16, 2013, 03:10:58 PM
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I've spent way more than 4 hours in this forum, but never had an account. ...
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April 16, 2013, 03:16:31 PM
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I just registered so I could post a trade offer.
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April 16, 2013, 03:54:10 PM
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First post! PM's unlocked!
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April 16, 2013, 04:08:42 PM
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isn't it contraproductive? that's weird restrictions
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April 16, 2013, 04:12:23 PM
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Well,anything to keep the spammers out I suppose.
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April 16, 2013, 04:15:43 PM
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isn't it contraproductive? that's weird restrictions

It's a poor solution for a problem with nearly no solution.  It slows the onslaught of new accounts created by confirmed scammers.

If you're active, you'll be out of newcomer prison shortly. 

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April 16, 2013, 04:40:51 PM
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Long time lurker, but posting noob... so I was hoping to be able to post the following reply to https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=77206.msg1152188#msg1152188 (I know it's old, but it has been referenced to in a number of newer posts).
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If we call SHA256 a pseudorandom generator G, we can test the bias of its outputs using any efficient algorithm A such that A(G(k <--R-- ??)) (the algorithm run on pseudorandom numbers) returns 0 with sufficiently higher probability (called the 'advantage') than A(r <--R-- {0, 1}n) (the algorithm run on truly random numbers).

http://www.fourmilab.ch/random/ looks promising. I'll be back.

There are a bunch of non-intuitive issues with randomness/entropy testing, which is a well-studied field, and there is no one (practical) single test that you can run that should satisfy you. The gold standard for many years was the Die Hard battery of tests by George Marsaglia (who discovered, among many other things in the field, that Linear Congruential Generators are of poor quality "randomness", which is basically why fast-but-decent PRNGs use Mersenne Twisters these days). The Die Hard battery was recently rewritten, added to and GPLed by Robert Brown, see here: http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/General/dieharder.php

That said, John Walker (Fourmilab that you linked to) is great, and I used his HotBits about 15 years ago when it first came out, and I wanted "true" randomness (and afaik, nothing else online existed - or for a long time afterwards).
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April 16, 2013, 04:42:03 PM
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It's a poor solution for a problem with nearly no solution.  It slows the onslaught of new accounts created by confirmed scammers.

If you're active, you'll be out of newcomer prison shortly. 

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