Sound the alarms! We have an eMerchantC!

I’m sure, over the last number of days, you’ve heard the stories about stores turning off Apple Pay. Those headlines love using Apple, because they become hit-whore pieces. That said, there’s much more going on here than meets the eye.

The uninformed person right now views this as an Apple is doomed for wanting to go their own direction. In fact, you might hear something resembling this statement from an uninformed Google or Microsoft fan… after all, let’s get those digs in Apple. Their misunderstanding of both Apple using standards AND who is getting affected by all this is mind-blowing.

It’s worse, however, than you can imagine.

  1. These stores have turned off NFC. Yes, this kills Apple Pay because the phone can’t communicate with the terminal.
  2. Google Wallet has been killed as well. WHAT WHAT WHAT??!!! Again, NFC has been turned off, not some “magical, proprietary, Apple radio wave.”
  3. The competing “technology” used by these stores (The Merchant Customer Exchange, or MCX) going against NFC have some fun hoops for you.  Here’s an image taken directly from their website.
  4. Not only do they have a fun amount of steps to make a purchase (contrast that to *any* Apple Pay video out right now), they want your driver’s license, social security number, and bank account number(s). They say these things are not stored on your device, like that’s a secure thing. Nope, it’ll be on their cloud servers, nice and safe, you know, like Target or Staples, or…. Seriously, a hack of this technology will empty your bank account, and yield thieves personal info to steal your identity. But your credit cards will be nice and safe.

Now is the time for the Apple and Google camps to stop fighting each other and start fighting the MCX. Dare I say it? Fanboys and Fandroids unite??!!! For now, anyway. :P

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Html5Coin follow-up…

So, it would seem that some don’t like my latest write up on html5coin. The complaint is some of my terms and lack of all the new services described. In my defense, I don’t know all the services html5coin has added. I’d like to pretend that I do, but I mainly follow the coin on Bleutrade and not much else. Also, the article was *MY* perspective on the coin and how its value increased immensely since the transition to html5coin back in September 2014.

The term I used – “premium coin” – was frowned upon. They like “html5 has its own market.” Again, to me, I think of a “premium coin” as something the exchanges consider default trade options. For instance, some exchanges only let certain coins trade with Bitcoin, while other coins can only be traded for Litecoin…. and others with Dogecoin. And that’s it. Those are the markets. To me, I think of that as being a premium coin. Sorry if the term sucks.

Bleutrade differentiated itself by allowing any coin they have to be traded with any other coin they have. The difference is, BTC, LTC, and Doge, are the still the default coins or “premium coins” that you would expect. What has joined them in recent days is html5coin. I’m not a cryptocurrency exchange expert, but it just seems out of the ordinary that an altcoin would be listed up with the “3 main ones.”

So… whether or not you like how my article was written, the fact remains, html5coin went from an almost-joke of a coin to a major contender. That’s impressive and I’m sticking around for the long haul on it.

P.S. I’ll have some of that premium html5coin (HJ1TnfGc6hKTVHRRYDNEd7pEmbnWeEN7Kt), please!

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Html5coin… approximately 30 days later.

Ok. So… for those who have been following, htmlcoin went through a transition in a way that most cryptocurrencies have not. I’d even argue, in a way that most stocks have not.

Let’s recap up to the transition to html5coin:

  • The original htmlcoin was stupidly easy to acquire *and* in large amounts.
  • The original algorithm was flawed.
  • The difficulty never rose.
  • People in general declared this coin dead.
  • The coin mysteriously and confusingly traded *well* for Dogecoin and, on occasion, traded for a small amount of Litecoin.
  • The developer never gave up on the coin. Always promoted it.
  • The developer announced a new, fixed algorithm, an updated coin name, and a reverse split of 1:15 (depending on when you did the trade) for the new coin.

Now, you have to understand, many of those attributes listed above should have meant htmlcoin’s demise. So many coins have disappeared, and they had far less flawed attributes than what was listed here. Hell, so many stocks in the regular world of Wall Street would have been looked upon unfavorably just for that reverse split alone (especially penny stocks).

Here’s the difference, and this purely opinion.

  • Ian, the promoter (and developer, I think) of html5coin, never gave up! He lived up to the title of promoter – he pushed this coin everywhere.
  • Ian was not in it for a get-rich-quick-with-bitcoin scheme. If he had been, he’d have given up long ago. Instead, he wanted (and *still* wants) this coin to succeed and become something more.
  • The entire html5coin community wants this coin to become something more. And, to clarify, that does not mean it has to supplant bitcoin or even ever be worth more than bitcoin. It just has to thrive and continue to have a use, whether that’s in an exchange, or in a marketplace (or both).

So, how does hmtl5coin appear to me today, just (approximately) 30 days after the transition? More bullet points… :P

  • html5coin still trades well with Dogecoin.
  • html5coin trades well with Litecoin.
  • html5coin trades with Bitcoin (at 1 satoshi, so far), and never did that before.
  • html5coin is now one of the “premium coins” at Bleutrade. That means, html5coin is grouped with Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin (although Bleutrade allows any coin they have to be traded with any other coin they have). Now, while we can all argue that Ian may have offered them some money, I don’t think that matters. Why? If I were running an exchange and you offered me what I perceived as “monopoly money,” I would not accept. Instead, they put html5 at the top with the three coins everyone in the crypto world knows. That means the Bleutrade has faith in the coin. And why shouldn’t they, html5coin is actually trading for higher value coins in a way it never did before.

I’ve even heard the conspiracy theories of Bleutrade being behind html5coin, but I don’t believe that. Though, even if that were true, I’m still doing well with html5coin and I’ve lost nothing in the process. Isn’t that what we want – to play in the cryptocurrency world with as little risk as possible? html5coin certainly exemplifies that and has done so since its inception.

I know things can change in a heartbeat, but I wanted to give you a perspective – my perspective – of how html5coin is doing so far.

See you in another 30(ish) days!

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Samuel Burke needs an article with LOTS OF HITS.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/22/technology/mobile/apple-pay-double-charge/

As usual, when someone needs to write an article to appear relevant and drive traffic, they write a negative, “sky is falling” article about Apple.

Samuel Burke is just this week’s fool. His article’s headline – Apple Pay Double Charge – clearly is meant to draw in the customer and suggest there’s a problem with Apple.

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Sorry. Was curious what it felt like to be Samuel. Where was I? Oh, that’s right…. bringing you the truth.
http://recode.net/2014/10/22/bank-of-americas-apple-pay-glitch-should-be-fixed-today/ ← Looky here, Professor Burke. An artice that truthfully explains that Bank of America had the glitch, not Apple, and they are fixing the problem.

In closing, CNN & Samuel Burke are just doing the normal “analyst/journalist” nonsense – distort the truth, generate traffic and advertising revenue…. then do it again.

Asshats.

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Have you joined the Cryptocurrency world yet?

I realize that I’m always asking for donations, but it never occurred to me that I could just get donations via referrals.  So, I’m going to make some recommendations… GOOD recommendations.  This becomes a win-win in the cryptocurrency world.

Recommendation #1:  Faucets
Faucets are websites where you can put in your coin address and get a “drop” of coin. Think of a leaky faucet where you hear that annoying drip only, in this case, each drip is a bit of coin. Nothing annoying about that (unless you’re annoyed it’s not enough :P).

  •  Bitcoin Faucet – You can “roll” every hour and win some Bitcoin. If you set it to autopay, it pays every Sunday around 11AM (EDT). If you’re less trusting, you can do manual pay for some fee. I gave them ONE chance to not pay me before I’d switch to manual pay. Good news! They’ve never screwed up. I’m paid weekly as long as I keep playing! Autopay has a minimum amount (something like 0.00005400). If you have exceeded that, you get paid! Yes, this link is a referral link. So, I get some Bitcoin just for referring you and it does not take from your winnings to pay me. In turn, I can (and will) reward you by paying back some Bitcoin to my referrals! See? Win-win.
  • Dogecoin Faucet – This works the same way. Also a referral link!

Recommendation #2: Exchanges
Play the stock market? Same thing, only it’s with Cryptocurrency. The exchange I personally use and recommend is Bleutrade. They have made it very easy to learn and they allow you to trade anything for anything (assuming those “anythings” are coins in their exchange). That means it’s possible to trade a new altcoin for Bitcoin, or a new altcoin for old altcoins… and vice versa. One of the better features they have is what they call BLEU shares (not to be confused with BLU coin, which happens frequently). By acquiring BLEU shares, the exchange acts like a faucet. The actual amount you get is dependent upon both fees collected for a particular coin AND how many shares of BLEU you have. The beauty of BLEU is, it also gets more from the faucet effect, so having BLEU means you’ll get more BLEU.
Their affiliate program (my referral link) means that any trades or fees collected from your trades guarantees me 10% of that. Again, they don’t take from you to give to me, so you don’t lose anything in the deal. And, the more affiliates you sign up afterwards, the more you’ll get from others. Nobody loses.

Lastly, feeling generous but don’t want to give better known coins because you, like me, are scrambling from faucets just to get the small amount you have now? I gladly accept HTML5coin.
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“The sky is falling… for real. No, for real!!!!1″ Windows users love a good Mac malware article.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hackers-found-flaw-macs-using-121808264.html
A couple days ago, I read a Yahoo article regarding a new Mac “worm.” The article points to about 17,000 Macs being used in a botnet.

Once again, the article above is the sensational one. MACS done be getting VIRUSES and WINDOWS AM ARe safer!!@

The below link, however, confirms what I had already thought to be true. Once again, the user has to download questionable software (usually pirated apps) and run an installer which *requires* admin rights to continue.

So, the user is at fault.

http://www.thesafemac.com/iworm-method-of-infection-found/

Finally, many Windows users love to claim Windows is more secure because it has *insert random security feature here*.

Now, if that were true, then North Philly would be the safest neighborhood ever. Bars on windows. Doors with multiple deadbolts. Guns everywhere. Sounds like nobody would be messing with anyone or robbing anyone because you’d know what to expect. NOPE. Worst place for killings, muggings, stealing, theft, etc.

Contrast that to a suburban area like Plumsteadville. While there may or may not be gun carriers there, there are no bars on windows, no deadbolts on doors, cars and houses may or may not be unlocked. Thefts are minimal. Same with muggings and thefts.  One *could* steal stuff simply by opening most doors.

So, Windows has the same amount of “security” as North Philly and, accordingly, is equally as safe.

Mac, seemingly, has the same amount of security as Plumsteadville (but I’d argue that Unix has security down far better than Windows ever will), yet it is as safe as Plumsteadville. In fact, just a little vigilance (like not downloading questionable software and granting admin rights) will keep you safe without “security software.”

I know I’m beating a dead horse.
I know, to the Mac crowd, I’m preaching to the choir.
I know, to the Windows crowd, I sound like an apologist for this piece of malware.

Consider this. I have been visiting seedy sites since 1997. I have downloaded stuff. Watched videos. I have never been infected. There’s the usual chorus of Windows users that chant, “Well, you wouldn’t know because it’s hidden.” And, if that’s the case, Windows users, my bank accounts would have been depleted a million times over.

It’s ok. I’ve learned that the Windows crowd NEEDS to believe they have the better system. They either have IT certificates that tell them so, or their friend is an IT guy who assured them Windows is better… or, you know, “Macs are toys” because Windows has more games for it (love that counter-intuitive argument)… or they still believe Macs are not compatible… or they still believe Macs have no software…. Pick an excuse.  They’ve used it or will shortly…

  • You guys enjoy your quad-core processors that waste cycles on anti-malware programs (usually more than one).
  • You guys enjoy your ability to get malware just from visiting the wrong page.
    You guys enjoy your OS’ inexplicable rollback of updates it just took an hour trying to install.
  • You guys enjoy your annual or bi-annual reinstall of Windows because *insert stupid, but apologist reason here*.
  • You guys enjoy random registry corruption.
  • You guys enjoy random Windows file system corruption (admittedly, nowhere near as bad as XP used to be with its “hive error”).

In closing, I can keep doing what I do daily on my Mac. You guys better make sure Avast is up-to-date on your machine. BTW, I picked Avast because I happen to think they’re one of the better Windows anti-virus programs, its free for home use, and I always use it on my Windows VMs.

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HTML5coin

This is not a normal TakeToTask article.  It’s a “Wow, how did they do that?” article.

HTMLcoin started off differently from the other altcoins. Its difficulty barely increased during the numerous months of its existence. You could get 50,000 HTMLcoin within minutes… some of us became “billionaires” in this coin fairly quickly.

Of course, like any “currency,” if you can just get it, it’s not worth a damn thing. For that reason, many pronounced this coin DOA. Didn’t matter that the dev pushed this coin. Nobody was “buying into” his shtick.

BUT… unlike so many altcoins that have disappeared, HTMLcoin found its niche. It traded VERY well with Doge. People found themselves “rich” in both HTML *and* Doge. Again and again, HTML would go up and down, allotting traders a varying degree of Doge. Of course, when you’re only able to trade for a small amount of Dogecoin, your run is almost over. Then the mystery would happen and it would fly up again. HTMLcoin has defied logic its entire run. It even traded for Litecoin on the rare occasion.

Despite numerous insistence from so-called experts, HTML continued to trade. I even suggested people stop looking at HTMLcoin as a “get rich like Bitcoin” scheme and think of it more as a learning coin. You could amass it quickly and trade it without *feeling* like you were losing anything. I know it helped me in the altcoin trading area. On Bleutrade, you could even trade HTML for a fair amount of BLEU (Bleutrade’s own internal “shares,” that act like faucets for all coins).

Finally, HTML acknowledged (publicly) that their algorithm was flawed. Difficulty never increased and I believe the amount of HTMLcoin exceeded their original (proposed) limit of coins.

Enter HTML5coin, which debuted publicly on 9-25-2014. It was handled in a 1:15 split, meaning you got 1 new HTML5 for every 15 old HTML. The lucky few on Bleutrade could get it for 1:13, which was a bit nicer.

After the 9-25 trade, HTML5 is seemingly holding its own. Admittedly, I don’t yet know how to mine it. I mean, I got the x15 miner and tried CPU-mining, but it just boos me (meaning the shares are not accepted). Nonetheless, HTML5coin is proof that, if you want the coin to succeed and you have a community behind it, some bumps in the road will not stop you.

I am a proud holder of HTML5coin and yes, I realize it may never be worth anything. I also realize, as HTMLcoin has already proven, it could skyrocket without logical explanation. So, come and join the community. It really is the epitome of you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

:)

And yes, I absolutely accept HTML5coin donations!
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Update: ./minerd -a bitblock -o stratum+tcp://someurl.com:port -u worker.username -p worker.passsword ← Hey. I figured out how to make the miner work for X15.
More details here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=666542.0

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