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Where to start with Mircia Popescu?
A staunch Roman, provocative by occupation, and declared “the greatest erotic writer in the world”, Popescu leaves behind a legacy scattered across numerous blogs and forums, and it was difficult even during his lifetime to separate the man from the myth. Let’s start next, with what we think we know.
Popescu, rumored to be one of the largest single holders of Bitcoin – has claimed to own 1 million coins, although more conservative estimates place his holdings at Tens of thousands – He is believed to have died at the age of 41, according to one of the stories First Appearance In a Costa Rican news report this week.
While he’s not convincing on his own – the article only mentions his name – the news has since been confirmed by three different women he was known to have been with. Long-term master-slave relationships. (More on that later).
But if much of the early grumblings on Twitter focused on the size of his rumored holdings (and questions about whether they might end up being sold), the remainder of this article will focus on Popescu’s controversial legacy in Bitcoin.
One of the first and most ambitious tech entrepreneurs, Popescu is best known for starting MPEx, a “Bitcoin Stock Exchange”. Founded in 2012, the site was once fertile ground for Bitcoin IPOs, a practice that earned it the ire of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency that took over its power. No shortage of joy in publicly undermining.
From there, Popescu gained notoriety for being among the first to fight scams in public, emerging as an outspoken critic of Ripple (the company that launched XRP) as well as Bitcoin Savings & Trust, which was later revealed as a pyramid scheme.
The behaviors, which were then new, would gain him an early following and set the tone for what would become Popescu’s signature — an aggressive brand of unexcused bitcoin evangelism that has made lasting impact despite documented cases of sexism, bigotry and anti-Semitism.
his blog – Trilema.com It contains all of the above. In fact, there are those who believe that Popescu should not gain any recognition at all due to his long and consistent use of fanatical language.
However, for others, its impact on the bitcoin conversation is undeniable.
As a passionate opponent of Bitcoin programmers, he would do much to discredit senior lead developer Gavin Andresen’s claims regarding any connection or attribution to Satoshi Nakamoto, referring to today’s developers collectively as “The Power Rangers” in blog posts that sought to portray their attempts to enhance the code as Ego-driven, misleading and childish in general.
‘Developers’ are pretty much a bunch of retarded kids looking for ‘exciting projects’ and who knows, maybe if they’re more obsessed, they might become the stars of Springgrokstar and some chubbyists somewhere throw their bra at them,” he wrote in Way His writing style is blunt and evocative.
Although it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where in his sprawling anthology (it was common for him to post between 70 and 100 blog posts a month), in it he articulates some of the oldest and most ardent arguments about why the description of a “Bitcoin user” should be limited. Only on those who run the nodes (and have a copy of the blockchain).
“Popesco used the metaphor of peasantry and aristocracy to illustrate this distinction,” said Akin Fernandez, founder of Popescu. “People who do not manage their own nodes are peasants, and that is the truth. He put it in terms that everyone can understand.” Aztec.
Sometimes, he even succeeded Combine his unconventional sexual lifestyle with his own bitcoin musings The posts advocated the freedom and ecstasy that could come from submitting to the program’s rules.
However, all of this can be buried under blogs that can be offensive to others when not downright violent and offensive. His most memorable work still puts Bounty on the death of Bitcoin developer Peter Woolle, although the blog post itself can be read as a multi-layered technical method around transaction validation.
Just as his argument was influential, software should remain backward compatible, eschewing hard forex, as he linked the (loosely) technically dense concept with the assertion that Bitcoin should be determined by the software’s end user choice, not any single developer group.
Was Mircia a flawed character? Undoubtedly. But from his world view, only software was important, and at a time when Bitcoin was in its infancy (and still in danger of losing its core qualities) it emerged as one of its most ardent advocates.
“Bitcoin is not here to talk about it,” he wrote. “Bitcoin is here to change your life in a profound and often painful way.” “Whether you agree or not, whether you give permission or not, whether you think it is ‘acceptable’ or ‘required’ or something else. No one asked you.”
A selection of his unforgettable quotes It can be found here, although this is by no means a comprehensive overview of his comprehensive writings.
The author intends to explore Popescu Law further in the coming months, It can be accessed here.
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