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  1. To me it seems like people are starting to realize PoW isn't the answer they were looking for. If hash wars at this scale are nasty and cause the network to be unsafe for transactions, imagine what happens if a PoW powered protocol became widely used. "Sorry, war going on. Just don't use the network for the next couple of months, until it's settled". I really feel this has changed the perception towards Bitcoin, even if the war isn't on Bitcoin chain
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    Ripple Insights | Q3 2018 XRP Markets Report

    Nice jump from Q2 direct sales to institutions ($16.87 million in Q2)
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    Market Reset - SDR

    Nothing against precious metals, but goldbugs & silverbugs can often be unbearable with their constant doomsday predictions. And this has been going on for quite a while. Likely started when countries started replacing the gold standard with keynesianism.
  4. I'll say it again: Just like e-mail pre-SMTP. Interoperability is boring, everyone should be connected to SCP and the layers on top of it. To me it all still sounds a lot like Ripple's strategy pre-2015.
  5. You mean the price rise? Right. That must validate your point. Let's hope you're right and it's not largely just Jed spending his money from XRP sales. He knows perfectly well how to manipulate the price from his mtgox days, just like the recorded chalogs of him talking with Karpeles prove. We'll see in 5 years how it actually went, once the speculative phase starts to transform into real world use cases.
  6. What does that have to do with what I said? My point was this: Ripple employees realized in 2015 that the strategy along the lines of "Hey everyone, join the distributed ledger we developed so we can revamp inefficient global payments! It'll have all kinds of bells and whistles!" isn't going to work. They started developing the Interledger Protocol so ALL kinds of payment ledgers can interoperate without having anything to do with Ripple or XRP ledger. What stellar is still doing, is the strategy pre-ILP of ripple.
  7. Just like e-mail pre-SMTP. Interoperability is boring, everyone should be connected to SCP and the layers on top of it. To me it all still sounds a lot like Ripple's strategy pre-2015.
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    XRP Community Reputation

    Bunch of get-rich-quick looneys on twitter won't change the fact that private businesses want to maximise their profitability. The whole crypto hodler gang, all "coinz" included, is fairly irrelevant with their social media noise. What matters is whether or not Ripple's products provide competitive edge both short-term and long-term.
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    XRP Community Reputation

    As there have been so many outlandish predictions revolving around Bitcoin since the beginning, I wouldn't use Bitcoin holders as an example of rationality.
  10. @JoelKatz dragged AB along with him to one of the xrpchat community meetups. I recall @lucky travelled to atleast one of the meetups and possibly met AB there. EDIT: lucky was faster
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    The way back machine - XRPtalk.org

    Feels like things have hardly changed: https://web.archive.org/web/20150405163848/https://xrptalk.org/topic/5666-ripple-is-over-rated-garbage-waste-of-time/ Found an old post of mine also (at #17)
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    The way back machine - XRPtalk.org

    Nice throwback to pre-ILP days.
  13. Very likely not. During the trial between Ripple and R3, R3's XRP deal became public and it contained strict sales limits. R3 wouldn't be able to dump their XRPs.
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    Tracking xRapid transactions

    I'd say it's pretty much impossible to track them, since the potential movement of XRPs on XRP Ledger happen between wallets belonging to crypto exchanges. Everything else related to xRapid will be off-ledger. For the most paranoid ones there are mixing services available for XRP transactions