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I've been sharing conspiracies on reddit longer than this sub has been around. I have a story to tell.

This story is mostly crafted from my own experiences, my conversations with some of the people involved, and the rest is my own guesswork as I try to fill in the bear with me!
That's why I wanted to share with this community, which I've watched grow over the years. I remember posting about the death of Barry Jennings (who witnessed explosions in the WTC on 9/11) the day after it happened. This was before /conspiracy (or right around when it was formed), and I remember thinking "we really need a sub for conspiracies on reddit!"
And here we are, 12 years later and over 1.3 million subscribers...incredible!
My story starts with a young man. We'll call him Andrew.
Andrew grew up in the 90's in a coastal US town and quickly blossomed into a tech whiz at a young age.
He began building his own computers, and after a brief stint using Windows, he decided that Bill Gates was everything wrong with technology (and the world), and he made it his mission to make sure folks like Gates were NOT the future of computers.
He really believed that the use of technology was a fundamental human right, and that charging people for "proprietary" OS's that hid their source code was a violation of these rights.
He saw a possible Deus Ex-like future, with a technocracy literally around the corner if we didn't act now.
Andrew soon joined the Free Software Foundation and began rubbing elbows with the likes of Richard Stallman. He begun exclusively using GNU/Linux and was the type to correct you if you called it just "Linux". He also began visiting tech-savvy forums like slashdot and started networking in earnest.
By 2006 (his senior year of high school) Andrew was completely over his "education" and decided to just drop out completely.
Shockingly, a college accepted him anyway. A small East Coast school had been actively courting Andrew, and when they learned he had failed to get his HS diploma, they accepted him anyway!
Now sometime during this period Andrew went to Iceland and stayed in Reykjavik for several months.
This trip may have happened during the summer, fall, or early winter of 2006. The reason for his trip had something to do with his efforts in the FSF or similar group. The possible significance of this trip will become clear as we go on.
What is clear is that Andrew started college in the fall of 2006, and that the circumstances were unusual. Andrew soon met several like-minded individuals and began building a social and technological network at his school.
Two individuals in particular would become key players in his life (one more prominently in this story, but the other was significant as well), and eventually the 3 would live together in town for several years.
But for now let's stick with Andrew.
Andrew had an idea to build a social network for his college. Except, it wasn't just a network, it was a wiki for information about the school...and beyond. Soon, it began to morph into something much bigger in Andrew's mind.
He saw his project as being one of many data "hubs" for leaks of important documents and otherwise sensitive information.
So yeah, he saw the opportunity for a wiki for leaks (see where this is going yet...?).
As his ambitions grew, his behavior started to become increasingly erratic. He was caught with drugs and arrested. Strangely, the charges were pretty much dropped and he was given a slap on the wrist. Eventually he decided to leave the school, but still lived in town and had access to the servers on campus.
By 2010 Andrew was still living in the small town with his two "hacker" buddies, who were still enrolled at the school.
This house was in some ways legendary. It appears that many "interesting" people spent time at or visited the residence. Indeed, some of the early movers and shakers of /conspiracy itself passed through.
There was usually a full NO2 tank for anyone who was into that kinda thing, and they were stocked with every hallucinogen and research chemical known to man.
It was also likely under surveillance by multiple intelligence agencies (NSA/Mossad/etc).
Over time, the mental state of Andrew was slowly starting to deteriorate, which wasn't helped by his abuse of drugs.
Still, Andrew decided to move his base of operations to Europe, spending time in Belgium, the Czech Republic and elsewhere.
One of his housemates was soon to join him on his adventures in Europe and elsewhere abroad. We'll call him "Aaron."
Aaron had a very similar story and upbringing as Andrew. Aaron was also from a coastal US town and was born into privilege. He was also, supposedly, born into a family with some serious connections to intelligence agencies, including an uncle with ties to the NSA, and both parents connected to military brass.
By 2015, Andrew and Aaron were living together in the Czech Republic. During this time they were working directly and/or indirectly for the NSA (via Cisco and other companies).
You see, the "college" they met at was actually a front for the recruitment of kids into the IC. Apparently, many "schools" in the US function that way. Go figure.
Their intelligence and valuable skill set (hacking etc) made them valuable assets. They were also possibly involved with the distribution of certain "research chemicals" (of the 2C* variety) to dignitaries and their entourages (in one example, they provided 2CB to a group with David Cameron).
In addition, Andrew was allegedly involved with, or stumbled upon, an NSA-linked surveillance project directed at the entire country of Malaysia, while Aaron was involved with Cisco.
Aaron himself had gotten into hot water for releasing damaging information about the NSA, and even claimed to be an NSA whistleblower, and was also possibly the individual who leaked the 2014 (or 2015) Bilderberg meeting list.
And then things went bad. Andrew quit the Malaysia project and Aaron left Cisco. It seems Andrew and Aaron were "set up" during a fiery false flag event in the Czech Republic in 2015. It may have happened at an embassy, but it's unclear which. There is no information on the web about anything like this (afaik).
Aaron was immediately targeted and spent several years on the run. Allegedly, he was added to the list of victims in the so-called "Great Game".
The Great Game is the term used for an international assassination program where intelligence agencies share a list of targets to be neutralized. The German BND and Mossad are heavily involved, as other networks. Individuals targeted by the Great Game may be offed by actual assassins, or by NPC-like humans whose minds will be influenced by mind control tech (a la Matrix...say influencing someone to ram your car unwittingly ie).
As Aaron went on the lam, Andrew soon returned to the US, shell-shocked by his experience.
Both Andrew and Aaron continue to suffer from some sort of PTSD from these series of events, rendering Andrew largely incapacitated and Aaron scattered and discombobulated.
The Meat of the Matter
OK...where does that leave us? Why am I sharing all of this? I think there's much more to this story.
So let's start speculating! Everything I'm about to say is stuff that was told to me personally. I can't vouch for any of this information, though obviously I thought it was compelling enough to share.
Here's the gist: The so-called whistleblowers you see in the media are almost all fake.
This includes: Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Thomas Drake and William Binney (hey look, his AMA is pinned on this sub right comment!). These individuals, and others, are controlled opposition. The real whistleblowers are severely punished.
For example, Bradley Manning was punished with chemical castration in jail. His "transformation" was chemically induced torture.
Andrew was not alone in his passion. There were lots of other young visionaries like him who dreamed of a freer and more transparent world.
In this story, Julian Assange was an intelligence asset...a psyop meant to steal the thunder from real activists like Andrew.
In this story, a small college-based "wiki" for government leaks was used as the model for an intelligence operation known as "wikileaks".
In this story, Andrew traveled to Iceland at some point in 2006.
When was Wikileaks founded? Wikileaks was founded by Julian Assange in December 2006, in Iceland.
Aaron discovered (legally, like Manning who had clearance to access all the data he leaked) damning information about surveillance happening by the NSA, specifically against recruits entering the US army and elsewhere.
In this story, the "Andrew" identity was co-opted and turned into "Julian Assange", and "Aaron" became "Edward Snowden".
Granted, there were probably other people that these whistleblower imposters were modeled after, but Andrew and Aaron seem like very strong contenders for some of this inspiration.
Now, much of the following may be gobbledygook (lol I spelled that right first try!) for all I know, but since I'm having a really hard time making sense of it all, I'll just include everything I can and let you guys run with it.
Here are some phrases, ideas, terms and people of note that may be involved with this story...MODS: None of this is doxing! All of the links of people are wikipedia pages or published interviews/articles. So yeah. Not dox!
I don't know how these terms, theories and individuals fit into this story, but that they may be somehow related.
Hopefully there are enough bread crumbs in here to keep some of you busy!
Any help/insight would be appreciated. I confess I'm not so tech-minded so I can't offer any more explanation about some of the more techy terms.
Anyway, thanks for reading, and thanks for continuing to stimulate after all these years! It's really nice to see this place continuing to thrive after all of this time!
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The evolution of Distributed Ledger Technologies - Part 2

In our previous article, we explored how cryptography evolved over the years to be a paramount part of what we call today Distributed Ledger Technologies or Blockchain.
In this article we will see how Open Source Software facilitated in the development of this new technology, which experts agree it has the potential to change the world around us.

Open Source Software

Open-source software is a type of computer software whose source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Open source software invite collaboration as it developed in a transparent and public manner.

A screenshot of Linux Mint running the Xfce desktop environment, Mozilla Firefox browsing Wikipedia powered by MediaWiki, a calculator program, the built in calendar, Vim, GIMP, and the VLC media player, all of which are open-source software.
It might surprising to most people, but software was once only open-source and free for use. Software was downloaded and edited to suit one's needs, up until 1979 when Brian Reid placed time bombs in his software to restrict access to it without a license.
A programmer working at the MIT AI labs, Richard Stallman quit his job there and started the GNU project. The name “GNU” is a recursive acronym for “GNU's Not Unix.” Stallman announced the plan for the GNU operating system in September 1983 on several ARPANET mailing lists and USENET. In 1985, Stallman published the GNU Manifesto, which outlined his motivation for creating a free operating system called GNU . Stallman envisioned a better world and advocated on the social aspects of software and how Free Software can create community and social justice.
In 1991, the same year the PGP was released, Linus Torvalds, a Finnish student, used the GNU's development tools to produce the free monolithic Linux kernel, an open source system that runs on most smartphones and tablet computers, and in any point in time has up to 10,000 people working on its code. In 2005, Linus Torvalds created a version control system called GIT for tracking changes in computer files and coordinating work on those files among groups of people. This lead the foreground for sites like GitHub, which are used for the public development and review of all software changes made to Bitcoin.
Open source software advocates evangelize that it is usually easier to obtain than software and as a result more people use it. Moreover, they can help build developer loyalty as developers feel empowered and have a sense of ownership of the end product. It practically lays the ground for a more flexible technology and quicker innovation and it is also said to be more reliable since it typically has thousands of independent programmers testing and fixing bugs constantly. Open source is not dependent on the company or author that originally created it. Even if the company fails, the code continues to exist and be developed by its users.
To an extent open standards are accessible to everyone; thus, it solves the problem of incompatible formats that exist in proprietary software. Open source software allows flexibility since modular systems allow programmers to build custom interfaces, or add new abilities to it and it promote innovation, as open source programs are the collective product among a large number of different programmers. The mix of coding insights, perspectives, objectives, and personal goals speed up innovation, without additional commercial pressure that often degrades the quality of the software. Commercial pressures make traditional software developers focus on customers requests than to security requirements, since these features are often invisible to the customer. It is sometimes said that the open source development process may not be well defined and orchestrated and in some cases, the stages in the development process, such as system testing and documentation may be ignored. However this is only true for small projects. Larger, successful projects do define and enforce at least some rules as they need them to make the teamwork possible. In the most complex projects these rules may be as strict as reviewing even minor change by two independent developers at a time.
On the other hand, not all Open Source initiatives have been successful. Software experts and researchers who are not convinced by open source's ability to produce quality systems identify the unclear process, the late defect discovery and the lack of any empirical evidence as the most important problems around Open Source Software. Moreover, it is also difficult to design a commercially sound business model around the open source paradigm, as only technical requirements may be satisfied and not the ones of the market. In terms of security, open source may allow hackers to know about the weaknesses or loopholes of the software more easily than closed-source software.
See you in the next article!
I think that’s enough condensed knowledge until the next part. In the upcoming article we’ll look at Peer to Peer Sharing networks to understand their role and importance in Distributed Ledger Technologies.

End of Part II

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To FOSS or not to FOSS: the importance of free (as in free speech) software in cryptocurrency

I once saw rms speak on campus. That was an interesting and inspiring experience. He clarified and strengthened my position that free and open source software is important.
However, Stallman takes a philosophical rather than business approach to it. While he acknowledges that it's possible to have businesses built on such software, he doesn't concern himself primarily with trying to promote business or talk about how it's possible to make money from FOSS.
To me, FOSS is part of a critical technical advantage in my view. We are able to take advantage of tools designed for Bitcoin, Litecoin, or even other coins, along with of course our core code itself coming to us tested and stable as a result of upstream using FOSS.
If we were to abandon FOSS in our own code, attempting to slap on new features and build IP to "protect" it, we add to our technical debt. Now we would have new mission-critical code, untested upstream and less likely to be reviewed by anyone else.
About a week ago, an individual contacted me who said that he was the mystery December buyer. He proposed adding a feature to NYAN which would be protected by a patent he was filing. While I welcomed his interest in our humble coin, I had to let him know that unfortunately I could not support his proposal.
While his idea may have merit, I felt that the patent direction was the wrong one for NYAN. We would have had to support code in a entirely new consensus critical section, and we would have had to add it to NYAN3, because it would have needed a hardfork. Further, we would have committed to a strategy of not allowing others to use the idea.
To me, adding a new feature, declaring it critical, and then refusing to let anyone else use it, is a very disrespectful move in a FOSS-derived software project. In the best case, if the feature really is so useful that it is a competitive advantage, then others will find their own ways of doing the same thing.
It is far more difficult to be the first one implementing a new idea, but the natural advantage from doing so is to have the first chance to build a market. I think if someone else wants to use it too, they should be able to.
I believe competition can be valuable, but I don't believe that means a "total war" approach. Ideas should be free. And we should all be motivated to help everyone achieve certain basic standards. Let us compete on the more tangential features while everyone is able to reach industry minimums.
So, unfortunately, we seem to have lost the interest of that investor. I believe the dump recently was a response to my definitive "no", that I would not support the approach.
And now, as of this writing, we've settled back down to 8 satoshi apparently, where we were before the spike in buying.
Oh well, c'est la vie. Easy come; easy go. I would have told the investor the same thing if they'd asked before they started buying or if they asked publicly. And as I said in my last message, I wish him the best of luck in finding a good coin to partner with on his idea.
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