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Cryptonator

Cryptonator is an online cryptocurrency exchange rate conversion tool, which allows you to instantly convert almost every cryptocurrency into another cryptocurrency or into US Dollar and Euro. It supports not only Bitcoin, Litecoin or Dogecoin, but also around 300 other cryptocurrencies including latest ones.
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Exchange Dogecoin To Dollar Instant

Exchange Dogecoin To Dollar Instant
Bitcoinsxchanger is the most popular platform and its currency converter provides a fast-confirmed currency from Exchange Dogecoin to the US dollar. We're here to make sure you can make Dogecoin conversions at the latest exchange rate. We have an amazing currency calculator that offers a perfect method for investors to international in the stock market for various currencies. The method of converting from Dogecoin to the dollar can be performed at both present and historical levels – to do so, pick the appropriate exchange rate date. For a fact, the currency converter displays the closing rate of the previous day as well as the maximum and lowest exchange rate for any cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin and Dogecoin. Bitcoinsxchanger currency calculator also provides offers other exchange rates for about 160 international currencies.
How to convert Dogecoin
This might seem very easy to pick up any Dogecoin, but until now it has been difficult to convert Dogecoin into cash. It was considered to be a difficult task for anyone interested in turning their Dogecoins into government-backed currency with larger acceptance to make an individual deal with anyone willing to exchange for Bitcoin, which could then quickly be exchanged for dollars, Euros, and the like. However, this intermediate step not only made the entire method considerable more costly but also added a risk factor. The new and modern technology to convert Dogecoin into dollars easily and comfortably will alter the nature of how the currency is used.
DOGE VALUE CALCULATOR
Dogecoin Value Calculator is a popular device found on nearly any crypto exchange platform. This device is commonly available, and developers, dealers, and miners are constantly utilizing various cryptocurrency calculators. This is used to measure the expense of digital money and to determine the productivity of the company. You will find a number of calculators that would be helpful to leaders in the digital currency community. Bitcoinsxchanger is a crypto exchange service that uses a cryptocurrencies value calculation tool. You can convert bitcoins to fiat currencies, so you should learn the prices.
Dogecoin To Perfect Money
The Perfect Money account allows e-payment transactions really simple. Users are enabled to make online payments to other digital currency platforms and vice versa. This system may be made to enable automatic exchanges to all of the Internet companies concerned. Cryptocurrency offers you a simple method to convert Dogecoins to Perfect Money. The limit or the minimum amount allowed in an account is $1000 and the interest rate is up to 4 percent a month. Transferring money to and from an account is also achieved by currency conversion, bank transfers, other payment systems, and e-Vouchers. The one feature that helps Perfect Money stand out from the others is the opportunity of users to buy gold, dollars, and dollars in real-time.
Buy and sell dogecoin with PayPal
There may be a number of ways to buy and sell Dogecoin with Paypal. Paypal deals for huge bitcoin, Ripple, and other cryptocurrency platforms. However, there are some of the internet markets that have accrued invisible payments where you have to pay after doing the transaction, which in short is a trap. Here on our platform, you wouldn't get the sort of patronized investing because we believe in accountability for our customers. It will be very easy for you to use our platform. You just need to take a few steps. Next, you need to exchange money to dogecoin and hold it in the e-wallet that has a special code after you get it you can sell dogecoin with PayPal and pass it to USD dollars. Once again, don't go to the person who has secret costs and who has the best rates for our services.

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MOON MISSION - How to Expand the Dogecoin Community!

Hello fellow Shibes,

I decided to make a post regarding the expansion of the Dogecoin community. As a very passionate enthusiast I want to see it reach the moon! This post will be focusing on two main aspects of Dogecoin which I think if cherished or improved will directly corelate with more people joining the Dogecoin community; also discussing how we can promulgate the great things and give attention to areas that need work. The two aspects are:
-The community
-The currencies technical fundamentals (what they are and how to get people investing)
 
Let’s start off with the community, WOW! It’s awesome! Unlike other crypto-currency communities whose members are nearly 100% of the time only concerned about financial gains, or what potential criminal use cases are possible (this is truly why the original bitcoin boom occurred). The dogecoin community is completely different, one only has to look at this reddit forum to notice. Or, what this relatively small (in the grand scheme of things) community has funded. $50k for athletes in the 2014 Olympics, sponsoring NASCAR drivers, the Doge4water program etc etc.
 
So how can we the community continue to spread the word in effective ways? I’ve heard many ideas such as advertisement via posters, social media accounts, charity programs. All of these things are I great if we want to appeal to the masses, but I think the most effective and practical way to encourage people to join the Dogecoin community is by telling our friends who might be interested in why we use it (That’s certainly how I joined the community). I heard someone state something simple yet very true, “if everyone assisted just ONE friend in setting up a doge wallet and got them hooked on the community the population would double!” I personally think that verbal explanation to friends and family is the most simple and effective way of expanding the Dogecoin community, have you guys any other ideas? Let me know.
 
The issue is unless you’re (generally) in the crypto know-how your most likely not going to take any action if left to your own devices, why? There’s no real incentive to join the community and or to invest in the currency for most people (I’ll address this later). Which leads me to my next point, the technical aspects of Dogecoin.
 
When talking about any crypto-currency there is usually 5 things to take into consideration to determine if the currency is going to succeed or be useable. Important to note this is done BEFORE the investment, so if the currency doesn’t address these issues well, you’ve lost potential Dogecoin investors.
1) Is it small cap or large cap
2) The blockchain technology
3) Transaction fees
4) It’s White papers (overall goals / roadmap by the engineers of the currency)
5) Ease of purchase / use cases
 
Let’s test Dogecoin against these 5 points.
 
1) WOW! 1 Billion dollar market cap! If anyone says Dogecoin is a silly meme currency make them explain that! This means that Dogecoin has been tested against scrutiny and has come out strong, especially since it’s been around since 2013. This is the mark of a truly successful project.
2) Dogecoins blockchain is great, providing ultra-fast transaction times of under a minute, compared to 2.5 minutes on Litecoin and 10 minutes with Bitcoin (this varies depending on 24-hour currency volumes). Also, Dogecoins hashing power is merged with Litecoin which provides a safety net for the proof-of-work system.
3) Transaction fees is another awesome benefit of Dogecoin, because it’s 1 Doge! Which is miniscule compared to many other cryptos.
4) White paper goals? TO THE MOON!
5) Ease of purchase / use cases; this is where I think Dogecoin lacks a bit, so I’ll dedicate the next part of this post to this issue.
 
Since we have identified that the Dogecoin currency has a great community which can help spread the word, great technology and huge potential what could be stopping people from joining? Well as I mentioned before from research and experience with friends I believe it has to do with the ease of purchase and use cases (hard to buy / hard to spend). When purchasing any crypto-currency you want to buy from a exchange with high volume, the higher the volume the more reputable and safe the exchange is generally speaking. What are the top 5 Dogecoin exchangers ranked by Doge volume?
1) Bittrex @ 20.27%
2) Poloniex @ 17.72%
3) Gate.io @ 10.28%
4) CoinExchange @ 5.96%
5) HitBTC @ 4.92%
 
What do these reputable exchanges that support Dogecoin have in common? They are all US based, which means if you’re not in the US, unless you want to use a exchange with un-verified reputation that supports a (your countries currency / DOGE) conversion you need to buy Bitcoin or Litcoin first. Then after purchasing your Bitcoin / Litcoin from your countries most reputable exchanges, convert BTC/DOGE or LTC/DOGE. For a crypto-currency novice, buying Dogecoin isn’t too user friendly and might seem like a daunting task.
 
What does this mean? What can we do about it? I’m 16 years old so I don’t really have the expertise to answer this question but here are some ideas I came up with, feel free to respond and tell me yours.
 
Dogecoin ATMs: These could be funded by the community and produced in small quantities, but strategically placed where as many people as possible will see such as near tourist attractions. Bitcoin has had major success with this program, it shows to the general public that this is a legitimate usable currency. Also, it provides the convenience of placing loose change into Dogecoin.
Ultimate Dogecoin Exchange: This could be an exchange aimed at making purchasing Dogecoin online simple, automating the (your currency / BTC) > (BTC / DOGE) process.
 
Now let’s talk about the other issue I think could be improved, use cases / ease of spend. So how can we actually use Dogecoin? The ‘Shop with Dogecoins’ section on this forum list all the places that currently support Dogecoin as a payment system, let’s face it, there’s not much. In order for Dogecoin to be truly usable currency a few reputable stores will need to start adopting Dogecoin as a payment system, which is not something that we can really change.
 
What we can do it is continue to spread the word, and tell our friends and family how much of a great community Dogecoin has, what it has accomplished and what it continues to strive for. I personally have had success in collecting doge from faucets (currently my only supply of Doge because I’m underage to use exchanges), then making paper wallets for my friends. I’ve read about so many other cool projects people are working on to expand the community, in whatever capacity them may have. Just awesome :)
 
Thanks for listening to my ideas, TO THE MOON!
 
EDIT: Thank-you everyone for the support of this post, and to the generous Shibes that gave tips :))
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Encryption is No Longer an Option - Ways to Restore Your Natural Right to Privacy

Encryption is No Longer an Option
“If the State’s going to move against you, it’s going to move against you. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to be reckless of course. I’m awful careful you guys, and even my degree of care and control ultimately won’t be enough if they get mad enough. There will always be something…I’ve done what I hope is the best any man can do. So…I hope when they finally do get me, it’s obvious that they just made it up. I don’t go out of my way to make it easy.” – Cody Wilson
For all Anarchists our love for freedom unites us and guides us. I recently had a conversation with a mutual friend that Cody and I have in common and he stated something very insightful:
CryptoAnarchy is like the Lord of the Rings. You have to cooperate with people that you don’t know where they are or what they’re up to. That is, you just know that we are all figuring out at the same time on how to take down Sauron.
Anarchy is guided by the natural instinct for self-preservation. You can trust that others are also actively working in keeping us all free.
For us all to move into more synergistic cooperation we need more motivation. Nothing is more motivating than our movement away from an impending harmful evil. The persecution that Cody Wilson has gone through since he started his activism is testament to the evil that awaits the entire world if we do not fight against the impending digital global prison. Just note how easy it was to find Cody. Government indoctrinated brownshirts and surveillance are everywhere.
As Jeff recently said in London, “CryptoAnarchy is about the cryptography.” Cryptocurrency is only possible due to the privacy offered by cryptography. A true cryptocurrency is completely fungible, anonymous, and private. Blockchains without on-chain privacy set by default, are dangerous and offer nothing other than accurate surveillance.
That is, the moment you destroy a coin’s fungibility you corrupt its incentive structure. This is because you would then have two classes of the same coin within a transparent blockchain; these are coins that are “tainted” or “untainted” according to government. This differentiation created by blockchain surveillance leads “tainted” coins to be priced differently from “untainted” coins. Once this happens you destroy the functionality of a currency as a medium of exchange.
Imagine the headache of retailers in having to tell clients that they only accept “untainted” bitcoins. The result of not having a fungible medium of exchange is that you destroy the incentive structure of the network effect of a coin. You simply end up with a useless and unwanted network where value is supposed to be exchanged. If the units within the medium of exchange do not themselves contain the same value in the market, the utility of the network effect is destroyed.
The economic ramifications of non-fungible SurveillanceCoins are so bad that they make fiat currencies of central banks look good. In spite of their centralized proof of government violence, fiat currencies are more fungible and private than a coin based on a transparent blockchain.
For much time within crypto we would call the majority of blockchains as “pseudo-anonymous” because we knew the importance of fungibility. At that time blockchain analysis had not caught up to our technology. Now companies like Elliptic and Chainalysis have made the vast majority of blockchains in the market transparent.
Sadly, most blockchain communities have not upgraded their privacy to be on chain by default- making them transparent. However, some more intelligent communities- like Monero- are at the same time growing because they understand the importance of fungibility.
Please understand that we at TDV are ahead of the pack in understanding where all of this is going. The vast majority of people won’t tell you these harsh truths about the Blockchain space, but it is our moral imperative to inform you as best as possible.
As time goes on, we will continue to champion actual fungible CryptoCurrencies and we will continue to make clear distinctions between a SurveillanceCoin and an actual CryptoCurrency.
It is important that we take a step back from CryptoCurrencies and focus on just cryptography. You can never be too careful. Throughout our groups we have had various requests as to how to better use different wallets.
Yes, we will cover all of that in our upcoming surprise for our community, but what is most important is that you protect yourself at the network layer, your identity, and your communication.
CryptoAnarchy began way before Bitcoin. If you want to know what will be happening to CryptoCurrencies and CryptoAnarchy in the near future, you need to read Timothy C. May’s 1992 prophetic Crypto Anarchist Manifesto.
On reading this, you cannot afford to be idle regarding your privacy. This is not the time for you to easily give up what is most personal about you; your thoughts and identity. Your privacy is sacred. You need to protect your privacy as much as possible at all times. Don’t give into the defeatist notions of future technology being capable of deanonymizing any cryptography you currently use. Your goal is to be private right now in the present moment.
You are up against a global digital tyranny- that is already here!
...Cazes was not a US citizen and the Alphabay servers and Cazes were not caught on US soil. Just because crimes involving narcotic deals took place in America, weirdly enough, the US seemingly has the right above anyone to seize Cazes’ property, and charge him and his accomplices in US trials...
Use Secure Hardware That Protects You
Be paranoid. Stay paranoid. The more paranoid you are the better. Currently the five eyes are moving to strip away all of your privacy. They are on the direct path to force all companies to hand over back doors to software and hardware encryption.
This is a new breach on individual rights. The backdoors in hardware have existed since the 90’s via Trusted Computing and Digital Rights Management (DRM). The difference is that now companies will be fined and forced by governments (all governments) to open up backdoors for the surveillance of all- in both software and hardware. Australia is leading the charge since they are the only ones within the five eyes without a Bill of Rights.
If you really want to be secure, then you need to start with your hardware. Almost all laptops and hardware chips are engineered with unsafe software. These chips can transmit voice, your networking, pictures, and even video signals. Many of these chips are used to install spyware, malware and viruses.
The market has provided us with two easy plug-and-play hardware solutions.
Purism is a CryptoAnarchist company dedicated in offering us the safest computers in the market. Purism’s line of Librem Laptops is manufactured with software and hardware built from the ground up, where you can be at ease knowing there are no back doors built within it. They work with hardware component suppliers and the Free software community in making hardware that respects and protects your security. Every chip is individually selected with emphasis on respecting freedom. (Purism Librem laptops have built in Kill-Switches for your microphone/camera and wireless/Bluetooth)
All of the necessary components that you would have to bundle up together- by yourself- from a community vetted place like Prism-Break are already installed and ready to go within Librem laptops. Even if you were to install all of the necessary open-source encrypted alternatives, you still would not be able to 100% trust your current computer’s hardware.
Purism Librem laptops come with their own PureOS (operating system). Purism also offers compatibility with Qubes OS in a flash-drive (similar to Tails) to give you even another layer of protection on top of PureOS. Qubes OS is what Edward Snowden uses. PureOs is a derivative of Debian GNU/Linux. Qubes is free and open-source software (FOSS).
Purism is currently having a pre-sale for their first phone the Librem 5.
Another popular safe hardware computer market alternative is ORWL. ORWL is a desktop PC. ORWL comes with a physical encryption key that looks like a keychain. If anyone ever tries to physically tamper with the ORWL computer, sensors will automatically detect the intrusion and erase everything. ORWL comes with the operating system options of Qubes OS, Ubuntu, or Windows.
ORWL does not receive payment for their products in Crypto. Purism on the other hand accepts payment in BitcoinCore, BitcoinCash, Litecoin, Ethereum, Decred, Dogecoin, and Monero.
ORWL is a good alternative for more computer savvy people. If you are not the most competent person with computers, Purism is the way to go. With Purism everything is ready to go.
Once you get good hardware don’t use this new computer for anything other than crypto stuff. That is, don’t use it with anything that requires your slave identity. Don’t access social media with your name, don’t access bank accounts, don’t access crypto exchanges, don’t access old email accounts, definitely don’t access anything that requires KYC and AML, and don’t access any identifying log-in that is related to any of your previous internet identities. Create new identities from scratch for this new computer.
Watch this video and learn about the basics on operational security (OPSEC). Take everything written here, and spoken at the conference in the video above, as barely the preliminary basic requirements of OPSEC. You should definitely continue your own research upon getting your new secure hardware computer.
(It would be best if you purchased this computer using crypto- Monero preferably- and have it mailed to a mailing address not associated with any of your addresses; think along the lines of JJ Luna).
Encrypt Your Communication
“This generation being born now... is the last free generation.You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers.” – Julian Assange
The vast majority of our community uses Facebook. Unfortunately its network effect is something we all rely on to some degree. Fortunately for us a friend of our community created FaceMask. Through FaceMask we can still use Facebook in complete privacy- away from Zuckerberg's prying eyes. In the near future we will implement FaceMask into our TDV groups as optional privacy for our posts. We will provide our subscribers with the keys necessary to encrypt and decrypt the messages and posts. Again, this is optional. For now please go to the link above and familiarize yourself with Facemask and its technology.
Don’t use Google. If you are using Google start transitioning out of it. If you are using Gmail, start moving towards encrypted services like ProtonMail or TutaNota. They both offer a free option, try them both out and choose your favorite. Use two factor authentication on everything that requires you to log-in that allows for the use of two factor authentication. Most people use Google Authenticator and Authy. I personally prefer the open source options of FreeOTP & andOTP. Use the one that you find best suited for you. Using one is paramount for security nowadays.
If you are one that uses Google Docs with your team, move instead to CryptPad. The more you use CryptPad the more addicting it becomes; your collaborated work is encrypted and private. You no longer will have to worry about knowing that Google is capturing all of your collaborated work. You can also start using CryptPad for free.
If you are using Skype for conference calls, switch to Jitsi. Jitsi is even easier to use than Skype. If you use their MeetJitsi feature you can just access the encrypted conferencing via any browser by agreeing with your other party on the same predetermined passphrase.
Don’t use regular text messaging. Rather, use Signal, Wickr, Keybase, or Telegram.
Use a VPN
A VPN (virtual private network) encrypts all of your traffic via a private network of servers scattered throughout the world. This process anonymizes your IP address. Make sure you don’t use your identity when using a VPN- that would just give away your identity as being connected with the VPN servers you are using.
Many VPN providers register your activity and can hand it over to government if they so demand it. They break their promises to their clients all the time. Let’s minimize risk by staying away from the most draconian of jurisdictions.
To lessen this issue, do not ever use a VPN that is based out of any of the 5 eyes:
-United Kingdom
-United States
-Australia
-Canada
-New Zealand
Furthermore, avoid VPNs based out of the following nine countries, that combined with the first 5 make up the 14 eyes:
-Denmark
-France
-The Netherlands
-Norway
-Germany
-Belgium
-Italy
-Spain
-Sweden
No VPN is a complete safeguard. In spite of this, it is still best to use one. We recommend you ONLY use it (turn it on) when doing crypto-related things and only crypto-related things on your regular computer. For your new encrypted hardware computer have it on at all times. If you use it to access an actual bank account, or another personal account (including crypto accounts that require your personal information; read coinbase, or any other exchange) — then, again, the use of the VPN use becomes trite.
Here are six VPN options outside of the 14 eyes that we recommend you research further and use at your own discretion:
NordVPN (Panama)
CyberGhost (Romania)
HideMe (Malaysia)
Astrill (Seychelles)
TrustZone (Seychelles)
iVPN (Gibralter)
Like all things in the market now, some VPNs take Crypto as payment—others do not. It is best if you bought your VPN with crypto not not your credit card, debit card, or paypal.
TOR (The Onion Router)
The Onion Router is software that you use as a browser. It protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network- throughout the world- of relays runned by volunteers. This prevents evesdroppers from learning your IP address, spying on you, and disclosing your physical location. TOR also allows you to access sites that are blocked.
You can use TOR and a VPN simultaneously. If you are new to all of this, it is best that you just learn how to use the features of your new computer coupled with your preferred VPN. The use of TOR is a little more complicated and you will have to configure it according the specifications of your preferred VPN. As you begin this process, as long as you are using your VPN correctly you should be fine.
Fincen and crypto-exchanges
ShapeShift is now stuck having to require its users to deanonymize their transactions in order to meet KYC and AML requirements; it pretty clear that they got ShapeShift under the Bank Secrecy Act. Stay away from Shapeshift (sorry @erikvorhees).
“Very disappointed that @ShapeShift_io is implementing KYC. Just goes to show that any centralized entity will be pushed in that direction, which is why LN, atomic swaps and Decentralized Exchanges are the only way to resist a surveillance economics.” - Andreas Antonopoulos
As the news of ShapeShift broke out, the market was quick to answer with alternatives. Among the private centric alternatives to ShapeShift we find Godex, ChangeHero, XMR.TO, and Bisq.
ChangeHero and Godex are pretty much the same business concept as ShapeShift. The only difference is that they do not require you to become transparent. XMR.TO allows you to make BTC payments by using Monero.
That is, by using Monero together with XMR.TO you can pay any BTC address in the world while protecting your privacy.
Bisq is the Best Option
The most important to focus on is Bisq. Bisq is a complete decentralized exchange. Bisq is instantly accessible- there is no need for registration or approval from a central authority. The system is decentralized peer-to-peer and trading cannot be stopped or censored.
Bisq is safe. Unlike MtGox and the rest of centralized exchanges, Bisq never holds your funds. Bisq provides a system of decentralized arbitration with security deposits that protect traders. The privacy is set where no one except trading partners exchange personal identifying information. All personal data is stored locally.
All communication on Bisq is end-to-end encrypted routed over Tor. Upon downloading and running Bisq TOR runs on Bisq automatically. Every aspect of the development of Bisq is open source.
Bisq is easy to use. If you are accustomed to centralized exchanges, you might find Bisq a little different. If you want anonymity and privacy, this is the best crypto exchange we have. Tell your friends about Bisq. Just download Bisq and take it for a test drive, you will feel fresh freedom of entering into peaceful voluntary exchange with your fellow man. Do it, it’s good for the soul.
On Cody
I would like to personally thank all of our subscribers for generously donating to Defense Distributed on our last issue. At the moment of us putting out our last newsletter, DefDist had raised less than 100k USD. After our Newsletter got out, his donations went past 300k USD.
Thank you very much for helping out our friends in their continual fight for freedom!
Please pray for Cody, his friends, and his family.
I once asked Cody what his background was- because idk his mannerisms have always been interesting to me. He answered; “I am Romani- I am a Gypsy.”
Thank you for helping out our Gypsy friend and his band of rebels! They will very much be using your generous donations now that things got much more serious.
If you haven’t donated, please consider donating. Blessings!
By Rafael LaVerde
Excerpt taken from The Dollar Vigilante September 2018 Issue
https://dollarvigilante.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/TDV-September-2018-Issue.pdf
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Encryption is No Longer an Option - Ways to Restore Your Natural Right to Privacy

Encryption is No Longer an Option
“If the State’s going to move against you, it’s going to move against you. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to be reckless of course. I’m awful careful you guys, and even my degree of care and control ultimately won’t be enough if they get mad enough. There will always be something…I’ve done what I hope is the best any man can do. So…I hope when they finally do get me, it’s obvious that they just made it up. I don’t go out of my way to make it easy.” – Cody Wilson
For all Anarchists our love for freedom unites us and guides us. I recently had a conversation with a mutual friend that Cody and I have in common and he stated something very insightful:
CryptoAnarchy is like the Lord of the Rings. You have to cooperate with people that you don’t know where they are or what they’re up to. That is, you just know that we are all figuring out at the same time on how to take down Sauron.
Anarchy is guided by the natural instinct for self-preservation. You can trust that others are also actively working in keeping us all free.
For us all to move into more synergistic cooperation we need more motivation. Nothing is more motivating than our movement away from an impending harmful evil. The persecution that Cody Wilson has gone through since he started his activism is testament to the evil that awaits the entire world if we do not fight against the impending digital global prison. Just note how easy it was to find Cody. Government indoctrinated brownshirts and surveillance are everywhere.
As Jeff recently said in London, “CryptoAnarchy is about the cryptography.” Cryptocurrency is only possible due to the privacy offered by cryptography. A true cryptocurrency is completely fungible, anonymous, and private. Blockchains without on-chain privacy set by default, are dangerous and offer nothing other than accurate surveillance.
That is, the moment you destroy a coin’s fungibility you corrupt its incentive structure. This is because you would then have two classes of the same coin within a transparent blockchain; these are coins that are “tainted” or “untainted” according to government. This differentiation created by blockchain surveillance leads “tainted” coins to be priced differently from “untainted” coins. Once this happens you destroy the functionality of a currency as a medium of exchange.
Imagine the headache of retailers in having to tell clients that they only accept “untainted” bitcoins. The result of not having a fungible medium of exchange is that you destroy the incentive structure of the network effect of a coin. You simply end up with a useless and unwanted network where value is supposed to be exchanged. If the units within the medium of exchange do not themselves contain the same value in the market, the utility of the network effect is destroyed.
The economic ramifications of non-fungible SurveillanceCoins are so bad that they make fiat currencies of central banks look good. In spite of their centralized proof of government violence, fiat currencies are more fungible and private than a coin based on a transparent blockchain.
For much time within crypto we would call the majority of blockchains as “pseudo-anonymous” because we knew the importance of fungibility. At that time blockchain analysis had not caught up to our technology. Now companies like Elliptic and Chainalysis have made the vast majority of blockchains in the market transparent.
Sadly, most blockchain communities have not upgraded their privacy to be on chain by default- making them transparent. However, some more intelligent communities- like Monero- are at the same time growing because they understand the importance of fungibility.
Please understand that we at TDV are ahead of the pack in understanding where all of this is going. The vast majority of people won’t tell you these harsh truths about the Blockchain space, but it is our moral imperative to inform you as best as possible.
As time goes on, we will continue to champion actual fungible CryptoCurrencies and we will continue to make clear distinctions between a SurveillanceCoin and an actual CryptoCurrency.
It is important that we take a step back from CryptoCurrencies and focus on just cryptography. You can never be too careful. Throughout our groups we have had various requests as to how to better use different wallets.
Yes, we will cover all of that in our upcoming surprise for our community, but what is most important is that you protect yourself at the network layer, your identity, and your communication.
CryptoAnarchy began way before Bitcoin. If you want to know what will be happening to CryptoCurrencies and CryptoAnarchy in the near future, you need to read Timothy C. May’s 1992 prophetic Crypto Anarchist Manifesto.
On reading this, you cannot afford to be idle regarding your privacy. This is not the time for you to easily give up what is most personal about you; your thoughts and identity. Your privacy is sacred. You need to protect your privacy as much as possible at all times. Don’t give into the defeatist notions of future technology being capable of deanonymizing any cryptography you currently use. Your goal is to be private right now in the present moment.
You are up against a global digital tyranny- that is already here!
...Cazes was not a US citizen and the Alphabay servers and Cazes were not caught on US soil. Just because crimes involving narcotic deals took place in America, weirdly enough, the US seemingly has the right above anyone to seize Cazes’ property, and charge him and his accomplices in US trials...
Use Secure Hardware That Protects You
Be paranoid. Stay paranoid. The more paranoid you are the better. Currently the five eyes are moving to strip away all of your privacy. They are on the direct path to force all companies to hand over back doors to software and hardware encryption.
This is a new breach on individual rights. The backdoors in hardware have existed since the 90’s via Trusted Computing and Digital Rights Management (DRM). The difference is that now companies will be fined and forced by governments (all governments) to open up backdoors for the surveillance of all- in both software and hardware. Australia is leading the charge since they are the only ones within the five eyes without a Bill of Rights.
If you really want to be secure, then you need to start with your hardware. Almost all laptops and hardware chips are engineered with unsafe software. These chips can transmit voice, your networking, pictures, and even video signals. Many of these chips are used to install spyware, malware and viruses.
The market has provided us with two easy plug-and-play hardware solutions.
Purism is a CryptoAnarchist company dedicated in offering us the safest computers in the market. Purism’s line of Librem Laptops is manufactured with software and hardware built from the ground up, where you can be at ease knowing there are no back doors built within it. They work with hardware component suppliers and the Free software community in making hardware that respects and protects your security. Every chip is individually selected with emphasis on respecting freedom. (Purism Librem laptops have built in Kill-Switches for your microphone/camera and wireless/Bluetooth)
All of the necessary components that you would have to bundle up together- by yourself- from a community vetted place like Prism-Break are already installed and ready to go within Librem laptops. Even if you were to install all of the necessary open-source encrypted alternatives, you still would not be able to 100% trust your current computer’s hardware.
Purism Librem laptops come with their own PureOS (operating system). Purism also offers compatibility with Qubes OS in a flash-drive (similar to Tails) to give you even another layer of protection on top of PureOS. Qubes OS is what Edward Snowden uses. PureOs is a derivative of Debian GNU/Linux. Qubes is free and open-source software (FOSS).
Purism is currently having a pre-sale for their first phone the Librem 5.
Another popular safe hardware computer market alternative is ORWL. ORWL is a desktop PC. ORWL comes with a physical encryption key that looks like a keychain. If anyone ever tries to physically tamper with the ORWL computer, sensors will automatically detect the intrusion and erase everything. ORWL comes with the operating system options of Qubes OS, Ubuntu, or Windows.
ORWL does not receive payment for their products in Crypto. Purism on the other hand accepts payment in BitcoinCore, BitcoinCash, Litecoin, Ethereum, Decred, Dogecoin, and Monero.
ORWL is a good alternative for more computer savvy people. If you are not the most competent person with computers, Purism is the way to go. With Purism everything is ready to go.
Once you get good hardware don’t use this new computer for anything other than crypto stuff. That is, don’t use it with anything that requires your slave identity. Don’t access social media with your name, don’t access bank accounts, don’t access crypto exchanges, don’t access old email accounts, definitely don’t access anything that requires KYC and AML, and don’t access any identifying log-in that is related to any of your previous internet identities. Create new identities from scratch for this new computer.
Watch this video and learn about the basics on operational security (OPSEC). Take everything written here, and spoken at the conference in the video above, as barely the preliminary basic requirements of OPSEC. You should definitely continue your own research upon getting your new secure hardware computer.
(It would be best if you purchased this computer using crypto- Monero preferably- and have it mailed to a mailing address not associated with any of your addresses; think along the lines of JJ Luna).
Encrypt Your Communication
“This generation being born now... is the last free generation.You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers.” – Julian Assange
The vast majority of our community uses Facebook. Unfortunately its network effect is something we all rely on to some degree. Fortunately for us a friend of our community created FaceMask. Through FaceMask we can still use Facebook in complete privacy- away from Zuckerberg's prying eyes. In the near future we will implement FaceMask into our TDV groups as optional privacy for our posts. We will provide our subscribers with the keys necessary to encrypt and decrypt the messages and posts. Again, this is optional. For now please go to the link above and familiarize yourself with Facemask and its technology.
Don’t use Google. If you are using Google start transitioning out of it. If you are using Gmail, start moving towards encrypted services like ProtonMail or TutaNota. They both offer a free option, try them both out and choose your favorite. Use two factor authentication on everything that requires you to log-in that allows for the use of two factor authentication. Most people use Google Authenticator and Authy. I personally prefer the open source options of FreeOTP & andOTP. Use the one that you find best suited for you. Using one is paramount for security nowadays.
If you are one that uses Google Docs with your team, move instead to CryptPad. The more you use CryptPad the more addicting it becomes; your collaborated work is encrypted and private. You no longer will have to worry about knowing that Google is capturing all of your collaborated work. You can also start using CryptPad for free.
If you are using Skype for conference calls, switch to Jitsi. Jitsi is even easier to use than Skype. If you use their MeetJitsi feature you can just access the encrypted conferencing via any browser by agreeing with your other party on the same predetermined passphrase.
Don’t use regular text messaging. Rather, use Signal, Wickr, Keybase, or Telegram.
Use a VPN
A VPN (virtual private network) encrypts all of your traffic via a private network of servers scattered throughout the world. This process anonymizes your IP address. Make sure you don’t use your identity when using a VPN- that would just give away your identity as being connected with the VPN servers you are using.
Many VPN providers register your activity and can hand it over to government if they so demand it. They break their promises to their clients all the time. Let’s minimize risk by staying away from the most draconian of jurisdictions.
To lessen this issue, do not ever use a VPN that is based out of any of the 5 eyes:
-United Kingdom
-United States
-Australia
-Canada
-New Zealand
Furthermore, avoid VPNs based out of the following nine countries, that combined with the first 5 make up the 14 eyes:
-Denmark
-France
-The Netherlands
-Norway
-Germany
-Belgium
-Italy
-Spain
-Sweden
No VPN is a complete safeguard. In spite of this, it is still best to use one. We recommend you ONLY use it (turn it on) when doing crypto-related things and only crypto-related things on your regular computer. For your new encrypted hardware computer have it on at all times. If you use it to access an actual bank account, or another personal account (including crypto accounts that require your personal information; read coinbase, or any other exchange) — then, again, the use of the VPN use becomes trite.
Here are six VPN options outside of the 14 eyes that we recommend you research further and use at your own discretion:
NordVPN (Panama)
CyberGhost (Romania)
HideMe (Malaysia)
Astrill (Seychelles)
TrustZone (Seychelles)
iVPN (Gibralter)
Like all things in the market now, some VPNs take Crypto as payment—others do not. It is best if you bought your VPN with crypto not not your credit card, debit card, or paypal.
TOR (The Onion Router)
The Onion Router is software that you use as a browser. It protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network- throughout the world- of relays runned by volunteers. This prevents evesdroppers from learning your IP address, spying on you, and disclosing your physical location. TOR also allows you to access sites that are blocked.
You can use TOR and a VPN simultaneously. If you are new to all of this, it is best that you just learn how to use the features of your new computer coupled with your preferred VPN. The use of TOR is a little more complicated and you will have to configure it according the specifications of your preferred VPN. As you begin this process, as long as you are using your VPN correctly you should be fine.
Fincen and crypto-exchanges
ShapeShift is now stuck having to require its users to deanonymize their transactions in order to meet KYC and AML requirements; it pretty clear that they got ShapeShift under the Bank Secrecy Act. Stay away from Shapeshift (sorry @erikvorhees).
“Very disappointed that @ShapeShift_io is implementing KYC. Just goes to show that any centralized entity will be pushed in that direction, which is why LN, atomic swaps and Decentralized Exchanges are the only way to resist a surveillance economics.” - Andreas Antonopoulos
As the news of ShapeShift broke out, the market was quick to answer with alternatives. Among the private centric alternatives to ShapeShift we find Godex, ChangeHero, XMR.TO, and Bisq.
ChangeHero and Godex are pretty much the same business concept as ShapeShift. The only difference is that they do not require you to become transparent. XMR.TO allows you to make BTC payments by using Monero.
That is, by using Monero together with XMR.TO you can pay any BTC address in the world while protecting your privacy.
Bisq is the Best Option
The most important to focus on is Bisq. Bisq is a complete decentralized exchange. Bisq is instantly accessible- there is no need for registration or approval from a central authority. The system is decentralized peer-to-peer and trading cannot be stopped or censored.
Bisq is safe. Unlike MtGox and the rest of centralized exchanges, Bisq never holds your funds. Bisq provides a system of decentralized arbitration with security deposits that protect traders. The privacy is set where no one except trading partners exchange personal identifying information. All personal data is stored locally.
All communication on Bisq is end-to-end encrypted routed over Tor. Upon downloading and running Bisq TOR runs on Bisq automatically. Every aspect of the development of Bisq is open source.
Bisq is easy to use. If you are accustomed to centralized exchanges, you might find Bisq a little different. If you want anonymity and privacy, this is the best crypto exchange we have. Tell your friends about Bisq. Just download Bisq and take it for a test drive, you will feel fresh freedom of entering into peaceful voluntary exchange with your fellow man. Do it, it’s good for the soul.
On Cody
I would like to personally thank all of our subscribers for generously donating to Defense Distributed on our last issue. At the moment of us putting out our last newsletter, DefDist had raised less than 100k USD. After our Newsletter got out, his donations went past 300k USD.
Thank you very much for helping out our friends in their continual fight for freedom!
Please pray for Cody, his friends, and his family.
I once asked Cody what his background was- because idk his mannerisms have always been interesting to me. He answered; “I am Romani- I am a Gypsy.”
Thank you for helping out our Gypsy friend and his band of rebels! They will very much be using your generous donations now that things got much more serious.
If you haven’t donated, please consider donating. Blessings!
By Rafael LaVerde
Excerpt taken from The Dollar Vigilante September 2018 Issue
https://dollarvigilante.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/TDV-September-2018-Issue.pdf
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[Shibenomics 101] Market Cap? GDP? PPP? Moon???

So there's been an unbelievable multitude of threads ranging from "Shibes, is Ð1 = $1 possible?" to "Shibes, Ð1 can never be $1, stop dreaming."
first of all, never tell a shibe not to dream.
second of all, much much more than the ratio of dogecoins to bitcoins to dollars determines the exchange rate of a currency, and that is the subject of today's shibenomics lesson.
Everyshibe has probably heard of GDP, but to define it very quickly - the gross domestic product is the value of all goods and services produced in an economy over a period of time. Normally, GDP is calculated per year, but for the analysis in this article and dogecoin in general, i find it more constructive to think of GDP per day.
Now, how can we possibly find out what the GDP of dogecoin is? The USD has a whole bureau of economic analysis to do that and they still get it wrong half the time...
Herein lies one of the many beauties of the blockchain. The block chain is like a public ledger of every transaction in dogecoin, EVER - which means we can just find the last block with a transaction on Wednesday, January 15th, and the last block with a transaction on Thursday, January 16th, and every transaction in between is part of the GDP for Jan 16th.
note: shibes already versed in economics will point out that some of these transactions may not be for goods and services, but rather conversions from USD or BTC, and some of them may be double counted because they are buying an ingredient for something they plan to sell later for more dogecoins - these objections are somewhat correct, but systematically overestimating GDP means you can still measure GDP change over time, which is what we're really concerned about, and conversions from other currencies are our equivalent of exports
So, as of now, our GDP on January 16th was a whopping 46,793,497,531 DOGE ($18,078,761 USD). Before you object about pay-it-forward threads and tipping and such, let me remind you - tips are a micro-transaction for a service (the service of making you smile :) ) and pay-it-forward threads are the shibe version of state-sanctioned lottery - which is the service of gambling. Now, gambling and entertainment an economy do not make, but 18 million dollars is a pretty big deal. Only bitcoin, litecoin, and quarkcoin have higher GDPs per day than dogecoin, and among those only dogecoin has a reasonably sustainable average transaction value (~$200 vs >$8000).
Ok, so now we know dogecoin has a GDP, and that shibes can feel pretty good about it. Even more impressive, dogecoin GDP has grown from $6.74 million on December 18th to $18 million today - 3.22% per day - at current growth rates, our GDP this time next year would be $1.78 TRILLION (11% of the US economy). Now this is probably unsustainable, but even growing at 20% of our current growth rate for a year would leave us only behind bitcoin in GDP per day.
Now let's consider market cap - the first thing that is striking about dogecoin isn't that its 6th most valuable in terms of market cap - its that dogecoin is the only crypto who's GDP exceeds its market cap, and that too by a whopping 62%. This means that for every 1 dogecoin you spent today, 61.7% of that dogecoin was passed on, and then passed on again, and so on. The velocity of money in the doge economy is ludicrous, and it confers a high degree of stability unto our economy, so kudos all around! A fast velocity of money not only helps fight changes in prices, it also makes it possible to post very high GDP numbers without having a large monetary base.
Apart from this, its also worthwhile to note that our market cap in USD has grown by around 3.6% per day, while the number of dogecoins added to circulation grows by around 2% per day - so despite all the mining, dogecoin has been appreciating in value quite rapidly in value.
On a more theoretical note, it is worth spending a moment to consider PPP (purchasing power parity). In high school economics, PPP means that a big mac in the United States should cost the same amount of real value as a big mac in China, and that the exchange rates will move to reflect that reality. In reality, PPP is more of a goal than a law - it's pretty hard to buy a big mac in China and bring it to the United States so that you get your food cheaper at lunch. In cryptoworld, however, PPP is the law - a bitcoin must cost the same amount in litecoins, dollars, and dogecoins, and the exchange rates will change to reflect that. PPP has so far been strongly determined by the BTC, LTC, DOGE triangle, as there is still not a large volume USD/DOGE exchange to allow arbitrage between the USD/BTC/DOGE (arbitrage is the force that makes PPP a law). Thankfully, a DOGE/USD exchange is probably just around the corner, and so soon we should see DOGE/USD and DOGE/BTC stabilize a bit because of this.
PPP also extends to the world of mining - a kh/s mined on one currency will try to be worth as much as a kh/s mined on another currency - the best example of this is multipool. Right now, it is highly profitable to mine dogecoins because of the strong economy & exchange rate and the low block difficulty, compared to other alt coins relatively weak exchange rates and higher difficulties. Each coin has a predetermined global hash rate it will support based on its coin reward and target block time, and uses the difficulty to keep the reward & timing schedule intact.
What this means is that as more miners work on dogecoin, it becomes less profitable to mine doge unless its value relative to the other cryptos goes up - and this is the cause for the cycles of highs and lows we see in DOGE/BTC. These cycles will probably not stop after the February 14th block halving, but they will be occuring at higher and higher valuations.
It's a point of shibe pride to mention that of all the cryptos, dogecoin probably has the least wealth concentration - the top 100 transactions in dogecoin are only 3.15% of the daily transaction value, whereas for other currencies that number can reach near 50%.
In conclusion, it'll probably be disappointing to hear that I have no clue where DOGE/USD or DOGE/BTC will be in a week, much less when it will hit 1 dogecoin per 1 USD. What I can say, and what should be evident from the numbers, is that dogecoin is developing a strong economic foundation unlike any of the other altcoins, and is much less seedy than bitcoin's early economy. Some of the core difficulties of dogecoin going forward are going to be maintaining our ludicrous velocity of money, which means finding and developing new markets for tipping, diversifying our economy away from mainly tipping while keeping a focus on micro-transactions, and creating a more effective store of value besides hoarding coins in a wallet or giving them away in PIF threads and waiting for them to come back.
TL;DR - TO THE MOON!
statistics used in this article are available on: http://bitinfocharts.com/
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How To Get DogeCoin to the Moon (An Online Marketer's Perspective)

I have a ton of faith in DogeCoin. I just made a post about how I invested in 4 million DogeCoins over the past week.
From a purely marketing perspective, I'd like to point out what I like about DogeCoin, What makes it stand out, and easily actionable ways to get DogeCoin used more readily.
A tad bit about my background:
I have built a social media following of over 10 million fans from scratch
I have built a Youtube channel with 600 subscribers and 70,000 views
I have created an Android app that has hit 15k downloads, and an iPhone app that is just about to hit 10k downloads

WHAT DOGECOIN HAS OVER OTHER CURRENCIES

  1. A passionate and rapidly growing fanbase
Seriously, this community is awesome. The response to the Christmas DogeCoin scam is amazing. If that happened with Bitcoin, most people would have shrugged and moved on. But the response here was incredible and shows that most people here realize that trust in the community is the most important thing to getting DogeCoin to grow.
  1. A relatable attachment to an adorable meme
This is perfect for attracting attention to DogeCoin and the crypto currency world as a whole. Seth Godin states in his book "Purple Cow" that the most important thing in marketing is to make you product "remarkable" - something worth making a remark about. And the fact is, DogeCoin is fun! I can't help sharing the fact that I own DogeCoin with everyone. Many of these conversations are with people that wouldn't even care to hear about Bitcoin. But after a couple minutes of educating them, there responses are "I want some DogeCoins!" The Dogecoin community has a bigger mission than DogeCoin itself. Dogecoin is a great way to bring awareness to the cryptocurrency world as a whole!
  1. There's plenty of DogeCoin on the market (100 billion coin cap)
The psychological factor of owning 10,000 DogeCoin is pretty exciting. Heck, I bought enough to become a DogeCoin millionaire (which is pretty fun to say! :P ). I think Bitcoin had it right with 21 million total coins at first since demand was so small. But with the advancement in the awareness of cryptocurrencies, I feel Dogecoin has hit the sweet spot. Everyone can own quite a bit, and its easy to spread around (whereas hoarding might occur when someone owns only 1 or 2 bitcoins).

STEPS TO TAKE DOGECOIN TO THE MOON!

Obviously, the goal is getting DogeCoin into more and more peoples hands. And the way to do that is with more socially acceptable opportunities for transactions to occur.
I've seen quite a few posts about people looking to make Dogecoin accepted on more websites/stores. Based on ways I've made my social presence gain traction, here's my game plan:
  1. Get DogeCoin to be accepted by charities
The awesome thing about charities accepting DogeCoin is that it is a win-win-win all around!
DogeCoin has a generous community. I'm sure many here would love to donate to a good cause and also spread the usefulness of DogeCoin. Charities that get in early on this will get tons of publicity and also eager supporters willing to participate.
Also, a charity doesn't have to have a strict "dogecoin to dollar" conversion program like a store would that sells items (the changing volatility of cryptocurrency wouldn't matter for donations).
Plus, getting more and more charities to use DogeCoin will give us traction and "social proof" that the currency is being used. This can get larger companies to be more open to the idea in the near future.
  1. Get DogeCoin to be used by gamers
This has already been done by some SC2 players, which is great! Having a Dogecoin prize pool for games would really spread the word. It's free marketing if players with tons of followers are playing for Dogecoin. It can also get people to add Dogecoin to the prize pool. much transaction.
This is like the charity aspect in that people don't have to convert "Dogecoin to Dollars" so the transaction can easily occur.
  1. Make a program that easily accepts Dogecoin and transfers them into dollars.
If someone can undertake this, it would GREATLY help dogecoin gain traction. If a store can easily and automatically accept Dogecoin at its current market rate, there would be a lot less hassle/pain to getting DogeCoin accepted.
  1. Contact businesses/stores already accepting Bitcoin.
The problem I run into with marketing and selling is, its tough to sell someone on an idea if they don't see or understand the value in it. If a store is already accepting Bitcoin, they understand and value cryptocurrencies. They should be much easier to pitch the idea to. If they see that there is a passionate DogeCoin community that is willing to purchase from them, it is a no brainer for them to set something up to accept DogeCoin as well as BitCoin
And finally...
  1. Tell More People!
Get more people excited about DogeCoin every day. I'm personally setting a goal to tell 3 new people about DogeCoin each day. Even if the person shrugs, they still have been exposed to it and will remember the next time they hear about DogeCoin. Many marketing studies have found people need to hear about something 4 to 5 times before it actually sinks in. It's our goal to be one of those 4 to 5 times!
Once these goals are achieved, the momentum of DogeCoin will be huge!
I have no doubt this currency will go to the moon.
I'd love to hear other's thoughts and ideas on how to grow DogeCoin as well! Let me know what you think :)
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Slack chat with James Lovejoy (VTC Lead Dev)

Thought I would share this chat I had with James Lovejoy last night. Super generous of him to provide this much access and time answering questions. I was already a HODL'er, but this solidified it.
beerfinger [1:28 AM] Just read through the entire rebranding thread in the Vertcoin subreddit. Earlier today I also watched some of Crypto Hedge's interview of James Lovejoy from last August on YouTube. I understand both sides of the rebranding argument and have tried to play devil's advocate. Right now I do believe that the argument against rebranding is stronger. Full disclosure: I've worked in marketing/advertising my whole career and just recently got into cryptos. With that said, there are two questions that keeps nagging on me:
[1:28] 1. this coin has been around since 2014, so nearly 4 years. James seems like an incredibly smart and capable chap, but I'm just going to go ahead and assume the he hasn't always been the Lead Dev while he was in high school. Presumably there was someone before him and, after he graduates and moves on to whatever it is he's going to do with his life, there will be someone after him. Yes? So, with all due respect to James, as an investor in VTC, what assurances are there that this isn't merely an interesting side-project for a brilliant MIT student with little interest/incentive in its value as an investment portfolio? If the value of this coin to James is that of a college project, that is something I as an investor would like to know.
jamesl22 [1:32 AM] Hey!
[1:33] I've been the lead dev since Nov 2014
[1:33] (while I was in high school)
[1:33] And I've kept at it through college, I certainly don't intend to go anywhere
[1:33] Plus, there are more who work on this project that just me
beerfinger [1:33 AM] 2. I've read complaints about Vertcoin from people who poopoo its usefulness. Decrying it as "just another coin trying to be Bitcoin with not much differentiating it." People don't seem to view the ASIC thing as a big enough differentiator to make VTC stand out. There seems to be a kernel of truth to that as part of the argument against rebranding seems to be a tacit acknowledgement that it should not occur until a major change in the development is launched. So my question again stems back to James' motivations and incentives here. Is this a convenient use case for some college thesis? Or is the team really working on coming up with a major change in development?
[1:34] hey James! wow, thanks so much for your quick response
[1:34] great to actually communicate with you. and I stand corrected. very impressive that you started on this so young. I can see why MIT accepted you :slightly_smiling_face:
[1:36] my questions still stand though: I'm not trying to insult you so I hope you don't take it that way, but as someone who considers VTC part of my investment portfolio, I am very curious to hear about your incentives. You clearly have noble intentions. But what is your ultimate goal? What's the end game? Is it the same as Satoshi's was? (assuming he was really one person who existed)
[1:37] Or is there something else?
jamesl22 [1:37 AM] I think it's the same as Satoshi's
[1:37] To recreate the financial system in a fairer, more distributed way
[1:37] My research at MIT is totally separate to my work on VTC, though the two are complimentary (both are in cryptocurrency)
[1:38] In my ideal world everyone runs a VTC miner and full node in their home, banks become narrow banks and clearing houses/stock exchanges are a thing of the past
[1:39] The rewards of the financial system (in the form of transaction fees) will be distributed to the people, rather than siphoned off by banks or ASIC manufacturers as happens now (edited)
goodminer [1:40 AM] :thumbsup:
beerfinger [1:40 AM] I see. That is compelling. So, being that's the case, that sounds to me like something worthy of a brand, no?
[1:41] Unless you think there are other coins on the market with the same goals. In which case, what will differentiate VTC?
jamesl22 [1:42 AM] I don't think there are any on the market with as strong of an ideology as us
[1:42] Or any that can demonstrate that it follows through on its commitments
[1:42] The way I see it, VTC went from being worth $0.01 last year to 100x that now
[1:43] I don't see how a rebrand can possible accelerate already parabolic growth
[1:43] Bear in mind, that until a few months ago we had 0 marketing, that is where our focus should be now
beerfinger [1:44 AM] Fair. I'm curious, what do you think it SHOULD be worth?
[1:44] I mean right now, at this moment.
jamesl22 [1:44 AM] I don't think I should say, the SEC might be watching us
beerfinger [1:44 AM] Not in the future.
[1:44] haha
[1:44] ok
[1:44] Can you say if you feel it is undervalued?
[1:44] or overvalued
jamesl22 [1:45 AM] I will say with confidence that 95% of the top 100 is severely overvalued
beerfinger [1:45 AM] coins you mean
jamesl22 [1:45 AM] Yes
[1:45] On coinmarketcap
[1:45] If you visit most of their websites, there is no code at all
[1:45] Yet it's worth many times what VTC is worth
[1:46] Where VTC has been established for nearly 4 years, bug free and features well demonstrated
[1:46] VTC also had LN and SegWit on main net before LTC or BTC (edited)
beerfinger [1:46 AM] Yes I mean your statement doesn't surprise me. It's a nacent market. Lots of snake oil, clearly.
[1:47] I guess to steer this back towards the branding/marketing of your coin though, you clearly feel strongly about it and have a clear vision. Do you feel that as it stands the branding conveys that sentiment?
jamesl22 [1:47 AM] When you say branding, I assume you mean "vertcoin" and the logo?
beerfinger [1:48 AM] yes. logo, color scheme, etc...
[1:48] name even
[1:49] also to clarify one point, when I say that you clearly feel strongly about it, the "it" refers to your coin (not the marketing of it)
jamesl22 [1:49 AM] I think it's largely arbitrary
beerfinger [1:49 AM] why is that
jamesl22 [1:49 AM] Most coin names have no meaning whatsoever
[1:49] Google, the largest tech company in the world has a silly name
[1:50] Litecoin (whose name ought to imply it has fewer features) is #4
beerfinger [1:51 AM] I wouldn't underestimate the amount of strategy that went into branding Google (and continues to this day)
jamesl22 [1:51 AM] What's most important is the pitch, how can you convince someone who knows nothing about the technicals behind cryptocurrency, that ASIC resistance and decentralisation is important?
[1:51] Yes, but the original branding was arbitrary and haphazard
[1:52] Yet the technology spoke for itself
[1:52] Now it's in the dictionary
[1:53] Spending lots of time and money on a new name/logo, trying to get community consensus on that and then redesigning the website/subreddit/wallets/other services to reflect the changes is not where I think we should focus our small resources
[1:54] My goal over the next year or two is to take VTC from speculative value to real-world value
[1:54] So point of sale, ease of use, that's the focus now
[1:55] I aim to over time provide complete solutions for merchants to implement VTC at point of sale, for laymen to set up nodes and miners in their homes
[1:55] As well as potentially enterprise support if we get big enough
beerfinger [1:55 AM] It sounds like this is your intended career path then, yes?
jamesl22 [1:55 AM] In some shape or form, yes
beerfinger [1:55 AM] Wonderful
[1:55] When do you graduate, James?
[1:55] If you don't mind me asking
slackbot Custom Response [1:55 AM] I AM talking to you aren't I !
jamesl22 [1:56 AM] Charlie Lee worked at Coinbase for several years before returning to LTC a month or two ago
[1:56] 2019
beerfinger [1:56 AM] So you're a Sophomore? Or are you in graduate school?
jamesl22 [1:57 AM] Junior
chuymgzz [1:58 AM] @beerfinger can you imagine when people first heard the word "dollar" like WTF is a dollar where did it actually came from. It actually comes from Czech joachimsthaler, which became shortened in common usage to thaler or taler. Don't pay much attention to the name Vertcoin, just take a look at the tech. If you buy into this coin's ideology, you will actually start to like the name.
jin [1:58 AM] Hey guys :slightly_smiling_face:
[1:59] @chuymgzz but not everyone looks purely at the tech, if we look at the top 100 coins, you would know whats going on :stuck_out_tongue:
beerfinger [1:59 AM] Cool well thanks for indulging me, James. I really appreciate it. Hopefully this conversation continues in the future. While your probably right that right now is probably not the right time, that doesn't mean at some point in the future it won't be. In the meantime, I'll take comfort in the knowledge that I've invested in a worthy cause.
chuymgzz [1:59 AM] Longer term only the functional ones and the ones that deliver will survive and a whole ecosystem will be built around it
jin [1:59 AM] buzz and hype is unfortunately a large part of it
beerfinger [2:00 AM] *you're
jin [2:00 AM] that is true, but without marketing to draw in attention (which leads to usage and so on etc) it will be difficult for a functional one to survive even
beerfinger [2:07 AM] @james122 One more thing: how do you feel about regulation? Pro or con? Do you feel that the idea of nation states like the US and China (ergo the ICO ban) taking it upon themselves to place restrictions on the market to try and make them safer is anathema to the idea of decentralization? Are you a full on libertarian in that respect? Or do you welcome regulation because it'll separate the wheat from the chaff?
jamesl22 [2:07 AM] I think we need a sane amount of regulation
[2:08] ICOs are clearly illegal imo
[2:08] Unless they are performed under the same rules as an IPO
[2:09] Plus I don't want to create a safe harbour for child pornographers, people traffickers and terrorists to store their money
[2:09] However I do think the state has no right to spy on you without a warrant (edited)
beerfinger [2:09 AM] You mean you don't want to be Monero? :slightly_smiling_face:
jamesl22 [2:09 AM] No
[2:10] I will pursue privacy features that make the pseudoanonymity provided by the blockchain easier for people to use effectively
[2:11] That way, it is not obvious to anyone your holdings or transactions publicly (edited)
[2:11] But things like sting operations would still be theoretically possible
beerfinger [2:13 AM] Love it. I still feel the branding thing will need to be revisited at some point. I don't know what that means, exactly. Whether its as small as a font change to something bigger like a new color scheme, logo or even name, I'm not sure of. The ideology is strong, but as it stands Vertcoin doesn't have a clear differentiator in the market. I'm not sure that matters so much yet at this time, but it will.
[2:15] You clearly have a strong vision, I'm just not sure it's being communicated effectively yet. Hence, haters who say Vertcoin is just trying to be another Bitcoin.
workstation [2:15 AM] beerfinger might be a huge whale sniffing out Vertcoin before a huge loadup. Not that, that's a bad thing :stuck_out_tongue:
beerfinger [2:15 AM] haha... I wish
jamesl22 [2:16 AM] Vertcoin is trying to be another Bitcoin lol
[2:16] It's picking up where Bitcoin left off
[2:16] If people want a decentralised cryptocurrency, they should use Vertcoin
[2:17] Bitcoin just isn't one anymore
[2:17] Neither is Litecoin (edited)
beerfinger [2:20 AM] Semantics really, but if that's the case then that means Vertcoin isn't trying to be another Bitcoin. Bitcoin is already Bitcoin, which is a coin that did not fulfill it's promises. Vertcoin, on the other hand, like you said picks up where Bitcoin left off. I'm not sure that's being communicated by the brand (yet). Doing so may have nothing to do with rebranding (unless rebranding generates a bigger social following who then helps you communicate that).
workstation [2:20 AM] You've continued on a great coin James and no doubt Vertcoin has great features vs other coins, however without widespread use and adoption, Vertcoin might just become another coin without much use. The marketing side is sometimes even more important than the development side. Just need to look at history for that. E.g. Early version of Windows was buggy, bluescreen of death plagued it. But with heaps of $$ and marketing, Windows is pretty rock solid these days.
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jamesl22 [2:22 AM] Yes, agreed to both statements
[2:22] We're working on it, but it takes time and money
[2:23] But really, adoption is pointless until point of sale works properly
[2:23] When you can get it into people's physical wallets, or phone and they can spend it in a store, that's when it takes off (edited)
[2:23] Walmart, Target, all the big retailers hate Visa and Mastercard
workstation [2:24 AM] Thats a long way off... Even Apple and Samsung are struggling in that area
jamesl22 [2:24 AM] They would love a solution that opted them out of having to pay their fees
beerfinger [2:25 AM] @workstation To play devil's advocate for one sec, most successful people in the world don't achieve success because they tried to achieve success. Success is merely a byproduct of their passion. I do believe that James' commitment to the ideology can be sufficient. But it is true that the branding should communicate his vision. That is a constant conversation, too.
workstation [2:25 AM] yes, true
jamesl22 [2:26 AM] What we really need is talented content creators to make compelling media that explains the vision in a layman friendly way
[2:26] Thus far the message has been far too technical
[2:26] But in the past, the space was mostly populated by technical people so that is understandable
[2:26] It is only in the last 6 months that the general public has started to get involved
[2:27] Sadly "ASIC resistance" doesn't speak to them
beerfinger [2:27 AM] @james122 While it's true that universal adoption is key, you can say that about ANY coin. Even dogecoin would suddenly become a real coin if everyone up and decided to start using it one day. What's your strategy for making VTC that coin?
jamesl22 [2:27 AM] Whereas I think taking power from banks, chinese miners and giving it back to the people can be far more compelling
workstation [2:27 AM] We take Visa and Mastercard at our stores. We only do it because it boosts sales. People these days are all borrowing on credit because they don't have enough.... Paying on their CC# lets them buy things now (instant gratification) and slowly pay later. They managed to get banks on board because they make so much money on the interest. There is a clear reason why those cards satisfy a demand. We get charged about 1.5% by VISA/MC. To be honest, it's not a real deal breaker.
beerfinger [2:27 AM] haha, well, james you're talking to the right guy :slightly_smiling_face:
[2:28] My career is content creation
[2:28] I have nearly 20 years producing commercials and (lately) social content for global brands
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beerfinger [2:29 AM] I would be happy to consult and provide any assistance I can
[2:29] "taking power from banks, chinese miners and giving it back to the people can be far more compelling" - that's your modus operandi
[2:29] you can definitely tell that story in a compelling way
[2:30] Question: have any crypto's ever created any sort of ad before? Even just for social content? (sorry, I'm new to this space)
jamesl22 [2:30 AM] Well we'd obviously be grateful for your assistance
[2:31] I'd imagine so, though I don't follow many other coins' social media very much
goodminer [2:31 AM] @beerfinger lets chat :smile: We've been working on a lot of initiatives over the last few weeks
jamesl22 [2:31 AM] @workstation 1.5% to a huge retailer is a large sum of money though
workstation [2:35 AM] I don't see any coin being widely used to be honest. They fluctuate way too much. Say a typical consumer whose after tax salary is $1000/week.. He buys groceries at the store for $1/Liter. This is simple maths for him, he knows it's going to cost $1 each week, inflation may make it rise to $1.10 next year, but he understands that. With coins, the price of his milk is too hard to calculate.
[2:37] Why would Bob switch to using coins, when Visa/MC give him so much more? He doesnt pay the processing fee (1.5%), he gets free credit (these days, banks will easily approve 10k credits). Why would he switch to Vertcoin?
jamesl22 [2:37 AM] @workstation, volatility is high because market volume is low
[2:38] I think it will take another financial crisis or two though before people start to abandon fractional reserve banking (edited)
workstation [2:42 AM] As long as bob gets his paycheck, he's not going to care what happens at the fed
jamesl22 [2:43 AM] Bob ain't gunna get his paycheck one day though
[2:44] Because the credit ponzi scheme economy will have collapsed
workstation [2:48 AM] yes, the fed can print whatever it wants out of thin air... But its backed by US tax payers to the tune of 2+ trillion/year with most banks adhering to loan capital requirements. E.g. they need a certain amount of money deposited before they can loan more money out. What is Bitcoin/alt coins backed by? Seems like its somewhat of a ponzi scheme now, with everyone piling in thinking it will go up forever. I get that BTC is backed by real energy usage/capital requirements to mine it (asic equipment, datacenters, etc), so its more "real" than $1 USD, but they both service a purpose.
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workstation [2:51 AM] but whats the end goal because it seems they all become ponzi schemes. The only true coin will be one that will not allow any fiats be converted to to coin.
[2:51] the only way to earn a coin, would be to mine it, wouldn't you think that that would be the truest coin?
[2:52] right now people are just moving wads of fiat money into coins/alt coins, thereby skewing everything.
beerfinger [2:54 AM] just jumping in here with one last comment before I go to sleep: money, whether we're talking salt, precious metals, fiat currency, or cryptos, is just something that we all agree to prescribe a value to. That being the case, how are you going to stop someone from trading that value for something they want? If someone wants to trade their cryptos for chickens, a latte, USD or anything else, they're going to do it. No point in trying to regulate what people spend their money on or how they do it. Seems the antithesis of the whole decentralization thing anyway
workstation [2:57 AM] true
aegisker [3:02 AM] I belive when crypto matures, has fast and easy payments solutions, volume will rise and price will be more stable. Current price is speculation due to news and new development. I dont belive that after 10 years we will be seeing such swings.
beerfinger [3:04 AM] sorry keep thinking of new stuff... @jamesl22 your point about POS is salient. What's your perspective on coins like TenX that try to address that with payment platforms and cards?
[3:05] is that what you mean? nuts & bolts, how would Vertcoin become a POS option?
aegisker [3:06 AM] How is usdt keeping its price around usd?
beerfinger [3:07 AM] don't they just keep up with USD inflation by making sure there's an equal amount of tokens to USD in the market at any given point?
jamesl22 [3:07 AM] Integration of LN and AS is key
[3:07] Then providing some hardware or software solution to integrate with payment processors
[3:07] I haven't looked at tenx
beerfinger [3:07 AM] so Vertcoin IS actively pursuing this then
[3:08] interesting
[3:09] perhaps there's some way to leverage things like ApplePay
jamesl22 [3:09 AM] I doubt it
[3:09] ApplePay's design is fundamentally different
beerfinger [3:09 AM] I mean it doesn't have to be ApplePay itself. Can be a separate app
lucky [3:09 AM] Having bitcoin or altcoins tied to your debit card isn't unbelievable
jamesl22 [3:10 AM] Of course not
[3:10] But it is suboptimal
beerfinger [3:10 AM] yeah sort of kills the whole decentralization thing
lucky [3:10 AM] in fact if we are going the whole hog and saying fiat collapsed. You'd be silly to think the banks would standby and let crypto take over without them
beerfinger [3:10 AM] now we're relying on banks again
lucky [3:11 AM] At the first sign of crypto succeeding fiat. Banks will take over
[3:11] Because they can trade their fiat to coin
[3:11] Government too
aegisker [3:12 AM] Well, banks issues debt, whole market is built around debt. Crypto would take that away
[3:12] This will be hardest transition
jamesl22 [3:12 AM] If the crypto market ever gets to say $1tril, the banks will use their lobbyist army to squash it as best they can
lucky [3:13 AM] Is it not possible crypto gets immediately regulated into the banking system as soon as it passed fiat in some way
jamesl22 [3:13 AM] They don't care right now because the space is tiny compared to their own equity
lucky [3:13 AM] Yes exactly James
beerfinger [3:13 AM] i like the idea of leveraging NFC tech as a way to introduce crypto to POS purchases... everyone already has a smart phone so no need to reinvent the wheel... it's basically just an app
lucky [3:13 AM] If finance is going to change politics needs to too
[3:14] Nfc seems like the way. Yeag
[3:14] Lots of the android wallets leverage it
aegisker [3:14 AM] No need for nfc, nfc was kinda overhyped. Qr codes can work equally good
jamesl22 [3:14 AM] @beerfinger I think LN will allow us to achieve that
lucky [3:14 AM] Lol qr
[3:14] Who has ever scanned a qr....
jamesl22 [3:14 AM] We just need a hardware implementation for the reader
beerfinger [3:14 AM] sorry james, what's LN?
lucky [3:14 AM] Apple made sure qr never worked
jamesl22 [3:14 AM] Lightning Network
beerfinger [3:14 AM] ah
aegisker [3:15 AM] If u use your phone, why complicate with nfc, is there a security benefit?
beerfinger [3:15 AM] the infrastructure is there... most readers i come across these days are already NFC compliant
jamesl22 [3:15 AM] QR can work, but requires a high res display in the POS device
[3:15] Which would increase costs
[3:15] NFC is cheap af
lucky [3:16 AM] Yep. Qr is extremely requirement heavy
aegisker [3:16 AM] For example, pub: you get check with qr. U pay with your phone. Waiter sees on his computer that its payed.
lucky [3:16 AM] Look at Asia and south America
[3:16] Nobody can read qr
aegisker [3:17 AM] I europe all checks already have qrs for tax checking
lucky [3:17 AM] I work in global marketing. Qr is completely unadopted in the real world
[3:17] Yes in no public scenario qr is used
aegisker [3:17 AM] Where you from?
lucky [3:17 AM] Uk
[3:19] A decade in marketing I can tell you for sure Joe public doesn't scan qr codes
[3:19] James is right. We need an alternative hardware solution
[3:19] And I think I unique piece of tech in public would drive massive interest
aegisker [3:20 AM] In slovenia, croatia, austria(i tjink) there is law that all transactions in coffeeshops or shops(everything with fiat transaction) is sent to tax authority as soon as check is printed. U get qr code on your check, so you can check if tax s paid for your service. This is to prevent black markets and unauthorized sellers. Works pretty well. If you frequently scan qrs you can get some bonuses..
[3:21] Public got used to this pretty fast.
lucky [3:21 AM] So there's an incentive
aegisker [3:21 AM] So also you could print qr shop wallet addr.
lucky [3:21 AM] Kind of skews the ease of adoption stat we are looking for
aegisker [3:22 AM] Costz nothing
lucky [3:22 AM] Costs a smartphone with a quick camera
[3:22] How about in a dark club
beerfinger [3:23 AM] I came tonight with many questions about Vertcoin. Namely the incentives of the Devs and how it differentiated itself in the marketplace. All of those questions have been answered as best as I could have hoped. The only thing left is figuring out a way to tell that story. @jamesl22, all of the things you've said tonight are reassuring and exciting. They provide great promise for the future of this coin and even more - your goals, if realized, are truly category shifting. This is such a compelling story. TELL IT!
lucky [3:23 AM] Asking every transaction to require an in focus photo capability is insane, imo
aegisker [3:23 AM] uploaded and commented on this image: IMG_20170908_092307.jpg 1 Comment Thats how it looks
lucky [3:23 AM] We need something similar to a contactless debit card
[3:24] Good luck scanning that in the dark with a £100 smartphone. Though.
aegisker [3:24 AM] For starters this is easiest solution for early adoption (edited)
workstation [3:25 AM] why not something short like vCoin. Then u could make it go off V=Vendetta, sort of has a nice mystery, anti establishment
aegisker [3:25 AM] You just need plugin for your pos software that checks your crypto wallet for received funds
[3:26] Imo this is easiest way to implement first public purchases of beer or coffee
beerfinger [3:26 AM] by the way, less is more when it comes to branding
[3:26] look at apple
[3:26] i love this example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUXnJraKM3k YouTube Brant Walsh Microsoft Re-Designs the iPod Packaging
[3:31] and there's always something to be said for ad wars... apple's david vs goliath attack ads vs microsoft is what put them back on the map
[3:31] that could be a great angle for Vertcoin... go after Bitcoin
[3:31] make fun of it the way Jobs poked at Gates
[3:32] that's just my 2 Vertcoins
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"SNAPCARD Raises $1.5 Million from Tim Draper." Looks like tim draper is a hard core bitcoin believer

Some may think we’ve been a little off the radar recently, which is correct! We’ve been bunkered down in development mode for the past five months building SNAPCARD’s vision and a suite of digital currency products that are a huge benefit to people all over the world!
A Bit of Background
We originally built joinsnapcard.com as a browser plugin to allow bitcoin enthusiasts all over the world to spend their bitcoin wherever they wanted. It was awesome and allowed the community to spend millions of dollars (in bitcoin) on their favorite websites. Users from over 40 countries placed transactions at over 2,500 different websites! We knew where we wanted to go, and this was the first step toward that.
Support and Backing
We’re pleased to announce that we just raised our $1.5M Seed Round led by Tim Draper and Fortress Investment Group-backed Insikt Capital. Other investors are Crypto-Currency Partners, Great Oaks Ventures, BoostVC, and a long list of prominent Silicon Valley angel investors who helped shape the paths of companies like Square, Twitter, Facebook, Tesla Motors, Groupon, Yelp, and many more. We’re pleased with the vision these investors share for how the digital currency space should be shaped.
The Road Ahead
Today we’re really excited to announce our first of a multi-product rollout. We’re launching our digital currency payment processor that provides the easiest way for the community to use their digital currencies. We’ve included Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, and Ripple in our digital currency processor.
You can find all the info at www.snapcard.io We’re offering merchants instant digital currency refunds, clean and real-time analytics, auto-conversion from digital to local currency, and many other tools for modern day business owners. We’ll be announcing partnerships shortly, and they’re nothing short of absolutely rockstar. It’s really exciting that we are facilitating the acceptance of digital currencies across the globe at a pace that rivals the Millennium Falcon.
You can use out-of-the-box solutions like our modal window or embeddable iFrame.
For offline retail merchants, we didn’t leave you out! We built the simplest, lightweight POS facility for you to start accepting digital currencies, if you aren’t already.
You can download it from the Google Play Store. iOS coming shortly.
So now that we’re out of our silent mode, expect to hear more from us each week about the new line of products, partnerships, and promotions for you guys :)
On behalf of the entire SNAPCARD Team, thanks for being awesome!
Kind regards,
Michael. CEO and Co-founder
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Petite analyse détaillée des principales cryptomonnaies

Bonjour,
voici un résumé avec mon avis sur quelques cryptomonnaies intéressantes du top 50, avec mon avis sur chacune d'entre elle. Certaines ont des sources (en français) qui vous permettront de creuser un peu. N'hésitez pas à donner votre avis pour améliorecompléter ce tour d'horizon :)
Bitcoin (XBT) : or numérique Montant maximum : 21 millions de bitcoins (actuellement : autour de 16,5 millions). C'est la cryptomonnaie la plus ancienne, la plus solide et la plus répandue. Elle représente à elle seule la moitié de la capitalisation totale des cryptomonnaies, et elle sert souvent d'intermédiaire entre deux autres cryptomonnaies. Elle a 9 ans et sa conception n'a jamais été mise en défaut. C'est la cryptomonnaie actuellement la moins risquée des cryptos, au moins à moyen terme (quelques années) - ce qui ne veut pas dire qu'elle est sans risque ! Mon avis : Selon moi le bitcoin a un vrai avenir sur tout ce qui est transactions entre personne genre virements bancaires ou éventuellement paiements de grande valeur, mais pas vraiment pour les achats du quotidien : dans l'état actuel de la technologie, le bitcoin a un problème de "scabilité" (possibilité de faire de très nombreuses transactions par seconde). Plusieurs innovations sont attendues en 2018 pour améliorer ce point, notamment le Lightning Network qui permettrait de décharger une partie des transactions. Côté investissement, n'importe quel portefeuille que vous vous ferez devrait contenir des bitcoins. La proportion dépend du risque que vous souhaitez prendre mais 1/3 à 2/3 de votre portefeuille semble une fourchette raisonnable.
Ethereum (ETH) : plate-forme de smart contracts Montant maximum : pas de maximum (actuellement : presque 100 millions) Cette cryptomonnaie a été créé en 2015, avec à sa tête Vitalik Butlerin, un développeur reconnu dans la communauté. L'ethereum a un intérêt fondamental par rapport au bitcoin et autres cryptos similaires : il permet d'exécuter des "smarts contracts", c'est à dire des bouts de code. Cela a un potentiel d'applications beaucoup plus large que le bitcoin, et a même lancé une nouvelle génération de cryptomonnaies. Par ailleurs, elle est soutenue par quelques grosses entreprises, regroupées au sein de l'Ethereum Alliance - même si rien ne garantie que ces entreprises vont effectivement utiliser l'ethereum et non pas leur propre cryptomonnaies à l'avenir... Mon avis : Malgré un risque supérieur à celui du bitcoin, ça me semble être une cryptomonnaie qui a un intérêt potentiel important, et donc pourrait devenir une technologie réellement disruptive. Les smarts contracts ont pour énorme avantage d'être infalsifiables ("code is law") - ce qui a d'ailleurs déjà eu de fâcheuses conséquences (cf Ethereum Classic, voir ci-dessous) et continue à en avoir (une erreur dans un smart contract de Parity durant l'été 2017 a gelé des centaines de milliers d'éther)... Malgré ce potentiel énorme, beaucoup reste à faire et à développer, et certains commencent à se plaindre du statut "Work In Progress"/"Proof of Concept" qui semble durer. Certains pensent d'ailleurs que sa valeur est trop élevée par rapport à sa valeur fondamentale : on n'utilise pas vraiment l'éther comme cryptomonnaie, mais comme support pour les smarts contracts, surtout que sa valeur est actuellement portée par l'essort des ICO (Initial Coin Offering). Pour creuser : Vidéo d'ArtPlay sur Ethereum .
Ripple (XRP) : la crypto des banques Montant maximum : environ 100 milliards (actuellement : environ 38 milliards) - il s'agit d'une crypto déflationniste (i.e., le nombre total de ripple diminue avec le temps). 6 milliards sont également détenus par les créateurs, et le reste est placé en "Escrow" Cette cryptomonnaie existe depuis quelques années déjà, avec des premiers concepts datant de 2004. Son but est de réduire des taux de changes entre n'importe quelle monnaie du monde, en passant par le Ripple comme monnaie intermédiaire. La gestion est cependant centralisée, ce qui est différent de la plupart des autres cryptomonnaies ; mais cela peut être considéré comme un avantage pour les banques traditionnelles. Ripple a noué des partenariats importants (American Express en novembre 2017, ou la fondation Bill and Melinda Gates, par exemple), qui montre un réel intérêt du monde de la finance "classique". Cette cryptomonnaie est "pseudo-décentralisée" : la validation des noeuds est confiée à un certain nombre d'acteur sélectionnés à l'avance. Mon avis : C'est une idée intéressante, et son positionnement particulier par rapport aux autres cryptomonnaies (ne servir que d'intermédiaire) en fera peut-être son succès. Le principe des taux de change n'est pas spécifique au ripple mais c'est un bon angle marketing. Quelques zones d'ombre déplaisent cependant à la communauté crypto, notamment l'aspect pseudo-décentralisé qui va à l'encontre de la philosophie générale des cryptomonnaies, et le grand nombre de ripple détenu par l'équipe de développement, donc on ne sait pas comment ils vont être utilisés. Pour creuser : Vidéo de Blocs sur Ripple .
Ethereum Classic (ETC) : clone d'ethereum voué à l'échec Montant maximum : pas de maximum (actuellement : presque 100 millions) En 2016, une faille a été découverte par des hackers dans un smart contract (un DAO) basé sur Ethereum (donc non lié au code Ethereum lui-même). Cela a permis un vol historique de plusieurs millions de dollars. L'équipe de développement et l'écrasante majorité des utilisateurs ont accepté de réécrire la blockchain pour annuler le vol. Cela a nécessité un hard fork, qui est devenu le nouvel Ethereum. Une petite partie de la communauté a cependant considéré que l’intervention humaine pour décider où l’argent était n’était pas “éthique”, même si cela impliquait une perte d’argent par des investisseurs n’ayant pas suffisamment fait attention à ce qu’ils faisaient de leurs tokens, et qu’il fallait donc garder une blockchain “non manipulée”, c’est devenu l’Ethereum Classic (ETC). Tous les possesseurs d'ETH ont donc eu la même quantité d'ETC. Mon avis : Personnellement, je refuse de soutenir cette cryptomonnaie pour des raisons philosophiques. C'est un pur produit de spéculation, et je n'y vois peu d'avenir concret. Pour creuser, un message d'un ancien participant au projet ETC, qui montre un peu les dessous de cette cryptomonnaie et pourquoi il faut sérieusement s'en méfier
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) : clone du bitcoin hostile au bitcoin Montant maximum : 21 millions de bitcoins (actuellement : autour de 16,5 millions). Comme pour l'ETC avec l'Ethereum, il s'agit d'une copie du bitcoin suite à un hard fork. Le problème de base est la scabilité, c'est à dire le nombre de transactions que l'on peut faire passer à la seconde. Le bitcoin est très encombré actuellement, ce qui augmente les frais de transaction de manière vertigineuse (il faut payer cher pour être sûr que sa transaction va être effectuée). Pour régler ce problème, plusieurs solutions existe. Le Lightning Network, proposée par les développeurs "historiques" du bitcoin n'est pas encore prêt. Des mineurs ont décidé de lancer leur propre blockchain, avec une taille de bloc de transaction 8 fois plus grande qu'actuellement, et une difficulté de minage mise à jour plus rapidement. Mon avis : Le Bitcoin Cash a été lancée face au bitcoin de manière "hostile", avec pour intention claire de remplacer celui-ci. La solution retenue (augmenter la taille des blocs de transaction) n'est que temporaire et ne règlera pas le problème, qui nécessite une vraie rupture technologique. Il y a eu beaucoup d'hostilité, de désinformation et de délit d'initié de la part de cette cryptomonnaie. Comme pour l'ETC, je refuse de soutenir cette cryptomonnaie pour des raisons philosophiques. Pour creuser : Vidéo de Blocs sur Bitcoin Cash .
Litecoin (LTC) : clone du bitcoin en un peu plus rapide Montant maximum : 84 millions (actuellement : environ 49 millions) Il s'agit d'une cryptomonnaie similaire au bitcoin, avec quelques petits avantages, genre un minage plus facile et un temps de validation des transactions plus court. L'équipe de développement, dont Charlie Lee est la figure la plus connue, a l'air solide, et arrive à implémenter des nouveautés (avec succès) plus facilement que le bitcoin. Mon avis : Il y a peu de chances que cette cryptomonnaie supplante le bitcoin, étant donné que malgré ses avantages, elle n'a pas réussi à supplanter le bitcoin depuis son lancement il y a 5 ans. Cependant vous ne prendrez pas beaucoup de risque non plus en investissant dans cette crypto.. Pour creuser : Vidéo de Renan sur Litecoin .
Cardano (ADA) : nouveau concurrent de Bitcoin Montant maximum : 45 milliards d'ADA. Lancée le 1er octobre 2017, cette crypto a fait une entrée remarquée dans le top 10 des cryptos en 2 mois à peine. Il se démarque de ses concurrents par le fait d'être développés par des universitaires. Il s'agit d'une plateforme de smart contracts. La validation se fait par proof-of-stake, c'est à dire dépendamment du nombre d'ADA possédés, et non pas par proof-of-work comme le bitcoin. Le modèle de gouvernance se fait par un certain nombre d'élus qui décident de l'évolution de la crypto. Mon avis : la crypto semble avoir des bases solides, et le modèle de gouvernance est intéressant, plus souple que bitcoin sans être centralisé de manière quasi immuable par de gros acteurs comme ripple. On peut le voir comme un futur challenger de Bitcoin.
Monero/Dash/Zcash (XMDASH/Zcash) : cryptos anonymes Ces cryptomonnaies ont en commun d'avoir un principe similaire au bitcoin, mais avec un accent donné sur l'anonymat. Cela peut être intéressant pour plusieurs types de publics, et donc peuvent devenir une alternative viable. Pour information, le Monero et le Dash, avec le bitcoin et l'ethereum, étaient acceptés sur AlphaBay (le principal site web de ventes illégales, dont la drogue, sur le web avant sa fermeture). Les équipes de développement ont l'air solides pour les trois. Mon avis : Ces cryptomonnaies ont un réel intérêt par rapport au bitcoin. J'aurais cependant du mal à dire laquelle est la plus intéressante entre les trois. Le Dash a une meilleure communication, Monero est plus "artisanal" mais plus solide techniquement, Zcash a un potentiel de développement plus élevé. Pour creuser: Vidéo de Blocs sur Monero . Pour creuser: Vidéo d'ArtPlay sur Dash .
NEM (XEM) : crypto asiatique Montant maximum : 9 millions (actuellement : 9 millions) C'est une cryptomonnaie visant essentiellement un public asiatique. C'est une cryptomonnaie soutenue par de grosses banques et institutions japonaises, ce qui peut contribuer à son succès. Sa valeur a explosé en quelques mois. Mon avis : Cette crypto a du succès, mais comme on en entend moins parler dans le monde occidental, il est plus difficile de se faire un avis objectif.
IOTA (MIOTA) : crypto pas encore fonctionnelle destinée à l'internet des objets C'est une cryptomonnaie visant à faire des micropaiements dans le monde de l'internet des objets. Cela représente une technologie réellement "disruptive". Un point intéressant de cette crypto est la scabilité (c'est à dire la possibilité de développement à grande échelle), assurée par construction même : pour chaque transaction effectuée avec le IOTA, il faut valider 2 transactions au préalable. Mon avis : L'internet des objets a un grand avenir, et cette idée semble séduisante. Lors de son lancement, sa capitalisation a directement dépassé le milliard de dollars. La technologie n'est cependant pas encore au point, et la validation de transactions comme préalable à chaque nouvelle transactions est certes un mécanisme intéressant, mais qui n'a jamais été testé. Il faut voir si c'est une technologie sérieuse et sécuritaire.
Stratis (STRAT) : créez votre propre blockchain Il s'agit d'une start-up proposant à des entreprises d'implémenter la technologie blockchain pour elles. Elle permettra de faire de la programmation en C#, un langage de programmation répandu. C'est un marché porteur, la technologie blockchain ayant un avenir certain, et Stratis est l'une des premières entreprises positionnées sur ce marché. Mon avis: Le potentiel de croissance futur dépend de la qualité de cette entreprise. Pour l'instant elle s'en sort plutôt bien Pour creuser: Vidéo de Blocs sur Stratis .
EOS (EOS) : smart contracts gratuits EOS sert de plateformes à smart contracts, un peu comme Ethereum. Mais à l'invers de celui-ci, EOS garantit des transactions gratuites, et les promoteurs promettent de pouvoir gérer des millions de transactions par seconde. Cette crypto a un lancement particulier et pour l'instant unique : au lieu de mettre en vente tous les tokens d'un coup comme c'est généralement le cas, ils en mettent un 1/365e chaque jour pendant 1 an (après une vente initiale). Mon avis: Le pari est risqué mais valable. Le format particulier de son ICO fait qu'on a le temps de voir comment le projet évolue et si l'équipe est solide - ce qui est un gage de confiance.
NEO/Waves/Omni/Nxt/Bitshares/Counterparty (ANS/WAVES/OMNI/NXT/BTS/XCP) : smart contracts alternatifs Ces cryptomonnaies ont un concept similaire à Ethereum, c'est à dire d'être une plateforme pour des smart contracts. Mais elles ont moins de succès: parmi les 50 assets les plus populaires, 43 sont basées sur Ethereum, 4 sont basés sur Omni, 1 sur Nxt, 1 sur Waves, 1 sur NEO... Mon avis : pour l'instant ces cryptomonnaies ont moins de succès que Ethereum, mais ça pourrait changer avec NEO ou Waves qui ont eu beaucoup de succès récemment. Omni et Nxt ont à peu près le même âge que Ethereum donc je doute de leur succès. Je ne connais pas bien les deux derniers. Pour creuser : Vidéo de Blocs sur NEO .
Iconomi (ICN) : jouez à la bourse dans le monde des cryptos Cette cryptomonnaie vise à créer des outils de trading comme en bourse : portefeuille de valeurs, indices, etc. L'idée est d'acheter des tokens de cette cryptomonnaie, sachant que l'argent sera investi sur d'autres cryptomonnaies et suivra leur valeur. L'équipe de développement a l'air sérieuse et a sorti mi-2017 le premier volet de son projet (le ICNX) Mon avis : C'est une bonne idée si vous ne voulez ou pouvez pas passer trop de temps à suivre le détail du marché - activité hautement chronophage...
Golem (GNT) : louez votre puissance de calcul Cette cryptomonnaie représente des tokens pour louer de la puissance de calcul. Le principe est que si l'on a besoin de beaucoup de puissance de calcul pour un projet particulier (calcul en laboratoire, rendu 3D dans un film d'animation, etc), on passe un contrat sur la blockchain pour effectuer ces calculs, distribué entre de nombreuses machines, sans passer par des machines hyper puissantes (comme le projet [email protected], pour ceux qui connaissent). Notez que la rémunération de ceux qui ont participé au calcul se base sur un système de loterie pour diminuer les coûts de transaction. Mon avis : L'idée est séduisante, et c'est probablement l'un des projets les plus solides, car on peut avoir une idée de sa valeur fondamentale, en comparant aux services existants de cloud computing (Amazon ou Microsoft). Mais c'est paradoxalement l'un de ses défauts : sa valeur ne grimpera probablement pas à des sommets car sa valeur fondamentale pouvant être grossièrement estimée, sa valeur d'échange ne devrait pas trop s'en éloigner. Par ailleurs, le revenu tiré de la puissance de calcul par Golem sera toujours comparé au revenu potentiel du minage, et sera probablement comparable.
AuguGnosis (REP/GNO) : pariez sur l'avenir Ces deux projets, relativement similaires, proposent de faire des paris sur l'avenir grâce à des smarts contracts, un peu comme chez les brokers à Londres. Ils se basent sur la fameuse "sagesse des foules" : si on demande à un grand nombre de gens de faire une estimation (par exemple, le nombre de boules dans une boite), alors la valeur moyenne sera souvent très proche de la vraie valeur. Il y a un certain nombre d'hypothèses pour que cela fonctionne, notamment que les gens font des estimations indépendantes (ils ne discutent pas entre eux, sinon ils s'influencent) et non biaisées, ce qui est en pratique difficile. Mon avis : Ce sont des projets intéressants, qui peuvent faire connaitre le monde de la blockchain au grand public - tout comme on donne parfois les estimations des brokers anglais pour le résultat d'une élection ou un match de foot. Je n'ai pas trouvé leurs plateformes de pari vraiment claires, mais j'imagine que ça va s'améliorer avec le temps.
Dogecoin (DOGE) : clone rigolo du bitcoin Montant maximum : pas de maximum (actuellement : presque 110 milliards) Un clone du bitcoin dont les possesseurs cherchent surtout à faire augmenter sans limite sa valeur (leur slogan : "to the moon!"). Mon avis : une cryptomonnaie qui n'a pas beaucoup d'intérêt à part pour son symbole marrant (une tête de chien). Sérieusement.
GameCredits/MobileGo/FirstBlood (GAME, MGO, FIRST) : les cryptos des jeux vidéos Ces cryptomonnaies se concentrent dans le monde du jeu vidéo, selon trois marchés : la vente dématérialisée "à la Steam" (plutôt pour GameCredits), les micropaiements dans le jeux mobiles (plutôt pour MobileGo) et les paris sur les tournois de jeux vidéos (plutôt pour FirstBlood). Chacun de ces marchés a un grand potentiel ; la grande question est de savoir si ces acteurs vont réussir à s'imposer. Cela dépend plus de la qualité des entreprises que de la cryptomonnaie en elle-même. Mon avis : Ces cryptomonnaies sont dignes d'être suivies, vu le potentiel du marché. Mais je pense personnellement que ces cryptomonnaies doivent venir des acteurs historiques du marché (Steam, Electronic Arts, Blizzard...), déjà bien implantés avec des plateformes solides, plutôt que d'extérieurs qui doivent s'imposer. La tendance actuelle est de se rapprocher du e-sport, encore sous-développé.
CIVIC (CVC) : identifiez-vous et authentifiez-vous grâce à la blockchain Cette cryptomonnaie s'intéresse aux concepts d'identité. Ils proposent de faire des vérifications d'identité avec une validation sur la blockchain : par exemple, un site web, au lieu de demander une pièce d'identité et une preuve de domicile, pourrait simplement demander une confirmation dans la blockchain CIVIC que son client est bien celui qu'il croit être. Cette demande serait monnayée avec le token CIVIC. Leur ICO a été très particulière : le nombre de tokens mis en circulation était limité et avait un mécanisme pour avoir un maximum d'utilisateurs plutôt que pour lever le maximum d'argent possible - ce qui est très cohérent avec le projet. Mon avis : un super projet, et l'équipe semble bien tenir la route. Certains s'inquiètent du côté "Big Brother" de cette technologie - toutes les infos personnelles sont stockés sur un registre - mais le projet est en tout cas tout à fait cohérent avec le potentiel de la technologie blockchain.
InsureX (IXT) : assurez-vous grâce à la blockchain Il s'agit d'un smart contract avec assurance - c'est à dire que l'on s'assure pour un risque (par exemple : le bitcoin descend en-dessous de 20000 euros avant le 1er septembre). Le "smart contract" permet de s'assurer que le contrat sera exécuté quoi qu'il arrive. Mon avis : l'idée est bonne, c'est même la base des smart contracts, mais cela arrive selon moi trop tôt : le monde des cryptomonnaies est encore jeune et peu mature, et je vois mal une adoption même partielle d'assurances sur une blockchain. Mais le projet est à suivre quand même.
TenX, TokenCard, Monaco, WireX/Xapo (PAY,TKN, MCO, ???) : cartes bancaires cryptos Ces projets visent à pouvoir dépenser ses cryptomonnaies avec une carte bancaire. L'idée est bonne, car ça permet d'être peu affecté par les taux de change variables entre pays - par contre, on est très affecté par la volatilité des cours des cryptomonnaies. Plusieurs entreprises se sont lancées sur cette idée, il reste à voir laquelle s'en sortira le mieux, et si cela a réellement un intérêt pour les paiements du quotidien. Mon avis : C'est une idée qui permet d'utiliser réellement ses cryptos, plutôt que de les utiliser uniquement à des fins de spéculation. Cependant, ce marché est encore jeune : par exemple, début janvier, la plupart des cartes bancaires ont été désactivées, car elles passaient par un intermédiaire du nom de WaveCrest qui a vu ses activités stoppées par VISA.
Basic Attention Token (BAT) : alternative payante à la publicité sur internet Ces tokens vont de pair avec un navigateur, Brave. Ce navigateur a du succès actuellement, notamment grâce à sa capacité native de bloquer les publicités (comme adBlock ou uOrigin), ce qui en plus accélérerait le chargement des pages web. Le modèle derrière propose d'accepter certaines publicités, d'être rémunéré pour le visionnage via un pourcentage sur le coût de la publicité, et ce sous forme de tokens BAT. Le lancement du BAT a été un énorme succès, avec 35 millions de $ en tokens vendus en 30 secondes. Mon avis : une belle idée. Cela repose sur plusieurs inconnues cependant : l'adoption massive du navigateur Brave (malgré son succès croissant, sa part de marché reste faible) ; arriver à mettre le mécanisme de partage de rémunération avec les utilisateurs ; être sûr que le montant des rémunérations soit suffisantes, etc. Si toutes ces conditions sont remplies, l'intérêt est fort. Personnellement, je préfère attendre un peu pour voir l'évolution.
Tether (USDT) : vaut 1 US$ ou moins Cette cryptomonnaie a été crée comme valeur refuge : 1 USDT est censé valoir 1 US$. Tant que la conversion USDT/US$ est possible, cela revient au même d'avoir l'un ou l'autre. Cependant, comme cette conversion n'est pas toujours possible, les gens préfèrent avoir des US$, que l'on peut utiliser partout : ainsi, la valeur d'1 USDT est en pratique légèrement inférieure à celle d'1 US$. Mon avis : Le concept permet de retirer des fonds en USD - en attendant de les réinvestir - sans devoir payer les taxes sur les gains financiers. Selon moi c'est plutôt pour les citoyens américains qui sont taxés assez strictement pour les gains financiers. Par ailleurs, l'entreprise derrière les USDT injecte régulièrement des nouveaux tokens, et de nombreuses rumeurs doutent de la capacité de l'entreprise à avoir des stocks suffisants pouvoir échanger un nombre appréciable USDT contre des USD si les possesseurs le demandaient. Méfiance !
Bitconnect Coin (BCC) : Arnaque à la Madoff Montant maximum : 28 millions de bitconnect coins (actuellement : autour de 6,5 millions). Cette crypto a beaucoup de similarités avec le bitcoin, sa principale particularité est de proposer des échanges d'utilisateur à utilisateur, sans passer par une plateforme d'échange. Par ailleurs, elle utilise une combinaison de Proof-Of-Stake (POS) et Proof-Of-Work (POW). En clair, pour valider une transaction, au lieu de se baser sur la puissance de calcul du validateur (POW), on se base sur la quantité de cryptomonnaie qu'il possède (POS). Sur le principe, cela pourrait sauver beaucoup de puissance de calcul ; mais la vulnérabilité de cette technique est moins assurée. Ils proposent aussi un intérêt très élevé si vous épargnez vos BCC (jusqu'à 1%/jour, soit 90% par an !). Mon avis : attention, malgré cette présentation, selon la grosse majorité des personnes - moi inclus -, il s'agit d'une escroquerie. Les indices sont en effet nombreux : aucune présentation des membres de l'équipe sur le site officiel ou l'annonce de lancement sur bitcointalk ; un taux d'intérêt délirant ; un système spéculatif douteux : les utilisateurs achètent des BCC directement aux développeurs, et comme les intérêts sont très élevés, ils les vendent rarement. Donc les développeurs sont les principaux bénéficiaires (ils attendent probablement que le cours soit au plus haut pour disparaitre dans la nature). Si vous mettez le moindre satoshi là-dedans, faut s'attendre à le voir disparaitre à n'importe quel moment. Vous voilà prévenu. Pour creuser: Vidéo d'Hasheur sur Bitconnect .
Komodo (KMD) : plateforme décentralisée d'ICO, basée sur Bitcoin Montant maximum : ? (actuellement : autour de 100 millions). Komodo est une cryptomonnaie assez difficile à résumer, le projet est plutôt gros. Komodo est à la fois une monnaie, une plateforme et un système de smart contracts. Parmi ses caractéristiques les plus intéressantes de Komodo, c'est le lancement futur d'une plateforme d'ICO un peu similaire à Ethereum, "Monaize". Celle-ci sera notamment décentralisée et anonyme. Par ailleurs, le Komodo ne vise pas à remplacer le Bitcoin, mais au contraire se base sur celui-ci : au lieu de sécuriser sa blockchain de manière indépendante grâce à ses propres mineurs, Komodo va faire valider sa blockchain par Bitcoin. Il y a aussi un système d'"atomic swap", une fonctionnalité qui permet de faire l'échange de 2 cryptos instantanément et sans frais. Enfin, Komodo fait partie d'un écosystème de cryptomonnaie en développement, SuperNet. Mon avis : Le projet est intéressant, ambitieux et réaliste. J'apprécie le fait qu'il se base sur Bitcoin plutôt que d'essayer de remplacer celui-ci : Bitcoin ne disparaitra pas à court ou moyen terme, sa blockchain est solide, donc cela me parait judicieux de "profiter" de ses avantages. Une nouvelle plateforme d'ICO est aussi appréciable, même si le secteur est "concurrentiel". Ceci dit, le marketing n'est pas terrible - mais cela peut signifier de bonnes opportunités d'investissement à l'heure actuelle, le temps que ça se développe. On en est encore au début, il faut voir comment ça évolue ! Pour creuser: Vidéo d'ArtPlay sur Komodo .
Siacoin, Storj, MaidSafeCoin (SIA, STORJ, MAID) : louez votre espace disque L'idée de ces cryptomonnaies est de faire du cloud-storage grâce à la blockchain. En gros, si vous avez besoin d'espace de stockage, vous pouvez mettre vos données sur le cloud, qui seront redistribuées parmi les participants, avec une rémunération par cryptomonnaie. Cela ressemble à Google Drive ou Dropbox, sans l'aspect centralisé. L'un des enjeux est la confidentialité des donnes. Mon avis : un concept intéressant, même si ça m'enthousiasme moins que les projets de cloud-computing basés sur la blockchain. Cela peut marcher si on a plus confiance dans la confidentialité du cloud-computing par blockchain que celui proposé par des entreprises dédiées. Parmi les différents projets, le Siacoin a l'air d'être le plus solide, avec des mises à jour régulières et une roadmap respectée.
Electroneum (ETN) : utilisez votre smartphone pour miner Cette cryptomonnaie a lancé une ICO avec beaucoup de succès en octobre 2017 (dans les 40 millions de dollars). Le principe, c'est de proposer de faire du mining avec son téléphone. Les téléphones sont évidemment beaucoup moins puissants que les ordinateurs, mais le but est de proposer une application simple, que n'importe qui peut télécharger. Ainsi, cela pourrait convaincre des gens de rentrer dans l'écosystème des cryptomonnaies grâce à une friction très faible. Cette cryptomonnaie pourrait ensuite servir à des jeux mobiles, des paiements comme chez Uber, etc. Mon avis: le point fort des développeurs, c'est la communication, ils la font bien. Mais cette cryptomonnaie repose sur deux (gros) risques : va-t-on réussir à attirer de nouveaux utilisateurs par ce biais ? Et : sur quelle application concrète cela va-t-il déboucher ? Par ailleurs, l'équipe ne semble pas hyper solide niveau technique. Enfin, le minage sur mobile, si l'on en croit le whitepaper, ne fera que "simuler" du vrai minage, donc les fondamentaux semblent douteux.
Steemit (STEEM) : soyez rémunérés pour vos productions populaires Cette cryptomonnaie est destinée à récompenser la production de contenus populaires sur la plateforme "Steem" (à ne pas confondre avec Steam). Cette plateforme permet de publier des contenus sous différentes formes : texte (comme un blog), vidéo (comme Youtube), messages courts (comme Twitter)... Les visiteurs peuvent ensuite approuver un contenu qu'ils apprécient, avec un poids variable selon leur réputation dans la communauté ; le producteur du contenu recevra une rémunération en Steem. Notez que les contenus textes sont stockés sur la blockchain du projet (n'écrivez pas de bêtises, elles seront gravées dans le marbre !) Mon avis : c'est une façon originale de rémunérer les producteurs de contenus de qualité - même si ça peut favoriser les contenus "populaires" plutôt que "de qualité", mais ceci dépasse le cadre des cryptomonnaies. Ce projet a un usage réel et ludique qui font son succès, mais a deux écueils importants : il est basé sur une plateforme unique, d'où des problèmes de centralisation ; et il a un fort côté inflationniste, car le nombre de tokens augmente fortement avec le temps (une multiplication par deux par année, en moyenne), et cela fait douter de la viabilité du modèle à long terme. Pour creuser: Vidéo d'Hasheur sur Steemit .
Lisk (LSK) : smart contracts codés en javascript Lisk est une plateforme pour smart contracts. Son avantage, c'est que les smart contracts sont codés dans un langage proche du javascript, c'est à dire un langage connu depuis de nombreuses années et facile d'utilisation, plutôt qu'un nouveau langage à apprendre comme pour Ethereum (Solidity). Selon les concepteurs, cela devrait faciliter la création de nouveaux smart contracts. Mon avis: Les smart contracts sont actuellement le principal point faible, niveau sécurité, dans l'écosystème. Faire un effort d'accessibilité pour écrire les smart contracts est une bonne chose, car plus les smarts contracts sont faciles à relire par le grand public, plus on peut avoir confiance (plutôt que de devoir se fier à quelques développeurs hyper spécialisés). Mais il faut aussi que les smart contracts soient correctement audités avant d'être déployés. Pour l'instant le langage n'est pas encore prêt, mais on peut s'attendre à une belle hausse au moment de la release officielle.
Einsteinium (EMC2) : la science pour les nuls Voici une crypto qui veut être la crypto "scientifique" du milieu, et a choisi un nom et un sigle rigolos et qui sonnent "scientifique" au grand public. Les concepteurs annoncent vouloir financer des projets scientifiques avec les fonds levés, et la rentabilité de ceux-ci permettra de financer les futurs projets. Mon avis: Pour avoir travaillé dans le milieu de la science, ce projet n'a aucun d'intérêt. Afin d'être rentables, les projets financés seront des projets destinés à être rentables à court terme, et pas les plus intéressants. Et ces projets qui sont censés être rentables auraient de toutes façon trouvé des fonds pour se lancer dans tous les cas, donc pourquoi passer par Einsteinium ? Probablement pour lever plus de fonds que nécessaire. Et je pense que les projets qui lèveront le plus d'argent sont ceux qui savent "vendre du rêve" - et dans le milieu scientifique, c'est est rarement gage de qualité (c'est même plutôt l'inverse...). Bref : même si la valeur de cette crypto est en augmentation, fuyez, ses fondamentaux sont mauvais. D'ailleurs, en décembre 2017, cette crypto a fait un gros pump suite à une "annonce extraordinaire" - dixit l'équipe de développement -, qui s'est révélée être un bide total (un changement de l'algorithme de minage). Certains soupçonnent l'équipe de développement d'avoir organisé cette annonce volontairement pour faire un bon coup. Bref, méfiez-vous !
Dentacoin (DCN) (et non pas DTC) : bitcoin pour les dentistes Cette crypto souhaite devenir la "cryptomonnaie des dentistes". Elle combine paiements (grâce au token Dentacoin), système de reviews des dentistes, assurance. Mon avis : Le système de review est redondant avec ce qui existe déjà, les paiements par blockchain n'ont aucun intérêt (pourquoi payer par token son dentiste ?), et si l'assurance liée pourrait avoir un intérêt aux Etats-Unis (et encore...), elle n'est pas adaptée au système européen qui ont des services d'assurance maladie et de mutuelles de santé. Bref, bien inutile. Pour creuser: une réponse détaillée à la roadmap sur cryptofr .
PutinCoin, TrumpCoin TheresaMayCoin, MACRON (PUT,TRUMP,MAY,MCRN) : crypto-rigolo La preuve que les créateurs de cryptos ont de l'humour ;)
Si vous pensez qu'il faut ajouter de nouvelle cryptomonnaies à analyser, ou des modifications à faire, faites-en part dans les commentaires, j'éditerai régulièrement ce sujet :)
Et surtout, continuez à vous informer et à faire vos recherches, pour vous faire votre propre avis sur les différentes cryptomonnaies proposées !
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Encryption is No Longer an Option - Ways to Restore Your Natural Right to Privacy

Encryption is No Longer an Option
“If the State’s going to move against you, it’s going to move against you. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to be reckless of course. I’m awful careful you guys, and even my degree of care and control ultimately won’t be enough if they get mad enough. There will always be something…I’ve done what I hope is the best any man can do. So…I hope when they finally do get me, it’s obvious that they just made it up. I don’t go out of my way to make it easy.” – Cody Wilson
For all Anarchists our love for freedom unites us and guides us. I recently had a conversation with a mutual friend that Cody and I have in common and he stated something very insightful:
CryptoAnarchy is like the Lord of the Rings. You have to cooperate with people that you don’t know where they are or what they’re up to. That is, you just know that we are all figuring out at the same time on how to take down Sauron.
Anarchy is guided by the natural instinct for self-preservation. You can trust that others are also actively working in keeping us all free.
For us all to move into more synergistic cooperation we need more motivation. Nothing is more motivating than our movement away from an impending harmful evil. The persecution that Cody Wilson has gone through since he started his activism is testament to the evil that awaits the entire world if we do not fight against the impending digital global prison. Just note how easy it was to find Cody. Government indoctrinated brownshirts and surveillance are everywhere.
As Jeff recently said in London, “CryptoAnarchy is about the cryptography.” Cryptocurrency is only possible due to the privacy offered by cryptography. A true cryptocurrency is completely fungible, anonymous, and private. Blockchains without on-chain privacy set by default, are dangerous and offer nothing other than accurate surveillance.
That is, the moment you destroy a coin’s fungibility you corrupt its incentive structure. This is because you would then have two classes of the same coin within a transparent blockchain; these are coins that are “tainted” or “untainted” according to government. This differentiation created by blockchain surveillance leads “tainted” coins to be priced differently from “untainted” coins. Once this happens you destroy the functionality of a currency as a medium of exchange.
Imagine the headache of retailers in having to tell clients that they only accept “untainted” bitcoins. The result of not having a fungible medium of exchange is that you destroy the incentive structure of the network effect of a coin. You simply end up with a useless and unwanted network where value is supposed to be exchanged. If the units within the medium of exchange do not themselves contain the same value in the market, the utility of the network effect is destroyed.
The economic ramifications of non-fungible SurveillanceCoins are so bad that they make fiat currencies of central banks look good. In spite of their centralized proof of government violence, fiat currencies are more fungible and private than a coin based on a transparent blockchain.
For much time within crypto we would call the majority of blockchains as “pseudo-anonymous” because we knew the importance of fungibility. At that time blockchain analysis had not caught up to our technology. Now companies like Elliptic and Chainalysis have made the vast majority of blockchains in the market transparent.
Sadly, most blockchain communities have not upgraded their privacy to be on chain by default- making them transparent. However, some more intelligent communities- like Monero- are at the same time growing because they understand the importance of fungibility.
Please understand that we at TDV are ahead of the pack in understanding where all of this is going. The vast majority of people won’t tell you these harsh truths about the Blockchain space, but it is our moral imperative to inform you as best as possible.
As time goes on, we will continue to champion actual fungible CryptoCurrencies and we will continue to make clear distinctions between a SurveillanceCoin and an actual CryptoCurrency.
It is important that we take a step back from CryptoCurrencies and focus on just cryptography. You can never be too careful. Throughout our groups we have had various requests as to how to better use different wallets.
Yes, we will cover all of that in our upcoming surprise for our community, but what is most important is that you protect yourself at the network layer, your identity, and your communication.
CryptoAnarchy began way before Bitcoin. If you want to know what will be happening to CryptoCurrencies and CryptoAnarchy in the near future, you need to read Timothy C. May’s 1992 prophetic Crypto Anarchist Manifesto.
On reading this, you cannot afford to be idle regarding your privacy. This is not the time for you to easily give up what is most personal about you; your thoughts and identity. Your privacy is sacred. You need to protect your privacy as much as possible at all times. Don’t give into the defeatist notions of future technology being capable of deanonymizing any cryptography you currently use. Your goal is to be private right now in the present moment.
You are up against a global digital tyranny- that is already here!
...Cazes was not a US citizen and the Alphabay servers and Cazes were not caught on US soil. Just because crimes involving narcotic deals took place in America, weirdly enough, the US seemingly has the right above anyone to seize Cazes’ property, and charge him and his accomplices in US trials...
Use Secure Hardware That Protects You
Be paranoid. Stay paranoid. The more paranoid you are the better. Currently the five eyes are moving to strip away all of your privacy. They are on the direct path to force all companies to hand over back doors to software and hardware encryption.
This is a new breach on individual rights. The backdoors in hardware have existed since the 90’s via Trusted Computing and Digital Rights Management (DRM). The difference is that now companies will be fined and forced by governments (all governments) to open up backdoors for the surveillance of all- in both software and hardware. Australia is leading the charge since they are the only ones within the five eyes without a Bill of Rights.
If you really want to be secure, then you need to start with your hardware. Almost all laptops and hardware chips are engineered with unsafe software. These chips can transmit voice, your networking, pictures, and even video signals. Many of these chips are used to install spyware, malware and viruses.
The market has provided us with two easy plug-and-play hardware solutions.
Purism is a CryptoAnarchist company dedicated in offering us the safest computers in the market. Purism’s line of Librem Laptops is manufactured with software and hardware built from the ground up, where you can be at ease knowing there are no back doors built within it. They work with hardware component suppliers and the Free software community in making hardware that respects and protects your security. Every chip is individually selected with emphasis on respecting freedom. (Purism Librem laptops have built in Kill-Switches for your microphone/camera and wireless/Bluetooth)
All of the necessary components that you would have to bundle up together- by yourself- from a community vetted place like Prism-Break are already installed and ready to go within Librem laptops. Even if you were to install all of the necessary open-source encrypted alternatives, you still would not be able to 100% trust your current computer’s hardware.
Purism Librem laptops come with their own PureOS (operating system). Purism also offers compatibility with Qubes OS in a flash-drive (similar to Tails) to give you even another layer of protection on top of PureOS. Qubes OS is what Edward Snowden uses. PureOs is a derivative of Debian GNU/Linux. Qubes is free and open-source software (FOSS).
Purism is currently having a pre-sale for their first phone the Librem 5.
Another popular safe hardware computer market alternative is ORWL. ORWL is a desktop PC. ORWL comes with a physical encryption key that looks like a keychain. If anyone ever tries to physically tamper with the ORWL computer, sensors will automatically detect the intrusion and erase everything. ORWL comes with the operating system options of Qubes OS, Ubuntu, or Windows.
ORWL does not receive payment for their products in Crypto. Purism on the other hand accepts payment in BitcoinCore, BitcoinCash, Litecoin, Ethereum, Decred, Dogecoin, and Monero.
ORWL is a good alternative for more computer savvy people. If you are not the most competent person with computers, Purism is the way to go. With Purism everything is ready to go.
Once you get good hardware don’t use this new computer for anything other than crypto stuff. That is, don’t use it with anything that requires your slave identity. Don’t access social media with your name, don’t access bank accounts, don’t access crypto exchanges, don’t access old email accounts, definitely don’t access anything that requires KYC and AML, and don’t access any identifying log-in that is related to any of your previous internet identities. Create new identities from scratch for this new computer.
Watch this video and learn about the basics on operational security (OPSEC). Take everything written here, and spoken at the conference in the video above, as barely the preliminary basic requirements of OPSEC. You should definitely continue your own research upon getting your new secure hardware computer.
(It would be best if you purchased this computer using crypto- Monero preferably- and have it mailed to a mailing address not associated with any of your addresses; think along the lines of JJ Luna).
Encrypt Your Communication
“This generation being born now... is the last free generation.You are born and either immediately or within say a year you are known globally. Your identity in one form or another –coming as a result of your idiotic parents plastering your name and photos all over Facebook or as a result of insurance applications or passport applications– is known to all major world powers.” – Julian Assange
The vast majority of our community uses Facebook. Unfortunately its network effect is something we all rely on to some degree. Fortunately for us a friend of our community created FaceMask. Through FaceMask we can still use Facebook in complete privacy- away from Zuckerberg's prying eyes. In the near future we will implement FaceMask into our TDV groups as optional privacy for our posts. We will provide our subscribers with the keys necessary to encrypt and decrypt the messages and posts. Again, this is optional. For now please go to the link above and familiarize yourself with Facemask and its technology.
Don’t use Google. If you are using Google start transitioning out of it. If you are using Gmail, start moving towards encrypted services like ProtonMail or TutaNota. They both offer a free option, try them both out and choose your favorite. Use two factor authentication on everything that requires you to log-in that allows for the use of two factor authentication. Most people use Google Authenticator and Authy. I personally prefer the open source options of FreeOTP & andOTP. Use the one that you find best suited for you. Using one is paramount for security nowadays.
If you are one that uses Google Docs with your team, move instead to CryptPad. The more you use CryptPad the more addicting it becomes; your collaborated work is encrypted and private. You no longer will have to worry about knowing that Google is capturing all of your collaborated work. You can also start using CryptPad for free.
If you are using Skype for conference calls, switch to Jitsi. Jitsi is even easier to use than Skype. If you use their MeetJitsi feature you can just access the encrypted conferencing via any browser by agreeing with your other party on the same predetermined passphrase.
Don’t use regular text messaging. Rather, use Signal, Wickr, Keybase, or Telegram.
Use a VPN
A VPN (virtual private network) encrypts all of your traffic via a private network of servers scattered throughout the world. This process anonymizes your IP address. Make sure you don’t use your identity when using a VPN- that would just give away your identity as being connected with the VPN servers you are using.
Many VPN providers register your activity and can hand it over to government if they so demand it. They break their promises to their clients all the time. Let’s minimize risk by staying away from the most draconian of jurisdictions.
To lessen this issue, do not ever use a VPN that is based out of any of the 5 eyes:
-United Kingdom
-United States
-Australia
-Canada
-New Zealand
Furthermore, avoid VPNs based out of the following nine countries, that combined with the first 5 make up the 14 eyes:
-Denmark
-France
-The Netherlands
-Norway
-Germany
-Belgium
-Italy
-Spain
-Sweden
No VPN is a complete safeguard. In spite of this, it is still best to use one. We recommend you ONLY use it (turn it on) when doing crypto-related things and only crypto-related things on your regular computer. For your new encrypted hardware computer have it on at all times. If you use it to access an actual bank account, or another personal account (including crypto accounts that require your personal information; read coinbase, or any other exchange) — then, again, the use of the VPN use becomes trite.
Here are six VPN options outside of the 14 eyes that we recommend you research further and use at your own discretion:
NordVPN (Panama)
CyberGhost (Romania)
HideMe (Malaysia)
Astrill (Seychelles)
TrustZone (Seychelles)
iVPN (Gibralter)
Like all things in the market now, some VPNs take Crypto as payment—others do not. It is best if you bought your VPN with crypto not not your credit card, debit card, or paypal.
TOR (The Onion Router)
The Onion Router is software that you use as a browser. It protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network- throughout the world- of relays runned by volunteers. This prevents evesdroppers from learning your IP address, spying on you, and disclosing your physical location. TOR also allows you to access sites that are blocked.
You can use TOR and a VPN simultaneously. If you are new to all of this, it is best that you just learn how to use the features of your new computer coupled with your preferred VPN. The use of TOR is a little more complicated and you will have to configure it according the specifications of your preferred VPN. As you begin this process, as long as you are using your VPN correctly you should be fine.
Fincen and crypto-exchanges
ShapeShift is now stuck having to require its users to deanonymize their transactions in order to meet KYC and AML requirements; it pretty clear that they got ShapeShift under the Bank Secrecy Act. Stay away from Shapeshift (sorry @erikvorhees).
“Very disappointed that @ShapeShift_io is implementing KYC. Just goes to show that any centralized entity will be pushed in that direction, which is why LN, atomic swaps and Decentralized Exchanges are the only way to resist a surveillance economics.” - Andreas Antonopoulos
As the news of ShapeShift broke out, the market was quick to answer with alternatives. Among the private centric alternatives to ShapeShift we find Godex, ChangeHero, XMR.TO, and Bisq.
ChangeHero and Godex are pretty much the same business concept as ShapeShift. The only difference is that they do not require you to become transparent. XMR.TO allows you to make BTC payments by using Monero.
That is, by using Monero together with XMR.TO you can pay any BTC address in the world while protecting your privacy.
Bisq is the Best Option
The most important to focus on is Bisq. Bisq is a complete decentralized exchange. Bisq is instantly accessible- there is no need for registration or approval from a central authority. The system is decentralized peer-to-peer and trading cannot be stopped or censored.
Bisq is safe. Unlike MtGox and the rest of centralized exchanges, Bisq never holds your funds. Bisq provides a system of decentralized arbitration with security deposits that protect traders. The privacy is set where no one except trading partners exchange personal identifying information. All personal data is stored locally.
All communication on Bisq is end-to-end encrypted routed over Tor. Upon downloading and running Bisq TOR runs on Bisq automatically. Every aspect of the development of Bisq is open source.
Bisq is easy to use. If you are accustomed to centralized exchanges, you might find Bisq a little different. If you want anonymity and privacy, this is the best crypto exchange we have. Tell your friends about Bisq. Just download Bisq and take it for a test drive, you will feel fresh freedom of entering into peaceful voluntary exchange with your fellow man. Do it, it’s good for the soul.
On Cody
I would like to personally thank all of our subscribers for generously donating to Defense Distributed on our last issue. At the moment of us putting out our last newsletter, DefDist had raised less than 100k USD. After our Newsletter got out, his donations went past 300k USD.
Thank you very much for helping out our friends in their continual fight for freedom!
Please pray for Cody, his friends, and his family.
I once asked Cody what his background was- because idk his mannerisms have always been interesting to me. He answered; “I am Romani- I am a Gypsy.”
Thank you for helping out our Gypsy friend and his band of rebels! They will very much be using your generous donations now that things got much more serious.
If you haven’t donated, please consider donating. Blessings!
By Rafael LaVerde
Excerpt taken from The Dollar Vigilante September 2018 Issue
https://dollarvigilante.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/TDV-September-2018-Issue.pdf
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