More and more, we hear of content creators across the spectrum of politics, both left, right, and center being deplatformed or having their work censored or banned because of views that go against those of the platform they are hosted on. Two prominent voices, Abby Martin and Tim Pool, have begun accepting Bitcoin via their websites and channels as...
​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 ...
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...
Understanding blockchain Sharding in 3mins.Welcome to Intro to Crypto; my 20-part series explaining blockchain and crypto in simple, granny-friendly English.In The world's simplest explanation of Blockchain, I explained that a blockchain is just a ledger (or 'list') of payments ordered by time. Your bank uses the same sort of thing to keep track of...
Welcome to Intro to Crypto; my 20-part series explaining blockchain and crypto in simple, granny-friendly English. It's ironic. I'm writing about stablecoins in the same week that most cryptocurrencies have been anything but stable. Some sort of cosmic coincidence? After all, this is the LAST of my 20-part series. It's been a trip. I've gained foll...
 With ARK Core v2 taking shape as we envisioned for initial release, we will be diving into final tests by focusing some testing in different segments of the ARK Core and we need your help, our dear community and delegates.Starting in early October we are launching a month long(minimum) testing period for our brand new Core. The actual length ...
 It has been a bit over a month since our last technical progress update on Core v2. We have made tremendous progress preparing for MainNet and after recent events have refined our new timeline for release.Let's get started!First, we need to cover both good and bad news. The bad news is, this will be the last technical progress update before M...
We have decided to go ahead with our blog, Decentralize Today. It will deliver the latest news when it comes to decentralization. Ironically, we are launching a website about decentralization which at the same time has a centralized domain name (moving slowly to medium). Anyway, we will find a more decentralized solution as the blog goes on but for...
The one thing that makes bitcoin really stand out is the fact that it is decentralized. Decentralization moves power away from the few and redistributes it amongst the many. When it comes to bitcoin nobody is actually in charge and running the show but a peer to peer group consensus allows it to function.Whilst bitcoin enjoys very low transaction f...
Corruption and oppression go hand in hand. Nothing exemplifies this more than the recent news from China that their corrupt and oppressive government has recently shut down several online news operations. These include political and social news sites together with social network accounts. The harsh rhetoric used by the Department of Mind Control sh...
 Growth, Tribalism, Utility and Cryptocurrency:Growth:You know the biggest benefit of decentralization is the introduction of automated, verifiable trustlessness into processes where a trusted 3rd party was previously required.The whole point is that in removing the administrative need for a third party, you save time (via automated verificati...
 CRYPTO CURRENCIES WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCEThe country which brought us melamine tainted baby formula, fake cancer drugs and counterfeit anti-malaria medication has recently made the most bizarre of announcements. China has banned the importation of soft cheeses from Europe because of "too much bacteria". We have not been enlightened as to how...
Today we are interviewing Miguel Cuneta from SCI Ventures Inc in the Philippines. SCI are the leading company in that country working with bitcoin based remittances and payments. Here are some valuable insights from Miguel:To start with, please introduce yourself to our readers.I'm Miguel Cuneta, co-founder and Chief Community Officer of SCI Ventur...