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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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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Bitcoin Blocksize Rants & Raves: Long Waits & High Fees (Bonus Episode)

Scaling Bitcoin: Increasing the Maximum Blocksize

After recording last week’s podcast—Ep195: Confessions of a Bitcoiner, South Korea Scandal Fit for a Movie, Crypto Security—Darren continued chatting with our friend/special guest Andy, who works at a Bitcoin ATM company. While JJ and Randy began prepping the new episode for publishing, Darren said he wished we could have an episode where we just kind of vented about what was happening to the Bitcoin network and within the Bitcoin community.

Rather than wait for some other time, we hit record again while the energy was still high. And thus, a bonus episode was born! We also talk with Andy about some of the topics we discussed with him in our main episode… like privacy, encryption, Dash, Monero, Zcash, Ethereum and how to better secure & anonymize cryptocurrency transactions.


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Link from the show: Darren mentioned a short post he’d written for the Neocash Radio blog several years ago—How to rebroadcast a transaction on Blockchain.info—and Andy commented that it had been helpful to him and that he’d sent it along to several other people, so we’re including an additional link to it here for anyone interested! 


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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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Ep187: IMF Chief is Too Big to Jail, NY Pension Bribe Scandal, OpenBazaar’s Chris Pacia in-studio!

OpenBazaar lead backend developer Chris Pacia joins us in-studio. India’s demonetization gone wrong. The Italian government may have to bail out the banks. The IMF chief is guilty of crimes, but too big to jail. A former NY State retirement fund manager charged with taking $180,000 in bribes plus strippers and blow! We talk with Chris about OpenBazaar’s recent VC funding, ShapeShift integration, and dreams for OpenBazaar 2.0! Hackers are using your phone number to steal your crypto! SECURITY ALERT: Ethereum.org forums database compromised. Ethereum Geth client awakens the Swarm. Zcash malware is mining on compromised phones and computers. Bitcoin mining gets a mention on Huffington Post.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 187 — Wednesday December 21st, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,132 Bitcoin (BTC) $825
Silver $15.93 Litecoin (LTC) $3.57
Oil $52.60 Zcash (ZEC) $36.16
Dow Jones 19,941 points Ethereum (ETH) $7.89
30Y UST Yield 3.112% DASH $9.80
Euro (EUR) $1.04 Monero (XMR) $8.41
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.14 Augur REP $2.81
British Pound (GBP) $1.24 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep185: Credit Cards Chip Away Security, Italy Rocks the Eurozone Boat, Amazon’s Automated Future

Credit Card chips not all they are promised. Amazon wants you to just sit back and relax while robots do all the work. Italy says no to Constitutional Reform. Google set to own your soul and be using 100% green renewable energy by 2017. Bo Shen has his phone recovery used against him in hack. FinTech firms in the US may see a streamlined charter process available soon.

All this and more on the Neocash Radio podcast, episode 185 here on Wednesday December 7th, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1,174 Bitcoin (BTC) $767
Silver $17.09 Litecoin (LTC) $3.63
Oil $49.84 Zcash (ZEC) $53.71
Dow Jones 19,549 points Ethereum (ETH) $8.40
30Y UST Yield 3.026% DASH $8.76
Euro (EUR) $1.08 Monero (XMR) $7.69
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.145 Augur REP $3.17
British Pound (GBP) $1.26 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Ep180: All Eyes on Zcash Launch, Obama Administration Steals $5 Billion, Cell411 beats Arcade City

Iceland votes for more pirates! Encrypted communication app Signal has nothing to share with the FBI. New York wants to tell you how you can use your spare rooms. The Department of Health and Human Services is stealing according to the Government Accountability Office. Zcash launches with a bang. Zero-knowledge proofs and Ethereum. Cell411 beats Arcade city with a free, decentralized, ridesharing app… and what you should know about the Arcade City Token sale. Bitcoin version 0.13.1 Seg-wit is awaiting the signal.

All this and more on Neocash Radio episode 180 here on Wednesday November 2nd, 2016!

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Traditional Markets Crypto Markets
Gold $1298 Bitcoin (BTC) $733
Silver $18.50 Litecoin (LTC) $4.06
Oil $45.60 Ethereum (ETH) $10.97
Dow Jones 17,959 points DASH $8.95
30Y UST Yield 2.565% Monero (XMR) $4.70
Euro (EUR) $1.11 STEEM ~$0.10
Chinese Yuan (CNY) $0.148 AMP ~$0.11
British Pound (GBP) $1.23 1 Doge = 1 Doge

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Episode 138 – Adaptive Block Size Solution

A beta is out for you to get a look at Open Bazaar. Adaptive Block Size Limits and how they would work. China and the US have bad weeks for Stock trading. Venezuela Economy Czar does not believe in inflation. China wants your encryption keys while the Dutch support strong encryption. Switzerland ends banking secrecy.

 

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Adventures at the Boston Ethereum Meetup

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the ethereum meetup in Boston. There were a range of people there. There was a recent MBA, coders, former coders, and entrepreneurs. People attending would seem to be smart, and inquisitive. Ready to learn new things. Like myself, many people attended without having a full grasp on Ethereum’s implications. We all seemed to know different aspects of the topic so I believe the interaction was very productive for all.

The brains behind the project

One topic of discussion was speculation that Neal Koblitz and Nick Szabo are involved with ethereum. You may know that Neal Koblitz is the same Koblitz that the elliptic curve used in bitcoin is named after. The idea of a smart contract originated with Nick Szabo. It was suggested that there is a who’s who of cryptography, finance, and other subjects working on ethereum. My initial investigations into these claims verifies that Neal Koblitz and Ralph Merkle of Merkle trees are advisors to the ethereum project.

Proof of stake

There was discussion around Vitalik who is currently not sure if ethereum will implement proof of stake. Neocash Radio listeners may recall that proof of stake is when the proof of ownership is used to mine a block. The longer your coins have not been spent, the more stake you are considered to have. Proof of stake mining creates a different type of economy where ownership of coins can mean that more are issued to you. If proof of stake is implemented in ethereum then the initial purchase of ether would perhaps be more valuable as the ether will also be needed to mine. Proof of stake is implemented in peercoin. A economically opposite feature was implemented in freicoin.

Wow that’s AMAZING! What is it?

What surprised me is that many people at the meetup were still trying to figure out ethereum. This was the fourth meetup. I thought I was showing up late to the party. Apparently, there is still a lot to learn and understand. It felt like I was one of those blind people explaining what the elephant looks like, while other people were doing the same with other parts of the elephant. All and all, I learned. I would recommend that anyone with a curiosity attend one of these meetups. There was a real sense of being on the cusp of a revolution. Not a gunpowder and cannon revolution, something more along the lines of the industrial revolution.

Challenges and unanswered questions

I came with questions and I left with questions. I am concerned about how the decentralized network will process all of this information on a global scale. Right now bitcoin can only process 7 transactions a second. Contracts will be more demanding. Will the ethereum network be able to process all contracts that are thrown at it? How will it scale? I know that Vitalik has considered this problem, but I have not parsed the solution just yet. There are economic decisions that are being made that also raise concerns. The price of computations and fees are necessary to stop a denial of service attack and other reasons. The concern is that the prices need to be right ahead of time. If the price is too high then people won’t use ethereum. If the price is too low then the network could grind to a halt with too much activity. Also remember that the price is set in ether, a unit with no historical precedence. Hopefully all the good brains working on the project can effectively solve these issues.

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