In the past decade, one of the key players in the Bitcoin development space and the open-source software of the network is Luke Dashjr. Lately, his disagreement with particular trends within the BTC ecosystem has gained lots of attention.
He has called NFTs and ordinal inscriptions akin to spammy issues and detrimental to the whole protocol on the BTC platform. Since 2014, as per him, these issues have been simply curtailed. Only this week, he said that Antpool might employ secret ASIC Boost methods.
As a result, he has asked people that the BTC community might end up getting rid of all miners by “changing to a different PoW algorithm.”
Luke Dashjr Talks Ousting Miners And Covert ASIC Boost Use
On 17th December, Ordinals enthusiasts on X were discussing the use of a .sats domain. Dashjr joined the conversation and said, “Hopefully, enough of you scammers will be in jail by ’26, so we never have to worry about you again.”
When a user was surprised by this comment, he asked Dashjr. Okay. I have never talked to you before nor done you any harm. What’s your problem?”
To this question, Dashjr replied bluntly, “Scamming in the name of Bitcoin literally harms everyone on the planet.”
Then, on Sunday, in a different conversation, Dashjr interacted with Adam Back when Back said that stopping Ordinals was useless since “you can’t stop JPEGs on Bitcoin.”
In Back’s thread on X, Dashjr said, “It’s inevitable that bad actors will bribe miners to attack Bitcoin. If they actively do so, it becomes time to fire the miners. But step 1 is to fix the bug so they can do the right thing. You can’t fire a single miner, but if a majority are attacking, the community can fire them all together by changing to a different PoW algorithm, making their mining hardware useless.”
And if that wasn’t enough, Dashjr also talked about a theory about the mining operation Antpool on X, “My theory on Antpool’s abnormally-high rate of empty blocks. These blocks are probably found using some old ASICs that only supported covert [ASIC Boost] (i.e., not overt, which is common today). Covert [ASIC Boost] is incompatible with Segwit. This was a major reason Bitmain tried to prevent Segwit in 2017. Bitcoin Core and Knots 0.18, however, removed support for creating non-Segwit block templates in 2019. So the only way to do so post-Taproot is to make an entirely empty block.”
He also added a disclaimer saying, “This is only one possibility, not a confirmed fact,” and encouraged people to contemplate such scenarios.”
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