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How to run bitcoin armory on Tor Tails

I wanna run bitcoin armory on tor tails. I downloaded and installed the bitcoin armory Debian package but it wont run. Everything is installed but doesn't run. What do to?
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Bitcoin Lead Developer Gavin Andresen on Origins, Expectations, Projects & Pitfalls. Alan Reiner of Armory Wallet, Bitcoin powered Tor & Wi-Fi Nodes, And Feathercoin Lead Developer. Catch it all here for Let's Talk Bitcoin! Episode 015

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Electrum (https://electrum.org/) Bitcoin wallet and tor middlebox using open hardware USB Armory stick computer

http://www.np.reddit.com/badBIOS/comments/2v7k00/electrum_httpselectrumorg_bitcoin_wallet_and_to
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Electrum Bitcoin wallet and tor middlebox using open hardware USB Armory stick computer

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Electrum (https://electrum.org/) Bitcoin wallet and tor middlebox using open hardware USB Armory stick computer

https://www.crowdsupply.com/inverse-path/usb-armory
https://github.com/inversepath/usbarmory/wiki/Applications
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/r/business [spam filtered] The Secret Online Weapons Store That'll Sell Anyone Anything -- Reporter visits The Armory, secretive online arms bazaar. Access via TOR, bring Bitcoins to pay

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BlockSettle Terminal - new light-weight bitcoin wallet with integrated trading model

The BlockSettle Terminal is an open-source desktop wallet that offers integrated non-custodial trading of bitcoin. The wallet is based on goatpig’s continued development of the Armory open-source stack.
Wallet features: • BIP 32 (Hierarchical Deterministic) wallet(s) • Native Segwit, Nested Segwit, Legacy address support • Watching-Only wallets • Offline/Remote signing • Hardware Wallet support (Trezor / Ledger) • Network connectivity through remote or local server • Coin control • RBF/CPFP • Fee control • BIP 39 and Armory seed imports • Built-in blockchain explorer • Armory interoperability
The trading model is a hybrid between centralized and decentralized platforms. In our model, the bitcoin leg is non-custodial (removing custody risk) while the fiat leg is centralized (in order to pool liquidity). Trading is currently limited to testnet while users get acquainted with the model.
Trading features: • Request-for-Quote matching • OTC off exchange reporting • Encrypted chat • Products o Bitcoin vs fiat o Bitcoin vs Coloured Coin (coinjoin trading) o Fiat vs fiat (FX)
Webpage: https://www.blocksettle.com/
Github: https://github.com/BlockSettle/terminal https://github.com/BlockSettle/BlockSettleDB
CTO: goatpig https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=7811
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[RF] Just another quiet Friday night

"You're fucking crazy John," the man in the black T-Shirt announced. "Seriously, you want to pretend to be a paedo, so you can lure in the FBI and fuck with them? That is some next level warped shit."
"Chill out dude. That was just an example. Doesn't have to be a paedo."
"I don't give a fuck. Anything that's gonna make them zero-day you is some dark shit that you can't just laugh off. And what if they chain the sploits? They'll bounce out of your sandbox and be kicking the door down in minutes."
"No, no, it's ok. Really. I bought these laptops from a heroin addict in another city. Totally untraceable. I've had the lid off and de-soldered the camera, microphone and wireless."
"That's no use, we've got to get online somehow. And when their payload fires they'll trace us through a ToR bypass."
"That's why we need three laptops. Physical separation. This one," he tapped the metallic blue case, "is the bait. It's a regular laptop, but it's only connection is a single wired Ethernet. The only route to the Internet is via this one," tap tap, "which is running hardened Kali and only connects via ToR."
"Seriously, you're going to actually do this?"
"Come on dude, I've always wanted to try. Live a little."
"What's the third one for?"
"It's hardened Kali too. We proxy everything from the bait browser through here. When they deliver their exploit we'll catch it here, do some reverse engineering, and get ready for the fun bit!"
"What the hell. But you're crazy man. And we never speak of this."
"Of course. Goes without saying."
"How do we start?"
"You get a proxy running on that. I'll get the ToR connection set up. I got a 4G dongle off the same guy."
John removed a small ethernet hub from his bag, connected its power but held off from plugging in the laptops. He connected the 4G dongle, started the ToR service and watch its status update. With the connection active he configured the iptables firewall so outbound traffic was permitted only through ToR. Cal started the intercepting proxy, exposed its listener and looked at John. "Ready" They both plugged into the hub, and Cal watched as John connected the bait laptop, accessed the proxy settings and linked it to the listener.
He accessed a non-descript site to check the setup. It loaded a little slowly, while the series of requests popped up on the intercepting proxy. "Are we sure it's going through ToR?" Cal asked. "Don't worry". "Seriously, show me a packet trace." John started a sniffer, gestured to Cal to refresh the bait browser, while a series of packets scrolled up the screen, all safely encrypted by ToR.
"So what now?" a pause "And definitely no paedo stuff. That's too dark to mess about with."
"Old school," John replied, "I guess it's a bit of a cliche. We go on the dark net and try to order a murder for BitCoin. We'll make it an American prosecutor, that'll get the FBI going."
Cal stared at him. But that didn't stop him typing and Cal watched with grim fascination as he navigated around dark net markets, registering accounts, searching vendors and sending onimous enquiries. Cal monitored the proxy, configuring ever more intricate filters to weed out the mundane.
They'd crossed a line of no return and complicit Cal joined in, weaving convincing tales in their messages, striking the right tone to complete their deception. This went on for hours, with no sign of any incoming exploits. Until the browser popped up with "Do you want to allow this site to access WebGL?"
"That's it," John smiled, "there's no way that site really uses WebGL. This is an exploit. Stands to reason too, we always knews that had huge attack surface." He was about to permit it, but Cal stopped him. "No, don't allow it. If we allow it, we'll just get a lame zero day that requires WebGL. Deny it and carry on. They'll send a better exploit soon enough."
The intensity increased, Cal identified the malicious code that had tried to access WebGL. But it was just a stager - no exploit there. John carried on his ruse, until he noticed the browser stutter. He grabbed Cal's arm, "this is it!" Fear in the room intensified. This was serious now, some hacker - be it FBI or otherwise - had control of the laptop right in front of them. "Carry on with the messaging Cal. If we stop now they'll know our game."
Cal typed into the bait laptop while John began to investigate the exploit delivery. He identified the malware quickly enough, and a lingering connection that could be to the command and control server. Alarmingly, it was transferring a lot of data in both directions, a detail he decided not to share with Cal. He loaded the malware into a binary analysis tool and begun the painstaking process of unpicking its workings. 20 minutes in he told Cal to stop. "That'll do. Sign off naturally and shut it down."
Cal joined him with the binary anaysis and gradually they formed a picture of its armory. "It's not like one I've seen before," Cal said, "it's tighter coded than a typical rootkit. Really could be FBI." John nodded. "You can see it repeatedly copying this string. That's gotta be a heap spray. And it looks like self-decrypting machine code. Yeah, that's the payload for sure. We can just plug our own in here."
"What if the exploit's been watermarked?" Cal interjected, "We don't know where they could have hidden one."
"Who cares? We're gonna deliver it anonymously anyway."
They worked industriously to decouple the exploit and payload, build a delivery mechanism, and soon they were ready to test it. They watched in delight as a fully-patched browser accessed their delivery site, churned the laptop's CPU, then registered a ping back on the console.
The next step was to incorporate a real payload.
"So what's it gonna do John?"
"Persist itself to disk, then sit quietly and await further instructions. I've got the C&C software figured out already, it was a fun project from long ago. What I need you to do is use BitCoin to rent a couple of dozen virtual servers in different data centres around the world."
As Cal started registering the servers, John used the third laptop to generate a public/private key pair. One by one, the servers came online, and John installed the C&C software, configuring each to only respond to instructions signed by their private key. On the 20th he told Cal to stop.
There was a sparkle in his eyes. "We're nearly there! Everything's in place."
"How are we going to deliver it?"
"That's why we had to do this today. I found something earlier. A cache poisoning vulnerability on a major site."
Cal stared at him. The chain was complete. This was not real.
They completed their final maneouvers. Scripted a mechanism to dynamically generate payloads containing a random sample of C&C servers. Uploaded the exploit delivery mechanism into the control cloud, and generated a list of exploit URLs. John accessed the vulnerable major site, saved the HTML code locally, and modified it to include an exploit URL. Then he exploited the cache poisoning flaw, so that every visitor - at least every visitor coming through that particular cache cluster - would receive not the legitimate site but his malicious modificiations.
They watched the C&C management console. Around the world, thousands of unsuspecting web users experienced an annoying pause while their web pages loaded. Each time, under the hood, the zero day exploit fired, the payload persisted itself to disk, and made a connection to their C&C network to receive further instructions. Each time a new node joined their botnet, a line was logged to their console, and soon the screen was scrolling uncontrollably.
John was elated, Cal terrified. Cal watched in horror as John repeated the cache poison process across multiple clusters in different data centres. The rate of scrolling on the C&C console exploded. John cancelled it with a smile.
"Lets just look at the numbers"
Running a grep count on the log showed over 900,000 payload activations. And their malware had been live for barely 15 minutes.
"What are you going to do with it?"
"That's for another day. Now, we cover our tracks."
John removed two USB drives from his bag. He created an encrypted container, and into it put his decoy. Some nudes of an office chick that had been circulating. Incriminating enough, but not the crown jewels. He then created a hidden container within the free space of the first container, using a very strong password. Into this hidden container he copied the private key for the C&C network. This key put him in control. The only way to control the botnot was having both the USB drive, and his strong password. He repeated the process for Cal, inviting him to choose his own passwords. When he handed over the drive, Cal held it like it was on fire.
He shut down the bait laptop, gesturing Cal to do the same with the proxy. Removed the hard drive and connected it via USB to the ToR relay. The ToR relay was unlikely to have been compromised that night, a trustworthy system he could use to erase the others. After a secure erase of both drives, then of the ToR relay itself, John started putting everything in a bag.
They left the hotel room in silence. Bag on the rear seat and John drove. Cal was acutely aware of the USB drive in his pocket, the angled corners pressing into his leg. He went out of town, down lanes Cal didn't recognise, and stopped by a chain link fence. They both got out, John retrieved the bag, and with a big hurl, launched it over the fence into the landfill.
Back home, John smoked a large joint of double zero hash and fell fast asleep. He awoke a few hours later. It almost felt like a dream. But he ran his fingers along the USB drive and remembered the sheer power it contained.
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GRS development status (facts)

From the GRS discord:
BCG came and people discoverd that is has the same qualities as VTC
But then not premined and ASIC resistent Then people started looking for more ASIC resistent coins and came to GRS VTC has a great dev team and now people are seeing that GRS has developed a lot further then VTC Then this list came with GRS
First coin with SegWit
Only coin that has succesfully ported Bitcoin Armory
Only coin that have over 40 Electrum servers.
One of the few coins that have a Ubuntu PPA available
One of the few coins that is officially maintained by the Bitcoin Debian packaging team
Only coin that has succesfully ported Multibit HD We have 10 different Android wallets. Most struggle to have just 1.
We have 9 different Blackberry wallets. Most dont have any.
One of the few coins that have an ios wallet
We have over 10 different desktop wallets
Only coin that has ported Samourai and thus succesfully implemented BIP147. You can work with payment channels with Groestlcoin.
One of the few coins where you can play with OP_HOLD, RBF and other new features
Only coin that has ported electrum client to java
One of the few coins that has ported rushwallet.com
Only coin with over 100 repositories with developed work.
Only coin that is capable of sending GRS over SMS
Only coin that has wallets which can use NFC tags as encryption key.
Only coin that has ported Msigna.
Only coin that has ported sentinel.
Only coin that is still being compiled with Visual Studio (like Satoshi himself did)
We got now also 2 ios wallets
We got 1 more android and 1 more blackberry wallet
We have a working testnet
We got a testnet android and blackberry wallet
We got a chrome os wallet
We got 2 new webwallets
We got tor support for our electrum since january 2017
We got 40 tor servers
VTC jumped from 0.60 usd to 4usd in two weeks (my guess is partially thanks to the btc fork)
GRS is now only 0.12usd And all these have SW, LN and AS
TLDR: GRS is very well developed.
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.onion Sites To Visit To Kill Time

Waiting on your BTC to go through? Vendor taking their sweet time getting back to your PM?
Here's a list of working (as of 26/01/2014) .onion links you can visit while you wait. Most are not illegal, although none are CP.
A 4chan type site for TOR
An interactive storyboard site, requires javascript
Not quite sure, but many creepypasta pictures, although none appear to be CP or Snuff.
Death prediction lottery.....what more should I say?
Another 4chan for TOR
Organization for fighting censorship
Find what you look like to .onion sites
Forums & firearm store. Not related to the Silk Road Armory.
URL Shortener for TOR
Wikipedia for TOR
TOR Based Search Engine
Send an receive messages from TOR on any SMS device
Documents and more documents
Forums for odd and wonderful
Well, you should know what this is.
Hosting for TOR
More hosting for TOR
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
Image Uploader
File Upload
File Upload
File Upload
Forum/Bitcoin Site
TOR Sharing Service for Files
Links in the TOR world
Another Search Engine
Clearnet Private Search Engine Mirror
News that concerns TOR users
Image Upladoer
Passwords For Sale, mostly Email accounts
TOR Bitcoin Wallet.
TOR Github
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Groestlcoin development questions.

I have some questions regarding this circulating sales pitch about Groestlcoin.
  1. First coin with SegWit
  2. Only coin that has succesfully ported Bitcoin Armory
  3. Only coin that have over 40 Electrum servers.
  4. One of the few coins that have a Ubuntu PPA available
  5. One of the few coins that is officially maintained by the Bitcoin Debian packaging team
  6. Only coin that has succesfully ported Multibit HD We have 10 different Android wallets. Most struggle to have just 1.
  7. We have 9 different Blackberry wallets. Most dont have any.
  8. One of the few coins that have an ios wallet
  9. We have over 10 different desktop wallets
  10. Only coin that has ported Samourai and thus succesfully implemented BIP147. You can work with payment channels with Groestlcoin.
  11. One of the few coins where you can play with OP_HOLD, RBF and other new features
  12. Only coin that has ported electrum client to java
  13. One of the few coins that has ported rushwallet.com
  14. Only coin with over 100 repositories with developed work.
  15. Only coin that is capable of sending GRS over SMS
  16. Only coin that has wallets which can use NFC tags as encryption key.
  17. Only coin that has ported Msigna.
  18. Only coin that has ported sentinel.
  19. Only coin that is still being compiled with Visual Studio (like Satoshi himself did)
  20. We got now also 2 ios wallets
  21. We got 1 more android and 1 more blackberry wallet
  22. We have a working testnet
  23. We got a testnet android and blackberry wallet
  24. We got a chrome os wallet
  25. We got 2 new webwallets
  26. We got tor support for our electrum since january 2017
  27. We got 40 tor servers
10, 17, 18 - For those that are less tech savvy, what are the implications of porting Samourai, Msigma and sentinel?
15 - What is the app that allows to send groestlcoin via SMS?
Thanks.
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Let's Build a DIY bootable USB drive to securely store and send bitcoins

I recently came across Tails.
Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to:
Our community suffers from security measures being to difficult to access. Without access to an offline computer and printer, it would be nice to have tools to create bitcoin vaults on anyone's computers using available tech.
Can we fork Tails to provide a distro with Bitcoin tools?
It would be incredibly liberating to hold your funds on a bootable USB with relative safety.
To prevent disaster from a physical malfunction, the wallet inside an encrypted (truecrypt) container could be safely kept on the cloud.
This would compliment cold storage This helps paper wallets and methods such as CryptoCards. Since opening these cold storages on a normal computer would reduce the security of your cold storage, using a secure bootable environment would allow you to manage your funds more safely.
Could this raise security or does it suffer a flaw that prevent's it's usefulness?
I'd love to hear your guys input on this. We very much need relatively easy to use tools that promote security and independence of need for 3rd parties.
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Will I Get Caught?

Hey guys, I know there are a lot of noobs on this sub who are always asking the same questions as me but if you could take the time to help me out I'd greatly appreciate it.
So, my friend and I want to try LSD. I intend to order some off Abraxas. Now, the only way I can get bitcoin is through using a debit card that's in my own name on Circle, then transferring it to my wallet. For a wallet I use Armory since it just seemed like one of the safer ones. If I use Tor and a public wifi, and then send it to my friend's house in his name (he lives in a rural area if that matters), then should I have any major worries about getting caught? I'm not as tech savvy as I wish I was, and so I realize that I might be making my self look like a real dumbass, but is there anything else I need to insure my safety, or am I probably good with that? I thank you in advance for your time.
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"The Correct Strategy of Bitcoin Entrepreneurship" by Daniel Krawisz | Satoshi Nakamoto Institute Mempool

The Correct Strategy of Bitcoin Entrepreneurship by Daniel Krawisz
We're All in This Together
Bitcoin entrepreneurs have yet to appreciate fully collaborative nature of the Bitcoin economy and its implications for entrepreneurial strategy. Every successful entrepreneurial act improves the Bitcoin economy and attracts more people in, thus raising the value of the coins. Each new service benefits everyone else who is already invested. Consequently, Bitcoin businesses do not necessarily need to see themselves as competitors to one another. Even if they have the same business model, they both have more to gain from the influx of new users from outside than by taking customers from one another.
Furthermore, the growth of any Bitcoin business is limited ultimately by the growth of Bitcoin itself. Since the number of coins is strictly capped, the currency must grow with its price. This means that few business can be expected to earn a much better return than the coin itself over time. Entrepreneurs should therefore invest in coins, not businesses, because coins are where the profit is. In addition, if Bitcoin fails, then the Bitcoin businesses fail—so Bitcoin is less risky than any Bitcoin business too. Thus, Bitcoin entrepreneurs should be less interested in making money than in making bitcoins into money. An entrepreneur who follows that precept should generally be expected to be more successful than otherwise because the potential for Bitcoin itself is so much greater than any Bitcoin business he could invest in.
Of course, Bitcoin cannot succeed without businesses, or at least some sort of entrepreneurship. What is the best way to fund ventures in an environment in which they are relatively poor investments? The trick, I propose, is to think of these ventures more as donations to the Bitcoin economy than as profit-seeking ventures. Any useful Bitcoin service will tend to make the Bitcoin price increase because it adds value to the network. It may, therefore, be perfectly rational for a Bitcoin investor to contribute the service to the economy for free. Furthermore, the success of such a business being desired by everyone who holds coins, such a business can be run more like a non-profit or open-source project than an business. Thus, a new venture may attract investment even if it is not profitable as long as it provides a service the Bitcoin world needs.
In mid 2013 Armory, an open-source Bitcoin wallet project, received $600k in seed funding without even though nobody knows how it will eventually be monetized. These people have the right idea, but they shouldn't try to monetize it at all—it is obviously making all the coins more valuable.
Don't be a venture capitalist—be a speculative philanthropist.
Labor Is Scarcer than Ideas
The task ahead of us is monumental—the construction of a new financial economy to replace the one built around the national currencies. This will take a lot of work. Unfortunately, a lot of work is being wasted right now. The venture capitalists are looking to invest in a sharp team with a cool idea but the group of people that matters most is the entire network of Bitcoin users, and the idea that matters most is Bitcoin itself. Big new ideas get hyped up almost every week around here, and the Bitcoin economy will work a lot better if people would try harder to ignore them.
There are lots of business ideas floating around and limited time to create them. Only ideas that have a very high probably of being an important part of the future Bitcoin economy should be implemented because that is all we have time for and those are the only ideas worth risking Bitcoins on.
The proof that ideas aren't scarce is that anybody can make his own altcoin at any time. Already there are hundreds, and every one of them a bad idea from people who don't understand the cumulative benefits of cooperation. Since entrepreneurs don't understand Bitcoin very well yet, it is easy to dazzle them with technobabble and funnel investment into flawed projects like Protoshares, Mastercoin, and Ethereum that have a very low probability of furthering Bitcoin adoption to any significant degree.
There is no real reason to keep secrets because the more that everyone knows about what everyone else is doing, the more easily they can decide what the Bitcoin economy most needs of them. Everything about a business can be done openly for the benefit of the entire industry. Product development, future plans, market research, finances; everything except private customer data, which shouldn't be collected anyway, and, in the case of illegal Tor businesses, the real identities and locations of the owners. We need open business and open businesses.
Entrepreneurship as a Collaborative Scientific Enterprise
In an open-business world, less experimentation is necessary to produce a workable system than among other businesses because there is no reason to keep secrets from one another. All trial-and-error should immediately benefit all the other Bitcoin entrepreneurs so that everyone can more easily figure out the most effective way to work. Open business as a generally accepted best practice would have eliminated terrible businesses like MtGox and Butterfly Labs early on. But even that would have been too late. Everything possible should be done to try to eliminate ideas before they can turn into failed businesses. That means sharing all ideas with the community, and investing in nothing that does not already have widespread community support.
Much of the Bitcoin world already works very openly. Lots of terrible ideas get shot down all the time in the Bitcointalk.com forums. All the software is open source. However, more is required: Bitcoin entrepreneurship should be run more like scientific research than a gold rush or an Internet bubble. There should be open research into the future Bitcoin economy, complete with peer review and consensus over which ideas are the most useful and important. Investment should focus on ideas that already have been vetted by the community. It should be considered reprehensible for startups to invent their own cryptographic algorithms.
It is too much of a waste of resources to test ideas in experiments with real businesses. All business models ought to be carefully critiqued beforehand and only the most necessary ones that we have time for should be created. This is not central planning; it is consensus-based entrepreneurship. No one shall be forced to follow any idea at all; it is simply in everyone's best interest to cooperate. If I am right, then soon investors will learn to back only heavily vetted ideas and entrepreneurs will it as well.
In the early Renaissance, mathematics was practiced in secret and mathematicians carefully guarded their own discoveries because a mathematicians' career depended on being able to show patrons that he could solve problems other mathematicians could not. However, in 1545, Gerolamo Cardano sparked a new trend with Ars Magna, the first published work to include the general solutions of the cubic and quartic equations. He even included secret work (with citation) by Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia, which whom Cardano had promised not to reveal. Gradually, mathematics transformed into a tradition characterized by publication rather than secrets. Open-access publishing is now demanded. Entrepreneurship is in its Renaissance still.
Conclusion
In a low-growth economy, one grows rich by carefully leveraging one's skills and assets so as to negotiate the most profitable trades. In other words, wealth comes from performing better than everyone else. It makes sense to guard closely any edge that one might have. Whereas in a high-growth economy, wealth comes from doing as well as everyone else. It is more difficult to improve one's state relative to everyone else than to enjoy the overall growth that improves everybody's state.[1]
The Bitcoin world understands this instinctively, but needs to take it to its logical conclusion. The entire Bitcoin economy needs to be open-sourced. This is how to make Bitcoin succeed most quickly and with the least effort, which is the best outcome for everyone.
Let's get to work.
[1] In a post-singularity world, everything should be expected to grow at a phenomenal rate, similar to the growth of the Bitcoin economy today. Thus, I would expect the attitude of sharing and collaboration should apply generally.↩
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Initial Armory Sync taking over 5 days now?? I have BTC stuck in Purgatory. Advice??

Hi everyone! I'm reaching out to reddit on this one, as I am a noob at bitcoin, the blockchain, and apparently choosing the appropriate wallets for my little and insignificant BTC transactions.
To start, this is my first transaction ever with BTC. I purchased funds from coinbase and sent them over to an Electrum wallet I had set up through the clearnet. I started reading forums and apparently went with some bad advice as to setting up a secondary wallet through tor and transferring my coin to it as a means to further anonymize my bitcoin. It was then also recommended that I use Armory as they have a reputation for being secure.
So this I did. I set up a secondary Armory wallet over tor (which later found out isn't very secure at all, depending on who controls those exit nodes) and then foolishly initiated a transfer prior to even beginning the ledger download, ridiculously long initialization process I was soon to find out needed to be done/should have been done beforehand. I obviously am now eating crow for not being nearly as versed on or prepared for this transaction before jumping in, nose first.
Ok so now my questions are these... My OS (with good CPU, 4 gb RAM, excellent bandwidth) has been in the verification process for going on 5 days now and currently at 83% of the Initializing Bitcoin Engine phase. I've only been creeping at maybe a 3% gain per day. Is this bc I set up the wallet through tor? Is there any fix that I can use to speed this up? Also, will my coin even be available anymore and show up in my wallet if and when I finally do get back online??
Obviously I'm feeling most idiotic at the moment for this and I really appreciate ANY advice I can be given on the subject. I'm now aware that I should have never gone with such a heavy wallet for my small-time bitcoin to begin with. But I just don't know where to go from here. Thanks for reading guys...
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The next big thing - THE NEW INTERNET

FreeSpeechMe-SPECIFIC IMPROVEMENTS WE PLAN TO DO:
Hide nmcontrol/namecoind windows on Windows
GNU/Linux users don't see the terminal windows for backend software; Windows users shouldn't be bothered by them either.
Don't try to visit .bit websites when blockchain isn't downloaded
Right now, visiting a .bit website with an incomplete blockchain will use an older version of that name's data. Usually this results in a failure to load the page with no good explanation of what's wrong, but in certain rare cases it could also hypothetically result in security issues such as hijacking. A better version of FreeSpeechMe should refuse to use incomplete blockchains.
Facilitate non-Firefox usage
FreeSpeechMe uses a networking method, HTTP, which is specific to website traffic. Replacing it with a different method, SOCKS, would make it much more flexible, so you could use Dot-Bit for non-website Internet applications such as SSH. It should also be possible to route other web browsers such as Chromium through FreeSpeechMe. FreeSpeechMe should support being installed as a standalone application for users who don't use Firefox (although obviously Firefox will remain the main method of installation).
Improvements for anonymous browsing
Right now FreeSpeechMe supports routing its traffic through anonymization proxies such as Tor and I2P (if they are installed), but it is not compatible with TorBrowser, so while attackers generally can't see your location or IP address, they can deduce that different activities you do online may have come from the same person. FreeSpeechMe should be improved to function in TorBrowser, which would prevent linkage of different online activities.
Improvements for anonymous hosting
FreeSpeechMe supports Tor and I2P hidden services (if the user has Tor or I2P installed), but does not support Freenet, OnionCat, GarliCat, or other anonymous hosting networks. This should be improved.
Support for next-gen TLS specification
FreeSpeechMe is using a method of specifying certificates to prevent hijacking which is deprecated in the Dot-Bit specification. While this method remains very secure, the newer specification has more features, and FreeSpeechMe should implement it.
HTTPS enforcement
Websites which claim to support HTTPS in their domain record should automatically be loaded in HTTPS, even if the user accidentally forgets the "s", to prevent hijacking in such cases. (Note for geeks: this is like the HSTS specification, but works even for sites you haven't visited before.)
Intelligent Redirecting
Websites that want to support Dot-Bit should be able to do so without changing their server configuration, and instead have FreeSpeechMe make the server think the preexisting domain is being requested. The user would still see the Dot-Bit URL in Firefox, and unlike iframe-based methods, the URL displayed in Firefox would change accordingly as the user clicks links..
Fix HTTP protocol bugs
Unencrypted HTTP Dot-Bit websites occasionally have odd behavior in FreeSpeechMe (sometimes manifesting as links not working properly); this is most frequently seen in WordPress websites. While we strongly encourage the use of HTTPS (which isn't subject to these bugs), we still want to fix the bugs with HTTP websites.
Round-Robin Load Balancing
Some large websites use multiple server IP addresses for a single domain. FreeSpeechMe should be able to randomly choose one.
OTHER NAMECOIN SOFTWARE IMPROVEMENTS
Some of this is possibly out of the scope of this one Indiegogo campaign, depending on funds raised. But these are things we're very interested in helping implement:
Rebase on the latest Bitcoin code
Namecoin is based on an outdated version of Bitcoin (0.3.x). We should rebase on a current release. We inquired with a well-qualified and well-respected contractor (who developed Namecoin-Qt) about how much this rebase would cost; the estimate was around $17,000-$35,000 US. Spending that much on one project would be out of the realm of this first campaign. However, it may be possible to reduce this cost significantly by rebasing on a codebase other than Bitcoin, such as libcoin.
Improve scalability
Namecoin currently requires having the entire blockchain for good security. While the 1.6GB blockchain isn't a large concern right now, future scalability requires that clients be able to securely resolve names without possessing the blockchain. There is a proposal for this called SPV+UTXO.
Automatic renewal of names
Losing your names because you forgot to renew them is a problem.
Names should be able to be renewed automatically. Preferably without decrypting the wallet each time the name is renewed, and maybe without even needing your client to be open when it renews. Any solution must be trust-free.
Cold storage of Namecoin name keys
To update a Namecoin name, the keys must be decrypted on a computer with Internet access; this could be a security risk if malware is installed on that computer. To fix this, cold storage should be used, as is possible with Bitcoin.
This is in two parts: (1) port the Armory client to Namecoin (this allows transactions to be signed offline), and (2) allow a cold-storage name to be used as a revocation key for a hot-wallet name (this is called the "import" field).
Optimize Speed
Dot-Bit is already much faster than other top-level domains for both name lookup and name propagation. However, it can be made even faster.
We estimate that pre-cached name lookup time can be decreased by 2- to 5-fold in some cases, uncached name lookup time can be decreased significantly, name update propagation can be reduced from 40 minutes to under 1 minute, and blockchain sync time can be reduced significantly.
Android support
Namecoin software currently does not support Android; this situation should be improved.
Better blockchain anonymity
Like Bitcoin, Namecoin can keep the location and IP address of name owners anonymous (if used with Tor), but the various activities of name owners can be linked by an attacker. This should be improved, e.g. by implementing Zerocoin.
Better blockchain privacy
Some name owners may wish their records to not be publicly accessible; encryption would improve this situation.
Decentralized website single sign-on
Namecoin can be used to log into websites in a secure way without needing a password (protecting people from database leaks or cracked passwords without trusting a third party such as "all your data are belong to us" systems like Facebook); this is implemented as the NameID library by domob. Unfortunately, this library is not easy for non-programmers to integrate with existing websites. Plugins should be created for major website backends such as Drupal, phpBB, WordPress, and SMF, to allow trust-free NameID sign-on to be as easy as checking a box.
Automated builds
Namecoin software should support automated builds and testing so that our developers and testers can work more efficiently. The builds should also be deterministic (as Bitcoin and Tor are doing) to improve security.
Offline signing of static websites
Verifying signatures of static websites against the blockchain would prevent hijacking even if a web server is completely compromised.
SSH client integration
Log into your servers remotely without trusting your network or manually verifying fingerprints, using the same anti-hijacking features that FreeSpeechMe first implemented.
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HOWTO: Run a Full Bitcoin Node + Armory

Estimated total time: Up to 2 hours, not including blockchain downloading.
You can install this on a VPS, a spare PC, or on your own PC. You can install it in Virtualbox on your own PC, or into Windows. If you just want to try it out, I recommend installing in Virtualbox.
  1. Download and install Virtualbox from (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads), and download an Ubuntu 14.04 64bit Desktop ISO from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop, and follow the guide here (I recommend 2GB of RAM, 3GB if you can spare it): http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/virtualbox . It's a little outdated but close enough that things are the same.  
  2. After installing Ubuntu in Virtualbox, to make it fullscreen you will need Guest Additions. Run these commands by clicking on the swirl icon top right, typing ter and opening Terminal: sudo apt-get install build-essentials module-assistant and then sudo m-a prepare Before selecting Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD image, telling Ubuntu to install them, and shutting down. //Thanks go to http://www.binarytides.com/vbox-guest-additions-ubuntu-14-04 for those instructions.//  
  3. Next I went into the Virtual Machines settings and changed Network Adapter 1 to be "Attached to Bridged Network" instead of "Attached to NAT".  
  4. After booting the machine back up, I followed the steps here: https://bitcoin.org/en/full-node/#linux-instructions And installed both bitcoin-qt and bitcoind. Skip over the parts where you edit bitcoin-qt's settings to start at boot, or edit cron to start bitcoind at boot, since this will interfere with using armory.  
  5. Next I followed the instructions here to install Armory: http://bitzuma.com/posts/offline-installation-of-armory-on-tails-and-ubuntu-linux/ The reason I used these instructions was because I was having difficulty getting Armory to install (online or offline) on Ubuntu 14.04. Might just be me.  
  6. I then started up Armory in Offline Mode by clicking on the swirl icon top left and typing Armory. In the program, after clicking Skip, I scrolled down slightly, clicked on Download Bitcoin, Download, and agreed to let it do whatever it wanted to; (which was download and install Satoshi).  
  7. I then closed Armory Offline and opened Armory, which began downloading the blockchain from a torrent. I then went into File > Settings (top left of your screen, near the swirl; menu options will appear once the mouse hits that taskbar) and personally chose to Disable OS and version reporting. There is a setting here for "Enable settings for proxies/Tor" but I haven't ticked it yet, since I haven't set Tor up.  
  8. Follow the instructions here to set up port forwarding so your node is reachable, and to test this: https://bitcoin.org/en/full-node#network-configuration  
Next:
If I want to broadcast transactions over Tor, but not receive incoming connections over Tor, is that a problem for the health of the Bitcoin Tor network? Or will those transactions be broadcast out to "clearnet" nodes, as opposed to hidden ones?
Thanks to all writers of articles referenced here for your help.
By the way, even if you don't want to run a bitcoin node full time, I've read that running one even 6 hours a day is useful. These are instructions for ubuntu but you can also run it from Windows on the same machine you work on (I don't know about privacy implications). Perhaps someone should write an article about running a bitcoin node on your PC at work!
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[Table] IAmA: I am Wired contributor Joshuah Bearman, and I just published Part 2 of a 20,000-word story on the Rise and Fall of Silk Road. (I also wrote the story that became Argo, which was exciting.) I'm sure people have questions about Silk Road. AMA!

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Did you consider the trial fair? I did not follow it closely, but since all the evidence was digital, I read his mother Lyn stating something like "this evidence could have been planted on his computer". This seems a bit far fetched, but still: could it be true that Ross was set up? Good question. Yes, I think the trial was fair. My personal opinion is that Ross' lawyer mounted a peripatetic and somewhat ineffective defense. Not sure what a better defense would have been, but there were some clear missteps.
And again, the evidence was overwhelming. Court beat reporters and law enforcement professionals alike who got anywhere near that case or the trial all said that they had never seen such clear evidence of a criminal conspiracy.
The only way Ross is innocent is if the FBI planted it all. Which would have taken some doing. There was 1TB of information on his drive. Thousands of files. Hundreds directly about the Silk Road. Many of which were entered into evidence. The FBI would have had to fabricate them all -- including a diary full of intimate detail about Ross' personal life that they couldn't really have known -- for that argument to hold any water.
And, incidentally -- even if that were true, the defense said that would only explain the period he supposedly handed off Silk Road to someone else. They admitted he created it, and was running it at the end. Both of which also constituted the crimes he was charged with. So the multiple DPR theory and/or conspiratorial notion of the FBI planting evidence wouldn't even clear Ross of the charges.
You don't think that the fbi crossed any legal lines to retrieve the adress of Silk Road's servers, as it was rumored at some point ? You article states that no, but did you ever entertained the possibility ? Good question. And I don't think legal lines were crossed. For it to be illegal, the FBI would have had to break the functionality of the site -- the statutory definition -- and there's no evidence that occurred. Although yes, I entertained the possibility. As I described in another response, I see why there is so much speculation. It's a key point. And it relates to the much bigger and very important issue of electronic privacy. But the theorists about the hack don't suggest how the server was hacked. They just say that the server could not have been accidentally discovered. Everyone seems adamant about this, despite the fact that Ross himself wrote that he leaked the IP at times. And users posted publicly about that as well. Ross wasn't a programmer. The Occam's razor explanation is the one provided by the government, not the theorists of the hack: Ross made a mistake.
A more silly question, do you like the illustrations that Wired choose to illustrate your article ? And, yes, I do like the style. They're not quite the images I pictured while writing -- a little harder-edged than what materialized in my mind -- but then again I'm not the artist.
Occam's Razor says that the squirrely FBI description points to them hiding something. Maybe it was hacking. Maybe it was the NSA who found the server, and they are just using "parallel construction" to pretend they found it.
What motivated you to investigate and write a piece on the Silk Road? Was it just a case of supplying the demand? Was it pure curiosity at how such an enterprise rose to prominence? Did you have any political reasons for involvement? Well, I will admit I wasn't so hot on this story at first. Started working on it with Josh Davis, and it's more in his realm. But then, he started working on other things, I got these reporting breakthroughs, and then got sucked in to the piece, realizing along the way, that it had the makings of a non-fiction novella, which is how I tried to write it.
The story kept getting more interesting. The zeitgeist of it, and the cops and robbers element were a solid foundation -- but the emotional story was what drew me in.
The transformation of the characters and the ideas. From youthful vigor into cynical narcissism. From "do no harm" to "change the order to execute." Even though it played out in a technological realm, it felt like a deeply human story.
That was a very interesting read, thanks! What do you think of the role Variety Jones/cimon played in managing Silk Road and why do you think LE seem to be unable to arrest him? That's a good question. My story included Variety Jones in its longer version, when it was a 30,000 word (!) manuscript. But, it got complicated, for narrative purposes, to explain that relationship as space got tight. I mean, the story is already the longest Wired has ever published, and he just didn't have that much more room.
That said, Variety Jones/cimon clearly played an important role. He wasn't another user of the DPR handle, but he helped Ross conceptualize his role as leader. And he guided Ross toward the moral Rubicon of hiring a hit man. Variety Jones was the Silk Road's Rasputin, whispering into the Czar's ear.
Also like Rasputin, hard to take down! Not sure why he hasn't been caught. Although I suspect that he will eventually.
Did you ever follow up on Plural of Mongoose and Gypsy Nirvana? Sure thing. And no -- who are they?!!
Link to antilop.cc. PoM was believed to be using the VJ nym on SR and used to work for Gypsy Nirvana. Ah -- that's such a great resource. Used it a lot. So dense. Part of my job was to make the narrative comprehensible, which meant cutting out some detail...
Can you explain the basis of your narrative of how Tarbell found the server? I realize that this is a controversial point. (Although even if the server was "hacked," it does not actually exculpate Ross.) And I understand why people are attracted to the theory of the hack. But no one has provided any substantiated account of what this hack would have been. There were no tools to "hack" Tor. It's all speculation, and theorizing. And yet, Ross wrote in his diary that he leaked the IP. Many people noted on Reddit that the Silk Road leaked the IP at times. Ross was not a professional programmer, as we know. The simplest explanation is that he made mistakes -- as he did many other areas of operational security -- and the feds got lucky and exploited them.
Did you ever consider the multiple-DPR narrative (as told by the defense) plausible? The Deep Web documentary by Alex Winter seems to follow that argument. So I am just wondering what makes you so sure that there was only ONE dpr who was, in fact, Ross Ulbricht? That's a GOOD QUESTION. I did consider that it was plausible, but that was before I saw the evidence. It is just overwhelming. Ross admitted to starting Silk Road. He was arrested while logged into the admin panel as /mastermind. He claims that in the meantime the site was run by someone else. But his own diary, chat logs, and various other records (like a spreadsheet showing Silk Road assets) found on his computer, show that he was running it the whole time.
Moreover, it was demonstrated at the trial that during the time Ross claimed that someone else ran Silk Road, he was receiving all of the bitcoin commissions from the Silk Road escrow account. So that makes it fairly impossible for anyone else to have been DPR.
off, this was one of the best pieces of journalism I've read in a long time. I couldn't wait for part 2! I read it this morning. What are your thoughts about Hollywood turning this into a blockbuster? THANKS! I appreciate it. Man, it was a beast to report and write. But rewarding to get a huge story like this into Wired, in two parts even.
As for a film adaptation, this story has been optioned. And efforts are underway. I was struck while writing this story how it hit the zeitgeist of our time, with drugs and entrepreneurialism and youthful idealism, and also underlined some deep, resonant themes about how we live now, mediated through the digital world, and fragmented identity -- all within the quick-moving narrative of a true crime case. I think that could make for a great movie. As I said somewhere in the story, sort of a true crime version of The Social Network.
Hello, thanks for the AMA. What do you think of the current U.S. drug laws? I think the War on Drugs is a failure. An expensive one. And broadly favor decriminalization. Although I haven't given real thought to whether that should extend to opiates, etc.
Also, the drug laws have led to massive incarceration, and helped destroy an urban generation. So, in that sense, I sympathize with that part of the Silk Road (and Ross') early philosophy. The problem, of course, was when that idealism turned into ideology. And it became a criminal enterprise rather than just a political idea.
1) I know a lot of media hype was placed upon Silk Road being an "Amazon for all things illegal". Have there been any confirmed cases of it selling anything other than drugs (such as counterfeit products, weaponry, or even being used to hire a hitman)? 1) Yes, the hype was a radical over-simplification. Silk Road was mostly drugs. And some odd ordinary items, like you'd find on eBay. The rules prohibited anything that would harm someone else, like identity theft stuff. (Although sometimes that stuff wound up on there anyhow.) There was no child porn. There were no guns, although DPR created the short-lived Armory, for that express purpose.
2) If DPR had more of a technical background (or at least been more careful to take care of all the security threats), do you think Silk Road would still be active today? 2) Yes. I think so. Had he known how big it would become, had tight op-sec from the beginning, and been a professional programmer, rather than learning along the way, Silk Road might very well still be operating, its servers undetected.
How has your personal life been affected by the publishing of these stories about Silk Road? What types of praise or criticism have you seen since publishing? Any legal action? I'm very interested in what happens to reporters lives and careers after exposing stuff like this. No personal effect, other than people seem to like the story! I did have to be very careful, obviously, with law enforcement info. You can veer close to subpoenas with reporting like this. I had never done that kind of reporting before. I also had to keep the confidence of sources from inside Silk Road. That was just as important to protect.
And for the most part, there's been little criticism of the story. I hope that's because it was so exhaustively reported! And fact-checked, and edited, and reviewed by lawyers, etc.
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[Table] IAmA: Hey, Alex Winter of Bill & Ted here. Directing a new movie called "Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road." Ask me anything!

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As someone who creates content, do you think there's a solution for middle class content creators? It seems that they're the most hurt by piracy, yet free-culture proponents almost exclusively focus on large corporations. Kickstarter, Indie Go-Go, and their brethren aren't picking up that slack- tales of success seem to be the outliers, and many of the poster-children (Radiohead, Amanda Palmer, etc.) rely on past success and marketing dollars. So, will this pick up, and will there be a middle class of creators? Or are we now living in a world of (sometimes skilled, but still) amateurs? This is a smart question and demands a much longer answer than i can give here. but the short of it in my opinion is that it's a misunderstanding to assume it's harder for 'middle class artists' in this climate. it's always been very very hard. there have always been obstacles and gatekeepers. the digital landscape has opened many many doors and closed some doors. it's in many ways easier, but you still need that magic combo of talent, tenacity and luck.
Man I'm sorry but I've gotta ask...what happened to you man? Why did Keanu make it out and why did you disappear into obscurity? Haha. not an offensive question at all. I quit acting professionally in 94, after Freaked to focus on writing and directing. I'd been acting professionally since I was 10 years old and I wanted out of the public eye. It's really only been in the last couple of years that i've intentionally been slipping back in front of the camera. But I think it's important for child actors to spend time away from constant exposure. I tell a lot of kids this in that field.
Be honest…has Keanu admitted his immortality to you? I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you. And then he would drink your blood and live for another millenia...
Did you buy any Bitcoins before they blew up in value recently? Haha, I did not. The Winklevoss twins got them all :)
Since George Carlin has died, will there be some new character coming in to replace Rufus in helping the Wyld Stallyns? We've spent a lot of time and thought on making this work. all i can say right now :)
On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely is it that B&T 3 will be financed and actually get made? I'd say 10 but it's Hollywood... so 9.9?
Did you ever use the SR before it went down? I honestly did not. I am a dull family man and most of what i need to purchase online can be found in the toddler section of Amazon :)
Your stepmom is cute. Remember when she was a senior and you were a freshman? Do You get BnT references constantly and do they annoy you? No, thankfully I like the movies a lot. I have some friends who acted in movies that they can't shake that they hated. that is an existential nightmare from which one can never awaken!
Thanks for doing this AMA, and for being part of one of my all-time favorite films. You've been quoted as saying "[Bill and Ted] was a happy accident. No one thought it would ever see the light of day." Could you expand on that? Both BnT movies were made independently. The first one was really low budget and kind of under the radar when we made it. then it sat on a shelf for a year after being made, when the producing company went belly up. So we kind of gave up on it. Then it was bought up and released and was a big hit :)
What was it like working with Mr. T? Is his public persona accurate as to who he really is? It is! Exactly! He's a really great person, into community outreach and helping people. A wonderful guy.
When will we have a new Bill and Ted to watch any plot details You can share? What got You so interested in Bitcoin? Also, Thank You for being so Excellent! Party On! I first got interested in Bitcoin in '09, when it magically appeared out of the ether. Much like Napster appeared out of nowhere 10 years prior. I recognized that Bitcoin felt like the next big thing to come out of peer-to-peer.
What can I do to get into the Bitcoin World. I don't know much about it. Start at blockchain.info. that will lead the way.
Do you think the Tor network is forever tainted due to the Silk Road takedown, or does it still remain a viable method of obtaining true anonymity on the Internet? Absolutely not. SR accounts for a tiny fraction of TOR use and is not going to impact Bitcoin much either in the long run. As Wozniak so perfectly put it, you don't shut down the whole highway when one car is speeding.
What was the funnest thing about making The Lost Boys? Having dirt kicked into my eyes by the two Coreys in my death scene. Actually it wasn't funny at the time; i had full eye contacts in and my cornea got scratched. had to go the hospital. Loved those guys tho...
Any cool memorabilia you kept from Bill and Ted? I had my evil robot head from BnT 2, but it eventually rotted. I used it as a doorstep. My kids loved it :)
What motivated you to be one of the first films to educate those about the online blackmarket? why exactly do you need the funding from the kickstarter? Because, like the Napster story, there is a lot of noise but not a lot of context. I think we need some context and our film will be one form of providing that. We are using Kickstarter for some of the funding in order to begin to build our community for the film. We want people's input, the changes occurring through the Web are part of a global movement.
Are you actually going to provide any information we don't already know from all that's been written about this? Is this just a movie version of a bunch of news articles? Our doc is an expansive examination of a movement that began decades ago and is now hitting a peak of global impact. we are interviewing the core players in this story. It's not the kind of thing news articles do in any capacity. join our kickstarter, be part of the process and of the movie's community :)
How did you do research for the script? How did you get a script just a few weeks after SR was busted? It's a documentary :)
Alex, as someone who studied Napster so much for Downloaded, what would Bill & Ted have thought of it: Most Excellent or Non-Triumphant? They would have said 'huh???'
Is a melvin a synonym for wedgie, or a completely different maneuver executed from the front? You answered your own question :))
Is there any fond memory that stands out from making The Lost Boys? Honestly the most fun i ever had 'working'. Joel Schumacher knows how to create an amazing environment to work in. It's one of my fondest memories of my crazy youth! :)
On the kickstarter page, under the "Silk Road" header, the phrase "trading mostly in drugs and weapons" is used. Don't you feel that claiming that weapon sales were a large part of the silk road's operations is misleading? especially since weapon sales were specifically banned from the site shortly after its creation? Certainly the part about mostly trading in drugs is spot on, but also weapons? Come on, that's just untrue. Sorry if that seems misleading. As the Armory only lasted a year. But SR was built for that purpose wherever it ultimately landed.
I don't know if you remember me, but I went to school with your son in LA, me and my brother stayed at your house a few times. Kinda funny how I never got to thank you for being so excellent in Bill and Ted back then, so I figured I'd do it now! Hey Dante! Hope you guys are well!
I suppose I should ask a question, so what drew you to the idea of the deep web? What made you want to make this movie? The Deep Web lies at the heart of the digital revolution, that has impacted every corner of our lives. There are huge changes that have occurred in the last decade, and many more around the corner. Examining the Deep Web in detail allows us to closely examine this revolution and its implications.
Do you think that the high prices that bitcoins are experiencing right now is actually a bad sign, since it indicates instability? Where do you think the value of Bitcoins will ultimately fall once the bubble bursts? No one knows where it will settle. It's not unlike gold in this regard. But once it's been around a bit longer and more people are taking it, the value will increase within that framework but not in such a wild manner. this form of currency is here to stay, of that there is no question.
How did people find silk road online? That always boggled my mind, because I assume it wasn't as easy as googling it haha Did you have to like, "know" someone in the business to gain membership? It's not hard to find these sites, it's just dangerous. don't go hunting for scorpions unless you are prepared to get stung.
So Deep Web... Do you have a script already? Are you dealing with the actual events, or fictionalizing them? If the former, are you worried about having to pay folks for rights? If you have a script, how does it toe the line between being too simplified to please the target demo/actually tell the story and too esoteric for the mass market? It's a feature documentary. please join our kickstarter :)
I don't think the story is too esoteric at all, just as the details of the Napster story weren't. These are universal stories about global communities.
How much about the deep web did you investigate? I have done some looking into it recently and there is some pretty disgusting stuff out there. To be honest I kind of wish I never heard about it. Silk road is only the tip of the iceberg and to me doesnt seem like that big of a deal compared to some of the other stuff out there like the hitmen websites and human dolls for sale etc. What is your take on the rest of it outside of silk road? There is a lot of dark and horrible stuff in the Dark Web. The Deep Web is a much broader world, and in my view needs to be understood as separate from the much smaller Dark Web, and in need of protection.
When did you get into directing? I realize I could easily find this out on IMDB but it's just cooler to ask the source! Hah, thanks for asking! I actually went to NYU film school to study directing before I acted in all the movies. It's always been one of my passions. I started directing professionally in about 86. Shooting music videos and commercials and then our show on MTV, The Idiot Box.
So I'm guessing MTV/Viacom or somesuch own the DVD rights to The Idiot Box? There was a fair amount of comedy from that era of MTV that I'd love to be able to watch again… MTV owns it... why no DVD... yet...
What was it like working with a big star like Larry "bud" Melman? He was awesome of course. RIP.
Wait, does Satoshi = Stations??? Ahhh you cracked the code!!!
Excellent job on Downloaded! I enjoyed remembering a time in the not so distant past when 'regular people' could not envision a world in which their music lived on a computer. Today, regular people cannot envision a world in which their money lives on a computer. I was also surprised to learn about your early connection with the world of MP3s. Could you elaborate on what you think we can learn about Bitcoin based on your experiences with Napster and the MP3 scene in the late 90's? The world is responding to Bitcoin and a new awareness of the Deep Web much like they responded to Napster, with fear and demonizing. Our film aims to put these things in some context.
What made you want to do this documentary? I've been following the story myself and it's certainly one worth following but how did you yourself first get interested in the topic? I have been interested in global web-based communities and emerging technologies since the mid 80's. There is a revolution occurring in global culture at the moment, that will change everything. and it's only just beginning. what's not interesting about that?? :)
I don't have a question but Excellent Adventure made me who I am today. Thank you. Fuck it, uh. Do you agree that Cinnamon Toast Crunch is hands down the best cereal? My kids do. it's evil.
off, I want to thank you for posting my Rasta Eyeball with a machine gun tattoo on your blog. It made getting it completely worth it. I just want to know which of the characters from Freaked is your favourite? Stuey Gluck!!
And your tat is amazing!
Hello there, thanks for doing this! I just wanted to ask if by making a movie that sheds light on the dark web/bitcoins etc. It will shed more light on an area of the web that generally dislikes the attention. In other words could it create a misaprehension of the mission and possible positive effects the darkweb community tries to provide? I think the current media spin has that effect; in that it tends to paint the entire deep web and bitcoins and cryptography with a negative brush. this is both inaccurate and destructive. Our movie does not paint dark things in a positive light, it gives context to the entire arena.
Will the Silk Road be back? Also, can you say hi to my smokin hot babe Sherry? It is back.
Hey Alex, A quick glance at your wikipedia page has made me realise you directed Knock Me Down by RHCP! Did you have much contact with the band? How was it working with them? Thanks for the AMA; Looking forward to B&T3! I love the chili's and have known them for decades. they are still great, but in the mid 80's when I had the fortune of doing some work with them, it is hard to quantify how amazing they were. the best live act on the road, by far!!
So when are you planning to bless the world with Bill & Ted 3? Soon as we get it up and running!
If you could star in any movie from any time, what movie would it be and what role would you have and why? Buster Keaton in anything probably. No one in the movies ever had a better time.
So what is the "untold" story of Bitcoin/Silk road? Isn't most of it public knowledge by now? Or we'll we have to wait and see the movie? You don't have to wait if you join our Kickstarter and become part of the making of the movie! It is hardly public knowledge as no one has framed this story up yet in one film, and the story itself is unfolding every day. :)
What was the most surprising thing you found out about the Silk Road? That's in the movie :)
Hey Alex, What will Deep Web be like? Sort of a CNN special or does it have a bigger ambition, i.e. are you making it on a scale for wide distribution in movie theaters? If the latter, what documentaries would you compare it to in terms of style and storytelling? Our doc has a broader ambition than reportage. We are making a film about a technological revolution that has been brewing for decades.
Hm, don't know you but this does sound interesting. When can we expect this movie to come out? Anything interesting about these topics you learned? Every day I learn something new and fascinating. We hope to finish within the next year. Join our kickstarter and be part of our community :)
What ''good'' is there in the deep web? I only hear stories about horrific things like drugs, black market stuff, assassins, etc. Also, were you fortunate enough to had invested in bitcoin in it's early stages? The Deep Web is being demonized somewhat in the press, which is a misunderstanding of what it is. DW represents all content on the web that is not indexed. this doesn't mean people are doing bad things. it means they are unseen. the Dark Web is a term that has come to characterize people who use the web for illicit means. the dark web represents a fraction of the Deep Web.
On your Kickstarter campaign, you say, "Bitcoin has the potential to create a level of global disruption that will make Napster look like child's play." Can you expand on that? BitCoin is a peer to peer crypto-currency. Like any peer to peer technology it is decentralized and operated by a wide user base spread across the net. As such it is here to stay, and being an unregulated currency that exists outside the control of banks and governments, it is poised to have a massive impact on the world. That's what I mean :)
Why are you focusing on the darker side of the deep web instead of the good side? Its virtues clearly outweigh the illegal stuff. As someone who appreciates the privacy benefits of Bitcoin, TOR and the Deep Web, I am concerned about the public's disproportionate focus on its negative and illegal uses. Do you plan to address this bias at all? Question 1: I am absolutely not only focusing on the dark side of the Deep Web. In fact one of my key points is that the Deep Web is misrepresented, and inaccurately represented. It is mostly just a reference to all the content on the web that is not indexed. Most of which is not dark and a lot of which is frankly boring private data :)
Are you accepting Bitcoin for the financing of this film? If not, why not? Again, thanks for doing this, but I am concerned that your focus on the negative side of TOR will continue to twist the public's perception in the wrong direction. 2: We will absolutely be accepting BTC for the movie. But Kickstarter does not accept BTC so we are doing that separately. Stay tuned!
3: Yes the bias is a big problem and we will debunk the myths, just as I did with Downloaded. People like to hold onto their preconceptions tho, so I have no illusions about turning the world around :) A lot of people loved my Napster movie, but there were many in the mainstream press who were outraged that I didn't spend more time castigating the Napster architects for being thieves who created piracy software, when clearly that is not the truth, just the well-spun myth. but myths die hard.
How concerned are you with getting all the details right? You plan to talk about things happening in the more obscure and less legal parts of the Internet. The people who use those parts of the Internet are often pretty knowledgeable about the fine technical details, and are annoyed when people get them wrong. Even the term "Deep Web" has a whiff of "Information Superhighway" or "Series of Tubes" about it. Aside from just wanting to get the details right for the sake of having an informative and accurate documentary, are you concerned at all with upsetting the wrong kinds of people by doing this? After all, the guy behind Silk Road is rumoured to have tried(?) to have people killed. Our film isn't a Silk Road movie but an exploration of the history and evolution of the Deep Web, as told by its architects. That is the story that I believe matters most :)
Are you covering other crypto currencies? Also, I didn't think porn hid on the internet. I am yes. This movie is largely about the crypto-revolution.
What are your thoughts on the rather dubious "hired a hitman" charges against DPR (Ross Ulbricht)? Do you think law enforcement used parallel construction to identify the SR server or otherwise make the case against SDPR? Looking forward to this documentary, and I'm a huge fan of Bill and Ted! It's a really fascinating case that is unfolding and changing constantly. No one knows the full story at the moment outside of the Feds, and I'm sure they're chasing some crazy leads trying to iron it all out!
Hey Alex I was just wondering if you used Silk Road for movie research and what the movie is gonna be about? The site used to pride themselves on anonymity so is it a lot of speculation about what goes on behind the curtain or were you able to actually talk to and interview the people behind the scenes of the website? I didn't use SR for research but am in contact with many people close to the world and story.
Can I donate to the Deep Web movie via Bitcoin? I loved the Napster doc, and am super excited for this one, since judging by your prior work I think it will be very high quality. There was no bitcoin address listed on the kickstarter page! Yes Kickstarter does not allow BitCoin pledges. We will have a BitCoin option soon!
Bitcoin is seen as a "dirty" term by the media as it usually relates to illicit activities, what could make it a more clean and friendly method of payment to Joe Smith who runs a small florist in a mid size town in Washington? Time. people need to get used to crypto-currency. it's here to stay and perfectly legitimate unto itself.
I've always been a fan of Bill and Ted, however this question does not related to your career. You actually grew up next to my Dad (His name is Nick) in St. Louis/Clayton. He said your family loved television, and that he always joked your television might blow up one day. As ridiculous as that sounds apparently it actually happened to you guys one day. So did this actually happen? Is my father a liar? How much television does it take before it explodes? Wow that is some ancient history! Yes when I was five my brother and I got into a fight and someone hit the tv with their body, hard (such is the way of fraternal skirmishes, my bro and I have actually always been super close). We didn't know we had blown some of the electricals inside the TV and the next time it was turned on it exploded into flames (for real!) and burned the whole house down (totally true story!!)
What are your thoughts on other cryptocurrencies like Litecoin? I think it is early days for crypto-currency and eventually one will rule the roost. Whichever proves to be the most stable, trustworthy and provides the best ease of use.
I just hope that it's objective and that it doesn't needlessly throw BitCoin into dis-appeal. I mean, there have been other digital currencies which had been used for drugs, hitmen, child porn, whatever else. Sigh. Just don't slander it, k? <3 I totally agree with you, that's the movie :)
Are you worried about how Deep Web will portray bitcoin? Us bitcoin folks are already rather irritated about how much people make the point that bitcoin is used for illegal things, without pointing out that cash is used for the same thing. Oh we are making very very clear all the legitimate uses for Bitcoin.
Alex, do you think that Satoshi Nakamoto has any sort of link or relationship to Ross Ulbricht? Yes some people have been saying that. There are other people believed to have created Bitcoin that we are talking to.
What are your personal thoughts on the deep web and how it operates? Do you think the bit coin business model is the future of personal commerce? I do yes.
Don't you think it is a little early to start writing a story before the truth is completely released? I've been following the take down since day one and there are still so many things that haven't been answered. Absolutely. Our movie is about the Deep Web, it's not a Silk Road movie.
What do you think about Silk Road 2.0 being open? Inevitable.
Have you been able to get any key actors in Bitcoin, Silk Road etc to go on the record unanonymously? BTW...San Dimas HS football rules! Yes we have :)
I live in San Dimas. Do you know what you've done to me any time I meet people from out of town? Sorry. truly. We didn't shoot there, we shot it in Phoenix, so I never thought about San Dimas one way or the other. Until many years later I made the mistake of taking my kids to the water park there without thinking about it. Very very very VERY big mistake for "Bill" to waltz into a water park in San Dimas...
What do you think George Carlin would have said about Bitcoin and Silk Road? Link to www.youtube.com
Can you please make sure that bitcoin ends up not getting the image of "crack dollars"? I'd like if people didn't associate bitcoins with just silk road. Agree!!
Bill& Ted 3: elaborate please! We have the script and our producing team on board, in finance mode now... :)
What is socrates like in real life. A windbag.
New Idiot Box sketches on YouTube please. Burrowing Bishop, If I Had My Way, etc.etc. I think everything we shot has made its way up there :)
I have yet to ever have a question answered in an AMA, not a question but a simple acknowledgment of my existence would be fantastic. Love BnT BTW. You exist!!!
We demand a sequel to Freaked. That is all. Me too! One day... many many eons from now... it will happen...
Can you give me 3 words that will best describe the movie to me. Join our Kickstarter! :)
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