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  1. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    Twitter has enabled "tips" for users via Bitcoin over the Lightning Network.
  2. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    El Salvador has officially adopted Bitcoin as the national currency, as of yesterday.   We live in exciting times.
  3. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

      This is the tricky part. If you are missing something and don't follow up, you will be stuck in limbo forever. But if you do follow up, they take it as a bother.   I guess just best to have everything in order the first time around. ;)
  4. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

    HR at my company helped me get all the paperwork in order, and told me that I didn't need some of the documents that I collected. I thought that they knew better than I did, so I left them out. Turns out that everything I has was actually needed, so that delayed their response to my application by a few weeks.   The lesson is: always submit more than you think is required. They won't necessarily tell you what you are missing until you follow up a few times.
  5. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    The price has always been the least important part of Bitcoin. The fact that the EU is trying to punish bitcoin exchanges ( at the same time as Mastercard is opening up the floodgates of new users ( should be a tell that BTC is becoming a driving force in world economics.   The next 5 years will be very exciting for BTC, regardless of the day-to-day price fluctuations.
  6. Create a new conspiracy theory

    My favorite conspiracy theory at the moment is that the earth is hollow, and there are lizard people living underground who secretly control all of the governments on the surface. Entrances are of course at the north and south poles, and global warming would have melted the ice that keeps them locked away, which is why global leaders are so concerned with it.
  7. Dinosaurs

      Wonderful, thank you. I will give it a shot. :)
  8. Dinosaurs

      That sounds fascinating - do you remember the name of it?
  9. Dinosaurs

    I read as a child a book called "Dinotopia" that explored a mixed human/dinosaur civilization. Very short, but it always got my imagination running.
  10. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      You hear what you want to hear, then. Nothing I can do about that. C'est la vie.   The Federal Reserve has zero transparency, and is uncontrolled by the US government. The US is dependent on the Federal Reserve, but leaping from that dependence to saying that the states themselves are illegitimate is quite the ride.
  11. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      This is a wild stretch of reasoning. The central banks are not owned or controlled by the governments, so these two things have nothing to do with each other.
  12. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    All cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin have varying degrees of centralization that prevent them from being legitimate. Stablecoins are the ultimate example of centralization, which is why the digital Euro/Pound/Dollar fall into the same bucket of being scams.
  13. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

      I have an appointment to pick up the NE on 1st July, a total of 4 months after the original application, and 1 month after the extension and follow-up. Slowly, then suddenly.
  14. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      It is also wildly inaccurate in "losing money steadily". But some people are not too concerned with reality, if it goes against their beliefs.
  15. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

    It seems that China has forbidden any banks to allow accounts to interact with cryptocurrencies, and so a significant amount of Chinese mining operations have shut down.   This looks like a great opportunity for more decentralized mining locations, pushing the possibility of a 51% attack from China even farther away from reality.
  16. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      This attitude baffles me completely. You are saying that you trust a stranger more than you trust yourself, to do what is best for you.   I will never understand this kind of rejection of personal responsibility for such important things.
  17. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      Not your keys, not your coins.   You trusted a central authority with your money, and they took it from you. Why would you want to trust a different central authority instead?
  18. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) are a last gasp of authoritarians to try to maintain financial control over everyone else. They cannot possibly be beneficial to normal people, since they allow governments to eliminate your ability to buy groceries if they don't like you for any reason at all. China's social credit system is a version of this control scheme.
  19. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      Not being backed by a government is a feature of Bitcoin, not a bug.   That is exactly what it is for. Individual sovereignty, independent of draconian rulers.
  20. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      There has never been anything like Bitcoin before. Once you understand that, the rest follows naturally.
  21. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      Except that with Bitcoin, it is impossible for any government to seize it, regardless of how significant or not you are.
  22. Niederlassungserlaubnis: How long does it take?

      I have finally heard back from the Ausländeramt, with a 6-month extension of my current Blue Card and news that the rest of my application will be processed as soon as the security check is complete. No dates were given, but this has been 15 weeks since the application. I can only assume that everything will be complete before the extended visa expires.
  23. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      You sound very worked up over this. Maybe this topic isn't for you.   In any case, I do not accept your claims. Have you looked into the topic of Bitcoin itself, instead of trying to construct a figurehead for it that you can attack?
  24. What is the best achievement in your life?

    So far, being able to retire in my 30s.   Next, I will move entirely off-grid and be truly free.
  25. Bitcoin - a decentralised digital currency

      If you are trying to fulfill the KYC with US ID, then Coinbase, Bitstamp, and Gemini should work. If you are using a German ID, then Bitpanda, Bitstamp, and Relai should work. If you would rather not have any KYC, then Bisq, Shapeshift, and Localbitcoin are your best bet.