Crappy Privacy Alternatives: Blockchain, Blockstack and DApps

I haven’t posted in a few days. I was procrastinating and got distracted by other things. But now that I’m here, I’m feeling angry. And so I’m going to expose crappy technology in the privacy world.

Blockchain was developed by some anonymous Japanese dude to serve as a public transaction ledger for bitcoin. The dude invented the cryptocurrency and it’s ledger – bitcoin and blockchain.

How does blockchain work? As a ledger. I suppose it keeps a public and permanent record of stuff. It could be centralized or decentralized.

I’m not a blockchain or cryptocurrency fan. As a result, my understanding of the technology is pretty vague.

Blockchain may serve it’s purpose well for it’s “banking services”. But other than that, it’s crap.

Take any other services based on blockchain – they’re crap.

What is Blockstack? How does it work? I don’t know and I don’t care! Their website is inaccessible using Tor – You have to solve some crappy captcha. I HATE CAPTCHA.

When you go through the Blockstack website, it promotes a bunch of crappy apps with no text that summarizes how the technology works.

Okay. I had to give their whitepaper a brief glance to see if I could find anything useful. Here’s what I see: “business logic and data processing runs on the client.” No wonder blockstack apps are so slow. That’s the main reason why blockstack apps are crappy – they’re too damn slow.

What is DApps? DApps – an acronym for decentralized applications, is the official name for applications that use blockchain technology to provide some services. Are blockstack apps DApps? Yes. But I don’t see that mentioned anywhere on their crappy website.

Now I tried to look for some dApps which privacy advocates may have heard of: Ethereum Name Service, DTube, Minds.com, beta.cent.co, SpringRole.com, LBRY, Steemit, Hive Blog, Sense Chat, BitTube etc. And these are just apps which have managed to have a usable interface with simple user interactions. The rest of the dApps that I’ve come across have multiple steps to sign up and log into individual apps. It’s a headache that nobody wants to deal with. Regular apps and websites have simple sign up and login methods. dApps have methods from hell. Did I mention how painfully slow they are?

When I was looking for an alternative to YouTube a few years ago, I gave LBRY a shot. I searched for videos to watch and found a bunch of crappy ones. I never opened that app again.

LBRY, Steemit, BitTube, Minds.com probably have the simplest blockchain implementation that I’ve seen. Yet they still manage to suck so bad, it’s not even worth trying them again.

And this brings me to my conclusion. Any technology that involves money will become crappy so fast, it will make your stupid head spin. Especially, when the currency involved is in crypto. Now why am I saying this? Because it’s true. The incentive to monetize everything on the internet has destroyed some really good projects. Everyone who gets involved in such projects has one goal in mind – earn some crypto. Right from the developers down to the users. Everybody’s thinking about making some bitcoins and it drives the entire network down the drain.

What’s the future of these technologies? Unless someone implements it for a Free and Open Source Software cause, there is no future. These projects will gain no traction unless they’re separated from the cryptocurrency side. I know the devs need to make a living. But rubbing the crypto crap on everything will doom them right from the start.

I never liked advent of cryptocurrency. Just like real-world money, the greed it brought alongside destroyed everything. If money is the motive, what’s the difference between blockchain apps and real world banking services? Privacy? Security? Gimme a break!

So there is no difference between commercialized premium web services and blockchain crypto-based dApps. It’s like one arm picking food directly from the plate and shoving it into the mouth while the other wraps around the head and slings it sideways while the mouth tries to catch it. How would you prefer to eat your meal?