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A curated list of Blockchain, Bitcoin and Crytocurrency resources (github.com/mcfrankline)
163 points by mcfrankline on Oct 20, 2016 | hide | past | favorite | 18 comments

I can see why Blockchain Books may include one or two Amazon links (though not everything being a link to Amazon), but why is literally every so-called "resource" under Bitcoin and Ethereum and Smart Contracts also simply a link to Amazon?

A quick Google brings up results like:


What makes your list of Amazon links better than everything on that page? Have you even read and/or reviewed all of the books you're linking to? If not, why are you recommending them to other people?

Why is your list of Amazon links under "Bitcoin" better than something like this (found in a half second Google):


Which somehow manages to contain zero Amazon links, even under Books, which links to the free Github hosted version of Andreas Antonopoulos' Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies, unlike your list which, like most of the other "resources" you list, simply links to Amazon.

I have no idea what is being insinuated here, but I earn nothing from linking to Amazon. The books were initially posted without links and someone made a suggestion that linking Amazon or goodreads will make it easier for people to check out their reviews.

Secondly i was hoping for community effort to make this list comprehensive and useful for everyone. If you have any better ideas I'd like hear them please.

Don't forget the Princeton / Coursera course:

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies Online Course https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNcSSleedtfyDuhBvOQzFzQ/vid... https://www.coursera.org/learn/cryptocurrency

Glad to hear these are standing the test of time :) (at least 2 years is a long time by cryptocurrency standards)

Almost did. And the Princeton book as well. Thanks

I put this [1] blockchain key metrics for clarifying different technologies. It is difficult to talk about blockchains without comparing apples and oranges, mainly when you compare public to private blockchains.

[1] https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1DQ770nGnHfJOoRSqTLmI...

Wow. That is impressive. Mind if i share it?

No problem, it is public. Just please share the original link so anyone can comment there and we can improve it.

You should add tezos.com

    Tezos is the first and only blockchain
    implementation operating with decentralized

    Tezos is a distributed consensus platform
    with meta-consensus capability. Tezos not
    only comes to consensus about state, like
    BTC or ETH. It also comes to consensus about
    how the protocol and the nodes should adapt
    and upgrade.

There are many books in each category, but it would be easier to reference if they were ordered by usefulness or importance.

The main idea is to get a comprehensive list of resources on one page, and then we can sort them out by how technical or useful they are.

No mention of Trilema?

It's a curated list for cryptocurrency. Maybe you'll find Trilema under "A collection of guides on how to beat and rape women and why they deserve it". Or, "How to offer money for the murder of a software developer". Seriously, have you never read Trilema?

Blockchains are for exiting your ponzi

People are scammed out dollars, bitcoins, and iTunes gift cards. Ponzi schemes happen everywhere. The real money in bitcoin-denominated crime is in theft and extortion anyway.

If people disagree, I'd love to know why.

I don't have data to back a disagreement, but I'd be interested in what data you'd show to back your assertion that the money's in theft and extortion?

In particular, I'd wonder what the cashflow behind dark drug markets looks like in comparison (not that I think that should be illegal, and yes, I accept that any data there would have to be estimates at best)

Extortion in the form of ransom-ware, theft in the form of stealing bitcoin from exchanges. (Mt. Gox, and a more recent case.)

Legitimate businesses in the bitcoin space make small margins on each trade/transaction/etc. (Drug dealers are obviously a little different, but they are in the business of unlicensed pharmaceuticals, not the business of Bitcoin.)

Thieves, on the other hand, will take the whole thing, and run.

> Extortion in the form of ransom-ware, theft in the form of stealing bitcoin from exchanges. (Mt. Gox, and a more recent case.)

This is exactly what I meant. I guess I could have been more clear about that.

I don't have any data to back the assertion, and honestly I kind of forgot the markets were still extant, I just happen to know that people are making millions in illicit profits from these two methods, and I've never heard of a successful preminer (which was how I interpreted "Ponzi scheme") other than Mr. Nakamoto.

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