The BitTorrent Lessons for Crypto Series [Parts 1-4]

The BitTorrent Lessons for Crypto Series [Parts 1-4]

Bitcoin is an incredibly unique technology that breaks new ground in Peer-to-Peer technology, networking protocols, and cryptography. There is no precedent or example for us to build from. But maybe, despite its difference, we can still find lessons in protocols that came before. There happens to be another P2P protocol, that disrupted entire industries, and survived in the face of powerful opposition… BitTorrent. Simon Morris brings us this excellent 4 part series: BitTorrent Lessons for Crypto!

The Resolution of the Big Block Experiment

The Resolution of the Big Block Experiment

If you missed the insanity that happened during the “Block Wars” that extended from 2014 all the way to late 2017 with the split of Bitcoin Cash, then you aren’t going to want to miss this article. With a thorough overview of both the history and core ideas behind the numerous ideas and personalities wrapped into the blocksize debate, Lucas Nuzzi lays out the full picture with his article “The Resolution of the Big Block Experiment.”

Sovereignty as a Service

Sovereignty as a Service

Another short but excellent blog post covering the incredible work being done by the team over at @CasaHODL. For the first time we are seeing a user friendly application of one of Bitcoin’s core differentiators. Sovereignty as a service is a beautifully simple idea with huge implications. Don’t miss this short episode and check out the other awesome tools and products at https://blog.keys.casa/

Szabo – Formalizing & Securing Network Relationships [Parts 1-3]

Szabo – Formalizing & Securing Network Relationships [Parts 1-3]

“… The movement from static to dynamic media promises to bring about a fourth cost revolution in the related areas of jurisdiction, trust, and security. Impacts on business will be felt in law, accounting, auditing, billing, collections, contracts, confidentiality, and so on: in short, the entire nature of our business relationships will be altered in ways only partially foreseeable.”
– Nick Szabo

Holding the Lightning Torch with Rollo & Slappy

Holding the Lightning Torch with Rollo & Slappy

If you haven’t heard it yet, don’t miss an awesome discussion all about Lightning and holding the Torch with the guys from the Rollo and Slappy Show! Check out @RolloMcFloogle and @Slappy_Jones_2 for more awesome content & definitely check out the amazing playlist for a deep understanding of Bitcoin over at 10HoursOfBitcoin.com

The Human Threat Model

The Human Threat Model

“The human threat model is intended to help humans better understand the threats to that they face and the tools available, and in active development, for defense. Threats are assumed to be any activity designed to prevent humanity from accomplishing it’s mission to make the world delightful.” @jwweatherman

The Bitcoin Threat Model

The Bitcoin Threat Model

Today we dive into the “Bitcoin Threat Model” by @jwweatherman.  An exploration and extensively sourced work on the many different attack vectors and adversarial conditions within the Bitcoin system, their likely effect, and the security measures in place to mitigate them. 

Announcing the Casa Browser Extension

Announcing the Casa Browser Extension

A lot of announcements and tons of exciting stuff to talk about in this episode! Plus our read of the just released Casa Browser Extension, inspired by the Lightning Joule extension, which is one of the coolest additions to the Casa suite yet, plus they are now Open Source!! Don’t miss an exciting episode with today’s QuikRead!

#Reckless to Wumbology, The Lightning Network Infrastructural Build-Out

#Reckless to Wumbology, The Lightning Network Infrastructural Build-Out

Want to know more about Neutrino, Submarine Swaps, Dual Funded Channels, Atomic Multi-Path Payments, Splicing, Sphinx Send, Eltoo, Channel Factories, Watchtowers, and the incredible list of new products coming for the Lightning Network? Look no further, Arjun Balaji (@arjunblj) & TheBlockCrypto (@theblock__ + @mdudas) brings us a walk through the major developments in Lightning with “From #Reckless to Wumbology.” 

Whats Really Driving the Cryptocurrency Phenomenon? – A Thesis by Iterative Capital

Whats Really Driving the Cryptocurrency Phenomenon? – A Thesis by Iterative Capital

Abstract
In this paper, we introduce investors to a decades-old subculture of eccentric software-makers who resist the oppressive and ethically-fraught traditions of corporate employment. We encounter how they set out in the 1980s to make commercial software irrelevant, and how their mission expanded into a war against all forms of institutional oversight. We examine…

Bitcoin is a Decentralized Organism [Part 1]

Bitcoin is a Decentralized Organism [Part 1]

“Bitcoin is a living system constantly changing based on environmental stimuli. True understanding is a moving target unlikely to ever be hit.
Attempting to answer the question “what is bitcoin,” I found exploring parallels to the natural world to be particularly illuminating.” – Brandon Quittem

Unpacking Bitcoins Social Contract

Unpacking Bitcoins Social Contract

“When Satoshi Nakamoto invented bitcoin, he did not invent a new social contract. Satoshi did something else—he leveraged technology to solve many problems of past implementations and implemented the old contract in a new and better way.” – @hasufly

Estimating and Minimizing Consumer Worry

Estimating and Minimizing Consumer Worry

What are the mental barriers that cause prospective consumers to drop off from interacting with an e-commerce business? How can we measure or estimate the worry caused by excessive forms, ads, and barriers to the content being sought. Another piece by @NickSzabo4 to add to our collection. Don’t miss “Estimating and Minimizing Consumer Worry.”

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 9]

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 9]

“Far from being a novelty or prototype, Bitcoin has shown itself to be a threatening alternative to present-day organizational conventions and to the large commercial businesses that rely on them.”

The Epic finale of the piece by the team at Iterative.Capital. Investigating the investment outlook and consequences of a world with Bitcoin.  Don’t miss the conclusion of “The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon.

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 8]

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 8]

“Thus, Bitcoin is the first free, non-commercial software project with the intensity of a commercial product.”

Today we hit Section 6 of the Iterative.Capital Thesis exploring the incentives and feedback loops that allow the Bitcoin network to accrue value, bring in developers, and expand its hardware environment. Don’t miss this one as we approach the conclusion of this thorough work!

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 7]

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 7]

“In practice, the Proof-of-Stake approach proves to be problematic in systems where the coins “at stake” were not created through Proof-of-Work.”

Today we explore how Proof-of-Work enables the Bitcoin system to achieve consensus without any central point of control. Concluding Section 5 of the incredible Thesis by iterative.capital, “Machine Consensus Via Proof-of-Work.”

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 6]

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 6]

“How does Bitcoin use a peer-to-peer network of computers to enforce the rules agreed upon by human participants?”

Today we explore how Proof-of-Work enables the Bitcoin system to achieve consensus without any central point of control.  Section 5 of the incredible Thesis by iterative.capital, “Machine Consensus Via Proof-of-Work.”

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 5]

The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon – A Thesis [Part 5]

Today we explore how the Bitcoin incentives bring together disparate groups of developers, technical operators, and users to maintain and expand the Bitcoin system in a free and collaborative environment. Continuing with Section 4 of the iterative.capital Thesis on The Cryptocurrency Phenomenon.

Casa Node Initialize & Router Config

Casa Node Initialize & Router Config

Going through the initial setup of the Casa Bitcoin & Lightning Node and ensure your router settings are correct to serve the blockchain to the Bitcoin P2P network, as well as have your Lightning node reachable to route payments on the Lightning Network!  We have...

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