At this point it would seem that pretender-in-chief Gavin Andresen, he of poor and decrepit Bitcoin Foundation fame, has been sunk. While he’s still ringing alarm bells and shouting “the sky is falling” at the top of his well-worn lungs, the water is rushing into the engine bay and he won’t have to suffer this indignity that much longer.
As you’ll recall, his block size increase proposal was torpedoed right here, on these very pages, barely three months ago. The holy shyster himself, Gavin, commented directly on the article, three times!, for all the world to see. So to kick things off today, let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at a few of his
arguments FUD for adding inflation to Bitcoin and how these were easily and effectively countered.i
Like everything else worth doing, Bitcoin is war. So ya, MP is actively fire-bombing the already-decimated Berlin that is Gavin’s house of cards. Y’know, just to be sure.
La Serenissima, Bitcoin’s sovereign, has no choice but to unrelentingly dispose of any and all pretenders, frauds, and nihilists. We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we were led by the noses with pseudo-arguments.
I. “I agree a big discussion is necessary before changes are made, but we shouldn’t act like a hard fork is somehow inherently an issue.”
II. “If the community can’t hardfork today we could stop using bitcoin now and look for the better suited alt coin. If bitcoin can’t fork-update it has no value.”
III. I don’t understand why anybody would be against a larger block.
IV. Satoshi himself envisioned much larger blocks.
V. The fork is needed because otherwise some people won’t be able to use Bitcoin.
VI. This is a clerical issue, because block propagation and other considerations incentivize miners to keep blocks small anyway. The 1MB is just a hard limit getting in the way of things, the marketplace of miners should be allowed to fix block size as it seems appropriate.
VII. The miners decide.
VIII. “By the time the hard fork rolls around, all miners (and wallets, and other bitcoin software) will have dormant code ready to switch over and start mining the new fork.”
IX. “Hard fork block size politics: do we want decentralized digital gold, or just another Visa? We want both. And there’s no reason we can’t have both.”
After listing these verbatim from reddit and the qntra comments section, MP entertainingly and logically skewers them all, one by one, with retorts such as:
II. Obviously Bitcoin “has no value” to you. That is probably because you were expecting to defraud the faith others put in Bitcoin by inflating it. While it’s true that welfare states finance themselves that way currently, and in the process create the unwelcome and unwarranted impression in the heads of the nobodies in the street that their voice matters to any degree or is important in any manner, Bitcoin does not work that way. Bitcoin does not work that way intentionally, specifically and by design. So… yeah, pack it and get lost.
IV. Bitcoin is not a reflection of your hopes and aspirations, but a check on them. Bitcoin isn’t here to make it easier for you to do what you want to do ; Bitcoin is here to make it trivial for others to prevent you from doing what you want to do every time that’s stupid. The sooner you comprehend this fundamental difference between Bitcoin and “technology” especially in the “revolutionary & innovative” subsense of that nonsense, the better, for you.
VII. There’s absolutely no difference between Keiser’s scamcoin and Gavin’s scam coin as far as the network is concerned : while one’s a scammer that I humiliatingly defeated in the past whereas the other a scammer that I humiliatingly defeat in the future, this makes no difference for Bitcoin. As far as anyone will be able to perceive, miners simply left. […] Sll the holdings on the Bitcoin chain are accepted as valid on both Bitcoin and Gavincoin, but holdings on Gavincoin are rejected by Bitcoin. Consequently, everyone involved with the fork is writing options to everyone in Bitcoin, free of charge. That they have no ready way to finance these should be obvious, and consequently the grim prospects of the Gavin side of the fork should be just as obvious. At least, to people who understand economy to any degree.
VIII. The various gunk added to Bitcoin (past 0.6 or so) is currently only supported by the scam foundation Vessenes created back when nobody was looking, and everyone’s been abandoning ever since.The actual Bitcoin Foundation is not supporting any of that.
IX. Yeah, yeah, you’re thinking “but Bitcoin is decentralized”. Sure, it’s a decentralized implementation. But it is an implementation of a centralized concept. Bitcoin is universal money, and that’s quite by definition central. Even if implemented in a decentralized manner, as all usable money always has to be implemented, it nevertheless is a centralized thing, by the very nature of what money has to be in order to be money. Now why marry to this an obligation that’s burdensome on everyone and not really useful to anyone ?
Pretty good eh?
So yes, Bitcoin is war, and yes, war is hard and requires hard people in kind.iv It should be pretty clear based on the FUD and pseudo-argumentation that Gavin and his hoard are impossibly weak, while La Serenissima remains a force to be reckoned with.
Lest you think you now have a choice between the two sides and I’m going to intreat you to “choose wisely,” think again. Your strength is what dictates which side you end up on. Nothing more.
After all, what is the Internet if not Nature herself?
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- You’ll note his derisive tone towards my exposé. “You called the emperor ‘naked!’ I don’t like you anymore! You’re not my favourite” [↩]
- s/is/it! [↩]
- This shouldn’t be surprising in the slightest. It’s Reddit! [↩]
- Hard people are those that are honourable enough to call a fraud a fraud. Like Taleb says, if you see a fraud and don’t call him out, you’re also a fraud. This, in addition to persistence is what makes people “hard.” [↩]