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Scaling blockchain: Sidechains explained in plain English

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. Blockchains are actually quite limited in their scope. There are challenges of scalability and speed which make it challenging for some applications of the technology to work well. Even so,…

‘Cryptocurrencies Are Like Lottery Tickets That Might Pay Off in Future’

binspamdupenotthebestofftopicslownewsdaystalestupid freshfunnyinsightfulinterestingmaybe descriptive 105038676 story ‘Cryptocurrencies Are Like Lottery Tickets That Might Pay Off in Future’ (theguardian.com) Posted by msmash on Thursday December 13, 2018 @12:30AM from the how-about-that dept. With the price of bitcoin down 80% from its peak a year ago, and the larger cryptocurrency market in systemic collapse, has “peak crypto” come…

Georgia Charges Iranians In Ransomware Attack On Atlanta

The two men face federal charges of infecting Atlanta’s computers with their SamSam ransomware. The suspects have previously been charged in a similar scheme in New Jersey. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption toggle caption Jose Luis Magana/AP The two men face federal charges of infecting Atlanta’s computers with their SamSam ransomware. The suspects have previously…

The awfully patronizing guide to having a merry crypto-Christmas

As we’re wrapping up 2018, it’s clear it wasn’t the breakout year for cryptocurrency and blockchain that many enthusiasts hoped it would be. True, the market has dipped significantly in comparison to last December, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy Christmas the way Satoshi Nakamoto would’ve wanted you to. To get you started,…

Switzerland says its national blockchain will be more secure than Bitcoin – it won’t be

Switzerland‘s state-run postal and telecoms services are hellbent on building a national blockchain in a bid to recruit local businesses to convert to distributed ledger technology (DLT). Swiss Post and Swisscom have shared details of a joint-venture to create a completely private Swiss blockchain for launching locally operated “decentralized” applications. The proposed blockchain is to…