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The Bitcoin 5th column is real, and growing. Like deep cover Soviet moles but loyal to the ideals of a global individualist movement, not a socialist one.

We collect a regular paycheck, but watch the growing value of Bitcoin with more than idle interest. We might fit in as loyal corporate workers, but are secretly working to overthrow the economic system that allows the bourgeois management class to rule. Our manifestos come from Tim May and Eric Hughes. Builders of the world, unite!

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So who's working on a LN powered Satoshi dice clone?

When I was a kid, you would often see fathers doing random things with an earbud stuck in one ear listening to their pocket transistor radio.

They were listening to sports. I have now become that guy - but I am listening to Bitcoin podcasts instead. 😆

Excellent discussion about privacy tech for Bitcoin by @waxwing on the Cryptovoices podcast. I always appreciate Adam's ability to communicate clearly about what are technically complicated subjects.

soundcloud.com/cryptovoices/sh

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Afterthought to the afterthought: according to what I see in ZeroLink/Wasabi docs, the original scenario is in fact correct, because the first stage is "input registration phase" in which the "Alices" give their utxos and proofs of ownership (and blinded outputs), so the coerced server could bifurcate its behaviour at this first phase.

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Recent discussion on IRC about Joinmarket and it occurs to me that the issue of Wasabi using a server is both subtle and little understood. Even more confusing when you consider Joinmarket also uses servers, for messaging. I'll try to explain in a bit of detail and point out how this may be a material difference in the privacy model (although it's hard to state clearly): (1/n)

"Coinbase will make EOS, MKR and REP fully available for trading on its professional platform sometime Tuesday. ow.ly/1X6O50pz9Vo @baidakova writes"

I just have to say, what the fucking fuck. CB has long been an anti-bitcoin bucket shop. But what irks me is that they're getting rich doing it. Is this how the government pays them back for being KYC lackeys? Where are these famed regulations people talk about? This just can not possibly end well for their customers.
/rant

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@Sosthene Well lots were good. I think I particularly liked the demonstration of abcore - Udi ( @udiWertheimer , first day) demo-ed installing a full node on an Android TV device!.

Also enjoyed looking at the goTenna operating to broadcast a transaction ( Richard Myers, second day afternoon)

TIL Norwegian Airlines free tier of onboard WiFi blocks "social media" like Twitter. But using Mastodon working fine.

Decentralization FTW.

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"Understanding Bitcoin" conference has wrapped up, I think the general idea of focusing on hands-on has been good, I think people who are into hardware would have particularly enjoyed the final part that talked about things like mesh network and satellites, there was also a lot about various ways you can run a node.
We might have pitched it too high technically for the average user though - if they do it again next year it might start off with more of a "beginners" day.

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@PaulTroon @christinabahk
I think that's the one organized by David Bailey, the guy who owns bitcoinmagazine. From what i heard his idea was to mend fences and get people from both sides of the scaling war together to communicate, I heard he wanted Armstrong for the conf too.
The problem is, this is all rubbish, because those people never apologized for their appalling behaviour, they think they were just unfortunate not catastrophically unethical and wrong. Which they were. It's laughable tbh.

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RT @Blockstream

We're excited to announce the #SatelliteAPI is now on mainnet! Pay with ⚡️ to broadcast data globally! Satellite Receiver v1.3 is also now released. This required update increases bandwidth & reliability for small antennas & those with low SNR. 🚀🛰️🌐 blockstream.com/satellite-queu

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A great deep dive from @nic on assurances. I appreciate his focus on the current weaknesses in the area of on and off ramps:
medium.com/@nic__carter/unpack

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In a talk in Milan some time ago I claimed there were at least 8 different interpretations of a 2-in 2-out bitcoin transaction.
Today I was thinking about it and decided there were actually 15 in general :) And 52 different ways to make linkages in 5 inputs ... then I realised it was basically Bell numbers, which means there are 203 ways to make linkages in a 3-in 3-out. It scales exponentially.

Pinging @laurentmt because gists don't ping!

gist.github.com/LaurentMT/e758

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This is how I closed my Coinbase account with some unwithdrawable dust balances... opened a support ticket and told them to keep the lousy 0.11 cents. Something I should have done years ago.

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Latest bitcoin optech newsletter has a nice summary of the schnorr functionality in libsecp2561(-zkp) that's been released, including adaptor signatures. h/t @harding

bitcoinops.org/en/newsletters/

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Coinbase's disgusting behaviour hiring Hacking Team:

What about non-Bitcoiners? Can't we find common cause with e.g. ETH people on this? Has Vitalik called out Coinbase yet? Put aside prejudice, I'd bet a large percentage of ETH enthusiasts have the same ethical disdain as we do for this.

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