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    Categories: General, Fiction, Columns

    Chain Wars: Voting Blocks

    November 13th, 2014 by mdw
    Former chain lord Tine van der Hoeff takes a job offer from her previous sponsor, Oak, who is the author of Naga Sib, and whom she also knows as Kinaree. She flies to Bangkok to work with Oak, and immediately gets her feet wet. Right away, Tine becomes engaged in defending the Votes 2.0 election chain and trying to prevent an unknown attacker from defrauding the voters in Belgrade. Read More
    Categories: General, Interviews

    My Fascination with Daniel Krawisz and His Negative Stance on Altcoins

    November 10th, 2014 by TheBitMom
    Daniel Krawisz has made a name for himself as the philosophical opponent to competing currencies. He takes issue specifically with competing cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin, Dogecoin, and other alternatives to Bitcoin. Read More
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    October 31st, 2014 by MikeJohnson
    Bitcoin was born on Halloween, six years ago. On a crisp fall morning much like today, Satoshi Nakamoto made a post to [the Cryptography mailing list](http://www.metzdowd.com/mailman/listinfo/cryptography). The post announced the Bitcoin white paper to the world. Read More
    Categories: General, Columns

    Decentralized Internet Update

    October 31st, 2014 by mdw

    There is considerable activity going on behind the scenes, so I figured I'd offer a survey of current events, instead of taking an in-depth look at various topics individually. 

    The Huffington Post carried an article recently about domain name thefts. The main point was that domain thefts happen, and there is often little recourse for the domain registrants. As long as we rely on registrars to safeguard our domain names, instead of controlling our own, thefts will happen.

    This week I came across an altcoin called EmerCoin. They allow people to register .emc and .coin domains. Now is the preregistration period. Domains will be allocated, for free, to registrants of existing domains in other extensions.

    okTurtles announced this week that they are hiring! The team is expanding in order to better pursue development efforts around its flagship products—DNSChain and okTurtles software. Node.js developers are wanted, as well as fundraisers. Also, the OpenBazaar team has begun their DNSChain integration effort. 

    ICANN 51 took place in Los Angeles last week, with hundreds of participants falling asleep during the proceedings. The main item on the agenda was, of course, the IANA Stewardship transition, but we also take a look at proposed changes to WHOIS.

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    Categories: General, Fiction

    Permacredits Episode 2: Sangeeta in Bangalore

    October 29th, 2014 by permacredits
    This is the second in a series of short stories highlighting what life is like in Colony Earth Corp, a member-owned lifestyle corporation that builds exquisite living environments running on Permacredits. Read More
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    Everything I Need to Know About Bitcoin Trading, I Learned from Game of Thrones

    October 25th, 2014 by helloluis
    Trading on Bitcoin order-book exchanges can be a daunting task, a Meereenese knot of technical jargon, complex user interfaces, and more graphs than you can shake a Greyjoy sausage at. Read More
    Categories: General, Fiction

    Chain Wars: Kinaree Unmasked

    October 21st, 2014 by mdw
    The Chain Wars saga continues as former chain lord Tine kills Naga Sib and meets its creator, her mysterious sponsor. Read More
    Categories: General, Fiction, Columns

    Permacredits Episode 1: Conner's Life in the Colony Earth Development

    October 17th, 2014 by permacredits
    This is the first in a series of short stories highlighting what life is like in Colony Earth Corp., a member-owned lifestyle corporation that builds exquisite living environments that run on Permacredits. Read More
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    The Yin and Yang of Cryptocurrency

    October 15th, 2014 by john
    In the fall of 2008, a credit crunch led to a deep recession following the bankruptcies of several large financial institutions. There are many perspectives on the causes of these events, but the effects are clear: multi-trillion dollar bailouts for the large investment banks which held “toxic” sub-prime mortgage-backed securities, housing foreclosures for the sub-prime borrowers, and widespread un- or under-employment due to layoffs after the credit crisis. It has been almost six ye... Read More
    Categories: General, LTB News, LTBCoin

    Investing in Fantasy Is Reality!

    October 15th, 2014 by therealtwig
    Imagine you are watching your favorite [ESPN Fantasy Football analyst Matthew Berry](http://espnmediazone.com/us/bios/berry_matthew/) discuss his picks for successful players to start in your lineup. You are so enamored by his analysis that you decide to check out his fantasy team online. You see that he is in first place, he has a team you believe to be great, and he is routinely scoring more points than anyone else in the league each week. Below his team name, you see a button that invites you to invest in his team. . . . Read More

    Erik Voorhees Explains Why Some Bitcoin Companies Are Blocking American Users

    October 14th, 2014 by kyletorpey
    Although Americans generally believe that they live in the home of free markets, the United States’ role as a leader of economic freedom has been declining for decades. The United States ranked 12th on the latest version of the Heritage Foundation’s economic freedom index and is now relegated to the designation of “mostly free.” The myth of unbridled economic freedom in America is being exposed by Bitcoin. Read More
    Categories: General, Fiction, Columns

    Chain Wars: Tine Attack

    October 13th, 2014 by mdw

    This is part two of a series called Chain Wars. It started last week with this double length intro: http://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/chain-wars-the-worm

    Tine van der Hoeff was an expert in keeping next generation blockchains running. But she was lured away on an important task by an unknown patron. Working with her friend Theo, she plans to attack the chain worm, Naga Sib.

    Tine understood how important it was for humans to maintain control over their technology. She knew that humans set the rules for the chain when the code was launched. Surely, she thought, better chain design could prevent chain infections from happening.

    Some parts of the Naga Sib codebase remained mysterious, including the instruction set for building the next generation. Many of its secrets were hidden in a big binary blob, from which both parts of the worm could be made. It was not clear how to extract the information from that binary hunk of code, but it contained the digital DNA of the chain worm.


    Tine's current goal was to figure out how it worked and how to conquer it. She would kill both halves of this at the same time. Then she intended to find out who was behind Naga Sib, and why.

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    Trust-Controlled Access

    October 11th, 2014 by john
    Following on the same ideas Adam B. Levine discussed on P2P Connects Us around Token Controlled Access/Viewpoint, I got an idea for using Ripple's "trust line" feature to offer a similar, but different, model of access control. What Is A Trust Line? In Ripple, users can explicitly express "trust" to other users using a trust line. These trust lines are denominated with an amount and a 3-letter currency code. The purpose is to ensure that users never get stuck with... Read More
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    Darkcoin Anonymity Fully Functional and Open Source; Instant Transactions on the Way

    October 8th, 2014 by fernando
    Today I provide more detail on DarkSend, the name of Darkcoin's anonymity feature, and sketch the next amazing use of masternodes -- instant transactions. Read More
    Categories: General, Guest Blog, Columns

    On Singularity - Part 2: Decentralized Autonomous ... Human Beings

    October 5th, 2014 by ry.walk
    While the significance of putting a man on the moon is obvious, what is often lost is an appreciation for the enormity of prior achievements and the conditions required to make it possible. The establishment of the nation-state as a societal structure unleashed the untapped potential of collectively incentivized human action. Had it not been for its existence, how many more centuries may have been required for mankind to reach such literal and figurative heights? Akin to the establishment of the nation-state, the ascension of decentralized autonomy may further catalyze collective human action to even greater levels of achievement, including the reaches of singularity. Read More
    Categories: General, Fiction, Columns

    Chain Wars: The Worm

    October 4th, 2014 by mdw
    It all started when a decentralized app called Naga Sib, running on the NetherChain, got out of control. These autonomous entities could be coded to prioritize self-preservation, even if that meant bad consequences for others. Naga Sib was no ordinary app. It was designed for trouble. How easily we lose control of our technologies when we're not careful. Read More
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    Bitcoin Is the Currency of the Private, Decentralized Economy

    October 3rd, 2014 by kyletorpey
    Bitcoin makes the private, decentralized ecommerce economy possible. Now that value can be transferred in a censorship-resistant manner, nothing is stopping the creation of services for private forms of communication and finance over the Internet. Read More
    Categories: General, LTBCoin
    Categories: General, Columns

    How Louis C.K. Could Make Millions More by Selling His Specials Via Bitcoin

    September 23rd, 2014 by kyletorpey
    When it comes to monetizing online videos, Louis C.K. is an innovator. In 2011, he decided to [distribute his new standup special on his website](https://buy.louisck.net/purchase/live-at-the-beacon-theater), downloadable for $5. . . . He was able to bring in more than $1 million in sales in less than two weeks during his experiment. . . . It could have turned out even better with the help of Bitcoin. Read More

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