After an exciting week in Oslo in which he covered Granath vs. Wright extensively, Kurt Wuckert Jr is back to answer many more Bitcoin questions and answers.
Hostility in Oslo
Wuckert begins by explaining that he’s broadcasting from a temporary safe place due to a potential threat to his family. He says there was an increasing hostility towards the end of the trial in Oslo, and BTC fundamentalists went into overdrive to trash him, dox his location, and attack him as a representative of Bitcoin SV.
This hostility started when Wuckert was told not to attend a BTC conference in Oslo. As a result, he had a BSV meetup where about 10 people attended. He wonders why fellow Bitcoiners can’t chat and disagree on various issues in a civil manner.
Quickly, this turned into trying to find out where Wuckert’s hotel room was. This made him feel unsafe, and he had to file a police report. This situation quickly escalated into a full-blown doxxing with someone putting out GPS coordinates of his home, posting private pictures of his wife, and violating his privacy in general.
Wuckert’s background story
Wuckert then clears up some myths and tells us more about his background. He says that people used to accuse him of working for Roger Ver, but in reality, he never did. In fact, he says he never even started working for CoinGeek until 2020 and is paid on a freelance basis.
Addressing some of the nonsense that was implied from his doxxing, Wuckert explains that his son was born in 2019 in a C-Section due to a high-risk pregnancy. This was a traumatic experience for his family, and he had to reorganize some of his assets to take care of them.
Is Wuckert embarrassed about any of this? No. He’s just annoyed that people put his safety in jeopardy. He blames the individuals concerned and not the BTC culture in general.
Questions and Answers
After getting all of that off his chest, Wuckert begins the Q&A section of the live stream.
Q. What are so many crypto company executives resigning?
There’s a long list of industry executives that have disappeared in the last year or two. In the last months and weeks, this has sped up with Jesse Powell and others disappearing.
Wuckert says there could be two reasons: either you are moving into semi-retirement and will take a board position, or you have royally screwed up, and the board removes you. Wuckert believes it’s the latter that made Michael Saylor disappear.
Q. Did Dr. Wright’s team bring any documents, or was it only witnesses?
No. Some old files from the previous cases were presented. There were over 1.9 million files in total. Dr. Craig Wight’s main line of evidence, in this case, was witness testimony.
Q. Will you have Calvin Ayre on the live stream?
Wuckert said he’s not opposed to the idea but prefers to have independent entrepreneurs. As he agrees with both Dr. Wright and Calvin Ayre on so much about Bitcoin, he thinks the conversation might be boring.
Q. How long do you think it will be before BSV is recognized for its true value?
It is starting to be recognized now. Wuckert said that miners he has talked to privately are already very interested in what Bitcoin is capable of at scale. He thinks BSV will become more valuable when it has real economic demand.
Q. Where are Shadders and Teranode? Any timeline?
Wuckert reflected that he hasn’t talked to Shadders in a while. He knows he left nChain around six months ago and is focused on Teranode via the Bitcoin Association. He says that Teranode will be on the network as listening nodes and may well be online now. He says GorillaPool is prepared for this and has been planning it for a while.
Q. What are your thoughts on the Zatoshi drama?
Wuckert said it looks like a lot of “he said, she said” in both directions. He says some people have claimed he owes them this and that, but he’s also been good at communicating. Wuckert ultimately doesn’t know what to think about it.
Q. What is the confusion about RUN?
Wuckert said he doesn’t think there is any confusion. They announced they are open-sourcing it and pivoting to work on something else. He praises Brenton, Aaron, and Miguel as extremely talented software engineers/developers, and he’s sure that whatever they’re pivoting to work on will be good.
Q. Do you think the judge understood that keys are not identity and that court orders can move BTC from one person to another?
Wuckert recalled that she definitely understood the first point. However, he’s also sure she didn’t understand what he meant by the court order moving coins. He plans to do a special on how this would work in practice.
Q. Can BSV protect against payment censorship, like what happened with PayPal and the Free Speech Union?
“Absolutely,” Wuckert said. He elaborates on how the arguments that the ability to reassign coins makes BSV centralized fall flat. He outlines how it is cost-prohibitive to randomly reassign coins, and it requires cooperation in multiple jurisdictions.
Q. Is the talk about Norway’s central bank using BSV something new, or is it an old article being recycled?
The recent buzz was caused by an old article, Wuckert said. However, the R&D is ongoing, and nobody knows the status of it. Bitcoin SV was one of the options they were looking at to put the CBDC version of the NOK on.
Q. Any update on LiteClient and its adoption across exchanges? Would it reduce the number of confirmations?
Wuckert doesn’t have a LiteClient update. He doesn’t know how many exchanges have adopted it, but he does know there’s a specific person whose job is to facilitate those relationships.
Q. In a case of a court order to move coins, how will that work across multiple jurisdictions?
“It needs to be coordinated, or it won’t work, period,” Wuckert said. If the United Kingdom does, Canada doesn’t, the United States does, and Japan doesn’t, half the pools can move and half can’t, so it won’t work.
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