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    The State of the Blockchain Address(es)

    January 10th, 2015 by John W. Ratcliff


    Over Christmas break, 2013 I wrote a small computer program to parse the entire bitcoin blockchain and output some statistics. At the time my major motivation was simply a desire to understand how many bitcoins in circulation are potentially "zombies"; meaning those associated with addresses that have remained untouched for several years and might well be permanently lost.

    Since then, I have gathered addi...

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    You Were Lucky! When I Was a Lad

    December 29th, 2014 by Martin

    As a boy, I was fortunate to live within walking distance of my grandparents' home and can clearly remember sitting with my grandfather discussing his first computer experience. He worked for a tractor building company, Massey Ferguson, which purchased a computer for accounting. He recalled, "It took up almost an entire room and used punched paper cards to load programs."

    He was recanting this story because I myself had just received my first computer, a Commodore 64, and I was only intereste...

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    Intro to Multisigs and an Example with Darkcoin/Bitcoin Core

    December 26th, 2014 by Fernando Gutierrez

    At Bitcoin2014, Gavin Andresen proclaimed 2014 to be the year of multisig. Putting debate over whether this prediction came to fruition aside, continue reading to learn more about multisig technology.

    What are multisignature addresses?

    Multisignature addresses (or multisigs) are addresses that allow more than one signature to spend the funds. Oftentimes multiple signatures are required in conjunction. The acceptable signatures and number required is...

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    Submissions Wanted

    December 23rd, 2014 by Mike Johnson

    How would you like to get paid for publishing a feature on Let's Talk Bitcoin?

    We've made some changes to the way submissions work on the site and have seriously streamlined the process for those interested in submitting posts for the website.

    You may have noticed that we've added a small fee to purchase "publishing tokens" on the site. These tokens are designed to help fight spam submissions and make the editing process a bit easier on our editors.

    While you have a slight up-front co...

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    Categories: General, Columns, Tokenly Blog

    The Writing is on the Wall; We Need Decentralized Social Networks!

    December 22nd, 2014 by Adam B. Levine

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    Facebook represents the ultimate success that can be achieved by a technology company in the current paradigm; publicly traded with a valuation in the billions and broad global use of the service. That matters because a social network is just like any network, it becomes exponentially more valuable the more active users it has, so as the defacto solution for the interested market, theyre pretty ...

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    Bitcoin in Africa

    December 18th, 2014 by John Light
    This is a guest post written by Gibson Gibz, founder of the Kenyan Bitcoin startup Bitsoko.Africa is really in the gray area as far as bitcoin is concerned, that aside there is a lot going on in the bitcoin space and a noticeable opportunity for business and investment. Bitcoin is now moving from the early adopters to the early majority and it goes without saying that the infrastructure required to make bitcoin mainstream is still a long way out. It is not different in Africa; considering most ... Read More
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    Beginning of the End for Clickbait?

    December 17th, 2014 by Martin

    My blog used to be fairly popular. I personally wrote articles every week and sometimes everyday. I was tracking the number of unique visits per day using Google Analytics and the statistics looked great. We were getting thousands of unique visitors each week, and I started getting emails from advertisers. I remembered thinking;

    Wow, we can make enough money to pay for hosting, maybe even enough to fund some product giveaways and buy lunch here and there!"

    Looking back, I wish I had ...

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    BYOB: Using Bitcoin to Be Your Own Bank

    December 15th, 2014 by John Light
    After the first time I heard about bitcoin, it took me almost a year of learning about the underlying technology before I bought my first coins. Part of the reason for the delay was because I wanted to first understand bitcoin, but after grokking the concept of “decentralized digital currency,” the main hurdle was availability. The options for purchasing bitcoins were slim at the time, limited to wiring money to online exchanges in foreign countries or sending concealed cash in an en... Read More
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    Community Roundup #11

    December 12th, 2014 by Mike Johnson

    With Bitcoin Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Bitcoin Giving Tuesday now behind us, many are starting to get back in to the swing of things here on the Let's Talk Bitcoin community.

    The forums are abuzz with activity and we've seen a large number of improvements to the submission system on the website.

    Perhaps you've been thinking about writing something for Let's Talk Bitcoin in the past. If you haven't taken an opportunity to do so, consider checking out the new submissions system. If...

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    Categories: General, Columns

    Is War or Peace Good for Bitcoin?

    December 8th, 2014 by totteplott

    Peace is a beautiful thing. But so is innovation. War is famous for bringing forth true and rapid innovation and because Bitcoin, and especially blockchain technology, is famous for being on the forefront of innovation, the question becomes, is war or peace good for Bitcoin?

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    Community Roundup #10

    November 28th, 2014 by Mike Johnson

    One thing that is always striking to me is the level of activity we are seeing in the Let's Talk Bitcoin community. Not only can you find a wide range of new topics ready for comment, but we've seen several new members that you should take a moment to welcome to the community!

    If you haven't yet joined, I'd like to take a moment to extend a personal invitation to you. Please sign up and join the Let's Talk Bitcoin community, shoot me an email: [...

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    Categories: General, Guest Blog, Columns

    Bitcoin Adoption in Developing Countries May Take Longer Than Expected

    November 18th, 2014 by Tawanda Kembo

    I live in Zimbabwe and have been a Bitcoin evangelist here for about a year now. Although conventional wisdom tells us that Bitcoin is likely to have higher adoption in developing countries than in developed ones, the reality is very different. In this article, I explore the reasons for slow adoption in developing countries. Finally, I suggest solutions for improving the situation.

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    Categories: General, Guest Blog, Noteworthy

    On Monetization: Profit in a Decentralized Future

    November 15th, 2014 by Ryan Walker

    Ryan Walker discusses the conundrum of profit in an industry that is all about eliminating cost and cutting out the middleman.

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    Categories: General, Noteworthy

    TatianaCoin, Decentralize the Music Industry

    November 14th, 2014 by Catherine Bleish

    Tatiana Moroz is a well known singer / songwriter who decided to leave the mainstream music industry in the dust with the launch of the first ever artist cryptocurrency called TatianaCoin.

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    Categories: General, Fiction, Columns

    Chain Wars: Voting Blocks

    November 13th, 2014 by mike ward
    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 Catherine Bleish

    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.

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    October 31st, 2014 by Mike Johnson

    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. The post announced the Bitcoin white paper to the world.

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    Categories: General, Columns

    Decentralized Internet Update

    October 31st, 2014 by mike ward

    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.

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