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In Light of CipherTrace, Let's Talk Opsec
So I was very skeptical at first, but Dave maybe convinced me about 10% that they have some level of capability in the direction they're suggesting. The techniques are stuff we've known, and it would require large computational resources, combined with loads of offchain data, but maybe they have taken efforts to the next level. It's my belief that govts and banks really dislike Monero. So with that in mind lets give them some small benefit of the doubt and take some creative license:
They amalgamate data from as many publicly available places, some exchanges, and resource sharing with big brother, deep state, govt agencies. Verdict: Near certainty. And I think we have long been aware that the off-chain data is where weaknesses can really creep in. Certainly we have been aware of the dragnet collection ongoing for 2 decades.
Conducting dust or poisoned output attacks on known public addresses, particularly for targets of interest. Also highly likely.
Correlation of IP addresses with on chain data? Recently mitigated with Dandelion++, but previously, medium likelyhood. Seems unlikely that they were correlating every clearnet IP/Tx, and obviously alot of us use ToI2P. But for targeted individuals, yeah probably. Perhaps they're even getting a feed of filtered dragnet IP data.
Transaction graphs. Statistically low useability unless combined with off-chain data. They're probably taking medium probability topologies and corroborating them with off-chain data, as well as poisoned outputs, to significantly increase the confidence of linkages.
Synergy. Yeah, puke, I know. But putting all that together, stripping decoys, generating sets of correlated outputs, provides some ability to gain further resolution on the tx graph, iteratively. I imagine they run countless iterations under different initial assumptions and constants tuning.
Again, they would need some serious computational power and off-chain data feeds. I also imagine that their models suffer from time-decay, especially without a constant stream of hueristic data. Notice at the end he emphasized opsec. Here, I really do believe him. So finally, lets talk opsec.
Run your own node, over Tor or I2P. Dandelion is great, but it doesn't hurt to add an extra layer.
Always generate new subaddresses for every new customer, and avoid posting them to public locations. The less opportunity someone has to turn you into a dust attack, the better. That "refund address" that you get on MorphToken? Yeah, generate a new sub-address and don't re-use it. Regularly cycle your Bisq addresses.
Limit transactions from your smart phone as much as possible.
Don't be turning around transactions immediately after the 20-block limit.
If you suspect that you may have been vulnerable or targeted for some of the above analysis, and/or that you might have a set of correlated outputs, I suggest this: Spend all your funds to self, to a NEW wallet. Yes this will almost certainly confirm their suspected linkage, because you will be doing a multiple input tx containing all of your suspected linked outputs... BUT ... it will also break their future linkage. You will now have one real output with all your funds. Over the course of weeks/months, randomly churn it. They now lose the ability to use multiple-input transactions, to create probabilistic transaction graphs on you. They will quickly lose you in the decoys.
Be PARTICULARLY carefull before depositing funds to an exchange, especially if you suspect you might have poisoned outputs.
I have mixed feelings on this. One of our selling points is default privacy made easy. A lot of what I wrote above doesn't exactly sound simple. On the other hand, crypto is about self responsibility and knowledge. Most people ought to have been adhering to at least the basics (ToVPN, new subaddresses, run your own node). But even if we give CT the benefit of the doubt, the following is still true: Newb use of Monero is far more private than ninja use of Bitcoin.
Solution Life is an open-source platform that enables to create peer-to-peer marketplace and ecommerce applications. https://preview.redd.it/ypmpkfwnb6s51.png?width=613&format=png&auto=webp&s=6936dbdd70f1626bb352a426f3b59383b8b8c9cc Solution Life aims at building a global sharing economy, allowing buyers and sellers to use segments of goods and services (car sharing, service missions, home sharing, etc.) to transact on the open, distributed source web. Using Ethereum blockchain and Interplanetary File System (IPFS), the platform and its participants can interact with the peer-to-peer model, allowing the creation and placement of services and goods without going through traditional middle parties. We plan to build a large-scale commercial network: • Exchange financial value directly (listing, transactions and service fees) from big corporations like Airbnb, Craigslist, Postmate, ... to individual buyers and retailers. • Exchange financial value and strategic value (internal aggregation of customer and transaction data) from similar corporations to entire ecosystems • Create new financial value for market participants who contribute to platform development (e.g. building new technology for the Solution Life platform, developing new vertical products and introducing new users and businesses) • Build the open, distributed, and shared data layer to promote transparency and collaboration • Allow the buyers and sellers in the world to transact without difficulty in converting currencies or tariffs • Promote personal freedom by not allowing a corporation or central government to impose arbitrary and overly conventional rules of business operation. To conduct these ambitious goals, we created the Solution Life Platform with programs that encourage technologists, businesses and consumers to build, contribute, and expand the ecosystem. We plan to build a broad collection of vertical industry applications (e.g. short vacation rental, free software engineering, tutoring) built on standards and data sharing Solution Life. When writing this article, the Solution Life platform is currently in Mainnet Beta. Platform Version 1.0 is expected to be activated in Quarter 3/2020. While the majority of engineering work is being done by the core engineering team, we expect future developments, after launching platform 1.0 from developer, will come to open source community members Together, we will create the Internet economy of the future. Details of Whitepaper: • Why is a new model of peer to peer trading necessary? • Benefits proposed on the Solution Life Platform • Product strategy, main features and technical overview • Overview of the Solution Life team and community https://preview.redd.it/tzepfegpb6s51.png?width=759&format=png&auto=webp&s=62c9933e84e9945b5417591e406390d127fa1070 BACKGROUND Since the appearance of the Internet, the digital marketplace has connected buyers and sellers of goods and services, allowing transactions that have never happened before. Craigslist launched in 1995 and dominated for many years in local and regional commerce. At the same time, eBay began to grow and create a whole new category of sales based on auction, creating a more efficient way of doing market business. Through 20 years of rapid change, many businesses on the Internet market in both B2C and B2B types have developed strongly. Currently, sharing economy markets such as Airbnb, Uber, Getaround, Fiverr and TaskRmus have been very successful in combining buyers and sellers of the sharing economy. Now, the use of distributed assets can be sold as easily as atomic items, and people around the world are exchanging their excess inventory, time, and skills for profit. New markets including the Gig economy, the service sector and the use of segment assets are particularly suitable to be basis for peer-to-peer systems built on blockchain. Most of the shared economic enterprises have some common points. Firstly, as a collection, these companies have made a big impact on the world. Consumers of the markets were able to improve their lives with access to products and services that they didn't have before. Vendors have been using these platforms to reach customers on a larger and easier scale than before. Each market creates a "private home" for consumers and suppliers to transact together, creating liquidity for that market. Secondly, most sharing economic enterprises follow the same growth cycle. Without a few exceptions, these famous markets are difficult to launch and grow. Enterprises in the market often have to start building with millions of dollars, and in terms of Uber and Airbnb, these two businesses spend billions of dollars to scale. That is also the reason why these businesses suffered serious losses in the early days. In fact, the corporation is subsidizing the use of marketplace for its users. However, due to the very positive cross-network effect, successful marketplace businesses can increase revenue exponentially over time, usually by charging a fee per transaction on the network. Network-effect enterprises, such as share economy market, are often enterprises occupying all directions and growing stage, gaining a disproportionate value from the network for corporation’s management and their shareholders. In many ways, they become the only dictator on the scale they achieve. Finally, although there are huge differences in user experience, business mechanics, and vertical specific features among companies on the Internet market, they all share many parts built and rebuild many times. Lyft, Postmate, and DoorDash themselves has designed their own solutions for user and supplier profiles, shopping experiences, matching algorithms, reviews, and ratings. This is proprietary technology that is valuable on one side. On the other hand, chasing useless things each time creates a new market vertically wasted time and effort. Consumers also create and manage dozens of accounts on these market enterprises themselves, each with their own personal data and transaction history. In the last few years, blockchain technology innovators and investors have called teams to build peer-topeer versions of businesses in the current sharing economy and to trade the Internet in a more efficient way. P2P lodging sites like Airbnb have already begun to transform the lodging industry by making a public market in private housing. However, adoption may be limited by concerns about safety and security (guests) and property damage (hosts). By enabling a secure, tamper-proof system for managing digital credentials and reputation, we believe blockchain could help accelerate the adoption of P2P lodging and generate.” - Goldman Sachs Research (Blockchain: Putting Theory into Practice) Don Tapscott, the author of the "Blockchain Revolution", said that Bitcoin-based technology could be used to promote the interest in Uber and Airbnb. - The Wall Street Journal "It is difficult for middle parties to achieve sustainable growth in business," [Fritz Joussen] said. "These platforms [tourism middle parties] build accessibility by spending billions of dollars on advertising, and then they generate exclusive profits based on what they have with sales and marketing. They provide great sales and marketing services. Booking.com is a big brand but they make outstanding profits because they own proprietary structures. Blockchain will destroy this. "- Skift However, most of the infrastructure and transmission systems for building distributed-market applications did not exist before Solution Life was born. We aim to address the shortcomings of current market companies and are happy that we have launched the Solution Life Platform, which opens up peer-to-peer commerce with corresponding scale. 📷 ACTIVATE THE OVER THE COUNTER MARKET Our vision is to build and develop a free service exchange on the new Internet. In order to do this, we have to build a simulation platform of most, if not all, of the functionality of a third-party intermediary on the blockchain and other distribution systems. This is an ambitious and technologically challenging goal, but we have already completed important milestones that demonstrate our technology and the realworld applications of the project. The Solution Life platform has 3 main elements, all of which are open sources: • Solution Life enabled end user applications • Solution Life platform for developers • Solution Life's application protocol Solution Life enables end user applications The Solution Life flagship marketplace app is our consumer marketplace product that allows buyers and sellers on the network to do business. It is available today on the web at shopSolution Life.com and on both iOS and Android mobile devices. 📷 Summary For the past two decades, Internet marketplaces and e-commerce stores have changed the way that buyers and sellers connect, creating new opportunities for the exchange of goods and services. However, these marketplaces have always been governed by centralized companies that maintain their individual monopolies on data, transaction and other service fees, and ultimately, user choice. With blockchain and other distributed technologies beginning to hit the mainstream, the world is poised for a new wave of decentralized commerce. SLC is bringing change and innovation to the global peer-to-peer economy. We're excited by the opportunity to lower fees, increase innovation, free customer and transaction data, and decrease censorship and unnecessary regulation. We are building a platform that invites other interested parties including developers and entrepreneurs to build this technology and community with us, altogether working to create the peer-to-peer economy of tomorrow. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey. TOKEN SOLUTION LIFE (SLC) The Solution Life Token (also known as SLC) is a utility token that serves multiple purposes in ensuring the health and growth of the network. The ERC20 contract is live on the Ethereum network today at: 0x4d44D6c288b7f32fF676a4b2DAfD625992f8Ffbd. At a high level, this token is intended to serve a number of key functions on the platform. First, the SLC is a multi-purpose incentive token that is intended to drive the behavior of end users, developers, market operators, and other ecosystem participants. Additionally, the SLC is an exchange intermediary that can be used for payments between buyers and sellers on the platform. Ultimately, it is intended that SLC will serve a vital part in future network governance. Since November 2020, the Solution Life token has been used to encourage various forms of participation from the platform's ecosystem participants. Token Solution Life is used to reward users, developers, marketplace operators and / or other participants for performing activities and services conducive to Platform development. Solution Life Rewards Solution Life is an incentive program targeted at end users on the Platform. Buyers and sellers on the platform have been able to earn SLC since our inaugural Solution Life Rewards campaign in Nov of 2020. Solution Life Rewards enables everyone to have a stake in the network. We’ve intentionally designed the program so that even novice, non-technical users can participate. With Solution Life Rewards, users can get SLC from account creation and identity verification. One of the best ways to network is through referrals. As such, end users can also earn tokens by inviting new users. This creates more confidence between the buyer and the seller. Users can also earn SLC by following Solution Life's social networking sites or promoting project news on public channels. To encourage trading volume on our Solution Life Platform, we also offer a refund mechanism for users who purchase from reputable sellers on our network. Solution Life Commissions Encouraging marketplace developers and managers to use the Solution Life platform is essential. Therefore, we launched an advertising and promotion program, creating an integrated business model for the decentralized marketplace running on Solution Life. Merchants on Solution Life apps can promote their listings using SLCs for greater visibility on search and browse results on our preferred and partner apps. The only way to join this program is to pay with SLC. When a merchant creates a listing, they can add a commission paid in SLC to their listing. This SLC is placed on escrow in the Marketplace Smart Contract.
Bitmain has announced an ASIC miner for Sia. This has made a lot of people uneasy, especially those who preordered Obelisk units. So I'll first address the Obelisk units in isolation. Though we don't have the full chips back yet, the chips are in production and we have our final simulations. We can confidently state that the bitmain unit is far less energy efficient, costs more money, and is an objectively worse miner than the SC1. So people who ordered Obelisk units will still be receiving hardware of substantial value. As a developer, Bitmain moving into the Sia space makes me uneasy. Bitmain has historically been extremely greedy, and very willing to sacrifice the well being of the community, of their customers, and of the ecosystem if it means they can make a couple of extra dollars. The biggest way this has manifested for altcoins is that they will over-sell hardware. When a ton of miners suddenly join the network, the difficulty adjusts. If too many miners join the network, nobody is able to make any money, and everyone eats a loss on their hardware purchase. Bitmain has no qualms about overselling their units to buyers. They take massive margins on their hardware (>50%) and make more money than the total block reward at the expense of their customers. They over-saturate the mining market in a way that hurts their buyers. I think we will see this with Sia. Bitmain will sell more units than the Sia ecosystem can sustain, and many people end up with large losses. Bitmain will not end up with losses, because they were paid up-front with non-refundable money. Bitmain also has a history of doing things like mining empty blocks, and like refusing to activate soft-forks that are beneficial to the network. They were openly hostile to the Bitcoin-core developers, and actively blocked the activation of a very valuable network feature (Segwit). We, the dev team, are not happy that Bitmain has made an ASIC for Sia. We are not happy that many Sia supporters are at risk of losing money by buying these miners (from over-saturation), and we are not happy that Bitmain may choose to interfere with our network. This is not a commentary on general ASIC companies, this is a commentary on Bitmain specifically. We did add an extra feature to the SC1 unit that would allow us to invalidate the Bitmain hardware without invalidating the SC1. The community would need to choose to adopt a soft-fork (it's not something we could just magically activate, we have to change the hashing algorithm slightly), and then we could get rid of this cycle of Bitmain hardware. Of course, they could just create another round of hardware (likely taking ~3 months). And, it would hurt Bitmain customers more than it would hurt Bitmain. Bitmain has already sold around $20 million of non-refundable hardware. They have made their profit, and a soft-fork wouldn't change that. As much as I would like to punch Bitmain in the nose, I don't think a soft-fork achieves what we want. If the hardware is used to harm the Sia network, either by doing double spends, rejecting soft forks, mining empty blocks, we will invalidate it without hesitation. But for the time being, I think the best thing to do is to advise people not to buy the Bitmain hardware (to protect yourself from the oversaturation that Bitmain tries to create), and then to watch and wait, and respond more if it appears that the network is under attack. Overall though, I do not think Sia is in trouble. I am looking forward to the thoughts from the community.
Long story short, my dad suffered a major stroke 2 years ago which left him bedridden in a nursing home and I rage quit my job 1 year ago. My father lost all his asset gambling in his younger days so he had no asset to his name and I have been living with his two sisters (unmarried, my aunts). Normally I should not have to worried about this, but it turns out my Dad only had $2 in his bank account after gambling the CPF he withdrew at our world class casino. He didn't have much insurance because he cancelled them to save on premiums. For what he had, Aviva denied his claim because they claim he false declared his health status on application (many years ago) and will thus "eat" his premium and terminate the policy. The only thing I managed to claim successfully was the DPS and Eldershield thanks to NTUC, but it was after a lengthy one year process to obtain all the "funny" documents they needed. Apparently taking care of a mentally incapacitated person is harder than taking care of a dead person, thanks to red tapes everywhere. You don't just walk and say, I am the son and expect everything to fall into place. There is no one unified system at all. Nonetheless, there was a whole lot of drama in the first year of his stroke due to the hospital, social workers and incapable relatives that requires me to attend to every single thing like I own the company, and I can take time off anytime I want to be a good son like on television. Eventually I was so burn out that everything finally forced me to rage quit my job after a falling out with management. Stuck in a contract was horrible enough but they were so eager to take advantage of the fact that I needed the job and money, instead of negotiating properly. I also dropped out of private uni because I needed cash flow to pay for all of my father's bills and that Kaplan was insensitive to my predicament by not allowing partial refund of my paid fees. Instead asking me to pay the full amount again when I am ready to re-module. I didn't take that well, so I did not extend the deferment. Let's not say I did not try to get my degree, ok? My dad rather gamble than fund my studies and when I finally saved enough for further studies, I need to pay for his medical needs. I was screwed over hard, and ultimately no money means no paper degree no matter how talented I may be. I even tried to negotiate with the company to send me for training on company time, but its always no training budget for contract staffs. And then the usual, if you go training on company time, then what we hire you for? During my years in the company, never once was I send for training. When there is a new project, they just hire someone to implement it instead of giving me the opportunity. And when its implemented, I get a few power point slides and magically I'm qualified to support the new system. It really is vomit blood. Although I was jobless for a year, the nice thing was that I was able to get everything settled personally like the good son I should be. Or at least, I thought it should be. But it turns out that putting him in a nursing home does not entirely resolve me of my problem. He has so many medical appointments that requires me to follow up, and if I don't attend, there are funny cases where medication is missing or not collected from the hospital. Or the appointment rescheduled to another time so I can attend. I don't really know whose fault this is since the excuse I keep hearing is that "Sorry, I don't speak English so I cannot understand", so I need to be the one to take care of everything, because once again... I am the son. This keeps taking up my time and I cannot rid myself of them, so this becomes a problem when I want to find a new job. My education level is only up to Diploma and that limits my options. The roles I quality for are pretty much IT Helpdesk / Technicians which don't really have a work life balance option due to over-outsourcing. Pay wise, they are only around $2.6k and it is pretty much a dead end career, so there is no progression path. Having to pay for my father's needs and eventually his 2 sisters as they get older, with this salary really puts me at a lost. I have a D7 in O'lv math and that is what really screw me over big time but unless I am really that bad at math, I absolutely do not see how I can start a family (If I even have that option) and take care of everyone with a low salary. The reason I need to take care of his 2 sisters is that they took care of me when my father didn't and they took out their savings to pay off my father's gambling debts, which he didn't even brother returning to them when he withdrew his CPF. Even now, when I am not working, for some strange reasons the government's means testing suggest that I can afford to pay $1200++ a month for my father's nursing home and this is excluding all his other medicines and specialist appointments. He has over 20+ medications and among them are anti depressive pills which I don't even have the luxury of taking. As much as I can, I have tried to make ends mean but at some point in time... there is only so much one can do. Social workers I spoke to are like, well live for yourself, not for others. Find a girlfriend! But i look at my situation and I don't exactly see how I even have the luxury to live for myself. If anything, I don't know of any girl in Singapore that would even consider my position as potential boyfriend material. The truth is, I have been fighting by myself for the last 30 years without anyone to seek advise from. Friends? Let's just say, its different from television. Everyone has their own problem and their broken fingernail is more important. The best you can get out of anyone is pretty much, a listening ear on whatsapp and some "You can do it! You should come to church and donate for Jesus's blessing." I don't blame anyone though and this really issn't a rant post. I appreciate everyone that has been in my life, whether good or bad (everything is a learning experience) but ultimately, there is only so much you can beat out of a dead horse. After considering all possible options, I truly believe that ending my life and letting the government take care of my family's needs might be the best logical choice. Alternatively, I can rob the bank and get myself caught intentionally so I can get some free re-skilling opportunities in jail. Maybe when I come out, I can become some story teller with a very dramatic bestseller book to fund my retirement. To be honest, I don't know what I am expecting from this post, but this is in a way my attempt at screaming for help. Whether I deserve help or how much help I truly deserve, I don't know. Counselors always tell stories where family of 4 struggle with a household income of $2k, and they live a very happy, satisfied life so I will be just fine if I try. But how true is this story really? The bright side is that maybe the hubby can have sex with his wife to destress, but I can't fuck anyone in my family to destress. Maybe the 2 kids will grow up and help to support the family, but my situation aren't even that. I honestly feel that, I have reached the end of the crossroad and this is the end of my bloodline. I don't do drugs, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't go pub/club, I haven never even gone on overseas vacation, never took a plane before, I save whatever I can. I don't even go to cinemas. I'm not even fat, I eat a very cheap diet that puts me a little underweight but where did this effort ultimately took me? A boring person with an unattractive lifestyle that no Singaporean girls will want to date, and a aging family to take care of. Honestly, where is my future? I don't see any. To be honest, I may not have the budget to spurge on dates even if a girl want me. Singapore is just very plain straight forward. "Bo money ah? Die lor. I only got one life, you want? Come take it la." Its a pretty long post, much longer than I expected and I thank you if you have read everything. In a way, I felt better after getting this out. If you are responding though, I have a question. If you were in my position, what would you have done? Would suicide really not be the most educated option? PS: Pls don't suggest investing in cryptocurrencies. I deleted my bitcoin and doge wallet in 2010. Big Edit: So there are alot of comments way more than I expected and I appreciate all support. I'm not really that responsible a person like some of you think. It is just that, I try to be a good samaritan and so I pick up the slack here and there, and somehow eventually things became so dependent on me that whose else is going to do it, if not me? I'm forced into where I am today not because I want to. I have actually very much considered disavowing my father and then migrating and abandoning everyone for the greater good. If Singapore was bigger, I would most certainly not hesitate to move to another city. Its just that my whole plan was pretty much, once I settled everything. I would kill myself so in a way that was the master plan. I rage quit my job because I knew I didn't need to put up with shit anymore if I am going to die soon. But things wouldn't settle, and it dragged so long to the point where one day I suddenly feel so lonely that I say, maybe I need to do something, walk out of this darkness and attempt to go back to society. But then I have no real plan for it, or maybe I have but I dunno if its a good plan, a bad plan or another disastrous mistake just waiting to happen. There's alot of suggestions in here and I thank you very much. Its true that if I don't suicide, there can be many options out and some of these options involves ignoring the future ahead and then praying that things will work out eventually. That once I get a job, everything will be better. But the real problem here is, and what I can't solve in my head is which I will elaborate further is that instead of saving money every month, all the money goes into my Dad's nursing home and medical bills. Now my aunts don't make much, so its hard for them to chip in much when they also have their own medical issues. So the bulk falls on me but still we get by. Just that nobody saves any money at the end of each month, and pray that the existing savings don't get touched. Why? Because my aunt will need those money themselves when they grow older and retire. So this puts things in a very weird cycle, especially given how I have achieved nothing in life thus far. So I pay, we pay until my Dad dies and he dies a happy man, well cared for and everyone think I am such a good son. Then my aunts turn come and oh because I was so capable of handling things before, people's expectation would be that "oh, i'm sure he can do it again". So yup, let's do it again. Then eventually everyone dies, leaving me alone without any savings, career or well... let's not say family. I don't want to make this into a sobbing story of "I cannot find a girlfriend because I have no money!!". So well, what do I do? I assume I would be in my late 60s or early 70s by then and I don't expect my health to be 100% perfect so... I die to join everyone in the afterlife. I feel very sad when I think it that way, but I need not be that sad because things haven't played out yet. That's what many are telling me. But I dunno how to ignore something that will eventually happen anyway. Thus, it is just a simple matter of whether I die now in my 30s or i die later in my 70s. Either way, I die as a failure. But its not "right" to tell say "Yes Gram, pls go and kill yourself. I fully support your decision." so they say, don't worry. Things will work out. But how will things work out? I ask them, they dunno. I ask myself, I dunno. So... what then? It seems like just delaying the inevitable to me. If I disavow everyone, np. I just restart my life plain and simple, reach 35 buy my own house and throw a house warming party, impregnate my neighbour's daughter by mistake and I start my own family chapter. And I die in my 70s as a successful husband, good father and someone to be "proud" of. But do I need to start my own family? Not really. Do I need a girlfriend? Not really. Do I need sex? Not really. They are all luxury, not a necessity. So I choose to sacrifice myself, but then I feel suicidal and ya the cycle begins again. I'm not a dumb person and by no means have I not considered the possibilities. But what I have considered may not be big enough, since there are options that I am unaware of or misunderstood and that it aren't as bad as I painted it. Ok, I am open to explore it but if the advise is just "Get a job Gram, that's your first step and then start saving!". That is a pointless advice imo, no matter how reasonable it is because it just puts me back to square one. I am not trying to sound unappreciative btw, I am just frustrated at being looked upon like an idiot. Edit 2: Based on the comments, I realized that from my friends' perspective, I am the dead weight so that might be why they aren't "helping", just act like things will resolve by itself. Well, I can afford to disavow these friends. Thanks for helping me to realize this! Edit 3: Going through all the suggestions and private messages, I am suddenly feeling very overwhelmed by what needs to be done and what I should be doing. My head hurts really bad and I am starting to regret asking for help when I am not ready to be helped. It is all reminding me what I should have or should not done for a better life, and why I wanted to commit suicide in the first place. Now I remember why I concluded it was easier to simply restart a new life and make sure I do it correctly the next time. Sorry guys, I don't think I can do it anymore. I think things just got worse after asking for help.
Official appeal to the ARK Community Fund to retroactively review and approve the funding of Jorma's resource ArkDirectory.com
https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/479137577660579847/513161041555881995/unknown.png I know this is a Friday night post and will likely get low visibility and engagement through the weekend, but I had some free time to put this together. The ARK Community Fund is a multisig wallet of ARK controlled by community-elected board members that cycles every six months. This board reviews proposals submitted on the https://ArkCommunity.Fund website and awards ARK to community sourced initiatives like plugins, meetups, designs, and other community projects. As a younger Arkling, I made friends with a community member named Jorma AKA u/mauidude42. We simultaneously had the idea to create a comprehensive directory of every ARK community resource, so it would be easy for newcomers to see ARK's thriving community, and ARK veterans could "locate that thing they saw that one time and don't know where it is now." This directory runs today as https://ArkDirectory.com Delegate Jarunik and I offered free help and guidance to flesh out the idea and get the concept rolling through group chat. Jorma would be building and maintaining the actual resource, and as such submitted a proposal to the ACF for funding in exchange for its construction and maintenance. Jarunik and I had agreed not to accept any ARK for our contribution to the project. Long story short, the board at the time reviewed the proposal but unfortunately failed to see the specific vision of the project, citing redundancy to github link repositories like Awesome-Ark. This was through a simple misunderstanding and oversight IMO. However, as AD has now been up for some months now, the true vision should be clear, in that it is separate from and complimentary to such a resource as A-A. ArkDirectory's scope is much wider than Awesome-Ark and offers a far better user experience for people who need a more traditional browsing experience or are afraid of GitHub. Awesome-Ark appears to be more developer centric, while AD is more for the laypeople. After being denied funding, Jorma decided to build, deploy, and maintain the project anyway. This is well in alignment with ARK.io itself, who failed to meet their TEC fundraising goal, and offered the option to the over 900 participants to receive refunds. Many did, and ARK was left with only a portion of their intended funds. Nevertheless, they decided to build the platform anyway, showing incredible resolve and determination to enact their vision. Today, ARK.io acts as a truly formidable player in the blockchain space, building and enhancing cutting edge products, fostering a killer community, and offering up a very bright future for anyone who dares harness the awesome power of blockchain technology. Jorma's resource ArkDirectory.com is a truly useful aspect of our ecosystem. I have used it countless times to find stuff and even discover new things about our cool community. I have recommended it to a lot of brand new people who have barely heard of Bitcoin and never heard of ARK, and they told me it was pretty cool and unique, and helped them see how ARK benefits community members and vice versa. Jorma isn't quite as active in our community as someone like myself, Colby, Cam, cryptalope, etc. in terms of mashing comments on our Reddit and Slack. However, he is always there, celebrating our victories and wading through our challenges just like the rest of us. He responds to any mention with a :thumbsup: within moments, a man of few words but vast reliability. He has been diligently updating ArkDirectory.com for are I say 6 months now and it is always up-to-date with new hot ways to dive into the ARK community. He is truly an unsung hero and in my opinion deserves a second consideration for receiving the initial fair funding he asked for. Here is a community interview that teaches you more about Jorma: https://medium.com/the-golden-horde-blog/ark-community-digest-ep-7-jorma-f7105e998c14 I bring this up on Reddit to ask any community members who have the time to review Jormas resource https://ArkDirectory.com and give a comment here on whether you feel Jorma should earn a second chance for consideration from ACF. Jorma is not on a delegate team and does not earn a stream of income of ARK. It should go without saying that Jorma didn't ask me to do this and has no idea I'm doing this. Thank you for your time and enjoy your weekend everyone
The first iteration of the block reward scheme was announced in the previous weekly update. An immediate concern raised from the community was that the emission was too aggressive in the initial year and rewards dropped off fast beyond the 5 year mark. Taking Bitcoin’s emission as an example, the emission curve has been updated to target 2% emission after 10 years. !(https://miro.medium.com/max/2384/1*gqBLvJOl2G4n3IHW1rViKg.png) The Block Reward equation is given by the following recurrence equation: g(n+2) = ((R - (g(n+1) + g(n))) / x) / y Which evaluates to: !(https://miro.medium.com/max/1624/1*ttpsRd7HUs2-7hvDGO6elg.png) where: R = Reserve, x = 6 (Arbitrary Emission Factor) y = (seconds per day / seconds per block) / days per year y = (86400 / 5) * 365.2425 The final curve thus has a Day 0 emission of 25%, Year 1 emission of 20% and Year 10 emission of 2%.
The original plan for BEPSwap (prior to the Yggdrasil liquidity breakthrough) was to have it as a separate mainnet before launching the real THORChain in 2020 with cross-chain support. Now THORChain has in-built cross-chain support and a clear roadmap to 99 nodes. This means the mainnet launch will have public, community-run nodes at the start. The community has been fielding many questions about how to run a node, and the mechanics in doing so. Since the THORChain team will not be running any nodes, it is necessary to have a full-rehearsal with the community at launch. As such, the plan is for a public ChaosNet on 03 January 2020. ChaosNet will have the following key differences: * Minimum bond of 100k RUNE. * Maximum of 12 Nodes. * Churn cycle of 1 day. * Maximum stake amount of 600k RUNE total. * 2.7m RUNE Protocol Reserve to emit Bond and Stake rewards. * Hard-coded Ragnorök at 6 weeks. Any member who wishes to join ChaosNet to get accustomed to running a node can do so, and will receive Block Rewards roughly equivalent to mainnet (25%). They will be setting up nodes, churning in, servicing the network and earning rewards. The system will hold up to 600k Rune, at which point it will refund any additional staked amount. The community can stake small amounts of real assets, prepare arbitrage bots, set up telegram alert bots and more. In short, it is a public rehearsal with the entire community across all facets (nodes, stakers, traders) so that everyone will have access to the same information and not unfairly benefit when the real mainnet launches. Additionally, the system will be hard-coded to perform a Ragnorök 6 weeks later, which will refund all the remaining reserve as well as bonded and staked assets. This will go a long way in re-assuring the community that the system can tolerate all levels of risk, including black-swan events, and that funds are safe at all times.
A new feature will be launched that will allow users to use internal arbitrage. This is an asymmetrical withdrawal to Rune, then immediately followed by a asymmetrical stake of Rune in another pool. A trader may want to do this instead of doing transactional arbitrage in order to exploit price differences between two pools the fastest way possible. Instead of an outgoing transaction being processed, followed by another incoming transaction, Rune balances and stakeUnits are swapped internally, being completed inside of a few seconds.
Fee-based Transaction Prioritisation
Currently there is no prioritisation to the order of transactions, all transactions are simply processed in order of time received. In moments of high demand of network resources (such as when there are large arbitrage opportunities and users are racing to exploit them), transactions will queue in the mempool. If the system cannot respond fast enough, then the reason for high demand will persist (the large arbitrage opportunity). The solution is to remove the reason for high demand in the first place, which is the large arbitrage opportunity, at the same time as collecting the maximum revenue for the system. As such, in the checkTx method (which can triage the mempool), transactions will be sorted and ordered in the value of the fee of the swap transaction. Assuming rational actors, the following transactions will then be prioritised over all others: * A transaction from an impatient swapper who is willing to pay a large fee. * A transaction from a trader who is able to arbitrage out a price discrepancy (and still make a gain). This then means the system can collect as much income as possible (good for the stakers) at the same time as prioritising transactions that can arbitrage out large price discrepancies quickly. This then means swaps from transient swappers will experience a market price that accurately matches the reference price at all times.
The team are working on 4 parallel streams of effort. Cross-chain infrastructure has now been merged into a single repo called “THORNode”. * THORChain * Midgard Public API * Threshold Signature Scheme implementation * Front-end Integration for BEPSwap
Guide to Buying Modafinil in Australia Legally: What You Need to Know.
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What is Modafinil?
Before we dive too deep into how to buy Modafinil in Australia, let’s discuss what the smart drug is and why so many people love it. As the world’s most popular smart drug, Modafinil has gained famed as the premier cognitive enhancer on the market. Most people, including many Australians, find Modafinil offers benefits like:
12+ hours of intense focus
Increased overall productivity
Enhanced cognitive functions
Improved memory retention
Inability to sleep or feel fatigue, i.e. great for all-nighters
Overall, Modafinil makes you feel like you can accomplish anything and everything you want – while you’re on it. It’s not the “Limitless” pill, but it’s pretty darn close. Originally, Modafinil was developed as a pharmaceutical drug under the name Provigil. Created in France during the late 1980s, the drug quickly rose to popularity as doctors began prescribing it for common ailments like (Source):
Shift Sleep Disorder
In the late 1990s, Provigil made its way to the United States. And before you knew it, Provigil was being used for off-the-label uses. Grad students and CEOs in major cities like NYC and Boston quickly figured out that Modafinil gave them a competitive advantage over the competition. These hustlers could pop 200 mg of Modafinil and focus for 12+ or pull an all-nighter without any issue. The smart drug craze had officially begun, and Modafinil was at the forefront of it! Things haven’t slowed down since then. It didn’t take long for Modafinil to surpass Adderall as the world’s most popular study drug, either. Now people are looking to get their hands on the smart drug from all around the world. There’s a reason you’re curious about how to buy Modafinil in Australia. Why? Because Modafinil just works, mate.
Is Modafinil Legal in Australia?
Now, I’m no lawyer. Nor am I a legal scholar. So, this section about the legalities of Modafinil in Australia should not be construed as anything but hyperbole. This is NOT advice. Is Modafinil legal in Australia? Yes and no. Honestly, it’s a grey area. Here’s the simplest way to break things down: If you have narcolepsy or severe sleep apnea, your Australian doctor can legally prescribe you brand name Modafinil – generally Modavigil, as Provigil in Australia isn’t that common. With this prescription, you can then go to a pharmacy in Australia and legally purchase Modafinil over-the-counter in the country with that prescription. For those of us unable to get a prescription for Provigil in Australia, buying from a pharmacy is technically illegal. It’s also impossible. Why? Because no Australian pharmacist is risking their career to sell you pharmaceutical-grade smart drugs under-the-counter. TL DR: If you want to buy Modafinil in Australia, you’ll need to get a prescription from a local doctor for a commonly prescribed ailment. Then go to the pharmacy. This is the laws regarding Modafinil in the country. However, there’s a little bit more than meets the eye here. The laws and legalities surrounding Modafinil in Australia and how to get your hands on it require a little due diligence. Which is why I need to discuss… P.S: I will be discussing the legalities of shipping Modafinil to Australia below…but you needn’t be worried there.
Drug Schedules in Australia
Australia drug scheduling laws come into play when talking Provigil in Australia. In the country, pharmaceutical and street drugs are classified through the Therapeutic Goods Act, or TGA. The drugs are classified in groups 1-10 based on how dangerous they and the potential for abuse. According to the TGA, the world’s most popular smart drug is considered a schedule 4 medication. As such, there are some limitations when buying Modafinil in the country. Here’s a brief breakdown of drug schedules in Australia:
Schedule 1–Purposely left blank by the government
Schedule 2 –Generally safe pharmaceutical drugs, including: Paracetamol, Dextromethorphan, Non-sedating antihistamines, and similar substances
Schedule 3 –Safe pharmaceutical drugs, but ones the Australian government prefers to track and manage, including: Codeine, Pseudoephedrine, Salbutamol, and the like
Schedule 4 –Prescription medications that have potential for addiction, including Modafinil, Benzodiazepines, SSRIs, and more
Schedule 5 –Potentially dangerous compounds for humans, including methanol and some heavy metals
Schedule 6 –These are poisons according to the TGA, and include: Ammonia, Barium salts, and more
Schedule 7 –Dangerous drugs and poisons that generally aren’t sold to the public without special considerations, like Thallium, Colecalciferol, and similar substances
Schedule 8 –Controlled drugs that require a special license to distribute and are heavily monitored by the Australian government, including: Morphine, Oxycodone, and Amphetamine
Schedule 9 –Prohibited drugs or street drugs that are not legally sold in the country, including cocaine, DMT, and marijuana
It should be clear by now, but if it’s not… Drug scheduling in Australia is a complex matter. For example, let’s look at Modafinil. Modafinil is a schedule 4 drug in Australia, as the government seems to think that Modafinil offers some potential for abuse and addiction. While seemingly true in theory due to the active mechanisms in Modafinil, the AU government may be reaching when considering Modafinil as an addictive substance. There have been very few Provigil addiction cases ever reported or recorded. For example, here’s one study talking about a rare case of Modafinil dependence. The smart drug simply isn’t addictive in a manner most individuals use the word. You can take Modafinil multiple times a week without ever feeling a Modafinil “craving” or “withdraw” before or after. Still, Modafinil is a schedule 4 drug in Australia…and that won’t be changing for sometime.
How to Get a Modafinil Prescription in Australia
Australia is a decidedly developed nation. This shouldn’t come as any surprise. As such, the sale and consumption of pharmaceutical drugs generally requires a prescription from a registered doctor in the country. This is certainly the case in Australia. To purchase Provigil in Australia from a pharmacy, you will need a prescription from a doctor. As previously discussed, there is absolutely no workaround here. Australian pharmacists cannot be negotiated with. So, how do you get a Modafinil prescription in Australia? One that allows you to purchase Provigil or Modavigil from a pharmacy… You head over to a doctor and beg for mercy. Just kidding. Generally, Australian doctors only prescribe Modafinil for patients who have narcolepsy – which is not exactly a medical issue one can “fake” or lie about. Narcolepsy is a condition where one falls asleep at all times of the day – often without warning. It can be potentially dangerous, especially when operating a motor vehicle. If you have narcolepsy, just go to the doctor and get a Modafinil prescription. No need to read this guide. For the rest of us, we’re left with two options when getting a Modafinil prescription in Australia is of concern. The first one involves going to a sleep specialist and complaining of excessive daytime sleepiness and drowsiness. You can blame the fatigue on sleep apnea or shift sleep disorder. The doctor should order a day-time sleep study. Based upon these results, the doctor could then prescribe Modafinil due to excessive daytime sleepiness. That’s the last 100% legal way of getting a Modafinil prescription in Australia. Luckily…There are other ways to get your hands on Modafinil while living down under. Ways that certainly are NOT illegal. The easiest? You can buy Modafinil online and have it shipped to Australia.
– Is this 100% legal? –
Again, I’m no lawyer. But I’ve yet to hear about anyone having legitimate legal issues importing a Schedule 4 pharmaceutical drug for personal use – which I’ll be discussing furthermore below. I’d surmise the worst that happens is your package gets seized by customs and you get a full refund from the online Modafinil pharmacy you purchased from. Even this is rare! See, the best Modafinil online vendors guarantee their shipments to Australia. This means you either get your Modafinil or you get a full refund or reshipment. Your choice. Basically, you have no risk. If customs confiscates your package, you get your money back or the vendor sends you another order ASAP. Which brings me to my next point…
Where to Buy Modafinil Online in Australia | 2020 Guide
You may be wondering where you can buy Modafinil online in Australia. Well, you’re in luck. That’s where I come in. I’ve bought from over a half dozen Modafinil vendors over the years. I know who has legit product, fast shipping times, and reliable customer services. Plus, I know which pharmacy has the fastest shipping to Australia! If you want to get buy Modafinil online from down under, the vendors below make it pretty easy. So without further ado, here’s where to buy Modafinil in Australia:
I’ve quickly become a huge fan of BuyModa. These guys offer impressive customer service, massive Bitcoin discounts, and guaranteed delivery. You either get your generic Modafinil or you get a full refund/ reshipment. Your choice. There’s no risk on your part. And here’s the kicker: — I’ve yet to see customer service like this from a Modafinil vendor — These guys do an incredible job pleasing their customer in Australia. Fast email support, 24/7 chat, and more. Their website is easy to use and their prices are great. I’m talking some of the absolute best deals on nootropics for Australians. Oh, and don’t forget about the massive Bitcoin discount of 35% off! Yes, you read that right…35% off any order with cryptocurrency. Plus, you get 3o free Modafinil tablets with every order over $100 USD from Buy Moda. To even further increase your savings here. Most orders from Buy Moda will arrive within 6-14 days while in Australia. That’s pretty quick! Overall, Buy Moda is a great Modafinil vendor for Australians — one that offers incredibly low prices, fast shipping, and some of the best customer service in the industry.
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Shipping Modafinil | Australia Edition
It’s easy to assume that shipping Modafinil to Australia would cause issues with customs throughout the country. That doesn’t appear to be the case. Here’s why: Modafinil may be a schedule 4 drug in Australia, but possession may not be considered completely illegal. There’s a public list of controlled substances in the country published by The Office of Drug Control in Australia. The list contains any and substances that are banned from importation into the country without permission. Modafinil is conveniently not on this list! Aka shipping Modafinil to Australia for personal use is not technically illegal. The TGA does state that prescription drugs purchases online require a copy of the prescription from the seller. If your Modafinil order is confiscated upon importing, the Modafinil can be held until a prescription is submitted. If you don’t submit the prescription within a certain timeframe, the contents of the package will be destroyed. But here’s the thing… This rarely, if ever, happens. Schedule 4 pharmaceutical drugs like Modafinil generally make it past customs security without a single issue or problem. It’s why the best Modafinil vendors offer guaranteed delivery to the country without even thinking about it. Customs officials in Australia are more concerned with illicit drugs, like cocaine and heroin, than an individual trying to boost cognition through pharmaceutical drugs and nootropics. As of writing, I’m unaware of a SINGLE instance of someone having legal trouble for importing Modafinil for personal use in Australia. I’m no lawyer, but you needn’t worry about buying Modafinil and Armodafinil online in Australia. Furthermore… Most Modafinil orders in Australia will arrive within 5-15 business days – depending on the vendor selected, product chosen, and location within the country. Pretty quick if you ask me.
Generic Modafinil and Armodafinil in Australia
If you get a prescription from the doctor in Australia, you’ll be able to buy Modafinil from a pharmacy in the country. Once you have a prescription, you can go to the pharmacy and get Modafinil under names like:
These are brand name Modafinil products sold in pharmacies in Australia. For Australians looking to order Modafinil online, common generic Modafinil products include:
These generic forms of Modafinil all do a damn good job. In fact, generic Modafinil and Armodafinil compare well with brand name products. There’s not much of a difference between Provigil and Modalert. Plus, after testing all four of these generic products, I have a few recommendations for Australians and those living in the country. Modalert is the stronger generic Modafinil brand in Australia. I highly recommend it. Modvigil is a cheap alternative for Australians looking for Modafinil. When looking for Modafinil’s little cousin Armodafinil, I prefer Waklert. However, Artvigil is a little bit cheaper. Overall, I stick with Modalert and Waklert for good reason. I’ve found them to be superior products and recommend them for anyone looking to buy Modafinil online in Australia.
Adrafinil in Australia, Prescription-Free Alternative
Now, some of you may be looking for a 100% legal alternative to Modafinil. While I’m confident you won’t have any issues getting your hands on Modafinil while living in Australia, many people want another option. I get that, which is why I recommend Adrafinil, too. Adrafinil is a 100% legal and over-the-counter smart drug. It’s a legit Modafinil alternative. Why? Because the body essentially converts Adrafinil to the active ingredient in Modafinil after ingestion (Source). As such, it takes a little bit longer for Adrafinil to kick in than Modafinil. The smart drug also isn’t nearly as strong as Modafinil due to how it works. Overall, Adrafinil is an ok option if you don’t want to use Modafinil. But Modafinil is the king of smart drugs for a reason – it’s the best thing out there.
If you’re curious about other nootropics in Australia and potential Modafinil alternatives, I’ve got a couple more ideas for you. Just know that Modafinil is the ‘King’ and Armodafinil in Australia is the ‘Queen’ when talking nootropics. Hell, Adrafinil is the ‘Prince’ to take that little analogy one step further. There’s still some other nootropics in Australia that can be worthwhile alternatives. Here’s a few of my favorites:
Mind Lab Pro: I tried this smart drug for the first time recently. Let’s just say I was more than IMPRESSED. You’ll find Modafinil-like or should I say “-lite” cognitive enhancement with Mind Lab Pro. It’s one of, it not my top, over-the-counter nootropic right now. And it’s ideal to “cycle” with Modafinil. Highly recommended.
Noopept: As one of the most powerful over-the-counter nootropics in Australia, I’ve found Noopept to be a potent substance through testing. It’s no Modafinil, but you’ll find powerful cognitive benefits here. Powder form recommended.
Sulbutiamine: For my final nootropic recommendation for Australians, we’ve got Sulbutiamine. This stuff works for around 5-7+ hours and offers solid cognitive enhancement. If you’re concerned Modafinil will be too strong, this is a good starting nootropic.
The Verdict? | Australia Edition
That’s about it, mate. Pretty much everything you’d need to know about how to buy Modafinil in Australia. From legalities to down under, we covered it throughout this entertaining guide. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about buying Modafinil online in Australia, sound off below and I’ll get back to you with some type of answer.
How to onboard merchant and users on Bitcoin Cash for dummies
Hello I thought that I could share my experience on onboarding merchant and users. I managed to onboard one merchant in 2018 and some users. I work in sales, I apply the same methodology I use for adoption. So to begin with, I’ll explain some basic concept in sales:
Target audience: this is the people that you want BCH adopted by
Qualify: it’s to know if your target audience is available, in need of BCH right now.
sales pitch : what’s the benefit of Bitcoin Cash vs current situation?
Sales cycle: users can be onboarded in a single shot. For merchants, you may have to pitch them once and come back to close the deal.
Now that I have laid off some concepts, we’re going to see how this works first with users and for merchants. GUIDE FOR ONBOARDING USERS 1) Find your target audience around you: you need to find users that are interested in BCH. Of course, BCH is for everyone. Right now we’re talking about early adopters, so it will probably be easier to focus on either: - people you know: friends, family, coworkers... - people that have an interest in what BCH provides : new tech, financial freedom for the world... So engineers and libertarians are a good place to start. How to find them? Meetups, associations, your local bar... 2) Qualify: there is not much to qualify here, just find the right time to talk about BCH 3) Pitch: I generally onboard people with 1€ on a Bitcoin.com wallet without saying anything much more. I explain Bitcoin Cash is the cash version of Bitcoin. If you have time and you think someone might be interested in more, you can talk about the benefits of a cross border currency and so on. Users can become ambassadors also. You can also offer your friends to refund them with BCH when they buy you a drink for instance. 4) Follow-up: if you can keep track of the users you’ve onboarded, the better. Over time, you’ll know what works, and what doesn’t GUIDE FOR MERCHANTS 1) Target audience: any type of business can be opened for BCH of course, online or IRL. Some businesses have some incentives to use BCH : - Online businesses - Businesses that have common values with BCH: technology, freedom, etc... 2) Qualify: once you know which business you want to onboard, you need to do some research: - how they can implement BCH as payment? Do they need a point of sales or just use a phone? How can they configure online payments? - is it safe for them? How can they comply with regulations ? - Is it the right time for them? Meaning: if they are currently focusing on something else, they might not be available - Can they earn money? What about BCH price? 3) Pitch: once you’ve qualified your target audience, doing your pitch will be much easier. From my own experience, it goes like this: - find your target audience email or Facebook page - send them an email about how you want to help them use BCH as payment with a 20 min appointment off their work hours - Pitch them at the first appointment using 1€ in a BCH wallet - Answer all the questions they can have for their business, explain they can have new type of customers - you might need to wait for a second or a third appointment to close the deal. Don’t push, be helpful and transparent. Don’t sell price increase as it can backfire, this is a strong argument and it worked from my own experience. But now my merchant don’t want to use BCH for payments, just for tips only, since the price dropped. 4) Follow up: keep track of your merchants, have a professional email where they can reach you. Be a regular customer of their shop. Drama is a big turnoff for newbies, especially for business, so try to avoid it if they come up with questions about other crypto like BTC or BSV or any others. REAL LIFE EXAMPLE 1) Target audience: I wanted to do meetups in Paris so I focused on geek and libertarians bars. I used google maps to find the bars I targeted. 2) Qualify: I had two bars that were interested, first one helped me to prepare the second. I did qualify during the appointments I had with them, but I strongly recommend being well prepared to start with. 3) Pitch: First I emailed them on Facebook and got them to accept a short meeting. Second I tried to explain how they can implement BCH easily using their phone and a wallet. Three, I organized a meetup in their bar for them to make money with it. I also said that another bar in my area made money with BTC, so they could try it also with BCH since it has low fees and it is in it’s infancy. 4) Follow up: I did all my meetups in the same place, I keep going there and I’m friend with the bar tender. Price drop was kind of annoying but he still enjoys being a BCH business. He still accepts BCH for tips since price dropped. —————- I hope that this will be helpful for all of you. Remember that to be a good BCH ambassador is not about making good pitches but more of being very well organized! Good luck with adoption in your area!
I'm an Identity Thief and I Want My Identity Back [Part 1]
Found this on a darkweb forum. It was posted only yesterday, and I thought you all might find it interesting. Fair warning, there's supposedly more to come, according to the comments on the forum, so this isn't an all inclusive post. I decided to paste it here in real time as it was posted instead of waiting until they were done putting it all online. From here on out, this is a direct copy-paste of the post, plus some formatting for Reddit.
I fucked up. Badly. My whole life has been a great, big fuckup, but this really takes the cake. I'll be dead soon, so it can't get much worse. My name is Michael Kay, also known as Neale Keaton. If you're running your little bots trying to find my name, it'll match this post. Hello, my little darkweb stalkers. I'm about to give you my version of events. I'm about to show you that you're being played like the gullible little basement dwellers you are. So sit down, go fullscreen, and read this through to the end. Because I think that by the end, you'll see things my way.
I'm an identity thief. Have been for four years. When I got out of the military, I couldn't adjust back to "normal" life. I got stuck in the same cycle that other vets do. No job, living on savings from my military income, and trying to kick my drinking habit. After almost a year, I came to a brutal conclusion that is the reality for many people in this economy: my identity wasn't worth shit. I was only a few months away from homelessness, had no prospects at a job, and was lacking in the social etiquette needed for dating. I was an only child of two only children. Grandparents were all dead, and my parents... well, I wanted nothing to do with them. They were the reason I joined the military and left home at 18. Again, my identity was shit. But, my drunk and sometimes high brain had a thought that kept repeating itself. What if I were someone else? Someone with a good background. Some work experience, proof that I was a good employee, maybe even a degree. In the military, I got to share a training ground temporarily with some of the boys heading into the Army Cyber Command. We got a few chances to swap stories, and they talked about the things they were learning. One guy was especially cocking about how "good" he was at navigating the darkweb. He regaled us with stories about finding illegal identities and firearms online before he even joined the military. He told us that the darkweb was full of everything you'd need, legal or illegal. With that memory in mind, that's who I turned to. In a move that further diminished my savings, I bought myself a nice identity off the darkweb. A driver's license, social security number, the works. It came with years of taxes being paid on-time, and some falsified work experience. If I paid extra, the people I bought it from would even pick up the phone when the prospective employer called and recommend me as a good employee. They had a fake website for the company and everything. They even told me that their services were geared towards people like myself. Those unfortunate enough to have a bad identity. People who just needed the leg up of a trustworthy social security number. And it worked. I followed their guidelines, and true to their word, I got a job. From my Bachelor's degree in Business Management, I landed a position as a store manager for a small retail chain. During the day, I went to work and pretended I knew what the hell was going on. At night, I got a couple of dated self-help books from the library so I could make it look like I knew what I was doing with all the spreadsheets, scheduling, profit and loss statements, and anything else I was given. I worked hard. I didn't sit on my ass and let my identity carry me. I worked to earn what I'd been given, and it was the only way I could live with what I'd done. I was told that the identity was from a child who had died at birth, yet the social security number had not been discarded. The people I bought it from had "raised" that social security number. They hacked into school databases and inserted their name and grades, and did everything they needed to make the kid look like he'd grown into the man I was. Or rather, the man whose shoes I would step into. That identity saved me. But good things can't last forever.
While the identity gave me a second chance, it didn't give me good money. The job was good enough to subsist on, but after a year and then two years, I found that I was unable to save anything. At the rate I was going, I'd be working until I was 65 years old and yet have nothing to show for it. Once your basic needs are met, higher needs come into play. I learned that while reading books about business. Books about how to understand your customers. Even if all their basic needs are met, people are never satisfied. We crave purpose. We crave something higher. Something better. All the time and always. No matter how high you go, you'll always find something more to want. The same psychology that has been plaguing humanity for thousands of years, affected me. I didn't want to be a store manager my entire life. But I also wasn't sure what I wanted. So, I explored. I read even more books. I'd never read that much in my life, but I was on a mission. I was searching for something, some kind of meaning. I'd been given a second chance, and I wanted to do something with it. But I had no idea what it was. My first wrong decision, which led me to where I am now, came during work. I was manning a register while one of my employees took a break, and a customer left their debit card behind. I didn't notice it until a few customers later, when one held it up and said "I think someone forgot this." I took it, stuck it in the bottom of the cash drawer, and thanked that customer. My employee returned, and I went back to my office to work on more spreadsheets. At the end of their shift, the employee, whose register I had taken over, brought me the card. I told him I'd take care of it, and took it for safekeeping. As I turned it around in my hand after he left, my brain started to run things over in my head. I had questions. What was to stop me from sliding this card through the card reader at a register, choosing to process it as a credit card, and withdrawing cash? Who would know? How would they trace me? The store didn't have cameras. We were in a good enough neighborhood that my superior had decided not to pay for them. So, in all seriousness, who would know? Nobody.
My plan was devised while sitting in the office. It was just past lunch and time for a couple more employees to take breaks. I walked over, card in my pocket, and told the cashier that it was their time for a break. They happily walked to the break room, and I slipped into their place. The other cashier and I worked through a couple more customers, then we had nothing to do. The store wasn't busy during this time. I told the other cashier to take some returned merchandise and enter it into the inventory computer in the back. They obeyed, and I had my chance. Swiftly, I moved to the other cashier's register and typed on their machine. I logged in under their name. They were new, and I had just barely trained them on the system. I only knew their password because it was literally "1234567". I'd seen them type it so many times that I had incidentally memorized it. Their login was the key to my plan. With their account open, I scanned a pack of gum and rang out the "customer." I slid the card through the card reader, punched in $100 in cash to withdraw, and waited for the approval. Ding. Approved. The cash drawer popped open, I extracted a couple tens, some fives, and a 20 before slamming it closed. I snatched the receipt, stuffed everything into my pocket, including the gum, and went back to my register. When the other cashier returned, I told them I needed a few minutes in my car. That's where I hid the gum, receipt, and cash. On my way back in, I used my shirt to wipe the card clean of any fingerprints. I dropped it by the curb on my way into the store, stomping on it a couple of times to make it look abused. Taking a deep breath, I walked back inside. Son of a bitch. It worked.
There was never and kickback from that experiment. The customer never came to the register asking about their card, and the card disappeared from the curb outside before the end of the day. I suspect that the customer found it there when they came back for their card. I'm willing to guess that the customer talked to their bank about the extra transaction. The bank probably refunded them and gave them a new card, and the police never showed up asking questions. At home, I burned the receipt and the gum pack. I burned the gum pack so the barcode could never be traced to me. Just in case. To celebrate, I used the cash to treat myself to a very expensive dinner that night. All the evidence was gone, and I was clear and free. And the thrill was exactly what I'd been searching for.
From there, I brainstormed and even researched better ways to accomplish what I wanted. My goals were two-fold: 1) Make a decent chunk of money. Generate enough to save for long-term goals and happiness. 2) Not harm the identities of those who I used. And, of course, not get fucking caught. Generally, I planned this out by attacking many targets for small amounts, maybe a hundred dollars or less. If I hit six to ten targets a month, that'd be anywhere from $600 to $1000 extra a month. Which was enough. There were a lot of technical details that I had to plan for. I couldn't keep using my store: it was too obvious and the police would be on me in a month easily. I also couldn't use the same city. Some debit cards wouldn't let you withdraw cash without a pin. I got lucky the first time. And, what if the customer didn't have $100 in their account? I had to look at contingencies for contingencies. I also had to set rules for myself. Don't use an ATM. Don't use cards in stores that have cameras. Stay with crowds and look for cameras outside each store, like in the parking lots. Don't deposit the cash you took into your own bank account. Don't put it in a safety deposit box either. All kinds of rules based on my research and contingency planning. I bought a pen-camera off of ebay which I used while going to the store. I used it to film the person in front of me obscurely. I always got in line behind a man, too. When they pulled their card out, they often held it around their chest, like they wanted people to see their card. Rarely did people try to obscure their pins. At home, I would pull the video from my camera for the day and hope that at least one card was legible enough that I could extract the card number, expiration date, and name. A lot of people like to stand in line with their card on the counter until it's their time to pay. Or they hold it over the card reader like it's a race and they're waiting for the gun to fire. It's ridiculously easy for someone like me to extract that info with a camera. I set up an account on the darkweb where I would submit the card information, and a shiny, newly printed debit or credit card would show up in the mail. They routed the envelope through a network of darkweb "MailMen" so the envelope never even used the actual postal service. I would scuff the card up a bit, validate the data on my own card reader that I purchased through another darkweb service, and queue it up for use. I had a queue system so the cards were never used in perfect order, and were used a few months after I had snatched their information. I was grabbing information in stores that had cameras, so I wanted there to be time between when I grabbed it and when I used it. Sometimes this meant that the card went out of service before I could use it. But I was collecting enough cards that it didn't matter. I had no way to know if the cards would work, so before going to pay, I would have a contact buy a song on an obscure site using the card. It was a site that didn't require the security code printed on the back of regular cards, since I didn't have those codes. My phone would buzz after the transaction went through or failed, and I'd know whose card was next to be used. I'd get in, pay, withdraw cash, take the receipt, then leave. After each money run, I'd burn all the evidence and hide my cash. I had a good contingency plan for if a cashier asked for my ID. It was too expensive to get an ID for every card I planned to use once. So, I had my acting always ready to go. "Can I see your ID?" "Crap, that's my boyfriend's card, he's out in the car. We're just getting cash to pay the neighborhood kid who takes care of our lawn." If the cashier asked me to go and get my "boyfriend", I'd leave the store and never come back. But they always bought the excuse. And apparently I play a gay guy pretty well. Who would've thought?
I know what you're probably thinking. "God damn, Michael, get to the important parts! Blah, blah blah!" I don't get to brag much about what I've done and how clever it was, so I'm taking my last opportunity before I'm probably shot. So fuck off. During all of this, where it went on for three months without so much as a hiccup, I was doing other research. I was making more money, but those needs came back again and I found myself needing more. How could I make money faster? I'd ask myself that all the time, and skim the darkweb for methods that would work for me. That's when I turned to credit card fraud of the mail-in card variety. A new formula for making money right this second began to form. I used a feature of the MailMan darkweb service to set up a mailing address that would forward all mail to me. Then, I went online and bought a few hundred sets of personal data that were probably hacked from some company's database. Using this personal data, I signed up for three to four credit cards for each person. With those cards, I bought things online that I already intended to purchase for myself. Once the items arrived, I paid off the balance on the credit cards with my hard-earned money using prepaid cards that I bought with cash. Then, after a month or two of using the card, I would withdraw $100 in cash at a store. And then I'd store the card in my hiding place, never to be used again. If anyone ever looked at their credit reports and saw the credit card, it would look suspicious and odd, but would only be a $100 balance. They would, hopefully, just pay it off, close the card, and stop caring. Besides, my use of the card boosted their credit score. I paid the bills and fees on time, and kept the card open as long as I could afford, paying the yearly premium out of my own pocket. It was my way of saying thanks that they'd never hear. You give me some money, I help you boost your credit score. A symbiotic relationship. I even thought I'd earned the title of "ethical credit card scammer." No one, especially not the police, would see it that way, but that's how I justified my actions to myself. My mistake came from not researching my "clients" before I used their identity and their card. That's what got me caught. But not by the police.
I'd gotten used to the current routine to the point where I could do it in my sleep. I was making good money, much better compared to before. I kept my job as a store manager, and it felt so much more fulfilling because I was making the money I needed overall, and had something to look forward to: the thrill of identity theft. After some cautious planning, I rented out a nice, two-story duplex in one of my "client's" names and credit score. I kept my payments on-time and was the perfect tenant. The duplex's owner only did a soft pull on this client's credit, so it wouldn't show up on their credit report. Regardless, I had a contact on the darkweb set up some monitoring for this identity online. He assured me that if anything went wacky with the credit that made it seem like the client was suspicious or investigating, I'd get a text. I wanted a heads up if I needed to ditch my place. One month. It only took one month for them to find me. In the digital world, you would think one month was a long time, but it was too short for me. Too unexpected. I was in bed, sleeping, when I heard the front door squeak open. My eyes shot open. A million fears and thoughts ran through my head. It didn't matter if it was just a thief or the FBI. Either way, the police would be involved, and I'd be caught. I rolled out of bed silently. Watching my half-open bedroom door, I grabbed my sheets and spread them tight across my bed. I wanted to make it look like no one was home. Snatching my wallet and keys from the bedside table, I dropped to the ground and rolled under my bed. The boxes I kept under the bed for storage hid me from view once I arranged them. Footsteps came up the stairs. I wished I'd thought to buy a gun. But buying a gun took heavy background checks, and I hadn't figured out how to bypass those yet. Heavy boots tried to sneak down the hall. I saw two of them, one behind the other. Both black and menacing. They moved like they had training, but not much. From the way the floor bent under each step, they were both probably heavy around the belly. The door opened as they entered the room. Upon seeing the empty bed, they paused, unsure of what to do next. One of them whispered, loud enough that I could hear. "Not home." "So we wait." I bit my lip and cursed internally. They were looking for me, whoever they were. Probably not cops: they wore jeans, not uniforms. They could be plainclothes, sure, but I just felt that they weren't cops. I heard the front door squeak again, but the two men were too busy whispering to notice. I wondered if the door was just open in the wind. My reply came in the form of a voice from the hall. "Evening, fellas. Hands where I can see them." Shit. A cop. This guy's feet moved gracefully under him. Definitely trained. Suddenly, the two men rushed the cop, and I watched him fall as they shoved their way past him. Through the dimness, I could see that it wasn't a cop at all. It was Jack, my neighbor across the street. He was ex-military, like me, though he'd been in the service a lot longer than I had. I heard the front door fly open and slam shut as the two would-be thieves left the house. Jack stayed on the ground, sighing. He probably figured that pursuit wasn't worth the trouble. I weighed my options before finally pushing boxes out of the way and crawling out from under the bed. Jack watched, surprised. "You were under there the whole time?" He asked. "They weren't here long, thanks to you." Jack eyed my perfectly made bed, then where I'd crawled from. "Smart tactic for hiding. I'll have to remember that one." "Thanks." We stood in the dark for a minute, feeling awkward for different reasons. "Listen..." I said. "I'm grateful that you came and chased these assholes out, but can we not call the police? They didn't take anything, I'm not hurt, and I really don't want to deal with the hassle." Jack chuckled. "I was about to ask you the same thing." I looked at him in confusion. He lifted his gun, pointing it at the ceiling and showing it to me. It was a 92FS Beretta. Sleek, shiny, and well oiled. "This girl here is illegal for me to have. I have a small rap sheet from before the military, but am still not allowed to own a gun of my own. So, I'm going to agree that we don't involve the cops." "It's beautiful," I said, trying not to gasp from relief. "She sure is," he grinned. "Jack, thank you," I said, extending my hand. "Any time," he said, shaking my hand.
I wondered for a few days about those thieves. There's no way they broke into my house by random chance. They were looking for me: they'd verbally confirmed that. So who were they? Why did they want me? I thought myself into dead end after dead end. There wasn't anything I could do until I had more information. And yet, I had no way to get more information. I was stuck in limbo until they tried again, if they truly were looking for me, or until I could stop double checking my locks at night.
One night, as I lay in bed reading a book as usual, my phone rang. The duplex had actually come with a cordless phone system, which was humorous considering our cell-phone dominated world. I answered it, not knowing who it was. "Hello?" "Hi, Neale. Listen, just wanted to give you a heads up. There's a weird car that's been parked outside my house for hours. People were lying down and taking a nap for a while, but perked up when you got home. Now they've got cameras aimed at your house. Don't come to the window and try to look, they'll see. I just wanted to call and tell you that before I go and talk to them." What the hell. Breaking in is one thing, but now surveillance? Who did they think I was? Unfortunately, that was the question I should have pursued long before things got worse. "Did you get their license plate?" I asked. "And their make and model." "Can I have it before you talk to them?" "Sure," Jack said. He gave me the info, and I told him I'd call him back in a bit. To his credit, Jack didn't even question what I was doing or why I wasn't freaking out and calling the cops. I connected to Tor and sought out a darkweb site that had a backdoor into my state's DMV registration database. Only one or two states have those backdoors, and mine is one of them. Lucky for me. I put in the license plate number and the results came back. I paid my $25 fee with the usual Bitcoin, and opened the word doc that came back. Registered to one Charles B. Matsworth. With an address across the state from me. The database backdoor didn't transmit images, so I couldn't compare their driver's license photo with the people in the car. I was either dealing with Charles himself, or a stolen vehicle. Helpful, but also potentially not. I hit up another darkweb site and searched for Charles. I paid my fee, then the results populated. Except there were no results. There were ALWAYS results, but this guy's name wasn't there. Which was impossible with this site. It passively picked up every name tossed around the internet and provided you with links to where it was mentioned. But there were no results. Which means someone was actively scrubbing this guy's name from the web. So, that's when I knew he was one of you, darkweb. I hit redial on my home phone and got Jack back on the line. It was just past 11pm. "Hey, Neale," he answered. "Hey," I said, resisting the urge to peer through the blinds. "I can't look, obviously, but have you seen anything else helpful about them?" Jack paused, probably looking out the window. "Passenger is a heavy smoker: there's a small pile of cigarette butts on his side and he's smoking one right now. They've got some Arby's wrappers on their front dash. Driver is using a telescopic lens on a pretty expensive camera. Canon, I think. Two coffee cups from a gas station in the cup holders. Car looks pretty new, just a little dust. If you took it through a car wash, it would probably shine. I'm guessing it's a new model." I listened to him observe them, spouting off anything that he thought might be useful. "Any of that help you out?" He asked. "Maybe," I said, trying to think what I should do. Scare them off and let them know I'm onto them? Let them sit there and spy, hoping they don't decide to physically enter? Leave out the back? My bedroom light was on, so they knew I was home. My shadow had probably played against it a few times tonight too. This was a situation I didn't have a contingency for. "You should come over to my house. Sneak out around back, walk a block over, and come in through my back door," Jack said. "We can spy on the spies." I considered it. Last time, we had scared off the thieves and not gotten any useful information. This was the most useful situation since that night. I should take advantage of it. "Okay, I'll do that," I said. I gave him my mobile phone number so he could use that instead of the home phone. I made my way to the back door and left, locking it behind me. Going straight back and over the back fence, I went to the next street over, then jogged three streets down to crawl through someone else's yard and into Jack's. He was waiting at the sliding glass door when I got there. "No movement, they're still staring at the house and talking occasionally." "Any idea what they're saying?" I asked, hopeful. "Nope." I walked into his living room, and found his setup. He had a pair of binoculars on a coffee table, and a few slats of his blinds were held open by paper clips. "Have a look," he said, waving me into the room. "Need some water?" "Yes, please," I said, picking up the binoculars. Through the blinds, I saw the two men in their car, both heads turned towards my house. It was exactly as Jack had described. The streetlight was far away, so I couldn't make out hair colors, but one had longer hair than the other. That was about all I could make out. Jack appeared beside me and set a glass of water on the table. "Recognize them?" He asked. "No," I muttered, setting down the binoculars. "You in some kind of trouble, Neale? Borrow money from the wrong guys? Or are these just private investigators from your ex-wife trying to track you down for child support?" Jack's tone was light and joking. He honestly didn't seem to give a shit what kind of trouble I was in. "Not that I know of," I said weakly, turning back to the window. "Maybe they're after the guy who lived there before me?" "Could be," Jack said, sitting on the couch. I turned back around to face him while he watched me with the slightest smile on his face. "Thank you, again, for helping me figure this out," I said. "I haven't had this much fun since my last tour. I haven't had any action since. This is exciting and refreshing, Jack. I'm happy to help." I nodded, taking a seat as well, but keeping the window within sight. "So, it's not money, it's not women. Is it drugs? No judgement from me, man." "No drugs either," I said, trying to do my own thought process. For half a second, I considered telling Jack about myself. Then I realized how asinine of an idea that was. He'd probably kick my ass for stealing. "I say we watch 'em. We won't learn anything by running out there and scaring them off. But maybe they'll do something that gives us an idea of what they're up to," Jack said. It was the same conclusion I'd come to, so I agreed. We watched them in silence for about an hour. I was perfectly okay not talking to Jack, and he seemed okay not talking to me. We took turns at the window, and if something interesting seemed to start happening, we'd wave the other one over to look. Nothing interesting happened until almost 1am. They both got out of their seats and exited the car. Each one stretched, then pulled pistols out of their belts. They examined their guns, cocked them, and made their way to my house, side by side. I waved Jack over, and he watched them try my front door, find it locked, then go around back. "I have an idea," Jack hissed, suddenly shoving something into my hand. His Beretta. "If they come out, open the front door and yell to me. If they start shooting, you shoot back. Give me cover to get back into the house." "What are you doing?!" I hissed back as he grabbed at the front door. "Getting some information!" He said before shutting the door. I watched him drop to a low crouch and crab-walk his way to their car, which was parked at the edge of his sidewalk. The passenger window was open from the smoker, so he leaned into the car and rustled around. I watched my house, heart beating sharply. I saw a shadow pass by my bedroom window. They would have found me not in bed by now. They could be leaving soon. I made my way to the front door and opened it a crack. "Jack!" I whispered. "They made it to my bedroom! Hurry up!" I shut the door, and ran back to the window, careful not to disturb the blinds. With the binoculars, I inspected my house. The figure was still by my window, and Jack was still rummaging through the car. The figure moved away from my window, and I dashed back to the door. "They're coming!" I called. Jack didn't waste time. He got up and bolted for the door. I shut the front door as he entered, and we both went to the window. The men came back around my house and got back into their car. I thought they would wait around until I came home, but the car started, and they drove away. We both watched the tail lights disappear. When they were gone, I turned back to Jack, who had dumped handfuls what he was carrying onto the coffee table. "Receipts," he said. "I didn't see any badges for policemen or private detectives. Car is registered to Charles B. Matsworth, but the address is blurred out on the papers." I blurted out half the address before I caught myself. Jack looked at me funny, but didn't ask. "I guess grabbing the receipts was useless," he chuckled. "I was gonna say we could plot the receipts on a map and try to figure out where they came from." "That's still a good idea," I said. "That address is for Charles, not necessarily where these guys came from." "Pretty sure these guys are criminal. Sure you don't want to hand this off to the police?" Jack asked. My heart skipped a beat, and I tried to sound nonchalant. "No, I don't want to get the police involved unless it's serious." Jack laughed out loud. "They pulled guns, then went into your house in the middle of the night. I'd say it's pretty serious, Neale." "Okay, okay, I'll level with you," I said. "I've done some stuff and still have an outstanding warrant. If I go to the cops, I'll be arrested." That was enough of the truth to be a convincing argument. Jack pondered that for a bit. "What'd you do?" He asked. "Unpaid speeding ticket," I said quickly with a shrug. "50 in a 35. That was a few months ago. If I go now, before paying the ticket, I'll probably get arrested." Jack nodded with a slight smile. "Okay, Neale. We'll investigate it ourselves until you get your ticket paid. Then we'll get the police involved." I swallowed hard. I didn't intend to ever get the police involved. So I had to resolve this fast.
Local Bitcoin Forced Holiday and terrible support!
Holy crap, the past 2 days of trying to trade on this site has been tough! Keep in mind of traded on this site with coin sellers 3 other times flawlessly. 2 days ago I'm trying to find the best deal for bitcoin at the time from a trader, not satisfied with people selling for 400 over the actual price, I decided to try and put up a Buy Ad on my page for the amount of bitcoin I needed, for only 200 over the actual price. Instantly after I setup the Ad my account Forced Holiday, meaning I cant buy or sell or do any form of trading until I manually contact support (which is never made clear to you) So after searching around and finding out what forced holiday is, I contact support. 6 Hours later support writes back this message. March 28, 2019, 12:38 a.m. " Hi, Your account has been suspended from trading because we have reason to believe that you have acted in violation of our Terms of Service. We will lift the suspension as soon as possible once the reasons for the suspension no longer exist. We will require you to complete some additional ID verification steps.
Provide a photograph of you ("Selfie") holding up your ID a long with a note containing your username and today's date.
Provide a photograph of a recent utility bill with your name on it.
Provide a photograph of your ID held up in front of your computer screen with the whole screen visible (all four corners) and this ticket page visible.
Provide proof of Paypal ownership. Please held up your ID in front of your Paypal account, where your name is visible.
Once you have completed these steps - reply to this support ticket and attach the photographs you've taken. --- Best regards, LocalBitcoins" Once I saw the message 2 hours later I sent the 4 files and.... I waited a whole day (24HRS) and a half for them to finally get back to me again! So much for getting your coins when you need them. Here is what they said: March 29, 2019, 8:53 a.m. " Hi! Thank you for contacting us. And Apologies for the delayed reply. Our Automated Fraud detection system has detected your Ad as a high risk. please note that using the same value for the min/max range can cause visibility issues and my confuse your customers. we strongly recommend using either min/max range or limited fiat amount. Also please provide a different photo of your ID in front of this ticket. (the previous on was poorly lit and not legible) Let us know if you have any further questions. --- Best Regards LocalBitcoins" At this point I'm fed up with this site and this support, I mean seriously? I expected to get to trading 2 days ago! Instead I'm stuck in this extremely unnecessary cycle of messaging and waiting, sometimes a whole day! Anyway here is my response. March 29, 2019, 5:10 p.m. "Oh my goodness are you serious. I can just take the ad down... Here is the photo. I hope it meets your gizes standards and of course its high risk its because PayPal can refund up to 180 days. I'm very frustrated with your customer service as I was supposed to be trading 2 days ago now!! This keeps dragging on and on and on!" Now I'm just waiting for a response again for them to confirm the 1 photo out of the 3 they already have confirmed.. hah. Let me know what you all think about this, maybe I'm over thinking it, but I feel a company like this shouldn't suspend your account and then peck a message at you once a day, leaving me unable to trade for 2 days so far, but something tells me its gonna turn into 3. Also, this is my first post on reddit, so yay! Hope you are all having a wonderful day!
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My experience after 5 or more defective Dell Laptops, and one AIO in less than 2 months.
So full disclosure, I'm a very picky person, I'm indecisive, and I expect a certain quality for money spent - as do most I'm sure. My return/replacement experiences have all been based off me either simply not liking the product, or it being defective. The experiences I'm going to briefly talk about have been from mid June 2018 to the beginning of November 2018. Starting around the mid June.
Around mid June I bought my wife a Dell Inspiron All in One 27 7775. She's an avid Sims 4 player, and at the time I didn't have a gaming pc as I had sold it during the bitcoin craze earlier in the year. I was attracted to this particular All in One because of it's dedicated AMD RX 580, Ryzen 1700, mostly decent build quality, and seemingly solid 4k screen. Once we received it in the mail, there were large scrapes in the rear of the plastic near where you would use a screw driver to take the back panel off. I immediately saw this eye sore and called Dell for a possible explanation. They promptly assured me this was a brand new computer and they didn't know what would have caused this. Oh well, replacement ordered and $50 refund credit. Three days passed and I received the new one. Worked mostly well for the first 4-5 weeks. Some thing started to seem rather sluggish and delayed, like the processor was thinking, or I was using a old 5400 rpm drive in lieu of the NVME ssd that was in the machine. So I decided to do a clean install with a freshly downloaded ISO from the Microsoft Media Creation tool. Immediately upon loading windows I hit snag after snag. I mostly tried to NOT download the drivers from Dell which proved to be an insane headache, and prompted ANOTHER clean install in which I then used the Dell drivers. Turns out the AMD RX 580 in this this is super custom. It throws error after error if you don't use the official Dell GPU and Chipset drivers. I mean like it wouldn't even play games like Sims 4 or WoW without a 10-15 fps slideshow. Long story short, the Inspiron 27 7775 is very unstable, it runs outdated drivers, and even after updating the drivers with official Dell drivers - runs like a old Geo Metro up a steep hill. Sadly I paid $1400 for it, and I'm stuck with it. It manages to play Sims 4 and a few other games decently well now after finding that right install, but I dread the day I have to do another reset/reformat.
Around the end of September and beginning of October of 2018, I decided I needed a laptop that not only could play the occasional game (WoW, PUBG, Skyrim, Stellaris), but something that I could use for years. I am in the military and would like something that has the ability to travel with me if and when needed. I originally didn't want to go too extreme and landed on the semi base level i7/8gb/256ssd XPS 15 9570. I received it with scuffed carbon fiber palm rest and terrible backlight bleed. I did some research before getting a replacement and it seemed as though the 108op models suffer quite frequently from bad backlight bleed. So I just returned it through the website, and ordered a Dell G7. I was attracted by the solid feel (at the store briefly) and the very decent specs for around $1000. So I pulled the plug on a white one. When it arrived I immediately opened it and noticed a sharp cheap plastic bending sound. Almost like cheap thin plastic was being pulled away from some super tacky adhesive. So I closed the laptop after removing all the protective films and covers, just to be greeted again with this horrendous sound. I slowly inspected it as I opened it and it was the bezels around the screen, mostly the bottom bezel separating from its adhesive (lack there of?). I mean guys, this was bad, it was like a sticky plastic banshee every time you opened the thing. So I called Dell, and the replacement process went ok. The first guy I dealt with wanted me to talk to tech support, he kept badgering me to talk to tech support. I had to almost fight with him to get an exchange. I had had this laptop for all of 1 hour. So I asked to talk to his supervisor, who then promptly sent a replacement and gave me $50 in credit as a refund. The replacement arrived two days later with the SAME issue, but accompanied with a ticking fan. I again had to fight with the dell customer care team to return this, and when I denied a replacement the agent threatened me with a restocking fee. I let him know I was returning a defective device, he continued to try and sell me on a replacement. I didn't bite. I then proceeded to order an Alienware on sale. And I know what everyone is thinking, why keep going back to Dell. Long story short they have a fantastic 15% military discount, and I like to pay off my machines in a series of 3-6 months so the Dell Preferred Account made that an attractive one two punch. I now regret getting the account, but more on that another time. So I received the Alienware, Everything seemed fantastic at first, until I started playing some PUBG and WoW. I noticed the gsync was not working. And I was getting insane dips in performance. Upon further checking the i7-8750h was hitting 100c, constantly. Turns out it was defective. At this point I laughed about it, this was the 4th laptop that was basically defective from Dell. I started reading online rumors that big discounted items, such as military and student discounts are cherry picked and given the less quality end items. I still don't believe this, but who knows. I decided I'd wait a month and decide if I'd give Dell another shot. I pulled the trigger on another XPS 15 but this time one of their premium tier. I figured maybe these had better QC. I received the laptop Friday (1st of Nov 2018), and at first use I didn't notice any issues, I was pretty happy. I was so happy even that I called Dell to order 2 year premium in home service for hardware along with 2 year accidental. Night came, and I immediately noticed 2 of the LEDs were out on the 'M' key and the '8' key, I also noticed upon the Dell boot screen the backlight bleed was again, terrible. The next day I called them to process a return and refund for both the XPS and the warranty. The XPS return was mostly hassle free, but I spent a total of 4 hours on the phone getting transferred to 6 or 7 different people trying to return the warranty. One man told me I was a typical American and hung up on me, and another man I'm sure hung up on me as I was complaining about the other. Finally they apparently had to make an exception for me because "warranties can't be refunded" even though I had purchased this warranty less than 12 hours before the call, AND I was returning the laptop the warranty was attached to. Needless to say they said it could take 2 billing cycles before I see my refund for the warranty.
Needless to say, I'm done with Dell. Maybe I'm the unluckiest person ever with Dell, or maybe they can be THAT bad. In comparison, we had an Apple TV remote stop working 2 months after the warranty had ended. I have an autistic 5 year old and another toddler - so who knows what could have happened to this remote. Apple not only replaced it for free out of warranty, but they gave me a 20$ iTunes give card for my trouble. I recently bought a car from Carvana. When we received the car it wasn't the cleanest it could be, but it wasn't bad. It took me being slightly underwhelmed by the cleanliness for the delivering agent to offer me a $250 detail check and brand new replacement OEM Mats, my choice of the original or premium. I'd be curious to hear everyone's experiences with Dell.
Hi Bitcoiners! I’m back with the eighteenth monthly Bitcoin news recap. For those unfamiliar, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you a quick (but not necessarily the best) overview of what happened in bitcoin over the past month. You can see recaps of the previous months on Bitcoinsnippets.com A recap of Bitcoin in June 2018
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