His idea is simply that the properties of Bitcoin and the fact that, when properly custodied, it requires extreme amounts of energy to steal or spoof make it an attractive addition to warfighting technologies.
Right now, we use that property to hold Bitcoin as an asset that can be sold in the future; as money. It benefits everyone to have a little in case it's the only money left standing.
In the realm of cybersecurity, a theoretical computer that is hardwired to operate only if a specific transaction is seen on chain becomes immune to all forms of software hacking. You can't hack the blockchain. And you can store the signing device in a nuclear vault.
I'm not saying we know exactly how Bitcoin can be used for cybersecurity, but the possiblity exists. Because the possibility exists, we have to make an attempt to adopt it for that purpose before anyone else does. Because historically, dismissing new technology is the losing strategy. Adopting it is risky and time consuming, but I don't see how anyone can argue that investing time in finding new uses for Bitcoin is a bad opportunity cost.
Currently, Nostr is an open, permissionless protocol where each user is connected to 10-30 relays distributed across the world.
However, there are some risks, such as custodial clients, super apps, and relays becoming saturated.
In November 2022, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced a country-level dollar cost averaging (DCA) plan, promising to buy one bitcoin every day. At the time, the country – based on public statements from Bukele - was already the owner of 2,381 bitcoins purchased at an average price of roughly $44,300.
Free speech is a great selling point, no matter what you think about Elon Musk. He is not an Albert Einstein, but he is a great salesman. His entire selling point of X is free speech, which he can't deliver – we recently saw that.
Nostr, by design, provides free speech. Free speech should also remain a fundamental part of Nostr.
Some people will play a game where others are obviously cheating, because they have found a comfortable, mental place for themselves as the victim.
It allows them the benefit of being self righteous about never winning. "It's not my fault, it's because my opponent cheats."
This can actually *stop* many from switching to a fair, honest game. Because if they did, they now have to live by their own merits, go through the painful process of learning, and they lose the comfort of always having someone else to blame.
I think this is a big part of why some fear #Bitcoin. Being cheated by fiat is easier and you can always say, "it's because politician X/corporation Y is evil that I don't succeed."
I don't say this to be derogatory either. It's just human nature. Sometimes we find comfort in certainty and stability, even if it's harming us.
Taking responsibility and embracing uncertainty is neither fun nor easy.
this applies to fiat, which is consistently being devalued. each sat is a gift for your offspring is how I see it, can’t see myself explaining to them that I’d rather gamble it away than pass on the torch.. can’t see myself telling them I didn’t donate some to valuable devs building the infrastructure for them to exercise their freedom on an open protocol.. list goes on but hey, my perspective is different than yours.. I can clearly see the fun in being a degen n doing what we did, it’s a matter of balance though.. there’s zero balance in doing it day in n day out, which is why I proposed 3 days out of the week for it.. good luck & godspeed
Don't just do backups. Think through failure modes. Here are some examples to think through:
BAD: I accidentally deleted a directory and lost several months of work. RAID immediately mirrored the delete! Shit I thought RAID would protect me.
GOOD: use zfs or btrfs and take snapshots.
BAD: I've been backing up to a NAS but then I got cryptolockered, and they got into the NAS and cryptolockered that too!
GOOD: disconnect your backup system from the network when it is not running backups.
BAD: I've been making offline backups, but also defying the government. They came and raided the house and took my computers AND the backups.
GOOD: take backups offsite.
BAD: I took my backups offsite to a friends house, but we got into a fight. Now I have no backups.
GOOD: I treat my friends very well.
BAD: I took my backups offsite to a friends house, but it turned out he was an FBI agent.
GOOD: I shake down all my friends, and put them through torture sessions to extract all useful information before I trust them.
I like a lot of the goals - tough, bullet proof, more areodynamic than most trucks (despite looking like a brick), & I don't hate the idea of a cyberpunk aesthetic, but I agree that it's probably not going to live up to the hype & the look definitely leaves something to be desired.
I kinda think a series hybrid with a diesel generator & maybe large capacitors of some sort might ultimately be the way to go, but idk. It is at least more interesting than the indistinguishable cookie cutter bullshit that is now being made by basically every car company.