On this week’s episode of the Unhashed Podcast: Leo Weese of the Hong Kong Bitcoin Association joins us to fill us in on everything that is happening in Hong Kong and its struggle to remain free of China’s jackboot. What is the end game for China and Hong Kong, and what are the incentives at play? How has the protest affected everyday life compared to previous protests and what makes this one different? And...how is this conflict affecting Bitcoin?Read More
On this episode of the unhashed podcast: Shit is hitting the fan hard in Hong Kong, and both the HKD and the CNY are dropping considerably to the dollar. The question is: is this good for Bitcoin? $10-30M of Tether is flowing out of Russia and into China everyday. Do Chinese business men really prefer Tether to BTC? We just hit the 2 year anniversary of the User Activated Soft Fork on the Bitcoin Network. To What degree did ASICBoost play a role?Read More
On this episode of the unhashed podcast: Bitcoin rewards platform Lolli was embroiled in a bit of a stink earlier this week. On the advice of their council, they trademarked the phrase “Stacking Sats” in what they called a defensive stance against bad actors using the phrase, which makes me wonder: should I trademark all of the co-hosts nicknames before they are used against us? We pissed off the XRP army by using their blockchain to store podcast soubnd files. What other possible use cases should centralized blockchains not allow its users to do? And...move over Daniel Craig! Is Bitcoin just a giant layer cake?Read More
On this episode of the unhashed podcast, Mario returns to the show from his month-long vision quest, but will we actually cut him out of the podcast will? Ruben tries to teach us everything he knows about drivechains so we aren’t totally lost after the last episode with Paul Sports, but will it ever be possible for us chimps to understand what Paul is proposing? And...is Veriblock just professionally spamming the bitcoin network...and even if it is, might that be a good thing?Read More
In this episode of the Unhashed Podcast: Mario is still gone but we have something that is obviously better (cuz what could be worse amirite?) Paul spork is on the show today and he’s here to talk peer-to-peer oracles and prediction markets, but can you predict what his opinion will be on whether or not dogecoin is a sidechain of litecoin?Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: Grayscale controls over $2 billion in BTC assets. What are the ramifications of such a large holding and how might Grayscale leverage that power? Someone has put an old Nasa guidance computer from the moon landings to good use mining Bitcoin. But are hand calculations going to be the latest trend in artisanal hashing? And...use of Bitcoin to purchase illegal goods is up from last year according chainalysis. But does anyone really care at this point?Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: I was in SF for Bitcoin2019. What scammy ICO do you think i went off on hardest? The Bank of International Settlements has predicted that many central banks may soon issue their own digital currencies (as if their currencies aren’t mostly already digital). Will this change of perspective be a good thing for Bitcoin? And...a new survey of the Bitcoin blockchain from Delphi Digital has revealed that the vast majority of bitcoin dumpers have only been hodling for 3-6 months? What does this mean for volatility going forward and will long term hodlers remain hodlers themselves?Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: Facebook unveiled Libra, a blockchain that promises to bring the internet of money to the masses, but are there crippling aspects to the coin that make even the best case scenario a centralized and trustful mess? Bryan challenges the almighty dollar amidst a crowd of NATO dignitaries. How do you think that will go over. And...Craig Wright has been ordered to appear in court with Ira Kleiman. What sorts of revelations do IRA’s lawyers have hiding up their sleeves?
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: Bryan has run off to elope with a Finnish Diplomat and Ruben might be dead?! Bitmain is suing several of its old executives for violating a non-compete when they started Poolin, which begs the question: are mining pools the digital equivalent of grocery stores? And...Protests in Hong Kong keep heating up and so does the weekly volume on LocalBitcoins, but is Bitcoin really the currency of choice for anti-establishment Hong Kongers?
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: I am gone one more time - will that ever stop me from appearing at the beginning of every episode? I don’t think so! The stolen Bitfinex loot is now on the move! Did the hackers just lose their private key and recently discover it or are they just extremely patient? And...Adam Back spoke at the G20 summit. Do open networks always win as he claims or is there more to the story?Read More
This episode is a little different - due to scheduling constraints we are delivering to you a speech from our very own Mario Gibney given to the London Bitcoin Devs Meetup back in December of 2018. You can see other speeches given at their meetup here.
We will be back to our regular scheduled programming next week (minus Ruben most likely). Talk soon!Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: I am not here today because well I slept through the recording. Will my cohosts fire me forever or just relegate me to writing and performing these intros for eternity? Bitcoin cash experienced a scheduled hard fork, but a not so scheduled $1.3 million double spend attack. With a mempool this permissive, is this the chain for low-tech libertines? And...facebook is planning on releasing its own shitcoin. Will this be good or bad for bitcoin?Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: Joseph Stiglitz says we should shut all the cryptocurrencies down. Is Tron proving just how possible that may be in some cases? US Congressmen are now actually urging their colleagues to take the threat that Bitcoin poses to their power seriously. One has to wonder: if they can’t beat us, how long until they join us? And...Blockstream has announced that Liquid Securities is ready to go live. Is this just a ruse to take market the shitcoin market share away from Ethereum or is there something more to the platform?Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: Binance has been hacked, and its spurred on a serious conversation about the ethos of the network in terms of reorg. What are the values of Bitcoin? A market of technically feasible bribery or a commitment to immutability? Ryan Selkis has put in a request for a freedom of information grant regarding the discount Ripple offered its enterprise clients. A motion that was denied by the state of new York. Is this perfectly innocent or does this indicate a deeply corrupt alliance with their board member Banjamin Lawsky? And...the taproot and tapscript BIPs have officially hit the Bitcoin Dev Mailing List. But when will the taproot band go on tour again?Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: We have something a little different in store. If you only like listening to our standard episodes, this one may not be for you, but I think you should stick around and give it a try. We have Steve Jain of Bisq on the air with us to discuss our coverage of the ne DAO, their BSQ coin, and how we could have done a better job. We also cover the complexities of anticipating the game theory of speculative assets, and how this affects projects like these with even the best intentions. Steve was a real gallant participant, and the topics are wide-ranging so I think you’ll enjoy sticking around for this out of the ordinary episode.Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: Bitfinex and Tether are under the gun AGAIN! But are the alarmists right to sound the gongs this time? Someone has been stealing ETH from wallets with private keys of...1. Yes that’s right. Not just 1 but many people are using the a private key of 1 to store their Eth and someone decided they would take it. Could there be a dumber private key? And...the bitcoin blockchains fees are now more valuable than the bitcoin cash block rewards. Does this spell certain doom for bitcoin due to its relatively high fees, or is that line of thinking just a reformulation of the classic Yogi beara line “No one goes there anymore; it’s too crowded”? Nic Carter joins us this week, so get ready!Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: FinCEN just announced its first ever penalty on a “crypto exchange”, but in reality the guilty party was just a power crypto trader. Is this going to be the new normal in the crypto space, with regulatory agencies acting a de facto muscle man for the larger more formal trading platforms? Bisq is finally launching its allegedly long-awaited DAO. Is this just more shitcoin bullshit or a clever ruse to make regulating the DEX more difficult? And...Can Disney do for Bitcoin what it did for itself by making congress its bitch in the realm of IP protectionism?Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: A bitcoin treasure hunt! Can you bind back the pieces of the million dollar secret using Shamir’s Secret spell? Paxful beefs up KYC and AML with biometrics. What’s next? Gut biome analysis with a fecal sample? And...Bitcoin Satoshis Vision is finally getting the delisting it deserves, but is it for the right reason?Read More
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: Peter “The Pistol” McCormack of What Bitcoin Did joins us to discuss maximalism, dialogue with those you disagree with, and dealing with the pressure of internet mobs. Also, what would happen to the Bitcoin blockchain if fees ever got to $1,000 per tx? Would maximalists change their tune about block sizes or would the experience be minimized by the addition of channel factories? And...the SEC has finally published guidance for crypto companies on the question of whether or not their coin is a security. But can the SEC publish guidance on if the coin is a shitcoin or not?
In this episode of The Unhashed Podcast: LocalBitcoins.com has announced great news! That is, if you’re a Finnish lawmaker or a Bitcoiner strangely worried about the fact that you are anonymous on the platform. They’ll be adding KYC and AML thanks toa new law forcing the measures on the platform. How will we Bitcoiners buy and sell bitcoin without being tracked every step of the way now that localbitcoins is basically just a regular exchange except more expensive and less convenient? “Oh Canada!” can now lay claim to the first city now accepting Bitcoin as payment for personal income taxes. Do more and more announcements like these deal a blow to the Krugman style arguments that a fiat currency derives its value from its ability to pay men with guns not to hurt you?And...Peter Todd thinks it might have been a good idea to build in a permanent miner reward when Bitcoin was created, causing a controversy inside crypto twitter, which begs the question: is an uncapped bitcoin really worse than the fiat alternative?Read More