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May 14, 2011, 11:08:57 AM
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... if it was to happen ... we would have to switch to another hash function, but we would also have to start an other block chain, thus a new currency.
If 50% of the hashing power agreed (which they would), the new block chain would be initialized to include all the transactions from the old block chain prior to the breakage of SHA256.

Yeah but is there any way for sure to know when exactly the breakage occured?

Anyway, don't bother to answer, as this is extremely unlikey anyway.  We might as well discuss about the arrival of aliens on Earth.
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May 15, 2011, 01:24:13 PM
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I doubt SHA256 will be broken (and not just one collision found!) any time soon, but if it was to happen, don't underestimate the consequences on bitcoin, as anyone could create a longer block chain "from scratch", thus totally destroy the current one.

No, because there are checkpoints in the current chain (hardcoded blocks). So it would be impossible to rewrite history before the last checkpoint.

What a preimage attack on SHA-256 would allow, however, is the ability to grow the chain very quickly, as if one had a lot of computing power. This would allow double-spending, etc.

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May 15, 2011, 08:00:32 PM
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following on from the thisweekinstartups podcast http://thisweekin.com/thisweekin-startups/bitcoin-discussion-with-gavin-andresen-and-amir-taaki-on-this-week-in-startups-140/there is write up of Bitcoin in Jason Calacanis's latest LAUNCH newsletter

http://launch.is/blog/l019-bitcoinp2p-currency-the-most-dangerous-project-weve-eve.html

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May 15, 2011, 09:32:12 PM
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That link is giving me a 404. I copied the newsletter to tinypaste for those who are interested in reading it: http://tinypaste.com/dec2d

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May 15, 2011, 09:40:29 PM
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That link is giving me a 404. I copied the newsletter to tinypaste for those who are interested in reading it: http://tinypaste.com/dec2d

sorry not sure how that happened. try http://launch.is/ and it's the newest story at the moment. Number L019.
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May 16, 2011, 03:38:53 AM
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Bitcoin is on the front page of BoingBoing.net right now:

     http://www.boingboing.net/2011/05/15/bitcoin-a-new-peer-t.html


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May 16, 2011, 05:02:51 AM
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no wonder twits are flying like crazy...

rather appropriate given the intelligence level of the average comment by the uninformed.
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May 16, 2011, 07:22:24 AM
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Bitcoin is on the front page of BoingBoing.net right now:

     http://www.boingboing.net/2011/05/15/bitcoin-a-new-peer-t.html





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May 16, 2011, 01:36:05 PM
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Once again:

http://news.slashdot.org/story/11/05/16/1316211/BitCoin-the-Most-Dangerous-Project-Ever

"Bitcoin had been transformed from an anarachistic challenge to the financial status quo, to the crypto spawn of Satan, fuelled by cut-throat greed and delusions of avarice." - MatTheCat
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May 16, 2011, 02:23:55 PM
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exciting times. Smiley
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May 16, 2011, 02:59:03 PM
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The /. people are quite the negative bunch Sad

No offense to the launch.is folks, but I think this article is far better and doesn't have as much fanaticism (which will cause criticism of bitcoin - especially by smart ass know it all geeks):

http://techland.time.com/2011/04/16/online-cash-bitcoin-could-challenge-governments/


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May 16, 2011, 06:50:48 PM
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http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-05/16/bitcoin-p2p-currency
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May 16, 2011, 07:30:42 PM
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Here is my response to Jason Calacanis and the Launch article.

https://signnow.com/blog/2011/05/16/bitcoin-p2p-currency-ou-greatest-hope-for-liberty/

You guys are the experts, let me know if I missed anything.
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May 16, 2011, 07:37:32 PM
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Here is my response to Jason Calacanis and the Launch article.

https://signnow.com/blog/2011/05/16/bitcoin-p2p-currency-ou-greatest-hope-for-liberty/

You guys are the experts, let me know if I missed anything.

The intention of Jason Calacanis is to praise bitcoin. However, he didn't qualify what dangerous actually mean in its context.

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May 16, 2011, 07:48:31 PM
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http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-05/16/bitcoin-p2p-currency

We got on wired!  Cheesy

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May 16, 2011, 08:32:42 PM
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Here is my response to Jason Calacanis and the Launch article.

https://signnow.com/blog/2011/05/16/bitcoin-p2p-currency-ou-greatest-hope-for-liberty/

You guys are the experts, let me know if I missed anything.

The intention of Jason Calacanis is to praise bitcoin. However, he didn't qualify what dangerous actually mean in its context.

Chris, I liked your response to @Jason. Even though he wanted to praise the effort of bitcoin, he still believes that it will become patently illegal and that the combined international forces of OECD/FATF will be brought to bear upon bitcoin. I think he enjoys the disruptive part of bitcoin but only as a spectator. The liberation of individual private value transfer is what should be stressed. Laws against bitcoin will be largely unenforceable at the p2p level anyway and it is far better to move forward in making the laws irrelevant than it is to predict legality in certain jurisdictions. If bitcoin were not 'dangerous' to some in the monetary hierarchy, then it would not be disruptive enough.

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May 17, 2011, 02:04:41 PM
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Do you think he was trying to praise bitcoin?  I re-read it several times to see if that was the case.  I also put in a disclaimer.  The fact that so many could be so confused means that at least he was unclear about his intentions.  Saying things that approximate to this is the most dangerous thing we've ever seen unless government puts a stop to it, is not the right way to say its disruptive.  I saw major flaws in his discussion.


1) No mention of the lack of a central bank (and subsequent negative effects)

I cannot fathom having a reasonable discussion about bitcoin without talking about this.  To me its like saying the advantage of Linux is the cute penguin logo and ignoring the fact that its free.

2) He focuses heavily on the drug and prostitution angle

I do not know his exact political beliefs, but I can tell you he does not come off as a libertarian in his podcast.  Focus on this means he is lacks vision.

I hope that he is supporting it.  If so, I hope he clarifies his point soon, because his post is dangerous against P2P currency.
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May 17, 2011, 02:11:00 PM
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I hope that he is supporting it.
Of course he's supporting Bitcoin. He means that the project is dangerous to governments and central banks.
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May 17, 2011, 03:27:30 PM
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http://launch.is/blog/l020-is-bitcoin-the-wikileaks-of-monetary-policy.html

"Bitcoin had been transformed from an anarachistic challenge to the financial status quo, to the crypto spawn of Satan, fuelled by cut-throat greed and delusions of avarice." - MatTheCat
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May 17, 2011, 10:41:55 PM
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I hope that he is supporting it.
Of course he's supporting Bitcoin. He means that the project is dangerous to governments and central banks.

see this post to get it straight from the horse's mouth
http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=8416.msg122876#msg122876
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