David Gerard
David Gerard
Author "Libra Shrugged: How Facebook Tried to Take Over the Money", "Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain" Music http://rocknerd.co.uk DMs open dgerard@gmail.com he/himSource
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El Salvador: Bitcoin Day! How it went

El Salvador: Bitcoin Day! How it went

Today’s the big day of good news for Bitcoin! I live-tweeted the day’s events in a massive thread. Chivo Wallet has launched! It then turned right thirty feet above the launch pad, and crashed into a lake. Having been there and done that myself in information technology, I’ve rarely seen a project set up for such obvious failure from the start, by upper management who think the critical details are just a matter of shouting at people loudly enough, as the El Salvador Bitcoin project. I’m pretty sure Chivo must not be subject to the regulations on Bitcoin wallets set out by the Banco...

Sep 8
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It’s a $69 Million JPEG, but Is It Art?

It’s a $69 Million JPEG, but Is It Art?

The digital artist Mike Winkelmann, professionally known as Beeple, just sold an NFT—a “non-fungible token,” an asset on a cryptocurrency blockchain—of his image Everydays: the First 5000 Days at auction by Christie’s for $69,346,250. This is the third most expensive auction sale ever of a work by a living artist.That brought plenty of publicity—both to Beeple and to NFTs themselves. But high art is a strange world, one that for decades has run on hype, pumping prices, the convenience of transferring large sums of money through nominal purchases across borders, and an increasing detachment...

Mar 19
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