Bitcoin Mining on iPhone - Is it Possible and Profitable?

Is there bitcoin mining software available for mobile devices (iPad Mini, iPhone 5)?

I'm starting to look into Bitcoin, learn a bit more about it, and this is a question that came up. I don't own a "laptop" or a PC, so the traditional methods of mining for bitcoins are not available to me, but I am interested in mining if I can. What do you guys know about out there?
Thanks!
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Mining software • iPhone Bitcoin Calculator for the World

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Tech Wizard

“This person does not exist, huh?” Another empty Saturday of my recently unemployed schedule slides by without a thought as to appointments to keep. My finger slides endlessly through Reddit’s constantly generating front page, all concern to the content long gone. I tap the link and find a website that purports presenting randomly generated faces.
I’ve not exactly the sharpest attention to detail so at first the randomly generated faces seem normal to me. Eventually, even the dimmest eye can begin to discern uncanny features on the randomly generated faces. Ridges over eyes are too pronounced and the skin appears wrinkled in some places and smooth in others. Irises differ in shape and size and sometimes even color. That’s just the little stuff. Refresh the page over again long enough and you start to come across aberrations such as glasses that don’t connect to their lenses or hats that do not cast a shadow.
Scroll long enough and you are lucky to come across the blatant abominations of a soulless AI that only such a program could create. Facial features appear deformed and broken, melding into their surroundings in a discolored and melting mess. Companions of the photograph’s focus are inhuman monsters with mouths sutured shut and eyes that stare emptily into your soul.
You know- basic computer fun.
That being said, it grows old real fast to a mind that has been nurtured into a desire for instant gratification and a desire for entertainment. I click out of the new tab and go back to scrolling Reddit. The message hits my iPhone with a sharp ring and a notification box slips out of the top of the screen.
Jay: Hey, can I borrow a phone-charger adapter? All mine are in use right now.
I roll my eyes though its not exactly a great burden on my back.
Me: Sure, but you need to come down here.
I hear the ceiling above creak and squeak as my upstairs neighbor hoists himself off of his couch and walks across his living room floor. My apartment is an old building, full of the wear and tear of a building from a fading age, built in a rural area in expectation of local development that never came. I hear the upstairs door open and shut, and the stairs outside rattle with Jay stomping down the stairs. He knocks on the door twice and then comes inside without invitation.
In the two years that I’ve lived in this apartment, Jay’s the only one that I’ve become on a first-name basis with. I’ve always had a hard time making friends due to general social awkwardness, but Jay seemed invulnerable to any sense of shame or ability to sense offense. Eventually, he wormed his way into my affections, despite being nearly ten years older, through sheer persistence and ignorance.
“Hey man,” Jay says with a friendly smile that changes a bad case of resting bitch face to a welcoming warm glow. “Is it in your spare drawer?” Jay was an imposing man that was somewhere between muscular and chubby and had a pair of horn-rimmed glasses dangling from the collar of a dusty blue button-up. His hair was beginning to migrate from the middle of the top of his head to an ever thickening beard that would rival that of any philosopher.
“Yup.” I nod, returning his gesture. “In the kitchen.”
“Cool.” Jay nods and slips his flip flops off and walks into the kitchen at a near jog. “Hey, I’m going to Family Fare later, do you wanna go along?”
I shrug, “Sure. I need to get some rice.” I go back to my phone and then glance back at him. “Ooh, some steak also.”
Jay comes out of my kitchen with a outlet-USB adapter cradled in his left hand. “Cool, I’ll text you.” He begins going for the door before I interrupt him. “What are you working on today? You seem too excited to be designing a website for a church.”
Jay’s smile returns with an intensity to rival the sun. “Oh yeah, I don’t think I’ve told you about it yet.” He holds out his hands, both flat, though his left one cradled the USB adapter under his thumb. “Alright, picture this. Only you are the one who knows your schedule, right? Or how hot you like your room at night, right?” He pauses enough for a half nod on my part, but quickly continues. “Alright, now imagine that you can clone a little copy of all your little likes and dislikes and install it onto a server that runs your smart home, after bundling it with an AI. Then, this little copy of you could do everything that you want to do on a digital basis, making your life way easier!” He stops and stared at my face.
“Isn’t that the plot of a Black Mirror episode? Maybe a bunch of them?” I ask, blurting out the first thing on my mind.
Jay seemed confused for a moment, then shrugged, “Is that the technology Twilight-Zone thing you keep trying to get me to watch?”
I nod in reply and Jay gives me a sidelong glance. “They haven’t done it though, right? Like in real life?”
“I don’t think so.” I say with a shrug. “I don’t even think they have the capability to design commercial AI yet though.”
“I’m not concerned about what they can do.” Jay says with a dismissing wave. “The idea is still potentially profitable, right?”
“I guess.” I reply and Jay’s smile returns. “But what about the ethical and moral problems of creating a being capable of understanding reality, adding a person to it, then trapping them into a role. Isn’t that similar to creating life just to subject it to slavery?”
Jay holds both his hands up in mock defense without dropping his smile, “Woooah, Mister Philosopher over here. I don’t care about that stuff, come on. Plus I’m gonna create safeguards against that stuff.”
“Whatever, man.” Shaking my head, I scroll back up to the link to the web page in my history. I open up the randomly generated face of an elderly Asian woman and then turn the phone around to show Jay. “Hey dude, what do you think of this?”
Jay steps forward and takes the phone into his hand. “Looks like a face. Looks like its been messed with a bit on Photo-shop or something.” He turns it back around. “Like the nose is too elongated here.” He points to the left nostril. “What about it?”
“Hit refresh.” I say and he taps the button. The page reloads and another face shows up. This time, its a young black woman with a companion whose face is distorted beyond any recognizable parameter as a human.
“Wow.” Jay says and taps the button again. He tosses the phone back to me and it drops onto my lap, showing a picture of a redheaded man, smiling with a flesh-colored hat. “That’s crazy stuff right there dude, I wouldn’t mess around with it too much.”
I smile, “What do you mean?”
“Looks like a viral site or something. Trust me, just don’t mess around with it.”
“Viral?” I begin as Jay slides on his flip flops. In place of his usual smile is now a gruff expression, him appearing lost in thought. I continue on, sitting up. “Isn’t iOS sand-boxed to hell? How would I get a virus from a site on Reddit’s front page without someone commenting about it?”
“Trust me, Peter.” Jay’s rough tone takes me by surprise. “I don’t know very much, but I know what I’m saying when I say that you should stay off that page.”
He opens the door and then walks out without another word.
I snort and press the sleep button, letting the generated man’s face sink into darkness and drop the phone onto the floor next to the couch. Getting up, I head to the kitchen and begin sorting through my cupboards and refrigerator, searching for food items I’m going to need. Milk, beans, apples, etc. Knowing I’m going to need to make a list, I head back into the living room and snag my phone from the living room floor. After typing in my pass code, the man’s face reappears. I snort again while walking into the kitchen.
I grew up with this stuff. It’s not like I don’t recognize a viral download when I see one. Where’s the Trojan download request, or pop-ups? I think to myself. I refresh the page again just for laughs.
A smiling Caucasian smiles at the camera, fairly normal in appearance. There is, of course, a blue mucoid blob next to her in frame, but all in all there is nothing sinister or dark about this. No real Nosleep material, as it were.
I close out of the tab and tap out a list of things to buy with my dwindling savings. Hopefully my unemployment would get sorted out soon. I’ve never gone on unemployment before and my father, who had some knowledge of the law, said my case seemed ideal for it.
The thought of what Jay had said begins to irk me slightly. Does he think that I’m a dumbass or something?
I need paper towels too. I tap that into my list.
I know that I’m not great at detecting tone or hidden meanings behind words, but it seems weird that Jay would say that to me.
Toilet paper? No, I’m good at that. Same as toothpaste and floss. I do need mouthwash, though.
There’s no way that’s a virus. I think. Sighing, I finish up my list and open up Safari again. I navigate to the list of comments below the link. Scrolling down, I see no comments about malicious software or hackers or anything like that. Just Imgur links to disconcerting results and threads mocking the realism of the pictures.
Setting down the phone on my coffee table, I grab the remote to my TV and flipped it on. Grabbing the GameCube controller hooked up to my Switch and turned the console on and try to idly explore Hyrule in Breath of the Wild, but my mind is occupied too much to be distracted.
Minutes pass by and my mind begins to delve into all the bad possibilities, like that I had offended Jay, or perhaps he did really think I was that stupid- as my mind is apt to wander.
“Ugh.” Groaning, I finally set the controller down and go to the door for my beat up hi-tops. Jay’s pretty hard to offend and he knows me pretty well, so he wouldn’t think it is too weird if I asked for clarification about his statement.
I walk out into the hallway and close the door behind me.
Sure is cold out today. I think, even though a quick glance to the double glass doors at the front of the complex confirms they are both shut.
The trip upstairs is quick and I knock on Jay’s door.
“If it’s Peter, then come in!” A voice calls from within.
Opening the door, I step into an apartment far more cluttered than my somewhat minimalist interior design. Stacks of manuals and technical magazines clutter the floor, intermixed with CDs in jewel cases and USB sticks. Old laptops are stacked on top of computer towers along the back wall on either side of a couch that is clear enough for a blanket and pillow, both of which are oddly neat and folded. In the center of the living room are three plastic totes spilling over with green computer components, neatly bundled cords and wires, and random adapters and such. As long as I’ve been friends with Jay, I’ve never actually set foot in his apartment. I’ve seen the inside, but we always hang out at my place.
“Jay, where are you?” I call out over the quiet hum of box fans spraying cool air all over the room. The window is open, despite it being winter.
“In the bedroom!” Jay replies and I head for the door before Jay steps out and shuts it behind him. In the glimpse that I have of his bedroom, I see boxes on shelves with blinking lights and neatly arranged cords that I can only conclude is some kind of server setup or something.
“Jeez man, are you mining bitcoin or something?” I ask half-jokingly, but Jay shakes his head.
“Naw. That become unprofitable a few years back. What’s up?”
“Listen Jay, I was just wondering about what you said. I don’t want you to think I meant offense if I offended you about-” Jay interrupts me with an upheld hand.
“I figured you were coming in about that. I shoulda phrased it better. I’m sorry.” He says with an apologetic frown. “It’s nothing.” I reply and pause, “But what is so wrong about that site? I couldn’t find anything about it. I mean, it just seems like...” I trail off, waiting for a response.
Jay sighs and shakes his head, “Listen, you don’t like math or stuff like that, right?”
I shake my head but continue before he says anything, “No, but I’m pretty curious about this.”
Jay looks away reluctantly and then speaks. “Okay, listen. The site that you showed me has a program that generates a randomly-featured face, right?”
“Okay?” I say. Jay moves to the couch and grabs his pillow and blankets in a nice stack. He removes them to the top of the plastic totes and takes a seat. After waiting for me to sit, he continues, lacking any of the excitement that he usually gets about technology.
“When the program blends faces together, it gets what appears to be on the surface, a new face. Depending on the sample size of the data fed into the database the program pulls from, any type of face could be generated. The number of possibilities goes up with each entry into the system.”
“So what?”
“So, if a large enough sample size exists, and a large enough amount of randomized features exist, then the output has, for our purpose, an infinite number of possibilities.”
“But it’s not infinite. For it to be infinite-” Jay interrupts me with a nod, “Yeah, yeah, but for OUR purpose, its infinite.”
“Okay?”
“So eventually, given enough time, the system will generate a face that is identical to a face that is in reality, right? Even with all the distortions and whatever, eventually one will get created, right?”
“Given enough time.” I quote him back his own condition.
“Yup. The more people messing with it, the more that it has the chance to output a real value.”
“So why does any of this matter? Are you gonna tell me the person stops existing?” I begin to chuckle but stopped when I see him shaking his head sadly.
“What, Jay?” I tease, less joyfully than I had. “You superstitious?”
Jay reaches into the pocket of his sweats and pulls out an iPhone. Typing on the screen, he quickly pulls up the website and points to the URL. “You see the name of the website?”
“Yeah. What about it?” Speaking with a shrug, I watch his face grow deadly serious.
With a few taps, Jay opens a window to the side of the website filled with what I surmise is the code for the operation.
“Do you see all this?” Jay taps a few places on the text-filled window and then flips it to show me a bunch of meaningless brackets, colons and equal signs intermixed with words.
“Yeah, its just code.”
“Okay.” Jay says. He taps something on the screen a few times, sets the phone down and mumbles something that sounds like “I guess I trust him.”
He reaches forward and taps me on the nose. “Boop!” A small shock that feels like a static discharge burns my nose and I recoil.” Ow.
“What was that for?” I calmly ask, beginning to grow pissed off.
Without a word, Jay lifts his phone and shows me the text window.
Strange symbols and letters formed from slashes and grammar symbols appear to be intermixed with the code now. They seem almost to project themselves from the screen in an odd mimicry of a 3-D movie. It’s hard to see the text behind it, or even anything as my focus is locked onto the floating runes. They seem to float out of the screen, growing brighter and brighter as reality grows dim.
Then Jay shuts the screen off. I have to blink a few times to clear my vision of the etched symbols.
“Wow. Wow. WOW.” I begin to stutter out, but Jay snaps his fingers in front of my face to reclaim my attention.
“I might as well go all the way.” Jay says with a shrug. “The name of the website is something called a ‘True Statement’ in that it is unconditionally true. It’s always true that the output of the website does not exist. So if the output is a real person, than that person ceases to exist, with all effects and differences they’ve made in reality changing with them. Reality has already changed six times since this thing was created. When you showed it to me, it seemed off so I came up and checked the source code.”
“What? What do you-” I interrupted, but Jay kept speaking.
“These symbols are, at a basic level, magical spells in the code that do stuff. This was created by someone bad.”
“How do you even know all of this?” I asked and he shrugged. “I’m good with magic. I mean, technology makes it way easier than it used to be.
I stare at him stunned. I regret the first thing that rolls out of my mouth. “So I guess you could say you are a tech wizard, huh?”
Jay stares at me, mouth hanging open. “Are you serious?” He stands up, gesturing with his hands frantically. “That’s your response to this? A pun?” He puts his hand on his forehead. “I was freaking out about someone finding this out, but...” he trails off.
“So now what?” I ask.
Part two here: https://www.reddit.com/nosleep/comments/arnhwt/tech_wizard_part_2/
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ETH News/Dapp Compilation

Hi guys. This is a list I started just recently for personal use to keep track of all the great news we’ve gotten recently for Ethereum. I’m trying my best to categorize the articles by either what type of industry ETH is helping, or how ETH is being helped (Infrastructure section).
It is in no way a comprehensive list and I’d like to open it up to everyone here to contribute/pick apart. I’ve got an idea for basically an “onboarding packet” for Ethereum that will include a rundown of all this stuff, some defi growth stats, list of popular dapps, user guide for Metamask (None of which will come from me but will be compiled all into one place for the benefit of newbs).
I think any non-believer who reads all of the articles in this list, or even just the snippets I included, would be hard pressed to say “ETH isn’t used” or “crypto is a scam” …unless they are just a total moron. Apologies for bad formatting.
Charity/utilitarianism:
https://www.coindesk.com/oxfam-trials-delivery-of-disaster-relief-using-ethereum-stablecoin-dai “Oxfam has previously distributed help to Vanuatu villagers using cash, but the time taken for ID checks and bank visits was an obstacle, the charity representative said. Onboarding a new user for cash aid took around an hour, signing up for a DAI card takes six minutes, Micky wrote. Plus, it made the whole process more transparent.”
Infrastructure:
http://hitcryptonews.com/2019/04/17/ernst-young-ey-unveils-ethereum-blockchain-based-nightfall-protocol/
private UK tax/audit company with over 35 Billion in revenue "Instead of developing a private iteration, EY has announced that its Nightfall protocol will run on top of the public Ethereum network. Further, the multi-national accounting conglomerate has taken a unique strategy to intellectual property. The company said that it will not only open-source the protocol code but also put it in the public domain with absolutely no license at all."
https://blog.cloudflare.com/cloudflare-ethereum-gateway/
"Today, as part of Crypto Week 2019, we are excited to announce Cloudflare's Ethereum Gateway, where you can interact with the Ethereum network without installing any additional software on your computer."
https://www.coindesk.com/microsoft-ethereum-group-launch-token-building-kit-for-enterprises Microsoft launches a kit for businesses to build their own public Ethereum tokens.
https://www.coindesk.com/samsung-unveils-cryptocurrency-wallet-dapps-for-galaxy-s10-phone
“According to a report from CoinDesk Korea published Sunday, the Samsung Blockchain Wallet is currently compatible only with ether (ETH) and ethereum-based ERC20 tokens. Bitcoin is not yet supported, despite the logo appearing on earlier pre-release presentation images.”
https://www.coindesk.com/operas-browser-with-built-in-crypto-wallet-launches-for-iphones
“Dapps can be accessed by typing their address directly in the browser, avoiding the need to use third-party extensions” https://www.bitcoinisle.com/2019/04/05/ethereum-eth-former-white-house-deputy-ctos-blockchain-startup-raises-3-7m-in-seed-funding/ Former whitehouse Chief Technology Officer raising money for an Ethereum side-chain. The chain WILL use the public chain as a final authority, so not just another private chain.
https://cointelegraph.com/news/big-four-auditing-firm-pwc-releases-cryptocurrency-auditing-software
Per the release, the tool newly added to PwC’s Halo auditing suite can be used to “provide assurance services for entities engaging in cryptocurrency transactions.” The firm claims that, with the new addition, the Halo suite permits PwC to provide independent evidence of private-public key pairing (to establish crypto asset ownership), and gather information about transactions and balances from blockchains.
Supply Chain/Logistics:
https://decrypt.co/7621/farmer-trials-blockchain-supply-chain-app-says-its-better-than-excel
“With a spreadsheet, you have to take the farmers’ word on faith. But Treum provides a timestamp and a geolocation—tied to a specific, pre-selected field—that demonstrates, irrevocably, that the crop was grown where the farmer said it was grown. This data is then transferred, in the form of a single token, to the Ethereum network, where it cannot be overwritten.”
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/06/idealwine-launches-authentication-tool/
"Cyrille Jomand, iDealwine’s CEO, said: “Bottles verified by iDealwine are equipped with an inviolable RFID TAG which permanently guarantees the link between the bottle of wine and the information contained and transferred in the blockchain.”
Finance:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/hanktucke2019/06/17/polish-bank-alior-uses-public-ethereum-blockchain-for-new-document-authentication-feature/#120959f244a6
"Societe Generale, a major French investment bank, issued a $112 million bond in security tokens on the public ethereum blockchain in April, but Alior’s management believes it is the first bank to use a public blockchain for a direct customer service solution"
"Customers can search documents they have received on Alior’s servers and browse their history to find where those documents are located on the (Ethereum) blockchain to ensure that they have not been changed by the bank since they were published."
http://fintechnews.sg/31826/blockchain/worlds-first-traditional-equity-shares-on-the-blockchain-blueshare-launches-in-singapore/ The token/share ratio is 1:1, meaning that 1 security token is backed by 1 Equity Capital Participation Share. Investments are accepted both in fiat and cryptocurrencies – Euro, Bitcoin, Ether, and Tether. The token sale started on May 6, 2019. The funds raised under the proposed security token offering will be used as a direct investment into the company’s mining and exploration concessions.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/iceland-financial-regulator-approves-blockchain-190100164.html "Reykjavik-based Monerium, backed by blockchain software company ConsenSys, has reportedly been approved by the Icelandic financial watchdog to provide fiat payment services using ethereum (ETH) blockchain"
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenehrlich/2019/06/19/metlife-plans-to-disrupt-2-7-trillion-life-insurance-industry-using-ethereum-blockchain/#1dd36d002770 MetLife is utilizing the live public Ethereum blockchain to add transparency and efficiency to the claims process. In what is believed to be the first pilot program in the world focused on the life insurance industry, MetLife’s Singapore-based incubator LumenLab is collaborating with Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and NTUC Income (Income) on a platform of smart contracts known as ‘Lifechain’ to help loved ones quickly determine if the deceased was protected with a policy and automatically file a claim.
Novelty/Games/Collectibles:
https://en.businesstimes.cn/articles/113719/20190614/ubisoft-may-soon-have-ethereum-in-game-items-and-blockchain-games.htm "The associate manager at Ubisoft, Anne Puck, added: "We think that blockchain has the potential to transform the gaming experience and even maybe to empower players as true stakeholders in their worlds. That's why our job is to accelerate the integration of blockchain at Ubisoft with this initiative." Ubisoft will likely enable in-game or in-app purchases via the Ethereum network. It is worth noting that the company has not clearly stated that any form of digital currency will be used for any such purchases. "
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/austria-post-launches-crypto-stamp-132010928.html "The “Crypto Stamp” is the first use case for non-fungible tokens launched by a government so far, making it a milestone. The pilot’s success will help determine the future for NFTs, which can now be issued across multiple Ethereum token standards."
https://coinjournal.net/japans-first-blockchain-game-crypt-oink-expands-to-english-speaking-markets-partners-with-cryptokitties/ "Created by Japan-based developer Good Luck 3, Crypt-Oink is a decentralized application (DApp) running on the Ethereum network. The game lets users breed, collect and trade digital racing pigs called Cryptons."
Data/Identity Management:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelwolfson/2019/06/25/ibm-orbs-consensys-work-together-on-global-blockchain-settlement-platform-for-telecoms/#498d66c4782c “In particular for this project, we propose solutions for the "transaction orchestration layer," and decentralized identities for participants in the network, solutions that have already been deployed successfully on Ethereum, and can integrate with other DLTs."
List of actually useful/cool Ethereum Apps(Some are Dapps others just involve ETH):
https://app.compound.finance/# Lending/borrowing ETH and ETH tokens. No fixed lending periods and interest is generated in real time (Every block I think– roughly ten seconds)
https://cdp.makerdao.com/ Mint DAI against your Ether.
https://www.augur.net/ Create a betting market for anything you can imagine. Use https://predictions.global/ to view current markets without downloading the client.
https://kyberswap.com Trade ETH tokens right from your Metamask account without having to deposit/withdrawal to an exchange.
https://godsunchained.com/ Buy trading cards for the first AAA quality hearthstone-esque Ethereum card game where your cards are tokens in your wallet and are freely tradeable (Or at least they will be once the game is out of Beta…)
https://trade.dydx.exchange/ Decentralized leverage trading right from your Metamask wallet.
Other Utilities and Resources:
https://etherscan.io Block explorer. Use this to check out your ETH address, smart contract addresses, spy on whales addresses, etc.
https://www.ethgasstation.info/ Check current gas prices and transaction speeds.
https://github.com/ethereumbook/ethereumbook This is the github version of “Mastering Ethereum” Which goes over the basics of how Ethereum works with smart contracts and nodes and whatnot. It’s actually easier to follow along with than you’d think. Can also buy the PDF version on Amazon.
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Q4 Community Update Email From Richard Ells

Hi Everyone!
We are coming to the close of 2018 and whilst cryptocurrency in general has had a year of turmoil, it has been a very positive year for Electroneum and I’d like to recap on what we’ve achieved this year and reveal some of what we have planned for next year. This might end up as an epic, Tolstoy length, email so my apologies if it’s too long for you – but I feel there’s a lot to say…
Firstly, let’s remember that we set out to redefine cryptocurrency altogether. Before Electroneum there were NO cryptocurrencies that were designed from the start to be widely and easily adopted. We have started to achieve the primary goal of Electroneum which is adoption. Did you know that Electroneum is the fastest growing cryptocurrency in the history of the world (I was going to say “Universe” but I really don’t know what our competitors are doing in other spiral arms of this galaxy, let alone the entire universe). Hold on! Let’s just think about that for a second! We have grown our user numbers to over 2 million holders and users of ETN in just one year. We fit the real world usage of cryptocurrency better than ANY other.
Biggest (and best) community in crypto!
Electroneum has done something here that’s never been achieved elsewhere. We have an enormous community of advocates. Users who are more than just users, they are passionate about what Electroneum is trying to do. A quick Google search of any cryptocurrency will find you some videos and some images, but with ETN there is an enormous following of hundreds of thousands of amazing people who are helping to make ETN a success. Electroneum has Fan Art. Think about that. A “boring” financial product with fan art! I’ve never seen any credit card fan art or banking fan art! If you are one of the passionate ETN believers and advocates, then I’d like to say a whopping THANK YOU to you for your input, no matter how small. You can (and are) changing the world.
Boring Statistics?
A former British Prime Minister famously quoted “There are lies, damned lies and statistics”. This is certainly true of the cryptocurrency market and as such we’ve just installed the Alexa.com (part of Amazon) certified traffic stats tool onto our website. That shows statistics for ONLY real people. You can’t fake it or exaggerate it. Did you know that if you compare the web traffic of all cryptocurrencies – we are in the top 5. If you look at active wallet numbers and actual blockchain transaction numbers, we are in the top 10 of cryptocurrencies for both. We have achieved a great deal this year, by making ETN accessible to everyone who has a smartphone.
Electroneum Lead the Market
2018 has seen us launch our Instant Payment system into BETA, be the first cryptocurrency to offer a payment integration API allowing vendors to easily accept cryptocurrency for instant transactions. We are working with the community to create easy payment plugins for all the popular ecommerce software and we’ve launched a number of them including WooCommerce which enables over 3m WooCommerce sites to accept ETN with around 15 minutes of work. I can’t overstate how important this instant payment framework is to us achieving our goals. It is a huge leap forwards for cryptocurrency. We’ve seen some great vendors come on board this year and next year I am confident we will see a huge surge of vendors, once we get live on the ground in a few strategic areas.
We are the first cryptocurrency to formally adopt KYC (know your customer – which now officially goes live on the 27th December). As the authorities of the world start to accept and understand cryptocurrency you will see why our early adoption of a regulatory framework is important to growth. Governments of the world fear cryptocurrency. We are giving them something to embrace.
We have produced hundreds of thousands of lines of code this year. I’ve seen a lot of projects talk about valuations of crypto projects based on Github Commits (this is a place where people store their open source code). Electroneum is different to most cryptocurrencies. It has both open source blockchain code that anyone is welcome to help work on AND closed source code that runs the back end such as the app, the instant payment system, and the custodial wallet system. These are the features that are making Electroneum a success and make us a real business that corporations, governments, NGOs and institutions can feel comfortable with.
The Bright Future of ETN…
This year has been a year of preparing. Growing the team (not everyone in the team wants their picture on the website – we have over 30 full time employees and access to many more part time resources).
MWC Sees Launch of Two or More Major Things…
Last year we attended MWC (mobile world congress) as the first cryptocurrency member of the GSMA. Next February we attend again (you are going to LOVE our stand, nobody has ever done anything like it!). This time we are attending with a full product and exciting news.
We launch a number of things at that show, all of which are secret for now. Two are locked in as absolutes and there are a few more than we are trying to tie in with the show! I don’t want to hint at what is coming – it’s only a couple of months before you’ll see for yourself, but it will be the base block from which we demonstrate to the business world just how usable cryptocurrency can be.
Apple iOS Launch (finally!)… and Cloud Mining too!
The first week of January will see our iOS app that includes cloud mining go into 100 user BETA. The second week we will release it to our 5000+ iOS testflight users (still in BETA) and (subject to testing) should be in the Apple Store by the end of January.
Cloud Mining for Android
Cloud mining will make the distribution of ETN much more appealing to the target audience of the unbanked. Ironically with their lower powered hardware and sporadic internet access it has been the developed world that has found it easiest to obtain some ETN. That all changes with cloud mining, where someone with the latest Samsung or iPhone will get the same value in ETN as someone with an ancient smartphone and little internet access.
We can launch cloud mining for Android subject to the successful testing on Apple devices. I think it is going to be a big success and I expect to see it on Android before the MWC show in February.
Blockchain
As you probably know we used the Monero blockchain as a stable base for the Electroneum Blockchain when we launched. We’ve been moving away from Monero and have removed many of the privacy features of Monero during 2018. 2019 will see even more privacy removed, although we intend to keep stealth addresses, to prevent vendors (or anyone else) looking into your wallet and seeing how much ETN you have – like you can with Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Some say we are not doing anything particularly different or unique with the blockchain part of our project, but the reality is that we are doing the single most important thing there is with blockchain - we are making it useable in everyday life.
Credit Card Purchase of ETN & Gig Economy
This week has been a particularly busy week with a few new exchanges coming on board and a launch of a very important part of our future “Gig Economy” system. You can now purchase ETN quickly and simply with a credit card at Indacoin (https://www.indacoin.com/en_GB/change/buy-electroneum-with-cardusd). We are working on others especially for the US citizens which indacoin currently does not cover.
This is important as when we launch our Gig Economy website in Q1 of 2019 it will enable the unbanked of the world to join the global economy when looking for work. This is one of the major areas that we see for opening up the world to understanding the power of cryptocurrency as people in developed nations become able to purchase digital services from the people of developing nations, with no barriers.
Developed nation businesses can purchase ETN with a credit card and buy software development, data entry, virtual business services, design, data research, social media management and much, much more, from a growing market of millennial entrepreneurs in the developing market. Everyone wins. You’ll see way more of this in 2019 including an e-learning system that enables those with digital skills to remotely teach others, with an ETN incentive.
As I mentioned above this should be going live in Q1 – we are trying to get that live for MWC too, but I don’t want to commit 100% to that date for this project. The good news is that we have a lot of interest in it from an NGO perspective, so when we launch it I am confident it will be a really powerful force for both enablement and empowerment of individuals but also a huge catalyst for the growth and acceptance of cryptocurrency generally.
The 2018 Cryptocurrency Market
People have been asking me “WHY!? WHHHHYYYYYY?” to the 2018, pronounced, dip in the price of cryptocurrencies across the board and I’d like to offer you my view of the 2018 cryptocurrency market and what I believe the market will focus on in the future.
The cryptocurrency markets are very new and whilst they are often compared to more mature markets, such as the equities markets, I believe there are very FEW similarities.
Some people are buying and selling cryptocurrencies based on applying technical analysis, where they look at chart patterns in the historical price and volumes to try and predict the future, others are buying based on momentum, effectively following the herd and then there are the true project believers (known in the crypto industry as hodlers!) who have bought some because they believe in the long term viability and future success of the project.
Don’t worry… I’m getting to my point…
A lesson from Warren Buffet
One of the most successful conventional traders in the world is Warren Buffet – he’s pretty good at it too, having been the richest man in the world a few times. What should we learn from him? Firstly, he’s not a huge fan of Bitcoin, in fact, he hates the stuff. Why is this and what can we learn from him? Warren hates Bitcoin because he’s a value investor, and a very good one. He doesn’t believe in chart analysis and he’s not a fan of momentum trading. He invests in PEOPLE. He invests in TEAMS and he invests in REAL THINGS.
The cryptocurrency markets are largely coupled with Bitcoin. When it moves, the market moves, and at the moment it is almost entirely driven by the herd and not by people analysing VALUE.
Herds are happy to run off cliffs as well as away from danger, hence the large swings (in both directions of the cryptocurrency markets).
Obviously, I’m a huge fan of cryptocurrencies, so Warren and I are going to differ on some views, but I absolutely know that he would look at Electroneum in a different light to Bitcoin.
We have identified and created a model for blockchain coin emissions which allows us to create a global marketing opportunity which rewards users, partners and vendors for engagement.
We have spent time building products, solutions and partnerships rather than hyping them, meaning that most people are unaware of what has really been achieved in such a short time.
The Electroneum team are fortunate to have considerable relationships across distribution partners, working closely with a number them throughout the planning and creation of our ecosystem.
In our first year, we have developed, tested and launched a much wider set of products and partner benefits than anyone expected.
We are going in to 2019 as a gateway, with a toolkit and approach that enables partners, governments and entrepreneurs to benefit from cryptocurrency; no longer is it just trading or accumulation of crypto. We stimulate every day, continual usage in the real world.
We are focused on the fundamentals of traditional business, giving people what they want and helping to achieve financial inclusion and inclusivity, by creating an end to end ecosystem for everyday use of crypto, by anyone anywhere.
The combination of our ecosystem, our partners and the scale of our community puts us in an incredibly strong position to achieve our goals of opening the world economy to every person, including the 1.8 billion unbanked.
In short, Electroneum has an actual business behind it and is delivering REAL THINGS to REAL USERS (millions of them) via partnerships with other REAL companies. We deliver value and can show future revenue streams based on demonstrated growth. These are real life business things. We know our users and that is valuable. We have access to our users and that is valuable. We understand and can chart growth, and that is valuable. The list of differences goes on. Take a look at the metrics of some of the biggest tech “unicorns” and you’ll see they are all valued on the number of real, active USERS. The only reason they have that value is because they can communicate and monetise those users, and that is where the parallel to Electroneum becomes apparent. We have no intention of substantially monetising our user base for years to come, but we have the capability to do so – and all businesses MUST have a revenue stream or potential FUTURE revenue stream.
I believe in Bitcoin, and I see it as a kind of cryptocurrency gold, but because there is so much focus on fully decentralised systems that do not know their users and are run by anonymous miners, we will find that real value investors are wary of ALL cryptocurrencies because of the mistaken impression that they are all alike.
I agree that it is hard to make a purchase of Bitcoin based on fundamentals and value, because it’s not obvious where it lies. Scarcity and a belief in the project make me a Hodler, but I can’t put a ‘fair price’ on Bitcoin. Nobody can.
Cryptocurrencies are evolving. Electroneum is unarguably more technically useful than Bitcoin because of its speed, accessibility and ability to scale, but that is not ENOUGH.
I believe that as more REAL WORLD cryptocurrency projects evolve you will see VALUE as the main driver in the cryptocurrency markets.
If a cryptocurrency project is also a conventional company with the ability to drive profits, grow larger and become a dominant brand – THEN you will see conventional investors such as Warren Buffet entering the market.
I hope that cryptocurrency volatility will be reduced as cryptocurrencies start to look and feel more like regular companies, with friendly help desks, balance sheets, contractual partnerships and accountability.
When is this going to happen?... it’s already started…
I wish you and your family the very best Christmas or Holiday period,
Richard Ells Founder & CEO, Electroneum.com
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Is there a niche for a small portable digital "typewriters"? (or the story of my keyboard experience)

Hello, MK Redditors.
I'm here with quite an endeavour.
But first, let me tell you a little (actually, a lot. lol) about myself. My name is Ilya (yes-yes, I love you all). I'm from Russia and I have cerebral palsy (nothing to worry about, it's just the way it is). Because of my creative nature, I always wanted to make something. When I was a little kid, my favourite toy was a LEGO set. I had literary a full bucket of it and was building cities, machines and all sorts of stuff, functional and not. Then the school years came... I did well in school (it was a special one for students with disabilities). The only problem was I could not write. I mean, yeah... I can write by hand (thanks to my parents, pre-school teachers and my first teacher in elementary school), but it's much much slower than the non-disabled people, and even my disabled classmates were outpacing me in writing by hand. In the elementary school it was all right, I tried to keep a pace. But by the 3rd grade (we have 4 years elementary, 6 years middle and 2 years of high school) it became apparent that I needed some extra help with that. We did not have iPads, or iPhones and even cellphones were a luxury back in the late 90s - early 2000s. So the school had a couple of electric (but not digital) typewriters for the students like me. Oh... That clicks... That feels... For a small 10 y.o. me it was huge noisy beast of a mechanical and electrical powers fused together, literally spitting the letters on paper and choking on itself when the jam occurred (which, frankly speaking, occurred quite often under my little unstable fingers). But anyway, I was writing faster and faster. I loved it. To be able to materialise my ideas onto something physical (a.k.a. paper), to be able to express myself through the written text, to make my world on paper. It was fascinating. It was like LEGO, but on a much bigger scale. Because this time I was expressing myself not trough premade pieces of plastic, but rather using the words, building blocks of society and culture. Around the same time, my parents got me my first PC - the outdated Win95 machine with fat tube monitor covered with "eye-protecting" film, floppy discs as the only means of transferring files and, obviously, no internet. Keyboard was much slimmer, but also cheaper. There were no... character to it. But hey... It was the COMPOOOTER! My, personal, with all the software and hardware to explore. Being quite curious child, I was exploring the broad world of Computing. I remember crashing the system a couple of times due to my "what will happen if I delete/run this" to the point of complete wipe of the HD, or messed up BIOS. The computer guy would then come with like 20 Floppies to reinstall the system. The pure childish curiosity and no fear of making mistakes... The golden years, indeed.
The teenage years came in. I started to write poetry and songs. Because... well... hormones, love, hatred, broken heart and other teenage shite. OOTERS are becoming more powerful, KEEBS are becoming cheaper and shittier. One time I've completely worn off WASD claster (I loved Video Games. I still am, just don't have enough time to play them. The adult life got the best of me... lol)
Then... well... Came the UNI-time... I've switched to Mac to be "more productive", plus the MacOS looked nice and Windows were starting to go downhill. With Uni came the tremendous amount of writing. The first year I typed my course notes on a touch screen of my iPad. Because it's portable and much lighter than notebook (laptop). Then I got myself the case with the keyboard. The shittiest keyboard of all... Small... Uncomfortable... Rubbery-domey... My Apple Wireless is not the best keeb, but at least bearable. But what other options I had, for real? I could bring Battleship-type of keeb for iPad... But I did not know that mechanical keyboards existed. Until recently. I've beed lurking this place for quite some time. And thanks to this wonderful community, I'll be getting my first mech very soon. It's quite the investment. We shall see if it pays out.....
My other passion is programming and DIY electronics. I'm still a noob at it. But hey... Learning new skills is fun and good for your brain. I have built a 3D printer, a portable PC that I designed myself and a retro gaming console (on a RPi). So yeah...
So... TL;DR of this long introductory section: I love writing (as you can probably tell by this wall of text), computers and DIY.
That is my story so far. As you can see, the keyboards (at least for the way I see it) are becoming worse and worse, while PCs are becoming more commonly distributed. I mean EVERYONE's got a computer in one form or another, be it a stationary PC, a tablet PC or a smartphone.
Plus, the devises are becoming "smart". The "smartification" of our devices is so common, that we don't know whether our smart fridge is secretly streaming our nightly snack for the whole Internet to watch or mining that sweet sweet Bitcoin for the North Korea while we are on a holiday.
I'm thinking about my next DIY project. And since I've got my hands dirty in PCB design, I'm thinking of throwing together every skill I have and make... drum roll, please...
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The portable digital typewriter.
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Basically a smart mechanical keyboard. Something like Freewrite, but smaller and more portable and definitely cheaper. I'm thinking maybe a 40% layout with the Pi Zero W (even smaller version of a Raspberry Pi) as the brain.
If I like the end result, I might as well make a small batch and sell it. So... My main question is this:
Is there a market for such devices? Or is it just a gimmicky gadget that will be there for the LOLs? What are your opinions on such a device?
I myself would see this as a small niche item for the disabled like me who is in need for the small and portable device to write on or the writers who don't like to carry the laptop and the mech keyboard with them.
What do you, guys and gals of MKR, think about it?
Once again, sorry for a wall of text.
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Questions and answers from our latest #AskWTC AMA

Q1.

Slack name: bamber
Q1.1: In a retail clothing shop customers often pick up items and return them to the wrong rails. When a member of staff then resets these items the system would log them, skewing the grab rate data. What have WaltonChain done to solve this issue?
Answer: Waltonchain’s solution with its unique RFID-based hardware tracks not only clothes but customer picks. Data from different readers (shelves, fitting rooms, price scanners, checkout counters, etc) is aligned and verifies each other. The sequence of RFID reads are time-aligned for interpretation of user behaviors and interests.
 
Q1.2: Do the RFID clothes rail scanners work on circular rails which are popular in clothing shops?
Answer: Technically, yes. Practically, we are further testing and improving performance for the most popular environments and scenarios in the clothing industry.
 
Q1.3: Items of clothing which are neatly folded and displayed in piles (e.g. jeans) present challenges in terms of placement of RFID scanners. How does the Waltonchain system overcome this?
Answer: Okay, we see where this question is coming from: You are asking this because you have not realized the fundamental difference of the RFID tags we use vs. some of the NFC tags you’ve seen out there. This is a good question. Let me elaborate a little, and take this opportunity to give a basic RFID 101.
For basics, you should just remember that RFID is the process by which items are uniquely identified using radio waves. RFID tags/chips are the hardware chips that in everyday use people usually refer to as “RFID.” This is fine in daily speech.
On a very high level, to make it simple, there are two types of RFID chips we see in the Blockchain world:
  1. Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID tags, which operate in 856 MHz to 960 MHz frequency ranges; and
  2. High Frequency (HF) Near-Field Communication or NFC tags, which operate in 13.56 MHz frequency ranges (these tags can be read by your phone. Recently iPhones have implemented this capability.)
Both of these chips are categorized as RFID tags, under the RFID family. The difference in these tags are tldr, but the takeaway for our case is this:
Our Waltonchain-compatible UHF RFID chips are readable 9 feet away, in a batch, all at once. NFC chips are usually used in peer-to-peer, i.e., using your phone to scan an NFC chip in very close proximity (a couple of inches or closer).
If you watched our demo video made by Boxmining on Youtube, you will notice that we use UHF RFID (Ultra High Frequency) technology.
Finally, to answer your question, with UHF RFID system and the Walton RFID reader, we will be able to read with 100% accuracy the tags within a pile of clothes, neatly folded or not.
 
Q1.4: In a clothing shop can staff manually amend the blockchain data? (if activities in the store results in skewed data - e.g., a large number of items being mistakenly moved resulting in artificial grab rate data etc. can anything be done by the staff to correct this?
Answer: Nobody can tamper with data on blockchain. Our specially designed RFID end devices collect data and record on the chain automatically and reliably. At the same time, data analytics can be used to interpret employee behavior as well.

Q2.

Dominique‏ @DomFromParis Nov 18
Q2: Can you confirm it will be 5000 Walton for a masternode and what % will be paid to the holders?
Answer: Yes, holding 5000 WTC qualifies a node to be a Masternode, which will earn extra rewards for every mined block. The percentage and/or reward system will be announced with other details. Please follow our official announcements.
 

Q3.

Sam Lyons‏ @SamTaweets Nov 18
Q3: AskWTC If possible can you please tell us if you have any partners already secured for the RFID when you go live on-chain?
Answer: As you will have seen from our blog posts and various news articles we have several close partners and have signed strategic cooperation agreements with a number of organisations. We released news of one just last week. Many of these companies have already been using our RFID technology and all have projects planned for RFID + Waltonchain integration. In terms of ongoing discussions, we will not release specific information about them until they are 100% confirmed.
 

Q4.

Dominique‏ @DomFromParis Nov 18
Q4: Why Walton does not have a GitHub?
Answer: We will have a GitHub. We will provide the GitHub for our full node, light node, wallet, etc. We want everything to be thoroughly tested before public access. Also, our software rollout has to be aligned with hardware R&D.
 

Q5.

Peter Peterson‏ @Hamster10Peter Nov 18
Q5: Binance is a good exchange but is it manipulated by trading bots to keep the price unnaturally low. When will WTC be listed on Bittrex or Bithumb? We really need one of the biggest exchanges so our beloved coin can grow naturally.
Answer: We have been discussing cooperation with many well-known trading platforms. Please pay attention to our official announcements.
 

Q6.

Sam Taylor‏ @chunkylover199
Q6:What is to stop someone simply removing a tag and leaving the tag on an adjacent item of clothing on the rack in order to steal a piece of clothing?
Answer: We are developing many different ways to integrate the RFID tags into products. We will make it difficult to remove a tag without damaging it, or the host. In the case of clothing, tags do not have to be attached. They can be printed, woven or sewn into the article itself.
 

Q7.

Derek Chow‏ @maseradee Nov 18
Q7: Are there any mechanisms in place to stop someone cutting off the RFID tag from a clothing article and walking out?
Answer: It is difficult to develop a perfect theft deterrent system. The methods currently used by shops can deter a portion of the thefts. Additional developments like sewn-in tags will increase deterrence. Also, our RFID tags are not always able to be cut. Wait and see.
 

Q8.

Rational Riddler
Q8: Will businesses using Waltonchain need to run masternodes or will the unique Waltonchain hardware provide all the mining a business needs? How many readers/scanners will your clients need per store to properly implement the system? #askWTC $WTC
Answer: We aim to provide a fully automated solution with complete software and fully-capable hardware. In doing so, businesses that adopt the Waltonchain system can focus solely on their day-to-day requirements without concerning themselves with those aspects covered by the Waltonchain system. Our entire ecosystem scales up with businesses as child chains are created. We want to make it as easy as possible for our partners’ businesses to fulfill their growth potential.
 

Q9.

wtcrfid‏ @wtcrfid Nov 18
Q9: AskWTC What hardware will I need to run my 5,000 WTC masternode? Will a RasberryPi type system suffice?
Answer: While a RasberryPi could be capable of running a node, It would not be ideal. Please wait for our news on the mining hardware needs.
 

Q10

Sergey‏ @CryptovalleyOF 20 hours ago
Q10: Most of the community is concerned about the relation between the price of a token and the blockchain system, what will a WTC token will be equal to? 1WTC= 1000 Transactions? 1WTC=18,000,000,000,000,000 transactions? I would love to hear your response.
Answer: The transaction exchange rate is established by the marketplace, not by Walton.
 

Q11

Syed M Mujahid‏ @smmujahid
Q11: Walton Chain system essentially include RFID tags, Scanners and blockchain application that will be customizable according to business needs. According to you, tag might cost around 5 cents, what about each scanner and the application. Will it be viable for small businesses
Answer: Our definition of an affordable system is twofold: 1) something that provides long-term additional benefits and 2) something that is worth its cost. The Waltonchain system has been tested in industry and has yielded positive results that our clients did not expect. One example is an increase in distribution efficiency of nearly 100%.
 

Q12

Lemuel Wong‏ @2BitsCrypto
Q12: Will it be possible to use Walton Chain RFID technology in Luxury handbags, such as Hermes for example, to verify it as an authentic item that is recorded in the blockchain? Or can RFID chips be copied/replicated? Last thing are your RFID chips EMP proof? Thank you Walton team!
Answers: Yes, verification of authenticity is a very basic use case. Our RFID chips can not be copied or duplicated. EMP proof RFID chips are not an immediate concern, but are absolutely within the scope of our research and development.
 

Q13.

Sergey‏ @CryptovalleyOF
Q13: One of the main concerns I have about the Waltonchain project is what will happen when the new wallet and blockchain becomes publicly available. I'm sure there will be lots of scams and fake websites claiming to be Waltonchain - what will you do to ensure that the changeover is as safe as possible?
Answer: Security has and always will be among our highest of priorities. This is primary in our system design and deployment but also in ensuring the trust of our community. Official announcements will be made to assist in the transition from ERC20 tokens to official WTC coins.
 

Q14

Errrrr_pesillo‏ @pablo_melo7 Nov 18
Q14: How do you plan to compete with an RFID solution on the IOTA network in future with no mining fees? (Assuming IOTA delivers on their promise) #askWTC #AskWTC
Answer: Our RFID system includes a revolutionary RFID readewriter that not only communicates with tags but also performs the task of mining.
 

Q15

Rami Yousif‏ @ramiyousif91 Nov 18
Q15: Is there any upgrade for your website? #AskWTC
Answer: Yes, there will be an upgrade to our website moving forward. Please watch for our official news release.
 

Q16

matthew collins‏ @mineu999 Nov 18
Q16: Why was there a QR code on the blockchain demo product and will it be there for the final production model? #AskWTC
Answer: Through our network of pioneer users, we are constantly evaluating and refining the production model design. Many aspects may change and many may remain the same. This all depends on feedback from our case-study clients.
 

Q17

Collin‏ @CollinsCustomIP Nov 18 Q17: Please address the wabiico competition & specifically describe how your patents protect your specific (hopefully novel) RFID technology. #askWTC #bitcoin #btc #usecase #blockchain #rfid
Answer: The Waltonchain system starts at an integrated circuit level and will be incorporated directly in the manufacturing of electronic devices and products. At this stage, no human interaction occurs—thus the chain of authenticity begins. We can also integrate our RFID technology at higher levels in the manufacturing/supply chain, such as in packaging, as other competitors might.
Our patents and IC RFID designs incorporate technology not seen in the RFID space before.
 

Q18

Tristan Maunder‏ @WTCTricky Nov 18
Q18: #AskWTC For masternode holders... Are we going to be able to store our WTC on a hardware type wallet for security? "cold staking"
Answer: At this stage we cannot say with 100% certainty that “cold staking” will be implemented. We hope to work with vendors like Ledger and Trezor to implement “cold staking.”
 
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Cryptocurrency: Is It Still Alive or Dying? Part 2.

Cryptocurrency: Is It Still Alive or Dying? Part 2.
Part 2. Political and Economic Trends in Favor of the Cryptocurrency Market Development

In the first part of the story we showed that the cryptocurrency market crash in 2018 and the beginning of its recovery in 2019 fit well into the general patterns of the financial bubbles’ development, and also repeat pretty well the Bitcoin dynamics of 2014-2016. But besides the analogies with other bubbles, there are a lot of other arguments in favor of the global growth of the market, among which are the political and economic trends of the recent years.

Relaxation of the Political Climate around the Cryptoassets

The entire year of 2017 has witnessed heated discussions as to the legal status of the digital assets. One of the central events of the year was their legalization in Japan in April. Precisely this legalization, according to many, spurred a dramatic growth of the cryptocurrency market in May (especially, altcoins). But the majority of other countries during this period held more skeptical positions.

The U.S. government on several occasions refused to register bitcoin-ETF - exchange-traded funds, the price of shares in which would repeat the price of BTC. The U.S. government also extremely tightened the conditions of the ICO procedure, while some countries, such as China and South Korea - have banned it completely. Certain countries, such as Indonesia and Salvador, have banned cryptocurrencies to the extent of criminal responsibility.

A number of countries, including Russia, have adopted a cautious wait-and-see attitude, regularly promising to impose restrictions of varying severity, but not hurrying to sign it into law.

A turning point on the way to the global recognition of the cryptocurrency was the beginning of trading the Bitcoin futures at the Chicago exchanges (CME) (the world’s largest stock exchange in terms of turnover) and CBOE in December of 2017. That is when the American government admitted openly that cryptocurrencies are now to be reckoned with. With the beginning of this trade, the powerful financial circles of the USA, whose opinion cannot be ignored by the political leadership, became interested in the development of the cryptocurrency market.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CME – the world leader in terms of trade volume

In 2018, the following paradox became obvious: even if over the longer term cryptocurrencies are dangerous for the modern political system (tied up in the central banks and the currency exchange regulation), the countries that will be the first to prohibit them will be most affected along with those countries that will simply overdo stirring up negative attitude. Those countries that will settle on legalization will benefit. The drain of brains and capitals will be directed to these countries from the more repressive or unpredictable countries. A typical example of that - Crypto Project GRAM of the Russian businessman Pavel Durov, whose ICO in 2018 reached a record amount, but it was carried out in USA, and not in the legislatively uncertain Russian Federation.

The experience of the countries that have legalized the cryptocurrencies, proved successful both from the financial standpoint, and from the perspective of the international prestige. They proved themselves to be open to the progress and new freedoms. In addition to Japan, Switzerland is especially noteworthy here, because it legalized cryptocurrencies as early as in 2016, but the most brilliantly announced about itself in 2018, when its banks began to introduce cryptocurrency services one after another. Among the innovator banks there was even a Swiss subsidiary of the Russian Savings Bank (Sberbank). The very expression “Swiss bank” became a synonym of not only high reliability, but also innovation.
A milestone event of 2018 was legalization of cryptocurrencies in Germany – the leading economy of the European Union. Rather liberal measures relative to the cryptocurrencies are being applied today in Czechia, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Estonia, Norway, Finland, and a number of other countries.

“Legalization parade” has shown: the politicians with repressive attitudes cannot count on the global ban of the cryptocurrencies (which seemed theoretically possible in 2016-2017). Economically developed countries made an obvious choice: “if you cannot stop the process – become its leader”. And precisely in these countries the maximum capitals are being circulated, and the market situation depends precisely on their business activity.

Explosive Growth of the Retail Use of Cryptocurrencies
Despite obvious popularization of cryptocurrencies, there is still a myth that they are purely investment and speculative instrument, which, even if used as a payment method – only in the dark net, and as a means of payment for illegal commodities. But this is not the case today. As far back as 2013-2015, legal services accepting bitcoin emerged, and in 2016-2018 their market has undergone explosive growth.

The pioneers of the cryptocurrency market of goods and services in 2013, were, for example, Virgin Galactic – space tourism company, Victoria’s Secret lingerie company, Shopify - a supplier of software for the online stores. In 2014, the cryptocurrency was adopted by the Overstock online store, Expedia tourism service, Zynga – operator of the online games, the software monster Microsoft and many others. Some of these companies considerably went up due to the innovations: for example, the shares of Shopify and Overstock have increased in price several-fold since then.

As of today, the cryptocurrency is accepted by hundreds of large companies and thousands of small ones, while the range of their products is approaching the one in a traditional economy. The most popular categories of the goods for the cryptocurrency in the large famous companies are tourism and air tickets (Expedia), software and games (Microsoft, Shopify, Zynga, Steam), clothing and other consumer goods (Victoria’s Secret, Overstock.com, Rakuten), as well as food products (Subway, KFC, Burger King – in Russia). As an example, Playboy erotic products, premium accounts of the 4chan.org and reddit.com forums, Bloomberg.com business news, automobiles in the Czech show room Alza and many other goods can be also purchased for cryptocurrency.

A number of well-known companies, although they prefer traditional payments, nevertheless allow crypto payments through the intermediary services, such as gyft.com (trading with the card Gyft for BTC). For example, Ebay online store, Wallmart supermarket chain, Starbucks restaurants, Uber taxi service, etc. The turnover of gyft.com is evaluated in the amount of 25 million dollars with only 38 employees.
Small start-up companies often use ready-made multicurrency gateways such as coinpayments.net. It supports dozens of currencies, and hosts about 400 companies. In addition to mainstream, it contains a lot of specialized commodities. For example, crypto-armory.com sells cartridges, francvila.com – Swiss watches, directvoltage.com - 3D-printers, electric motors, CNC machines, etc. Some new stores not only accept cryptocurrencies, but also purposely give up fiat currency. For example, crypto-armory.com, explaining their refusal from fiat currency, state both ideological, and narrow pragmatic reasons. In the opinion of the owners of the store, it is easier to accept cryptocurrency payments both technically and legally.

Cartridges from the cryptocurrency store crypto-armory.com
An important trend of 2017-2018, in addition to the general growth of the commodity market - re-orientation of the stores to the multi-currency payments. Whereas previously most of them accepted only BTC, now a sign of good manners is to accept also LTC, ETH, XMR and at least several more currencies.

Thus, while the politicians were solving the problem in the manner “not possible to allow - disallow”, a vast market of commodities for cryptocurrency spontaneously emerged on the Internet. Some of its participants have multibillion capitalizations. This market is very international. The majority of commodities and services can be bought even from Russia and other countries, where cryptocurrency is not legal as an internal payment instrument, but is not prohibited as such. Today, it is hard to imagine a consumer good, which cannot be bought for cryptocurrency.

The Latest Trend – Support of Cryptocurrencies by Smartphones

The first smartphone with a cryptocurrency wallet was HYPERLINK "https://bitcryptonews.ru/blogs/sravnenie-blokchejn-smartfonov-exodus-1-i-finney"HTC Exodus 1, released in the autumn of 2018. Then, a crypto smartphone HYPERLINK emerged "https://bitcryptonews.ru/blogs/obzor-kriptosmartfona-finney"Finney. And in March of 2019, the baton was unexpectedly picked up by the smartphone from the major South Korean company, Samsung - Galaxy S10. And although Samsung refrained from the direct embedding of the cryptocurrency wallet into the standard supply set, a brand wallet of Samsung can be installed from the Galaxy Store.

Galaxy S10 – the first smartphone from Samsung with cryptocurrency support

On the part of crypto enthusiasts, there are a number of claims to Samsung initiative, among which – the lack of bitcoin support (BTC). At the moment, Samsung Blockchain Wallet supports only Ethereum (ETH) and ERC-20 standard currencies and tokens created on its basis:
Basic Attention Token (BAT), Chainlink (LINK), BinanceCoin (BNB), True USD (TUSD), USD Coin (USDC), Paxos Standard (PAX) and others.

Anyway, from a political and PR perspective, the emergence of Galaxy S10 is a great event.

First of all, smartphone can attract to the cryptocurrency market new people who have greater confidence in the famous brand, than in the traditional bulky cryptocurrency wallets. Now, many people are frightened away from the cryptocurrencies only by technical difficulties, whereas smartphones on many occasions have proved their ability to promote to the masses those things, which previously seemed to be very complex.
Secondly, this step of Samsung is a clear signal both to the domestic and foreign governments: big business is on the side of the new technologies. South Korea has a reputation of a country not very friendly to cryptocurrencies, however, its business giant publicly demonstrated another attitude.
Thirdly, the initiative of Samsung with a high degree of probability will be emulated by other leading producers of communication devices. Thus, shortly after the release of Galaxy S10, there appeared a news that a cryptocurrency wallet will soon be available in iOS Opera Touch, which means that cryptocurrencies can be also stored in iPhone of Apple.
All this creates excellent prerequisites both for the world legalization of the cryptocurrencies, and for the growth of the market due to the increase of the number of users.

Conclusion
Thus, despite the “roller coaster” of the cryptocurrency exchange rates, some fundamental processes have developed steadily in the same direction in the recent years: expansion of the commodity market for cryptocurrency, increase in the number of countries with a liberal attitude to cryptocurrencies, adoption of cryptocurrencies as a strategic technology by more and more industrial giants. The total number of individuals who tried to work with the cryptocurrencies grows steadily, while the new technological trends (in particular, crypto smartphones), can additionally accelerate this growth.

The only thing that can seriously damage a cryptocurrency market is its global ban, but it seems to be unlikely. Right now there are about 40 million bitcoin wallets on earth. It is believed that on average their number is doubled annually, which means that within 5 years it can reach a billion. And if now a global ban on cryptocurrencies is unrealistic due to their profitability for the developed countries, by that time their prohibition will become impossible almost physically.

In the first part of the story we had put forward the arguments as to why the investors need not fear the bubble of 2017-2018: in the end, the bubble showed not so much the riskiness of the crypto investments, but rather their long-term prospects. Today we described political and economic events, which have occurred in parallel “behind the scenes”, and in which there were no “drops” – only progressive development toward the construction of the crypto economy. And in the next, third part, we will try to describe in detail specific financial reasons of the collapse and recovery of the market in 2018-2019.

Analytical department, Trident company, Victor Argonov, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
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Cryptocurrency: Is It Still Alive or Dying? Part 2

Cryptocurrency: Is It Still Alive or Dying? Part 2
Cryptocurrency: Is It Still Alive or Dying?
Part 2. Political and Economic Trends in Favor of the Cryptocurrency Market Development

In the first part of the story we showed that the cryptocurrency market crash in 2018 and the beginning of its recovery in 2019 fit well into the general patterns of the financial bubbles’ development, and also repeat pretty well the Bitcoin dynamics of 2014-2016. But besides the analogies with other bubbles, there are a lot of other arguments in favor of the global growth of the market, among which are the political and economic trends of the recent years.

Relaxation of the Political Climate around the Cryptoassets

The entire year of 2017 has witnessed heated discussions as to the legal status of the digital assets. One of the central events of the year was their legalization in Japan in April. Precisely this legalization, according to many, spurred a dramatic growth of the cryptocurrency market in May (especially, altcoins). But the majority of other countries during this period held more skeptical positions.

The U.S. government on several occasions refused to register bitcoin-ETF - exchange-traded funds, the price of shares in which would repeat the price of BTC. The U.S. government also extremely tightened the conditions of the ICO procedure, while some countries, such as China and South Korea - have banned it completely. Certain countries, such as Indonesia and Salvador, have banned cryptocurrencies to the extent of criminal responsibility.

A number of countries, including Russia, have adopted a cautious wait-and-see attitude, regularly promising to impose restrictions of varying severity, but not hurrying to sign it into law.

A turning point on the way to the global recognition of the cryptocurrency was the beginning of trading the Bitcoin futures at the Chicago exchanges (CME) (the world’s largest stock exchange in terms of turnover) and CBOE in December of 2017. That is when the American government admitted openly that cryptocurrencies are now to be reckoned with. With the beginning of this trade, the powerful financial circles of the USA, whose opinion cannot be ignored by the political leadership, became interested in the development of the cryptocurrency market.
Chicago Mercantile Exchange, CME – the world leader in terms of trade volume

In 2018, the following paradox became obvious: even if over the longer term cryptocurrencies are dangerous for the modern political system (tied up in the central banks and the currency exchange regulation), the countries that will be the first to prohibit them will be most affected along with those countries that will simply overdo stirring up negative attitude. Those countries that will settle on legalization will benefit. The drain of brains and capitals will be directed to these countries from the more repressive or unpredictable countries. A typical example of that - Crypto Project GRAM of the Russian businessman Pavel Durov, whose ICO in 2018 reached a record amount, but it was carried out in USA, and not in the legislatively uncertain Russian Federation.

The experience of the countries that have legalized the cryptocurrencies, proved successful both from the financial standpoint, and from the perspective of the international prestige. They proved themselves to be open to the progress and new freedoms. In addition to Japan, Switzerland is especially noteworthy here, because it legalized cryptocurrencies as early as in 2016, but the most brilliantly announced about itself in 2018, when its banks began to introduce cryptocurrency services one after another. Among the innovator banks there was even a Swiss subsidiary of the Russian Savings Bank (Sberbank). The very expression “Swiss bank” became a synonym of not only high reliability, but also innovation.

A milestone event of 2018 was legalization of cryptocurrencies in Germany – the leading economy of the European Union. Rather liberal measures relative to the cryptocurrencies are being applied today in Czechia, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Australia, Estonia, Norway, Finland, and a number of other countries.

“Legalization parade” has shown: the politicians with repressive attitudes cannot count on the global ban of the cryptocurrencies (which seemed theoretically possible in 2016-2017). Economically developed countries made an obvious choice: “if you cannot stop the process – become its leader”. And precisely in these countries the maximum capitals are being circulated, and the market situation depends precisely on their business activity.

Explosive Growth of the Retail Use of Cryptocurrencies

Despite obvious popularization of cryptocurrencies, there is still a myth that they are purely investment and speculative instrument, which, even if used as a payment method – only in the dark net, and as a means of payment for illegal commodities. But this is not the case today. As far back as 2013-2015, legal services accepting bitcoin emerged, and in 2016-2018 their market has undergone explosive growth.

The pioneers of the cryptocurrency market of goods and services in 2013, were, for example, Virgin Galactic – space tourism company, Victoria’s Secret lingerie company, Shopify - a supplier of software for the online stores. In 2014, the cryptocurrency was adopted by the Overstock online store, Expedia tourism service, Zynga – operator of the online games, the software monster Microsoft and many others. Some of these companies considerably went up due to the innovations: for example, the shares of Shopify and Overstock have increased in price several-fold since then.

As of today, the cryptocurrency is accepted by hundreds of large companies and thousands of small ones, while the range of their products is approaching the one in a traditional economy. The most popular categories of the goods for the cryptocurrency in the large famous companies are tourism and air tickets (Expedia), software and games (Microsoft, Shopify, Zynga, Steam), clothing and other consumer goods (Victoria’s Secret, Overstock.com, Rakuten), as well as food products (Subway, KFC, Burger King – in Russia). As an example, Playboy erotic products, premium accounts of the 4chan.org and reddit.com forums, Bloomberg.com business news, automobiles in the Czech show room Alza and many other goods can be also purchased for cryptocurrency.

A number of well-known companies, although they prefer traditional payments, nevertheless allow crypto payments through the intermediary services, such as gyft.com (trading with the card Gyft for BTC). For example, Ebay online store, Wallmart supermarket chain, Starbucks restaurants, Uber taxi service, etc. The turnover of gyft.com is evaluated in the amount of 25 million dollars with only 38 employees.
Small start-up companies often use ready-made multicurrency gateways such as coinpayments.net. It supports dozens of currencies, and hosts about 400 companies. In addition to mainstream, it contains a lot of specialized commodities. For example, crypto-armory.com sells cartridges, francvila.com – Swiss watches, directvoltage.com - 3D-printers, electric motors, CNC machines, etc. Some new stores not only accept cryptocurrencies, but also purposely give up fiat currency. For example, crypto-armory.com, explaining their refusal from fiat currency, state both ideological, and narrow pragmatic reasons. In the opinion of the owners of the store, it is easier to accept cryptocurrency payments both technically and legally.

Cartridges from the cryptocurrency store crypto-armory.com
An important trend of 2017-2018, in addition to the general growth of the commodity market - re-orientation of the stores to the multi-currency payments. Whereas previously most of them accepted only BTC, now a sign of good manners is to accept also LTC, ETH, XMR and at least several more currencies.

Thus, while the politicians were solving the problem in the manner “not possible to allow - disallow”, a vast market of commodities for cryptocurrency spontaneously emerged on the Internet. Some of its participants have multibillion capitalizations. This market is very international. The majority of commodities and services can be bought even from Russia and other countries, where cryptocurrency is not legal as an internal payment instrument, but is not prohibited as such. Today, it is hard to imagine a consumer good, which cannot be bought for cryptocurrency.

The Latest Trend – Support of Cryptocurrencies by Smartphones

The first smartphone with a cryptocurrency wallet was HYPERLINK "https://bitcryptonews.ru/blogs/sravnenie-blokchejn-smartfonov-exodus-1-i-finney"HTC Exodus 1, released in the autumn of 2018. Then, a crypto smartphone HYPERLINK emerged "https://bitcryptonews.ru/blogs/obzor-kriptosmartfona-finney"Finney. And in March of 2019, the baton was unexpectedly picked up by the smartphone from the major South Korean company, Samsung - Galaxy S10. And although Samsung refrained from the direct embedding of the cryptocurrency wallet into the standard supply set, a brand wallet of Samsung can be installed from the Galaxy Store.

https://preview.redd.it/p8zc6dat0ay21.jpg?width=1280&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=d7f173f7470107c2f4cc5868ed882089499b2a09
Galaxy S10 – the first smartphone from Samsung with cryptocurrency support
On the part of crypto enthusiasts, there are a number of claims to Samsung initiative, among which – the lack of bitcoin support (BTC). At the moment, Samsung Blockchain Wallet supports only Ethereum (ETH) and ERC-20 standard currencies and tokens created on its basis:
Basic Attention Token (BAT), Chainlink (LINK), BinanceCoin (BNB), True USD (TUSD), USD Coin (USDC), Paxos Standard (PAX) and others.

Anyway, from a political and PR perspective, the emergence of Galaxy S10 is a great event.

First of all, smartphone can attract to the cryptocurrency market new people who have greater confidence in the famous brand, than in the traditional bulky cryptocurrency wallets. Now, many people are frightened away from the cryptocurrencies only by technical difficulties, whereas smartphones on many occasions have proved their ability to promote to the masses those things, which previously seemed to be very complex.

Secondly, this step of Samsung is a clear signal both to the domestic and foreign governments: big business is on the side of the new technologies. South Korea has a reputation of a country not very friendly to cryptocurrencies, however, its business giant publicly demonstrated another attitude.

Thirdly, the initiative of Samsung with a high degree of probability will be emulated by other leading producers of communication devices. Thus, shortly after the release of Galaxy S10, there appeared a news that a cryptocurrency wallet will soon be available in iOS Opera Touch, which means that cryptocurrencies can be also stored in iPhone of Apple.

All this creates excellent prerequisites both for the world legalization of the cryptocurrencies, and for the growth of the market due to the increase of the number of users.

Conclusion

Thus, despite the “roller coaster” of the cryptocurrency exchange rates, some fundamental processes have developed steadily in the same direction in the recent years: expansion of the commodity market for cryptocurrency, increase in the number of countries with a liberal attitude to cryptocurrencies, adoption of cryptocurrencies as a strategic technology by more and more industrial giants. The total number of individuals who tried to work with the cryptocurrencies grows steadily, while the new technological trends (in particular, crypto smartphones), can additionally accelerate this growth.

The only thing that can seriously damage a cryptocurrency market is its global ban, but it seems to be unlikely. Right now there are about 40 million bitcoin wallets on earth. It is believed that on average their number is doubled annually, which means that within 5 years it can reach a billion. And if now a global ban on cryptocurrencies is unrealistic due to their profitability for the developed countries, by that time their prohibition will become impossible almost physically.

In the first part of the story we had put forward the arguments as to why the investors need not fear the bubble of 2017-2018: in the end, the bubble showed not so much the riskiness of the crypto investments, but rather their long-term prospects. Today we described political and economic events, which have occurred in parallel “behind the scenes”, and in which there were no “drops” – only progressive development toward the construction of the crypto economy. And in the next, third part, we will try to describe in detail specific financial reasons of the collapse and recovery of the market in 2018-2019.

Analytical department, Trident company, Victor Argonov, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
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Log of AMA with rivetz.com - @Steven Sprague (Steven Sprague), @AmyV (Amy Vernon) @Alex-Rivetz

Disclaimer: ARK is regularly hosting Ask-me-Anything's of upcoming and promising cryptocurrency projects. Other than being the host, there is no relation between ARK and the featured cryptocurrency in this AMA. Keep in mind that ARK has no competitors - only future partners.
Dr10 Let us all welcome the team from Rivetz.com @Steven Sprague (Steven Sprague), @AmyV (Amy Vernon) @Alex-Rivetz) . You can all start asking them questions. I'd ask team from Rivetz to use @ username to the one they are responding to and I'd like to ask all the community to give them some time to catch up if too many questions in backlog, before asking more so questions don't get lost. Thank you!
Steven Sprague @dr10 Thanks
AmyV hai Posted using /giphy (1 MB)
Alex-Rivetz Hello everyone! Pleasure to be here.
bohemiangreco :excellent:
breastjar Hi @Steven Sprague
dr10 Welcome :wave: Lets start with question number one: How would you sum-up the use-case of Rivetz short and easy? (edited)
M N ^ what problem(s) are you trying to solve?
tranzer What is Rivetz and its main purpose? Will you have your own blockchain or ERC20 token?
breastjar Looking at your product, you are aiming for businesses. Are there any partnerships yet?
Steven Sprague Rivetz Provides protection of the private keys and the formation of instructions using the isolated execution of the processor hardware that has been standardized by global platform and trusted computing standards. The goal is to provide a hardware quality of protection in the device you already own.
Steven Sprague @breastjar Yes the product will begin commercial distribution in Q1 and there are partners from ICO's to Telefonica that have been announced
breastjar So rivetz has to be implemented into the hardware?
bohemiangreco Why do you think there is a need for your "Hardware quality of protection"?
Steven Sprague Rivetz leverages the ARM truszone hardware already in your main processor the technology is deployed over the air and is a trustlette that is deployed in the measured Isolated execution.
Steven Sprague @bohemiangreco Because it is way to easy to steal access to keys and accounts from simple 2FA to full private key protection.
breastjar If you already deploy commercial distribution why do you need an ICO? 1 reply 7 hours ago View thread
dr10 Rivetz ICO is already over. They are traded already afaik. 1 reply 7 hours ago View thread
tranzer So are you your own blockchain or only providing solutions and have ERC20 tokens for investors? 1 reply 7 hours ago View thread
M N @Steven Sprague how does your system know what needs to be divided and secured... apps vs operating system vs. passwords and sensitive information? (edited)
AmyV @breastjar -> FYI, this is our partnership page: https://rivetz.com/partners Rivetz Partnerships - Rivetz Rivetz is pleased to partner with a host of innovative companies in security, blockchain, mobile and other technology industries to offer stronger, simpler security for everyone! (27 kB)
tranzer Put Ark logo there it will look better :trollface:
Steven Sprague We chose to abandon a Venture backed round and pursue a stronger token model. Our original ideas in the space where written up in 2014 and it becam clear that an attestation Coin (2014) could become the Rivetz Cybersecurity Token RvT (2017) Decentralized security is key for all blockchain projects to assure that the data written to the Chain is provably intended.
breastjar @AmyV Thx :+1::skin-tone-2:
Lohis Has rivetz something to do with ark? Sorry i am new here @Steven Sprague
AmyV @Lohis - just friends of ARK. Your folks thought you might be interested in getting to chat with @Steven Sprague some :slightly_smiling_face:
Steven Sprague @bohemiangreco My team has a strong backgroung in running a Nasdaq Company in trusted computing and the Token market is the new model for software economics. Every porject using a blockchain needs to begin to consider how the actual Decentralized security will operate to assure the instruction sent to the chain or the contract is the instruction intended.
breastjar It is! @AmyV
Steven Sprague @Lohis Happy to discuss the application to ARK as well.
M N @Lohis Ark hosts AMA's for all types of different coins to learn about them.... they typically don't have anything specific to do with Ark, but there are usually a lot of potential use cases and future partnerships that could come out of them :slightly_smiling_face:
M N @Steven Sprague how does your system know what needs to be divided and secured... apps vs operating system vs. passwords and sensitive information?
Leon Is there discussion with the ARK team to embed RVT in the ARK mobile wallets?
dr10 No there is nothing yet, but its more like a meet and greet now. Getting to know Rivetz :wink:
Steven Sprague @M N We provide a developer tool kit so the android app developer can determine the components that should execute within the Isolated execution environment
sleepdeficit @Steven Sprague Will/Does Rivetz have other development APIs and wrappers available, and are you fully open-source?
M N @Steven Sprague so do you have to trust the developer to not put "backdoor" types of allowances or do you have guardrails in place to make sure they can't do that? 2 replies Last reply 7 hours ago View thread
Steven Sprague @Leon It is also interesting to note that it will be possible to Integrate attestation into the Chain as well so that validation of the health and integrity of a device that requests a transaction can be assured for the owner of the device enabling proof a transaction on a chain was done by a known device in a known condition with known controls for the owner of the device.
bobdigital @Steven Sprague - you mentioned having a product, is there a vid or a demo so we can see it in action?
AmyV @bobdigital -> I have been promised a narrated video of the beta we’re releasing this month. I should have it in the next few days (early next week at the latest). The current one is un-narrated. :slightly_smiling_face:
Leon At the token sale a lot of tokens were left unsold. These are currently vested by the company. Can you elaborate what will happen with those remaining tokens in the future? @Steven Sprague
bobdigital @AmyV - thanks, can we see the un-narrated? Please? :grin:
breastjar How will the blockchain add any value to your solution? I’m missing something
breastjar Or are the tokens more like shares?
Steven Sprague @M N The heart of the system is to prove attribution to the developer there is no anonymous code in the Rivetz Core if a back door where ever to be discovered it is possible to verify the source of that code. accidents can happen but what is important is to assure they are not repeated. the system also undergoes strong review and certifications at a number of levels from hardware on up.
AmyV @bobdigital - let me see if I can pry it out of their hands. :slightly_smiling_face:
Steven Sprague The purpose of the tokenis to both operate and monitize the system.
Shane It always sucks being the new guy, but new to crypto and Ark. Sounds like an amazing team, monetary potential is awesome, but even more interested in getting as far away from the central banking system as possible. Any advice on where to start or point me in the right direction?
Steven Sprague The integrity of the Chain is used to assure that Referance integrity measurements and policies are not altered. This is how a device can have automatic money that has policy so it can only be spent on specific utilities and not easily stolen by malware.
dr10 Not sure if I'm right, but I think "Sirin Labs" are working on a similar product like Rivetz. If you know them, what is the difference between Rivetz and Sirin Labs?
AmyV @dr10 -> They’re building their own hardware. Our product can be used with most hardware.
Steven Sprague @Shane Think of the model as living outside of the geospacial controlled systems. The Identity based models of blockchain are not bound by location. Just a network of secure devices and messages. Rivetz helps with the secure devices part. Tokens operate chains. Secure devices (Rivetz) operate tokens.
Steven Sprague Dr10 Rivetz will provide you with secure display and trusted input and Isolated measured execution in a Samsung S6 you already have.
djselery Pretty sure you just confused the new guy that doesn't know this is a live ama right now haha
Steven Sprague @djselery Just trying to help. :slightly_smiling_face:
Shane @Steven Sprague thank you man, i am trying to wrap my brain around the full scope and that helps!
dr10 It's all good :thumbsup:
M N @Steven Sprague this isnt' a tech question -- but what happened to your market cap here?
Leon Inflated futures price at HITBtc prior to token release
Steven Sprague @M N There was very early trading before the end of the ICO with 0 volume. As the company gets closer to delivering product and clearly showing the strength and potential of a few hundred million hardware wallets we think the market will understand what Drives Value.
sleepdeficit Sure... confused just the new guy... :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::
sleepdeficit @Steven Sprague So, basically use different metrics--like messages/device-associations/etc--to help authenticate? Like merkle tree of associations?
Shane haha pretty much but thats ok
Steven Sprague @sleepdeficit Yes Both internal and External measurements can be included prior to the release of a Private Key for 2FA, BTC, or secure messaging. The tech can be applied to blockchain but can be also used with Gmail or other services.
Shane thats why i'm here, to learn shit I don't know, no shame in that
JayCrypto Welcommen to ark
bobdigital So basically, Rivetz would turn my cell phone into a LedgeTrezor?
Steven Sprague We store a reference signature of the internal and external measurments and then assure that the same Reference is matched in realtime as a policy enforcement point on a decentralized basis.
Steven Sprague @bobdigital YES with benefit of realtime attestation that the gode is what you expect and the ability to add external controls like location or time of day.
clarissa- Turning my phone into a ledgetrezor, now that’s interesting.
M N @Steven Sprague are you PoW or PoS based? (edited)
clarissa- Interesting AND useful
breastjar So @Steven Sprague Does your app also work when my phone is offline
Steven Sprague You can think of Trusted execution as a Private smart contract running in your device to assure the policy you set is securely followed without sharing data to the public network. For example access to my 2FA is only possible if I am in my house to connect to my bank and I do not have to tell my bank I require it.
Steven Sprague @breastjar Yes,
dr10 What kind of ideas or use-cases do you see for IoT-devices and the internet of things in general?
mike does rivetz have a github repository available to look at?
dr10 With rivetz in use
sleepdeficit @mike https://github.com/rivetz GitHub Rivetz GitHub is where people build software. More than 26 million people use GitHub to discover, fork, and contribute to over 73 million projects.
1somad BRB, need to buy some RVT
mike can we add rivetz to a mobile wallet?
Steven Sprague @dr10 All of IoT is based on sending secure instruction very much like a wallet does for BTC. Rivetz provides the tools to hold you hotel Key securely or your Aston Martin keys. All of IOT needs data integrity as part of the model and Rivetz enables those capabilities. When you mix IOTA and RvT you can deliver end to end security. This will be more and more critical as people expect automated IOT operations.
bobdigital @Steven Sprague - RvT is currently an ERC20 coin. Are their plans to use the same tech on other chains?
dr10 Where is Rivetz based or where are your headquarters/offices?
tranzer Wasn't IOTA just announced as shit for IOT? 1 reply 7 hours ago View thread
sleepdeficit @Steven Sprague Can haz C++ libs?
Steven Sprague @mike Yes We are already engaged with a number of wallet providers and hope to add more.
Steven Sprague @sleepdeficit We will be providing the full tools and libraries in January Including support for C++
AmyV Steven didn’t say this! - @mike Yes We are already engaged with a number of wallet providers and hope to add more.
:wink: No announcements until the partnerships are official.
Shhhhhhh
Steven Sprague @bobdigital The ERC20 Token is used today as the primary store of value for RvT the secondary store will be a utility account on a device that is funded and refunded by the EFC20 token We expect there to be multiple chains supported by RvT
moonman So the token is useless?
breastjar Will your product be available to both iOS and Android
clarissa- What I would really love to see one day is having a secure wallet (using rivetz tech) which can link up with tenx (or similar crypto to $) and work seamlessly with Google pay/Apple pay type of “pay wave” technology
clarissa- That’ll really go full circle
Shane So basically I can use a wallet, use/trade tokens through a smart phone and be safe and secure due to being backed by Rivetz, correct?
Steven Sprague @moonman The token is used to carry the attesation assurance between devices and services and to act as a source of Funds it is a utility token required to enable and operate the Rivetz hardware assurance capabilities.
moonman Why do you need that instead of a plain smart contract, except for artificial vendor lockdown?
numba1enigma alot of people giving thumbs up totally layed into me when asking about rivitz back when they were doing thier ico.
Auph What are the tangible assets of Rivetz at the moment?
Steven Sprague @Shane That is our goal to provide you with a safer and simpler experieince on 10's of millions of existing devices. Secure messaging will also assure that the data transmitted can be proven to come from a known source.
Steven Sprague @moonman The problem is if I steal your key or modify the data you send to a smart contract then it can not be proven. The integration of Trusted Execution to enhance the quality and provability of the instructions is key to the future of blockchain.
moonman How does the token help with that? It's not related to being an ERC20 token.
Steven Sprague @ auph approximately 26 Million dollars
Candler @Steven Sprague did you mean to type IOTA or did you mean IOT generally?
Auph How are they being valuated?
moonman Rivetz just sounds like a glorified VPN wrapped in an ERC20 token for the purpose of getting on on the ICO bubble.
moonman Explain how it isn't?
Steven Sprague @Candler I meant both. IOTA is an example of interesting tech but suffers form if I steal the private key you know nothing.
Candler ah I see, and rvt would shore up that problem for iota
arno What exactly is Trusted Execution?
Steven Sprague @moonman Rivetz leverage the 30 Billion investment in Isolated execution within the hardware processor of your Smart phone to execute Measured Isolated Code to assure the protection of your private key and the formation of an assured and provable instruction. It also can leverage realtime attestation to assure the measured Isolated enviroment is in the condition you expect and verify both Internal assurance controls and any External cloud controls or enterpise security and bind it into a digital proof of the transaction formation. Your private keys if stolen can not be detected. This how decentralized security needs to be built. Blockchain is by its nature can not be secured by classic enterpise network security tools.
moonman Can I get that without the buzzwords? VPN software can already utilize hardware to isolate execution.
whyfhy so can a tor node
whyfhy aka verge mining
moonman And if the phone has no way to execute in isolation your software wouldn't help. Are you also providing a hardware product?
Steven Sprague @arno Trusted Execution is a set of standards developed by the Trustedcomputing group.org and Globalplatform.org and provide a measured and isolated execution within the chips on most modern processors.
ark__life :cold_sweat:
Delegate40 Why not just make a dapp and use Eth rather than your own token?
whyfhy :confused:
moonman If you're not providing a specific hardware product, then as I said you're just wrapping low level VPN-esque software in an ERC20 token and cashing in on the ICO bubble.
moonman What makes you different?
Steven Sprague @ moonman we only support Phones that have the embedded security Aproximately 1 billion have shipped in the last 4 years.
moonman Ok so you have no hardware product. You're a "VPN" with an ERC20 token then?
moonman Why use you over any other software that can utilize iPhone's embedded security?
sleepdeficit @moonman If Ark couldn't pay people to develop Ark, there wouldn't be much of a way to pay for Ark being developed.
Candler @Steven Sprague What are your thoughts on proof of stake model with Rivetz?
moonman @sleepdeficit Did companies not exist before cryptos? :hmmm:
sleepdeficit @moonman Of course they did, and new business models are always emerging.
Steven Sprague @moonman no a VPN is a connections based model and would not apply to a decentralized system as you can't "VPN"to bitcoin. the blockchain already uses secure messaging we ar emaking the formation of messages SAFE.
Auph iphone's embedded security is local, and it's not 100% safe. It can be hacked locally
moonman Hence why I put "VPN" in quotes. It's the same concept but different protocol/model.
moonman My question is why you need an ERC20 token to do this when there are no features that are gained by doing so other than vendor lockdown.
Steven Sprague @chandler Proof of stake is an interesting model with and proof of stake with Rivetz could be a very interesting way to build new models for Chains.
moonman I understand paying for software, I'm asking why an ERC20 token that ultimately is just an extension of ETH and ETH can do whatever you want to accomplish via smart contract (see: cryptokitties for proper use of dapps on the chain without tokens). (edited)
dr10 OK, we are approaching the 60 minutes mark. Any last questions for Rivetz team? Anything the team would like to add or tell - feel free to do.
Steven Sprague @moonman Have a look we did a cutome verion of a chain a year ago with fully embedded attestation so the nodes are policy enforement points We will transition in this direction as development matures.
moonman You're not answering my question though.
moonman So you intend to have your own chain?
moonman Why the ERC20 token then?
moonman Just to have an IOU for later?
numba1enigma civic has iou no
Steven Sprague @moonman We will use the ERC20 and our own chain in the long term We expect them to interact closely.
bobdigital @numba1enigma - yes they do. Others do too...
moonman Why are you using ERC20 instead of just ETH.
moonman It's a direct question.
moonman You don't need ERC20 to use smart contracts.
moonman Or for identification/auth/anything else you're doing.
sleepdeficit @moonman Is this different than crowdfunding, and is development into a sole platform a bad thing? (edited)
moonman Having a separate platform is good.
Steven Sprague @moonman We felt ERC20 was a good fit for us at the time
moonman The ERC20 token is what makes no sense.
moonman My question is why @Steven Sprague
moonman For crowdfunding exclusively then?
sleepdeficit @moonman Not speaking for them, but I'm sure different things became more obvious as development matured.
Steven Sprague Crowdfunding was a good fit for ERC20 The builiding of the token market is anew model for everyone.
breastjar If only ark had the “one-click” blockchain option finished
breastjar :trollbounce:
dr10 Okay, seems we're approached the end. Thank you Steven, Amy and Alex for taking the time to do this AMA! All the best with the project and you are always welcome to hang around our Slack.
P.S.: Feel free to share your website and social media pages. :thumbsup:
AmyV Thanks, @dr10 and to everyone for the excellent questions.
I think there were a few questions missed in the fray, and I’ll work with Steven to get them answered and share them with you. :slightly_smiling_face:
SuperCool :clapping:
whyfhy i know right ark has such a bright future , to bad 1 click blockchain didnt happen during ico bubble (i think its over imo i mean are you guys buying icos")
Endeby nice AMA!
Steven Sprague Thanks everyone for your time
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Transcript of George Webb Video Series Part 303 "Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen" [@Georgwebb / #HRCRatline]

  • George Webb Delivers Imran's Bitcoin To Rahm - YouTube
    • George has a long live session for Q and A
    • Clowns around with with the idea of hangliding into the FBI building and stealing hard drives full of bitcoin to give to Rahm Emanuel
    • Truly, George is the new most interesting man in the world\
    • McCabe's dog is name Coup Coup Ka Chew. Or maybe it's not. (it's jeremiah. only stupid mccabe would name his dog jeremiah)
  • Day 167.1. 20 Saipov "Visa Lottery Winners", 20 Blackberries - Managing Deep Uranium Ratline? - YouTube
    • It's day 167 this is part 1
    • And I'm getting a tooth out back here molars coming out
    • So I appreciate that, for the wonderful contribution by the viewers to give me that for free--I appreciate it
    • Last night we tried to arrange a meeting between Task Force and Robyn Gritz
    • And it was in the area of Pleasant Prairie near the border of Wisconsin
    • We don't give away the exact location
    • Now, everybody's gonna say Pleasant Prairie Pleasant Prairie: oh is that where Paul Ryan did the FoxConn deal
    • The foxconn is is the manufacturer in China China China China that makes the iPhone
    • And that's a two hundred fifty billion dollar investment that Trump did
    • So that's that's nice when that goes into your district
    • I think I'm pretty sure Pleasant Prairie is in Paul Ryan's district--is that ways quitting, because that's enough money to live on forever?
    • I don't know who knows?
    • But I don't know if I'm be able to upload this that's why I had to do the live stream yesterday
    • So sorry that was a little haphazard
    • But I really want to get the blues sisters together
    • I think this is really important--Robyn Gritz has that nuclear--she did all these nuclear negotiations in Iran...I don't want her to give away anything obviously classified
    • But we have an expert--a top world expert
    • And then we have somebody who at the state and local level has been involved in all these domestic activities
    • So it'd just be great to put the blues sisters together at the International with the with the National to really lend more expertise
    • So I know Robyn doesn't necessarily want to become a blues sister
    • And remake the Blues Brothers
    • But--you could see I wish I could have done the whole Saipov--loop in one go--by the cop car with a cop shocks and the cop tires, and the cop engine
    • And a half a pack of cigarettes full tank of gas--go down to Raja Foods--get the hawala send it back on a plane to Pakistan, pull off the halal, cash it for chips, convert it to Bitcoin, take the Bitcoin down to Rahm
    • I wish I could have done that all one go--as a blues brother--kind of Saipov
    • Now, everyone says, "well George, 19 Saipovs, 20 Blackberries: did each Saipov get a blackberry?"
    • And that was why Saipov had all these trucking companies?
    • You found five trucking companies, but were there 20?
    • Was each Saipov really a Saipov, were they all from Tashkent?
    • Were they all recruited by Craig Murray in Tashkent?
    • And I was surprised to learn Saipov was from Tashkent
    • The other thing that came out of yesterday was the 16 tons of what-do-you-get
    • You get you get a hell of a lot of valuable over Uranium that never made it--that from that megatons to megawatts--never made it to the United States
    • The 16 tons was in the Ukraine
    • Now, it moved somewhere
    • Was Deep Uranium right again?
    • It was all moved to Astana
    • Astana was this deep underground
    • I mean the story as actually going toward Deep Uranium
    • I mean that's where it is if you add up the value of that by going by hot Bob highly enriched Mueller's--quarter pounder, eight million a quarter pounder
    • That comes out to 4.48 trillion dollars
    • So as they were taking little bits off the top--selling off the Uranium to different nuclear powers
    • They put the drugs in there Rahm--wants
    • Now, I'm not saying these aren't legal drugs legal quarter weight drugs to sell to our veterans
    • But that is what Deep Uranium said a year ago
    • So I just keep finding a Deep Uranium's credibility is just getting confirmed by all these experts along the way
    • We'll keep following this story, but I have this feeling that Robyn Gritz is expertise in Iran is gonna lend to the same kind of it's gonna be just yet another part of the Uranium ratline for their developing nuclear program
  • Day 167.3. KGB Agent In Next Room - Rahm’s Abbott Labs VeroPharm Agents? - YouTube
    • Day 167 the anesthetic is in
    • You can see over there is not on the x-ray
    • But you can see clearly there's no no identifiable information there
    • Before I numb up, this this nuclear cities program--there's a KGB--this gal she's in the next room
    • Her father is in the KGB now
    • I don't know if Rahm Emanuel sent over the KGB, but she told the dentist: if anything happens to me you're in trouble
    • True story she works for Abbott labs I believe the drug is called Respiral {? / respirol? -- that's for breathing George...bronchodialator }
    • I said immediately to him tell me tell me tell me if it's Verro Pharma
  • Day 167.4. Q’s Triple AAA Clue - Astana to Awans to Alexandria? - YouTube
    • Day 164 this is part excuse-me 167 this is part 4
    • Tooth is out: extraction is a little bit like extracting HEU from Ukraine and taking it to Astana
    • So Q's out with a clue with Triple A about the Awans--the Triple A and the kill box
    • And I again, I talked to Deep Uranium on the kill box
    • When a opponent goes around a corner that's the perfect time to ambush them, and then you bottle them up as they go around the corner
    • And then that's the kill box
    • You get them from both sides in a kind of a box Deep Uranium is the one that said that Astana was the starting point of the ratline
    • I think that's where the 16 tons of HEU goes
    • I published a piece about 128 tons was the total nuclear inventory of plutonium from the Russians in 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed
    • It's about 700 tons of HEU
    • So could 16 tons of that huge amount of Uranium
    • And plutonium have been diverted to Astana? you bet
    • So I do think all clues lead to Uranium
    • And the clue this morning on on Triple A it could have been the start of the ratline a being the Astana
    • And then the Awans to a place like Alexandria or it could be the people involved Hina Alvi, Imran Awan, and also Adila, his sister
    • So there's a lot of aides that go from Astana to the Awans to Alexandria
    • But we don't know what they were
    • But Q definitely was dropping big hints today on the triple A's
    • I think Astana most Americans don't know where it is
    • Again, if you don't remember trip Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan is one of the key--I think I believe it's capital of Kazakhstan at the top of our ratline
    • Deep Uranium over a year ago saying that's the beginning the ratline for the Uranium coming to the United States
    • And the drugs went with it, underneath
    • The yellowcake was on top or whatever the HEU
    • And the bottom was the white cake
    • Weapons in the other direction
    • Also weapons going out of Pakistan to Isis through the Pakistan Ordnance Factory
  • Day 167.5. More Q Clue - Triple A - Astana - Awans - ARMZ? - YouTube
    • Day 167
    • And this is part 5
    • And you don't have to comment about Q to wait for feedback
    • Everyone's saying, "George you dum-dum dodo head {{ no one is saying that }} don't you realize the third A is ARMZ, John Podesta's ARMZ company for arms"
    • And that is supported by this Muller announcing this new memo
    • Muller was enabled as a special prosecutor in May of last year 2017 by Rod Rosenstein
    • But now, there's a secret memo that's come to light that came out two months later, in August, enabling him to look at the Ukrainian situation Ukrainian trade with Paul Manafort and who? Oleg Deripaska
    • None of the people we introduced you to ever are not a key part later on down the road it seems
    • So what do we know about Oleg Deripaska?
    • Well could it be that the Awans the it's Astana to Awans and ARMZ? Maybe...
    • And were the Awans just doing the Uranium layer with the one two three with with Manafort
    • And was Deripaska doing the arms and drugs below that with Rahm, with the 20 Saipov trucking agencies, with the 20 Blackberries? Could be
    • So that's a wrinkle I'm sorry I missed ARMZ
    • Please accept my apologies
    • AAA = Astana Awans ARMZ
  • Day 167.6. Sweet Home Chicago - Blues Sisters - YouTube
    • It's day 167 this is part one it's cold here in the Windy City
    • So we decided to stay a few more days in Chicago
    • And the reason being is (sorry about the wind) is the Task Force it's really not just Task Force our local and state police representative who you know as Task Force
    • But really we want to add to the Task Force we want to add professionals from the FBI, especially like a Roby Gritz or a Mike McMahan on this subject of vetting
    • Vetting is very much in the news (I'll pan around here a little bit) vetting very much in the news
    • Now, hopefully that helps with the wind' vetting very much in the news with 44 different Democrats not vetting the Awans--any of them
    • Three of them being on the Intelligence Committee
    • So we're going to talk about different techniques of vetting that professionals use
    • We're not going to disclose anything classified like simultaneous interviews, or corroborating interviews, or recursive questioning, or none of those things will be discussed
    • We won't give away any classified information
    • But what we will do is talk about vetting, and how we might go about vetting the Awans, because it's never too late to do an assessment a damage assessment of what actually was exfiltrated out of the United States
    • What was in those hundreds of suspicious activity reports (SARs) going to Pakistan?
    • What was in those terabytes going to Pakistan?
    • Now, still we don't know the question
    • Now, there's rumors that Jesse Liu of the attorney general's office in the DC district has gone back to the grand jury, and may be considering an up charge for the Awans
    • So we don't know if that's true or not
    • But that certainly would be something that would be with no vetting we have no idea now
    • Luke Rosiak I heard him on today on a on a radio show before Hannity's, talking about the fact that hardly any of them even had a college degree
    • So we know something went horribly wrong with them all having $160,000 a year jobs in Congress
    • So this certainly has to be looked into
    • We hear that Chuck Grassley is also asked for a list of all people with classified clearances
    • So we'll see if the Awans come up in that or any of the Awan gang if you will
    • So that's what we have here in Chicago
    • We're going to try to have the Task Force--the hopefully the first two members of the Task Force will be the Blues sisters the Blues sisters
    • We'll have one state and local police officer
    • We'll hopefully have one International law enforcement officer
    • And Robyn Gritz to get our Task Force started off with the Blues sisters
    • And we might even have a live broadcast from a famous Blues Brothers location a little bit later this evening
  • Day 167.7. Loop Capital - 111 Jackson. - YouTube
    • Why Boeing? Well there are a Washington-based corporation that moved because of Rahm Emanuel here in a beautiful Chicago
    • Well there's another company from Washington about ready to do the same thing: it's called Amazon
    • Why are we subsidizing Amazon?
    • We don't know Trump's on the case now, though, and that's changing the whole dynamic
    • A lot of these things were true, but just never got any attention
    • Trump tweets it out, even though Preet Bharara want Bezos to buy Twitter just so Trump can't tweet
    • Probably not gonna happen
    • So got a you beautiful Chicago taxi down here we haven't made contact with Robyn Gritz yet
    • But we want our expertise on all these vetting questions
    • So we're gonna talk to her about damage assessments that she's done do we need another Amazon
    • So we needed another Chicago headquarters of a company stolen from another state well we'll find out
    • But if there are no tax breaks,
    • And then we are on the Washington Street bridge, so it is a little shaky--I hope it's not Chinese Steel
    • So then there you go
    • And we're not far well you can't really see it we're not far from the Willis Tower
    • And 111 Jackson.
    • What's 111 Jackson?
    • I know everybody's gonna say the same thing that's got to be something AWAN because it's a-1
    • That's the one it's the one: Loop capital, Loop capital 111 Jackson
    • We'll get there tomorrow
  • Day 168.1 Q Drops Star Electric Clue - Our STAR Reactor? - YouTube
    • It's day 168 here in Chicago
    • And the shooters father Q had mentioned look into the shooters father at YouTube
    • And his name is Ismail
    • This is we talked about Ismail Aghdam, so think of an agricultural dam
    • And anyway his company is Star Electric
    • And you look at his clients they really range all over the country
    • They range a lot in California where the company is based in Orange County
    • So it's Star Electric OC like Orange County
    • Of course you would expect Disney to be a customer, united bank, Facebook, etc
    • That's probably the old LA part of LA companies at Facebook acquired
    • Edison energy
    • Kaiser Permanente is big down in Orange County in LA
    • Morgan Stanley
    • Toshiba
    • Toyota etc
    • But interestingly enough they're also potentially involved in the New York transit system
    • These are all massive consumers of electrical energy
    • And if you open your mind a little to Lawrence Livermore Lab being in the same state
    • And if again, if you think if you put any credence in Q, you can look at this paper that was certainly quite a while ago--15 years ago, called some secure transportable autonomous reactor or the star reactor, which was developed at Lawrence Livermore laboratories
    • And it's for exactly this kind of use, where it's portable, it's for mining applications oil field applications...you never need to change the fuel in the core
    • So that reduces a lot of the--a lot of the safety concerns, because opening the core up, closing the core up, transporting fuel to the core, taking out old fuel pellets etc
    • So the idea here is almost like--you use a can of shaving cream when you're done with it you throw it away, you never refill the can if you will
    • And central generation on small electrical grids here is good
    • If we had Jeffries Epstein's Island we could use a small core reactor there, and just have we could have lights on in the tunnels forever, right?
    • Oil fields military installations
    • And if you look at the Hillary emails
    • And I believe they were real-time exfiltrated--at least State Department emails--through the Awan server at the Navy Yard, or at the very close to the Navy Yard there on M Street: if you look at those emails they're gonna be relating to this kind of thing it's not just gonna be small energy reactors, but developing people's 1-2-3 plans for their nuclear development both for peaceful use in military use
    • I think this is going to hit me over and over
    • It's usually right around oil fields because you can use a lot of the waste products from Uranium mining...of sulfuric acid...to get the yellowcake to do leaching in oil fields
    • So this is I believe all the five hundred thousand emails are gonna be related to this type of thing
    • And you that this gentleman here was this is his house here in San Diego
    • So it's not a big outfit by any means
    • And he said he made $100,000 as a sole proprietorship
    • But there's this arrest that he's had
    • He was the CEO of a company for about six years from 2002 to 2008
    • And he's CEO again, for another four year period
    • So it's on and off, so it's odd
    • And if you remember earlier in our series we talked about the AP1000 this is a pressurized water reactor which Westinghouse makes
    • The light water the boiling water reactors are the ones that GE makes
    • So we don't know exactly, but we've talked about this many times before
    • And it can be brought in on a core just like this, and be installed in a modular method
    • So it makes it a perfect use for somebody like a Google or a Facebook
    • Somebody has a huge server farm
    • Disney would be another great one because they've got all these electrical rides, and all lighting--the costs are so staggering there
    • Nuclear fuel just makes a lot of sense of course if you are a Edison elec Drake or something like that it's it can help back up your power grid for those times where you have peak load capacity situations as well
    • As well as small developing nations,
    • As well as nuclear facilities for military installations around the world
    • So I'm gonna shift here briefly now, to talk about Andre Taggart
    • Andre Taggarts gonna be on the show, just before Hannity today on I believe
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    • I'm going to switch gears here a little bit to talk about Total Information Awareness
    • This was a proposal in about the year 2003 as you can see here
    • And was called Total Information Agency, then it got changed a couple of times, and then defunded
    • But the idea basically was a fusion center for the United States
    • And a lot of what was in Total Information Awareness--even though got defunded by Congress--still ended up being implemented at the NSA
    • So this is why I think the Doug Gabriel discussion is so interesting, because it kind of follows right along
    • Here Admiral Poindexter called Total Information Awareness the Manhattan Project for counterterrorism
    • Basically was a collected all approach as well as using the geolocation that I talked so much about
    • And then the other idea that it was gonna have was data mining software, so that it could do predictive policing
    • Sort of the thing you see in Minority Report with Tom Cruise
    • And they just basically changed the name of TIA, and they codenamed it basketball
    • And there was this New York Times article in 2012 that said, "it was quietly thriving at the NSA"
    • But the idea here is of the different agencies that support it and go into this TIA program
    • And you're gonna find here's I'll show these DARPA slides a little bit later
    • But if you I don't have people remember INSCOM
    • Now, we've talked a lot about NSA, DIA, CIA I would talk about Stratcom--Special Operations Command
    • And JWAC are just basically joint commands we'll get to those laters
    • But there was this group that was hacked, this is the Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir
    • This operation is based in Fort Belvoir
    • Now, I believe Andre Taggart is working in this operation
    • This is Fort Belvoir INSCOM
    • And this is the key infiltration strategy for MAVNI right here
    • And Taggart is going to be on this radio show later
    • And we have Taggard at the Hawkshead address at 2008
    • So if the Taggart was actually at the Hawkshead address by a couple of different sources now at 2008, it was definitely an INSCOM operation, and a TIA for Total Information Awareness
    • Again, why would Andre Taggart have lied on the video?
    • It must be not that he's lying because he's a bad person, but he's covering for an operation
    • He's still employed, and he's still covering this operation at Fort Belvoir
    • I think that's what you're gonna find later on this afternoon or maybe a little bit later
    • But this is coming the INSCOM is definitely coming for Fort Belvoir
    • And this Total Information Awareness
    • I just want to expose folks to the program this morning we can get more into it later
    • And then of course we're going to Chicago
    • And we're going to go to Loop Capitol to follow up on some other new stuff as well
  • Day 168.2. Is Doug Gabriel Aware of Total Information Awareness? - YouTube
    • It's day 167 this is part 2
    • And Total Information Awareness--I was not aware of Total Information Awareness
    • TIA Total Information Awareness
    • So I've apologize
    • But it apparently it's it's the big story it
    • So it ties everything together--the PROMIS software--the software for Palantir
    • It feeds Palantir
    • Palantir feeds TIA
    • This big effort was started in 2002, and basically just has been they just changed the name
    • So I guess there's a couple of really good documentaries and books about it
    • But what's interesting is this INSCOM, which really started this idea
    • This INSCOM started out at Fort Belvoir, and Fort Belvoir is also the place that probably that Doug Gabriel
    • Doug Gabriel of AIM is was at because he was Army Intel before he was NSA
    • So INSCOM was split between a Virginia location and Fort Meade
    • And was that Doug, before Doug became NSA as a cryptographer, cryptologist for NSA
    • Interesting how everything keeps coming back
    • That's where that we found the Nazi art
    • We found 30 foot by 20 foot panels of Hitler--Nazi art in Fort Belvoir in December of last year!
    • So something is definitely going on
    • I call it the naughty NSA
    • Is INSCOM the naughty NSA? I don't know
    • But the NSA the NNSA is certainly the one responsible for all this nuclear material moving around
    • Now, this woman who ends up getting shot or shooting herself yesterday at Google, excuse me Google's company YOUTUBE, was not Turkish as first claimed
    • She lived on the Turkish border, but she was actually Iranian
    • And she there are reports that she may have Iranian military connections
    • So not only is her father working for Star Electric--five-star electric does the transportation system in Manhattan
    • But and then Star Electric out west doing these major Silicon Valley is that like MedStar?
    • Is that like AStar our transportation company in Virginia? I don't know
    • But this woman this AGHDAM woman spoke Farsi
    • What other young ladies spoke Farsi?
    • Mark Lambert's two daughters?
    • Was this woman Iranian Intel, as a translator? Iranian military as a translator? We don't know. We don't know
  • Day 168.3. Still Trying To Get Rahm His Imran Bitcoin - YouTube
    • Day 167 this is part three
    • Rahm wasn't at the other building with the other Picasso, so we found another Picasso
    • This is the county building here--the Cook County Building
    • Rahm: I have your Bitcoin
    • I don't really feel comfortable carrying your Bitcoin
    • Can you wave?
    • Can you just wave your Imran flag?
    • Can you can you wave your flag that says I love Pakistani farmers land?
    • Can you wave the flag that says I love USAID?
    • Alright we'll let you know if we get Rahm his Bitcoin
  • Day 168.4. The Teal Trump Rahm Imran Battle Is A Few Hundred Meyers. - YouTube
    • It's day 168
    • Over one year ago Task Force gave me the lead of the Chicago Tribune talking about Melissa Bean. Melissa Bean
    • She was a Congresswoman from Illinois from 2005 to 2011
    • That's how Rahm Emanuel inserted Imran Awan into the Congress of the United States
    • Of course a beautiful Wrigley building behind us
    • And this building here was the building that Peter Smith worked in, right here
    • Of course the beautiful Chicago River and the water taxis
    • And of course Trump Tower
    • This whole drama comes down to really a few few hundred meters between the Wrigley Building right there, where Peter Smith was
    • The Oppo research, the MIS Department and the Trump Tower
    • It's all coming to a head and you're all here to witness it
  • Day 169.1 Q Query - Did Rahm's Loop Capital Prey On the VA? - YouTube
    • It's day 169 this is part 1
    • And if you didn't see yesterday I was unsuccessful yet again, trying to get rahm emanuel his Bitcoin from Imran
    • Here's a excerpt from it--I'm yelling can you wave a flag of some type to let me know you're there can you wave a USAID flag, potentially
    • Can you wave a flag of Pakistani farmers can you wave a map of the Pakistani farmers land you might have stole I'm imploring him to wave some type of flag here, and he is not waving the flag
    • So it's it was unsuccessful
    • So moving right along
    • If you're not aware of the other article I referenced, which was a Chicago Tribune article of 2005, it's talking about this Melissa Bean and her Blackberry
    • And it's talking about hey her calendars sent directly to us here at the blackberry regardless of where she is I also get her documents we also send her PDF documents to brief her
    • So this is these are gonna be coming from all those SES folks
    • And of course, it's also gonna be going to Pakistan
    • And at that time, way back then, 2005 Imran was doing IT technology for 8 members of Congress
    • So you just have people send whatever document you want, and have any of course you forward terabytes on to Pakistan
    • This is going on since 2005 then you can see where they say how indispensable BlackBerry is
    • So this is not a new thing a lot of people talked about Total Information Awareness--this series on BBC--which was the Last Enemy if you want to check it out
    • This is the Benedict Cumberbatch played this part I referenced the Minority Report, where Total Information Awareness allows these precognitive kind of autists cops to predict crime
    • And I'm not sure that we didn't exactly end up with with this
    • Peter Thiel just won an 876 million dollar contract with the Army
    • You wonder if it's not out of Fort Belvoir under another name
    • I looked up a lot of the Peter Smith's because I walked by where Peter Smith worked at the Wrigley building, through our Plum book
    • And here's just a random sample of Smith's
    • And I just noticed this guy here at Social Security
    • And then he was still working in the administration this "Peter B Smith", not the Peter Smith that was dead died in the Mayo Clinic with the helium
    • But this Peter Smith is the Social Security Administration analyst...
    • I just thought I would show you
    • But he moves from Housing and Urban Development over to Social Security Administration
    • I don't know if that's a path that's taken very often
    • But again, it just seems like they all start out in Homeland Security as lawyers
    • And then they infiltrate across the board--I guess that's the point I'm making here
    • Pick a lane as I guess is what I'm saying
    • And become a deep expert in your lane rather than just be kind of coming this journey man lawyer that can be infiltrated into wherever a political party might want to infiltrate you
    • Here's another one here's Laura Smith
    • And she is providing expertise in NOAA we know NOAA
    • And even though she's SES she leaves the Government after you can see here after the election is lost
    • And you can see kind of how these titles go
    • Deputy chief to the senior staff of the Under Secretary
    • If you don't have one of those types of titles in Washington you're really not much of anything
    • And of course the ubiquitous George Washington in the University Law School
    • This I'm seeing over and over again, with the Masters of some kind of business training and then the Georgetown Law, and then you become kind of the CIA lawyer that can move and be infiltrated, at a whim
    • Here's a last one I'll do which is when dindi Smith
    • And again, you're gonna find he was one of these weapons of mass destruction people
    • And he actually moves up even though Trump, with the Trump election--sorry about that--he moves up the ladder he was the deputy assistant 2005 to 2017, and Trump actually ends up promoting him
    • But the real Smith that to talk to about as this guy here here he is in the plum book this is Michael Mayo Smith
    • And of course Peter Smith made me think of the Mayo Clinic
    • And made me think of these veterans integrated service networks
    • And there was a reporter by the name of Kimball--I believe it was Sarah Kimball that said it Oh everything everything is going wrong not just a worgen harvesting
    • But--appointments for friends they're bringing in people from other countries the veterans are waiting forever I'd be just about everything
    • And of course she died immediately after that
    • But this gentleman here was one of three regional VISN directors--this Mayo Smith--to lose his job
    • Shulkin right before he left was able to fire three of them
    • One was New England, the other was Arizona, of course Arizona is very famous Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California, and then West Virginia Maryland, and DC was also the other person to go
    • We have that horrific report about the DC Washington DC VA
    • So Virginia and Maryland--Virginia still stays in place
    • I'll get that name for you as we move forward
    • But you can see Shulkin was kind of trying to throw everyone else under the bus to try to save his job
    • But in actual fact we finally shucked Shulkin
    • So progress is made along the way in this series I just I every once in a while I need to stop and take an accounting of it
    • And just say we are being effective by getting facts out to the public
    • And getting whistleblowers names like Campbell's names out in the public
    • It is having the effect on the Trump administration
    • And we are getting out these these SES folks that are really clogging up the mill
  • Day 169.3. Corporate Welfare To Entice Amazon at United Center - YouTube
    • It's day 169
    • And this is part three
    • And we're following Rahm Emmanuel's investments all over California
    • And we're following his corporate welfare
    • We're still we still have the Bitcoin from Imran--we're trying to get Imran his Bitcoin
    • Rahm is not checked off yet
    • So we decided to start going to some of the different places where Rahm has arranged corporate welfare
    • Uber being one of them
    • Even Peter Thiel even ambrosia Mr. Peter Thiel I've never saw any blood too young for me--even he says Uber is the most ethically challenged company in this in Silicon Valley, if you could imagine that
    • So of course you're gonna have Eric Schmidt involved
    • We're gonna have some other key guys involved maybe Tim Geithner I don't know
    • But there is just something I found out about a couple of minutes ago--other parts of corporate welfare welfare called a tax investment fund tax investment fund
    • You're saying that's TIF that's not TI a you're not saying Total Information Awareness--you're saying tax investment fund you change things you said TIA yesterday
    • And then had a letter another letter George
    • Now, you've got tax investment fund what the tax investment fund is that scrape some money off the top of your property taxes here
    • And then build places like uber or builds a hotel for Marriott Hotel or down by Homen Square just to make sure that your guests are comfortable getting corporate welfare
    • They redo the super boxes down there at United Center
    • And oh by the way we're gonna have that neighborhood patrolled by University of Chicago Police, University of Chicago, University of Chicago Police
    • And they're going to patrol an area outside of the campus because we want our fake cops at United Center sitting in the luxury boxes with our executives from Uber, we want them to be comfortable, and we want to make sure that there's no...no Constitution
    • Only color-of-law is good enough for our corporate donors here at Uber corporation
  • Day 169.4. Q Clue Cues Me To Go To Loop Capital. - YouTube
    • Day 169 this is part 4
    • And here we are at Luke Capitol
    • Now, a lot of people say Luke Capitol isn't that that Q thing? That's that Q thing right?
    • Well it's guess we're 111 Jackson
    • Now, you may remember a few of these scenes that we're gonna show you rights out out of Luke Luke Capitol 1 111 West Jackson
    • Of course we're not too far from Willis Tower here used to be Sears Tower for many people who know that and
    • Now, you're gonna go down what sometimes is known as Chicago's Wall Street, by the Chicago Board of Trade
    • Now, you may remember the famous scene from Trading Places
    • Of course you've always have to have your obligatory statues to goodness light
    • And Sophia the GODdess of wisdom right
    • So we're gonna illegally cross the street
    • And show you kind of Chicago's little Wall Street
    • Now, did Rahm Emanuel in fact corporate welfare for everyone wearing wing tips?
    • Hard to say
    • Was it Luke Capital his financial vehicle to bring in Boeing
    • Was Luke Capital the financial vehicle that he plans to bring in Amazon
    • Is it going to be corporate welfare for the foreseeable future?
    • We don't really know
    • But all we can do is bring you the truth
    • It's really odd it seems like corporate welfare is had an all-time high
    • But real welfare to real people that are freezing below the bridges in Chicago is a lady I'm with
    • It's called Bernie Bridges--hashtag capital B Bernie capital B bridges she's above the bridge during the day with a message that the Washington Post can't print
    • She's above Washington Bridge saying, "hey no Amazon in in Chicago", right
    • And then at night they go below bridges burning below bridges
    • And she gives out we just gave some stuff to some homeless people
    • And she always carry six meals with her
    • Before major holidays: 12 meals
    • So here it is the answer is Rahm: how much longer with the corporate welfare?
    • When will some of the money go actually for the streets, rather than for the super boxes at the United Center?
    • And will the University of Chicago be the police force for Homen Square, for another foreseeable future, for 65,000 residents where they're not constitutionally-empowered to do any policing?
    • {{ 911: Robocop: OCP!}}
    • Is it going to be corporate welfare forever, Rahm
    • Is it going to always fall to the citizens to do what really is right for the people who live here in Chicago?
    • ...Who are in need?
    • That's the question
    • << rhetorical question: HONK! car confirms. >>
  • Day 169.5. Trebuchet For Rahm’s Bitcoin From Imran - Joking! - YouTube
    • It's day 169 part 5
    • There is the challenge this is the Rahm Emanuel challenge--the office way up there by that American flag
    • Rahm has not come down to get his bitcoin Imran's bitcoin
    • I'm getting a little tired of carrying it to be honest with you I realize it's billions of dollars
    • So what we've done here is we've jury-rigged this this Picasso to be sort of a trebuchet
    • Now, you remember in medieval times the trebuchet was one of the most feared weapons immediate history, because it used spring action, spring action
    • So we're gonna actually take the picasso, we're gonna mount the we're gonna mount the disc drives with all be with all the bitcoin from Pakistan, we're gonna mount it, and we're gonna pivot it directly toward Rahm's office
    • And we are going to fire it at a very high speed
    • Now, this is a very innocuous bag of just billions of dollars in Bitcoin
    • So it will only break a few windows
    • But there is just literally no other way to get Rahm his Bitcoin
    • Now, you may say, "oh you should get a historical reenactor, from the battles of medieval times, back in England"
    • And you may say, "Oh Tewkesbury. Go get a Tewksbury battle reenactor. Go get a battle reenactor for the Earl of Gloucester. Go get someone who can play Richard the third better than you who knows the first line of the movie or the play better than you."
    • Well we're just going to have to improvise
    • The next video you see roms roms Bitcoin will be flying through the window up there on that trebuchet
    • And this this functionless art will now, take on great significance getting Rahm his due from Pakistan
  • Day 169.6. Trump Tweets About Amazon Destroying Towns, Rahm Works On Tax Shelter - YouTube
    • It's day 169 this is part 7
    • And Trump is sent a clear signal to Rahm Emanuel
    • And amazon to stop the corporate welfare
    • And you can see this battle going on right over here between Trump Tower in the old Wrigley building--the Chicago Tribune
    • Chicago Tribune being very much like the Washington Post
    • And Jeff Bezos' Washington Post
    • The key lobbyists, the head lobbyist for Rahm Emanuel, and Jeff Bezos that's where the battles taking place--200 metres apart
    • And I think the message is clear << Ding ding ding Bridge Stop signal >> stop corporate welfare
  • Day 169.8. Robyn Gritz - We Are Not Insiders, But We Can Learn - YouTube
    • It's day 169 this is probably part eight
    • Right in there is Robyn Grits meeting with Task Force
    • And another supporter, viewer of the channel: I really appreciate it
    • And so three hours we had a long conversation
    • And see Task Force trade kind of experiences with Robyn Grits was really him
    • And I think an important thing
    • There's so much with both of them--with just the whole Robert Levinson
    • And the whole antiterrorism the whole Andy McCabe thing
    • And then Task Force with all of the parolee attacks
    • And the Becerra attack etc
    • It becomes there's a lot
    • And both people need to get to know both of those sides of the story
    • But I think for us on the outside
    • (And this is my attempt at a an extended analogy here)
    • They're on the inside talking about their insider experiences
    • We're on the outside
    • What we're trying to do out here is to extend the expertise, extend the experiences, extend the things that may have gone wrong
    • And create a bigger learning for all women who may be in this position in law enforcement, where they were kind of crushed by males who made pretty bad decisions
    • And one of the things I love--probing
    • And asking deeper and deeper questions
    • >>>CONT
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