Having met or read about a few people in the bitcoin community, I have come to think it's a very relevant question and you can better weight their opinions having an idea of how many Bitcoins they hold (or do not hold.)"Never ask anyone for their opinion [...] Just ask them what they have -or don't have- in their portfolio"
Personally, I'm privileged to have built up an import/export company with my wife, so that gives me a lot of time to focus on Monero and other projects. I'm currently building out several projects, besides MyMonero and MoneroDice, that will also help cover Monero development, so that's good.Hey Riccardo - thanks for all the hard work on Monero.
One of the biggest concerns with altcoins (and Bitcoin, to a lesser extent) is keeping devs able to work on maintenance and improvement but still earn a living - no simple task. How do you find time to work on Monero vs whatever you do to pay the rent/mortgage?
It's hard to say - why has Tor and i2p become relatively successful, but Freenet is kinda dead? It could be timing or convenience features or a slew of other reasons. Maybe Monero will become extremely popular among those that are pro-privacy, but maybe Bitcoin + JoinMarket and similar will be "good enough" to fill that niche.Q1: Do you think that Monero might ever claim the position of primary monetary instrument for privacy minded individuals and organizations?
(much like Tor and I2P are used as primary network stack for example)
Yes - I have several projects up my sleeve that I'm working on. Almost all of them are services for both Monero and Bitcoin, as I don't believe that Bitcoin must fail for Monero to succeed (quite the opposite). A few of these projects are finally nearing completion, so hopefully there will be a few more product launches in the next couple of months!Q2: Do you have long term plans concerning your particular collaboration in the Monero project or any other/new initiatives in the pipeline?
(other than MoneroDice & MyMonero)
If you can call yourself "hirsute" then you are officially fluffy enough to qualify! The good news is that fluffy people are more intelligent, it's scientifically proven: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/the-h ... 28285.htmlQ3: How fluffy must a pony be, in order to earn a fluffypony badge?
That's an excellent question, and your username is very relevant;)Hello Ricardo,
I was re-reading Antifragile by iconoclast thinker Nassim Taleb recently. He writesHaving met or read about a few people in the bitcoin community, I have come to think it's a very relevant question and you can better weight their opinions having an idea of how many Bitcoins they hold (or do not hold.)"Never ask anyone for their opinion [...] Just ask them what they have -or don't have- in their portfolio"
I wanted to ask every participants to tell us a range of their bitcoins holdings rather than asking them their opinion on Bitcoin and its future. The first person asked told me the percentage of his net worth and liquid assets held in Bitcoins instead. He thought it was more relevant and I also think it feels less like an invasion of financial privacy so..
I realize you are working on a privacy focused Altcoin so this question might not be as relevant in your case but anyway...
So my question is:
- Which percentage of your net worth and/or liquid assets do you hold in Bitcoins ?
Truly these are the most important questions, and I'm glad you asked.I think the most pressing questions are:
How did you get the nickname fluffypony?
Are you actually a poofy equine?
Is it an IRL nickname also, or only on the internets pseudonym? Does your mom or your wife call you fluffy?
The issue wasn't if I2P in general was stable, the Java router is definitely stable enough. The issue was that we didn't want to add Java as a dependency for running Monero, so our focus has been on a C++ implementation of the I2P router. Expect a big announcement on this in the next couple of weeks:)OK, now for the less important questions:
I think I heard someone mention that there wouldn't be any serious work on I2P integration until they (I2P) had a stable release, but looking at their wiki it says "I2P has had a stable release every six to eight weeks." So, does that mean there won't be any integration work until they release I2P v1.0 that is long term stable? Do you have any idea how far out on the horizon that might be?
I'm wearing slops (flip flops)...so...uh...skin colour?What color are your socks?
I believe that if you can't laugh about things you'll never get anything done:) Plus how boring would the Missives be if it was just us rambling on for 2.5 hours, nobody would listen to it!On this missives, you and gingeropolous have a good time. Shouldn't you take being a core dev more seriously? The bitcoin core devs always sounds serious when they talk.
They did ask if I wanted to be on the show, and I said yes, they must email me, but to date I've heard nothing...see comments here: https://soundcloud.com/bitcoinuncensore ... cts-102515Hi fluffypony,
When are you going to join the Bitcoin Uncensored podcast? Every week, junseth talks smack about Monero. It's time to set the record straight. Thanks!
Why does it have to be one or the other? Services like ShapeShift and xmr.to already provide low-cost, low-slippage rails between the two, and sidechain-like pegs will allow for even more fluidity between cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin isn't going away, and neither is Monero, so it's important to figure out which is good for particular purposes.1. Why use Monero instead of Bitcoin? Bitcoin is much more accepted and liquid.
Whilst not wanting to turn this into a this-currency-vs-that-currency debate, I will answer this, as I think it's important to understand the proverbial lay of the land.2. Why use Monero instead of Dash or Zerocoin/Zerocash? Aren't they just as private?
I'm intensely interested in the user experience, and in marrying something that is secure and cryptographically sound to an interface that is intuitive and rich. However, I also realise that this will likely require some security and privacy compromises. For example: when you use Monero you get a 25 word mnemonic that is your backup key for your wallet. Since 25 words might seem daunting for a "grandma-grade" product, a very simple Monero interface might eschew that for a shorter mnemonic, which is what MyMonero does. This is a compromise, as the shorter mnemonic is "less secure" (128-bit vs. the 256-bit entropy of the 25 word mnemonic), but that sort of compromise is just fine for 99% of the user base. As long as the remaining 1% can flip a switch and work with a longer mnemonic, or even work without a mnemonic at all (randomly generated private keys instead of deterministically generated), that is a compromise that can be made.3. When will my grandma be able to use Monero?
1. I'd love to be able to buy or rent media / software with Monero. No advertiser should be able to tell what movies I'm streaming / downloading, what TV series I'm interested in, or anything like that. At the same time, I acknowledge that movies and music and TV series and software all cost money to make, so "cord cutting" and then using Sonarr / CouchPotato is not terribly helpful. I think that a private medium of exchange, like Monero, could be applied to something like this.heya, very cool and much needed AMA, puts a bit of faith back into bitcoin.com
my first question: what would be your personal top 3 services to accept monero?
Pleasure:)Thanks for working on Monero, it's awesome!
We are deep in the process of integrating I2P, which will provide the infrastructure necessary to operate in such a hostile environment. Currently I2P supports two transports: a TCP transport, and a UDP based SSU transport. At a later stage as our work on I2P matures we will look at introducing a transport that appears to be legitimate HTTPS traffic, which will help in overly hostile environments.From where I'm sitting, in the last few days since the Paris massacre, there has been what seems like a concerted media onslaught against cryptocurrencies. Couple of questions related to this:
What technical possibilities are there at the moment for Monero to overcome a "hostile" Internet infrastructure, e.g. operation over dark nets?
Monero is committed to providing the tooling and infrastructure necessary to protect individual privacy, and we are one of many such projects. If individuals find it trivial to use the tools that protect their privacy, and their user experience isn't compromised, then there is no doubt that they will use them. And if hundreds of thousands of users are using such tools, legislation will be exceedingly difficult in most countries.Do you think we should worry about what may come to pass through ignorant or malicious legislators?
It would depend on the type of ban. Monero's viewkey is the perfect tool to calm legislators - they can "demand" that citizens hand over their viewkey. Given this, it is unlikely that there will be a massive global ban on Monero. But, on the off chance that there is, only two of the five core team members (myself and David Latapie) are not pseudonymous, the rest practicing opsec to a greater or lesser degree. Over and above that, of the 30 or so active contributors we have, quite a few of them remain shielded behind a pseudonym, so they too are somewhat protected.How many of the core developer team are prepared to continue working on Monero even if it is banned?
Assuming you're talking about a device that is going to be connected to the Internet...I'd lean towards OpenBSD or FreeBSD, with your wallet running in a jail. Security isn't a single effort, though, so you'd need to constantly maintain that box, and spend time educating yourself on new risks and attack vectors.I know this may be "too" much information but I'll ask anyway...
What OS do you use that you believe is "safe" and "secure" enough to run Monero on to avoid any type of possible key loggers/malware preinstalled or susceptible to be installed over time?
99% of what I do is not terribly sensitive, so I run OS X on a MacBook Pro Retina with full disk encryption. I take reasonable precautions (running Little Snitch, for instance), but I accept that a sophisticated attacker could compromise my machine with some effort.What hardware/computer model/type do you use?
I won't ever generate a wallet just after a fresh install, and I prefer to use a hardware entropy device (which is probably overkill, but hey). I use a Simtec Entropy Key, but I also have a OneRNG that I was fortunate enough to preorder.What precauctions/methods do you take in generating monero keys in a secure manner?
Well, there are two considerations when talking about Monero and sidechains:Can Monero be co-opted by bitcoin via side chain?
Thanks:)You have been a very approachable developer. What percentage of your time would you estimate you spend on
2. Monero related businesses (MyMonero, MoneroDice plus the others you are developing)
3. Answering questions from the Monero community
Of the above three what do you enjoy the most?
What part of being on the Monero Core team do you dislike the most?
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