Privacy is something we all value, but some value it far more than others. Transacting in cryptocurrency has its inherent advantages, but not all cryptocurrencies are totally private or secure.Let's look at Bitcoin for example. Before Bitcoin became mainstream, people were using it on the dark web to buy drugs, guns, organs and just about anything ...
Thanks to his prolific contribution to cryptography, game theory, and the world economy via Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto seems to get a lot of lesser deserved credit. While some observers overstate his abilities by implying he (or she, or it) must have been some sort of time traveler, alien being, or artificial intelligence (which has been proven to b...
This is an article that was written 18 months ago in December 3rd, 2017 on Decentralize Today's medium blog. We revisit it here after the end of the bear market of 2018-2019 as Bitcoin breaches the $10,000 mark once again, both upwards and downwards, with a fresh perspective and the luxury of hindsight. --------------------...
by Michelle Varron (Last updated November 2018)I. The Chasm Between Unscientific and ScientificIsaac Newton is often referred to as the first of the modern physicists and the last of the alchemists. He lived at the border of superstition and science, studying texts on material transmutation and alchemical culture that would be considered by today's...
Bolstering PeersSecure, irreversible economic freedom is vital because it represents a basic foundation and stepping stone to more comprehensive independence. Not only can financial sovereignty give a passive avenue to resist a government encroaching on personal freedom, but it can also give individuals the opportunity to do the same within a domes...
Crypto Twitter truly is a weird and wonderful place full of colourful cartoon characters, self proclaimed 'influencers' and ego-centric traders locked in a fruitless battle for followers and engagement.The 'mood' of this surreal place we call home is often dictated by the current market conditions and usually changes on a daily basis. For example i...
As someone who often fantasizes about how blockchain is going to change our world, I've had (too) many conversations around the future of this technology that don't ever result in tangible plans of action. This is frustrating. While I genuinely believe that blockchain technology will play an important role in our future, I also feel that we've been...
Or how I learned to love the bullet(proofs)!I am just like the next guy when it comes to personal space and my privacy but accept that you have to work hard to preserve both....... you need to be aware of what’s going on around you and in the world and gravitate towards the best places and adopt the best processes to accommodate you and your lifest...
And will Particl Disrupt the Disruptors?sponsored postThe thing that has really excited me the most this year up to and including Consensus NYC was not digitized gold, it was not the infrastructural growth of Bitcoin, it was not the tokenization of real estate or the latest smart contact platform nor has it been the number of companies that were of...
​As a non-religious person growing up in a predominantly catholic country, I have had a lot of practice debating with intelligent friends who are also religious. Even though I will never be able to understand how they deal with the cognitive dissonance required to believe in the supernatural, in the same way, I know they will never understand how I...
Facebook announced late last year that they had been quietly working on a homegrown stablecoin that would enable peer-to-peer transfers over WhatsApp and Messenger. The whitepaper is now available at the Libra foundation website, the Facebook-led organization that will be supervising the development and governance of the token. Unlike many other to...
As we enter the second half of 2019, we are once again seeing the price of Bitcoin skyrocket. Like clockwork, I am starting to receive at least one to two messages a day from old friends, casual acquaintances, and even random strangers, all asking the same thing:"Is it too late to invest in Bitcoin?" "How do I invest in Bitcoin?"and of course, "Sho...
Bitcoin is one of its own kind. It's the world's first cryptocurrency. Also, the very first currency that was criticized for the way it worked, and well, still works. It has firmly stood the test of time where a number of different organizations mocked and accused the currency of its "illegal" way of carrying out operations. To name a few, here are...
Have you noticed that as the price of Bitcoin goes up, altcoin prices go up? And have you also noticed that as the price of Bitcoin goes down, altcoin prices go down? This might seem like basic information if you are already a crypto-enthusiast. But perhaps, like myself, you would like to have a deeper understanding of what exactly is happening wit...
I previously analyzed a debate between Roger Ver and Tone Vays. I objectively examined their arguments and talking points. I overcame my temptations to use the words: liar, dishonest and hypocrite. In other words I avoided using the proper terminology in order to be politically correct.I don't know why today, his recent tweet was just one of the ma...
I was informed about a fresh research: "When the cookie meets the blockchain: Privacy risks of web payments via cryptocurrencies". In this post I give you a brief summary of the this paper. It presents a new attack vector (at least new for me), that can be used to deanonymize cryptocurrency users.We find that at least 53/130 of merchants leak payme...
​When I first implemented the connection sequence to connect to the peer to peer network in bitcoin-s-spv-node I simply followed the bitcoin developer reference which statesUntil both peers have exchangedversion messages, no other messages will be accepted.If a version message is accepted, the receiving node should send a verackmessage—but no node ...
by Hunter TrujilloI've noticed a strong undercurrent of exclusionary practices by society which marginalizes and demoralizes otherwise exceptional individuals.To help this situation, I want to someday help create a compelling and sustainable community that envisions a different society. One that values life, and people, and the environment we all l...
Understand smart contracts in 3 minutes.Welcome to Intro to Crypto; my 20-part series explaining blockchain and crypto in simple, granny-friendly English.A smart contract is a lot like a regular contract. It's a set of rules that two or more people agree on. The difference is that smart contracts are 'self-executing' (automated) and because they li...
Understand DEXs in under 5 mins.Welcome to Intro to Crypto; my 20-part series explaining blockchain and crypto in simple, granny-friendly English.​Centralised Exchanges​If you want to swap your British pounds for dollars, euros or yuan you can do that on exchanges like the NASDAQ. If you want to swap your bitcoin for bitcoin cash, ether or XRP, you...