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RaiBlocks AMA Summary!

I posted this under /cryptocurrency and /cryptomarkets as well! Might be less useful under this subreddit... but I'm using it for purposes of helping people become aware of this coin.
Summation of RaiBlocks lead developer AMA. I'm very excited about this coin, and if you're asking why I did this...I'm trying out my AMA consolidating script that I wrote for fun :) I'm interested in seeing what people think about this coin! You can read the responses directly from this link: https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7ko5l7/colin_lemahieu_founder_and_lead_developer_of/
 
What are your top priorities atm? Both in developing areas itself and in terms of integration?
 
The top priorities right now are:
These basically need to happen in a sequence because each item isn't useful unless the previous one is complete.
 
 
Do you have any plans to have your source code peer reviewed? By peer review I mean sending your source code down to MIT for testing and review.
Where do you see Raiblocks 5-10 years from now? (For instance do you envision people using a Raiblocks mobile phone app to transfer value between each other, or buy stuff at the store?
 
We definitely need peer and code reviews and we're open to anyone doing this. We have ideas for people in universities that want to analyze the whitepaper or code so we'll see what comes of that. In my opinion code security guarantees can only be given with (eyes * time) and we need both.
I'd like to see RaiBlocks adopted as an internet RFC and basically become an ubiquitous background technology like http. I think you're probably right and a mobile app would be the most user-friendly way to do this so people don't need to carry around extra cards in their wallet etc.
 
 
Is there a list of the team readily available? Are there firm plans to expand, and if so, in which directions?
The roadmap indicated a website redesign scheduled for November 2017. Is there an update?
 
We have about 12 people in the core team; about half are code and half are business developers. On the redesigned website we're going to include bios for sure, no one in our team is anonymous. I think we have pretty good coverage of what we need right now, we could always use more people capable of contributing to the core code.
The website design is well underway, we wanted to streamline and add some more things to it so it took longer than originally estimated. It'll looking like after the new year we'll have it ready.
 
 
Would you ever consider renaming the coin to simply "Rai" or any other simplified form other than RaiBlocks?
2. What marketing strategy do you think will push XRB forward from now on as a fully working product. Instant and free, the green coin, "it just works" coin, etc?
3. Regarding security, is "quantum-proofing" a big concern at the moment and how do you guys plan to approach this when the time comes. And how possible would it be for bad actors to successfully implement a 51% attack.
 
  1. Yea there are a few difficulties people have pointed out with our name. People don't know if it's "ray" or "rye". "Blocks" doesn't have a meaning to a lot of people and the name reference might be too esoteric to be meaningful. I'm not prideful so I'm not stuck on a particular name, we'll take a look at what our marketing and business developers say peoples' impressions are and if they have any naming recommendations.
  2. Our marketing strategy is to focus on complete simplicity. Instant and free resonates with enthusiasts and mass adoption will only come when using xrb is absolutely the same experience as using a banking or other payment app. People aren't going to tolerate jargon or confusing workflows when sending or receiving payments.
  3. Quantum computing is going to be an amazing leap for humanity but it's also going to cause a lot of flux in cryptography. The plan I see is the similar to what I did in selecting the cryptographic algorithms we're using right now: look for leaders in academia and industry that have proven implementations and use those as they recommend migration based on computing capability. Quantum vulnerabilities can be an issue in the future but a vulnerable implementation would be an issue right now.
 
 
Hi Colin, lately XRB has been getting frequently compared to and contrasted with Iota. I was hoping that you could give us your thoughts on the differences between the two and what your general vision for the future of Raiblocks is.
 
It's flattering to be compared to IOTA, they have a very talented team building ambitious technology. When looking at design goals I think one thing we're not attempting to approach is transferring a data payload, we're only looking to be a transfer of value.
There are lots of ideas and technology to be developed in the cryptocurrency space and I want RaiBlocks to solve one section of that industry: the transfer of value. I think the best success would be if RaiBlocks was adopted as the global standard for this and crypto efforts could move to non-value-transfer use-cases.
 
 
Do you see XRB becoming the new payment method for commerce. As in, buying coffee, groceries, etc? Do you have plans for combating the HODL mentality so this currency can actually be used in the future of buying and selling?
 
Being a direct transactional payment method is our goal and we're trying to build software that's accessible to everyone to make that happen. I see holding as a speculative tactic anticipating future increases and you're right, it's not in line with day-to-day transactions. I think as market cap levels off to a more consistent value the reason for holding and speculating goes away and people can instead focus on using it as a value exchange.
 
 
Are you planning to expand the RaiBlocks team over the next 12 months? If so, what types of positions are you hoping to fill?
 
Right now we have about 12 people, half core and half business developers. I think this count is good for working on what we're doing right now which is getting wallets and exchanges worked on. Ideally people outside our team will start developing technology around xrb taking advantage of the network effect to build more technology faster than we could internally. That being said we're going to look in a few months to see if there's anything out there people aren't developing that should be and we'll see what people we need to make it happen.
 
 
At what point did you make the decision to make RaiBlocks your full time job? What was the decision making process like?
 
It was after the week where the core team met here in Austin to brainstorm our next steps. I saw how much enthusiasm there was from crypto-veterans with having a working system capable of being scaled up to what's needed for massive adoption and it seemed the risk needed to be taken.
It was hard decision to make, working in the crypto and finance is rough and I like using my leisure time to work on inventions. Of all the projects ideas I have this one seemed to have a high chance of success and the benefits of having a working, decentralized currency would be huge.
 
 
Hi Colin, what prevents great cryptos like XRB from being listed on bigger exchanges?
 
It's good to understand where the biggest headaches for exchanges lie: support tickets, operations, and development. If a technology is different from what they already have, that takes development time. If the software is new and not widely run, that's potential operations time to fix it which results in support tickets and community backlash. Adding BitCoin clones or Ethereum ICO coins is easy because they don't have these associated risks or costs.
 
 
What can the average RaiBlocks-Fan do to help XRB getting adopted / growing / expanding?
 
I think the best thing an average fan could do is word of mouth and telling people about RaiBlocks. More people being aware of it means there's the possibility someone who's never heard of it before would be interested in contributing as a vendor, developer, exchange etc.
Good advertising or marketing will never be able to reach everyone as well as someone reaching out within their own network.
 
 
Ray or Rye?
 
Ray hehe. It comes from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai_stones Lots of people don't know the answer though >_<
 
 
Are you looking at incorperating a datamarket like iota in the future? Given the speed of the network a data exchange for highly accurate sensors could be a game changer.
Further more, are there any plans to increase the Dev team in the future? I read on the FAQ you'd like RaiBlocks to be somewhat of a protocol which is a huge ambition. A Dev from say the Mozilla foundation or other could further cement this ambitious project.
 
Transmitting data payloads is something we probably won't pursue. The concern is adding more features like this could cause us to make decisions that compromise the primary focus points of low-cost and speed for transferring value.
We can add people to the dev team though I think we'll get the most traction by teaching teams in these other organization how to use RaiBlocks so they can be the experts on the subject in their companies.
 
 
Does the actual RaiBlocks version require "Each node in the network must be aware of all transactions as they occur" part? This was in the old white paper and is asked here:
https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7ksl81/some_questions_regarding_raiblocks_consensus/?st=jbdmgagc&sh=d1c93cca
 
If a node wants to independently know the balances of all accounts in the system, it must at a minimum have storage to hold accounts and all their balances. In order to know all balances it must either listen to transactions as they're happening or bootstrap from someone else to catch up as what happens on startup.
 
 
There is no incentive to run nodes. Some people will do it because it is cheap as fuck (as I read an raspberry pie can run it). But I think not many people will do it.
1. How important are the nodes in terms of further scaling?
2. On which network conditions where the 7000 transactions met?
3. What happens if the transactions per day tenfolds but the nodes don't?
4. How much better will Rai scale if someone sets up, lets say, 100 nodes with awesome hardware and network?
5. How many nodes could be enough for visa level scaling?
6. Which further improvements can be made for Rai IF there needs to be other improvements than setting up new nodes? Are there other concepts like 2nd layer solutions planned?
7. How will Rai defend network attacks?
I know there is an PoW part. But since there a also large attacks on high cap coins on which people invest millions of $ to congest a network..Is it possible that the Rai network will be unusable for several days because of this?
 
I think the out-of-protocol incentives to running a node are under-referenced yet I see them as the primary driving factor for participating as a whole. Node rewards come at the expense of other network participants and in this closed loop the incentives aren't enough to keep a cryptocurrency alive. Long-term there needs to be a system-level comparative advantage to what people are already using for a transfer of value. If someone is using xrb and it saves them hundreds or thousands of dollars per month in fees and customer irritation in delayed payments, they have a direct monetary incentive to using xrb and a monetary incentive in the health of the system.
1) More nodes provides transaction and bootstrapping redundancy. More representatives provides decentralization.
2) The 7k TPS was a profile how fast commodity hardware could eat transactions. All of the real-world limits are going to be something hardware related, either bandwidth, IO, or CPU.
3) The scaling is more related to the hardware the nodes are using rather than the node count. If there was 10x increase in transactions it would use 10x the bandwidth and IO as nodes observe transactions happening.
4) If someone made 100 representative nodes the network would be far more decentralized though the tx throughput would be unchanged since that's a per-node requirement.
5) Scaling to Visa will have high bandwidth and IO requirements on representatives associated with doing 10k IOPS. Datacenter and business class hardware will have to be enough to handle the load.
6) Second layer solutions are always an option and I think a lot of people will use them for fraud protection and insurance. Our primary focus is to make the 1st layer as efficient and high speed as possible so a 2nd layer isn't needed for daily transactions.
7) Defending against network attacks will be an ongoing thing, people like breaking the network for lulz or monetary gain i.e. competing cryptos. If there are attacks we haven't defended against or considered it'll be a matter of getting capable people to fix issues.
 
 
Are you open to changes to the name? (Rai)
What are your plans with regards to marketing?
 
I'm open to it, people get confused on ray/rye pronunciation, not the greatest first impression.
As far as timing I think marketing works best after a more user friendly wallet and integration in to more exchanges otherwise we're sending traffic to something people can't use. We're going to start by focusing on the initial adopters which will likely be enthusiasts and going forward work on the next set of users that aren't enthusiasts but want to drive savings for their business through lower payment processing costs.
 
 
A recent tweet(https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/942961006614945792) from Vitalik Buterin. Could this be a case with testing the scalability of RaiBlocks as well and in reality we wouldn't come close to 7000tx/s?
 
I think he's definitely right, a lot of the TPS numbers are synthetic benchmarks usually on one system. The biggest thing hindering TPS are protocol-specific limits like hard caps or high contention design. The next biggest thing will be bandwidth and then disk IO. Some of these limits can be improved by profiling and fixing code instead of actual limits in the hardware.
We want to get better, real world numbers but our general opinion is that the RaiBlocks protocol is going to be limited by hardware, rather than design.
 
 
Are you planning to add a fiat gateway to the main website and mobile wallet?
 
If we can make it happen for sure, that seems like a very user-focused feature people would want.
The difficulty at least in the US is the money-transmitter licenses which are hard to obtain. More than likely if this functionality was added it'd be a partnership with an established financial company that has procedures in place to operate within countries' regulations.
 
 
I saw a post on /iota that claims that their quantum resistance is a main benefit over raiblocks. Can you go into detail about this? explain any plans you have to let XRB persevere through upcoming quatum revolution?
 
I think everyone with cryptography in their programs is keeping an eye on quantum cryptography because we're all in the same boat. I don't have cryptanalysis credentials so I didn't feel comfortable building an implementation and instead chose to use one off-the-shelf from someone with assuring credentials.
There are some big companies that have made small mistakes that blow up the usefulness of the entire algorithm, it's incredibly easy to do. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2010/12/ps3-hacked-through-poor-implementation-of-cryptography/
 
 
Hello Colin, is any security audit to the source code planned?
 
We don't have one contracted though both internally and externally this is an important thing people want completed.
 
 
Do you have plans to radically change the interface of the desktop wallet, and to develop a universal, cross-platform, clean and simple UX design for the wallet? This will be huge for mass adoption in my humble opinion
 
I completely agree, we do plan on completely redoing the desktop wallet, both from a UX standpoint and maintainability so UI code doesn't need to be in C++. This could also remove out dependency on QT which is the least permissive license in the code right now.
I write code better than I design GUIs ;)
 
 
It seems like Raiblocks is aiming to be a true currency with it's lacking of transaction fees and fast confirmation times, which is great! If Raiblocks can add some kind of support for privacy then I think it got the whole picture figured out in terms of being "digital cash". Do you currently have any plans to implement privacy features into RaiBlocks?
If Raiblocks is unable to do this, it will still be a straight improvement over things like LTC which are currently being used as currency, but I don't think it will be able to become THE cryptocurrency without privacy features.
 
I love the concept of privacy in the network and it's a hard thing to do right. Any solution used would need to be compatible with our balance-weighted-voting method which means at least we'd have to know how much weight a representative has even if we're hiding actual account balances.
To be fully anonymous it would have to be hide accounts, amounts, endpoints, and also timing information; with advanced network analysis the timing is the hardest thing to hide. Hopefully some day we can figure out an efficient privacy solution though the immediate problem we can solve is making a transactional cryptocurrency so we're focusing on that.
 
 
Could you provide an analysis on the flaws of RaiBlocks? Is it in any way, shape, or form at a disadvantage compared to a blockchain based ledger like bitcoin? There has to be drawbacks, but I haven’t found any.
Do you plan on expanding the dev team and establishing a foundation? Also, how much money is in the development pool?
 
One drawback is to handle is our chain-per-account model and asynchronous updates it takes more code and design. This means instead of one top-block hash for everything there's one for each account. This gives us the power of wait-free asynchronous transactions at the cost of simplicity.
After we finish up things like the wallet, website, and exchange integration we'll be looking at seeing what dev resources we need to build tech if no one else is already working on a particular thing. We have about 6 million XRB right now so we've made the existing dev funds go a long way. If something expensive to build came along and dev funds wouldn't cut it we could look at some sort of external funding.
 
 
How big of a problem is PoW for exchanges and what are potential solutions?
 
Considering how much exchanges stand to make through commission I don't see the cost as a barrier, it's just an abnormal technology request compared to other cryptocurrencies.
We're working on providing a service exchanges can use in the interim until they set up their own infrastructure to generate the work. Other options are containers people can use on cloud services to get the infrastructure they need until they want to invest in their own.
 
 
It's my understanding that since everything works asynchronously, in the case of double spending there is a chance a merchant would receive the block that would be later invalidated and have it shown in it's wallet, even if a little later (1 minute?) the amount would correct when the delegates vote that block invalid. Is there any mechanism to avoid this? Maybe tag the transactions in the wallet as "confirming" and then "confirmed" after that minute? Is there actually any certain way for a wallet to know, in a deterministic/programable way, at what moment a transaction is 100% legit? (for example if the delegates are DoS'ed I guess that minute could be much longer). I know this is an improbable case, but still...
 
Yea you're hitting a good point, the consensus algorithm in the node is designed to wait for the incoming transaction to settle before accepting it in to the local chain for the exact reason you listed, if their transaction were to be rolled back the local account would be rolled back as well.
We can trend the current weight of all representatives that are online and voting and make sure we have >50% of the vote weight accounted for before considering it settled.
 
 
Hey Colin, will you eventually have support for a Trezor or other hard wallet?
 
Yea we'll definitely work with companies like Trezor that are interested in being a hardware wallet for xrb. It's just a matter of making sure they support the signing algorithms and integrating with their API.
 
EDIT: I'm getting a lot of messages asking me how to buy XRB. I used this guide which was very helpful: https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7i0co0/the_definitive_guide_to_buying_and_storing/
In short -- buy BTC on coinbase, open up an account on bitgrail, transfer that BTC from coinbase to bitgrail, then trade your BTC for XRB. It's a pain right now because it's such a new coin, but soon it will be listed on more exchanges, and hopefully on things like shapeshift/changelly. After that it will be much easier... but until then, the inconvenience is what we have to pay in order to get into XRB while its still early.
EDIT: BAD SCRIPT, BAD!
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Auscoin ICO is an underwhelming fraud

Auscoin ICO review I want to give my fact based review on a upcoming Australian ICO https://www.auscoin.io/ Abstract: AUSCOIN plans to introduce 1200 atm's into the market over 12 months and release a cryptocurrency token that rewards holders of the token with cheaper ATM fees, with supplementary plans to roll this out to over 1000 merchants for POS use in a 12 month period. This ATM rollout has been widely touted in social media and the press as costing $15,000,000. They plan to fund this rollout by selling 50,000,000 tokens at $1 each.
The Auscoin token: I cannot justify a legitimate valid use for the token at this time. The Whitepaper focusses on the ATM business and virtually skips over the token and its uses. Notwithstanding a very underwhelming description of possible merchant adoption, token use is not mentioned at all in the latest whitepaper. The token creation seems to be a secondary effect of funding the ATM roll out, given almost all of the literature focusses on this side of the business. In addition, even though the ICO will fund the ATM businesses, this is a wholly separate business entity and the success of AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. does not translate to the success of AUSCOIN the token. Even if AUSCOIN were to influence over 1000 retail businesses to adopt AUSCOIN merchant facilities, this represents a miniscule fraction of Australian retail businesses. This represents no significant gain over any other token in the market and we are worried about the security implications of using a token as a significant means of means of retail exchange. Further to this point retail statistics show retail spending is slumping to new lows and adoption of any new technology will be a hard sell in the current atmosphere.
Sub conclusion: With the significant capital raised ($50million) there enough budget to create a standalone block chain that could combine PoW and PoS. This would provide holders and miners significant rewards to secure the network. A coin with its own network would represent a sizable improvement on economics, security and fundamental use to both holders and retailers equally over AUSCOIN’s current choice of erc20 token.
Token Benefits: Reference for this section - Auscoin whitepaper(a) and Video explanation of token benefits(b)
a. https://www.auscoin.io/static/assets/documentation/AUSCOIN-Whitepaper.pdf
b. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/videos/240235636516652/
1. Merchant/Retail use: As formerly discussed I find this underwhelming. Lest we can begin to reach a level of adoption unheard of in the rest of the developed world, the AUSCOIN token will be useable in 1 in 10,000 stores at best. Until AUSCOIN can reach a level of adoption nearing 10%, it will remain a underutilized or unused asset for retail. Sections 2 through 4 reference(b) the AUSCOIN token video. This revolves around the claim 1% of all transactions will be put back into the AUSCOIN network.
2. “50% is put straight back into AUSCOIN and kept in an AUSCOIN secure wallet” This assertion is purposely misleading. There is no explanation if this is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens or to be kept in a wallet owned by AUSCOIN. If it is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens, this makes AUSCOIN a security and will not pass the tests put forward by ASIC. If it is to be kept in a bitcoin or other crypto wallet (non AUSCOIN network) than this is purposely misleading and deceiving advertising. https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/misleading-claims-advertising/false-or-misleading-claims
3. HODL Club: 25% goes to fee reduction. To access rewards in the HODL club you need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens ($10,000 at ICO price). There is no specification on how much you will save, this is not documented anywhere nor has this question ever been answered by the team to our knowledge. There is estimated 7-8% of hidden fees attached to each transaction with wildly varying spot rates. We find the cost of AUSCOIN ATM BTC to not come close to major exchanges and the spreads to unfairly disadvantage sellers. There is no details of how much you will save and with a minimum $10,000 outlay to enter this club, the price of entry would greatly outweigh the savings over a year of buying for almost all users in the network.
4. 25% is reserved for gateway users and will be distributed among the users of the gateway. This is not described in the whitepaper. We have no idea what the gateway will actually enable due to the lack of any documentation, but if this rewards users tokens then again constitutes a security.
Tokenomics: Of the 100,000,000 Tokens generated by AUSCOIN, 50,000,000 are reserved for the ICO / seed rounds and 50,000,000 are locked up for 3 years to be used by AUSCOIN. The reservation of 50% of all tokens by the AUSCOIN ICO is outrageous. I find this very unfair to investors, but I also find this is poorly planned. To lock up 50% of all tokens for company use in 3 years and spare no tokens to be used for the network in the mean time AUSCOIN may find themselves in a untenable position in regards to supply. The HODL club seems to be the only real reward to the system where AUSCOIN owners need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens to benefit. With all of the tokens available for the first 3 years being sold to raise money, this gives AUSCOIN no method to reward businesses to use the token without dipping into their cash flow liquidity provided by the ATM network, in addition it gives them no headroom for error or allocation of AUSCOIN for any purpose without purchase until the future fund is unlocked. With a vast amount locked into HODL club members wallets permanently this will create a low circulating supply and extreme liquidity issues. This shows a lack of business strategy by the team and a lack of understanding of the metrics of distribution. Whether by greed or poor planning this is a massive red flag that cannot be addressed without breaking their contractual obligations laid out in the whitepaper if they succeed in selling all 50,000,000 tokens during the ICO phase.
Security: There is absolutely no mention of security in the latest whitepaper, this is disconcerting for the average person to not be given even a small amount of detail on the issue. The token is secured by the Ethereum network but I do not deem a token to be categorically secure enough for POS and retail exchange. This is more suitably the job for a purpose built coin & blockchain.
The AUSCOIN ATM Network: The majority of the business plan laid out in the whitepaper revolves around the ATM business that the ICO funds. It is an underwhelming amount of information and draw conclusions of scaled data from insufficient sources. Two ATM’s were used in the collection of AUSCOIN’s data, each of these were placed in owners of AUSCOIN’s businesses. First we can not be sure this data is reliable, but at the very least this is vastly insufficient to be able to scale the numbers out from 2 to 1200. Data sourced from the internet shows just how little demand there is right now for bitcoin ATM’s.
1.There are only 2,008 Bitcoin ATMs as of January 2018 globally. https://www.statista.com/statistics/343127/number-bitcoin-atms/ AUSCOIN plan on rolling out 1200 ATM's Australia wide within the year, while demand is growing, I find it hard to make a business case that Australia could have, based on the current numbers, the equivalent of 60% of all current Bitcoin ATM's in the world at this point in time by the end of 2018.
2. Extrapolating the data from two ATM’s that may have been tampered with given the access from owners is not a sound collection of data. The reports of 84 million dollars transacted on the network per week is inaccurate at best.
3. Having spoken to other ATM operators one major cost is the transport of currency to and from machines. There is a strong business case to provide a more expensive ATM machine that would require much less deliveries and pickup of currency. Some machines hold 3-5 times the amount of currency, which is a saving on cash provision of 300-500% https://bitcoinatm.com/
4. Fees are hidden, but they are comparing themselves only to to Coinspot which is the most expensive exchange in Australia. We would like some clarity on fees but from what we can find they are around 7-8%. AUSCOIN make most their money on the spread they offer.
5. What is AUSCOIN’s ability to maintain the ATM's liquidity during sharp corrections. Early reports relayed from the community insinuate the ATM in Chadstone has been out of service each time the market corrects. At 1200 ATM's, maintaining liquidity in a volatile market will be hard. If you can buy below market rate you need to buy bulk to service all the ATM's. What methods will AUSCOIN employ to keep their ATM’s in service during corrections. What business systems will AUSCOIN employ to protect their liquidity and reserves from corrections. These are all questions that should be answered in the whitepaper if the token really centers on the ATM network.
Team: The team itself is underwhelming, there seems to be only a single qualified developer on staff. Unfortunately we cannot follow up his qualifications as there is no Linkedin links for any staff or team members found anywhere online or within the whitepaper. The main team members seemed to not completely grasp the fundamentals of how a blockchain works even recently in their talks and AMA's. They had no idea their original concept of producing a token did not allow them to mine these tokens as demonstrated in version #1 of the whitepaper. There is multiple allegations of fraud and illegal behaviour with members of the team, while these require more evidence than I have currently been given access to, they are relevant to my reporting on the teams foundation. Some crypto community members have claimed team members and people associated with the team have threatened them for speaking out or asking questions.
Sam Karagiozis: Sam has no experience in blockchain at a greater level than purchasing and selling though localbitcoins. Sam runs a Souvlaki shop, this is to our understanding his only experience in business management. Sam claims to have been involved in bitcoin since 2012 but he has shown himself to be completely hopeless at understanding the complexities of Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh91eftBZbU Sam mistakes bitcoin market cap with total supply and claims all bitcoins will be mined by mid 2020 when it is widely regarded to be around 2040. Sam is generally the face of AUSCOIN but conducts himself like a preschooler on social media. There is rumors circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Michael Slogget: Michael runs a successful group Crypto Calls Australia with over 30,000 members. Michaels past business experience is with Worldventures, a pyramid scheme to sell travel packages http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/travel/worldventures-multilevel-marketing-business-claims-to-have-10000-australian-members/news-story/139decd1762d3cfbdfc4114e696b049a. There is rumours circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Sean Harris: Sean is the only accomplished person on the team as far as the whitepaper resume goes, what he has accomplished is anybody's guess as we cannot research him without a Linkedin profile. I would like to see detail on his management qualifications as extensive searches of google cannot find anything.
Without links to actually search anybody else on the team we refuse to comment on the lacklustre team they have put together. There is not one mention of an actual project or company anybody has worked for. It is my assumption that the team either have no qualifications or very poor ones. AUSCOIN remarks on their Facebook page on Feb. 7th that the development team was finalized in November. The team seems in constant flux and the original developers parted ways in January. The team has scrubbed developers from the project as late as a few weeks ago after it was made public they had no prior experience aside from pushing trolleys. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/photos/a.220326521840897.1073741828.210692739470942/242907232916159/?type=3&theater
Funding: With the aim to raise close to $50,000,000 there is only $15,000,000 accounted for in the roll out of the ATM network. There is no public disclosure of where the rest of the funds are spent. We have plenty of questions regarding this. 1. How much is going towards the teams payroll. 2. How much is for upkeep of the business. 3. How much is going to be spent on marketing. 4. What is your level of contingency. 5. How much is set aside for AUSCOIN and how much is for the AUSCOIN ATM business. 6. How much has actually been accounted for in the business plan.
I have nothing but apprehension for the future of the money raised by investors and the AUSCOIN network. With the way the company structure is set out, this gives AUSCOIN ICO PTY. LTD the ability to pay and transfer assets to AUSCOIN GROUP PTY. LTD. or AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. and limit the liability if the AUSCOIN token fails, retaining the ATM businesses and shareholders money.
Conclusion: 1 out of 5 * A Risky investment that will be almost certainly fail to provide a useful product in AUSCOIN. I hope they prove me wrong. The ATM business is an exciting venture that can only be good for Australian adoption, but there is probably a better way to fund this without potentially defrauding amateur investors. I find the ATM network an exciting venture but the planning to be a underwhelming endeavor. For a whitepaper that focuses mainly on Bitcoin ATM’s, there is very little detailed information on crypto ATM usage, no competitor analysis, or a SWOT analysis on the ATM business. The team is underwhelming, there is not a single allstar team member or anybody involved in the project that has verifiable experience in the ATM or Blockchain industry. The scope of the project and token has changed dramatically from version one of the whitepaper to version five, initial seed investors were originally promised an exchange and many other things to come in the near future. This does not fill me full of optimism when it comes to their ability to deliver on promises and business goals if the scope has changed so dramatically since the initial seed round. Further to this they did not offer these seed funders a refund based on the scopes drastic change and the initial promises they were sold before investing. While they are not legally obligated to do this, I find this to be extremely questionable behaviour.
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Auscoin ICO is a scam targeting Mum and Dad investors in Australia

Auscoin ICO review I want to give my fact based review on a upcoming Australian ICO https://www.auscoin.io/ Abstract: AUSCOIN plans to introduce 1200 atm's into the market over 12 months and release a cryptocurrency token that rewards holders of the token with cheaper ATM fees, with supplementary plans to roll this out to over 1000 merchants for POS use in a 12 month period. This ATM rollout has been widely touted in social media and the press as costing $15,000,000. They plan to fund this rollout by selling 50,000,000 tokens at $1 each.
The Auscoin token: I cannot justify a legitimate valid use for the token at this time. The Whitepaper focusses on the ATM business and virtually skips over the token and its uses. Notwithstanding a very underwhelming description of possible merchant adoption, token use is not mentioned at all in the latest whitepaper. The token creation seems to be a secondary effect of funding the ATM roll out, given almost all of the literature focusses on this side of the business. In addition, even though the ICO will fund the ATM businesses, this is a wholly separate business entity and the success of AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. does not translate to the success of AUSCOIN the token. Even if AUSCOIN were to influence over 1000 retail businesses to adopt AUSCOIN merchant facilities, this represents a miniscule fraction of Australian retail businesses. This represents no significant gain over any other token in the market and we are worried about the security implications of using a token as a significant means of means of retail exchange. Further to this point retail statistics show retail spending is slumping to new lows and adoption of any new technology will be a hard sell in the current atmosphere.
Sub conclusion: With the significant capital raised ($50million) there enough budget to create a standalone block chain that could combine PoW and PoS. This would provide holders and miners significant rewards to secure the network. A coin with its own network would represent a sizable improvement on economics, security and fundamental use to both holders and retailers equally over AUSCOIN’s current choice of erc20 token.
Token Benefits: Reference for this section - Auscoin whitepaper(a) and Video explanation of token benefits(b)
a. https://www.auscoin.io/static/assets/documentation/AUSCOIN-Whitepaper.pdf
b. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/videos/240235636516652/
1. Merchant/Retail use: As formerly discussed I find this underwhelming. Lest we can begin to reach a level of adoption unheard of in the rest of the developed world, the AUSCOIN token will be useable in 1 in 10,000 stores at best. Until AUSCOIN can reach a level of adoption nearing 10%, it will remain a underutilized or unused asset for retail. Sections 2 through 4 reference(b) the AUSCOIN token video. This revolves around the claim 1% of all transactions will be put back into the AUSCOIN network.
2. “50% is put straight back into AUSCOIN and kept in an AUSCOIN secure wallet” This assertion is purposely misleading. There is no explanation if this is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens or to be kept in a wallet owned by AUSCOIN. If it is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens, this makes AUSCOIN a security and will not pass the tests put forward by ASIC. If it is to be kept in a bitcoin or other crypto wallet (non AUSCOIN network) than this is purposely misleading and deceiving advertising. https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/misleading-claims-advertising/false-or-misleading-claims
3. HODL Club: 25% goes to fee reduction. To access rewards in the HODL club you need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens ($10,000 at ICO price). There is no specification on how much you will save, this is not documented anywhere nor has this question ever been answered by the team to our knowledge. There is estimated 7-8% of hidden fees attached to each transaction with wildly varying spot rates. We find the cost of AUSCOIN ATM BTC to not come close to major exchanges and the spreads to unfairly disadvantage sellers. There is no details of how much you will save and with a minimum $10,000 outlay to enter this club, the price of entry would greatly outweigh the savings over a year of buying for almost all users in the network.
4. 25% is reserved for gateway users and will be distributed among the users of the gateway. This is not described in the whitepaper. We have no idea what the gateway will actually enable due to the lack of any documentation, but if this rewards users tokens then again constitutes a security.
Tokenomics: Of the 100,000,000 Tokens generated by AUSCOIN, 50,000,000 are reserved for the ICO / seed rounds and 50,000,000 are locked up for 3 years to be used by AUSCOIN. The reservation of 50% of all tokens by the AUSCOIN ICO is outrageous. I find this very unfair to investors, but I also find this is poorly planned. To lock up 50% of all tokens for company use in 3 years and spare no tokens to be used for the network in the mean time AUSCOIN may find themselves in a untenable position in regards to supply. The HODL club seems to be the only real reward to the system where AUSCOIN owners need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens to benefit. With all of the tokens available for the first 3 years being sold to raise money, this gives AUSCOIN no method to reward businesses to use the token without dipping into their cash flow liquidity provided by the ATM network, in addition it gives them no headroom for error or allocation of AUSCOIN for any purpose without purchase until the future fund is unlocked. With a vast amount locked into HODL club members wallets permanently this will create a low circulating supply and extreme liquidity issues. This shows a lack of business strategy by the team and a lack of understanding of the metrics of distribution. Whether by greed or poor planning this is a massive red flag that cannot be addressed without breaking their contractual obligations laid out in the whitepaper if they succeed in selling all 50,000,000 tokens during the ICO phase.
Security: There is absolutely no mention of security in the latest whitepaper, this is disconcerting for the average person to not be given even a small amount of detail on the issue. The token is secured by the Ethereum network but I do not deem a token to be categorically secure enough for POS and retail exchange. This is more suitably the job for a purpose built coin & blockchain.
The AUSCOIN ATM Network: The majority of the business plan laid out in the whitepaper revolves around the ATM business that the ICO funds. It is an underwhelming amount of information and draw conclusions of scaled data from insufficient sources. Two ATM’s were used in the collection of AUSCOIN’s data, each of these were placed in owners of AUSCOIN’s businesses. First we can not be sure this data is reliable, but at the very least this is vastly insufficient to be able to scale the numbers out from 2 to 1200. Data sourced from the internet shows just how little demand there is right now for bitcoin ATM’s.
1.There are only 2,008 Bitcoin ATMs as of January 2018 globally. https://www.statista.com/statistics/343127/number-bitcoin-atms/ AUSCOIN plan on rolling out 1200 ATM's Australia wide within the year, while demand is growing, I find it hard to make a business case that Australia could have, based on the current numbers, the equivalent of 60% of all current Bitcoin ATM's in the world at this point in time by the end of 2018.
2. Extrapolating the data from two ATM’s that may have been tampered with given the access from owners is not a sound collection of data. The reports of 84 million dollars transacted on the network per week is inaccurate at best.
3. Having spoken to other ATM operators one major cost is the transport of currency to and from machines. There is a strong business case to provide a more expensive ATM machine that would require much less deliveries and pickup of currency. Some machines hold 3-5 times the amount of currency, which is a saving on cash provision of 300-500% https://bitcoinatm.com/
4. Fees are hidden, but they are comparing themselves only to to Coinspot which is the most expensive exchange in Australia. We would like some clarity on fees but from what we can find they are around 7-8%. AUSCOIN make most their money on the spread they offer.
5. What is AUSCOIN’s ability to maintain the ATM's liquidity during sharp corrections. Early reports relayed from the community insinuate the ATM in Chadstone has been out of service each time the market corrects. At 1200 ATM's, maintaining liquidity in a volatile market will be hard. If you can buy below market rate you need to buy bulk to service all the ATM's. What methods will AUSCOIN employ to keep their ATM’s in service during corrections. What business systems will AUSCOIN employ to protect their liquidity and reserves from corrections. These are all questions that should be answered in the whitepaper if the token really centers on the ATM network.
Team: The team itself is underwhelming, there seems to be only a single qualified developer on staff. Unfortunately we cannot follow up his qualifications as there is no Linkedin links for any staff or team members found anywhere online or within the whitepaper. The main team members seemed to not completely grasp the fundamentals of how a blockchain works even recently in their talks and AMA's. They had no idea their original concept of producing a token did not allow them to mine these tokens as demonstrated in version #1 of the whitepaper. There is multiple allegations of fraud and illegal behaviour with members of the team, while these require more evidence than I have currently been given access to, they are relevant to my reporting on the teams foundation. Some crypto community members have claimed team members and people associated with the team have threatened them for speaking out or asking questions.
Sam K: Sam has no experience in blockchain at a greater level than purchasing and selling though localbitcoins. Sam runs a Souvlaki shop, this is to our understanding his only experience in business management. Sam claims to have been involved in bitcoin since 2012 but he has shown himself to be completely hopeless at understanding the complexities of Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh91eftBZbU Sam mistakes bitcoin market cap with total supply and claims all bitcoins will be mined by mid 2020 when it is widely regarded to be around 2040. Sam is generally the face of AUSCOIN but conducts himself like a preschooler on social media. There is rumors circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Michael S: Michael runs a successful group Crypto Calls Australia with over 30,000 members. Michaels past business experience is with Worldventures, a pyramid scheme to sell travel packages http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/travel/worldventures-multilevel-marketing-business-claims-to-have-10000-australian-members/news-story/139decd1762d3cfbdfc4114e696b049a. There is rumours circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Sean H Sean is the only accomplished person on the team as far as the whitepaper resume goes, what he has accomplished is anybody's guess as we cannot research him without a Linkedin profile. I would like to see detail on his management qualifications as extensive searches of google cannot find anything.
Without links to actually search anybody else on the team we refuse to comment on the lacklustre team they have put together. There is not one mention of an actual project or company anybody has worked for. It is my assumption that the team either have no qualifications or very poor ones. AUSCOIN remarks on their Facebook page on Feb. 7th that the development team was finalized in November. The team seems in constant flux and the original developers parted ways in January. The team has scrubbed developers from the project as late as a few weeks ago after it was made public they had no prior experience aside from pushing trolleys. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/photos/a.220326521840897.1073741828.210692739470942/242907232916159/?type=3&theater
Funding: With the aim to raise close to $50,000,000 there is only $15,000,000 accounted for in the roll out of the ATM network. There is no public disclosure of where the rest of the funds are spent. We have plenty of questions regarding this. 1. How much is going towards the teams payroll. 2. How much is for upkeep of the business. 3. How much is going to be spent on marketing. 4. What is your level of contingency. 5. How much is set aside for AUSCOIN and how much is for the AUSCOIN ATM business. 6. How much has actually been accounted for in the business plan.
I have nothing but apprehension for the future of the money raised by investors and the AUSCOIN network. With the way the company structure is set out, this gives AUSCOIN ICO PTY. LTD the ability to pay and transfer assets to AUSCOIN GROUP PTY. LTD. or AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. and limit the liability if the AUSCOIN token fails, retaining the ATM businesses and shareholders money.
Conclusion: 1 out of 5 * A Risky investment that will be almost certainly fail to provide a useful product in AUSCOIN. I hope they prove me wrong. The ATM business is an exciting venture that can only be good for Australian adoption, but there is probably a better way to fund this without potentially defrauding amateur investors. I find the ATM network an exciting venture but the planning to be a underwhelming endeavor. For a whitepaper that focuses mainly on Bitcoin ATM’s, there is very little detailed information on crypto ATM usage, no competitor analysis, or a SWOT analysis on the ATM business. The team is underwhelming, there is not a single allstar team member or anybody involved in the project that has verifiable experience in the ATM or Blockchain industry. The scope of the project and token has changed dramatically from version one of the whitepaper to version five, initial seed investors were originally promised an exchange and many other things to come in the near future. This does not fill me full of optimism when it comes to their ability to deliver on promises and business goals if the scope has changed so dramatically since the initial seed round. Further to this they did not offer these seed funders a refund based on the scopes drastic change and the initial promises they were sold before investing. While they are not legally obligated to do this, I find this to be extremely questionable behaviour.
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RaiBlocks AMA Summation!

Summation of RaiBlocks lead developer AMA. I'm very excited about this coin, and if you're asking why I did this...I'm trying out my AMA consolidating script that I wrote for fun :) I'm interested in seeing what people think about this coin! You can read the responses directly from this link: https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7ko5l7/colin_lemahieu_founder_and_lead_developer_of/
 
What are your top priorities atm? Both in developing areas itself and in terms of integration?
 
The top priorities right now are:
These basically need to happen in a sequence because each item isn't useful unless the previous one is complete.
 
 
Do you have any plans to have your source code peer reviewed? By peer review I mean sending your source code down to MIT for testing and review.
Where do you see Raiblocks 5-10 years from now? (For instance do you envision people using a Raiblocks mobile phone app to transfer value between each other, or buy stuff at the store?
 
We definitely need peer and code reviews and we're open to anyone doing this. We have ideas for people in universities that want to analyze the whitepaper or code so we'll see what comes of that. In my opinion code security guarantees can only be given with (eyes * time) and we need both.
I'd like to see RaiBlocks adopted as an internet RFC and basically become an ubiquitous background technology like http. I think you're probably right and a mobile app would be the most user-friendly way to do this so people don't need to carry around extra cards in their wallet etc.
 
 
Is there a list of the team readily available? Are there firm plans to expand, and if so, in which directions?
The roadmap indicated a website redesign scheduled for November 2017. Is there an update?
 
We have about 12 people in the core team; about half are code and half are business developers. On the redesigned website we're going to include bios for sure, no one in our team is anonymous. I think we have pretty good coverage of what we need right now, we could always use more people capable of contributing to the core code.
The website design is well underway, we wanted to streamline and add some more things to it so it took longer than originally estimated. It'll looking like after the new year we'll have it ready.
 
 
Would you ever consider renaming the coin to simply "Rai" or any other simplified form other than RaiBlocks?
2. What marketing strategy do you think will push XRB forward from now on as a fully working product. Instant and free, the green coin, "it just works" coin, etc?
3. Regarding security, is "quantum-proofing" a big concern at the moment and how do you guys plan to approach this when the time comes. And how possible would it be for bad actors to successfully implement a 51% attack.
 
  1. Yea there are a few difficulties people have pointed out with our name. People don't know if it's "ray" or "rye". "Blocks" doesn't have a meaning to a lot of people and the name reference might be too esoteric to be meaningful. I'm not prideful so I'm not stuck on a particular name, we'll take a look at what our marketing and business developers say peoples' impressions are and if they have any naming recommendations.
  2. Our marketing strategy is to focus on complete simplicity. Instant and free resonates with enthusiasts and mass adoption will only come when using xrb is absolutely the same experience as using a banking or other payment app. People aren't going to tolerate jargon or confusing workflows when sending or receiving payments.
  3. Quantum computing is going to be an amazing leap for humanity but it's also going to cause a lot of flux in cryptography. The plan I see is the similar to what I did in selecting the cryptographic algorithms we're using right now: look for leaders in academia and industry that have proven implementations and use those as they recommend migration based on computing capability. Quantum vulnerabilities can be an issue in the future but a vulnerable implementation would be an issue right now.
 
 
Hi Colin, lately XRB has been getting frequently compared to and contrasted with Iota. I was hoping that you could give us your thoughts on the differences between the two and what your general vision for the future of Raiblocks is.
 
It's flattering to be compared to IOTA, they have a very talented team building ambitious technology. When looking at design goals I think one thing we're not attempting to approach is transferring a data payload, we're only looking to be a transfer of value.
There are lots of ideas and technology to be developed in the cryptocurrency space and I want RaiBlocks to solve one section of that industry: the transfer of value. I think the best success would be if RaiBlocks was adopted as the global standard for this and crypto efforts could move to non-value-transfer use-cases.
 
 
Do you see XRB becoming the new payment method for commerce. As in, buying coffee, groceries, etc? Do you have plans for combating the HODL mentality so this currency can actually be used in the future of buying and selling?
 
Being a direct transactional payment method is our goal and we're trying to build software that's accessible to everyone to make that happen. I see holding as a speculative tactic anticipating future increases and you're right, it's not in line with day-to-day transactions. I think as market cap levels off to a more consistent value the reason for holding and speculating goes away and people can instead focus on using it as a value exchange.
 
 
Are you planning to expand the RaiBlocks team over the next 12 months? If so, what types of positions are you hoping to fill?
 
Right now we have about 12 people, half core and half business developers. I think this count is good for working on what we're doing right now which is getting wallets and exchanges worked on. Ideally people outside our team will start developing technology around xrb taking advantage of the network effect to build more technology faster than we could internally. That being said we're going to look in a few months to see if there's anything out there people aren't developing that should be and we'll see what people we need to make it happen.
 
 
At what point did you make the decision to make RaiBlocks your full time job? What was the decision making process like?
 
It was after the week where the core team met here in Austin to brainstorm our next steps. I saw how much enthusiasm there was from crypto-veterans with having a working system capable of being scaled up to what's needed for massive adoption and it seemed the risk needed to be taken.
It was hard decision to make, working in the crypto and finance is rough and I like using my leisure time to work on inventions. Of all the projects ideas I have this one seemed to have a high chance of success and the benefits of having a working, decentralized currency would be huge.
 
 
Hi Colin, what prevents great cryptos like XRB from being listed on bigger exchanges?
 
It's good to understand where the biggest headaches for exchanges lie: support tickets, operations, and development. If a technology is different from what they already have, that takes development time. If the software is new and not widely run, that's potential operations time to fix it which results in support tickets and community backlash. Adding BitCoin clones or Ethereum ICO coins is easy because they don't have these associated risks or costs.
 
 
What can the average RaiBlocks-Fan do to help XRB getting adopted / growing / expanding?
 
I think the best thing an average fan could do is word of mouth and telling people about RaiBlocks. More people being aware of it means there's the possibility someone who's never heard of it before would be interested in contributing as a vendor, developer, exchange etc.
Good advertising or marketing will never be able to reach everyone as well as someone reaching out within their own network.
 
 
Ray or Rye?
 
Ray hehe. It comes from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai_stones Lots of people don't know the answer though >_<
 
 
Are you looking at incorperating a datamarket like iota in the future? Given the speed of the network a data exchange for highly accurate sensors could be a game changer.
Further more, are there any plans to increase the Dev team in the future? I read on the FAQ you'd like RaiBlocks to be somewhat of a protocol which is a huge ambition. A Dev from say the Mozilla foundation or other could further cement this ambitious project.
 
Transmitting data payloads is something we probably won't pursue. The concern is adding more features like this could cause us to make decisions that compromise the primary focus points of low-cost and speed for transferring value.
We can add people to the dev team though I think we'll get the most traction by teaching teams in these other organization how to use RaiBlocks so they can be the experts on the subject in their companies.
 
 
Does the actual RaiBlocks version require "Each node in the network must be aware of all transactions as they occur" part? This was in the old white paper and is asked here:
https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7ksl81/some_questions_regarding_raiblocks_consensus/?st=jbdmgagc&sh=d1c93cca
 
If a node wants to independently know the balances of all accounts in the system, it must at a minimum have storage to hold accounts and all their balances. In order to know all balances it must either listen to transactions as they're happening or bootstrap from someone else to catch up as what happens on startup.
 
 
There is no incentive to run nodes. Some people will do it because it is cheap as fuck (as I read an raspberry pie can run it). But I think not many people will do it.
1. How important are the nodes in terms of further scaling?
2. On which network conditions where the 7000 transactions met?
3. What happens if the transactions per day tenfolds but the nodes don't?
4. How much better will Rai scale if someone sets up, lets say, 100 nodes with awesome hardware and network?
5. How many nodes could be enough for visa level scaling?
6. Which further improvements can be made for Rai IF there needs to be other improvements than setting up new nodes? Are there other concepts like 2nd layer solutions planned?
7. How will Rai defend network attacks?
I know there is an PoW part. But since there a also large attacks on high cap coins on which people invest millions of $ to congest a network..Is it possible that the Rai network will be unusable for several days because of this?
 
I think the out-of-protocol incentives to running a node are under-referenced yet I see them as the primary driving factor for participating as a whole. Node rewards come at the expense of other network participants and in this closed loop the incentives aren't enough to keep a cryptocurrency alive. Long-term there needs to be a system-level comparative advantage to what people are already using for a transfer of value. If someone is using xrb and it saves them hundreds or thousands of dollars per month in fees and customer irritation in delayed payments, they have a direct monetary incentive to using xrb and a monetary incentive in the health of the system.
1) More nodes provides transaction and bootstrapping redundancy. More representatives provides decentralization.
2) The 7k TPS was a profile how fast commodity hardware could eat transactions. All of the real-world limits are going to be something hardware related, either bandwidth, IO, or CPU.
3) The scaling is more related to the hardware the nodes are using rather than the node count. If there was 10x increase in transactions it would use 10x the bandwidth and IO as nodes observe transactions happening.
4) If someone made 100 representative nodes the network would be far more decentralized though the tx throughput would be unchanged since that's a per-node requirement.
5) Scaling to Visa will have high bandwidth and IO requirements on representatives associated with doing 10k IOPS. Datacenter and business class hardware will have to be enough to handle the load.
6) Second layer solutions are always an option and I think a lot of people will use them for fraud protection and insurance. Our primary focus is to make the 1st layer as efficient and high speed as possible so a 2nd layer isn't needed for daily transactions.
7) Defending against network attacks will be an ongoing thing, people like breaking the network for lulz or monetary gain i.e. competing cryptos. If there are attacks we haven't defended against or considered it'll be a matter of getting capable people to fix issues.
 
 
Are you open to changes to the name? (Rai)
What are your plans with regards to marketing?
 
I'm open to it, people get confused on ray/rye pronunciation, not the greatest first impression.
As far as timing I think marketing works best after a more user friendly wallet and integration in to more exchanges otherwise we're sending traffic to something people can't use. We're going to start by focusing on the initial adopters which will likely be enthusiasts and going forward work on the next set of users that aren't enthusiasts but want to drive savings for their business through lower payment processing costs.
 
 
A recent tweet(https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/942961006614945792) from Vitalik Buterin. Could this be a case with testing the scalability of RaiBlocks as well and in reality we wouldn't come close to 7000tx/s?
 
I think he's definitely right, a lot of the TPS numbers are synthetic benchmarks usually on one system. The biggest thing hindering TPS are protocol-specific limits like hard caps or high contention design. The next biggest thing will be bandwidth and then disk IO. Some of these limits can be improved by profiling and fixing code instead of actual limits in the hardware.
We want to get better, real world numbers but our general opinion is that the RaiBlocks protocol is going to be limited by hardware, rather than design.
 
 
Are you planning to add a fiat gateway to the main website and mobile wallet?
 
If we can make it happen for sure, that seems like a very user-focused feature people would want.
The difficulty at least in the US is the money-transmitter licenses which are hard to obtain. More than likely if this functionality was added it'd be a partnership with an established financial company that has procedures in place to operate within countries' regulations.
 
 
I saw a post on /iota that claims that their quantum resistance is a main benefit over raiblocks. Can you go into detail about this? explain any plans you have to let XRB persevere through upcoming quatum revolution?
 
I think everyone with cryptography in their programs is keeping an eye on quantum cryptography because we're all in the same boat. I don't have cryptanalysis credentials so I didn't feel comfortable building an implementation and instead chose to use one off-the-shelf from someone with assuring credentials.
There are some big companies that have made small mistakes that blow up the usefulness of the entire algorithm, it's incredibly easy to do. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2010/12/ps3-hacked-through-poor-implementation-of-cryptography/
 
 
Hello Colin, is any security audit to the source code planned?
 
We don't have one contracted though both internally and externally this is an important thing people want completed.
 
 
Do you have plans to radically change the interface of the desktop wallet, and to develop a universal, cross-platform, clean and simple UX design for the wallet? This will be huge for mass adoption in my humble opinion
 
I completely agree, we do plan on completely redoing the desktop wallet, both from a UX standpoint and maintainability so UI code doesn't need to be in C++. This could also remove out dependency on QT which is the least permissive license in the code right now.
I write code better than I design GUIs ;)
 
 
It seems like Raiblocks is aiming to be a true currency with it's lacking of transaction fees and fast confirmation times, which is great! If Raiblocks can add some kind of support for privacy then I think it got the whole picture figured out in terms of being "digital cash". Do you currently have any plans to implement privacy features into RaiBlocks?
If Raiblocks is unable to do this, it will still be a straight improvement over things like LTC which are currently being used as currency, but I don't think it will be able to become THE cryptocurrency without privacy features.
 
I love the concept of privacy in the network and it's a hard thing to do right. Any solution used would need to be compatible with our balance-weighted-voting method which means at least we'd have to know how much weight a representative has even if we're hiding actual account balances.
To be fully anonymous it would have to be hide accounts, amounts, endpoints, and also timing information; with advanced network analysis the timing is the hardest thing to hide. Hopefully some day we can figure out an efficient privacy solution though the immediate problem we can solve is making a transactional cryptocurrency so we're focusing on that.
 
 
Could you provide an analysis on the flaws of RaiBlocks? Is it in any way, shape, or form at a disadvantage compared to a blockchain based ledger like bitcoin? There has to be drawbacks, but I haven’t found any.
Do you plan on expanding the dev team and establishing a foundation? Also, how much money is in the development pool?
 
One drawback is to handle is our chain-per-account model and asynchronous updates it takes more code and design. This means instead of one top-block hash for everything there's one for each account. This gives us the power of wait-free asynchronous transactions at the cost of simplicity.
After we finish up things like the wallet, website, and exchange integration we'll be looking at seeing what dev resources we need to build tech if no one else is already working on a particular thing. We have about 6 million XRB right now so we've made the existing dev funds go a long way. If something expensive to build came along and dev funds wouldn't cut it we could look at some sort of external funding.
 
 
How big of a problem is PoW for exchanges and what are potential solutions?
 
Considering how much exchanges stand to make through commission I don't see the cost as a barrier, it's just an abnormal technology request compared to other cryptocurrencies.
We're working on providing a service exchanges can use in the interim until they set up their own infrastructure to generate the work. Other options are containers people can use on cloud services to get the infrastructure they need until they want to invest in their own.
 
 
It's my understanding that since everything works asynchronously, in the case of double spending there is a chance a merchant would receive the block that would be later invalidated and have it shown in it's wallet, even if a little later (1 minute?) the amount would correct when the delegates vote that block invalid. Is there any mechanism to avoid this? Maybe tag the transactions in the wallet as "confirming" and then "confirmed" after that minute? Is there actually any certain way for a wallet to know, in a deterministic/programable way, at what moment a transaction is 100% legit? (for example if the delegates are DoS'ed I guess that minute could be much longer). I know this is an improbable case, but still...
 
Yea you're hitting a good point, the consensus algorithm in the node is designed to wait for the incoming transaction to settle before accepting it in to the local chain for the exact reason you listed, if their transaction were to be rolled back the local account would be rolled back as well.
We can trend the current weight of all representatives that are online and voting and make sure we have >50% of the vote weight accounted for before considering it settled.
 
 
Hey Colin, will you eventually have support for a Trezor or other hard wallet?
 
Yea we'll definitely work with companies like Trezor that are interested in being a hardware wallet for xrb. It's just a matter of making sure they support the signing algorithms and integrating with their API.
 
EDIT: I'm getting a lot of messages asking me how to buy XRB. I used this guide which was very helpful: https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7i0co0/the_definitive_guide_to_buying_and_storing/
In short -- buy BTC on coinbase, open up an account on bitgrail, transfer that BTC from coinbase to bitgrail, then trade your BTC for XRB. It's a pain right now because it's such a new coin, but soon it will be listed on more exchanges, and hopefully on things like shapeshift/changelly. After that it will be much easier... but until then, the inconvenience is what we have to pay in order to get into XRB while its still early.
EDIT: BAD SCRIPT, BAD!
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In-depth review of Auscoin credits to /u/CryptoKittyKiller. A reminder to make sure that nobody loses money in this scam ICO

Auscoin ICO review I want to give my fact based review on a upcoming Australian ICO https://www.auscoin.io/ Abstract: AUSCOIN plans to introduce 1200 atm's into the market over 12 months and release a cryptocurrency token that rewards holders of the token with cheaper ATM fees, with supplementary plans to roll this out to over 1000 merchants for POS use in a 12 month period. This ATM rollout has been widely touted in social media and the press as costing $15,000,000. They plan to fund this rollout by selling 50,000,000 tokens at $1 each.
The Auscoin token: I cannot justify a legitimate valid use for the token at this time. The Whitepaper focusses on the ATM business and virtually skips over the token and its uses. Notwithstanding a very underwhelming description of possible merchant adoption, token use is not mentioned at all in the latest whitepaper. The token creation seems to be a secondary effect of funding the ATM roll out, given almost all of the literature focusses on this side of the business. In addition, even though the ICO will fund the ATM businesses, this is a wholly separate business entity and the success of AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. does not translate to the success of AUSCOIN the token. Even if AUSCOIN were to influence over 1000 retail businesses to adopt AUSCOIN merchant facilities, this represents a miniscule fraction of Australian retail businesses. This represents no significant gain over any other token in the market and we are worried about the security implications of using a token as a significant means of means of retail exchange. Further to this point retail statistics show retail spending is slumping to new lows and adoption of any new technology will be a hard sell in the current atmosphere.
Sub conclusion: With the significant capital raised ($50million) there enough budget to create a standalone block chain that could combine PoW and PoS. This would provide holders and miners significant rewards to secure the network. A coin with its own network would represent a sizable improvement on economics, security and fundamental use to both holders and retailers equally over AUSCOIN’s current choice of erc20 token.
Token Benefits: Reference for this section - Auscoin whitepaper(a) and Video explanation of token benefits(b)
a. https://www.auscoin.io/static/assets/documentation/AUSCOIN-Whitepaper.pdf
b. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/videos/240235636516652/
1. Merchant/Retail use: As formerly discussed I find this underwhelming. Lest we can begin to reach a level of adoption unheard of in the rest of the developed world, the AUSCOIN token will be useable in 1 in 10,000 stores at best. Until AUSCOIN can reach a level of adoption nearing 10%, it will remain a underutilized or unused asset for retail. Sections 2 through 4 reference(b) the AUSCOIN token video. This revolves around the claim 1% of all transactions will be put back into the AUSCOIN network.
2. “50% is put straight back into AUSCOIN and kept in an AUSCOIN secure wallet” This assertion is purposely misleading. There is no explanation if this is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens or to be kept in a wallet owned by AUSCOIN. If it is to purchase AUSCOIN tokens, this makes AUSCOIN a security and will not pass the tests put forward by ASIC. If it is to be kept in a bitcoin or other crypto wallet (non AUSCOIN network) than this is purposely misleading and deceiving advertising. https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/misleading-claims-advertising/false-or-misleading-claims
3. HODL Club: 25% goes to fee reduction. To access rewards in the HODL club you need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens ($10,000 at ICO price). There is no specification on how much you will save, this is not documented anywhere nor has this question ever been answered by the team to our knowledge. There is estimated 7-8% of hidden fees attached to each transaction with wildly varying spot rates. We find the cost of AUSCOIN ATM BTC to not come close to major exchanges and the spreads to unfairly disadvantage sellers. There is no details of how much you will save and with a minimum $10,000 outlay to enter this club, the price of entry would greatly outweigh the savings over a year of buying for almost all users in the network.
4. 25% is reserved for gateway users and will be distributed among the users of the gateway. This is not described in the whitepaper. We have no idea what the gateway will actually enable due to the lack of any documentation, but if this rewards users tokens then again constitutes a security.
Tokenomics: Of the 100,000,000 Tokens generated by AUSCOIN, 50,000,000 are reserved for the ICO / seed rounds and 50,000,000 are locked up for 3 years to be used by AUSCOIN. The reservation of 50% of all tokens by the AUSCOIN ICO is outrageous. I find this very unfair to investors, but I also find this is poorly planned. To lock up 50% of all tokens for company use in 3 years and spare no tokens to be used for the network in the mean time AUSCOIN may find themselves in a untenable position in regards to supply. The HODL club seems to be the only real reward to the system where AUSCOIN owners need to hold a minimum of 10,000 tokens to benefit. With all of the tokens available for the first 3 years being sold to raise money, this gives AUSCOIN no method to reward businesses to use the token without dipping into their cash flow liquidity provided by the ATM network, in addition it gives them no headroom for error or allocation of AUSCOIN for any purpose without purchase until the future fund is unlocked. With a vast amount locked into HODL club members wallets permanently this will create a low circulating supply and extreme liquidity issues. This shows a lack of business strategy by the team and a lack of understanding of the metrics of distribution. Whether by greed or poor planning this is a massive red flag that cannot be addressed without breaking their contractual obligations laid out in the whitepaper if they succeed in selling all 50,000,000 tokens during the ICO phase.
Security: There is absolutely no mention of security in the latest whitepaper, this is disconcerting for the average person to not be given even a small amount of detail on the issue. The token is secured by the Ethereum network but I do not deem a token to be categorically secure enough for POS and retail exchange. This is more suitably the job for a purpose built coin & blockchain.
The AUSCOIN ATM Network: The majority of the business plan laid out in the whitepaper revolves around the ATM business that the ICO funds. It is an underwhelming amount of information and draw conclusions of scaled data from insufficient sources. Two ATM’s were used in the collection of AUSCOIN’s data, each of these were placed in owners of AUSCOIN’s businesses. First we can not be sure this data is reliable, but at the very least this is vastly insufficient to be able to scale the numbers out from 2 to 1200. Data sourced from the internet shows just how little demand there is right now for bitcoin ATM’s.
1.There are only 2,008 Bitcoin ATMs as of January 2018 globally. https://www.statista.com/statistics/343127/number-bitcoin-atms/ AUSCOIN plan on rolling out 1200 ATM's Australia wide within the year, while demand is growing, I find it hard to make a business case that Australia could have, based on the current numbers, the equivalent of 60% of all current Bitcoin ATM's in the world at this point in time by the end of 2018.
2. Extrapolating the data from two ATM’s that may have been tampered with given the access from owners is not a sound collection of data. The reports of 84 million dollars transacted on the network per week is inaccurate at best.
3. Having spoken to other ATM operators one major cost is the transport of currency to and from machines. There is a strong business case to provide a more expensive ATM machine that would require much less deliveries and pickup of currency. Some machines hold 3-5 times the amount of currency, which is a saving on cash provision of 300-500% https://bitcoinatm.com/
4. Fees are hidden, but they are comparing themselves only to to Coinspot which is the most expensive exchange in Australia. We would like some clarity on fees but from what we can find they are around 7-8%. AUSCOIN make most their money on the spread they offer.
5. What is AUSCOIN’s ability to maintain the ATM's liquidity during sharp corrections. Early reports relayed from the community insinuate the ATM in Chadstone has been out of service each time the market corrects. At 1200 ATM's, maintaining liquidity in a volatile market will be hard. If you can buy below market rate you need to buy bulk to service all the ATM's. What methods will AUSCOIN employ to keep their ATM’s in service during corrections. What business systems will AUSCOIN employ to protect their liquidity and reserves from corrections. These are all questions that should be answered in the whitepaper if the token really centers on the ATM network.
Team: The team itself is underwhelming, there seems to be only a single qualified developer on staff. Unfortunately we cannot follow up his qualifications as there is no Linkedin links for any staff or team members found anywhere online or within the whitepaper. The main team members seemed to not completely grasp the fundamentals of how a blockchain works even recently in their talks and AMA's. They had no idea their original concept of producing a token did not allow them to mine these tokens as demonstrated in version #1 of the whitepaper. There is multiple allegations of fraud and illegal behaviour with members of the team, while these require more evidence than I have currently been given access to, they are relevant to my reporting on the teams foundation. Some crypto community members have claimed team members and people associated with the team have threatened them for speaking out or asking questions.
Sam Karagiozis: Sam has no experience in blockchain at a greater level than purchasing and selling though localbitcoins. Sam runs a Souvlaki shop, this is to our understanding his only experience in business management. Sam claims to have been involved in bitcoin since 2012 but he has shown himself to be completely hopeless at understanding the complexities of Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh91eftBZbU Sam mistakes bitcoin market cap with total supply and claims all bitcoins will be mined by mid 2020 when it is widely regarded to be around 2040. Sam is generally the face of AUSCOIN but conducts himself like a preschooler on social media. There is rumors circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Michael Slogget: Michael runs a successful group Crypto Calls Australia with over 30,000 members. Michaels past business experience is with Worldventures, a pyramid scheme to sell travel packages http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/travel/worldventures-multilevel-marketing-business-claims-to-have-10000-australian-members/news-story/139decd1762d3cfbdfc4114e696b049a. There is rumours circulating that he is alleged to run illegal investment funds, but they are unsubstantiated without more evidence.
Sean Harris: Sean is the only accomplished person on the team as far as the whitepaper resume goes, what he has accomplished is anybody's guess as we cannot research him without a Linkedin profile. I would like to see detail on his management qualifications as extensive searches of google cannot find anything.
Without links to actually search anybody else on the team we refuse to comment on the lacklustre team they have put together. There is not one mention of an actual project or company anybody has worked for. It is my assumption that the team either have no qualifications or very poor ones. AUSCOIN remarks on their Facebook page on Feb. 7th that the development team was finalized in November. The team seems in constant flux and the original developers parted ways in January. The team has scrubbed developers from the project as late as a few weeks ago after it was made public they had no prior experience aside from pushing trolleys. https://www.facebook.com/auscoinico/photos/a.220326521840897.1073741828.210692739470942/242907232916159/?type=3&theater
Funding: With the aim to raise close to $50,000,000 there is only $15,000,000 accounted for in the roll out of the ATM network. There is no public disclosure of where the rest of the funds are spent. We have plenty of questions regarding this. 1. How much is going towards the teams payroll. 2. How much is for upkeep of the business. 3. How much is going to be spent on marketing. 4. What is your level of contingency. 5. How much is set aside for AUSCOIN and how much is for the AUSCOIN ATM business. 6. How much has actually been accounted for in the business plan.
I have nothing but apprehension for the future of the money raised by investors and the AUSCOIN network. With the way the company structure is set out, this gives AUSCOIN ICO PTY. LTD the ability to pay and transfer assets to AUSCOIN GROUP PTY. LTD. or AUSCOIN ATM PTY. LTD. and limit the liability if the AUSCOIN token fails, retaining the ATM businesses and shareholders money.
Conclusion: 1 out of 5 * A Risky investment that will be almost certainly fail to provide a useful product in AUSCOIN. I hope they prove me wrong. The ATM business is an exciting venture that can only be good for Australian adoption, but there is probably a better way to fund this without potentially defrauding amateur investors. I find the ATM network an exciting venture but the planning to be a underwhelming endeavor. For a whitepaper that focuses mainly on Bitcoin ATM’s, there is very little detailed information on crypto ATM usage, no competitor analysis, or a SWOT analysis on the ATM business. The team is underwhelming, there is not a single allstar team member or anybody involved in the project that has verifiable experience in the ATM or Blockchain industry. The scope of the project and token has changed dramatically from version one of the whitepaper to version five, initial seed investors were originally promised an exchange and many other things to come in the near future. This does not fill me full of optimism when it comes to their ability to deliver on promises and business goals if the scope has changed so dramatically since the initial seed round. Further to this they did not offer these seed funders a refund based on the scopes drastic change and the initial promises they were sold before investing. While they are not legally obligated to do this, I find this to be extremely questionable behaviour.
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Exchange KuCoin, a comprehensive analysis of KuCoin Exchange. And KuCoin Shares

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Quick disclosure, nothing in this article should be considered as financial advice, this is purely my opinion and my research alone, take it with a grain of salt.
It’s an up-and-coming cryptoexchange that is like an integration of COSS and Binance. The problem with COSS is that there is little incentive for investors to use it, the UI is lackluster, it lacks proper charting tools, the previous CEO was known to be part of pyramid schemes. Binance, a similar Hongkong exchange is something that we can also compare KCS to, the BNB token offers the utility to reduce fees, but again there’s little incentive to actually have BNB tokens are use the Binanance exchange. I elaborate further on the advantages the Kucoin will have over other exchanges.
Kucoin has similarities to COSS in that 50% of fees that they charge are returned to the holders of KCS everyday at 12am. Holders of KCS get access to other perks such as trading fee discounts similar to BNB, customer-service fast passes and more. I also need to highlight that the 100m that is being with-held for 4 years and 30m of which is locked up for 2 years belonging to the founders/investors respectively ARE NOT subject to the 50% re-compensation of fees which normal traders/investors earn. Which means that only the current 100m supply for the next 4 years is eligible to receive the dividends from KCS.
Kucoin has a long-term goal of becoming a decentralized exchange(DEX) or integrating as much of it as they possibly can within their ecosystem, a point that I’d really like to highlight is that recently there has been a lot of news/FUD around exchanges like Bittrex and Bitfinex banning users, Finex have already disabled US citizens access to trading on their platform, and Bittrex is a US exchange, so who knows when they’ll have to close their doors to US citizens, they’ve even gone so far as to ban people from middle-eastern nations, however decentralized exchanges are on-chain and there is no governance or need to store funds on centralized exchanges to risk being hacked, as well as lawmaking bodies having no jurisdiction over them. There are currently withdrawal limits on accounts but the developers will be removing those very shortly, Kucoin has extremely fast transfer times with lower amounts of confirmations for speedy deposit/withdrawal, low transaction fees of 0.1% with special events where some coins are free to trade, such as WTC/HSR as of now.
The user interface is amazing compared to most exchanges out there, they enable trading view charting which is much better for traders to use compared to charts such as on Bittrex or Binance which have a very limited selection of charting tools, there are some kinks on the website such as the orderbook, however I have had a talk with the developers and they said that they were looking for “more elegant ways” to display the orderbook than just a scrollbar, they were also looking into producing a nightmode which is a god-send for night-dwelling (night-traders).
The Kucoin team are extremely active and have nearly 24/7 support, you can go into their telegram and ask them any question and they’ll answer you hastily and earnestly.
They also have an invitation bonus which is as a referral compensation program, basically for every person that YOU invite, you get 20% of the trading fees of the person you invited as an INCOME, and then 12% of the trading fees of the people that they invite. (I know you think that this reeks of a pyramid-scheme, however, I need to highlight that the KCS team do NOT benefit at all from this referral program as they actually LOSE money if OTHER people/users are using these referrals.) It is an attempt to bring more volume and traffic, but traders/investors only stand to gain from this, we have absolutely nothing to lose, the more friends you invite the more income you can have. (Some people are calling this a pyramid scheme, however it’s simply a marketing tool, I brush up on this in the second half of the article)
Right now, KCS is flying under the radar, it hasn’t even been added to CMC yet (they are getting it added very soon) and once it does we do expect to see a lot of hype, there will be a very huge in-flux of traders who would come to the exchange, I see this as the death of COSS, no one will go back once they try out KCS.
Let’s talk about the valuation of KCS, currently there is 200m supply cap, eventually over a long period of time the KCS team will buyback KCS (optional to sell to them) with the profits made from trading fees to the burn the supply until there is only 100m left, don’t be alarmed by this, there won’t be a sudden supply restriction of 100m over one night, its something that will probably take a decade to achieve, if not even longer. Who knows for sure, right so moving on; KCS is currently valued at approximately $0.6USD at 200m supply thats around $54m USD market cap. It’s only been out for under a month and the ICO price was $0.3USD(5000 satoshis) or around there, so it has doubled and a medium-high marketcap of $54m but lets compare the price to Binance, which is currently $1.27 through all of the FUD/FOMO on Bitcoin/bitcoin gold/2x. Token supply of 200m like, similar to KCS, was valued at its peak approximately $2.58 per BNB reaching a total market cap of around $270m, and it doesn’t even have the same features as KCS. So, KCS is currently valued at $0.6USD, with all of its amazing features, team, dividend payout, referral program; I believe has the potential to grow even larger and maintain its price. If not more. I do see this as a huge long-term project, it’s the mainstream exchange killer, it’s like the oneplus versus Apple and Samsung, if we actually evaluate the coin and the Kucoin exchange itself within its ecosystem it has nearly unlimited potential.
One of the common misconceptions and concerns is that traders have is, is Kucoin a MLM/Pyramid scheme?
What we have here is one of the posters on their website promoting an invitation/referral compensation program. The initial impact of the image makes one think that it is a pyramid scheme, but if you actually look closely you’ll understand that in actual fact Kucoin themselves don’t really benefit at all, they’re giving 90% of all of their fees to the referee as compensation while they only take 10%. This isn’t a pyramid scheme or some shady MLM, it’s a marketing tool to attract more traders and liquidity to the market. The only people who really benefit are the traders.
Getting straight to the point, it has a picture of a pyramid, but it isn’t a pyramid scheme. I need to highlight that the referral system is completely optional, you don’t need to invite anyone or spam your link, I understand that it does get annoying for people. It is a marketing plan aimed at being a liquidity attraction tool to try to hook more traders into using the exchange, but people are so stigmatized to the shape of pyramids that they fail to see the truth behind the curtains.
I’d like to go through the business model and ecosystem of exchanges, and as objectively as I can compare the difference between each exchange.
So for this example I’ll use 3 exchanges:
A. Bittrex
B. Kucoin
C. GDAX
I’d like to make a fair evaluation of these exchanges based on three things.
  1. Trading fees
  2. User friendliness
  3. Trading tools.
First, some more assumptions Kucoin is still in its early stages of launching as an exchange, I’ve talked to the developers and they will be adding in “more elegant ways to see the orderbook” and stoploss/take profit systems.
5-point evaluation: very good, good, mediocre, bad, very bad.
A. 1. Mediocre-Bad (0.25%) 2. Good 3. Mediocre-good.
B. 1. Very good (0.1%) 2. Good 3. Good
C. 1. Mediocre-Bad (0.25%) 2. Good. 3. Mediocre
Some other underlying assumptions are that each exchange has the same amount of trading volume daily; $100m. Each have the same variety of coins listed.
Given that information, which exchange would you personally as a trader gravitate towards; try to be as subjective as possible. If my evaluations are wrong, let me know and I will amend them.
You would inherently choose B. Correct? There is a recurring argument that the token offers no utility, the truth in the fact is that very few tokens offers anything at all, BTC is simply a speculative asset with no intrinsic value, and that’s it. I haven’t introduced the token dynamic just yet, so hold up.
Going back to the MLM/Pyramid scheme aspect of it. For something to be a pyramid scheme it has to have an initial buy-in where the grunts at the bottom purchase a product, and it has to directly benefit the upper echelons id est the developers/the exchange.
Does Kucoin meet any of those requirements? Not really. The referral program doesn’t require anything, you don’t need to hold Kucoin to be eligible for the 20% of fees that you’re earning from people you invite. It’s completely optional with no buy in, no product to sell. You can just use the exchange, or even invite people to get the referral bonus, then forget about it, and as they trade on the exchange you earn a % of those transaction fees passively. In fact, the Kucoin team loses from this marketing. Because they’re essentially giving a cut of the fees which they should earn back to its traders. Bittrex/GDAX don’t offer anything at all, they simply take 100% of all fees they have and put it in their pockets.
To summarize:
A. Bittrex pockets all transaction fees it earns from traders on its exchange without any compensation to traders.
B. Kucoin offers an optional referral promotion whereby referees earn a % of fees that are incurred by the referred to the referee as compensation to help bring more liquidity to the exchange. This is actually detrimental to kucoin as they earn less income from transaction fees by giving it to the referees.
C. GDAX pockets all transaction fees it earns from traders on its exchange without any compensation to its traders.
If you believe that this statement is incorrect, or overly subjective please speak out.
Now, the issue with the token. Some people are saying that it has no utility; I’m going to prove that it does have utility.
A. Bittrex does not offer a utility token which reduces fees, or returns any portion of their income to traders. Of $100m trading volume they pocket $250K a day.
B. Of all Kucoin token holders, 50% of all transaction fees earned by the exchange are transferred nightly at 12AM to Kucoin token holders. Of $100m daily trading volume they pocket $50k, while the other $50k is transferred to its token holders.
C. GDAX does not offer a utility token which reduces fees, or returns any portion of their income to traders. Of $100m trading volume they pocket up to $250K a day.
If there’s a problem with my calculations, please let me know.
Now I need to ask, is there value in holding the token? It is a speculative asset, which provides utility in generating returns for the holders of the token on the exchange. As far as tokens/coins go I’m fairly certain that this token has utility, it doesn’t just offer a cut of the 50% of daily trading volume as income but can also act eventually as fee discounts similar to BNB, as well as simply holding it will grant you support-fast access(Give that their support team is already very fast, that’s something to consider).
There is also no inherent need for the token, Bittrex/GDAX are already largely successful even without utility tokens, so why is Kucoin going out of their way to even lose up to 50% of their income?
The answer lies in liquidity, and competition; the utility token, the referral compensation system, they are all liquidity attraction tools. Exchanges make money based off how much transaction fees they can incur through the amount of daily trading. How does a new exchange compete with big wigs like Bittrex/GDAX? These are huge giants who have been in the game for a long time, but they’re some-what obsolete. They’re greedy and only care about themselves, have horrible customer-service and poor communication within their community. Kucoin offers more than that, you can go talk to its active development team in their telegram, bombard them with any stupid question you like, and they will respond.
The token, the referral system are liquidity attraction tools, even if they only get 50% of all trading fees as income, if they can attract more liquidity than other exchanges and become competitive they can also be big, furthermore we as investors holding the token don’t lose anything at all, in fact we get a cut of the 50% of the trading fees they earn. I’ve already received my first dividend last night at 12am, it was basically nothing but that is considering that they only have a trading volume of $1.1m a day approximately, if not less. If that was $300m, the number of dividends anyone would get would be 3-fold.
What to take away from this; it seems like an MLM/Pyramid scheme on the surface, but the developers do not directly benefit from giving traders a huge cut of their profits, their main goal is liquidity and competition. The token value is also a long-term goal, I should reiterate that there is currently only a total supply of 200m which will over a course of a very long time will be reduced to 100m, but that will be a very long time from now, 100m of the current supply is locked up for 4 years for the team/2 for advisors. As well as, being locked up they aren’t eligible to receive any of the 50% cut of the trading fees until AFTER they are released.
I see this as potential big opportunity, purely because in the future I can see the possibility of this becoming a very competitive exchange within crypto-space. This is without a doubt a shill, I’m not partnered with them or anything, but I felt like I needed to clarify what a pyramid scheme is and the distinction between Kucoin’s marketing model and an actual MLM like Amway.
The dividend model (50% of trading fees are given to the KCS holders)
I’d like to also go through the dividend model, every night at UTC+8 12AM, they deposit directly into your wallet address your share of the 50% trading fees that they earned from transactions during the day. The current daily trading volume is around $1.1m, if Kucoin can achieve competitiveness and run up next to some of the biggest names; Bittrex with $350m daily trading volume, you can expect that all of the dividends you earn will go up 350x as well. I’d like to also point out that the more popular the coin is the more transactions there are thus; you are always earning income in the most popular coin, no matter what it may be.
More on the utility of Kucoin (White paper abstract)
To improve user involvement and exchange vitality, Kucoin is going to award incentive bonus, which equals to 50% of the total trading fees charged by the platform, to users who hold KCS in their accounts. Please note that this award proportion could be adjusted based on the actual situation in the future. The initial amount of KCS is 200 million among which 100 million owned by the team and angel investors would not be taken into account when calculating the bonus. In addition, we guarantee that at most 100 million KCS be calculated in the bonus plan during official buy-back and destruction. To obtain the daily bonus, users would need to deposit their KCS into Kucoin Platform. Then the platform will conduct accounting and award bonus based on to the KCS holdings in user’s account at 0:00 (UTC+8) that day and all the trading fees charged to the platform on the previous day.Then the bonus gained by users will directly put to their Kucoin accounts in the corresponding currency. For instance, If ETH-BTC cryptocurrency pair rate is 0.063 on the platform and the daily exchange volume is 30,000 BTC; based on the 0.1% rate from each side, the platform shall charge 30 BTC and 476 ETH as trading fees. The bonus for every 10,000 holdings would be 10,000 by 100,000,000 (0.01%). So that the daily bonus from this very cryptocurrency pair is 0.003 BTC and 0.0476 ETH (1 BTC and 17 ETH annually). Please note that this is ONLY the ETH-BTC exchange pair BONUS. Other than ETH-BTC, there are still various cryptocurrency pairs on the platform, which creates the trading fees in the corresponding currency and bonus based on the description above.
TRADING FEE DISCOUNT When placing orders to trade, holding a certain amount of KCS in Kucoin account can lower the trading fee. Details will be published through announcements. OTHER EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS When KCS holding reaches certain levels, users can enjoy special services like one-on-one investment consultation, customer service Fast-Pass, etc. 
Full transcript of my Q&A with the Operation Director Kent Li
Two concerns were put fourth by some of my readers;
How do we know that we are actually receiving the 50% that you are guaranteeing us? In the whitepaper it is stated that the 50% of trading fees traders on the platform will earn is subject to change, what is the reasoning behind this? Kent Li — Kucoin — Operation Director, [22.10.17 00:35] Firstly, the users are actually getting 50%. The trading volume of each pair is transparent, people can get the data from the web page or through our public API endpoints. So there’s nowhere to hide if we cheated on this, people can easily calculate their Kucoin Bonus based on the formula we described in the whitepaper. Kent Li — Kucoin — Operation Director, [22.10.17 00:39] Secondly, many people have discussed our referral system. The reason why we design is like what you have said, to attract more people to come trade on Kucoin. Because we’re new comers in this industry even in China, we have to do everything to attract new users and become competitive in the space, that’s why we share 90% of our trading fees to the users. We want to survive. And we are working our asses off to achieve this. USER, [22.10.17 01:15] Thanks for that clarification! I’d also like to inquire about the rate of dividends that investors earn, currently it is at 50% and in the whitepaper has been stated that it will be subject to change, how long is the 50% bonus going to last? Some of my readers had told me that it will only be for around 6 months, you intend on reducing the income as your exchange becomes more popular correct? USER, [22.10.17 01:16] Also, what is the purpose of the income page in the “Assets” menu, currently all fields are blank, what are your plans for that? Kent Li — Kucoin — Operation Director, [22.10.17 01:18] Hi, we do have a plan to reduce the ratio of Kucoin Bonus. It will stay at 50% for at least 6 months, and it will be adjusted gradually, eventually it will be 15% after two or three years. As you know building and maintaining a high volume exchange will cost a lot of money. “Income” currently contains the GAS reward if you hold NEO on Kucoin, Income is also passive revenue if users hold certain kind of asset on Kucoin. USER, [22.10.17 01:19] In regards to the calculation in the white paper, it may also be beneficial to have a dividends tab in the assets page to show users how their dividends are being earned and the calculation behind. (I understand that this is a lot of work, and you guys are extremely busy, these things definitely do not get done overnight so do not feel pressured at all) Kent Li — Kucoin — Operation Director, [22.10.17 01:20] Ah, actually we have a better plan Kent Li — Kucoin — Operation Director, [22.10.17 01:21] There will be a dashboard or report page for users, it will display their profolio on Kucoin, their daily gains & losses, sort of this kind of things USER, [22.10.17 01:21] Thank you for that clarification! I’d know like to move onto some suggestions from my readers on the exchange, talking to a great many traders, they all agree that the exchange is better than up to 80% of the exchanges available. It’s intuitive, innovative and user friendly. Some points that were brought up were; the non-existence of a “scroll bar” for the order book, which one of your other developers already said you were after more elegant solutions. Others would be including the placement of the chart, some people were saying that it was a little too small. USER, [22.10.17 01:22] If you would like to share any plans with me, I would love to include it in my article, and if you could retweet it or pin it on your twitter. I’m sure it will bring a lot of people piece of mind. USER, [22.10.17 01:24] It’s definitely understandable that making sudden changes to the UI of the exchange isn’t something to be done over a night, so I’ll definitely highlight that, I think this is just an important step in gaining the trust of the community. Kent Li — Kucoin — Operation Director, [22.10.17 01:25] Yeah, things have to done step by step 
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RaiBlocks AMA Summary!

Summation of RaiBlocks lead developer AMA. I'm very excited about this coin, and if you're asking why I did this...I'm trying out my AMA consolidating script that I wrote for fun :) I'm interested in seeing what people think about this coin! You can read the responses directly from this link: https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7ko5l7/colin_lemahieu_founder_and_lead_developer_of/
 
What are your top priorities atm? Both in developing areas itself and in terms of integration?
 
The top priorities right now are:
These basically need to happen in a sequence because each item isn't useful unless the previous one is complete.
 
 
Do you have any plans to have your source code peer reviewed? By peer review I mean sending your source code down to MIT for testing and review.
Where do you see Raiblocks 5-10 years from now? (For instance do you envision people using a Raiblocks mobile phone app to transfer value between each other, or buy stuff at the store?
 
We definitely need peer and code reviews and we're open to anyone doing this. We have ideas for people in universities that want to analyze the whitepaper or code so we'll see what comes of that. In my opinion code security guarantees can only be given with (eyes * time) and we need both.
I'd like to see RaiBlocks adopted as an internet RFC and basically become an ubiquitous background technology like http. I think you're probably right and a mobile app would be the most user-friendly way to do this so people don't need to carry around extra cards in their wallet etc.
 
 
Is there a list of the team readily available? Are there firm plans to expand, and if so, in which directions?
The roadmap indicated a website redesign scheduled for November 2017. Is there an update?
 
We have about 12 people in the core team; about half are code and half are business developers. On the redesigned website we're going to include bios for sure, no one in our team is anonymous. I think we have pretty good coverage of what we need right now, we could always use more people capable of contributing to the core code.
The website design is well underway, we wanted to streamline and add some more things to it so it took longer than originally estimated. It'll looking like after the new year we'll have it ready.
 
 
Would you ever consider renaming the coin to simply "Rai" or any other simplified form other than RaiBlocks?
2. What marketing strategy do you think will push XRB forward from now on as a fully working product. Instant and free, the green coin, "it just works" coin, etc?
3. Regarding security, is "quantum-proofing" a big concern at the moment and how do you guys plan to approach this when the time comes. And how possible would it be for bad actors to successfully implement a 51% attack.
 
  1. Yea there are a few difficulties people have pointed out with our name. People don't know if it's "ray" or "rye". "Blocks" doesn't have a meaning to a lot of people and the name reference might be too esoteric to be meaningful. I'm not prideful so I'm not stuck on a particular name, we'll take a look at what our marketing and business developers say peoples' impressions are and if they have any naming recommendations.
  2. Our marketing strategy is to focus on complete simplicity. Instant and free resonates with enthusiasts and mass adoption will only come when using xrb is absolutely the same experience as using a banking or other payment app. People aren't going to tolerate jargon or confusing workflows when sending or receiving payments.
  3. Quantum computing is going to be an amazing leap for humanity but it's also going to cause a lot of flux in cryptography. The plan I see is the similar to what I did in selecting the cryptographic algorithms we're using right now: look for leaders in academia and industry that have proven implementations and use those as they recommend migration based on computing capability. Quantum vulnerabilities can be an issue in the future but a vulnerable implementation would be an issue right now.
 
 
Hi Colin, lately XRB has been getting frequently compared to and contrasted with Iota. I was hoping that you could give us your thoughts on the differences between the two and what your general vision for the future of Raiblocks is.
 
It's flattering to be compared to IOTA, they have a very talented team building ambitious technology. When looking at design goals I think one thing we're not attempting to approach is transferring a data payload, we're only looking to be a transfer of value.
There are lots of ideas and technology to be developed in the cryptocurrency space and I want RaiBlocks to solve one section of that industry: the transfer of value. I think the best success would be if RaiBlocks was adopted as the global standard for this and crypto efforts could move to non-value-transfer use-cases.
 
 
Do you see XRB becoming the new payment method for commerce. As in, buying coffee, groceries, etc? Do you have plans for combating the HODL mentality so this currency can actually be used in the future of buying and selling?
 
Being a direct transactional payment method is our goal and we're trying to build software that's accessible to everyone to make that happen. I see holding as a speculative tactic anticipating future increases and you're right, it's not in line with day-to-day transactions. I think as market cap levels off to a more consistent value the reason for holding and speculating goes away and people can instead focus on using it as a value exchange.
 
 
Are you planning to expand the RaiBlocks team over the next 12 months? If so, what types of positions are you hoping to fill?
 
Right now we have about 12 people, half core and half business developers. I think this count is good for working on what we're doing right now which is getting wallets and exchanges worked on. Ideally people outside our team will start developing technology around xrb taking advantage of the network effect to build more technology faster than we could internally. That being said we're going to look in a few months to see if there's anything out there people aren't developing that should be and we'll see what people we need to make it happen.
 
 
At what point did you make the decision to make RaiBlocks your full time job? What was the decision making process like?
 
It was after the week where the core team met here in Austin to brainstorm our next steps. I saw how much enthusiasm there was from crypto-veterans with having a working system capable of being scaled up to what's needed for massive adoption and it seemed the risk needed to be taken.
It was hard decision to make, working in the crypto and finance is rough and I like using my leisure time to work on inventions. Of all the projects ideas I have this one seemed to have a high chance of success and the benefits of having a working, decentralized currency would be huge.
 
 
Hi Colin, what prevents great cryptos like XRB from being listed on bigger exchanges?
 
It's good to understand where the biggest headaches for exchanges lie: support tickets, operations, and development. If a technology is different from what they already have, that takes development time. If the software is new and not widely run, that's potential operations time to fix it which results in support tickets and community backlash. Adding BitCoin clones or Ethereum ICO coins is easy because they don't have these associated risks or costs.
 
 
What can the average RaiBlocks-Fan do to help XRB getting adopted / growing / expanding?
 
I think the best thing an average fan could do is word of mouth and telling people about RaiBlocks. More people being aware of it means there's the possibility someone who's never heard of it before would be interested in contributing as a vendor, developer, exchange etc.
Good advertising or marketing will never be able to reach everyone as well as someone reaching out within their own network.
 
 
Ray or Rye?
 
Ray hehe. It comes from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai_stones Lots of people don't know the answer though >_<
 
 
Are you looking at incorperating a datamarket like iota in the future? Given the speed of the network a data exchange for highly accurate sensors could be a game changer.
Further more, are there any plans to increase the Dev team in the future? I read on the FAQ you'd like RaiBlocks to be somewhat of a protocol which is a huge ambition. A Dev from say the Mozilla foundation or other could further cement this ambitious project.
 
Transmitting data payloads is something we probably won't pursue. The concern is adding more features like this could cause us to make decisions that compromise the primary focus points of low-cost and speed for transferring value.
We can add people to the dev team though I think we'll get the most traction by teaching teams in these other organization how to use RaiBlocks so they can be the experts on the subject in their companies.
 
 
Does the actual RaiBlocks version require "Each node in the network must be aware of all transactions as they occur" part? This was in the old white paper and is asked here:
https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7ksl81/some_questions_regarding_raiblocks_consensus/?st=jbdmgagc&sh=d1c93cca
 
If a node wants to independently know the balances of all accounts in the system, it must at a minimum have storage to hold accounts and all their balances. In order to know all balances it must either listen to transactions as they're happening or bootstrap from someone else to catch up as what happens on startup.
 
 
There is no incentive to run nodes. Some people will do it because it is cheap as fuck (as I read an raspberry pie can run it). But I think not many people will do it.
1. How important are the nodes in terms of further scaling?
2. On which network conditions where the 7000 transactions met?
3. What happens if the transactions per day tenfolds but the nodes don't?
4. How much better will Rai scale if someone sets up, lets say, 100 nodes with awesome hardware and network?
5. How many nodes could be enough for visa level scaling?
6. Which further improvements can be made for Rai IF there needs to be other improvements than setting up new nodes? Are there other concepts like 2nd layer solutions planned?
7. How will Rai defend network attacks?
I know there is an PoW part. But since there a also large attacks on high cap coins on which people invest millions of $ to congest a network..Is it possible that the Rai network will be unusable for several days because of this?
 
I think the out-of-protocol incentives to running a node are under-referenced yet I see them as the primary driving factor for participating as a whole. Node rewards come at the expense of other network participants and in this closed loop the incentives aren't enough to keep a cryptocurrency alive. Long-term there needs to be a system-level comparative advantage to what people are already using for a transfer of value. If someone is using xrb and it saves them hundreds or thousands of dollars per month in fees and customer irritation in delayed payments, they have a direct monetary incentive to using xrb and a monetary incentive in the health of the system.
1) More nodes provides transaction and bootstrapping redundancy. More representatives provides decentralization.
2) The 7k TPS was a profile how fast commodity hardware could eat transactions. All of the real-world limits are going to be something hardware related, either bandwidth, IO, or CPU.
3) The scaling is more related to the hardware the nodes are using rather than the node count. If there was 10x increase in transactions it would use 10x the bandwidth and IO as nodes observe transactions happening.
4) If someone made 100 representative nodes the network would be far more decentralized though the tx throughput would be unchanged since that's a per-node requirement.
5) Scaling to Visa will have high bandwidth and IO requirements on representatives associated with doing 10k IOPS. Datacenter and business class hardware will have to be enough to handle the load.
6) Second layer solutions are always an option and I think a lot of people will use them for fraud protection and insurance. Our primary focus is to make the 1st layer as efficient and high speed as possible so a 2nd layer isn't needed for daily transactions.
7) Defending against network attacks will be an ongoing thing, people like breaking the network for lulz or monetary gain i.e. competing cryptos. If there are attacks we haven't defended against or considered it'll be a matter of getting capable people to fix issues.
 
 
Are you open to changes to the name? (Rai)
What are your plans with regards to marketing?
 
I'm open to it, people get confused on ray/rye pronunciation, not the greatest first impression.
As far as timing I think marketing works best after a more user friendly wallet and integration in to more exchanges otherwise we're sending traffic to something people can't use. We're going to start by focusing on the initial adopters which will likely be enthusiasts and going forward work on the next set of users that aren't enthusiasts but want to drive savings for their business through lower payment processing costs.
 
 
A recent tweet(https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/942961006614945792) from Vitalik Buterin. Could this be a case with testing the scalability of RaiBlocks as well and in reality we wouldn't come close to 7000tx/s?
 
I think he's definitely right, a lot of the TPS numbers are synthetic benchmarks usually on one system. The biggest thing hindering TPS are protocol-specific limits like hard caps or high contention design. The next biggest thing will be bandwidth and then disk IO. Some of these limits can be improved by profiling and fixing code instead of actual limits in the hardware.
We want to get better, real world numbers but our general opinion is that the RaiBlocks protocol is going to be limited by hardware, rather than design.
 
 
Are you planning to add a fiat gateway to the main website and mobile wallet?
 
If we can make it happen for sure, that seems like a very user-focused feature people would want.
The difficulty at least in the US is the money-transmitter licenses which are hard to obtain. More than likely if this functionality was added it'd be a partnership with an established financial company that has procedures in place to operate within countries' regulations.
 
 
I saw a post on /iota that claims that their quantum resistance is a main benefit over raiblocks. Can you go into detail about this? explain any plans you have to let XRB persevere through upcoming quatum revolution?
 
I think everyone with cryptography in their programs is keeping an eye on quantum cryptography because we're all in the same boat. I don't have cryptanalysis credentials so I didn't feel comfortable building an implementation and instead chose to use one off-the-shelf from someone with assuring credentials.
There are some big companies that have made small mistakes that blow up the usefulness of the entire algorithm, it's incredibly easy to do. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2010/12/ps3-hacked-through-poor-implementation-of-cryptography/
 
 
Hello Colin, is any security audit to the source code planned?
 
We don't have one contracted though both internally and externally this is an important thing people want completed.
 
 
Do you have plans to radically change the interface of the desktop wallet, and to develop a universal, cross-platform, clean and simple UX design for the wallet? This will be huge for mass adoption in my humble opinion
 
I completely agree, we do plan on completely redoing the desktop wallet, both from a UX standpoint and maintainability so UI code doesn't need to be in C++. This could also remove out dependency on QT which is the least permissive license in the code right now.
I write code better than I design GUIs ;)
 
 
It seems like Raiblocks is aiming to be a true currency with it's lacking of transaction fees and fast confirmation times, which is great! If Raiblocks can add some kind of support for privacy then I think it got the whole picture figured out in terms of being "digital cash". Do you currently have any plans to implement privacy features into RaiBlocks?
If Raiblocks is unable to do this, it will still be a straight improvement over things like LTC which are currently being used as currency, but I don't think it will be able to become THE cryptocurrency without privacy features.
 
I love the concept of privacy in the network and it's a hard thing to do right. Any solution used would need to be compatible with our balance-weighted-voting method which means at least we'd have to know how much weight a representative has even if we're hiding actual account balances.
To be fully anonymous it would have to be hide accounts, amounts, endpoints, and also timing information; with advanced network analysis the timing is the hardest thing to hide. Hopefully some day we can figure out an efficient privacy solution though the immediate problem we can solve is making a transactional cryptocurrency so we're focusing on that.
 
 
Could you provide an analysis on the flaws of RaiBlocks? Is it in any way, shape, or form at a disadvantage compared to a blockchain based ledger like bitcoin? There has to be drawbacks, but I haven’t found any.
Do you plan on expanding the dev team and establishing a foundation? Also, how much money is in the development pool?
 
One drawback is to handle is our chain-per-account model and asynchronous updates it takes more code and design. This means instead of one top-block hash for everything there's one for each account. This gives us the power of wait-free asynchronous transactions at the cost of simplicity.
After we finish up things like the wallet, website, and exchange integration we'll be looking at seeing what dev resources we need to build tech if no one else is already working on a particular thing. We have about 6 million XRB right now so we've made the existing dev funds go a long way. If something expensive to build came along and dev funds wouldn't cut it we could look at some sort of external funding.
 
 
How big of a problem is PoW for exchanges and what are potential solutions?
 
Considering how much exchanges stand to make through commission I don't see the cost as a barrier, it's just an abnormal technology request compared to other cryptocurrencies.
We're working on providing a service exchanges can use in the interim until they set up their own infrastructure to generate the work. Other options are containers people can use on cloud services to get the infrastructure they need until they want to invest in their own.
 
 
It's my understanding that since everything works asynchronously, in the case of double spending there is a chance a merchant would receive the block that would be later invalidated and have it shown in it's wallet, even if a little later (1 minute?) the amount would correct when the delegates vote that block invalid. Is there any mechanism to avoid this? Maybe tag the transactions in the wallet as "confirming" and then "confirmed" after that minute? Is there actually any certain way for a wallet to know, in a deterministic/programable way, at what moment a transaction is 100% legit? (for example if the delegates are DoS'ed I guess that minute could be much longer). I know this is an improbable case, but still...
 
Yea you're hitting a good point, the consensus algorithm in the node is designed to wait for the incoming transaction to settle before accepting it in to the local chain for the exact reason you listed, if their transaction were to be rolled back the local account would be rolled back as well.
We can trend the current weight of all representatives that are online and voting and make sure we have >50% of the vote weight accounted for before considering it settled.
 
 
Hey Colin, will you eventually have support for a Trezor or other hard wallet?
 
Yea we'll definitely work with companies like Trezor that are interested in being a hardware wallet for xrb. It's just a matter of making sure they support the signing algorithms and integrating with their API.
 
EDIT: I'm getting a lot of messages asking me how to buy XRB. I used this guide which was very helpful: https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7i0co0/the_definitive_guide_to_buying_and_storing/
In short -- buy BTC on coinbase, open up an account on bitgrail, transfer that BTC from coinbase to bitgrail, then trade your BTC for XRB. It's a pain right now because it's such a new coin, but soon it will be listed on more exchanges, and hopefully on things like shapeshift/changelly. After that it will be much easier... but until then, the inconvenience is what we have to pay in order to get into XRB while its still early.
EDIT: BAD SCRIPT, BAD!
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RaiBlocks AMA Summary!

Summation of RaiBlocks lead developer AMA. I'm very excited about this coin, and if you're asking why I did this...I'm trying out my AMA consolidating script that I wrote for fun :) I'm interested in seeing what people think about this coin! You can read the responses directly from this link: https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7ko5l7/colin_lemahieu_founder_and_lead_developer_of/
 
What are your top priorities atm? Both in developing areas itself and in terms of integration?
 
The top priorities right now are:
These basically need to happen in a sequence because each item isn't useful unless the previous one is complete.
 
 
Do you have any plans to have your source code peer reviewed? By peer review I mean sending your source code down to MIT for testing and review.
Where do you see Raiblocks 5-10 years from now? (For instance do you envision people using a Raiblocks mobile phone app to transfer value between each other, or buy stuff at the store?
 
We definitely need peer and code reviews and we're open to anyone doing this. We have ideas for people in universities that want to analyze the whitepaper or code so we'll see what comes of that. In my opinion code security guarantees can only be given with (eyes * time) and we need both.
I'd like to see RaiBlocks adopted as an internet RFC and basically become an ubiquitous background technology like http. I think you're probably right and a mobile app would be the most user-friendly way to do this so people don't need to carry around extra cards in their wallet etc.
 
 
Is there a list of the team readily available? Are there firm plans to expand, and if so, in which directions?
The roadmap indicated a website redesign scheduled for November 2017. Is there an update?
 
We have about 12 people in the core team; about half are code and half are business developers. On the redesigned website we're going to include bios for sure, no one in our team is anonymous. I think we have pretty good coverage of what we need right now, we could always use more people capable of contributing to the core code.
The website design is well underway, we wanted to streamline and add some more things to it so it took longer than originally estimated. It'll looking like after the new year we'll have it ready.
 
 
Would you ever consider renaming the coin to simply "Rai" or any other simplified form other than RaiBlocks?
2. What marketing strategy do you think will push XRB forward from now on as a fully working product. Instant and free, the green coin, "it just works" coin, etc?
3. Regarding security, is "quantum-proofing" a big concern at the moment and how do you guys plan to approach this when the time comes. And how possible would it be for bad actors to successfully implement a 51% attack.
 
  1. Yea there are a few difficulties people have pointed out with our name. People don't know if it's "ray" or "rye". "Blocks" doesn't have a meaning to a lot of people and the name reference might be too esoteric to be meaningful. I'm not prideful so I'm not stuck on a particular name, we'll take a look at what our marketing and business developers say peoples' impressions are and if they have any naming recommendations.
  2. Our marketing strategy is to focus on complete simplicity. Instant and free resonates with enthusiasts and mass adoption will only come when using xrb is absolutely the same experience as using a banking or other payment app. People aren't going to tolerate jargon or confusing workflows when sending or receiving payments.
  3. Quantum computing is going to be an amazing leap for humanity but it's also going to cause a lot of flux in cryptography. The plan I see is the similar to what I did in selecting the cryptographic algorithms we're using right now: look for leaders in academia and industry that have proven implementations and use those as they recommend migration based on computing capability. Quantum vulnerabilities can be an issue in the future but a vulnerable implementation would be an issue right now.
 
 
Hi Colin, lately XRB has been getting frequently compared to and contrasted with Iota. I was hoping that you could give us your thoughts on the differences between the two and what your general vision for the future of Raiblocks is.
 
It's flattering to be compared to IOTA, they have a very talented team building ambitious technology. When looking at design goals I think one thing we're not attempting to approach is transferring a data payload, we're only looking to be a transfer of value.
There are lots of ideas and technology to be developed in the cryptocurrency space and I want RaiBlocks to solve one section of that industry: the transfer of value. I think the best success would be if RaiBlocks was adopted as the global standard for this and crypto efforts could move to non-value-transfer use-cases.
 
 
Do you see XRB becoming the new payment method for commerce. As in, buying coffee, groceries, etc? Do you have plans for combating the HODL mentality so this currency can actually be used in the future of buying and selling?
 
Being a direct transactional payment method is our goal and we're trying to build software that's accessible to everyone to make that happen. I see holding as a speculative tactic anticipating future increases and you're right, it's not in line with day-to-day transactions. I think as market cap levels off to a more consistent value the reason for holding and speculating goes away and people can instead focus on using it as a value exchange.
 
 
Are you planning to expand the RaiBlocks team over the next 12 months? If so, what types of positions are you hoping to fill?
 
Right now we have about 12 people, half core and half business developers. I think this count is good for working on what we're doing right now which is getting wallets and exchanges worked on. Ideally people outside our team will start developing technology around xrb taking advantage of the network effect to build more technology faster than we could internally. That being said we're going to look in a few months to see if there's anything out there people aren't developing that should be and we'll see what people we need to make it happen.
 
 
At what point did you make the decision to make RaiBlocks your full time job? What was the decision making process like?
 
It was after the week where the core team met here in Austin to brainstorm our next steps. I saw how much enthusiasm there was from crypto-veterans with having a working system capable of being scaled up to what's needed for massive adoption and it seemed the risk needed to be taken.
It was hard decision to make, working in the crypto and finance is rough and I like using my leisure time to work on inventions. Of all the projects ideas I have this one seemed to have a high chance of success and the benefits of having a working, decentralized currency would be huge.
 
 
Hi Colin, what prevents great cryptos like XRB from being listed on bigger exchanges?
 
It's good to understand where the biggest headaches for exchanges lie: support tickets, operations, and development. If a technology is different from what they already have, that takes development time. If the software is new and not widely run, that's potential operations time to fix it which results in support tickets and community backlash. Adding BitCoin clones or Ethereum ICO coins is easy because they don't have these associated risks or costs.
 
 
What can the average RaiBlocks-Fan do to help XRB getting adopted / growing / expanding?
 
I think the best thing an average fan could do is word of mouth and telling people about RaiBlocks. More people being aware of it means there's the possibility someone who's never heard of it before would be interested in contributing as a vendor, developer, exchange etc.
Good advertising or marketing will never be able to reach everyone as well as someone reaching out within their own network.
 
 
Ray or Rye?
 
Ray hehe. It comes from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai_stones Lots of people don't know the answer though >_<
 
 
Are you looking at incorperating a datamarket like iota in the future? Given the speed of the network a data exchange for highly accurate sensors could be a game changer.
Further more, are there any plans to increase the Dev team in the future? I read on the FAQ you'd like RaiBlocks to be somewhat of a protocol which is a huge ambition. A Dev from say the Mozilla foundation or other could further cement this ambitious project.
 
Transmitting data payloads is something we probably won't pursue. The concern is adding more features like this could cause us to make decisions that compromise the primary focus points of low-cost and speed for transferring value.
We can add people to the dev team though I think we'll get the most traction by teaching teams in these other organization how to use RaiBlocks so they can be the experts on the subject in their companies.
 
 
Does the actual RaiBlocks version require "Each node in the network must be aware of all transactions as they occur" part? This was in the old white paper and is asked here:
https://www.reddit.com/RaiBlocks/comments/7ksl81/some_questions_regarding_raiblocks_consensus/?st=jbdmgagc&sh=d1c93cca
 
If a node wants to independently know the balances of all accounts in the system, it must at a minimum have storage to hold accounts and all their balances. In order to know all balances it must either listen to transactions as they're happening or bootstrap from someone else to catch up as what happens on startup.
 
 
There is no incentive to run nodes. Some people will do it because it is cheap as fuck (as I read an raspberry pie can run it). But I think not many people will do it.
1. How important are the nodes in terms of further scaling?
2. On which network conditions where the 7000 transactions met?
3. What happens if the transactions per day tenfolds but the nodes don't?
4. How much better will Rai scale if someone sets up, lets say, 100 nodes with awesome hardware and network?
5. How many nodes could be enough for visa level scaling?
6. Which further improvements can be made for Rai IF there needs to be other improvements than setting up new nodes? Are there other concepts like 2nd layer solutions planned?
7. How will Rai defend network attacks?
I know there is an PoW part. But since there a also large attacks on high cap coins on which people invest millions of $ to congest a network..Is it possible that the Rai network will be unusable for several days because of this?
 
I think the out-of-protocol incentives to running a node are under-referenced yet I see them as the primary driving factor for participating as a whole. Node rewards come at the expense of other network participants and in this closed loop the incentives aren't enough to keep a cryptocurrency alive. Long-term there needs to be a system-level comparative advantage to what people are already using for a transfer of value. If someone is using xrb and it saves them hundreds or thousands of dollars per month in fees and customer irritation in delayed payments, they have a direct monetary incentive to using xrb and a monetary incentive in the health of the system.
1) More nodes provides transaction and bootstrapping redundancy. More representatives provides decentralization.
2) The 7k TPS was a profile how fast commodity hardware could eat transactions. All of the real-world limits are going to be something hardware related, either bandwidth, IO, or CPU.
3) The scaling is more related to the hardware the nodes are using rather than the node count. If there was 10x increase in transactions it would use 10x the bandwidth and IO as nodes observe transactions happening.
4) If someone made 100 representative nodes the network would be far more decentralized though the tx throughput would be unchanged since that's a per-node requirement.
5) Scaling to Visa will have high bandwidth and IO requirements on representatives associated with doing 10k IOPS. Datacenter and business class hardware will have to be enough to handle the load.
6) Second layer solutions are always an option and I think a lot of people will use them for fraud protection and insurance. Our primary focus is to make the 1st layer as efficient and high speed as possible so a 2nd layer isn't needed for daily transactions.
7) Defending against network attacks will be an ongoing thing, people like breaking the network for lulz or monetary gain i.e. competing cryptos. If there are attacks we haven't defended against or considered it'll be a matter of getting capable people to fix issues.
 
 
Are you open to changes to the name? (Rai)
What are your plans with regards to marketing?
 
I'm open to it, people get confused on ray/rye pronunciation, not the greatest first impression.
As far as timing I think marketing works best after a more user friendly wallet and integration in to more exchanges otherwise we're sending traffic to something people can't use. We're going to start by focusing on the initial adopters which will likely be enthusiasts and going forward work on the next set of users that aren't enthusiasts but want to drive savings for their business through lower payment processing costs.
 
 
A recent tweet(https://twitter.com/VitalikButerin/status/942961006614945792) from Vitalik Buterin. Could this be a case with testing the scalability of RaiBlocks as well and in reality we wouldn't come close to 7000tx/s?
 
I think he's definitely right, a lot of the TPS numbers are synthetic benchmarks usually on one system. The biggest thing hindering TPS are protocol-specific limits like hard caps or high contention design. The next biggest thing will be bandwidth and then disk IO. Some of these limits can be improved by profiling and fixing code instead of actual limits in the hardware.
We want to get better, real world numbers but our general opinion is that the RaiBlocks protocol is going to be limited by hardware, rather than design.
 
 
Are you planning to add a fiat gateway to the main website and mobile wallet?
 
If we can make it happen for sure, that seems like a very user-focused feature people would want.
The difficulty at least in the US is the money-transmitter licenses which are hard to obtain. More than likely if this functionality was added it'd be a partnership with an established financial company that has procedures in place to operate within countries' regulations.
 
 
I saw a post on /iota that claims that their quantum resistance is a main benefit over raiblocks. Can you go into detail about this? explain any plans you have to let XRB persevere through upcoming quatum revolution?
 
I think everyone with cryptography in their programs is keeping an eye on quantum cryptography because we're all in the same boat. I don't have cryptanalysis credentials so I didn't feel comfortable building an implementation and instead chose to use one off-the-shelf from someone with assuring credentials.
There are some big companies that have made small mistakes that blow up the usefulness of the entire algorithm, it's incredibly easy to do. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2010/12/ps3-hacked-through-poor-implementation-of-cryptography/
 
 
Hello Colin, is any security audit to the source code planned?
 
We don't have one contracted though both internally and externally this is an important thing people want completed.
 
 
Do you have plans to radically change the interface of the desktop wallet, and to develop a universal, cross-platform, clean and simple UX design for the wallet? This will be huge for mass adoption in my humble opinion
 
I completely agree, we do plan on completely redoing the desktop wallet, both from a UX standpoint and maintainability so UI code doesn't need to be in C++. This could also remove out dependency on QT which is the least permissive license in the code right now.
I write code better than I design GUIs ;)
 
 
It seems like Raiblocks is aiming to be a true currency with it's lacking of transaction fees and fast confirmation times, which is great! If Raiblocks can add some kind of support for privacy then I think it got the whole picture figured out in terms of being "digital cash". Do you currently have any plans to implement privacy features into RaiBlocks?
If Raiblocks is unable to do this, it will still be a straight improvement over things like LTC which are currently being used as currency, but I don't think it will be able to become THE cryptocurrency without privacy features.
 
I love the concept of privacy in the network and it's a hard thing to do right. Any solution used would need to be compatible with our balance-weighted-voting method which means at least we'd have to know how much weight a representative has even if we're hiding actual account balances.
To be fully anonymous it would have to be hide accounts, amounts, endpoints, and also timing information; with advanced network analysis the timing is the hardest thing to hide. Hopefully some day we can figure out an efficient privacy solution though the immediate problem we can solve is making a transactional cryptocurrency so we're focusing on that.
 
 
Could you provide an analysis on the flaws of RaiBlocks? Is it in any way, shape, or form at a disadvantage compared to a blockchain based ledger like bitcoin? There has to be drawbacks, but I haven’t found any.
Do you plan on expanding the dev team and establishing a foundation? Also, how much money is in the development pool?
 
One drawback is to handle is our chain-per-account model and asynchronous updates it takes more code and design. This means instead of one top-block hash for everything there's one for each account. This gives us the power of wait-free asynchronous transactions at the cost of simplicity.
After we finish up things like the wallet, website, and exchange integration we'll be looking at seeing what dev resources we need to build tech if no one else is already working on a particular thing. We have about 6 million XRB right now so we've made the existing dev funds go a long way. If something expensive to build came along and dev funds wouldn't cut it we could look at some sort of external funding.
 
 
How big of a problem is PoW for exchanges and what are potential solutions?
 
Considering how much exchanges stand to make through commission I don't see the cost as a barrier, it's just an abnormal technology request compared to other cryptocurrencies.
We're working on providing a service exchanges can use in the interim until they set up their own infrastructure to generate the work. Other options are containers people can use on cloud services to get the infrastructure they need until they want to invest in their own.
 
 
It's my understanding that since everything works asynchronously, in the case of double spending there is a chance a merchant would receive the block that would be later invalidated and have it shown in it's wallet, even if a little later (1 minute?) the amount would correct when the delegates vote that block invalid. Is there any mechanism to avoid this? Maybe tag the transactions in the wallet as "confirming" and then "confirmed" after that minute? Is there actually any certain way for a wallet to know, in a deterministic/programable way, at what moment a transaction is 100% legit? (for example if the delegates are DoS'ed I guess that minute could be much longer). I know this is an improbable case, but still...
 
Yea you're hitting a good point, the consensus algorithm in the node is designed to wait for the incoming transaction to settle before accepting it in to the local chain for the exact reason you listed, if their transaction were to be rolled back the local account would be rolled back as well.
We can trend the current weight of all representatives that are online and voting and make sure we have >50% of the vote weight accounted for before considering it settled.
 
 
Hey Colin, will you eventually have support for a Trezor or other hard wallet?
 
Yea we'll definitely work with companies like Trezor that are interested in being a hardware wallet for xrb. It's just a matter of making sure they support the signing algorithms and integrating with their API.
 
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