Blockstream: Bitcoin and digital asset infrastructure

Bitcoin Gold

Bitcoin Gold (BTG) is an open-source, community-driven cryptocurrency. We share a codebase and blockchain history with Bitcoin, but bring mining power back to individuals by preventing ASICs from overpowering the hashpool. We're pro-Bitcoin and pro-crypto, and we're here for the long haul!
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Catch up of Cryptocurrency News #6 Week 10/08 - 16/08

Week #6 catch-up news is finally here!!
By the end of this week we had seen the end of an accumulation period since May as we saw the market make a shot upwards. Its daily volume and marketcap increasing suddenly, many Altcoins especially in the defi sector pushing upwards. Bitcoin inched towards 12k and Ethereum jumped 12%. Chainlink also jumped to all time highs (twice!) and increased its market share.
 
We saw Nasdaq firm 'Marathon Patent Group' purchasing Bitcoin miners from Bitmain for $23M, a sizeable investment resulting in them potentially being the biggest bitcoin miner within North America.
 
US Federal Reserve reveals Building a digital dollar with MIT, a Central Bank Digital Dollar utilise the blockchain technology. In a multiyear effort in collaboration with MIT they want to build and test a hypothetical digital currency oriented to central bank uses.
 
Bitcoin halving event resulted in Miner Hut 8 (a mining corporation) 2nd quarter to plunge 67% to $6.9 million from $21.2 million a year ago. For continued profitability the reward of Bitcoin will have to outweigh the cost to mine. As we have seen, the difficulty in May doubled cutting rewards by 50%; because of this we should expect innovation within Bitcoin mining equipment to offset the difficulty challenges in the future.
 
On the other hand Novogratzs' Galaxy Digitial Holdings reports $38.5M in income for Q2. Its operating revenue growth is just over 24% for the first half of 2020 compared to the same period a year ago.
 
Further adoption within the Cryptocurrency space as 4 of South Koreas largest banks to provide cryptocurrency services, this is definitely more signs proving larger institutions want to get a slice of the blockchain pie and the technology is interesting for them (as mentioned above, more likely for a CBDC). Grayscale launches a Bitcoin TV ad campaign and increases their crypto funds as $217M pours into them.
 
Also fraud ICO 'Boontech' is charged by the SEC for $5M. This is good news as it helps to expose fraudulent activity happening within the cryptocurrency space and deter further happenings of scams and fraud.
 
Thanks again for the read and as always hope you get at least a little bit away from this! Cheers to:
The Gravychain Collective: https://t.me/gravychain My Crypto HQ: https://t.me/My_Crypto_HQ
For constant updates on the cryptocurrency space, it is a huge help every week to write these. So go and follow each of these for the updates! :)
Also here is our discord link, Join the conversation though the many topics or add your voice too. We all have something to give and here we want to expand on our knowledge and help each other through these interesting times!
DISCORD LINK: https://discord.gg/zxXXyuJ 🍕 Bring some virtual pizza to share 🍕
Links:
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What's going on? A non-partisan explanation of the ASIC softfork

In the past few days, there has been a lot of discussion about Bitmain's announcement of a Sia ASIC and the repercussions of that. It's led to a lot of debate about what Nebulous should do in response, who's right, who's wrong, what this means for Sia.
Through all this discussion, I feel that the basic facts of what occurred have been obscured, so I'm trying to use this thread to summarize objective facts related to the new ASICs and the possible softfork to invalidate them.
Disclaimer: This information is non-authoritative. It's my own understanding, and is subject to correction.

The players

What happened?

What would the soft fork look like?

At this point, the sequence of events would probably be something like:
  1. A third-party contributes code for a softfork to Nebulous' Sia Github repo
  2. Nebulous merges the softfork code in and cuts a new Sia release (e.g. 1.3.2)
  3. Crypto exchanges and mining pools upgrade to the latest Sia version
  4. The softfork activates
  5. Antminer A3s break, as they are no longer compatible with any mining pools

Who decides whether a soft fork is activated?

In his revelation about the potential for the ASIC-breaking soft fork, taek42 stated:
The community would need to choose to adopt a soft-fork (it's not something we could just magically activate, we have to change the hashing algorithm slightly)
It's unclear who is considered a member of "the community." Discord channel participants? Reddit participants? Code contributors? SC1 owners? A3 owners? Sia investors?
taek42's comments suggest that "the community" is represented by the #contributors channel of the Sia Discord. When polled, 62% reported that they were "unhappy" with the Bitmain announcement.
This leads us to a complicated chain of influence which I believe is as follows:
I think it's basically taek42's call, but he's resistant to acting unilaterally and is looking for strong consensus among Sia contributors.

Could the fork give rise to a new coin?

Possibly. It requires a dev team willing to support the non-Nebulous fork and get the new coin listed on exchanges.
slowtoaster has announced plans to fork Sia into a new coin that maintains compatibility with Antminer A3:
My fork is about implementing some different ideas in the codebase. The fact that Sia could migrate to Nick's codebase and thus rescue the current Obelisk situation and the fact that A3s could point at my fork and not be bricked would be opportune. ... There are currently two of us working on it. We have plans to hire a team and handle the exchange funding issues.
Note that forming a full-time dev team and getting listed on major exchanges is a substantial endeavor, requiring significant blockchain expertise and financial resources.
I don't know slowtoaster's track record or if there even is a track record to know, so it's unclear to me how likely this new coin is.

Would a softfork break all non-Obelisk ASICs or just the Bitmain Antminer A3s?

Unclear:
The extra circuit on the SC1 was added to give the network the ability to block certain ASICs without being forced to block every ASIC.
taek42, on 2018-01-20

Can these ASIC-breaking softforks occur regularly or is this a one-time event?

Unclear. If you have evidence that answers this question, please respond below.

Questions? Corrections?

If you have questions, add them below and I will try to answer them here or in a self-reply. Remember that we are discussing evidence-based facts not opinions, strategy, or morality.
Thanks to muunshot for providing additional details!
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Log of Mobile Wallet AMA with Lucio - 6th June 2019

Hello!
Yesterday we completed our first day of ARK Developer AMA's. I'd like to thank everyone who came and participated in each AMA and I believe it to be a big success! Community feedback can help shape how our software acts, looks and functions so if you have any ideas then feel free to join the next AMA!
Our next Developer AMA's will take place on Thursday, June 13th.
The topics of discussion will be; ARK Deployer: Alex (10:00 UTC) & ARK Internet-of-Things (IoT): Simon (20:00 UTC)
Hope to see you all there! - To join Slack, go to the following link http://slack.ark.io
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Here's the log of the Mobile Wallet AMA

Lucio
Hey you all! Almost a year and a half after the first release, we are starting the development of Mobile Wallet 2.0. During this time we have collected your feedback and requests to create a wallet focused on what you need. If you have any idea, question or suggestion feel free to tell us.

spghtz (ark.party / civseed)
Hey Lucio! Thanks for dropping by.
  1. Will the mobile-wallet v2 (Android and Apple development) take place in public? Or only available when it's been released?
  2. Will the Android version be in Java, Kotlin, or a hybrid?

mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets)
Hey lucio, thanks for the AMA. How do you guys plan on compromising between utility via plugins and different bridgechains etc vs ease of use and simplicity. Seems to me like a hard bargain, especially when you have to throw in the limitations of a touch based UI system.

Munich (ARKLand Delegate)
Hey Lucio :slightly_smiling_face: Extending @spghtz (ark.party / civseed)’s 2nd question, I’d like to ask if you guys have considered using React Native rather than Ionic for the v2 wallet

Lucio
@spghtz (ark.party / civseed)
  1. Our projects are usually developed internally, and when ready we release the source code.
  2. It will be native, but with the same codebase. I'm analyzing 4 frameworks, React Native, Vue Native, NativeScript and Flutter.

Justin (doubled1c3)
Any plans to implement security measures beyond PIN such as biometric types? I have heard this question from some users

Lucio
@mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets)
Mobile v1 was not developed with custom networks in mind, in v2 our goal is to make the task of importing/adding /using a custom network more intuitive
I noticed that we have different types of users, from delegates to beginners, so we need to define the best experience for each one. As commented earlier today some features are not interesting for those who are not advanced.

Matthew_DC
I think, when it comes to mobile or desktop either one, if a plugin doesn’t make sense for a mobile environment or a touch based interface, then the market would show us that over time. We might take a chance on some innovative ideas and see how they play out, but for the most part I think the mobile wallet will initially feature plugins focused on payments and managing funds, voting etc, and not application specifics or elaborate functions.
Some things will just make more sense in a desktop environment.
No one is asking you guys the tough questions... like what is your favorite movie or sandwich? :joy::joy:

Alex Barnsley [ARK Team]
that’s not mobile wallet related @Matthew_DC :colbert:

alessio // fun
I asked @Alex Barnsley [ARK Team] a tough question earlier and he dodged it :colbert:

Justin (doubled1c3)
I'm curious about implementing OS notifications within the mobile wallet for some events, like "transaction received" "delegate dropped" etc. Plans for OS notifications?

Matthew_DC
I said in the blog, get to know our developers who don’t often get to be in the spotlight. :colbert:

alessio // fun
I confess I don't use the mobile wallet often, and I only have an iPhone, so I'm a bit out of the loop regarding Android. How are plans progressing regarding Ledger integration there, as I believe it's not feasible on iOS?

Munich (ARKLand Delegate)
It should be possible on iOS with the bluetooth ledger nano X

Alex Barnsley [ARK Team]
:this:

mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets)
not really a question but since we have you here I should probably say it. I would really like it if the mobile wallet workflow was better designed for easy onboarding. right now I can't introduce people to Ark or crypto in general in a public place because writing down a seed phrase and keeping it secure becomes quite an overwhelming scenario for a new user in the middle of a crowd.

alessio // fun
Yes true I'm thinking of Nano S

mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets)
I'd love to be able to go anywhere ask people to download the wallet and just drop them some ark like ver used to do

mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets)
it's the best marketing you could get

Lucio
@Justin (doubled1c3)
Sorry, forgot to reply. About the alternative to the PIN, I had tried to implement the touch ID but I found it very insecure since I would have to save your passphrase basically without encryption.

goldenpepe (biz_network)
```right now I can't introduce people to Ark or crypto in general in a public place because writing down a seed phrase and keeping it secure becomes quite an overwhelming scenario for a new user in the middle of a crowd.```
I had this experience manning the faucet at Consensus 2 years ago
There was a small crowd of people all standing around the faucet on their phones trying to get past all the screens so they can get to their wallet address (edited)

mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets)
I created a ticket about this a few months ago but it seems like it's not a priority

Lucio
@alessio // fun
In the Ledger repo has a package compatible with React Native, but as you said, only for Android: https://github.com/LedgerHQ/ledgerjs/tree/mastepackages/react-native-hid
GitHub
LedgerHQ/ledgerjs
Ledger's JavaScript libraries. Contribute to LedgerHQ/ledgerjs development by creating an account on GitHub.

alessio // fun
It probably takes a lot of time and planning to get it right, you can't just snap your fingers and come up with an easy to use onboarding process for everyone

goldenpepe (biz_network)
yea UX is hard

Colby (The Golden Horde)
replied to a thread:
Absolutely agreed there

Munich (ARKLand Delegate)
Maybe an option like on deployer.ark.io, have a “basic” mode and an “advanced”mode for onboarding

mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets)
I suggested a solution in the github ticket which I think gets around the issue, Bitcoin.com wallet has been using it for years now which is why they can do that

Lucio
@mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets)
I agree, backup may be the most important part, in v2 we want to make this more evident and mandatory.

Sam [ARK Team]
Do you have a link to that particular Github ticket @mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets) by any chance? (edited)

alessio // fun
I'd be interested to see it as well

Munich (ARKLand Delegate)
iirc it’s on the mobile-wallet repo (edited)

mak (AIP23 - Delegate Markets)
https://github.com/ArkEcosystem/mobile-wallet/issues/282 @Sam [ARK Team] (edited)
GitHub
Improve onboarding process · Issue #282 · ArkEcosystem/mobile-wallet
Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe. Current workflow of setting up a new wallet is really unfavourable for onboarding new people in public places. For instance if I want ...

alessio // fun
@Lucio Does that also apply to Nano X or just Nano S?

Lucio
Nano S, for X is this one:
https://github.com/LedgerHQ/ledgerjs/tree/mastepackages/react-native-hw-transport-ble
GitHub
LedgerHQ/ledgerjs
Ledger's JavaScript libraries. Contribute to LedgerHQ/ledgerjs development by creating an account on GitHub.

alessio // fun
And that'll work on iOS too? It'd be a big reason for me to switch from S to X if so

Lucio
Yes, it was built on the top of the package https://github.com/Polidea/react-native-ble-plx, which supports iOS
GitHub
Polidea/react-native-ble-plx
React Native BLE library. Contribute to Polidea/react-native-ble-plx development by creating an account on GitHub.

alexesm
@Lucio why are you shifting away from Ionic for the ark wallet? They are at v4.0 at the moment, seem to be a good framework.

Lucio
@Justin (doubled1c3)
About notifications, I've implemented and released notifications for incoming transactions. But it did not work properly on Android, I ended up removing it because it required more network requests and battery consumption. Probably in this new framework we will implement, since it will be native.

Alex Barnsley [ARK Team]
I believe it also caused issues with Android in that the mobile wallet was showing on the lock screen (edited)

Lucio
@alexesm
We had some performance issues, keyboard crashes and even vunerabilities with Ionic's webview

Drakeler
Is it possible in the future that ark holds the passphrase and it acts like a bank account. Than people can manage there wallet but also can recover it. Like people can choose amateur and advanced control... just an idea :)

alessio // fun
I sincerely hope not

Sam [ARK Team]
That's incredibly unlikely @Drakeler - One of the positives of decentralized networks is that people no longer need to depend on organisations to secure their funds for them. Users have full control and that's a positive thing :thumbsup::skin-tone-2:

Drakeler
But old people... altzeimer...
:)

alessio // fun
Hopefully that'll evolve from "incredibly unlikely" to "absolutely never going to happen"

Sam [ARK Team]
Well yeah, I'd go as far to say it's never going to happen.

Drakeler
Car accident..

PJ
When do you expect there to be an update on the QR code support for bridgechains. Currently the QR scanning feature on Android only supports addresses beginning with 'A' or 'D'?

Drakeler
Just thinking that people should be more satisfied if there is abackup

Alex Barnsley [ARK Team]
in those cases @Drakeler , for example, they should put it in a will or give family members they trust access in some way
(not official advice)

Lucio
@PJ tomorrow or monday we will release the update

Drakeler
But is it possible that ark wallet import it? Something like it

Munich (ARKLand Delegate)
yes you can import wallets to the mobile wallet
Ideally you will have a backup of your passphrase secured somewhere, and have a trusted person have access to it in case anything happens to you

Sam [ARK Team]
Just a few minutes left guys so if you have further questions, get them in quickly :smile: (edited)

Drakeler
I know but you can give in a email. If your wallet isn't used like a year they send the passphrase to a email you set... like an inheritance
Just a way to give people more security (edited)
Other option you might implement is like a monthly payment setting. Is that going to come?

Munich (ARKLand Delegate)
@Lucio is 2FA something that could be done in the next wallet?
I know the implications of having 2FA app and a wallet on the same device, but I see this q asked often

Lucio
@Drakeler I think LastPass has something similar to releasing access to another person if you do not use it for a while

Drakeler
Yes but ark can be the first to do it in blockchain!
Just ideas... to help ark move to the public

Lucio
I think we have already discussed the possibility of implementing 2FA between desktop and mobile, right? @Alex Barnsley [ARK Team] I'm not sure what our conclusion was about this

Alex Barnsley [ARK Team]
:yes: deemed it as not worthy, because having the 2fa locally isn’t secure
since you could have access to both ends of the 2fa process and can manipulate it
“you” being an exploiter

alessio // fun
Thanks for taking the time for this ama @Lucio

Sam [ARK Team]
The hour is now up so that concludes the AMA
Thanks to everyone who came to take part in this week's Developer AMA sessions.
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Decred Journal – August 2018

Note: you can read this on GitHub (link), Medium (link) or old Reddit (link) to see all the links.

Development

dcrd: Version 1.3.0 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) is out! The main features of this release are significant performance improvements, including some that benefit SPV clients. Full release notes and downloads are on GitHub.
The default minimum transaction fee rate was reduced from 0.001 to 0.0001 DCkB. Do not try to send such small fee transactions just yet, until the majority of the network upgrades.
Release process was changed to use release branches and bump version on the master branch at the beginning of a release cycle. Discussed in this chat.
The codebase is ready for the new Go 1.11 version. Migration to vgo module system is complete and the 1.4.0 release will be built using modules. The list of versioned modules and a hierarchy diagram are available here.
The testnet was reset and bumped to version 3.
Comments are welcome for the proposal to implement smart fee estimation, which is important for Lightning Network.
@matheusd recorded a code review video for new Decred developers that explains how tickets are selected for voting.
dcrwallet: Version 1.3.0 RC1 features new SPV sync mode, new ticket buyer, new APIs for Decrediton and a host of bug fixes. On the dev side, dcrwallet also migrated to the new module system.
Decrediton: Version 1.3.0 RC1 adds the new SPV sync mode that syncs roughly 5x faster. The feature is off by default while it receives more testing from experienced users. Other notable changes include a design polish and experimental Politeia integration.
Politeia: Proposal editing is being developed and has a short demo. This will allow proposal owners to edit their proposal in response to community feedback before voting begins. The challenges associated with this feature relate to updating censorship tokens and maintaining a clear history of which version comments were made on. @fernandoabolafio produced this architecture diagram which may be of interest to developers.
@degeri joined to perform security testing of Politeia and found several issues.
dcrdata: mainnet explorer upgraded to v2.1 with several new features. For users: credit/debit tx filter on address page, showing miner fees on coinbase transaction page, estimate yearly ticket rewards on main page, cool new hamburger menu and keyboard navigation. For developers: new chain parameters page, experimental Insight API support, endpoints for coin supply and block rewards, testnet3 support. Lots of minor API changes and frontend tweaks, many bug fixes and robustness improvements.
The upcoming v3.0 entered beta and is deployed on beta.dcrdata.org. Check out the new charts page. Feedback and bug reports are appreciated. Finally, the development version v3.1.0-pre is on alpha.dcrdata.org.
Android: updated to be compatible with the latest SPV code and is syncing, several performance issues are worked on. Details were posted in chat. Alpha testing has started, to participate please join #dev and ask for the APK.
iOS: backend is mostly complete, as well as the front end. Support for devices with smaller screens was improved. What works now: creating and recovering wallets, listing of transactions, receiving DCR, displaying and scanning QR codes, browsing account information, SPV connection to peers, downloading headers. Some bugs need fixing before making testable builds.
Ticket splitting: v0.6.0 beta released with improved fee calculation and multiple bug fixes.
docs: introduced new Governance section that grouped some old articles as well as the new Politeia page.
@Richard-Red created a concept repository sandbox with policy documents, to illustrate the kind of policies that could be approved and amended by Politeia proposals.
decred.org: 8 contributors added and 4 removed, including 2 advisors (discussion here).
decredmarketcap.com is a brand new website that shows the most accurate DCR market data. Clean design, mobile friendly, no javascript required.
Dev activity stats for August: 239 active PRs, 219 commits, 25k added and 11k deleted lines spread across 8 repositories. Contributions came from 2-10 developers per repository. (chart)

Network

Hashrate: went from 54 to 76 PH/s, the low was 50 and the new all-time high is 100 PH/s. BeePool share rose to ~50% while F2Pool shrank to 30%, followed by coinmine.pl at 5% and Luxor at 3%.
Staking: 30-day average ticket price is 95.6 DCR (+3.0) as of Sep 3. During the month, ticket price fluctuated between a low of 92.2 and high of 100.5 DCR. Locked DCR represented between 3.8 and 3.9 million or 46.3-46.9% of the supply.
Nodes: there are 217 public listening and 281 normal nodes per dcred.eu. Version distribution: 2% at v1.4.0(pre) (dev builds), 5% on v1.3.0 (RC1), 62% on v1.2.0 (-5%), 22% on v1.1.2 (-2%), 6% on v1.1.0 (-1%). Almost 69% of nodes are v.1.2.0 and higher and support client filters. Data snapshot of Aug 31.

ASICs

Obelisk posted 3 email updates in August. DCR1 units are reportedly shipping with 1 TH/s hashrate and will be upgraded with firmware to 1.5 TH/s. Batch 1 customers will receive compensation for missed shipment dates, but only after Batch 5 ships. Batch 2-5 customers will be receiving the updated slim design.
Innosilicon announced the new D9+ DecredMaster: 2.8 TH/s at 1,230 W priced $1,499. Specified shipping date was Aug 10-15.
FFMiner DS19 claims 3.1 TH/s for Blake256R14 at 680 W and simultaneously 1.55 TH/s for Blake2B at 410 W, the price is $1,299. Shipping Aug 20-25.
Another newly noticed miner offer is this unit that does 46 TH/s at 2,150 W at the price of $4,720. It is shipping Nov 2018 and the stats look very close to Pangolin Whatsminer DCR (which has now a page on asicminervalue).

Integrations

www.d1pool.com joined the list of stakepools for a total of 16.
Australian CoinTree added DCR trading. The platform supports fiat, there are some limitations during the upgrade to a new system but also no fees in the "Early access mode". On a related note, CoinTree is working on a feature to pay household bills with cryptocurrencies it supports.
Three new OTC desks were added to exchanges page at decred.org.
Two mobile wallets integrated Decred:
Reminder: do your best to understand the security and privacy model before using any wallet software. Points to consider: who controls the seed, does the wallet talk to the nodes directly or via middlemen, is it open source or not?

Adoption

Merchants:

Marketing

Targeted advertising report for August was posted by @timhebel. Facebook appeal is pending, some Google and Twitter campaigns were paused and some updated. Read more here.
Contribution to the @decredproject Twitter account has evolved over the past few months. A #twitter_ops channel is being used on Matrix to collaboratively draft and execute project account tweets (including retweets). Anyone with an interest in contributing to the Twitter account can ask for an invitation to the channel and can start contributing content and ideas there for evaluation by the Twitter group. As a result, no minority or unilateral veto over tweets is possible. (from GitHub)

Events

Attended:
For those willing to help with the events:
BAB: Hey all, we are gearing up for conference season. I have a list of places we hope to attend but need to know who besides @joshuam and @Haon are willing to do public speaking, willing to work booths, or help out at them? You will need to be well versed on not just what is Decred, but the history of Decred etc... DM me if you are interested. (#event_planning)
The Decred project is looking for ambassadors. If you are looking for a fun cryptocurrency to get involved in send me a DM or come talk to me on Decred slack. (@marco_peereboom, longer version here)

Media

Decred Assembly episode 21 is available. @jy-p and lead dcrwallet developer @jrick discussed SPV from Satoshi's whitepaper, how it can be improved upon and what's coming in Decred.
Decred Assembly episodes 1-21 are available in audio only format here.
New instructional articles on stakey.club: Decrediton setup, Deleting the wallet, Installing Go, Installing dcrd, dcrd as a Linux service. Available in both English and Portuguese.
Decred scored #32 in the August issue of Chinese CCID ratings. The evaluation model was explained in this interview.
Satis Group rated Decred highly in their cryptoasset valuation research report (PDF). This was featured by several large media outlets, but some did not link to or omitted Decred entirely, citing low market cap.
Featured articles:
Articles:
Videos:

Community Discussions

Community stats:
Comm systems news:
After another debate about chat systems more people began testing and using Matrix, leading to some gardening on that platform:
Highlights:
Reddit: substantive discussion about Decred cons; ecosystem fund; a thread about voter engagement, Politeia UX and trolling; idea of a social media system for Decred by @michae2xl; how profitable is the Obelisk DCR1.
Chats: cross-chain trading via LN; plans for contractor management system, lower-level decision making and contractor privacy vs transparency for stakeholders; measuring dev activity; what if the network stalls, multiple implementations of Decred for more resilience, long term vision behind those extensive tests and accurate comments in the codebase; ideas for process for policy documents, hosting them in Pi and approving with ticket voting; about SPV wallet disk size, how compact filters work; odds of a wallet fetching a wrong block in SPV; new module system in Go; security of allowing Android app backups; why PoW algo change proposal must be specified in great detail; thoughts about NIPoPoWs and SPV; prerequisites for shipping SPV by default (continued); Decred vs Dash treasury and marketing expenses, spending other people's money; why Decred should not invade a country, DAO and nation states, entangling with nation state is poor resource allocation; how winning tickets are determined and attack vectors; Politeia proposal moderation, contractor clearance, the scale of proposals and decision delegation, initial Politeia vote to approve Politeia itself; chat systems, Matrix/Slack/Discord/RocketChat/Keybase (continued); overview of Korean exchanges; no breaking changes in vgo; why project fund burn rate must keep low; asymptotic behavior of Decred and other ccs, tail emission; count of full nodes and incentives to run them; Politeia proposal translations and multilingual environment.
An unusual event was the chat about double negatives and other oddities in languages in #trading.

Markets

DCR started the month at USD 56 / BTC 0.0073 and had a two week decline. On Aug 14 the whole market took a huge drop and briefly went below USD 200 billion. Bitcoin went below USD 6,000 and top 100 cryptos lost 5-30%. The lowest point coincided with Bitcoin dominance peak at 54.5%. On that day Decred dived -17% and reached the bottom of USD 32 / BTC 0.00537. Since then it went sideways in the USD 35-45 / BTC 0.0054-0.0064 range. Around Aug 24, Huobi showed DCR trading volume above USD 5M and this coincided with a minor recovery.
@ImacallyouJawdy posted some creative analysis based on ticket data.

Relevant External

StopAndDecrypt published an extensive article "ASIC Resistance is Nothing but a Blockchain Buzzword" that is much in line with Decred's stance on ASICs.
The ongoing debates about the possible Sia fork yet again demonstrate the importance of a robust dispute resolution mechanism. Also, we are lucky to have the treasury.
Mark B Lundeberg, who found a vulnerability in atomicswap earlier, published a concept of more private peer-to-peer atomic swaps. (missed in July issue)
Medium took a cautious stance on cryptocurrencies and triggered at least one project to migrate to Ghost (that same project previously migrated away from Slack).
Regulation: Vietnam bans mining equipment imports, China halts crypto events and tightens control of crypto chat groups.
Reddit was hacked by intercepting 2FA codes sent via SMS. The announcement explains the impact. Yet another data breach suggests to think twice before sharing any data with any company and shift to more secure authentication systems.
Intel and x86 dumpsterfire keeps burning brighter. Seek more secure hardware and operating systems for your coins.
Finally, unrelated to Decred but good for a laugh: yetanotherico.com.

About This Issue

This is the 5th issue of Decred Journal. It is mirrored on GitHub, Medium and Reddit. Past issues are available here.
Most information from third parties is relayed directly from source after a minimal sanity check. The authors of Decred Journal have no ability to verify all claims. Please beware of scams and do your own research.
Feedback is appreciated: please comment on Reddit, GitHub or #writers_room on Matrix or Slack.
Contributions are welcome too. Some areas are collecting content, pre-release review or translations to other languages. Check out @Richard-Red's guide how to contribute to Decred using GitHub without writing code.
Credits (Slack names, alphabetical order): bee, Haon, jazzah, Richard-Red and thedecreddigest.
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Decred Journal — June 2018

Note: You can read this on GitHub, Medium or old Reddit to see the 207 links.

Development

The biggest announcement of the month was the new kind of decentralized exchange proposed by @jy-p of Company 0. The Community Discussions section considers the stakeholders' response.
dcrd: Peer management and connectivity improvements. Some work for improved sighash algo. A new optimization that gives 3-4x faster serving of headers, which is great for SPV. This was another step towards multipeer parallel downloads – check this issue for a clear overview of progress and planned work for next months (and some engineering delight). As usual, codebase cleanup, improvements to error handling, test infrastructure and test coverage.
Decrediton: work towards watching only wallets, lots of bugfixes and visual design improvements. Preliminary work to integrate SPV has begun.
Politeia is live on testnet! Useful links: announcement, introduction, command line voting example, example proposal with some votes, mini-guide how to compose a proposal.
Trezor: Decred appeared in the firmware update and on Trezor website, currently for testnet only. Next steps are mainnet support and integration in wallets. For the progress of Decrediton support you can track this meta issue.
dcrdata: Continued work on Insight API support, see this meta issue for progress overview. It is important for integrations due to its popularity. Ongoing work to add charts. A big database change to improve sorting on the Address page was merged and bumped version to 3.0. Work to visualize agenda voting continues.
Ticket splitting: 11-way ticket split from last month has voted (transaction).
Ethereum support in atomicswap is progressing and welcomes more eyeballs.
decred.org: revamped Press page with dozens of added articles, and a shiny new Roadmap page.
decredinfo.com: a new Decred dashboard by lte13. Reddit announcement here.
Dev activity stats for June: 245 active PRs, 184 master commits, 25,973 added and 13,575 deleted lines spread across 8 repositories. Contributions came from 2 to 10 developers per repository. (chart)

Network

Hashrate: growth continues, the month started at 15 and ended at 44 PH/s with some wild 30% swings on the way. The peak was 53.9 PH/s.
F2Pool was the leader varying between 36% and 59% hashrate, followed by coinmine.pl holding between 18% and 29%. In response to concerns about its hashrate share, F2Pool made a statement that they will consider measures like rising the fees to prevent growing to 51%.
Staking: 30-day average ticket price is 94.7 DCR (+3.4). The price was steadily rising from 90.7 to 95.8 peaking at 98.1. Locked DCR grew from 3.68 to 3.81 million DCR, the highest value was 3.83 million corresponding to 47.87% of supply (+0.7% from previous peak).
Nodes: there are 240 public listening and 115 normal nodes per dcred.eu. Version distribution: 57% on v1.2.0 (+12%), 25% on v1.1.2 (-13%), 14% on v1.1.0 (-1%). Note: the reported count of non-listening nodes has dropped significantly due to data reset at decred.eu. It will take some time before the crawler collects more data. On top of that, there is no way to exactly count non-listening nodes. To illustrate, an alternative data source, charts.dcr.farm showed 690 reachable nodes on Jul 1.
Extraordinary event: 247361 and 247362 were two nearly full blocks. Normally blocks are 10-20 KiB, but these blocks were 374 KiB (max is 384 KiB).

ASICs

Update from Obelisk: shipping is expected in first half of July and there is non-zero chance to meet hashrate target.
Another Chinese ASIC spotted on the web: Flying Fish D18 with 340 GH/s at 180 W costing 2,200 CNY (~340 USD). (asicok.comtranslated, also on asicminervalue)
dcrASIC team posted a farewell letter. Despite having an awesome 16 nm chip design, they decided to stop the project citing the saturated mining ecosystem and low profitability for their potential customers.

Integrations

bepool.org is a new mining pool spotted on dcred.eu.
Exchange integrations:
Two OTC trading desks are now shown on decred.org exchanges page.
BitPro payment gateway added Decred and posted on Reddit. Notably, it is fully functional without javascript or cookies and does not ask for name or email, among other features.
Guarda Wallet integrated Decred. Currently only in their web wallet, but more may come in future. Notable feature is "DCR purchase with a bank card". See more details in their post or ask their representative on Reddit. Important: do your best to understand the security model before using any wallet software.

Adoption

Merchants:
BlueYard Capital announced investment in Decred and the intent to be long term supporters and to actively participate in the network's governance. In an overview post they stressed core values of the project:
There are a few other remarkable characteristics that are a testament to the DNA of the team behind Decred: there was no sale of DCR to investors, no venture funding, and no payment to exchanges to be listed – underscoring that the Decred team and contributors are all about doing the right thing for long term (as manifested in their constitution for the project).
The most encouraging thing we can see is both the quality and quantity of high calibre developers flocking to the project, in addition to a vibrant community attaching their identity to the project.
The company will be hosting an event in Berlin, see Events below.
Arbitrade is now mining Decred.

Events

Attended:
Upcoming:

Media

stakey.club: a new website by @mm:
Hey guys! I'd like to share with you my latest adventure: Stakey Club, hosted at stakey.club, is a website dedicated to Decred. I posted a few articles in Brazilian Portuguese and in English. I also translated to Portuguese some posts from the Decred Blog. I hope you like it! (slack)
@morphymore translated Placeholder's Decred Investment Thesis and Richard Red's write-up on Politeia to Chinese, while @DZ translated Decred Roadmap 2018 to Italian and Russian, and A New Kind of DEX to Italian and Russian.
Second iteration of Chinese ratings released. Compared to the first issue, Decred dropped from 26 to 29 while Bitcoin fell from 13 to 17. We (the authors) restrain ourselves commenting on this one.
Videos:
Audio:
Featured articles:
Articles:

Community Discussions

Community stats: Twitter followers 40,209 (+1,091), Reddit subscribers 8,410 (+243), Slack users 5,830 (+172), GitHub 392 stars and 918 forks of dcrd repository.
An update on our communication systems:
Jake Yocom-Piatt did an AMA on CryptoTechnology, a forum for serious crypto tech discussion. Some topics covered were Decred attack cost and resistance, voting policies, smart contracts, SPV security, DAO and DPoS.
A new kind of DEX was the subject of an extensive discussion in #general, #random, #trading channels as well as Reddit. New channel #thedex was created and attracted more than 100 people.
A frequent and fair question is how the DEX would benefit Decred. @lukebp has put it well:
Projects like these help Decred attract talent. Typically, the people that are the best at what they do aren’t driven solely by money. They want to work on interesting projects that they believe in with other talented individuals. Launching a DEX that has no trading fees, no requirement to buy a 3rd party token (including Decred), and that cuts out all middlemen is a clear demonstration of the ethos that Decred was founded on. It helps us get our name out there and attract the type of people that believe in the same mission that we do. (slack)
Another concern that it will slow down other projects was addressed by @davecgh:
The intent is for an external team to take up the mantle and build it, so it won't have any bearing on the current c0 roadmap. The important thing to keep in mind is that the goal of Decred is to have a bunch of independent teams on working on different things. (slack)
A chat about Decred fork resistance started on Twitter and continued in #trading. Community members continue to discuss the finer points of Decred's hybrid system, bringing new users up to speed and answering their questions. The key takeaway from this chat is that the Decred chain is impossible to advance without votes, and to get around that the forker needs to change the protocol in a way that would make it clearly not Decred.
"Against community governance" article was discussed on Reddit and #governance.
"The Downside of Democracy (and What it Means for Blockchain Governance)" was another article arguing against on-chain governance, discussed here.
Reddit recap: mining rig shops discussion; how centralized is Politeia; controversial debate on photos of models that yielded useful discussion on our marketing approach; analysis of a drop in number of transactions; concerns regarding project bus factor, removing central authorities, advertising and full node count – received detailed responses; an argument by insette for maximizing aggregate tx fees; coordinating network upgrades; a new "Why Decred?" thread; a question about quantum resistance with a detailed answer and a recap of current status of quantum resistant algorithms.
Chats recap: Programmatic Proof-of-Work (ProgPoW) discussion; possible hashrate of Blake-256 miners is at least ~30% higher than SHA-256d; how Decred is not vulnerable to SPV leaf/node attack.

Markets

DCR opened the month at ~$93, reached monthly high of $110, gradually dropped to the low of $58 and closed at $67. In BTC terms it was 0.0125 -> 0.0150 -> 0.0098 -> 0.0105. The downturn coincided with a global decline across the whole crypto market.
In the middle of the month Decred was noticed to be #1 in onchainfx "% down from ATH" chart and on this chart by @CoinzTrader. Towards the end of the month it dropped to #3.

Relevant External

Obelisk announced Launchpad service. The idea is to work with coin developers to design a custom, ASIC-friendly PoW algorithm together with a first batch of ASICs and distribute them among the community.
Equihash-based ZenCash was hit by a double spend attack that led to a loss of $450,000 by the exchange which was targeted.
Almost one year after collecting funds, Tezos announced a surprise identification procedure to claim tokens (non-javascript version).
A hacker broke into Syscoin's GitHub account and implanted malware stealing passwords and private keys into Windows binaries. This is a painful reminder for everybody to verify binaries after download.
Circle announced new asset listing framework for Poloniex. Relevant to recent discussions of exchange listing bribery:
Please note: we will not accept any kind of payment to list an asset.
Bithumb got hacked with a $30 m loss.
Zcash organized Zcon0, an event in Canada that focused on privacy tech and governance. An interesting insight from Keynote Panel on governance: "There is no such thing as on-chain governance".
Microsoft acquired GitHub. There was some debate about whether it is a reason to look into alternative solutions like GitLab right now. It is always a good idea to have a local copy of Decred source code, just in case.
Status update from @sumiflow on correcting DCR supply on various sites:
To begin with, none of the below sites were showing the correct supply or market cap for Decred but we've made some progress. coingecko.com, coinlib.io, cryptocompare.com, livecoinwatch.com, worldcoinindex.com - corrected! cryptoindex.co, onchainfx.com - awaiting fix coinmarketcap.com - refused to fix because devs have coins too? (slack)

About This Issue

This is the third issue of Decred Journal after April and May.
Most information from third parties is relayed directly from source after a minimal sanity check. The authors of Decred Journal have no ability to verify all claims. Please beware of scams and do your own research.
The new public Matrix logs look promising and we hope to transition from Slack links to Matrix links. In the meantime, the way to read Slack links is explained in the previous issue.
As usual, any feedback is appreciated: please comment on Reddit, GitHub or #writers_room. Contributions are welcome too, anything from initial collection to final review to translations.
Credits (Slack names, alphabetical order): bee and Richard-Red. Special thanks to @Haon for bringing May 2018 issue to medium.
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Lisk Highlights weekly roundup February 17th 2019.

Hello everybody. The LISK project and it's enthusiasts are always busy, and this week past has certainly been no exception.
Seeing is believing, so here is a recap of the highlights and interesting items from the past week on the LISK subreddit and beyond.....
 

LiskUSA Goes Deep in it's Response to LIP11

"The proposed LIP11 will have the opposite effect of what it is intending to solve"; this was the collective opinion of the LiskUSA group in reaction to the Lisk Improvement Proposal dealing with the "change to one vote per account in our DPoS". LiskUSA continued, "It will likely cause a decrease in decentralization, replace coalitions with whales (or coalitions of whales), and competition will decrease as standby delegates are disenfranchised even further".
The piece published on the official LiskUSA website and also submitted to the LIP mailing list HERE was written and compiled by Matthew C AKA Ultrafresh and Edward Trosclair AKA StellarDynamic, elected Lisk Delegate. Lisk USA is a community run organization that was made to coordinate, recognize, and reward outreach and developments for Lisk.
Aside from disagreeing with the proposal as it stands, an interesting additional proposal was put forward by LiskUSA, or maybe proposal is too strong a word; maybe an idea is a better way to put it. This was where they wrote... "An interesting but perhaps controversial idea; It is very common for video games to completely wipe a beta server at the official launch of the game. While it goes against the idea of immutability, a one time re-vote / election could be seen as a way to make the landscape more fair for new delegates who will never have a chance of getting votes from some of the large lost accounts”.
There are loads more interesting insights contained within the 2400+ word submission. You can check it all out for yourself HERE.
 

Lisk is Ranking High on Google for Blockchain Terms.

Lisk community member zOwn3Ds over on Lisk Chat seems to have been doing a bit of googling over the weekend when he stumbled across something that impressed him, which led him to post, "good to see lisk academy popping up first in google". He searched for the terms "blockchain node" and the result delivered showed Lisk sitting in No. 1 place for that search.
I decided to do a bit of googling of other terms related to Lisk so firstly I searched for "blockchain dpos" and again the result displayed showed Lisk in No. 1 place for that search. I found the same with simply searching "dpos". Another one of note that again showed Lisk sitting high in No. 2 place for the term "blockchain consensus". It seems The Lisk team's SEO is starting to pay good dividends. Long may it continue.
 

Lisk Sidechain Project Beefs Up its Digital Marketing.

The MADANA project have teamed up with UFOstart, a Berlin based marketing company specialising in blockchain tokensales and business startups. This will result in Lars Schulze, UFOstart Co-Founder, spending quite a bit of time with the MADANA team as he applies his 22 years of experience in the Online Marketing field to their projects promotional moves. Didi Lace, MADANA COO & Co-Founder, welcomed Lars via twitter by saying "A great partner for the interesting road ahead! Glad to have you on board".
The MADANA project has closed its pre-sale and is now preparing for its main sale, so personally I believe it is a good move for the team to bring onboard someone with the amount of experience of Lars, not to mention the contacts his company, UFOstart, can access. Lars founded his first internet company in 1996 and he has reportedly supported more than 100 projects - from startups and SMEs to large corporations. As a part of UFOstart he has worked with such blockchain projects as ascribe, metamorph, photochain, polygravity, rehaptix, womtoken, and Ocean Protocol.
You can view a picture of the MADANA team complete with Lars (third from right) HERE
 

LISK Sidechain Project's Co-Founder Lays Out the Development Plan for the Week Ahead .

Yesterday, Chief R&D Officer and Co-founder of GNY, Richard Jarritt (bringing Machine Learning to Lisk) revealed the tasks for the week to the projects followers on the GNY telegram.
1. Analysis.
The team will undertake a comprehensive analysis of the solutions other Machine Learning developers have offered within the DPOS space. This to ensure their efforts are above current industry standards. Dissection, comparison, and learning for the team this week so.
2. Internal Education.
The heads of team are creating guides to the projects Machine Learning in Python and Javascript. This is to ensure all team members not only understand the concept but also the code. Internal education cannot be underestimated and is vital to keep all team members aligned.
3. Timeline.
Drafting a completion timeline for the GNY Machine Learning operating within the codebase that Leo Liang (known from the Asch decentralized application platform) has created. This will be made available to the public.
The GNY universal Beta Api plug-in update is out now and testing is welcomed for commercial developers aiming to work with Machine learning and blockchain. You can visit Github to view the steps to run it HERE.
 

Lisk, Spreading from Costa Rica in Central America to Atlanta in North America.

Lisk Central America have released a comprehensive recap of their presentation at TicoBlockChain 2019 in Costa Rica. Software Architect, Jake Simmons, represented LISK Central America with his presentation on 'Scaling blockchain horizontally with Lisk'. Jake's presentation took part in the midst of the conference's speaker collection of lawyers, developers, educators, banking executives, investment professionals, their keynotes, panel talks and fireside chats.
Lisk Central America is an organization with the intention of bringing awareness of the LISK blockchain application platform and Blockchain in general to Central America. So we are talking, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Now generally the group's main focus is local meetups, but on this particular occasion the collective took a step into the conference circuit, and from reading their upbeat recap of TicoBlockChain, I don't think it will be the last.
For those of us who could not make the trip we have Lisk community member illuciferium to thank for filming Jake's presentation and uploading it to Youtube HERE. You can also see Jake being interviewed at the conference by Ricardo Barquero, Nimiq Community Manager in this VIDEO
Well done Jake, and we hope to see you introducing Lisk to many more folk in the months to come.
 
Now from a past event in South America to one that is upcoming in North America, and with that we look at towards Atlanta. Lisk delegate Blockvibe's aim is to foster, support, and expand the Lisk ecosystem in South Korea and the United States of America. One of their major plans for the community is to organize and host regular meetups and Lisk sidechain conferences in these regions. To that end they will be hosting an Atlanta Blockchain Meetup on Sat Feb 16 (1 to 3pm), titled "Intro to Blockchain and the Lisk Platform". Further details of the event can be found HERE. Bob Anglin from those lively Lisk Delegates bloqspace.io will be the guest speaker on day. Free food and prize draws are also promised.
Good luck and best wishes to all the event organisers and those folk who where-possible come out to attend these meetups.
 
That's it for the recap of the weeks highlights. I hope it brought you up to speed with all the weeks good news.
These highlight posts also go out daily on the….
LISK Highlights exclusive Telegram group
LISK Highlights Twitter
The highlights are also included in my weekly roundup on the LISK Highlights Medium account and the Bitcoin talk forum's LISK thread, so keep an eye out for them on these outlets also.
 
Keep the faith Liskers! 👍
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An Introduction

Hello and welcome to Tangrams !
If you are already part of our community and found your way here from Discord, good to see you. We hope you'll enjoy our brand new subreddit.
In case you are new to Tangram, first of all we are very glad to have you onboard! Please read on to get gain some further information.

What is Tangram?

Tangram is a DAG (Directed Acyclic Graph) privacy-focused cryptocurrency. Tangram aims to be a private and anonymous digital currency, a platform for near instant and feeless exchange of value which allows users to securely manage personal and financial information.
Our mission is to create the most private distributed ledger technology the world has ever seen, one that is provably impervious to re-identification attacks. It must be fast, feeless, and infinitely scalable. Tangram will function as a true cryptocurrency, while supporting other capabilities such as smart contracts, data storage, and communications. Tangram is a startup focused on cutting-edge engineering, compelling user experience, irresistible branding, and a vibrant community, all built from scratch. Tangram will be the end-to-end solution you know you can trust to safeguard your identity, your data, your business, and your rights in a world of prying eyes. Privacy by Design.
It is currently in development, with the testnet and mainnet planned for the short to middle term. (More information regarding various expected deadlines can be found here )

Where can I find more information on the technical aspects of Tangram?

There’s a range of resources you can consult to learn more about our project:
A little rundown of what's been released so far, and what to expect from the near future alpha releases:
Released
View the roadmap for further details.

How will Tangram be distributed?

The token metrics of Tangram are as follows:
Maximum Token Supply: 183,744,990
Once mainnet launches, everyone is going to have the opportunity to participate in the token distribution process. The details of which method(s) will be implemented are currently being discussed and will be finalized soon. As you can see above, 65% of the total supply ( 119,434,243.5 SNKs) are reserved for public distribution.

How can I get involved in the project?

We are a community-centered project and welcome all, especially those that wish to contribute to our growth and improvement. If you believe you have some spare time and skills to dedicate, feel free to fill out our Community Talent Pool Form!
Alternatively, if you just want to get involved more generally in our vibrant community and have access to development in real time, we recommend joining our Discord. Most of the fun happens there! If you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to come by the Discord where you are sure to get a quick response.

FAQ

TBC
See Manifesto. https://medium.com/@getsneak/a-sneak-manifesto-163eb38e00ea
No.
Public: 65% Contributors: 10% Founders: 7.84% Development Fund: 10% Community Fund: 7.16%
Through lending your computation power for research and development against finding a cure (diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, cystic fibrosis, BSE (Mad Cow disease), an inherited form of emphysema, and even many cancers). Find out more here: https://foldingathome.org/ How it works in Tangram public free distribution: https://medium.com/@getsneak/f-h-faucet-alpha-0-1-testing-d179568d1f40
When Tangram goes main-net (end of December 2018).
Contributors donated a combination of Monero, Nano, Bitcoin, and Ethereum to the developers to support the development throughout the early stages. These donations allowed Matthew Hellyer to move to developing the Tangram platform full-time.
The Community Fund is for those who have provably donated to a privacy DAG project prior to February 28th that turned out to be a scam. Contact the devs to receive Tangrams in return for your scammed donations at a rate of half the dollar value of your donation the day it was sent. 26% of the Community Fund has already been claimed.
Yes. More information on this will be released prior to main-net.
Testing is open to all. See here: https://medium.com/tangram-tgm/test-net0-release-ac5ad5d691ae
TBC - Currently the only bug bounty available would be associated with the faucet: https://medium.com/@getsneak/f-h-faucet-alpha-0-1-testing-d179568d1f40 (Please see Rules & Rewards section). When main-net has launched and Tangram is open-sourced further bug bounties will be defined.
183,744,990
C#
See here for technical introduction: https://tangrams.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Tangram_An_Introduction-2018-12-19-03-27.pdf
No, transactions will be fee-less
TBC (Better estimate will be provided 3 months after main-net)
This is not a primary focus. We will provide documentation that allows any 3rd party to develop and integrate with Tangram.
Not yet decided, we are finalising the faucet models and their distribution mechanism which in turn affects the amount received.
No. The [email protected] work unit will calibrate to your CPU.
Yes. The name of the 3rd party security audit firm will be released once a contract has been signed.
Tangram’s codebase is built from scratch. To protect the integrity of the project before main-net and prior to a security audit by a reputable firm. Following main-net there will be discussions and post made to define the properties in which need to be met for open-source.
Yes.
The view key of the genesis block will be made available for all once main-net is live.
Yes, prior to main-net.
Yes.
There are no monetary incentives for running a node. Will nodes be private? Yes.
YES! Come poke around, join the crew, pingpong doesn’t bite.
TBC - Current estimations are 3 month – 8 months.
No. You will not find any exchange or OTC channel supported in the Tangram server by team members.
https://trello.com/b/x02K9WgV
Sneak was the code name of Tangram before the current name was chosen.
No.
Yes. See here for more information - https://pastebin.com/8YKrJJEZ https://pastebin.com/iHGMMxBr
Current live channels include: Discord: https://discord.gg/GhX6nUC Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/Tangrams/ (not live - pending website) Telegram: https://t.me/Tangrams See the #resource channel in Discord to see all articles and references to Tangram
See here:
https://medium.com/tangram-tgm/breaking-down-tangrams-consensus-mechanism-part-1-ba4857539eb
https://medium.com/tangram-tgm/breaking-down-tangrams-consensus-mechanism-part-2-6d88b435bef7
https://tangrams.io
No.
Yes, although pre-announcement. Official announcement will be made once we have prepared main-net. https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3022248.0
Nodes can run on Windows, Linux, Mac, Raspberry Pi or any Linux distro
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Lisk Highlights weekly roundup February 9th 2019.

Hello everybody. The LISK project and it's enthusiasts are always busy, and this week past has certainly been no exception.
Seeing is believing, so here is a recap of the highlights and interesting items from the past week on the LISK subreddit and beyond.....
 

Lisk's 11th LIP – Some Viewpoints on the Proposal to Change to one Vote Per Account.

I am sure you are all aware by now that HQ has just opened the discussion for their 11th LIP (Lisk Improvement Proposal) dealing with the "change to one vote per account in our DPoS". A thread was started on the Lisk subreddit announcing this LIP content and it provoked a lot of intense debate.
This LIP of course is for now just a proposal by the Lisk project team, and it should create discussion around what is best for the network. HQ advise that any interested community members should join the conversation by signing up to the LIP mailing list HERE. Lightcurve science team member Iker posted "Hey guys, we are looking forward to your contributions regarding this and other proposals. We will check all the community inputs in the mailing list.
Community Lead of the Lisk project, Mat Piaggi, produced a summary of the initial discussion on the Lisk Chat channel regarding this latest LIP. It features Iker from the Lisk science team and Chief R&D Officer and Co-founder of GNY, Richard Jarritt. You can read it HERE
 

Lisk Sidechain Project's CEO Attends Meeting With the EU Commission.

Christian Junger, CEO of the MADANA project recently met with Dr. Florent Frederix, a Cybersecurity expert from the European Commission in Brussels. I have heard that they discussed eprivacy, and cybersecurity of course. The importance of GDPR compliant technology for a more privacy-driven business world was chief among the talking points with MADANA being touted as one of the suitable project to uphold this imperative. It is no surprise so that the MADANA project is due to be one of the first major dApps to be built on a Lisk sidechain. This platform for data analysis using Blockchain technology allows participants to get in on the data market with their own data, whilst simultaneously preserving their privacy by design. The MADANA project has closed its pre-sale and is now preparing for its main sale
You can view an image of Christian's meeting in Brussels HERE.
 

LISK Sidechain Project's Founder Releases Three Exciting Pieces of Development Info.

You are all probably aware of GNY.io, the team bringing Machine Learning to Lisk via the sidechain LML (Lisk Machine Learning). Well, Chief R&D Officer and Co-founder of GNY, Richard Jarritt, in conversation with the projects followers on the GNY telegram dropped three exciting pieces of info over the the last few days.
 
1. Low fees.
The development team, which includes head of blockchain development, Leo Liang (known from the Asch decentralized application platform), have concluded their design where the Machine Learning data will be written into a contract. This is created with a low fee and then the Machine Learning reply (the prediction) is returned with another contract.
 
2. Timescale.
The team are aiming to get this Machine Learning and codebase integration completed by the month of March.
 
3. Unique.
You may may have seen blockchain before..... you may have seen Machine Learning before..... You may have even seen blockchain and Machine Learning combined before, however no competitors as yet have implemented or even attempted such a system where all the Machine Learning is done on chain, so data does not leave the security of the chain.
Plus the Machine Learning script does not grow exponentially. It is specifically coded to shed unneeded weight and prune off information, so that the data does not become too large for the chain. With each block, GNY's machine learning system is reading past data and the current data inputting into the block. It then makes a note of the pruned output, which is included in a contract for the next block.
The GNY universal Beta Api plug-in update is out now and testing is welcomed for commercial developers aiming to work with Machine learning and blockchain. You can visit Github to view the steps to run it HERE.
 

Lisk Play Prize Pool Swells and Another Lisk Game is On the Horizon.

A new community contest created by Lemii is receiving a great deal of support from the Liskers at large. Lisk Play is fun tool enabling simple contests to be played for a nominal amount of LSK. It's aim, besides bringing community together with fun, is to showcase a simple use case for transaction fields in explorer such as time, date, message, and so on with trivial value transactions. This is entirely a community initiative and has no affiliation to Lisk HQ, Lightcurve or the Lisk Foundation.
The first engagement of Lisk Play is a contest where the goal is to predict the opening price of Bitcoin as at 00:00 on the 1st of March 2019. Entering the competition costs 1 LSK and the closest prediction wins the sum of all LSK collected plus a top up fund kindly donated by stellardynamic of www.liskusa.io
The prize pool has now swelled to 120 LSK. You have to get moving though to enter as the deadline for all predictions is February 16th. You can check it out HERE.
In my opinion Lemii is to be commended for the work he has put into this project alongside his consultants Crosssy, Maul, Lisk.ftw, and Sexor (minions).
 
Now to the other Lisk game that is upcoming. My sources tell me that a Telegram contest is being worked on at present. I believe it will take the form of a treasure hunt type contest with hints given that will lead the lucky winnes to a cache of LSK. Sounds good? Of course it does. I will have more on the game in a short while.
 

LISK Videos around the World: Misss Bitcoin.

Dutch crypto Youtuber "Misss Bitcoin" released a new English language video titled "TA MONDAY | Technical Analysis on Bitcoin, Litecoin & Lisk". Misss Bitcoin AKA Maddie describes herself and her channel as follows..... "Seven years ago I became enthusiastic about Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and especially charting. I fell in love with the charts but besides that I’m still super excited about what the cryptocurrencies will bring us in the near future. I’m honored to be a part of the revolution and I would like to take you with me on this journey. Within this expanding crypto universe there is still so much to learn and I want to share this with everyone that is interested in (trading) cryptocurrencies".
She says she loves Lisk and it is one of her one of her favorite cryptos. Analysing the Binance chart in the video she says that although it not a very positive chart currently, she is still very positive for Lisk. She goes on to say that the next 10 to 14 days will be crucial to see if it LSK tests the bottom of its current chart.
I took the liberty of cropping her current video to allow you get straight to the Lisk TA. You can view it HERE. See what you think and don't forget to give the Youtube channel of the original poster a thumbs up if you find it of value.
 
That's it for the recap of the weeks highlights. I hope it brought you up to speed with all the weeks good news.
These highlight posts also go out daily on the….
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Lisk Highlights, February 12th 2019: Lisk Sidechain Projects Update.

Hello there. Here is today's selection of highlights and interesting items within the Lisk ecosystem and beyond.....
 

Lisk Sidechain Project Beefs Up its Digital Marketing.

The MADANA project have teamed up with UFOstart, a Berlin based marketing company specialising in blockchain tokensales and business startups. This will result in Lars Schulze, UFOstart Co-Founder, spending quite a bit of time with the MADANA team as he applies his 22 years of experience in the Online Marketing field to their projects promotional moves. Didi Lace, MADANA COO & Co-Founder, welcomed Lars via twitter by saying "A great partner for the interesting road ahead! Glad to have you on board".
The MADANA project has closed its pre-sale and is now preparing for its main sale, so personally I believe it is a good move for the team to bring onboard someone with the amount of experience of Lars, not to mention the contacts his company, UFOstart, can access. Lars founded his first internet company in 1996 and he has reportedly supported more than 100 projects - from startups and SMEs to large corporations. As a part of UFOstart he has worked with such blockchain projects as ascribe, metamorph, photochain, polygravity, rehaptix, womtoken, and Ocean Protocol.
You can view a picture of the MADANA team complete with Lars (third from right) HERE
 

LISK Sidechain Project's Co-Founder Lays Out the Development Plan for the Week Ahead .

Yesterday, Chief R&D Officer and Co-founder of GNY, Richard Jarritt (bringing Machine Learning to Lisk) revealed the tasks for the week to the projects followers on the GNY telegram.
1. Analysis.
The team will undertake a comprehensive analysis of the solutions other Machine Learning developers have offered within the DPOS space. This to ensure their efforts are above current industry standards. Dissection, comparison, and learning for the team this week so.
2. Internal Education.
The heads of team are creating guides to the projects Machine Learning in Python and Javascript. This is to ensure all team members not only understand the concept but also the code. Internal education cannot be underestimated and is vital to keep all team members aligned.
3. Timeline.
Drafting a completion timeline for the GNY Machine Learning operating within the codebase that Leo Liang (known from the Asch decentralized application platform) has created. This will be made available to the public.
The GNY universal Beta Api plug-in update is out now and testing is welcomed for commercial developers aiming to work with Machine learning and blockchain. You can visit Github to view the steps to run it HERE.
 
That's it for today's highlights.
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Keep the faith Liskers! 👍
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Lisk Highlights, February 4th 2019: Lisk Play and Lisk sidechain update.

Hello everybody. Here are the highlights and interesting items from over the weekend within the Lisk ecosystem and beyond.....
 

Lisk Community Members Put the Features and Utility of LSK to Work with the Creation of "Lisk Play".

A new community contest created by Lemii is receiving a great deal of support from the Liskers at large. Lisk Play is fun tool enabling simple contests to be played for a nominal amount of LSK. It's aim, besides bringing community together with fun, is to showcase a simple use case for transaction fields in explorer such as time, date, message, and so on with trivial value transactions. This is entirely a community initiative and has no affiliation to Lisk HQ, Lightcurve or the Lisk Foundation.
The first engagement of Lisk Play is a contest where the goal is to predict the opening price of Bitcoin as at 00:00 on the 1st of March 2019. Entering the competition costs 1 LSK and the closest prediction wins the sum of all LSK collected plus a top up fund kindly donated by stellardynamic of www.liskusa.io
The contest has just started and will run until February 16th. You can check it out HERE.
In my opinion Lemii is to be commended for the work he has put into this project alongside his consultants Crosssy, Maul, Lisk.ftw, and Sexor (minions).
 

LISK Sidechain Project's Founder Releases Three Exciting Pieces of Development Info.

You are all probably aware of GNY.io, the team bringing Machine Learning to Lisk via the sidechain LML (Lisk Machine Learning). Well, Chief R&D Officer and Co-founder of GNY, Richard Jarritt, in conversation with the projects followers on the GNY telegram dropped three exciting pieces of info over the the last few days.
 
1. Low fees.
The development team, which includes head of blockchain development, Leo Liang (known from the Asch decentralized application platform), have concluded their design where the Machine Learning data will be written into a contract. This is created with a low fee and then the Machine Learning reply (the prediction) is returned with another contract.
 
2. Timescale.
The team are aiming to get this Machine Learning and codebase integration completed by the month of March.
 
3. Unique.
You may may have seen blockchain before..... you may have seen Machine Learning before..... You may have even seen blockchain and Machine Learning combined before, however no competitors as yet have implemented or even attempted such a system where all the Machine Learning is done on chain, so data does not leave the security of the chain.
Plus the Machine Learning script does not grow exponentially. It is specifically coded to shed unneeded weight and prune off information, so that the data does not become too large for the chain. With each block, GNY's machine learning system is reading past data and the current data inputting into the block. It then makes a note of the pruned output, which is included in a contract for the next block.
The GNY universal Beta Api plug-in update is out now and testing is welcomed for commercial developers aiming to work with Machine learning and blockchain. You can visit Github to view the steps to run it HERE.
 
That's it for today's highlights.
These highlight posts also go out daily on the….
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LISK Highlights Twitter : https://twitter.com/HighlightsLisk
LISK Highlights Medium: https://medium.com/@LiskHighlights
The highlights are also included in my weekly roundup on the LISK Highlights Medium account and the Bitcoin talk forum's LISK thread, so keep an eye out for them on these outlets also.
 
Keep the faith Liskers! 👍
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3 Undervalued Cryptocurrencies To Invest In

NEO — The Smart Economy

NEO, formally known as AntShares, intends to become a distributed network for the smart economy. It will do this by creating a smart economy platform that combines digital assets, digital identities, and smart contractsall on their blockchain.
NEO was founded by Da Hongfei, and rebranded from AntShares in June 2017 in front of 200 attendees at Microsoft HQ in Shanghai. It was created by OnChain, a Shanghai-based blockchain research and development company.
The NEO network was designed to become a competitor to Ethereum’s network as they are both platforms that accommodate dapps. Since its inception, NEO has largely become known as “the Ethereum killer” due to it being able to address the scalability issues currently surrounding Ethereum. The NEO blockchain is said to be able to currently process up to 1,000 transactions per second (TPS), this is far superior to the 25 TPS that Ethereum is currently able to process today.
To add to NEO’s advantages over Ethereum, NEO allows for its smart contracts to be written in a wide array of popular programming languages including JavaScript, Python and C#. This means that programmers do not have to learn a new programming language to start developing on NEO’s network, which reduces the barriers to entry. Conversely, developers have to learn a programming language called Solidity to develop on Ethereum’s network.

NEO and GAS

There are two different types of currencies involved in the NEO network; NEO and GAS.
The Neo cryptocurrency itself is not a divisible asset. This means that the minimum NEO you can transfer from wallet to wallet is 1. This may seem problematic at first, but the NEO token acts more like a crypto asset than as an actual currency. However, recently the NEO Team has made an announcement that NEO will soon be divisible on the new updates.
Buying NEO means you are buying ownership of the NEO blockchain, which gives holders political clout in the NEO ecosystem. Users that hold NEO in their wallet are granted voting rights for protocol changes, providing them a voice within the network. They are also granted the right to vote for bookkeepers and receive dividends collected from network user fees.
The fees are collected in another linked cryptocurrency called GAS. GAS is the fuel that powers the NEO economy. Users that want to write data to the NEO blockchain must pay a fee that be paid in Gas.
NEO is currently 12th in terms of overall market cap, with a value of $2.23 billion. It is currently trading hands at $34.39 and is down by a total of 80% from its all-time high of $200.

SiaCoin — Distributed Cloud Storage

Sia, launched in June 2015, is dedicated to being a decentralized, open-source cloud storage platform. The Sia team have successfully created a data storage marketplace on the blockchain where users can rent out their unused hard disk space to other users as cloud storage.
Sia claims that the technology behind its blockchain is much faster and cheaper than traditional storage providers. For example, storing 1TB of data per month on a traditional Amazon cloud storage provider costs, on average, $23. Storing the same amount of data on the Sia network costs only $2.
The Sia network has largely become known as the the Airbnb for hard drives. Providers are able to rent out spare hard disk space to the Sia network. Users can then upload data to this hard drive space and the network will automatically create a contract between both parties. The contract is an agreement between the provider and client amount what data is to be stored, at what price and for how long.
When a user wants to upload data to Sia, the network will break apart the data and encrypt the individual fragments of data, allowing the data to become completely private. The network will then go on to distribute this encrypted data across an array of network providers across the globe, eliminating any point of single failure.
For more information on Sia coin and how it works, check out our What is Sia guide.
Sia is currently ranked 38th in terms of overall market cap, with a value of $391 million. The cryptocurrency is currently trading hands at $0.01 and is down by a total of 90% from its all-time high price of $0.115.
We will closely monitor updates from the Sia team, as we anticipate the release of Sia P2P file sharing in one of their future releases. To see what’s next for this project, check out this article: Siacoin 2018 Roadmap: What the Future Holds.

Particl — The Decentralized Marketplace

The last coin on this list is the open-source, privacy-focused coin known as Particl.
Particl also allows for dapps on its network, and the first to launch will be a fully decentralized, autonomous, crypto-agnostic marketplace on the blockchain, known as the Particl Marketplace. Particl’s mission is to empower society by launching this decentralized marketplace, allowing everyone in the world to access e-commerce of any kind upon the blockchain.
Particl is the successor of a former incarnation known as ShadowCash, created in 2014 by Ryno Mathee. SDC was then rebranded to Particl in 2017. Thus, Particl has one of the crypto world’s oldest track records of consistent development, dating all the way back to 2014.
Following is a small list of the best features from the Particl project.

The Wallet

The wallet is one of Particl’s most prominent features, beautifully designed and with a keen focus on user friendliness and experience. The decentralized marketplace will be released as a dapp pre-built into the wallet upon installation, and it has already been made available on Particl’s testnet as an alpha release.

The Marketplace

The Particl marketplace has been designed with privacy at its core by using an array of privacy enhancing features. It will allow for a low-cost and secure solution to e-commerce for both buyers and seller, as there will be no middle-man taking 10% of all sales. The marketplace is also designed to be currency agnostic.
This means that you can come with any cryptocurrency and the marketplace will automatically convert your cryptocurrency into Particl for you. More importantly, all the fees generated from the marketplace are directly returned back to Particl stakeholders.

Other Advantages

One of the other great advantages of Particl is that it is built upon the latest Bitcoin codebase (0.16.0). This is an impressive feature, as it benefits from the stability received from the experienced crypto giant’s codebase.
This speaks volumes to the capabilities of the development team being able to keep up to date with Bitcoin’s latest codebase. It also allows benefits from the advantage of plug and play technology as developers can easily fork any dapp, service, or product created from Bitcoin and utilize this within Particl ecosystem.
Perhaps an even more impressive accolade to attribute to the developers is the introduction of Confidential Transactions (CTs) to the Bitcoin codebase. CTs allow for users to transact their coins in 3 different states of privacy with their own degree of privacy and cost: Public, Blind and Anonymous.
For more information on Particl, check out their website at https://particl.io.
Article source: https://www.investinblockchain.com/invest-in-undervalued-cryptocurrencies/ B0x: Gustafio
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Interesting Questions and Answers from Slack (shortened)

dr10
What can be done with Javark in the future? you can outline some short & interesting scenarios for me?
boldninja
In the future? More like now - you can build app that utilitizes Ark blockchain. How someone uses it is up to them - example : mobile gaming (payment method or using ARK tokens in-game to purchase from game shop), enterprise level stuff, verifications on blockchain, ... basically now its more in developers hands on how they want to implement and use it. fix developed easy to use Java lite client to work with ark blockchain so you just need to incorporate this in the app that you want blockchain used in.
dafty
a good example is that tipbot (written in Java) currently has to make an OS call to start up Python, run some Arky scripts, and then capture the output via a status code and returning JSON in order to check a balance, send a transaction, or whatever else it does. (edited) Javark means I can create transactions directly within tipbot within the same process, and no longer have to install Python or Arky on any of its nodes (edited)
dr10
so basically not the ark developers create all this new scenarios, but they give the language and power to all who want to embed a cryptocurrency in whatever system they have?
dafty
exactly it provides another way of interacting within the Ark network
dr10
and there is no other crypto that can do that? by now ark was the first as i read
boldninja
first DPoS blockchain ethereum or bitcoin also has Java libraries
dr10
okay
dafty
Python and Java are probably the two most important, most IoT devices run one or the other
boldninja
the advantage that ark has is speed - who will wait 10 minutes for confirmation of bitcoin to I don't know unlock some file or door?
dr10
exactly thats why i bought in xD speed is so important (.)\* Regarding Delegates and the Voting System. What could Delegates do bad or wrong that somebody unvotes them? And what doey need to be good at to get votes? i know its about forging coins, but isnt it just a program running? i dont know much about nodes yet.
jarunik
Install wrong fork.... Majority of delegates decides on the protocol of the network
dr10
so if he does some bad coding/programming which does harm to the network?
jarunik
Lets say someone codes ark unlimited
dr10
yes
jarunik
Delegate will decide for ark or ark unlimited Majority will win....
dr10
so its 51 delegates (like in a congress) who are voted by the ark users and these decide for the paths ark will go through... if its a fork or some new applications being embedded etc?
jarunik
Yes
dr10
i get that. but i dont know why i should unvote somebody for example. i dont know any delegate personally
jarunik
To vote someone else
dr10
yeah but why? why should i care? i dont know them
jarunik
If a decision comes up delegates will take sides
dr10
i dont know what they stand for
jarunik
You will vote for one to represent you Currently not much conflict and politics yet
dr10
for example i only know cryptolanka, because i watch his videos, but i dont know any other delegate. so i dont know what they have on their agenda. how can i get information about that? ok i see so later i will know them by twitter, youtube etc and know their opinions
jarunik
Delegate proposal in the forum
dr10
have to check that out
jarunik
Has current positions. Mostly how to use profit for now
dr10
can normal people make suggestions? Scenario: Ark Fee is 0.1 ARK. If Ark is worth 100$ it is 10$ Fee... People think its too much, they create a movement or something to change this.... or are only delegates able to bring in ideas?
boldninja
one of the features for future is dynamic fee structure so that will be possible :slightly_smiling_face:
dr10
yeah lets pretend there would be no dynamic fee structure... just focussing on the aspect of making proposals which direction ark should shift could I make this proposal? or only one of the 51 delegates?
boldninja
you can make proposals :slightly_smiling_face: - there is a section on github for AIPs https://github.com/ArkEcosystem/AIPs GitHub ArkEcosystem/AIPs AIPs - :mortar_board: Ark Improvement Proposals
dr10
thanks! :slightly_smiling_face:
boldninja
but yeah first step would be to reduce fee if dynamic fee structure wouldn't be implemented yet and if ark would be of such value no one would pay 10$ for fees anyway so it would need to be changed much prior to that
dr10
In bitcoin, litecoin, etc. the biggest miners are those who decide, right? like mining companies etc
boldninja
yeah
dafty
I think dynamic fees should be looked at fairly early on, force it in an update before the delegates really get established
boldninja
I agree
dafty
should be introduced in this year imo
dafty
if Ark does take off, delegates will be unlikely to want to update if it means they'll get less fees only way out would be a hard fork, which would be fine long term
boldninja
dafty
you'll update c'mon ?
dr10
I dont know much about this political systems, but it feels to me, that there is a natural danger - like with politicians - that some people get too powerful and they campaign for themselves, but they devide totally different. is there a danger like this? or what kind of things prevent this?
dr10
like if we have hillary clinton as one of the delegates or whoever xD
dr10
you still need majority consensus so 1-2 bad actors won't change much when we talking about 20+ that would be something
jarunik
problem currently are all the self funded delegates :wink:
dr10
why is this a problem?
jarunik
they don't need votes
dr10
because they have the most coins?
jarunik
they have enough coin to sponsor a seat for themselves economics says they will act in their own intereste
dafty
they are heavily staked in the project, so it's likely they'll go way of general concencus. but, we haven't really seen a split in dpos so far to know what would happen
jarunik
but that might not be in the interest of smaller bag holders
boldninja
I have
dafty
's address we can send someone to update if he won't comply :trollbounce:
jarunik
hehe :slightly_smiling_face:
jarunik
like for example the none forging delegates can't be unvoted i know it does not really hurt currently :slightly_smiling_face:
dafty
brb, need to start my 4 minute walking commute from work :ermygerd: :trollbounce:
dr10
ok i see if there will be a whole new "proof of whatever" system, can people vote to go another route, with a fork or within this current fork? is this even possible? lets say there is "proof of artificial intelligence" XD like changing from a democracy into a technocracy or whatever
jarunik
if majority would vote for that then ark could switch yes
dr10
ok
jarunik
delegate basically downloads the node code and runs it by doing so he chooses which code to run if majority chooses some code ... this codes rules are valid that's at least how I understood it
dr10
if there is a delegate who runs a different code just because he wants to, people just unvote him and so he has no power anymore?
boldninja
if he runs different code he won't forge if he is active
jarunik
he can't make blocks valid
boldninja
he needs consensus enough delegates with same code
dafty
it can be seen with pow & bitcoin right now. 30% running unlimited nodes, 30% running segwit. fortunately, they have agreed to play nicely with bitcoin core until a fixed concencus is reached, in which case either version will start pumping out blocks that are invalid with the other version
jarunik
so one alone does not do any harm If we talk about nodes anyway how do you make sure to not muss forging like some do? do you know when your time for forging is?
boldninja
run ark node on dependable server
dafty
monitoring scripts, auto-failover
boldninja
sending
dafty
coins also helps to better forge
dafty
:this: ddos mitigation
dr10
those who are no delegates can't stake their coins? as i understood only the delegates stake it?
boldninja
you "stake" it by voting for profit sharing pool / delegate anyone can "stake"
dr10
yes thats what i read, but can I see where I stake how much? how much I earn? for example in the POSW online wallet, you see how much you stake every few minutes/hours its easy to read pivx hasnt that feature, i needed to ask the developers
jarunik
you "stake" all ark of a wallet with one vote but it is not really "staked"
dr10
and how much do i earn? where can i see that?
jarunik
you earn nothing at all all goes to delegate delegate decides what to do with it the profit sharing once will pay out a part of it !calculate slackbot Custom Response https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FGo3FkC3uSWXGHatPQyny2brMWjAIJsHFCR-Lhkl_m0/edit#gid=0
jarunik
it is basically mutual agreement between you and the delegate you vote dependable server and failover .... is there a guide how to set it up? I guess I would need 2 VPS and some CRON job or something ... or how do you do it?
dr10
so basically i could keep 1 ark in my wallet to vote and the rest on an exchange? i still voted and thats all i can do, right? sorry for these stupid questions, i just want to go through different scenarios
jarunik
then you only vote with 1 ark
dr10
ok
jarunik
ark has to be in the wallet you vote with you only vote for one delegate with the entire ark of that wallet ark on exchange does not vote (as exchanges do not vote (currently))
dr10
ok, so if you have 5000 ark, i have 3000 and
boldninja
has 10.000 but only 1000 in his wallet and we all vote one person, that means 9000 ark will be staked for this one delegate?
jarunik
sorry ... dinner ... can help explain more I found out so far later if you want
dr10
sure, np
boldninja
that is correct and biggest share would go to
jarunik
in this case
dr10
you mean his vote weighs more than ours, right?
boldninja
more ark you have more voting power you have
dr10
ok
boldninja
yes cause he is voting with 5k you with 3k and I with 1k
dr10
but he doesnt earn, like people do with pivx or other coins i see
boldninja
nope delegate pays out according to his proposals and you choose which is best suit for you
dr10
someone who wants to be a delegate needs to lock in more than the 51st delegate, right? can he unlock at any time and sell all his coins or is it locked for a certain amount of time
dafty
Note that DPoS doesn't actually involve pools. It's a delegate's decision to profit share or not and sort out payout. Ark has fewer delegates, so there's more incentive required to vote for a delegate (plus 1 ARK=1 Vote). Take a look at Lisk, same concept, but only 3(?) pools at 98 solo delegates.
dr10
If i need to format my PC and reinstall ark wallet, how do I get back into my account? Do I need to save the adress too? or is the passphrase my account at the same time? when I click on import account it says to write in the passphrase, I dont need anythin else?
dafty
yeah it's a brain wallet passphrase produces your public address
dr10
okay
dafty
so long as you have the passphrase, you can access the account from anywhere (edited)
dr10
good Inside the wallet, what is the Register: Offchain good for? I can create folders there. What could I use this for? cannabanana have no idea
boldninja
you can better organize your account - but its local not on blockchain
dr10
watch only adress... to see what the remaining ark on my bittrex account are doing? or what could it be used for
boldninja
adding any address you want to have look out for bittrex hot wallet, your friends account, ...
dafty
ex gf
boldninja
:joy:
dafty
she what shops she's spending your ark on
jarunik
Second passphrase. If you create one when do u enter which one?
dr10
lol
dafty
I set one as soon as I make a test deposit test deposit > second passphrase > the amount I want to send
jarunik
I did not get it. Restoring wallet, sending ark When do u need which passphrase
dafty
when you send out or vote, it'll ask you for your first passphrase, then second
jarunik
Ah both
dafty
second passphrase is produced from first passphrase, I think can't remember
jarunik
So it is just a stonger key and nothing more? Or does it have other benefits?
dafty
it can be used for 2 key multisig, but for most cases it's just more security person A owns one passphrase, person B owns the second, neither can send out unless both provide their keys
dr10
Smartbridge needs to be implemented into other blockchains via a small code right? How could you realize that? Just asking developers to change their code? How can you involve bigger currencies into ark ecosystem, why should they care? :slightly_smiling_face: 4 replies Last reply about 21 hours ago View thread
jarunik
You could do it through some smart contract in ethereum most likely new currencies forked from ark will somewhen have it integrated directly (once it is in Ark code) we will most likely test it with some sidechain or friendly smaller chain first somewhen
dr10
how would you link together with NEM, Bitcoin, PIVX, Ripple?
jarunik
well then if it grows maybe some others get interested
dr10
you will contact the developers and ask them? I am not in the core team :smile:
dr10
:smile:
jarunik
you can join in developement of ark on github anyway
dr10
okay
jarunik
i think you might even get bounties if you do it will be more developement of "community features" I guess but we will see on what we will vote and what idea everyone has whatever helps the ark ecosystem
dr10
sure if a dev is here i will ask him again about linking to other blockchains thanks xD
jarunik
your welcome
dr10
An ARK gaming platform release. Codename: A... (Q2-Q3 2017) what kind of gaming platform? like valve's steam? Live same streaming, personality broadcasting platform (Q3-Q4 2017) (youtube/twitch?)
jarunik
where did you get that from?
dr10
whitepaper in this section: A​pollo​ - P2P Card Network Q2-Q4 2017 it says if there is at least 10.000 BTC raised during ARK-TEC (it wasnt i think?)... so probably it will take longer time... but what are these things?
jarunik
i think the roadmap on ark.io is more updated ....
dr10
steam, youtube, twitch? ok
jarunik
but not sure
dr10
what is NFC?
boldninja
Near Field Communication https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_field_communication Wikipedia Near field communication Near-field communication (NFC) is a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices, one of which is usually a portable device such as a smartphone, to establish communication by bringing them within 4 cm (1.6 in) of each other. NFC devices are used in contactless payment systems, similar to those used in credit cards and electronic ticket smartcards and allow mobile payment to replace/supplement these systems. NFC is used for social networking, for sharing contacts, photos, videos Show more… (Not automatically expanded because 8531x5344 is too large to display inline.)
dr10
like bluetooth for payment?
boldninja
yeah similiar remember that a lot of stuff in whitepaper was if we would reach higher funding goals than we did
dr10
yeah i heard that
boldninja
so a lot of this use cases will be postponed we are focusing on core first
dr10
the road map on ark.io is the most accurate roadmap now, right? the whitepaper is more like a very longtime vision
boldninja
we are not funded like some of those latest ICOs raising 10m+
dr10
i know
boldninja
yes most accurate on is on ark.io what we'll work on in the next 3-4 months
dr10
ok
dr10
InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) - you are CURRENTLY working on a decentralized dropbox, decentralized Twitch Streaming, decentralized Data Hosting? is that correct? and this is to be finished 2017 approx.?
boldninja
IPFS yes (which is kind of decentralized hosting) we are not working on Twitch that will require bigger funding at least not yet
dr10
okay so for now only decentralized dropbox... comparable to the concept of storjcoin i guess i didnt know ark has such huge ambitions. it will be a hard way, but i like huge ambitions. as soon as the first important features are realized this project will boom ----- Today May 4th, 2017 -----
dr10
I have a question regarding Proof of Work / Bitcoin (I know its not what this forum is about). Maybe somebody can answer me. What happens when all coins are mined, why should miners continue their work to confirm transactions etc?!
boldninja
fees
dr10
i have read it won't be enough to pay off the computer power? or fees needs to rise?
boldninja
they make quite a nice chunk on fees as it is
dr10
okay well doesnt matter xD i guess my question-session will continue today which points of your roadmap (besides mainnet) are already done and where is the main focus (i see your roadmap @ ark.io, but i guess you dont work on all silmutanously)?
boldninja
Main focus is currently deployable testnets for startups we want to become hub for upcoming projects to start with Ark as base and build upon
dr10
like these new ethereum projects, but just for ark?
boldninja
yeah, but they'll have more "in the own hands" not relaying on ARK network, but still able to communicate to it with SmartBridge if ETH fails all assets fail as they are bound on ETH single point of failure
dr10
hm in which scenario could eth fail what couldnt happen to ark / ark startups? (edited)
boldninja
its hypothetical but if eth would present some kind of flaw in design all assets could be in danger ark startups will have their own blockchains with their own set of rules / delegates, ...
dr10
if eth changes something to their system, all others need to adapt, but @ ark they dont need to adapt because they still can communicate?
boldninja
projects are running directly on ETH blockchain via smart contracts - Augur, Iconomi, TokenCard, ... so if something were to happen or some flaw was unravelled in ETH it could jeoparzide all this projects with Ark you start with codebase and build your own things around it or modify
dr10
ok, i cant imagine what could go wrong to be honest. but i think i understand what you try to say
boldninja
well look at DAO and ETH split to ETC, ... whole crypto is still in experimental phase this is just the start like internet in the 90s
dr10
yes so this: Making ARK clone-able with push button deployment and linked to ARK’s Main Chain via SmartBridge. and this: Deployment of testnet clones for start-ups. is the foundation of the ark ecosystem? and there is the main focus as for now
boldninja
yes currently in development and first to be presented to the public for test along with mobile wallets / wallet redisign - this is currently being worked on and partnership outside Ark as well, but I cannot get more into details on that
dr10
sure and what is already done? Mainnet launch and what else? wallet
boldninja
Java , Python implementation which is huge if you are more into dev scene
dr10
yeah i read into the possibilities of that yesterday
boldninja
more to come as well - we want Ark to be universally avail in most promising dev langauges so you could get in with language you are most comfy working in
dr10
i want to make my videos in english first, but HQ and then I talk about it in german lets say I want to create an ingame shop for Skins. How would I proceed (for dummies / beginner developers). I connect to the github? stupid question xD but well there are no stupid ones
boldninja
if you'd want to utilize Ark for ingame shop you'd probably develop game in Java for mobile so you'd look over Javark and how you make calls to execute transcations, verify payments on blockchain, save data on blockchain, ...
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