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Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian software developer. He co-founded Bitcoin Magazine in 2011, and wrote the initial Ethereum whitepaper in 2013.

Reviews by Vitalik Buterin

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  • Vitalik Buterin on Golem Creator of Ethereum

    Golem is Airbnb for your CPU :)

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  • Vitalik Buterin on Ethereum Classic Creator of Ethereum

    I'm fine with Ethereum Classic existing. I'm just saying that I'm not interested in putting my own effort toward it.

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  • Vitalik Buterin on Cardano Creator of Ethereum

    I'm trying to understand how Praos accomplishes semi-synchronous consensus....However, even in this case, you're getting semi-synchronous chain growth, not semi-synchronous safety, as if there is a situation where a node accepts a block as finalized, and then network latency suddenly increases sharply (eg. it keeps rising exponentially), then an attacker chain could outgrow it. So it's not quite the same thing that you can get with traditional BFT-inspired algorithms...

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  • Vitalik Buterin on Zcash Creator of Ethereum

    If I was doing anything seriously privacy-demanding, I'd probably go for Zcash first.

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  • Vitalik Buterin on Dai Creator of Ethereum

    If you want full crypto-decentralization, DAI still exists and works great.

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  • Vitalik Buterin on Bitcoin SV Creator of Ethereum

    I have my disagreements with the Bitcoin roadmap, PoW, etc but they're trying to do something that's genuinely cool tech. BSV is a pure dumpster fire.

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  • Vitalik Buterin on OmiseGo Creator of Ethereum

    Right now my favorite token model is OMG-style staking tokens. Reasons:

    - Not a medium-of-exchange token
    - Clear valuation model (expected discounted future transaction fees minus the node operation cost)
    - Requires running a node to get returns, not passive income (so more legally defensible)

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  • Vitalik Buterin on EOS Creator of Ethereum

    "EOS is secure because the hegemon has a lot of power and can counterbalance the bad people"

    Hmm, what other class of systems is that the security model of?

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  • Vitalik Buterin on IOTA Creator of Ethereum

    I strongly disagree with many of IOTA's technical decisions (trinary, custom hash functions, POW on transactions), and find some of their behavior deeply egregious to the point where it goes beyond mere negligence. The "security flaw as copy protection" thing is particularly offensive, and makes it difficult to trust the current dev team.

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  • Vitalik Buterin on Bitcoin Cash Creator of Ethereum

    12.5% of the BCH block reward is being redirected from miners to "a Hong Kong corporation". This [is being billed] as voluntary, but in reality it is of course a compulsory soft fork. It's worth noting the irony here: BCH, a chain that was born as a reaction to an ideology that claims that soft forks are the only legitimate way to make changes because they are "voluntary" is.... making a controversial soft fork and insinuating that it's voluntary.

    The idea here is that miners should be proposing different consensus rules and trying to enforce them by forking off non-compliant blocks, and this will naturally stabilize toward consensus rules that the majority is okay with.

    I disagree with this market-for-consensus ideology because it has nasty equilibria and could easily lead to entrenched interests. This miner group seems to respect the concern (after all, BCH largely gave up market-for-consensus for block size too) and made the fund time-limited....

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  • Vitalik Buterin on Steem Creator of Ethereum

    Apparently Steem DPOS got taken over by big exchanges voting with depositors' funds. Can anyone confirm and/or provide details?

    Seems like the first big instance of a "de facto bribe attack" on coin voting (the bribe being exchs giving hodlers convenience and taking their votes).

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