July 29, 2014

Messing With a Bitcoin Scammer

It’s been a while since I last messed with an online scammer, but today when I received a known phishing attempt I decided to have a little fun.

The correspondence didn’t last particularly long and I doubt I’m getting a final response, but here’s the full conversation below. I also reported the email address to Google as a phishing attempt. (My responses are in green, the scammer is in red.) Enjoy.

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On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM, Coindesk wrote:

Hello, we would like to offer one of our advertising opportunities – Reviewed by CoinDesk.com
Includes – Full review of your website, security, services, payment options and many other, It depends on your business type.
Review is about 8000-14000 characters.
Price depends on a company type. Contact us for more information.
Banners for sale.
CoinDesk Ltd

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On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Hello,
Could you send me an example of one of these Reviewed by CoinDesk articles? Where do they appear?
I might be interested in one for bitcoinmegaphone.com. What are the rates?
Thanks,
Mike

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On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM, Coindesk wrote:

Hello. Thank you for answer.
This review was for gambling site – http://www.coindesk.com/new-satoshidice-owner-launches-tribute-game/
This costed 0.4 BTC
CoinDesk Ltd

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On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Awesome, thanks!
OK, I’m in. How can we get started?

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On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 1:38 PM, Shakil Khan wrote:

Hello,
Please make payment to Bitcoin address below.
1HQ8jcCAmYE5pWxt5T16Xx5GJ3bjiPmKg5
After payment notify us.
Best Regards

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On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Ok cool. I’m getting the payment ready now. Just to confirm, it will be .4 BTC ($233 USD), correct?
Also, one more quick question about the bitcoin payment… I’m going to send the money to 1HQ8jcCAmYE5pWxt5T16Xx5GJ3bjiPmKg5, but what address should I send it from?
Thanks!
Mike

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On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM, Shakil Khan wrote:

Hello,
Everything is correct and you can pay from any of your bitcoin addresses.
Best Reards

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On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Gotcha, thanks.
Ok, setting this up now… Just a head’s up my handwriting’s pretty bad lol!!
~Mike

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On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 9:12 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Sorry to bombard you with questions…
How much postage do you recommend? (I want to make sure the transaction goes through but don’t want to waste any money…)

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On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM, Shakil Khan wrote:

Hello,
0.0001 will be enough.
Best Regards

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On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM, Bitcoin Megaphone wrote:

Ok, thanks. I’m about to send the payment (see attached image for proof) but I have one more question – can you wait until Monday to publish the article? I’m going to be traveling with spotty internet this weekend and want to be available if any server issues come up.
Thanks,
Mike

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And here’s the image I attached. (I have yet to receive a response.)
coindesk-payment

July 28, 2014

Quadcopter Flying in an IKEA Parking Lot

Some pretty amazing flying here.

July 15, 2014

Old Spice Mandroid Ad

I know I’m playing into Old Spice’s hands by posting this video, but it genuinely made me laugh out loud.

July 14, 2014

Lemon Ninja

How is this guy not missing fingers?

Via kottke

June 12, 2014

A Bitcoin Haiku

Someone posted this lovely little poem on Bitcoin Megaphone yesterday. If you know how to use bitcoin, you should support the author. I’d love to see more poets and authors self-publishing on the site!

May 31, 2014

The Official Cookie of Bitcoin

gotham-cookies

Two of my favorite hobbies collided magnificently this afternoon – bitcoin and cookies. And as a result I’d like to nominate Gotham Cookies as the official cookie of bitcoin. (Although as far as I know, there are no other contenders.)

It started with this Reddit post about a vendor at the LIC Flea announcing that today would be their first day accepting bitcoin. 4 hours later I was enjoying some of the finest cookies I’ve ever had, and chatting with co-owner Alex about how much buzz they were getting from customers and other vendors.

So if there’s such a thing as the official cookie of Bitcoin, it should clearly be Gotham Cookies. The cookies are amazing, the owners are huge bitcoin advocates, and they are just awesome folks in general.

Next order of business… who’s the official bourbon of bitcoin?

May 27, 2014

Getting Fancier with the 3DRobotics IRIS

After lots of practice I’m getting more comfortable flying the quadcopter. That’s not to say it’s easy (or not still terrifying), but it’s getting more familiar.

My next challenge is to get some interesting shots with the mounted GoPro. This weekend I did some flying upstate, and made this compilation. Some shots are a little shaky but overall it’s a fun first foray into ariel videography.

May 13, 2014

Exploring an Abandoned German WW2 Bunker

I find this stuff fascinating. More good urban exploration at http://www.reddit.com/r/urbanexploration

May 10, 2014

More 3DRobitics IRIS Footage

I took the beast out earlier today. Flying the IRIS is a lot more difficult than flying in the simulator I’ve been using (Heli-X). It’s also still terrifying; it feels like placing a thousand dollar bill in the grass and watching it blow around, hoping it’ll get back to you.

May 5, 2014

Chainlinking

As far as I can tell, there’s no word for that thing when a website links a few consecutive words of text. For example, if I was talking about Charlie Sheen I might mention he’s a had some trouble with the law. (See what I did there?)

So I’d like to formally submit my term, “Chainlinking”:

Chainlinking. When a website hyperlinks a few consecutive words, usually to provide background on a topic. Often snarky. Usually annoying.

Lastly, I should add that there’s another definition for chainlinking on Urban Dictionary. My definition is decidedly different, and has nothing to do with a bunch of dudes blowing each other.