How to get started with Bitcoin mining.

I'm in negative, but I still spent money to set up my first raspberry pi full node

My first raspberry pi 3 BTC full node: https://imgur.com/6yMWyxj
I'm not computer savvy, so this took a while for me to set up. I followed this guide: https://www.weusecoins.com/full-bitcoin-node-on-a-raspberry-pi-3-with-or-without-a-pidrive/#adding
Instructions are pretty straight forward but some of the command lines didn't really work for me so I had to research quite a bit to get it working.
I haven't made any profit from btc investment yet, and I know a lot of people are in negative, especially if you got in last December. However, I really believe in this technology and I just wanted to be a part of this grand experiment.
Total cost for setting up a full node was about $70 USD, so it isn't too much. I have a pretty decent internet connection, and after 7 hours, I have downloaded about 30gb worth of blocks.
It was pretty fun setting this up, and I encourage everyone to participate! I hope I am contributing to keeping Bitcoin decentralised.
Any questions, don't hesitate to reply. Happy to provide any help.
Why run a full node? "The permissionless distributed ledger used in Bitcoin is a chain of communication, which require nodes to validate actions within its protocol. They are essential to the ecosystem just as much as miners who are finding blocks and processing the data. "
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The Great Bitcoin Bull Market Of 2017 by Trace Mayer

By: Trace Mayer, host of The Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast.
Originally posted here with images and Youtube videos.
I just got back from a two week vacation without Internet as I was scouring some archeological ruins. I hardly thought about Bitcoin at all because there were so many other interesting things and it would be there when I got back.
Jimmy Song suggested I do an article on the current state of Bitcoin. A great suggestion but he is really smart (he worked on Armory after all!) so I better be thorough and accurate!
Therefore, this article will be pretty lengthy and meticulous.
BACKGROUND
As I completely expected, the 2X movement from the New York Agreement that was supposed to happen during the middle of my vacation flopped on its face because Jeff Garzik was driving the clown car with passengers willfully inside like Coinbase, Blockchain.info, Bitgo and Xapo and there were here massive bugS and in the code and miners like Bitmain did not want to allocate $150-350m to get it over the difficulty adjustments.
I am very disappointed in their lack of integrity with putting their money where their mouths are; myself and many others wanted to sell a lot of B2X for BTC!
On 7 December 2015, with Bitcoin trading at US$388.40, I wrote The Rise of the Fourth Great Bitcoin Bubble. On 4 December 2016, with Bitcoin trading at US$762.97, I did this interview:

As of 26 November 2017, Bitcoin is trading around US$9,250.00. That is an increase of about 2,400% since I wrote the article prognosticating this fourth great Bitcoin bull market. I sure like being right, like usual (19 Dec 2011, 1 Jul 2013), especially when there are financial and economic consequences.
With such massive gains in such a short period of time the speculative question becomes: Buy, Hold or Sell?
FUNDAMENTALS
Bitcoin is the decentralized censorship-resistant Internet Protocol for transferring value over a communications channel.
The Bitcoin network can use traditional Internet infrastructure. However, it is even more resilient because it has custom infrastructure including, thanks to Bitcoin Core developer Matt Corrallo, the FIBRE network and, thanks to Blockstream, satellites which reduce the cost of running a full-node anywhere in the world to essentially nothing in terms of money or privacy. Transactions can be cheaply broadcast via SMS messages.
SECURITY
The Bitcoin network has a difficulty of 1,347,001,430,559 which suggests about 9,642,211 TH/s of custom ASIC hardware deployed.
At a retail price of approximately US$105/THs that implies about $650m of custom ASIC hardware deployed (35% discount applied).
This custom hardware consumes approximately 30 TWh per year. That could power about 2.8m US households or the entire country of Morocco which has a population of 33.85m.
This Bitcoin mining generates approximately 12.5 bitcoins every 10 minutes or approximately 1,800 per day worth approximately US$16,650,000.
Bitcoin currently has a market capitalization greater than $150B which puts it solidly in the top-30 of M1 money stock countries and a 200 day moving average of about $65B which is increasing about $500m per day.
Average daily volumes for Bitcoin is around US$5B. That means multi-million dollar positions can be moved into and out of very easily with minimal slippage.
When my friend Andreas Antonopolous was unable to give his talk at a CRYPSA event I was invited to fill in and delivered this presentation, impromptu, on the Seven Network Effects of Bitcoin.
These seven network effects of Bitcoin are (1) Speculation, (2) Merchants, (3) Consumers, (4) Security [miners], (5) Developers, (6) Financialization and (7) Settlement Currency are all taking root at the same time and in an incredibly intertwined way.
With only the first network effect starting to take significant root; Bitcoin is no longer a little experiment of magic Internet money anymore. Bitcoin is monster growing at a tremendous rate!!

SPECULATION
For the Bitcoin price to remain at $9,250 it requires approximately US$16,650,000 per day of capital inflow from new hodlers.
Bitcoin is both a Giffen good and a Veblen good.
A Giffen good is a product that people consume more of as the price rises and vice versa — seemingly in violation of basic laws of demand in microeconomics such as with substitute goods and the income effect.
Veblen goods are types of luxury goods for which the quantity demanded increases as the price increases in an apparent contradiction of the law of demand.
There are approximately 16.5m bitcoins of which ~4m are lost, ~4-6m are in deep cold storage, ~4m are in cold storage and ~2-4m are salable.
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/lost-bitcoins-1.jpg)
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/lost-bitcoins-2.jpg)
And forks like BCash (BCH) should not be scary but instead be looked upon as an opportunity to take more territory on the Bitcoin blockchain by trading the forks for real bitcoins which dries up more salable supply by moving it, likely, into deep cold storage.
According to Wikipedia, there are approximately 15.4m millionaires in the United States and about 12m HNWIs ($30m+ net worth) in the world. In other words, if every HNWI in the world wanted to own an entire bitcoin as a 'risk-free asset' that cannot be confiscated, seized or have the balance other wise altered then they could not.
For wise portfolio management, these HNWIs should have at least about 2-5% in gold and 0.5-1% in bitcoin.
Why? Perhaps some of the 60+ Saudis with 1,700 frozen bank accounts and about $800B of assets being targetted might be able to explain it to you.
In other words, everyone loves to chase the rabbit and once they catch it then know that it will not get away.
RETAIL
There are approximately 150+ significant Bitcoin exchanges worldwide. Kraken, according to the CEO, was adding about 6,000 new funded accounts per day in July 2017.
Supposedly, Coinbase is currently adding about 75,000 new accounts per day. Based on some trade secret analytics I have access to; I would estimate Coinbase is adding approximately 17,500 new accounts per day that purchase at least US$100 of Bitcoin.
If we assume Coinbase accounts for 8% of new global Bitcoin users who purchase at least $100 of bitcoins (just pulled out of thin error and likely very conservative as the actual number is perhaps around 2%) then that is approximately $21,875,000 of new capital coming into Bitcoin every single day just from retail demand from 218,750 total new accounts.
What I have found is that most new users start off buying US$100-500 and then after 3-4 months months they ramp up their capital allocation to $5,000+ if they have the funds available.
After all, it takes some time and practical experience to learn how to safely secure one's private keys.
To do so, I highly recommend Bitcoin Core (network consensus and full validation of the blockchain), Armory (private key management), Glacier Protocol (operational procedures) and a Puri.sm laptop (secure non-specialized hardware).
WALL STREET
There has been no solution for large financial fiduciaries to invest in Bitcoin. This changed November 2017.
LedgerX, whose CEO I interviewed 23 March 2013, began trading as a CFTC regulated Swap Execution Facility and Derivatives Clearing Organization.
The CME Group announced they will begin trading in Q4 2017 Bitcoin futures.
The CBOE announced they will begin trading Bitcoin futures soon.
By analogy, these institutional products are like connecting a major metropolis's water system (US$90.4T and US$2 quadrillion) via a nanoscopic shunt to a tiny blueberry ($150B) that is infinitely expandable.
This price discovery could be the most wild thing anyone has ever experienced in financial markets.
THE GREAT CREDIT CONTRACTION
The same week Bitcoin was released I published my book The Great Credit Contraction and asserted it had now begun and capital would burrow down the liquidity pyramid into safer and more liquid assets.
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/Great-Credit-Contraction-Liquidity-Pyramid.jpg)
Thus, the critical question becomes: Is Bitcoin a possible solution to the Great Credit Contraction by becoming the safest and most liquid asset?
BITCOIN'S RISK PROFILE
At all times and in all circumstances gold remains money but, of course, there is always exchange rate risk due to price ratios constantly fluctuating. If the metal is held with a third-party in allocated-allocated storage (safest possible) then there is performance risk (Morgan Stanley gold storage lawsuit).
But, if properly held then, there should be no counter-party risk which requires the financial ability of a third-party to perform like with a bank account deposit. And, since gold exists at a single point in space and time therefore it is subject to confiscation or seizure risk.
Bitcoin is a completely new asset type. As such, the storage container is nearly empty with only $150B.
And every Bitcoin transaction effectively melts down every BTC and recasts it; thus ensuring with 100% accuracy the quantity and quality of the bitcoins. If the transaction is not on the blockchain then it did not happen. This is the strictest regulation possible; by math and cryptography!
This new immutable asset, if properly secured, is subject only to exchange rate risk. There does exist the possibility that a software bug may exist that could shut down the network, like what has happened with Ethereum, but the probability is almost nil and getting lower everyday it does not happen.
Thus, Bitcoin arguably has a lower risk profile than even gold and is the only blockchain to achieve security, scalability and liquidity.
To remain decentralized, censorship-resistant and immutable requires scalability so as many users as possible can run full-nodes.
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/ethereum-bitcoin-scability-nov-2017.png)
TRANSACTIONS
Some people, probably mostly those shilling alt-coins, think Bitcoin has a scalability problem that is so serious it requires a crude hard fork to solve.
On the other side of the debate, the Internet protocol and blockchain geniuses assert the scalability issues can, like other Internet Protocols have done, be solved in different layers which are now possible because of Segregated Witness which was activated in August 2017.
Whose code do you want to run: the JV benchwarmers or the championship Chicago Bulls?
As transaction fees rise, certain use cases of the Bitcoin blockchain are priced out of the market. And as the fees fall then they are economical again.
Additionally, as transaction fees rise, certain UTXOs are no longer economically usable thus destroying part of the money supply until fees decline and UTXOs become economical to move.
There are approximately 275,000-350,000 transactions per day with transaction fees currently about $2m/day and the 200 DMA is around $1.08m/day.
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/bitcoin-transaction-fees-nov-2017.png)
What I like about transaction fees is that they somewhat reveal the financial health of the network.
The security of the Bitcoin network results from the miners creating solutions to proof of work problems in the Bitcoin protocol and being rewarded from the (1) coinbase reward which is a form of inflation and (2) transaction fees which is a form of usage fee.
The higher the transaction fees then the greater implied value the Bitcoin network provides because users are willing to pay more for it.
I am highly skeptical of blockchains which have very low transaction fees. By Internet bubble analogy, Pets.com may have millions of page views but I am more interested in EBITDA.
DEVELOPERS
Bitcoin and blockchain programming is not an easy skill to acquire and master. Most developers who have the skill are also financially independent now and can work on whatever they want.
The best of the best work through the Bitcoin Core process. After all, if you are a world class mountain climber then you do not hang out in the MacDonalds play pen but instead climb Mount Everest because that is where the challenge is.
However, there are many talented developers who work in other areas besides the protocol. Wallet maintainers, exchange operators, payment processors, etc. all need competent developers to help build their businesses.
Consequently, there is a huge shortage of competent developers. This is probably the largest single scalability constraint for the ecosystem.
Nevertheless, the Bitcoin ecosystem is healthier than ever before.
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/bitcoin-ecosystem.jpg)(/images/bitcoin-ecosystem-small.jpg)
SETTLEMENT CURRENCY
There are no significant global reserve settlement currency use cases for Bitcoin yet.
Perhaps the closest is Blockstream's Strong Federations via Liquid.
PRICE
There is a tremendous amount of disagreement in the marketplace about the value proposition of Bitcoin. Price discovery for this asset will be intense and likely take many cycles of which this is the fourth.
Since the supply is known the exchange rate of Bitcoins is composed of (1) transactional demand and (2) speculative demand.
Interestingly, the price elasticity of demand for the transactional demand component is irrelevant to the price. This makes for very interesting dynamics!
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/bitcoin-speculation.jpg)
On 4 May 2017, Lightspeed Venture Partners partner Jeremy Liew who was among the early Facebook investors and the first Snapchat investor laid out their case for bitcoin exploding to $500,000 by 2030.
On 2 November 2017, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-02/blankfein-says-don-t-dismiss-bitcoin-while-still-pondering-value)said, "Now we have paper that is just backed by fiat...Maybe in the new world, something gets backed by consensus."
On 12 Sep 2017, JP Morgan CEO called Bitcoin a 'fraud' but conceded that "(http://fortune.com/2017/09/12/jamie-dimon-bitcoin-cryptocurrency-fraud-buy/)Bitcoin could reach $100,000".
Thus, it is no surprise that the Bitcoin chart looks like a ferret on meth when there are such widely varying opinions on its value proposition.
I have been around this space for a long time. In my opinion, those who scoffed at the thought of $1 BTC, $10 BTC (Professor Bitcorn!), $100 BTC, $1,000 BTC are scoffing at $10,000 BTC and will scoff at $100,000 BTC, $1,000,000 BTC and even $10,000,000 BTC.
Interestingly, the people who understand it the best seem to think its financial dominance is destiny.
Meanwhile, those who understand it the least make emotionally charged, intellectually incoherent bearish arguments. A tremendous example of worldwide cognitive dissonance with regards to sound money, technology and the role or power of the State.
Consequently, I like looking at the 200 day moving average to filter out the daily noise and see the long-term trend.
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/bitcoin-price-200dma-nov-2017.png)
Well, that chart of the long-term trend is pretty obvious and hard to dispute. Bitcoin is in a massive secular bull market.
The 200 day moving average is around $4,001 and rising about $30 per day.
So, what do some proforma situations look like where Bitcoin may be undervalued, average valued and overvalued? No, these are not prognostications.
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/bitcoin-price-pro-forma.png)
Maybe Jamie Dimon is not so off his rocker after all with a $100,000 price prediction.
We are in a very unique period of human history where the collective globe is rethinking what money is and Bitcoin is in the ring battling for complete domination. Is or will it be fit for purpose?
As I have said many times before, if Bitcoin is fit for this purpose then this is the largest wealth transfer in the history of the world.
CONCLUSION
Well, this has been a brief analysis of where I think Bitcoin is at the end of November 2017.
The seven network effects are taking root extremely fast and exponentially reinforcing each other. The technological dominance of Bitcoin is unrivaled.
The world is rethinking what money is. Even CEOs of the largest banks and partners of the largest VC funds are honing in on Bitcoin's beacon.
While no one has a crystal ball; when I look in mine I see Bitcoin's future being very bright.
Currently, almost everyone who has bought Bitcoin and hodled is sitting on unrealized gains as measured in fiat currency. That is, after all, what uncharted territory with daily all-time highs do!
But perhaps there is a larger lesson to be learned here.
Riches are getting increasingly slippery because no one has a reliable defined tool to measure them with. Times like these require incredible amounts of humility and intelligence guided by macro instincts.
Perhaps everyone should start keeping books in three numéraires: USD, gold and Bitcoin.
Both gold and Bitcoin have never been worth nothing. But USD is a fiat currency and there are thousands of those in the fiat currency graveyard. How low can the world reserve currency go?
After all, what is the risk-free asset? And, whatever it is, in The Great Credit Contraction you want it!
What do you think? Disagree with some of my arguments or assertions? Please, eviscerate them on Twitter or in the comments!
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Lightning!

Lightning Network
Today I am going to talk about the “Lightning Network” which is a proposed solution to the issue of scaling Bitcoin faces. Lightning Network (I will use the acronym “LN” to refer to the Lightning network from this point forth) LN has its fair share of criticism in the crypto space. Some claim its brilliant, while others claim it is the antithesis of what Bitcoin was supposed to be. I am going to try my best to touch on the reasoning both crowds use to come to these conclusions. First things first, lets discuss how the whole thing got started.
The LN was first proposed in 2015 by Thaddeus Dryja and Joseph Poon in a white paper they wrote (White paper for LN can be viewed at the following linkhttps://www.weusecoins.com/assets/pdf/library/Lightning%20Network%20Whitepaper.pdf ) They decided that Bitcoin has a scalability issue and were looking for the best way to solve that issue without ultimately sacrificing the fundamentals that make BTC such a great currency. They decided that building a 2nd layer on top of Bitcoin was the best solution (rather than another useless hard fork to add to the 103 or so other Bitcoin forks out there) Many claim that coins like Bitcoin SV and Bitcoin Cash are the solution to scaling issues, but they are forks and centralized when compared to Bitcoin which sacrifices decentralization for scalability. Lightning is different than a fork as it is basically a payment channel that connects 2 or more parties directly. This makes payments almost instant, which is something people using Bitcoin core have desired since its creation. How does it work? Lets discuss that!
How does the Lightning Network work?
Okay so you have been hearing your friend Phil go on and on about how great the LN is, but why is he so excited? Lets figure it out! The LN is a payment channel that is set up between 2 or more parties. They start by creating the payment channel which is a multisig wallet (a multisig wallet is a BTC wallet that cannot be accessed by just one party as it takes “multiple signatures” to access the funds. Now that Phil and I have set up the payment channel we can now transact with each other as much as we like with no transaction fees (until we close the channel). The payment channel gets updated every time a payment is made. So if Phil and I have 2 Bitcoin on the channel, lets say I have 1 BTC and Phil has 1 Bitcoin in the multisig wallet me and him created for the Lightning channel. I could send Phil ½ of a BTC and the ledger would show that Phil now has 1.5 Bitcoin while I only hold .5 Bitcoin. This transaction occurred off the Bitcoin blockchain so it avoided the hefty transaction fees that accompany Bitcoin core transactions at times. The channel can be left open and the ledger will update every time me and Phil transact with each other (until we decide to close the channel) This layer makes micro transactions more feasible as people are not paying a 3 $ transaction fee for a 1$ transaction.
People that would like to use the LN can get a node (Casanode, Raspberry Pi 3 etc.) which will also act as a BTC core node along with a lightning node. This is a popular way to be a part of Lightning payments. It is not the only way though. There are wallets that can be used to access the LN without having to own a casanode or raspberry pi. You can still use the LN without owning a casanode by downloading an app like “Blue Wallet” which will allow you to access LN without necessarily owning a node. Apps like this make LN more available to the general public that may not quite grasp the reason people own casanodes. Either way removing barriers that could potentially hinder people from using LN is a big part of wide spread adoption. Lightning is still in its infancy really so more and more apps should pop up similar to Blue Wallet in the near future. (This is not an endorsement of Blue Wallet, I simply used it as an example) If you would like to order a casanode it can easily be found with a simple google search. I personally know a few people that paid for the node and most of them did it just to help the LN network grow and to actually be able to use it! They typically run for around $300 USD. (I see the price going down in the future as LN becomes more used and the casanodes become more in demand)
Now just because you aren’t connected to someone directly through a payment channel you can still send payments to someone in many cases. So, Lets say Phil and I want to transact with each other but we don’t have a channel connecting us. We could utilize a 3rd party to connect the payment channels. For example, I am trying to send Phil 1 BTC, but we don’t have a channel set up, but we want to transact with each other. The node will find the fastest path it can to Phil so I do not necessarily need to create a channel with him. We could use anyone to bridge the gap and transact with each other in this way. This is referred to as a “Hop”. Some people may worry that the link between me and Phil may act maliciously and attempt to take the payment, but that’s the beauty of LN. It can’t be taken in this way. So I send Phil .1 BTC. A 3rd party would first receive the .1 BTC and would send it to Phil automatically. The 3rd party cannot stop the transaction in the middle if he were to try and steal the funds. LN doesn’t allow that.
LN offers almost instant payments with Bitcoin (and soon many altcoins will also utilize LN) with minimal fees. Some think the LN is absolutely a terrible idea. They believe transaction fees will be severely diminished in the wake of LN due to the fact payments made on LN do not post to the BTC chain until the channel has been closed charging a one-time fee for multiple transactions. I would say that with LN we will see a surge of new adoption that will increase the use of BTC and in the long run should increase the amount of transaction fees collected by miners for the work the perform. People like to claim LN is centralized and the antithesis of what Satoshi was thinking when he created BTC. I have to say I disagree. LN is a layer on top of BTC. It doesn’t effect the fundamentals of BTC core and that is important to me and many others. Bitcoin is a work of art because of decentralization. LN doesn’t hinder this. It is simply an option for people that want BTC payments faster to have a means to do so. In the future people will most likely do plenty of transactions on LN (I think most dealings will be done via LN) But the big transfers will still likely be done on BTC core itself. Bitcoin is a work in progress and LN is a step towards adoption.
Right now, LN is very new and still untested in many ways. It is an experiment in my eyes that is likely to succeed. Even if LN went belly up tomorrow BTC will still be here. I have a lot of faith in LN and I think it will be a huge part of mass adoption in the future. Nobody can see the future… But we can speculate! I enjoyed writing this and I hope you learned something. I sure did.
Written by: Tim Pace 2/13/2019
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A plea for rational support of BIP 148 UASF

If enough of the community members who want to see Segwit activate on Bitcoin support BIP 148 - Bitcoin will get Segwit with activation beginning in August. (that's this year, not next year or the year after).
I won't try and force you into it but instead would like to point out a few things that might help you decide to support a UASF if you are currently undecided...
85% of nodes support SegWit.
86% of businesses support or are prepared for SegWit.
Miners would have to follow if all the above signalled support for BIP 148.
Support is well underway with over 10% of nodes already support for BIP 148.
Changes in Bitcoin need to occur in order for the technology to evolve. So changes need to happen somehow. I would like to think that the Peers in bitcoins Peer-to-Peer decentralised network are the ones who should approve and activate those changes.
Currently:
Change needs to come from somewhere and I'd rather it was users and the wider community that got to decide those changes over a small number of financially motivated miners.
There are many reasons why miners might oppose Segwit; the continued use of ASICBoost and the current rewards they get from high fees are just a couple of possible reasons. The reasons don't matter as much as the fact that a small number of them can over-rule changes that are supported by majority of the community.
Whereas some people try to garner support by trying to make people fear the consequences of supporting a UASF I would look to highlight the positives in supporting it. Same end goal in mind - just different approaches to getting there.
Just to repeat:
If enough of the community members who want to see Segwit activate on Bitcoin support BIP 148 - Bitcoin will get Segwit with activation beginning in August.
Some useful resources to help you signal your support:
http://www.uasf.co/
https://www.weusecoins.com/uasf-guide/
EDIT - just to clarify to those of you new to Bitcoin or if you are the one guy who thought I was trying to mislead people by using the word support when I said '85% of nodes support SegWit' above I meant that they are a version of the core reference client that will activate the features of Segwit should miner signalling reach 95% and lock in the changes as active. Bit of a mouthful and I think support was clear enough but there you go ¯\ (ツ) /¯
More info here: https://bitcoincore.org/en/2016/01/26/segwit-benefits/
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Day-2: Here are combined contacts for Kraken. If everyone who reads this takes just 2 minutes to communicate their support for BIP148, we will be a force they can't ignore.

You can read about my full rationale here, but essentially (shills aside) we all believe in UASF - if we coordinate our efforts and pick one major wallet/exchange per day and bombard them with demands to support BIP148, we can make a real impact. Yesterday was Coinbase and it went great. Today let's target Kraken.
Here, I've made it easy for you:
Tweet to them.
Send them an email.
Write to them on Facebook.
Tweet at their CEO, Jesse Powell.
Ideally do all the above.
Let them know you support BIP148 and segwit. Let them know their users risk losing all their bitcoins if they do not. If you are a customer, let them know that you will withdraw all your funds unless they commit to supporting BIP148. Be polite, but firm.
No-one is asking them to support bip148 in exclusion to the legacy coin, we're only asking that, come August 1, they list bip148 coins, to give users the option to trade them. Supporting BIP148 is very low cost, so let them know how important it is to users.
If you've been out of the loop and don't know what all this BIP148/segwit/UASF business is about, to put it simply: Segwit is a technical change to the protocol that will provide a long-term solution for scalability, decrease transaction fees and stop ASIC Boost (a mining trick that gives some an unfair advantage). As (some) miners benefit tremendously from the status quo, they have blocked implementing Segwit. UASF/BIP148 is a new way to implement Segwit.
I highly recommend the following links to educate yourself more fully:
https://www.uasf.co
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjZk7N7RXfA
https://www.weusecoins.com/uasf-guide/
https://medium.com/@lukedashjbip148-and-the-risks-it-entails-for-you-whether-you-run-a-bip148-node-or-not-b7d2dbe85ce6
https://medium.com/@elombrozo/why-i-support-bip148-4b4c0a9feb4d
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Is buying an ASIC miner a better investment than buying $100 of bitcoin per month?

AntMiner S7 is in my price range. Do you think that is a better investment than buying $100 of bitcoin a month?
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"Network consensus is not built on computing power but rather the faithful interpretation of a ruleset" ~ Blockstream co-founder Mark Friedenbach // "When did we get to the point of having people contributing to the reference implementation without even reading the bloody white paper?" ~ u/observerc

https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/5okqnk/if_you_are_using_any_noncore_wallet_you_are_not/dckfpps
TL;DR:
Maybe these are subtle points - but if you're a "Co-Founder of Blockstream", then shouldn't you understand these things?
Blockstream Co-Founder Mark Friedenbach or u/maaku7 has repeatedly displayed a shocking amount of ignorance about almost all the important aspects of Bitcoin:
Today he displayed his shocking ignorance one more time, when he got slapped down for saying "the exact opposite of what the original white paper says" - as quoted in the OP.
Blockstream Co-Founder Mark Friedenbach u/maaku7 perfectly fits the definition of a "useful idiot".
If he weren't getting paid by the fiat banking cartel, then he would be ignored.
And we should ignore him - because he doesn't understand Bitcoin, and he is actually working actively (although perhaps unconsciously / unintentionally, in his "blissful ignorance") to destroy Bitcoin.
If Mark Friedenbach doesn't understand how Satoshi successfully designed Bitcoin to work, and if he wants to radically change Bitcoin into something totally different - then he should fork off to some alt-coin (like his failed Freicoin)... and he should stop trying to impose his radical, dangerous and ignorant ideas on the rest of the Bitcoin community - no matter how self-important he might feel getting paid all that "fantasy fiat" from AXA as Co-Founder of Blockstream.
Details:
This is now the fifth time in recent memory where Blockstream co-founder Mark Friedenbach or u/maaku7 has proudly and publicly displayed his profound misunderstandings about some of the most important aspects of Bitcoin.
People are starting to ask serious questions about how and why an uninformed person like Mark Friedenbach has managed to get himself into a position of power at Blockstream where he now feels empowered to try to radical, misinformed and dangerous ideas on the rest of the Bitcoin community.
Five shocking examples illustrating Mark Friedenbach's utter cluelessness about fiat, Bitcoin, Nakamoto Consensus, open-source software develompent, and the dangers of Turing-completeness are listed below:
(1) Mark Friedenbach displayed his profound misunderstanding of how existing, central-banker-controlled fiat currencies work - when he ignorantly stated that he thinks fiat is run by "majority rule":
"I'm pationate about Bitcoin. I have zero passion for majority-vote to change the rules system. We have one of those already -- it's called fiat." - maaku7
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/418y5p/im_pationate_about_bitcoin_i_have_zero_passion/?st=iy2xte3q&sh=7cde5aa9
(2) Mark Friedenbach displayed his profound misunderstanding of how Satoshi's brilliant innovation of "Nakamoto consensus" works - when he ignorantly stated that he thinks Bitcoin is not run by "majority rule":
"Core dev" maaku7 is on the front page today for saying he'd "quit" if users were the "boss" of Bitcoin. He was already being laughed at yesterday in another thread for saying he thought fiat was run by "majority-vote". Let him "quit". He never actually understood how Bitcoin works.
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/41j818/core_dev_umaaku7_is_on_the_front_page_today_fo
(Evidently he thinks that he's the "boss" of Bitcoin - because he's presumably getting hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from [the central bankers who own Blockstream]()??)
(3) Mark Friedenbach displayed his profound misunderstanding of how open-source development of compatible software implementations works - when he ignorantly stated:
"If you are using any non-Core wallet, you are not doing full validation of the blockchain [...]" [~ u/maaku7]
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/5okqnk/if_you_are_using_any_noncore_wallet_you_are_not
(4) Mark Friedenbach displayed his profound misunderstading of how Satoshi deliberately avoided making Bitcoin Turing-complete in order to prevent the disaster of "The DAO" - when he ignorantly stated that he wants to add dangerous Turing-complete scripting extensions to Bitcoin:
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/41j818/core_dev_umaaku7_is_on_the_front_page_today_focz2xt35/
(5) And now, Mark Friedenbach has once again displayed his profound misunderstanding of how Bitcoin rules are determined by Nakamoto consensus based on the majority hashpower on the network - when he made the shockingly idiotic statement quoted in title of this post - and immediately got slapped down for saying "the exact opposite of what the original white paper says":
[u/maaku7] "Network consensus is not built on computing power but rather the faithful interpretation of a ruleset"
[u/observerc] "WTF man... And you have been contributing for the most used implementation... Wow... Just... You just said the exact opposite of what the original white paper says. The whole point of the paper is too show how consensus can be built on hashpower distribution. Not only it demonstrates it conceptually, satoshi even made it idiot proof: one processor one vote. Wow... We are really screwed... When did we get to the point of having people contributing to the reference implementation without even reading the bloody white paper?"
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/5okqnk/if_you_are_using_any_noncore_wallet_you_are_not/dckfpps
So, Blockstream Co-Founder Mark Friedenbach u/maaku7:
  • does not understand how fiat actually works,
  • does not understand how Bitcoin actually works,
  • does not understand how open-source software development of compatible implementations works
  • does not understand how and why Satoshi deliberately avoiding making Bitcoin Turing-complete in order to avoid the disaster of The DAO.
  • does not understand how Nakamoto Consensus works.
At this point, it's fair to ask whether Blockstream Co-Founder Mark Friedenbach understands anything about how Bitcoin works.
And we should also be asking ourselves: Why is AXA paying someone this ignorant about Bitcoin to be a "Co-Founder of Blockstream"? What is going on here??
This is part of a ongoing pattern which we have been observing from Core/Blockstream:
Evidently, once guys like...
  • Blockstream Co-Founder Mark Friedenbach u/maaku7
  • Blockstream CTO Greg Maxwell u/nullc
  • Blockstream CEO Adam Back u/adam3us
...started getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per year (How much fiat do these fiat-rich, bitcoin-poor, anti-Bitcoin losers actually make? It would be interesting to know...) from the second-most powerful "legacy fiat financial" firm in the world - AXA...
... then apparently this makes them feel like they can go around dictating their ignorant ideas about how Bitcoin "should" work - attempting to override how Bitcoin actually does work, as designed by Satoshi.
People are tired of these ignorant, misguided efforts on the part of Mark Friedenbach and the rest of his buddies at Blockstream to undermine Satoshi's highly successful design for Bitcoin:
This is why more and more Bitcoin nodes (about 25%) have un-installed Blockstream/Core's cripplecode and installed code which scales the way Satoshi intended - via bigger blocks.
About 25% of the network is now running Bitcoin Classic and Bitcoin Unlimited - which (unliked BitcoinCore/Blockstream) follow the design of "p2p electronic cash" as designed by Satoshi - and the number blocks mined by these compatible clients (which support decentralized, market-based decision-making of blocksize for on-chain scaling) keeps reaching all-time highs.
Bitcoin works differently from NASA
It is true that Mark Friedenbach previously worked at NASA - so he's probably not an idiot about everything.
But a decentralized, permissionless p2p currency like Bitcoin is radically different from a hierarchical, centralized, top-down organization like NASA.
Bitcoin involves subtle concepts about markets, economics, consensus-building and collaborative open-source software development - stuff which is all clearly way over Mark Friedenbach's head.
Just because he worked at NASA - and is now getting paid Lord-knows-how-much in fantasy fiat by the central bankers of AXA as Co-Founder of Blockstream - does not automatically mean that he has anything valuable to contribute to Bitcoin - as shown by his long history of clueless, damaging statements about Bitcoin.
Mark Friedenbach's Freicoin scam abortion
If Mark Friedenbach and his buddies at Core/Blockstream don't like how Satoshi designed Bitcoin, then they should feel free to fork off or design their own alt-coin
Actually Mark Friedenbach already did design a failed alt-coin, called "Freicoin":
Conclusion
With these repeated misguided, clueless statements from Mark Friedenbach, it is becoming increasingly clear that:
  • Blockstream Co-Founder Mark Friedenbach u/maaku7 has repeatedly demonstrated a profound nd shocking ignorance of almost all the important aspects of Bitcoin - including: how fiat works, how Nakamoto Consensus works, how open-source software development works, and how Satoshi protected Bitcoin by making it non-Turing-complete.
  • Regardless of how self-important he might feel as Co-Founder of Blockstream getting tons of fiat from AXA, Mark Friedenbach is not the "boss" of Bitcoin. If he doesn't like / understand how Bitcoin works, then he should go try to fix his failed Freicoin - and stop trying to force his radical, ignorant changes on the rest of the Bitcoin community.
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Day-4: Here are the contacts for the exchange WeSellCrypto. If you support BIP148, contact them at the below links, and ask them to to commit to protecting their users by supporting BIP148.

You can read more about it here, but essentially there is a lot of passionate support for UASF here - if we coordinate our efforts and pick one major exchange per day and bombard them with demands to support BIP148, we can make a real impact. So far we have done Coinbase and Kraken, today let's target WeSellCrypto.
Two minutes of your day is all this will take.
Here, I've made it easy for you:
Send them an email. [email protected]
Post in their subreddit https://www.reddit.com/WeSellCrypto/
Send a PM to their founder - gregcron - or their lead developer - MIST_ . (They put these user names on their website, so I figure this is fair game.
Ideally do all the above.
Let them know you support BIP148 and SegWit. Let them know their users risk losing all their bitcoins if they do not. If you are a customer, let them know that you will withdraw all your funds unless they commit to supporting BIP148. Be polite, but firm.
No-one is asking them to support BIP148 in exclusion to the legacy coin, we're only asking that, come August 1, they list BIP148 coins, to give users the option to trade them. Supporting BIP148 is very low cost, so let them know how important it is to users.
If you're really keen, why not also do the same with Kraken and Coinbase.
If you've been out of the loop and don't know what all this BIP148/segwit/UASF business is about, to put it simply: Segwit is a technical change to the protocol that will provide a long-term solution for scalability, decrease transaction fees and stop ASIC Boost (a mining trick that gives some an unfair advantage). As (some) miners benefit tremendously from the status quo, UASF or BIP148 is a new way to implement Segwit.
I highly recommend the following links to educate yourself more fully:
https://www.uasf.co
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjZk7N7RXfA
https://www.weusecoins.com/uasf-guide/
https://medium.com/@lukedashjbip148-and-the-risks-it-entails-for-you-whether-you-run-a-bip148-node-or-not-b7d2dbe85ce6
https://medium.com/@elombrozo/why-i-support-bip148-4b4c0a9feb4d
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比特币挖矿指南 - 比特币挖矿入门

https://www.bitcoinmining.com/translations/getting-started/zh-getting-started/

比特币挖矿指南 - 比特币挖矿入门

你将了解(1)如何进行比特币挖矿,(2)如何开始挖比特币,(3)最好的比特币挖矿软件是什么,(4)最好的比特币挖矿硬件是什么,(5)哪里能找到最好的比特币采矿池和(6)如何优化你的比特币收益。
比特币挖矿很难做到有利可图,但如果你尝试的话,那么这个比特币挖矿机可能是一个很好的机会。

如何进行比特币挖矿

在开始比特币挖矿之前,了解比特币挖矿到底是什么意思非常有用。比特币挖矿是合法的,通过运行SHA256双向哈希验证流程来完成,以验证比特币交易并为比特币网络的公开帐本提供必要的安全性。你挖比特币的速度是以每秒哈希为单位测算的。
比特币网络通过向贡献所需计算能力的人员发放比特币来作为比特币矿工的工作报酬。这以新发行的比特币和挖比特币时已验证交易中包含的交易费用的形式进行。你贡献的计算能力越大,你所获得的奖励份额就越多。

步骤 1 - 获得最好的比特币挖矿硬件

购买比特币 - 某些情况下,你可能需要使用比特币来购买挖矿硬件。今天,您可以在Amazon上购买大部分硬件。你也可能想查看比特币图表。
如何开始比特币挖矿
要开始挖比特币,您需要获取比特币挖矿硬件。在比特币早期,可以使用电脑CPU或高速视频处理器卡来挖矿。但今天这种作法已经不可行了。定制的比特币 ASIC芯片的性能最多可达旧系统的100倍,现在已经占据了比特币挖矿的主导地位。
使用性能比这低的硬件来挖比特币,消耗的电力比可能会赚到的钱还要多。使用专门为此目的而制作的最好硬件来挖比特币至关重要。像Avalon这样的多家公司提供专门针对比特币挖矿而设计的优质系统。
最好的比特币云挖矿服务
另一个选择是购买比特币云挖矿合同。这大大简化了过程,但是由于你无法控制实际的硬件,因此会增加风险。
本节列出的并不是对这些服务的认可。已经发生过许多比特币云挖矿诈骗事件了。
Hashflare 评价:Hashflare提供SHA-256 挖矿合同,也可以挖更有利可图的SHA-256 比特币,同时仍使用比特币自动付款。客户必须至少购买10 GH/s。
Genesis Mining 评价:Genesis Mining 是最大的比特币云算力挖矿提供商。Genesis Mining提供三种比特币云挖矿计划,价格合理。另外也提供Zcash挖矿合同。
Hashing 24 评价:Hashing24自2012年以来就参与到比特币挖矿行业。他们在冰岛和格鲁吉亚有设施。他们使用BitFury的现代ASIC芯片,可以提供最佳的性能和效率。
Minex 评价:Minex是以经济模拟游戏格式呈现的区块链项目的创新聚合者。用户购买Cloudpack,然后可以使用它们为预先选定的云挖矿场、彩票、赌场、现实世界市场等建立索引。
Minergate 评价:提供比特币矿池以及合并的挖矿和云挖矿服务。
Hashnest 评价:Hashnest由比特币蚂蚁矿机的生产商Bitmain 运营。 HashNest目前有超过600台蚂蚁矿机 S7 供出租。你可以在Hashnest的网站上查看最新的价格和可租用的数量。在撰写本文时,一台蚂蚁矿机 S7的哈希率可以租$1200。
Bitcoin Cloud Mining 评价:当前 Bitcoin Cloud Mining 的合同已经售罄。
NiceHash 评价:NiceHash独一无二的原因在于,它使用订单来匹配采矿合同买家和卖家。查看其网站以了解最新价格。
Eobot 评价:刚开始时比特币云挖矿的价格可以低至$10。Eobot声称客户可以在14个月后实现盈亏平衡。
MineOnCloud 评价:MineOnCloud目前在云端有约35 TH/s的挖矿设备可供出租。另外还有一些挖矿机出租,其中包括蚂蚁矿机S4和S5。

步骤 2 - 下载免费的比特币挖矿软件

在收到比特币挖矿硬件后,你需要下载一个用于比特币挖矿的特殊程序。比特币挖矿可以使用很多程序,但两个最受欢迎的是CGminer和BFGminer,它们都是命令行程序。
如果你喜欢图形用户界面的易用性,你可能想试试EasyMiner,这是一个点击运行Windows / Linux / Android程序。
更多详细信息,请访问最佳比特币挖矿软件。

步骤 3 - 加入比特币矿池

在你准备好开始挖比特币时,我们建议你加入一个比特币矿池。比特币矿池是许多比特币挖矿机一起工作,共同解决一个数据块并分享其奖励。没有比特币矿池,你可能挖一年多也不会挖到任何比特币。与更大的比特币挖矿机群体一起工作并分享奖励,会让挖矿变得更为方便。这里有一些选择:
对于全分散控制矿池,我们强烈推荐p2pool。
以下矿池被认为目前正在使用比特币核心钱包 0.9.5或更高版本的有效数据块(由于DoS漏洞而推荐使用0.10.2或更高版本)

步骤 4 - 设置比特币钱包

挖比特币的下一步是设置一个比特币钱包,或使用现有的比特币钱包来接收你挖到的比特币。Copay是一个很棒的比特币钱包,并可在许多不同的操作系统上运行。也可以使用比特币硬件钱包。
比特币通过使用仅属于您的唯一地址发送到您的比特币钱包。设置比特币钱包最重要的一步是通过启用双因素身份验证或将其保存在无法访问互联网的离线电脑上,从而防止潜在的威胁。可以通过将软件客户端下载到电脑上来获得钱包。
有关选择比特币钱包的帮助,你可以从这里开始
您还需要能够购买和出售你的比特币。为此,我们建议:

步骤 5 - 关注最新的比特币新闻

关注最新的比特币新闻对于比特币挖矿利润很重要。如果你想要了解一般的比特币新闻,那么我们推荐WeUseCoins news。
这是比特币挖矿新闻部分,这里有 5 篇最新的文章:
[警告] - 1 August 2017 年 8 月 1 日将发生 BIP 148 UASF 。这可能会大大影响比特币挖掘机传统挖矿或挖BIP 148 区块链的收益。
要做好准备,我们建议阅读 UASF 指南。
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AsicBoost, SegWit, and UASF

This Bitcoin bull has shrugged off a lot of bad news, such as the PBOC crackdown, the ETF rejection, the BU hard fork threat, escalating transaction fees, and the Bitfinex troubles. These issues may have largely escaped the attention of investors who are not well informed about bitcoin. However, I believe the outcome of Bitcoin's great scaling battle, which may cause the network to split into two chains, will be more impactful. If this power struggle is resolved in a way that minimizes disruption and promotes decentralization of the network, I expect a parabolic rise in the value of Bitcoin. Otherwise, the reverse may happen.
With an August 1 showdown looming, Bitcoin and other forums have been and will be filled with discussions about AsicBoost, SegWit, and UASF that are sure to baffle and frighten many Bitcoin investors. I think this forum could benefit from a thread dedicated to these important fundamental issues and how they may affect the price of Bitcoin.
ASICBOOST
It is a technology patented by Bitmain (possibly in violation of a previous American patent) that exploits a flaw in the bitcoin protocol (the Proof of Work algorithm), enabling miners with access to this technology to increase their profits by approximately 20x (2000%). This enables Bitmain mining operations to drive competitors out of business, and the resulting mining centralization would give the government of China the power to cripple the bitcoin network whenever they chose. It is not known whether China's tolerance of bitcoin mining will continue as they approach the launch their own planned national cryptocurrency. Chinese authorities have already shut down some mining operations for unknown reasons: https://china-underground.com/2017/06/02/bitcoin-mining-companies/
It was recently discovered that Bitmain's current mining hardware includes the chips/CPU's that are required to do AsicBoost (and are not otherwise necessary). After this discovery, Bitmain admitted it was true but said they decided not to use that capability because of the harm it would cause to Bitcoin. However, it is currently possible to use this AsicBoost advantage in an undetectable manner ("covert AsicBoost"), and many believe it is the primary reason for their opposition to SegWit, which blocks covert AsicBoost. Distrust of Bitmain was further heightened by the discovery that they installed a "backdoor" in their mining equipment which enabled them, or a third party hacker, to remotely disable or destroy their mining hardware.
You can find a good video by Andreas Antonopoulos explaining this issue if you search "Bitmain and the ASICBoost allegations" on youtube. Here's a relevant post from a bitcoin developer: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ego3s/why_is_killing_asicboost_not_a_priority/diagkkb/
SEGWIT
Despite a flood of FUD on forums, there is widespread agreement that SegWit is currently the best, most technically sound proposal to increase Bitcoin's transaction capacity and make other improvements. However, current proposed versions of SegWit interfere with the covert implementation of AsicBoost, which many believe motivated Bitmain's opposition to SegWit. They have supported alternative solutions that would preserve covert AsicBoost and alter the consensus rules of the network to enable miners to make changes to the bitcoin protocol (by achieving a majority of the hashrate) without the approval of other network constituents (i.e., individual users, wallet providers, exchanges, merchants, etc).
Miners may also fear that SegWit will reduce their income from transaction fees by facilitating off-chain, second-layer transaction processing (which is the only realistic way that Bitcoin might someday be useful for micro-payments and compete successfully with fiat-based retail payment systems). However, just as increases in the capacity of the internet led to new uses and demand for bandwidth, increases in bitcoin's transaction processing capacity are also likely to stimulate new uses and demand.
UASF
If miners choose not to activate SegWit by August 1, a controversial User Activated Soft Fork (UASF) will occur. It is essentially an attempt by Bitcoin node operators (individuals and businesses) to force the miners to accept SegWit. In response, Bitmain and some other businesses proposed enacting a new, yet to be coded/tested version of SegWit (which will presumably preserve covert AsicBoost) along with a rushed and risky hard fork to increase block sizes. It seems unlikely at this point that a consensus will be reached in time to avoid the August 1 UASF.
There are a range of possible outcomes of the UASF that could result in varying degrees of confusion, disruption, and loss of value. If the UASF does not achieve a critical threshold of support and Bitmain decides to use some of their hashing power to attack it, they could split the network into two bitcoins. I think it is still too early to predict the amount of support the UASF will attract and the likelihood of various outcomes. Here are a few informative links:
https://www.weusecoins.com/uasf-guide/
https://medium.com/@lukedashjbip148-and-the-risks-it-entails-for-you-whether-you-run-a-bip148-node-or-not-b7d2dbe85ce6
https://medium.com/@jimmysong/uasf-bip148-scenarios-and-game-theory-9530336d953e
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6d7dyt/a_plea_for_rational_intolerance_extremism_and/
https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2017-April/014152.html
https://lightco.in/2017/06/02/segwit-uasf/
https://cryptoinsider.com/market-based-bitcoin-soft-forks-way-forward/
What effect do you think all this will have on the price of Bitcoin?
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Question about BIP148’s impact on Omni

Hello everybody,
If I understand it correctly, there could be a (unlikely?) situation where the wallet one uses, should support BIP148 to be on the safe side. This starting from August.
Am I correct that the Omni Protocol (e.g.->MaidSafeCoin) on itself isn't impacted by BIP148?
But when you do a transaction after the potential chain split, you better do it from a wallet/node that supports BIP148? Or is there only a (possible) impact for Bitcoin, not on the Omni Layer?
According to the following page it is unknown at this moment if Omni Core wallet will supports BIP148: https://coin.dance/poli3
interesting links about BIP148: https://medium.com/@lukedashjbip148-and-the-risks-it-entails-for-you-whether-you-run-a-bip148-node-or-not-b7d2dbe85ce6
https://www.weusecoins.com/uasf-guide1
I suspect this proposal is 'political' manouvre to push the Miners into action or so, and that you are waiting a bit to see what will happen?
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Crypto Exchanges are Centralized Man's Payment Channels

The title may be the reason why many exchanges are trying to ignore BIP148 until the last moment.
If we had SegWit maybe decentralization wouldn't be significantly improved, but at the moment we can't deny that centralized exchanges are just another form of Bitcoin (and shitcoin) centralization and it's enough to glance at their turnover to realize just how centralized Bitcoin is.
With SegWit, a Bitcoin user would open one or more payment channels and use them for frequent, reoccurring or low-value payments.
Because the malicious mining cartel doesn't want to see those transactions - which shouldn't be recorded on the blockchain in the first place - go off-chain, users are resorting to using crypto-exchanges as centralized man's payment channels:
1) Fund your exchange account with a small amount of BTC (say, 0.05)
2) When you need to a transfer small amount of value, buy a shitcoin at the exchange and send it out
3) Refill your exchange deposit address when you run out of BTC. Leave the "channel" open as long as necessary. Rinse and repeat.
This admittedly doesn't work for all shitcoin payments because many exchanges can't receive refunds to the sending address, but for small payments it's not even required: it's become cheaper to occasionally lose a $5 (equivalent) refund in Litecoin than successfully receive a $5 "free" refund with BTC (you may need to pay that much to send BTC every time you use it).
I think this is one of business reasons why exchanges and multicoin wallets are resisting UASF BIP148.
CONTEXT
1) Leaving your coins parked at BIP148 BTC-hostile exchanges leaves you open to risks: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6bxpsj/bip148_and_the_risks_it_entails_for_you_whethe
2) Join UASF BIP148 and fight centralization of Bitcoin: https://www.weusecoins.com/uasf-guide/
3) What UASF means from a decentralization perspective: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6dnffi/to_the_og_bitcoiners_uasf/
4) Mind economic aspects of UASF - UASF is a boycott against the malicious mining cabal: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6dos0uasf_is_an_economic_boycott_against_miners_who/
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Anti-Core Censorship in r/BitcoinMarkets?

Anti-SegWit/Core/Blockstream propaganda from sock-puppet accounts is common in BitcoinMarkets. However, when I repeatedly tried to post the following discussion there (first in a new thread, and subsequently in their "Fundamentals Friday" thread), it was deleted without explanation. I have unsubscribed from their forum. Do you think BitcoinMarkets has become anti-Core?
AsicBoost, SegWit, and UASF
I think this forum needs a thread dedicated to these important fundamental issues and how they may affect the price of Bitcoin. Right now, Bitcoin and other forums are filled with discussions about these issues that are sure to baffle and frighten many newbies. An August 1 showdown looms with potentially fateful consequences!
Here is a good little video explaining the AsicBoost issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6jJDD2Aj8k It is a technology patented by Bitmain that exploits a flaw in the bitcoin protocol, enabling miners with access to this technology to increase their profits by approximately 20x (2000%). This would enable Bitmain mining operations to drive competitors out of business, and the resulting mining centralization would give the government of China the power to cripple the bitcoin network whenever they chose.
It was recently discovered that Bitmain's current mining hardware includes the chips/CPU's that are required to do AsicBoost (and are not otherwise necessary). After this discovery, Bitmain admitted it was true but said they decided not to use that capability because of the harm it would cause to Bitcoin. However, it is currently possible to use this AsicBoost advantage in an undetectable manner ("covert AsicBoost"), and many believe it is the primary reason for their opposition to SegWit, which fixes the vulnerability that enables covert AsicBoost. Distrust of Bitmain was further heightened by the discovery that they installed a "backdoor" in their mining equipment which enabled them, or a third party hacker, to remotely shut down and even destroy their mining hardware.
There is widespread agreement in the technical and economic bitcoin community (except for many miners) that SegWit is the best/safest option to scale and improve the bitcoin protocol at this time. In addition to the AsicBoost issue, some miners worry that SegWit will reduce their income from transaction fees by facilitating off-chain, second-layer transaction processing (which is the only realistic way that Bitcoin might someday be useful for micro-payments and compete successfully with fiat-based retail payment systems). Miner opposition to SegWit has been led by Bitmain.
If miners choose not to activate SegWit by August 1, a controversial User Activated Soft Fork (UASF) will INEVITABLY occur. It is essentially an attempt by Bitcoin node operators to force miners to accept SegWit; it could cause a split in the network, lots of confusion, and lost value. Here are a few informative links:
https://www.weusecoins.com/uasf-guide/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjZk7N7RXfA
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6d7dyt/a_plea_for_rational_intolerance_extremism_and/
https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2017-April/014152.html
What effect do you think all this will have on the price of Bitcoin?
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[uncensored-r/Bitcoin] I'm in negative, but I still spent money to set up my first raspberry pi full node

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My first raspberry pi 3 BTC full node: https://imgur.com/6yMWyxj
I'm not computer savvy, so this took a while for me to set up. I followed this guide: https://www.weusecoins.com/full-bitcoin-node-on-a-raspberry-pi-3-with-or-without-a-pidrive/#adding
Instructions are pretty straight forward but some of the command lines didn't really work for me so I had to research quite a bit to get it working.
I haven't made any profit from btc investment yet, and I know a lot of people are in negative, especially if you got in last December. However, I really believe in this technology and I just wanted to be a part of this grand experiment.
Total cost for setting up a full node was about $70 USD, so it isn't too much. I have a pretty decent internet connection, and after 7 hours, I have downloaded about 30gb worth of blocks.
It was pretty fun setting this up, and I encourage everyone to participate! I hope I am contributing to keeping Bitcoin decentralised.
Any questions, don't hesitate to reply. Happy to provide any help.
Why run a full node? "The permissionless distributed ledger used in Bitcoin is a chain of communication, which require nodes to validate actions within its protocol. They are essential to the ecosystem just as much as miners who are finding blocks and processing the data. "
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I'm really interested in mining but have some questions.

My 1st and main question is if miners are plug and play such as this
https://www.amazon.com/Avalon6-Bitcoin-Miners-3-5-TH/dp/B01AKU94HY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?tag=weusecoins-20&ie=UTF8&qid=1456444248&sr=8-1&keywords=avalon6&linkCode=ll1&linkId=2a68c6144ab9e55d775ad1c27b284bc8
Or do they require a pc to be connected to.
What other things will I need other than a miner to get started. My budget Ain't a problem so just tell me what I need.
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[uncensored-r/Bitcoin] The Great Bitcoin Bull Market Of 2017 by Trace Mayer

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By: Trace Mayer, host of The Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast.
Originally posted here with images and Youtube videos.
I just got back from a two week vacation without Internet as I was scouring some archeological ruins. I hardly thought about Bitcoin at all because there were so many other interesting things and it would be there when I got back.
Jimmy Song suggested I do an article on the current state of Bitcoin. A great suggestion but he is really smart (he worked on Armory after all!) so I better be thorough and accurate!
Therefore, this article will be pretty lengthy and meticulous.
BACKGROUND
As I completely expected, the 2X movement from the New York Agreement that was supposed to happen during the middle of my vacation flopped on its face because Jeff Garzik was driving the clown car with passengers willfully inside like Coinbase, Blockchain.info, Bitgo and Xapo and there were here massive bugS and in the code and miners like Bitmain did not want to allocate $150-350m to get it over the difficulty adjustments.
I am very disappointed in their lack of integrity with putting their money where their mouths are; myself and many others wanted to sell a lot of B2X for BTC!
On 7 December 2015, with Bitcoin trading at US$388.40, I wrote The Rise of the Fourth Great Bitcoin Bubble. On 4 December 2016, with Bitcoin trading at US$762.97, I did this interview:

As of 26 November 2017, Bitcoin is trading around US$9,250.00. That is an increase of about 2,400% since I wrote the article prognosticating this fourth great Bitcoin bull market. I sure like being right, like usual (19 Dec 2011, 1 Jul 2013), especially when there are financial and economic consequences.
With such massive gains in such a short period of time the speculative question becomes: Buy, Hold or Sell?
FUNDAMENTALS
Bitcoin is the decentralized censorship-resistant Internet Protocol for transferring value over a communications channel.
The Bitcoin network can use traditional Internet infrastructure. However, it is even more resilient because it has custom infrastructure including, thanks to Bitcoin Core developer Matt Corrallo, the FIBRE network and, thanks to Blockstream, satellites which reduce the cost of running a full-node anywhere in the world to essentially nothing in terms of money or privacy. Transactions can be cheaply broadcast via SMS messages.
SECURITY
The Bitcoin network has a difficulty of 1,347,001,430,559 which suggests about 9,642,211 TH/s of custom ASIC hardware deployed.
At a retail price of approximately US$105/THs that implies about $650m of custom ASIC hardware deployed (35% discount applied).
This custom hardware consumes approximately 30 TWh per year. That could power about 2.8m US households or the entire country of Morocco which has a population of 33.85m.
This Bitcoin mining generates approximately 12.5 bitcoins every 10 minutes or approximately 1,800 per day worth approximately US$16,650,000.
Bitcoin currently has a market capitalization greater than $150B which puts it solidly in the top-30 of M1 money stock countries and a 200 day moving average of about $65B which is increasing about $500m per day.
Average daily volumes for Bitcoin is around US$5B. That means multi-million dollar positions can be moved into and out of very easily with minimal slippage.
When my friend Andreas Antonopolous was unable to give his talk at a CRYPSA event I was invited to fill in and delivered this presentation, impromptu, on the Seven Network Effects of Bitcoin.
These seven network effects of Bitcoin are (1) Speculation, (2) Merchants, (3) Consumers, (4) Security [miners], (5) Developers, (6) Financialization and (7) Settlement Currency are all taking root at the same time and in an incredibly intertwined way.
With only the first network effect starting to take significant root; Bitcoin is no longer a little experiment of magic Internet money anymore. Bitcoin is monster growing at a tremendous rate!!

SPECULATION
For the Bitcoin price to remain at $9,250 it requires approximately US$16,650,000 per day of capital inflow from new hodlers.
Bitcoin is both a Giffen good and a Veblen good.
A Giffen good is a product that people consume more of as the price rises and vice versa — seemingly in violation of basic laws of demand in microeconomics such as with substitute goods and the income effect.
Veblen goods are types of luxury goods for which the quantity demanded increases as the price increases in an apparent contradiction of the law of demand.
There are approximately 16.5m bitcoins of which ~4m are lost, ~4-6m are in deep cold storage, ~4m are in cold storage and ~2-4m are salable.
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/lost-bitcoins-1.jpg)
(http://www.runtogold.com/images/lost-bitcoins-2.jpg)
And forks like BCash (BCH) should not be scary but instead be looked upon as an opportunity to take more territory on the Bitcoin blockchain by trading the forks for real bitcoins which dries up more salable supply by moving it, likely, into deep cold storage.
According to Wikipedia, there are approximately 15.4m millionaires in the United States and about 12m HNWIs ($30m+ net worth) in the world. In other words, if every HNWI in the world wanted to own an entire bitcoin as a 'risk-free asset' that cannot be confiscated, seized or have the balance other wise altered then they could not.
For wise portfolio management, these HNWIs should have at least about 2-5% in gold and 0.5-1% in bitcoin.
Why? Perhaps some of the 60+ Saudis with 1,700 frozen bank accounts and about $800B of assets being targetted might be able to explain it to you.
In other words, everyone loves to chase the rabbit and once they catch it then know that it will not get away.
RETAIL
There are approximately 150+ significant Bitcoin exchanges worldwide. Kraken, according to the CEO, was adding about 6,000 new funded accounts per day in July 2017.
Supposedly, Coinbase is currently adding about 75,000 new accounts per day. Based on some trade secret analytics I have access to; I would estimate Coinbase is adding approximately 17,500 new accounts per day that purchase at least US$100 of Bitcoin.
If we assume Coinbase accounts for 8% of new global Bitcoin users who purchase at least $100 of bitcoins (just pulled out of thin error and likely very conservative as the actual number is perhaps around 2%) then that is approximately $21,875,000 of new capital coming into Bitcoin every single day just from retail demand from 218,750 total new accounts.
What I have found is that most new users start off buying US$100-500 and then after 3-4 months months they ramp up their capital allocation to $5,000+ if they have the funds available.
After all, it takes some time and practical experience to learn how to safely secure one's private keys.
To do so, I highly recommend Bitcoin Core (network consensus and full validation of the blockchain), Armory (private key management), Glacier Protocol (operational procedures) and a Puri.sm laptop (secure non-specialized hardware).
WALL STREET
There has been no solution for large financial fiduciaries to invest in Bitcoin. This changed November 2017.
LedgerX, whose CEO I interviewed 23 March 2013, began trading as a CFTC regulated Swap Execution Facility and Derivatives Clearing Organization.
The CME Group announced they will begin [trading in Q4 2017 Bitc...
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Anyone selling VX parts for Bitcoins?

I've recently been generating a fair number of BitCoins, and I was wondering whether anyone was selling VX parts for them. I've checked a couple of markets, including #bitcoin-otc, but I couldn't find anything.
In particular, I'm looking for phase insulating plates (lightly used only, please!), quarter-inch threaded Envel-safe standoffs, a galvanic membrane, and a flux meter rated for at least 0.9 delta with under 2% error. I have about 2000.00 BTC to play with.
On a related note, has anyone experimented with using VXes for BitCoin generation? I know the nondeterministic trans-temporal vector field ought to be usable for parallel integer hashing operations, but BitCoin miners are currently all written targeting OpenCL, and it's tough to implement that standard if you can get answers before you ask for them.
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Want to get into Bitcoin and cryptocurrencys and looking for help.

Hi everyone. I'm looking to get into learning about cryptocurrencys and experimenting with mining them. I'm planning on getting a raspberry pi for Christmas and hooking up some USB block Eruptors. I know I won't get a good roi but what would be the best USB device to get? Can anyone tell me some insight on these? And which one I should get.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TWK9208/ref=pd_sim_147_3?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CDTMMNBGHE3GM0MTXE9A
https://www.amazon.com/Gridseed-Miner-Litecoin-Bitcoin-Mining/dp/B00J4XPKJU
https://www.amazon.com/BITMAIN-ANTMINER-U2-Bitcoin-Overclockable/dp/B00ITD5NV6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?tag=weusecoins-20&ie=UTF8&qid=1472485269&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+bitcoin+miner+antminer&linkCode=ll1&linkId=37c799d7c94c928e5a57b48cf178e26c
http://www.ebay.com/itm/LKETC-Scrypt-USB-Miner-180-270-KH-s-with-8GB-Drive-Built-in-not-AntMiner-U2/291877080678?_trksid=p2045573.c100507.m3226&_trkparms=aid%3D555014%26algo%3DPL.DEFAULT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D39107%26meid%3D4fa614c67f3f4668b5a37e18fc284e32%26pid%3D100507%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NanoFury-ASIC-USB-BitCoin-Miner-/182309939029?hash=item2a7284e755:g:CFsAAOSwLF1X~GE8
Thanks for the help.
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Introducing BTC Canada - Canada's First Bitcoin Mining Pool!

Hello Reddit, today I'm very happy to announce my brand new Bitcoin mining pool - BTC Canada! Never heard of Bitcoins? Interested, but don't know how to start? Check out www.weusecoins.com.
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[Table] IAmA: We Are the Hosts of the Let's Talk Bitcoin! Show! We just spent 4 days at Bitcoin2013, Ask Us Anything!

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Hi all! I was wondering, what do you think it would take to get bitcoin from a niche currency used mainly by internet denizens to go mainstraim? I know the slow creep of more small companies accepting bitcoin helps, but what do you think that final cusp will be, and will it ever come to that? Thanks for taking the time to do this! There are several potential tipping points, but my favorite one is a large corporation accepting Bitcoin.
Amazon has an incredibly small operating margin, less than 1% - They have more than that in transaction costs, so if they were to accept Bitcoins for product and offer Bitcoins as payment to their affiliates it would cause a rush of other companies to jump onboard for the same reasons.
Once that happens with one large company, it sets a precedent. Doing something new is scary, and when the regulatory environment is uncertain like it is with Bitcoin the choice to accept could potentially cost you a lot of money later if it's retroactively made not OK and the value of the currency plummets.
But once a company like Amazon or Google jumps in, they have enough political swing and momentum that attacking Bitcoin becomes attacking them, and they'll fight that tooth and nail if it's saving them money.
Another example of a tipping point would be a country, ANY country, adopting it as their formal currency OR issuing a new currency with Bitcoins as the transparent backing of it. With bitcoin you can have a functional gold standard, because the gold doesn't need to be hidden from sight.
It is the hiding that makes gold standards dangerous - The people who issue currency with the gold as backing have no reason to issue the correct amount when only they know how much is out there, and how much gold they have.
I guess the Supreme Court has decided this does not apply to taxes, which is crap. Or are you talking about other countries? Thank you :) I actually mean something along the lines of "It is illegal to trade dollars for any cryptocurrency that does not have a real name and social security associated with it"
Will bitcoins ever be able to be traded like other recognized currencies in similar ways to Forex? More specifically, will there ever be retail brokers offering margin trading accounts that allow you to buy and sell bitcoin with leverage? There are already really small niche sites you can trade Bitcoin at leverage with, but it's just a bad idea. With a "normal" commodity market, like say chickens, if you think chickens are undervalued and want to profit from them you can buy forward production of say, a million chickens. Then when the option comes due, if you're on the profitable side of the trade you can essentially sell it for cash and the chickens never need to be delivered. In that way, it almost doesn't matter if the chickens ever existed to begin with because you never intended to take posession. With Bitcoin, it's different - Converting a bitcoin options contract into US dollars, yen, whatever actually is more expensive and time consuming than just "accepting delivery" of the bitcoins themselves. You can still sell them for whatever currency you want, but it is at the time of your choosing rather than at the point of settlement. What that means is that if you sell an option and the Bitcoins don't really exist, you could be screwed. You either default or buy them at market price which can be very painful given how volatile the pricing is right now. It is a bad idea to play with leverage in Bitcoin because if you lose, you potentially lose very big. Additionally, it's bad to buy an option because you introduce the possibility of the counterparty (supply) not being able to deliver, whereas if you just bought Bitcoins you have the Bitcoins.
Do you believe bitcoin is important locally as well as on the internet? If so, how are you promoting bitcoin in your local communities? Cryptocurrencies (of which Bitcoin is the most prominent) are the first real competition to the types of money we've used all our lives. With Dollars, Yen, Whatever - Ultimately there are a handful of people who get to decide how and why the currency should be managed.
If they did a good job, it might be fine - But the reality is the decision made affecting all users of the currency are to the benefit of a very few , at the cost of the many.
Bitcoin is different - The rules that govern it, are the rules that govern it. Nobody can break them, and if they're ever broken it's because more than 51% of the distributed power in the system (anyone can buy a mining rig and join this group). For me, that's incredibly important. Rules should apply evenly to everyone because otherwise they're not rules at all.
Local communities can benefit because it removes payment processors from merchant relationships, removes chargeback risk, and basically acts like Cash on the internet.
What are some of the more exciting things you (each of you?) envision for Bitcoin in the short to medium term? Discounts :) We've been talking about the deflationary business model, and during this period where the value is going to go up pretty fast (over the next several years) as adoption ramps up, businesses are going to be giving major discounts to those who choose to spend them.
From the merchants perspective, this is actually a huge win - They get to have lower prices than their US Dollar (or local currency) competitors, and the value of the Bitcoins they receive goes up over time instead of going down with printed currencies. Once this becomes pervasive in the Bitcoin economy, it will mean that even at those discounted prices they are STILL profitable because their suppliers are also offering them discounts to pay in Bitcoin.
Right now we're at the beginning of this cycle, you can see BitcoinStore.com is attempting it (Disclosure - They have sponsored us in the past, we run a 30s advertisement for them per show) but it's hard to be the first one doing it because it looks like you're sacrificing yourself when really it's just the model that makes the most sense.
Not to be the doom and gloom person but in the future what do you think will/would be the "last nail in the coffin" for Bitcoin? It depends what you mean by "last nail in the coffin"
How did you meet/find Andreas and Stephanie and how did you persuade them to be part of your show? I put out a call for staff several months ago, Andreas found me through that and joined the team initially as a correspondent providing expertise and commentary while Mt.Gox was having a lot of problems. Once we re-started the show as a twice-weekly, he graciously offered to join the hosting staff and gladly took him up on it.
I found Stephanie through her show Porc therapy, and a listener named Justus - He mentioned she did voicework, and I hired her to do some of our early introductions and advertising spots. When we went through the re-organization I offered her an occasional hosting role, and never bothered finding other hosts because I was so happy with our dynamic and varied viewpoints.
Both of the other hosts on the show are real professionals, and it's been my distinct pleasure to work with them.
Thanks for responding! Andreas is my fave (though I enjoy yours and Stephanie's comments too). Everybody has their favorite :) I think the fact that we all have people disagreeing with us at times means we're doing the job, and providing multiple and varied perspectives.
What recording tools are you using? We started off using Skype, Virtual Audio Cables (VAC) and Adobe Audition (creative suite)
Now we use Mumble instead of Skype, but the rest is the same.
I edit the host segments for content (sometimes we go on and on and on) and I edit the interviews for presentation, rarely removing any content. Many times the skillset that enables you to have a really smart idea is not the same skillset that lets you present that idea, perfectly, the first time. Our interview subjects tell me all the time "I love how smart I sound" and I get to say "You are smart, I just removed the brain processing noises"
Assuming bitcoin reaches critical mass, how does bitcoin cope with the criticism of rewarding early adopters? Do you see a potential uproar about inequity? Is there outrage against people who bought Apple stock at $30? Bitcoin is a currency that right now, and for the next few years, acting like an IPO. People who got in early got in cheap, but there was a whole lot of risk because people weren't using it much, there wern't vendors accepting it, so the use case is much more speculative.
We're very much still in the early adoption phase right now - Less than %.01 of internet users are Bitcoin users, as that number grows while the number of coins being added to the total pool grows at a much slower rate, the price per coin has to go up. If Bitcoin fails and everybody abandons it, this works the opposite way - but it actually solves a number of problems (microtransactions, fees, international money transfers, automated payment systems) so I'm not super concerned about that.
One of my favorite quotes, by Douglas Adams.
>It is a rare mind indeed that can render the hitherto non-existent >blindingly obvious. The cry 'I could have thought of that' is a very >popular and misleading one, for the fact is that they didn't, and a very >significant and revealing fact it is too.
What do you make of the download trend of the bitcoin client software in China? Isn't this a big story? China has lots of restrictive controls on their local currency, so Bitcoin has a real use case there. This is one of many scenarios where given even 1% adoption, the price must go very much above where it is now.
You commented on a recent episode about how Satochi Dice was going to block US traffic to the site due to uncertain regulations. Can't bitcoin work around that? If you send bitcoin to the addresses of the various bets - it still works right? Thanks for your show - I await each new podcast. Yes, if you already have the specific betting addresses it doesn't matter where you are in the world. It is only the website that does not allow US IPs, they did this to be very clear they were trying to respect the US gambling laws.
I spoke with Erik Voorhees about this among other things at the conference, you can find that interview here Link to letstalkbitcoin.com
I'd like to thank all three of you for doing this podcast, it's always thought provoking and fun to listen to. Plus, Stephanie does have a very sexy voice... But I do have a question, Right now, I don't know the answer to that question.
How do miners determine which transactions will be confirmed first and which get put to the back of the line? Shouldn't they be confirmed in a 'first come, first serve' basis? But the development team has made it clear they're moving towards a market-based mechanism where Miners set the minimum transaction fee they will accept, and process on a first-come/highest-fee model. People who want their transaction to process fast will put a higher fee and it will be prioritized, while people who don't care about delivery time will be able to send no fee and be subsidized by those paying higher fees.
*edit: As well, do you still plan on using some time on the show to go into more detail about mining? I think it was mentioned a few weeks ago that the topic might be explored in further detail. There will be fewer miners who accept free or very low fee transactions, so there you go.
How would Bitcoin change our financial system as we know it? In the same way the automobile changed the horse-and-buggy system as they knew it. If you play out the logic, one functionally obsoletes the other. I was talking with a financial reporter the other day who has been coming around to bitcoin, and he said to me "You know, if they were building the banking system from scratch today I think this is pretty close to what it would look like"
Andreas answered a question below about bitcoin and self driving cars, fixing spam on the internet by using Bitcoin addresses with tiny amounts of BTC in them to prove you're a real person and not a single-use bot, there are so many crazy and impossible things that become actually probable when you're talking in the context of a world built on decentralized, rules-based, cryptographically secured, instantly transmittable, person to person internet cash.
I have never been so hopeful for our future as I am now that I've thrown my days into bitcoin. Bitcoin 2013 was a fine conference and a wonderful experiance, so many very smart people have quit their jobs or left their studies to do the same thing I have.
We know we're building the future, and it's a better one than we have today.
Have any of you heard about how in Africa much of the exchange in value is done with mobile phone minutes? It seems to me - whatever the US attempts to do with Bitcoin - there will be other places that it will bubble up in. What about Argentina and other places where they actually understand what damage a desperate government can do to a currency? I would agree with you. Until recently it's been impossible to use Bitcoins on a "dumb cell phone" - That changed recently with Link to phoneacoin.com and others.
Bitcoin solves problems that the world has had for decades, it takes the power to destroy the currency away from government so they cannot do it no matter how much they want to, or how desperately they think they need to.
No government wants to destroy a currency, they just don't want to acknowledge they've trapped themselves with debt and have no way out.
Who invented Bitcoin? What is to stop whoever did so initially issuing themselves the equivalent of $79 zillion in Bitcoin currency prior to it taking off? Is there commission charged on each transaction that occurs? If so, how much, and who receives this? The true creator is not known, he went by a false name "Satoshi".
He actually holds about 250,000 coins if I recall correctly because he was the first miner. Bitcoin is a protocol, a set of rules. It's open source, and anyone who wants to look at it can see that there is not a mechanism to just create more coins by typing in a magic word. There are no commissions, although there are fees that go to the miners who process and verify transactions.
Great podcast, can't wait for the next one! It depends on the mesh. If the mesh was never connected to the internet, it would be a parralel Bitcoin network able to transact with itself but if it was ever connected to the larger network any conflicting transactions would be "lost" as the two ledgers (the big one, and the disconnected one) try to reckon their differences. Only one winner, so that means there is a loser.
You discussed mesh networks in 3rd world countries and how bitcoin could be used in such a scenario. If the [mesh] network is disconnected from the internet, how would transactions on the blockchain be verified? Couldn't the time the mesh network was disconnected make it vulnerable to hacking the [mesh network's] blockchain? More interesting might be disconnected communities running their own fork or version of Bitcoin, that way if they're ever connected it can be an exchange process (trading their coins for "bitcoins" rather than a reckoning (Seeing who has a bigger network and canceling out transactions on the smaller one that conflict)
1) The price for one Bitcoin seems to fluctuate quite a bit. The most successful currencies remain relatively stable over time (e.g. the Dollar). Will Bitcoin ever need to reach a certain level of stability to be a successful unit of trade? and if so, what do you think needs to happen before then? 1 - Yes! Once everyone who has purchased Bitcoin has purchased them, the price will stabilize. In practice this will start happening long before absolute stability, and as soon as people start thinking about prices in terms of BTC instead of their local currency it almost doesn't matter.
2) If Bitcoin ever becomes a widely accepted form of payment (seems a lot of businesses already accept it), how do you think the US government will proceed/react/regulate/etc. considering that technically only the feds can issue currency? 2 - "The Feds" are not the only ones who can issue currency - They have legal tender laws which mean people MUST accept their money, but nothing prevents you from circulating a voluntary currency like Bitcoin.
Do you foresee companies like paypal incorporating bitcoin into their businesses in the future as a more credible exchange than these ones that are currently running? No. Paypal again is the proverbial horse-drawn-buggy manufacturer- Sure they might go to the worlds faire and while observing the new fangled automobiles say to themselves 'we might integrate this into our existing machines!' when the fact is that it obsoletes those existing machines.
Paypal makes their money by standing in the middle of transactions collecting fees, Bitcoin serves its function by connecting people who want to do commerce directly to one-another, and what fees are paid are a tiny fraction of what Paypal does. If paypal accepted Bitcoin, it would not be Bitcoin any more because they would have mechanisms to freeze accounts at the very least to mitigate risk. That is not possible with Bitcoin by itself.
Thanks for the well thought out response, I genuinely appreciated that you took the time for this! I do have a follow up question, how does one get bit coin in an easy way? Lets say I have 300$ that I want in bit coin.. whats the best way to approach this? Probably a company like bitinstant.com, bitstamp.com, or btcquick.com - For larger amounts they don't make too much sense but at that level its your best bet.
Not to be rude, but how do you expect for a currency without a standard like gold silver etc. to not crash down in a blaze of glory? What standard is your currency backed by?
Hi There. I was at the San Jose convention hall last weekend attending Big Wow Comicfest and that's where I saw Bitcoin2013! Mostly Bitcoin 2013 was an opportunity for people building the future of Bitcoin to meet each other and network. There were speakers talking about a wide variety of issues, and vendors of Bitcoin services who were showing their latest innovations and systems.
What information was presented at this event that couldn't be done justice disseminated over the internet? The information will eventually be online, but the probably 200 people I got to meet in real life will not (in real life)
What resources do you think I should review as a total newbie to bitcoin? Or if possible, what's the one sentence pitch to get a newb involved? For people brand new, www.weusecoins.com is a good place to start For people who want to learn how it works, www.letstalkbitcoin.com/learn will direct you to the Bitcoin Education Project, which is a series of free and very high quality lectures that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know and more about Bitcoin, How it works, and all the little sub-topics that you'll eventually want to learn about.
The pitch is "It's like cash that lives on the internet, and is as easy to spend on the internet as buying a candybar in a store with a dollar"
Would any of you hazard a guess at the bitcoin exchange rate at the end of 2013? Sure, i'll make a wild guess.
$1000.
If and when a large user comes onboard, I think thats the next price at which we'll bounce around for a while, just like 100 became the sticky point after the last major bout of adoption.
How do bitcoins relate to the law? For example, what would be the crime if somone hacked your account and stole your bitcoins? It's not exactly theft of money, or is it? Bitcoins are your property, it's illegal for someone to steal your property whether it is money or not. Right now there is little that can be done about theft, but eventually I expect a class of "Blockchain Forensic Investigators" to emerge who will track down your stolen coins for a % based fee.
On your last show you mentioned the diversity of the Bitcoiners who attended BitCoin2013 - which nation was most represented in your opinion? Were there any Chinese nationals present (we've heard that they've suddenly gotten the bitcoin bug in the last month)? Did the other nations talk about regulatory problems or is that just a US concern? I met the gentleman from BTC-China, but other than that I actually didn't see any obvious chinese nationals. We saw lots of eastern europeans and south americans.
Other nations are not talking about the regulatory issue as far as I can tell, it seems like everyone is waiting to see what the US does, which is not abnormal in a very new situation like this.
Isn't having an inherently deflationary currency a terrible idea? How is bitcoin different from geeky goldbuggery? Because you can't divide a gold coin into .0001 without incurring cost and expense. That's not the case with Bitcoin, so the deflationary aspect of it is largely moot.
There is a tendency to listen to modern "economics" which makes this arguement, saying that the money supply must expand because otherwise it drives down profitability in a race to the bottom.
I think in practice we'll find that people don't work against their own best interest, and while during the initial adoptions stages of Bitcoin there will be significant discounts offered to those who pay with Bitcoin vs. legacy currency, once the market becomes saturated and the price levels out those discounts will be scaled way back.
Right now it makes sense to heavily discount, because the expectation is that the value of the Bitcoins will go up during this period of adoption, that won't always be true and the discount is a reflection of anticipated future returns.
Was it bad when people saved money in banks that paid 10% interest? No, that's called capital formation. There is a thought that given a deflationary currency nobody will spend any money, that's nonsense. Just because your currency gains value over time doesn't mean that you no longer have costs that must be paid for. What Deflationary currencies do is say "Ok, you could spend it on that, but is it worth it relative to what you'll gain by not?"
That's a good thing. Our system right now works on the opposite theory - Spend money NOW because if you're dumb enough to keep it in the bank it will actually lose value over time between the couple points of "official" inflation and less than 1% artifical interest rates. The situation is like this now because the fed is trying to make people spend as much money as possible with the hope that the flows will "restart the economic engine"
Too bad this isn't how things work, not that it'll stop us from trying it over and over again.
In the 2008 financial crash, govts bailed out the banks because there was no other way to maintain the whole financial ecosystems of payrolls, invoices and trade, all of which go through the banking system. Honestly? No. Bitcoin would be great in this role, but governments around the world rely on their ability to expand the money supply (print money, or sell debt) in order to fund their deficits. They also manipulate interest rates to be low so that debt is very inexpensive.
Can you envisage another financial crash in the future where govt says, "We don't need to do a bailout, as we've got this alternative payment system" and then instructs businesses and employees to just get themselves a bitcoin address and work through the Bitcoin system? Bitcoin doesn't have a central control mechanism, so there is no group or person who can say "OK - the interest rate is 1%" - If that's really what the interest rate wants to be based on market forces, it'll be that - But if not, there isn't much anyone can do to stop it.
What type of notes and agenda does the team coordinate on before a show? We use Basecamp, and it really depends. Right now we have a show prep thread that has 30+ posts in it for episode 11, we'll probably use 5 of those.
The agenda is really basic - As we get near recording time topics are selected (generally by me, but I like to get the other hosts to do it since they provide most of the commentary in Host segments) and I form a schedule, then we run through the recording session hitting each topic.
Over the last weeks we've brought two researchers onto the team, so that has helped a TON.
I first learned about Bitcoins on an episode of The Good Wife. The one with Jason Biggs as the creator of BitCoin. Have you watched that episode and how accurate does that episode portray what's happening with Bitcoin in terms of legal stuff? Not having seen it but knowing TV, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say "not very well" Satoshi has not been identified, was a throw-away identity that was cryptographically secured, so probably never will.
Are there any conferences in Chicago anytime soon? I think a Q&A in public would be helpful for your show as well as bitcoin. I'll be speaking at an event in NYC on July 30, there will be one or two meetups while I'm there. There is also an event in October in Atlanta. I remember talking with a guy at Bitcoin2013 wearing a shirt that said "BitcoinChicago" so I'd suggest looking for a user-group.
We're planning on doing Q&As often, but none of us are really near Chicago so it's tough. Happy to do virtual Q&As over skype, live or recorded.
Oh dear. You're not all perfectly grammatical orators on the first try? I'm crushed! I really value my own time, and I know other people out there do too. I try to make the show as information dense as possible, thats the criteria we've been operating under from really day one.
We're actually talking about cutting the show in half and releasing it more often (still recording the same amount) because people can get tired of listening to such dense content for an hour or more.
US Treasury recently issued a directive stating they would be monitoring any entity attempting to exchange virtual currency for USD (or any other currency, goods, or services), indicating that federal authorities take a dim view of what amounts to private coinage. Do you anticipate a Supreme Court case here defining what is and is not private coinage? 2.And given bitcoin's noted extra-legal uses, do you have any indication it is being decrypted by NSA? 3.Taking it a step further, do you think it could be a national security-sponsored international sieve for money laundering? It may eventually go to Supreme Court.
I think the market has done fine for bitcoin so far. I think the market will continue to take care of bitcoin. The idea of giving in willingly to regulation makes me cringe. There are two camps. Some people think that regulation is inevitable, and since it's going to happen anyways it's better to participate in the process and try to make it less bad. The other side thinks that by participating, you accept their authority to regulate it when really they have no right to regulate money and have proven to do a very bad job at it now for quite a number of years.
Thanks so much for doing this, I love the Bitcoin system, but hate the volatility. How do you recommend dealing with that? I've heard to convert it quickly to the currency of choice after any exchange has been made to avoid any more changes to the price. The easy solution is just buy and hold - If you need to buy something, do it when you need to and not before. Do not pre-order anything.
What is your prediction of the price for 1 btc in USD, exactly one year from now? Just for fun, since I know it is impossible to even guess the day to day price swings. As a wild guess number I'd say $1000 or less than a dollar. Very little middleground because if it's regulated out of existence it will still exist, but be hard to find and cheap - If adoption continues to path the price should accelerate with wild spikes up and down.
My partner is buying into bitcoin as well as litecoin. Any advice for him? (I personally don't understand it) Don't panic, invest for the long term, and don't buy any more than you can afford to lose 100% of because there are still things that could dramatically reduce the price of bitcoin (mostly regulatory stuff, I answered this elsewhere in the thread)
Hello, I just wrote a long post about the functions of using BTC to facilitate a 'free bank' using the principals of free money, similar to the WIR bank. Link to en.wikipedia.org Do you think that something like this would be possible using Bitcoin? Probably. Not really my area of expertise.
Why did bits take a dive at the same time gold took a tank? I don't pay attention to price, sorry.
We take full credit for any rise and blame others for any decline. Feel free to tip us from your gains! Lol.
Just wanted to say I love your show. I encourage you to please continue making high-quality podcast episodes. Thank you. I'm really excited to be able to be a journalist in such an exciting field in a time when journalism is under attack. Not sure if you've been following the so-called "AP scandal" but now is a weird time to be trying to report the truth in this world, and we couldn't have picked a more controversial topic to the global macro picture.
Bitcoins are the stupidest investment anyone could ever make. Pass. Link to static.quickmeme.com
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Yes, but they started being worth a set value. bitcoin was never backed by anything so its value was kind of made up. how do you expect to make a non goverment currency anybody with a computer can print to retain value? Because the pie is only so large, the more people who have computers devoted to the work just each get a smaller and smaller piece.
The rate of issuance for Bitcoin is currently 25 bitcoins every 10 minutes. Only one person or pool gets the whole 25 bitcoins, it's a race to find them. If there are 10 people looking, chances are pretty good you'll find some. If there are 100,000,000 people looking, chances are much less good that you'll find them first, but if there are that many people looking those 25 coins are probably worth a whole lot more.
The system is self balancing in this way, unlike the government currency system where they create 65 billion USD worth of new value every month to buy mortgage backed securities for face value to try and prop up the market. With more than a trillion USD being added in this way each year, how can a government currency retain its value?
Because the governments "pie" does infact have limits to making it, and only dropped gold standard after over 150 years of the doller having a defined worth, unlike bitcoin, where a random hacker can just print endless money. I'd direct you to security researcher Dan Kaminsky. Link to www.businessinsider.com
You'll find it's a little harder than you're describing. Like, impossible.
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