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I have yet to read a post by anyone that understands that XRP has nothing to do with banks and remittance institutions. The network that banks use (Xcurrent) has absolutely nothing to do with "Xrapid" which is what the seperate digital currency (XRP) uses. Nothing at all. This talk of banks adopting XRP is so flagrantly ignorant it causes me to shake my head. So what the heck is this perpetual talk of XRP absorbing swift and forex transactions? It's 100% completely centralized within Ripple Inc. and is at the mercy of their scrupules, trust and caprices. Low transaction costs and fast transactions? Bitcoin's lightning network will be able to do that and so will Ethereum within 2 years. I have big problems with bitcoin's power usage, miner monopoly, exchange monopoly and hackability. I have a huge problem with XRP's company centralization, seperate business's (Xcurrent for institutions and Xrapid for speculators) and see Ethereum-Ether as the superior balance of both. So I challenge the "informed" Ripple speculators to elucidate the justification for this because I see zero within a short to mid timeframe. Not a hater. I speculatively bought 3k XRP on Kraken but fail to see the longterm benefits of a flagrantly centralized company owned cryptocurrency that has nothing to do with banks or remittance institutions. Addition to original post: **NOTICE** Very surprised by the volume and speed of responses here. Blown away I am. My post was meant to ask a hard question by a neophyte newbie–me–in regard to XRP. In order for something to stand upon its own two feet it must be able to withstand these queries. I thank you all for the informative info and critique. This community is far more robust than I thought. I originally bought bitcoin when it was a subversive medium at a cafe in chicago from a guy I met on Reddit. I used it to get funds into an offshore gambling account. It was a truly beautiful thing back then when the miners were discursive and spread out, governments didn't develop tools to mess with it, exchanges did not exist, it was actually used as a currency etc... This Ripple community reminds of those times a bit. My limited vision sees 3 cryptos: a centralized regulated (Ripple), a decentralized swiss-army knife (Ether) and a subversize untraceable (Monero et al). I'm in all 3. I see bitcoin as the Icarus, the first casualty, the Napster, Atari and Netscape. Thanks for the replies again.