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Currencies / Bitcoin Nov 28, 2013 - 07:53 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Currencies

UK broadcast media has been full of the story of how a bitcoin miner threw away his hard drive that reportedly contained 7,500 bitcoins that at today's market price would be worth £4.5 million.

The bitcoin miner, James Howells, was shown at the rubbish tip where his hard drive lies buried under tens of metres of compacted refuse, as James ponders that even if he could find the hard drive, would it have survived several months under a wet rotting mountain of waste.


Off course the reason why he did not pay that much attention to the fortune that resided on his dumped hard drive was because when he threw it away the value was far, far less than 1/20th of today's price, with little media attention, the Bitcoin price having risen from about $14 at the start of the year to more than $1100 today.

Though throwing away £200k valuation of a couple of months ago was still a pretty dumb thing to do, which reflects the truth of the Bitcoin tulip mania as James had mined his bitcoins (solving blocks, the complexity and processing power needed is constantly increasing in response to increasing supply) several years earlier using his personal computer, and that all they were actually worth at the time was marginally more than the cost of the electricity expended, so no more than perhaps £45 rather than today's £4.5 million valuation.

So all who have been piling into the Bitcoin tulip mania need to realise that the real value of bitcoins is near 1/100,000 of the current price and therefore the potential losses they WILL suffer when this i-bubble bursts will far exceed a 99% loss!

Nadeem Walayat

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Comments

bbull26
29 Nov 13, 09:28
Bubble

Nadeem,

What are your reasons behind why you think bitcoin, i-bubble as you put it, will collapse?

Is it not an early adoption S-curve similar to the likes of facebook and twitter? Is it not somehwere that people can place their money away from the manipulation ot the banks? Are there not more and more retailers accepting bitcoins for products?

I would love to hear your views on it.

Regards


Nadeem_Walayat
29 Nov 13, 11:19
Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

Hi

I looked into bitcoins a few years back but never mined it because it would cost more in electricity than its value.

Also that the key reasons blindly promoted in the media for using bitcoins are FALSE.

It is NOT annoniymous!

It is not decentralised, it is manipulated by a core pool of bit MINERS! Ordinary people today cannot mine for bitcoins, too much processing powerr so its in the hands of a few MINERS who control the supply.

I could go on such as early adopters have hoarded it, and if they released their supply it would crash, and they will try and release their supply because they will make 100,000 times what it cost them.

Bitcoins is a pyramid ponzi scheme, those who got in early win, everyone else loses.

If you own bitcoins you should get out IMMEDIATELY!

Best

NW


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