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Because when you make a payment, the whole prehistory of the bitcoin you’re sending is traceable back to the very first transaction. If you don’t follow basic rules, your transaction could be linked to you, making all your past and future transactions visible to a third party.

Some simple rules to follow when sending:

  • avoid using KYC bitcoin (i.e. bought at a centralized exchange like Binance)
  • coinjoin your bitcoin with Wasabi or Samourai before sending
  • use anonymous swap exchanges to break the link between the sending and the receiving address.

My problem is I’m not finding a new job because I can’t stay where I am now due to legal regulations in academia. Been try to find one for two years now but unsuccessfully. If I don’t manage that in the nearest future, I‘d need to leave academia, which is kind of sad. But maybe it’s not, who knows…

It does work. However, you would need adjust the duration of both your offer and the escrow. The rule of thumb: t_offer + t_escrow <= 10 hours.

Trying to parallelize my code for a Brownian Dynamics simulation of molecular self-assembly on GPUs.

Stacking sats, of course.

I can’t remember any case where a certain technology was banned and it was then gone forever. On the other hand, there were many cases (mainly in totalitarian countries), where similar attempts were made, for example the telegram ban in Iran & Russia or VPN bans in China. The result of those bans was not quite as expected (to phrase it mildly :) ).

The wheel can’t be uninvented. This is a property of the human brain and can be observed throughout the history.

But I mean we still can speculate, right? :) In case of a hypothetical bitcoin ban, I think there would emerge multiple forks of bitcoin plus a large underground community still running the original code. The government would be forced to physically go from house to house and search every single room to prevent people from running the nodes.

That said, to ban a technology like bitcoin, one would need to revert a whole bunch of underlying technological advances, starting with asymmetric cryptography and ending up with SSH, decades of Linux development and Tor.

Cool stuff (sent you some sats)!

It’s a pity that I didn’t come across your app before. I clearly see multiple applications for it: from extra password protection and crypto wallets to some sort of „last will“ or inheritance contracts.

Hope I can find a real application for it now.

Running quantum mechanics calculations of a branched polygutamate peptide to estimate the optimal bond length and dihedral angle parameters…

While hopelessly looking for tenure-track faculty positions.

Good idea. I will start with a testnet node in a VM while I‘m still looking for some good hardware for a real full node.

Totally noob question: Does the node really have to run 24/7? What happens if I do some transactions, the switch it off and switch on in a few days?

I will still be able to do more transactions but only after it has synched the blockchain?

Also, are there special network security measures to undertake before running such a node? I mean Ethernet/WiFi settings, firewalls, etc.

Thanks man! This is gonna be a loooooog reading session tonight :)

I‘m using debian without all this GUI crap. Should be also fine, shouldn’t it?

Thank you! This is a good point. Also good that the node doesn’t have to be online all the time (not planning to use lightning).

As for raspberry stuff, they claim it’s a „cheap“ piece of hardware, but I just checked the prices on amazon and it’s >$150. Insane.

Tutanota - encrypted email service based in 🇩🇪 and free. If you want aliases and more storage space, it would cost you $12/year.

Agree. There’s no need to expose your bank account data to an exchange. Robosats + Revolut/Wise works just great. Then use Monero mixers like HoudiniSwap to make it even safer.

Optimizing a molecular mechanics force field to run a bunch of atomistic simulations of a short amino acid peptide.