The crypto community has complained loudly about a “lack of certainty” and of “clarity.” This is utterly unsurprising, because they were going to whine at 110dB at anything that was less than the “clarity” and “certainty” to continue behaving like criminal incompetents — which was never going to happen.
Crypto community: So much uncertainty about SEC regs and ICOs–who knows how they'll be treated
SEC: These ICOs all look like securities
Crypto community: So. Much. Uncertainty.
SEC: Securities laws apply
Crypto community: Who knows what will happen. The world is mysterious.
— Scott Wessman (@scottew) April 5, 2019
Stephen Palley also spoke to Bloomberg about the SEC guidance on tokens. You can tell it’s the evil Palley by the beard.
A good way to guarantee a tv appearance is to wear a wrinkled shirt to the office and need a haircut and shave.
— Palley (@stephendpalley) April 3, 2019
One ICO token turns out not to be a security! The SEC has issued a no-action letter to TurnKey Jet, whose token is basically prepayment for on-demand charter flights, but on a blockchain — the network and app already existed in fully functional form, the tokens could be used immediately, they can’t be transferred outside TKJ wallets, the price is fixed at USD$1 per token, TurnKey Jet will only repurchase the tokens for less than the customer paid, and they were not at any stage marketed as an investment opportunity. It’s that easy!
The SEC’s December 2017 administrative order against the Munchee ICO has been used by a court as guidance in a civil case, where burnt investors are claiming ATBCoin was a security. Palley: “So this Article I consent order just became Article III case law. Which is more than a little interesting.” Administrative orders aren’t precedent … except when they turn out to be.
Remember all those arguments about the term "sufficiently decentralized"?
It doesn't show up even once in the SEC's DLT Framework. In fact, the word "decentralized" only appears one time in the entire document.
A good reminder not to get too excited about non-binding guidance.
— Jake Chervinsky (@jchervinsky) April 4, 2019
I’m shocked, shocked to hear of yet more crypto fraud in Canada! This one is Vanbex. What did they spend the money on? Gambling, condos, and … a Lamborghini! Vancouver police have frozen their assets and seized the cars. Vanbex have issued a statement denying everything. CEO Kevin Hobbs has past convictions for drug trafficking and money laundering, and founder Lisa Cheng was involved in the early days of Mastercoin (now Omni) and Realcoin (now Tether). Here’s a profile of Cheng in Blockleaders (archive), which ran just a few days before the news broke. “The disruptive power of Lisa Cheng,” indeed.
Missoula County, Montana proposes to require that new crypto mining projects offset their energy use by funding or building new renewable projects. Trivially evadable, but may be worth setting as an expectation.
Grant County Public Utility District in Washington is allowed to charge crypto miners a 400% rate premium. This is necessary because it turns out in practice that crypto miners don’t in fact incentivise green energy, but swoop in, max out local hydro power capacity, then swoop out.
The most reprehensible idea I’ve heard in crypto in the past month — crypto for old age care homes. The Carlauren Coin “exchange” does no Know-Your-Customer. It claims you can sell your £70 coin on the market for £189 right there — but, of course, there are no buyers as yet. The founder admitted the wording could be “a bit clearer.” Of course, they haven’t changed it.
And here’s today’s Carlauren Coin market price – an amazing £189.304! pic.twitter.com/72gojTk2So
— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) April 3, 2019
Financial Times on Ripple’s XRP — “The lingering question is whether XRP is necessary. If not, the market worth of $14bn quoted by Coinbase looks high. Particularly when global financial messaging service Swift reported revenue below $1bn in 2017.”
Crypto VC Fred Wilson is not so keen on the Bitcoin maximalists. It turns out acting like a cultist is bad for business.
FT Alphaville on how Colin Platt became a mark-to-market quadrillionaire with Pitchtoken.
Nicholas Weaver on burning crypto with fire, this time in Breaker.
BBC World Service Business Daily’s Thursday show, on the Bitcoin price going back up — which just looks to me like the start of the next Bart — has lots of comment from me. The recordings are actually from the recording of the special for File on 4, broadcast in March — but remain entirely apposite, because bitcoiners never learn. (My 2011 blog post on Bitcoin stands up remarkably well.)
the quest for the greatest fool continues apace https://t.co/zY7z4cI4jC
— Buttcoin (@ButtCoin) April 3, 2019
Covering blockchain voting in my election security class feels like having a syllabus in an organic chemistry class devote three lectures to alchemy just so that the students will know what to say when their future employers expect them to turn lead into gold.
— matt blaze (@mattblaze) April 4, 2019
The frustrating thing is you start with the Satoshi paper, as beautiful and accessible piece of cryptographic engineering as I've seen, and then it's straight downhill in a jet-powered handbasket from there.
— matt blaze (@mattblaze) April 4, 2019
whenever I fail to append “and everyone involved needs a personalised artisanal guillotine,” just assume I failed to hit the macro key, ok
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