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November 16, 2011, 10:16:25 PM
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Well, I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. I was trying to send some btc to a newly generated address so that I could memorize the private key, and then have my BTC in my brain. My clients copy paste function wasn't working correctly, so I decided to type the address in manually. I was lazy, so I didn't double check the address. at least it was only .25 BTC. Just thought I'd share my story with you guys. Smiley Moral: If you ever manually type an address, double check it.
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November 16, 2011, 10:18:07 PM
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I would say you were lucky, getting an address just right takes talent. Smiley

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November 16, 2011, 10:19:15 PM
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Well, I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. I was trying to send some btc to a newly generated address so that I could memorize the private key, and then have my BTC in my brain. My clients copy paste function wasn't working correctly, so I decided to type the address in manually. I was lazy, so I didn't double check the address. at least it was only .25 BTC. Just thought I'd share my story with you guys. Smiley Moral: If you ever manually type an address, double check it.

Seriously unlucky if true.

Please share the correct and incorrect address.

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November 16, 2011, 10:21:30 PM
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omg 0.25BTC... you'll be kicking yourself in 2 years Tongue

in the beginning, people did lost of stupid mistakes like that... but with 100's of coins.

i hope in the future they will Re-mine the coins lost in the black hole

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November 16, 2011, 10:42:16 PM
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Seriously unlucky if true.

Please share the correct and incorrect address.
Seriously unlucky? Why's that?

Correct: 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjwAMFZG9CJh
Incorrect: 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjeAMFb7AX2K

After looking thorougly at both addresses, looks like I accidentally took the end of one address in my addressbook, and used it in the end of the incorrect address. Silly me. Smiley
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November 16, 2011, 10:44:21 PM
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Seriously unlucky if true.

Please share the correct and incorrect address.
Seriously unlucky? Why's that?

Correct: 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjwAMFZG9CJh
Incorrect: 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjeAMFb7AX2K

After looking thorougly at both addresses, looks like I accidentally took the end of one address in my addressbook, and used it in the end of the incorrect address. Silly me. Smiley

wow, that was way off.

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November 16, 2011, 10:44:35 PM
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Seriously unlucky because the way the adresses are generated, means that a random error being valid is VERY, VERY, VERY unlikely.

Even if you mashup 2 adresses at a random point, this is unlikely. You have a ungodly amount of bad luck...

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November 16, 2011, 10:46:29 PM
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Well, I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. I was trying to send some btc to a newly generated address so that I could memorize the private key, and then have my BTC in my brain. My clients copy paste function wasn't working correctly, so I decided to type the address in manually. I was lazy, so I didn't double check the address. at least it was only .25 BTC. Just thought I'd share my story with you guys. Smiley Moral: If you ever manually type an address, double check it.

lol sorry had to giggle
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November 16, 2011, 10:46:55 PM
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Seriously unlucky because the way the adresses are generated, means that a random error being valid is VERY, VERY, VERY unlikely.

Even if you mashup 2 adresses at a random point, this is unlikely. You have a ungodly amount of bad luck...
Really? I wasn't aware of that. Wow.
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November 16, 2011, 10:47:13 PM
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Seriously unlucky because the way the adresses are generated, means that a random error being valid is VERY, VERY, VERY unlikely.

Even if you mashup 2 adresses at a random point, this is unlikely. You have a ungodly amount of bad luck...

LMAO ya man.. WOW, quick Spock compute the odds!

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November 16, 2011, 10:50:34 PM
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Im standing with my "Lucky" comment.  Go buy a lotto ticket. Smiley

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November 16, 2011, 10:51:22 PM
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Seriously unlucky if true.

Please share the correct and incorrect address.
Seriously unlucky? Why's that?

Correct: 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjwAMFZG9CJh
Incorrect: 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjeAMFb7AX2K

After looking thorougly at both addresses, looks like I accidentally took the end of one address in my addressbook, and used it in the end of the incorrect address. Silly me. Smiley
Wait a second. Just figured something out. I'm absolutely sure I typed in that last part correct now that I think back. I remember typing in 9CJh at the end. I think I messed up where the "e" is supposed to be a "w" and my client must've tried to correct it! I'm using the electrum client. I'll talk to the developer about this.
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November 16, 2011, 10:51:45 PM
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Im standing with my "Lucky" comment.  Go buy a lotto ticket. Smiley

i.e.: turn on solo mining for a while Wink
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November 16, 2011, 10:52:02 PM
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Sent some btc into a black hole

You sent bitcoins to http://rochellehub.co.cc/donate.html ? Huh

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November 16, 2011, 10:52:15 PM
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Neither of those addresses are valid according to my bitcoind:

Code:
$ bitcoind validateaddress 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjwAMFZG9CJh
{
    "isvalid" : false
}
$ bitcoind validateaddress 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjeAMFb7AX2K
{
    "isvalid" : false
}

The checksum in addresses is 4 bytes, so there is a one-in-four-billion chance that a random typo would get you a valid address.

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November 16, 2011, 10:54:14 PM
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Well if this is true, that's not good.

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November 16, 2011, 10:56:31 PM
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Neither of those addresses are valid according to my bitcoind:

Code:
$ bitcoind validateaddress 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjwAMFZG9CJh
{
    "isvalid" : false
}
$ bitcoind validateaddress 1AYSPTVt8WytG12Kz9guUpXjeAMFb7AX2K
{
    "isvalid" : false
}

The checksum in addresses is 4 bytes, so there is a one-in-four-billion chance that a random typo would get you a valid address.

Not sure I understand. If they aren't valid, why are they in the block explorer?
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November 16, 2011, 11:07:29 PM
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omg 0.25BTC... you'll be kicking yourself in 2 years Tongue

in the beginning, people did lost of stupid mistakes like that... but with 100's of coins.

i hope in the future they will Re-mine the coins lost in the black hole

Someone mentioned this idea a little while back:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=44511.0
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November 16, 2011, 11:17:51 PM
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I want bitcoins in my brain, brb memorizing privikeys

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November 16, 2011, 11:43:08 PM
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Neither of those addresses are valid according to my bitcoind:

My client (version 0.3.15) says they're valid.

Bytecoin has mentioned that the checksum doesn't work as well as you would expect.

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