As Q4 gains steam I looked back at my 2019 predictions. In hindsight, I could have been more specific with my targets but overall I’d grade myself a B-. S&P can still correct, real estate is getting soft, Gold pumped then retraced, Mueller was a nothing burger, Crypto is a still a mess.
The BSV CG conference last week in S Korea provided a lot of information to digest. There was over 14 hours of video to watch. Here are the links to the videos:
Day 1 content is aimed at developers. There is a table of contents in the vid description. I recommend watching Dr Craig Wright at the 6:37 mark. Dr Wright speaks about Payment Channels which is tech that can be applied to markets everywhere. Think decentralized, secure and publicly auditable NASDAQs and commodity markets with honest brokers. Schwab has commission free trading. BSV will have commission free everything.
Day 2 has more accessible content for the layman. Threshold signatures and the identity service by Pixel Wallet look VERY promising for providing unique and valuable use cases. Again, recommend watching Dr Wright’s keynote to close out day 2.
Something to note, a week after the conference, the day 2 video has less than 4,400 views. It’s still very early in Bitcoin.
BSV is under the $130 level I pointed to as important to watch. BSV is a buy here, but don’t shit your pantaloons if the downward trend accelerates and BSV sits at $80 for a few weeks. Crypto trading is a bad idea. You probably shouldn’t do it.
BSV visited the low 80’s as the market swooned. If you’re not in BSV now, I’d look for the $100 roll to enter on a trade. This one day pump above $90 could be wiped out quickly. If you are setting yourself up for a position before the fireworks in 2020 then any entry before January is likely good.
The entire crypto market cap is ~230 billion. BSV market cap is 1.5B. BSV is less than 1% of the total market cap. I have never seen a more lopsided investment opportunity. The market is extremely irrational but starting to wake up. Only one coins is addressing scaling in a way that provides a path for mass adoption. Scale or die.
Here’s a simple example on scaling, an application called WeatherSV began posting weather data onchain to BSV a few months ago. WeatherSV was roundly dismissed as a gimmick to support a dying chain. Fast forward to today and Preev is now posting market data onchain. The result is BSV is reliably producing larger blocks with more transactions than BTC from two real world applications. What will the doubters say when there are dozens, hundreds or even thousands of apps storing data on BSV?
Given this oversimplified chart I created:
BitCoin economic model in one chart.
High transactions = low fees, competitive mining, secure chain.
Blockstream is going full steam ahead betting the future of BTC on Lightning Network as they debate making the blocksize smaller and potentially inflating supply to pay the developers. You can’t make this stuff up.
While I leave open the possibility I could be wrong as each day passes it looks like BTC digs their hole deeper and deeper.
The debate rages on in Crypto. Frankly, I’m very tired of it. What is happening in reality is BSV is scaling while the others delay. Let the Twitter wars rage, I am looking at what matters.
Looking forward, the 30 day extension in the Kleiman v Wright court case to negotiate a settlement should be expiring soon. This could be a big event. And, in January 2020 allegedly Dr Wright will come into possession of up to 800,000 BTC which he has previously stated would be exchanged for BSV. Even if both of these events are a bust BSV continues to scale on chain.
Scaling is what matters. BSV is scaling.
BSV is an incredible (but not risk free) opportunity.
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:21pm ESTComments Off on What I’m Watching
A few things I’m watching for Bitcoin this week and for Q4 2019.
Today, Sept 30, is BSV Stress Test Day. Several services and purpose built tools will be used to flood the BSV network with traffic. The goal is to test the limits of the network in number of transactions and block size hoping to exceed the last stress test which produced 210MB blocks. The test starts at 12:00 UTC and can be followed at https://testbitcoin.live/ and https://bitcoinblocks.live/.
October 1st is Day 1 of the BSV CG conference in Seoul, South Korea. Highlights from this article CoinGeek Seoul about to kick off with major announcements expected include nChain Technical Director Steve Shadders discussing progress towards BSV genesis (the restoration of BSV to original Bitcoin code), a fireside chat with Craig Wright and Jimmy Nguyen and another Hackathon. This conference has been a bullish event for BSV price in the past.
The 30 day extension in the Kleiman v. Wright court case should expire around mid October. Could this case be settled in October? This would remove a lot of market uncertainty and setup a potential movement of the Satoshi coins. I wrote more about this court case in Bitcoin Court Case Settlement.
According to statements made in the court case Craig Wright will have full access to a trust containing ~800k Bitcoins on January 1st. If true, Craig Wright has stated several different outcomes. Early in 2019 he stated he would create rolling iceberg orders to sell BTC while simultaneously shorting. More recently he’s pulled back from that and stated he would give the fortune to charity. Either way, the BTC coins could hit the market via court case settlement, Wright’s sell orders or charities selling gifted BTC for fiat. More important than the supply shock may be what this confirms for the market, the Tulip trust is real and Craig Wright had those Satoshi coins all along.
On the technical side we have another stunning project release from anonymous BSV developer _unwriter called Overpool.
Overpool enables a lot of functionality on BSV, including the ability to do a very high number of transactions between two parties then broadcast the end result to BSV blockchain. In many ways this is a simpler and superior solution compared to BTC’s Lightning Network. Overpool was also released for use on BTC and BCH which is a clever dig as these dev teams likely won’t won’t utilize this powerful tool because it signals issues with their currently selected development paths. Kudos _unwriter on the great work.
I am also keeping an eye on the BTC Lightning Network. In early September a bug was discovered but wasn’t disclosed until this week. The recent news for LN is not looking good. While BSV is stress testing and striving for unlimited scale the BTC scaling plan seems to be sputtering.
First, LN is a fragile centralized system.
Nice paper on LN routing. Findings:
1. Centralization: – 5 nodes participate in 60% of the routes – 10 nodes -> 80% of the routes – 30 nodes -> 95%
2. Hijacking potential: – by creating 5 new channels, an attacker can hijack 65% of the routes – 30 channels -> 80% of the routes https://t.co/iGL9ehcFKw
Second, LN operators keep coins at risk for loss for VERY minimal gains.
Lightning network’s biggest node operator, LNBIG, who has more than $5 million locked up in the network, reported that it only receives about $20 each month in fees. That’s a return on investment of 0.0048%. Bonds do better than that.
Lastly I’m watching the charts. As I wrote about in Bitcoin Trading Signals the Mayer Multiple indicator on BSV is flashing a buy signal six days in a row (including today) ahead of the stress test and CG conference.
Mayer Multiple for BSV has triggered buy signal. This has only been triggered 10 times in 2019 based on daily close. https://t.co/RlAhuRZXls
If you’ve been following this blog for a while you may see that many of the things I’ve been writing about are coming together in Q4 and Q1 2020. However, there are many obstacles remaining. BTC still dominates the market and a continued downward slide may pull BSV with it. Can BSV get out from under the shadow of BTC?
While BSV traffic has steadily increased BSV transactions need a hockey stick chart to be ready for the halvening in mid 2020. Also, governments continue to look at Bitcoin from a legal perspective. Any attempts to outlaw Bitcoin, while likely detrimental to the legislating country, will also hurt adoption short term during a time when rate of adoption is key. BSV is designed to work within the law but it may not matter if a country outlaws all cryptocurrency.
The next six months in BSV should be the most memorable yet. From a portfolio perspective, I remain irresponsibly allocated.
Here is a chart of the Mayer Multiple for Bitcoin SV compiled from daily closing price on coinmarketcap.com. MM in blue, 21MA of the MM in red, Price in yellow.
(caveat: plot points before June contain less than 200 days of historical data)
We are looking for extreme deviations from the mean for trading signals.
There have been 9 days in 2019 the MM was below .7 with prices in the low $50 range. When MM approaches .7 in the future this would indicate time to buy as price is severely depressed compared to the past 200 days.
With the overnight swoon in crypto prices BSV Mayer Multiple is now at .67 which is a BUY signal.
There have been 8 days the MM was above 2.6 with prices above $200. A Mayer Multiple this high is a sell signal. Those sales would have been very near the recent top when correlating with price.
Compare these MM numbers against stocks and you’ll note stocks are rarely below .9 or above 1.3. Crypto is volatile. By charting the magnitude of deviation from a slow moving long term average we are able to evaluate objective data about when is a good time to buy or sell.
Hindsight being 20/20 we wouldn’t have known looking at a price chart these were the bottoms and tops at that time. Looking at price can stir emotions and we know emotions are the death of good trading. However, looking at Mayer Multiple it’s clear that the MM was very far from the mean and should be treated as a trading signal.
The current MM is ~.67. The past 200 days the MM has been higher 80% of the time. Keep in mind the Mayer Multiple is not a fast moving signal and as always balance any trading signals with your own research and fundamentals.
On a personal note, I’m back in Thailand till late October. Here’s a song remix from Thailand’s most popular Reggae band.
There is a court document circulating online that indicates there may soon be a settlement in the Ira Kleiman v Craig S Wright court case.
Ira Kleiman is suing Craig S Wright for 500k Bitcoins claiming his deceased brother Dave was part of the creation of Bitcoin and that Craig S Wright owes Ira half of a Bitcoin trust established prior to Dave’s death. Document below.
What are the implications of a settlement?
First, in a settlement Craig Wright would deliver up to 500k Bitcoins valued at ~$5B. Upon receipt Ira would owe estate taxes on the value received. This would force a sale from Ira of at least 100k Bitcoins and upwards of 250k on the market to cover taxes. Even if completed over the counter this would impact price of BTC quite heavily.
Secondly, many BTC holders have claimed Craig Wright is not Satoshi and does not have access to the coins. If Craig settles and agrees to pay Ira from the Satoshi stash of coins then the BTC narrative about Bitcoin takes a big hit. While BTC has been screaming for Craig to provide proof they may finally get it when he moves those coins. Be careful what you wish for. I don’t see this as a net positive for BTC yet many people are cheering the settlement as it’s a judgement against Craig. They are cutting off their own nose to spite their face. Craig Wright settling and moving the Satoshi coins provides credibility regarding everything he’s said over the years including how to scale Bitcoin, which is in contradiction with BTC.
In reality there was no way for Craig Wright to get the full value of his alleged 1.1M BTC holdings. To sell that many coins would crash the market, so losing a portion may not be so tragic for him.
Third, settling the case puts a lot of drama and stress behind Craig Wright and BSV. It clears the way to continue developing BSV. The drama will continue but the fact Craig Wright moved the coins cannot be taken away.
As mentioned, moving the Satoshi coins as part of settlement is one way a person can prove their identity (or at least possession of coins attached to an identity). If Craig moves the Satoshi coins watch the BTC narrative change overnight. There will be claims that moving the coins is no longer proof Craig is the creator of Bitcoin. The existence of Blockstream and BTC hinges on discrediting Craig Wright and his vision on how to scale Bitcoin. Watch the space for new propaganda campaigns. The propaganda shows the level of fear present for those who took BTC in such a drastic direction that Bitcoin forked twice. This is all coming home to roost now and in 2020.
Settling a court case for a $5 billion judgement is usually bad news. In this case I think this will end up being a positive. The drama fades away, the proof is made public, the markets are free to digest the pending movements of massive amounts of BTC and we can know move forward with new information about who’s who in Bitcoin.
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:25am ESTComments Off on Assessing My Next Move
BSV is under the $130 level I pointed to as important to watch. BSV is a buy here, but don’t shit your pantaloons if the downward trend accelerates and BSV sits at $80 for a few weeks. Crypto trading is a bad idea. You probably shouldn’t do it.
Bitcoin trading changes you. The swings are frequent and violent. The returns and losses are mind boggling. You’re just not the same after going to the movies and walking out of the theater with a 100% profit and by the time you get home a 30% loss.
You don’t get used to it, you just go numb.
So as I consider my next move I see broken markets everywhere. Gold just went on a bender. Yemens bombing Saudi Arabia points to a Oil pump. The dollar is destroying everything. QE to infinity has stocks on a 10 year straight line pump.
This all has to resolve itself somehow.
Crypto might just be the sanest choice in a crazy world.
Sun Sep 8, 2019 11:36am ESTComments Off on I’m Listening
What do you want me to write about? You pick and I’ll give it an objective treatment. Maybe not a full SWOT but I’ll at least cover Pros and Cons.
Do you have questions? Ask me anything in comments. If it deserves a separate post I’ll do that.
It doesn’t have to be crypto but that’s my wheelhouse. You may not know this but I covered stocks and a bit of tech on iBC before I went full Bitcoin years ago. I also do quite a bit of TA. I stopped doing TA on Crypto as I can’t TA a coin if I feel the fundamentals are broken. It’s like putting lipstick on a pig.
So, give me something to work with.
My portfolio is sideways past couple weeks as I’m still irresponsibly allocated in BSV. I’m 70% confident BSV decouples from the crypto market in extreme bullish fashion in 2020 but in meantime won’t be shocked by a market wide swoon. $130 is still important level to watch which I noted weeks ago.
I am flying to Asia late tomorrow to vacation with a group of friends on a tropical island for a couple months. You know, typical Bitcoiner stuff. But don’t hate me too much, it’s a hellish 23 hours of flights and 11 timezones to reach my final destination. I am going to nearly the exact opposite side of the planet from where I am now so forgive any delays next couple of days.
Thu Sep 5, 2019 11:46am ESTComments Off on Bitcoin is Smart Money
When you hear the term Smart Money what comes to mind? For many, it’s institutional investors with privileged information pulling the strings on market movements. Smart Money consists of the insiders, the mythical perfect traders, that group of people that is always two steps ahead of the average Joe and one step ahead of you.
When I talk about Smart Money that’s not what I’m talking about.
When I talk about Smart Money I’m talking about Bitcoin. No, I’m not saying that Bitcoin is a group of people that is smarter than you. I’m saying that Bitcoin IS Smart Money.
What does that mean?
Human civilization has gone from a barter system to trading seashells, shiny rocks, tulip bulbs, precious metals and now, pieces of paper as money.
Future generations will look back at this time and think trading pieces of paper in exchange for goods is as silly as our ancestors trading seashells.
Our money today is dumb. Really dumb. The Pentagon lost over $1 trillion because they couldn’t keep track of where it went. Enron happens because the money is so dumb no one can verify if audited financials are reliable. Madoff was successful for so long because his clients had to rely on his fabricated statements about their investments. Financial crises in 2009 happen because Lehman and AIG can play fast and loose with financial regulations when using dumb money. Hurricane Maria funds for Puerto Rico were mostly squandered because local government had a windfall of relief money and little oversight. Terrorism happens because any organization can be funded anonymously with a few palettes of paper shipped across borders.
These events caused by the abuse of dumb money impact billions of people. Those who control money with little oversight act with impunity causing massive losses for the public, and they often get away with it.
What doesn’t get measured doesn’t get managed.
The US government prints dumb money every day to cover a multitude of poor decisions. There is no limit. They just print it. PRESTO! More money. An Econ 101 student understands Supply and Demand, so how dumb is that?!?
Every fraction of a Bitcoin that has and ever will come into existence is publicly verifiable. I can buy a coffee with Bitcoin with more privacy than if I use a credit card but I can’t transact in Bitcoin illegally with anonymity. This is very important to understand. Bitcoin is private, but not anonymous. Bitcoin is Smart Money.
So what is Smart Money? Bitcoin is programmable. Here’s a basic example in money terms. When you dine at a restaurant you are presented with a check to pay. That check has a breakdown of your meal plus taxes and usually an optional tip. With our current dumb money this puts a burden on the owner to account for taxes, tips etc. Small business owners spend thousands to be compliant with taxes. With Bitcoin your check can be a Bitcoin invoice where taxes (sales tax, municipal, alcohol tax etc) are their own Bitcoin payments separate from food and tips. Send your Bitcoin transaction and every tax, tip and payment gets paid instantly to the final destination. This relieves a huge burden for the owners and governments. This changes the game. Dumb money can’t do this.
Here’s another example. Many countries have lax or difficult to enforce clean air laws. Why spend money to ensure your car runs cleanly if you can externalize the costs to the environment and other humans? Why would chemical plants handle chemicals cleanly if they can dump it in the river? With programmable money clean behavior can be incentivized. Smart contracts on Bitcoin can meter and enforce compliance and/or fees. Dumb money can’t do this.
Many of the ills in society are because individuals or corporations can externalize costs with very little risk. Banks are routinely fined for different reasons yet they continue the unlawful behavior because in the long run dumb money covers their tracks enough times the occasional fine is not a deterrent. Bitcoin, as a distributed ledger, can keep all transactions in compliance. Dumb money can’t do this.
This works because every fraction of a Bitcoin can be instantly verified anytime. There is no “fake” Bitcoin and there is no way to move a Bitcoin that doesn’t leave a public record. Bitcoin is private, but not anonymous. Bitcoin is a global ledger.
Now imagine Bitcoin everywhere. Gas station, groceries, international shipping and trade. Smart Money that is programmable and instant. Tax relief that is immediate and automatic. Accountability that is public and global. The opportunity to commit fraud disappears. Honest Money means Honest Government. Smart Money means Smart(er) Government. Who doesn’t want to live in a country where the Government is just as accountable as the tax payers?
This is what mass adoption looks like as a world currency. Now, which coins fit this criteria? Scalable, honest, on chain.
Once you understand this capability and the impact you can see this system is inevitable. I can’t say exactly how this will look, and realistically this may take a decade or more, but there’s no going back.
Governments will love Bitcoin because it enables immediate and honest tax collection. Citizens will love Bitcoin because their governments will also be subject to immediate and honest reconciliation of tax spending. No more secret funding or government waste. Now, imagine that! This can change humanity.
A global ledger of value (and information) transfer is the next (r)evolution of human transactions.
Let’s take a look at some data about BTC and BSV. I have no doubt my new favorite commenters will counter this info with their own charts. Let the games begin.
BSV can do everything BTC can do and more yet it’s 825 times more expensive to transact on BTC. This is why products like Twetch are being created. Less than a penny fees are necessary for microtransactions. With BTC fees between 30 cents and a dollar it’s cheaper to use a credit card in most cases. BTC brings no unique utility as peer to peer cash. So the narrative shifts to Store of Value, but with near zero utility! Also a laughable premise. BTC fails when objectively compared to BSV. It’s been consistently cheaper to transact on BSV by 100x or more since the beginning.
BSV is in red and BTC is in yellow. BTC capped at 1MB so nearly a flatline in transactions. Daily transactions increasing over time with peaks during stress tests above BTC. You’ll notice BTC is practically a flatline. When there is a spike in BTC transactions fees skyrocket as people compete to put their transactions towards the front of the line. It’s like yelling fire in a crowded theater. Some people are going to get burned having to wait hours or pay higher fees. BTC is digging it’s own hole. The 1MB blocksize limit is a cap on transactions per block. BSV will be passing BTC in transactions by 2020.
Blocksize chart, again BSV in red. This is an exponential chart so that spike at the beginning is a 10x difference. Again, BTC is limited to 1MB blocks. BSV has mined blocks over 200MB and is scaling towards 2GB and then unlimited. It would take BTC ~33 hours to mine the 200MB of transactions BSV mined in ~10 minutes.
Scaling is the only way Bitcoin can work for the world. It’s an inconvenient truth for BTC their scaling plans are garbage and the Core devs have no real interest in scaling because it threatens their Blockstream products. Note the name of the Blockstream whitepaper: https://www.blockstream.com/sidechains.pdf SIDECHAINS. Blockstream, which controls BTC, has no interest in BTC utility improving as it damages their potential revenue from Blockstream products.
Here’s the Blockstream CEO suggesting those who want to use Bitcoin open a tab instead. LMAO you can’t make this shit up.
So the layman may ask, with all of this why does BTC trade for $10,000. Good question.
Name branding is a powerful thing. During all these forks the name “Bitcoin” followed the coin with the highest price. There’s been years of pure shit to deal with in the battle for the Bitcoin name ever since. Few can understand the technical differences between coins. This is why I post to iBC, to blow up the bullshit about BTC having anything to do with Bitcoin. The campaign to discredit anyone who threatens BTC has been going for years. It’s a lesson in social media manipulation. BTC trolls are loud and numerous. Looks like we may have a few of them on iBC now. Hi guys! =)
Here’s a Daily BSVBTC chart. Yes, BSV is 1.3% the price of BTC. Incredible stuff given the charts above. This is the opportunity I’ve been pointing to for nearly a year. BSV works and is cheap AF. Do you know when the opportunity of a lifetime is no longer an opportunity of a lifetime? When the masses start to see what you see. You have to be willing to put yourself out there. I’ve done my homework and you know where I stand.
While I don’t put much faith in short term charts in this market I will point out that the judge’s unflattering statements about Craig Wright had very little impact on BSV price. BSV is not Craig Wright and vice versa. He is influential yes and a major whale holder but the technology matters more. Very bad news for Craig Wright doesn’t mean bad news for BSV. Let the haters hate.
Ichimoku cloud shows a positive TK crossover below cloud while cloud is narrowing. Still a bearish trend but pointing towards a possible reversal. A TK crossover failed recently in late June. All in all, I think all coins stumble into January 2020.
I don’t put much faith in TA for coins at the moment. There is so much FUD and misallocation of capital in coins it’s silly to point to a single chart and draw any conclusions. I think for now fundamentals matter more than anything. We are in that phase of the market where the hype has died and people start to look everything rationally. However, I’ve covered some fundamentals and snapshot of TA for your iBC pleasures.
I posted the tweet below in late 2017 when exuberance was ramping daily.
In the game of investing rock paper scissors: 1) exuberance beats fundamentals 2) fundamentals beat TA 3) TA beats exuberance.
Given I posted this chart at the peak of BTC I think you could say I have an idea of how this market works.
$BTC double topped near it's 4.618 trend fib going back to ~$750. This can be a difficult fib to break / turning point in a single trend. If BTC breaks higher it's starting a new trend IMHO. pic.twitter.com/BMINN6KhxA
With that said, yes BSV is only 1.3% the price of BTC. It’s incredible given the functionality of the two coins, their current capabilities and the roadmaps. This is an opportunity. Even if you own BTC you could trade 1.3% of your BTC to have a 1:1 hedge. You’re crazy not to do that.
You can take my posts as the rantings of a BSV fanatic. Maybe. I do my best to eliminate bias and I reset and reevaluate often. Every time I come back to BSV. It’s BSV or bust.
Looks like my last post got someone’s attention. Here’s their lengthy reply:
I’ve followed Coinspeak since his/her first post here, thankful that Based Fly conscripted a crypto writer. Although I rarely agreed with the posts, I continued to read with an open mind to survey the BCH thesis (as I held a large amount of coins prior to the hard fork and did not have a clear plan on what to do with my BCH and now BSV). So, I was intrigued when I saw the about-face to BSV, an admittedly unpopular choice. I became a bit more incensed over the last two posts as I felt they read more like a white-paper/marketing shill than well-reasoned analysis. For instance, poaching the “Bitcoin (the program, not a specific chain) is the future”/Austrian hard money narrative from videos and then asserting later in the post that while the cited authors/presenters didn’t mention BSV by name, if they really thought about which chain is best and most likely to succeed, they would undoubtedly choose BSV. So now, I feel compelled to retort.
To anyone waiting for OP to defend this increasingly implausible thesis: prepare yourselves for a feat of tinfoil hat mental gymnastics, the likes of which have only been parodied with the image adorning the Bitcoin Economy part 2 post.
For a network and asset class that’s built to eliminate the need for trust, the BSV thesis at this point requires a hell of a lot of it. Namely, to trust BSV bagholders that the following is true, despite a consensus of evidence and opinion; (I remind you that consensus is a more relevant governing standard than “truth” in these matters)
1-CSW is still somehow Satoshi. For those that don’t know, CSW got BTFO in courts both of the legal variety and of public opinion. (for the record, I do think that Peter Mc., an opposing party in one of CSW’s ongoing suits, is insufferable and has become the “reality TV star” of crypto; lacking in skill, insight, and prizing his own promotion above all else.) The only talking point CSW defenders have left is that the Kleinman estate will have a large tax bill upon receipt of CSW’s purloined bitcoin. Even if his claims were true, CSW was bested and locked out by his own creation, unable to sign any transaction with consensus-recognized Satoshi holdings, which any competent user must know how to do—a far cry from his crafted brilliant inventor image espoused by his underlings and this blogger. Imagine the inventor of the first thought-powered car unable to prove it worked because he locked the keys inside.
One must pause here at the cartoonish nature of his defense; blatant blog back-date forgeries, recanted statements, demonstrably false transactions, and not a shred of proof that he was doing anything other than attempting to hack kitchen appliances whilst detailing a list of what classical music and romantic authors he happened to be Wikipedia-ing at the time (I invite readers to scan the above post and note the striking similarity in the “here’s a list of important sounding things I’ve seen other people talk about, but I can’t bother to synthesize them into prose/coherency”).
Only ideologues will deny CSW is an intelligent and capable programmer, but the open source world is full of anons with similar and greater skills. Not only is there a legal record of the repudiation of his claim to be Satoshi, but a paucity of peer validations other than anyone currently standing to benefit from his ordainment as Satoshi. Again, the peer-to-peer issue looms large here. Bitcoin and most similar cryptocurrencies are valuable because they can codify consensus amongst an adversarial community. CSW’s appeal to consensus has been rejected by the majority of Bitcoiners. The community has spoken and the value of his token, BSV will reflect its speech.
2-BSV will eventually succeed in developing a competitive product. Currently, the largest user of the BSV blockchain is a d-app that records the weather each day. I’m not kidding, most daily transactions on the BSV blockchain are just this automated weather log. BSV’s mining community is very incestuous with its small team of promoters, which keeps large agnostic miners uninterested, at a certain scale, mining pools would rather security and longevity over the possibility of manipulation (my assertion). Even commentators on this blog have been unable to properly install and use the few d-apps that are basically promising to be the knock-off versions of Twitch, Cashapp, Venmo, Twitter, YouTube, and whatever else might entice dupes to believe that BSV will one day be the gold standard of information technology.
There’s a reason that first-mover advantages are rarely overcome in the information space- the chicken and egg problem. Developers won’t waste time making a better version of YouTube for free and from the ground-up because Google’s got the resources to incentivize them to improve the existent YouTube, with its existing codebase. It’s almost impossible to unseat a large digital ecosystem, much less all of them at once like the BSV project aims to do. Betting on Flippenings has about the same track record, especially on Bitcoin chains. Factor in the existing resources and sentiment of most developers regarding the BSV community and you’ll see why all BSV hype must promise the same utopian future state; where CSW is recognized as the true Satoshi and all his dreams will become reality. I don’t know why someone would choose to save wealth in BSV over BTC with the existing features and the overhang of being piloted by such a goon.
Firstly, I’ll agree with the conclusion of this comment in that I have tunnel vision on BSV. Not just my last 2 posts, but probably more like my last 20. Fly doesn’t tell me what to write. In fact, I’ve only spoken to him twice and maybe a dozen emails tops. So, no editorial oversight. Constructive criticism noted though. I will endeavor to maintain a more balanced analysis. With that said, I am sharing my opinion and my opinion is that it’s BSV or bust.
Now, to get into a few other things I’d like respond to in this comment.
I may, time permitting, write a post about Kleiman v Wright. But basically Wright is being sued for 500k Bitcoins by his dead friend’s brother, Ira Kleiman. The entire case HINGES on CSW being Satoshi. CSW has definitely been his own worst enemy in the courtroom nearly getting charged with contempt by the judge but there is still a long way to go in the case. Here’s a recent writeup of the hearings this week savaging Craig Wright. Even if Craig Wright loses 500k Bitcoins by losing the court case….as I said on Twitter earlier:
There is a long road ahead.
However, CSW was never going to be able to get full value for all his BTC. Whatever he does get will be a lot.
The fact this turns from a long game to maximize profit to a short game to be first to dump isn't good for BTC.
He’s in elite company worldwide with the number and difficulty of the exams he’s passed. He’s not only a double PhD with multiple Masters degrees he’s a world class security expert. Do you think if he really wanted to fake documents he’d fail at it?
Further, to speak about CSW’s qualifications to be Satoshi, read his blog. No one understands Bitcoin and it’s origins like the creator. For example, one of the easier to understand posts is Zeno’s Paradox yet NO ONE figured that out before he shared it.
The above is why I provided a laundry list of technologies and things to research in my previous post. Each of those areas is it’s own specialty. They have all been baked into Bitcoin. I am not qualified nor interested in providing a detailed explanation on the intricacies but I can say after years of research I understand them well enough to begin to see how they apply in Bitcoin, and I’m blown away by it. Most “OG” Bitcoiners don’t see this at all.
The drama and intrigue in Bitcoin is beyond Tom Clancy level. The attacks on CSW have been relentless. Notice who does the attacking, bloggers like Peter McCormack. While BSV may have it’s own SJW I think if you honestly look at the players you’d see the teams are stacked for BSV. BSV is in the minority for sure but quality counts. Much like the “Raspberry Pi nodes matter” fallacy, a majority Twitter army means nothing when faced with entrepreneurs building new applications (and let’s not forget CSW’s has nearly 1,000 patents). Twitter consensus means very little in the real world.
Here’s another resource to read. Dr Wright says he knows the author but has not read it. I just ordered it and have not started reading but early reviews from friends say it’s good. The Art of Bitcoin: Satoshi’s Vision. Ignore the Amazon reviews, like most things BSV the BTC social media trolls are out to discredit BSV including Amazon reviews.
Turning to your second point regarding adoption, yes, currently WeatherSV is the majority of BSV transactions. Here’s a screenshot of Bitcoinblocks.live
Notice a few of those blocks are larger than the cap on BTC at 1MB. This should be of great interest to anyone in Bitcoin. Scaling matters. While a weather app is currently producing the most transactions it’s useful data that someone is PAYING for. What is happening on BTC?
Right, nothing. No scaling, no development, no adoption, no future.
On adoption, beating a YouTube isn’t easy but Bitcoin is a Red Queen game. When everything is based on incentives rather than advertising we may see YouTube displaced or YouTube may adopt Bitcoin. Either way, these are early times as I’ve stressed many times. You must be able to imagine where this is headed and keep updating your hypothesis. Broad strokes, BSV has the POTENTIAL that BTC does not.
On that note, Twetch, the popular BSV Twitter clone, just got cloned….by the Chinese. THE FUCKING CHINESE CLONED A BSV SOCIAL MEDIA APP. Chinese people love Social Media and are hugely influential in Bitcoin markets. This should be it’s own post, but I doubt I’ll write about it. Potential: HUGE. And if it fails it’s still another baby step forward for BSV.
Is that happening on BTC? Nope.
Adoption matters and those who spend money to start new businesses are starting them on BSV because they see BSV has a shot at lasting.
I’d really like to see someone respond with what’s happening on BTC. Please. From what I’ve seen, the utility is null and the scaling is a joke.
Bitcoin is a genie that can’t be put back in the bottle. I can only point to the tip of an iceberg in a blog but this summary is the result of years of research on my part.
Things to research if you want to begin to understand Bitcoin:
Byzantine General’s Problem – how Bitcon settles transactions nearly instantly
Triple entry accounting – I know what you see is what I see
Blockchain – Chain of digital signatures, verifying the ledger block by block
Game Theory – Balance of disparate factors coming together to balance the system
Small world network – No node in Bitcoin is more than 1.3 hops away
Proof of Work – Each Bitcoin is minted as a result of verifiable work performed. No forgery, just competition.
Particle Swarm Optimization – Solve difficult problems inside Bitcoin
Cellular Automaton – Simple rules for complex calculations
Mandala Network – Bitcoin is a dense network
Neural Network – Bitcoin is a brain
SEIR(S) – How diseases propagate. Also relevant to how Bitcoin propagates transactions
Total Turing Machine – Any answer calculable by a Turing machine is calculable by any Turing complete system, like Bitcoin
Wang B Machine – similar to Turing machine
You may notice several of these technologies mirror biological processes. Hmmmm….
All of the above, and more, exist in Bitcoin. This is genius level design.
We are starting to see a flood of new use cases and apps built on top of Bitcoin. It’s very important to get what I’m saying here, the current development of apps on BSV will lead to an explosion of powerful use cases in the near future.
Craig Wright (Satoshi Nakamoto) implemented the above tech (and more) in a unique way with Bitcoin and holds hundreds of patents. I believe Dr Wright will be recognized as a genius for this work within a decade. This will be a reversal of current sentiment as many have painted Dr Wright negatively to further their own goals. This will all resolve itself soon. Dr Wright is an incredibly patient man.
I spent many hours researching everything in the video below. It’s mind boggling. If you want to understand Bitcoin it will take a lot of work, I am still learning every day. Bitcoin is world changing technology.
(start at 11 min mark)
Bitcoin will usher in a new revolution. Bitcoin will be bigger than the Internet.
Bitcoin will be the single global repository for all data that has value. I know that sounds impossible but that’s the goal. This is unconventional thinking in 2019 but will be taken for granted in near future.
All of the technologies above will be combined so that anyone, anywhere can transact value peer to peer. Bitcoin is honest money which will bring accountability to every area of life. Honest money creates an honest economy. Imagine an economy run on a single ledger where everyone is accountable. Governments will be forced to be efficient. Corporations will be honest or perish. Goodbye Dutch Irish companies where Joe Sixpack pays more in taxes than Apple. This a decade away, but it’s coming.
The recent Facebook hearings in congress were bullish for BSV. The legislators see the danger in a centralized currency run by a cabal of tech companies. BSV is designed to operate within current legal frameworks. Legal compliance is baked into Bitcoin from the start.
Governments will be regulating coins soon. Most coins won’t survive, and what doesn’t survive regulation will be swallowed by Bitcoin.
BSV is gathering critical mass. 2020 will be the year it takes off. These are early stage projects built exclusively on BSV. Imagine them with a bit more time to mature. The future is going to be amazing.
These projects can only be built on Bitcoin as originally designed. No other coin has an ecosystem like BSV. Now, consider most of those projects are less than a year old and were bootstrapped from small teams. Imagine when large scale development begins in earnest on BSV.
Bitcoin is a genius invention that will change the world. Bitcoin is more than money. We are still so early that the picture is not clear yet but watch the next 1-2 years. The 20+ years of hard work on Bitcoin is about to pay off.