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The concept of cryptocurrencies is built from forgotten ideas in research literature.
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@CobraBitcoinCsh My bit gold design in 1998 was 2-layer: bit gold for settlement, Chaumian e-cash for a privacy-enhanced payments layer. I've always thought of Bitcoin as evolving into a settlements-and-large-payments layer that in the long term needed a layer 2 for consu...
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Us old-timers always considered a decline greater than 80% to be a bubble that popped. Most altcoins must be legitimately considered as bubbles that popped. The dead-cat bounces from the resulting decimation can be wicked.
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Looking for recommendations: History of digital money and history of crypto Any suggestions?
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1/ Full text of the article: "After the one year anniversary of Bitcoin’s iconic User Activated Soft Fork, we had the pleasure of speaking with Francis Pouliot, CEO of Bylls, a major proponent in the campaign to keep Bitcoin under its users’ control." https://t.co/Dlw...
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Crypto’s RSS Era About 10 yrs ago, before the advent of bitcoin, the tech world was coming to grips with how RSS failed to take off as a consumer tech. I spent 2 yrs of my life building the best (?)feed reader UX, but I was solving for local maxima, not global maximum (...
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Rusty Russell, a well known and respected Bitcoin Lightning developer at Blockstream joins me in this episode. We talk about his article, The Three Economic Eras of Bitcoin, and discuss the Lightn…
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I was a paying member of the original Bitcoin Foundation. They were mostly a train wreck. I attended their annual meeting at a conference in Amsterdam and met with their accounting person to ask some hard questions. She was actually pretty savvy. /1
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Vitalik Buterin is a former computer science student who dropped out of college to focus on bitcoin projects full-time. He was a very early bitcoin adopter a...
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Nick Szabo is a living legend in the world of cryptocurrency. For some, he's considered to be the creator of the very concept of Bitcoin and there is solid proof backing the claims. We take a look at his history and useful contributions that have greatly propelled the growth ...
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A key insight for the technology came to a physicist almost three decades ago at a Friendly’s restaurant in New Jersey.
there's a bunch of history in the #smart-contracts channel too
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Bonus lecture by Jeremy Clark due to popular interest. For the accompanying textbook, including the free draft version, see: http://bitcoinbook.cs.princeton....
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Inventors of the most important technologies in Bitcoin: digital signatures and Merkle trees (Merkle), elliptic curve crypto (Koblitz), malicious-fault-tolerant consensus (Lamport), elliptic curve crypto (independent inventor: Miller).
⧉infominer 04-Nov-18 04:14 AM
To remove the confusion between the Bitcoin network and the reference client implementation that we maintain in this repository, both confusingly named 'bitcoin', we'd like to rebrand t...
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If you're new(er), look up some of these (anti)heroes from $crypto past. Shadow_runner presstab The Story Of Bob Surplus Wolong OTOH Kazonomics IGotSpots
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I was there when noSQL was going to solve all our computing challenges. I was there when the cloud was going to solve our computing challenges. Now blockchain is going to solve our computing challenges. This, too, shall pass, as inane applications of blockchain inevitably ...
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^^^ >"Based on historical estimates, Satoshi likely started formalizing the Bitcoin concept sometime in late 2006 and started coding it around May 2007. In this same time span, many regulators began to believe that the U.S. housing market was overextended and likely in for a rough ride. 22 It’s hard to believe someone with such breadth of knowledge as Satoshi would be working in isolation from what he was witnessing in global financial markets."
⧉infominer 10-Nov-18 04:47 PM
"I think this is the first time we’re trying a decentralized, non-trust-based system" - Satoshi
⧉infominer 10-Nov-18 06:37 PM
^^^ “You should be taking this technology as seriously as you should have been taking the development of the Internet in the early 1990s. It’s analogous to email for money.”
⧉infominer 10-Nov-18 06:51 PM
more from Buniskey's Cryptoassets "One of Bitcoin’s most famous ancestors was pioneered by a company called DigiCash, led by David Chaum, who remains one of the most famous cryptographers in crypto asset history. In 1993, prior to Marc Andressen founding Netscape, Chaum invented the digital payment system called ecash. This allowed secure and anonymous payments across the Internet, no matter the amount. 3 Clearly, Chaum’s timing could not have been better given the tech boom that followed through the mid- to late-1990s, and his company, DigiCash, had several opportunities for growth, any of which might have made it a household name. However, while Chaum was widely regarded as a technical genius, as a businessperson he left much to be desired. Bill Gates approached Chaum about integrating ecash into Windows 95, which would have immediately given it global distribution, but Chaum refused what was rumored to be a $100 million offer. Similarly, Netscape made initial inquiries about a relation- ship, but management was quickly turned off by Chaum’s attitude. In 1996, Visa wanted to invest $40 million into the company but were dissuaded when Chaum demanded $75 million (if these reports are correct, it’s clear that the potential price for Chaum’s creation was dropping). 4 If all had gone well, DigiCash’s ecash would have been integrated into all our web browsers at the ground floor, serving as the global Internet payment mechanism and potentially removing the need for credit cards in online payments. Sadly, mismanagement ultimately ran DigiCash into the ground, and in 1998 it declared bankruptcy. While DigiCash failed to become a household name, some players will resurface in our story, such as Nick Szabo, the father of “smart contracts,” and Zooko Wilcox, the founder of Zcash, both of whom worked at DigiCash for a time. 5: (edited)
⧉infominer 10-Nov-18 07:47 PM
ethereum history from Chris Burniskey's Cryptoassets (#books): Buterin also knew that while Ethereum could run on ether, the people who designed it couldn’t, and Ethereum was still over a year away from being ready for release. So he found funding through the prestigious Thiel Fellowship. Billionaire Peter Thiel, who cofounded PayPal and was Facebook’s first outside investor, created the Thiel Fellowship to reward talented individuals who leave the traditional path of college and pursue immediate ways to make an impact in the world. Winners might conduct scientific research, create a startup, or find other ways to improve society and the world. Thiel Fellowship’s care- fully chosen visionaries receive $100,000 over the course of two years, and the award has been considered more competitive than gaining acceptance to the world’s best universities. In June 2014, Buterin received the Thiel Fellowship 14 as a 20-year-old dropping out of the University of Waterloo to pursue his inter- est in Ethereum on a full-time basis. While Buterin may go down as one of Thiel’s greatest investments, Thiel wasn’t alone in recognizing the potential of Ethereum. In 2014, Buterin was given the World Technology Award in Information Technology Software, 15 alongside influential names such as Elon Musk in the Energy category and Walter Isaacson in Media & Journalism. While the Thiel Fellowship was an indication of what was to come for Buterin, $100,000 wasn’t enough to sustain his team. To that end, from July 23, 2014, to September 2, 2014, they staged a 42-day presale of ether, the crypto- commodity underlying the Ethereum network. 16 (edited)
Ether was sold at a range of 1,337 to 2,000 ether per bitcoin, with 2,000 ether per bitcoin on offer for the first two weeks of the presale and then declining linearly toward 1,337 ether per bitcoin in the latter half of the sale, creating momentum by incentivizing people to buy in at the beginning. Overseeing the legal and financial nuances around this sale was the newly created Ethereum Foundation headquartered in Zug, Switzerland. 17 (edited)
With the money they raised, the Ethereum team was also able to test the network before launch in a way that Satoshi and his small group of support- ers were not able to. Starting at the end of 2014 and for the first half of 2015, the Ethereum Foundation encouraged battle testing of its network, both in a grassroots bug bounty program and in formal security audits that involved professional third-party software security firms. 22 (edited)
⧉infominer 25-Nov-18 07:50 PM
#smart contract history
⧉infominer 25-Nov-18 08:11 PMTwitter
Bitcoin's white paper solving the double-spend problem in the digital world makes near real-time commerce possible across the entire planet.
Today begins the countdown to Bitcoin’s birthday on 31 October! Over the next 10 days, we’ll take a look at what some of the most prominent names in big tech have to say about crypto… #bitcoin10 #happybdaybitcoin #btcbirthday
⧉infominer 25-Nov-18 08:37 PM
Have you ever wondered about the origin of blockchain and how it has changed over the years? This video will show you the timeline of blockchain and how it has evolved since 1991.
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The period 2013 to 2018 was, in many ways, Bitcoin’s coming-of-age. It featured everything from exchange hacks worth tens of millions of dollars, law enforcement busting a seedy darknet website offering illegal goods and services for bitcoin, to newfound regulatory spotligh...
With today marking the tenth anniversary of the Bitcoin whitepaper, the web is predictably thick with op-eds, retrospectives and thought pieces. While Oct. 31, 2008 is hailed as a pivotal moment in monetary history, at the time, few noticed the publication of the Bitcoin whit...
⧉infominer 25-Nov-18 09:09 PM
The origin of blockchain technology is usually simply attributed to the actions of some mysterious genius working under the pseudonym of…
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Hal Finney received the first Bitcoin transaction. Here’s how he describes it.
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hot take: there was no such thing as "distributed ledger technology" until centralized actors wanted to co-opt #bitcoin plz @ me #crypto #blockchain
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In the following interview with Bitcoin Magazine, Antonopoulos reflects on the metamorphosis the ecosystem has undergone over the past decade.
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NSA: HOW TO MAKE A MINT: THE CRYPTOGRAPHY OF ANONYMOUS ELECTRONIC CASH References two articles written by "Tatsuaki Okamoto" from 1991. Titled; An Efficient Divisible Electronic Cash Scheme Universal Electronic Cash Is this the OG Satoshi Nakamoto? https://t.co/3RwWspL...
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1/ Explore the fascinating history of the people and their respective ideas that paved the way for the blockchain revolution - a thread #blockchain #DistributedLedger #bitcoin #ethereum #Crypto #cryptocurrency
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In the beginning the Prophet Satoshi brought us Bitcoin. And the cryptogeeks and libertarians looked upon it, and said lo, we smile upon this, for it is good, and decentralized, and solves the Byzantine Generals Problem. For a time all was well. But then came wailing and gnas...
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1/ There are so many hidden gems in Bitcointalk threads and p2p foundation posts from back in the day. Here are some of my favorites:
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Check out some of the worst bitcoin scams in history: From fraudulent companies to simple lies that brought down whole exchanges, here's how people have been stealing bitcoins...and what you should be aware of if you want to invest.
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In this paper, we introduce investors to the socio-economic factors that led to the development of Bitcoin, and which will shape its future.
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Isn't it weird that the founder of Bitfinex left right after their first hack?
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http://www.catb.org/esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/ http://www.catb.org/esr/writings/homesteading/homesteading/ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4606921-the-wikipedia-revolution
The Wikipedia Revolution has 572 ratings and 62 reviews. Marty said: This was a could-not-put-down book for me that I read in 2-3 days (very fast for me)...
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"#Bitcoin is an implementation of Wei Dai's b-money proposal and Nick Szabo's Bitgold proposal" - Satoshi Nakamoto Pic #1: Satoshi on bitcointalk: https://t.co/OCSaKd1IGC Pic #2: b-money by Wei Dai (1/2) Pic #3: b-money by Wei Dai (2/2) Pic #4: Bit gold by @NickSzabo4
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1/ I'm releasing tonight the first two installments of my year-in-review series of the Bitcoin Twitter universe in 2018. I've done my best to reduce noise as much as possible. Hope you enjoy. Happy 10th anniversary Bitcoin!
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318 votes and 348 comments so far on Reddit
unclear if there's any value to be extracted from diving down the rabbithole
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seems like mostly fud
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first bitcoin tweet^^^
1/ Today is a big day for Bitcoin, as it marks 10 years since the Genesis Block. Some people think I don’t like to talk about Bitcoin (), but today I have a few words to say
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1977: Alice and Bob became a thing. Ron Rivest first introduced Alice and Bob in the paper "A Method for Obtaining Digital Signatures and Public-Key Cryptosystems".
Since key escrow is cool again, here are some classic posters from the Clipper era. Courtesy of Ron Rivest.
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In this episode, I talk with legend of cryptography, Whitfield Diffie. Whit was working on cryptography long before Bitcoin existed, building the foundations for which Bitcoin relies upon. We discuss his history, Bitcoin and his views on privacy.
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#Bitcoin year on year LOWS. 2012 - $4 2013 - $75 2014 - $200 2015 - $185 2016 - $365 2017 - $780 2018 - $3200 Interesting when you focus the other way. So what’s 2019 - ??????
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timechain : a decade of misunderstanding blockchain https://blog.goodaudience.com/timechain-a-decade-of-misunderstanding-blockchain-bcb56d7839a3
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http://codev2.cc/ I guess this Lawrence Lessig was the one who came up with the term "code is law"
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Short thread on ICOs and value accrual. We have about 7–8 years of history on ICOs, utility tokens, and new value transfer protocols. So let's see what history tells us by looking at the first ever ICO