Litening: Lightning on Litecoin mainnet
Submitted May 11, 2017 at 05:55AM by cdecker
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Electronic trading houses Citadel Securities and XTX have joined top global banks in signing up to blockchain currency settlement venture Cobalt, they said on Thursday, in what could be one of the first large-scale financial market uses of the tec…
Published: May 11, 2017 at 07:06AM
All right Jihan, time to shit or get off the pot.
Over the last few days there has been a massive jump in global hashrate and it looks like a signifigant portion of it went to BU signalling pools. Because of this BU is now signalling on over 50% of the blocks mined.
After a years long stalemate between the major scaling solutions put forward Jihan finally has the hashrate backing him to pull off a hard fork. So I say do it; put your money where your mouth is, fork the chain, switch to larger blocks, sell your BTC for BTU and see if the world backs you.
You have spent a lot of money to buy all the mining equipment you just bought, now is the time to put it to the test. For years you have backed bigger blocks and fought any attempt to scale the network that didn't involve direct, onchain scaling. Now we will find out if your support was genuine, or merely a ruse.
The ball is in your court, and the world is watching to see what you do. Make your choice.
Submitted May 10, 2017 at 10:16PM by andrewbuck40
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First SegWit Transaction on Litecoin
Submitted May 11, 2017 at 01:34AM by terradyn
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|Bank Transfer / Credit card||Cash|
Note: Bitcoins are valued at whatever market price people are willing to pay for them in balancing act of supply vs demand. Unlike traditional markets, bitcoin markets operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Preev is a useful site that that shows how much various denominations of bitcoin are worth in different currencies. Alternatively you can just Google "1 bitcoin in (your local currency)".
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A more comprehensive list can be found at the Trade FAQ but some more commons ones are below.
|Gyft||Gift cards for hundreds of retailers including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Whole Foods, CVS, Lowes, Home Depot, iTunes, Best Buy, Sears, Kohls, eBay, GameStop, etc.|
|Steam, HumbleBundle, GreenmanGaming, and Coinplay.io||For when you need to get your game on|
|Microsoft||Xbox games, phone apps and software|
|Spendabit, The Bitcoin Shop, Overstock, Rakuten, DuoSearch, The Bitcoin Directory and BazaarBay||Retail shopping with millions of results|
|ShakePay||Generate one time use Visa cards in seconds|
|NewEgg, TigerDirect and Dell||For all your electronics needs|
|Cashila, Bitwa.la, Coinbills, Piixpay, Bitbill.eu, Bylls, Coins.ph, Bitrefill, Pey.de, LivingRoomofSatoshi, Hyphen.to, Coinsfer, GetPaidinBitcoin, Coins.co.th, More #1, #2||Bill payment|
|Foodler, Takeaway, Thuisbezorgd NL, Pizza For Coins||Takeout delivered to your door!|
|Expedia, Cheapair, Lot, Destinia, BTCTrip, Abitsky, SkyTours, Fluege the Travel category on Gyft and 9flats||For when you need to get away|
|BoltVM, BitHost||VPS service|
|Cryptostorm, Mullvad, and PIA||VPN services|
|Namecheap||For new domain name registration|
|Stampnik and GetUSPS||Discounted USPS Priority, Express, First-Class mail postage|
|Reddit Gold||Premium membership which can be gifted to others|
There are several benefits to accepting bitcoin as a payment option if you are a merchant;
If you are interested in accepting bitcoin as a payment method, there are several options available;
Mining bitcoins can be a fun learning experience, but be aware that you will most likely operate at a loss. Newcomers are often advised to stay away from mining unless they are only interested in it as a hobby similar to folding at home. If you want to learn more about mining you can read more here. Still have mining questions? The crew at /r/BitcoinMining would be happy to help you out.
Just like any other form of money, you can also earn bitcoins by being paid to do a job.
|Bitwage, XBTfreelancer, Cryptogrind, Bitlancerr, Coinality, Bitgigs, /r/Jobs4Bitcoins, Rein Project||Freelancing|
|OpenBazaar, Purse.io, Bitify, /r/Bitmarket, 21 Market||Marketplaces|
|Watchmybit, Streamium.io, OTika.tv, XOtika.tv NSFW, /r/GirlsGoneBitcoin NSFW||Video Streaming|
|Bitasker, BitforTip, WillPayCoin||Tasks|
|Supload.com, SatoshiBox, JoyStream, File Army||File/Image Sharing|
|CoinAd, A-ads, Coinzilla.io||Advertising|
You can also earn bitcoins by participating as a market maker on JoinMarket by allowing users to perform CoinJoin transactions with your bitcoins for a small fee (requires you to already have some bitcoins)
The following is a short list of ongoing projects that might be worth taking a look at if you are interested in current development in the bitcoin space.
|Lightning Network, Amiko Pay, and Strawpay||Payment channels for network scaling|
|Blockstream and Drivechain||Sidechains|
|21, Inc.||Open source library for the machine payable web|
|ShapeShift.io||Trade between bitcoins and altcoins easily|
|Open Transactions, Counterparty, Omni, Open Assets, Symbiont and Chain||Financial asset platforms|
|Hivemind and Augur||Prediction markets|
|Mediachain||Decentralized media library|
|Tierion and Factom||Records & Titles on the blockchain|
|BitMarkets, DropZone, Beaver and Open Bazaar||Decentralized markets|
|Samourai and Dark Wallet – abandoned||Privacy-enhancing wallets|
|JoinMarket||CoinJoin implementation (Increase privacy and/or Earn interest on bitcoin holdings)|
|Coinffeine and Bitsquare||Decentralized bitcoin exchanges|
|Keybase and Bitrated||Identity & Reputation management|
|Bitmesh and Telehash||Mesh networking|
|JoyStream||BitTorrent client with paid seeding|
|MORPHiS||Decentralized, encrypted internet|
|Storj and Sia||Decentralized file storage|
|Streamium and Faradam||Pay in real time for on-demand services|
|Abra||Global P2P money transmitter network|
|bitSIM||PIN secure hardware token between SIM & Phone|
|Identifi||Decentralized address book w/ ratings system|
|Coinometrics||Institutional-level Bitcoin Data & Research|
|Blocktrail and BitGo||Multisig bitcoin API|
|Insight||Open source blockchain API|
|Leet||Kill your friends and take their money 😉|
One Bitcoin is quite large (hundreds of £/$/€) so people often deal in smaller units. The most common subunits are listed below:
|millibitcoin||mBTC||1,000 per bitcoin||SI unit for milli i.e. millilitre (mL) or millimetre (mm)|
|microbitcoin||μBTC||1,000,000 per bitcoin||SI unit for micro i.e microlitre (μL) or micrometre (μm)|
|bit||bit||1,000,000 per bitcoin||Colloquial "slang" term for microbitcoin|
|satoshi||sat||100,000,000 per bitcoin||Smallest unit in bitcoin, named after the inventor|
For example, assuming an arbitrary exchange rate of $500 for one Bitcoin, a $10 meal would equal:
For more information check out the Bitcoin units wiki.
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Submitted March 27, 2017 at 09:41PM by BinaryResult
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