UpWork/oDesk closed my account with the reason of accepting Bitcoin
I was using upwork platform to get some freelance jobs, but for the last 2 years is full of scams and really bad jobs. So few weeks ago I had an invitation from a client to participate in a project for camera installation in city far from my home. I requested more details and a payment in advance to cover the costs of transport. They said will not pay in advance and also mentioned that I have to buy the materials for installation and they will pay after is done. I didn't accept that and I asked if they agree to pay a milestone in BTC. No answer for days. So I report them to upwork being a scam. After few weeks I receive an email from upwork saying that my profile photo is not conformed with their policy (is just a photo of me with sunglasses). A ridiculous request and I said that my photo is OK and I will never change it. After few days again an email saying that my upwork account has been closed. Here is the text after I requested prove about that (knowing that on that chat with the scammer I was testing his willing to pay in advance). "Thanks for your response. Kindly be informed that we have proof that shows you accepting offerings to be paid outside Upwork, i.e, as Bitcoins which is a serious violation of Upwork Policies. Unfortunately, I would not be able to share the evidence with you due to privacy issues but rest assured that we have taken appropriate action against the reported user according to our policies and processes. However, after discussing this with our team I am not able to reverse the deactivation decision. Thanks, Sonia Upwork Trust & Safety" I checked in their TOS and there is no mention of Bitcoin: https://www.upwork.com/legal/ and also they do not have any prove that the client paid me outside upwork. UpWork is a place that people should avoid! I already find some work on https://www.xbtfreelancer.com/ so FUCK YOU UPWORK!
Coinbase CEO tweets insight into Earn.com's acquisition, possibly hinting at favorable tokens. Here's what I think will be added.
Brian Armstrong's Latest Tweet Hi crypto dudes of Reddit! Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong just gave out a 5-part tweet showing off more of their business and fundamentals mindset in pursuing crypto projects. I have reason to believe this tweet, which goes in line with things he has tweeted in the past, telegraphs what token(s) may be favorable for a future Coinbase listing. Here is the transcribed tweet, and afterwards I'll give my impressions on the possible token(s) he may or may not be hinting at: His tweet here says
1/ One thing that is great about @earndotcom is that it is helping shift cryptocurrency from the investment phase to the utility phase. Great real world use case. 2/ Many people first got into crypto through the investment phase, and this will continue to be a major driver: trying to make money. But there is another huge segment of the world that doesn't have disposable income to invest in volatile assets (or even a bank account)... 3/ Those people will get their first crypto by earning it, not buying it. Completing a task, or finding a job (employment!) in the gig economy, will be a major gateway for people to obtain their first bit of cryptocurrency. 4/ This could be paid responses to email, or answering questions, upvote equivalents on reddit, mechanical turk/elance/odesk/etc type tasks, and probably many more we haven't considered. 5/ Our goal is 1B monthly transacting users accessing the open financial system within 5 years. To get there we'll need to see crypto usage grow with commerce, dapps, emerging markets, and more. Each of Coinbase's business units are working toward this common goal.
Analysis - What does this imply? Ok, let's break this down! Part 1 addresses Coinbase's latest acquisition - Earn.com. Without going too much into what Earn.com is, a quick look into their Twitter shows "Get paid Bitcoin for replying to emails and completing tasks." In relation to this acquisition, the tweets describe favoritism for services that reward users for activities. So from this, we have a huge piece of information in terms of the fundamentals they are looking for - a token that directly rewards users for participation. And this makes sense in the context of him constantly saying "to create an open financial system." A system that rewards users for participation means that its inherent value grows from usage, not solely from more money that already exists in the world pumped into it to create value. Another important point, is to acknowledge what huge piece of demographic their goal is trying to address - people without money, people who cannot invest. What can these people give? Participation and attention. So let's make a short list of what qualities we'll look for in an ERC20 token that achieves these goals. What should we look for? So from the tweets and analysis of the tweets, I've come up with these main points to give valuations for tokens with respect to what I think Brian Armstrong and Coinbase have in mind. Note that this is based SOLELY on the tweet, and for a full and comprehensive understanding into Coinbase's goals, we can further analyze the GDAX Framework. However, that is beyond the scope of this post, so we'll only look at the tweets for now. Here are the points I've come up with in terms of what we should look for in the top ERC20s (If you disagree or have something to add, feel free to discuss in comments. Also note that for this post, we are only speculating on ERC20s, as that is the next set of assets that Coinbase has announced):
1) The token is rewarded to users for participation.
2) The system or service in which the token resides does not require users to contribute investment-fiat to participate.
3) The current system already has a large amount of users, showing it has already gained value beyond the speculation of a "token" that exists or will exist.
Ok, so let's take a look at the list of the top 50 ERC20's on Etherscan! The Token List Note that I am far from an expert in any of these tokens. My evaluations will go by the description on Etherscan as well as what I know from other prior research. On Etherscan, there are 50 top tokens. I will pick out ones that have a score of at least 2/3, unless the single point that token qualifies for is compelling enough to make the list. If you guys have anything to add, feel free to do so in the comments below. My descriptions of the tokens will be vastly oversimplified for sake of terseness. However, I will do my best to evaluate them objectively based on the 3 points above. For each point that they qualify, they will get 1 point, totaling 3 possible. E.g., (2/3).
OmiseGO (OMG) - A token for digital commerce. Users are not rewarded OMG for using Omise service. However, since it acts more like a banking service and does not require "investment" funds to be used, it qualifies for point 2. Omise is an existing money service available to citizens of Thailand, Japan, and Singapore. Note, however, that the point it does not qualify for is arguably the most crucial one. (2/3)
StatusNetwork (SNT) - A token for an Ethereum dApp browsemessaging app. Since there is no product, we're not sure if they will reward users for participation or not. Also we do not know if fiat will be required to buy SNT. But let's give them the benefit of the doubt for this point since it can be easily implemented. However, they have no working product, and thus no userbase. (2/3)
Golem (GNT) - Not really sure if the "unbanked" demographic will have spare PCs and processing power to spare, but perhaps it can be extended to devices such as phones. I will give it the benefit of the doubt, and only take off a point in adoption, as there is no working ecosystem yet. (2/3)
Basic Attention Token (BAT) - A token to distribute value from advertisers to users, and from users to websites, all on the Brave browser. The Brave browser is on all major platforms, including mobile, and has over 2 million users. Their advertising portion of the network is not yet working, but the donation portion is. Since it is on the roadmap, and they have achieved everything on it thus far, I will give them the benefit of the doubt. (3/3)
FunFair (FUN) - Token used for online gambling. Anyone can gamble with any amount, so I will qualify it as not having a "fiat-investment" to participate. Platform not quite fully out yet, so not sure about adoption. (2/3)
Storm (STORM) - Gamified micro-task platform for STORM tokens. A platform paying out tokens for their StormPlay app. Has over 250,000 monthly active users. (3/3)
Storj (STORJ) - Kind of like the ERC20 of Siacoin I think. Users participate and provide storage, get paid. But requires significant hardware to enter. Has a working product I believe. (2/3)
Kin (KIN) - A token to be used on the Kik messaging platform. It already has a product with many users (millions of downloads). Not sure how token integrations will operate, but will give benefit of the doubt in that they can implement a system to reward users for participation. (3/3)
Decentraland (MANA) - A virtual reality videogame that will have assets tied to the blockchain as well as in-game currency of MANA that is an ERC20. The game/world is far from live, but plans seem to include live commerce in in-game activity. Although it has no real userbase since there is no product, there have been much enthusiasm from the community in creating assets, governing systems, and creative themes that are non-crypto related. Note that Decentraland (MANA) is not among top 50 tokens on Etherscan. (3/3)
These are all the tokens that I've gone through that seem to satisfy what Brian Armstrong and Coinbase are trying to achieve. Note, these ratings are NOT a direct valuation of likeliness of a Coinbase listing. However, I think these coins do have a higher chance than the other ERC20 tokens based on what Brian Armstrong seems enthusiastic about. And evaluated in conjunction with their GDAX Framework, I believe this list helps narrow down greatly the likely candidates for a future listing. Thoughts? Edit: Formatting.
Does anyone here have regular success in finding contracting work online for Bitcoin? On the other hand, has anyone found a good way to find good workers to pay in Bitcoin? What tools or communities have you had the best success with?
When I first got into Bitcoin, I was able to find some contracting programming work through /jobs4bitcoins. But it's been a while, and I wonder if there are better communities or tools to do this. How reliably can you find work/workers? Do you feel like Bitcoin lives up to its promise in enabling new kinds of financial arrangements in this way?
I want to share you my daily routine, AKA How I make $400 a month
I was thinking, since these "Daily Routine" posts have been so popular before, so that is why I am doing this, trying to tell you how I work my days. Almost everyday at 4 p.m. I do some stretching, take a cup of coffee and inhale the air surrounding me. Then I walk up to my computer. Now, if anyone is wondering that how am I able to multitask things so perfectly, I want to already inform that this is the setup is use to multitask and work as effectively as possible So, shall we take a look at my day? The first thing on my list is to complete my ad clicks on ProBux/ Non-Ref. I will click on the ads on my left monitor and go to other sites at the same time, but let me explain why ProBux quickly before going further on with my day. First of all, ProBux gives one of the highest amount of money a PTC site can give you. If I click only on the four orange advertisements I get $.04 and if I click on all I get $.06. In NeoBux after clicking through all the advertisements you get about $.01. The rented referrals on ProBux aren't bots, that's for sure. Some of my referrals click 8 ads daily while all of my NeoBux referrals clicked on barely two. The amount of money per month I get is the amount I withdraw AT THE MOMENT. I have potential to make more but you got to realize that I only have about 45 rented referrals at the moment. Per Month: $2 While I run ProBux on the other monitor, I will head to CashCrate/ Non-Ref. In here I will put a goal to make at least $4. I know this isn't much, but this is mainly due to the lack of offers Europe has. For countries like UK, US and CAN, you can get up to $15 or even $20 in a day if you happen to get good offers. The offers I am trying to look for are simple offers and trials I can complete in less than 10 minutes. This way I won't use ridiculous amount of money in a day, but I can make a decent amount of money. CashCrate must be my favorite site I use, since it is the most profitable GPT site I know. Per Month: $120 The next page I will take a look at is Get-Paid/ Non-Ref. The site seems to have good surveys/offers at times and they have a much larger amount of offers for Europeans. However, I still prefer to use CashCrate more, but on the best days I can get up an easy 1000 coins. That is comparable to $1 if you redeem the money straight to your PayPal account, but since I usually redeem my prices as PaySafeCards, 1000 coins is worth $2.5 if I redeem my coins for PaySafeCards. I make usually around 5000 to 50000 coins per month, depending on the offers they have and the amount of work I am willing to put in to CrowdFlower tasks f.e. Per Month: $10-$50 Then I go straight to oDesk. In here, I try to quickly look through the new jobs. This usually takes around 5 minutes, but if I find a job it will take few extra minutes to make an application to the job. This site is a huge variable. Some months I make $10, some months I make $200, but this is totally depending on what jobs I am able to find that make me interested. But, if I count the active, long term contracts I have at the moment, which take about 10 hours of my time weekly to get the jobs done, I am looking around $100 in steady income monthly. Per Month: $100 Then I will go and look if I have any new orders on Fiverr. This is a site that I use to do easy things for me like SEO reports and gigs like that. They bring me $4 per gig, and I usually get around 10 gigs per month. I really like this site. Simple platform and finally a site where I don't need to contact anyone in order to get new contracts done, but they contact me. Per Month: $40-$50 Two more to go before my working is over! The second last page I look for is Cryptsy/ Non-Ref. Now, this might at first sound a little dumb. Why am I going to this site again? The reason is that I will try to look for trending CryptoCurrencies that have a chance of succeeding. If I find one, I will do some research over it and then buy some. Sometimes I fail to succeed one, sometimes I hit the jackpot! When the currency starts to grow near its potential high point I will sell it for Doges or for BitCoins. This site is not a steady income for me. It is just a site where I happen to sometimes find some interesting, trending currencies. A tip from a CryptoCurrency veteran: If you see a currency you're interested in, never ever put more money in than you're willing to lose. CryptoCurrencies can blow up in one night like DogeCoin did this week or it can drop half its value over night, like Bitcoin did last year. The usual amount of money per month: $50 Last but not the least, I go to Hits4Pay/ Non-Ref. This site I use mainly because I want something easy and fast to do while I open up my NetFlix. This site doesn't pay millions, but it is so easy and fast to use that I lose nothing by using it. Per Month: $1 This all takes me about one hour to complete. This is due to the two screens, fast action and a routine that I have memorized so well I could do it any time, any day in any condition (except when it is storming, I hate storms). Hope you enjoyed my daily routine. Have any more questions about the sites or my routine? PM me or comment down below.
Warning: DrugsList is extremely insecure [x-post /r/DarkNetMarkets]
DISCLAIMER: I have no affiliation with any marketplace. My interest is only seeing a more secure and trustworthy underground drug market. I have reported numerous issues to other drug markets and have had them successfully fixed. I have never accepted payment from any drug market for security services. I am only an interested observer and occasional customer. EDIT: here is the original thread at /DarkNetMarkets The Drugslist website makes numerous simple security errors in its implementation, and is completely unfit as an underground drug marketplace storing bitcoin wallets.
Error 1: The PGP error
As drug market users you have likely noticed that it is always reinforced that you should use PGP for all private message. A lot of users struggle with PGP since you have to download an application, learn public key cryptography, learn how to sign/encrypt and manage keys etc. There is a reason why it is complicated, because ease of use and security are a direct tradeoff. Were PGP to be simple, it likely wouldn't be effective. This is why you have never seen a serious drug marketplace that attempts to implement PGP on the web, or inside a browser - because it is insecure. You can only guarantee the security of PGP and your messages if you use a desktop app. I noticed yesterday that drugslist was making a huge error and had implemented PGP in a web browser as part of the their drugs marketplace. This is a huge red flag, because not only is it not secure, but it also teaches users that pasting private keys into a web form is ok, when it is far from. Security conscious people spend a lot of time reiterating into people basic security practices and when Drugslist does something like implement PGP in a browser and ask users to paste a private key into a web form, they undo a lot of that security advocacy performed by others. I'm going to try and explain in the simplest terms of why PGP in the browser is a bad idea, because I explain what Drugslist did: When you install PGP normally on the desktop - you go to a trusted site and download the package, and almost all PGP tutorials will, as a second step, show you how you can verify that the package you downloaded is the same one the developers signed off on - to guarantee that it either hasn't been backdoored or manipulated on the server, or that it hasn't been backdoored or manipulated in transit to your computer. You only have to do this once, when you install the application. From then on your can use the PGP app a thousand times and be confident that it hasn't been backdoored (there are ways around this, such as a trojan on your system, but it won't be backdoored by the developer). This is an essential part of establishing the trust relationship between developer and user, you can guarantee that it hasn't been compromised using cryptography (Bitcoin also does this, as does Tor). When you use PGP in a browser, your browser downloads a new copy of PGP every time you use it, and has no way of checking the signature. Worse, it doesn't even check if is downloading it from the correct server. That means someone could easily insert a backdoor into it, or weaken it, and you would never notice. It doesn't matter how much you check the code the first time you use it, you can't guarantee that it would be the same every subsequent time. This isn't a hypothetical attack, there are at least two known cases where the US Government has taken advantage of web-based cryptography to read 'encrypted' messages for users: Hushmail and Lavabit. In the Hushmail case users had no idea that Hushmail had changed the code to give the government access. In the Lavabit case, because they were using web based crypto they were also vulnerable to a subpoena, which they ended up receiving when Snowden became a user. This is why web-based crypto is bad, because it can't be protected or guaranteed. Drugslist present their web-based PGP alternative as a direct replacement for desktop PGP, which is not the case. Web based PGP is never secure. They place a link to it right above the box where you send private messages:
Don't know PGP? Check out our client-side PGP encryption tool. No data transferred and everything stays on your device!
All throughout the site, in the FAQ, there on the private message box, it mentions the web-based PGP implementation as an alternative to desktop based PGP, which it certainly is not. Now this part I can't stress enough: to a security professional, this is a very simple mistake - it is something that even a security professional with only hours of experience would know is a red flag. This is like a mechanic pointing out that the tyre in your car is wobbly and about to fall off. I noticed that Drugslist have this feature yesterday in their thread about their API. I knew very very little about Drugslist at this time, I had signed up a week earlier and then forgotten about it - not even looking at what vendors are there, etc. Here is the thread announcing the API: http://www.reddit.com/DarkNetMarkets/comments/1w2rq9/drugslist_launching_optional_new_full_api/ I got to this second paragraph and immediately stopped reading:
Our site now offers, a fully featured API escrow, auto withdraw for vendors, 1% commission payments on any money spent by anyone whom you refer, a fully integrated forum and email system, client side pgp encryption and decryption as well as a very active customer support and development team.
Note two things here: they are still misunderstanding the issue - there is no way to implement this securely, besides their reassurance. Also note that this is a feature that is supposed to be built for users who find desktop PGP complicated, yet it is asking them to conduct a thorough audit of the PGP code prior to using the tool each time. This is completely unrealistic. Back on the comment thread, there was also a completely surreal situation where i'm left spending a dozen comments explaining to DrugsList what the actual problem is, since it is clear they don't understand what i'm actually reporting - in the meantime they continue to deny that there is a problem. I had no idea at the time that this would lead to an hours-long conversation where drugslist would repeatably deny the existence of numerous security issues despite the clear evidence to the contrary. I went back up to that original post and kept reading about the API. Two lines later and we have another security issue:
2. API Security Issues
I'll keep this brief. The problems with the API are:
It asks you to place your marketplace password in the URL of the API. This is a big no-no, since many applications log URLs in plain text. A URL is 'non sensitive' data and all applications treat it that way, you should not be placing passwords into the URL
The password used in the API is the same as that used in the API, so if your API somehow leaks, the person finding the password can login as you. This is poor design.
The API client makes no effort to authenticate the server, and vice-versa. This means it would be incredibly simple to intercept the data passing between the API client and the API server. Running over Tor only makes it easier, since a lot of Tor configs have misconfigured DNS.
The drugslist response to these concerns is that they 'expect' API clients to know these problems and to use them securely. I had now discovered a number of basic security issues in reading only two paragraphs of text from Drugslist, and in all these cases the Drugslist user had responded quickly, completely denying any issue or any problem - and dismissing the concern. This was becoming a pattern and it prompted me to look at the history of this user and this drug marketplace, it didn't take me long to find more hits.
Error 3: SQL Injection
I only had to scroll down 3 or 4 previous thread before finding this thread - where a user of reddit had reported an SQL Injection vulnerability to DrugsList. Set aside for a moment what you may believe about how the person reporting that bug behaved or conducted themselves, because this is a very serious issue. I could not believe what I was seeing as I scrolled through the screenshots attached. I haven't seen this type of elementary SQL Injection bug for years. This stuff used to work 10 years ago, but you rarely see it any more as most programmers and websites have wisened up to the simplest of SQL Injection bugs. Make no mistake about this: what is being demonstrated in that bug is the ability to take control of the application and run whatever commands you wish on the database. This means you can take passwords, steal bitcoin, insert your own vendor account etc. This is the exact same type of bug that cause both Sheep and BMR to be hacked, instead this bug was much, much simpler than either of those This SQL Injection bug lead to what was now becoming a regular situation - the drugslist user coming in, denying that there was an error, and claiming that the user who found an SQL Injection had only found a 'small bug' and couldn't 'do anything'. He was daring the next attacker to delete/hack his entire site as a way of proving that a bug exists. This lead to a completely surreal comment thread, the kind I have never really had before, where we have the admin of the drug market along with a mod from the sub trying to convince people that this wasn't a real bug - using terms that are taken from information security, but using them in such a way that makes it clear to anybody who knows the field that these guys have no idea of what they are talking about. The sheer simplicity of the SQL Injection attack lead me to open up a browser and to go to Drugs Marketplace and to check for myself to see if I could find any other bugs (having a single simple bug on the main page usually means there are more).
Error 4: Multiple SQL Injection Points
Within 3 minutes of checking their app it was clear that both their search page and their product page are not filtering user input and allow a user to tamper with SQL queries in any way they want. I private message Drugslist and tell him that he needs to take his site down and come clean about the security issues. I've never seen a site like this. A potential hacker with no knowledge of info sec would only require 10-12 hours of learning to take complete advantage of stealing everything from Drugs List.
Error 5: Server Leaking Info
After discovering the two bugs I come to the conclusion that there is no point in testing this further, since every parameter I test is vulnerable. I look down at my logs and I can't believe what i'm seeing - the server is leaking critical information about itself that would make it simple for a dedicated adversary to trace down not only the location of the server, but the people running it. This is worse than Silk Road in the early days, where similar output lead the authorities to the location of the Silk Road server.
Error 6: Consolidating everything in one market
The other problem with Drugs List is that in an effort to be convenient they consolidate everything into one website and behind one URL: market, wallets, email, forum and even PGP Were the market hacked or taken over by LE, they would get everything - your emails, your messages, your PGP (via the web tool). This is why each vendor and buyer should host each of these separately - email should be with one host, wallet with another, marketplace on another, PGP on your desktop - this rule is the same as the 'diversify your holdings' rule in the finance world, you don't want a single point of vulnerability. There is also a reason why other markets host their forums and their marketplaces on separate URLs, its so that you isolate them from each other. The threat model to a forum is very different to the threat model for a bitcoin drug marketplace - you don't want a bug in the forum leading to a complete compromise of your bitcoin drug marketplace.
Over-marketing and under-delivering
If you look at Drugs Lists claims, they keep reiterating security and how they have hired 'PHD's in math' and 'security experts'. There is no chance this is true. Drugs List has almost certainly been put together by a single person with a minor understanding of technology and almost no understanding of security who outsourced the work of programming the marketplace. It is likely that he has hired cheap offshore labour to build this site using a service like oDesk or Elance. I don't believe his programmers know that what they are building is being used as a drug marketplace. When I search some of these marketplaces for 'bitcoin escrow marketplace' I get a number of hits for people attempting to hire cheap labour to build such a marketplace. Some of these sound a lot like Drugs List, and that would also match up with how the site has been implemented. This is exactly how SR1 was taken down and I have more than enough information to conclude that were a sufficiently motivated adversary interested in taking down Drugs List, they would likely do so in very short order. It doesn't matter if you believe that I am out to "get" drugs list or not, there is a pattern in his communication where numerous people have reported security or other concerns to them and they are dismissed. So either all these people reporting concerns are crazy (which would include me, two other techs on the SQL injection thread, TMPSchultz and gwern on the multi-sig thread), or drugs list is negligent with user data and are in way over their heads with operating a secretive bitcoin based underground drug market. Of the 3 issues I reported to them, his replies indicated that he didn't even understand 2 of them. It took me numerous messages to explain what was wrong with doing web-based PGP, despite their first response indicated that they understood the issue and thought it was ok. There is a pattern here in how features are over-marketed and then under delivered and sheer negligence with security reports. The question vendors and buyers have to ask themselves is do they really trust their identity and money with someone who is not only incompetent in building a website but in utter denial about there being a problem. IF YOU ARE A VENDOR OR BUYER: Don't trust me - please, find someone you know who is a programmer or a tech and ask them to take a look at these two threads:
That is the lest amount of due diligence you should do before using a drug marketplace, especially as a vendor. You will find that even those with a cursory knowledge of programming or info security will find those threads worrying to the point of being amusing.
We've just launched a Bitcoin powered remittance API for sending money to anyone in the Philippines.
When we launched coins.ph in early 2014, we did so with the vision of using Bitcoin to drive financial inclusion in emerging markets. The decentralized nature of the Blockchain means opening up competition and driving down costs for services like remittances, lending, etc. — an immediate disruption to the present banking model which is dated and costly. To facilitate this, we've built out pay-out logistics that allows us to send money anywhere in the Philippines - via 5000+ retail locations, door-to-door cash delivery, and via cash deposits to 16 of the larges banks in the Philippines. Today, we are opening up this pay-out infrastructure via API to anyone who wants to build out apps that send money to the Philippines (and soon other parts of Asia). Here is it how our API works:
POST a send money order via our API (specify amount, delivery method, and recipient details)
out API replies with a Bitcoin wallet address and a Bitcoin amount.
Once the wallet is funded, we deliver the the payment to the recipient here in the Philippines.
This also opens the door for end-to-end seamless money sending - ie, where the remitter and recipient don’t need to have a Bitcoin wallet. Some possible usages include:
Paying remote workers / crowd sourced work (odesk, crowdflower, etc.), especially for smaller payments, where it is prohibitively expensive today.
Rolling out a consumer facing remittance apps (such as sendmoney.ph).
Bitcoin ATM that accepts cash in one country, and delivers it in another.
We charge 0% transaction fee, and the same btc:php conversion rate as on coins.ph (at the time of writing it is 0.8% lower than Bitstamp). coins.ph API Reference: https://github.com/coinsph/api/wiki TLDR; With Bitcoin, your apps can now send money to the Philippines.
What do you guys think of getting paid via bitcoin?
I've been freelancing for roughly the past 5 years. Bitcoin is the best payment option for me, but I was wondering if anyone else had experience with it. The finality (no chargebacks) and low cost of payments are the most appealing aspects of it. Any thoughts on it? Do you prefer another payment method? If so, why? As a side note, there are also decentralized platforms, such as OpenBazaar and BitMarkets, being built to accomodate p2p job marketplaces. These can basically work like oDesk without any fees.
[For Hire] I will do ANYTHING* for Australian Minimum Wage - just let me blog about it.
This is for any type of work, digital, physical, metaphysical. Any duration (prefer at minimum of a day). Part time, full time, all time, one time. Local work, remote work, You name it. The crazier the better*. The only catch is you need to be open enough to tell me about why I am doing what I am doing and let me blog about it. I can keep trade secrets secret but I'd like an after the fact a post mortem of if it was worth it for you, your business or project or whatever. I am a US citizen with a Work and Holiday Visa in the great Down Under. Currently I am in Sydney but I will be available to travel (within reason) to anywhere in Australia early April, if I like the gig. I have a ton of soft skills and pretty decent IT skills, and some random entrepreneurial connections but, lets just keep this open and unique. Go to oDesk if you want an unthinking desk monkey. Ask if you need details about my skills but... I'm offering my self at minimum wage so... ya. If you get more than you paid for because I like the work and way over-qualified, lucky you. BUT, This is NOT my normal consultancy stuff. I may still do that for you as well, but I want something I can do, cash in, and then go explore Australia with no obligations. That said, I will put in 100% effort and Fish% creativity. Anything means:
Anything Moral/Ethical (my personal determination)
Anything I am qualified for within reason
Anything that does not put me or anyone else in physical or other types of danger.
Anything that does not squick me (Sexual things will squick me, don't ask - unless MAYBE you are female and attractive - by the way, I am male)
Australian Minimum Wage means (to keep it simple): $16 AUD an hour $128 AUD a Day (8 hours) $640 AUD a week (5 days)
Or standard currency exchange equivalent. Accept PayPal or Bitcoin or Cash.
You and I can arrange what an "houday/week" means in your case - I am open to a working with you on a definition of standard work equivalents since clocking in and out may be difficult and anything you need to verify work done. Some other stipulations:
No barter, exchange or whatever - pay in cash or cash equivalent.
Pay by the day for the first week OR 1/2 first week up-front, then we can arrange something ongoing if we are both satisfied.
NO COMISSION, MLM, BONUSES, ETC in lieu of the base wage - if you want to tip me or give me an incentive on top, that's fine. If you want me to hit certain benchmarks that's ok, within reason. If I agree that I can but cannot I will comp you or work something out.
(corollary) I get paid even if it does not "work" - as long as I followed your instructions.
No "Business Ideas" or anything that requires my investments or special equipment. IF you, say, want me to hand out flyers in a chicken suit you are paying for both, but I will do my best to find cheap printers and costume shops nearby, quote you the prices and acquire them for you at no additional cost from me. (and I'm keeping the chicken suit unless you pay me to fed-ex it to you).
I do have at my disposal normal everyday stuff at no cost. A decent android Smart Phone and laptop, and I also happen to have a Samson Go Mic, and can get most any software you need me to use (shh...) with the proviso that I may not know how to use it proficiently. I also have access to decent internet. Also if it is after April I will have a partner-in-crime who can be a "spotter" getting video or whatever at 1/2 rate or can work directly at normal rate. Beyond that, direct me oh puppet master! I have some ideas, but I want to see what other people come up with first. Please post here and I will try to break ties based on up-votes but if it is... discreet you can PM me.
What kind of services or applications would you like to see implemented that involve bitcoin?
Just curious as to what kind of web applications people are looking for in regards to Bitcoin. I am a web developer, although busy working on a couple other projects, looking to get a good feel of what members of the community are looking for.
[Hiring] Need someone to answer a HTML/CSS StackOverflow question.
Hi, I asked a question to a (this) problem on StackOverflow, but didn't get an answer yet. The problem seems very simple and straightforward to me - I imagine someone dealing with front end design deals with Layout/Typography problems like that very often and can answer this within 10 min. Payment: 5$ in Bitcoin OR 12$ via Odesk. Please only apply if you know the answer. Please let me know if you think the payment is not enough and you should get a higher fee. Thanks
For each letter of the alphabet (A-Z), what are the first links that display in your browser address bar?
On Chrome here, and I've noticed going to something like Reddit will often just involve hitting "r" and "enter". So I thought this would be pretty damn interesting to see what links popup for each letter for fellow Redditors. I'll start:
[PSA] Many of Coinality's jobs DO NOT pay in Bitcoin as advertised.
I was just on the Coinality's about page as you can see they state: "Coinality is a free service connecting Employers and Job Seekers with opportunities that pay in digital currencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin..." But many of their listings appear to listings copied be from Freelance sites like Elance & Upwork(formerly Odesk). These site DEFINITELY do not pay freelancers in Bitcoin, just the usual fiat methods like to a Bank account, Paypal, check etc. I just checked my Upwork account to make sure, and there is NO Bitcoin option. It appears in many cases Coinality is simply importing job listing that CONTAIN the word Bitcoin in the listing. Evidently they have decided that is enough to meet their mission statement of " connecting Employers and Job Seekers with opportunities that pay in digital currencies such as Bitcoin." I can only assume they are doing this so they can state in articles how their listings have increased over the years. This is false bravado at its best it seems. So be aware that as I did, you may waste a lot of time on Coinality looking for jobs that pay in Bitcon, only to find that they were just automatically listed because they just contained the word Bitcoin in the original listing. Also not that they have a HIGH number of Upwork and Elance listings and none of these pay in Bitcoin. I would just avoid those as a whole.
[FORHIRE] Need a designer? I'm accepting my first BTC (work examples inside)
Hi everyone, I want to try to work for Bitcoin. I know there are many people here that offer design work, but I thought it's worth a shot. I have BA Graphic Design from a university in London, but I'm currently based in Berlin. Normally (when I don't try to get some magic internet money) I work in a design studio, BUT I already worked remotely (for example via Odesk - link available on request) while traveling and have tons of great references there. Can work as a print / web / graphic designer, but I dislike these 'boxes' and enjoy breaking into other fields a lot. Able to use indesign, illustrator & photoshop (and lot's of other software) and do all kinds of small and big projects there. I've never missed a deadline and I'm very reliable and respond fast. Contact me and we can talk about your project! Thank you - Design4BTC
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