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The Next Recession May be Brutal: That’s a Net Positive for Gold and Bitcoin

Prominent gold bull Peter Schiff predicts that the next recession will be brutal, and owning gold or Bitcoin will be a net positive.
The US economy is more robust than it has ever been. With a roaring stock market and decent consumer spending, talk of recession is minimal. However, certain aspects of this growth are cause for investors like Schiff to raise the alarm:
“Today’s revisions to Q3 GDP confirm the U.S. economy is a bubble. GDP ‘growth’ is driven completely by excess consumer and government spending, as the real economy contracts. But such spending is a function of debt, much of which can’t be repaid. The coming bust will be brutal!”
With the S&P 500 pushing record high after record high, stock market traders are as bullish as ever. Such sentiment could make the next crash particularly devastating. In the 2008 financial crash, stocks in a hallmark Wall Street firm, Bear Stearns, went from over $100 to $2 within a week. Investing in stocks can be great, but when it rains, it pours.
Accurately predicting the next recession is often a hit-and-miss game even for the top analysts. Even those who predicted the financial crisis of 2008 couldn’t pinpoint with precision when it would begin. Regardless, this does not discredit anyone who tells investors to be cautious. The issues Schiff raises are pertinent to the macro-economic stability of the American and global economies.
Even those who make the right predictions about an upcoming recession have no respite if they do nothing about it. Building a defensive portfolio is one way to absorb such shocks. In recent decades, gold has distinguished itself as the premier safe-haven asset.

Gold Prices During a Recession

Gold has historically performed well during times of financial uncertainty. Naturally, recessions are the extreme end of such turmoil, meaning that gold prices should peak. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, gold prices rose dramatically and peaked in 2011 at the height of quantitative easing measures from major central banks.
If a brutal crisis such as Schiff predicts could happen comes to pass, gold prices should ease past the $2,000 mark. Gold has millennia of reputation and scarcity that makes it the perfect safe-haven asset in such a crisis. Therefore, investors see it as a valuable asset to hedge against recessions. If you are already in one, it can provide cover against further negative slides. This stability is why investors like Schiff advise that traders have anywhere between 10–30% weighting in gold. Whether split between physical gold and mining equities, gold-backed ETFs, or any other arrangement, gold has a track record of weathering the storm.

Bitcoin as a Store of Value Asset

Using the phrase ‘store of value’ for Bitcoin may sound like an oxymoron. After all, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are notorious for volatility in their few years of existence. In the 2018 calendar year, Bitcoin went from about $18,000 down to about $3,400 only to rebound to over $10,000 by mid-2019.
However, one trait gives Bitcoin a silver lining: decentralization. Bitcoin is a decentralized, pseudonymous network that is independent of central bank control. Accordingly, Bitcoin has the eye of many investors who seek to diversify their holdings.
So far, there is little evidence as to whether Bitcoin will trade like a safe-haven asset during a full-blown crisis. The fact that Bitcoin does not have a direct correlation to the mainstream is what drives interest. Bitcoin prices are purely market-driven as no one controls supply like regular fiat.
Therefore, some speculate that in the event of a financial crisis, investors will flock to Bitcoin just like gold. Recent history suggests that temporary Bitcoin investors hold the coin for speculative purposes rather than a store of value. Will this change soon?
It could be that investors allocate money to risky assets when they feel comfortable about investing generally. Therefore, there is a distinct possibility that investors could shy away from Bitcoin during times of economic turbulence.
What will transpire during an actual recession is difficult to predict. Bitcoin may have insulation from mainstream stocks, but bearish sentiment can affect investor sentiment either way. You can have a situation where investors hedge Bitcoin more or avoid high-risk assets in general. It will take time before Bitcoin has the stability and reputation of gold.
The maturity of crypto markets between now and when an actual recession hits is also a factor. Bitcoin can be a viable alternative to gold, but a lot of stars have to align.

Gold’s Edge

Based on current economic and policy trends, gold is in the perfect position to have a net positive from a recession. Incredibly, even with the S&P 500 and other stock market indices up by a lot, gold has had a strong bull run in 2019.
The macro-economic factors that have fueled gold prices include geopolitical tensions and low interest rates. All through 2020, these factors will still loom large.
Gold enjoys a stability that Bitcoin holders can only dream of. Even in the rare event that an institution or person dumps a significant amount of gold in the market, the net price effect will not be as drastic as with other assets.
Demand for gold is only getting stronger with the resilience it is showing. Central banks in emerging and struggling economies are adding rapidly to their gold holdings to hedge against currency slides. Accordingly, the likes of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, and Turkey have added significantly to their gold reserves in recent years.
Part of this demand stems from an effort to reduce reliance on the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency. Russia and China are dealing with sanctions and a trade war, respectively, while many developing countries have stuttering currencies. Gold provides a useful alternative to store value for such countries.
Additionally, Islamic countries like Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, and Qatar are considering a gold barter system among themselves to hedge against future economic sanctions. Iran continues to bear the brunt of punitive sanctions while Qatar almost experienced an economic shutdown after a Saudi orchestrated blockade in 2018. The deliberations began after an economic summit led by Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamed from the 18th to the 21st of December 2019.
Therefore, gold enjoys a universal credibility that Bitcoin and crypto can only dream about. When looking to store value or hedge against a stock crash, gold is still the premier asset to hold.

Gold to Surge in the Coming Decade

Many analysts see the tremendous upside of holding gold now. Paul Schatz, Heritage Capital president, recently touched on this sentiment in comments to Yahoo Finance:
“I think gold’s going to $2,500, $3,000 an ounce in the 2020s because the climate — the landscape for gold is so hugely supportive.”
Investors see the value of using bullion as a hedge. Even though gold cannot replace government bonds entirely in portfolio diversification, the case for reallocating a portion of normal bond exposure to gold is as strong as ever.
Bullion has had a steady decade of growth through the 2010s. It has performed better than most assets, save for outliers like cryptocurrencies. Stocks have rallied in the past decade, but a combination of high debt levels and low interest rates places the value of fiat at a precarious place. These factors have allowed gold to maintain solid prices even through periods of relative economic prosperity.
For those who distrust fiat and central bank management of fiat, hedging gold is a no-brainer. Having at least 10% gold in your portfolio is a decent approach to start the next decade. Investing in bullion, gold mining equity, or gold-backed ETFs provides useful diversification to your portfolio. With digital gold-backed tokens now available in the market, you don’t need to worry about the hassle of storing and transporting the gold. Either way, investing in gold now puts you in a great position entering the new decade.
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Bitcoin 2017 a Comprehensive Timeline

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Beginner's Guide to Exchanges - Part 2

Beginner’s Guide to Exchanges – Part 2

A little late, but as promised here is Part 2 of the Beginner’s Guide to Exchanges. I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support and feedback in making these.
Link to Part 1
This time I also made a Google Docs survey in the hopes of sharing the results with the community. I thought we could share what we use as a whole and why redditors choose the exchanges they do. For skeptics (as you all should be), I assure you that I am not collecting personal information. This is for recreation and if you are still wary, then by all means abstain!
Link to Survey
In Part 3 I will be wrapping up this series by covering decentralized, semi-decentralized, and derivative exchanges. Here it goes!

00 – Concepts and Definitions (Continued)

04 – Fiat Exchanges – Canada

QuadrigaCX

Country Linked Bank Transfer Wire Transfer Paypal Credit/Debit Crypto Transfer
CAD Deposit 1%/ Withdraw Free Free Free (Withdraw Only) 1% (Withdraw Only) Free
USD - Free Free (Withdraw Only) - Free
Exchange Type Maker Taker
Fiat .5% .5%
BTC/ETH .2% .2%
Feature Details
2FA Google Authenticator or Email 2FA Available
Wallet Security Undisclosed amount of funds in cold storage
Web Security 3rd Party Security provided by CloudFlare
Bug Bounty Expired $50 bounties
Tier Level Name Email DOB Phone Address Official ID Bank Info Credit Score Limits
Basic Account X X Digital only, Limits Vary
Verified Account X X X X X X Limits Vary

05 – Fiat Exchanges – Europe

CEX.IO

Country Credit/Debit Bank Transfer Crypto Transfer
Europe 3.5%+ €0.24 Deposit €0 / Withdraw €25 (SEPA €10) Free
Russia 5% + ₽ 15.57 - -
UK 3.5%+ £0.20 Deposit £0 / Withdraw £20 (SEPA Free
US 3.5%+ $0.25 Deposit $0 / Withdraw $50 Deposit $0 / Withdraw 1%
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All Currencies 0% .20%
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2FA Google Authenticator Available
Wallet Security Undisclosed amount of funds in cold storage
Credit Card Data Overseen by 3rd Party Kyte Consultants
Web Security SSL Certificates and Encrypted Personal Data
Tier Level Name Email DOB Phone Address ID + Photo Bank Info KYC Limits
Basic Account X X X Digital only
Verified Account X X X X X X $10,000 Daily/$100,000 Monthly

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Europe - SEPA - Deposit .5% / Withdraw 1% (€100 min) -
Russia 6% 6% -
US 7% Deposit .5% ($20 min) / Withdraw 1% ($100 min) 7%
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All Currencies .20% .20%
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2FA Google Authenticator Available
Password Expiration Must be changed every 6 months
DDoS Protection 3rd Party Security Services provided by CloudFlare
Bug Bounty Yes at xBTCe
Tier Level Name Email DOB Phone Address Official ID Bank Info KYC Limits
Verified User X X X X X No Stated Limits

Liqui.io

Exchange Type Maker Taker
All Digital Currencies 0.1% .25%
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2FA Google Authenticator Available
Bug Bounty Reported bounty posted on HackerOne (unconfirmed)

06 – Fiat Exchanges – South Korea

안녕하세요 여러분! 혹시 우리 한국인 친구 이 보고서를 한국어로 읽고 싶어한다면 알려주세요. 관심이 많이 있다면 간단한 한국어 보고서도 만들 수 있습니다. This year, ETH has taken off like a rocket in the Land of the Morning Calm. With a population of just 50 million, South Koreans account for almost 30% of daily ETH trade volume. Even more surprising is that currently the daily volume of ETH is about 5 times higher than that of Bitcoin on Korean exchanges. Since demand is high, ETH is trading at a premium on Korean exchanges. Some users have been talking about capitalizing off this imbalance by trading on arbitrage between exchanges. For those who have no connection to Korea and hope to do so, I have bad news – all Korean exchanges require a National ID number and access to a Korean bank account. This makes Korean exchanges virtually closed to Korean nationals and those with long-term visas. Sorry everyone.

Bithumb

Coinone

Korbit

07 – Fiat Exchanges – China

With a great deal of anticipation, major Chinese exchanges started trading ETH this summer. Since these exchanges deal huge volumes of Bitcoin already, naturally it was expected that they invest heavily into ETH as well. So far this hasn’t quite lived up to the hype with many exchanges still favoring Bitcoin, Litecoin, Altcoins, and even Ethereum Classic (Gulp). Three of these exchanges underwent inspections by the Peoples Bank of China earlier this year and will be working closely with the government to ease fears of money laundering and market manipulation. There are a lot of Chinese sites, and since my Chinese is non-existent this list is basically just for name recognition. In many ways these sites are very similar in regards to security, verification, and fees compared to their western counterparts; just marketed at a different audience and currency. If users are seriously interested in these exchanges and making reviews, please contribute or ask!

OK Coin

Huobi

CH-BTC

Yunbi

08 – Coinswaps & Cryto-converters

ShapeShift

Changelly

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Dogecoin, Crypto Currency and the Looming Financial Bubble. Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Financial Collapse.

Journey with me now on a quest to untangle a birds nest of the past and present, in an effort to discern some sort of non-dystopian future for us all!
First, let me say I am no expert in any of these fields. In fact I am a television professional who spent a good portion of my quarter century career locked in a small box with no windows. No windows, sans the crap I was editing, and the INTERNETS! Oh, thank you internets. If it weren't for the internets, I might have lost what you folks I think call them "social skills".
That said, I am an observer. From social trends, to body language, I am a human sponge of just, stuff. One thing I can guarantee of these observations is, "Humans are Unquantifiable". In advertising, millions, if not billions are spent on massive saturation of icons, logos, jingles, celebrities, cartoon characters, sports stars and supermodels. Manufacturing consent and a willingness to buy. Shopping is a feeling.It surrounds us. It tells us all we need to know, from the fiftly foot, jumbotron billboards to the TV and Radio ads, every second of the day, on the bus, in the elevator, down the hallways, on the backs of men and women, names of people they never will meet, but they buy their clothes.
And then there is Kabosu. A Shiba Inu owned by a nice lady in Japan who she takes pictures of her pets and posts on her blog. What made this special? What made it a meme in the first place? You may ask, what is a meme? The long answer to the latter question is, A meme is an image by itself or with words describing complex concepts. An organic process on the internet. In advertising it is forced out, tested, tweaked, rebranded, tested and tweaked again. It's HARD WORK creating an image for a company or product. A good example of how television is going out and the internet is overtaking the old guard. It's difficult and expensive. But for kids these days, it's fun and free.
So when Dogecoin happened on the scene in December of 2013, naturally, organically a crypto currency was born. In REVERSE order than it would happen in the business of advertising. The logo represents the product, not the other way around. This brings me to Dogecoin. I recognized right away how this coin now represents we, the creatures of the internets. The makers of the dogecoin memes and movies now have pride in ownership, and a crypto coin added into the mix. For better or worse, the majority of dogecoin enthusiasts are young. They remember how to have fun with a thing. It too is a feeling. For what ever reason, I feel it too. When a new piece of artwork comes out, or video, or 3D object, and to tip in this thing that you made in return! In essence making money and giving it away. It's not a whole lot, but it feels great! And then, there are a few of us older kids are revisiting things like, programmable computers and basic all around geeking out with affordable ASIC miners. I might be going out on a limb, but I suspect none of us care for market speculation. The mission is clear. We just mine, collect, share and spend Dogecoins.
While we're mentioning speculation, I can't help but look at crypto currency in a broader scale as it stands today. I see erie similarities between the nature of this crypto beast and what was known as the dot com bubble. In any case, there is money to be had. The lesson I take away from the past, is that is is better to be undervalued than overvalued. The survivors of this bubble are Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon, etc.. Each company, in uncharted waters in their own respective way survived. Crypto is sailing the high seas in stormy weather this time around longing for smooth sailing. There is much unseen to be had in the very near future. Global politics are dancing. The US dollar is becoming undesirable as a petrodollar and world currency. Things are in flux. It's been my observation that China has been technically savvy to Bitcoin in particular, purchasing the world supply for months now. Viewed here http://fiatleak.com/ One might not speculate the fiat currency bubble may burst as well, with the formation of BRICS to counter western dominated banking. I'm not a doom-sayer, but I can't help think the people of the United States are in for a world of hurt if the a third of the globe stops buying oil with dollars.
Speaking for myself, I enjoy going to /dogecoin to see the excitement of a vibrant community! And then I'll visit the Dogecoin Defense Force subreddit. There is fun, and love and humor this Dogecoin phenomenon has become I have not seen anywhere before. It's become a habit, when I cash in bottles and cans, I buy that much doge.. $5-10. And when I get paid I get stupid excited when the price goes down so my chump change can buy a 30-60,000 doge. It makes no sense to me, but I have a good feeling supporting the effort. It's this writers opinion, that feeling is shared by thousands every day.
As the technology advances daily it seems. I can hardly keep up just to write this article. I dare not attempt a technical rapport. I wish there was some solid formula for the success of any new technology. It just seems that everything new becomes illegal, or the least taxable immediately, we have to keep a fast heel toe. It's a difficult task for those of us getting up there in age. It seems the kids just keep being and becoming more brilliant. It is my suspicion, becoming rich is not the foremost thing on their minds. A few of the lucky ones learn, giving is the true wealth. Much love Shibes.
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I felt now might be a good time to post this again. ;)

Dogecoin, Crypto Currency and the Looming Financial Bubble. or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Financial Collapse.
Journey with me now on a quest to untangle a birds nest of the past and present, in an effort to discern some sort of non-dystopian future for us all!
First, let me say I am no expert in any of these fields. In fact I am a television professional who spent a good portion of my quarter century career locked in a small box with no windows. No windows, sans the crap I was editing, and the INTERNETS! Oh, thank you internets. If it weren't for the internets, I might have lost what you folks I think call them "social skills".
That said, I am an observer. From social trends, to body language, I am a human sponge of just, stuff. One thing I can guarantee of these observations is, "Humans are Unquantifiable". In advertising, millions, if not billions are spent on massive saturation of icons, logos, jingles, celebrities, cartoon characters, sports stars and supermodels. Manufacturing consent and a willingness to buy. Shopping is a feeling.It surrounds us. It tells us all we need to know, from the fiftly foot, jumbotron billboards to the TV and Radio ads, every second of the day, on the bus, in the elevator, down the hallways, on the backs of men and women, names of people they never will meet, but they buy their clothes.
And then there is Kabosu. A Shiba Inu owned by a nice lady in Japan who she takes pictures of her pets and posts on her blog. What made this special? What made it a meme in the first place? You may ask, what is a meme? The long answer to the latter question is, A meme is an image by itself or with words describing complex concepts. An organic process on the internet. In advertising it is forced out, tested, tweaked, rebranded, tested and tweaked again. It's HARD WORK creating an image for a company or product. A good example of how television is going out and the internet is overtaking the old guard. It's difficult and expensive. But for kids these days, it's fun and free.
So when Dogecoin happened on the scene in December of 2013, naturally, organically a crypto currency was born. In REVERSE order than it would happen in the business of advertising. The logo represents the product, not the other way around. This brings me to Dogecoin. I recognized right away how this coin now represents we, the creatures of the internets. The makers of the dogecoin memes and movies now have pride in ownership, and a crypto coin added into the mix. For better or worse, the majority of dogecoin enthusiasts are young. They remember how to have fun with a thing. It too is a feeling. For what ever reason, I feel it too. When a new piece of artwork comes out, or video, or 3D object, and to tip in this thing that you made in return! In essence making money and giving it away. It's not a whole lot, but it feels great! And then, there are a few of us older kids are revisiting things like, programmable computers and basic all around geeking out with affordable ASIC miners. I might be going out on a limb, but I suspect none of us care for market speculation. The mission is clear. We just mine, collect, share and spend Dogecoins.
While we're mentioning speculation, I can't help but look at crypto currency in a broader scale as it stands today. I see erie similarities between the nature of this crypto beast and what was known as the dot com bubble. In any case, there is money to be had. The lesson I take away from the past, is that is is better to be undervalued than overvalued. The survivors of this bubble are Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon, etc.. Each company, in uncharted waters in their own respective way survived. Crypto is sailing the high seas in stormy weather this time around longing for smooth sailing. There is much unseen to be had in the very near future. Global politics are dancing. The US dollar is becoming undesirable as a petrodollar and world currency. Things are in flux. It's been my observation that China has been technically savvy to Bitcoin in particular, purchasing the world supply for months now. Viewed here http://fiatleak.com/ One might not speculate the fiat currency bubble may burst as well, with the formation of BRICS to counter western dominated banking. I'm not a doom-sayer, but I can't help think the people of the United States are in for a world of hurt if the a third of the globe stops buying oil with dollars.
Speaking for myself, I enjoy going to /dogecoin to see the excitement of a vibrant community! And then I'll visit the Dogecoin Defense Force subreddit. There is fun, and love and humor this Dogecoin phenomenon has become I have not seen anywhere before. It's become a habit, when I cash in bottles and cans, I buy that much doge.. $5-10. And when I get paid I get stupid excited when the price goes down so my chump change can buy a 30-60,000 doge. It makes no sense to me, but I have a good feeling supporting the effort. It's this writers opinion, that feeling is shared by thousands every day.
As the technology advances daily it seems. I can hardly keep up just to write this article. I dare not attempt a technical rapport. I wish there was some solid formula for the success of any new technology. It just seems that everything new becomes illegal, or the least taxable immediately, we have to keep a fast heel toe. It's a difficult task for those of us getting up there in age. It seems the kids just keep being and becoming more brilliant. It is my suspicion, becoming rich is not the foremost thing on their minds. A few of the lucky ones learn that giving is the true wealth.
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[Table] IAmA: I am Tim Berners-Lee. I invented the WWW 25 years ago and I am concerned and excited about its future. AMA

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Date: 2014-03-12
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Questions Answers
What was one of the things you never thought the internet would be used for, but has actually become one of the main reasons people use the internet? Kittens.
Edward Snowden- Hero or Villain? Because he ✓ had no other alternative ✓ engaged as a journalist / with a journalist to be careful of how what was released, and ✓ provided an important net overall benefit to the world, I think he should be protected, and we should have ways of protecting people like him. Because we can try to design perfect systems of government, and they will never be perfect, and when they fail, then the whistleblower may be all that saves society.
Did you ever think that the internet would get this big? Yes, I more or less had it nailed down when it comes to the growth curve. I didn't get it completely right --- 25 years ago I was predicting Id be asked to do an AMA on reddit next wek, but it turned out to be this week. Well, we all make mistakes.
(no of course not)
Do you think in the (not too distant) future we'll look back and think ourselves lucky to have witnessed a neutral, free, and uncensored world wide web? I think it is up to us. I'm not guessing, I'm hoping. Yes, I can imagine that all to easily. If ordinary web users are not sufficiently aware of threats and get involved and if necessary take to the streets like for SOPA and PIPA and ACTA. On balance? I am optimistic.
Tim, What other names did you consider other than the world wide web? Mine of Information, The Information Mine, The Mesh.
None had quite the right ring. I liked WWW partly because I could start global variable names with a W and not have them clash with other peoples' (in a C world) ...in fact I used HT for them)
Tim Berners-Lee just left a parenthesis unclosed... Guilty (well, unopened, actually. Here is an extra one to make up.
A lot of people think that your calls for an open web are a bit hypocritical considering your support for the HTML5 DRM spec. What would you tell them? I would suggest to them the DRM question is not that simplistic. People want to watch big movies. DRM is a pain in many ways, but if you have used Netflix or bought a DVD or a bluray, then DRM is part of your life. I agree DRM is a pain in many ways, and should only be used for very "high value" streams. I also would point out that Copyright, DMCA aand CFAA in the US are seriously broken, and need fixing separate from the DRM question. Actually I would get involved with a very long complicated discussion, as I have already with many people. Not sure we have space here. Other points include the the browsers have putt DRM in -- they have to to keep market share -- irrelevant of whether the HTML specs make the connection to the web more standard.
Link to w3cmemes.tumblr.com
What web browser do you use? My default browser at the moment is Firefox. I also use Safari, Opera and Chrome each a reasonable amount. Firefox has the Tabulator plugin which does neat things with linked data. If I am running a latest version of that (I check it straight out of github) which can be unstable, I'll use one of the others for things which need to be stable. Joe Presbrey ported the plugin to Chrome too BTW
How do you feel about the supposed dark side of the internet, such as the black markets? (Silk Road etc.) Complicated question. I am not a great expert on them. Simple answers include of course that illegal things are crimes on or off the web. But anonymity is tricky. We have a right to be anonymous as a whistle-blower or under an oppressive regime but not when we are bullying someone? How can we build technical/social/judicial systems for determining which right is more important in any given case? Relates to tor...
What was your first computer? I got a M6800 evaluation kit in 1976, and built a bunch of 3U high cards, put them in a rack with a car battery in the bottom of the crate as UPS. All hand-soldered on veroboard, and programmed in hex. 7E XX XX was a long jump, and 20 XX a relative jump IIRC. The display was an old TV and some logic and a bunch of discarded calculator buttons lovingly relabeled with transfer letters. Those were the days...
Is it true that error 404 came to be as a result of there not being a room 404 in the office you were working at? No. Nonsense.
Why does no one mention Robert Cailliau anymore when it comes to the www? Didn't both of you invent it? Robert didn't invent it. I invented it by myself, and coded it up on a NeXT, but Robert was the first convert to it, and a massive supporter. He got resources together at CERN, helped find students, gave talks. He also later wrote some code for a Mac browser called "Samba". He also put a lot of energy into persuading the CERN directorate that CERN should declare that it would not charge royalties for the WWW, which it did April 1993.
Do you ever look at the stuff on the web now and feel like Robert Oppenheimer? No, not really. The web is a -- primarily neutral -- tool for humanity. When you look at humanity you see the good and the bad, the wonderful and the awful. A powerful tool can be used for good or ill. Things which are really bad are illegal on the web as they are off it. On balance, communication is good think I think: much of the badness comes from misunderstanding.
Where do you think the web will end up in the next 25 years? It is up to us. It is an artificial creation, as are our laws, and our constitutions ... we can chose how they work. We can make new ones. Our choice.
Have you learned to spell referrer yet ? No, my speling is still terible. Hopefully not to much or it will get into header field names without some review at this stage!
Who was your role model as a kid? My parents, who met building the first computer commercialized in the UK - the Ferranti Mk 1, and some of the people they worked with, my math teacher Frank Grundy, chem teacher Daffy...
'Math'? You're letting the side down, TBL. S/math/maths/g
While the web has advanced a lot in the last 25 years, a lot of the user-facing machinery remains the same. My web browser, for example, is faster and has some different functionality, but it still feels very much like Netscape Navigator did in 1994. Do you have any ideas about how interface for the web could change in a real, transformational way? I think that is a really good question. I don't have the answer off the top of my head. Also think when your vision can be completely surrounded with pixels so small you can't see them, a very powerful interface -- how cna we use that -- and to be creative together, not just watch? Inter-creativity I called it early on. Still don't have it.
Something I've been wondering for a while: did the name "World Wide Web" have anything to do with the "WorldWeb" in Dan Simmons' 1989 novel "Hyperion"? (the timing is a funny coincidence if not) No, didn't read that
Did you ever post a picture of your cat? Dog: Yes, Cat: No.
Given your work at the World Wide Web Consortium and support of Internet decentralization, what are your thoughts on the W3C Web Payments Community Group and their effort to standardize web payments using Bitcoin and other digital currencies(Link to spectrum.ieee.org What impact, if any, do you think digital currencies might have on how value is sent over the Internet? I think that it is important to have lots of different ways getting money to creative people on the net. So if we can have micropayment user interfaces which make it easy for me to pay people for stuff they write, play, perform, etc, in small amounts, then I hope that could be a way allowing people to actually make a serious business out of it. Flattr I found an interesting move in that direction.
What are your thoughts on the increased surveillance on internet based mediums like GCHQ's monitoring of all the Yahoo video chats. Do you personally think it should be controlled, non existent or fine the way it is now? I think that some monitoring of the net by government agencies is going to be needed to fight crime. We need to invent a new system of checks and balances with unprecedented power to be able to investigate and hold the agencies which do it accountable to the public.
Do you still have an interest in trainspotting? Still like trains, travel on them when I can and when in a country which has gotten its train act together.
I dont really have anything to ask, i'd just want to thank you. Alright.. maybe one question. What site do visit on a daily basis? W3.org Since the beginning W3C has worked in the web. "If it isn't on the web it doesn't exist" when it comes to discussing things in meetings etc.
An Internet Bill of Rights feels like a nice concept, but even with the right intentions, it also feels like it centralizes power. And the goal of the Web today is to decentralize power. Can you explain how the two might balance? Funny - I don't see how a bill of rights (like the right to connect with whoever you want to) centralizes power. I think is lays the basis for steering laws, and governments are rather centralized things, but rights constrain governments for the benefit of individuals.
How do you see Edward Snowden? (see below)
Mr. Berners-Lee, the first picture on the WWW is a group of women from CERN at what appears to be a party. Is there a story behind them? Actually it was a lot of cheek (which he has a lot of) for Silvano to suggest that was the first picture on the web. There is no evidence to that effect, apart from that he has got away with it so far. The original NeXT browser would allow you to link HTML files to all kinds of things, movies, images, sounds. (Cool machine, the NeXT) . So people may very early on have put all kinds of things up. I tended to use HTML with talks, with links to diagrams as (typically) postscript. Les Horribles Cernettes were a band where Silvano played and did AV, and the girls in question sang. Silvano is and was a very creative individual in many ways, music, movies, code. etc... and a great spirit (whether or not it really was the first photo!)
You talked recently about having a "Magna Carta" of sorts for the web. How do you envision that sort of system working? Well, what do you think? Crowdsource a bill of rights at the very high level -- values level -- globally, non-nationally, in the first half of this year, and then in the second half of the year in each country make a list of the changes to the national system which will be necessary to implement it? That is plan A I think. See webwewant.org
How did you feel being shown off so elaborately during the London Olympics? That show was a lot of fun. Danny Boyle is really nice, working with 15,000 other volunteers was amazing, also being able to be in the stadium and meet other people backstage. Like a massive amateur musical. Just pulled together at the last minute. And I liked it that it was poking fun on the weather and not skipping the downsides of things like the industrial evolution, not all upbeat.
Hi Tim we began a campaign last year to establish a Universal Declaration of Digital Rights (www.uddr.org) as a natural extension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the digital age. We have a detailed plan on how to achieve this and are poised to kick it off presently. Is this something you would be interested in supporting and if so how can we work with you on this? Cool -- that is very much in line with what we want people to do with the webwewant.org campaign and webat25.org .. all these things should coordinate and join forces, it seems.
What is the thing your most proud of about the world wide web? The wonderful global collaborative spirit of all the people who turned up to help build it and build things on it.
ISO-8601 for easy sorting! My mother taught me that order. She picked it up when she was an astronomer I think. It is only logical.
In fact be W3C standards compliant its YYY-MM-DD.
[In fact I tweaked the rdflib.js turtle parser to parse naked dates in that format to date objects just like numeric literals: it is so handy in inputting random data. [Link to github.com would like to see it in JSON too]]
Google scholar I think is a move in the right direction. We have JSTOR etc now but I dislike due to costs to read, not super awesome interface, not inclusive of all/many good published relevant articles, etc. I think lots of room for improvement. JSTOR is fine for you if someone else -- your University -- pays your subscription. Not if you are an independent scholar, school kid, or bright excited online poor person.
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