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According to Mike Hearn the Bitcoin project has failed, in a lengthy post (http://bit.ly/1Zzvs4a) he examines leadership failure in the Bitcoin community and the looming technical problem of the limiting 1mg block size. IMHO Hearn’s diatribe has been concocted in the light of his new employers at R3 rather than real concerns about the future of Bitcoin. Hearn has always emphasised Bitcoin as a payment vehicle to compete against the likes of Visa and PayPal rather than championing Bitcoin as a forerunner of financial freedom for the individual and a release from corporate /government hegemony of all things financial. Hearn as an employee of R3 CEV, which is a global consortium of 30 banks with a mission to exploit technologies within the distributed ledger space, has publicly demonstrated that he is willing to forego the wider democratisation of finance (transparency, security, autonomy ) in favour of corporate oligarchy. As exhibited by the leading global banks, ownership of private ledgers rather than public distributed ledgers will lead to more corruption and ultimately greater inequality.
If your information on Bitcoin is gleaned from mainstream media you could be forgiven in thinking that the recent dip in the Bitcoin price is wholly to do with Hearn leaving the Bitcoin environment, the departure of Hearn has had coverage in NYT, FT, Guardian, Fortune & other outlets.
Financial Times http://on.ft.com/1QmfxFM
New York Times http://nyti.ms/1ZL06No
Not forgetting the rants on Reddit and other Bitcoin forums. To me it does not make any sense at all that Hearn’s departure from the Bitcoin community has had anything but a marginal effect. As roughly 50% of Bitcoin trading takes place in China, and China represents the majority of Bitcoin miners; it seems more than likely that the economic downturn in China and its global effect on the major economies of the world is the real reason for the drop in the Bitcoin price.
Some commentators have interpreted Hearns post as a reaction to the failure of Bitcoin XT also known as BIP-101
(NEWSBTC http://bit.ly/1Ua4gHN )
The positive outcome of Hearns position is that the new contenders for Bitcoin development have been revealed; and it is no longer disputed that the block size needs to be increased from 1mg if the Bitcoin project is to progress.
The three contenders are as follows
Bitcoin magazine discusses each in detail….
From my own personal point of view Bitcoin Classic has the edge over the other two contenders. BitPay Core is open to the criticism of (almost!) being propriety. Bitcoin Unlimited is trying to be all things to all cryptographers by NOT insisting on a fixed block size. Variable block size(s) surely means variable attack vectors!
Bitcoin Classic is a Bitcoin Core fork & intends to increase the block-size limit to 2 megabytes later this year. So far it has garnered an impressive collection of Developers supported by a good collection of Miners & commercial Bitcoin companies.