Ardor vs. the Competition, Pt. 4: Waves

This post is part of a series that compares Ardor to other blockchain projects with similar features or goals. You can find the previous posts here:

Until now, one of my main goals with this series has been to survey different approaches to scaling a distributed ledger. This week and for the next couple of posts, though, I’m shifting my focus slightly towards the business side of blockchain technology. I’ll attempt to explore the real-world problems that blockchains can solve and the ways that different projects have positioned themselves to suit their target markets.

These subjects are a bit outside my comfort zone, so I’ll thank you in advance for your patience with me in case I say something ignorant or naive. And as always, I greatly appreciate constructive criticism. 🙂

This disclaimer is especially important this week, because this week I studied Waves. As a newcomer to Nxt, I’ve read just enough about its history to know that the founder of Waves, Sasha Ivanov (a.k.a. Coinomat on nxtforum.org), had been an active member of the Nxt community until the turbulent period of early 2016, at which time he left to found Waves. I won’t attempt to rehash the debate over Ardor and the future of Nxt, which I understand ended with many asset issuers like Sasha leaving the community, but if you’re interested I’d highly recommend apenzl’s summary in SNAPSHOT and the references therein.

Instead, for this post I’ll mostly ignore the histories of Nxt and Waves, and will approach both projects with an open mind and a view towards the future. I do think there would probably be some value in a proper historical analysis, but I simply am not qualified to offer one.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about Waves.

Waves

At first glance, Waves looks a lot like a stripped-down version of Nxt. It is primarily a decentralized exchange (DEX), inspired by and conceptually similar to the Nxt Asset Exchange. Like Nxt, it uses a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm and allows users to lease their balances to other accounts in order to forge in pools. It recently added a way to associate a human-readable alias to an account number, partially replicating the functionality of Nxt’s Alias System. Even a couple features still in development–namely, a voting system and a way to send encrypted messages–duplicate functionality that Nxt already offers.

At the same time, Waves is missing many of Nxt’s most powerful features. For now, it doesn’t support anything similar to Nxt’s phased transactions or account control options, for example, though it is worth noting that both smart contracts and multisig transactions are on the agenda.

Additionally, the white paper suggests that crowdfunding will be one of the main uses of the Waves platform, but tokens on Waves lack the customizable properties that make Nxt’s Monetary System currencies so useful for this application. For example, the Monetary System offers the ability to condition the transfer of funds on meeting a fundraising goal, a la Kickstarter, and also the option to restrict trading so as to prevent scalpers from creating a secondary market. Using this latter feature, called a “Controllable” currency in Nxt’s terminology, it is even possible for issuers to dictate both a fixed asking price and a fixed bid for the currency, enabling them to offer buyers full or partial refunds for their tokens. Crowdfunding on Waves, in contrast, is limited to issuing a token essentially at the market rate.

These observations notwithstanding, in my opinion it would be a terrible mistake to dismiss Waves as just another Nxt copycat with fewer features. For one thing, Waves offers several key features that Nxt and other platforms do not have, which I’ll describe next. Perhaps even more importantly, though, the Waves team has built a strong brand and has offered a clear and consistent vision since the platform’s inception. The field is currently so crowded, and innovation so rapid, that the combination of a simple, clear message, a strong marketing effort, and a demonstrated ability to deliver on those promises might be even more important to the long-term success of a project than the richness or novelty of its underlying technology.

Unique Features

One interesting feature that distinguishes Waves from many other platforms is the design of its DEX. It is a hybrid approach that combines a centralized order-matching engine, called the Matcher, with decentralized settlement on the Waves blockchain.

When users place orders on Waves, the Waves client sends those orders to central Matcher nodes, which maintain the order books for all tradeable pairs. Each new order is either matched against existing orders or added to the order book for the pair in question, but either way the user who submitted the new order is notified immediately whether the order was filled. It is still necessary to wait for the next block(s) to be added to the blockchain to fully confirm the transaction, but in the meantime, the user knows with high confidence the result of the order.

This might not seem like a big improvement over a fully decentralized exchange, but from the handful of transactions I made on Waves, I must say I was quite impressed by the user experience. The ability to see real-time updates to the order book, and to know immediately whether my orders were filled, made a bigger difference than I had expected.

In principle, any full node can become a Matcher. The lite client currently only connects to Matchers at nodes.wavesnodes.com by default, though, so Matchers on the rest of the network probably do not see much volume. With new orders transmitted directly to these centralized nodes, and only broadcast to the whole network once they have been filled (I think), this design allows the order books to remain anonymous. I don’t know for sure how important it is for open orders to be anonymous, but it certainly seems like a feature that traders might value highly.

Another distinguishing feature of Waves is the ability to trade any token against any other token without first converting to WAVES. Combined with the integrated gateways that issue tokens pegged to U.S. dollars, euros, and several cryptocurrencies, this feature enables Waves to function as a decentralized foreign exchange market. It also allows token issuers to conduct an initial offering directly in fiat-pegged tokens. With the full client, it is even possible to pay fees in tokens instead of WAVES.

Additionally, it is worth noting that there are several features in development or on the roadmap that also distinguish Waves from other platforms. One is a reputation system that will score accounts by their age, transaction history, and other factors. There are not many details yet, but the goal is to provide users with at least a rough indication of how trustworthy a given token issuer is. The white paper even goes so far as to suggest that the reputation system will serve as “some form of decentralized KYC/AML” (know your customer/anti-money laundering) system. While it’s difficult to see how a decentralized reputation system could help issuers actually comply with KYC and AML laws, it’s not unreasonable to suppose that it could serve some analogous purpose in a blockchain community.

Speaking of compliance issues, Waves has also announced a new project, Tokenomica, that will provide a “100% compliant legal framework for different types of token crowdsales, including private equity crowdsales.” Unfortunately, that quote from the 2017 roadmap is just about the full extent of information I’ve been able to find about Tokenomica. My impression is that the project is still in its early stages, but it shows that the team is taking regulatory compliance seriously.

For completeness, I should probably mention that the Waves team is also planning to incorporate smart contracts into Waves. The scripting language will not be Turing complete, and there will be no equivalent to Ethereum’s concept of “gas,” presumably because there will be no loops. Beyond these details, there isn’t much other information available yet.

Finally, I must mention the approach that the Waves team has outlined for scaling. It consists primarily of two parts: a redesign of the forging process that breaks large blocks into “microblocks” to optimize bandwidth usage; and an optimization to how account balances are stored–or rather, not stored–that reduces memory requirements for full nodes.

The first of these two proposals, called Waves NG, is based on Bitcoin NG. In a nutshell, once a node has won the right to forge the next block, it immediately issues a key block, which is usually empty, and then broadcasts microblocks containing transactions every few seconds. The motivation for this design is that broadcasting one large block each block interval is a much less efficient way to use the network’s bandwidth, and the corresponding spikes in network activity place an artificially low bound on the number of transactions that the network can handle. By spreading transactions out over a sequence of microblocks, it is possible to increase the average data rate over the network but decrease the peak data rate, lessening the constraints that bandwidth and latency impose on the maximum transaction rate.

The second component of the scaling plan is to implement the ideas described in this paper by Leonid Reyzin, Dmitry Meshkov, Alexander Chepurnoy, and Sasha Ivanov. I admit I haven’t spent very much time with it, but the gist is that full nodes will not all be required to store every account’s balance of every token in memory in order to validate transactions. Instead, they will store a compact digest of this information, and forgers that do store it in full–or some subset of it, if they choose to only forge transactions involving specific tokens–will generate cryptographic proofs that they have updated the account balances correctly. The forgers will then include the proofs and an updated digest in the header of each new block. Nodes that have chosen not to record the balances of all tokens involved in those transactions will still be able to validate them by using their current digest and the forger’s proofs to compute an updated digest, which they can compare to the one the forger reported.

The authors argue that this approach can reduce the amount of memory required for a full node under realistic conditions by about a factor of four. Moreover, if this optimization is able to keep all required information in memory in cases where it would otherwise have to be stored on disk, the performance improvement could be far greater–about a factor of 20, the authors suggest.

Comparison with Ardor

Although a couple of the features described were not present in Nxt, there will be similar features available in Ardor.

Specifically, Ardor’s parent-chain/child-chain architecture will allow users to trade all pairs of child chain coins, some of which could be pegged to fiat currencies and other cryptocurrencies. It will also be possible to price assets in any of the child chain coins, and to pay fees in the child chain coin when transacting on a given child chain. It will not be possible to trade assets against each other directly, but most of those trading pairs would probably have such low volume that it wouldn’t really be worthwhile to add this feature anyway.

As for the improvements that the Waves team has made to their DEX by partially centralizing it, it should be possible to mimic this functionality pretty closely by building a centralized order matcher on top of Nxt/Ardor. Indeed, the InstantDEX project accomplished something similar in the past, using Nxt to settle transactions in a decentralized manner.

On the subject of scaling, the proposal to reduce in-memory storage requirements for full nodes is intriguing, but I wonder whether there might be a small trade-off with security. (If you’ve read the previous articles in this series, then you have probably figured out by now that I always suspect that performance improvements entail reductions in security.) In particular, if nodes are not required to store the current state of every account, and must use the proofs and digest in each new block’s header to validate the transactions contained in it, then I assume that means that nodes will not be required, nor even will they be able, to validate unconfirmed transactions before broadcasting them to their peers. I don’t know the consequences of allowing nodes to propagate potentially invalid transactions across the network, but the thought makes me a bit uneasy.

Ardor’s approach to scaling is for all nodes to validate all transactions, but for only the minimum possible amount of information to be permanently recorded on the Ardor blockchain. In particular, only those transactions that change the balances of ARDR, the forging token, need to be stored on the blockchain in order for other nodes to trustlessly verify that each block was forged by an account that was eligible to do so. In contrast, the whole history of transactions involving only child chain coins and the assets and currencies traded on those child chains does not need to be stored on the blockchain, and hence can be pruned away, leaving only cryptographic hashes of that information behind. The result is that the blockchain stays much smaller and grows more slowly than would be the case if it stored all of this extra information.

Which approach is better depends on whether permanent storage of the blockchain or in-memory storage of current account balances presents a bigger problem as the two platforms grow. I don’t know the answer to this question, but there are a couple of related points that are probably worth making. One is that the timescales of the two problems could be quite different: I could see an explosion of new assets on the Ardor platform placing an immediate strain on memory, whereas blockchain bloat would likely pose a severe long-term problem for Waves, especially if it reaches hundreds or thousands of transactions per second, which is the current goal. My other thought is that Ardor required an entirely new architecture to implement its scaling solution, whereas Waves’s approach will not. It would no doubt be easier for Ardor to incorporate Waves’s solution at some point in the future than for Waves to implement Ardor’s solution.

Finally, perhaps the most interesting subject in this comparison is the issue of regulatory compliance. Waves has positioned itself as a platform for creating and issuing tokens, with a special focus on crowdfunding. To that end, the Waves team has indicated that they are taking a serious look at the regulatory complications that go along with crowdfunding–which might involve selling securities, for example–in order to help users comply with the law. While the suggestion that a decentralized reputation system might eventually replace traditional KYC/AML requirements strains credulity, it could at least help suppress scams and reduce the opportunities for bad actors to take advantage of others. In that sense, it might accomplish some of the same goals that regulators aim to achieve.

Ardor, for its part, will offer a couple of enhancements over Nxt that will be quite valuable for regulatory compliance. One is the ability to issue assets that can only be traded with a certain type of phased transaction, and the other is the addition of a new phased transaction type, which allows an account to approve a transaction only if the account has a certain specific property. Combining these two features, a user can issue an asset which can only be purchased by accounts that have a property that, for example, a KYC/AML-compliant identity provider has added to designate that it has verified the owner’s identity.

If your asset represents shares of a company, or a mutual fund, or some other type of security, this feature would enable you to prove to regulators that you know who is purchasing your tokens. Moreover, if you are a user interested in purchasing those types of tokens, recording a proof of your identity on the blockchain via your account’s properties will hopefully allow you to spend less time trying to convince businesses that you are who you say you are and that you aren’t laundering money.

In addition, it will be possible to create child chains that support only a subset of the features that the Ardor platform offers. This will allow child chain creators to disable certain features, such as coin shuffling, that might raise red flags with regulators in some jurisdictions.

Conclusion

What, then, do we make of Waves? There is definitely something to be said for choosing one problem and trying to solve it better than anybody else can do. Abandoning Nxt’s “Swiss Army knife” approach and focusing instead on the single goal of building a great token-trading platform no doubt made it easier to pitch, develop, and market Waves. There is also a lot to be said for starting off well-funded, as Waves did with a $16M ICO.

At the same time, though, I’m not sure that an objective comparison of Waves and Ardor could conclude that Waves is as technologically mature as Ardor is. (For the record, I have tried to do a fair and objective comparison in this article, but I am not claiming that I succeeded. That’s ultimately your call.) Nxt is already capable of almost all of what Waves can do, not to mention all of the things that Waves cannot do, and Ardor is adding new functionality, too.

Perhaps Ardor’s biggest remaining challenge is to truly sell its vision the way that the Bitcoin community and the Ethereum Foundation have sold their visions, and this is where Waves has a sizable head start. Being capable of so many different things, but not purpose-built for anything in particular, Ardor faces a very difficult task here. The worst possible outcome would be for users and businesses to see it as “just another platform,” or perhaps to fail to grasp the full range of what it can do, and to simply ignore it as a result.

As for Waves, I’m excited to see what the future holds. The improvements that it has made to the Nxt Asset Exchange, though modest in my opinion, have nonetheless distinguished it as a formidable DEX. If the Waves team can follow through on their roadmap, Waves will be a fierce competitor among exchanges–centralized and decentralized alike.

Ardor vs. the Competition, Pt. 3: IOTA

This post is part of a series that compares Ardor to other blockchain projects with similar features or goals. You can find the previous posts here:

This week I studied IOTA, a distributed ledger that doesn’t use a blockchain.

Why Compare Ardor and IOTA?

At first blush, IOTA is about as different from Ardor as a distributed ledger can be. It uses a directed acyclic graph (DAG), which its developers call “the tangle,” to represent the history of transactions, instead of storing transactions on a blockchain. It is intended to be used primarily for machine-to-machine microtransactions on the Internet of Things (IoT), a vision enabled by the fact that IOTA requires no transaction fees. And it doesn’t (yet) support the “blockchain 2.0” features that form a core part of Ardor’s appeal. On the surface, it doesn’t really look like a competitor to Ardor.

So why include IOTA in a series entitled “Ardor vs. the Competition”?

As I’ve mentioned before, my main interest with this series is in exploring different distributed ledgers’ approaches to scaling, and this is where the IOTA community has made some extraordinary claims. As I learned more about IOTA to better understand how it scales, I eventually came to the conclusion that IOTA and Ardor offer complementary (or more bluntly, opposite) solutions to the scaling problem:

Ardor dramatically reduces blockchain bloat but requires all nodes of the network to agree about the strict ordering of transactions; whereas IOTA achieves potentially higher throughput by relaxing the consensus rules a bit, allowing temporary discrepancies between transactions, but faces a significant challenge in coping with the growth of the tangle. These tradeoffs, plus what I learned about the security of the tangle, seemed interesting enough to warrant a post in this series.

If you aren’t convinced, though, please still check in next week!

After this post, I plan to shift my focus away from scalability and towards features and market fit. Stratis, Ark, and Waves are on the agenda, but I’m not sure of the order, yet.

The Tangle

Without a doubt, the key distinguishing feature of IOTA is the tangle.

IOTA’s other unique features, such as its lack of transaction fees, the fact that transactions are not strictly ordered but still eventually consistent, and the notion that (some) spam actually increases the throughput of the network, all stem directly from the way the tangle works.

For this reason, and also because I want to sidestep at least some of the recent controversy surrounding the IOTA project, I will try to focus primarily on understanding and evaluating the tangle itself, rather than picking apart the details of IOTA’s specific implemetation of it.

The tangle is a directed acyclic graph whose vertices represent individual transactions, and whose edges represent “approvals” of previous transactions. Each time a node submits a new transaction to the network it must choose two previous transactions to validate, which it references in the new transaction it submits. As the new transaction permeates the network, each node adds it to its local copy of the tangle, with one edge pointed to each transaction that the new transaction approved.

I tried my best, but this description is probably confusing. This diagram should help. Each square represents a transaction, and the arrows that point from each transaction to two others represent that transaction’s approval of the two earlier ones. The genesis transaction is somewhere far off the left side of the diagram, and the newest transactions, called “tips” in the white paper, are on the right side, shaded in gray.

What does it mean to validate, and hence approve, a transaction? Conceptually, the node doing the validation must start at the two transactions that it is validating and walk all paths back to the genesis transaction, ensuring that it never encounters a contradiction (e.g., double-spend, insufficient balance, or the like). If there is a contradiction, it chooses another pair of transactions to approve, knowing that no other node would ever approve the transaction it is submitting if it had approved a set of inconsistent transactions.

Notice that this means that each new transaction not only directly approves each of the two transactions it has chosen to validate, but also indirectly approves the transactions that those two approve, and the transactions that those transactions approve, and so on all the way back to the genesis. This is part of the basis for “eventual consensus” on the tangle.

In case you’re wondering about the computational burden of doing this validation, in practice it can be optimized substantially. Notice from the figures on this page that as you walk the tangle from the tips (far right) towards the genesis, you eventually reach a point past which all transactions are (indirectly) approved by all tips. In these figures, transactions approved by all tips are colored green. You could, therefore, cut the tangle across arrows that point to green transactions, validate the paths from those particular green transactions to the genesis a single time, cache the results, and from that point forward only validate from your new transaction back to those green transactions. This optimization saves you the time of validating the entire tangle every time you submit a transaction, and also allows the tangle to be pruned. More on that below.

Consensus

One very interesting feature of a tangle-based ledger like IOTA is that nodes that receive new transactions from their peers don’t have to immediately validate them. In fact, the tangle can temporarily contain contradictory transactions. Eventually, though, a node must decide which of the contradictory transactions to approve (possibly indirectly) as it adds a new transaction.

How does it choose between conflicting transactions? Assuming that each transaction is valid if considered separately, then the short answer is that a node could choose to approve either one. It has an incentive to approve the one that the rest of the network will build on, though, so that its own transaction will eventually be approved, too. Most of the nodes on the network are assumed to run the reference algorithm for selecting transactions to approve, so in the event of a conflict, a node has an incentive to choose the transaction that the reference algorithm selects.

In order to understand the reference algorithm, it is important to first understand the concept of the cumulative weight of a transaction.

Each node that submits a new transaction must do some proof-of-work (PoW), which determines the “own weight” of the transaction. The cumulative weight of a transaction is then its own weight plus the own weights of all transactions that have directly or indirectly approved it. In a general tangle the node can decide how much work to do for a transaction, but in IOTA all transactions require the same PoW and thus have the same own weight. As a result, the cumulative weight of a transaction is proportional to the number of other transactions that directly or indirectly approve it.

What, then, is the reference algorithm? The author of the white paper calls it Markov-Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC, see section 4.1), which is a fancy way of saying that it is a random walk along the tangle that favors paths with greater cumulative weight. This post is already getting long, so I’ll skip the details. Suffice it to say that, when there are conflicting transactions, the MCMC algorithm resolves the conflict by tending to choose whichever transaction has the greater cumulative weight behind it. Eventually, one subtangle becomes dominant and the other is orphaned. This is analogous to the mechanism that blockchains use to resolve forks, and the cumulative weight of a transaction in IOTA is a rough measure of its finality in the same way that adding blocks to a blockchain confirms previous transactions with greater and greater certainty.

By the way, the fact that nodes don’t immediately need to validate each new transaction received from their peers has big implications for performance. Each node does less work this way, validating transactions only when it submits a new transaction, and taking for granted that transactions that are indirectly approved by all tips have already been validated by the rest of the network. Also, validations run in parallel across the network, as different nodes choose different subsets of transactions to approve.

Security

So far I have mostly just regurgitated the information found in the IOTA white paper. The issue of the security of the tangle, on the other hand, is where things get a lot more interesting. While I definitely recommend reading the analysis in the white paper of different attacks on the tangle–and the rest of the white paper, for that matter, because it is very well written–I won’t discuss most of that analysis here.

Instead, I want to focus on the most obvious threat, which is a 51% attack. The IOTA devs actually refer to it as a 34% attack, for reasons that I’m not sure I understand. I suspect it’s because an attacker who waits for a fork to occur naturally only needs enough hashpower to out-compute the nodes on each branch of the fork–i.e., more than 50% of the rest of the network’s hashpower. Anyway, the exact number isn’t important, and for the remainder of this article I will use the term “34% attack.”

With IOTA, a 34% attack would look roughly like this. An attacker issues a transaction that spends some funds, represented by the rightmost red dot, then computes (or perhaps has precomputed) his own “parasitic” subtangle, which anchors to the main tangle somewhere upstream of his transaction and which contains a double-spend transaction, represented by the leftmost red dot. His goal is to add enough cumulative weight to his parasitic tangle to convince the MCMC algorithm to orphan the main tangle and follow the parasitic one.

Hopefully, the analogies to the blockchain are clear so far, because there is one more important one. Like a PoW blockchain, the tangle is secured by the current hashpower of the network, since this hashpower is what adds cumulative weight to the legitimate tangle. Unlike a PoW blockchain, though, nodes on IOTA only do PoW when they submit transactions. The security of the tangle, therefore, depends only on the transaction rate and the amount of PoW per transaction. Take a second to let that idea sink in because it is absolutely central to understanding the security of the tangle.

Because the IOTA network is currently small and the transaction rate is low, the IOTA team has established a single trusted node, called the Coordinator, that is ultimately responsible for deciding the current state of the tangle. Its purpose is to protect against 34% attacks, among other attacks. I’m not going to spend any more time on it, but I encourage you to read this critique and the devs’ responses, and draw your own conclusions about whether IOTA can be called decentralized while running under the supervision of the Coordinator.

Let’s see if we can come up with an order-of-magnitude estimate of how secure the network could be without the Coordinator. A recent stress test achieved well over 100 transactions per second (tps) on a small test network. The team suggested that 1,000 tps is achievable. To be generous, let’s assume that IOTA will eventually scale to 10,000 tps. I don’t know what the current PoW requirement on IOTA is, but let’s suppose that the average IoT device is approximately a Raspberry Pi and it runs at 100% CPU for 10 seconds to do the required PoW. Again, I’m trying to be generous; many IoT devices are considerably less powerful than a Raspberry Pi, and pegging the CPU for 10 seconds for each transaction would probably be a dealbreaker.

With these assumptions, we conclude that the average computational power securing the network is roughly 10,000 x (# of computations by Raspberry Pi in 10 s) per second, or equivalently, 100,000 times the computational power of a single Raspberry Pi. There are a lot of nuances to properly benchmarking computers, but we’re not concerned about factors of two or three–we’re just going for an order-of-magnitude estimate–so we’ll use some numbers I found on the internet.

A Raspberry Pi3 can achieve hundreds of MFLOPS (megaflops, or millions of floating-point operations per second), while high-end GPUs clock in at thousands of GFLOPS (gigaflops, or billions of FLOPS), a factor of 10,000 greater computing power. So in our hypothetical scenario, an attacker with ~10 GPUs could out-compute the entire network. Throw in another factor of 10 because I was being sloppy–maybe integer operations are a bit slower on the GPUs than floating-point operations, for example–and you still only need 100 GPUs to execute the attack.

I’m sure there are plenty of holes to poke in this analysis. Perhaps IOTA won’t run on devices all the way at the edge of the network, for example. Instead, it might run on the gateways and routers that those IoT devices connect to, which are typically much more powerful.

Still, the point I’m trying to make is that PoW successfully secures blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum because it isn’t tied to the transaction rate, or any other factor besides the economic value of the network. As the value of the mining reward (in fiat currency) increases with the price of Bitcoin, miners add more hardware and consume more electricity to mine it. The economic incentive to mine ensures that the amount of hashpower securing the network increases with the network’s monetary value.

With IOTA, in contrast, there is no economic incentive to secure the network. Moreover, the hashpower securing the network is tied directly to the transaction rate, which naturally has some upper limit dependent on bandwidth and network topology.

On this last point, the IOTA developers have made a creative argument, not included in the white paper, that bandwidth limitations and network topology actually improve the security of the network. I haven’t found an official statement of it anywhere, but after some digging I stumbled upon this Slack conversation, which is the most complete defense I could find.

Essentially, one of the IOTA developers (specifically Come-from-Beyond, a.k.a. Sergey Ivancheglo, possibly a.k.a. BCNext, also one of the original creators of Nxt), argues that the IOTA network will consist of IoT devices peered exclusively with their nearest neighbors in a meshnet topology, and that an attacker will not even have the option of peering with more than a very small number of devices on each such mesh. That is, the vast majority of devices will not be accessible from the internet or some other “backbone” of the network, and the only way to send messages to them will be through the mesh of other devices.

The general idea is that the mesh as a whole will be capable of achieving a high throughput, but each individual link in the mesh has a low enough bandwidth that an attacker would easily saturate it by trying to add enough transactions to convince the network to follow his parasitic subtangle. Since the attacker only has a few entry points into the mesh, he saturates all of them before his parasitic tangle accumulates enough weight for his attack to succeed.

I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about this argument. I personally don’t think the IOTA team has made enough details public to thoroughly evaluate it.

Speaking of bandwidth limitations, let’s talk about scaling.

Scalability

Because each node must validate two other transactions before submitting its own transaction, the IOTA team likes to point out that spam actually tends to make the network more efficient. Other members of the IOTA community get carried away with this point, sometimes even making the absurd claim that IOTA is “infinitely scalable.”

Every node on the IOTA network must eventually receive every transaction in order to maintain a globally consistent tangle. Broadcasting transactions to remote nodes takes time, though, and if the transaction rate is high enough that a node receives a lot of transactions from nearby nodes before it receives the next transactions from distant nodes, the MCMC algorithm will continue to select tips submitted by nearby nodes. Eventually the tangle splits, with only nearby nodes transacting on the local copy of the tangle and remote nodes transacting on their own, divergent copy.

So bandwidth and network topology must place some limitations on the transaction rate of IOTA if the tangle is to be consistent across the entire network. We will have to wait for more stress tests to learn what these limitations are.

Additionally, like all distributed ledgers, IOTA must grapple with bloat. Each transaction on IOTA is approximately 1.6 kB in size, so a transaction rate of 100 tps would grow the tangle at a rate of 160 kB per second, or about 14 GB per day. Needless to say, that’s an unrealistic storage requirement for an IoT device.

IOTA currently solves this problem by taking periodic snapshots of the tangle, which map its current state into a new genesis transaction, allowing the transaction history to be pruned away. In the limit of very frequent pruning, a node would only have to store enough of the tangle to be able to run the MCMC algorithm.

Syncing a new node with the network is a different story, though. Either the node must download the latest snapshot from a trusted peer, or it must start at the original genesis transaction and work its way forward through the entire tangle. There is no way to trustlessly and efficiently join the network.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the IOTA team has proposed a type of horizontal partitioning of the tangle that they call a “swarm,” where many nodes together store the complete tangle but no one node stores all of it. Unfortunately, there aren’t many details yet on how this works.

Compared to Ardor

So what does any of this have to do with Ardor?

In my opinion, there are two main comparisons to draw, namely on the issues of security and scalability.

Regarding security, it isn’t clear to me that IOTA could possibly reach a high enough transaction rate to be considered secure without the Coordinator, given the monetary value of even the current network, without choosing a very high PoW requirement.

Ardor, in contrast, has the advantage that its child chains are all secured by the single parent chain.

A “small” child chain wouldn’t need a trusted node like IOTA’s Coordinator to protect it because consensus is established by the entire network and recorded (via hashes of child chain blocks) by forgers on the parent chain.

On scalability, IOTA and Ardor both currently share the requirement that each node of the network process all transactions. With IOTA, this simply means adding transactions to the tangle, which is computationally cheap, whereas, with Ardor, every node must validate every transaction. Moreover, the clever design of the tangle ensures that the confirmation time for a transaction actually decreases as the network gets busier. I would not be surprised to see IOTA achieve higher throughput than Ardor as both networks grow.

On the other hand, IOTA faces a tremendous challenge in combating tangle bloat if it is ever to achieve hundreds of transactions per second, whereas Ardor has largely solved this problem.

Finally, it’s worth noting that a proposal on the Ardor roadmap would delegate child chain transaction processing to dedicated subnets of the network. This would potentially achieve a computational gain similar to IOTA’s “swarming” proposal, possibly allowing similarly high throughput.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve read this far (thank you!!) and were already familiar with IOTA, then you’ve undoubtedly noticed that I left out a lot of details, including its homebuilt hashing algorithm, the deliberate flaw in this algorithm that Come-from-Beyond included as a copy-protection mechanism, the use of ternary encoding, and the mysterious Jinn processor that will provide hardware support for IOTA in IoT devices. In the course of my research, I’ve formed fairly strong opinions on all of these things, but I was reluctant to share them here for two reasons.

First, I don’t have sufficient information to make objective statements on these issues. I’m not a cryptographer, and I know next to nothing about ternary computing or Jinn. The best I could do would be to offer subjective judgments of the design decisions the IOTA team made, but that would have simultaneously weakened the focus of this article and opened it to criticism from people who have made different subjective judgments.

Secondly, and more importantly, I’m more interested in the fundamental concepts behind the tangle than IOTA’s specific implementation of it. Regardless of whether IOTA succeeds or fails, the tangle is a beautiful idea and deserves all the attention we can muster.

So what can we say about the tangle, then? While I’m positively enamored with the elegance of its design and the nuances of its consensus mechanism, at the end of the day I’m afraid I’m quite skeptical of its suitability for the Internet of Things. Drop that aspect, increase the PoW requirement by several orders of magnitude, and find a way to tie the PoW threshold to the monetary value of the network without cutting ordinary users off from their funds, and I think the tangle has tremendous potential as a distributed ledger.

The last missing piece is how to cope trustlessly and efficiently with bloat, a problem that Ardor have solved extremely well. Perhaps somebody will find a way to combine the best elements of both designs at some point in the future. A lot could happen by then, especially in cryptoland.

P.S. – I promise the next article will be shorter. 🙂

Ardor vs. the Competition, Pt. 2: NEM/Mijin/Catapult

This post is part of a series that compares Ardor to other blockchain projects with similar features or goals. You can find the previous posts here:

This week I studied NEM, a public blockchain similar to Nxt in many ways. As I’m primarily interested in each blockchain project’s approach to scaling, I also researched Mijin, a version of NEM for private blockchains, and Catapult, a rewrite of Mijin which promises large performance gains and which will also be incorporated into future releases of NEM.

NEM

Although NEM’s core developers abandoned their initial plan to start NEM as a fork of Nxt, choosing instead to start the project from scratch, NEM and Nxt are still fairly similar. Like Nxt, the NEM platform provides a predefined set of allowed transactions which applications can use as building blocks to create more complex features, as opposed to using a low-level scripting language to construct transactions, like Bitcoin or Ethereum.

Both platforms support a variety of “blockchain 2.0” features, like sending messages, creating and transfering assets, and sending transactions requiring the approval of multiple accounts (m-of-n multisig). And both platforms expose their functionality through HTTP-based APIs, so developers can use virtually any language to write applications for them.

Despite these similarities, NEM also has some notable differences compared to Nxt.

Perhaps the most fundamental one is its novel consensus algorithm, called proof-of-importance. This algorithm is similar to proof-of-stake, except the probability that an account may harvest (i.e., forge) the next block depends not only on its stake of XEM, which is the native coin on NEM, but also on how recently it has transacted with other accounts and how much XEM was exchanged. Accounts that hold a large stake of XEM and which transact frequently and in high volume harvest more blocks than accounts with less XEM or accounts which only rarely transact.

The authors of the NEM Technical Reference argue that, compared to proof-of-stake, the proof-of-importance algorithm gives somewhat less weight to the wealthiest accounts when determining the right to forge/harvest the next block (Section 7.8). Proof-of-importance is also central to NEM’s spam filter, which requires that an attacker not only control a lot of accounts, which is easy to do, in order to spam the network with a large number of unconfirmed transactions, but also to hold a large stake in each account and transact frequently with other high-importance accounts.

In my view, another main difference between NEM and Nxt is the extent to which each platform’s “blockchain 2.0” features are integrated directly into the API. For example, NEM’s assets, called “mosaics,” share several features with the Nxt Monetary System’s currencies, but NEM does not have a built-in decentralized exchange for mosaics. (As a side note, the NEM Foundation has contracted with Blockchain Global to create a traditional, centralized exchange featuring mosaic-based ICO tokens.) Similarly, while you could certainly build a decentralized marketplace on top of NEM where users could buy and sell goods and services, NEM does not have such a marketplace built into its API the way that Nxt does.

Finally, one subtle but very important difference between NEM and most other blockchains, including Nxt, is the way that it handles multisignature transactions. Instead of allowing any account to generate a multisig transaction, NEM introduces the concept of a multisig account and requires that all multisig transactions originate from such accounts. Any co-signatory on the account can initiate a transaction from it, and the transaction is only executed if a sufficient number of the other co-signatories approve it.

At first this might appear to be a limitation, since it requires a separate multisig account for each set of co-signatories a user wants to cosign with, but it has two key advantages: the multisig account is a full account, capable of receiving payments, messages, and mosaics, for example; and co-signatories can be added and removed, so custody of the multisig account can be transferred. It is possible to create a “1-of-1” multisig account, i.e., an account with a single custodian who can transfer it to a different custodian if desired. In this way, multisig accounts on NEM can act like transferable containers for XEM, mosaics, and messages.

One particularly impressive application of this concept is a notary service built on NEM called Apostille. With Apostille, the process of notarizing a document looks like this:

  1. Hash and sign the name of the document.
  2. Create a multisig account for the document derived from the resulting signature.
  3. Hash and sign the contents of the document.
  4. Send a message containing the result to the document’s multisig account.

Note that the last step also attaches a timestamp to the document, since the transaction that transfers the document’s signed hash to the multisig account is recorded on the blockchain.

As an example of a potential application of Apostille, the authors of the white paper consider a case where the notarized document is a car title. Ownership of the car can be transferred by changing co-signatories on the multisig account that contains the title; messages describing maintenance and repairs can be sent to the multisig account to record the car’s service history; and mosaics issued by governments or insurers could attest to payment of fees. In this way, the multisig account represents both the car itself and the history of other accounts’ interactions with it.

Anyway, that’s quite enough about NEM. Next, Mijin.

Mijin

At a high level, Mijin is a version of NEM that three of the core NEM developers and a company called Tech Bureau developed as a private, permissioned blockchain product. Like any private blockchain–and in contrast to NEM, which is public–a Mijin blockchain is owned and controlled by a central authority, such as a company.

This isn’t the place for a full debate about the utility of private blockchains, but as Mijin and Catapult are an important part of the NEM ecosystem, please indulge me for a minute. In my opinion, the more “private” a private blockchain becomes, the less useful it is. While I can see a case to be made for “consortium” blockchains, where a handful of independent organizations who don’t necessarily trust each other cooperate to secure the network against abuses by any one member of the group, I have trouble seeing the value in a blockchain controlled by a single authority. In my view, a blockchain without trustless consensus is basically just an extremely slow, extremely inefficient database.

I know there are plenty of people who disagree with me, though, so for the remainder of this post I’m going to assume private blockchains have value and that there is a market for them, especially in financial services, which seems to be the main industry that Tech Bureau intends for Mijin to serve.

There is not nearly as much information about Mijin available on the internet as there is about NEM, but I did learn some interesting facts that hint at its potential. For one thing, although Mijin and NEM are completely separate projects, Mijin does share the NEM API (or at least the two APIs overlap substantially), which suggests that it will be relatively easy for developers to write applications that run on either platform. The common API might also facilitate interactions between Mijin chains and the public NEM chain, but I haven’t found any information about the details of those interactions.

Additionally, the Mijin website states that Mijin will support smart contracts, though the Catapult white paper seems to slightly contradict that statement when it says, “the approach here is to make the smart contract an external component, whether centralized (i.e., status quo with existing systems) or decentralized. The outputs of these smart contracts will then enter their transactions into the ledger through a secure transaction process.” To me, this implies that the contracts themselves will be neither stored on the blockchain nor executed by all nodes on the network.

Speaking of Catapult…

Catapult

Catapult is a rewrite of Mijin with a focus on increasing the rate at which transactions can be confirmed. Judging from the white paper (linked above), the first deployments of Catapult will be at banks and other financial institutions, where the author envisions it will replace patchworks of “disjointed monolithic systems” that he says are commonly used today. Eventually, the developers also plan to integrate Catapult into NEM to facilitate scaling the public blockchain as well.

Like Mijin, Catapult is currently closed-source and many technical details are not public. I was able to find some good information digging around the NEM blog, though, especially in this thread by one of the developers.

Catapult divides the work that the network does among three types of nodes:

  • P2P nodes, which add new blocks to the blockchain and maintain consensus about its state;
  • REST nodes, which present client applications with all the features they can use from the Catapult API; and
  • API nodes, which, like P2P nodes, store the blockchain and can read directly from it (I think), but which do not add blocks to it. These nodes serve data to the REST nodes to fulfill client applications’ requests.

This breakdown appears to roughly correspond to the three-tier architecture commonly used for web applications, where the blockchain (P2P nodes) is the database, the REST nodes are the front-end, and the API nodes handle the business logic of interpreting and interacting with data in the database.

If this analogy is correct, then presumably the goal of this architecture is to allow each tier to scale independently. Especially for a private blockchain, the optimal number of P2P nodes used to establish consensus might be much smaller than the number of REST and API nodes required to handle all of the requests that applications send to the network. Delegating these responsibilities to separate nodes on the network should allow nodes of each type to be added or removed as needed to optimize performance.

Apart from this new architecture, Catapult also makes some other optimizations to improve performance. Whereas Mijin and NEM are written in Java and use HTTP for communicating with full nodes, Catapult is being written in C++, and communication between at least the API nodes and REST nodes uses full-duplex sockets (via ZeroMQ), potentially allowing for lower latency than HTTP.

A performance test of three Catapult nodes located in the same datacenter and configured to service requests from 10.8 million accounts showed that the network was able to process just over 3,000 transactions per second. It isn’t completely clear from the press release, but it sounds like each of the three nodes in this test played all three roles: P2P, API, and REST. Confusingly, the accompanying diagram appears to refer to API nodes as “blockchain data ingestion servers” and to REST nodes as “API gateway” servers.

Compared to Ardor

How does NEM compare to Ardor, then?

Really, there are (at least) two separate questions: how do NEM’s features compare to Ardor’s features? And how does NEM’s approach to scaling compare to Ardor’s approach?

Since Ardor (the platform, not the parent chain) will support all of Nxt’s current features, the comparisons I noted above between NEM and Nxt apply equally well to Ardor.

In particular, Ardor’s child chains will have at their disposal a somewhat larger variety of built-in transaction types that support a richer set of features.

For example, NEM does not natively support a peer-to-peer exchange for mosaics, dividend payments to mosaic holders, transactions conditioned on votes by mosaic holders (or most of Nxt’s phased transaction types, for that matter), account properties, a decentralized marketplace, or anything like Nxt’s shuffling and alias systems.

Ardor’s parent-chain/child-chain architecture will add some extra functionality, too.

In particular, users will be able to exchange different child chain tokens for one another directly, without first converting to ARDR. This will be especially useful on pegged child chains, where users will be able to trade dollar-pegged coins directly for bitcoin-pegged coins (for example), whereas on NEM, somebody holding a dollar-pegged mosaic would have to sell it for XEM, then buy a bitcoin-pegged mosaic.

These differences notwithstanding, NEM still offers a rich set of features that application developers can use in interesting ways. Perhaps the best example is Apostille’s creative use of NEM’s unique multisig accounts. I’m not sure how easy it would be to replicate that kind of functionality on Ardor.

[EDIT]: Lior Yaffe, core dev and co-founder of Jelurida, has the following comment:

With NXT this can be achieved by issuing a singleton asset for each license registration and sending it between accounts.

On the question of how to scale, the two platforms differ much more dramatically.

Catapult’s approach, which NEM will eventually incorporate, is twofold: a new three-tier architecture to distribute the network’s responsibilities among three specialized types of nodes; and a series of application-level optimizations, e.g., using C++ instead of Java. We will need to defer judgment of the latter approach until additional benchmarking tests are available, but we can still cautiously speculate about the implications of the new architecture.

The biggest advantage seems to be for private blockchains, where the owner can fine-tune the quantities of the three types of nodes and the topology of the network to optimize throughput. Moreover, in such a context, blockchain bloat isn’t as severe a problem as it is for a public blockchain since companies can easily dedicate terabytes of storage on their servers to storing the blockchain.

The improvement in NEM’s performance with this new architecture, on the other hand, is much harder to predict. It is not clear whether each peer on the network would have to run all three services (P2P, API, REST) or just one of the three. In the former case, the scaling advantage to the new architecture would presumably be lost. In the latter case, the classic trade-off between speed (fewer P2P nodes, more API and REST nodes) and security (greater fraction of P2P nodes) would remain. And since nobody could control the number of each type of node on a public network, the question of what the optimal balance is would be moot.

In contrast, Ardor’s design does not try to achieve the highest possible throughput, at least initially. Rather, Ardor’s main scaling goal is to greatly reduce the size and rate of growth of the blockchain. It does this using a unique parent-chain/child-chain architecture, where all nodes on the network validate all transactions, but only those belonging to accounts holding the parent chain coin (ARDR) forge. Since the child chain coins can’t be used to forge, the child chains’ transaction history is irrelevant to the security of the network and can be pruned away.

It is worth noting, however, that computational scaling is on the Ardor roadmap.

Specifically, it is possible that child chain transaction processing will be delegated to separate subnets of the Ardor network in the future, allowing most nodes to ignore most transactions.

Conclusion

Ardor and NEM both offer rich, largely overlapping sets of features.

Overall, my impression is that developers will probably be able to build similarly complex applications on either blockchain with comparable ease. In that sense, the two platforms are direct competitors.

In their approaches to scaling, though, Ardor and NEM are quite different.

While Catapult will likely achieve a significant improvement in the rate that private blockchains can confirm transactions, I am somewhat more skeptical of the performance improvement that can be achieved on a public blockchain like NEM using the same approach.

Ardor, on the other hand, does not attempt to address the computational scaling problem (for now), but has found a very effective solution to the problem of blockchain bloat.

I suppose time will tell whether computational scaling or blockchain bloat is ultimately going to pose the biggest long-term problem for blockchain tech, and time will also tell whether either platform has found an adequate solution.

IGNIS ICO Report 7

Today the 3rd batch of Round 3, with 25 M JLRDA tokens, became available for sale. At the time of writing, there were still JLRDA tokens available.

Finally – some would say – the IGNIS ICO hype calmed down a little. Finally, it is possible to attend the ICO and buy JLRDA without running a full node client, placing several buy-orders in advance, or having to figure out the most advantageous peer settings and transaction fees in order to get a chance to win the over-participated lottery for future IGNIS tokens on the Ardor Blockchain Platform.

ICO: Jelurida [ID 823491988455668070]

Live data from the Nxt blockchain

peter2615

As someone said on the forum in the ICO thread:
In round one 1 NXT = 4500 Sat. 1 JLRDA = 0.4 NXT = 1800 Sat.
In round [three] 1 NXT = 2000 Sat. 1 JLRDA = 0.76 NXT = 1520 Sat.

So, the guy who ran away with all the JLRDA in the first few rounds did not get such a great deal afterall …

Live data from the Nxt blockchain

Either the whale investors

  1. Gave up (as they attended on equal terms with everyone else)
  2. Believe that 1 IGNIS token will be worth less than 0.76 NXT at the current NXT price
    (0.76 NXT = 0.07 USD or 0.0000162252 BTC)
  3. Believe that the price of NXT will rise a lot in the future – keep in mind that by holding NXT you get 0.5 IGNIS per NXT that you own at the snapshot (Q4 2017) and you get to keep your NXT
  4. Decided to invest in ARDR instead of JLRDA
  5. Do not even know about Jelurida’s work and the IGNIS ICO

Let us take a look at the three tokens in play, and you can choose your path to success by choosing which one best suits your interests and needs.

NXT

Nxt launched in 2013 as the first 100% Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain ever and has run stable ever since. Over the years Nxt was optimized with built-in smart contracts that anyone can use “as is” or use them to build their decentralized applications with – without risking their investors’ money or the security of the blockchain, as no 3rd party code is added to the blockchain. Nxt’s smart transactions are rigorously tested in production and can be accessed using the Nxt API, which supports over 200 request types. Nxt is coded in Java, the leading industry standard language for corporate applications. The Nxt platform is open source for its open and supportive community. Nxt is called the “Swiss army-knife” of crypto, undervalued in the markets, and technically ahead of the competition.

With the new JPL license, owners of NXT are entitled to receive 10% of tokens from clones of Nxt.

https://nxt.org
https://nxter.org/tutorials
https://nxter.org/newsletters

IGNIS

Ignis will be the first child chain on Ardor. Ignis will have all of the features of Nxt, except for forging – it will be secured instead by Ardor’s main chain. Users of Ignis get UNRESTRICTED ACCESS to all existing and future Ardor child chain features. Do not expect unrestricted access from any other child chain in the ecosystem, as their creators may restrict those. Ignis will constantly be pruned (no blockchain bloat – means: globally scalable) and will feature cross-chain transactions, e.g., token and asset trading, and access to custom features on any other child chain. JLRDA, the non-transferable token sold in the ICO, represents the monetary unit and transactional token of Ignis, IGNIS, 1:1. JLRDA tokens will convert to IGNIS automatically at the Ardor Genesis Snapshot.

https://jelurida.com/ico
https://www.nxter.org/tag/ignis-ico/
https://www.jelurida.com/ardor-nxt-feature-comparison

ARDOR

Ardor is Nxt 2.0 and is best described as a Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform, currently running on testnet. Ardor is the main chain that will secure, bundle and forge all transactions on the network of child chains. Ardor will make the features of Ignis available to other child chain creators, but restrictions can be placed if certain features are not desired, such as shuffling of tokens, the unrestricted decentralized marketplace or the unregulated asset exchange. Child chains will have their own operational token so users will not have to buy “gateway tokens” such as NXT, ARDR or ETH to use them. Child chains will be prunable and will not have to be bootstrapped, as they are secured by Ardor. Child chains can be spawned and customised with help from Jelurida, but the ability to create new chains will eventually be integrated into the software as a DIY module. For those that like account and ID regulations and restrictions – Ardor is the place to be. For those that like to forge all child chain fees – Ardor is the place to be.

https://www.ardorplatform.org
https://nxter.org/ardor-blockchain
https://www.jelurida.com/sites/default/files/JeluridaWhitepaper.pdf


 

 

Live data from the Nxt blockchain

ARDOR introduction video

Q4 2017

  • Ardor mainnet launch
  • Migration of ARDR balances from the Nxt blockchain asset to the Ardor Genesis block
  • Spawn of the IGNIS child chain based on NXT and JLRDA balances
  • Spawn of Bitswift child chain with 10% share drop to IGNIS holders
  • Spawn of BTC, EUR, and USD pegged child chains backed by 3rd party business entities

ICO’s are hot right now, and the choice is hard if you have money to invest. The choice is entirely up to you – supporting any chain supports Jelurida, the company that owns the IP for the above tokens.

Right now, the JLRDA tokens are for sale on the Nxt blockchain and will be automatically swapped for IGNIS tokens on the Ignis child chain when Ardor and Ignis are launched together in Q4 2017.

#nofomo

You need NXT to buy JLRDA. The most secure and the recommended way to buy JLRDA is from the IGNIS Token Sale link in the NRS Client, currently running V1.11.9.

You can use Jelurida’s online Nxt node or download and run the client locally – as light (no blockchain download) or full node. You can also use Nxt OFFLINE to create cold storage accounts to buy IGNIS.

JLRDA tokens cannot be transferred or traded until Ardor is launched – do not fall for scams.

Stay tuned for more up-to-date coverage on the ICO. We will explain in more detail about Jelurida, Ignis, Ardor, and everything else that is pertinent to this ICO. We won’t give trading advice.

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Ardor vs. the Competition, Pt. 1: Lisk

I recently decided to start a series of posts that compare and contrast Ardor with other blockchain projects that appear to have similar goals or features. Roughly each week, I'll pick a project whose scope overlaps at least a little with Ardor's, study its technical documentation, and post a summary of my findings here for you to critique.

This week, I've been reading about Lisk.

Lisk

In a nutshell, Lisk is a platform for developing decentralized applications (dapps) that run on sidechains anchored to the Lisk mainchain. It uses a delegated proof-of-stake (DPOS) consensus mechanism to secure the mainchain, while sidechains are each responsible for their own security (sort of, but see the description of the delegate marketplace below). The protocol uses a set of predefined transactions, rather like Nxt and Ardor, as opposed to a low-level scripting language like Bitcoin or Ethereum.

Before I get into the details, I should start by saying that Lisk is definitely in an early stage of development. The team is currently in the middle of rewriting the Lisk SDK, which will support sidechain development, and is continuously refactoring Lisk Core, which is the full node.

With the code in flux, some important architectural questions, particularly about sidechains and how they will interact with one another and with the mainchain, do not appear to have been settled yet. On the other hand, I had some difficulty finding a current, authoritative source of technical information about Lisk, so what I present here might be out of date. The best information I could find was in the wikithis article by one of the co-founders, the roadmap, and these YouTube videos. None of the first three sources are recent, unfortunately, and even the videos don't go into much depth (though I admit I haven't watched all 6+ hours of them). If you've found better references, I'd be grateful if you could send them my way.

The marketing buzz surrounding Lisk seems to focus on the SDK, the goal of which is to make it easy to build, deploy, and secure a dapp running on a customizable blockchain. The devs wrote the SDK in JavaScript because they want to make Lisk accessible to as wide an audience as possible, and they also wrote the backend in JavaScript (Node.js) because...well, I guess I'll never understand why people insist on using JavaScript on the backend. 🙂

But clearly, ease of developing and deploying a custom blockchain is not the only goal of Lisk. If it were, then what purpose would the mainchain serve? You might as well clone Bitcoin or Nxt if all you want is a good starting point for building your own blockchain.

The mainchain/sidechain architecture is the real distinguishing feature of this platform. As far as I can tell, the mainchain serves at least three important functions:

  1. The Lisk API will allow deposits of LSK on the mainchain to be transferred to and from sidechains. With two such transactions, it will be possible to send LSK from one sidechain through the mainchain and to another sidechain. Unfortunately, according to the article by one of the co-founders linked above, it sounds like transferring LSK onto a sidechain will require sending it to the sidechain's owner, which obviously requires some degree of trust. To avoid this problem, it will be possible to create sidechains that use their own forging tokens instead of LSK. This token would then need to be traded for LSK in order to transact through the mainchain with another sidechain. Alternatively, it might be possible for one sidechain to transact directly with another sidechain without going through the mainchain, but the developers are still researching how this would work.
  2. Eventually, the team plans to build a "delegate marketplace" where delegates who are not securing the mainchain can offer to secure sidechains and are paid "either by the [sidechain] application owner or its users." Again, the details are a little fuzzy, but there seems to be a lot of value here: presumably the Lisk network is already far larger than a typical brand new blockchain network, and the delegate marketplace gives sidechains an "off-the-shelf" set of nodes that they can use to secure themselves in their infancy.
  3. Some nodes on the network (not sure which ones) will periodically hash sidechains and store the hashes on the mainchain as a "basic validation of sidechain integrity." I haven't been able to find any details about how this mechanism will work, though.

Apart from these functions, and from the obvious role it plays in transferring LSK between accounts, the mainchain itself doesn't seem to have any other intended uses. All of the business activity is supposed to occur on the sidechains.

Compared to Ardor

How does this architecture compare with Ardor's parent chain and child chains?

Maybe the most obvious difference is that each sidechain must have its own set of nodes to secure it, whether these are provided by the sidechain creator, the users, or eventually the delegate marketplace.

With Ardor, in contrast, every node on the network validates child chain transactions, but only accounts holding ARDR forge. The fact that accounts holding child chain tokens don't forge with them means that it doesn't matter how small child chains are or how unequal the distribution of tokens on them is; they are all just as secure as the parent chain.

One additional note about Lisk is that, until the delegate marketplace opens, sidechain creators choose the nodes that forge on their chains, which seems to require that users place a great deal of trust in them. On the other hand, the team has also suggested that Lisk will be flexible enough to allow sidechains to use an entirely different consensus algorithm, like proof-of-work, so it seems that sidechain creators wouldn't determine which nodes secure the chain in that case.

There are also plans to allow existing sidechains to switch consensus mechanisms even after they launch, but again I haven't been able to find details.

Clearly, both Lisk and Ardor intend to offer scaling advantages over traditional blockchains. With Lisk, the computational scaling advantage is obvious, since each forging node validates only the transactions on a single blockchain, either the mainchain or a sidechain. The reduction in required storage space (i.e., blockchain bloat) is less clear, though. Compared to Ethereum, say, it's obvious that for a similar level of total activity, the many chains in the Lisk ecosystem will each grow more slowly than the single Ethereum chain, simply because sidechains will not store each other's data.

Compared to Ardor, though, the storage savings would be modest. Ardor's parent chain will grow at a similar rate to the Lisk mainchain--as both will store only hashes of sidechain or child chain data instead of the data itself--but on Ardor the child chain data will be pruned away, eliminating the blockchain bloat problem that Lisk will still have on each sidechain.

Conclusion

What, then, should we make of Lisk? Honestly--and I'm very disappointed to write this--I think it's simply too early to tell. Too many important details have yet to materialize:

  • Will it be possible to convert one sidechain's token directly to another sidechain's token without converting to and from LSK? How?
  • When the delegate marketplace opens, will it be possible for users to elect delegates using sidechain tokens? Or will they have to use LSK? Or will sidechain owners maintain control over which delegates forge?
  • What will Lisk do with the hashes of sidechains that are stored on the mainchain? Will it be possible to roll back recent transactions on a sidechain to "restore" it to the state it had when it was hashed? If so, will there be some time after which this will not be possible, so that the sidechain can still be considered immutable?
  • Will the Lisk SDK provide some clean mechanism for changing the consensus algorithm on an existing sidechain? I'm not sure what this would look like.
  • What happens if a sidechain that uses LSK forks? Obviously, the LSK tokens on both resulting sidechains cannot be simultaneously backed by the same LSK reserves on the mainchain. I would assume the sidechain creator effectively gets to choose which chain is the "real" one, since he or she is the one holding the reserves on the mainchain, but I don't know for sure that this is correct.
  • Depending on how Lisk will support transactions directly between sidechains, this same concern could require additional trust between sidechain creators. In particular, if sidechain creators must hold reserves of each other's tokens to enable cross-chain transactions, which seems like one plausible way to do it, then a fork in one sidechain could give the other sidechain's creator some influence over which branch of the fork is honored. Moreover, if the forking sidechain transacts with several other sidechains, each of which hold reserves of the split token, then the situation could get ugly pretty quickly.

In my opinion, the most important advantage Lisk has over most blockchain platforms, including Ardor, is that it will accomplish a natural computational scaling by segregating each dapp onto its own blockchain. If, in addition, sidechains will be able to transact seamlessly and trustlessly with one another, then it seems like the design has immense potential.

If we're making the assumption that the Lisk team will successfully implement all the features required to make this happen, though, then we ought to grant Jelurida the same courtesy and assume that they'll be able to carry out their own scaling plans. In particular, one potential improvement on the Ardor roadmap is to confine child chain transaction processing to dedicated subnets of the Ardor network. It seems to me that this would accomplish a similar computational scaling to Lisk, while preserving Ardor's substantial advantage in reducing blockchain bloat.

In conclusion, Lisk's mainchain/sidechain architecture could potentially help it scale to accommodate a large number of dapps that could interact in interesting ways, but right now there seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the technical details. Ardor's approach is technically quite different but solves some of the same problems, namely blockchain bloat, potentially computational scaling, and the ability to transact easily between separate chains.

It will be very interesting to see how Lisk develops in the next two or three years, but then again, by that time Ardor will have been live for a long time already.

- segfaultsteve

IGNIS ICO Report 5

Is your bid order in place? Popcorn ready?

Tomorrow, on Thursday, Aug 31st between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC, the last batch of Round 2 in the IGNIS ICO is offered. That’s the last of 4 batches, each counting 20M JLRDA tokens. The price is 0.55 NXT per JLRDA – the token that will swap 1:1 for IGNIS tokens when the Ardor Genesis block is created in November 2017. Each and every single batch until now has been sold out in 1 block.

For your reading pleasure, fellow Nxters, let’s quickly touch base with the nxtchat.slack Round 2 experience:

1st batch:

amsi [8:53 AM]
now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

martis [8:53 AM]
now!!!!!

gabriel [8:53 AM]
woooo

strophy [8:55 AM]
lol that went fast

josenxt [8:56 AM]
39,703.93 fee in that block? :scream:

lordcameltoe [8:57 AM]
how will I know if my transaction worked?

peter2615 [8:57 AM]
you wait… until next block, to see which offers got filled

As demand is a lot higher than the supply of JLRDA, and as the crowdsale is being held on a decentralized platform, executed under the rules of the blockchain, there were investors that didn’t get lucky. The rules are clear though and people’s different attempts to take advantage of them in the lottery, are transparent as well.

Logan summarizes:

You have to be in the same block, as the JLRDA TX. The capacity of one block is 255 TX. Higher fees are priorized to get in the block and the JLRDA TX will have a fee of 5 NXT. Thats the information you need to make a decision. But there is no right or wrong. Depends on what other people are doing.

riker [10:43 PM]

What happened in practice today was that one account NXT-GJE7-KWDJ-SFWJ-APQ6S tried to game the system by submitting many transactions with 5.2 NXT fee. I’m not sure what was his calculation. What it did is that it delayed the Jelurida transaction to the next block. But we anticipated this in advance and double checked that this does not provide any advantage to anyone.

bitcoinpaul [3:36 PM]

what can we learn from that?
dont bloat the chain with high fees, guys.

Riker

It’s a game theory problem; if everyone submits their transactions with 4 NXT fee, and a single guy with 6 NXT, this guy has an advantage. His transaction, the offer, and as many as can fit from the rest will fit in the block.

If everyone thinks this way and submits their offer with a fee of 6 NXT, all will lose, since their transactions will be included in a block before the sell offer.

forkedchain [5:33 PM]

For the latest JLRDA sell offer, there were 4 completely full blocks, each with 233 TXs, and an additional one with 58 TXs. There were 484 unique accounts that sent TXs in those 5 blocks.

2nd batch:

logan [9:01 PM]
dingdingdingding

vintash [9:08 PM]
yyyyeeees
im in!!!!

mroenne [9:08 PM]
Finally :sunglasses:

vintash [9:09 PM]
yeeeees

gabriel [9:09 PM]
YEAAAAAAH

marenkar [9:10 PM]
Whoa that’s a lot of people who got in this time.

peanut [9:12 PM]
Finally I’m in. I also noticed odd fee sizes, so I used one too just for good luck hehe

eu58 [9:14 PM]
I put 4 NXT for the fee and succeeded!

martis [9:18 PM]
I put 2 scheduled orders and both were filled. Fee was 4.9. No bot, no API, just used “Ignis token sale” link. Previous rounds were unsuccessful for me. As I reached my limit for buying Ignis, I will not participate in other rounds, so more chance for others.

forkedchain [9:53 PM]
I sacrificed a ton of ants just yesterday. ran over a huge ant bed with my mower while cutting grass, AND IT WORKED I GOT SOME JLRDA TODAY!!

logan [10:54 PM]

If i use a node with a comparatively bad connection and you use one which is a few milliseconds faster to publish the Offer TX, the chance that my orders will be filled is nearly zero, isnt it? or at least much worse compared to others

riker [10:55 PM]

Assuming you did everything else right, the more central and well connected your node is you’ll have better chance.

If you are the forger, even better, since then you have no latency.

forkedchain [11:47 PM]

well, it looks like some of my forging pool members were big winners today – all of a sudden my pools forging power has dropped by 5M.

My pool forged the golden block again. I wonder if some pool members had set up my pool as a well-known peer, and that’s why they won.

In lots of my previous attempts, my transaction was in the same block as the SELL, but at an earlier index position in the block. So I didn’t get anything. That means my latency to the forger was really good, but the forger’s latency to the p2p network (network as a whole) whereby that SELL transaction eventually found its way to the forger, was high – its all luck.

Batch 3:

jesus [8:54 AM]
woohhaaaa

thewiremaster [8:54 AM]
Go! https://nxtportal.org/monitor/

josenxt [8:55 AM]
269 unconfirmed transactions!

peter2615 [8:56 AM]
wow… NXT-3CJT-YF6A-VJ5D-DNSWR

gabriel [8:58 AM]
LOL, who was complaining about there not begin enough small transactions

mikevanegan [8:58 AM]
Booya worth getting up 2am. 295,000 JLRDA

peter2615 [8:58 AM]
lol @ NXT-GJE7-KWDJ-SFWJ-APQ6S

shugo [9:02 AM]
omg I finally got in, 4.9 fee
@all with no luck, dont give up (I almost did…)

vizanto [9:03 AM]
Your JLRDA balance 47,840 !!!!!!!!
this was my 3rd try

yelth [9:07 AM]
this was my 15th 🙁

winiusty [12:07 PM]
Hi guys, I bought while sleeping lol
strange feeling

gabriel [3:20 PM]
only problem is the people who couldn’t get in until now and are frustrated, which is totally understandable, but as time goes by, more and more of these people are getting their orders fulfilled, so it will eventually work out just fine, imo

yelth [3:22 PM]
Potentially, but I can just as easily see there as being huge problems with it later on.

potshot-rsa [3:45 PM]
I got my IGNIS at 2017/08/09 8:59:12. I’m in South Africa with a 4Mb/s ADSL connection.

jesus [3:23 PM]

@yelth, i stopped worrying about it. it´s what it is. every other setup would have been stretched to the limit as well. I can see the jelurida marketing machine start working, that´s my main concern. looking at my ARDR and NXT investment, the ICO is a good thing. if i can´t get in cheap, so be it.

And so…. 1 batch left of Round 2. Join nxtchat.slack to ask questions and take part in the discussion. And if you wonder what all the fuzz is about – oh man. The IGNIS whitepaper, and all ICO details can be found here.

These are the stats from the ICO so far:


Live data from the Nxt blockchain

Nxt News – August 2017 (V): All You Need is the Plan, the Roadmap, and the Courage to Press on to your Destination

August 2017 (V)

 

Welcome again, fellow Nxters! Summer continues and so does the Ignis ICO. Round 2 started late last week and runs through Thursday, August 31st. Jelurida had a popular AMA and announced that they are funded for at least the next few years after Round 1, and more eventful news. You are in the right place for comprehensive coverage of all things Nxt / Ardor / Ignis.

Whether you are a long time reader or a new one, we here at Nxter have news for you. All the highlights of the last week in the exploding blockchain space are covered here. We aim to keep you informed and up-to-date, dear readers. Lean back and absorb all of our hard work as we present you the news of last week.

 

NXT COMMUNITY

NXT AE

DEVELOPMENT

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

NXT

This week’s newsletter is put together by James, jose, apenzl and rubenbc.


NXT COMMUNITY

  • IGNIS ICO – Second round

Last week, the second round of the IGNIS ICO began. Do not worry, there is still Tuesday and Thursday of this to participate, more details below. Jelurida also announced a new partnership with a PR firm and a financial advisory firm in order to grow awareness of the ICO and the brand that is Nxt / Ardor / Ignis. The more attention that the ICO gets, the better for everyone involved.

The second round of the crowd sale is divided into 4 offers of 20 M JLRDA each, all priced at 1 JLRDA for 0.55 NXT. These will be released according to the following time schedule:

Sat, Aug 26th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC
Sun, Aug 27th between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
Tue, Aug 29th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC
Thu, Aug 31st between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC

The exact time within each 30-minute interval is decided randomly. Due to very high demand, it is best to schedule your JLRDA purchase ahead of time on the blockchain. Remember, you can schedule a transaction up to 24 hours before a deadline. In the likely case that there are more orders than available supply, a lottery algorithm will be used to randomly select the advanced orders that get processed.

For more in-depth analysis of the ongoing ICO, please follow our ICO reports that exclusively cover it.

Interesting conversation between Riker and Martis regarding getting your scheduled transaction in the blockchain:

martis [12:10 PM] @riker “The Jelurida sell offer will be submitted with a fee of 5 NXT. If more transactions than what can fit in a single block are submitted with higher fee, the Jelurida transaction will be postponed to the next block, and none of these high fee transactions will match it. “If Jelurida offer will go to the next block, will scheduled transactions be executed or will they be canceled?

riker [12:13 PM] Scheduled transaction are broadcast as unconfirmed transactions therefore anything that applies to unconfirmed transaction applied to scheduled transactions. Once broadcast the scheduled transaction will be ordered according to the standard ordering so surely not cancelled.

martis [12:17 PM] But if my scheduled transaction will be included in block A and sales offer will be included in block A+1. What will happen then?

mrv777 [2 hours ago] you will miss out, your order will be executed but there will be no matching sell offers…

riker [1:06 PM] It’s a game theory problem, if everyone submits their transactions with 4 NXT fee, and a single guy with 6 NXT, this guy still has an advantage. His transaction, the offer, and as many as can fit from the rest will fit in the block.But if everyone thinks this way and submits theirs with a fee of 6 NXT, all will lose since the their transactions will be included in a block before the sell offer.The problem with the 1000 NXT tx fee we used before is that theoretically a whale could submit his buy transaction and 253 meaningless transaction with fee of 999 NXT for example and prevent anyone else from buying. With lower fee, anyone can afford to spend 5 NXT to compete this way. This strategy was suggested by @forkedchain who will receive 5K Ignis as bug bounty. …

riker [1:37 PM] The lower the fee you specify the chance your transactions will be delayed increases but if you set the fee to 5 or more your transaction might be included in a block prior to the Jelurida offer. I would say your best bet it to place the fee at 4 NXT.

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  • IGNIS Token Sale Bounty Program

In a generous gesture, Jelurida has decided to reward the loyal members of the Nxt community. The most active members of the Nxt platform will be given a nice bounty, a thank you for their continued support and advancement of the Nxt platform over the last four years.

Jelurida writes:

During its 4 years of existence the Nxt platform has been supported constantly by many dedicated people from its community. They have always been there to answer questions, promote the technology and help new users as well as develop and run various supporting tools and sites.

Therefore, we wish to thank each of the most active Nxters by awarding them 25 000 JLRDA now, and 50.000 JLRDA more if we can collect 10 M Euros or more.

The JLRDA tokens for the bounty program will be allocated from the 20 M we have reserved for marketing and organizational expenses.

ATT: New contributors

After our token sale is over and if we have collected at least 10 M Euros, we will be awarding up to 20 of our most active new contributors with 50 000 JLRDA too. We will be relying on your feedback when making our final assessment.

Those of you who wish to help during the next two months of the IGNIS ICO by creating awareness, writing articles and answering questions about Nxt, Ardor and Ignis, ICO process and snapshot on various social media, please contact info@jelurida.com, stating the area/social media where you wish to help and your name or username you intend to use.

The only condition will be not to stray from the official information published on our website https://www.jelurida.com/ico.

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  • Nxt Blockchain will be Maintained at Least 3 Years After IGNIS ICO

Due to the sustained success of the ICO, Jelurida has procured, at least three years worth of funding that will be dedicated to supporting and advancing the Nxt platform. Remember, the IGNIS ICO is a barometer of community support for Nxt. Ardor (Nxt 2.0) is coming online very soon, yet due to the robust and hardcore Nxt community that has been fostered and created over the last four years this ICO is being used to directly fund continued support of Nxt, meaning that Nxt and Ardor will continue to coexist and receive active support from the Jelurida team for at least the next three years, likely much more pending the results of the subsequent four rounds of the ICO.

 

With the funding procured, Nxt will – most likely – receive at least this much-dedicated support over the next three years.

Also read: Lior Yaffe in Medium – Is Nxt Dead?

Source

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  • Comparison Between Nxt, Ardor, Nem, Ethereum, and Bitcoin

Do you have trouble keeping straight the many differences and similarities across the various blockchain technologies? Here we have a brilliant table that highlights the comparisons across the various blockchain platforms, uploaded by Jelurida last week.

 

A very useful and handy infographic to refer back to if ever you are confused.

Source

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  • Jelurida AMA

Jelurida conducted a Reddit style AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on the Cryptocopia slack last Wednesday, August 23rd. Many questions were asked and answered by the Jelurida team. Last Saturday Nxter.org covered the news of this AMA with one dedicated article.

Source

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NXT AE

  • Adel – Update

Last week was a busy and eventful week for the Adel community. They have compiled their highlights, including a new listing on the exchange C-Cex and an upcoming appearance at Web Summit, and we present them to you now.

In their own words:

C-Cex ▲ Adelphoi

We’re pleased to announce that Adelphoi is now listed on C-Cex. Special thanks to @wolffang for all his efforts to get us onto new exchanges:
https://c-cex.com/?p=adl-btc
https://c-cex.com/?p=adl-usd

 

Crunchbase ▲ Adel Ecosystem Ltd.

We have registered our profile on Crunchbase. If you haven’t heard of this website before, here is a brief summary:

“Crunchbase is the destination for discovering industry trends, investments, and news about hundreds of thousands of public and private companies globally. From startups to Fortune 500s, Crunchbase provides a business information platform that pairs powerful tools and applications to stay competitive and successful.”

If you are interested in expanding your social media presence, then you can create your own profile page. Be sure to link to Adel, as a community member: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/adel#/entity

 

Web Summit ▲ Adel

Adel has been granted special presence at this year’s Web Summit from November 6th to 9th in Lisbon, Portugal. Adel will join the BETA startup track & exhibiting package. Here is a summary of the event from the organisers:

“Web Summit has grown to become the ‘largest technology conference in the world’. No conference has ever grown so large so fast. But we also pride ourselves in organising the ‘best technology conference on the planet’.”

https://websummit.com/

 

 

 

More info

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  • Bitswift – Update + Article in Medium

Exciting news from Bitswift. After a recent partnership with HP Canada, they are now busy installing HP products for local Canadian businesses.

A Medium article was written that covers their model and future plans for expansion.

REMEMBER: The Bitswift token swap is still ongoing:
Manual claiming instructions included on bitswift.press.

Manual claims may take up to 7 days to process. An announcement will be made after the cutoff date October 14, 2017–6 PM EST describing how the remainder of the unclaimed tokens will be handled.

 

 

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Jelurida – Nxt Blockchain Creation Kit

Just today Monday, August 28th, Jelurida has launched and published the Nxt Blockchain Creation Kit.

The Nxt Blockchain Creation Kit allows blockchain developers to create and launch their own blockchain platform based on the Nxt platform. This is an exciting opportunity for budding devs to explore and create their own Nxt based platforms.

Any blockchain project created using this kit must observe the Jelurida Public License (JPL), including, but not limited to, being open source under the same license terms, and satisfying the JPL 10% share drop requirement to holders of NXT.

This package is for those who want to use the Nxt code to start a new, open source, public blockchain, as permitted by the open source Jelurida Public License for the Nxt blockchain.

The JPLSnapshot utility add-on, already present in the Nxt Reference Software (NRS) v1.11.8, is designed to make the [10% token allocation] process simple, by taking a snapshot of the current public Nxt blockchain, automatically allocating 10% of the new blockchain tokens to existing Nxt holders at the time of the snapshot (…)

Note that the Nxt Blockchain Creation Kit is not intended for end users, but for developers who want to create a new blockchain. If you want to experiment with a ready-to-use, private blockchain, for testing and evaluation purposes, the Private Blockchain Evaluation Kit may be more suitable.

To start a new blockchain project using the Nxt Blockchain Creation Kit, follow the instructions in the README.md file @ https://bitbucket.org/Jelurida/nxt-clone-starter/overview.

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  • Weekly Reminder: is Mynxt ready for the Ardor snapshot?

Yes, anyone with NXT in their MyNxt.info wallet will be credited with IGNIS at the time of the Ardor genesis snapshot. We still advise that you use the NRS client, now up to version 1.11.8, but it is nice to have third party support.

In their own words:

vanbreuk:
The MyNxt wallet is ready for the IGNIS snapshot because it operates real Nxt accounts, so anyone with NXT in a MyNxt wallet account at the time of the Ardor genesis snapshot will be credited with the tokens. The only necessary step afterwards, to access their Ardor blockchain account, will be to export their MyNxt wallet in order to obtain the Nxt passphrase for the account, so they can use it with the Ardor client.

For more information regarding MyNxt and the Ardor genesis snapshot, please refer to this NxtForum post – https://nxtforum.org/mynxt-info/how-to-join-ignis-ico-and-ardor-launch-with-the-mynxt-web-wallet

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Lior Yaffe in Medium –  Is Nxt Dead?

Medium article by Lior Yaffe – Riker – talking about the future of Nxt once the IGNIS ICO is over.

Hint – Nxt is NOT dead. Nxter covered this same topic some time ago as well.

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  • Lior Yaffe in Medium –  IGNIS Token Sale Round 2

Lior Yaffe wrote another Medium article about the upcoming Round 2 of the IGNIS Token sale and emphasized user safety when it comes to trusting information about the upcoming ICO. The ONLY official source of information about the ICO is the Jelurida website – which we source for all of our information.

In his own words:

Safety Considerations

The only official source of information is the Jelurida web site.

When creating a new account, do not forget your 12 words passphrase, if you do, you’ll lose your NXT.

The only way to buy the JLRDA token, which represents your IGNIS holdings, is using the “IGNIS Token Sale” link from the wallet dashboard header. Do not buy any other currencies, assets or goods. These are possibly scam entities which would cause you to lose your NXT.

There is no pre-sale whatsoever.

Source

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  • Blonde 2.0 – PR about ICO Promotion

The professionals at Blonde 2.0 have begun their media blitz to spread the word of the IGNIS ICO. Samples of their coverage are below:

Jelurida ICO

 The news has been propagated across a great many media platforms.

Finance Magnates – Jelurida Announces Details of Second ICO for IGNIS Tokens

CryptoNinjas – Blockchain tech company Jelurida prepares for 2nd round of crowdsale for IGNIS tokens

Epeak.info – Blockchain tech company Jelurida prepares for 2nd round of crowdsale for IGNIS tokens

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  • COINIST – What Are Nxt & Ardor Blockchain Platforms?

Last week Coinist interviewed the devs at Jelurida about the Nxt and Ardor platforms.

Coinist was recently fortunate enough to chat with the folks at Jelurida, an organization with 2 blockchain projects under their belt. We are excited to bring our readers this amazing opportunity to talk with the people behind these blockchain projects. However, before we jump into the interview, take 2 minutes to watch the introductory video the Ardor platform below.

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  • Ftreporter – All You Have To Know About Adelphoi (ADL)

The Adel ecosystem (and thereby Nxt and Ardor) has received a lot of coverage recently.

Ftreporter writes:

By utilizing Nxt and Ardor’s Blockchain innovation, the Adel biological system has been made to present the most recent security highlights while embracing best practices in business administrations. By building an organization over the Blockchain innovation, Adel intends to show development that is both economical and gainful for different ventures, for example, IT, managing an account (blade tech), protection, compassionate and medicinal services activities.

Source

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  • Coinmonsta.io – Offers the Latest News and Links about Nxt

The Nxt community continues to grow! A new addition to Coinmonsta.io, an aggregator site for crypto news, added a new section just for the Nxt community. We are excited and appreciate the comprehensive coverage we receive from the at large blockchain community.

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView –  NXT Buy Opportunity

Let’s look at the daily chart of NXT. We can see that the price bounced from 0.100000 support level . The market formed a new swing low which can be used for drawing a new uptrend line. This line will be a support and signal line for an upward movement. We have trading opportunity and it’s possible to entry the market based on a breakout signal. Pending orders for buy should be placed at 0.118000 level. Stop orders must be placed below the support level and the uptrend line at 0.090000 level. Profit targets are at 0.180000 and 0.240000 resistance levels.

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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, ongoing projects, and much more. For those who cannot wait a week to learn more, take some time to surf our site – we have our ICO Coverage series running. 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 tuned and stay informed, dear readers. See you back here next week!

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Jelurida AMA on Cryptocopia

For those of you who do not know, a semi-private AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with Jelurida occurred on the Cryptocopia Slack last Wednesday, August 23rd at 22:00 CEST. Jelurida spoke at length with the community, answering many questions about the now-in-progress, IGNIS ICO, Nxt, the blockchain, and much more. Only registered members of the Cryptocopia community could participate, but since we are so well connected we have you covered!

Cryptocopia’s registration-page has been offline ever since they made the AMA announcement, but here we give you an abbreviated, “best of” version that has all the relevant information and highlights that you need to know.

myco [10:02 PM]

Hello, and welcome! The Jelurida AMA is starting now!

Our guests from the official Jelurida team are:

petko

Hi! My name is Petko Petkov. I am a software developer. I’m contributing to NXT since Jan 2015. Then participated in the design and the development of the Ardor platform.

tomi

I am also a software developer, with more than 15 years of experience. I survived the dot-com crash, worked for a few companies in the Silicon Valley, then for a small startup, then became interested in crypto and Nxt in particular a few years ago. Now I am a part of the core Nxt development team.

The other core developer, Lior Yaffe, unfortunately couldn’t attend this AMA tonight as he is not feeling well. Lior Yaffe is a very talented developer and also lately doing a big part of the project management.

kristina

I am not a developer and before becoming interested in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology I have been working as a legal advisor. I have been following Nxt from its very beginning and when Jelurida was created last year I became an official part of the team because the developers were looking for somebody to take care of organizational, administrative and legal tasks. Now, with the company growing bigger and the upcoming launch of Ardor, I am fully occupied with work and 100% devoted to it.

What will happen with NXT?

Q

myco

I know that we’ve gone through several stages in the transition of NXT to IGNIS and ARDOR.

Could you explain at a high level what is happening with NXT for those who do not know much about it?

kristina

Ardor can be considered Nxt 2.0, because it is being built using proven Nxt technology. The Nxt public blockchain, and software, will continue to exist and be maintained by Jelurida.

There were quite a few technical reasons why Ardor had to be started as a separate platform, and it wasn’t possible to just upgrade Nxt to it.

petko

NXT is an open-source project and POS-based cryptocurrency. We are planning to continue maintaining it, but after all, its the NXT stakeholders who decide whether to use the software we develop. So, there is no actual transition – we had the idea about Ardor and decided to work on it. NXT will continue to exist one way or another. As @kristina explained, there are technical reasons that prevent us from upgrading NXT to Ardor. But we distributed the Ardor tokens to the NXT stakeholders at 1:1 ratio.

Q

dereje

With the development of ardor and jlrda, do you see nxt eventually dying out from lack of support and development?

tomi

We have promised to support Nxt for at least a year, or longer, depending on the funding level obtained in the ICO, and depending on the demand for it. We will also backport features from Ardor to Nxt, if we can hire enough developers to dedicate to that. We expect that Nxt will stay as the stable, well tested and reliable platform. And not all use cases need Ardor with its multiple child chains (which also brings complexity).

kristina

please remember that Nxt is a proven and stable blockchain with a large variety of features, a platform well suited for ICOs for example which is a functionality we plan to further enhance.

Jelurida

Q

myco

What is the development like for Jelurida?

Do you work remotely, or do you have an office where you meet?

tomi

We don’t have an office, working remotely all the time. We do plan to establish a physical office however, depending on the success level of our ICO.

Q

myco

What are the upcoming tasks that the Jelurida team is focusing on in the short term?

kristina

After our ICO is over the snapshot will follow and of course the launch of the Ardor platform.

Q

sanchopansa

How many people are working full-time on the project?

kristina

4 (3 developers and myself) + 2 part time developers.

Q

sanchopansa

How do you plan to generate revenue and when do you foresee to become profitable?

Kristina

We have several possible sources of revenue – licensing of the software for private blockchains, child chain creation, and revenue sharing with businesses that run child chains, consulting, custom wallet creation. Other minor revenue sources are listed in the whitepaper.

We aim to become profitable and self sustainable by the end of 2018.

Q

doubleqp

How much funds do you expect to need until the end of 2018 to survive?

kristina

what we have collected already is enough to survive until the end of 2018.

Q

doubleqp

So what’s your reason to collect even more money?

Kristina

For two reasons: we have a detailed plan how we can utilize the funds up to €50M.

And because we exist in a very fast growing field where our competitors raise/have raised millions which they are using for marketing and because we cannot allow a technology with such a great potential not to succeed.

marenkar

In section V3 of the white paper, (https://www.jelurida.com/sites/default/files/JeluridaWhitepaper.pdf) Jelurida goes over their plan with regards to the amount that they raise (starting on page 36). More funds raised generally means a larger team, more projects, and more business activity.

tomi

Jelurida was established last year as a corporate entity to manage the development of Nxt and later Ardor. Before that, Nxt was developed as a volunteer open source project, without a legal entity behind it. This was problematic when trying for example to license the Nxt software for commercial purposes, and when having to protect the IP behind it.

IGNIS ICO < > NXT ?

Q

myco

When will the IGNIS snapshot take place?

vanbreuk

From https://www.jelurida.com/ico, “The Ardor Genesis Snapshot will be performed at least two weeks after the end of the last JLRDA sale round”. But no exact date has been announced yet.

Q

myco

What happens to the NXT collected in the ICO for IGNIS?

tomi

We will be selling most of the NXT for BTC and fiat, because the purpose of collecting it is to provide funding for the company. We have been very clear about that in the whitepaper. Some amount of NXT, up to 40 M, will be kept by the company.

Q

myco

It seems like selling the NXT you receive in the ICO for BTC and fiat will make the NXT have a much lower value.

Who will be buying the NXT from you? people who want to hold for the IGNIS snapshot?

tomi

We have already sold most of the 24 M NXT collected in the first round, it didn’t crash the price. We expect people who want to participate in the next rounds, or didn’t have a chance to buy in the previous, to be buying this NXT. And at the end, indeed those who want to hold for the snapshot. But even after the snapshot, we believe NXT will continue to have value, and this value will probably become stable, as no major disruptions will happen to it anymore.

kristina

People believed that NXT will lose value after the Ardor asset was launched too, but it didn’t happen… It indeed dropped temporarily but after that it went back up again…

Q

myco

What new functionality is present in IGNIS that was not present in NXT?

tomi

We have a feature comparison table on the website, few things I can think of: asset dividend payments using other assets, or MS currencies, or other child chain coins; asset share increase transaction; smart phasing (a boolean composite of phasing conditions); asset control…

About Ardor

Q

myco

What is the current status of development on ARDOR? When will that be a useable technology in production?

tomi

It is running on testnet now. The multiple child chains framework is implemented and working, you can try it. We are planning a new testnet release some time before the snapshot, which will introduce some innovative features – smart phasing and asset control for example.

The pruning and snapshotting parts of the Ardor design are currently being worked on, and will not be part of the initial release, they will be ready later. See the roadmap on our website for all details.

Q

myco

What mechanisms would cause the rise in price of Ardor? What is Ardor used for?

tomi

Ardor will only be used to provide security for the whole system, it is the token used in the proof-of-stake algorithm. It intentionally has very limited other functionality, as Ardor transactions by design must remain in the blockchain (and cannot be pruned like child chain ones). Having significant Ardor stake will allow users to run forging nodes, and collect fees from all child chain transactions (converted from native tokens to ARDR by their bundlers).

myco

I can understand that value if you get native tokens from staking ardor… but why would I want to get more ardor for staking ardor if there is no additional utility to it besides getting more ardor? It seems circular. what am I missing?

petko

Ardor is like the mining hardware in bitcoin, minus all the wasted electricity

marenkar

For child chains to run, bundlers will need to exist to collect child chain tokens and then pay ARDR to the forgers to process the transactions. Any account can opt to be a bundler as long as they have ARDR and set the rate they want for accepting child chain coins relative to the ARDR paid out to forgers. Transaction fees paid out to forgers will be fixed based on the amount of data processed and/or the type of transaction and have a similar fee structure as that with Nxt ( `https://nxtwiki.org/wiki/Transaction_Fees` ).

In terms of value, assuming all other things held constant, the more child chains on Ardor and the more activity on the child chains on Ardor, the higher the demand for ARDR as the need for it increases to handle the increased demand for transaction processing.

Q

oojacoboo

So Jurlidia needs money to develop Ardor so it can try and sell sidechains to companies?  That the tldr; ?

tomi

Child chains can be useful not only for companies, but for the general public, even when there is a company behind a particular child chain. For example a pegged child chain, with token value fixed to fiat currency, maintained by a 3rd party business who charges commission on entry and exit from the system – but all users than can transact with this currency on the blockchain, denominating their transactions in it. And the Ignis child chain, for which the ICO is being conducted, will always remain decentralized and accessible to everyone.

kristina

not only creating child chains, but also private blockchains – it depends on the use case

and please note that the Ardor child chains are not side chains. The difference between them is explained in our Whitepaper.

Link to white paper – `https://www.jelurida.com/sites/default/files/JeluridaWhitepaper.pdf`

Link to page about side chains vs child chains – `https://www.jelurida.com/child-chains-and-side-chains`

Q

sanchopansa

What are the major industries/verticals that you are hoping would be using NXT?

tomi

Banking and financial sectors, asset issuance and trading, voting (including shareholder meeting voting), crowdfunding. We have been in talks to several banks that are testing internally our technology, but since this is under NDA I can’t mention names until it becomes publicly known.

Q

sanchopansa

Do you have any commercial partnerships/deals that you can talk about?

kristina

The ones not covered by NDAs – we have partnerships with companies/projects like TLVC, Beecrypt, Bitswift, Sigwo Technologies and quite a few others to be announced soon…

Q

sanchopansa

If I understand correctly, you’re in the blockchain-as-a-service space so that would make Stratis, Lisk, Ark and maybe to some extent Ripple your competitors. Why would any business use Ardor instead of these other options?

tomi

We believe that our parent – child chain architecture is currently unique in the blockchain space, and it opens the door for even more use cases and a greater interoperability between child chains. It also solves the blockchain bloat problem – which I don’t believe those other platforms have a solution for. Ardor is based on the tested and stable Nxt codebase, and has a very rich feature set which will be carried over to it from Nxt.

Price speculation

Q

myco

Why do you think that NXT has been left behind in price, relative to new coins coming out in the past year?

marenkar

There’s quite a lot of reasons because Nxt has existed for quite a long time, such as a lack of a proper team, which Jelurida now fills, a lack of funds, which this ICO now aims to address. Also it being the first Proof of Stake platform during a time when everyone wanted to mine held things back a bit. I made a long post about it if anyone’s interested – `https://www.reddit.com/r/NXT/comments/6m2tyd/why_did_nxt_never_catch_on/djyjxa6/`

Q

myco

What are you going to do differently with IGNIS to make a token that people want to hold?

Or will you focus on making money through corporate consulting use cases?

Petko

My personal opinion is that there is no need to do something special with IGNIS in order to differentiate it from the other child chain tokens. Same like NXT – everyone is free to clone NXT and start another blockchain and token (and there are many clones existing), but the NXT token only one

Q

oojacoboo

And why would I want to own any JLRDA tokens?  What value do they have, since this is a funding model for Ardor…

thewiremaster

The JLRDA MS tokens represent the IGNIS tokens you will get at Ardor launch.

vanbreuk

If a company is funded for developing the platform where your tokens are used, there is a much bigger chance that tokens will appreciate in value. I don’t understand the question.

kristina

Yes, we are selling tokens, that’s right. You may want to fund the development of Ardor because it will be a scalable PoS multi chain ecosystem – it will be the next big step in the blockchain industry

marenkar

Ignis will be the first child chain on Ardor. The Ardor main chain will not have substantial features as it is intended to secure the Ardor network and not be a regularly-used chain. Ignis provides an unrestricted way for users and organizations to utilize the features of Ardor, such as creating an asset or setting up a decentralized poll. Transaction fees to do these transactions will be in IGNIS not ARDR. Other child chains will also have these capabilities but they may set restrictions on them.

The JLRDA > IGNIS ICO

Q

myco

Where can we find the best instructions for how to participate in the ICO? The software used for the ICO is different than the BTC/ETH icos we’ve been participating in lately

tomi

Since we are running our ICO on our own blockchain, it is using the Nxt wallet. It may indeed look different from the BTC and ETH client, but shouldn’t take long to figure out, and especially for the purposes of the ICO we added a separate page – accessible from the Ignis Token Sale link in the header, which really makes it easy.

But do read the instructions on our jelurida.com/ico page, there is also a video showing how to do it, and we plan to post more instructions in a video or pdf too. And remember, only use the IGNIS Token Sale link from the header – do not buy any similarly named tokens/assets/marketplace goods, as unfortunately there have been scammers selling fake JLRDA or Ignis tokens.

Q

myco

What does it mean that IGNIS is “fully permissionless” compared to other child chains

kristina

It means that it is open for everybody to use freely. Other child chains will be associated with a specific use case, a company or an organization behind them. Some of them may want to implement restrictions such as KYC for example….

tomi

Permissioned blockchains is something our enterprise customers ask for, as they want to be able to control who can connect to the blockchain (read access), who can send transactions (write access), and who can give or take such permissions (admin access). Some of this functionality will also be added to child chains that may need it.

Q

lordcameltoe

How will the next IGNIS sale be handled to avoid having whales scoop up the majority of coins before everyone else?

tomi

Everyone has equal chance to participate in the Ignis sale, using our scheduled transaction feature which automatically submits their purchase transaction as soon as the sale offer is posted. And the batch will be split into 4 rounds of 20 M each, again to give users multiple chances to participate.

lordcameltoe

So the technique one person used last time to get most of the tokens has been patched?

vanbreuk

Rather than patched, the Nxt Client now allows for everyone to place a buy order in advance, before the next batch of tokens is effectively placed for sale. So the tactical advantage of that person in the first few batches is not there anymore, since anyone can do it from the client.

marenkar

I’m not 100% sure how it works but it ends up being a lottery of sorts. Some users couldn’t get in, others could. A few users were able to get in even without the scheduler though, but that was rare. Well, at least from what people claimed on Slack.

Thanks for tuning in, dear readers. That was an interesting and informative AMA from Jelurida. They clarified a lot of their plans and continued to bring attention to the IGNIS ICO.

For our ongoing coverage of the ICO, we have our special report series and a weekly Nxter Newsletter, that follows blockchain trends and reports on the last week in the ever growing world of the blockchain. Follow us on Twitter for important breaking updates as they occur. Stay informed and keep reading.

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IGNIS ICO Report 4

And so, the hunt for JLRDA is about to resume.

Round 2 of the IGNIS ICO will kick off Aug 26 between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC

The price will be 0.55 NXT per JLRDA, with 80M JLRDA tokens for sale in this round.

Anyone who did their due diligence will know:

Ignis will be launched with all of the features of Nxt, plus more, and it will be created with no restrictions. When Ardor launches, hopefully, November 2017, each JLRDA token on the Nxt blockchain will be swapped for one IGNIS coin in the Ignis Genesis block. 

First child chain, so what? Well, take notice that Ignis will be unrestricted. Ardor child chain creators may choose to disable certain features or set overall rules that not everyone may agree with, as well as possibly control the supply or future distribution of coins used on their child chain. Permissioned child chains can impose restrictions on their users such as KYC/ AML, personal data protection, time-limited data retention, local securities trading laws for asset issuers, etc. But the Ignis child chain will be permissionless, available to the general public, with no restrictions on who can transact with it.

Nxt’s features are described here.
The differences between Nxt and Ardor is available here.

Ignis holders will have easy access to other child chains and benefit from services they provide. Assets, for example, are global, so assets issued using the Ignis child chain can be traded on all other child chains and vice versa. IGNIS can also be traded for any other child chain coin or even ARDR using the inbuilt, decentralized Coin Exchange.

NXT > IGNIS

You need NXT to buy JLRDA, and the NXT price has taken a good beating since Round 1.

The bright side is that the current NXT price makes 0.55 NXT per JLRDA a mighty favorable buy, also compared to the price in Round 1. Not investment advice, just saying, if you’re eager to own JLRDA, now is not a bad time to get in. Long term investors may see every round as a bargain, but do your own due diligence, read the white paper, try Nxt in production, try IGNIS and Ardor on the testnet, and draw your own conclusions. We mean it – you should ask for testnet coins here.

NXT can be bought on exchanges with fiat or BTC or with most cryptocurrencies directly in the NRS Client, using Changelly or Shapeshift.

80M JLRDA in Round 2

In Round 2, 80M JLRDA will be released, divided into 4 batches.
The 4 sell offers will be placed randomly within these 30-minute time frames:

Sat, Aug 26th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC
Sun, Aug 27th between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
Tue, Aug 29th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC
Thu, Aug 31st between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC

To get a fair shot at getting in, ICO participants are recommended to place their orders using Jelurida’s official ICO sales page in the latest client release, NRS 1.11.8. Install, wait for the blockchain to download, place your order and keep the client running until the sale is over. Run the client in full mode.

As many buyers missed out on getting tokens in Round 1, we foresee another battle for tokens coming up. If you miss out on a batch, try the next one. Due to much higher demand than supply, the ICO is set up to run like a lottery to give equal chances for all.

Here’s how to attend:

https://youtu.be/NsRs0vpeNHE

The NXT to invest

When should you get in? Jelurida cashes out their NXT on Bittrex, and also the late BTC rally has been too tempting for some traders to stay in NXT. If you want to crystal ball the NXT market movements, at least be aware of this >

https://nxtportal.org/accounts/9419511406156481100

That is Jelurida’s ICO account. 3M NXT only, out of the first 24M (from Round 1), is left at the time of writing, the rest has been liquidated.

gabriel [8:35 AM]

Jelurida sells the NXT that was raised to fund the future development of Ardor/Ignis/Nxt, so while there is a strong demand for NXT, it is partly offset by the sell pressure from the ICO itself.

This is however great news for the future of all 3 platforms since they will have strong funding.

Jelurida sells the collected funds in batches on the market, to avoid a big dump, which so far seems to work according to the plan.

Plus, as summarised by Riker in nxtchat.slack:

riker [8:54 AM]

Jelurida now has more than enough resources for PR and marketing and we chose Blonde 2.0 and TLVC as our partners since they have a lot of experience in promoting the crypto/crowdsale business.

In addition we are now running full scale marketing campaigns on CMC, Google, Facebook and with anyone who is willing to cooperate and market us. If marketing and PR was indeed our problem for all these years, this problem has been solved.

Afraid of whales?

Sure, the first batches of Round were eaten by MAAC The Whale and rightfully so, due to his study of the Nxt blockchain and tests done beforehand. That said – you should stop worrying.

In case it went over your head, Jelurida solved the problem within 24 hours and released a version of the NRS Client, which not only hacked the hacker but also allowed ICO participants to place their JLRDA orders in advance of the scheduled sales windows.

Use that to buy in, and you’re good. But still, be aware not to place your order more than 24 hrs ahead of time;

When running as a full node, the Nxt software allows you to schedule the JLRDA currency buy transaction in advance, before the JLRDA tokens are offered for sale.

Since transactions by default expire in 24 h, such scheduled transactions must be submitted not earlier than 24 h before the expected time of the offer. Scheduled transactions are kept in memory, therefore restarting the node will also clear them and will require you to re-schedule them again.

Good luck. We will keep you informed.

Want to share your IGNIS ICO experience with us? Leave or comment or email us! Stay tuned and happy hunting!

Nxt News – August 2017 (IV): Start by Doing what is Necessary; then do what is Possible; and Suddenly you are Doing the Impossible.

August 2017 (IV)

 

Welcome again, fellow Nxters! As Summer continues so does the news in the exciting world of the blockchain space. As we continue to be the go to source for all things Nxt and Ardor we, as always, have news and information to enlighten and inform any reader, no matter if you have been using Nxt since 2013 or if you are a new reader who wants to learn more about the growing influence of Nxt and Ardor in the crypto space. This week we talk about a new partnership for Jelurida, IGNIS, remind you of the security of the light client, and showcase many examples of our platform in the media.

 

NXT COMMUNITY

NXT AE

DEVELOPMENT

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

NXT

This week’s newsletter is put together by James, jose, apenzl and rubenbc.


NXT COMMUNITY

  • IGNIS ICO – New Jelurida Partnerships

Jelurida announces a new partnership with a PR firm and a Financial advisory firm in order to grow awareness of the ICO and the brand that is Nxt / Ardor / Ignis.

In their own words:

We are extremely excited to announce the signing of our partnership with Blonde 2.0, an award winning PR agency specializing in blockchain marketing, and Tel Aviv Capital, a leading Financial Advisory firm, who will help us lead IGNIS’s crowdsale, the first of many exciting projects.

Our new partners are going to lead with us together, what we believe to be a very successful crowdsale. Stay tuned for more information and publications reporting on how we are shaping the crypto world. To learn more the IGNIS crowdsale, visit: https://www.jelurida.com/ico

ICO Reports

Ignis ICO has been listed on pages as www.coinschedule.com and https://tokenmarket.net

Live stats:

Live data from the Nxt blockchain

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  • The Story of Round 1 of the IGNIS Crowdsale

Lior Yaffe (Riker) has posted in the nxtforum. Here is how he experienced the momentous and eventful first week, Round 1, of the IGNIS ICO:

They say necessity is the mother of all invention. By the end of day last Saturday, the developers at Jelurida were facing the grim reality. A single user had bought every exchange offer they published before anyone else even had a chance to participate. Hundreds or perhaps even thousands of participants sitting in front of their computer and waiting for their chance to buy, did not even see it enabled on the user interface before it was all over.

Riker continues to describe how “slightly more than 48 hours after the problem surfaced, and less than 24 hours after coding began, a solution was implemented [by Jelurida] and released as official version of Nxt 1.11.7”.

The demand outpaced supply by at least 20x. Still, the process itself became random enough in order not to obviously favor any given account.

Among the commenters in the thread, we find Damelon:

Damelon

Regardless of what may have gone wrong, it is very good to see Jelurida admitting they overlooked something, and making a post about it.

That’s good to see and I want to thank you for that. :)

Distribution is of paramount importance for any healthy market, and that was being messed up. Fair game to MAAC, but not good for the continuing project. It’s good to see you addressed it by levelling the playing field.

D.

Source

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  • Jelurida AMA this Wednesday

There will be an AMA with Cryptocopia on the 23rd at 22:00 CEST.

Anyone burning to ask Jelurida relevant questions about Nxt, Ignis, Ardor, Jelurida and the ICO can participate in the live AMA (Ask Me Anything) session hosted by Cryptocopia by signing up for their Slack here. We will be there too of course and make sure to point out the high lights in our weekly news.

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  • IGNIS Already Listed on HitBTC

HitBTC was one of the first exchanges to list Ardor and has now enabled IGNIS – ETH pair, even before the launch of the platform.

https://twitter.com/hitbtc/status/898904197931954176

Today, Jelurida has posted the following on Nxtforum:

The practice of selling futures products has become very common among the exchanges. The listing of the IOU token represents a massive interest in the ICO and the future launch of the Ardor mainnet later in Q4 of this year, but recall that the official JLRDA ICO token is NOT YET tradeable.

Source

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  • Nxt / Ardor in CoinSwitch

Another cryptocurrency exchange lists Nxt / Ardor – Coinswitch

We offer competitive altcoin and BTC exchange rates that update in real time by comparing the best exchanges available, with no fees on top. Our liquidity and expertise in cryptocurrency trading continually improve.

Source

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  • Undervalued Cryptocurrencies: Ardor (ARDR)   

Crypto Coins YouTube Channel writes:

Another episode in my Undervalued Cryptocurrencies series.

In this episode I cover Ardor (ARDR)

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  • Nxter.org – New Channel on YouTube 

We at Nxter are proud and excited to announce that we have an official YouTube channel and will soon be showcasing more original content! Stay tuned.

Useful pages on NXTER.org you may want to know about:

/tutorials

Short descriptions of Nxt features + links to the wiki
Videos about each Nxt + IGNIS feature (relevant for all child chains) are in the works

/blogs

Spread your knowledge. Be the expert

/assethub

Asset news and information about the AE
List of top traded assets + further information and charts
Customised asset pages, like this one for ARDR, a service for asset issuers

/newsletters

News overview – latest highlights of the blockchain world
Get a weekly email with the latest news from the Nxt, IGNIS and Ardor community/projects.

/developers

Getting started guides, with convenient examples
Resources
NRS news and Ardor core development updates

/NxtBridge

Nxt gateway for WordPress CMS users
Tip buttons on your WP site
Show asset / ICO info in real-time
Get wallet functionality on your site, show ledger, broadcast any transaction

/nxtbridge-offline

Cold storage accounts, the ultimate security

https://www.nxter.org/snapshot-nxt-unsurpassable-blockchain-solutions/ 

Learn about the history of Nxt, get introduced to its features and many use cases.
A book by the community, the early experts, and developers, from scratch to the introduction of the Ardor Platform.

Nxter.org continues to grow in readership.

apenzl: we just passed 3K followers on Twitter (2 mins ago). No paid campaigns, no fake accounts, all organic growth. A heartly welcome to all new readers and followers.

You can support our work (as well as the Nxt network) by leasing your NXT balance to our hub: Alias Nxthub1, account: NXT-NYJW-6M4F-6LG2-76FR5.

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  • “Parent – child chain architecture” is the Concept of Ardor

And so, Ethereum came up with the idea of “plasma”, a parent  – child chain architecture that can make blockchains scale globally.

It sounds like Ardor, tastes like Ardor, but is it Ardor?

damelon –

@riker Vitalik knows nxt quite well, so be prepared for some pretty specific counter to that, then Why not get into a technical discussion with him? It will definitely raise your profile if you do that and that will benefit Ardor and Nxt

riker –

I’m sure Vitalik knows NXT well and I seriously doubt his claims about not knowing Ardor. Just not ready to start a fight right now. I’d like to set the timing myself. Perhaps Sunday.

Please consider that Vitalik has a huge advantage on us here, he wrote an academic like paper that nobody understands and nobody tried to implement. We will just get dragged into a flame war.

We can tweet back that “The Nxt security model has been tested in practice for several years and remains unchanged in Ardor.” I admit that the nasty remark implying that what we are doing in insecure cannot be left unanswered.

Read Lior Yaffe’s recent blog post on the topic of Nxt’s PoS security model.

Also, for a reminder about Nxt’s (and Ardor’s) security model for light clients, read further down in this newsletter.

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NXT AE

  • Adel – Update

A peek at some of Adel’s development and marketing activities from the last week:

  • We are negotiation with a crypto marketing company who will help us to get onto bigger exchanges and to help create a trading volume for ADL
  • Our Collaboration Module is being developed and is currently being prepared for an alpha release by the end of September, for testing by the Adel team
  • A partnership with Jelurida (Ardor Platform company) is being negotiated and will announce this soon, via a joint press release
  • We are also preparing the legal structure for Adel Phase II. This effort began in March 2017, and we are also in negotiations with a law firm in the Isle of Man to help us finalize this structure.
  • We have also launched an idea incubation initiative with select members of the community for a confidential FinTech ETH based project in development by the Adel team; @mroene @wolffang @wiremaster are involved for comments improvements.
  • Our community manager has recently left our team so we are in the process of searching for a new person to help us with our marketing communications, and social media outreach
  • Exchanges: This week we have submitted an application to the Chinese exchange, Jubi.com. @wolffang is also managing brand new submissions to C-Cex, Binance, and Allcoin this week. We continue to wait for Bittrex on our submission. Any help from the community to get listed on exchanges is greatly appreciated. We offer bounties to stakeholders who successfully get us listed on new exchanges.

Here are the powerpoint slides

More info

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  • Bitswift – Update

Some users of Bitswift have elected to manually swap over, more power to them. Here is the official guide to doing this. Be sure to accomplish this by Oct. 14, 2017.

In their own words:

Hello everyone, we have some users manually swapping over.  The manual swap details can be found on this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1C9FA7CIhCmR1ii5m3xplS4CKRCio5XLweoPI1GZbBVY/edit?usp=sharing

All manual swaps will be documented here. The cut off date for manual swapping will be October 14, 2017–6 PM EST.

I noticed some orders in the Nxt AE, good stuff

We have already completed one manual swap for a user to help define the process. All manual claims will be published with full transaction details to ensure complete transparency among the unclaimed tokens. Manual claims may take up to 7 days to process. An announcement will be made after the cutoff date October 14, 2017–6 PM EST describing how the remainder of the unclaimed tokens will be handled.

Manual: (manual claiming instructions included on bitswift.press)

 

 

Source

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DEVELOPMENT

  • NRS Update – Version 1.11.8

Jelurida, has released the latest version of the Nxt Reference Software, v1.11.8. The changelog includes:

Release 1.11.8

Change log:

  • Transaction Scheduler improvements and bugfixes.
  • Added deleteScheduledTransaction API.
  • Allow getting all scheduled transactions when no account id is specified in getScheduledTransactions.
  • Added Scheduled Transactions page. Allow deleting scheduled transactions from the client UI.
  • Added fake tokens warnings.
  • Display transactions in the block info modal according to their natural order and mark phased transactions. Added “executed phased” tab.
  • Added ability to search by block height from the client search box.
  • Add validate passphrase modal to give users another chance to validate their passphrase after login.
  • Passphrase recovery tool will now search for a single typo in any position, in case no specific position is specified, and will also work for accounts without a public key.

 

  • Updated Android Client App

Along with the NRS, the Android app has an update that provides the same functionality.

Riker: Android app https://bitbucket.org/Jelurida/nxt/downloads/nxt-client-1.11.8.apk
sha256 – 956d4bd2618de91ec984f61776437079a746033294183c8fb08b8cf5b6b2184f

Download the latest Nxt wallet from https://nxt.org/ or https://www.jelurida.com/

Source

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  • MrV777 – Basic Ardor Lite Mobile Wallet

In our second weekly of August, we mentioned that mrv777, community member, and developer, was working on the project of an Ardor Lite wallet for mobile devices. 

Here is an update from the source:

mrv777 – Ardor Lite wallet finally submitted to Apple, hopefully they accept it.

For android users, the wallet is already available and please report any bugs: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mrv.ardor.lite

This is a basic lite wallet for the Ardor blockchain with local signing of transactions, so your passphrase is never sent over the net. You can send/receive tokens on any of Ardor’s chains and perform cross chain exchanges.

Features:
• Local signing
• Contact saving and naming on device
• View recent transactions and balance on any chain
• Barcode scanning for passphrase login
• Custom node to connect to
• Barcode generating and scanning to send/receive
• Ability to save passphrase on device protected by your fingerprint
• New account generation and automatic screenshot saving of the information

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  • Weekly Reminder – Nxt Light Client Security

This interesting conversation between Martis and Riker clarifies many details about how Nxt light client operates – mainly: is the Nxt light client secure? As always, the Weekly Reminder is here to help refresh your memory, dear readers.

 

martis – @riker “the light client already has some basic “fraud proof” built in since it validates every response from a remote node with other remote *RANDOM* nodes.” Correct?

riker – Correct. BTW, this feature was suggested by @cryptkeeper so credits goes to him

martis – So what will happen, if these random nodes will return different data? They will be blacklisted in light client?

riker – When using light client, you see a traffic light icon on the dashboard header, as long as all 3 remote nodes agree on all responses, it stays Green, if there is a 2 against 3 consensus it turns orange and if none of the other remote nodes agree with the response of the main remote nodes it turns Red. Clicking this icon displays the raw data.

martis – sure. But what will happen with my tx?

riker – It is possible for temporary inconsistencies, for example when a light client submits a transaction to its remote node, for a short time the other remote nodes are unaware of the new transaction which may cause temporary Orange or Red that will disappear shortly after.This is an informational feature only, we do not attempt to automatically blacklist remote nodes but you can do it manually.

martis – “it is a practical solution that works quite well but won’t help if most remote nodes on the network collude against your poor light client.” So this network collude is more theoretical problem? Anyway, if 51% of nodes do not agree, then there is a fork in network, as all nodes check and validate data between each other, and nodes running earlier version, which could be on fork is anyway blacklisted from network.

riker – It is still more risky to run a light client since the attack here is related to the number of nodes which collude against you not to the stake that collude against you and setting up a malicious remote node is cheaper than buying a lot of NXT. But then again, you can always use a full node, it only requires a cheap VPS node (or rasp pi and a solar panel)

martis – sure, but light client use random remote nodes, which have the status of “up to date”? So these node are on correct fork and not malicious?
or there is no blacklisting mechanism, which can find malicious nodes and blacklist them from network?

riker – A remote node can be on a malicious fork and still pretend to the client to be on the right fork. This is theoretically possible even though it is practically difficult to implement.

martis – so I’m saying, that’s only theoretically possible. so we can state, that Nxt light client approach is safe, practically. as 3 of 3 RANDOM nodes must be on malicious fork.

riker – It has been in production for a year now, the mobile app has similar guarantees. I can’t recall any security incidents around it.

martis – not questioning this :slightly_smiling_face:
just pushing you to explain light node working mechanism and this explanation could be used for explaining others (Vitalik)

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Lior Yaffe – NXT Proof of Stake Theory vs Practice

Riker has written an interesting article for the blog publishing service Medium which(again) clarifies the doubts about the security of the Nxt network. He directly addresses perceived shortcomings of NXT and explains how theoretical issues with Proof of Stake will not manifest themselves on the Nxt blockchain.

In his own words:

In practice, none of the scary “attacks” described by academic research has materialized into a real threat. Simple measures were taken to refute some of these attacks, other attacks turned out to be nothing more than scare tactics.

NXT’s proof of stake does have great practical advantages, compared to the Bitcoin proof or work network, which is predicted to consume the amount of electricity consumed by the state of Denmark in the near future and the Ethereum network which will follow suit. The whole NXT network currently consumes as much electricity as a well heated house hold in the state of Denmark.

Furthermore, the proof of work consensus algorithm does not make sense in a private blockchain environment. The NXT proof of stake consensus allows you to set up few account balances and launch a new blockchain in a matter of minutes.

So let’s distinguish between theoretical problems and practical solutions. NXT proof of stake works and works well. In fact it works so well that the upcoming Ardor platform security model is also based on the same algorithm.

thanks sazan@nxtcommunity.io
NXT “mining rig” – thanks sazan@nxtcommunity.io

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  • TSYS’ n>genuity Journal – Nxt in “Blockchain Boom” Article

Last January we announced that BNP Paribas was experimenting with Nxt.

Last week this article was released about the continued efforts of BNP Paribas:

“Banks and payments companies can realize big savings by employing the technology” –

BNP Paribas, a member of the R3 consortium, has also tested a cross-border payments system for its corporate institutional clients in Europe based on the protocol Nxt, with an aim to start testing it in the United States next year. U.S. Bank has done the bulk of its work with R3’s Corda, including working with Credit Suisse on using the blockchain to track leveraged loan transactions, and building out solutions in the trade finance space. Yet the Minneapolis-based bank is also collaborating with Canadian banks in the identity space using Hyperledger Fabric, and is dabbling with Ethereum and Quorum, Swanson says.

Riker:

 Can’t say anything about BNP due to NDA

Source

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  • Steemit – Have You Heard Of Jelurida?

Steemit announced the new public license, JPL, and announced updates to the NRS client.

Jelurida has created a new type of “coinleft” license, in the spirit of the GNU General Public License, but better suited to protect the interests of open source cryptocurrency projects.

Starting from version 1.11.6, the Nxt Reference Software (NRS) is the first software to be released under the Jelurida Public License, with the Special Conditions requiring a 10% sharedrop to the NXT holders from Nxt clones.

Read More: JELURIDA PUBLIC LICENSE

Download PDF

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  • Future Internet – Banking on Blockchain: Costs Savings Thanks to the Blockchain Technology

Future Internet highlights the immense cost savings of the Nxt blockchain over a Bitcoin like system.

“Nxt system offers some interesting advantages with respect to the Bitcoin system, such as the potential for reliable instant transactions, increased security, and significant energy and cost efficiency improvements (see work by [29]). In addition, it allows for the processing of up to 367,200 transactions per day. Nxt is resistant to so-called nothing at stake attacks, and since the full token supply was distributed in the genesis block, when an account successfully creates a block, the transaction fees are awarded to that account.”

Source

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  • Nxt looked into, in Master’s Thesis by Andreas Ellervee, “A Reference Model for Blockchain-Based Distributed Ledger Technology”

Academic analysis of the applications of distributed ledger technology, the blockchain.

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  • Bobsguide – Taking Blockchain Treasury Technology out of the Sandbox

The article from Bobsguide is complemented by a series of great commentaries from Riker.

“Many blockchain use cases which eliminate inter-organisation or cross-organisation trust issues may impact the work of the corporate treasurer,”

Two much-discussed hurdles that are preventing widespread blockchain implementation are scalability and working proof of concepts. This is partly because blockchain applications in the corporate world are still in their infancy, “so it is hard to testify about specific use cases,”

Ardor, a blockchain-as-a-service platform, already offers a solution to scalability and blockchain bloat (a build-up of data making the system less efficient). It also uses features such as decentralised phasing, voting, and trading making it a useful tool for corporates.

Blockchain applications with rich cross platform user interfaces are available now

“Unlike most other blockchain technologies, Ardor and NXT implement a reference user interface for every feature and transaction type they provide. This includes desktop, web and mobile support.

“[The blockchain behind] bitcoin is designed for a single purpose, transfer of value between accounts, all other applications on top of bitcoin use various workarounds to squeeze data into the blockchain not for its intended purpose.

On the contrary, Ardor, based on the NXT blockchain technology, is designed from the ground up for extensibility using a modular transaction types architecture which can be easily adapted for various use cases”

Source

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  • Toutiao – Ardor and Ethereum in Smart news service that triumphs in China

A dedicated article about Ardor and Ethereum differences has been published on one of the most important news platforms in China, Toutiao.

The company is China’s largest mobile platform of content creation, aggregation and distribution underpinned by machine learning techniques, with reportedly 175 million monthly active users as of 2017.

Source

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • 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, ongoing projects, and much more. For those who cannot wait a week to learn more, take some time to surf our site. We also have our ICO Coverage series running. 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 tuned and stay informed, dear readers. See you back here next week!

Nxt News – August 2017 (III): Be the Change that You Wish to See in the World

August 2017 (III)

 

Welcome again, fellow Nxters! The IGNIS ICO is underway with Round 1 finishing up last week. Last week was an eventful 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 entire batches but minnows finally bought in too. This week we report on the highlights of Round 1 of the ICO, report on the Bitswift token swap, inform you how to start developing for the platform, and much more.

NXT COMMUNITY

NXT AE

DEVELOPMENT

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

NXT

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


NXT COMMUNITY

 

  • IGNIS ICO

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

With last week’s release of version 1.11.7 of the NRS client, minnows were able to buy into the IGNIS ICO. A whale ate most of the first three batches of 5M tokens each – 3 percent of the tokens available in Round 1 of the 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.

The first Round was a success for Jelurida – all 60 M JLRDA tokens were purchased for 24 M NXT. Almost 14% of the ICO tokens have been purchased and Jelurida is well on their way towards their goal of raising €50 M. Round 2 of the ICO begins later in the month, Aug 26, at 0,55 NXT per JLRDA – a rate 1.82 Jelurida : 1 NXT – 80 M tokens will be available for purchase in Round 2 at this price.

News from Kristina

Kristina Kalcheva, on behalf of Jelurida:

Dear Nxters, the first round of IGNIS ICO is now over, 60 M JLRDA tokens were sold and 24 M NXT collected! Thank you all for your contribution! The second round will start on August 26.

And please be careful and remember that JLRDA tokens are not transferable or tradable! If someone sends you small amounts of similarly named tokens or even NXT this has nothing to do with the IGNIS ICO and can very likely be a scam attempt!

Update your NRS Client to Participate

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

The availability schedule of the 4 Rounds left (380M IGNIS) are as follows:

  • Buy JLRDA with Scheduled Transactions

Lior Yaffe, going by his handle – Riker, explains how to participate in the IGNIS ICO by scheduling transactions ahead of time. This is how the whale, MAAC, purchased in excess of 14 M JLRDA tokens – by scheduling ahead of time the transactions for purchases. You too can be like MAAC and use this feature of the NRS to your advantage. Due to the high volume of demand for the JLRDA tokens it is advised that you schedule transactions in order to buy, otherwise your chances will be very, very small.

The 12 batches Round 1 are complete. Do not worry, do not despair – there is still plenty of time left to buy into the ICO.

Source

  • Scam Assets

Be careful , JLRDA tokens are non transferable and only can be purchased from the NRS client, v1.11.7, and you should only buy through the IGNIS TOKEN SALE page.

A (nonexhaustive) list of known scam assets is below and has been removed from Nxter.org’s Assethub:

JLRDA scam assets

THIS – and only this – Nxt Monetary System Crowdfunding Coin is the real JLRDA token:

Live data from the Nxt blockchain

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  • 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.

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. The IGNIS ICO is underway for the next couple months and Round 2 begins Aug. 26.

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  • New video introduction to the Ardor Platform

The Jelurida IGNIS ICO is being used to fund the development of Nxt 2.0, Ardor. This revolutionary platform is explained in great detail and highlights the important features that make it efficient and better than other platforms for the solutions it provides to many well-known blockchain problems, blockchain bloat being the primary one.

Source

A more in depth video presentation of Ardor, by Nxt and Ardor core developer Lior Yaffe, can be found here.

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  • #OpEasterEgg

After a brief hiatus, we are resuming the #OpEasterEgg hunts! We are 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.

To join the Nxt Blockchain Easter egg hunts and compete for valuable tokens and gifts, follow @OpEasterEgg on Twitter and of course follow the news. New clues will be posted shortly.

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NXT AE

  • Adel – Update – Response to SEC Release

Adel released a response to a recent SEC release regarding ICO’s from distributed autonomous organizations (DAO’s). Adel will soon have the first KYC/AML/CTF compliant ICO in the world. They have worked diligently with authorities to position themselves as such.

In their own words:

gdusil
[3:08 PM]
The Securities Exchange Commission recently released a statement regarding Initial Coin Offerings related to the DAO and other distributed autonomous organisations (DAO), in general. Here are the details on the recent SEC report, deliberating ICO schemes under the US securities regulations: https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2017-131
https://www.sec.gov/litigation/investreport/34-81207.pdf

*Adel’s Response ▲ SEC Release #81207 on the DAO*

To clarify Adel’s market position and future plans for its ecosystem, we felt it prudent to prepare this statement, to differentiate our strategy to DAO-based business models:

▲ Adel is the first ICO in the world to confirm with AML/CTF/KYC regulations (Anti Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing) including implementation of KYC (Know Your Customer) measures. This legal foundation was crucial to establishing legitimacy to Adel’s future.
▲ Adel is mindful of existing and pending regulations. Compliance has been a pivotal consideration to the architecture of the Adel ecosystem.
▲ Adel continually monitors securities regulations, and we endeavour to align our initiatives with regulatory changes.
▲ Adelphoi (ADL) is a cryptocurrency coin, issued within the legal jurisdiction in the Isle of Man by Adel Ecosystem Limited (a private limited liability company), residing at Salisbury House, 15 Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle Of Man, IM1 2LW.
▲ Adel Ecosystem Limited is registered as a designated business with the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority, which insures AML/CTF compliance.
▲ Adel’s second phase – referred to as the blockchain innovation incubator – has not yet been launched, since it is currently being architected, as outlined in our 10th white paper.
▲ It is the intention that Adel`s second phase will utilize a new Adelshare (ADS) token, enjoying the benefits of a distributed ledger. The legal status underlying ADS tokens will be fully compliant with existing regulations.

 We look forward to their success and hope that the rest of the blockchain space works as hard and as diligently with local authorities to legitimize ICO’s in the global business space.

 

More info

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  • Bitswift – Update: Bittrex Swap

Last Friday the Bitswift token swap happened on Bittrex.

The swap is a preparation for Bitswift’s Ardor child chain migration.

We welcome Bitswift to our platform and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.

Bittrex writes:

The Bitswift child chain token distribution will be done as part of the Ardor Genesis Snapshot.

You will be able to use your existing Nxt passphrase to access your new Ardor child chain Bitswift balance.

Ignis Holder Credit:

After calculating the Ignis balance of each account based on NXT and JLRDA holdings, another calculation will be run that allocates 10% of the Bitswift tokens to IGNIS holders based on those IGNIS balances.

Unclaimed Tokens:

All unclaimed tokens will be sent to a public address where they will be reserved by BDA Inc. for those who missed the token swap, as well as to be allocated in a transparent manner to facilitate in the ongoing development of the Bitswift ecosystems. Exact details pertaining to the unclaimed allocation will come at at a later date.

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  • CORE Announcement

OFFICIAL CORE GROUP ANNOUNCEMENT

With a timely migration to Waves Platform, we now set in place the architecture for Core Group to move forward comfortably with a merger of the two former Assets Core and Core Media

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Current Core Asset Supply: 1,000,000

– in public circulation currently are 598,360
– in Core Group Team fund currently are 242,000 (part of these tokens will be used for Core Media asset swap, part will be used for marketing, bounties, partnerships and business development)
– public assets left for sale 159,640.

Core Assets will be swapped at a ratio of 1:1

NXT Asset Id: 18026565504333172181
Issuing Account – NXT-T4BJ-M2B6-9LHP-8YG77

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Current Core Media Asset Supply: 478,998

– we have decided to swap only the public Core Media assets in public circulation
– the rest of the tokens have been burned.

Core Media assets will be swapped at a ratio of 10:1

NXT Asset Id: 1584198250936051677
Issuing Account – NXT-T4BJ-M2B6-9LHP-8YG77

This ratio represents the effectiveness of past activities, members and partners, with consideration that CORE is representing the main part of the enterprise.

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THE SWAP PROCEDURE

Send your Core and Core Media assets, from your NXT account to the Issuing account NXT-T4BJ-M2B6-9LHP-8YG77 along with a message that contains your WAVES public address.

Please check and double check the WAVES address you provide is correct. There is no way to reverse the transfer of your new Core token if you send us the wrong address.

1,000,000 Core Group tokens have been created on the Waves Platform.

Please swap before September 1, 2017 as we will burn unswapped assets shortly thereafter.

Regards
Core Group
Administration

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Nxt Hacks – Ardor / Nxt Scripts

The resourcefulness of our community is exceptional. This week we are happy to link you to a GitHub repository where a user, gcmartinelli, has created a quick and dirty script that alerts you in Telegram when the JLRDA tokens are available for purchase. Check out his repo below, you will need the NXT (NRS) server running and the Python Requests Library.

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  • Weekly Reminder: Getting Started as a Developer

With all the buzz and hype around Nxt, Ardor, and Jelurida, the blockchain space is growing exponentially and we are entering the age of Baas (Blockchain-as-a-Service). Developers for the Nxt/Ardor blockchain are needed and Lior Yaffe introduces how to begin and immerse yourself in the world of the Nxt and Ardor blockchain.

Any eager developers out there looking to learn how to create useful apps and functionality – this is the portal to your journey.

Developers

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Small Reference of Ardor in Dutch

Small announcement of Ardor in the Dutch newspaper AD that explains the hype surrounding the Ardor to the average, lay person.

ardor_mention

An easy and informative read, in Dutch.

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PRICE EVOLUTION

      • Weekly NXT/ARDR Price Evolution

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

NXT/BTC

 

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

ARDR/BTC

 

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And that is all for this busy week, Nxters. Stay tuned next week for more up-to-date coverage on the IGNIS ICO, the launch of Ardor, media coverage, and much more. For those who cannot wait a week to learn more about the IGNIS ICO, we have our ICO Coverage series running. 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.

IGNIS ICO Report 3

Only 1 batch left of Round 1!

UPDATE: no JLRDA left from Round 1! 

Round 2 will begin on August 26.

And so, here’s a re-cap, as the hunt for cheap JLRDA continues…

Early NXT investor ‘MAAC‘ has taken much of the limelight as he overruled “normal” participants by using the advanced features of the Nxt Blockchain as well as his stake to get ahead of the competition from Day 1.

In what was supposed to be a fair and equal early-bird lottery, divided into 12 batches as a way to stop whales from buying up all the tokens in the early stage of the ICO (as they tend to do), the IGNIS ICO was meant to be different.

 

The Get-There-First Hackathon

The theory that MAAC had used a bot to pick up the first 2 batches of Round 1 got turned down by MAAC himself, but behind the scenes, intense coding WAS going on, and an investment bot with the aim to out-compete all other attempts to invest in the IGNIS ICO WAS underway.

Only the bot was coded by Jelurida.

Those not following us on Twitter, FB, or having signed up for Nxt email newsletters, we hope you did not miss the release of NRS 1.11.7.

NRS 1.11.7 is not a small bugfix release – you must run this client version if you want a chance to get JLRDA tokens from the ICO. Furthermore, with NRS 1.11.7 you will not have to get up early / stay up late for the 2 daily 30-minute release windows, you can just enter your bid in advance and check the result of the lottery later as it fits your schedule. Read more… 

Also see: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/i-just-want-to-say-what-a-big-deal-1-11-7-is/

 

Lior Yaffe (Riker) has uploaded this tutorial:

So, are we equal now?

Well… Anyone can place bids on even terms. But….

A public message from another whale that got his hands on most of Batch #7, soon kicked off discussions among new and veteran Nxt users.

 

Speculation and over-thinking

Coincidence? Will leasing your NXT stake to a forging pool optimize your chances of getting an early stake in IGNIS? Could it be that connecting to 500 peers instead of the client’s default helps? How about hallmarking your node, will that give extra chances? How much does the size of the fee matter?

Well, let me be straight: About as much as the color of the shirt I wear matters.

Private discussion groups have been forming in Slack and all kind of mods and optimization tricks have been pulled off and tested, but no matter how hard anyone tries, the facts are hard to ignore:

bidji [9:20 AM]

basically luck

Scor2k, developer of NxtBridge and NxtBridge-OFFLINE:

I tweaked nxt.properties to connect to many more nodes than default, and also set it to broadcast transactions to like 50 nodes instead of default 20.

# Maximum number of outbound connections.
nxt.maxNumberOfOutboundConnections=100

# Maintain active connections with at least that many peers.
nxt.maxNumberOfConnectedPublicPeers=75

apenzl [1:02 PM]

Were you forging or was your account balance leased to a forging account?

scor2k [1:03 PM]

No )))

The number of Nxt nodes is growing, Nxtwiki sees new visitors; driven by a monetary incentive crypto investors are learning about the Nxt technology, not just the coin, which will be the backbone of Ignis and the Ardor Platform. And so, they begin to understand Nxt’s features (mind you, most crypto ICO’s usually sell tickets to not-existing technology – Nxt has been running stable and been improved upon by world-class developers for almost 4 years).

This is good.

By learning about the NRS client and server they grasp the power of Nxt, Ignis, and Ardor.

IGNIS logo

forkedchain [9:39 PM]

it appears that MAAC was splitting his NXT into orders with 400.000 NXT in each

napdude [9:43 PM]

MAAC risked tons of nxt to get his fills in the last many rows

 

“This shit project will not exist next year”!

Oh yes, it will. We must emphasize something, though:

Nxt’s powerful ‘Smart Transactions’ (inbuilt smart contracts) are only as smart as the people using them! Some people get desperate or make transactions too fast without knowing what they do.

Then they get angry.

PLEASE DO NOT PLAY AROUND WITH FEATURES YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!

A few ICO adventurers have tried to take shortcuts but ended up worse than they started.

Some have bought JLRDA look-a-like currencies from the Monetary Exchange, fake JLRDA assets on the Nxt AE or the Nxt Marketplace, despite all warnings. One new user managed to broadcast a phased transaction to himself, which has locked his NXT for 7 days, using advanced functionality in the client.

One new user managed to broadcast a phased transaction to himself, which has locked his NXT for 7 days, using advanced functionality in the client.

That’s “learning the hard way”. One can react sanely, or by simply crying “shit ICO you bad take my money”, frown publicly upon Nxt, Ignis, Ardor, Jelurida – and about everything from the 1 NXT transaction fees to – understandably – not being able to get in at this very early point of the ICO.

Most though has found the ICO setup ingenious.

The adrenaline!!!!

Yes, IGNIS will be traded on exchanges eventually, and ICO participants may or may not (well, we won’t give trading advice here) make a fortune from their early investment, but what Jelurida is selling are operational tokens, the access to the first child chain of the Ardor Blockchain Platform.

Don’t fall for scammers

An old scam trick on the Nxt blockchain is sending out teasers in the form of tokens, for example, an asset issued for 1000 NXT but worth a lot more if the scammer succeeds, so he sends it to NXT accounts, it’s like ads on blockchain, an airdrop of assets which he hopes will make Nxt users think: Wow. Is this what I’m looking for? I’ll buy more!

No you won’t. Delete the assets or just let them be.

scor2k [10:34 AM]

May the forge be with you (c)


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.

Source

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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

Source

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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.

Source

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – NXT Buy Opportunity

Source

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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.

IGNIS ICO Report 2

Did you hold your breath?

Never mind, the second 5M batch of the IGNIS ICO got snatched by MAAC the Whale. And also most of the third.

But look at this now:

Live data from the Nxt blockchain

69 new buyers got their hands on JLRDA  –

no ninja tricks, no bots, just by using the full Nxt client. It’s a race to get in, sure. Back hurts from leaning forward towards the screen, eyes burn from staring without blinking, and personally, I burned my dinner in the oven because I didn’t dare to leave the computer within the ICO time frame. And I wasn’t even among the lucky 69. Transaction sent, the fee goes to forgers, try again if you want.

Only 5M of the ICO tokens are released in each batch in this Round 1, so maybe it’s better to wait. It’s just that… buying IGNIS for 0.4 NXT per token would be pretty nice, right.

What’s next?

Kristina (Jelurida) gives us this update in nxtchat.Slack:

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.

Jelurida has started moving funds to Bittrex, which is one of the higher volume NXT exchanges.

As people are beginning to calm down now, lots of thoughts and research by both new and veteran Nxters is ongoing, about the method MAAC uses and – not least perhaps – how to copycat it.

Another piece to this puzzle came from MAAC himself, as he uploaded a second public message to the Nxt blockchain:

Now guess who forged the block with the 4th JLRDA bid offer and 1009 NXT in fees while at work? Ahem, yeah

Questions?

So, does all this mean that Jelurida is incapable of running a fair ICO on the platform they designed themselves? Will this be Nxt’s “bad distribution” issue all over again? Is MAAC a heartless attacker, a movie theater worker with great belief in the work of Jelurida or just a greedy whale? Will he succeed or can Jelurida exploit his methods and succeed in creating equal terms for all?

In the coming days, we will dig into this in much greater detail, and not least explain about IGNIS, and all the advantages of the revolutionary new Ardor platform.

The JLRDA release schedule is as posted from Jelurida, remember each one is a batch of 5 M tokens:

Aug 5th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC and between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
Aug 6th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC and between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
Aug 7th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC and between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
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

The coin sale will last for months so do not worry if you are not able to participate immediately, there will be many opportunities to participate in the IGNIS ICO.

In addition to the ongoing ICO, approximately half of the IGNIS coins in existence will be distributed automatically to NXT holders based on their account balances at the time of the Ardor Genesis Snapshot, at 1 NXT = 0.5 IGNIS ratio.

 

IGNIS ICO Report 1

The long awaited crowd sale of the IGNIS token has begun.

For sale are 440,000,000 Jelurida tokens (JLRDA) out of 1,000,000,000 total.

The Nxtchat.slack has been buzzing for weeks with anticipation and discussions of how to get your hands on these JLRDA tokens and this article contains some important information pertinent to your investing decisions.

1st round sold out in a flash


Live data from the Nxt blockchain

IGNIS logo

Boom – first round is over…

Eager participants from all around the globe were ready, eagerly staring at their desktop clients with the ICO window open in their NRS Client, excitedly building tension in Slack, ready to purchase.

And then…

The shock – as everyone realized that the first ICO round was over even before Jelurida’s exchange offer had hit the client GUI! The first 5M JLRDA tokens had been sucked up by a single whale in a flash.

1% of the JLRDA tokens available in the ICO had been sold without anyone even seeing the offer let alone having a chance to place their orders in the client!

What happened?

Take a look at the whale’s account.

https://nxtportal.org/accounts/11731960900805566730

Lots of phased transactions. Buy offers put into every block within the announced time frame of the first round, just waiting for his approval to be executed.

But how could he react so fast? One sound theory is that the buyer had a bot listening to the network and as soon as the exchange offer was put by Jelurida, still unconfirmed, he executed the transaction in that same block.

First reactions were harsh. From emotional accusations from disappointed users that the ICO round had to be an “inside job”, to conspiracy theories and sad claims that all IGNIS tokens most certainly would be sucked up by rich investors only, “just like in the fiat world”, hit the world wide web by storm.

And now, few hours before the next batch of 5M JLRDA tokens are to be released, we can only wait and prepare for our second chance to get in. No, “MAAC” did not play it fair in Round 1 but after all, he played it well AND played everybody by the rules of the tech. Rules that can be dug into by everybody, by the way.

Here’s a statement he made, sent from his phasing account:

Jelurida has released a schedule of the availability of the batches for the first round of JLRDA. 55 M tokens are left in 11 bins of 5 M, staggered by 12 hours to make it harder for whales (people with massive amounts of NXT) like MAAC to buy the entire amount.

The release schedule is as posted from Jelurida:

Aug 5th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC and between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
Aug 6th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC and between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
Aug 7th between 06:45 – 07:15 UTC and between 18:45 – 19:15 UTC
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

In the coming hours and days, we will keep you posted about the progress of the ICO, as well as explain in much greater detail about IGNIS, Ardor, and all the advantages of this revolutionary new platform.

The coin sale will last for months so do not worry if you are not able to participate immediately, there will be many opportunities to participate.

Let’s see what happens. Meanwhile, the discussion is ongoing:
https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/ignis-token-sale-progress/

In addition to the ongoing ICO, approximately half of the IGNIS coins in existence will be distributed automatically to NXT holders based on their account balances at the time of the Ardor Genesis Snapshot, at 1 NXT = 0.5 IGNIS ratio.

IGNIS ICO Report 2 >

Nxt News – August 2017 (I): The Road to Success is the Road Less Traveled, the Shortcuts to Success Lead to Failure

August 2017 (I)

 

Welcome back fellow Nxters, and to our new readers – welcome! Summer is here and we have a lot of exciting news to catch you up on. As always we provide you with the latest relevant and important news in the Nxt community.

This week we provide details about the imminent IGNIS ICO, warn you of a nefarious scam, and much more. You are in the right place to learn about the blockchain space as we provide basic intro information for new readers as well as up-to-date information for our old readers.

NXT COMMUNITY

DEVELOPMENT

NXT AE

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

NXT

This week’s newsletter is put together by jagthegr (James), apenzl, rubenbc, jose.


NXT COMMUNITY

  • IGNIS – New Details about the ICO

The IGNIS ICO is less than a week away. Beginning August 5 and lasting over the next month with four distinct batches, the ICO is in its final preparation stages.

The IGNIS token sale and the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an investigative report concluding that DAO Tokens, a digital asset, were securities. Any sales of digital securities in the US must be subject to US laws as codified by the SEC. The precedent has been set that US securities laws may apply to other offers, sales, and trading of digital assets.

Luckily, IGNIS should be exempt from these laws as the SEC did not say every token is a security. From Riker – Lior Yaffe, Senior Dev at Jelurida IP BV, you read that IGNIS should not be considered a security and thus potential American investors in the ICO need not worry.

From the Nxt forums:

Lurker – How will this effect IGNIS ICO?

Riker – We have legal opinion from two different respectable law firms that the IGNIS token does not represent a security. It is an operational token.

For non-American investors, the SEC rulings are of no concern. Nonetheless, for the blockchain space to truly grow and become global, it will need to have an American involvement and participation.

Source

JLRDA coins will be sold in batches

Doubts have arisen over the distribution of the first round of JLRDA coins (placeholder of the IGNIS coin until Ardor and IGNIS launches), given the possibility that a whale buys the entire amount.

To reduce the risk of a “stampede” in the IGNIS ICO the initial batch of 60M will be phased in 12 equal offers of 5 million JLRDA (Ignis IOU tokens) approximately 12 hours apart from each other to allow for anyone who wants to participate in the ICO to be able to do so.

Riker states:

The issue of a “stampede” on the first 60M batch has been discussed before. It is indeed a likely scenario.

The default transaction sorting order is explain here https://nxtwiki.org/wiki/How_Tx_Processing_Works (section 4)

To reduce the risk of this happening and to allow anyone to participate, we will likely spread the first 60M batch into several different offers, say 12 offers of 5M Ignis published 12 hours apart over the course of the ICO week without announcement of specific block height to prevent taking advantage of phased transactions to skip the queue.

We here at Nxter wish Jelurida and Ignis the best of luck this week.

Source

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  • Meetups – Riker in London, soon in Berlin

Riker attended the Nxt Roundtable Session on Monday July 31 in London, called: Moving on from Bitcoin: How Nxt Designed the Architecture for Blockchain’s Future Adoption

The talk covered the rapidly-changing technology within the blockchain space and Lior was featured in a cross-industry panel afterward. The meetup appears to have been a success, enlightening many eager attendees about the Nxt ecosystem and the future of the blockchain.

Also, last week we confirmed that Riker will speak at length in Berlin, on August 2nd, about the blockchain bloat problem and introduce the Ardor blockchain platform and the IGNIS ICO in the event: BigchainDB & IPDB: Token ICOs. 

His talk will cover the many benefits of the Ardor platform and explain how Ardor alone is solving the blockchain bloat problem and tie it into the incipient IGNIS ICO.

BigchainDB elaborates:

Lior will explain the blockchain bloat problem and introduce the Ardor blockchain platform which provides a unique and elegant solution to this problem. The talk will cover advanced topics in blockchain technology such as proof of stake, forging, child chains, bundling, pegged chains and archival nodes. Finally Lior will explain the Ignis ICO and wrap it all together.

Source 

Berlin info

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  • Fake Tokens Warning

Last week we warned you, dear reader, about some scam tokens issued on the Nxt Monetary System and asked you to be aware when you scroll the currency pages of the NXT client.

There are many new people in our community and scammers take advantage of this and the decentralized nature of the platform by purposely making fake assets that mimic the originals.

Remember that a decentralized platform has no regulatory body. This means that there is no policing force out there ensuring the integrity and the safety of investor assets. It is the responsibility of the investor to perform his/her due diligence before making any move!

A user, confused by the situation proposed a model similar to waves and the community has not been slow in responding in kind about possible implementation of a central authority verifying assets.

Riker, on the Nxt forum:

Who will “verify” these assets? If Jelurida will verify every asset issued on NXT, should Jelurida charge a fee for this? Can someone bribe the Jelurida rep to list his asset by paying him behind the table? Can Jelurida extort asset issuer for listing their asset? And if a validated asset turns out to be a scam, can people sue Jelurida? These Waves validated assets is a bad idea.

Currency names are already unique (asset names are not, we fixed that when we introduced currencies).

But still someone switches a J with an R and people fall for it.

Should we post a warning to make sure the letters in the currency name are not switched? What if people ignore it? Should we post it on blinking Red? What if scammer now switch l with 1 and scam people there is no end to this.

martis:

I fully agree with @riker and waves check mark is a bad idea.
waves team get all responsibility by marking good assets and bad assets.

The Jelurida team has modified the published ICO text to remind investors not to fall victim to any scam. As awesome as our community is there are, as always, rotten people, who wish to make a quick dollar and will cheat and obfuscate the system in order to exploit others. The best we can do is provide highly visible warnings and as a community issue warnings like below to educate and warn as many people as possible.

FAKE TOKENS WARNING

It is possible that fake tokens with similar or the same name created by third parties also appear in other areas of the wallet such as the Asset Exchange or the Marketplace. Due to decentralized nature of the blockchain it is not possible to prevent the creation of such tokens and the Company shall not be held responsible for any losses or damages, or inability to receive IGNIS, arising from users purchasing such third party tokens.

THERE ARE NO PRE-SALES! THE ICO HAS NOT STARTED YET! WHEN IT STARTS, ALWAYS USE THE “IGNIS TOKEN SALE” LINK IN THE WALLET HEADER FOR PURCHASING OF JLRDA TOKENS!

All official information regarding the IGNIS ICO will be published on the Jelurida website. If you receive information from other sources always make sure that it is consistent with this page. In the case of discrepancy between the English text and any translation, the English version shall be considered the official and correct one.

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DEVELOPMENT

  • NRS Update – Version 1.11.6

Jean-LucNxt and Ardor lead core developer and a member of Jelurida, has released the latest version of the Nxt Reference Software. The changelog includes the new Jelurida Public License.

This release is a mandatory upgrade. A hard fork will be scheduled at the Ardor Genesis Snapshot block, expected to be set some time after the end of the IGNIS token sale. At that time, nodes running 1.11.5 or older will be left on a fork.

Kristina Kalcheva, Jelurida co-founder, managing director and legal expert, states:

v1.11.6 is the first NRS version released under the JPL.

Future Nxt clones must give 10% to NXT holders.

Note that from this version on, the official Nxt packages and source code will also be hosted under the Jelurida bitbucket repository, https://bitbucket.org/Jelurida/nxt/downloads.

Ignis ICO Page + New Improvements

Full changelog

With the IGNIS token sale beginning August 5th, the Ignis ICO page has been added.

Avoid Asset Exchange-, Monetary System-, and Nxt Marketplace scammers by simply using the ICO page.

Buying NXT is accessible across third party exchanges Changelly and Shapeshift with the newly implemented integrations.

Print Paperwallet

Riker explains:

The paperwallet link is available when you log in using your passphrase and check the “Remember Me” checkbox, otherwise the passphrase in not available for the browser so it cannot generate the paper wallet.

Updated Android Client App

Android ap: https://bitbucket.org/Jelurida/nxt/downloads/nxt-client-1.11.6.apk
sha256 9ec52d8870c7d20acf32e51ff50cf24f2036a6eb9e403ecb98322fb030f51f97

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  • Technical Roadmap – From Nxt to Ardor

Jelurida released a nice infographic detailing the genesis of Nxt, Ardor and the future to come.

Timeline from Nxt to Ardor

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  • The Ardor API

The Ardor API, the most important part of the Ardor platform, allows interaction with Ardor nodes using HTTP requests to port 27876. Most HTTP requests can use either the GET or POST methods, but some API calls accept only the POST method for security reasons. Responses are returned as JSON objects.

Most Ardor API are similar to the NXT API described here the changes to existing NXT API are explained in the Ardor migration page Each new Ardor API call is documented below, with definitions given for HTTP request parameters and JSON response fields, followed by an example:

      • The JSON response fields are each followed by one of S for string, A for array, O for object, N for number or B for boolean.
      • In the examples, the Nxt node is represented as localhost and requests and responses are formatted for easy reading; line breaks and spaces are not actually used except in some parameter values. All requests are in URL format which implies the HTTP GET method. When GET is allowed, the URL can be entered into a browser URL field but proper URL encoding is usually required (e.g., spaces in a parameter value must be replaced by + or %20). Otherwise, the URL should be used as a guide to preparing an HTTP POST request using cURL, for example.

All API calls can be viewed and tested at http://localhost:27876/test while the local server node is running. For specific API calls, use http://localhost:27876/test?requestType=specificRequestType.

This document corresponds to Ardor version 2.0.3e.

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  • Weekly Reminder: No Handholding – Buyer Beware!

Let’s break it down once again.

marenkar – People entering into cryptocurrency should understand that with independence comes responsibility.

Everyone forgets things, we are only human and our brains are only so big. This week’s helpful reminder is of the non exclusivity of asset names. Scammers are out there and shady people want to defraud you – so verify the identity of the asset issuing accounts you are transacting with and always verify the asset ID before investing your hard earned money on the AE.

PLUS:

if someone issued a promising asset they did probably NOT also isssue an MS coin or a Marketplace goodie with the same name.

From the Nxt forums

riker – Historically there were 3 types of entities used to scam people: Assets, Currencies and Marketplace goods.

Whenever someone creates an attractive entity of one of the types, scammers try to use the other types to scam people or trick them into using a different but similar entity of the same type.

In the past there was sort of protocol that asset issuer followed of issuing asset announcement on the NXT forum and there was even a team of trusted advisers that checked asset issuer and filtered out scammers. This group wasn’t associated with the devs or the foundation though and since this wasn’t a profitable business it was abandoned.

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NXT AE

  • Janus Update

July Dividend

Our friends at Janus, a Nxt based token, announced that there will only be a dividend distribution upcoming if there is a monthly profit at each of their two profit-sharing casinos. Their financial analysis is now done and here’s their announcement to the community:

ascendus [5:15 PM]:

*FYI* : We have made a small profit on BetterBets.io casino. Profit share will be distributed as soon as bjorn returns from a short trip.

Janus’ dividend history

Janus’ move to the Ardor platform

As announced, the Janus project will make use of Ardor’s upon launch of the Ardor mainnet.

Therefore, Janus, JanusXT, and ComJNSXT trading will be frozen on the Nxt Asset Exchange at the Ardor Genesis Snapshot block. Trading and transferring of the assets on the Nxt blockchain will be disabled, and existing ask/bid orders canceled automatically at that time. From the snapshot until Ardor launch, there will be no way to trade them.

The list of assets to be frozen on the Nxt Blockchain is hardcoded into NRS 1.11.6 and includes:

Janus: 4348103880042995903
JanusXT: 14572747084550678873
ComJNSXT: 13363533560620557665

In addition to becoming tradable on IGNIS, Janus tokens will also be tradable on any other child chain.

Janus Roadmap

ae-Janus-4348103880042995903

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  • Adel – Update

Last week was eventful for the Adel community. They announced revisions and updates to their portal and landing page and continue to work with Jelurida in order to be able to upgrade in the near future.

In their own words:

We covered a lot on our mastermind call this week. Here’s a summary:

*Community Portal Update*

We are continuing to improve the Account module with real-time ADL statistics. We will also allow 3 Nxt addresses per account – each address needs to be confirmed and validated.
Collaboration module is in process. We are working with off-the-shelf Wiki software and slack-based forum interface. As an interim solution, we will be using google docs to incubate ideas.
We presented our business process flow that will be used in the collaboration module, as it relates to community, admins and Project Review Committee involvement.

*Home Page Development*

The home page is currently being redesigned with upgraded graphics. We are streamlining the site for future growth and showcasing our community projects.
The back-end is also being upgraded from AngularJS to Angular2, and we will also have an integrated CRM.

*Content Creation*

There are two new video presentations on their way – The first is our presentation at the Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference in Prague in May 2017, with over 700 in attendance. Then we will release part two of our Dutch Banking Presentation held in June 2017.
A video Interview will be scheduled with Brian Donegan from the IoM government to discuss Adel and the potential for project incubation in blockchain. Members have been asked to contribute questions this week.

*Marketing Press & Events*

We are working with Jelurida on our upgrade plans to Ardor in Q1 2018.

Adel has secured a speaker slot at the Bitcoin & Blockchain Conference in Stockholm, Sweden on September 7th, and Adel will also be exhibiting at the Web Summit from Nov 6-9 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Speaker opportunities – please let us know if we can speak at any blockchain events.
Our goal is to attract 300 members by June 2018. How do we attract new members? Help us spread the word about Adel’s incubator. The more members we have, the more expertise will be available to contribute to the idea incubation (I2) and project planning (P2) initiatives.

More info

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  • Bitswift – Update and Pitch

Bitswift, the newest member of the Nxt/Ardor ecosystem was approved as an official HP Canada Parter last week! They continue to develop their store and platform as they look ahead to providing their services across Canada.

In their own words

Bitswift Tech Solutions is now an approved HP Canada Partner:
Your HP Canada Partner Agreement Application was approved on 07/27/2017.

Are you still wondering what Bitswift actually is?

User bitswiftbro explains Bitswift and what value they want to provide their clients:

Bitswift is a token with focus set on integrating blockchain into business and into general public.

We will accomplish this through our companies and community.

Our store will bring value in itself to the tokens, but the real value from the store will come from the fact that we will be able to show all the other businesses we work with that “its ok to accept this stuff, and we are here to help if you need”.

Store will initially launch accepting legacy payment options and Bitcoin, once we have all the logistics sorted, we will add Bitswift to it, both as a payment option and a rewards option. 2% discount on everything through the store when paying with Bitswift sounds nice. We have not quite formalized those details yet though, still busy with everything else like getting more partners and distributors on board.

The real value will come from the business relationships we are forming along the way. If our reps are establishing client relationships and building trust, while supporting companies tech infrastructure and making the tech decisions on behalf of the client, it will be easy to recommend to our clients to give Bitswift a try. First we need to get our software to where it needs to be, so that is part of the reason of moving in with Ardor, so we can start building on solid foundations and bring this stuff to the public and start integrating it into business.

– Our target user base will be the general public, not the crypto-currency / blockchain nerds. We will approach them through our companies at a business level, as they are already approaching us with the Bitcoin and blockchain questions.

– Part of the reason to move within Ardor, so we can focus on our application which will add utility and value to our tokens, rather than on the blockchain infrastructure.

Bitswift’s token swap will still occur on Friday, August 11. Exciting times lie ahead for Bitswift and we are happy to continue updating you about them and other Nxt/Ardor based blockchain companies.

Token swap happens on Bittrex @ : Los Angeles (USA – California) Friday, August 11, 2017 at 6:00:00 pm PDT UTC-7 hours
Peterborough (Canada – Ontario) Friday, August 11, 2017 at 9:00:00 pm EDT UTC-4 hours
Corresponding UTC (GMT) Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 01:00:00

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Ethereumworldnews – Top 5 Cryptocurrencies To Invest For The Moment

On the Ethereum portal, an article was released that documented the hottest cryptocurrencies. Ardor made the list.

The more press Ardor gets the better everyone will be because Jelurida will have more capital to reinvest back into the platoform. The IGNIS ICO is August 5.

Ardor

Dubbed as NXT 2.0 – Ardor is a scalable blockchain platform that natively supports a wide range of features including transaction aliasing, blockchain storage, account management, privacy based coin mixing, voting and built in marketplace creation. However the stand out feature that makes Ardor a truly innovative project is its implementation of child chains.

The introduction of child chains opens up great levels of customisation and enables each child chain (which could be a company, private/ public organisation, institution, group etc) to run its own self contained blockchain ecosystem whilst still benefitting from all the core features of Ardor itself. These features can also be turned on and off as per the requirements of that given project making it a very attractive platform for a wide range of use cases.

This flexibility will truly be a game changer in the crypto space as businesses looking at blockchain solutions will no longer have to choose a one size fits all approach on a shared blockchain but instead are given creative freedom to build child chains that suit their very specific needs and security requirements.

The project has the crypto community very excited and already has a healthy market which is pegged to explode in Q3 2017 when the Ardor mainnet launches.

Source

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  • Neocash Radio – NXT, ARDOR, IGNIS ICO Explained, by Lior Yaffe Himself!

Neocash radio conducted an interview with Riker as he continues to tour the Continent ahead of the upcoming ICO. Highlights from the interview are below.

Built on the same technology as NXT, ARDOR will operate in a fundamentally different manner. ARDOR will create and maintain a standard full-length blockchain but the functions and features will be limited to security and record keeping. Built on top of ARDOR will be child-chains that maintain pruned blockchains consisting of only the last 24 hours worth of blocks or less. These child-chains will reconcile their transaction balances periodically with the ARDOR parent-chain through bundle contracts. Once a log of the transaction data has been secured on ARDOR the child-chains can then prune older blocks.

It is important to note that the child-chains only store transaction data on the ARDOR parent-chain. All features and functions that do not impact account balances are handled on the child-chain exclusively and can be pruned as needed. Basically ARDOR will keep track of which coins or assets are in which address at this point in time but little more.

The child-chain offers a bundle contract to prospective Bundlers when it is time to add a snapshot to the ARDOR parent-chain. The first child-chain is set to be IGNIS, so in this scenario the manager or operator of IGNIS would offer a Bundler 100 IGNIS tokens to add transaction data to the parent-chain. The Bundler would then pay a fee in ARDOR to have that transaction data added into an ARDOR block. In effect you have a flow of IGNIS tokens out of the child-chain and the consumption of ARDOR tokens for security. The Bundler can then keep the IGNIS or trade it for more ARDOR on the exchanges built into the protocol.

Jelurida is the name of the company that was formed to develop the ARDOR protocol. As part of the launch of ARDOR the initial (ARDR) tokens were distributed on the NXT platform at a ratio of 1 NXT : 1 ARDR. Those tokens will be migrated to the ARDOR platform at the launch later this year. The process will require a hardfork on the NXT blockchain during which ARDR tokens will be locked in their addresses and cannot be moved. Once the process is complete users will be able to log into the ARDOR platform with their NXT credentials and access their tokens.

Listen to the interview

To help fund the further development of the ARDOR platform and child-chains like IGNIS the Jelurida team is holding an Initial Coin Offering where 440,000,000 IGNIS tokens will be sold to the public. The ICO will start on August 5th, 2017 and occur on the NXT platform using the built-in asset exchange functions.

Once the sale has elapsed or completed any remaining unsold IGNIS combined with 500 million more will be distributed to those addresses holding NXT at a rate of about 0.5 IGNIS per NXT.

So even if a NXT holder did not participate in the ICO they would still receive IGNIS.

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  • Steemit – IGNIS ICO: What are your options?

From Steemit comes a detailed explainer on the options for the IGNIS ICO, including the schedules and batch amounts.

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – NXT Entry Levels

NXT like other coins moves in a range. We can draw a horizontal channel between a resistance and a support levels. Short terms trades can be opened when price bounces from the bottom border of the price channel . Stop orders for such trades must be placed below the support level . Profit target should be the top border. If price breaks the resistance level , we'll have a new buy signal with profit target at 0.125000 resistance level .
NXT like other coins moves in a range. We can draw a horizontal channel between a resistance and a support levels. Short terms trades can be opened when price bounces from the bottom border of the price channel . Stop orders for such trades must be placed below the support level . Profit target should be the top border. If price breaks the resistance level , we’ll have a new buy signal with profit target at 0.125000 resistance level .

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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 rate at Poloniex over the past week

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That wraps up the news for the week. Upcoming we will analyze the IGNIS ICO. Stay tuned for next week as we continue to provide you with all the relevant and exciting news for Nxt, Ardor, and all things involving the accelerating growth of the blockchain space. We love our community, we would be nothing without you guys/gals!

Follow us on Twitter for important breaking updates during the week as they happen. Stay committed and stay informed fellow Nxters! Big things are happening and we are looking into providing more original content for you to consume. See you next week!

Nxt News – July 2017 (IV): The secret of getting ahead is getting started

July 2017 (IV)

 

Welcome again, fellow Nxters! You are in the right place to expand your mind and stay knowledgeable about all things Nxt and Ardor. We aim to be accessible to new readers as well as informative to long time followers who come to learn the latest news and most relevant happenings in the blockchain space.

As always, whatever your interests and whoever you are, you are in the right place for your comprehensive analysis of all things Nxt and Ardor. Last week, as always, was action packed, with many interesting and exciting opportunities presenting themselves.

NXT COMMUNITY

NXT AE

DEVELOPMENT

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

NXT

This week’s newsletter is put together by jagd (James), rubenbc, with final edits by Travin Keith, apenzl, jose.


NXT COMMUNITY

 

  • Jelurida Details IGNIS ICO

#IGNIS #blockchain #ICO dates and pricing have been announced at https://t.co/baCpwOraK0 #NXT #Ardor #cryptocurrency #investing pic.twitter.com/nZUtL1TriU

— NXTER Magazine (@Nxter_org) July 17, 2017

We have more details for the much anticipated IGNIS ICO. Last week the Jelurida team announced that the fine details and preparations needed for initial coin offering (ICO) are almost complete and the IGNIS ICO schedule has been released with the rates for the tokens (JLRDA) priced in NXT.

Lior Yaffe, senior developer at Jelurida, whose handle is Riker, has announced that August 5, 2017, is the beginning of the ICO, save the date! Being a controllable currency, the JLRDA tokens will not be tradable or transferable between user accounts. The purchased JLRDA currency units will only serve as a proof of ownership and initial IGNIS balance for the Ardor Genesis Snapshot. A controllable currency was chosen to prevent trades from happening while the token sale is ongoing so that purchases of JLRDA directly contribute to funding the development of the platform.

Purchasing JLRDA tokens will require NXT, however users will be able to exchange other cryptocurrencies to NXT conveniently within the Nxt wallet using the integrated ShapeShift and Changelly third party exchanges, subject to availability.

For 1 JLRDA token the participants in the ICO will receive 1 IGNIS coin at the time of the Ardor Genesis Snapshot.

Lior Yaffe (Riker):

Ideally, Jelurida will end up the ICO with 40M NXT in its account that it won’t sell so we have an incentive to continue to develop and promote NXT in the future.

Is he talking about the integrity of the Nxt Blockchain long term?

Lior Yaffe (Riker):

Consider that Jelurida will keep 20% of the raised funds up to 40M in NXT and not convert them to BTC or Fiat. Therefore Jelurida has the incentive to see NXT continue to flourish.

In a nutshell, the idea is that the more funds we raise in the ICO the more we will invest back into NXT development in addition to Ardor development.

Either way, the risk that the NXT blockchain will get completely abandoned given that the rest of the blockchain ecosystem continues to progress is minimal. Unlike the POW coins which require huge infrastructure, NXT can be kept alive by few dozens of users each paying for a 10$/Month VPS.

NXT, even in its current state, is still orders of magnitude more functional than anything else out there and given that it’s one of the only open source blockchain projects and that it is much simpler to develop for NXT than for anything else, I still expect an NXT community to form even if all existing devs walk away (which won’t happen anyway).

Exciting times await in August! The earlier you invest your NXT the more IGNIS tokens you will receive at the Ardor Genesis Snapshot. Invest your NXT tokens wisely and always do your due diligence beforehand so you can be as informed as possible. We do.

Source

More info

Article available in English, Deutsch, Chinese, and Spanish:
https://www.jelurida.com/ardor-blockchain-platform-design

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  • JELURIDA PUBLIC LICENSE

https://www.jelurida.com/jpl

Concurrently with the IGNIS ICO, the talented team at Jelurida have created a new “copyleft” license in the spirit of GNU General Public License, but tailored to the intricacies of open source cryptocurrency projects.

This “Coinleft” license is not only meant to ensure that the source code of any work based on Jelurida IP BV technologies and platforms – Nxt, Ardor, etc., remains open but also that the original community of blockchain token holders receives value from derivative projects based on their original software. The Ardor platform and the future NRS versions will be released under this license, with Ardor and Nxt clones being required to give 10% of their tokens to IGNIS or NXT holders respectively from here on out. All of this is achieved with the new Jelurida Public License (JPL).

Kristina:

Good evening, everybody
A light reading for the weekend – the full text of the Jelurida Public License is now uploaded on our website.

The Ardor platform and the future NRS [Nxt Reference Software] versions will be released under this license.

Ardor and Nxt clones will have to give 10% of their tokens to the IGNIS or NXT holders respectively from now on.

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  • The Issue of the Chinese name of Ignis – 火链

marenkar:

“Ignis” can mean “Fire Coin” which translates to 火币 aka Huobi

After long and heated discussions in the Chinese community, the issue of the Chinese name for Ignis has been amicably resolved in a closed room discussion. The issue stems from the translation of “Ignis”, which can translate as “Fire coin” to Huobi, which is one of the largest digital currency exchanges in China.

The consensus for the translation is to call “Ignis” as “Fire chain”, instead of the already taken “Fire coin”. One of the interesting nuances of the distributed ledger technology space is that we are truly global in scale, and  – much like the beloved Joss Whedon television show ‘Firefly’  – Chinese and English are the two dominant languages with China being home to a significant number of Bitcoin Exchanges, like Huobi.

The future of the internet is the so-called “Internet of Value” age and with it comes increased globalization so it behooves us all to be more culturally refined so as no matter who you are, are where you are from, we can all build something great, together.

NXT

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  • LinkedIn Post:
    Ardor is Coming Soon – Better Than Ethereum?

Ardor is Coming Soon – Better Than Ethereum?
Published on July 20, 2017

A new kind of cryptocurrency is coming on line that the company claims is easier to use than ethereum. It is brought out by Jelurida, the developers behind Nxt and will use technologies already online from Nxt cryptocurrency and blockchain.

This multi chain solution with a parent-child chain architecture is called Ardor

Despite the news that the launch of the Ardor platform will happen in Q4 and not Q3 this year, anticipation swirls. An informative piece was penned by David Murry, Founder CEO at Kainui Canoe, on LinkedIn extolling the many virtues of Ardor.

Specifically, he wrote about the claims that Ardor will be easier to use than Ethereum. Listing the many benefits of Ardor, eager anticipation within the Nxt ecosystem exists for the ability to permit and easily implement cross chain asset trading. Doing so allows child chains to easily interact and therefore increase collaboration across our great community.

The tokens were distributed in October last year, though just as placeholder assets on Nxt. ARDR as an asset on Nxt will become ARDR as a coin on its own blockchain in early Q4 this year.

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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.

To join the Nxt Blockchain Easter egg hunt, follow the news and of course also #OpEasterEggs on Twitter.

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  • Ardor/Nxt – Original and unique art painting

The Ardor/Nxt community is rich in talent. Last week we had all those wonderful submissions for the IGNIS logo to vote on. The vein of talent runs even deeper than that –

user start the art from Bitcointalk created the NXT inspired masterpiece you see below entitled ‘NXT COIN 01’ :

Title:- NXT COIN 01-
Year:2017

Feel freee to contact me
We can arrange the price of painting,I am open to make  good deal

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We are happy to support the arts and we are very impressed with this piece. If you too are impressed or inspired please contact him and inquire about it.

Art is not a language through which sophisticated people congratulate themselves on their superiority – no, it is a vibrant and powerful expression of humanity through the lens of our platform. As our community continues to grow and diversify, so can we by embracing those who produce and create products outside of the blockchain space that embraces our platform.

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  • Video Tutorial with Riker – Creating your new Nxt account

The blockchain community can seem impenetrable if you are curious about how to become an active member of the Nxt community. Linked below is a very handy beginner’s guide to creating your NXT account, securing your passphrase, and some useful tips on how not to lose it.

Everyone was once new to this community. We welcome all and will continue to be accessible to all.

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  • SCAM ALERT: JRLDA is NOT JLRDA

A classic case of caveat emptor – buyer beware. Jelurida tokens will not be available until August 5th. At least five people bought into JRLDA, which is not JLRDA. Likewise, there are fake coins with names like IGNIC, ARDRX, ARDRC.

Beware when you scroll the currency pages of the NXT client. These coins are flagrant attempts to skim off the success of NXT and ARDR and now JLRDA. Pay close attention to the ID’s as much as the names of any AE asset or MS coin before you purchase in order to ensure it is the genuine asset.

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  • Meetup – BigchainDB & IPDB: Token ICOs

At a meetup in Berlin, the 3rd of August, Jelurida senior developer Lior Yaffe will speak at length about the blockchain bloat problem and introduce the Ardor blockchain platform.

Solution to the blockchain bloat problem, introduction to the Ardor blockchain platform and the Ignis ICO

Speaker: Lior Yaffe

Abstract:

Lior will explain the blockchain bloat problem and introduce the Ardor blockchain platform which provides a unique and elegant solution to this problem. The talk will cover advanced topics in blockchain technology such as proof of stake, forging, child chains, bundling, pegged chains and archival nodes. Finally Lior will explain the Ignis ICO and wrap it all together.

Riker in the latest International Blockchain Hackathon organized by Intel
Riker in the latest International Blockchain Hackathon organized by Intel

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NXT AE

  • Janus – Status Update

Janus has been quiet about what they have been working on of late. This week that ended when they released a detailed post about all things new and exciting with Janus.

From the Janus message boards

Active Sites and Dividends

a) As you probably know, we got involved with the ETC (Ethereum Classic) community. As an icebreaker and to prove that we’re men of our word and know what we’re doing (more on this later), we launched ETCBets.com , an upgrade of our existing codebase to use websockets as a transport layer which gives our site awesome betting speed and massively reduced server load. The site was well received and some of the site profits were distributed to both the ETC dev team(s) and Janus holders.

b) Parallel to this, BetterBets.io is still running and processing bets using both BTC and NXT. While it’s initial reception from the NXT community was quite positive, traffic has dropped quite a bit over the past 2 months. Part of this may be our fault because we’ve been focused on our future businesses and have not done a lot of promotions and marketing; another factor contributing to the drop in traffic may be that the NXT community is simply too small to sustain large betting volumes now that the initial site ‘newness’ has worn off.

c) Since betting is an unpredictable business and lady luck can’t be relied upon to always smile our way, ETCBets.com profits in May were basically wiped out by a lucky (and/or skillful) player who managed to win a large pot. The same player came back in June and repeated his performance, leading to another low dividend month for Janus holders. Our feeling on this are (of course) mixed. On the one hand, we don’t mind players winning and our investigation showed that this player’s winning were legitimate; as such we can only congratulate him on his success (on a sidepoint, the fact that this player was able to win a significant amount of ETC should serve as proof that we run an honest and fair casino). On the other hand, since we own the bankroll and could not distribute any significant dividends to Janus holders we’re a bit saddened by our loss. But such is the gambling business, you win some and you loose some.

d) Adding insult to injury, in early July a flaw in our site was discovered and an attacker managed to make off with about 490 ETC. Due to the fact that we have certain safeguards in place the attacker could not extract more than his amount from our site, but the loss, while not crippling still hurts. We put the site into maintenance and have since re-engineered the code which was responsible for the exploit. As of 2 days ago the site is live again with dice bets; Parabolic will be put live during the course of this week. To be clear: our server was not compromised and the majority of our bankroll remains unharmed and in our possession.

Future Plans

a) We have reached an agreement with a new developer who will join our team before the end of July. We hope that the addition of this developer will lighten the workload of our main dev (Lobos) and allow us to speed up development of our new sites.

b) We have always said that we will not put all our eggs in one basket. As such, we have for some time had plans for some side initiatives which at least deserve a shot to see if they can grow into viable businesses. One of these initiatives is about 50% complete and it will be the task of our new dev to take the code we have so far and bring it to completion.

c) In addition to everything else which has been going on, work on our first mainstream site – TradeMimic.com – has begun and some basic pieces of functionality are starting to come together. There is still lots of work to be done for this site and completing it will be our devs primary focus for the remainder of Q3. We will keep everybody posted on progress and hope to invite some of our Janus investors to be beta testers when the site/code is ready for that.

Yours in business,

 

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  • Adel – Become a Member

Another important member of the blockchain space is Adel and their coin, ADL. Over the last week, ADL has been on sale Their community continues to grow and we wish them continued success. Last week they were advertising membership status and the perks of said status.

In their own words:

ADL has been on sale this past week.  Now is a great opportunity to top-up to membership status.  Our community is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge and moving big ideas forward.  Top up today and be part of a community incubating great ideas.  Membership starts at 64 000 ADL.

If you are unsure on how to top-up, please let us know at adel@adelphoi.io

When we learn together, our incubator carries that knowledge to all projects.  

As an incubator for blockchain innovation we offer a unique model for startups and the blockchain industry. It will be a great opportunity to share our vision with the fast growing Prague tech community.

Do you have ideas for a blockchain project and like the idea of building it with a community of experts?

 

Membership privileges include:

▲ Access to the community modules (except for the Account module which everyone has access)

▲ Vote on projects based on your ADL balance

▲ Submit ideas and become an innovator

▲ Communicate & collaborate exclusively with other members

▲ Incubate ideas (I2) in Adel’s Collaboration module

▲ Collaborate Project Planning (P2)

▲ First choice to be employed in projects (Enterprise Execution, E2)

▲ Buy ADS tokens (Adelshares), in future projects

▲ Favorable rates in future community initiatives, purchases, etc.

 

How to Acquire ADL

You can use https://coinmarketcap.com/calculator/ to calculate how much fiat, BTC, ETH, or other altcoins are needed to acquire your ADL.

You can currently purchase ADL on 3 different exchanges:

1 – NXT Asset Exchange (Asset ID: 17477397104276156702)

2 – https://Stocks.Exchange  (trade BTC or NXT)

3 – https://CryptoDAO.com (trade BTC, LTC, ETH or DASH)

Review their Vimeo channel for videos on how to use the exchanges http://www.vimeo.com/AdelEcosystem

Remember:  Bounty programs are also available to earn ADL. If you have a skill in writing, creating video blogs, doing promotions, performing digital marketing, or even if you know someone who can help their community grow, then reply to adel@adelphoi.io for more details on their bounty program, or check out their frequently asked questions: https://adelphoi.io/faq

 

More information: www.adelphoi.io

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  • Bitswift Token Migration

As Bitswift prepares for their token migration to Ardor as a child chain, documented last week, they announced how they will be hosting the token swap. The Bitswift market will be suspended as of 6:00 PM PDT on August 11, 2017 with new tokens being credited to Bittrex. Trading will only resume when both Bittrex and BDA Inc. are satisfied with the migration.

This is great news for both the Bitswift community and us Nxters in the Nxt community as we can collaborate together and synergistically grow our platforms and build upon each other’s success.

In their own words:

Bittrex Swap Info:
To make this process easier, Bittrex will be hosting the token swap. The Bitswift market will be halted and withdrawals suspended at 6:00 pm PDT on 8/11/2017 while the new tokens are credited to Bittrex. Trading will resume only when both Bittrex and BDA Inc are satisfied with the migration, with Bitswift users now trading the new tokens. Bitswift users balances will reflect the same total that they had prior to the swap. The old Bitswift tokens will be collected by BDA Inc from Bittrex. The old Bitswift tokens will no longer be supported by Bitswift companies and will no longer be traded on Bittrex.
https://support.bittrex.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000719871

Bitswift.press      https://medium.com/@Bitswift.press/bitswift-token-migration-c2f4186c89ea

 

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Weekly Reminder – Do you want NXT on your exchange?

A new week brings us back down memory lane; or back into the classroom for the uninitiated – exchange integration. The following page contains detailed information of how to link NXT to a currency exchange platform, an important part of building any exchange.

It’s easy:
https://nxtwiki.org/wiki/Exchange_Integration 

Feel free to contact us when you have added NXT and we’ll make sure to list you on this page 

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  • Ardor Explained, by Lior Yaffe Himself

Nxt, Ardor, all these terms are thrown around a lot here. The distinction between Nxt and Ardor is vital to know as it is one of the main selling points of the Ardor Platform. Based on the Nxt Platform, Ardor migrates from the testnet and has its Genesis later this year in Q4.

This video of Jelurida’s managing directory Lior Yaffe provides an excellent summary of Ardor and explains the key selling points of the platform and explains why it will be successful and revolutionary in the blockchain space. The perfect video to send to your friends who are curious about what Ardor is.

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Steemit – IGNIS ICO Date released!

Steemit announced to the world the long awaited news of the IGNIS ICO in a short post. Details of the ICO are in short:

@askaran

Start Date: August 5, 2017
End Date: October 14, 2017
Early Bird ICO price: 0.4 NXT = 1 IGNIS
Late Bird ICO price: 1.45 NXT = 1 IGNIS

Source

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  • BtCurrencies – Ardor (ARDR)

As we approach the launch of Ardor, more and more news about it is available in the media. Last week, BtCurrencies explained Ardor and and its benefits and gives details of the upcoming ability to earn blockchain fees from child chains spun off from the parent chain, detailed in the new JPL referenced earlier.

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – NXT Double Bullish Divergence

https://www.tradingview.com/u/DLavrov/

The market gave us a strong trend reversal signal like a double bullish divergence . RSI confirmed price reversal from the support level . MACD confirms an upward movement. DMI 0.54% allows open long trades. We can buy above 0.080000 and hold these trades in long term. Stop orders must be placed below 0.053000 level. Don't forget that the markets still can drop to new lows. You should not trade big volume .
The market gave us a strong trend reversal signal like a double bullish divergence . RSI confirmed price reversal from the support level . MACD confirms an upward movement. DMI 0.54% allows open long trades. We can buy above 0.080000 and hold these trades in long term. Stop orders must be placed below 0.053000 level. Don’t forget that the markets still can drop to new lows. You should not trade big volume .

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  • 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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That wraps up the news for the week. Upcoming we will analyze the IGNIS ICO. Stay tuned for next week as we continue to provide you with all the relevant and exciting news for Nxt, Ardor, and all things involving the accelerating growth of the blockchain space. We love our community, we would be nothing without you guys/gals!

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.

Nxt News – July 2017 (III): Let’s Build a Strong Foundation and Join Together to Withstand the Tests of Time

July 2017 (III)

 

Welcome back, fellow Nxters! Summer is a beautiful time to enjoy nature – but for us, it is just another opportunity to work hard to provide you with the relevant news of the past week in this concise format. This is also a way for you, dear readers, to inform and educate yourselves about the names and roles of the key players in our community.

As always, whatever your interests and whoever you are, you are in the right place for your comprehensive analysis of all things Nxt and Ardor. Last week was action packed, with many interesting and exciting opportunities presenting themselves.

NXT COMMUNITY

NXT AE

DEVELOPMENT

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

NXT

This week’s newsletter is put together by jagd, apenzl, rubenbc and Jose, with final edits by Travin Keith.


NXT COMMUNITY

 

The community has spoken.

Here is the original announcement. Here you can find the full list of proposals.

And here are the final results:

Congratulations to our top-3 nominees!

savandra:

and bjorn_blockchain (x2):

Jelurida, heeding the advice of the Nxt Foundation, has selected the final winner, who will be rewarded with 5000 NXT plus a free Nxt Foundation Supporter status – or an upgrade/extension if they are already a supporter.

marenkar (Nxt Foundation):

After a few days of internal discussions, as well as communicating with the designer of the selected design for some modifications, we’re happy to announce that Savandra has won the contest! Congratulations to Savandra and thanks to everyone who participated in this logo design contest. Thanks as well to jose for taking over the logo design contest as well as wolffang who started it  :)

Thank you to everyone who submitted a logo! We value your support and we personally love the great community of Nxters we have. Look at the available logos and see that there is a lot of talent here. There are definitely many skilled designers in this community!

More information

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  • SNAPSHOT – Nxt, Unsurpassable Blockchain Solutions’ on Nxt’s Marketplace

Great news Nxters! We have our book, ‘SNAPSHOT – Nxt, Unsurpassable Blockchain Solutions’, for sale for the incredibly low price of $10, or only 150 NXT! The ebook is available here OR on the blockchain through the 100% decentralized Nxt Marketplace.

Selling account: NXT-NG2M-BEGY-CXG5-4N2XD 

Documenting the challenges faced during the birth of the Nxt platform, SNAPSHOT is the incredible account of the rise of Nxt, as told by key Nxters from the community. It is a great read and we promote it because it spreads the message of our platform and educates you as well. A compelling read, full of insight and wisdom for anyone interested in Nxt and decentralized communities, and not least the use cases and smart transactions that will be available for anyone with IGNIS too, when the long-awaited Ardor platform and its globally scalable child chains are released.

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  • Bitswift to Join the Ardor Platform as a Child Chain

Last week, we learned that Bitswift will be migrating their tokens and their ecosystem over to the Ardor platform as a child chain. This is exciting because it demonstrates the organized and professional interest in Ardor as a blockchain infrastructure. This move is motivated by Bitswift’s desire for security and longevity for their tokens, including taking full advantage of Ardor’s useful API.

Paul Busch, Founder of Bitswift:

Bitswift wants to ensure the security and longevity of their tokens. By migrating them to a secure blockchain infrastructure such as Ardor, the Bitswift team can focus on utility applications for the Bitswift tokens rather than on blockchain infrastructure dealings which is a beast of its own. Through migrating to the Ardor platform we inherit a wealth of options for our tokens, most notable a fully featured API from which we can build out applications to provide extended utility for our tokens.

Lior Yaffe, Managing Director of Jelurida B.V.:

We are excited to see more and more organizations interested in using Ardor. With Bitswift taking the leap and being the first confirmed child chain to join Ignis, we are sure this will encourage others to use Ardor as infrastructure for their decentralized applications, whether as a child chain, an asset, or through one of the many features publicly available on the Ignis child chain.

Paul Busch also announced that he will be giving away 10% of all Bitswift tokens to all holders of Ignis coins, relative to the amount of Ignis coins they are allocated at the time of the Ardor Genesis Snapshot.

However, all funds for this 10% giveaway will come from Paul’s own personal funds. Bitswift does not intend to compete with Ignis as a child chain, but rather to complement the entire platform.

Further customized development will be explored that will not only differentiate the two chains, but also provide the needed customizations that Bitswift requires. Some features will also be disabled due to business reasons as requested by Bitswift.

This is great news for both the Bitswift community and for us Nxters! We welcome Bitswift to our ecosystem and wish them the best of luck and great success in the future!

We’re driven by our passion for open source technologies and their capabilities for cost savings delivered down to the consumer.

Roadmap

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  • THE CHOICE we all have pending, regarding our NXT and IGNIS 

Well-known member forkedchain, the owner of the largest forging pool on the Nxt Platform, has opened an interesting debate in the Nxt forum before the Jelurida ICO takes place. Will you invest your NXT in the IGNIS ICO or wait for the automatic 0,5 IGNIS per NXT reward when Ardor launch and keep your NXT. And what will happen to Nxt afterward?

Riker, core developer, Jelurida, writes:

As an investor in the ICO you need to balance the following factors:

(1) Don’t buy IGNIS in the ICO – you get less well funded development team and community in the long run and less sell pressure on NXT in the short run

(2) Buy IGNIS in the ICO – you get better funded development team and community in the long run and more sell pressure on NXT in the short run

Since you are reading this, I assume you believe in the NXT development team and the NXT community, if so, go for (2), true, there will be a short term sell pressure while the raised funds are converted to NXT but this is a short term concern. In the long term, a better funded development team and community will be able to hire more developers, invest in marketing and give this wonderful product the attention is deserves.

Surely, when you buy IGNIS in the ICO you’ll get a much better rate than if you just hold your NXT. We’ll publish more information about the ICO terms and conditions as soon as we have it clear with all related entities.

  • If Jelurida is well funded after a successful ICO we will continue to maintain NXT and add to it every feature which we add to Ardor and does not require a parent/child architecture
  • If Jelurida is not well funded then we will focus most of our efforts on Ardor and put less focus on NXT.

TL; DR – The issue before the community is how much long term support (LTS) NXT will continue to get compared to Ardor’s continued evolution and growth. The success or failure of the Jelurida ICO will determine for the development team the value and viability of implementing as much as possible, the functionality of Ardor to NXT.

Your opinion can be expressed by whether or not you buy IGNIS or NXT tokens in the lead-up to the Jelurida ICO. This is an interesting fork that we as a community have reached, victims of our own success.

Source

BREAKING: ICO UPDATE

Jelurida just updated their ICO page with IGNIS ICO pricing and schedule.

More details and coverage will follow shortly… Follow the Nxt and Ardor Platform News.

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  • Nxt.org – Overview of Main Features

The main website of the Nxt platform has created and launched a new page where they expose and explain the main features of the Nxt blockchain. 

To learn more, have a look at our developers section.

Another quick overview with links to tutorials can be found on https://nxter.org/tutorials

Source

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  • Talk about Ardor in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Last week Nxt Foundation supporters @James Malach (aka coinerz) and @Gabriel Francesch presented a short 15-minute introduction to the Ardor platform in Thailand at a Bitcoin Mixer. They explained Ardor as an open-source project that addresses some fundamental issues in the blockchain ecosystem, such as scalability and ease of customization for businesses. Afterwards they had a Q&A session.

Great job James and Gabriel, spreading the word of our platform across the globe. The more people educated on the many benefits of our platform the better!

@2youmich Lots of people in Chiang Mai are into Ardor. We have a major project being built on the Ardor blockchain too.

coinerz: @2youmich it’s actually been in development for over a year and have been preparing for an ICO using Ardor as opposed to Ethereum. We will release more information after the Ignis ICO. Unlike the vast majority of ICO’s which seem to be either vaporware or hard-to-understand buzzwords strung together into a nonsensical white paper, our product will be almost ready to market and is something that will benefit everybody on a day-to-day basis and help them to earn money too.

Thank you – unlike all these other ICO’s, we’re not looking to raise a huge fortune either. The business model is incredible scaleable and already has multiple revenue streams.

Source and more information

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  • Ardor Business Case in a Nutshell

Riker, aka Lior Yaffe, one of the Jelurida lead developers, has written a useful executive summary meant for consumption by the general public where the documents what Ardor is and what issues the platform resolves – mainly blockchain bloat, the problem of having to deal with multiple tokens in the context of single transactions, and removing the single point of failure which is the centralized 3rd party cryptocurrency exchanges.

His summary can be read here: Ardor in a Nutshell

The Ardor platform is based on the stable and reliable Nxt blockchain source code which has been running successfully as a public blockchain since November 2013. Every existing function of the Nxt blockchain will be supported by Ardor. For those just learning Ardor, it solves the blockchain bloat issue by allowing for customizable child chains that can be pruned from the main Ardor blockchain. Additionally, every child chain has access to the security and network capabilities of Ardor. We expect disruptions to occur in existing business and fintech paradigms as we push forward our entire ecosystem into the age of the “Internet of Value.”

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NXT AE

  • Adel – Founders Visits Isle of Man

Last week, the founders of Adel visited the Isle of Man to register the company as a limited liability company (LLC).  Brian Donegan and Gabriel Dusil, the founders, claimed that “cryptocurrency community” could bring jobs to the Isle of Man by functioning as a blockchain tech incubator firm.

They see growth in the blockchain space as a whole, moving away from just the Fintech (financial technology) sector and expanding into others. They cited future prospects in healthcare, government, IoT, and ICT. Adel will take full advantage of the very reasonable tax structure to promote their platform and all things related to distributed ledger technology.

Brian Donegan, head of operations - eBusiness at the DED and Gabriel Dusil, co-founder of Adel, the blockchain technology incubator
Brian Donegan, head of operations – eBusiness at the DED and Gabriel Dusil, co-founder of Adel, the blockchain technology incubator

A technology business using cutting edge blockchain technology could ultimately help to bring jobs to the island, it has been claimed.

Brian Donegan, head of operations for eBusiness and Fintech innovation at the Department of Economic Development, told Business News: ’I think the Adel ecosystem is unique in terms of what they are setting out to do. They are setting out to create a fully compliant business in the digital space, in the crypto space.

The incubator model that have will attract existing digital start-ups to sit inside that incubator but using the particular coins system that Adel have developed and that makes it unique.

We think that in time, all going well, the Adel business can have a presence in the island and that presence could potentially generate some jobs .

If that works for Adel then why wouldn’t it work for lots of other businesses to follow Adel.

In other words we see a potential sector in this space to be developed.’

If you want to read the whole conversation click here

How to Acquire ADL

You can use https://coinmarketcap.com/calculator/ to calculate how much fiat, BTC, ETH, or other altcoins are needed to acquire your ADL.

You can currently purchase ADL on 3 different exchanges:

1 – NXT Asset Exchange (Asset ID: 17477397104276156702)

2 – https://Stocks.Exchange (trade BTC or NXT)

3 – https://CryptoDAO.com (trade BTC, LTC, ETH or DASH)

Review their Vimeo channel for videos on how to use the exchanges http://www.vimeo.com/AdelEcosystem

Remember: Bounty programs are also available to earn ADL. If you have a skill in writing, creating video blogs, doing promotions, performing digital marketing, or even if you know someone who can help their community grow, then reply to adel@adelphoi.io for more details on their bounty program, or check out their frequently asked questions: https://adelphoi.io/#faq

 

 

Membership privileges include:

  •  Access to the community modules (except for the Account module which everyone has access)
  •  Vote on projects based on your ADL balance
  •  Submit ideas and become an innovator
  •  Communicate & collaborate exclusively with other members
  •  Incubate ideas (I2) in Adel’s Collaboration module
  •  Collaborate Project Planning (P2)
  •  First choice to be employed in projects (Enterprise Execution, E2)
  •  Buy ADS in future projects
  •  Favorable rates in future community initiatives, purchases, etc.

More information: www.adelphoi.io

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DEVELOPMENT

  • [CORE] Bug bounties 3 and 4 have been completed

Last week, we announced two rewards for solving two small bugs in the code. In less than a week they have both been solved. Thank you so much to those who gave their time to assist us with this important, yet tedious matter! Keeping our code base efficient and bug-free is crucial to our success as a commercial platform.

Riker documents the original issues and assigns bounties to those who can help us.

Riker:

Currently when connecting to a remote node for the first time, it’s not uncommon to see a Blue screen displayed for 10-20 seconds while the client fetches the necessary resources.

The purpose of the task is to display a moving progress bar when loading the client until the lock screen is displayed.

There is no simple solution for this because of the way the client resources are loaded synchronously using the nrs.sitebuild.js script.

This synchronous loading is necessary in order to initialize the handle bars components and the localization resources.

The solution can utilize any wide spread web development technique, but not rely on any plugin, and has to work both in browser and in the mobile browser and not break the desktop wallet (which is less affected by this problem).

We would like to offer a 20K NXT bounty for this task.

Riker confirmed the success of the solution provided by a member of the community who has completed the challenge

This bounty has been implemented by forum member blackbeam. Thanks blackbeam!

You can see it in action when connecting to https://162.243.242.8:7876/index.html# (ignore the certificate warning and don’t use this node for anything else please)

Riker: The purpose of this task is to implement an expected next block counter.
Currently we have the generators page which displays the expected next forger and expected forging time.
You will need to implement a next block count down label based on this data in the left pane next to the block height.
Clicking this widget will open the existing generators page.
The code has to be clean and the widget has to look elegant and integrate well with the existing UI layout.

We would like to offer a 5K bounty for this task.

Riker confirmed the success of the solution provided by a member of the community who has completed the challenge:

Challenge #4 has been awarded to user sndurkin. Thanks!

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  • Weekly Reminder

This week, we wish to remind our community about voting on the blockchain and how you cannot cheat the system. One of the neat features of the Nxt platform is our voting functionality. It has been used by our community since its release in May 2015, has been successfully tested by Russia’s National Settlement Depository, and is also the backbone of the Phased Transactions System.

However, in the recent poll about the new IGNIS logo, which had been set to require a 1000 NXT balance to vote, some clever community members out there might have noticed a potential loophole: what happens when you vote in a poll and immediately transfer the funds from one account to another account before the poll ends?

The answer is yes, you can vote multiple times by doing this BUT it will not matter because the platform validates the accounts only once the poll has ended. All the votes cast by accounts with insufficient balances will be negated. In the example above, only the last account to vote will have its final vote tallied.

Remember, when you vote in a poll, maintain the required balance in the account used for the poll until it ends or you vote will be disqualified!

The original question:

josenxt – What would happen if someone who casted a vote using Nxt’s Voting System, which required a mimimum balance of 1000NXT to take part in the poll, transfers all his NXT to another account before the poll ends? Will their vote still count? Could they vote twice? Could they vote again in the poll and they first vote will disappear?

Riker, one of our core developers, responds:

The balance is checked when the poll is counted so votes which were valid at the time of vote but not at the time of counting will be disqualified

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • The union of Bitswift with Ardor has been mentioned in the media

The momentous news of Bitswift migrating to the Ardor platform made news on The Fintech Times. The article documents, in great detail, the transition of Bitswift from an independent platform to being a premier child chain of Ardor with the original announcement by Jelurida BV, the holder of the IP rights to Nxt software and the Ardor platform.

Bitswift will join Ignis in the first batch of child chains released with Ardor later this quarter.

Bitswift to Join the Ardor Platform as a Child Chain

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – NXT/USDT Bullish

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  • TradingView – Ardor in the buy zone – it’s time to invest

Source

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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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That wraps up the news for the week. We look forward to welcoming Bitswift supporters to our  platform and ecosystem! Stay tuned for next week as we continue to provide you with all the relevant and exciting news for Nxt, Ardor, and all things involving the accelerating growth of the blockchain space. We love our community and we would be nothing without you all!

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.

Nxt News – June 2017 (IV): They Didn’t Know It Was Impossible So They Did It

June 2017 (IV)

 

Welcome again, fellow Nxters!

Whatever your interest and whoever you are, you are in the right place for your comprehensive analysis of all things Nxt. Last week was eventful, with many interesting and exciting opportunities presenting themselves:

NXT COMMUNITY

NXT AE

DEVELOPMENT

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

NXT

This week’s newsletter is put together by apenzl, jagd, rubenbc and Jose.


NXT COMMUNITY

We need your assistance Nxters! One of the best aspects of the Nxt community is our amazingly dedicated members. Wonderful members have been working on the creation of a suitable logo for IGNIS, the first child chain to be issued on the Ardor Platform. Our unstoppable Ardor forging platform needs a suitably awesome and iconic logo for the first child chain.

With that in mind, we have a new incentive, a bounty if you will. Excerpts of the framework are as follows:

Marenkar:

A couple of notes (…) after speaking with some others:

1) We would need the logo icon to be able to work when squared, as in being put in a frame with four equal sides. Sorry for not stating this earlier.

2) The word “IGNIS” is not required to be part of the logo, but it can be there.

Bounty

The designer of the selected entry will receive for their efforts 3000 NXT, which is about 500 USD with current exchange rates.

Source: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/ignis-logo-lets-create-one-together!/

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  • The Nxt Giveaways Continue

Easier hunt this week, 30 redeemable beer assets hanging on the blockchain to celebrate life, summer and the raising awareness of Nxt and Ardor, released for you at block height 1364704.

Not planning a visit to Copenhagen? You can transfer the asset to a friend instead.

INT. KATE’S JOINT, COPENHAGEN N – EVENING

First NxtBeer claimed, redeemed for an ecological pilsner from Ørbæk Brewery.

A new Easter egg hunt starts this week, and of course, takes place on the Nxt blockchain. Actually, can any other blockchain offer its users the ability to set up a treasure hunt via its Client GUI? To get access to the Eastereggs Nxt account and to learn about the hunts, read backIs there a nicer way to learn about Nxt and Ardor child chains?

Nxters, please help spread the word, plus follow https://twitter.com/OPeasterEggs.

Now get to work, Travin! 🙂

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  • NXT and Ardor Available in Payza Exchange

The Payza Exchange continues to grow the list of altcoins accepted as deposit options on the exchange, and this includes Nxt and Ardor. Cryptocurrencies continue to grow and gain mainstream acceptance. This is significant for us because it means that it will be very easy for Payza and other exchanges to add any asset of Monetary System that is issued on the Nxt or Ardor blockchain.

Members in most countries can now sell Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, Dash, Monero, Zcash and dozens of other cryptocurrencies to Payza.

Recently, Payza announced full Bitcoin support. Now, Payza has added altcoins as a deposit option, letting verified members sell the most popular Bitcoin alternatives. Over 50 different altcoins can now be exchanged with Payza, the full list can be found by accessing the altcoin deposit option within your Payza Account.”

“In the future, Payza members will also be able to buy altcoins, similar to how they can currently buy Bitcoin from Payza.

Source: https://blog.payza.com/payza-updates/announcements/exchange-ethereum-ripple-litecoin-more-sell-altcoins-payza/

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NXT AE

  • Janus – Summary & TradeMimic

Bjorn, the marketing director of Janus, has announced that he will now put forth 100% of his energy into Janus’ business work and to kick off TradeMimic.com.

Hello everyone, recently our team had a meeting (which we do almost weekly). This one however, focused on the priority of work and business direction.

The past 5-6 weeks I’ve been working on a side project for both the Janus and Ethereum classic community. I believe that it’s very helpful for our future growth and opens many doors and new opportunities for JNS investment.

The one drawback in our timeline is there is simply too much work with regards to upcoming business for me to finish, package, launch, and market the project I’ve been consumed with the past weeks. We identified the overwhelming need to focus much harder on our business work instead.
So from this point, the work I’ve been doing which expanded our blockchain presence, will be put on hold until 4 things that take priority over it are completed. This will actually benefit the side project and overall health of potential success in business and meeting timelines in a much better fashion.

So at this point we have basically

1. Wrap up etcbets.com little issues.
2. Upgrade BetterBets to new framework and games.
3. Finish content scraper site while testing potentially 1-2 new developers. (This is a side business that may or may not feed back to Janus tokens depending on their success rate)
4. Focus entirely on the creation, marketing, and launch of trademimic.com

Work and Janus team focus will be in that order, holding company creation should fall somewhere between action items #3-#4

Thank you for understanding, in my ambition sometimes I can become nearsighted to business need. And it was my team who reminded me of value focus before anything else. So big thank you to @ascendus @lobos and @almo3ree23

That, Nxters, in my humble opinion, is will, insight and showing respect towards one’s ecosystem at its highest.

Dividend incoming

In case you hold JNS on exchanges, remember to have your Janus tokens in your Nxt wallet or on Stock.exchange by July 1st to receive Janus profit sharing.

Sporting Janus 

https://twitter.com/Janus_Token/status/878965249675808768

More information: #janusproject (Join Nxtchat on Slack) | Twitter

History and news: https://www.nxter.org/ae-janus-4348103880042995903

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  • Claim your Adelphoi Tokens!

Adel, the forward moving blockchain incubator recently ICO’ed their Adelphoi (ADL) token and raised more than a million Euro. The Nxt based ADL token gives voting rights to individuals (members) that hold more than 2BTC equivalent (1BTC for initial investors).

ADL is trading on the free and decentralized global Asset Exhange as well as on Stocks.exchange, and the Adel team and community is currently working on getting ADL listed on more exchanges. The distribution to initial investors is ongoing.

Claim now

gdusil:

Over 200 Stakeholders still need to get their ADL coins. Reminders have been sent to confirm + validate your account if you haven’t done so already. Here is the guide, in case you missed it: http://dusil.com/2017/06/11/adel-community-nxt-address-token-generation/

Members only livecalls

We have over 25 project submission ideas and voting members are now being offered monthly live calls (to dial-in by audio or video) to give you updates on Adel, and hosted by top minds in business, blockchain and crypto. The goal is to establish a process for new idea submissions and to educate you on best practices for business planning, promotion and incubation.

Our first members only meeting is scheduled for July 3, 2017 at 20:00 CEST (UTC +2).

More information: www.adelphoi.io

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  • NXT Asset Silvercoin – ICO Begins

Silvercoin’s ICO went live on June 21 and runs until July 19. No bonus for early birds to miss as the price of Silvercoins (SVC) is fixed at a 0.00003 BTC equivalent per coin during the crowdsale. Purchases can be made with NXT, BTC, credit cards, bank transfers etc.  

Silvercoin’s creators proclaim in their whitepaper that the asset will “Solve the main problem facing independent website owners while solving the main problem facing the planet at the same time.”

Don’t take our word for it, here is an excerpt:

Those problems are named as Lack Of Website Monetization and Centralized Information.  

The solution is SilverCoin, the universal web monetization and community engagement platform that rewards you for sharing information and enabling others to do the same.  

It’s based on the Proof-of-Change (POC) protocol, where the more information you share and the more people you reach… the more you earn, and the more you change the world. With the result being an exponentially growing global peer-to-peer decentralized web information network.        

This Proof-of-Change crypto-affiliate protocol is incentivized by a blockchain-secured deflationary  rewards structure, which offers a truly equal opportunity to all people.

Another blockquote explains how the team will utilize Nxt/Ardor:

SilverCoin will initially be built using a modular integrative design that utilizes the best technologies currently available.

The three major technologies to be integrated into SilverCoin’s POC protocol (NXT, PAP, SMS) are all real world tested, arguably the best in their field and all are built around API’s and Plugins and are specifically designed for integration.

NXT was selected as the core blockchain tech for SilverCoin because in addition to the secure blockchain it provides many others features required by SilverCoin, including a decentralized asset exchange, marketplace, voting and cloud storage.

By using NXT/Ardor, our blockchain is maintained, secured and upgraded by some of the most-qualified blockchain devs on the planet, the NXT team.

Post Affiliate Pro (PAP) is the top affiliate tracking software available today. It contains multiple levels of tracking such as Browser cookies, HTML5 cookies, Flash cookies and IP address tracking. It provides lifetime and multi-level commissions, as well as multilingual support, banner ads, a secure dashboard, encrypted commission tracking and detailed reporting. It’s also a one-time cost for a lifetime license with continual updates and it comes with full dev. support, pay as you go and is designed for platform integration.

SMS verification provides an effective and low cost method to authenticate users at signup by having them verify that they are a real person, which is an essential internet-independent component in negating sign-up fraud. 

But what gives Silvercoin its value, one could ask? At first glance, it appears as if their method is building a viral marketing network around their asset and having a paid “SilverPlan”.

From the whitepaper:

[A] major aspect of SilverPlan is the Marketplace where you will be able to exchange your silvercoins for products and services. The 2 products planned to roll out first will be silver bullion coins and affordable website design packages.

SilverPlan will also include advanced video series on marketing, trading and wellness. In addition, it will act as a bridge connecting the Internet to Maidsafe’s Safenet. SilverPlan will require it’s own whitepaper before development begins.

So, it seems they want SVC to become a coin with real value inside the ecosystem they build. Maybe the way to obtain changes in this world really is by giving people the tools, as humans, no matter who they are, to become damn cool marketers and work together as a decentralized force in a fight for spreading truthful non-governmental approved information throughout the world. Incentivized by SVC coin bounties, and a building urge to learn more, do more, grow, help others grow, become the breathing outreaching starfish to be named: Proof. Of. Change.

The setup seems unorthodox, to say the least. Unfortunately, we have not yet had a chance to interview the creators behind the project and coin offering. Anticipate us doing so very soon!

SVC can be bought on the Nxt Asset Exchange with NXT and from c-cex.com with BTC, at your own risk.

Source and more information:

https://silvercoin.io/

https://www.nxter.org/ae

https://c-cex.com/?p=svc-btc

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Smart Phasing with Ardor

Nxt “Phasing” is the ability to split a Nxt transaction up into 2 phases (broadcasting it > executing it) and to set multiple conditions (up to 10) before the transaction is executed.

Riker announces that Phasing will be even smarter on Ardor:

To support more advanced phasing logic, we now added to Ardor the ability to create “Composite” voting models.

A composite model defines the voting models building blocks and the logic to bind them into an “Approve” or “Reject” decision.

The composite model supports the AND (&), OR (|) and NOT (!) logical operators and defines an expression which applies these operators on a combination of simple voting models.

Examples:
Using a NOT operator, allows you to setup a “dead man switch” so that funds are transferred to another account only in case an account did not approve this transaction until a certain height i.e. the account owner is assumed dead.

Using a NOT and AND operators, you can define that a transaction is approved at certain height only if none of the accounts in the whitelist has voted against it.

You can also define more complex conditions like approve a transaction only in case an account from a whitelist (i.e. a regulator, manager, judge etc) has approved it OR an account holding a certain number of tokens approved it i.e a user a stake holder etc.

The feature is not yet on testnet. Credits goes to petko for developing the server side logic.

Source: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/introduction-to-smart-phasing/msg233226/?topicseen#msg233226

Links:

https://nxter.org/tutorials
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-nxt-great-1-phasing-bas-wisselink

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  • Weekly Reminder

This new section is dedicated to the technical side of our platform.

We are often asked questions about Nxt, Ardor, IGNIS, and blockchains that have been previously answered. So, just in case you have forgotten, or in case you are brand new to this scene and want to easily and efficiently learn to become a Nxter – a very sacred community – we present to you the inaugural section of the Weekly Reminder. 

About BTC and fiat on the Ardor Platform

From Riker, a platform core dev for both Nxt and Ardor:

We are working on an Ardor child chain pegged to BTC where the peg is ensured by a 3rd party business such as crypto exchange. You’ll be able to convert “real” BTC to child chain BTC at 1:1 ratio and then exchange these BTC using the on blockchain coin exchange to Ardor or Ignis or you’ll be able to trade existing assets directly against these child chain BTC so that asset price is denominated in BTC.

Similarly we are planning an EUR pegged chain and perhaps also a USD one.

 

Last week’s newsletter had vital information about our genesis and ICO. Like tokens on our platform, news travel very fast and it is easy to forget what the important basics that make up the foundation of our platform and our success are.

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – NXT Cup and Handle Pattern (Possibly Down)

Jun 18 when i was re create my chart of nxt change it to per day. i found that NXT it's look like a handle and cup pattern. so i try to figure it out what price it should be the benchmark. from my perspective i would take 0.0000585 and 0.00004322 Feel free to comment ! Note : STR 1.17% Give away will be held at 27 june this month. it will surely effect to the market. Jun 19 Comment: Resistance at 7k Jun 19 Trade active: Resistance broke. Trading active Fasten your sit belt see you on the moon ! TP at 0.000011xx
Jun 18 when i was re create my chart of nxt change it to per day. i found that NXT it’s look like a handle and cup pattern. so i try to figure it out what price it should be the benchmark. from my perspective i would take 0.0000585 and 0.00004322 Feel free to comment ! Note : STR 1.17% Give away will be held at 27 june this month. it will surely effect to the market. Jun 19 Comment: Resistance at 7k Jun 19 Trade active: Resistance broke. Trading active Fasten your sit belt see you on the moon ! TP at 0.000011xx

Source: https://www.tradingview.com/chart/NXTBTC/wz2XX9eE-NXT-Cup-and-Handle-pattern-possibly-down/

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  • TradingView – NXTBTC Buy Set Up

Source: https://www.tradingview.com/chart/NXTBTC/ebMddT2R-NXTBTC-Buy-Set-Up/

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  • Trading View – ARD we Missed the Plane but

Jun 19 ARD we Missed the Plane but We Have 2 Trades Short Trade Buy Limit @ 0.00009339 Target=0.00011344 Gain 20 % Sec Buy Long Buy limit @0.00007732 Target = 0.00015257 Gain 100 % We recommend Capital Management We ask Allaah to reconcile and repay Jun 20 Trade active: We ask Allaah to reconcile and repay Jun 20 Comment: Move Short Target to 0.00011144 Jun 20 Comment: active and gain profit Direct alhmdllah Jun 21 Trade closed manually: Close short Trade @0.00010720 Gain 15 % alhmd llah Jun 21 Comment: Sec Buy Still Limit Sec Buy Long Buy limit @0.00007732 Target = 0.00015257 Gain 100 %
Jun 19 ARD we Missed the Plane but We Have 2 Trades Short Trade Buy Limit @ 0.00009339 Target=0.00011344 Gain 20 % Sec Buy Long Buy limit @0.00007732 Target = 0.00015257 Gain 100 % We recommend Capital Management We ask Allaah to reconcile and repay Jun 20 Trade active: We ask Allaah to reconcile and repay Jun 20 Comment: Move Short Target to 0.00011144 Jun 20 Comment: active and gain profit Direct alhmdllah Jun 21 Trade closed manually: Close short Trade @0.00010720 Gain 15 % alhmd llah Jun 21 Comment: Sec Buy Still Limit Sec Buy Long Buy limit @0.00007732 Target = 0.00015257 Gain 100 %

Source: https://www.tradingview.com/chart/ARDRBTC/HWBxoODN-ARD-we-Missed-the-Plane-but/

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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 it for this week!

Stay tuned next week as we continue to provide you with all the relevant and exciting news for Nxt, Ardor, and all things involving the accelerating growth of the blockchain space. Follow us on Twitter for important breaking updates during the week as they happen. Stay committed and stay informed fellow Nxters!

Alphonso Morris Q & A

Source: nxtchat.slack #qu_answers

Thursday May 18th starting 1pm – 2:30 pm eastern standard time


ascendus
On behalf of Janus Team, thank you for showing up.
Moderation will be performed by @marenkar !

marenkar
Welcome everyone to the QA with the newest member of the Janus team, Mr. Alphonso Morris Jr @almo3ree23! I have personally verified his information to be accurate based on several techniques to prove identity. Without further ado let’s get to the questions. Please remember, we need to screen questions first so please post your questions to #janusproject. If they are approved, I’ll ask them here with a tag to you.

I have some questions to get started but will be checking #janusproject regularly. To start things off, here’s the first question:

Who are you and what is your career experience?

almo3ree23
My full name is Alphonso Morris Jr.
I’m 51 yrs old. I was born in Philadelphia PA and currently live here.

http://linkedin.com/in/alphonso-morris-jr-b8a21170

marenkar
Philly sounds like a great place!

almo3ree23
It’s a great city.

I have several years of experience in various fields not as much in the Crypto / Blockchain world more so in the fields of Photography, Event Planning & Promotions. Public Relations Director, Artist Management, Personal Assistant, Music & Television for over 20 yrs.

marenkar
A lot of people on #janusproject are asking, how did you meet the Janus team?

almo3ree23
It’s a funny story….. I met Bjorn’s wife at an event, I was working in Bethlehem PA, there’s a Casino built on the site of the famous Bethlehem Steel Co. I met her a few years earlier. She wanted me to meet her husband for years.

She happens to drag him out of his cave for a little R&R. After the show, we met for drinks and hit it off. It didn’t take long for us to connect and discuss life, family, work etc. Louis & Robert [also from the Janus team] I met later.

marenkar
That’s awesome! Nice to know that there’s a good personal relationship as well.

almo3ree23
They’re a great team to work with.

marenkar
@crowne asks: Is Nate Morris from Boyz II Men your brother by blood relation?

almo3ree23
Yes he is
Yes he is my little brother, we’re five years apart, and I can still beat him lol

marenkar
Haha good to know! 🙂

Alright, another common question on #janusproject is – “What ways will you help the Janus team expand grow as both a team and future company”?

almo3ree23
Explaining how good something can be to others is easy when you have a team & product as good as this. We’re all driven to succeed focused on producing quality, I believe creative minds tend to work well together. My interactions with members of the team has been very good. I believe my 30 plus years of public relations, world travel, and personal contacts will benefit the team as we grow.

I’m anxious to get into the creative process.

marenkar
Sounds great! Looking forward to seeing what you can do with Janus.

We have another question as well from @merk: given your association with Boyz II Men – “Who is the most influential person you have ever had the privilege of meeting”?

almo3ree23
Niece, 1998, The World Music Awards, Royal Yacht Club. Its me Ant, Stevie Wonder, his assistant and Prince Albert Of Monaco. Having a conversation about being royal. Needless to say, we were all bent…. out of our faces…

marenkar
That’s pretty awesome!

almo3ree23
Oh and Salt&Peppa were there as well!

marenkar
Question from @qiwoman – “What advice do you have for potential investors looking at JANUS”?

almo3ree23
I joined the team two months ago and my observation of Janus is that it’s a solid company. They have good direction, good products, dedicated to their investors and their brand. Janus is also growing exponentially.

marenkar
Another question that is being asked regularly on #janusproject is “To what degree can you utilize your ‘special’ industry contacts to help your team gain an advantage with online business sites and other Janus activities?”

almo3ree23
From my personal experience, we are only as good as our word on any level. Information is power in the right hands coming from the right people.

I’ve earned mutual respect from some influential people in the entertainment industry who I’ve worked for or with over the years. People like ( Ken Ehrlich ) Tv Producer Grammys, AMA’s Etc.
( Usher Raymond ) Music Producer / Entertainer I consider close contacts. There’s always the possibility of an outright endorsement of a product, company, idea or the like based on how Bjorn wants to proceed.

marenkar
Whoa, that’s quite a list of contacts to bring. Nice!

@wolffang asks – “Since you are the Brother of a boys2men member, do you know Beyonce through him? ”

almo3ree23
She was on The Evolution tour with Destiny’s Child and Boyz II Men in 1997.
I was their personal photographer during the tour.

marenkar
Whoa, that’s awesome. There’s a group trying to parody her name as blockchain. 🙂

Speaking of blockchain, another question that’s asked on #janusproject is “Had you heard of Bitcoin or Blockchain before joining the Janus team”?

almo3ree23
Yes in my travels abroad I noticed it being used but that was the extent of my Bitcoin or Blockchain knowledge. It didn’t take long for me to start asking questions.
I’m not a religious person per say but I can say I’ve seen the LIGHT!

marenkar
Welcome into the blockchain community 🙂

A good question that @qiwoman brought up is “With marketing JANUS mainstream sites, do you feel you will be able to attract outside mainstream investors into JANUS blockchain token shares?”

almo3ree23
Yes with my contacts in music and television it wouldn’t be a problem for me to explain Janus to as many influential people and companies as possible.

marenkar
@cryptoracer asks: What areas of marketing and promo (and to what demographic) do you think will benefit Janus the most, re. exposure?

bjorn_bb [marketing director of Janus]
The primary marketing angle will vary based on the business type, for example, our Forex/Crypto mainstream site from this year will be tackled literally by the main stars of that site, chiefly the wave callers (professional traders). Money and personal fame is the driver.

In terms of year 2 adoption, we will be using creative methods to introduce general mainstream users to our token(s). This is something our team excels at and keeping the tech out of the equation will be always primary to reduce barrier of adoption.

ropes
What will be the main marketing angle for Janus project, what is the plan of delivery and what are the ballpark estimates for year 2 adoption in mainstream?

almo3ree23
I’m very visible in the entertainment world, I travel regularly so I can tap into the international markets, I’m experienced in promoting products, and have a respected following.

marenkar
Awesome. More exposure would be great. More in Janus would mean more for Nxt and Ardor too, so we certainly welcome that 🙂

A great question by @martis (and earlier by @wolffang), speaking of Nxt – did you try to play with Nxt features? And if yes, what is your first impression?

almo3ree23
Yes, I have it installed and have looked at it. It’s a very powerful platform!

I’m still wrapping my head around some of the features, but I’m still learning.

marenkar
A casual question from @wolffang – What is your favorite place to spend the holidays?

almo3ree23
Sidney Australia or Tokyo Japan are my two favorite cities

qiwoman
What is your projection of JANUS 12 months from now?

almo3ree23
I can project that it will be the number one token in the market! Just my personal opinion based on my observations and markets.

bjorn_bb
This is obviously highly speculative, but we believe that our tokens can appreciate in value almost by sheer force of work and business success. A store of value backed by our team can only stay at one value so long if we keep our roadmap and vision strong without becoming complacent. I’ll be the first to tell you that my goal is empire level, and you don’t get to that point without drive and ruthless ambition.

marenkar
A great question from @merk -“With the upcoming formation of FL3X (the Janus parent company), what role will you play in the formation and what position will you hold (if that has been discussed)”?

almo3ree23
Company brand ambassador to start, we’re still forming positions but eventually partner.

merk
Cool. Thanks.

marenkar
Awesome! @martis is also asking how you will be promoting crypto tokens to people who aren’t familiar with the technology and the community?

almo3ree23
I’ll be promoting thru my contacts in mainstream the business sites we develop. Those business sites will be using our tokens in both direct and indirect ways. I’ll be facilitating the communication with these people in order to partake in the use of the site or promote the site itself.

marenkar
Awesome. Having a person these contacts can trust is a great way for them to get connected to it. Let them know they’re welcome here as well! 🙂

Ok, we’re at an hour now, so I’ll close it off with this question – How long will you be staying with the company and team? Do you plan to become partner and see it develop into what the Janus team has described?

almo3ree23
I’m here for the long haul. I never run away from a challenge. We have great things planned for the greater community. We want to make Janus a household name. And yes I will be a full partner in this endeavor.

marenkar
Awesome. Thanks to everyone who participated in this Q&A and thanks especially to @almo3ree23 for coming on here and answering all these questions. Thanks again to Janus for choosing Nxt!

almo3ree23
Thank You all for your time and attention.

bjorn_bb
Thank you all for coming out to meet Alphonso today, as always thank you to the community for the strength you help give our project and team. Press releases will follow shortly and a giant thank you to the NXT foundation for helping with everything today, including the ID verification of Mr. Morris.


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