- May 28, 2003
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I still cannot help to be reminded of the Dot Com bubble/burst.
The small circulating supply means that BTC liquidity is an illusion:Another problem is that although 18.6m bitcoins have indeed been mined, far fewer can actually be said to be “in circulation” in any meaningful way.
For a start, it is estimated that about 20 per cent of bitcoins have been lost in various ways, never to be recovered. Then there are the so-called “whales” that hold most of the bitcoin, whose dominance of the market has risen in recent months. The top 2.8 per cent of bitcoin addresses now control 95 per cent of the supply (including many that haven’t moved any bitcoin for the past half-decade), and more than 63 per cent of the bitcoin supply hasn’t been moved for the past year, according to recent estimates.
the idea that you can get out of your bitcoin position at any time and the market will stay intact is frankly a nonsense. And that’s why the bitcoin religion’s “HODL” mantra is so important to be upheld, of course.
Because if people start to sell, bad things might happen! And they sometimes do. The excellent crypto critic Trolly McTrollface (not his real name, if you’re curious) pointed out on Twitter that on Saturday a sale of just 150 bitcoin resulted in a 10 per cent drop in the price.
Currencies are not related to physical property at all that all stopped with the suspension of the gold standard. Currencies can be created out of thin air by a central bank employee adjusting the money supply.So, basically, the value of bitcoin is artificial and relies on support, as against currencies that are related to a physical property? If you have gold bullion then you 'have' that value in currency? And bitcoin etc. are based on hypothetical, not corporeal, value. The bitcoin billionaires are billionaires because they say they are, and everyone believes them?
Sounds like a trustworthy and stable means of economy.
Yeah modern "currency" is little more than a number on a spread sheet. In the old days currency was always things that had intrinsic values. Gold coins could be melted to make jewelry or something. "official" tender was about weights and measures. 2 one-once gold coins are worth the same as one 2 ounce coin.. since people only cared about gold weight.Currencies are not related to physical property at all that all stopped with the suspension of the gold standard. Currencies can be created out of thin air by a central bank employee adjusting the money supply.
All financial instruments rely on support including stocks, bonds and even baseball cards. Someone paid $5.2mn for a single baseball card recently.
Supply and demand just like the price of meat in Billingsgate market goes up and down.
Now, this I just do not buy.The biggest hurdle - and this isn't "party politics" - in developing something like DLT is that the populace (the average citizen) and even politicians don't often understand it.
Technology experts and scientists and engineers can understand it all, but the government is filled mainly with politicians (not experts). They catch on to terms like "APPs", "algorithms" and "data" without actually understanding a) what they are and b) the context in which they can be applied or used. They got the job by being a politician, not by actual experience or expertise in technology; they pay people to do that.
The government are currently 'probing' the possibility to make the public happy by forcing social media to self-regulate.
"If someone puts up a 'hate' post or a lie, can't you make a program to find it and block it?"
"Do you know how many posts are put up each day? In an hour? By the minute?"
"Er. No. but computer programs are fast, aint they?"
"And then you have to try to simulate contextual placing."
"We have to teach the program to understand the word 'dyke' meaning 'water ditch' and 'dyke' meaning 'lesbian'*. It has to understand context. See?"
"Er. no. Can't you make an APP for that then?"
* Actual example of a You Tube content creator who decided to change his real name because the YT algorithms de-monetised every damn video he put up. And, yeah - everyone asked what about Dick Van ...
I guess it might be there when the silver runs out for this Reddit army that is buying up stuff.Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency which started off as a joke, has jumped in value by 50% after inventor Elon Musk dubbed it "the people's crypto".
Cryptocurrencies such as Dogecoin and Bitcoin are generated by computers. Their supposed value comes from the finite number that can be computed.
Dogecoin uses a Shiba Inu dog as its mascot and is based on a meme featuring the animal.
The currency has risen more than 800% in the year so far.
After reaching a high of $0.058 (4.2 pence), each dogecoin is currently changing hands for about $0.046, suggesting a total value for all 128bn coins of about $5.89bn.
Elon Musk's car firm Tesla has said it bought about $1.5bn (£1.1bn) of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in January and expects to start accepting it as payment in future.
The news caused the price of Bitcoin to jump 14% to $43,968, a record high.
Tesla said it was trying to maximise returns on cash that is not being used in day-to-day running of the company.