motherboard.vice.com Archives - 02 July 2015, Thursday

  • 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...

  • 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...