Democratic Currency:
Why Bitcoin is So Hard to Regulate

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Explaining Bitcoin

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Explaining BitcoinWith the recent Senate hearings that could determine Bitcoin’s fate (in the U.S. at least) there’s one word that’s been on the tip of many a tongue: Regulation. We’re told that Bitcoin could fund terrorism, fuel the “wrong” side of the drug war and […]

Measuring Bitcoin Speculation


I’m not normally one to delve too deeply into the world of financial charts, math and indices – oh I can read all variety of charts just fine and make arbitrary speculative guesses with the best of them, but I’ve seldom considered myself clever enough to make any attempt at inventing my own. The standard […]

Stealing Bitcoins the Hard(est) Way


It seems to come up every month or two on bitcointalk, IRC or any other place where newbie Bitcoiners congregate. Someone finds out that there are a finite number of Bitcoin addresses that can exist, that the addresses are chosen randomly and that there are no safeguards in place to stop someone from randomly generating […]

57% of Users Admit to Piracy?


There’s a new report from the Business Sofware Alliance (pdf warning) that claims, among other things, that fully 57% of the world’s PC users admit to pirating software. I can’t speak to the veracity of this statistic or anything else in the report – the BSA hasn’t got the best track record after all, largely […]

SWTOR Math/Formulas


In this post we cover the Math/Formulas behind the popular SWTOR (Star Wars the Old Republic) game, now pretty-fied with MathJax!

Rubber-Ducking: Elliptic Curve Cryptography

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Rubber-Ducking

In this, the first installment of the Rubber-Ducking series, we explore the concepts behind Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC).

Why We Can’t Predict Anything

Every time I turn around I see technical analysis failing, economic models failing and the best and brightest failing to answer the simple question: “what’s going to happen tomorrow?” A recent Scientific American article points out what should be an obvious reason to anyone with a background in mathematics but apparently is left out of the […]