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#1 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-11-07 23:36:39

Laudan wrote:

Here is the link to an article that appeared a few days ago:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1311.0243

The title is "Majority is not Enough: Bitcoin Mining is Vulnerable"

That is very interesting Laudan. While I do respect the prestige and resulting reliability of the Cornell library, I can't bring myself to believe that such a thing is possible. It would seem that this is a major flaw in the Bitcoin system, and I don't think I can believe it without seeing proof. Interesting nevertheless.

#2 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-27 17:14:24

Laudan wrote:
xero wrote:

but that's true with all markets. any/every investment has a risk, "the market" has always been a gamble... bitcoins are no different.

I beg to disagree. The significant difference is that bitcoins are supposed to be your capital, not the things that you buy and sell on the market. Usually when it is said that "the market has always been a gamble", the reference is to what one buys or sell, not to the currency itself. But with bitcoins the peril is not so much with what specifically you do on the market, as with the currency itself.
If you decide to "play the bitcoin game" for conducting a business (not merely for fun), you must always keep in mind that your capital itself is constantly at risk and may even vanish totally at any time. Not only because of the high volatility of the bitcoin/dollar exchange rate, but also because the "bitcoin game" itself may come to an abrupt end, in case the bitcoin system collapses, and this is a real possibility.

Very interesting, I haven't thought about it that way. But I think that capital and currency are basically the same thing in the Bitcoin market. Any capital you gain doesn't take the form of a stock or metal, it takes the form of the currency itself. Both sides are directly related to each other, meaning that the downfall of one means the downfall of the other. Which, like you said, is a pretty big risk for a growing market. But personally, I don't really think that the disappearance of Bitcoin altogether will ever happen.

#3 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Cannot boot from bootable USB » 2013-10-25 19:28:33

eternalnoob wrote:

Hey guy, got a little problem installing waldorf on an older laptop. I made a bootable usb. I confirmed it works on my eee pc (though it appears as a hdd, not a usb drive). On this other laptop it is not recognized at all, neither as a hard drive or a usb drive in the bios. I've tried making this usb with the dd method, unetbootin, win32imagewriter and yumi. I've tried reformatting it first and then making the liveUSB. Legacy USB support is enabled in bios. The weird thing is about a year ago I remember trying a liveUSB on this same laptop and it worked then... Should I try a new stick? I'm at my wits end here.

Did you try a different USB port? If not, try a different USB.

#4 Re: Introductions » Greetings from Glasgow » 2013-10-25 19:25:56

Welcome to the Crunchbang forums! Nice to see that you are so impressed! Everyone here likes Crunchbang just as much or more here, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

#5 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-25 19:23:57

Laudan wrote:

Yes, agreed. The value of something is subjective, and depends on what people are willing to pay for it. So, Bitcoins are useful and indeed valuable in so far as people are willing to play along. And they have many advantages. Great.
Only, as I explained in the above posts, when something goes wrong you have no legal protection of any kind.

Is that necessarily a bad thing? Obviously, the imminent threat of theft, loss, and market crash are dangers, but I think that it makes the market stronger. Too me, it poses a challenge that weeds out investors that are unaware of the market. The market is extremely unforgiving, but it's something that everyone has to accept. Does the fact that it's unforgiving undermine it's potential for worldwide use? Maybe.

#6 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-25 19:01:55

xero wrote:
Laudan wrote:
Diet wrote:

Well, you could say the same for precious metals as well. Precious metals, unless sanctioned and stamped into coins, are not acknowledged as currency by the government... so why should it be worth anything?

Not at all. It is not the same thing. Even when not recognized as legal tender, precious metals are recognized by all legal systems for their market value, that is, as objects having a value. This is not the case with bitcoins. So, if your bitcoins get stolen in a cyberattack, and you go the the police to report that as a crime, good luck! Just try explaining to them (let alone proving) that bitcoins are 'valuables', or even the fact that they have been stolen...

my parents always told me that value is subjective. if you have a comic book that's CGC rated at 10 and is worth $500 that's great! but it's not really worth $500 unless someone is willing to pay that much for it. now that im older (and more clinical) i feel the same way about a lot of things, including money.

"One man's garbage is another man's treasure"

#7 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-25 19:00:52

Laudan wrote:
Diet wrote:
Laudan wrote:

This is precisely one of the biggest worries that Bitcoins owners (should) have: if something goes wrong, they cannot resort to ANY legal system at all, because even the existence of bitcoins is not acknowledged by the law of any country (as yet).

Well, you could say the same for precious metals as well. Precious metals, unless sanctioned and stamped into coins, are not acknowledged as currency by the government... so why should it be worth anything?

Not at all. It is not the same thing. Even when not recognized as legal tender, precious metals are recognized by all legal systems for their market value, that is, as objects having a value. This is not the case with bitcoins. So, if your bitcoins get stolen in a cyberattack, and you go the the police to report that as a crime, good luck! Just try explaining to them (let alone proving) that bitcoins are 'valuables', or even the fact that they have been stolen...

Who's to say that Bitcoins are any different than Gold was before? Gold has value because people say it has a value. Kim Kardashian is famous because people say she is. If we take away the fact that people think Gold is valuable and Kim Kardashian is famous, they are both useless. Bitcoins are the same and can be thought of (with major simplification) as a form of relative currency. While it is not recognized and accepted widely, it has the possibility to.

#8 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-24 19:35:49

Laudan wrote:
Diet wrote:
Klapaucius wrote:

That's all a banknote is, though, right?

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcsna … o1_500.gif

It's just a matter of confidence!

Technically, but our banknotes are funded and backed by law by the federal government, while paper Bitcoin are completely meaningless and backed by a small minority. It's the same concept but very different circumstances.

This is precisely one of the biggest worries that Bitcoins owners (should) have: if something goes wrong, they cannot resort to ANY legal system at all, because even the existence of bitcoins is not acknowledged by the law of any country (as yet).

Well, you could say the same for precious metals as well. Precious metals, unless sanctioned and stamped into coins, are not acknowledged as currency by the government... so why should it be worth anything? Really, its all relative. Bitcoins are worth whatever people are willing to pay for them, and as long as the market is functioning, they will continue to exist. Also, I think that the fact that they are not backed by a government is a potential boon. There's no regulation, no mediation, and most importantly, Bitcoin is completely independent of other markets. Even if the whole world is destroyed and all government currency is meaningless, in theory, Bitcoin should still be a viable currency.

#9 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-24 19:19:47

Klapaucius wrote:
Diet wrote:

if I tried to buy a hamburger with a piece of pink paper that has a number on it, I'm sure I would get laughed at.

That's all a banknote is, though, right?

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mcsna … o1_500.gif

It's just a matter of confidence!

Technically, but our banknotes are funded and backed by law by the federal government, while paper Bitcoin are completely meaningless and backed by a small minority. It's the same concept but very different circumstances.

#10 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-24 19:18:18

cchhrriiss121212 wrote:

I like the concept, but the reality of BTC is far from ideal.

marmalade wrote:

I hold a reasonable quantity of bitcoin because I strongly beleive it will become a major currency in the future and so hope my holdings will become worth a lot (greed, plain and simple). So far this has worked out well and I have more than doubled my money in well under a year (haven't cashed out yet though and don't plan to any time soon).

This is my biggest issue with Bitcoin, the people who mined since the start are sitting on the majority of the currency. There are no doubt people out there with millions of BTC. A strong currency relies on liquidity, so how is that wealth going to get distributed to everyone else?

Another issue is that you can lose Bitcoin quite easily, say you have 100BTC on a hard drive and it dies, that currency is lost forever.

Then you have all the waste of electricity inherent in mining BTC, something that only increases as the difficulty goes up.

In my opinion, if you keep Bitcoins on a non-backed up non-reliable medium such as a hard drive and it fails, it's not Bitcoin's fault, it's your fault!

#11 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-23 21:58:54

marmalade wrote:

Hi Diet,

Just wanted to give a thumbs up to bitcoin  big_smile . I have posted on here a couple of times before about it. I don't mine (think I got in the game too late to make that worthwhile). I hold a reasonable quantity of bitcoin because I strongly beleive it will become a major currency in the future and so hope my holdings will become worth a lot (greed, plain and simple). So far this has worked out well and I have more than doubled my money in well under a year (haven't cashed out yet though and don't plan to any time soon). But also I hold a small amount to use occasionally for transactions such as donating to various websites and crowdfunding campaigns, buying things such as humble bundle and even bought server space with them.

While I hold some for pure financial speculation I am much more interested in them as a concept. The whole bitcoin thing utterly fascinates me and I think that it ranks as one of the smartest inventions in history. Time will tell, but I find it hard to see why it (or someting very like it) won't become a major global currency. It just has so many advantages over any other currency or payment system.

I love the idea that an open source peer to peer technology can work so fantastically as a means of curreny and that it is immune to the meddlings of any political power.

Still one of my favourite posts on bitcoin is this.

That's really what I did after the ASIC miners got released. Basically I just turned on my computer and set my miner to full power while I was at classes and left it there for the whole day. I managed to get just around 1.7 bitcoins and then sold them for about $211 dollars a couple months ago. I'm waiting for the Chinese bubble to pop so I can reinvest.

I mostly share your ideas on Bitcoin being a very nice concept, but unfortunately, open mindedness and global cooperation aren't America's (and the rest of the world's) strongpoints at the moment. Because Bitcoin is a way a to make unregulated untaxed transactions, it poses a definite threat to government income, which is why I believe that it won't become a major currency anytime soon. Just look at the Liberty Dollar a while back. This guy one day decided to make a new currency that was completely backed in gold and silver that was kept at a warehouse, and ended up getting federally indited and pronounced guilty of "making, possessing, and selling his own currency," which doesn't sound particularly different than Bitcoin. The only thing that Bitcoin has is decentralization, but the government finds a way to push popular decentralized organizations underground (see every single protest group that we don't hear from anymore

#12 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-23 21:33:55

Jolla wrote:

Are there any general stores that already accept payment in bitcoins?

I haven't found many online stores (much less physical) that accepts Bitcoin, but I know that Massdrop accepts it. I actually bought a really nice keyboard on massdrop for .7 Bitcoins the other day, and I'm using it right now, so I'd say it's reliable!

Jolla wrote:

As an integration to by previous question: are there physical bitcoin wallets in the form of smartcards that you can carry around? If so, are they accepted at any POS (point of sale)?

A quick google search brought me to a site called printcoin, which allows you to print out your bitcoins into a pdf bill-like certificate that you can give to other people, but honestly, if I tried to buy a hamburger with a piece of pink paper that has a number on it, I'm sure I would get laughed at. I got laughed at when I tried to pay with google wallet, even though they had a swipe receptacle and everything. My thoughts are that until technology-illiteracy is outlawed, Bitcoins will not become common-place.

#13 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-23 20:40:39

I suppose you can bring electricity into it, but my computer would be on anyways, so I might as well use the extra processing power!

#14 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-23 20:11:58

It's easy to be skeptical about it, but when you think about the bitcoin market like the stock market, it's a little bit easier to put your money into. Also consider checking out Bitcoin.org which really helped me understand the concept when I was first starting. If you still are feeling a bit weird about it, trying setting up a small mining machine and mine with a pool. Worst case scenario you make .00001 bitcoins and make $0.002 dollars, which is still more than you had to begin with!

#15 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » rxvt-unicode color configuration » 2013-10-23 02:03:36

porkpiehat wrote:

I can't see your screenshot. Fixing that link and also posting your .Xresources file would help us debug your problem.

urxvt allows you to specify completely different colors for bold and normal text. There must be something wrong with the way you are specifying the colors in .Xresources. You might be better off using someone else's already working color scheme at first. Some of them are here: http://web.archive.org/web/200901300612 … al-colors/ and more are here: http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=9935

Or search the web for "Xresources colors" or "urxvt colors"

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Rxvt-unicode

I've already done a pretty exhaustive search, and read the wiki, and the only thing it says is how to arrange the bold colors to go with the regular colors (Color0 and Color8 go together for instance). What I need to know is how to implement these so they actually show up. I'll post the /.Xresources, but keep in mind that I deleted all things relating to text color previously, so right now it contains nothing but the intensity boolean.

! font settings --------------------------------------------------------------

Xft.autohint: true
Xft.antialias: true
Xft.hinting: true
Xft.hintstyle: hintslight
!Xft.dpi: 96
Xft.rgba: rgb
Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault

! xscreensaver ---------------------------------------------------------------

!font settings
xscreensaver.Dialog.headingFont:        -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver.Dialog.bodyFont:           -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver.Dialog.labelFont:          -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver.Dialog.unameFont:          -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver.Dialog.buttonFont:         -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver.Dialog.dateFont:           -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-12-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver.passwd.passwdFont:         -*-fixed-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
!general dialog box (affects main hostname, username, password text)
xscreensaver.Dialog.foreground:         #101010
xscreensaver.Dialog.background:         #D8D8D8
xscreensaver.Dialog.topShadowColor:     #D8D8D8
xscreensaver.Dialog.bottomShadowColor:  #D8D8D8
xscreensaver.Dialog.Button.foreground:  #101010
xscreensaver.Dialog.Button.background:  #E5E5E5
!username/password input box and date text colour
xscreensaver.Dialog.text.foreground:    #101010
xscreensaver.Dialog.text.background:    #E5E5E5
xscreensaver.Dialog.internalBorderWidth:24
xscreensaver.Dialog.borderWidth:        0
xscreensaver.Dialog.shadowThickness:    2
!timeout bar (background is actually determined by Dialog.text.background)
xscreensaver.passwd.thermometer.foreground:  #101010
xscreensaver.passwd.thermometer.background:  #2E2E2E
xscreensaver.passwd.thermometer.width:       8

#Borders and shit
URxvt*externalBorder: 0
URxvt*internalBorder: 10
URxvt*borderLess: true

# transparency - true or false (default)
URxvt*transparent: true

# tint with any color; i.e., blue, red, tomato4, olivedrab2, etc.
#   some nice listings are at:
#     http://www.nisrv.com/drupal/?q=node/11
#     http://www.htmlgoodies.com/tutorials/colors/article.php/3478921
URxvt*tintColor: White

# shading - 0 to 99 darkens, 101 to 200 lightens.
#   Don't use with tintColor; just use a darker or lighter color instead.
#URxvt*shading: 70

# scrollback buffer lines - 65535 is max on most machines (64 is default)
URxvt*saveLines: 12000


# Xft (X FreeType) with Bitstream, DejaVu, Liberation, or Terminus fonts:
#  Fedora/debian packages: libXft/libxft2 
#  An anti-aliased font setup with Xft looks fantastic; it can be a bit choppy 
#  on older systems. You can always turn off anti-aliasing (antialias=false) if
#  your terminal is sluggish. Use only ONE of the Xft pairs below:
#
# Xft: Bitstream fonts
#  Fedora/debian packages: bitstream-vera-sans-mono-fonts/ttf-bitstream-vera 
#URxvt*font: xft:Bitstream Vera Sans Mono:pixelsize=12:antialias=true:hinting=true
#URxvt*boldFont: xft:Bitstream Vera Sans Mono:bold:pixelsize=12:antialias=true:hinting=true
#
# Xft: DejaVu fonts
#  Fedora/debian packages: dejavu-sans-mono-fonts/ttf-dejavu 
#URxvt*font: xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:pixelsize=12:antialias=true:hinting=true
#URxvt*boldFont: xft:DejaVu Sans Mono:bold:pixelsize=12:antialias=true:hinting=true
#
# Xft: Liberation fonts
#  Fedora/debian packages: liberation-mono-fonts/ttf-liberation
URxvt*font: xft:Liberation Mono:pixelsize=13:antialias=true:hinting=true
URxvt*boldFont: xft:Liberation Mono:bold:pixelsize=13:antialias=true:hinting=true
#
# Xft: Terminus fonts
#  Fedora/debian packages: terminus-fonts/xfonts-terminus
#URxvt*font: xft:terminus:pixelsize=15
#URxvt*boldFont: xft:terminus:bold:pixelsize=15

# Traditional fonts - a more traditional font setup in lieu of xft
#URxvt*font:-*-tewi-medium-r-normal-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1
#URxvt*boldFont:-*-tewi-bold-r-normal-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-iso8859-1

#Tewi Fonts (GODAMN FINALLY)
URxvt*font: xft:Monospace:style=Regular:pixelsize=13:antialias=true:hinting=true;xft:Tewi
urxvt.boldFont: xft:Monospace:style=Bold:bold:pixelsize=13:antialias=true:hinting=true;xft:Tewi

# Replace blue folder colors with a lighter shade for clarity. To
#  set colored folders and files within urxvt, xterm, and aterm, add
#  the following line to your ~/.bashrc ($HOME/.bashrc) file under
#  the heading "# User specific aliases and functions":
#   alias ls="ls -h --color=auto"
URxvt*color4: RoyalBlue
URxvt*color12: RoyalBlue

# scrollbar - true (default) or false
URxvt*scrollBar: false

# scrollbar position - left=false (default) or right=true
URxvt*scrollBar_right: false

# scrollbar style - rxvt (default), plain, next, or xterm
URxvt*scrollstyle: rxvt

URxvt*titleBar: false

URxvt.intensityStyles: false

#16 Re: Introductions » From Windows to #! » 2013-10-23 01:51:54

Welcome to the Crunchbang party! I'm glad you had such a good first experience, those are always the most important! The community here is always helpful and pleasant, so feel free to ask any questions you may have! On a side note, every single new member must answer one question before they are accepted into the community: What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

#17 Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » rxvt-unicode color configuration » 2013-10-23 01:45:35

Diet
Replies: 2

Here's a challenge for everyone who considers themselves a ricing master! Today, I decided to make the switch from Terminator (the default terminal emulator) to rxvt or more specifically rxvt-unicode, which is more commonly known as urxvt. I swiched because I liked the transparency feature, but soon realized how snappy it is! Being the kind of person that likes to customize every single piece of software they use, I decided to tweak out (rice) urxvt to my liking. BUT, I ran across a problem while customizing it. The colors of the regular text seem to be almost the complete opposite of the bold text (check my screen shot if you don't get what I'm saying) no matter what you do. I tried turning the intensity value off, but that just makes them the complete opposite (think black and white coloration).

Anyone know how to make both text colors the same? Thanks.

2013_10_22_1382492564_835x465_scrot.jpg

#18 Off Topic / General Chat » All things Bitcoin! » 2013-10-22 21:34:35

Diet
Replies: 36

I didn't see one stickied, so I figured I might as well make a thread about Bitcoin. As many of you know, Bitcoin has been pretty huge since about 2011, and I've had a bunch of fun playing in the markets as well as mining some by myself. Considering I've had success in the markets, I want to here about the community's success! (or maybe failures big_smile).

Also, I think it would also be interesting to talk about the government's role in Bitcoin as well. The fact that the US government has shut down Liberty Reserve and restricted Dwolla withdrawals from Mt.Gox has widely affected the Bitcoin trade, and has even made it harder for people to get into Bitcoin. The deep web black-market instability has an effect on prices as well. When Dread Pirate Roberts got caught, the influx of criminals selling their Bitcoins sank the price by almost $100 bucks in the course of about 3 days. Luckily I had sold my entire stash a week before, but the market really took a dive for about 2 weeks. So should the government control Bitcoin? Or is it an important part of the world economy? Recently Chinese news stations have done reports on Bitcoin, and opened an entire Chinese market to Bitcoin. The sudden lack of volume has bumped prices up to over $200 a coin! Whether you like it or not, I want to hear why, and where you think the market is headed.

Finally, if you do mine bitcoins, what are your mining specs? Do you use an ASIC? Or are you still trying to squeeze the most money you can out of your gaming machine? I used to use my AMD Radeon HD7970 non-stop to mine bitcoins, but the introduction of ASIC machines has increased the mining difficulty by almost 60% per week, making my 7970 almost as obsolete as CPU mining.

If you think of anything else that I didn't cover in here, feel free to bring it up!

#19 Re: Tips, Tricks & Scripts » HowTo: Connect to an Android 4 phone » 2013-10-22 21:10:07

Thanks for taking the time to type this up, I'm sure it will be useful in the future when I finally get around to rooting my phone  big_smile

#21 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Audio output to DisplayPort/HDMI, EliteBook 8560p » 2013-10-22 21:02:08

cenzo188 wrote:
Diet wrote:

Is it an active DisplayPort to hdmi cable?

The laptop has a "DP++" port, and the passive adapter is detected by the computer and it outputs an HDMI signal. The adapter doesn't have any sort of external power supply. The video comes through fine.

Unfortunately, while the specs of the laptop permit audio to be run through a display port, it really depends on whether or not the manufacturer decides to implement it. Your laptop might be one of those cases where it's not supported.

#23 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Changing Font Colors in Terminator [SOLVED] » 2013-10-20 21:59:45

I ended up figuring out that the first color in the second row of the palette colors changed the bolded text colors before I saw this, but you were right anyways! Thanks a bunch/

#24 Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Changing Font Colors in Terminator [SOLVED] » 2013-10-20 04:33:49

Diet
Replies: 2

Hello all,

I'm trying to find a way to change the base colors of Terminator. Before anyone tries to tell me to change the colors in the preferences GUI, I have already tried that, and the only thing I can change is background and the non-bolded text. I can change those to whatever I want, but to match my desktop, which can be see on the edges of the attached picture, I want to be able to change the bolded text as well.

I have searched to no avail, and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.

Thanks, Diet

0u04D6C

#25 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » [RESOLVED] #! apparently not picking up my ethernet connection » 2013-10-20 04:24:31

monobus wrote:

This touch pad issue is making it nearly unusable. Im having to do this on my other computer.

EDIT: I found this post in relation to my elantech touchpad.

http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic. … 94#p326994

However I am unfamiliar with said backports. What exactly would I be adding to my source.list?

Try using a usb mouse until you can get it fixed.

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