Interesting Facts: Bitcoin
Bitcoin is a sort of advanced installment framework discharged as open source programming that utilizations cryptographic money. It was made by obscure software engineers in 2008 that call themselves Satoshi Nakamoto and discharged in 2009. Bitcoin is a sort of cash that is distributed and is thought to be the primary decentralized advanced money since it doesn’t have a solitary chairman. By February of 2015 there were more than 100,000 merchants willing to acknowledge bitcoin as installment. Most of the just about 6 million individuals utilizing a digital currency installment technique are bitcoin clients. The record keeping administration for bitcoin is called mining.
Bitcoin can be used to buy items or services online and in person.
Bitcoin has been used to purchase illegal items and legal items.
Some of the illegal purchases that have been done with bitcoin involve the purchase or sale of drugs, weapons, fake documents and possibly criminal services of assassins.
Approximately 3,600 new bitcoins are mined every day, and the maximum number that can ever exist are 21 million.
Bitcoins have a history that remains with it, making it very difficult to fake.
James Howells threw away his hard drive in 2013 and with it $7.5 million worth of bitcoins.
WikiLeaks relies on bitcoins for donations as other transfer companies will not deal with it because it is a whistleblower website.
Thailand outlawed bitcoins in 2013. It was the first country to do so.
No single person or organisation controls the bitcoin.
In November 2013 one bitcoin was briefly more valuable than an ounce of gold.
The smallest transaction that can be made using bitcoin is 1 satoshi.
One satoshi is equivalent to 0.00000001 BTC (Bitcoin).
At one point a website called the Silk Road harbored the illegal trade of items with bitcoin but it was closed down.
Prior to the Silk Road being shut down it was believed to have accounted for as much as 5% of the bitcoin economy.
There is a shopping area in Berlin called the Kreuzberg that is a bitcoin friendly.
In some places in the United States people can use bitcoins to pay for limousine services.
Thanks to Virgin Galactic a person could use bitcoins to travel to space.
In 2013 there were more than 200 businesses that held a Black Friday sale that customers could use bitcoins as payment.
In December of 2013 China banned bitcoins in bank trading.
The first musician to accept bitcoin as payment was Mel B from the Spice Girls.
Lamborghini was the first auto manufacturer to accept bitcoin as payment for their cars.
If you live in the Netherlands you can use bitcoins to buy pizza.
The FBI owns roughly 1.5% of the world’s bitcoins due to seizure of the online marketplace the Silk Road.
If a person loses the private key to their bitcoins they are not able to claim them as the key is the only way to verify the bitcoin signature.
The information necessary to trade bitcoins is stored in a wallet. This is a collection of bitcoin keys owned by the consumer.
Some companies that accept bitcoin include PayPal, Steam, Expedia, Dish Network, and TigerDirect.
The end of the “mining” is inevitable since there is only a limited number of Bitcoins. Therefore, the actual end of “mining” will be when the last Bitcoin is mined. When there are no Bitcoins left, there will be no need for miners. It is estimated that the 2140 year will be the year when the last Bitcoin is mined.