04-24 04:44 - 'Anybody else hear about this disturbing stuff? By the way, their patent number is WO2020 – 060606. Reminds me of "Revelation 13" and I'm not Religious.' (centipedenation.com) by /u/intheworldnotof removed from /r/Bitcoin within 49-59min
The blocksize debate, the personal attacks against reputable members of the community, and the Craig Wright revelations are all part of a well orchestrated campaign against Bitcoin. Proof inside?
Uber TL;DR: Craig Wright, anonymously via a report relating to the PGP key from December, attempted to smear and discredit members of the Bitcoin development community, accused Bitcoin Core of hijacking Bitcoin by imposing a blocksize limit, attacked small-block supporters, and heavily promoted big blocks. I hypothesize that the on-going blocksize campaign and Craig are highly connected. Scroll down for a non-Uber TL;DR, or just read the whole thing (yes, its long :)). First, some background. After the December leaks, a paper pertaining to disprove Greg Maxwell's (nullc) allegations of backdating the PGP key has been released by an unknown (at the time) author, titled "Appeal to authority: A failure of trust".
Abstract: In December 2015, a Motherboard article suggested that cryptographic keys ... were created using technology that was not available on the dates they were supposedly made ... in this paper we present evidence that disproves this claim ... In addition, a warning is rung regarding the onset of centralised authority in the control of bitcoin that has been achieved through Blocksize restrictions. These restrictions have led to centralisation of Bitcoin via the dogma of the core development team ...
As for the backdated keys revealed in the December outing, Mr Wright presents a report by First Response, a computer-forensics firm, which states that these keys could have been generated with an older version of the software in question.
While they do not explicitly state that this is the same paper linked above, what are the odds that two different papers were written to support Craig's claims? In all likelihood, Economist refers to the same "Appeal to authority: A failure of trust" paper, mentioning that it was written by a computer forensics firm named First Response. Now, to the interesting part. Within the paper (supposedly written by an independent third party firm), we have the following text:
Generally, an appeal to authority is fallacious when we cite those who have no special expertise. This is of greater concern when we have an individual believed or purporting to be an expert who abuses trust. Even experts have agendas and the only means to ensure that trust is valid is to hold those experts to a greater level of scrutiny.
That very same text (the bold portion) is also mentioned in that same Economist article, but this time attributed to Craig Wright himself:
In an article in the press kit accompanying the publication of his blog post, he takes aim at Gregory Maxwell, one of the leading bitcoin developers, who first claimed that the cryptographic keys in Mr Wright’s leaked documents were backdated. “Even experts have agendas,” he writes, “and the only means to ensure that trust is valid is to hold experts to a greater level of scrutiny.”
This could mean one of two things: either that Craig wrote that report (and presented it as-if it was written by an independent third party forensics company), or that The Economist mis-attributed the text to Craig instead of to the First Response report. However, they already refer to this report earlier in the very same article (the second quote on this post) and attribute it to First Response. It is very unlikely that they later in the same article they would mis-attribute this report to Craig. In addition, what does a forensics company has to do with Bitcoin politics? Why would they even mention that subject? And how would they even have the knowledge to do so? My conclusion is: this report was written by none other than Craig Wright himself, who later used similar phrasing for self-attributed texts in his press kit. He then managed to get First Response to sign-off on that report (or simply just lied about them being involved - would be interesting to try and check that). Now, to the disturbing part. The author of this paper goes out of his way to attack and discredit Gregory Maxwell, over and over, throughout the entire article. He also repeatedly attacks the Bitcoin Core development community, the Bitcoin governance model, and those advocating for smaller blocks. I would say that 70%-80% of that paper is focused on politics, personal attacks against the Bitcoin technical community and heavy promotion for big blocks (later, in the Economist article, he's also advocating for 340GB blocks), in various phrasing that repeat over and over, with only 20%-30% of it actually being related to the technical questions surrounding the PGP key. Here are some selected quotes (there are many more!):
We may either conclude that Gregory Maxwell understood what he was asserting and has intentionally misled the community in stating that the PGP keys referenced had been backdated, or that a Bitcoin core developer did not understand the workings of PGP sufficiently.
In addition, a warning is rung regarding the onset of centralised authority in the control of bitcoin that has been achieved through Blocksize restrictions.
There is an inherent warning in the foregoing discussion with regard to the growing power of individuals who may not fully grasp the full potential of the Blockchain but who nevertheless have a disproportionate level of influence.
In limiting the size of the Block, the issue of control and the use of the protocol is centralised to a limited number of developers.
The bitcoin core protocol was never designed to be a single implementation maintain by a small cabal acting to restrain the heretics. In restricting the Blocksize, the end is the creation of a centralised management body.
Several core developers, including Gregory Maxwell have assumed a mantle of control. This is centralisation. It is not companies that we need to ensure do not violate our trust, but individuals.
Gregory Maxwell has been an avid supporter in limiting Blocksize. The arguments as to the technical validity of this change are political and act against the core principles of Bitcoin. The retention of limits on Block size consolidates power into the hands of a few individuals.
The position that has been assumed by those seeking centralisation of Bitcoin for many years is to create an artificial scarcity within Bitcoin associated with the limits on the Blocksize.
Those with power need to be held to a higher standard.
We can clearly assert that the evidence Maxwell has presented to justify his assertions to Motherboard that the PGP keys is false. His motives in this remain a mystery.
This report also uses the strawman logical fallacy, attributing Greg with claims that he never made while avoiding quoting his exact words (instead, optin to quote the press's paraphrase of Greg's words). While Greg said that the algorithms weren't in wide use at the alleged time of the key creation, they repeatedly mis-quote him as claiming that it was impossible to generate such a key at the time. Based on this strawman, they build mountains and hillsides, claiming that they can prove their claim in absolute logical terms ("This is a binary outcome and there cannot be any other result. Either creating the keys was possible, or the evidence reported by Motherboard was unfounded"). That was what Greg actually wrote:
Incidentally; there is now more evidence that it's faked. The PGP key being used was clearly backdated: its metadata contains cipher-suites which were not widely used until later software.
This is what the report claims:
In the logical analysis of evidence, we cannot have contradictions. Where such a contradiction exists, we need to check our premises. In this process that we are exploring together, either we can recreate a similar key along the lines of the one Maxwell has stated could not have existed (WAS NEVER SAID! N.I.) and must have been backdated, or we cannot. If we can create a key using the GnuPG software from 2007 and add the attributes of the disputed keys to a newly created key pair, then Maxwell is wrong. If we cannot complete this process, then he was correct and the keys could have been backdated. This is a binary outcome and there cannot be any other result. Either creating the keys was possible, or the evidence reported by Motherboard was unfounded.
We see here the default hash list of “2.8.3” as Maxwell asserts is the only available choice. (WAS NEVER SAID! N.I.)
The importance of this statement is that Maxwell has firmly asserted that the algorithms, “8,2,9,10,11” have only been added from a later period in 2009 ... We have engaged in this exercise in order to demonstrate that the former statement made by Maxwell is incorrect.
This exercise proves that those algorithms that had been stated to not exist at the time within GnuPG 1.4.7 had indeed been implemented. Maxwell’s assertion is false.
That report is, of course, total and utter nonsense. The algorithms did exists in PGP (no one claimed otherwise), but there was no ciphersuite that combined them together. It was indeed possible to manually select that ciphersuite, the command to do so would look like that:
There's no way that anyone would choose these exact algorithms under the exact same order before it was added as the default to PGP. Its important to note that the ciphersuite was chosen by the open source community after much discussions and knowledge acquired over time regarding the algorithms, which showed this combination to be the most secure. Foreseeing that this suite is going to be the state of the art, a few years before the PGP community figured it out, is extremely unlikely. TL;DR
After Greg exposed Craig's bluff regarding the PGP key from December, Craig writes a report that allegedly proves his key wasn't backdated. It is published on late December '15 - Early January '16 (anyone has an exact date?).
That entire article is based on a strawman, and doesn't really prove anything. It shows that it could be technically possible to create such a key at the alleged time, but completely disregards the fact that the likelihood of that happening is practically zero.
He released this report anonymously, not attributing it to anyone.
He uses this opportunity to discredit Greg, repeatedly attacking his personal integrity and technical competence. He also attacks Bitcoin Core with claims of an hostile takeover by a "small cabal" that wants to control Bitcoin by restricting the blocksize. He smears the "small blocks camp", while heavily advocating for larger blocks. He does that using personal attacks and severe words pointed at highly respected members of the community. About 70%-80% of the report isn't related to the PGP key at all, but rather to politics and attacks.
In his press kit for the revelation, he attaches this report, this time attributed to a forensics company called First Response. In addition to the report, he attaches more attacks against Greg, which he does attribute to himself. The phrasing of his self-attributed attacks strikes an extraordinary resemblance to the attacks in the report.
Having read this report, I now believe that what we're seeing is another stage of a well orchestrated attack on Bitcoin, whose goal is to discredit reputable members of the Bitcoin community, create factions within the community and to sow distrust among community members. This attack hasn't started now. The opening shot was the block size campaign, which was designed to spread toxicity and dissent, promote personal attacks against thought leaders and technical experts, and split the community into two opposing camps. The goal is to dissemble the human and social fabric of Bitcoin, to subvert our trust in the cypher-punk "leaders" of the bitcoin space and to create chaos and confusion, in order to prepare the ground for the second stage - an hostile takeover of the Bitcoin protocol development via a person claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, which will support this new development team and lead people after him. I don't usually tend to be overly conspirative, but this report is highly disturbing. It has the very clear agenda of attacking Bitcoin Core and the consensus mechanism, while heavily promoting big blocks. We have appealing evidence that it was written by Craig, which also continues his attack as part of his press release. All of that leads me to believe that the blocksize campaign, the non-stop attacks against the Bitcoin development community and thought leaders, and the Craig revelation as "being Satoshi" are all tightly connected as part of an orchestrated attack. And all of that follows repeating evidence of ongoing sock-puppets and rating manipulation within our online communities, Sybilattackson the P2P network to create a false image of Classic support, and DDoS attacks. (interesting to note that voting manipulation was put into use with greater vigor during the Craig revelations, according to theymos - "there's substantial vote manipulation in /Bitcoin right now"). I truly believe that this is the real thing. We're witnessing an orchestrated full-scale attack on Bitcoin, by a well-organized entity with significant financial means. Buckle up!
Butter begrudgingly admits that Bitcoin is a Pyramid Scheme. Says it is OK, because EVERYTHING is a pyramid scheme. Entire financial world is upended as this bombshell revelation sinks in and corporations worldwide stop wasting effort producing goods.
Is there a good writeup anywhere of the last few days' forking fuckup, and the revelation that FIFTY FUCKING PERCENT of the hash power DOESN'T FUCKING BOTHER VERIFYING TRANSACTIONS, which is LITERALLY THE JOB THEY GET BITCOINS FOR?
Bitcoin mentioned around Reddit: A Decade of Banks Behaving Badly Is Being Laid Bare in Australia - From lying to regulators, falsifying documents and taking bribes to extracting fees from customers long since dead, the revelations a /r/worldnews
I figured out the ultimate use case of Bitcoin... the alternative for the mark of the beast
Ok so hear me out, it is tinfoil hat time. The Bible reads in Revelation 13: 16-17" ...also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name" Now take that paragraph and think about the new Bretton Woods event and great rest which will probably change the financial system by the creation of some form of CBDC in combination with universal basic income and the ability to use chips in our hands for payments. You will be offered free money, and the only thing you need to do is take the chip (mark of the beast) in your right hand. Now when it becomes clear many people are not willing to take the chip, it is made mandatory to buy in certain places. But we knew better and got into Bitcoin thus avoiding having becoming dependent and having to take the chip survive. What are your thoughts on this. For me it is as clear as daylight which that we are moving exactly into the direction prophesised in the Bible.
Microsoft patent 2020-060606 linking human brain to crypto payment system
Microsoft filed a patent 2020-060606 on June 20, 2019 for the link between the human body and the crypto payment system. It is a cryptocurrency mining system that uses human pulses such as brain waves and body heat to perform online tasks such as using search engines, chatbots, and reading ads. "A user can solve the arithmetically difficult problem unconsciously," says the patent. In fact, this is a very brief description of a brain computer interface, which can read and write electromagnetic signals from the brain at such a finely meshed level that the brain literally becomes a biocomputer in a network. To understand that, please watch the video below and read on below. This is necessary so that you understand the current technological state of affairs. Steve Hoffman - Brain Hacking & MindTech - Produced by DingDingTV How cryptocurrency works The aim is that we are collectively hung in a hyve mind and it seems that what with crpyo-currency like Bitcoin still had to be done on energy-guzzling mining servers, can now be filled in by the “human bio-computer”. The unique thing about blockchain payment systems was that as soon as you took a so-called wallet into the network, your computer formed a block in the network, where your computer receives a kind of calculation program that calculates the security key of a coin. All computers on the network must then come up with the same key as confirmation. If the entire network sees a transaction of a coin, all those keys are checked and if one is different, the transaction is illegal and rejected. That would create unhackable security. The problem, however, is that Bitcoin mining requires a lot of computing power and that requires electricity. That's why Bitcoin mining ended up being one of the most energy-guzzling industries in the world. The Microsoft patent seems to aim at making this blockchain principle, which is not only very energy-guzzling, but also puts a heavy burden on the internet in terms of bandwidth (after all, all computers in the chain must always be checked for positive encryption), superfluous to make. Simply put: Microsoft wants to use the human brain as a block in the blockchain. The 5G network will provide sufficient bandwidth to realize this. Link digital ID, vaccination ID and social credit system: The coronavirus pandemic provides the perfect alibi for the introduction of such a system. In concrete terms, this means that a score of your behavior (expressed in points) will initially be kept in the cloud. If you stick to the rules, you can take public transport or plane. If you don't follow the rules, your score will go down. The upcoming social distancing apps are a precursor to such a behavioral scoring system. After all, if you do not keep enough distance from potential infections, you have to quarantine at home. We also see China taking the lead there. Watch the video below and then read on. Wuhan coronavirus covid-19 totalitarian UN propaganda? Although Bill Gates officially retired from Microsoft's board this year, we can guess who the big driving force behind patent 2020-060606 is. Of course, I need not point out to the attentive reader that we recognize here the Biblical number of the mark of the beast from the Bible book of Revelation: 666. It states that the time will come when no one will be able to buy or sell without to bear 'the beast'. This under the statement that this number is six hundred and sixty-six. The same Bill Gates is behind the ID2020 initiative that wants to develop a digital ID for vaccination registration. If you combine such a digital ID hallmark with a digital passport (ID) and with patent 2020-060606, then you have completely enslaved people. Revelation 13: 16-18 16: And it causes it to give a mark to all, small and great, and rich and poor, and free and servants, on their right hand or on their foreheads; 17: And that no one should buy or sell except he who has that mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18: Here is wisdom: let him that have understanding count the number of the beast; for the number of a man is, and his number is six hundred sixty and six. The "Official Gazette of the Kingdom of the Netherlands" announced on March 31, 2020 (“coincidentally”) change in law that allows a digital ID. Translated: Kingdom Act of 6 March 2020 amending the Passport Act in connection with the introduction of electronic identification with a public identification means and the expansion of the basic register of travel documents. We Willem-Alexander, by the grace of God, King of the Netherlands, Prince of Oranje-Nassau, etc. etc. etc. All who will see or hear it read, salute! do to know: Thus We have considered that it is desirable to amend the Passport Act in connection with the introduction of electronic identification with a public means and the extension of the basic register of travel documents; The consequences: So if we don't wake up in masses now and discover that we are witnessing a Psychological Operation that fully complies with the master script, then there is no escape. Then we cannot buy or sell anything if we do not meet all the requirements of the state. And to all, it really means all. Making a minor offense once has immediate consequences. Not cooperating with the vaccination obligation (think Bill Gates) will definitely mean the end of being able to travel and participate in society at all. You should consider the most basic things such as being able to buy food and drink. We must step out of our programming and know that we are sovereign. Please read the article from the official journal above again. In it you see that you can fully rely on your consciousness sovereignty. You are sovereign by nature and no law can bind you to anything. It says "We Willem-Alexander, by the grace of God". Now let him prove "that grace of God". Every law is signed by the king by the grace of God. There is no evidence whatsoever of this and so the law does not apply. The only problem is the fact that social systems have built up around that grace of God, to which many swear allegiance. Do we sit back and relax until we are swallowed up by the system of "the internet of things" by the grace of God, or do we activate ourselves to concrete things? Concrete matters means that we have to switch from passive to active and discover who we are in potential and in essence.
12-22 07:03 - 'Low and behold, a pretty shocking revelation and this has already been downvoted. Why? Did I make something up? No; I quoted directly and stated a couple of facts. So why the down votes? Does anyone wonder at this point...' by /u/BCHisrogerscoin removed from /r/Bitcoin within 23-33min
AMA Announcement: Robert Alice Project - Raising money for Fran Finney's ALS - Monday, 5th October 2020 - 5PM (PST)
We are pleased to invite Robert Alice Project for an AMA here at CyptoCurrency on Monday, 5th October 2020 at 5 pm PST / 12 am GST. One artist's journey to hand-paint all 12.3 million digits of Bitcoin's code over 3 years, Portraits of a Mind by Robert Alice is the largest work of art in blockchain's history and is the first artwork and NFT from the crypto space to be exhibited and auctioned at Christie's New York on October 7. Read more about it here: https://decrypt.co/42581/a-massive-bitcoin-artwork-is-being-auctioned-at-christies Link to Christies: https://www.christies.com/lotfindeinstallations-video-art/robert-alice-block-21-6283759-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=6283759 The Robert Alice project was founded by Benjamin Gentilli, a London-based artist , in 2018 to promote blockchain culture within the visual arts. Ben is a big supporter of ALS, and they are currently launching the largest work of art in Bitcoin's history. He has hand painted all 12.3 million digits of code behind BTC version 0.1.0, it took 3 years and is over 50m long. Join the artist Robert Alice for an AMA here, to ask questions about the making of the 50 meter painting, plus a few little revelations about Satoshi and Hal Finney that no one else knows but him….. Robert Alice will be donating 0.00019 ($2) for every question asked, split between CoinCenter and Social Alpha Foundation. Date/Time: Monday, 5th October 2020 - 5 pm (PST) / 12 am (GST) Duration: 1 Hour Photos: https://imgur.com/a/cNCcRRZ
The NSA monitors banks and credit card transactions -- sometimes in apparent violation of national laws and global regulations. The European SWIFT financial transaction network is being tapped on different levels. What actions has r/bitcoin taken in response to this revelation? (Thanks E. Snowden)
The blocksize debate, the personal attacks against reputable members of the community, and the Craig Wright revelations are all part of a well orchestrated campaign against Bitcoin. Proof inside? : Bitcoin
The world today is going cashless as the days go by. There has been an increase in the use of digital currency and other forms of money that are not cash (notes and coins). The COVID19 pandemic just acted as a catalyst making more people and businesses go cashless. My concern is that the Mark of the Beast prophesied in the book of Revelation is an evolved form of money. The Mark of the beast is already here and I a concerned that a vast majority of the world's population is being conditioned to accept the Mark, for when it will be implemented worldwide. The year 2020 has shown us has fast things can go south on a global scale. It won't be any different for a scenario like global persecution of believers (hunt, capture, torture & execution) to happen. Mark of the Beast precursors. Mark of the beast conditioning. Bitcoin and the Mark of the Beast.
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