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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You're a sly one. Mr.........Disney? on: December 23, 2013, 09:27:25 AM
And this is how pirates add value to content. They make content usable.

If you can't use the content, what good is it?

+1 for piracy. They improve products and make them usable.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 21, 2013, 08:53:46 PM
Bitcoin = world reserve crypto currency

I'm not sure I understand: what would being a 'world reserve crypto currency' involve?
I cant quite tie it in with the current definition of a reserve currency a la http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserve_currency.

http://words.steveklabnik...pective-on-cryptocurrency

Near the end:

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Basically, BTC is sort of the ‘world reserve currency’ of cryptocurrencies.

103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 17, 2013, 08:05:52 AM
Semi-quasi-pseudo-related...

http://www.millionaires-c...FF&lang=#.UrBYyfQW3up

Ðogecoin is another crypto currency. The video there is just subbing in dogecoin stuff.

Anyways, it's just part of the doge meme and Ðogecoin cryptocurrency, and funny, and the way they sub in the images and text in the video is just pretty damn cool. cheesy
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 16, 2013, 07:29:05 AM
Here's a history of Bitcoin infographic. It is very large.

http://www.visualcapitali...f-bitcoin-infographic.jpg

Not hot linking it for obvious reasons.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 12, 2013, 10:53:54 AM
I cant quite tie it in with the current definition of a reserve currency a la http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserve_currency.

That's actually a great resource; you just have to realize that unlike fiat, the reserve is not held by one group.  Because BC is the anchor for the trading in all of the other CCs, that's why he refers to it in that manner.  At least, that was my understanding.

Yes.

You clicked post just a moment before I did. smiley
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 12, 2013, 10:52:27 AM
Bitcoin = world reserve crypto currency

I'm not sure I understand: what would being a 'world reserve crypto currency' involve?
I cant quite tie it in with the current definition of a reserve currency a la http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserve_currency.

From the article:

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A reserve currency (or anchor currency) is a currency that is held in significant quantities by governments and institutions as part of their foreign exchange reserves, and that is commonly used in international transactions.

Edited to make more sense:

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A reserve currency (or anchor currency) is a currency that is held in significant quantities by people as part of their savings, and that is commonly used in transactions.

Bitcoin fits that for the crypto world.

Don't worry about the specific details - they're not relevant. Look at the big picture. Or, take it as a metaphor. Either or.

Other than fiat, almost all currency pairs are in BTC, LTC, and XPM, with the vast, overwhelming majority in BTC.

Here's an edge case... If you want to buy Netcoins (NET), you need to buy them in LTC or XPM. So, if you want them, most likely you need to go from USD or EUR (or whatever) to BTC to LTC/XPM to NET.

But pretty much everyone deals in BTC.

DOGE coins are really new and catching on fast. They're really fun. Check the forum here:

http://doges.org/

Here's a joke from me in 1 thread:

http://doges.org/index.ph...topic=469.msg2716#msg2716

Dogecoins are sold mostly for games or bitcoins right now. Again, back to bitcoins.  It's the "reserve" of the crypto currency world. Everyone accepts it. Everyone deals in it. Most currency pairs include BTC.

I just mined a bunch of Lottocoins. If anyone wants some, I'm selling them for bitcoins. cheesy (I'm keeping my dogecoins!)

But seriously - nobody measures alt crypto in anything but BTC. (When dealing with more than 1 crypto.)
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 12, 2013, 07:32:59 AM
Bitcoin = world reserve crypto currency

Alt coins = other currencies

No reason why that can't work at all. We'll just see a lot of currencies fail, and that's ok.

I trade crypto-crypto pairs. I do not trade fiat-crypto pairs. Why would I? I use the world reserve crypto currency (bitcoin) as my primary currency and I trade others.

As fiat currencies continue to be debased by governments and central banks, more people will flock to crypto currencies. It's happening now. People don't want their money to be worth less tomorrow. A bit of upwards volatility is preferable to certain demise.
108  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: DOGE coins buying steam games on: December 12, 2013, 06:35:13 AM
And now there's a Doge Jump game:

http://doges.org/index.php?topic=469.0

You can win DOGE coins with your high score!

I have a good feeling about this coin. It's just too much fun.


            so crypto           much rich
      many coin                                       rlly amaze
                            wow
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 11, 2013, 10:49:33 PM
Why would I want to use a bit coin?

Payment processors charge 2~5% on every transaction. Crypto currency fees are optional, and much lower if you choose to pay the fee.

Payments are instant. Bank transfers can take several days.

You don't get payments blocked by a bank that wants to tell you what you can and cannot do with your own money.

You can pay anonymously.

Your money cannot be stolen from you through a bank bail-in as was done in Cyprus and as is now law in places like Canada.

Bitcoins are limited in supply so they are deflationary (increase in value - gain purchasing power) whereas fiat is unlimited and inflationary (you lose purchasing power over time).

You can send money to anyone, anywhere in the world with no restrictions on how much you send.

If you send more than $10,000 to anyone or to yourself across "borders", you don't have a bank tattling on you to a government that will label you a terrorist or drug dealer or put you on a watch list.

You can take your bitcoins with you when you fly and have as much as you want and there's nothing that airport security can do about it.

Bitcoins put YOU in charge of your money. Banks and governments can't force you to do anything you don't want to. e.g. You can buy anything you want or take your money anywhere you want or send it to whoever you want and they can't stop you.

You'd want to use bitcoins because they give you some freedom.

There are more reasons.

The real question is, "When you have the option to use bitcoins (or any decentralised, open source crypto currency), why would you ever want to use fiat?"

There is no good argument for using fiat over bitcoins. All the problems/objections have been solved. I've not read 1 single good or valid objection yet. And I've read a truckload on this.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When did the world of the NSA and technology get so surreal? on: December 11, 2013, 10:35:01 PM
The only problem is when they're watching something that we believe should be entirely private, or held in confidence between myself and whomever I'm interacting with. Surely if I'm in a virtual public spot in, say, WoW, I can't object to someone observing what I do.

The problem with it in this case isn't privacy; it's use, waste, and idiocy.

Yep. If anything, an understatement.

Why not deploy the army to patrol children's playgrounds and see if there are any budding little terrorists?

And you pay for that idiocy with the money the kleptocrats steal from you.
111  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / DOGE coins buying steam games on: December 11, 2013, 05:03:44 AM
DOGE coin is a new crypto currency. At the moment people are buying games with it, with a lot of that being on Steam.

http://doges.org/index.php?board=18.0

If you're a gamer and have a good gaming machine with ATI graphics cards, you can put them to work mining (digging) DOGE coins and then effectively get games for free (the cost of electricity).

You can find out more about DOGE at the forum above or on /r/dogecoin.

Also, you can beg for DOGE coins in various thread on Reddit, in the Doges forums above, or in some threads in the Bitcointalk forums. Play it up - keep in character - and you'll likely find yourself with a few DOGE coins that you can spend on a new game. smiley

If nothing else, this is really an extremely fun crypto currency, and the first meme-based one.

(I should also add that this is brand new - only about 2 days old or so. NOW is the time to start mining and begging.)
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Elitists of the World - UNITE! on: December 09, 2013, 11:10:13 AM
I'll skip the rant. It's not even fit for the Basement.

Read Immanuel Kant. That should explain a bit.

I'm sickened.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 09, 2013, 10:05:44 AM
Here's a fun cartoon:

http://www.pidjin.net/2013/12/09/bitcoined/

Wink
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 09, 2013, 06:30:18 AM
it's still a definite win for Renegade's "One should tryout Bitcoins" side of the fence.

Yup. And I sincerely hope he'll get the chance to say "Told ya so 40hz!"  Grin

If you saw my finances, you'd know that I'm already thinking that. Wink

In other news...

A song for bitcoin:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4KMcYTlG00" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4KMcYTlG00</a>

Grin

[attachimg=#]

Wink
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 03, 2013, 01:47:56 AM
But even then, when you download free software from somewhere, especially if it's not been broadly vetted, you do need to read the license. Now, the wording in some is rather terse or obtuse, but it's still "fair warning".

Legalese is never to be construed as fair anything, and I'll be damned if I'll ever waste an entire second of my life reading that level of convoluted bullshit. I simply don't care what someone's vampiric lawyers thinks is a clever way of phrasing their excuses for trying to rape me. I shred any piece of software I use to be sure it actually does do precisely what I feel it is to be doing.

Legalese is total douchebaggery. No argument there.

I just have little sympathy for people that install everything and anything then whine about it.

 cheesy Me either ... I just have a unique way of enforcing what's allowed on my computer. Wink

My solution is to just not install anything unless I'm pretty damn sure about it.

I don't see this as much different than the whole toolbar thing. It comes with extra crap. I suppose that's one of the reasons that I like OpenCandy - they're very open and up front about what they do. It's hard to be more open than they are.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 02, 2013, 03:56:14 PM
^ Oh, I wasn't implying that it *was* malware in and of itself; just like a lot of other programs that get labeled as such, it's in the use.  And on that point, when someone does install a miner on your machine using your CPU to make money, that use of it becomes malware.  And it's interesting in this fact.  Just like the other forms of malware which are ways to get money (by taking your credit card and bank numbers, or encrypting your files so you can be held for ransom), this is worthy of reporting/being informed of for that very reason.  It's just we're keeping bitcoin confined to one thread, so I did that with this.  Perhaps I shouldn't have so it will get a wider audience, but ...

I didn't think that you were implying that. The article was.

But even then, when you download free software from somewhere, especially if it's not been broadly vetted, you do need to read the license. Now, the wording in some is rather terse or obtuse, but it's still "fair warning". If you're not paying for the product... you are the product. Or your CPU/GPU... It's not malware - it's just pretty stupid to install software that's going to max out your machine, especially when you've been warned. Sure it's a crappy deal for the person installing it, but that doesn't make it malware. These terms get thrown around too easily sometimes.

I just have little sympathy for people that install everything and anything then whine about it.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 02, 2013, 01:50:22 PM

For the skeptical out there, keep your eye on the alt coins. If you have spare CPU or much better GPU power to spare, you can mine alt coins yourself. This is the big alt coin market:

https://www.cryptsy.com

Some others have much more limited offerings. BTC-e is the big Litecoin market. OKcoin.com is influential in the LTC market as well though.

Wonder how much longer until...
 (see attachment in previous post)

That ain't gonna happen.

What everyone is missing is that Bitcoin is a PROTOCOL. Very much like HTTP. You can build entirely new services and ecosystems on top of it.

http://www.coindesk.com/c...cated-future-for-bitcoin/

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Bitcoin is a useful way to exchange money, but what if you could do other things with it? If bitcoiners could use it to issue shares, bonds and IOUs, or even to create alternative currencies atop bitcoins, they could add even more value to this innovative cryptocurrency. Bitcoinx, a community wanting to “democratize finance,” is hoping to facilitate just that, with a concept called “colored coins”.

Colored coins is a concept designed to be layered on top of Bitcoin, creating a new set of information about coins being exchanged. Using colored coins, bitcoins could be “colored” with specific attributes. This effectively turns them into tokens, which can be used to represent anything.

More at the link.

What is important to understand is that Bitcoin, and crypto currencies in general, offer a frictionless transaction where you can transfer $150,000,000 (as was done a week or so ago) for about $0.06 where it would cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars to transfer that through a traditional, antiquated system like Western Union or PayPal, etc.

But not only are these systems frictionless, they are faster and far more secure. You do not run the risk of your bank freezing your accounts or stealing your money because of some idiotic regulations or whatever.

And on top of that, you can have distributed stock exchanges and the like.

This is the democratisation of the value of currency. It flips the entire fiat paradigm on its head.

Technologically, this is a revolution in human history that can only be compared to Gutenberg's printing press and the advent of the Internet. And it dwarfs both of those. This revolutionizes commerce and finance. Fiat is dead. It's just a walking zombie now, waiting for someone to shoot it in the head.

If anyone has been paying attention, we are in the midst of a full-on currency war. China has lobbed another salvo against the USD announcing that it will no longer be buying USD or US bonds. That little story, oddly enough, didn't really make much of a wave in the MSM, despite it being some of the biggest and most important news I've heard all year. There are many other stories in the currency war that the MSM is conveniently ignoring. Even the alternative media hasn't really picked up on it yet.

So when the currency battlefield is soaked in the blood of fiat, what will be left standing?

Centralized currency?
Decentralized currency?

Napster died because it was centralized.
Bittorrent is impossible to kill because it is decentralized.

Crypto currency is here to stay. It's just going to take a bit longer for some people to realise that. cheesy Wink

Hopefully it won't burst before Renegade cashes out and retires as a millionaire! Thmbsup

The retirement part *IS* gonna happen~! Grin


This stuff is really annoying as the AV companies label minerd.exe as malware, which it isn't. So, I have to whitelist it and turn off my AV when I download cpuminer. It is NOT malware.

But this is no different than other programs that people run the exact same way. Some programs out there do distributed computing and companies sell that power to different customers. The SETI stuff is one example. A lot of it is done under the banner of "for charity" or "for science". Thankfully I've not seen them try to sell that "for the children", though I'm sure that's coming.

The EXACT same type of software has been around for years and years and not labeled malware. The consistency is, well... whatever. Pfft.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Network/website problem 1+1+1=0. Seeking a solution. on: November 30, 2013, 09:43:02 PM
This is what I see:

[attachimg=#]

Is that right?
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Great sites for guitar learning on: November 26, 2013, 11:17:52 AM
Please post your favorite sites, links, etc to help the community.

My own site. Link is below. It's for amateurs and pros to learn music by ear.

50% off for payment in bitcoins, or litecoins, or any other crypto-currency that you can convince me to take! smiley
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Open Source debate on: November 13, 2013, 01:06:50 PM
Good luck with that crowd...  undecided

Hehe! I know what you mean. Wink
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 09, 2013, 10:15:18 AM
The site was a bank - not a wallet. Securing your bitcoins is simple. If you want to know more, post over at http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/ or http://bitcointalk.org/ and someone can explain why.

Been there, done that.  Security is still an issue, always will be for anything online.  There's an old saying to the effect that what Man can devise, Man can destroy.  Anything online is vulnerable to a sufficiently skilled person.  Denial of that does not make it untrue.  I can lose my wallet by any number of physical means, but that is, in most cases, carelessness on my part, a lack of physical security - basically my fault, I failed to secure it properly in a physical manner.  I do not have that security option online.  Others might, but I ain't that bright.

You can have bitcoins offline. It's called "cold storage". However, that presupposes the concept of private property and that something can belong to you instead of belonging to the collective, which is inherently violent and the root of all evil. I've seen the light about how bitcoins are evil and how trying to make a living on your own as opposed to relying on the state is a sin. So I can't tell you anymore about it, otherwise I'd be undermining the communist revolution and would have to die. You'll need to ask elsewhere about "cold storage", but you'll be committing a sin.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 08, 2013, 08:41:45 PM
$1.2M Hack Shows Why You Should Never Store Bitcoins on the Internet

A somewhat eye-opening, albeit not unexpected, treatise.  So, the question becomes, "How do I store/protect my bitcoins?"  While I have non-Internet-connected boxes, that's not true of most folk. So do I store my coins on a USB key or memory card (both of which [are|can be] easily misplaced)?  Do I trust to some form of Internet bank?  Just how do I protect my investment, should I make it?

The site was a bank - not a wallet. Securing your bitcoins is simple. If you want to know more, post over at http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/ or http://bitcointalk.org/ and someone can explain why.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 08, 2013, 09:07:05 AM
People, people, people!!!

Superboy is right!

Anathema is anathema! tongue
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember Buckyballs? They Are Now Gone on: November 08, 2013, 09:01:48 AM
This story is not over yet. Wink

An interview with the Bucky Balls CEO:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5SeRaodRDo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5SeRaodRDo</a>

Related: http://www.unitedweball.org/

The hilarity temperature gets cranked WAY up at the site there.

On the technical side, the balls are 33 mm in diameter, making them impractical to stuff up your nose.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Silk Road Seized - Dread Pirate Roberts Arrested on: November 07, 2013, 08:09:57 AM
Just when you thought it was gone...

From the Silk Road 2.0 forums (no drugs or anything there - it's purely a forum - running the same forum software as DC):

http://silkroad5v7dywlc.o...on/index.php?topic=2175.0

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Dread Pirate Roberts

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WE RISE AGAIN
« on: Yesterday at 02:52:31 pm »
Dear Community

It is with great joy that I announce the next chapter of our journey. Silk Road has risen from the ashes, and is now ready and waiting for you all to return home: http://silkroad6ownowfk.onion

Welcome back to freedom.

Over the last 4 weeks, we have implemented a complete security overhaul. This overhaul marks the dawn of a brand new era for hidden services, and it would not have been possible without the patient support of this community. So for waiting patiently; for offering encouragement; for keeping the community spirit alive in Silk Road’s temporary absence; for all of this and more, each of you has my deepest and most sincere gratitude.

It took the FBI two and a half years to do what they did. Divide, conquer and eliminate was their strategy… but four weeks of temporary silence is all they got. And as our resilient community bounces back even stronger than ever before, never forget that they can only ever seize assets – they can never arrest our spirit, our ideas or our passion, unless we let them.

We will not let them.

Please enjoy the marketplace, but be aware – although the site is both functional and stable, we are still in the early phases of development. Despite us having worked through any major bugs that might prevent full-functionality or compromise security, you may notice minor bugs. Please bring these to our attention. More so, even though security has been our top priority over the last few weeks, we encourage you to continue reporting both theoretical and even proven exploits. You will be rewarded for doing so.

Please also be aware, that because we expect a large surge in Bitcoin deposits when we open up our transaction system, there may be delays with account withdrawals and deposits initially. These delays should become less as the marketplace settles, but at least for the earlier stages, please do not report coins as missing unless 12 hours or more have elapsed.

You might also notice that the re-launched marketplace lacks a number of features from the original marketplace – we will be working hard over the next few weeks to implement improvements, and we continue to study each and every post made in the Feature Requests forum. Your opinions matter to us, and we will not neglect the thoughts of the community.

We are proud to announce though, that our new security measures include emergency strategies to ensure that, in the event of Silk Road’s demise once more, no member will lose their coins. We have learned hard lessons from the unfortunate events of recent weeks, and the man hours that have gone into this new release are phenomenal. We look forward to helping Silk Road grow on the back of these lessons, and look forward to helping this community flourish even more beautifully than before.

We have already committed a large percentage of our revenues to good causes, charities, and organizations who support our cause or have similar interests. We are also contributing back to the Tor network with our relay fund.

But without a doubt, the re-launch of our beloved marketplace will create a ripple throughout the world’s various media channels, and not all of these channels will see our cause as positive. You don’t need telling that there are very powerful media outlets controlled by various world governments, who will seek to muddy our name and reputation. But it is up to us to embrace this newfound exposure in mainstream media, rather than hide from it – and for this reason, I have chosen to speak briefly with a number of journalists who I am confident will report this memorable day without the pull of governmental strings. I have also conducted an exclusive interview with Mashable. In light of the FBI’s recent ‘victory’, it would be impossible for Silk Road to stay off the radar – it is therefore our responsibility to make sure that our mark on the radar is the right one. So I would advise you all to prepare yourself for a spike in media attention, and to review your personal security measures to ensure your anonymity is protected.

We will be hiring staff to handle Silk Road’s marketing shortly – formal offers may be made to members who have already demonstrated their marketing prowess.

And it goes without saying that if you are in touch with anybody who may not be aware that Silk Road has risen once more, now is the time to spread the word. Open communication with your old suppliers and customers; let this wonderful news be taken to all corners of the Tor network and beyond.

Let us never forget this recent hurdle in our battle for freedom. But let us not allow it to stop our fight, either – it is now time to simply pick ourselves back up, dust ourselves off, and continue fighting this revolution like we’ve never fought it before.

I’m proud to have you all at my side.

Yours Loyally

Dread Pirate Roberts
Please do not message me unless it is absolutely required.

Quote 13: The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.

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