Bitcoin Core Developer Luke Dashjr Calls Out Misleading NFT Auction

Bitcoin has gained immense popularity over the years as a decentralized digital currency that allows people to transfer money without the involvement of any third party. It has been around for over a decade now, and many developers have contributed to the Bitcoin codebase to make it what it is today. Luke Dashjr is one such developer who has been involved in the development of Bitcoin since its early days.

Dashjr is known for his contributions to the Bitcoin Core software, which is the reference implementation of the Bitcoin protocol. He has been involved in the development of Bitcoin since 2011 and is one of the few original core developers of the Bitcoin project. He has also been involved in the development of other cryptocurrencies and blockchain-related projects.

Recently, Dashjr took to social media to call out an auction site that had used his name and code without his consent to create and sell a misleading NFT. NFTs or non-fungible tokens are unique digital assets that are stored on a blockchain. They are often used to represent digital art or collectibles.

Dashjr revealed in a tweet that a non-fungible token featuring a picture of code he wrote was sold at an auction site for 0.41 Bitcoin or roughly $9,500. The NFT was advertised as his code in the listing and presented to the public for sale and profit. However, Dashjr clarified that he was not involved in the creation or sale of the NFT and had not given consent for his name or code to be used.

Dashjr went on to explain that he had not been the first Bitcoin developer to have his name or work used in this way. He stated that third parties were marketing his name and his code for their own monetary gain without his consent. Dashjr further revealed that the winner of the auction eventually contacted him and he had to inform them that he was not involved with the sale.

Dashjr claims that an individual, either the seller or the auction site, had reached out and offered him a donation of 90% of the auction proceeds, which he declined. Dashjr’s tweet has since received a lot of attention on social media, with many people expressing their support for him.

The incident highlights the issue of intellectual property in the world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. As the industry continues to grow and evolve, it is important for developers to protect their work and ensure that it is not misused for someone else’s financial gain. It also underscores the need for greater awareness and education on the part of buyers and sellers in the cryptocurrency market.

In conclusion, Luke Dashjr’s experience with the misleading NFT auction serves as a cautionary tale for developers and investors alike. It underscores the importance of respecting intellectual property rights and highlights the need for greater transparency and accountability in the cryptocurrency market. As the industry continues to mature, it is important for all stakeholders to work together to create a more equitable and sustainable ecosystem.


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How Marco Falke Maintains The Bitcoin Network

Now Bitcoin Core’s most prolific developer, Marco Falke’s work is the daily maintenance and testing of an open-source project that must reject error.

Last week, Bitcoin Developer Marco Falke logged his 1,752nd commit to Bitcoin Core’s codebase, passing W. J. van der Laan to become the most prolific Core Dev in terms of the sheer number of individual changes submitted to the project.

As a full-time Bitcoin Core repository maintainer since 2016, Falke himself is the first to point out that many of his commits represent minor tweaks that are merged to the codebase relatively easily, and that this milestone in and of itself does not make him Bitcoin’s most important or enterprising contributor. But, after all, Bitcoin is code, and the work that Falke does as a maintainer of that code every day — reviewing contributions to ensure that they provide improvement to the protocol, maintaining continuity across the network and organizing the code so it is easy for developers to work with — is critical.

“When it comes to my contributions, I think the majority are smaller improvements, which are each exciting for their own reasons,” Falke told Bitcoin Magazine. “I’ve mostly continued to improve testing and spend time on quality assurance and review.”

The most substantive of Falke’s development work on Bitcoin has probably been his contributions around its testing infrastructure, something he identified early on as an inefficiency in the project that he was passionate about improving. Bitcoin’s test environment is used to review potential changes to the codebase, allowing developers to peer review one another’s work and identify potential problems. Falke has dedicated much of his career to improving this test environment so this process is more efficient.

“When I saw what a critical project Bitcoin Core was, that was the same time I realized that the testing infrastructure for Bitcoin Core was not in any way sufficient, and I was motivated to improve it,” said Falke, who started “lurking” on the Bitcoin project in 2014 and began contributing to the code the next year. “For example, the functional tests back then were mostly superficial or even completely broken — incapable of detecting any issues at all. I started off by fixing the obvious bugs in the tests and rewrote the test framework to use modern Python 3, instead of Python 2, which was being deprecated back then.”

Until last year, Falke was based in New York City, working full-time for Bitcoin research and development firm Chaincode Labs. But now he works remotely from an undisclosed location thanks to an open-source developer grant from cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin, a revenue source that he said makes it much easier for developers to work on open-source projects like Bitcoin Core.

“Apart from my work, I do enjoy getting (mostly) regular and enough sleep, since my brain will refuse to work when I am on less than eight hours of sleep for a few days,” Falke added. “Also, I try to exercise at least every second day to give my brain more time to recover and also stimulate the remainder of my body through sport.”

It should not be surprising that Bitcoin’s most active maintainer, who is also one of its quality assurance leaders, sees the project’s notorious resistance to change as one of its standout qualities.

“One major difference is the level of scrutiny,” Falke said of Bitcoin Core as a software project. “Every change to Bitcoin Core needs to go through code review. Changes that touch critical areas (consensus or networking code, for instance) or are deemed riskier, need to go through code review by multiple people… Which is a good thing for Bitcoin, because Bitcoin users wouldn’t want the consensus rules to change willy nilly.”

As possibly the world’s most important open-source software project, Bitcoin is a pioneer in a few ways. From Falke’s perspective, another one of the most critical things that sets the Bitcoin project apart is the opportunity given to users to verify new code releases (provided as “compiled release binaries,” or compiled versions of the application for computers to read and implement) and protect against malware injection. To help users authenticate the new releases, Core Devs provide “reproducible builds,” software compilations that serve as instructions to verify new code — something that Falke said should be a standard way to ship releases in the world of open-source software, but is not yet.

Finally, Falke also highlighted Bitcoin’s thorough “fuzz testing,” a quality assurance technique that helps discover code errors that otherwise might lead to security breaches or other malfunctions.

“Bitcoin Core is also extensively fuzz tested, which is also not yet the norm for the average open-source project,” he said. “I am already happy with the overall state of our testing infrastructure, but I think an area of still low-hanging fruits for improvement are the fuzz tests.”

Falke also sees education as a major need in the Bitcoin Dev community, something that he helps with as he can.

As someone whose work is in the daily nurturing of Bitcoin Core, now leading its history in the number of successful changes made to the code, Falke is clearly happy maintaining the network and keeping it running for the rest of us.


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Compass Mining Sponsors Bitcoin Core Developer Jon Atack For $80,000

Through the facilitation of the Human Rights Foundation, Compass has committed to a one-year donation of $80,000 to Jon Atack.

Through the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), Compass Mining has announced their newest commit to sponsor Bitcoin Core contributor, Jon Atack, with a one year donation worth $80,000.

Atack began his contributions to Bitcoin Core over two years ago in March 2019, reviewing code, discovering bugs, and testing fixes all while proving himself as a prolific code author. And after providing lots of value, it wasn’t too long until he joined the Bitcoin Core developers team later that year in November.

“Without contributors like Jon, the speed and quality of Bitcoin’s development would noticeably suffer. Our entire team is excited to build a relationship with Jon and support his important work,” said Compass CEO Whit Gibbs. “As the largest and fastest growing retail-focused bitcoin mining companies, we believe it’s essential for Compass to support the development of the protocol our entire industry is built on.”

The HRF, a non-profit organization who helped facilitate the sponsorship, has sponsored others in the Bitcoin space in the past such as Spector, Lot49, Calvin Kim, Ecosystem Grants, and Jesse Posner, Muun Wallet, Janine Roem and Blockchain Commons, and six other Bitcoin projects, including developers and Lightning apps.

“HRF is delighted to work with Compass to support Jon and Bitcoin Core,” said Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at HRF. “Jon has been a vital contributor to the world’s open source money project and we look forward to helping make his work possible this year.”

Compass now joins the only other two bitcoin mining companies (Braiins and Marathon Digital Holdings) to sponsor a Bitcoin Core developer to help develop this open monetary system. Antminer has also supported Bitcoin Core developers in the past, but none at the moment.


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