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1  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: August 06, 2018, 05:51:36 PM
The brand expansion sounds great and all.

What about ASIC Resistance?

The Discord ASIC Resistance Channel is spammed to a point of making it inconvenient for a developer to respond to my questions.  I ask for an update and if they have used PROG Proof of Work on a Test Net but NO response; NO update; nothing!

I honestly don't want to interrupt developers and let them do their job rather than spend their time responding to guys like myself who's asking for an update regarding their work on ASIC Resistance.  If a developer wanted to even find my question to them about ASIC Resistance, they would have to comb through at least one hundred posts in the ASIC Resistance forum on Discord.  That takes valuable time away from developers to actually work on ASIC Resistance.

Bottom Line:  The ASIC Resistance forum on Discord is full of spam from Pro ASIC and Anti ASIC rhetoric that allows no convenient communication with developers in a meaningful and profitable way for all of those involved in the discussion.


MedaR,

It certainly would be helpful if you could find out some kind of update for us, please.  It would be nice if you could keep us updated on ASIC Resistance WHILE allowing developers to do their work on ASIC Resistance; if they are actually doing any work in that regard.

Is there a team devoted solely to development on ASIC Resistance?  If so, where are they at this point?  If no team appointed, then why not?

Can you please ask the creator of the Discord server for ZEN to create a forum ONLY FOR CONFIRMED DEVELOPERS?  This way they can post updates on ASIC Resistance WHILE BLOCKING others who are not developers from spamming the forum.

Updates PLEASE...


hey apologize for the seeming clutter / chaos in the Discord channel, just shows how contentious this can be and how passionate some folks are about their perspectives.

long story short, #1 priority is successful 51% attack mitigation--hands down most important thing to implement immediately--next up is ASIC res issue. all the usual suspects on the table as far as options go--param shift, new algo, or do nothing. Good news is that 51% code is done and looks good under internal review and testing, looking to release to public testnet next Monday. Depending how all that goes, dev resources will rotate to ASIC issue.

hope this provides some clarification, though i know folks are waiting for something firm. sometimes holding real options in reserve while focusing on other priorities ends up being the best strategy.
2  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: March 26, 2018, 07:23:18 PM
Rob Viglione Co-Founder Of ZenCash $ZEN 2018 Interview! Reveals Super Nodes & ZenGrid! @Crypto News



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ7oUBY0P5Q

Now I want to know more about Zencash. Thanks for the interview!

Cool so it was worth more than just me listening to myself talk Smiley
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: March 23, 2018, 07:09:40 PM
I don't know how you can have both censorship and censorship resistance in an immutable database.

In fact I wonder if it's possible to have censorship at all. Even if there are no fields for arbitrary user data, it'd be possible to encode data in the amount field.

What would a bank or stock exchange do if they found out illegal data is encoded in their databases through a sequence of stock market prices? Roll back all the transactions?
I'm afraid, if ZenPub will not have any censorship, it will become a trashcan with child porn and nazi manifests. And all ZEN block chain will be banned by officials. So, maybe, it will be rational to refuse from ZenPub file storage at all. You should never underestimate humans stupidity, which can destroy any new brilliant technology.

I share the same concerns, something we'll seriously consider before releasing design specs. It's possible to consider a gatekeeping function where maybe the community has a veto function before committing to chain, but even that raises questions.
4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: March 23, 2018, 07:08:10 PM
I don't know how you can have both censorship and censorship resistance in an immutable database.

In fact I wonder if it's possible to have censorship at all. Even if there are no fields for arbitrary user data, it'd be possible to encode data in the amount field.

What would a bank or stock exchange do if they found out illegal data is encoded in their databases through a sequence of stock market prices? Roll back all the transactions?

Exactly...unless we do some sort of ZenPub gating through which community has veto over what gets pushed to pub, we can't exactly roll back a recorded tx on chain. We really need to think through all options and tradeoffs.
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: March 23, 2018, 07:06:08 PM
While all this FUD with child porn on bitcoins blockchain happening now, I want to ask a question. Will ZenPub have some protection from such content? Cause, unfortunately, there are many freaks in this world, how can we protect our Zen network from them?

That's a really good question! We've been having some discussion about how to handle ZenPub. On one hand, we're doing it for censorship resistance; on the other, we don't want creeps to use our infrastructure for harmful purpose like child porn. It's a tough balancing act we're seriously considering, but glad this conversation is starting...
6  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 16, 2018, 11:36:08 AM
Hey everybody!

I would like announce to you all that there is new ZenCash mining pool in town!

Everyone is welcome to visit and mine @



BlockSmasher.org


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server: mining.blocksmasher.org
user: your_ZenCash_wallet.rig
pass: x
port: 3082 (CPU),  3083 (Small/Mid size GPU rigs),  3088 (Nicehash, big farms)

Located in the West Coast of USA, Come Join! our tiny new pool! Cheesy

Welcome to the club! Happy to have more pools joining.
7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 16, 2018, 11:34:15 AM
the devs have to do something about the difficulty hoppers. we have just seen a block of more than 1 hour. this is something inadmissible. the block 258218 was the one that took more than 1 hour to get solved. why in the hell i would like to mine a coin where someone just collects and makes me mine at 30-40-50% more difficulty than the network really has? i love this coin but we begin to see signs of shitcoin blockchains here.

Agreed, i'm also frustrated by the high dispersion in block solve times and would like to see this improved. Thanks for pointing out something that i'm sure has bothered plenty of others. Sometimes i find myself staring at the block height waiting for a confirmation and feel like i'm trying to make water boil by staring at the pot.

Although some ways off, the blockDAG scaling research we're doing is a promising solution to tighter clustering of block solves, which is also important for reducing pool concentration. Still, we should do something sooner either way.
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 16, 2018, 11:29:26 AM

Ive seen other chains having a download from web site which include the chain up to block xxx. Makes the sync much faster for new members of community and existing having to reload the chain Smiley if that is the feature your talking about im sure the devs here could do it as they seem very skilled, but that would take time of other projects.

Sure, would not be a problem. The team already put together such a snapshot of chain and state, just held off on publishing. Something to consider for sure, thanks for the suggestion.
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 15, 2018, 11:59:54 AM
my wallet seems to continue crash at around block 252000. some issues lately with the blockchain?
No , you probably closed wallet accidentally or by force (Restart, Power of) so you should do reindex.

https://github.com/ZencashOfficial/zencash-swing-wallet-ui/blob/master/docs/TroubleshootingGuide.md
ok..i will try to do that to see if it is working

There's a known wallet bug we're working on, thus far an annoyance requiring -reindex per that troubleshooting guide; still, we want to solve ASAP so we have the team spun up investigating. We think we've isolated the issue and should have resolved soon. KEY POINT: Your ZEN is absolutely safe, this isn't a blockchain issue and it doesn't involve losing any funds...best practice is always to backup your wallat.dat file / private keys. Sorry for the inconvenience!
the funds being safe is the most important feature...but please make something with the speed of reindex the blockchain. maybe some temporary saved snapshots of the blockchain for us to use when a blockchain issue is up. i think i have waited almost 1 day for the wallet to sync

We've toyed with the idea of a chain and state snapshot to facilitate reindex, but held off on publishing. That said, it's not a bad idea for you to do that yourself after reindex just to have something on hand if the issue happens again. I've had to reindex 3x so far...quite annoying Smiley
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 15, 2018, 11:57:15 AM
Any news about the project of making the process of node-setting more easy to achieve for everybody - and not just for computer freaks and nerds?

I am in the same boat as you. Had enough Zen to make a couple of nodes but too scary of trying the guides that i think are to complicated....
I am working on a video series that the goal is to allow anyone with no knowledge to be able to setup a secure node

Awesome...how to set up a sec node is probably one of our most frequently asked questions. Will be great to have a high quality video tutorial on it...
11  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 14, 2018, 11:05:37 AM
ZEN have brillant future, chart price resist really nice to BTC fail.

I expect lot from ZEN in future.

Thanks for all your work team & dev, keep it up.



Really appreciate the feedback and support!
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 14, 2018, 11:04:58 AM
my wallet seems to continue crash at around block 252000. some issues lately with the blockchain?
No , you probably closed wallet accidentally or by force (Restart, Power of) so you should do reindex.

https://github.com/ZencashOfficial/zencash-swing-wallet-ui/blob/master/docs/TroubleshootingGuide.md
ok..i will try to do that to see if it is working

There's a known wallet bug we're working on, thus far an annoyance requiring -reindex per that troubleshooting guide; still, we want to solve ASAP so we have the team spun up investigating. We think we've isolated the issue and should have resolved soon. KEY POINT: Your ZEN is absolutely safe, this isn't a blockchain issue and it doesn't involve losing any funds...best practice is always to backup your wallat.dat file / private keys. Sorry for the inconvenience!
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 14, 2018, 11:02:07 AM
Checkout our newest blog:

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Aligned with ZenCash’s grassroots origins, we love to bring people into our team that are passionate about Zen, privacy, freedom, and technology. We love seeing our community members contribute and improving ZenCash by actively participating in our different channels, social media, helping at a problem at hand, testing a new feature, and providing assistance to our newbie Zenners.

 https://blog.zensystem.io/zencash-when-moon-when-lambo/


That lambo going to the moon cracks me up Smiley
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 11, 2018, 11:54:41 PM

Summarized well! Good layout, it is clear and concise.
Is a future partnership with this e shop possible ? I would like I could so much use the ZEN as method of payment;)
Keep up !

That would be cool, we'll see...
15  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 11, 2018, 11:47:56 AM
the devs run at lest 3000 nodes and many of us have more than 30 nodes. So its a lot less than 6925 nodes.

Great project but the sn part is a disaster for people who run them. Lots of time to managed them for almost no rewards. Epic fail IMO.
This simple is not true, every system in the start has some downsides, in case of ZenCash we had to review manually every node payment, to be sure. Now this process of payments is almost weekly as promised.  There are Team - people on discord who helping others with problematic Nodes, and server problems.

"Epic fail" is reserved for something that doesn't work, nodes are alive and well, at this momet there are 6900+ Nodes.

Yes small obstacle is the complexity of creating of Secure Node (For those who are not so familiar with Linux), we will work on this to simplify this process, or at least to provide better support.

Not to mention that we've already paid out something like 10,000 ZEN = ~$400,000 to sec node operators in 6 weeks...wouldn't call that an "epic fail" by any means. If it were, we wouldn't have ~7,000 sec nodes operating today. And no, we don't run any nodes as an organization. Everyone on the team is free to run their own nodes, and many of us do, but nowhere close to 3,000 of them.



oh and yes, 3000, probably even more, so you devs must be happy to get more than half of this, well done ! Decentralization power !  Cheesy
I'm not sure what are you trying to do here, where did you got this silly information? You probably didn't understand Rob. When he told "we paid" he means from 3.5% allocated funds for Secure Node payments.  We as team believe in what we are doing here so it is normal to have some of those nodes,  right?  

Don't waste your time with this kid... Always the same irrational & non constructive post here.
ALL the ZENcash team are doing an amazing job and i'm proud & impressed to put my grain of sand by nodes and mining from day 1.
Keep up !

Seriously! Not sure where to even start with this nonsense. Just didn't want others to be confused so i figured i'd chime in before, but best to ignore the trolls after clarifying the mistakes once. Thanks for the support!
16  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 10, 2018, 01:17:00 PM
Ultimately we need to make nodes super simple to set up and maintain with the click of a button. That's the vision...

With 6926 nodes and a estimated earning of 0.0369 ZEN/day,  That works out to $41.84 a month gross.  Subtract the $10 per month for the VPS because zend needs 2gig of ram to run.  I might make $31 this month providing I don't get anymore "challenge exceed the max run time".

I am convinced that the nodes are simple enough, if not too simple.  There are already 6925 other people that have figured it out.

Good, glad you think running sec nodes are easy...a lot of people don't. What you see today with services sec nodes perform--mainly offering encrypted comm link via TLS, processing txs and hosting full blockchain--are just the start. Plan is to build out services in almost an a la carte type of menu so node operators have additional income opportunities and the network has more value. As we layer on complexity, it'd help a lot to offer simple software products that maintain high quality standards.
17  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 10, 2018, 01:13:22 PM
the devs run at lest 3000 nodes and many of us have more than 30 nodes. So its a lot less than 6925 nodes.

Great project but the sn part is a disaster for people who run them. Lots of time to managed them for almost no rewards. Epic fail IMO.
This simple is not true, every system in the start has some downsides, in case of ZenCash we had to review manually every node payment, to be sure. Now this process of payments is almost weekly as promised.  There are Team - people on discord who helping others with problematic Nodes, and server problems.

"Epic fail" is reserved for something that doesn't work, nodes are alive and well, at this momet there are 6900+ Nodes.

Yes small obstacle is the complexity of creating of Secure Node (For those who are not so familiar with Linux), we will work on this to simplify this process, or at least to provide better support.

Not to mention that we've already paid out something like 10,000 ZEN = ~$400,000 to sec node operators in 6 weeks...wouldn't call that an "epic fail" by any means. If it were, we wouldn't have ~7,000 sec nodes operating today. And no, we don't run any nodes as an organization. Everyone on the team is free to run their own nodes, and many of us do, but nowhere close to 3,000 of them.
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 10, 2018, 01:10:03 PM
Hello, guys! I'm watching for your project since summer. And I started to mine your currency few months ago, now I have enough of Zen to make few secure nodes. Today I had a conversation with one person, I recommended him to mine Zen and hold it till next bulls trend. However, when I told him about your project, he asked me about how ZenCash will compete with upcoming TON (Telegram's blockchain project)? I've read about their network and realize that it will be almost the same as yours - secure transactions, messenger, storage and anonymizer. What do you think about it?
Interesting, i will investigate, competition however is not a sin. Actually it is good for progress.
If you are interesting for setuping node join discord channel so we can help you if help is needed.
Thank you for your feedback. I agree that competition is a great thing, and I hope that Zen will win. I'm really like your project and professional team and wish you all the best!
I think, I will definitely need help for setuping a node, I never done that before and never used Linux. So, I'll contact discord channel soon  Grin

This is a great question about how we're going to compete with all of the projects in our space, Telegram being the highest profile new entrant. Reorg'ing, building an awesome team and unleashing them productively, learning from our competition, and relentlessly improving and iterating to find our niche(s) should help. The world needs more privacy projects so I'm glad to see the new competition...we'll learn from them, i'm sure they'll learn from us if we do our job right, and society should benefit either way. We're just at the start of this industry and there's many trillions of dollars worth of value to create across industries around the world...i'm sure we'll find our niche regardless of who enters the space.
19  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 08, 2018, 01:18:19 PM
Alright I've initiated a zend -reindex in command prompt. looks like it'll be a while. fingers crossed it works.

Any luck? I had to do this myself and it worked just fine.
20  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][ZEN] ZenCash: Private, Secure, Resilient CryptoCurrency with zk-SNARKs on: February 08, 2018, 01:17:35 PM
Hello, guys! I'm watching for your project since summer. And I started to mine your currency few months ago, now I have enough of Zen to make few secure nodes. Today I had a conversation with one person, I recommended him to mine Zen and hold it till next bulls trend. However, when I told him about your project, he asked me about how ZenCash will compete with upcoming TON (Telegram's blockchain project)? I've read about their network and realize that it will be almost the same as yours - secure transactions, messenger, storage and anonymizer. What do you think about it?
Interesting, i will investigate, competition however is not a sin. Actually it is good for progress.
If you are interesting for setuping node join discord channel so we can help you if help is needed.
Thank you for your feedback. I agree that competition is a great thing, and I hope that Zen will win. I'm really like your project and professional team and wish you all the best!
I think, I will definitely need help for setuping a node, I never done that before and never used Linux. So, I'll contact discord channel soon  Grin

Ultimately we need to make nodes super simple to set up and maintain with the click of a button. That's the vision...
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