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161  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What Kinds of Bitcoin Courses Would You Like to See? on: August 05, 2015, 05:21:56 AM
Great topic idea - will you be developing some courses?

I'd like to see:
  • Business uses for the blockchain
  • How to make money mining, in 2015 and beyond

We will be putting together a course in the near future. Right now I am looking for feedback from the bitcoin community.

If you are interested, you can join our mailing list and get a free bitcoin report here: https://diginomics.com/bitcoin/investors-report/
162  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What Kinds of Bitcoin Courses Would You Like to See? on: August 04, 2015, 08:09:53 PM
Hi Guys,

We are working on putting together a few bitcoin related courses and I wanted to get your input on what types you would actually be willing to pay for (probably around $100 per course).

A few of the early outlines for courses we had were:

  • How to Live on Bitcoin
  • How to Securely Store Bitcoin
  • Economic Principles of Bitcoin
  • How to Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

Which of these courses appeal to you? Do you have any other suggestions for courses?

The courses in themselves would comprise of a mix of video, audio, and written content, as well as some downloadable materials.

Any advice in this regard would be much appreciated as we are looking to solve some of our user's pain points and provide value to the bitcoin audience.

First bullet: not that appealing. If you say that living entirely in bitcoin without converting to fiat, it would be very, very difficult for the user because it is a case-to-case basis. Also depends on the location whether there will be merchants wherein you can buy your daily needs.
Second bullet: anyone can already search that on Google.
Third bullet: for the economists in us, this could be quite an interesting course. But asking a hundred bucks for that seems to be very expensive.
Fourth bullet: create your own altcoin? Might be appealing to some, but I don't know, maybe it will not be that inviting as most of the people don't want to sweat out their brains trying to create the "next big thing."

Thank you for the feedback. What seems like a more reasonable price to you?
163  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / What Kinds of Bitcoin Courses Would You Like to See? on: August 04, 2015, 07:54:32 PM
Hi Guys,

We are working on putting together a few bitcoin related courses and I wanted to get your input on what types you would actually be willing to pay for (probably around $100 per course).

A few of the early outlines for courses we had were:

  • How to Live on Bitcoin
  • How to Securely Store Bitcoin
  • Economic Principles of Bitcoin
  • How to Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

Which of these courses appeal to you? Do you have any other suggestions for courses?

The courses in themselves would comprise of a mix of video, audio, and written content, as well as some downloadable materials.

Any advice in this regard would be much appreciated as we are looking to solve some of our user's pain points and provide value to the bitcoin audience.
164  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Money is Now An Image on: August 04, 2015, 05:59:53 PM
Yes, I can agree with this description I feel that is pretty accurate depiction of what is bitcoin. The problem lies not in the way bitcoin is percepted by people but the way we want to compare bitcoin to FIAT.
Average Joe will be shaken by the concept of Bitcoin money (they may be shaken more when they realize truth behind FIAT scheme, tho).

Indeed, it is not possible to understand bitcoin when we are coming at it from FIAT perspective.

It is an image which is being communicated to and altered by the thousands of mining devices across the world!
165  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Money is Now An Image on: August 04, 2015, 05:17:59 PM

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When an individual makes a transaction on the bitcoin network, no actual currency is moved. That is, no file has moved. No commodity or asset has moved. No private or public key has moved. Rather, the only thing which changes is the percentage of the blockchain ledger which User A & B claim control over.

In the realm of bitcoin nothing ever changes but the composition of the blockchain record. Money is now an image, rather than something which can be separated from the system itself. This image of money is being constructed, altered, and verified by the thousands of machines acting as miners across the globe, and it’s a composition on public display for all to see.

“Tangible money, old-fashioned money … is a phantom from the past, an anachronism. In its place is an entirely new form of money based not on metal or paper, but on technology, mathematics, and science. This new ‘megabyte’ money is creating a new and different world wherever it proceeds. Money now is an image.”

– Joel Kurtzman, The Death of Money

The companies and individuals who approach bitcoin technology with a 20th century mindset will find no success. They will seek to harness the innovation of Satoshi’s invention, and in doing, will slowly realize that the killer application of this technology is to render them obsolete. Bitcoin is an evolution in our concept of the corporation, and a blueprint for decentralized, trustless, openly accessible commerce in the 21st century.

The blockchain is an image of the bitcoin economy at any given point in time.
166  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Starting a Bitcoin Networking Group (And You're Invited) on: August 01, 2015, 01:23:17 AM
Good luck with this. You may find that not many people in the BTC world are willing to use their personal LinkedIn accounts though. Most of us value our anonymity and prefer to be just a screen name on the internet.

Totally true. Many times this describes myself.

However, I like to think this group is for people who want to get professionally involved in the bitcoin industry - something which may take more than being a pseudonym on the internet.
167  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Starting a Bitcoin Networking Group (And You're Invited) on: August 01, 2015, 01:16:17 AM
Hi Guys,

Over the course of the last few months or so, I have come to the realization that there is a genuine lack of a professional networking group for bitcoin enthusiasts and business professionals. Because of this, I decided "why not start our own?"

Click Here for Networking Group

Diginomics Insider exists to provide networking opportunities for business professionals and investors in the bitcoin and digital money industry.

This is an exclusive group where we manually approve each member once we have learned what their goals are. Therefore, you may be asked to provide some background on your interest in the bitcoin industry and your current professional role.

Toward this end, we provide networking opportunities and educational content designed to help you benefit from this radical reshaping of our conventional systems.

I look forward to collaborating with you and hope to see you in the group!

Notice: This group is operated through LinkedIn. If you would like to not use LinkedIn, you can join our discussion mailing list.

Click Here for Discussion List
168  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The Bitcoin Revolution: An Internet of Money [FREE PDF] on: July 21, 2015, 05:16:38 PM
Looks good, will pass on to my noob friends even tho most noobs tend to learn faster from videos.

We have a section dedicated precisely to bitcoin videos.

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169  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Begins Trading on NASDAQ Stockholm on: May 18, 2015, 06:57:36 PM

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The world’s first bitcoin security began trading live on the NASDAQ Stockholm exchange Monday. The Bitcoin Tracker One is an Exchange Traded Note (ETN) which allows traders to invest in bitcoin and acquire returns in USD.

Sweden’s financial authority, Finansinspektionen, granted the launch of the bitcoin ETN last month to Stockholm-based firm XBT Provider.

Alexander Marsh, CEO of XBT Provider told Bloomberg at the time:

“We are proud to offer the world’s first ‘Bitcoin tracker’ to be traded on a regulated exchange. By enabling this easy and secure way to invest in Bitcoin we hope to have eliminated the boundaries that earlier prevented individuals and companies from being able to actively invest in what we believe to be the future of money.”
170  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The Bitcoin Revolution: An Internet of Money [FREE PDF] on: May 07, 2015, 07:07:17 PM
We've recently updated our book The Bitcoin Revolution: An Internet of Money to version 3.0.

This version has improved content around the technicalities of bitcoin (specifically blockchain networks and coinbase transactions). Also, we have included a special bonus offer for our upcoming publication on PGP. If you like, get the newest version here.
171  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin vs Apple Pay on: April 21, 2015, 06:17:42 PM
The debate between bitcoin and Apple Pay rages on, as early adopters weigh the differences and advantages of either particular system. Apple Pay, announced as a payment system which could allow payments to be made directly from the iPhone among other Apple devices, was announced in 2014 and has many of the Apple loyal raving its potential for friction-less commerce. Bitcoin likewise, is a payment system which promises to make a leap into electronic exchange, yet has very important distinctions between what Apple is aiming for with their platform.

BITCOIN VS APPLE PAY

MARKET CAPITALIZATION 2015 ($ MILLIONS)

The Apple Pay infrastructure can be seen as an overlay network ontop of our everyday purchases in the way we conduct the transaction. The bitcoin technology is a deeper, more core aspect of what this infrastructure entails because it not only radically alters the way we conduct the transactions, but the type of value we transact.

Read the full article on Diginomics.
172  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Anonymity In Bitcoin Should Be Upheld on: April 16, 2015, 03:56:58 PM

Bitcoin is often hyped as a potentially-anonymous method of making transactions, but how many people actually use it in this way? We can plainly see that privacy is a very weak point in the current developments within bitcoin. It is easy to trace spending patterns through the blockchain, IP addresses, and wallet reuse. However, the question remains, will anonymizing techniques be enhanced in the coming years, or will bitcoin development bend to the whim of policy makers and advocates of ‘stopping criminal behavior’?

Many ill-informed users of technology will almost always hear the word anonymity and spout out the question “doesn’t that allow terrorists to do terrible things?” “What about money laundering?” These are perspectives riddled with a fallacy of short-sightedness and reactive rather than proactive measures.

Technology is a tool which extends the physical and mental capabilities of humans. Not limited to individual use, technologies also enable collective humanity to extend their ability to exert control over their natural world, thus extending their physical capabilities. A nuclear fission reactor allows collective humanity the ability to control an aspect of natural and extract tremendous amounts of energy from it. Technologies themselves do not facilitate, exclusively, actions which could be described as good or evil.

Read the full post on Diginomics.
173  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Africa May Leapfrog Traditional Banking on: April 09, 2015, 05:40:31 PM

If bitcoin acceptance reaches a critical mass where necessities of food, shelter, and clothing can be bought with it, it will likely have reached a tipping point where it displaces national currencies. In this scenario, many areas of the world would be leapfrogging banking infrastructure and traditional money wire transfers. Most notably this would describe the financial landscape in developing economies such as the nations of Africa.

BITCOIN LEAPFROGGING BANKS

Leapfrogging is described as a theory of economic development which skips inferior or obsolete technologies in order to move directly to advanced ones. Take, for example, phone coverage in African countries. Landlines and grids for household use were never fully developed because, by the time Africa came into market view, mobile phones were the new paradigm of telecommunications and hence, the entire infrastructure for household landlines was leapfrogged by cellular technology. Similarly, bitcoin technology could leapfrog the banking infrastructure of western economies and go directly to a new financial paradigm and serve the needs of the vast number of the unbanked in these regions. All that would be required on behalf of the citizens is a mobile device with internet connectivity.

Read the full analysis on Diginomics
174  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Violates Principle of Fungibility on: April 07, 2015, 04:38:46 PM

In light of recent events within the bitcoin industry, namely the Evolution Marketplace going up in a burst of flames with customer money, it has become clear that cryptocurrency deviates from traditional money in more ways than initially meet the eye. Bitcoin, among a slate of other cryptocurrencies, violates the principle of fungibility within money – that is, each coin’s transaction history differentiates them from every other bitcoin in circulation. With the collapse of the hidden Evolution Marketplace, these coins have now been tainted, and services are willfully denying their deposit into wallets held by exchange businesses.

Bitcoin fungibility has been called into question, and it is becoming glaringly obvious that this poses a threat to the stability and long-term usage of such currency. Exchanges want nothing to do with these stolen funds, and therefore, lessen their value in relation to otherwise identical cryptocurrency units.

Fungibility is the property of a good or a commodity whose individual units are capable of mutual substitution. That is, it is the property of essences or goods which are “capable of being substituted in place of one another.”

– Merriam-Webster


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175  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Silk Road is a Blessing in Disguise on: April 06, 2015, 05:17:10 PM


Within the shadowly depths of the darkweb lurks characters of questionable motives. However, there also exist services which have hidden benefits unbeknownst to the average user. Certainly, marketplaces such as the Silk Road secure the identities of individuals with less-than-noble intentions, yet there remains a silver lining among these darkweb services: their ability to provide an alternative to and undermine the profitability of real-world, entrenched organized crime.

The silk road makes use of strong encryption, both of our communications and, now with bitcoin, our money supply as well. This cryptographic method of communication and commerce combined make for a formidable opportunity to conduct business outside the grasp of enforcement authorities which have previously been able to sniff out and crack down on illegal operations within their borders. Strong encryption not only punctures a glaring hole in the enforcement ability of authorities, but creates a playing field governed by rules which recognize no man-made laws. In this amoral dimension, the rules of the game have changed completely. No longer can you ‘cheat’ the system, because the system itself is enforced by the laws of physics and computational science rather than judicial proceedings. This radical reshaping of law is something which has the potential to reshape the very root of our societies.

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176  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The Bitcoin Revolution: An Internet of Money [FREE PDF] on: April 04, 2015, 04:49:28 PM
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177  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Is Backed By Time Itself on: March 27, 2015, 09:23:39 PM
At the very root of what makes the bitcoin network tick, is a regulatory algorithm which determines that new blocks of bitcoin will be mined on average every 10 minutes. These ‘uncheatable’ maths which are intelligently constructed by system design, ensure that nothing can alter the predetermined issuance rate, nor the block size halving rate, of bitcoin.

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178  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The Revolutionary Roots of Bitcoin [video] on: March 19, 2015, 02:31:46 PM
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Ledgers of information shower us with examples from the past. The bitcoin blockchain is no different. Indeed, it shares many parallels with both the printing press and Babylonian cuneiform. When we study these artifacts, we can get a glimpse of what bitcoin as an information technology will bring.

Invented in the 15th century, the printing press was an instrument which destroyed a long-held tradition of religious institutions housing so-called ‘knowledge’ of how one was to live. When the ledger technology of the printing press brought decentralization to the manufacturing of books, it raised literacy rates considerably within the proximate. It is estimated that by 1500 there were “fifteen to twenty million copies of 30,000 to 35,000 separate publications.” (McLuhan, 1962)

Babylonian cuneiform was used as a method by which to record information into clay tablets. These early writing styles first emerged around late 4th millennium B.C.E. during the Uruk IV period.

Both the printing press and Babylonian cuneiform are histories shining examples, and both had revolutionary roots in the way they made information accessible and record-able.
179  Economy / Services / I'm offering 1BTC to the person(s) who can implement bitcoin-tipping into SMF on: March 13, 2015, 11:19:26 PM
Read our on-going development outline: Diginomics.

One of our main early-development focuses on the Diginomics Forum, is to enable bitcoin tipping through post functionality. Bitcoin tipping inside a forum, such as this forum, would add an entirely new element to the conversation and collaboration to be had.

Please read our development outline as we are looking to offer a bounty for the developer(s) who can make a modification for all SMF.
180  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Could the Federal Reserve Issue Their Own Cryptocurrency? on: March 10, 2015, 06:57:55 PM

Since the invention of Bitcoin some have thought about cryptocurrencies issued by central banks or governments. Recently the idea of Fedcoin stimulated a lot of discussion after David Andolfatto from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis presented the idea at P2P Financial Systems 2015. David also discussed the idea in a post. As a concept the idea is intriguing, but soon a flurry of questions about details have been raised. Among those are issuance, distribution, peg to the dollar, miner rewards, restriction on users and miners, monetary policy and others. I will attempt to address these issues as I see them.

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