motherboard.vice.com Archives - 30 May 2015, Saturday

  • 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...

  • Someone Tried to Mine Bitcoin on a 1960s Punchcard Computer

    motherboard.vice.com 26 May '15, 2pm

    It long ago stopped being profitable (or even feasible) to mine Bitcoin on consumer-level hardware. So why not try it out on a computer primarily used by forward-thinking universities—an IBM mainframe that runs on assembly punchcards from the 1960s —to see whether or not it can compet...

  • The History of Bitcoin Until Now

    motherboard.vice.com 22 May '15, 1pm

    It’s hard to believe that Bitcoin, the digital currency that approximates cash on the internet, turned six years old in January. I started learning about Bitcoin in the summer of 2011. I first read about it in an article on Gawker about the druggie e-bazaar Silk Road , which required ...

  • Forget diamonds, Bitcoin engagement rings are forever:

    Forget Diamonds, Bitcoin Engagement Rings Are Forever

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

    If you’re a someone who stands by his or her Bitcoin, there’s now a cryptocurrency-inspired way to seal a marriage transaction with your partner. Enter the BTC ring: It’s 3D-printed, customisable, and has a QR code that syncs the wearer up to the Bitcoin blockchain. But unlike a diamo...

  • Yet another sketchy Bitcoin exchange implodes:

    Yet Another Sketchy Bitcoin Exchange Implodes

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

    There’s a good reason why cryptocurrency entrepreneur Josh Garza is most often described as “embattled” in the press. Not a month after PayBase, Garza’s exchange for the cryptocurrency Paycoin, shut down unexpectedly amid allegations of scamming and fraud, another exchange associated ...

  • Hackers Tried To Hold a Darknet Market For a Bitcoin Ransom

    Hackers Tried To Hold a Darknet Market For a Bitcoin Ransom

    motherboard.vice.com 13 May '15, 5pm

    On Sunday, someone tried to hack a darknet market specialized in selling hacking tools with a distributed denial of service attack, a common and easy way to mount a cyberattack, which works by flooding a site with bogus traffic to overload it. When the administrators of TheRealDeal Ma...

  • Why Satanists Love Bitcoin

    Why Satanists Love Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 01 May '15, 12pm

    The comparison between Satanism and Bitcoin is interesting because they’re both pretty misunderstood. Are you worried that associating Bitcoin with Satan could harm Bitcoin’s public perception? That’s a great question. Bitcoin is challenging the status quo—it’s for everyone. To try to...

  • Why Chile's first Bitcoin exchange was funded by the government:

    Why Chile’s First Bitcoin Exchange Was Funded by the Government |

    motherboard.vice.com 21 Apr '15, 8pm

    ​The first Bitcoin exchange in Chile, where citizens can buy bitcoin with pesos, launched this month with $40,000 in funding from a surprising donor: the Chilean government. SurBTC represents a huge step forward for cryptocurrency in Chile. It's not just because the exchange exists at...

  • How to trace a political donation made with Bitcoin:

    How to Trace a Political Donation Made with Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 08 Apr '15, 6pm

    ​So, Rand Paul is doing perhaps the most libertarian thing ever and accepting Bitcoin to fund his campaign to be elected president. But—*pushes up glasses*—what does this mean for the political process? On the one hand, Bitcoin advocates believe the cryptocurrency is more transparent ...

  • Rand Paul is accepting Bitcoin donations, and that could be very bad for his campaign:

    Why Bitcoin Could Actually Be Bad for Rand Paul's Campaign

    motherboard.vice.com 07 Apr '15, 8pm

    ​Tuesday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul became the first mainstream presidential candidate to accept bitcoin donations. But if his goal is to rake in as much money as possible, he’s might be going about it all wrong. There are lots of reasons why a political candidate, especially Paul, w...

  • How to Make a Bitcoin Address With a TI-89 Calculator

    How to Make a Bitcoin Address With a TI-89 Calculator

    motherboard.vice.com 02 Apr '15, 10pm

    The power of Bitcoin is giving your dusty old TI-89 calculator a second chance of being useful. Matt Whitlock, who helped make one of the world’s first Bitcoin ATMs , is at it again. In a video posted on to Vimeo, he showed how using the calculator once only used for high school geome...

  • Bitcoin

    Designing a Bitcoin system to use in prison

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

    (This isn’t quite the same as Bitcoin, because as the single node, I’m acting similar to a banker. If we really wanted to imitate Bitcoin perfectly, many inmates throughout the prison would be keeping track of these transactions and then synchronizing them together, just like nodes in...

  • The Bitcoin Blockchain Could Be Used to Spread Malware, INTERPOL Says

    The Bitcoin Blockchain Could Be Used to Spread Malware, INTERPOL Says

    motherboard.vice.com 27 Mar '15, 3pm

    ​Bitcoin’s core technology, the blockchain, could be repurposed by hackers to serve harmful malware to unsuspecting cryptocurrency traders, according to INTERPOL. The blockchain is a decentralized public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions. Whenever a new batch of Bitcoin transactions ...

  • This Decentralized Bitcoin Market Is for Legal Stuff Only, Promise

    motherboard.vice.com 25 Mar '15, 3pm

    BitHalo is the platform that could finally support the decentralized Silk Road that darknet drug dealers so badly want, and it’s up and running in public beta testing mode as of Tuesday. But its creator doesn’t want it turning into a destination for criminals. Despite the fact that an...

  • This Decentralized Bitcoin Market Is for Legal Stuff Only, Promise

    motherboard.vice.com 25 Mar '15, 2pm

    BitHalo is the platform that could finally support the decentralized Silk Road that darknet drug dealers so badly want, and it’s up and running in public beta testing mode as of Tuesday. But its creator doesn’t want it turning into a destination for criminals. Despite the fact that an...

  • uTorrent

    µTorrent's Shady Bitcoin-Mining Program Could Blow Up Your Computer |

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

    ​For roughly a decade, µTorrent has been, if not the best torrent download client, certainly one of the most attractive. It has well over 100 million users, who have been lured in by the program's small file size, unobtrusive nature, and well-designed powerful interface. You should un...

  • Smart Contracts Sound Boring, But They're More Disruptive Than Bitcoin

    Smart Contracts Sound Boring, But They're More Disruptive Than Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 16 Feb '15, 6pm

    Today’s internet looks nothing like expected. Back at its inception, it was hai​led as a cyber-libertarian utopia where people could express themselves freely, interact directly and on an equal footing, with no honchos to run the game. But then the web developed in a very centralized ...

  • Inside the Chinese Bitcoin Mine That's Making $1.5M a Month

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

    Last October, Motherboard gained access to a massive, secretive Bitcoin mine housed within a repurposed factory in the Liaoning Province in rural northeast China. The mine we visited is just one of six sites owned by a secretive group of four people, part of a colossal mining operatio...

  • Inside the Chinese Bitcoin Mine That's Making $1.5M a Month

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

    Last October, Motherboard gained access to a massive, secretive Bitcoin mine housed within a repurposed factory in the Liaoning Province in rural northeast China. The mine we visited is just one of six sites owned by a secretive group of four people, part of a colossal mining operatio...

  • Taylor Swift's Twitter and Instagram Accounts Just Got Hacked

    motherboard.vice.com 27 Jan '15, 6pm

    Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts appeared to have been briefly hacked today. The singer admitted to the Twitter hacking in a post on her official Tumblr, writing “My Twitter got hacked but don’t worry, Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until the...

  • Princeton Is Teaching a Free Online Course About Bitcoin

    Princeton Is Teaching a Free Online Course About Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 23 Jan '15, 9pm

    ​It's probably safe to bet that there are lots of people out there who use Bitcoin, but who don't really know how it works. And really, why would you? There are primers and forums and news stories out there, sure, but the underlying technology and mechanisms behind cryptocurrencies ar...

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Bitcoin's "Dark Wallet" adds anonymous cash withdrawals:

    Dark Wallet, Now With Cash

    motherboard.vice.com 22 Jan '15, 2pm

    Dark Wallet, the anonymous Bitcoin s​torage and transfer platform , was intended to guide Bitcoi​n back to its anti-establishment, decentralized roots. But the platform was released before it was fully developed, making it hard to build an active user base and live up to the radical v...

  • Bitcoin's Long Year

    Long Year

    motherboard.vice.com 23 Dec '14, 1pm

    What a year it’s been for Bitcoin. Scandal! Intrigue! Long-awaited acknowledgement by the Internal Revenue Service! Bitcoinworld has never been boring, but 2014 stood out as an especially eventful period in the digital currency’s short history. The year began in January when Bitcoin p...

  • These Chilean Developers Want to Give You Bitcoin for Playing Minecraft

    These Chilean Developers Want to Give You Bitcoin for Playing Minecraft

    motherboard.vice.com 12 Dec '14, 10am

    If you’re a Minecraft player, it sounds like the deal of the century: spend your time building stuff and making virtual friends, and you can win Bitcoin, the e-currency of the modern era. Let me introduce you to Mego , a little video game company from Chile dedicated to developing app...

  • The Devout and Lucrative World of Bitcoin Fan Art

    motherboard.vice.com 10 Dec '14, 11am

    It’s really hard to visualise Bitcoin. The whole point of the cryptocurrency, after all, is that it’s entirely digital—and barely leaves a trace. Last week, Motherboard’s Kaleigh Rogers deplored the attem​pts of stock photos to represent Bitcoin, which usually rely on a selection of v...

  • Every Bitcoin Stock Photo Is The Worst

    motherboard.vice.com 03 Dec '14, 3pm

    Bitcoin is perpetually big news. Whether it’s a hacker with a B​itcoin bounty on his head or just the daily Bitcoin market price updates, there are a lot of stories and a pretty desperate need for images to go with them. Unfortunately, Bitcoin stock images are all terrible: Man in pla...

  • This startup lets you mail poop to people:

    ShitExpress's Bitcoin-for-Animal-Poop Service: The Motherboard Review

    motherboard.vice.com 03 Nov '14, 9pm

    The internet is full of new and exciting startups promising all manner of innovative solutions to our everyday problems. Unfortunately, many of these companies never manage to master the difficult engineering and/or manufacturing processes to turn their ideas into usable products. So ...

  • Why Silicon Valley (and Google) Loves Bitcoin

    motherboard.vice.com 12 Oct '14, 2pm

    It’s an open secret why Silicon Valley loves Bitcoin and it’s only a matter of time before the titans of tech start pushing around their influential weight—like Google, whose top engineers may have just let slip that they’re already in the game. The explosion of innovation and capital...

  • This is what mining bitcoin by hand looks like:

    This Is What Mining Bitcoin by Hand Looks Like

    motherboard.vice.com 30 Sep '14, 12pm

    If you can’t get your head around mining bitcoin with increasing amounts of computer power, don’t even think about doing it with just brain power. Software engineer Ken Shirriff tried exactly that, mining the cryptocurrency at a rate of 0.67 hashes per day using just a pencil, paper, ...

  • The Satoshi Nakamoto Email Hacker Says He's Negotiating with the Bitcoin Founder

    The Satoshi Nakamoto Email Hacker Says He's Negotiating with the Bitcoin Founder

    motherboard.vice.com 09 Sep '14, 3pm

    Last night, an anonymous poster published a ransom note on Pastebin , saying he or she would release the identity of Bitcoin's mysterious creator, the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto , in exchange for 25 bitcoins. The poster said he or she had learned of Nakamoto's identity by gaining a...