I Believe Bitcoin May Not Survive Outside China In The Long Run!

I just checked the Bitcoin price and saw Bitcoin dropped down to $3,806.93.  It is a steep drop from when I saw Bitcoin was up near to $5,000.  This has happened because Chinese government is stepping up in regulation for Bitcoin.  Rumor or not, Chinese government is banning several major Chinese Bitcoin exchanges and stopping groups in China to create new virtual currencies.  Since such news have come out of China, Bitcoin has continued to slide downward.  It got rebound a bit, but it’s not yet over $4,000.

People are believing in Bitcoin for several reasons.  One important reason they believe in is that other governments won’t ban Bitcoin and so Bitcoin could survive outside China and around the world.  Other reasons are that Bitcoin won’t be controlled by governments, and so people can actually surpass the governments’ scrutiny when making financial decisions.  Unfortunately, Bitcoin has too many reasons for the governments around the world to step up to regulate.

I believe that China is a very powerful market factor, because China has the power to persuade other governments to step up their own Bitcoin regulations.  This is why I think Bitcoin won’t survive in the long run!  Of course, that’s my belief, and so I could be 100% wrong!  Don’t take my belief as fact, because you need to do your own research and soul searching whenever it comes to financial decision.  If you’re investing in Bitcoin and believing in Bitcoin, then you should just do what you think it’s best for you!

Anyhow, I like the idea of Bitcoin, but Bitcoin has several weak points that make me feel so uncomfortable about it.  Two most important weak points about Bitcoin are governmental factor which I had mentioned, and the other one is how easily Bitcoin could disappear.  What do I mean by this?  Well, let’s say I believe that Bitcoin coins are not actually safe on your devices.  Computers’ storages could get corrupted and poof your Bitcoin coins would disappear.  Hackers could just hack into your network or your smartphones and poof your Bitcoin coins would disappear.  No electricity or battery power, well you can’t really use your Bitcoin coins until the power is back.

In short, Bitcoin is much harder to get refund or recover once the coins leave you for good.  There is no institution to make sure the transaction is just, and the transaction always depends on pure trust without any insurance.  Once the governments start to ban Bitcoin together at large (i.e., worldwide), it makes Bitcoin users to lose the ability to appeal to the authorities for transactions gone wrong.  This weakens the Bitcoin’s appeal by a lot I think.  The things that make gold, hard physical asset, more appealing are values that can be verified and redeemed in the eyes of the world.  Bitcoin lacks the redeem attribute!  In my eyes, Bitcoin does not have the shine of gold, because you can’t redeem Bitcoin on justification but on pure trust!

 

 

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Why I Think Bitcoin Is Not Ready For Prime Time

So Bitcoin becomes the rage again for unknown reasons.  Today Bitcoin price is going through the roof.  As of this writing a single Bitcoin is equating to $2251 (US Dollar).  I can see the allures of Bitcoin, but I can also see so many drawbacks.  Let’s talk about the drawbacks shall we?

First, one of the biggest drawbacks of Bitcoin for me is not be able to sell Bitcoin anonymously through an exchange.  Instead, the exchange requires you to send your info includes your social security number before you get verified and be able to do any trading of Bitcoin.  This means if an exchange gets hack, all of  your info is going to be shared or be sold to any unknown parties.  Of course you can argue that lot of your information is already in places that are being stored online and can still be hacked easily.  I argue that at least the government agencies and banking institutions are perhaps more willing to protect your information than some Bitcoin exchanges.  Thus, hacking into these institutions may not be easily done, and once it is being done the government would definitely go after such hackers in a big way.  So, at least you know you got huge resources to look after your information in a more serious manner.

Second, another biggest drawback is that many Bitcoin exchanges cannot be trusted, because not only they’d gotten hacked way too many times before but some of them also run away with your bitcoins.  This means if an exchange decides to stop doing business and just run away with your bitcoins, you’re basically losing all of your bitcoins on a specific Bitcoin exchange.  This is why I don’t think it’s wise to store any of your bitcoins on a Bitcoin exchange besides just enough bitcoins for selling purpose.  Once buying a bitcoin on an exchange it’s wise to transfer the bitcoin out of the exchange immediately and into your more secure Bitcoin wallet that stores on your local machine/computer.

Third, another biggest drawback is that you can lose all of your bitcoins easily if a computer that you’re using to store all of your bitcoins got corrupted hard drives.  This means if you cannot rescue a specific corrupted hard drive that stores all of your bitcoins, you basically lose all of your bitcoins forever.  Thus, I think some people may adopt storing their bitcoins on multiple machines in multiple wallets, so they don’t have to worry about having all of their eggs in one basket.  Some people also do backups for their Bitcoin wallets’ data to ensure that Bitcoin wallets’ data won’t get corrupted easily.  It is also wise to encrypt the partition or partitions that you store your Bitcoin wallets’ data, and only this way you can protect your bitcoins from being stolen easily.  Basically, encrypting a partition on top of already encrypted Bitcoin wallet’s data is like having one more security layer.

Fourth, another biggest drawback is that Bitcoin is still not being accepted widely.  Sure, there are many places that may accept Bitcoin, but there are also so many many places that do not accept Bitcoin.

Fifth, another biggest drawback is that Bitcoin can be confusing for people who have no experiences with computer.  Some people in older generations will not be able to understand how to use Bitcoin, and so it’s going to be exotic and hard to use for them.  To use Bitcoin, one must know how to securely protect your bitcoins in a Bitcoin wallet and on a secure machine, but these measures are probably just gibberish for people who do not have the ability to use computers correctly.  Especially, if they do not know how to use computer in a secure manner, they are going to get hack easily and lose all of their bitcoins.

Sixth, another biggest drawback is that many governments are not recognizing Bitcoin as currency, and so Bitcoin is in a grey area in which so many different laws are being applied to Bitcoin.  This means you have to use Bitcoin differently in each country, and so laws that regulate Bitcoin in one country doesn’t behave similarly to laws in another country.  Of course you can argue that cash are not the same in all countries, but cash are legal tender — thus there are specified laws that may apply on the usage of cash even though such cash are not printed in the specific country or countries.  Some governments are outright hostile toward Bitcoin, thus they’re banning Bitcoin outright.

Seventh, another biggest drawback is that some governments are making you as a target of investigation for using Bitcoin, because they think Bitcoin is a way to facilitate dirty money.

These are the drawbacks and other drawbacks that I may not have stated that prevent me from seeing Bitcoin as a sure way that can replace the traditional money.  Furthermore, I like to have the option of Bitcoin and digital currencies and traditional currencies in digital forms, but I also like even more to see that traditional currencies in the form of cash that do not go away.  Why?  Anything that is tangible is definitely harder to be erased and made disappear.  This means your wealth can be protected better even it means securing them under your mattresses.  If your wealth can just go poof in an instant, it means your wealth is not being secured in a correct form or forms.  Because Bitcoin has so many weaknesses, I think it’s not wise to convert a huge portion of your wealth into bitcoins at all.

People’s Bank of China Creates Chinese Digital Currency To Hedge Against Upcoming Collapses of Fiat Currencies

According to various news sources and Simon Dixon, People’s Bank of China has announced China’s own digital currency.  According to Mr. Simon Dixon, China is buying up gold and announcing digital currency to hedge against the upcoming biggest collapse of most fiat currencies in the world.  Near the end of his video, Mr.  Simon Dixon says people may adopt China’s digital currency, but this will encourage many more people to use Bitcoin.  Mr.  Simon Dixon thinks that Bitcoin is more attractive to people since it got no governments’ censures.

In my opinion, any government has the ability to outlaw Bitcoin.  I think Bitcoin might not have such a bright future when China herself is creating a brand new digital currency.  If China is going to be successful in convincing her own people and other peoples to use her digital currency, she can totally outlaw Bitcoin.  Once Bitcoin is being outlawed in China, China’s own digital currency will continue on to be one of the future, central crypto currencies.

Of course, any other government besides Chinese government can follow China’s playbook and come up with another government’s digital currency.  Thus, I don’t think China will be the only country that would create a government sanction digital currency.  I guess it would be fun to see a government sanctions another with outlawing another government digital currency within one’s own territory.

In the video, Mr.  Simon Dixon suggests that China may use the brand new digital currency to implement quantitative easing.  Instead of printing more fiat currency, China may as well create the second tier monetary system such as digital currency to help ease the many debt related bubbles that fiat currency has been creating.  It’s an interesting idea for sure, but I think only China would know what she will do with her brand new digital currency.  I guess time will tell.

Check out Mr.  Simon Dixon’s video on People’s Bank of China creates a Chinese digital currency in the video right after the break.  Enjoy!

Stanford Seminar’s YouTube Video On Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a new phenomenon for currency in general, and so people will definitely have all sorts of beliefs about it.  Obviously, some people have already thought that Bitcoin is a newest hoax yet that is out to get peoples’ money.  Some other people think Bitcoin is like a hybrid of ponzi and pyramid schemes where the ones who played with Bitcoin first would be the only ones that got all the profits and benefits, the ones who come in now are going to go broke as they will lose their money.  Some other people though think Bitcoin has the potential of becoming the global currency where there are pockets of regulations in corresponding governments, but the Bitcoin’s true values will lie with the people (hence how some people proclaim that Bitcoin is paupers’ money or poor peoples’ money).  Regardless of peoples’ different views on Bitcoin, in the end we have to wonder will Bitcoin be around for another 100 years?

My honest thought on Bitcoin is that I’m not sure Bitcoin could be around for another 100 years since someone might be able to break its’ encryption algorithm which is there to protect Bitcoin’s inherent values.  Nonetheless, I do think that paupers’ money in the electronic/digital form will be around for another 100 years and beyond unless the people of the world in whatever timeframe, beyond now, decide that they rather do business and communicate through media that aren’t Internet/digital things.  Imagine how the world will change radically when paupers’ money suddenly become the reality, because money will be changed hand much easier and globally.  Just like how the Internet had transformed commerce, information, business, retailing and whatever else that the Internet has had and will be transforming next; paupers’ money will probably transform many things on such a manner and scale.

Anyhow, I thought I would share with you guys a Stanford seminar’s YouTube video on Bitcoin.  In this video, a BTC China Bitcoin exchange’s CEO, Bobby C. Lee, shares his thoughts and beliefs on Bitcoin and the future of Bitcoin.  Anyhow, check it out right after the break!

Crypto Currencies, Bitcoin, and Quark for Newbies

Crypto currencies are on the rise. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t think I know the whole answer to this. Sure, I can make few indirect, incoherent, suggestions that may suggest why crypto currencies are on the rise, but I won’t as I know that will open up all sorts of crazy talk against me and whatever. Nonetheless, as I’m speaking, the crypto currencies such as Bitcoin and Quark are gaining in value, tremendously. How so? It’s now that 1 Bitcoin is worth around $1000 or more. Let us check out the link below and you will see that I’m not making this stuff up.

http://bitcoinity.org/markets

Anyhow, Quark is the newest crypto currency yet, and it is also on the rise. The developers for Bitcoin who are also developing Quark boast that Quark is even more secure than Bitcoin. How so? They suggest that Bitcoin was the very first crypto currency they had worked on, and there were many mistakes that they had made with Bitcoin. Although they weren’t the one who came up with Bitcoin and the whole idea of Bitcoin, but they were the ones who worked on Bitcoin platform to improve Bitcoin crypto currency in general. Nonetheless, the mistakes they made with Bitcoin are now being fixed by Quark. Basically, I’m not sure I understand about Bitcoin and Quark underlying technologies all that well, but what I can comprehend from their saying is that Quark is way more secure since Quark relies on more than one encryption. In fact, if I’m not wrong, Quark is relying on 6 different encryption technologies while Bitcoin is only relying on one encryption technology. With more underlying encryption technologies behind Quark, it’s much harder for people to figure out how to break Quark’s encryptions at a go, therefore it won’t be easy to bring down the whole Quark crypto currency in time. With Bitcoin, whoever knows how to break its underlying encryption technology will be able to mint Bitcoin however he or she wants. It means, he or she can be rich in Bitcoin whenever he or she wants.

Of course, my understanding of these two crypto currencies’ underlying encryption technologies are clearly limited, therefore what I’m spewing might seem to be very uneducated, regardless to Bitcoin and Quark. Nonetheless, if I’m not wrong, then what I’m saying might have some merits, therefore what I’m saying might help you scratch the surface, somewhat revealing how these crypto currencies work.

Anyhow, at this moment, crypto currencies aren’t yet clearly labeled as illegal means of attaining some sort of wealth values by any specific government. Sure, I’m not exactly knowing which government would condone or not condone the usages of the crypto currencies, but I’m seeing that the people of the world are using them as we speak. Or else how they’re becoming valuable as we speak? Of course, in the future, we won’t know which crypto currency would survive as complementary currency to the government back currencies, but as we speak there are more than one crypto currencies in play. If you check out cryptsy.com, you will see people are trading in dozens of different crypto currencies. For me, only Bitcoin and Quark caught my eyes. Why these two? Well, Bitcoin was the very first of its kind and its value per Bitcoin has no rival as we speak. Quark on the other hand is being suggested by its developers that it’s more secure than Bitcoin and all other crypto currencies, therefore I think it might have better chance in surviving the crypto currency madness if the crypto currency venue is here to stay.

Am I supporting and condoning the usage of crypto currencies such as Bitcoin and Quark? Look guys, I’m a nobody, therefore even if I say Bitcoin and Quark and other crypto currencies are the way to go, nobody will care. Nonetheless, if you are insisting that I should make it clear, to be honest let me say I don’t have a clue. I can’t really condone or suggest that you should use these crypto currencies since I don’t have a clue. Furthermore, these crypto currencies carry risks. What risks? Let see, you never know that these crypto currencies might just be a trend of fads, therefore one day people will think them just as funny money. You know, like how you play with those funny monopoly money in the monopoly board game? Nonetheless, to be honest with you, I’m currently owning some crypto currencies. At first I owned around 0.10 of Bitcoin, and then I converted 0.10 of a Bitcoin into Quarks. Now I have a lot of Quarks.

Regardless of my supporting for crypto currencies or not, let just say that if one day the crypto currencies suddenly become useless, don’t say that I push you into believing in crypto currencies. As I had said, I’m pretty clueless about the future of crypto currencies as you are. Nonetheless, what I know is that these crypto currencies have made some people really wealthy as we speak. Furthermore, nobody knows the legal status of these crypto currencies in the future.

With the whatever I had spewed on crypto currencies, especially about Bitcoin and Quark is out of the way. Let me show you how to mine Bitcoin and attaining Quark, OK?

  • At this rate, Bitcoin is way too hard to mine, and might not be profitable at all, but if you insist, you can still mine them. Before mining Bitcoin, you must have a Bitcoin wallet first. Like the one that I’m going to open up now. (Opening up Bitcoin wallet!) — By the way, don’t download Bitcoin wallet in dangerous, unknown websites, because you might download computer viruses and malware and not of Bitcoin wallet. Please go to the official source for Bitcoin to download your Bitcoin wallet.
  • After you have a Bitcoin wallet, you can choose to create a passphrase to encrypt and protect your Bitcoin wallet and so whoever has physical access to your computer or is able to hack into your computer cannot steal your Bitcoins. Of course, once you forget the passphrase somehow, you will forever lose your Bitcoins in the Bitcoin wallet. Therefore, some people might just use the Bitcoin wallet as it is and not encrypt the Bitcoin wallet with a passphrase. It’s really up to you. Nonetheless, I chose to encrypt my Bitcoin wallet with a passphrase. (Show them how to encrypt Bitcoin wallet with a passphrase.)
  • With Bitcoin wallet in hand, you can now create a public Bitcoin address to receive Bitcoins. This means, you can also send the Bitcoins that you mine to a public Bitcoin address that you create for Bitcoin mining purpose. (Show them how to create Bitcoin’s public address with Bitcoin wallet.)
  • Now, you need a software which will allow you to mine Bitcoins. I have heard of Bitminter, bfgminer, cgminer, and guiminer. If you are so new to the mining of Bitcoins, then I think guiminer and Bitminter would be the easiest software for you to mine Bitcoins. Please, once again, look around and ask around for how to download these software safely, because if you’re downloading these Bitcoin mining software at unknown, not trustworthy sources, you might download computer viruses and malware and not of Bitcoin mining software.
  • Before you can even mine for Bitcoins with a Bitcoin mining software, you need to create an account with a Bitcoin pool. There are so many Bitcoin pools out there that you can sign up an account with. What is Bitcoin pool? Well, let just say that you can use a Bitcoin mining software to mine Bitcoin by yourself, but this may take years if not hundreds of years for you to be able to mine any Bitcoin. It’s all about Bitcoin encryption/math difficulty levels. Don’t ask me the underlying understanding of it all, because I’m pretty much clueless about the calculation of Bitcoin difficulty levels. Nonetheless, just to scratch the surface, Bitcoin difficulty levels increase by day as we speak, and to a point of a future that the difficulty levels get so high that mining for more Bitcoins would be impossible, even if you have really really powerful Bitcoin mining hardware. With Bitcoin pools, you can basically create a Bitcoin pool worker, entering the Bitcoin pool worker’s password and username into Bitcoin mining software to allow the Bitcoin mining software to mine for Bitcoin in a Bitcoin pool. This way, whatever electricity and hardware costs that you contribute to the Bitcoin pool will count toward the earning of a Bitcoin. Of course, each Bitcoin pool host will either charge a fee or not for allowing you to mine Bitcoin with a Bitcoin pool. So, you must look up for a good Bitcoin pool that is appropriate for your Bitcoin mining needs before you join such a Bitcoin pool. By the way, when the Bitcoin mining software asks for a worker’s password, it’s not a password of your Bitcoin pool’s account, but it’s a password of a Bitcoin’s pool worker that you had created. I hope that is clear enough so you won’t be entering a password of a Bitcoin pool account into a Bitcoin mining software. (Opening up Bitminter or guiminer to show how a Bitcoin mining software might work.)
  • Before to mine Bitcoin for real with a Bitcoin mining software, you need to create a Bitcoin public address. Once you have a Bitcoin public address for mining, you need to log into a Bitcoin pool’s website to add the Bitcoin public address that you had created for Bitcoin mining into your Bitcoin pool’s account. How to do this? Well, you have to look this up as each Bitcoin pool website might behave differently. Once you have linked the Bitcoin public address of your Bitcoin wallet to a Bitcoin pool’s account through the Bitcoin pool’s website, then you can begin to fire up your Bitcoin mining software to mine for Bitcoins.
  • At a current 700 million plus or so Bitcoin difficulty level (to be exact, as I’m speaking the Bitcoin difficult level is at 707,408,283), and this difficulty level will rise soon or later, mining Bitcoin with a latest, powerful graphic card will be very unwise, because you won’t be able to generate any worthy amount of hash to count toward your Bitcoin pool’s contribution, therefore you will waste a lot of in home electricity and electricity costs and yet you won’t be able to generate any worthy fraction worth of a Bitcoin. This is why many Bitcoin miners are using special Bitcoin hardware they have bought at specialized Bitcoin hardware dealers such as Butterfly Labs. Nonetheless, these specialized Bitcoin hardware are super expensive, and you might not even make enough return to cover the costs for these specialized Bitcoin hardware. The cheapest way to mine for Bitcoins is still about acquiring a specialized Bitcoin hardware known as ASICMiner Block Erupter USB 330MH/s. As you can see in the title of this specialized hardware, each ASICMiner Block Erupter can generate around 330 Mega Hash per second, and this is probably on the par with the latest, most powerful graphic card yet. It’s the cheapest solution since you can purchase them on Amazon and Ebay for around $46 to $75 bucks for each. A single latest, most powerful graphic card might cost up to $1000 per graphic card. Once you string a bunch of ASICMiner Block Erupter together on a powered USB hub, you can increase your hash rate by a lot. This way, you can generate a lot more hash contribution toward a mining pool and earn bigger fraction worth of a Bitcoin when the pool pays you for your mining effort. By the way, you must look for more information on how to use those ASICMiner Block Erupter USB thumbs with your Bitcoin mining software OK? I have heard that some suggest you have to download special driver for them if you are going to use them with bfgminer. With Bitminter, you may not have to download any special driver, but I’m not sure if it’s the case. Anyhow, things might change as we’re moving forward, and so it means the software might get develop differently and these ASICMiner Block Erupter thumbs might be outdated, therefore mining with them might not be feasible. Furthermore, the difficulty levels of Bitcoin mining might rise so high that mining with these ASICMiner Block Erupter might just be unwise. I guess it’s all depending on the situation you’re in when it comes down to mining for Bitcoin. Do what you can if you’re so into this whole idea of mining for Bitcoins, but don’t overdo anything or else you are at risk of losing money and health. So, be wise and careful. If you think this is not worthy of anything, please don’t mine for Bitcoin at all. If you don’t like or trust Bitcoin at all, stay away from this whole Bitcoin gambit OK? Just focus on your wellbeing.

Now, let me talk about Quark. To tell you the truth, I don’t know how to mine Quark at all, because I haven’t read into it enough. Nonetheless, what I have heard is that Quark is about 97% mined already, therefore you can only mine about 1% a year of Quark in total. So, I won’t talk about mining Quark, but how to get Quark. To get Quark, what I did was created an account with a crypto currency exchange known as cryptsy.com, and then this crypto currency exchange allows me to use my Bitcoin to purchase for Quark. That is how I get to own some Quarks. Before I can even own some Quarks, it’s obviously I have to download a Quark wallet. Like before, you must be very careful of where you download these software, because you might download computer viruses and malware from unknown sources. I think I downloaded from the official source and I had use antivirus scanner to scan the Quark wallet before I think that it’s a safe software to use. Anyhow, just like how Bitcoin wallet is being used, a Quark wallet allows me to create Quark public address. With a Quark public address is made known to a crypto currency exchange, I can then withdraw my Quarks from a crypto currency exchange and store the Quarks in my Quark wallet. Of course, you can also leave your Quarks inside a crypto currency exchange account if you decide to do such a thing. Nonetheless, I prefer my Quarks to be physically near me, because I never know a crypto currency exchange might be down or go out of business. You can also use your Quark wallet to pay for whatever in Quarks just like how you would use a Bitcoin wallet. Sending Quarks to a crypto currency exchange is also requiring you to send your Quarks out of your Quark wallet to a known Quark public address that a crypto currency exchange had generated specifically for you.

In summary, crypto currencies are very intriguing, but the future of them all is still remaining to be seen. This is why I think you should approach this whole thing with care, otherwise you will be at risks of losing money and your happiness, consequentially your wellbeing. I think if you don’t trust crypto currencies at all, then you should stay away from them. Now if you want to test the water, then just play with them but not taking them too seriously. For me personally, I’m still playing around with these crypto currencies, but the two crypto currencies I interest in most are Bitcoin and Quark. I hope my talk on Bitcoin and Quark actually helps clear up some curious questions that you have about Bitcoin and Quark and crypto currencies in general.

Can Bitcoin Be Real Money?

The bitcoin logo

The bitcoin logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bitcoin is all the rage recently as value per Bitcoin has climbed really high.  As I’m writing this blog post, it’s about $866 per Bitcoin.  Furthermore, more reputable businesses are beginning to join the fun by accepting Bitcoin as payment for business transactions.  With Bitcoin is moving toward mainstream or so as people think it is doing so, we have to wonder how long will Bitcoin would shine right?

As we all know, money has to be backed by something.  Sure, money can be in various currencies, but all currencies have to be backed by something.  In the antiquity time, countries accepted all sorts of bartering items as currencies.  Nonetheless, most of those bartering items could not withstand the test of time.  Gold is one of those few bartering items that have withstood the test of time thus far.  Gold could be used as money in the antiquity time, and even today some parts of the world are still accepting gold as real money.

How can gold be so resilient against time?  For obvious reasons such as scarcity and so forth, gold cannot be seen as just another bartering item.  Scarcity is important, but gold has one more trait that is very very important.  People have often overlooked that gold has always been special throughout the globe and through time.  By special I meant since the antiquity people have found gold to be valuable and sexy.  Since the whole world is being captivated by gold since the antiquity, therefore gold cannot be easily discarded in time.

Bitcoin might have the appealing of gold if it can convince people that it too can be valuable and sexy, worldwide.  As I have mentioned earlier, money (currencies) have to be backed by something, and so we have to wonder what is backing Bitcoin, right?  I think what is backing Bitcoin is how people put Bitcoin into practice throughout the world.

Nonetheless, without a specific government endorsement, can Bitcoin last?  I think Bitcoin is special in that it’s not being bounded or controlled by a specific government, and yet the people throughout the world are willing to have faith in Bitcoin.  With that being said, if Bitcoin doesn’t have the appealing of scarcity, it would probably be just another funny money (i.e., monopoly money).

Bitcoin can be scarce since it does require tremendous amount of effort in mining it.  For an example, one has to be spending real money to buy expensive hardware before one can mine Bitcoin effectively.  One might have to mine 24/7 for months and years before one can have few Bitcoins.  Now, if one is really rich and wealthy, one can build many Bitcoin mining rigs that can churn out Bitcoin really fast.  It is all about being rich in the first place, right?  There is a saying and it might go like this, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

In summary, I think Bitcoin can be real money, but for how long I won’t know.  I know though that if people around the world use Bitcoin as money, then Bitcoin won’t easily be discarded.  If the whole world is using Bitcoin, then not a single country can stop Bitcoin from being used as money.  If the whole world is using Bitcoin, then politics will become less important when it comes down to currency manipulation.  Bitcoin can be traced just like how cash can be traced, but both Bitcoin and cash can be way more stealthy than most forms of currencies.  With stealth as one of its awesome traits, Bitcoin can definitely be facilitated as cash-like money.  With all of that being said, Bitcoin isn’t cash since it’s not physical.  Since Bitcoin has to be used in a digital form, it might just be inconvenient enough that some people will not want to use Bitcoin as their money.  Invention such as smartphone apps to facilitate the Bitcoin transactions might help Bitcoin to be seen as physical cash, because there are so many people who carry their smartphones around.