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Chatter Report: Vitalik Doesn’t Believe in Proof of Work, Chris Pacia Discusses Big Blocks

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In this latest roundup of crypto chatter from social media, Vitalik Buterin sparks debate by declaring that he doesn’t believe in proof of work. Also, developer Rhett Creighton is accused of foul play in the Bitcoin Private pre-mine scandal. Finally, Chris Pacia clarifies his stance on large block limitations.

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Vitalik Doesn’t Believe in Proof of Work

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin turned a lot of heads recently when he tweeted to Bitcoin maximalist Giacomo Zucco that he doesn’t “believe in proof of work.”

Crypto Twitter erupted with responses. One commentator, Crypto Domains, pointed out the ridiculousness of Vitalik’s comment, comparing it to not believing “in oxygen.” Crypto Domains’ remark resonated widely, not least since Ethereum itself currently runs on a proof of work model.

Bitcoin Community Skeptical of Rhett Creighton

The Bitcoin Private team recently released an official statement explaining that they had no prior knowledge of the BTCP coins that were covertly created during the fork that birthed the project. Instead, they were mislead by developer airk42, they insist. Airk42 had started out innocently by accepting a bounty the team had placed. He then managed to became a BTCP developer and was promoted to contributor on Github. However, when airk42 merged his own code, he left out one crucial line and a bad actor exploited this bug, creating approximately 2 million additional coins.

Many in the cryptocurrency community were suspicious of the BTCP team and their official response. In a recent live stream by bitcoin trader Tone Vays, developer Jimmy Song pointed out that former BTCP developer Rhett Creighton left the project in a rather cryptic manner that foreshadowed the hack.

Likewise, Vays expressed skepticism at Creighton’s sincerity and quickly theorized that he may have secretly been airk42. Cryptocurrency trader Nick Core also agreed with Tone, explaining that scammers are prone to “leave projects before they are finished.”

Chris Pacia Clarifies Tweet on Blocksize Limitations

Bitcoin commentator u/satoshi_vision 1 recently called out Openbazaar developer Chris Pacia on the r/bitcoincashSV subreddit for Pacia’s comments that bitcoin software will start to break down when blocks reach about 22 MB in size. u/satoshi_vision 1 was criticizing Pacia, as Coingeek had mined a 64MB block at block height 557335.

We were told by Chris Pacia that 22MB blocks would not work, not we have blocks nearly 3x that size. from bitcoincashSV

Pacia was unable to defend himself on the subreddit, as he had been banned from participating on r/bitcoincashSV, despite never having commented on it before. Instead, Pacia took to Twitter to defend himself, explaining that his tweet wasn’t about the ability to mine a single large block.

Rather than large single blocks, Pacia was referring to the ability to mine many large blocks in tandem. He then went on to point out that the average blocksize over a one-hour period never went above 7 MB when BSV was mining 32 MB blocks.

What do you think of Vitalik’s thoughts on proof of work? Let us know in the comments below.


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The Daily: BTCP Bug Exploited by ‘Bad Actor’, Binance Lists New Pairs

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The main story featured in today’s edition of The Daily is an official conformation from the Bitcoin Private team that someone has premined millions of BTCP. We also report about the latest currency pairs made available for trading on the Binance exchange.

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Bitcoin Private Bug Exploited by ‘Bad Actor’

The Daily: BTCP Bug Exploited by ‘Bad Actor’, Binance Lists New PairsThe team behind Bitcoin Private has issued an official statement regarding a Coinmetrics report alleging that there was a covert premine of about 2 million BTCP at the creation of the token. The developers say they preformed an investigation after being made aware of the issue and determined that the findings are “mathematically accurate.” However, they claim that they have no connection to whoever was behind this exploit.

According to their internal audit, an open source developer became a BTCP developer to work on a specific issue in exchange for a bounty. This developer was given access to the project on Github in January, wrote his code, collected the reward, and hasn’t been heard of again. But one line of code was missing which enabled the exploit due to the nodes not properly verifying the falsified fork blocks.

And during the publicly announced fork-mine, a “bad actor” exploited this bug, the developers say. “As the code was open source, and the fork-mine was announced on Twitter, anyone with sufficient blockchain development knowledge could have exploited it. At this point, the only thing we can be sure of is that the BTCP Contribution Team did not know about the exploit until it was uncovered by Coin Metrics.”

The developers have put forward two possible plans for fixing the issue using hard forks to choose from, based on community feedback. In the meantime, they requested that all exchanges close deposits and withdrawals of BTCP to mitigate any damage that could be done. Users are also advised to proceed with caution when moving coins.

Binance Exchange Lists New Pairs

The Daily: BTCP Bug Exploited by ‘Bad Actor’, Binance Lists New PairsBinance, the popular international cryptocurrency exchange, has announced it is adding two new trading pairs (TRX/XRP and XZC/XRP), with Ripple’s XRP as the quote asset into the new Combined ALTS Trading Market (ALTS). The move naturally created a lot of excitement and buzz among Ripple’s cheerleaders on crypto social media.

Alongside this development, Binance also announced that the original ETH Trading Market (ETH) will be renamed into the ALTS Trading Market. This is done to reflect the fact that the trading venue now wants to support more trading pairs with different quote currencies.

What do you think about today’s news tidbits? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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