I think I know what Ned's doing, and it's reminded me of an idea I had once. steemCreated with Sketch.

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Back when there was only Facebook, I thought Sealed Statuses would mix things up a bit.


You'd write a secret status update, including a title and reveal date, and it would show up as an envelope on your wall. Those interested could click the sealed envelope icon, and on the chosen date your status/post would become visible.

If Sarah and Rick seem like the perfect couple, the mystery and drama of a big secret with a deadline would be irresistible to your mutual friends.

It's not something I pursued because people can be horrid and Facebook is terrible, but I'm revisiting the concept.

I have a theory on why Ned is powering down and his STEEM is being sent to exchanges. If I'm right it's good news; but also not something that should be common knowledge.

0FCBE2B89CED89BE9599C0C9479254A100678EB321C394A6762F5EF59DD7E161

This is the hash of a paragraph I've written explaining my reasoning.

For those unaware, hashing is when a program takes a piece of information and scrambles it in a very deliberate way.
The result is a string of seemingly random numbers and letters, as above; but it's not actually random, it's deterministic.
The information could be a single letter or a whole book, we can't know anything about it's length or content by looking at the result, but every time you hash/scramble the original information you'll always get that same result.
That might seem a little pointless at first, but it's actually incredible.
The only way to generate that exact result is to know the original information, so down the track when the dust has settled I can post my original paragraph, you can drop it into a hash generator tool, like this one.

https://passwordsgenerator.net/sha256-hash-generator/

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... and if the result matches the one I've posted above, it'll prove that I wrote (or at least knew) the information today.

It's a way of saying, I told you so, without actually telling you anything.

It's also a bit of fun; and it's important we have fun here, or it's going to start feeling like work.

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I think you've nailed it Mr Clarke :)

The other possibility is that he's helping fund his and his friends crypto trading fund and is loading up ready for the next bull run. Either way, I'm not concerned at all, will continue to have fun, and I might even eat some chips tomorrow - the biggest smile potential :D

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That's fun too. Now you've got me all a-pondering.

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Ditto...especially with the chips 😊

He’s paying off the lizard people overlords. You don’t mess with those guys.

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I, for one, welcome our new lizard overlords.

Lambo where so 2000’s this is the age of cryptocurrency. It’s all about those 35 foot yachts. They got be big enough to have a party on. Yet small enough to still fit into the best ports around the world. Who wants that 80 footer that has to sit off the coast and can’t even come into port! Not this cat!

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The problem with a 35 footer is that you sometimes run into the captain. Having to look at a commoner every few days sounds quite laborious.

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That and where are you going house your toys like a helicopter or the submarine. I guess you need two then. The 35 footer for going into port and the 80 footer to be left alone in.

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But if I have two, I need to name them BOTH, and remember which one is which.

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You guys are cracking me up..

Why are we still talking about boats...i had a convo with elon few weeks back and he is planning on releasesing personal space rockets for crypto dudes...

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Why do I have to go places? Can't stuff just come to me?

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That just blew my mind...

so that's the peak equality , top guy is also covered in cheetos dust sitting at home and the peasants are also sitting at home covered in cheetos dust...

We can stop the science now

Very clever, but when do we get to see it? LOL

It seems obvious to me. He is reducing the amount of top-heavy accounts on Steemit to make it seem more "distributed"

It's never a good look if one account is holding all the SP.

And even though we might know otherwise, for the interested onlooker it'll seem like there are more accounts holding the majority of SP rather than just a few.

And it's going to exchanges to be 'laundered' so you don't know when the SP comes back in.

Or he needs funds to 'PUMP' the price when SMT's are released :-D

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The more you think about it, the more good candidates there are.
Mine ticks all the boxes, but could still be way off.
(I promise not to "lose" the original paragraph if it happens to be dead wrong)

Hahaha that's funny, so we have to wait until we know what is he doing so you can post the original paragraph, then we generate the hash with it and compare it with the big ned's revelation. It sounds like a very funny interactive experience.

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Spot on :)
I don't expect everyone to do it, but it's on chain now so I have proof I made my prediction.

Lol he has every right to power down some if he chooses, I think people may have overreacted with the whole thing.

Lol he's free to buy a Lamborghini if he wants, so long as Steem keeps functioning

Never knew about hashing, looks kinda cool

That's a lovely photo at the end

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Thankyou. That's my Fletch. I just gave him his first steem monster. He likes the clay golem.
An excellent choice :)

Ha! That is amazing. It completely blows my mind and I have no idea how you figure this stuff out but I’m glad we have a huge variety of minds and can all appreciate each other’s strengths!! And I’m super intrigued now....I want to know.....hehe

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You could type stuf into that window for a billion years and still not be 1% of the way to stumbling on the exact string of characters I wrote.
This whole digital world is built on it.
(It gives us the little padlock on safe websites for example). Fascinating :)

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Very fascinating!! Mind boggling too!

Okay. Well, my interest is piqued. I think the idea of the hash is awesome, too. What I'm not so keen on is the waiting. :) However, if you're right, and it would not be good for the public to know, I guess it's best it be held close to the vest.

But if you're wrong...

I guess it will still be interesting to know what you thought was happening, and when I do find out what it was, I may be wishing you were right. :)

So, I guess I need to find something to do in order to occupy my time until whenever this whatever is appropriate to reveal.

It's going to be a while, isn't it? :)

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It's still just my own guess. No more authoritative than anyone else's.
As soon as I know whether I was right or wrong, and I'm confident I'm not doing Ned a disservice, I'll post my reasoning.
I think there's a lot of fun potential to be had with that hashing tool, though :)

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Oh, I agree with that. There could be all kinds of things you could do with the hash. I even liked the Facebook idea you started with, even if Facebook is horrible.

And while it is just a guess, that doesn't mean it's not a good one, right, or what ned should be up to, even if you're off.

And I think it's very shrewd of you to not reveal it now so as not to do ned a disservice. Very astute, and classy. A scholar and a gentleman. :)

Oooh! Cool idea! It's like a time capsule, with a secret prediction inside. I wonder what it is! I hope it is a good thing, and I hope you're right. And I wanna try and do a guess too!

So for this one time..can you tell us what you are telling us so...

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I told you; 0FCBE2B89CED89BE9599C0C9479254A100678EB321C394A6762F5EF59DD7E161

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Stupid question:

So this is a key (unique and random) and what it unlocks can be revealed later on.

Since the key is unique it can probably not open 2 locks...

Is that the idea for a normie like me ?

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No, keys are are a whole other thing.
This doesn't unlock anything, it's just a big jumble of information.
The only way to end up with this specific jumble is to start with my secret paragraph.
Click the link and try it. Write any phrase you can think of and watch the result change underneath.
Paste the result in here. It'll mean nothing to me, and I'll have no way to arrive at that jumbled result without knowing the phrase you typed in originally.
If somebody approached me on the street claiming to be you, he could tell me that phrase, I could hash it, and if the result matched, he's either you or somebody who got the phrase from you.

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I see , so I tried the link , assuming there is no way to track back hash to text , you would type the same paragraph again and the same hash would show up , hence proving your prediction .

BTW , since there is a logical way to arrive from text to hash (same hash everytime ?) , why can't we go back from hash to text ( reverse the path)?

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By design. Hashing was specifically made to be non-reversible.

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Thanks for the education

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I might do a video post on this. I'm having ideas.
Explaining always helps me come up with useful analogies and I think I have a good one. Cheers :)

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never mind..little bit of googling would have helped my cause..

https://crypto.stackexchange.com/questions/45377/why-cant-we-reverse-hashes

OK, what you said makes sense, but I have no idea what you're talking about.... Did that make sense? 😂😂😂😂

So "hashing" is a way of encrypting your prediction, and you can't use an un-hashing program.

You think his powering down is for a greater good and you know what it is??

Is that about it? Excuse the long pointless response, it's far too early here and I haven't finished my coffee yet 😉

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It's spot on. That's good coffee. Half a cup is doing the trick. There's no such thing as an 'unhashing program'. If there was, we'd all be in big trouble.
We're at a dinner party and nobody knows what's going to be served. I've put an envelope on the table, where everyone can see it. I'm the only one with a letter opener.
After dinner, anyone can claim that they previously guessed we'd have a terikyaki chicken entree, grilled eggplant main and raspberry sorbet for dessert, but didn't want to ruin the surprise, but they won't have proof.
I can open the envelope after dinner and show that I knew beforehand, without naming the dishes beforehand.
Or I can be hopelessly embarassed by being completely wrong; but you've gotta be in it to win it :)

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A couple of things I've picked up from that response....

You go to very posh dinner parties

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You aussies struggle to open letters

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I'm 24... getting older by the day, i don't know if i'll be alive when the day comes...

The thing is that, ned powering down makes many investors think negatively about the future of STEEM, him not saying anything is even worse... let's hope you are right and that this whole thing is something good for STEEM

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You don't put 3 years into building something incredible, then crush it for short term gain. I'm sure he has a better eye on the horizon than that.

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I think this is his way of decentralizing the power on steem, keeping the price down to get more people invested, keeping the price down for SMT, giving the power to the community, this way orcas and minnows can get some nice amounts of steem at a low price!

A lambo huh...ned seems like my kind of guy.

Seriously we have nothing to fear, steemit remains one of the best creations of our time

@mattclarke it was tough for me to understand.. but atleast i can say that picture is very much beautiful.

something learnable
thanks for sharing

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great writing

I remember reading about Ned's powering down before. let's hope your theory is right @mattclarke.

Its amazing, i am surprise by your work. You are such a hard worker and explain every thing in detail. I like to read your posts.

I didn't really like when they mix maths and computer together in high school. So since this makes it a lot harder to understand why Ned is powering down, I'll just forget about it and keep on having fun. At least the house is not coming down soon.

Interesting. I didn't realize Ned was powering down. Thanks for the heads up

Thank you for your continued support of SteemSilverGold

Any updates???

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Nothing yet. I still think I know, but its too soon :)