With the cryptocurrency community divided along several lines, the Bitcoin “maximalists,” as they are referred to and those that are loyal to other forks of the coin like Bitcoin Cash [BCH] and the fledgling Bitcoin SV [BSV], often attack each other more than their other rivals.
Now, the Bitcoin.org and the Bitcointalk.org co-founder, Cobra, has come out to state that the top cryptocurrency does not need any “contentious” hardforks in 2019, running against the sentiments of many proponents who advocate a return to a smaller block size from the increased block size of BCH.
Cobra was responding to a tweet from John Carvalho, better known in the community as BitcoinErrorLog, who tweeted in agreement with Luke Dashjr, a BTC developer, stating that a reduced block size would give him more confidence especially with the Lightning Network in full flow.
His tweet in full read:“I agree with @LukeDashjr that the block size should be smaller. I feel more confidence to say it now that we have LN making strides. I’ll run the soft fork.”
The Bitcoin.org co-founder was quick to respond to BitcoinErrorLog, calling any other change in the block size, “contentious.” He added that this change would be especially detrimental given that 2019 is a key year for BTC adoption, in light of the incoming institutional interest in the industry.
Cobra stated that even if the intention was to reduce the block size, it is nothing but a hardfork, a change to the fundamental structure of the coin. He also stated that if this “soft fork” is completed then, there will be a break away from the established consensus, and the resulting drama and damage will decrease trust in the coin and by extension, the entire cryptocurrency community.
In his own words,“Stop this madness! Last thing Bitcoin needs is yet more contentious forks in this key year for adoption! A soft fork to “reduce the block size” is a hard fork in all but name. This will split off from the established consensus, cause massive drama, and damage trust in Bitcoin.”
BTC hard-forked back in August 2017, to give birth to Bitcoin Cash, which argued for a bigger block size among other changes. The split left the community divided as some claimed that BCH was the original intention of the coin. Roger Ver even recently called BCH what Satoshi had originally envisioned it to be.
Furthermore, advocates of a “bottomless” blocksize caused a further split in the Bitcoin Cash community leading to the formation of Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV), spearheaded by nChain’s Craig Wright back in November 2018, causing another massive decline in the market.
With the market set to herald in institutional players, Cobra foresees that a hardfork of the coin which holds over 52 percent of the entire market, may cause a massive decrease in the price along with goodwill of the collective industry.
Some Twitter users however, were not very happy with Cobra’s criticism, with a user named Satoshi’s Disciple (B) stating:“John is right.
BTC smaller blocks will help Bitcoin.”
Another user Wecx- stated:“This is the year of Lightning Network. A lower blocksize and higher fees will accelerate LN adoption. For Bitcoin to be a decentralized settlement layer every user must run a node and lowering the blocksize to 300kb will accomplish that. For onchain payments use Bitcoin Cash.”
Bitcoin (BTCUSD) weekly forecast on February 18 — 24, 2019
Cryptocurrency Bitcoin (BTC/USD) is trading at 3587. Cryptocurrency quotes are trading below the moving average with a period of 55. This indicates a bearish trend for Bitcoin. At the moment, cryptocurrency quotes are moving near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator.
Bitcoin (BTCUSD) weekly forecast on February 18 — 24, 2019
As part of the Bitcoin exchange rate forecast, the test level of 3820 is expected. Where should we expect an attempt to continue the fall of BTC/USD and the further development of the downward trend. The purpose of this movement is the area near the level of 2700. The conservative area for selling Bitcoin is located near the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator at the level of 3850.
Cancellation of the option to continue the decline in Bitcoin will be the breakdown of the area of the upper border of the Bollinger Bands indicator. As well as the moving average with a period of 55 and closing of quotations of the pair above the area of 4250. This will indicate a change in the current trend in favor of the bullish for BTC/USD. In the event of a breakdown of the lower border of the Bollinger Bands indicator bands, we should expect an acceleration of the fall of the cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin (BTCUSD) weekly forecast on February 18 — 24, 2019 implies a test level of 3820. Further, it is expected to continue falling to the area below the level of 2700. The conservative area for selling Bitcoin is located area of 3850. Canceling the option of falling cryptocurrency will break the level of 4250. In this case, we should expect continued growth.
BTCUSD Analysis: Bitcoin still trading in a bearish consolidation [Video]
Any upside moves are classified as corrective ahead of what could be the next downside extension and bearish continuation. It would take a break back above 4,380 at a minimum to take the immediate pressure off the downside. Next critical support comes in the form of the July and September 2017 lows, around 2,000 and 2,975 respectively.
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Are Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) Net Positive Or Negative For Bitcoin And Crypto Assets?
Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) have been analyzed by several banking institutions around the world, specifically by several central banks in different countries. However, they are different than virtual currencies such as Bitcoin (BTC). How would the issuance of CBDCs affect Bitcoin and the whole crypto market?
There are some important differences between Bitcoin and CBDCs. For example, Bitcoin is permissionless, decentralized and censorship-resistant while CBDCs are permission, centralized and censorable. Thus, they are almost contrary to Bitcoin. While the most popular cryptocurrency provides freedom to users, CBDCs allow governments to have larger control over their populations.
A few days ago, the popular investment bank JP Morgan unveiled a stablecoin called JPM Coin that would be used to make transfers between customers in just a few seconds. Although JP Morgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon has been against virtual currencies, it seems that the bank will be using blockchain technology to power their virtual currency.
There were several individuals in the market claiming that the new JP Morgan digital coin killed Bitcoin, or at least, it is going to kill the most popular cryptocurrency in the market. However, it is important to understand that these coins will never be similar and work in a completely different way. CBDCs and stablecoins issued by financial institutions such as JP Morgan work in a centralized and controlled way.
Indeed, these new digital assets do not seem to present a threat to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. SWIFT could be affected by these new coins. SWIFT is the mainstream and most popular system to perform cross-border payments. This system has proven to be slow and costly for many financial institutions and banks all over the world. Indeed, Ripple’s services could also be affected by the growth of new CBDCs.
CBDCs legitimize that virtual currencies are the future of money. Because of this, it might be possible for Bitcoin to distance itself from drugs and criminals. At the same time, with CBDCs individuals will discover that there are several advantages of using digital assets.
Individuals will clearly have their funds frozen at any moment using CBDCs if the financial institution regulating the asset decides so. Moreover, their accounts can be suspended and users would not be able to use these funds anymore.
There are some crypto experts that believe that CBDCs could be very harmful to societies. For example, China is currently trying to control its population with new surveillance systems related to how individuals use their funds.
Crypto fiat (i.e. government controlled permissioned cryptocurrencies) will be the biggest battleground globally for human rights over the next decade. China is leading the way, many other countries, including some big western democracies, will follow. https://t.co/8BqfmBJ2mP
— Ari Paul (@AriDavidPaul) February 13, 2019
With CBDCs, people will realize that there is no more freedom and that the government is ultimately controlling everything. This is why Bitcoin could grow as a safe haven where users can feel free to use their funds as they want without being controlled by governments.
That does not mean that Bitcoin will be used to perform illegal things. It means that users will protect their privacy and what they do with their funds.