Book Review: Privacy and Identity Issues in Financial Transactions, by Carolin Kaiser

I am reading this excellent 2018 dissertation on a well deserved recommendation by Simon Lelieveldt. It is an extensive discussion of money laundering and data protection human rights standards. The main thesis of the book is that anti money laundering law is not compatible with basic human rights standards. I approve. For the very least,Continue reading “Book Review: Privacy and Identity Issues in Financial Transactions, by Carolin Kaiser”

Book Review:Bobby C. Lee, The Promise of Bitcoin

This book was recently published. Having some interest in Bitcoin, I bought a copy on Kindle. What I liked best about it was the conviction the author has. As he remarks frequently, the only thing that matters is the long term development. And said long term development is good news for anyone buying and holding.Continue reading “Book Review:Bobby C. Lee, The Promise of Bitcoin”

Harry Sudock on Bitcoin Mining Energy

I just listened to the podcast “The Truth about Bitcoin’s Energy” with Harry Sudock on the “What Bitcoin Did” podcast hosted by Peter McCormack. Sudock is working as a VP of Strategy for the “Griid Infrastructure” mining project. I learned that in the American market power lines don’t extend more than 500 miles. I learnedContinue reading “Harry Sudock on Bitcoin Mining Energy”

EU Climate State Aid Rules Draft

The EU Commission has published a draft of their revision of the State Aid Guidelines for renewable energy. The public has a chance to comment until August 2nd. This is a public comment on this draft. The existing 2014 version of the guidelines helped change the German law on renewable energy from a very successfulContinue reading “EU Climate State Aid Rules Draft”

El Salvador Bitcoin Law Draft

President Nayib Bukele just tweeted the draft Bitcoin Law that will establish the status as legal currency in El Salvador. For further reference, I retyped the English translation text from the pictures in the tweet, adjusting for a minor translation error from the original Spanish version in Article 15. Update: Already approved by the AssemblyContinue reading “El Salvador Bitcoin Law Draft”

Reusable Proof of Work and Renewable Energy

When discussing the energy expenditure of the Bitcoin network one should note that Bitcoin is not only a proof-of-work but a reusable-proof-of-work system. The electricity used for mining new blocks is paid for by issuing new bitcoins and by fees for including transactions. The first part of that reward is for making something that willContinue reading “Reusable Proof of Work and Renewable Energy”

Tesla (Loser) vs Bitcoin (Winner) Race

I don’t own any car, which saves me from the question if I should sell my Tesla for Bitcoin (still possible). But one of the things car owners like is their ability to accelerate fast. That is one thing Tesla cars are good at, reaching 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds, outperforming every supercar availableContinue reading “Tesla (Loser) vs Bitcoin (Winner) Race”