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  1. I don't think we should be outsourcing the authentication of our identities. FB can authenticate me but I can't authenticate myself? That's scary, IMO.
  2. Thanks! Listening now.
  3. I don't doubt it. That's why experimenting first is a good idea. You go into it *knowing* there will be problems like this and other issues that you weren't able to predict. The more people that you get to join in, the more brainpower you have working on solutions.
  4. It's not too early to start experimenting. These are abstract concepts and I think more people would take an interest if there were concrete examples and hands-on opportunities. It would be fun to run an experiment where a "currency" is generated and distributed once a year to adults. People will be asked to try and exchange with it and not sell it. An hour of babysitting, a ride to the airport, some copy editing work, etc. For a starting point, I'd suggest that the value of one token is $.10 and I'd give people $10K worth. Nobody has to accept it or join in, but I think people might want to try if the goal is to figure out a way to create something like Basic Income.
  5. Thanks, @Max Entropy. This is something that I've thought a lot about. There should be a way for people to own their data along with the ability to profit from it, if people want to do that. If companies want my data, they can buy it. I understand that companies build the tools to extract data and make it meaningful, but I don't think that should automatically entitle them to profit from the data I generate. It's similar to me building a tool to extract oil out of the earth and declaring it all mine because I own the tool. I have wondered if there is a way to turn our data into a currency. The best forms of currency have been the ones which have had high intrinsic value. Data is a valuable resource. I don't like the idea of basic income because the thought of being dependent on the government for income is terrifying to me. But I do worry that technology will displace many people before new opportunities open up. And I also worry that there is an enormous financial crisis on the horizon. I would like something to exist as an alternative to basic income. The topic of a global monetary collapse came up and somebody said if that were to happen we wouldn't even have electricity. Before the idea of solar energy or any rational thoughts entered my mind, I thought "what if we all just kept going to work and stayed real cool until we figured something out, lol." The world doesn't necessarily have to come to a grinding halt if all the money were to disappear. I realize that I'm being ridiculously simplistic, but imagine what this would look like to alien life observing our planet. They'd be like "when the green paper disappeared, the humans abruptly stopped doing their thing and suffering and death immediately followed." Money is just a unit of account. It's the productive capacity of people that creates wealth.
  6. JaiChai!!!! I've missed you!!!! How have you been? Thanks, Karlos! What do you mean about not knowing much about Bitcoin? How did you learn of Ripple? I don't see anything wrong with the top ten crypto, I just don't find them interesting. I'm more interested in fintech than crypto. And by that I mean fintech that is actually affecting everyday lives now, even if people aren't exactly cognizant of it. I think it's absurd that there are banks that won't accept cash. I would love to record somebody bringing cash into Chase bank only to be told to go across the street and get a money order first and then come back. I'd also like to interview people going into a bank to find out what the heck they are doing there anyway. Do you know that sometimes prepaid debit cards mysteriously can't be activated from prepaid phones? Prepaid debit cards from Kroger labeled "FDIC insured" aren't actually insured until they are activated. There is an automated number that must be used to activate the phone. If it doesn't work, you are SOL. It can take over an hour to get a customer service representative on the line and they basically tell you to go eff yourself. They say there is absolutely nothing they can do, the automated number is the only possible way to activate the card, and to try again from another phone. Click. The suggestion to try again from another phone is telling. People have speculated that there is a national database of SIM card registries. It's just a hunch, but I think that prepaid cards over a certain threshold may only be allowed to be activated from a registered SIM. In order for a prepaid card to offer “pass through” FDIC insurance, the actual owner of the card must be documented. Hypothetically, it's possible that there are third-party services using SIM cards to offer something like “identity as a service." (SIM does stand for “subscriber IDENTITY module”.) Things like that are interesting to me. There is a lot of apathy in the world and people don't realize there are invisible walls that hold some of us back. Americans think we have rights, but if nobody else cares about your right, you don't actually have one. Laws aren't self-enforcing. For example, I had a really bad experience with my divorce attorney. I paid her $8K, she dropped my case and I had to go in front of the judge alone. Almost everything that could have gone wrong did. I ended up with nothing, including no child support (I'm fine, don't worry). When I tell people this, they don't believe me because there are state and federal laws that protect child support (because it is for the welfare of the children). There are laws, but they aren't self-enforcing. I can't make a judge follow the law. What happened was really unfair and the only thing I could do was leave a bad Yelp review warning others about my experience. That action was met with legal threats from my attorney. So, I had to remove it because I can't be involved in a legal battle right now. (Don't quote any of this because I'll probably delete it later so I won't get "in trouble.") Taking away my voice was just the biggest punch in the gut. People get utterly beat down over stuff like this. I am fortunate to have some of the greatest people on the planet in my life so I'm ok, but others aren't so lucky. I like Bitcoin because it's P2P. I would like people to see why it's important not be completely reliant on the government and the law to survive. Everybody's "rights" are not protected. And for whatever reason, whenever we hear about somebody's rights being trampled, we automatically want to know more about their life and the poor decisions they've made. We assess people before deciding if they "deserve" the rights that we all,, equally, are supposed to have. It's been 1,030 days since Flint, Michigan has had clean water.
  7. I want people to see things through my eyes. Except for unusual interests, I'm fairly representative of the average person. But somehow I am deemed unworthy of clean air, clean water, and banking. (The class I took, hosted by the World Bank, on financing the sustainable development goals is painfully ironic.) I want to own my content along with the SEO, analytics, and RSS so the podcast will be self-hosted. I'll post the episodes to my YouTube channel as well. I only promote things that I genuinely like. Anything else is like lying, IMO. I don't want money. I want a platform.
  8. I'm going to be starting a video podcast soon. Every week I'll be highlighting that Ripple is a scam. Haha, totally kidding. It will be mostly Bitcoin-oriented. I want to try and make Bitcoin more relatable to regular people. I'm going to focus on "why." Why people are interested in Bitcoin. The podcast will have its own website. There will be a static section with info dedicated to helping newcomers. But the rest of the website will contain continuously updated, hand-selected content from the fintech industry. There will be a job board, upcoming events, etc. I can add a link to this forum (unless that's not ok with @karlos). That's all I've got. Let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.
  9. I swear this parody account isn't mine. I wish I were more clever!
  10. The poor also get poorer because they are easily exploited by the rich. It's amazing how all of the polluted air and contaminated water end up in lower income communities. Poor people don't seem to have the same rights as wealthier citizens. In theory they do, sure. But if nobody else is willing to stand up for your right, it turns out you don't really have it. A theoretical right that you have ZERO ability to exercise isn't any better than no right at all. Entire communities are stripped of their rights and nobody can be bothered to care.
  11. After SIBOS 2015, I really thought they had something going. It wasn't until SIBOS 2016 that it became obvious they didn't I wonder if something almost happened. Raymaekers gives off a weird "know-it-all" vibe and Ripple started (very noticeably) pushing back against SWIFT after SIBOS 2016. I've enjoyed making digs about SWIFT on Twitter and I'll miss that if they join forces with Ripple.
  12. Ok, I didn't expect anyone to watch the video. I assumed you all would look at the paper Peter wrote. That's what was discussed in the video: https://github.com/petertodd/ripple-consensus-analysis-paper/blob/master/paper.pdf Actually, I was just thinking how nice it would be if Ripple used some of those XRP to fund a bitcoin core developers salary to help support the industry. I second your motion to hire Peter Todd. https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/who-funds-bitcoin-core-development-how-the-industry-supports-bitcoin-s-reference-client-1459967859/ I never thought otherwise. But I asked that question because I was hoping non-Ripple employees would see that some of Peter's criticisms are valid. If we (non-Ripple employees) can't counter Peter's assertions then maybe he is right or maybe there are some gaps in our knowledge base. I hang out on this forum to learn, not to high-five each other in an echo chamber. Peter's paper (not the video) is a good learning opportunity. I am extremely grateful that @nikb and @JoelKatz come here and share info and answer questions. I don't mean to sound unappreciative or suspicious. I was trying to push others (non-Ripple employees) to think more critically when Ripple concerns surface. (Although I didn't realize that people were trying to sit through that video, lol.)
  13. I have no idea what this means. But you didn't answer my question. How are secret keys from the default UNL validators protected?
  14. It's not anymore attractive watching Ripplers do the exact same thing. Please tell me how secret keys from the default UNL validators are protected?