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Sunday 2 November 2014

F.MPIF October 2014 trading statement

GPG signed statement

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Wednesday 29 October 2014

A dangerous idea

Somebody someday, got a dangerous idea to procure bound hardcopy of Satoshi source code. As there is a printer in chan, discussion soon ensued about which version and which files to include. The particular somebody was very insistent that the font were legible and the volume properly bound. Inquiries about human skin binding and art illuminations aside, main question was what to exclude to preserve minimal working code. Also, the book ought to not be too thick to handle.

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Wednesday 1 October 2014

F.MPIF September 2014 trading statement

GPG signed statement

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Monday 1 September 2014

F.MPIF August 2014 trading statement

GPG signed statement

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Saturday 23 August 2014

First impressions of ownCloud

ownCloud is a package that claims to provide one with synchronization of private files, calendar, documents and contacts from one's own server, without handing them out to any third parties. Till now I have only combined commercial "cloud" services like Dropbox, Google with own haphazard CGI scripts.

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Tuesday 12 August 2014

Understanding the DERPs

The D-series - DERPs for short - of derivatives together with F.DERP offer MPEx and CoinBr traders the opportunity to invest or divest in the current crop of venture-capital backed bitcoin companies. The derivatives and the backing fund allow to take positions that pay out in the event that the listed startups actually make an Initial Public Offering, and also positions that pay out should the companies fold.

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Friday 1 August 2014

F.MPIF July 2014 trading statement

GPG signed statement

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Wednesday 2 July 2014

F.MPIF Jun 2014 marketmaker statement

GPG signed statement

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Sunday 1 June 2014

F.MPIF May 2014 marketmaker statement

GPG signed statement

Updated June 2 : Use 30day average F.MPIF trading price for valuation instead of outdated NAV.

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Monday 12 May 2014

Got the Bitcoin Trezor

First steps with the three BTC wonder

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Thursday 10 April 2014

BitcoinBeware

One nice day last summer, I met in person with forensick and we talked about the BitcoinBourse project. Forensick was about to help launch it to dotcoin - Markus Weiler, owner of Bitcoin SARL. Everything seemed nice and well, so in September when the IPO came, I did invest. Things then went roughly as follows:

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Wednesday 26 February 2014

Bruce Schneier passwords fail

I had my doubts about Schneier's (in)competence level before, but his recent piece Choosing a Secure Password removed them completely. Read on why.

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Friday 31 January 2014

MPEx: The Missing Manual 8 - Futures

MPEx trades also cryptocurrency-related or even unrelated futures.

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MPEx: The Missing Manual 7 - Bonds and S.MPOE stock

MPOE investors are divided into two classes - bondholders and stockholders, which are very distinct in risk they carry and potential profit. Among other advantages, it foregoes the need to carry losses from trading to next month, as seen on other venues.

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MPEx: The Missing Manual 6 - Options

The following interactions can be constructed with the Exchange itself:

  • Trade options on the open market
  • Write and sell your own options
  • Earn interest on bonds bought to finance the MPOE bot operation
  • Own S.MPOE - become a shareholder

This part will concern itself with first two points.

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Tuesday 7 January 2014

MPEx: The Missing Manual 5 - Account statements and transfers

Both JSON and human-readable account statements are available, with similar structure. Also, why the MPEx-listed assets have such funny names.

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MPEx: The Missing Manual 4 - Trading

Finally we are about to place an order. MPEx brokers Market and Limit orders, and allows users to set expiries for those orders. All orders must be fully covered, and assets used for cover are subtracted from your balance. If you request to sell or buy more than there are resources, MPEx will still accept the order and will try to fullfill it using all available items of given asset (if selling) or bitcoins (if buying) on your account. So, double check your orders before submitting!

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MPEx: The Missing Manual 3 - Funding and Withdrawing

Both fundings and withdrawals are processed manually, with possible delay up to 2 days. However, Mircea Popescu is generally a friendly fellow, so you can acquaint yourself with him on #bitcoin-assets and ask him to expedite it. Funding can be a bit tricky and has already resulted in quite a lawsuit.

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MPEx: The Missing Manual 2 - How to talk to MPEx

Unlike other exchanges, MPEx's web interface on mpex.co website is almost an afterthought and was originally introduced on an unrelated domain together with Mircea's blog and raunchy /dtng chan. It even used to feature nice (if a bit crude) drawings.

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MPEx: The Missing Manual 1 - History and Registration

This is the first in a series of posts bringing some light to MPEx and MPOE - the premier Bitcoin securities exchange. It is not meant as a replacement to MPEx's fine FAQ, make sure to fully read that as well.

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