Bitcoin

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Basics



Seminal Books

  • Andreas Antonopoulos - Mastering Bitcoin - [1]
  • Top 3 books by Investopedia - [2]
  • Article on Medium - follow this thread - simple nontechnical examples for aha moments - [3]



Notes

  • The wallet is a public-private key pair
  • Hardware wallet or paper copy is safest - ledger nano s, or https://trezor.io/
  • The hardware wallet should have a display. The display is used to generate your key pair if you lose - you can recreate your key pair by 20 words that you write down or remember.
  • Exchanges typically store your private key.
  • Private key is what is used to access your wallet
  • Miners - ant miners pay for themselves in a few month.



Hardware Wallets



Lex Comments

Saw your post about skycoin...

I would say *any* crypto currencies that relies on CPU intensive mining is not "appropriate" technology. It's wasteful and dumb :-)

Even the 2nd most popular crypto currency, Ethereum, is very actively looking to move away from wasteful mining and actually already is pushing out a new Proof-of-Stake algorithm:

https://www.coindesk.com/ethereums-big-switch-the-new-roadmap-to-proof-of-stake/

Basically, look for anything other than PoW (Proof-of-Work).

Here is a short primer on the various other census algorithms:

https://www.coindesk.com/short-guide-blockchain-consensus-protocols/

Why People Don't Get Bitcoin in the USA

There is a very good talk by a bitcoin guy (Andreas M. Antonopoulos) of why average people in US don't really get bitcoin right away as compared to someone from a less stable country, I think the same applies to OSE (I see a lot of parallels between this talk and OSE):

https://youtu.be/QoiR4aNbTOw?t=136

Eric's Comments

In regards to wasteful mining, that is why i find FairCoin more appealing than bitcoin. Really worth a look. I mainly added this page because bitcoin is really common, and it was the first major cryptocurrency to take off.



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