Bitcoin is known as the very first decentralized digital currency, they’re basically coins that can send through the Internet. 2009 was the year where bitcoin was born. The creator’s name is unknown, however the alias Satoshi Nakamoto was given to this person. Bitcoin accounts cannot be frozen, prerequisites to open them don’t exist, same for limits on bitcoin mining rig .
Advantages of Bitcoin
Bitcoin transactions are made directly from person to person trough the internet. There’s no need of a bank or clearinghouse to act as the middle man. Thanks to that, the transaction fees are way too much lower, they can be used in all the countries around the world. Every day more merchants are starting to accept them. You can buy anything you want with them. How Bitcoin works. You should explore bitcoin mining. It’s possible to exchange dollars, euros or other currencies to bitcoin. You can buy and sell as it were any other country currency. In order to keep your bitcoins, you have to store them in something called wallets. These wallet are located in your pc, mobile device or in third party websites. Sending bitcoins is very simple. It’s as simple as sending an email. Invest in bitcoin to get great returns.
You can purchase practically anything with bitcoins.Bitcoin Anonymity.When doing a bitcoin transaction, there’s no need to provide the real name of the person. Each one of the bitcoin transactions are recorded is what is known as a public log. This log contains only wallet IDs and not people’s names. so basically each transaction is private. People can buy and sell things without being tracked.
Bitcoin innovation. Bitcoin established a whole new way of innovation. The bitcoin software is all open source, this means anyone can review it. A nowadays fact is that bitcoin is transforming world’s finances similar to how web changed everything about publishing. The concept is brilliant. When everyone has access to the whole bitcoin global market, new ideas appear. Transaction fees reductions is a fact of bitcoin. Accepting bitcoins cost anything, also they’re very easy to setup. Charge backs don’t exist. The bitcoin community will generate additional businesses of all kinds.
What Makes bitcoin mining rig So Interesting?
What Are Bitcoins?Having first come to light in around 2008/9, Bitcoin is an ‘online only digital currency’ with no central bank controlling its actions. Each Bitcoin is contained within your 'wallet' on your PC. You are able to buy things using Bitcoins or trade them at various Bitcoin exchanges. Think of it like this. - Each Bitcoin is individual (i.e. has its own individual number so to speak). - When storing a Bitcoin a person has a ‘wallet’ which is not online. It is in an offline wallet folder on your computer or hard drive etc. - In order to trade Bitcoins you simply send them over to another persons wallet. All of which is anonymous (i.e. no names or addresses involved)... As such, you have the basics for what some have called an ‘online currency’... What makes Bitcoin so interesting is its method of generation. Instead of the designer of Bitcoin being in control of the creation of new coins, a complex cryptographic algorythm is in place so that a fixed number of coins are created. Each month the total number of coins being created by this algorythm will decrease until eventually the number of Bitcoins in existence will be a fixed 21 million. Whilst 21 million may seem a lot of Bitcoins to be in existence, it is really not when you consider that it is a global digital currency and there are over 6 billion people in the world. This is reflected in the fact that prices are currently over $300 for just ONE Bitcoin! Where Can I Get BitCoins?There are a few ways that you can get hold of Bitcoins. The first is through what is called Bitcoin mining. As mentioned earlier, there are new coins created (up to a fixed number each month). These are distributed between Bitcoin miners who will run high processing power PCs to help solve the current blockchain. However, it would be unrealistic to try and do this on a normal pc. It would cost more in electricity than would be returned in Bitcoins. The majority of miners making profit through Bitcoins will run specially designed mining 'rigs' that are hundreds of times better than a normal PC. This brings us to the other way of getting hold of bitcoins; through bitcoin exchanges. There are a number of Bitcoin exchanges that you can use to buy or sell Bitcoins. We are not going to reccomend any here but if you do a quick search on Google and check for reviews you should find one that suits your needs. Also, you can send Bitcoins directly to other people very simply using your wallet. Another fun way of earning Bitcoins is through gambling or the playing of games on certain websites. One example of this, Primedice, lets users gamble Bitcoins on a simple roll dice game. There are however many other different games that will let you earn when you compete against other people. Coin Flapper is a great example of this. This flappy bird clone lets you compete against other players in a tournament style game. The person that ranks top will win a small BTC prize. It all sounds far too easy and good to be true. A decentralised currency which is not being controlled by one government (and so is thus unregulated). It would also consequently mean that if your countries currency started to hyperinflate and become worthless (much like what happened in Zimbabwe) your Bitcoins would still be safe as they are not linked to any country. It must be said that whilst it is rare for a currency to become totally worthless, it has happened on numerous occasions in the past. Personally though, we would still reccomend gold as a safer option if your worried about the value of your currency. The Bitcoin market fluctuates too much to be seen as a 'safe' investment for your money. What Are The Problems With Bitcoins?Massive Price Increases & Fluctuations – It was not so long ago that the Bitcoin was worth under $100 each. However, over the past few years Bitcoins have seen massive price increases and falls and is thus not seen as stable by investors. Many traditional investors shun the idea of cryptocurrencies being a good investment for their money. Hacks on Bitcoin Exchanges – Over the past few years there have been a number of hacks on Bitcoin exchanges and in some cases have even forced the exchange to close down as a result. A good example of this is the 'MtGox' which was once one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in the world. In July 2014, it was announced that MtGox was going into liquidation as 850 000 Bitcoins had been stolen. At the time many were confused as to how this could happen. The equivalent of $450 million cannot simply just disapper. Limited Availability – There are only so many bitcoins being released each month and so the limited availability is in part the reason why the prices have increased so much. We cannot discount the fact that some of the price increases may be purely down to speculative investors though. With only 21 million Bitcoins ever being created and the date of completion to be sometime in 2020 it would look like the prices of Bitcoins wont be going down at all. Given all these negatives... Should I Invest In BitCoins?Personally, we believe that Bitcoins can never be seen as anything more than a speculative investment for your money. Whilst, there will be some people who have made a lot of money through owning Bitcoins, the prices fluctuate alot and consequently traditional investors are put off by the idea. The one attractive prospect to purchasing Bitcoins for us was the fact that there will only ever be 21 million created. Once the supply stops, there is a chance that the price may start to increase as the demand increases as well. However, this is all speculation and we cannot swear to you that they are going to increase in price. There could of course be some other event happen which could cause their price to increase dramatically.
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Jesus H. Christ folks. I’ve put off doing this one a little bit, in part because I’m a bit depressed/disappointed/confused/? in the direction this is headed. As always, I’ll leave my opinions until the end, so those of you who are strictly reading for the data herein can click “close” when I start ranting.
The Basic Attention Token ICO, lead by Brendan Eich, is an attempt to tokenize human attention on the internet. The ICO was certainly highly anticipated by the community, which I believe exacerbated the trends we’ve been seeing from the ICO space, as shown by my previous articles covering the Gnosis, TokenCard, and Aragon ICOs. Go read them, this one will cover that same information, and a bit more.
Here is the summary on the ICO specifics:
- Desired Cap: 156,250 ETH
- Start Date: Block 3,798,640, approx. May 31, 2017, 8 am PDT
- Potential Investment Window: 30 days or until cap met
- Practical End Date: Block 3,798,642 (timeframe of 3 blocks)
- Technical End Date: Block 3,798,720 (small fry txs to get to cap)
- Total Supply of BAT: 1.5 billion
- Total BAT for Sale: 1 billion
- BAT Development Pool: 200 million
- User Growth Pool: 300 million
How’d I Do It?
This was all done using Project Jupyter notebooks and the Pandas package. The transactions were retrieved using my Python bindings to the Etherscan.io API (tagging Matthew Tan). The methodology is very similar to my previous articles mentioned earlier, and the Jupyter notebooks of all of it can be found in a new Github repo.
In particular, I retrieved all transactions from the BAT contract address from Etherscan.io, and parsed out the ones that had an error or had a value of 0 ETH. This is my dataset. All conclusions and numbers are derived from that. That being said, the plots include all transactions, included the ones that had an error. I find it interesting to see the behavior of the contract with those that try and interact with it.
Let’s look at some stats from ICO:
- Total non-zero successful txs: 185
- Total unique addresses: 184
- Total tx fees paid: 70.15489 ETH
- Current num BAT holders: 2222 (as of June 5, 2017, 8:40 PM EST)
Practically speaking, the ICO was finished after 3 blocks. 99.9996% of the desired 156,250 ETH was put in by then. Below is a list of the top 10 contributors. The remaining successful txs are just people who asked for a small enough amount to get their transaction in.
Note that some have said the large transactions were the team itself that were the reserved pools. THIS IS NOT CORRECT. These are investors buying from the Token sale. The reserved pool amounts are outside of the tokens that were for sale. Go look at the website, it clearly states the breakdown.Top 10 contributors
Some lucky/smart bastard got two transactions in! His address is 0x001934d46ef025ec18f292f4c5f42ec85f2deb26 and here are the deets:
Ok, let’s look at the investor distribution, like we’ve done in the other breakdowns. Even though its a bit of a misnomer this time, it’s kinda my thing now, I guess. The first is the table, the second is the plot:Interactive Version: https://plot.ly/~CoreyPetty/186/percentage-vs-investor-group/
With only a few people getting into the ICO, its quite clear the vast majority of people who actually got to invest were large ETH amount contributors, and they were prepared.
Before I start my rants, if there is more data that you’d like to see in particular, leave a comment and I’ll try and add it. It isn’t that difficult for me to produce information from the raw data. If you’re capable, I invite you to do it yourself. You have access to what I’ve done and how I’ve done it through my github, use it, and answer your own questions! If you don’t know how, ask. I’d like to think this community has a strong desire to help others understand what we’re trying to build.
Thoughts on Trends in the Space, Some Warnings:
Guys… what the fuck are we doing?
It’s quite clear that the trends of the ICO space are getting a bit out of hand. Yes, I’ve only done analysis on the largest ones, and it can be said that BAT is one of the most legitimate ones. Brendan Eich’s track record, the Brave Browser actually exists and is in use (I personally use it for about 30% of my internet browsing), The amount of press, time, and instruction the team gave investors. All of these helped contribute to its quick sell out.Selling all of your tokens to a few individuals is not the point.
I think we can safely assume anyone that got into the BAT ICO isn’t planning on actually using BAT. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that almost every single person who participated successfully is attempting to distribute the BAT they bought in order to make profits when they hit exchanges, taking advantage of the FOMO of these times.
I’m cool with making a buck and smart investment strategy. I can’t really blame the people who are doing it here, it was clear that was going happen if anyone cared to look at past ICO results. I blame those creating the ICO terms. The number one rule of blockchains that involve value transfer is that if it can be gamed, it will be. If your goal is to distribute your token to those who are interested in what you’re trying to do, then it is your responsibility to structure your platform so that the people you’re trying to reach are able to reach you.
Something else of note. We have no idea if the people actually doing the ICO aren’t investing in their own platform and making a profit off themselves twice. I don’t see why they wouldn’t. (pure conjecture, but clearly a possibility)
There are negative consequences if we continue along this road, namely:
- The FOMO associated with very short window, high value ICOs will artificially inflate the value of the underlying project, and fund a project with far too much money as a start-up. This doesn’t align incentives to provide a quality product to the end-user. If you raise that much money as a start-up, you’ve won. What do you care? You are required to have an extraordinary amount of ethics to continue to the best of your ability.
- This artificially inflated sense of scarcity boosts the price, and thus the underlying valuation of the project which they can’t operate it. It strangles them.
- If the standard moves towards this behavior, we won’t allow people to do enough due diligence. Investors will just throw money at every project, hoping one will stick. This creates an environment that’s ripe for scamming or poor quality ideas getting funded. A shitty white paper is not enough for millions of dollars of an investment.
- Eventually, some of these projects will fail miserably, and people will lose a significant amount of money. More than likely, the majority of these projects will not be able to produce what the set out to, leaving their community holding a depreciating bag of shit.
I love the idea of a token that represents the API key to your platform, and as your platform grows, those that add value to it get rewarded. There are plenty of ways this new model of business is going to change the world, but we’ve started off on the wrong foot, and the investors and scammers are going to do everything in their power to ruin it for us. This road can potentially ruin us at the very worst, or just set us back for a long time when something inevitably goes wrong.
Maybe I’m just being cynical, but I doubt it. Hit me with your thoughts.
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I do this because I’m curious, and feel this type of information is lacking. We need to keep an eye on “where the money comes from” as we build this community out.
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