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 price prediction: BTC/USD confluence detector shows lack of resistance and support levels
- The daily confluence detector shows one healthy support level at $10,075.
- BTC/USD has gone down from $10,110 to $10,092.
The hourly BTC/USD price chart shows us that the price dropped from $10,130 to $9,815 this Thursday. The bulls then gathered momentum before it picked up to $10,190, meeting resistance. Since then, BTC/USD has been on a continuous downtrend and is currently trending around $10,092.
BTC/USD daily confluence detector
The daily confluence detector shows only one prominent resistance and support level. The $10,500 resistance level has the 5-day simple moving average (SMA 5) curve. The $10,075 support level has the 1-month 23.6% Fibonacci retracement level, SMA 10, 1-hour Bollinger band middle curve and 4-hour previous low.
Bloomberg Says Bitcoin Could be Finding Support at $10,000 as Altcoins Rebound
Yesterday, Bitcoin (BTC) suddenly slipped. After tapping $11,000 just days earlier, the cryptocurrency cratered, falling under $10,000 as bulls failed to step in.
This move was so dramatic that according to the Bitcoin Fear and Greed Index, this sudden reversal has resulted in a reading of five — the index’s lowest value in its history. This is crazy, especially considering that BTC is trading over 300% higher than its bottom price of $3,150.
While the index’s reading may seem entirely arbitrary — just look at the bullish momentum Bitcoin has experienced in the first half of 2019 — the index is backed by data.
The website that hosts the index claims it analyses a fair mix of volatility, market momentum and volume, social media trends, surveys, dominance, and Google Trends to get the gist of how cryptocurrency investors are faring.
Bitcoin Bounces Back
But, the Bitcoin price has managed to bounce back. After remaining under $10,000 for a number of hours, the cryptocurrency managed to reclaim five digits.
Per Bloomberg, the cryptocurrency “appears to be gaining momentum for a push higher”. The analyst recently claimed that as BTC recently dropped “below the lower limit of its GTI Vera Band Indicator, which measures up and down trends”, a spike to the upside may be ahead. The last four times the bottom band was breached, “it managed to quickly rally back into the range”.
According to Mike McGlone, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, Bitcoin is currently setting itself up for a recovery. He explained in a note that its “unique attributes” (likely a reference to its classification as a digital store of value/digital version of gold) and tumult on the macroeconomic stage could help boost the value of Bitcoin. Indeed, many say that if trade wars continue to rage and if central banks continue to enlist unorthodox monetary policy, the need for a form of money that is decentralized, scarce, borderless, and public will only swell.
While McGlone is bullish for the medium term, he told Bloomberg TV in a recent interview that his short and long-term prospects on the cryptocurrency are mixed.
Per previous reports from Ethereum World News, McGlone argued that with there being key support at $8,000 and heavy resistance at $20,000, the cryptocurrency could be stuck in that range “endlessly”. He added that on-chain fundamentals — active addresses, number of daily transactions, fees, and so on and so forth — have begun to taper off like they did to trigger 2018’s bear market.
Altcoins Finally Gain Some Steam
Interestingly, throughout this short-term recovery, altcoins have bounced, actually outperforming Bitcoin for once.
According to CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin dominance has fallen to 68.5% from nearly 70%. Ethereum is up 3.5% on the day, while BTC is up a relatively mere 0.2%. It’s a similar story across the cryptocurrency rankings.
Bitcoin Vs. Ripple: Amidst the Bearish Trend, The Coins Gave Some Brief Moment of Trading
There is a close link between the movement of Bitcoin and Ripple. Both of them are strong coins with a dedicated community of users. At present, they are facing some negative sentiments, but this will wash off soon.
Current Statistics (On August 22 at UTC 08:38):
|Parameters||Ripple (XRP)||Bitcoin (BTC)|
|Market Cap||11,339,553,299 USD||178,409,831,940 USD|
|24-Hour Volume||1,033,612,299 USD||18,408,249,735 USD|
|Circulating Supply||42,890,708,341 XRP||17,890,087 BTC|
|Price in BTC||0.00002654||NA|
BTC Vs. XRP Price Analysis:
Both Bitcoin and Ripple started on a declining note. In the first hours of the day, Bitcoin price has declined by 6.15% and fell to the level of 10,125.86 USD. Similarly, Ripple declined by 4.15% and landed at $0.2628. After that, the declining trend has slowed a bit, and coins kept fluctuating up and down in the range of around 2%. However, during the early minutes of the second half, on the other day, came yet another dip where BTC price declined by 2.21% and Ethereum by 0.96%.
After the second intraday breakdown, the digital coins have shown some strengthening for the next couple of hours. In that period, BTC hiked by 1.75% and XRP by 1.5%. The next plunge that came in around midnight dragged Bitcoin price by 2.91% and took it below $10k mark again. Similarly, XRP declined by 2.02% and landed at the level of 0.26 USD. Lately, the cryptos have been hovering at those levels and showed some bounce back, which helped then to move toward their current position.
BTC vs XRP Prediction & Conclusion:
Making any prediction in this swinging market is a rigorous task. However, for now, Ripple faces immediate resistance at $0.274454 and support at $0.259335. For Bitcoin, the immediate resistance is at 10,636.95 USD and support level at $9,800.93.
The Ripple team has done a recent assessment of the blockchain and assured that they will work toward the narrowing of the skill gap. Further, they added that in order to address the issue, the team would seek the help of experts including academia, governments, and private organizations.