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READ THIS NOW: My life of SHOULD'VE, WOULD'VE, COULD'VE until I discovered Crypto.
Mostly all here are invested into Crypto. We all have our own reasons, methods, values of how we invest our money. One thing in common is we all have one main goal. That is to get as much money as possible out of this with the time, and money we can spare.
That's the dam truth##.
We are all here together, and since we are all here on our own will , I want to tell you why you should be proud to hold all your crypto. I'm 40 years old. At 18 after I graduated HS I had about $7800. $1400 from my graduation party, and $6400 selling my MTG collection on EBay. I also managed a small arcade for about $350 a week. Back to my MTG collection... I sold it because it changed. The designs on the new series looked too modern. The original designs were a work of art. Anyway, I seriously wanted to hold those magic cards but I kept telling myself... "I can get them back if I want. The price isn't going to move anytime soon. The market is in slight decline. Some of these have been the same price for 2 years now." I was right, the price of my two Lotus's stayed the same for 5 more years. Not budging . 12 years later after that , those same two cards value at over $60,000ea I believe. If I held untill a few years ago or now, I would've been able to do a quick sale at $400,000. Yes at a discount. The same goes for all the first edition garbage pail kids I had.
So, what did I do with all $7800##?
I told myself I want to invest it into Microsoft. But I talked myself out of it by saying "Some people told me the market was a risk, and I had to prepare myself to lose it all" So I didn't do it. I was close, but I didn't. I could've had OVER A MILLION! I instead used that money for a school. Business computer programming. It was a waste because 90% of what they taught me came natural. I was doing basic programming at 13 for fun. I regret not going with my initial FOMO on Microsoft , I regret listening to my own FUD with the MTG cards. 7 years later, I repeated the same mistake... I had about $15,000 in the bank. I wanted to invest $10,000 in apple after I read about the release of the iphone. Instead opted to do 5k over FUD I read. It was FUD about the risk since they never made phones, and alot of people were ridiculing their idea. Then I said to myself... "Fuck that, I don't want to do this. I could do so much more with this 5k" I instead used the 15k turbocharge my transam, add a racing transmission, tires, rims, new stero system, and I took a 2 week vacation ...GONE! I got what I wanted. Got laid a bunch of times, went to car shows. That could of been $500k by now. To top this off, I missed out on a quick $78,000 win at the racetrack because if my own FUD. Horses. I lost $200, and was left with only I $5 that night. I decided, "you know what, fuck it, I'm going to do a completely off the wall wild bet. I did a completely wild bet for $5. I picked all longshots in what they call a "Superfecta"(4 horses in that exact order 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th place prediction. 1 minute before the race started, I Cancelled the bet. I told myself ... "this is stupid, 99:1, 78:1, 56:1, 38:1 long shots coming out in this order? THATS INSANE...Why am I blowing 5 away? Fuck that, I instead put $5 on the 10:1 to win hopefully my to maybe get $50 back " Well. Guess what? The 3nd largest superfecta payout in history. No body won it! It came out in the original order I out it in that's to a series of freak disqualifications in the race. I hate myself for cancelling that. But hey, maybe that happened for a reason. Maybe I wouldn't have ended up living on another country for 2 years. Learning another language. You see So many times in my life I had the perfect opportunity, and I didn't take it. I let Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt make my Choices for me. Then came crypto currency. In late 2016, a client of mine told me he got rich off Bitcoin. He raved about it . He told me about ripple, ETH etc. I invested in his recommendation about XRP when it was $0.005. it FLEW UP from there. I took some of that massive gain and bought other things, and those FLEW. For someone like me, it was LOTS of money off my original $500. Sure this was a "lucky time" to get in but that's not the point I'm trying to make here. The point is that I finally did it! I didn't let FUD fuck with my head. I just did it. I cashed out already in late 2017. About 90% of what I gained. Payed off all my debt, and my truck, and had another $30k or so to put a down payment on a house. If I didn't just stick with my guns and let the FUD get to me, then I would still be in a whole bunch of debt. Especially with this whole lockdown bullshit. But now.... NOW ,I never again I will tell myself... "IF ONLY I DID THAT WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE" NOW I NEVER HAVE TO SAY THAT AGAIN! I DONT GIVE A SHIT IF IT TANKS ANOTHER 50% FROM HERE because it's all house money. I NOW NEVER HAVE TO SAY ... "IF ONLY I DID IT" NOW I DID! Crypto Currency is severely undervalued. Its manipulated down right now. This about this logic, how can something increasingly popular with more and more support by the day drop in price? Crypto isn't human. Bitcoin isnt getting fired over sexual harrassement, there isn't a corporate takeover. Its manipulation. I don't care if this shit takes 5 years to recover. I'm holding . I don't care if BTC dips to $1000. I'm holding till this MCAP tops 10 trillion. so if you love your crypto, hold that F#%KING SHIT! The lesson here is never let FUD make choices for you. Stick to your original beliefs. If there's a voice in the back of your head telling you "I want to do this", then Listen to that voice. That's you! Listen to yourself, not the new voice that intrudes after your choice.
Many years ago, as a young lad, I mined some bitcoin. I also do a little sports forecasting with bovada ;) Because of this i've always had BTC hanging around and never felt like there was any good or safe way to actually [email protected]##%$ sell the stuff. Last week I was scammed out of $500 worth of BTC. I was devastated. I had actually been going through other terrible personal troubles in my life (probably why i was dumb enough to get scammed) and in one of the lowest moments of my life, some guy out there somewhere MAYBE EVEN ONE OF YOU, stole from me. It was awful. I've just been so desperate for a safe way to sell my BTC without getting raped by uncle sam or rekt by service fees or other bullshit. What i really wanted was exactly what Local Coin Swap offers. Simply put, it's a pier to pier escrow system that lets you safely sell your BTC. That's it. You recieve payouts from all sorts of methods that i could see (i just used paypal). Tonight I used their system to sell what according to google is 159 dollars worth of BTC to a super cool dude who was patient with me for my first trade and actually sent me $220 dollars, all while I had the safety and protection of this escrow platform. A lot of you say why not use coinbase? well their shit was intrusive signing up for an account, they wanted the last 4 of my social and to know the source of my BTC? Fuck off, the source is bovada and that's none of your fucking business specifically. Decentralized currency shouldn't be tracked harder than paper currency that's half the point so they can [email protected]#$ right off. Anyways. I finally did it boys, I sold some BTC and i couldn't be happier TLDR, I found the glory of pier to pier escrow without the government or exchanges bending me over the barrel.
I earned about 4000% more btc with my android tablet than with a $250 ASIC mini rig setup using GekkoScience Newpac USB miners!
Requirements: 1.) Android Device with access to Google Play Store. *I haven't tried yet but you may be able to use tis on Android TV devces as well by sideloading. If anyone has success before I try, let me know! -Note, I did this with a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 so its a newer more powerful device. If your android is older, your profts will most likely be less than what I earned but to give a projected range I also tested on my Raspberry Pi 4 running a custom LineageOS rom that doesn't allow the OS to make full use of the Pi's specs and I still got 500 h/s on that with Cloud boost, so about 60% of what my Tab 6 with MUCH Higher Specs does. **Hey guys. Before I get started i just wanted to be clear about one thing. Yes I have seen those scammy posts sharing "miracle" boosts and fixes. I have a hard time believing stuff online anymore. But this is honestly real. Ill attach photos and explain the whole story and process below. Thanks for taking the time to read and feel free to share any thoughts, concerns, tips, etc* So last week I finally got started with my first mini rig type mining build. I started getting into crypto about a year ago and it has taken me a long time to even grasp half of the projects out there but its been fun thus far! Anyways my rig was 2 GekkoScience Newpac USB miners, a Moonlander USB miner to pair with an FPGA i already had mining, a 10 port 60W 3.0 USB hub and 2 usb fans. The Newpacs actually are hashing at a combined 280 g/s which is actually better than their reported max hash rate when overclocked. Pleasant surpise and they are simple!! I just wanted to get a moonlander because my fpga already mines on Odocrypt for DGB and I just wanted to experience Scrypt mining and help build the DGB project. The Newpacs are mining BTC though. After I got everything up and running i checked my payout daily average after 1 week. I averaged .01 a day TOTAL between all three miners with them all perforing ABOVE SPEC!!! I had done research so i knew I wouldnt earn much. More than anything i just wanted to learn. But still. I was kinda surprised in a negative way. Yesterday I actually earned less than .01 Frustrated I went back to scouring the web for new ideas. About a year ago, when II was starting, I saw an app on my iphone called CryptoBrowser that claimed to mine btc on your phone without actually using phone resources using a method of cloud mining. I tried it for a week and quit because I earned like .03 after a ton of use and seemed scammy. Plus my iphone actually would get very hot when doing this so I quit using it as it seemed like a possible scam with all the cryptonight browser mining hacks and malware out there. Anyways I was on my Galaxy Tab S6 and saw that CryptoBrowser released a "PRO" edition for 3.99 on Google Play. I bought it for Sh*ts and giggles and booted it up. It came with what they called "Cloud Boost" Essentially this is a button you press and it multiplys the estimated hashrate that it gives you device by the number shown on the boost button. (With the purchase of PRO you get one free x10 boost. You can purchase additional boosts to use with other android devices but those are actually pretty pricy. Another x10 boost was like $25 if i remember correctly). I played with it for about an hour to see if it actually worked like it said it would this time. To my surprise, as i was browsing, my device didnt increase in temperature AT ALL!!!!! I checked my tast manager to confirm and it was indeed true, my memory and usage barely went up. it was giving me an estimated range of 80-105 on the hashrate. Once i pushed the x10 boost button, that went to 800-1150 h/s. I switched my screen to not go to sleep, plugged it to the charge and let it run on the browser page, hashing. When you push the boost button, it runs for 3 hours at the boosted speeds. After that it goes back to normal but if you press the button again, it boosts everything again. There is no limit to how many times you use it. After checking what I earned after 24 hours, I HAD MADE .40 in BTC!!!!! I JUST EARNED OVER 4000% MORE THAN MY $280 MINING RIG EARNED ME!!!! I was blown away. Maybe this was a fluke? I did it again next day. Every 3 hours or so I would push the button again but thats all. Sure enough, .35 that day. Also, it realy BTC. I requested a payout and although it took like 12 hours for them to send me an email stating they had just sent it, I actually did recieve the state amount of BTC within 24 hours in my personal wallet. The fees to send are SUPER LOW!. Like .01 Below I will list the steps I took, along with an explanation of thier "Mining" process on Androids. Reminder, this ONLY WORKS ON ANDROIDS. Also DO NOT use cryptobrowser on a physcal laptop or desktop. I ran it on an old laptop for three days last year and it fried it. It does actually use your hardware on those platforms to mine and it is not efficnet at all as I suspect they prob steal over half of your power for themselves using the REAL RandomX protocol via browser mining which is EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT DONT TRY IT!! -----How To Do This Yourself: Cryptotab Browser states the program works on Android devices by estimating what it thinks the hashrate would be for your device specs and siimulates what you would mine in a remote server however you still earn that estimated coin amount. It is not a SHA-256 process or coin that they say is mining, rather it is XMR and they swap that and pay it out to you in BTC Bitcoin. However I know damn well my Tab S6 doesnt hash 80-105 h/s on RandomX because I have done it with a moodified XMRig module i ported to Android. I got 5 h/s a sec if I was getting any hashes at all. But thats besides the point as I still was making money. Now, when you press that cloud boost button it immediately boosts that hash rate it estimates by the number on the cloud boost. As stated above, you can purchase more boosts and gift them or use them on extra android devices that you may have. Again, they are pricey so I'm not doing that plus it would just mean that I have another device that I have to leave on and open. The boosts come in x2, x4, x6, x8 and x10 variants. Again, they have unlimited uses. Here is the link to grab yourself CryptoBrowser Pro from CryptoTab. This IS A REFERRAL LINK! This is where I benefit from doing tis tutorial. Like i said, I want to be transparent as this is not a scam but I'm also not doing this out of the love of my heart. Their referral system works in that people that use the donwload the app using your link are your stage 1 referrals. Anytime they are mining, you earn a 15% bonus. So say they mine $.30 one day. You would get paid out an additional $.045 in your own balance (it does not come out of the referred user balance fyi so no worries). Then lets say that referred miner also gets their own referrals. I would get a 10% bonus on whatever THOSE people mine. This goes on and on for like 8 tiers. Each tier the bonus percntage essential halves. So again, I stand to benefit from this but it also is stupid to not make this visible as its WAY CHEAPER, EASIER AND MORE PROFITABLE TO GET BTC USING THIS METHOD THAN IT IS USING ASICS!! THIS EARNS ALMOST AS MUCH BTC AS AN ANTMINER S7 DOES RUNNING 24/7 ONLY WITHOUT THE HUGE ELLECTRICTY BILL AND COSTS!!!!) Thats it. Again, if you have concerns, let me know or if you have suggestions, other tips, etc... mention those as well!!! https://cryptotabbrowser.com/8557319 Links to Picture Proof http://imgur.com/gallery/P13bEsB
Bitcoin faucets are websites or applications that offer you a small amount of bitcoin as a reward for making easy tasks. Depending on the selected faucet, users can earn coins for completing various tasks, such as viewing certain websites, watching ads, entering a captcha, or playing a game. by StealthEX At the beginning of the cryptocurrency’s existence, when the stakes were not so high, the creators of faucets gave 5 bitcoins for each claim — back then it was their way to promote digital money among newcomers. Now faucets operate with much smaller amounts and give out some part of the Bitcoin, which is measured in Satoshi(named after the creator of Bitcoin). Satoshi is the smallest possible fractional number of Bitcoin — one BTC is equal to 100 million Satoshi. If you have ever left a water tap not completely closed, you probably noticed that water was dripping into it, and if you put a bowl under it, sooner or later it will be filled. Even though one-time payments on faucets are scanty, many advise not to neglect the opportunity to earn on them, because, with the right approach, faucets can bring a tangible profit with a minimum of effort. There are plenty of sites offering free bitcoins. Unfortunately, most of them are not trustworthy, do not live long, or are simply overflowed with annoying flashing ads. However, there are some that work for many years, used by thousands of users and considered reliable. Here is the list of them:
This faucet is probably the most well-known one. It was created in 2013 on the territory of the British Virgin Islands. Payouts are not fixed and vary for each claim. You can get cryptocurrency every hour, and for each claim you get from 0.00000030 to 0.03 BTC. In addition to the faucet, Freebitcoin allows you to earn in other ways — save interest on your deposit, play the lottery, invite new users via referral links. It supports several withdrawal methods: you can set up automatic withdrawal every Sunday, slow withdrawal every 6–24 hours, or use the fastest instant withdrawal that takes 15 minutes. The last one, of course, has the highest fee.
Founded in 2015, the Moon Bitcoin has a certain user base and is considered by many to be one of the best faucets in existence. There are many appealing bonus offers. For example, the site gives you a reward for consistency — if you enter a captcha at least once every day, you will accumulate a bonus +1% to earnings daily. Like most other faucets, Moon Bitcoin offers a bonus for bringing new users. Earned funds are instantly transferred to the linked Coinpot wallet. The minimum withdrawal amount is 10,000 Satoshi if you agree to pay the fee. Or wait until it’s going to be over 50,000 Satoshi on your account and withdrawal money for free. It is worth saying that Coinpot has its own bonus program. For example, for one captcha entry, you get 3 Coinpot tokens that can also be converted to cryptocurrency. There are also Moon faucets for Litecoin, Dash, Bitcoin Cash and DogeCoin. All payments are concentrated in one Coinpot account.
Bonus Bitcoin is one of the oldest services and is considered one of the best bitcoin faucets. You can request a new portion of free coins every 15 minutes, getting an average of 10 Satoshi per claim. You can also gain more coins completing tasks in the offers and surveys section. Users who regularly stay active for a number of days receive an additional 5% of their daily rewards. The site also gives 50% of all fees of users you invited using referral links. Bonus Bitcoin accounts are also connected to Coinpot, a micro-earnings wallet that accumulates your payouts. The site also provides the opportunity to earn Litecoin and Dogecoin.
This is one more faucet associated with Coinpot wallet. Bitfun started its work in January 2017. In addition to the faucet itself, which allows you to request free Satoshi every 3 minutes, the site has a large number of browser games of various genres. Progress in these games gives you additional earnings. You can also earn coins by completing offers. As with Bonus Bitcoin, the user receives 50% of the fees of their referrals.
The service was launched in 2018 and has become known as one of the best free bitcoin generators. There are several ways to claim Satoshi. In addition to the faucet, you can also earn bitcoins by watching videos, clicking on ads, and playing browser games. Here you can make claims once every 12 hours and get a certain number of Coins to your account. Coins are the inner currency of this service, 10000 Coins worth 1$. It converted to Satoshi at the time of withdrawal. Rewards can be collected at FaucetHub, another web wallet for micropayments, in this case, the withdrawal limit is 35,000 Coins. For amounts over 100,000 Coins, withdrawals can be made directly to your bitcoin wallet. Or you can keep Coins at the site and earn 5% interest. Users can earn a loyalty bonus, by claiming rewards every day. Bringing another user via referral link gives you 25% of their claims and 10% of their offer earnings.
PentaFaucet is one of the oldest and most stable bitcoin faucets today. The main difference from similar websites is that the site uses double protection: captcha and anti-bot. You can collect from 5 to 25 Satoshi every 5 minutes. A reasonable amount of advertising and a simple interface make working with the faucet comfortable. The faucet does not allow you to earn money from games, surveys, and other sponsorship services. In addition to the main method, it offers only a referral program, giving 10% from earnings of each new user. Earned Satoshi are instantly transferred to the FaucetHub wallet. You can withdraw your funds from FaucetHub to your bitcoin wallet once a week on Sundays.
FireFaucet is a multi-currency automatic faucet, perhaps the best of its kind. This resource allows you to earn 9 cryptocurrencies at the same time, as well as instantly withdraw the accumulated funds to the Faucet Hub. The Auto Claim function allows for collecting currency automatically. You can change the number of currencies to get and the time between collections. FireFaucet affords many different ways to earn money: in addition to the faucet itself, there are also offers, a referral system that gives 20% from newcomer’s income, and browser mining. FireFaucet also has its own unique level system: getting XP for various actions on the site and raising their level, users receive a reward in Satoshi. As a pleasant addition, FireFaucet has a nice-looking design and does not use pop-up ads.
This bitcoin faucet does not require registration. All you need is the public address of your BTC wallet. Users can claim Satoshi every hour, getting from 5 to 1200 each time. At the moment DailyFreeBits is using the FaucetHub wallet we are already familiar with. The resource offers a referral reward. By inviting new users to the website, you can regularly receive 10% of their earnings. These are probably the best bitcoin faucets at this point. Do not expect that you will earn loads of money just using faucets, but it is with no doubt an interesting and easy way to get a certain portion of free Satoshi and learn how the cryptocurrency and various wallets work. Always be careful and study every site that is claimed to be a Bitcoin faucet with some scepticism. Always be critical of your choice and read reviews. Original article was posted onhttps://stealthex.io/blog/2020/05/28/best-bitcoin-faucets/
https://join.spinincash.com/Clifford I made $298 in 3 days by downloading apps, completing surveys, and making short YouTube videos. If you have a link for a site like this that also rewards you for referring people, I'd be willing to use your link if you'll use mine, as long as I don't already have an account on that site. Pros •High Payouts •Many methods of payment (PayPal, Check, Bitcoin, ect.) •Download offers can be done again on separate devices for more rewards Cons •Must have 5 referrals, 8 tokens, and $100 to cash out for the first time
Why we won't have a long term bear market, and how to systematically pick your future investments in crypto
With so much uncertainty right now it would be a good time to take some time to go over what happened recently and how to invest moving foward. We've seen a peak bubble at around 850 billion total market cap in the first week of January, consolidated down to $750 billion and have now just experienced a 40% correction.
What's happening now and how bad will it get?
First of all you should realize that there is a January Dip that happens every year, when we see a roughly 20-30% decline around mid January. This year its been much more severe though for several additional factors that have compounded on top. Different theories exist on why this happens (its actually the mirror opposite of the "January Effect" that happens in the US stock market), but the two major theories are: 1) Asian markets pull into fiat because of Asian New Year spending needs 2) People in the US sell in January to defer their capital gains tax liability an extra year While this cyclic event has lead to a healthy correction in the last few years, this year we got these new factors making more fear as well:
We had a new breed of speculators come in during the NovembeDecember timeframe after media made cryptocurrency mainstream following the Bitcoin 10K landmark. While cryptocurrency markets have always had too much hype, the latest rise wasn't just over-enthusiasm in fundamentally sound cryptocurrencies like Monero and Ethereum, but mass inflows of fiat into vaporware and complete nonsense without any use case. Many people came in to essentially gamble on symbols on an exchange, and are thus short term oriented and quick to sell on any slight downturn, which such further adds to selling pressure.
So in essence we got a storm of scary news along with the usual cyclic downturn. Currently I don't see this as being a systematic crash like Mt.Gox was that would lead to a long term bear market because the fundamental ecosystem is still intact, and I suspect that after about a month we should consolidate around a new low. All the exchanges are still operational and liquid, and there is no breakdown in trust nor uncertainty whether you'll be able to cash out. What range the market trades in will all depend how Bitcoin does, right now we've already broken below 10K but I'm seeing a lot of support at around $8000, which is roughly where the long term MA curve settles. We don't know how bad it will get or what the future will bring, but as of right now we shouldn't be in a bear market yet. What should you do if you recently entered the market? If you did buy in the last few months at or near ATH, the very worst thing you can do now is sell in panic and lose your principal. You shouldn't have more money in crypto than you can afford to lose, so it shouldn't be a problem to wait. You have to realize that 30% corrections in crypto are relatively common, just last fall we had a 40% flash correction over more China fears. Unless there is a systematic breakdown like we had during Mt.Gox, the market always recovers. The other worst thing you can do is unload into Tether as your safety net. If there is one thing that could actually cause a long term destruction of trust within the cryptocurrency investment ecosystem, its Tether having a run up on their liabilities and not having enough reserve to cover the leverage. It would not only bring down exchanges but lead to years of litigation and endless media headlines that will scare off everybody from putting fiat in. I don't know when the next Mt.Gox meltdown will occur but I can almost guarantee it will involve Tether. So stay away from it. What should long term investors do? For long term holders a good strategy to follow each year is to capture profit each December and swallow the capital gains taxation liability, park a reserve of fiat at Gemini (whose US dollar deposits are FDIC-insured) and simply wait till around late January to early February to re-enter the market at a discount and hold all year until next December. You can keep a small amount in core coins in order to trade around various Q1 opportunities you anticipate. Others may choose to simply do nothing and just keep holding throughout January which is also a perfectly fine strategy. The cyclical correction usually stabilizes toward late January and early February, then we see a rise in March and generally are recovered by end of April. Obviously this decision whether to sell in December to profit on the dip and pay tax liability or to just hold will depend on your individual tax situation. Do your own math sometime in November and follow suit. Essentially revaluate your positions and trim your position sizes if you don't feel comfortable with the losses.
How to construct your portfolio going forward
Rather than seeing the correction as a disaster see it as a time to start fresh. If you have been FOMO-ing into bad cryptos and losing money now is a time to start a systematic long term approach to investing rather than gambling. Follow a methodology for evaluating each cryptocurrency Memes and lambo dreams are fun and all, but I know many of you are investing thousands of dollars into crypto, so its worth it to put some organized thought into it as well. I can't stress enough how important it is to try and logically contruct your investment decisions. If you follow a set methodology, a checklist and template you will be able to do relative comparisons between cryptocurrencies, to force yourself to consider the negatives and alternative scenarios and also sleep comfortably knowing you have a sound basis for your investment decisions (even if they turn out to be wrong). There is no ideal or "correct" methodology but I can outline mine: 1) Initial information gathering and filtering Once I identify something that looks like a good potential investment, I first go to the CoinMarketCap page for that symbol and look at the website and blockchain explorer.
Critically evaluate the website. This is the first pass of the bullshit detector and you can tell from a lot from just the website whether its a scam. If it uses terms like "Web 4.0" or other nonsensical buzzwords, if its unprofessional and has anonymous teams, stay away. Always look for a roadmap, compare to what was actually delivered so far. Always check the team, try to find them on LinkedIn and what they did in the past.
Read the whitepaper or business development plan. You should fully understand how this crypto functions and how its trying to create value. If there is no use case or if the use case does not require or benefit from a blockchain, move on. Look for red flags like massive portions of the float being assigned to the founders of the coin, vague definition of who would use the coin, anonymous teams, promises of large payouts...etc
Check the blockchain explorer. How is the token distribution across accounts? Are the big accounts holding or selling? Which account is likely the foundation account, which is the founders account?
Read the subreddit and blogs for the cryptocurrency and also evaluate the community. Try to figure out exactly what the potential use cases are and look for sceptical takes. Look at the Github repos, does it look empty or is there plenty of activity?
2) Fill out an Investment Checklist I have a checklist of questions that I find important and as I'm researching a crypto I save little snippets in Evernote of things that are relevant to answering those questions:
What is the problem or transactional inefficiency the coin is trying to solve?
What is the Dev Team like? What is their track record? How are they funded, organized?
Who is their competition and how big is the market they're targeting? What is the roadmap they created?
What current product exists?
How does the token/coin actually derive value for the holder? Is there a staking mechanism or is it transactional?
What are the weaknesses or problems with this crypto?
3) Create some sort of consistent valuation model/framework, even if its simple I have a background in finance so I like to do Excel modeling. For those who are interested in that, this article is a great start and also Chris Burniske has a great blog about using Quantity Theory of Money to build an equivalent of a DCF analysis for crypto. Here is an Excel file example of OMG done using his model. You can download this and play around with it yourself, see how the formulas link and understand the logic. Once you have a model set up the way you like in Excel you can simply alter it to account for various float oustanding schedule and market items that are unique to your crypto, and then just start plugging in different assumptions. Think about what is the true derivation of value for the coin, is it a "dividend" coin that you stake within a digital economy and collect fees or is it a currency? Use a realistic monetary velocity (around 5-10 for currency and around 1-2 for staking) and for the discount rate use at least 3x the long term return of a diversified equity fund. The benefit is that this forces you to think about what actually makes this coin valuable to an actual user within the digital economy its participating in and force you to think about the assumptions you are making about the future. Do your assumptions make sense? What would the assumptions have to be to justify its current price? You can create different scenarios in a matrix (optimistic vs. pessimistic) based on different assumptions for risk (discount rate) and implementation (adoption rates). If you don't understand the above thats perfectly fine, you don't need to get into full modeling or have a financial background. Even a simple model that just tries to derive a valuation through relative terms will put you above most crypto investors. Some simple valuation methods that anyone can do
Metcalfe's Law which states that the value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2). So you can compare various currencies based on their market cap and square of active users or traffic.
Another easy one is simply looking at the total market for the industry that the coin is supposedly targeting and comparing it to the market cap of the coin. Think of the market cap not only with circulating supply like its shown on CMC but including total supply. For example the total supply for Dentacoin is 1,841,395,638,392, and when multiplied by its price in early January we get a market cap that is actually higher than the entire industry it aims to disrupt: Dentistry.
If its meant to be just used as just a currency: Take a look at the circulating supply and look at the amount that is in cold storage or set to be released/burned. Most cryptos are deflationary so think about how the float schedule will change over time and how this will affect price.
Once you have a model you like set up, you can compare cryptos against each other and most importantly it will require that you build a mental framework within your own mind on why somebody would want to own this coin other than to sell it to another greater fool for a higher price. Modeling out a valuation will lead you to think long term and think about the inherent value, rather than price action. Once you go through this 3-step methodology, you'll have a pretty good confidence level for making your decision and can comfortably sit back and not panic if some temporary short term condition leads to a price decrease. This is how "smart money" does it. Think about your portfolio allocation You should think first in broad terms how you allocate between "safe" and "speculative" cryptos. For new investors its best to keep a substantial portion in what would be considered largecap safe cryptos, primarily BTC, ETH, LTC. I personally consider XMR to be safe as well. A good starting point is to have between 50-70% of your portfolio in these safe cryptocurrencies. As you become more confident and informed you can move your allocation into speculative small caps. You should also think in terms of segments and how much of your total portfolio is in each segment:
You should also think about where we are in the cycle, as now given so much uncertaintly its probably best to stay heavily in core holdings and pick up a few coins within a segment you understand well. If you don't understand how enterprise solutions work or how the value chain is built through corporations, don't invest in the enteprise blockchain solutions segment. If you are a technie who loves the technology behind Cardano or IOTA, invest in that segment. Think of your "circle of competence" This is actually a term Buffet came up with, it refers to your body of knowledge that allows you to evaluate an investment. Think about what you know best and consider investing in those type of coins. If you don't know anything about how supply chains functions, how can you competently judge whether VeChain or WaltonChain will achieve adoption? This where your portfolio allocation also comes into play. You should diversify but really shouldn't be in much more than around 12 cryptos, because you simply don't have enough competency to accurately access the risk across every segment and for every type of crypto you come across. If you had over 20 different cryptos in your portfolio you should probably think about consolidating to a few sectors you understand well. Continually educate yourself about the technology and markets If you aren't already doing it: Read a bit each day about cryptocurrencies. There are decent Youtubers that talk about the market side of crypto, just avoid those that hype specific coins and look for more sceptical ones like CryptoInvestor. If you don't understand how the technology works and what the benefits of a blockchain are or how POS/POW works or what a DAG is or how mining actually works, learn first. If you don't care about the technology or find reading about it tedious, you shouldn't invest in this space at all.
Summing it up
I predicted a few days ago that we would have a major correction in 2018 specifically in the altcoins that saw massive gains in Decemebeearly January, and it seems we've already had a pretty big one. I don't think we'll have a complete meltdown like some are predicting, but some more pain may be incoming. Basically take this time to think about how you can improve your investment style and strategy. Make a commitment to value things rather than chasing FOMO, and take your time to make a decision. Long term investment will grant you much more returns as will a systematic approach. Take care and have fun investing :) Edit March 2018: Lol looking back I'm regretting starting the title with "Why we won't have a long term bear market" now, I was more karma whoring with that catchy title than anything. We recovered up to 11K from this post, but then crashed again hard later in February-March because of a slew of reasons from Tether subpeona to unforseen regulatory issues.
arriving at consensus AND distributing coins via burning Bitcoin instead of electricity/equipment to create permissionless, unfakeable, green, and trust minimized basis over every aspect of sidechain control.
creating Bitcoin peg from altcoin chain to mainchain (the hard direction) by allocating small percentage of Bitcoin intended for burning to reimbursing withdrawals, effectively making it a childchain/sidechain (no oracles or federated multisigs)
This is not an altcoin thread. I'm not making anything. The design discussed options for existing altcoins and new ways to built on top of Bitcoin inheriting some of its security guarantees. 2 parts: First, the design allows any altcoins to switch to securing themselves via Bitcoin instead of their own PoW or PoS with significant benefits to both altcoins and Bitcoin (and environment lol). Second, I explain how to create Bitcoin-pegged assets to turn altcoins into a Bitcoin sidechain equivalent. Let me know if this is of interest or if it exists, feel free to use or do anything with this, hopefully I can help.
how to create continuous sunk costs, permissionless entry, high cost of attacks?
how to do it without needing to build up a new source of hardware capital or energy costs?
how to peg another chain's token value w/o incentivized collusion risk of federation or oracles?
how to make sidechain use fully optional for all Bitcoin parties?
how to allow programmable Bitcoins w/ unlimited permissionless expressiveness w/o forcing mainchain into additional risks?
Solution to first few points:
Continuous Proof of Bitcoin Burn (CPoBB) to distribute supply control and sidechain consensus control to independent parties
Distributes an altcoin for permissionless access and sidechain-only sybil protection.
In case of sidechain block-producer censorship, Bitcoin's independent data availability makes sidechain nodes trivially aware
PoW altcoin switching to CPoBB would trade:
cost of capital and energy -> cost of burnt bitcoin
finality of their PoW -> finality of Bitcoin's PoW
impact on environment -> 0 impact on environment
unforgeable costliness of work -> unforgeable costliness of burn
contract logic can include conditions dependent on real Bitcoins as it's Bitcoin-aware
PoS altcoin switching to CPoBB would trade:
permissioned by coin holders entry -> permissionless entry by anyone with access to Bitcoin
no incentive to give up control or sell coins -> incentive to sell coins to cover the cost of burnt bitcoin
incentivized guaranteed centralization of control over time by staking -> PoW guarantees with same 0 environmental impact
nothing at stake -> recovering sunk costs at stake
contract logic can include conditions dependent on real Bitcoins as it's Bitcoin-aware
We already have a permissionless, compact, public, high-cost-backed finality base layer to build on top - Bitcoin! It will handle sorting, data availability, finality, and has something of value to use instead of capital or energy that's outside the sidechain - the Bitcoin coins. The sunk costs of PoW can be simulated by burning Bitcoin, similar to concept known as Proof of Burn where Bitcoin are sent to unspendable address. Unlike ICO's, no contributors can take out the Bitcoins and get rewards for free. Unlike PoS, entry into supply lies outside the alt-chain and thus doesn't depend on permission of alt-chain stake-coin holders. It's hard to find a more bandwidth or state size protective blockchain to use other than Bitcoin as well so altcoins can be Bitcoin-aware at little marginal difficulty - 10 years of history fully validates in under a day.
What are typical issues with Proof of Burn?
limited burn time window prevents permissionless entry in the future. how many years did it take for most heavily mined projects to become known and well reviewed? many. thus entry into control of supply that's vital to control of chain cannot be dependent on the earliest stage of the project. (counterparty)
"land grabs" - by having limited supply without continuous emission or inflation we encourage holding vs spending.
These issues can be fixed by having Proof of Burn be permanently accessible and continuous: Continuous Proof of Bitcoin Burn CPoBB
This should be required for any design for it to stay permissionless. Optional is constant fixed emission rate for altcoins not trying to be money if goal is to maximize accessibility. Since it's not depending on brand new PoW for security, they don't have to depend on massive early rewards giving disproportionate fraction of supply at earliest stage either. If 10 coins are created every block, after n blocks, at rate of 10 coins per block, % emission per block is = (100/n)%, an always decreasing number. Sidechain coin doesn't need to be scarce money, and could maximize distribution of control by encouraging further distribution. If no burners exist in a block, altcoin block reward is simply added to next block reward making emission predictable. Sidechain block content should be committed in burn transaction via a root of the merkle tree of its transactions. Sidechain state will depend on Bitcoin for finality and block time between commitment broadcasts. However, the throughput can be of any size per block, unlimited number of such sidechains can exist with their own rules and validation costs are handled only by nodes that choose to be aware of a specific sidechain by running its consensus compatible software. Important design decision is how can protocol determine the "true" side-block and how to distribute incentives. Simplest solution is to always :
Agree on the valid sidechain block matching the merkle root commitment for the largest amount of Bitcoin burnt, earliest inclusion in the bitcoin block as the tie breaker
Distribute block reward during the next side-block proportional to current amounts burnt
Bitcoin fee market serves as deterrent for spam submissions of blocks to validate
sidechain block reward is set always at 10 altcoins per block Bitcoin block contains the following content embedded and part of its transactions: tx11: burns 0.01 BTC & OP_RETURN tx56: burns 0.05 BTC & OP_RETURN ... <...root of valid sidechain block version 1> ... tx78: burns 1 BTC & OP_RETURN ... <...root of valid sidechain block version 2> ... tx124: burns 0.2 BTC & OP_RETURN ... <...root of INVALID sidechain block version 3> ...
Validity is deterministic by rules in client side node software (e.g. signature validation) so all nodes can independently see version 3 is invalid and thus burner of tx124 gets no reward allocated. The largest valid burn is from tx78 so version 2 is used for the blockchain in sidechain. The total valid burn is 1.06 BTC, so 10 altcoins to be distributed in the next block are 0.094, 0.472, 9.434 to owners of first 3 transactions, respectively. Censorship attack would require continuous costs in Bitcoin on the attacker and can be waited out. Censorship would also be limited to on-sidechain specific transactions as emission distribution to others CPoB contributors wouldn't be affected as blocks without matching coin distributions on sidechain wouldn't be valid. Additionally, sidechains can allow a limited number of sidechain transactions to happen via embedding transaction data inside Bitcoin transactions (e.g. OP_RETURN) as a way to use Bitcoin for data availability layer in case sidechain transactions are being censored on their network. Since all sidechain nodes are Bitcoin aware, it would be trivial to include. Sidechain blocks cannot be reverted without reverting Bitcoin blocks or hard forking the protocol used to derive sidechain state. If protocol is forked, the value of sidechain coins on each fork of sidechain state becomes important but Proof of Burn natively guarantees trust minimized and permissionless distribution of the coins, something inferior methods like obscure early distributions, trusted pre-mines, and trusted ICO's cannot do. More bitcoins being burnt is parallel to more hash rate entering PoW, with each miner or burner getting smaller amount of altcoins on average making it unprofitable to burn or mine and forcing some to exit. At equilibrium costs of equipment and electricity approaches value gained from selling coins just as at equilibrium costs of burnt coins approaches value of altcoins rewarded. In both cases it incentivizes further distribution to markets to cover the costs making burners and miners dependent on users via markets. In both cases it's also possible to mine without permission and mine at a loss temporarily to gain some altcoins without permission if you want to. Altcoins benefit by inheriting many of bitcoin security guarantees, bitcoin parties have to do nothing if they don't want to, but will see their coins grow more scarce through burning. The contributions to the fee market will contribute to higher Bitcoin miner rewards even after block reward is gone.
What is the ideal goal of the sidechains? Ideally to have a token that has the bi-directionally pegged value to Bitcoin and tradeable ~1:1 for Bitcoin that gives Bitcoin users an option of a different rule set without compromising the base chain nor forcing base chain participants to do anything different. Issues with value pegs:
federation based pegs allow collusion to steal bitcoins stored in multi-party controlled accounts
even if multisig participants are switched or weighted in some trust minimized manner, there's always incentive to collude and steal more
smart contract pegs (plasma, rollups) on base chain would require bitcoin nodes and miners to validate sidechain transactions and has to provide block content for availability (e.g. call data in rollups), making them not optional.
bitcoin nodes shouldn't be sidechain aware so impossible to peg the value
Let's get rid of the idea of needing Bitcoin collateral to back pegged coins 1:1 as that's never secure, independent, or scalable at same security level. As drive-chain design suggested the peg doesn't have to be fast, can take months, just needs to exist so other methods can be used to speed it up like atomic swaps by volunteers taking on the risk for a fee. In continuous proof of burn we have another source of Bitcoins, the burnt Bitcoins. Sidechain protocols can require some minor percentage (e.g. 20%) of burner tx value coins via another output to go to reimburse those withdrawing side-Bitcoins to Bitcoin chain until they are filled. If withdrawal queue is empty that % is burnt instead. Selection of who receives reimbursement is deterministic per burner. Percentage must be kept small as it's assumed it's possible to get up to that much discount on altcoin emissions. Let's use a really simple example case where each burner pays 20% of burner tx amount to cover withdrawal in exact order requested with no attempts at other matching, capped at half amount requested per payout. Example:
withdrawal queue: request1: 0.2 sBTC request2: 1.0 sBTC request3: 0.5 sBTC same block burners: tx burns 0.8 BTC, 0.1 BTC is sent to request1, 0.1 BTC is sent to request2 tx burns 0.4 BTC, 0.1 BTC is sent to request1 tx burns 0.08 BTC, 0.02 BTC is sent to request 1 tx burns 1.2 BTC, 0.1 BTC is sent to request1, 0.2 BTC is sent to request2 withdrawal queue: request1: filled with 0.32 BTC instead of 0.2 sBTC, removed from queue request2: partially-filled with 0.3 BTC out of 1.0 sBTC, 0.7 BTC remaining for next queue request3: still 0.5 sBTC
Withdrawal requests can either take long time to get to filled due to cap per burn or get overfilled as seen in "request1" example, hard to predict. Overfilling is not a big deal since we're not dealing with a finite source. The risk a user that chooses to use the sidechain pegged coin takes on is based on the rate at which they can expect to get paid based on value of altcoin emission that generally matches Bitcoin burn rate. If sidechain loses interest and nobody is burning enough bitcoin, the funds might be lost so the scale of risk has to be measured. If Bitcoins burnt per day is 0.5 BTC total and you hope to deposit or withdraw 5000 BTC, it might take a long time or never happen to withdraw it. But for amounts comparable or under 0.5 BTC/day average burnt with 5 side-BTC on sidechain outstanding total the risks are more reasonable. Deposits onto the sidechain are far easier - by burning Bitcoin in a separate known unspendable deposit address for that sidechain and sidechain protocol issuing matching amount of side-Bitcoin. Withdrawn bitcoins are treated as burnt bitcoins for sake of dividing block rewards as long as they followed the deterministic rules for their burn to count as valid and percentage used for withdrawals is kept small to avoid approaching free altcoin emissions by paying for your own withdrawals and ensuring significant unforgeable losses. Ideally more matching is used so large withdrawals don't completely block everyone else and small withdrawals don't completely block large withdrawals. Better methods should deterministically randomize assigned withdrawals via previous Bitcoin block hash, prioritized by request time (earliest arrivals should get paid earlier), and amount of peg outstanding vs burn amount (smaller burns should prioritize smaller outstanding balances). Fee market on bitcoin discourages doing withdrawals of too small amounts and encourages batching by burners. The second method is less reliable but already known that uses over-collateralized loans that create a oracle-pegged token that can be pegged to the bitcoin value. It was already used by its inventors in 2014 on bitshares (e.g. bitCNY, bitUSD, bitBTC) and similarly by MakerDAO in 2018. The upside is a trust minimized distribution of CPoB coins can be used to distribute trust over selection of price feed oracles far better than pre-mined single trusted party based distributions used in MakerDAO (100% pre-mined) and to a bit lesser degree on bitshares (~50% mined, ~50% premined before dpos). The downside is 2 fold: first the supply of BTC pegged coin would depend on people opening an equivalent of a leveraged long position on the altcoin/BTC pair, which is hard to convince people to do as seen by very poor liquidity of bitBTC in the past. Second downside is oracles can still collude to mess with price feeds, and while their influence might be limited via capped price changes per unit time and might compromise their continuous revenue stream from fees, the leverage benefits might outweight the losses. The use of continous proof of burn to peg withdrawals is superior method as it is simply a minor byproduct of "mining" for altcoins and doesn't depend on traders positions. At the moment I'm not aware of any market-pegged coins on trust minimized platforms or implemented in trust minimized way (e.g. premined mkr on premined eth = 2 sets of trusted third parties each of which with full control over the design). _______________________________________
Brief issues with current altchains options:
PoW: New PoW altcoins suffer high risk of attacks. Additional PoW chains require high energy and capital costs to create permissionless entry and trust minimized miners that are forever dependent on markets to hold them accountable. Using same algorithm or equipment as another chain or merge-mining puts you at a disadvantage by allowing some miners to attack and still cover sunk costs on another chain. Using a different algorithm/equipment requires building up the value of sunk costs to protect against attacks with significant energy and capital costs. Drive-chains also require miners to allow it by having to be sidechain aware and thus incur additional costs on them and validating nodes if the sidechain rewards are of value and importance.
PoS: PoS is permissioned (requires permission from internal party to use network or contribute to consensus on permitted scale), allows perpetual control without accountability to others, and incentivizes centralization of control over time. Without continuous source of sunk costs there's no reason to give up control. By having consensus entirely dependent on internal state network, unlike PoW but like private databases, cannot guarantee independent permissionless entry and thus cannot claim trust minimization. Has no built in distribution methods so depends on safe start (snapshot of trust minimized distributions or PoW period) followed by losing that on switch to PoS or starting off dependent on a single trusted party such as case in all significant pre-mines and ICO's.
Proof of Capacity: PoC is just shifting costs further to capital over PoW to achieve same guarantees.
PoW/PoS: Still require additional PoW chain creation. Strong dependence on PoS can render PoW irrelevant and thus inherit the worst properties of both protocols.
Tokens inherit all trust dependencies of parent blockchain and thus depend on the above.
Embedded consensus (counterparty, veriblock?, omni): Lacks mechanism for distribution, requires all tx data to be inside scarce Bitcoin block space so high cost to users instead of compensated miners. If you want to build a very expressive scripting language, might very hard & expensive to fit into Bitcoin tx vs CPoBB external content of unlimited size in a committed hash. Same as CPoBB is Bitcoin-aware so can respond to Bitcoin being sent but without source of Bitcoins like burning no way to do any trust minimized Bitcoin-pegs it can control fully.
Few extra notes from my talks with people:
fees must be high to be included in next block (and helps pay and bribe bitcoin miners), RBF use is encouraged to cancel late transactions
what if not enough burners, just passive nodes? you can burn smallest amount of bitcoin yourself when you have a transaction you want to go through
using commit hashes on bitcoin to lock altcoin state isn't new (e.g. kmd) but usually those rely on some federation or permissioned proof of stake mechanism with no real costs. this is combination of both.
this is not exactly like counterparty's embedded consensus as block data and transactions are outside Bitcoin, but consensus is derived with help of embedded on Bitcoin data.
deterministic randomness (e.g. via that block's hash) could be used to assign winning sidechain block weighted by amount burned to allow occasional blocks formed by others curbing success rate of censorship by highest burner
wants to transition away from using proof of burn via tunable proofs and native proof of work (whitepaper)
a dominant premine (trust maximized) relative to emission that defeats the purpose of distributing control over incentives (figure 3 in tokenpaper suggests premine still ~30%-70% by year 2050)
variable emission rate "adaptive mint and burn" makes supply unpredictable (and possibly gameable)
additional rewards that aren't trust minimized like "app mining" and "user incentives" possibly gameable with premine
election of a leader includes their own PoW to be elected even at start (5% cap), why lol?
blockstack also suggested use of randomness that depends on that block so Bitcoin miners that already spent energy mining that block can't just re-do it to get picked at no cost
if can burn bitcoins directly via op_return tx would help to use 1 less output and be provably prunable for utxo set (not sure if that's relayed as standard)
Main questions to you:
why not? (other than blocktime)
can this be done without an altcoin? (Not sure and don't think so w/o compromising unforgeable costliness and thus trust minimization. At least it's not using an altcoin that's clearly centralized.)
how to make it less detectable by Bitcoin miners? ( BMM could use some techniques described here: https://twitter.com/SomsenRuben/status/1210040270328254464 ) ( Perhaps since sidechain nodes receive proposed blocks independently and can figure out their hash, the commit message ( sidechain id + block commit + miner address) can be hashed one more time before its placed on Bitcoin, making miners unaware until after Bitcoin block is found that this is that sidechain's burn. Sidechain block producers would have to delay sidechain block propagation until after Bitcoin block is propagated, 10 minutes blocktime helps here. Hiding the fact that Bitcoin is burnt until after the fact is another possibly important matter. )
Should reward be split between all valid blocks or just winner gets all? (Blockstacks approach does not reward blocks marked by different from leader chaintip. That seems dangerous since sidechain tx sorting would be difficult to match and could take significant time to be compensated for perfectly valid work and coins burned. It doesn't seem as necessary in burning since we're not expending costs based on only one previous block version, the costs are independent of block assembly. Tradeoff is between making it easier for independent "mining" of sidechain and making it easier to validate for full nodes on sidechain)
Idle-Empire - Earn PayPal, Gift Cards & More | An extensive overview
This is a full overview about Idle-Empire, a GPT (Get-Paid-To) site that's been around since 2015. Idle-Empire is primarily targeted towards gamers, but they also have payouts through PayPal, Gift Cards, Cryptocurrencies, and Perfect Money - so I think it's a good fit for beermoney too! Idle-Empire has a lot of different earning and payout methods, some that you won't find on regular GPT sites. I'll go over every earning and payout method in this post.
You get 500 Points ($0.05) for free when you sign up through my referral link, and of course, you support me too. I'll also include a clean link for people who prefer not to use my referral link:
As far as I'm aware, there are no country restrictions on Idle-Empire. Everyone can sign up. There are some earning methods where your country does not matter, for others it does matter. People from all countries are able to idle, mine, complete promotions, and collect referrals. The availability of surveys, offers, and videos depend on your country.
Idle-Empire uses the term "Points" for their virtual currency. 10,000 Points are worth $1.00.
The minimum payout amount is $0.10 for most payout methods. Some payout methods like gift cards ($1.00 - $10.00) or PayPal ($2.50) have a higher minimum payout amount. You'll need to verify your account before you can make your first payout. You can verify your account with your mobile phone number, a verification code will be sent to your phone number.
In this section, I'll describe all available earning methods and add my personal opinion and experience about every method.
Surveys & Offers
I guess everybody here is familiar with the concept of surveys and offers. They are tasks that involve answering questions, downloading programs and mobile apps, registering on platforms, and much more. It's a grind but it can pay off since there are some offers that pay good money. Idle-Empire has a number of different offerwalls, here's a full list:
Personally, I like doing surveys and offers because they pay well. But it's also more work than other earning methods. No pain, no gain.
Idle-Empire has videos from EngageMe.TV, Smores.TV, and Hideout.TV. I believe many of you guys are familiar with those 3 providers, they are all owned by AdscendMedia. All you have to do is watch videos and sometimes there's gonna be an advertisement in between videos, and after every 3 ads, you get paid 50 Points. I liked to do videos in the past because it was easy and fast. Now I do it less, I feel that it became slower because I get fewer ads than before.
You have to join the Team Fortress 2 game servers of Idle-Empire and every minute you receive 1 Point. That's 1440 Points per day, which is $0.144 per day or $4.32 per month. It's not much but you don't have to do anything for it except being on the server. This process is called "idling" because you don't do anything. Idle-Empire shows video ads on the servers, so I guess that's how they can afford to pay people for being on the servers. Team Fortress 2 is free-to-play on Steam, so everyone can just install it. Idle-Empire also has an Autojoin tool which makes sure you automatically get reconnect to the server in case of a disconnected (can happen if your internet is down for a moment). I'm usually on the game servers 24/7 because it's free money for me - my computer is always running anyways and having the game run in the background doesn't bother me since it's not slowing down my computer.
Most people will have noticed the cryptocurrency craze during 2017 and 2018, where mining also played an important role. Idle-Empire has its own cryptocurrency miner and you get paid for running it on your computer. The average hashrate is currently 261 hashes per second. There's a calculator on the Idle-Empire website and it says that you earn 32,451 Points per month with that hashrate - that's $3.24. Note that this is just the current average, you might earn less or more depending on the GPU and CPU you have. The issue with mining is that it takes your computer a lot of its CPU/GPU power, so you won't be able to use it for other stuff in the meantime. Your computer will also consume more electricity. I believe mining isn't worth it for most people anymore unless you don't pay for electricity. I've used mining about 10 months ago or so and it was much more profitable at the time, I was making $0.80 - $0.90 per day. Haven't done it since the profitability went down, I think for most people it's only worth it now if you have free electricity.
Idle-Empire has a simple referral system - you earn 20% of what your referrals earn through surveys/offers, servers, and mining. Here are the terms:
The referred user must be new to Idle-Empire
You earn 20% of all Points that the referred user earns through surveys/offers, servers, and mining
You earn 50 Points for every new referred user
The referred user earns 500 Points when signing up through your referral link
20% is pretty nice and I believe it can be a good passive income if you get active referrals.
Promotions are basically offers from Idle-Empire. Most promotions are simple to complete. There are some promotions that you can do on a daily basis just by pressing a button, that's pretty good. Also, I think it's worth to complete all the tasks that just require a few button clicks like verifying your email or following them on social media. Here's a full list of all promotions:
Verify your email address (50 Points)
Connect a social media account to your Idle-Empire account (50 Points per account)
Follow Social Media
Join the Idle-Empire Steam group (100 Points)
Follow Idle-Empire on Twitter (100 Points)
Join the Idle-Empire Discord server (100 Points)
Include Idle-Empire in your Steam name (50 Points per day)
Change your Steam avatar to the Idle-Empire avatar (50 Points per day)
Roll a daily dice on the Idle-Empire Discord server (10 to 1,000 Points per day)
Invite people to the Idle-Empire Steam group (10 Points per user)
Invite people to the Idle-Empire Discord server (30 Points per user)
Create a YouTube video about Idle-Empire (5,000 Points)
Create a forum post about Idle-Empire (2,000 Points)
Create a blog post about Idle-Empire (10,000 Points)
In this section, I'll quickly summarize the available payout methods.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with PayPal. Idle-Empire sends USD to your PayPal account. There's a fee of $0.30 + 2.9%.
They currently offer gift cards for the following platforms:
League of Legends
Idle-Empire has cryptocurrency payouts through Coinbase. The coins will be sent to your Coinbase account with zero fees. These currencies are supported:
Perfect Money might be an alternative to PayPal for some people, especially when PayPal isn't available in your country. Perfect Money funds can be converted to Bitcoin, Skrill, Neteller, Payeer, Payoneer, and many others. Idle-Empire sends USD to your Perfect Money account.
BitSkins is a marketplace for Steam items, mainly for CS:GO and TF2 skins but many other games are supported too. Idle-Empire sends USD balance to your BitSkins account.
OPSkins is a marketplace for virtual and physical items. Idle-Empire sends Operation Points to your OPSkins account.
CSGOShop is a marketplace similar to BitSkins but apparently, it has fewer users and supports fewer games. Idle-Empire sends USD balance to your CSGOShop account.
KeyJoker seems to be a website where you can buy cheap indie Steam games. Idle-Empire sends credits to your KeyJoker account.
Idle-Empire has "Boosters" that are randomly created on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Boosters temporarily increase the earnings for one earning method, the boost can range from 1% to 100% and lasts a few hours. I've seen boosters for surveys/offers, videos, mining, and the game servers.
Idle-Empire can be a good alternative to traditional GPT sites for many users, especially since it doesn't have any country restrictions. It has some unconventional earning methods like idling, mining, and some promotions but you'll also find the usual surveys, offers, and videos. Idle-Empire has many different offer walls, so that's nice if you like to grind. The payout methods are primarily targeted towards gamers but they also have payouts through PayPal, Gift Cards, Cryptocurrencies, and Perfect Money. So I guess there's something for everybody. The boosters on weekends are a good opportunity to complete some high paying offers and get a nice bonus on top. Coupons are also regularly posted on Twitter and the other social media channels and they can be redeemed in just a few seconds, so that's fast and easy. I hope this extensive overview was helpful to some people! :)
Arguably one - if not the - best way to “stack sats” is to make use of automated bitcoin investment platforms that enable you to dollar-cost average bitcoin in a fully automated manner. It allows to invest a fixed amount into bitcoin on a regular basis, regardless of the price action, which helps partially neutralize short-term volatility. There are a number of platforms that offer this service, with Coinbase being among the most well-known. https://preview.redd.it/a1ovo9dfz7241.jpg?width=590&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=bf6bd7978684a611a3045dfcd1d23597e5ea6efc To automate regular bitcoin purchases, you link your bank account to your bitcoin investment app. Then, the platform will purchase your specified amount of bitcoin using funds from your bank account at regular predetermined intervals. For example, you could choose to invest USD 250 in bitcoin once a month on the day you receive your salary payment. This would enable you to build your bitcoin portfolio over time on autopilot without having to worry too much about volatility as you would be buying during the ups and downs. That means you would end up with an average entry price for your bitcoin trades. Hence, the name dollar-cost averaging.
Bitcoin cashback reward apps
Perhaps a more fun but still equally impactful way to “stack sats” would be to make use of so-called bitcoin cashback apps. https://preview.redd.it/9eq16h3kz7241.jpg?width=897&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0b2ad70c7a17ba60a71c62b7aeb1fcae111345bb As Cryptonews.com reported in July, there is a growing market for cashback rewards platform that pay users in bitcoin instead of fiat currency. The likes of Fold, Pei, and SatsApp enable users to receive a handful of satoshis every time they make a purchase at a registered merchant. The arguable leader in this market, however, is Lolli, which has just been named one of CNBC’s Top 100 Upstarts. Lolli provides a browser extension that informs users every time they access a partner e-commerce platform that they can receive cashback in the form of bitcoin. Moreover, it processes the transaction and sends you the BTC after you have made a purchase on one of these platforms. Lolli and co. have received a lot of positive attention on social media, which has made bitcoin cashback apps one of the most popular ways to stack sats this year.
The recently launched user-friendly, at-home bitcoin mining machine Coinmine has recently announced that it will pay users interest who mine using their machine and leaves their crypto in their designated Coinmine wallets. https://preview.redd.it/6jc5xwi008241.jpg?width=1000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=398230428a0761048d8cdc012586bf0d759f93d6 The California-based bitcoin startup announced on Twitter that the interest rates it will pay will start at 6.5%, with payouts being made on a monthly basis. This new method of stacking sats enables users to benefit from the power of compound interest, should they decide to leave their mined cryptocurrency in their Coinmine wallets. However, at this stage you might need to spend lots of sats before starting stacking them with Coinmine, which retails for USD 699, and you might need many years before this investment pays back.
Last but not least, you could stack sats by running a Lightning node to supporting the growing Bitcoin Lightning Network. https://preview.redd.it/3xsgmby108241.jpg?width=860&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=753d23f01221d2f38927d809c3794a5cd923a204 By providing payment channels to LN users, you can earn satoshis by charging users transaction fees to use your channels. The amount you will earn for running a Lightning node is negligible compared to using cashback apps, for example. But not only would you be earning a few sats to add to your stack, you would also be supporting one of Bitcoin’s most promising scaling solutions.
Start stacking sats
If you believe that bitcoin will continue to increase in value over time, there are a number of ways you can start stacking sats that do not involve accessing an exchange and clicking the buy button as our list shows. Moreover, should bitcoin really “moon,” even a few satoshis could be worth a lot. One satoshi, which represents roughly 0.00000001 BTC, is already worth more than a number of national currencies and if things continue the way they have gone, a satoshi may one day be worth more than a dollar (if dollar still exists by then).
I've decided to test out a lot of methods for passive income. It won't be methods that you'll get a lot of money from but I've found some that are actually pretty good and some that are not so good. I know I already made a post about this but I figured I would write a bit more and add the ones that were suggested in the comments. I have a Raspberry Pi that I use to run most of these sites and am therefore able to run them 24/7. I run raspbian and access it via VNC. This way I can manage it from my main computer and my smartphone. Learn more about that here. I've tested out these sites: Fast Cash MiningRef link This site is very straight forward. You sign up on the site and then click on "Start Mining Cash". At this point, it starts an auto-surfer and you don't have to do anything else. It'll keep going to different sites and you'll make a little bit of cash. You should make $0.00015 every minute. I've had it running for 1,905 minutes and have made $0.28575, so it checks out. Keep in mind that you have to have 15,000 total mined minutes to make a withdrawal. I run this site on my Pi and I haven't had any issues running it 24/7. Get Cash FREERef link This is pretty much the exact same as Fast Cash Mining. Although after clicking "Get Cash Free" you have to go through a captcha before it actually starts. So keep that in mind. I wasted a bit of time before I noticed that. You get $0.00010 every minute and I've been able to run it 24/7 as well without any issues. Withdrawals are not available at the moment since they're moving to a new domain. Fast Cash Mining and Get Cash FREE both seem sketchy to me. I'll test them out and see where it goes, but I'm not expecting much from it. There's also Money Mining and Cash Mining Bot which are pretty much the same. eBesucherRef link This site seems a lot more legit to me. It looks better and more professional. It's not as smooth as the last two though. For this site, you need to sign up and then navigate to the Members Area and find "Discover new websites". Once you've done that you'll be able to start the auto-surfer. I've had some problems with it. It seems to run out of websites pretty fast even though I have no limitations on what websites I'll allow. I did eventually manage to fix this by downloading their AddOn and launching the surf bar from that. After doing that I got a lot more websites. Not sure why. I was able to run it on my Raspberry Pi but I had to increase my screen resolution to get more sites. You get about 1 BTP per website you visit. 100,000 BTP = 2.10 EUR. It's decent and they payout to PayPal. alexamasterRef link This is also way more legit than the first two. You can tell that it's an actual business. You sign up and navigate to "Earn points". Here you can start the auto-surfer. There's also a lot of other options to earn points, like clicking links and watching videos. Minimum withdrawal is 30.000 points which is 1 USD and you should be able to get that pretty quick. PacketStreamRef link I've been running this on my main computer since I think it would be too much for the Pi. PacketStream allows you to sell your extra bandwidth. It doesn't use a lot of CPU, just the bandwidth. You get 0.10 USD per 1 GB you share. It's easy to set up. Just sign up and download the program. Then you can just leave it open and earn some cash. SatoshiLabsRef link It's not completely passive but it can be to some extent. On this site, you can use a faucet every 5 minutes to get Lab Flasks. Lab Flasks can be used to buy production tools. The production tools will then automatically generate Lab Flasks. Once you have enough Lab Flasks (5000) you can then withdraw them to your FaucetHub. 5000 Lab Flasks = 0.05 USD. If you spend some time setting it up you can have it running passively with minimum work. Conclusion Obviously, this is not a way to become a millionaire. It works and you'll get a bit of cash, but it won't be too much. But if you use a lot of the sites then you might be able to make some decent cash. If you're limited to the number of surfers you can run, I would probably skip the first two. They seem very sketchy and might not pay out. Tips
Don't buy a Raspberry Pi to do this. It's going to take ages to earn your money back. Just try it on your regular computer instead.
Don't use your main email for any of these sites. I haven't gotten a lot of spam from it but there's still a possibility. Just use a secondary one.
If you like SatoshiLabs and the faucet thing you might also want to set up a CoinPot and use the Moon faucets. They're great faucets that pay out pretty decently. They're available for Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash, Dogecoin and BitCoin Cash. There's also BitFun and BonusBitcoin that payout to CoinPot. Just set up an account on CoinPot and use that email on the faucets. Then you'll be able to claim some crypto every once in a while. I usually claim them twice every day. I have also enjoyed using the Dogecoin Telegram bot. It's very easy to earn some crypto and you can withdraw your first 4 Dogecoin after about 5 minutes. I withdraw them to a wallet and just save them up but you could also withdraw to Free-Dogecoin to earn interest on it.
New Research Challenges Bitcoin Mining’s Impact on the Environment
This article comes from: https://dashnews.org/new-research-challenges-bitcoin-minings-impact-on-the-environment/ New research published in the The New Scientist challenges previous research by arguing that Bitcoin mining has a smaller carbon footprint than previously thought. https://preview.redd.it/of9j1pv0nk141.png?width=881&format=png&auto=webp&s=6fbbba0851c117e0be78f3269b9f92b47599c1aa The previous research accused Bitcoin mining of contributing as much as 63 megatonnes of CO2 per year, but Massimo Pizzol and Susanne Köhler at Denmark’s Aalborg University point out in their paper that the original research made too many assumptions about energy consumption. Pizzol and Köhler show that carbon emissions from electricity generation and mining fractions are not uniform across China, as the original findings argued. Instead, 12.3% of Bitcoin mining comes from Inner Mongolia, which relies on coal for energy production. This then translate to Mongolia contributing 26.2% to Bitcoin’s overall carbon footprint, which is then counterbalanced by mining contributions coming from Sichuan that is able to generate significant electrical supply via hydropower. The authors also noted that while the carbon footprint of Bitcoin is on the rise, the statistics should be kept in perspective.“On the one hand, we have these alarmist voices saying we won’t hit the Paris agreement because of Bitcoin only. But on the other hand, there are a lot of voices from the Bitcoin community saying that most of the mining is done with green energy and that it’s not high impact.” Proof-of-Stake provides potential alternative with tradeoffs Processing transactions and validating the blockchain was originally only done via mining with computers solving complex algorithms, but proof-of-stake (POS) has since been developed as an alternative. POS leverages coins locked into a wallet (staked) by holders of the coin to validate other transactions on the network. This avoids the issue of consuming intense amounts of energy, but also raises additional concerns such as centralization and security risks. POS coins tend to create most of their total coin supply at the creation of the coin, which means that it is often only early adopters that will have a large concentration of said coins, and thus, coins created for payouts to stakers will mostly go to early adopters. This means that there tends to remain a large centralization risk, as opposed to mining where, theoretically, anyone can buy a mining rig for a couple thousand USD and begin mining said cryptocurrency and get rewards for doing so. However, mining has also developed centralization risks due to the creation of large mining farms that make it very difficult for small players to see any significant returns. The other risk of POS coins is a security concern since there have been attacks on proof-of-stake coins, including by “faking” staking data. Nevertheless, attack vulnerability isn’t exclusive to proof-of-stake coins since proof-of-work coins can also be attacked via various methods. Dash provides a middle ground between the two Dash secures its network via a mix between the two methods by using both proof-of-work through miners and proof-of-stake through masternodes that stake 1000 Dash. The network then pays both miners and masternodes 45% for doing work and the remaining 10% is allocated to the treasury each month. This helps ensure that the network can get the benefits of both methods to further secure the network without risking too much centralization as other coins have seen. As an example of its effectiveness, Dash was even ranked as the most decentralized coin earlier this year by Are We Decentralized Yet? Dash then further enhances its security via ChainLocks that allows masternodes to lock-in the first seen transaction and this provides much more protections against 51% attacks than any other POW or POS coin. However, this has also prompted Dash Core Group to pose the question of reevaluating the block distribution split since miners might have become more redundant in the system.
Daily analysis of cryptocurrencies 20191126(Market index 21— Extreme Fear state)
The ECB Is Now Studying The Option Of Introducing A Digital Currency Benoit Coeure, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB), has said Europe must overcome its reliance on international payment providers. However, it is not the central bank’s job to come to the rescue and crowd out private sector initiatives. The ECB is now studying the option of introducing a digital currency, and this would have broader consequences for the banks. Coeure warned against the central bank crowding out private-sector players. The ECB recently introduced an instant payment system called TIPS for transactions between banks, but lenders have been slow to join and the scheme has not had a significant impact so far. Former PBoC Head: China’s Digital Currency To Emphasize On Payment And Retail Usage According to a report, when it comes to whether global central banks will issue digital currency, ZHOU Xiaochuan, president of China Society for Finance and Banking and former head of the People’s Bank of China, believes that China will continue to adhere to the past path, emphasizing digital currency’s usage in the payment and retail. Big countries are very cautious when choosing technical directions at the currency level. If they go in the wrong direction, a crisis of trust may arise. China will emphasize digital currency’s payment function and maintain favorable technical support for the retail system. Based on this, it will gradually consider expanding the use of digital currency. Thai Excise Department Will Devise A Blockchain Tax Refund System According to Bangkok Post, the Thailand Excise Department will devise a method to refund overpaid taxes to oil exporters in a manner that stems leakages, its chief says. The change in the tax refund practice will use blockchain, which the department plans to adopt by the middle of next year, said director-general Patchara Anuntasilpa. The blockchain-based tax payback system requires oil exporters to pay excise tax to the department and claim overpaid taxes after they ship the fuel, he said. The new technology will let the department inspect the tax payments thoroughly. https://preview.redd.it/04531bnpj0141.png?width=504&format=png&auto=webp&s=eb342ad7ff8e0d75069e49a08f98a47f6bce5beb Earlier this month, we discussed the chances of bitcoin hitting $7,400 and $6,500 against the US Dollar. BTC did decline heavily and recently tested the main $6,500 support area. A new multi-month low was formed near $6,535 before the price started an upside correction. There was a strong recovery after the price surpassed the $6,750 resistance area. Besides, the price rallied more than 10% to climb above the $7,000 resistance. More importantly, yesterday’s key bearish trend line was breached with resistance near $7,060 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The pair even spiked above the 100 hourly simple moving average and tested the $7,350 resistance area. A high was formed near $7,372 and bitcoin price is currently trimming gains. It traded below the $7,200 level. Additionally, there was a break below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent wave from the $6,535 low to $7,372 high. Review previous articles:https://firstname.lastname@example.org
Encrypted project calendar（November 26, 2019）
BTU Protocol (BTU): and 1 other 26 November 2019 Blockchain & Friends “Blockchain & Friends brings together projects primarily from friends working on key account issues or ambitious start-ups.”Ontology (ONT);26 November 2019 Russian AMA “Join us this Tuesday, Nov. 26 for #Ontology’s AMA with@binanceRussia and Ukraine.”Ardor (ARDR);26 November 2019 Barcelona Meetup “Blockchain and IoT: current adoption, challenges and opportunities — meetup in Barcelona.”
Encrypted project calendar（November 27, 2019）
OKB (OKB):27 November 2019 OKEx Cryptour Vinnytsia “Join us in Vinnytsia as we journey through Ukraine for our OKEx Cryptour!”Fetch.ai (FET):27 November 2019 London Meetup “Join us on 27 November@primalbasehqto hear an exciting progress report as we prepare for the launch of our #mainnet”Nebulas (NAS):27 November 2019 AMA with Founder “Ask your questions on the Nebulas subreddit today & join the live AMA via Telegram on November 27th.”EDC Blockchain (EDC):27 November 2019 Educational Workshop Educational workshop in Puerto Ordaz.
Encrypted project calendar（November 28, 2019）
Horizen (ZEN):28 November 2019 Weekly Insider Team updates at 3:30 PM UTC/ 11:30 AM EDT: Engineering, Node network, Product/UX, Helpdesk, Legal, BD, Marketing, CEO Closing thoughts, AMA.IOTA (MIOTA):28 November 2019 London Meetup “Healthcare Professional Interest Network: Is AI the end of Healthcare?” meetup in London from 18:30–21:30 (GMT).Aeternity (AE):28 November 2019 Vienna Workshop “Come learn more about AE’s functional language Sophia and layer-1 oracles and state channels.”Honest (HNST)and 1 other; 28 November 2019 Telegram AMA “Book your date for Honest Mining AMA with@vexanium, November 28th, 2019 on Honest Mining Telegram Group and Vexanium Telegram Group.”Waves (WAVES);28 November 2019 AMA with Sasha Ivanov “This Thursday Nov 28 we’re hosting a live-streamed AMA with Sasha Ivanov to discuss where Waves stands and where we’re heading in 2020.”
Encrypted project calendar（November 29, 2019）
Zenon (ZNN):29 November 2019 Awareness Fund Payout “Distribution of the fund takes place every Friday until Pillars Lock-in Phase is completed.”Tael (WABI);29 November 2019 Founders AMA “Three days to go until our Founders #AMA, this Friday, hosted by@binance.”
Encrypted project calendar（November 30, 2019）
Ethos (ETHOS):30 November 2019 (or earlier) Rebranding “In November, we unveil the broker token, a dynamic utility token to power our commission-free crypto trading and broker platform, Voyager.”Digitex Futures (DGTX):30 November 2019 Public Testnet Launch “…We can expect to see the world’s first zero-commission futures trading platform live on the Ethereum public testnet from 30th November.”Monero (XMR):30 November 2019 Protocol Upgrade “Preliminary information thread regarding the scheduled protocol upgrade of November 30.”Chiliz (CHZ):30 November 2019 (or earlier) Fiat to CHZ Exchanges “We will add another two fiat to $CHZ exchanges in November…”Skrumble Network (SKM):30 November 2019 (or earlier) P2P & Group Calling “P2P & Group Video Calling,” during November 2019.Aergo (AERGO):30 November 2019 (or earlier) Mainnet 2.0 Upgrade Mainnet 2.0 Protocol update by end of November.Akropolis (AKRO):30 November 2019 (or earlier) Beta Release “All functionality has been deployed to mainnet.”Nash Exchange (NEX):30 November 2019 (or earlier) Mobile Strategy Phase 2 “Phase 2 of our mobile strategy will be live soon with our wallet and portfolio app hitting stores in November!”Akropolis (AKRO):30 November 2019 (or earlier) Beta Release “All functionality has been deployed to mainnet.”Pakcoin (PAK):30 November 2019 Staking Mobile App Android app for staklet is going to be launched on November 30th.
Encrypted project calendar（December 1, 2019）
Auxilium (AUX):01 December 2019 AUX Interest Distribution Monthly interest distribution by Auxilium Interest Distribution Platform for coinholders. Also supports charity.I/O Coin (IOC):01 December 2019 Pos Reward Halving IOC block reward halving is happening on December 1st 2019.ABBC Coin (ABBC)01 December 2019 Migration Requests Start “Migration requests from the #AladdinPro Wallet will be accepted starting on December 1, 2019.”
Encrypted project calendar（December 2, 2019）
Bitcoin (BTC):02 December 2019 CME Futures BTCX19 Bitcoin Futures Contract (BTCX19) settles on December 02, 2019.Waves (WAVES):02 December 2019 Waves Exchange Launch “As of November 18, users will be able to import their accounts and seed phrases, and, on December 2, the new exchange will be launched.”BZLCOIN (BZL):02 December 2019 New Website New website and pre-launch “Patron”.Decentraland (MANA):02 December 2019 Creator Contest “Announcing the Creator Contest, from Dec 2–15. Submit your most creative interactive scenes for a share of $50k USD worth of prizes up.”Bitcoin (BTC);02 December 2019 CME Futures BTCX19 Bitcoin Futures Contract (BTCX19) settles on December 02, 2019.
Encrypted project calendar（December 3, 2019）
Aeternity (AE):03 December 2019 Sofia, Bulgaria Meetup “Come hear@noyyyand@emintroducing the project, followed by talks by Karol Skočik, Juraj Hlista, and Stephan Verbücheln.”Quant (QNT)03 December 2019 QuantX London Conference “QuantX is a half-day event being curated by Quant Network with an audience of 100 industry professionals from across the fintech…”
Encrypted project calendar（December 4, 2019）
Aeternity (AE)04 December 2019 Sofia Hackathon “The next aeternity blockchain hackathon will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on December 4th, 2019!”
Encrypted project calendar（December 5, 2019）
OKB (OKB)：05 December 2019 OKEx Cryptour Kyiv Ukr “Join us in Kyiv as we journey through Ukraine for our OKEx Cryptour!”Horizen (ZEN)05 December 2019 Weekly Insider Team updates at 4:30 PM UTC/ 11:30 AM EDT: Engineering, Node network, Product/UX, Helpdesk, Legal, BD, Marketing, CEO Closing thoughts, AMA.
Encrypted project calendar（December 6, 2019）
TenX (PAY):06 December 2019 COMIT Hackathon “The #hackathon will be held over the weekend of 6–8 Dec at the TenX HQ in Singapore.”Noah Coin (NOAH)06 December 2019 Japan Roadshow — Sendai “As you know, we are organizing the trip to the cities of Japan in December.”
Encrypted project calendar（December 7, 2019）
Storm (STORM):07 December 2019 Loyalty Program Registration for our fourth and last loyalty program will end on December 7th!MediBloc [ERC20] (MEDX):07 December 2019 Token Swap Deadline “Please submit your swap before 7th of December 23:59(UTC+9).”OKB (OKB);07 December 2019 OKEx Talks 2019 Calabar “Join us on 7 Dec for our first OKExTalks in Calabar, where we will be discussing ‘Digital Assets and Tokenization’.”Dash (DASH);07 December 2019 Open House “.. Dash Core Group will be hosting the Dash Evolution Open House on Dec 7th… in Scottsdale, AZ, from 1pm to 5pm MST.”Noah Coin (NOAH);07 December 2019 Japan Roadshow — Tokyo “As you know, we are organizing the trip to the cities of Japan in December.”
Encrypted project calendar（December 8, 2019）
Noah Coin (NOAH)08 December 2019 Japan Roadshow — Nagoya “As you know, we are organizing the trip to the cities of Japan in December.”
Encrypted project calendar（December 10, 2019）
OKB (OKB)10 December 2019 OKEx Talks — Rotterdam “Join us on 10 Dec to explore “Decentralized Finance” & the benefits & opportunities it presents.”.Newscrypto.io (NWC)10 December 2019 (or earlier) Platform Redesign Updates: Brand new Landing page, New Trading Tools and Updated School Program.IOTA (MIOTA)10 December 2019 Karlsruhe Meetup “Come learn about the IOTA technology! Dec 10 at 6PM CEST.”OKB (OKB)10 December 2019 OKEx Talks — Rotterdam “Join us on 10 Dec to explore “Decentralized Finance” & the benefits & opportunities it presents.”.Newscrypto.io (NWC)10 December 2019 (or earlier) Platform Redesign Updates: Brand new Landing page, New Trading Tools and Updated School Program.
Encrypted project calendar（December 11, 2019）
Waves (WAVES)11 December 2019 Annual Meetup ‘See you in Berlin on December 11, 2019!”Cindicator (CND)11 December 2019 Event for CND Ecosystem “New horizons of the CND ecosystem,” with “More details to be released” at 14:00 UTC.IOTA (MIOTA)11 December 2019 Berlin Meetup “Join us for the “2019 recap & 2020 outlook” MeetUp, organized by IOTA &@iotashop.”Cosmos (ATOM)11 December 2019 Cosmos Hub 3 Chain “Cosmonauts, buckle up & get ready for the hub upgrade to the Cosmos Hub 3 chain. A new proposed date is set for Dec 11 at…”
Beermoney Essentials: 6 Ways To Earn Passively With Cryptocurrencies In 2018
Hey guys! This is my second "Beermoney Essentials" post. Here's the first one about Chrome Extensions if you missed it a year ago. These types of posts basically are just about things have seem to become 'essential' information in terms of Beermoney. This post is going to be about Cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency has been becoming more and more popular around the beermoney community, and I think it's safe to say that 2018 will be the year of cryptos. Here's what this post is NOT. This post will not be the 'here's what cryptos I think you should buy and hodl in 2018'. This post IS going to be about cryptos you can get into and do whatever you want to without having to directly invest in them. So yeah, this post is mostly going to be about mining.
6 Ways To Earn Passively With Cryptocurrencies
Alright, so in this post, I'm going to split things up into 4 parts:
Part 1: GPU mining
Does anyone here remember Nice Hash? (I mean, it technically still is a thing actually). Nice Hash is/was a nice site that would allow you to use your PC to mine. I believe they actually mined ETH (I think), but they were nice because they paid out in BTC (which most people prefer). It was really the easy way for just about anyone to get into mining (assuming you have a decent GPU). Just a month or so ago they claim to have been "hacked" and they lost (at the time) ~$60 million in users' bitcoin. For whatever reason a lot of people wanted them to resume operating after the bits were lost, so they are back up. I won't recommend Nicehash at all. I don't think they were really hacked, and I do think it was an inside job. If you want to use Nicehash, you can. I just really don't recommend it, and there are plenty of alternatives. Here are just a few that I found.
WinMiner is a really neat alternative to NiceHash. From what it seems, the payouts on Winminer are a bit lower, but there are a couple advantages to using this site that might outweigh the lower payouts. First of all, Winminer is really easy to use, you can just download it and set it up, and it's all set. The thing about Winminer that is really nice is that you can get paid out in many different ways. If you want, you can cash out to Bitcoin, but they have a $100 minimum, and the fees are really high, so there's a good chance you won't want Bitcoin. Alternatively, you can withdraw your balance to PayPal, ETH, LTC, Amazon, or iTunes. One thing I don't necessarily like about Winminer is that it does keep your balance in USD at all times, so if you earn for a month and go to withdraw if bitcoin's price goes up 50% in that month, you won't get that bonus reflected on your total cashed out because it was in USD. It's probably not an issue for most people.
I have been using Kryptex since just after the announcement of NiceHash being hacked. It has a nice UI and it is very customizable with its settings. This is probably the closest site to the original NiceHash. You can request a payout in Bitcoin any time after you have 0.0006 BTC. One thing about Kryptex is that it does have a referral system. You can earn 10% of your referral's earnings. I shamelessly put my referral link above. Feel free to give it a click if you want. I don't really prefer this site over WinMiner because it doesn't offer quite as many methods of payments, but here it is anyways.
Part 2: CPU Mining
CPU Mining for Bitcoin has been dead for a long time, but there are still some ways to use your CPU to earn some crypto passively.
LoadTeam used to be a site that would pay you to test loading websites in the background passively. It was never a lot of money (and it still isn't), but they made the change a few months ago to switch over to Crypto Mining. I actually didn't even notice the switch, but I checked my account after a couple months and I had a few dollars sitting there. LoadTeam offers instant paypal transfers with no fee for all balances over $1. It's pretty nice. I didn't even notice a difference in CPU usage over the last few months. I think of it as an easy couple dollars a month, and it runs entirely in the background.
CoinHive Monero Mining
You might have seen this around a bit. CoinHive is a service that allows sites to mine monero in the background(ish). Some sites have been using Coinhive as an alternate to advertising/adblockers. There are a few sites that have been adding coinhive to their site. You can run this passively in the background. I don't know all of the sites that have CoinHive, but two big ones I know of are FreeBitco.in and CoinPot. FYI, I think Freebitco.in links are blocked on reddit, but if anyone wants my referral link, send me a PM. I give 100% of my referral earnings back to my referrals.
Part 3: PoC Mining
PoC Mining you might not have heard of, but it's fucking cool. PoC = Proof of Capacity. While CPU mining uses a computer's CPU, and GPU mining uses graphics cards, PoC mining uses free storage to mine. The appeal of PoC mining is that it seems like everybody has free storage. Check around your house, maybe you'll find a nice external hard drive with some space on it. You can use this to mine from. Now I know I said above that this wasn't going to be a post of me telling you what cryptos I recommend for you to invest in, but here's my quick pitch for Burstcoin. Burstcoin is the worlds first (and only) PoC coin. It is the "green" crypto. Mining Burstcoin takes up 400x less power than a crypto like Bitcoin. It's really pretty fucking cool, and I absolutely support the coin. Feel free to read more about Burstcoin on /burstcoin, and check out the recent announcement of Dymaxion. But you're here to learn how to earn from PoC Mining passively. Unlike CPU and GPU mining, it is a lot more hard to get into because there are a lot more steps involved to setting it up. You'll actually need to know how to 'plot' your storage and set up a mining pool. I'm not going to write out the entire process because there are plenty of other resources to help you out. One thing I really recommend is QBundle 1.6, which is probably the closest thing that will walk you through the process of setting up a wallet for burst and start plotting and then mining with your storage. One thing I'll also point out is that in order to mine burst with a pool you will need at least one burst in order to set the reward recipient. There are faucets you can get a free burst from, but if you can't get the faucets to work, feel free to send me a PM and I'll send over everyone who wants to get into burst a coin to set the recipient. Here's a video explaining burstcoin a bit more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyj9RIyxLb4 If there are requests, I will happily make a video explaining how to get started mining with Burstcoin.
Part 4: Saving/Investing
Okay, I said this post wasn't about investing in cryptos, and that's not what this section is about, at all. This part of the post is about using the cryptos you already have to earn more crypto. There are quite a few options in this space, but I do advise you to take all caution when investing your cryptos into anything. Realize that ANYTHING can become a scam when you're not holding your own private keys.
I've mentioned this a few times in the past, but Freebitco.in allows you to use their site has a savings account/wallet and they pay 4.08% annual compounded interest per year on all your balances held (they pay interest daily). I've been hodling bitcoin on there on and off for quite a long while now and it's really nice. Another advantage I could point out is that their site does work as a wallet as well, and while bitcoin's fees are going crazy, you have the option of setting up an automatic weekly cash out (when you're ready to cash out your balance on their site) and the fee is just 3000 satoshi, or you can sign up for a 1-6 hour payment with a heavily reduced fee, or instant with a full average fee. It's really nice having those options. Freebitco.in does offer a 25% referral bonus for all interest paid out on their site, and I wrote above:
FYI, I think Freebitco.in links are blocked on reddit, but if anyone wants my referral link, send me a PM. I give 100% of my referral earnings back to my referrals.
I have been paying 100% back for over a year now, and I don't plan on changing that. Please remember: if you do deposit anything onto freebitco.in that is a risk you're taking.
There are a lot of different ways you can use Cryptocurrencies to your benefit. Even if you don't have a good CPU, GPU, or have much free storage, there are still options for you, and maybe you could even consider taking some of your profits from beermoney in 2018 and putting it into upgrading your own set up, or taking some profits and investing into the cryptos you support. Previous Beermoney Essentials Posts:
EarnCoins.gg | Veteran GPT site since 2016 | High Payouts | Trusted by 300k+ users!
Hey y’all, I am an administrator of the site EarnCoins.gg and I am here to talk to you guys and gals about the site. While admittedly, I am affiliated with the site, I will try my best to remain objective and fair-minded. Although I am an administrator, I am still an active user, and a community top earner. EarnCoins is a GPT site that has been around for quite awhile, and has been going through various changes and updates quite recently, which makes me think it might just be worthwhile for you to check out! EarnCoins.gg (non ref)EarnCoins.gg (personal ref link) EarnCoins.gg (formerly known as CSGO-coins) has been around for about 3 years now, and the community at large has earned almost $170,000 in total. I personally believe we have a relatively fair payout for offers completed, of which I've seen some of the highest paying ones out there, and a very fast and professional staff team that I am very proud of. Why EarnCoins? ↪ Large variety of payout methods: 1) Choose from multiple virtual item marketplaces for virtual in-game items, such as Opskins/Bitskins/CSGOShop (10 cent minimum cashout for virtual items) 2) Crypto Currencies: BTC, ETH, BCH and LTC. 3) Paypal withdrawals 4) Steam Game Keys (Choose a game, select a random one, or enter a raffle) 5) Amazon Gift Cards ↪ Instant withdrawal available for for more experienced and trusted users, speedy manual delivery on all orders nonetheless ↪ In any case help is needed or whenever you have questions, our live and private support chat is here for you ↪ Public onsite chat ↪ Some of the highest paying offers ↪ Monthly rewards for the top three users with the most coins grossed. ↪ Chat ranks, emotes, and commands ↪ Log in with the method of your choice! Use: facebook, google, steam, twitter, twitch, and/or discord ↪ Infinite opportunities to earn free coins provided by the site ↪ Frequent on-site giveaways ↪ On-site and downloadable crypto-mining solutions: Either mine with our java web browser miner OR off-site with your GPU. ↪ User to User betting “1v1s” (coinflip) ↪ Free coins via "bonus codes" that are given out on our social medias (only usable after 100 coins earned) ↪ Active community discord server for support-related questions, hosting/announcing giveaways, and aswell a occasional events throughout the year where members get to play online games with the staff. Offer Walls Available ✓ Adgate Media ✓ Adscend Media ✓ Offertoro ✓ Peanut Labs ✓ Personaly ✓ SaySo Rewards ✓ Super Rewards ✓ TrialPay ✓ More TV Time ✓ Hideout.TV ✓ Smores.TV ✓ VideoLab ✓ And more to come Some things that may deter people from the site may include: ↪ 1150 coins = 1 USD, not 1000 like most of what other sites would use. ↪ Choosing a referrer happens upon sign-up only, therefore no post-signup special code to enter or anything. ↪ Bitcoins isn't always profitable, as cryptocurrencies fluctuate in value. ↪ The instant payout perk takes a bit of time to acquire. ↪ The minimum withdrawal for PayPal sits at $2.50. ↪ PayPal withdrawals are sent as a business transaction, resulting in a minor fee. (2-4% depending on location) ↪ Strict one-account-per-household policy, multiple accounts and VPN use are obviously forbidden. ↪ Some payout options may be out of stock, resulting in a delay In conclusion, EarnCoins is a viable beermoney site that I would love for you to check out. Feel free to leave me questions, ideas, suggestions, and or critiques in the comments below, as we strive to better ourselves by listening to the community's feedback. Also feel free to add your referral links below guys! Thanks for taking your time to read this, as a reward for reading all the way to the bottom we’ve prepared a bonus code: "prodigy" once you've racked up your first 100 coins
Cointiply Review: earn Bitcoin playing games, watching videos, doing surveys and more.
Cointiply has a range of different ways that you can earn money on their site, which you can later withdraw as Bitcoin. When you first login to the site you are presented with the coin faucet, a simple feature which lets you claim a very small amount of free 'coins' every hour. Beyond that there are many other ways that you can earn on the site which you will find listed below along with my thoughts or experiences of using them. Unlike most other cryptocurrency faucets and 'micro-task' websites, Cointiply initially pays you in their own coins, which are pegged to fiat (the United States dollar specifically). But when you come to make a withdrawal you will be paid out in bitcoin or doge (your choice). The basic faucet payout is obviously very small as they all are, but compares very well to other faucets. You start off getting just over half a cent each time, which goes up to double that if you are a regular user and get the daily bonus. Making a claim rolls for a random number, and if you get a prime number you also get an extra bonus. Other ways to earn include: Watching videos: They actually have some good video channels that can be good to watch. If you watch three of the ads that display between videos on the channels they offer you a reward. Ads don't show after every video, but if doesn't take too long to get to three. This can be a good one to just put on and leave to play while you do something else. After three ads have played you don't get any more, so its probably best to leave it on while you are in the room and keep an eye so you can close one channel and open another each time you reach three ads to get a reward. Playing games: They have quite a lot of games to play as well, and some are quite fun. You get a payment each time you play a game, which won't add up to anything significant tbh. I wouldn't recommend doing this as your sole method of earning crypto, but if you’re bored and you are the kind of person who sometimes plays random free casual games then you might as well come here and get a little something back for your time. Paid to click adverts: On average you get something like a tenth of a cent for viewing an ad for a few seconds. Hardly any money, but hardly any time either. Tasks and offers: Earning larger amounts requires going to the offer wall and completing surveys, downloading and testing apps, completing special offers from various companies and other easy small tasks. The earnings are good but there may not always be something which appeals to you. I like to check in regularly to browse the offers but to be a little bit picky about which ones to do, which is OK if you at least take a few seconds to do the faucet and PTC ads each time so that it is never a completely wasted visit. CPU mining: This is the only one I wouldn't recommend as you earn almost nothing and use electricity which costs a lot more than you earn. Referrals: You can also add to your earnings by sharing your link and introducng other people to the site. Multiplier: Gamblers can also play a dice game in the hopes of increasing their balance. Interest: If you keep coins in your account past the minimum payment threshold then you can earn 5% per year on your balance. This is quite generous compared to similar sites. The mimimum payment threshold is around $3.50. This is relatively high, compared to other faucets, but it isn't so high that you will struggle to ever reach it. Overall it’s a good site and if you are looking for a casual way to earn a small amount of crypto without having to spend much time on it and perhaps having a little fun and entertainment along the way then I would recommend using Cointiply. [Referral Link] [Non Referral Link]
As part of my ongoing effort to develop stupid shit for Garlicoin, I present you: W-addresses!
“Wait, what?!” I hear you asking? Well…(buckle up, this is another one of my technical posts that goes on, and on…) For some time now, I have been using native SegWit (Pay-to-Witness-Public-Key-Hash, P2WPKH) transactions for myself. Mostly because they have a 75% fee subsidy on signature data (which comes out on ~50% fee subsidy on the entire transaction, depending on the type of transaction) and I am dutch after all ;-) It turns out that Garlicoin Core kind of supports them and kind of does not. If you manually register the transaction redeem script to your wallet (using the addwitnessaddress command) it will start recognizing them on the blockchain but gets kind of confused on how to deal with them, so it registers them all as ‘change’ transactions. Still, this means you can receive coins using these types of transactions and pay with them in all ways you can with regular Garlicoins, except your transactions are cheaper. However, sending coins using native SegWit is quite a hassle. You can basically only do it by creating your own raw transactions (createrawtransaction, edit it to make it native SegWit, fundrawtransaction, signrawtransaction, sendrawtransaction). On top of this, any change address the wallet creates are still legacy/normal Garlicoin addresses, so you will end up with a bunch of unspent transaction outputs (UTXOs) for which you have to pay full fee anyway. I decided we (I) could do better than this. But first a few steps back. What is this native SegWit anyway and weren’t people already using SegWit? Wasn’t there a user that just after mainnet launched accidentally made a SegWit transaction? So what the hell am I talking about? To understand this, you will need to know a few things about what SegWit is and how Bitcoin Garlicoin transactions work in general. Note that this bit gets really technical, so if you are not interested, you might want to skip ahead. A lot. First thing to understand is that addresses are not really a thing if you look at the blockchain. While nodes and explorers will interpret parts of a transaction as addresses, in reality addresses are just an abstraction around Bitcoin Script and an easy way send coins instead of asking people “hey, can you send some coins to the network in such a way that only the private key that corresponds to public key XYZ can unlock them?”. Let’s look at an example: say I ask you to send coins to my address GR1Vcgj2r6EjGQJHHGkAUr1XnidA19MrxC. What ends up happening is that you send coins out a transaction where you say that the coin are locked in the blockchain and can only be unlocked by successfully executing the following script:
The first byte (0x26, or 38) is the version byte. This tells the clients how the interpret the rest of the script. In our case 38 means Pay-to-Public-Key-Hash (P2PKH), or in other words the script mentioned above. The part after that is just the SHA1 hash of the public key and the final 4 bytes are a checksum to verify you did not make a typo when entering the address. Enter SegWit. What SegWit exactly is depends on who you are talking to, however it mostly is a different transaction format/protocol. The main change of SegWit is that signature data is not longer included in the transaction (fixing transaction malleability). Instead transaction data is sent separate from the transaction itself and outside of the (main) blocks. This is not really that much of an issue, except for the fact that people wanted to enable SegWit as a soft-fork instead of a hard-fork. This means that somehow unupgraded nodes needed a way to deal with these new transaction types without being able to verify them. The solution turned out to be to make use of an implementation detail of Bitcoin Script: if a piece of script executes without any errors, the last bit of data determines whether the transaction is valid (non-zero) or invalid (zero). This is what they used to implement SegWit. So what does this look like? Well, you might be surprised how simple a P2WPKH (the SegWit way of doing a P2PKH transaction) script looks:
Yes. That’s it. The first byte is the Witness program version byte. I.e. it tells you how the other data should be interpreted (very similar to how addresses work). Then there is the hash of the public key. As you can see, SegWit does not actually use Bitcoin Script. Mostly because it needs old nodes to ‘just accept’ its transactions. However interestingly enough, while the transaction format changed, the transaction data is pretty much the same:
I want to pay to a hash of a public key
This hash is XYZ.
This means that these kind of SegWit transactions need a new way of addressing them. Now, you might think that this is where the ‘3’ addresses on Bitcoin or the ‘M’ addresses on Garlicoin come in. However, that is not the case. These addresses are what are called Pay-to-Script-Hash (P2SH) addresses. There scrypt is like this:
Huh? Yeah, these are a very special type of transactions, that kind of go back to the “hey, can you send some coins to the network in such a way that only the private key that corresponds to public key XYZ can unlock them?” issue. These transactions are a way to have arbitrary smart contracts (within the limits of Bitcoin Script) to determine whether a transaction output can be spend or not without the sender of the coins having to deal with your scripts. Basically they use a hash of the “real” script, which whoever owns the coins has to provide when they want to spend them, as well as the specific inputs required for a script. This functionality is for example used in multi-signature (MultiSig) wallets, without requiring someone sending money to these wallets having to deal with random bits of information like how many signatures are required, how many private keys belong to the wallet, etc. This same method is used for so called P2SH-wrapped SegWit transactions (or P2SH-P2WPKH). Consider our earlier SegWit transaction output script:
Or 00144e9856671c3abb2f03b7d80b9238e8f5ecd9f050 in low-level hex. The P2SH script for this would be:
Which would give us address MNX1uHyAQMXsGiGt5wACiyMUgjHn1qk1Kw. This is what is now widely known and used as SegWit. But this is P2SH-wrapper SegWit, not native or "real" SegWit. Native would be using the data-only SegWit script directly. The reason for using the P2SH variant is mostly about compatibility. While SegWit nodes understand these newer transactions, they were never officially assigned a way to convert them to addresses. Hence, they will show up in blockchain explorers as Unparsed address  or something similar. Then there is also the whole thing about old nodes and relaying non-standard transactions, but I will skip that bit for now. Bitcoin is using/going to use new BECH32 addresses for native SegWit transactions, which looks completely different from the old Base-58 encoded addresses. However, right now, especially on Garlicoin, you cannot really use them and have to use the P2SH variant. But why not use these new cool transaction types without having to deal with all that useless and complex P2SH wrapping, right? Right? … Well, I went ahead and gave them their (unofficial) address space. So last thursday I made some changes to Garlicoin Core, to make dealing with these native SegWit transaction a lot easier. In short, the changes consist of:
Assigning address version byte 73 to them, in other words addresses starting with a ‘W’ (for ‘witness’).
Allowing the use of ‘W’ addresses when sending coins.
Make the wallet automatically recognize the SegWit transaction type for any newly generated address.
Add the getwitnessaddress command, which decodes a version 38 ‘G’ address and re-encodes the same data as a version 73 ‘W’ address (unfortunately it is not as simple as just changing the first letter). Note that this can be any address, not just your own. (That said, you should not send SegWit transactions to people not expecting them, always use the address given to you.)
Added the usewitnesschangeaddress configuration setting, to automatically use the cheaper SegWit transaction outputs for transaction change outputs.
(Since using the 'W' address only changes the way coins are sent to you and the private key used for both transaction types is the same:) When receiving coins they show all up under the original ‘G’ address, whether a SegWit or legacy/normal transaction type was used. The idea behind this is that both are actually the same "physical" (?) address, just to the way to coins to it differs. Address book entries are also merged and default to the ‘G’ address type.
Anyway, I don’t expect people to actually use this or it getting merged into mainline or anything. I actually mostly made this for myself, but thought I should share anyway. I guess it was also a nice opportunity to talk a bit about transactions and SegWit. :-) Btw, I also changed my pool to allow mining to ‘W’ addresses, to make coin consolidation cheaper (due to the SegWit fee subsidy). Right now this is only for instant payout though (as I would have to update the wallet node the pool is using for daily payout, which I haven’t done yet). Also note that you can actually mine to a ‘W’ address (and therefore use cheaper transactions) even if you are running the official, non-patched version of Garlicoin Core, however:
You need to manually convert your ‘G’ address to a ‘W’ address.
You need to run the addwitnessaddress command (Help -> Debug Window -> Console) to make the wallet recognize SegWit transactions (you can ignore the ‘M’ address it produces).
The wallet might get a bit confused as it does not really understand how it got the coins. This is mostly notable in the ‘Coin Control’ window if you have it enabled. Apart from that everything should still work though.
Bitgrin - WHO I AM - introduction for new miners & investors
https://preview.redd.it/y1nyrhkmoj731.png?width=298&format=png&auto=webp&s=93a62ae0fa7614dcc538e1ace8756a0857fae63f Bitgrin is a privacy focused cryptocurrency on a protocol level based on MimbleWimble and a fork of GRIN coin. This is about freedom from censorship and the banker regime. The technology of Grin meets the economics of Bitcoin, for the worlds first - private, - scalable, - decentralized currency with sound economic model (limited supply) If you're not clear on what i mean by scalability: Bitcoin has a 240 GB blockchain. Ethereum has a 1TB blockchain. BitGrin will stay below 1GB due to the way old transactions get compressed and pruned that means i can put a full node on your phone, not just a light wallet but a true full node Bitgrin mainnet launched the 8th of February 2019 Ticker: XBG Block time: ~60s Block reward: 4.5 XBG Next Halvening: Block 2,102,400 Supply: 21,000,000 ========================================================== LINKS We dont need a central authority declaring stuff official, we need grass-roots support Website: https://bitgrin.dev/ ANN: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5104608.0 Github: https://github.com/bitgrin/bitgrin Emission Schedule: https://bitgrin.dev/comparision-of-emission/ Latest Kingfish releases : https://github.com/bitgrin/kingfish/releases Explore : https://explorer.bitgrin.dev/ Discord : https://discord.gg/Nd5BazK Twitter : https://twitter.com/Bitgrin Reddit : https://www.reddit.com/xbg ========================================================== Purpose of MimbleWimble is that no one can see your coins or who you sent them too, while still knowing coins are valid. This is a huge deal in privacy, and we wish that Bitcoin had that from beginning. But looks like we have a 2nd chance now. Grin failed that in our eyes with horrible economics ========================================================== TEAM Our team is anonymous that won't change We've got a small team who has been in blockchain dev since around 2011 as well as application developers, good at making things user friendly. This all started because we were working on the Kingfish wallet which was a Grin wallet, and some miner software for Grin. The tech was very cool, but then this emission schedule and the attitude of the core devs made us realize their priorities wrong. So Kingfish partners joined bitgrin team. Many of us on the original team were not happy with the economic decisions. We're actually pretty active in Grin Core team chat. ========================================================== WHAT IS BITGRIN BitGrin is a store of value, designed to be easy to use Bitgrin share the same halvening schedule as BTC. Half as many rewards every 4 years. 4.5 coins per block, and then 2.25 after halving, and so on. So theres really 3 things we bring to the table
We create an economic incentive for folks to hold there coins with halvenings. This means the coin acts more as a store of value.
We create a dev fee so we don't have to be like the Grin team and beg for donations. We'll take modest salaries to keep things running clean
We are building super simple user friendly tools on top of the protocol so that in time the average user can simply pull out a phone and work with XBG coins
BitGrin makes transactions completely private, hiding the amount of coins a user owns, how many have been sent, and to whom they were sent. Transactions are blinded, which means no-one can prove that coins have been sent at all! BitGrin is private by design, even the developers don't know who is sending or receiving coins. But how does it all actually work? BitGrin is governed by the laws of mathematics, exploiting some very simple properties of addition and multiplication. Elliptic curve cryptography is at the root of what keeps BitGrin (and Bitcoin) secure. The standard is also used by countless military, banking, and even government operations. Elliptic curve cryptography is a method of utilizing a secure curve to produce privately known numbers These extremely large numbers are nearly impossible to guess, but can be proven to have been generated by someone with knowledge of their private key. Let me walk you through the process. First, a user picks a really, really, really large number. Then they multiply it with the starting point on the curve. The resulting coordinates on the curve are your public key and that really, really big number is your private key! You can now securely encrypt values utilizing your private key, and publicly share your encrypted messages along with your public key. Other users in the world can *prove* that you must have knowledge of the correct private key, without them knowing what it is. And this is the bedrock of almost all cryptography. It keeps the whole world secure! The trick here is that it's pretty easy to get the coordinates of your public key, but it's nearly impossible to discover another user's private key. A simple analogy for elliptic curve cryptography Knowing just the public key is like knowing the location of an indestructible box, with the world's most complicated lock. Without the private key, it is impossible to access it's contents. This is where, for example, Bitcoin's security model ends. BitGrin, on the other hand, goes a few steps further. BitGrin hides your even your *public* key. So now no one even knows *where* your indestructible box is. This means that no one can see how many coins you have, who you are sending coins to, or how many you have received. All of this is accomplished using just a few additional mathematical tricks. How Bitcoin transactions work To further explain, let's first talk about how Bitcoin transactions work. Lett’s say you, a Bitcoin user, want to send some funds to another user. You would announce publicly to the network your public key, the amount of coins you would like to send, and proof that demonstrates you are indeed the owner of these coins. You can see the problem here. If someone goes through the history of the blockchain, they can clearly see who you received the coins from, who you are sending them to, how many were sent, and even how many you have. You don't really want people knowing all of that information, do you? Do you share your bank statements with everyone? Of course not. Now... How can we fix this? How can we make transactions more private? How BitGrin transactions work Let's go over a BitGrin transaction... BitGrin transactions are completely different than Bitcoin transactions, You can think of them as just a blank credit card with no name, just the number, and everyone who knows this number can spend money with it. What the blockchain holds is just a list of these "cards", while obscuring the amounts in them, and who is in possession of them, or even who had contents in them prior. Let's say for example I want to send you three BitGrin. What we need to do now is prove that I own a credit card (or multiple cards) with the total of at least 3 coins. We also need to create a new card for you. One whose number is only known by you. First, I send you a message via a secure channel in between our wallets. "Hey, I want to send you 3 coins. Here's proof I own at least 3. I'll also pay the fee." You receive the message and you can compute your part of what it takes to make a new card. Then you send me back the proof that you know the new credit card number, while not revealing the number to me, by using a special type of encryption. Next, you send me a very very big number you choose to obscure the amount of coins by moving them by this amount on the elliptical curve. Then, add to it a public key of the credit card number, made with another operation on the graph. This will prove you own the coins, without either user revealing their private keys. Finally, I add the number of coins to the very big number you chose. We can prove the number of coins didn't change because 5-5 is 0. This is validated by the network to prevent coins from being created out of thin air. And 5 plus the BigNumber, minus 5 plus the BigNumber, is also zero. By adding a hidden big number known only to us, we hide the amount from everyone else. I combined all these details together into one large commitment, and then submit it to the BitGrin network. Now the network needs to validate that no new coins were created and that your new card is valid. This is all done with simple mathematics, and is completely secure. You now received your money! While it may sound like a long process, all of it is done within less than 1 second from the BitGrin wallet. Want to spice things up? Generate invoices, transact using QR codes or send it by pigeons! We're not done yet. This is not all that BitGrin improves. As you may know, BitCoin transactions can take a very long time to be confirmed, and running a Bitcoin node is a very computer-intensive process. BitGrin on the other hand is both fast, and extremely scalable! The majority of spent transactions get removed, making the blockchain much smaller than traditional blockchains. This is done by miners in every block, as well as the entire blockchain over time. Soon, everyone will be able to download the entire blockchain and synchronize it within seconds or minutes, even on a low powered mobile device or a payment terminal at the local checkout. With further work and research, BitGrin will improve even more, enabling truly private, scalable digital cash to see mass adoption. ========================================================== TEAM VISION - Goal to be simple for end user Crypto is super hard to use, keeping your money private is impossible. Bitgrin solves those problems making the latest scientific breakthroughs in cryptography, usable by everyone, all while being built on robust bitcoin economics. Bitgrin paves the road to mass adoption there is a lot of confusion about what crypto is for many folks think it is a way to make money by buying new coins and selling as they mature ignoring the central idea of decentralized money. Grin folks invented a better BTC, and then proceeded to apply infinite inflation for reasons I can't explain it's decentralized, lightweight, and fast but you can't just mint 1 new coin every second, thats not sound monetary policy even USD doesnt do anything that extreme and yet the buying power of USD falls, even with their small inflation schedule and we already know a schedule that seems to work: the Bitcoin schedule so why not use this in combination with the lightweight blockchain approach of Grin? Lightning Network doesnt solve BTC problems, because settlement is important, and scale means fees. Bitgrin solves all of these problems by offering a truly lightweight settlement layer, with no arbitrary P2P layer on top __________A few words about others MW coins_____________ Grin has Grin economics: infinite coins forever which is kind of insane, Grin could have easily just limited their supply but they refuse to do that. Our key differentiator is our economically sound emission schedule Beam and BitGrin are working towards the same kind of thing, or at least our goals are more in line than they are with the Grin team. Our approaches are pretty different, from a technology perspective though. I fully expect all three projects to coexist and hopefully make each other better Being “non corporate” isn’t necessarily good. To some degree it’s useful to have profits, a core team, etc But if it’s too corporate (Beam) then your whole organization is susceptible to issues of centralization such as being shut down by the government. The decentralized nature of the software prevents that to some extent, but nothing beats being driven by a team of anonymous contributors. That is true censorship resistance. It’s a feature, not a bug. But we don’t need them to lose for us to win, we can win together, I believe a symbiotic mutually beneficial relationship is ideal with the Grin team. ========================================================== PREMINE 1M coins are put in to height-locked contracts about 20k released per month, starting next March 2018 so at launch, dev team has 0 coins 10% for 4 yrs, which amounts to 4% of total supply over time Just a reminder that the dev fee is quite modest. It’s not like we are holding 90% of the supply like ICOs like to do 1mln pub const DEV_FEE_TOTAL: u64 = 1_000_000; // 1M coins to match Satoshi's Bitcoin holdings >> line 58 https://github.com/bitgrin/bitgrin/blob/mastecore/src/consensus.rs Payouts are staggered over 4 years by the smart contract I think as far as the community goes, what you would WANT is developers who are paid for success in the same terms they would expect success as buyers/miners. ========================================================== FUTURE It took a lot of work to know what to change, and to understand GRIN codebase and then the generatioin of the genesis block wasnt documented or it was, but it was incorrect. Getting seed nodes up and running, making the miners work thousands of little details BitGrin in particular also has rollback protection Uses block hash checks to make sure the chain stays stable BitGrin in particular also has rollback protection Uses block hash checks to make sure the chain stays stable Also worth noting this is something added by us. Grin doesn’t support block hash checking It’s not possible to rewrite any meaningful amount of the chain through a 51% attack. Those attacks are quite limited in exclusively abusing double spend The team is currently working on porting the entire codebase to be web friendly for web wallets, and offline/non-interactive transactions using BitGrin addresses basically we want to include a tx pool so users dont need to share ips/files, and can simply use disposable "addresses". A major improvement with we call XBGJS. This will include tools for other devs to make working with BitGrin easier Adding non-interactive transactions will be a major improvement ========================================================== MINING It's compatible with all grin miners so any grin miner that works with Grin will also work with BitGrin ========================================================== ASICS Community will make those decisions when it comes to it, there is time till end of 2019. We can fork in to a different PoW, as needed. There are ongoing discussion about it on discord ========================================================== COMMUNITY We dont need a central authority declaring stuff official, we need grass-roots support Website: https://bitgrin.dev/ ANN: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5104608.0 Github: https://github.com/bitgrin/bitgrin Emission Schedule: https://bitgrin.dev/comparision-of-emission/ Latest Kingfish releases : https://github.com/bitgrin/kingfish/releases Explore : https://explorer.bitgrin.dev/ Discord : https://discord.gg/Nd5BazK Twitter : https://twitter.com/Bitgrin Reddit : https://www.reddit.com/xbg ========================================================= There is no coin other than bitgrin that has true privacy, scalability, and limited supply it doesn't exist. I say the more the merrier, this is about growing MW and it’s ecosystem, not about one coin “beating” the other. But either way competition is healthy, let’s see where this road leads. Competition is needed for innovation to keep up at a high pace. Aren't you as excited about that as we are? Join us. Let's change the world !
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