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Bitcoin PoW is Fowl says crypto techie: PoA is how it should work

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Gerald Fenech claimed in his Forbes article that the Principle deployed in bitcoin PoW did not hold out technically and was in its real sense a ‘flaw.’

Throwing up the challenge and facing up to the large bitcoin community was Gerald Fenech when he claimed in his Forbes article that the Principle deployed in bitcoin PoW did not hold out technically and was in its real sense a ‘flaw.’

The world of cryptocurrency is actually a complex network of technical processes which evolve to deliver solutions which are steeped in concepts such as immutability, transparency and decentralized distribution of ledgers. Hence, time and again there are deeply technical aspects which are debated amongst the community members to offer alternative solutions which could be technical better feasible or take the platform forward to a different level.

One such technical debate is PoW (Proof of Work) vs. PoA (Proof of Authority).

 

Historical Background to bitcoin

It is time for investors and the bitcoin community to identify that at the time of the launch of this super-power crypto coin in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto the intent was to offer as a reward the first ‘transaction’ evaluator on the block. Thus the concept followed was Proof of Work. There is a school of thought among bitcoin purists that this was a concept which was originally developed back in 1977 by Adam Back’s and simply known as Hashcash.

The current argument is that the use of PoW is only  a documentation of ‘challenges’ which eventually will be fatal. The particular perception of fatal in this case is that the process of validating blocks on the principle of PoW consumes high quantities of computing power, energy and is also environmentally harmful, due to the mining process. It is very similar to the carbon footprints created by the data storage industry where servers guzzling massive power are cooled down using water and other alternatives.

Hence, Fenech argues that the issue before PoW currency mining is that there are high investments required in terms of the hardware as well as the operating processes requiring large areas or real estate apart from the infrastructure itself being proofed for disaster and risk management in bigger mining centers. The formation of these pooled resources at the mining farms reveals that there is centralization of resources.

 

PoA is the alternative

Fenech argues, in this poorly reasoned presentation that PoA is a better solution in such centralized mining and coin production centers. He suggests that PoA becomes the protocol which will ensure that “A validator has to be personally identified and verified on the platform, making them a trusted node. Users who confirm their identity earn the right to validate blocks on the chain. The crypto rewards they receive are public, as are malicious actions undertaken; this means that individuals have their personal reputation at stake when acting to secure the network.”

However, critics are quick to point out that PoA is limited in its approach as it does not focus on computational power, during the process of mining for the cryptocurrency.

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The Current Bitcoin Market Scenario: Price Manipulation by Whales

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The crypto markets started the last week with a different Euphoria. Each and every trader watched as Bitcoin rallied past $7000 to an astonishing $8000.

The crypto markets started the last week with a different Euphoria. Each and every trader watched as Bitcoin rallied past $7000 to an astonishing $8000. However, at the dawn of Friday, 17th May they woke up to a different scenario. The bitcoin gap just went lower by about 20% or over $1500. As a result of that, the rest of the crypto market was brought down. Some traders were caught unawares while others had foreseen it. The question on every person’s mind was what just happened and which direction should be taken now.

 

It all started on the Bitstamp exchange at about 10 pm ET on Thursday, 16th May. At that time, numerous crypto traders honed in the rather suspicious sell wall. The trader placed a sell order for 3,645BTC (c. $22m) on the exchange. It was formed at a moment when the Bitcoin market liquidity was at its lowest. It especially happens on a singular exchange.

 

The immediate reaction was to reduce the price of Bitcoin on Bitstamp. You could even view the spread in cost between other exchanges and Bitstamp. Such exchanges could include Kraken and Coinbase. As a result of the crypto market arbitrage, the prices on other similar exchanges followed the same track. Bitcoin would fall across the board. The rest of the market sank. It is due to the correlation of the other crypto assets with bitcoin. However, there was far more on the move than just a mere massive Bitcoin selling.

 

What occurred with the wall was an example of cryptocurrency spoofing. On a clear observation, one could notice that the selling wall decreased by the coming of more orders that matched it. This kept occurring as Bitcoin passed through $7500, then $7000 and thereby hitting around $6200. In the end, the sell was completely consumed albeit at a seemingly reduced price.

 

Then, once the cost had hit around the $6200 level, there was another massive buy well that was created on the same exchange ($11m). It could have brought about the sudden recovery that we have noticed in the price greater than $7000. It gave a clear evident of cryptocurrency spoofing in reality.

 

The gentleman or lady behind this doing was clearly attempting to impact the price. There are very few surplus explanations to answer why they would have issued an order of that magnitude at that moment. If an individual had the desire to trade a huge block of Bitcoin at the most suitable price, they would attempt to facilitate an OTC deal. It would be of minimum impact on the market.

 

Furthermore, the timing of a massive buy wall immediately after the trade wall coming to light is suspicious. It is either the orders were greatly coordinated or completed by rather the same party. Similarly, this can also occur on the reverse as sellers place large buy wells. Back in April, something of the sought happened. It was as an individual trader placed a massive order through. It was at a seemingly illiquid moment.

 

Spoofing is something that is considered illegal at the traditional financial markets. However, it is given the unlimited character of the cryptocurrency markets. On the other hand, whales tend to have free reign. However, a question pops up, why would a whale have an urge to tank the market in that way? The solution could lie in a completely distinct market.

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Alert: GotSatoshi Reveals the Real Identity of Satoshi Nakamoto?

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A new website called GotSatoshi now claims to know the real identity of the founder bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto.Here is what they revelead.

The identity of Satoshi Nakamoto is one of the biggest secrets in the world, especially in the cryptocurrency industry. A lot of people have speculated the real identity of the bitcoin founder and some people such as Craig Wright has even self-proclaimed themselves to be Satoshi Nakamoto. A new website called GotSatoshi now claims to know the real identity of the founder bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto.

 

Where in the world is Satoshi: The Countdown ends

The website ran a countdown and also posted on their official twitter account claiming to know the real identity of the founder of bitcoin.

 

The countdown which ended just a few minutes back (from the time of publication) revealed a video which is actually marketing a news website called PaiNews. It seems that it was just another joke or a method of fooling and attracting traffic to the website.

 

What are your thoughts on such lame jokes or methods of attracting traffic? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank calls Bitcoin: Garbage and a Useless Currency

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During an interview with the CNBC, Kevin O'Leary from Shark Tank said that according to him Bitcoin is garbage and a useless currency.

During an interview with the CNBC, Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank said that according to him Bitcoin is garbage and a useless currency.

 

Kevin O’Leary calls Bitcoin Worthless

Famous as the founder of Softkey, a startup that earns annual revenue of around $29 million and a host on the American business reality series Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary is a celebrity amongst the business class in the United States of America.

 

During the interview published on 14th May 2019, Kevin expressed his thoughts over the king of cryptocurrencies bitcoin and called it a useless currency as the people who accept it just wants to hedge against the high volatility of the virtual currency. This comes in the midst of the current bitcoin surge as the virtual currency doubled its value in just a few days from below $4000 to more than $8000.

 

Kevin also explained why he has such negative views on bitcoin giving the instance of how once he tried using bitcoin for a real estate transaction in Switzerland. He said that it is not possible to get in and out of bitcoin while transacting in huge amounts.

 

He also gave an example stating that if one wants to buy real estate in Switzerland for $10 million. The seller wants a guarantee that the value comes back to him as currency at ten and the buyer has to hedge the risk of the cryptocurrency, hence it is not a real currency. Kevin said that the seller or the receiver would never want to take the risk of such high volatility and thus BTC is worthless.

 

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