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November 03, 2013, 05:22:38 PM
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after the early adopter phase was over, Bitcoins were under $2 apiece. So 99% of the profit early adopters made, anyone who wanted to could have made by buying Bitcoins at $2 each. You know why people didn't? Because they didn't think it was worth the risk.


I agree, but what about those who didnt know about Bitcoin  Tongue

What about Microsoft shares at the days Microsoft was founded?
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November 03, 2013, 05:37:16 PM
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Satoshi mined the first 1 million bitcoins but he never used them.
May be he is already dead and the coins are lost with the private keys or may be he is waiting until one BTC is one tousand USD worth.
Or maybe he lost the private keys and not remember where he save it. Haha

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November 03, 2013, 05:41:47 PM
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Satoshi mined the first 1 million bitcoins but he never used them.
May be he is already dead and the coins are lost with the private keys or may be he is waiting until one BTC is one tousand USD worth.
Or maybe he lost the private keys and not remember where he save it. Haha

It migh be NSA project, they dont need money.

I mean Satoshi = NSA

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November 03, 2013, 08:32:39 PM
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No. Satoshi did not make his invention a secret. He made it public beforehand. At the moment of its establishment the bitcoin had been worth nothing. There were no proof it would worth something in the future. There were some people who believed it will worth and they started mining. Why do you think that the risk they took should not be covered now?

About the difficulty at the beginning: the first miners were very slow. It was just straight implementation of double sha256 in pure C code without any optimizations using mmx, sse, GPU or whatever. Still the mining had been producing 50 coins a block regardless of GPU mining introduction, FPGA or whatever. Yes, a year ago the bonus had been halved - just as per design.
What risk are you talking about? At the beginning no huge computational resources were needed because difficulty was low.

What about all these companies who are selling and renting ASICs? Pure scam. There are no rigs that can make you profit currently.

Pool owners making huge profit on pool fee?

The idea is brilliant, but many things around it look so fishy.
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November 03, 2013, 09:15:27 PM
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What risk are you talking about? At the beginning no huge computational resources were needed because difficulty was low.

What about all these companies who are selling and renting ASICs? Pure scam. There are no rigs that can make you profit currently.

Pool owners making huge profit on pool fee?

The idea is brilliant, but many things around it look so fishy.

What risks at the beginning? Financial risks mainly. You have to pay for electricity. Is it an investment? Yes it is. Is it risky investment? Yes, you could get no return. Is this investment (being done in 2009) could make you a millionaire for spending a single buck? Yes! Is it fair to a new comer now? I can't see why it is not (Do you complain that nobody wants to sell you the shares of Apple or Microsoft at the prices just after their IPO?)

As for ASIC producing companies and pools - is it a property of bitcoin itself or a result of the people's behavior?

You have a lot of information in this forum to take a decision to invest or not to invest. You would say: 'it is huge amount of pages to read!'. Yes, it is huge. But no one said that this is a place where someone gives out free money. You have to do some work to earn some money. At last, you are free not to touch the theme at all. Nobody pushes you to get involved.

P.S. I got involved into all this stuff in April this year after I read some news article about bitcoin. Presently, I would prefer not to read that article.
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November 03, 2013, 09:20:15 PM
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It would be interesting if one of the most famous people in the world one day called a HUGE news conferences and announced that he or she would be launching a new altcoin which is an exact clone of bitcoin on January 1, 2015. He or she should announce this across all social media, their latest song, album, movie, website, etc. They should partner with Google to put it on their homepage and Facebook to put it on their homepage.

They would release the new Genesis Block at the exact pre-scheduled time. The goal here is that everyone knows about the new cryptocurrency in advance, so everyone can plan for it and start mining it, all at the exact same moment. Thus, it would be more "fair".

The world makes the switch over to this new currency - which has the endorsement of one of the world's most famous people.

What name would you give to the smallest unit of bitcoin (0.00000001)? sat. What name would you give to 100 sats? bit. 1 bit = 1 uBTC. 1,000,000 bits = 1 BTC. It's bits
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November 03, 2013, 09:23:01 PM
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What risk are you talking about? At the beginning no huge computational resources were needed because difficulty was low.

Your perspective is skewed. Things were very different 4 years ago. Back then, nearly everybody believed that bitcoins were worthless. Why should they profit when they were wrong?

What about all these companies who are selling and renting ASICs? Pure scam. There are no rigs that can make you profit currently.

It is strange that people are throwing away money on mining, but that doesn't make it a scam.

Pool owners making huge profit on pool fee?

Pool owners aren't making a huge profit. Pool owners collectively earn less than 5 bitcoins a day. oops, math fail

The idea is brilliant, but many things around it look so fishy.

There are some sketchy people in the bitcoin world, but overall it is very transparent. Things look fishy because you haven't learned how things work.

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November 03, 2013, 09:33:17 PM
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It would be interesting if one of the most famous people in the world one day called a HUGE news conferences and announced that he or she would be launching a new altcoin which is an exact clone of bitcoin on January 1, 2015. He or she should announce this across all social media, their latest song, album, movie, website, etc. They should partner with Google to put it on their homepage and Facebook to put it on their homepage.
They would release the new Genesis Block at the exact pre-scheduled time. The goal here is that everyone knows about the new cryptocurrency in advance, so everyone can plan for it and start mining it, all at the exact same moment. Thus, it would be more "fair".
The world makes the switch over to this new currency - which has the endorsement of one of the world's most famous people.

Or it goes nowhere, and the promoters get thrown in jail for promoting a scam that cost people billions of dollars.

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November 03, 2013, 10:55:56 PM
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It is strange that people are throwing away money on mining, but that doesn't make it a scam.
Well those rig selling companies are making people believe that they can get profit on mining. Obviously it is not true. They are misleading people.

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Pool owners aren't making a huge profit. Pool owners collectively earn less than 5 bitcoins a day.
Only one pool I'm in mined more than 20 blocks yesterday. That is 500 bitcoins. 2% or 10 bitcoins went to the pool owner. Pool members can't profit presently.

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What risks at the beginning? Financial risks mainly. You have to pay for electricity. Is it an investment? Yes it is. Is it risky investment?
With the low difficulty there was no significant electricity usage to get large amounts of bitcoins.

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Yes, you could get no return. Is this investment (being done in 2009) could make you a millionaire for spending a single buck? Yes! Is it fair to a new comer now? I can't see why it is not (Do you complain that nobody wants to sell you the shares of Apple or Microsoft at the prices just after their IPO?)
It would probably be fair in the case of a start-up company, but we are talking about electronic currency here.

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As for ASIC producing companies and pools - is it a property of bitcoin itself or a result of the people's behavior?
Bitcoin model encouraged the appearance of these scam companies.

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You have a lot of information in this forum to take a decision to invest or not to invest.
Yeah, I read a lot about it last couple of days. It reminds me the old times when I first met HYIP community with e-gold as a main currency. I've seen a couple of Forex related Ponzy schemes that were working for more than 4 years...
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November 03, 2013, 11:45:28 PM
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November 03, 2013, 11:50:43 PM
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Where are Satoshi now?


No one knows, in fact, his identity is unknown.

Strange indeed.

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November 03, 2013, 11:58:30 PM
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It was Satoshi and since there were no transactions to confirm, he was making money like crazy (I think Tongue)

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November 03, 2013, 11:58:40 PM
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Come on guys, he created this, he ought to have a share of at least 10%. People should thank him for this system that can bring down those slave driver institutions.

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November 03, 2013, 11:58:59 PM
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Yes, you could get no return. Is this investment (being done in 2009) could make you a millionaire for spending a single buck? Yes! Is it fair to a new comer now? I can't see why it is not (Do you complain that nobody wants to sell you the shares of Apple or Microsoft at the prices just after their IPO?)
It would probably be fair in the case of a start-up company, but we are talking about electronic currency here.


... that was established as an experiment. Satoshi did not say: "Hey, folks. I have a gold-backed stuff. Let's use it!" He said: "I have an idea of how the digital currency should be implemented. Let's check it". Later, the invention came to be perceived as a real currency by people other than the ones who started it.

It's a useless dispute. Like a dispute "Are bitcoins criminal or not as it is used by criminals?".

So, I quit.
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November 04, 2013, 12:06:41 AM
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Whoever comes first comes first. Whats unfair about that? Thats the same for any company founding. The first ones to buy a share of a company thats going to explode is always the one making the biggest fortune. Is that unfair also?

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Whoever comes first comes first. Whats unfair about that? Thats the same for any company founding. The first ones to buy a share of a company thats going to explode is always the one making the biggest fortune. Is that unfair also?
That is fair in the case of a real company. But remember, you have to invest your real money if you want to buy a share of a company. First participants of Bitcoin only invested the idea.

Satoshi is like "hey guys, I have a great idea for a new model of digital currency, check it out, you'll love it, we'll take 10% of the whole pie for free, and say others to hurry up if they want to make some real $$$ in a couple of years without investing real money".  Grin
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November 04, 2013, 12:49:14 AM
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Satoshi whoever he/she/they are is rich -- I mean, *REALLY* rich -- estimates are 1 million to 1.2 million Bitcoin, which is not bad for the estimated couple of years spent writing the code.   And we sort of believe that with Bitcoin currently at $230 (on Gox) and headed higher, he, she, or they are getting richer by the day!

Was it a scam?   Grin If so, it was a masterful one that deserves some praise, because it did that thing that very rarely happens with scams, creating something with a value even greater than what the scammer paid himself. Or herself.  Or themselves. 

I imagine Satoshi somewhere on a massive yacht in the Aegean sea, laughing at us all and romancing curvy Greek babes - or handsome Greek blokes, as the case may be - enjoying champagne and caviar and drinking wine from a lover's navel every night. 

And when I imagine that, I smile.  'Cos Satoshi's scam is enriching us *ALL*. 

Unlike this guy who looks so disgustingly pleased with himself that I'm surprised no one has lynched him yet.

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November 04, 2013, 12:59:12 AM
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It seems like Satoshi put a lot of work into this, so fair enough that he and early adopters get a fair share for believing in BTC. Without them we wouldn't be on this forum today.
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And when I imagine that, I smile.  'Cos Satoshi's scam is enriching us *ALL*.
It is too early to say "ALL". We'll see what's gonna happen in the near future. Many people will lose their hard earned real money in just one day if the bubble burst. Just like it happens in most Ponzi schemes. Those who jumped in early and cashed out will be happy Smiley

Again, brilliant idea. Whether it was created with the intention to scam people or with making a new model of monetary instrument.
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And when I imagine that, I smile.  'Cos Satoshi's scam is enriching us *ALL*.
It is too early to say "ALL". We'll see what's gonna happen in the near future. Many people will lose their hard earned real money in just one day if the bubble burst. Just like it happens in most Ponzi schemes. Those who jumped in early and cashed out will be happy Smiley

Again, brilliant idea. Whether it was created with the intention to scam people or with making a new model of monetary instrument.

To be a Ponzi scheme, someone should guarantee us some decent return regularly (e.g. 10% per month). No one tell us we will get something back after spending some fiat on BTC. It's ourselves who believe the price will be higher later. So you can call it 'bubble' at most, but definitely not Ponzi scheme.
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