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1081  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 14, 2015, 11:53:48 PM
The one good thing to have come out of Blockstream is the confidential values technique for blinding output amounts.

What if that technique outlives sidechains and Blockstream?

Perhaps it is time you declared what Monetas's position is on blocksize? And if there is anything in your contracts that allow opt-out "for the betterment of bitcoin" if you become conflicted? You know the same clauses that key blockstream employees have that cypherdoc has glossed over many times in his persistent smearing, defamation and character assassination that you seem to be supporting curiously ...

cypherdoc: how's the hashfast debacle progressing? Been sued for your involvement in that scam yet?

at least i have the self control not to become as venomous as you.

is this a crusade for you?  you honor me for putting me up on such a pedestal.

do unto others as you would have them do unto you ...
1082  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 14, 2015, 11:51:32 PM
I think Gavin should de-hitch his wagon from Mike Hearn after hearing how Mike proposed centralized checkpointing. The blacklisting thing was his one free pass at a really horrible idea. Now it just looks like he doesn't get what Bitcoin is really about.

I can see why Gavin would utilize XT as an end-run around the political gridlock in core, and I also see that Mike Hearn has a unique perspective and background that is useful, but he should not be a core committer in my opinion. Gavin is the only person qualified to (provisionally) lead the project as far as I can see now, but I think "palling around with Mike Hearn" will be viewed with suspicion, especially if it's unnecessary. Why not just just add in the patch to Core and fork off if necessary?

I'd agree if you're referring to that interview he did, he didn't do the goal of decentralized control any good.

If you've been paying attention there is nothing new in Mike's recent activities.  Granted, they have become a little more audacious of late.  Probably an artifact of getting pretty much complete control of Gavin and an element of desperation given the fairly amazing progress made by the Blockstream folk.  His half-decade long hopes for the system (a monitoring tool controllable by his beloved leaders in mainstreamland) are fluttering away.

I'm glad someone else is paying attention. The productivity of the current crop of core devs has outpaced the surveillance branch and Gavin's threat to fork is a desperate attempt to regain control, which is fast slipping away from them, just through sheer innovation. They are losing in the meritocracy stakes.

Gavin's last major contribution was back-dooring bitcoin privacy through the broken X.409 bolt-on kludge, 'payments security' (theatre). He is not a leader in content, quality or name any longer as far as I am concerned. And he still needs to come clean about how much and when he knew about the Bitcoin Foundation collapse, after drawing a salary from them for so long and being the sole reason it was instituted. He seems to be in a hurry to distance himself from that particular fiasco.
1083  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 14, 2015, 11:34:20 PM
The one good thing to have come out of Blockstream is the confidential values technique for blinding output amounts.

What if that technique outlives sidechains and Blockstream?

Perhaps it is time you declared what Monetas's position is on blocksize? And if there is anything in your contracts that allow opt-out "for the betterment of bitcoin" if you become conflicted? You know the same clauses that key blockstream employees have that cypherdoc has glossed over many times in his persistent smearing, defamation and character assassination that you seem to be supporting curiously ...

cypherdoc: how's the hashfast debacle progressing? Been sued for your involvement in that scam yet?
1084  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2015-06-13] - NZ Herald: Matt O'Brien: The scam called Bitcoin] on: June 14, 2015, 11:29:43 PM

I didn't get your WaPo remark at first - then I remembered last week's bizarre piece by the same author https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1086015.0

What are the mechanisms that get this kind of nonsense from one side of the world to another? (he asks, rhetorically).


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A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
- Mark Twain

is the mechanism you are referring to I believe.
1085  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: June 14, 2015, 09:05:52 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=i33P0eVrKvM#t=262
1086  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2015-06-13] - NZ Herald: Matt O'Brien: The scam called Bitcoin] on: June 14, 2015, 02:32:56 AM
And so hath the Sith raised their evil supreme facist capitalistic empire that we call the IMF.  Share the LSD next time before posting.

Perhaps some kind of parser to decrypt the incoherent babbling should accompany your messages?
1087  Bitcoin / Press / [2015-06-13] - NZ Herald: Matt O'Brien: The scam called Bitcoin] on: June 14, 2015, 02:23:16 AM
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11462977 Washington Post  propaganda pill.

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People buy Bitcoins because they think the price will go to infinity and beyond once everybody uses them, but they don't spend their own Bitcoins because they think the price will go to infinity and beyond once everybody else uses them. And so nobody uses them.

I'm liking this new attempt at regurgitating the old FUD to manipulate the entrenched misinformation around the functioning of the monetary good, due to decades of indoctrination of the centralised fiat monopoly money. Seems like that's all they have left now.
1088  Economy / Economics / Re: The Switzerland of Bitcoin on: June 14, 2015, 01:13:49 AM
Looks like Switzerland is making claimms on being Switzerland of bitcoin more and more.
http://bitcoinassociation.ch/blog/no-vat-on-bitcoin-in-switzerland/

... and treatment as foreign currency status, i.e. no capital gains applicable.
1089  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 14, 2015, 01:10:40 AM
It's possible that the covert power grab of the manufactured "governance crisis" by gavin and the MIT g-men may have unintended consequences of their own. (I never took gavin for a blockhead or a hot-head, as he has come across in this debate, but now it is clear there are ulterior motives that fit the observed behaviour much better. Now he just seems like a regular, Machiavellian, conniving politician, it's like he has been media-coached by Hearn.)

Red-team blue-team politics is cat-nip for attracting and fostering interest. We even have referee Garzik to keep the fight clean.

Go at it guys but careful you don't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
1090  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 11, 2015, 05:45:33 AM
marcus of augustus stooping to new lows:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/39bwwn/arguments_in_the_bitcoin_block_size_debate_an/cs2f6fm

talking about bitcoin-killing extensions, game overs, and ELE "extinction level events"  Roll Eyes

Is it FUD if the dangers are real, clear and present?

Forewarned is forearmed. Anybody who wants to run on the XT fork deserves to know the dangers they are getting themselves into. Attempting to censor me through intimidation is not going to work.
1091  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 09, 2015, 04:37:15 AM
If it is any consolation the boys wanting to play with their big blocks XT toy will be able to run it as a Sidechain, in a sandbox, keeping the mess to a minimum. And we can all learn valuable things for when bigger blocks make sense.
1092  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 09, 2015, 03:36:45 AM
Moar SideChains buzz! ... sounds like some homomorphic encryption ideas (blinded transaction amounts with verifiable crypto proofs) have been implemented in Elements .. wowsers. This is innovation.

https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/blkstrm/video/elements-gmaxwell.mp4
1093  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 09, 2015, 03:28:27 AM
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in the end, Bitcoin with larger blocks is what will win.  sidechains will die and take Blockstream with it.
   

bitcoin will get larger blocks, just not now, "not tonight dear" ... sidechains are inevitable because they are a logical evolution of the technology (if you study self-similar network properties arising from the emergent behaviours due to self-interested individual elements you will know this), with or without blockstream (i'm picking with at this point in time).
1094  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 09, 2015, 03:22:13 AM
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"The project has been heralded as a potential solution to bitcoin's perceived scalability issues for its attempt to enable experimentation on bitcoin's code."

This was the reporter's quote. Your willingness to attribute words to mouths as and when it suits your agenda is particularly disturbing for a man sworn to the Hippocratic Oath.
1095  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 09, 2015, 02:58:47 AM
Dawn raid RPG incoming.

Sidechains ... coming up next!! exciting times!

http://www.coindesk.com/blockstream-open-source-code-sidechains/

Open source, "nothing up my sleeve", genuine article, don't settle for fake 'solutions' (xt) with hidden agendas.

We won't need tptb to continue the trainwreck from here, the SC buzz will send frappe.doc over the edge.
 
Looking forward to a 'Monero'-like ring signature sidechain and Lightning network sidechain as first working demonstrations for the force of the distributed sidechain solution of self-similar networks operating concomitantly at multiple scales transferring value effortlessly up and down the wealth cascade.
1096  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 08, 2015, 12:15:10 AM
Hi guise, how's the slow-mo trainwreck going in here? everyone happy? good  Wink

Notice how it went off the rails when you started crappin all over the devs?

Try to keep it in your trousers, remember who's piloting this plane, who's the passengers and stop trying to grab the stick, KK? Ta, tally ho.
What are you, some kind of mafia enforcer?

Are you're saying that if anyone dares to question the #bitcoin-wizards they'll send their sockpuppets around to vandalize conversations as retaliation?

Wanton character assassination, smearing, slander (libel) and sundry rat-bastard tactics are not "daring to question". Let's keep the debates honourable, civil and based on their merits and things will go along just fine. Merely an observation.

How's your closed source projects with Goldman Sachs alumni coming along btw Justus?
1097  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 07, 2015, 11:34:13 PM
Hi guise, how's the slow-mo trainwreck going in here? everyone happy? good  Wink

Notice how it went off the rails when you started crappin all over the devs?

Try to keep it in your trousers, remember who's piloting this plane, who's the passengers and stop trying to grab the stick, KK? Ta, tally ho.
1098  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I'am getting afraid - bitcoin XT on: June 06, 2015, 01:22:22 AM
everybody should be very wary about the bitcoin XT code on github. Even if you think you know bitcoin code well.

https://github.com/bitcoinxt/bitcoinxt

It is NOT a verifiable git fork of bitcoin Core code, even though it goes to lengths on front page to emphasise that it is 'based' on Core (mentions Core 4 times). XT authors have chosen to have their own git root for whatever reasons but it means there cannot be a verifiable git rebase and commit diff between Core and XT. The differences in crypto can be very subtle but very important, especially if 'bug fixes' have been rolled back.

Be careful what you wish for, dyodd.
1099  Economy / Speculation / Re: Gold collapsing. Bitcoin UP. on: June 05, 2015, 11:07:03 PM
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so who has more credibility in this matter?  the pools themselves, who have the hard data?  or the armchair apparatchiks being the likes of Greg Maxwell, LukeJr, pwiullie, Corallo, and Peter Todd?  the answer is simple:  the armchair experts are wrong.

These guys are actually writing the code you are running, are you making code commits ... I mean who's really the "armchair expert" here?

Just stop being a dick. You are looking worse and worse every time you open your ignorant mouth to trash the developers.
1100  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Should Gavin resign from developement of Bitcoin? [POLL] on: June 05, 2015, 11:19:57 AM
He should probably begin to consider his options. He's actually been at the wheel quite a bit longer than Satoshi was, he's not actually lead coder on Core (who is Wladimir and has been for quite some time now) and he's lost the respect of the overwhelming majority of the core devs on the block size issue.

Back away from the blind alley of blockchain forking brinksmanship, quietly step aside and hand the reins over would be an honourable move if this was any other open source project. Job well done Gavin, thanks.
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