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Welcome to the /Bitcoin Sticky FAQ

You've probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoin recently and are wondering what's the big deal? Most of your questions should be answered by the resources below but if you have additional questions feel free to ask them in the comments.
It all started with the release of the release of Satoshi Nakamoto's whitepaper however that will probably go over the head of most readers so we recommend the following videos for a good starting point for understanding how bitcoin works and a little about its long term potential:
Some other great resources include Lopp.net, the Princeton crypto series and James D'Angelo's Bitcoin 101 Blackboard series.
Some excellent writing on Bitcoin's value proposition and future can be found at the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute.
Some Bitcoin statistics can be found here and here. Developer resources can be found here. Peer-reviewed research papers can be found here.
Potential upcoming protocol improvements and scaling resources here and here.
The number of times Bitcoin was declared dead by the media can be found here (LOL!)

Key properties of Bitcoin

Where can I buy bitcoins?

Bitcoin.org and BuyBitcoinWorldwide.com are helpful sites for beginners. You can buy or sell any amount of bitcoin (even just a few dollars worth) and there are several easy methods to purchase bitcoin with cash, credit card or bank transfer. Some of the more popular resources are below, also check out the bitcoinity exchange resources for a larger list of options for purchases.
Here is a listing of local ATMs. If you would like your paycheck automatically converted to bitcoin use Bitwage.
Note: Bitcoins are valued at whatever market price people are willing to pay for them in balancing act of supply vs demand. Unlike traditional markets, bitcoin markets operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Preev is a useful site that that shows how much various denominations of bitcoin are worth in different currencies. Alternatively you can just Google "1 bitcoin in (your local currency)".

Securing your bitcoins

With bitcoin you can "Be your own bank" and personally secure your bitcoins OR you can use third party companies aka "Bitcoin banks" which will hold the bitcoins for you.
Note: For increased security, use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) everywhere it is offered, including email!
2FA requires a second confirmation code to access your account making it much harder for thieves to gain access. Google Authenticator and Authy are the two most popular 2FA services, download links are below. Make sure you create backups of your 2FA codes.
Google Auth Authy OTP Auth
Android Android N/A
iOS iOS iOS

Watch out for scams

As mentioned above, Bitcoin is decentralized, which by definition means there is no official website or Twitter handle or spokesperson or CEO. However, all money attracts thieves. This combination unfortunately results in scammers running official sounding names or pretending to be an authority on YouTube or social media. Many scammers throughout the years have claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin. Websites like bitcoin(dot)com and the btc subreddit are active scams. Almost all altcoins (shitcoins) are marketed heavily with big promises but are really just designed to separate you from your bitcoin. So be careful: any resource, including all linked in this document, may in the future turn evil. Don't trust, verify. Also as they say in our community "Not your keys, not your coins".

Where can I spend bitcoins?

Check out spendabit or bitcoin directory for millions of merchant options. Also you can spend bitcoin anywhere visa is accepted with bitcoin debit cards such as the CashApp card. Some other useful site are listed below.
Store Product
Gyft Gift cards for hundreds of retailers including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Whole Foods, CVS, Lowes, Home Depot, iTunes, Best Buy, Sears, Kohls, eBay, GameStop, etc.
Spendabit, Overstock and The Bitcoin Directory Retail shopping with millions of results
ShakePay Generate one time use Visa cards in seconds
NewEgg and Dell For all your electronics needs
Bitwa.la, Coinbills, Piixpay, Bitbill.eu, Bylls, Coins.ph, Bitrefill, LivingRoomofSatoshi, Coinsfer, and more Bill payment
Menufy, Takeaway and Thuisbezorgd NL Takeout delivered to your door
Expedia, Cheapair, Destinia, Abitsky, SkyTours, the Travel category on Gyft and 9flats For when you need to get away
Cryptostorm, Mullvad, and PIA VPN services
Namecheap, Porkbun Domain name registration
Stampnik Discounted USPS Priority, Express, First-Class mail postage
Coinmap and AirBitz are helpful to find local businesses accepting bitcoins. A good resource for UK residents is at wheretospendbitcoins.co.uk.
There are also lots of charities which accept bitcoin donations.

Merchant Resources

There are several benefits to accepting bitcoin as a payment option if you are a merchant;
If you are interested in accepting bitcoin as a payment method, there are several options available;

Can I mine bitcoin?

Mining bitcoins can be a fun learning experience, but be aware that you will most likely operate at a loss. Newcomers are often advised to stay away from mining unless they are only interested in it as a hobby similar to folding at home. If you want to learn more about mining you can read more here. Still have mining questions? The crew at /BitcoinMining would be happy to help you out.
If you want to contribute to the bitcoin network by hosting the blockchain and propagating transactions you can run a full node using this setup guide. If you would prefer to keep it simple there are several good options. You can view the global node distribution here.

Earning bitcoins

Just like any other form of money, you can also earn bitcoins by being paid to do a job.
Site Description
WorkingForBitcoins, Bitwage, Cryptogrind, Coinality, Bitgigs, /Jobs4Bitcoins, BitforTip, Rein Project Freelancing
Lolli Earn bitcoin when you shop online!
OpenBazaar, Purse.io, Bitify, /Bitmarket, 21 Market Marketplaces
/GirlsGoneBitcoin NSFW Adult services
A-ads, Coinzilla.io Advertising
You can also earn bitcoins by participating as a market maker on JoinMarket by allowing users to perform CoinJoin transactions with your bitcoins for a small fee (requires you to already have some bitcoins.

Bitcoin-Related Projects

The following is a short list of ongoing projects that might be worth taking a look at if you are interested in current development in the bitcoin space.
Project Description
Lightning Network Second layer scaling
Blockstream, Rootstock and Drivechain Sidechains
Hivemind and Augur Prediction markets
Tierion and Factom Records & Titles on the blockchain
BitMarkets, DropZone, Beaver and Open Bazaar Decentralized markets
JoinMarket and Wasabi Wallet CoinJoin implementation
Coinffeine and Bisq Decentralized bitcoin exchanges
Keybase Identity & Reputation management
Abra Global P2P money transmitter network
Bitcore Open source Bitcoin javascript library

Bitcoin Units

One Bitcoin is quite large (hundreds of £/$/€) so people often deal in smaller units. The most common subunits are listed below:
Unit Symbol Value Info
bitcoin BTC 1 bitcoin one bitcoin is equal to 100 million satoshis
millibitcoin mBTC 1,000 per bitcoin used as default unit in recent Electrum wallet releases
bit bit 1,000,000 per bitcoin colloquial "slang" term for microbitcoin (μBTC)
satoshi sat 100,000,000 per bitcoin smallest unit in bitcoin, named after the inventor
For example, assuming an arbitrary exchange rate of $10000 for one Bitcoin, a $10 meal would equal:
For more information check out the Bitcoin units wiki.
Still have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below or stick around for our weekly Mentor Monday thread. If you decide to post a question in /Bitcoin, please use the search bar to see if it has been answered before, and remember to follow the community rules outlined on the sidebar to receive a better response. The mods are busy helping manage our community so please do not message them unless you notice problems with the functionality of the subreddit.
Note: This is a community created FAQ. If you notice anything missing from the FAQ or that requires clarification you can edit it here and it will be included in the next revision pending approval.
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Bitcoin 11 Years - Achievements, Lies, and Bullshit Claims So Far - Tooootally NOT a SCAM !!!!

That's right folks, it's that time again for the annual review of how Bitcoin is going: all of those claims, predictions, promises .... how many have turned out to be true, and how many are completely bogus ???
Please post / link this on Bitcoin (I am banned there for speaking the truth, so I cannot do it) ... because it'a way past time those poor clueless mushrooms were exposed to the truth.
Anyway, without further ado, I give you the Bitcoin's Achievements, Lies, and Bullshit Claims So Far ...
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Bitcoin Achievements so far:
  1. It has spawned a cesspool of scams (2000+ shit coin scams, plus 100's of other scams, frauds, cons).
  2. Many 1,000's of hacks, thefts, losses.
  3. Illegal Use Cases: illegal drugs, illegal weapons, tax fraud, money laundering, sex trafficking, child pornography, hit men / murder-for-hire, ransomware, blackmail, extortion, and various other kinds of fraud and illicit activity.
  4. Legal Use Cases: Steam Games, Reddit, Expedia, Stripe, Starbucks, 1000's of merchants, cryptocurrency conferences, Ummm ????? The few merchants who "accept Bitcoin" immediately convert it into FIAT after the sale, or require you to sell your coins to BitPay or Coinbase for real money, and will then take that money. Some of the few who actually accept bitcoin haven't seen a customer who needed to pay with bitcoin for the last six months, and their cashiers no longer know how to handle that.
  5. Contributing significantly to Global Warming.
  6. Wastes vasts amounts of electricity on useless, do nothing work.
  7. Exponentially raises electricity prices when big miners move into regions where electricity was cheap.
  8. It’s the first "currency" that is not self-sustainable. It operates at a net loss, and requires continuous outside capital to replace the capital removed by miners to pay their costs. It’s literally a "black hole currency."
  9. It created a new way for people living too far from Vegas to gamble all their life savings away.
  10. Spawned "blockchain technology", a powerful technique that lets incompetent programmers who know almost nothing about databases, finance, programming, or blockchain scam millions out of gullible VC investors, banks, and governments.
  11. Increased China's foreign trade balance by a couple billion dollars per year.
  12. Helped the FBI and other law enforcement agents easily track down hundreds of drug traffickers and drug users.
  13. Wasted thousands if not millions of man-hours of government employees and legislators, in mostly fruitless attempts to understand, legitimize, and regulate the "phenomenon", and to investigate and prosecute its scams.
  14. Rekindled the hopes of anarcho-capitalists and libertarians for a global economic collapse, that would finally bring forth their Mad Max "utopia".
  15. Added another character to Unicode (no, no, not the "poo" 💩 character ... that was my first guess as well 🤣)
  16. Provides an easy way for malware and ransomware criminals to ply their trade and extort hospitals, schools, local councils, businesses, utilities, as well as the general population.
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Correct Predictions:
  1. 2015-12: "1,000 dollar in 2015", u/Luka_Magnotta, aka time traveler from the future, 31-Aug-2013, https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/1lfobc/i_am_a_timetraveler_from_the_future_here_to_beg/ (Technically, this prediction is WRONG because the highest price reached in 2015 was $495.56 according to CMC. Yes, Bitcoin reached $1,000 in 2013 and 2014, but that's NOT what the prediction says).
  2. 2017-12: "10,000 in 2017", u/Luka_Magnotta, aka time traveler from the future, 31-Aug-2013, https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/1lfobc/i_am_a_timetraveler_from_the_future_here_to_beg/
  3. 2018-04: $10,000 (by April 2018), Mike Novogratz, link #1: https://www.bitcoinprice.com/predictions/, link #2: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/mike-novogratz-says-bitcoin-will-end-the-year-at-10-000
  4. 2018-12: $10,000 (by 2018), Tim Draper, link #1: https://www.bitcoinprice.com/predictions/, link #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AW5s6QkRRY
  5. Any others ? (Please tell me).
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Bitcoin Promises / Claims / Price Predictions that turned out to be lies and bullshit:
  1. ANONYMOUS
  2. CENSORSHIP RESISTANT
  3. FRICTIONLESS
  4. TRUSTLESS
  5. UNCENSORABLE
  6. UNTRACEABLE
  7. SAFE
  8. SECURE
  9. YOU CANNOT LOSE
  10. NOT A SCAM
  11. PERMISSIONLESS
  12. GUARANTEED PRIVACY
  13. CANNOT BE SEIZED
  14. CANNOT BE CONFISCATED
  15. Be your own bank
  16. Regulation-proof
  17. NO MIDDLEMEN
  18. DECENTRALIZED
  19. Instantaneous transactions
  20. Fast transactions
  21. Zero / No transaction fees
  22. Low transaction fees
  23. A store of value
  24. A deflationary digital asset
  25. "A deflationary digital asset that no single human being can destroy."
  26. "an asset that is equally as dual use as a car, water, or any other traditional element that has existed."
  27. "Digital gold"
  28. Easy to use
  29. Cannot be stolen
  30. Cannot be hacked
  31. Can be mined by anyone
  32. Can be mined by anyone, even with an old computer or laptop
  33. Cannot be centralized
  34. Will return power back to the people.
  35. Not a Ponzi scam
  36. Not a Pyramid scam
  37. Never pay tax again
  38. Your gains cannot be taxed
  39. A currency
  40. An amazing new class of asset
  41. An asset
  42. A means to economic freedom
  43. A store of value
  44. The best investment the word has ever seen
  45. A great investment
  46. Efficient
  47. Scalable
  48. Stable
  49. Resilient
  50. Reliable
  51. Low energy
  52. Low risk
  53. Redistribute wealth to everybody
  54. No more have's and have not's
  55. No more US and THEM
  56. No more disadvantaged people
  57. No more RICH and POOR
  58. No more poor people
  59. Uses amazing new technology
  60. Uses ingenious new technology
  61. Satishi Nakamoto invented ...
  62. Segwit will solve all of Bitcoin's woes
  63. Lightning Network will solve all of Bitcoin's woes
  64. Limited by scarcity
  65. Can only go up in value
  66. Price cannot crash
  67. Has intrinsic value
  68. Value will always be worth more than cost to mine
  69. Adoption by investors is increasing exponentially
  70. Adoption by investors is increasing
  71. Adoption by merchants is increasing exponentially
  72. Adoption by merchants is increasing
  73. You are secure if you keep your coins on an exchange
  74. You are secure if you keep your coins in a hardware wallet
  75. You are secure if you keep your coins in an air-gapped Linux PC
  76. Will change the world
  77. "the next phase in human evolution"
  78. "Blockchain is more encompassing than the internet"
  79. Blockchain can solve previously unsolvable problems.
  80. "The only regulation we need is the blockchain"
  81. "Bank the unbanked"
  82. "To abolish financial slavery and the state's toxic monopoly on money."
  83. "To have better tools in the fight against the state violence and taxation."
  84. "To stamp information on a blockchain forever so we can bypass state censorship, copyrights, patents(informational monopolies) etc."
  85. Will destroy / overthrow FIAT
  86. Will destroy / overthrow the world's governments
  87. Will destroy / overthrow the banking system
  88. Will destroy / overthrow the world economies
  89. Will free people from tyranny
  90. Will give people financial freedom
  91. Will bring world peace
  92. Never going below $19K again
  93. Never going below $18K again
  94. Never going below $17K again
  95. Never going below $16K again
  96. Never going below $15K again
  97. Never going below $14K again
  98. Never going below $13K again
  99. Never going below $12K again
  100. Never going below $11K again
  101. Never going below $10K again
  102. Never going below $9K again
  103. Never going below $8K again
  104. Never going below $7K again
  105. Never going below $6K again
  106. Never going below $5K again
  107. Never going below $4K again
  108. Is NOT a Scam
  109. Hashing Power secures the Bitcoin network
  110. Untraceable, private transactions
  111. Guaranteed privacy
  112. Not created out of thin air
  113. Not created out of thin air by unregulated, unbacked entities
  114. Totally NOT a scam
  115. Is not used primarily by crimonals, drug dealers, or money launderers.
  116. 100% secure
  117. 2010 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  118. 2011 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  119. 2012 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  120. 2013 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  121. 2014 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  122. 2015 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  123. 2016 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  124. 2017 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  125. 2018 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  126. 2019 will be the "Year of Crypto"
  127. 2010: MASS ADOPTION any day now"
  128. 2011: MASS ADOPTION aany day now"
  129. 2012: MASS ADOPTION aaany day now"
  130. 2013: MASS ADOPTION aaaany day now"
  131. 2014: MASS ADOPTION aaaaany day now"
  132. 2015: MASS ADOPTION aaaaaany day now"
  133. 2016: MASS ADOPTION aaaaaaany day now"
  134. 2017: MASS ADOPTION aaaaaaaany day now"
  135. 2018: MASS ADOPTION aaaaaaaaany day now"
  136. 2019: MASS ADOPTION aaaaaaaaany day now"
  137. "Financial Freedom, bro."
  138. no single entity, government or individual, can alter or reverse its transactions
  139. insurance against the tyranny of state
  140. Bitcoin has come to destroy all governments and bring about the libertarian utopia of my dreams.
  141. The major issues in Bicoin's network will be fixed. This is still early days, Bitcoin has only been around for 2+ years.
  142. The major issues in Bicoin's network will be fixed. This is still early days, Bitcoin has only been around for 5+ years.
  143. The major issues in Bicoin's network will be fixed. This is still early days, Bitcoin has only been around for 7+ years.
  144. The major issues in Bicoin's network will be fixed. This is still early days, Bitcoin has only been around for 9+ years.
  145. 1,000's of predictions of skyrocketing and/or never falling prices
  146. Escape the petty rivalries of warring powers and nation states by scattering control among the many. The Bitcoin Cash debacle proves that even the most cryptographically secure plans of mice and men often go awry. Ref: https://www.reddit.com/Buttcoin/comments/9zfhb6/like_theres_only_one_flaw_with_buttcoin_crash/ea8s11m
  147. People will NEVER be able to welch out of bets or deals again. Nov-2018, Ref: https://www.reddit.com/Buttcoin/comments/9zvpl2/the_guy_who_made_the_1000_bet_that_btc_wouldnt/
  148. "Everything will be better, faster, and cheaper.", Brock Pierce, EOS.io shill video.
  149. "Everything will be more connected.", Brock Pierce, EOS.io shill video.
  150. "Everything will be more trustworthy.", Brock Pierce, EOS.io shill video.
  151. "Everything will be more secure.", Brock Pierce, EOS.io shill video.
  152. "Everything that exists is no-longer going to exist in the way that it does today.", Brock Pierce, EOS.io shill video.
  153. "Everything in this world is about to get better.", Brock Pierce, EOS.io shill video.
  154. You are a slave to the bankers
  155. The bankers print money and then you pay for it
  156. Bitcoin is The Peoples Money
  157. Bitcoin will set you free
  158. Bitcoin will set you free from the slavery of the banks and the government Ref: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/cd2q94/bitcoin_shall_set_you_free/
  159. ~~Bitcoin is "striking fear into the hearts of bankers, precisely because Bitcoin eliminates the need for banks. ~~, Mark Yusko, billionaire investor and Founder of Morgan Creek Capital, https://www.bitcoinprice.com/predictions/
  160. "When transactions are verified on a Blockchain, banks become obsolete.", Mark Yusko, billionaire investor and Founder of Morgan Creek Capital, https://www.bitcoinprice.com/predictions/
  161. SnapshillBot quotes from delusional morons:
  162. "A bitcoin miner in every device and in every hand."
  163. "All the indicators are pointing to a huge year and bigger than anything we have seen before."
  164. "Bitcoin is communism and democracy working hand in hand."
  165. "Bitcoin is freedom, and we will soon be free."
  166. "Bitcoin isn't calculated risk, you're right. It's downright and painfully obvious that it will consume global finance."
  167. "Bitcoin most disruptive technology of last 500 years"
  168. "Bitcoin: So easy, your grandma can use it!"
  169. "Creating a 4th Branch of Government - Bitcoin"
  170. "Future generations will cry laughing reading all the negativity and insanity vomited by these permabears."
  171. "Future us will thank us."
  172. "Give Bitcoin two years"
  173. "HODLING is more like being a dutiful guardian of the most powerful economic force this planet has ever seen and getting to have a say about how that force is unleashed."
  174. "Cut out the middleman"
  175. "full control of your own assets"
  176. "reduction in wealth gap"
  177. "no inflation"
  178. "cannot print money out of thin air"
  179. "Why that matters? Because blockchain not only cheaper for them, it'll be cheaper for you and everyone as well."
  180. "If you are in this to get rich in Fiat then no. But if you are in this to protect your wealth once the current monetary system collapse then you are protected and you'll be the new rich."
  181. "Theres the 1% and then theres the 99%. You want to be with the rest thats fine. Being different and brave is far more rewarding. No matter your background or education."
  182. "NO COINERS will believe anything they are fed by fake news and paid media."
  183. "I know that feeling (like people looking at you as in seeing a celebrity and then asking things they don't believe until their impressed)."
  184. "I literally walk round everyday looking at other people wondering why they even bother to live if they don't have Bitcoin in their lives."
  185. "I think bitcoin may very well be the best form of money we’ve ever seen in the history of civilization."
  186. "I think Bitcoin will do for mankind what the sun did for life on earth."
  187. "I think the constant scams and illegal activities only show the viability of bitcoin."
  188. "I think we're sitting on the verge of exponential interest in the currency."
  189. "I'm not using hyperbole when I say Satoshi found the elusive key to World Peace."
  190. "If Jesus ever comes back you know he's gonna be using Bitcoin"
  191. "If this idea was implemented with The Blockchain™, it would be completely flawless! Flawless I tell you!"
  192. "If you're the minimum wage guy type, now is a great time to skip food and go full ramadan in order to buy bitcoin instead."
  193. "In a world slipping more and more into chaos and uncertainty, Bitcoin seems to me like the last solid rock defeating all the attacks."
  194. "In this moment, I am euphoric. Not because of any filthy statist's blessing, but because I am enlightened by own intelligence."
  195. "Is Bitcoin at this point, with all the potential that opens up, the most undervalued asset ever?"
  196. "It won't be long until bitcoin is an everyday household term."
  197. "It's the USD that is volatile. Bitcoin is the real neutral currency."
  198. "Just like the early Internet!"
  199. "Just like the Trojan Horse of old, Bitcoin will reveal its full power and nature"
  200. "Ladies if your man doesnt have some bitcoin then he cant handle anything and has no danger sex appeal. He isnt edgy"
  201. "let me be the first to say if you dont have bitcoin you are a pussy and cant really purchase anything worldwide. You have no global reach"
  202. "My conclusion is that I see this a a very good thing for bitcoin and for users"
  203. "No one would do such a thing; it'd be against their self interests."
  204. "Ooh lala, good job on bashing Bitcoin. How to disrespect a great innovation."
  205. "Realistically I think Bitcoin will replace the dollar in the next 10-15 years."
  206. "Seperation of money and state -> states become obsolete -> world peace."
  207. "Some striking similarities between Bitcoin and God"
  208. "THANK YOU. Better for this child to be strangled in its crib as a true weapon for crypto-anarchists than for it to be wielded by toxic individuals who distort the technology and surrender it to government and corporate powers."
  209. "The Blockchain is more encompassing than the internet and is the next phase in human evolution. To avoid its significance is complete ignorance."
  210. "The bull run should begin any day now."
  211. "The free market doesn't permit fraud and theft."
  212. "The free market will clear away the bad actors."
  213. "The only regulation we need is the blockchain."
  214. "We are not your slaves! We are free bodies who will swallow you and puke you out in disgust. Welcome to liberty land or as that genius called it: Bitcoin."
  215. "We do not need the bankers for Satoshi is our saviour!"
  216. "We have never seen something so perfect"
  217. "We must bring freedom and crypto to the masses, to the common man who does not know how to fight for himself."
  218. "We verified that against the blockchain."
  219. "we will see a Rennaisnce over the next few decades, all thanks to Bitcoin."
  220. "Well, since 2006, there has been a infinite% increase in price, so..."
  221. "What doesn't kill cryptocurrency makes it stronger."
  222. "When Bitcoin awake in normally people (real people) ... you will have this result : No War. No Tax. No QE. No Bank."
  223. "When I see news that the price of bitcoin has tanked (and thus the market, more or less) I actually, for-real, have the gut reaction "oh that’s cool, I’ll be buying cheap this week". I never knew I could be so rational."
  224. "Where is your sense of adventure? Bitcoin is the future. Set aside your fears and leave easier at the doorstep."
  225. "Yes Bitcoin will cause the greatest redistribution of wealth this planet has ever seen. FACT from the future."
  226. "You are the true Bitcoin pioneers and with your help we have imprinted Bitcoin in the Canadian conscience."
  227. "You ever try LSD? Perhaps it would help you break free from the box of state-formed thinking you have limited yourself..."
  228. "Your phone or refrigerator might be on the blockchain one day."
  229. The banks can print money whenever they way, out of thin air, so why can't crypto do the same ???
  230. Central Banks can print money whenever they way, out of thin air, without any consequences or accounting, so why can't crypto do the same ???
  231. It's impossible to hide illegal, unsavory material on the blockchain
  232. It's impossible to hide child pornography on the blockchain
  233. Fungible
  234. All Bitccoins are the same, 100% identical, one Bitcoin cannot be distinguished from any other Bitcoin.
  235. The price of Bitcoin can only go up.
  236. "Bubbles are mathematically impossible in this new paradigm. So are corrections and all else", John McAfee, 7 Dec 2017 @ 5:09 PM,https://mobile.twitter.com/officialmcafee/status/938938539282190337
  237. Scarcity
  238. The price of Bitcoin can only go up because of scarcity / 21 million coin limit. (Bitcoin is open source, anyone can create thir own copy, and there are more than 2,000+ Bitcoin copies / clones out there already).
  239. immune to government regulation
  240. "a world-changing technology"
  241. "a long-term store of value, like gold or silver"
  242. "To Complex to Be Audited."
  243. "Old Auditing rules do not apply to Blockchain."
  244. "Old Auditing rules do not apply to Cryptocurrency."
  245. "Why Bitcoin has Value: SCARCITY.", PlanB, Coin Shill, 22-Mar-2019, https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/modeling-bitcoins-value-with-scarcity-91fa0fc03e25
  246. "Bitcoin is the first scarce digital object the world has ever seen, it is scarce like silver & gold, and can be sent over the internet, radio, satellite etc.", PlanB, Coin Shill, 22-Mar-2019, https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/modeling-bitcoins-value-with-scarcity-91fa0fc03e25
  247. "Surely this digital scarcity has value.", PlanB, Coin Shill, 22-Mar-2019, https://medium.com/@100trillionUSD/modeling-bitcoins-value-with-scarcity-91fa0fc03e25
  248. Bitcoin now at $16,600.00. Those of you in the old school who believe this is a bubble simply have not understood the new mathematics of the Blockchain, or you did not cared enough to try. Bubbles are mathematically impossible in this new paradigm. So are corrections and all else", John McAfee, 7 Dec 2017 @ 5:09 PM,https://mobile.twitter.com/officialmcafee/status/938938539282190337
  249. "May 2018 will be the last time we ever see $bitcoin under $10,000", Charlie Shrem, bitcoin advocate and convicted felon, 11:31 AM 3-May-2018, https://twitter.com/CharlieShrem/status/992109375555858433
  250. "Last dip ever.", AngeloBTC, 14 Oct 2018, https://mobile.twitter.com/AngeloBTC/status/1051710824388030464/photo/1
  251. "Bitcoin May Have Just Experienced its Final Shakeout Before a Big Rally", Joseph Young, coin shill, October 15, 2018 22:30 CET, https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-may-have-just-experienced-its-final-shakeout-before-a-big-rally/
  252. Bitcoin would be a buy if the price fell under $5,000., Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz, 29-Jun-2018, https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-a-buy-below-5000-says-allianz-chief-economic-adviso
  253. 2013-11-27: ""What is a Citadel?" you might wonder. Well, by the time Bitcoin became worth 1,000 dollar [27-Nov-2013], services began to emerge for the "Bitcoin rich" to protect themselves as well as their wealth. It started with expensive safes, then began to include bodyguards, and today, "earlies" (our term for early adapters), as well as those rich whose wealth survived the "transition" live in isolated gated cities called Citadels, where most work is automated. Most such Citadels are born out of the fortification used to protect places where Bitcoin mining machines are located. The company known as ASICminer to you is known to me as a city where Mr. Friedman rules as a king.", u/Luka_Magnotta, aka time traveler from the future, 31-Aug-2013, https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/1lfobc/i_am_a_timetraveler_from_the_future_here_to_beg/
  254. 2018-02: Bitcoin price to hit $27,000 by February 2018, Trace Mayer, host of the Bitcoin Knowledge Podcast, and self-proclaimed entrepreneur, investor, journalist, monetary scientist and ardent defender, Link #1: https://mobile.twitter.com/TraceMayestatus/917260836070154240/photo/1, Link #2: https://www.bitcoinprice.com/predictions/
  255. 2018-06: "Bitcoin will surpass $15,000 in June [2018]." John McAfee, May 25, 2018, https://bitcoinist.com/john-mcafee-says-bitcoin-will-surpass-15000-in-june/
  256. 2018-07: Bitcoin will be $28,000 by mid-2018, Ronnie Moas, Wall Street analyst and founder of Standpoint Research, http://helpfordream.com/2018/12/23/5-bitcoin-price-predictions-gone-wrong/.
  257. 2018-12: Bitcoin to reach a price of between 40,000 and 110,000 US dollars by the end of the 2017 bull run ... sometime before 2019, Masterluc, 26-May-2017, an anonymous "legendary" Bitcoin trader, Link #1: https://www.tradingview.com/chart/BTCUSD/YRZvdurN-The-target-of-current-bubble-lays-between-40k-and-110k/, Link #2: https://www.bitcoinprice.com/predictions/
  258. 2018-12: "There is no reason why we couldn’t see Bitcoin pushing $50,000 by December [2018]", Thomas Glucksmann, head of APAC business at Gatecoin, Link #1: https://www.bitcoinprice.com/predictions/
  259. 2018-12: Listen up you giggling cunts... who wants some?...you? you want some?...huh? Do ya? Here's the deal you fuckin Nerds - Butts are gonna be at 30 grand or more by next Christmas [2018] - If they aren't I will publicly administer an electronic dick sucking to every shill on this site and disappear forever - Until then, no more bans or shadow bans - Do we have a deal? If Butts are over 50 grand me and Lammy get to be mods. Deal? Your ole pal - "Skully" u/10GDeathBoner, 3-Feb-2018 https://www.reddit.com/Buttcoin/comments/7ut1ut/listen_up_you_giggling_cunts_who_wants_someyou/
  260. 2018-12: 1 bitcoin = 1 Lambo. Remind me on Christmas eve [2018] u/10GDeathBoner, 3-Feb-2018, https://www.reddit.com/Buttcoin/comments/7ut1ut/listen_up_you_giggling_cunts_who_wants_someyou/dtn2pna
  261. 2018-12: Been in BTC since 2014 and experienced many "deaths" of BTC... this too shall pass... $10k end of the year. [2018] u/Exxe2502, 30-Jun-2018 https://reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/8uur27/_/e1ioi5b/?context=1
  262. 2018-12: "Yale Alumni prediction - 30 Grand by Christmas [2018] - and you my friend... you will be the one eating Mcafee's dick in 2020. :) -:", u/SirNakamoto, 15-Jun-2018, https://www.reddit.com/Buttcoin/comments/8r0tyh/fdic_agrees_to_cover_bitcoin_losses_in_event_of/e0nzxq7
  263. 2018-12: "Impossible For Bitcoin Not to Hit $10,000 by This Year (2018)", Mike Novogratz, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner, ex-hedge fund manager of the Fortress Investment Group and a longstanding advocate of cryptocurrency, 22-Sep-2018, https://www.newsbtc.com/2018/09/22/billionaire-novogratz-impossible-for-bitcoin-not-to-hit-10000-by-this-yea
  264. 2018-12: "[Bitcoin] between $13,800 and $14,800 [by end of 2018]", Fundstrat's Tom Lee, 13-Dec-2018, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/13/wall-streets-bitcoin-bull-tom-lee-we-are-tired-of-people-asking-us-about-target-prices.html
  265. 2018-12: "Bitcoin is going to be $15k-$20k by the end of the year (2018)", Didi Taihuttu, 1-Nov-2018, https://www.wsj.com/video/series/moving-upstream/the-bitcoin-gamble/85E3A4A7-C777-4827-9A3F-B387F2AB7654
  266. 2018-12: 2018 bitcoin price prediction reduced to $15,000 [was $25,000], Fundstrat's Tom Lee, 16-Nov-2018, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/16/wall-streets-crypto-bull-tom-lee-slashes-year-end-forecast-by-10000.html
  267. 2018-12: "I want to be clear, bitcoin is going to $25,000 by year end (2018)", Fundstrat's Tom Lee, 5-Jul-2018, https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/07/05/tom-lee-i-want-to-be-clear-bitcoin-is-going-to-25000-by-year-end.html
  268. 2018-12: "Bitcoin could be at $40,000 by the end of 2018, it really easily could", Mike Novogratz, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. partner, ex-hedge fund manager of the Fortress Investment Group and a longstanding advocate of cryptocurrency, 21-Sep-2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lC1anDg2KU
  269. 2018-12: "Bitcoin will be priced around $50,000 by the end of the year (2018)", Bitcoin bull Arthur Hayes, co-founder and CEO of BitMEX, 29-Jun-2018, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/29/bitcoin-will-reach-50000-in-2018-says-founder-of-bitcoin-exchange.html
  270. 2018-12: "Bitcoin could definitely see $50,000 in 2018", Jeet Singh, cryptocurrency portfolio manager, speaking in January 2018 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, https://www.dcforecasts.com/new-prediction-says-bitcoin-hit-50000-2018/
  271. 2018-12: "Bitcoin will hit $100,000 this year (2018)", Kay Van-Petersen, an analyst at Saxo Bank, 17-Jan-2018, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/16/bitcoin-headed-to-100000-in-2018-analyst-who-forecast-2017-price-move.html
  272. 2018-12: "Bitcoin price to surpass the $100,000 mark by the end of 2018", Tone Vays, 21-Sep-2017, https://www.ccn.com/prominent-bitcoin-trader-price-is-heading-towards-100000-in-2018/
  273. 2018-12: "Bitcoin’s Price Will Surpass the $100,000 Mark by the End of 2018", Anonymous ("author" obviously too embarrassed to put his name to such bullshit "articles"), Oct-2018, https://investingpr.com/bitcoin-price-predictions-for-2018/
  274. 2018-12: "Our [2018] year-end bitcoin target is $7700.", James Stefurak, Founder at Monarch Research. See article: "Experts Forecast Bitcoin will rise by 2019", REF: https://hackernoon.com/experts-forecast-bitcoin-will-rise-by-2019-f4af8807036b?gi=dfea3c30d6d8
  275. 2018-12: "... we’ll see the price rally reaching its all-time of high of around $20K before the end of 2018", Khaled Khorshid, Co-Founder at Treon ICO. See article: "Experts Forecast Bitcoin will rise by 2019", REF: https://hackernoon.com/experts-forecast-bitcoin-will-rise-by-2019-f4af8807036b?gi=dfea3c30d6d8
  276. 2018-12: Bitcoin will end 2018 at the price point of $50,000, Ran Neuner, host of CNBC’s show Cryptotrader and the 28th most influential Blockchain insider according to Richtopia,https://www.bitcoinprice.com/predictions/
  277. Plus a whole host of wrong 2019 predictions (could not be included here because of post character limit issues), so please see my earlier post from 4 days ago: Ummm, remember those "Expert" Bitcoin Price Predictions for 2019 ..... ohhhhh dear ....., https://www.reddit.com/Buttcoin/comments/eiqhq3/ummm_remember_those_expert_bitcoin_price/
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But it's NOT all bad news, some claims and promises are yet to be determined:
  1. Never going below $3K again
  2. Never going below $2K again
  3. Never going below $1K again
  4. Any others ? Please let me know.
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/r/Bitcoin FAQ - Newcomers please read

Welcome to the /Bitcoin Sticky FAQ

You've probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoin recently and are wondering what's the big deal? Most of your questions should be answered by the resources below but if you have additional questions feel free to ask them in the comments.
The following videos are a good starting point for understanding how bitcoin works and a little about its long term potential:
For some more great introductory videos check out Andreas Antonopoulos's YouTube playlists, he is probably the best bitcoin educator out there today. Also have to give mention to James D'Angelo's Bitcoin 101 Blackboard series. Lots of additional video resources can be found at the videos wiki page or /BitcoinTV.
Key properties of bitcoin
Some excellent writing on Bitcoin's value proposition and future can be found here. Bitcoin statistics can be found here, here and here. Developer resources can be found here and here. Peer-reviewed research papers can be found here. The number of times Bitcoin was declared dead by the media can be found here. Scaling resources here, and of course the whitepaper that started it all.

Where can I buy bitcoins?

BuyBitcoinWorldwide.com and Howtobuybitcoin.io are helpful sites for beginners. You can buy or sell any amount of bitcoin and there are several easy methods to purchase bitcoin with cash, credit card or bank transfer. Some of the more popular resources are below, also, check out the bitcoinity exchange resources for a larger list of options for purchases.
Bank Transfer Credit / Debit card Cash
Coinbase Coinbase LocalBitcoins
Gemini Bitstamp LibertyX
GDAX Bitit Mycelium LocalTrader
Bitstamp Cex.io BitQuick
Kraken CoinMama WallofCoins
Xapo BitcoinOTC
Cex.io
itBit
Bitit
Bitsquare
Here is a listing of local ATMs. If you would like your paycheck automatically converted to bitcoin use Cashila or Bitwage.
Note: Bitcoins are valued at whatever market price people are willing to pay for them in balancing act of supply vs demand. Unlike traditional markets, bitcoin markets operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Preev is a useful site that that shows how much various denominations of bitcoin are worth in different currencies. Alternatively you can just Google "1 bitcoin in (your local currency)".

Securing your bitcoins

With bitcoin you can "Be your own bank" and personally secure your bitcoins OR you can use third party companies aka "Bitcoin banks" which will hold the bitcoins for you.
Android iOs Desktop
Mycelium BreadWallet Electrum
CoPay AirBitz Armory
Another interesting use case for physical storage/transfer is the Opendime. Opendime is a small USB stick that allows you to spend Bitcoin by physically passing it along so it's anonymous and tangible like cash.
Note: For increased security, use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) everywhere it is offered, including email!
2FA requires a second confirmation code to access your account, usually from a text message or app, making it much harder for thieves to gain access. Google Authenticator and Authy are the two most popular 2FA services, download links are below. Make sure you create backups of your 2FA codes.
Google Auth Authy
Android Android
iOS iOS

Where can I spend bitcoins?

A more comprehensive list can be found at the Trade FAQ but some more commons ones are below.
Store Product
Gyft Gift cards for hundreds of retailers including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Whole Foods, CVS, Lowes, Home Depot, iTunes, Best Buy, Sears, Kohls, eBay, GameStop, etc.
Steam, HumbleBundle, Games Planet, itch.io, g2g and kinguin For when you need to get your game on
Microsoft Xbox games, phone apps and software
Spendabit, The Bitcoin Shop, Overstock, DuoSearch, The Bitcoin Directory and BazaarBay Retail shopping with millions of results
ShakePay Generate one time use Visa cards in seconds
NewEgg and Dell For all your electronics needs
Cashila, Bitwa.la, Coinbills, Piixpay, Bitbill.eu, Bylls, Coins.ph, Bitrefill, Pey.de, LivingRoomofSatoshi, Hyphen.to, Coinsfer, GetPaidinBitcoin, Coins.co.th, More #1, #2 Bill payment
Foodler, Menufy, Takeaway, Thuisbezorgd NL, Pizza For Coins Takeout delivered to your door!
Expedia, Cheapair, Lot, Destinia, BTCTrip, Abitsky, SkyTours, Fluege the Travel category on Gyft and 9flats For when you need to get away
BoltVM, BitHost VPS service
Cryptostorm, Mullvad, and PIA VPN services
Namecheap, Porkbun For new domain name registration
Stampnik and GetUSPS Discounted USPS Priority, Express, First-Class mail postage
Reddit Gold Premium membership which can be gifted to others
Coinmap, 99Bitcoins and AirBitz are helpful to find local businesses accepting bitcoins. A good resource for UK residents is at wheretospendbitcoins.co.uk.
There are also lots of charities which accept bitcoin donations, such as Wikipedia, Red Cross, Amnesty International, United Way, ACLU and the EFF. You can find a longer list here.

Merchant Resources

There are several benefits to accepting bitcoin as a payment option if you are a merchant;
If you are interested in accepting bitcoin as a payment method, there are several options available;

Can I mine bitcoin?

Mining bitcoins can be a fun learning experience, but be aware that you will most likely operate at a loss. Newcomers are often advised to stay away from mining unless they are only interested in it as a hobby similar to folding at home. If you want to learn more about mining you can read more here. Still have mining questions? The crew at /BitcoinMining would be happy to help you out.
If you want to contribute to the bitcoin network by hosting the blockchain and propagating transactions you can run a full node using this setup guide. Bitseed is an easy option for getting set up. You can view the global node distribution here.

Earning bitcoins

Just like any other form of money, you can also earn bitcoins by being paid to do a job.
Site Description
WorkingForBitcoins, Bitwage, XBTfreelancer, Cryptogrind, Bitlancerr, Coinality, Bitgigs, /Jobs4Bitcoins, Rein Project Freelancing
OpenBazaar, Purse.io, Bitify, /Bitmarket, 21 Market Marketplaces
Watchmybit, Streamium.io, OTika.tv, XOtika.tv NSFW, /GirlsGoneBitcoin NSFW Video Streaming
Bitasker, BitforTip, WillPayCoin Tasks
Supload.com, SatoshiBox, JoyStream, File Army File/Image Sharing
CoinAd, A-ads, Coinzilla.io Advertising
You can also earn bitcoins by participating as a market maker on JoinMarket by allowing users to perform CoinJoin transactions with your bitcoins for a small fee (requires you to already have some bitcoins)

Bitcoin Projects

The following is a short list of ongoing projects that might be worth taking a look at if you are interested in current development in the bitcoin space.
Project Description
Lightning Network, Amiko Pay, and Strawpay Payment channels for network scaling
Blockstream and Drivechain Sidechains
21, Inc. Open source library for the machine payable web
ShapeShift.io Trade between bitcoins and altcoins easily
Open Transactions, Counterparty, Omni, Open Assets, Symbiont and Chain Financial asset platforms
Hivemind and Augur Prediction markets
Mirror Smart contracts
Mediachain Decentralized media library
Tierion and Factom Records & Titles on the blockchain
BitMarkets, DropZone, Beaver and Open Bazaar Decentralized markets
Samourai and Dark Wallet - abandoned Privacy-enhancing wallets
JoinMarket CoinJoin implementation (Increase privacy and/or Earn interest on bitcoin holdings)
Coinffeine and Bitsquare Decentralized bitcoin exchanges
Keybase and Bitrated Identity & Reputation management
Bitmesh and Telehash Mesh networking
JoyStream BitTorrent client with paid seeding
MORPHiS Decentralized, encrypted internet
Storj and Sia Decentralized file storage
Streamium and Faradam Pay in real time for on-demand services
Abra Global P2P money transmitter network
bitSIM PIN secure hardware token between SIM & Phone
Identifi Decentralized address book w/ ratings system
Coinometrics Institutional-level Bitcoin Data & Research
Blocktrail and BitGo Multisig bitcoin API
Bitcore Open source Bitcoin javascript library
Insight Open source blockchain API
Leet Kill your friends and take their money ;)

Bitcoin Units

One Bitcoin is quite large (hundreds of £/$/€) so people often deal in smaller units. The most common subunits are listed below:
Unit Symbol Value Info
millibitcoin mBTC 1,000 per bitcoin SI unit for milli i.e. millilitre (mL) or millimetre (mm)
microbitcoin μBTC 1,000,000 per bitcoin SI unit for micro i.e microlitre (μL) or micrometre (μm)
bit bit 1,000,000 per bitcoin Colloquial "slang" term for microbitcoin
satoshi sat 100,000,000 per bitcoin Smallest unit in bitcoin, named after the inventor
For example, assuming an arbitrary exchange rate of $500 for one Bitcoin, a $10 meal would equal:
For more information check out the Bitcoin units wiki.
Still have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below or stick around for our weekly Mentor Monday thread. If you decide to post a question in /Bitcoin, please use the search bar to see if it has been answered before, and remember to follow the community rules outlined on the sidebar to receive a better response. The mods are busy helping manage our community so please do not message them unless you notice problems with the functionality of the subreddit. A complete list of bitcoin related subreddits can be found here
Note: This is a community created FAQ. If you notice anything missing from the FAQ or that requires clarification you can edit it here and it will be included in the next revision pending approval.
Welcome to the Bitcoin community and the new decentralized economy!
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Stripe now supports Bitcoin for checkout [no longer in beta]

Stripe now supports Bitcoin for checkout [no longer in beta] submitted by sudonim87 to Bitcoin [link] [comments]

/r/Bitcoin FAQ - Newcomers please read

Welcome to the /Bitcoin Sticky FAQ

You've probably been hearing a lot about Bitcoin recently and are wondering what's the big deal? Most of your questions should be answered by the resources below but if you have additional questions feel free to ask them in the comments.
Some great introductions for new users are My first bitcoin, Bitcoin explained and ELI5 Bitcoin. Also, the following videos are a good starting point for understanding how bitcoin works and a little about its long term potential:
Also have to give mention to Lopp.net, the Princeton crypto series and James D'Angelo's Bitcoin 101 Blackboard series. Some excellent writing on Bitcoin's value proposition and future can be found at the Satoshi Nakamoto Institute. Bitcoin statistics can be found here, here and here. Developer resources can be found here, here and here. Peer-reviewed research papers can be found here. Potential upcoming protocol improvements here. Scaling resources here. The number of times Bitcoin was declared dead by the media can be found here (LOL!), and of course Satoshi Nakamoto's whitepaper that started it all! :)
Key properties of bitcoin

Where can I buy bitcoins?

Bitcoin.org, BuyBitcoinWorldwide.com and Howtobuybitcoin.io are helpful sites for beginners. You can buy or sell any amount of bitcoin and there are several easy methods to purchase bitcoin with cash, credit card or bank transfer. Some of the more popular resources are below, also, check out the bitcoinity exchange resources for a larger list of options for purchases.
Bank Transfer Credit / Debit card Cash
Gemini Bitstamp LocalBitcoins
Bitstamp Bitit Mycelium LocalTrader
BitFinex Cex.io LibertyX
Cex.io CoinMama WallofCoins
Xapo Spectrocoin BitcoinOTC
Kraken Luno BitQuick
itBit
HitBTC
Bitit
Bisq (decentralized)
Luno
Spectrocoin
Here is a listing of local ATMs. If you would like your paycheck automatically converted to bitcoin use Bitwage.
Note: Bitcoins are valued at whatever market price people are willing to pay for them in balancing act of supply vs demand. Unlike traditional markets, bitcoin markets operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Preev is a useful site that that shows how much various denominations of bitcoin are worth in different currencies. Alternatively you can just Google "1 bitcoin in (your local currency)".

Securing your bitcoins

With bitcoin you can "Be your own bank" and personally secure your bitcoins OR you can use third party companies aka "Bitcoin banks" which will hold the bitcoins for you.
Android iOs Desktop
Samouari BreadWallet Electrum
Another interesting use case for physical storage/transfer is the Opendime. Opendime is a small USB stick that allows you to spend Bitcoin by physically passing it along so it's anonymous and tangible like cash.
Note: For increased security, use Two Factor Authentication (2FA) everywhere it is offered, including email!
2FA requires a second confirmation code to access your account, usually from a text message or app, making it much harder for thieves to gain access. Google Authenticator and Authy are the two most popular 2FA services, download links are below. Make sure you create backups of your 2FA codes.
Google Auth Authy
Android Android
iOS iOS

Where can I spend bitcoins?

Check out spendabit or bitcoin directory for some good options, some of the more commons ones are listed below.
Store Product
Gyft Gift cards for hundreds of retailers including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Whole Foods, CVS, Lowes, Home Depot, iTunes, Best Buy, Sears, Kohls, eBay, GameStop, etc.
Steam, HumbleBundle, Games Planet, itch.io, g2g and kinguin For when you need to get your game on
Microsoft Xbox games, phone apps and software
Spendabit, Overstock, The Bitcoin Directory and BazaarBay Retail shopping with millions of results
ShakePay Generate one time use Visa cards in seconds
NewEgg and Dell For all your electronics needs
Bitwa.la, Coinbills, Piixpay, Bitbill.eu, Bylls, Coins.ph, Bitrefill, LivingRoomofSatoshi, Hyphen.to, Coinsfer, More #1, #2 Bill payment
Menufy, Takeaway, Thuisbezorgd NL, Pizza For Coins Takeout delivered to your door!
Expedia, Cheapair, Lot, Destinia, BTCTrip, Abitsky, SkyTours, Fluege the Travel category on Gyft and 9flats For when you need to get away
BitHost VPS service
Cryptostorm, Mullvad, and PIA VPN services
Namecheap, Porkbun For new domain name registration
Stampnik Discounted USPS Priority, Express, First-Class mail postage
Reddit Gold Premium membership which can be gifted to others
Coinmap and AirBitz are helpful to find local businesses accepting bitcoins. A good resource for UK residents is at wheretospendbitcoins.co.uk.
There are also lots of charities which accept bitcoin donations, such as Wikipedia, United Way, ACLU and the EFF. You can find a longer list here.

Merchant Resources

There are several benefits to accepting bitcoin as a payment option if you are a merchant;
If you are interested in accepting bitcoin as a payment method, there are several options available;

Can I mine bitcoin?

Mining bitcoins can be a fun learning experience, but be aware that you will most likely operate at a loss. Newcomers are often advised to stay away from mining unless they are only interested in it as a hobby similar to folding at home. If you want to learn more about mining you can read more here. Still have mining questions? The crew at /BitcoinMining would be happy to help you out.
If you want to contribute to the bitcoin network by hosting the blockchain and propagating transactions you can run a full node using this setup guide. Bitseed is an easy option for getting set up. You can view the global node distribution here.

Earning bitcoins

Just like any other form of money, you can also earn bitcoins by being paid to do a job.
Site Description
WorkingForBitcoins, Bitwage, XBTfreelancer, Cryptogrind, Bitlancerr, Coinality, Bitgigs, /Jobs4Bitcoins, Rein Project Freelancing
OpenBazaar, Purse.io, Bitify, /Bitmarket, 21 Market Marketplaces
Streamium.io, XOtika.tv NSFW, /GirlsGoneBitcoin NSFW Video Streaming
Bitasker, BitforTip Tasks
Supload.com, SatoshiBox, JoyStream, File Army File/Image Sharing
CoinAd, A-ads, Coinzilla.io Advertising
You can also earn bitcoins by participating as a market maker on JoinMarket by allowing users to perform CoinJoin transactions with your bitcoins for a small fee (requires you to already have some bitcoins)

Bitcoin Projects

The following is a short list of ongoing projects that might be worth taking a look at if you are interested in current development in the bitcoin space.
Project Description
Lightning Network, Amiko Pay, and Strawpay Payment channels for network scaling
Blockstream, Rootstock and Drivechain Sidechains
21, Inc. Open source library for the machine payable web
ShapeShift.io Trade between bitcoins and altcoins easily
Open Transactions, Counterparty, Omni, Open Assets, Symbiont and Chain Financial asset platforms
Hivemind and Augur Prediction markets
Mediachain Decentralized media library
Tierion and Factom Records & Titles on the blockchain
BitMarkets, DropZone, Beaver and Open Bazaar Decentralized markets
Samourai and Dark Wallet - abandoned Privacy-enhancing wallets
JoinMarket CoinJoin implementation (Increase privacy and/or Earn interest on bitcoin holdings)
Coinffeine and Bisq Decentralized bitcoin exchanges
Keybase and Bitrated Identity & Reputation management
Telehash Mesh networking
JoyStream BitTorrent client with paid seeding
MORPHiS Decentralized, encrypted internet
Storj and Sia Decentralized file storage
Streamium Pay in real time for on-demand services
Abra Global P2P money transmitter network
bitSIM PIN secure hardware token between SIM & Phone
Identifi Decentralized address book w/ ratings system
BitGo Multisig bitcoin API
Bitcore Open source Bitcoin javascript library
Insight Open source blockchain API
Leet Kill your friends and take their money ;)

Bitcoin Units

One Bitcoin is quite large (hundreds of £/$/€) so people often deal in smaller units. The most common subunits are listed below:
Unit Symbol Value Info
millibitcoin mBTC 1,000 per bitcoin SI unit for milli i.e. millilitre (mL) or millimetre (mm)
microbitcoin μBTC 1,000,000 per bitcoin SI unit for micro i.e microlitre (μL) or micrometre (μm)
bit bit 1,000,000 per bitcoin Colloquial "slang" term for microbitcoin
satoshi sat 100,000,000 per bitcoin Smallest unit in bitcoin, named after the inventor
For example, assuming an arbitrary exchange rate of $10000 for one Bitcoin, a $10 meal would equal:
For more information check out the Bitcoin units wiki.
Still have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below or stick around for our weekly Mentor Monday thread. If you decide to post a question in /Bitcoin, please use the search bar to see if it has been answered before, and remember to follow the community rules outlined on the sidebar to receive a better response. The mods are busy helping manage our community so please do not message them unless you notice problems with the functionality of the subreddit. A complete list of bitcoin related subreddits can be found here
Note: This is a community created FAQ. If you notice anything missing from the FAQ or that requires clarification you can edit it here and it will be included in the next revision pending approval.
Welcome to the Bitcoin community and the new decentralized economy!
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new england patriot has been created

By Katharine Brush Night Club PROMPTLY at quarter of ten P.M. Mrs. Brady descended the steps of the Elevated. She purchased from the newsdealer in the cubbyhole be- neath them a next month's magazine and an tomorrow morning's paper and, with these tucked under one plump arm, she walked. She walked two blocks north on Sixth Avenue; turned and went west. But not far west. Westward half a block only, to the place where the gay green awning marked "Club Français" paints a stripe of shade across the glimmer- ing sidewalk. Under the awning Mrs. Brady halted briefly, to remark to the six-foot doorman that it looked like rain and to await his perform- ance of his professional duty. When the small green door yawned open, she sighed deeply and plodded in. The foyer was a blackness, an air- less velvet blackness like the inside of a jeweler's box. Four drum-shaped lamps of golden silk suspended from the ceiling gave it light (a very little) and formed the jewels: gold signets, those, or cuff links for a giant. At the far end of the foyer there were black stair, faintly dusty, rippling upward toward an amber radiance. Mrs. Brady approached and ponderously mounted the stairs, clinging with one fist to the mangy velvet rope that railed their edge. From the top, Miss Lena Levin observed the ascent. Miss Levin was the checkroom girl. She had dark-at- the roots blonde hair and slender hips upon which, in moments of leisure, she wore her hands, like buckles of ivory loosely attached. This was a moment of leisure. Miss Levin waited behind her counter. Row upon row of hooks, empty as yet, and seeming to beckon——wee curved fingers of iron——waited be- hind her. "Late," said Miss Levin, "again." "Go wan!" said Mrs. Brady. "It's only ten to ten. Whew! Them stairs!" She leaned heavily, sideways, against Miss Levin's counter, and, applying one palm to the region of her heart, appeared at once to listen and to count. "Feel!" she cried then in a pleased voice. Miss Levin obediently felt. "Them stairs," continued Mrs. Brady darkly, "with my bad heart, will be the death of me. Whew! Well, dearie? What's the news?" "You got a paper," Miss Levin languidly reminded her. "Yeah!" agreed Mrs. Brady with sudden vehemence. "I got a paper!" She slapped it upon the counter. "An' a lot of time I'll get to read my paper, won't I now? On a Saturday night!" She moaned. "Other nights is bad enough, dear knows——but Saturday nights! How I dread 'em! Every Saturday night I say to my daughter, I say, 'Geraldine, I can't,' I say, 'I can't go through it again, an' that's all there is to it,' I say. 'I'll quit!' I say. An' I will, too!" added Mrs. Brady firmly, if indefinitely. Miss Levin, in defense of Saturday nights, mumbled some vague some- thing about tips. "Tips!" Mrs. Brady hissed it. She almost spat it. Plainly money was nothing, nothing at all, to this lady. "I just wish," said Mrs. Brady, and glared at Miss Levin, "I just wish you had to spend one Saturday night, just one in that dressing room! Bein' pushed an' stepped on and near knocked down by that gang of hussies, an' them orderin' an' bossin' you round like you was black, an' usin' your things an' then sayin' they're sorry, they got no change, they'll be back. Yeah! They never come back!" "There's Mr. Costello," whispered Miss Levin through lips that, like a ventriloquist's, scarcely stirred. "An' as I was sayin'," Mrs. Brady said at once brightly, "I got to leave you. Ten to ten, time I was on the job." She smirked at Miss Levin, nodded, and right-about-faced. There, indeed, Mr. Costello was. Mr. Billy Costello, manager, proprietor, monarch of all he surveyed. From the doorway of the big room where the little tables herded in a ring around the waxen floor, he surveyed Mrs. Brady, and in such a way that Mrs. Brady, momentarily forgetting her bad heart, walked fast, scurried faster, almost ran. The door of her domain was set politely in an alcove, beyond silken curtains looped up at the sides. Mrs. Brady reached it breathless, shoul- dered it open, and groped for the electric switch. Lights sprang up, a bright white blaze, intolerable for an instant to the eyes, like the sun on snow. Blinking, Mrs. Brady shut the door. The room was a spotless, white- tiled place, half beauty shop, half dressing room. Along one wall stood washstands, sturdy triplets in a row, balloons afloat above them. Against the opposite wall there was a couch. A third wall backed an elongated glass-topped dressing-table; and over the dressing-table and over the wash- stands long rectangular sheets of mirror reflected lights, doors, glossy tiles, lights multiplied. . . . Mrs. Brady moved across this glit- ter like a think dark cloud in a hurry. At the dressing table she came to a halt, and upon it she laid her news- paper, her magazine, and her purse ——a black purse worn gray with much clutching. She divested herself of a rusty black coat and a hat of the mushroom persuasion, and hung both up in a corner cupboard which she opened by means of one of a quite preposterous bunch of keys. From a nook in the cupboard she took down a lace-edged handkerchief with long streamers. She untied the streamers and tied them again around her chunky black alpaca waist. The handkerchief became an apron's baby cousin. Mrs. Brady relocked the cupboard door, fumbled her key ring over, and unlocked a capacious drawer of the dressing table. She spread a fresh towel on the plate-glass top, in the geometrical center, and upon the towel she arranged with care a pro- cession of things fished from the drawer. Things for the hair. Things for the complexion. Tings for the eyes, the lashes, the brows, the lips, and the fingernails. Things in boxes and things in jars and things in tubes and tins. Also an ash tray, matches pins, a tiny sewing kit, a pair of scissors. Last of all, a hand-printed sign, a nudging sort of sign: NOTICE! THESE ARTICLES, PLACED HERE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, ARE THE PROPERTY OF THE MAID. And directly beneath the sign, prop- ping it up against the looking glass, a china saucer, in which Mrs. Brady now slyly laid decoy money: two quarters and two dimes, in four- leaf-clover formation. Another drawer of the dressing table yielded a bottle of Bromo- seltzer, a bottle of aromatic spirits of ammonia, a tin of sodium bicar- bonate, and a teaspoon. These were lined up on a shelf above the couch. Mrs. Brady was ready for anything. And (from the grim, thin pucker of her mouth) expecting it. Music came to her ears. Rather, the beat of music, muffled, rhythmic, remote. Umpa-um, umpa-um, umpa- um-umm——Mr. "Fiddle" Baer and his band, hard at work on the first fox- trot of the night. It was teasing, foot- tapping music; but the large solemn feet of Mrs. Brady were still. She sat on the couch and opened her newspaper; and for some moments she read uninterruptedly, with spe- cial attention to the murders, the divorces, the breaches of promise, the funnies. Then the door swung inward, ad- mitting a blast of Mt. Fiddle Baer's best, a whiff of perfume, and a girl. Mrs. Brady put her paper away. The girl was petite and darkly beautiful; wrapped in fur and mounted on tall jeweled heels. She entered humming the ragtime song the orchestra was playing, and while she stood near the dressing table, stripping off her gloves, she con- tinued to hum it softly to her self: Oh, I know my baby loves me, I can tell my baby loves me. Here the dark girl got the left glove off, and Mrs. Brady glimpsed a platinum wedding ring. 'Cause there ain't no maybe In my baby's Eyes. The right glove came off. The dark little girl sat down in one of the chairs that faced the dressing table. She doffed her wrap, casting it care- lessly over the chair back. It had a cloth-of--gold lining, and the name of a Paris house was embroidered in curlicues on the label. Mrs. Brady hovered solicitously near. The dark little girl, still humming looked over the articles. "placed here for your convenience," and picked up the scissors. Having cut off a very small hangnail with the air of one performing a perilous major oper- ation, she seized and used the mani- cure buffer, and after that the eye- brow pencil. Mrs. Brady's mind, hopefully calculating the tip, jumped and jumped again like a taxi meter. Oh, I know my baby loves me——— The dark little girl applied powder and lipstick belonging to herself. She examined the result searchingly in the mirror and sat back, satisfied. She cast some silver Klink! Klink! into Mrs. Brady's saucer, and half rose. Then remembering something, she settled down again. The ensuing thirty seconds were spent by her in pulling off her platinum wedding ring, tying it in a corner of a lace handkerchief, and tucking the handkerchief down the bodice of her tight white velvet gown. "There!" she said. She swooped up her wrap and trotted toward the door, jeweled heels merrily twinkling. 'Cause there ain't no maybe——— The door fell shut. Almost instantly it opened again, and another girl came in. A blonde, this. She was very pretty in a round-eyed, doll-like way; but Mrs. Brady, re- garding her, mentally grabbed the spirits of ammonia bottle. For she looked terribly ill. The round eyes were dull, the pretty silly little face was drawn. The thin hands, picking at the fastenings of a specious beaded bag, trembled and twitched. Mrs. Brady cleared her throat. "Can I do something for you, miss?" Evidently the blonde girl had be- lieved herself alone in the dressing room. She started violently and glanced up, panic in her eyes. Panic, and something else. Something very like murderous hate——but for an in- stant only, so that Mrs. Brady, whose perceptions were never quick, missed it altogether. "A glass of water?" suggested Mrs. Brady. "No," said the girl, "no." She had one hand in the beaded bag now. Mrs. Brady could see it moving, causing the bag to squirm like a live thing and the fringe to shiver. "Yes!" she cried abruptly. "A glass of water ——please——you get it for me." She dropped on to the couch. Mrs. Brady scurried to the water cooler in the corner, pressed the spigot with a determined thumb. Water trickled out thinly. Mrs. Brady pressed harder, and scowled, and thought, "Something's wrong with this thing. I mustn't forget, next time I see Mr. Costello———" When again she faced her patient, the patient was sitting erect. She was thrusting her clenched hand back into the beaded bag again. She took only a sip of the water, but it seemed to help her quite miraculously. Almost at once color came to her cheeks, life to her eyes. She grew young again——as young as she was. She smiled up at Mrs. Brady. "Well!" she exclaimed. "What do you know about that!" She shook her honey-colored head. "I can't imagine what came over me." "Are you better now?" inquired Mrs. Brady. Yes. Oh, yes, I'm better now. You see," said the blonde girl confiden- tially, "we were at the theater, my boy friend and I, and it was hot and stuffy——I guess that must have been the trouble." She paused, and the ghost of her recent distress crossed her face. God! I thought that last act never would end!" she said. While she attended to her hair and complexion, she chattered gaily to Mrs. Brady, chattering on with scarcely a stop for breath, and laughed much. She said, among other things, that she and her "boy friend" had not known one another very long, but that she was "ga-ga" about him. "He is about me, too," she con- fessed. "He thinks I'm grand." She fell silent then, and in the looking glass her eyes were shad- owed, haunted. But Mrs. Brady, from where she stood, could not see the looking glass; and half a minute later the blonde girl laughed and began again. When she went out she seemed to dance out on winged feet; and Mrs. Brady, sighing, thought it must be nice to be young . . . and happy like that. The next arrivals were two. A tall, extremely smart young woman in black chiffon entered first, and held the door open for her companion; and the instant the door was shut, she said, as though it had been on the tip of her tongue for hours, "Amy, what under the sun hap- pened?" Amy, who was brown-eyed, brown-bobbed-haired, and patently annoyed about something, crossed to the dressing table an flopped into a chair before she made a reply. "Nothing," she said wearily then. "That's nonsense!" snorted the other. "Tell me. Was it something she said? She's a tactless ass, of course. Always was." "No, not anything she said. It was———" Amy bit her lip. "All right! I'll tell you. Before we left your apartment I just happened to notice that Tom had disappeared. So I went to look for him——I wanted to ask him if he'd remembered to tell the maid where we were going—— Skippy's subject to croup, you know, and we always leave word. Well, so I went into the kitchen, thinking Tom might be there mixing cock- tails——and there he was——and there she was!" The full red mouth of the other young woman pursed itself slightly. Her arched brows lifted. "Well?" Her matter-of-factness appeared to infuriate Amy. "He was kissing her!" she flung out. "Well?" said the other again. She chuckled softly and patted Amy's shoulder, as if it were the shoulder of a child. "You're surely not going to let that spoil your whole evening? Any dear! Kissing may once have been serious and significant——but it isn't nowadays. Nowadays, it's like shaking hands. It means nothing." But Amy was not consoled. "I hate her!" she cried desperately. "Redheaded thing! Calling me 'darling' and 'honey,' and s-sending me handkerchiefs for C-Christmas—— and then sneaking off behind closed doors and k-kissing my h-h-hus- band———" At this point Amy broke down, but she recovered herself sufficiently to add with venom, "I'd like to slap her!" "Oh, oh, oh," smiled the tall young woman, "I wouldn't do that!" Amy wiped her eyes with what might well have been one of the Christmas handkerchiefs, and con- fronted her friend. "Well, what would you do, Vera? If you were I?" "I'd forget it," said Vera, "and have a good time. I'd kiss somebody myself. You've no idea how much better you'd feel!" I don't do———" Amy began in- dignantly; but as the door behind her opened a third young woman ——redheaded, ear-ringed, exquisite—— lilted in, she changed her tone. "Oh, hello!" she called sweetly, beaming at the newcomer via the mirror. "We were wondering what had become of you!" The redheaded girl, smiling easily back, dropped her cigarette on the floor and crushed it out wit a silver shod toe. "Tom and I were talking to Fiddle Baer," she explained. "He's going to play 'Clap Yo' Hands' next, because it's my favorite. Lend me a comb, will you?" "There's a comb there," said Vera, indicating Mrs. Brady's business comb. "But imagine using it!" murmured the redheaded girl. "Amy, darling, haven't you one?" Amy produced a tiny comb from her rhinestone purse. "Don't forget to bring it when you come," she said, and stood up. "I'm going on out, I want to tell Tom something." She went. The redheaded young woman and the tall black-chiffon one were alone, except for Mrs. Brady. The red- headed one beaded her incredible lashes. The tall one, the one called Vera, sat watching her." And Sylvia looked. Anybody, addressed in that tone, would have. "There is one thing," Vera went on quietly, holding the other's eyes "that I want understood. And that is, 'Hands off!' Do you hear me?" "I know what you mean." "You know what I mean!" The redheaded girl shrugged her shoulders. "Amy told you she saw us, I suppose." Precisely. And," went on Vera, gathering up her possessions and rising, "as I said before, you're to keep away." Her eyes blazed sudden white-hot rage. "Because, as you very well know, he belongs to me," she said, and departed, slamming the door. Between eleven o'clock and one Mrs. Brady was very busy indeed. Never for more than a moment during those two hours was the dressing room empty. Often it was jammed, full to overflowing with curled cropped heads, with ivory arms and shoulders, with silk and lace and chiffon, with legs. The door flapped in and back, in the back. The mirrors caught and held——and lost—— a hundred different faces. Powder veiled the dressing table with a thin white dust; cigarette stubs, scarlet at the tip, choked the ash receiver. Dimes and quarter clattered into Mrs. Brady's saucer——and were transferred to Mrs. Brady's purse. The original seventy cents remained. That much, and no more, would Mrs. Brady gamble on the integrity of womankind. She earned her money. She threaded needles and took stitches. She powdered the backs of necks. She supplied towels for soapy, drip- ping hands. She removed a speck from a teary blue eye and pounded the heel on a slipper. She curled the struggling ends of a black bob and a gray bob, pinned a velvet flower on a lithe round waist, mixed three doses of bicarbonate of soda, took charge of a shed pink-satin girdle, collected, on hands and knees, sev- eral dozen fake pearls that had wept from a broken string. She served chorus girls and school- girls, gay young matrons and gayer young mistresses, a lady who had divorced four husbands, and a lady who had poisoned one, the secret (more or less) sweetheart of a Most Distinguished Name, and the Brains of a bootleg gang. . . . She saw things. She saw a yellow check, with the ink hardly dry. She saw four tiny bruises, such as fingers might make, on an arm. She saw a girl strike another girl, not playfully. She saw a bundle of letter some man wished he had not written, safe and deep in a brocaded handbag. About midnight the door flew open and at once was pushed shut, and a gray-eyed, lovely child stood backed against it, her palms flattened on the panels at her sides, the dra- peries of her white chiffon gown settling lightly to rest around her. There were already five damsels of varying ages in the dressing room. The latest arrival marked their pres- ence with a flick of her eyes and, standing just where she was, she called peremptorily, "Maid!" Mrs. Brady, standing just where she was, said, "Yes, miss?" "Please come here," said the girl. Mrs. Brady, as slowly as she dared, did so. The girl lowered her voice to a tense half whisper. "Listen! Is there any way I can get out of here except through this door I came in?" Mrs. Brady stared at her stupidly. "Any window?" persisted the girl. "Or anything?" Here they were interrupted by the exodus of two of the damsels-of- varying-ages, Mrs. Brady opening the door for them——and in so doing caught a glimpse of the man who waited in the hall outside, a debonair, old-young man with a girl's furry wrap hung over his arm, and his hat in his hand. The door clicked. The gray-eyed girl moved out from the wall, against which she had flattened herself——for all the world like one eluding pursuit in a cinema. "What about the window?" she demanded, pointing. "That's all the farther it opens," said Mrs. Brady. "Oh! And it's the only one——isn't it?" "It is." "Damn," said the girl. "Then there's no way out?" "No way but the door," said Mrs. Brady testily. The girl looked at the door. She seemed to look through the door, and to despise and to fear what she saw. Then she looked at Mrs. Brady. "Well," she said, "then I s'pose the only thing for me to do is to stay in here." She stayed. Minutes ticked by. Jazz crooned distantly, stopped, struck up again. Other girls came and went. Still the gray-eyed girl sat on the couch, with her back to the wall and her shapely legs crossed smoking cigarettes, one from the stub of another. After a long while she said, "Maid!" "Yes, miss?" "Peek out that door, will you, and see if there's anyone standing there." Mrs. Brady peeked, and reported that there was. There was a gentle- man with a little bit of a black mustache standing there. The same gentleman, in fact, who was stand- ing there "just after you came in." "Oh, Lord," sighed the gray-eyed girl. "Well . . . I can't stay here all night, that's one sure thing." She slid off the couch, and went listlessly to the dressing table. There she occupied herself for a minute or two. Suddenly, without a word, she darted out. Thirty seconds later Mrs. Brady was elated to find two crumpled one- dollar bills lying in the saucer. Her joy, however, died a premature death. For she made an almost si- multaneous second discovery. A a sad- dening one. Above all, a puzzling one. "Now what for," marveled Mrs. Brady, "did she want to walk off with them scissors?" This at twelve-twenty-five. At twelve-thirty a quartet of ex- cited young things burst in, babbling madly. All of them had their evening wraps about them; all talked at once. One of them, a Dresden-china girl with a heart-shaped face, was the center of attraction. Around her the rest fluttered like monstrous butter- flies; to her they addressed their shrill exclamatory cries. "Babe," they called her. Mrs. Brady heard snatches: "Not in this state unless . . ." "Well, you can in Maryland, Jimmy says." "Oh, there must be some place nearer than . . ." "Isn't this marvelous?" "When did it happen, Babe? When did you decide?" "Just now," the girl with the heart- shaped face sang softly, "when we were dancing." The babble resumed, "But listen, Babe, what'll your mother and father . . . ?" "Oh, never mind, let's hurry." "Shall we be warm enough with just these thin wraps, do you think? Babe, will you be warm enough? Sure?" Powder flew and little pocket combs marched through bright mar- cels. Flushed cheeks were painted pinker still. "My pearls," said Babe, "are old. And my dress and my slippers are new. Now, let's see——what can I borrow?" A lace handkerchief, a diamond bar pin, a pair of earrings were proffered. She chose the bar pin, and its owner unpinned it proudly, gladly. "I've got blue garters!" exclaimed a shrill little girl in a silver dress. "Give me one, then," directed Babe. "I'll trade with you. . . . There! That fixes that." More babbling, "Hurry! Hurry up!" . . . "Listen are you sure we'll be warm enough? Because we can stop at my house, there's nobody home." "Give me that puff, Babe, I'll powder your back." "And just to think a week ago you;d never even met each other!" "Oh, hurry up, let's get started!" "I'm ready." "So'm I." "Ready, Babe? You look ador- able." "Come on, everybody." They were gone again, and then dressing room seemed twice as still and vacant as before. A minute of grace, during which Mrs. Brady wiped the spilled pow- der away with a damp gray rag. Then the door jumped open again. Two evening gowns appeared and made for the dressing table in a bee line. Slim tubular gowns they were, one green, one palest yellow. Yel- low hair went wit the green gown, brown hair with the yellow. The green-gowned, yellow-haired girl wore gardenias on her left shoulder, four of them, and a flashing bracelet on each fragile wrist. The other girl looked less prosperous; still, you would rather have looked at her. Both ignored Mrs. Brady's cos- metic display as utterly as they ignored Mrs. Brady, producing full field equipment of their own. "Well," said the girl with gar- denias, rouging energetically, "how do you like him?" "Oh-h——all right." "Meaning, 'Not any,' hmm? I sus- pected as much!" The girl with gardenians turned in her chair and scanned her companion's profile with disapproval. "See here, Marilee," she drawled, "are you going to be a damn fool all your life?" "He's fat," said Marilee dreamily. "Fat, and——greasy, sort of. I mean greasy in his mind. Don't you know what I mean?" "I know one thing," declared the other. "I know Who He Is! And if I were you, that's all I'd need to know. Under the circumstances." The last three words, stressed meaningly, affected the girl called Marilee curiously. She grew grave. Her lips and lashes drooped. For some seconds she sat frowning a little, breaking a black-sheathed lip- stick in two and fitting it together again. "She's worse," she said finally, low. "Worse?" Marilee nodded. "Well," said the girl with gar- denias, "there you are. It's the climate. She'll never be anything but worse, if she doesn't get away. Out West. Arizona or somewhere." "I know," murmured Marilee. The other girl opened a tin of eye shadow. "Of course," she said dryly, "suit yourself. She's not my sister." Marilee said nothing. Quiet she sat, breaking the lipstick, mending it, breaking it. "Oh, well," she breathed finally, wearily, and straightened up. She propped her elbows on the plate- glass dressing-table top and leaned toward the mirror, and with the lip- stick she began to make her coral- pink mouth very red and gay and reckless and alluring. Nightly at one o'clock Vane and Moreno dance for the Club Français. They dance a tango, they dance a waltz; then, by way of encore, they do a Black Bottom, and a trick of their own called the Wheel. They dance for twenty, thirty minutes. And while they dance you do not leave your table——for this is what you came to see. Vane and Moreno. The new New York thrill. The sole justifica- tion for the five-dollar couvert ex- torted by Billy Costello. From one until half-past, then, was Mrs. Brady's recess. She had been looking forward t it all the eve- ning long. When it began——when the opening chords of the tango music sounded stirringly from the room outside——Mrs. Brady brightened. With a right good will she sped the parting guests. Alone, she unlocked her cupboard and took out her magazine——the magazine she had bought three hours before. Heaving a great breath of relief and satisfaction, she plumped herself on the couch and fingered the pages. Immediately she was absorbed, her eyes drinking up the printed lines, her lips moving soundlessly. The magazine was Mrs. Brady's favorite. Its stories were true stories, taken from life (so the editor said); and to Mrs. Brady they were live, vivid threads in the dull, drab pat- tern of her night. 
From Harper's Bazaar of September, 1927. Copyright, 1927, by Katharine Brush. From A Treasury of Short Stories. Edited by Bernardine Kielty. Copyright, 1947, Simon and Schuster, Inc., New York; pp. 655—663.
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BCHPLS.io - Announcing integration with Stripe, start accepting BCH & credit/debit cards for your brick-and-mortar stores with our point-of-sale system

We are pleased to announce Stripe integration with BCHPLS.io point-of-sale system. You can now accept both Bitcoin Cash and credit/debit cards in the same point-of-sale system.
Credit/debit card information has to be manually inserted into the virtual terminal.
Our point-of-sale system is compliant with PCI DSS standards imposed by Stripe. (Credit card information are never transmitted to our servers)
View the demo of a Stripe transaction.
If you are a merchant in the following countries, you are able to register as a Stripe merchant to begin processing credit/debit card transactions:
This feature is now available on https://bchpls.io/.
In upcoming updates, we will be working on adding integration with credit card readers. We are also adding products management to allow cashiers to select products and automatically calculate the total to charge customers, and to generate itemised invoices.
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Regarding the value of the XLM token

Here are my 2 satoshis on the matter.
Some current XLM stats: Circulating supply: 17.8 billion XLM tokens Total supply: 103.5 billion XLM tokens
The cost of transactions is very small. I think 1 XLM token is worth ~100,000 transactions on the network right now. And the current price of 1 XLM token is $0.27 (USD).
To use Stellar, one must have a deposit of at least 20 XLM tokens. Right now: this "upstart cost" is 20*0.27 = $5.40. Pretty inexpensive for a lightning fast payments channel. So if I'm a small business with a website it makes sense to use stellar for one payment of $5.40 instead of using something like Stripe which takes a small percentage (~2% i think?) of each transaction. (Side story, Stripe (online easy credit card payments) was a large and early funder of Stellar so it's a little ironic to use them as an example, but anyway...)
So say everyone starts using Stellar because its so amazing. Let's say 100 million accounts are made. Well the total supply of XLM is ~100 billion. Every account needs 20 XLM tokens to join, so that sets aside 2 billion tokens. There will still be 98 billion tokens in circulation (once fully distributed). So I think it's fair to say that people purchasing 20 XLM tokens to join the network will not be the biggest driver of demand.
Here is where it gets interesting. Stellar is revolutionary and unique because it provides the functionality of a Credit Market. The Stellar ledger is able to record who owes what to whom, whether it be US dollars, Euros, Bitcoin, Monero, M-Pesa, anything. And ideally the goal is for the XLM token to be a "bridge" currency that provides liquidity. Say I'm in the US and my friend is in Britain and I want to send her $500 (USD). Whether through a Stellar anchor or just through my personal account, I will purchase $500 worth of XLM (500/0.27=~1900XLM) and send it to her account. She gets that 1900 XLM and goes through a local anchor to convert her 1900XLM into 427 EUR and boom, the transfer has happened instantly with almost 0 transaction fees.
So what is the value of an XLM token? We made some assumptions earlier and are guessing that 2 billion XLM tokens are locked up as the minimum account deposit. So that leaves 98 billion circulating XLM. These 98 billion XLM thus need to store the value of the throughput of all transactions. If the extent of the network is 100,000 people sending 500 dollars per day, then 98 billion XLM tokens are worth 50 million dollars, that means one XLM = $.0005 - not a very valuable token.
However, if Stellar can capture 20% of the market for International Bank Transfers (which around here is rumored to be ~$1 trillion daily volume- but I am not sure about this and have not fact checked it (help anyone?)) - this would be a game changer. $1 trillion*.20 / 80billion XLM = $2.5 USD per XLM.
Going further, if Stellar can establish itself as a trusted worldwide Credit Platform, then we'd really go to the moon. Right now, the entire worldwide credit market (debt) is ~200 trillion dollars (the size of the US Federal Debt alone is ~$20 trillion). If 10% of the US credit market migrates to Stellar, then we're looking at 80billion XLM =~ $2 trillion, meaning $25 USD per XLM token. If 10% of worldwide credit market migrates to Stellar, we're at $250 USD per XLM token. In other words, hodl.
(btw, Is this accurate? I've probably missed something in my calculations so please correct me if something is wrong)
And the beautiful part is that 95% of the Stellar foundation's XLM is pledged to be distributed for free to ensure inclusive growth. A large bank in India signs up for Stellar because it's nearly free transactions, and at the same time a small business is Kenya gets 30XLM for free to upstart their growth.
One of the largest problems in our world is that economic growth has not been inclusive. The system is built such that the rich few can take advantage of the poor many. Ideally wealth would be distributed much more equally and Stellar is taking sharp aim for this specifically.
TLDR: Please fact-check me, but I'm pretty sure HODL.
Edit: correction: 500 USD is 1900 XLM (thanks to bkolobara and enzo-the-dog - i multiplied instead of divided) + fixed a typo
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Libra cryptocurrency users face taxing problem

Facebook and its partners hope that consumers and businesses across the world will spend money in a new cryptocurrency – Libra. However, users of Libra seem likely to face a potential tax charge and additional tax compliance, which could be both costly and inconvenient. It is not clear how Facebook intend to solve this problem.
The basket of currencies behind it means currency gains will be taxable.
What’s the problem?
The Libra White Paper says that Libra will be fully backed by a reserve comprising bank deposits and short-term government securities in a range of traditional fiat currencies. Because the reserve will be effectively backed by a basket of fiat currencies, the exchange rate of Libra against any particular fiat currency (e.g. the Libra/GBP rate) will inevitably fluctuate as those underlying fiat currencies fluctuate.
This creates a novel problem for users of Libra: each time they transact using Libra, they’ll be making a currency gain or loss in their local fiat currency. In most countries those currency gains will be taxable. Those users will need to pay any tax due and may need to file a detailed tax return showing all their transactions and the exchange rate at the time. Unless this problem is somehow solved, this seems to us to be a significant barrier to wide adoption of Libra.
Why is this different to other cryptocurrencies?
Gains and losses on cryptocurrencies are taxable in almost all countries. However, whether early adopters of Bitcoin (and other decentralised cryptocurrencies) have actually paid the tax due is a different question. While some cryptocurrency exchanges are now reporting account-holders to tax authorities, many still are not.
Libra is very different. Instead of adopting the decentralised model of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the Libra Blockchain will be governed by the “Libra Association”, a not-for-profit organisation made up of a range of businesses including Facebook, MasterCard, Visa, Stripe and PayPal among others. This means that unlike Bitcoin (and others), for Libra there will be a ‘central authority’ with oversight over users’ transactions. Our strong expectation is that tax authorities will require the Libra Association to report on its users’ transactions, either under existing tax reporting laws or under new legislation.
For this reason, users probably won’t be able to ignore the tax treatment of Libra.
Users won’t be able to ignore the tax treatment of Libra.
How will the tax work?
If Libra rises in value (relative to the user’s home fiat currency) between the time a user acquires Libra and the time they spend it, then they will have made a gain which most countries will tax. On the other hand, if Libra falls in value, the user will have made a loss which they may be able to set against any Libra gains made in that tax year. This will generally be the case regardless of whether the user is actually making a gain or loss in economic terms.
Users will therefore have to track the point that they acquire Libra, the point at which they spend it, and the exchange rate relative to their home fiat currency each time. If the overall result across a tax year is positive, tax will have to be paid.
For a typical UK consumer, the compliance will often be more painful than the actual tax (given the UK’s generous £12,000 annual allowance for tax-free capital gains). For consumers in other countries, actual tax liabilities are much more likely (as France, Germany and others have much more limited, or zero, annual allowances).
This seems to us a big problem for Libra to solve. How many users will be willing to deal with all this complexity and the risk of a tax charge?
What are the potential answers?
  1. a) A political solution: Libra could lobby governments and tax authorities to create a special exemption from tax on Libra gains and losses. This seems to be Facebook’s intention. However, given the political and regulatory difficulties Facebook are already facing in relation to Libra, and the fact this would seem to open the door to tax-free gains on other cryptocurrencies (which tax authorities will doubtless resist), the chances of this seem remote.
  2. b) A tech solution:Automatic tax calculation and reporting systems could be integrated into Libra wallets to make the process as straightforward as possible for users and tax authorities. But the prospect of an unexpected tax bill at the end of the year will still be off-putting to many consumers. And this would highlight to users the relative advantage of transacting in local fiat currency instead of Libra.
  3. c) A market solution: Don’t operate Libra in countries where the tax treatment for consumers is awkward (or, alternatively, operate it, but don’t expect large scale take-up). This seems contrary to Libra’s stated goals.
  4. d) A more fundamental solution: Change Libra so that, instead of being a new currency, it is essentially an e-wallet system. A UK consumer spends £50 to buy £50 of Libra, and spends pounds in UK stores; a French consumer spends €50 to buy €50 of Libra, and spends euros in Eurozone stores; and so on. The tax complexities would largely disappear, but this would be a significant reversal from what has been announced.
Finding a solution which meets both Libra’s apparent aspirations and the needs of its intended users does not appear to be straightforward. If Libra is to launch in 2020 as expected, the Libra Association will need to move quickly to solve these issues in order to ensure that it delivers the seamless experience users have come to expect from Facebook and its other founding members.
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Best of the best Q&A Stephens and Shingos. Universall Wallet, Fiat Gateway, BQX Token, Security, Predictions, Supply

Product
Shingo, [28.10.17 20:27] We have our ideas about how we think businesses could use blockchain, but as we all know, we have seen people come up for use cases of blockchain in areas and industries that we could never have imagined. What is important for us is to make sure that we build our platform as generically as possible since we really do want to build up an ecosystem on top of these open protocols. This is much akin to what RedHat does (which is package up and support the open source Linux software). Another way to look at it is where we sit on the tech stack for blockchain. For those of you who are familiar with the OSI model, we sit in the blockchain equivalent of layer 5 or 6. Ethereum is an incredibly powerful layer 4 tool that facilitates an ecosystem that we are trying to build. People who built on top of Bedrock would be layer 7. Our consumer facing products would also sit at layer 7. I think a lot of people are taking the wrong approach to blockchain with regard to businesses/enterprise. To my knowledge - I haven't seen anything that a private blockchain does better than a well organized database and data schema - and I don't think blockchains were ever designed to be data storage mechanisms since there are no inherent advantages that the structure gives. What blockchain does afford is the infrastructure to rethink public structures and to distrupt current trust models. In other words - two participants in the NASDAQ markets can't trust each other the same way that two employees at Microsoft can. What we are trying to do is package up open protocols for real business use cases. Instead of building Ethereum clones on Azure, build a financial structure on Ethereum Mainnet
Shingo, [16.11.17 17:19] [In reply to Josh: I’m wondering how much BQX would I need to spend to use the platform? Is it gonna be a subscription thing or pay per use?] We are making a rate card - it really depends on what features you want. We want to make it free and painless to a newbie user. A lot of the tokens will likely be consumed in our Enterprise services and API services since we want to be charging more to companies than individual consumers. We will release more information once it is ready!
stephen corliss, [26.10.17 23:20] [In reply to Long Ton: Will there be uses for the BQX token not previously mentioned? Tricks up the sleeve?] Interesting proposition though isn’t it?.... I’m not sure about all-purpose but it surely has many. During the early stages of any company, you can only analyze what you know and then adjust for future events using 2 or 3 risk variables. As we cannot reveal the entire picture just yet, what you should be sure to do is at a minimum analyze BQX based off of the Whitepaper. As long as you have this, as new information comes out all you will need to do is amend your model. Much easier this way.
stephen corliss, [15.11.17 14:51] [In reply to Aamir: Sorry if this question has been asked before. As you were the COO for blackrock a few years ago, could there be a potential partnership in the future?] I would answer this broadly. Considering my long history with our traditional side brethren, I would say that it would be silly, if not irresponsible, of me not to leverage relationships and networks. So, because we are building a Multi-Sided Hybrid Financial Platform that solves real problems for BOTH consumers and businesses, both financial and many others, I would fully expect that we will leverage all of these relationships pre and post my time in global finserv to bring them into our eco-system.
Shingo, [02.09.17 01:24] [In reply to Zev Rector: how do the baskets get made?] Wallets will be entirely user directed and owned. Universal wallet is like a keychain and one-click diversification is like automated shapeshift with order bulking
stephen corliss, [22.08.17 23:54] [In reply to Andrew: stephen how does bqx manages the liquidity component? Is there an authorised participant in the picture similiar to a traditional etf? I also assume there will be fee savings from investing into various baskets? And will there be fees from switching the allocations of the underlying basket trades?] Hi Andrew, Our liquidity network solution acts as an aggregator to keep costs down, a bit similar to an AP for etf's but not the same. Switching Fees exist but again they are minimal because of how we dynamically manage liquidity.
Andrew: also, who will manage the asset allocation on each of the baskets? And how is each basket priced?
Users will through our UI which also provides rich information to help guide you. It is so slick & powerful but extremely intuitive. Pricing is realtime from api's.
Universall wallet
stephen corliss, [14.11.17 04:24] [In reply to JiMMy Choo: Can i ask what a UW is stephen] Our UW is an intuitive, self-custodied universal wallet that allows users to safely store, manage, leverage and “further monetize” their crypto assets in one place while maintaining complete control of their private keys.
stephen corliss, [13.10.17 13:09] [In reply to lilee: Any option for Bqx wallet user to further leverage their cold storage asset ?] Ah, I’ve been waiting for this question for a while. Maximizing the value of users assets is a major game changer. So, yes we will have some exciting things happening here. Keeping the details confidential for now so as to keep the copycats at bay...
stephen corliss, [29.09.17 13:04] [In reply to Inigo: Bitquence wallet would be compatible with all criptocoins? Yes, some coins, like POS, will be added in later phases due to their complexities and may be offered as a premium service]
stephen corliss, [19.09.17 15:29] [In reply to George: Maybe I don't fully understand the concept, but I think it's essentially going to be like a wallet where u can keep any currency and also exchange currencies?] The Universal Wallet delivers "Single point coin storage and security", which can be connected and disconnected to the Bitquence Platform when managing coins whether acquiring more, reshaping or liquidating. To enhance the self portfolio management features, users can acquire intelligence (Prediction, user performance, etc) from others on the platform enriched with custom market research data to better manage and diversify all with only a simple click. The UW will also enable payments to anyone/anywhere. This is only the tip of the iceberg as we have several additional unique and powerful features planned that will transform consumer self financial management in a way where we swing the pendulum of control and leverage back to consumers and away from dominant large conglomerates.
stephen corliss, [08.10.17 19:52] [In reply to Donkey Emporium: Have you looked into integrating your wallet with the 0x protocol? - Yes everyone has myetherwallet but would be cutting edge if you could integrate somehow with your universal wallet] This is such an important point so I hope I can be really clear. As we believe price-discovery is the difference maker when acquiring or liquidating anything of value, model optimization isn’t by yourself trying to deliver another exchange but rather by connecting to as many providers of liquidity as possible. So, with this in mind, our business development and strategic partner initiatives will include all essential sources of liquidity both new and established players. Donkey Emporium: Ok, so most likely you'll be acting as a gateway to those exchanges (paradex, melonport, ethfinex etc) - sticking to your core USP even with your liquidity layer.] It is much more dynamic than just that but at one level yes. Again, this is a new model so let me keep some things under wraps but if there is one thing I’ve seen quite a bit of over my years is trading systems, alternative trading systems, exchanges, RFQ platforms, crossing, dark pools and many more, and the best execution venues are never ones that are based off a single premise but rather those that are the most flexible and dynamic.
stephen corliss, [18.10.17 15:41] [In reply to Tamer Khalayleh: BQXStephen there may be answers to this which ive missed but ill ask anyway as it can benefit others also;
  1. Are user interactions possible? Send message to user or chat?
  2. Is it possible to store what ive invested into a portfolio to see how it develops over time (like blockfolio)? If yes, will you have access to look into other ppls portfolio? Say user has enabled setting letting other users see my port (user should have 1k bqx to be able for this feuture)
  3. Are correct predictions rewarded? Say reward x if over 90 % right, x if > 80 % right
  4. Any "wall of fame" for top 10 users with most correct predictions?
  5. Ability to follow a users activity? User x has invested in this/that or any of this kind?] Awesome questions. I’m hesitant to answer as I usually do because I think it is time to protect our competitive advantages. Competitors love our forum because of our transparency but we know their prying 👀 are there. Let me think about how best to answer as these are all important questions. Give me a minute.
Okay, my top secret evasive answers to all your 5 questions are, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, Or said my way, Damn straight! Our plans to continuously build out Release 1 (Amber) are powerful. No messing about here.
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 00:09] [In reply to Harshad Thakar: What is your plan for security auditing of all the cool ecosystem n features implementation Shingo and eng team have been and will be working on?] I will defer the more intelligent answer to @Shingolavine but I would remind everyone the we are an upper layer in the stack that is a connector of sorts, looking and working across multiple chains. This means that we will have on and off chain activities and processes that involve both crypto specific and non-specific technology. We will employ highly detailed auditing of all essential components especially those involving smart contracts. As our structure will involve numerous highly scrutinized businesses / industries I can assure everyone that this platform will be put under a microscope for many reasons.
Shingo: Smart contracts we have done security audits. APIs are mostly unit testing and making sure they do what they are supposed to do. Front end mostly selenium. Pretty standard stuff. Testing/Security is all about following best practices and being paranoid
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 04:12] [In reply to Emmanuel Bergeron: hello i have question, suppose i am holding omisego tokens and i am getting a dividend from holding the token , if i were to use the bitquence wallet to keep my OMG coins, will i still get my dividend ?] Yes. However, as the complexity associated with solving for certain POS coins is variable, certain coins “may” be made available and considered premium, thus requiring users to pay a premium based fee to add complex coin structures to their UW. (example - POS coins who restrict users to using a coins unique wallet.) stephen corliss, [15.11.17 00:33] [In reply to Sean Considine: Will the Universal Wallet support ALL coins (all 1200+) or just the top 100 as shown on the Predictions page?] If you didn’t get a straight answer that is not good. So, at launch, it will be a subset of the total and will grow as we grow where the top 100 are good candidates for launch. As we grow, expanding the pool quickly will be essential as the UW must strive to support all assets as quickly as possible, even those more trickier ones like POS coins.
stephen corliss, [16.11.17 13:09] [In reply to Josh: I’m wondering how much BQX would I need to spend to use the platform? Is it gonna be a subscription thing or pay per use?] Its will be pay per use. We will have other premium options payable in one time fees or subscriptions depending on the product or service but entry is made quite simple.
Fiat Gateway
stephen corliss, [10.10.17 19:04] [In reply to momo: Will the application support crypto to fiat , if so how it will work and what type of methods (bank transfer, credit card withdrawal,etc )?] Our fiat model will be dynamic and multi-faceted to ensure simplicity for the consumer. The total # of options and flexibility will grow as we move along our roadmap and across national boundaries. We are keeping this close to the vest at the moment as our strategy and model is powerful and will allow us to maintain a significant competitive advantage.
stephen corliss, [20.10.17 14:24] [In reply to Sookee Yong: "Fiat integration " this is what will make bqx sky is the limit] Yes!! but there is such thing as a bad, better and best fiat strategy so the trick is to find the one that delivers the most flexibility and simplicity...! This is where one can deliver product differentiation if they get it right and don’t rush out a bad solution.
stephen corliss, [02.10.17 13:06] [In reply to Zh: It seems like fiat integration is almost a certainty and just a short matter of time before it is indeed integrated. Am I right to say this?] The solution is the heavy load so we have that in hand. So, yes we can now choose when to add it rather than be forced add it at a much later date because we didn't hv the solution. Its all about dev now so that is much easier to deal with. Zh: Sorry, what do you mean by the solution is heavy load?]
Stephen: Solving for FIAT is significant both on the dev side and the legal side. The legal side is the furthest thing from easy or short so we tackled that side first. Its basically done.
stephen corliss, [21.09.17 15:17] [In reply to Suppoman: Incredible! So re hardware wallet, you anticipate BQX support using another, or bringing out a Bitquence hardware wallet that competes with Ledger?] We haven't quite decided that one yet as we do enjoy the Ledger Nano S. We are also contemplating a Card 💳 for the UW as well!
stephen corliss, [08.10.17 19:09] [In reply to Greg: For me it's also quite long with fiat integration but Universal wallet will be soon next year so it's big advantage. Fiat i think is for a reason so late and i'd rather to be surprised if it will be sooner then later] Remember, I revealed this before. The most challenging part of fiat is finding and securing the model necessary to do this legally. We have this in hand and, in fact, it is the most viable universal solution possible. Don’t know anyone else out there who can say this. Now, solving for this allows us to focus on design and structure and deliver the functionality earlier than originally planned by at least 18 months. With our fiat solution now in hand, we can deliver fiat functionality basically anytime along our roadmap. Timing Precision is key here for numerous reasons so the great thing is having the flexibility to move it forward if necessary, which is what we now have.
stephen corliss, [15.10.17 22:13] [In reply to Johnson Berce: Can someone explain to me this issue I am thinking about . These debit cards. If in my bank I have 1$ I have $1 to use in my bank account . With a crypto debit card if bitquence is $1 and I go to McDonald’s and the price drops to .60 cents . This is my problem how can this be resolved] When we design the model for the longterm there are some things we can do but as folks have said, if you are holding anything but the currency needed and accepted by the receiving party, price conversion is inevitable. marking-to-market. I don’t want to say too much publicly ( 👀) but hedging and other basket strategies that involve uncorrelated assets can limit price volatility.
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 00:57] [In reply to Tertius De Bruin: Will u guys be implementing an instant buy funcition and if yes how will the feed be in comparison to using exchanges?] Fantastic Question!! I hate the current model employed by most of those in the industry. I don’t see any way to validate the premium one has to pay just for the sake of simplicity. Every fee paid, every basis point spread between the best bid/offer that a consumer pays means less in your pocket. We will not treat customers this way and we will always be 100% transparent UPFRONT.
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 15:10] [In reply to Tamer Khalayleh: You're planning for your fiat integration as we all know - do you have any plans to include more than USD, EU currency?] As you know, the answer to this is entirely dependent on the chosen strategy. If one chooses a payment gateway provider, for instance, the breadth of coverage is entirely driven by a partners market coverage. Personally, I believe in this space, where customer residency is so widespread, any solution that overlooks this fact pattern is a big mistake. So, our intention is to not make this mistake. We have yet to complete the full analysis but our desired outcome is clear and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure the best results for our users. The model we are leveraging is quite powerful as I believe it opens up all avenues so this does afford us some creative license in our final design.
stephen corliss, [29.10.17 22:55] [In reply to Les: Will I be able to have direct deposit from my employeer to Bqx wallet?] Ha! Another question I’ve been waiting on so thank you for asking. If you begin to piece together our big vision (and we know we haven’t revealed everything yet) I believe you should begin to see a theme. So, I’m going to answer this very honestly, YES we see this as a very viable option as we validate our model and secure the confidence that is necessary for big business to embrace.
BQX Token
stephen corliss, [28.10.17 22:34] [In reply to Ezz: Can i know what will be the use of BQX token itself] The token will power all of the transactional activity that will be made possible by the Bitquence Platform including fiat integration, basket creation, unique data and research generation, risk mitigation, fund creation , distribution and management, and so much more. Ezz: How will power all of this I mean from where it will gain value Stephen: Each one of he mentioned services, and a lot of others to be revealed soon, will require BQX. Thus all stakeholders in the eco-system will have to acquire, hold and use the BQX utility token in order to benefit from a wide array of dynamic products and services.
Shingo, [14.10.17 06:39] [In reply to ChunLin Wu: If the platform need BQX to access, how to attract lots of investors to use the platform if the token price is high?] Fees can be dynamically adjusted based on demand for services and token price. If this is our biggest problem, I'm sure we will have the money to solve it :) Stephen: We can manage any price variables dynamically to ensure BQX fees are commensurate with the product and service to keep entry open to everyone.
stephen corliss, [14.09.17 11:40] BQX are essential for users to access services on the Platform to pay transactional gas related to Basket Creation and the Universal Wallet. Although not necessary, users can also seed their baskets with BQX, hold BQX in a Basket and also in their Wallet. At some later stage, we may offer customized baskets that we manage for customers but that typically involves a specific financial license that we don't wang to entertain as of yet. Stability is not necessarily essential for "gas" as if the value of a token becomes too high or too low there are steps we can take to self adjust to ensure customers can afford to pay gas, like managing token inventory.
stephen corliss, [19.09.17 15:20] [In reply to George: Will people be able to use the nutrients platform without actually purchasing bqx coins??] Only certain features are accessible without BQX. At present they are the social and prediction features. The basket and universal wallet features will require BQX to access.
stephen corliss, [20.09.17 16:20] [In reply to JiveTalkinRobot: Many in here expect BQX to "moon" in the secondary market, isn't that counter productive?] Our objectives are to ensure the token price represents the value of the service. If its too high, we risk pricing out customers. If its too low, we potentially operate at a loss or have to increase fees, which may also upset customer dynamics. This is something we must manage carefully so we will use all the tools in our toolbox to ensure a proper balance.
Shingo, [20.09.17 20:47] Also for questions about what BQX does - it is a functional token with a variety of uses on the platform. Most notably, we have been talking a lot about having it be an API access token as well allowing people to build applications on top of the Bitquence ecosystem. This could potentially be very powerful in the same way that Stripe created a standard API to create payment networks.
stephen corliss, [23.10.17 22:14] Another way of saying this is those acquiring tokens need to understand all of the functional use cases for any coin. When deriving value for anything, one must understand all of its inputs and outputs. To keep this simple, Inputs are fees / revenues and Outputs are Costs. Why Outputs? Well, if we want to forecast price / fee levels one will need to understand where break even is before moving on to volumes, customer growth, inflation, etc etc. This is somewhat of a typical fundamental analysis. I think we agree just say it slightly differently. There are other variables in this space but I think this captures the gist.
Predictions
stephen corliss, [28.10.17 22:58] [In reply to Nico: actually i just want to know if the process of evaluation of the predictions, will be completly done by humans or partly by humans and automated?] Predictions itself will initially involve human interaction. Once the unique data is created it will then be enriched with other data including social and a broad array of conventional and unconventional data. So, it is a bit of both. Harshad Thakar: So the way I understand it is as follows [a] Combination of predictions + Intelligence Hub & UW build foundation for an extremely powerful platform that wll be used to addresse the obstacles around mass adoption. [b] moreover the intelligence hub (with various types of data) can be monetized by Bitquence by offering various service models for the partners/builders and they will need to use BQX token as gas; resulting in demand for the tokens n hence the increase in its value over long-term. Stephen: Yes, with the many numerous other products and services that we are keeping under lock and seal to protect our first mover advantage. Each one of these will significantly increase demand for BQX as it will also be needed for gas, access, etc
stephen corliss, [08.10.17 22:24] [In reply to Donkey Emporium: With your predictions would you essentially be able to buy futures contracts on cryptocurrencies? - like via the CME?] Not initially as this would clearly trigger derivative registrations across all major markets, which is not ideal at this stage both from a capital consumption and strategic plan perspective. However, because of the legal model we will build everything on we can hook into other CFD providers quite easily and still comply with rules across multiple juridictions
stephen corliss, [09.10.17 14:16] [In reply to Greg: Number of predictions will be limited somehow? Otherwise if there is no risk to bet, people can make many predictions and just hope for lucky shot. Or there will be some points and reward only for top points user?] Only one prediction per user per coin per contest
Circulating Supply
stephen corliss, [03.11.17 15:17] As you know, BQX has a Total Supply of 222,295,208. Of This Total Supply, 40% was reserved “exclusively” for the liquidity pool, which means 88,918,083 BQX will never become part of the Circulating Supply. The Liquidity Pool should be thought of as simply a source of collateral, not to be bought or sold in the marketplace. This leaves a MAX Circulating Supply of 133,377,125 where 71,883,993 are currently in the marketplace. The remaining 61,493,132 tokens are for Operating Purposes and will be added “only gradually” to circulating supply as/when the company uses them for technology, operational, and other related costs on a monthly or reoccurring basis. I hope this helps.
stephen corliss, [03.10.17 13:06] [In reply to Max: Where do these coins come from ? If the supply is limited and people can't lose coins with bad predictions, won't you run out of coins and be unable to pay rewards at some point ?] BQX is used by users to pay transaction fees so this is important to not overlook. Second, in the immediate phase, additional BQX pools were created from mining during the token sale, which we can draw from for these marketing related costs. Thus, we will not run out of tokens as there will be fees coming in.
stephen corliss, [03.10.17 14:14] [In reply to Yoyo: So how would new bqx enter the market] The pools are something to not overlook as they are drawn from for various corporate expenditures including marketing and outsourced activities such as content and data generation as just one example. Other potential programs we will offer (think of them like you would POS but it is not a direct correlation) to reward users can involve common elements such as rewarding users who develop a "following" on the platform, rewarding users for inviting and bringing new validated users to the platform, creating investment strategies that are desired by other users, I will stop there as the rest are highly confidential at the moment... Don't want to tip our hands to all of our competitors but I assure you that these other programs are transformational and extremely powerful that benefit users in 2 ways, first with a powerful user experience and secondarily as additional ways to generate rewards.
Adding to another Exchanges
Shingo, [28.10.17 20:27] We have our ideas about how we think businesses could use blockchain, but as we all know, we have seen people come up for use cases of blockchain in areas and industries that we could never have imagined. What is important for us is to make sure that we build our platform as generically as possible since we really do want to build up an ecosystem on top of these open protocols. This is much akin to what RedHat does (which is package up and support the open source Linux software). Another way to look at it is where we sit on the tech stack for blockchain. For those of you who are familiar with the OSI model, we sit in the blockchain equivalent of layer 5 or 6. Ethereum is an incredibly powerful layer 4 tool that facilitates an ecosystem that we are trying to build. People who built on top of Bedrock would be layer 7. Our consumer facing products would also sit at layer 7. I think a lot of people are taking the wrong approach to blockchain with regard to businesses/enterprise. To my knowledge - I haven't seen anything that a private blockchain does better than a well organized database and data schema - and I don't think blockchains were ever designed to be data storage mechanisms since there are no inherent advantages that the structure gives. What blockchain does afford is the infrastructure to rethink public structures and to distrupt current trust models. In other words - two participants in the NASDAQ markets can't trust each other the same way that two employees at Microsoft can. What we are trying to do is package up open protocols for real business use cases. Instead of building Ethereum clones on Azure, build a financial structure on Ethereum Mainnet Listing on exchanges is part of our customer acquisition strategy. We want to get more people involved in Bitquence and excited for when we begin our product releases. As much as we can, we want to utilize the infrastructure of the crypto community to spread our message of mass adoption. We are looking long-term to make the vision a reality. Getting exposure on a major platform is always positive
stephen corliss, [13.10.17 17:00] [In reply to CryptoHodl: Does Bitquence have any plans to get on Bittrex?] They are on the radar, of course. Bittrex is a different animal versus others as we have absolutely no bearing on the process or timing. It appears they have changed their token onboarding process (as they should have) and it seems they have also walled themselves off from all direct communications with potential tokens. Not sure if that is by design or not. They have everything they need from us for any “future” listing but it may just come down to user demand where the popularity of BQX warrants them to act sooner.
Shingo, [23.10.17 05:04] The only reason we would want to get listed on more exchanges is if we were excluding customers due to the current set of exchanges or for the publicity
Security
stephen corliss, [12.09.17 15:22] [In reply to Inigo] The security issue is first very important so the advice given by your peers is right. With regards to the correlation you are drawing, I would say the BQX users will hold their own keys and store them in their cold storage of choice. Nothing of yours moves onto the platform unless you are building a basket then it is temporary. Once the transaction is done, everything moves off the platform and back to your cold storage. Nothing is ever left on the Platform. Whereas with Exchanges you have to decide to move it off or not.
Shingo, [15.09.17 23:11] [In reply to Ke: Is it correct to assume that in 1 year or 2, if bitquence delivers the ultimate universal wallet as we believe then there would be no need for nano S or Trezor or at least the price of these items will be severely reduced because of lesser demand? Stephen especially if it's cold storage right?]
The way that our "cold storage" works is sort of like a "nano ledger in the sky". Again sort of. The private key never hits the internet just like a normal hardware wallets, but you have to trust the transaction signing mechanism. If this sounds dangerous, this is exactly the same level of trust that you have with a nano ledger. You trust that the nano ledger is signing the transactions in a trustworthy way in the same way you will be trusting that Bitquence will sign the transactions in a trustworthy way. Your private keys will always be under your control. Bitquence will hold only encrypted keys for your convenience (hence the "managed universal wallet"), but you will hold the only unencrypted copy. That means if you close down your account or just decide to leave Bitquence, you can still go use the same keys somewhere else and your funds will be secure. Hope this is helpful
stephen corliss, [03.10.17 12:42] [In reply to Jochen: Stephen, how safe can the storage of coins be of Bitquence in comparison with a hardware wallet like Ledger Nano S? Pro's and contra's] I don't want to reveal too many details yet so as to protect our intellectual property and solution but we see it as at least compatible if not improved as we are also trying to tackle the issue with lost keys equal lost assets for consumers. For mass adoption to be achievable, this problem has to be fixed.
stephen corliss, [14.10.17 15:40] We see cold-storage as a game changer for consumers as it gives you the ability to maximize your influence over others who may want to use your idle tokens. This means we can deliver new products and services that allow you to generate additional yield (returns) on your assets other than price gains or interest paid by your POS coins. Think of similar traditional products such as those involving securitized and structured products.
Shingo, [23.10.17 19:30] [In reply to Daniel Power: Is Bitquence going to be open source when it releases?] Some pieces will be. Some others will not. We want to preserve competitive advantage as much as we can
Shingo, [29.10.17 22:34] [In reply to Aleksander Lien: about your wallet and cold storage! Are They safe as normal bank account!? Like if i store all my values in There , and as long as i dont throw my key/passwords around , The storage can not be hacked, at all?] I would say safer than a bank account since you own it. The private keys are always under your control and we actually don't even store your private keys. What do provide, however, is encrypted version of your private keys so that you can easily access them whenever you want. Important to note that these encrypted private keys are completely useless to us and only useable by the user.
stephen corliss, [06.11.17 04:26] [In reply to lilee: How Bitquence ensure the platform users is protected from financial risk management point of view ? As some user will be common people less savy in financial investment,we don't want situation like ICOs where there is a lot of scams.] Every company, project or developer must have a reputation, be fully kyc’d and staked by purchasing BQX which will be utilized as gas. Anything presented on the platform by these groups that involve consumer facing products and services, will have to also meet an extensive compliance review as well.
stephen corliss, [11.11.17 20:49] [In reply to Burghardt: Lets asume I am using Bitquence and bought Stratis, Bitcoin and some Ethereumtokens. The USGoverment shuts down BQX from one second to another. The website is gone. Am I able to get my coins? Second scenario .. lets asume hackers are hacking Bitquence. They have all your data, which is online. Are my coins save?] Thanks for the question. First, your coins will be hidden away under your mattress (cold-storage) so in your example, our site being shutdown will not impact your assets. Second, the same is true with hackers, as we don’t have your assets like exchanges do so there is nothing to steal. Clearly 2fa and encryption is key from the users perspective so we are also helping here to ensure the assets under your bed are as safe as possible.
Taxes
Shingo, [16.09.17 03:17] Regarding taxes, we already have plans to allow you to export transaction history in csv so that you can do your taxes. Agree with Dean that it would be impossible to calculate each individual's tax without sophisticated software but we can give the tools to make it easier
Shingo, [16.11.17 18:00] [In reply to Bodhisattwa: since bqx plans to be a one stop shop for an individual. When in the future regulation comes in with respect to taxation of crytpo will the platform have paid features where an individual can get personalized information on his tax liability on the basis of assets and investments made on the platform. Maybe it can start with countries with largest user base first and then other countries... If that is done I feel bqx will definitely will be the place people go for crypto investments. Your thoughts would be appreciated ..:)] Yes! Although I anticipate it will be something more like an API connection into another crypto tax calculator (of which there are many), but we will allow exporting transactions to help calculate tax liability *Stephen: * Yes! Think of tax-loss harvesting and all of the strategic ways consumers can manage tax liabilities. This will be part of the design!
BQX Token Price
Shingo, [03.11.17 19:19] Guys. We are not interested in simplying pumping the price with news. We are about more than that. We are about building a movement that can change the way the financial system operates. News will come when we are ready to release it and we are hard at work building something awesome. I'm not going to talk about anything we aren't ready to reveal.
stephen corliss, [28.10.17 15:18] In my view, prices are driven by demand that stems from existing and potential use-cases, which is also clearly exaggerated by speculative demand. This also applies to BQX. What are the use-cases for BQX and thus, what will be demand? As you know, I believe we sit higher in the stack where we look across a multi-chain universe that will only grow in number. This is important as I believe diverse options will continue to grow, which will increase complexity exponentially only making mass adoption all the more difficult, if not impossible. As such, we need a communication layer of sorts that can interpret and interact with all of the diverse options to ensure the value of each can be recognized. In the financial space, the ability to interpret all of this complexity is absolutely essential as all of this new functionality and value is also represented by coins. So, okay, sure an interpretive layer seems necessary. But what the heck does this mean? This means solutions are necessary for all stakeholders (existing and future) in this space in order to extract all of this potential. We will extract all of this potential by developing an eco-system that removes complexities and creates an environment that allows stakeholders to participate in this new economy across a dynamic platform with simplicity and ease. Okay, how will this create demand for BQX? First, because BQX is what represents the interpretation of all of the underlying events. If i want a coin or cryptoccy, all I need is BQX as Bitquence will do all the rest. No need to go here, there or everywhere. Just one single place that simplifies the entry point and without sacrificing the benefits associated with each chain, coin or ccy. Okay, sounds okay. Now what? Well, now that we have simplified the entry, and exit, points we can now create new and dynamic products that all leverage the interpretation layer. By doing so, we solve problems for all stakeholders up, down and across the entire foodchain who are looking to interact with crypto consumers. Lets step back for a second and think about what is happening with traditional industries. If it is not obvious to everyone, I believe industries are moving towards models that will most likely embrace either Private or Semi-Private Consortium blockchain models. What does this mean for those big firms who can afford to do this? What does this mean for those firms who cannot? This means they will need to leverage other platforms that can remove complexities, simplify and open up access to a whole new world. What will power and be necessary to access all of these solutions to each of these diverse stakeholders? Which platform, what products or services? I think I know the answer to these questions. That is all I can say at the moment, actually maybe a bit too much really...
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