I am super stoked about this. A long time ago (2011-2015), on an old machine (an iMac), I used Armory. I was selling that old machine, so I swept my keys into an electrum wallet, and I replaced the hard drive that was in it knowing one day I would come back to it. Well, a couple years after that, I had issues because I couldn't access the files from that hard drive without another mac (trust me, I tried. I password protected that hard drive so only booting it from a legit mac would grant me access to it). And, I lost my paper backup... Luckily, my friend had an old mac mini he let me borrow, and I sat on it for about another 2 years. Today, I finally pulled my wallet off, and could not remember the password I put on the wallet. Thank god for the btcrecover tool, because that cracked my password in under a second (I remembered what it could of been, but not exactly. I would have not guessed what it actually was). It's not a huge amount of bitcoin. But it was more than I remembered keeping (more than 1). Still face-palming though at some of my transactions. I had my armory wallet going back to 2012. Sooooo many bitcoins went through that wallet, mining on slush with my petty mac GPU. I had one of the first OG ASIC butterfly 60GH/s miners too. If only I had kept more, I could quit my day job now. Oh well. But, I thought I'd share an antitheses to the old "I lost my old wallet. please help!!!" posts. Probably going to continue sitting on it for a few more years. And now that I've regained interest, I'm going to start running a full node again. To the moon!
Sup-sup Monteros! Here is report from XMR.RU-team! The whole XMR.RU team is thankful to you for your support and donations that help to disseminate relevant information about Monero. The following articles were translated into Russian and posted not only on XMR.RU but also on Bitcointalk, Forum.Bits.Media, Golos.io, Steemit, Medium and Facebook:
--- I also want to remind you about the wonderful channel of our wonderful u/v1docq47 where you can watch video news about Monero https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChZc5PLsbP5zeFrmOYMKGmA/videos Few of you understand Russian, but I think it is not difficult to subscribe to the channel and put a couple of likes, and this will help to spread Monero among Russian-speaking users in the future. --- Who we are? Group of Monero enthusiasts from Ukraine and Russia. What are we doing? We spread the word about Monero for the whole CIS. You can support us, so we can translate more interesting stuff about Monero. XMR: 42CxJrG1Q8HT9XiXJ1Cim4Sz18rM95UucEBeZ3x6YuLQUwTn6UWo9ozeA7jv13v8H1FvQn9dgw1Gw2VMUqdvVN1T9izzGEt BTC: 1FeetSJ7LFZeC328FqPqYTfUY4LEesZ5ku --- Here you can see for what all donations are spent on. ;-) Cheers!
Buttcoin Foundation ROCKED as founder exposed to be PAID SHILL for Butterfly Labs
My name is borderpatrol. I'm the founder of Buttcoin.org and have been making fun of bitcoiners since 2011. Buttcoin is one of the oldest Bitcoin sites on the internet and just last month celebrated it's 1 millionth visitor. And about 7 months ago I (accidently) became a paid shill for Butterly Labs. In December of 2013, Bitcoin losing steam and after 2 1/2 years of running the site I was getting tired. I had started up school again and work was getting steady so I wasn't updating as much. I was in the middle of a redesign to keep myself busy but I went weeks between updates. But I liked the site so I kept it around. A few months prior killhamster had helped me find new comedy gold to mine and was posting constantly on the twitter. I was approached by someone named Jeff. He emailed me from a domain at a local bar in Chicago. He had asked about buying the site. This wasn't the first offer I had gotten. I have been asked to comment on articles in PC World and speak at John Hopkins University about Bitcoins and the site was somewhat popular, but no one ever put in any serious offers. The site got steady traffic but everyone who knows about bitcoins, knows about computers. And everyone who knows about computers runs AdBlock. So the site made no money but was a fun little hobby of mine. Jeff presented himself as a regular reader of the site who owned bitcoins and had presumably cashed out. He said he liked the writing style, liked the site, and wanted to know if I was interested in a sale. I asked what he was offering. He said he wanted to offer me $XX,XXX dollars (not as high as the $30,000 someone is quoting however). I thought his was a joke. The site had no revenue and was virtually impossible to monetize. The only people willing to advertise on bitcoins sites are BFL, Mt. Gox, BitPay, and they would never advertise on Buttcoin. I asked him a few more questions to gauge his sincerity; what he planned on doing with the site, how the transition would be handled, would he allow me to continue to write for the site. He explained that he wanted to keep the site like "The Onion of Bitcoin", wanted me to keep writing for a minimum of 6 months. He also wanted everything to be in his daughters name because she was just graduating out of journalism school and he wanted her to learn online publishing. The guy was going to buy my site and then let me still have control. I have bought and sold a few domains and sites before and could tell he was serious, so I said fuck yeah and took his money. Signed a contract, completed escrow and We did the site transfer and closed escrow. The day after the transfer occurred my admin account was locked out even though I had an agreement to stay there for 6 months. Since I was already fighting with little site issues because of the transfer I didn't think much of it, I emailed Jeff but got no response. Killhamster still had publishing rights. The next day we noticed that our most popular article on the entire site, the "The $22,484.00 Butterfly Labs Mini Rig bitcoin miner is a huge, broken, unstable piece of shit." had been edited and now read The Butterfly Labs Mini Rig is a sexy Bitcoin mining machine. At this point killhamster emailed Jeff and asked what was up. He stated that there were "going to be some changes to attract new advertisers". He explained that he liked the humor but picking on specific brands was no good. He said that BFL pays $1000/month for every ad on BitcoinTalk and that there's no reason we can't get the same kind of deal. Since my account was now locked out and I was the original author, killhamster could not change the article. At this point I was pretty bummed that what was told to me was no true but whatever, not much I could do about that now. Killhamster was still running the twitter and planning to do some funny stuff with future articles. I wanted to see what was up with this guy though. I checked and see what was edited. The only thing edited was That BFL article and 2 more, one about them faking CE certification and one where Wired tested it and was unimpressed. But there was some much worse stuff on there that wasn't touched. If he was trying to clean up the site for advertisers, why just those BFL articles. Then I remembered that my Google Search Rankings for certain Butterfly Labs related terms were high. Very High. Buttcoin was ranking between 3-4 for the search term "Butterfly Labs" and "Butterfly Labs Review" and was usually #1 for "Butterfly Labs Scam" and "Is Butterfly Labs ligit". It was obvious to me that the purpose of purchasing the site was to simply remove the negative articles that were destroying their search traffic and making them look bad. So I Google "Jeff Butterfly Labs" http://www.butterflylabs.com/management-view/jeff-ownby-2/ Jeff Ownby is the VP of marketing for BFL. I never got his last name and all contracts where under his "daughter's name". So I looked a bit deeper and see Jeff from BFL graduated from Elmhurst College in Illinois and the Jeff that bought Buttcoin emailed me from was a Chicago-area bar domain. I still couldn't get this guy's last name but I finally found an old Facebook post from a press release by the bar the guy owns and it said his name was Jeff Ownby. Could be another guy with the same name but I'm sure now that BFL bought the site simply to remove three negative articles. So that's the whole story. I was tricked into selling Buttcoin.org to BFL and no longer have access to the site so I've set up camp on the subreddit instead so I can shitpost about bitcoins still. Killhamster still can write articles once in a while and does wonderful things on the twitter. And in way, even though I never owned any, I still cashed out because of Bitcoin.
Our blog has a longer post on the subject, but the ultimate answer is that GPU mining is very insecure. For the vast majority of GPU mined coins out there (including Sia), it is the case that there are multiple, if not many, individuals who operate enough GPUs to execute a 51% attack against the coin all by themselves. There are some very large Ethereum GPU farms out there, and they are a threat to all small GPU-mined coins. (our market cap is a factor of 50 smaller than Ethereum - we are a small coin). And it's not just Ethereum farms to be afraid of, there are massive GPU farms dedicated to machine learning as well, and other big-data related use cases. All of those are potential sources for a 51% attack. Even worse, if the price of the coin tanks following such an attack, the attacker has nothing to lose, because the core purpose of their hardware is unrelated to Sia, and unaffected by a change in price. Though it sounds terrible and unintuitive, a single centralized entity running ASICs would be a much more secure situation than this. Because with a single central ASIC entity, you get two huge advantages:
There's only 1 entity capable of performing a 51% attack. This is much better than having multiple entities that are each individually capable of performing a 51% attack.
If the price of the coin falls, the entity that has all of the hardware loses a lot of money. That hardware isn't good for anything besides Sia mining, so that entity is quite invested in propping up the siacoin price.
We chose ASICs over GPUs because even the worst case scenario is more secure and better for the coin than the situation with GPU mining. But we also did not want a single entity owning and operating all of the ASICs. That's when we realized, if we were ASIC manufacturers ourselves, we could guarantee that at least one entity is selling chips to the larger community. The unfortunate fact is that either way, there is going to be a small number of chip manufacturers who have the power to sell chips to the community. Even so, this is a better situation than what you get with GPU mining. We are making ASICs so that we can guarantee the first batch of ASICs will make it to the Sia community. Without that, we have no idea if the first batch of ASICs will be sold to the public or hoarded by some greedy investors who were able to pay the full price of manufacturing up-front.
Why are you doing the presale so early?
We, put simply, don't have enough cash even to do the early development of the chips. We need financing to pay for chip development. Traditionally, we would find some private investors, have them front some millions, and in return promise them a very good deal on some hardware. The private investors would get the first stab at buying ASICs, they'd get a huge chunk, and they'd get them at an exclusive deal for taking on the risk early. We actually had private investors come forward offering this to us, with enough money to fund the full development and manufacture of the first batch of chips - this isn't a hypothetical, it's a real offer that the Sia team received. This didn't seem fair to us. When we finally did get to the point where the miners were ready to be sold to the community, we would have to offer the community a worse deal. Less risky, but ultimately it would mean that the community was excluded from the opportunity of participating early, and the result is a huge chunk of the chips going to some private investors. Such a situation is still better than GPU mining, but it didn't seem like the best that we could do. We felt that we could do better by opening the early presale to everyone.
Why not accept credit cards?
Payment processors are not friendly to Bitcoin products. We contacted Stripe and were told point-blank that they would not process payments for cryptocurrency miners. We appreciate everyone who pointed us towards Stripe as a bitcoin-friendly company, but they gave us a direct no. Paypal has a long history of freezing merchant accounts with little warning, and when they do so they freeze your existing money in addition to freezing incoming payments - we would be unable to pay our bills if Paypal did this to us, and it would unquestionably cause delays. Visa and MasterCard are not much better in terms of track record. Losing access to our accounts would unquestionably cause delays. ASIC hardware is already well known to suffer from serious delays, and we need to limit our exposure to delays. We are in an industry that is unfortunately fraught with fraud. With revenue-generated devices such as miners, criminals are much more likely to try to target these devices as a way to cash in on stolen credit cards, stolen identities, hacked bank accounts, etc. The fraud rates are staggering, and as a result most payment processors outright refuse to deal with it. We are aware that Bitmain is partnered with Paypal, though we don't know the details behind how that came to be.
Why not accept Siacoin?
This was a harder decision. We could quite easily choose to accept siacoin, however we fear that Siacoin is not ready to handle such a massive presale. The market cap and daily volume of Bitcoin is a factor of 100 times as large as the Siacoin market cap and volume. Moving millions or tens of millions of dollars through Bitcoin is not likely to make much of a dent. Siacoin on the other hand, a sudden sell order for millions of dollars would likely tank the price. That not only means the ecosystem is unhappy with us, it also means that we might only be able to sell $2499 of siacoin for $2200. A lot of people have accused us of not having confidence in our own coin. Unfortunately, this is true. Even at a $500 million market cap, Sia is not ready to handle a presale of this size. It's a pragmatic decision based on the fact that we don't want to dump our own coin. We know that people will be selling siacoin to buy the miners anyway, but we still feel that this situation is much better than us accepting siacoin directly. This decision was a disappointment for us as well. We would love to accept siacoin, and if we weren't talking about processing millions of dollars in a single day, we absolutely would be accepting siacoin. And, as Sia continues growing up, the concerns above will become less and less.
What about this 5% gains/losses stuff?
Our intention was never to play fishy financial games with our users, and honestly this isn't even something that crossed our minds as a potential problem point. I think a big part of the issue was that people did not realize we will be converting to US dollars as fast as possible - we will be doing the conversion in minutes or hours as long as we can keep up with the order volume. The rationale is very simple. If the price plummets before we are able to convert the Bitcoin, we won't have enough money to create the hardware. We really don't expect this to matter, because we don't expect the price to swing by more than $100 (which is what would be required) in the few hours that we're going to be sitting on the BTC. If it does, we'll need more coins or we can't produce the hardware - our costs are in dollars, which means we need to end up with the right amount of dollars in our account at the end of the day. The original stance on not returning gains was also very simple. There's no transparency into when we sell the coins. If we sell the coins within 60 minutes of receiving them, and then 4 hours later there's a huge surge in the price, we will almost certainly have users emailing us and posting about how we owe them a refund. We won't have that refund, because we'll have sold the coins before the price rise. There's not much we can do to provide transparency into this either. And we're likely to get requests for refunds even if it takes 3 months for Bitcoin to rise by 5%. This promise of returning gains that we've put forward is going to be a massive headache, because we're not expecting to have any gains, even if the price goes up by that much we'll have likely converted to USD faster than that. Our whole goal is to convert to USD as fast as possible. We're sorry that we have to go through this headache at all. If we could get set up with a processor like Stripe, we could accept both Bitcoin and USD and let them deal with the conversion process, slippage risk, and all the other headache associated with using multiple currencies.
Why shipping a full 12 months away?
Before we set out to make Sia miners, we did a study of companies who had previously sold and pre-sold Bitcoin miners. This included talking to both Avalon and Butterfly Labs, and talking to professionals and advisors who have shipped hardware successfully in other industries. The core piece of advice we got was pretty consistent: expect delays. Expect lots of delays, and expect them to come from the most absurd setbacks. (Example: one of the people we talked to had to delay their product because there was a global shortage of power supplies, and they had to wait in line behind billion dollar companies to get some). Our projections indicate that if all goes well, we should be able to ship the miners in 6-8 months. Nothing we are doing is new. Plenty of companies have gone through the process of developing a chip, manufacturing it, putting it in a box, and then shipping it to users. There is almost no innovation risk here. Sia's PoW algorithm is deliberately very ASIC friendly, even more than Bitcoin. We have advisors who have gone through this process before, and the types of challenges facing us are well known. 6-8 months is reasonable, except that every single person we've talked to has told us that unexpected delays is a guarantee, and that by nature of being unexpected, there's not really any way to prevent them by planning around them. Delays are just inherent to shipping hardware. So we chose to set our target at 12 months. We will ship the miners as soon as they are ready. If we are a few months ahead of schedule, and have somehow managed to avoid the foretold delays, we will ship them months ahead of schedule. But we want our users to have a realistic understanding of the expected delays. We've baked a generous amount of time for setbacks into our shipping date. We'll almost certainly need at least some of it.
Making chips is very expensive. We have to sell thousands of units to cover the cost of the chips. A nontrivial percentage of the price is going to go towards chassis, shipping, power supply, control board, fans, etc. Those costs are relatively the same even if we put in fewer chips, which means the total percentage of our budget going towards chips drops significantly. If we cut the price in half, we'll have to sell roughly three times as many units to break even on the cost of the chips. If we cut the price in half again, we'd need to sell a completely unreasonable number of units to break even on the cost of the chips. It's unfortunate, but the fixed costs of chip manufacture means that we really need vast majority of the price of the unit to be spent on chips, otherwise we simply won't be able to sell enough units. There is a second reason as well. As stated in the section above, the industry is plagued by delays an unexpected expenses. We need a healthy budget to plan around potential setbacks, because we've been guaranteed that there will be multiple significant setbacks by those who have gone through this process before. If we bring down the price of the unit, we will also be reducing the amount of wiggle room we have for disaster if suddenly we have to replace parts, re-do designs, or otherwise perform expensive adjustments to our plans.
Are you guys qualified to be working on hardware?
Zach is a mechanical engineer, I've been in the Bitcoin space since before ASICs started shipping, and we have advisors who have successfully shipped hardware before. The team that is designing the chips for the miner has designed chips and shipped chips for Bitcoin miners previously - they are familiar with the whole process, and have done it before. The people in charge of designing the PCB board and other aspects of the miner are also all experienced with their respective tasks. We will be facilitating frequent and strong communications between everyone working on the various components of the miner. The ultimate answer is that the Sia development team is not qualified to be making this type of hardware. However, the Sia development team is not the team working on the hardware. Most of the heavy lifting is being performed by teams with lots of experience in this industry, including experience that is directly related to cryptocurrency miners. What we are doing is not new. Dozens of cryptocurrency miners have been created and shipped in the past, and we are not starting from day zero. We have many advantages over the previous rounds of pre-sale cryptocurrency miners, but the biggest is that it's no longer the wild west of hardware design. There is a standard, and there are tried-and-true methods for making reliable cryptocurrency miners. We get to fall back on the mistakes and successes of the many miners that have been built previously, and we will be leaning heavily on teams and people that have direct experience in this field as opposed to doing everything ourselves.
Does this mean that Sia is getting less attention from the developers?
Sia right now has four full time employees. Myself, Zach, Luke, and Johnathan. Zach was hired in June 2017, less than one month ago. He is not a programmer. Luke and Johnathan will continue with the same responsibilities that they've always had. They helped out a little bit in setting up the website, and in setting up a secure database to process orders + payment information, however the majority of their time has been focused on Sia even as we set up this presale. Going forward, they will be almost entirely uninvolved in Obelisk. I have had to allocate about 25% of my time to Obelisk. Slightly more this week, due to the PR meltdown we had from the initial announcement. But most of my time is still going towards Sia. Most people know I work over 100 hours per week (some weeks will eclipse 120), and that a quarter of my time is not a small amount. Zach is closer to 50% Sia, 50% Obelisk at this point. We're expecting that to tone down once the presale is over - much of this time has been spent with banks, with lawyers, with payment processors, and we won't have to do that beyond the initial setup phase. Zach and myself will still be having weekly conversations with every part of the Obelisk supply chain, including the chip designers, chip manufacturers, control board designers, the miner assembly teams, and the fulfillment centers, so even after the presale there will be effort going towards Obelisk. But nobody on the Sia team is doing chip design, nobody is doing control board design, most of the really heavy work is being done by experienced teams and suppliers that we've found and already spent weeks vetting and verifying. We incorporated Obelisk as a separate company precisely so that Obelisk would eventually have a completely separate team. And finally, as Obelisk is wholly owned by Nebulous, a successful hardware company does mean revenue and income for the Sia team. Cryptocurrency mining tends to be low margin, so tens of millions in revenue for Obelisk does not necessarily millions in funding for the Sia team. But it is something, and it will give us more time to get the storage platform to the next levels of maturity.
I know that a lot of you are concerned about the miner presale that we are conducting. I hope that this post has helped to alleviate those concerns. I hope it makes sense why we are doing a public presale, instead of seeking private investment until we have a full prototype. I hope this post has clarified our decisions around payment methods, and around our price point. I hope you feel more confident that this is something we will be able to pull off. And finally, I hope I've reassured you guys that Sia is still our primary focus, and that we haven't suddenly pivoted into being a hardware company. We are ultimately doing this to provide better security to the Sia network. GPU mined coins are frighteningly insecure, and Sia is now large enough where there is serious money on the line. We are doing this to gain security, and also to ensure as much decentralization as possible when it comes to chip manufacture. We are typically viewed as one of the most reputable teams in cryptocurrency, and I know it's why a lot of you are here. We hope that the Sia ASIC that we are going to be manufacturing and selling strengthens this reputation, but ultimately we will not find out until the miners are actually being shipped. We continue to be excited about this new product. We truly do feel that ASICs are the right direction for Sia, and we also feel that we are doing the right thing by bringing the opportunity to own a Sia ASIC to the broader Sia community. We are sorry for the fallout from our sloppy original announcement, and we hope that we have since made up for it. Finally, we hope that you are interested in buying a miner. Even if we only sell a small batch, ASICs are going to utterly dominate the hashrate of Sia going forward. This is an egalitarian sale where everyone has equal opportunity to buy a miner - there's no cap, and we will ensure that small buyers are not shut out by larger buyers in any way.
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Final version 1.3.0 of the core software was released bringing all the enhancements reported last month to the rest of the community. The groundwork for SPV (simplified payment verification) is complete, another reduction of fees is being deployed, and performance stepped up once again with a 50% reduction in startup time, 20% increased sync speed and more than 3x faster peer delivery of block headers (a key update for SPV). Decrediton's integrations of SPV and Politeia are open for testing by experienced users. Read the full release notes and get the downloads on GitHub. As always, don't forget to verify signatures. dcrd: completed several steps towards multipeer downloads, improved introduction to the software in the main README, continued porting cleanups and refactoring from upstream btcd. Currently in review are initial release of smart fee estimator and a change to UTXO set semantics. The latter is a large and important change that provides simpler handling, and resolves various issues with the previous approach. A lot of testing and careful review is needed so help is welcome. Educational series for new Decred developers by @matheusd added two episodes: 02 Simnet Setup shows how to automate simnet management with tmux and 03 Miner Reward Invalidation explains block validity rules. Finally, a pull request template with a list of checks was added to help guide the contributors to dcrd. dcrwallet: bugfixes and RPC improvements to support desktop and mobile wallets. Developers are welcome to comment on this idea to derive stakepool keys from the HD wallet seed. This would eliminate the need to backup and restore redeem scripts, thus greatly improving wallet UX. (missed in July issue) Decrediton: bugfixes, refactoring to make the sync process more robust, new loading animations, design polishing. Politeia: multiple improvements to the CLI client (security conscious users with more funds at risk might prefer CLI) and security hardening. A feature to deprecate or timeout proposals was identified as necessary for initial release and the work started. A privacy enhancement to not leak metadata of ticket holders was merged. Android: update from @collins: "Second test release for dcrandroid is out. Major bugs have been fixed since last test. Latest code from SPV sync has been integrated. Once again, bug reports are welcome and issues can be opened on GitHub". Ask in #dev room for the APK to join testing. A new security page was added that allows one to validate addresses and to sign/verify messages, similar to Decrediton's Security Center. Work on translations is beginning. Overall the app is quite stable and accepting more testers. Next milestone is getting the test app on the app store. iOS: the app started accepting testers last week. @macsleven: "the test version of Decred Wallet for iOS is available, we have a link for installing the app but the builds currently require your UDID. Contact either @macsleven or @raedah with your UDID if you would like to help test.". Nearest goal is to make the app crash free. Both mobile apps received new design themes. dcrdata: v3.0 was released for mainnet! Highlights: charts, "merged debits" view, agendas page, Insight API support, side chain tracking, Go 1.11 support with module builds, numerous backend improvements. Full release notes here. This release featured 9 contributors and development lead @chappjc noted: "This collaboration with @raedahgroup on our own block explorer and web API for @decredproject has been super productive.". Up next is supporting dynamic page widths site wide and deploying new visual blocks home page. Trezor: proof of concept implementation for Trezor Model T firmware is in the works (previous work was for Model One). Ticket splitting: updated to use Go modules and added simnet support, several fixes. docs: beginner's guide overhaul, multiple fixes and cleanups. decred.org: added 3rd party wallets, removed inactive PoW pools and removed web wallet. @Richard-Red is building a curated list of Decred-related GitHub repositories. Welcome to new people contributing for the first time: @klebe, @s_ben, @victorguedes, and PrimeDominus! Dev activity stats for September: 219 active PRs, 197 commits, 28.7k added and 18.8k deleted lines spread across 6 repositories. Contributions came from 4-10 developers per repository. (chart)
Hashrate: started and ended the month around 75 PH/s, hitting a low of 60.5 and a new high of 110 PH/s. BeePool is again the leader with their share varying between 23-54%, followed by F2Pool 13-30%, Coinmine 4-6% and Luxor 3-5%. As in previous months, there were multiple spikes of unidentified hashrate. Staking: 30-day average ticket price is 98 DCR (+2.4). The price varied between 95.7 and 101.9 DCR. Locked DCR amount was 3.86-3.96 million DCR, or 45.7-46.5% of the supply. Nodes: there are 201 public listening nodes and 325 normal nodes per dcred.eu. Version distribution: 5% are v1.4.0(pre) dev builds (+3%), 30% on v1.3.0 (+25%), 42% on v1.2.0 (-20%), 15% on v1.1.2 (-7%), 6% on v1.1.0. More than 76% of nodes run v1.2.0 and higher and therefore support client filters. Data as of Oct 1.
Obelisk posted two updates on their mailing list. 70% of Batch 1 units are shipped, an extensive user guide is available, Obelisk Scanner application was released that allows one to automatically update firmware. First firmware update was released and bumped SC1 hashrate by 10-20%, added new pools and fixed multiple bugs. Next update will focus on DCR1. It is worth a special mention that the firmware source code is now open! Let us hope more manufacturers will follow this example. A few details about Whatsminer surfaced this month. The manufacturer is MicroBT, also known as Bitwei and commonly misspelled as Bitewei. Pangolinminer is a reseller, and the model name is Whatsminer D1. Bitmain has finally entered Decred ASIC space with their Antminer DR3. Hash rate is 7.8 TH/s while pulling 1410 W, at the price of $673. These specs mean it has the best GH/W and GH/USD of currently sold miners until the Whatsminer or others come out, although its GH/USD of 11.6 already competes with Whatsminer's 10.5. Discussed on Reddit and bitcointalk, unboxing video here.
@matheusd started tests on testnet several months ago. I contacted him so we could integrate with the pool in June this year. We set up the machine in July and bought the first split ticket on mainnet, using the decredbrasil pool, on July 19. It was voted on July 30. After this first vote on mainnet, we opened the tests to selected users (with more technical background) on the pool. In August we opened the tests to everyone, and would call people who want to join to the #ticket_splitting channel, or to our own Slack (in Portuguese, so mostly Brazilian users). We have 28 split tickets already voted, and 16 are live. So little more than 40 split tickets total were bought on decredbrasil pool. (@girino in #pos-voting)
KuCoin exchange listed DCBTC and DCETH pairs. To celebrate their anniversary they had a 99% trading fees discount on DCR pairs for 2 weeks. Three more wallets integrated Decred in September:
Atomic desktop wallet added Decred in version 0.1.31. The team answered many questions on Reddit.
AnyBit wallet added Decred. It features built-in price and news tracking. Notably, the source code is open for their Android and iOS wallets.
Coboadded Decred support into their Android and iOS wallets.
ChangeNow announced Decred addition to their Android app that allows accountless swaps between 150+ assets. Coinbase launched informational asset pages for top 50 coins by market cap, including Decred. First the pages started showing in the Coinbase app for a small group of testers, and later the web price dashboard went live.
The birth of a Brazilian girl was registered on the Decred blockchain using OriginalMy, a blockchain proof of authenticity services provider. Read the full story in Portuguese and in English.
Advertising report for September is ready. Next month the graphics for all the ads will be changing.
Marketing might seem quiet right now, but a ton is actually going on behind the scenes to put the right foundation in place for the future. Discovery data are being analyzed to generate a positioning strategy, as well as a messaging hierarchy that can guide how to talk about Decred. This will all be agreed upon via consensus of the community in the work channels, and materials will be distributed. Next, work is being done to identify the right PR partner to help with media relations, media training, and coordination at events. While all of this is coming up to speed, we believe the website needs a refresher reflecting the soon to be agreed upon messaging, plus a more intuitive architecture to make it easier to navigate. (@Dustorf)
Raedah Group went on the streets of Portland, USA with a pretty blue tent. (photos)
Meetup at Binzantin Cafe in Taipei, Taiwan. @morphymore: "There were 20-ish attendees, and about half of them have joined the Chinese FB group. Most of them don't hear about Decred before, but have expressed the interest in learning more about it after the event. Overall, it's a good exposure for Decred in the Taiwan community.". A report with photos was posted on Facebook, more photos are here and here.
@joshuam made a Decred Jacket appearance at Singapore Grand Prix. (photos)
NewTech PDX meetup in Portland, USA. Raedah Group presented Decred and reported "lots of new converts". (photos)
North Shore Bitcoin & Blockchain in Glenview, USA. @dustorf gave a five minute overview of Decred and noted: "There were only about 25 people, but about 1/3 of them were aware of Decred prior. (...) Our simple presence and explanation of the project moved opinion from 'another shitcoin they sold after mining' to 'an interesting and viable project worthy of further investigation'.". (photos: 12)
Bitcoin Meetup CDMX in Mexico City on Oct 6. @elian will be talking about Decred at the oldest Bitcoin meetup in Mexico.
SF Blockchain Week in San Francisco, USA on Oct 9. @lukebp will discuss DPoS vs PoS on a panel 9:30a-10:15a at the Titans of Tech Stage, Hilton Union Square.
Decred Meetup in Casablanca, Morocco on Oct 27. @butterfly will host the event and talk about Decred in French.
Texas Bitcoin Conference Austin, USA on Oct 27-28. @BAB: "The great thing about this is that it will also be a Decred Summit. We will have half of the conference dedicated to Decred topics, updates, etc."
Websummit in Lisbon, Portugal on Nov 5-8. @moo31337 will be on a panel discussing "2018: A Rollercoaster Year for Cryptocurrencies"
We'll begin shortly reviewing conferences and events planned for the first half of 2019. Highlights are sure to include The North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami (Jan 16-18) and Consensus in NYC (May 14-16). If you have suggestions of events or conferences Decred should attend, please share them in #event_planning. In 2019, we would like to expand our presence in Europe, Asia, and South America, and we're looking for community members to help identify and staff those events. (@Dustorf)
August issue of Decred Journal was translated to Russian. Many thanks to @DZ! Rency cryptocurrency ratings published a report on Decred and incorporated a lot of feedback from the community on Reddit. September issue of Chinese CCID ratings was published (snapshot), Decred is still at the bottom. Videos:
The underbelly of blockchain Governance - fiat licensing and our code with Marco Peerboom and Chris DeRose (youtube, tweet, decred, missed in August issue) Insightful dialogue about men's underwear, licenses, subtleties of GPL, BSD wars, tiling window managers and much more.
Introduction to Decred (Korean, youtube) @Killawhale collected a lot of feedback from the community and produced this video to spread the word in Korea.
Perspectives on Governance from Nathan Wilcox, Jonathan Zeppettini, Vitalik Buterin (z.cash)
Decred - an example of governance (Portuguese, youtube)
Decred, the crypto that wants to compete with Bitcoin (French, youtube)
Exodus.io Live with Marco from Decred! (youtube) Marco joins Exodus.io to discuss what makes DCR an asset that will stand the test of time.
Building Decred With Systems Development Lead Marco Peereboom - Governance, Politeia, Lightning (youtube) Topics: early days, Politeia, the structure of Decred, dcrtime, Lightning Network, attracting users and developers, future plans (DEX, Schnorr signatures, privacy, DAEs).
Decentralized autonomous funding of blockchain projects by @Richard-Red (medium, discussion on decred and dashpay)
The trouble with infrastructure, "thin" protocols in particular, is that someone has to build them at a cost. e.g. LN takes a ton of work, doesn't necessarily generate value itself, but it magnifies the value of BTC or whatever coin that uses it. I see the DEX in a similar light - whoever creates it is not going to make a bunch of money from it, but it will magnify the value of the underlying asset(s) that end up having a deep order book on the DEX. (@jy-p in #dex)
Twitter: why decentralized governance and funding are necessary for network survival and the power of controlling the narrative; learning about governance more broadly by watching its evolution in cryptocurrency space, importance of community consensus and communications infrastructure. Reddit: yet another strong pitch by @solar; question about buyer protections; dcrtime internals; a proposal to sponsor hoodies in the University of Cape Town; Lightning Network support for altcoins. Chats: skills to operate a stakepool; voting details: 2 of 3 votes can approve a block, what votes really approve are regular tx, etc; scriptless script atomic swaps using Schnorr adaptor signatures; dev dashboard, choosing work, people do best when working on what interests them most; opportunities for governments and enterprise for anchoring legal data to blockchain; terminology: DAO vs DAE; human-friendly payments, sharing xpub vs payment protocols; funding btcsuite development; Politeia vote types: approval vote, sentiment vote and a defund vote, also linking proposals and financial statements; algo trading and programming languages (yes, on #trading!); alternative implementation, C/C++/Go/Rust; HFTs, algo trading, fake volume and slippage; offline wallets, usb/write-only media/optical scanners vs auditing traffic between dcrd and dcrwallet; Proof of Activity did not inspire Decred but spurred Decred to get moving, Wikipedia page hurdles; how stakeholders could veto blocks; how many votes are needed to approve a proposal; why Decrediton uses Electron; CVE-2018-17144 and over-dependence on single Bitcoin implementation, btcsuite, fuzz testing; tracking proposal progress after voting and funding; why the wallet does not store the seed at all; power connectors, electricity, wiring and fire safety; reasonable spendings from project fund; ways to measure sync progress better than block height; using Politeia without email address; concurrency in Go, locks vs channels. #support is not often mentioned, but it must be noted that every day on this channel people get high quality support. (@bee: To my surprise, even those poor souls running Windows 10. My greatest respect to the support team!)
In September DCR was trading in the range of USD 34-45 / BTC 0.0054-0.0063. On Sep 6, DCR revisited the bottom of USD 34 / BTC 0.0054 when BTC quickly dropped from USD 7,300 to 6,400. On Sep 14, a small price rise coincided with both the start of KuCoin trading and hashrate spike to 104 PH/s. Looking at coinmarketcap charts, the trading volume is a bit lower than in July and August. As of Oct 4, Decred is #18 by the number of daily transactions with 3,200 tx, and #9 by the USD value of daily issuance with $230k. (source: onchainfx) Interesting observation by @ImacallyouJawdy: while we sit at 2018 price lows the amount locked in tickets is testing 2018 high.
ASIC for Lyra2REv2 was spotted on the web. Vertcoin team is preparing a new PoW algorithm. This would be the 3rd fork after two previous forks to change the algorithm in 2014 and 2015. A report titled The Positive Externalities of Bitcoin Mining discusses the benefits of PoW mining that are often overlooked by the critics of its energy use. A Brief Study of Cryptonetwork Forks by Alex Evans of Placeholder studies the behavior of users, developers and miners after the fork, and makes the cases that it is hard for child chains to attract users and developers from their parent chains. New research on private atomic swaps: the paper "Anonymous Atomic Swaps Using Homomorphic Hashing" attempts to break the public link between two transactions. (bitcointalk, decred) On Sep 18 Poloniex announced delisting of 8 more assets. That day they took a 12-80% dive showing their dependence on this one exchange. Circle introduced USDC markets on Poloniex: "USDC is a fully collateralized US dollar stablecoin using the ERC-20 standard that provides detailed financial and operational transparency, operates within the regulated framework of US money transmission laws, and is reinforced by established banking partners and auditors.". Coinbase announced new asset listing process and is accepting submissions on their listing portal. (decred) The New York State Office of the Attorney General posted a study of 13 exchanges that contains many insights. A critical vulnerability was discovered and fixed in Bitcoin Core. Few days later a full disclosure was posted revealing the severity of the bug. In a bitcointalk thread btcd was called 'amateur' despite not being vulnerable, and some Core developers voiced their concerns about multiple implementations. The Bitcoin Unlimited developer who found the bug shared his perspective in a blog post. Decred's vision so far is that more full node implementations is a strength, just like for any Internet protocol.
About This Issue
This is the 6th issue of Decred Journal. It is mirrored on GitHub, Medium and Reddit. Past issues are available here. Most information from third parties is relayed directly from source after a minimal sanity check. The authors of Decred Journal have no ability to verify all claims. Please beware of scams and do your own research. Feedback is appreciated: please comment on Reddit, GitHub or #writers_room on Matrix or Slack. Contributions are also welcome: some areas are adding content, pre-release review or translations to other languages. Credits (Slack names, alphabetical order): bee, Dustorf, jz, Haon, oregonisaac, raedah and Richard-Red.
P.s. 🂡 - Game with Cards; ☠ - Dead game P.s. It's not full list of my steam keys.
My steam gifts list:
🂡 Shark Attack PayDay 2
GooCubelets 2 + GooCubelets + GooCubelets: OCD Absconding Zatwor + Break Into Zatwor + Fiends of Imprisonment Torch Cave 2 + Torch Cave + Sleengster + Sleengster 2 + Rage Parking Simulator 2016 + Barclay: The Marrowdale Murder Why So Evil 2: Dystopia + Why So Evil + Brilliant Bob Guns of Icarus Online + Guns of Icarus Alliance
UPDATED GAME LIST 27.04.2019:
PIGMENTUM Space Guard Battle vs Chess ShipLord Dungeon Puzzle VR - Solve it or die Asteroid Bounty Hunter Fly and Destroy Survive in Space Hungry Flame Duke of Alpha Centauri Neon Space 2 Neon Space Spin Rush Upside Down Cube Runner Slash It 2 Slash It Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine Battle Simulator Voxel Race Escape Game Kings Cortex My Car MineSweep Christmas Race 2 Geometry Rush SurvivalZ Battlegrounds SurvivalZ Obscurity Bitcoin Operation Desert Road OldGrad Running Man 3D part 2 Endless Maneuver Love is Blind: Mutants Elements II: Hearts of Light World War II: Panzer Claws World War III: Black Gold Jack Orlando: Director's Cut Earth 2140 HD The I of the Dragon KnightShift Septerra Core Earth 2160 Gorky 17 DEFECTIVE Degrees Kinaman vs Gray Elephant Royal Heroes OutSplit NeoBoom WIN THE GAME: WTF! Unrest Labirinto Hummingz AcChen The Forgotten Void Roulette Simulator 2 Falnarion Tactics Wheelchair Simulator Estellium Legends Last Will Disturbed: Beyond Aramor ISLAND 404 A Story About My Uncle Slay.one Fallingcers The Last Hero Archangel Paddle Battle Flow:The Sliding Dead Bits Tumblestone Deponia: The Complete Journey Running Man 3D Neoncers PixZomb Bouncers PixBit FPS - Fun Puzzle Shooter G-DINO'S JUNGLE ADVENTURE Ranger in Spider's den It`s Chicken! The Strangers Mountain Troll Battle Runner Lock Parsing FLYVALNY 20!8 WAR_WAR_WAR: Smiles vs Ghosts Debtor Cunning Fox Archibald Bio Soup Deadly Sky Air Tactical When They Arrived (STEAM Key) MineStickman Oil Baron Ecchi 2: compile 2D chan Cemetery Warrior 2 Fast Rolling FYD Grav Grav Gravity Hard Place MoonDigger Paint Skills RGB RUN ROAD OF DANGER Ropelike SEXUAL PUZZLE Space Hero Line Unite Cell Accurate Segmentation 3 Army Craft Case #9 City Escaper Hexus Taken Souls: Blood Ritual Collector's Edition Kingdom of Aurelia: Mystery of the Poisoned Dagger Witch's Pranks: Frog's Fortune Collector's Edition Sea Legends: Phantasmal Light Collector's Edition Dreamscapes: Nightmare's Heir - Premium Edition Dreamscapes: The Sandman - Premium Edition Color Cingdom Cubic Color Dark Snow Genius Calculator Hooligan Vasja: Christmas Hooligan Vasja: Halloween Plane War Viking's drakkars Empire of the Dead Souls Shin Samurai Jazz Psychoballs Target speed LEGO® The Hobbit™ Space Drift Squad Deadly Traps Achievement Clicker 2019 NeoSticks Planet jump The Scarecrow NeoBalls2 Achievement Clicker NeoBalls SINISTRY SILINIUM Insincere Radical Spectrum: Volume 1 O! Nalchik is my favourite Outrunner 2 Seek Love All Weapons Seek Love All Jetpacks The Lost Soul Burning Instinct Razerwire:Nanowars Repentant Full Metal Renegade Boobserman Flappy Galaxy Redactem MEGALONIA Colorless Life Grey Cubes Lab 03 Yrinth Five Keys to Exit Bundle 21 game Girlfriend Cards HUNTER BRICK BALL Jellyfish the Ghost Monster MIX Range Ball THE E BALL Boat Adventure SHARK The Last Vampire Cute Cats PuZZles The Searcher Wild West Adventure Paper Shakespeare: Loves Labor(s) Lost Rampage Online Castle of Venia The Mummy Pharaoh Edge Hunter of antiques Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion NanoScape Cowboy Revenge Butterfly Moment Rocks and Rockets Verzaken! The Theodore Adventures Two Worlds II Castle Defense Iron Sky Invasion Cab Driver Commander In The Fighting Fjong Space Thinger Sarab: Duji Tower Oh, you touch my balls ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) Playing History: Vikings Theorem Bounty Hunter: Space Detective Bounty Hunter: Stampede Precision Archery: Competitive Shark Attack Deathmatch 2 Story of a Cube Soundtrack Grandpa Daddy Beyond the Invisible: Darkness Came Dead Dust FlatFatCat Gallows choice: Soundtrack Gallows Choice Kaleido Chaos Void Cube Runner Survivor in Summer Tempo Wizard Pilferer Evil Come Labyrinth Escape 21: Soundtrack Marimba VR Berry couple The Putinland: Divide & Conquer Horror Fish Simulator 梦本无忧 The Haunting of Billy PUGNite - Soundtrack Sufoco Enclave The Risers Fruit couple Robots Attack On Vapeland Gold key Lucky Shot Forgotten Adventure Gaze At Maze Captain The Runner The Legend of Protey Which Way Out Vinylove Silent space VR Not Without My Poop Circle pong Fish for gold Bob The Cube Goblins Keep Coming - Tower Defense Fruit Sudoku 3 FreeFly Burning Ashley: The Story Of Survival OST Ashley: The Story Of Survival Magic Chess Recursive Dragon SUPER ASTEROIDS Kitten and food: adventure park Labyrinths of Atlantis Battle Of Worldviews Putinoids VS Navalnyats - OST Caramba! The Orphan Dreams Soundtrack Thick Light Retro Dungeons [steam ke Joy Pony Need For Gowna Fairyland: Power Dice The Village: Soundtrack Mighty Gemstones - Skins Ochkarik Slayer Of Traitors Rainbow Rage Squad Thirsty Bubble Mighty Gemstones - Hardest Levels Mighty Gemstones Zomby Soldier SCREW-NUT BAE 2 Colony On Mars Retro Space Shooter Random 70 games with cards Knights of Hearts PIDO1 Beast Mode: Night of the Werewolf Megatronic Void Crappy Day Enhanced Edition HEXOPODS Sapper BOOM! Tank Rush Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Demon robot runner Flying Bacon - Soundtrack Jump to the circle Gravity puzzles Mission: Wolf Robo-orders Noise Mechatroniks Attack Unearthing Colossal - Soundtrack Abstract Arena - Original Soundtrack V nekotorom tsarstve Guess who ? Lost jumping frog Dogcoin Toy Seeker Falling Blocks: Soundtrack ROGALIK Galactic Lords OST Kamikaze Cube The Secrets of The Forest SPACE ASTEROID SHOOTER Hamster Daily SLICE Pink Rage Otome Supermagical Ants! Mission of the salvation Merry Glade ArcBall 3: Infinity ArcBall 2 Super Robolom S.T.R.E.T.C.H. Soundtrack Bear Football Torture Chamber Planet Unknown Runner Fantasyland - All Heroes Cyborg Invasion Shooter 2 The Warrior Of Treasures Burst Into Soundtrack Rampage Ragdoll Clash of Castle Real Drift Coin Pusher Hot Pool PlatONIR DLC Achievement Clicker 2020 OST World of Feudal The Castle Disaster Small person FACE CHEXS Underwater hunting Wisdom of War Shattered God Captain Backwater Bad Day - Extra Content Mr Rabbit's Alphabet Forest Adventure Dodge Save the Halloween ROMBY Disposable Heroes Soundtrack Haters, kill them all! - Ost Hitori Fairy of the treasures - Soundtrack Fairy of the treasures Nice Way Squares Santa's vacation Teria Rapid SALVATOR Amazon Rush Chaos and the White Robot Nathuz Soundtrack SqueakyWafflez Soundtrack Solenars Edge Rebirth Police Patrol Evil Spirits Walhall Thundering Skies Twine3D Origin Of Destiny - Donation #1 Moving Day Сборник 100 игр без карт Dokkaebi Hentai Adventures - OST Mustache Politics Shooter Abstract Golfing The Binding Of YOU Store Simulator 2018 Zombie Murder Petrichor M1 Soundtrack Bitcoin Or Bomb? - OST Russian AYE Race - OST Christmas Race Brick Breaker Ultimate Gravity Ball Space Way Golf 2D Solar System Race Bitcoin Farm Archery Blast Space Rocket Stickman Jetpack dead_file.mp3 XBall Champion Block Competition Knife Flipping Lost [Can be used keys] SQR 2 Drill Arena Pixel Gladiator OST Aviation Hurricane Storm Your Ball Exploded Learn to Drive on Moto Wars Сборник 50 игр без карт Dad's co-worker Slabo? Mover Potatoe Inaccessible world rOt Ice Cream Factory Sunny Smiles Planum Soundtrack Food From The Sky World Inside Out Crazy Alien Crazy Pirate Adventures of Heroes Combat Raccoon Dots Golden Fever Stickman - Killer of Apples Loot Box Simulator 20!8 - OST Golf Extreme Simulator gas station Dragon Perception SaveHer! NeonGalaxy Wars O! STRELALKA!!! Pixel War Douche Bag
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Unsorted games expencive and cheep
P.s. Ask about some games, like GRID. Here's GRID 2, not GRID. Removed numbers from txt document, so... 🂡 Arcane Double Pack Deluxe 🂡 Topware RTS Collection 🂡 Topware RPG Collection 🂡 Topware Action Collection Guns of Icarus Online + Guns of Icarus Alliance 🂡 Epic Mayhem 🂡 The fall of gods 🂡 GRID 🂡 The Troma Project 🂡 D ParticleGen Visual FX 🂡 Warhammer ,: Space Marine 🂡 Air Threat 🂡 A Story About My Uncle 🂡 Silence in Space - Season One 🂡 Chicken Shoot 🂡 Lost Crew 🂡 Vapour 🂡 Demon Horde Master 🂡 Mosaics Galore 🂡 Orwell: Keeping an Eye On You 🂡 Magma Chamber 🂡 TWIN BROS 🂡 Sometimes: Success Requires Sacrifice 🂡 Danny's War 🂡 Inverted 🂡 Repulsanoid 🂡 Gum Guy 🂡 Lepofrenia Kontrakt 🂡 ConflictCraft 🂡 Perfect Fit - Totemland 🂡 The Ship: Murder Party 🂡 Final Bravely 🂡 Measurement Problem 🂡 Vendetta - Curse of Raven's Cry 🂡 Trianguluv 🂡 Millennium - A New Hope 🂡 Two Worlds II HD - Call of the Tenebrae 🂡 Aircraft War X 🂡 Deponia: The Complete Journey Little elf 🂡 False Shelter 🂡 Magma Tsunami Lonely shooter 🂡 HOURS 🂡 Phantom Soldier 🂡 Zombie Zoeds 🂡 The Last Hope 🂡 Two Worlds II HD 🂡 Dungeon Creepster 🂡 Hacknet 🂡 Layers of Fear 🂡 Project First Contact 🂡 Taimumari 🂡 Story of a Cube 🂡 Clickdraw Clicker 🂡 Nash Racing 🂡 Battle for Enlor 🂡 ANIMALITY 🂡 Pain Train 🂡 MY FIGHT 🂡 Satellite Reign ☠ 🂡 Raven’s Cry (Historical Version) 🂡 Obscure Realm Bacterium / 生命之旅 🂡 Heavy Gear Assault 🂡 The Crypts of Anak Shaba - VR 🂡 Mission: Escape from Island 🂡 ReignMaker 🂡 Zpeciation: Tough Days (TD) Breach 🂡 Shadowrun Returns 🂡 Aftercharge 🂡 Enola 🂡 KnightShift 🂡 Chicken Shoot Gold 🂡 RoBoRumble 🂡 World War II: Panzer Claws 🂡 Battle vs Chess 🂡 Soldiers Lost Forever (-) 🂡 Dream Pinball D 🂡 PIGMENTUM 🂡 Heli Heroes 🂡 X-Blades ☠ 🂡 Nebula Online 🂡 World War III: Black Gold 🂡 Knights and Merchants 🂡 Star Phoenix Dead Ground 🂡 Earth 🂡 Planets Under Attack 🂡 Two Worlds Epic Edition 🂡 Septerra Core 🂡 Picross Fairytale - nonogram: Red Riding Hood secret 🂡 Earth 🂡 Gorky 🂡 Enclave 🂡 SwitcheD 🂡 Earth Trilogy 🂡 Two Worlds II Castle Defense 🂡 SAMOLIOTIK 🂡 Are You Ready? 🂡 Other Tanks 🂡 Zzzz-Zzzz-Zzzz 🂡 Katy and Bob: Safari Cafe 🂡 Jagged Alliance - Wildfire 🂡 Dispatcher 🂡 SINISTRY SILINIUM 🂡 Galactic Fighter 🂡 Jack Orlando: Director's Cut 🂡 Iron Sky: Invasion 🂡 Love in the Glen 🂡 AI War: Fleet Command 🂡 One Last Chance 🂡 The Maze : Endless nightmare 🂡 Darconika: The Cube of Soul 🂡 is Better Than 🂡 My Name is You 🂡 Red Death 🂡 Invasion: Brain Craving 🂡 Last Days of Spring Visual Novel 🂡 Anykey Simulator 🂡 Iron Impact 🂡 Experience 🂡 Under Zero 🂡 True Lover's Knot 🂡 Inexistence 🂡 Cubium Dreams 🂡 Pixel Russia Streets 🂡 Legion Tale 🂡 Let's Draw 🂡 Tribal Pass 🂡 Little Kite 🂡 Detective Noir 🂡 Stickmageddon 🂡 The Flame in the Flood 🂡 Take Thy Throne 🂡 Heaven Island Life 🂡 Sleight 🂡 Desolate Wastes: Vendor Chronicles 🂡 Castle Werewolf D 🂡 Tourists Kidnapped a Little Bear 🂡 Journey To The Center Of The Earth 🂡 The Spirit Underneath 🂡 Germination 🂡 Masha Rescues Grandma 🂡 Head Shot 🂡 Invasion 🂡 Escape The Past 🂡 Big Journey to Home 🂡 Bloody Boobs 🂡 Existence speed 🂡 Purgatory 🂡 Super GunWorld 🂡 Dreaming Sarah 🂡 Mosaics Galore 🂡 SQR 🂡 Dungeon of Elements 🂡 WALLSLIDE 🂡 What's under your blanket !? 🂡 NeverEnd 🂡 Alter World 🂡 Star Project 🂡 Deadly 🂡 Swipecart 🂡 Roomscale Coaster 🂡 Crazy Oafish Ultra Blocks Big Sale 🂡 Marble Duel 🂡 The Sun Never Sets ☠ 🂡 Pressure ☠ 🂡 Landfill Earth : The Moon Project Earth : Escape from the Blue Planet ☠ 🂡 Marwin and The Evolution Stone ☠ Epic PVP Castles ☠ Don't Fall ☠ Lock Parsing ☠ 🂡 Showtime! ☠ 🂡 Adventures of Hooi Check vs Mate - Dark Dessert DLC Check vs Mate - Floating Island DLC Little Kite - Original Soundtrack Story of a Cube Soundtrack Black Hole Hazard Soundtrack Gorky - Soundtrack Gorky – Digital Deluxe Content Enclave - Digital Deluxe Content Reflection of Mine - Soundtrack Battle vs Chess - Dark Desert DLC Two Worlds II - Pirates of the Flying Fortress Battle vs Chess - Floating Island DLC Reflection of Mine - Wallpapers Two Worlds II - Call of the Tenebrae Raven's Cry - Digital Deluxe Edition (Historical Version) ☠ Pirates of Black Cove Gold Cold Blooded Cube The Art Of Knuckle Sandwich Morendar: Goblin Slayer my dream Destroy_the_devil Cludbugz's Twisted Magic Save the village chief Experience ☠ Commander: Conquest of the Americas Gold ☠ East India Company Gold Check vs Mate Gunspell - Steam Edition Yatsumitsu Fists of Wrath Sid Meier's Civilization® III Complete The God Paradox Space Leprechaun Trackless Outline Solar Battle Glargaz Kicking Kittens: Putin Saves The World Depth Siege Atlantis MATH SPEED CHALLENGE MATH PROBLEM CHALLENGE Bit-Boom QLORB QLORB Poultry Panic Destination Dungeon: Crypts of Warthallow XORPLE STRETCH Big Day Stefanos Sizzling Pizza Pie Digit Daze 🂡 Hyperdrive Massacre Bathroom Chef FPS - Fun Puzzle Shooter Fitzzle Mighty Bears Genetic Disaster ☠ BLED NAVALNY 🂡 What The Heck, Dude? 🂡 Starship Annihilator ☠ 🂡 Road Madness 🂡 RiotZ 🂡 AXYOS 🂡 RYAN BLACK 🂡 MY FIGHT 🂡 QUBIC 🂡 Outrunner 🂡 Neon Arena 🂡 Alice's Patchwork 🂡 Operation Breakout 🂡 JASEM: Just Another Shooter with Electronic Music 🂡 JiPS 🂡 Revenge of Roger Rouge 🂡 Oracle 🂡 Radioactive Puzzle 🂡 Drop The Bomb 🂡 Tumblestone [TRIAL] 🂡 Crispy Chicken 🂡 One Wish 🂡 Tribloos 🂡 Shoot Paint 🂡 Village Story 🂡 Other Tanks Through Blocks 🂡 The Rake: Red Forest 🂡 PixBit 🂡 Experience 🂡 The Note 🂡 My Super Tower 🂡 Hell`s Little Story 🂡 NUKED KNIGHT 🂡 Star Project 🂡 Streng Check 🂡 Dark Project Chicken Shoot Gold (+) Arcane preRaise+Arcane RERaise New Reality Studio Pack ☠ 🂡 North Side ☠ 🂡 To the home ☠ 🂡 Trashville ☠ 🂡 Turn Around ☠ 🂡 Piximalism ☠ 🂡 Nicolay's Adventure ☠ 🂡 Catacomb Explorers ☠ 🂡 Western Adventure ☠ 🂡 Cube Master ☠ 🂡 Pressure ☠ 🂡 Uncrowded ☠ 🂡 Nebula Online ☠ 🂡 Reed 🂡 Jack Orlando: Director's Cut 🂡 Enclave 🂡 Earth HD 🂡 Earth Trilogy 🂡 Two Worlds: Epic Edition 🂡 SwitcheD 🂡 Two Worlds II Castle Defense 🂡 Dream Pinball D 🂡 Planets Under Attack 🂡 Heli Heroes 🂡 X-Blades 🂡 Chicken Shoot Gold 🂡 World War III: Black Gold 🂡 Jagged Alliance - Wildfire 🂡 World War II: Panzer Claws 🂡 Chicken Shoot 🂡 Gorky 🂡 Iron Sky: Invasion 🂡 Battle vs Chess 🂡 Knights and Merchants 🂡 Earth 🂡 KnightShift 🂡 RoBoRumble 🂡 Septerra Core 🂡 The I of the Dragon 🂡 Purgatory II 🂡 Warfront Defenders: Westerplatte 🂡 Rabiez: Epidemic 🂡 So Many Cubes 🂡 Data Hacker: Corruption 🂡 Data Hacker: Initiation 🂡 The Dreamlord 🂡 AI: Rampage 🂡 POLYWAR 🂡 Drift (Over) Drive 🂡 Deadly Animal Duel 🂡 Atonement: Scourge of Time 🂡 Atonement : Ruptured by Despair 🂡 Broken Dreams 🂡 City of Chains ☠ 🂡 Elements: Soul of Fire 🂡 Guardians of Victoria 🂡 Hero Quest: Tower Conflict 🂡 Incitement 🂡 Invasion: Brain Craving ☠ 🂡 Love is Blind: Mutants 🂡 rooMaze 🂡 SweatShop 🂡 Vindictive Drive 🂡 Hyposphere 🂡 Langoth 🂡 Merger D 🂡 NeverEnd 🂡 Adventures On The Polluted Islands 🂡 BitMaster 🂡 Crab Dub 🂡 Cyber City : The Visual Novel 🂡 Bacteria 🂡 Liveza Death of the Earth 🂡 Citalis 🂡 Madrobot X 🂡 Black Sand Drift 🂡 Cranium Conundrum 🂡 The Pasture 🂡 Save the Ninja Clan 🂡 Energy Cycle 🂡 Machine Made: Rebirth 🂡 Russian SuperHero Dead Ivan 🂡 Make it indie! 🂡 NORTH 🂡 Retention 🂡 Just Hero 🂡 Gone In November 🂡 Energy Cycle Collector's Edition 🂡 Energy Balance 🂡 Dear RED - Extended 🂡 Puzzle Galaxies 🂡 Heaven Forest - VR MMO 🂡 Heaven Forest NIGHTS 🂡 Heaven Island - VR MMO 🂡 The Deer 🂡 Catch a Falling Star 🂡 Lup ☠ 🂡 Unalive ☠ 🂡 Forbidden planet 🂡 Dead Bits (GAME + SOUNDTRACK) 🂡 Overcast - Walden and the Werewolf ☠ 🂡 Fergus The Fly 🂡 Jumping Tank 🂡 aMAZE 🂡 aMAZE 🂡 A Detective's Novel 🂡 The Orb Chambers II 🂡 Dungetris[ЕСТЬ ДУБЛИ В ТОВАРЕ] 🂡 Finnish Roller 🂡 Alchemyland 🂡 Alien Hostage 🂡 BitRay 🂡 ORBITAL 🂡 The Astral Hero 🂡 Trouble In The Manor 🂡 Fluffy 🂡 SAMOLIOTIK 🂡 Lost Moon 🂡 Time Ramesside (A New Reckoning) 🂡 Tomato Way 🂡 Despair 🂡 CRACKHEAD 🂡 Slingshot people Soldier of Failure Breakout Invaders Tompi Jones Protect your planet Space Googy ☠ Space Ranger vs Reptiloids Mover Pixel Car Hell in Paradise Sky Dodge[ЕСТЬ ДУБЛИ В ТОВАРЕ] Airbo The Slug ☠ O! STRELALKA!!! The Duller ROS Light Cube Froggy BOI ORIX! ☠ Pixel War Save The Villy Super B-Dino's adventures RaKoval~Nya: Escape Edition ☠ Simulator gas station ☠ AOK Adventures Of Kok Kim Jong-Boom No Lights FreeFly Burning Cyber Utopia Numberline ☠ NeonGalaxy Wars Happy Santa Lucky Panda Soldier of Failure: Operation Zombie Soldier of Failure ☠ Psi Project Little Dog Forest Guardian Iron Knight Crazy Scientist Eared Hero Caveman Alive Dark Maze Flow:The Sliding ☠ OHOTA KREPKOE illie Stone Flower Battle of Frigates CRYLINE ☠ HardBall ☠ Adventure Rage Cuco Old School FOTD ☠ Circle Ball ☠ Make Border Great Again! Prison Chainball Massacre Yashik DAMN! Plane War DeFaster Gun-Running War Dogs Super Mr Kake Travildorn ClickOFast The Brave Mouse Project Druid - D Labyrinth Explorer- aMAZE D ☠ AppleSnake Kama Bullet Heritage Deadly Sky Botology - Map "Zerex" for Survival Mode Botology - Map "Targul" for Survival Mode Botology - Map "Sartilus" for Survival Mode Botology - Map "Barazin" for Survival Mode Darkness Assault - New Costumes Darkness Assault - Extra guns Darkness Assault - Soundtrack Black Sand Drift Collector's Edition Content Heaven Island VR MMO - Paradisac Soundtrack Bacteria Soundtrack Bequest Bacteria Collector's Edition Content Office Battle - Brutal Mode Crab Dub Soundtrack Energy Balance Soundtrack Energy Cycle Collector's Edition Content Energy Cycle Soundtrack Farnham Fables Tape Episode Gone In November Collector's Edition Content Hexoscope Collector's Edition Content Hexoscope OST Hiiro - Collector's Edition Content It's Spring Again Collector's Edition Content Just Hero Soundtrack Turn Around DLC - Additional Campaign # - Slaughterhouse Turn Around DLC - Additional Campaign # - The village of grandfather SAMOLIOTIK - SOUNDTRACK Sophia (for Athopiu) Disastr_Blastr - Soundtrack_to_Disastr Stones of Sorrow - Soundtrack by Neoandertals Genius Greedy Mouse: Greedy of XOR Wordlase - Soundtrack HardBall Soundtracks NGHTMN Soundtrecks Cyber Utopia - Artworks 🂡 Story of a Cube One Manga Day - Bonus Content Tower Mode Kabitis in Bibou's Game PHAT PHROG UNCAGED Project Pulsation - Soundtracks Creature Clicker - Starter Pack Creature Clicker - Supporter Pack Creature Clicker - Deluxe Pack Infinitum - Soundtracks ZION - Soundtracks
After the GOX disaster took so many people by surprise, I feel that it’s worth bringing forward the madness that’s happening over at GAW for those that may be considering throwing some money their way. This especially with the launch of their “hash coin” later today. First off, I’m not some whistle blower or insider with secret information, just an enthusiast who cannot believe the amount of money people appear to be giving them despite red flags from here to forever. I know this post likely won’t do anything, but given the number of people casually trying to get into cryptocurrencies and seeing GAW as a good/accessible option it’s worth trying to bring up the discussion. You should always be aware of anyone promising anything too good to be true. Here we have a company that has promised guaranteed returns and "profitability" more times than I can count. There is no such thing as a sure thing, especially in markets as unpredictable as crypto, and especially on the scale they talk about. Also those returns have yet to materialize for anyone but the very first buyers (interesting...). They’ve created their own forum and aggressively policed any thread they have access to across the web to stamp out negative feedback. Their customer service by all accounts is a disaster and the only way to get a timely response is to post publically. There are many accounts that they ended up sending out whatever hardware they had lying around to people trying to buy their custom machines (war machines, etc) and then denying it. On their forum you get money for upvotes, lose money from your account for downvotes, get bonus money from the CEO if he likes your post, and with enough downvotes you get autobanned. You can imagine what kind of a community this creates. Negative posts of any kind get you banned and the threads removed by admins immediately. Next we have their pool system. They have their own pool (Zenpool) that always seemed to have the best payout, yet no explanation of how it is remotely possible. It doesn’t take a think tank to imagine how easy it would be to sell your propriety mining pool as a higher buy in, subsidize the difference in rates out of pocket to secure purchases and then do whatever you want with the money. Zenpool and cloud hashing contracts are the most incredibly perfect setup for a Ponzi scheme you could ever create, and people continue to buy despite the utter lack of transparency, explanation, or established reputation that would make this seem credible. Imagine this, give me 20 dollars today and I’ll give you 1.2 cents a day (minus maintenance) instead of the 1.1 cent you would get elsewhere. Sure sounds like a cost effective way to raise a bunch of money fast. If GAW disappeared tomorrow with everyone’s money it would in hindsight seem like the most obvious thing in the world. I am not saying that it is a Ponzi scheme, just that JESUS CHRIST does it look like one with no effort to prove itself otherwise. Even if it’s not a Ponzi scheme this sure does seem like it could be one of those Butterfly labs situations where a lot of personal stuff (e.g. private jets) gets charged to company cards until they go bankrupt. Finally we have “Hash Coin” – there are so many things wrong with this it’s hard to summarize. You can read their QA here. But in short they’re launching an ICO that, in their words: “will go “public” for just over $20 a coin.” According to “analysts and banks”. And that “there will be a “bank” that will manage, to some degree, the valuation of Hashcoin” However of course you cannot know who these bankers or analysts are as: “The identities of both the analysts and banks will be released once the ICO has completed and the merchant marketplace established in the near future.” And this magic coin will have a market cap of 5Billion (!!). For quick reference Bitcoin sits at roughly 4.4. I am sure there is a debate all on its own for the ICO, but it betrays such a huge misunderstanding of some of the fundamentals of this space all it does is create more red flags for me. Somewhere there is a whitepaper that is “done” but instead of releasing it for community review and feedback they’ve plowed ahead with some crazy bankeanalyst backed offering in which everyone – especially you – can make boatloads of money. This ICO deserves a post on it’s own, but given that it’s launching tonight there should be plenty on entertainment there for later. Again, their quote "A white paper will not answer ICO questions. That is what is more important." In short: They’re running a system with constantly promised returns that has done anything but that. They’re running what could easily be a textbook Ponzi scheme on a huge scale with zero transparency. They’re issuing their own currency that “analysts” and “banks” have assured them will be worth giant multiples of what you will be able to buy it for, and have a market cap of 5,000,000,000 USD. I'm all for people trying wild and crazy (and big) ideas in the space, but another GOX (Butterfly Labs, etc.) is not what we need. If GAW is a legitimate well run organization then the community should ask for more transparency and information before giving them any more money. And finally, there’s this post. (*update, they took down the image but someone sent me a screenshot they took.) They literally have post praising themselves for taking money from a man who has a sick family and mounting medical bills for a product that will likely never (ever) return to him what he paid for it. And the image they have chosen for this post - well, it's of the CEO and community manager in a private jet. (** update 2, I was contacted by someone who claims to own the site and says it's not affiliated with GAW. So, fair enough for a disclaimer. They are however still doing these things even if it's a repost of theirs, so point still stands.) TL;DR Everyone gives GAW money despite the fact that they are too busy flying on private jets to answer your support emails or explain how their definitely-not-a-ponzi-scheme operation works exactly. But hey, let's all go buy some Hash Coin* which is totally better than Bitcoin! (*whitepaper pending) (edit: formatting) Update: "Whitepaper" draft is out for hashcoin, and it's hilarious. We're 20 days out from their ICO and they haven't released anything for the community to review or comment on, and if this is the direction they're going it's going to be quite the ride. Update 2: It's been mentioned a number of times here, but worth noting for anyone even remotely looking at the hashlets and their "guaranteed profitability" that maintenance fees are 80% of earnings at this point. The break even point for all products is never given any kind of difficulty increase and multiple years assuming none. I cannot say I understand how GAW calculates profitability, but doesn't seem to be the way I do. Update 3: And a couple more to underscore the point. From their own terms of service: "Hashlets are virtual service units related to mining services, but are not mining hardware." Hashlets are not real, might not have anything to do with hardware! "11. Termination and Modifications. a. Services may be terminated by us, without cause, at any time." And, GAW can simply cancel the service at any time and keep your money! Update 4: Link to the SEC site to report suspicious activity: https://denebleo.sec.gov/TCRExternal/questionaire.xhtml Update 5: CoinFire publishes story on possible dishonesty on the part of GAW with regards to partners, gets hacked. Thread with more information here: http://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/2n7c9coinfire_publishes_article_with_details_about_gaw/
Among the more frequently mentioned G+ alternatives at the Google+ Mass Migration community, and others, is MeWe with over 250 mentions. The site bills itself as "The Next-Gen Social Network" and the "anti-Facebook": "No Ads, No Political Bias, No Spyware. NO BS. It is headed by professed Libertarian CEO Mark Weinstein. As the site reveals no public user-generated content to non-members, it's necessary to create an account in order to get a full impression. I thought I'd provide an overview based on recent explorations. This report leads of with background on the company, though readers may find the report and analysis of specific groups on the site of interest.
Founder & CEO Mark Weinstein. Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Jonathan Wolfe (no longer with company). Weinstein previously founded SuperFamily and SuperFriends, "at the turn of the millennium". Weinstein's MeWe biography lists articles published by The Mirror (UK), Huffington Post, USA Today, InfoSecurity Magazine, Dark Reading, and the Nation. His media appearances include MarketWatch, PBS, Fox News, and CNN. He's also the author of several personal-success books. His Crunchbase bio is a repeat of the MeWe content.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web.
Jack Canfield: Legendary Founder, Chicken Soup For The Soul.
John Friedman: Founding Partner, Easton Capital.
Cullen Hoback: Director, Terms and Conditions May Apply.
Dianne Morrison: Partner, MorrisonMcNabb, LLC.
Colin Sebastian: Director, Equity Research/Internet, RW Baird.
Brett Shevack: CEO, Brand Initiatives; Former Vice Chair, BBDO.
Marci Shimoff: author, Happy for No Reason.
Sherry Turkle: Professor, MIT; author Alone Together.
Ownership & Investment
MeWe is the dba of Sgrouples, a private for-profit early-stage venture company based in Los Angeles, though with a Mountain View HQ and mailing address, 11-50 employees, with $10m in funding over five rounds, and a $20m valuation as of 2016. Sgrouples, Inc., dba MeWe Trust & Safety - Legal Policy c/o Fenwick West 801 California Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Crunchbase Profile. Founded: 2012 (source) Secured $1.2M in seed funding in 2014. 2016 valuation: $20m (source] Backers:
John Friedman, venture capitalist, founder & MD, Easton Capital, New York, NY.
Do you have friends still on Facebook? Share this link with them about Facebook wanting their banking information - tell them to move to MeWe now! No Ads. No Spyware. No Political Agenda. No Bias Algorithms. No Shadow Banning. No Facial Recognition.
MeWe provide several policy-related links on the site:
California Disclosures -- Do Not Track, 3rd-party cookies, and California Privacy Rights.
Your Identity: We protect it to the extent the law allows
Linking to Third-Party Sites: These are your decisions and responsibilities
Security: HTTPS and Encryption
Terms of Service
The ToS addresses:
Allowable Content and Acceptable Use
Who Our Services are For
User Content Ownership
Misuse of Usernames, Page names, Group names
Fake Accounts (pseudonyms allowed, misleading is not)
More on Spam
Our Commitment to Data Security
MeWe Content Data
MeWe Log Data
Your Data Portability
Deleting Your Account -- Right to Erasure
MeWe Secret Chat
MeWe Invitations and "Add Automatically"
Additional Policies for Pages, Groups, and Events Notifications of Requests for Account Information
Guidelines for Law Enforcement Seeking Customer Data (Worldwide)
Ownership In and To the Site and Services
Effective: November 6, 2018.
The FAQ addresses:
What is MeWe (emphasises privacy)
The Politics of MeWe ("absolutely no political agenda")
How can MeWe be free and make money? (additional services/freemium)
Which devices is MeWe available on? (Android, iOS)
What content can I share on MeWe (photos, videos, documents, voice messages, privacy mail, chats, gifs, memes, doodles)
What are some unique features of MeWe?
Who can see the posts I share?
Can I delete my MeWe account and is it easy to do this?
This emphasises that people are social cratures and private people by right. The service offers the power of self expression under an umbrella of safety. It notes that our innermost thoughts require privacy. Under "We aspire...":
MeWe is here to empower and enrich your world. We challenge the status quo by making privacy, respect, and safety the foundations of an innovatively designed, easy-to-use social experience.
Totalling 182 words.
Privacy Bill of Rights
A ten-item statement of principles (possibly inspired by another document, it might appear):
You own your personal information & content. It is explicitly not ours.
You will never receive a targeted advertisement or 3rd party content based on what you do or say online. We think that's creepy.
You see every post in timeline order from your friends, family & groups. We do not manipulate, filter, or change the order of your content or what you see.
Permissions & privacy are your rights. You control them.
You control who can access your content.
You control what, if anything, others can see in member searches.
Your privacy means we do not share your personal information with anyone.
Your emojis are for you and your friends. We do not monitor or mine your data.
Your face is your business. We do not use facial recognition technology.
You have the right to delete your account and take your content with you at any time.
There are a few mentions of MeWe in the press, some listed on the company's website, others via web search.
The following articles are linked directly from MeWe's Press page:
The page also lists a "Privacy Revolution Required Reading" list of 20 articles all addressing Facebook privacy gaffes in the mainstream press (Wired, TechCrunch, Fortune, Gizmodo, The Guardian, etc.). There are further self-reported mentions in several of the company's PR releases over the years.
Facebook Alternative MeWe Raises $5.2M, Los Angeles Business Journal (July 7, 2018) "The latest round, as well as MeWe’s total $10 million in fundraising, was predominantly backed by celebrity investors, such as author Marci Shimoff, Rachel Roy, and Lynda Weinman, founder of Lynda.com, which sold to Linkedin in 2015 for $1.5 billion. Jack Canfield, creator of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series, also invested in MeWe."
Is building a Facebook alternative worth the effort? MeWe thinks soVentureBeat (July 5, 2018) "[T]here are still companies hoping to make their mark in the social networking realm with “Facebook alternatives.” One of those is MeWe, a “next-generation” social network that positions itself as the anti-Facebook: “Your private life is not for sale. No ads. No Spyware. No BS,” its website proclaims." Continues to mention "modest $5.2 million" funding round. Also a "sister product", MeWePRO, a Slack competitor.
Startup MeWe Launches Free, 'No Ads' Social NetworkeWeek (March 16, 2016) "MeWe, a new network engineered with its users' data privacy built in, is betting that a lot of people will say yes to both of those questions. The Mountain View, Calif.-based startup, whose parent company is Sgrouples.com, launched its freely available social network out of beta March 9 with more than 200,000 members already using it.... Sir Tim Berners-Lee, co-architect of the World Wide Web, found out about MeWe on his own and approached the company about getting involved."
Facebook Alternative MeWe closes $5.2M Series A Yahoo/PR Newswire (July 5, 2018). "The investment brings MeWe's total funding to $10 million, to support the engineering of MeWe and the enterprise version MeWePRO.... The company has relied on high net worth individuals for all of its funding including Lynda Weinman, founder of Lynda.com ...; Marci Shimoff, a #1 New York Times bestselling author ...; Rachel Roy...; and Jack Canfield."
Exactis Data Leak 2018: 340 Million Records ExposedInvestorPlace (June 29, 2018) "'Today's cookies can link your mobile phone to your laptop, to your home monitoring devices, and much, much more. Creepy? Scary? Orwellian? Yes, yes, yes,' Mark Weinstein, the privacy expert and founder of social media company MeWe, told MarketWatch. 'So imagine that Exactis, like Facebook, knows everything about you — really.'"
MeWe Raises $3M in FundingFinSMEs (March 9, 2016) "Sgrouples, Inc., the Mountain View, CA-based developer of MeWe, a social network with neither ads nor tracking, raised $3m in funding."
This section is a basic rundown of the user-visible site technology.
The site is not natively accessible from a mobile Web browser as it is overlayed with a promotion for the mobile application instead. Selecting "Desktop View" in most mobile browsers should allow browser-based access.
There are both Android and iOS apps for MeWe. I've used neither of these, though the App store entries note:
MeWe Android 4.4 rating (13.1k ratings). Permissions: Contacts (read), Location (approximate/precise), SMS (receive), Phone (read status & identity), Photos/Media/Files (read, modify, & delete contents), Storage (read, modify, or delete), Camera (take pictures/videos), Microphone (record audio), Device ID & Call Info (read status & identity), and numerous elements under Other.
Crunchbase cites 209,220 mobile downloads over the past 30 days (via Apptopia), an 80.78% monthly growth rate, from Google Play.
Either selecting "View Desktop" or navigating with a Desktop browser to https://www.mewe.com your are presented with a registration screen, with the "About", "Privacy Bill of Rights", "MeWe Challenge", and a language selector across the top of the page. Information requested are first and last name, phone or email, and a password. Pseudonymous identities are permitted, though this isn't noted on the login screen. Returning members can use the "Member Log In" button. The uMatrix Firefox extension reveals no third-party content: all page elements are served from mewe.com, img.mewe.com, cdn.mewe.com, or ws.mewe.com. (In subsequent browsing, you may find third-party plugins from, for example, YouTube, for videos, or Giphy, for animated GIFs.) The web front-end is nginx. The site uses SSL v3, issued by DigiCert Inc. to Sgrouples, Inc.
The onboarding experience is stark. There is no default content presented. A set of unidentified icons spans the top of the screen, these turn out to be Home, Chats, Groups, Pages, and Events. New users have to, somehow, find groups or people to connect with, and there's little guidance as to how to do this.
Generally there is a three panel view, with left- and right-hand sidebars of largely navigational or status information, and a central panel with main content. There are also pop-up elements for chats, an omnipresent feature of the site. Controls display labels on some devices and/or resolutions. Controls do not provide tooltips for navigational aid.
My Cloud - Seamlessly organize all your content in My Cloud; it's your personal cloud. My Cloud offers an interactive dashboard for you to control everything you’ve posted or shared - making it simple to delete or reshare.
Unique profiles - Be yourself, free from any tracking and spying. Customize your profile for every group you create or join.
Voice integration (on any or all content) - Post pictures, videos, or documents and include a voice message. Respond to a shared post or just chat. MeWe’s voice integration works for you and your contacts throughout the entire platform.
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A key aspect of any social network is its community. Some of the available or ascertained information on this follows.
Weinstein claims a "million+ following inside MeWe.com" on Twitter. The largest visible groups appear to have a maximum of around 15,000 members , for "Awesome gifs". "Clean Comedy" rates 13,350, and the largest open political groups, 11,000+ members. This compares to Google+ which has a staggering, though Android-registrations-inflated 3.3 billion profiles, and 7.9 million communities, though the largest of these come in at under 10 million members. It's likely that MeWe's membership is on the whole more more active than Google+'s, where generally-visible posting activity was limited to just over 9% of all profiles, and the active user base was well under 1% of the total nominal population.
MeWe do not publish active users (e.g., MUA / monthly active users) statistics.
MeWe is principally a group-oriented discussion site -- interactions take place either between individuals or within group contexts. Virtually all discovery is group-oriented. The selection and dynamics of groups on the site will likely strongly affect user experience, so exploring the available groups and their characteristics is of interest. "MeWe has over 60,000 open groups" according to its FAQ. The Open groups -- visible to any registered MeWe user, though not to the general public Web -- are browsable, though sections and topics must be expanded to view the contents: an overview isn't immediately accessible. We provide a taste here. A selection of ten featured topics spans the top of the browser. As I view these, they are:
Health & Fitness
Cars & Motorcycles
Fashion and Beauty
Specific groups may appear in multiple categories. The top Groups within these topics have, variously, 15,482, 7,738, 15,482 (dupe), 7,745, 8,223, 8,220, 1,713, 9,527, 2,716, and 1,516 members. Listings scroll at length -- the Music topic has 234 Groups, ranging in size from 5 to 5,738 members, with a median of 59, mean of 311.4, and a 90%ile of 743.5. Below this is a grid of topics, 122 in all, ranging from Activism to Wellness, and including among them. A selected sample of these topics, with top groups listed members in (parens), follows:
Activism: QAnon+++ (2,572), PATRIOT PREPPERS USA (2,430), Deplorables Republic (2,48), The War Drummer (1,898), Patriots for a United America. (1894), Anonymous (1,700).
Alternative Energy: Reiki, Crystals, and alternative healing (2,114), 💜Starseeds & Empaths💜 (345), Living in Colour (365).
Alternative Lifestyle: Natural Healing and Home Remedies (3,045), Backyard Farming of All Things (2,696), WeTheSheeple (2,251).
Alumni Connections: Google Plus Refugees (271), Google+ Refugees (186), Frog Pond (156), Carlsbad NM High School alumni (57).
Animals: I Love My Dog (4,421), Pussy Shots (4,619).
Astronomy: Spherical Earth Truth, Flat Earth is Wrong (278), Nibiru, Nemesis, Hercolobus, The Destroyer (187).
Biology: Trees (344), Field of Birds (104), Patriots of Australia (51).
Personal Improvement: For Introverts. (1,214), Anarchy, Philosophy, Psychology, and Spirituality (679), Positive Affirmations (447).
Philosophy: In5d Esoteric Metaphysical and Spiritual Database (1,764), Thought Bouncing (1,137), Obtectivists - Galts Gulch - Ayn Rand fans (561).
Poetry: Dead Poest (1,407), Palacio de Poetry (451), Poets Corner (412).
Politics: Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11,486), The Conservative's Hangout (8,345), Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5,600), Drain The Swamp (4,978), Libertarians (4,528), United We Stand Trump2020 (4,216).
Pop Culture: The Loftus Party (116), The Walking Dead: The Stalking Dead (100), Tyler, Texas (71).
Privacy: Join the Open/Privacy Movement (3974), Kingsport tn gun trader (1,157), Safer Computing (555).
To be clear: whilst I've not included every topic, I've sampled a majority of them above, and listed not an arbitrary selection, but the top few Groups under each topic.
Google Plus expats (1,862)
Google+ Refugees (186)
G+ Refugees (101)
my Google+ expatriates
The Google Plus expats group seems the most active of these by far.
It's curious that MeWe make a specific point in their FAQ that:
At MeWe we have absolutely no political agenda and we have a very straightforward Terms of Service. MeWe is for all law-abiding people everywhere in the world, regardless of political, ethnic, religious, sexual, and other preferences.
There are 403 political groups on MeWe. I won't list them all here, but the first 100 or so give a pretty clear idea of flavour. Again, membership is in (parentheses). Note that half the total political Groups memberships are in the first 21 groups listed here, the first 6 are 25% of the total.
Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11486)
The Conservative's Hangout (8345)
Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5600)
Drain The Swamp (4978)
United We Stand Trump2020 (4216)
The Right To Self Defense (3757)
Alternative Media (3711)
Hardcore Conservative Patriots for Trump (3192)
Bastket Of Deplorables4Trump! (3032)
Return of the Republic (2509)
Infowars Chat Room Unofficial (2159)
Donald Trump Our President 2017-2025 (2033)
Berners for Progress (1963)
Sean Hannity Fans (1901)
The American Conservative (1839)
I Am The NRA (1704)
Tucker Carlson Fox News (1645)
We Love Donald Trump (1611)
MAGA - Make America Great Again (1512)
news from the front (1337)
Basket of Deplorables (1317)
Payton's Park Bench (1283)
Convention of States (1282)
Britons For Brexit (1186)
MoJo 5.0 Radio (1180)
MeWe Free Press (1119)
The Constitutionally Elite (1110)
WOMEN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP (1032)
AMERICANS AGAINST ISIS and OTHER ENEMIES (943)
#WalkAway Campaign (894)
ALEX JONES (877)
The Lion Is Awake ! (854)
We Support Donald Trump! (810)
The Stratosphere Lounge (789)
TRUMP-USA-HANDS OFF OUR PRESIDENT (767)
Official Tea Party USA (749)
Mojo50 Jackholes (739)
Yes Scotland (697)
"WE THE DEPLORABLE" - MOVE ON SNOWFLAKE! (688)
Judge Jeanine Pirro Fans (671)
Ted Cruz for President (650)
No Lapdog Media (647)
Q Chatter (647)
Daily Brexit (636)
Tucker Carlson Fox News (601)
The Trumps Storm Group (600)
QAnon-Patriots WWG1WGA (598)
100% American (569)
Ladies For Donald Trump (566)
Deep State (560)
In the Name of Liberty (557)
Material Planet (555)
Trump NRA Free Speech Patriots on MeWe Gab.ai etc (546)
Magna Carta Group (520)
Constitutional Conservatives (506)
Question Everything (503)
Conspiracy Research (500)
Bill O'Reilly Fans (481)
Conservative Misfit's (479)
Canadian politics (478)
HARDCORE DEPLORABLES (454)
Tampa Bay Trump Club (445)
UK Politics (430)
Bongino Fan Page (429)
Radical Conservatives (429)
RESIST THE RESISTANCE (419)
The Deplorables (409)
America's Freedom Fighters (401)
Politically Incorrect & Proud (399)
CONSERVATIVES FOR AMERICA ! (385)
Political satire (383)
RISE OF THE RIGHT (371)
UK Sovereignty,Independence,Democracy -Everlasting (366)
The Patriots Voting Coalition (359)
End The Insanity (349)
Coming American Civil War! (345)
Constitutional Conservatives (343)
United Nations Watch (342)
A Revival Of The Critical Thinking Union (337)
The New Libertarian (335)
Libertarian Party (official ) (333)
DDS United (Duterte Die-hard Supporters) (332)
American Conservative Veterans (331)
America Needs Donald Trump (326)
The UKIP Debating Society (321)
Coalition For Trump (310)
FRIENDS THAT LIKE JILL STEIN AND THE GREEN PARTY (292)
2nd Amendment (287)
Never Forget #SethRich (286)
Green Party Supporters 2020 (283)
It seems there is relatively little representation from the left wing, or even the centre, of the political spectrum. A case-insensitive match for "liberal" turns up:
104: Conservatives Against Liberal Beliefs C.A.L.I.B (273)
184: Progressive and Liberal Politics (119)
301: Liberalism is a Mental Disorder (33)
302: Resistance Against Liberal Socialism (33)
358: NOT For Liberals (17)
367: Drinking Liberally Houston (14)
400: Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Army (6)
Mainstream political parties are little represented, though again, the balance seems skewed searching on "(democrat|republic|gop)":
391: Saving The Republic: Video News & Opinion (8)
The terms "left" and "right" provide a few matches, not all strictly political-axis aligned:
7: The Right To Self Defense (3757)
80: RISE OF THE RIGHT (371)
150: POLITICS ON THE LEFT (156)
157: 1st Amendment Rights Protected By The 2nd Amendmen (141)
209: On The Left With Jeremy Corbyn (84)
262: Eyes-Left Labour & PP - Social Media (49)
300: Gather Left (33)
385: Defend Washington State Gun Rights (9)
390: Left Coast Conservatives (8)
Socialism and Communism also warrant a few mentions:
121: Revolutionary Socialists United (204)
216: Socialist Thought (79)
220: Stories Of Communism (76)
262: Eyes-Left Labour & PP - Social Media (49)
288: Snuggly Wuggly Socialists (38)
302: Resistance Against Liberal Socialism (33)
And there are some references to green, laboulabor parties:
97: FRIENDS THAT LIKE JILL STEIN AND THE GREEN PARTY (292)
100: Green Party Supporters 2020 (283)
262: Eyes-Left Labour & PP - Social Media (49)
320: Green Party of Ohio Issues & Discussion Group (29)
Whilst there may not be a political agenda, there does appear to be at least a slight political bias to the site. And a distinctive skew on many other topical subjects. Those seeking new homes online may wish to take this into account.
Various typos and tagging corrections. 2018-11-29 - 30
Added G+MM references count for MeWe to lede paragraph. 2018-12-2
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