Cloning BTC Doesn't Fix Its Flaws, Weiss Rating Believes

Researchers from Weiss Rating says that "Bitcoin is as brilliant as it is flawed", and, unfortunatelly, clons inherit its flaws
24 April 2018   1245

Clones of Bitcoin has BTC's flaws. This idea Weiss Rating tries to provide in its new research.

Weiss notes that bitcoin was conceived as the basis of a fundamentally new financial system, over which no centralized structure would have control. Nevertheless, as the development of the crypto currency, its shortcomings become more and more obvious. They flow, according to the rating agency, from the "disadvantageous position of the pioneer" bitcoin.

As is often the case with the first iteration of any new technology, it is slow, expensive and has fatal design problems that are not easily overcome.
 

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These are main BTC disadvantages: 

  • There is no easy way to upgrade Bitcoin’s protocol (software code).
  • Transactions take up to an hour to confirm. 
  • Another major design flaw is lack of “settlement finality,” meaning that a transaction is never truly closed in an accounting sense.
  • Bitcoin has a limited supply.
  • Bitcoin cannot be used as a real currency. 
  • Bitcoin mining (based on Proof-of-Work) is very centralized, with just a handful of miners controlling the majority of the hash power.
  • Bitcoin mining requires the consumption of ever-increasing amounts of electricity.

Here’s Bitcoin’s strength, its first-mover advantage: Despite all its deficiencies, Bitcoin can boast one thing that no other cryptocurrency in the world has: global brand recognition. Most people around the world have heard of Bitcoin; they know what it is.
 

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Unfortunately, trying to solve one or two problems, copies of bitcoin still inherit its fundamental weaknesses: low speed, inability to scale, high costs, energy inefficiency, lack of privacy, etc.

Weiss recognizes that Bitcoin Cash, for example, is 8 times faster than the original bitcoin. Bitcoin Gold is more decentralized from the position of mining. But this is hardly enough.

This are the problems of "BTC Copycats":

  • The Bitcoin copycats still use deflationary models.
  • They still rely on unsustainable electricity consumption for securing their networks.
  • They still rely on a fee structure that gives too much power to the miners, often creating conflicts of interest between them and the end-users.
  • They’re still plagued by the difficulty of upgrading the protocol. 

Israeli BTC Investors to Face Catch 22

They need to pay taxes from Bitcoin investing in order to avoid their property arrest, but banks don't take their money due to AML issues
06 August 2019   180

Bitcoin investors in Israel are faced with the impossibility of paying taxes, as local banks refuse to accept funds received from the sale of cryptocurrencies because of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing. About this writes the local edition of Haaretz on August 6.

Bitcoin is not recognized as a currency in Israel, therefore, individuals must pay 25% of the income from cryptocurrency trading to the treasury, and legal entities - 47%.

Investor Ron Gross told the publication that he acquired bitcoins in 2011 and reported his income to the tax office. In 2017, the bank that served Gross began to refuse to accept funds received from the sale of bitcoins. The investor met with representatives of the bank to demonstrate to them a 70-page history of bitcoin transactions as confirmation of the origin of the funds, but failed to convince them.

The tax authority is aware of the problem, but they say the ball isn’t in their courts. I’ve tried working with almost all the banks, but the minute they hear the word ‘Bitcoin’ they freeze up.
 

Ron Gross

Bitcoin investor from Israel

 

Since Gross was unable to pay taxes on time, his bank account, home, and even scooters were arrested. According to the investor, the tax authorities know about the problem, but can do nothing.

According to Haaretz, the tax office is aware of $ 86 million in unpaid taxes on income from cryptocurrency trading. It is possible that the real amount may be significantly higher.

Roy Arav, another Bitcoin investor, kept the proceeds from trading Bitcoin in an account with Israeli bank Discount under the control of the Bit2C exchange. The bank refuses to transfer money to Arava’s personal account under the pretext that its politicians forbid it to transfer funds related to virtual assets to client accounts due to the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Arav also could not pay taxes and was forced to sue the bank. According to the investor, the authorities entered his position and granted him a deferral of time for the consideration of the claim.