Nxt News – August 2017 (II): Sometimes you Eat the Whale and Sometimes, well, the Whale Eats You

August 2017 (II)

 

Welcome again, fellow Nxters! The IGNIS ICO is underway. Last week was an exciting one and we have much to catch you up on. Regardless of whether you are a new reader, welcome, or a long time reader, welcome back, we are happy you are here.

The in-progress IGNIS ICO has been eventful, with whales showing up and consuming batches but also minnows buying in. We report on a project migrating to Ardor, give updates of the Berlin Meetups attended by Lior Yaffe, and offer helpful advice. Learn the important names and players in the Nxt/Ardor ecosystem, stay up-to-date on the latest happenings with the IGNIS ICO and stay informed.

NXT COMMUNITY

NXT AE

DEVELOPMENT

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

NXT

This week’s newsletter is put together by James, jose, apenzl, rubenbc, some edits by martis.


NXT COMMUNITY

 

  • IGNIS ICO

The most important news of the week is the launch of the IGNIS ICO. We have an ongoing series of reports with the most current info available HERE.

A whale ate most of the first three batches of 5M tokens each – 3 percent of the tokens available in ICO were purchased in a matter of seconds by the user, “MAAC”. He accomplished this by spamming phased JLRDA buy orders into the blockchain ahead of time, with high transaction fees –  some at 10 NXT and others as high as 20.

Many users got upset and accused “MAAC”, who – according to himself – is one of the 72 original investors in NXT, of gaming the system, but he did not do anything wrong – whales exist in this world, and they can be very intelligent. The token sale is conducted in such a way as to minimize as much as possible the actions of hungry whales, and so today, the Jelurida developers released their fix of the situation: NRS 1.11.7.

New NRS release: 1.11.7

Kristina Kalcheva, on behalf of Jelurida:

Hello Nxters, v1.11.7 of the Nxt wallet is now released.

Please note that this is more user-friendly and a recommended upgrade for everybody who wants to participate in the IGNIS crowdsale. It allows every JLRDA buyer to place their purchase orders while still waiting for the sell offer to be published, thus giving everbody a better chance to buy JLRDA. https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/nrs-v1-11-7/

You need to run a full node (not a light client) in order to be able to take full advantage of this improvement.

From the change-log:

This release adds the ability to submit a JLRDA purchase transaction from the IGNIS Token Sale page even before the sell offer has been published.

Instead of broadcasting the prepared transaction immediately, it schedules it to be broadcast as soon as an unconfirmed currency exchange offer transaction from that issuer [Jelurida], for that currency [JLRDA] and a sell rate not higher than the requested, arrives in the unconfirmed transaction pool.

This API requires a full node (not a light client) and admin password unless
running on localhost.

For this to work, you must keep the node running after submitting the
purchase transaction, until the sell offer has been received and processed.

ATT: MyNxt users: Go full NRS!

For ICO participants using the 3rd party mynxt.info web wallet, VanBreuk ads:

Due to the high demand and the use of phased transactions (not supported by the MyNxt Web Wallet) in the first ICO batches, and specially after the release of the Nxt Client 1.11.7 to allow users to place ICO purchase offers before every batch is placed for sale, it is NOT RECOMMENDED to use the MyNxt Web Wallet to participate in the IGNIS ICO, at least for as long as the demand exceeds the amounts offered in each sale.

Thus, the steps below describing how to participate in the IGNIS ICO from the MyNxt Web Wallet will hardly succeed until the supply for sale in every ICO sale round remains available for at least a few blocks.

To participate in the IGNIS ICO, the Nxt Client 1.11.7 is highly recommended.

More info

Six batches of 12 in Round 1 are completed. The availability schedule of the 6 batches left (30M IGNIS) is as follows:

Aug 8th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC and between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
Aug 9th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC and between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
Aug 10th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC and between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC

Do not worry, do not despair – there is still plenty of time left to buy into the ICO.

Live stats:

Live data from the Nxt blockchain

 

  • FAQ about the IGNIS Token Sale

Due to the demand for answers, a FAQ section of the Ignis ICO has been enabled on NxtWiki. In it, all the important information about the ICO, from how to obtain JLRDA to how to set up a Nxt wallet and many more questions asked on the nxchat.slack forum have been answered in a clear and concise format.

What is the JLRDA token?

The JLRDA token is an NXT token of type “Controllable Currency” which represents the future IGNIS balances on the Ignis blockchain. Being a Controllable Currency only the issuer of the currency i.e. Jelurida can sell it, and once sold it cannot be freely transferred between accounts. Read about the “CONTROLLABLE” currency property [1] for more details.

Can I buy IGNIS tokens using Bitcoin or another altcoin?

Not directly, since we believe Nxt is a better crowdfunding platform than anything else out there, we would like you to buy NXT in order to buy IGNIS. Having said that, we cannot prevent 3rd parties from selling IGNIS tokens they bought themselves to investors using off blockchain deals. This is generally not recommended since this will require you to trust these 3rd parties to actually send you the IGNIS tokens once they are distributed on mainnet.

Is there a risk that a single large investor will fully buy the first price level and not let anyone else participate?

This risk exists like in any other token sale, and we cannot fully prevent it. We will try to make it difficult for a large investor to do so, by separating the sale of each price level to several smaller exchange offers which will be published without announcement of a specific block height. Also please consider that if someone does buy a large portion of the IGNIS tokens at one price level, they cannot sell it on to the buyers of the next price level due to the limitations imposed by the controllable currency.

After buying IGNIS tokens in the token sale what do I need to do?

All you need to do is remember your NXT account passphrase. The same passphrase will be used on the Ardor mainnet to access your IGNIS tokens once they are distributed.

When will exchanges support the IGNIS token?

Probably after the Ardor mainnet launch. Before that the IGNIS tokens are locked as JLRDA controllable currency and cannot be traded.

Do not attempt trades of JLRDA tokens off blockchain since this is likely a scam.

Many more questions are answered in the wiki.

Source

The IGNIS ICO is underway for the next couple months and Round 1 does not end until August 12th.

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  • Meetup – BigchainDB & IPDB: Token ICOs

News introduced two weeks ago hyped Lior Yaffe speaking at a Berlin Meetup on the significance of token ICOs and they saved the best talk for last.

The most anticipated talk of the night was Lior speaking at length about how the Ardor platform is different than Nxt and how Ardor solves many of the fundamental issues with the blockchain – namely blockchain bloat and the issues of using the same token for securing info and value transfer.

Eager members of the Nxt community were on site in Berlin to document the Meetup. Many thanks to Xavier Lavayssière, @XavierLava, for providing us with these excellent photos from the Meetup. There is a lot of buzz in the blockchain space surrounding Ardor and the IGNIS ICO and we are excited for the continued success of our platform and community members, who are all working hard to keep this ICO on track.

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  • CryptoCoinShow – Ardor, Nxt, and the Ignis ICO

Speaking of buzz, YouTube channel CryptoCoinShow, created an episode that spotlighted Ardor, Nxt, and the in-progress ICO.

Host Ashton Addison is very knowledgeable about cryptocurrencies and we are thankful for his coverage of the ICO. All publicity is good publicity.

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  • #OpEasterEgg

We’re glad to see more and more followers of our Twitter account, glad for the blockchain messages, glad to see participants reach out and give each other a helping hand by sharing additional clues, and glad to showcase some of Nxt’s many features in a fun way and give away free stuff at the same time.

As the currently ongoing IGNIS ICO has turned into the greatest hunt for tokens ever seen on the Nxt blockchain, we’ve decided to take a pause and pick up the torch again between Round 1 and 2 (aug 13-aug 26).

To join the Nxt Blockchain Easter egg hunts and compete for free valuable tokens, follow the news and of course also #OpEasterEggs on Twitter.

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  • Frasindo Rent – Paper Wallet for upcoming ARDOR platform

At Nxter we recently learned of the existence of this company and its ICO, currently in progress.

Founded in 2013, the Frasindo team is dedicated to growing their platform and will be another Ardor child chain, after Ignis and Bitswift. We have verified that there are several members of the Nxt Foundation are helping the project as one of their key services to provide support to projects interested in using Nxt and Ardor technology.

User san2salim has designed some paper wallets of the future Ardor platform for the project. The wallet design is quite good and we are happy to showcase the artistic talent within the Nxt community.

Source

More info

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NXT AE

  • Janus – Update

It was not just a busy week for Jelurida. As the Janus team continues to work on trademimic.com, they continue to work and perfect the user interface.

From Bjorn, in their own words:

I’ll have some side projects before trademimic.com goes live potentially to help with divs soon too but i am waiting on concrete affirmation of these before I can release more info. I’ll know in the next 4 weeks basically and then pass on the news as I have confirmation it can be done.

With the upcoming transition to Ardor I don’t want to make too many drastic moves until that is settled and all Janus users are feeling comfortable with it. I don’t believe the change will be huge in terms of user interface but it’s a precaution.

Dividend payment

https://twitter.com/FloatingLamps/status/893547571645435907

A total of 21 058,19 NXT will be distributed among 396 accounts which own a total of 21,058,198 shares.

0.001 NXT per Janus owned.

Transaction 10247192402062977665

We are excited for the opportunity presented by the launch of trademimic.com and we will continue to provide you updates as they happen.

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  • Adel – Update – Innovation in Banking

Likewise, Adel has been busy too. They have released the powerpoint presentation they used to pitch to banking executives about the promise and power of the blockchain and its many potential applications within the financial technology (fintech) sectors.

In October 2016 we delivered this presentations to banking executives – educating the finance community on the potential of blockchain in their sector, and beyond.

We hope you enjoy watching this content. If you would like to see more, please leave a comment below. Thanks.

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder & board member, Adel

▲ This presentation was delivered at Paralelni Polis in May, 2017

Here are the powerpoint slides

 

More info

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  • Bitswift – Update

With new community member Bitswift migrating to Ardor, we are proud to announce that they need quality employees in the Niagara and Toronto area. Interested in exploring the blockchain space, wanna meet new people, live in or around Toronto? Being a Bitswift rep might be perfect for you.

In their own words:

Benefits of being a Bitswift rep :

1.  Work somewhere new everyday

2.  Resolve new problems every day

3.  Meet new people every day .

Tired of your boring 9-5 job ?  Perhaps being a Bitswift rep aligns with your lifestyle.

We are accepting applications for reps in Canada.   Looking for reps in Niagara and Toronto area, if this is you, give us a shout.

Please note reps are not employees of Bitswift, but rather partners operating under the Bitswift umbrela.

Bitswift @ Hill Island Tower
Bitswift @ Hill Island Tower

Additional category will be added:  “Point of Sale”

If anyone has product or category recommendations, let us know, we may add it.

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DEVELOPMENT

  • MrV777 – Basic Ardor Lite Mobile Wallet

We love the wonderful talent that exists within our community. As such, user MrV777 has created a basic mobile wallet for Ardor. He is currently building the mobile app for Android but will quickly make the iOS app version when done with that. With this mobile wallet you are able to transfer in and out on any childchain, create contacts, and there is even support for QR code reading.

In his own words:

Hello,

I wanted to share here my recent little project 🙂
I decided to create a basic mobile wallet for Ardor. Currently, it just lets you see transfers in and out of your address for any childchain, send on any childchain, and create contacts (On my To-Do list is to name the contacts 🙂 ). QR code reading should also work for passwords and sending addresses. You can also specify what node you want to broadcast to (all signing is done locally, so your password is never sent over the net).

Currently, I am only building the files for Android, but since it is built with Ionic I can quickly make the iOS app when I’m ready. If you want to test it on the Ardor Testnet, the download link is below to version 0.1.0:
https://expirebox.com/download/bcbebf6008f383e09ef5b06b08bb713e.html

Let me know what you think

We thank this user for his time and effort spent developing a lite mobile wallet for all of us to use. We really do have an amazing and engaged community here with Nxt and Ardor. Here is a link to download the mobile wallet on the Ardor testnet.

Screenshots

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  • Weekly Reminder: Changing NRS from light to full mode

Kristina Kalcheva, Co-Founder, Managing Director and Legal Expert at Jelurida had this to say to the Nxter community for our weekly reminder section:

Dear Nxt community members, thank you for your contribution in the first 2 days of the IGNIS ICO!

We are carefully considering the feedback and we are looking into possible ways to ensure that all the Nxters and also newcomers can participate in the IGNIS crowdsale more easily. We also recommend to everybody to configure their Nxt client as a full node to avoid overloading the public nodes.

So, how does my NRS client become a full node? 

The light node was a feature introduced in NRS 1.11.0.e that allows the client to become immediately usable by forwarding API requests to random remote nodes.

Here is an extract of the changelog for that version released back in July, 2016:

The roaming client feature, enabled by default, makes the client immediately usable by forwarding API requests that need the full blockchain to a randomly chosen peer (remote node), selected to provide the openAPI service. As all html and javascript files are still served locally and not from the remote host, this is considerably safer than just using a remote node. Outgoing transactions are also signed locally, never sending the secret phrase to the remote peer.

This roaming client (API Proxy) mode is used automatically while the blockchain is still downloading, with a switch to full client mode once the download is complete.

So, with the client running in light mode you don’t have to wait for the entire Nxt blockchain to be downloaded in order to begin making transactions with the NRS. You can make transactions immediately. The NRS wallet will just download the blockchain in the background while it sets itself as a “Light Client.”

This procedure is safe because Nxt uses a “brain wallet” system, which means nothing related to your account is stored on your PC (there is no wallet.dat or any similar wallet file used and stored). Also, your passphrase is never sent to the public nodes you connect to, as the NRS client uses “local signing”; you passphrase never leaves your browser when you sign a regular transaction.

If you permanently want to have a light client and do not want to bother with downloading the blockchain, you are able to do so. When installing the NRS client, select “operate as a light client”.

For the IGNIS ICO it is recommended to run the client in full mode.

If you, on the other hand, did select the NRS client to “operate as a light client” during install, and want to change it into a full mode client, you will have to uninstall your client and reinstall it again. It will now automatically work in full client mode after it has downloaded the full blockchain.

Tech savvy users may prefer to switch from a light client to full node by just setting  nxt.isLightClient=false in conf/nxt.properties.

How long does it take to download the blockchain?
How long do I have to keep the NRS running until it becomes a full node?

That is hard to say, but it will take some time depending on the device you are using to run the NRS, from several hours to several days. This is due to the fact that for a node downloading the blockchain from scratch, the only way to verify that the next block it is downloading was indeed generated by a legitimate account (i.e. having sufficient stake), is to make sure it calculates and verifies each account balance as it downloads the blockchain, by processing all old transactions it encounters during the download. This is the official and recommended way for any blockchain platform, slow but secure!

But I’m in a hurry! I can’t wait that long! Isn’t there a shortcut to speed up this process? In Bitcoin a lot of people download a huge blockchain file for their nodes using a .torrent file!

The main reason for Bitcoin users doing this, despite it being an unsafe way to set up your nodes, is because Bitcoin’s blockchain weighs almost 130 GB, which takes the age of the universe to synchronize. The Nxt blockchain weighs less than 3 GB currently, and still, some users will have to wait days for the entire blockchain to download.

However, you can still download a smuggled Nxt blockchain. There are some known pages where you can download the file, and it will save you hours if not days of your time when you set up your full node. These locations are:

  1. Ardor Tools – at the bottom of the main page you can find and download the Nxt blockchain file.
  2. Nxtportal – under the “Resources” section you can find the Nxt blockchain file, but it is not as updated as the previous one. Still, it will save you from processing thousands of transactions.

Either way, once you download the zip file with the Nxt blockchain from any of the above resources you need to unzip it, stop the NRS server if you’ve already started it and then copy the extracted files from the zip inside the nxt_db folder of your Nxt installation folder, overwriting the existing files (if any). The nxt_db folder is usually located at:

[Linux]: nxt/nxt_db

[Windows]: Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\NXT\nxt_db

[Mac]: “/Users/Username/Library/Application Support/Nxt Wallet

Restart your NRS server, let it download the latest blocks to fully synchronize with the network and your previous NRS light node will automatically switch to an NRS full node! Congratulations on saving time and energy.

 

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Medium – IGNIS: The first of Ardor’s child chains – Crypto Judgement

Last week Crypto Judgement, a cryptocurrency blog, wrote us up and explained in depth about Ardor, the IGNIS ICO and more.

He writes that

The technology of Ardor and Ignis holds high promises, as no other project uses the parent chain / child chain functionality and a big and old community stands behind the project.

High praise indeed. Many thanks for the support and feature piece Crypto Judgement.

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – NXT Buy Opportunity

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  • Weekly NXT/ARDR Price Evolution

The following graphic shows the NXT / Bitcoin exchange price at Poloniex over this past week:

The following graphic shows the ARDR / Bitcoin exchange price at Poloniex over this past week:

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And that is all for this week, Nxters. Stay tuned next week for more up-to-date coverage on the IGNIS ICO, the launch of Ardor, and much more. For those who cannot wait a week to learn more about the IGNIS ICO, we have our ICO Coverage series running. We will have almost daily updates of important things like the number of tokens left, when the rounds occur, and we will explain in more detail about Jelurida, Ignis, Ardor, and everything else that is pertinent to this momentous ICO.

Follow us on Twitter for important breaking updates during the week as they happen. Stay committed and stay informed fellow Nxters! See you next week.

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