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I just got my coins from being tumbled and since I bought them, the exchange rate on Sheep Market has gone down. Anyone know why this happened? I am currently 2 cents short for what I am trying to buy. The price of bit coin hasn't gone down to the exchange rate the sheep market has set on Mt.Gox submitted by
Recent posts here on the sub mention (example
) that "big companies" are finally thinking about integrating Bitcoin, that New Zealand has recognized Bitcoin as a valid payment method for employees, etc.
Very interesting developments, on the surface. But I can't help but think the following.
Bitcoin (and 99% of "crypto"currency out there) is functionally a bit like having a bunch of notes in your wallet that have written in them the history of all payments and people the note has been involved with and used for since its creation.
Of course, since real bank notes have no such history, you cannot reasonably in most cases be held accountable for whatever indiscretions the previous owner(s) have committed with that money.
The situation changes, most of you surely realize, the moment the money goes digital: you will
be held accountable and you will
be investigated if "suspicious" (exactly what constitutes suspicious activity seems to never shrink, in fact it just keeps growing) funds are tied to your account.
Bitcoin and similar "crypto"currencies compound this problem tremendously, since by design every transaction is permanently stored on a public record.
"But the addresses are pseudonymous, not tied to my name!", I hear you say.
Maybe, maybe not.
Exchanges are collecting information on all your transactions, and they know who you are. If it hasn't already, all that data will
be sent to centralized, globalist organizations to "fight money laundering" (translations: keep tabs on everyone).
From that origin point, such centralized databases can then track, in real time, all your account movements - and that is exactly what is desired, after all the same already happens with your bank account, your paypal, etc.
"But I'll just mix my BTC", I hear you say.
And now you are accused of actively laundering money
"I'll just buy OTC and never tie a single BTC to a KYC account!", you protest.
I hear you. Why voluntarily doxx yourself to a third-party that in all likelihood will end up losing the treasure trove to hackers any time from now to infinity? Why make yourself a target by having your face, your name, and your address floating around in connection to how many bitcoins you have in your name? https://github.com/jlopp/physical-bitcoin-attacks
This stuff is different than a normal bank account. You get scammed big time, or coerced into making a transfer, if you're lucky your bank will make you whole.
Someone knocks on your door with a screwdriver and knows exactly how much BTC you own and whether you have moved it or not, and it's gone. Forever.
Many of you are beginning to wake up to the dire issues with personal privacy and data protection stemming from centralized control of vast troves of personal data, data that people (stupidly and naively) thought would be safe in the hands of giant multi-national corporations hellbent on making a profit.
There is nowdays even a term for their business model: surveillance capitalism.
I want to ask you, how exactly does having transparent money that betrays your financial situation in a real-time stream to the world improve things?
Are we going to have more personal freedom or less personal freedom, when a conglomeration of big trans-national corporations (to say nothing of the government) can track vast percentages of "crypto" transactions, with real identities attached, in real time?
(For the resisters, just bear in mind that transacting with non-KYC'd bitcoin addresses in a world of mostly KYC'd bitcoin addresses is bound to bring attention to your transactions) Privacy is not a crime
- privacy is a human right, even according to the UN, who anyway of course does essentially nothing to rock the boat on the matter. It takes a special kind of organization to claim privacy as a basic human right and then stay mostly silent about mass-surveillance, of the internet, of entire countries, of all our financial transactions.
Remember the Internet before Snowden? It was a conspiracy, the government couldn't be spying on everyone. They are, and they were. That so many of us fail to recognize the grave danger in allowing this situation to continue is a testament to the peaceful lives most of us lead. We don't even recognize imminent danger anymore
Wake up, the government shouldn't be spying on you 24/7. The problem is not going to go away on its own, and if you do nothing, and the next guy does nothing, and the next girl does nothing, then nothing will change, in fact it will only get worse.
And one day, history shows, it will become worse enough that you will think to yourself, "why didn't I do anything about it?".
But by then it will be too late. All the dissenters will have been silenced already. You will know in your bones that speaking against the official stories will bring unwelcome attention to yourself and your loved ones, and likely will carry severe consequences.
You will keep quiet. Out of fear.
We're not there yet, and we don't have to go there (yet again).
Privacy is not a crime, but remember this: in a world where privacy is criminalized, only criminals have privacy
It's time to face the truth. We live in a world of mass-surveillance, and our inertia and inaction allows the situation to worsen day after day after day.
Part of the solution is technological, but another part is social. You have to at least start paying attention to all the little ways you are being tracked. And not just you - everyone else too.
If you are a happy sheep and "have nothing to hide and nothing to worry about", then the usual invitation stands: please post in the comments section a picture of yourself, links to all your social media, your email address, how much crypto you own and in which addresses.
As usual, I am willing to bet, exactly zero of you will take on the challenge, and that is because at some subconscious level at least, you realize that privacy matters
Blockchain technology is
revolutionary, but the transparency-by-default is a bug, not a feature. It will bring tremendous problems for personal freedom and financial independence later on.
Optional privacy will only cause private transactions to stand out against the crowd.
Fortunately, a solution already exists
that works today, and
has sub-1cent fees. It will empower and liberate you financially, if only you would dedicate some time to learning more about it. TL;DR
(by popular demand): Mass-surveillance is not normal nor is it acceptable in a free society and will inevitably over time widen the power dynamic between the government and large corporations, and the citizenry. Surveillance over others brings power over others, mass-surveillance over societies eventually brings totalitarianism. Totalitarianism, history shows, is not a nice system to live under. Choose freedom, choose privacy, eschew transparent surveillance money and embrace private digital cash.
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about cryptocurrencies. As Satoshi Nakamoto said, "Governments are good at cutting off the heads of a centrally controlled networks like Napster, but pure P2P networks like Gnutella and Tor seem to be holding their own." submitted by
When you cut off one head, 2 more will grow in its place. And the BTC vs Bitcoin Cash fork is exactly what happened on 1st Aug 2017. The good news is that Bitcoin Cash has survived and proved its anti-fragility properties. Bitcoin Cash continues its goal as "A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System", as specified in the original Bitcoin whitepaper. Betting against Bitcoin Cash is like betting against Bitcoin in the early years.
In fact, Bitcoin Cash had made such huge progress in the last 2 years, thanks to the extremely talented developers, that the value proposition of Bitcoin Cash has grown multifold. I have no doubt that the prices of cryptocurrencies are heavily manipulated, with no exception to Bitcoin Cash. If some malicious actors wanted to sabotage Bitcoin Cash, they will suppress the prices so that people feel disheartened by it. Evidence of constant trolling, seemingly paid propaganda campaigns, harassments against the Bitcoin Cash community has added weight to this suspicion. And that is why, I have decided to write this article about the risk/reward and share my opinions about Bitcoin Cash.
Let's get right to it. In my opinion, here are the 3 biggest risk factors concerning Bitcoin Cash.
1) Tether Implosion - With the New York AG case hanging over Bitfinex/Tethers, I expect unusually high volatility as the bad guys tries to milk as much money (liquidating longs/shorts) as they can while the court case is still ongoing. However, I expect New York AG to win the case eventually, and the massive loss of confidence in the space will affect the entire crypto space very badly.
2) Hostile Regulatory Climate - Some governments may try to ban cryptocurrencies outright, such as India. Ironically, these countries will be the ones shooting themselves in the foot because the crypto innovations and money will prosper in the more welcoming countries. Given that the crypto space is easily influenced by such news, there may be price dumps in the short term due to such regulatory actions.
3) Malicious Actors Infiltrating BCH Community - Just because it had happened before doesn't mean it won't happen again. Splitting the community is one of the ways to hurt the value proposition of a cryptocurrency. Afterall, it's the community that gives the cryptocurrency its value.
I'm a big fan of Warren Buffett when it comes to value investing. He likes to say, he wished the prices were lower so that he could buy them cheaper. Value investors are always on the lookout for undervalued stocks, buy low sell high. The last few days, I had scooped up as many undervalued Bitcoin Cash as I could, and it felt incredibly liberating. It felt truly awesome knowing that you, and only you, has total control over this new p2p magic Internet money. With BTC, you need to worry about unspendable funds due to insufficient fees. With fiat money, you need to worry about hyperinflation due to corrupt government. With Bitcoin Cash, you never have such worries with your own money.
In my opinion, here are the things going for Bitcoin Cash.
1) Bitcoin Cash has much better fundamentals (Privacy - CashShuffle, Tokens - SLP/Wormhole/etc, Cash Accounts, Utility - Medium of Exchange, Oracles - Sports Betting, etc) than BTC. In other words, this means both the floor and ceiling price for Bitcoin Cash will be much higher than BTC. It may take some time to catch up, but it seems inevitable given Bitcoin Cash's current progress and trajectory. If BTC could reach $20k, then Bitcoin Cash's ceiling could well be multiple times that. This means Bitcoin Cash has a much more attractive risk/reward ratio compared to obselete coins like BTC. In my opinion, BTC is for short term gambling/speculation while Bitcoin Cash is more fundamentals based investment.
2) Bitcoin Cash's Halving is coming within a few months, around 8th April 2020. This means less supply which, based on historic data, usually leads to growing prices.
3) The global money supply is around $75 trillion dollars. With Bitcoin Cash's marketcap of $5 billion dollars currently, and its goals as a medium of exchange, $75 trillion will give us plenty of room to grow into. Even if we consider shadow banking, which Bitcoin Cash is well suited for, that's around $50 trillion dollars. That's a lot of room to grow into so again, the risk/reward ratio is too attractive for me to pass up.
4) Bitcoin Cash is my insurance policy. Most people didn't know that the average lifespan of a fiat currency is only 27 years nor do they know fiat currency such as US dollars had lost over 90% of its purchasing power in mere decades. If it could happen to once properous countries such as Venezuela or Greece or Argentina or even powerful nations such as America, it could happen to any country. Of if there is a war, how am I going to carry the gold bar across the border without getting robbed by the borders officers? Bitcoin Cash is my insurance policy to be able to seek refuge in a safe country and protect my loved ones from poverty when such precarious situations happens.
5) I think Bitcoin Cash is still in the very early adopters period. It's exactly like Bitcoin back in 2010 where only a small group of folks know what's up. Back then, when you talk about Bitcoin to people, they had all these wrong impressions due to their lack of understanding about it. Likewise, when you talk about Bitcoin Cash now even in the crypto space alone, you can see people with wrong impressions due to their lack of understanding about it. Some see this as a problem, I see this as an opportunity to be ahead of the crowd and accumulate more Bitcoin Cash!
One of the things I learnt from people like Jack Ma is that if you do what everyone else is doing, you're going to get what everyone else is getting, average results. Value investors educate themselves and are ahead of the curve. So I am not even mad at the propaganda against Bitcoin Cash, because it helps value investors like myself get as much Bitcoin Cash at as low a price point as possible ahead of the pack. Thanks to those trolls costantly spreading lies and propaganda against Bitcoin Cash, because if not for them, I would have left so much more money on the table while buying those same amount of Bitcoin Cash.
6) The Bitcoin Cash community is awesome. What can I say, so many incredibly smart and passionate folks making a difference in shaping the future of money. I think it's worth repeating that what gives cryptocurrency its value is because of its community. If I am going to put my money on something, one of the driving factors is definitely the awesome community.
7) Let's do some Math about BTC. Miners need to sell their BTC to pay for electricity. 6 (blocks/hour) * 24 (hours) * 12.5 (block reward) * $12000 * 30 (days/month) is equal to $648 million dollars per month required just to sustain the BTC price. Do you really believe there is $648 million dollars each month or about $8 billion dollars a year of new money coming into BTC? Really? I am not sure anyone with so much money is that stupid to buy BTC. And even so, it merely sustains the BTC price at $12000. If the price goes up to $20k, you need more than 1 billion dollars of new money coming in every single month! On the other hand, Bitcoin Cash just needs $16 million dollars per month to grow, which looks much more sustainable to me.
BTC Maximalists loves shouting how BTC will get to a million dollars, as if repeating over and over what they hope to be true, will make it come true. Sheeps follow these lies without thinking for themselves. They seems to believe that by repeating a lie or name calling (bcash) long enough, it will become reality. I leave you this quote from Michael Burry (The Big Short), "People want an authority to tell them how to value things, but they choose this authority not based on facts or results. They choose it because it feels authoritative and familiar."
With Bitcoin Cash, there is no authority nor maximalists telling you what you can or cannot do. I see Bitcoin Cash as the people's money and having Bitcoin Cash gives me the feeling of solidarity with commoners around the world. Everytime I read about how badly some governments treated their own citizens, it makes me buy more Bitcoin Cash with a passion. Unlike other cryptocurrencies such as BTC which depends on lies and propaganda to sustain its price, Bitcoin Cash survives based on merits and fundamentals and putting power back into the peoples hands. I hold Bitcoin Cash with a happy clear conscience and sleep well at night. Bitcoin Cash is betting against dumb money (aka lambo/moon bois) and soon enough, we will know just how dumb that money really is.
Sorry about the wall of text. It was an accumulation of days of thoughts and self reflection.
Good morning Bitcoin Land ;-)
🎶"I don't like Mondays tell me more"🎶,
Ok! It should be crystal clear even to the most subservient minion, that this is more than a touch of FLU 🤒 and we appear to be in, the beginning of a Pandemic 😷
I know your illustrious leaders and the Orange man said not to worry, even those at the "WHO" said it was just a wee contagion... but the BATCat is out of the bag, and Captain Trips is not playing.
So i hope you have been "Stacking $ats" I really do! remember every little helps. In fact that smoke you see rising in the distance is the Legacy Stock Market
In addition to "Stacking $ats" I had to get a few more provisions in before the rush starts 🛒🛒.
The Central Banks & FED's only option will be to print and pump trillions of FIAT, in an attempt to stimulate the reality of what you can all see.
The buy pressure for Bitcoin is acute, and the exchanges cannot suppress the "Honey Badger" much longer.
I won't tell you in this post what will happen in consequence to the printing "too long" , all i can say is "Stack some more $ats" and "Beware the Ides of March"
"Remember" The Corona Virus lingers on the surface of cash coins/notes .......don't touch money or ATM keyboards without gloves.
Meanwhile in LA LA Land There are currently 89,068 confirmed cases worldwide, including 3,045 fatalities.
First cases in Dominican Republic, Czech Republic and Ireland.
First coronavirus case confirmed in New York City. Washington state reports 4 new cases including 1 new death, in King County. 2 new cases confirmed in California.
Berlin reports first case.
Italy reports 42% jump in cases overnight to nearly 1,700
Indonesia reports first cases of Covid-19.
New coronavirus cases jump sharply around the globe many infected countries reporting more cases.
MotoGP of Qatar has been canceled due to coronavirus.
Turkish Airlines cancels all Italy flights.
France shuts down Louvre. 30 new cases in France, raising total to 130.
American Airlines suspending all flights to and from Milan untill 25 April.
Juventus quarantines U23 squad.
Armenia closing schools for a week.
British citizens and some diplomatic staff have been evacuated from the UK's embassy in Tehran.
Morocco will postpone sports and cultural events.
Panic buying in supermarkets.
Countries reporting first cases: Armenia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Ecuador, Qatar, Monaco, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Wales, Belarus, Mexico, San Marino, Lithuania and Nigeria.
First U.S death from Covid19. New cases in California, Illinois, Oregon, and Washington State (total 69). Governor of Washington State declares state of emergency.
U.S. will deny entry to any foreigner who has been in Iran in the prior 14 days.
Cases in Italy doubled in 2 days, 1.129 infections - 29 deaths. S.Korea 3.526 - 17. Iran 593 - 43 deaths.
First deaths in Thailand and Australia. UK reports its first case of human-to-human transmission.
Kuwait calls on its citizens to avoid travelling out of the country.
Kenya suspends all flights from China.
Australia bars travellers from Iran.
Lebanon closes schools across the country for at least 1 week.
Hyundai halted production at one of its factories in South Korea’s Ulsan after one worker tested positive for the coronavirus.
At least 210 people in Iran are believed to have died of coronavirus, according to the BBC, citing hospital sources.
38% of Americans wouldn't buy Corona beer because of the coronavirus.
FDA announces first drug shortage due to supply chain disruption.
Coronavirus reappears in discharged patients.
Mongolian President quarantined after 1-day visit to China after donating 30.000 sheeps.
WHO raises global risk level to 'very high'.
France bans large gatherings.
Stock markets lost $6 trillion.
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/////Your Guide to Monero, and Why It Has Great Potential///// Marketing
It's a dirty word for most members of the Monero community.
It is also one of the most divisive words in the Monero community. Yet, the lack of marketing is one of the most frustrating things for many newcomers.
This is what makes this an unusual post from a member of the Monero community.
This post is an unabashed and unsolicited analyzation of why I believe Monero to have great potential.
Below I have attempted to outline different reasons why Monero has great potential, beginning with upcoming developments and use cases, to broader economic motives, speculation, and key issues for it to overcome.
I encourage you to discuss and criticise my musings, commenting below if you feel necessary to do so.
///Upcoming Developments/// Bulletproofs - A Reduction in Transaction Sizes and Fees
Since the introduction of Ring Confidential Transactions (Ring CT), transaction amounts have been hidden in Monero, albeit at the cost of increased transaction fees and sizes. In order to mitigate this issue, Bulletproofs will soon be added to reduce both fees and transaction size by 80% to 90%
. This is great news for those transacting smaller USD amounts as people commonly complained Monero's fees were too high! Not any longer though! More information can be found here
. Bulletproofs are already working on the Monero testnet, and developers were aiming to introduce them in March 2018, however it could be delayed in order to ensure everything is tried and tested. Multisig Multisig has recently been merged!
Mulitsig, also called multisignature, is the requirement for a transaction to have two or more signatures before it can be executed. Multisig transactions and addresses are indistinguishable from normal transactions and addresses in Monero, and provide more security than single-signature transactions. It is believed this will lead to additional marketplaces and exchanges to supporting Monero. Kovri Kovri
is an implementation of the Invisible Internet Project (I2P) network. Kovri uses both garlic encryption and garlic routing to create a private, protected overlay-network across the internet. This overlay-network provides users with the ability to effectively hide their geographical location and internet IP address. The good news is Kovri is under heavy development and will be available soon. Unlike other coins' false privacy claims, Kovri is a game changer as it will further elevate Monero as the king of privacy. Mobile Wallets
There is already a working Android Wallet called Monerujo
available in the Google Play Store. X Wallet
is an IOS mobile wallet. One of the X Wallet developers recently announced
they are very, very close to being listed in the Apple App Store, however are having some issues with getting it approved
. The official Monero IOS and Android wallets, along with the MyMonero IOS and Android wallets, are also almost ready to be released, and can be expected very soon. Hardware Wallets
Hardware wallets are currently being developed and nearing completion. Because Monero is based on the CryptoNote protocol, it means it requires unique development in order to allow hardware wallet integration. The Ledger Nano S will be adding Monero support by the end of Q1 2018
. There is a recent update here too.
Even better, for the first time ever in cryptocurrency history, the Monero community banded together to fund the development of an exclusive Monero Hardware Wallet, and will be available in Q2 2018, costing only about $20!
In addition, the CEO of Trezor has offered a 10BTC bounty
to whoever can provide the software to allow Monero integration. Someone can be seen to already be working on that here
. TAILS Operating System Integration
Monero is in the progress of being packaged in order for it to be integrated into TAILS
and ready to use upon install. TAILS is the operating system popularised by Edward Snowden and is commonly used by those requiring privacy such as journalists wanting to protect themselves and sources, human-right defenders organizing in repressive contexts, citizens facing national emergencies, domestic violence survivors escaping from their abusers
, and consequently, darknet market users.
In the meantime, for those users who wish to use TAILS with Monero, u/Electric_sheep01
has provided Sheep's Noob guide to Monero GUI in Tails 3.2
, which is a step-by-step guide with screenshots explaining how to setup Monero in TAILS, and is very easy to follow. Mandatory Hardforks
Unlike other coins, Monero receives a protocol upgrade every 6 months in March and September. Think of it as a Consensus Protocol Update
. Monero's hard forks ensure quality development takes place, while preventing political or ideological issues from hindering progress. When a hardfork occurs, you simply download and use the new daemon version, and your existing wallet files and copy of the blockchain remain compatible. This reddit post
provides more information. Dynamic fees
Many cryptocurrencies have an arbitrary block size limit. Although Monero has a limit, it is adaptive based on the past 100 blocks. Similarly, fees change based on transaction volume. As more transactions are processed on the Monero network, the block size limit slowly increases and the fees slowly decrease. The opposite effect also holds true. This means that the more transactions that take place, the cheaper the fees! Tail Emission and Inflation
There will be around 18.4 million Monero mined at the end of May 2022. However, tail emission will kick in after that which is 0.6 XMR, so it has no fixed limit. Gundamlancer explains
that Monero's "main emission curve will issue about 18.4 million coins to be mined in approximately 8 years. (more precisely 18.132 Million coins by ca. end of May 2022) After that, a constant "tail emission" of 0.6 XMR per 2-minutes block (modified from initially equivalent 0.3 XMR per 1-minute block) will create a sub-1% perpetual inflatio starting with 0.87% yearly inflation around May 2022) to prevent the lack of incentives for miners once a currency is not mineable anymore. Monero Research Lab
Monero has a group of anonymous/pseudo-anonymous university academics actively researching, developing, and publishing academic papers in order to improve Monero. See here
. The Monero Research Lab are acquainted with other members of cryptocurrency academic community to ensure when new research or technology is uncovered, it can be reviewed and decided upon whether it would be beneficial to Monero. This ensures Monero will always remain a leading cryptocurrency. A recent end of 2017 update from a MRL researcher can be found here
///Monero's Technology - Rising Above The Rest/// Monero Has Already Proven Itself To Be Private, Secure, Untraceable, and Trustless
Monero is the only private, untraceable, trustless, secure and fungible cryptocurrency. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are TRACEABLE through the use of blockchain analytics
, and has lead to the prosecution of numerous individuals, such as the alleged Alphabay administrator Alexandre Cazes
. In the Forfeiture Complaint which detailed the asset seizure of Alexandre Cazes
, the anonymity capabilities of Monero were self-demonstrated by the following statement of the officials after the AlphaBay shutdown: "In total, from CAZES' wallets and computer agents took control of approximately $8,800,000 in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero and Zcash, broken down as follows: 1,605.0503851 Bitcoin, 8,309.271639 Ethereum, 3,691.98 Zcash, and an unknown amount of Monero"
Privacy CANNOT BE OPTIONAL and must be at a PROTOCOL LEVEL. With Monero, privacy is mandatory, so that everyone gets the benefits of privacy without any transactions standing out as suspicious. This is the reason Darknet Market places are moving to Monero, and will never use Verge, Zcash, Dash, Pivx, Sumo, Spectre, Hush or any other coins that lack good privacy. Peter Todd (who was involved in the Zcash trusted setup ceremony) recently reiterated his concerns
of optional privacy after Jeffrey Quesnelle published his recent paper
stating 31.5% of Zcash transactions may be traceable, and that only ~1% of the transactions are pure privacy transactions (i.e., z -> z transactions). When the attempted private transactions stand out like a sore thumb there is no privacy, hence why privacy cannot be optional. In addition, in order for a cryptocurrency to truly be private, it must not be controlled by a centralised body, such as a company or organisation, because it opens it up to government control and restrictions. This is no joke, but Zcash is supported by DARPA and the Israeli government!
Monero provides a stark contrast compared to other supposed privacy coins, in that Monero does not have a rich list! With all other coins, you can view wallet balances on the blockexplorers. You can view Monero's non-existent rich list here
to see for yourself.
I will reiterate here that Monero is TRUSTLESS. You don't need to rely on anyone else to protect your privacy, or worry about others colluding to learn more about you. No one can censor your transaction or decide to intervene. Monero is immutable, unlike Zcash, in which the lead developer Zooko publicly tweeted the possibility of providing a backdoor for authorities to trace transactions
. To Zcash's demise, Zooko famously tweeted:
" And by the way, I think we can successfully make Zcash too traceable for criminals like WannaCry, but still completely private & fungible. …"
Ethereum's track record of immutability is also poor. Ethereum was supposed to be an immutable blockchain ledger, however after the DAO hack this proved to not be the case. A 2016 article on Saintly Law
summarised the problematic nature of Ethereum's leadership and blockchain intervention:
" Many ethereum and blockchain advocates believe that the intervention was the wrong move to make in this situation. Smart contracts are meant to be self-executing, immutable and free from disturbance by organisations and intermediaries. Yet the building block of all smart contracts, the code, is inherently imperfect. This means that the technology is vulnerable to the same malicious hackers that are targeting businesses and governments. It is also clear that the large scale intervention after the DAO hack could not and would not likely be taken in smaller transactions, as they greatly undermine the viability of the cryptocurrency and the technology." Monero provides Fungibility and Privacy in a Cashless World
As outlined on GetMonero.org
, fungibility is the property of a currency whereby two units can be substituted in place of one another. Fungibility means that two units of a currency can be mutually substituted and the substituted currency is equal to another unit of the same size. For example, two $10 bills can be exchanged and they are functionally identical to any other $10 bill in circulation (although $10 bills have unique ID numbers and are therefore not completely fungible). Gold is probably a closer example of true fungibility, where any 1 oz. of gold of the same grade is worth the same as another 1 oz. of gold. Monero is fungible due to the nature of the currency which provides no way to link transactions together nor trace the history of any particular XMR. 1 XMR is functionally identical to any other 1 XMR. Fungibility is an advantage Monero has over Bitcoin and almost every other cryptocurrency, due to the privacy inherent in the Monero blockchain and the permanently traceable nature of the Bitcoin blockchain. With Bitcoin, any BTC can be tracked by anyone back to its creation coinbase transaction. Therefore, if a coin has been used for an illegal purpose in the past, this history will be contained in the blockchain in perpetuity.
A great example of Bitcoin's lack of fungibility was reposted
"Imagine you sell cupcakes and receive Bitcoin as payment. It turns out that someone who owned that Bitcoin before you was involved in criminal activity. Now you are worried that you have become a suspect in a criminal case, because the movement of funds to you is a matter of public record. You are also worried that certain Bitcoins that you thought you owned will be considered ‘tainted’ and that others will refuse to accept them as payment."
This lack of fungibility means that certain businesses will be obligated to avoid accepting BTC that have been previously used for purposes which are illegal, or simply run afoul of their Terms of Service. Currently some large Bitcoin companies are blocking, suspending, or closing accounts that have received Bitcoin used in online gambling or other purposes deemed unsavory by said companies. Monero has been built specifically to address the problem of traceability and non-fungibility inherent in other cryptocurrencies. By having completely private transactions Monero is truly fungible and there can be no blacklisting of certain XMR, while at the same time providing all the benefits of a secure, decentralized, permanent blockchain.
The world is moving cashless. Fact. The ramifications of this are enormous as we move into a cashless world in which transactions will be tracked and there is a potential for data to be used by third parties for adverse purposes
. While most new cryptocurrency investors speculate upon vaporware ICO tokens in the hope of generating wealth, Monero provides salvation for those in which financial privacy is paramount. Too often people equate Monero's features with criminal endeavors. Privacy is not a crime, and is necessary for good money. Transparency in Monero is possible OFF-CHAIN, which offers greater transparency and flexibility. For example, a Monero user may share their Private View Key
with their accountant for tax purposes.
Monero aims to be adopted by more than just those with nefarious use cases. For example, if you lived in an oppressive religious regime and wanted to buy a certain item, using Monero would allow you to exchange value privately and across borders if needed. Another example is that if everybody can see how much cryptocurrency you have in your wallet, then a certain service might decide to charge you more, and bad actors could even use knowledge of your wallet balance to target you for extortion purposes. For example, a Russian cryptocurrency blogger was recently beaten and robbed of $425k
. This is why FUNGIBILITY IS ESSENTIAL. To summarise this in a nutshell:
"A lack of fungibility means that when sending or receiving funds, if the other person personally knows you during a transaction, or can get any sort of information on you, or if you provide a residential address for shipping etc. – you could quite potentially have them use this against you for personal gain"
For those that wish to seek more information about why Monero is a superior form of money, read The Merits of Monero: Why Monero Vs Bitcoin
over on the Monero.how
website. Monero's Humble Origins
Something that still rings true today despite the great influx of money into cryptocurrencies was outlined in Nick Tomaino's early 2016 opinion piece
. The author claimed that "one of the most interesting aspects of Monero is that the project has gained traction without a crowd sale pre-launch, without VC funding and any company or well-known investors and without a pre-mine. Like Bitcoin in the early days, Monero has been a purely grassroots movement that was bootstrapped by the creator and adopted organically without any institutional buy-in. The creator and most of the core developers serve the community pseudonymously and the project was launched on a message board (similar to the way Bitcoin was launched on an email newsletter)." The Organic Growth of the Monero Community
The Monero community over at monero
is exponentially growing. You can view the Monero reddit metrics here
and see that the Monero subreddit currently gains more than 10,000 (yes, ten thousand!) new subscribers every 10 days! Compare this to most of the other coins out there, and it proves to be one of the only projects with real organic growth. In addition to this, the community subreddits are specifically divided to ensure the main subreddit remains unbiased, tech focused, with no shilling or hype. All trading talk is designated to xmrtrader
, and all memes at moonero
. Forum Funding System
While most contributors have gratefully volunteered their time to the project, Monero also has a Forum Funding System in which money is donated by community members to ensure it attracts and retains the brightest minds and most skilled developers. Unlike ICOs and other cryptocurrencies, Monero never had a premine, and does not have a developer tax. If ANYONE requires funding for a Monero related project, then they can simply request funding from the community, and if the community sees it as beneficial, they will donate. Types of projects range from Monero funding for local meet ups, to paying developers for their work. Monero For Goods, Services, and Market Places There is a growing number of online goods and services
that you can now pay for with Monero. Globee
is a service that allows online merchants to accept payments through credit cards and a host of cryptocurrencies, while being settled in Bitcoin, Monero or fiat currency. Merchants can reach a wider variety of customers, while not needing to invest in additional hardware to run cryptocurrency wallets or accept the current instability of the cryptocurrency market. Globee uses all of the open source API's that BitPay does making integrations much easier! Project Coral Reef
is a service which allows you to shop and pay for popular music band products and services using Monero.
Linux, Veracrypt, and a whole array of VPNs now accept Monero.
There is a new Monero only marketplace called Annularis currently being developed
which has been created for those who value financial privacy and economic freedom, and there are rumours Open Bazaar
is likely to support Monero once Multisig is implemented.
In addition, Monero is also supported by The Living Room of Satoshi
so you can pay bills or credit cards directly using Monero.
Monero can be found on a growing number of cryptocurrency exchange services such as Bittrex, Poloniex, Cryptopia, Shapeshift, Changelly, Bitfinex, Kraken, Bisq, Tux, and many others
For those wishing to purchase Monero anonymously, there are services such as LocalMonero.co
you can pay Bitcoin addresses directly with Monero. There are no other fees than the miner ones. All user records are purged after 48 hours. XMR.TO has also been added as an embedded feature into the Monerujo android wallet. Coinhive Browser-Based Mining
Unlike Bitcoin, Monero can be mined using CPUs and GPUs. Not only does this encourage decentralisation, it also opens the door to browser based mining. Enter side of stage, Coinhive browser-based mining. As described by Hon Lau on the Symnatec Blog
The main Monero subreddit has weekly Skepticism Sundays
which was created with the purpose of installing "a culture of being scientific, skeptical, and rational"
. This is used to have open, critical discussions about monero as a technology, it's economics, and so on.
///Speculation/// Major Investors And Crypto Figureheads Are Interested
Ari Paul is the co-founder and CIO of BlockTower Capital. He was previously a portfolio manager for the University of Chicago's $8 billion endowment, and a derivatives market maker and proprietary trader for Susquehanna International Group. Paul was interviewed on CNBC on the 26th of December and when asked what was his favourite coin was, he stated "One that has real fundamental value besides from Bitcoin is Monero"
and said it has "very strong engineering"
. In addition, when he was asked if that was the one used by criminals, he replied "Everything is used by criminals including the US dollar and the Euro"
. Paul later supported these claims on Twitter, recommending only Bitcoin and Monero as long-term investments
. There are reports
that "Roger Ver, earlier known as 'Bitcoin Jesus' for his evangelical support of the Bitcoin during its early years, said his investment in Monero is 'substantial' and his biggest in any virtual currency since Bitcoin
Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin, has publicly stated his appreciation of Monero. In a September 2017 tweet directed to Edward Snowden explaining why Monero is superior to Zcash, Charlie Lee tweeted
All private transactions, More tested privacy tech, No tax on miners to pay investors, No high inflation... better investment.
John McAfee, arguably cryptocurrency's most controversial character at the moment, has publicly supported Monero numerous times over the last twelve months(before he started shilling ICOs), and has even claimed it will overtake Bitcoin
Playboy instagram celebrity Dan Bilzerian is a Monero investor, with 15% of his portfolio made up of Monero
Finally, while he may not be considered a major investor or figurehead, Erik Finman, a young early Bitcoin investor and multimillionaire, recently appeared in a CNBC Crypto video interview
, explaining why he isn't entirely sold on Bitcoin anymore, and expresses his interest in Monero, stating:
"Monero is a really good one. Monero is an incredible currency, it's completely private."
There is a common belief that most of the money in cryptocurrency is still chasing the quick pump and dumps, however as the market matures, more money will flow into legitimate projects such as Monero. Monero's organic growth in price is evidence smart money
is aware of Monero and gradually filtering in. The Bitcoin Flaw
A relatively unknown blogger named CryptoIzzy
posted three poignant pieces regarding Monero and its place in the world. The Bitcoin Flaw: Monero Rising
provides an intellectual comparison of Monero to other cryptocurrencies, and Valuing Cryptocurrencies: An Approach
outlines methods of valuing different coins.
CryptoIzzy's most recent blog published only yesterday titled Monero Valuation - Update and Refocus
is a highly recommended read. It touches on why Monero is much more than just a coin for the Darknet Markets, and provides a calculated future price of Monero.
CryptoIzzy also published The Power of Money: A Case for Bitcoin
, which is an exploration of our monetary system, and the impact decentralised cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Monero will have on the world. In the epilogue the author also provides a positive and detailed future valuation based on empirical evidence. CryptoIzzy predicts Monero to easily progress well into the four figure
range. Monero Has a Relatively Small Marketcap
Recently we have witnessed many newcomers to cryptocurrency neglecting to take into account coins' marketcap and circulating supply, blindly throwing money at coins under $5 with inflated marketcaps and large circulating supplies, and then believing it's possible for them to reach $100 because someone posted about it on Facebook or Reddit.
Compared to other cryptocurrencies, Monero still has a low marketcap
, which means there is great potential for the price to multiply. At the time of writing, according to CoinMarketCap
, Monero's marketcap is only a little over $5 billion, with a circulating supply of 15.6 million Monero, at a price of $322 per coin.
For this reason, I would argue that this is evidence Monero is grossly undervalued. Just
a few billion dollars of new money invested in Monero can cause significant price increases. Monero's marketcap only needs to increase to ~$16 billion and the price will triple to over $1000. If Monero's marketcap simply reached ~$35 billion (just over half of Ripple's $55 billion marketcap), Monero's price will increase 600% to over $2000 per coin.
Another way of looking at this is Monero's marketcap only requires ~$30 billion of new investor money to see the price per Monero reach $2000, while for Ethereum to reach $2000, Ethereum's marketcap requires a whopping ~$100 billion of new investor money. Technical Analysis
There are numerous Monero technical analysts, however none more eerily on point than the crowd-pleasing Ero23. Ero23's charts and analysis can be found on Trading View
. Ero23 gained notoriety for his long-term Bitcoin bull chart published in February, which is still in play today. Head over to his Trading View page to see his chart: Monero's dwindling supply. $10k in 2019 scenario
, in which Ero23 predicts Monero to reach $10,000 in 2019. There is also this chart
which appears to be freakishly accurate and is tracking along perfectly today. Coinbase Rumours
Over the past 12 months there have been ongoing rumours that Monero will be one of the next cryptocurrencies to be added to Coinbase. In January 2017, Monero Core team member Riccardo 'Fluffypony' Spagni presented a talk at Coinbase HQ. In addition, in November 2017 GDAX announced the GDAX Digit Asset Framework
outlining specific parameters cryptocurrencies must meet in order to be added to the exchange. There is speculation that when Monero has numerous mobile and hardware wallets available, and multisig is working, then it will be added. This would enable public accessibility to Monero to increase dramatically as Coinbase had in excess of 13 million users as of December
, and is only going to grow as demand for cryptocurrencies increases. Many users argue that due to KYC/AML regulations, Coinbase will never be able to add Monero, however the Kraken exchange already operates in the US and has XMfiat pairs, so this is unlikely to be the reason Coinbase is yet to implement XMfiat trading. Monero Is Not an ICO Scam
It is likely most of the ICOs which newcomers invest in, hoping to get rich quick, won't even be in the Top 100 cryptocurrencies next year. A large portion are most likely to be pumps and dumps, and we have already seen numerous instances of ICO exit scams
. Once an ICO raises millions of dollars, the developers or CEO of the company have little incentive to bother rolling out their product or service when they can just cash out and leave. The majority of people who create a company to provide a service or product, do so in order to generate wealth. Unless these developers and CEOs are committed and believed in their product or service, it's likely that the funds raised during the ICO will far exceed any revenue generated from real world use cases. Monero is a Working Currency, Today
Monero is a working currency, here today.
The majority of so called cryptocurrencies that exist today are not true currencies, and do not aim to be. They are a token of exchange. They are like a share in a start-up company hoping to use blockchain technology to succeed in business. A crypto-assest
is a more accurate name for coins such as Ethereum, Neo, Cardano, Vechain, etc.
Monero isn't just a vaporware ICO token that promises to provide a blockchain service in the future. It is not a platform for apps. It is not a pump and dump coin.
Monero is the only coin with all the necessary properties to be called true money. Monero is private internet money
Some even describe Monero as an online Swiss Bank Account or Bitcoin 2.0, and it is here to continue on from Bitcoin's legacy.
Monero is alleviating the public from the grips of banks, and protests the monetary system forced upon us.
Monero only achieved this because it is the heart and soul, and blood, sweat, and tears of the contributors to this project. Monero supporters are passionate, and Monero has gotten to where it is today thanks to its contributors and users.
///Key Issues for Monero to Overcome/// Scalability
While Bulletproofs are soon to be implemented in order to improve Monero's transaction sizes and fees, scalability is an issue for Monero that is continuously being assessed by Monero's researchers and developers to find the most appropriate solution. Ricardo 'Fluffypony' Spagni recently appeared on CNBC's Crypto Trader
, and when asked whether Monero is scalable as it stands today, Spagni stated that presently, Monero's on-chain scaling is horrible and transactions are larger than Bitcoin's (because of Monero's privacy features), so side-chain scaling may be more efficient. Spagni elaborated that the Monero team is, and will always be, looking for solutions to an array of different on-chain and off-chain scaling options, such as developing a Mimblewimble side-chain, exploring the possibility of Lightning Network so atomic swaps can be performed, and Tumblebit. In a post on the Monero subreddit
from roughly a month ago, monero
supports Spagni's statements. dEBRUYNE_1 clarifies the issue of scalability:
"In Bitcoin, the main chain is constrained and fees are ludicrous. This results in users being pushed to second layer stuff (e.g. sidechains, lightning network). Users do not have optionality in Bitcoin. In Monero, the goal is to make the main-chain accessible to everyone by keeping fees reasonable. We want users to have optionality, i.e., let them choose whether they'd like to use the main chain or second layer stuff. We don't want to take that optionality away from them."
When the Spagni CNBC video was recently linked to the Monero subreddit
, it was met with lengthy debate and discussion from both users and developers. u/ferretinjapan
summarised the issue explaining:
"Monero has all the mechanisms it needs to find the balance between transaction load, and offsetting the costs of miner infrastructure/profits, while making sure the network is useful for users. But like the interviewer said, the question is directed at "right now", and Fluffys right to a certain extent, Monero's transactions are huge, and compromises in blockchain security will help facilitate less burdensome transactional activity in the future. But to compare Monero to Bitcoin's transaction sizes is somewhat silly as Bitcoin is nowhere near as useful as monero, and utility will facilitate infrastructure building that may eventually utterly dwarf Bitcoin. And to equate scaling based on a node being run on a desktop being the only option for what classifies as "scalable" is also an incredibly narrow interpretation of the network being able to scale, or not. Given the extremely narrow definition of scaling people love to (incorrectly) use, I consider that a pretty crap question to put to Fluffy in the first place, but... ¯_(ツ)_/¯" u/xmrusher
also contributed to the discussion, comparing Bitcoin to Monero using this analogous description:
"While John is much heavier than Henry, he's still able to run faster, because, unlike Henry, he didn't chop off his own legs just so the local wheelchair manufacturer can make money. While Morono has much larger transactions then Bitcoin, it still scales better, because, unlike Bitcoin, it hasn't limited itself to a cripplingly tiny blocksize just to allow Blockstream to make money." Setting up a wallet can still be time consuming
It's time consuming and can be somewhat difficult for new cryptocurrency users to set up their own wallet using the GUI wallet or the Command Line Wallet. In order to strengthen and further decentralize the Monero network, users are encouraged to run a full node for their wallet, however this can be an issue because it can take up to 24-48 hours for some users depending on their hard-drive and internet speeds. To mitigate this issue, users can run a remote node, meaning they can remotely connect their wallet to another node in order to perform transactions, and in the meantime continue to sync the daemon so in the future they can then use their own node.
For users that do run into wallet setup issues, or any other problems for that matter, there is an extremely helpful troubleshooting thread on the Monero subreddit which can be found here
. And not only that, unlike some other cryptocurrency subreddits, if you ask a question, there is always a friendly community member who will happily assist you. Monero.how
is a fantastic resource too!
Despite still being difficult to use, the user-base and price may increase dramatically once it is easier to use. In addition, others believe that when hardware wallets are available more users will shift to Monero.
I actually still feel a little shameful for promoting Monero here, but feel a sense of duty to do so.
Monero is transitioning into an unstoppable altruistic beast. This year offers the implementation of many great developments, accompanied by the likelihood of a dramatic increase in price.
I request you discuss this post, point out any errors I have made, or any information I may have neglected to include. Also, if you believe in the Monero project, I encourage you to join your local Facebook or Reddit cryptocurrency group and spread the word of Monero. You could even link this post there to bring awareness to new cryptocurrency users and investors.
I will leave you with an old on-going joke within the Monero community - Don't buy Monero
- unless you have a use case for it of course :-) Just think to yourself though - Do I have a use case for Monero in our unpredictable Huxleyan society? Hint: The answer is ? Edit: Added in the Tail Emission section, and noted Dan Bilzerian as a Monero investor. Also added information regarding the XMR.TO payment service. Added info about hardfork
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