Ep199: Chinese BTC Exchange Goes Full Retard, Bitcoin Core PoW Seppuku, DASH Debit Card

What’s a chain fork? The IRS claims only 802 people claimed Bitcoin on their 2015 taxes, and we explore the difficulty BTC users face with IRS compliance. Numerous Bitcoin exchanges issue joint letter regarding Bitcoin ticker tag in the face of the chain fork. Darren talks about what to expect from a Bitcoin Unlimited / Bitcoin Core hard fork and elaborates on what a chain fork is. Bitcoin Core explores a new Bitcoin Proof-of-Work algorithm that would render current ASICs obsolete for Bitcoin mining. Pedro shares a new website that monitors and optimizes Ethereum transaction gas prices. Darren has a scam alert and a cautionary tale about CoinTelegraph’s article credibility. China demands explicit details from Bitcoin exchange users, including receipts that will be verified against Chinese National Archival records. The Zcash Company announces the creation of the Zcash Foundation which will be rewarded with part of the Zcash Founder’s Reward. We talk about methods used by the Zcash team to create the initial public and private keys. Charlie Shrem is looking for funding to create a Dash based debit card. Prediction markets are a big part of the crypto space, can they actually predict the future? Matchpool looks to link up people for a variety of reasons including dating.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 199 — Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,248 Bitcoin (BTC) $1,015
Silver $17.51 Ethereum (ETH) $40.57
Oil $48.13 DASH $99.00
Dow Jones 20,661 points Zcash (ZEC) $65.40
30Y UST Yield 3.017% Monero (XMR) $20.70

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Ep198: Are Dash and Ethereum Making Bitcoin Irrelevant?

Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF denied, but is this the end? Bitcoin Unlimited suffers a DDoS attack that knocked 500 nodes offline. BitClub accused of malleability attack against Bitcoin Unlimited. Coinbase no longer covering on-chain BTC or ETH transaction fees. Hawaii decides to regulate bitcoin exchanges, causing them to leave the state. LBRY available for download and they just saved 20,000 university videos from deletion. Randy talks about his experience with hardware wallets and the latest in crypto security. Ethereum reaches a milestone with $3 Billion market cap. JJ discusses how the language used for cryptocurrency ought to be different than the language used for fiat-based investing. Ethereum Naming Service auction delayed by bugs. Bitfinex opens margin trading for Monero, DASH, and Zcash.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 198 — Wednesday, March 15th, 2017!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,219 Bitcoin (BTC) $1,250
Silver $17.32 Ethereum (ETH) $33.14
Oil $48.96 DASH $99.00
Dow Jones 20,950 points Zcash (ZEC) $45.74
30Y UST Yield 3.112% Monero (XMR) $19.39

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Ep197: Wikileaks CIA Hacking Tools, Bitcoin Loses Vendors, DASH Masternodes DDoS Attack

Wikileaks reveals the CIA is just as evil as you thought they were. Quantum computers are not far away at IBM. NASDAQ compares Bitcoin to gold and government-issued currency. People’s Bank of China doublespeak on Bitcoin regulations. Bitcoin transaction fees are causing the crypto to lose support and vendors. Many Bitcoin addresses have less BTC than the fees needed to move it. Darren talks about soft forks, hard forks, and sporks. DASH remains strong and the DDoS on DASH Masternodes may just be a badge of honor. China has first trade deficit in three years. Randy mentions Louis CK’s show “Horace and Pete” because it made him weep and Louis CK accepts Bitcoin.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 197 — Wednesday, March 8th, 2017!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,209 Bitcoin (BTC) $1,161
Silver $17.21 Ethereum (ETH) $17.01
Oil $50.19 DASH $42.50
Dow Jones 20,855 points Zcash (ZEC) $35.26
30Y UST Yield 3.151% Monero (XMR) $12.67

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On Forks & Hard Forks: Eschew Obfuscation & Watch Your Language

Blockchain hard forks & soft forks: Bitcoin & EthereumLanguage certainly is an important part of the life of a human. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis states that the structure of a language determines or greatly influences the modes of thought and behavior characteristic of the culture in which it is spoken. In my study of mathematics, we would often joke that we were really studying language.

In all areas of language, we need clear definitions. The same holds true for math; every concept of mathematics needs to be clearly defined. Without clear definitions, we are forever doomed to nonsensical communication. Some proofs require clear definitions of new objects.

Language can also be used to obfuscate, complicate, or hide information. Presenting information in a confusing or contradicting way can influence an argument, and ultimately be used to try to control the thoughts of others. The current prevailing monetary system is riddled with terms that deliberately hide what’s really being done. New monetary systems should avoid duplicating this aspect of their central banking predecessors; transparency and clarity should be valued traits.

Currently, I find that the meaning of the word fork is either not clear to people or purposely being blurred. The meaning of fork that I find blurred is the same meaning the word has when describing a fork in the road. A fork is a situation where one path or way becomes two paths going in different directions. An open source programing project could fork when it is found that there is another purpose that it could apply to. A project could also fork when there is a disagreement of which way it should go. Forking is the ultimate “Why not both?”

The word fork can also apply to a blockchain. Any block in a chain has a previous block and a next block. When there are two possibilities for the next block, that could be considered a fork. Usually, it’s called a fork in the chain if people are actively building on both possible blocks. If there is a next block which is ignored, that is usually called an orphan block. If an orphan block has a handful of blocks built on top of it but is abandoned, it’s called an orphan chain.

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Ep196: DASH’s Big Rise, the Internet of (Unsecure) Things, DNA Computing

DASH (Digital Cash) and Bitcoin see record highs this week. Cloudflare bleeds sensitive user data from many sites for months. (CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS!) The SHA-1 cryptographic hashing algorithm is done, son! These internet-connected teddy bears will let anyone spy on your kids & capture biometric voice data. The nine most popular password management apps had some serious security flaws. OPEC’s recent restrictions cost oil producers $2 trillion. Will “DNA computing” blaze past quantum computing?

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 196 — Wednesday, March 1st, 2017!

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Traditional Financial Markets Cryptocurrency Markets
Gold $1,249 Bitcoin (BTC) $1,224
Silver $18.39 Ethereum (ETH) $16.89
Oil $53.67 DASH $45.00
Dow Jones 21,115 points Zcash (ZEC) $41.09
30Y UST Yield 3.071% Monero (XMR) $12.36

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Ep195: Confessions of a Bitcoiner, South Korea Scandal Fit for a Movie, Crypto Security

Andy from a Bitcoin ATM company joins us in-studio to talk about his disillusionment with Bitcoin. Danish law enforcement have new tools that link Bitcoin darknet buyers and sellers. Controversial Bitcoin-for-pot bill in Washington State Senate not happening this term. United Arab Emirates is considering legalizing Bitcoin. South Korea’s bizarre presidential scandal is destined to be made into a movie.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 195 — Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,238 Bitcoin (BTC) $1,129
Silver $17.99 Litecoin (LTC) $3.78
Oil $53.84 Zcash (ZEC) $27.79
Dow Jones 20,775 points Ethereum (ETH) $12.66
30Y UST Yield 3.033% DASH $22.09
Euro (EUR) $1.06 Monero (XMR) $12.80
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.15 Augur REP $4.70
British Pound (GBP) $1.25 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep194: China Freezes Bitcoin Withdrawals, Ethereum Gets Big Banks, the U.S. “Debt Reckoning”

The U.S. federal government is running out of lenders. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen tries defending Fed “independence” & banking regulations. Erik Voorhees discusses “the true cost of Bitcoin transactions.” Two of China’s “Big Three” Bitcoin exchanges stop BTC withdrawals for one month. Rumors swarm that JP Morgan & Santander joined new “Enterprise Ethereum” blockchain group. Vitalik blogs with updates on Ethereum core development. World Government Summit in Dubai focuses on “Smart Cities” and “Building the Hyperconnected Future on Blockchains.” Jaguar releases first in-car “Pay-for-Gas” app. Plus our friend Pedro joins us in-studio once again!

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 194 — Wednesday, February 15th, 2017!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,234 Bitcoin (BTC) $1,009
Silver $17.95 Litecoin (LTC) $3.81
Oil $53.00 Zcash (ZEC) $33.75
Dow Jones 20,611 points Ethereum (ETH) $13.00
30Y UST Yield 3.08% DASH $19.31
Euro (EUR) $1.06 Monero (XMR) $13.66
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.15 Augur REP $4.90
British Pound (GBP) $1.25 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep193: Bitcoin Fees Are Soaring, Anti-Fascist Protesters Go Fascist, Wells Fargo Hates Native Americans

Bitcoin is way up, but so are its transaction fees. Jaxx halts integrating Monero into its wallet app. Invisible, fileless malware infects banks around the globe. Wells Fargo says it’s “obligated” to see the Dakota Pipeline built. Anti-fascist protesters go full-on fascist at UC Berkeley. Randy listened to 1984 AND booked a hotel room using Bitcoin on his roadtrip. All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 193 — Wednesday, February 8th, 2017!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,240 Bitcoin (BTC) $1,054
Silver $17.75 Litecoin (LTC) $3.94
Oil $52.38 Zcash (ZEC) $34.65
Dow Jones 20,054 points Ethereum (ETH) $11.35
30Y UST Yield 2.95% DASH $17.14
Euro (EUR) $1.07 Monero (XMR) $12.72
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.14 Augur REP $4.51
British Pound (GBP) $1.25 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep192: India Demonetization Linked to Crony Capitalism, People’s Blockchain of China, TREZOR adds Zcash and Dash

Cyren warns users not to fall for malware spam emails. The People’s Bank of China launches a bitcoin/blockchain research institute. 4 arrested in Venezuela for bitcoin mining. The Trump travel ban may affect the future of high-tech talent in the US. Xapo sets up in Switzerland. Trezor adds support for Zcash and Dash. Bitcoin Unlimited releases version 1.0 and sees gains in block support. Megaupload 2 & Bitcache are being delayed. The Corbett Report does a great job looking at the India demonetization situation.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 192 — Wednesday February 1st, 2017!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,210 Bitcoin (BTC) $976
Silver $17.51 Litecoin (LTC) $3.99
Oil $53.55 Zcash (ZEC) $39.94
Dow Jones 19,890 points Ethereum (ETH) $10.68
30Y UST Yield 3.084% DASH $15.90
Euro (EUR) $1.08 Monero (XMR) $13.10
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.15 Augur REP $4.18
British Pound (GBP) $1.27 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep191: Project Alchemy Bridges Ethereum and Zcash, Israel Eyes Bitcoin Taxes, President Trump

Trump takes office and signs executive orders like they’re autographs. We discuss a letter from a listener. Bloomberg has a revealing article detailing how Deutsche Bank helped the world’s oldest bank Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena hide a 367 million euro gambling loss in 2008. Pedro talks about Project Alchemy, an effort to create a bridge between Zcash and Ethereum blockchains. We also talk about a bill in the Washington state Senate proposing to bar legal marijuana companies from using bitcoin and about how they are already denied bank access thanks to Federal policy. A draft of changes to Israeli tax code sees bitcoin users suffering a 25% capital gains tax and a 17% VAT. Some WhatsApp users are not taking the time to carefully configure security features. Abra bitcoin wallet app focuses on inter-currency exchange through local human ATMs called Tellers… Local Bitcoins just went International. Bots are good for trading but the real news is that Bloomberg bitcoin news coverage has matured. Ziftrcoin is no more.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 191 — Wednesday January 25th, 2017!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,201 Bitcoin (BTC) $894
Silver $16.97 Litecoin (LTC) $3.66
Oil $52.38 Zcash (ZEC) $39.94
Dow Jones 20,068 points Ethereum (ETH) $10.44
30Y UST Yield 3.102% DASH $14.55
Euro (EUR) $1.08 Monero (XMR) $11.81
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.15 Augur REP $4.29
British Pound (GBP) $1.26 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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