With the “Change The Code” campaign, Greenpeace and Ripple have misled the bitcoin community. The responses kept coming all day long. Bitcoiners saw through the literal intent of the campaign and interpreted it as an attack on protocol. And they were not silent. In fact, they wouldn’t shut up.
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To top it all off, Bitcoinist has gathered the very best responses from bitcoin thought leaders from all corners of the internet. Some were rougher than others. The discretion of the readers is advised. Before we get into it though, if you’re not familiar read about the campaign “Change The Code”† We describe the situation as:
“Another multimillion-dollar attack on bitcoin, again using the ESG angle and a series of debunked numbers. The new thing is Larsen spent $5 million bribing Greenpeace to do his dirty work.”
Have we gone too far? Just wait until you read what bitcoin intellectuals and influencers had to say about it.
The Greenpeace campaign according to experts
Vijay Boyapati, author of “The Bullish Case for Bitcoin”, went in the optimistic way: “Bitcoin is stronger than all vested interests that have tried to undermine it and it will prevail, immutable and pristine.”
First they came to change the block size.
Now it’s PoW they’re trying to undermine.
Finally it will be the 21m stock cap.#Bitcoin is stronger than all the vested interests that have tried to undermine it and it will prevail, immutable and uncorrupted.
— Vijay Boyapati (@real_vijay) March 30, 2022
Alex Gladstein of the Human Rights Foundation gasped: “It’s sickening that these kinds of people who ‘made’ their fortunes by fooling people into buying worthless tokens, are now trying humanity’s best chance at an open , destroy neutral, decentralized currency.”
It’s pathetic that these kinds of people who “made” their fortune fooling people into buying worthless tokens are now trying to destroy humanity’s best chance at an open, neutral, decentralized currency.
Fortunately, they will fail. https://t.co/HOoyKQKFaG
— Alex Gladstein 🌋 ⚡ (@gladstein) March 29, 2022
Unfortunately, investor and opinion leader Nic Carter chose the ad-hominem route. “We are dealing with extremely lying, annoying people. Fortunately for us, they are also very stupid.”
We are dealing with extremely lying, mean people.
Luckily for us, they are also very stupid. https://t.co/3oqrjkC0wV
— nic ‘it’s over’ carter (@nic__carter) March 29, 2022
Podcaster and single-issue voter Dennis Porter went with a comparison. “Convincing everyone to change Bitcoin’s code has a worse chance than trying to convince all chess players to add a 2nd queen to the board.”
Convince everyone to change the code of #Bitcoin has worse odds than trying to convince all chess players to add a 2nd queen to the board.
— Dennis Porter (@Dennis_Porter_) March 29, 2022
Bitcoin Magazine went the visual route.
“Change the code” pic.twitter.com/3wbGsQaqIr
— Bitcoin Magazine (@BitcoinMagazine) March 29, 2022
Just do it, say the experts
René Pickhardt, developer and co-author of “Mastering the Lightning Network”, offered Greenpeace a simple solution: “Just create a new fork of the code and create a new genesis block and offer it to people. If the move to POS is more useful to them than the existing Bitcoin protocol, then people would come to accept it as money and prefer it to Bitcoin.”
How can you verify my claim? Just make a new fork of the code and create a new genesis block and offer it to people.
— Rene Pickhardt (@renepickhardt) March 30, 2022
Marty Bent, co-host of “Tales From The Crypt”, echoed the idea in his newsletter† But in a slightly more difficult way.
“It’s amazing that this coalition of intellectually lazy hysterics is spending millions of dollars on an ad campaign to ‘change the code’ (a horrible misallocation of capital that will lead to many misallocated energy resources), when all they have to do is commit a PR to the bitcoin implementation GitHub pages or simply fork off their preferred implementation, change the code as they see fit and convince people to download and use it. No one is stopping Chris Larsen from changing the code.”
Why didn’t Greenpeace and Ripple just fork the code and spend their money trying to convince people to use their PoS version of bitcoin? Because the whole campaign is a PR stunt.
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Things Greenpeace should know
The infamous Der Gigi, author of “21 Questions”, explained why Proof-Of-Work is the only option for bitcoin. “PoW is about reliable conflict resolution, based on the probabilities of mathematics and physics and determinism of calculations. Without PoW, any system becomes political, moving conflict resolution to a quorum.”
Not only is it less safe, it’s completely pointless and unsafe. PoW is about reliable conflict resolution, based on the probabilities of mathematics and physics and determinism of calculations.
Without PoW, any system becomes political, moving conflict resolution to a quorum.
— Gigi ⚡🧡 (@dergigi) March 29, 2022
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Expert bitcoin coder Jimmy Song also went along with a comparison. “Greenpeace tells birds that flapping wings takes too much energy, they just need to glide.”
Greenpeace tells birds that flapping wings take too much energy, they just need to glide.
— Jimmy Song (송재준) (@jimmysong) March 29, 2022
Podcaster Anthony Pompliano went extra hard. “Bitcoin will not abandon Proof-of-Work. This is why bitcoin will always be the safest digital currency. You can now stop wasting your time on this nonsense.”
Bitcoin is not going to leave Proof-of-Work.
This is why bitcoin will always be the safest digital currency.
You can now stop wasting your time on this nonsense.
— Pump 🌪 (@APompliano) March 29, 2022
Analyst Dylan LeClair also went the visual route.
Running into a thread in 2022 about the need for bitcoin to switch to proof of stake. pic.twitter.com/CS6zbjIx86
— Dylan LeClair 🟠 (@DylanLeClair_) March 29, 2022
And that’s more or less what the bitcoin community thinks about Greenpeace’s “Change The Code” campaign.
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