You're putting the cart before the horse. Bitpay doesn't pick which technologies they support, their customers do. Bitpay doesn't pay transaction fees on the network, their customers do. When customers tell Bitpay they want to be able to use Bitco...
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Looks like it got overlooked among the other stuff somehow. Sorry! I'll push it out now. These are usually easy edit jobs, so not sure how it got missed.Posted on October 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM
I mentioned this to @cryptonaut yesterday and he's planning to move the database to a different server.Posted on October 10, 2014 at 8:28 AM
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Telling me that the article and the title wasn't in sync was good, and was addressed by changing the title.
Please re-read my original feedback, quoted above. I never told you that the article and title weren't in sync. What I did was point out the areas where you needed to expand the article, which as it happens were mentioned in your title, meaning you were aware of them in the first place. Also, I already explained above why I didn't get back to you at the time.
This sort of dead-end back and forth and misquoting what we say is where we give up and get back to the other work that's waiting for us.Posted on October 9, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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I still have a copy of your original article and can share it here or privately if that will help jog your memory as to what you submitted. As I told you in the comment above, the article was very incomplete and I give you some direction about how to improve it and fix the issues.
Upon getting your remark about it I changed the title as it was then no longer suitable for the content and I rewrote the parts that I thougth you were referring to when calling it draft notes rather than an article.
I made it clear that markets/blockchain was the whole point of using tokens but, instead of putting in an effort to talk about that in some detail, you mentioned buying and selling tokens in a few places and changed the title to remove the mention of the blockchain. Your title was fine. I never asked you to change it, but that was easier than reworking the article properly.
I wonder why you say that "the lack of feedback is discouraging" when you didn't pay any attention to the feedback you got.Posted on October 9, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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I've just checked my notes regarding article 453, which was originally called "Gaming, Markets and the Blockchain" and I had told you:
The article you have submitted titled "Gaming, Markets and the Blockchain" is not of sufficient quality to be published on LTB and reads more like partial draft notes for a proper article. You also don't talk much about the markets/blockchain part, which would be the whole point of using tokens in the first place. The number of typos and other errors in the document confirm my suspicion that this is a halfhearted effort, written in a rush.
I am seeing a lot of low-quality posts coming in now that they are earning LTBcoin, which I think is disrespectful. I generally don't have time to respond in such cases -- I just wish I could get back the time I spent reading. However, since you've shown a strong interest in the LTB community, I thought I'd reach out this time and ask you to put in a proper effort in the future.
I remember being surprised at how quickly you resubmitted and you said:
I removed the reference to the blockchain from the title (since the blockchain itself is irrelevant to the context) and have made changes to the article to make it less inconsistent.
That was quite the easy way out, especially when I specifically told you to focus more on the markets and blockchain aspects and after reading your article, I didn't feel you had put in enough effort even though you did mention trading a bit more. I'm sure you know that the whole point of using tokens in games is the market and the blockchain, particularly the markets on the blockchain (decentralized exchanges) that make it possible for players to trade tokens even if your game is not big enough to get listed on a centralized exchange. I don't know why you passed on my advice to improve your article, but your apparent lack of interest in your own work is why I didn't get back to you.
Re article 510 "How bitcoin empowers renting and lending", @cherapple says that at the time you had submitted several "how Bitcoin empowers" articles that were repetitive and not very interesting and that when she wrote to you about this, you replied defensively with "that's just what I want to write about."
In the end, another article of yours submitted the same day and titled "An Overview of Applications that Could Be Empowered by Bitcoin" was published instead.
Now that time has passed, I've added 510 to Trello and we'll be considering it. You are also welcome to rewrite and resubmit 453, but if you do so, please make it worthwhile. If you have any questions about the editorial advice you were given, please ask. We're here to help you, but you need to take the initiative yourself.Posted on October 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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I'm not usually so blunt, but I want to put an end to this crap once and for all. People like you are the reason why editing gets bogged down, editors get burnt out and progress is not as fast as we all would like. Thank goodness the vast majority of contributors to LTB are professional and respectful.
We have already discussed everything you brought up here in this thread: letstalkbitcoin.com/forum/post/significant-finding-about-bitcoins-creation-schedule that you have just deleted so you can come back and kick up a shitstorm once again. That sort of behavior speaks volumes about your honesty and integrity.
So what now? Am I expected to waste more time with you, responding to your misrepresentation of the facts and outright lies? I can be brief this time as you have already torn your credibility to shreds.
What you don't say here is that your original article was a series of weak and circumstantial arguments claiming that the mathematician John Nash is Satoshi Nakamoto. We didn't think it was responsible to publish that, especially after the whole Newsweek thing but, instead of dismissing you, editor @cherapple worked with you to help you turn your article into something acceptable and worthwhile. @dhimmel and I were also very involved in behind-the-scenes discussions that ate up precious time.
After two full rewrites and tons of back-and forth feedback in between (think of how many other writers had their work delayed just so we wouldn't turn you away) your article was close to ready for publishing when you suddenly blurt out that you didn't think LTB would publish the truth. What truth? That Nash = Satoshi? A comment like that is an insult, not a joke as you are now trying to claim, and I don't blame Cheryl for losing her patience. She tells me it wasn't your first time being disrespectful either.
And now you have the cheek to come back and lie and say that another editor (who was me) told you:
its likely NO editors will be willing to work with me in the future.
What I really told you if you remember that thread you deleted was that I won't force people to work with you if they don't want to do so, but that you could start afresh when new editors come along.
I'm all for second chances when they are earned and deserved, but no amount of sucking up and praising LTB will endear you to anyone if you continue to act in such a disingenuous manner.
For the general record, we current editors are the first people pushing for decentralized editing and the new editorial system ASAP because it will distribute the workload better and relieve a ton of pressure. I am also very keen to see a portion of LTB (maybe not the homepage - that's Adam's prerogative) have Reddit-style user curation where people can post pretty much whatever they like and have it voted upon. All that takes time to build and there are lots of other things that need doing besides.
I have nothing to add except please, for your own sake, chill out a little, let this blow over and don't continue to dig yourself into a hole.Posted on October 3, 2014 at 3:14 AM
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1,615 viewsCategories: GeneralOctober 27th, 2014 by Mike Johnson
Welcome to another edition of the Let's Talk Bitcoin community roundup. This roundup serves to highlight just some of the content you can find on the Let's Talk Bitcoin forums and main site.
Since the last roundup we've seen even more new members join LTB and lots of new topics being posted. There are even some new categories popping up in the message boards.
2,785 viewsOctober 17th, 2014 by Permacredits
This is the first in a series of short stories highlighting what life is like in Colony Earth Corp., a member-owned lifestyle corporation that builds exquisite living environments that run on Permacredits.Read More
3,057 viewsSeptember 18th, 2014 by Andrew De Gabriele
A world of exciting possibilities is unfolding as we wrap our heads around digital tokens (such as Counterparty assets like LTBcoin) and their uses. Here are a couple of use cases I have been thinking about lately: token-based affiliate programs and token-based member-invite-only systems.
Adam B. Levine explained the idea of Token Controlled Access and the specific application of this called Token Controlled Viewpoint, where visitors to a website have different privileges and levels of access based upon the specific digital tokens they hold in a particular Counterparty address.
Say you are starting your own secret society. You could create a website that looks like an s... Read More
September 12th, 2014 by Michael Kimani
Listening to Richard Boase talk to Adam B. Levine on LTB Episode 133, I very much related to his description of the many challenges Bitcoin advocates face in Kenya and the rest of Africa. After arriving in Nairobi, all evangelistic and upbeat about Bitcoin and his charity mission, Richard left six weeks later, rather disappointed and with a completely different outlook.
If you have not yet listened to Episode 133, I highly recommend it.
4,541 viewsCategories: Guest BlogAugust 27th, 2014 by Robert Ross
My name is Robert Ross and I am the founder of FoldingCoin (http://www.foldingcoin.net). This story I am about to tell will sound very familiar to other BTC and ALT miners but for those who always wanted to mine but never could, please read as you will like the possibility of perhaps being able to mine a coin.
When I first heard about Bitcoin the date was March 19th 2013 and Bitcoin was trading around $57 per each BTC. The thing was, I didnt even care about the price at the time. I was so interested in my friend telling me about the qualities that BTC had to offer. Even though I have been in the IT world for years I had never even heard of the concept of grid computing. I was completely inspired by this new technology that after talking about it with my friend for about 3 hours, we saw the time was only 8:30pm, so we headed down to an electronic store and bought ourselves 2 Radeon HD 6970s and started mining our first Bitcoins at around 3 oclock in the morning.
Then all we talked about was how great Bitcoin will be for the word, until the great day of April 9 when the price started to go crazy. We then went out and got another new computer with 2 Radeon HD 7950s going because we saw the potential of making money. From that time until July 2013 we went from mining BTC to ALT coins because of the ASICs. But as all you other miners know, the ALT coin game ended around March for GPUs and CPUs when the Scrypt ASICs came out. So in March I turned my rigs (totalling 34 GPUs and 8 CPUs) off and looked for a new solution. Then for the first time I discovered grid computing outside of Bitcoin.
I first found a site called BOINC http://boinc.berkeley.edu/ and I was instantly hooked on research. Apparently Bitcoin was not the first grid computing project out there. BOINC offered hundreds of different projects ranging from finding aliens to creating medicines. I thought this might be the answer. After I installed BOINC on my machines, I learned that most projects were not ATI friendly (most miners will have ATI cards) and the installation was not as user friendly as I would have liked for a general PC user.
Then I discovered a different project not on the BOINC platform that was called Folding@Home http://folding.stanford.edu/, which only worked on one project, and which folds proteins for medical research. It takes your CPU and GPU power to simulate the folding of proteins in your body, which helps medical researchers better understand how different proteins work. This work can lead to the development of new medical papers and new medicines used for all of humanity http://folding.stanford.edu/home/faq/faq-diseases/. Because their focus is on one project, the development of their program is further along than most BOINC projects. It is easy to set up, with little configuration, and the development team seems to be significantly stronger at Stanford than at other BOINC projects. Within five minutes of setting up the folding program on all my rigs, I was folding proteins.
This led me to an idea. Why not distribute a CounterParty asset to those that fold on the network? So me and my team have created FoldingCoin (FLDC) http://www.foldingcoin.net. The advantages of this can be far greater than having an ALTcoin with its own blockchain.
Since FLDC shares the bitcoin blockchain, folders rely on Bitcoin and CounterParty developers to introduce new updates to the coin, such as security, stability, and GUI. This allows our team to not focus on development of the coin itself, but rather focus on the adoption, distribution, and economy of the coin.
No energy is wasted securing a blockchain, all resources can be used strictly for Folding@Home work units.
The only chance for a 51% attack is if it happens to the Bitcoin network. BTC miners approve the transactions
When you send FLDC to another wallet you are also sending a small amount of BTC in addition to FLDC
Distribution has been locked by the CounterParty protocol ensuring that even the developers of the coin cannot introduce more into the market
Possibility of having holders of FLDC to vote on different changes to the coin, similar to how SWARM has holders vote on company decisions.
This is not only a coin, but an alternative to traditional mining. And for those that always wanted to mine but never could, you now can take any CPU (yes even a pentium III) and begin to help Stanford reach its goal of 1 million computers (at the time of writing 170,000 computers are connected http://folding.stanford.edu/home/) because even if you do not produce nearly as much as some of the top folders on the team, your CPU is still essential in creating one great big grid computing system. The value backing FLDC is the fact that it represents a certain amount of time spent doing computational work for the Folding@Home Network. Most coins contribute only a blockchain that will die after awhile to the world, FLDC offers something else.
Our team is also currently developing a use for the coin, and that is to become the currency of MeetUp.com groups. We are still working hard on how to make this happen, but the general idea is, that since most everybody has a computer, this coin can easily be created by anyone a part of any MeetUp.com group. FoldingCoin.net will give any MeetUp group 10,000 FLDC (from our personnal funds) to any MeetUp organizer that wishes to implement this program in their MeetUp. FLDC can be distributed to members as organizers see fit. Perhaps they give 100 FLDC for attending a meeting, or 200 FLDC for bringing a friend. Maybe even 1000 FLDC for bringing a professional speaker to their meeting. Since each MeetUp is unique the rewards program may vary, but we are working on a general guideline. And this is not to be limited to just crypto MeetUps, if this is used by any MeetUp it will not only help create medicines for Stanford, but help the adoption of BTC and FLDC.
This also gives a chance to eliminate cryptoswitching that hurts the difficulty of each ALTCoin. Since there is no blockchain and difficulty, once you fold with Stanford there is no other coin that you can switch to automatically. And Folding@Home has an established amount of folders, besides the BTC network, it is the larger grid computing system in the world. And bringing all miners to their program can as much as triple their current network.
Please consider helping to join our team and create medicines that will help all of humanity and help make FLDC a great coin. Even if you dont want to fold please consider buying FLDC off of those that have them to show that you support the fact that they fold. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you everyone for being the greatest online community in the world!Read More
3,835 viewsAugust 4th, 2014 by Andrew De Gabriele
On July 29, 2014, Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock - one of the world*s largest online retailers - launched a wiki page where he invited open discussion about the best way for a public company to completely bypass entities like NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange and issue its securities on a decentralized platform similar to Bitcoin.
The timing could not have been more comical.
That same Tuesday, a number of Wall Street suits, including representatives of Visa, Citigroup and other financial institutions, gathered for the one-day Digital Currencies conference, organized by America... Read More
2,611 viewsJuly 30th, 2014 by Andrew De Gabriele
We all remember that kid at school who was strong or influential enough to decide who got to play ball or form part of the gang. That is a gatekeeper.
The gatekeepers of the adult world wield much greater power, of course. And yet, just like the class bully, they typically use their influence to get their way and exclude people or entities they dislike.
The problem with gatekeepers
In April 2014, Stefan Molyneux, came down heavily on political corruption and warmongering in an Amsterdam conference talk titled Bitcoin vs.Political Power. Right after he uploaded the talk to YouTube, Google suspended the eight-year-old YouTube account he had used t... Read More
2,142 viewsJuly 17th, 2014 by Andrew De Gabriele
How do we turn crypto-skeptics into crypto-advocates?
It can be quite fascinating to hear people who are involved in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies talk about the time they first heard of the whole phenomenon, about their first impressions, and about how their opinions changed. You will find it is not always a tale of love at first sight.
What is your story? What did you think of Bitcoin and crypto in general back when you discovered them? How h... Read More