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Bitcoin brawl: Cryptocurrency ‘celebrities’ get into heated exchange on a blockchain cruise

They tried not to rock the boat. 

But that’s exactly what happened when two Bitcoin ‘celebrities’ went head-to-head in front of dozens of onlookers at the CoinsBank Blockchain Cruise. 

The four-day event ran from September 7th to 11th, ferrying cryptocurrency fans around Barcelona, Monaco and Ibiza amid big industry figures like John McAfee, the antivirus inventor turned cryptocurrency advocate. 

Bitcoin developer Jimmy Song and Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver, AKA ‘Bitcoin Jesus,’ were supposed to debate the merits of Bitcoin vs. Bitcoin Cash, but in mere minutes, the event went south. 

  

Bitcoin developer Jimmy Song and  Roger Ver, AKA 'Bitcoin Jesus,' were supposed to debate the merits of Bitcoin vs. Bitcoin Cash, but in mere minutes, the event went south

Bitcoin developer Jimmy Song and Roger Ver, AKA ‘Bitcoin Jesus,’ were supposed to debate the merits of Bitcoin vs. Bitcoin Cash, but in mere minutes, the event went south

WHAT IS BITCOIN CASH? 

Last August, Bitcoin, a type of digital currency, was forced by users to split into two, also known as a hard fork, largely as a result of slow transaction speeds. 

The hard fork led to the creation of Bitcoin Cash.

Since its launch, Bitcoin Cash has received mixed support from investors.

Some Bitcoin Cash advocates, such as Ver, prefer the digital currency due to its comparatively lower transaction fees, faster transaction rates and ability to scale with its growing user base.

On the flip side, Bitcoin diehards believe it is the most valuable cryptocurrency and deny Bitcoin Cash advocates’ claims about it being plagued by slow transactions and high fees.  

In a recording of the 40-minute debate, a cowboy hat-clad Song takes the stage behind a podium that’s poolside, facing an audience of swimsuit-wearing men and women. 

Song, who was there to argue on behalf of Bitcoin, proposed a ‘Lincoln-Douglas style debate’ – a one-on-one debate modeled after those held by Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas.

However, within 20 seconds of his speech, it was clear that wasn’t going to happen. 

Song claimed Ver, who was debating on behalf of Bitcoin Cash, was trying to interrupt him.

‘This is what Roger does. Can you sit down please,’ Song can be heard shouting on stage. 

‘…There’s no interruptions or anything like that, like [Ver] just tried. We’ll keep it civil. 

‘I want to keep it at a high-level. I think there’s way too much Jerry Springer and not enough Supreme Court,’ Song added. 

It’s unsurprising that tempers flared so easily, given that fans of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash are notoriously divided. 

Last August, Bitcoin, a type of digital currency, was forced by users to split into two, also known as a hard fork. Some users believed that Bitcoin needed to split into two partly as a result of its slow transaction speeds.

The hard fork led to the creation of Bitcoin Cash, which has received mixed support since its launch. 

Some Bitcoin Cash advocates, such as Ver, prefer the digital currency due to its comparatively lower transaction fees, faster transaction rates and ability to scale with its growing user base.

On the flip side, Bitcoin diehards believe it’s a more stable cryptocurrency and deny Bitcoin Cash advocates’ claims about it being plagued by slow transactions and high fees.

Song (left) and Ver (right) began arguing just minutes after the debate began. It’s unsurprising that tempers flared since fans of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash are notoriously divided

Ver and Song clashed almost immediately after the debate began over who was allowed to speak first. The video continues for nearly 35 minutes after the heated exchange disippated  

Ver and Song clashed almost immediately after the debate began over who was allowed to speak first. The video continues for nearly 35 minutes after the heated exchange disippated  

So it was these differing views that almost ensured the debate was going to crash and burn. 

Members of the audience began to shout at Ver, tell him to chill out.

‘Do you want to debate me or not? Just sit down,’ Song said.

As Ver angled to grab the microphone from Song, saying he was owed an introduction, a man from the audience brought an extra microphone on stage. 

That was it for Song, however, who promptly left the stage in a flourish of anger and said he wouldn’t debate Ver. 

A shirtless man wearing striped swim trunks drowned out Ver’s speech on stage with some inaudible yelling. 

‘If anybody is ambushing anybody, it’s Jimmy,’ Ver argued.

Last August, Bitcoin was forced by users to split into two, also known as a hard fork, largely as a result of slow transaction speeds

This led to the creation of Bitcoin Cash

Last August, Bitcoin was forced by users to split into two, also known as a hard fork, largely as a result of slow transaction speeds. This led to the creation of Bitcoin Cash

The four-day event ran from September 7th to 11th, ferrying cryptocurrency fans through Barcelona, Monaco and Ibiza amid big industry figures like John McAfee

The four-day event ran from September 7th to 11th, ferrying cryptocurrency fans through Barcelona, Monaco and Ibiza amid big industry figures like John McAfee

A few minutes later, Song reappeared on stage, grabbed some papers that had blown away and kicked off the debate. 

‘This is exactly why no one likes to debate Roger because he does stuff like this,’ Song exclaimed.

‘If he tries to interrupt me again, I will walk off stage. I will not debate him ever again.’ 

The video continues for another 35 minutes and shows an earnest debate between both men.

However, it wasn’t without a bit more name-calling, as Ver referred to Song’s first point as ‘nonsense’ and the pair grilled one another about what books they’d read, according to Coin Insider.  

Even Bitcoin, the standard bearer for digital money, has seen a 70 per cent fall from its record high of almost £15,000 ($20,000). In late June, the price of Bitcoin fell below the $6,000 mark for the first time since early November last year, and has barely recovered

Even Bitcoin, the standard bearer for digital money, has seen a 70 per cent fall from its record high of almost £15,000 ($20,000). In late June, the price of Bitcoin fell below the $6,000 mark for the first time since early November last year, and has barely recovered

The event comes hot on the heels of a new report from MVIS CryptoCompare Digital Assets 10 Index, based in Frankfurt, which has tracked the collapse of digital currencies from an all-time high in January to a recent 80 per cent drop in value.

The losses were led by Ether, the second-largest virtual currency after Bitcoin. 

Some have even compared the fall of digital currencies to when the Dot-Com bubble burst in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 

WHAT IS A BITCOIN? A LOOK AT THE DIGITAL CURRENCY

What is a Bitcoin?   

Bitcoin is what is referred to  as a ‘crypto-currency.’ 

It is the internet’s version of money – a unique pieces of digital property that can be transferred from one person to another.

Bitcoins are generated by using an open-source computer program to solve complex math problems. This process is known as mining.  

Each Bitcoin has it’s own unique fingerprint and is defined by a public address and a private key – or strings of numbers and letters that give each a specific identity.

They are also characterized by their position in a public database of all Bitcoin transactions known as the blockchain. 

The blockchain is maintained by a distributed network of computers around the world.

Because Bitcoins allow people to trade money without a third party getting involved, they have become popular with libertarians as well as technophiles, speculators — and criminals.

Where do Bitcoins come from?

People create Bitcoins through mining.

Mining is the process of solving complex math problems using computers running Bitcoin software.

These mining puzzles get increasingly harder as more Bitcoins enter circulation.

The rewards are cut in half at regular intervals due to a deliberate slowdown in the rate at which new Bitcoins enter circulation. 

Who’s behind the currency?

Bitcoin was launched in 2009 by a person or group of people operating under the name Satoshi Nakamoto and then adopted by a small clutch of enthusiasts.

Nakamoto dropped off the map as Bitcoin began to attract widespread attention, but proponents say that doesn’t matter: the currency obeys its own, internal logic.

Dr Craig Wright was suspected as the creator following a report by Wired last year and he has now confirmed his identity as the cryptocurrency’s founder.  

What’s a bitcoin worth?

Like any other currency, Bitcoins are only worth as much as you and your counterpart want them to be. 

Bitcoins are lines of computer code that are digitally signed each time they travel from one owner to the next. Physical coin used as an illustration

Bitcoins are lines of computer code that are digitally signed each time they travel from one owner to the next. Physical coin used as an illustration

In its early days, boosters swapped Bitcoins back and forth for minor favours or just as a game. 

One website even gave them away for free. 

As the market matured, the value of each Bitcoin grew.

Is the currency widely used?

That’s debatable.

Businesses ranging from blogging platform WordPress to retailer Overstock have jumped on the Bitcoin bandwagon amid a flurry of media coverage, but it’s not clear whether the currency has really taken off. 

On the one hand, leading Bitcoin payment processor BitPay works with more than 20,000 businesses – roughly five times more than it did last year. 

On the other, the total number of Bitcoin transactions has stayed roughly constant at between 60,000 and 70,000 per day over the same period, according to Bitcoin wallet site blockchain.info.

Is Bitcoin particularly vulnerable to counterfeiting?

The Bitcoin network works by harnessing individuals’ greed for the collective good. 

A network of tech-savvy users called miners keep the system honest by pouring their computing power into a blockchain, a global running tally of every bitcoin transaction. 

The blockchain prevents rogues from spending the same bitcoin twice, and the miners are rewarded for their efforts by being gifted with the occasional Bitcoin. 

As long as miners keep the blockchain secure, counterfeiting shouldn’t be an issue.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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