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Old 12th April 2013, 14:21     #121
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prepare for wall of text, saw this explanation on reddit...pretty interesting


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Here's an ELI-10, because at 5 we'd be pushing hard to deliver good explanations that have some lasting value outside this thread.
NOTE: 'gold' is a bad example for a mineral in my metaphorical mine. You'd probably do best not to think of it as gold but as any old interesting thing you might dig up from a mine. I'm not going to edit it all out because people are responding to me to attack the gold example. But... everyone has heard of gold and they probably know it comes from mines. It wouldn't be as semantically interesting to discuss hematite or zinc or titanium dioxide even though those are all hugely important and common.
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Mining Bitcoins is like mining a precious mineral (let's say gold) from a single, very deep mine. If you want you can think of it in very small terms like inside a sandbox - and if you want you can think of it in very large terms like in the Earth's crust, where an actual mine would be.
The "Bitcoin mine" is the basic protocol that governs the release of the bitcoins, think of it like the entire seam of gold running all the way into the Earth. The gold is pretty much the same quality all the way down as far as it goes, but the mine is VERY deep and the surrounding rock gets harder and harder to dig through every 10 minutes. At the surface, when people were just starting to crack into the big mine... it was very very easy to have your computer start tapping away at the big seam of gold (mining for bitcoins by decrypting little bits of code based in the original protocol). Basically you could walk to the mine and scoop up gold (bitcoins) with your hands. It was very easy to get the first few. But eventually the gold on the top got mined out, after lots and lots of 10 minute cycles.
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[25 bitcoins are released from the code-block every 10 minutes --- and that's when the mine gets just a little bit harder to dig into... (in the year 2017 the difficulty will go up again, and only 12.5 will be released - this is how we get our hard upper limit in 2140)]
So once the gold on the surface was all cleared out and the rock got a little bit harder to dig into, the first people to get shovels and pick axes probably still found it pretty easy to get the gold. Even though the rock was a little too hard to scrape up with their hands, their basic tools could do the job. The bitcoins were getting harder to mine because the total number was expanding. And the protocol dictates that only 21 million bitcoins must ever exist - the last to be found at the end of the last 10 minute cycle in the year 2140.
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Now... bitcoins weren't very valuable at this point because anyone could just go into the mine and do a little bit of easy mining to get some coins. There wasn't much confidence in their value either. Not a lot of people wanted to deal with this gold. Imagine it's a funny color that people haven't seen before. No government or bank is controlling its price. All that matters is that there's gold in the mine and people can trade it around or even trade it for cash if there ends up being enough faith that it's worth something.
When the mining got a little bit tougher and you needed to have a little bit of a better computer to get into the mining business... people saw that there were a few million coins around that the supply was slow to grow but that it couldn't really be tampered with. The mine was always going to be there. Yes people could debate what the mineral was worth. They could throw it away or dump it in the ocean or lose the keys to their personal vault... but the mine would be there in the morning and if you had the right tools you could keep mining and helping to increase the supply of the coins.
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Eventually, the people with the pick axes and the shovels (these were people using their CPUs to mine for bitcoins by cracking the code in the protocol) just couldn't get any more gold out. Their tools weren't powerful enough to crack through the deepest layers of surrounding rock anymore. So they turned to more powerful tools.
In come the GPU miners... people who used the graphics processors in their computers to keep cracking away at the bitcoin protocol and finding more 'gold' in the mine. These guys (and gals) brought powerful motorized diggers, front-end loaders, dump trucks, and excavators. They had the tools to keep mining and because they often worked in "pools" and used their big powerful tools together... they could pretty reliable mine more gold even as the mine got deeper. They would just split the profits from the coins that they mined because no single person was really getting very many on their own.
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Today... the value of the bitcoin is much higher than it originally was. People have some decent faith in the value of the 'gold' mined from the invisible bitcoin mine. A lot of common stores will accept the currency and a lot of big companies are falling in line to start accepting it. They can see that the gold from the mine isn't really a funny color after all, and that's okay that no big central power controls it. They have some decent faith in the base protocol and they're willing to let people get a little experimental with their payments.
But the mine keeps getting deeper... and because it's so much more difficult to dig up new bitcoins... you need much more powerful tools and bigger pools. The value expands with the total number and the number of people who have faith in the system. The more people buy into the bitcoin market... the more valuable the market becomes. If everyone thinks they can tap the mine... then they can! And that gold really starts being worth something.
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In the next few months some amazing machines called ASIC miners are going to come online. These are the bad-boys of industry and they are going to make quick work of the next deeper level of the mine. They will be able to crack the base protocol's code thousands of times faster than even the GPU miners with their fancy automated equipment. The ASIC miners are taking nuclear explosives, plasma drills, and massive sky-scraper sized excavators to the mine. They will be able to do more work in an afternoon than the other guys could in a year! But the mine keeps getting deeper... and eventually even they won't be powerful enough to quickly crack into the next layer of rock. A powerful ASIC mining computer can cost more than a new car!!! But because it's so powerful, it may be able to make twice that in a month if the cost of the bitcoins stays stable or rises.
But here's the kicker... because the total number of coins in circulation can never exceed the set amount in the base protocol... and because the mine can never get deeper... there will only ever be that set. Every month it will get twice as difficult to crack into the rock and mine bitcoins. Hence improvements in the tools being used. But for those at the top and those operating in large pools... the bitcoins will keep flowing.
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One big reason bitcoins are attractive is that they aren't "fiat" money controlled by a central organization or government. They aren't based in a promise. They're based in the solid code of the base protocol. In order to buy and sell bitcoins you trade the coded address of a coin - never a real object. The exchanges are usually fast and virtually completely anonymous. This makes them very appealing as a new type of currency in our increasingly wired/surveiled world.
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Old 12th April 2013, 14:25     #122
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Doesn't seem like that practical a currency if you can only exchange it for items worth multiples of a hundred dollars or more. Except maybe for GT.
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Old 12th April 2013, 14:34     #123
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It's divisible, you can transact in fractions of a coin (centibits or something)
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Old 12th April 2013, 16:53     #124
Jodi
 
I have 10 coins left. They were worth $50 at one point, then $2600 at another, now they are worth about $1000. I don't really care as they cost me nothing to get (see previous parts of this thread).

my workmate has 100 coins. He might buy a house one day. But he doesn't care either as he mined during the goldrush and it didn't cost him anything either.

I think the coin is divisible to 10 decimal places or something.

Basically this boom and bust cycle is a repeat of the last one. Bubble, pop, bounch, mt gox down, (predicted) crash, then steady rise again.

Fun to watch when you don't care.
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Old 16th May 2013, 12:02     #125
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http://gawker.com/feds-seize-assets-...ange-506790294

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According to a warrant issued Tuesday by the U.S. District Court of Maryland, the DHS seized Mt. Gox's account with payments processing service Dwolla after an agent discovered that Mt. Gox did not properly register as a money services company when opening a U.S. bank account in 2011.
this is sounding better and better
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Old 16th May 2013, 14:02     #126
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Originally Posted by from MtGox site
TOKYO - JAPAN - May 15, 2013

MtGox has read on the Internet that the United States Department of Homeland Security had a court order and/or warrant issued from the United States District Court in Maryland which it served upon the Dwolla mobile payment service with respect to accounts used for trading with MtGox. MtGox takes this information seriously. However, as of this time MtGox has not been provided with a copy of the court order and/or warrant and does not know its scope and/or the reasons for its issuance. MtGox is investigating and will provide further reports when additional information becomes known.
Just saw that as well
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Old 17th May 2013, 18:12     #127
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...v=_onv9-fHoEc#!

Max Keiser - Bitcoin, Bernanke & Buffett | London Real

Might be of interest to some.
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Old 20th May 2013, 14:57     #128
Trigger
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...94G0LS20130517
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U.S. authorities have seized two accounts linked to a major operator in the booming Bitcoin digital currency market, Tokyo-based exchange Mt. Gox. The move may prevent the firm from facilitating the purchase and sale of Bitcoins in U.S. dollars
ruh roh
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Old 20th May 2013, 15:52     #129
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Do they have, you know, any valid reason?
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Old 20th May 2013, 16:10     #130
Trigger
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I'm guessing you didn't read the article?
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Old 20th May 2013, 17:27     #131
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Do they have, you know, any valid reason?
I think this guy actually is this stupid ^^
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Old 20th August 2013, 14:59     #132
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I'll be needing a couple of bitcoins by the end of this week if someone wants to sell. Price seems to be in your favour

Cash (depending on location) or NZ bank transfer

Cheers NZG
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Old 21st August 2013, 20:05     #133
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Bitcoin recognised as private money in Germany

Well seems like a pretty big foot in the door...
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Old 23rd August 2013, 13:51     #134
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I'll be needing a couple of bitcoins by the end of this week if someone wants to sell. Price seems to be in your favour

Cash (depending on location) or NZ bank transfer

Cheers NZG
Anyone? Someone must need some drinking money for the weekend
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Old 27th August 2013, 12:36     #135
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Anyone? Someone must need some drinking money for the weekend
gmail me: jodi.the.tigger
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Old 27th August 2013, 20:29     #136
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Sounds like money laundering to me....
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Old 29th August 2013, 09:16     #137
Jodi
 
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Sounds like money laundering to me....
Yes, you could do, but it's very hard. Better off using cash. You can track every single transaction to when the money was mined.
http://www.itworld.com/security/3707...ut-or-spend-it

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Old 28th October 2013, 17:49     #138
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World first Bitcoin ATM to go live

Crikey!
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Old 19th November 2013, 15:57     #139
GM
 
12 April 2011

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Originally Posted by Jodi
Right,

I'll have 50BT by monday next week.

Lets look at exchange rates:
Take 0.75 bt to the usd
take 1 usd = 1.284 nzd.

50 * 0.75 * 1.284 = $48.15

I'll trade you 50bt for $48 NZD.

email my gmail address at:
jodi.the.tigger
if you're still interested.
12 December 2011

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Originally Posted by Jodi
Right!

So, money made doing bitcoin for 10 months = $328.88[/size]

Stuff I still have from bitcoin days:
650W PSU ($200)
Radeon 6950 2GB ($439)
15 btc (about $60 NZD at todays exhange rate)
$30 in exchange account.
3x 4GB USB keys.

Profit + Loss
==========
$2995.92 (Earnings -> NZD in bank account)
-$711.29 (power -> 2742.408 kWh)
-$225.13 (co-investor's cut)
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$2059.50 profit

Capital
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-$3972.42 (money spent buying mining kit)
$2241.80 (money received selling mining kit)
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-$1730.62 (capital loss, or mining kit rental if you want)

So, money made doing bitcoin for 10 months = $328.88 (But if I didn't buy the 650W psu it would be $528)

So, $1/day pretty much.
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shit I can't believe I missed out on such an amazing opportunity/scheme


http://swampland.time.com/2013/11/18/bitcoin-price-soars-as-the-senate-mulls-regulating-the-cryptocurrency/

50Bt valued today would be $44,000NZD
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Old 20th November 2013, 11:37     #140
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I guess we'll see, won't we? My bet's on it working out.
Looking good so far.

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Originally Posted by Lightspeed
I gotta get this running on my media server...
Too bad I never did.

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Originally Posted by Trigger
wow sounds like you're sitting on a goldmine there buddy
after a whole year of running your computer at full power 24/7 you might get some of your money back on the hardware you purchased
Haters gonn...
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Old 20th November 2013, 15:27     #141
Trigger
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FUCK I should have known last week's lotto numbers were going to be 04, 08, 09, 18, 25, 28

I've sold virtual currency before and made close to $30k, and it involved a lot less random luck than this buttcoin business. So not even mad
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Old 20th November 2013, 16:50     #142
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FUCK I should have known last week's lotto numbers were going to be 04, 08, 09, 18, 25, 28

I've sold virtual currency before and made close to $30k, and it involved a lot less random luck than this buttcoin business. So not even mad
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Old 20th November 2013, 16:51     #143
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Old 20th November 2013, 16:54     #144
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tai liao you down for a mammoth match?
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Old 20th November 2013, 20:08     #145
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FUCK I should have known last week's lotto numbers were going to be 04, 08, 09, 18, 25, 28

I've sold virtual currency before and made close to $30k, and it involved a lot less random luck than this buttcoin business. So not even mad
You and everyone else, just used the comment as an example, suppose I could've picked any number of posters but it just happened that I chose you.

Anyways, I want an update from Jodi - what has happened since the last post? cashed in?

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Old 21st November 2013, 10:22     #146
Trigger
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Old 22nd November 2013, 12:53     #147
Jodi
 
Still got 14 coins left.

Mining at 7.7Ghz.

I would be a millionare if I speculated.

I would have 350k if I didn't sell any coins.

I would have 18 coins if I didn't spend 4 getting the miner that would only mine a total of 1 coin it its lifetime.

So yea, I do mining because it's low risk, but I suck at the business.

I'm just playing the nz/mtgox markets when there is a spread due to volatility atm.
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Old 24th November 2013, 13:11     #148
Lightspeed
 
Meh, leave money speculation to John Key.
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Old 27th November 2013, 19:36     #149
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Still got 14 coins left.

Mining at 7.7Ghz.

I would be a millionare if I speculated.

I would have 350k if I didn't sell any coins.

I would have 18 coins if I didn't spend 4 getting the miner that would only mine a total of 1 coin it its lifetime.

So yea, I do mining because it's low risk, but I suck at the business.

I'm just playing the nz/mtgox markets when there is a spread due to volatility atm.
ditto (except for the numbers of coins I have/mine). You'd have near on 100k worth of BTC if you invested $1000 into BTC this time last year - but who knew?

I know a few people also play the CampBx/MtGox game as well - they're quite often spread ...

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Old 14th December 2013, 17:30     #150
guest
 
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Anyone have any bitcoin they are wanting to sell? Any amounts considered
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Wot? For real money?
i laughed. it was over two years ago....
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Old 17th December 2013, 13:10     #151
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muh

http://preev.com/btc/nzd
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Old 4th November 2015, 18:15     #152
Lightspeed
 
Damn bitcoin spikes... just keeps going up and up.
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Old 9th November 2015, 12:54     #153
Jodi
 
Really, really should have cashed out at 1k/coin. Still hope yet...
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Old 26th November 2015, 18:42     #154
guest
 
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Really, really should have cashed out at 1k/coin. Still hope yet...
Don't give up buddy. She'll be right
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Old 22nd April 2021, 11:23     #155
Trigger
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bump, who remembers? I remember
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Old 22nd April 2021, 16:40     #156
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I hope Jodi kept those 14 coins.
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Old 22nd April 2021, 17:02     #157
blynk
 
oh god. What a trip those first few post were.

Where were those dam time travellers to let people know not to sell their BTC for $1.50
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Old 26th April 2021, 21:52     #158
Ab
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If I were Jodi I would just never come back to this thread.
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