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Question: What's your best estimate of total the number of coins that have been lost ?
>1m - 8 (30.8%)
500k-1m - 4 (15.4%)
250k-500k - 4 (15.4%)
100K-250K - 4 (15.4%)
<100k - 6 (23.1%)
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April 12, 2013, 05:24:16 AM
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Hopefully taking the proper precautions can protect large investors from hardware malfunctions!

Nobody should use a wallet that is not backed up and encrypted.

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April 12, 2013, 05:30:29 AM
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Who would want to say "this item costs 0.0000000001 bitcoin" compared to "this costs a dollar"? No one.

So no, people do not want to deal with decimal points. They like dealing with whole numbers. I'd like to see someone go to a bank and request $0.00023 dollars. lol
Call them Satoshis or mBits. Go to the bank, transfer 100mBits, go to the store, buy groceries. "That'll be 72 mBits, sir/ma'am"
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April 12, 2013, 06:27:26 AM
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I have seen wide ranging estimates of this, and I think it's a very important question to study the bitcoin economy. A few public cases have been reported of large sums of bitcoin lost due to hardware malfunction, lost keys, etc . I assume a good chuck of the coins from the early days of mining have been lost. For instance when you look up the first 1000+ blocks a lot of the 50btc that were mined are still in the same addresses (most of them are different)  , I would assume these are lost ? unless you think they are  just dormant waiting on Satoshi to awaken hi master wallet ....

Good question!
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April 12, 2013, 01:01:24 PM
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It's likely that >10% of the non technical users currently buying bitcoins because of the hype will lose them . I think one of the major challenges to a mass bitcoin adoption is that there's currently no safe / insured way for the non technical user to protect their wallet. The solution might come from serious online wallet providers legally backed by large capital or insurance contracts.
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April 19, 2013, 02:04:46 PM
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Great article about this exact subject :

https://bitslog.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/the-well-deserved-fortune-of-satoshi-nakamoto/
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