Kyle Torpey has been a full-time Bitcoin writer and researcher since early 2014. Currently, he contributes regularly to Forbes and CoinJournal. His work has also appeared in Business Insider, VICE Motherboard, Nasdaq, and many other media outlets. Additionally, Kyle goes over the day's top Bitcoin stories in a daily YouTube show and podcast, which can be found at http://kyletorpey.com.
Softforks and hardforks are usually defined in terms of block validity (BIP99): making valid blocks invalid is a softfork, making invalid blocks valid is a hardfork, and SFs are usually considered as less disruptive as it is considered to be “opt-in”. However, as shown below this technical definition could be very misleading. Here I’m trying to redefine the terminology in terms of software upgrade necessity and difficulty.
Beginning April 18, 2017, all incoming wires to Bitfinex will be blocked and refused by our Taiwan banks. This applies to all fiat currencies at the present time. Accordingly, we ask customers to avoid sending incoming wires to us until further notice, effective immediately.
On March 31, 2017, a 23-year-old computer science student stood in front of a judge at a courthouse in Toulouse, France. He faced charges linked to the distribution—as well as possession and consumption—of numerous drugs on a darknet marketplace. The actual charges stemmed from a mishandled ecstasy purchase, but when police raided the man’s home, they found “a real supermarket” of drugs.
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