Why the State Demands Control of Money

Why the State Demands Control of Money

What if there was a clear and obvious reason that the state monopolizes the production of money, that after understanding, you simply cannot unsee?  What if the story we are all told of governments and central banks protecting the economy from crises, is actually the perfect opposite of what’s really happening?

Minimum Viable Decentralization

Minimum Viable Decentralization

BitTorrent | Cryptoconomy | John Backus | P2P   Today we cover another great piece on the topic of what can be learned from the history of P2P protocols and their successes & failures.  Written by John Backus @backus, his article "Minimum Viable...

Guy & the PayPod on How Bitcoin Will Change the World

Guy & the PayPod on How Bitcoin Will Change the World

Bitcoin | Cryptoconomy | PayPod | Scott Hawksworth Today we have another great chat with Scott from The PayPod discussing the impact and philosophy of Bitcoin!   Check out Soarpay.com, the sponsor for The PayPod and where the are hosted to find many other episodes of...

Bitcoin is a Hedge Against the Cashless Society

Bitcoin is a Hedge Against the Cashless Society

@hasufly | Bitcoin | Cashless Society | Cryptoconomy | Su Zhu Another excellent piece from Su Zhu and Hasu at uncommoncore.co and a great introduction to the dynamics and risks at stake in the cashless society.  Is the cashless society the frictionless future we want?...

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

MuSig: A New Multisignature Standard

MuSig: A New Multisignature Standard

Last year we received a published paper detailing the advantages of the new MuSig Multisignature Scheme, this year we get the code!  From the incredible minds at Blockstream, don’t miss an exciting development…

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

5 Things Ive Learned After a Year in Bitcoin

5 Things Ive Learned After a Year in Bitcoin

“1. There’s little correlation between early adopters and intelligence…
Most OGs were just lucky, not smart. That said, the OGs who still understand what Bitcoin is at this point are battle tested enough to be worth listening to….” @iwearahoodie

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.” 

Seven Guiding Principles at Casa

Seven Guiding Principles at Casa

Today we go through a short but awesome run down of the guiding principles at Casa. This company is one to watch very closely over the coming years, and a few things from their recent post make this very clear.

Dont Trust, Verify! A Bitcoin Private Case Study

Dont Trust, Verify! A Bitcoin Private Case Study

Coinmetrics.ioAn amazing piece of work from the Coinmetrics.io team using the full node data and some serious digging to uncover the fraudulent minting of over 2 Million BTCP coins!  A detailed analysis of how and when the coins were created, and how it managed to go...

Dan Held on Satoshis Vision

Dan Held on Satoshis Vision

Taking a dive into an awesome tweetstorm from @danheld about the context, purpose, and beginnings of Bitcoin and whether it meets “Satoshi’s Vision,” or if it even matters.

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

An Honest Account of Fiat Money

An Honest Account of Fiat Money

“While sovereign money has undeniably led to a lot of abuse, as evidenced by instances of hyperinflation, seizures or capital controls, the absence of all control brings problems of its own.”

Understanding the Technical Side of Bitcoin

Understanding the Technical Side of Bitcoin

Curious about where to start or what to possibly focus on when learning Bitcoin, Lightning, and the fundamentals of the most important tools in this ecosystem? Look no further, today we read and discuss Pierre Rochard’s excellent piece that breaks it all down.

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.

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