There is a non-voluntary, hard-to-change, 1,000,000-bytes-of-transactions-per-block limit that needs to be raised.
And there is… uhh, “vigorous”… debate over when and how to change it.
I wasn't aware this was up for change. I was surprised that Gavin says we need to change the block size cap. As Gavin is the lead dev, what Gavin says arguably goes and I hope he is making his decisions with the fullest possible information. thus my thoughts:
reasons to keep 1Mb limit unchanged
If we increase the block size once we will probably do it again and again forever. This will blow up blockchain size unavoidably - every present and future user of Bitcoin will have to deal with these files. Including ppl in shitty situations who won't be able to afford a 10Tb hard drive
keep a high bar on value of information
Only put the highest value information into the blockchain.
psst that is the whole point of transaction costs and a limited block size
Remember, if Susy buys a candy with BTC the whole network bears the weight of remembering that transaction forever. multiply by all susy's, candy, and time
use derivative currencies instead
Use BTC as a backing for other digital cashes. Think SDR's. Let other transaction systems handle small transactions and only settle with BTC when necessary.
###Ripple Novel transaction network. Friend to friend value transfer and loans. irc freenode/#ripple
Enormous digital cash/contract library
####anyone can issue any asset contract which opens up interesting possibilities for trading: MMO currencies, non-monetary assets, physical goods traded across local meshnets
which I am told offers better anonymity than BTC
federated trust model
The philosophy of the software is based around separation of powers (issuers and transaction servers being separate entities) as well as the distribution of risk. For example, Asset accounts can be distributed across multiple servers, and asset types can be distributed across multiple issuers (via baskets.)
100 ppl create BTC equivalents, 90 are scams, the other 10 all have varying amount of use and trust. But most users trade with a basket currency that is comprised of equal parts of the 10 different cash types. Various exchangers convert between the OT assets (i.e. the basket currency) and external assets like BTC, USD, gAG.
####OT needs more ppl To bring it mainstream will need coders, beta testers, servers and time. And probably darknets.
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