I like working on interesting new technologies that have the potential to have a positive impact on the world. That's what drew me to Bitcoin in the beginning, and that still inspires me today.Hi Gavin,
Do you find yourself inspired to be involved with Bitcoin for the same reasons today, as you did originally?
What were those primary motivating reasons then, as well as today?
The Bitcoin protocol began to ossify back at the first transaction between Satoshi and Hal. The bigger it gets, the more people impacted, and the more careful "we" have to be about changing things.How much time do we have before the Bitcoin protocol begins to ossify?
What are the most necessary changes, additions that we need to include before it becomes almost impossible to modify it anymore?
Mike and I have been really frustrated by "the other side's" unwillingness to meaningfully engage.Do you see a chance Bitcoin Core will come to a "consensus" to raise the block size limit in some way after the Hong Kong conference? I seems Mike doesn't think so at all: "Core won’t raise the limit" https://medium.com/@octskyward/on-block ... .dzgubhu3m
"highly damaging" is an exaggeration, I think. Damaging, yes, but you have to remember any online community is like an iceberg-- the number of people who actively participate is dwarfed by the number of people who are blissfully unaware of all of the "inside baseball" discussions and controversies.Can you please share your thoughts about the recent events on the main bitcoin subreddit and english language forum (censorship, Blockstream/Anti-xt propaganda)?
Do you think that the actions and statements of Theymos/Blockstream were highly damaging for the community?
Is this true?In talking with miners and companies, one thing I’m hearing repeatedly is “we will wait for the second conference in December. If there’s no progress by then, we’ll switch to BIP 101”.
Great questions!I see competing requirements for bitcoin full nodes. For example, Low latency for fast block propagation but bandwidth shaping for home nodes and xmit/recv capping for quantity limited plans. Yet these "limited" nodes can still be valuable. For example, they can easily service SPV wallet requests.
How can we evolve the bitcoin network to optimize the node's role to its capabilities? Does it make sense to have completely different protocols (like the miner's fast propagation network) to handle different capabilities? Will multiple protocols have positive or detrimental effects (and what would some of those be)?
Anyway, just some things I've been thinking about and would be interested in any of your thoughts on these matters...
I think there is a small chance some consensus will arise (without me) out of the Hong Kong meeting. I'd guess a 20% chance if I try really hard to be optimistic.How do you track scaling progress (or lack thereof) in the Bitcoin-core project? In your opinion, will Bitcoin-core increase the limit in the next 3 months?
What do you mean by "survive" ? I think lots of the smaller crypto-currencies will continue to exist in 5-10 years; people seem to be willing to put up with AWOL developers and long slow price declines and STILL trade "me-too" currencies.Thanks for doing this.
Whats your personal bet on the current different crypto-currencies, if you had to choose 3 of them to survive in 5-10 years, which would it be?
Are you trying to crack my brainwallet?Favorite video game all time?
Favorite book all time?
Favorite movie all time?
Theres only so many Bitcoin questions to ask, I've seen/read so much about your views I feel I know what you might answer.
So I went a little "off topic"! (hope thats ok)
I think it's biggest innovation is that it lets anybody innovate, on a global scale, in an area where innovation was formerly highly restricted -- payments and money.What do you think is Bitcoin's biggest innovation (benefit) that it brings to the world? What is the greatest thing about it, to you?
I don't know. Are there role models we can follow that are effective at keeping scams to a minimum?Gavin, is there a formal process to stop companies like Miners Center (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bitcoin-i ... NlYwNzcg--) from scamming people out of their bitcoins? Yes, I know people should be stupid enough to fall for things like this but at the same time shouldn't the community do something to educate people and warn them again things like this? It should be illegal to pretend to be a legitimate organization to prey on the innocent. http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/11/01 ... is-a-scam/
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