Cypherpunk Cogitations
Jameson Lopp's thoughts on Bitcoin, Privacy, and Freedom.

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May
27
A Critique of Softwar Concepts

A Critique of Softwar Concepts

Do the "Softwar" and "Bitpower" concepts make sense, or is this just a compelling story with logical gaps?
13 min read
Apr
29
A Critique of Twitter's Changes

A Critique of Twitter's Changes

Twitter has made many changes over the past 6 months, but does the good outweigh the bad? Will Elon be able to turn the ship around?
16 min read
Apr
15
What is the Bitcoin Network's Real Hashrate?

What is the Bitcoin Network's Real Hashrate?

Bitcoin mining exhibits a lot of randomness, which makes it hard to measure an accurate hashrate. What can we do to improve our estimates?
7 min read
Apr
02
Pax GPT

Pax GPT

A dystopian short story of a world in which AI chatbot adoption spirals out of control.
7 min read
Mar
25
A History of Bitcoin Maximalism

A History of Bitcoin Maximalism

Bitcoin Maximalism isn’t what most people think it is, but there is a logical explanation for how it transformed into what we see today.
41 min read
Mar
04
Why Nostr Matters

Why Nostr Matters

Nostr is a new protocol for censorship resistant speech and social sharing. It has great potential but has plenty of challenges to overcome.
11 min read
Feb
18
How Many Bitcoin Confirmations is Enough?

How Many Bitcoin Confirmations is Enough?

How safe is it to accept a bitcoin transaction after X confirmations? A deep dive into the math behind quantifying double-spend risk.
5 min read
Feb
11
Satoshi Roundtable IX Recap

Satoshi Roundtable IX Recap

A review of selected topics covered at the 2023 unconference including Bitcoin Layers, Bitcoin Ossification, Funding the Bitcoin Commons, Scaling Bitcoin, Multi-Institutional Custody, Hardware Attack Vectors, DCG, Islamic Finance, Carbon Credits, Longevity, and Interoperability.
24 min read
Feb
04
How to Protect Your Home Network with a Gigabit VPN

How to Protect Your Home Network with a Gigabit VPN

A guide for protecting all devices on your home network with a fast self hosted VPN.
24 min read
Jan
14
Open Source Transcription Software Comparisons

Open Source Transcription Software Comparisons

A comparison of several AI based transcription engines with regard to accuracy and performance.
9 min read