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September 15, 2011, 04:14:58 AM
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BTCinch.com offers this service and it works REALLY well.  OP - PM me and I'll send you .1 bitcoins to show you.

This site is running off a wordpress backend that you have removed all copyright statements from. I'm pretty sure that's a violation of their open-source license. I could be wrong, but it's besides the point. Wordpress is blogging software, it's not designed for the purpose you are going to use it for. If you are going to set up a secure, trustworthy e-wallet, you're going to have to do better job at programming it than modifying and tinkering around with an open-source wordpress blogging CMS.

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September 17, 2011, 11:10:03 AM
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Cut out the middle man. Hey mom, I encrypted this bitcoin private key with your PGP. Decrypt it and use the import key utility built into bitcoin v1.2.04.

I like this.  Richard Rahl, it doesn't have to be any harder than "after you download and install Bitcoin, open the attached Bitcoins" (Content-Type: application/bitcoin-privkey-transfer [hypothetical]).

Encryption with PGP is complementary and composes nicely into the whole MIME hierarchy.  Forget about PGP for $10 worth of Bitcoins to Mom, but for a $10000 transfer, you bet.

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September 20, 2011, 03:37:06 AM
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Sending wallet.dat may be good enough only if you know for sure that the recipient doesn't have his own wallet yet. Otherwise it would be more difficult to reclaim those coins.

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September 21, 2011, 11:50:00 PM
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BTCinch.com offers this service and it works REALLY well.  OP - PM me and I'll send you .1 bitcoins to show you.

This site is running off a wordpress backend that you have removed all copyright statements from. I'm pretty sure that's a violation of their open-source license. I could be wrong, but it's besides the point. Wordpress is blogging software, it's not designed for the purpose you are going to use it for. If you are going to set up a secure, trustworthy e-wallet, you're going to have to do better job at programming it than modifying and tinkering around with an open-source wordpress blogging CMS.

BTCinch.com uses wordpress as a base upon which to build, because it is a solid structure. We comply fully with the requirements of the GPL 2 license on which it is released. We've implemented literally dozens of security fixes, which we intend to contribute back to the community. These fixes, along with the contributions of a multitude of coders, make BTCinch.com quite secure. We believe that the efforts of a global community can far outstrip the efforts of an individual or small group. What's more, no bank info or bitcoins are stored on the web server. This is, in our opinion, basic security for a bitcoin business. That isn't really the point, though.

The bottom line is: if you have a problem with open source software, I'd recommend reassessing your participation in bitcoin.


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September 24, 2011, 07:15:24 PM
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See my recent post on Bitcoin URIs - it enables this.

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September 24, 2011, 08:22:39 PM
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I don't think that's an appropriate use of URIs.  Why not use a document?
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October 02, 2011, 09:57:44 PM
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I don't think that's an appropriate use of URIs.  Why not use a document?
A URI is an identifier - in this case identifying some unclaimed bitcoins, and giving you the means to claim them.

A document isn't as convenient as a URI in some situations. To use a URI from an SMS, you just click on it. From an SMS there isn't any simple integration for documents.

I like the idea of putting the information in a document as well. Documents would work for sending bitcoin by email or downloading it from a webpage.
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October 07, 2011, 01:24:09 PM
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BTCinch.com offers this service and it works REALLY well.  OP - PM me and I'll send you .1 bitcoins to show you.

This site is running off a wordpress backend that you have removed all copyright statements from. I'm pretty sure that's a violation of their open-source license. I could be wrong, but it's besides the point. Wordpress is blogging software, it's not designed for the purpose you are going to use it for. If you are going to set up a secure, trustworthy e-wallet, you're going to have to do better job at programming it than modifying and tinkering around with an open-source wordpress blogging CMS.

BTCinch.com uses wordpress as a base upon which to build, because it is a solid structure. We comply fully with the requirements of the GPL 2 license on which it is released. We've implemented literally dozens of security fixes, which we intend to contribute back to the community. These fixes, along with the contributions of a multitude of coders, make BTCinch.com quite secure. We believe that the efforts of a global community can far outstrip the efforts of an individual or small group. What's more, no bank info or bitcoins are stored on the web server. This is, in our opinion, basic security for a bitcoin business. That isn't really the point, though.

The bottom line is: if you have a problem with open source software, I'd recommend reassessing your participation in bitcoin.

I don't have a problem with open source software whatsoever.

My point was that an e-wallet service should not be using blogging/publishing software as their frontend, because this is not what wordpress is designed for. I know it can be customized, but it does not inspire much trust in an intermediary if their business does not have the technical and programming proficiency to create a system of their own, without the need to use third-party frontends.

Wordpress is a fantastic CMS, but it not designed to be used for the purpose of facilitating a secure e-wallet platform.
I'm sure your site is safe, however, I would not trust my money with such a service.

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