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    Rebranding and project updates

    Dear X-CASH community, It has now been 4 months that we launched the X-CASH project and it has been an incredible adventure from many perspectives. A brief history We have received an overall good feedback from the community and I wanted to recall the 3 major positive comments that have been brought to us lately: - level of dedication of the team: we do work all day, 7 days a week on this project and I want to thank again all the team for this - transparency & self-investment: we are a no-ICO project with a significant initial investment made from ourselves - project potential and vision: we are addressing real-world issues with a blockchain technological answer To be consistent and fair, we must also recall what has been the major critics and suggestions that have been brought to us: - network technical issues in the early days: mostly due to potential threats from the Monero source code we inherited from and that we progressively solved - wallet bugs and synchronization issues: partially solved thanks to the deployment of a worldwide network of remote nodes. - lack of marketing and hype On this last point, I want to highlight that this has been partly intentional (and mentioned from the start) as we needed time to structure the deep vision and roadmap we have for this project. Through multiple iterations, discussions with the community, the writing of the whitepaper and several presentations, we have now come to the end of this process and we are both excited and thrilled to present you what will be the future of X-CASH. X-CASH rebranding to x-network X-CASH project becomes x-networkAs you have noticed, our goal has always been able to build a galaxy of products that interact and have a high level of synergies. To do this, we now need to put words on ideas and create a new line of 4 products that will fall under a global brand called x-network. In practice, this will translate in a global rebranding of x-cash.org while adding 4 other websites along the products releases in the next month. x-cash: a utility token to power the x-network (launched: July 30th, 2019) In this new configuration, we are keeping the initial goal of our cryptocurrency which is to be a mean of peer-to-peer payment and a utility token to create sidechains/blockchain. The roadmap for our cryptocurrency remains the same as we have already delivered the flexprivacy© feature that allows for transparency/privacy in the transfer at the discretion of the user’s choice. x-cash flexprivacy was released in November 2018The PoS switch, which is a similar challenge from a technical perspective as cryptonote does not initially incorporate it, is currently under development and we are targetting February for the release of the open alpha. We will be heavily counting on the community to assist us in the tests as this will be another innovation in the blockchain space. The PoS is very important for the project as this will be the ground base that will be later used for the creation of the sidechains protocol that will allow greater scalability in the x-cash network as well as the possibility for anyone to create their own blockchain according to specific features. x-bank: crypto assets storage, transfer, and exchange (to be launched in December 2018) The second product, x-bank, is a coherent path for us to follow from several perspectives. The first one is the need to onboard our users in a proper manner to facilitate the airdrop distribution. After many internal reflexions, we have decided to not carry extensive KYC to allow the users to receive the airdrop. Similarly to what has been done so far, we will ask for basic user information in order to allow the users to receive their shares of the 20-month airdrop program. Of course, in a global need and willingness to increase regulatory compliance, we will perform extensive KYC for the users requiring higher limits. The second is our desire to launch a cryptocurrency exchange within x-bank in the first months of 2019. In short, we aim at offering low exchange fees while using the liquidity to perform the cryptocurrency conversion of our payment solution at no additional costs. Therefore, this will lead to a win-win situation for both our community and the other products thanks to the various synergies it will create. We will provide additional details about the exchange in the next weeks but we can already emphasize that our goal is not to create the next Binance or HitBTC. This market is already very competitive and well addressed and we do not think creating an exchange with hundreds of assets would have any added value. Our goal is more to create an x-cash and main crypto-based exchange with a limited number of assets that respond to the highest standard of compliance and that operates in Europe. x-payment: crypto payments made easy and affordable (to be launched in December 2018) Our third product, x-payment, reuses the concepts we initially described in our whitepaper by tackling on the long-term two major problems that are currently not well addressed: - easiness of use and integration: users currently have to connect (remotely or not) to the blockchain to perform payments. This is not satisfactory for 90% of the current users and 99% of the remaining users in the potential growth market. We are tackling this issue by removing the technical part and offering the possibility to make crypto transfers/payments similar to traditional bank transfers - fees: currently a crypto to fiat (and even to crypto) conversion often involves more commission than traditional payment systems. Our goal is to create the infrastructure and network to progressively lower these fees down to the point where crypto (and eventually fiat) payments will cost a fraction of what they used to. As previously mentioned, the x-bank will play a major role in this friction reduction but the access to a wide liquidity of vanilla and derivatives products will be one of the key drivers as well This month, this will materialize in the release of x-payment communities which some of you have already tried during the open beta. The x-bank will also incorporate x-payment and you will be able to transfer x-cash (and soon other cryptocurrencies in a very similar way as you are making bank transfers). Finally, we will offer the possibility to other Discord communities to incorporate x-payment, allowing them to also generate revenues through the (very low) fees charged. The integration of x-payment in other communities will be the first of many steps that will lead to the wide adoption of x-cash and x-network in general. x-blockchain: blockchain made affordable, easy and efficient (to be launched in January 2019) Our last product is a logical conclusion to the pasts months of intense work and significant knowledge increase. We are now running 13 different blockchains on our servers with tokens deployed on most platforms. We have built a significant connection in the cryptocurrency space with dozens of exchanges, coin tracking sites, and other PR agencies. We have a real expertise in designing tokens to fit the legal requirements they are intended to meet and we can create public or private blockchain to answer the needs of corporates. We think our first x-blockchain product will be simple but disruptive. In brief, we will be launching in January a platform to create ERC20 tokens without coding skills in a matter of minutes from conception to deployment. Our key advantage will be again on the pricing side where this will start at 99€ (VAT excl.). We have already designed the templates of the contracts and fully automated the back end generation process. We are incredibly excited to launch this service as we firmly believe this will be a key part in our short-term development. Conclusion: 4 products, countless synergies To conclude, this rebranding is more about adding features to our ecosystem than following a new path. Despite the negative cryptocurrency market environment, we will stick (more or less) to the initial milestones we have set while adding new components in the network. Our capacity to deliver on time the innovative flexprivacy© feature is our best proof-of-commitment and proof-of-capacity to execute this project. Our key point is the synergies that these products will generate. The x-payment solution will have access to a wider and ‘free’ liquidity from the x-bank exchange allowing to further reduce down the costs. Our x-blockchain services are benefiting from the technical expertise and infrastructure gained from the other products and will also be a first live use case of the x-payment merchants’ gateway in January. The payments made on the back of x-payment communities will use the x-bank infrastructure allowing instant execution at no marginal costs. What is more interesting is that despite the significant reduction of margins, these businesses will still be profitable because of our low-cost structure. We have a feeling that these synergies will fulfill their full potential on the back of the x-cash development, keeping in sight the long-term goal of making the market capitalization grow to allow further investments and meet investors’ expectation. To conclude from a more philosophical and pragmatical perspective, our project is more than ever about accomplishing the long-held promise of costs and friction reduction thanks to blockchain technology. If you have the talent, creativity, skills, and risk-tolerance that such a journey requires, you are more than welcome to join us. Many thanks, Guilhem Rebranding and project updates was originally published in X-CASH on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. View the full article
  2. We have partnered up with MNTrend.com! Come check out our listing here: https://mntrend.com/en/currencies/XRN MNTrend.com was launched in September of 2018 and has around 3,400 monthly users. Because of it’s young age, MNTrend has yet to reach the monthly numbers of Masternodes.pro. However, we believe MNTrend.com shows great potential for long term growth and is an excellent platform to use. We welcome MNTrend.com into the Saronite family. I am going to cut this update short. On a side note, we are still in the process of being listed on Escodex.com – We are waiting on them to finish the back end development work. View the full article
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    This Week In TurtleCoin (Dec 3, 2018)

    We are 1 week away from our 1 year birthday party! I hope you’ve got your party hat on! Developer Community Updates Turtlecoin Identicon Generator — Having trouble recognizing your public TRTL address? Now you can convert your boring address into something more fun. Identicons let you quickly check that you are sending to the correct TRTL address since changing just a single letter will change the image. Will you be on Green Team, Red Team, or maybe the super rare Yellow Team? Find out by entering your address at https://turtlecoin.lol/wallet/check.html — mosu_forge TurtleCoin Wallet Generator RainBorgCore — This week I did some work on the RainBorgCore code to further make it usable by our community’s forks. I changed the code to allow reading a balance directly from a tip bot database if it’s hosted on the same server (so an endpoint needn’t be set up), fixed some timeout issues, reworked how the core logic works to hopefully minimize any CPU bottlenecks, and added additional configuration. On top of all that, I finally got around to doing a write-up on how she works and to hopefully provide some information on setting her up on your own server. See the readme/wiki on the GitHub repo. — Canti turtlecoin/RainBorgCore TurtleCoin.lol — I redesigned the node map for the homepage. It display active nodes (seen in within in last 10 minutes) on a map of the world and draws currently random connections between them. The script that grabs the nodes does provide coordinates of known peers for each peer, so actual connections can be drawn with most likely a few edits on the client side. I will leave this for someone else :) — fexra fexra/trtl-network-api TurtleWallet.lol — TurtleWallet got some graphical updates this week! The online web wallet now offers a night mode theme along with an one click graph conversion for TRTL base pairs (BTC/LTC/ETH). Observant turtles should further notice small graphical tweaks and enhancements that should improve the overall user experience. — fexra TurtleCoin Web Wallet | TurtleWallet trtl-cli-py — I implemented the all pools function! Run “pools all” for detailed stats on all pools! Check it out — Sajo8 turtlecoin/turtlecoin-cli-py TwitchTurtle — TwitchTurtle has a HUGE update! TRTL.TV is a fast new service that allows viewers to donate to an integrated address with their message and name. All you gotta do if you are a streamer is check the dashboard and share the link, or add your Twitch username (capitalization matters) to TRTL.TV/uSeRnAmE. Its live now! Start streaming, start donating, start twitchturtling! — Watter TwitchTurtle - Fast, Simple, Secure, Streamlabs Donations lite-blocks — Another update for another weekly roundup.. my exams are finished and I was like “let’s get this thing merged before the anniversary.. “took some valuable suggestions from iburnmycd and zpalmtree, implemented the feature as requested (99%).. hoping the testnet will be deployed soon to check whether it’s working as expected or not.. Changes in implementation: Instead of requesting a lite block with missing transactions.. we just request the transactions from the sender.. — Rashedmyt Lite blocks by rashedmyt · Pull Request #623 · turtlecoin/turtlecoin Community Advertisements 10,000 TRTL — Kill your past lives — SHMUP I made on Steam — buy a key for 10k TRTL! @quantumpotato in discord. Quantum Pilot on Steam Fork Watch! Name of your TRTL fork: NibbleClassic Github link for your code: Sudosups/NBX What is special or new about your network?: Everyone loves a nibble! Shoutouts & Thanks rogerrobers — Shoutout to jerme404 and dsanon and khem boi da trtl! rock — shoutout to IBMCD for kicking ass on a daily basis. I learn a lot from you. Lingkarcakra — TURTLE POWER INDONESIA rock — shoutout to jerme, doge4, khem, granpa, beary, japakar, roger, mufalito for always leaving me treats under my pillow :D Mufalito — Thanks to roger and xaz for being here day by day in our projects, youre so nice guys, you roger are a good community promoter and you xaz you’re a smart ass guy ❤ . thanks to rock for creating turtlecoin and open the gates of a nice community where i’ve meet FRENS. Special thanks to dsanon and jermy for creating the monkeytips web wallet. aWxvdmVteWZpdGxhZHM= d2VtaXNzeW91dW5jbGVjcmFwcHk= rock — thanks to campurro for keeping his word and open sourcing his merge mining code rock — holler at folks right now with the upper hand mining. Your days are up. I hope your fpga can mine aeon. Originally published at TurtleCoin. View the full article
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    This Week In TurtleCoin (Dec 3, 2018)

    We are 1 week away from our 1 year birthday party! I hope you’ve got your party hat on! Developer Community Updates Turtlecoin Identicon Generator — Having trouble recognizing your public TRTL address? Now you can convert your boring address into something more fun. Identicons let you quickly check that you are sending to the correct TRTL address since changing just a single letter will change the image. Will you be on Green Team, Red Team, or maybe the super rare Yellow Team? Find out by entering your address at https://turtlecoin.lol/wallet/check.html — mosu_forge TurtleCoin Wallet Generator RainBorgCore — This week I did some work on the RainBorgCore code to further make it usable by our community’s forks. I changed the code to allow reading a balance directly from a tip bot database if it’s hosted on the same server (so an endpoint needn’t be set up), fixed some timeout issues, reworked how the core logic works to hopefully minimize any CPU bottlenecks, and added additional configuration. On top of all that, I finally got around to doing a write-up on how she works and to hopefully provide some information on setting her up on your own server. See the readme/wiki on the GitHub repo. — Canti turtlecoin/RainBorgCore TurtleCoin.lol — I redesigned the node map for the homepage. It display active nodes (seen in within in last 10 minutes) on a map of the world and draws currently random connections between them. The script that grabs the nodes does provide coordinates of known peers for each peer, so actual connections can be drawn with most likely a few edits on the client side. I will leave this for someone else :) — fexra fexra/trtl-network-api TurtleWallet.lol — TurtleWallet got some graphical updates this week! The online web wallet now offers a night mode theme along with an one click graph conversion for TRTL base pairs (BTC/LTC/ETH). Observant turtles should further notice small graphical tweaks and enhancements that should improve the overall user experience. — fexra TurtleCoin Web Wallet | TurtleWallet trtl-cli-py — I implemented the all pools function! Run “pools all” for detailed stats on all pools! Check it out — Sajo8 turtlecoin/turtlecoin-cli-py TwitchTurtle — TwitchTurtle has a HUGE update! TRTL.TV is a fast new service that allows viewers to donate to an integrated address with their message and name. All you gotta do if you are a streamer is check the dashboard and share the link, or add your Twitch username (capitalization matters) to TRTL.TV/uSeRnAmE. Its live now! Start streaming, start donating, start twitchturtling! — Watter TwitchTurtle - Fast, Simple, Secure, Streamlabs Donations lite-blocks — Another update for another weekly roundup.. my exams are finished and I was like “let’s get this thing merged before the anniversary.. “took some valuable suggestions from iburnmycd and zpalmtree, implemented the feature as requested (99%).. hoping the testnet will be deployed soon to check whether it’s working as expected or not.. Changes in implementation: Instead of requesting a lite block with missing transactions.. we just request the transactions from the sender.. — Rashedmyt Lite blocks by rashedmyt · Pull Request #623 · turtlecoin/turtlecoin Community Advertisements 10,000 TRTL — Kill your past lives — SHMUP I made on Steam — buy a key for 10k TRTL! @quantumpotato in discord. Quantum Pilot on Steam Fork Watch! Name of your TRTL fork: NibbleClassic Github link for your code: Sudosups/NBX What is special or new about your network?: Everyone loves a nibble! Shoutouts & Thanks rogerrobers — Shoutout to jerme404 and dsanon and khem boi da trtl! rock — shoutout to IBMCD for kicking ass on a daily basis. I learn a lot from you. Lingkarcakra — TURTLE POWER INDONESIA rock — shoutout to jerme, doge4, khem, granpa, beary, japakar, roger, mufalito for always leaving me treats under my pillow :D Mufalito — Thanks to roger and xaz for being here day by day in our projects, youre so nice guys, you roger are a good community promoter and you xaz you’re a smart ass guy ❤ . thanks to rock for creating turtlecoin and open the gates of a nice community where i’ve meet FRENS. Special thanks to dsanon and jermy for creating the monkeytips web wallet. aWxvdmVteWZpdGxhZHM= d2VtaXNzeW91dW5jbGVjcmFwcHk= rock — thanks to campurro for keeping his word and open sourcing his merge mining code rock — holler at folks right now with the upper hand mining. Your days are up. I hope your fpga can mine aeon. Originally published at TurtleCoin. View the full article
  5. Hi everyone, this is our brief weekly update on GRAFT development activities. Last week, the core team was working on client release 1.13.2, RTA alpha bug fixing, and design of RTA protocol improvements. We are going to release those designs first in a form of RFC (request for comments) so the entire community could review and approve the ideas and make the design even more solid. While the core dev team is focused on RTA, the client applications team is working on online (ecommerce) payment module and ETH pay-in broker. Although we have already implemented Bitcoin pay-in broker, Ethereum blockchain is very different from Bitcoin, which requires a different design of the exchange broker transaction flow. Unlike Bitcoin, Ethereum does not support multiple wallet addresses, and, unlike GRAFT, it does not support “built-in” payment IDs, so the broker must use a pool of wallets to accept multiple payments simultaneously. The goal is to enable , GRAFT pay-in broker support for most typical blockchain schemes, so adding a new crypto asset to the list of supported payment types will become a seamless task. Finally, we’ve also been working on forward thinking wallet redesign with lots of (what we think are) super cool integrated features – we’ll be sharing that with you shortly. Happy GRAFTing! The post GRAFT Weekly Development Status Update December 3rd, 2018 appeared first on Graft Blockchain. View Original Post
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    Image Management

    Increasing Brand Awareness During the past few months, our development team has been discussing recent occurrences regarding our project at various conferences. On October 6th, one of our core developers and advisors, Lukas Macura, visited the Zabbix Summit in Riga Latvia and discussed the Zabbix monitoring service. Valiant, our lead developer, also appeared in an interview with the YouTube channel The CryptoClass, and talked about how Zabbix helped us to identify the recent attack that occurred on our blockchain and the aftermath of the attack. Another one of our core developers, Michael Iedema, spoke about Lethean at the Bilbao Tech Week on November 19th. He covered details regarding our blockchain, our product, and why VPNs in general are important in this day and age. You can find a video of each team member’s presentation in the labeled links below. Lukas at Zabbix Summit Valiant on The CryptoClass Michael at Bilbao Tech Week Marketing Lethean has been added to Delta Direct As of November 27th, Lethean is now on Delta Direct! Delta Direct is a tracking app for cryptocurrencies that is available on most major technology platforms. Delta Direct allows you to create portfolios, sync data across your devices, watch price movements, and even keep up to date with the latest news from any currencies you so choose. The program even offers direct integration with coin teams and has such features as news aggregation and push notifications, allowing you to be that much closer to the news you care about. We are very excited that Lethean has been added to this versatile platform, and we hope our community finds it a useful tool to add to their collection. Alex at Beyond Blocks Summit On the 26th and 27th of November, our Chief Marketing Officer, Alex, visited the Beyond Blocks Summit in Bangkok. The Beyond Blocks Summit is a two-day long event with highly respected and quality speakers, as well as panel discussions on various topics. Alex had lots of interesting conversations there with various local and foreign investors, as well as other project owners and blockchain enthusiasts. A particularly interesting part of his trip was the talks he had with members of CoinGecko, who provided insights into their upcoming features. He was even able to personally thank members of CoinGecko for adding Lethean to CoinGecko Beam. He is not finished with the summit work yet, however; now it’s time for him to follow up with the contacts worth having further discussion with, and eventually develop new relationships! Alex meeting up with the Founder & CEO of TomoChain. Articles about Lethean The Hunters Group Article Recently, Lethean was featured in an article written by The Hunters Group. The Hunters Group is an organization that looks for promising cryptocurrency projects and writes articles about the projects that they find. One of the newer article creators in this group, @Nakameowdough, polled their Twitter followers to vote on projects that they most wanted to see an article written about. Lethean was recently included in this vote, and we were in the top two of projects being considered for an article. As a result, The Hunters Group eventually published an article on November 18th regarding our project to their site. The article analyzes our project, and provides readers with an idea of what our project is about and what its use cases are. The article can be found at this link. Matt’s article Our Chief Strategy Officer, Matt, has written an article relating to government censorship, and how VPNs are the key to unlocking the internet. This article also briefly covers Lethean, and its contribution to the fight for an online experience whose main quality is liberty. It’s a great read for those interested in the topic in general. You can read the article over at Medium by following this link. Socials On November 27th, our Twitter account was suspended. After some investigation, we discovered that the suspension was caused because Twitter believed that we were exhibiting automated behavior and that as a result, we had violated the terms of service. As we manage the account manually, we therefore strongly believed that the terms of service had not been violated in any way. We quickly contacted Twitter support and asked them to re-open our account as soon as possible. As of November 30th, Twitter apologized for the inconvenience, and reinstated our account’s status. The page is now back up and available for viewing as usual. As usual, you can connect with Lethean via any of the social networks below. Facebook Twitter Discord Telegram (community) Telegram (announcements) Reddit Bitcointalk YouTube LinkedIn GitHub View the full article
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    November Month End Review

    Over the past month the Saronite team has made some very progressive steps forward. Listing on MasterNodes.pro Whitepaper Release + update to rev1.1 Complete website overhaul. “Black Falcon” update completed! New Proof of work + Difficulty Algorithm Fork. Added 1 new developer to the Saronite project. Teamspeak server launched for the community. Additional knowledge base articles: Creating a cronjob, Fixing bind address already in use, + updating / cleaning of old articles. Reworked Saronite announcement thread. Further website optimizations – previous average load time 7.2 seconds, new average load time 1.7 seconds. New Roadmap section added to website. New Dev. Twitter Profiles @CloudXRN & @FridgeXRN Come Follow us! Saronite Traffic Stats Past 30 Days – Users: 1,719 Sessions: 3,123 Page Views: 12,191 As the Saronite project continues to grow we have many objectives. Here are some things that are currently in the works behind the scenes: Listing on a second exchange https://www.escodex.com/ (Application has been submitted!) New PHP Developer joining the team who will solely work on development of Sarowrite. Sarowrite + Saropay. New Forum section added to website (soft launch) https://saronite.io/forum Getting listed on CoinMarketCap Saronite Blockchain Explorer complete rework / redesign New Discord bots (Node Down Alert Bot + Others) New “Exchange Listing Progress” bar. Marketing outreach / guerilla PR Back end code changes as usual. View the full article
  8. We have officially mined block 1 Million! We threw a hell of a party, rained oodles of TRTL to happy party goers, and had plenty of pepperoni stuffed crust to whether the storm! In this issue we tell you about the work that went in to making this week one of our most productive yet! 30 seconds * 1,000,000 blocks = 1 Awesome year! We are so happy to share this experience with you!Block 1,000,000! — A year ago if you’d asked us if we knew that the network would ever survive to see a million blocks, there’d be times where we’d have said that you’re crazy- but since then we’ve been lucky to meet over 16,000 new friends, gained 75 developers and welcomed 45 more contributors, with a large range of service providers and early adopters. To say that we are impressed and amazed would be an understatement, and if we said we haven’t had critics along the way would be a lie- but the redeeming fact about our project is that most of them ended up loving us in the end, and that’s what matters. I’m looking forward to another year with you guys, and I’m thrilled to share this experience with you! Sincerely, RockSteady Some quick stats about TurtleCoin… In the past year we have processed 2,473,453 transactions, mined 29,618,767,601.47 TRTL at a current steady hashrate of 32MH/s. This amounts to 2.961885% of the total supply and a difficulty of 1,020,690,513. For an average block time of 30 seconds, we add about ~1,051,200 blocks to our chain every year, making us one of the fastest growing blockchains, with a network of 2,223 nodes. That’s 28.1268% more connectivity than our nearest sibling, Monero- with TRTL having a transaction time that’s 4x faster. While the chain is fast, our team is faster- we saw 75 community developers contribute to 88 code repositories, and pushing 1,174 commits into 446 pull requests. This year we watched our core software grow past 903,000 lines of code by itself. We’ve been busy, but we’re just getting started, and want you to join us. You don’t have to know anything but your name and maybe some karaoke skills. We still don’t care about price. Slow and steady, a Turtle always moves forward. Developer Community TRTL Services makes developing your own TurtleCoin App simple and point-and-click easy!TRTL Services — TRTL Services provides the infrastructure and the tools for developers to build on-chain apps in an easy, fun and fast way on the TRTL Network. TRTL Services does this by offering access to a role-based access control RESTful API backed by an off-chain cache of your wallet. TRTL Services comes with a variety of tools, including: a push notification system; wallet monitoring and alert service; a dashboard with oversight and statistics; and a bundle of libraries in varies languages to get started right away. — Fexra TRTL Services Has Launched TRTL Services | TRTL Services TurtlePay™ — Other than the overhauled block explorer, I’ve been hard at work building out modules to support Node.js/JS wallets. A lot of the ground work was already laid by other teams but there’s quite a bit of work to do here in refactoring code, documenting how it works, exposing public methods, etc. It’s quite a challenge; however, some of the most recent milestones are that I’m to the point where I can scan transactions and identify which outputs belong to a set of keys, create new key sets (addresses), decode integrated addresses, create integrated addresses, serialize transactions for the daemon, and a few small other things. I’m working on making sense of the ring signing that we currently use now to make sure that the code is well documented and makes sense for everyone. — IBurnMyCD TurtlePay™ TurtleEDU — The first class is complete, and Fexra is about done with the skinning of the site, and we’re still ready to launch our first Beta Semester on December 9th, our 1 year birthday! For those of you’ve who’ve typed *student in the TurtleCoin Discord chat to give yourself the "Student" role, you already have access to the relevant chatrooms where you can pass on information about bugs etc so we can make everything air tight for the next class. These rooms will be active on Dec 8th. The first class I made was to teach users how to be knowledgeable and proficient with the core suite. I aim for each class to take 15-30 minutes at most, and would like to "Gamify" it a little bit with unique badges for when you complete the class. After beta phase has completed, and we've fine tuned the processes with your advice, the next class will turn a knowledgeable TurtleCoin user into a junior TurtleCoin dev. Stay tuned and please consider contributing your time as a student in the first beta semester of TurtleEDU to help us put the best foot forward at the official public launch! Thanks :) - RockSteady TurtleCoin Graphical Daemon — A while back I had the idea to throw a Qt GUI on anything that’d let me, and I started on a graphical wrapper for our daemon that would allow regular Joe Blow to run a public daemon from their house and collect some extra TRTL. So I made some headway with it and got stuck, and luckily right around the same time, hurricane LabayLabay ran through and completed everything I wanted to do and more! Recently there’s been quite a big change merged in, all thanks to LabayLabay, and we need to testers to try it out. If you have comments or suggestions, please leave an issue in the repository I’ll link below. — RockSteady turtlecoin/turtlecoin-guinode-qt TRTL-CLI-py — I’ve almost finished the command for getting stats for all the pools! I got the thing working, it just doesn’t run well from the main file :( It’ll take some time to figure out, but should hopefully be ready by next week! — Sajo8 turtlecoin/turtlecoin-cli-py Mark Rufalo’s favorite and most recommended crypto faucet!Faucet Space — After our awesome success with the TurtleCoin hunter faucet, Mufalo, Roger, and I have decided to create faucets for forks of TurtleCoin such as MonkeyTips, CyprusCoin etc. Behold! A central location in which all of these coins have faucet links and relevant information, all bundled into a radical space themed website! — Xaz Faucet Space Fork Watch Celestial Cash — Soft Shell implementation that is starting to look abandoned . This is more of a Call out to the TRTL community. Celestial started off well with some promising work, then Dora the Explorer went on a walk about, with no communication or succession plan. I have logged a github issue around nodes losing sync as I really want to see AMITY and CELS kick ass and be implemented in TRTL. I have been a good turtle and created some workaround Watch dogs (shell and python3) using the API for smart restarting of the daemon (workaround for the sync issue with miners) and docker files to as to become a minor contributor. Although i would like to know whats going on as you were a superstar when around Gerry although this aint no small feat takes work and teams. Give us a DM if you want to discuss things, but my best advice is to provide some comms and take the pressure of yourself if you need to there is no rush. Anyone else speak to Dora/Gerry before they went silent? Hoping Gerry Mosha is working diligently on the White paper or relaxing and figuring out a plan. just after some communication if this is still going? Time is TRTLs. Also Discussion around what to do with this if it is abandoned, I can help with minor tasks and cut teeth on some C but maybe there should be a discussion of what to do in the the worst case scenario. Aside from that , Also working on my python skills which is good fun but hardly worth reporting on. Planning on writing up the turtlecoind python pip module for pip (2) just for the hell of build it out as a learning exercise and for the compatability with RHEL systems and such. Should have some good time to work solidly on Krang over Holiday season and try out some fun things. Also calling out a risk, i just bought FarCry 5 if anyone want a game, That is all. Have a great week everyone. — Slash-atello Celestial Cash Free Community Advertising Oiboo’s Game Emporium. Now open! A collection of games developed by you, the TRTL community. From Swanson Clicker to Flappy Turtle, there’s something for everyone! Get in contact if you want to be featured! Oiboo Oiboo's Game Emporium | Welcome @Rock asked for *short* pool ads. Come and mine in… Middle Earth. *drops mic* — funkypenguin NZ TurtleCoin Mining Pool [Funky Penguin] Pool located right in the middle of the US. We’re small, but feisty and heavily active. TRTL Mining Pool Blocks are still rollin’ in in over at the cryptonote.social TurtleCoin pool. What’s new is we’ve added a FAQ page to help you get the most out of our site, and also clearly explain the benefits of our different (and clearly superior!) payment scheme. Check it out and find out why you should be mining with us! cryptonote.social Shoutouts & Thanks Oiboo, great job with the arcade :D It’s something we’ve always wanted — Rock Watter- Thanks for your help with turtle twitch! Easy to set up and works flawlessly! ❤ — Oiboo Fexra — congrats on TRTL.services, love your work — Slash-atello @iburnmycd . The man, the machine, you are a crazy awesome Turtle. Turtle Pay is going to change the game… looking forward to promoting and using it in the near future — Slash-atello @RockSteady I’mmmmmmmm Pickkkkkkllllleeeeee Rockkkkkkkkkkkkkk. — Slash-atello Watter, I’m impressed with all of the streamer engagement you’ve been getting and look forward to what you add next! — Rock Fexra, I’m so proud of you and happy that I got to watch you make TRTL Services from day one. I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to set up enterprise services from watching you and IBMCD hacking away — Rock Shout out to xaz and mufalo! — Rogerrobers Thank you for not forking your algorithm. I need to finish paying off my asics — anon Congrats on 1MM blocks!!!! — dsanon Thanks to all the great turtles who helped make 1 million block party a blast! Even AFDI who was delayed, we looooove you! — Turtley McTurtleton IBMCD You’re kicking ass over there with TurtlePay progress, and I appreciate you keeping us all in the loop on your wizardry :D — Rock Shoutout to all awsome turtles…ARRRRRRRR — CaptainJac0 Zpalm I got the chance to try out Zedwallet++ and it was super smooth, nice work! — Rock Slash, I hope you get the time to give Celestial some love! You’d be perfect to see it through. — Rock Shoutout the FaucetHunter crew! It’s really taking off! — Rock Originally published at TurtleCoin. View the full article
  9. GRAFT Weekly Development Status Update November 26, 2018 Time to embrace and structure community code contributions We have made a tremendous progress over the last year – a stable mainnet, an alpha of the Full Supernode with real-time authorization, and a healthy lineup of components and applications meant to make the ecosystem work end-to-end and provide for adoption. The other great news is that GRAFT has grown to the point where some significant community contributions are starting to come in – some in form of bug and exploits reports, others in form of algorithm tweaking, others as suggestions for various types of improvements. While this is fantastic and a sign of a healthy open source project, it does pose a question of how to handle these contributions as, contrary to what it might seem like to a lay man, this is not a plug-and-play situation – these contributions need to be vetted, insured against overlaps, arbitrated in the case of conflicting suggestions, and finally tested extensively. The suggestions do take time to be processed and addressed and for a very busy team of core developers, it can be very time consuming. Over all, this required quite a bit of thinking and deliberation. As we’re deciding on the model to follow, it’s important to consider different open source development models and their pros and cons. A little background Linux kernel development model Open source projects are usually quite complex as they require coordinating efforts of many different parties, with wide variety of incentives. Because these folks are typically not compensated, they are free to pursue their own interests and beliefs. This typically leads to couple different models for the open source development. One such iconic model is Linux kernel. Despite the fact that Linux doesn’t have a single salaried core team of developers (other than Linus himself), for many years he acted as the project manager, coordinator, and central authority when it came to development decisions. Now contrast this with Bitcoin’s decentralized development model, where there’s no single maintainer and any disagreement in strategy leads to a split of the project: These splits not only waste time and energy that could be harnessed, but also create confusion in the market, as evidenced by recent market events. Settling on a Hybrid Development Model While we want to end up with a more of a decentralized development model, where the project takes a life of its own without the core devs being in the critical path, we realize that it will take time and efforts to build the community of developers and testers supporting the project. At this point most of external contributions are made by very few active contributors. To facilitate this process we decided to adopt a hybrid strategy, where the core devs control the direction of the project and carry on the bulk of the development, while the community can organize their submissions into a separate tree that will then get merged into the main tree. GRAFT Hybrid Community Development Model To support this approach, someone needs to actively arbitrate the community development. We thought the most appropriate choice would be Jason (@jagerman42) who has graciously agreed to be a maintainer of the community tree. We invite others to step up as well as coordinators/maintainers if they feel like they are up to the task. We’re also open for any suggestions regarding further optimization of the development model. We will also start publishing more of the design challenges and open issues for the dev community to be informed earlier of the core team’s thinking and to solicit community feedback earlier in the development process. We’re looking forward to moving towards this model and further evolving the community contribution practices as the project evolves. The post GRAFT Hybrid Community Development Model for 2019 appeared first on Graft Blockchain. View Original Post
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    Weekly update 21st of November

    Time for another major update! We have great news about the extension and some cool new BitTube tweaks. We’ve decided that from now on, we will publish our official updates earlier in the week instead of on Fridays. Follow us on Delta App To start things off, you can now follow all of our medium updates on Delta, a crypto portfolio tracker app. Get it on Android and iOS here. Live Support Desk Secondly, we’ve been focusing on improving our helpdesk workflow. For everyone’s convenience, we have added live support on BitTubeApp.com. Browse the knowledge base or get in touch with us directly by clicking the Live Support button at the bottom right of the page. Now you can leave us a message or chat with one of our support staff in real-time! With that out of the way, now for the big news: The BitTube AirTime extension beta is now public! Get it here. Don’t forget to leave a review! We would like to give big thanks to the beta testers that dug deep to share their feedback. This has helped us speed up the process of fixing bugs and making it available to the public. So without further ado, you can go and install the extension yourself and give it a try. Don’t forget to share the extension using your referral link under the Options menu, so both you and those who sign up will receive 5 TUBEs as a reward. As of version 1.0.0.6, referral links should now be working correctly. If you’re new to the extension, welcome! Let us give you a quick rundown of why this is such great news. The extension monetizes your internet usage everywhere using the AirTime monetization system. It enables you to actively monetize and donate to websites, retailers, publishers and social accounts. The extension integrates a donation button on all popular platforms. See also What is the BitTube browser extension? Extension features include: Rewards your time spent on the Internet. Donate to websites and social media accounts. Link your social accounts and domain. Integrated wallet to send and receive funds. Buy TUBE coins with a Debit/Credit card or PayPal. Integrated ad-blocker (uBlock Origin) Secured by 2-Factor Authentication. Earn TUBEs by sharing a personal referral link. AirTime is not active yet To avoid any confusion, please note that AirTime in the extension is not yet activated. In order to secure the system against bots and malicious usage, an AI is currently training itself to map normal user behavior. Once the system has sufficient data, we are ready to activate AirTime. But what is AirTime anyway, you say? Good question! In short, with AirTime monetization, the time you spend on web pages is directly monetized without ads. Visitors are not distracted by ads and publishers can focus on designing the best possible user experience without any interruptions that direct you away from their website or social page. Your time and attention are a limited resource. AirTime allows you to spend your undivided attention and monetizes both sides of the equation. It’s a mutually beneficial, ad-free, win-win solution. To learn everything about AirTime, start here. Getting started with the extension We’ve been working hard on our knowledge base for both the extension and the video platform, in order to get every new user up to speed. Learn how to create and verify your account and subsequently link your social accounts after you’ve installed the extension. The KB is a work in progress, if you’d like to point out improvements we’re open to your suggestions. Note: if you currently have the BitTube Redirector extension installed, it is recommended to disable it to avoid conflicts. Monetize your website with AirTime now! If you run a successful website, we have great news. Now you can benefit from AirTime and generate income without needing intrusive ads (that most of your visitors would block anyway!). Take advantage of clean web design and be an early adopter of the future of Internet monetization. Our AirTime system rewards the most valuable asset of your visitors, namely their time and attention they spend on your pages. After linking your domain to your BitTube extension account, you will be claiming the rewards from all traffic (past and present) by your visitors running the extension. What’s more, a permissioned, native AirTime module is in development that will allow your website to generate AirTime from the majority of your visitors who do not have the extension installed, enabling you to get rid of ads for good. To link your domain to your BitTube account, follow three easy steps here. Finally, remember that the extension is still very much in beta. All of your bug reports, feedback and suggestions will be highly appreciated! Android wallet app Additionally, we are excited to announce that our Android wallet app is ready and we’ve submitted the first version to the Google Play store. Get it here. Again, don’t forget to leave a review! The wallet app is based on Monerujo. Its focus is usability and security. Main features are creating unlimited wallet addresses to organize all of your transactions. The QR code functionality makes sending and receiving funds fast and secure due to the integrated payment ID in the transaction. This helps retailers offer easy purchasing without customers needing to add additional information. BitTube video platform improvements BitTube is a community based video platform. We are happy to receive all of your feedback, especially creative ideas in our Discord suggestions channel. For those of you with tens or hundreds of videos in the upload queue, you can now add massive tags. Just write your tags down separated by commas, copy them to the tags field below the description and hit Enter. Timestamps in comments and descriptions are now a thing. Clicking on “4:20”, for example, will jump the video to that time. Creators can feature a playlist or break down the topics covered. Further improvements include fixing the thumbnail aspect ratio on upload and other uploading backend optimizations. Lastly, with the help from the community, our moderation team has been acting diligently on NSFW and bot reports (see Discord moderator-log). Looking forward After the extension is officially out of beta, we will be able to refocus much more on the video platform. The short list includes specific AirTime improvements that will advocate organic usage, promoting original content (OC), various creator tools, UI improvements and much more. Thank you for reading this far. Have a great week! Your BitTube Team. Join our Newsletter! Success! Email SUBSCRIBE! Join our Newsletter! SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! Labels AirTime blockchain company mining Mobile app platform trading updates wallet The latest Weekly update 21st of November Weekly update 9th of November Weekly update 3rd of November Niffler.co Announces Listing Of TUBE As A Trading Pair Weekly update 26th of October The post Weekly update 21st of November appeared first on BitTube. View the full article
  11. Slava Gomzin, Co-Founder of GRAFT In the previous post we reviewed the similarities between GRAFT and plastic card networks. Now let’s review the differences. Difference #1 – Decentralization There is such a key property of GRAFT Network that fundamentally differentiates it from plastic cards. Unfortunately, not all buyers realize and appreciate this property immediately because it is not that obvious to the average consumer, especially in developed countries. And let’s be completely honest with ourselves here – not everyone cares about this property – it’s not until you find yourself in, not before your get into a situation that it suddenly becomes very important. I am talking about decentralization. The card processing consists of several elements represented by multiple corporations: payment networks (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, etc.), issuing and acquiring banks (such as Chase, Bank of America, etc.), and payment processors (such as First Data, Heartland, etc.). Each corporation has its rules and compliance to national governments, which means they can reject any merchant or buyer, anytime. They can put you out of business, make you “persona non grata” – without any reason, notice, or explanation, just because you don’t fit their requirements – by declining your credit card application, decreasing your credit limit, locking your funds, or cancelling your merchant account. Millions of people live behind the “invisible wall” built by those corporations and governments, without access to banking system, i.e. without ability to use credit/debit cards. Unlike plastic cards, GRAFT Network does not belong to anyone. GRAFT is more a protocol rather than a product due to its open source nature and peer-to-peer architecture. Therefore, the buyers and merchants cannot be either rejected or approved: they simply connect to the network (by downloading free apps) and start using it, no strings attached. But remember that unlike typical ”bare” cryptocurrencies, the features #1 – 4 from above are still there to satisfy both buyers and merchants standards on the same level as they are satisfied by payment card processors, only without centralization. Difference #2 – Privacy Another key difference is somewhat related to #1; however, it is completely separate feature, which is achieved by using special additional technical means rather then just solely based on the fact that GRAFT is independent from corporations and governments. What’s really similar to #1 is the fact that for some people this property may not been important at first glance – again, until you get into specific situation when it does become important. This property is absolute privacy provided by GRAFT Network to both buyer and merchant. Unlike plastic cards and most cryptocurrencies, GRAFT’s sender address, recipient address, transaction amount, and transaction fee amount are invisible to everyone except for the sender and recipient themselves. Although payment card networks do not expose the details of transaction to the public, this data is accessible by employees of multiple corporations, can be shared with governments, and can be stolen by hackers. Unlike plastic cards, no employees or hackers can access GRAFT transaction data which is encrypted forever – thanks to strong cryptography and underlying blockchain’s CryptoNote protocol. Difference #3 – Security Security is another thing that differentiate GRAFT Network from plastic cards. I spent years working on security of plastic cards payments . This technology was created in 1960s, and improved in 1990s by introducing EMV – “chip and pin” cards. But back then, even in 1990s, people were not very familiar with terms like “cybersecurity” or “hacker”, so the technology was not designed with security in mind. The result – a multi-million industry called “credit card fraud” that flourishes to this day. I am not saying cryptocurrencies don’t have security issues at all – everything related to computers and network has potential security issues. However, if you manage your wallets and keys properly, the security of GRAFT for both buyers and merchants is much stronger than plastic cards: no chargebacks, no lost or stolen cards with the primary account number embossed on the face of the card, and no hacked point of sale systems with millions and millions of payment card records stolen and sold on dark market. Difference #4 – Technology Let’s not forget about technology – payment cards use centralized networks, relational databases, and centrally managed customer and merchant accounts. GRAFT uses decentralized peer-to-peer network, distributed blockchain database, and random wallet addresses which are not linked to customer identities. GRAFT “inherits” all the positive features of traditional payment card processing networks while offering solutions to negative sides of centralized, insecure, olding technology. Give it a try! The post How GRAFT Is Similar To And At The Same Time Different From Visa And Other Payment Card Networks (Part 2) appeared first on Graft Blockchain. View Original Post
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    Black Falcon Update

    Black Falcon Update is here! Saronite successfully forked and now looking for at the road ahead. In this update we will discuss the following: Black Falcon Update Network Stability New exchange What’s next for Saronite The Black Falcon Update The Black Falcon update took place 16 hours ago, Saronite moved to a new hashing algorithm and started to make use of a new difficulty algorithm. This was mainly to get rid of Nicehash and also our older difficulty adjustment algorithm. Going forward, Saronite will always move away from Nicehash support in the case where the currently hashing algorithm will become Nicehash friendly. This may or may not happen in the future. Network Stability After forking to our latest changes, the network stabilized quite nicely and block times are now much more frequent like it is supposed to be. The main reason for this is that Nicehash has left our network and our new difficulty algorithm is more responsive. New Exchange We all knew that Saronite will need to get onto a new exchange eventually, we feel the time is right to do so. Our team are currently saving up to get listed on Escodex. We should reach our saving goal within the next 35 days. It might even be sooner depending on the price. The governance are being listed as sell orders currently, if you would like to contribute towards this goal, you can buy the governance at current market price directly and pay the Bitcoin into the exchange fund for Escodex. What’s next for Saronite In the next few weeks we will be working on the following Getting Saronite listed on a new exchange Adding Bulletproofs on the Saronite Blockchain (lower fees and smaller blockchain) and other developments Working on the SaroWrite platform(coming early 2019) Start working on SPCL (Saronite Protocol Communications Layer) That’s it for the the Black Falcon Update, until next time SaroKnights! View the full article
  13. How to fix error message “Bind address already in use” when starting server daemon. So, if you do not have a cronjob created, all you have to do is run the server daemon with these arguments: ./saronited --service-node --zmq-rpc-bind-port 34236 --p2p-bind-port 42158 --rpc-bind-port 32915 If you have a cronjob setup and are using the “Saroscript” you will have to update it to something like the below code. Saroscript should look something like this: #!/usr/bin/env bash set -eux -o pipefail [[ $(pgrep -fu $(whoami) 'saronited') ]] || screen -dmS saronited -- /media/md0/YOURUSERNAME/saronite-linux64-v1.2.0.0/saronited --service-node --zmq-rpc-bind-port 34236 --p2p-bind-port 42158 --rpc-bind-port 32915 You will have to adjust the direct path and your username obviously. That’s it, the cronjob stays the same, just the script needed updating to run with the new arguments. If you get an error saying the bind address is already in use, try changing the port numbers: 34236 42158 32915 to something random in range 1100 – 65535 range. If the error continues to occur, change the ports again until it works. View the full article
  14. Slava Gomzin, Co-Founder of GRAFT GRAFT Network is often compared to credit and debit card processing networks such as Visa, Mastercard, and other plastic payment brands. Most of the time such a comparison is focused solely on the differences while in fact GRAFT and payment card networks have some (good) things in common. In this post I will try to describe both similarities and differences. Let’s start with the good things that both GRAFT and plastic cards have in common. GRAFT “borrowed” many good features from payment cards, which have been tried and tested for over 50 years, and become a defacto standard for payments in that time. Similarity #1 – No cost to the user Traditionally in cryptocurrency, transaction fees are paid for by the buyer – a practice that goes against the grain of payment workflows in the global merchant space, where transaction fees get charged to the vendor. Just like with plastic cards, GRAFT Network does not charge the buyer a fee for processing a payment transaction. This difference might seem to be insignificant, but in reality it is one of the most important features which positions GRAFT on the right side of the user experience battle. After so many years of plastic card payments, where the buyer is not even aware of transaction fees paid by merchants, Bitcoin and other crypto started “forcing” consumers to pay “network” fees for each transaction including in-store purchases. This setup creates an inhibition to spending and is one of the reasons cryptocurrencies are still not widely supported by mainstream consumers as a payment method at checkout. In some cases, the fees reach an incredible amount, often making the purchase itself illogical. Would you buy a cup of coffee that costs $3 and pay another $1 (extra 33%) as a “network fee” if you can pay just $3 by credit or debit card? GRAFT resolves this problem by charging the merchant instead of the buyer, just like plastic cards do, leaving it to the merchant to price their goods and services accordingly Similarity #2 – Predictable transaction costs There is another, more serious problem with cryptocurrency transaction fees: inconsistency. Retail is a tough business with small margins, and it likes predictability. Retailers want to be able to know in advance what part of the revenue they take home and what part they pay to the payment processor. Payment card brands recognized this issue many years ago and resolved by setting very consistent rules. The fees may vary based on amount and type of transaction, but they always can be calculated in advance. The most important rule is that there is always a rule. For example, the processor can charge the merchant 3% + $0.20 for each transaction. If the merchant sells its product for a total of $10,000 today to 100 customers, they know they will pay $320 in transaction fees. Unlike payment cards, blockchain-based cryptocurrencies usually charge transaction fees based on the size of transaction record in kilobytes. It is impossible to predict the fee as the buyer’s wallet compiles the payment “on the fly” from a number of outputs of previous transactions which varies from wallet to wallet. If GRAFT only “flipped” the fees burden from buyers to merchants but kept the same common cryptocurrency approach to fee calculation, it wouldn’t work for merchants. So GRAFT made the fees predictable, dependant on transaction amount just like payment card brands. The authorization cost of a GRAFT Network transaction (paid to the supernodes supporting the network) is 0.5% of the transaction amount while the settlement (paid to the miners) is a fixed fee of 0.1 GRFT (more details about GRAFT fee structure can be found here). This helps bring predictability, and thus stability to the process, making accepting crypto payments more attractive to the merchants. Similarity #3 – Special transaction types. When we go deeper into the specifics of retail – especially the hospitality and gas station business – there are more exotic features of payment systems, and many people, including developers of other cryptocurrencies, have not developed around their existence, leaving big holes for cryptocurrency use in these areas. Most of us, however, are familiar with features such as pre-authorizations from our day to day life as consumers. Payment card brands developed these features because they were vital for many businesses to replace cash payments. Cryptocurrency designers, however, have underestimated the importance of brick-and-mortar business requirements because they focused mostly on online payments. When you swipe your card at gas station to fill your car’s gas tank, your card is not charged immediately, but instead it is preauthorized for a particular amount set by the merchant or its payment processor; for example, $50. Preauthorization (aka “pre-auth”) ensures that your account has enough money to pay for the gas, up to $50, but it does not charge your account. Technically, you still have the $50, but temporarily you cannot spend it because pre-auth decrements your spending limit. It’s done this way because the pump does not know in advance how much gas will enter your tank (and how much you will have to pay for it). Once you’re finished fueling, the pump sends the exact amount to the network and finalizes the transaction. This operation is called completion because it actually completes the transaction. Completion unlocks the funds previously locked by pre-auth and charges your account for the exact amount. So if you owe the pump $25 for the gas, it will cancel your $50 hold and debit your bank account balance by $25 (or increase your available credit in the case of a credit card). “Pre-auth”/”complete” mechanisms are also applicable in other big industries such as hospitality – when you check in to the hotel your card is pre-authorized for the approximated cost of your entire stay plus some additional amount for unexpected expenses. When you check out, your room your card is “completed” for the exact amount including your mini-bar charges. It sounds simple but there is a whole infrastructure behind the scenes supporting this. All existing cryptocurrencies lack “pre-auth/complete” functionality and therefore cannot be used as a method of payment at gas stations, hotels, and many other businesses. GRAFT fills this gap and provides a “pre-auth/complete” mechanism similar to plastic cards – thanks to the supernode infrastructure. Similarity #4 – Real Time Authorizations Finally, let’s talk about the most important feature provided by payment cards (this could very well have been listed at #1 but it’s important to emphasize the previous three as they are big challenges for the cryptocurrency paradigm that should not be overlooked). Payment cards work remarkably fast when it comes to authorization and preauthorization. Typically it takes a fraction of second (up to several seconds if their processor is slow) to get authorization or pre-authorization from Visa or most other card processing networks. It takes from several minutes to several hours to confirm payment with most cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin itself was designed for online transfers of funds where authorization time is not a critical factor. Bitcoin is more like a bank ACH transfer than a credit card payment. Most cryptocurrencies have followed Bitcoin’s design and inherited this “feature”. In the reality of brick-and-mortar stores, however, time is money, literally, as for these merchants more time spent on every payment means less customers (less revenue) and more cashiers (more expenses). GRAFT Network processes instant authorizations and preauthorizations using special technology called Real Time Authorizations (RTA) which is accomplished through GRAFT’s decentralized supernode topology. Therefore, payments processed through the GRAFT Network are suitable for brick-and-mortar merchants. This part is concluded now; in the next post, which will be published tomorrow, we will discuss key differences between GRAFT and plastic card networks. After all, there must be something fundamentally different in the way GRAFT processes payments, otherwise, why would anyone forget good old plastic card and rush to pay with crypto via GRAFT Network? The post How GRAFT Is Similar To And At The Same Time Different From Visa And Other Payment Card Networks (Part 1) appeared first on Graft Blockchain. View Original Post
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    This Week In TurtleCoin (Nov 19, 2018)

    Developer Updates Hunter Faucet — A new faucet has finally launched! Hunter Faucet is a TurtleCoin faucet with an extra twist to it! Referral links and special “Hunter Codes” are features of this faucet. Hunter Codes allow users to redeem more than the default amount of TRTL. Users can also create referral links so that they can refer other users to the hunter faucet for a small TRTL kickback. Happy hunting! — Xaz Hunter Faucet Vendible — Vendible’s vision is to be the solution for the future global economy by building an all-encompassing commerce ecosystem. We are completing an integrated eCommerce payment gateway which offers merchants access to traditional credit and debit payments alongside Bitcoin, PIVX, IoP, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Cardano, Monero, and Turtlecoin. Further developments will include a multi-currency wallet with brick-and-mortar POS functionality, a teller system for merchants which will facilitate exchange of digital assets, savings accounts, payroll and budgeting functionality, P2P payments, and more. We want to see adoption in communities which have cross-border ties as we see a tremendous opportunity for both merchants and users of the platform to transfer value. Vendible-to-Vendible transactions will not incur fees. We are led by founders and organization leaders from PIVX, IoP, Libertaria, and Sentinel and are creating a decentralized governance model where the people using the platform will decide the future of its development through a tokenized system which rewards use. — Memnon Discord - Free voice and text chat for gamers Vendible | Integrated payments platform New! TurtleCities Upgrades! — You can now double your storage from one floppy to a dual density floppy for a whopping total of 2.88mb of space on your TurtleCities account! The best compliment for so much room for activities is a Shell Account! That’s right, with the help of a Telnet session, you can connect to a remotely hosted linux shell account, just for you! Get one today! Now, currently offering BASH, FISH and ZSH! Note to those waiting on the list, I only check about once a week or two, so if you’re waiting for your account to be activated, ping me in the discord chat and I’ll usually be able to set you right up. — Rock (Chief Donut Officer, TurtleCities Intl.) TurtleCities™ TurtlePay™ Explorer — TurtlePay™ has been making moves with a completely rewritten explorer with a brand new caching mechanism that makes it super fast. To tell you the truth, I promised IBMCD I’d write something about it, but it’s about midnight and the bedtime beers are taking me, and I last second remembered the fact that I forgot to write this about two seconds before hitting submit. phew! — Rock TurtlePay™: Fun, Fast, & Easy Crypto Payments As some of you turtles may know, TurtleWallet is powered by TRTL.Services, which provides the backend logic and automation for creating addresses and processing payments and comes with an frontend API. The last month and a half I been extensively testing the platform with the help of TurtleWallet, which is currently the only active app build on top of this. In the coming days, I will publish a detailed article dedicated to TRTL.Services — with all its upcoming features and nifty tools, but for this article I will primarly focus on TurtleWallet. I’m very excited to report that since the launch date of TurtleWallet (39 days ago), we have had no major incidents or bugs to report. However, as you all know this does not mean that there was a lot of room for improvement! Hence, this week I will be upgrading TurtleWallet and TRTL.Service and wanted to share some screenshots. Statistics (39 days)  — 309 users  — 386 accounts  — 7,181 transactions  — 69,596,355.10 TRTL processed in payments  — 311,383.99 TRTL in collected service fees  — 1,357,557.81 TRTL in operation costs New Features + Fixes:  — Export sub-address keys support  — Activity details (modal overview)  — Graph bug fix + design improvement  — Accurate conversion to 12 decimals for in total of 50 cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies and assets.  — Recaptcha on login / register  — Rate limiter on transfers  — Account Oversight UI improvement  — Dependency + library upgrades (including client side)  — Improved transaction confirmation tracking Fexra TurtleCoin Web Wallet | TurtleWallet rainborg — I just wanted to give a brief update on RainBorg, as I know a few of you noticed she’s gone through some changes recently. Originally I was hosting her on a GCP server that I could no longer afford to run, so a member of our community stepped in to run her. Once they could no longer run her either, she went down for 2 weeks or so while looking for a new host. Thankfully Z stepped in and he now runs her! Beyond hosting, she’s also been getting some updates over time. A few weeks back she was updated to RainBorgCore (AKA RainBorg 2.0), which gives cross-platform support, and since then I’ve been slowly adding and changing things here and there to make her be more adaptable to our community’s forked coins that are starting to use the tip bot for their own coins. Once she’s fully ready for primetime, I’ll be ahead and do a small write-up on how to deploy her as well as tip bot for other coins. Also, while I’m here writing, here are her current top stats: Total TRTL Sent: 7,203,876.8 TRTL Total Tips Sent: 53,097 Average Tip: 135.67 TRTL Canti BrandonT42/RainBorgCore Traveling around Australia — We are currently traveling around Australia showing people on the road and around where ever we go Turtle Coin. Since embarking on this expedition we had had truck drivers call us on the radio and ask what is a Turtle Coin and it has also been a conversation starter in some caravan parks where people are curious what a Turtle Coin is, some people have been interested and some not so interested once they find out it’s crypto related. If you are in Australia and have seen the van gives us a shout on discord and let us know. Later on in our travels we plan to stop at a Turtle breeding beach and see if we can either leave a sticker with them and maybe donate some turtles to some turtles. — aneki lite-blocks — Last week I have detailed you guys what are lite-blocks and how do they work.. and here is the update in its development.. I have finished the necessary functions required to handle lite-blocks and request any missing transactions.. The only left-over thing is to add CLI-option to activate lite-blocks and logic to determine which peers support lite-blocks and which do not.. I hope with the help of iburnmycd, I can complete those things within no time..(bcoz he was responsible for the code which kicked unsupported nodes and also for the new CLI-options which will be in the next release) — rashedmyt rashedmyt/turtlecoin Shellnet is ready for forking! — The amazing Shellnet webwallet is now more forkable than ever. As it turns out, forking TurtleCoin gives you access to a ridiculous suite of complementary software and services. In fact, you can now get a very solid web wallet with very little effort! Check out my WIP forking guide for Shellnet! — jerme404 jerme404/shellnet-webwallet-go TRTL-CLI-py — I added support for cryptonote.social for the pool stats so it won’t crash anymore. Yay! I’ve also made progress on a command where you can grab detailed stats of all the pools at once, should come out in a few days — Sajo8 turtlecoin/TRTL-CLI-py Medium Article — I thought I would write my thoughts on the importance of TurtleCoin. — Alien A TurtleCoin Testimony Rewriting all the things! — Now that I finished rewriting the wallet backend, I decided to start rewriting turtle-service, to use the new backend. I found a nice HTTP server library, and stuff was going well, but I was hitting a segfault when closing a wallet and reopening a new one. Basically what was going on is the NodeRpcProxy takes a reference to some logger objects, and when we destroy the wallet instance, they go out of scope. Normally, the NodeRpcProxy would be destroyed as well, however, since the code is a bit dodgy, the shutdown() routine doesn’t really work. To get round this, instead of waiting for it to shutdown, I simply detached the thread, leaving it running in the background to shutdown in it’s own time. However, since it takes references to these loggers, which are now out of scope, it crashes when trying to write a message to them. I attempted a fix, but then I got an even weirder error which I couldn’t figure out how to fix. I said screw it, I’ll just rewrite the NodeRpcProxy then. I haven’t though of a name for it yet, so I’m calling it Nigel. It shouldn’t be too tricky to use, since I can use the same nice HTTP library I’m using, and a nice JSON library. Hopefully, then Valgrind (a memory checker) will help me find bugs — When you run it currently, the code has so many bugs it prints out a few hundred a second so you can’t find out what’s wrong :( Back to the API — This will hopefully be a lot nicer for developers to use than current turtle-service. For one, you’ll open/import wallets via the API. This has a massive bonus of you not having to parse log files to find out if the wallet opened successfully or not. Second, you’ll be able to swap nodes without having to close turtle-service. This will allow for richer experiences where the software can detect if your node appears to have gone offline, and can offer or automatically swap to another node. It’s also using a more REST-like API — Thanks to Iburnmycd for helping me with this. I’m using Swagger (http://editor.swagger.io/) for the documentation — nice find Fexra — Which along with generating a really nice UI, will also generate API wrappers in something like 40 different programming languages for you — super cool! — Zpalm turtlecoin/turtlecoin Community Advertising Get any SkillShare course in exchange of turtle coin. Any course (Including Premium Course) will be given in exchange of 7350 Turtle Coin. I am on discord server steve#7423 Looking for the basic links for Turtle? Look no further! (Plus some nodes!) Give Japakar’s site a looksie. Theres no naked ladies but there are links! — http://turtle.japakar.com TRTL Bounties 100k — Get TRTL listed on DELTA Direct. — MrSquiggle This had been completed already at the time of it being posted. (I’ll still claim it if the 100k is up for grabs however :D — rock) Shoutouts & Thanks Sajo8 — Shoutout to mose_forge for providing these dope turtlecoin swag!! https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/471023390954618883/513146088891482114/image0.jpg rogerrobers — Shout out to rynem for giving me a site — totalcarnage.turtacus.com is dedicated to the one and only Captain Ginyu greywolf — thanks to Catgirl and DiscoTim for hosting another great bingo party! there were over 50 turtles enjoying games of bingo and some slots payouts; with lots and lots of friendly chatter. anon — who farted? japakar — Everyone at Turtlecoin in Discord :) You guys are awesome! rock — shout to rashed, canti, fexra, ibmcd, and zpalm for their hard work this week on the core suites! rock — shoutouts to rogerrobers for being the first person to upgrade to a dual density floppy on his TurtleCities page! Originally published at TurtleCoin. View the full article
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