New algorithm for computational problem-solving could be

All in Cardano!

Cardano Monetary Policy - https://docs.cardano.org/cardano/monetary-policy/
There is a difference between the monetary policy of Bitcoin And Cardano.
1 BTC = 108 Sats 1 ADA = 106 Lovelaces
Interesting point to note is that all that will ever be are Sats and Lovelaces to buy and sell. We just call a dollar to be 100 cents for the sake of simplicity.
Makes more sense to exchange in day to day life by buying food for $10 than 1000 cents. You won't have to take care of zeros for multiplication etc.
Not knowing that there are less number of Lovelaces in 1 Ada than the number of Sats in BTC, creates a misconception that the total circulation of Cardano is greater in times than the total circulation of BTC.
My thought - This misconception will render anyone not choosing Cardano as a better investment than BTC. Cardano is in an early stage where it is heavily undervalued. Anyone would be able to hold more share in the supply switching from BTC,ETH etc.
Fact - more share you have in a confident supply, the better off you are than the rest.
If, it solves decentralisation with scalability and security, which it is most likely to do sooner than later then, Cardano will gain more price action relative to bitcoin or even break Bitcoin's dominance because Bitcoin is only a store of value.
Cardano is a buy for anyone looking for an investment in a revolution. ;)
I sold 5 BTCs and went all in Cardano today as shelly launch was previously confirmed in July and it seems that Cardano will have Goguen launching sooner too with entering in rest of the Eras following it.
I'd appreciate logical criticism.
DYOR
Cheers!
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Too much of a Nice thing... (M)

Chapter 1: Media Detox!
I remember it clearly. After a week on a ‘media-detox’ and by day five I had a very odd sensation! With no phone or 5DTV I started thinking for myself! In one moment of clarity I gained an understanding of modern life.
For years I knew something was changing, everyone looked the other way (mainly downward) thinking someone somewhere would be fixing society with a new law or new social reform.
For the last few decades people had become emotionally flat, detached and lost. Most people spent their time looking into glowing mobile screens creating fake lives in fake locations to match the fake ones viewed every day on 5DTV.
It became so bad that in the year 2025 the ‘Supreme World Court’ diagnosed loneliness as a ‘serious illness’ and an active danger to society.
Anyone diagnosed with Loneliness Level 6 or above was placed in solitary quarantine until self-cured or the medication worked. I know, quite ironic but anyone who dared to point that out became a high risk and shortly followed them as deemed law by World Emperor Trump-Putin 13th, our Supreme ruling dynasty for as long as we can remember. With eyes everywhere they were our Big Brother!
Chapter 2: Genesis.
Shortly after my day of detox, I had a eureka moment. This pandemic of loneliness was destroying us all, and it was for me to cure.
People had changed for the worse and lost something special along the way! Always rushing around chasing careers, materialism, following the ‘instant fame’ dream that was relentlessly churned out.
Yes, I admit technology gave us more ways to make life easier, which in turn brought more stress trying to maintain that ease, while adding to the fear of missing out on the very latest must have updates creating yet more isolation and stress. All this did was just create a new generation of level 4+ loneliness, which worried the government even more.
My old maths teacher used to tell us that in the ancient past when people actually used fossil fuels, a ship would set off on an international voyage just one degree off course, and would subsequently arrive in completely the wrong continent. We all thought it was quaint, and quite primitive using dirty fossil fuels.
Recalling this story it occurred to me that society was that oil tanker and we had ended up somewhere very, very, very wrong.
Yes, there were blips of social unity and excitement where people actually talked to each other, but it never lasted more than a few hours.
I recall reading the ‘Disappointed Years’ about the failed Artificial intelligence launch that adverts sold to us promising a better life. You could hear the collective sigh of disappointment echo around the world when the public realised Ai was yet another computer programme, in a sea of programmes demanding constant updates while gathering yet more intrusive personal data.
Chapter 3: Clone-topia Dreams.
I feel I should introduce myself at this point. My name is Professor Andrew Benzwik. I’m the last ‘Senior Cloning Scientist’ in 2040. I live and study alone in Factory101, the last Great Clone factory remaining.
Way back in the early 2040’s cloning had failed in the publics eye. A Government backed ‘Social Online Survey’ took place in the advert break between the prime time world famous Reality 5DTV finals, reaching 180million viewers.
Cloning got a thumbs down. Followed by major budget cuts, and no ‘likes’ from the uncaring public. My dream vanished like a strand of DNA in a sea of slurry.
So I admit my dream of Clone-topia had a rocky start. Our ‘Cloned Dinosaur Parks’ didn’t go so well. Cloned ‘World War Battles Fun-Ride parks’ failed miserably. Even the Cloned Celebrity attempt fell flat quite literally! A famous play write bard within hours of seeing the world unto which he awoke just walked off the 43rd story ledge sobbing.
Chapter 4: Clone Alone
With these ‘small’ mishaps behind us I decided to continue the dream with only an antique 20th century movie collection for company. I had heard the stories passed down to my parents of a condition called ‘friendliness’ in the 20th century but never really paid attention… until now.
I finally sat down and watched these movies in their entirety, entranced and amazed at what I saw on a screen.
People would chat to each other, help strangers, make friends in cafes, laugh, argue then make up, even partake in physical contact before it was banned as unhygenic! So much social interaction in society, I don’t know how they coped! I saw people just saying ‘hello’ to each other using their own voice and face! Not a Augmental or Digitised facemask disguise in sight!
How primitive those old days seemed to me! We now have everything we could want on screen, the best tech ever! Yet it felt empty and meaningless compared to the lifestyle in those movies!
I knew society was lacking that ‘niceness’ I witness on this antique celluloid. It was crucial that I now save our world. My application to the Government Business Bureau for a license sped through. I think they considered it another waste of time and my last Bit-Dollars.
Chapter 5: New Era.
Year is 2051 @ 1300 hours in Clone Factory101. Kubrick Wing, Room 237 is glowing with energy as Mr Nice model 001 awoke in full working mode.
For months I had worked tirelessly on perfecting Mr Nice, basing him on old British movie star and cool Hollywood action heros.
I built Mr Nice to work hard, be strong and tireless with only one purpose. Be there for people who need help from Mr Nice, at any cost. No need for sleep or food, his atomic energy cells recharged from motion.
Our new saviour had to be resilient! So I constructed his DNA based on indestructible military Kevlar for his skin, white shirt, brown trousers, knitted pullover and bow tie.
The local council reluctantly agreed to a Mr Nice Beta Test, as they were keen to try anything to improve the rising Loneliness 5.8 and Depression ratings. The Council soon took notice as the social ‘Likes’ rose rapidly which meant the performance based funding would also rise producing much needed BitCoin to spend on high street and social areas.
Within hours we featured on the news. Mr Nice would open doors and ask people if they were ok, say hello to strangers, carry heavy bags, fix car tyres and just be a Nice companion! The public were enthralled!
Soon every town and city were ordering dozens of Mr Nice. I cloned as fast as possible for councils keen to improve their value of living and cure the loneliness counts.
Chapter 5: Many hands.
It was hard work at the factory all alone. So I kept my prototype Mr Nice 01 for myself to help.
Soon Mr Nice 01 offered to do all the manual work, being tireless by design. Within weeks he’d realised I was exhausted and suggested another Mr Nice be kept back to help with workload while I recover. What a Nice thought! After all I was their Big Brother!
One day Mr Nice 01 and 02 agreed production needed speeding up to meet growing demand so they sped up the Clone production! Dozens turned to hundreds within a week.
Society was overjoyed to have the clones around picking up litter, helping old ladies cross the highways, go shopping, opening doors, happilyy whistling as they made conversation with everyone. People who looked lost or sad or were on the loneliness4 and above were allocated their own Mr Nice. Society soon perked up and within a few months you could sense people were just friendlier and happier.
So many things needed fixing, the demand grew and over time we lost count of our clones. Thousands and thousands walked out with one aim, to make people happy! Me Nice would cheerfully fix road signs and old fences, people’s gardens, cars and were soon being invited into people’s homes to help solve all sorts of problems. DIY became known as Mr NICE-IY!
Loneliness and Depression ratings dropped to 2, the lowest in history!
Six months passed and soon it appeared we had a near perfect society. The basic programming of Mr Nice to fix, repair, help people seemed to be spot on. Everything was getting fixed, streets were litter free and everything just worked.
Chapter 5: Too Much Nice?
The first complaints came in from small towns where nothing was left to fix, help with or repair. Gangs of Mr Nice would wonder around approaching anyone they could find insisting they help.
Imagine eight Mr Nice all insisting they carry your shopping, make you cross a road safely that you didn’t want to cross, fix that lose button on your jacket and chit chat while the others whistled! It became a small problem I hadn’t anticipated.
Soon reports of Mr Nice being pushy came in. No one was allowed to cross a road without them, carry their own shopping, tie own shoe laces, walk on the perfect lawns... So many Mr Nice wandered around towns and cities redundant, yet tirelessly helping the exhausted public.
So I decided to send out a booster signal to recall them. Nothing happened. I received a text back from the Mr Nice collective.. “How can we help you? We are busy right now finished our work fixing everything and helping everyone. Return to factory is not possible” ‘But If you need help we can send a Mr Nice to you within 2 minutes. Your happiness is important to us.”
Ok, no reason to worry I thought. All the while my factory was still cloning 100’s per week.
The first national news incident happened when a man was limping home with a knee injury. Five passing Mr Nice offered to help carry everything, escort him home, dress him. Then one Mr Nice had a programme eureka moment and suggested the Nicest act he could think of by fixing the man’s knee problem.
All the Mr Nice models WiFi’s connected and agreed it was a Nice idea and right there on the high street, they cut through the man’s bones with ease, cut out his knee joint with fast precision and replaced it with a metal knee delivered by the Nice support spares kit.
The man’s screaming lasted 5 seconds then he went limp and silent. All The Mr Nice group cleaned up, walked away feeling recharged as they had fixed a human’s problem perfectly.
That new kind act of solving a human’s problem connectively broadcast between all the Mr Nice models.
As very little was left to repair all clones of Mr Nice ended up wondering aimlessly. This incident had refreshed their mission to help. That day became known as ‘Death by Nice Day’.
Anyone unwell was upgraded to receive immediate Mr Nice help. Bad arm? - replaced Eyesight a problem? - removed Have a Cough - replace airways or lungs with efficient breathing circuits Old tired body - replaced skeletal sections
47% of the population were torn apart by Niceness in the first three days.
The army intervened but the Nice Kevlar body was indestructible... and within four days the army were ‘cured’ of their destructive attitude by the Mr Nice legion who removed heads but found no replacements, so left piles of bodies for later.
Chapter 6: Home
No one left their house for fear of being offered ‘help’ When they did go out they had to be in top health, make no eye contact with anyone just in case, rush to work and rush home, speak to no one, ignore everyone. We hit a new loneliness 8+ average.
Hiding out in my Factory101, I was helpless to stop the cloning. I dare not interfere until my bad cold went. I could only hope to pull the plug on the cloning one day soon.
Now the world had an unstoppable overwhelming Mr Nice population patrolling streets and making everything lovely and nice. Niceness was now killing us. Society reminisced about the safe old days of ignoring each other.
Meanwhile I had hundreds of thousands or Mr Nice clones walking the earth. I was now hated and seen as the hapless destroyer of society and the cause of the destructive loneliness pandemic.
But I had a plan... a moment of realisation hit me just yesterday from my reinforced laboratory over in the East Manson wing.
Today at 5am, 2055, I’ve started working on a brand new clone model to help resolve this.
I shall name it Mr Mean.
What could possibly go wrong.
The End...........
Andrew Beswick is a graphic, e-learning and gamification designer, who enjoys humorous dark stories, Hawk and Cleaver mysteries, loves this podcast and making art!
Creative rights and copyright Andrew Beswick
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Mr Nice Nice Nice Nice. (M)

Too much of a Nice thing...
(Or Mr Nice Nice Nice Nice).
Chapter 1: Media Detox!
I remember it clearly. After a week on a ‘media-detox’ and by day five I had a very odd sensation! With no phone or 5DTV I started thinking for myself! In one moment of clarity I gained an understanding of modern life.
For years I knew something was changing, everyone looked the other way (mainly downward) thinking someone somewhere would be fixing society with a new law or new social reform.
For the last few decades people had become emotionally flat, detached and lost. Most people spent their time looking into glowing mobile screens creating fake lives in fake locations to match the fake ones viewed every day on 5DTV.
It became so bad that in the year 2070 the ‘Supreme World Court’ diagnosed loneliness as a ‘serious illness’ and an active danger to society.
Anyone diagnosed with Loneliness Level 6 or above was placed in solitary quarantine until self-cured or the medication worked. I know, quite ironic but anyone who dared to point that out became a high risk and shortly followed them as deemed law by World Emperor Trump-Putin 13th, our Supreme ruling dynasty for as long as we can remember. With eyes everywhere they were our Big Brother!
Chapter 2: Genesis.
Shortly after my day of detox, I had a eureka moment. This pandemic of loneliness was destroying us all, and it was for me to cure.
People had changed for the worse and lost something special along the way! Always rushing around chasing careers, materialism, following the ‘instant fame’ dream that was relentlessly churned out.
Yes, I admit technology gave us more ways to make life easier, which in turn brought more stress trying to maintain that ease, while adding to the fear of missing out on the very latest must have updates creating yet more isolation and stress. All this did was just create a new generation of level 4+ loneliness, which worried the government even more.
My old maths teacher used to tell us that in the ancient past when people actually used fossil fuels, a ship would set off on an international voyage just one degree off course, and would subsequently arrive in completely the wrong continent. We all thought it was quaint, and quite primitive using dirty fossil fuels.
Recalling this story it occurred to me that society was that oil tanker and we had ended up somewhere very, very, very wrong.
Yes, there were blips of social unity and excitement where people actually talked to each other, but it never lasted more than a few hours.
I recall reading the ‘Disappointed Years’ about the failed Artificial intelligence launch that adverts sold to us promising a better life. You could hear the collective sigh of disappointment echo around the world when the public realised Ai was yet another computer programme, in a sea of programmes demanding constant updates while gathering yet more intrusive personal data.
Chapter 3: Clone-topia Dreams.
I feel I should introduce myself at this point. My name is Professor Andrew Benzwik. I’m the last ‘Senior Cloning Scientist’ in 2085. I live and study alone in Factory101, the last Great Clone factory remaining.
Way back in the early 2030’s cloning had failed in the publics eye. A Government backed ‘Social Online Survey’ took place in the advert break between the prime time world famous Reality 5DTV finals, reaching 180million viewers.
Cloning got a thumbs down. Followed by major budget cuts, and no ‘likes’ from the uncaring public. My dream vanished like a strand of DNA in a sea of slurry.
So I admit my dream of Clone-topia had a rocky start. Our ‘Cloned Dinosaur Parks’ didn’t go so well. Cloned ‘World War Battles Fun-Ride parks’ failed miserably. Even the Cloned Celebrity attempt fell flat quite literally! A famous play write bard within hours of seeing the world unto which he awoke just walked off the 43rd story ledge sobbing.
Chapter 4: Clone Alone
With these ‘small’ mishaps behind us I decided to continue the dream with only an antique 20th century movie collection for company. I had heard the stories passed down to my parents of a condition called ‘friendliness’ in the 20th century but never really paid attention… until now.
I finally sat down and watched these movies in their entirety, entranced and amazed at what I saw on a screen.
People would chat to each other, help strangers, make friends in cafes, laugh, argue then make up, even partake in physical contact before it was banned as unhygenic! So much social interaction in society, I don’t know how they coped! I saw people just saying ‘hello’ to each other using their own voice and face! Not a Augmental or Digitised facemask disguise in sight!
How primitive those old days seemed to me! We now have everything we could want on screen, the best tech ever! Yet it felt empty and meaningless compared to the lifestyle in those movies!
I knew society was lacking that ‘niceness’ I witness on this antique celluloid. It was crucial that I now save our world. My application to the Government Business Bureau for a license sped through. I think they considered it another waste of time and my last Bit-Dollars.
Chapter 5: New Era.
Year is 2086 @ 1300 hours in Clone Factory101. Kubrick Wing, Room 237 is glowing with energy as Mr Nice model 001 awoke in full working mode.
For months I had worked tirelessly on perfecting Mr Nice, basing him on old British movie star and cool Hollywood action heros.
I built Mr Nice to work hard, be strong and tireless with only one purpose. Be there for people who need help from Mr Nice, at any cost. No need for sleep or food, his atomic energy cells recharged from motion.
Our new saviour had to be resilient! So I constructed his DNA based on indestructible military Kevlar for his skin, white shirt, brown trousers, knitted pullover and bow tie.
The local council reluctantly agreed to a Mr Nice Beta Test, as they were keen to try anything to improve the rising Loneliness 5.8 and Depression ratings. The Council soon took notice as the social ‘Likes’ rose rapidly which meant the performance based funding would also rise producing much needed BitCoin to spend on high street and social areas.
Within hours we featured on the news. Mr Nice would open doors and ask people if they were ok, say hello to strangers, carry heavy bags, fix car tyres and just be a Nice companion! The public were enthralled!
Soon every town and city were ordering dozens of Mr Nice. I cloned as fast as possible for councils keen to improve their value of living and cure the loneliness counts.
Chapter 5: Many hands.
It was hard work at the factory all alone. So I kept my prototype Mr Nice 01 for myself to help.
Soon Mr Nice 01 offered to do all the manual work, being tireless by design. Within weeks he’d realised I was exhausted and suggested another Mr Nice be kept back to help with workload while I recover. What a Nice thought! After all I was their Big Brother!
One day Mr Nice 01 and 02 agreed production needed speeding up to meet growing demand so they sped up the Clone production! Dozens turned to hundreds within a week.
Society was overjoyed to have the clones around picking up litter, helping old ladies cross the highways, go shopping, opening doors, happilyy whistling as they made conversation with everyone. People who looked lost or sad or were on the loneliness4 and above were allocated their own Mr Nice. Society soon perked up and within a few months you could sense people were just friendlier and happier.
So many things needed fixing, the demand grew and over time we lost count of our clones. Thousands and thousands walked out with one aim, to make people happy! Me Nice would cheerfully fix road signs and old fences, people’s gardens, cars and were soon being invited into people’s homes to help solve all sorts of problems. DIY became known as Mr NICE-IY!
Loneliness and Depression ratings dropped to 2, the lowest in history!
Six months passed and soon it appeared we had a near perfect society. The basic programming of Mr Nice to fix, repair, help people seemed to be spot on. Everything was getting fixed, streets were litter free and everything just worked.
Chapter 5: Too Much Nice?
The first complaints came in from small towns where nothing was left to fix, help with or repair. Gangs of Mr Nice would wonder around approaching anyone they could find insisting they help.
Imagine eight Mr Nice all insisting they carry your shopping, make you cross a road safely that you didn’t want to cross, fix that lose button on your jacket and chit chat while the others whistled! It became a small problem I hadn’t anticipated.
Soon reports of Mr Nice being pushy came in. No one was allowed to cross a road without them, carry their own shopping, tie own shoe laces, walk on the perfect lawns... So many Mr Nice wandered around towns and cities redundant, yet tirelessly helping the exhausted public.
So I decided to send out a booster signal to recall them. Nothing happened. I received a text back from the Mr Nice collective.. “How can we help you? We are busy right now finished our work fixing everything and helping everyone. Return to factory is not possible” ‘But If you need help we can send a Mr Nice to you within 2 minutes. Your happiness is important to us.”
Ok, no reason to worry I thought. All the while my factory was still cloning 100’s per week.
The first national news incident happened when a man was limping home with a knee injury. Five passing Mr Nice offered to help carry everything, escort him home, dress him. Then one Mr Nice had a programme eureka moment and suggested the Nicest act he could think of by fixing the man’s knee problem.
All the Mr Nice models WiFi’s connected and agreed it was a Nice idea and right there on the high street, they cut through the man’s bones with ease, cut out his knee joint with fast precision and replaced it with a metal knee delivered by the Nice support spares kit.
The man’s screaming lasted 5 seconds then he went limp and silent. All The Mr Nice group cleaned up, walked away feeling recharged as they had fixed a human’s problem perfectly.
That new kind act of solving a human’s problem connectively broadcast between all the Mr Nice models.
As very little was left to repair all clones of Mr Nice ended up wondering aimlessly. This incident had refreshed their mission to help. That day became known as ‘Death by Nice Day’.
Anyone unwell was upgraded to receive immediate Mr Nice help. Bad arm? - replaced Eyesight a problem? - removed Have a Cough - replace airways or lungs with efficient breathing circuits Old tired body - replaced skeletal sections
47% of the population were torn apart by Niceness in the first three days.
The army intervened but the Nice Kevlar body was indestructible... and within four days the army were ‘cured’ of their destructive attitude by the Mr Nice legion who removed heads but found no replacements, so left piles of bodies for later.
Chapter 6: Home
No one left their house for fear of being offered ‘help’ When they did go out they had to be in top health, make no eye contact with anyone just in case, rush to work and rush home, speak to no one, ignore everyone. We hit a new loneliness 8+ average.
Hiding out in my Factory101, I was helpless to stop the cloning. I dare not interfere until my bad cold went. I could only hope to pull the plug on the cloning one day soon.
Now the world had an unstoppable overwhelming Mr Nice population patrolling streets and making everything lovely and nice. Niceness was now killing us. Society reminisced about the safe old days of ignoring each other.
Meanwhile I had hundreds of thousands or Mr Nice clones walking the earth. I was now hated and seen as the hapless destroyer of society and the cause of the destructive loneliness pandemic.
But I had a plan... a moment of realisation hit me just yesterday from my reinforced laboratory over in the East Manson wing.
Today I’ve started working on a brand new clone model to help resolve this.
I shall name it Mr Mean.
What could possibly go wrong.
The End...........
Andrew Beswick is a graphic, e-learning and gamification designer, who enjoys humorous dark stories, Hawk and Cleaver mysteries, loves this podcast and making art!
Creative rights and copyright Andrew Beswick
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Bull Bitcoin’s Dollar-Cost Averaging tool for Canadians: a detailed overview

Hello fellow Canadian Bitcoiners!
I'm Francis Pouliot, CEO and founder of Bull Bitcoin (previously known as Bitcoin Outlet) and Bylls.
I haven't been active on Reddit for a while but I thought I'd pop back here to let the community know about our new dollar-cost averaging feature, "Recurring Buy"
This post is a copy of my most recent medium article which you can read here if you want to see the screenshots. https://medium.com/bull-bitcoin/bull-bitcoins-dollar-cost-averaging-tool-for-canadians-the-right-time-to-buy-bitcoin-is-every-day-82a992ca22c1
Thanks in advance for any feedback and suggestions!
[Post starts here]
The Bull Bitcoin team is constantly trying to reduce the frictions ordinary people face when investing in Bitcoin and propose innovative features which ensure our users follow Bitcoin best practices and minimize their risks.
We are particularly excited and proud about our latest feature: an automated Bitcoin dollar-cost averaging tool which we dubbed “Recurring Buy”.
The Recurring Buy feature lets Bull Bitcoin users create an automated schedule that will buy Bitcoin every day using the funds in their account balance and send the Bitcoin directly to their Bitcoin wallet straight away.
We put a lot of thought in the implementation details and striking the right trade-offs for a simple and elegant solution. Our hope is that it will become a standard other Bitcoin exchanges will emulate for the benefit of their users. This standard will certainly evolve over time as we accumulate feedback and operational experience.
In this article, I cover:
The problem that we are trying to solve
Recurring Buy feature details, processes and instructions
The rationale (and tradeoffs) behind the main feature design choices
Bull Bitcoin is only available to Canadians, but non-Canadians that wish to have a look at how it works are welcome to make a Bull Bitcoin account and check out how it works here. You will be able to go through the process of create the schedule for testing purposes, but you wont be able to fund your account and actually purchase Bitcoin.
What problems does Dollar-Cost Averaging solve?
The most common concern of Bitcoin investors is, not surprisingly, “when is the right time to buy Bitcoin?”. Bitcoin is indeed a very volatile asset. A quick glance at a Bitcoin price chart shows there are without a doubt “worse times” and “better times” to invest in Bitcoin. But is that the same as the “right” time?
Gurus, analysts and journalists continuously offer their theories explaining what affects the Bitcoin price, supported by fancy trading charts and geopolitical analysis, further reinforcing the false notion that it is possible to predict the price of Bitcoin.
Newbies are constantly bombarded with mainstream media headlines of spectacular gains and devastating losses. For some, this grows into an irresistible temptation to get rich quick. Others become crippled with the fear of becoming “the sucker” on which early adopters dump their bags.
Veterans are haunted by past Bitcoin purchases which were quickly followed by a crash in the price. “I should have waited to buy the dip…”
Many Bitcoin veterans and long-term investors often shrug off the question of when is the right time to buy with the philosophy: “just hodl”. But even those holding until their death will recognize that buying more Bitcoin for the same price is a better outcome.
Given the very high daily volatility of Bitcoin, a hodler can find himself in many years having significantly less wealth just because he once bought Bitcoin on a Monday instead of a Wednesday. His options are either to leave it up to chance or make an attempt to “time the market” and “buy the dip”, which can turn into a stressful trading obsession, irrational decisions (which have a negative impact on budget, income and expenses) and severe psychological trauma. In addition, trying to “buy the dip” is often synonymous to keeping large amounts of fiat on an exchange to be ready for “when the time comes”.
There must be a better way.
Bitcoin investors should be rewarded for having understood Bitcoin’s long-term value proposition early on, for having taken the risk to invest accordingly and for having followed best practices. Not for being lucky.
Overview of features and rules
In this section I go into every detail of the Recurring Buy feature. In the following section, I focus on explaining why we chose this particular user experience.
The user first decides his target investment amount. Ideally, this is a monthly budget or yearly budget he allocates to investing in Bitcoin based on his projected income and expenses.
The user then chooses either the duration of the Recurring Buy schedule or the daily purchase amount. The longer the better.
The frequency is each day and cannot be modified.
The user must submit a Bitcoin address before activating a Recurring Buy schedule. By default, every transaction will be sent to that Bitcoin address. It’s the fallback address in case they don’t provide multiple addresses later.
Once the user has filled the form with target amount, the duration and the Bitcoin address, he can activate the Recurring Buy Schedule.
The user is not required to already have funds in his account balance to activate the schedule.
We will randomly select a time of day at which his transaction will be processed (every hour, so 24 possible times). If the user insists on another time of day, he can cancel his Recurring Buy schedule and try again.


The Recurring Buy feature as displayed on bullbitcoin.com/recurring-buys
The schedule is then displayed to the user, showing the time and date at which transactions that will take place in the future. The user will be able to see how long his current balance will last.
He can follow the progress of the dollar-cost averaging schedule, monitor in real time his average acquisition cost, and audit each transaction individually.
At this point, the user can and should change the Bitcoin address of his next transactions to avoid address re-use. Address re-use is not forbidden, but it is highly discouraged.
After having modified the Bitcoin addresses, there is nothing left for the user to do except watch the bitcoins appear in his Bitcoin wallet every day!
The Bitcoins are sent right away at the time of purchase.
Bitcoin transactions using the Recurring Buy feature will have the lowest possible Bitcoin network transaction fee to avoid creating upwards pressure on the fee market impact other network users.


What users see after first activating a schedule
The Recurring Buy schedule will be cancelled automatically at the time of the next purchase if the balance is insufficient. He can add more funds to his balance whenever he wants.
The Recurring Buy schedule will continue until the target amount is reached or until the account balance runs out.
The user can cancel his Recurring Buy schedule whenever he wants.
If the user wants to change the amount or duration of the schedule, he can simply cancel his current schedule and create a new one.
Each schedule has a unique identifier so that users can keep track of various schedules they perform over time.
Once a schedule is completed, either fully or partially, a summary will be provided which shows the number of transactions completed, the average acquisition cost, the total amount of Bitcoin purchase and the total amount of fiat spent. Useful for accounting!


A partially completed Recurring Buy schedule cancelled after 9 days due to insufficient funds
Though process in making our design choices
Recurring Bitcoin Purchases vs. Recurring Payment/Funding
The first and most important design choice was to separate the processes of funding the account balance with fiat (the payment) from the process of buying Bitcoin (the purchase). Users do not need to make a bank transaction every time they do a Bitcoin purchase. They first fund their account manually on their own terms, and the recurring purchases are debited from their pre-funded account balance.
Another approach would have been to automatically withdraw fiat from the user’s bank account (e.g. a direct debit or subscription billing) for each transaction (like our friends at Amber) or to instruct the user to set-up recurring payments to Bull Bitcoin from their bank account (like our friends at Bittr). The downside of these strategies is that they require numerous bank transactions which increases transaction fees and the likelihood of triggering fraud and compliance flags at the user’s bank. However, this does remove the user’s need to keep larger amounts of fiat on the exchange and reduces the friction of having to make manual bank payments.
Bull Bitcoin is currently working on a separate “Recurring Funding” feature that will automatically debit fiat from the user’s bank accounts using a separate recurring schedule with a minimum frequency of once a week, with a target of once every two weeks or once a month to match the user’s income frequency. This can, and will, be used in combination from the “Recurring Buy” feature, but both can be used separately.
The ultimate experience that we wish to achieve is that users will automatically set aside, each paycheck (two weeks), a small budget to invest in Bitcoin using the “Recurring Funding” feature which is sufficient to refill their account balance for the next two weeks of daily recurring purchases.
Frequency of transactions
The second important decision was about customizing the frequency of the schedule. We decided to make it “each day” only. This is specifically to ensure users have a large enough sample size and remain consistent which are the two key components to a successful dollar-cost averaging strategy.
A higher amount of recurring transactions (larger sample size) will result in the user’s average acquisition being closer to the actual average Bitcoin price over that period of time. Weekly or monthly recurring purchases can provide the same effectiveness if they are performed over a duration of time which is 7x longer (weekly) or 30x longer (monthly).
It is our belief that the longer the duration of the schedule, the more likely the user is to cancel the recurring buy schedule in order to “buy the dip”. Dollar-cost averaging is boring, and watching sats appear in the wallet every day is a good way to reduce the temptation of breaking the consistency.
We do not force this on users: they can still cancel the schedule if they want and go all-in. We consider it more of a gentle nudge in the right direction.
Frequency of withdrawals (one purchase = one bitcoin transaction)
This is one of the most interesting design choices because it is a trade-off between scalability (costs), privacy and custody. Ultimately, we decided that trust-minimization (no custody) and privacy were the most important at the expense of long-term scalability and costs.
Realistically, Bitcoin network fees are currently low and we expect them to remain low for the near future, although they will certainly increase massively over the long-term. One of the ways we mitigated this problem was to select the smallest possible transaction fee for transactions done in the context of Recurring Buy, separate from regular transaction fees on regular Bitcoin purchases (which, at Bull Bitcoin, are very generous).
Note: users must merge their UTXOs periodically to avoid being stuck with a large amount of small UTXOs in the future when fees become more expensive. This is what makes me most uncomfortable about our solution. I hope to also solve this problem, but it is ultimately something Bitcoin wallets need to address as well. Perhaps an automated tool in Bitcoin wallets which merges UTXOs periodically when the fees are low? Food for thought.
When transaction fees and scalability becomes a problem for us, it will have become a problem for all other small payments on the Bitcoin network, and we will use whatever solution is most appropriate at that time.
It is possible that Lightning Network ends up being the scalability solution, although currently it is logistically very difficult to perform automated payouts to users using Lightning, particularly recurring payouts, which require users to create Bolt11 invoices and to convince other peers in the network to open channels and fund channels with them for inbound capacity.
These are the general trade-offs:
Send a Bitcoin transaction for every purchase (what we do) - Most expensive for the exchange - Most expensive for the user (many UTXOs) - Increases Bitcoin Network UTXOs set - Inefficient usage of block space - Most private - Zero custody risk
Keep custody of the Bitcoin until the schedule is over or when the user requests a withdrawal (what Coinbase does) - No additional costs -No blockchain bloating - Same level of privacy - High custody risk
Batch user transactions together at fixed intervals (e.g. every day) - Slightly lower transaction costs for the exchange - Same costs for the user - Slightly more efficient use of block space - Same level of UTXO set bloating - Much lower level of privacy - Slightly higher custody risk
Single address vs multiple addresses vs HD keys (xpubs)
The final decision we had to make was preventing address re-use and allowing users to provide an HD key (xpub) rather than a Bitcoin address.
Address re-use generally decreases privacy because it becomes possible for third-party blockchain snoops to figure out that multiple Bitcoin transactions are going to the same user. But we must also consider that even transactions are sent to multiple addresses, particularly if they are small amounts, it is highly likely that the user will “merge” the coins into a single transaction when spending from his wallet. It is always possible for users to prevent this using Coinjoin, in which there is a large privacy gain in not re-using addresses compared to using a single address.
It is important to note that this does not decrease privacy compared to regular Bitcoin purchases on Bull Bitcoin outside of “Recurring Buy”. Whether a user has one transaction of $1000 going to a Bitcoin address or 10x$100 going that same Bitcoin address doesn’t reveal any new information about the user other than the fact he is likely using a dollar-cost averaging mechanism. It is rather a missed opportunity to gain more privacy.
Another smaller decision was whether or not we should ask the user to provide all his addresses upfront before being able to activate the schedule, which would completely remove the possibility of address re-use. We ultimately decided that because this process can take a very long time (imagine doing Recurring Buy every day for 365 days) it is better to let the user do this at his own pace, particularly because he may eventually change his Bitcoin wallet and forget to change the addresses in the schedule.
There are also various legitimate use-cases where users have no choice but to re-use the same address . A discussion for another day!
Asking the user to provide an XPUB is a great solution to address re-use. The exchange must dynamically derive a new Bitcoin address for the user at each transaction, which is not really a technical challenge. As far as I can tell, Bittr is the only Bitcoin exchange exchange which has implemented this technique. Kudos!
It is however important that the user doesn’t reuse this XPUB for anything else, otherwise the exchange can track his entire wallet balance and transaction history.
It is worth noting that not all wallets support HD keys or have HD keys by default (e.g. Bitcoin Core). So it is imperative that we offer the option to give Bitcoin addresses. We believe there is a lot of potential to create wallet coordination mechanisms between senders and recipients which would make this process a lot more streamlined.
In the future, we will certainly allow users to submit an XPUB instead of having to manually input a different address. But for now, we wanted to reduce the complexity to a minimum.
Conclusion: personal thoughts
I have a somewhat unique perspective on Bitcoin users due to the fact that I worked at the Bitcoin Embassy for almost 4 years. During this time, I had the opportunity to discuss face-to-face with thousands of Bitcoin investors. One of my favourite anecdotes is a nocoiner showing up at our office in December 2013 with a bag full of cash attempting to buy Bitcoin, “I know how to read a chart”, furious after being turned away. Many people who went “all-in” for short-term gains (usually altcoins) would show up to the Bitcoin Embassy office months later with heart-breaking stories.
This isn’t what I signed up for. My goal is to help people opt-out of fiat and, ultimately, to destroy the fiat currency system entirely.
This instilled in me a deep-rooted concern for gambling addiction and strong aversion to “trading”. I do not believe that Bitcoin exchanges should blindly follow “what the market dictates”. More often than not, what dictates the market is bad habits users formed because of the other Bitcoin services they used in the past, what other people are used to, and what feels familiar. Running a Bitcoin company should be inseparable from educating users on the best practices, and embedding these best practices into the user experience is the best way for them to learn.
Another important anecdote which motivated me to build a dollar-cost averaging tool is a person very close to me that had made the decision to buy Bitcoin, but was so stressed out about when was the right time to buy that they ended up not buying Bitcoin for a whole 6 months after funding their Bull Bitcoin account. That person eventually gave up and ultimately invested a large amount all at once. In hindsight, it turned out to be one of the worst possible times to invest in Bitcoin during that year.
Investing in Bitcoin can, and should be, a positive and rewarding experience.
Buying Bitcoin every day is the right strategy, but it is not necessarily lead to the best outcome.
The reality is that the best time to buy Bitcoin is at when market hits rock bottom (obviously). Sometimes, the upside from buying the dip can be much bigger than the risk (e.g. when the price dropped below $200 in 2015). But these are exceptions rather than the rule. And the cost of chasing dips is very high: stress, investing time and mental energy, and the very real psychological trauma which results from making bad trading decisions. Ultimately, it’s better to do the right thing than being lucky, but it’s not always a bad idea to cheat on your dollar-cost averaging from time to time if you can live with the costs and consequences.
Yours truly,
Francis
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Theoretical highest value of BTC

I try to solve the math for the theoretical highest value of BTC!
The following numbers are for December 2017 and must be adjusted for inflation for the current year.
According to the CIA World Factbook, there were approximately 80 trillion US$ in terms of 'broad money' (M2 for the CIA World Factbook) in circulation on the planet in December 2017 when national currency units have been converted to US dollars at the closing exchange rate on the date of the information.
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorde2215rank.html
According to Statista, in the same period were 16.78 million BTC mined.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/247280/number-of-bitcoins-in-circulation/
This means that 1 BTC can get up to (80,000,000,000,000/16,780,000=) 4,767,580.45 US$ in value with total global adoption. This number goes up as inflation devalues the US$ after December 2017.
According to Fortune, about 4 million BTC or in other words about 20% of all BTC have been lost forever due to the loss of private keys. It is to assume that more BTC will be lost forever in the future. Thus, the (available) total number of BTC will decrease in one point in the (far) future.
https://fortune.com/2017/11/25/lost-bitcoins/
Taking permanent loss of BTC in consideration, a higher theoretical value of 1 BTC is (4,767,580.45/0.8=) 5,959,475.56 US$ or in other words 1 sat is worth about 6 US cents in December 2017.
A much higher value can be expected in terms of M3 or oven M4 once legal and technological difficulties have been solved regarding loans, government bonds, options, futures and other derivatives in BTC.
An even higher value could lead to new subunits of BTC besides sat.
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Why you should invest in OCEAN Protocol

Why I am investing in Ocean Protocol
tl;dr
Unlocking data for AI
Partnered with; Unilever, Roche, Johnson&Johnson, Aviva, MOBI (BMW, Ford, GM)
Currently at $0.03, IEO price $0.12, ICO price $0.2.
Staking coming Q2.
THE PROBLEM
The world has a data problem. The more we create, the more we are forced to entrust it all to fewer data monopolies to profit from.
Data is also siloed, and generally hosted on proprietary databases across vast systems, geographies and business units. Whilst there have been fixes and APIs that have helped improve the sharing of corporate and public data, fundamentally this doesn’t change the fact that client-server architecture and corporate IT networks are inherently designed to prevent data sharing.
Regulation and privacy laws combine to make organisations concerned about sharing data both internally and publicly unless forced to do so. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the US or the Data Protection Act in the UK explicitly state how and what data can and cannot be shared. But these are complicated policies. The technical difficulty of implementing them, combined with bad UX means people err on the side of caution when approaching these issues. There is simply no incentive to outweigh the risk and hassle of sharing data.
Even where sharing is encouraged, current infrastructure makes monetising data through open source licensing complex and equally difficult to enforce. So ultimately, you are left with two options: give your data away for free (which what most individuals do) or hoard it and see if you can make sense of it at some time in the future (which is what most companies do). Neither is very efficient or effective.
The consequence is a few increasingly powerful companies get the vast majority of data at little cost, and large amounts of valuable data are sat dormant in siloed databases.
Simply put, there is no economic incentive to share data. This is a massive issue in the AI market (expected to be worth $70 billion in 2020 according to BoA Merrill).
The best AI techniques today, such as deep learning, need lots (and lots) of quality and relevant datasets to deliver any kind of meaningful value. Starving most new entrants (such as startups and SMEs) of the ability to compete.
AI expertise and talent is expensive and hard to come by, typically concentrating within organisations that already have the data to play with or promise to generate vast quantities of it in the future. Companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Baidu swallow up almost all the best talent and computer science and AI PhDs before they even come onto the jobs market.
This creates a self-propagating cycle, increasingly benefiting a few established organisations who are able to go on to dominate their respective markets, extracting a premium for the priviledge. Think of Facebook & Google in the Ad Market, Amazon for Retail, now imagine that happening across every single industry vertical. Data leads to data network effects, and subsequent AI advantages which are extremely hard to catch up with once the flywheel starts. The way things are going, the driver-less car market will likely consolidate around one single software provider. As old industries like education, healthcare and utilities digitize their operations and start utilizing data, the same will likely happen there too.
The benefits of the 4th Industrial Revolution are in the hands of fewer and fewer organisations.
Currently the expectation is that companies, rather than trying to compete (if they want to stay in business), are expected to concede their data to one of the big tech clouds like Amazon or Microsoft to be able to extract value from it. Further extending the suppliers’ unfair advantage and increasing their own dependency. Look at autonomous vehicles, German manufacturers unable to compete with Silicon Valley’s AIs for self driving cars could be left simply making the low-value hardware whilst conceding the higher-value (and margin) software to companies that drive the intelligence that control them.
I’ve always argued companies don’t want Big Data. They want actionable intelligence. But currently most large organisations have vast dumb data in silos that they simply don’t know what to do with.
But what if…
they could securely allow AI developers to run algorithms on it whilst keeping it stored encrypted, on-premise.
And open up every database at a ‘planetary level’ and turn them into a single data marketplace.
Who would own or control it? To be frank, it would require unseen levels of trust. Data is generally very sensitive, revealing and something you typically would not want to share with your competitors. Especially in say, consumer health how could that be possible with complex privacy laws?
What’s needed is a decentralised data marketplace to connect AI developers to data owners in a compliant, secure and affordable way. Welcome to Ocean Protocol.
Why decentralised and tokenised?
Primarily because of the need for the provenance of IP, affordable payment channels, and the ensure no single entity becomes a gatekeeper to a hoard of valuable data. Gatekeeper, in the sense that they can arbitrarily ban or censor participants but also to avoid the same honeypot hacking problems we encounter in today’s centralised world.
But aren’t there already decentralised data market projects?
The Ocean team have focused their design on enabling ‘exchange protocols’, resulting in massive potential for partnerships with other players in the domain. As investors in IOTA, understanding how this could work with their Data Marketplace is an interesting case in point.
INNOVATIONS
What we like most about Ocean is they have been deploying many of the constituent parts that underpin this marketplace over the last 4 years via a number of initiatives which they are now bringing together into one unified solution:
(digital ownership & attribution) (high throughput distributed database to allow for high throughput transactions) (Scalability – build on proven BigchainDB / IPDB technology for “planetary scale”) (blockchain-ready, community-driven protocol for intellectual property licensing)
What is being added is a protocol and token designed to incentivize and program rules and behaviours into the marketplace to ensure relevant good quality data is committed, made available and fairly remunerated. The design is prepared for processing confidential data for machine learning and aggregated analysis without exposing the raw data itself. Ocean will facilitate in bringing the processing algorithms to the data through on-premise compute and, eventually, more advanced techniques, like homomorphic encryption, as they mature.
OCEAN Token
Think of the Ocean Token as the ‘crypto asset’ that serves as the commodity in the data economy to incentivise the mass coordination of resources to secure and scale the network to turn in to actionable intelligence.
If Ocean is about trading data, can’t it use an existing cryptocurrency as its token, like Bitcoin or Ether?
While existing tokens might serve as a means of exchange, the Ocean protocol requires a token of its own because it uses its a specific form of monetary policy and rewards. Users get rewarded with newly minted tokens for providing high quality, relevant data and keeping it available. This means the protocol requires control over the money supply and rules out using any existing general purpose protocols or tokens. Furthermore, from the perspective of Ocean users, volatility in an uncorrelated token would disrupt the orderly value exchange between various stakeholders in the marketplace they desire.
OCEAN Data Providers (Supplying Data)
Actors who have data and want to monetise it, can make it available through Ocean for a price. When their data is used by Data Consumers, Data Providers receive tokens in return.
OCEAN Data Curators (Quality Control)
An interesting concept to Ocean is the application of curation markets. Someone needs to decide what data on Ocean is good and which data is bad. As Ocean is a decentralised system, there can’t be a central committee to do this. Instead, anyone with domain expertise can participate as a Data Curator and earn newly minted tokens by separating the wheat from the chaff. Data Curators put an amount of tokens at stake to signal that a certain dataset is of high quality. Every time they correctly do this, they receive newly minted tokens in return.
OCEAN Registry of Actors (Keeping Bad Actors Out)
Because Ocean is an open protocol, not only does it need mechanisms to curate data, it needs a mechanism to curate the participants themselves. For this reason a Registry of Actors is part of Ocean, again applying staking of tokens to make good behaviour more economically attractive than bad behaviour.
OCEAN Keepers (Making Data Available)
The nodes in the Ocean network are called Keepers. They run the Ocean software and make datasets available to the network. Keepers receive newly minted tokens to perform their function. Data Providers need to use one or more Keepers to offer data to the network.
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
Ocean is building a platform to enable a ‘global data commons’. A platform where anyone can share and be rewarded for the data they contribute where the token and protocol is designed specifically to incentivise data sharing and remuneration.
So let’s see that in the context of a single use-case: Clinical Trial Data
Note: that this use-case is provided for illustrative purposes only, to get a feel for how Ocean could work in practice. Some of the specifics of the Ocean protocol have yet to be finalised and published in the white paper, and might turn out different than described here.
Bob is a clinical physician with a data science background who uses Ocean. He knows his industry well and has experience understanding what types of clinical data are useful in trials. Charlie works at a company that regularly runs medical trials. He has collected a large amount of data for a very specific trial which has now concluded, and he believes it could be valuable for others but he doesn’t know exactly how. Charlie publishes the dataset through Ocean and judging its value (based on the cost to produce and therefore replicate), as well as his confidence in its overall quality, he stakes 5 tokens on it (to prove it is his IP, which if people want to use they must pay for). Charlie uses one of the Keeper nodes maintained by his company’s IT department. Bob, as a Data Curator of clinical trial data on Ocean, is notified of its submission, and sees no one has challenged its ownership. By looking at a sample he decides the data is of good quality and based on how broad its utility could be he stakes 10 Ocean tokens to back his judgement. Bob is not alone and quickly a number of other Data Curators with good reputation also evaluate the data and make a stake. By this point a number of AI developers see Charlie’s dataset is becoming popular and purchase it through Ocean. Charlie, Bob and the other curators get rewarded in newly minted tokens, proportional to the amount they staked and the number of downloads. The Keeper node at Charlie’s company regularly receives a request to cryptographically prove it still has the data available. Each time it answers correctly, it also receives some newly minted tokens. When Bob and Charlie signed up to join Ocean, they staked some tokens to get added to the Registry of Actors. Eve also wants to join Ocean. She stakes 100 tokens to get added to The Registry of Actors. Eve is actually a malicious actor. She purchases Charlie’s dataset through Ocean, then claims it’s hers and publishes it under her own account for a slightly lower price. Furthermore, she creates several more “sock puppet” accounts, each with some more tokens staked to join, to serve as Data Curators and vouch for her copy of the dataset. Bob and Charlie discover Eve’s malice. They successfully challenge Eve and her sock puppet accounts in the Registry of Actors. Eve and her sock puppet accounts get removed from the Registry of Actors and she loses all staking tokens.
APPROACH, TRACTION & TEAM
I am greatly encouraged by the fact that Ocean were aligned to building what we term a Community Token Economy (CTE) where multiple stakeholders ( & ) partner early on to bring together complementary skills and assets.
As two existing companies (one already VC backed) they are committing real code and IP already worth several million in value*.
*This is an important point to remember when considering the valuation and token distribution of the offering.
The open, inclusive, transparent nature of IPDB foundation bodes well for how Ocean will be run and how it will solve complex governance issues as the network grows.
I am also impressed with the team’s understanding of the importance of building a community. They understand that networks are only as powerful as the community that supports it. This is why they have already signed key partnerships with XPrize Foundation, SingularityNet, Mattereum, Integration Alpha and ixo Foundation as well as agreeing an MOU with the Government of Singapore to provide coverage and indemnification for sandboxes for data sharing.
The team understands that the decentralisation movement is still in its early stages and that collaborative and partnership is a more effective model than competition and going it alone.
PLACE IN THE CONVERGENCE ECOSYSTEM STACK
Ocean protocol is a fundamental requirement for the Convergence Ecosystem Stack. It is a protocol that enables a thriving AI data marketplace. It is complementary to our other investments in IOTA and SEED both of whom provide a marketplace for machine data and bots respectively.
Marketplaces are critical to the development of the Convergence Ecosystem as they enable new data-based and tokenised business models that have never before been possible to unlock value. Distributed ledgers, blockchains and other decentralization technologies are powerful tools for authenticating, validating, securing and transporting data; but it will be marketplaces that will enable companies to build sustainable businesses and crack open the incumbent data monopolies. IOTA, SEED and now Ocean are unlocking data for more equitable outcomes for users.
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/r/Bitcoin FAQ - Newcomers please read

Welcome to the /Bitcoin Sticky FAQ

You've probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoin recently and are wondering what's the big deal? Most of your questions should be answered by the resources below but if you have additional questions feel free to ask them in the comments.
The following videos are a good starting point for understanding how bitcoin works and a little about its long term potential:
For some more great introductory videos check out Andreas Antonopoulos's YouTube playlists, he is probably the best bitcoin educator out there today. Also have to give mention to James D'Angelo's Bitcoin 101 Blackboard series. Lots of additional video resources can be found at the videos wiki page or /BitcoinTV.
Key properties of bitcoin
Some excellent writing on Bitcoin's value proposition and future can be found here. Bitcoin statistics can be found here, here and here. Developer resources can be found here and here. Peer-reviewed research papers can be found here. The number of times Bitcoin was declared dead by the media can be found here. Scaling resources here, and of course the whitepaper that started it all.

Where can I buy bitcoins?

BuyBitcoinWorldwide.com and Howtobuybitcoin.io are helpful sites for beginners. You can buy or sell any amount of bitcoin and there are several easy methods to purchase bitcoin with cash, credit card or bank transfer. Some of the more popular resources are below, also, check out the bitcoinity exchange resources for a larger list of options for purchases.
Bank Transfer Credit / Debit card Cash
Coinbase Coinbase LocalBitcoins
Gemini Bitstamp LibertyX
GDAX Bitit Mycelium LocalTrader
Bitstamp Cex.io BitQuick
Kraken CoinMama WallofCoins
Xapo BitcoinOTC
Cex.io
itBit
Bitit
Bitsquare
Here is a listing of local ATMs. If you would like your paycheck automatically converted to bitcoin use Cashila or Bitwage.
Note: Bitcoins are valued at whatever market price people are willing to pay for them in balancing act of supply vs demand. Unlike traditional markets, bitcoin markets operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Preev is a useful site that that shows how much various denominations of bitcoin are worth in different currencies. Alternatively you can just Google "1 bitcoin in (your local currency)".

Securing your bitcoins

With bitcoin you can "Be your own bank" and personally secure your bitcoins OR you can use third party companies aka "Bitcoin banks" which will hold the bitcoins for you.
Android iOs Desktop
Mycelium BreadWallet Electrum
CoPay AirBitz Armory
Another interesting use case for physical storage/transfer is the Opendime. Opendime is a small USB stick that allows you to spend Bitcoin by physically passing it along so it's anonymous and tangible like cash.
Note: For increased security, use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) everywhere it is offered, including email!
2FA requires a second confirmation code to access your account, usually from a text message or app, making it much harder for thieves to gain access. Google Authenticator and Authy are the two most popular 2FA services, download links are below. Make sure you create backups of your 2FA codes.
Google Auth Authy
Android Android
iOS iOS

Where can I spend bitcoins?

A more comprehensive list can be found at the Trade FAQ but some more commons ones are below.
Store Product
Gyft Gift cards for hundreds of retailers including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Whole Foods, CVS, Lowes, Home Depot, iTunes, Best Buy, Sears, Kohls, eBay, GameStop, etc.
Steam, HumbleBundle, Games Planet, itch.io, g2g and kinguin For when you need to get your game on
Microsoft Xbox games, phone apps and software
Spendabit, The Bitcoin Shop, Overstock, DuoSearch, The Bitcoin Directory and BazaarBay Retail shopping with millions of results
ShakePay Generate one time use Visa cards in seconds
NewEgg and Dell For all your electronics needs
Cashila, Bitwa.la, Coinbills, Piixpay, Bitbill.eu, Bylls, Coins.ph, Bitrefill, Pey.de, LivingRoomofSatoshi, Hyphen.to, Coinsfer, GetPaidinBitcoin, Coins.co.th, More #1, #2 Bill payment
Foodler, Menufy, Takeaway, Thuisbezorgd NL, Pizza For Coins Takeout delivered to your door!
Expedia, Cheapair, Lot, Destinia, BTCTrip, Abitsky, SkyTours, Fluege the Travel category on Gyft and 9flats For when you need to get away
BoltVM, BitHost VPS service
Cryptostorm, Mullvad, and PIA VPN services
Namecheap, Porkbun For new domain name registration
Stampnik and GetUSPS Discounted USPS Priority, Express, First-Class mail postage
Reddit Gold Premium membership which can be gifted to others
Coinmap, 99Bitcoins and AirBitz are helpful to find local businesses accepting bitcoins. A good resource for UK residents is at wheretospendbitcoins.co.uk.
There are also lots of charities which accept bitcoin donations, such as Wikipedia, Red Cross, Amnesty International, United Way, ACLU and the EFF. You can find a longer list here.

Merchant Resources

There are several benefits to accepting bitcoin as a payment option if you are a merchant;
If you are interested in accepting bitcoin as a payment method, there are several options available;

Can I mine bitcoin?

Mining bitcoins can be a fun learning experience, but be aware that you will most likely operate at a loss. Newcomers are often advised to stay away from mining unless they are only interested in it as a hobby similar to folding at home. If you want to learn more about mining you can read more here. Still have mining questions? The crew at /BitcoinMining would be happy to help you out.
If you want to contribute to the bitcoin network by hosting the blockchain and propagating transactions you can run a full node using this setup guide. Bitseed is an easy option for getting set up. You can view the global node distribution here.

Earning bitcoins

Just like any other form of money, you can also earn bitcoins by being paid to do a job.
Site Description
WorkingForBitcoins, Bitwage, XBTfreelancer, Cryptogrind, Bitlancerr, Coinality, Bitgigs, /Jobs4Bitcoins, Rein Project Freelancing
OpenBazaar, Purse.io, Bitify, /Bitmarket, 21 Market Marketplaces
Watchmybit, Streamium.io, OTika.tv, XOtika.tv NSFW, /GirlsGoneBitcoin NSFW Video Streaming
Bitasker, BitforTip, WillPayCoin Tasks
Supload.com, SatoshiBox, JoyStream, File Army File/Image Sharing
CoinAd, A-ads, Coinzilla.io Advertising
You can also earn bitcoins by participating as a market maker on JoinMarket by allowing users to perform CoinJoin transactions with your bitcoins for a small fee (requires you to already have some bitcoins)

Bitcoin Projects

The following is a short list of ongoing projects that might be worth taking a look at if you are interested in current development in the bitcoin space.
Project Description
Lightning Network, Amiko Pay, and Strawpay Payment channels for network scaling
Blockstream and Drivechain Sidechains
21, Inc. Open source library for the machine payable web
ShapeShift.io Trade between bitcoins and altcoins easily
Open Transactions, Counterparty, Omni, Open Assets, Symbiont and Chain Financial asset platforms
Hivemind and Augur Prediction markets
Mirror Smart contracts
Mediachain Decentralized media library
Tierion and Factom Records & Titles on the blockchain
BitMarkets, DropZone, Beaver and Open Bazaar Decentralized markets
Samourai and Dark Wallet - abandoned Privacy-enhancing wallets
JoinMarket CoinJoin implementation (Increase privacy and/or Earn interest on bitcoin holdings)
Coinffeine and Bitsquare Decentralized bitcoin exchanges
Keybase and Bitrated Identity & Reputation management
Bitmesh and Telehash Mesh networking
JoyStream BitTorrent client with paid seeding
MORPHiS Decentralized, encrypted internet
Storj and Sia Decentralized file storage
Streamium and Faradam Pay in real time for on-demand services
Abra Global P2P money transmitter network
bitSIM PIN secure hardware token between SIM & Phone
Identifi Decentralized address book w/ ratings system
Coinometrics Institutional-level Bitcoin Data & Research
Blocktrail and BitGo Multisig bitcoin API
Bitcore Open source Bitcoin javascript library
Insight Open source blockchain API
Leet Kill your friends and take their money ;)

Bitcoin Units

One Bitcoin is quite large (hundreds of £/$/€) so people often deal in smaller units. The most common subunits are listed below:
Unit Symbol Value Info
millibitcoin mBTC 1,000 per bitcoin SI unit for milli i.e. millilitre (mL) or millimetre (mm)
microbitcoin μBTC 1,000,000 per bitcoin SI unit for micro i.e microlitre (μL) or micrometre (μm)
bit bit 1,000,000 per bitcoin Colloquial "slang" term for microbitcoin
satoshi sat 100,000,000 per bitcoin Smallest unit in bitcoin, named after the inventor
For example, assuming an arbitrary exchange rate of $500 for one Bitcoin, a $10 meal would equal:
For more information check out the Bitcoin units wiki.
Still have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below or stick around for our weekly Mentor Monday thread. If you decide to post a question in /Bitcoin, please use the search bar to see if it has been answered before, and remember to follow the community rules outlined on the sidebar to receive a better response. The mods are busy helping manage our community so please do not message them unless you notice problems with the functionality of the subreddit. A complete list of bitcoin related subreddits can be found here
Note: This is a community created FAQ. If you notice anything missing from the FAQ or that requires clarification you can edit it here and it will be included in the next revision pending approval.
Welcome to the Bitcoin community and the new decentralized economy!
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Looking back 18 months.

I was going through old emails today and came across this one I sent out to family on January 4, 2018. It was a reflection on the 2017 crypto bull market and where I saw it heading, as well as some general advice on crypto, investment, and being safe about how you handle yourself in cryptoland.
I feel that we are on the cusp of a new bull market right now, so I thought that I would put this out for at least a few people to see *before* the next bull run, not after. While the details have changed, I don't see a thing in this email that I fundamentally wouldn't say again, although I'd also probably insist that people get a Yubikey and use that for all 2FA where it is supported.
Happy reading, and sorry for some of the formatting weirdness -- I cleaned it up pretty well from the original email formatting, but I love lists and indents and Reddit has limitations... :-/
Also, don't laught at my token picks from January 2018! It was a long time ago and (luckliy) I took my own advice about moving a bunch into USD shortly after I sent this. I didn't hit the top, and I came back in too early in the summer of 2018, but I got lucky in many respects.
----------------------------------------------------------------------- Jan-4, 2018
Hey all!
I woke up this morning to ETH at a solid $1000 and decided to put some thoughts together on what I think crypto has done and what I think it will do. *******, if you could share this to your kids I’d appreciate it -- I don’t have e-mail addresses, and it’s a bit unwieldy for FB Messenger… Hopefully they’ll at least find it thought-provoking. If not, they can use it as further evidence that I’m a nutjob. 😉
Some history before I head into the future.
I first mined some BTC in 2011 or 2012 (Can’t remember exactly, but it was around the Christmas holidays when I started because I had time off from work to get it set up and running.) I kept it up through the start of summer in 2012, but stopped because it made my PC run hot and as it was no longer winter, ********** didn’t appreciate the sound of the fans blowing that hot air into the room any more. I’ve always said that the first BTC I mined was at $1, but looking back at it now, that’s not true – It was around $2. Here’s a link to BTC price history.
In the summer of 2013 I got a new PC and moved my programs and files over before scrapping the old one. I hadn’t touched my BTC mining folder for a year then, and I didn’t even think about salvaging those wallet files. They are now gone forever, including the 9-10BTC that were in them. While I can intellectually justify the loss, it was sloppy and underlines a key thing about cryptocurrency that I believe will limit its widespread adoption by the general public until it is addressed and solved: In cryptoland, you are your own bank, and if you lose your password or account number, there is no person or organization that can help you reset it so that you can get access back. Your money is gone forever.
On April 12, 2014 I bought my first BTC through Coinbase. BTC had spiked to $1000 and been in the news, at least in Japan. This made me remember my old wallet and freak out for a couple of months trying to find it and reclaim the coins. I then FOMO’d (Fear Of Missing Out”) and bought $100 worth of BTC. I was actually very lucky in my timing and bought at around $430. Even so, except for a brief 50% swing up almost immediately afterwards that made me check prices 5 times a day, BTC fell below my purchase price by the end of September and I didn’t get back to even until the end of 2015.
In May 2015 I bought my first ETH at around $1. I sent some guy on bitcointalk ~$100 worth of BTC and he sent me 100 ETH – all on trust because the amounts were small and this was a small group of people. BTC was down in the $250 range at that point, so I had lost 30-40% of my initial investment. This was of the $100 invested, so not that much in real terms, but huge in percentages. It also meant that I had to buy another $100 of BTC on Coinbase to send to this guy. A few months after I purchased my ETH, BTC had doubled and ETH had gone down to $0.50, halving the value of my ETH holdings. I was even on the first BTC purchase finally, but was now down 50% on the ETH I had bought.
The good news was that this made me start to look at things more seriously. Where I had skimmed white papers and gotten a superficial understanding of the technology before FOMO’ing, I started to act as an investor, not a speculator. Let me define how I see those two different types of activity:
So what has been my experience as an investor? After sitting out the rest of 2015 because I needed to understand the market better, I bought into ETH quite heavily, with my initial big purchases being in March-April of 2016. Those purchases were in the $11-$14 range. ETH, of course, dropped immediately to under $10, then came back and bounced around my purchase range for a while until December of 2016, when I purchased a lot more at around $8.
I also purchased my first ICO in August of 2016, HEAT. I bought 25ETH worth. Those tokens are now worth about half of their ICO price, so about 12.5ETH or $12500 instead of the $25000 they would be worth if I had just kept ETH. There are some other things with HEAT that mean I’ve done quite a bit better than those numbers would suggest, but the fact is that the single best thing I could have done is to hold ETH and not spend the effort/time/cost of working with HEAT. That holds true for about every top-25 token on the market when compared to ETH. It certainly holds true for the many, many tokens I tried to trade in Q1-Q2 of 2017. In almost every single case I would have done better and slept better had I just held ETH instead of trying to be smarter than Mr. Market.
But, I made money on all of them except one because the crypto market went up more in USD terms than any individual coin went down in ETH or BTC terms. This underlines something that I read somewhere and that I take to heart: A rising market makes everyone seem like a genius. A monkey throwing darts at a list of the top 100 cryptocurrencies last year would have doubled his money. Here’s a chart from September that shows 2017 year-to-date returns for the top 10 cryptocurrencies, and all of them went up a *lot* more between then and December. A monkey throwing darts at this list there would have quintupled his money.
When evaluating performance, then, you have to beat the monkey, and preferably you should try to beat a Wall Street monkey. I couldn’t, so I stopped trying around July 2017. My benchmark was the BLX, a DAA (Digital Asset Array – think fund like a Fidelity fund) created by ICONOMI. I wasn’t even close to beating the BLX returns, so I did several things.
  1. I went from holding about 25 different tokens to holding 10 now. More on that in a bit.
  2. I used those funds to buy ETH and BLX. ETH has done crazy-good since then and BLX has beaten BTC handily, although it hasn’t done as well as ETH.
  3. I used some of those funds to set up an arbitrage operation.
The arbitrage operation is why I kept the 11 tokens that I have now. All but a couple are used in an ETH/token pair for arbitrage, and each one of them except for one special case is part of BLX. Why did I do that? I did that because ICONOMI did a better job of picking long-term holds than I did, and in arbitrage the only speculative thing you must do is pick the pairs to trade. My pairs are (No particular order):
I also hold PLU, PLBT, and ART. These two are multi-year holds for me. I have not purchased BTC once since my initial $200, except for a few cases where BTC was the only way to go to/from an altcoin that didn’t trade against ETH yet. Right now I hold about the same 0.3BTC that I held after my first $100 purchase, so I don’t really count it.
Looking forward to this year, I am positioning myself as follows:
Looking at my notes, I have two other things that I wanted to work into this email that I didn’t get to, so here they are:
  1. Just like with free apps and other software, if you are getting something of value and you didn’t pay anything for it, you need to ask why this is. With apps, the phrase is “If you didn’t pay for the product, you are the product”, and this works for things such as pump groups, tips, and even technical analysis. Here’s how I see it.
    1. People don’t give tips on stocks or crypto that they don’t already own that stock or token. Why would they, since if they convince anyone to buy it, the price only goes up as a result, making it more expensive for them to buy in? Sure, you will have friends and family that may do this, but people in a crypto club, your local cryptocurrency meetup, or online are generally not your friends. They are there to make money, and if they can get you to help them make money, they will do it. Pump groups are the worst of these, and no matter how enticing it may look, stay as far away as possible from these scams. I even go so far as to report them when I see them advertise on FB or Twitter, because they are violating the terms of use.
    2. Technical analysis (TA) is something that has been argued about for longer than I’ve been alive, but I think that it falls into the same boat. In short, TA argues that there are patterns in trading that can be read and acted upon to signal when one must buy or sell. It has been used forever in the stock and foreign exchange markets, and people use it in crypto as well. Let’s break down these assumptions a bit.
i. First, if crypto were like the stock or forex markets we’d all be happy with 5-7% gains per year rather than easily seeing that in a day. For TA to work the same way in crypto as it does in stocks and foreign exchange, the signals would have to be *much* stronger and faster-reacting than they work in the traditional market, but people use them in exactly the same way.
ii. Another area where crypto is very different than the stock and forex markets centers around market efficiency theory. This theory says that markets are efficient and that the price reflects all the available information at any given time. This is why gold in New York is similar in price to gold in London or Shanghai, and why arbitrage margins are easily <0.1% in those markets compared to cryptoland where I can easily get 10x that. Crypto simply has too much speculation and not enough professional traders in it yet to operate as an efficient market. That fundamentally changes the way that the market behaves and should make any TA patterns from traditional markets irrelevant in crypto.
iii. There are services, both free and paid that claim to put out signals based on TA for when one should buy and sell. If you think for even a second that they are not front-running (Placing orders ahead of yours to profit.) you and the other people using the service, you’re naïve.
iv. Likewise, if you don’t think that there are people that have but together computerized systems to get ahead of people doing manual TA, you’re naïve. The guys that I have programming my arbitrage bots have offered to build me a TA bot and set up a service to sell signals once our position is taken. I said no, but I am sure that they will do it themselves or sell that to someone else. Basically they look at TA as a tip machine where when a certain pattern is seen, people act on that “tip”. They use software to see that “tip” faster and take a position on it so that when slower participants come in they either have to sell lower or buy higher than the TA bot did. Remember, if you are getting a tip for free, you’re the product. In TA I see a system when people are all acting on free preset “tips” and getting played by the more sophisticated market participants. Again, you have to beat that Wall Street monkey.
  1. If you still don’t agree that TA is bogus, think about it this way: If TA was real, Wall Street would have figured it out decades ago and we would have TA funds that would be beating the market. We don’t.
  2. If you still don’t agree that TA is bogus and that its real and well, proven, then you must think that all smart traders use them. Now follow that logic forward and think about what would happen if every smart trader pushing big money followed TA. The signals would only last for a split second and would then be overwhelmed by people acting on them, making them impossible to leverage. This is essentially what the efficient market theory postulates for all information, including TA.
OK, the one last item. Read this weekly newsletter – You can sign up at the bottom. It is free, so they’re selling something, right? 😉 From what I can tell, though, Evan is a straight-up guy who posts links and almost zero editorial comments.
Happy 2018.
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/r/Bitcoin FAQ - Newcomers please read

Welcome to the /Bitcoin Sticky FAQ

You've probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoin recently and are wondering what's the big deal? Most of your questions should be answered by the resources below but if you have additional questions feel free to ask them in the comments.
Some great introductions for new users are My first bitcoin, Bitcoin explained and ELI5 Bitcoin. Also, the following videos are a good starting point for understanding how bitcoin works and a little about its long term potential:
Also have to give mention to Lopp.net, the Princeton crypto series and James D'Angelo's Bitcoin 101 Blackboard series. Some excellent writing on Bitcoin's value proposition and future can be found at the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute. Bitcoin statistics can be found here, here and here. Developer resources can be found here, here and here. Peer-reviewed research papers can be found here. Potential upcoming protocol improvements here. Scaling resources here. The number of times Bitcoin was declared dead by the media can be found here (LOL!), and of course Satoshi Nakamoto's whitepaper that started it all! :)
Key properties of bitcoin

Where can I buy bitcoins?

Bitcoin.org, BuyBitcoinWorldwide.com and Howtobuybitcoin.io are helpful sites for beginners. You can buy or sell any amount of bitcoin and there are several easy methods to purchase bitcoin with cash, credit card or bank transfer. Some of the more popular resources are below, also, check out the bitcoinity exchange resources for a larger list of options for purchases.
Bank Transfer Credit / Debit card Cash
Gemini Bitstamp LocalBitcoins
Bitstamp Bitit Mycelium LocalTrader
BitFinex Cex.io LibertyX
Cex.io CoinMama WallofCoins
Xapo Spectrocoin BitcoinOTC
Kraken Luno BitQuick
itBit
HitBTC
Bitit
Bisq (decentralized)
Luno
Spectrocoin
Here is a listing of local ATMs. If you would like your paycheck automatically converted to bitcoin use Bitwage.
Note: Bitcoins are valued at whatever market price people are willing to pay for them in balancing act of supply vs demand. Unlike traditional markets, bitcoin markets operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Preev is a useful site that that shows how much various denominations of bitcoin are worth in different currencies. Alternatively you can just Google "1 bitcoin in (your local currency)".

Securing your bitcoins

With bitcoin you can "Be your own bank" and personally secure your bitcoins OR you can use third party companies aka "Bitcoin banks" which will hold the bitcoins for you.
Android iOs Desktop
Samouari BreadWallet Electrum
Another interesting use case for physical storage/transfer is the Opendime. Opendime is a small USB stick that allows you to spend Bitcoin by physically passing it along so it's anonymous and tangible like cash.
Note: For increased security, use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) everywhere it is offered, including email!
2FA requires a second confirmation code to access your account, usually from a text message or app, making it much harder for thieves to gain access. Google Authenticator and Authy are the two most popular 2FA services, download links are below. Make sure you create backups of your 2FA codes.
Google Auth Authy
Android Android
iOS iOS

Where can I spend bitcoins?

Check out spendabit or bitcoin directory for some good options, some of the more commons ones are listed below.
Store Product
Gyft Gift cards for hundreds of retailers including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Whole Foods, CVS, Lowes, Home Depot, iTunes, Best Buy, Sears, Kohls, eBay, GameStop, etc.
Steam, HumbleBundle, Games Planet, itch.io, g2g and kinguin For when you need to get your game on
Microsoft Xbox games, phone apps and software
Spendabit, Overstock, The Bitcoin Directory and BazaarBay Retail shopping with millions of results
ShakePay Generate one time use Visa cards in seconds
NewEgg and Dell For all your electronics needs
Bitwa.la, Coinbills, Piixpay, Bitbill.eu, Bylls, Coins.ph, Bitrefill, LivingRoomofSatoshi, Hyphen.to, Coinsfer, More #1, #2 Bill payment
Menufy, Takeaway, Thuisbezorgd NL, Pizza For Coins Takeout delivered to your door!
Expedia, Cheapair, Lot, Destinia, BTCTrip, Abitsky, SkyTours, Fluege the Travel category on Gyft and 9flats For when you need to get away
BitHost VPS service
Cryptostorm, Mullvad, and PIA VPN services
Namecheap, Porkbun For new domain name registration
Stampnik Discounted USPS Priority, Express, First-Class mail postage
Reddit Gold Premium membership which can be gifted to others
Coinmap and AirBitz are helpful to find local businesses accepting bitcoins. A good resource for UK residents is at wheretospendbitcoins.co.uk.
There are also lots of charities which accept bitcoin donations, such as Wikipedia, United Way, ACLU and the EFF. You can find a longer list here.

Merchant Resources

There are several benefits to accepting bitcoin as a payment option if you are a merchant;
If you are interested in accepting bitcoin as a payment method, there are several options available;

Can I mine bitcoin?

Mining bitcoins can be a fun learning experience, but be aware that you will most likely operate at a loss. Newcomers are often advised to stay away from mining unless they are only interested in it as a hobby similar to folding at home. If you want to learn more about mining you can read more here. Still have mining questions? The crew at /BitcoinMining would be happy to help you out.
If you want to contribute to the bitcoin network by hosting the blockchain and propagating transactions you can run a full node using this setup guide. Bitseed is an easy option for getting set up. You can view the global node distribution here.

Earning bitcoins

Just like any other form of money, you can also earn bitcoins by being paid to do a job.
Site Description
WorkingForBitcoins, Bitwage, XBTfreelancer, Cryptogrind, Bitlancerr, Coinality, Bitgigs, /Jobs4Bitcoins, Rein Project Freelancing
OpenBazaar, Purse.io, Bitify, /Bitmarket, 21 Market Marketplaces
Streamium.io, XOtika.tv NSFW, /GirlsGoneBitcoin NSFW Video Streaming
Bitasker, BitforTip Tasks
Supload.com, SatoshiBox, JoyStream, File Army File/Image Sharing
CoinAd, A-ads, Coinzilla.io Advertising
You can also earn bitcoins by participating as a market maker on JoinMarket by allowing users to perform CoinJoin transactions with your bitcoins for a small fee (requires you to already have some bitcoins)

Bitcoin Projects

The following is a short list of ongoing projects that might be worth taking a look at if you are interested in current development in the bitcoin space.
Project Description
Lightning Network, Amiko Pay, and Strawpay Payment channels for network scaling
Blockstream, Rootstock and Drivechain Sidechains
21, Inc. Open source library for the machine payable web
ShapeShift.io Trade between bitcoins and altcoins easily
Open Transactions, Counterparty, Omni, Open Assets, Symbiont and Chain Financial asset platforms
Hivemind and Augur Prediction markets
Mediachain Decentralized media library
Tierion and Factom Records & Titles on the blockchain
BitMarkets, DropZone, Beaver and Open Bazaar Decentralized markets
Samourai and Dark Wallet - abandoned Privacy-enhancing wallets
JoinMarket CoinJoin implementation (Increase privacy and/or Earn interest on bitcoin holdings)
Coinffeine and Bisq Decentralized bitcoin exchanges
Keybase and Bitrated Identity & Reputation management
Telehash Mesh networking
JoyStream BitTorrent client with paid seeding
MORPHiS Decentralized, encrypted internet
Storj and Sia Decentralized file storage
Streamium Pay in real time for on-demand services
Abra Global P2P money transmitter network
bitSIM PIN secure hardware token between SIM & Phone
Identifi Decentralized address book w/ ratings system
BitGo Multisig bitcoin API
Bitcore Open source Bitcoin javascript library
Insight Open source blockchain API
Leet Kill your friends and take their money ;)

Bitcoin Units

One Bitcoin is quite large (hundreds of £/$/€) so people often deal in smaller units. The most common subunits are listed below:
Unit Symbol Value Info
millibitcoin mBTC 1,000 per bitcoin SI unit for milli i.e. millilitre (mL) or millimetre (mm)
microbitcoin μBTC 1,000,000 per bitcoin SI unit for micro i.e microlitre (μL) or micrometre (μm)
bit bit 1,000,000 per bitcoin Colloquial "slang" term for microbitcoin
satoshi sat 100,000,000 per bitcoin Smallest unit in bitcoin, named after the inventor
For example, assuming an arbitrary exchange rate of $10000 for one Bitcoin, a $10 meal would equal:
For more information check out the Bitcoin units wiki.
Still have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below or stick around for our weekly Mentor Monday thread. If you decide to post a question in /Bitcoin, please use the search bar to see if it has been answered before, and remember to follow the community rules outlined on the sidebar to receive a better response. The mods are busy helping manage our community so please do not message them unless you notice problems with the functionality of the subreddit. A complete list of bitcoin related subreddits can be found here
Note: This is a community created FAQ. If you notice anything missing from the FAQ or that requires clarification you can edit it here and it will be included in the next revision pending approval.
Welcome to the Bitcoin community and the new decentralized economy!
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Bitcoin food for thoughts....

Every day I'm thinking about bitcoin, what it means, and what'll do and I figured I'd share some random thoughts.

1)Bitcoin's price will inevitably keep going up forever until the entire world has adopted it. The reasoning behind this being absolute in my mind is this;
People hear about bitcoin because it's making headlines in the media
People then get curious and/or look into it, then make an exchange account
People invest into it
Then those people either day trade, buy more, sell, etc. due to whales making the price go up/down
In this time people look further into the technology, read more and more about it due to curiosity
Eventually in all the time they start understanding it all the price goes up due to a new wave of people + whales
Now the first set of people knowledgeable on it and having had experience buy into the FOMO and hold
This cycle keeps repeating over and over and over again because when we hit the crashes the people who invested who know how it works and FOMOed in won't want to take their money out at a loss so this set of money is basically anchored in for the long run. Thus new money keeps getting constantly piled on top ultimately driving the price higher and higher.

2)After the entire world has adopted bitcoin as a form of currency everything will be priced according to what it's worth to people in a dynamic way. Gone will be things that are overpriced just because.
The reasoning for this is because prices of every day items will be purely based on how much total supply of bitcoin there is against how much % of it of who owns it.
For example, say the entire world now pays in bitcoin. Say 1% of the population owns 90% of the supply. Wouldn't items be priced cheaper so the rest of the population could afford them and pretty much depreciate the value that 1% own? Prices to things will be stable, but dynamic at the same time.

3)Amazon will keep growing bigger and bigger as the years go by. Right now they're testing out Amazon Go stores. Not sure how the tech works, but you walk in, grab what you want, and leave the store and they somehow charge you what the items are worth.
In the future when bitcoin is adopted as the main source of payment stores will have to have dynamic pricing on items due to point #2. Amazon Go + Bitcoin + Dynamic pricing will make it so that you walk in, get what you want, walk out. Sats will be automatically taken from your wallet and pay for the items and they will be fairly priced due to how the entire system is engineered. Buying groceries will be a ridiculous seamless experience.

4)Bitcoin will solve the the US illegal immigrant open borders situation.
The reason is that when it is adopted as the world's currency it doesn't matter where on earth you are, everyone will be paid in the same currency the same way.
Every time someone comes to the US from Mexico and earns money off the books it fucks up our monetary system, because that money is not being accounted for or taxed. With bitcoin adopted illegal immigrants and normal people will be paid the same exact way. Our financial economies will essentially be melded together. Thus in the future who the hell will care whether or not someone comes here illegally.
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A (hopefully mathematically neutral) comparison of Lightning network fees to Bitcoin Cash on-chain fees.

A side note before I begin
For context, earlier today, sherlocoin made a post on this sub asking if Lightning Network transactions are cheaper than on-chain BCH transactions. This user also went on to complain on /bitcoin that his "real" numbers were getting downvoted
I was initially going to respond to his post, but after I typed some of my response, I realized it is relevant to a wider Bitcoin audience and the level of analysis done warranted a new post. This wound up being the longest post I've ever written, so I hope you agree.
I've placed the TL;DR at the top and bottom for the simple reason that you need to prepare your face... because it's about to get hit with a formidable wall of text.
TL;DR: While Lightning node payments themselves cost less than on-chain BCH payments, the associated overhead currently requires a LN channel to produce 16 transactions just to break-even under ideal 1sat/byte circumstances and substantially more as the fee rate goes up.
Further, the Lightning network can provide no guarantee in its current state to maintain/reduce fees to 1sat/byte.

Let's Begin With An Ideal World
Lightning network fees themselves are indeed cheaper than Bitcoin Cash fees, but in order to get to a state where a Lightning network fee can be made, you are required to open a channel, and to get to a state where those funds are spendable, you must close that channel.
On the Bitcoin network, the minimum accepted fee is 1sat/byte so for now, we'll assume that ideal scenario of 1sat/byte. We'll also assume the open and close is sent as a simple native Segwit transaction with a weighted size of 141 bytes. Because we have to both open and close, this 141 byte fee will be incurred twice. The total fee for an ideal open/close transaction is 1.8¢
For comparison, a simple transaction on the BCH network requires 226 bytes one time. The minimum fee accepted next-block is 1sat/byte. At the time of writing an ideal BCH transaction fee costs ~ 0.11¢
This means that under idealized circumstances, you must currently make at least 16 transactions on a LN channel to break-even with fees
Compounding Factors
Our world is not ideal, so below I've listed compounding factors, common arguments, an assessment, and whether the problem is solvable.
Problem 1: Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash prices are asymmetrical.
Common arguments:
BTC: If Bitcoin Cash had the same price, the fees would be far higher
Yes, this is true. If Bitcoin Cash had the same market price as Bitcoin, our ideal scenario changes substantially. An open and close on Bitcoin still costs 1.8¢ while a simple Bitcoin Cash transaction now costs 1.4¢. The break-even point for a Lightning Channel is now only 2 transactions.
Is this problem solvable?
Absolutely.
Bitcoin Cash has already proposed a reduction in fees to 1sat for every 10 bytes, and that amount can be made lower by later proposals. While there is no substantial pressure to implement this now, if Bitcoin Cash had the same usage as Bitcoin currently does, it is far more likely to be implemented. If implemented at the first proposed reduction rate, under ideal circumstances, a Lightning Channel would need to produce around 13 transactions for the new break even.
But couldn't Bitcoin reduce fees similarly
The answer there is really tricky. If you reduce on-chain fees, you reduce the incentive to use the Lightning Network as the network becomes more hospitable to micropaments. This would likely increase the typical mempool state and decrease the Lightning Channel count some. The upside is that when the mempool saturates with low transaction fees, users are then re-incentivized to use the lightning network after the lowes fees are saturated with transactions. This should, in theory, produce some level of a transaction fee floor which is probably higher on average than 0.1 sat/byte on the BTC network.
Problem 2: This isn't an ideal world, we can't assume 1sat/byte fees
Common arguments:
BCH: If you tried to open a channel at peak fees, you could pay $50 each way
BTC: LN wasn't implemented which is why the fees are low now
Both sides have points here. It's true that if the mempool was in the same state as it was in December of 2017, that a user could have potentially been incentivized to pay an open and close channel fee of up to 1000 sat/byte to be accepted in a reasonable time-frame.
With that being said, two factors have resulted in a reduced mempool size of Bitcoin: Increased Segwit and Lightning Network Usage, and an overall cooling of the market.
I'm not going to speculate as to what percentage of which is due to each factor. Instead, I'm going to simply analyze mempool statistics for the last few months where both factors are present.
Let's get an idea of current typical Bitcoin network usage fees by asking Johoe quick what the mempool looks like.
For the last few months, the bitcoin mempool has followed almost the exact same pattern. Highest usage happens between 10AM and 3PM EST with a peak around noon. Weekly, usage usually peaks on Tuesday or Wednesday with enough activity to fill blocks with at least minimum fee transactions M-F during the noted hours and usually just shy of block-filling capacity on Sat and Sun.
These observations can be additionally evidenced by transaction counts on bitinfocharts. It's also easier to visualize on bitinfocharts over a longer time-frame.
Opening a channel
Under pre-planned circumstances, you can offload channel creation to off-peak hours and maintain a 1sat/byte rate. The primary issue arises in situations where either 1) LN payments are accepted and you had little prior knowledge, or 2) You had a previous LN pathway to a known payment processor and one or more previously known intermediaries are offline or otherwise unresponsive causing the payment to fail.
Your options are:
A) Create a new LN channel on-the-spot where you're likely to incur current peak fee rates of 5-20sat/byte.
B) Create an on-chain payment this time and open a LN channel when fees are more reasonable.
C) Use an alternate currency for the transaction.
There is a fundamental divide among the status of C. Some people view Bitcoin as (primarily) a storage of value, and thus as long as there are some available onramps and offramps, the currency will hold value. There are other people who believe that fungibility is what gives cryptocurrency it's value and that option C would fundamentally undermine the value of the currency.
I don't mean to dismiss either argument, but option C opens a can of worms that alone can fill economic textbooks. For the sake of simplicity, we will throw out option C as a possibility and save that debate for another day. We will simply require that payment is made in crypto.
With option B, you would absolutely need to pay the peak rate (likely higher) for a single transaction as a Point-of-Sale scenario with a full mempool would likely require at least one confirm and both parties would want that as soon as possible after payment. It would not be unlikely to pay 20-40 sat/byte on a single transaction and then pay 1sat/byte for an open and close to enable LN payments later. Even in the low end, the total cost is 20¢ for on-chain + open + close.
With present-day-statistics, your LN would have to do 182 transactions to make up for the one peak on-chain transaction you were forced to do.
With option A, you still require one confirm. Let's also give the additional leeway that in this scenario you have time to sit and wait a couple of blocks for your confirm before you order / pay. You can thus pay peak rates alone and not peak + ensure next block rates. This will most likely be in the 5-20 sat/byte range. With 5sat/byte open and 1sat/byte close, your LN would have to do 50 transactions to break even
In closing, fees are incurred by the funding channel, so there could be scenarios where the receiving party is incentivized to close in order to spend outputs and the software automatically calculates fees based on current rates. If this is the case, the receiving party could incur a higher-than-planned fee to the funding party.
With that being said, any software that allows the funding party to set the fee beforehand would avoid unplanned fees, so we'll assume low fees for closing.
Is this problem solvable?
It depends.
In order to avoid the peak-fee open/close ratio problem, the Bitcoin network either needs to have much higher LN / Segwit utilization, or increase on-chain capacity. If it gets to a point where transactions stack up, users will be required to pay more than 1sat/byte per transaction and should expect as much.
Current Bitcoin network utilization is close enough to 100% to fill blocks during peak times. I also did an export of the data available at Blockchair.com for the last 3000 blocks which is approximately the last 3 weeks of data. According to their block-weight statistics, The average Bitcoin block is 65.95% full. This means that on-chain, Bitcoin can only increase in transaction volume by around 50% and all other scaling must happen via increased Segwit and LN use.
Problem 3: You don't fully control your LN channel states.
Common arguments:
BCH: You can get into a scenario where you don't have output capacity and need to open a new channel.
BCH: A hostile actor can cause you to lose funds during a high-fee situation where a close is forced.
BTC: You can easily re-load your channel by pushing outbound to inbound.
BCH: You can't control whether nodes you connect to are online or offline.
There's a lot to digest here, but LN is essentially a 2-way contract between 2 parties. Not only does the drafting party pay the fees as of right now, but connected 3rd-parties can affect the state of this contract. There are some interesting scenarios that develop because of it and you aren't always in full control of what side.
Lack of outbound capacity
First, it's true that if you run out of outbound capacity, you either need to reload or create a new channel. This could potentially require 0, 1, or 2 additional on-chain transactions.
If a network loop exists between a low-outbound-capacity channel and yourself, you could push transactional capacity through the loop back to the output you wish to spend to. This would require 0 on-chain transactions and would only cost 1 (relatively negligible) LN fee charge. For all intents and purposes... this is actually kind of a cool scenario.
If no network loop exists from you-to-you, things get more complex. I've seen proposals like using Bitrefill to push capacity back to your node. In order to do this, you would have an account with them and they would lend custodial support based on your account. While people opting for trustless money would take issue in 3rd party custodians, I don't think this alone is a horrible solution to the LN outbound capacity problem... Although it depends on the fee that bitrefill charges to maintain an account and account charges could negate the effectiveness of using the LN. Still, we will assume this is a 0 on-chain scenario and would only cost 1 LN fee which remains relatively negligible.
If no network loop exists from you and you don't have a refill service set up, you'll need at least one on-chain payment to another LN entity in exchange for them to push LN capacity to you. Let's assume ideal fee rates. If this is the case, your refill would require an additional 7 transactions for that channel's new break-even. Multiply that by number of sat/byte if you have to pay more.
Opening a new channel is the last possibility and we go back to the dynamics of 13 transactions per LN channel in the ideal scenario.
Hostile actors
There are some potential attack vectors previously proposed. Most of these are theoretical and/or require high fee scenarios to come about. I think that everyone should be wary of them, however I'm going to ignore most of them again for the sake of succinctness.
This is not to be dismissive... it's just because my post length has already bored most casual readers half to death and I don't want to be responsible for finishing the job.
Pushing outbound to inbound
While I've discussed scenarios for this push above, there are some strange scenarios that arise where pushing outbound to inbound is not possible and even some scenarios where a 3rd party drains your outbound capacity before you can spend it.
A while back I did a testnet simulation to prove that this scenario can and will happen it was a post response that happened 2 weeks after the initial post so it flew heavily under the radar, but the proof is there.
The moral of this story is in some scenarios, you can't count on loaded network capacity to be there by the time you want to spend it.
Online vs Offline Nodes
We can't even be sure that a given computer is online to sign a channel open or push capacity until we try. Offline nodes provide a brick-wall in the pathfinding algorithm so an alternate route must be found. If we have enough channel connectivity to be statistically sure we can route around this issue, we're in good shape. If not, we're going to have issues.
Is this problem solvable?
Only if the Lightning network can provide an (effectively) infinite amount of capacity... but...
Problem 4: Lightning Network is not infinite.
Common arguments:
BTC: Lightning network can scale infinitely so there's no problem.
Unfortunately, LN is not infinitely scalable. In fact, finding a pathway from one node to another is roughly the same problem as the traveling salesman problem. Dijkstra's algorithm which is a problem that diverges polynomially. The most efficient proposals have a difficulty bound by O(n^2).
Note - in the above I confused the complexity of the traveling salesman problem with Dijkstra when they do not have the same bound. With that being said, the complexity of the LN will still diverge with size
In lay terms, what that means is every time you double the size of the Lightning Network, finding an indirect LN pathway becomes 4 times as difficult and data intensive. This means that for every doubling, the amount of traffic resulting from a single request also quadruples.
You can potentially temporarily mitigate traffic by bounding the number of hops taken, but that would encourage a greater channel-per-user ratio.
For a famous example... the game "6 degrees of Kevin Bacon" postulates that Kevin Bacon can be connected by co-stars to any movie by 6 degrees of separation. If the game is reduced to "4 degrees of Kevin Bacon," users of this network would still want as many connections to be made, so they'd be incentivized to hire Kevin Bacon to star in everything. You'd start to see ridiculous mash-ups and reboots just to get more connectivity... Just imagine hearing Coming soon - Kevin Bacon and Adam Sandlar star in "Billy Madison 2: Replace the face."
Is this problem solvable?
Signs point to no.
So technically, if the average computational power and network connectivity can handle the problem (the number of Lightning network channels needed to connect the world)2 in a trivial amount of time, Lightning Network is effectively infinite as the upper bound of a non-infinite earth would limit time-frames to those that are computationally feasible.
With that being said, BTC has discussed Lightning dev comments before that estimated a cap of 10,000 - 1,000,000 channels before problems are encountered which is far less than the required "number of channels needed to connect the world" level.
In fact SHA256 is a newer NP-hard problem than the traveling saleseman problem. That means that statistically, and based on the amount of review that has been given to each problem, it is more likely that SHA256 - the algorithm that lends security to all of bitcoin - is cracked before the traveling salesman problem is. Notions that "a dedicated dev team can suddenly solve this problem, while not technically impossible, border on statistically absurd.
Edit - While the case isn't quite as bad as the traveling salesman problem, the problem will still diverge with size and finding a more efficient algorithm is nearly as unlikely.
This upper bound shows that we cannot count on infinite scalability or connectivity for the lightning network. Thus, there will always be on-chain fee pressure and it will rise as the LN reaches it's computational upper-bound.
Because you can't count on channel states, the on-chain fee pressure will cause typical sat/byte fees to raise. The higher this rate, the more transactions you have to make for a Lightning payment open/close operation to pay for itself.
This is, of course unless it is substantially reworked or substituted for a O(log(n))-or-better solution.
Finally, I'd like to add, creating an on-chain transaction is a set non-recursive, non looping function - effectively O(1), sending this transaction over a peer-to-peer network is bounded by O(log(n)) and accepting payment is, again, O(1). This means that (as far as I can tell) on-chain transactions (very likely) scale more effectively than Lightning Network in its current state.
Additional notes:
My computational difficulty assumptions were based on a generalized, but similar problem set for both LN and on-chain instances. I may have overlooked additional steps needed for the specific implementation, and I may have overlooked reasons a problem is a simplified version requiring reduced computational difficulty.
I would appreciate review and comment on my assumptions for computational difficulty and will happily correct said assumptions if reasonable evidence is given that a problem doesn't adhere to listed computational difficulty.
TL;DR: While Lightning node payments themselves cost less than on-chain BCH payments, the associated overhead currently requires a LN channel to produce 16 transactions just to break-even under ideal 1sat/byte circumstances and substantially more as the fee rate goes up.
Further, the Lightning network can provide no guarantee in its current state to maintain/reduce fees to 1sat/byte.
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