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  • CODA – Decentralization at Scale, The Succinct Blockchain

    Coda is a new cryptocurrency project being developed by Izaak Meckler, Evan Shapiro, Brad Cohn, and Brandon Kase. While studying cryptography as a PhD student at UC Berkeley, Izaak learned about the potential of zk-SNARKs. Partnering with longtime friend…

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  • PoW, PoS, dPoS… Does it really matter? Are they all centralized?

    Decentralization is a topic the I have heard about on a number of occasions. Chiefly the debate between proof of work and proof of stake are heated subjects debated on forums all over the internet. Before I go in…

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    • Nice work @jdillinger. You make good points all around. As you say, the best we can do is continue to stay informed.

    • Excellent article @jdillinger. Well-written and thoroughly researched.
      ‘I am not advocating one system over another, and am invested in PoW, PoS, and dPoS systems for different reasons. I like various currencies for the values and resources they bring to the community.’

      Look forward to more of your quality posts.

    • What a great well researched post.
      To me dPoS is still the most efficient consensus type currently around. My concern is if we can really see the birth of a consensus type that would achieve real decentralization while also retaining good scalability and reasonable power consumption.

      • That is what that last link in the piece is all about. It is a project called CODA. The function of the coin is to resolve blocks with a hash of the blockchain rather than the actual blockchain. At least I believe that’s how it works. I’m going to start writing an article about CODA next. It is still in it’s infancy, but the project looks promising. Check out the link it will show the system resolving blocks in real time. It’s a fast, lightweight and a decentralized platform that can be mined on a smart phone. A real game changer if the project gets off the ground. I hope to have the piece researched and written by the beginning of December.

        Thanks for checking out my article. I hope to bring y’all more work soon.

    • Cool, nice work. Looking forward to your next piece!

      • Thanks for checking out my work. It really makes the time worthwhile we I get feedback from an informed audience. I hope to have a new piece for y’all soon.

    • interesting information, I like reading about blockchain technology. thanks for sharing my friend @jdillinger

    • If we talk about the top 20 crypto-currencies, then EOS is for me personally out of competition! Thank you for your article @SouthernCrossroads. This is a great tutorial where all the information is collected!

      • I have consider the possibility that you are right in a global sense. That is really gonna sting the old portfolio. BTC, ETH, BCH, and NEO are facing some serious challenges. We’ll see where the markets go next but I would put EOS and XRP as top players. Stellar and TRON may be in there. I’m kicking myself for not buying TRON early but I thought the name was stupid and didn’t get the project. Monero and DASH should be in the running but they are crashing hard. Some of it I get and some of it makes no sense unless you consider it’s an attack by institutional investing.

    • It is very hard to have a true decentralized blockchain. Complete decentralization is not essential for a successful blockchain. I actually like some form of leadership but elected by the community that is why I think DACs are the future. Voting for Block Producers (BPs) is essential for a successful EOS blockchain and if you hold EOS and care about EOS please vote! Consider voting for eosDAC:

      • I agree with you to a point, but I think there is room for a fully decentralized, uncontrolled block chain that actually is resolved by the users. What is really lacking are the mechanics to make one work without getting funnelled in to a big mining operation. I think is coming, no one has the mechanics down on how to maintain the blockchain and keep the data small.

    • it’s excelent post, thank you for sharing it @jdillinger

    • Great post my friend, extremely well researched and compiled.
      Keep it coming buddy.
      Mark (Zeus69)

      • Got one comming on a new project, CODA. Just finishing the editing now. It seems the one research project just kinda flows in to the next. I hope you get the chance to check it out. I’ll be publishing it Sunday or Monday. Just finalizing the edits before I submit it.

        • Thanks buddy, I try to read most articles/posts on Trybe, if i miss yours, I do apologise, no negative intention I promise, but thanks for all the great work.
          Mark (Zeus69)

    • Dpos aka eos what happens if the token price goes so low the block producers cant afford to produce?

      • It’s not produced like PoW systems, the blocks are gernerated and resolved. There really isn’t a cost realated to forming blocks on the chain. They just take turns resolving them. You can see this taking place on With that said, I’m certain there are overhead costs to support the network. Handling all the requests from users has to have some sort of cost, but I’m unaware of what it is. It could slow transactions considerably, or cause bottle necks but it wouldn’t bring down the chain. Even Bitcoin was done at some point by kids playing mine craft. Saying the mining groups can’t afford to run their server farms doesn’t mean the blockchain won’t work it just adversely affects performance and block resolution.

        • I was thinking it might hurt performance. Btc is different tho it self adjust so had the ability to be profitable at any price. Thanks for the reply

    • As long as the product has a use case, it doesn’t really matter what algo it uses.

  • Life after Google, a review…

    Harvard Economist George Gilder appeared on the Fox News’ Life Liberty and Levin show on October 14th 2018. The interview consisted of some thoughts from his book “Life after Google”. I was not previously familiar with Gilders work, but…

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    • Thanks, I will order that book to read the full version. Crucial aspect will be how truly de-centralized crypto will become in the long run.

      • Am also wary about what was initiated to fashion a decentralized economy become centralized. The more prominent front runners are taking on a centralized approach, ripple and eos are good examples.

        • They aren’t as centralized as they appear. First off, the block producers for EOS change ranking daily. Second, the number of block chains, e.g. ethereum, EOS, XRP, NEO, etc all create competition and decentralization. I think I’m going to address this in my next piece. I hope to see your comment there too.

          Thanks for taking the time to read this.

      • Thanks for reading the piece. I hope you find the book as interesting as I did. It put the sale of your personal data vs a cryptoverse into perspective. I really hope we rally to build crypto from a grass roots investment rather than selling the first privately owned market to big investment. Small investors are the strength of crypto.

    • Thanks! I just got the book last night on Kindle and started reading it. Hard to put it down.

    • Corporations collect information about each and there is no possibility to control and limit this process yet! All Google , Twitter, Facebook and many others accumulate and use information about our habits and requests. Decentralized system and blockchain is the only panacea. Everyone should have the right to decide what information about themselves they allow to use. In the meantime, even our phones have become assistants to corporations in collecting information about each. Thanks for article @SouthernCrossroads

    • Thought provoking post. You’re exactly right. We’re soon going to be immersed in a world where we sell our data for goods/services or pay for them directly. Personally, I feel that’s a much better world than the one we have now. No reason we can’t keep privacy in tact either. Thanks to blockchain, we can sell our data without that data being tied directly to us. In other words, a 29 year old male living in New York city may choose to sell his data…but not his identity. As long as the data and identity remain separate, privacy remains in tact. In most cases, companies looking to exploit a demographic for advertising reasons can still get the data they need without knowing identity. There will be exceptions of course.

    • Well written, thank you. It looks like in China there is life after Google:)

  • Greymass EOS Voter – Voting, Staking, and Using Network Resources

    Establishing a Wallet with Greymass – Voting and Staking EOS

    In my last piece I explored Scatter and the some the web apps that make EOS such a powerful environment. This piece will build on that information. While Greymass is…

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    • Amazing post very well thought out.

    • Great post, very thorough. I often struggle with Ram and this post answered a few niggling questions I had. Bookmarked for future reference. Cheers, @jdillinger

    • Great article; thanks!

      • Thanks AZ Anna, I really appreciate you coming by and looking at these projects. I try to put a lot into them, writing and writing until, while I know it’s not perfect, it’s done. It really means a lot to me that people take the time to look at these works. I hope over time I will produce work that is worth their time.

        Thanks again

    • EXCELLENT resource content !!!! Great stuff, should help out lots of people. Recommended and Bookmarked

      • Thanks, in writing these articles I’m able to share information with people who want to get involved with EOS while learning a lot myself. I’m really glad y’all think this information is useful. It really makes the work worth there effort.

        I’ve been reading through your posts too and they are really informative. Looking forward to seeing more.

    • Great work, i love this artcicle @jdillinger

    • Thank you @DLK! You’ve done a great job! This is very useful material. I myself as a desktop application using Greymass wallet. and Scatter. Your article filled in the blanks! Although it is more convenient for me to vote and create accounts personally through mobile applications, which have made great progress. I use MEET.ONE TokenPocket and wallet “Kcash” which among other things makes it possible to pay for the creation of an ETH account and other coins. Once again, thank you and the highest evaluation of your work!

    • Great overview of Greymass!

  • Scatter, How this dApp is a Portal to EOS World

    Scatter is quickly becoming the goto dApp for interacting with frontend web sites that interact with EOS. This article will provide the information required to install Scatter, explain what’s going on behind the scenes to interact with the EOS…

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    • Labour of love, lifting the bar for what passes as a good post on Trybe. Bookmarked. Cheers.

      • Thanks, I didn’t know it was going to turn in to this when I started it. It really grew as I did the research and learned how to use the tools myself.

        I appreciate that y’all are spending the time to read it and that your finding it useful.

        Thanks again, the next one is in greymass. I hope to have it done next week.

    • Awesome post! Thanks DLK 🙂

    • that was a majorly large post. Lot of work.

    • Hello DLK, epic post, very useful, one of the best so far… Greets tomtom

    • Thanks, the fact that y’all find it worth reading makes it worth putting the work into researching a piece like this one.

      More to come… greymass is next.

    • I really hope this will help everyone get started with EOS. The first step is to get you EOS off the exchange and put it to work for you… here are the tools to begin this process.

    • Did a review myself on Scatter but learned from your in-depth article, thanks!

      • I’m glad it helped. The one thing I have found in writing these articles on EOS is that information is hard to scrape out of the internet. I’m wondering how long it will take for these resources to become the top items on searches.

        This is a problem I have had from the beginning with EOS, quality information for beginners was hard to find. I am learning as I share this information. It is such a diverse platform that understanding it will be like learning a new OS or programming language, or both. It’s also the reason it has really fascinated me.

    • I understood the Scatter Extension is being deprecated as it is not as secure as the desktop.

      • I stand corrected. Scatter Version linux-scatter-9.1.2-x86_64 was just released. Scatter is now under EOS and Scatter 2.0 and has gone under more than a face lift but is a completely new program. The problem I have with it is the same as the issue I found with older desktop versions. Frontend web sites do not appear to have integrated code to utilized the application for all browsers. Chromium does not currently function, Brave works on some apps not others. I think the integration processes is a work in progress. And it depends on the web site and if the browser has been updated.

        I am chatting with the Scatter developers on telegram to find out more.

        It is clear that this article will have to have an update as resources become available for the new version of Scatter, but currently there are some integration issues. I will continue to experiment with the new version of Scatter and will be writing more on the subject. Thanks for your comment and keeping this work honest. I had considered rewriting this piece and submitting an edit, but I think this will require a whole new piece devoted to the changes. They are radically different from what Scatter was as recently as 8 days ago.

    • Interesting lesson. I will definitely use it. Transparent explanation. Thanks DLK.

    • Very thorough article. Great Educational Content for the TRYBE platform !!!!

    • This is one for the bookmarks. Great job!

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