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Emin Gun Sirer

Emin Gun Sirer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell, where his research focuses on operating systems and distributed systems.

Reviews by Emin Gun Sirer

πŸ”‘ 6 positive | πŸ’© 8 negative


I have often said that Ethereum is doing it right, throughout the DAO fork, and Bitcoin devs, with their fetishistic dependence on "the longest chain," inability to change ancient code, and their obvious conflicts of interest, are on weak ground.

2017-12-18 | Full Review


Stellar seems designed for value transfer. It's not the architecture I'd use for data-intensive supply chain applications.

2018-07-30 | Full Review


Hilarious. #6 cryptocurrency NEO is just a 7-node system uber the control of a single party, and the code isn't designed to handle even a single, benign failure.... Chances of NEO NOT being broken right now: 0%.

2018-03-04 | Full Review


Iota has some promising ideas. Its community needs to learn to be better team players though.

2018-04-26 | Full Review


I've yet to see a clever application of AI and blockchains, save for Numerai.

2018-04-18 | Full Review


Total train wreck on Verge, involving a 51% attack and a botched fork.

2018-04-05 | Full Review


Cardano is a particular consensus protocol, built around a PoS sybil control mechanism. It is not well-understood enough for people to trust it yet.

2018-07-12 | Full Review

A coin that gets created as a result of human time spent on browsing would be great. Worth taking a look at the Basic Attention Token, which requires browser support, but does essentially this.

2018-02-24 | Full Review


Say whatever you like, EOS achieves higher dramas per second than any other chain.

2018-07-08 | Full Review


dash is the re-branded dark? Darkcoin was cool. but still, would appreciate pointer to scalability tech.

2015-10-15 | Full Review


There are some nutcases out there who are worried about Zcash's trusted setup ceremony, which involved 6 independent sources of randomness, of which only 1 had to be correct for the setup to succeed.

2018-06-10 | Full Review


There is nothing about Bitcoin that makes it a good store of value. That line of narrative is incredibly dangerous. It has been used to sell Bitcoin to the masses who don’t understand where that value is going to come from.

2018-06-12 | Full Review


Blockchains in general are meant to be used. They're not meant to be sat upon, stored in a vault, in a cage, or to serve as an imaginary store of value... they are valuable because they serve a purpose, and BCH clearly does.

2018-10-15 | Full Review


EOS isn't even trying. It simply starts out as a centralized system, and it can simply remain under centralized control because it can always pick future quorums under its own control. If you don't trust that initial server, you shouldn't trust the system, EOS isn't for you.

2018-06-09 | Full Review