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December 05, 2013, 05:40:30 AM
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that is, until it became clear to me that we are in a logarithmic progression.


What necessitates the logarithmic progression? If anything, the underlying factor would have to be viral network adoption dynamics... Sounds like a graph theory problem.

i think Bitcoin going viral is an apropo description.
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December 05, 2013, 05:46:01 AM
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Hehe  Grin
In any case when I found bitcoin I had same experience with learning that mining is a suckers bet and I figured that most people from the April boom would eventually shift to straight buying.  The only reason I didn't believe cypherdoc much on this thread earlier is because I just didn't expect the government lovefest.  They just don't seem to see the threat.  Perhaps it's the same reasoning as lots of regular business people I've talked to.  Most think bitcoin is just a big scam.
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December 05, 2013, 06:00:52 AM
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... I just didn't expect the government lovefest.  They just don't seem to see the threat.  Perhaps it's the same reasoning as lots of regular business people I've talked to.  Most think bitcoin is just a big scam.


No, regulators are (mostly) just normal people doing their jobs, and aren't coordinating to form some semi-sentient government hive-beast. Hence, regulators are just looking at their mandates, and deciding how to meet them with regard to bitcoin. Consensus seems to be "AML/KYC, duh!", which makes sense. That said, there was indeed less fear-mongering and grand-standing than I generally expect from anything congress-related, and that was obviously nice.

So, no, I don't think they see "the threat" (to gov-issued fiat currency, I assume you mean) in any sort of conscious way. Nor do they think it's an irrelevant scam; it's clear that they've looked into bitcoin extensively and roughly understand it.

The real test of threat-awareness won't happen until bitcoin hits a market-cap in the hundreds of billions or more and looks to become *the* preferred global currency. That may never happen. If it does, only then will gov likely be sufficiently incented across many agencies to coordinate in a broad attack on non-gov currency.

Bitcoin is the first monetary system to credibly offer perfect information to all economic participants.
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December 05, 2013, 06:12:13 AM
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you see, miners are a unique form of rabid, dog eat dog, bunch of m*therf*ckers.  they will eat their mothers if it means getting a few more GH/s.  you really need to understand this.  it's critical for Bitcoin's long term success.

in a way though, it's a beautiful form of unbridled capitalism.  for the first time in many of these guys lifetimes, they have a chance to gain control of their own lives.  if you're good at mining and can be first in an order, you can make some good money.  and even if not, you still stand a chance to do pretty well b/c of price appreciation.  those guys always do their calculations based on today's price as if it were static.  they forget that the long term trend of the price will be up so they can get unnecessarily negative and aggressive towards competitive miners or their companies.

i remember quite clearly back in the early days that one of the most important things that convinced me that Bitcoin had great potential was this grassroot movement of insane miners.  and i mean insane.  watching all those early videos of young guys with GPU's strewn all over their basements and living rooms was impressive.  cords everywhere, fans, monitors, and that whirring sound.  what a kick!  and for justification they'll use arguments that at the very least, these things will heat your house.  lol!   only one thing drives ppl like that and that is money.  and when you see hundreds of guys in YouTube videos willing to do anything to get involved you know things will go viral.  there are literally legions and legions of them and is one of the prime reasons for the still parabolically growing HR.

and then you realize that there is no way that gubmint will ever be able to shut this thing down.  it's the people speaking.
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December 05, 2013, 06:18:37 AM
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seems like just yesterday when we passed silver.
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Indeed, it does. I remember when we passed silver, thinking something like: "Well, that was fun. Next stop gold, but it'll be a few years.". Heh.
Yup, I wouldn't for the life of me have thought that we would catch up to gold this year already.

i didn't think so either back then.

but i started to get an inkling that we might back in the summer when the HR kept escalating, escalating, and then going parabolic while the price just stagnated in the last 6 mo consolidation.  i mine b/c i like to hang out in the Custom Hardware forum to get a feeling about how miners think and what they are doing.  most of them never venture over here to Speculation and vice versa.  they have their own community and compulsive way of thinking that help educate my speculation/investment mindset.  during the summer, we miners were undergoing our own form of breathtaking action in the HR while all the speculation guys were over here wringing their hands about a plunge back to 2.  i kept saying in my newsletter we were going to get a "snap UP" to catch the price back up to the HR.  guys like Frozenlock kept arguing with me saying that price always leads HR.  i even caught evoorhees making a case that mining was irrelevant to the price over on Reddit.  not in this case.  you could easily see that millions of fiat dollars were being poured into the new gold rush of Bitcoin mining by old and new miners alike somehow thinking they could easily get in on the groundfloor of the new asic mining machines.  there was a mentality going around that somehow mining would be more lucrative than outright BTC buying, especially after the price had gone to the "bubble high" of 266.  the different buckets of the Bitcoin economy were being filled by raining fiat in an asymmetric pattern with the mining bucket first overflowing.  i knew we were going to get that snap UP especially after we double bottomed at 65.  i said it more than once in my letter.  i could see the frustration and disgust creeping into the miners from the rising difficulty and you could start to pick out more and more comments about giving up mining and going to buy BTC directly around Aug/Sept.  and sure enough, we got that snap UP.  but i didn't think we'd come this far this fast.  

that is, until it became clear to me that we are in a logarithmic progression.

The "hashrate leads" theory is extremely interesting.

Equilibrium price comes at the point where the number of bitcoins people want to buy equals the number of bitcoins people want to sell. That means that for meaningful price movement to occur, something needs to happen for people to want to hold their bitcoins tighter, or something needs to happen for people to want to buy more coins.

And you're right; probably tens of millions were spent on mining-related hardware in the past 6 months, because difficulty was low and everyone had it in their head it was a prudent investment (I admit, I was one of them; tried to get a number of Klondike miners with the loose Avalon chips). That's fiat people DON'T want to spend on coins.

But at some point the hashrate grows to a point where it's clearly NOT a prudent investment any longer, and that money diverts to bitcoins themselves, driving the price up to the point where price clearly outstrips hashrate again (in that sense, mining is critical to restraining price growth to sane levels !).

That raises questions about the other "buckets" of the greater Bitcoin economy, too. What's the macro effect of altcoins? During a runup, they seem to outperform bitcoins and put downward pressure on the system... but during bear markets the money flows back out to Bitcoin and helps balance out the price. Seemingly the altcoins are also a ballasting/moderating influence on the system.

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December 05, 2013, 06:20:24 AM
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CD, you are one of the very few who saw that price follows difficult, very cool Smiley


every time i say that people tell me im a witch!

Yeah it took me a while to realize it, because at first it looks like a typical economic fallacy, maybe like the Labor Theory of Value sneaking in. But cypher is exactly right, people are trying to get BTC and they see two ways: buy or mine. If everyone is piling into mining, that will push the price lower than it otherwise would have been, because those would-be buyers end up mining instead. That means, for instance, in the summer when the price was range-bound and everyone was jumping into mining, the price should have been continuing its exponential growth with no slowdown. All that happened was some of that growth was temporarily siphoned off into the mining sector even as the network effects continued and Bitcoin kept mushrooming. That excess started to slosh back into Bitcoin in October.

Back in spring I was always pounding the table about my pet theory that the steady exponential growth that started in January would continue for much longer, reaching $10,000 by Christmas. If the price goes much higher, that starts to look viable again.
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December 05, 2013, 06:24:41 AM
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CD, you are one of the very few who saw that price follows difficult, very cool Smiley


every time i say that people tell me im a witch!

Yeah it took me a while to realize it, because at first it looks like a typical economic fallacy, maybe like the Labor Theory of Value sneaking in. But cypher is exactly right, people are trying to get BTC and they see two ways: buy or mine. If everyone is piling into mining, that will push the price lower than it otherwise would have been. That means, for instance, in the summer when the price was range-bound and everyone was jumping into mining, the price should have been continuing its exponential growth with no slowdown. All that happened was some of that growth was siphoned off into the mining sector even as the network effects continued and Bitcoin kept mushrooming. That excess started to slosh back into Bitcoin in October.

yeah i know, i assumed it was the other way around, but when you read the charts, no way to deny it.


just wait until this next round of asics (jan to mark) makes the rate go crazy again!  next sumer we will see $5,000 easy

I'd noticed it but dismissed it as a great example of "(time-lagged) correlation is not causation". OOPS.

It's interesting to note that based on this theory, as soon as electricity becomes the dominant factor instead of hardware cost, hashrate will cease to lead price.

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December 05, 2013, 06:26:01 AM
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It takes a little while to understand the various interconnected things in bitcoin.  When new people first come into contact with bitcoin it's the draw of easy money and mining seems just that.
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December 05, 2013, 06:33:47 AM
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but i started to get an inkling that we might back in the summer when the HR kept escalating, escalating, and then going parabolic while the price just stagnated in the last 6 mo consolidation.  i mine b/c i like to hang out in the Custom Hardware forum to get a feeling about how miners think and what they are doing.  most of them never venture over here to Speculation and vice versa.  they have their own community and compulsive way of thinking that help educate my speculation/investment mindset.  during the summer, we miners were undergoing our own form of breathtaking action in the HR while all the speculation guys were over here wringing their hands about a plunge back to 2.  i kept saying in my newsletter we were going to get a "snap UP" to catch the price back up to the HR.  guys like Frozenlock kept arguing with me saying that price always leads HR.  i even caught evoorhees making a case that mining was irrelevant to the price over on Reddit.  not in this case.  you could easily see that millions of fiat dollars were being poured into the new gold rush of Bitcoin mining by old and new miners alike somehow thinking they could easily get in on the groundfloor of the new asic mining machines.  there was a mentality going around that somehow mining would be more lucrative than outright BTC buying, especially after the price had gone to the "bubble high" of 266.  the different buckets of the Bitcoin economy were being filled by raining fiat in an asymmetric pattern with the mining bucket first overflowing.  i knew we were going to get that snap UP especially after we double bottomed at 65.  i said it more than once in my letter.  i could see the frustration and disgust creeping into the miners from the rising difficulty and you could start to pick out more and more comments about giving up mining and going to buy BTC directly around Aug/Sept.  and sure enough, we got that snap UP.  but i didn't think we'd come this far this fast.  

that is, until it became clear to me that we are in a logarithmic progression.

The "hashrate leads" theory is extremely interesting.

Equilibrium price comes at the point where the number of bitcoins people want to buy equals the number of bitcoins people want to sell. That means that for meaningful price movement to occur, something needs to happen for people to want to hold their bitcoins tighter, or something needs to happen for people to want to buy more coins.

And you're right; probably tens of millions were spent on mining-related hardware in the past 6 months, because difficulty was low and everyone had it in their head it was a prudent investment (I admit, I was one of them; tried to get a number of Klondike miners with the loose Avalon chips). That's fiat people DON'T want to spend on coins.

But at some point the hashrate grows to a point where it's clearly NOT a prudent investment any longer, and that money diverts to bitcoins themselves, driving the price up to the point where price clearly outstrips hashrate again (in that sense, mining is critical to restraining price growth to sane levels !).

That raises questions about the other "buckets" of the greater Bitcoin economy, too. What's the macro effect of altcoins? During a runup, they seem to outperform bitcoins and put downward pressure on the system... but during bear markets the money flows back out to Bitcoin and helps balance out the price. Seemingly the altcoins are also a ballasting/moderating influence on the system.

Beautifully put chaps.  Should become recommended reading for anyone in this forum imho. Cool


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December 05, 2013, 07:08:34 AM
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CD, you are one of the very few who saw that price follows difficult, very cool Smiley


every time i say that people tell me im a witch!

Yeah it took me a while to realize it, because at first it looks like a typical economic fallacy, maybe like the Labor Theory of Value sneaking in. But cypher is exactly right, people are trying to get BTC and they see two ways: buy or mine. If everyone is piling into mining, that will push the price lower than it otherwise would have been. That means, for instance, in the summer when the price was range-bound and everyone was jumping into mining, the price should have been continuing its exponential growth with no slowdown. All that happened was some of that growth was siphoned off into the mining sector even as the network effects continued and Bitcoin kept mushrooming. That excess started to slosh back into Bitcoin in October.

yeah i know, i assumed it was the other way around, but when you read the charts, no way to deny it.

just wait until this next round of asics (jan to mark) makes the rate go crazy again!  next sumer we will see $5,000 easy

I'd noticed it but dismissed it as a great example of "(time-lagged) correlation is not causation". OOPS.

It's interesting to note that based on this theory, as soon as electricity becomes the dominant factor instead of hardware cost, hashrate will cease to lead price.

There is much more to it than "(time-lagged) correlation is not causation" the big hash rate squeeze in July of 2010 (GPU) is what got investors buying Bitcoin. This type of squeeze on miners is understood by investors, it drove up the price 2 orders of magnitude. Miners look at the risk reword in the present where investors look at the risk reword over time.

So an increase in difficulty is an opportunity to buy as an investor. Also the halving wasn't understood by the market at all, there was a little ooo halving, coins are going up in value better buy now and then a big disappointment when price fell slightly after halving. (I didn't understand it either then)

As chodpaba put it not too long ago "the halving has yet to be priced" in. And it is my view that the inelastic supply of new coins goes to a smaller and smaller pool of holders, so halving has the same effect on investors as miners working in the present while investors work with price over time, and tend to overlook how quickly the pool of available of coins dry up as the users expand. 

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December 05, 2013, 07:13:07 AM
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you see, miners are a unique form of rabid, dog eat dog, bunch of m*therf*ckers.  they will eat their mothers if it means getting a few more GH/s.  you really need to understand this.  it's critical for Bitcoin's long term success.

in a way though, it's a beautiful form of unbridled capitalism.  for the first time in many of these guys lifetimes, they have a chance to gain control of their own lives.  if you're good at mining and can be first in an order, you can make some good money.  and even if not, you still stand a chance to do pretty well b/c of price appreciation.  those guys always do their calculations based on today's price as if it were static.  they forget that the long term trend of the price will be up so they can get unnecessarily negative and aggressive towards competitive miners or their companies.

i remember quite clearly back in the early days that one of the most important things that convinced me that Bitcoin had great potential was this grassroot movement of insane miners.  and i mean insane.  watching all those early videos of young guys with GPU's strewn all over their basements and living rooms was impressive.  cords everywhere, fans, monitors, and that whirring sound.  what a kick!  and for justification they'll use arguments that at the very least, these things will heat your house.  lol!   only one thing drives ppl like that and that is money.  and when you see hundreds of guys in YouTube videos willing to do anything to get involved you know things will go viral.  there are literally legions and legions of them and is one of the prime reasons for the still parabolically growing HR.

and then you realize that there is no way that gubmint will ever be able to shut this thing down.  it's the people speaking.


Preach it brother! But seriously do you see a need for bitcoin to adopt a lower energy model down the line if it's going to stay dominant? I'd like to see a proposal to add proof of stake blocks starting after the third block reward halving. These could be every 10 minutes as well and they would pay transaction fees to the stake miners but not a fixed block reward. This could add security and take some of the pressure off electricity consumption of the network. Or maybe we have enough use for electrical heating systems that every water heater and electric baseboard will be happily hashing away and mining farms will eventually fade away?
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December 05, 2013, 07:22:46 AM
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yeah i know, i assumed it was the other way around, but when you read the charts, no way to deny it.

just wait until this next round of asics (jan to mark) makes the rate go crazy again!  next sumer we will see $5,000 easy

I'd be nervous to depend on this indicator.

For one thing, it has been published, which is a death sentence for any indicator with predictive value.

For another thing, in the long run, the relationship between difficulty and price will be a complex one.  Nothing is ever explained by A -> B, so mining really needs multiple non-linear differential equations (think Lotka-Volterra), which are a well known source of chaos.

Ignoring factor 1 for a moment, the long term break in this relationship could signal the end of the "growth from zero" phase on at least one size.

I'm happy to use it to predict that the bitcoins I already have are going up in value, but I wouldn't mortgage my house to buy more bitcoins because of it.

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December 05, 2013, 07:23:02 AM
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In a natural and free ecosystem waste =food, the waste heat in mining will be put to good use soon.

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Actually there is another side to this difficulty-leading theory: the impression of a mighty Borg that is formed by the global mining network. Most people would not trust some garage GPU farms for their money, but when you saw the hashrate being pushed higher and higher by shiny supercomputing centers it's another matter, it seems irresistible.

So maybe the traditional technical analysis needs to be reviewed for Bitcoin? The price doesn't always lead everything, the difficulty is another paramount indicator?

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In a natural and free ecosystem waste =food, the waste heat in mining will be put to good use soon.

In the future when humans can make routine interstellar trips and  everything is powered by natural or man-made nuclear fusion reactors, we could well be creating matters directly out of the waste energy of mining farms, which itself is used to record blockchain information at a sub-nuclear level, the ultimate amalgam of Bitcoin and Gold.

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In a natural and free ecosystem waste =food, the waste heat in mining will be put to good use soon.

In the future when humans can make routine interstellar trips and  everything is powered by natural or man-made nuclear fusion reactors, we could well be creating matters directly out of the waste energy of mining farms, which itself is used to record blockchain information at a sub-nuclear level, the ultimate amalgam of Bitcoin and Gold.

Unfortunately, physics is a thing and this is not possible.

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In a natural and free ecosystem waste =food, the waste heat in mining will be put to good use soon.

In the future when humans can make routine interstellar trips and  everything is powered by natural or man-made nuclear fusion reactors, we could well be creating matters directly out of the waste energy of mining farms, which itself is used to record blockchain information at a sub-nuclear level, the ultimate amalgam of Bitcoin and Gold.

Unfortunately, physics is a thing and this is not possible.

I could well tell you this is possible, it's just a problem of scale and efficiency(future miners may use laser beams and nonlinear optical components for calculation), we create matters with accelerators and reactors nearly everyday, when the information density reaches such a level that it has to be recorded at sub-nuclear level the relevant technologies will be ready.

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December 05, 2013, 09:39:12 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_of_thermodynamics Cool

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Think about it, what will you use as carriers of information in your future processors? The bandwidth has to match up to the processing capability of processors(reason why will measure it  in terms of Hertz, a unit for frequency) in the end you will use photons, nothing but photons.  As your bandwidth increases, you need to use higher and higher frequency laser-beams, which translates to higher and higher energy photons, when your  photon energy reaches the level of electron rest energy, electron-pairs start to be created out of Dirac sea.

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seems like just yesterday when we passed silver.
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Indeed, it does. I remember when we passed silver, thinking something like: "Well, that was fun. Next stop gold, but it'll be a few years.". Heh.
Yup, I wouldn't for the life of me have thought that we would catch up to gold this year already.

i didn't think so either back then.

but i started to get an inkling that we might back in the summer when the HR kept escalating, escalating, and then going parabolic while the price just stagnated in the last 6 mo consolidation.  i mine b/c i like to hang out in the Custom Hardware forum to get a feeling about how miners think and what they are doing.  most of them never venture over here to Speculation and vice versa.  they have their own community and compulsive way of thinking that help educate my speculation/investment mindset.  during the summer, we miners were undergoing our own form of breathtaking action in the HR while all the speculation guys were over here wringing their hands about a plunge back to 2.  i kept saying in my newsletter we were going to get a "snap UP" to catch the price back up to the HR.  guys like Frozenlock kept arguing with me saying that price always leads HR.  i even caught evoorhees making a case that mining was irrelevant to the price over on Reddit.  not in this case.  you could easily see that millions of fiat dollars were being poured into the new gold rush of Bitcoin mining by old and new miners alike somehow thinking they could easily get in on the groundfloor of the new asic mining machines.  there was a mentality going around that somehow mining would be more lucrative than outright BTC buying, especially after the price had gone to the "bubble high" of 266.  the different buckets of the Bitcoin economy were being filled by raining fiat in an asymmetric pattern with the mining bucket first overflowing.  i knew we were going to get that snap UP especially after we double bottomed at 65.  i said it more than once in my letter.  i could see the frustration and disgust creeping into the miners from the rising difficulty and you could start to pick out more and more comments about giving up mining and going to buy BTC directly around Aug/Sept.  and sure enough, we got that snap UP.  but i didn't think we'd come this far this fast.  

that is, until it became clear to me that we are in a logarithmic progression.

... and here is all the evidence you need to know that cost of production places a floor underneath bitcoin pricing ... as it does for many other real world commodities.

It is one of the reasons that I got into btc in the first place ... it would never go to zero as long as there is some small demand ... and in fact it would never go far below cost of production because at that point it is cheaper to go and buy in the open market instead of mining. Now the really interesting thing is as the difficulty keeps climbing due to technological advances and greater energy inputs the cost of production is rising all the time also ... effectively placing a rising floor underneath btc pricing.

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