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May 16, 2011, 11:53:01 PM
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I wonder if it was really a black hole, a randomly generated address that no one actually owns the private keys for...

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May 17, 2011, 12:33:05 AM
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I was worried about that, too.  But it payed out to 150 to and address and 50 to another, then misc.

Hopefully, he'll just have a nicer page for it!
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May 17, 2011, 12:54:13 AM
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He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit. He is still using bitcoin, though.
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May 17, 2011, 01:02:10 AM
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Just curious:  does anyone still have the bitcoin address so I can have a look and see if he spent his bitcoins?

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May 17, 2011, 01:07:58 AM
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Just curious:  does anyone still have the bitcoin address so I can have a look and see if he spent his bitcoins?



Just search the block chain for 13.37, 3.14, 1.41, etc. Cheesy

Anyway elewton above already said he did: "But it payed out to 150 to and address and 50 to another, then misc."

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May 17, 2011, 01:30:07 AM
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He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit. He is still using bitcoin, though.

I guess the bitcoin "things just got real" for him ... Grin

If they weren't worth anything he wouldn't have bothered with taking it down ... who got the bitcoin? I hope xkcd benefits somehow.

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May 17, 2011, 02:50:29 AM
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xkcd's black hole address:
http://blockexplorer.com/address/1Lg2rvxbBPC8jp2YJoV5xL7sdyTjueMUot

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May 17, 2011, 10:28:46 AM
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He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit.
I don't get it. If he thinks it's wrong to endorse Bitcoin for profit, why would he want to visit #bitcoin-otc?

Anyway, he received 360 BTC in donations (about $2800 at the current MtGox rate).
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May 17, 2011, 11:49:51 AM
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His black hole is gone? The page is blank! http://xkcd.com/bitcoin/

but not deleted. subtle and decent but still a link to bitcoin project
visiting this page returns a web page (content or empty, it's not a 404 reply)

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May 17, 2011, 11:55:32 AM
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He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit. He is still using bitcoin, though.

I think the main point to take away from this is that he considers his bitcoins "profit."

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May 18, 2011, 03:45:59 PM
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He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit. He is still using bitcoin, though.

I think the main point to take away from this is that he considers his bitcoins "profit."

What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?

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May 18, 2011, 04:29:31 PM
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I think the main point to take away from this is that he considers his bitcoins "profit."

What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?

Your interpretation of edd's comment is very different from mine. I read it as, "He is thinking of his bitcoins as real money, not pretend internet money. That means there is a good chance he will accept them in trade in the future."

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May 18, 2011, 04:41:02 PM
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What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?
Perhaps Randall finds himself satisfied with the comics themselves and seeks no other reward. Perhaps he didn't want to make money off of his, albeit less then ostensible, endorsement of Bitcoin, considering that doing so might hurt his credibility. Perhaps, like Bill Waterson, he didn't want to exploit his creation and transmogrify it into another soulless Garfield.

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May 18, 2011, 07:39:26 PM
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What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?
Perhaps Randall finds himself satisfied with the comics themselves and seeks no other reward. Perhaps he didn't want to make money off of his, albeit less then ostensible, endorsement of Bitcoin, considering that doing so might hurt his credibility. Perhaps, like Bill Waterson, he didn't want to exploit his creation and transmogrify it into another soulless Garfield.
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May 18, 2011, 07:43:43 PM
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May 19, 2011, 04:55:26 AM
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What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?
Perhaps Randall finds himself satisfied with the comics themselves and seeks no other reward. Perhaps he didn't want to make money off of his, albeit less then ostensible, endorsement of Bitcoin, considering that doing so might hurt his credibility. Perhaps, like Bill Waterson, he didn't want to exploit his creation and transmogrify it into another soulless Garfield.

good points all around.  Yeah, too many zombie Garfields roaming the funny pages.

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May 19, 2011, 05:12:10 PM
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No, I'm not randall - I just refreshed the link and saw the msg.

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Thank you for all the kind donations!

I took down my address because I would prefer to
experiment with Bitcoin as a regular, anonymous user.

I put up an address here because someone on IRC asked,
but I don't want an xkcd.com donation address to be
seen as an endorsement of Bitcoin to xkcd readers.

As a bitcoin user, I stand to profit from encouraging
waves of new adopters who drive up bitcoin prices.
I'm uneasy about this conflict of interest; for
the moment, I'd rather stay a normal user.

Again, thank you to everyone who sent me bitcoins
before I took this down! I'll try to use them for
something fun and geeky.

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May 19, 2011, 05:22:16 PM
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I think the main point to take away from this is that he considers his bitcoins "profit."

What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?

Your interpretation of edd's comment is very different from mine. I read it as, "He is thinking of his bitcoins as real money, not pretend internet money. That means there is a good chance he will accept them in trade in the future."

SunAvatar got my point. (I'm also hoping he'll spend them on some coffee so I can profit, as well.)

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June 13, 2011, 10:34:43 PM
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What amuses me about this is that we can still send bitcoins to that address, and there is nothing he can do to stop us

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June 14, 2011, 01:24:23 PM
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What amuses me about this is that we can still send bitcoins to that address, and there is nothing he can do to stop us
I think it would be more amusing if you sent them to my address. There's nothing I can do to stop you either and I'm holding a frog in my avatar.

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