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  1. rippledigital liked a post in a topic by winthan in Why does the US/NATO hate Russia seriously?   
    1) American lefties dislike Russia because it rejected socialism; indeed the Soviet experience stands as an indictment against the whole scheme.

    2) Righties dislike Russia because communist or not (and how many think it still is?) it’s still Russia.

    3) Americans have to have a rival, an opponent, a counter, an enemy even. It’s geopolitical chiaroscuro: the City on The Hill must shine in the Darkness.

    4) Russia is the right size of the opponent. To be obsessed with Venezuela ("national security threat" though it was declared) would be unworthy of such a "great" and "winning" country. China is too big and because it owns so much of the US economy, too dangerous, to provoke. Russia is of sufficient size to be a worthy target.

    5) Russia is a safe target (or so Obama thought a year ago). US-Russia trade is small and there is little cost to being sanctimonious against Russia: bashing Russia gives a pleasing sense of moral superiority without uncomfortable consequences.

    6) Maybe Russia is an ungrateful child? In the 1990s there was much talk about US aid and advice reforming Russia, the "end of history" and all that. Russia was, evidently, on the verge of becoming "just like us". But it didn’t and such back-sliding cannot be forgiven.

    7)Russia is a convenient palimpsest on which to write the presumptions you brought. Martin Malia wrote a fascinating book showing how Westerners from Voltaire onwards found Russia to be the perfect exemplar of whatever it was that they wished it to be. So, in Russia you can find whatever you’re looking for: a "geostrategic foe", for example.

    8) Given that today "human rights" have been reduced to little more than applauding sexual preferences, (watch this Ukrainian video on why the Dutch should have voted Yes, if you think I'm overstating things) Russia is so old-fashioned that all can hate it.

    9) They're just trapped in it – they've been crying wolf so long and so loudly, they can't stop.

    10) The people who actually run the USA (the White-House-and-Congress/the-Deep-State: your choice) know that the USA is losing the industrial production capacity that made it Number One. Their solution, so the theory goes (Pepe Escobar's Empire of Chaos theory), is that the only way to keep the USA (relatively) on the top is to depress the others. Chaos and instability on its borders will bog Russia down. Europe can be bogged down by using the Russian threat – in this respect, the sanctions against and by Russia are hurting Europe more than anyone else. In the end, the USA will still be king of the hill even if the hill is smaller.

    11) For some reason – it's observable, even if it's not explicable – Americans personalize everything. And, out there, visible everywhere, is Vladimir Vladimirovich. On Wednesday the Panama Papers are about him, on Thursday they are by him. Putin Derangement Syndrome sells papers and animates talk shows. Just in the month of April, for example, we have been told that Putin is going out with Murdoch’s ex-wife; we have seen both versions of the Panama Papers story; told that Dutch voters were thought-controlled by him, that he has a secret army in Europe and an army of "spy dolphins". Putin Derangement Syndrome is getting crazier and crazier.

    12)We cannot forget sheer profitability. Billions spent on an F-35 fighter, a Littoral Combat Ship, unending tank production, trillion-dollar nuclear weapons program and billions and billions more cannot be rationalized by pointing to a handful of "terrorists" equipped with small arms, road-side bombs and suicide vests. Without a serious enemy, justifying big contracts, how can generals hope to get a second high-paid job in retirement? The enormous US military sector needs a capable and convincing enemy. And, other than Russia (or China – remember the pivot to Asia?), what is there?

    13) There is the argument that NATO is one of the principal ways that Washington maintains its dominance over Europe and the EU. The easiest and simplest justification for NATO is a return to its earliest purpose, as Lord Ismay wittily put it, "To keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down". The director of Stratfor has opined that the "primordial interest" of the USA has been preventing any sort of condominium between Germany and Russia. The Russia-the-eternal-enemy position provides both a justification for the continuation of NATO and a prophylactic against a Berlin-Moscow axis. It ensures a Europe that cannot stand on its own.

    14) Sheer laziness. The 24/7 news cycle needs material and it's always easiest to stick with what you have. Because Russia filled some time yesterday, it should do so again today. There's always someone available to tell you that Putin is corrupt, or Russia is about to invade some country, or Russia is about to collapse, or Russians are hungry or some other click-bait headline. Better than celebrities and their drug or marital problems because it gives that soupçon of gravity that makes the audience feel it's not wasting its time. The steady diet has its effect and so Russia-the-eternal-enemy comes to be casually accepted.

    15) It's clear that Putin's team is serious and that many Western leaders are not. Also, and this cannot be denied, the team is successful. This minor country that makes nothing - where no one wants to live and which is dying - is setting the course. Meanwhile, in the West... This must infuriate the Western Establishment and that is a motive for the unceasing attempts to demean Putin & Co. It is "magical thinking": if they repeat the charm loudly and often, maybe Russia will go away and no Western population will have to contemplate the possibility that national governments might actually do what they are paid to do.

    16) The state of mind in the Obama Administration is not made better by million-view YouTube videos comparing his work-out style with Putin's. Nor pages of sneering cartoons contrasting a macho image with a feeb. Nor pages of "Putin beats Obama". It has been some time since people gushed over Obama's "glistening pecs". It would also go some distance to explain outbursts like "White House criticizes Vladimir Putin’s posture" or flippant – and self-deceiving – dismissals like "regional power acting out of weakness" or "Russia is the outlier".

    17) A subset of the above is the realization that the Putin team has out-maneuvered Washington at every step in the past few years. Washington was not able to overthrow Assad in Syria. The US Navy will not have a base in Sevastopol. Ukraine is a failing nightmare and its chances of joining NATO are probably lower than they were ten years ago. The sanctions regime against Russia has backfired. Russia survives low oil prices. The Moscow-Beijing axis is stronger than ever. Russia is not "isolated". The Western Alliance is surely weaker than before. And this returns us to the "magical thinking" that we see manifested in Washington's confused and contradictory utterances.

    18) Fake news creates propaganda to blame on the Russia for anything.
  2. rippledigital liked a post in a topic by rippleman in ¿Cómo le fue en 2016 a las Acciones, Oro, Bitcoin y el Dólar?   
    Pienso que en latinoamerica el uso de bitcoin debería ser mayor considerando las situaciones de las divisas en México, Venezuela y Brasil. El problema es que cuando se busca información en español sobre criptomonedas en buscadores web, la información es poca y no luce confiable. Por ejemplo en el caso de Ripple hay cero tutoriales o roadmaps sobre como adquirir XRP a partir de sus monedas locales. 
    Si bien muchas personas rechazan estas tecnologías, en latinoamerica abre una gran posibilidad a las personas no solamente de inversión sino de proteger sus dineros, pero el idioma es una real barrera respecto a la información (menos información = menos confianza)
  3. Morty liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in Cryptocurrency is next wealth frontier   
    Dear heavens you're RIGHT!
  4. rippleman liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in ¿Cómo le fue en 2016 a las Acciones, Oro, Bitcoin y el Dólar?ómo-le-fue-en-2016-a-las-acciones-oro-bitcoin-y-el-dólar-69ea46650dd2
  5. Morty liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in Cryptocurrency is next wealth frontier   
    Dear heavens you're RIGHT!
  6. Morty liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in Cryptocurrency is next wealth frontier   
    Dear heavens you're RIGHT!
  7. rippledigital liked a post in a topic by XRPCafe in A new XRP forum has been born, and we're giving free XRPs   
    Thanks for the supportive words, and the non-supportive ones.
    We can see ho much the community is skeptical, and how bad some experiences were. No, we are not some old posters in disguise. We were there during Bitcoin's first inception, and the same words are being said about XRP were said against Bitcoin, so nothing to worry about.
    We are not in a hurry to see any instant gains that are seductive enough for everyone else to start buying XRPs, rather we want to create a place/market place where people do stuff for XRPs exclusively or at least additionally, just like how it started with Bitcoin. I'd say it is very silly to just expect any crypto-currency or crypto-asset to kick in without the community doing anything, and without a good PR.
    Back in the days, the philosophy behind Bitcoin pushed dozens upon dozens to start all sort of sites and services that get paid in BTC, and the adoption went slowly but surely. On the other hand, the XRP community is very aggressive towards itself, and very suspicious of anything XRP-related, which means they are suspicious about XRP itself, and to be honest if I were that suspicious about anything, I wouldn't invest in it a single penny nor will I waste a single second on it, nobody wants something just to hate it, and that brings another question, are the XRPers really holders of XRP, or just passerby or even opponents to the very simple idea of XRP, and that's how they do the job?
    As for our project, we will keep doing what we are doing, and our plan will go as planned whether it gets accepted from the start up or whether it will take longer, and we will keep answering questions and removing doubts as long as we're alive.
  8. rippledigital liked a post in a topic by Hodor in Cryptocurrency is next wealth frontier
  9. nur liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in Time to get paranoid   
    It's also very reasonable to assume that simply being a part of a website like this already puts you at higher risk of targeting, should your profile/content in any way be linked to other accounts, devices or personage. Especially if, as @Graine mentioned, XRP begins to appreciate in value – or if you hold large quantities that are somehow traceable e.g. public address.
    I'd also assume – and sorry if this is unpleasant, but I do have friends in cyber security/intelligence, and so this isn't out of turn or personal, but – that there are folks on this very forum, possibly even longer-term members who otherwise behave quite cordially, who are not as they seem. I'm not saying anyone is or is not a potential threat/hacker/whatever! I'm saying it's very reasonable to assume so, and treat others as potential phishers etc, as long as it's cordial or respectful within the bounds of forum rules. There are many attempts on here to manipulate price (FUD, pumpers & dumpers), for example. And if that occurs, more nefarious data manipulation or mining could be going on.
    That suspicion includes me ofc – assume I am hostile! (I'm a teddy bear, really). Don't assume I'm friendly and discuss with me (or anyone else) details of your wallets or funds or private plans. It's not worth it. I guarantee you every major crypto-coin website has already been scoured and is being monitored for any and all information. Assume you could have your forum ID/profile etc linked to other online activity on a database.
    Be prudent with passwords, and "cloud" password managers are a total liability (single point of access) unless you have 2fa or better security. Use cold wallets. Write down private keys etc. If necessary, and you're super "paranoid", put out disinformation.
    Sorry, but it's better to be overly cautious than not, and suffer later. I'd hate to have you guys lose funds.
  10. nur liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in Value of XRP by 2017   
    I dumped all my MaidSafe recently partly through reading that blog and partly through seeing how pathetic their user base was; all about price pumping. After all these years and virtually no working tech, no explanation of how the coin can even work, and loads of competition popping up in the p2p storage/messaging space etc that's going to get there years ahead of MaidSafe, it'll be a miracle if it ever sees the light of day.
  11. rippledigital liked a post in a topic by T8493 in Value of XRP by 2017   
    Computing power is not free. Have you checked the prices of compute nodes on Amazon AWS recently?
    And if you're doing the same calculations over and over again (so that you can be sure that one node didn't calculate your value incorrectly) it is even more expensive.
  12. rippledigital liked a post in a topic by T8493 in Value of XRP by 2017   
    Most of the cryptosystems are "breachable". The main question is only when this will happen. The only exception that I know of is one-time pad and similar cryptosystems that have the property of "perfect secrecy".
    Cryptographic schemes often consist of cryptographic primitives (hash functions, etc.) that can be easily replaced if there's a realistic chance that these cryptographic primitives can be broken. However, if there's a big mathematical breakthrough in e.g. discrete logarithm problem, then the whole classes of cryptosystems will need to be replaced.
    I can't comment on the rest of your post.
  13. rippledigital liked a post in a topic by T8493 in Value of XRP by 2017   
    Be careful with the phrase "provably secure". It has a very specific meaning in cryptography. ECDSA (signature scheme used by Ripple, for example) is not "provably secure" unless you make some very strong assumptions.
  14. Haydentiff liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in "The Ripple Network is a network of ILP Validators"   
    Ah gotcha.
    Yeah, RCL is a sort of... publicly accessible hub to onboard to the ILP (in future, entire IoV) network.
  15. rippledigital liked a post in a topic by nur in Expanse EXP - an ethereum fork is on the Inter Ledger Protocol of Ripple.
  16. gregor liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in Exotic corridors.   
    Excellent point.
    This is the project I am most looking forward to and most closely matches my own vision of what Ripple could be and could do, i.e. a decentralised, public asset exchange that supports its own infrastructure through sales of the bridge currency (just like real public infrastructure requires tax).
    There should be absolutely no need for ShapeShift or Changelly in a Ripple-enabled world. Before I even bought (or was interested in buying) XRP I was totally hooked on Ripple because of the idea of XRP being so liquid and RCL bringing in all these amazing new (and old) assets from around the globe and being able to exchange them all – and I like the idea of my assets being very, very liquid.
    Thus far this has been the great failure in my view and has saddened me. So when someone from the Ripple team (it may have been JoelKatz, not sure, I lost the post) recently mentioned a hush-hush "crypto-exchange project" (coming soon, of course) well I necessarily wet my pants a little with excitement.
  17. xrpaware liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in 6 superstitions concerning XRP   
    It depends how much is being sent. If for example you tried to send $1m TODAY via XRP, imagine the price spike! Due to the increase that would occur, financial professionals will NOT use XRP in its current low-liquidity, low-volume state for massive transfers, because they'll get screwed on price assuming no one else bought it exactly when they did (i.e. they'd wait for some sell-offs and the price to deflate, then buy at lower prices). So if you wanted to buy $1m worth of XRP today you could only do it by staggering in small chunks, say in day intervals with hundreds or possibly low thousands of dollars' worth of XRP. However, we do have some evidence it's being used for smaller transactions already. My personal opinion is it'll basically have to take time, slowly building it up and increasing transaction size. One way to help this may be batch payments (or micropayments). High volumes, low cost.
  18. Morty liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in Toothpick holder   

  19. will4star liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in 6 superstitions concerning XRP   
    Agree with this. Good job Miguel!
  20. will4star liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in 6 superstitions concerning XRP   
    To be honest I think the loose definitions of centralized and decentralized are the crux of the issue anyway. Mostly, decentralization has become a quasi-cultist term used by bitcoin maximalists or altcoin folks. There are some ways in which you could say Ripple is more or less centralized or decentralized.
    For instance, a (web) protocol, by design, is decentralized. However, that doesn't make it so in effect. But then again, you could argue MS Windows is "decentralized", or food production, or even policing; and argue the opposite. You have to appreciate specifics and context. There are strong arguments to say that bitcoin is in fact, largely centralized in terms of the balance of power and those who can control mining, price, code, etc.
    I'm not so bothered about the semantics or even the (de)centralization anyway, since it can be largely a philosophical issue and there are benefits to both ends of the spectrum.
  21. nur liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in What are your views on XRP?   
    It's not a mono-race. It's like... a new sport, with multiple divisions, endless cups and medals and trophies. Lots of room for all. 
  22. ElMoskito liked a post in a topic by rippledigital in 6 superstitions concerning XRP   
    And the best digital asset!
  23. rippledigital liked a post in a topic by Morty in Toothpick holder   
    Yeah it's basalt.