Who Accepts Bitcoin and What Can You Buy With It? - TheStreet
Who Accepts Bitcoin and What Can You Buy With It? - TheStreet
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You can now buy bitcoins on eBay The Daily Dot
you can now buy ebay giftcards with dogecoin
a surprise move, eGifter, one of the two biggest online gift card providers that accepts bitcoin, added Ebay giftcards as an option for its customers. This means that, for the first time on a major scale, people can essentially buy stuff on Ebay with Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin, albeit in an round about way. Paypal, which is still technically a part of Ebay, recently started allowing merchants to accept bitcoins for payments and the CEO of Ebay has stated that his company will likely follow Paypal's lead on digital currencies at some point. Back late last month, Ebay President Devin Wenig was quoted in the Wall Street Journal as being very open to the idea of accepting Bitcoin at some point in the future: “Both eBay and PayPal are open to [Bitcoin]—PayPal is experimenting with it—and through our relationship we’re likely to do the same. I am very open to it.” But the wait has been painful for some, especially those who want to turn some of their digital currencies into holiday gifts purchased on Ebay. eGifter appears to be ready to fill that void by offering gift cards in denominations from US $5 to US $500. This is still a far cry from Ebay going out of its way to accept bitcoin itself, and it should be pointed out that offerings on egifter (and its primary competition, Gyft) often disappear without warning. A store supported one week may not be offered the next. That being said, you can now purchase stuff on Ebay using your cryptocurrency, something that was nearly impossible to accomplish in a secure and trustworthy way just a few hours ago. With any luck, Ebay will begin accepting Bitcoin directly, but until then, at least we finally have a viable option. http://cointelegraph.com/news/113143/you-can-now-buy-ebay-giftcards-with-bitcoin-litecoin-and-dogecoin
The state of cryptocurrency in China. If anyone tells you otherwise, they are lying.
It's been a while since I outlined the state of cryptocurrency in China, but I should probably tell you guys why this is important first: Journalists will do anything to shill you their "news" so they can get their sponsor dollars. Crypto YouTubers who comment on the story without reading the original news story or transpiration of events in Chinese further distort this message. With that out of the way, let's dive in to free knowledge. -Mining is just fine, so long as miners have all of their documents properly registered. The Chinese government thinks, "Whatever, sell this stuff to foreigners. We'll gladly let more USD flow in to our economy in exchange for thin air." -Most Chinese-owned exchanges set up offices abroad, usually in Singapore. Some have dev teams in Malaysia / Taiwan. -The Chinese government hasn't really out-right BANNED crypto ownership as far as I know, but they have certainly made it very difficult to own it. Which leads me to these two points: -I tried sending an APK file for an android phone wallet app to an American buddy of mine and his Chinese-made phone with a specialized Chinese distro of android would not allow him to install it. He sent me a screenshot that showed his phone basically displayed, "Unable to install application." or something similar. -I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Chinese-made distros of Windows, Linux, or Macintosh-specific operating systems do not allow users to install wallets to their desktops either - but I have not verified this. -These last two points can be circumvented by buying phones and operating systems made for foreign countries on China's ebay equivalent, Taobao. -There have been previous court-rulings where bitcoin was recognized as PROPERTY. -My view is that the CCP's attitude is, "Less crypto, less headache. Turn it in to USD and bring it in to China." -I would not be surprised to learn that later down the road the CCP makes a list of present cryptocurrencies that may be bought and sold legally in China in the future. I would only be shocked if bitcoin were not on that list. -It is commonplace for employees of exchanges to get paid in crypto in China. This is usually done with a stablecoin. -I have an undergraduate degree in Chinese and previously worked for a Chinese-owned exchange. This is where my knowledge comes from. -Everything listed here to this point in time should be treated like "law" unless Xi Jinping himself or another government official say otherwise in the near future. Any questions? Fire away.
ILPT: Make $1/day by using somones electricity to mine cryptocurrency with a cheap (10$-50$) no longer profitable ASIC miner. The person whose electricity you are using has to pay 2$/day for the electricity bill.
Note: The profits may vary on the power of the cryptominer and the price of the cryptocurrency. The numbers in this post are illustrative. Step #1 Buy an old ASIC miner You can buy some old ASIC cryptocurrency miners for around 10$-50$ off ebay (search for brands like Bitmain or Innosilicon). You also need a PSU for it. The reason they are so cheap is that they are no longer profitable and make less money than it costs to pay for the electricity bill. A few years old Bitcoin miner can make around 1$/day, but it costs like 2$/day for the electricity bill. So you actually make a profit of -1$/day when you factor in the electricity bill. You can Google “asic miner value calculator” and you can find websites where you can calculate the profit of the ASIC miner you want to buy. Step #2 Connect the ASIC miner to someones electricity grid (Note: This is not a detailed tutorial on how to setup a cryptominer but you can find many tutorials on YouTube) Find a place where you can get free electricity and that is not regularly checked. The cryptominer can make a lot of noise (40-80dB), so find a place where it does not disturb people so they are not going look for the source of the noise. A good place for that would be someones basement or a server room at your workplace (if the sysadmins are lazy and don’t lock it) because the miner also needs an internet connect. (You could also have your own small 4G Wi-Fi router). You can even print a small label on it saying “Do not disconnect!”. You can hide it under some stuff but make sure the fans are not covered. (You do not want to start a fire.) Step #3 Profit! You will now make around $1/day and will quickly make back the money you bought the miner for. But the person whose electricity you are using will be paying an extra 60$ for their electricity each month. I’m sure there are a lot of teenagers who abuse their (grand)parents electricity in order to make some money with cryptomining.
Mistyped the title... This is going to be a simple guide to help any R1 owner upgrade and optimize their Alpha.
(In order of importance) Storage Unit: HDD OUT SSD IN This is by far the easiest upgrade to make and the most effective. https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100011693%20600038463 Any of those will work, just needs to be 2.5 Inch SATA. How to Replace Video WIFI Card: This is like a 5-15$ upgrade. Go find any Intel 7265ngw off eBay and replace it with your current WIFI card. If you don’t want to buy used then here. How to Replace Video RAM: Ram prices have tanked because of bitcoin mining, so this has become quite a cheap upgrade as well. I’d recommend 16GB just because why not, but if your tight on cash 8GB is fine. https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007609%20601190332%20601342186%20600000401&Order=BESTMATCH How to Replace Video CPU: This required the most research. I’d recommend you look through this first. The wattage of the processor slot only ranges from 35w-50w according to a developer of the Alpha (Source). The socket type is LGA 1150. If you’re going cheap, the i5-4590t (35w) and i5-4690s (65w) are both great options. i5-4590t i5-4690s The i5-4690t (45w) is also great but is hard to find from a trustworthy source for a reasonable price. If your willing to spend $100+ then easily the i7-4790t (45w). That is probably the best processor to put in the Alpha. All 45w will be used giving you 3.9 GHz Turbo. The T series apparently runs the best on the R1 according to This Reddit post. How to Replace Video GPU: Coming Soon! Maxed out Alpha R1 specs: i7-4790t, 1TB Samsung SSD, 16GB DDR3, Nvidia Geforce GTX 860m. (Upgrading to anything better then that is pointless)
Optimizing the Alpha R1
1st Completely wipe the computer
Just a good place to start, gets rid of Hivemind and other aging programs.
Goodbye eBay, hello my own site. So done with eBay.
I have been selling on eBay 10+ years, it was never my full-time source of income, but I am a TRS and have made a significant chunk of my yearly income each year from selling computer parts from my various jobs in IT. Many of these items are hard to find and I fill a particular niche. There have always been frustrations in business as there is on any other other platform, sometimes I get return requests or something doesn't arrive on time or a buyer doesn't pay for the item. But recently with the changes made to the eBay platform (app doesn't even show description), being unable to leave anything but positive feedback for buyers, constantly changing rules/interfaces, and eBay essentially forcing all returns and refunds regardless of what you select or who is in the right, I am bowing out of the eBay game. Buyer abuse of the platform is rampant and eBay seems to embrace it. It seems at every possible decision point, eBay chooses the wrong course of action. Being with somebody you love who doesn't love you back is a terrible place to stay. I made a woocommerce site, got it up in a few days, and am now directing all of my buyers there to find the same stuff cheaper than they can on eBay because I don't need to charge 20% extra to cover the cost of returns and eBay fees for the "privilege" of being on a platform that treats sellers worse and worse every year. Plus, I get to take bitcoin! Because many of my items are unique, I am on the front page of google searches for associated keywords and now I'm getting the sales directly. The second there is a comparable online market place (looking at you Mercari, get an API!) I will be listing items there. Ultimately, we pay eBay these fees on the promise that they will provide us with a captive customer base and mediate relationships with those customers in a fair manner that is cheaper than the existing legal system. And eBay only does part one and for the cost in fees, one can easily buy online advertising to get those customers to your own site. I'll keep up some of the eBay listings for now so I can steal customers from under eBay's nose, but plan to eventually transition entirely off the platform once enough of them have moved over. You have made it too hard to love you eBay. I really wanted this to work out, but you need to get your shit together before we can be in a healthy relationship. It's been a good run, well, at least the first five or so years were. Good luck to all of you in your sales, I hope you find eBay a better partner than I did.
Late 20s and quit my high paying job to move to southeast asia - what to do with my money
Hi everyone, I'm 27 and I had a mental crisis and it caused me to quit my job earlier this year to decide move to to southeast asia and work / travel. Now it's all delayed due to COVID19, but still happening as of now. I'm realizing my financial situation is going to change drastically and I have a lot of questions, as I have been terrible with my money, no plans for saving, buying things on a whim, randomly buying stocks when I felt like it, unplanned trips or gifts that were unnecessary. And now I am basically going from 95 - 125k/yr for the past 6 years -> 36k. And Im freaking out. My situation: 15k student loans 15k cash 10k cash coming in (selling motorcycle and other stuff and tax return) 83k in my 401k 11k in stocks 1 Bitcoin So my first question is should I roll over my 401k into an IRA? And should I go traditional or roth? I have been putting it half traditional half roth in my 401k because I didnt really know the difference... Also I need to look at what funds I'm selecting, i literally took 20 and put 5% in each because I thought that was what diversifying meant. And now that I'll be making 3k a month, is putting 300 a month enough for retirement for the next 2 years at least, if not more? Or will I be screwed when I am old for the decisions I'm making now. I believe these contributions while I'm abroad should be roth as I'll be in a low bracket. Next is what should I do about my student loans? I started with like 45k and now they're at about 15. I can pay them off but I'm really concerned about not having access to money as I wont be making a lot, and right now I'm making none. I know I should have been paying those off instead of wasting it all partying and buying stuff but it is what it is. All my other investments I was hoping to save towards a house one day so I don't have any intention about touching them which is why I'm worried about paying off my loans. Also where is the best place to sell gold jewelry? I heard pawn shops will rip you off pretty bad and I havent had any luck selling on ebay.
sorry if this is a downer post, but I literally had to find and join this sub-reddit just to be able to get some shit off my chest from today and life as a whole right at the moment... thank you for having this Reddit exist, first and foremost, because life sucks for me lately, in general, and for a good number of years, and I am having one hell of a bad day and just need to get this shit off my chest before I have a meltdown. so thank you for whomever created this sub-reddit. anywho... hey, how's it going, my name is Mike IRL, but I just go by the name High Voltage online, I am a furry, and to use a short and to the point name everyone calls me anymore, I'm just gonna say Hey, I'm volt. anyways... I'm an autistic furry, I love life...usually...but as of these last handful of years, life has just been one hell of a suck fest. I am a computer geek, self taught, by nature, passion, and habit, I love technology, but the more I learn, the more I realize Murphy is a vindictive bitch. Murphy in this case is Murphy's law, and me and that little shithead have a love hate relationship... I love technology, he loves to make technology hate my guts, and the more I learn about shit, the more I can tell just how much shit goes wrong in ways that are uncommon for me, and for general life. I have friends in the tech industry, that all unanimously agree, and I quote them all here "how the FUCK do you have so many things go wrong?!" this includes a friend who works for dell as a storage expert, a friend that's a tech support call center representative, and a plethora more friends that are just over all tech heads. one point I need to get off my chest. another thing, is that for the life of me, for the last 10 years since graduation from high school, nothing I do is allowing me to get my ass in a tech job, no amount of experience personally taught, no amount of tech certifications make any difference, nothings helping and I've had to jump from one dead end job to another, just to be able to even afford to survive, and hell, that's a joke in and of itself, cause I cant even afford to be alive, and live, I am barely scraping by, ever, and am forced to live with my parents because I cant even afford subsidized housing, section 8 or otherwise. per my autism and other issues, I have to take prescriptions just to function in society, which on their own, cost more than I have ever made in a month at any job I've ever had to date, given they are around 8k a month without insurance. on the comment of insurance, I have to use medicaid/medicare just to be able to afford to be alive, which in turn makes me have an income limit per month, so I cant ever make more than about 1 thousand dollars in a month, making my whopping glorious yearly income, four thousand dollars a year less than poverty, which is classified here in my state as 16 thousand dollars a year. usually this does not bother me and I'm able to maintain a fairly positive outlook on life, plus or minus my usual depression...and I don't usually let things bug me, and have made in my opinion, a name for myself as being generous, and donating money whenever I'm able to to those less fortunate than myself, countless times I've helped keep friends of mine online whom I have never actually met, and hold credible for being in the situations they claim to be at face value because I trust people and I'm a compassionate person... I have been told so many times by my parents that I'm too trusting, that I have literally lost count... I have even been scolded by my father once for, and I quote, "your not an entrepreneur, strive for mediocrity!" while a friend of mine was at my house in the basement waiting on me, when my father found out, while I still had my income cap, BEFORE government regulations happened, regulating bitcoin as a taxable asset (I have since gotten out of the bitcoin game for a few years now and it served its purpose while it lasted) but all of these things are normally manageable on their own in stride.... the thing that's finally just caused me to have enough at this point is the fact that I just realized how truly shitty my current discovery is right now.... more on that one in a moment however... the one thing that I have always been proud of is this, the fact that I am self taught for all of my computer experience that I have amassed to date, including but not limited to having to be resourceful on finding good deals, given that I found and paid for myself on my measly income, all of the servers that I have to date at my ownership, all found through scrounging for deals, on Facebook marketplace, and driving literally half the entire state of Ohio one way trip to find a deal for a thing I'm after, I have HAD to be resourceful for everything, because I had nothing for income... this includes having to plan and build my own data server using second hand parts, whenever possible, and I have not had any regrets on that, because it has allowed me to get still working systems for damn good prices... so I have never, until today, regretted that... because it has always been mine, built with pride, pride that I found good deals on things, that still worked, and still had usefulness to someone (me) and gave these devices a second lease on life, for good prices, and it was something I did myself, through sheer determination, patience (something I severely lack, and the entire reason I fish for catfish when me and my folks go fishing), and resourcefulness. welp....honestly, at this point, I don't know what the hell to do now, because out of all of the drives that I have tested so far that this thing uses, after having lost unimaginable quantities of priceless memories that I can never get back, thousands and thousands of dollars in software I cant get back (one of many failures of the storage server, and mistakenly purged gmail emails, leaving zero traces of the software and no ability to discover what it was to try and recover it anymore) and numerous personal memories in the ways of family photos lost among so much more... of all the drives in this system, over half of them now are saying they are IMMINENT failure, and all of them, every single one of them, is either pre-fail or old age, and given that I have always HAD to buy second hand used and abused storage off of ebay, its no surprise that this has become the case.....normally I'd say "oh well, sucks, gonna have to save up and buy new drive replacements again" in the form of more used drives.....but now, the icing on the cake here, and why I'm at my point of typing up this entire post? I am one of the people that lost their jobs due to this whole pandemic....so....I literally have no way what so ever, to even try and replace these drives...and now I am left with an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach, and an epic oncoming depression fit. bonus fun points to the fact that I do my damnedest to never ask for funding help for anything in my life ever, given that its the mindset of "my projects, my fun times, my money, nobody else should /HAVE/ to help me given this is MY fun stuff" and the few times I ever ask anyone for help, everyone always jumps down my throat, friends wise, saying how greedy I am as a person to ever ask for funding help for MY stuff, and "what will I get out of it? nothing? then why the fuck should I want to help YOU if I don't get anything from it?" so I always tend to not WANT to ask for help, EVER, given this is how I get treated when I do, and then the few times that I genuinely feel like I need to, after always having that mindset of being a burden to the world, and a nuisance to my friends, when I finally get up the nerve to fucking do so and make a gofundme out of sheer necessity...out of all of the times I have done so, over the years, I literally can count on one single hand, the number of times anybody has ACTUALLY helped me....and I get it, it does not effect them at all, and its their money, trust me I get it, but when I DO actually need help, I never get it... this is one of those times I need help...and I wont get it, and I truly understand that, especially now with this pandemic and so many people being out of their jobs and or scared of losing their jobs, I understand that, I wouldn't be able to now even if I wanted to anyways, but it just fucking sucks... always going so far out of my way to help others when I'm able to, and then life always being such a fucking bitch like this to me. *sighs heavily* anyways....sorry for the vent, but I fucking needed to bitch and moan somewhat today...god knows I've been forced to try and bottle it up for far too fucking long, because everyone's been tired of my bitching, even though I tend to only do so, to enough of a degree to keep my head afloat as needed. just for shits and giggles, I'll post a link to the hard drive reports, just to share what I am forced to work with because its all I can afford...not that I have any problems with it mind you, if it works, and I can afford it, then that's what I'll take any fucking day of the week, given its a means to an end. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gK7EGCU9fX9lcC1G4to2ZwbvNA8cBVQM?usp=sharing anyways...as usual, I've made my gofundme, and as usual, I know what to expect...nothing...but whatever. such is life.
Earlier than normal college move out plus more to come?
So due to the pandemic I was not fully able to dive this year's move out. As students were given 3 days to move out starting Sunday. The result was all 3 of those being hectic and also Monday and Tuesday workdays. So instead of trying to dive an active situation(turns out I should have) I got up 2 hours before work to do a quick college dive in heavy snow and fog, lovely. I missed the really expensive stuff it seems. All the textbooks and tech were already cleaned out. I did get away with a decent clothes including the most comfy sweaters, Varsity sweater, hard to find hippie clothes, and an exact black baseball jersey as one I already own but larger and thus actually fits better, so big plus to find the exact favorite shirt but better fit. This weekend is the last of the month and when I'd believe all the off campus apartments are moving out. So a 2nd chance at the TV, laptops, computers, textbooks, etc. Another note of interest is that the location around 60 miles only having 1 case at the time and still very low infection so quite safe atm. One of the towns I dive is over 10 cases so no longer going there. All the 2nd hand stores are closed and could be closed for a while. So the quality of the dumpster loot will be considerably higher, which sucks when a diver doesn't get to it in time. I'm probably going to see the return of leather jackets, suits, helmets, sports stuff, electronics, etc. So when the inevitable happens at work At least I will see an uptick in my finds. My covid strategy is to "quarantine" the items in my storage unit until ready(a day or so for clothes, 2 weeks everything else). using tubs to directly place items in, using gloves and masks, visiting low or zero infection areas. Here are some examples with generic names. North town: infected with 14 cases, will avoid(highest) My town: 6 cases, caution, easy mode only, no digging, just plucking. East town: The town with the college/university. only 1 case South town: No cases, however a reservation on the way is considering lockdown to protect it's members and it would mean going around said area. Tiny towns: towns with maybe 1 or 2 dumpsters in the whole place, there are two of these. The rez: once again, lock-down likely with gates and roadblocks. Why look closely at case numbers. If ever you see numbers increase suddenly and then stop, that is a warning sign that an apartment building is infected, meaning there is a higher chance of the virus in apartment dumpsters. Retail ones are the most risky. Small residential alley and street bins are generally fine though i generally don't pick those because you got thousands of them and maybe a few of that will score. Interestingly is that too many people still try and dump their "donations" at 2nd hand stores even though they are closed. So raiding the likely lost(because of weeks/months in the rain) stacks of boxes and bags that pile up behind the sally an isn't a bad idea. I worked at one in 2008 and 90% of the stuff that got left on the weekend in the rain ended up in the garbage. I have been diving every odd time for the last 5 years, more as something to do then a necessity. Inspired by youtube divers like MomtheEbayer, Omargosh, Vidvulture, Befkast, Taco stacks, and others. One thing is clear, the global pandemic may cause me to have a lot of time on my hands, trading bitcoins, learning languages, and of course some dumpster diving(provided there is no hard lockdown) It has resulted in me almost never needing to buy clothes, save on building materials for projects like my RV trailer deck, workshop(supposed to be my dining room lolz) table. Perhaps I will snap some pics of my finds from time to time.
ILPT: How to make hundreds with little to no effort (1-2hr max) per day for 2 to 3 weeks selling fake event tickets! 100% works in UK!
Sell fake event tickets. Won’t work for big festivals that require a real ticket (Glastonbury, Reading, etc.) and imagine things like coachela in the US won’t work either. Will ONLY work for events using E-Tickets (small - medium sized events) 1a. Buy a LEGIT ticket from the website 1b. Sell LEGIT ticket for a bit of a loss immediately, or wait until tickets are sold out for profit
With a PDF editor such as adobe, change all details on the e-ticket (name, address, last 4 digits of card paid with, time and date ticket was purchased, BARCODE AND QR CODE - you can find barcode and QR code makers on google, just make it look similar in size
!!! MAKE SURE YOU ESPECIALLY CHANGE BARCODE AND QR CODE AS THIS CAN EASILY LINK IT BACK TO YOU. NAME, ADDRESS AND CARD DETAILS ALSO EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO CHANGE !!!
Now go on to Facebook and go into various selling groups, marketplace etc and search for various things such as ‘ID’ ‘lost ID’ ‘driving licence’ etc. Do this until you find a picture of an ID. Screen shot that.
4a. Search ‘u account’ (for UK users [might work for other countries still]) or any website that lets you get a virtual bank account and make an account with REAL details of someone else’s you found from the ID on Facebook. You won’t receive the card but you’ll have bank account info (account number and sort code). 4b. Now make a NEW Paypal account, making sure you use the details from the found ID (name, address, D.o.B, etc.). Add the account number and sort code to link this to a bank. Also, get a pay as you go sim and a shitty phone to verify your number on Paypal (helps get money out quicker). !!! it is VITAL you use NAME AND ADDRESS AND DATE OF BIRTH on the ID so when Paypal ask for an ID you can send that same picture!!!
Once E-ticket is edited, make a Facebook account with the NEW name on the ticket. Find a real fb account and use their pictures and lock the FB account down so people can’t see friends etc. Make sure to add a real school, job etc on profile and share loads of stuff (videos etc) to fill your profile.
Once FB profile is made, join groups relating to the targeted event. Wait until event is close or tickets sold out and then start selling the tickets...post you have tickets until the first person buys it, then to avoid suspicion, don’t post again, but just private message anyone looking for a ticket and sell it to them
Make sure when receiving money, get them to use friends and family (if they ask why, say you don’t want fees and to have to wait for the money) and if they don’t want to do it, don’t seem desperate, just say ‘ok cool no worries, hope you find a ticket’ ... some will just buy it, or come back after couple days
With your PayPal funds... you’re gonna wanna buy virtual items such as PSN Cards, XBOX cards, steam keys etc. Then sell them on eBay or wherever on your real account and get the funds OR buy bitcoin and cashout to one of the machines in some shopping areas to receive cash.
PRO TIP - use same edited e-ticket for another event, just change event name to save time!
Sharering (SHR) I believe this one is going to surprise so many. Already generating revenue and doing buybacks every week. Already over 10 000 registered users. Mainnet + app + masternodes and staking before EOY.
I got this stuff from Steve Aitchison, he wrote this review and posted it on Uptrennd. Figured I should put it on here as well since I truly believe this is an incredible moonshot. I'm personally holding SHR myself and am very convinced it will do extremely well. Give a read through it and you will immediatly see why. Enjoy guys. Introduction Imagine for a second the following scenario. You are a 2 car family. One car is used every day going back and forth to work, for shopping, all the little jaunts you and your husband like to go on. Your grown children are at university and come home for the weekends so the other car sits in the driveway all week and doesn’t get used during the week. What a waste of a perfectly good car. You think to yourself we could put that car to good use and actually help to pay for university fees, by renting it out during the week. However, then you think “well it’s only a little Ford Fiesta who’s going to want to rent that.” Well, it turns out a lot of people want to rent it and for a good price: £34 ($40) per day, a possible $800 per month. Peer to peer car sharing has grown massively over the last few years and people are making serious money by letting our vehicles on a daily basis, emulating the Airbnb model. In fact companies like Turo, Getaround and Drivy, which has just been acquired by Getaround for $300 Million, are bringing in serious investors like Toyota, Softbank Vision Fund, Menlo Ventures, and IAC to the tune of over $800 Million. A key difference between rental companies and peer to peer is that they have vastly improved technology with app interfaces that make locating assets and resources, reserving and using them, and making payment convenient and seamless. This, combined with location-specific analytics, allows by-the-minute access to assets and resources (e.g. cars or bicycles) and enables customers to pick up and drop these assets where and when convenient. Car sharing is just one example of an industry that is being disrupted. We have seen, experienced and read about the amazing growth of Airbnb which is now estimated to be valued at $38 Billion. Airbnb has been so successful that companies like booking.com are trying to get in on the act by adopting a similar model when it comes to booking accommodation. There is also the phenomenal rise of bicycle rentals which we see in cities all over the world, not quite the same as peer to peer sharing, but it’s another rental model that is ripe for being disrupted by the new sharing model. With this business model in mind what other areas could it be used in: Transport: Used for the rental of cars, trucks, scooters, trailers, and even heavy vehicles. Delivery Drivers: Facilitate booking and payment for delivery drivers. Agriculture: Garden sharing, seed swap, bee-hive relocation, etc. Finance: Peer to peer lending Food bank, social dining Travel Tours, shared tour groups Real Estate Airbnb, co-housing, co-living, Couchsurfing, shared office space, house swapping. Time: Labour, co-working, freelancing Assets Book swapping, clothes swapping, fractional ownership, freecycling, toy libraries. Transportation Car sharing, ride-sharing, car-pooling, bicycle sharing, delivery company, couriers And so much more! This newly emerging, but highly fragmented sharing industry, is currently worth over $100 billion. It is predicted to grow to at least $335 billion by 2025. As you can see from a few examples above the sharing economy has a lot of room to grow but what it doesn’t have, yet, is a company who can facilitate ALL of the above use cases in one place. That is until now! ShareRing is disrupting the disruptors by bringing everything together in one place and making it easy for you and me to share anything and everything and making it as easy as opening an app on your phone. Business Case The sharing market has exploded over the last several years. This is due, in part, to the digital age we live in, as we now have over 2.82 Billion people with smart phones around the world. It also due to how easy the business model of sharing lends itself to the digital world, and how with the simple installation of an app we can access a plethora of markets to rent almost anything from. Due to this rise of digital platforms and the proliferation of smartphones, revenues coming from sharing economy platforms are only expected to increase. It is estimated to grow to a $335 billion industry in 2025, compared to its $14 billion value in 2014. (PwC UK). The beauty of the sharing economy is that it is a win/win/win situation for the person who wants to rent something for a few days or weeks, the person who is renting out, and the company who facilitates the ease of the transactions between the renter and the person renting out. Typically the renter will save a lot of money whilst renting out someone else’s apartment, car, bicycle, clothes, dog sitting services etc and they can almost be assured of quality due to the social side of the business model with reviews from real people. The person who is renting out can make additional income and will want good reviews and therefore keep the standard of service higher. The company that is facilitating all of this can make a lot of money on transaction fees, as well as from advertising, and partnership deals, and obviously have an exit strategy for possible buyouts. When it comes to looking at the business model, ShareRing fits in to the Commission Based Platform as described in Ritter and Schanz study where they looked at the core difference in difference business models of the sharing economy: Singular Transaction Models, Subscription-Based Models, Commission-Based Platforms and Unlimited Platforms.) Commission Based Platforms are dominated by (at least) triadic relationships amongst providers, intermediaries and consumers with a utility-bound revenue stream. These business models enable their customers to switch between provider and consumer roles by creating and delivering the value proposition. Only a few employees work for the intermediary and the value creation and delivery is externalized. From a consumer perspective, consumers are empowered to collaborate with each other and to design the collaboration terms by negotiating the terms and conditions of the content, creation, distribution and consumption of the value proposition. Depending on the orientation of the value proposition, consumers purchase commodities (Tauschticket, ebay), access commodities in a defined timespan (booking.com, Airbnb) or buy services (uber, turo) from occasional and professional providers found via an intermediary. The intermediary mainly focuses on nurturing a community feeling and reducing exchange insecurity by incorporating rating systems, micro-assurances and standardizations of payment and delivery into the platform. The platform mainly takes commissions for successful matching and executing trade. (Journal of Cleaner Production Volume 213, 10 March 2019, Pages 320-331) The USP of the ShareRing Business Model The USP that ShareRing has is that it brings all of the different forms of sharing together in one app through partnerships and onboarding of users. No other company, to date, is bringing everything together in such a way. However there are other factors that make ShareRing unique, which we will look at. Token Economics SHR is a utility token and will be used to pay for transactions on the network, such as 'new booking', 'add asset', etc. SHR is used by providers to pay for their access to the ShareLedger blockchain, including the addition of assets, renting out of assets, adding attributes, adding smart contracts, and other features. SharePay (SHRP) is used by customers to pay for the rental of assets. Masternodes will also be a main feature of the SHR token. When a transaction fee is incurred, it will be distributed in a way that allows for masternode holders who provide a service to the platform to receive a reward from each transaction. Transaction fees are charged to sharing providers in SHR. The distribution of transaction fees will be as follows: 50% - will be distributed amongst the active masternode holders who host an active node on the blockchain at that point in time (these holders provide a service to the platform). The distribution will be based on a calculation of the Total Amount Staked and the total continuous uptime of the node. 50% - will be provided to ShareRing Ltd (view ShareRing owned masternodes) for various purposes that contribute to working capital and platform growth. Leased Proof of Stake Consensus ShareRing have chosen the Leased Proof-of-Stake protocol as the consensus algorithm for ShareLedger. This choice is based on the practicality and security benefits evident in the Waves platform. It is also much more cost effective than Proof-of-Work (POW), and will not suffer from the current issues Bitcoin and other POW cryptocurrencies are facing such as scalability and electricity consumption. As explained above master nodes will be a main feature but there is the other feature of lightweight nodes. A user with a lightweight node will be able to stake their tokens to a full node of their choosing and participate in reaching consensus. They will also be free to cancel their leasing at any time as there are no contracts or freezing periods. The more tokens that have been staked in a full node, the higher the probability the node will have in producing the next block. Since the reward is given based on the total number of tokens staked in the full node, there will always be a trade-off between the size of the full node and the percentage of the reward. As an average user of the platform, you will not need to have technical knowledge on how to set up a node nor will you have to download the entire blockchain in order to stake your tokens. Only a user who sets up a full node will be required to do this, making it simpler than ever for users to earn a reward for supporting the platform. The return expected for staking is expected to be around 6 - 8% although this has yet to be confirmed. Buybacks ShareRing are currently implementing a series of buybacks which started in the beginning of November: The buyback operation is done at a random time during the week. If there is enough liquidity, SHR tokens will be bought through a single market order at the time of buyback. In case there is not enough liquidity, a limit buy order at last sell order price will be placed on the market, and will remain open until it gets filled. The buyback program was implemented to test the API purchase process for when live transactions occur on ShareLedger The Buyback Program is expected to:
Reduce the supply of ShareTokens available in both public and private markets
Bring New capital and fund inflows into the Shareledger
Substantially magnify value creation for the ShareToken holders
The Token Flow ShareRing will bring in hundreds of merchants to list their rental products, either exclusively or as part of an aggregator system e.g. When you look at the likes of trivago.com they will list the best hotel prices from multiple merchants who are listed on their website. Essentially ShareRing will become part of the aggregator ecosystem and be listed on sites like trivago.com as well as have exclusive agreements with merchants who are listed directly on their app. ShareRing’s USP is that they have everything on one place as well as their OneID module with means buyers can get a hotel, rent a car, rent their ski equipment, book events all through the one app and using the OneID. With that in mind they are going to attract a lot of merchants. This is where it gets exciting so pay attention to this part. When a merchant is part of the ShareRing ecosystem and a buyer rents something from that merchant ShareRing will take a small % commission from that transaction. So say someone books a hotel for $100 for the night, ShareRing might take $0.50 as a commission. What ShareRing will then do is go to one of the exchanges that ShareRing (SHR) is listed on and buy SHR tokens directly using an API system using USDT. Now, the actual commission has not been disclosed yet however if we assume even a 0.25% commission that means for every $100 Million worth of bookings made through the app will net ShareRing $250,000 which means buy backs of $250,000 for the SHR token, which increases the liquidity of SHR on the exchanges. If you think $100 Million of bookings is a lot, booking.com customers book around 1.5 Million rooms per day, if we estimate an average of $50 per room that is $75 million of bookings PER DAY or $2 Billion worth of bookings per month. This revenue coupled with revenue from OneID and eVOA makes ShareRing profitable almost from day one of the app going live. OneID And eVOA Another exciting development from the ShareRing team is the collaboration between ShareRings Self Sovereign Identity protocol and third party providers to bring OneID and eVOA which will utilise OneID With the huge rise in E-commerce and with over 2.82 billion people who now own a smartphone we are entrusting our personal information to more and more centralised entities. These entities are frequently hacked and our information is leaked to outside parties. ShareRing aims to tackle this with their service OneID module. ShareRing’s OneID solution protects users' data by handling Know Your Customer (KYC) information through third parties and ShareRing’s Self Sovereign Identity Protocol. ShareRing does not hold any identifying information anywhere on its servers. It provides the ultimate security for the renter and also the provider, as the Protocol encrypts and stores your data in a secure manner within your device. Essentially, this means that it is near impossible for a hack or data leak to happen, simply because there is no centralized server of data for hackers to exploit. The OneID module is very easy to use. The end-user needs to complete their ID submission only once, with the entire submission process requiring less than two minutes to complete. Once this step has been completed, the customers KYC is destroyed by the 3rd party document verification system and the OneID module allows merchants to verify a customer’s identity via a hashed verification packet, stored on the users device and ShareLedger. This removes the need for merchants to store or see personal information; safeguarding both merchants and users from fraud. To create your ShareRing OneID, simply:
Take a picture of your government ID document
Take a selfie
Confirm and submit your details
This is something I am really excited about for ShareRing and they already have made partnerships for other companies to use this feature which is another income stream for ShareRing. eVOA E-Visa On Arrival allows applicants to apply online and receive a travel authorisation before departure – this eVOA can be shown at dedicated Thailand immigration counters on arrival at major Thailand airports, allowing travellers to pass through in minutes. OneID system is scheduled to become the lynchpin technology in Thailand’s electronic Visa On Arrival (eVOA) system; one of only two companies to partner with Thai authorities to provide this service. The new Visa system eliminates much of the hassle involved in entering the country: This is a strong validation of the OneID system - immigration controls are some of the most scrutinized processes in any branch of government, and if the OneID solution can operate to their standards then it is truly business-ready. As explained by our COO, Rohan Le Page: “We are providing our OneID product for Thailand e-VOA (Visa On Arrival) that allows 5 Million travellers from 20 countries including China and India to complete the visa process on their mobile through our app. This provides a streamlined immigration process that negates the need for an expensive and time-consuming process when you get off the plane. Additionally, fraud is mitigated with several extra layers of security in the back end including our blockchain (ShareLedger) consensus model that makes all data immutable and all but impossible to hack.” Profit Margins on OneID So how does ShareRing make money from OneID and eVOA? With each application for an eVOA using the OneID module ShareRing will make an undisclosed commission. The e-VOA is available to citizens of 21 different countries and is intended for those who will be holidaying in Thailand and not working in the country. This means that each eVOA will last for a period of around 15 days which effectively means that ShareRing will get commission multiple times from each person travelling to one of the 21 countries listed below: Andorra, Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Cyprus Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan The profits on this alone, according to projections, are worth millions of dollars per year to ShareRing, with a healthy growth of about 35% in raw profit over the next 5 years, ultimately netting the company about $1.5 million profit per quarter. The ShareLedger Blockchain Platform ShareRing will utilize the registered intellectual property from the existing KeazACCESS framework (KEAZ: A car sharing company founded by Tim Bos) as well as improving it the blockchain experience in their team. It will consist of fo the primary elements: SharePay (SHRP) – SharePay is the base currency that will allow users of the ShareRing platform to pay for the use of third party assets. ShareToken (SHR) ShareToken (SHR) is the digital utility token that drives sharing transactions to be written to the ShareRing ledger that is managed by the ShareRing platform. Account – This will be a standard account, which such an account being represented by a 24-byte address. The account will contain 4 general fields: SHRP – SharePay token balance SHR – ShareToken balance ASSETS – linked/owned by the account (see below for definition of an Asset) ATTRIBUTES – Any additional attributes that are associated with this account. These attributes may be updated or added by Sharing Economy providers that utilise the ledger such as ID checks by rental companies. These attributes may be ‘global’ (i.e. used by any sharing providers) or ‘local’ (i.e. used by a specific sharing provider). Assets – An asset represents a tangible real-world or digital asset that is being shared, such as a car, a house, industrial machinery, an e-book, and so on. Smart Contracts – Similar to a number of other blockchain platforms, such as Ethereum and NEO, the ShareLedger blockchain will feature highly customisable smart contracts. These Smart Contracts will allow for decentralised autonomous applications that can be attached to an asset and/or account. Every smart contract will be Turing complete, meaning it will have the ability to implement sophisticated logic to manage the sharing of the assets. The smart contracts will be tested and reviewed by ShareRing in a sandbox as well as audited by reputable third-party code auditors prior to implementation. Proof of Stake Consensus ShareRing have chosen the Leased Proof-of-Stake protocol as the consensus algorithm for ShareLedger. This choice is based on the practicality and security benefits evident in the Waves platform. It is also much more cost effective than Proof-of-Work (POW), and will not suffer from the current issues Bitcoin and other POW cryptocurrencies are facing such as scalability and electricity consumption. The ShareRing App At the heart of the ShareRing project lies the ShareRing app: A universal ‘ShareRing’ app is being developed that will allow anyone to easily see and use any sharing services around them. Each partner will have the option of developing a ‘mini’ app within the ShareRing app that will have functionalities specific to that partner. The app will use geolocation-based services to display the ShareRing services that are nearby Social Media Presence Coming from a social media background I feel this is an extremely important area to look into, especially in the crypto world. ShareRing has done an okay job in growing their social media presence however I feel it could be much better. Here is a look at some of the key stats for their online social media presence: Youtube: 191 Subscribers Instagram: 238 Followers Linkedin: 376 Followers Telegram: 6,525 members (very active) Twitter: 2,216 Followers (Fairly regular updates) Facebook: 1,965 Followers Whilst social media may not be a priority just now I feel there has to be a big presence with image-based platforms and video-based platforms. Youtube and Instagram should be made a priority here as it spans all generations: Other News on ShareRing There is a lot of stuff going on at the moment with ShareRing which is what makes it an exciting prospect. Rather than give information on each of them here are some highlights provided by the ShareRing team.: - ShareRing's revolutionary ID management based module OneID. - Worlds first Blockchain based eVOA in place with major Thai company targeting 5 to 10 million travellers from 20 countries. - 2.6 million International Hotels/ Accommodation coming on to the Platform. Lots more to come! - Partnership with HomeAway - 200,000 Activites, Tours and Events added to the ShareRing App - Multi Global Car Sharing Partnerships - 1 Partner Directly Integrating SHR's OneID consisting of 1.2 million Vehicles across 150 Countries - Luxury Car Brand Sharing Platform purely based on SHR - SHR payment system SHRP available in 10% Taxi Terminals in Australia - SHRP available in 10,000 EFTPOS Terminals Australia wide - White Labelling Services incorporating ShareRings revolutionary OneID - 20 Significant Unannounced Partnerships, more to come! - Major Partners include - - BYD (Largest Electric Car Maker in the World) - DJI (Largest Drone Maker in the World) - Keaz (300 locations around the world) - Yogoo EV Car Sharing - MOBI Alliance Member Overview of Positives and Negatives Negatives Social Media and marketing possibly needs to be ramped up in order to bring more awareness to the project. The roadmap and white paper has not been updated recently for 2019/2020 but this I believe is coming soon. Positives With a low market cap project like ShareRing the risk to reward ratio is very good for retail and institutional investors. Technical analysis of current prices, currently at 31 Satoshi, is also very good with resistance levels at 50, 77 and 114 Satoshi which would be nearing its all time high. Referral program will increase the numbers of users that are currently using the site. If ShareRing can capture even a small % of the overall sharing market then success looks assured. There are 20 new announcements coming up and with Tim Bos looking for more partnerships it seems likely that ShareRing will break ATH prices soon. Great long term hold, in my opinion. Realistic Expectations of ROI Short term (4 weeks - 12 weeks) Short term looks great for ShareRing both from a TA point of view and a fundamental point of view. With lots of news still to come out about ShareRing there is not going to be a shortage of fundamentals to drive the price up. From a TA point of view the next line of resistance stands at around the 50 Satoshi level which would complete a massive cup and handle formation from August 24th of this year. After that we are looking at resistances of 77 and 114 to reach near the all time highs which i expect ShareRing to reach going into 2020. Long term (6 Months - 2 Years) If ShareRing can onboard users and keep on making partnerships at the same rate there will be no stopping it. It’s all about onboarding the users and utilising the most powerful marketing tool ever - word of mouth! When a great app is realised with great and useful functionality then it tends to go viral and I am hoping this happens for ShareRing. With a market cap at the moment of just under $6 Million then I don’t think it’s crazy to talk about 1000% increases in the next 2 years and I really believe that is being extremely conservative, given where we think crypto is heading as a whole.
ILPT Request: Getting fired soon for asking for a raise, boss is waiting until I finish all this work by friday to tell me the good news. I have all his card information and companies information. What do I do?
Long story short, I've seen his emails and overheard his on call interview with this new guy that's taking my position next week. I've worked here for 4 years and have only gotten a few cents raise because of minimum wage increases. I've worked my ass off, and thought maybe even just a dollar raise could help me pay rent. He flipped out on me and told me I just got a raise (the minimum wage raise) and that I should be grateful for even having a full time position. I won't go into details, but we work for big fashion companies (fashionnova, f21, etc.) that that buy apparel from us using authorized cards with almost limitless money (I've ran their cards from anywhere between 5k-20k). I have his business debit card along with all of our partners authorized cards. I feel like I am a good person, but lately I've been getting desperate as the bills keep piling up and I've been thinking about trying to get just a little money for myself until I can find a new job? Idk, I feel really stupid with this stuff. I looked into bitcoin, I have TOR, and VPN. I still don't know what to do, where to start, or how to go about it. I feel like I might fuck it up. What if I buy an apple store e-gift card for 5k and bought a new fully spec’d out macbook pro to pick-up in store and picked it up immediately, then sell it on ebay do you think that would work? UPDATE: Ok yall, so how am I supposed to even share any of this information anonymously without leaving a trace of who I am or what company I work for. People are already saying I will get caught, I can't share anything on here or dm, sorry guys. I feel like I've already said way too much and I'm feeling overwhelmed. Also, how would I know you're not the fuzz? I AM willing to share though, but idk how to do so safely. None of what I'm doing is safe I guess.. maybe if someone could help do this safely I can just pay you back.. "legally"
We have had a lot of issues in the past and history tends to repeat. Basically, I’m trying to start a business plus juggling looking after our 18 month old baby and covering my wife’s ever changing needs. She’s studying to pass some exams to be a doctor in this country. We agreed to split our days so she can study then I can work on my stuff, with the proviso that I would look for work if I don’t have a viable product by June. A few months back she started trying to bully me again to immediately find work of any kind. I buy and sell on eBay a fair bit which helps cover us ok. I already have a viable product (new software / hardware invention) but she gives me insults and does her best to stop me having time to work on it. The past 2 weeks, other than today I have been stuck at home looking after the baby; somehow. 3 days back she starts cold shouldering me, swearing at me in front of the kids etc. I was angry with her yesterday as she had a morning meeting and an evening one so left me with the baby, again. She hated her car so we bought another one. It has some document issues so laid up at the moment until they’re resolved. She was furious about this as she had to take the bus which sets off her OCD etc. Me being angry plus that was her excuse to blow up. She will divorce, go back to her country etc. Common theme. Today she said she wanted a long deep talk with me. Now, instead of demanding we move to a nearby city (which I agreed to), she wants to move to Switzerland and learn German as it should be hotter than here, somehow. Pointing out this is maybe not such a good idea resulted in me being chased out of the room with a lot of swearing - she can’t stand me, doesn’t want to look at me or hear me. Fingers in ears etc. Not the first time. Cue crying baby. When she starts to go peculiar, she starts talking with one of her (30m) twin brothers (I call him evil bro). She made me sell my 20+ bitcoin holdings years ago to keep him, which he used to buy an iPod and live a fancy lifestyle; I found out later. That destroyed my credit rating for 6 years and was really unhelpful. They were relatively cheap at that time. iPod money was so he could start his own business. This guy and his newish husband have it in for me, and basically try to get rid of me all the time. A bit like a movie or the like; I had fake job offers from some guy they were trying to hook my wife up with to make me look bad etc. That blew up in their faces but all is forgotten now. The other brother is also funny with money but otherwise a great, supportive guy. When evil bro does something against me and I mention the bitcoin thing, my wife goes crazy against me. Anyway, my wife and evil bro talk in Russian to hide what they’re saying from me. He keeps sending her places to see in Switzerland etc. Other countries mentioned were France, Austria and Germany. I helped get him to Germany after he had a serious diagnosis and he speaks good German now. I think he’s pushing to get her to a German speaking country with him, with favourable terms for German speaking doctors (he’s about to graduate as a doctor in Germany). Does anyone have any insight into what is going on here? Things would be much easier if she wasn’t half the time great and I didn’t love her or have the kids... TL/DR spoiled brat wife occasionally goes crazy, evil scheming brother seems to encourage it, wife sometimes ok.
Which type of curren(t) do you want to see(cy)? An analysis of the intention behind bitcoin(s). Part 3
Part 1 Part 2 So I have been subbed to /bitcoin since it had less than two thousand subs but haven't posted there in years. I think I took a break from researching bitcoin to take a foray into the world of conspiracy around 2014 and only got back in to it around the beginning of 2017 but with a bit of sense of skepticism and cynicism about everything. I think I returned to /bitcoin around that time but there had been a rift that had emerged in the community between those that said that bitcoin was censoring any discussion around big blocks but then also just censorship in general. This lead to the formation of /btc which became the main spot for big blockers to gather to talk about protocol development. Following the fork of Bitcoin Cash and SegWit (BTC) in August 2017 the camps were further divided when the fence sitters were denied their SegWit2x compromise. Many from the fence sitters then deferred back to the incumbent bitcoin as citing muh network effect, liquidity, and hashpower while some who felt betrayed by the failure of getting S2X through went to support BCH for some attempt at on chain scaling rather than through pegged side chains or Lightning Network. Bitcoin cash initially went with a modest doubling of the blocksize to 2MB but implemented some other features like a new more rapidly adjusting difficulty algorithm to protect themselves against hashpower fluctuations from the majority chain. In about July of that year I had seen what I potentially thought was someone LARPing on /biz/ but screencapped, that segwit2x which was scheduled for november 2017 would be called off and then hashpower would switch to BCH causing congestion and chain death spiral on BTC and BCH would pump massively. I was partial to the idea as the game theory and incentives on a big block bitcoin should attract miners. About a month after SegWit2x was indeed called off while the BTC blockchain was hugely congested, BCH went through a violent pump reaching 0.5 BTC/BCH on a European exchange called Kraken while it also pumped ridiculously on American exchange coinbase. Shortly afterwards the market took a giant dump all over those people who bought the top and it has since retraced to roughly 30:1 or so now. After that pump though BCH kind of gained some bagholders I guess who started to learn the talking points presented by personalities like Roger Ver, Jihan Wu, Peter Rizun and Amaury Sechet. Craig S Wright by this time had been outed as Satoshi but had in 2016 publicly failed to convince the public with the cryptographic proof he provided. To which he later published the article I don't have the courage to prove I am the bitcoin creator. In essence this allowed many to disregard anything he offered to the crypto community though his company nChain was very much interested in providing the technical support to scale what he saw as the true implementation of bitcoin. Following debate around a set of planned protocol upgrades between a bitcoin node implementation by his company nChain and the developers of another client Bitcoin ABC (adjustable block cap), the two parties both dug their heels in and wouldn't compromise. As it became clear that a fork was imminent there was a lot of vitriol tossed out towards Wright, another big billionaire backer Calvin Ayre and other personalities like Roger Ver and Jihan Wu. Craig's credibility was disregarded because of his failure to provide convincing cryptographic proof but still people who wanted to pursue the protocol upgrades that nChain were planning (as it best followed their interpretation of the bitcoin white paper) pursued his variant, while others who followed the socia consensus deferred to the positions of their personalities like Wu, Ver, and Sechet but even developers from Ethereum and other protocols chimed in to convince everyone that CSW is a fraud. This was referred to as the hash war and was the first time that the bitcoin protocol had been contentiously hard forked. Hashpower is the CPU cycles you can commit to the Proof of Work function in bitcoin and the majority will generate the longest chain as they have the most proof of work. To win the contentious hard fork legitimately and make sure your chain will always be safe going forward you need to maintain your version of the blockchain with 51% of the hashpower on the network and force the other parties to continue to spend money on building a blockchain that is never going to be inserted in to the majority chain. As well as this you need to convince exchanges that you have the majority chain and have them feel safe to accept deposits and withdrawals so that they don't lose money in the chaos. This is how it would play out if both parties acted according to the rules of bitcoin and the Nakamoto Consensus. There was a lot of shit talking between the two parties on social media with Craig Wright making a number of claims such as "you split, we bankrupt you" "I don't care if there is no ability to move coins to an exchange for a year" and other such warnings not to engage in foul play.. To explain this aftermath is quite tedious so It might be better to defer to this video for the in depth analysis but basically Roger Ver had to rent hashpower that was supposed to be mining BTC from his mining farm bitcoin.com, Jihan Wu did the same from his Bitmain Mining Farm which was a violation of his fiduciary duty as the CEO of a company preparing for an IPO. In this video of a livestream during the hashwar where Andreas Brekken admits to basically colluding with exchange owners like Coinbase, Kraken (exchange Roger Ver invested in), Bitfinex and others to release a patched ABC client to the exchanges and introducing "checkpoints" in to the BCH blockchain (which he even says is arguably "centralisation") in order to prevent deep reorgs of the BCH blockchain. >"We knew we were going to win in 30 mins we had the victory because of these checkpoints that we released to a cartel of friendly businesses in a patch so then we just sat around drinking beers all day". By releasing a patched client that has code in it to prevent deep reorgs by having the client refer to a checkpoint from a block mined by someone who supported BCHABC if another group of hash power was to try to insert a new chain history, this cartel of exchanges and mining farm operators conspired in private to change the nature of the bitcoin protocol and Nakamoto Consensus. Since the fork there have been a number of other BCH clients that have come up that require funding and have their own ideas about what things to implement on the BCH chain. What began to emerge was actually not necessarily an intention of scaling bitcoin but rather to implement Schnorr signatures to obfuscate transactions and to date the ABC client still has a default blocksize of 2MB but advertised as 16MB. What this demonstrates for BCH is that through the collusion, the cartel can immediately get a favourable outcome from the developers to keep their businesses secure and from the personalities/developers to work on obfuscating records of transactions on the chain rather than scaling their protocol. After the SegWit fork, many from the BCH camp alleged that through the funding to Blockstream from AXA and groups that tied to the Bilderbergs, Blockstream would be beholden to the legacy banking and would be a spoke and hub centralised model, so naturally many of the "down with central banks anarcho capitalist types" had gathered in the BCH community. Through these sympathies it seems that people have been susceptible to being sold things like coin mixing and obfuscation with developers offering their opinions about how money needs to be anonymous to stop the evil government and central banks despite ideas like Mises’ Regression Theorem, which claims that in order for something to be money in the most proper sense, it must be traceable to an originally non-monetary barter commodity such as gold. What this suggests is that there is an underlying intent from the people that have mechanisms to exert their will upon the protocol of bitcoin and that if obfuscation is their first priority rather than working on creating a scalable platform, this demonstrates that they don't wish to actually be global money but more so something that makes it easier to move money that you don't want seen. Roger Ver has often expressed sentiments of injustice about the treatment of Silk Road found Ross Ulbricht and donated a large amount of money to a fund for his defence. I initially got in to bitcoin seeking out the Silk Road and though I only wanted to test it to buy small quantities of mdma, lsd, and mescaline back in 2011 there was all sorts of criminal activity on there like scam manuals, counterfeits, ID, Credit Card info, and other darknet markets like armoury were selling pretty crazy weapons. It has been alleged by Craig Wright that in his capacity as a digital forensics expert he was involved with tracing bitcoin that was used to fund the trafficking of 12-16 year olds on the silk road. There have been attempts at debunking such claims by saying that silk road was moderated for such stuff by Ulbricht and others, but one only has to take a look in to the premise of pizza gate to understand that there it may be possible to hide in plain site with certain code words for utilising the market services and escrow of websites like the silk road. The recent pedo bust from South Korea demonstrates the importance of being able to track bitcoin transactions and if the first thing BCH wanted to do after separating itself from Satoshi's Vision and running on developer and cartel agendas was to implement obfuscation methods, this type of criminal activity will only proliferate. Questions one must ask oneself then are things like why do they want this first? Are some of these developers, personalities and cartel businesses sitting on coins that they know are tarnished from the silk road and want to implement obfuscation practices so they can actually cash in some of the value they are unable to access? Merchants from the silk road 1 are still being caught even as recently as this year when they attempted to move coins that were known to have moved through the silk road. Chain analytics are only becoming more and more powerful and the records can never be changed under the original bitcoin protocol but with developer induced protocol changes like Schnorr signatures, and coinjoin it may be possible to start laundering these coins out in to circulation. I must admit with the cynicism I had towards government and law enforcement and my enjoying controlled substances occasionally I was sympathetic to Ross and donated to his legal fund back in the day and for many years claimed that I wouldn't pay my taxes when I wanted to cash out of bitcoin. I think many people in the space possess this same kind of mentality and subsequently can be preyed upon by people who wish to do much more in the obfuscation than dodge tax and party. Another interesting observation is that despite the fact that btc spun off as a result of censorship around big block scaling on bitcoin, that subreddit itself has engaged in plenty of censorship for basically anyone who wants to discuss the ideas presented by Dr Craig Wright on that sub. When I posted my part 2 of this series in there a week ago I was immediately met with intense negativity and ad hominems so as to discourage others from reading the submission and my post history was immediately throttled to 1 comment every 10 mins. This is not quite as bad as cryptocurrency where my post made it through the new queue to gather some upvotes and a discussion started but I was immediately banned from that sub for 7 days for reason "Content standards - you're making accusations based on no evidence just a dump of links that do nothing to justify your claims except maybe trustnodes link (which has posted fabricated information about this subreddit mods) and a Reddit post. Keep the conspiracy theories in /conspiracy" My post was also kept at zero in bitcoin and conspiracy so technically btc was the least censored besides C_S_T. In addition to the throttling I was also flagged by the u/BsvAlertBot which says whether or not a user has a questionable amount of activity in BSV subreddits and then a break down of your percentages. This was done in response to combat the "toxic trolls" of BSV but within bitcoincashSV there are many users that have migrated from what was originally supposed to be a uncensored subreddit to discuss bitcoin and many such as u/cryptacritic17 has have switched sides after having been made to essentially DOXX themselves in btc to prove that they aren't a toxic troll for raising criticisms of the way certain things are handled within that coin and development groups. Other prominent users such as u/jim-btc have been banned for impersonating another user which was in actual fact himself and he has uploaded evidence of him being in control of said account to the blockchain. Mod Log, Mod Damage Control, Mod Narrative BTFO. Interestingly in the comments on the picture uploaded to the blockchain you can see the spin to call him an SV shill when in actual fact he is just an OG bitcoiner that wanted bitcoin to scale as per the whitepaper. What is essentially going on in the Bitcoin space is that there is a battle of the protocols and a battle for social consensus. The incumbent BTC has majority of the attention and awareness as it is being backed by legacy banking and finance with In-Q-Tel and AXA funding blockstream as well as Epstein associates and MIT, but in the power vaccum that presented itself as to who would steward the big block variant, a posse of cryptoanarchists have gained control of the social media forums and attempted to exert their will upon what should essentially be a Set In Stone Protocol to create something that facilitates their economic activity (such as selling explosives online)) while attempting to leverage their position as moderators who control the social forum to spin their actions as something different (note memorydealers is Roger Ver). For all his tears for the children killed in wars, it seems that what cryptoanarchists such as u/memorydealers want is to delist/shut down governments and they will go to any efforts such as censorship to make sure that it is their implementation of bitcoin that will do that. Are we really going to have a better world with people easier able to hide transactions/launder money? Because of this power vacuum there also exists a number of different development groups but what is emerging now is that they are struggling for money to fund their development. The main engineering is done by self professed benevolent dictator Amaury Sechet (deadalnix) who in leaked telegram screen caps appears to be losing it as funding for development has dried up and money raised in an anarchist fashion wasn't compliant with laws around fundraising sources and FVNI (development society that manages BCH development and these donations) is run by known scammer David R Allen. David was founder of 2014 Israeli ICO Getgems (GEMZ) that scammed investors out of more than 2500 Bitcoins. The SV supported sky-lark who released this information has since deleted all their accounts but other users have claimed that sky-lark was sent personal details about themselves and pictures of their loved ones and subsequently deleted all their social media accounts afterwards. There are other shifty behaviours like hiring Japanese influencers to shill their coin, recruiting a Hayden Otto that up until 2018 was shilling Pascal Coin to become a major ambassador for BCH in the Australian city of Townsville. Townsville was claimed to be BCH city hosting a BCH conference there and claiming loads of adoption, but at the conference itself their idea of demonstrating adoption was handing a Point of Sale device to the bar to accept bitcoin payments but Otto actually just putting his credit card behind the bar to settle and he would keep the BCH that everyone paid. In the lead up to the conference the second top moderator of btc was added to the moderators of townsville to shill their coin but has ended up with the townsville subreddit wanting to ban all bitcoin talk from the subreddit. Many of the BCH developers are now infighting as funding dries up and they find themselves floundering with no vision of how to achieve scale or get actual real world adoption. Amaury has recently accused Peter Rizun of propagandising, told multiple users in the telegram to fuck off and from all accounts appears to be a malignant narcissist incapable of maintaining any kind of healthy relationship with people he is supposed to be working with. Peter Rizun has begun lurking in bitcoincashSV and recognising some of the ideas coming from BSV as having merit while Roger has started to distance himself from the creation of BCH. Interestingly at a point early in the BCH history Roger believed Dr Craig Wright was Satoshi, but once CSW wouldn't go along with their planned road map and revealed the fact he had patents on blockchain technology and wanted to go down a path that worked with Law, Roger retracted that statement and said he was tricked by Craig. He joined in on the faketoshi campaign and has been attempted to be sued by Dr Wright for libel in the UK to which Roger refused to engage citing grounds of jurisdiction. Ironically this avoidance of Roger to meet Dr Wright in court to defend his claims can be seen as the very argument against justice being served by private courts under an anarchocapitalist paradigm with essentially someone with resources simply being able to either flee a private court's jurisdiction or engage a team of lawyers that can bury any chances of an everyday person being able to get justice. There is much more going on with the BCH drama that can be explained in a single post but it is clear that some of the major personalities in the project are very much interested in having their ideals projected on to the technical implementation of the bitcoin protocol and have no qualms spouting rhetoric around the anti-censorship qualities of bitcoin/BCH while at the same time employing significant censorship on their social media forums to control what people are exposed to and getting rid of anyone who challenges their vision. I posit that were this coin to become a success, these "benevolent dictators" as they put it would love their new found positions of wealth/dominance yet if their behaviour to get there is anything to go by, would demonstrate the same power tripping practices of censorship, weasel acts, misleading people about adoption statistics and curating of the narrative. When the hashrate from Rogers bitcoin.com minging operation on BCH dropped dramatically and a lot of empty blocks were being mined, his employer and 2IC moderator u/BitcoinXio (who stepped in to replace roger as CEO) was in the sub informing everyone it was simply variance that was the reason when only a few days later it was revealed that they had reduced their hash power significantly. This is not appropriate behaviour for one of the primary enterprises engaged in stewarding BCH and encouraging adoption nor is the inability to be accountable for such dishonest practices as well. It seems bitcoin.com treats btc as their own personal spam page where Roger can ask for donations despite it being against the sub rules and spin/ban any challenge to the narrative they seek to create. Let's see how the censorship goes as I post this around a few of the same places as the last piece. Stay tuned for the next write up where I take a deep dive in to the coin that everyone doesn't want you to know about.
I literally have tens of thousands of dollars in top-shelf hardware, looking to repurpose some before selling on eBay to build a NAS system, possibly a dedicated firewall device as well. o_O
Q1) What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.** A1) This will be a dedicated NAS system for my home network. As such, I'm looking to have it: - Host ##TB's of 720, 1080 & up resolution Movies and TV Shows I'm about to begin ripping from a MASSIVE DVD & Blueray collection I have. - My kids are big on Minecraft. I understand it's possible to host your own "worlds" (or whatever they call the maps you can build) on your own "server". I think it would be pretty neat to offer them (& their friends - if can be done 'safely/securely') their own partition on one of my NAS HDD's. - I also have accounts with a couple diff VPN companies... I understand it's possible (?) to sync said VPN's with a NAS, this might be a more relative topic on the next point/purpose... - I'd like to be able to remotely link to this NAS for when I travel overseas and want to stream at my temp location from my house/this NAS. ______________________ Q2) What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?** * A2) Here's where I make matters more complicated than most others would... I've been an advocate for Bitcoin and crypto-currencies in general since 2013. I invested in a small mining outfit back in 2014 (strictly Bitcoin/ASIC's). One of my buddies is the President of a large-scale mining operation (foreign and domestic) and he convinced me to dabble in the GPU mining-space. I made my first hardware purchase in Q4, 2017 and launched a small-scale GPU-Farm in my house since then. I had the rigs mining up until Q3 of 2018 (not cost-efficient to keep on, especially living in SoFlo) and since then, the hardware's been collecting dust (& pissing off my family members since they lost access to 3X rooms in the house - I won't let anyone go near my gear). One of my New Years Resolutions for 2019 was to clear out the house of all my mining equipment so that's all about to go up on eBay. So "budget" is relative to whatever I "MUST" spend if I can't repurpose any of the parts I already have on hand for this build... (Anyone having something I "need" and is looking to barter for one of the items I'll list later on in here, LMK). ______________________ Q3) When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.** A3) IMMEDIATELY! :) ______________________ Q4) What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)** A4) Well I had a half-assed idea approximately 1 year ago that it might be wise to build a bunch of 'gaming rigs' to sell on eBay with my intended repurposed mining hardware so I went on a shopping spree for like 6 months. That said; I've got a plethora of various other components that aren't even unboxed yet. 90% of the items I've purchased for this additional project were items that were marked down via MIR (mail-in-rebates) & what-not...
AFAIK, there are only 3X items I absolutely do not have which I 'MUST' find. Those would be - 1) Motherboard which accepts "ECC RAM". 2) CPU for said MOBO. 3) Said "ECC RAM".\*
______________________ Q5) Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?** A5) I'm located in Southwest Florida. No Microcenter's here. Best Buy is pretty much my only option although I am a member of Newegg, Amazon & Costco if that makes any difference? ______________________ Q6) If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.** A6) In an attempt to better clean up this Q&A, I'm going to list the items I have on-hand at the end of this questionnaire in-case passers-by feel like this might be a TLDR.* (Scroll to the bottom & you'll see what I mean). ______________________ Q7) Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?** A7) I don't think that's necessary for my intended purpose although - I'm not against it if that helps & FWIW, I'm pretty skilled @ this task already (it's not rocket science). ______________________ Q8) Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)** A8) As stated in A4; ECC RAM is non-negotiable... RAID seems like a logical application here as well. - This will predominantly be receiving commands from MacOS computers. I don't think that matters really but figured it couldn't hurt to let you guys know.\* - I'd also be quite fond of implementing "PFSENSE" (or something of that caliber) applied to this system so I could give my Netgear Nighthawks less stress in that arena, plus my limited understanding of PFSENSE is that it's ability to act as a firewall runs circles around anything that comes with consumer-grade Wi-Fi routers (like my Nighthawks). Just the same, I'm open to building a second rig just for the firewall.\* - Another desirable feature would be that it draws as little electricity from the wall as possible. (I'm EXTREMELY skilled in this arena. I have "Kill-A-Watts" to test/gauge on, as well as an intimate understanding of the differences between Silver, Gold, Platinum and Titanium rated PSU's. As well as having already measured each of the PSU's I have on-hand and taken note of the 'target TDP draw' ("Peak Power Efficiency Draw") each one offers when primed with X amount of GPU's when I used them for their original purpose.\* - Last, but not least, sound (as in noise created from the rig). I'd like to prop this device up on my entertainment center in the living room. I've (almost) all of the top-shelf consumer grade products one could dream of regarding fans and other thermal-related artifacts. - Almost forgot; this will be hosting to devices on the KODI platform (unless you guys have better alternative suggestions?) ______________________ Q9) Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?** A9) Definitely! Desired theme would be WHITE. If that doesn't work for whatever reason, black or gray would suffice. Regarding "Case Size". Nah, that's not too important although I don't foresee a mini-ITX build making sense if I'm going to be cramming double digit amounts of TB in the system, Internal HDD's sounds better than a bunch of externals plugged in all the USB ports. ______________________ Q10) Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?** A10) I don't know. If I do need a copy of Windows, I don't have one so that's something I'll have to consider I guess. I doubt that's a necessity though. ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ **Extra info or particulars:*\* AND NOW TO THE FUN-STUFF... Here's a list of everything (PARTS PARTS PARTS) I have on-hand and ready to deploy into the wild &/or negotiate a trade/barter with: CASES - Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Arctic White (Model# Crypto-Currency-9011048-WW) - (Probably my top pick for this build). Cooler Master HAF XB EVO (This is probably my top 1st or 2nd pick for this build, the thing is a monster!). Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini ITX - Black Cooler Master MasterBox 5 MID-Tower - Black & White Raidmax Sigma-TWS - ATX - White MasterBox Lite 5 - ATX - Black w/ diff. Colored accent attachments (included with purchase) NZXT S340 Elite Matte White Steel/Tempered Glass Edition EVGA DG-76 Alpine White - Mid Tower w/ window EVGA DG-73 Black - Mid Tower w/ window (I have like 3 of these) ______________________ CPU's - ***7TH GEN OR BELOW INTEL's ("Code Name Class mentioned next to each one)**\* Pentium G4400 (Skylake @54W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "ECC CAPABLE" Celeron G3930 (Kaby Lake @ 51W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "ECC CAPABLE" :) i5 6402P (Skylake @65W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( i5 6600k (Skylake @ 91W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( i7 6700 (Skylake @ 65W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( i7 7700k (Kaby Lake @ 95W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( ***8TH GEN INTEL's **\* i3-8350K (Coffee Lake @91W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "ECC FRIENDLY" :) I5-8600K (Coffee Lake @95W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( ***AMD RYZEN's **\* Ryzen 3 2200G Ryzen 5 1600 Ryzen 7 1700X ______________________ MOTHERBOARDS - ***7TH GEN AND BELOW INTEL BASED MOBO'S - **\* MSI Z170A-SLI ASUS PRIME Z270-A ASUS PRIME Z270-P ASUS PRIME Z270-K EVGA Z270 Stinger GIGABYTE GA-Z270XP-SLI MSI B150M ARCTIC MSI B250M MICRO ATX (PRO OPT. BOOST EDITION) ***8TH GEN INTEL BASED MOBO'S - **\* EVGA Z370 FTW GIGABYTE Z370XP SLI (Rev. 1.0) MSI Z370 SLI PLUS ***AMD RYZEN BASED MOBO'S - **\* ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING MSI B350 TOMAHAWK MSI X370 GAMING PRO ASROCK AB350M PRO4 ______________________ RAM - Way too many to list, nothing but 4 & 8GB DDR4 sticks and unfortunately, none are ECC so it's not even worth mentioning/listing these unless someone reading this is willing to barter. At which time I'd be obliged to send an itemized list or see if I have what they're/you're specifically looking for.\* ______________________ THERMAL APPLICATIONS/FANS - JUST FANS - BeQuiet - Pure Wings 2 (80mm) Pure Wings 2 (120mm) Pure Wings 2 (140mm) Silent Wings 3 PWM (120mm) NOCTUA - PoopBrown - NF-A20 PWM (200mm) Specifically for the BIG "CoolerMaster HAF XB EVO" Case GREY - NF-P12 Redux - 1700RPM (120mm) PWM Corsair - Air Series AF120LED (120mm) CPU COOLING SYSTEMS - NOCTUA - NT-HH 1.4ml Thermal Compound NH-D15 6 Heatpipe system (this thing is the tits) EVGA (Extremely crappy coding in the software here, I'm like 99.99% these will be problematic if I were to try and use in any OS outside of Windows, because they barely ever work in the intended Windows as it is). CLC 240 (240mm Water-cooled system CRYORIG - Cryorig C7 Cu (Low-Profile Copper Edition*) A few other oversized CPU cooling systems I forget off the top of my head but a CPU cooler is a CPU cooler after comparing to the previous 3 models I mentioned. I almost exclusively am using these amazing "Innovation Cooling Graphite Thermal Pads" as an alternative to thermal paste for my CPU's. They're not cheap but they literally last forever. NZXT - Sentry Mesh Fan Controller ______________________ POWER SUPPLIES (PSU's) - BeQuiet 550W Straight Power 11 (GOLD) EVGA - 750P2 (750W, Platinum) 850P2 (850W, Platinum) 750T2 (750W, TITANIUM - yeah baby, yeah) ROSEWILL - Quark 750W Platinum Quark 650W Platinum SEASONIC - Focus 750W Platinum ______________________ STORAGE - HGST Ultrastar 3TB - 64mb Cache - 7200RPM Sata III (3.5) 4X Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD's 2X Team Group L5 LITE 3D 2.5" SSD's 480GB 2X WD 10TB Essential EXT (I'm cool with shucking) + 6X various other external HDD's (from 4-8TB) - (Seagate, WD & G-Drives) ______________________ Other accessories worth mentioning - PCI-E to 4X USB hub-adapter (I have a dozen or so of these - might not be sufficient enough &/or needed but again, 'worth mentioning' in case I somehow ever run out of SATA & USB ports and have extra external USB HDD's. Although, I'm sure there would be better suited components if I get to that point that probably won't cost all that much). ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ Needless to say, I have at least 1X of everything mentioned above. In most all cases, I have multiples of these items but obviously won't be needing 2X CPU's, Cases, etc... Naturally, I have GPU's. Specifically; At least 1X of every. Single. NVIDIA GTX 1070 TI (Yes, I have every variation of the 1070 ti made by MSI, EVGA and Zotac. The only brand I don't have is the Gigabyte line. My partners have terrible experience with those so I didn't even bother. I'm clearly not going to be needing a GPU for this build but again, I'm cool with discussing the idea of a barter if anyone reading this is in the market for one. I also have some GTX 1080 TI's but those are already spoken for, sorry. It's my understanding that select CPU's I have on this list are ECC Friendly and AFAIK, only 1 of my MOBO's claims to be ECC Friendly (The ASROCK AB350M PRO4), but for the life of me, I can't find any corresponding forums that confirm this and/or direct me to a listing where I can buy compatible RAM. Just the same, if I go w/ the ASROCK MOBO, that means I'd be using one of the Ryzens. Those are DEF. power hungry little buggers. Not a deal-breaker, just hoping to find something a little more conservative in terms of TDP. In closing, I don't really need someone to hold my hand with the build part as much as figuring out which motherboard, CPU and RAM to get. Then I'm DEFINITELY going to need some guidance on what OS is best for my desired purpose. If building 2X Rigs makes sense, I'm totally open to that as well... Rig 1 = EPIC NAS SYSTEM Rig 2 = EPIC PFSENSE (or the like) DEDICATED FIREWALL Oh, I almost forgot... The current routers I'm using are... 1X Netgear Nighthawk 6900P (Modem + Router) 1X Netgear Nighthawk X6S (AC 4000 I believe - Router dedicated towards my personal devices - no IoT &/or Guests allowed on this one) 1X TP-Link Archer C5 (Router). Total overkill after implementing the Nighthawks but this old beast somehow has the best range, plus it has 2X USB ports so for now, it's dedicated towards my IoT devices. ---- I also have a few other Wi-Fi routers (Apple Airport Extreme & some inferior Netgear's but I can only allocate so many WiFi Routers to so many WiFi channels w/out pissing off my neighbors) On that note, I have managed to convince my neighbors to let me in their house/WiFi configuration so we all have our hardware locked on specific, non-competing frequencies/channels so everyone's happy. :) Please spare me the insults as I insulted myself throughout this entire venture. Part of why I did this was because when I was a kid, I used to fantasize about building a 'DREAM PC' but could never afford such. To compensate for this deficiency, I would actually print out the latest and greatest hardware components on a word document, print the lists up & tape to wall (for motivation). I was C++ certified at the age of 14 and built my first PC when I was 7. At the age of 15 I abandoned all hope in the sector and moved on to other aspirations. This entire ordeal was largely based off me finally fulfilling a childhood fantasy. On that note = mission accomplished. Now if I'm actually able to fulfill my desires on this post, I'm definitely going to feel less shitty about blowing so much money on all this stuff over the last couple years. TIA for assisting in any way possible. Gotta love the internets! THE END. :) EDIT/UPDATE (5 hours after OP) - My inbox is being inundated with various people asking for prices and other reasonable questions about my hardware being up for sale. Not to be redundant but rather to expound on my previous remarks about 'being interested in a bartetrade' with any of you here... I did say I was going to sell my gear on eBay in the near future, I also said I wanted to trade/barter for anything relative to helping me accomplish my OP's mission(s). I'm not desperate for the $$$ but I'm also not one of those people that likes to rip other people off. That said; I value my time and money invested in this hardware and I'm only willing to unload it all once I've established I have ZERO need for any of it here in my home first. Hence my writing this lengthy thread in an attempt to repurpose at least a grand or two I've already spent. One of the most commonly asked questions I anticipate receiving from interested bodies is going to be "How hard were you on your hardware?" Contrary to what anyone else would have probably done in my scenario which is say they were light on it whether they were or weren't, I documented my handling of the hardware, and have no problem sharing such documentation with verified, interested buyers (WHEN THE TIME COMES) to offer you guys peace of mind. I have photo's and video's of the venture from A-Z. I am also obliged to provide (redacted) electricity bill statements where you can correlate my photo's (power draw on each rig), and also accurately deduct the excess power my house consumed with our other household appliances. Even taking into consideration how much (more) I spent in electricity from keeping my house at a constant, cool 70-72F year-round (via my Nest thermostat). Even without the rigs, I keep my AC @ 70 when I'm home and for the last 1.5-2 years, I just so happened to spend 85% of my time here at my house. When I would travel, I'd keep it at 72 for my wife & kids. Additionally; I had each GPU 'custom' oveunderclocke'd (MSI Afterburner for all GPU's but the EVGA's).* I doubt everyone reading this is aware so this is for those that don't.... EVGA had the brilliant idea of implementing what they call "ICX technology" in their latest NVIDIA GTX GPU's. The short(est) explanation of this "feature" goes as follows: EVGA GPU's w/ "ICX 9 & above" have EXTRA HEAT/THERMAL SENSORS. Unlike every other GTX 1070 ti on the market, the one's with this feature actually have each of 2/2 on-board fans connected to individual thermal sensors. Which means - if you were to use the MSI Afterburner program on one of these EVGA's and create a custom fan curve for it, you'd only be able to get 1/2 of the fans to function the way intended. The other fan simply would not engage as the MSI Afterburner software wasn't designed/coded to recognize/ communicate with an added sensor (let alone sensor'S). This, in-turn, would likely result in whoever's using it the unintended way having a GPU defect on them within the first few months I'd imagine... Perhaps if they had the TDP power settings dumbed down as much as I did (60-63%), they might get a year or two out of it since it wouldn't run as near as hot, but I doubt any longer than that since cutting off 50% of the cooling system on one of these can't be ignored too long, surely capacitors would start to blow and who knows what else... (Warning = RANT) Another interesting side-note about the EVGA's and their "Precision-X" OveUnderclocking software is that it's designed to only recognize 4X GPU's on a single system. For miners, that's just not cool. My favorite builds had 8X and for the motherboards that weren't capable of maintaining stable sessions on 8, I set up with 6X. Only my EVGA Rigs had 3 or 4X GPU's dedicated to a single motherboard. Furthermore, and as stated in an earlier paragraph, (& this is just my opinion) = EVGA SOFTWARE SUCKS! Precision X wasn't friendly with every motherboard/CPU I threw at it and their extension software for the CLC Close-Loop-Cooling/ CPU water-coolers simply didn't work on anything, even integrating into their own Precision-X software. The amount of time it took me to finally find compatible matches with that stuff was beyond maddening. (END RANT). Which leads me to my other comments on the matter. That's what I had every single 1070 ti set at for TDP = 60-63%. Dropping the power load that much allowed me to bring down (on average) each 1070 ti to a constant 110-115W (mind you, this is only possible w/ "Titanium" rated PSU's, Platinum comes pretty damn close to the Titanium though) while mining Ethereum and was still able to maintain a bottom of 30 MH/s and a ceiling of 32 MH/s. Increasing the TDP to 80, 90, 100% or more only increased my hashrates (yields) negligibly, like 35-36 MH/s TOPS, which also meant each one was not only pulling 160-180W+ (Vs. the aforementioned 115'ish range), it also meant my rigs were creating a significantly greater amount of heat! Fortunately for the GPU's and my own personal habits, I live in South Florida where it's hot as balls typically, last winter was nothing like this one. Increasing my yields by 10-15% didn't justify increasing the heat production in my house by >30%, nor the added electricity costs from subjecting my AC handlers to that much of an extra work-load. For anyone reading this that doesn't know/understand what I'm talking about - after spending no less than 2-3 hours with each. and. every. one. I didn't play with the settings on just one and universally apply the settings to the rest. I found the 'prime' settings and documented them with a label-maker and notepad. Here's the math in a more transparent manner: *** I NEVER LET MY GPU's BREACH 61C, EVER. Only my 8X GPU rigs saw 60-61 & it was the ones I had in the center of the build (naturally). I have REALLY high power fans (used on BTC ASIC MINERS) that were sucking air from those GPU's which was the only way I was able to obtain such stellar results while mining with them. **\* Mining at "acceptable" heat temps (not acceptable to me, but most of the internet would disagree = 70C) and overclocking accordingly brings in X amount of yields per unit. = 'Tweaking' (underclocking) the GPU's to my parameters reduced my yield per unit from -10-15%, but it SAVED me well over 30-35% in direct electricity consumption, and an unknown amount of passive electricity consumption via creating approximately 20%+ less heat for my AC handler to combat. I say all this extra stuff not just for anyone interested in mining with their GPU's, but really to answer (in-depth) the apparent questions you people are asking me in PM's. Something else that should help justify my claims of being so conservative should be the fact I only have/used "Platinum and Titanium" rated PSU's. Heat production, power efficiency and longevity of the hardware were ALWAYS my top priority.* . I truly thought Crypto would continue to gain and/or recover and bounce back faster than it did. If this project had maintained positive income for 12 months+, I'd have expanded one of our sites to also cater to GPU mining on a gnarly scale. Once I have my NAS (& possibly 2nd rig for the firewall) successfully built, I'll be willing/able to entertain selling you guys some/all of the remaining hardware prior to launching on eBay. If there's something you're specifically looking for that I listed having, feel free to PM me with that/those specific item(s). Don't count on an immediate response but what you can count on is me honoring my word in offering whoever asks first right of refusal when the time comes for me to sell this stuff. Fortunately for me, PM's are time-stamped so that's how I'll gauge everyone's place in line. I hope this extra edit answers most of the questions you guys wanted to have answered and if not, sorry I guess. I'll do my best to bring light to anything I've missed out on after I realize whatever that error was/is. The only way anyone is getting first dibs on my hardware otherwise is if they either offer compelling insight into my original questions, or have something I need to trade w/. THE END (Round#2)
Freelancing guide for beginners in Venezuela(Without Programming Skillls) / Guía de Freelance para principiantes en Venezuela (Sin conocimiento de programación)
Hello reddit! My name is LinkToU, and i’ve been commissioned by u/justgord to share some of my freelancing experience, living in Venezuela. It might not be much, but hopefully it'll help some people get started. I’ve seen countless numbers of posts here in this subreddit, asking for advice on how to get started, and what are the best ways to receive money, so those are topics i’ll be touching upon in this guide. As the title says, this is a guide that requires NO programming skills, this is meant to be a guide towards beginners, and people that are having a rough time, like i was, two and a half years ago, before getting into this.
Now, without further ado, let’s dive right into this.
What type of work can you expect to find? There are actually a few types of jobs that you can easily find without any specific skill, for example, translations, lead generation, data entry, transcriptions, writing articles, and even being a virtual assistant. This list could go on and on, but i’ll just give you a couple websites where you can find these types of work, and you can go figure out what’s best for you.
Where to find work? Most of the freelance work i've done it's been through two major websites, so i'll talk a little bit about them and about my experience with each.
Spare5 (https://app.spare5.com/) is the crowdworking website that got me into this, . This is basically a crowdworking website where you’ll be reviewing different images, annotating and drawing different polygons to help train AI to identify everyday objects. Getting started in this page is the hardest part, but i’d say it’s just as hard as it was back in 2017 when i started. You’ll first have to complete every tutorial, then move on to the qualifiers and onto paid tasks (be sure that you understand every task before diving into them, because if you don’t perform well on your paid tasks, they’ll be taken away from you, and you might even get permanently banned). The minimum payment is $1, and the payment method that they use is PayPal, you don’t need to have a verified Paypal account, and you WILL NOT get your account limited by just receiving money from this page. Like i said, the hardest part of this page is to get started, as tasks will be scarce, so try not to make any mistakes, and do every task as best as you can, this will guarantee that they give you even more tasks, and eventually, you’ll be assigned permanent tasks, and your dashboard will look something like this: https://imgur.com/a/TSUASME , as you notice, the payment for each task is really low but don’t get discouraged, you’ll want to find one that is easy to do, and that you can memorize the instructions, i’ve made up to $20 in just a couple of hours, out of easy tasks that paid 0.2c each. Of course, you’ll need practice, Practice makes perfect. I have NOT been working on this page lately, because the payment per tasks has been diminished, and tasks only get more and more complicated to complete.
Pros of Spare5
Your payment is 100% secure with them (unless you get banned for underperforming in too many tasks), even if your Paypal account gets limited, you can reimburse the money they’ve sent you back to your Spare5 account (I’ve never done this, but i know it can be done, and the Spare5 team even helps you in the process).
The amount of tasks available are based in your performance, which means if you do well, you’re almost guaranteed to have some work to do whenever there is some available.
Some tasks are easy to do, and pay a good amount, i’ve made up to $50 in a good night, just off of tasks that paid 0.2c each.
Your earnings in this page do not only come from doing tasks yourself, there is a referral program where you’ll get 20% out of the first $100 that EACH of your referrals earns, and they’ll get 10% more out of their first $100 too, just for being referred by you.
Once you have enough experience in the page, you may have the Spare5 team reach out to you personally to test new features that they’re planning to add to the mainpage in the future, or just to interview you and ask questions to you about different things. All of these, are paid, and i’ve been approached on multiple occasions by the Spare5 team to take part in these. There is also a moderator position in their forums, i’m not entirely sure on how it works, but i’ve heard they pay you based on the amount of people that you help, only if you have the moderator role.
Cons of Spare5
As there is a limited number of available tasks, there are bound to be times where none is available, even if you have lots of experience, there are certain times of the year where there’s just no work to do (Usually January). This is what prompted me to stop using this website, and find a more reliable income.
Lots of reading through the instructions of any given task, which is bad specially because you may finish reading the instructions to a given task, only to have to move to another one after a short while, one you run out of available tasks of the kind that you were doing.
You’re subject to the revision of other users, which means, if you complete the task perfectly, but the person reviewing you makes a mistake, you’ll be punished for that. Even if you’re the one reviewing, the way to determine if a given task is good or bad, is based on what % of people reviewing the same image as you, passed it as good or bad, which means if you’re right, and the majority is wrong, again, you’ll be punished for it.
My recommendations for Spare5
Take your time, and really read through every single one of the instructions. If you get banned for underperforming, you will be permanently expelled from the website.
If you are unsure about what to do in a specific case, after reading through the instructions, ask the community for advice, they’re more than happy to help.
If, after you read through every single one of the instructions, and you’ve asked for advice from other community users, and you’re still unsure about a specific case, Skip the image.
Don’t be hesitant to Skip images, it has no negative repercussion whatsoever, i learned to see the skip button, as another tool that i used constantly.
Next, is Reddit, more specifically, the subreddit where i’ve found most of my freelancing jobs, is /slavelabour , where people post any kind of job that they need done (Seriously, any, i’ve seen many kinds of crazy stuff going on there), along with a payment offer, and usually a method. This one is pretty good, since you can find different kinds of work based on your skills, i’ve mostly done data entry types of jobs there, but there are many others easy for beginners, you just have to keep an eye out for when any potential job gets posted. Other similar subreddits that i frequent, but aren’t as active as /slavelabour are: /Jobs4Bitcoins/ , /WorkOnline//ForHire/ Follow the same advice that i will give for /slavelabour , as these work similarly.
You have to be careful and look out for possible scammers
You need a minimum of reddit activity and possibly previous job references.
Pay rates are usually low.
There is a high demand for the job offerings, so you'll have to be quick and be able to pitch yourself well.
My recommendations for these subreddits.
If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Ask for your payment upfront, and build trust within the community.
If you’re going to work for someone, check their profile and activity, if anything looks off, don’t risk wasting your time.
Those are the main two websites where i've worked at for the past two years, there are some others that i know of, but since i haven't used them, i don't know how they work.
Now, let's talk a little bit about payment methods, and what are some good options for receiving your money once you've got yourself some gigs.
Payment methods: Now that you know what are some good places to get started, let's talk about what's the best place to receive your payments, and keep your money safe. I’ll take about the few methods that i’ve used myself, such as PayPal, Uphold, AirTM, and most recently, Cryptos.
Where to receive your payments?
PayPal is the easiest way to receive and send money, with medium fees, it's one of the easiest to setup, as well as the most commonly used, from my experience. However your money is not 100% safe here, as your account could be limited, and your assets frozen, until you can prove that your earning aren't illicit, and you're not using PayPal for anything illegal, this latter being the hardest to prove, since, as you know, selling your PayPal money in USD, for Venezuelan currency(Bs), is illegal. If you’re thinking about using PayPal, i’d recommend you to verify your account, with a credit card under your name. Using a virtual credit card, is against PayPal ToS, but i used one anyways and haven’t had any trouble, since there are not many options here in Venezuela, since it’s near impossible to get a proper USD credit card.
Pros of using PayPal
It’s really easy to setup a PayPal account, as well as sending and receiving money.
It’s the most commonly used payment method for freelance gigs.
Exchanging money between PayPal and Venezuela’s currency, is easy, as buyers and exchangers are rather easy to find.
You can refund your money if you were to encounter a scammer whilst exchanging currencies.
There are some websites that guarantee you, and your PayPal account integrity & safety whilst exchanging currency.
It’s possible to withdraw your PayPal balance into an US Bank account, with minimum fees.
Can use your PayPal balance to buy in websites such as Ebay, Wish and many other websites.
Cons of using PayPal:
Fees are too high compared to other platforms.
Verifying your account is a must to protect your money, and some buyers will only buy money from verified accounts.
PayPal’s customer service isn’t very helpful, or understanding when it comes down to trying to recover a limited account.
Scammers might try to refund the money they’ve sent you after you confirm it, and you’d have to dispute.
There is a chance that you could get your account limited, this has never happened to me, however.
My recommendations for using PayPal:
First and foremost, verify your account, it’ll make life much easier for you, and you’ll be able to use your PayPal balance to buy in some eStores.
Don’t send, or receive small amounts of money from other persons, i avoid receiving amounts below $5, and ANYTHING below $1, is an absolutely no-go.
Exchange your currencies only with people you trust, seek for references from people you know, don’t trust strangers. I find that having a trusted buyer to sell to is the best way to go, even if you find someone who’s offering a better price.
Avoid refunds and disputes, as that will draw attention from PayPal’s staff into your account. I’d rather lose $10 to a scammer, than get my whole account frozen.
Uphold is another cloud based financial services platform, similar to PayPal, and with similar fees. The good thing about this platform, is that you can exchange your funds from USD to Crypto, and many other currencies, at the cost of a relatively small fee. I haven’t used this method too much myself, as i used this mainly for it’s Virtual Credit Card feature, which is temporarily not available.
Pros of using Uphold:
You can go from USD to crypto and vice versa easily.
You used to be able to create virtual credit cards, a feature that might come back in the future.
Doesn’t have PayPal’s limitation issue.
Not too hard to use.
Fees are nothing too crazy.
Even if not too many people use Uphold, you can receive crypto payments in all of the mayor coins here.
Cons of using Uphold:
Crypto transactions take hours to complete.
Setting up your account isn’t as easy as some other options.
AirTM is an e-wallet where you can keep your money, and exchange it to other currency, or buy USD with your local money, all in the same platform. Out of all the options i'm going to list for payment methods, this is my least favorite, as the fees are incredibly high, and in my opinion, what this website provides isn't worth it. I haven’t had much experience with AirTM, as the fees are ridiculous, but i’ve used it and i’ll share my experiences.
Pros of using AirTM:
You can receive your money, as well as find exchangers to sell it here.
Provides you with all of the tools you need to exchange your money, 100% safely.
It’s the easiest option in terms of going from receiving payments in USD, to exchanging it into other currencies.
Cons of using AirTM:
Fees are ridiculously high.
It’s not as straightforward as other options in terms of setting up your account, and using this platform will take some time to get used to it.
Asks for a lot of stuff to verify your identity.
Venezuela’s government has previously blocked this website, and claimed to have been “seeking all of the delinquents using this fraudulent website”.
AirTM's website is sometimes blocked by the government and requires the use of a VPN to access it.
Finally, Cryptocurrencies, i’ve only started using this method recently, and i can already say, this is my favorite so far, and the method i’ll mainly use from now onwards, as this has proven to be really easy to set up, and in my opinion, the best option for receiving payments, as you’ll pay minimum fees for your transactions, keep your identity safe, and the exchange rate to Venezuela’s currency is really good. I’d say there is no downside to receiving your payments here, as even if you were worried by the Crypto’s price dropping, you could easily use a third party website to exchange your Crypto, to USD in any other platform you’d like. The cryptocurrencies that i’ve used are Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), all of the transactions that i’ve done haven’t taken longer than 30 minutes, with the exception of using SideshiftAI to exchange my BCH into BTC, which took about an hour. Setting up a wallet for these is rather easy, however here’s a quick guide for BTC and BCH. https://bitcoin.org/en/getting-started . Also, another point in Crypto’s favor, is that some stores have begun accepting cryptos as a payment method, there’s an app in the Google Play Store named “CryptoLugaresVE” With a list of places accepting crypto as a payment method.
Pros of using Cryptocurrencies:
Fees are extremely low.
Good exchange rates to other currencies.
Easy to set up, and straightforward to use.
You can potentially gain money, if the price of the crypto that you’re using increases.
Can be used as a payment method in a lot of eShops, and some stores in Venezuela.
Payments sent to you cannot be refunded
Cons of using Cryptocurrencies:
You can lose money, if the price of the crypto that you’re using drops.
Cannot refund your payments.
Transactions can sometimes take a long time to complete, although this hasn’t happened to me.
Due to the volatility of crypto’s price, it’s not good to keep your savings.
My recommendations for using Cryptocurrencies:
Don’t keep any money that you can’t afford to lose in crypto, so that if the price drops, you won’t be back at square cero.
Exchange your cryptos only with trusted buyers, or using safe third party websites, to ensure you don’t get scammed, since you can’t refund money.
Change your address after each trade.
Finally, i’ll talk a little bit about the couple websites that you can use to safely exchange money from USD, to Venezuela’s currency. Other than these, you’d have to find someone of your trust to exchange your currency.
Where to safely exchange your earnings to Venezuela’s currency?
Appbb (https://www.appbb.co/) is an eStore that will also buy funds from all kinds of platforms (Payoneer, Uphold, Paypal, Cryptos, etc.), while they might not have the best rates, they are reliable, safe, and a good option. The downside of this site, is that hey have a set amount transactions that they’re going to make per day, so you’ll have to wait for the store to open every morning, and grab your ticket. I haven’t used this shop in a while, i know that they’ve changed it, and i’m not sure how it works for exchanging your currencies anymore, but you can ask for advice in their facebook page and their support team is always really helpful.
Localbitcoins (https://localbitcoins.com/) is a trading website where you can sell/buy bitcoins from different users safely. This website works only for selling Bitcoin, but you can buy bitcoins with money from any other platform, at a fair rate, and sell the bitcoins that you’ve bought.
Foro-Ptc (https://www.foro-ptc.com/) is a whole website dedicated to making money online, there’s all kinds of useful content here, i recommend you to check it out, but more importantly, there is whole section dedicated to selling and buying USD for local currency. You’ll need a 30 days old account, and some posts before you can PM anyone you want, but there are some trusted buyers/sellers whom you’ll be able to send PMs to right away, so you can safely exchange with them.
That’s it for now, I’ll probably update the guide as i learn more and try out new stuff, as well as with your feedback. I just want to thank u/justgord for giving me the opportunity to share all of this with you guys!
Hola Reddit! Mi nombre es LinkToU, y u/justgord me comisionó para compartir con ustedes mi experiencia trabajando como freelancer en Venezuela. He visto un montón de posts de gente pidiendo consejos para comenzar, cuáles son las mejores plataformas para recibir dinero, y cosas así, así que esos serán los temas que trataré en esta guía para principiantes. Como dice el título, esta es una guía para personas que no tienen conocimiento de programación, sólo necesitarán un buen conocimiento de Inglés.
¿Qué tipo de trabajo se puede encontrar? Hay varios tipos de trabajos que puedes realizar sin tener ningún tipo de conocimiento específico, por ejemplo, “lead generation”, registro de data, transcripciones, escritor de artículos, o incluso asistente virtual. Podría seguir nombrando tipos de trabajo, pero lo mejor será que les diga algunos lugares para encontrar trabajo, y que ustedes decidan qué es lo mejor.
¿Dónde puedes encontrar trabajo? He trabajado principalmente a través de dos sitios web, así que hablaré un poco de mi experience en cada uno de ellos.
Spare5 (https://app.spare5.com/) es el sitio web de “crowdworking” con el que comencé a trabajar, hace dos años. Básicamente, estarás revisando diferentes imágenes, anotando y delineando diferentes objetos para ayudar a entrenar inteligencia artificial a identificar dichos objetos. Diría que lo más difícil, es comenzar en esta página, pero no es mucho más difícil que en el 2017, cuando yo comencé, así que aún es posible. Lo primero que tendrás que hacer, será completar los tutoriales, que te darán acceso a algunos calificadores, que determinarán si estás listo o no para tareas pagas (asegúrate de comprender bien cada una de las tareas, antes de comenzar a hacerlas, ya que si no las haces bien, te las quitarán y te podrían banear permanentemente.) El mínimo de pago es $1, pagado a través de PayPal, no hace falta tener una cuenta de PayPal verificada, y recibir fondos de esta página NO hará que tu cuenta de PayPal sea bloqueada. Como dije antes, lo más difícil de esta página es comenzar, al principio las tareas serán escasas, así que asegúrate de hacerlas bien, ya que esa es la única manera de garantizar que te seguirán enviando tareas. Eventualmente, te darán tareas fijas, y tu panel principal se verá algo así https://imgur.com/a/TSUASME . El pago por cada tarea es bajo, pero lo importante es encontrar una cuál sea fácil y memorizar las instrucciones. Yo he hecho hasta $20 en un par de horas, con tareas fáciles que pagaban 0.2c cada una. Sólo hace falta práctica. Últimamente no he trabajado en esta página, ya que la paga por las tareas ha disminuido, y sólo son más difíciles de hacer cada vez.
Ventajas de Spare5:
Tu pago está asegurado en esta página (A menos que te baneen por hacer las tareas mal), e incluso si tu cuenta de PayPal es bloqueada, puedes reembolsar el dinero que te hayan pagado a tu cuenta de Spare5 (Nunca lo he hecho, pero sé que se puede hacer, y el equipo de soporte de Spare5 también te asiste en esto.)
La cantidad de tareas que tienes disponibles se basa en tu desempeño en tareas previas del mismo tipo, así que si las haces bien, garantizas tener trabajo siempre que haya alguno disponible.
Hay algunas tareas que son fáciles de hacer, y pagan bien, he ganado hasta $50 en una noche solo con tareas que pagaban 0.2c cada una.
Tus ganancias en esta página no vienen solamente de las tareas, hay un sistema de referidos que te paga un 20% de los primeros $100 que cada uno de tus referidos gane, y ellos recibirán 10% más de sus primeros $100, sólamente por usar tu código de referido.
Una vez tengas suficiente experiencia en esta página, puede que el equipo de Spare5 se comunique contigo personalmente para que pruebes nuevas características que piensan añadir a la página principal, o simplemente para entrevistarte y pedirte tu opinión sobre ciertas cosas. En cualquiera de estos casos, te pagarían por tu tiempo, mucho más de lo que ganarías normalmente haciendo tareas. También existe una posición de moderador de los foros, en la cuál he escuchado que te pagan basado en la cantidad de personas que has ayudado, una vez tienes el rol de moderador.
Desventajas de Spare5:
Ya que hay un número limitado de tareas, habrá tiempos donde no habrá ninguna disponible, incluso si tienes una gran cantidad de experiencia en la página, hay ciertas épocas del año en las que simplemente no hay tareas disponibles (Usualmente, en Enero). Esto es lo que hizo que dejara esta página, y buscara una manera más consistente de generar ingresos.
Hay que leer un montón de instrucciones para completar cualquier tarea, y una vez termines de leerlas, puede que tengas que elegir otra diferente, debido a que la tarea que ibas a hacer ya no está disponible.
Estás sujeto a la revisión de otros usuarios, lo que significa que aunque completes la tarea perfectamente, si la persona que te revisa comete un error, serás castigado por eso. Incluso si tú revisas la tarea, la manera que ellos utilizan para determinar si una tarea está bien o mal, se basa en la media de los usuarios que la marcaron como correcta o incorrecta, así que si tu estás en la minoría, serás castigado por eso nuevamente.
Mis recomendaciones para Spare5
Tómate tu tiempo y lee cada una de las instrucciones. Si te banean por hacer las tareas mal, serás vetado permanentemente de este sitio web.
Si estás inseguro sobre qué hacer en un caso específico, pregúntale a la comunidad.
Si luego de leer las instrucciones, y pedirle consejo a la comunidad, sigues inseguro, omite la imagen.
No dudes en omitir las imágenes, no tiene ninguna consecuencia negativa, debes ver el botón de “Omitir”, como una herramienta cualquiera.
Lo siguiente, es Reddit, más específicamente, el subreddit donde encuentro usualmente trabajo de freelance es /slavelabour , dónde las personas publican cualquier tipo de trabajo que necesiten sea completado, junto con un método de pago, y una oferta, para encontrar a alguna persona dispuesta a hacerlo. Esta opción es especialmente buena, ya que puedes encontrar muchos tipos de trabajo, dependiendo de tus cualificaciones. Yo he hecho mayormente trabajos de registro de data, pero hay muchas otras opciones fáciles para comenzar, sólo hay que estar pendiente de cuando puedan ser publicadas nuevas oportunidades. Otros subreddits similares que frecuento pero no son tan activos como /slavelabour son: /Jobs4Bitcoins/ , /WorkOnline/ , /ForHire/ Sigan los mismos consejos que daré para /slavelabour , ya que estos funcionan de manera similar.
Se necesita un mínimo de actividad en tu cuenta de reddit para participar en estos subreddits.
Las pagas son bajas, por lo general.
Hay una gran demanda para cada oferta de trabajo, así que hay que ser rápido, y saber la mejor manera de venderse a sí mismo como candidato.
Mis recomendaciones para estos subreddits.
Si algo se ve demasiado bueno para ser verdad, probablemente lo sea.
Pide tu pago por adelantado, y construye una buena reputación en la comunidad.
Si piensas trabajar para alguien, revisa su perfil, y si algo se ve fuera de lugar, no arriesges perder tu tiempo y ser estafado.
Métodos de pago: Ahora que saben cuáles son algunos buenos lugares para empezar a conseguir trabajo, les hablaré sobre cuáles son las mejores plataformas de pago para recibir dinero, y mantenerlo seguro. Hablaré sólo de los que he usado, como PayPal, Uphold, AirTM, y recientemente, Criptomonedas. ¿Dónde recibir tus pagos?
PayPal es la manera más fácil de recibir y enviar dinero, con comisiones aceptables, y también es la más fácil de comenzar a usar. Igualmente, tu dinero no está 100% seguro en PayPal, ya que tu cuenta podría ser limitada y tu saldo retenido hasta que puedas probar que no estás recibiendo fondos de ninguna actividad ilícita, o invirtiendo en alguna. Esto último es difícil de probar, ya que vender fondos de PayPal en Dólares(USD), a cambio de la moneda Venezolana (Bs), es ilegal. Si planeas usar PayPal, recomiendo que verifiques tu cuenta con una tarjeta de crédito bajo tu nombre. Usar una tarjeta de crédito virtual, va contra los TDS de PayPal, yo igualmente usé una (Y no he tenido ningún problema), ya que no hay muchas opciones en Venezuela, debido a que es prácticamente imposible conseguir una tarjeta de crédito
Ventajas de usar PayPal
Es fácil de comenzar a usar, y enviarecibir dinero también es fácil. Es el método de pago más usado para trabajos de freelance.
Cambiar dinero de tu cuenta de PayPal a la moneda de Venezuela es fácil, ya que los compradores son fáciles de encontrar.
Puedes reembolsar tu dinero en caso de que seas estafado al intentar vender tu saldo PayPal.
Hay ciertas páginas web, y métodos que garantizan tu seguridad y la de tu cuenta PayPal al realizar ventas de tu saldo PayPal.
Puedes retirar tu dinero de PayPal, a una cuenta bancaria en dólares (o dependiendo de la moneda) de algún país extranjero, con comisiones mínimas.
Puedes usar tu balance de PayPal para comprar en ciertos sitios web, como Wish, Ebay, u otros.
Desventajas de usar PayPal
Las comisiones son altas comparadas a otras plataformas de pago.
Debes verificar tu cuenta para proteger tu dinero, y algunos compradores sólo adquieren saldo de cuentas verificadas.
El servicio al cliente de PayPal no es muy útil, o comprensivo cuando intentas recuperar una cuenta limitada.
Puede que algunos estafadores intenten reembolsar el dinero que te enviaron luego de que terminas el trabajo, y tendrás que disputar su reembolso.
Existe la posibilidad de que tu cuenta sea límitada (aunque nunca me ha sucedido).
Mis recomendaciones para usar PayPal
Primero que nada, verifica tu cuenta, esto hará las cosas mucho más fáciles para tí, y podrás usar tu balance de PayPal para comprar en eStores.
No envíes ni recibas pequeñas cantidades de dinero de otras personas, yo personalmente evito recibir cantidades menores a $5, y no acepto ninguna cantidad menor a $1.
Realiza tus cambios sólo con personas en las que confíes, busca referencias de personas que conozcas, y no confíes en extraños. Tener un comprador fijo es la mejor manera de mantener tu dinero seguro, aunque no siempre ofrecen el mejor precio.
Evita los reembolsos y las disputas, ya que eso atraerá atención no deseada a tu cuenta de PayPal. Es mejor perder $10 por un estafador, que todo el saldo de tu cuenta por un bloqueo.
Uphold es otra plataforma similar a paypal, con comisiones similares. El punto a favor de esta plataforma, es que puedes intercambiar tus fondos de USD, a muchas otras criptomonedas, u otra moneda extranjera, al costo de una comisión relativamente pequeña. No he usado mucho este método, lo utilizaba principalmente por la función de crear una tarjeta de crédito virtual, pero esta está temporalmente desactivada.
Ventajas de usar Uphold
Puedes intercambiar tu saldo de USD a otra moneda, o incluso criptomonedas, fácilmente.
En el futuro, es posible que vuelva la función de crear una tarjeta de crédito virtual.
No tiene el problema de limitación de PayPal.
No es difícil de usar.
Las comisiones no son muy altas.
Aunque no muchas personas usen Uphold, puedes recibir pagos en criptomonedas aquí.
Desventajas de usar Uphold
En mi experiencia, las transacciones con criptomonedas tardan horas en ser confirmadas.
Configurar tu cuenta para comenzar a utilizar Uphold no es tan fácil como en otras opciones.
AirTM es una billetera electrónica donde puedes guardar tu dinero, e intercambiarlo a otras monedas, o incluso comprar monedas extranjeras con tu moneda local, todo en la misma plataforma. No he utilizado mucho esta plataforma, debido a que las comisiones son ridículamente altas, pero siempre la he visto como una especie de plan de contingencia, en caso de que necesite dinero, y no haya ninguna otra opción disponible.
Ventajas de usar AirTM
Puedes recibir dinero, y encontrar compradores en una misma plataforma.
Tiene todas las herramientas necesarias para cambiar tu dinero 100% seguro.
Es la opción más fácil en términos de pasar de recibir dinero a cambiarlo a otras monedas.
Desventajas de usar AirTM:
Las comisione son extremadamente altas.
No es tan fácil configurar tu cuenta, y tomará algo de tiempo acostumbrarte a usar esta plataforma.
Pide un montón de cosas para verificar tu identidad.
El gobierno de Venezuela ha bloqueado previamente esta plataforma, y dijo estar “buscando a todos los delincuentes vinculados a esta página criminal”.
Finalmente, Criptomonedas, empecé a usar este método de pago recientemente, pero hasta ahora, es mi favorito, y probablemente sea el que utilice de ahora en adelante para recibir mis pagos, ya que es fácil de configurar, y en mi opinión, la mejor forma de recibir pagos, ya que cuenta con las comisiones más bajas por transacción, mantiene tu identidad segura, y el ratio de intercambio de criptomoneda a moneda venezolana es bueno. Diría que no hay ninguna desventaja a recibir tus pagos en criptomonedas, ya que incluso si te preocupa que el precio de la criptomoneda baje, puedes usar un sitio web de algún tercero para cambiar tus criptomonedas a cualquier otra plataforma de tu preferencia, a un buen precio. Las criptomonedas que he utilizado son Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin (BTC) y Ethereum (ETH), todas las transacciones que he realizado no han tardado más de 30 minutos en completarse, con la excepción de cuando usé SideshiftAI para cambiar mi saldo BCH a BTC, y aún en ese caso, tardó cerca de una hora. Crear una billetera es fácil, igualmente, aquí hay una guía para comenzar en BTC y BCH. https://bitcoin.org/es/como-empezar Otro punto en el favor de las criptomonedas, es que algunas tiendas en Venezuela han comenzado a aceptar estas como método de pago, hay una app en la Google Play Store llamada “CryptoLugaresVE” Con una lista de lugares que aceptan criptomonedas como forma de pago.
Ventajas de Usar Criptomonedas:
Las comisiones son extremadamente bajas
Buen ratio de cambio a otras monedas.
Fácil de usar
Puedes ganar dinero potencialmente, si la criptomoneda que usas aumenta en precio.
Puedes usarla como método de pago en muchas tiendas virtuales, y algunas tiendas de Venezuela.
No es posible reembolsar pagos que te hayan enviado.
Desventajas de usar Criptomonedas
Puedes perder dinero si la criptomoneda que usas pierde valor.
No puedes reembolsar tus pagos.
Las transacciones pueden tardar un montón de tiempo en completarse.
Debido a la volatilidad del precio de las criptomonedas, no es buena opción para guardar tus ahorros.
Mis recomendaciones para usar Criptomonedas
No guardes dinero que no puedes perder en criptomonedas, así, si el precio baja, no perderás mucho.
Intercambia tus criptomonedas sólo con compradores confiables, o utiliza algún sitio web de terceros que asegure tu dinero.
Cambia la dirección de tu billetera luego de cada transacción.
Por último, hablaré sobre un par de sitios web donde pueden intercambiar dinero de dólares, a la moneda local venezolana. Aparte de estos, existen otros sitios webs de confianza, y siempre está la posibilidad de encontrar una persona de confianza para realizar todos sus cambios de USD - Bs.
¿Dónde puedo cambiar mis ganancias de forma segura a la moneda local de Venezuela?
Appbb (https://www.appbb.co/) es una tienda virtual que también compra saldo de diferentes plataformas (Payoneer, Uphold, Paypal, Criptos, etc.), y aunque no tienen las mejores tasas, son una opción confiable, segura y buena. Lo malo de esta página es que tienen una cantidad limitada de cupos por día, así que tendrán que esperar a que la tienda abra cada día, y agarrar su cupo rápidamente. No he usado esta tienda en algún tiempo, sé que han cambiado un par de cosas y ya no estoy tan seguro de cómo funciona, pero pueden escribir directamente a su página de facebook y su equipo de soporte siempre está atento allí.
Localbitcoins (https://localbitcoins.com/) es un sitio web de intercambios donde puedes vender o comprar bitcoins de diferentes usuarios de forma segura. Este sitio web solo funciona para vender Bitcoins, pero es posible comprar bitcoins con dinero de cualquier otra plataforma, con una buena tasa, para luego venderlos.
Foro-Ptc (https://www.foro-ptc.com/) es un foro dedicado a generar ganancias online, hay muchos recursos interesantes aquí que les recomiendo lean, pero más importante, hay una sección completa dedicada a la venta y compra de dólares por la moneda local. Hace falta una cuenta con 30 días de antigüedad, y algunos posts antes de poder enviar mensajes privados a cualquier persona, pero hay algunos vendedores designados a quienes podrás enviar mensajes sin importar la antigüedad de tu cuenta, con quienes podrás hacer intercambios sin tener que esperar.
Eso es todo por ahora, probablemente siga actualizando la guía mediante vaya aprendiendo nuevas cosas, o con sus recomendaciones. Sólo quiero agradecerle a u/Justgord por darme la oportunidad para compartir todo esto con ustedes!
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