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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby Bucketeer » Sat Oct 27, 2018

Blockmanity: Chinese Court says that Owning and Transferring Bitcoin is NOT Illegal
https://blockmanity.com/news/chinese-court-says-owning-transferring-bitcoin-not-illegal/
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Postby Bucketeer » Sat Oct 27, 2018

CCN: Mastercard Wants to Patent a Fractional Reserve Cryptocurrency Bank
https://www.ccn.com/mastercard-wants-to-patent-a-fractional-reserve-cryptocurrency-bank/
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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

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Bucketeer wrote:CCN: Mastercard Wants to Patent a Fractional Reserve Cryptocurrency Bank
https://www.ccn.com/mastercard-wants-to-patent-a-fractional-reserve-cryptocurrency-bank/


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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby Bucketeer » Sat Oct 27, 2018

Coindesk: Enough with the ICO-Me-So-Horny-Get-Rich-Quick-Lambo Crypto.
https://www.coindesk.com/enough-with-th ... bo-crypto/


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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

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Did someone here visit Tacoma, WA today? :lol:

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bankmining wrote:A2A4B7D8-F24C-4908-A1CB-804288A46516.jpeg

Did someone here visit Tacoma, WA today? :lol:


One should only be able to have that license plate on a lambo.... obviously.
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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

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SilverDoge wrote:One should only be able to have that license plate on a lambo.... obviously.


Don't make me buy a damned lambo! They get crappy fuel mileage, maintenance costs are ridiculous, and my insurance premiums go through the roof. I did almost buy a Tesla Roadster with btc though. Some guy in Seattle was selling one for btc (under 3 btc at the time) back when it was high and I had a ton. Rational mind prevailed at the time though.
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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

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SilverDoge wrote:
bankmining wrote:A2A4B7D8-F24C-4908-A1CB-804288A46516.jpeg

Did someone here visit Tacoma, WA today? :lol:


One should only be able to have that license plate on a lambo.... obviously.


Obviously :lol: :lol:

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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby Bucketeer » Tue Oct 30, 2018

CCN: The US Government Maintains a Fork of Bitcoin.
https://www.ccn.com/the-us-government-maintains-a-fork-of-bitcoin/

CCN: Brazilian Bitcoin Exchange Wins Standoff as Bank Reopens Account to Avoid Fines.
https://www.ccn.com/brazilian-bitcoin-exchange-wins-standoff-as-bank-reopens-account-to-avoid-fines/

Forbes: Coinbase Wants To Use Its Huge New Funding To Fix Bitcoin's Problems.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambrough/2018/10/30/coinbase-wants-to-use-its-huge-new-funding-to-fix-bitcoins-problems/#49e7302c20bd

MarketWatch: Nearly 10% of all bitcoins haven’t moved in 12 months.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nearly-10-of-all-bitcoins-have-been-rock-steady-for-the-past-12-months-2018-10-30
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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby Bucketeer » Thu Nov 01, 2018

ZH: "A Clever Technology Looking For A Home" - Bitcoin Is 10 Years Old Today.
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-31/clever-technology-looking-home-bitcoin-10-years-old-today
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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

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Bitcoin Q&A: What was SegWit2x?


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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby Bucketeer » Sat Nov 10, 2018

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Cointelegraph: Tim Draper Stands by His Bitcoin Price Prediction of $250K in 2022.
https://cointelegraph.com/news/tim-draper-stands-by-his-bitcoin-price-prediction-of-250k-in-2022

CCN: Bitcoin ETF Could Attract Billions in New Investment: VanEck.
https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-etf-could-attract-billions-in-new-investment-vaneck/

CCN: Bitcoin Trailblazer Jeff Garzik Says Bitcoin ‘Unquestionably a Success’ as Store of Value.
https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-trailblazer-jeff-garzik-says-bitcoin-unquestionably-a-success-as-store-of-value
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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby jcz1 » Sat Nov 10, 2018

It seems that the 10th birthday of bitcoin has produced more studies on its environmental impact:

Extracting a dollar's worth of cryptocurrency such as bitcoin from the deep Web consumes three times more energy than digging up a dollar's worth of gold, researchers said Monday.

There are now hundreds of virtual currencies and an unknown number of server farms around the world running around the clock to unearth them, more than half of them in China, according to a recent report from the University of Cambridge.

https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/mining- ... oc-1al4ly1

A different study:

What they did: The study estimates that Bitcoin usage emitted 69 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2017, while accounting for just 0.033% of cashless transactions in the same year. They then project future emissions based on a variety of scenarios of growing Bitcoin usage in coming years.

The researchers, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, found that Bitcoin could be responsible for greenhouse gas emissions sufficient to propel climate change past 2°C, or 3.6°F, above preindustrial levels within just the next 11 to 22 years.

Previous responses to energy usage complaints often mention Visa or Mastercard energy usage, but this is the first time I've seen a figure noting the tiny percentage of cashless transactions toward which this energy is directed. That makes the comparison to credit cards much worse, IMO.

I saw lots of push-back on this study, but it was all about the future, not disputing the current usage. Among future assumptions that were questioned: the continued use of fossil fuels and if most of the mining continues to be in countries that use them. So I guess advocates of crypto should be pushing for renewables around the world, or at least in China.

There was also mention of the recent increased efficiency of mining applications, though that is no guarantee of future performance either. Another push-back:

Also, accurately predicting future use of a novel technology is difficult, and many observers expect Bitcoin to serve more as an investment vehicle than a currency.

https://www.axios.com/no-bitcoin-is-not ... 18da1.html

Also in the above article was something I haven't seen mentioned here, maybe since it's not actually bitcoin, but blockchain. Since many BS members are also collectors, I thought it might be of interest:

CryptoKitties' maker raises $15 million in new funding (CoinDesk)

Why it matters: Amid the explosion of attempts to apply blockchain technology to just about anything, collectibles has been one promising use case.

Though CryptoKitties—a game for collecting and breeding digital cat pets—has faded from the headlines since its initial debut, interest from investors and the company's hints that it's working on something new could mean it's not over. After all, collectibles and gaming are historically huge business.

The above reminds me of pet rocks, which was certainly a fad, not a trend. :kitty: :kitty: :kitty:

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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby Bucketeer » Mon Nov 12, 2018

Hackernoon: “But, it’s not backed by anything?”
https://hackernoon.com/but-its-not-backed-by-anything-bafdf968a86d.

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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby Bucketeer » Tue Nov 13, 2018

jcz1 wrote:It seems that the 10th birthday of bitcoin has produced more studies on its environmental impact:

Extracting a dollar's worth of cryptocurrency such as bitcoin from the deep Web consumes three times more energy than digging up a dollar's worth of gold, researchers said Monday.

There are now hundreds of virtual currencies and an unknown number of server farms around the world running around the clock to unearth them, more than half of them in China, according to a recent report from the University of Cambridge. https://www.afp.com/en/news/826/mining- ... oc-1al4ly1


Unlike Gold, Bitcoins are neither "mined", "extracted", or "unearthed".

Bitcoins are created using electricity and computational horsepower. The storage and later re-transmission of renewable yet highly variable power sources such as wind and solar is possible, however it is very expensive.

Stationary electrical plants can reduce the quantity of production, however these plants are most efficient when operating at full output. The sale of excess and underutilized stationary power benefits consumers and decreases the overall environmental expense.

It is stated that the creation of Bitcoin costs 3X the expense of gold extraction, refinement, storage, and transportation, on a dollar for dollar basis. What is not stated is that during past 12 months, the price of Bitcoin has been approximately 5X the price of gold. From a cost-benefit analysis, Bitcoin is the clear winner.

Economically, it costs significantly less to produce an equivalent unit of Bitcoin, vs Gold.

The environmental impact also favors Bitcoin. The typical Bitcoin operation consists of a low-footprint steel building containing server racks and a small kitchen and dormitory area. These operations are extremely clean and generally located in rural areas that provide low cost electricity, ideally from hydro or geothermal sources.

Gold production has a very negative environmental impact, compared to Bitcoin.

Even when producers adopt "best practices", the processes involved consume large quantities of fuel, electricity, water, and acidic chemicals, and produce high levels of air, ground, and water pollution. There is a significant negative impact on the properties being mined, and the health & safety records of even the best companies are abysmal.

Illegal and criminal gold mining operations, usually located in remote sensitive wetlands and rain-forests contribute a significant amount of the world's annual gold production.


jcz1 wrote:A different study:

What they did: The study estimates that Bitcoin usage emitted 69 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2017, while accounting for just 0.033% of cashless transactions in the same year. They then project future emissions based on a variety of scenarios of growing Bitcoin usage in coming years.

The researchers, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, found that Bitcoin could be responsible for greenhouse gas emissions sufficient to propel climate change past 2°C, or 3.6°F, above preindustrial levels within just the next 11 to 22 years.


I can't comment to the study that you mentioned. It does raise some questions such as the source of funding for the study, and if the study has been subjected to critical vetting by impartial review committees.

Don't forget the scientific principal when evaluating research studies. In essence, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proofs

The following is totally my opinion. I have never heard of UH-Manoa. For all I know, it could be the "Harvard of Hawaii".

I suspect this study was performed by UH-Manoa doctoral students as a research thesis project. The contributing students have a hidden bias agenda, which is to present a document that is congruent with the teachings and beliefs of their professors, in order to earn and complete their doctorate.

It is my belief that there are very few tenured professors in the field of Environmental Studies who are not "liberally-oriented environmental warriors". For the record, I am a conservationist. I share many of the same goals of the environmental warriors, but take a different path to improving practices and outcomes.


jcz wrote:Previous responses to energy usage complaints often mention Visa or Mastercard energy usage, but this is the first time I've seen a figure noting the tiny percentage of cashless transactions toward which this energy is directed. That makes the comparison to credit cards much worse, IMO.

I saw lots of push-back on this study, but it was all about the future, not disputing the current usage. Among future assumptions that were questioned: the continued use of fossil fuels and if most of the mining continues to be in countries that use them. So I guess advocates of crypto should be pushing for renewables around the world, or at least in China.

There was also mention of the recent increased efficiency of mining applications, though that is no guarantee of future performance either. Another push-back: also, accurately predicting future use of a novel technology is difficult, and many observers expect Bitcoin to serve more as an investment vehicle than a currency.

In my opinion, Bitcoin is viewed primarily as a source of wealth, with the ability to perform cross-border transactions. Comparisons to debit and credit cards are meaningless.

jcz wrote:https://www.axios.com/no-bitcoin-is-not ... 18da1.html

Also in the above article was something I haven't seen mentioned here, maybe since it's not actually bitcoin, but blockchain. Since many BS members are also collectors, I thought it might be of interest:

CryptoKitties' maker raises $15 million in new funding (CoinDesk)

Why it matters: Amid the explosion of attempts to apply blockchain technology to just about anything, collectibles has been one promising use case.

Though CryptoKitties—a game for collecting and breeding digital cat pets—has faded from the headlines since its initial debut, interest from investors and the company's hints that it's working on something new could mean it's not over. After all, collectibles and gaming are historically huge business.

The above reminds me of pet rocks, which was certainly a fad, not a trend. :kitty: :kitty: :kitty:]


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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby Bucketeer » Tue Nov 13, 2018

Government Technology: Bitcoin’s High Energy Consumption Is a Concern – but it May Be a Price Worth Paying.
http://www.govtech.com/computing/Bitcoins-High-Energy-Consumption-Is-a-Concern-but-it-May-Be-a-Price-Worth-Paying.html
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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

Postby Bucketeer » Tue Nov 13, 2018

Bitcoinist: TOMMY ROBINSON TURNS TO BITCOIN AFTER BEING BANNED FROM PAYPAL.
https://bitcoinist.com/right-wing-reporter-tommy-robinson-turns-to-bitcoin-after-being-banned-from-paypal/
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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

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Bucketeer wrote:Bitcoinist: TOMMY ROBINSON TURNS TO BITCOIN AFTER BEING BANNED FROM PAYPAL.
https://bitcoinist.com/right-wing-reporter-tommy-robinson-turns-to-bitcoin-after-being-banned-from-paypal/


PayPal should have dropped Robinson ages ago. The company’s acceptable use policy forbids “the promotion of hate, violence, racial or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory”.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... -far-right

So Bitcoin is now the place for those who promote "hate, violence, racial or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory". Interesting.

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Re: Bitcoins - fad or trend?

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jcz1 wrote:So Bitcoin is now the place for those who promote "hate, violence, racial or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory". Interesting.


That's an interesting response. You paint with a really broad brush.

The use of Bitcoin pales in comparison to US Dollars or Euros by persons and organizations. There are several other cryptos that offer more privacy and security than Bitcoin.
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