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Bitcoin vs Cutting the Cord: Dish Network Adopts Bitcoin and I Don’t Care

In early 2012 I began an experiment that continues to this day: I cut the cord. I’ve been living without cable or satellite TV for a little over two years now and most days I don’t miss it at all. Today, though, I feel conflicted – because today, Dish Network is accepting Bitcoin. Back when I […]

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Visualizing Bitcoin’s Development History (Again)

Every so often my video editing skills improve, or I find a cool new piece of music or some event otherwise occurs that triggers another one of these videos: Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to visualize Bitcoin’s development history again! This video, like all of its predecessors, utilizes a piece of visualization software called Gource […]

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Cold Storage: Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Cold StorageIn previous installments, we’ve discussed the nature of cold storage and built a cold storage solution using an inexpensive netbook, Lubuntu and Electrum. Today we’re in the home stretch: We’ve built our new toy, we just need to learn how to use it. Thankfully […]

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Cold Storage: Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Cold StorageYesterday I posted part one of my first ever multipart video series and I’m proud to announce that part two is now available. This time around, we’re actually building a cold storage system using a relatively inexpensive netbook, Lubuntu and Electrum. It’s probably worth noting […]

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Cold Storage: Part 1

There’s a local Bitcoin lunch I go to most Wednesdays. It’s about the sort of thing you’d expect, a good core group of regulars and a rotating cast of interested novices hanging around, sharing knowledge. What surprised me is that nearly all of these novices (and many of the regulars) have the same exact questions: […]

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Guerrilla WarfareOr: Maybe Let’s Actually Fight the REAL Oppressive System?

Attention all Bitcoiners of the Libertarian, AnCap, Voluntaryist etc mindset: we need to have a chat. See, I’m a big proponent of this technology and I do, in fact, share many of your political views regarding censorship, freedom of speech, freedom of commerce, trade, the legalization of various chemical substances, etc. The points we agree […]

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An Open Letter to Mark Karpeles

Hi Mark, Let’s not sugar-coat things, your position is bad. Super bad. MtGox, in its current incarnation at least, is dead or dying and you were the guy holding the wheel when it wrecked. People are calling you “Kerpopples” and making jokes about your sugary desert coffees. Old pictures of you being a dork have […]

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On MtGox and Transaction Malleability

Late last night, as most of us here in the U.S. slept soundly, a statement was issued by MtGox, one of the largest and oldest Bitcoin exchanges. The contents of that statement contained allegations that rocked the Bitcoin world and created a panic that saw market values dip nearly 25%. The allegation posed is that […]

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Bitcoin vs Shrem:What You Need to Know About Criminal Complaints

Bitcoin has long suffered from image problems. Naysayers are quick to remind the world that once, there was an entire marketplace dedicated to exchanging bitcoins for drugs and that as fast as it got shut down more spawned to take its place like the Hydra of legend. Thanks to this all-too-common attitude I’ve begun to […]

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Market Dip Got You Down? Credit Card Users Had a Worse Week.

Over the last few days, the value of a Bitcoin has dropped dramatically. This is nothing we haven’t seen before, but there are a lot more people in this market now, people who haven’t been through multiple bubbles and crashes, who aren’t hardened and tempered by past experience, people who post the suicide hotline number […]

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SnapCard: Filling the Gaps in Bitcoin’s Infrastructure

It’s not often that I have such an overwhelmingly positive experience with a merchant or service that I feel the need to recommend them publicly, so don’t take this lightly: SnapCard and the people who run it are pretty amazing. The service was excellent, the tech was fairly seamless and they didn’t charge me an […]

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Democratic Currency:Why Bitcoin is So Hard to Regulate

With the recent Senate hearings that could determine Bitcoin’s fate (in the U.S. at least) there’s one word that’s been on the tip of many a tongue: Regulation. We’re told that Bitcoin could fund terrorism, fuel the “wrong” side of the drug war and even promote that hottest of hot-button issues: child pornography. The answer, […]

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Explaining Bitcoin: Greg Dean

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve spent a lot of time explaining Bitcoin to people. There’s a sort of “standard formula” for explaining Bitcoin that works most of the time, but sometimes you run across a difficult point or just explain Bitcoin to an interesting person or in an interesting way – […]

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Another Day in Bitcoin History:The Million Dollar Purchase

The challenging thing about writing the Bitcoin news is that there are so many things always happening that it’s difficult to decide what’s important and what isn’t. Even more difficult is sourcing your information in a culture built around anonymity and secrecy. Every once in a while, though, something shows up from an already-vetted, trustworthy […]

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The Million Dollar Purchase
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