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S5 E8: Eric Voskuil on Libbitcoin Development & Austrian Economics
Libbitcoin developer Eric Voskuil talks about the breakthroughs he made as a coder and his affinity and understanding of Austrian economics. Furthermore, he provides information about his Cryptoeconomics book & answers questions from Twitter followers. ================================================ Time stamps: 00:47 – Intro 02:00 – For how long has Eric Voskuil worked on Libbitcoin? 04:00 – Why are Bitcoin repository ports created? 6:30 – Breakthroughs made by Libbitcoin 12:10 – Eric Voskuil's more advanced activity in Bitcoin 15:43 – Performance optimization 20:51 – Satoshi Nakamoto wasn't a professional programmer 25:15 – Is Eric Voskuil a computer scientist or an economist? 28:10 – Austrian economics 29:30 – Credit and economic production 33:25 – Misean economics as an axiomatic system 38:54 – S2F (Stock to Flow) is not Austrian 42:20 – Price cannot be proven economically 44:01 – The value proposition of Bitcoin as money 44:27 – Why store of value is subjective 45:53 – Lunar fallacy 48:50 – Eric Voskuil's Cryptoeconomics 50:52 – The Cryptoeconomics books 52:43 – Musing over censorship resistance for a year 54:15 – Economic rational explanation for censorship resistance 56:40 – James Chang's contributions to the Cryptoeconomics book 59:20 – Cryptoeconomics vs The Bitcoin Standard 1:02:00 – Combining Libbitcoin and Cryptoeconomics 1:06:54 – Bitcoin took years to understand 1:09:20 – Bitcoin security 1:14:16 – Why Trezor offers the best security 1:22:37 – CB750 break pedal 1:24:20 – Is hyperbitcoinization possible? 1:26:38 – Cryptoeconomics on Amazon? 1:27:46 – Improving Bitcoin Privacy 1:29:34 – Take-aways from Vietnam conference 1:33:17 – What happens to Bitcoin if the internet gets regionalized? 1:34:49 – Why the Blockstream Satellite doesn't solve problems 1:38:56 – The US government as a threat model 1:40:52 – Resilience vs privacy 1:42:37 – Outlawing Bitcoin development threatens devs? 1:51:44 – Bitcoin is not a gambling device 1:53:40 – Libbitcoin institute donations
S5 E7: Torsten Hoffmann on his new Bitcoin film, "Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains, and the Future of the Internet"
May 7th 2020 has marked the global release of Torsten Hoffmann's second documentary about Bitcoin, titled "Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains, and the Future of the Internet". In this interview, he talks about some highlights from the film. ================================================ Time stamps: 00:47 – Introduction 2:17 – Ticket prices and how the interviewees have changed since the last documentary (Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It) 4:18 – Approaching Roger Ver and remaining objective in presenting the scaling debate 6:55 – The explanatory animations in the documentary and reaching newbies 9:00 – The documentary's 3 chapters 11:26 – Why maximalists should pay more attention to the film before dismissing it 12:00 – Roger Ver going from Bitcoin Jesus to Bitcoin Judas 14:30 – Travelling around the world to film interviews 14:55 – Xapo's huge underground military storage facility 17:40 – Working on the film for 6 years 18:30 – Why watching the documentary in the cinema is a different experience 19:15 – Why Bitcoin documentaries made by community members are better 20:31 – The hero's journey 21:00 – The chapter about the history of the internet 22:08 – Mining innovation and using the cheapest kind of energy 23:54 – Why Bitcoin helps make energy more efficient 24:34 – Managing to distinguish between Bitcoin and scams in a way that doesn't create confusion 25:17 – Interviewing the inventor of ERC20 and confronting him with the scams he enabled 28:00 – Another ICO mania? 29:25 – The Ponzi psychology and human greed 30:20 – Is "Cryptopia" a conversation starter for nocoiners? 32:20 – What would Torsten change to his documentary? 33:45 – What would Vlad add to the documentary? 34:15 – Starting the project from the Bitcoin "Civil War" and removing parts to make it all less confusing 35:15 – Scaling Bitcoin 36:49 – Bitmain and SegWit 37:28 – The Andreas Antonopoulos quote that didn't make the final cut 38:25 – Should altcoins exist? 39:09 – Why maximalism is fascinating to Torsten Hoffmann 40:26 – Why Ethereum sucks 42:40 – Why BS V sucks 43:39 – A certain character who lives in London, files patents, and claims to have invented Bitcoin. Why does he belong in this film? 46:08 – Gigabyte blocks are a myth 47:53 – Interviewing Calvin? 49:21 – How was the feedback for "Cryptopia"? 51:15 – A newbie would have sucked at producing a documentary like this 52:39 – Why do projects need blockchains? 54:41 – DHL has been tracking items for years without blockchains 56:08 – Closing notes
S5 E6: Nopara73 on Wasabi Wallet, P2EP, Samourai & Bitcoin Privacy
Wasabi Wallet creator and lead developer explains how P2EP (Pay to End Point) can make blockchain analysis obsolete, but also expresses his views on Bitcoin security and why you probably shouldn't use Samourai Wallet. Episode Time Stamps: 00:00 – Introduction 02:06 – What are CoinJoins and how are today’s mixing services different from the tumblers of the old days? 03:55 – What is P2EP (Pay to End Point)? 5:30 – What is the origins of P2EP? 08:20 – PayJoin and how it originates from BustaPay 09:20 – Samourai’s Cahoots or Stoveaway transactions, and why they’re PayJoins but not PayToEndPoints 11:02 – Why P2EP has more potential than PayJoins 12:00 – Cool negotiations that can be done between parties when sending Pay to End Point (P2EP) transactions 13:50 – Why P2EP helps a lot of bitcoiners’ privacy, but not everyone’s 14:15 – CoinJoins vs P2EP in terms of efficiency to reach privacy 15:00 – Why P2EP doesn’t directly improve your privacy, but tricks blockchain analysis 16:30 – CoinJoins are identifiable 17:45 – Is Wasabi Wallet censorship resistant? 19:42 – The 3 issues of building electronic money, according to cypherpunk literature 22:10 – Bitcoin privacy vs fungibility 23:05 – Wasabi’s new mixing technology 25:40 – Which desktop and mobile wallet does Nopara recommend to a newbie? 27:40 – Discussion on Blockstream Green 28:31 – Wasabi vs JoinMarket vs Samourai 29:48 – Don’t use Samourai 33:30 – Why Wasabi requires more BTC to enter CoinJoins than Samourai 36:30 – What is planned for the Wasabi Wallet UX? 36:50 – Wasabi hired a cryptographer named Istvan Seres who is as knowledgeable as Greg Maxwell 38:10 – What is next for Nopara? 40:50 – Wasabi getting involved in Pay to End Point with BTCPay Server 41:50 – Can Liquid improve CoinJoins? 43:55 – Will Bitcoin privacy happen in side chains, or should the base layer get fixed? 45:30 – Wasabi’s hardware wallet integration 47:58 – Was Samson Mow right about CoinJoins being tainted correct? Is it justified to speak of Pay to End Point as opposed to PayJoins? 49:34 – P2EP and PayJoin need new and different names? 49:58 – Who can we trust, what should we verify? 52:30 – Bitstein’s presentation from BigBlockBoom where he referenced Schopenhauer’s “The Art of Controversy” to distinguish between rhetoric and dialectics
S5 E5: Alessandro Cecere on Bitcoin Full Nodes
Alessandro Cecere is a bitcoiner from Venezuela who is very passionate about Bitcoin full nodes. As the CEO and founder of Coinspree, he is looking into the most interesting and promising ways of protecting financial sovereignty with dedicated hardware. 0:00 – Introduction 04:36 – How Alessandro Cecere got into Bitcoin full nodes, Bitcoin Core 05:17 – Coinspree, A Bitcoin only business 5:30 – Alessandro's beginnings with Bitcoin full nodes on a Raspberry Pi and CASA HODL 06:30 – Not running a node equals not having a truly decentralized experience with Bitcoin 07:40 – Bitcoin is a digital continent, not just a cryptocurrency 09:12 – Bitcoin more than code, it's a HUGE step for humanity 10:15 – Art & Bitcoin full nodes 11:15 – Coinspree nitcoinizing Universidad Metropolitana by donating pandoraBox® devices 13:30 – Faster digitalization of economies, faster Bitcoin adoption 15:20 – Knowing hyperinflation in the flesh makes you triple down on Bitcoin 17:00 – Alessandro's story from the 2008 financial crisis 23:10 – Technological challenges that precoiners have when trying to run a Bitcoin full node 25:10 – Reducing the learning curve for adopting Bitcoin full nodes 27:00 – Importance of Bitcoin Core and running a node 31:20 – Bitcoin's resilience and different ways of running a node 33:30 – Understanding what's behind a full node makes you love one like it's your baby 39:00 – Other Bitcoin full node companies from the industry 41:00 – pandoraBox®: a full node inside every home and office, globally 42:00 – Bitcoin full nodes can put privacy and financial freedom in people's hands 42:30 – pandoraBox®: Less cables + Art for faster acquisition coming from precoiners 44:00 – About Alessandro Cecere 46:40 – Alessandro's thesis, "A production line for Full nodes pertaining to peer-to-peer Blockchain Networks: case Bitcoin" 49:30 – Why is Coinspree working on increasing the capacity of Bitcoin full nodes production lines? 50:50 – Most nodes on the market are unappealing to non-Bitcoin users. 51:40 – mynodeBTC is an Amazing Project that helps with mass adoption! 52:00 – Coinspree's Experience with Casa 55:10 – Yes, pandoraBox® will soon be opened to people 56:13 – Setting up and owning a Bitcoin full node company and/or business is hard 56:30 – Samourai Dojo and Nodl have loyal users who are mostly coiners 1:01:10 – BitBox Base has geograhical boundaries: REMOVE THEM! It's a Bitcoin full node! 1:02:30– VC Industry and Bitcoin full node companies 1:10:00 – Even a blind person should be able to run a Bitcoin full node: POWERFUL DUDE!
S5 E4: Francis Pouliot on Bull Bitcoin, P2EP, Citadels & Personal Security
In the years he has spent in the Bitcoin space, Francis Pouliot has learned a lot about personal security and how one should take care of op-sec. And even though he is a well-known figure in the space, he takes significant steps towards protecting his own privacy. Pouliot is an open advocate of Bitcoin citadels and believes in Nassim Taleb's solution for trust. In small communities, humans are pressured to care much more about their reputation and act in good faith. And that is just one part of the plan that Francis Pouliot has for his future whereabouts. Francis Pouliot also talks about P2EP (Pay to End Point), a new Bitcoin privacy solution that is expected to make blockchain analysis obsolete. And in between stories, the Canadian bitcoiner gives useful advice to new bitcoiners. Time Stamps: 01:00 – Introduction 2:24 – Bull Bitcoin is the only exchange which does CoinJoins by default 4:20 – Playing with Confidential Transactions on Liquid 5:10 – Pay to End Point (P2EP) is “Game Over” for Chainalysis 6:05 – Pieter Wuille’s brilliance 7:00 – Francis’ experience with Blockstream 8:30 – Who should you trust in the Bitcoin space? 10:04 – What is Pay to End Point (P2EP) and how is it different from a CoinJoin? 19:00 – How Bull Bitcoin helps Bitcoin 21:16 – Why Stock to Flow (S2F) is a terrible narrative 30:40 – What is the best way to secure bitcoins? 33:45 – Why multisig is overkill for most people 34:55 – Why hardware wallets are best for most users 39:15 – Keep it simple if you’re not a big target 40:15 – Personal security for bitcoiners who go to conferences and meet-ups 45:50 – Bitcoin citadels 51:20 – “Don’t trust verify”, trust, and reputation 59:00 – The pitfalls of clout chasing
S5 E3: Javier Bastardo on Bitcoin & Personal Security in Venezuela
Javier Bastardo is best known in the Bitcoin community as a CoinTelegraph journalist and educator for the Satoshi en Venezuela project. In this episode, he explains what it's like to be a bitcoiner in a country which issued its own shitcoin (the Petro) and even tells a story about being followed and confronted by secret police. Season 5 is all about security, so Javier talks about an often underapreciated and underestimated side of it: personal security. Being able to remain safe in a hostile environment is just as important as securing your private keys, so there are definitely lots of lessons to learn from the brave Mr. Bastardo. Time Stamps (as described by Javier himself): 2:09 – Living in a dystopia 3:18 – Struggling in a country of the 7th world vs. BTC education 5:07 – BTC versus the events in Venezuela 6:07 – The problem of being associated with the wealthy and enchufados 11:30 – Cryptocurrencies are associated with the Nomenklatura 15:00 – A story about the time when Javier got his first political militia (secret service) visit in a hotel room 19:40 – Political militia visiting a Bitcoin-only meetup 22:47 – “We need to resist” 24:30 – The Venezuelan op-sec 27:01 – Exercise the freedom of speech 30:40 – Does Javier want to leave Venezuela? 32:37 – Crisis and the Nietszchean way of living 34:00 – Who uses Bitcoin? How to store your coins as an average José de Venezuela 38:45 – Using a Samourai Wallet cold wallet with an old Samsung S4 41:58 – Venezuela needs Bitcoin, but it is difficult to use it in a secure way 44:58 – Why didn’t Javier choose to remain anonymous? 48:35 – Dollarization in Venezuela, its problems, and digital payments 51:00 – Digital and cashless Venezuelan problems 52:40 – Does Lightning fix this? 56:46 – Running a BTC and LN node 62:23 – Vlad talks in Spanish 64:50 – Bastardo is really Javier’s last name and how to donate to Satoshi en Venezuela.