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Since apparently @[email protected] intends to abandon the old Core PPA (or already has?), I've created a new one here for people who still prefer this method of builds/packaging:

launchpad.net/~luke-jr/+archiv

Recommended Sunday reading:
Ben Kaufman, Oct 5, 2019
The Monetary Case for Bitcoin
link.medium.com/TQla8yhJx0

Finally I am a first-class Bitcoin citizen. The setup is inspired by the Hodl Guide:
github.com/DriftwoodPalace/gui
Key ingredients:
- Bitcoin Core launchpad.net/~luke-jr/+archiv
- Wasabi Wallet wasabiwallet.io/
- Electrum Personal Server github.com/chris-belcher/elect
- Electrum Bitcoin Wallet electrum.org/
- Tails tails.boum.org/
- Hardware wallets for a multi-signature setup.
A similar commercial alternative would be the 3-of-5 setup of Casa Hodl Platinum but it would cost $1800/year.

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, flirts with the idea of a virtual currency as a substitute for the USD:

"As a consequence, it is an open question whether such a new Synthetic Hegemonic Currency (SHC) would be best provided by the public sector, perhaps through a network of central bank digital currencies. Even if the initial variants of the idea prove wanting, the concept is intriguing."
Source: kansascityfed.org/~/media/file

Bitcoin fixes this.

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Pinch me. And please excuse my first reference of the bird site. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey takes part in the Lightning Torch game and passes it on to Starkness.
bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/l
Jack on why Bitcoin:

On Dec. 2 I talked about it, now it's reality: tooting on a D8 workstation. vikings.net/
Vikings sells hardware certified by the
fsf.org/news/three-devices-fro
Its operating system Linux is similar to Ubuntu. trisquel.info/
This distribution is among the few endorsed by the FSF.
gnu.org/distros/free-distros.h

A big "thank you" to everybody who is contributing to such a product and similar ones helping to secure freedom.

A first test of my new Bitwala "blockchain banking" account has been successful. bitwala.com/ It is a EUR bank account in combination with a Bitcoin wallet. Funds can be exchanged between BTC and EUR. Spending is possible via SEPA transfers or a Mastercard debit card. Yes, another 3rd party but one more tool while waiting for hyperbitcoinization. Three grocery spendings were shown quickly online, on a Saturday. With a traditional bank it takes two days longer.

My BTC full node journey: I started with a Raspberry Pi in autumn 2017 during the fork wars. I became impatient during the sync (1 month) and assembled an i3 NUC, 4 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD. Sync time: 4 days. At the end of 2018 I wanted to explore virtualization. I tried a Xeon with a HDD and VMware ESXi. The free ESXi version only allows one thread per VM. Sync: 11 days. Next attempt: an i7 NUC, now with 32 GB RAM and NVMe SSD. Sync just finished: *less than four hours*. Now that is a speed I like.

Just a rumor for now but if it comes true the BTC bear market is over.

Russia Prepares To Buy Up To $10 Billion In Bitcoin To Evade US Sanctions
Zero Hedge Mon, 01/14/2019 - 14:28
zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-14/

This needs to be recorded.

The Bank of International Settlements (the "Bank of Banks") is afraid of a financial meltdown.

Plus: The US Treasury "confirms ample liquidity".

Got Bitcoin?

BIS fears financial seizure at the heart of the world's clearing system
Telegraph, 16 December 2018
telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/

@USTreasury
Dec. 23, 2018
Secretary Mnuchin convened individual calls with the CEOs of the nation's six largest banks.
twitter.com/USTreasury/status/

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Michael Pento in interview with Greg Hunter (Dec. 8, 2018)
youtu.be/XOpt13VQy0A
His take: first recession, then massive reinflation by central banks with obvious effects.

More "libre hardware":
Respects Your Freedom hardware product certification
fsf.org/resources/hw/endorseme
Notebooks, routers, tablets, smartphones...

Why did it take me so long to discover ? I was checking the delivery options for a Raptor Talos II system. Just the shipping to my country is >$650. I then discovered and their "libre workstation": store.vikings.net/vikings-d16- It uses an AMD Opteron 6278 with Libreboot bypassing the AMD "boot blob". libreboot.org/

My current substitution list:
Searching: Google -> DuckDuckGo
Mail: Google -> Mailbox.org
Messaging: Twitter -> Mastodon
Office suite: Google Docs -> OpenOffice/LibreOffice
OS: Windows -> Ubuntu
File hosting: Google Drive/Dropbox -> Nextcloud
Password management: LastPass -> KeePass
Note taking: Evernote -> Joplin
To be done:
Connections: Facebook -> WordPress blog
CPU: POWER9?

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