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February 08, 2013, 06:18:37 AM
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We have improved the method we use for generating QR codes - we now generate an image instead of relying on HTML.

It still doesn't look great.  Take a look at what I see when I zoom in on my deposit QR code:

The 'pixels' are all different shapes and sizes.  Even at 100% zoom it looks rough.  The concentric squares in the corners are meant to be symmetrical aren't they?

I wonder if you're using some non-integer pixel size, and we're seeing the effects of anti-aliasing?

Good catch! They didn't quite look right. I was able to make them look a little better by tweaking the sizes by a few pixels. They still don't look perfect, but it seems this may just be a trade-off to using an image instead of an HTML table.

Most importantly, all the QR codes do scan, and they work properly even when zooming.

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February 08, 2013, 06:50:08 AM
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Good catch! They didn't quite look right. I was able to make them look a little better by tweaking the sizes by a few pixels. They still don't look perfect, but it seems this may just be a trade-off to using an image instead of an HTML table.

They're a lot better now, but still a few dots aren't square.

The QR code is 145x145 pixels.
It has a 12 pixel white border around it.
The data area is 121x121 pixels.
There are 41x41 dots, so almost all dots are 3x3, but two rows and two columns are only 2 pixels tall/wide.
Make the whole image 2 pixels wider and taller and it should look good, since 123 is a multiple of 41.

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February 08, 2013, 07:21:53 AM
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Do I have to type the leading zeroes?

And, yes, you do have to type in the leading zeros.

I just withdrew using a 5 digit OTP "96786", so if you thought you were checking for leading zeroes... you're not.

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February 08, 2013, 09:34:53 AM
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Good catch! They didn't quite look right. I was able to make them look a little better by tweaking the sizes by a few pixels. They still don't look perfect, but it seems this may just be a trade-off to using an image instead of an HTML table.

They're a lot better now, but still a few dots aren't square.

The QR code is 145x145 pixels.
It has a 12 pixel white border around it.
The data area is 121x121 pixels.
There are 41x41 dots, so almost all dots are 3x3, but two rows and two columns are only 2 pixels tall/wide.
Make the whole image 2 pixels wider and taller and it should look good, since 123 is a multiple of 41.

Thanks for the deep analysis! I've corrected the size to match this formula. It does look much better.

Do I have to type the leading zeroes?

And, yes, you do have to type in the leading zeros.

I just withdrew using a 5 digit OTP "96786", so if you thought you were checking for leading zeroes... you're not.

I stand corrected. I guess it doesn't really make a difference in terms of brute-forcing anyway, but the leading zeros are indeed optional.

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February 09, 2013, 10:36:20 PM
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Well, it turns out I can post outside the newbie thread today so I'll comment on my play yesterday.  It was my fist time playing on your site besides a few minutes of play money BJ.  I've read through the thread but not sure if anything is redundant.

1.  The site is slick and game play is very quick.  This is both good and bad.  Early on, especially, I made numerous mistakes.  The non-face cards look very much alike.  I had a hard time telling the difference between them and would hit when the dealer was showing a 6 among other stupid errors.  I should note I also had alcohol in my system too so that didn't help.  Maybe work on the styling of these to make them a little more distinctive.  Also, the actual table takes up a limited part of the screen which also made it hard to read the cards.  Maybe some sort of fullscreen feature would help.  Also, maybe a warning button if one tries to hit a hard 17 or above.  Other than that the game play is pretty impressive however frictionless is not always best as our minds don't work in the same manner.

2.  I saw where you are going to add a rewards program.  In my opinion, the best thing to do is to keep it simple both in receiving and the rules involved.  A lot of people don't like the huge percentage bonuses and the attached rules.  I never take them because of the limits attached to them and the rules that can complicate withdrawals.  In other words, I would rather have a clean 20% bonus rather than a complicated 50 bonus.  You can do things like have different games could count more or less for play through though.  You want to avoid bonus hunters.  Other rewards such as no deposit bonuses are good as well.  Sometimes somebody just has terrible luck and the rtp is very low, figure out a way to give a bonus if they ask.

3.  Add a chat room, well maybe. I got banned from a casino, 3dice, because of personality conflicts with manager.  But if you are doing 24 hour customer service it could make it a little easier.  You can do other things with it as well.

4.  I saw where you are going to add games.  Typically in a casino, I play mostly play Pai Gow but don't that often on online ones.  If you could add Vegas solitaire that would be neat.  It's the only reason I miss 3dice besides the slots.  If you are going to add slots, do a lot of homework and put a lot of effort into aesthetics.  I also like 3-card poker.  Back to Pai Gow though, I like the bonus Pai Gow that's available on MG casinos.  Might be too much for now.

5. that's it for now,  Anything else, I'll post.

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February 10, 2013, 01:14:34 AM
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Well, it turns out I can post outside the newbie thread today so I'll comment on my play yesterday.  It was my fist time playing on your site besides a few minutes of play money BJ.  I've read through the thread but not sure if anything is redundant.

Thanks for the extensive feedback! I've added a comp to your account to thank you for taking the time and effort to provide us with this valuable input.

1.  The site is slick and game play is very quick.  This is both good and bad.  Early on, especially, I made numerous mistakes.  The non-face cards look very much alike.  I had a hard time telling the difference between them and would hit when the dealer was showing a 6 among other stupid errors.  I should note I also had alcohol in my system too so that didn't help.  Maybe work on the styling of these to make them a little more distinctive.  Also, the actual table takes up a limited part of the screen which also made it hard to read the cards.  Maybe some sort of fullscreen feature would help.  Also, maybe a warning button if one tries to hit a hard 17 or above.  Other than that the game play is pretty impressive however frictionless is not always best as our minds don't work in the same manner.

Thanks! We spend a lot of time making sure every single detail of the game-play runs as smoothly as possible.

Regarding the confusion about card values: We do try to make it as easy as possible for you to know your total by showing you the hand value at all times so that you don't even have to do any math. But, I also like your suggestion of the warning button - we'll look into adding this option.

I also like your idea for a fullscreen option. One similar feature we've been considering is an "enlarge" button, which would just make the table 1.5x-2x in size. This might alleviate many of the problems you were facing. In the meantime, you can use your browser's "zoom" functionality to make the table size larger.

2.  I saw where you are going to add a rewards program.  In my opinion, the best thing to do is to keep it simple both in receiving and the rules involved.  A lot of people don't like the huge percentage bonuses and the attached rules.  I never take them because of the limits attached to them and the rules that can complicate withdrawals.  In other words, I would rather have a clean 20% bonus rather than a complicated 50 bonus.  You can do things like have different games could count more or less for play through though.  You want to avoid bonus hunters.  Other rewards such as no deposit bonuses are good as well.  Sometimes somebody just has terrible luck and the rtp is very low, figure out a way to give a bonus if they ask.

Getting the incentives right is indeed very difficult, which we're seeing as we plan our rewards program. Our current plan is basically offer a cash-back program, where the more you play the more you earn. We likely won't include straight-up deposit bonuses, because these are easily abused with bitcoins since it is nearly impossible to determine if the same person is the one making all deposits. Overall, we've got some really exciting and innovative ideas - the rewards program is going to be awesome!

3.  Add a chat room, well maybe. I got banned from a casino, 3dice, because of personality conflicts with manager.  But if you are doing 24 hour customer service it could make it a little easier.  You can do other things with it as well.

In the long term, we are looking to include multi-player functionality, which will include features like a chat room. But for now, we are staying focused on creating the best single-player experience possible. We don't want to spread ourselves too thin and allow the product experience to degrade in any way.

4.  I saw where you are going to add games.  Typically in a casino, I play mostly play Pai Gow but don't that often on online ones.  If you could add Vegas solitaire that would be neat.  It's the only reason I miss 3dice besides the slots.  If you are going to add slots, do a lot of homework and put a lot of effort into aesthetics.  I also like 3-card poker.  Back to Pai Gow though, I like the bonus Pai Gow that's available on MG casinos.  Might be too much for now.

Right now we're actively working on Slots, which is likely going to launch in the next week or so. I appreciate the advice regarding the aesthetics - this is definitely an area we're putting a lot of focus on. We will be working on Three Card Poker following slots. We have also been working on Pai Gow for a while now, but we haven't heard a lot of demand for it - so it's good to know you'd be interested in it!

5. that's it for now,  Anything else, I'll post.

Thanks again! Please do post any more feedback. The more feedback, the better!

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February 10, 2013, 03:10:42 AM
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The non-face cards look very much alike.  I had a hard time telling the difference between them and would hit when the dealer was showing a 6 among other stupid errors.

Every web browser I've seen allows you to zoom in.  That makes the whole page bigger, and makes it easier to see the cards.

Other than that the game play is pretty impressive however frictionless is not always best as our minds don't work in the same manner.

It's possible to change the animation speed in the site settings.  I don't know if you can make it slow enough to slow the game down much, but maybe that's something that would suit you.  If the animations were long and drawn out it would force you to play more slowly.

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February 11, 2013, 01:11:33 AM
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LOL, I was going to try and and quote Libertaad's and Dooglus response but realized it will be futile so hopefully this isn't confusing.

Actually, I just tried the slow speed on BJ and it's more along the lines of the speed I need.  Medium is damn fast in comparison; I would hate see what fastest is like.  But a fullscreen would be good too, 150% increase on my browser does the trick though so it may not be something to rush on.

The rewards program sounds like it's on the right track.  As I said, I just dislike the bonuses most places give out so it sounds cool.

I just thought I would throw the chat thing out there as it's surprising more casinos haven't tried something like it.  It is more than just a gimmick but does need 24 hour supervision.  Down the list definitely but something to keep in mind.  Multiplayer games can be very cool too.

I was trying to intimate that Pai Gow wasn't something that needs to be rushed as it doesn't seem to be a lot of people playing it.  As I said, I play it a lot in brick and mortar casinos but not really online.  Yeah, slots are about shiny things and getting people excited.  Not sure if you've put much thought into the variance of the slot games but it's something to consider.  In the long run, it would be good to have a wide selection.  In description, it would be good to describe what a variance of a game is like and how winning is driven.  That is, are you going make a big hit by getting 5 across of something with a multiplier or is it going to be in a bonus round type of thing.  I would also make them unique too as it is boring to play the same slot but with different graphics and just 1 or 2 changes.

My guess is that 3 card poker is in high demand? maybe Baccarat? or Let it Ride?

Sorry, stream of thought, but different speeds for games would be good. Slots is good for speed but BJ not so much for me.

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February 11, 2013, 03:06:57 AM
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But a fullscreen would be good too, 150% increase on my browser does the trick though so it may not be something to rush on.

Most browsers will go into fullscreen mode if you hit the F11 key.  Does that help?

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February 14, 2013, 02:33:07 AM
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Sort of, but I still want to move between windows by clicking tabs.  That is, more like taking up the whole browser window rather than the full screen like I said.

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February 14, 2013, 03:16:28 AM
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Sort of, but I still want to move between windows by clicking tabs.  That is, more like taking up the whole browser window rather than the full screen like I said.

You can switch to tab 1 with Alt-1, tab 2 with Alt-2, the next tab with Ctrl-TAB and the previous tab with Ctrl-Shift-TAB.

But I understand it's nice to be able to see the tabs too.

You can also disable excess toolbars, and (depending on the browser) move the buttons up into the same line as the menu bar, so the browser window ends up containing almost nothing except for the game, the tabs, and one line of user interface.

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March 02, 2013, 12:08:13 AM
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Anything happened to bitZino?
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March 02, 2013, 01:34:29 AM
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Anything happened to bitZino?

We haven't had any major outward-facing updates recently, but we have made substantial improvements to our underlying systems, which you may notice through faster response times. We've seen substantial growth, and we had to re-architect certain parts of our systems in order to account for the growth.

We're also really close to launching Slots! We were hoping to launch it sooner, but the recent spurt of growth has forced us to focus on scaling. Hopefully Slots will launch within the next week.

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March 02, 2013, 01:57:04 AM
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What is your opinion of the domain squatters that just opened with a 1-character difference in the URL?
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March 02, 2013, 02:03:29 AM
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I registered my email address on bitZino, and now I get non-stop crazy spam from some other gambling site. Is this just a coincidence?
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March 02, 2013, 03:00:25 AM
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What is your opinion of the domain squatters that just opened with a 1-character difference in the URL?

You know you've made it when people start typo-squatting you!  Smiley

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March 02, 2013, 03:07:45 AM
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I registered my email address on bitZino, and now I get non-stop crazy spam from some other gambling site. Is this just a coincidence?
Definitely shouldn't be. I suggest getting a Google Apps account for a domain, set your account to get all emails to the domain, and when you register for sites you can just go "bitzino@yourdomain.com", "wordpress@yourdomain.com" and see who is spamming you.
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I registered my email address on bitZino, and now I get non-stop crazy spam from some other gambling site. Is this just a coincidence?
Definitely shouldn't be. I suggest getting a Google Apps account for a domain, set your account to get all emails to the domain, and when you register for sites you can just go "bitzino@yourdomain.com", "wordpress@yourdomain.com" and see who is spamming you.

I might look into that actually. I seem to have quite a few emails bounce even though they are not spam.
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March 02, 2013, 03:28:10 AM
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I might look into that actually. I seem to have quite a few emails bounce even though they are not spam.

I think I heard somewhere that you can put a plus sign then anything you like before the @ and it'll all go to your usual address.

So register for bitzino at dooglus+bitzino@gmail.com, register for bitcointalk using dooglus+bitcointalk@gmail.com, etc.  Then when you get spammed you can see who sold your address.

Maybe this is just a gmail feature though.  And maybe I imagined the whole thing.  Try it and see...

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I have seen something like that for gmail as well, but it was for spam. Like register on sites with spam-YOUR_ADDRESS@gmail.com and all emails would be sent to spam. Not sure if that was actually how it was done, but something like that.
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