Any other courses / topics you recommend?
 Balance sheet of the fed
 Access to all the flows of the US Money System
 Monthly Treasury Statement (MTS) - The Bank money flows of all accounts of the US Government
I did the mistake reading too much about all this crypto stuff for too long actually doing nothing.
Once you do something it clicks and you understand the whole picture much better and you read automatically stuff that matters and which gives you a deeper context.
Edit: Why the downvotes?
Regardless,anything half decent likely has a testnet running where you can play around.
Read all the marketing in the world, but you won't see how decentralised systems fair against their centralised competitors until you try.
Some people just want to understand.
Want to donate money to me so I can play around with it? Thanks!
Or you can just buy $X a month, every month, and get whatever you can get out of it. Some places allow you to set up automatic purchases, so you could have it happen without you having to pay attention to it (I know Coinbase does). It accumulates over time.
On which platform can I try virtual investing?
PS: at the risk of sounding pedantic, anyone with any income in a jurisdiction with less than 100% tax has "disposable income". See: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/d/disposableincome.asp
> Disposable income is total personal income minus personal current taxes.
> Discretionary income is disposable income (after-tax income), minus all payments that are necessary to meet current bills. It is total personal income after subtracting taxes and minimal survival expenses (...)
"Discretionary income" sounds odd to me, but probably derives from the more logical "discretionary spending".
but in any case, what's your point?
Your assumption that I should have a job on top of this, without knowing my life or financial situation, is evidence that people rarely consider lives apart from their own on websites such as this.
Heres free coins for Ethereums ropsten testnet
Can i note begging is considered bad form around most forums also. There's plenty of solutions to your problems. It just requires some effort on your part.
Not everyone reading HN has money to spare, or a job that allows them such luxuries. Not everyone who wants to study blockchain is interested in making money just because they can.
There is probably some kind of lesson here.
Edit: What is going on here, why the downvote? Downvoters thhink that long-term investing in assets equals gambling and drugs?
Plus (in just the first few pages of your other comments that I looked at):
How many times have you misunderstood why you were upvoted and had to ask?
> you call it complaining.
"If downvoters keep on this hypocrisis I will
delete the post again. This is ridiculous."
A few times though, I got good feedback and was also able to make my point more clear after I asked about the reasons for the downvotes.
Also, I prefer that people reply instead of downvote (except it's trolling) which is also a reason I address this. Look, I reply to you as well. Hope I didn't make you too angry and I try to improve.
I agree. I don't think downvoting is particularly conducive to good discussion (there's already a way to flag posts that may be inappropriate or spammy), but most people who downvote probably just disagree and don't want or have time to reply or argue.
> Hope I didn't make you too angry
I wouldn't say I was angry, I just saw three comments about downvotes which seemed a bit excessive, then saw more in other comments.
Thanks for the replies and reasons though.
IMHO the best intro to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general.
Another thing that I am wondering is the lack of coverage on the blokchain technology on HN, I see articles every where except here?
Blockchain has become a word like AI, in that marketers have learned that inserting it allows them to capitalize on hype even if the use of the block chain is either overengineering or unnecessary.
I'm not sure if that was because they think it's a good future technology or if they just think it's a technology that people will give them money for.
Sleeper right there
You can also convert between currencies, assuming you can trust the third party. This isn't that much of a stretch when you consider that we already do it in markets like Coinbase's exchange (GDAX).
They market themselves as the "bridge currency" in the sense that you in addition to sending money, it can easily bridge between multiple currencies. USD sort of fits that niche at the current moment, when you look at forex markets, most currencies (with some exceptions) are compared against USD.
I could also see it not if this pump and dump ICO trend grows to the point that if defines ethereum the way darknet markets did for bitcoin.
There is a lack of protocol depth understanding from the author. Most of the recommendations seem to serve as market "advice" if you want to call it that.