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Weekly Update: 1 Million ParJar Tips, Fantom.finance, SelfKey Mobile Wallet, Sentivate Social... – 6 Mar - 12 Mar'20

Weekly Update: 1 Million ParJar Tips, Fantom.finance, SelfKey Mobile Wallet, Sentivate Social... – 6 Mar - 12 Mar'20
As Coronavirus (COVID-19) wreaks havoc across the world, we hope that Parachuters are safe, at home and healthy. This has been a difficult few months for everyone. But we will get over it. So let’s spread some good vibes with an update filled with awesome news from the Parachuteverse. Here’s your week at Parachute + partners (6 Mar - 12 Mar'20):

Starting off with a biggie. This week we crossed 1 million ParJar tips with a grand party in the Tiproom that left heads spinning and massive hangover. Haha! Click here for a sneak peek into the madness. Those who missed the party, woke up to 30k+ messages. And that happened within a couple of hours only. Wild! If that wasn’t enough, the TTR crew followed it up with a tiproom tipbattle with 6 teams (10 members each) fighting it out. Click here for the team lineups and rules. What ensued was a whirlwind comprising 80k+ tips. Double wild! LordHades shared the latest #FPL update according to which Novelcloud has now crossed LH to take second position. Alexis continues to be on top. If you’re already on BAGS token’s Dirty Bags platform, don’t forget to check out the Parachute posts over there. If you’re not on it yet, there’s $BAGS prizes for Parachuters who sign up. Bose’s random trivia in TTR got folks scratching their heads for answers.
A Gian food pic after ages. Though not cooked by him. Peruvian chicken. Yum!
Alejandro hosted a free-for-all CoD flash game in the Parachute War Zone followed by a battle royale. Congratulations to Clinton for being awarded the Bronze Seal of Transparency for his charity. GamrB0y’s trivia in TTR this week was based on science. Victor hosted a TTR quiz themed on MetaHumans. Charlotte’s math trivia was uber fun as always. Jobchain crew sponsored 750k $JOB as prizes for a round Robot Rise in the ParJar Gaming channel. Cap held a flash Parena this week. If you haven’t been keeping a tab on Parachute, you just missed on scoring some sweet $PAR. Like Achilleas almost did with his top prize. He won the finale but wasn't around to claim his 1st prize. So Bose snagged the winner’s spoils. But Cap being Cap made sure he didn’t miss out either. For Two-for-Tuesday this week, Gian got Parachuters to post music videos "featuring bands or songs that have a food or drink in their name". Like always, Sebastian was kind enough to compile a playlist with everyone’s posts. A flurry of beta testing activities related to Transak (fiat on/off ramp for ParJar) and swapping flung into action this week. For this week's #wholesomewed, Jason asked Parachuters "to draw a fierce non-existant creature that you would like as your champion in a parena".
What an amazing view Alexis!
In this week’s educational posts from aXpire, COO Matthew Markham wrote about the state of the legal tech market, the E-Billing industry, why legal billing software matters and artificial intelligence in law firm software. For the latest update video, click here. Still not sure what aXpire is all about? Check out their token overview and business presentation. The weekly 20k $AXPR token burn went ahead as per schedule. Insights from 2gether’s consumer report were published in a Cointelegraph article exploring women’s usage behaviour in crypto. For the full report on female users, click here. Euro deposits on the platform were briefly paused and subsequently restored because of a third party dependency. Upgrades were made to the $BTC transfer mechanism as well. But a high traffic issue led to a temporary stoppage of the crypto purchase feature. Birdchain released its 2 year roadmap. Few weeks back, we shared news of $BIRD being listed on Probit. CEO Joao Martins talked more about it in his video podcast this week. Probit also started a stake and earn event for $BIRD holders. Ethos’ parent company Voyager is now a sponsor of Scott Melker’s (The Wolf of All Streets) new podcast. For the latest Switch update, click here. Fantom announced the pre-launch of Fantom.finance which will be an end-to-end DeFi suite of products. The project has been killing it on its socials. Want to see proof? Check out the social metric graph mapped by LunarCRUSH. Michael made a weekly update video to catch up on all the latest news. Click here to read the latest technical update. Fantom also announced its involvement in Fusion Protocol’s decentralised custodian solution DCRM Alliance.
Interesting insights from 2gether’s female crypto users report
The new XIO website layout and a new set of article were released this week. Zachary did a deep dive into the new stuff with a 40 minute video. For this week’s #XIOSocial discussions, Citizens talked about underrated qualities of successful entrepreneurs and about progressive decentralisation. DigiByte joined Uptrennd this week with their own community on the platform. Uptrennd crew marked the occasion with a cool giveaway. Looking to join the team? Don’t forget to apply for the open positions. How has the platform been fairing in the last 3 months vis-à-vis other platforms? Check out the numbers. Plus, congrats on crossing 70k members. YouTuber Chico Crypto joined Uptrennd this week. District0x’s weekly update covers news such as the new District Designer, latest Dapp Digest etc. Meme Factory launched a new contest. Hydro integrated Plaid’s account verification and aggregation services to its platform this week. This was followed by additional integrations with KYC provider Onfido and financial data provider MX. Silent Notary crew has created a new fund for pursuing IDL’s listing opportunities. Looking for human connections during the Coronavirus lockdown? OST’s Pepo app now has a dedicated community channel for this. SelfKey’s Mobile Wallet was launched this week. CoinLoan joined SelfKey’s crypto lending marketplace. Moreover, crypto exchange Bitkub was added to the exchange marketplace. Plus, the team compiled a list of data breaches at Facebook.
The new Crowdstaking graphic explains how it is different from crowdfunding
Realtime market widgets and downloads page were added to the Sentivate social site this week along with a ton of other upgrades. The beta test of the platform has also been a success on Windows and Mac. The browser build is ongoing with a naming contest to begin soon. If you have been keeping your eyes open, BAGS crew have been hosting some fun quizzes in the Dirty Bags channel for $BAGS prizes. Make sure to have a look when you have a moment. Last year, around this time, Pynk won the startup pitch competition at Wolves Summit. This week, CEO Seth Ward and COO Rupert Barksfield shared 8 tips for aspirants. The community also discussed about Facebook’s Libra Alliance this week. CyberFM started a special playlist on the Spotlight Channel to celebrate Women’s History Month. Harmony showcased its transaction speed and fees compared to Ethereum through a video demo. Plus, a fast finality demonstration. Click here to read last week’s #pow thread. If you would rather watch the video update, click here. Founder Stephen Tse shared some more updates over live videos (1, 2, 3, 4). And kudos for being the most active project on GitHub last week. The crew sat down with Vite Labs for a community AMA. The roadmap towards launching Open Staking was published. It is currently in the second phase out of four phases. Testers and hackers were welcomed to participate in Stake Heist - try and break the open staking design on the Pangaea testnet for 10M $ONE tokens in prizes.
The Sentivate social site community dashboard looks fresh!
Intellishare founder Raymond Xiong will sit down for a community AMA next week. Folks who sent in questions could win 50 $INE tokens as well. GET Protocol’s GUTS Tickets featured in a list of recommended portals for safe ticket purchases by the Netherlands’ Police. As part of its ticketing transparency standards documentation series, developer Kasper Keunen wrote about nodes this week. The $COTI conversion bridge has been reopened with some limits to ensure fair chance for everyone looking to convert from mainnet to ERC20/BEP2 tokens. For the latest newsletter, click here. The new COTI explorer was released as well. Apart from simple wallet-to-wallet transactions, it also tracks merchant txns, bridge txns etc. The dev team also released a detailed article explaining its multi-currency (MultiDAG) framework. For the token deployment demo, click here.

And with that, it’s a close for this week in Parachute! See you again soon. Bye!
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⟳ 870 apps added, 78 updated at f-droid.org

Notice: this update is spurious, and the issue is being looked at.
⟳ f-droid.org from Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:21:50 GMT updated on Sun, 01 Mar 2020 05:23:29 GMT contains 2962 apps.
Added (870)
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[Discussion] TestFlight Public Beta Links V2

EDIT: I'm really baffled as to why there are people downvoting this. You're only preventing other people on the sub-reddit from seeing this by doing so. Think about other people who have been looking for some of these links for months before you downvote this post for zero reason.

New Thread for y'all!

Here are the TestFlight links I have come across so far. I will update this continually as I find more and as you guys post more. Happy testing!

Tip: Use Ctrl+F to find links to your favorite applications quicker

If you like what you see, feel free to Venmo me! I just graduated college and will have to start paying back loans soon, so anything is extremely appreciated. Feel free to send me your username too, if you want a shoutout on this post!

Venmo: MichaelBertolino

Old Post: https://www.reddit.com/iOSBeta/comments/9so4u8/discussion_testflight_public_beta_links/

Update #1: Added column for the people who wanted to know when new links were added. You're welcome.
Update #1.5: I will remove the links after every tenth link that is added, so make sure to check the list daily!

Update #2: Since this list is becoming a lot bigger, I'm adding a column for apps that I endorse (whether I like them or not) or have on my phone, so that people can find better quality apps quicker.

Up to date as of 10/24/19 @ 10:05 AM EST
Date Added OP approved // On My Device Application Link Sauce // Instructions
Yes // Yes 1.1.1.1: Faster Internet https://testflight.apple.com/join/Sl7m9yyz Courtesy of u/rgllm
1Blocker X https://testflight.apple.com/join/KjmVWFnT Courtesy of u/loudmoutholeary
Yes // No 1Password https://testflight.apple.com/join/flDiG5AU Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
2Do - Todo List, Tasks & Notes https://testflight.apple.com/join/McBV96Wi Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No 9GAG: Best LOL Pics & GIFs https://testflight.apple.com/join/S2q4mD2b Courtesy of u/jengyong
AdGuard https://surveys.adguard.com/beta_testing_program/form.html Courtesy of u/Birdman-82 // Form
all 4 hue (for Philips Hue) https://testflight.apple.com/join/4Jc5hX2s Courtesy of u/bkmgtpe
Area51: A Client for Reddit https://testflight.apple.com/join/V6vpApGX Courtesy of u/Nicolaspatate
Airchat for AirPods https://testflight.apple.com/join/wL0ZRXln Courtesy of u/Vegetapple
Yes // No Airmail https://testflight.apple.com/join/1AcpfFq3 Courtesy of u/TSUTiger
AmazFaces https://testflight.apple.com/join/4hBEKHHg Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Andrana Project https://testflight.apple.com/join/RorSFmpx Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No AnyList https://testflight.apple.com/join/xwvLPc6o Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Armajet https://armajet.com/ Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis // Form. Scroll down to bottom
Artstudio Pro: Draw Paint Edit https://testflight.apple.com/join/Npva2kOl Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Banana Racer https://testflight.apple.com/join/F7OpC9rE Courtesy of u/potencia2001
Yes // No BBC Sport https://testflight.apple.com/join/LWzWwU8q Courtesy of u/Vegetapple
Beatwave https://testflight.apple.com/join/2ZowJ3D3 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No BETA PUBG MOBILE https://testflight.apple.com/join/N2px9MKy Courtesy of u/suuuuuuuuja
9/18/19 Binfinder: Find litter bins https://testflight.apple.com/join/B4geEYHD Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Yes // No BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfMwOqEZn6mFtuz9FhzreOdysmTbSaRnOO3LCIHY1Uwt2f31A/viewform Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis // Form
Yes // No Buffer: Social Media Manager https://testflight.apple.com/join/DOpMcusn Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Bullet Force https://bulletforce.herokuapp.com/ Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis // Form
CARROT Fit https://testflight.apple.com/join/rhsofJcx Courtesy of u/loudmoutholeary
9/29/19 Castro Podcast Player https://testflight.apple.com/join/rcoPrQZ3 Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Cs Music Player https://testflight.apple.com/join/dU2r1pkq Courtesy of u/Birdman-82
ChastiKey https://testflight.apple.com/join/0pHRZcVD Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
CHUNE https://testflight.apple.com/join/7gH8i3pN Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Cloud Baby Monitor https://testflight.apple.com/join/LiFkmauz Courtesy of u/alexrianne
CoinView: Bitcoin Altcoin App https://testflight.apple.com/join/zjjpM7eC Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Comet https://testflight.apple.com/join/AShWXMYH Courtesy of u/Cesuva
Controller for HomeKit https://testflight.apple.com/join/W8RcBWhh Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Custom Contacts 2 https://testflight.apple.com/join/uOLgKHRN Courtesy of u/RisksvsBenefits
9/29/19 Dark Odds https://testflight.apple.com/join/oyTaqKjv Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Darkroom – Photo Editor https://testflight.apple.com/join/mzR3XvHe Courtesy of u/Vegetapple
Yes // No Day One Journal https://testflight.apple.com/join/NXLBigzY Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Debit & Credit https://testflight.apple.com/join/FvufwHrV Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No Deezer https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFW5Cc0tdycEegIASXWqEn-512i_qTVPlvXoaearB12r35Fw/viewform?c=0&w=1 Courtesy of u/K2rtman
detektor.fm https://testflight.apple.com/join/XocX8UGc Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
DEV Community https://testflight.apple.com/join/7Wq8VRLQ Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // Yes Discord https://testflight.apple.com/join/gdE4pRzI Courtesy of u/TSUTiger
Dog Scanner https://testflight.apple.com/join/OOrSaq4J Courtesy of u/arcangel_06
Yes // Yes Dropbox https://testflight.apple.com/join/LBZaRq4I Courtesy of u/Nicolaspatate
9/18/19 Yes // Yes Email - Canary Mail https://testflight.apple.com/join/oH6AKZC0 Courtesy of u/kamsa6-fojbiz-nesXem
Emma - Money Management https://testflight.apple.com/join/KSO9dtAn Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
9/18/19 Eternal Love M https://testflight.apple.com/join/4O9GPjMk Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Yes // No Facebook Light https://testflight.apple.com/join/UqEC1ibq Courtesy of u/Birdman-82
Yes // Yes Facebook Messenger https://testflight.apple.com/join/njVWbUm0 Courtest of u/dmbaio
FanFiction.Net https://testflight.apple.com/join/NLrhkf2U Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No Feedly https://testflight.apple.com/join/DcxRQdP9 Courtesy of u/TSUTiger
Yes // No Fenix For Twitter https://testflight.apple.com/join/poQA1Iml Courtesy of u/TSUTiger
FIFA: Gameplay First Look https://testflight.apple.com/join/B0QRLciS Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
9/18/19 Fight Back to the 80's Match 3 https://testflight.apple.com/join/xt9cIUk1 Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Yes // No Firefox https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ios/testflight/ Courtesy of u/syralspiral // Requires an E-Mail Address
FotMob Live Soccer Scores https://testflight.apple.com/join/zEAwGlrV Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Freebox https://testflight.apple.com/join/q9vICEOv Courtesy of u/Vegetapple
GAMEE - Play with your friends https://testflight.apple.com/join/WdjtLFsf Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Garadget 2 https://testflight.apple.com/join/fdJQnYQ2 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
GawkBox https://testflight.apple.com/join/miOgmpZa Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
GROM - Get Rid of Minions https://testflight.apple.com/join/5k0dF9zs Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No GroupMe https://testflight.apple.com/join/6CcTotfX/ Courtesy of Yours Truly
Yes // Yes Google Apps (Every. Single. One.) (Best find ever) https://previewapps.withgoogle.com/ Courtest of u/ryangoldstein // Click on "Get Access" at the top right of the screen
Yes // Yes Google Chrome Beta https://www.google.com/chrome/beta/ Courtesy of Yours Truly // Click on "Download Chrome Beta" on an iOS device
Guide Meditation https://testflight.apple.com/join/Apcb3YLW Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No Happy Mail for Gmail https://testflight.apple.com/join/Pg9PbgEw Courtesy of u/arcangel_06
Hexer – Hex File Viewer https://testflight.apple.com/join/YqMTA9lr Courtesy of u/Kamik423
Highlights - Export PDF Notes https://testflight.apple.com/join/Abrd4mE4 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
9/18/19 Yes // No Hire by Google https://testflight.apple.com/join/pv5dbYgF Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Home Assistant Companion https://testflight.apple.com/join/XCUga7ko Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
iCertifi https://testflight.apple.com/join/hnyqQHH0 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Idle Space: Cargo Empire https://testflight.apple.com/join/SGPJ8FJK Courtesy of u/Ultimastar
Yes // Yes IFTTT https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXzjY_hv8F8UMa58IIEmqAyZ_ixAbxxltiuwQAWa_9uyYEMQ/viewform?c=0&w=1 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis // Form
Yes // No Imgur - Meme & GIF Maker https://testflight.apple.com/join/Qd42y5Pw Courtesy of u/Vegetapple
infltr - Infinite Filters https://testflight.apple.com/join/In6e3GcJ Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
iSH Shell https://testflight.apple.com/join/97i7KM8O Courtesy of u/gnomeuser
Yes // No Jira Cloud by Atlassian https://testflight.apple.com/join/2lm7vHBS Courtesy of u/thekirbylover
KARMA: Social Network For Good https://testflight.apple.com/join/lpnVgcmV Courtesy of u/Vegetapple
Yes // No Kaspersky Security Cloud https://testflight.apple.com/join/yst7K78b Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No LastPass Password Manager https://testflight.apple.com/join/fy7LvHVA Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
LFIX https://testflight.apple.com/join/TYoQEz4T Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Map Pilot for DJI https://testflight.apple.com/join/FWOdp61T Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
10/3/19 Maze Machine https://testflight.apple.com/join/37BftFj2 Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Yes // No Mega https://testflight.apple.com/join/4x1P5Tnx Courtesy of u/Nicolaspatate
9/19/19 Memento: Modern Reminders https://testflight.apple.com/join/aRvubPov Courtesy of u/kamsa6-fojbiz-nesXem
Yes // No Microsoft Cortana https://testflight.apple.com/join/4IHpEYnz Courtesy of Daniel Rubino from Windows Central
Yes // Yes Microsoft Edge https://testflight.apple.com/join/VtDI7uRL or See Right Column Courtesy of u/DarkUv77 & Yours Truly // Go into the settings within the Microsoft Edge browser and look at the middle option for "Join Microsoft Edge Beta" and badda-boom-badda-bing
Yes // No Microsoft Excel https://aka.ms/iOSInsiderExcel Courtesy of Yours Truly
Yes // Yes Microsoft OneDrive https://testflight.apple.com/join/LtgPLzrQ Courtesy of u/TSUTiger
Yes // No Microsoft OneNote https://aka.ms/iOSInsiderOneNote Courtesy of Yours Truly
Yes // No Microsoft Outlook https://aka.ms/iOSInsiderOutlook Courtesy of Yours Truly
Yes // No Microsoft PowerPoint https://aka.ms/iOSInsiderPowerPoint Courtesy of Yours Truly
Yes // No Microsoft Remote Desktop Beta https://testflight.apple.com/join/vkLIflUJ Courtesy of u/Rukario
Yes // Yes Microsoft To-Do https://testflight.apple.com/join/JSq3UkAz Courtesy of u/DiegoNavarro
Yes // No Microsoft Word https://aka.ms/iOSInsiderWord Courtesy of Yours Truly
Mojo - Create Video Stories https://testflight.apple.com/join/AJlrDMao Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Momento - GIF Maker & Creator https://testflight.apple.com/join/HzErGQWT Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Moonscape - Crypto Tracker https://testflight.apple.com/join/eIKd6q8T Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Musixmatch Lyrics Finder https://testflight.apple.com/join/7yLzN5td Courtesy of u/Vegetapple
MyPal https://testflight.apple.com/join/Jj3B6vQ8 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Netwa - spy for Whatsapp https://testflight.apple.com/join/7GMwTEZw Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No The New York Times https://testflight.apple.com/join/gfiSREAr Courtesy of u/sushiinyourface
Nextcloud https://testflight.apple.com/join/GjNbfo2a Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
NoiseHub https://testflight.apple.com/join/ulV8RPis Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
10/3/19 Yes // No Notability https://support.gingerlabs.com/hc/en-us/articles/216037238-Apply-to-Beta-Test-Notability- Courtesy of u/jraspiprojects // Form
NotePlan - Markdown Calendar https://testflight.apple.com/join/mrSbc937 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
NSScreencast https://testflight.apple.com/join/zNLNVYtN Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Omlet Arcade https://testflight.apple.com/join/xqSLy94a Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Onedox: For household bills https://testflight.apple.com/join/Dqh55OBl Courtesy of u/CashMc1234
Yes // No osu! https://testflight.apple.com/join/2tLcjWlF Courtesy of u/151010
Overcast https://testflight.apple.com/join/ua0oicPc Courtesy of u/Kamik423
ownCloud https://testflight.apple.com/join/Oktj0iKv Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Parcel - Delivery Tracking https://testflight.apple.com/join/fMeg6C4A Courtesy of u/KvasiSide
Password AR https://testflight.apple.com/join/BUsyXf0e Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
PDF Expert 7: PDF Editor https://testflight.apple.com/join/UE75wprO Courtesy of u/Icy_Instance
PDF Viewer Pro by PSPDFKit https://testflight.apple.com/join/6IMUtZ8n/ Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Phosphor https://testflight.apple.com/join/IuKvZwqy Courtesy of [deleted]
Yes // No Plex https://testflight.apple.com/join/MY6JTzix Courtesy of u/Birdman-82
Yes // No Pocket: Save. Read. Grow. https://testflight.apple.com/join/LxKzQMpu Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Pushover Notifications https://testflight.apple.com/join/vkwfdWM0 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Pythonista 3 https://testflight.apple.com/join/qDkBu2ur Courtesy of u/HarryLafranc
Yes // No Quizlet https://testflight.apple.com/join/mwhcPqxJ Courtesy of u/Vegetapple
Rad Trails! https://testflight.apple.com/join/S7tXxfKK Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
RainViewer Storm Radar https://testflight.apple.com/join/OZ1B4sTS Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // Yes Reddit (Ayyy!) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLqxowkVPOenOPx5PISXK4dnXAW7FJ3mw434UX_IDeIMTXzQ/viewform Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis // Form
RetailBox https://testflight.apple.com/join/nNT4O8vg Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Revolut - Radically Better https://testflight.apple.com/join/oqrinjQB Courtesy of u/liamdaly
rIPTV https://testflight.apple.com/join/CtqNdLDe Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
RoomScan Pro https://testflight.apple.com/join/srkYDsAE Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Screens https://testflight.apple.com/join/soRRXSyT Courtesy of u/Vegetapple
SHAREit - Connect & Transfer https://testflight.apple.com/join/eKumKU50 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
SideCoach https://testflight.apple.com/join/nT69xbrU Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No Signal - Private Messenger https://testflight.apple.com/join/8FHtd1Jq Courtesy of u/yxkillz
Skies Of Chaos https://testflight.apple.com/join/l31tKFJF Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No Skype For iPhone https://testflight.apple.com/join/fB5IkJT7 Courtesy of u/Suavechef
Yes // No Skype For iPad https://testflight.apple.com/join/vnSIsolv Courtesy of u/Suavechef // May need to initiate beta from an iPad
Yes // No Slack https://slack.com/intl/en-en/beta/ios Courtesy of u/TSUTiger // Form
Sleep Cycle alarm clock https://testflight.apple.com/join/8RcEFqFF Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Slide for Reddit https://testflight.apple.com/join/NpnhNwID Courtesy of u/TSUTiger
Yes // Yes Snapchat https://testflight.apple.com/join/crlFhtQy Courtesy of Yours Truly
Social Dummy https://testflight.apple.com/join/lQu46sXI Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Speck - Web Playground https://testflight.apple.com/join/r6kZKMzv Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
9/18/19 SpeedCN - 海外VPN网络加速器 https://testflight.apple.com/join/Ks9a8MlH Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Yes // Yes Spotify https://testflight.apple.com/join/1SyedSId Courtesy of u/mainhathao
Status - Ethereum. Anywhere. https://testflight.apple.com/join/J8EuJmey Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
10/24/19 Stop Motion Studio Pro https://testflight.apple.com/join/rfWbdRvr Courtesy of u/mitarm
Stream Status https://testflight.apple.com/join/j0WQVihy Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Stripe Dashboard https://testflight.apple.com/join/yUNxkvHz Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
sudo crabs https://testflight.apple.com/join/dGjdmtXH Courtesy of u/Thumbender
Yes // No SwiftKey Keyboard https://testflight.apple.com/join/yhIhAvjp Courtesy of u/khaskin
Tapatalk - 200,000+ Forums https://testflight.apple.com/join/oGFXVgl6 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
Yes // No Telegram Messenger https://testflight.apple.com/join/u6iogfd0 Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
Tik-App https://testflight.apple.com/join/wGEkmFU9 Courtesy of u/BillyCurtis
tippin wallet https://testflight.apple.com/join/lZN7Ovt4 Courtesy of u/RobinBaerheim
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Lightning Network Will Likely Fail Due To Several Possible Reasons

ECONOMIC CASE IS ABSENT FOR MANY TRANSACTIONS
The median Bitcoin (BTC) fee is $14.41 currently. This has gone parabolic in the past few days. So, let’s use a number before this parabolic rise, which was $3.80. Using this number, opening and closing a Lightning Network (LN) channel means that you will pay $7.60 in fees. Most likely, the fee will be much higher for two reasons:
  1. BTC fees have been trending higher all year and will be higher by the time LN is ready
  2. When you are in the shoe store or restaurant, you will likely pay a higher fee so that you are not waiting there for one or more hours for confirmation.
Let’s say hypothetically that Visa or Paypal charges $1 per transaction. This means that Alice and Carol would need to do 8 or more LN transactions, otherwise it would be cheaper to use Visa or Paypal.
But it gets worse. Visa doesn’t charge the customer. To you, Visa and Cash are free. You would have no economic incentive to use BTC and LN.
Also, Visa does not charge $1 per transaction. They charge 3%, which is 60 cents on a $20 widget. Let’s say that merchants discount their widgets by 60 cents for non-Visa purchases, to pass the savings onto the customer. Nevertheless, no one is going to use BTC and LN to buy the widget unless 2 things happen:
  1. they buy more than 13 widgets from the same store ($7.60 divided by 60 cents)
  2. they know ahead of time that they will do this with that same store
This means that if you’re traveling, or want to tip content producers on the internet, you will likely not use BTC and LN. If you and your spouse want to try out a new restaurant, you will not use BTC and LN. If you buy shoes, you will not use BTC and LN.
ROAD BLOCKS FROM INSUFFICIENT FUNDS
Some argue that you do not need to open a channel to everyone, if there’s a route to that merchant. This article explains that if LN is a like a distributed mesh network, then another problem exists:
"third party needs to possess the necessary capital to process the transaction. If Alice and Bob do not have an open channel, and Alice wants to send Bob .5 BTC, they'll both need to be connected to a third party (or a series of 3rd parties). Say if Charles (the third party) only possesses .4 BTC in his respective payment channels with the other users, the transaction will not be able to go through that route. The longer the route, the more likely that a third party does not possess the requisite amount of BTC, thereby making it a useless connection.”
CENTRALIZATION
According to this visualization of LN on testnet, LN will be centralized around major hubs. It might be even more centralized than this visualization if the following are true:
  1. Users will want to connect to large hubs to minimize the number of times they need to open/close channels, which incur fees
  2. LN’s security and usability relies on 100% uptime of relaying parties
  3. Only large hubs with a lot of liquidity will be able to make money
  4. Hubs or intermediary nodes will need to be licensed as money transmitters, centralizing LN to exchanges and banks as large hubs
What will the impact be on censorship-resistance, trust-less and permission-less?
NEED TO BE LICENSED AS MONEY TRANSMITTER
Advocates for LN seem to talk a lot about the technology, but ignore the legalities.
FinCEN defines money transmitters. LN hubs and intermediary nodes seem to satisfy this definition.
Application of FinCEN's Regulations to Persons Administering, Exchanging, or Using Virtual Currencies
“…applicability of the regulations … to persons creating, obtaining, distributing, exchanging, accepting, or transmitting virtual currencies.”
“…an administrator or exchanger is an MSB under FinCEN's regulations, specifically, a money transmitter…”
"An administrator or exchanger that (1) accepts and transmits a convertible virtual currency or (2) buys or sells convertible virtual currency for any reason is a money transmitter under FinCEN's regulations…”
"FinCEN's regulations define the term "money transmitter" as a person that provides money transmission services, or any other person engaged in the transfer of funds. The term "money transmission services" means "the acceptance of currency, funds, or other value that substitutes for currency from one person and the transmission of currency, funds, or other value that substitutes for currency to another location or person by any means.””
"The definition of a money transmitter does not differentiate between real currencies and convertible virtual currencies.”
FinCEN’s regulations for IVTS:
"An “informal value transfer system” refers to any system, mechanism, or network of people that receives money for the purpose of making the funds or an equivalent value payable to a third party in another geographic location, whether or not in the same form.”
“…IVTS… must comply with all BSA registration, recordkeeping, reporting and AML program requirements.
“Money transmitting” occurs when funds are transferred on behalf of the public by any and all means including, but not limited to, transfers within the United States or to locations abroad…regulations require all money transmitting businesses…to register with FinCEN."
Mike Caldwell used to accept and mail bitcoins. Customers sent him bitcoins and he mailed physical bitcoins back or to a designated recipient. There is no exchange from one type of currency to another. FinCEN told him that he needed to be licensed as money transmitter, after which Caldwell stopped mailing out bitcoins.
ARGUMENTS AGAINST NEED FOR LICENSING
Some have argued that LN does not transfer BTC until the channel is closed on the blockchain. This is not a defence, since channels will close on the blockchain.
Some have argued that LN nodes do not take ownership of funds. Is this really true? Is this argument based on a technicality or hoping for a loophole? It seems intuitive that a good prosecutor can easily defeat this argument. Even if this loophole exists, can we count on the government to never close this loophole?
So, will LN hubs and intermediary nodes need to be licensed as money transmitters? If so, then Bob, who is the intermediary between Alice and Carol, will need a license. But Bob won’t have the money nor qualifications. Money transmitters need to pay $25,000 to $1 million, maintain capital levels and are subject to KYC/AML regulations1. In which case, LN will have mainly large hubs, run by financial firms, such as banks and exchanges.
Will the banks want this? Likely. Will they lobby the government to get it? Likely.
Some may be wondering about miners. FinCEN has declared that miners are not money transmitters:
https://coincenter.org/entry/aml-kyc-tokens :
"Subsequent administrative rulings clarified several remaining ambiguities: miners are not money transmitters…"
FinCEN Declares Bitcoin Miners, Investors Aren't Money Transmitters
Some argue that LN nodes will go through Tor and be anonymous. For this to work, will all of the nodes connecting to it, need to run Tor? If so, then how likely will this happen and will all of these people need to run Tor on every device (laptop, phone and tablet)? Furthermore, everyone of these people will be need to be sufficiently tech savvy to download, install and set up Tor. Will the common person be able to do this? Also, will law-abiding nodes, such as retailers or banks, risk their own livelihood by connecting to an illegal node? What is the likelihood of this?
Some argue that unlicensed LN hubs can run in foreign countries. Not true. According to FinCEN: "“Money transmitting” occurs when funds are…transfers within the United States or to locations abroad…” Also, foreign companies are not immune from the laws of other countries which have extradition agreements. The U.S. government has sued European banks over the LIBOR scandal. The U.S. government has charged foreign banks for money laundering and two of those banks pleaded guilty. Furthermore, most countries have similar laws. It is no coincidence that European exchanges comply with KYC/AML.
Will licensed, regulated LN hubs connect to LN nodes behind Tor or in foreign countries? Unlikely. Will Amazon or eBay connect to LN nodes behind Tor or in foreign countries? Unlikely. If you want to buy from Amazon, you’ll likely need to register yourself at a licensed, regulated LN hub, which means you’ll need to provide your identification photo.
Say goodbye to a censorship-resistant, trust-less and permission-less coin.
For a preview of what LN will probably look like, look at Coinbase or other large exchanges. It’s a centralized, regulated and censored hub. Coinbase allows users to send to each other off-chain. Coinbase provides user data to the IRS and disallows users from certain countries to sell BTC. You need to trust that no rogue employee in the exchange will steal your funds, or that a bank will not confiscate your funds as banks did in Cyprus. What if the government provides a list of users, who are late with their tax returns, to Coinbase and tells Coinbase to block those users from making transactions? You need Coinbase’s permission.
This would be the antithesis of why Satoshi created Bitcoin.
NEED TO REPORT TO IRS
The IRS has a definition for “third party settlement organization” and these need to report transactions to the IRS.
Though we do not know for sure yet, it can be argued that LN hubs satisfies this definition. If this is the case, who will be willing to be LN hubs, other than banks and exchanges?
To read about the discussion, go to:
Lightning Hubs Will Need To Report To IRS
COMPLEXITY
All cryptocurrencies are complicated for the common person. You may be tech savvy enough to find a secure wallet and use cryptocurrencies, but the masses are not as tech savvy as you.
LN adds a very complicated and convoluted layer to cryptocurrencies. It is bound to have bugs for years to come and it’s complicated to use. This article provides a good explanation of the complexity. Just from the screenshot of the app, the user now needs to learn additional terms and commands:
“On Chain”
“In Channels”
“In Limbo”
“Your Channel”
“Create Channel”
“CID”
“OPENING”
“PENDING-OPEN”
“Available to Receive”
“PENDING-FORCE-CLOSE”
There are also other things to learn, such as how funds need to be allocated to channels and time locks. Compare this to using your current wallet.
Recently, LN became even more complicated and convoluted. It needs a 3rd layer as well:
Scaling Bitcoin Might Require A Whole 'Nother Layer
How many additional steps does a user need to learn?
ALL COINS PLANNING OFF-CHAIN SCALING ARE AT RISK
Bitcoin Segwit, Litecoin, Vertcoin and possibly others (including Bitcoin Cash) are planning to implement LN or layer 2 scaling. Ethereum is planning to use Raiden Network, which is very similar to LN. If the above is true about LN, then the scaling roadmap for these coins is questionable at best, nullified at worst.
BLOCKSTREAM'S GAME PLAN IS ON TRACK
Blockstream employs several of the lead Bitcoin Core developers. Blockstream has said repeatedly that they want high fees. Quotes and source links can be found here.
Why is Blockstream so adamant on small blocks, high fees and off-chain scaling?
Small blocks, high fees and slow confirmations create demand for off-chain solutions, such as Liquid. Blockstream sells Liquid to exchanges to move Bitcoin quickly on a side-chain. LN will create liquidity hubs, such as exchanges, which will generate traffic and fees for exchanges. With this, exchanges will have a higher need for Liquid. This will be the main way that Blockstream will generate revenue for its investors, who invested $76 million. Otherwise, they can go bankrupt and die.
One of Blockstream’s investors/owners is AXA. AXA’s CEO and Chairman until 2016 was also the Chairman of Bilderberg Group. The Bilderberg Group is run by bankers and politicians (former prime ministers and nation leaders). According to GlobalResearch, Bilderberg Group wants “a One World Government (World Company) with a single, global marketplace…and financially regulated by one ‘World (Central) Bank’ using one global currency.” LN helps Bilderberg Group get one step closer to its goal.
Luke-Jr is one of the lead BTC developers in Core/Blockstream. Regulation of BTC is in-line with his beliefs. He is a big believer in the government, as he believes that the government should tax you and the “State has authority from God”. In fact, he has other radical beliefs as well:
So, having only large, regulated LN hubs is not a failure for Blockstream/Bilderberg. It’s a success. The title of this article should be changed to: "Lightning Will Fail Or Succeed, Depending On Whether You Are Satoshi Or Blockstream/Bilderberg".
SIGNIFICANT ADVANCEMENTS WITH ON-CHAIN SCALING
Meanwhile, some coins such as Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash are pushing ahead with on-chain scaling. Both are looking at Sharding.
Visa handles 2,000 transactions per second on average. Blockstream said that on-chain scaling will not work. The development teams for Bitcoin Cash have shown significant on-chain scaling:
1 GB block running on testnet demonstrates over 10,000 transactions per second:
"we are not going from 1MB to 1GB tomorrow — The purpose of going so high is to prove that it can be done — no second layer is necessary”
"Preliminary Findings Demonstrate Over 10,000 Transactions Per Second"
"Gigablock testnet initiative will likely be implemented first on Bitcoin Cash”
Peter Rizun, Andrew Stone -- 1 GB Block Tests -- Scaling Bitcoin Stanford At 13:55 in this video, Rizun said that he thinks that Visa level can be achieved with a 4-core/16GB machine with better implementations (modifying the code to take advantage of parallelization.)
Bitcoin Cash plans to fix malleability and enable layer 2 solutions:
The Future of “Bitcoin Cash:” An Interview with Bitcoin ABC lead developer Amaury Séchet:
"fixing malleability and enabling Layer 2 solutions will happen”
However, it is questionable if layer 2 will work or is needed.
GOING FORWARD
The four year scaling debate and in-fighting is what caused small blockers (Blockstream) to fork Bitcoin by adding Segwit and big blockers to fork Bitcoin into Bitcoin Cash. Read:
Bitcoin Divorce - Bitcoin [Legacy] vs Bitcoin Cash Explained
It will be interesting to see how they scale going forward.
Scaling will be instrumental in getting network effect and to be widely adopted as a currency. Whichever Coin Has The Most Network Effect Will Take All (Or Most) (BTC has little network effect, and it's shrinking.)
The ability to scale will be key to the long term success of any coin.
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Perspective From the Outside/My First Steem Related Experience

Hi, thought you guys might like to see a perspective from the outside that comes from me. Prior to today I never once heard of this Steem thing, but I know about various other coins, so I think I understand cryptocurrency as a concept. What I don't understand is why it is seemingly so inaccessible.
To give some background, I was playing a game called OGame, but I didn't enjoy how P2W it was, so I looked for some alternatives. Two alternatives I found were games called Steemnova and NextColony, but each require something called, "Steemconnect," to operate as it apparently utilities it for user accounts/verification. Uh, okay I think, and I try to investigate and make an account because I really do want to play the game. Surface level attempts results in the following discoveries...
https://widget.steem.ninja/widget.html is apparently broken and reportedly requires money to make an account, but I have no idea as I can't access it to confirm https://v2.steemconnect.com/accounts/create requires an account to create an account and also requires money to make an account(???) And I'm surely not going to download any, "Desktop app," for this shady af thing, but I did try a browser extension for Steemconnect which also goes no where as there's no apparent registration method or guide.
So I'm sitting here thinking how the heck am I supposed to play these games? Is it all just a scam? I mean everything requires money just to make an account, which I wouldn't mind if it was at least upfront about it, but I'm only informed about this at the last minute. I investigate Steem more, which isn't easy because I just keep getting links for Steam (Terrible brand name on Steem's part really as Steam is a far better and more popular product,) but I get absolutely no where except a few low view count blogs saying how great Steem is and how it's the next big Bitcoin... Man, where have I read that before? Oh yeah, blogs for basically every other coin in existence. I do find a few hastily constructed and uninformative guides that read more like product brochures than actual guides. Needless to say, I eventually give up as I get nowhere fast.
It's my conclusion that if you guys want Steem to be popular, it must first be renamed and made far FAR more approachable as if someone like me who is motivated to understand and use it is unable to do so, you've messed up. Additionally, if you want to kill a game's potential, make it as difficult as possible to start playing like SteemNova and NextColony does by making it nearly impossible to signup. Seriously if the games were on Steam for $10 I'd be playing them right now but instead they're on Steem and are effectively inaccessible, lol.
I expect downvotes, despite my good intentions, so I wish to address these a little now. Do you really think you're being helpful by doing so? I know criticism of your favorite thingy is hard to read, but it's useful to understand even if I'm wrong, and I took the time to give you guys my thoughts and perspective when others probably brushed Steem off after the first Google search to understand it. And I know Steem likely wasn't created just for Steemconnect or whatever, but it's obviously a vector for new users such as myself, and what could have been a new community member and user of Steem is instead just a passerby because of how unusable the system is. Just a thought.
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Lightning Network Will Likely Fail Due To Several Possible Reasons

ECONOMIC CASE IS ABSENT FOR MANY TRANSACTIONS
The median Bitcoin (BTC) fee is $14.41 currently. This has gone parabolic in the past few days. So, let’s use a number before this parabolic rise, which was $3.80. Using this number, opening and closing a Lightning Network (LN) channel means that you will pay $7.60 in fees. Most likely, the fee will be much higher for two reasons:
  1. BTC fees have been trending higher all year and will be higher by the time LN is ready
  2. When you are in the shoe store or restaurant, you will likely pay a higher fee so that you are not waiting there for one or more hours for confirmation.
Let’s say hypothetically that Visa or Paypal charges $1 per transaction. This means that Alice and Carol would need to do 8 or more LN transactions, otherwise it would be cheaper to use Visa or Paypal.
But it gets worse. Visa doesn’t charge the customer. To you, Visa and Cash are free. You would have no economic incentive to use BTC and LN.
Also, Visa does not charge $1 per transaction. They charge 3%, which is 60 cents on a $20 widget. Let’s say that merchants discount their widgets by 60 cents for non-Visa purchases, to pass the savings onto the customer. Nevertheless, no one is going to use BTC and LN to buy the widget unless 2 things happen:
  1. they buy more than 13 widgets from the same store ($7.60 divided by 60 cents)
  2. they know ahead of time that they will do this with that same store
This means that if you’re traveling, or want to tip content producers on the internet, you will likely not use BTC and LN. If you and your spouse want to try out a new restaurant, you will not use BTC and LN. If you buy shoes, you will not use BTC and LN.
ROAD BLOCKS FROM INSUFFICIENT FUNDS
Some argue that you do not need to open a channel to everyone, if there’s a route to that merchant. This article explains that if LN is like a distributed mesh network, then another problem exists:
"third party needs to possess the necessary capital to process the transaction. If Alice and Bob do not have an open channel, and Alice wants to send Bob .5 BTC, they'll both need to be connected to a third party (or a series of 3rd parties). Say if Charles (the third party) only possesses .4 BTC in his respective payment channels with the other users, the transaction will not be able to go through that route. The longer the route, the more likely that a third party does not possess the requisite amount of BTC, thereby making it a useless connection.”
CENTRALIZATION
According to this visualization of LN on testnet, LN will be centralized around major hubs. It might be even more centralized than this visualization if the following are true:
  1. Users will want to connect to large hubs to minimize the number of times they need to open/close channels, which incur fees
  2. LN’s security and usability relies on 100% uptime of relaying parties
  3. Only large hubs with a lot of liquidity will be able to make money
  4. Hubs or intermediary nodes will need to be licensed as money transmitters, centralizing LN to exchanges and banks as large hubs
What will the impact be on censorship-resistance, trust-less and permission-less?
NEED TO BE LICENSED AS MONEY TRANSMITTER
Advocates for LN seem to talk a lot about the technology, but ignore the legalities.
FinCEN defines money transmitters. LN hubs and intermediary nodes seem to satisfy this definition.
Application of FinCEN's Regulations to Persons Administering, Exchanging, or Using Virtual Currencies
“…applicability of the regulations … to persons creating, obtaining, distributing, exchanging, accepting, or transmitting virtual currencies.”
“…an administrator or exchanger is an MSB under FinCEN's regulations, specifically, a money transmitter…”
"An administrator or exchanger that (1) accepts and transmits a convertible virtual currency or (2) buys or sells convertible virtual currency for any reason is a money transmitter under FinCEN's regulations…”
"FinCEN's regulations define the term "money transmitter" as a person that provides money transmission services, or any other person engaged in the transfer of funds. The term "money transmission services" means "the acceptance of currency, funds, or other value that substitutes for currency from one person and the transmission of currency, funds, or other value that substitutes for currency to another location or person by any means.””
"The definition of a money transmitter does not differentiate between real currencies and convertible virtual currencies.”
FinCEN’s regulations for IVTS:
"An “informal value transfer system” refers to any system, mechanism, or network of people that receives money for the purpose of making the funds or an equivalent value payable to a third party in another geographic location, whether or not in the same form.”
“…IVTS… must comply with all BSA registration, recordkeeping, reporting and AML program requirements.
“Money transmitting” occurs when funds are transferred on behalf of the public by any and all means including, but not limited to, transfers within the United States or to locations abroad…regulations require all money transmitting businesses…to register with FinCEN."
Mike Caldwell used to accept and mail bitcoins. Customers sent him bitcoins and he mailed physical bitcoins back or to a designated recipient. There is no exchange from one type of currency to another. FinCEN told him that he needed to be licensed as money transmitter, after which Caldwell stopped mailing out bitcoins.
ARGUMENTS AGAINST NEED FOR LICENSING
Some have argued that LN does not transfer BTC until the channel is closed on the blockchain. This is not a defence, since channels will close on the blockchain.
Some have argued that LN nodes do not take ownership of funds. Is this really true? Is this argument based on a technicality or hoping for a loophole? It seems intuitive that a good prosecutor can easily defeat this argument. Even if this loophole exists, can we count on the government to never close this loophole?
So, will LN hubs and intermediary nodes need to be licensed as money transmitters? If so, then Bob, who is the intermediary between Alice and Carol, will need a license. But Bob won’t have the money nor qualifications. Money transmitters need to pay $25,000 to $1 million, maintain capital levels and are subject to KYC/AML regulations1. In which case, LN will have mainly large hubs, run by financial firms, such as banks and exchanges.
Will the banks want this? Likely. Will they lobby the government to get it? Likely.
Some may be wondering about miners. FinCEN has declared that miners are not money transmitters:
https://coincenter.org/entry/aml-kyc-tokens :
"Subsequent administrative rulings clarified several remaining ambiguities: miners are not money transmitters…"
FinCEN Declares Bitcoin Miners, Investors Aren't Money Transmitters
Some argue that LN nodes will go through Tor and be anonymous. For this to work, will all of the nodes connecting to it, need to run Tor? If so, then how likely will this happen and will all of these people need to run Tor on every device (laptop, phone and tablet)? Furthermore, everyone of these people will be need to be sufficiently tech savvy to download, install and set up Tor. Will the common person be able to do this? Also, will law-abiding nodes, such as retailers or banks, risk their own livelihood by connecting to an illegal node? What is the likelihood of this?
Some argue that unlicensed LN hubs can run in foreign countries. Not true. According to FinCEN: "“Money transmitting” occurs when funds are…transfers within the United States or to locations abroad…” Also, foreign companies are not immune from the laws of other countries which have extradition agreements. The U.S. government has sued European banks over the LIBOR scandal. The U.S. government has charged foreign banks for money laundering and two of those banks pleaded guilty. Furthermore, most countries have similar laws. It is no coincidence that European exchanges comply with KYC/AML.
Will licensed, regulated LN hubs connect to LN nodes behind Tor or in foreign countries? Unlikely. Will Amazon or eBay connect to LN nodes behind Tor or in foreign countries? Unlikely. If you want to buy from Amazon, you’ll likely need to register yourself at a licensed, regulated LN hub, which means you’ll need to provide your identification photo.
Say goodbye to a censorship-resistant, trust-less and permission-less coin.
For a preview of what LN will probably look like, look at Coinbase or other large exchanges. It’s a centralized, regulated and censored hub. Coinbase allows users to send to each other off-chain. Coinbase provides user data to the IRS and disallows users from certain countries to sell BTC. You need to trust that no rogue employee in the exchange will steal your funds, or that a bank will not confiscate your funds as banks did in Cyprus. What if the government provides a list of users, who are late with their tax returns, to Coinbase and tells Coinbase to block those users from making transactions? You need Coinbase’s permission.
This would be the antithesis of why Satoshi created Bitcoin.
NEED TO REPORT TO IRS
The IRS has a definition for “third party settlement organization” and these need to report transactions to the IRS.
Though we do not know for sure yet, it can be argued that LN hubs satisfies this definition. If this is the case, who will be willing to be LN hubs, other than banks and exchanges?
To read about the discussion, go to:
Lightning Hubs Will Need To Report To IRS
COMPLEXITY
All cryptocurrencies are complicated for the common person. You may be tech savvy enough to find a secure wallet and use cryptocurrencies, but the masses are not as tech savvy as you.
LN adds a very complicated and convoluted layer to cryptocurrencies. It is bound to have bugs for years to come and it’s complicated to use. This article provides a good explanation of the complexity. Just from the screenshot of the app, the user now needs to learn additional terms and commands:
“On Chain”
“In Channels”
“In Limbo”
“Your Channel”
“Create Channel”
“CID”
“OPENING”
“PENDING-OPEN”
“Available to Receive”
“PENDING-FORCE-CLOSE”
There are also other things to learn, such as how funds need to be allocated to channels and time locks. Compare this to using your current wallet.
Recently, LN became even more complicated and convoluted. It needs a 3rd layer as well:
Scaling Bitcoin Might Require A Whole 'Nother Layer
How many additional steps does a user need to learn?
ALL COINS PLANNING OFF-CHAIN SCALING ARE AT RISK
Bitcoin Segwit, Litecoin, Vertcoin and possibly others (including Bitcoin Cash) are planning to implement LN or layer 2 scaling. Ethereum is planning to use Raiden Network, which is very similar to LN. If the above is true about LN, then the scaling roadmap for these coins is questionable at best, nullified at worst.
BLOCKSTREAM'S GAME PLAN IS ON TRACK
Blockstream employs several of the lead Bitcoin Core developers. Blockstream has said repeatedly that they want high fees. Quotes and source links can be found here.
Why is Blockstream so adamant on small blocks, high fees and off-chain scaling?
Small blocks, high fees and slow confirmations create demand for off-chain solutions, such as Liquid. Blockstream sells Liquid to exchanges to move Bitcoin quickly on a side-chain. LN will create liquidity hubs, such as exchanges, which will generate traffic and fees for exchanges. With this, exchanges will have a higher need for Liquid. This will be the main way that Blockstream will generate revenue for its investors, who invested $76 million. Otherwise, they can go bankrupt and die.
One of Blockstream’s investors/owners is AXA. AXA’s CEO and Chairman until 2016 was also the Chairman of Bilderberg Group. The Bilderberg Group is run by bankers and politicians (former prime ministers and nation leaders). According to GlobalResearch, Bilderberg Group wants “a One World Government (World Company) with a single, global marketplace…and financially regulated by one ‘World (Central) Bank’ using one global currency.” LN helps Bilderberg Group get one step closer to its goal.
Luke-Jr is one of the lead BTC developers in Core/Blockstream. Regulation of BTC is in-line with his beliefs. He is a big believer in the government, as he believes that the government should tax you and the “State has authority from God”. In fact, he has other radical beliefs as well:
So, having only large, regulated LN hubs is not a failure for Blockstream/Bilderberg. It’s a success. The title of this article should be changed to: "Lightning Will Fail Or Succeed, Depending On Whether You Are Satoshi Or Blockstream/Bilderberg".
SIGNIFICANT ADVANCEMENTS WITH ON-CHAIN SCALING
Meanwhile, some coins such as Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash are pushing ahead with on-chain scaling. Both are looking at Sharding.
Visa handles 2,000 transactions per second on average. Blockstream said that on-chain scaling will not work. The development teams for Bitcoin Cash have shown significant on-chain scaling:
1 GB block running on testnet demonstrates over 10,000 transactions per second:
"we are not going from 1MB to 1GB tomorrow — The purpose of going so high is to prove that it can be done — no second layer is necessary”
"Preliminary Findings Demonstrate Over 10,000 Transactions Per Second"
"Gigablock testnet initiative will likely be implemented first on Bitcoin Cash”
Peter Rizun, Andrew Stone -- 1 GB Block Tests -- Scaling Bitcoin Stanford At 13:55 in this video, Rizun said that he thinks that Visa level can be achieved with a 4-core/16GB machine with better implementations (modifying the code to take advantage of parallelization.)
Bitcoin Cash plans to fix malleability and enable layer 2 solutions:
The Future of “Bitcoin Cash:” An Interview with Bitcoin ABC lead developer Amaury Séchet:
"fixing malleability and enabling Layer 2 solutions will happen”
However, it is questionable if layer 2 will work or is needed.
GOING FORWARD
The four year scaling debate and in-fighting is what caused small blockers (Blockstream) to fork Bitcoin by adding Segwit and big blockers to fork Bitcoin into Bitcoin Cash. Read:
Bitcoin Divorce - Bitcoin [Legacy] vs Bitcoin Cash Explained
It will be interesting to see how they scale going forward.
Scaling will be instrumental in getting network effect and to be widely adopted as a currency. Whichever Coin Has The Most Network Effect Will Take All (Or Most) (BTC has little network effect, and it's shrinking.)
The ability to scale will be key to the long term success of any coin.
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The Evolution of a Masternode Project: What to look for when deciding to invest in a Masternode

The Evolution of a Masternode Project: What to look for when deciding to invest in a masternode project.
Realizing in early 2018 that it was going to be a long and tough road for crypto this year, I sought other areas to invest. I came across masternodes, and their promise to pay “rewards” or dividends based on holding a certain number of coins, and becoming a node on their network by hosting a server on my computer for the overall system. At first it seemed overly complicated, but if you have above average tech skills, some patience and time, you can have a masternode up and running in a few hours and start earning “rewards”.
My first masternode investment was in a very small project. I wanted to make sure I could actually set one of these nodes up before investing in a larger project. After getting the first up, my confidence rose and I made some significant investments in some larger projects. Over the past six months I have invested in a nice collection of masternodes, numbering almost 30, and have become actively involved in a number of the communities. At one point in March-April all of my Masternodes were earning a couple of thousands dollars per month. As of today, they are down significantly to several hundred dollars per month, but despite this, I continue to invest in select projects that I believe have what it take to become successful.
Here is what I have learned.
Masternode projects go through a general cycle that I have witnessed a number of times now. And while I do not like to generalize, I have found a particular pattern that if you watch carefully, will allow you to separate the good from the bad projects, and will also give you early warning signs to get out of a project.
PHASE 1: The Vision or The Excitement
The Devs (the project creators are affectionately known as the Devs, short for developers) decide to make a new project, a new coin. The Devs will undoubtedly have a vision for their new coin. Whether it be just another cryptocurrency, or a cryptocurrency with a particular use, the vision will be big - if you are going to dream, dream big as they say.
The Devs enlist the help of marketing types who go out and pump the coin on social media as the new next big thing. Now it is very important to remember that if you invest enough you will have the right to have a masternode on their network. And this masternode will receive “rewards” in the form of the projects coins at set intervals. From a marketing perspective this is amazing, the message,.”invest x in this project and earn dividends y that you can sell back into the market!”
Also remember that the project just creates the coins to pay these masternode holders, so the value of the coins received is only what the market is willing to buy them for. This results in a constant supply of new coins being brought to the market as masternode holders sell the “rewards” they receive. So long as there are more people interested in investing in the project, there will be buyers of the rewards. During Phase 1 there are plenty of investors willing to buy the coins being sold because more people are learning about the project - also known in the community as FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out.
As the marketers begin to promote the project, the Devs go to work “forking” another project. The word “fork” is a fancy way of saying, they download another projects code, make some simple changes, and then call it their own. In many regards it is as simple as searching and pasting code changes and creating new graphics. And since it is so easy to do, we see a lot of masternode coins popping up all over.
The Devs also go to an exchange to list their project so people can buy and sell the project’s currency. While it is difficult and very costly to get on large exchanges, it is quite easy and very inexpensive to get on smaller exchanges, some charging as little as .2 BTC or less.
During this time, there is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. The project embraces the vision. The promise of a new investment that earns rewards almost perpetually brings a lot of people to the table.
PHASE 2: Launch Day
With great anticipation the launch of the new (copied) coin comes. The new “wallet” is released to great fanfare. The coin opens for trading on the exchange. Those who were not able to buy the coin during the pre-launch phase start buying up coins on the exchange to create their own masternodes to collect “rewards”. (The rewards are greatest at the beginning of a new coin to encourage early investment and then gradually reduce over time but never to zero.)
Launch is great success, and the price inevitably (except for poorly pumped projects) “moons” or goes up dramatically. Masternode holders begin receiving rewards, some hold the rewards, other sell the rewards on the exchange. Discord, the community social chat channel for the project, lights up with congratulatory discussion and emojis of rockets. The Dev team pulled it off - the new network is up and running. The Dev team sits back to admire their work. Investors talk about how their dev team is different, involved, with a purpose.
Phase 3: Delivering on the Vision
The first crop of Masternode coins, think DASH, promised faster payments, more anonymity, and cheaper transaction fees than Bitcoin. There are very few projects like DASH and maybe SmartCash that can claim actual adoption and use of their coin as real currency. However, the vast majority of projects that simply offer a new cryptocurrency are failing or have failed.
The new crop of Masternode coins must have a purpose in order to succeed. Whether it be creating a video game sales site, promoting the environment, a new decentralized database, a security portal, a trading application, etc., every new project has a purpose and utility. And every Dev team promises that after launch, they will begin to deliver on this promise.
Delivering the product or purpose of the coin has become problematic for the devs. Why? Remember this project was built on copied code from another project. Even the wallet that everyone is so excited about is the same wallet Bitcoin uses just rebranded. Are you starting to see the problem?
The Devs are normally excellent at downloading someone else’s work and hacking the code together to make it look like it is indeed their project. To the unassuming eye, the creation of the masternode network and the wallet all look like legitimate and difficult endeavors. It takes someone with extremely good basic coding skills to pull this off. You need to know your command-line commands, you need to know your compilers, you need to understand networking, and you need to be patient and work through the errors - knowing a good graphic designer is also very helpful. However, to create a masternode network, you do not need to know how to write code.
This is one of the very first warning signs I look for in a coin. It is relatively easy for the devs to deliver on the network and wallet, and all the marketing collateral to promote the coin. Now is the time to build something the masses will use. And for this, you need a lot more coding skills than what is needed to build the network and wallet. Start to watch carefully how things progress from here.
Keep asking, do the Devs really have what it takes to build the widget they promised? If you get the sense they do not, get out - very few projects can afford to retain talented programmers to deliver on their vision. Worst yet, many of these Devs do not know what it will take (programmers, technology, marketing) to deliver on the promises they made.
On the other hand, if you see product development begin and continue as evidenced by Dev updates, screenshots, partnerships, demo sites, etc., you may be part of a great project.
Phase 4: What is the coin used for?
This is the question that I have stumped most Devs with. What is your coin actually used for? What does it represent? The answers to this question has led me to sell a number of masternode investments immediately because I realized the Devs had no idea how the coin related to their product.
Again, you need to remember the Devs in the vast majority of cases have no ability to modify the code of the coin. The vast majority of these coins are simply copies of Bitcoin or DASH or PIVX - they are cryptocurrencies that can be used for payments, etc. Aside from being used as a currency, they have no other purpose.
If you are going to say your project is going to build a portal to buy and sell used widgets, you eventually have to ask, what are you going to sell them for? Unless it is DASH or SmartCash or another big player, if the devs answer, we are going to buy and sell using our projects currency you have a major problem. Potential customers of the portal do not have the projects currency. So the devs are basically proposing, a potential customer needs to acquire the projects currency before they can use the project’s widget portal. So, potential customers have to convert Bitcoin or another crypto into the projects crypto before they can use the project’s site. You had better be selling some unique widget if you really believe a potential customer who knows nothing about your project is going to go through this conversion before using the project’s site. There are competitors, who just accept credit cards.
I have argued with a number of devs who really believe that a potential customer will convert their Bitcoin to their project’s native currency in order to access their portal. They do not see the problems fraught with this including the volatility of their currency price. No one in their right mind will convert their Bitcoin into an even more volatile currency. I had some Devs tell me that eventually their coin price will stop being so volatile - some day when? Bitcoin is still incapable of being used as a store of value.
If the devs do not have a clear use for their coin that is directly tied to potential customers using the coin in a meaningful manner, get out. It is very hard to backwards engineer use into the project. I am working with three projects assisting them define and link their coin to their project. It is no easy feat.
Phase 5: Price Drops to the Floor
Once all the excitement falls, and the difficult questions begin to be asked, the price inevitably plummets. The masternode “rewards” are worth less and less, which causes many to begin to sell. The Devs begin to make promises, new marketing is rolled out, maybe a new white paper or roadmap to keep the price afloat.
Whether the team has the capability or not to deliver on their promises there will be a long period where the Dev team actually has to go to work and create the product. This will take much longer than any investor is willing to wait. As patience with the Dev team erodes, the community begins to become louder with their demand for information.
In response to the demands and to stem the price fall, the Devs will often begin to give more information to the community, hold chats to answer questions, etc. This keeps the investors at bay for a short while, but more and more coins are coming on to the exchange daily from the “rewards” being given to the masternode holders.
Another area that has caused alarm is the basic lack of economic understanding many of these devs have for currency. You would think they would read a book or two about managing a currency before starting this endeavour, but they do not. Concepts of supply and demand, inflation, reinvestment, capital outlay, marketing expenses are at extremely basic sub-high school levels in most cases. It is very hard to manage a currency if you do not understand basic money concepts.
As the price continues to fall, demands become even louder. The Devs start showing up less and less. News becomes more infrequent. The excitement is replaced by excuses. Many of the devs do not get paid or take a salary so they complain about having to work a real job and work the project. They complain about the overall market performance driving their price down. They begin to complain that they haven’t had enough time to build anything. When you see the enthusiasm being replaced by excuses, get out.
And eventually when the complaining becomes too loud, the Devs stop coming altogether. And that’s the funny thing. Unlike most projects when the Devs leave, the project dies. But because of the decentralized nature of the technology, these networks live on, investors continue to receive “rewards” from their masternodes, exchanges continue to earn fees as the dead coins are bought and sold, and the investors are held holding largely worthless coin from a project without leadership.
Phase 6: Legit project or die.
If you find a project that offers:
  1. a unique vision and a unique product;
  2. a dev team with the capability to develop their own code;
  3. a project that applies its cryptocurrency to the product in a sensible marketable manner; and
  4. a Dev team with the leadership capability and integrity to carry the vision forward for the time it takes to realize success,
you may have a project worth investing.
Please contact me about new projects and projects that you believe meet my basic criteria.
In the coming days I will be releasing another article for Masternode Devs on how to build and maintain a successful project. Please like and follow!
Onwards and Upwards,
Jack Fleek
Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fleekico
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The Evolution of a Masternode Project: What to look for when deciding to invest in a Masternode

The Evolution of a Masternode Project: What to look for when deciding to invest in a masternode project.
Realizing in early 2018 that it was going to be a long and tough road for crypto this year, I sought other areas to invest. I came across masternodes, and their promise to pay “rewards” or dividends based on holding a certain number of coins, and becoming a node on their network by hosting a server on my computer for the overall system. At first it seemed overly complicated, but if you have above average tech skills, some patience and time, you can have a masternode up and running in a few hours and start earning “rewards”.
My first masternode investment was in a very small project. I wanted to make sure I could actually set one of these nodes up before investing in a larger project. After getting the first up, my confidence rose and I made some significant investments in some larger projects. Over the past six months I have invested in a nice collection of masternodes, numbering almost 30, and have become actively involved in a number of the communities. At one point in March-April all of my Masternodes were earning a couple of thousands dollars per month. As of today, they are down significantly to several hundred dollars per month, but despite this, I continue to invest in select projects that I believe have what it take to become successful.
Here is what I have learned. TLDR - skip to #6.
Masternode projects go through a general cycle that I have witnessed a number of times now. And while I do not like to generalize, I have found a particular pattern that if you watch carefully, will allow you to separate the good from the bad projects, and will also give you early warning signs to get out of a project.
PHASE 1: The Vision or The Excitement
The Devs (the project creators are affectionately known as the Devs, short for developers) decide to make a new project, a new coin. The Devs will undoubtedly have a vision for their new coin. Whether it be just another cryptocurrency, or a cryptocurrency with a particular use, the vision will be big - if you are going to dream, dream big as they say.
The Devs enlist the help of marketing types who go out and pump the coin on social media as the new next big thing. Now it is very important to remember that if you invest enough you will have the right to have a masternode on their network. And this masternode will receive “rewards” in the form of the projects coins at set intervals. From a marketing perspective this is amazing, the message,.”invest x in this project and earn dividends y that you can sell back into the market!”
Also remember that the project just creates the coins to pay these masternode holders, so the value of the coins received is only what the market is willing to buy them for. This results in a constant supply of new coins being brought to the market as masternode holders sell the “rewards” they receive. So long as there are more people interested in investing in the project, there will be buyers of the rewards. During Phase 1 there are plenty of investors willing to buy the coins being sold because more people are learning about the project - also known in the community as FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out.
As the marketers begin to promote the project, the Devs go to work “forking” another project. The word “fork” is a fancy way of saying, they download another projects code, make some simple changes, and then call it their own. In many regards it is as simple as searching and pasting code changes and creating new graphics. And since it is so easy to do, we see a lot of masternode coins popping up all over.
The Devs also go to an exchange to list their project so people can buy and sell the project’s currency. While it is difficult and very costly to get on large exchanges, it is quite easy and very inexpensive to get on smaller exchanges, some charging as little as .2 BTC or less.
During this time, there is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. The project embraces the vision. The promise of a new investment that earns rewards almost perpetually brings a lot of people to the table.
PHASE 2: Launch Day
With great anticipation the launch of the new (copied) coin comes. The new “wallet” is released to great fanfare. The coin opens for trading on the exchange. Those who were not able to buy the coin during the pre-launch phase start buying up coins on the exchange to create their own masternodes to collect “rewards”. (The rewards are greatest at the beginning of a new coin to encourage early investment and then gradually reduce over time but never to zero.)
Launch is great success, and the price inevitably (except for poorly pumped projects) “moons” or goes up dramatically. Masternode holders begin receiving rewards, some hold the rewards, other sell the rewards on the exchange. Discord, the community social chat channel for the project, lights up with congratulatory discussion and emojis of rockets. The Dev team pulled it off - the new network is up and running. The Dev team sits back to admire their work. Investors talk about how their dev team is different, involved, with a purpose.
Phase 3: Delivering on the Vision
The first crop of Masternode coins, think DASH, promised faster payments, more anonymity, and cheaper transaction fees than Bitcoin. There are very few projects like DASH and maybe SmartCash that can claim actual adoption and use of their coin as real currency. However, the vast majority of projects that simply offer a new cryptocurrency are failing or have failed.
The new crop of Masternode coins must have a purpose in order to succeed. Whether it be creating a video game sales site, promoting the environment, a new decentralized database, a security portal, a trading application, etc., every new project has a purpose and utility. And every Dev team promises that after launch, they will begin to deliver on this promise.
Delivering the product or purpose of the coin has become problematic for the devs. Why? Remember this project was built on copied code from another project. Even the wallet that everyone is so excited about is the same wallet Bitcoin uses just rebranded. Are you starting to see the problem?
The Devs are normally excellent at downloading someone else’s work and hacking the code together to make it look like it is indeed their project. To the unassuming eye, the creation of the masternode network and the wallet all look like legitimate and difficult endeavors. It takes someone with extremely good basic coding skills to pull this off. You need to know your command-line commands, you need to know your compilers, you need to understand networking, and you need to be patient and work through the errors - knowing a good graphic designer is also very helpful. However, to create a masternode network, you do not need to know how to write code.
This is one of the very first warning signs I look for in a coin. It is relatively easy for the devs to deliver on the network and wallet, and all the marketing collateral to promote the coin. Now is the time to build something the masses will use. And for this, you need a lot more coding skills than what is needed to build the network and wallet. Start to watch carefully how things progress from here.
Keep asking, do the Devs really have what it takes to build the widget they promised? If you get the sense they do not, get out - very few projects can afford to retain talented programmers to deliver on their vision. Worst yet, many of these Devs do not know what it will take (programmers, technology, marketing) to deliver on the promises they made.
On the other hand, if you see product development begin and continue as evidenced by Dev updates, screenshots, partnerships, demo sites, etc., you may be part of a great project.
Phase 4: What is the coin used for?
This is the question that I have stumped most Devs with. What is your coin actually used for? What does it represent? The answers to this question has led me to sell a number of masternode investments immediately because I realized the Devs had no idea how the coin related to their product.
Again, you need to remember the Devs in the vast majority of cases have no ability to modify the code of the coin. The vast majority of these coins are simply copies of Bitcoin or DASH or PIVX - they are cryptocurrencies that can be used for payments, etc. Aside from being used as a currency, they have no other purpose.
If you are going to say your project is going to build a portal to buy and sell used widgets, you eventually have to ask, what are you going to sell them for? Unless it is DASH or SmartCash or another big player, if the devs answer, we are going to buy and sell using our projects currency you have a major problem. Potential customers of the portal do not have the projects currency. So the devs are basically proposing, a potential customer needs to acquire the projects currency before they can use the project’s widget portal. So, potential customers have to convert Bitcoin or another crypto into the projects crypto before they can use the project’s site. You had better be selling some unique widget if you really believe a potential customer who knows nothing about your project is going to go through this conversion before using the project’s site. There are competitors, who just accept credit cards.
I have argued with a number of devs who really believe that a potential customer will convert their Bitcoin to their project’s native currency in order to access their portal. They do not see the problems fraught with this including the volatility of their currency price. No one in their right mind will convert their Bitcoin into an even more volatile currency. I had some Devs tell me that eventually their coin price will stop being so volatile - some day when? Bitcoin is still incapable of being used as a store of value.
If the devs do not have a clear use for their coin that is directly tied to potential customers using the coin in a meaningful manner, get out. It is very hard to backwards engineer use into the project. I am working with three projects assisting them define and link their coin to their project. It is no easy feat.
Phase 5: Price Drops to the Floor
Once all the excitement falls, and the difficult questions begin to be asked, the price inevitably plummets. The masternode “rewards” are worth less and less, which causes many to begin to sell. The Devs begin to make promises, new marketing is rolled out, maybe a new white paper or roadmap to keep the price afloat.
Whether the team has the capability or not to deliver on their promises there will be a long period where the Dev team actually has to go to work and create the product. This will take much longer than any investor is willing to wait. As patience with the Dev team erodes, the community begins to become louder with their demand for information.
In response to the demands and to stem the price fall, the Devs will often begin to give more information to the community, hold chats to answer questions, etc. This keeps the investors at bay for a short while, but more and more coins are coming on to the exchange daily from the “rewards” being given to the masternode holders.
Another area that has caused alarm is the basic lack of economic understanding many of these devs have for currency. You would think they would read a book or two about managing a currency before starting this endeavour, but they do not. Concepts of supply and demand, inflation, reinvestment, capital outlay, marketing expenses are at extremely basic sub-high school levels in most cases. It is very hard to manage a currency if you do not understand basic money concepts.
As the price continues to fall, demands become even louder. The Devs start showing up less and less. News becomes more infrequent. The excitement is replaced by excuses. Many of the devs do not get paid or take a salary so they complain about having to work a real job and work the project. They complain about the overall market performance driving their price down. They begin to complain that they haven’t had enough time to build anything. When you see the enthusiasm being replaced by excuses, get out.
And eventually when the complaining becomes too loud, the Devs stop coming altogether. And that’s the funny thing. Unlike most projects when the Devs leave, the project dies. But because of the decentralized nature of the technology, these networks live on, investors continue to receive “rewards” from their masternodes, exchanges continue to earn fees as the dead coins are bought and sold, and the investors are held holding largely worthless coin from a project without leadership.
Phase 6 (TLDR): Legit project or die.
If you find a project that offers:
  1. a unique vision and a unique product;
  2. a dev team with the capability to develop their own code;
  3. a project that applies its cryptocurrency to the product in a sensible marketable manner; and
  4. a Dev team with the leadership capability and integrity to carry the vision forward for the time it takes to realize success,
you may have a project worth investing.
Please contact me about new projects and projects that you believe meet my basic criteria.
In the coming days I will be releasing another article for Masternode Devs on how to build and maintain a successful project. Please like and follow!
Onwards and Upwards,
Jack Fleek
Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fleekico
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Raspberry Pi Home Dashboard

I had a few requests of my home dashboard, and wanted to share with everyone how I put it together.
What you'll need:
Step 1: Instructions to Set Up the Raspberry Pi Itself:
Step 2: Set up the HTML File to Display
/home/pi/html
  1. Background.png
  2. Dashboard.html
  3. News.html
  4. Map.html
  5. Stocks.html
  6. ToDo.html
  7. Weather.html
  8. Calendar.html
FINAL Comments. This project probably took me 1h to set up the pi. And 4ish hours stumbling around to get the dashboard set up. My only real outlay was a monitor mount and a new monitor. Best of luck!
EDIT Here is the link for the current version of the dashboard. I removed the traffic for the weekend, but this is the dashboard. I have some formatting I really want to do (headings et al), but this should be a decent start. I have also included the color scheme I used.
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