Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers!
Imagination is not the same as following a trend. Adding a touchscreen on your espresso maker does not make it better, you have just feature-creeped an existing product likely at the expense of a good user experience. No, imagination is coming up with a unique solution, not combining feature X on to product Y. Research is the process of confirming, or disproving, a hypothesis, the scientific method. Research has its use, but research is not creativity either, only the imagination is creativity. Thomas Edison was not imaginative, he did not invent the lightbulb, he perfected its use, yes, but he did not have the original idea to generate light from the resistance to electrical current flow. Imagination is true inspiration, it is pure creativity, it is the potential we all have to create something from our head that makes the world better for everyone. Sheep follow trends, people imagine. What can you imagine creating that makes the world better? It is still summer, so go outside and think under a shady tree.
As you can imagine, last week was slow-paced but eventful for the Nxt / Ardor / Ignis world as we learned, finally, who is currently working at Jelurida, there is a new Nxter Puzzle with a reward of 500 IGNIS to the first to solve it, we call out Cardano’s BS claim, provide you with a summary of the JPL, update you on Triffic, c2c, Janus, Bitswift, and the Dominium ICO (it is well reviewed), we remind you of the significance of running a Nxt / Ardor node and much more.
It is not your imagination, we thank you for embracing us as we take you on a journey through the week that was, Summer style.
- Nxter Puzzle
- Are You Being Paid by Cardano? Why Do You Omit Reality? Out the Lies
BUSINESSES ON ARDOR
- PR C2C
- Triffic pre-ICO
- Dominium ICO Review + Medium Article
- Janus – Status Update
- Bitswift Child Chain Update
- Support your Tokens
- KuCoin Listing Voting Competition. Endeavor to vote for Ardor, Nxt and Ignis
- Last days!
- CoinPulse – You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS
- Bithumb – Let your Voice be Heard
- CryptalDash – Request for your Favorite Coin to be Listed
- Changelly Integration
- KuCoin Listing Voting Competition. Endeavor to vote for Ardor, Nxt and Ignis
IN THE MEDIA
- Nasdaq – Ardor Hopes to Solve the Scalability Issues in the Way of Blockchains’ Mass Adoption
- Lior Yaffe at Hackernoon – Dead Man Switch, How to Save Your Crypto When You Die
- Adedayo Adebajo at Medium – Best Practices for Sharing Ardor and Nxt with the World
- Adedayo Adebajo at Medium – Blockchain Technology and the End of Corruption
- Ardor Named in the Book “Le Grand Répertoire des Cryptomonnaies”
- Usethebitcoin – All You Need to Know About Ardor Cryptocurrency | Beginner’s Guide in 2018
- TradingView – ARDR Breaks Out!
- TradingView – ARDR in Accumulation Zone
- Weekly NXT/ARDR/IGNIS Price Evolution
This week’s newsletter is put together by apenzl, Jose, James, and rubenbc.
The current employees of Jelurida have been officially listed. Last week they updated the Team page – still working on a total redesign. The links contain the info about each of the members of the Jelurida team.
Kristina is a legal specialist and a co-founder of Jelurida.
As a three-year-old child, Lior used to multiply double digits numbers in his head in a split second. He is a true believer in blockchain technology and its potential to change the world.
Petko is a software developer with experience in financial software, productivity tools and games.
Tomislav is a server-side Java developer with more than 15 years of professional experience.
Valerii is a software developer with experience in Financial and Big Data Processing Software.
Alberto is a technical sales engineer at Jelurida who, as a software engineer, is currently filling the gap between business and technology.
Marketing and Business Development with over 15 years of experience in Business, Sales and Marketing.
Francisco is a senior sales engineer at Jelurida, and partner at different companies.
Lead Support Specialist, Community Manager. He worked for Poloniex, first as a chat moderator under the alias “Watchtower”, then as a support specialist with the same exchange in 2017.
Sales Representative, Customer Support Specialist. He has experience in the blockchain world since 2011 and is in the Nxt community since 2013.
Office Manager, Marketing Assistant. Rafael is by qualification a Multimedia Technician. He is a blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiast since late 2016.
Blockchain Scaling Solutions – Pruning, Snapshots, Sub-nets and Lightweight Contracts
SPOILER: You should already know this. But Lior continues to spread the word, inspiring people and creating true blockchain believers. Nxt, Ardor, blockchain voting, Binance DEX, and more are covered in his 15-minute pitch at CPC at Stanford.
Topic: Ardor Blockchain Scaling Solutions – Pruning, Snapshots, Sub-nets and Lightweight Contracts
— Cardinal Pitch Club (@cardinalpitch) July 10, 2018
Three weeks ago, madfox, puzzle master and Russian editor of Nxter, began publishing crossword puzzles which, once solved, lead you to accounts with IGNIS in them!
1st Week Solution
Marius – @madfox what was the solution to the first one ?
madfox – @Marius great sent sorrow machine piece score aunt completely wild rather remove heel (both ARDOR and NXT accounts are empty now!)
2nd Week Solution, Korean themed
Congratulations @Cr0wn_Gh0ul & @jtobcat !
The crossword from July (I) Nxter Magazine – Korean Mood – was solved!
Winner's account is ARDOR-RAK5-LTC4-VCYF-8V2V4
Prize is 200 $IGNIS
Nothing is impossible 🙂
Stay tuned with @Nxter_org and @Ardor_Nxt_Group https://t.co/L4z30JbNp1
— madfox (@madfox1234) July 12, 2018
The ANG picked up on our Ignis blockchain puzzle idea, sponsoring madfox’s next puzzle with 500 IGNIS and dedicating a page to it also: http://ardornxt.io/contests/nxter-puzzle-japanese-kakuro).
3rd Week Solution, Japanese Kakuro
Announced on 07/10/2018, solved on 07/13/2018:
Solved it! That was one crazy long passphrase (750+ numbers in length)
— Justin Tobin (@jtobcat) July 13, 2018
Well done sir – shoutout to jtobcat!
Elizabeth [10:26 PM]
It’s incredible how fast that puzzle was solved! Did it just look super intimidating or is that guy a real puzzle genius? Anyway, I’m excited about the next one!
@Elizabeth this guy is a puzzle-hunter, just look his twitter
And this week we have Part Deux!
500 IGNIS kindly sponsored by Ardor Nxt Group.
Public Key: b08902c9f6a68addaaa794335e1b7750fba7f86ee67beb49a9722c4b31cc8820
Are You Being Paid by Cardano? Why Do You Omit Reality? Out the Lies
Check out this tweet below, prepare to :facetable: over the outright BS that is this claim.
“Ouroboros was the first proof-of-stake based blockchain protocol to achieve strong security guarantees” – Dr. Bernardo David @elcomodin. Join him in Amsterdam this July 19 to discuss the technology and its potential impact. Register today: https://t.co/L03KiPx334
— Binary District (@BinaryDistrict) July 6, 2018
Oh my, this is so cringe-worthy, so blatantly wrong. Why do we highlight this?
It is incredibly irritating when you see that reality is being manipulated by gross lies. Serguei Popov, mtchl, wrote an academic paper years ago about the Nxt Forging Algorithm and how secure it is, long before most blockchain fashion writers started writing, or even knew that the blockchain was. More than a year and a half ago we presented this news (again), as his report got published in the Ledger Journal, published by the University of Pittsburgh. Back then we already had a secure 100% PoS system.
Hackathon / Gamejam time. August 24-26th in Austria.
Learn about Purposeful Gaming on the blockchain with this upcoming workshop/hackathon in beautiful Krems, Austria. How can you not be entertained when they have David Hasselhoff in their promotional tweets?
It is #hackathon / #gamejam time. 24th to 26th of August @donau_uni @appliedgames. Pls. click on the google docs link below for further information and sign in. Come to beautiful Krems/Austria and experience #smartcontracts #ardor #ignis and #pizza https://t.co/C42dEPDvC9 pic.twitter.com/CggXYMYedn
— A. P. [#maltamoon] (@alexpfeiffer) July 2, 2018
BUSINESSES ON ARDOR
Asset ID of the new C2C tokens
asset id : 10904853980055209979https://t.co/WK3etxSXMi
— C2C ATM (@c2catm) July 9, 2018
C2C (formerly known as CtC) has carried out their planned asset swap but a few traders on the decentralized asset exchange were left behind. C2C decided to reimburse them, which is something that they absolutely did not have to do. Great move!
The Triffic pre-ICO part 2 will open on July 30.
Public Sale Supply: 100,000,000 GPS Tokens / Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 GPS Token
Dominium ICO Review + Medium Article
The upcoming Dominium ICO continues to be well reviewed, as is the company and their business model. It might end up being a coup for Ardor that the Jelurida team convinced them to implement and create an Ardor child chain as opposed to being on the less-scalable Ethereum ecosystem. Over 17,000 users in over 150 different countries have now created registered accounts!
Registrations on the Dominium platform also continue to keep us busy, and we have now surpassed 17,000 users. As a global platform, we are pleased to see subscriptions coming in from all over the world, over 150 countries in total and we hope that the platform will continue to be adopted internationally.
Janus – Status Update
The Janus team continues to sweat and toil as they laboriously assemble their rigs in their upstate New York office. Progress is ongoing, if not methodically slow.
Finally got several items in place to begin new rack testing
6 hours of cleaning 6 hours of building
The good news is
Now things can push towards rig builds
Versus electric, clean, and cooling
Hanging gpu style is quite interesting
The next 3 weeks are crucial, when we get more settled I will do some shots showing final stages
Janus asset ID on the Ardor platform: 4348103880042995903.
Bitswift Child Chain Update
Bitswift, one of the first Ardor child chains, announced that they are testing various hardware solar/battery Raspberry Pi configurations in an effort to put together a Bitswift bundling kit which they are confident in – this kit will be available on Bitswift.shop in a future update. This beauty currently powers their Ardor forging hub:
Support your Tokens
As always, there are opportunities for community voting to help list Ardor / Nxt / Ignis on new crypto exchanges, and even some old ones/
KuCoin Listing Voting Competition. Endeavor to vote for Ardor, Nxt and Ignis
There are still a few days left to vote for an NXT / IGNIS / ARDR listing on KuCoin! Most votes = a free listing, 30,000 USD advertisement package and, on top of that, Kucoin is also committing 5 BTC value purchased in the winning tokens to be distributed via KuCoin to the users that voted for the winning project!
You need to be registered on KuCoin in order for your vote to count. Next, you will need to join the Telegram channel: https://t.me/KuCoin_Telegram_Competition
2. Click @Voting_KuCoin_Bot and send a message, the bot will give you all the instructions you need automatically.
3. Fill the fields the bot sends you in private message
The voting process explained: Adedayo Adebajo at Medium – Get Ardor, Nxt and Ignis Listed on Kucoin Exchange.
You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS here:
Let your voice be heard:
CryptalDash – Request for your Favorite Coin to be Listed
We do understand your frustration! Please note that our team has been still discussing integration details with $ARDR foundation. We will notify our community for sure when there are any updates. Hope for understanding!
— Changelly.com (@Changelly_team) July 10, 2018
Changelly application is in process
Ardor Node Interacting with the Website
Witness MIT students in their native habitat as they dabble with an Ardor node and getting its secure voting functionality added to their website.
Students at work – First Milestones reached!The #ardor node is interacting with the #website – we can vote on the website – the votes are counted on Ardor.Permission to vote is set only to holders of the Mitavoting token we created on #ignis. #blockchainisland #baas | @MITAmalta pic.twitter.com/w0db9otoXi
— A. P. [#maltamoon] (@alexpfeiffer) July 10, 2018
Last week, the ANG launched a bounty program to reward those who set up a new Ardor node during the month of July. This program is still going on and will last until 50 total payouts are given away. Each person is limited to two nodes. But, does it make sense to set new nodes in the network even if they are not used to forge?
The answer is “yes”, and Petko, core developer at Jelurida, explained why:
Full nodes that don’t forge are still valuable exactly because they are still repeating all transactions and blocks, so yes, they increase the size of the network and make it harder to attack. Public full nodes have one more usage – they are used by the light client”
This is not the first time that Petko informed us about the security of the Ardor/Nxt network. We shared an interesting thought some months ago.
Additionally, it’s not the first time that a member of the community tries to push the number of nodes active in the network or the total forging power. Do you remember Megalodon’s campaign?
FAQ about Jelurida Public License
Another commonly asked question to us, the veteran community, and Jelurida concerns airdrops and the Jelurida Public License (JPL). Who will be airdropped what, if they hold what coin, and are Nxt and Ardor open source? Because of the extreme relevance, this has to all Nxters – ARDR, NXT, and IGNIS holders – we decided to publish – and also translate – the full content of Jelurida’s response.
Please read and understand:
After receiving many inquiries about the Jelurida Public License and the 10% airdrop requirement to $NXT or $IGNIS holders, we prepared a FAQ about it. Read more about how the #JPL applies to clones of #Nxt or #Ardor software here https://t.co/D2p9trHQqz#blockchain #opensource pic.twitter.com/RulFPf5VNG
— Jelurida (@Jelurida) July 11, 2018
10 Things about the JPL
What is the JPL?
JPL stands for Jelurida Public License – an open source license similar to the popular GNU GPLv2 and GNU GPLv3 open source licenses. Both Nxt and Ardor software are released under the JPL.
What is the main difference between the JPL and the GPL?
The main difference is that the JPL has a 10% airdrop requirement. This means that clones of Nxt will have to allocate 10% of their tokens to NXT holders proportionately to their account balances and clones of Ardor will have to give away 10% of the forging tokens (their parent chain tokens) to IGNIS holders proportionately to their account balances. The account balances shall be based on a snapshot take not earlier than three months before the launch of the clone.
Are there any other important differences between the JPL and the GPL?
Yes, other important difference is that, as a consequence of the 10% Airdrop requirement, internal use (a private or permissioned clone) is not allowed except for evaluation purposes for no longer than three months. This is because a private/permissioned blockchain clone cannot fulfill the Airdrop requirement.
Is there any airdrop requirement in case of a “hard fork”?
In case of a blockchain split (the so called “hard fork”) the forging token holders (NXT or ARDR holders) will have by definition the same amount of tokens on the Nxt or Ardor fork. There is no additional airdrop requirement in this case.
If I make a clone of a fork, do I still need to do an Airdrop?
Yes, you still need to satisfy the 10% Airdrop requirement to NXT/IGNIS holders.
If I make a clone of a Nxt/Ardor clone, do I still need to do an Airdrop?
Yes, you still need to satisfy the 10% Airdrop requirement to NXT/IGNIS holders.
Can I put my copyright notice on the software?
Yes, if you have made copyrightable modifications to the Nxt/Ardor software, you can put a copyright notice to them. But by all means you should keep the existing copyright notices, i. e. 2013-2016 Nxt core developers and 2016-2018 Jelurida IP B.V.
Do I have to release the source code of the software of my clone?
Yes, you should release the source code at the same time when you release any downloadable binaries. The source code should be accessible from the same place where the binaries are.
Under what license should I release the software of my clone?
You should release it under the Jelurida Public License and also include the full text of the JPL in it.
Can I sell licenses for private or permissioned blockchains for the software of my clone?
Since your clone will be a derived work based on Nxt/Ardor software and the JPL does not allow you to release it under any license other than the JPL, you cannot sell licenses or create private blockchains for third parties, unless you have obtained a permission or have reached an agreement with Jelurida to do so.
IN THE MEDIA
Nasdaq – Ardor Hopes to Solve the Scalability Issues in the Way of Blockchains’ Mass Adoption
Every day in my Google News feed I read about how major company “X” is announcing a new blockchain solution. While this is good news for adoption and exposure of the tech, many times it seems as if “blockchain” is just another industry buzzword. Nonetheless, businesses need to continue to hear how blockchain scalability is synonymous with the name “Ardor.” This guest piece in Nasdaq correctly highlights how Ardor is among the most notable scalability solution, and the ONLY working and stable one!
The author wrote:
While Bitcoin and Ethereum are still contemplating how to best approach the scalability issue, groundbreaking solutions are popping up. One of the most notable ones is Ardor, a project by Jelurida , the company behind the cryptocurrency NXT.
The Ardor project also addresses blockchain scalability and usability by introducing what is known as “child chains .” A child chain is an offset from the main Ardor chain designed to provide specific business purposes while maintaining the security and the functionality of the parent chain. Simply put, when a business decides to use the Ardor blockchain, a child chain is trimmed from the main chain and customized for the specific purpose of that business.
The child chain comes without the technical requirements of running a blockchain, given that all of the legwork is done at the main chain and is the responsibility of Jelurida. This approach can be termed as “blockchain as a service” since it’s open to all users and does not require any technical background in blockchain technology to implement.
Lior Yaffe at Hackernoon – Dead Man Switch, How to Save Your Crypto When You Die
This delightfully macabre article by the inimitable Lior asks you to contemplate your own mortality, and more importantly, who inherits your sweet, sweet crypto upon “kicking the bucket” or “shedding the mortal coil.” Yes, imagine you are sitting at your computer and then “WHAM” you are hit by a meteorite or a runaway rocket from Elon Musk – what was once your beautiful, and alive, body is now dead. But, lucky for your beneficiaries, you followed Lior’s advice and created a crypto “Dead Man’s Switch.” Such a “switch” is actually an Approval Model using the Boolean Expression option that you created which is executed upon your death. What you created is a transaction that is NOT approved so long as you are alive and using the Ardor system. Upon death-by-rocket, the lack of use of your account means that after a set time the system knows you are dead and the transaction executes and transfers your crypto assets to an account accessible by your peers. Lightweight Contracts are ideal for this and will make the execution of such a “Dead Man’s Switch” even easier. Nevertheless, in Ardor, right now, you can create this Approval Model! Details are below.
Step 1 define the approval model by your account
Step 2 define the “Not” approval model referring to the approval model from step 1.
Step 3 submit the recovery transaction using the “Not” approval model
Step 4 approve the transaction to prevent it from executing
Adedayo Adebajo at Medium – Best Practices for Sharing Ardor and Nxt with the World
It is kind of sad that this article needs to exist, but such are the times we live in: best practices for online sharing of the “Gospel of Ardor and Nxt.” The “best practices” really amount to common sense, but this is an important piece to consume. The truth is that blockchain is still a pretty “high-level” technology that requires a fair tech understanding to truly grasp, let alone use. Therefore it is entirely too easy for a well-meaning Ardor fan on Slack or a Nxt lover on Discord to just BOMBARD users with links and WALLS O’ TEXT that make anyone’s eyes glaze over. Be gentle, be thoughtful, have a plan. Read and the preach the word Nxters!
Steps to live by:
Convincing people about a blockchain technology and its advantage is synonymous to sharing your faith with a nonbeliever.
1. First thing to do is to: Pick an Appropriate Channel and Sometimes, Choose the Perfect Time…
2. Another thing you may want to consider doing ahead of this is to: Prepare Your Message…
3. Prepare Your Questions…
4. 4. Always be ready to refer…
Adedayo Adebajo at Medium – Blockchain Technology and the End of Corruption
One of the very first whitepapers I ever read on blockchain technology was about how series of sequentially hashed files, referred to as a digital ledger technology, could be used to eliminate corruption. This is a very noble use case for this technology as yes, the data is essentially immutable and there is transparency – but it is not perfect. This well-written article sells you on the amazing benefits of how the blockchain can end corruption. What this article overlooks is the human element of the blockchain – the technology cannot detect when you falsely tag your produce as organic and fresh, that a permissioned-blockchain is not perfectly transparent, and so on and so forth. It is hyperbolic to claim the blockchain will end all corruption, but it is true to say that using the blockchain is a great step to improving transparency and minimizing corruption.
The author wrote:
Let’s look, for example, into the features on the Ardor blockchain that can help eradicate the existence of corruption focusing on the Internal Generated Revenue section, simply by keeping records and tracks of information and transactions. Lest I forget, I believe it is generally known that the essence of Cryptocurrency is that they will one day replace the FIAT. As it’s already difficult to control double-spending in paper currency and printing of new ones into the circulation, initiating a token distribution will be the first step in this.
Ardor Named in the Book “Le Grand Répertoire des Cryptomonnaies”
A nice shoutout to Ardor as it is mentioned in this French-language book as one of the 30 most important currencies notnamed Bitcoin.
"Le Grand Répertoire des Cryptomonnaies" maintenant et les noms: #Ethereum, AntShare, #Ardor et plus deviendront si familiers à vous, que vous serez en mesure de bitshare votre sagesse nouvellement trouvée avec les autres $ARDR #blockchain #Cryptomonnaieshttps://t.co/MplK95aCrV pic.twitter.com/6zLHx4FreX
— Sazan (@AvdiuSazan) July 14, 2018
Usethebitcoin – All You Need to Know About Ardor Cryptocurrency | Beginner’s Guide in 2018
This well-written and excellently compiled article does a great job presenting the many selling points of Ardor: Ardor has customizable child chains with the main chain handling network and transaction processing, child chains are easily deployable Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) solutions. Unlike the first article in this section, the correct rankings are given to Nxt and Ardor in terms of market capitalizations.
The author wrote:
Last but not least, it’s important not to forget that Ardor is a very powerful platform that may very well be adopted by multiple companies around the globe as it offers a short time for implementation and extremely wide customizability. This makes it ideal for companies looking to work with blockchain technologies but don’t have the resources to create custom ones from the ground up.
TradingView – ARDR Breaks Out! by tjpezlo
TradingView – ARDR in Accumulation Zone by bluesfan233
Weekly NXT/ARDR/IGNIS Price Evolution
The following graphic shows the NXT / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
The following graphic shows the ARDR / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
The following graphic shows the IGNIS / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
And that is the news of last week! Continue to imagine the great things that the blockchain can do to improve your life, and then try and act on your inspiration! Research is hard, but imagination is harder.
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