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it would be good to be prepared for the moment that comes under attack, exploiting legal or other loopholes

it's not a matter of *if*, but *when*

it's a bit of a single point of failure which makes it an attractive target for people on a crusade against bitcoin

if you want to help, make mirrors (can we do something like "deterministic verifiable builds for websites"?), host the files, seed the torrents, show them what censorship resistance means

Apparently #Twitter thinks this violated their rules lol

Got a 12 hour ban out of it

(Removed on appeal, but still)


In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, hosts @AaronvanW and @provoost were once again joined by @SomsenRuben.

The trio discussed Drivechain, a sidechain project spearheaded by @Truthcoin.

Find the show below:

Bitcoin Core 0.21.0 Released: What’s New.

"Bitcoin Core 0.21.0 is one of the biggest Bitcoin Core releases in recent years, introducing various new features as well as privacy and performance improvements"

Written by @AaronvanW.

Quick update on this instance.

Stop freaking out, you will have plenty of time. I’m not not flipping the switch for sometime.

Signups are now closed, but that it for the short term future.

Don’t sit on your arse either, make an effort to run your own instance :)

The goal is more comms resilience.

Theory: Jack purged everyone to accelerate the shift to decentralized technology.

For Jack so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten company, that whoever migrates to mastodon should not perish, but have everlasting life.

@mattodell if you had any outstanding bets about whether Trump would tweet "buy bitcoin" I guess those can be settled now... though he might still promote it if payment processors cut him off.

Random question about Blind Merge Mining. When using Lightning to negotiate with miners, is there a new OP_CODE to check "if critical data requirements met". Because any secret that you unveil would still exist after a reorg.

As I've revealed in my last Patreon post, I've been working on adding end-to-end encryption APIs into Mastodon as an upgrade to the direct message system.

Any and all technical details available at the moment are here:

An implementation guide for app developers is being worked on.


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Welcome to all the @bitcoinhackers. We need wallet and node devs to collaborate with the podcast app devs.

Wow, I just gained dozens of followers, welcome! Did something happen on the bird site? 🙂

Also I forgot to announce @AaronvanW and I recorded another episode in which we give a basic introduction to Lightning:

Episode 21! That's the number of MBTC that will ever be produced. How do you know that? Because it's in the source! And so goes the bad joke I forgot to make... @AaronvanW talk about dependency nightmares, deterministic builds and GUIX.

Stephan Snigirev dropped by @stephanlivera's podcast recently to discuss his DIY hardware wallet as well as the Specter Desktop application. They mention how QR scanning can be a pain if your webcam isn't very good, which I've experienced too. Part of the problem is that web applications don't process QR as efficiently as native code (e.g. on a Mac try QR Journal). Fortunately the app has some other sharing options too; I still need to implement outbound air drop.

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Feeling reckless? You can now use mainnet! Just don't risk more than you're willing to lose due to unforeseen bugs. Also write down the mnemonic: you can later import that in a different wallet.

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Carl Dong on the Chaincode podcast taking about reproducible builds. I even get a brief shout out, so now I feel guilty about not having reviewed build stuff in many months...

The latest TestFlight version of nthKey works with Specter Desktop (a Python application that runs on top of Bitcoin Core to make multi-sig super easy).

The app displays a QR code, which you scan with Specter. Then you select which devices make up your multisig wallet, pick a threshold, and you're all set.

Signing a transaction is also as simple as scanning a QR code, clicking Sign and then scanning the result with Specter.

Give it a try (on testnet)!

But Spotify has “way more advertiser demand for [SAI] than inventory to satisfy it,” said Jay Richman, head of global ads business and platform at Spotify

Should read: “We can’t covert enough of our customers to use our podcast player”

I’m not eve sure they’ll take JRE RSS feeds offline come Dec 1st

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