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June 11, 2012, 10:20:53 PM
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no email nothing and i have 2750 BTC there!!  Angry send me my coins please !! this is taking too long its ridiculous
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June 12, 2012, 12:17:52 AM
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Just to confirm: I also got the notification/confirmation mail

> At 11.06.2012 01:28, genjix@riseup.net wrote:
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> We have verified the initial round of Bitcoinica customers and you have
> been deemed eligible for the payout as specified in your claim:
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June 12, 2012, 12:58:46 AM
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just wondering, do the people who are getting emails have >10k USD worth of bitcoinica goodies? I'm somewhat close to that threshold and no email for me <.<

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June 12, 2012, 01:00:58 AM
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just wondering, do the people who are getting emails have >10k USD worth of bitcoinica goodies? I'm somewhat close to that threshold and no email for me <.<

The sequence is pretty random, based on the information I have.

But clearly they are working very hard to get everyone refunded as soon as possible.

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June 12, 2012, 03:22:38 AM
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just wondering, do the people who are getting emails have >10k USD worth of bitcoinica goodies? I'm somewhat close to that threshold and no email for me <.<

The sequence is pretty random, based on the information I have.

But clearly they are working very hard to get everyone refunded as soon as possible.

If its random please explain how they are handling open positions etc and ETA on when everyone gets there bitcoins back....

Bitcoinica still has not given me 50% of my claim of 600 BTC
INTERSANGO can go down with bitcoinica for abandoning customers
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June 12, 2012, 08:11:04 AM
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I don't know the policy yet on positions.

About the ETA: the records here are immense. It took me 2 hours to do a handful of people. I calculated that it would take one person 10 days assuming they do 10 hour days - which you don't want to do because you make mistakes. 4 hours a day is the absolute maximum (with another person checking the info).

5% of people are verified so far.
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June 12, 2012, 08:26:36 AM
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I don't know the policy yet on positions.

About the ETA: the records here are immense. It took me 2 hours to do a handful of people. I calculated that it would take one person 10 days assuming they do 10 hour days - which you don't want to do because you make mistakes. 4 hours a day is the absolute maximum (with another person checking the info).

5% of people are verified so far.

Add 1 minute more to verification by sending an email informing that you have verified the claim will help us to know that we exist.

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June 12, 2012, 08:48:42 AM
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I don't know the policy yet on positions.
Then can we conclude from this that claims of people who do not have open positions have priority?
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June 12, 2012, 11:14:51 AM
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Just under 10% of claims have been verified, and I'm waiting on those payments to be made out soon.

5% of people are verified so far.

Looks like it is going the wrong direction.. give it a couple of days and we will be at 0% verified Wink

So based on your calculation, It seems at this pace it will take at least another month to get all valid claims verified.

  • Is the plan to have a refund round for every 10% of claims verified?
  • How many people apart from genjix and phantomcircuit are actively involved in the verification process?
  • Why is the verification & refunds not top priority?

Other unresolved questions:

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Membership in a DRS is mandatory for FSPs who provide a service to retail clients, because it provides consumers with an avenue for redress when a dispute arises with their financial service provider. Membership in a scheme is a pre-requisite for registration as an FSP.

Why did Bitcoinica LP not sign up with a Dispute Resolution Scheme?

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FSPs who are unsure as to whether they need to join a dispute resolution scheme should seek legal advice.

Did Bitcoinica seek legal advice in this matter, if so what was the outcome?

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This is what I need from each of you today:

1) A sign of life that the claims processing has begun -- an announcement to that effect and/or actually paying people back

2) An email reply that you are acting as directors for the Bitcoinica LP general partner.

3) An email reply that you will supply the NZ Companies office with valid docs to reflect your director status at your earliest opportunity

I must consider anything less to be an abandonment of your legal obligations.

What was the outcome of this? e.g:

  • Who is acting as directors for the Bitcoinica LP general partner at the moment? (And who is the General partner atm?)
  • Did you supply the NZ Companies office with valid docs to reflect your director status?
  • Did Tihan's fund decide you have abandoned your legal obligations? If so, is this the reason that CORE CREDIT LIMITED became BITCOINICA CONSULTANCY LIMITED on May 30?
  • Who was the acting CEO or MD when the Rackspace hack occurred. Who is the current CEO or MD?

But it does not matter who is legally in charge right now as the way forwards is clear and everyone is in agreement about what needs to be done. We will make the payments, we now have consolidated all the records and the money.

When you are withholding ~$1 Million of customers deposits for over a month, It does matter.

I'm sorry for asking so many questions but I need to understand how deep the hole is that I am in. You see, It was trust that got me into this hole and therefore I cannot depend on trust to get me out of it.
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June 12, 2012, 12:37:15 PM
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Membership in a DRS is mandatory for FSPs who provide a service to retail clients, because it provides consumers with an avenue for redress when a dispute arises with their financial service provider. Membership in a scheme is a pre-requisite for registration as an FSP.

Why did Bitcoinica LP not sign up with a Dispute Resolution Scheme?

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FSPs who are unsure as to whether they need to join a dispute resolution scheme should seek legal advice.

Did Bitcoinica seek legal advice in this matter, if so what was the outcome?


I haven't done much research, but to my best knowledge, DRS only applies to NZ residents.

Over 99% of Bitcoinica customers are not NZ residents so they are not classified as "retail clients". I believe that the company had plans to amend the Terms of Service to mention the illegibility of NZ non-accredited/non-institutional investors for Bitcoinica service.

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June 12, 2012, 12:43:54 PM
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I believe that the company had plans to amend the Terms of Service to mention the illegibility of NZ non-accredited/non-institutional investors for Bitcoinica service.

You mean the Terms of Service available at: https://bitcoinica.com/pages/tos ?

Oh, that's right - Customers did not have access to terms of service for over a month, at a time where it matters the most.

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[17] Force Majeure

You agree that Bitcoinica will not be liable in any way to you or to any other person in the event of force majeure, or for the act of any Government or legal authority, or for the failure of or damage or destruction to its computer systems, data or records or any part thereof, or for delays, losses, errors or omissions resulting from the failure or mismanagement of any telecommunications or computer equipment or software. The parties shall be released of all responsibilities for partial, full or non-fulfillment, as well as for improper fulfillment of the obligations under this Agreement, if such non-fulfillment or improper fulfillment was a result of extraordinary events, which occurred after this Agreement was concluded and which the party could not either foresee or prevent (natural calamities, wars, armed conflicts etc.).

I assume Bitcoinica is not treating this incident as Force Majeure? If not, how is Bitcoinica LP treating it?
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June 12, 2012, 01:13:05 PM
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I haven't done much research, but to my best knowledge, DRS only applies to NZ residents.

I can not find this restriction in the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act 2008:

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2008/0097/latest/whole.html

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7Application of Act
(1)This Act applies to persons who are in the business of providing a financial service.

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8ATerritorial scope
This Act applies to a person who—
(a)is ordinarily resident in New Zealand (within the meaning of section 4 of the Crimes Act 1961) or has a place of business in New Zealand, regardless of where the financial service is provided; or
(b)is, or is required to be, a licensed provider under a licensing enactment.
Section 8A: inserted, on 1 July 2010, by section 10 of the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 41).

So this only applies to the director of BITCOINICA CONSULTANCY LIMITED (Christopher Heaslip from http://www.irstax.co.nz/ )

Even if what you said is true and DRS only applies to NZ residents, BITCOINICA LP would still be required by law to register with a DRS if at least 1 customer of Bitcoinica.com is a resident of NZ.
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June 12, 2012, 02:16:05 PM
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I am not the correct person to answer your questions. I have messaged the correct person.
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June 12, 2012, 02:19:37 PM
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It is comforting to hear that things are beginning to move along.  Again, I say take your time and do it right, but keep us updated.
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June 12, 2012, 02:21:50 PM
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I am not the correct person to answer your questions. I have messaged the correct person.

That is fine, I don't want to take your time away from the business of verifying claims.
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June 12, 2012, 02:28:12 PM
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I believe that the company had plans to amend the Terms of Service to mention the illegibility of NZ non-accredited/non-institutional investors for Bitcoinica service.

You mean the Terms of Service available at: https://bitcoinica.com/pages/tos ?

Oh, that's right - Customers did not have access to terms of service for over a month, at a time where it matters the most.

Speaking of ToS:

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[17] Force Majeure

You agree that Bitcoinica will not be liable in any way to you or to any other person in the event of force majeure, or for the act of any Government or legal authority, or for the failure of or damage or destruction to its computer systems, data or records or any part thereof, or for delays, losses, errors or omissions resulting from the failure or mismanagement of any telecommunications or computer equipment or software. The parties shall be released of all responsibilities for partial, full or non-fulfillment, as well as for improper fulfillment of the obligations under this Agreement, if such non-fulfillment or improper fulfillment was a result of extraordinary events, which occurred after this Agreement was concluded and which the party could not either foresee or prevent (natural calamities, wars, armed conflicts etc.).

I assume Bitcoinica is not treating this incident as Force Majeure? If not, how is Bitcoinica LP treating it?


Let's assume that those tos are geniune.

See bold text. Bitcoinica, who the hell came up with this drivel for you. Do you really think you can write this shit into Force Majeure and everything is hanky dory and you can just continue to be be as grossly negligent as you are? Yea nice lawmanship. Get proper lawyer to draft for you the terms. Bitcoinica, with such drivel in force majeure clause you are way better off without one.

Since when allowing your computers to get hacked or mismanaged is an equivalent of "Acts of God, Rulers, and Princes" ?

tl;dr Bitcoinica thinks that having their computers hacked releases it from any liabilities to everyone.



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P.S. upon some reflection... if a 17 year old came up with that by taking some example off internet and adding some wishful thinking to it, I suppose it is understandable.



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June 12, 2012, 02:37:24 PM
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tl;dr Bitcoinica thinks that having their computers hacked releases it from any liabilities to everyone.

I doubt they actually think this or are treating the incident as such, but still it would be good to hear it from a Bitcoinica LP representative themselves.

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_majeure

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Force majeure is a common clause in contracts that essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as a war, strike, riot, crime, or an event described by the legal term act of God (such as hurricane, flooding, earthquake, volcanic eruption, etc.), prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract. In practice, most force majeure clauses do not excuse a party's non-performance entirely, but only suspends it for the duration of the force majeure.

Force majeure is generally intended to include risks beyond the reasonable control of a party, incurred not as a product or result of the negligence or malfeasance of a party.

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Let's assume that those tos are geniune.

This is from the Google Cache:
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:bitcoinica.com/pages/tos&hl=en&biw=1600&bih=809&prmd=imvns&strip=1

Update: Oh sorry it now redirects to the root page. I made a copy here on May 14: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=81639.msg900412#msg900412
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June 12, 2012, 02:41:03 PM
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I believe that the company had plans to amend the Terms of Service to mention the illegibility of NZ non-accredited/non-institutional investors for Bitcoinica service.

You mean the Terms of Service available at: https://bitcoinica.com/pages/tos ?

Oh, that's right - Customers did not have access to terms of service for over a month, at a time where it matters the most.

Speaking of ToS:

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[17] Force Majeure

You agree that Bitcoinica will not be liable in any way to you or to any other person in the event of force majeure, or for the act of any Government or legal authority, or for the failure of or damage or destruction to its computer systems, data or records or any part thereof, or for delays, losses, errors or omissions resulting from the failure or mismanagement of any telecommunications or computer equipment or software. The parties shall be released of all responsibilities for partial, full or non-fulfillment, as well as for improper fulfillment of the obligations under this Agreement, if such non-fulfillment or improper fulfillment was a result of extraordinary events, which occurred after this Agreement was concluded and which the party could not either foresee or prevent (natural calamities, wars, armed conflicts etc.).

I assume Bitcoinica is not treating this incident as Force Majeure? If not, how is Bitcoinica LP treating it?


Let's assume that those tos are geniune.

See bold text. Bitcoinica, who the hell came up with this drivel for you. Do you really think you can write this shit into Force Majeure and everything is hanky dory and you can just continue to be be as grossly negligent as you are? Yea nice lawmanship. Get proper lawyer to draft for you the terms. Bitcoinica, with such drivel in force majeure clause you are way better off without one.

tl;dr Bitcoinica thinks that having their computers hacked releases it from any liabilities to everyone.

I don't see what's so shocking about that.  Isn't that exactly what Linode thinks (as was written in their ToS), and, infact, what ended up being the case for the big hack a few months ago?  If I remember, all Bitcoinica ended up getting was an apology and an offer of free service for a year.

Edit:  To be clear, I'm not defending that practice, I'm simply pointing out that it doesn't seem to be uncommon and it's apparently enforceable.
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June 12, 2012, 02:43:02 PM
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tl;dr Bitcoinica thinks that having their computers hacked releases it from any liabilities to everyone.

I doubt they actually think this or are treating the incident as such, but still it would be good to hear it from a Bitcoinica LP representative themselves.

I just tl;dr'ed what they said in those terms and conditions. So that even non "wikipedia lawyers" can understand.


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June 12, 2012, 02:44:23 PM
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Edit:  To be clear, I'm not defending that practice, I'm simply pointing out that it doesn't seem to be uncommon and it's apparently enforceable.

diagnosis: nonsense
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