ICYMI: #FreeSoftware #Privacy developer Ola Bini, currently a major contributor to the OTR encrypted messaging protocol, has been detained with no or flimsy charges for 4+ days and counting in Ecuador. "Evidence" included having technical books and too many devices. They say he'll be held up to 90 days while they "develop charges" against him.
Stackoverflow's yearly survey included questions about "blockchain", looks like most developers don't get it (yet!)
URGENT: Julian Assange did not "walk out of the embassy". The Ecuadorian ambassador invited British police into the embassy and he was immediately arrested.
This podcast answers many questions about how our rulers use money to covertly enslave us, thank you @TheCryptoconomy for bringing to light another excellent essay:
"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.
A big thanks to @stephanlivera for turning me on to this excellent essay. Describes our current fiat monetary system perfectly:
Coinbase is sending out mail encouraging users to convert their bitcoin to shitcoins #deletecoinbase http://reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/b1sr7p/coinbase_is_sending_out_mail_encouraging_users_to/
Very informative article here on Schnorr signatures and how they relate to the past and future of #Bitcoin https://medium.com/digitalassetresearch/schnorr-signatures-the-inevitability-of-privacy-in-bitcoin-b2f45a1f7287
Hi, just realised I never answered this.
Since most material put out in public is either analysis companies and exchanges trying to prove they're on top of tracing bitcoin (they aren't), there's little or nothing on why it doesn't work, except people like me, chris etc explaining it (and there's almost zero amplification of that signal). One recent case was instructive, see point 5 under "Real life example - The QuadrigaCX exchange wallet analysis" on https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Privacy
A great deep dive from @nic on #Bitcoin assurances. I appreciate his focus on the current weaknesses in the area of #BTC on and off ramps:
In many cases I think mobile wallets are a reasonable mix of easy UX and security (as long as your phone isn’t rooted, etc). For larger amounts, or power users, they aren’t great, but at least they’re easy enough to use for newbies. Some of them allow you to connect to your own node, so at least you have some privacy there.
Unfortunately, no mobile wallet is fully featured, at least on iOS. UTXO selection, manual fee selection, would be nice.
#Cahoots: Stowaway (Payjoin) and STONEWALLx2 soft launch...
Things you got wrong about Bitcoin, an occasional series.
"Bitcoin was supposed to replace banks".
No. The genesis block newspaper headline is not a critique of the idea of a bank. It's a critique (assuming it's not just a random chance/joke) of the *interaction of central banking with the financial system*. Bitcoin is a digital currency and a bearer asset. It might improve or alter the mechanisms of debt and trust between counterparties, but it doesn't remove them.
Does anyone have any paper or document that elaborates on the fact that blockchain analysis are not to be considered reliable?
I am consulting the Italian government for a "blockchain national strategy", and I wanted to pick the occasion to highly the fact that no one should ever be incriminated on the basis of blockchain analysis
Thank you @kyletorpey for publicizing this horrible invasion by the CRA!