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Bitcoin [BTC]: People’s fears about crypto are based on misunderstanding of underlying technology, claims Andreas Antonopoulos

Arijit Sarkar



Bitcoin [BTC]: Andreas Antonopoulos debunks the "transaction irreversibility" mythq
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Prominent Bitcoin advocates such as Andreas Antonopoulos often conduct online Q&A sessions to debunk some of the misconceptions floating around about the cryptocurrency market. In a recent video on YouTube, Antonopoulos shared his views on the factors affecting crypto-adoption.

While answering one of the questions, Antonopoulos mentioned that the reason why people are scared to invest in cryptocurrency is “based on the misunderstanding of the underlying technology.” He informed the viewer that he is preparing a talk to help such people understand the technology better, and to help them make sound investments. He added,

“We are used to operating a system of soft promises. (This is the reason) A bank can reverse a transaction if you want, or dont want!”

He further explained how Bitcoin does not promise an irreversible transaction, but rather “guarantees that the contract within the transaction will be executed irreversibly.” As a result, he hinted that the contract can be changed to add a refund policy to resolve disputes in the future.

“(This way) you can reintroduce consumer refunds, but the only owner gets to choose who the third-party is. This is not an irreversible payment, but an irreversible guarantee.”

He also clarified that although current engineering limitations are making it hard to implement, it will require just few more rounds of incremental innovation to offer “more robust, predictable guarantees for consumer protection than any existing system of soft promises.”

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Binance Chain testnet undergoes ‘Galileo’ update via hardfork; mainnet to follow suit




Binance Chain testnet to receive 'Galileo' update via a hardfork; mainnet to follow soon
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Binance Chain’s testnet underwent a hardfork today at block height 24,020,000, at around 2019/06/26 7:00 AM (UTC). The new update will have various bug fixes, improvements to the existing chain, and is expected to improve on-chain performance.

The new announcement details all the features the new update will include for DEX users, or any exchanges that list BNB, or run a client. The BNB blockchain will provide validators access to create a “delist protocol” and vote on delisting trading pairs that have very little volume for a long time via governance.

The Galileo update will also provide a “Time Locking” feature for token assets, while also improving the Match Engine in Binance DEX, which according to the blog is “not optimized in some cases.” The complete list of changes is available for users to read in the changelog.

The testnet changes will be followed by changes on the mainnet. The blog added,

“Binance Chain Mainnet will also be undergoing an upgrade a few weeks later (please stay tuned with the later announcement).”

Additionally, Binance also announced the launch of Binance 2.0 for everyone, which also includes the margin trading feature on Binance. The Binance 2.0 has the website revamped, with the old one being decommissioned soon.

While some users complained that there were problems depositing USDT, others complained that margin trading feature was still not available.

A Twitter user, @rallyqt, commented,

“- Galileo upgrade
– Margin
– Binance stable coin
– Binance DEX
Keep building & piecing the Binance ecosystem together! 🧩
@cz_binance, how many users signed up for Binance this year? Alt fomo season starts when exchanges have to temp close due to an influx of users haha 😉😊”

CZ replied,

“We have increased our registration capacity in anticipation of this, a year ago. It should work, in theory, let’s see what happens. 😂
Registrations are definitely picking up speed.”

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