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Title: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Hal on March 19, 2013, 08:40:02 PM
I thought I'd write about the last four years, an eventful time for Bitcoin and me.

For those who don't know me, I'm Hal Finney. I got my start in crypto working on an early version of PGP, working closely with Phil Zimmermann. When Phil decided to start PGP Corporation, I was one of the first hires. I would work on PGP until my retirement. At the same time, I got involved with the Cypherpunks. I ran the first cryptographically based anonymous remailer, among other activities.

Fast forward to late 2008 and the announcement of Bitcoin. I've noticed that cryptographic graybeards (I was in my mid 50's) tend to get cynical. I was more idealistic; I have always loved crypto, the mystery and the paradox of it.

When Satoshi announced Bitcoin on the cryptography mailing list, he got a skeptical reception at best. Cryptographers have seen too many grand schemes by clueless noobs. They tend to have a knee jerk reaction.

I was more positive. I had long been interested in cryptographic payment schemes. Plus I was lucky enough to meet and extensively correspond with both Wei Dai and Nick Szabo, generally acknowledged to have created ideas that would be realized with Bitcoin. I had made an attempt to create my own proof of work based currency, called RPOW. So I found Bitcoin facinating.

When Satoshi announced the first release of the software, I grabbed it right away. I think I was the first person besides Satoshi to run bitcoin. I mined block 70-something, and I was the recipient of the first bitcoin transaction, when Satoshi sent ten coins to me as a test. I carried on an email conversation with Satoshi over the next few days, mostly me reporting bugs and him fixing them.

Today, Satoshi's true identity has become a mystery. But at the time, I thought I was dealing with a young man of Japanese ancestry who was very smart and sincere. I've had the good fortune to know many brilliant people over the course of my life, so I recognize the signs.

After a few days, bitcoin was running pretty stably, so I left it running. Those were the days when difficulty was 1, and you could find blocks with a CPU, not even a GPU. I mined several blocks over the next days. But I turned it off because it made my computer run hot, and the fan noise bothered me. In retrospect, I wish I had kept it up longer, but on the other hand I was extraordinarily lucky to be there at the beginning. It's one of those glass half full half empty things.

The next I heard of Bitcoin was late 2010, when I was surprised to find that it was not only still going, bitcoins actually had monetary value. I dusted off my old wallet, and was relieved to discover that my bitcoins were still there. As the price climbed up to real money, I transferred the coins into an offline wallet, where hopefully they'll be worth something to my heirs.

Speaking of heirs, I got a surprise in 2009, when I was suddenly diagnosed with a fatal disease. I was in the best shape of my life at the start of that year, I'd lost a lot of weight and taken up distance running. I'd run several half marathons, and I was starting to train for a full marathon. I worked my way up to 20+ mile runs, and I thought I was all set. That's when everything went wrong.

My body began to fail. I slurred my speech, lost strength in my hands, and my legs were slow to recover. In August, 2009, I was given the diagnosis of ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, after the famous baseball player who got it.

ALS is a disease that kills moter neurons, which carry signals from the brain to the muscles. It causes first weakness, then gradually increasing paralysis. It is usually fatal in 2 to 5 years. My symptoms were mild at first and I continued to work, but fatigue and voice problems forced me to retire in early 2011. Since then the disease has continued its inexorable progression.

Today, I am essentially paralyzed. I am fed through a tube, and my breathing is assisted through another tube. I operate the computer using a commercial eyetracker system. It also has a speech synthesizer, so this is my voice now. I spend all day in my power wheelchair. I worked up an interface using an arduino so that I can adjust my wheelchair's position using my eyes.

It has been an adjustment, but my life is not too bad. I can still read, listen to music, and watch TV and movies. I recently discovered that I can even write code. It's very slow, probably 50 times slower than I was before. But I still love programming and it gives me goals. Currently I'm working on something Mike Hearn suggested, using the security features of modern processors, designed to support "Trusted Computing", to harden Bitcoin wallets. It's almost ready to release. I just have to do the documentation.

And of course the price gyrations of bitcoins are entertaining to me. I have skin in the game. But I came by my bitcoins through luck, with little credit to me. I lived through the crash of 2011. So I've seen it before. Easy come, easy go.

That's my story. I'm pretty lucky overall. Even with the ALS, my life is very satisfying. But my life expectancy is limited. Those discussions about inheriting your bitcoins are of more than academic interest. My bitcoins are stored in our safe deposit box, and my son and daughter are tech savvy. I think they're safe enough. I'm comfortable with my legacy.
[edited slightly]


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cypherdoc on March 19, 2013, 08:49:23 PM
very inspirational and you put things back into perspective.

i've enjoyed reading your posts from the early days and found them highly educational. 

thanks for your help in getting Bitcoin off the ground.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: maxmint on March 19, 2013, 08:49:47 PM
I was just browsing the forum when all of a sudden there's this impressive thread. Thanks for taking the time to write down your story, it's absolutely fascinating that you were there in the beginning.
Wishing you all the best and keep up your optimism!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: LoweryCBS on March 19, 2013, 08:54:25 PM
Thank you, fine sir!

You are enjoying a fulfilling existence, despite the obstacles you've encountered. To that I say, "Congratulations!"


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: elux on March 19, 2013, 09:00:21 PM
I just have to do the documentation.

I'm sure there are plenty of us who would like to contribute, if we can.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: gmaxwell on March 19, 2013, 09:05:57 PM
There is at least a small group of the technical crowd around here who has been aware of your challenges— your excellent lesswrong post (http://lesswrong.com/lw/1ab/dying_outside/) has been circulated many times— and every time you post something it generates great excitement on IRC. Seeing you continue on with a productive life is an inspiration to everyone and, speaking for myself usually makes my own difficulties seem a bit more trivial and surmountable— doubly so considering that many of us found your work interesting before your troubles. (E.g. I corresponded with you about RPOW back in 2004.)

More selfishly, I believe having people contributing to the Bitcoin ecosystem from many perspectives is highly valuable— your I/O limitations are a burden no one would choose, but perhaps they give you useful perspectives that others are less likely to have. I'm grateful that you've chosen to continue to spend time in this area and I hope you'll continue to find it fulfilling.  When Pieter created a pull request with your ECDSA optimizations (work which he has since continued and achieved something like a 4x speedup over OpenSSL) I quipped that we were truly in the future: we have a decenteralized cryptocurrency, and one of its developers exists in brain-in-a-jar state.

After your bcflick (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=154290.0) post I ordered an extra TPM/XMHF capable system (don't want to risk bricking my laptop messing around with it)... I'm pretty excited by that work and eager to see where it goes.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Piper67 on March 19, 2013, 09:16:09 PM
You have singlehandedly elevated the level of discourse on these forums by several degrees... for that alone, you deserve our praise and thanks.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Herodes on March 19, 2013, 09:17:23 PM
Hal Finney, I haven't heard about you before, since I've not been much into the crypto-world before bitcoin. But I read up on you online, and surely the work you've done is most impressive, and it's also impressive that despite the sickness you haven't given up. I am also happy to learn that you have your wife by your side that cares for you through these days.

http://www.noozhawk.com/images/uploads/540-finney1.jpg
Hal Finney supported by wife on his outside adventures.
Source: http://www.noozhawk.com/local_news/article/101710_hal_finney_als/




 I enjoyed reading your story, and it's part of bitcoin history now. Actually when I finished reading your message, I had tear in my eyes.

It's great that you still get out and about in your wheel-chair.

You've contributed more than many other men in their lifetime, and when your time comes, I'm sure your bitcoins will be put to good use, and who knows what price they'll be at. Thanks for writing, and not just fading away.

With high respect,
Herodes


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: stereotype on March 19, 2013, 09:20:48 PM
You have singlehandedly elevated the level of discourse on these forums by several degrees... for that alone, you deserve our praise and thanks.

Here here, and hooray for that.

Hal. I am humbled.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bg002h on March 19, 2013, 09:26:07 PM
Wow. As a physician, I am humbled by your adaptive capabilities. I think most of us, myself included, use much lamer excuses for not getting stuff done.

Thank you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bitrick on March 19, 2013, 09:30:39 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share your story. I'm impressed and inspired by your attitude in the face of adversity. I've been programming for 30 years and I hope I can continue as long as I am able. I have wondered before to what extreme efforts I would take to continue programming under conditions such as yours. I'm glad you are able to continue your love for programming. It makes me realize how much I take for granted.

In tribute to your dedication and contribution to bitcoin, I have decided that I will refresh and improve my articles on Satoshi Client Operation (currently pinned in the technical forum). (Although it may not be until summer when I have some time off). If you can continue to contribute in your circumstances, then I have no excuse for not doing the same.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: potato5491 on March 19, 2013, 09:35:27 PM
Wow, incredible story. Thanks for sharing.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: theymos on March 19, 2013, 09:48:39 PM
It's truly inspirational how you've faced such immense challenges without giving up. And it's always exciting to see that you've posted something here -- your projects are always very interesting!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: shibaji on March 19, 2013, 09:49:46 PM
Thanks for sharing your story. Your contribution is immortal. Kudos.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BTC Books on March 19, 2013, 09:51:52 PM
Thank you.

For all you've done in your life, and for putting it into perspective.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Severian on March 19, 2013, 10:00:28 PM
The single most beautiful post ever made on this board, Hal.

You don't know me but I lurked the cypherpunk list way back when. You made more of an impact on my life, and that of many others, than you can probably comprehend. PGP changed everything and you helped. Bitcoin has changed everything and you helped. You even have a Bitcoin attack named after you.

Thanks for sharing what you know, Hal. You're showing us how to do it.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: crazy_rabbit on March 19, 2013, 10:02:03 PM
Wow. Bitcoin suddenly feels like what it was always supposed to be: the future.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: nobbynobbynoob on March 19, 2013, 10:06:31 PM
Hal, thanks for sharing this with us, very touching.

Satoshi was (is) a pure genius. May we live by Satoshi's legacy.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Zomdifros on March 19, 2013, 10:28:31 PM
Thank you for sharing your story here with us and thank you for all your contributions to Bitcoin. I am sure that once Bitcoin has changed the world, your name will remain a legend forever linked to it's dawn.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: meanig on March 19, 2013, 10:32:14 PM
Without lowering the reverence of this thread I'd just like to say that Hal's avatar always reminds me of Pierce Brosnan.

Thanks for all the work you've put into making Bitcoin what it is.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: World on March 19, 2013, 10:52:47 PM
Thank you for this post and hard work,very informative reading.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bitjoint on March 19, 2013, 11:54:41 PM
Speechless.

Bitcoin is going to be something really positive and remarkable in the history of humanity. Wheter it stays the same or evolves, I think there's no doubt about that reached this point. Thanks for your contribution and for helping to shape a better future.

Regards from Europe


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: comboy on March 19, 2013, 11:55:52 PM
Hal, you are awesome.

I'm truly grateful for sharing this story.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: coretechs on March 19, 2013, 11:57:32 PM
Thank you for sharing your story.  You have helped enable possibilities for the future of humanity that we can only begin to imagine.  :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: proudhon on March 20, 2013, 12:03:45 AM
Wow, Hal, thank you for that.  I hear about you all the time on Steve Gibson's podcast.  It's an honor to have you around here.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: TheKoziTwo on March 20, 2013, 12:06:48 AM
Very inspirational and interesting to hear your story Hal, thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: shawshankinmate37927 on March 20, 2013, 12:25:11 AM
I'm comfortable with my legacy.

Indeed, you've helped to make the world a freer place.  Thank you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: marcus_of_augustus on March 20, 2013, 12:30:37 AM
Inspirational.

Thanks for fighting the good fight Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: tvbcof on March 20, 2013, 12:37:42 AM
Hal,

In addition to the Bitcoin related efforts, I really want to thank you especially for your earlier work.  The cypherpunks related work of you and others (for lack of a better description) is, in my mind, one of the highest ranking achievements in the history of developments impacting social structures.  We'll not know for a while, if ever, what the full impact will be but I am confident that they have been and will continue to be a positive force shaping things as we evolve.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Realpra on March 20, 2013, 12:38:49 AM
Thank you for what you have done.

Thanks at least partially to you I believe mankind will be helped greatly in the coming years as corruption world wide is curbed by Bitcoin.

Bitcoin has advanced my own ideas and business perhaps a decade. I am much indebted.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pera on March 20, 2013, 12:58:09 AM
I'm very touched about your post Hal, I didn't know you have ALS..
I recently discovered that I can even write code. It's very slow, probably 50 times slower than I was before. But I still love programming and it gives me goals. Currently I'm working on something Mike Hearn suggested, using the security features of modern processors, designed to support "Trusted Computing", to harden Bitcoin wallets. It's almost ready to release. I just have to do the documentation.
I am curious about what software you're currently using for eye tracking and text input, is your IDE adapted in some way for auto-completing and navigation?

Thank you and I hope you the best.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: TheDerrickJ on March 20, 2013, 01:06:01 AM
Beautiful. Thank you for sharing that touching story, Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: acoindr on March 20, 2013, 01:18:40 AM
Hal,

Thank you for sharing! We Bitcoin enthusiasts are often captivated by those involved in the earliest days, and you appear to be right next to Satoshi! You will have a place in history like the first scientists sending messages over the Internet, or those first words spoken over a telephone from Alexander Graham Bell to Mr. Watson: "Mr. Watson — Come here — I want to see you."

You, sir, are Satoshi's Mr. Watson and I salute you! Thank you also for the work you continue to do.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: oakpacific on March 20, 2013, 01:28:33 AM
Very moving and inspirational story, Hal. You know what? I somehow envy you, many of us working in academia have the dream of seeing our pet projects go big and become something truly beneficial to the human race, you have such privileges.

Best of luck and may the force of cryptography and bitcoin be with you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: toffoo on March 20, 2013, 01:51:59 AM
Hal, amazing story, thanks for posting this here.

Let's keep one thing in mind: Stephen Hawking was 21 when he was first diagnosed with ALS.  At the time doctors gave him a life expectancy of two years.

He's now 71, and apparently has accomplished quite a bit since that diagnosis.

Don't let it slow you down either.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: lukestokes on March 20, 2013, 02:18:57 AM
Thank you, Hal. As a new member of the Bitcoin community, I'm standing on the shoulders of visionary pioneers like you. Your story is an inspiration, and I do think your legacy will be remembered many years from now as the history of this technology is preserved and celebrated.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Monster Tent on March 20, 2013, 02:32:56 AM
Thankyou for sharing your story Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: remotemass on March 20, 2013, 02:40:16 AM
Thanks for sharing.
It's a touching story.
Blessings.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: DeathAndTaxes on March 20, 2013, 02:42:09 AM
For those who haven't made the connection the "Finney Attack" commonly referenced on this forum is named after the OP who first theorized this double spend attack vector.
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Double-spending#Finney_attack

Thank you for sharing Hal.  I have sometimes wondered what would have happened if nobody had responded to Satoshi's idea.  Would it have simply died on the vine and vanished into the pages of history?


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: xavier on March 20, 2013, 02:47:29 AM
Great post. I'm happy for you and that you were fortunate enough to be involved in the early days.

I'd keep quiet about the bitcoins that you own however and maybe remove any references to how or where they are stored. These forums are public, with the bitcoin price increasing daily it could be a wise move.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: herzmeister on March 20, 2013, 02:53:48 AM
thank you for everything Hal!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: thefiniteidea on March 20, 2013, 03:00:26 AM
When Satoshi announced Bitcoin on the cryptography mailing list, he got a skeptical reception at best. Cryptographers have seen too many grand schemes by clueless noobs. They tend to have a knee jerk reaction.
...
I was more positive. I've had the good fortune to know many brilliant people over the course of my life, so I recognize the signs.

Thank you immensely, Hal! Thank you for being there at the beginning with that intuition! And with that open-minded attitude! None of this would have happened without it!

You rock, man  ;)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Cryptoman on March 20, 2013, 03:05:40 AM
The single most beautiful post ever made on this board, Hal.

You don't know me but I lurked the cypherpunk list way back when. You made more of an impact on my life, and that of many others, than you can probably comprehend. PGP changed everything and you helped. Bitcoin has changed everything and you helped. You even have a Bitcoin attack named after you.

Thanks for sharing what you know, Hal. You're showing us how to do it.

+1

Hal, I'm also one of your admirers from the old list.  Thanks for all your work on remailers (I always posted to the cypherpunks list through a remailer) and also for your early work on PGP and Bitcoin.  I too was diagnosed with a "fatal" condition...in 1996.  I was given 3 years to live, but as you can see, I'm still around.  I'm not done tormenting our overlords yet.  So anything's possible, Hal.  Your example of making the best of things and continuing to contribute to the things you love will inspire many.  Godspeed. 


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: conv3rsion on March 20, 2013, 04:18:24 AM
Hal I really appreciated reading your story. Thank you very much for sharing it with us.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: AlexWaters on March 20, 2013, 05:06:27 AM
Your story is inspiring, thank you.

"The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away"


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Melbustus on March 20, 2013, 05:46:31 AM

When Satoshi announced Bitcoin on the cryptography mailing list, he got a skeptical reception at best. Cryptographers have seen too many grand schemes by clueless noobs. They tend to have a knee jerk reaction.

I was more positive.



Fascinating how one's attitude can potentially make a difference of great historical significance. I, like many here, think bitcoin can be a wonderful benefit to humanity, and your early help was important if not critical.

As was your prior work. There aren't many who truly make a significant impact. Thanks for sharing your story now, and both your brainpower and good manner over your whole life. 



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: LightRider on March 20, 2013, 05:51:04 AM
Thank you for all of your work and for sharing your story.

I hope medical science and technology improves so that it may cure your disease and keep you in the business of generating brilliance that serves all of humanity for a long time to come.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: thoughtfan on March 20, 2013, 06:12:34 AM
Everything I thought of writing in response whilst reading has already been said but I will add my thanks nevertheless.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Dusty on March 20, 2013, 07:45:38 AM
Hello Hal, and thanks for sharing your story.

Please keep up, I'm sure you will do other amazing things!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: amincd on March 20, 2013, 08:06:13 AM
I'm very sorry to hear about your condition. I hope you try some experimental treatments for ALS.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: glub0x on March 20, 2013, 08:35:51 AM
wow breathtaking


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: grau on March 20, 2013, 08:56:16 AM
Your remarkable contribution to the foundation of our future economy should let you feel proud and safe to be remembered by all of us.

Thank you Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: n0rupp on March 20, 2013, 09:04:16 AM
I'm speechless. Thank you! :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Mike Hearn on March 20, 2013, 09:42:05 AM
Hal,

I already knew your story (and I remember RPOW too), but it's wonderful that you're sharing it with a wider audience. I'm unspeakably happy that you're still able to enjoy programming and have been able to combine your interests in TC and Bitcoin together. And I'm blown away by the fact that even now in the advanced stages of ALS you are finding unique ways to contribute that I am 100% sure will be in wide usage, even decades from now.

Back in 2011 I wrote this:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3441.msg48897#msg48897

Quote
If a miner is found to be repeatedly performing what for lack of a better name I'll call the Finney attack, other honest nodes blacklist that public key.

... and it seems the name has stuck. So whilst nobody knows what will become of Bitcoin, if it does continue to grow and take off, it's plausible people will be speaking the name of Hal Finney long after we're all dead. Even if the odds of Bitcoin succeeding to this degree are slim, are they really 100 million to one against? :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: VeeMiner on March 20, 2013, 10:00:10 AM
Thank you for sharing the story Hal,

you are an inspiration to everyone here. Also you are a very strong person to have dealt with your sickness in such a manner. Thank you for your contribution to make the world a better place!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Nubarius on March 20, 2013, 10:03:14 AM
Hal, thank you for sharing your story and for your great contributions to Bitcoin.

And it's so encouraging that you can keep up the great work in the face of adversity. All the best.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: toorik on March 20, 2013, 10:34:40 AM
Thank You for sharing. Travel with god!


all the best,

m.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: qwk on March 20, 2013, 11:17:13 AM
Forgive my ego, i just had to make it onto
http://blockexplorer.com/address/157i5gK7iN4bNAN39Ahuoiq6Tx5TaQukTE (http://blockexplorer.com/address/157i5gK7iN4bNAN39Ahuoiq6Tx5TaQukTE)
and chipped you a bit-dime.

Thank you for sharing your experiences.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Amitabh S on March 20, 2013, 11:55:02 AM
Thanks for the post and for sharing a bit of bitcoin history. We are grateful for your contribution to PGP and bitcoin.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Jaagu on March 20, 2013, 12:04:29 PM
Hal, I remember your posts from 2010.
I was recently thinking of you.
And you answered.
When does satoshi answer?


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: phelix on March 20, 2013, 12:22:37 PM
May be of interest to you:

Teen Creates 3D Printed, Brain-Powered Prosthetic Arm

http://blog.makezine.com/2013/02/08/teen-creates-3d-printed-brain-powered-prosthetic-arm/


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ralree on March 20, 2013, 12:36:22 PM
Absolutely touching.  Thank you very much for writing this.  I can only hope that if I am afflicted with a disease like the one described that I would respond in much the same way you did.  I'll be looking forward to your release you mention near the end!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Grafzep on March 20, 2013, 12:51:25 PM
Thank you, Hal Finney.

We are what we create. It seems one of your principles is that the power of the good nodes will overcome that of the bad. You must believe that people are essentially good. As you must be.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Gabit on March 20, 2013, 03:25:02 PM
Hal, thank you. You have helped to give us a change for the better future. That is a legacy that anyone should be proud of. No one could ask for more.

I wish you and your family well. You're inspiration for all of us.
-Gabit


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: RodeoX on March 20, 2013, 03:26:53 PM
Thanks for the interesting perspective Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ArticMine on March 20, 2013, 03:27:02 PM
Thank you, Hal Finney, for such a touching and inspirational thread.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: kiba on March 20, 2013, 05:13:34 PM
Have you consider submitting an application for one of those braingate trial?


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Phoenix on March 20, 2013, 06:49:50 PM
Hal Finney,

I am left awestruck and deeply inspired by your story and its significance for the larger chain of events of all things bitcoin. In fear of exaggerating, I will only say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contribution.

Keep up the fight


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: MarlboroMan on March 20, 2013, 07:02:00 PM
Wow what an incredible guy. Hal, I hope you the best you will go down as one of the first to use Bitcoin, and even more impressive that you communicated with Satoshi.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ThePiachu on March 20, 2013, 08:10:34 PM
Thank you for the inspirational post.

Are your conversations with Satoshi public on this forum, or perhaps still stored somewhere privately? I know that they might be of interest to a lot of Bitcoin people - you were making history then.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: mccorvic on March 20, 2013, 08:12:25 PM
I just want to say thank you for sharing your story with us.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Hal on March 20, 2013, 08:25:32 PM
Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. I'm sorry that I can't respond to each of you individually. But know that I am touched and encouraged by your words of support.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: elux on March 20, 2013, 08:29:19 PM
I quipped that we were truly in the future: we have a decenteralized cryptocurrency, and one of its developers exists in brain-in-a-jar state.

We do indeed live in the future, and the OP has been dealt a strange hand.

It gives me pause, to think that... Hal Finney may outlive every other person in this thread.

If things turn out well for Humanity, as well as we can reasonably hope — better than we fear;
It should not completely surprise me then, if — some few, or many decades hence,
OP were to visit the Internet Archive of that age, and in his curiosity revisit this page,
and perhaps also, after a moment of reflection, weep for those who wept for him,
— the people who were still alive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6ljFaKRTrI).

...I should send Alcor (http://www.alcor.org) an email, ask them about their stance toward Bitcoin,
despite, for now, being out of their reach for geographical reasons...

www.lesswrong.com/lw/1ab/dying_outside/15jj | www.alcor.org

Oh, and for the love of all that is good, every one of you; keep breathing.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bitcoinstarter on March 20, 2013, 09:31:48 PM
Just found this story just amazing stuff .Keep up the good work Hal!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: andrewbadr on March 20, 2013, 10:08:23 PM
Here's a post of Hal's on the original Bitcoin announcement thread: http://www.mail-archive.com/cryptography%40metzdowd.com/msg09975.html

Compare his responses to the others on the thread. Also see Hal's replies to the client-announcement thread. He's on a higher level than anyone else. When I first went through these, not knowing who he was, I was convinced that this guy was a "plant" of some kind — i.e., he had to have been at least familiar with Bitcoin before it was announced, to be able to make those kinds of analyses. Well, I did a little more research, and it turns out he's merely a genius.

Hal, I'm really looking forward to your project. Cheers, and thank you for sharing your experience with us.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: tvbcof on March 20, 2013, 11:01:34 PM
Here's a post of Hal's on the original Bitcoin announcement thread: http://www.mail-archive.com/cryptography%40metzdowd.com/msg09975.html
...

Thx for the link ~andrewdadr.  I should have found this archive and considered it required study some time ago.  I'm supposed to be working, but scanned a few of the mails.  Enough to realize that I was quite wrong in my conjecture about how Satoshi might have viewed the likely growth trajectory of the Bitcoin solution and the resources required to operate it.  His thoughts seem to be very close to Mike Hearn's (which I continue to disagree with personally.)



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: caveden on March 21, 2013, 08:34:53 AM
This is the most touching topic I've ever seen on these boards.

Congratulations for your strength and wisdom Mr Finney. You're one in a million.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Ditto on March 21, 2013, 10:57:53 AM
Thank you for this post, Hal, and for everything you have given the Bitcoin community. A truly inspiring story.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bracek on March 21, 2013, 11:08:50 AM
thank you for your contribution

maybe you enjoy this kind of thoughts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cnj8MIQ0HY


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: jgarzik on March 21, 2013, 03:34:38 PM
Hal,

Just to echo the other devs:  your contributions continue to be felt today.  Pieter (sipa) is working on integrating your ECDSA speed-ups into the main client.

Thanks so much.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bit_Happy on March 21, 2013, 08:42:55 PM
Thank you Hal, you make the world a better place.  :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: wachtwoord on March 21, 2013, 08:58:13 PM
This post is to show my respect to you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: rpietila on March 21, 2013, 09:06:54 PM
Thank you, Hal. This is the most touching moment of all that I have encountered on this forum.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bitcool on March 21, 2013, 09:07:44 PM
Ever since I read your Dying from Inside (or something titled like that) post two years ago,  I've been think of you from time to time.

Every life has its end, thanks for your inspiration and I am greatly humbled.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: 100%digital on March 21, 2013, 10:48:10 PM
Hal, thank you for your story, and your many contributions to the crypto world. I wish you and your family the best of luck.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: glitch003 on March 22, 2013, 12:50:06 AM
Thank you for posting this.  I first found out who you were when reading about a "Finney" attack, and it really means a lot knowing the story behind the man.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: joeykrug on March 22, 2013, 02:35:26 AM
Wow.. It's great to know people like Hal still exist in the world. Amazing story, I wish you the best ^^


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: jonathan on March 22, 2013, 04:05:36 AM
Hi Hal,

Thanks for your story, it certainly seems to me a life lived fighting for right.

: "I can still read, listen to music, and watch TV and movies. I recently discovered that I can even write code."

Sounds like you are still a busy guy. Nice. :-)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: HBBZ on March 22, 2013, 06:02:23 AM
After reading all the replies, I knew a lot more ways to acknowlege the contribution of a person and experss gratitude in many ways. Best wishes from a Cypherpunk from mainland China, a country of kleptocracy.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ChipGeek on March 22, 2013, 04:01:31 PM
Hal,

Thank you for all you have contributed to bitcoin and for sharing your story.  Very inspiring.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: b!z on March 25, 2013, 02:20:21 PM
You are a hero, I wish you the best of luck. :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cbeast on March 25, 2013, 02:30:02 PM
Though our bodies fail, our spirits thrive. Humanity needs minds like yours. May you always continue to dream. I'll be expecting to hear great ideas from Hal Finney for years to come.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: No_2 on March 25, 2013, 04:41:56 PM
Hal, thank you for your sharing this inspiring story and being part of this technology.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: evoorhees on March 25, 2013, 08:55:35 PM
This was truly wonderful to read. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it.

As fascinating as technology tends to be, especially within Bitcoin, the real story, the interesting narrative, is always with the people involved.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: sloper on March 26, 2013, 02:41:03 AM
I admire and respect the work you put into to support such a crazy sounding idea. Thank you for being so brave and thanks for dropping by for that kind story.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitPirate on March 26, 2013, 03:07:12 AM
Thank you for taking the time and effort to write such a thoughtful post, and thank you for everything you have done for Bitcoin.

If the Bitcoin community continues to have involvement from people like you, the future can only be positive.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: blogospheroid on March 26, 2013, 10:35:28 AM
Hi Hal,

RESPECT!

You're a pioneer of crypto with RPOW and then receiving the first bitcoin transaction, your name is forever etched in history. Great to hear your story. Thanks for believing in this when few others did.
I heard in the less wrong forum that you have arranged for your cryonic preservation. Hope your other high risk, high reward gamble also works out for the best. I hope to meet you in your next life.

Warmest Regards


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: darkmule on April 09, 2013, 06:46:57 AM
I was on the cypherpunks list in 1992 when you were doing excellent work in setting up the remailer network.  That was such a fantastic time.

I'm incredibly impressed with your current activities. 

One of the slogans of the day was "Cypherpunks write code."  I'm glad that is still the case to this day.

Thank you for this excellent series of posts.  You are one of the true pioneers.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Zaih on April 12, 2013, 09:36:50 AM
Thanks a lot sir. It's amazing to think that you were there when it all began


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitCloud on April 13, 2013, 06:27:50 PM
Hal, printed your Post for my kids to read.

you might have very well been the reason why bitcoin is still around.

will run extra miles for you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: myrkul on April 13, 2013, 06:43:07 PM
Hal, I hope I'm half as strong as you if I ever come down with something like this.

Truly an inspiration.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Sergio_Demian_Lerner on April 13, 2013, 08:30:08 PM
I never browse this forum, and today, the first time I did, I'm very lucky I read your message that enlighten me and teaches me about life.
I admire your strength.

Thank you, and keep thinking and writing.
Sergio Demian Lerner.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: wingding on April 13, 2013, 08:50:59 PM
Great story. IntrIguing. Thanks for sharing. Your attitude inspires.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bitcool on April 13, 2013, 11:29:57 PM
Quote
Life, is a sexually transmitted, terminal disease.

I wish I can make mine as interesting as yours.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: gradient vector on April 13, 2013, 11:56:35 PM
Truly inspiring.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: MashRinx on April 14, 2013, 12:50:54 AM
I love reading "I was there when" stories, and this one ranked up at the top of that list.  Hal, you are a true inspiration and your list of accomplishments is very impressive.  The very best of luck to you and your family and here's to you beating the odds.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: sangaman on April 14, 2013, 12:51:47 AM
I'm grub hung, but I just wanted to say thanks for the story Hal and you're the man. I bet it wasn't as much luck as you say that you happened to be bitcoin's first user, but rather a result of your own ingenuity and eye for good ideas. I wish all the best to you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cande on April 14, 2013, 08:21:24 AM
thank you Hal for a beautiful and intriguing sharing, Bitcoin is already becoming epic.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: paraipan on April 14, 2013, 06:00:05 PM
very inspirational and you put things back into perspective.

i've enjoyed reading your posts from the early days and found them highly educational.  

thanks for your help in getting Bitcoin off the ground.


+1 thank you Hal


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: muyuu on April 14, 2013, 08:58:50 PM
I am humbled to even share this board with you, Hal.

So many times I've felt excused not to get stuff done because of personal issues or just tiredness. This put things in perspective. You are an inspiration.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: rng29a on April 14, 2013, 09:43:53 PM
I was really moved by your LW post, suddenly the problems I had at that time appeared very insignificant.
I am happy for you that you're still able to do the things you love.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: CosicMiner on April 14, 2013, 10:08:43 PM
Thanks for sharing your story Hal. I'm wishing you the best of luck.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BTCisthefuture on April 15, 2013, 02:30:07 AM
Great post , I really enjoyed reading about your background and your early experience(s) with bitcoin.  Thanks for sharing this story with us, it made my day.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Stunna on April 15, 2013, 07:15:40 AM
Thanks for sharing your story. Nothing but respect for you. Must have been incredible being one of the first and only to work with satoshi.


Title: To Hal Finney from a fellow Open Source Software Developer with ALS
Post by: aaronwinborn on April 15, 2013, 03:55:00 PM
Hal, I just read your heartwarming post over at https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=155054.msg1643833#msg1643833 (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=155054.msg1643833#msg1643833), and due to restrictions on this forum, find myself unable to post a response on that thread. Thus, I am posting here on the newbie forum.

I hope, but do not expect, that you will eventually read this thread, if for no other than the inhuman effort required to create it.

I am familiar with your story, as I read it in the LessWrong forum a year ago or so. I was not familiar with your work on bitcoins, although in retrospect I could have taken a clue from your work in cryptography.

Hats off to you, sir, for you have helped through your continuing work with Open Source to make a better world.

As yourself, I am a member of the Stupid Club, of people diagnosed with ALS. As you do, I am relegated to communicating with the world with my eyes, in the form of a Tobii eye gaze tracker and Dasher. Also like yourself, I have and continue to contribute to Open Source Software, although it is in the form of Drupal, a content management system used to publish websites.

The proud father of two young children, I was surprised to learn just two years ago that my life expectancy had taken a plunge. Unlike many well-intentioned hopes in the thread you started, I understand the harsh prospects that you and I face, which is why I won't point to Stephen Hawking as inspiration; unless you're Stephen Hawking, there's little chance you'll survive the decade, and kudos to you if you do. I also won't urge you to rush out and try an experimental treatment; for you and I are not welcome to try them, as they don't want patients more than two years beyond diagnosis, for they don't want us throwing off their numbers with our likely deaths.

I wonder, though, about your thoughts about cryonics. I posted about my intention to seek cryonic preservation on a private ALS support group on Facebook, and was shocked by the angry responses I received, everything from I should trust in the eternal life promised by my Lord and savior, to I am stealing resources from the future and present generations by seeking immortality.

I have received a more welcome response from the cryonics and Open Source communities, but I did not expect the vitriol that I received from my fellow patients with a terminal illness. In retrospect, I guess that the one is self-selected, where the other is thrust onto us against our wills. It is perhaps, of course, wishful thinking, but I would have hoped for if not something along the lines of me too, where do I sign up, at least something a bit more supportive.

In any case, I do not expect to learn of your plans or even thoughts about cryonics, because I don't suspect you'll chance across this thread. But if you do, and you are planning for it, then I hope we'll meet on the other side. And if you, like me, have instead found yourself blindsided by the life insurance companies' unwillingness to chance on a terminally ill patient, then here is the link to the Society for Venturism http://www.venturist.info/ (http://www.venturist.info/), the organization responsible for the cryonic preservation of Kim Suozzi, and the charity which has taken up my similar cause.

Stay strong,

Aaron Winborn

http://www.aaronwinborn.com/ (http://www.aaronwinborn.com/)



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: kiba on April 15, 2013, 07:27:21 PM
It is strange to seek cryonic, and stranger still the opposition to cryonic.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: dirksizzlebod on April 17, 2013, 12:02:03 PM
It is strange to seek cryonic, and stranger still the opposition to cryonic.

This is so inspirational. Even if bitcoin doesn't make it, this story will live on forever! Satoshi changed the world! Everyone is talking about money now!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Ghostdog on April 21, 2013, 08:06:43 AM
I just read this thread coming from The Well Deserved Fortune of Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin creator, Visionary and Genius (https://bitslog.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/the-well-deserved-fortune-of-satoshi-nakamoto/).

For some reasons you remember me one of my best friends and as said by someone before me this is so inspirational. I will pray for you and I wish you the best.

Quote
Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

(Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them)

Let's build a better world.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Birdy on April 21, 2013, 08:39:21 AM
Wow, wasn't expecting this when opening a random thread.
Respect for what you have done and how you are still able to handle the severe difficulties thrown in your path.

The foundation of Bitcoin has characters befitting of an entry in history books.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Kilogram on April 21, 2013, 03:32:25 PM
Here, here...

Thank you for writing us Hal.  I wish you well and would love to see you continue to help steer the Bitcoin.


Ty




Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Gliph on April 21, 2013, 09:28:52 PM
This is a wonderful and inspirational story to share. Thank you, Hal.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: deeplink on April 21, 2013, 10:23:23 PM
Hal, your contributions have changed an incomprehensible amount of lives in the present and beyond that in the future.

You are an inspiration and I want to thank you for making it happen.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: dunand on April 21, 2013, 11:21:05 PM
Thank you for sharing your story.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: solex on April 22, 2013, 12:23:39 AM
Hal, just seen your post. Very moving indeed.

Shows what we all shouldn't forget: life is more important than money.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: 99bitcoins on April 22, 2013, 12:51:06 AM
I just spent the last hour reading the entire thread from back in 2008:
http://www.mail-archive.com/cryptography@metzdowd.com/msg09975.html

This guy Hal seemed to have an instinct as to the potential of the idea and he was just drilling at Satoshi's brain constantly...what an amazing, insightful read that was. It's like watching an idea materialize right before your eyes ;)

I also found some insight into who Satoshi was. His English is impeccable. We seems westernized. He uses a lot of western idioms that hint to a middle-aged westerner. My guess is that Satoshi, even if of Japanese ancestry didn't grow up in Japan.

Exciting times :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: charleshoskinson on April 22, 2013, 01:09:02 AM
Thank you Hal for everything you have done for both this community and the world. No one knew what would become of the Bitcoin and we still don't know. It's a grand experiment. I hope that I can live up to the example you have set for all of us. And I hope that the Bitcoin outlives us all.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: paraipan on April 22, 2013, 01:48:14 AM
I just spent the last hour reading the entire thread from back in 2008:
http://www.mail-archive.com/cryptography@metzdowd.com/msg09975.html

This guy Hal seemed to have an instinct as to the potential of the idea and he was just drilling at Satoshi's brain constantly...what an amazing, insightful read that was. It's like watching an idea materialize right before your eyes ;)

I also found some insight into who Satoshi was. His English is impeccable. We seems westernized. He uses a lot of western idioms that hint to a middle-aged westerner. My guess is that Satoshi, even if of Japanese ancestry didn't grow up in Japan.

Exciting times :)

Thanks for sharing, interesting read indeed. Seems like Satoshi worked for almost two years on the concept before releasing it to the world.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: LuisCar on April 22, 2013, 06:57:21 PM
Esta es la gente a la que yo verdaderamente admiro. Ojalá hubiese muchas más personas como tú, Hal.

----
Sorry for using Google Translate:

This is the people that I truly admire. I wish there were many more people like you, Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: adamthefishman on April 26, 2013, 08:01:50 AM
Just come across your post through a link from another discussion.

Reading these type of stories makes me feel like i've stumbled across an undiscovered Egyptian Tomb, or something like that.

You have definitely have a legacy, and I hope your children and grandchildren value your input into this world changing technology.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: charleshoskinson on April 26, 2013, 08:03:49 AM
Hal, I've been trying to preserve the history of Bitcoin (especially the early days). Is there anything you'd like us to archive for future bitcoiners?


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: errer on May 05, 2013, 06:43:45 PM
Thank you!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: h4r13q1n on May 06, 2013, 11:18:38 PM
Just a few men can hope to leave their mark here on earth, doing what they love whilst making the world a better place.
You've achieved more than most men, secured a place in the history books of the future, rightfully proud of your heritage.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: 01BTC10 on May 06, 2013, 11:41:28 PM
Very nice post. Enjoyed the read.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: xbitcoinx on May 09, 2013, 08:22:45 PM
this isn't another kind of rhetoric. Your story reminds me of a Faith > Health > Wealth

Dum spiro, spero








Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: CasinoBit on May 11, 2013, 10:37:04 AM
Thanks for writing to us Hal, must have been quite hard with the eyetracking device, might sound funny to you but I do envy you, I wish I was there in the early days of Bitcoin to help Satoshi fix bugs  :D


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bitcoin_Silver_Supply on May 11, 2013, 03:20:19 PM
Thanks for sharing this, Hal. I'm no coder/cryptopunk, yet I still find this inspirational. There is something about human spirit that makes raw stories universally motivating -- thank you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: The 4ner on May 11, 2013, 05:15:14 PM
Thanks for sharing your story Hal. It's so inspirational and was fun reading about the early days of Bitcoin from someone who actually lived through it.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Herbalconfusion on May 13, 2013, 03:57:05 PM
You have great perspective. Dont let anything take it away.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: tvbcof on May 14, 2013, 03:18:14 AM

I would be interested, and would find value, in knowing the identity of one person who Hal Finney felt most closely shared his own vision for the future of the internet as it relates to empowerment firstly, and to distributed crypto-currency solutions as a important but secondary consideration.

If provided I will factor it into my decisions about who to pay particular attention to in the future.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Jobe7 on May 19, 2013, 05:34:50 PM
Hal, Your assistance with Bitcoin and continued work will be remembered as legends.

Thank you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: supermoose on May 21, 2013, 09:35:51 PM
Thanks for posting this, you're an inspiration and I thank you for all the work you've done. It's great to hear a story from someone who was there at the beginning. Don't worry about deciding not to leave your CPU on because the noise bothered you, I first heard about it at the start of 2010 and dismissed it entirely for three years!
Sorry to hear about the disease. You're right to be comfortable with your legacy, it's a great one.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pierrejo on June 02, 2013, 06:56:26 PM
Thank you Hal, for helping kickstart this thing.
Regarding your personal struggle, congratulation on pushing forward - it might slow down your coding a lot, but might as well be a hell of a growth experience.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: EvilLizardApparel on June 14, 2013, 08:29:55 PM
Hal,

Please check your inbox.

Best of luck


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitCoiner2012 on July 05, 2013, 01:56:12 AM
A couple weeks debumped, but came across this while researching Satoshi. Really great post.

I appreciate you taking the time to post this, especially considering!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: jackjack on August 21, 2013, 07:41:11 PM
I was reading again about the Bitcoin history but this time followed several links, some of those leading to this thread.

Nothing original to say, everything has already been said.
Just thanks for sharing your story and thanks for your contributions to crypto.
Keep enjoying life.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: TippingPoint on August 21, 2013, 08:26:23 PM
Very nice post.

You have reminded us that we cannot control what cards we are dealt, only how we will play them.

http://www.nolandalla.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/moneymaker-chris-09.jpg?812ee8


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Taras on October 07, 2013, 04:26:18 AM
I mined block 70-something,
It was block 78. <3


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: LiteCoinGuy on October 27, 2013, 12:34:05 AM


When Satoshi announced the first release of the software, I grabbed it right away. I think I was the first person besides Satoshi to run bitcoin. I mined block 70-something, and I was the recipient of the first bitcoin transaction, when Satoshi sent ten coins to me as a test. I carried on an email conversation with Satoshi over the next few days, mostly me reporting bugs and him fixing them.




is it possible that you post some of your emails with satoshi? would be very interesting for alot of people to read that.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: allthingsluxury on October 27, 2013, 01:20:31 AM
Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspirational.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Boussac on October 28, 2013, 01:15:09 PM
Thank you for the post, Hal. RPOW was probably one of the stepping stones for the invention of bitcoin. Will you tell us one day who Satoshi was ?


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: charleshoskinson on November 04, 2013, 12:05:50 AM
Hal is satoshi. That's the open secret.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Kouye on November 04, 2013, 12:23:18 AM
Thank you Hal.
Only thing I wish is that you create one last earthquake, making bitcoin even stronger.
But really, cheers. Expect a lot of free drinks in hell. ;D


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitChick on November 04, 2013, 12:49:26 AM
Great story.  Sending some prayers your way for continued health and strength.  Your attitude is so inspirational.  Life throws us unexpected things for sure.  The true test of a Man is how he handles the trials and it appears you are triumphant.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: hivewallet on November 22, 2013, 09:33:31 PM
Can't add much to what is already here, but indeed, teary-eyed... Thanks for being such an inspiration, Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: teukon on November 28, 2013, 02:29:13 PM
Thank you Hal.  Good fortune to you and your family.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Ravocado on November 28, 2013, 02:42:48 PM
Great story to read, best wishes to you Hal and thanks for everything! So interesting to read about beginnings of btc.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bassclef on December 10, 2013, 08:33:01 PM
Great read indeed. He actually exchanged emails with Satoshi. Amazing.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: darkmule on December 11, 2013, 10:25:39 PM
Great read indeed. He actually exchanged emails with Satoshi. Amazing.

He did a lot more than that, including creating one of the first remailers and being instrumental in setting up the remailer network.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: speedtrader on December 19, 2013, 04:30:53 PM
Hal, thank you for your story, and your many contributions to the crypto world.
I wish you and your family the best of luck.  :P


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: elasticband on December 22, 2013, 07:08:45 AM
Best of luck Hal, thanks for sharing


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: gjeric on January 03, 2014, 08:26:16 PM
Hello Hal, thanks for your inspiring post.

Its really nice that you look on life from the bright side and see it satisfying even though ALS is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone.

I myself got a muscular dystrophy, and for 4 years I can't walk any more. I have a job, wife and a kid so like you, I also feel my life satisfying and joyful despite my illness. Not sure why I'm writing this, but I really wanted to share it!

Best wishes and be strong!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitCoinDream on January 04, 2014, 01:59:47 PM
@Hal What to say ? Probably my best read in this board. U will be regarded as one of the pillars in future financial world. I think Sir Stephen Hawking is also paralyzed from a similar kind of a disease. Salute to U people.

@Gregor Your will power is inspiring as well...

Something I have always believed...

Signal can not stop the Will Power !!!



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: tclo on January 04, 2014, 02:13:20 PM
Yes thank you for all your hard work on PGP, especially.  You have made the world a better place through your efforts.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BTCisthefuture on January 05, 2014, 10:14:53 AM
Thank you Hal,  the positive impact your work has done is truly amazing!

I love your positive attitude as well, it's truly inspiring.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: davidv on January 05, 2014, 06:29:33 PM
WAUW story! "Bitcoin Hall of Fame!"


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: knybe on January 05, 2014, 07:13:27 PM
legendary… thank you for sharing your story.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: watuba on January 05, 2014, 09:40:55 PM
Sucha beautiful story... thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: noobyonekenobi on January 05, 2014, 11:32:59 PM
You sir deserve a coin named after you. What a story! Thanks for sharing


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: proton on January 06, 2014, 07:19:23 PM
Thank you Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bit4Biz on January 06, 2014, 11:49:23 PM
Here's to you, Hal Finney.  You believed before anyone else did. Your attitude then, and now
is what makes being a part of Bitcoin such a fabulous experience.


Upward and onward,
Ad astra per aspera,




Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: fordlincoln on January 29, 2014, 08:35:34 AM
Enjoyed reading this


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: billyjoeallen on January 29, 2014, 08:45:30 AM
Thanks, Brother. Your contribution will go down in history. Wish you all the best.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: itf991 on January 29, 2014, 01:34:33 PM
Thank you for the inspirational life story of yours. It means a lot to me. I wish you all the best Hal!!! ;)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Mondy on January 29, 2014, 04:25:31 PM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE




Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: the_poet on January 29, 2014, 04:30:42 PM
Great story, Hal! Thanks for sharing.

BTW Phil Zimmermann's my personal hero. :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: techstorm2 on January 29, 2014, 04:41:34 PM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE





Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: FreddyFender on January 29, 2014, 06:09:44 PM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE



let's roll!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: zachcope on January 29, 2014, 06:18:48 PM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE



No other name will do.
I'm in.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Phinnaeus Gage on January 29, 2014, 06:27:00 PM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE



No other name will do.
I'm in.

I vote yes, and not because Phinnaeus Gage is bias.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Dusty on January 30, 2014, 12:55:52 PM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.
I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE


:)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: souspeed on January 30, 2014, 06:02:50 PM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE




Quoted!  ;)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: km4700ruda on February 24, 2014, 10:51:58 PM
You have definitely have a legacy, and I hope your children and grandchildren value your input into this world changing technology.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: anteater2009 on February 24, 2014, 11:56:34 PM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE




I vote up!!!
A great thanks and respect for you Finney!!!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ilesef on February 26, 2014, 12:59:58 PM
I admire this and i admire satoshi, hal  and all of early adopters

and but something is not said here we are all including me and you steel are early adopters potential is enormous people like as undestud that price of bitcoin is realy not mater. And often we are the fools in eyes on other people ,even people who support bitcoin.


How the hell u explain that world is not flat how to explain someone who refuse to think about this when logicly if the world is a sphere we all will be fall.

How to explain something like that object hewyer then ear cen fly when u throw stone is going back to the ground.

How to explain that picture is moving it is ablosutly not possible. How to explain woice travel across wire.

all of this thing now is very very clear and jet same thing hapend now .

How to explain that bitcoin price is not important that mey be 0.0000000001 $ and again everything is ok.(this is just for speculators)

How to explain that any regulation dont have a power against this and doesnt mater just cen slow progress.


How to explaing someone that trust cen be build in matematical formula  that is realy realy dificult to explain but who know crypography and programing u will see that is true not false .

men we are all the small part of that and we must continue to explain and educate people.

sorry for my bad english


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: LeTanque on March 05, 2014, 03:09:12 AM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

Thank you Mr. Finney! You have helped change my life and give me purpose, without even knowing it.

You are an inspiration and I am so grateful that brilliant minds like yours find ways to do so much positive work for the world! Take care buddy :D


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bg002h on March 05, 2014, 05:16:33 AM
The idea of 1 microbitcoin being called 1 Finney goes way back, before this thread...it's an idea I still support!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: E.exchanger on March 05, 2014, 05:36:28 PM
Thanks a lot for sharing sir. It is highly educational and inspiring i enjoyed reading it from top to the bottom.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: marcotheminer on March 05, 2014, 05:46:21 PM
Youre an honour to the communtiy Hal! All the best


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: darkmule on March 05, 2014, 06:21:02 PM
ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE




QFT


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Cryptopher on March 06, 2014, 12:09:21 AM
Just stumbled across this thread after reading an old post by satoshi. As many have said before me, what an inspiration to a community and beyond.

To go from being in the best shape of your life to being physically restricted is incomprehensible to many, but the fact that you continue to embrace your passion for developing, despite the time taken is remarkable.

I hope that the value of Bitcoin since the time of your original writing provides some satisfaction, not least for your long-term involvement.

All the best.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: jackjack on March 06, 2014, 02:10:51 PM
Please stop polluting this thread about renaming 1µBTC
It's not a poll and means nothing

If you really want this to succeed (and I do too) then
1/ Create a dedicated thread (or poll) for 1µBTC = 1 finney and keep it alive and active
2/ Use the term in as many discussions as you can, in a natural way (no 'WAT?U DIDNT KNO?WTF BRO!!1!')


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Mythul on March 07, 2014, 08:38:33 AM
One of the most emotional posts I've ever read on the internet. I wish you all the best in the world dear sir !


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: unfocus on March 07, 2014, 04:04:29 PM
Mr Finney,

I know first hand how living with ALS looks like.
As you are in academics, I am sure you know about Randy Pausch's "The Last Lecture": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

I am very sad to hear that.


Live long and Prosper, in a transcendent way.



I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE





Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: intron on March 09, 2014, 04:38:53 PM
Thank you Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: FeedbackLoop on March 09, 2014, 04:39:55 PM
I propose that 100 Satoshis, i.e. a micro-bitcoin, henceforth be known as one Finney in Hal's honor.

I support this proposition. 0.000001 = A Finney / Pronounced a 'finneh' (slang) eg. "Got a couple finneys from rain yesterday"

ALL IN FAVOR, QUOTE THIS MESSAGE



Quoting! Looking forward to the day when Bitcoin value makes the use of the Finney common practice.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: khalilhimura on March 09, 2014, 06:54:37 PM
Please stop polluting this thread about renaming 1µBTC
It's not a poll and means nothing

If you really want this to succeed (and I do too) then
1/ Create a dedicated thread (or poll) for 1µBTC = 1 finney and keep it alive and active
2/ Use the term in as many discussions as you can, in a natural way (no 'WAT?U DIDNT KNO?WTF BRO!!1!')

Bump


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Sanningcreet25 on March 10, 2014, 05:45:31 AM
Beautiful Story. Thank you for sharing with us.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bit_Happy on March 12, 2014, 03:23:31 AM
Beautiful Story. Thank you for sharing with us.

One of my favorite threads ever posted at this forum.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: RTamas on March 14, 2014, 03:19:04 PM
What an inspirational story, this is truly amazing and impressive.
The work you have done will be forever remembered in the history of mankind, and also the people behind it.

Thank you for all you've done in your life, you and your story has become a legend.
I wish you all the best!

Kind Regards
- Tamás


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ns12123 on March 14, 2014, 03:21:08 PM
As always enjoyed reading your awesome posts.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: millsdmb on March 25, 2014, 11:55:48 PM
shoot me an email if I am able to lend a hand for the documentation.

Thanks for all you've done.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Andrew717 on March 26, 2014, 03:37:45 AM
Quite a nice little inheritance left for the kiddies!  About $1.2 million at todays prices.

https://blockchain.info/address/157i5gK7iN4bNAN39Ahuoiq6Tx5TaQukTE


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Phinnaeus Gage on March 26, 2014, 06:28:49 AM
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/03/25/satoshi-nakamotos-neighbor-the-bitcoin-ghostwriter-who-wasnt/

Quote
But in following the clues that led me to Finney, I found something equally significant: a dying man who had been something like a far-more-brilliant Forrest Gump of cryptographic history: a witness to and participant in practically every important moment in the recent history of secret-keeping technologies. From the development of the first widely used strong encryption software known as PGP, to early anonymity systems, to the first Bitcoin transaction, Finney was there.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bit_Happy on March 26, 2014, 06:52:40 AM
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/03/25/satoshi-nakamotos-neighbor-the-bitcoin-ghostwriter-who-wasnt/

Quote
But in following the clues that led me to Finney, I found something equally significant: a dying man who had been something like a far-more-brilliant Forrest Gump of cryptographic history: a witness to and participant in practically every important moment in the recent history of secret-keeping technologies. From the development of the first widely used strong encryption software known as PGP, to early anonymity systems, to the first Bitcoin transaction, Finney was there.

It pointed out that Hal Finney had lived for almost a decade in Temple City, the same 36,000 person town where Newsweek found Dorian Nakamoto. Finney’s address was only a few blocks away from the Nakamoto’s family home.

This was an uncanny link: Finney is known to be the second-ever user of Bitcoin after Satoshi Nakamoto himself. He had been one of the first supporters of the idea when Nakamoto floated it on a cryptography mail list, and even received the first Bitcoin test transaction from Nakamoto in early 2009, as Finney himself wrote in a post to the Bitcointalk forum.


The article is also suggesting Dorian really is Bitcoin Satoshi:
Nakamoto had even seemed to give Newsweek a tacit confirmation of its theory when he told the magazine’s reporter that he was “no longer involved in that,” a quote confirmed in essence by local police who witnessed the interaction.

...but later they mention Dorian's writing doesn't match.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: CryptoPanda on March 26, 2014, 10:41:42 AM
Mr. Finney, I just read the forbes article about you. It literally made me cry! You are an amazing person and this messed up world needs more idealistic people like you.
I'm truly inspired by your personality and work! You have my deepest respect for ever!
This world is a better place because of you and your contributions!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: sbfree on March 26, 2014, 12:30:09 PM
Mr. Finney, I just read the forbes article about you. It literally made me cry! You are an amazing person and this messed up world needs more idealistic people like you.
I'm truly inspired by your personality and work! You have my deepest respect for ever!
This world is a better place because of you and your contributions!
maybe this can help him and his family alittle.

http://redd.it/21eajg

hopefully it does reach him!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitOnyx on March 26, 2014, 01:41:07 PM
With resent NSA related events, new kind of Cypherpunks might get popular again.

Thanks for sharing with us.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pitchbend on March 26, 2014, 02:43:14 PM
Your story and your contribution to cryptography in general and bitcoin in particular is really humbling and inspiring.

I'm really glad that despite your condition now, you keep moving forward, you've got to experience such an interesting times/interact with such an intereseting people, and the fact that your impressive legacy will live on.

Thanks Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: capa on March 26, 2014, 04:32:19 PM
Hi Hal,
You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Soomple_Pompler on March 27, 2014, 03:39:41 AM
The best thing I took away from your tale was how you made mining and bitcoin a family activity.  When I first started with bitcoin I let it consume me, and I began neglect other things around me, including my family.  I was going through a pretty dark period and I lost sight of the important things in life.  I plan to now use bitcoin to teach my wife about internet security and identity protection, and my son about cryptology, philosophy, and technology as he gets older.  Thank you for this inspiration, I almost gave up on this activity because of what I went through.  Now I have a reason to enjoy it and make a stronger bond with my family.

Besides, my wife has always been better at managing money than myself!   ;D

Dave


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: googlemaster1 on April 01, 2014, 02:57:10 AM
Lookin' Good Hal :P http://newsbtc.com/2014/03/31/forbes-andy-greenberg-starts-bitcoin-fundraiser-hal-finney/

Wish we could have you back on the forums.  Be well.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bit_Happy on April 01, 2014, 03:02:55 AM
Lookin' Good Hal :P http://newsbtc.com/2014/03/31/forbes-andy-greenberg-starts-bitcoin-fundraiser-hal-finney/

Wish we could have you back on the forums.  Be well.

Medical expenses must be huge for him.
I'm so glad to hear there is a fundraiser.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: CoinRocka on April 01, 2014, 03:10:34 AM
Inspiring stuff.  Best wishes Hal !!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: casinocoin on April 01, 2014, 06:48:38 PM
Lookin' Good Hal :P http://newsbtc.com/2014/03/31/forbes-andy-greenberg-starts-bitcoin-fundraiser-hal-finney/

Wish we could have you back on the forums.  Be well.

Medical expenses must be huge for him.
I'm so glad to hear there is a fundraiser.
Especially because hes residing in the US still,

from the als website

"ALS can strike anyone at anytime, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic origin. It does not affect the senses, and only rarely does it affect the mind. The equipment costs for each patient average $137,000, while nursing and home care costs can be up to 10 times this amount."

We need andreas on this campaign as well.

If you still are able to pop by,
want to say thanks Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitCoinDream on April 28, 2014, 09:33:00 AM
Your story let me have more confidence in bitcoin. Thank you for your sharing.

I also want to share you something. The whole database of bitcoin private key: http://key.btc123.com/1

You can find all of the bitcoin private key in the database.

Why r u spamming this link everywhere ? Those are already at directory.io and are repetitive after a certain page. Not even 10^(-100)% of total bitcoin addresses available.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 02, 2014, 01:12:17 PM


Hal, I'm curious how come a real tech genius like you didn't launch a coin, just out of sheer intellectual curiosity, to see how you could twist the code for perhaps a better final outcome?

You had plenty of time and it wouldn't have taken too much effort; given a good design wouldn't need constant maintenance or updating and you could actually make that part of the proof, to show that you created a coin which could stand up to any test, even the test of time.

I hope you get to read this post and respond to it.


Good luck to you and God bless you and your family!


Regards,

Vlad


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pozmu on May 03, 2014, 11:57:59 PM
Vlad, plenty of time?
He had to retire in 2011 because of ALS.
This was before the whole altcoin fever, he was focused on Bitcoin.
 


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 04, 2014, 12:42:53 AM
Vlad, plenty of time?
He had to retire in 2011 because of ALS.
This was before the whole altcoin fever, he was focused on Bitcoin.
 

It literally takes an hour to clone and launch an alt coin.

Given he would have launched a great coin means he would have done it in maybe 30 days.

From 2009 to 2011, that leaves plenty of time.

Last year when I first heard about Bitcoin there was no alt coin fever (there were maybe 12 alts) and I was actually first to say alts were gonna blow up, and we'd have 3,000+ by 2015. A notion which was crazy and which got me called insane.

I think the really smart people saw early one on big this was gonna get, so just like I launched a coin right away, even though I can't program a single line of code, I'm shocked these guys didn't launch one coin if nothing else, just to test out new ideas and theories, since Bitcoin is not perfect.

I'm saddened that we may never know what a Hal Finny coin may have looked like.  The coin devs we have today, for the most part, are blind, short sighted and lack any vision and on top of it, most are scammers too.

To lose a real genius with true talent and skill without him having launched his own coin, literally hurts me.

By next year we'll at least get corporate, hedge fund and celebrity devs coming in. Sad in a way but million dollar coins will at least be done right and will [overnight] kill all these ShitCoins and forever do away with their scammer devs.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Mike Hearn on May 04, 2014, 08:07:17 PM
Actually Hal did launch his own coin, which predated Bitcoin and was based on totally different technology:

http://cryptome.org/rpow.htm


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 05, 2014, 01:48:37 AM
Actually Hal did launch his own coin, which predated Bitcoin and was based on totally different technology:

http://cryptome.org/rpow.htm

There is no possible way this guy is Satoshi!


I did some research on Hal and I think he is a real genius which is why I'm bummed he never launched a coin. (Or did he?)

That said, there is a near ZERO probability Hal is Satoshi.

If you read up on the Bitcoin Protocol and all that was required to conceive it, build it, and TEST IT to get it working as well as it has, given so many unknown and unpredictable variables, it becomes clear that Bitcoin was not built and developed by one guy, and it would have taken at least 5+ years, unless you had a whole team and the best gear money could buy.

Whomever Satoshi is, it is not just one guy.  It is at least 3 different people (and they most likely all had nail-gun "accidents" by now).  Haha!

And do you guys think the message hidden inside the name Satoshi Nakamoto was an accident?

Do we have any statisticians here?

What are the odds Satoshi Nakamoto has, by sheer accident, the hidden message of:  Clearly Thinking inside the Foundation?


And, if that is a hidden message, what could that possibly mean?

Off the top of my head, I put the odds at tens of millions to 1.  


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 05, 2014, 02:58:10 AM


Being part of the project could be possible.  It would make sense.

His getting a terminal disease after the project was done makes sense too, but I don't know Hal's family history.  There could be a good explanation to his sudden diagnosis, like a family history with the same disease.

There's reason to be paranoid.  Odd deaths and suicides surrounding cryptos.

The NameCoin Dev recently died and not a single word in the media.

Why is that weird?

He was only 27.  And he died of a heart attack.

If you're a dev in the crypto space you should be careful what you say and don't own any nail-guns.

Speaking of which:  I say way too much.  Like right now for instance.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Phinnaeus Gage on May 05, 2014, 04:08:50 AM


Being part of the project could be possible.  It would make sense.

His getting a terminal disease after the project was done makes sense too, but I don't know Hal's family history.  There could be a good explanation to his sudden diagnosis, like a family history with the same disease.

There's reason to be paranoid.  Odd deaths and suicides surrounding cryptos.

The NameCoin Dev recently died and not a single word in the media.

Why is that weird?

He was only 27.  And he died of a heart attack.

If you're a dev in the crypto space you should be careful what you say and don't own any nail-guns.

Speaking of which:  I say way too much.  Like right now for instance.

Here's another: http://www.jsonline.com/business/autumn-radtkes-death-in-singapore-ruled-unnatural-raises-questions-b99222948z1-250011411.html


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 05, 2014, 05:24:46 AM





Here's some that appear to have much more cause and motive than the META CEO.

And there are more, multiple world class cryptographers who disappeared or died mysteriously at young ages right before Bitcoin was launched.  Definitely good fodder for any good conspiracy theorist.



http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-04/bitcoin-claims-its-first-real-victim

http://www.cso.com.au/article/392338/young_cryptographer_ends_own_life/

http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2013/11/a-spy-dead-in-a-bag-police-see-an-accident.html

http://www.dailycal.org/2014/04/01/uc-berkeley-computer-science-graduate-student-dies-26/


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Phinnaeus Gage on May 05, 2014, 05:44:59 AM





Here's some that appear to have much more cause and motive than the META CEO.

And there are more, multiple world class cryptographers who disappeared or died mysteriously at young ages right before Bitcoin was launched.  Definitely good fodder for any good conspiracy theorist.



http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-04/bitcoin-claims-its-first-real-victim

http://www.cso.com.au/article/392338/young_cryptographer_ends_own_life/

http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2013/11/a-spy-dead-in-a-bag-police-see-an-accident.html

http://www.dailycal.org/2014/04/01/uc-berkeley-computer-science-graduate-student-dies-26/

REST IN PEACE PARAIPAN: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583286.0 as well.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 05, 2014, 05:54:02 AM


I can't find much on paraipan.

What would a potential motive be to snuff him out?

Cause people do die all the time and there's millions of people in this community now.

If he was working on something like say a coin which would truly be anonymous or anything like that then the odds of foul play would sky rocket.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ple on May 05, 2014, 06:06:04 AM


I can't find much on paraipan.


Leukemia?
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583286.msg6387352#msg6387352


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 05, 2014, 06:30:11 AM


I can't find much on paraipan.


Leukemia?
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583286.msg6387352#msg6387352



I found that.

I can't find a potential motive.

If you look at some of the other guys they were true geniuses and involved in code cracking cryptography or anonymity technology.  Both crucial to Bitcoin's survival and crucial to keep Bitcoin centralized and NOT anonymous and NOT decentralized like Andreas and all the experts keep lying to the TV watching masses.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: jabo38 on May 05, 2014, 08:03:03 AM
Thank you for sharing!  I feel happy to know you are staying strong despite being in a pretty poor predicament.  Maybe somewhere your friend Satoshi reads this too and smiles. 


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 06, 2014, 02:46:40 AM
Thank you for story! You are an incredibly strong person. I admire  the your spirit's strength.

PS. You used a paper wallet to store BTC in your safe deposit box or other wallet?




Total newbie asking Hal where and how exactly he stored his Bitcoins.

Hahahaaa.

Crypto Scammers know no bounds.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 06, 2014, 07:02:50 AM
Thank you for story! You are an incredibly strong person. I admire  the your spirit's strength.

PS. You used a paper wallet to store BTC in your safe deposit box or other wallet?




Total newbie asking Hal where and how exactly he stored his Bitcoins.

Hahahaaa.

Crypto Scammers know no bounds.

I am guessing he thought the thread was started today since replies bump the post to the top.



Nah, he deleted his post after I confronted him.

He's a scammer for sure looking to rob helpless people.

I really really dislike scammers.  Like the ZET devs whom are now clearly known to have lied and scammed people for some 2 months.   I tried to warn everyone but nobody believed me. 

It's really sad cause lots of inexperienced people come in and they believe these scammers and they get taken for everything they got and then Cryptos get a bad rap on top of it.

We need some oversight, some enforcement of the rule of law in CryptoLand.

But until then I need to launch CoinTruth .com to educate people and make a list of all the known scammers out there.  A website you can trust and which may end up saving you a lot of money by redlining scammers and ScamCoins.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bambino on May 06, 2014, 05:18:57 PM
How many btc do you lost in the crash of 2011?  Why do you continue to use Bitcoin after that?

PS I like your optimism and fortitude!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Newmine on May 07, 2014, 11:02:11 PM
Thank you for story! You are an incredibly strong person. I admire  the your spirit's strength.

PS. You used a paper wallet to store BTC in your safe deposit box or other wallet?




Total newbie asking Hal where and how exactly he stored his Bitcoins.

Hahahaaa.

Crypto Scammers know no bounds.

I am guessing he thought the thread was started today since replies bump the post to the top.



Nah, he deleted his post after I confronted him.

He's a scammer for sure looking to rob helpless people.

I really really dislike scammers.  Like the ZET devs whom are now clearly known to have lied and scammed people for some 2 months.   I tried to warn everyone but nobody believed me. 

It's really sad cause lots of inexperienced people come in and they believe these scammers and they get taken for everything they got and then Cryptos get a bad rap on top of it.

We need some oversight, some enforcement of the rule of law in CryptoLand.

But until then I need to launch CoinTruth .com to educate people and make a list of all the known scammers out there.  A website you can trust and which may end up saving you a lot of money by redlining scammers and ScamCoins.

That's a good idea! If you get it up and running, I'd be the first to donate something.

Make sure you add user FreeTrade for his 2 Memorycoin scams.

You should, or someone should have it tiered by known scammers, huge premine, suspected scams, up front donation/investment requests etc.....

You could have a site that is really informative and widely traveled!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on May 07, 2014, 11:17:27 PM
I am leaning toward Hal being Satoshi. The onset of ALS and Satoshi leaving at the same time is a pretty big coincidence. Then throw in Hal's proof of work and coming and going and coming back corresponding to Satoshi's presence in the opposite way. I think it's a safe bet, Hal has something to do with Satoshi's identity.

The guy is dying, has maybe months to live and doesn't have enough money for treatment.

If he is Satoshi do you think he's waiting for a resurrection to use those 800,000 Bitcoins in his wallet or to get his claim to fame?

Or do you think he's afraid the Feds will track him to his grave and kill him a second time?

Let's get real.

At most, Hal helped create BTC, but I would say even that is a stretch, albeit, a possibility.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: centralpark on May 08, 2014, 02:26:45 AM
good story  :)

u give me spirit after read your post.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: NoDreamsWatching on May 08, 2014, 04:45:39 AM
ALS is such a horrible disease which I hope we start to get a handle on in the future. He is an inspiration. I have had the honor of caring for several people affected by this disease and I will say he is not the exception, but the rule.

He served to harden the framework of bitcoin in the very early days and we all owe him a debt of gratitude to making our lives (even those who don't use bitcoin) just a little more secure.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: SunSeeder on May 08, 2014, 05:10:39 AM
ALS is such a horrible disease which I hope we start to get a handle on in the future. He is an inspiration. I have had the honor of caring for several people affected by this disease and I will say he is not the exception, but the rule.

He served to harden the framework of bitcoin in the very early days and we all owe him a debt of gratitude to making our lives (even those who don't use bitcoin) just a little more secure.

ALS is a terrible terrible disease and its so sad that so little progress has been made even though it has been 80 years since Lou Gehrig's raised awareness. Its also sad that research budgets for fighting the disease are relatively small.

One organization working hard to fight ALS is ALSTDI (http://www.als.net/) . For anyone reading this, please consider them when you are deciding on your charitable giving.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Joe_Bauers on May 08, 2014, 02:42:20 PM

The guy is dying, has maybe months to live and doesn't have enough money for treatment.

You know this how?  Hawking has lived with ALS for almost 50 years!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: EFFV on May 08, 2014, 03:05:46 PM
Great Story, Thanks so much :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bitcoin Magazine on May 08, 2014, 03:23:58 PM
ALS is such a horrible disease which I hope we start to get a handle on in the future. He is an inspiration. I have had the honor of caring for several people affected by this disease and I will say he is not the exception, but the rule.

He served to harden the framework of bitcoin in the very early days and we all owe him a debt of gratitude to making our lives (even those who don't use bitcoin) just a little more secure.

ALS is a terrible terrible disease and its so sad that so little progress has been made even though it has been 80 years since Lou Gehrig's raised awareness. Its also sad that research budgets for fighting the disease are relatively small.

One organization working hard to fight ALS is ALSTDI (http://www.als.net/) . For anyone reading this, please consider them when you are deciding on your charitable giving.

weed also works  :o


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: knightcoin on June 18, 2014, 02:25:22 PM
The Great Hal Finney,

Firstly thanks for your Atari games, I from 70's so you made my childhood very happy ...

Can I ask a personal question about your ALS ? ... how is your eye movement  ? I'm not a neuroscientist just wondering how fast you can track Floaters ..

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b2/Floaters.png/230px-Floaters.png

please fell free to delete my post whenever you wish ...

--
All the best

a big fan.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Exergy on June 18, 2014, 10:10:02 PM
I just discovered this post and so I appreciate how late I am commenting.

However, what a diamond in the rough this post is, and what an inspiration Hal is.

Thank you for all that you have done for all of us. If some day I can look back on my life and confidently believe that I have made one tenth of the contributions you have, I will die a happy man.

I hope life is still good for you a year or so after you originally created this thread.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cuddaloreappu on July 06, 2014, 06:26:23 PM
anyway I am crying...after reading his year old post...
health is wealth...it has to be experienced to know the meaning of this proverb..

if there is god I wish he cures this man of his disease..


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Tenarlty on July 06, 2014, 09:40:48 PM
Truly inspirational on several levels.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: EtherCoin on July 07, 2014, 03:43:30 AM
Me also, just discovered this old post and will be added to the already hundreds of people in here feeling inspired by you.

Hope you still doing good, despite the illness.

You sir, are a truly inspiration.

Eth.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: deephouse on July 09, 2014, 02:08:26 AM
What a great post. Just uncovered this.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: EtherCoin on July 09, 2014, 09:11:28 AM
I am wondering what is Hal's status atm, how is he doing, how is the illness progress...

Any word?

Eth.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cryptopaths on July 16, 2014, 01:01:41 AM
I am wondering what is Hal's status atm, how is he doing, how is the illness progress...

Any word?

Eth.

I'm wondering the same thing.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bigasic on July 16, 2014, 02:54:17 AM
What a sad but inspirational story.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: dlzc on July 16, 2014, 03:57:48 AM
Thanks for your story. Bitcoin should have future, brcausr you've faced such immense challenges but didn't give up, how could us healthy people? I just think of what we done recently, hope the Guinness record will succeed, if so Bitcoin will be recognized by the universe. Support Bitcoin, support Bitcoin apply for Guinness Record. https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=681763.0

Dear Finney, you are the best. What you did for Bitcoin is incredible.  :) :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Remember remember the 5th of November on July 16, 2014, 03:59:04 AM
Looks like Hal last visited on April 10 2014, since it's been a couple of months I can only assume he won't be able to visit anymore.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: knightcoin on July 16, 2014, 04:10:18 AM
Looks like Hal last visited on April 10 2014, since it's been a couple of months I can only assume he won't be able to visit anymore.

. hope he is on holidays enjoying his lovely son ..


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Swordsoffreedom on July 16, 2014, 04:52:49 AM
Looks like Hal last visited on April 10 2014, since it's been a couple of months I can only assume he won't be able to visit anymore.

. hope he is on holidays enjoying his lovely son ..

I hope he is doing well the last I read about him was in my interview with Hal Finney at the time when the reporter was researching the origins of Bitcoin and Satoshi Nakamoto.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/03/25/satoshi-nakamotos-neighbor-the-bitcoin-ghostwriter-who-wasnt/

Stay strong Hal with a twinkle in your eye.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: DumDumz on July 16, 2014, 04:59:24 AM
inspirative storry, so cool .
Thanks for share buddy :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bit_Happy on July 16, 2014, 05:54:52 AM
Truly an inspiring story:
We need to make the most out of every day, since we never know when our health might no longer be good.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: marcus_of_augustus on July 17, 2014, 01:04:52 PM
Truly an inspiring story:
We need to make the most out of every day, since we never know when our health might no longer be good.

Amen to that.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: slaveforanunnak1 on August 14, 2014, 10:31:27 PM
I love you Hal! I hope you are doing okay and your ALS has not gotten worse
Hugs and kisses from a fellow CP.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: MakeBelieve on August 14, 2014, 10:44:06 PM
Wonderful story I read this a few days back and thought to myself...what a inspiration you are. Thanks for sharing this awesome story with us.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on August 14, 2014, 11:02:29 PM


Does anybody know if Hal is still around?  My condolences if he's no longer with us but I do hope he still is.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: coinsolidation on August 15, 2014, 03:56:58 AM


Does anybody know if Hal is still around?  My condolences if he's no longer with us but I do hope he still is.

The last report I saw was in July, when his communication ability had dropped to zero. No updates since then.

You can check Fran's twitter at https://twitter.com/franfinney for updates, I guess we'll hear if he passes :(


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on August 15, 2014, 05:54:58 AM


Does anybody know if Hal is still around?  My condolences if he's no longer with us but I do hope he still is.

The last report I saw was in July, when his communication ability had dropped to zero. No updates since then.

You can check Fran's twitter at https://twitter.com/franfinney for updates, I guess we'll hear if he passes :(


Thanks, I'll keep an eye open on her twitter feed.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Gleb Gamow on August 20, 2014, 05:11:01 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DepakUSDtQE


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cyth on August 20, 2014, 07:03:43 PM


Today, Satoshi's true identity has become a mystery. But at the time, I thought I was dealing with a young man of Japanese ancestry who was very smart and sincere. I've had the good fortune to know many brilliant people over the course of my life, so I recognize the signs.


if it still was here i would ask him how this  come to his mind


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: evanito on August 20, 2014, 10:02:49 PM
Im glad to hear that bitcoin has had such an affect on people. Cheers, Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on August 20, 2014, 10:05:45 PM


Today, Satoshi's true identity has become a mystery. But at the time, I thought I was dealing with a young man of Japanese ancestry who was very smart and sincere. I've had the good fortune to know many brilliant people over the course of my life, so I recognize the signs.


if it still was here i would ask him how this  come to his mind


What?

You wanna know how his own opinion came to his own mind?  That makes no sense.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: evoked22 on August 28, 2014, 08:05:15 PM
Thank you for sharing with us what will stand as a great moment in crypto history. All the best mate. What you helped make has changed many peoples lives including mine and many people to come. God bless, Respect +1

Cheers :)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Chris_Sabian on August 28, 2014, 08:08:55 PM


Hal Finney being cryopreserved now:  http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html (http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: coinsolidation on August 28, 2014, 08:09:51 PM


Hal Finney being cryopreserved now:  http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html (http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html)

:(


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: mc_lovin on August 28, 2014, 08:59:10 PM
RIP HAL!!!

You will be dearly missed and never forgotten!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BruceFenton on August 28, 2014, 09:05:43 PM
Rest in peace Hal


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: wachtwoord on August 28, 2014, 09:07:40 PM


Hal Finney being cryopreserved now:  http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html (http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html)

Such a shame they have to wait until legal death to do their work. I'm quite sure this increases the amount of brain damage :(


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Newscastix on August 28, 2014, 09:15:47 PM
Rest in peace.

You get to experience a future that i never will...


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: spooderman on August 28, 2014, 09:16:05 PM
Thanks for your help Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitCoinDream on August 28, 2014, 09:19:12 PM


Hal Finney being cryopreserved now:  http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html (http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html)

OMG !!! Never knew about cryopreservation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryopreservation). Science is doing wonders. Rest in Peace Hal...


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: EAL on August 28, 2014, 09:28:13 PM
Rest In Peace Hal Finney. Thanks for everything you've done. Bitcoin community will never forget you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: jdh015232 on August 28, 2014, 09:31:51 PM
R.I.P. this story will inspire for generations to come. Condolences to his family.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: icey on August 28, 2014, 09:42:12 PM
RIP Hal, very sad news


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: jackjack on August 28, 2014, 09:48:03 PM
Rest in peace Hal.
Thank you for all your contributions. We owe you so much.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: dunand on August 28, 2014, 09:50:41 PM
RIP


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: beetcoin on August 28, 2014, 09:52:21 PM
RIP, it's good to see someone stay positive when times get tough. i probably couldn't do it, unfortunately.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BldSwtTrs on August 28, 2014, 09:54:14 PM
Requiescat in pace


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cakir on August 28, 2014, 09:56:38 PM
rest in peace.
now on I propose 10 btc to be called as Finney, behalf of Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Meni Rosenfeld on August 28, 2014, 09:58:07 PM
Rest in peace, hopefully you will soon be successfully revived.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: GaliX on August 28, 2014, 09:59:20 PM
rest in peace.

Thanks for everything   :-\


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: r3wt on August 28, 2014, 10:07:13 PM
Rest in Peace Hal Finney.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: fractastical on August 28, 2014, 10:20:58 PM

Rest in peace Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: rapta on August 28, 2014, 10:31:12 PM
Rest in peace HAL.  Had a family member go through your same struggle, it's not an easy thing. 


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bitcoinstarter on August 28, 2014, 10:39:53 PM
RIP HAL


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: OmniEdge on August 28, 2014, 10:42:32 PM
RIP Hal. So long, and thanks for all the open source contributions! You will be missed but your genius and positivity will last an eternity.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: CoinDiver on August 28, 2014, 10:44:06 PM
Damn. Wish I knew more about this guy while he was still alive.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: elux on August 28, 2014, 10:45:04 PM
Bye for now, Hal!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ConceptPending on August 28, 2014, 10:49:06 PM
.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Taras on August 28, 2014, 10:52:45 PM
Thank you, Hal!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Meni Rosenfeld on August 28, 2014, 10:53:42 PM
Rather than RIP, I have a feeling Hal would find "Until we meet again" to be more appropriate, being optimistic about his unfreezing of course.

Since I only knew you through your writing, I'm looking forward to meeting you Hal.
Sure, but for now he's resting. Hence I do find "rest in peace" appropriate.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pandacoin on August 28, 2014, 10:54:34 PM
RIP legend.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ChrisJ on August 28, 2014, 10:58:14 PM
Thank-you for giving us our future Hal. Rest in Peace.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: minimalB on August 28, 2014, 11:09:17 PM
Thank you, Hal!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitLeafClover on August 28, 2014, 11:16:36 PM
RIP


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: theFed on August 28, 2014, 11:45:13 PM
It's an honor to be part of a community which you took part in bringing to life. Rest easy, Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Tron on August 28, 2014, 11:47:14 PM
I hope you read this thread in the future.

Thank you for your contributions!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: neo1947 on August 29, 2014, 12:03:03 AM
It is a real pleasure to know you,Thank you Hal!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bitpop on August 29, 2014, 12:13:01 AM
He'll be back when Bitcoin is $1 million sooner than you think.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: troleybüs on August 29, 2014, 12:17:14 AM
RIP.

He'll be back when Bitcoin is $1 million sooner than you think.

I hope so!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: theymos on August 29, 2014, 12:18:11 AM
Hal Finney being cryopreserved now:  http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html (http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/2014-August/082585.html)

I'm very sad to hear about his death. Both his work and his perseverance in the face of his illness are incredibly inspiring. The world is much poorer with him gone. Hopefully he will be able to return someday.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: LeMiner on August 29, 2014, 12:19:14 AM
Sleep well Hal, I'm sure you will walk this world again one day :-)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: juju on August 29, 2014, 12:43:00 AM
This is very sad news, He will certainly never be forgotten.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Remember remember the 5th of November on August 29, 2014, 12:45:44 AM
I don't understand why people talk as if he's dead. He is pronounced clinically dead, but it's not like his body has decayed beyond possible future resuscitation. He is alive, in fact, right now, he is immortal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: irritant on August 29, 2014, 01:00:50 AM
 :'( RIP for now


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: boonies4u on August 29, 2014, 01:33:53 AM
-dusts off old account- RIP Hal Finney! Not only do we build upon the shoulders of giants... we live on them.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bastilar on August 29, 2014, 02:09:01 AM
RIP Hal Finney.

We'll honor your memory and make bitcoin wide-freaking-spread everywhere.

I'll dedicate a special thanks to you in my bitcoin movie.

Bitcoin will free the people from the chains of poverty and tyranny.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cr1776 on August 29, 2014, 02:34:54 AM
If you are curious about cryopreservation, check out alcor.org's web site.

RIP Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: udecker on August 29, 2014, 02:35:15 AM

Thank you, Hal.

I don't understand why people talk as if he's dead. He is pronounced clinically dead, but it's not like his body has decayed beyond possible future resuscitation. He is alive, in fact, right now, he is immortal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: khai42 on August 29, 2014, 03:08:52 AM

Thank you Mr. Finney for your story. 

Rest in peace.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: CanaryInTheMine on August 29, 2014, 03:45:47 AM
Rest in Peace Hal...


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Coolstoryteller on August 29, 2014, 04:09:23 AM
R.I.P. Hal, you will be missed.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bjman on August 29, 2014, 04:13:10 AM
R.I.P. He was one of the (few) good guys.

BJ


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bitoy on August 29, 2014, 04:17:10 AM
Your legacy is secured. Rest in Peace Mr. Finney.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: hl5460 on August 29, 2014, 04:20:16 AM
R.I.P. A legendary figure.
Short tribute in Chinese.
http://www.8btc.com/hal-finney-2


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: thenoblebot on August 29, 2014, 05:05:41 AM
Thank you for inspiring me ! I hope the day comes when we meet again in the future.
Best wishes for the current state your in. Looking forward to a better future when you shall walk the earth again.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: mskryxz on August 29, 2014, 05:16:08 AM
RIP Hal


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: souspeed on August 29, 2014, 05:16:37 AM
Thanks for your dedication and contribution to the foundation of crypto currencies.
Rest In Peace Hal Finney.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: CoinsForTech on August 29, 2014, 05:18:06 AM
RIP


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: coinits on August 29, 2014, 05:28:47 AM
Enjoy your new journey into the unknown.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: powersup on August 29, 2014, 05:33:04 AM
I just found out about this.  RIP Mate.  Your a true pioneer.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: TheFootMan on August 29, 2014, 05:33:10 AM
RIP Hal Finney, hist contributions were simply great!

It's quite interesting he's now frozen down. At the remote possibility of him being restored to full operational mode in the future, I would love to see that headline, if it's in my time.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Krellan on August 29, 2014, 05:52:47 AM
Wow.  I knew he had ALS and was becoming increasingly paralyzed, but didn't know he had passed on until just now.  What a frustrating and imprisoning feeling that must be: to have a brilliant mind trapped in a failing body that can no longer communicate to the outside world.

I hope the 0.0001 BTC unit can be named in his honor (the "Finney").


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: VeeMiner on August 29, 2014, 05:54:10 AM
RIP Hal


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: haploid23 on August 29, 2014, 05:59:46 AM
Wow I didn't find out about this until just now  :-[

RIP HAL


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: techman on August 29, 2014, 06:28:43 AM
RIP HAL...

I just learnt this news and find this topic from Turkish topic. I read first message and I am really impressed. Contact Satoshi and receive mail from him is unbelievable ! I am really sorry for HAL :(


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Godzilla on August 29, 2014, 06:48:37 AM
You and people like you have changed my life forever.
Thanks Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: alfabitcoin on August 29, 2014, 07:07:03 AM
RIP Hal. Thank you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BIT-Sharon on August 29, 2014, 07:14:59 AM
Your story impressed me a lot. Even at this hard time, you are researching on harden Bitcoin wallets. You are so great. After reading your story, I am more confident with the future of Bitcoin now.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: romerun on August 29, 2014, 07:16:02 AM
Quote
Currently I'm working on something Mike Hearn suggested, using the security features of modern processors, designed to support "Trusted Computing", to harden Bitcoin wallets. It's almost ready to release. I just have to do the documentation.

Has this been released ?


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: dagi on August 29, 2014, 07:17:18 AM
Rest in peace
and thank you!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: e4xit on August 29, 2014, 07:31:28 AM
RIP Hal. You gave so much.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: mrbigmugs on August 29, 2014, 10:39:19 AM
A man with vision and passion , you will be truly missed .


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: 101111 on August 29, 2014, 11:12:09 AM
RIP Hal. A very sad day for the community.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bizzyb on August 29, 2014, 12:42:45 PM
What a humble guy, and what a genius - achieved more in his wheel chair years than most of us fully able will in our entire lives (including myself).


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: arvind on August 29, 2014, 12:52:44 PM
RIP Hal. Thank you for all that you've given us. You'll be dearly missed.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: redsn0w on August 29, 2014, 01:11:32 PM
Thank you Hal for your FANTASTIC work   :'( .  Rest in peace.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: digitalindustry on August 29, 2014, 01:13:56 PM
put his mark on the world.

RIP


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Zephir on August 29, 2014, 01:19:42 PM
A great human being has been gone.
Thanks for all your hard work and passion for this project.

Everybody with disabilities knows how hard it is, to get the things together and move forward, he showed us the way.

Thanks too for his family, which never let him alone and was always on his side.

R.I.P.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: malevolent on August 29, 2014, 01:29:02 PM
It's sad he died, hopefully some of us will live long enough to hear again from him within the next 50 years.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: CryptoPanda on August 29, 2014, 01:42:39 PM
All my respect for this great man! I told him before I'm telling it now, he is amazing person that for sure inspired many!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Jincy Samuel on August 29, 2014, 01:45:16 PM
RIP Hal... You will surely be missed... :-[


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: SolarWindMiningCompany on August 29, 2014, 01:58:15 PM
Let us hope that you are revived at some future time, from your cryopreservation, to find that your contribution to Bitcoin and to the world have reshaped human society in the most positive way...

Thanks for your contribution Hal,

Regards and Peace unto you,

James


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bizzyb on August 29, 2014, 02:24:44 PM
Would be cool if a dev created Halcoin (HAL).
A straight SHA256 coin with a pre-mine that is donated to the ALS organisation http://www.alsa.org/ (http://www.alsa.org/) before the ANN in the hope that the coin may be worth something when it hits the exchanges, making some money for them when they cash in.
The first pump and dump coin with positive outcomes, and in memory of Hals influence in this niche.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: anon012012 on August 29, 2014, 02:34:06 PM
I like his last project, bcflick, protection from hacking through TPM, very very interesting, take a look
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=154290.msg1635481#msg1635481

A great man, no doubt, an inspiration


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Cablez on August 29, 2014, 02:42:33 PM
put his mark on the world.


Exactly,  and that can never be taken away.  Rest in Peace Hal, you will be missed.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BITDV on August 29, 2014, 02:43:15 PM
R.I.P A true visionary , that lived his dream till the end or is it the beginning , only he knows the answer!!

Good luck on your Journey Mate!!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: 600watt on August 29, 2014, 03:08:07 PM
thank you, hal


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: World on August 29, 2014, 03:36:02 PM
R.I.P. Thank you.
Your knowledge and your name is forever written in the code.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: btcracer1 on August 29, 2014, 03:38:45 PM
Hope to see some good news about you in the future, for the moment RIP.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: coinsolidation on August 29, 2014, 04:23:33 PM
@FranFinney: "I vow to spend the rest of my life in ways that would make Hal proud and happy."
https://twitter.com/franfinney/status/505385836368498688


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: devthedev on August 29, 2014, 04:23:45 PM
Tearing up while writing this.

Rest in peace Hal, thanks for all you've done.

Devin


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: elasticband on August 29, 2014, 04:35:25 PM
I will always will be eternally grateful for all the work you have done.....  rest in peace Hal... it saddens me to even write this.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: giveBTCpls on August 29, 2014, 04:50:54 PM
Somewhat creepied out but fascinated at the cryogenic thing.

RIP in any case


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: bitca- on August 29, 2014, 05:49:49 PM
Hal,

Thank you for your indelible mark on the world. Rest in peace, and one day wake to the brilliant future you helped create.

Thomas


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: CoinDiver on August 29, 2014, 06:34:16 PM
RIP Satoshi


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Cøbra on August 29, 2014, 07:44:29 PM
RIP Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pftq on August 29, 2014, 09:29:39 PM
Very sad news.  RIP Hal and hope you rise back one day.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Maciek on August 29, 2014, 09:56:11 PM
Thank you, Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Wandererfromthenorth on August 29, 2014, 10:00:06 PM
An amazing pioneer, Rest In Peace.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Razick on August 29, 2014, 10:16:39 PM
Thank you for your amazing work Hal, RIP.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: johnyj on August 29, 2014, 10:37:23 PM
RIP Hal


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: JayJuanGee on August 29, 2014, 10:54:11 PM
RIP Satoshi

+1  - this seems to be as good of an estimation as any...

Thanks  Hal (and whatever aspect of Satoshi was a part of you) for your various contributions to BTC and to the crypto space!!!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Swordsoffreedom on August 29, 2014, 11:05:42 PM
I didn't know that Hal just passed but saw this thread getting moved up
RIP HAL
Your contributions and your life were meaningful to millions around the world.
Thank you


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: serje on August 30, 2014, 12:08:34 AM
Beautiful story you've told us mister Hal!

Rest in peace Hal Finney!
May God rest your soul!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: freedomno1 on August 30, 2014, 12:15:24 AM
Hal your work touched people around the world, as a fan of PGP and as the second ever user of Bitcoin I respect you and hope that you awaken as an android in the future to see how far we have been able to evolve humanity.
In my mind you are as close to Satoshi as we will know.
RIP Hal and may your cryogenic sleep be well deserved and may you smile on us from above, the true early adopter even in death.

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/hal-finney/

Now Finney has become an early adopter of a far more science fictional technology: human cryopreservation, the process of freezing human bodies so that they can be revived decades or even centuries later.

Just after his legal death was declared Thursday at 9 a.m., Finney’s body was flown to a facility of the cryonics firm known as the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona. As of Thursday night, Finney’s blood and other fluids were being removed from his body and slowly replaced with a collection of chemicals that Alcor calls M-22, which the company says are designed to be as minimally toxic as possible to his tissues while preventing the formation of ice crystals that would result from freezing and destroy his cell membranes.

Over the next few days, the temperature of his body will be slowly lowered to -320 degrees Fahrenheit. Eventually, it will be stored in an aluminum pod inside a 10-foot tall tank filled with 450 liters of liquid nitrogen designed to keep him in that state of near-complete suspended animation. “That’s where he’ll remain until such time as we have technologies to repair the problems he had such as ALS and the aging process,” says Max More, Alcor’s director and Finney’s friend of many years. “And then we can bring Hal back happy and whole again.”

Finney, like Alcor’s president More, was an active member of the Extropians, a movement of technologists and futurists focused on transhumanism and life extension. “He’s always been optimistic about the future,” says Fran. “Every new advance, he embraced it, every new technology. Hal relished life, and he made the most of everything.”

Truly a trailblazer.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: knight22 on August 30, 2014, 01:44:25 AM
RIP Hal and thanks for your early contribution.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: nwfella on August 30, 2014, 01:57:33 AM
You changed the world in a big way for the better Hal.  RIP.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: i dig bitcoins on August 30, 2014, 01:58:17 AM
Keep on keepin' on HAL. I'll remember you as the TRUE BIGMAN around here. I admire you slogging your condition
and beating it to the side for this long...you went down fighting. You are a REAL man.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: empowering on August 30, 2014, 03:02:00 AM
All of my respect


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: chronicsky on August 30, 2014, 03:29:40 AM
I have recently joined the crypto , so din't heard of you much , but recently i got to hear your name and saw the things you have done ,i don't have any words , even going through all this , you always kept a positive attitude and you gave so much to the community
THANK YOU

RIP Hal , condolences to the family...
High Respect for you sir


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: johny08 on August 30, 2014, 04:28:11 AM
Thank You. Great personality.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: deadley on August 30, 2014, 07:51:46 AM
What an inspirational story, I really  salute to you.
Because of people like you, Bitcoin still with us.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: niktitan132 on August 30, 2014, 07:54:24 AM
RIP Hal and thanks for everything you done for bitcoin.High respect.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: EternalWingsofGod on August 30, 2014, 08:12:45 AM
Hal you did so many things and for that you earned my respect
I hope that you rest well and that you are in good company.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: fox19891989 on August 30, 2014, 09:27:16 AM
RIP.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cryptrol on August 30, 2014, 09:54:58 AM
Truly inspiring personality.
Thanks Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Rofo on August 30, 2014, 11:28:30 AM
R.I.P. sir. I hope the future finds you.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: mkz899 on August 30, 2014, 12:11:23 PM
R.I.P sir,
High respect


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: milazi on August 30, 2014, 12:14:47 PM
Thanks for your contribution ,SIR


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: coins101 on August 30, 2014, 12:29:10 PM
You have helped to change many lives.

You have helped to shape the world, now and in the future.

Thank you.

RIP.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Mundanek on August 30, 2014, 12:38:00 PM
Your story is very inspirational, THANKS for your contribution. Rest in Peace.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: fa on August 30, 2014, 12:44:17 PM
RIP man. Btc is so good because of people like you!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: redsn0w on August 30, 2014, 01:03:22 PM
I think this thread must to be "pinned" It's very important  :'( .



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: novacn on August 30, 2014, 01:46:25 PM
RIP.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: scryptasicminer on August 30, 2014, 02:50:55 PM
Don't know him before he passed away.

Appreciate all the hard work and contribution into crypto currency.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: mmitech on August 30, 2014, 02:54:25 PM
Rest in peace.

I never met him, and he doesn't know me, I live in the other part of the world, I came across this story a year or so ago, but he left a big place in my heart, and I find the timing depressing... while people are taking that ice bucket challenge, Hal passes away.

please consider donating to the ALS Association. (https://secure2.convio.net/alsa/site/Donation2?df_id=27420&27420.donation=form1) you can dedicated for the memory of Hal finney.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: btchris on August 30, 2014, 06:43:16 PM
Hal Finney has been an inspiration to us all. Requiescat in pace.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Swordsoffreedom on August 31, 2014, 11:26:34 AM
In the wake of bitcoin groundbreaker Hal Finney’s passing a few days ago, some prominent figures in the bitcoin community have teamed up in a campaign to raise funds for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Thank you Hal for your contributions to Bitcoin, and also for raising awareness of ALS and getting Bitcoiners on board.
Also for getting Gavin to soak himself for the cause
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFDv7sP5Gpw
http://www.coindesk.com/community-honors-hal-finney-bitcoin-fund-als-research/

May more icebuckets fall down to find a cure to this disease.

The main donation address is here https://blockchain.info/address/1JsnZLEGgLJY7rbDdaKTzC2JyvfaKUpF5p (https://blockchain.info/address/1JsnZLEGgLJY7rbDdaKTzC2JyvfaKUpF5p). Donations will be accepted through the Thanksgiving holiday (27th November) in the US and the payment will be made on 2nd December.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: supermoose on August 31, 2014, 02:01:22 PM
You left a great legacy. RIP


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: nope491 on August 31, 2014, 02:08:23 PM
I had read some writings by Hal in the past, he was a nice person.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: wezphoto on August 31, 2014, 02:36:02 PM
RIP Hal Finney, the worst loss for our community.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: DeboraMeeks on August 31, 2014, 05:43:15 PM
RIP Hal. May you find peace at last. You left your greatness behind and it will continue to strive! xx


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BITCOINDENMARK on August 31, 2014, 07:08:40 PM
Hal, thanks for your inspiration and writings, wherever you are.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: TheFootMan on August 31, 2014, 11:15:22 PM
In the wake of bitcoin groundbreaker Hal Finney’s passing a few days ago, some prominent figures in the bitcoin community have teamed up in a campaign to raise funds for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

As a sidenote, it seems that the A.L.S. Association has amassed more than 40 million dollars in connection with the ice bucket challenge.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/22/business/media/ice-bucket-challenge-donations-for-als-top-41-million.html

Of course, more funding can only be good.

I hope that these funds are put to good use and used for projects that can bring more understanding and perhaps a cure for the disease.



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: superresistant on September 01, 2014, 08:17:02 AM
 
I don't think he is gone. His body is kept in cryogenic state at the Alcor Life Extension Fundation.
We may see him back in a near future.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: marcotheminer on September 01, 2014, 08:52:04 AM

I don't think he is gone. His body is kept in cryogenic state at the Alcor Life Extension Fundation.
We may see him back in a near future.


Do you have a source? On twitter his wife said he had passed away on Thursday.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: jackjack on September 01, 2014, 08:52:48 AM

I don't think he is gone. His body is kept in cryogenic state at the Alcor Life Extension Fundation.
We may see him back in a near future.


Do you have a source? On twitter his wife said he had passed away on Thursday.

I guess the entire internet is a source
LMGTFY (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=hal+finney+alcor)


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: redsn0w on September 01, 2014, 03:32:49 PM
In the wake of bitcoin groundbreaker Hal Finney’s passing a few days ago, some prominent figures in the bitcoin community have teamed up in a campaign to raise funds for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Thank you Hal for your contributions to Bitcoin, and also for raising awareness of ALS and getting Bitcoiners on board.
Also for getting Gavin to soak himself for the cause
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFDv7sP5Gpw
http://www.coindesk.com/community-honors-hal-finney-bitcoin-fund-als-research/

May more icebuckets fall down to find a cure to this disease.

The main donation address is here https://blockchain.info/address/1JsnZLEGgLJY7rbDdaKTzC2JyvfaKUpF5p (https://blockchain.info/address/1JsnZLEGgLJY7rbDdaKTzC2JyvfaKUpF5p). Donations will be accepted through the Thanksgiving holiday (27th November) in the US and the payment will be made on 2nd December.

That's very very fantastic , please guy  share this video on facebook and tweet ;) .

This is another video :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-phN1Xtrq_I   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEVOep5hC_4
  in honor of Hal Finney.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: SteveCSP on September 01, 2014, 06:53:12 PM
Arcadia High School has produced many graduates who've accomplished amazing success in their adult years.  In my humble opinion, Hal Finney, Class of 1974, sits at the top of this AHS Alumni List.  Mr. Finney's vision, passion and intelligence, was at a level of few people ever. 


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Walter Rothbard on September 02, 2014, 05:46:25 PM
In my mind you are as close to Satoshi as we will know.

I think that just about sums it up.

Thank you, Hal, for everything.  May science advance to the point where you may one day be thanked again in person, and read through these threads, if Bitcointalk still exists then.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: 2dogs on September 02, 2014, 05:47:36 PM
Hal,

Thank you for being here and inspiring us all.

Rest in peace.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: WhatTheGox on September 02, 2014, 05:53:53 PM

RIP legend


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: acec on September 02, 2014, 08:08:50 PM
History will honor you. You will be remembered.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: UserAlter on September 02, 2014, 09:40:48 PM
Dear Hal,

RIP.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Bit_Play on September 02, 2014, 10:27:42 PM
RIP Hal.

Too bad we will don't know when will die the creator/s of Bitcoin


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: nobbynobbynoob on September 23, 2014, 09:10:52 PM
Hal Finney = total legend

RIP. :(

Good people so often pass too soon. :(


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Kluge on September 23, 2014, 09:15:40 PM

I don't think he is gone. His body is kept in cryogenic state at the Alcor Life Extension Fundation.
We may see him back in a near future.

I suppose the good news is, assuming trends stay the same - each day he's kept in cryogenic state, his life expectancy is probably increasing at a rate faster than any toll taken from being in a cryogenic state. I wonder if there'll ever be a day when healthy people have themselves "frozen" as an investment in themselves... or maybe trust fund babies just want to see the future. :D


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: FallingKnife on September 23, 2014, 09:15:54 PM
I'm supporting Hal to receive the Blue Crypto Award posthumously.

http://bit.ly/BlueCryptoVote


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cryptomad on September 23, 2014, 09:19:11 PM
Thanks Sir great Read,Good things coming Our way


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Walter Rothbard on September 23, 2014, 09:22:05 PM

I don't think he is gone. His body is kept in cryogenic state at the Alcor Life Extension Fundation.
We may see him back in a near future.

I suppose the good news is, assuming trends stay the same - each day he's kept in cryogenic state, his life expectancy is probably increasing at a rate faster than any toll taken from being in a cryogenic state. I wonder if there'll ever be a day when healthy people have themselves "frozen" as an investment in themselves... or maybe trust fund babies just want to see the future. :D

I hope Hal would approve of me offering a bit of humor on that note:

http://xkcd.com/989/


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Mickeyb on October 09, 2014, 10:06:02 PM
RIP Hal!
Thanks for everything!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Walter Rothbard on October 10, 2014, 03:54:05 AM
I wonder if Satoshi has posted in this thread, or acknowledged Hal publicly in any way since his passing.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: knight22 on October 10, 2014, 04:00:36 AM
I wonder if Satoshi has posted in this thread, or acknowledged Hal publicly in any way since his passing.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2188.msg29259#msg29259


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: myxamop on October 31, 2014, 09:13:03 AM
Rest in peace Hal, you and Satoshi left great heritage.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Gleb Gamow on October 31, 2014, 09:23:28 AM
Rest in peace Hal, you and Satoshi left great heritage.

Nice bump. I was thinking about doing the same a couple hours ago but didn't have the words from the heart to justify doing such. Your words would suffice though, allowing me to chime in.

I honestly believe he would've gotten a laugh outta my Popsicle jokes at his expense. Just think, for who knows how long he'll always be a cool guy.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cr1776 on October 31, 2014, 12:45:37 PM
Rest in peace Hal, you and Satoshi left great heritage.

Nice bump. I was thinking about doing the same a couple hours ago but didn't have the words from the heart to justify doing such. Your words would suffice though, allowing me to chime in.

I honestly believe he would've gotten a laugh outta my Popsicle jokes at his expense. Just think, for who knows how long he'll always be a cool guy.

If the cryonics experiment works, perhaps we should say:  I honestly believe he WILL GET a laugh outta my Popsicle jokes at his expense. Just think, for who knows how long he'll always be a cool guy.   


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: waser12 on November 02, 2014, 06:12:18 PM
RESPECT


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Gleb Goodston on November 02, 2014, 06:15:50 PM
An inspiration to many my full respect to Hal did great things & Satoshi is proud.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: dzyk on November 07, 2014, 03:43:35 PM
R.I.P


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: themys on November 07, 2014, 04:22:45 PM
Rest in peace Hal...


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: dzyk on November 07, 2014, 04:32:13 PM
Rest in peace Hal...
Y.E.S, bro!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: soopy452000 on November 14, 2014, 09:22:27 PM
R.I.P HAL :( Without Satoshi , Without HAL and the early contributors to Crypto and Bitcoin , we would not see what Bitcoin is today or maybe never see a Bitcoin or ever know of it.
We should have utmost respect and dedication for these great men and continue their legacy and their dreams of a future ruled by decentralization and cryptocurrencies.

~SoopY~


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Vlad2Vlad on November 14, 2014, 10:31:58 PM


Isn't it odd [very odd] that a brilliant inquisitive mind like Hal's [Harold Thomas Finney II] never launched at least an experimental alt-coin if not a better coin than Bitcoin?  You know, at least for the purpose of finding out what would happen when Bitcoin fully matures in 100+ years.

Cause one thing about highly logic centered people is a powerful curiosity begging the question:  What if?

How could none of these brilliant programmers like Hal, Gavin, Nick Szabo, etc., not wonder this and launch an alt-coin to find out?

Now if we could only find one coin who's dev's name is either Hal [Harold] or Thomas or Finney.  lol

Wait, I found one.  And it's the very first and oldest Bitcoin clone, designed to fully mature in just ~4 years instead of over 100 years.  And this name, Thomas Nasakioto is also an anagram, an identical mirror twin for Satoshi Nakamoto.


Cheers!


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Kluge on November 15, 2014, 02:58:03 AM
I suppose this is the most appropriate thread for this... I had a dream inspired by Hal.

There was a cryogenics corporation which went around trying to dig up fresh bodies - or where a privatized police force does this in the future. When it's possible to unfreeze people where they're alive without tormenting pain, they'd then be given living quarters and a job, working as indentured servants to pay off their bill. However, the company charged a 5% APR on unpaid fees each year (very reasonable!). When people started "being woken up" a century later (and with appropriate cybernetic implants!), they'd end up with the equivalent of >$1M today's dollars in debt, working the rest of their lives as ???.

... I wonder what people will do in a century.... will have to sleep on it for the dystopian vision. :D


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: rollingMyCar on November 15, 2014, 06:33:58 PM
I say you hello Hal!
Bye bye


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: redHairy on November 15, 2014, 06:46:49 PM
Rest in peace Hal...

V.I.P. person.
My respect


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: sifter on November 15, 2014, 07:05:48 PM
I read over the OP by Hal.
You can say I almost teared up.

Hal, you are a legend.
May you forever live on
RIP.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Eddie_03 on December 04, 2014, 05:48:53 PM
R.I.P. <3 you'll always be admired by many more to come. The growth of bitcoin lives on in those who believe in it.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: UnunoctiumTesticles on December 04, 2014, 06:05:44 PM
I had seen this thread before he died, and I had tried to PM him in late 2013 (and again in 2014) to tell him about alternative treatments I was trying. He didn't reply.  At that time, I hadn't yet mastered the treatment regimen I am employing now.

I have since learned that Multiple Sclerosis (don't know how much it is related to Hal's A.L.S.) is related to other manifestations of neuropathy is some general ways even if the disease itself is fundamentally different.

EGCG has made the biggest difference for me thus far (and for another guy suffering similar ailments as me).

I am awaiting the co-ezymated B-12 to arrive from abroad. That is crucial for protecting the neuron axon sheaths that are destroyed by MS. I don't have MS, I don't think, but I do have many symptoms similar to those described by (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpmKTMObICE#t=262) talk show host Montel Williams.

I wish Hal could have been saved. What a fabulous mind inside of a incredibly humble person. Some of his technical explanations have helped me. He took the time to explain so that someone learning could grasp.

Incidentally, I welcome your new persona/attitude. You 'sound' healthier, if that makes any sense.

If this is true (I am not sure), perhaps it is because of:

1.Starting some new treatments (AHCC, EGCG, L-Lysine, CoQ10, co-enzyme B Healthy VitB complex, carrots, bitter melon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momordica_charantia#Traditional_medicinal_uses) to lower blood sugar, no or minimal carbohydrates in any form including sugars from fruits, Vitamin D3 via whole body skin exposure to sun daily and must shower before as D3 is formed at follicles, washes off, requires 24 hours to absorb) for my peripheral neuropathy (likely caused by 2006 HPV infection) which also (in additional to nerve problems at the feet, hands, etc) manifests as headaches and abdominal pain (tumor?) fucking malaise. By "malaise", I mean imagine someone stole 50 of your IQ points. Can't think with that groggy head, chronic fatigue syndrome, welcome to zombie, vegetable-state.
2.Really wanting to prove to myself I can still code and not talk without a purpose of action. Challenging myself everyday to work on my discipline (gritting my teeth to push myself to exercise to deal with this malaise that seems to cause me to be only capable of talking). "Those who can't build, talk (http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=3514)". Grrr. It is humiliating for me to see I have become a wind pipe. Is this what old age will be for me! Hell no I hope not.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: MrGreenHat on December 04, 2014, 06:48:19 PM
Thanks, Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: edd on December 05, 2014, 12:42:31 AM
I happened to be looking at some old coffee orders and came across one from Hal back at the beginning of 2012. Thanks again, Hal, for encouraging me to do my part for the Bitcoin economy. You will be missed.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cr1776 on December 18, 2014, 08:52:53 PM
A little bit more about Hal Finney and Alcor is here,  http://www.alcor.org/blog/hal-finney-becomes-alcors-128th-patient/

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Hal Finney, Alcor member A-1436 who chose the whole-body option, was pronounced legally deceased on August 28, 2014 at 8:50 am at the age of 58, in Scottsdale, Arizona. That same day, Hal became Alcor’s 128th patient.

Hal, who has had cryopreservation arrangements with the Alcor Foundation for over 20 years, was Bitcoin’s earliest-ever adopter.

...
 


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: FrozenOlaf on February 23, 2015, 12:16:47 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-h0FTeIYAActsN.jpg


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Gleb Gamow on February 23, 2015, 12:37:55 PM
A little bit more about Hal Finney and Alcor is here,  http://www.alcor.org/blog/hal-finney-becomes-alcors-128th-patient/

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Hal Finney, Alcor member A-1436 who chose the whole-body option, was pronounced legally deceased on August 28, 2014 at 8:50 am at the age of 58, in Scottsdale, Arizona. That same day, Hal became Alcor’s 128th patient.

Hal, who has had cryopreservation arrangements with the Alcor Foundation for over 20 years, was Bitcoin’s earliest-ever adopter.

...
 

WTF! Somebody check my math. What's 128 X 2?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/128_%28number%29

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The atomic number of unbioctium, an element yet to be discovered.

nbiocti = bitcoin

THIS IS NUTS! Trust me, you'll freak out if you read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonnet_128


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: FrozenOlaf on February 23, 2015, 01:14:29 PM
I happened to be looking at some old coffee orders and came across one from Hal back at the beginning of 2012. Thanks again, Hal, for encouraging me to do my part for the Bitcoin economy. You will be missed.

Yes. I'd like a large americano with half and half and no sugar and no suicide cult flower child propaganda. That will be all. Thanks.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: thejaytiesto on February 23, 2015, 02:07:25 PM
Strong first post..


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: btc_enigma on March 26, 2016, 09:01:15 AM
Respect Hal !


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pereira4 on March 26, 2016, 10:18:33 AM
Hal Finney is a Bitcoin leyend. May he resurrect in the future with a bioengineered, tall, strong body in the future. If cryogenics is a success in a couple of decades (or centuries.. or thousands of years) I wonder how high the BTC will be by then. If Hal is still holding his coins, he will be the richest man on earth.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: frankenmint on March 26, 2016, 06:19:11 PM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: TippingPoint on March 26, 2016, 06:28:12 PM
The thread could be cryogenically frozen.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Amph on March 26, 2016, 06:28:40 PM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...

technically he is not dead, he is in some sort of cryogenic statis, i remember he said that he used all his bitcoin fortune to freeze his body until a cure will be find


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: JayJuanGee on March 26, 2016, 07:41:43 PM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...

technically he is not dead, he is in some sort of cryogenic statis, i remember he said that he used all his bitcoin fortune to freeze his body until a cure will be find

Hopefully, he set aside at least 1 bitcoin, in order that he could have at least $1million spending money when he gets out.   ;)   :D


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: cr1776 on April 07, 2016, 02:19:17 AM
This is a nice article from March 2016 discussing Cryonics:

http://waitbutwhy.com/2016/03/cryonics.html

Gives a good overview about why someone like Hal made the choice he did.

True "cold storage"


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: btccashacc on April 07, 2016, 03:09:15 AM
After reading this thread i just knew that Hal had als, and he wrote this thread with his voice,unbelievable i can't imagine if i'm on such a situation like him, fighting with that disease and got paralyzed still learning and take a place in this project
well Rest in peace Hal...you are a legend


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: tvbcof on April 07, 2016, 05:00:53 AM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...

technically he is not dead, he is in some sort of cryogenic statis, i remember he said that he used all his bitcoin fortune to freeze his body until a cure will be find

I wonder if he'll be thawed out because 'they' found a cure for ALS or because they just want his passphrase.

Speaking of ALS, a good way not to get it is to not get a chronic mycoplasma infection, and a good way to do that is to avoid vaccinations.  That's a strong hypothesis in my mind.  Unfortunately it is probably to late for me...I got about 20,000 shots of God knows what for the Gulf war.  No bizarre neurodegenerative disease yet though thankfully.  Funny how such things as Mycoplasma fermentans and Borrelia burgdorferi and other species investigated as biological warfare agents seem to be popping up all over the place with these incurable but very expensive diseases which make big pharma even more rich while the victim dies a slow and painful death.  Kinda makes a guy wonder...

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/574944_2 (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/574944_2)



Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: quentincole32 on April 07, 2016, 09:05:54 AM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...
i'm never hear about hal finney until found this thread,and now i know that he have passd away,RIP hal finney..
and i'm just searched about him,i found this on cindesk. he was Bitcoin Pioneer and First Bitcoin Recipient.
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The bitcoin world lost one of its earliest pioneers today with the legal passing of Hal Finney, the recipient of the world's first bitcoin transaction and its first identified developer after Satoshi Nakamoto. He was 58 years old.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: n0ne on April 07, 2016, 10:39:46 AM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...

Let this thread get continued, Though he has passed his thoughts need to be known by every users who wish to be a part of bitcoin.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: lumeire on April 07, 2016, 11:33:03 AM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...

Let this thread get continued, Though he has passed his thoughts need to be known by every users who wish to be a part of bitcoin.

True, like the famous bitcoin-pizza thread, this should be kept alive.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BTCLovingDude on April 07, 2016, 11:55:44 AM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...

Let this thread get continued, Though he has passed his thoughts need to be known by every users who wish to be a part of bitcoin.

True, like the famous bitcoin-pizza thread, this should be kept alive.

i think someone should just make a compilation list of all these historic topics that are interesting with links to the respective topic and then sticky that topic in one of the boards.
because all these topics are eventually going to die and go to other pages and never be visited again.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: btccashacc on April 07, 2016, 01:16:02 PM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...

Let this thread get continued, Though he has passed his thoughts need to be known by every users who wish to be a part of bitcoin.

True, like the famous bitcoin-pizza thread, this should be kept alive.

i think someone should just make a compilation list of all these historic topics that are interesting with links to the respective topic and then sticky that topic in one of the boards.
because all these topics are eventually going to die and go to other pages and never be visited again.

yeah i agree with you there are lot of historic threads out there that going die pushed by same or multiples thread like "how can i have bitcoin" "how can i earn bitcoin" etc
anyways the one of the thread that must be on sticky is the first post from satoshi
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5.msg28#msg28


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: BitcoinHodler on April 07, 2016, 01:38:48 PM
Good luck fighting the ALS man, you'll need it.

Don't give up hope and stay fighting.

We should really lock this thread...he passed away in 2014...RIP Hal...

Let this thread get continued, Though he has passed his thoughts need to be known by every users who wish to be a part of bitcoin.

True, like the famous bitcoin-pizza thread, this should be kept alive.

i think someone should just make a compilation list of all these historic topics that are interesting with links to the respective topic and then sticky that topic in one of the boards.
because all these topics are eventually going to die and go to other pages and never be visited again.

yeah i agree with you there are lot of historic threads out there that going die pushed by same or multiples thread like "how can i have bitcoin" "how can i earn bitcoin" etc
anyways the one of the thread that must be on sticky is the first post from satoshi
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5.msg28#msg28

too bad there is no more topic 1, it must have been removed!
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1.0


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: timk225 on July 12, 2016, 01:38:44 PM
I was just doing some searching, and I saw the link back on page 14 in this topic about Hal Finney being cryopreserved.

No disrespect to Hal, but I think that cryopreservation is a load of SHIT.

No one who is cryopreserved will ever be revived.  The body simply does not work that way.

Each one of us, me, you, etc...  WE are not the physical "we" that we see and feel in and of our physical human bodies.  WE are the life energy, the "soul", as it is, and we merely inhabit these human bodies for the length of this bodies' lifespan.  It is like living in a house that is freshly built when this body is born, and then over time the house decays and collapses, equivalent to the death of this human body.

So the actual Hal Finney is gone, probably onto his next life already, never to return to the long dead human body, or "house" he once lived in.

That's what I think, anyhow.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pereira4 on July 12, 2016, 01:48:48 PM
Hal Finney is an actual legend. If they ever make a Bitcoin movie, its characters like this that would make it really interesting. Bitcoin has so many characters that would make for a great movie. I mean Dorian Nakamoto, Craig Wright and the mysterious death of David Kleiman, Hal Finney as a possible Satoshi being cryogenized then reborn 1000 years later with millions of BTC in his power... great stuff.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pandalion98 on July 12, 2016, 04:10:39 PM
I was just doing some searching, and I saw the link back on page 14 in this topic about Hal Finney being cryopreserved.

No disrespect to Hal, but I think that cryopreservation is a load of SHIT.

No one who is cryopreserved will ever be revived.  The body simply does not work that way.

Each one of us, me, you, etc...  WE are not the physical "we" that we see and feel in and of our physical human bodies.  WE are the life energy, the "soul", as it is, and we merely inhabit these human bodies for the length of this bodies' lifespan.  It is like living in a house that is freshly built when this body is born, and then over time the house decays and collapses, equivalent to the death of this human body.

So the actual Hal Finney is gone, probably onto his next life already, never to return to the long dead human body, or "house" he once lived in.

That's what I think, anyhow.
No one is quite sure as of today. That's why cryopreservation is a thing. People these days are saying exactly what you're saying since no one can pull it off... yet.

There's a hope that the future generations can do it. People are hoping.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: TippingPoint on July 12, 2016, 10:13:53 PM
I was just doing some searching, and I saw the link back on page 14 in this topic about Hal Finney being cryopreserved.

No disrespect to Hal, but I think that cryopreservation is a load of SHIT.

No one who is cryopreserved will ever be revived.  The body simply does not work that way.

Each one of us, me, you, etc...  WE are not the physical "we" that we see and feel in and of our physical human bodies.  WE are the life energy, the "soul", as it is, and we merely inhabit these human bodies for the length of this bodies' lifespan.  It is like living in a house that is freshly built when this body is born, and then over time the house decays and collapses, equivalent to the death of this human body.

So the actual Hal Finney is gone, probably onto his next life already, never to return to the long dead human body, or "house" he once lived in.

That's what I think, anyhow.

I do not agree.  There is no soul.  Our thoughts and our memories (everything) are electro-chemical processes in our brain.  When the brain is deprived of oxygenated blood it dies very quickly.  Consciousness and memories are lost.  If the damage is localized, people may lose the ability to speak, move one arm, etc.  It is called brain damage, and if extensive enough, it leads to death.  After that, your "life energy", "spirit", or "soul" does not float around (because those are invented concepts).  People who try to tell you otherwise are often trying to "sell" you something, like "eternal life" in a religion.  But I understand that many people believe some version of what you wrote.  And some of the people surrounding the creation of Bitcoin believe (or believed) that they can eventually be brought back.  As far as I know, Satoshi never expressed such a belief.




Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Gleb Gamow on July 12, 2016, 10:50:28 PM
I was just doing some searching, and I saw the link back on page 14 in this topic about Hal Finney being cryopreserved.

No disrespect to Hal, but I think that cryopreservation is a load of SHIT.

No one who is cryopreserved will ever be revived.  The body simply does not work that way.

Each one of us, me, you, etc...  WE are not the physical "we" that we see and feel in and of our physical human bodies.  WE are the life energy, the "soul", as it is, and we merely inhabit these human bodies for the length of this bodies' lifespan.  It is like living in a house that is freshly built when this body is born, and then over time the house decays and collapses, equivalent to the death of this human body.

So the actual Hal Finney is gone, probably onto his next life already, never to return to the long dead human body, or "house" he once lived in.

That's what I think, anyhow.

I do not agree.  There is no soul.  Our thoughts and our memories (everything) are electro-chemical processes in our brain.  When the brain is deprived of oxygenated blood it dies very quickly.  Consciousness and memories are lost.  If the damage is localized, people may lose the ability to speak, move one arm, etc.  It is called brain damage, and if extensive enough, it leads to death.  After that, your "life energy", "spirit", or "soul" does not float around (because those are invented concepts).  People who try to tell you otherwise are often trying to "sell" you something, like "eternal life" in a religion.  But I understand that many people believe some version of what you wrote.  And some of the people surrounding the creation of Bitcoin believe (or believed) that they can eventually be brought back.  As far as I know, Satoshi never expressed such a belief.




Sans researching to confirm, I believe it was just Hal's head/brain that's a Popsicle®.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: gmaxwell on July 13, 2016, 02:16:16 AM
I was just doing some searching, and I saw the link back on page 14 in this topic about Hal Finney being cryopreserved.
No disrespect to Hal, but I think that cryopreservation is a load of SHIT.
No one who is cryopreserved will ever be revived.  The body simply does not work that way.
Each one of us, me, you, etc...  WE are not the physical "we" that we see and feel in and of our physical human bodies.  WE are the life energy, the "soul", as it is, and we merely inhabit these human bodies for the length of this bodies' lifespan.  It is like living in a house that is freshly built when this body is born, and then over time the house decays and collapses, equivalent to the death of this human body.
So the actual Hal Finney is gone, probably onto his next life already, never to return to the long dead human body, or "house" he once lived in.

People have died-- no respiration, no heartbeat, and no brain activity for reasonably long spans of time--... under special circumstances of low temperatures and low oxygenation (which limited apoptosis) and survived.

Even under your mystical interpretation of life which is unsupported by scientific inquiry-- how could you have any idea how long someone must be dead before their soul "energy" couldn't return? Why should time even have meaning to soul energy?

And if it does someday become possible to recover people preserved today, every one of us that didn't support it vigorously will-- in hindsight-- be part of the largest scale mass murder ever... perhaps billions of lives that could be preserved, ignored, because some people had a hunch about soul 'energy' and what not.

The main thing I dislike about many religious and spiritual advocates isn't their unfounded beliefs-- knowledge has limits, currently for sure, and perhaps forever, I see no harm in dreaming about the gaps in between the things we know-- but, rather, the profound lack of imagination and the level of certainty in their ignorance.

If, in spite of all objective observation, "we" aren't these beautiful machines whos operations exists squarely in the somewhat known physical laws of the universe; but are instead some kind of ineffable soul energy unconstrained by normal physical law that would make it observable... Then why the heck should we expect that energy need to obey time? causality? distance? entropy? or otherwise behave like a physical thing, since you've already decided that it isn't one.  No one has yet attempted to restore a cryopreserved person with a result that "should have worked" and yet found it didn't, and the closet we have (some freak accidents) suggests that people _can_ miraculously be revived if the meat machinery is in good enough shape. And the technology of cryopreservation, even if it can never be applied to whole people, is essential science that could eventually transform emergency medical treatment, organ transplants, and many other things.

I don't think this argument does anything to debase your view of an ineffable soul-- if anything it glorifies it: a soul that can transcend time and space to be returned back to the right place when summoned by the collective, careful, brilliant, and loving work of mans finest minds in the culmination of generations of study of the wonders of nature all around us... I think that kind of soul is a lot more grand that one that cares about "before" and "after", loses its attention, and goes elsewhere or fizzles out.

And I wonder, if some hundreds of years from now Hal will read this thread and feel sadness for each of us that didn't make it.

But especially for people who aren't popsicles now, there is no reason to be sad-- there is reason to work. As far as anyone knows a all forms of death from natural causes are curable and only ignorance, fear, and insufficiently audacious romanticism prevent us, collectively as mankind, from solving it-- http://www.nickbostrom.com/fable/dragon.html

Many people with old money are constrained by perverted social dynamics from funding research to fight death at a fundamental level-- the vision of some billionaire trying to live forever is so reflexively distasteful to people that they often won't fund it, even though the science might eventually save trillions of lives.  I hope that more people who've gained wealth through Bitcoin will have the courage (or at least the ego) to buck that trend-- and I think we do, since I know at least six long time bitcoiners who fund relevant research.

Put another way, maybe you're right and Hal and no one else could ever be restored this way. So what? Many wealthy people already have funerals far more expensive than cryopreservation. And those funerals don't have even the tinyest chance of helping them come back in the future. Being cryopreseved wouldn't have any effect on your soul if they exist... but if works, it might just bring you back.

Or, in other words:

"So the possibility [...] may be quite a good bet, with a payoff of something like 100 million to 1! Even if the odds of [...] succeeding to this degree are slim, are they really 100 million to one against? Something to think about..."

Assuming you think the possibility of living for hundreds of years in the future is very valuable for you or those you love, a long shot bet on that would be a pretty good pay-off.

If you don't think it's at least worth considering, then you fail the test that would have defined you as a very early user of Bitcoin if you'd noticed that you had the opportunity.

I suppose, given how few people thought Bitcoin's long shot was interesting back when Bitcoin was worth nothing, I shouldn't be surprised that many dismiss ideas like this out of hand. :) Perhaps something more to think about... Maybe some of of you who missed out in Bitcoin in 2009/2010 won't also miss out on a vastly extended lifespan? :)

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When the brain is deprived of oxygenated blood it dies very quickly.
Certainly not my area of expertise, but the techniques used for cryopreservation are quite remarkable. For small amounts of tissue the damage is negligible to non-existent which is part of why it's perfectly reasonable to keep human embryos cryogenically preserved for a decade (or more!), not just possible but widely done! The results on larger organs are less successful due to issues with evenness and speed, both in the preservation and recovery. But you shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the serious work here,  no one argues that this stuff is even _likely_ to work with the state of technology right now-- but it's far from the absolutely impossibility that has been argued here.

Not to mention the indirect effects: I would sure prefer to live in a world where many people believed they needed to care for it to preserve it for themselves into the far future, than with people who expect to just vanish or go to some prefabricated paradise even if they make a mess of the place here.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: TippingPoint on July 13, 2016, 03:12:44 AM
Sam Harris describing consciousness:

If it’s true that consciousness is being run like software on the brain and can – by virtue of ectoplasm or something else we don’t understand – be dissociated from the brain at death, that would be part of our growing scientific understanding of the world if we discover it…

But there are very good reasons to think it’s not true. We know this from 150 years of neurology where you damage areas of the brain, and faculties are lost… You can cease to recognize faces, you can cease to know the names of animals but you still know the names of tools…

What we’re being asked to consider is that you damage one part of the brain, and something about the mind and subjectivity is lost, you damage another and yet more is lost, [but] you damage the whole thing at death, we can rise off the brain with all our faculties intact, recognizing grandma and speaking English!

The 2 minute video clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Juriylw7B0g


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: DumbFruit on July 13, 2016, 03:06:09 PM
That does absolutely nothing to address the Hard Problem of consciousness, which since it lacks any logical definition, is free of any falsification. So of course consciousness is immortal before it kinda dies and wasn't created just in time to live, whatever that means, on a gigantic little speck hanging on nothing out in the middle of nowhere, stupendously.
Something about the infinitesimal unlikeliness, so priceless, blah blah blah. Death.
Anyway what's the point of preserving peaches in a jar before throwing the whole jar into a fire? After all, the universe is going to die even more impressively than we will. Maybe I'm jealous.

Here's something; Maybe we're all the same person. Maybe I'm actually a hyperdimensional creature that gets caught up in nets of neurons and I experience each life one at a time, maybe in no particular order in time. Maybe when I die, that consciousness will slip out and cling to a kid from K-Pax that dies from hemorrhaging in his blugerplex* (Bummer.). You're actually me when I'm experiencing you. So maybe saving life is even more doubly pointless, and the important thing is just to be goodly to one another so when I will have had been you my life won't be so bad.

Who the hell knows? I'd have done this whole universe differently given the chance, so I guess that just proves I'm not God, at least in this meat-sack, whatever I/we/He/They are.

Greg Maxwell talks about creativity, but come on. We cure diseases all the time, because diseases feel bad. Aging is no different. Maybe instead of saving lives and reducing pain, we should all just liquidate the planet in radioactive hellfire as a kind of vote of no confidence since human life sucks ass through a straw 9 times out of 10, throughout human history so far, and force whatever created the universe to start over with something hopefully less sadistic. Maybe we should stop beating around the bush and get this whole "dying" thing over with.

The cool thing is we have the technology today to wipe out all life on this planet. We'll probably never have the technology to live forever (You know, since the universe appears to be dying and all.).

*I know, shut up.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: Dudeperfect on July 13, 2016, 05:36:47 PM
Hal Your story is really inspiring, It suddenly made me think of Steve Jobs and Stephen Halkings. Whenever there will be discussions of evolution of bitcoin in the future then no doubt that your name will be taken among them who shaped this currency. That's what the spirit of bitcoin is, it's standing on the strong pillars like you. Thanks for sharing your story, #Salute from me.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: timk225 on July 13, 2016, 11:08:27 PM
If what some people on this page of the topic have written is true, and the mind / soul does not disassociate from the body at death, then it could be that Hal's soul is currently locked up in his frozen brain and body, saying "FORGET IT!!!  THIS WAS A BAD IDEA!!! THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO WORK LIKE THIS!!! LET ME OUT!!! KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME..........."

I don't think anyone here wants to do him like that, do we?


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: gmaxwell on July 14, 2016, 12:14:45 AM
If what some people on this page of the topic have written is true, and the mind / soul does not disassociate from the body at death, then it could be that Hal's soul is currently locked up in his frozen brain and body, saying "FORGET IT!!!  THIS WAS A BAD IDEA!!! THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO WORK LIKE THIS!!! LET ME OUT!!! KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME..........."

I don't think anyone here wants to do him like that, do we?
You can imagine things like that but it's oddly specific. Why that yet not have that be the problem when people are burried rather than cremated (or vice versa).


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: MeteoImpact on July 14, 2016, 03:10:17 AM
If what some people on this page of the topic have written is true, and the mind / soul does not disassociate from the body at death, then it could be that Hal's soul is currently locked up in his frozen brain and body, saying "FORGET IT!!!  THIS WAS A BAD IDEA!!! THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO WORK LIKE THIS!!! LET ME OUT!!! KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME..........."

I don't think anyone here wants to do him like that, do we?
In that case, let's just ask Hal's soul how it feels the next time we see it.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: pandalion98 on July 14, 2016, 05:38:45 AM
If what some people on this page of the topic have written is true, and the mind / soul does not disassociate from the body at death, then it could be that Hal's soul is currently locked up in his frozen brain and body, saying "FORGET IT!!!  THIS WAS A BAD IDEA!!! THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO WORK LIKE THIS!!! LET ME OUT!!! KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME..........."

I don't think anyone here wants to do him like that, do we?
In that case, let's just ask Hal's soul how it feels the next time we see it.
I guess that would be... cool.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: ObscureBean on July 14, 2016, 06:34:18 AM
Wow.. what an amazing post from Hal Finney!! It's unlikely that I would've come across this old thread by myself so thank you to the posters who helped bump it to the top. I'd heard about Finney a few times from news articles but had never researched him and I never knew he had ALS. Must have took him a while to write this opening post using only his eyes.
R.I.P Hal.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: TippingPoint on July 14, 2016, 06:42:57 AM
If what some people on this page of the topic have written is true, and the mind / soul does not disassociate from the body at death, then it could be that Hal's soul is currently locked up in his frozen brain and body, saying "FORGET IT!!!  THIS WAS A BAD IDEA!!! THIS WASN'T SUPPOSED TO WORK LIKE THIS!!! LET ME OUT!!! KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME..........."

I don't think anyone here wants to do him like that, do we?
In that case, let's just ask Hal's soul how it feels the next time we see it.
I guess that would be... cool.


That was not wasted.  I got it.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: joe white on July 14, 2016, 09:30:54 AM
Fantastic original post from a brave man.
I don't do metaphysics very much, but have a grandma who is suffering from Dementia.
We watched her lose her memory, slowly at first, then become unable to do the simplest things. She was very frightened and upset for a period while she was still aware of the outside world, but now she has completely withdrawn into an interior reality, around about 1941 we think, she lies in bed working an imaginary sewing machine like she did then, making parachutes during the war effort.
What "value" does her life have? None from the point of view of the outside world. She recognizes none of her children or grandchildren and is unable to feed or clean herself.
But she seems content and in no distress, so we kiss her, talk to her (but she doesn't respond) and leave her to live the rest of her days (she's 95) inside her head.
An incredible thing, human existence, we will know the answers when we have breathed our last. Maybe.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: yelllowsin on February 28, 2017, 11:33:07 PM
Fantastic story, thanks for sharing your perspective. It was a pleasure to read directly from the man who worked so closely to Satoshi in the early days of Bitcoin. Rest in peace, that love be within all of us always.


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: otto_diesel on March 01, 2017, 01:05:34 AM
rest in peace hal finney..


Title: Re: Bitcoin and me (Hal Finney)
Post by: jayohby on May 24, 2017, 08:05:07 PM
Rest in peace , Hal.

I just read this thread after going through the history of bitcoin.

I wish I had the opportunity to interact with satoshi and you on this forum, but that day will never come now.

Thanks for all your work.