Let's Talk Bitcoin! #359 All Satoshis are Fake Satoshis (letstalk)

On Today’s Episode of Let’s Talk Bitcoin…Andreas, Stephanie and Adam discuss appeals to authority in a blockchain world.Examining Ethereum’s Paradox of Choice(or, Why You Shouldn’t Be An Elder)You always wanted to buy Satoshi’s book, right?(or, All Satoshis are Fake Satoshis)Bonus:Collaborate with Andreas on Mastering EthereumThis episode of Let’s Talk Bitcoin! was sponsored by EasyDNS.com and was edited…


Jimmy Song advocating for bits (100 satoshis) denomination adoption by coinmarketcap. We should ask the same to out exchanges and wallet providers.



He published the BIP176 that already got accepted LINK https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0176.mediawiki

Excerpt from the BIP176:

  1. Reduce user error on small bitcoin amounts.
  2. Reduce unit bias for users that want a "whole" bitcoin.
  3. Allow easier comparisons of prices for most users.
  4. Allow easier bi-directional comparisons to fiat currencies.
  5. Allows all UTXO amounts to need at most 2 decimal places, which can be easier to handle.

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Bitcoin – The Currency of the Internet

On the 9th birthday of Bitcoin, I’d urge everyone who hasn’t yet read Satoshi’s 9-page* white-paper to read it. It’s brilliantly written, and with a lot of newbie’s coming in to the community, this is a must read!

Link to the white paper is here – https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

*9th page is the reference page. so really, it's only 8 pages.

I was just re-reading it, and i really enjoy Satoshi's outright sass in it. For example, when talking about 'greedy attackers' :

"He ought to find it more profitable to play by the rules, such rules that favour him with more new coins than everyone else combined, than to undermine the system and the validity of his own wealth."

and you can see that he was aware and conscious about node's being able to store the blocks with commonly found hardware:

"A block header with no transactions would be about 80 bytes. If we suppose blocks are generated every 10 minutes, 80 bytes * 6 * 24 * 365 = 4.2MB per year. With computer systems typically selling with 2GB of RAM as of 2008, and Moore's Law predicting current growth of 1.2GB per year, storage should not be a problem even if the block headers must be kept in memory."

happy reading!

EDIT – I've unknowingly sort of delved into the block-size/scaling debate in the last bit above. Not my intention. Bitcoin itself has evolved from the original white paper. Satoshi himself had found ways to improve on top of the white paper during the days he was active. My point here is to appreciate the great invention and truly understand it as told my the author/creator himself 🙂

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Satoshi’s lesson

Bitcoin 0.1 was amazingly complete. It had few bugs, and even fewer really bad bugs. Additionally, it had great forward-compatibility, with explicit support for future softforks in the form of the OP_NOPn opcodes. Before anyone knew how a decentralized cryptocurrency would even work, Satoshi was figuring out how to add to Bitcoin things like smart contracts and payment channels. This is incredible, and a lot of people look at Satoshi's amazing accomplishments with Bitcoin and say stuff like, "Satoshi must be a crypto super-genius, the next Einstein." This, I think, is very much missing the point.

When Satoshi was working on Bitcoin in 2007-2009, almost all of the core ideas of Bitcoin were well-known in the cryptography community. In 1996, a summary of previous academic work on electronic cash was published, talking at length about most of the low-level cryptographic primitives used in Bitcoin and using familiar terms like "double spending". Hashcash proof-of-work was well-known, and I remember reading about it prior to Bitcoin as an idea to prevent email spam. git uses the same unbreakable chain of hashes as Bitcoin's block chain, and was first released in 2005. Satoshi made one major leap: combining all these pieces to prevent double spending through a PoW block chain. This was impressive, but the same flash of brilliance could've happened to anyone who was following this stuff.

Satoshi is not awesome because he was watching the crypto world and had a brilliant idea. He's awesome because upon having this idea, he carried it out. You know what I would've done if this idea had come to me? I probably would've mentioned it to a few people, maybe written some very basic code if I was feeling especially ambitious. You know what Satoshi did? He spent 2+ years contemplating every possible aspect of the system he could think of, and wrote code that worked brilliantly in the real world. Satoshi's code was good, but anyone who had read a good book like C++ Primer could've written similarly-good code. Anyone who had taken an intro crypto course or read a few books on the subject would understand Satoshi's usage of crypto primitives. The task of creating Bitcoin required a small flash of brilliance, moderate skill, and an unbelievably huge amount of dedication to thinking about, coding, and testing the system until it worked exactly as envisioned.

Satoshi's lesson is that you don't need to be the next Einstein in order to change the world. You just need to be put in the effort. Satoshi, probably just an ordinary hobbyist like anyone here, saw that something was lacking in the Universe, and he fought tooth-and-nail for 2+ years until this imperfection was corrected. We should strive to do the same (and not just in Bitcoin).

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