Satoshis, Bits, Millies and Mikes:
The “Rebasing Bitcoin” Debate

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Bitcoin has taught us all a number of lessons about the nature of decentralized systems. Many of Bitcoin’s most innovative technologies arise directly from the challenges created by such systems – mining is a distributed issuance mechanism, the blockchain itself is a distributed trust mechanism – but some things, it seems, we still have to figure out via internal squabbling and the painful process of establishing a consensus manually. One such issue is exactly how to denote Bitcoin transaction amounts. [Read more…]

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VAStaffer Helps You Turn Bitcoin Into Free Time

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We’ve all had the experience of having too few hours in the day or simply lacking the necessary skills to finish a project. I, for example, cannot keep plants alive – I have a black thumb and so when my front yard needs attention I hire a landscaper. We’re all familiar with the idea, division of labor is one of the primary benefits of civilization after all. From doctors to mechanics to the pimply teenager sterotypes that cook our fast food we all outsource things we can’t or don’t want to do. Today, there is an option for outsourcing that wasn’t available yesterday: You can now pay for your overseas helping hands with Bitcoin. [Read more…]

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HD Wallets in Plain English

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With the rise of mobile wallets and the recent release of all these fancy new hardware wallets, “HD wallets” have been getting a lot of attention lately. It seems like every hardware wallet has “HD,” “BIP32″ and/or “BIP39″ plastered all over their web site – but what does it really mean and why should you care? Is HD better somehow? What does “HD” even mean? [Read more…]

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Hands-On With BtChip’s HW-1

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In May of 2013 there was an epic Bitcoin conference in San Jose California. Among the other swag I carted home from that amazing geek-party was a heavy plastic card encasing a punch-out USB device in the shape of an old-fashioned ward key. At least three different manufacturers were advertising some kind of hardware wallet in various stages of completion – but only one company had actually handed me one. [Read more…]

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Expert Advice Isn’t “Victim Shaming”

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I want to preface this article with an important statement: I do not condone the theft of other peoples’ data and I do not condone the sharing of stolen data. We can have ideological arguments over grey areas like piracy until we’re blue in the face, but if you steal someone’s nude photos and post them on the internet you are a thief and if justice works at all you should be punished for that. Now let’s talk about how it was actually all the victims’ fault! [Read more…]

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