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You think cryptos are crashing hard, because the bitcoin bubble is bursting? Perhaps consider the bloodbath in international stock markets over the last days, losing $4 trillion in about a week: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-06/euphoria-turns-terror-dow-open-750-points-lower-vix-eruption-accelerates

 

Please disregard my earlier post about Visa for now. Turns out all those bitcoin companies giving out debit cards were using the same issuer, and that company was not complying with Visa security rules. https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Visa-sperrt-hunderttausende-Bitcoin-Kreditkarten-3934620.html

 

This box at #34C3 has a button that sends Bitcoin micropayments over a Lightning Network. ⚡

 

TIL: "Smart contracts for RSK are written using Solidity [...] and are fully compatible with Ethereum Smart Contracts, so you can migrate your existing Ethereum Smart Contract to RSK Smart without doing any changes." https://github.com/rsksmart/rskj/wiki/Starting-with-RSK-Smart

 

Interesting perspective on the "but bitcoin was supposed to be p2p cash" argument: cash is actually a bearer instrument with direct p2p settlement (not going through any validators like banks etc.). Kind of like handing around a signed transaction, e.g. in Lightning Network.

 

In where Bitcoin Cash, a supposedly "fully decentralized" blockchain, has someone calling themselves the CEO. 🤔 https://www.bitcoincash.org/letter-from-the-ceo.pdf

 
 

Just in case you missed it last week: the Bitcoin blockchain is now being sent to Earth from satellites, so you can build local payment infrastructure without having to pay for the many gigs of data per month, that are required to be downloaded these days for running a fully validating node: https://blockstream.com/2017/08/15/announcing-blockstream-satellite.html

Simply amazing.

 

Paying with Bitcoin at the Spar supermarket in Arnhem (a.k.a. Bitcoin City).

 

"We must be able to measure blockchain decentralization before we can improve it": https://news.21.co/quantifying-decentralization-e39db233c28e

 

So far, the only companies having asked me to update my credentials in light of Cloudbleed, are all Bitcoin services. Thanks, Mt. Gox!

 

Dog listening to Bitcoin meetup conversations. Woof woof central banks.

 

3rd day in CNX and already found the weekly Bitcoin meetup. Plus free kung-fu training beforehand: https://storage.5apps.com/basti/public/shares/161120-1244-cube_meetups.jpg (at Cube No. 7)

 

The Swiss railway company SBB will start selling BTC on their ticket machines in November: https://www.sbb.ch/en/station-services/services/further-services/bitcoin.html

 

The Halvening is a live monitor for the Bitcoin block reward halving (ETA: Saturday): http://www.thehalvening.com

 

And here's the Bitcoin community's Hillary-Clinton-promises-you-whatever-you-want-to-hear moment: http://www.coindesk.com/presidential-candidate-hillary-clinton-pledges-support-blockchain-tech/

 

In case you wondered if Bitcoin miners are all dickheads: http://www.coindesk.com/accidental-136000-bitcoin-mining-pool/

 

"MIT ChainAnchor - Bribing Miners to Regulate Bitcoin": https://petertodd.org/2016/mit-chainanchor-bribing-miners-to-regulate-bitcoin

 

Bitcoin's first production sidechain goes live: https://blockstream.com/2015/10/12/introducing-liquid/

 

Headline of the day: "Mike Tyson: I'm Grateful to be Part of the Bitcoin Revolution". http://www.coindesk.com/mike-tyson-im-grateful-to-be-part-of-the-bitcoin-revolution