motherboard.vice.com Archives - 01 September 2015, Tuesday

  • The two guys at the heart of Bitcoin's current crisis:

    The Two People at the Heart of Bitcoin's Current Crisis

    motherboard.vice.com 27 Aug '15, 1pm

    Fast forward five years. We’re getting close to that limit in terms of transaction volume on the Bitcoin network. I’ve been pushing for a while now, since at least last December, to raise the limit. To come to consensus on, "We’re gonna hit this limit, let’s raise it before we get the...

  • Meet the ‘Bitcoin Family’ |

    motherboard.vice.com 26 Aug '15, 1pm

    How do people usually react to your lifestyle? My family and friends—at first, when they ask, “What do you do?” and I say, “I write about Bitcoin every day.” The first thing they say is, “Do you get paid for this?” Yes, I get paid in Bitcoin. That’s the kind of thing I get when I’m fi...

  • Boosters Are Gloating Over the Stock Market Crash

    motherboard.vice.com 24 Aug '15, 6pm

    The Chinese stock market is currently plummeting , which caused the US Dow Jones index to drop more than 1,000 points immediately after markets opened this morning. Although they've begun to recover, it's a reminder to investors that markets can be volatile beasts. Never fear, though,...

  • Sleep Like a Bitcoin Bo$$ in One of These $48,000 Beds

    motherboard.vice.com 20 Aug '15, 6pm

    Accused Bitcoin embezzler and general sneaky weasel Mark Karpeles appears to have spent most of his ill-gotten gains on software rights , but he also reportedly spent $48,000 on a bed. This led us at Motherboard to wonder: what the hell kind of bed costs that much money? A cursory int...

  • Behold, the Mike Tyson Bitcoin ATM

    motherboard.vice.com 20 Aug '15, 4pm

    When Mike Tyson announced that he was getting into Bitcoin with his very own branded ATM on the Las Vegas strip, many were skeptical. Hell, some commentators even thought that the whole thing might be a scam . Well, eat your heart out, unbelievers. The Mike Tyson Bitcoin ATM is here a...

  • Core Devs in ‘Civil War’ Insist We’re Not Getting The Whole Story | Motherboard

    motherboard.vice.com 20 Aug '15, 3pm

    Bitcoin has never been a boring technology. At first glance you might figure that a seemingly tiny design decision, Bitcoin’s “blocksize,” would be a departure from that. But the debate, which has been raging for years, is far from boring (we’re talking about a debate where a data sci...

  • What Is Even Happening with Bitcoin Right Now

    motherboard.vice.com 19 Aug '15, 6pm

    So, how are things going with that whole Bitcoin thing? Oh, not much, not much, there’s a new Bitcoin client that everyone’s talking about, with some tweaks to the protocol. Also a major subreddit is censoring all discussions of the new client and Satoshi Nakamoto has apparently retur...

  • What Is Even Happening with Bitcoin Right Now

    motherboard.vice.com 19 Aug '15, 6pm

    The part that has everyone in a tizzy is that BitcoinXT has the potential to “fork” the blockchain. Right now, BitcoinXT users and vanilla Bitcoin users live in the same coin universe, where transactions all get recorded in the same ledger. If BitcoinXT is used by 75 percent of all no...

  • How Bitcoin Could Make Distributing a Universal Basic Income Actually Possible

    How Bitcoin Could Make Distributing a Universal Basic Income Actually Possible

    motherboard.vice.com 12 Aug '15, 9am

    In today’s political climate, you might laugh at the idea of doling out basic income to everyone on Earth. But cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have technological quirks that make the utopian dream easier. Or at least more efficient. There are a zillion reasons why people think universal...

  • An Undead SOPA Is Hiding Inside an Extremely Boring Case About Invisible Braces

    motherboard.vice.com 05 Aug '15, 3pm

    The most controversial parts of SOPA , an anti-piracy bill defeated in 2012 after a massive public outcry, may end up becoming de facto law after all, depending on the outcome in an obscure case that is working its way through the legal system without anyone noticing. Next week, the U...

  • Mike Tyson Is Getting His Very Own Bitcoin ATM

    motherboard.vice.com 27 Jul '15, 8pm

    Mike Tyson, former boxer and noted pigeon fan , is getting into Bitcoin. According to a promo website Tyson advertised in a tweet over the weekend, Tyson-themed Bitcoin ATMs will be coming to Las Vegas in August. Tyson isn’t the first celebrity to get behind Bitcoin, but ATMs emblazon...

  • This man bought his wife her inhaler on the deep web using #bitcoin #LocalBitcoins

    Why I Had to Buy My Wife's Inhaler on the Dark Web

    motherboard.vice.com 14 Jul '15, 3pm

    My wife Jackie has severe asthma. Thanks to the ridiculous state of health care in the United States, I was recently forced to commit a crime in order to get her the medicine she needs to live. Jackie has to use a maintenance inhaler twice per day, every single day, and will continue ...

  • Meet the anarchist hacker Bitcoin would rather not talk about:

    The Anarchist Hacker Bitcoin Would Rather Not Talk About

    motherboard.vice.com 10 Jul '15, 1pm

    An acclaimed new book has afforded Bitcoin one of its periodic moments in the spotlight. Digital Gold , by New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper, is, as its US subtitle puts it, “The Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.” But readers might notice th...

  • The Mystery Behind the Biggest Bitcoin Transaction Ever Made

    motherboard.vice.com 09 Jul '15, 9pm

    On Tuesday, the biggest Bitcoin transaction ever made was loaded on to the blockchain , the publicly viewable ledger that records every instance of the cryptocurrency changing hands. It was 999 kilobytes in size, taking up an entire packet of transaction data, or “block,” and when it ...

  • WikiLeaks Is Now a Target In the Massive Spam Attack on Bitcoin

    WikiLeaks Is Now a Target In the Massive Spam Attack on

    motherboard.vice.com 09 Jul '15, 8pm

    The Bitcoin network is being hammered by a massive spam attack, and the targets now include WikiLeaks and Voat , the upstart Reddit clone that became a home for Redditors fleeing the site after new anti-harassment policies were instituted. The onslaught began earlier this week, when t...

  • The Mystery Behind the Biggest Bitcoin Transaction Ever Made

    motherboard.vice.com 09 Jul '15, 1pm

    On Tuesday, the biggest Bitcoin transaction ever made was loaded on to the blockchain , the publicly viewable ledger that records every instance of the cryptocurrency changing hands. It was 999 kilobytes in size, taking up an entire packet of transaction data, or “block,” and when it ...

  • The sex workers' guide to Bitcoin:

    The Sex Workers' Guide to

    motherboard.vice.com 06 Jul '15, 5pm

    Bitcoin is thoroughly unsexy. It’s notorious for requiring explanation after explanation for a layman to understand it, and it’s more a plaything for technocratic libertarians than something you hand off after a rough and rowdy night. So why are sex workers suddenly posting guides on ...

  • Why Is This Bitcoin ATM Decomposing in a Burger Joint?

    motherboard.vice.com 02 Jul '15, 2pm

    The Bitcoin ATM in the corner of Harvard-area fast food joint Tasty Burger is looking pretty rough. Its once-bright orange signage is peeling at the bottom, the display is dead, and someone has stuck a chewed piece of gum to the side, like a diacritic under the graffiti tag scrawled o...

  • Is Unsustainable

    motherboard.vice.com 30 Jun '15, 6pm

    The year is 2018. After a rough Greek exit from the eurozone, economic malaise has spread to Italy, Portugal, Spain, and France. Nervous citizens across Europe look for a way to get their money out as currency traders hammer the weakening euro, banks impose withdrawal limits, and thei...

  • Cuba's Bitcoin Evangelist

    motherboard.vice.com 30 Jun '15, 1pm

    Chartrand has been unable to afford such luxuries since he lost his right to work in Cuba some seven years ago, he explains, an unfortunate result of his heretical political beliefs. Chartrand is a co-founder of the Cuban Anarcho-Capitalist Club, an association of political dissidents...

  • Why Bitcoin won’t save Greece:

    Why Bitcoin Won’t Save Greece |

    motherboard.vice.com 29 Jun '15, 9pm

    Image: underclassrising.net/Flickr As Greece continued its hurtle towards a potential default on Monday, banks remained closed and worried citizens in the country lined up to get money from ATMs, where withdrawals had been capped at 60 euros. As panic surrounding Greece’s economic ins...

  • Is Unsustainable

    motherboard.vice.com 29 Jun '15, 4pm

    The year is 2018. After a rough Greek exit from the eurozone, economic malaise has spread to Italy, Portugal, Spain, and France. Nervous citizens across europe look for a way to get their money out as currency traders hammer the weakening euro, banks impose withdrawal limits, and thei...

  • The Canadian Senate Announced Its Bitcoin Report In a Totally Appropriate Way

    motherboard.vice.com 19 Jun '15, 8pm

    The Canadian Senate released a long-awaited report on Bitcoin regulation today, and it announced its conclusion in the most appropriate way possible: By uploading a coded message to the blockchain, the permanent and publicly viewable ledger that many see as Bitcoin’s core technology. ...

  • The Canadian Senate Announced Its Bitcoin Report In a Totally Appropriate Way

    motherboard.vice.com 19 Jun '15, 8pm

    The Canadian Senate released a long-awaited report on Bitcoin regulation today, and it announced its conclusion in the most appropriate way possible: By uploading a coded message to the blockchain, the permanent and publicly viewable ledger that many see as Bitcoin’s core technology. ...

  • The Bitcoin Startup that Helps Muslims Get Loans Without Breaking Islamic Law

    motherboard.vice.com 17 Jun '15, 9am

    Matthew J. Martin is a 30-year-old who grow up in Earlville, New York as the son of a teacher and a skilled blue collar worker. He now lives in San Francisco, where he is building a business around using Bitcoin to allow Muslims around the world to participate in finance without break...

  • China's powerful Bitcoin miners say their bandwidth sucks:

    China's Powerful Bitcoin Miners Say Their Bandwidth Sucks

    motherboard.vice.com 16 Jun '15, 9pm

    A major change is coming to Bitcoin, and debate is raging among developers and users about whether it will save the cryptocurrency or ruin it. Now, several powerful Chinese Bitcoin mining pools have just weighed in with a list of concerns centering around a lack of bandwidth in China....

  • 9 Men for Every Woman: It's Not a Frat House, It's

    motherboard.vice.com 10 Jun '15, 8pm

    Bitcoin has long maintained a dubious reputation for being a plaything for white, tech-savvy men. A small survey of 1,000 users in 2013 turned up a 95 percent male majority, for example. Two years on, Bitcoin has reached new heights of media popularity and garnered attention from regu...

  • 9 Men for Every Woman: It's Not a Frat House, It's

    motherboard.vice.com 10 Jun '15, 7pm

    Bitcoin has long maintained a dubious reputation for being a plaything for white, tech-savvy men. A small survey of 1,000 users in 2013 turned up a 95 percent male majority, for example. Two years on, Bitcoin has reached new heights of media popularity and garnered attention from regu...

  • Boobs, and 'Wet T-Shirt Girls': The Creepiest Promotion Ever

    motherboard.vice.com 03 Jun '15, 9pm

    You mentioned in your email that you want to create the “ultimate video.” What do you want to do with your donations? We want to do an HD video, possibly shooting machine guns, shooting dollar bills, and doing some wet T-shirt action in the jungle, or in a river. We have lots of ideas...

  • Bitcoin is about to fundamentally change:

    Is About to Fundamentally Change

    motherboard.vice.com 29 May '15, 6pm

    Bitcoin is heading towards a hard fork in the road. Gavin Andresen, one of Bitcoin’s most important developers , announced today that he will move forward with a controversial code update that will leave miners and Bitcoin services on either side of an irreparable divide. The plan, pr...