Wicked, it seems that there is an epidemic of fake volume, and that it comes from China primarily.
One way to see which crypto coins are NOT scams is to look at the source code dev statistics, here are some nice stats.
All you need to know in one page, see here.
A large number of UCL academics have yesterday started a large scale strike lasting for many weeks. These people are sacrificing their salary [UCL will cut their pay down] and there is a strong support for the strike. The strike is organised on the premises that our employer, UCL, are? cutting down their pension contributions or ending guaranteed income schemes and replacing by those which are more like investments, without guaranteed returns. How interesting.
So why I am not on strike?
I definitely do not support UCL cutting down their contributions, and do I do not think that UCL management are our friends and have good intentions or that they do ever care about people who work here. Or I do not wish to see UCL giving money back to disappointed students.
However I am against this strike in particular, on ideological grounds.
I do NOT support the main idea in this strike. In fact I do not support our pension schemes at all. It is quite naive to believe that generous pensions are our friend. I believe that employers and governments should spend money on creating new positions for senior people (e.g. emeritus professor positions) rather than on pensions. Offering employees generous pension benefits is nice isn’t it? Or is it about trying to get rid of them? I believe that most current pension systems are perverse, stupid and need reform. They are about ejecting people from social and economic niches or positions which they occupy, under the pretext that they are old. We are offered some income or compensation, if we retire. Is it a gift, a bribe or a trap? Retirement is not necessarily a good thing: people who retire early seem to live shorter lives. I am against spending lots of money on pensions which redistribute money between generations. I think that we need to give older people more than just money: dignity, freedom, power, and ability to remain active contributors to the economy and the society.
Here it is, it covers primarily questions about regulation and investor protection. It stresses the fact that ICOs are transforming the way in which funding of new business ventures is done. Recommended for anyone interested in investing in ICOs or planning an ICO.
In November 2017, users have lost 300 M$ in Ethereum due to a bug in Parity wallet multisig features.
At this moment the history repeats with ViaCoin: There is a serious bug in Windows ViaCoin 2.8.3. wallet found here and available since April 2017. As a world premiere, here is the solution!
This software has been used since April 2017, the bug is now in the wild and potentially anyone using Vialectrum under windows and sending to a multisig address will lose money.
HOWEVER the coins can be recovered. For this one needs to follow the following steps:
The main developer romanoRNR has promised to release new corrected Windows distribution within days.
It is a big success for bitcoin and coincides with an incredible price rally where bitcoin has accomplished in 2017. In first days of 2017, bitcoin was worth 1000$. 5 months later in May it was at 2000$, 3 months later in August it was at 4000$, and after another 3 months in November it was at 8000$. Then it has accelerated and doubled in 2 weeks reaching the whereabouts of 16,000 $ now. We see that bitcoin price has grown way faster than exponentially! At the end bitcoin+competitors are now worth more than Facebook.
Now beware bitcoiners. The evil empire will now strike back. This is precisely the whole point of the futures market. Previously most investors would either buy bitcoins, or abstain (and maybe regret that they didn’t buy bitcoins). Now more traders than ever will trade both ways: many traders will now be able to short bitcoin and profit when the price goes down!!!
Overall many commentators say that the existence of bitcoin futures markets will rather not decrease but BUT increase bitcoin’s volatility making it maybe a weapon of financial mass destruction (Buffet). These comments are particularly visionary for bitcoin. If in traditional markets you already have the cyber security question, these questions are more likely to bite in bitcoin. There are huge risks bitcoin collapsing very badly due to a bug or a backdoor or a large cyber attack on P2P network, software and hardware ecosystem, deposits kept on exchanges, or on miner pools. In bitcoin, some catastrophic events is what is bound to happen, or is very likely, just listen to John McAffee. The show must go on.
Public donations are sought by Pilsudski Institute in London.
The most prominent host of the institute is an extremely rare WW2 Enigma machine. This machine was made in France during WW2 to assist Polish code breakers in their daily code-breaking tasks [done in close collaboration with Bletchley Park, UK]. Only two such machines exist, see here for more details.
This unique collaboration of the intelligence services of France(X), Britain(Y) and Poland(Z), was one of the most significant but also most secret success stories which have made WW2 Victory possible. A new book by Dermot Turing “X,Y&Z, the real story of how Enigma was broken” will be published in 2018. It will reveal new facts based on recently declassified French WW2 archives.
If you read recent media reports about future of bitcoin, you wonder what is going on.
For sure it is NOT clear which software or which blockchain we will be calling the “true” or “real” bitcoin in the future.
We have known since for so many years. Self-inflicted misery, turf wars between developer and stake holder fractions, etc. Forbes reports about what is going on in the social and developer media: “a toxic stew of name-calling, trolling, bullying, blocking and threats”. The community has “hard forked”, this “politically and ideologically” and “by censorship“.
I will now offer an independent “conspiracy theory style” explanation while this [yet another] battle of industry standards is fought so bitterly. The point is that on this planet, crypto standards ARE expected to bugged/insecure, work against the cautious advice from academics, or/and serve special interests. The question is about ending the sordid monopoly of current bitcoin developers on dictating dodgy crypto standards to govern blockchain technology at large. Until now bitcoin have been held hostage by particular highly controversial cryptography solutions as ECDSA+SHA256+secp256k1. What went wrong on bitcoin crypto front so far? Almost everything:
Few days after this was written, on 9 nov, the date of the bitcoin fork has been postponed. Within 24 hours the market price of BT2X on HitBTC has fallen from levels above 1000 USD and have reached and stabilized at levels below 200 USD.
Our trip took place 29 Sept 2017. Some 32 UCL students participated.
Students have explored the past in order to find role models for the future.
Due to large numbers, we have split into two groups for a guided Bletchley Park tour, and also had assisted at two bombe demonstrations.
Students have been asked to further study at home how Enigma was broken, see back side of our hand-out.
More details can be found in our teaching materials “Enigma and Block Ciphers – 100 years of cryptanalysis with non-commutative combinations of permutations” which slides are studied in UCL COMPGA18/COMPM068 course Cryptanalysis. After our trip many students have asked to do GA18, and unhappily we have run out of space [the course is currently oversubscribed]. z
Acknowledgments: I would like to thank prof. Angela Sasse for financial and moral support for this event, and also for organizing previous events.
In the recent crazy wave of ICOs we hear every day that investors should be warned and there are lots of scams or that it is unlikely that ICOs can deliver.
So the question is how do you tell apart a “good ICO” from a bad one?
It is a difficult question, but let us look at some examples.
Some ICOs possibly need NOT to be advertised and do not seek excessive publicity.
The common pattern in these ICOs is that they are not too aggressive trying to sell as many coins as possible.
In contrast, several ICOs were advertised widely and many of these, honestly, look dubious.
First we should ignore all ICOs announcements received by email we have not asked for. 99.9% will be scams. Then there are those which seem to attract unreasonable amounts against all logic.
For example EOS have employed an aggressive sale technique: the sale expires today! Recently they behaved more honestly than before and now they put “Period 76” in big letters. Previously it was different. It was advertised widely and had some good press coverage and they raised nearly 200 million of USD in a few days. For a long time their communication looked like, well they are deliberately trying to abuse the naive investors. Every day their website looked at at this is a unique opportunity to buy tokens which is going to end soon; with a clock ticking…
Then EOS got assassinated in one Financial Times blog for “a remarkable feat of salesmanship” – selling tokens which simply do NOT offer anything: they do not even confer the investors “any rights, uses, […] functionalities or features” w.r.t. the EOS software platform under development, and it is not clear what actually they offer [some sort of access rights for the platform?]. Now I am not sure have many investors have actually heard about this FT report. What really surprises me that even today EOS is raising MORE than 1 million dollars per day from investors. Are investors blind and deaf and not reading the press, or is EOS so valuable and people who buy them surely know what they are doing?
Declaration of conflict of interest:
The author of this post holds some of crypto coins cited here. He has also been approached by DomRaider in order to become their advisor.