Archive for the ‘btc’ Category

Putting the B in BTC

That’s B for billions (of people). Okay, lame title is lame, whatever. I wrote previously about why Bitcoin’s worth caring about, but if any of that was right, then it naturally leads to the idea that those benefits should be available to many people, not just a few. But what does that actually look like? […]


I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve been finding the zeitgeist in Bitcoin a bit incoherent: every second idea that’s brought up is treated as either essential or an imminent disaster, and yet a few weeks later everyone who was so excited/enraged has moved onto some different idea to be excited/enraged about. Personally, I […]

Bitcoin Price

One of the things that’s hard to talk sensibly about is Bitcoin’s price. I’m going to have a go at it anyway. Personally, I think there’s two fundamental aspects driving Bitcoin’s value: adoption, and security. The idea there is that, fundamentally, if you look at each person who’s invested in Bitcoin, take their net worth […]

Liquid and Taproot Activation

Blockstream posted today about Elements 0.21 and activating taproot on the Liquid sidechain. I think that’s worth talking about in a couple of ways. First is that it’s another consensus update scheduled about six weeks after the previous “dynafed” update. That update failed fairly badly causing almost a full day’s downtime for the network, during […]

Rolling for initiative

At the start of the year, I wrote out some thoughts about Bitcoin priorities, probably most simply summed up as: it’s probably more important to work on things that reinforce [Bitcoin’s] existing foundations, than neat new ideas to change them In that post, I also wrote: I’m particularly optimistic about an as yet unannounced approach […]

Sturm und drang und taproot activation

Back at the end of 2019, I said on Stephan Livera’s podcast that activation of taproot is “something a lot of people in the community have very strong opinions of; so it’s probably going to be a Twitter flamefest or whatever about it.” It’s turned out both better and worse than I expected — better […]

Fixing UASF

Ambiguous titles are tight. I’ve always been a little puzzled by the way the segwit/uasf/uahf/segsignal drama played out back in 2017 — there was a lot of drama about the UASF for a while, and then, when push came to shove, suddenly miners switch to being 100% in favour of it, and there were no […]

Bitcoin in 2021

I wrote a post at the start of last year thinking about my general priorities for Bitcoin and I’m still pretty happy with that approach — certainly “store of value” as a foundation feels like it’s held up! I think over the past year we’ve seen a lot of people starting to hold a Bitcoin […]

Activating Soft forks in Bitcoin

General background: Bitcoin is a consensus system — it works because there are a set of rules on how Bitcoin transactions work, and everyone agrees on what they are. Changing those rules is called “forking” — when some people want to change the rules in a non-backwards compatible way while others don’t, that results in […]

A Paradigm Shift

(I would have liked to have come up with a more original post title, but found myself unable to escape this one’s event horizon) I’ve been at Xapo for a bit over a couple years now, and it’s been pretty great. Earlier this year, we’d been coming up to performance review time, so, as you […]

Bitcoiner Maximalism

I’ve been trying to come up with a good way of thinking about what to prioritise in Bitcoin work for a little while now — there’s so much interesting stuff going around, all of it Good For Bitcoin, that you need some way to figure out which bits are more important or urgent than others. […]

Buying in and selling out

I figured “Someday we’ll find it: the Bitcoin connection; the coders, exchanges, and me” was too long for a title. Anyhoo, since very late February I’ve been gainfully employed in the cryptocurrency space, as a developer on Bitcoin Core at Xapo (it always sounds pretentious to shorten that to “bitcoin core developer” to me). I […]