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  • Mike Hearn on Bitcoin Lead Platform Engineer at R3 CEV

    Why has Bitcoin failed? It has failed because the community has failed. What was meant to be a new, decentralised form of money that lacked β€œsystemically important institutions” and β€œtoo big to fail” has become something even worse: a system completely controlled by just a handful of people. Worse still, the network is on the brink of technical collapse.

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  • Elad Gil on Bitcoin Entrepreneur and Investor

    In the crypto world, Bitcoin is perceived as slow to change, clunky technologically, and as having bad governance. While all these things may be true, Bitcoin has strong network effects that will maintain its status as the primary value store in the short to medium term.

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  • Charlie Lee on Decred Creator of Litecoin

    One of the few coins I'm excited about, with an innovative solution to decentralized governance. Decred is basically Dash done right. πŸ˜‚ Consensus is more decentralized than Dash and is enforced.

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  • Charlie Lee on Cardano Creator of Litecoin

    How did [Cardano] become a $10B coin when it's only 3 months old and the only major exchanges trading it is Bittrex and Binance and without even any fiat trading pairs?

    Either the market is crazy or Cardano will end world hunger.

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  • Charlie Lee on Nano Creator of Litecoin

    I took a look at Nano currency recently. Pretty neat. Every account has its own blockchain. It focuses on fast and free transactions for payments. Uses PoS for double-spend protection and PoW to fight spam. The challenge is to keep it decentralized.

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  • Charlie Lee on Bitcoin Cash Creator of Litecoin

    To be honest, BCH can compete well against LTC to be Bitcoin's silver. But their arrogance wouldn't let settle for second. Their current strategy is winner take all against Bitcoin, and they will lose because of these reasons:

    Perpetual onchain scaling destroys decentralization

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  • Charlie Lee on Verge Creator of Litecoin

    Verge mining is being exploited again. Someone has 51% attacked and taken over the Verge network again. Pornhub transactions are being reversed! πŸ˜‚

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  • Vijay Boyapati on Bitcoin Cash Senior Software Engineer at Peach Inc

    The fundamental flaw in [Roger Ver] and Jihan Wu's economic vision is that they assume that money is first and primarily a medium of exchange. They do not understand that all market based monies must evolve through a store of value phase first, before they can be suitable as a MoE.

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  • Charlie Lee on Dash Creator of Litecoin

    Yeah, because Dash is trash. πŸ˜€

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  • Charlie Lee on Monero Creator of Litecoin

    All private transactions. More tested privacy tech [than Zcash]. No tax on miners to pay investors. No high inflation . . . better investment.

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  • Vijay Boyapati on Ethereum Senior Software Engineer at Peach Inc

    The investment case for Ethereum (ETH) is that it will become the most liquid token in a digital economy built atop a Turing-complete decentralized computer that can execute smart contracts.

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  • Vijay Boyapati on Tether Senior Software Engineer at Peach Inc

    Tether is the bastard child of global capital controls.

    (If USD could be traded easily and seamlessly by everyone, there would be no need for stablecoins.)

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  • Elad Gil on Ethereum Entrepreneur and Investor

    Ethereum has enormous developer interest and the second-largest market cap. It also has characteristics that could make it a good payment network. At a minimum, Ethereum is a likely "silver" to Bitcoin's "gold" status. There are some scenarios where Bitcoin collapses and Ethereum takes over as primary value store.

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  • Elad Gil on Monero Entrepreneur and Investor

    Over $20 trillion is believed to be stored in the Cayman Islands and in Swiss bank accounts. These offshore accounts are used due to their discretion and privacy. Digital privacy tokens like Monero and Zcash will subsume this use case over time.

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  • Vijay Boyapati on Ethereum Senior Software Engineer at Peach Inc

    The most powerful reason for the crash in Ethereum (ETH) is that the ICO market is now largely dead (it being apparent that almost all ICOs were complete scams), and those that did raise capital are trying to liquidate their ETH before their product runway vanishes before their eyes.

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  • Charlie Lee on Bancor Creator of Litecoin

    A Bancor wallet got hacked and that wallet has the ability to steal coins out of their own smart contracts. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

    An exchange is not decentralized if it can lose customer funds OR if it can freeze customer funds. Bancor can do BOTH. It's a false sense of decentralization.

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  • Charlie Lee on Ethereum Classic Creator of Litecoin

    Be careful with coins that are not dominant in their respective mining algorithm, especially ones that are NiceHash-able. ETC has less than 5% of the total Ethash hash rate and is 98% NiceHash-able. 1-hr attack costs $5k. Almost $500k has been double spent.

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  • Charlie Lee on Siacoin Creator of Litecoin

    The fact that [hard forking to fund operations] was even considered at all is a HUGE concern IMO. Developers and creators have a lot of influence and they have to be careful.

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  • Charlie Lee on Bitcoin Gold Creator of Litecoin

    Bitcoin Gold got 51% attacked. Miners have no issue with attacking BTG because if it dies, they could easily switch to mine another coin that also uses Equihash POW.

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  • Charlie Lee on Ethereum Creator of Litecoin

    I was adamantly against the DAO hard fork for this moral hazard reason [of having previously hard forked to resolve a hack]. Ethereum is no longer unstoppable code as advertised on their website. How much in $/% is enough to do a [hard fork]? And who gets to decide? No longer uncensorable payments.

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  • Charlie Lee on Stellar Creator of Litecoin

    50B XLMs burned were supposed to be distributed to the community. Stellar Development Foundation only burned 5B of their own 17B XLMs. This means SDF increased their percent of total coins from 16% (17/105) to 24% (12/50).

    And they did this without any community discussions

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  • Charlie Lee on XRP Creator of Litecoin

    Ripple Labs was founded in 2012. Lol, people still can't buy coffee with XRP. πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ

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  • Vijay Boyapati on Bitcoin Senior Software Engineer at Peach Inc

    Bitcoin moving 40% in one day tells you:

    1. On a monetary scale Bitcoin is still tiny.
    2. The opportunity is still massive.

    Owning bitcoins is still one of the few asymmetric bets that people across the entire world can participate in.

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  • Charlie Lee on Bitcoin Creator of Litecoin

    Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin are the bellwether cryptos. They are the only coins that are traded on every major crypto exchanges and can be stored on every hardware wallet.

    Easily buying and securely storing other coins is really a PITA.

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