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November 02, 2013, 02:57:49 PM
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I've read some basic info about mastercoin and ripple but I can see similarities. Could somebody tell me why is mastercoin so great if we for example has to trust creator, that he doesn't issue more mastercoins?

Why do you perceive mastercoin as great idea?

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November 03, 2013, 11:43:49 AM
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Because it's built on top of the Bitcoin protocol, apparently.
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November 03, 2013, 07:34:19 PM
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Why do you perceive mastercoin as great idea?
The internet is a brilliant invention.  But standing alone, it is actually a rather boring object.  The internet is actually a mere protocol (ruleset) - called TCP-IP.  It doesn't actually have much function at all.  

On 'top of' TCI-IP is email (smtp); webpages(http); and file transfer (ftp) - among others.  This is where the real functionality that makes the Internet so useful lies.  These are three 'higher level protocols' which give exciting new function to the internet (TCP-IP).  

Bitcoin and more precisely the blockchain and its administration - give rise to a nice digital currency.  But that is not where the excitement lies.  The real excitement comes in all the great functionality which can be supported with the blockchain.  All this functionality will be embodied in Mastercoin - a higher level protocol which operates in conjunction with bitcoin .  Just as http (webpages) operates on top of TCP-IP (internet), Mastercoin is a protocol which operates on top of the bitcoin protocol.  However, Mastercoin will bring all the high level functionality.  Bitcoin is just a boring old currency.  

If I were you, I'd buy tons of Mastercoin right now.  Please do not delay as this will cost you an insane amount of money in the long run.

btw - its not 'hype'; it is genuine excitement which is fully warranted. 
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Why do you perceive mastercoin as great idea?
The internet is a brilliant invention.  But standing alone, it is actually a rather boring object.  The internet is actually a mere protocol (ruleset) - called TCP-IP.  It doesn't actually have much function at all.  

On 'top of' TCI-IP is email (smtp); webpages(http); and file transfer (ftp) - among others.  This is where the real functionality that makes the Internet so useful lies.  These are three higher level protocols which give exciting new function to the internet (TCP-IP).  

Bitcoin and more precisely the blockchain and its administration - give rise to a nice digital currency.  But that is not where the excitement lies.  The real excitement comes in all the great functionality which can be supported with the blockchain.  All this functionality will be embodied in Mastercoin - a higher level protocol which operates in conjunction with bitcoin.  Just as http (webpages) operates on top of TCP-IP (internet), Mastercoin is a protocol which operates on top of the bitcoin protocol.  However, Mastercoin will bring all the high level functionality.  Bitcoin is just a boring old currency.  

If I were you, I'd buy tons of Mastercoin right now.  Please do not delay as this will cost you an insane amount of money in the long run.

You gave a very nice high level explanation of Mastercoin. Except the financial advice at the end (imo).
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November 03, 2013, 07:38:54 PM
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You gave a very nice high level explanation of Mastercoin. Except the financial advice at the end (imo).
Then you should sell your Mastercoin to me immediately.  Can you please PM me with transfer address so we can save time with this?  I don't want to lose any more money. 
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November 03, 2013, 07:47:05 PM
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You gave a very nice high level explanation of Mastercoin. Except the financial advice at the end (imo).
Then you should sell your Mastercoin to me immediately.  Can you please PM me with transfer address so we can save time with this?  I don't want to lose any more money.  
I meant, it was out of context.

Keep cool.
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November 03, 2013, 07:57:39 PM
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If I were you, I'd buy tons of Mastercoin right now.  Please do not delay as this will cost you an insane amount of money in the long run.

btw - its not 'hype'; it is genuine excitement which is fully warranted. 
Have you read any of my threads on coloreded coins vs mastercoins or mastercoin 2? The 'hype' is actually 'hype'. Expect copy cats. Mastercoin is a protocol that's easily duplicated. Bitcoin is not easily duplicated because of the miners.

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You gave a very nice high level explanation of Mastercoin. Except the financial advice at the end (imo).
Then you should sell your Mastercoin to me immediately.  Can you please PM me with transfer address so we can save time with this?  I don't want to lose any more money.  
I meant, it was out of context.

Keep cool.
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November 03, 2013, 08:05:26 PM
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If I were you, I'd buy tons of Mastercoin right now.  Please do not delay as this will cost you an insane amount of money in the long run.

btw - its not 'hype'; it is genuine excitement which is fully warranted. 
Have you read any of my threads on coloreded coins vs mastercoins or mastercoin 2? The 'hype' is actually 'hype'. Expect copy cats. Mastercoin is a protocol that's easily duplicated. Bitcoin is not easily duplicated because of the miners.



Yes, but a 4500BTC bounty is not that's easily to duplicated

Lost coins only make everyone else's coins worth slightly more. Think of it as a donation to everyone.
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November 03, 2013, 08:10:50 PM
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Expect copy cats. Mastercoin is a protocol that's easily duplicated.
As a matter of fact, David Johnston (Bit Angels) is actively encouraging people to do exactly this.

The model he is proposing is that every new startup use the Mastercoin model as a type of crowd funding. In that scenario, every new service would sell a limited quantity of colored coins to fund development, then would only accept those colored coins as payment for their service instead of generic Bitcoins.
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November 03, 2013, 08:29:29 PM
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If I were you, I'd buy tons of Mastercoin right now.  Please do not delay as this will cost you an insane amount of money in the long run.

btw - its not 'hype'; it is genuine excitement which is fully warranted. 
Have you read any of my threads on coloreded coins vs mastercoins or mastercoin 2? The 'hype' is actually 'hype'. Expect copy cats. Mastercoin is a protocol that's easily duplicated. Bitcoin is not easily duplicated because of the miners.



Yes, but a 4500BTC bounty is not that's easily to duplicated
And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat. There is nothing that locks people into one particular mastercoin project. If a company can use the exact same features as mastercoin but roll out a package just for them, then why not? The whole project is open source and usable by anyone. The mastercoin coins are just marking the blockchain so the actual value of the mastercoins doesn't really matter.

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November 03, 2013, 09:21:03 PM
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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now. 

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
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November 03, 2013, 09:31:35 PM
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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now. 

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
There's no rush. It would be better to wait for MSC to mature and develop more. Then when a company wants to do an IPO integrate a web interface into their website and use their own copied MSC. They can then use all of MSC features and have a fully functional and secure IPO with very little cost. Or I guess they could spend more BTC on getting original MSC and do the exact same thing.

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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now. 

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
There's no rush. It would be better to wait for MSC to mature and develop more. Then when a company wants to do an IPO integrate a web interface into their website and use their own copied MSC. They can then use all of MSC features and have a fully functional and secure IPO with very little cost. Or I guess they could spend more BTC on getting original MSC and do the exact same thing.
And struggle all your life to beat the No1, like LTC tries to do with BTC.

Good luck with that..
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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now. 

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
There's no rush. It would be better to wait for MSC to mature and develop more. Then when a company wants to do an IPO integrate a web interface into their website and use their own copied MSC. They can then use all of MSC features and have a fully functional and secure IPO with very little cost. Or I guess they could spend more BTC on getting original MSC and do the exact same thing.
And struggle all your life to beat the No1, like LTC tries to do with BTC.

Good luck with that..
What's to beat? They get the functionality they need for free. They don't have to be more valuable than MSC. They just need to use coins to transfer assets. They don't care if their version of MSC is valuable or not.

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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now.  

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
There's no rush. It would be better to wait for MSC to mature and develop more. Then when a company wants to do an IPO integrate a web interface into their website and use their own copied MSC. They can then use all of MSC features and have a fully functional and secure IPO with very little cost. Or I guess they could spend more BTC on getting original MSC and do the exact same thing.
And struggle all your life to beat the No1, like LTC tries to do with BTC.

Good luck with that..
What's to beat? They get the functionality they need for free. They don't have to be more valuable than MSC. They just need to use coins to transfer assets. They don't care if their version of MSC is valuable or not.
Dream on..
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November 03, 2013, 09:42:30 PM
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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now.  

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
There's no rush. It would be better to wait for MSC to mature and develop more. Then when a company wants to do an IPO integrate a web interface into their website and use their own copied MSC. They can then use all of MSC features and have a fully functional and secure IPO with very little cost. Or I guess they could spend more BTC on getting original MSC and do the exact same thing.
And struggle all your life to beat the No1, like LTC tries to do with BTC.

Good luck with that..
What's to beat? They get the functionality they need for free. They don't have to be more valuable than MSC. They just need to use coins to transfer assets. They don't care if their version of MSC is valuable or not.
Dream on..
They don't NEED to have a following. The MSC protocol can be used by anyone. My point is that they can use their own copy and it will function exactly the same. IF MSC is expensive, then why not? Especially if all they need to use it for is an IPO?

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November 03, 2013, 09:43:27 PM
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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now.  

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
There's no rush. It would be better to wait for MSC to mature and develop more. Then when a company wants to do an IPO integrate a web interface into their website and use their own copied MSC. They can then use all of MSC features and have a fully functional and secure IPO with very little cost. Or I guess they could spend more BTC on getting original MSC and do the exact same thing.
And struggle all your life to beat the No1, like LTC tries to do with BTC.

Good luck with that..
What's to beat? They get the functionality they need for free. They don't have to be more valuable than MSC. They just need to use coins to transfer assets. They don't care if their version of MSC is valuable or not.
Dream on..
They don't NEED to have a following. The MSC protocol can be used by anyone. My point is that they can use their own copy and it will function exactly the same. IF MSC is expensive, then why not? Especially if all they need to use it for is an IPO?
Ever heard of Metcalfe?
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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now.  

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
There's no rush. It would be better to wait for MSC to mature and develop more. Then when a company wants to do an IPO integrate a web interface into their website and use their own copied MSC. They can then use all of MSC features and have a fully functional and secure IPO with very little cost. Or I guess they could spend more BTC on getting original MSC and do the exact same thing.
And struggle all your life to beat the No1, like LTC tries to do with BTC.

Good luck with that..
What's to beat? They get the functionality they need for free. They don't have to be more valuable than MSC. They just need to use coins to transfer assets. They don't care if their version of MSC is valuable or not.
Dream on..
They don't NEED to have a following. The MSC protocol can be used by anyone. My point is that they can use their own copy and it will function exactly the same. IF MSC is expensive, then why not? Especially if all they need to use it for is an IPO?
Ever heard of Metcalfe?
Nope.

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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now.  

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
There's no rush. It would be better to wait for MSC to mature and develop more. Then when a company wants to do an IPO integrate a web interface into their website and use their own copied MSC. They can then use all of MSC features and have a fully functional and secure IPO with very little cost. Or I guess they could spend more BTC on getting original MSC and do the exact same thing.
And struggle all your life to beat the No1, like LTC tries to do with BTC.

Good luck with that..
What's to beat? They get the functionality they need for free. They don't have to be more valuable than MSC. They just need to use coins to transfer assets. They don't care if their version of MSC is valuable or not.
Dream on..
They don't NEED to have a following. The MSC protocol can be used by anyone. My point is that they can use their own copy and it will function exactly the same. IF MSC is expensive, then why not? Especially if all they need to use it for is an IPO?
Ever heard of Metcalfe?
Nope.
http://www.christopherspenn.com/2010/12/metcalfes-law-and-social-media-size-does-matter/

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"6. The more valuable you are, the more valuable you become. Metcalfe’s Law, because it’s exponential, indicates that once you cross that critical mass threshold, your network effectively begins to power itself. The faster you can get to critical mass, the faster you’ll get value out of it and the more value you’ll derive from it. This is more or less a mathematical reinforcement of the Matthew effect, a Biblical quote which states that the rich get richer while the poor get poorer. In social media, the more popular you are, the more popular you are. The difference is that you have the tools and access in social media that you don’t have in, say, financial investing. Getting started and growing out of a poor social network is much easier and faster than exiting a poor economic situation."
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Your missing my point. The clone doesn't need a following to be useful. It may have just one purpose: a single company selling stocks to select people all on their own website. Unlike BTC which IS useful because of its popularity MSC can be useful with a very small audience. The new MSC can be worthless but they will still perform the function needed. That's why I'm skeptical a huge price for MSC can be sustained. It's not necessary.

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Your missing my point. The clone doesn't need a following to be useful. It may have just one purpose: a single company selling stocks to select people all on their own website. Unlike BTC which IS useful because of its popularity MSC can be useful with a very small audience. The new MSC can be worthless but they will still perform the function needed. That's why I'm skeptical a huge price for MSC can be sustained. It's not necessary.
All alt coins (more or less) perform the functions of BTC - in many aspects A LOT better.
Anoncoin is better in anonymity, LTC faster etc.

Check their value compared to BTC.

EDIT: The company you are referring to will opt to MSC because of the first mover advantage - network effect, bigger user/customer base!

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Your missing my point. The clone doesn't need a following to be useful. It may have just one purpose: a single company selling stocks to select people all on their own website. Unlike BTC which IS useful because of its popularity MSC can be useful with a very small audience. The new MSC can be worthless but they will still perform the function needed. That's why I'm skeptical a huge price for MSC can be sustained. It's not necessary.
All alt coins (more or less) perform the functions of BTC - in many aspects A LOT better.
Anoncoin is better in anonymity, LTC faster etc.

Check their value compared to BTC.

EDIT: The company you are referring to will opt to MSC because of the first mover advantage - network effect, bigger user/customer base!


But those are trying to be currency. Popularity is important. If you want to track bitcoins in a blockchain then MSC can do that. But so can any other copy. Value is not important and if the company offers the shares directly from their site why would they care how popular a competitor is?

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Your missing my point. The clone doesn't need a following to be useful. It may have just one purpose: a single company selling stocks to select people all on their own website. Unlike BTC which IS useful because of its popularity MSC can be useful with a very small audience. The new MSC can be worthless but they will still perform the function needed. That's why I'm skeptical a huge price for MSC can be sustained. It's not necessary.
All alt coins (more or less) perform the functions of BTC - in many aspects A LOT better.
Anoncoin is better in anonymity, LTC faster etc.

Check their value compared to BTC.

EDIT: The company you are referring to will opt to MSC because of the first mover advantage - network effect, bigger user/customer base!


But those are trying to be currency. Popularity is important. If you want to track bitcoins in a blockchain then MSC can do that. But so can any other copy. Value is not important and if the company offers the shares directly from their site why would they care how popular a competitor is?
Bitcoin is a currency AND a payment system!
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And MSC is a currency + many more things.
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Bitcoin is a currency AND a payment system!
The payment system (and tracking system) part is the part I think people will copy. If they do, the currency part of MSC will be threatened.

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(I don't fully understand them so I'm posting this)

Are they even similar? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?  

2 days after !

I believe that is all assuming Mastercoin does something that colored coins can not. I'm not convinced that is the case.


2 weeks ago you didn't even know what colored coin are so please, try to understand a topic before to be so negative


Lost coins only make everyone else's coins worth slightly more. Think of it as a donation to everyone.
it has lots of buttery taste..
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In any case, even if MSC (as a currency, if it's your point) is threatened, that's not a problem for me. Bitcoin will gain so much traction and mind blowing/genius features with all the futures projects even if copy-cat (GG then).

This is why I crowdfunded the Mastercoin Project, this is a win:win situation and a kind of hedging on bitcoins held.
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Bitcoin is a currency AND a payment system!
The payment system (and tracking system) part is the part I think people will copy. If they do, the currency part of MSC will be threatened.
Ripple is a far superior payment system than Bitcoin.
Again, look at it's price!

Look, I have to sleep and English not my 1st language so I can't post like I want to.

But you have a digital technology here - the question is if Bitcoin is the new Myspace or the new Facebook.
The same applies to MSC too and probably to all digital networks.

There can be only one (real big).

If it is not MSC, then maybe it will be something similar - but you HAVE to have 1 as the big guy.

The first mover has a big advantage.
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(I don't fully understand them so I'm posting this)

Are they even similar? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?  

2 days after !

I believe that is all assuming Mastercoin does something that colored coins can not. I'm not convinced that is the case.


2 weeks ago you didn't even know what colored coin are so please, try to understand a topic before to be so negative


LOL. I'm always learning. I'm not too worried about what eventually wins but people saying that MSC is going to blow up in price is somewhat concerning. A lot of MSC people are making fantastic claims and it seems to boil down to "we have funding and we are first". Colored coins offers some technical advantages so I think it is fair to be restrained in the promises of wealth.

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November 03, 2013, 11:20:41 PM
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Why do you perceive mastercoin as great idea?
The internet is a brilliant invention.  But standing alone, it is actually a rather boring object.  The internet is actually a mere protocol (ruleset) - called TCP-IP.  It doesn't actually have much function at all.  

On 'top of' TCI-IP is email (smtp); webpages(http); and file transfer (ftp) - among others.  This is where the real functionality that makes the Internet so useful lies.  These are three 'higher level protocols' which give exciting new function to the internet (TCP-IP).  

Bitcoin and more precisely the blockchain and its administration - give rise to a nice digital currency.  But that is not where the excitement lies.  The real excitement comes in all the great functionality which can be supported with the blockchain.  All this functionality will be embodied in Mastercoin - a higher level protocol which operates in conjunction with bitcoin .  Just as http (webpages) operates on top of TCP-IP (internet), Mastercoin is a protocol which operates on top of the bitcoin protocol.  However, Mastercoin will bring all the high level functionality.  Bitcoin is just a boring old currency.  

If I were you, I'd buy tons of Mastercoin right now.  Please do not delay as this will cost you an insane amount of money in the long run.

btw - its not 'hype'; it is genuine excitement which is fully warranted. 

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If I were you, I'd buy tons of Mastercoin right now.  Please do not delay as this will cost you an insane amount of money in the long run.

btw - its not 'hype'; it is genuine excitement which is fully warranted.  
Have you read any of my threads on coloreded coins vs mastercoins or mastercoin 2? The 'hype' is actually 'hype'. Expect copy cats. Mastercoin is a protocol that's easily duplicated. Bitcoin is not easily duplicated because of the miners.
Yes please read the thread. You'll learn a lot about Mastercoin and ColoredCoin.

Unlike DillPickleChips, I believe with over a 180 trillion dollar market cap for derivatives in the US alone there is plenty of room for both Mastercoin and ColoredCoin.

My reason for preferring Mastercoin is that it does not depend on Bitcoin being stable and isn't backed by Bitcoin, you don't have to worry about Bitcoin or even know what Bitcoin is. Mastercoin is high level enough and can be built in such a way that you don't have to directly interact with Bitcoin to play with it. Perhaps ColoredCoin will reach that state too but ColoredCoin has a lot less development funding, a lot less momentum, and my opinion is you should hedge your bets on this. Get some Mastercoins while they are "a steal" cheap and if you see a clone which is even better than buy the cloneCoin and you'll probably profit from them both as the market is big enough for many players.

Bitcoin has around a 2.5 billion dollar market cap. So to put this into perspective we are talking about a market cap in the trillions of dollars for Mastercoin, the clone, Bitshares and ColoredCoin. 100 Mastercoins could easily be worth over a million dollars and right now it's at a price of around 10 Bitcoins so that is a very cheap gamble. It has a similar amount of risk to buying Bitcoins at the current price and if you think it will go up to $1000 then perhaps buying it at $200 isn't much of a risk.

The good news is if you do buy Bitcoins and Mastercoins only you'll probably watch the price of both go up because they are in synergy, in symbiosis. Mastercoin is what will help drive the price of Bitcoin into the $100,000 range so that 10 Bitcoins is a million dollars. So when I say 100 Mastercoins is a million dollars I'm assuming the price of Mastercoins will stay exactly as it is right now forever at 0.1 BTC.

But if you want my true opinion, I believe it will be at least 3-4 BTC per Mastercoin even if there were half a dozen clones, Bitshares, etc. The reason is you have to consider the amount of marketshare Mastercoin will have when compared to the clones, to Bitshares, and to ColoredCoin. Even if it has a very small amount of market share in a 100+ trillion dollar market cap it's a ridiculous amount of money so I advise you to take out your spread sheet and do the math for yourself and if you decide to take the risk only risk what you can afford to lose.

To move beyond speculation, I have personally tested the decentralized Mastercoin exchange prototype and it was a smooth sail. The fact that it's only early November and the prototype is working indicates to me that a nice polished client can be available sometime in December. Mastercoin as far as I know is the first of the decentralized exchanges to be successfully tested but I hear rumors that ColoredCoin had something working in 2012.

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Size of global derivatives market How can the derivatives market be worth more than the world's total financial assets?
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2008/10/596_trillion.html
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How can the derivatives market be larger than the entire world's financial wealth?

Because the same assets might be involved in several different derivatives. A derivative is a financial instrument whose value depends on something else—a share of stock, an interest rate, a foreign currency, or a barrel of oil, for example. One kind of derivative might be a contract that allows you to buy oil at a given price six months from now. But since we don't yet know how the price of oil will change, the value of that contract can be very hard to estimate.
The Global Derivatives Market
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What hype?  Wink
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because ppl who cashed-in are promoting it so that their investment won't be under water. I bought some, just in case, and let the good times roll.
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because ppl who cashed-in are promoting it so that their investment won't be under water. I bought some, just in case, and let the good times roll.

I think you completely misunderstand the point.  Mastercoin isn't just a pump and dump scheme. It's about what it will enable. If you don't find value in a completely decentralized derivatives market, betting, stocks, futures, where any community can issue its own currency, then nothing I can say will convince you.

But if you do find value in these things then the protocol is immensely valuable because of what you'll be able to do which you couldn't do prior to it. There will be plenty of money to be made when you're free to invest or trade in what will seem like a virtually unlimited prediction market. The value will be there but the real question will be what will the people do with it?

0.1 BTC is really nothing compared to what the Mastercoin protocol may be worth.
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As a matter of fact, David Johnston (Bit Angels) is actively encouraging people to do exactly this.

The model he is proposing is that every new startup use the Mastercoin model as a type of crowd funding. In that scenario, every new service would sell a limited quantity of colored coins to fund development, then would only accept those colored coins as payment for their service instead of generic Bitcoins.
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Justus,

Thanks for the scout out : )

Though to be clear on a few points let me offer these thoughts.

1. Yes I am encouraging people to consider the model of monetizing their new services through a coin based approach. Your description is fairly accurate "new services would sell a limited quantity of coins to fund development, then would only accept those coins as payment for their service instead of generic Bitcoins".

2. I do not necessarily think "every new startup" is a fit for this type of monetization strategy. I'd say those with broad enough appeal and a service that has the potential to be a platform for many other services are good first candidates.

3. I'm not advocating that new services try and compete with Mastercoin as copy cats, but rather that they can issue these coins on top of the Mastercoin platform (as this is one of the features in the protocol).

Full disclosure: I own Mastercoins. Though I'm also a big fan of BitShares, Open Transactions, Colored Coins and other projects seeking to bring these new functions about in a decentralized way. In the end, competition is a positive force that will bring about the best for everyone and the market will ultimately decide which use cases are most compelling for these different technologies.

As for you Justus, I'm looking forward to the technology you are cooking up : ) Lets talk soon.

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And all that funding can easily be used by the copy cat.
OK - then you should start now.  You be the copy cat.  You easily use that funding.  Start now.  

Wait.  Not so easy is it?  Why don't you just go make MastercoinCopy?  It's not so easy - is it?  If it were easy, you'd be doing it now.  The total market value of Mastercoin at today's price ((.09BTC/MSC)*600K*(220$/BTC)) is $12Million.  If you could copy MSC to make MSC2 - you'd have 12 million!!.  Better start today!
There's no rush. It would be better to wait for MSC to mature and develop more. Then when a company wants to do an IPO integrate a web interface into their website and use their own copied MSC. They can then use all of MSC features and have a fully functional and secure IPO with very little cost. Or I guess they could spend more BTC on getting original MSC and do the exact same thing.
And struggle all your life to beat the No1, like LTC tries to do with BTC.

Good luck with that..
What's to beat? They get the functionality they need for free. They don't have to be more valuable than MSC. They just need to use coins to transfer assets. They don't care if their version of MSC is valuable or not.
Dream on..
They don't NEED to have a following. The MSC protocol can be used by anyone. My point is that they can use their own copy and it will function exactly the same. IF MSC is expensive, then why not? Especially if all they need to use it for is an IPO?

Because the clone will quickly become more expensive than BTC and be just a cheaper MSC. MSC2 will never be cheap because escrows are never supposed to be cheaper than the currencies they back. Gold isn't going to be cheaper than bank notes they back. What is so difficult to understand here?

When I say the price of MSC will settle around 3-4 BTC a piece it's under the assumption that there will be stiff competition which can include clones. If I assumed there would be no competition at all then it would settle at around 20-30 BTC a piece in my opinion. There is Bitshares, ColoredCoin and Hops all which can offer competition.

But if you make a clone and the clone were half the price of MSC then it would take twice as many clone coins to back a user currency as it would take Mastercoins but nothing else would change. The only thing that would change is the proportions. Instead of having to back Bitcoin 300% with 100 MSC, now it will take 200 clone coins.

It's impossible to back Bitcoin with blanks. It's impossible to back any currency with a blank, the math simply doesn't support it. So whatever ultimately is in the escrow must have more value (people say around *3 more value) than whatever is being issued or else there is no way to redeem. If you're backing some user currency with a completely worthless clone no one is going to trust that. If the clone is just half the price of MSC then you'll have to use twice as many to reach the same value which solves absolutely nothing. The cheaper it is the more you'll have to use to back the same stuff, so please take out your spreadsheets and do the math.

The main reason Mastercoin will be important which David Johnston alluded to is the fact that startups who want to offer a new service to the community will be able to benefit by issuing their own coin. Initially their coin will have to be backed by something with value while they build their capacity to redeem their coins. What I'm saying is that Mastercoin being valuable will be as essential as having a gold standard. If the startup doesn't perform so well then people can get their Mastercoins back and take value back from the escrow in response to their currency going down in value. If everything goes well then you'll be able to redeem with them by giving them their currency back in exchange for the service they offer.

So let's say for instance it's a VPN service and it's promising to protect your privacy and IP address. At the IPO anyone can buy some of their newly minted VPN credit coins with Mastercoins. Those Mastercoins are held in escrow while they build the VPN. When the VPN is built then you'll pay them in VPN credit coins, or you can trade those coins with anyone else who wants VPN service, or sell them for Bitcoins if the price goes up or down, or redeem them for Mastercoins. This gives the user a lot of flexibility which does not exist anywhere but in the Mastercoin protocol.

Here is something else, Colored Coin can be implemented on top of the Mastercoin protocol. So if ColoredCoin were truly superior then nothing stops the Mastercoin protocol from innovating with some Colored approach, but in any case the escrow is crucial to issuing new currencies. No one is going to trust a new currency which isn't backed by anything at all but the promises of the issuer to offer some goods or services at some future date. That just wont work out too well as we don't want to have to trust the issuer. If it's backed by Mastercoins held in escrow it solves our trust problem somewhat, we still have to believe the issuer will offer VPN service and that the VPN service will work but it's a different kind of risk you'll be taking.
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following...

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I started the MasterCoin project, and I'm the biggest investor. I invested every last BTC I had in MasterCoin. Since then, I haven't sold one single MasterCoin. Not one. I know I'll have to eventually, but that will be very painful for me.

I remember a few months ago before I started this project, my dad was urging me to sell some of my BTC. I asked him: "If you had a bunch of houses, would you sell some of them for $100 each just because the world didn't yet understand the value of houses? Obviously not. Neither will I sell my BTC for $100 each."

Since 2011, I haven't sold a single bitcoin, except out of necessity to pay my expenses in acquiring MORE bitcoins. I was waiting, knowing that someday somebody would come unlock bitcoin's revolutionary power by building new features on top. I knew it would happen, and I wanted to invest in it. Finally, I got tired of waiting for somebody else to do it.

Now, after years of waiting, it's finally happening. I can watch it getting built right before my very eyes. Perhaps it will all fall apart or be quickly replaced by a clone, but I don't think so. MasterCoin is fighting for mindshare right now, and we're getting it. That's the real hurdle a competitor will have to clear - not a technical hurdle or a financial one, but a psychological one. The hurdle of an established, passionate, invested user base and team of developers.

In the meantime, while we build these houses, all the world can see is the blueprints and the muddy foundations which are just now poking out of an empty field. But I see the finished product that is coming, with families living inside and cars parked out front. With that image in my mind, I simply can't sell any of them for the price of an empty field. Not until I absolutely have to.

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Finally, I got tired of waiting for somebody else to do it.
Now, after years of waiting, it's finally happening.
For anyone who hasn't see the video where this actually plays out, I highly recommend it. Look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qdr_Z3hrqQ

Willet tells everyone: go do it.  I'll give you money.  But nobody did it.  So Willet did it himself.  Please watch this.  You'll learn that Willet and MSC have very honest roots and foundation.  Very cool.
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I started the MasterCoin project, and I'm the biggest investor. I invested every last BTC I had in MasterCoin. Since then, I haven't sold one single MasterCoin. Not one. I know I'll have to eventually, but that will be very painful for me.

meh, since you control the exodus address, you are in the better position than everyone else to put every coin into it.
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I started the MasterCoin project, and I'm the biggest investor. I invested every last BTC I had in MasterCoin. Since then, I haven't sold one single MasterCoin. Not one. I know I'll have to eventually, but that will be very painful for me.

meh, since you control the exodus address, you are in the better position than everyone else to put every coin into it.

Obviously. The point I was trying to emphasize is that I haven't sold any. Smiley

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Obviously. The point I was trying to emphasize is that I haven't sold any. Smiley
Those who don't understand the project might be selling - but I seriously doubt you'll find any sellers lower than 1:1 where the seller is educated.
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Thank all of you for great insights. It helped me to understand this idea. It's amazing how evolution works - in almost same time several similar projects occur. I believe we're heading in right direction although we can only bet on ship which will take us to final destination. At the moment I'd say mastercoin has the bigges momentum and it'll be great to see where it ends.


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Congratulations JR on what is a brilliant, elegant protocol that opens up mindblowing possibilities. I'd like you to talk to us more about trust issues though. What can you offer the sceptic that thinks you will mint more MSC when it suits you?
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Congratulations JR on what is a brilliant, elegant protocol that opens up mindblowing possibilities. I'd like you to talk to us more about trust issues though. What can you offer the sceptic that thinks you will mint more MSC when it suits you?

Thanks!

Trying to issue more MSC would fork the protocol - it would be just as hard as trying to change bitcoin to have more than 21M bitcoins. You can say you are doing that, but really all you have done is forked bitcoin, and anybody who doesn't like your idea will stay on the original branch. Same with Mastercoin.

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What are the total amount of MSC that were minted?
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What are the total amount of MSC that were minted?

the total is here (about 560k), plus about another 10% or so that vests over some period of time

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I've read some basic info about mastercoin and ripple but I can see similarities. Could somebody tell me why is mastercoin so great if we for example has to trust creator, that he doesn't issue more mastercoins?

Why do you perceive mastercoin as great idea?

it's a bunch of guys in Israel trying to make a quick buck.

there's another guy in the Ukraine who is also shilling for them.

It's certainly showing how degraded that particular community has become.  They've poured money into Color Coins, nothing happened, mainly due to the failures of one, or perhaps two people.  I just want to make clear I have nothing to do with these people, because I have posted to some of the lists they appear to be stinking up.

you must realize that some of the people who have been posting here for YEARS are doing so under a false name from some unknown village in Eastern Europe where $500 USD is enough to pay for an entire years living expenses and your daughters dowry.  The fact that Bitcoin based payments are untraceable and irreversable empowers these types considerably so they are far more tenacious and numerous on boards like this.

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I've read some basic info about mastercoin and ripple but I can see similarities. Could somebody tell me why is mastercoin so great if we for example has to trust creator, that he doesn't issue more mastercoins?

Why do you perceive mastercoin as great idea?

it's a bunch of guys in Israel trying to make a quick buck.

there's another guy in the Ukraine who is also shilling for them.

It's certainly showing how degraded that particular community has become.  They've poured money into Color Coins, nothing happened, mainly due to the failures of one, or perhaps two people.  I just want to make clear I have nothing to do with these people, because I have posted to some of the lists they appear to be stinking up.

you must realize that some of the people who have been posting here for YEARS are doing so under a false name from some unknown village in Eastern Europe where $500 USD is enough to pay for an entire years living expenses and your daughters dowry.  The fact that Bitcoin based payments are untraceable and irreversable empowers these types considerably so they are far more tenacious and numerous on boards like this.

I'm very confused as to what you're talking about.
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I've read some basic info about mastercoin and ripple but I can see similarities. Could somebody tell me why is mastercoin so great if we for example has to trust creator, that he doesn't issue more mastercoins?

Why do you perceive mastercoin as great idea?

it's a bunch of guys in Israel trying to make a quick buck.

there's another guy in the Ukraine who is also shilling for them.

It's certainly showing how degraded that particular community has become.  They've poured money into Color Coins, nothing happened, mainly due to the failures of one, or perhaps two people.  I just want to make clear I have nothing to do with these people, because I have posted to some of the lists they appear to be stinking up.

you must realize that some of the people who have been posting here for YEARS are doing so under a false name from some unknown village in Eastern Europe where $500 USD is enough to pay for an entire years living expenses and your daughters dowry.  The fact that Bitcoin based payments are untraceable and irreversable empowers these types considerably so they are far more tenacious and numerous on boards like this.

I'm very confused as to what you're talking about.

being confused is expected if you take this forum seriously.

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The fact is, this group has been churning out LOADS of unreliable statements.  I've already pointed out a number of things that don't line up about what they're saying.  The sheer amount of just garbage they keep spamming every Bitcoin channel with is far too much for any single person to manage.  They are kicking up dust and making this thing look as though it's gigantic, oh and guess what?  you need to purchase Mastercoins right now if you want to be a part of it.  Get them while supplies last.

I know that some legitimate VC companies have declared involvement with this, and I've confirmed that through personal contacts.  This may indicate that 1) they don't know whats actually going [1] on 2) they believe this project will bear some profit.  In the case of #2, not sure how or why a VC would want to throw 2 million dollars at an open source project?  Obviously there is something else going on here, not exactly sure what and given the level of BS these guys are churning out, I don't care at this point.  It appears to be a pump and dump scheme for this crypto-asset, Mastercoin.  All the technical claims about this thing are just poor aping of various ideas floating around these boards and lists(such as the fabled Decentralized Exchange which I have written a detailed explanation of how to build).  At one point the technical claims started to look so contradictory and sloppy that Ron Gross[2[ declared that Mastercoin 'is not really a technology'.

The logo looks like something they stole from Legend Of Zelda.  The whole thing is just hilarious in my view.

The problem is that this space is just infested with Investment Pick Up Artists, who do have developed talents in attracting and convincing people with money.  They tend to gravitate into any area where there are people with money.  Like regular Pick Up Artists their home is dark sleazy places where people can't easily determine their identity.


[1] and this is remarkably common right now in the VC world.  There are many people desperate to buy a piece of the Bitcoin action and they don't know how to do it and they need get it on the shelf.

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I'm very confused as to what you're talking about.
He is also confused as to what he is talking about.  Right after the anti-jewish bit - he stops making sense.

the fabled Decentralized Exchange which I have written a detailed explanation of how to build
Oh, I see.  Now I get it.  You are the original and you are upset that JR funded a project to 'get 'er done' while you kept playing pong on your Atari for the last 6 months.  Too late to cry now. You wrote about it; JR did it.
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I'm very confused as to what you're talking about.
He is also confused as to what he is talking about.  Right after the anti-jewish bit - he stops making sense.

a list of TKeenans threads plugging/shilling for Mastercoin.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=154254;sa=showPosts

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shilling for Mastercoin.

Presently, there are about 86.4 shilling per dollar and about 80 dollar per Mastercoin.  So if you want to buy a Mastercoin for shilling, it'll be about 6400.
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the fabled Decentralized Exchange which I have written a detailed explanation of how to build
Oh, I see.  Now I get it.  You are the original and you are upset that JR funded a project to 'get 'er done' while you kept playing pong on your Atari for the last 6 months.  Too late to cry now. You wrote about it; JR did it.

I was the first person to suggest this idea, which created quite a buzz.  As it stands I am also the only one with a verifiable solution to this problem.

The Color Coins crew, especially Alex routinely imitates my statements while simultaneously deriding and denouncing my works.

Obnoxious to the say the least.

Here's a tip, and honestly I'm not sure exactly what your involvement is with this group.  When you involve serious VC- let's just say they don't like to be made a fool of.  The Bitangles guy who posted here a few days ago seems to not quite understand what the Mastercoin project actually has, which makes me think that someone is playing someone else. 

I just want to make 100% clear that Im not involved with this.

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I was the first person to suggest this idea, which created quite a buzz.  As it stands I am also the only one with a verifiable solution to this problem.

The Color Coins crew, especially Alex routinely imitates my statements while simultaneously deriding and denouncing my works.

Obnoxious to the say the least.

Would it be fair to say you have a small chip on your shoulder?? Smiley

Here's a tip, and honestly I'm not sure exactly what your involvement is with this group.  When you involve serious VC- let's just say they don't like to be made a fool of.  The Bitangles guy who posted here a few days ago seems to not quite understand what the Mastercoin project actually has, which makes me think that someone is playing someone else.  

I just want to make 100% clear that Im not involved with this.

The ignorance of a VC says very little about the actual health of the project.
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I was the first person to suggest this idea, which created quite a buzz.  As it stands I am also the only one with a verifiable solution to this problem.

The Color Coins crew, especially Alex routinely imitates my statements while simultaneously deriding and denouncing my works.

Obnoxious to the say the least.

Would it be fair to say you have a small chip on your shoulder?? Smiley


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nice try, but no.

criticising someone's poor behavior isn't jealousy or resentment, it's called indignation.

this stuff happened widely during the dot com era, and every time a company would issue stock options suddenly a gaggle of tech heads with edgy fashion sense would be waddling around talking about technologies that didn't exist.  I guess you think this is some kind of contest to see who can fool investors into giving them money?  and that Im butthurt because I lost the contest?  because that's what you're suggesting.  Most people don't know this, but a large disproportional number of these dot com scams came from Israel.

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better buy up those Mastercoins before they run out then!

there are really two possibilities:

1) the Mastercoin people pulled one over on the VC by telling them that they have a technology that they don't(this much has been confirmed).

2) the Mastercoin people and the VC are pulling one over on us by pretending to have a technology in order to market these Mastercoins.

It's really not very difficult to profit from a scheme like this.  Start with 1 million in capital and start the first round of selling Mastercoins.  Lets say they are priced at $10 each.  Distribute a few to people with blogs and they just start churning out senseless crap with as many important sounding hot topic buzzwords as possible.  Suddenly the things are retailing for $15.  You just made a half-million dollars.  Slowly sell them off, a few months later- 'Mastercoin?  never heard of it'.  Have you read the 'whitepaper'?  this is the next big thing in Bitcoin?  lol.

Just a few weeks back they had supposedly put out a bounty for $50,000 to build a 'Distributed Exchange'.  To my knowledge the bounty was supposedly paid, but not to anyone who actually invented a distributed exchange, instead it appeared to have been paid to some pseudonymous programmers who made some kind of wallet app for Mastercoin.  Meanwhile Alex Mizrahi is talking to IBM rep on the BitcoinX list(just days afterwards) about the Distributed Exchange that Mastercoin has, that has never been defined, and a bounty was put out for it only a few weeks ago(the thing was conceived, accepted, and developed all in a few weeks? covertly?), and a rep from Bitangels publicly claimed that it doesn't exist!  The IBM rep is then writing on his blog about how awesome Mastercoin is.

None of these things exist.  None have been theoretically proven.  It's just people pumping up a digital asset, running around and avoiding any hard questions.  If this is your thing I bid you best of luck, amigo.  I think I might be one of the few people who is actually watching this thing who is not in on it.

Personally, I believe in open source.  Developing truly accessible open technologies pays you back more than any other engineering approach.  

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Developing truly accessible open technologies pays you back more than any other engineering approach.
oh yeah?  Just go to Antibes and look a Linus Torvalds yacht parked next to Paul Allen's yacht and see if you can sustain that position.  You are an idiot AND you don't know what you are talking about. 

You'll see the exchange in action very soon.  You'll be shitting bricks about it then.
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lol

No kidding.  So many bitter guys who didn't get on the train now run around screaming they are the ones who thought of Mastercoin - and in the same breath saying it will never work.
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Developing truly accessible open technologies pays you back more than any other engineering approach.
oh yeah?  Just go to Antibes and look a Linus Torvalds yacht parked next to Paul Allen's yacht and see if you can sustain that position.  You are an idiot AND you don't know what you are talking about. 

You'll see the exchange in action very soon.  You'll be shitting bricks about it then.



so then you admit youre promoting this business?

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Developing truly accessible open technologies pays you back more than any other engineering approach.
oh yeah?  Just go to Antibes and look a Linus Torvalds yacht parked next to Paul Allen's yacht and see if you can sustain that position.  You are an idiot AND you don't know what you are talking about. 

You'll see the exchange in action very soon.  You'll be shitting bricks about it then.


As far as I can tell these bounties were never paid.  The code repositories are full of padding code, autogenerated code, etc.

Im not opposed to making money with software.  If you want people to pay you for your software, then you license it.

If you want to trick people into buying into your pump and dump scheme, you start strutting around claiming you have all these things you dont, that you need to invest or 'miss the train', etc.  This stuff is just pathetic.  At this point Im not really sure how much awareness the VC has of what's going on here.

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better buy up those Mastercoins before they run out then!

there are really two possibilities:

1) the Mastercoin people pulled one over on the VC by telling them that they have a technology that they don't(this much has been confirmed).

2) the Mastercoin people and the VC are pulling one over on us by pretending to have a technology in order to market these Mastercoins.

It's really not very difficult to profit from a scheme like this.  Start with 1 million in capital and start the first round of selling Mastercoins.  Lets say they are priced at $10 each.  Distribute a few to people with blogs and they just start churning out senseless crap with as many important sounding hot topic buzzwords as possible.  Suddenly the things are retailing for $15.  You just made a half-million dollars.  Slowly sell them off, a few months later- 'Mastercoin?  never heard of it'.  Have you read the 'whitepaper'?  this is the next big thing in Bitcoin?  lol.

Just a few weeks back they had supposedly put out a bounty for $50,000 to build a 'Distributed Exchange'.  To my knowledge the bounty was supposedly paid, but not to anyone who actually invented a distributed exchange, instead it appeared to have been paid to some pseudonymous programmers who made some kind of wallet app for Mastercoin.  Meanwhile Alex Mizrahi is talking to IBM rep on the BitcoinX list(just days afterwards) about the Distributed Exchange that Mastercoin has, that has never been defined, and a bounty was put out for it only a few weeks ago(the thing was conceived, accepted, and developed all in a few weeks? covertly?), and a rep from Bitangels publicly claimed that it doesn't exist!  The IBM rep is then writing on his blog about how awesome Mastercoin is.

None of these things exist.  None have been theoretically proven.  It's just people pumping up a digital asset, running around and avoiding any hard questions.  If this is your thing I bid you best of luck, amigo.  I think I might be one of the few people who is actually watching this thing who is not in on it.

Personally, I believe in open source.  Developing truly accessible open technologies pays you back more than any other engineering approach.  

You're setting yourself up for a big fall here mate. If it is released, do you promise to take back your slanderous attack?
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better buy up those Mastercoins before they run out then!

there are really two possibilities:

1) the Mastercoin people pulled one over on the VC by telling them that they have a technology that they don't(this much has been confirmed).

2) the Mastercoin people and the VC are pulling one over on us by pretending to have a technology in order to market these Mastercoins.

It's really not very difficult to profit from a scheme like this.  Start with 1 million in capital and start the first round of selling Mastercoins.  Lets say they are priced at $10 each.  Distribute a few to people with blogs and they just start churning out senseless crap with as many important sounding hot topic buzzwords as possible.  Suddenly the things are retailing for $15.  You just made a half-million dollars.  Slowly sell them off, a few months later- 'Mastercoin?  never heard of it'.  Have you read the 'whitepaper'?  this is the next big thing in Bitcoin?  lol.

Just a few weeks back they had supposedly put out a bounty for $50,000 to build a 'Distributed Exchange'.  To my knowledge the bounty was supposedly paid, but not to anyone who actually invented a distributed exchange, instead it appeared to have been paid to some pseudonymous programmers who made some kind of wallet app for Mastercoin.  Meanwhile Alex Mizrahi is talking to IBM rep on the BitcoinX list(just days afterwards) about the Distributed Exchange that Mastercoin has, that has never been defined, and a bounty was put out for it only a few weeks ago(the thing was conceived, accepted, and developed all in a few weeks? covertly?), and a rep from Bitangels publicly claimed that it doesn't exist!  The IBM rep is then writing on his blog about how awesome Mastercoin is.

None of these things exist.  None have been theoretically proven.  It's just people pumping up a digital asset, running around and avoiding any hard questions.  If this is your thing I bid you best of luck, amigo.  I think I might be one of the few people who is actually watching this thing who is not in on it.

Personally, I believe in open source.  Developing truly accessible open technologies pays you back more than any other engineering approach.  

You're setting yourself up for a big fall here mate. If it is released, do you promise to take back your slanderous attack?

if what is released?

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if what is released?

the distributed exchange
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if what is released?

the distributed exchange

Im the only one who has defined what that term means.  http://goo.gl/vy1uUr

If they wish to copy this, and so far anything I've heard from them is indeed a shallow, poorly articulated imitation of what I have written in the link above, that's fine.  VCs are typically in the business of making money though, so if they make it to sell some kind of coin or some such, and mine is open source and free to use, which one do you think will be more popular?

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Developing truly accessible open technologies pays you back more than any other engineering approach.
oh yeah?  Just go to Antibes and look a Linus Torvalds yacht parked next to Paul Allen's yacht and see if you can sustain that position.  You are an idiot AND you don't know what you are talking about. 

You'll see the exchange in action very soon.  You'll be shitting bricks about it then.


if you want to be Paul Allen, be my guest, just stop pretending to be Linus Torvalds to sell your sh!tcoins.

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better buy up those Mastercoins before they run out then!

there are really two possibilities:

1) the Mastercoin people pulled one over on the VC by telling them that they have a technology that they don't(this much has been confirmed).

2) the Mastercoin people and the VC are pulling one over on us by pretending to have a technology in order to market these Mastercoins.

It's really not very difficult to profit from a scheme like this.  Start with 1 million in capital and start the first round of selling Mastercoins.  Lets say they are priced at $10 each.  Distribute a few to people with blogs and they just start churning out senseless crap with as many important sounding hot topic buzzwords as possible.  Suddenly the things are retailing for $15.  You just made a half-million dollars.  Slowly sell them off, a few months later- 'Mastercoin?  never heard of it'.  Have you read the 'whitepaper'?  this is the next big thing in Bitcoin?  lol.

Just a few weeks back they had supposedly put out a bounty for $50,000 to build a 'Distributed Exchange'.  To my knowledge the bounty was supposedly paid, but not to anyone who actually invented a distributed exchange, instead it appeared to have been paid to some pseudonymous programmers who made some kind of wallet app for Mastercoin.  Meanwhile Alex Mizrahi is talking to IBM rep on the BitcoinX list(just days afterwards) about the Distributed Exchange that Mastercoin has, that has never been defined, and a bounty was put out for it only a few weeks ago(the thing was conceived, accepted, and developed all in a few weeks? covertly?), and a rep from Bitangels publicly claimed that it doesn't exist!  The IBM rep is then writing on his blog about how awesome Mastercoin is.

None of these things exist.  None have been theoretically proven.  It's just people pumping up a digital asset, running around and avoiding any hard questions.  If this is your thing I bid you best of luck, amigo.  I think I might be one of the few people who is actually watching this thing who is not in on it.

Personally, I believe in open source.  Developing truly accessible open technologies pays you back more than any other engineering approach.  

It does exist and I tested it. It's in the blockchain forever for anyone to observe. I exchanged a test Mastercoins for Bitcoins.  I first purchased the test Mastercoins and once that was successful I sold the test Mastercoins back to the distributed exchange for a nominal profit all through the blockchain.

Here is the distributed order book: http://mastercoin-explorer.com/order_books
It all take place in the blockchain and it's as decentralized as Bitcoin. It's not an advanced exchange but what do you expect for an ambitious project such as this after only a month?


Developing truly accessible open technologies pays you back more than any other engineering approach.
oh yeah?  Just go to Antibes and look a Linus Torvalds yacht parked next to Paul Allen's yacht and see if you can sustain that position.  You are an idiot AND you don't know what you are talking about.  

You'll see the exchange in action very soon.  You'll be shitting bricks about it then.


As far as I can tell these bounties were never paid.  The code repositories are full of padding code, autogenerated code, etc.

Im not opposed to making money with software.  If you want people to pay you for your software, then you license it.

If you want to trick people into buying into your pump and dump scheme, you start strutting around claiming you have all these things you dont, that you need to invest or 'miss the train', etc.  This stuff is just pathetic.  At this point Im not really sure how much awareness the VC has of what's going on here.


Propaganda. The bounties have been paid and you can look at the blockchain.  This is not how you win. You can win by producing some code.
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Propaganda.

why do I need to buy Mastercoins?

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Propaganda.

why do I need to buy Mastercoins?
To prove you are smart!
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Propaganda.

why do I need to buy Mastercoins?

You don't need to buy them. You can work for them.
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so is it better than Ripple.com?   Cool
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I've read some basic info about mastercoin and ripple but I can see similarities. Could somebody tell me why is mastercoin so great if we for example has to trust creator, that he doesn't issue more mastercoins?

Why do you perceive mastercoin as great idea?
I especially like one of it's feature, that you will can exchange one cryptocurrency for another without third parties like Markets.
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Can someone explain in a few clear, concise sentences why each mastercoin should be worth a decent amount? I'll even let you assume it is successful, with many people using it for smart assets, startup IPOs, and whatnot. Gimme some ballpark numbers. Do people need to hold mastercoin for a length of time for these use cases? If it was your goal to (fairly/legally) minimize mastercoin's success in these main sectors, how would you do so?

I too find the hype around mastercoin to be distracting and off-putting.
So why is Bitcoin so expensive? It could be dirty cheap like XRP and still do it's job!
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I too find the hype around mastercoin to be distracting and off-putting.

They're turning this forum into something like the Las Vegas Strip.

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Can someone explain in a few clear, concise sentences why each mastercoin should be worth a decent amount? I'll even let you assume it is successful, with many people using it for smart assets, startup IPOs, and whatnot. Gimme some ballpark numbers. Do people need to hold mastercoin for a length of time for these use cases? If it was your goal to (fairly/legally) minimize mastercoin's success in these main sectors, how would you do so?

I too find the hype around mastercoin to be distracting and off-putting.
So why is Bitcoin so expensive? It could be dirty cheap like XRP and still do it's job!

That chip on your shoulder, it ain't healthy bro. I was honestly curious with my question.
I am too - no irony here!
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Can someone explain in a few clear, concise sentences why each mastercoin should be worth a decent amount? I'll even let you assume it is successful, with many people using it for smart assets, startup IPOs, and whatnot. Gimme some ballpark numbers. Do people need to hold mastercoin for a length of time for these use cases? If it was your goal to (fairly/legally) minimize mastercoin's success in these main sectors, how would you do so?

I too find the hype around mastercoin to be distracting and off-putting.

+1

It would be nice to see an sound answer, grounded in economic reasoning, to this question.   The supply of mastercoin is fixed.  So help me understand, where does the eventual demand come from (assuming success of the project as assumed in 100x's question above)?  Is there a minimum number of mastercoins that are "tied up" or "taken out of circulation" when I launch a smart asset or a startup IPO, or I can use an arbitrarily small fraction of a mastercoin to do so long as it is divisible down to the requisite number of digits?  

If the former, would not supply eventually run out or the mastercoin protocol only be available for use by the wealthy?

 If the latter, how can mastercoins have much intrinsic value?

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 If the latter, how can mastercoins have much intrinsic value?

Bitcoins and any virtual coins are infinitely divisible. It doesn't stop them being worth $400 a pop.
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grounded in economic reasoning

turn back now, bro.

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It looks to me like people are hyping up this coin without understanding what it is or does.  I've read a bunch of posts about it and all I get is ooo its built on top of bitcoin la dee da.  Well here's the thing there's a lot of shit that's built on top of TCP/IP that totally sucks and no one uses now.  People trying to get rich by holding mastercoins... what a surprise...
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