In the event that you’re new here,i and inspired by Saif’s new book, let’s look back at some of the Contravex articles vis-a-vis Bitcoin that you probably weren’t around for but that you’d be remiss to miss if you’re still in the early phases of trying to make sense of this whole ball of yarn. These articles have not only aged well but are as timeless as ever for those new to the “crypto” scene. Enjoy!
1. On Matters of Merchant Adoption
2. The Wallet Inspector’s Promise
3. Early Classical Revival Websites Do Not A Bitcoin Bank Make
4. Citizens of Fiat vs. Citizens of Bitcoin: A Contrast
5. On Delusions Of Digital Security
6. On Making Bitcoin Accessible. Or Not.
7. On Making High-Entropy Paper Wallets
8. There Is No “Bitcoin 2.0″
9. Deflation Isn’t Bitcoin’s Problem, It’s Bitcoin’s Solution
10. Ex-Post: Toronto Bitcoin Expo
11. The Brokenness of MaidSafe.ii
12. Bitcoin: Killer of Nietzschian Nihilism
13. On Reusing Bitcoin Addresses
14. Tell The Grand Inquisitor There’s No Fucking Bitcoin Taint.
15. How A Bigger Blockchain Is Less Secure And Why Block Size Ain’t Gonna Increase Any Time Soon
16. Adding Value To Bitcoin
17. The Revolution Was Fiat, The Reaction Is Bitcoin
18. Breaking A Bitcoin Brainwallet
19. The problem of digital identity, or how to circumvent Blockchain.info 2FA and e-mail authorisation
20. The economics of sinking 20 MB Gavincoin blocks.
21. Bitcoin is unfair. That’s the point and so it shall remain.
22. 21 Inc. and Comcast sitting in a tree, d-e-r-p-i-n-g.
23. Wences whacked, Xapo zapped.
24. Legal pluralism as it relates to Bitcoin.
25. Zcash will crash just like Gavincoin, Garzikcoin, XT, SegWit, and Classic. Now you know.
26. The layman’s guide to salvaging bitcoins in the era of Chicom miner monopoly.
27. PSA: Don’t pay the bitcoin ransom.
28. From the scammer files: Anthony Di Iorio.
29. The Bitcoin Life Insurance policy.
30. “Suppose we have an exchange that, due to resource limitations, is limited to 5 decimal places for orders”, or how Kraken is scamming to stay solvent.
31. Canadian Economic [Bitcoin] Nodes? More like Canadian Derpatronic Altcoin Hoes.
32. How Developmentally Stunted Ingrates Like Bram Cohen Imagine Bitcoin Mining Companies
33. The Ethereum market cap fallacy.
34. The Wallet Inspector’s Promise v.”ICO”
35. The implications of Bitcoin for inheritance.
36. Worried about the fork?
37. SegWit toljaso
38. “Unpopular Ideas about Blockchains” by Sunny Aggarwal and Nate Rush, adnotated.
39. Why CME and CBOE bitcoin futures aren’t important and don’t matter.
40. Bitcoin Year-In-Review 2017
41. Announcing the newest Bitcoin infrastructure node, or why Ethereum is so utterly fucked.
42. “Dumb,” “Stupid,” “Pathetic” and other Mike Beggs-isms unfairly and unreasonably railing against our innocent little Bitcoin that ain’t never hurt nobody.
43. What is “late capitalism” anyways ?
These being in chronological order and spanning almost half-a-decade, you’ll forgive me for being fairly breathless in the earlier pieces. I’m clearly not immune from the old problem of overestimating how much the world will change in the next two years and underestimating how much it’ll change in the next ten.
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- Do you think I’d be surprised how many of you there really are ? Y’know I think I might! [↩]
- MaidSafe, for those blissfully unaware, was the dentralised internet scam before Blockstack, Filecoin, etc. came along to steal its thunder. Not that the ones you see out there in the “market” today are the last, merely the latest. It’s a deceptively chumpatronic idea, that decentralised cloud storage schtick. [↩]