​You may have heard of the heavy criticism against Bitcoin and its PoW (Proof-Of-Work) consensus mechanism. All of a sudden, you have so called "crypto-influencers" who probably just got into the cryptocurrency space call Bitcoin out for being slow and energy inefficient. At the same time, they shill for another cryptocurre...
As part of an on-going Tweetstorm Series, we showcase excellent Twitter threads on the most interesting topics in the industry and publish them here in blog format for easier consumption and sharing beyond twitter.Today, we feature the work of Ben Prentice, an independent researcher focused on understanding the effects of fiat money and t...
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...
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...
written for the #librenotlibra initiativeFacebook has been very busy lately, tracking you through photos that you download, denying that it's a social network, and buying approval to violate your privacy. Adding to its unfavourably lively media presence these days is Facebook's latest venture which takes them into the cryptocurrency space: Libra.In...
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...
Bitcoin still relies on the internet as rails to reach consensus and is thus susceptible to many traditional chokepoints. Reachable peers that are able to both send and receive connections from the Bitcoin blockchain number only slightly over 10,000. These nodes are capable of fully validating the Bitcoin Blockchain and are a vital check on miners....
The same people who today preach the future will hold hundreds of competing cryptocurrencies, any of which can pass Bitcoin in importance, resolutely echo yesteryears prophets of speculatory network infrastructure bubbles. During the last few centuries, mankind has consistently found ways to transfer value more efficiently by opting into distribute...
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...
Having reviewed Threema and Signal in recent days, we are now going to bounce over to a more team orientated messenger: Riot/MatrixWhen I say ‘team orientated’, well, Riot is more like Slack in so far as it is a ‘person to person’ chat which allows you to communicate with someone as an individual (under People as per Riot) or within a group (or Roo...
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...
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...
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...
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...