Would my ISP consider my Bitcoin client to be a server?


i find it stupid that one limits what one can do with the internet. There is no need to pay an extra few thousand a month just to get rid of the terms of service which prohibit the use.

Comcast prohibits use of servers, but many still host servers on their network.

So this means i cant put up a multiplayer game to play with friends? Most games have the ability for one to host a game by using their own computer as the host, in order to play mods or to not be interrupted by other random people joining the game.

Whether or not google says they prohibit it, many still will attempt and be successful to host a long term server on their network as google spreads their availability throughout the usa.

Unless they portscan every customer and check for open ports on the customers network every day and night, they will not find anyone who may be hosting a server. And port scanning can take a long time depending on the number of ports that they check.


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harrymmmm wrote:Like most (I think) home computers these days, mine doesn't have an internet facing network connection. There's a nasty ISP NAT, so no incoming connections work.

My connection is the same, there is no way that I am able to have incoming ports. A traceroute shows that, once the packet leaves my network, it will travel quite a distance on another private network before reaching an Internet IP.

harrymmmm wrote:

My VPS in the USA doesn't have the disk space to handle the blockchain, so I'm fkd as far as running a full node goes. Maybe I will pay for a cloud node one day.

I also run bitcoin full nodes on VPSes. I chose to have multiple cheap VPSes in multiple datacenters, rather than one more expensive and presumably more reliable VPS. Because that gives me more capacity than needed, I also run bitcoind on all machines. If one or two VPSes go down at the same time (which hardly ever happens), I don't care about it too much. However, if that happens...

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I've seen a lot of threads here and elsewhere about how Paypal is not private and people should pay with Bitcoin to maintain anonymity when using AirVPN.

But if one is connecting directly to AirVPN is there really any advantage? My ISP (and by extension anyone with a warrant) could see that I'm connecting to the AirVPN servers and easily surmise that I'm an AirVPN user. So what does it matter if I paid anonymously using Bitcoin and Bitcoin mixers, etc.?


Bitcoin is important for a variety of reasons. First, as you correctly note, to add an important anonymity layer, provided that the Bitcoin payment is supported by connections to the VPN servers performed over OpenVPN over a proxy or over TOR etc (and the Bitcoin transaction itself is performed behind TOR).

Second, Bitcoin provides a really global transaction exchange system for anyone with Internet access: there are several countries from which it is very hard, and sometimes impossible, to...

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All Bitcoin transactions are stored in a public ledger called the blockchain. The data stored in each of these transactions includes a bitcoin payment amount and the Bitcoin addresses of the sender and the recipient (among other things). Because every transaction uses the bitcoins from a prior transaction, and the blockchain is public data, every Bitcoin payment has a traceable history that can be viewed by anyone.

Bitcoin addresses are not themselves linked to a person or entity. That’s why Bitcoin is often called pseudonymous or pseudo-anonymous. However, a person’s identity can be associated with a Bitcoin address through other means. Once that occurs, it’s possible to determine that person’s transactions backward and forward through the blockchain history. A single anonymity breach can uncover an individual’s entire Bitcoin transaction history.

But how is an address linked with a person? Most commonly, the association occurs when people publish their name together...

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A cool function of Bitcoin not mentioned in introductions is its message signing and verification feature. I'll use the Satoshi client on a Mac as the example but the same functions are available in the wallet at blockchain.info and in any decent Bitcoin client.

Suppose you have a dispute with a vendor you paid in bitcoin. They say you didn't pay them the correct amount or they didn't get paid at all. So you show them the record of the transaction.

Great, says the vendor, but how do I know that's your coin?

In the Satoshi client, go to the "Receive Coins" tab. At the bottom, you'll see an option that says, "Sign Message" (you can also go to File > Sign Message). Enter the Bitcoin address that you own that initiated the transaction (that's the address to the left of the green arrow in the transaction record mentioned earlier) into the address form. Write your message and then hit the "Sign Message" button.

The signature generated is unique to the address...

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Tor is a distributed 'onion' network, that makes it more difficult for an adversary to track any one peer on the network. Tor also is very useful to access the 'uncensored' internet in countries such as China and Iran. Preserving privacy means not only hiding the content of messages, but also hiding who is talking to whom (traffic analysis). Tor provides anonymous connections that are strongly resistant to both eavesdropping and traffic analysis.

Bitcoin can run easily on the Tor network.

todo explain: onion routing (how tor network helps to anonymize), encryption used, exit nodes, routers

Please follow the instructions provided with installation files and read the list of warnings. Tor doesn't magically anonymize all your traffic just because you install it.
Down the page you can find examples how to configure applications to use Tor to anonymize the origin of your traffic.
This is a detailed installation guide for Windows. Before you setup...

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To convert Bitcoin into cash, look for a Bitcoin exchange that will allow you to sell your Bitcoin at a reasonable price, for your preferred local currency (such as pesos, dollars, or euros).

Most Bitcoin exchanges display their sell price, or "offer", in a ticker located at or near the top part of their homepage:

The sell price is basically what an exchange uses to compute how much cash you will get when you convert your Bitcoin. The price shown on the ticker is real-time and is usually updated every few seconds.

When choosing which exchange to use, you should consider the following:

Whether or not the exchange supports your preferred currency, and your preferred method of receiving your cash How much does the exchange charge? (Beware of exchanges with hidden fees!) How long it will take for them to send your funds? Whether or not their sell price is reasonable If the exchange has a reputation of being legitimate and reliable

Converting Bitcoin...

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The Internet is the perfect place for maintaining several anonymous identities. You can run an anonymous blog, parody Twitter account, or workers’ NGO — all without associating your real, offline identity with your online accounts.

But administering these identities might require you to handle funds. How do you make financial transactions online without compromising your identity?

The answer is Bitcoin. When used correctly, Bitcoin can safeguard your anonymity so nobody can link your offline identity to your online presence.

This guide will show you how to set up a safe environment in which you can anonymously communicate, browse the web, and send and receive bitcoins. You will start by setting up a separate operating system equipped with privacy software that is easy to set up. You will then set up encryption keys and a Bitcoin wallet to communicate and transact in private.

This guide is also available in pdf format.

Jump to…


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How Private Is Bitcoin?

The general public assumes that bitcoin is private, but in some ways, it’s more public than many financial transactions. The blockchain is a public ledger, viewable by anyone, where all bitcoin transactions are recorded. If a bitcoin address can be associated with an individual, then their financial data becomes public record. In order to maintain your privacy when using bitcoin, it is important to keep your bitcoin addresses anonymous. Bitcoin privacy is not automatic. Anonymity depends on using the right tools and using them properly.

There are different degrees of anonymity. Generally, greater anonymity requires more effort and more care when operating. For many bitcoin users, simply using an anonymous HD bitcoin wallet that requires no personal information and rolls addresses will be sufficient. Others may need to take more intensive measures such as anonymizing their IP address and tumbling their bitcoins.

Why We All Need...

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That the block chain cannot be easily forked represents one of the central security mechanisms of Bitcoin. Given the choice between two block chains, a Bitcoin miner always chooses the longer one - that is to say, the one with the more complex hash. Thusly, it ensures that each user can only spend their bitcoins once, and that no user gets ripped off.

As a consequence of the block chain structure, there may at any time be many different sub-branches, and the possibility always exists of a transaction being over-written by the longest branch, if it has been recorded in a shorter one. The older a transaction is though, the lower its chances of being over-written, and the higher of becoming permanent. Although the block chain prevents one from spending more Bitcoins than one has, it means that transactions can be accidentally nullified.

A new block chain would leave the network...

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Want to learn how to mine bitcoins? First, mining bitcoins is done via SHA256.

To get started mining bitcoins you could get a Antminer S9 for about $500 or a Spondoolies Tech SP20 for about $500.

Learn about how to use the best Bitcoin mining pools.

Learn how to buy bitcoins and trade it

Learn about Bitcoin cloud mining.

Learn about how to use gift card websites using Bitcoin

Transcript - Bitcoin For Beginners - Learn How To Mine Bitcoin ! - Part 1

Hello and welcome to my Bitcoin for Beginners Tutorial. Now in this video tutorial I’m going to cover what Bitcoin is? How to mine it and some tips and tricks that you can use to make more money mining Bitcoin. I just want to start off by saying if you want to skip the tutorial everything that I’m going to talk about is in the video description and is labeled accordingly. So, you can just click on the video description, download the mining software, click on the link to view a calculator...

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I couldn’t find a decent comparison between Electrum and MultiBit, so I downloaded them both, and decided to write my own. They’re both excellent Bitcoin thin clients; and for the average user, the choice likely doesn’t matter. If your Bitcoin client needs are a little beyond basic, keep reading for a showdown of Electrum vs MultiBit.


Edit July 4, 2015: there is a new version of MultiBit available – MultiBit HD. This review pertains to the previous version. I have not used MultiBit HD.

A bit of background – I’m testing both of the applications on Mac OS 10.8 and Linux (Kubuntu raring). I don’t have a Windows machine, or any desire to run Windows.

Download Electrum here.
Download MultiBit here.

A Draw

I’ll start off with what they both do – that is, where the playing field is level.

Encrypted wallets. Both of these applications can encrypt your wallet. Encrypting your wallet is sort of akin to not leaving your...
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Can I upload live recordings that were broadcast on XM Radio or Sirius Satellite Radio?

At this point in time, Archive.org cannot host recordings that were broadcast over either of these services. Subscribers have informed us that they were required to sign a "Terms of Use" document that forbids the recording/hosting/rebroadcasting of any material received from these services. Until we hear otherwise, these recordings cannot be hosted here.

A recording I uploaded and marked 'no lossy formats' had them created (mp3, ogg, m3u, etc...) . How can I remove them?

If you come across this situation and you are the uploader, click [edit], select the derivation option you prefer, and then 'Update'. You should see the message "Format Options Updated Successfully". Within 10 minutes the system will create a "_rules.conf" file in the recording's folder. Then, the next time the system performs an automatic sweep...

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