[hackerspaces] bitcoin

Koen Martens gmc at sonologic.nl
Sun May 29 19:07:49 CEST 2011

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On Sun, May 29, 2011 at 03:57:57PM +0200, Yves Quemener wrote:
> > What still puzzles me, wtf can i do with bitcoins??
> You can pay me to develop software. (I'm a freelance developer) I'll
> exchange a part of these bitcoins for cash (unless I find a way to buy
> local food with BTC) and I'll use another part for similar dematerialized
> work. I have occasional needs for 3D or 2D models from CG artists, if I
> find one that accept BTCs, I'll be happy to bypass the transaction fees of
> banking systems.

I'm a freelance developer (ao) myself :)

> I see bitcoin as a way to change that by bypassing many national barriers.
> Tomorrow, if I want to team up with a US developer, and one of our Japanese
> clients uses bitcoins, we can collaborate without the need to go through an
> obsolete bureaucracy and banking system sharks. We can get paid by day (or
> by hours) we can do a quick payment to the German OSS dev that gave us a
> hand by correcting a small bug. It is also possible to design systems that
> rely on micropayments. Note that this is not a way to evade tax : selling
> bitcoins have to be declared as a revenue, but it is a way to evade
> ridiculous transaction fees that banks apply on international transactions
> and that have really no justification.

This all sounds nice, but for now I need euro's to pay my taxes, the rent, 
food. I don't really have much left after that for luxuries such as munchies
or gift items (picking randomly from the list at the bitcoin wiki). I'm all
for it, but it seems that if I accept bitcoins I need to exchange them back
to euro's to have any use of them. And that means someone is going to make
money exchanging them back, and in absence of the banking system sharks some
other sharks will enter the stage, right?

> Mining is now the hardest way to earn bitcoins. The quick fortunes were
> already made. Now is the true test for bitcoin : will people start to
> exchange them and trade goods and service for these ? I'll surely try, so
> if you know someone who needs a computer vision and augmented reality
> specialist or a CG artist that accept BTC payments, don't hesitate to
> contact me :-)

Sure thing :)


Koen (gmc)

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