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Ask them what they think is fair, and also give them the option to wait longer. They may be willing to give 10x if you are willing to wait until they are at $10m revenue.

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I've long suspected bitcoin was created by Paul Graham. Bulletproof protocols usually require peer review, yet there have been zero leaks from the reviewers. Pools of crypto guys who don't leak stuff are usually employed by startup funds.

The part that puzzles me is why Paul Graham would do this. I can imagine several possibilities:

1. To finance his own black operations.

2. Because he thought digital currencies were inevitable, and he preferred bitcoin to some potentially more malevolent form. (Could bitcoin have been worse from Paul Graham's point of view?)

3. A friend suggested this: because he felt his currency would never become the standard reserve currency, and he felt it was better that no one's be if his couldn't be.

4. A variant of the above: Peter Thiel did it because it seemed inevitable that the PayPal account would eventually lose its place as the standard Internet currency, and better to have it replaced by bitcoin than Liberty Reserve.

I realize some of these explanations are pretty far fetched, but so is a government cooking up bitcoin as an political exercise. Whatever the explanation of bitcoin's origin turns out to be, it will probably be pretty weird.

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> Pools of crypto guys who don't leak stuff are usually employed by startup funds.

That's not true, and it's the crucial difference between your version and the original.

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If this is true, which countries have the computing/network resources to theoretically take over/control the network?

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Get on board TEAM JESUS. Seriously. People here don't like it (and most of them are as depressed as you half of the time), but basically, you've replaced your spirituality with corporate and technological cults.

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That's kind of a silly thing to say: "Most people here are depressed because they don't have JESUS". I'm completely happy and content with my life despite my lack of "spirituality".

Also, you don't know this person. Maybe they're homosexual, TEAM JESUS is really going to help him out there.

I have no qualms with suggesting religion, it helps a lot of people get to a better place with it's structure. However, don't imply things about others.

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Correction: Lightly schizoid/paranoid may suspect hidden cameras in implausible situations. Schizophrenic screams at cars.

In this case, it's plausible enough suspicion, let's give him the benefit of the doubt, eh?

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There are a few types of schizophrenia - paranoid schizophrenia being one of them.

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They can't help it, friend. :-) It's what the human brain does.

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Surely all 2500 CSIS agents are busy harassing the other three high-profile 23 year old crypto hacktivists in Canada

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This is also a good joke.

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This is a good joke.

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What does that even mean?

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The fact that he's young, brilliant, and identifies as a hacktivist make it more feasible. He's a future threat.

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That's how the US has treated its hackers since ... the beginning. And that's why the Chinese are almost certainly eating our crypto-lunch. You'd almost think the authorities are compelled to help CN.

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