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Switzerland is good for business development as it is located in the center of Europe

Switzerland is good for business development as it is located in the center of Europe
Switzerland is good for business development as it is located in the center of Europe. It is convenient to get there for meetings with European partners. A prestigious jurisdiction is especially important for crypto companies that work with customers' money.
Today we will talk about Crypto Valley. What is it and why will Simba be based there?
We have already spoken about the fact that in 2016 the authorities of the city of Zug launched an experiment: they offered residents the option to pay for utilities and government services with bitcoins. Then, Swiss Railways allowed passengers to exchange cash for cryptocurrency in ticket machines. Local officials are satisfied with the pilot project and continue to introduce blockchain into the daily life of residents. There are over a hundred fintech startups operating in Zug now. According to PwC, every 11th fintech startup on the planet opens in Zug.
Due to the cluster of decentralized startups, the canton has been nicknamed Crypto Valley (http://gdi.ch/media/cryptovalleymap_impuls_v2.pdf). The following are located there: the headquarters of the Ethereum blockchain platform; the Monetas cryptocurrency payment system; Bancor, the platform for creating new cryptocurrencies; Bitcoin Suisse AG, the Bitcoin ATM network operator; the Xapo bitcoin wallet provider; the ShapeShift cryptocurrency exchange; and the Lisk blockchain platform, which is competing with Ethereum.
The Crypto Valley Association has (https://cryptovalley.swiss/) recently been established in Crypto Valley. It is engaged in the development of an ecosystem for decentralized technologies, prepares proposals for regulators, launches research projects and organizes events. The association brings together large companies (Luxoft, UBS, PwC, ConsenSys, Monetas and Thomson Reuters), investors, the Zug government, the University of Lucerne, and blockchain startups.
On the map below, you can see where the Swiss company Simba will be registered: 130 meters from #Ethereum #Foundation near #Tezos #Foundation and #Bitcoin #Suisse
Lion Simba chooses only the best locations for itself!
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Interesting Articles on VeChain's Past Tying to Relevance Today (Sourced)

Hey community,
Been lingering here since 2017. Was bored tonight so grabbed a couple beers, hopped on Google and searched VeChain filtering dates back to 2016 & 2017. Figured I'd pop some articles here with a bullet or two under each containing the information I found relevant. If you find anything else relevant, whether it's information in the sources, or other dated, lets get a discussion going!

March 7 2016 https://siliconangle.com/2016/03/07/technology-startup-highlights-from-blockchain-conference-sf-2016-blockchainsf/

April 29 2016 https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/ibm-launches-blockchain-cloud-services-and-releases-hyperledger-code-on-bluemix-1461950136

June 30 2016 https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/hyperledger-global-expansion-adds-seven-new-members-to-blockchain-initiative-1467302290

August 23 2016 https://36kr.com/p/5113398 (page needs translation for English readers)

October 27 2016 https://siliconangle.com/2016/10/27/bitcoin-weekly-new-mobile-wallet-technology-and-blockchain-implementations-emerge/

November 14 2016 https://www.nfcworld.com/2016/11/14/348460/fashion-brand-adds-nfc-blockchain-authentic-personal-clothing/

September 14 2017 https://www.fooddive.com/news/how-blockchain-will-restore-consumer-confidence-in-food-safety/503846/

December 25 2017 https://news.bitcoin.com/no-tout-six-token-sale-questions-clarified-by-the-sec/

December 30 2017 https://www.coindesk.com/china-blockchain-maybe-2018
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Terrible Token Tuesday - Same Plot as Old Yeller, But the Ending Will Make You Smile.

Terrible Token Tuesday comes back this week with a new list of projects short on good ideas and sound execution as featured on ConcourseQ.
The Concourse Open Community is #buidling several interesting projects in the space. Check out our Discord for more on our community’s ethos.
And on to TTT:
LiteCoinOne - https://concourseq.io/Q/LiteCoinOne LiteCoinOne are creating an ERC-20 to get funding. After that they will need 6 months to launch their LiteCoin spin-off; meanwhile they could have forked LiteCoin in 5 mins and launched! Knowing that this part of the pitch doesn't hold, they added some exchange mambojambo. All that is bad, but the really funny part is that the project’s team photos are so badly photoshopped that they seem fake. All in all, those guys must be the least ambitious snake oil salesmen in the space, as they are just asking for $32K.
TrustLogics - https://concourseq.io/Q/TrustLogics Trust Logics is creating a decentralised LinkedIn and to make it more interesting, they threw in a pinch of their magical - yet still unknown- AI “DUBOT”. It is not clear what edge blockchain or AI provides on its competitors in the already crowded Human Resources field knowing that the team does not seem to have any blockchain or AI talent to actually help make a difference.
Denarii Cash - https://concourseq.io/Q/Denarii_Cash It is not really clear why a simple crypto wallet would need to have a token sale when there are numerous other free solutions which offer battle-tested products with a clear head start and a lot more adoption-- not to mention that this leaves Denarii’s investors with a meaningless token that does not seem to have any use-case on the platform.
LendChain - https://concourseq.io/Q/LendChain LendChain’s ambiguous team with social profiles that seem more fake than not, is clearly overpromising, and wants to build not just a lending platform, but all sorts of financial derivatives and to top it all off a proprietary blockchain. All these are clearly way out of the team’s league especially since the folks at LendChain couldn’t even manage to draft a good quality whitepaper.
CyphrCoin - https://concourseq.io/Q/CyphrCoin CyphrCoin team seem to have been living under a rock for the last 10 years, and have probably missed the news of Bitcoin launch. That’s why they earn the title of featured DD of the week. Check them out on the link!
Here are some of last week’s TTT “diligent” features with ICO’s coming soon :
Moneta Hawk - https://concourseq.io/Q/MonetaHawk Moneta Hawk and the Tripago ICO which also received a warning on ConcourseQ seem to both be operated by the same director out of a Romanian supermarket. Tripago is also a distinguished TTT alumni, but this time the shady team seems to be taking it one step further by claiming to have a partnership with us (ConcourseQ).
Bitlumens - https://concourseq.io/Q/Bitlumens Bitlumens are really into a noble cause, which is providing power to people that are off-grid, but despite all those seemingly good intentions, this project does look to be a great deal for the ICO investors, who will be giving their money to create an unsustainable model, and will likely see no returns from their investment.
Undal Technologies - https://concourseq.io/Q/Undal_Technologies The idea of crypto ATM has been used so much in the space that Undal Technologies decided to rebrand it into a “Decentralised Exchange Kiosk”. Well if that is not enough, the company intends to fit all sorts of futuristic and yet to be discovered technologies inside that kiosk, all taken from the most credible scientific source: Marvel’s Black Panther!
Gear Token - https://concourseq.io/Q/GEAR_Token Gear Token’s business plan seems underdeveloped and lacks a lot of technical details for a company that wants to produce green energy to mine cryptocurrencies. You would expect to at least have a target location, and maybe which green energy they will be using, but the team leaves both of those questions unanswered, and on top of that guarantees ROI to investors without knowing what their costs would be!
Dylyver - https://concourseq.io/Q/Dylyver Lots of discrepancies between the team’s bios and the project roadmap, while the CEO has a trail of failed projects behind him. Although the project is a ride-sharing platform, for some unknown reasons it throws in to the mix a crypto debit card, and without any factual data promises 1,000% ROI to investors.
The ConcourseQ team would like to thank everybody that helped on these DDs and all the others!
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The Story and Voice of the Tezos Community

You can read the following text alongside our original Community Statement here.
About the Tezos Community
The grassroots Tezos Community is comprised of contributors, developers, Community leaders, prominent crypto technologists, thought leaders and researchers and key industry investors. Together, we have risen up to help the Tezos Foundation overcome its current paralysis and fulfill its mission to support the Tezos protocol. Through online forums and meetups around the world, the Community has united and is galvanized in its request that changes be made to the Foundation immediately.
What we are doing and why
We are gravely concerned about Mr. Johann Gevers and his failure to realize the purpose of the Tezos Foundation. These concerns are clearly enumerated in this Community Petition. The petition has now garnered almost 1,400 signatures, from 95 different countries, including some from eminent people in the wider crypto Community. The Tezos Community wishes to expose the gravity of Mr. Gevers’ mismanagement and the need to make changes immediately to ensure that we realize Tezos’ astonishing potential.
In addition to the Petition, the Tezos Community Organizers have released two position statements, “The Tezos Community Condemns the Foundation Investigating Itself,” which called out the conduct of the Foundation’s self-evaluation as deeply disturbing amid reports here that Mr. Gevers would play a key role in reviewing evidence against himself, and “The Tezos Community Statement on a New Tezos Foundation Board Member,” which, upon the resignation of board member Mr. Guido Schmitz-Krummacher, called on the board to unanimously elect a new board member who is a demonstrably competent executive, highly respected in the crypto Community, and completely independent with no prior dealings with current or former board members, and reiterated its call for Mr. Gevers to resign or be dismissed immediately.
While a board member, Mr. Schmitz-Krummacher never addressed the Community, but upon resigning, he joined an online Tezos Community forum and posted inconsistent and incomplete statements on his actions during his tenure, which he subsequently deleted and revised. This disturbing, questionable behavior severely diminishes Mr. Schmitz-Krummacher’s credibility as he speaks about internal Foundation matters. In addition, these prior statements, which he has since deleted, failed to provide comprehensive answers to specific questions he was asked online, such as: what was the cause of leaks of internal Foundation matters to the media; why the complete and final Foundation audit had not been made public; why Mr. Gevers was allowed to review evidence against himself when obviously there was a conflict of interest; and, why there had not been a unanimous statement from the board clearing Mr. Gevers of the impropriety he denies. At this point, the behavior of the board is so questionable that if the audit is released the Community is concerned that it will be presented in an incomplete or redacted manner so as to protect the interests of Mr. Gevers and possibly of Mr. Schmitz-Krummacher as well.
Pattern of misconduct by Mr. Gevers
Through its determined and passionate efforts, the Community has come to learn about a pattern of disturbing conduct by Mr. Gevers. These are enumerated in the previously mentioned petition, and through personal stories of Community members and former colleagues of Mr. Gevers. The following are a few of these stories and represent a clear and consistent pattern of disturbing behavior by Mr. Gevers.
The Tragedy of Monetas
Mr. Gevers’ now bankrupt venture, Monetas, is a prime example of his appalling mismanagement and willingness to manipulate his financial backers with incomplete and false statements. Recently, Mr. Gevers praised the progress of Monetas to his investors, announced his expectations of profitability in Q2 2018, while only days later Monetas bankruptcy was announced. This means that Mr. Gevers praised the progress of Monetas though he perfectly knew that his venture was over indebted and that bankruptcy was imminent. Here is how he represented the matter to investors.
Furthermore, a key member of the Monetas team has bravely stepped forward to describe the mismanagement of Mr. Gevers. For now, because Mr. Gevers has a history of making threats of retaliation against people who have worked with him, this person wishes to remain anonymous.
Most of the management and employees resigned in 2016 because we could see that Johann was an incompetent CEO, running the company into the ground. I am not surprised at all that Monetas eventually failed. Johann has treated employees and investors very badly. He harmed a lot of people.
Monetas had terrible governance. Johann set the company up in Anguilla, and granted himself sole and single handed decision making powers in all matters. The other shareholders, Board members, or management had no ability to make decisions.
Monetas had very competent managers and advisors who attempted to put the company back on course. As soon as anyone was getting traction, Johann declared them the enemy and part of the ´dark forces´ that are hell bent on destroying Johann and Monetas. One example was a very experienced and highly regarded Swiss banker and entrepreneur, an excellent talented manager who came in as Advisor, and selflessly threw himself into saving Monetas - working practically full time (despite being paid only for a few hours of advisory work). He made a great impact quickly. Johann soon declared that he was ´part of the dark forces against him´ and that ´his aim was to destroy Monetas´. His advisory contract was soon cancelled.
Many Monetas employees had serious financial problems because the company did not pay their salaries, often for months on end. We usually found out that the company was unable to pay salaries by checking our bank accounts and noticing that there was no incoming salary payment. When the company had liquidity problems, Johann almost never warned us in advance so we could at least make arrangements, almost never mentioned it when the salary payment date came and went without payments being made, and when we asked him when salaries were going to be paid, he repeatedly told us of that were due soon and would cover the salary payments. These investment inflows typically did not materialise. We eventually realised that when Johann made these promises, this was on the basis of either no ongoing investor conversations, or only extremely tentative ones that could never have had anything but a small chance of materialising, and none within the timeframes that Johann indicated. Eventually, we did not believe Johann´s statements, but early on, many of us got into financial difficulties trusting what Johann had told us.
When Johann caused someone harm, he seemed to show no hesitation prior, nor guilt or remorse in hindsight. The only thing that seemed to concern him was how he would be seen as a result.
Johann has an inflated view of himself. I have heard him make the following claim, ‘I add a thousand times more value to this company than anyone else working here.’
Tezos Foundation
The same deplorable pattern of behavior is repeating, as Mr. Gevers has so mismanaged the Tezos Foundation that it has failed to fulfill its stated mission, as categorically detailed in the Community Petition. The same animus that he showed towards former advisors who tried to help save Monetas he now aims at Kathleen & Arthur Breitman, the Tezos founders. Mr. Gevers’ paranoia of “the world is out to get me” drove him to leak internal Foundation matters to the press in an attempt to defame Kathleen & Arthur Breitman. After Arthur Breitman submitted a 46-page confidential complaint to the foundation, requesting that it be handled internally with discretion, Mr. Gevers leaked it to the press. Furthermore, when Kathleen & Arthur Breitman requested indemnity against the pending class action lawsuits, Mr. Gevers leaked the matter to the press.
Contributors to the Foundation expect and understand that the Tezos Foundation is obliged to fund the development of the Tezos protocol before its launch. As President of the Foundation, Mr. Gevers bears ultimate responsibility for meeting this obligation, but he has yet to approve funding to the core development team, forcing Kathleen & Arthur Breitman to fund the development alone. This pattern of Mr. Gevers forcing people who work with him to take money out of their own pocket, as happened with Monetas, is repeating at the Tezos Foundation.
On August 10, 2017, the Tezos Foundation announced a $50 million development fund that excited many Community members. No additional details were given past that initial announcement, and no funds were ever distributed. In addition, the Foundation announced that its “spending plans will remain...similar to the numbers outlined in the Tezos Overview document,” but the spending plan has not been implemented.
On September 30, 2017, the Tezos Foundation announced that it would build out the core development team as well as additional “organizations to house teams working on the core protocol, building out the developer experience, and crafting products and applications.” Despite this broad ambition, only Board Member Diego Olivier Fernandez Pons frequently offers support and encouragement to the development team, as seen in twitter posts featuring photos with him and the team, and the core team confirms that Mr. Pons is doing all that he can to help prepare the Tezos network for launch. Mr. Gevers, on the other hand, has been mysteriously absent. Such a profound lack of leadership demoralizes the team and the larger Community.
Since September 30, 2017, the Foundation, under the leadership of Mr. Gevers, has failed to provide an update to the Tezos Community.
Community member and well-known leader, Jonas Lamis, through his own time, effort and expense has hosted a Community website and produced videos on the progress of Tezos. He also coordinated some meetups which the Foundation should have initiated and funded. Mr. Lamis received specific email approval from Mr. Gevers to host a meetup. In this email Mr. Gevers clearly represented that the expense would be reimbursed. Mr. Lamis submitted a request for reimbursement to Mr. Gevers, which has gone unanswered for more than 4 months and counting. The disregard, disrespect and callousness by Mr. Gevers does not go unnoticed by the Community, which highly values Mr. Lamis’ contributions, and follow the same pattern of behavior he exhibited at Monetas, his now bankrupt venture.
Resolution
We do not support or encourage the class action lawsuits that are pending against Tezos in the United States, which we denounce as without merit, and we offer our full support to Kathleen & Arthur Breitman and the core developers. The Tezos Community admires their heroic work despite difficult circumstances.
We call on the board of the Tezos Foundation to immediately fulfill its mandate to “promote and fund the development of the Tezos protocol,” and for Mr. Gevers to resign or be replaced, and if needed, for the Swiss Foundation Authority to forcefully step in and make changes to the Foundation that are necessary to fulfill its stated mission. The Swiss Foundation Authority has clear responsibility and authority in the matter and exists for the purpose of making sure that the Foundation fulfills its charter. We denounce in the strongest terms the disrespect, disregard and utter contempt which Mr. Gevers has shown to the founders of Tezos, Kathleen & Arthur Breitman, and call on the board to repair its relationship with them.
We reiterate the essence of the Community Petition here:
Call to the Press
We call on all reputable journalists and media to take up the untold story of the Tezos Community and its reasonable and sound requests for a resolution. We regret that the united voice of the Community has barely been heard in news outlets while Mr. Gevers’ views and leaks of internal Foundation matters have received large circulation in the media. We call attention to Mr. Gevers’ ties with Thomson Reuters, as both Monetas and Thomson Reuters were founding members of the recently formed Crypto Valley Association, which Mr. Gevers initiated. Nevertheless, we are confident that Thomson Reuters, as well as other media outlets, will be professional and objective in accurately and adequately publishing the views of the Tezos Community.
The Tezos Community is incredibly optimistic about the potential of Tezos. Arthur Breitman and the core team of developers are doing heroic work moving forward despite difficult circumstances. With changes to the board, Tezos will move forward and reach the incredible potential that it has to revolutionize the blockchain sector.
The good name of Zug, Switzerland, known as “Crypto Valley” may well become known as “Klepto Valley” if the Tezos Foundation, with Mr. Gevers at its head, is allowed to take contributions from individuals all over the world and fail to use them for its stated mission and purpose in a timely manner.
The Tezos Community Petition Organizers
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Blowing the lid off the CryptoNote/Bytecoin scam (with the exception of Monero) - Reformatted for Reddit

Original post by rethink-your-strategy on Bitcointalk.org here
This post has been reformatted to share on Reddit. What once was common knowledge, is now gone. You want a quality history lesson? Share this like wildfire.
August 15, 2014, 08:15:37 AM

Preamble

I'd like to start off by stating categorically that the cryptography presented by CryptoNote is completely, entirely solid. It has been vetted and looked over by fucking clever cryptographers/developers/wizards such as gmaxwell. Monero have had a group of independent mathematicians and cryptographers peer-reviewing the whitepaper (their annotations are here, and one of their reviews is here), and this same group of mathematicians and cryptographers is now reviewing the implementation of the cryptography in the Monero codebase. Many well known Bitcoin developers have already had a cursory look through the code to establish its validity. It is safe to say that, barring more exotic attacks that have to be mitigated over time as they are invented/discovered, and barring a CryptoNote implementation making rash decisions to implement something that reduces the anonymity set, the CryptoNote currencies are all cryptographically unlinkable and untraceable.
Two other things I should mention. I curse a lot when I'm angry (and scams like this make me angry). Second, where used my short date format is day/month/year (smallest to biggest).
If you find this information useful, a little donation would go a long way. Bitcoin address is 1rysLufu4qdVBRDyrf8ZjXy1nM19smTWd.

The Alleged CryptoNote/Bytecoin Story

CryptoNote is a new cryptocurrency protocol. It builds on some of the Bitcoin founding principles, but it adds to them. There are aspects of it that are truly well thought through and, in a sense, quite revolutionary. CryptoNote claim to have started working on their project years ago after Bitcoin's release, and I do not doubt the validity of this claim...clearly there's a lot of work and effort that went into this. The story as Bytecoin and CryptoNote claim it to be is as follows:
They developed the code for the principles expressed in their whitepaper, and in April, 2012, they released Bytecoin. All of the copyright messages in Bytecoin's code are "copyright the CryptoNote Developers", so clearly they are one and the same as the Bytecoin developers. In December 2012, they released their CryptoNote v1 whitepaper. In September 2013, they released their CryptoNote v2 whitepaper. In November 2013, the first piece of the Bytecoin code was first pushed to Github by "amjuarez", with a "Copyright (c) 2013 amjuarez" copyright notice. This was changed to "Copyright (c) 2013 Antonio Juarez" on March 3rd, 2014. By this juncture only the crypto libraries had been pushed up to github. Then, on March 4th, 2014, "amjuarez" pushed the rest of the code up to github, with the README strangely referring to "cybernote", even though the code referred to "Cryptonote". The copyrights all pointed to "the Cryptonote developers", and the "Antonio Juarez" copyright and license file was removed. Within a few days, "DStrange" stumbled across the bytecoin.org website when trying to mine on the bte.minefor.co.in pool (a pool for the-other-Bytecoin, BTE, not the-new-Bytecoin, BCN), and the rest is history as we know it. By this time Bytecoin had had a little over 80% of its total emission mined.

Immediate Red Flags

The first thing that is a red flag in all of this is that nobody, and I mean no-fucking-body, is a known entity. "Antonio Juarez" is not a known entity, "DStrange" is not a known entity, none of the made up names on the Bytecoin website exist (they've since removed their "team" page, see below), none of the made up names on the CryptoNote website exist (Johannes Meier, Maurice Planck, Max Jameson, Brandon Hawking, Catherine Erwin, Albert Werner, Marec Plíškov). If they're pseudonyms, then say so. If they're real names, then who the fuck are they??? Cryptographers, mathematicians, and computer scientists are well known - they have published papers or at least have commented on articles of interest. Many of them have their own github repos and Twitter feeds, and are a presence in the cryptocurrency community.
The other immediate red flag is that nobody, and I mean no-fucking-body, had heard of Bytecoin. Those that had heard of it thought it was the crummy SHA-256 Bitcoin clone that was a flop in the market. Bytecoin's claim that it had existed "on the deep web" for 2 years was not well received, because not a single vendor, user, miner, drug addict, drug seller, porn broker, fake ID card manufacturer, student who bought a fake ID card to get into bars, libertarian, libertard, cryptographer, Tor developer, Freenet developer, i2p developer, pedophile, or anyone else that is a known person - even just known on the Internet - had ever encountered "Bytecoin" on Tor. Ever. Nobody.

Indisputable Facts

Before I start with some conjecture and educated guesswork, I'd like to focus on an indisputable fact that obliterates any trust in both Bytecoin's and CryptoNote's bullshit story. Note, again, that I do not doubt the efficacy of the mathematics and cryptography behind CryptoNote, nor do I think there are backdoors in the code. What I do know for a fact is that the people behind CryptoNote and Bytecoin have actively deceived the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency community, and that makes them untrustworthy now and in the future. If you believe in the fundamentals in CryptoNote, then you need simply use a CryptoNote-derived cryptocurrency that is demonstrably independent of CryptoNote and Bytecoin's influence. Don't worry, I go into this a little later.
So as discussed, there were these two whitepapers that I linked to earlier. Just in case they try remove them, here is the v1 whitepaper and the v2 whitepaper mirrored on Archive.org. This v1/v2 whitepaper thing has been discussed at length on the Bytecoin forum thread, and the PGP signature on the files has been confirmed as being valid. When you open the respective PDFs you'll notice the valid signatures in them:
signature in the v1 whitepaper
signature in the v2 whitepaper
These are valid Adobe signatures, signed on 15/12/2012 and 17/10/2013 respectively. Here's where it gets interesting. When we inspect this file in Adobe Acrobat we get a little more information on the signature
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Notice the bit that says "Signing time is from the clock on the signer's computer"? Now normally you would use a Timestamp Authority (TSA) to validate your system time. There are enough public, free, RFC 3161 compatible TSAs that this is not a difficult thing. CryptoNote chose not do this. But we have no reason to doubt the time on the signature, right guys? crickets
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See these references from the v1 whitepaper footnotes? Those two also appear in the v2 whitepaperth. Neither of those two footnotes refer to anything in the main body of the v1 whitepaper's text, they're non-existent (in the v2 whitepaper they are used in text). The problem, though, is that the Bitcointalk post linked in the footnote is not from early 2012 (proof screenshot is authentic: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=196259.0)
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May 5, 2013. The footnote is referencing a post that did not exist until then. And yet we are to believe that the whitepaper was signed on 12/12/2012! What sort of fucking fools do they take us for?
A little bit of extra digging validates this further. The document properties for both the v1 whitepaper as well as the v2 whitepaper confirms they were made in TeX Live 2013, which did not exist on 12/12/2012. The XMP properties are also quite revealing
XMP properties for the v1 whitepaper
XMP properties for the v2 whitepaper
According to that, the v1 whitepaper PDF was created on 10/04/2014, and the v2 whitepaper was created on 13/03/2014. And yet both of these documents were then modified in the past (when they were signed). Clearly the CryptoNote/Bytecoin developers are so advanced they also have a time machine, right?
Final confirmation that these creation dates are correct are revealed those XMP properties. The properties on both documents confirm that the PDF itself was generated from the LaTeX source using pdfTeX-1.40.14 (the pdf:Producer property). Now pdfTeX is a very old piece of software that isn't updated very often, so the minor version (the .14 part) is important.
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pdfTeX 1.40.14 pushed to source repo on Feb 14, 2014
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This version of pdfTeX was only pushed to the pdfTeX source repository on February 14, 2014, although it was included in a very early version of TeX Live 2013 (version 2013.20130523-1) that was released on May 23, 2013. The earliest mentions on the Internet of this version of pdfTeX are in two Stack Exchange comments that confirm its general availability at the end of May 2013 (here and here).
The conclusion we draw from this is that the CryptoNote developers, as clever as they were, intentionally deceived everyone into believing that the CryptoNote whitepapers were signed in 2012 and 2013, when the reality is that the v2 whitepaper was created in March, 2014, and the v1 whitepaper haphazardly created a month later by stripping bits out of the v2 whitepaper (accidentally leaving dead footnotes in).
Why would they create this fake v2 whitepaper in the first place? Why not just create a v1 whitepaper, or not even version it at all? The answer is simple: they wanted to lend credence and validity to the Bytecoin "2 years on the darkweb" claim so that everyone involved in CryptoNote and Bytecoin could profit from the 2 year fake mine of 82% of Bytecoin. What they didn't expect is the market to say "no thank you" to their premine scam.

And Now for Some Conjecture

As I mentioned earlier, the Bytecoin "team" page disappeared. I know it exists, because "AtomicDoge" referred to it as saying that one of the Bytecoin developers is a professor at Princeton. I called them out on it, and within a week the page had disappeared. Fucking cowards.
That was the event that triggered my desire to dig deeper and uncover the fuckery. As I discovered more and more oddities, fake accounts, trolling, and outright falsehoods, I wondered how deep the rabbit hole went. My starting point was DStrange. This is the account on Bitcointalk that "discovered" Bytecoin accidentally a mere 6 days after the first working iteration of the code was pushed to Github, purely by chance when mining a nearly dead currency on a tiny and virtually unheard of mining pool. He has subsequently appointed himself the representative of Bytecoin, or something similar. The whole thing is so badly scripted it's worse than a Spanish soap opera...I can't tell who Mr. Gonzales, the chief surgeon, is going to fuck next.
At the same time as DStrange made his "fuck me accidental discovery", another Bitcointalk account flared up to also "accidentally discover this weird thing that has randomly been discovered": Rias. What's interesting about both the "Rias" and "DStrange" accounts are their late 2013 creation date (October 31, 2013, and December 23, 2013, respectively), and yet they lay dormant until suddenly, out of the blue, on January 20th/21st they started posting. If you look at their early posts side by side you can even see the clustering: Rias, DStrange.
At any rate, the DStrange account "discovering" Bytecoin is beyond hilarious, especially with the Rias account chiming in to make the discovery seem natural. Knowing what we unmistakably do about the fake CryptoNote PDF dates lets us see this in a whole new light.
Of course, as has been pointed out before, the Bytecoin website did not exist in its "discovered" form until sometime between November 13, 2013 (when it was last captured as this random picture of a college girl) and February 25, 2014 (when it suddenly had the website on it as "discovered"). This can be confirmed by looking at the captures on Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://bytecoin.org
The CryptoNote website, too, did not exist in its current form until after October 20, 2013, at which time it was still the home of an encrypted message project by Alain Meier, a founding member of the Stanford Bitcoin Group and co-founder of BlockScore. This, too, can be confirmed on Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://cryptonote.org
~It's hard to ascertain whether Alain had anything to do with CryptoNote or Bytecoin. It's certainly conceivable that the whitepaper was put together by him and other members of the Stanford Bitcoin Group, and the timeline fits, given that the group only formed around March 2013. More info on the people in the group can be found on their site, and determining if they played a role is something you can do in your own time.~
Update: Alain Meier posted in this thread, and followed it up with a Tweet, confirming that he has nothing to do with CryptoNote and all the related...stuff.

Batshit Insane

The Bytecoin guys revel in creating and using sockpuppet accounts. Remember that conversation where "Rias" asked who would put v1 on a whitepaper with no v2 out, and AlexGR said "a forward looking individual"? The conversation took place on May 30, and was repeated verbatim by shill accounts on Reddit on August 4 (also, screenshot in case they take it down).
Those two obvious sockpuppet/shill accounts also take delight in bashing Monero in the Monero sub-reddit (here are snippets from WhiteDynomite and cheri0). Literally the only thing these sockpuppets do, day in and day out, is make the Bytecoin sub-reddit look like it's trafficked, and spew angry bullshit all over the Monero sub-reddit. Fucking batshit insane - who the fuck has time for that? Clearly they're pissy that nobody has fallen for their scam. Oh, and did I mention that all of these sockpuppets have a late January/early February creation date? Because that's not fucking obvious at all.
And let's not forget that most recently the sockpuppets claimed that multi-sig is "a new revolutionary technology, it was discovered a short time ago and Bytecoin already implemented it". What the actual fuck. If you think that's bad, you're missing out on the best part of all: the Bytecoin shills claim that Bytecoin is actually Satoshi Nakamoto's work. I'm not fucking kidding you. For your viewing pleasure...I present to you...the Bytecoin Batshit Insane Circus:
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https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=512747.msg8354977#msg8354977
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Seriously. Not only is this insulting as fuck to Satoshi Nakamoto, but it's insulting as fuck to our intelligence. And yet the fun doesn't stop there, folks! I present to you...the centerpiece of this Bytecoin Batshit Insane Circus exhibit...
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Of course! How could we have missed it! The clues were there all along! The CryptoNote/Bytecoin developers are actually aliens! Fuck me on a pogostick, this is the sort of stuff that results in people getting committed to the loony bin.
One last thing: without doing too much language analysis (which is mostly supposition and bullshit), it's easy to see common grammar and spelling fuck ups. My personal favorite is the "Is it true?" question. You can see it in the Bytecoin thread asking if it's Satoshi's second project, in the Monero thread asking if the Monero devs use a botnet to fake demand, and in the Dashcoin thread confirming the donation address (for a coin whose only claim is that they copy Bytecoin perfectly, what the fuck do they need donations for??).

Layer After Layer

One of the things that happened soon after the Bytecoin "big reveal" was a string of forks popping up. The first was Bitmonero on April 18. Fantomcoin was launched May 6. Quazarcoin was launched May 8. HoneyPenny was announced on April 21, although only launched as Boolberry on May 17. duckNote was launched on May 30. MonetaVerde as launched June 17.
Now for some reason unbeknownst to anyone with who isn't a retarded fuckface, the Bytecoin code was pushed up to SourceForge on 08/04/2014 (the "Registered" date is at the bottom of the page). I have no idea why they did this, maybe it's to try and lend credence to their bullshit story (oh hey, look how old Bytecoin is, it's even on Sourceforge!)
Coincidentally, and completely unrelated (hurr durr), Quazarcoin, Fantomcoin, and Monetaverde are all also on Sourceforge. This gives us a frame of reference and a common link between them - it's quite clear that at least these three are run by the same team as CryptoNote. There is further anecdotal evidence that can be gathered by looking at the shill posts in the threads (especially the way the Moneteverda shills praise merge mining, in a way that is nearly fucking indistinguishable from the Bytecoin praise for multi-sig technology).
QuazarCoin is a special case and deserves a little attention. Let's start with OracionSeis, who launched it. He's well known on Bitcointalk for selling in-game currencies. In that same thread you'll notice this gem right at the end from Fullbuster: "Hey,OracionSeis is no longer under my use so please https://bitcointa.lk/threads/selling-most-of-the-game-currencies.301540/#post-5996983 come into this thread! thank you !" Click through to his new link and Fullbuster clarifies: "Hello, I may look new around here but i've sold my first account and created new one and i have an intention to keep the same services running as my first account did." So now that we know that OracionSeis is a fucking bought account, we can look at his actions a little more critically.
On May 7, just when Monero was being taken back by the community (see below), OracionSeis out of the blue decided to take it overelaunch it himself. This included a now-defunct website at monero.co.in, and a since-abandoned Github. The community pushed back hard, true to form, with hard-hitting statements such as "To reiterate, this is not the original devs, and thus not a relaunch. OP, fuck you for trying this. This should warrant a ban." A man after my own heart. OracionSeis caved and decided to rename it to...QuazarCoin, which launched on May 8. To recap: bought account, launched by trying to "relaunch" Monero, got fucked up, renamed it to QuazarCoin. Clearly and undeniably goes in our pile of fuckface coins.
The other three are a little more interesting. Let's start with ~fuckNote~duckNote. It's hard to say if duckNote is a CryptoNote/Bytecoin project. The addition of the HTML based wallet is a one-trick pony, a common thread among most of the CryptoNote/Bytecoin controlled coins, but that could also be the result of a not-entirely-retarded developer. Given the shill posts in the duckNote thread I'm going to flag it as possibly-controlled-by-the-fuckface-brigade.
And now we come to ~HoneyPenny~ ~MoneyPenny~ ~HoneyBerry~ ~Boolean~ Boolberry. This is an interesting one. This was "pre-announced" on April 21, although it was only released with the genesis block on May 17. This puts it fourth in line, after Fantomcoin and Quazarcoin, although fucktarded proponents of the shittily-named currency insist that it was launched on April 21 because of a pre-announcement. Fucking rejects from the Pool of Stupidity, some of them. At any rate, "cryptozoidberg" is the prolific coder that churned out a Keccak-derived PoW (Wild Keccak) in a month, and then proceeded to add completely fucking retarded features like address aliasing that requires you to mine a block to get an address (lulz) and will never cause any issues when "google" or "obama" or "zuckerberg" want their alias back. Namecoin gets around this by forcing you to renew every ~200 - 250 days, and besides, nobody is making payments to microsoft.bit. This aliasing system is another atypical one-trick-pony that the CryptoNote developers push out and claim is monumental and historical and amazing.
There's also the matter of cryptozoidberg's nickname. In the Bytecoin code there's the BYTECOIN_NETWORK identifiert, which according to the comment is "Bender's nightmare" (hurr durr, such funny, 11100111110001011011001210110110 has a 2 in it). Now this may be a little bit of conjecture, yo, but the same comment appears twice in the "epee" contributed library, once in the levin signature, and again in the portable storage signature. The contexts are so disconnected and different that it would be a fucking stretch to imagine that the same person did not write both of these. We can also rule out this being a Bytecoin-specific change, as the "Bender's nightmare" comments exist in the original epee library on githubw (which is completely unused anywhere on the planet except in Bytecoin, most unusual for a library that has any usefulness, and was first committed to github on February 9, 2014).
We know from the copyright that Andrey N. Sabelnikov is the epee author, and we can say with reasonable certainty that he was involved in Bytecoin's creation and is the dev behind Boolberry. Sabelnikov is quite famous - he wrote the Kelihos botnet code and worked at two Russian security firms, Microsoft took him to court for his involvement (accusing him of operating the botnet as well), and then settled with him out of court on the basis of him not running the botnet but just having written the code. Kelihos is a botnet that pumped out online pharmacy spam (you know the fucking annoying "Y-ou Ne3D Vi-4Gra!?" emails? those.) so it's good to see he transitioned from that to a cryptocurrency scam. Regardless of BBR's claim to have "fixed" CryptoNote's privacy (and the fake fight on Bitcointalk between the "Bytecoin devs" and cryptozoidberg), it's clear that the link between them is not transparent. BBR is either the brainchild of a spam botnet author that worked on Bytecoin, or it's the CryptoNote developers trying to have one currency distanced from the rest so that they have a claim for legitimacy. I think it's the second one, and don't want to enter into a fucking debate about it. Make up your own mind.
Which brings us to the oddest story of the bunch: Bitmonero. It's pretty clear, given its early launch date and how unfamiliar anyone was with creating a genesis block or working in completely undocumented code, that thankful_for_today is/was part of the CryptoNote developers. He made a fatal error, though: he thought (just like all the other cryptocurrencies) that being "the dev" made him infallible. Ya know what happened? He tried to force his ideas, the community politely said "fuck you", and Bitmonero was forked into Monero, which is leading the pack of CryptoNote-based coins today. Let me be perfectly fucking clear: it doesn't matter that the Bytecoin/CryptoNote developers know their code and can push stuff out, and it doesn't matter that Sabelnikov can shovel bullshit features into his poorly named cryptocurrency, and it doesn't matter that Monetaverde is "green" and has "merged mining". Nobody working behind these cryptocurrencies is known in the cryptocurrency community, and that alone should be a big fucking red flag. Monero is streets ahead, partly because of the way they're developing the currency, but mostly because the "core devs" or whatever they're called are made up of reasonably well-known people. That there are a bunch of them (6 or 7?) plus a bunch of other people contributing code means that they're sanity checking each other.
And, as we saw, this has fucking infuriated the Bytecoin/CryptoNote developers. They're so angry they waste hours and hours with their Reddit accounts trawling the Monero sub-reddit, for what? Nobody has fallen for their scam, and after my revelation today nobody fucking will. Transparency wins, everything else is bullshit.
As pointed out by canonsburg, when the Bytecoin/CryptoNote people realised they'd lost the fucking game, they took a "scorched earth" approach. If they couldn't have the leading CryptoNote coin...they'd fucking destroy the rest by creating a shit-storm of CryptoNote coins. Not only did they setup a thread with "A complete forking guide to create your own CryptoNote currency", but they even have a dedicated website with a fuckton of JavaScript. Unfortunately this plan hasn't worked for them, because they forgot that nobody gives a fuck, and everyone is going to carry on forking Bitcoin-based coins because of the massive infrastructure and code etc. that works with Bitcoin-based coins.
There are a bunch of other useless CryptoNote coins, by the way: Aeon, Dashcoin, Infinium-8, OneEvilCoin. We saw earlier that Dashcoin is probably another CryptoNote developer driven coin. However, this entire group is not really important enough, nor do they have enough potential, for me to give a single fuck, so make up your own mind. New CryptoNote coins that pop up should be regarded with the utmost caution, given the bullshit capabilities that we've already seen.

All Tied Up in a Bow

I want to cement the relationship between the major CryptoNote shitcoins. I know that my previous section had a lot of conjecture in it, and there's been some insinuation that I'm throwing everyone under the bus because I'm raging against the machine. That's not my style. I'm more of a Katy Perry fan..."you're going to hear me roar". There were some extra links I uncovered during my research, and I lacked the time to add it to this post. Thankfully a little bit of sleep and a can of Monster later have given me the a chance to add this. Let's start with an analysis of the DNS records of the CN coins.
If we look at the whois and DNS records for bytecoin.org, quazarcoin.org, fantomcoin.org, monetaverde.org, cryptonote.org, bytecoiner.org, cryptonotefoundation.org, cryptonotestarter.org, and boolberry.com, we find three common traits, from not-entirely-damming to oh-shiiiiiiit:
  1. There's a lot of commonality with the registrar (NameCheap for almost all of them), the DNS service (HurricaneElectric's Free DNS or NameCheap's DNS), and with the webhost (LibertyVPS, QHosteSecureFastServer.com, etc.)
  2. All of the CN domains use WhoisGuard or similar private registration services.
  3. Every single domain, without exception, uses Zoho for email. The only outlier is bitmonero.org that uses Namecheap's free email forwarding, but it's safe to disregard this as the emails probably just forward to the CryptoNote developers' email.
The instinct may be to disregard this as a fucking convenient coincidence. But it isn't: Zoho used to be a distant second go Google Apps, but has since fallen hopelessly behind. Everyone uses Google Apps or they just use mail forwarding or whatever. With the rest of the points as well, as far-fetched as the link may seem, it's the combination that is unusual and a dead giveaway of the common thread. Just to demonstrate that I'm not "blowing shit out of proportion" I went and checked the records for a handful of coins launched over the past few months to see what they use.
darkcoin.io: mail: Namecheap email forwarding, hosting: Amazon AWS, open registration through NameCheap monero.cc: mail: mail.monero.cc, hosting: behind CloudFlare, open registration through Gandi xc-official.com: mail: Google Apps, hosting: MODX Cloud, hidden registration (DomainsByProxy) through GoDaddy blackcoin.io: mail: Namecheap email forwarding, hosting: behind BlackLotus, open registration through NameCheap bitcoindark.org: mail: no MX records, hosting: Google User Content, open registration through Wix viacoin.org: mail: mx.viacoin.org, hosting: behind CloudFlare, closed registration (ContactPrivacy) through Hostnuke.com neutrinocoin.org: mail: HostGator, hosting: HostGator, open registration through HostGator
There's no common thread between them. Everyone uses different service providers and different platforms. And none of them use Zoho.
My next check was to inspect the web page source code for these sites to find a further link. If you take a look at the main CSS file linked in the source code for monetaverde.org, fantomcoin.org, quazarcoin.org, cryptonotefoundation.org, cryptonote-coin.org, cryptonote.org, bitmonero.org, and bytecoiner.org, we find a CSS reset snippet at the top. It has a comment at the top that says "/* CSS Reset /", and then where it resets/sets the height it has the comment "/ always display scrollbars */". Now, near as I can find, this is a CSS snipped first published by Jake Rocheleau in an article on WebDesignLedger on October 24, 2012 (although confusingly Google seems to think it appeared on plumi.de cnippetz first, but checking archive.org shows that it was only added to that site at the beginning of 2013). It isn't a very popular CSS reset snippet, it got dumped in a couple of gists on Github, and translated and re-published in an article on a Russian website in November, 2012 (let's not go full-blown conspiritard and assume this links "cryptozoidberg" back to this, he's culpable enough on his own).
It's unusual to the point of being fucking impossible for one site to be using this, let alone a whole string of supposedly unrelated sites. Over the past few years the most popular CSS reset scripts have been Eric Meyer's "Reset CSS", HTML5 Doctor CSS Reset, Yahoo! (YUI 3) Reset CSS, Universal Selector ‘’ Reset, and Normalize.css, none of which contain the "/ CSS Reset /" or "/ always display scrollbars */" comments.
You've got to ask yourself a simple question: at what point does the combination of all of these fucking coincidental, completely unusual elements stop being coincidence and start becoming evidence of a real, tenable link? Is it possible that bytecoin.org, quazarcoin.org, fantomcoin.org, monetaverde.org, cryptonote.org, bytecoiner.org, cryptonotefoundation.org, cryptonotestarter.org, and boolberry.com just happen to use similar registrars/DNS providers/web hosts and exactly the fucking same wildly unpopular email provider? And is it also possible that monetaverde.org, fantomcoin.org, quazarcoin.org, cryptonotefoundation.org, cryptonote-coin.org, cryptonote.org, and bytecoin.org just happen to use the same completely unknown, incredibly obscure CSS reset snippet? It's not a conspiracy, it's not a coincidence, it's just another piece of evidence that all of these were spewed out by the same fucking people.

The Conclusion of the Matter

Don't take the last section as any sort of push for Monero. I think it's got potential (certainly much more than the other retarded "anonymous" coins that "developers" are popping out like street children from a cheap ho), and I hold a bit of XMR for shits and giggles, so take that tacit endorsement with a pinch of fucking salt.
The point is this: Bytecoin's 82% premine was definitely the result of a faked blockchain. CryptoNote's whitepaper dates were purposely falsified to back up this bullshit claim. Both Bytecoin and CryptoNote have perpetuated this scam by making up fake website data and all sorts. They further perpetuate it using shill accounts, most notably "DStrange" and "Rias" among others.
They launched a series of cryptocurrencies that should be avoided at all cost: Fantomcoin, Quazarcoin, and Monetaverde. They are likely behind duckNote and Boolberry, but fuck it, it's on your head if you want to deal with scam artists and botnet creators.
They developed amazing technology, and had a pretty decent implementation. They fucked themselves over by being fucking greedy, being utterly retarded, being batshit insane, and trying to create legitimacy where there was none. They lost the minute the community took Monero away from them, and no amount of damage control will save them from their own stupidity.
I expect there to be a fuck-ton of shills posting in this thread (and possibly a few genuine supporters who don't know any better). If you want to discuss or clarify something, cool, let's do that. If you want to have a protracted debate about my conjecture, then fuck off, it's called conjecture for a reason you ignoramus. I don't really give a flying fuck if I got it right or wrong, you're old and ugly enough to make up your own mind.
tl;dr - CryptoNote developers faked dates in whitepapers. Bytecoin faked dates in fake blockchain to facilitate an 82% premine, and CryptoNote backed them up. Bytecoin, Fantomcoin, Quazarcoin, Monetaverde, Dashcoin are all from the same people and should be avoided like the fucking black plague. duckNote and Boolberry are probably from them as well, or are at least just fucking dodgy, and who the fuck cares anyway. Monero would have been fucking dodgy, but the community saved it. Make your own mind up about shit and demand that known people are involved and that there is fucking transparency. End transmission.
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Tezos (XTZ) - Knocking on $4 - How Quick until $10?

Tezos is in the limelight being highlighted in a few high profile interviews this week during the mainstreams coverage of Bitcoin hitting the Futures Market.
What other factors are causing the Tezos price to push All Time HIghs?
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Come acquistare o Vendere Bitcoin con Contanti? L'acquisto di Bitcoin può essere semplice se si guida ed istruzioni online. Per chi è interessato a comprare Bitcoin solo con denaro contante, ecco i modi migliori per farlo. Bitcoin non esiste come moneta fisica, mentre i contanti lo sono. Ci sono attualmente alcuni collegamenti tra il mondo elettronico delle criptovalute e il mondo fisico del denaro. Si prega di tenere presente nel mercato dei Bitcoin e delle crittografie sta cambiando rapidamente e che ulteriori opzioni potrebbero essere disponibili in futuro. Acquista Bitcoin solo con Contanti C'è un'importante distinzione da fare prima di descrivere le modalità di acquisto di Bitcoin con contanti, e cioè tra denaro fisico e depositi bancari. Il denaro fisico è in contanti disponibili direttamente. I depositi bancari vengono spesso considerati come contanti poiché possono essere ritirati facilmente o consultati elettronicamente. Le opzioni descritte qui sono per le persone che utilizzano denaro fisico, non depositi bancari. Molteplici sono le motivazioni per le quali le persone scelgono di acquistare Bitcoin in contanti, compreso il desiderio di rimanere anonimi. Uno degli obiettivi principali di Bitcoin è quello di consentire all'utente non tracciabili e le persone che valutano questa funzione, utilizzare per iniziare con una "tabula rasa". Altri potrebbero essere preoccupati di usare qualsiasi tipo di trasferimento elettronico su Internet per timore di esporre le informazioni del proprio conto al pericolo degli hacker.
5 Metodi per Acquistare Bitcoin in Contanti I pagamenti in contanti hanno i propri rischi e bisogna guardare attenti ogni volta che si sono pagati con sé. Ciò è particolarmente preoccupante dal momento che la quantità di denaro necessaria per l'acquisto è anche una piccola quantità di Bitcoin può essere significativa. Il rischio che deriva da questa realtà può rendere alcuni di questi metodi più interessanti di altri.
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[link]3 abbina acquirenti e venditori mentre agisce come intermediario. Elenca I venditori come LocalBitcoins, ma utilizza i depositi bancari come BitQuick. Ciò significa che la posizione bancaria più conveniente potrebbe non essere associata a un venditore che offre il prezzo più basso. I prezzi di WallofCoins includono le tariffe, che possono rendere più difficili i confronti con i prezzi su altre piattaforme. Tuttavia, offre anche una funzione di live chat e un numero verde per il servizio clienti. Queste caratteristiche lo rendono un'opzione allettante per i nuovi acquirenti.
[link]4 è il più vicino tra gli exchange ad un'operazione di vendita al dettaglio. Il sito web ti indirizza verso una posizione di vendita affiliata in base al tuo codice postale. Un'app mobile è disponibile per trovare tali posizioni mentre sei in viaggio. Il pagamento e il trasferimento avvengono presso il punto vendita, aumentando la sicurezza personale.
Tuttavia, è richiesta l'identificazione e il servizio è disponibile solo negli Stati Uniti. Inoltre, le sedi partecipanti aggiungono le proprie commissioni in aggiunta a quelle addebitate da LibertyX. Ogni posizione imposta anche il proprio minimo e vi è un limite giornaliero di 1.000$ per la piattaforma. MyCeliumWallet è una delle numerose applicazioni mobili disponibili tramite Google Play per acquistare, conservare e inviare Bitcoin. La maggior parte delle applicazioni include una funzionalità che consente agli acquirenti di trovare venditori in base alla posizione. Queste applicazioni non fungono da intermediari come le altre piattaforme elencate qui. I termini dello scambio vengono negoziati tra l'acquirente e il venditore privatamente, così come il prezzo. Mentre questo aumenta il rischio potenziale, consente anche all'acquirente di selezionare i venditori che forniranno il livello desiderato di anonimato. Tieni presente che il mercato delle criptovalute è estremamente dinamico e le modifiche dei limiti di acquisto e dei sistemi operativi avvengono continuamente. Inoltre, ci si aspetta che le tariffe subiscano un rapido cambiamento, non appena un nuovo modo di acquistare Bitcoin in contanti arriva sul mercato e genera concorrenza. ATM Bitcoin Esiste un secondo metodo di acquisto di Bitcoin in contanti che non prevede l'incontro con il venditore, né di persona né attraverso un intermediario. Questo è l'ATM Bitcoin. Si tratta di sportelli Bitcoin collegati a Internet che accettano denaro come mezzo di pagamento. Si noti che l'uso della dicitura "ATM" può essere fonte di confusione, in quanto è tipicamente associata ad una banca. Gli ATM Bitcoin non sono casse automatiche e non sono collegati ad alcun istituto bancario. Piuttosto, possono essere considerati come computer con dispositivi di input che accettano valuta e trasferiscono Bitcoin su un portafoglio nuovo o uno già esistente. Diverse piattaforme di trading offrono ATM Bitcoin e il numero degli sportelli sta aumentando rapidamente. Sebbene siano più diffusi negli Stati Uniti, la maggior parte dei Paesi offre almeno uno sportello. Non è raro trovare ATM Bitcoin situati nei minimarket e nelle stazioni di servizio negli Stati Uniti poiché generano entrate per il proprietario dello sportello con poca o nessuna manutenzione. Funzionamento degli ATM Poiché operano su diverse piattaforme, non esiste una procedura standard su come utilizzare un ATM Bitcoin. Tuttavia, ciascuna versione è dotata di un touchscreen e fornisce istruzioni dettagliate. Gli ATM Bitcoin sono chiaramente progettati per i nuovi acquirenti. Le basilari precauzioni di sicurezza che si applicano all'utilizzo di un qualsiasi ATM valgono anche per l'utilizzo di un ATM Bitcoin. La quantità di Bitcoin che può essere acquistata varia a seconda della macchina.
Alcuni ATM Bitcoin creato un nuovo portafoglio Bitcoin per ogni acquisto e alcuni registrati di deposito le monete appena acquistate in un portafoglio esistente. Le istruzioni su come selezionare tra le opzioni disponibili appariranno sullo schermo. Gli ATM Bitcoin che creano un nuovo portafoglio come opzione o, per impostazione predefinita, stampano un portafoglio di carta per ogni transazione.
Il portafoglio in carta presenta un codice QR o alfanumerico che include sia la chiave pubblica che la chiave privata. I Bitcoin sono tenuti memorizzati sulla blockchain e le informazioni sulla carta presenti tutte le informazioni necessarie per accedervi. Queste sono informazioni importanti e devono essere conservate con cura.
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Come Comprare o Vendere Bitcoin con Contanti?

L'acquisto di Bitcoin può essere semplice se si guida ed istruzioni online. Per chi è interessato a comprare Bitcoin solo con denaro contante, ecco i modi migliori per farlo. Bitcoin non esiste come moneta fisica, mentre i contanti lo sono. Ci sono attualmente alcuni collegamenti tra il mondo elettronico delle criptovalute e il mondo fisico del denaro. Si prega di tenere presente nel mercato dei Bitcoin e delle crittografie sta cambiando rapidamente e che ulteriori opzioni potrebbero essere disponibili in futuro. Acquista Bitcoin solo con Contanti C'è un'importante distinzione da fare prima di descrivere le modalità di acquisto di Bitcoin con contanti, e cioè tra denaro fisico e depositi bancari. Il denaro fisico è in contanti disponibili direttamente. I depositi bancari vengono spesso considerati come contanti poiché possono essere ritirati facilmente o consultati elettronicamente. Le opzioni descritte qui sono per le persone che utilizzano denaro fisico, non depositi bancari. Molteplici sono le motivazioni per le quali le persone scelgono di acquistare Bitcoin in contanti, compreso il desiderio di rimanere anonimi. Uno degli obiettivi principali di Bitcoin è quello di consentire all'utente non tracciabili e le persone che valutano questa funzione, utilizzare per iniziare con una "tabula rasa". Altri potrebbero essere preoccupati di usare qualsiasi tipo di trasferimento elettronico su Internet per timore di esporre le informazioni del proprio conto al pericolo degli hacker.
5 Metodi per Acquistare Bitcoin in Contanti I pagamenti in contanti hanno i propri rischi e bisogna guardare attenti ogni volta che si sono pagati con sé. Ciò è particolarmente preoccupante dal momento che la quantità di denaro necessaria per l'acquisto è anche una piccola quantità di Bitcoin può essere significativa. Il rischio che deriva da questa realtà può rendere alcuni di questi metodi più interessanti di altri.
https://athenacryptotrade.com è un sito che consente di inserire un annuncio di acquisto o vendita di bitcoin in contanti. E 'gratuito e non viene richiesta nessuna carta di identità o informazione personale, si può inserire il proprio annuncio senza dover depositare i propri bitcoin sul sito, si può decidere di gran lunga riportando dal supporto del sito i feedback acquisiti su localbitcoins oppure no. semplicemente si inserisce la città, il prezzo di vendita in percentuale e la quantità che il trader può cambiare. il supporto è sempre disponibile tramite telegramma, questo consente una comunicazione rapida. Ottimo modo per comprare e vendere bitcoin in contanti nella tua città con altri utenti.
https://bitquick.co/ permette di abbinare compratori e venditori ma è più simile come funzione ad un exchange. I venditori piazzano i propri Bitcoin in garanzia e gli acquirenti depositano i fondi per l'acquisto sul conto bancario del venditore. La transazione è completata quando l'acquirente fornisce la prova di questo deposito. Il fatto che ci sia trasferimento di denaro verso una banca e che le parti non si incontrano, rende questa transazione più sicura. Tuttavia, il sito web richiede la registrazione con identificazione ed è disponibile solo negli Stati Uniti (esclusa New York).
https://wallofcoins.com abbina acquirenti e venditori mentre agisce come intermediario. Elenca I venditori come LocalBitcoins, ma utilizza i depositi bancari come BitQuick. Ciò significa che la posizione bancaria più conveniente potrebbe non essere associata a un venditore che offre il prezzo più basso. I prezzi di WallofCoins includono le tariffe, che possono rendere più difficili i confronti con i prezzi su altre piattaforme. Tuttavia, offre anche una funzione di live chat e un numero verde per il servizio clienti. Queste caratteristiche lo rendono un'opzione allettante per i nuovi acquirenti.
https://libertyx.com/ è il più vicino tra gli exchange ad un'operazione di vendita al dettaglio. Il sito web ti indirizza verso una posizione di vendita affiliata in base al tuo codice postale. Un'app mobile è disponibile per trovare tali posizioni mentre sei in viaggio. Il pagamento e il trasferimento avvengono presso il punto vendita, aumentando la sicurezza personale.
Tuttavia, è richiesta l'identificazione e il servizio è disponibile solo negli Stati Uniti. Inoltre, le sedi partecipanti aggiungono le proprie commissioni in aggiunta a quelle addebitate da LibertyX. Ogni posizione imposta anche il proprio minimo e vi è un limite giornaliero di 1.000$ per la piattaforma. MyCeliumWallet è una delle numerose applicazioni mobili disponibili tramite Google Play per acquistare, conservare e inviare Bitcoin. La maggior parte delle applicazioni include una funzionalità che consente agli acquirenti di trovare venditori in base alla posizione. Queste applicazioni non fungono da intermediari come le altre piattaforme elencate qui. I termini dello scambio vengono negoziati tra l'acquirente e il venditore privatamente, così come il prezzo. Mentre questo aumenta il rischio potenziale, consente anche all'acquirente di selezionare i venditori che forniranno il livello desiderato di anonimato. Tieni presente che il mercato delle criptovalute è estremamente dinamico e le modifiche dei limiti di acquisto e dei sistemi operativi avvengono continuamente. Inoltre, ci si aspetta che le tariffe subiscano un rapido cambiamento, non appena un nuovo modo di acquistare Bitcoin in contanti arriva sul mercato e genera concorrenza. ATM Bitcoin Esiste un secondo metodo di acquisto di Bitcoin in contanti che non prevede l'incontro con il venditore, né di persona né attraverso un intermediario. Questo è l'ATM Bitcoin. Si tratta di sportelli Bitcoin collegati a Internet che accettano denaro come mezzo di pagamento. Si noti che l'uso della dicitura "ATM" può essere fonte di confusione, in quanto è tipicamente associata ad una banca. Gli ATM Bitcoin non sono casse automatiche e non sono collegati ad alcun istituto bancario. Piuttosto, possono essere considerati come computer con dispositivi di input che accettano valuta e trasferiscono Bitcoin su un portafoglio nuovo o uno già esistente. Diverse piattaforme di trading offrono ATM Bitcoin e il numero degli sportelli sta aumentando rapidamente. Sebbene siano più diffusi negli Stati Uniti, la maggior parte dei Paesi offre almeno uno sportello. Non è raro trovare ATM Bitcoin situati nei minimarket e nelle stazioni di servizio negli Stati Uniti poiché generano entrate per il proprietario dello sportello con poca o nessuna manutenzione. Funzionamento degli ATM Poiché operano su diverse piattaforme, non esiste una procedura standard su come utilizzare un ATM Bitcoin. Tuttavia, ciascuna versione è dotata di un touchscreen e fornisce istruzioni dettagliate. Gli ATM Bitcoin sono chiaramente progettati per i nuovi acquirenti. Le basilari precauzioni di sicurezza che si applicano all'utilizzo di un qualsiasi ATM valgono anche per l'utilizzo di un ATM Bitcoin. La quantità di Bitcoin che può essere acquistata varia a seconda della macchina.
Alcuni ATM Bitcoin creato un nuovo portafoglio Bitcoin per ogni acquisto e alcuni registrati di deposito le monete appena acquistate in un portafoglio esistente. Le istruzioni su come selezionare tra le opzioni disponibili appariranno sullo schermo. Gli ATM Bitcoin che creano un nuovo portafoglio come opzione o, per impostazione predefinita, stampano un portafoglio di carta per ogni transazione.
Il portafoglio in carta presenta un codice QR o alfanumerico che include sia la chiave pubblica che la chiave privata. I Bitcoin sono tenuti memorizzati sulla blockchain e le informazioni sulla carta presenti tutte le informazioni necessarie per accedervi. Queste sono informazioni importanti e devono essere conservate con cura.
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Did something happen in Melonport's M-0 conference in Zug, Switzerland?

Conference was held on 17-18 October in Zug, Switzerland. Gevers gave a keynote speech as a CEO of Monetas marketing Monetas. "Funny" coincidence is that 18 October was the exact day the bad news broke out as Reuters published their shitty article.
Here is the exact location of the video where Gevers is praising Monetas : https://youtu.be/h3gVU5z9v6s?t=23m39s Here's a slide of his presentation where it says "Monetas - the world's most advanced transaction platform" https://youtu.be/h3gVU5z9v6s?t=44m16s
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The most interesting countries for mining: Top-3

The most interesting countries for mining: Top-3

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Switzerland

There is an interesting case with mining in a certain region of Switzerland. Canton of Zug is the center of the entire ecosystem called Crypto Valley. The Crypto Valley has active connections to international centers of blockchain innovation in London, Singapore, Silicon Valley, and New York.
Crypto Valley is quickly becoming a global center of competence thanks to its business-friendly regulatory framework, deep talent pool and sophisticated infrastructure. It has already attracted dozens of leading cryptographic companies and organizations, including Ethereum, Monetas, Bitcoin Suisse, Xapo, ShapeShift, ConsenSys, and Tezos.
To foster the growth of his ecosystem the Crypto Valley Association has been set up, within its framework
The Crypto Valley Association has been set up to foster the growth of this ecosystem through collaboration and partnerships with entrepreneurs, startups, investors, corporates, educational institutions, service providers, and government bodies.

Russia

There are certain peculiarities of Russia that make life easy for miners. First of all, the country’s chill climate allows to scrimp on equipment cooling. This is important taking into consideration that mining is a very energy-consuming process.
What is more, there are many hydroelectric power plants in Russia, whose capacities can be easily used for mining purposes (as it is already done). The country’s rivers are full-flowing, so the capacities of the hydroelectric power plants are pretty high.
Russian legislation does not categorically ban mining and cryptocurrencies but there no distinct regulations. The corresponding bill is being prepared for the adoption but is constantly revised.
Foreign companies and investors keep a close eye on the Russian market: both USA and China miners have expressed their interest, visiting Russia right along to test the waters.

Georgia

The country has a strong blockchain and mining industry, such organizations as Association Blockchain Georgia, Bitcoin Embassy Georgia and Blockchain Systems Institute are operating there. Georgia is a number one cryptocurrency mining country per caput.
The state is extremely crypto friendly, there are even free economic zones in the country. The environment is really welcoming for business which attracts foreign investors, including Bitfury which is controlling a great part of the Georgian mining. The foreign investors are granted by the reduced tariffs and the VAT extension.
The electrical energy is not expensive in Georgia, and the consumption is growing every year, mining being not due in no small part to that. The country ranked second in the world by the energy consumption for cryptocurrency mining, according to the CCAF (Cambridge Centre For Alternative Finance) research. The rivers are turbulent in the country, so the hydroelectric energy is one of the most affordable energy types. The electricity is even subsidized in some of Georgia’s regions, e.g. Alazani valley.

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Co to jest USDQ i Q DAO? Kompletny przewodnik od PLATINUM ENGINEERING. Czysty Co to jest USDQ i Q DAO? Kompletny przewodnik od PLATINUM ENGINEERING
Mihaill Kudryashev, inżynier front-end w PLATINUM ENGINEERING , napisał ten artykuł, starając się podnieść świadomość na temat USDQ , stablecoin , który jego zespół pomaga rozwijać. Wśród największych korzyści, USDQ przynosi pełną decentralizację i możliwości predykcyjne. Wkrótce będą jeszcze w pełni wspierane stabilne monety: JPYQ, KRWQ, SGDQ, HKDQ, CNYQ, RUBQ w ramach Q DAO governance. Powoli ucząc się więcej o blockchains, Mihail skutecznie przekształcił niejasne pomysły w skuteczne rozwiązania front-end z silnym interfejsem użytkownika / UX. W swoim zespole pomógł wielu startupom kryptograficznym usłyszeć swój głos w powstającej globalnej społeczności kryptograficznej. W tym artykule Mihail analizuje kluczowe korzyści, jakie użytkownicy czerpią z korzystania z USDQ.
USDQ zapewnia stabilność, bez potrzeby angażowania starszych źródeł finansowania
Jak monety USDQ i Q DAO działają w ekosystemie?
USDQ jest zdecentralizowaną stablecoin , która wykorzystuje algorytmy, aby zapewnić większą stabilność i niezawodność. Jest wspierany przez Bitcoin (kolejne 10 najlepszych kryptowalut zostanie dodanych w przyszłości). Elegancki system umieszcza wszystkie transakcje na blockchain i umożliwia użytkownikom wykonywanie transakcji transgranicznych i pośrednich w dowolnym czasie iz dowolnego miejsca. Jest on powiązany z wartością USD, tj. 1 USDQ zawsze równa się 1 USD. Projekt ekosystemu zapożycza się w dużym stopniu z ułamkowych systemów bankowych. W skrócie, USDQ jest stablecoin skierowany do klienta, a Q DAO to wewnętrzna moneta „operacyjna”; razem pomagają stworzyć stabilną bezpieczną przystań dla każdego, kto chce zabezpieczyć się przed szalejącą zmiennością rynków kryptograficznych.
Wprowadzenie do Q DAO i USDQ
There's a number of factors that prevent mass adoption of cryptocurrencies. The biggest factor among this is high volatility, seen in crypto. Bitcoin, the oldest and most popular coin, has been fluctuating with prices oscillating between 20,000 and 3,500 in just one year of 2018. No potential adopters, be it merchants or individuals, would be happy with suffering huge losses that such drastic changes can entail. And it's this high volatility that USDQ is set to address, bringing stability and convenience.
Tether (USDT) is probably the most well-known and widely used stablecoin. However, it has been embroiled in various controversies from the very start with no end to these in sight. Although the system is supposed to assure the 1-to-1 fiat reserves for all Tether units created, the website content has been recently changed to say that the issuer views not only cash in the bank, but also various loans to other companies, as the reserves. Both regulators and crypto enthusiasts have voiced concerns, which might bode ill for Tether in the months to come.
USDQ works differently. Here, the stablecoin is pegged to US Dollar and backed by Bitcoin (+top 10 other cryptocurrencies in future). It's similar to lending operations and fractional banking systems. Overcollateralization is used to mitigate potential unexpected changes in assets prices.
The USDQ ecosystem is highly transparent as all of the operations are recorded on the immutable Ethereum blockchain, open to review by anybody and at any time. The smart contracts bring automation to business processes and eliminate the need for middlemen to assure trust and prevent abuse.
In order to determine how viable USDQ will be in the future, we need to discuss the two tokens used within the ecosystem.
Review of Q DAO and USDQ
Q DAO is governance token, entitles holders to participate in voting for new decisions. Importantly, holders are interested seeing Q DAO's prices growing and thus they are incentivized to thoroughly review proposals and deliver the best decisions. In this way, Q DAO imbues higher democracy and decentralization, on which many current crypto projects lag.
In addition, all the fees, charged for the system use, can be paid only in Q DAO.
In order to create USDQ, a user needs to transfer Bitcoins into a Collateralized Debt Contract (CDC). This will automatically trigger the smart contract to generate USDQ and send it to the user. In order to change USDQ back into crypto assets, users need to pay back the amount of USDQ they input and the fees, chargeable in Q DAO Tokens. Whenever this is done, USDQ is automatically destroyed and the Collateralized Debt Сontract is closed.
In addition by getting USDQ directly at the company's website, users can trade in USDQ on secondary markets. It's as easy as trading Bitcoin or Ethereum or any other coin.
Traders can store both coins in their wallets, assuring higher security. The stability and ease of use for USDQ open up wide ranges of adoption for both businesses and end consumers alike.
What makes USDQ stand apart
The main difference between projects like Tether and USDQ is complete transparency and openness in the inner workings of USDQ. All the data is easily accessible on the blockchain and there are no rumors or controversies as to the reserves held by the team, potential conflicts of interest or hidden agendas.
The CDС mechanics ensure that it's impossible to create fake units of USDQ, as smart contract can be activated only after an amount in Bitcoins is input. The development is being done completely transparent. Interested parties can review the smart contract, presented on the website. The audits and peer reviews were carried out to assure the highest quality of smart contract. The website-based scanner enables to track all the data about each and every transaction, including time, amount and collateral size.
In addition, should a "black swan" event occur, i.e. a drastic fall in Bitcoin prices, Q DAO is sold on secondary markets. Bitcoin value is liquidated to make a USDQ buyback procedure, which prevents any losses on the part of the system's users.
Additionally, PLATINUM BLOCKCHAIN ENGINEERING which is helping to develop the ecosystem is working hard to build up long-term partnerships with stakeholders in the crypto industry. The more liaisons the team wins, the better outlook for USDQ will be.
Why do we need stablecoins anyway?
Different assets produce varying levels of volatility in prices, when compared to each other. For instance, the purchasing capacity of US dollar has reduced over time with 1 USD from 1913 equaling 24 USD today (2019). This happens due to inflation 3-10% per year.
In comparison, Bitcoin almost tripled in value in 2018 and then fell down by as much. Thus, fiat currencies are more stable, when compared to cryptocurrencies.
Stablecoins don't attempt to fight inflation. Instead, coins like Tether and USDQ peg themselves to US dollar, bringing relatively higher stability to crypto trading communities. One of the most famous transactions with Bitcoin is when a pizza was bought with Bitcoin back in 2010. At that time, the pizza ended up costing just a couple of bucks, but today it costs millions. Although stablecoins continue to be impacted by inflation and exchange rates that come to them from fiats they peg themselves to, they are nowhere near the mindboggingly high volatility of crypto assets.
One of the major use cases for stablecoins like USDQ is concluding long-term contracts. For instance, when using a popular decentralized platform Augur, users can bet on the price of oil in 5-10 years. The problem is that you won't only have to account for future changes in oil prices, but also for prices in Ethereum or Bitcoin that you use to make the bet. USDQ solves this problem elegantly and without much trouble. Using it, users don't have to consider future changes in Bitcoin prices and they can concentrate on what they've come here for - betting on future events. And they don’t have to worry about technical details as it’s easy to purchase USDQ and use for trader’s purposes.
Betting industry is just one of the many use cases, where USDQ can bring benefits. It can be successfully used for any transactions done across borders and long-term financial contracts. Virtually, USDQ opens up new opportunities any time value is exchanged and volatility has a negative effect.
Bottom Line
USDQ has a high potential to democratise transactions between companies and individuals globally, bringing fast execution and low volatility. The "PLATINUM BLOCKCHAIN ENGINEERING" is working hard to enable and improve various features in order to help USDQ to take leading positions on crypto markets.
Here are the main ecosystem’s features:
The system uses two tokens (USDQ and Q DAO) in order to tackle volatility, while staying on the blockchain.
USDQ is always pegged to USD 1:1. In order to come into line with as many national exchanges as possible and enter other markets, the company will issue other tokens pegged to the national currencies. For example, there will be CNYQ (for Chinese Yuan), KRWQ (for South Korean Won), as well as JPYQ (for Japanese Yen) at the early stage.
USDQ brings higher decentralization, driving this important vector in the development of crypto industry.
Q DAO holders are interested in seeing the coin grow and succeed, thus they will work hard to review and pick the best proposals for the system to move forward.
Taking into account these beneficial features, there's no question that USDQ will become a viable alternative to other fiat-backed cryptocurrencies like TUSD, USDT, GUSD, USDC etc. Competing with other stablecoins, both already operating and just being developed, PLATINUM ENGINEERING will roll out the new features and underlying tech solutions that'll help propel the coin.
USDQ is decentralized stablecoin, which uses algorithms to offer higher stability and reliability. Fully on-chain and monitored by high-speed AI robots, ecosystem offers reliable defences against malicious acts and attacks. First run in line of fiat-pegs, USDQ is brought by PLATINUM ENGINEERING Team, looking to edge together innovative solutions in collateralization, using stabilizing mechanisms for high-endurance stablecoins. Soon there will be even more fully backed stable coins: JPYQ, KRWQ, SGDQ, HKDQ, CNYQ, RUBQ under USDQ brand. Fully anonymous, USDQ breaks limits out of this legacy world.
PLATINUM ENGINEERING values your opinion and welcomes you to continue the conversation on Telegram or Facebook, where the company’s development team is always ready to help you find solutions to pressing issues. Working on projects like USDQ, Michael has gained an invaluable suite of skills and insights, enabling to roll out high-usability UI/UX with tight deadlines and lack of clear expectations as to user behaviors. The team has successfully produced white-label wallets, stand-alone fundraising platforms, as well as integrated fundraising ecosystems. Any startup looking for a reliable partner to help execute a success-story will win from a free consultation with the PLATINUM ENGINEERING team about potential solutions to their needs and issues.
This overview may not be fully exhaustive and does not assess the viability of any project, nor its team legitimacy. Readers should conduct their own due diligence before using or investing in any of the listed Stablecoins. This article represents the author’s opinions only and should not be considered investment advice. All described functionality in the article is still under development, it can be changed/processed. Please follow the updates.
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The most interesting countries for mining: Top-3

The most interesting countries for mining: Top-3

https://preview.redd.it/l66148ziei431.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=243cd7c3027f85dd5b9d4ffa736f6799ecebfa0b

Switzerland

There is an interesting case with mining in a certain region of Switzerland. Canton of Zug is the center of the entire ecosystem called Crypto Valley. The Crypto Valley has active connections to international centers of blockchain innovation in London, Singapore, Silicon Valley, and New York.
Crypto Valley is quickly becoming a global center of competence thanks to its business-friendly regulatory framework, deep talent pool and sophisticated infrastructure. It has already attracted dozens of leading cryptographic companies and organizations, including Ethereum, Monetas, Bitcoin Suisse, Xapo, ShapeShift, ConsenSys, and Tezos.
To foster the growth of his ecosystem the Crypto Valley Association has been set up, within its framework
The Crypto Valley Association has been set up to foster the growth of this ecosystem through collaboration and partnerships with entrepreneurs, startups, investors, corporates, educational institutions, service providers, and government bodies.

Russia

There are certain peculiarities of Russia that make life easy for miners. First of all, the country’s chill climate allows to scrimp on equipment cooling. This is important taking into consideration that mining is a very energy-consuming process.
What is more, there are many hydroelectric power plants in Russia, whose capacities can be easily used for mining purposes (as it is already done). The country’s rivers are full-flowing, so the capacities of the hydroelectric power plants are pretty high.
Russian legislation does not categorically ban mining and cryptocurrencies but there no distinct regulations. The corresponding bill is being prepared for the adoption but is constantly revised.
Foreign companies and investors keep a close eye on the Russian market: both USA and China miners have expressed their interest, visiting Russia right along to test the waters.

Georgia

The country has a strong blockchain and mining industry, such organizations as Association Blockchain Georgia, Bitcoin Embassy Georgia and Blockchain Systems Institute are operating there. Georgia is a number one cryptocurrency mining country per caput.
The state is extremely crypto friendly, there are even free economic zones in the country. The environment is really welcoming for business which attracts foreign investors, including Bitfury which is controlling a great part of the Georgian mining. The foreign investors are granted by the reduced tariffs and the VAT extension.
The electrical energy is not expensive in Georgia, and the consumption is growing every year, mining being not due in no small part to that. The country ranked second in the world by the energy consumption for cryptocurrency mining, according to the CCAF (Cambridge Centre For Alternative Finance) research. The rivers are turbulent in the country, so the hydroelectric energy is one of the most affordable energy types. The electricity is even subsidized in some of Georgia’s regions, e.g. Alazani valley.

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August 15, 2014, 08:15:37 AM

Preamble

I'd like to start off by stating categorically that the cryptography presented by CryptoNote is completely, entirely solid. It has been vetted and looked over by fucking clever cryptographers/developers/wizards such as gmaxwell. Monero have had a group of independent mathematicians and cryptographers peer-reviewing the whitepaper (their annotations are here, and one of their reviews is here), and this same group of mathematicians and cryptographers is now reviewing the implementation of the cryptography in the Monero codebase. Many well known Bitcoin developers have already had a cursory look through the code to establish its validity. It is safe to say that, barring more exotic attacks that have to be mitigated over time as they are invented/discovered, and barring a CryptoNote implementation making rash decisions to implement something that reduces the anonymity set, the CryptoNote currencies are all cryptographically unlinkable and untraceable.
Two other things I should mention. I curse a lot when I'm angry (and scams like this make me angry). Second, where used my short date format is day/month/year (smallest to biggest).
If you find this information useful, a little donation would go a long way. Bitcoin address is 1rysLufu4qdVBRDyrf8ZjXy1nM19smTWd.

The Alleged CryptoNote/Bytecoin Story

CryptoNote is a new cryptocurrency protocol. It builds on some of the Bitcoin founding principles, but it adds to them. There are aspects of it that are truly well thought through and, in a sense, quite revolutionary. CryptoNote claim to have started working on their project years ago after Bitcoin's release, and I do not doubt the validity of this claim...clearly there's a lot of work and effort that went into this. The story as Bytecoin and CryptoNote claim it to be is as follows:
They developed the code for the principles expressed in their whitepaper, and in April, 2012, they released Bytecoin. All of the copyright messages in Bytecoin's code are "copyright the CryptoNote Developers", so clearly they are one and the same as the Bytecoin developers. In December 2012, they released their CryptoNote v1 whitepaper. In September 2013, they released their CryptoNote v2 whitepaper. In November 2013, the first piece of the Bytecoin code was first pushed to Github by "amjuarez", with a "Copyright (c) 2013 amjuarez" copyright notice. This was changed to "Copyright (c) 2013 Antonio Juarez" on March 3rd, 2014. By this juncture only the crypto libraries had been pushed up to github. Then, on March 4th, 2014, "amjuarez" pushed the rest of the code up to github, with the README strangely referring to "cybernote", even though the code referred to "Cryptonote". The copyrights all pointed to "the Cryptonote developers", and the "Antonio Juarez" copyright and license file was removed. Within a few days, "DStrange" stumbled across the bytecoin.org website when trying to mine on the bte.minefor.co.in pool (a pool for the-other-Bytecoin, BTE, not the-new-Bytecoin, BCN), and the rest is history as we know it. By this time Bytecoin had had a little over 80% of its total emission mined.

Immediate Red Flags

The first thing that is a red flag in all of this is that nobody, and I mean no-fucking-body, is a known entity. "Antonio Juarez" is not a known entity, "DStrange" is not a known entity, none of the made up names on the Bytecoin website exist (they've since removed their "team" page, see below), none of the made up names on the CryptoNote website exist (Johannes Meier, Maurice Planck, Max Jameson, Brandon Hawking, Catherine Erwin, Albert Werner, Marec Plíškov). If they're pseudonyms, then say so. If they're real names, then who the fuck are they??? Cryptographers, mathematicians, and computer scientists are well known - they have published papers or at least have commented on articles of interest. Many of them have their own github repos and Twitter feeds, and are a presence in the cryptocurrency community.
The other immediate red flag is that nobody, and I mean no-fucking-body, had heard of Bytecoin. Those that had heard of it thought it was the crummy SHA-256 Bitcoin clone that was a flop in the market. Bytecoin's claim that it had existed "on the deep web" for 2 years was not well received, because not a single vendor, user, miner, drug addict, drug seller, porn broker, fake ID card manufacturer, student who bought a fake ID card to get into bars, libertarian, libertard, cryptographer, Tor developer, Freenet developer, i2p developer, pedophile, or anyone else that is a known person - even just known on the Internet - had ever encountered "Bytecoin" on Tor. Ever. Nobody.

Indisputable Facts

Before I start with some conjecture and educated guesswork, I'd like to focus on an indisputable fact that obliterates any trust in both Bytecoin's and CryptoNote's bullshit story. Note, again, that I do not doubt the efficacy of the mathematics and cryptography behind CryptoNote, nor do I think there are backdoors in the code. What I do know for a fact is that the people behind CryptoNote and Bytecoin have actively deceived the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency community, and that makes them untrustworthy now and in the future. If you believe in the fundamentals in CryptoNote, then you need simply use a CryptoNote-derived cryptocurrency that is demonstrably independent of CryptoNote and Bytecoin's influence. Don't worry, I go into this a little later.
So as discussed, there were these two whitepapers that I linked to earlier. Just in case they try remove them, here is the v1 whitepaper and the v2 whitepaper mirrored on Archive.org. This v1/v2 whitepaper thing has been discussed at length on the Bytecoin forum thread, and the PGP signature on the files has been confirmed as being valid. When you open the respective PDFs you'll notice the valid signatures in them:
signature in the v1 whitepaper
signature in the v2 whitepaper
These are valid Adobe signatures, signed on 15/12/2012 and 17/10/2013 respectively. Here's where it gets interesting. When we inspect this file in Adobe Acrobat we get a little more information on the signature
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Notice the bit that says "Signing time is from the clock on the signer's computer"? Now normally you would use a Timestamp Authority (TSA) to validate your system time. There are enough public, free, RFC 3161 compatible TSAs that this is not a difficult thing. CryptoNote chose not do this. But we have no reason to doubt the time on the signature, right guys? crickets
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See these references from the v1 whitepaper footnotes? Those two also appear in the v2 whitepaperth. Neither of those two footnotes refer to anything in the main body of the v1 whitepaper's text, they're non-existent (in the v2 whitepaper they are used in text). The problem, though, is that the Bitcointalk post linked in the footnote is not from early 2012 (proof screenshot is authentic: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=196259.0)
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May 5, 2013. The footnote is referencing a post that did not exist until then. And yet we are to believe that the whitepaper was signed on 12/12/2012! What sort of fucking fools do they take us for?
A little bit of extra digging validates this further. The document properties for both the v1 whitepaper as well as the v2 whitepaper confirms they were made in TeX Live 2013, which did not exist on 12/12/2012. The XMP properties are also quite revealing
XMP properties for the v1 whitepaper
XMP properties for the v2 whitepaper
According to that, the v1 whitepaper PDF was created on 10/04/2014, and the v2 whitepaper was created on 13/03/2014. And yet both of these documents were then modified in the past (when they were signed). Clearly the CryptoNote/Bytecoin developers are so advanced they also have a time machine, right?
Final confirmation that these creation dates are correct are revealed those XMP properties. The properties on both documents confirm that the PDF itself was generated from the LaTeX source using pdfTeX-1.40.14 (the pdf:Producer property). Now pdfTeX is a very old piece of software that isn't updated very often, so the minor version (the .14 part) is important.
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pdfTeX 1.40.14 pushed to source repo on Feb 14, 2014
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This version of pdfTeX was only pushed to the pdfTeX source repository on February 14, 2014, although it was included in a very early version of TeX Live 2013 (version 2013.20130523-1) that was released on May 23, 2013. The earliest mentions on the Internet of this version of pdfTeX are in two Stack Exchange comments that confirm its general availability at the end of May 2013 (here and here).
The conclusion we draw from this is that the CryptoNote developers, as clever as they were, intentionally deceived everyone into believing that the CryptoNote whitepapers were signed in 2012 and 2013, when the reality is that the v2 whitepaper was created in March, 2014, and the v1 whitepaper haphazardly created a month later by stripping bits out of the v2 whitepaper (accidentally leaving dead footnotes in).
Why would they create this fake v2 whitepaper in the first place? Why not just create a v1 whitepaper, or not even version it at all? The answer is simple: they wanted to lend credence and validity to the Bytecoin "2 years on the darkweb" claim so that everyone involved in CryptoNote and Bytecoin could profit from the 2 year fake mine of 82% of Bytecoin. What they didn't expect is the market to say "no thank you" to their premine scam.

And Now for Some Conjecture

As I mentioned earlier, the Bytecoin "team" page disappeared. I know it exists, because "AtomicDoge" referred to it as saying that one of the Bytecoin developers is a professor at Princeton. I called them out on it, and within a week the page had disappeared. Fucking cowards.
That was the event that triggered my desire to dig deeper and uncover the fuckery. As I discovered more and more oddities, fake accounts, trolling, and outright falsehoods, I wondered how deep the rabbit hole went. My starting point was DStrange. This is the account on Bitcointalk that "discovered" Bytecoin accidentally a mere 6 days after the first working iteration of the code was pushed to Github, purely by chance when mining a nearly dead currency on a tiny and virtually unheard of mining pool. He has subsequently appointed himself the representative of Bytecoin, or something similar. The whole thing is so badly scripted it's worse than a Spanish soap opera...I can't tell who Mr. Gonzales, the chief surgeon, is going to fuck next.
At the same time as DStrange made his "fuck me accidental discovery", another Bitcointalk account flared up to also "accidentally discover this weird thing that has randomly been discovered": Rias. What's interesting about both the "Rias" and "DStrange" accounts are their late 2013 creation date (October 31, 2013, and December 23, 2013, respectively), and yet they lay dormant until suddenly, out of the blue, on January 20th/21st they started posting. If you look at their early posts side by side you can even see the clustering: Rias, DStrange.
At any rate, the DStrange account "discovering" Bytecoin is beyond hilarious, especially with the Rias account chiming in to make the discovery seem natural. Knowing what we unmistakably do about the fake CryptoNote PDF dates lets us see this in a whole new light.
Of course, as has been pointed out before, the Bytecoin website did not exist in its "discovered" form until sometime between November 13, 2013 (when it was last captured as this random picture of a college girl) and February 25, 2014 (when it suddenly had the website on it as "discovered"). This can be confirmed by looking at the captures on Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://bytecoin.org
The CryptoNote website, too, did not exist in its current form until after October 20, 2013, at which time it was still the home of an encrypted message project by Alain Meier, a founding member of the Stanford Bitcoin Group and co-founder of BlockScore. This, too, can be confirmed on Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://cryptonote.org
~It's hard to ascertain whether Alain had anything to do with CryptoNote or Bytecoin. It's certainly conceivable that the whitepaper was put together by him and other members of the Stanford Bitcoin Group, and the timeline fits, given that the group only formed around March 2013. More info on the people in the group can be found on their site, and determining if they played a role is something you can do in your own time.~
Update: Alain Meier posted in this thread, and followed it up with a Tweet, confirming that he has nothing to do with CryptoNote and all the related...stuff.

Batshit Insane

The Bytecoin guys revel in creating and using sockpuppet accounts. Remember that conversation where "Rias" asked who would put v1 on a whitepaper with no v2 out, and AlexGR said "a forward looking individual"? The conversation took place on May 30, and was repeated verbatim by shill accounts on Reddit on August 4 (also, screenshot in case they take it down).
Those two obvious sockpuppet/shill accounts also take delight in bashing Monero in the Monero sub-reddit (here are snippets from WhiteDynomite and cheri0). Literally the only thing these sockpuppets do, day in and day out, is make the Bytecoin sub-reddit look like it's trafficked, and spew angry bullshit all over the Monero sub-reddit. Fucking batshit insane - who the fuck has time for that? Clearly they're pissy that nobody has fallen for their scam. Oh, and did I mention that all of these sockpuppets have a late January/early February creation date? Because that's not fucking obvious at all.
And let's not forget that most recently the sockpuppets claimed that multi-sig is "a new revolutionary technology, it was discovered a short time ago and Bytecoin already implemented it". What the actual fuck. If you think that's bad, you're missing out on the best part of all: the Bytecoin shills claim that Bytecoin is actually Satoshi Nakamoto's work. I'm not fucking kidding you. For your viewing pleasure...I present to you...the Bytecoin Batshit Insane Circus:
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https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=512747.msg8354977#msg8354977
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Seriously. Not only is this insulting as fuck to Satoshi Nakamoto, but it's insulting as fuck to our intelligence. And yet the fun doesn't stop there, folks! I present to you...the centerpiece of this Bytecoin Batshit Insane Circus exhibit...
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Of course! How could we have missed it! The clues were there all along! The CryptoNote/Bytecoin developers are actually aliens! Fuck me on a pogostick, this is the sort of stuff that results in people getting committed to the loony bin.
One last thing: without doing too much language analysis (which is mostly supposition and bullshit), it's easy to see common grammar and spelling fuck ups. My personal favorite is the "Is it true?" question. You can see it in the Bytecoin thread asking if it's Satoshi's second project, in the Monero thread asking if the Monero devs use a botnet to fake demand, and in the Dashcoin thread confirming the donation address (for a coin whose only claim is that they copy Bytecoin perfectly, what the fuck do they need donations for??).

Layer After Layer

One of the things that happened soon after the Bytecoin "big reveal" was a string of forks popping up. The first was Bitmonero on April 18. Fantomcoin was launched May 6. Quazarcoin was launched May 8. HoneyPenny was announced on April 21, although only launched as Boolberry on May 17. duckNote was launched on May 30. MonetaVerde as launched June 17.
Now for some reason unbeknownst to anyone with who isn't a retarded fuckface, the Bytecoin code was pushed up to SourceForge on 08/04/2014 (the "Registered" date is at the bottom of the page). I have no idea why they did this, maybe it's to try and lend credence to their bullshit story (oh hey, look how old Bytecoin is, it's even on Sourceforge!)
Coincidentally, and completely unrelated (hurr durr), Quazarcoin, Fantomcoin, and Monetaverde are all also on Sourceforge. This gives us a frame of reference and a common link between them - it's quite clear that at least these three are run by the same team as CryptoNote. There is further anecdotal evidence that can be gathered by looking at the shill posts in the threads (especially the way the Moneteverda shills praise merge mining, in a way that is nearly fucking indistinguishable from the Bytecoin praise for multi-sig technology).
QuazarCoin is a special case and deserves a little attention. Let's start with OracionSeis, who launched it. He's well known on Bitcointalk for selling in-game currencies. In that same thread you'll notice this gem right at the end from Fullbuster: "Hey,OracionSeis is no longer under my use so please https://bitcointa.lk/threads/selling-most-of-the-game-currencies.301540/#post-5996983 come into this thread! thank you !" Click through to his new link and Fullbuster clarifies: "Hello, I may look new around here but i've sold my first account and created new one and i have an intention to keep the same services running as my first account did." So now that we know that OracionSeis is a fucking bought account, we can look at his actions a little more critically.
On May 7, just when Monero was being taken back by the community (see below), OracionSeis out of the blue decided to take it overelaunch it himself. This included a now-defunct website at monero.co.in, and a since-abandoned Github. The community pushed back hard, true to form, with hard-hitting statements such as "To reiterate, this is not the original devs, and thus not a relaunch. OP, fuck you for trying this. This should warrant a ban." A man after my own heart. OracionSeis caved and decided to rename it to...QuazarCoin, which launched on May 8. To recap: bought account, launched by trying to "relaunch" Monero, got fucked up, renamed it to QuazarCoin. Clearly and undeniably goes in our pile of fuckface coins.
The other three are a little more interesting. Let's start with ~fuckNote~duckNote. It's hard to say if duckNote is a CryptoNote/Bytecoin project. The addition of the HTML based wallet is a one-trick pony, a common thread among most of the CryptoNote/Bytecoin controlled coins, but that could also be the result of a not-entirely-retarded developer. Given the shill posts in the duckNote thread I'm going to flag it as possibly-controlled-by-the-fuckface-brigade.
And now we come to ~HoneyPenny~ ~MoneyPenny~ ~HoneyBerry~ ~Boolean~ Boolberry. This is an interesting one. This was "pre-announced" on April 21, although it was only released with the genesis block on May 17. This puts it fourth in line, after Fantomcoin and Quazarcoin, although fucktarded proponents of the shittily-named currency insist that it was launched on April 21 because of a pre-announcement. Fucking rejects from the Pool of Stupidity, some of them. At any rate, "cryptozoidberg" is the prolific coder that churned out a Keccak-derived PoW (Wild Keccak) in a month, and then proceeded to add completely fucking retarded features like address aliasing that requires you to mine a block to get an address (lulz) and will never cause any issues when "google" or "obama" or "zuckerberg" want their alias back. Namecoin gets around this by forcing you to renew every ~200 - 250 days, and besides, nobody is making payments to microsoft.bit. This aliasing system is another atypical one-trick-pony that the CryptoNote developers push out and claim is monumental and historical and amazing.
There's also the matter of cryptozoidberg's nickname. In the Bytecoin code there's the BYTECOIN_NETWORK identifiert, which according to the comment is "Bender's nightmare" (hurr durr, such funny, 11100111110001011011001210110110 has a 2 in it). Now this may be a little bit of conjecture, yo, but the same comment appears twice in the "epee" contributed library, once in the levin signature, and again in the portable storage signature. The contexts are so disconnected and different that it would be a fucking stretch to imagine that the same person did not write both of these. We can also rule out this being a Bytecoin-specific change, as the "Bender's nightmare" comments exist in the original epee library on githubw (which is completely unused anywhere on the planet except in Bytecoin, most unusual for a library that has any usefulness, and was first committed to github on February 9, 2014).
We know from the copyright that Andrey N. Sabelnikov is the epee author, and we can say with reasonable certainty that he was involved in Bytecoin's creation and is the dev behind Boolberry. Sabelnikov is quite famous - he wrote the Kelihos botnet code and worked at two Russian security firms, Microsoft took him to court for his involvement (accusing him of operating the botnet as well), and then settled with him out of court on the basis of him not running the botnet but just having written the code. Kelihos is a botnet that pumped out online pharmacy spam (you know the fucking annoying "Y-ou Ne3D Vi-4Gra!?" emails? those.) so it's good to see he transitioned from that to a cryptocurrency scam. Regardless of BBR's claim to have "fixed" CryptoNote's privacy (and the fake fight on Bitcointalk between the "Bytecoin devs" and cryptozoidberg), it's clear that the link between them is not transparent. BBR is either the brainchild of a spam botnet author that worked on Bytecoin, or it's the CryptoNote developers trying to have one currency distanced from the rest so that they have a claim for legitimacy. I think it's the second one, and don't want to enter into a fucking debate about it. Make up your own mind.
Which brings us to the oddest story of the bunch: Bitmonero. It's pretty clear, given its early launch date and how unfamiliar anyone was with creating a genesis block or working in completely undocumented code, that thankful_for_today is/was part of the CryptoNote developers. He made a fatal error, though: he thought (just like all the other cryptocurrencies) that being "the dev" made him infallible. Ya know what happened? He tried to force his ideas, the community politely said "fuck you", and Bitmonero was forked into Monero, which is leading the pack of CryptoNote-based coins today. Let me be perfectly fucking clear: it doesn't matter that the Bytecoin/CryptoNote developers know their code and can push stuff out, and it doesn't matter that Sabelnikov can shovel bullshit features into his poorly named cryptocurrency, and it doesn't matter that Monetaverde is "green" and has "merged mining". Nobody working behind these cryptocurrencies is known in the cryptocurrency community, and that alone should be a big fucking red flag. Monero is streets ahead, partly because of the way they're developing the currency, but mostly because the "core devs" or whatever they're called are made up of reasonably well-known people. That there are a bunch of them (6 or 7?) plus a bunch of other people contributing code means that they're sanity checking each other.
And, as we saw, this has fucking infuriated the Bytecoin/CryptoNote developers. They're so angry they waste hours and hours with their Reddit accounts trawling the Monero sub-reddit, for what? Nobody has fallen for their scam, and after my revelation today nobody fucking will. Transparency wins, everything else is bullshit.
As pointed out by canonsburg, when the Bytecoin/CryptoNote people realised they'd lost the fucking game, they took a "scorched earth" approach. If they couldn't have the leading CryptoNote coin...they'd fucking destroy the rest by creating a shit-storm of CryptoNote coins. Not only did they setup a thread with "A complete forking guide to create your own CryptoNote currency", but they even have a dedicated website with a fuckton of JavaScript. Unfortunately this plan hasn't worked for them, because they forgot that nobody gives a fuck, and everyone is going to carry on forking Bitcoin-based coins because of the massive infrastructure and code etc. that works with Bitcoin-based coins.
There are a bunch of other useless CryptoNote coins, by the way: Aeon, Dashcoin, Infinium-8, OneEvilCoin. We saw earlier that Dashcoin is probably another CryptoNote developer driven coin. However, this entire group is not really important enough, nor do they have enough potential, for me to give a single fuck, so make up your own mind. New CryptoNote coins that pop up should be regarded with the utmost caution, given the bullshit capabilities that we've already seen.

All Tied Up in a Bow

I want to cement the relationship between the major CryptoNote shitcoins. I know that my previous section had a lot of conjecture in it, and there's been some insinuation that I'm throwing everyone under the bus because I'm raging against the machine. That's not my style. I'm more of a Katy Perry fan..."you're going to hear me roar". There were some extra links I uncovered during my research, and I lacked the time to add it to this post. Thankfully a little bit of sleep and a can of Monster later have given me the a chance to add this. Let's start with an analysis of the DNS records of the CN coins.
If we look at the whois and DNS records for bytecoin.org, quazarcoin.org, fantomcoin.org, monetaverde.org, cryptonote.org, bytecoiner.org, cryptonotefoundation.org, cryptonotestarter.org, and boolberry.com, we find three common traits, from not-entirely-damming to oh-shiiiiiiit:
  1. There's a lot of commonality with the registrar (NameCheap for almost all of them), the DNS service (HurricaneElectric's Free DNS or NameCheap's DNS), and with the webhost (LibertyVPS, QHosteSecureFastServer.com, etc.)
  2. All of the CN domains use WhoisGuard or similar private registration services.
  3. Every single domain, without exception, uses Zoho for email. The only outlier is bitmonero.org that uses Namecheap's free email forwarding, but it's safe to disregard this as the emails probably just forward to the CryptoNote developers' email.
The instinct may be to disregard this as a fucking convenient coincidence. But it isn't: Zoho used to be a distant second go Google Apps, but has since fallen hopelessly behind. Everyone uses Google Apps or they just use mail forwarding or whatever. With the rest of the points as well, as far-fetched as the link may seem, it's the combination that is unusual and a dead giveaway of the common thread. Just to demonstrate that I'm not "blowing shit out of proportion" I went and checked the records for a handful of coins launched over the past few months to see what they use.
darkcoin.io: mail: Namecheap email forwarding, hosting: Amazon AWS, open registration through NameCheap monero.cc: mail: mail.monero.cc, hosting: behind CloudFlare, open registration through Gandi xc-official.com: mail: Google Apps, hosting: MODX Cloud, hidden registration (DomainsByProxy) through GoDaddy blackcoin.io: mail: Namecheap email forwarding, hosting: behind BlackLotus, open registration through NameCheap bitcoindark.org: mail: no MX records, hosting: Google User Content, open registration through Wix viacoin.org: mail: mx.viacoin.org, hosting: behind CloudFlare, closed registration (ContactPrivacy) through Hostnuke.com neutrinocoin.org: mail: HostGator, hosting: HostGator, open registration through HostGator
There's no common thread between them. Everyone uses different service providers and different platforms. And none of them use Zoho.
My next check was to inspect the web page source code for these sites to find a further link. If you take a look at the main CSS file linked in the source code for monetaverde.org, fantomcoin.org, quazarcoin.org, cryptonotefoundation.org, cryptonote-coin.org, cryptonote.org, bitmonero.org, and bytecoiner.org, we find a CSS reset snippet at the top. It has a comment at the top that says "/* CSS Reset /", and then where it resets/sets the height it has the comment "/ always display scrollbars */". Now, near as I can find, this is a CSS snipped first published by Jake Rocheleau in an article on WebDesignLedger on October 24, 2012 (although confusingly Google seems to think it appeared on plumi.de cnippetz first, but checking archive.org shows that it was only added to that site at the beginning of 2013). It isn't a very popular CSS reset snippet, it got dumped in a couple of gists on Github, and translated and re-published in an article on a Russian website in November, 2012 (let's not go full-blown conspiritard and assume this links "cryptozoidberg" back to this, he's culpable enough on his own).
It's unusual to the point of being fucking impossible for one site to be using this, let alone a whole string of supposedly unrelated sites. Over the past few years the most popular CSS reset scripts have been Eric Meyer's "Reset CSS", HTML5 Doctor CSS Reset, Yahoo! (YUI 3) Reset CSS, Universal Selector ‘’ Reset, and Normalize.css, none of which contain the "/ CSS Reset /" or "/ always display scrollbars */" comments.
You've got to ask yourself a simple question: at what point does the combination of all of these fucking coincidental, completely unusual elements stop being coincidence and start becoming evidence of a real, tenable link? Is it possible that bytecoin.org, quazarcoin.org, fantomcoin.org, monetaverde.org, cryptonote.org, bytecoiner.org, cryptonotefoundation.org, cryptonotestarter.org, and boolberry.com just happen to use similar registrars/DNS providers/web hosts and exactly the fucking same wildly unpopular email provider? And is it also possible that monetaverde.org, fantomcoin.org, quazarcoin.org, cryptonotefoundation.org, cryptonote-coin.org, cryptonote.org, and bytecoin.org just happen to use the same completely unknown, incredibly obscure CSS reset snippet? It's not a conspiracy, it's not a coincidence, it's just another piece of evidence that all of these were spewed out by the same fucking people.

The Conclusion of the Matter

Don't take the last section as any sort of push for Monero. I think it's got potential (certainly much more than the other retarded "anonymous" coins that "developers" are popping out like street children from a cheap ho), and I hold a bit of XMR for shits and giggles, so take that tacit endorsement with a pinch of fucking salt.
The point is this: Bytecoin's 82% premine was definitely the result of a faked blockchain. CryptoNote's whitepaper dates were purposely falsified to back up this bullshit claim. Both Bytecoin and CryptoNote have perpetuated this scam by making up fake website data and all sorts. They further perpetuate it using shill accounts, most notably "DStrange" and "Rias" among others.
They launched a series of cryptocurrencies that should be avoided at all cost: Fantomcoin, Quazarcoin, and Monetaverde. They are likely behind duckNote and Boolberry, but fuck it, it's on your head if you want to deal with scam artists and botnet creators.
They developed amazing technology, and had a pretty decent implementation. They fucked themselves over by being fucking greedy, being utterly retarded, being batshit insane, and trying to create legitimacy where there was none. They lost the minute the community took Monero away from them, and no amount of damage control will save them from their own stupidity.
I expect there to be a fuck-ton of shills posting in this thread (and possibly a few genuine supporters who don't know any better). If you want to discuss or clarify something, cool, let's do that. If you want to have a protracted debate about my conjecture, then fuck off, it's called conjecture for a reason you ignoramus. I don't really give a flying fuck if I got it right or wrong, you're old and ugly enough to make up your own mind.
tl;dr - CryptoNote developers faked dates in whitepapers. Bytecoin faked dates in fake blockchain to facilitate an 82% premine, and CryptoNote backed them up. Bytecoin, Fantomcoin, Quazarcoin, Monetaverde, Dashcoin are all from the same people and should be avoided like the fucking black plague. duckNote and Boolberry are probably from them as well, or are at least just fucking dodgy, and who the fuck cares anyway. Monero would have been fucking dodgy, but the community saved it. Make your own mind up about shit and demand that known people are involved and that there is fucking transparency. End transmission.
Just a reminder that if you found this information useful, a little donation would go a long way. Bitcoin address is 1rysLufu4qdVBRDyrf8ZjXy1nM19smTWd.
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Will Central Bank Digital Currency kill (some) Stablecoins?

I have seen a few articles saying that if the US (or other large economy) created their own Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) then the stablecoins in the market that are tied to Fiat will likely become worthless against a real digital stablecoin? See my list below - if you know of any others let me know.

Below is my current list of CBDC activities :
  1. Senegal
a. Senegal is one of the earliest adopters of a national digital currency, having issued its blockchain-based eCFA — named after CFA franc, the regular Senegalese currency — in December 2016.
b. PRESS RELEASE: https://www.ecurrency.net/static/news/201611/press_release_BRM_translated.pdf
c. https://qz.com/africa/872876/fintech-senegal-is-launched-the-ecfa-digital-currency/
d. https://www.howwemadeitinafrica.com/introducing-ecfa-digital-currency-french-speaking-west-africa/57141/

  1. Tunisia
a. In 2015, Tunisia became the first country in the world to issue a blockchain-based national currency called eDinar — also known as Digicash and BitDinar.
b. https://dcebrief.com/tunisia-becomes-first-nation-to-put-nations-currency-on-a-blockchain/
c. https://www.fintech.finance/01-news/tunisian-post-puts-edinar-on-monetas-mobile-platform/

  1. Venezuela
a. In February 2018, the government of Venezuela launched a national cryptocurrency called the Petro, or Petromoneda. It was first announced in December 2017 via TV, when Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro declared that his government was planning to issue a cryptocurrency backed by the country’s oil, gold and mineral reserves.
b. https://www.investopedia.com/news/president-maduro-forces-venezuelan-banks-accept-dubious-petro-cryptocurrency/
c. https://www.ccn.com/venezuela-airlines-to-accept-petro-and-other-cryptocurrencies-as-payment-for-tickets/
d. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/02/20/venezuela-launches-the-petro-its-cryptocurrency/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c8860f9e273f
e. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/04/568299704/venezuela-will-create-new-petro-cryptocurrency-president-maduro-says

  1. Thailand
a. Thailand’s central bank chief has confirmed research into Project Inthanon, and a number of blockchain applications in banking, involving a central bank digital currency used for interbank settlements.
b. In a speech centered on Thailand’s economy at a financial summit in Singapore, Bank of Thailand (BoT) governor Veerathai Santiprabhob revealed a broad effort to research and trail blockchain technology in various financial applications including supply chain, bond issuance and letters of guarantee.
c. The central bank chief notably touched on “another project in the pipeline” involving a wholesale central bank digital currency (CBDC) based on blockchain technology.
d. Dubbed Project Inthanon, the endeavor will see the central bank develop the CBDC to enable faster and cheaper settlements between banks on the domestic interbanking system using the tokens.
e. https://cointelegraph.com/news/thailand-s-central-bank-eyes-creating-its-own-digital-currency-for-interbank-settlements
f. https://www.paymentscardsandmobile.com/project-inthanon-thai-central-bank-to-issue-digital-currency/
g. https://www.bis.org/review/r180606g.pdf
  1. Page 8 “Bank of Thailand and banks will co-develop a new way of conducting interbank settlement using wholesale central bank digital currency or CBDCs”

  1. Liechtenstein
a. Liechtenstein's Union Bank is taking advantage of the principality's blockchain-friendly regulations to issue its own security tokens, closely followed by the release of a fiat-backed digital currency.
b. https://www.unionbankag.com/blockchain-banking/
c. https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/union-bank-ag-to-be-the-first-fully-regulated-bank-ever-to-issue-its-own-security-tokens-closely-followed-by-a-fiat-backed-union-bank-payment-coin-1027467018
d. https://cointelegraph.com/news/liechtenstein-bank-issues-own-crypto-stable-coin-aims-to-become-blockchain-investment-bank
e. https://news.bitcoin.com/liechtenstein-bank-to-launch-its-own-cryptocurrency-backed-by-the-swiss-franc/

Other countries considering/working on their own CBDC
6. Marshall Islands
a. https://www.sov.global/
b. https://cryptovest.com/news/marshall-islands-legal-tender-crypto-plan-involving-sov-faces-imf-disapproval/

  1. Bank of England Issues Working Paper on Central Bank Digital Currencies
a. https://cointelegraph.com/news/bank-of-england-issues-working-paper-on-central-bank-digital-currencies
b. https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/boe/files/working-pape2018/central-bank-digital-currencies-design-principles-and-balance-sheet-implications.pdf

  1. Norway
a. Norway Central Bank Considers Developing Digital Currency
b. https://cointelegraph.com/news/norway-central-bank-considers-developing-digital-currency

  1. Sweden
a. Sweden’s Riksbank is considering an e-krona as a result of declining cash circulation.
b. https://www.riksbank.se/en-gb/financial-stability/payments/e-krona/the-riksbanks-e-krona-project-during-2018/

  1. China: PBoC Head Says Digital Currency ‘Inevitable’, Bitcoin ‘Not Accepted’ As Payment
a. https://cointelegraph.com/news/china-pboc-head-says-digital-currency-inevitable-bitcoin-not-accepted-as-payment

  1. Canada: Bank of Canada releases paper on merits of creating digital currency
a. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/bank-of-canada-releases-white-paper-on-merits-of-creating-digital-currency/article37138388/

12. UAE - Dubai
a. Dubai Will Issue First Ever State Cryptocurrency - https://cointelegraph.com/news/dubai-will-issue-first-ever-state-cryptocurrency
b. https://www.arabianbusiness.com/industries/banking-finance/379617-dubai-signs-deal-to-establish-digital-currency-emcash
c. http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302634720 (Needs translation)

13. Singapore
a. Project Ubin - June 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released a report
1. http://www.mas.gov.sg/~/media/ProjectUbin/Project%20Ubin%20%20SGD%20on%20Distributed%20Ledger.pdf

14. Israel
a. Israel Government Considering National Cryptocurrency - https://cointelegraph.com/news/israel-government-considering-national-cryptocurrency
b. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/.premium-israel-s-answer-to-bitcoin-a-digital-shekel-that-could-replace-cash-1.5629500
c. https://www.jpost.com/Crypto-Currency/Israel-banking-on-digital-shekel-cryptocurrency-519902

15. Russia
a. https://hi-tech.mail.ru/news/ehksklyuziv-kriptorubl-budet-vypushchen-v-seredine-2019-goda/
b. Launch Set For Mid-2019, Says Russian Blockchain Association - https://cointelegraph.com/news/is-cryptoruble-back-launch-set-for-mid-2019-says-russian-blockchain-association
c. https://bitcoinist.com/russia-developing-cryptocurrency-tracke
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