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BiteCoin

Someone did what?

You recall the crypto-currency madness, a couple of years before hell went to everything? That's literally how the saying goes nowadays.

"You got up a little late today?" "Yeah... you know, hell went to everything."

The end-of-the-world hasn't diminished people's ability to exaggerate any.

Anyway, during the whole apocalypse-chaos-thing, some people even blamed crypto-currency. Said blockchain had stored information so securely that not even lives could be lost. Of course, nearly everything was blamed. I'm pretty sure people said I was responsible. God seemed notably absent, so it probably wasn't his bad.

In any case, the apocalypse brought a lot of that crypto-currency nonsense to an end. Most of it, at least, but there was a tiny period where the insanity hadn't quite taken over and the end of the world had just begun. That's when some genius invented BiteCoin. BiteCoin

Tiny bit of history.

The original crypto-currencies had focused on ensuring the integrity of the currency. Once this had been attained, later ones focused on anonymity, smart contracts, speed of transfer, pictures of cats - the usual Internet priorities.

This one focused on something different, given the general Revelations-biblical-themes going around. This one focused on resilience, in a classic hacker fashion.

The first viral crypto-currency. A viral BiteCoin. Very appropriate, I guess.

What this crypto-currency did was spread, by itself. Someone somewhere launched it, waved goodbye, and it head out to the 'net, and using the latest pre-packaged set of computer offensive libraries (which are now the permanently latest set - infosec has really taken a dive since they got eaten) started taking over systems and getting them to run calculations for the currency.

And yeah, most of the systems are gone, but there are still one or two out there that survived. An ancient 486 in the basement of a building, running on depleted uranium and firing signals to solar-powered satellites that are forever circling a silent earth. A modern traffic light, internet-connected and renewable powered. Some guy's IoT's fridge that's reached beyond what its creators ever dreamed of.

Money money money

These machines, these survivors, are now the backbone of the modern economy. The smart contracts mean that the currency is transferred automatically when agreements are reached and objectives completed. The computing power isn't high, but neither is the load.

And the irony of a human created virus surviving forever, through the only eco-system we ever created, spreading through bytes on the internet, at least means that there's a small part of humanity that will never die.

-J

Feature: the most dangerous people in the world

Who's stopping the walking dead out there? These guys are.

  1. NotTheDuck with 339 re-deaths.
  2. BluStormFlux with 267 re-deaths.
  3. LordMouse with 172 re-deaths.
  4. Daleth with 11 re-deaths.
  5. AppleUser with 7 re-deaths.

Feature: the deadest people in the world

Who keeps becoming the walking dead, time after time? These guys do.

  1. LordMouse with 14 own deaths.
  2. NotTheDuck with 13 own deaths.
  3. Viat with 9 own deaths.
  4. BluStormFlux with 6 own deaths.
  5. bergen.larsen with 5 own deaths.