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@jon That makes perfect sense.
Buzzwords and technobabble lobbied at VC's that don't understand tech. Add famous autistic geniuses, the right packaging and you got investments.

@livestradamus Perhaps he went into Ethereum, alts and ICOs like many other VC and business types.

As an aside, Vitalik's high-concept story packaging and calm off-beat genius vibe seems to work wonders with that tribe. Witness Fred Wilson angrily rant about Eth progress and how the entire foundation should be fired, only to be calmed and soothed like a puppy by Buterin's smooth, detached reply.

@livestradamus Masayoshi Son should have not only invested in Bitcoin by buying it but also by funding open source Bitcoin R&D. At least, if I was in a position to do so, that would be at the top of my list.

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Tomorrow's Bitcoin Core PR review is on ajtown's PR 16939 "Delay querying DNS seeds if addrman is populated (p2p)", hosted by John Newbery. We also discuss merged PR 15558 by sipa -- is there a bug to fix? Full details, notes, and questions are up at

bitcoin-core-review-club.githu

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RT @[email protected]

Bitcoin Optech newsletter #65 is here:

- requests feedback on not allowing P2SH-wrapped addresses for taproot
- describes proposed changes to script resource limits in tapscript
- mentions a discussion about watchtower storage costs

bitcoinops.org/en/newsletters/

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@Sosthene @jon Voskuil's arguments are silly IMO. He's arguing that encryption without authentication provides no value (because you can be MITM'd) but Schnelli's protocol makes it possible to detect MITM. Voskuil discounts this because he thinks nobody will attempt detection, but if even one person does, we have a more private protocol than we have today. Moreover, with encryption available, performing authentication too becomes much easier (e.g. no more need to use Tor for that).
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Great session of Bitcoin -review-club hosted by @jon today, besides the technical aspect (tbh honest I still feel a bit short on that) I have been particularly interested to hear Jonas Schnelli (is he here btw?) making his point about the benefits of P2P encryption, even if tbf I'm still not entirely convinced, Eric's arguments still looks quite strong to me. I still need some time to make my mind.

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I set up a little bot that toot quotes from the Cypherpunks old mailing list : @Cypherpunks_mailinglist
I originally intended to make it tweet and toot at the same time, but when I created the @[email protected] account, it got locked up for "breaking the terms of use" in literally 30s. WTF? I barely created it, how could I break any rule?
And guess what? They demand a phone number to give it back to me 😂
So yeah, it will be Masto only 🖕

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At tomorrow's Bitcoin Core PR review meeting, we will be looking at PR #16202 "Refactor network message deserialization" by Jonas Schnelli. It's been a high-priority PR for some time. Please review the PR and prepare the notes and questions before the meeting if you can. See you tomorrow!

bitcoin-core-review-club.githu

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@nicstheses i would say, from what i can tell, that bitcoin core is optimising for decentralisation/censorship resistance, safety/security, and privacy. it takes time though.

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@waxwing tomorrow's Bitcoin Optech newletter by @harding discusses your SNICKER proposal, would be great if you can drop by for a quick review.

github.com/bitcoinops/bitcoino

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@waxwing
#hal, the rust-bitcoin command line tool has PSBT support. It can decode, encode, merge and soon finalize PSBTs. For finalization, it will be using Andrew Poelstra's #miniscript implementation in #Rust.
#bitcoin

@Sosthene @waxwing @orionwl @FreePietje i reckon self interest is a perfectly good reason to contribute (to learn, collaborate with interesting people, protect one's investment, gain recognition, be valued, sense of accomplishment, enhance life meaning, et al)... self interest seems a pretty good complementary motivation to that of activism for freedom and privacy

@FreePietje @orionwl @jon @waxwing i think the thing to do is focus on doing our part first and foremost... our actions are the one thing we can control and the one most worth worrying about :)

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It's a really interesting PR, proposing to mitigate the risk of eclipse attacks by separating block relay from transaction relay.

Starting in less than half an hour!

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