5 reasons for crypto-hat Why IT people don't like bitcoin

    Any author who is going to write something about bitcoin on a popular platform inevitably encounters the phenomenon of crypto-hacking. Some people minus articles without reading, leave comments from the series “you are all suckers, haha”, and this whole stream of negativity seems extremely irrational. However, behind any seemingly irrational behavior there are some objective and subjective reasons. In this text, I will try to classify these reasons in relation to the IT community. And no, I'm not going to convince anyone.


    Lost Profit Syndrome 1: I could mine Bitcoins back in 2009!

    “I’m an IT specialist, I read about bitcoin when it first appeared, if I mined it then, I would have billions now!” It's a shame, yes.

    Here you have to go back ten years ago. Sometimes it seems that the Internet has been with us for ages, and certainly was everywhere in 2009. The nuance, however, was that it was then that he began to actively become part of the life of the “broad masses of the people”, which inevitably led to the appearance of a huge amount of all kinds of terrible nonsense and fraud. Remember, for example, "digital drugs"? The peak of their popularity in Russia coincided with the advent of bitcoin.

    I myself could be in this group of "haters." In 2009, I was writing articles for a computer magazine, and I was offered a choice of topics: bitcoin or “digital drugs”. Having a little digging both that, and another, I have chosen "drugs" because there it was possible to bed in plenty. Ai-Doser with "doses" of $ 200, Monroe Institute, well, that’s all; much funnier than some Satoshi Nakamoto with his mining. Another author wrote about crypto; Being a professional, of course, he tested the topic on himself, mined several bitcoins. And, of course, immediately after publication, he took everything off the disk along with the password from the wallet. Meanwhile, while I was writing about “drugs” and practicing wit, the topic was decisively blown away, and my text went into the archive. It’s even interesting which of us is now more offended? ..

    Most sane IT specialists looked at all these miracles soberly and put “digital money” on a par with “digital drugs”. With the exception that the latter seemed to be an innocuous withdrawal of money from suckers, and the former - a potential malware, such as MMM with an admixture of either phishing or botnet. Put on your computer some kind of muddy program, occupying the processor and sending something somewhere constantly? Invented by some anonymous dude that no one has seen? And do they promise me some mythical “money” from the air? No, thank you, if I have nowhere to put the processor and the channel, I’d better connect SETI : at least I will bring benefit to humanity.

    Well, now - "ah, if I knew ..." Well, in general, no. As practice shows, someone who, out of idle curiosity, still mined some bitcoins at the very beginning, by the time of the course of $ 20,000 had successfully forgotten the password for the wallet. And the traders that “bought the cue ball for another $ 30”, being professionals, immediately sold it for $ 32 and recorded a profit. And here is another reason for the hatred: people who raised millions on bitcoin due to the “strategy” of HODL , as a rule, are not distinguished by either intelligence or quick wit . But at the same time, yes, they lost it, a bag of money fell on them. But there are only a few of them, as it should be; lost much more. It's just that legends don't make up about them.

    Lost profit 2: Now, if I bought Bitcoin a year and a half ago ...

    This reason is the least common in the IT environment, but it should be mentioned for completeness.

    Consciously, billions in cryptocurrency bubbles were earned not by random people, but by professional traders and investors. There would be no bitcoin - they would have earned on something else (albeit not on such a scale). Less wealthyobstinate amateurs, but they invested a lot of time in understanding what was happening and developing a strategy. And those who simply "heard something" - for the most part burned out (replenishing the army of haters). Just because, by 2017, the mining period was over from the air, a market was formed, and for someone to get something in the market, someone had to lose. Among novice traders, 90% lose money, the same thing. The chance to earn billions on bitcoin even in the 17th, without training, understanding and understanding how everything works is about how to win them in the lottery. Go about your business where you are a professional - and everything will be fine with you. And if you have a talent for trading, then you can earn it perfectly now, trading at least bitcoin, at least stocks, at least options for oil barrels.

    Professional 1: Some mediocrity is cutting money

    We pass to the most interesting and, perhaps, the most important.

    Strictly speaking, both blockchain technology and all these smart contracts are a fierce, nightmarish kindergarten in a programming hell.

    Well, really?

    What is this “technology” of a distributed base, for the operation of which requires electricity sufficient to meet the needs of a small European country?

    What are these smart contracts written in the language next to which the Arduino IDE looks like a nuclear reactor control system? Well, in fact, the smart contract was specially invented so that any John could write it, and any Mary could read it. This is such a BASIC from cryptocurrencies.

    Meanwhile, a year ago, smart-contract writers were offered some enchanting money.
    And imagine the situation. We have a cool team lead development. A really experienced programmer, monitors all new technologies, spends a lot of time on professional growth, has a good job with a good salary. He knows that he can cut three times as much on smart contracts, but also understands that with these smart contracts his professional level will rapidly collapse, and there will be no motivation for further improvement. Plus, he is categorically uninterested in kindergarten nonsense, but he seems to have enough money.
    And he has a junior. So far stupid, but seemingly promising, our team leader has been spending time on it for six months now, teaches the mind. And then the junior goes to the developers of smart contracts. With the same sn three times higher than the team lead! Well, in fact, what is it ?!

    It's a shame. I hate it!

    Professional 2: Wrecking Hopes

    Let's get back to our junior. Six months, nine months, maybe even a whole year he lived happily, just like in the pictures from the photo banks. I sat on the beach, drank daiquiri, coded something on the fashionable iMac Pro. Life is good! For children - a jeep, for his wife - a puppet castle ... well, or something like that.

    And then his beautiful office, which raised several million at the ICO, suddenly realizes that she does not succeed. Well, he’s good, the office decides, let's close the shop until the money runs out.

    And our junior comes to the labor market right from the beach. Where no one needs him now, he cannot even claim the salary that was before smart contracts. Everything must be learned from scratch, content with completely “ridiculous” money. And the earnings have already been spent - on the beach, on a jeep, on a puppet castle, and the wife demands a new fur coat.

    It's a shame!

    And who is to blame? Of course, cryptocurrencies, who else!

    Cryptanarchy is canceled

    Despite the fact that cryptocurrencies have been used for a long time and densely in Darknet to trade all sorts of bad things, neither Yarovaya, nor Roskomnadzor, nor their foreign colleagues, are for some reason torn to the habit of banning everything. It would seem, enter an article in the Criminal Code, and that’s it, no exchangers in Moscow City and no cups of coffee for “gas”. Instead, at the meeting of the G20, a decision is made to create a working commission on cryptocurrencies, in Poland they begin to tax operations with them, and JPMorgan, whose head is known for its pessimism towards bitcoin, launches its own coin.

    The casket opens simply: while cipherpunks see in cryptocurrencies a beautiful world of the future with anarchy, equality and fraternity, states see in them monetizable monetary units, whose history can be accurately traced back to the “printing press”. And in the blockchain - the possibility of total surveillance of any movements of the subordinate population. And even if they don’t really understand how to apply all this in their sinister totalitarian plans, rest assured that sooner or later a solution will be found, and little will be seen.

    So far, cases of reforging cipherpunks into crypto-haters are single, but there is no doubt that with the dispelling of the pink fog, the latter will become more and more, and the luminous image of the singer of freedom Satoshi Nakamoto will fade to Doctor Evil. With whom he, quite possibly, was from the very beginning.

    But this is a completely different story, but until it’s too late to get yourself some coins.

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