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November 30, 2014, 06:48:54 PM
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Whirlwind missives (Updated 30/11)!


Jun 2nd 2014

1.   New Logo + branding pack
2.   Repository redesign
3.   Begin website enhancements
4.   live discussions join us on Freenode: #monero for general chat, #monero-dev
5.   MRO changes to XMR to satisfy ISO 4217

Dev diary

1.   Added missing RPC methods
2.   0.8.8 changes to prevent dust attack on block reward
3.   Begun work on documenting the code and providing architecture overviews
4.   Understanding and examining the cryptonote protocols
5.   POW hashing optimisation to improve syncing times and pool verify times
6.   Lucasjones miner optimisation work


Jun 10th

1.   New feature announced deterministic wallets based on mnemonic seed
2.   XMR listed for voting on Mintpal
3.   RPC based Qt GUI wallet

Dev diary

1.   Further RPC work on simplewallet
2.   Added new seed notes
3.   Further code review and implement Doxygen for commenting and code understanding


Jun 18th

1.   Hit number one on mintpal voting list
2.   Begin peer review cryptonote whitepaper
3.   Initial work done on transaction splitting
4.   GUI wallet a lot of work to be done yet and Monero core issues to be resolved first

Dev diary

1.   TX pool handling fix to address high number of orphans
2.   Auto split is now ready for test


June 27th

1.   XMR added to 2 exchanges BTER and Mintpal
2.   White paper review continues http://monero.cc/downloads/whitepaper_annotated.pdf
3.   Bug fix restoring a deterministic wallet and old transactions
4.   Stabilising Monero, pools, merchants and exchanges
5.   Auto splitting ready for release

Dev diary

1.   Slow_hash huge changes to add AES-NI
2.   Major daemon overhaul in progress; windows support to follow
3.   Simple wallet split to Simplewallet (CLI) and RPCwallet (standalone RPC daemon)


July 6th

1.   CryptoNote peer review continues
2.   Auto splitting is now in the main code base

Dev diary

1.   RPC wallet ready for test


July 13th

1.   GUI’s received and bounties paid. Won’t be directly integrated yet
2.   CryptoNote white paper review is coming to close
3.   Begun work to re-implement the mnemonic word list in other languages

Dev diary

1.   Core major work begin to Implement an embedded database
2.   I2P focus moves from libi2pcpp to i2pd. Focus on persistent connections


July 20th

1.   Begun reviewing the implementation of CryptoNote following the white paper review
2.   Embedded database work in progress the hope is to reduce ram requirements
3.   Information security specialist joins the team
4.   German word list complete now moving onto Portuguese

Dev diary

1.   Abstraction of the blockchain storage functions completing (enabler for performance testing)
2.   Daemonising Monero work is largely completed
3.   RPC wallet can now run multiple instances (where machines need to run multiple wallets)
4.   DNS seed nodes work begun that will later replace hardcoded seed nodes
5.   Exchange’s poll get_payments fix for multiple payment IDs is testing


July 23rd

1.   Monero trading pairs added to Poloniex
2.   BSD 3-clause license changes
3.   README build instructions improved
4.   Developer training for Git usage

Dev diary

1.   RPC enhancements a new Get_info
2.   get_bulk_payments developed and ready


August 3rd

1.   Launched fireside chats
2.   Begun tracking downloads 41,425 in the first 3 recorded weeks from 15/06
3.   XMR pairs rise to 5830 XMR of volume after first 12 days
4.   Monero added to coinSource Trust Index with a score of  6 out of 7 stars
5.   Build process streamlined

Dev diary

1.   Windows build script to simplify windows builds
2.   QOS developed and ready, peripherals to be completed
3.   Embedded database is proving complex, work continues
4.   Issues resolved from logs, blockheight parameter and query_key
5.   DNS seeder code available for review


August 10th

1.   First look at the gui in the first fireside chat was positively received
2.   Monero price ticker released
3.   Test environment secured and ready for continuous integration process

Dev diary

1.   Abstracted BlockchainDB functions coming together
2.   CMakelist overhauled
3.   Unit test review/creation has begun
4.   Planning migration to new servers for blockchain and client download


August 16th

1.   GUI test release available
2.   Monero broke 600 subscribers to our sub-reddit
3.   Open source Monero stratum proxy released
4.   Finalising QoS bandwith control

Dev diary

1.   Mingw64 / msys2 largely complete
2.   Wallet code under refactoring
3.   Abstraction and refactoring Blockchain functions ready for some performance testing
4.   QoS ready awaiting testing and then release


September 15th

1.The Monero Research Lab is an open collective academic group continuing to make papers towards the analysis and improvement of the underlying core
2. Second #Monero-Dev Fireside (Fri September 19th, 2014, at 10:00 EST)
3. Merchandise available http://www.zazzle.com/monerogear* coin team gets 15% commission
4. URS released, a Monero project written in Go that allows you to sign messages using ring signatures as part of a group
5. New tagged release, 0.8.8.4, now available for download
6. GUI work delayed due to addressing some core issues following recent events. Progress continuing
7. Monero added to Coin Swap https://coin-swap.net/market/XMR/BTC

Dev diary

1. Development branch on hold, will be brought back into sync following emergency measures implemented
2. FreeBSD Compatability: Monero now works on FreeBSD out the box
3. New Makefile target, release-static, that builds statically linked binaries for redistribution.
4. Wallet: per-kb fees are nearly complete, and will be deployed to testnet within the next week or so
5. Blockchain: Work delayed by  blockchain attacks. Getting back on track with DB work
6. Core: Devs note, all non-critical "errors" and warnings have been moved to log-level 1


October 6th

1. New official Monero forum. Come find us! @ https://forum.monero.cc
2. Working hard in the background on the codebase
3. Mnemonics system overhauled and added new word lists in Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish
4. MoneroPulse added; a loosely distributed checkpoint alert system
5. Backup distribution system in place for recovery
6. Research Lab released Research Bulletin, MRL-0003 – around ring signatures
7. Monero now at number 2 on Cryptsy voting list

Dev Diary

1. File check pointing added;  checkpoints are always enforced regular checking
2. DNS check pointing added
3. Working hard on improving the build system so builds are easier and less problematic
4. PoW algorithm annotated in the code and documented by dga


October 13th

1. Back-porting features and fixes added to the current codebase.
2. The GUI is progressing We hope to update the preview binaries in the next week or two
3. per-kb fees in testing. we expect positive testing results
5. Further tweaks to mnemonic system

Dev Diary

1. Further work on build environment ultimately to reduce build issues further down the line
2. Core: documentation continues, with Doxygen comments
3. DNS check pointing and configuration in test
4. mnemonic lists now support a variable trim length


October 20th

1. Focussing on some of the core issues that have been lagging
2. Blockchain database implementation. Lightning Memory-Mapped Database, LMDB ready for limited testing by next week.
3. Additional implementations will be built to compare performance
4. Implementing DNSSEC trust anchors with the assistance of NLnet Labs. it prepares us for more widespread, secure use of the OpenAlias standard
5. Reworking build environment to conform to Kitware recommendations, especially due to poorly implemented CMake in original reference code

Dev Diary

1. Per-kb fee testing is going well on testnet
2. Downloadable RAW blockchain for import your daemon will fully verify the downloaded blockchain
3. Unit tests have been fixed, change is expected to be merged in the next week.
4. Core tests are currently being worked on to bring them up to a 100% working state for regression testing


October 27th

1. Initial database implementation very nearly ready for broader testing
2. Per-kb fees functionality  added to simplewallet, hope to deploy that for general testing within the week
3. Build system is starting to come together in its final form

Dev Diary

1. CMake is looking a lot cleaner and easier to grok. It also fixes cross-compile
2. Offloaded MoneroPulse checkpoint checks to a separate thread to reduce locking and looking to do this elsewhere in the core now
3. Account: multilang wordlists are now inherent to the wallet/account. we have opted to use RapidJSON instead of eppe's JSON


November 2nd

1. LMDB's is syncing! if you would like to give it a spin you can
2. Per-kb fees are ready to go
3. New CMake there are a few final nigglies on Windows and FreeBSD

Dev diary

1. LMDB implementation is complete, and is undergoing testing for drastic rollbacks and edge cases
2. Switchover to the new fee structure is hoped to happen next week


November 17th

1. On-going Windows static build issues are preventing us from tagging and releasing Monero 0.8.8.5
2. Note: the only trustworthy, official binaries are those release by the core team
3. Monero Research Lab had a meet-up in Salt Lake City for some debate sessions
4. Bolckchain DB testing all looking good

Dev Diary

1. CMake lingering issues exist with static mingw-w64 builds
2. Several bug fixes to the multi-language mnemonic system


November 24th

1. My Monero announced, the first Monero hosted account service. A web wallet for Monero go to https://mymonero.com Smiley
2. Significant progress has been made to fixing the last few Windows build issues

Dev Diary

1. Msys2 now successfully compiles. final testing of new builds will happen this week
2. Expect a mass merge of PRs previously waiting this week. Now CMake changes will have to comply with the new, cleaner CMake.


Phew.


Wooo hooo  Smiley  xxx

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November 30, 2014, 06:53:33 PM
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Thanks Globb0,

Please Bold the date

edit: and add mymonero.com
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November 30, 2014, 07:05:48 PM
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Would you see this as an economic ground globally 'unified' by a network location, rather than a geographic location? What kind of topics do you consider areas of economic ground that is currently unjust? Like higher education costs, and healthcare/pharma? Apart from the possible competition introduced in pharma by having decentralized global marketplaces, what do you see in store for in-house treatments like $400 x-rays, or $3500 MRI scans? What can be done to make that a 'reasonable and fair' cost, if a cryptocurrency were to be a major driving force in the new economic ground? Do you still see health insurance assuming a large role in this new economic ground?

The system is not geographical dependent rather than human centralized and distribution dependent (like the current one). Fortunately, or unfortunately, we (the people) are rather unique species. We tend to agree with another human being about a specific equity between two things (coins, commodities, whatever) and when we get the chance we will be the first of the two parts to get the things look better for ourselves. It's funny to think that the first money (banknotes) that were printed had a specific amount of gold as an equity. How long do you think it took to print some more without the gold equivalent?

Crypto is just that. Bitcoin / XMR / whatever is trying to put the human greed out of the equation. This is fair for everybody. If the system is being fair, then the equities will follow. Health care, securities, pharmacy, Land... you name it. This is what's at stake. Now we're based on a system that forces everybody to "steal" from somebody else. Bank "products", leverage, bonds, CDS... what's this? The short answer is "ways to break the deal, that money should be the same for everyone".

Money makes the world go round as they say. So; first things first.

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November 30, 2014, 07:21:41 PM
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Thanks for the comments. I made some updates as per your suggestions.

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November 30, 2014, 07:49:00 PM
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Bitcoin / XMR / whatever is trying to put the human greed out of the equation. This is fair for everybody. If the system is being fair, then the equities will follow.

On the contrary. Bitcoin as a system uses greed to spread and grow itself. The same can be said of capitalism. The real genius of markets is they transform vice into virtue. Individual selfish action creates favorable outcomes for the group as a whole. Friend, make freedom your goal, not equity.

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November 30, 2014, 07:53:33 PM
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The market doesn't like uncertainty. It's time to set a date for  the emission vote if it hasn't been set already.

The emission D&V round is ongoing. Normally it would take only 1+1 week but this matter is delayed by my decision in search of the right time and consensus of the decision. Having the launch of mymonero.com behind us is also a good one to have. The MEW will vote about it soon.
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November 30, 2014, 08:41:32 PM
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As you gave a quite detailed and authoritative response, are you on the Monero team, marketing or otherwise?  
Good marketing is crucial for mainstream-facing projects. A bad-written marketing plan, caused by a ill-conceived strategy, is often the main reason for companies or projects to fail or under-perform. On the other hand, done right Monero can here achieve sustainable competitive advantages, over other coins (now and in future).

I am no team member, just a community member with a background in marketing & strategy consulting. I really want Monero to be successful. So I decided to help the people responsible, to ensure Monero get's all the strategic planing, methodology fundamentals, know-how and ressources needed, to be efficient and successful in marketing work.


This proceeding (research, creating a strategy, which will be the foundation of any well-written marketing plan, the marketing plan is needed to make reasonable decisions concrete marketing actions) is best known strategy and long-term proven, well-documented, absolute standard in marketing science and corporate practice. So it's pretty safe to say Monero will use this approach.
(Would be an error and huge waste of potential not to do.)



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Bitcoin / XMR / whatever is trying to put the human greed out of the equation. This is fair for everybody. If the system is being fair, then the equities will follow.

On the contrary. Bitcoin as a system uses greed to spread and grow itself. The same can be said of capitalism. The real genius of markets is they transform vice into virtue. Individual selfish action creates favorable outcomes for the group as a whole. Friend, make freedom your goal, not equity.

OK, this is a virtue of mine and a skill that I have vigorously managed through the years (getting CONSTANTLY off topic all the time). Grin
I think you misunderstood or didn't explain it right. The greed factor fires up the lower instincts of the humans to steal or trick another human towards getting a better stake of something. Mathematics and cryptography can't be fooled. You either do the math job or you don't. You don't get a shortcut where this brings you more crypto.

There are strong efforts now to try and overcome this "obstacle". Those efforts are called "Exchanges". There's a nice article today on coindesk about this: http://www.coindesk.com/many-bitcoins-making-sense-exaggerated-inventory-claims/

I like your freedom goal better than mine, but I think I will try with what I wrote since yours is surely more utopian... Smiley

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November 30, 2014, 08:58:55 PM
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Is there a working block explorer somewhere still? The one with the highest block height I found is http://chainradar.com/xmr/blocks but 325679 is still a lot lower than the 327845 my client is telling me.
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November 30, 2014, 10:37:54 PM
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Is there a working block explorer somewhere still? The one with the highest block height I found is http://chainradar.com/xmr/blocks but 325679 is still a lot lower than the 327845 my client is telling me.

There's also https://minergate.com/blockchain/mro/blocks , but strangely enough they both are stuck at the exact same block, which to my eyes would indicate that the same people are behind both of them, or at least are related.


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November 30, 2014, 11:19:47 PM
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And monerochain is displaying what exactly? Old BTC blocks and recent transactions?  Huh

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November 30, 2014, 11:41:36 PM
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And monerochain is displaying what exactly? Old BTC blocks and recent transactions?  Huh

Hmm... that's kind of messed up. The original site was monerochain.info, but it's been down for quite a while now.

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November 30, 2014, 11:52:32 PM
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And monerochain is displaying what exactly? Old BTC blocks and recent transactions?  Huh

Hmm... that's kind of messed up. The original site was monerochain.info, but it's been down for quite a while now.

BEWARE!!  I'm using chrome and I get a warning from that link and it doesn't want to connect me to that site.

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BEWARE!!  I'm using chrome and I get a warning from that link and it doesn't want to connect me to that site.

Yes, that's because the SSL certificate for that domain is invalid, it expired on October 9th.

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December 01, 2014, 01:36:45 AM
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Thanks for that info. I have one more question:
The pool found a few blocks but weren't distributing the coins (obviously since I had the settings incorrect). I manually dispersed the coins. Now when the correct settings are in place I get an error that it's trying to send the original amount pending balance, however that amount is no longer there. Any insight? I've tried restarting the server but it doesn't help.

Well... in that case you will need to fiddle with the data in the redis DB and set those pending balances as already paid, otherwise the pool will pay them as soon as it has some coins.

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And monerochain is displaying what exactly? Old BTC blocks and recent transactions?  Huh

That site is run by a domain squatter, has nothing to do with the previous monerochain.info site, and has never had a working explorer on it. I have no idea why the squatter thinks that putting some old bitcoin blocks info on there a good idea.
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Is there a working block explorer somewhere still? The one with the highest block height I found is http://chainradar.com/xmr/blocks but 325679 is still a lot lower than the 327845 my client is telling me.

There's also https://minergate.com/blockchain/mro/blocks , but strangely enough they both are stuck at the exact same block, which to my eyes would indicate that the same people are behind both of them, or at least are related.

It has been clear for some time they are two views onto the same back end. Downtime is almost always if not always synchronized between the two sites and on occasion there have been some data glitches that showed up on both as well.

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December 01, 2014, 02:11:27 PM
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I am similarly confused about crypto kingdom.
Duly noted, I'll try to setup a FAQ but I'd like it to be filled with actual questions, not questions I make up. Care to start with questions?

Some 101 questions:

1. What is CryptoKingdom? Is there any relation to some ancient game?
2. What's the user-interface?
3. What's the content of the game?
4. How do I play the game? It's a multiplayer game, right?
5. How are Moneroj and gameplay linked? Can I play the game without (having) XMR?
6. Who is behind the game? Company? Group of players? Investor(s)?
7. What's the license of the game?
8. Why should I be interested in playing this particular game?
9. Is there some website (or so) set up for the game?
10. What's the overall goal? Will the game be updated over time? Can I win something?
11. Why the name 'CryptoKingdom'?
12. Are there any score lists online? Can achievements or missions or equipment be shared/traded/lost/damaged/renewed during the game?
13. Is it necessary to continuously play the game? Can I save and load?
14. How much does it cost? Any costs involved?


Please provide some feedbacks. Then I will post it on Codex Cryptonica

Crytpo Kingdom FAQ

1. - 14.
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Big thanks for this excellent FAQ and CryptoKingdom summary. You have fully answered my questions :-) and I believe the answers give a very good impression on the game.

Eventually, the survey even made me interested in trying out the game --- probably around Xmas ...
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December 01, 2014, 03:06:09 PM
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Given that I'm no expert in Monero, I'm not qualified to update its Wikipedia entry:

Wikipedia on CryptoNote

Anyone?
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someone is dumping hard on Polo...
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