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Offline karnal

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BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« on: March 19, 2016, 11:30:52 am »
Was just wondering why the BTC:{USD,EUR,CNY} markets have 0.00 volume and that led to finding the shortest way to convert BTC to BitBTC at this moment.

Metaexchange used to have it but it seems to not be there anymore?

Likewise, Blocktrades no longer seems to offer the pair either.. (only to OPEN.BSD and TRADE.BTC)


How do you flip your BTC to BitBTC?

Wouldn't this be an excellent path into the ecosystem? Hundreds of thousands are already familiar with BTC.

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2016, 02:08:58 pm »
no one uses it. even long before 2.0 - there's simply no demand

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2016, 02:20:33 pm »
BitBTC is useful only for traders. Anyone else doesn't need it so it's unlikely that it will have any meaningful demand in the near future.

You have to remember that it's only a derivative that tracks the value of BTC and it's not the real thing. You can't use it anywhere to buy stuff, it's just a financial instrument.

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2016, 03:04:47 pm »
Well, if there was a working BTC/BitBTC gateway then people could pay with it, just withdraw (from the bts wallet) to the destination address being requested by the merchant.

I think there is value having BitBTC vs the real deal, namely it enables trading it in a decentralized way against fiat (BTS-style) in a much more streamlined way, without either going back and forth between the legacy system and the crypto world, or going in/out of 3rd party exchanges.

Also, with STEALTH on the horizon, arguably it's more private to hold BitBTC (particularly if the gateway itself had the option to send via STEALTH, otherwise by sending to oneself) rather than BTC in its present incarnation.


Maybe I give SmartCoins too much credibility? It's always been one of the most appealing aspects of this whole BitShares thing to me..

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2016, 04:02:55 pm »
I don't understand what OP means. There are UIAs in bitshares which are hard pegged to BTC. They are useful to deposit/withdraw funds into/from bitshares. Unfortunately, there is no market between bitBTC and BTC pegged UIAs. To deposit/withdraw you need to go through BTS.
 

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2016, 04:20:01 pm »
I don't understand what OP means. There are UIAs in bitshares which are hard pegged to BTC. They are useful to deposit/withdraw funds into/from bitshares. Unfortunately, there is no market between bitBTC and BTC pegged UIAs. To deposit/withdraw you need to go through BTS.

we are providing liquidity also to the market METAEX.BTC /bitBTC on the bitshares exchange. https://bitshares.org/wallet/#/market/METAEX.BTC_BTC

in the past we run directly bitBTC/BTC on metaexchange.info, but the demand was not really there, so we changed the provided pairs into the internal exchange. so you
can go from BTC-->METEX.BTC-->bitBTC and visaversa. at the moment the provided liquidity is low, but if you look into our pairs it is enough for the current demand.

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2016, 05:26:06 pm »
Maybe I give SmartCoins too much credibility? It's always been one of the most appealing aspects of this whole BitShares thing to me..

Smartcoins are the real deal, but it's not a solution for every problem.

There are lots of possibilities for everybody who is interested in Bitcoin trading. So far there hasn't been much demand for decentralized exchange. Most of the traders seem to be happy with centralized ones. So why we should go to that market? There is lots of competition so it will require a lot of work to get some meaningful traction.

Probably it would be much better to focus on markets that don't exist yet or at least don't have many other competitors.

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2016, 05:39:30 pm »
Here's what I don't get then.

If UIAs are preferred, then really, what is the advantage to get OPEN.EUR, TRADE.EUR or META.EUR (if it exists) versus simply leaving an EUR balance at a centralized exchange and not buying any crypto with it?

One might answer "these tokens are on the blockchain!" .. to which I'd answer, yeah but so what?
Now everyone knows my balance instead of just the centralized service.

It seems clear to me that if we have all these UIAs floating around, and they're (much) easier to get than the Smartcoin, then people will just hold these instead of the Smartcoins.. we are then left in a situation where there are dozens of tokens representing pretty much the same thing, they don't trade against each other (wanna get in through A and out through B? sorry, not possible, at least not in a straightforward way)

Is any of this then that much different from Paypal? I don't think so.

And note that I'm not saying metaexchange and blocktrades etc shouldn't exist.. but do you see the point?

From what I'm reading here, the DEX is not used and smartcoins are not used and holding centralized tokens that'll be worthless should the company behind them decide to disappear tomorrow ..  is seen as perfectly acceptable indefinitely rather than a temporary necessary evil (if I got the gist of the replies right... correct me if that's not the case)

What's the appeal for the platform, then?
« Last Edit: March 19, 2016, 05:41:05 pm by karnal »

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2016, 05:52:05 pm »
Unfortunately I agree with Karnal here...I believe that if there is no action in bitbtc then bitshares eventually will be worthless. The most important that bitshares has to offer are the bitassets and yet apparently most people prefer the IOU assets. bitbtc and bitgold should be the most important bitassets in our blockchain. More important than bitusd or bitcny or anything else.

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2016, 06:05:02 pm »
Eventually BitBTC will be worthless because it's pegged to BTC, which is pretty much certainly going to fail. That's why I've been selling my bitcoins and buying other cryptoassets (mostly BTS, of course). And that is the reason why I don't own any BitBTC. I don't do anything with it and I'm quite sure that it will lose it's value on a long term.

Only group that benefits from BitBTC are active traders.

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2016, 06:19:17 pm »
Unfortunately I agree with Karnal here...I believe that if there is no action in bitbtc then bitshares eventually will be worthless. The most important that bitshares has to offer are the bitassets and yet apparently most people prefer the IOU assets. bitbtc and bitgold should be the most important bitassets in our blockchain. More important than bitusd or bitcny or anything else.

It just seems so painfully obvious to me.

If we're relying on 3rd parties to ensure the tokens are worth anything, then Bitshares is no better than any other 3rd party centralized service.
In fact, it's worse, because at least with these giant regulated companies, you're pretty much guaranteed not to lose your funds.

I mean, just imagine the madness.. having to keep track of the financial health of half a dozen bridges (one for CENTRALIZED.EUR, one for CENTRALIZED.CNY, yet another one for CENTRALIZED.SILVER, etc) 24/7/365!

Well, you say, they'll grow! They'll become giant! And regulated!.... well, then we would've come full circle, would we not? Why go through all this trouble? Just stick with the big banks and the paypals and skip the whole drama.

Only group that benefits from BitBTC are active traders.

I strongly disagree. That's the same as saying BitUSD is only useful for active traders.

I'm not saying in most cases it wouldn't make more sense to hold actual BTC rather than BitBTC (mainly because of the small but present risk of going in/out of BitBTC via a gateway), but with respect, you have to be blind to not see the advantages of being able to trade BitBTC against fiat on a whim.



I just don't see what's so special about Bitshares if users are expected to store their wealth (be it BitBTC or BitSOMEFIAT) using centralized services on the blockchain. In that case we're talking about a giant circle to end up at the same place.

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2016, 06:27:14 pm »
[member=33020]karnal[/member] Strongly agree!

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Lack of arbitrage is the problem, isn't it. And this 'should' solves it.

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2016, 07:24:18 pm »
I am also in agreement with karnal.  I think we should start calling UIA's trust based assets.  Theres nothing wrong with trust based assets.  I think smartcoins are much better though.  The issue is that we don't have nearly enough users willing to short these smartcoins into existence.  Side chains will help alleviate this issue, but I think we should also be providing interest to those willing to lock up their bts to create smartcoins.  I think shorting is currently under incentivized. 
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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2016, 07:50:21 pm »
The issue is that we don't have nearly enough users willing to short these smartcoins into existence.  Side chains will help alleviate this issue, but I think we should also be providing interest to those willing to lock up their bts to create smartcoins.  I think shorting is currently under incentivized.

Yes. My current hopes are that the 'liquidity subsidy program' will be structured/funded in such a way that it helps a lot with this issue as well:
- First  by giving a piece of mind to the shorters i.e. knowing they can buy back at will at any time close to the peg in enough quality, will ease their mind and they will be willing to short more
-Second - the liquidity providers will get enough reward to justify they themselves shorting more smartcoins in times of needs just to stay in business and get the liquidity reward.

//Edit How this program is structured and funded and so its effectiveness in this regard is yet to be seen though... I fear we go for a half backed effort that does not help.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2016, 07:52:50 pm by tonyk »
Lack of arbitrage is the problem, isn't it. And this 'should' solves it.

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Re: BTC/BitBTC bridge?
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2016, 12:03:42 am »
Here's what I don't get then.

If UIAs are preferred, then really, what is the advantage to get OPEN.EUR, TRADE.EUR or META.EUR (if it exists) versus simply leaving an EUR balance at a centralized exchange and not buying any crypto with it?

One might answer "these tokens are on the blockchain!" .. to which I'd answer, yeah but so what?
Now everyone knows my balance instead of just the centralized service.

It seems clear to me that if we have all these UIAs floating around, and they're (much) easier to get than the Smartcoin, then people will just hold these instead of the Smartcoins.. we are then left in a situation where there are dozens of tokens representing pretty much the same thing, they don't trade against each other (wanna get in through A and out through B? sorry, not possible, at least not in a straightforward way)

Is any of this then that much different from Paypal? I don't think so.

And note that I'm not saying metaexchange and blocktrades etc shouldn't exist.. but do you see the point?

From what I'm reading here, the DEX is not used and smartcoins are not used and holding centralized tokens that'll be worthless should the company behind them decide to disappear tomorrow ..  is seen as perfectly acceptable indefinitely rather than a temporary necessary evil (if I got the gist of the replies right... correct me if that's not the case)

What's the appeal for the platform, then?

Well, as Marty McFly once said, "History is gonna change."

Just because most people are content to trust centralized tokens now, does not mean that will continue to be true in the coming collapse.  When the flight to safety starts, the value proposition of autonomously tracking the value of external assets without counterparty risk goes through the roof.

Patience.

In the meantime, the chain does need other reasons for people to use it.  Lots are being discussed. 

One of my favorites is the concept of DPOS sidechains that BM has spent the past three Mumbles discussing.

If DPOS nodes are collectively trusted enough to secure a single asset then they can hold all coins just like a single exchange does.  This is the true exchange on a block chain.  Right now we are using only half of the concept:

Half 1:  The trading engine and native tokens are secured on the chain.
Half 2:  Actual BTC, DOGE, etc. are still held by centralized exchanges.  Why?

The new side chain concept uses those existing witness nodes to do Half 2 as well.  Why not?  We trust them under DPOS consensus to secure the most important digital asset in the world, BTS. Why can't we trust them to do the centralized exchanges job of collectively holding our BTC and DOGE for us too? 

Only then will be have a fully decentralized exchange... and unification of all blockchains on a financial superhighway as a byproduct.

With this approach the uber-trusted witness nodes themselves can issue light-speed "claim check" tokens for all the other real chain token they are holding in multi-sig escrow.  Just like banks used to issue much more portable receipts for gold in their vaults.  People quit redeeming those receipts for real metal and just kept passing them around - trusting paper because they new the could redeem them if they wanted to.

DPOS lets us do this traditional bank function so much better!  And we have real BTC and Doge in our witness vaults!

This is the holy grail that takes BitShares to the next level.  It is the killer meta-app that only BitShares is in a position to offer.

As this catches on, BitShares witnesses will become the most trusted and therefore biggest holders of all other currencies. 

What?  You're trusting your coins to the owner of a single exchange company with no supervision by other independent cosigners?  Really?





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