Posts Tagged ‘bitcoin’

Hope, hype and heresy as blockchains enter the energy business

October 14, 2018

Hope, hype & heresy as #blockchains enter the energy business
https://www.Economist.com/business/2018/08/02/hope-hype-and-heresy-as-blockchains-enter-the-energy-business Quote: “Digiconomist…estimates that just 1 #bitcoin transaction uses as much electricity as an average household in the Netherlands uses in a month.”

How a few companies are bitcoining it – Sales from the crypt

June 16, 2018

How a few companies are bitcoining it
https://www.Economist.com/business/2018/05/19/how-a-few-companies-are-bitcoining-it “Bitmain & Bitfury…are designing ever-cleverer ASIC chips for their [#bitcoin] products. Bitmain’s individual mining machines sell for $1,300…on Amazon”

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Bitmain and Bitfury, a firm based in the Netherlands, are designing ever-cleverer ASIC chips for their products. Bitmain’s individual mining machines sell for $1,300 each on Amazon, and Bitfury will install shipping containers filled with mining machines for a price that is undisclosed but is thought to be around $1m-2m.
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George Church: Cryptocurrency Will Boost Genome Sequencing | Front Line Genomics

February 24, 2018

Cryptocurrency Will Boost Genome Sequencing
http://www.FrontLineGenomics.com/news/19260/george-church-cryptocurrency-blockchain @NebulaGenomics, a new startup that uses #blockchain to give people control of their own data

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“A genomics startup co-founded by genetics pioneer George Church said yesterday that it seeks to lead the genomic data market by utilizing blockchain, the technology that underlies transactions of
cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
In other words, Nebula Genomics will give you cryptocurrency in exchange for your genetic data.
The company will do so by significantly reducing the costs of personal genome sequencing, give you insights about it, secure it using blockchain, and allow you to do whatever you want with the data.” “}}

Has the bitcoin civil war come to a peaceful end?

August 16, 2017

Has the #bitcoin civil war come to a peaceful end?
https://www.Economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2017/07/economist-explains-20 Should it be like gold or (state-issued) cash?

How the Bitcoin protocol actually works | DDI

April 2, 2017

How…#Bitcoin…works, by @michael_nielsen
http://www.michaelnielsen.org/ddi/how-the-bitcoin-protocol-actually-works Overview focusing on why in addition to how; highlights #privacy issues

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How anonymous is Bitcoin? Many people claim that Bitcoin can be used anonymously. This claim has led to the formation of marketplaces such as Silk Road (and various successors), which specialize in illegal goods. However, the claim that Bitcoin is anonymous is a myth. The block chain is public, meaning that it’s possible for anyone to see every Bitcoin transaction ever. Although Bitcoin addresses aren’t immediately associated to real-world identities, computer scientists have done a great deal of work figuring out how to de-anonymize “anonymous” social networks. The block chain is a marvellous target for these techniques. I will be extremely surprised if the great majority of Bitcoin users are not identified with relatively high confidence and ease in the near future. The confidence won’t be high enough to achieve convictions, but will be high enough to identify likely targets. Furthermore, identification will be retrospective, meaning that someone who bought drugs on Silk Road in 2011 will still be identifiable on the basis of the block chain in, say, 2020. These de-anonymization techniques are well known to computer scientists, and, one presumes, therefore to the NSA. I would not be at all surprised if the NSA and other agencies have already de-anonymized many users. It is, in fact, ironic that Bitcoin is often touted as anonymous. It’s not. Bitcoin is, instead, perhaps the most open and transparent financial instrument the world has ever seen.
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Bitcoin Rival Ethereum Gains Traction – WSJ

July 4, 2016

#Bitcoin Rival Ethereum Gains Traction…. but suffers $55m theft due to hacked code. Wow!
http://www.wsj.com/articles/bitcoin-rival-ether-gains-traction-1466461279

The great chain of being sure about things | The Economist

November 22, 2015

The great chain of being sure about things
http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21677228-technology-behind-bitcoin-lets-people-who-do-not-know-or-trust-each-other-build-dependable Overview of re-purposing the #Bitcoin blockchain for distributed records

How My Mom Got Hacked – NYTimes.com

January 10, 2015

How My Mom Got Hacked http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/opinion/sunday/how-my-mom-got-hacked.html The Cryptowall #crime business, complete w/ customer support & #Bitcoin payment suggestions

The Face Behind Bitcoin – Newsweek

April 5, 2014

The Face Behind #Bitcoin. Satoshi Nakamoto, hiding in plain sight w. >$100M. Interesting to read his strenuous denial
http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/03/14/bitcoin-satoshi-nakamoto.html

The Secret Web: Where Drugs, Porn and Murder Live Online – TIME

November 13, 2013

The Secret Web: Rather scary account of the Silk Road explaining its use of #bitcoin & #tor
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2156271,00.html via @smthwrld #privacy

http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2156271,00.html