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What is Syscoin?
Some have described Syscoin (SYS) as the Shopify, Amazon and Ebay of the blockchain world. Syscoin is a revolutionary cryptocurrency that offers near zero cost financial transactions, incredible speed and provides businesses the infrastructure to trade goods, assets, digital certificates and data securely. Syscoin isn’t just about money and trading, it has the ability to attract various business types thanks to its native set of features geared towards business on the blockchain. From eBay traders and High Street shops to Medical applications, Insurance and Gaming, Syscoin’s decentralized network benefits everyone! Syscoin is developed by Blockchain Foundry (BF). BF provides blockchain technology based services, projects and products for a wide variety of use cases with the stated aim of disrupting markets by leveraging the potential of blockchain technology. Syscoin is mainly known to be the first cryptocurrency to offer a fully decentralized marketplace based on blockchain. What is lesser known is that this is only a part of what Syscoin offers. With the introduction of Masternodes in February or March 2018 SYS will be transformed from just a ’marketplace coin’ to a completely ‘utilitarian coin’. The Masternode infrastructure allows the addition of decentralized databases and file storage, increased transaction speed to surpass POS/Visa/Mastercard capabilities, true Turing complete smart contract capabilities for unlimited business logic, sidechains, application layers and an identity layer. This will all be accessible through an API, rather than a new language, enabling nearly any developer to create any blockchain application they can conceive. This will usher in the next generation of blockchain applications - made for new or existing businesses - by conveniently offering everything available from the blockchain space today. In simple terms think Dash + Ethereum/Lisk + Monero + Nano + Storj + Particl capabilities all in one coin!
The blockchain as conceptualized by Satoshi Nakamoto back in 2008 envisioned a peer-to-peer electronic cash network that would prevent double-spending. A year later, the blockchain became an integral part of bitcoin, serving as the latter's public ledger of transactions. Although Nakamoto's reference client mentioned a decentralized marketplace service, the subsequent implementation did not incorporate this due to a lack of resources. Syscoin was initially described in a 2014 draft whitepaper that envisioned Decentralized Marketplace Creation, Decentralized Smart Contracts and Documents, Decentralized Certificate Issuance and Transfer, and Decentralized Data Storage and Retrieval, as among the services that it would offer upon its release. Syscoin aimed to bring Nakamoto's vision of a decentralized marketplace back into the blockchain, among the other commercial-grade services it aims to deliver to clients. Other services that Syscoin plans to provide include secure data storage and transfer, and unique user aliases that link their owners to the services controlled by the alias. The early Syscoin wallet was superseded by the release of Blockmarket Desktop 1.0 on September 12, 2017, marking the culmination of Syscoin's vision of a fully decentralized marketplace with a desktop GUI based on the blockchain. The planned release of Blockmarket Web, a fully web-based version, and Blockmarket Professional in 2018 takes that vision one step further, as more advanced seller stores become a reality.
The Team that NEVER quits! Before the launch of Syscoin (Q3 2014), there was a presale ICO by Moolah (as a partner), which turned out to be detrimental for Syscoin. The project raised around 1,000BTC for development but the Syscoin Team only managed to access 250BTC which were used for price support. Moolah (Ryan Kennedy) absconded with the bulk of the ICO funds and the Syscoin team were left with ~30million Syscoin at a price around 400 satoshi. Even after this tragic event, the devs didn’t quit and continued to work on the project without stopping. The case against Moolah is still on-going. See the article from CoinDesk here:http://www.coindesk.com/uk-court-syscoin-injunction-moolah-750-btc/. What is this detail telling us about the dev team? While some crypto projects are just scams and bring little to no innovation, they’ve proven that they are in it for the long term - ably demonstrated by the fact that they continued to work despite their funds being stolen. And now that hard work is beginning to pay off with the entire team going full-time for the first time in January 2018 and new developers being hired following VC funding for BF. View Team Page.
Building on the World's First Decentralized Marketplace, Blockmarket is the newest generation of Syscoin's Desktop wallet with a complete, state-of-the-art marketplace built-in where you can securely and reliably buy and sell any items you wish. Entire stores can be created directly through the marketplace where you can sell your own products or re-sell others’ products for commission. Use of blockchain technology eliminates middlemen, credit card fees, maintenance fees, downtime and political interference. Persons are literally able to buy or sell anything to anyone, anytime, anywhere on Earth! Blockmarket Desktop was launched on September 12, 2017. Download Blockmarket Desktop 1.2
Key Blockmarket Features
- Decentralized Marketplace
The marketplace platform provides a decentralized and high redundant channel for selling goods and services. Features include: • Price Pegging to currencies such as USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, CNY and BTC • Bitcoin and Zcash as payment options • Arbitrated Escrow • Encrypted Messaging • KYC/AML Compliance • Images • Unlimited Inventory Items
- Name Aliases
Wallet addresses for cryptocurrencies generally consist of a unique string of between 27-34 alphanumeric characters. Such an address isn’t easy to memorize. Although the addresses can be added to an address book within the wallet, Syscoin has taken the user's convenience one step further, allowing you to create a unique Alias for your wallet address, such as a name, title, or characters specific to a username. These can be used to send SYS from home, to a mobile wallet, to work, to friends, to common suppliers or to repeat customers easily, without requiring any memorizing, writing it down, copy & pasting or emailing yourself the address.
- Digital Certificates
Using the cryptography of the blockchain persons can issue, authorize, and exchange digital certificates of any kind. With Syscoin anyone can issue provably-unique certificates with text or ASCII content to one or multiple parties on the Syscoin blockchain. These certificates can be authenticated by anyone via Syscoin’s cryptographic proof of work. This allows for the creation and free exchange of any kind of digital asset such as ownership certificates, warranties, receipts, tickets, certifications, diplomas, software licenses and more.
- Integrated Exchanges
Integrated Crypto exchanges - Flypme and Changelly will facilitate exchanging 30+ cryptos for SYS, directly within the Blockmarket wallet.
- Security Audit Verified
Blockmarket was successfully and independently security audited by Digital Boundary Group and was deemed low risk. View Audit Results.
Blockmarket Desktop – Quickstart Tutorials (16 short vids)
BM web will bring SYS’s existing decentralized marketplace and all its features into a web-based version, enabling ease of use with a simple email and password login (grandma friendly) without any need for downloading a wallet or waiting for sync. Blockmarket web will be launched in Q1 2018. This launch will be accompanied by a marketing campaign roll-out that seeks to build brand recognition with audiences within the existing crypto ecosystem and more significantly with the broader, global, non-crypto audience. For this reason Ballistic Arts, a full-service marketing agency was retained by BF. BF Engages Marketing Agency
Primary Target Market + Value Potential
The primary target market for BF’s Syscoin/Blockmarket web flagship is the retail e-commerce industry. This sets up their decentralized marketplace to rival such commercial giants as Amazon ($648B market cap), Alibaba ($453B market cap) and eBay ($43B market cap). According to eMarketer’s Worldwide Retail and Ecommerce Sales report, global retail e-commerce sales for 2017 were $2.3 Trillion. This is expected to reach an estimated $4 Trillion by 2020 reflecting the rapid growth within this sector. To perform a very simple assessment of the Syscoin/Blockmarket web’s potential let’s assume that a 1% portion of the forecasted $4 trillion market is captured, which represents $40 billion in revenue. Assuming a sales to market cap ratio of 1:1 for simplicity, the circulating supply of 531 million SYS, with a $40 billion market cap yields a price of roughly $75 per coin. However, with masternodes that limit the circulating supply and token utility that extends beyond retail e-commerce, the SYS price could likely reach much higher. Please note that these are just very simple assumptions and projections for this exercise, however the real world driven potential that this project has is clearly evident.
Key Syscoin Developments
- Z-DAG: Zero Confirmation Transactions with Double Spend Protection (WORLD’S FIRST)
Ability for world-class transactions-per-second performance to scale-out with added nodes (theoretically 100k TPS per 1000 Masternodes, 300k TPS/3k masternodes, etc). In later releases, masternodes will also process smart contracts and facilitate sharded+encrypted offchain file-storage (with onchain anchors), among other touted functionality. They should also result in steadying the price movements - less volatility as holding will be incentivized.
Scalable Ethereum Virtual Machine: Allows Turin complete smart contracts to be executed following the ethereum protocol at a much faster speed and at a fraction of the ethereum gas price.
- Assets & Token Issuance
With its token issuance service, Syscoin allows anyone to create a custom asset token which can then be sent directly to anyone else on the network. This facilitates a variety of use cases including ICO token issuance, supply chain management, reward points, and loyalty programs.
- Anonymous Transactions
Anonymous transactions: via mixing/shuffling at user-specified denomination. Afterwards, additional tech will be added in the near future which will further compound the degree of anonymity provided -Add ValueShuffle running on top of the masternode layer and you have the world's most advanced privacy tech in any coin. This brings true money fungibility to Syscoin and the missing link for true economic sovereignty. View Developer’s Twitter post.
- Instant Send
Transactions can be sent and received instantly. This represents a similar sending capability as Dash, but is a step beyond- A type of backend node locking will allow an instantly received sum to be sent immediately, without delay, and without network risk of double-spend.
If you need help for an important wallet issue or if you want to know how you can contribute in promoting Syscoin Join the Slack channel where the SYS team and community members are active, helpful and responsive.
SYS Team - keyare, sidhujag, sebastien123
Redditor alias - djminger007
Redditor alias – Todoruku
Twitter alias – CryptoMink
Medium blogger – Steven Voros
Medium blogger – Daniel Westby
Medium blogger – The Crypto Journal
Slack Community members – Redrace, Mettamark, Rare and Viljis
This post was created particularly to aid those who are new to Syscoin. Please note that the content provided within this post is for information purposes only and is not to be construed as investment advice.
An in depth look into Sparkster and why I believe it is in a league of its own
Introduction Today I am writing about a project I truly believe in. I am on the same page with Ian Balina when I state that I see this project is an all-star ICO. This is not your average run-of-the-mill vapour ware ICO with No MVP. This is a working platform with a great team behind it. You can find AMA’s on YouTube(Link 1)with live demonstrations of their TPS progress to date and you can also try out their platform for yourself on their website, these are linked at the end of the article for your convenience. Also, they have a pretty good bounty programme running at the moment which I shall link also(Link 2). Please don’t consider this investment advice, I hope you will read this article and consider it a starting point for your own research. At the time of writing the market has taken another nasty dip, however this is the time when smart investments need to be made, And I truly fell this is one of them. I would also like any of you who enjoy this article to please upvote it and check out my previous work and stay tuned for more. I will be diving deep into this whitepaper (Link 3) today and basing my article off videos and my personal experience on their platform. All this information can be found within their website and whitepaper. As such I imagine this is going to be a long article. So, to begin Sparkster is essentially a decentralised cloud platform that will allow anybody to build software in plain English via simple drag and drop function. In their whitepaper they confess that this was inspired by MIT scratch. In today’s world programmers work in various kinds of code languages, these all require training in different types of languages. For example solidity is one of the most popular used today which “is a contract-oriented programming language for writing smart contracts” (Wikipedia, 2018). This is currently used on many blockchain platforms, it was developed by Ethereum’s project solidity team for use on the Ethereum virtual machine and is the most popular language used at present. Sparkster aims to provide a platform which will allow smart contracts to run at 10 million TPS per second, which would make it the fastest decentralised cloud software in the world. Concept development In their whitepaper they suggest this project was conceived after spending 14 years working with software engineers designing and building ERP software for a start-up. Sparkster was born from the frustration of this process and after 6 years of R&D they have the working product we see today. This is an enterprise ready platform. They also claim they have already signed deals with large tech companies (ARM & Libelium). They also talk about how the entry is trying to make things more practical but it is not far enough. Sparkster are the market leaders here as they are targeting an audience of 99% non-software developers and allowing them to build software. Interestingly in 2018 at the mobile world congress they presented the use of this platform using AI facial recognition to detect a cleaner in a house and opening a door lock, I seen this on YouTube video, which I will link below(Link 4). This is a team which have proved they have a working product. Claims/ Vision
In their whitepaper they claim they want to become the world’s first platform where people can build their own visions into reality and create financial independence for themselves and contribute to society.
Sparkster will tear apart the barrier to entry to software creation. Their drag and drop functionality on the platform allows this. Up until yesterday I had no clue how a smart contract worked at the basic level, now I consider myself an expert software developer- Who would have thought I could throw away my old life and upskill over 24 hours? Ha.
What I also love about this project is that it will empower people to bring their own ideas to the table and be able to sell them, thus creating financial independence.
The Sparkster, (2018) website(Link 5)suggests they will further disrupt the 200 billion cloud computing industry and combat the extortionate prices large centralised cloud provides like AWS, Microsoft, Google and IBM charge.
This is a finished product guys, please try it yourself if you don’t believe me.
Problem today As per Sparkster, (2018) claim the biggest problem faced today is that organisations and individuals who wish to implement AI, IOT and smart contract technology have limitations placed on them. Most notably being that their own IT departments are adapting too slowly and there is a serious lack of experienced personnel in these areas. When I watched the AMA that Sajjad Daya (CEO) did with IAN Balina, he described that it is hard to interpret what you want to a developer and get the result you require; the end result then often does not meet your expectations. This of course leads to time wasting as it requires much back and forth correspondence. He stated that this can be months down the line (Something I have experienced in my own organisation). This traditional “software development lifecycle” is truly a slow and painful process, just as they claim in their whitepaper. Also, when changes need to be made to the software down the line it is very expensive. Further-more the team claim that most business software used today (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft etc… is in-capable of interfacing with the technologies of the future (IOT, AI, Smart contracts). The Sparkster whitepaper further goes on to suggest that the talent is just not there in the industry today to face this challenge either and much up-skilling is required. The team believe that the high capital cost and time periods to replicate vision onto software in the traditional manner is the biggest problem facing enterprises today as it curbs innovation. I concur with this sentiment. How they will achieve/solve this According to their whitepaper, this platform is the solution to all of the above problems. It is a Platform which targets the new era of AI, IOT and smart contracts and all tailored to non-developesoftware experts “making is accessible to the 99% who do not know how to code and don’t want to learn” (Sparkster, 2018). They will create this platform by targeting users of cell phones, notebooks, laptops and other personal devices- who in essence will all become miners on the network. This will then in turn provide users with Spark tokens as a reward for contributing spare capacity. Using these devices is far cheaper than todays centralised systems according to the team. They further proclaim in their whitepaper this lower cost will arise from using inexpensive nodes and as this scales the cost goes down; compared to traditional cloud computing which remains constant. Companies will provide the value via paying for the software creation. Fees To scale the platform, they will make personal use free, but limited to a certain number of transactions per month. This restriction can be lifted by referring others. The commercial use will be via ongoing fees (licences, transaction fees, storage fees etc...). The team also describe how the platform and cloud are complimentary, which will allow users to build software 100x faster and cheaper than traditional means, so this will be a very popular mass blockchain adoption platform in my view. Their plan for growth A marketplace will essentially become available when users sell their software creations via peer to peer transactions. So, value really depends on how users use the platform. Also, users lending their free memory (CPU) on phones etc… will be awarded spark tokens. These can all be used to negate the fees paid. According to their whitepaper they will also focus on strategic partnership. As mentioned above they have already partnerships with ARM (World’s largest computer chip designer) and Libellium (Industrial sensor and gateway distributor). They also plan to target vertical markets, specifically IOT and smart contracts as growth is forecast to be huge in both. I personally see the use of smart contracts in society as the single biggest use case of blockchain in the future. Platform What is amazing about this platform is that you can actually try it for yourself on their website. I conducted the 6 walkarounds myself and was very impressed by what I experienced. I have never attempted to try create anything with software, but the process was made so simple by Sparkster. You can literally drag and drop different interfaces together and define the behaviour of each block. It’s a very simple and intuitive approach to building smart contracts. As described by Sparkster, (2018) whitepaper you just snap together blocks that describe the “what” you want without worry about “how” it works, they even attribute it to building with Lego. The walkthroughs bring you through how to create a simple calculator and by the 6th lesson you have developed a complex insurance smart contract from which premiums can be calculated and payments automatically made. Sparkster claim that this will make the creation of smart contracts 100 times faster and cheaper than traditional software development, a claim which I am starting to believe after experience their walkthrough. This is a rare project which already has a working platform- Why wouldn’t you be impressed? Most ICO’s today are nothing but vapourware, who look for you money and don’t even have minimum viable projects to offer. I would advise you all to look at their AMA’s on YouTube and partake in their walkthroughs and you will see for yourself. A more detailed look into their platform According to Sparkster, (2018) their smart software is made up of:
Flows- The definition of the software, made up of all core components of the platform.
Functions- Single building blocks that perform units of work which can be plugged together to build processes (e.g. an insurance policy as seen in their walkthrough video). The have a well-defined user interface also.
Documents- Basic data storage entities on the platform, they differ from functions as they are there to retrieve, persist, update and delete data. Sparkster say that they are there to represent an entity in the real world e.g. a user’s car insurance policy. Furthermore, storage nodes on the cloud will be rewarded for this storage and retrieval of data.
Integrations- This is the interface to the outside world. Sparkster say they provide a simple abstraction to a 3rd party API or webservices. What I like about this is that somebody can create this (e.g. shipping quotation) and allow others to use after its created via the market place. Sparkster aim to allow people to do this without worrying how it all works.
Devices- These replicate devices in the real world comprising of commands and fields (Bidirectional data transfer). In their whitepaper they use an example of a temperature probe in a greenhouse where the temperature feeds back to the action field. It is very complex stuff.
Gateways- these represent a group of devices connected to one gateway. Sparkster say these are all connected to the internet allowing the platform interact with them all individually or as a group.
Smart Contracts- This is the element I found most fascinating during the Sparkster walkthrough videos. This allows you to create smart contracts to allow transactions on the platform. Currently they are using Ethereum smart contracts and Iota smart transactions. I found the whole process so easy. They further state that all the above components can interact with the smart contracts, which was proven to me in the walkarounds.
Their claim of 10 million TPS From what I can understand from their whitepaper and from an AMA with their CEO this will be a step by step approach to 10 million tps, admittedly a few years down the line but they already proved their platform works and is running at over 50k TPS with 50 cells. They don’t seem to have hit any scalability issues just yet. And I should not need to remind you that 50k TPS is much more than other blockchains products out there. In their whitepaper they tell us that this is designed to be a specialised blockchain for the use of “smart software”, What is important to understand is that they can reach higher TPS because they don’t have to “act” like other blockchains, in that most of their clients will want to keep data private which “eliminates the necessity of maintaining global state” (Sparkster, 2018). This in turns allows them to shard their distributed hash tables into client groups, where “one shard never needs to have any awareness of another other shard” (Sparkster, 2018). They will essentially isolate cells from one another in order to scale to this level. They give a great example in their whitepaper where if a company like Air BNB want to put customer data into cells (usernames broke into separate letters per cell), where millions of customers make up their base. Overall their theory is that there is technically no limit to the number of TPS they can achieve, this is just a target number. I have full confidence they can pull it off, what other blockchain is proving this live on air like this team is? Decentralised cloud Sparkster, (2018) website describes how traditional cloud providers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google have huge costs, relating to server costs, backup power, staff, security and cooling. Decentralised cloud computing will be the death of these organisations. For instance, Sparkster claim that by executing small software components on one’s mobile phone these costs fall near to zero, they envisage a world where a lot of these miners will join the decentralised cloud and make reduce the costs further. Their cloud will facilitate the execution of smart software created on the platform. Their whitepaper further suggests that one can simply download the Sparkster mining app on their phones which will provide user generated smart software environment (SRE). Companies will stake bids on the exchange for their software to run in a decentralised fashion and stake Spark tokens (Amount willing to pay). The team are envisaging this as a free market where bidders can stake as much as they like and miners ask for anything they like. Payment is made to the miners via these tokens. They further say computer and storage nodes can join the network and be paid in Spark tokens, but they are required to stake tokens themselves as collateral to ensure they operate honestly. Sparkster will have verification nodes to validate transactions from computer and storage nodes and if any “bad behaviour” is found then they take these staked tokens in the form of a “bounty”. In my opinion this will make it a very secure platform Sparkster Technology Stack The below image from their whitepaper shows the levels “smart software” goes through to facilitate decentralised cloud computing. https://preview.redd.it/4qnqlgowyf311.png?width=357&format=png&auto=webp&s=fa68bc369d37c14073dcbd4869518f3b1485c057 Source: Sparkster, (2018) Throughput What is very interesting is the high throughput they can sustain with such a high TPS. If you know anything about blockchain you will understand this is a challenge for every blockchain, the more users to a platform the more scaling is required. For instance, in the bull run in December I remember how slow the Ethereum blockchain became, this was also attributed to the increase in ICOs and DApps launching on the platform. Sparkster claim their cloud is capable of “scaling linearly without any overhead curtailing its meteoric performance” (Sparkster, 2018). They can achieve this by isolating cells within the chain. They further claim that the whole Idea is to “isolate” chains, essentially creating independent blockchains which have their own hash tables and never synchronize with each other- they describe this like a human cell, which once splits never shares anything with another cell. It is a very simple concept, user’s data is stored in a specific cell, so why would another unrelated company using the Sparkster platform need to know about of access the information in the 1st cell. Each “cell” is capable of 1000tps and because they each have their own hash table this results in 2k tps and so on and so forth. Essentially data is streamed in parallel but synching is never needed. This is huge- this is a platform which unlike any other blockchain is designed for mainstream adoption. Any company can use it and store data and be sure of a high throughput. As mentioned above they are already at 50k TPS- which is far better than most blockchains today. This is a true working product and I can see this getting to 10 million. Consensus Time for a quick history lesson, bitcoin uses proof of work and Ethereum use proof of stake. These are two most common consensuses used today by blockchains. Bitcoin relies on the party with the highest hashing power whereas Ethereum on the party with the highest amount of money. This team has chosen to implement the Steller Consensus Protocol (SCP), because it is better. Sparkster describe this as a commercial version of the Federate Byzantine Agreement System (FBAS) (1000tps per second). They will also implement a layer for incentives to keep parties honest and minimise risk of attack as SCP does not have this. This will be done by awarding of Spark tokens to computer (donate CPU memory on device) and storage nodes (contribute storage space and network bandwidth). Clients of the platform will be covering these incentives. The team believe this extra layer is required to ensure the platform surpasses traditional cloud platforms and I tend to agree with them. Their whitepaper further suggests that a proof of work consensus will be used to calculate these incentives. This will allow misbehaviour to be detected and stakes taken from them by verification nodes. Page 35-39 of the whitepaper goes into detail how these are all calculated, which is linked below for your interest. Consistent hashing As they don’t use global state this algorithm allows the platform to “hash the clients ID and extract a bounded number” (Sparkster, 2018). This will identify a particular client within a cell. Privacy One of the biggest fears of any data platform is privacy protection. The Sparkster team say that their cloud deconstructs data into fragments, encrypts them and disseminates them across the network of nodes. This is particularly important now with the EU’s general Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as discussed in their whitepaper. So, any hack to the platform will wield meaningless returns. They also claim they use “zk-SNARKs… a zero-knowledge proof to ensure that client data is obfuscated, even from other network participants” (Sparkster, 2018). Security They also claim they can detect software intrusions such as tampering with the code, memory or thread. Once their system detects this all client data is automatically deleted from the memory along with the access keys to the Sparkster network, as claimed on their website. In their whitepaper they also claim that any software built on the platform is “entirely bug free”. This is true because even though you as the users dictate the logic, the actually underlying code is very uniform and consistent. Their app will also use public/ private keys and digital signatures and check sums will be used to detect file tampering. In their whitepaper they also state that cache data won’t be stored, all data will be encrypted, all communication is SSL/TLS and they will employ 3rd parties to detect malicious payloads in the memory. Multi chain interoperability Sparkster can already be used with both Ethereum and Iota, with plans to increase this down the line. This is all to cater for preferences of the user. This is a very transparent platform and tailored around usability and ease. https://preview.redd.it/c23z7yl2zf311.png?width=451&format=png&auto=webp&s=81c05aeb65a528dd482fc97c4803cb2712b40fd7 Source: (Sparkster, 2018) Token economics Stats
Circulating supply: 290,000,000
Token Type: Utility
ICO price: 0.15 USD
Token spec: ERC20
Value The value model proposed by their whitepaper suggests that the global marketplace will be the value driver of the platform. So, people can create and sell content on an open peer-peer market, with the value flowing though the Spark token. Small platform fees will be charged on transactions on the platform (Not on free contributions). It is a utility tokens because its purpose is to facilitate payments, it will also be the only currency accepted on the platform. Once the decentralised cloud is released in Q4 2018, miners will be able to earn Spark tokens. I believe this will be a market leader when it comes to mass adoption of blockchain, this is truly a one model fits all platform and it is with growth of the platform which will drive the value of the tokens up. Also, the Spark token is essential to the cloud functionality as miners need to stake tokens to ensure good behaviour, if the opposite occur verification nodes claim these takes, this makes the tokens essential to the smooth running of the platform. Breakdown of token distribution
Token sale: 67%. This is a very healthy amount, something which is being avoided by many ICO’s out there today. This will be a strict whitelist only ICO. The majority of these were sold at presale (250 million tokens) for investors buying more than 25k, the remaining 38 million tokens are earmarked for their crowd sale (Excluding US persons).
Sparkster initial investors: 20% (Vested 2 years). I am happy with this also as it shows they are some big investors on board and they don’t hold the majority of the tokens.
Sparkster team: 10% (Vested 2 years). This is fair as I believe incentives are essential in any organisation to drive work performance.
Exchange listing liquidity: 2%. This I am unsure about, I would probably like this to be slightly higher and to secure some high-volume exchanges upon release. They do state in their whitepaper any unsold tokens will go towards this, but I see this ICO being a sell-out.
Sparkster dreamers charity: 1%- This is nice to see, something for the good of humanity, this will go towards educating the poorest in the world in technological innovation, according to their whitepaper.
Use of funds:
Corporate and large account sales team: 25%. This is great as this means they are targeting large organisations off the bat.
Marketing: 25%. I am very happy to see this as this ensures the word will be spread, I have to hand it to the team their marketing so far is top notch.
R&D- 20%. Also, very happy with this as it shows that even though the team have a working product they will continue to improve on their platform.
Developing a global customer success team- 10%.
Expanding infrastructure- 10%
Accounting/legal fees- 3%
General Admin expenses- 2%
Team In my view the team has a huge wealth of experience within it. This consists of: 2 all-star advisors
Professor Gary Leavens who is well regarded and known for his experience in programming software.
Juan Albelo who is the senior vice president of SAP.
4 on the leadership team
Sajjad Daya (CEO)who has founded several companies, he come across as very confident in his AMAs which is something I like to see in a team. He is not afraid to show his product to the world himself.
Amit Kumar- Has worked with Sajjad for 11 years and is VP of technology. He has a wealth of experience in IT.
Shabeer Kirmani- He is the technical evangelist with great experience in fortune 100 firms. He also conducts the product walkthroughs on the Sparkster website. He has been friends with Sajjad for 6 years.
Dayanie Rajeev- She is the VP of Human Resources with a lot of experience in her role. She has also worked with Sajjad for over 10 years.
https://preview.redd.it/ua41071zxhm11.png?width=1540&format=png&auto=webp&s=2c47a97f5f707fdc0fcd9e702308073caf0791cf “The ideal exchange is a decentralized one where the transactions are done wallet to wallet (Dapp). Thus, there are no significant accumulations of funds in a single wallet that could tempt a hacker. This type of exchange is therefore secure by design. The reason is simple : hacker is a “game” of trial and error that takes a lot of time. Therefore, it is normally useless for a hacker to waste time and risk accusation to perform a task that pays little. This feature has several advantages. Basic Features No registration & verification It is not necessary to register for the exchange and wait for endless checks of his identity. The portfolio, which is itself the decentralized exchange, is accessible to all by a simple download. No restriction or limit There are no restrictions or minimum deposits to open a wallet of digital assets and the same is true for the use of a wallet-based decentralized trading platform. There is no need to make a deposit to trade or withdraw the funds from the exchange to secure them. The balance of the wallet is always accessible and safe. There is no daily withdrawal limit like several decentralized exchanges. Not regularized This type of exchange is less sensitive to regulations governments changes and moods. By its very structure, being based on the wallets that communicate with each other by a decentralized blockchain, there is no fixe server that can be closed or controlled by an external entity. Anonymous Since it is not necessary to provide personal information when opening a wallet, the information about user’s transactions that are made on the blockchain are completely anonymous. Multicurrency Obviously, since the exchange offers the negotiation of digitals assets with the largest capitalizations, the portfolio is multi-currency and user-friendly. Advanced features The concept of the InziderX exchange have a focus for active and algorithmic negotiation. Exchange between assets It allows the exchange without margin, the exchange between the funds already in the account. Example BTC for another digital asset, let say LTC. The conversion of the first BTC value is converted in LTC. Trading with margin Margin trading is the option usually used by actives and algorithms traders or with because it allows taking positions without selling the assets holds in the accounts. This feature is essential in order to allocate trading power to multiple positions at the same time. Short Selling Margin trading also allows shorting selling of digital assets. For example, a trader can borrow 1 BTC from another user in order to sell it to another trader and take advantage of the decline in the price of that asset. When the short sale position is closed, the 1 BTC is returned including financing fees. Margin funding These features are available through margin funding. The margin can be financed from its own funds or provided by other users of the InziderX exchange. These users can use the dormant balance in their portfolio to provide margin funding to other traders who use leverage. An advantageous option for those who do not want to negotiate but wants to put their stack at work. Type of orders The novice trader is certainly not aware, but for the active trader, it is sometimes frustrating not to have access to the types of orders traditionally offered on the FX trading platforms. Types of orders available
Complex market order including stop and limit
Complex limit order including stop and limit
OCO — one cancel the other
Order in scale : divided into several levels and sizes
Complex orders The major difference here is that the digital asset trading platforms currently available do not offer complex orders; an order to which other orders are associated and executed in sequence. It is difficult to manage pending positions without having a specific level of maximum loss and take profit. This type of order is a basic option offered on all the foreign exchange (FX) trading platforms. It’s difficult to understand why digital asset exchanges have not replicated this model, if not to disadvantage the users. Without this type of complex order, it’s necessary to wait for the execution of the limit order before being able to place the orders of maximum loss and take profit. Otherwise the take profit order (TP) could be triggered even before the execution of a limit entry order is triggered. This would have the effect of initiating a short sale position where the user actually wanted to take profits. An annoying situation. The lack of a complex order causes unnecessary complications and stresses to the negotiators, regardless of their level of expertise. Aggregated Orders or not (FX) Another popular digital asset trading practice is to create an average price when multiple positions are taken on the same assets. Example: purchase of 0.5 BTC at $ 10,000 and purchase of 0.5 BTC at $ 15,000 = average price of 1 BTC at $ 12,500. The novice user certainly does not distinguish between an order accumulated or not, but for the experienced negotiator, who is often used to the exchange market, this practice is annoying. These traders are used to take multiple positions at different prices and setting the appropriate gain and loss levels for each position. Having to evaluate at any time by a mental calculation or by hand if a position is positive or negative according to its transaction history is a useless exercise and once again inconvenient. Decision time is a critical factor for any active negotiator and this complication doesn’t help. The InziderX trading platform will include this option : aggregated orders or not (FX) to serve its users in the rules of the art. Hedging The non-aggregated order option combined with the margin financing option allows for Hedging –taking opposite positions on the same digital asset. So it’s possible to initiate a buying position at a level and then initiate a new sales position to another level on the same asset. The aggregated order type does not allow this option because the second short position would have the effect of canceling the buyers position. Without going into the details of possible strategies with this option, the InziderX platform will allow hedging to favor the most complex trading strategies. https://preview.redd.it/m61osppixhm11.png?width=1601&format=png&auto=webp&s=d114e40aa226aff0bc07d01342bb9ee2e1c11704 Analysis Chart Our team wants to offer the most fluid and user-friendly trading experience possible, which is why we chose to integrate Tradingview.com analytics charts into our decentralized trading. Tradingview is a platform for viewing quotations of digital assets that offers excellent graphics quality and an impressive number of tools to facilitate analysis and position taking. It does not matter if the user simply wants to take a quick look at the chart or make a more complex analysis including several indicators; all tools are available for this purpose. The Tradingview graph platform is therefore user-friendly for both novice and experienced traders. Raw Benefits
Several types of graphics are available: Bar, Candles, Renko, Kagi, Line Break, PnF
It is possible to deploy multiple graphics on one screen
Varied choice of graph time from month to minute
Tracing tools This chart platform contains more than 50 tracing tools from the simplest to the most advanced analysis such as : trend line, alan andrew pitchfork, fibonnacci ratio, harmonic figures, Elliott waves, R calculator, personal annotations directly on the chart, etc). For an active trader who uses technicals analysis to refine his decisions, those tools are invaluable. Indicators and oscillators TradingView include over a hundred indicators and oscillators in its platform. These cover the most popular concepts and indicators to the most experienced and can be calibrated to the taste of the user to personalize his analysis. He can even save his configuration in order to apply his model to several assets. Notifications One of the most useful features is the alerts that can be received via email, SMS or just visual and sound. These alerts are triggered according to the criteria chosen in advance by the user and can be based on a price level but also on a level of indicator. Example RSI 14 on the daily chart of BTC / USD is under level 20: alert ! This would theoretically be a good buy level. Other options This analysis platform also includes basic options such as a rating table where you can save your favorites and make a list and a section delivering the latest market news and an economic calendar. Execution table The execution table includes all the elements necessary for analysis in one look. It includes:
A clear and detailed graph
A list of quotations with choice of favorites
A table to enter orders
A list of assets in the portfolio
The leverage and the amount available depending on the balance.
A list of margin positions and the cost of financing
A list of pending orders.
The latest transactions processed in real time
The Order Book — Level 2
The chart allows you to see open positions, pending and alerts. It is possible to change the price or level of an alert simply by moving a marker on the graph. Negotiation with Algorithms — API During the last 10 years, we have witnessed a revolution in the world of trading by the appearance of algorithms that can execute strategies without human intervention. To the point where, at its best in 2010, algorithmic trading accounted for 60–70% of trading volume in the US equity market. This trend is not likely to fade and it is hard to gauge the percentage of algorithm use in the over-the-counter (OTC) markets such as the foreign exchange and digital asset markets. This is why the InziderX exchange will focus on this type of negotiation by providing all the necessary tools for the smooth execution of these scripts. An API with clear and detailed controls allowing all the types of actions necessary to take a position and modify the orders will be developed by our team. Limited access will be established by an encryption of the keys necessary to access the API. These will be able to select the information that can be access and possible actions such as:
Position statement — exchange, margin and / or financing
Possibility of withdrawal
Earlier compatible version The success of a trading platform has often been the responsibility of the community that supports it. The Metatrader4 platform is a good example where few of its users have migrated to the new version — Metatrader5. The reason is simple : thousands of indicators and algorithms were created for this platform and when the new version was released, all those lines of code were no longer applicable ..! An uncomfortable situation for a trader who has been using the same tools for a long time. The InziderX exchange will focus so that its API advances are always compatible with the previous version. And if, in a case of impossibility, will provide clear instructions on how to modify the code to make it compatible. Our commitment is reassuring for those who use algorithms to execute their negotiation. Our focus on developing this quality tool and keeping it up to date is a guarantee of confidence for these traders. Negotiable Assets The InziderX exchange does not seek to be a ICO launching platform. The focus is on the active and fluid algorithmic trading of digital asset with the largest capitalizations. Several reasons are involved. An active trader is usually not interested in keeping a long-term position. The dramatic variations in new issues of digital assets, particularly the ECR20 token, are therefore not desirable and appropriate. The BTC / USD pair has an average volatility of 10% per day. In fact, the average volatility of the ten digital assets with the largest capitalization is 5 to 10%. These variations are ample for anyone who wants to buy or sell at discounted prices and get out at extended movement. In addition, if volume is an important consideration for smooth execution, a tight spread and almost no slippage, it makes no sense to enter non-liquid assets. This is why our exchange is committed to keep more or less the twenty (20) digital assets with the largest capitalization. List of planned assets BTC / LTC / ETH / BCH / DHS / XMR /XRP / USDT / INX / ADA XLM / MIOTA / NEO / NEM / QTUM / LSK / BTG / ZEC / BCN / ZEC USDT The USDT asset will allow other assets to be traded in pairs at a price that is known to traders, as it is sometimes difficult to evaluate the value of a pair such as XMR / BCH or DHS / INX. A visual conversion of the value of all assets will be available in USD and other fiats through an option and will allow the rapid valuation of asset values. INX INX assets is the tool with which the InziderX exchange intends to finance its projects and offer a discount to users that cover their transaction fees with INX. Token ERC20 Some ERC20 Tokens will be included in our list and will be evaluated according to their capitalization such as other altcoins. The EOS token is a good candidate.” #ico #exchange #bitcoin #cryptocurrency #inziderxhttps://inziderx.io
Blockchain.info should change/rename the stat "Cost per Transaction" to "Estimated Miner Income per Transaction"...
See here: https://blockchain.info/stats The cost per transaction stat (currently around $30 / tx ) is constantly spouted by people claiming that each transaction is actually really expensive and therefore bitcoin is super inefficient. This is literally how that statistic is calculated:
Estimated 24h miner revenue / number daily transactions.
(estimated miner revenue = blocks+fees mined * average USD market price). Think about that for a second... If the price of bitcoin crashes to $10, with current transaction volume, that magically brings the cost from $30 to just under $0.60. If the price goes back to $1000 but transaction volume halves (for w/e reason), then thats almost $120 cost per transaction. If there is only a small handful of miners, BTC trading at $1 and only like 500 transactions per day, thats still like "$8 cost per transaction". If we stay at current market prices but increase transaction volume 10 fold (reaching the 7 tp/s limit), then that $30 becomes about $3.. Is it just me or does "block rewards divided by transaction volume" make no sense at all for determining the cost of each transaction?
Tell me if I correctly answered my own question about mining ...
So like any n00b I want to get into Bitcoin mining but I see CPUs are worthless plus the amount of electricity you'll use will make it a negative net gain etc etc. But I've been trying to find out given I have space at my work to stack up say 20 generic business desktop PCs running an Intel i5 processor. The moment I start I should be profitable since I'm not investing a penny into this (Aside from my wasted time at work). So I find TP's Bitcoin Calculator I don't know WTF my hash rate is so I look it up here. I don't know the exact processor so I'll start at the lowest value of 1.8 and round it up to 2. Multiplying by 20 desktops I get 40. Fast forward the clock. Ring in 2015. Bitch about flying cars not being here yet, then open up my BitCoin wallet to see all that amounted to $5 (Assuming 1 BTC = $1000 USD) Do I do the math right here?
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