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Core Developer’s 300kb Block Proposal Bolstered in Bid to Push Lightning Adoption

February 12, 2019 |

Bitcoin Core (BTC) developer Luke Dash Jr has once again sparked controversy with his idea to shrink the BTC chain’s block size down to 300kb. It’s not the first time the concept was proposed by the developer, but this time around there’s more support for the idea in order to drive Lightning Network adoption.

Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations

Luke Dash Jr Proposes Temporary 300kb Block Soft Fork

Back in January 2017, cryptocurrency developer Luke Dash Jr proposed a Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) requesting the block size to be decreased down to 300kb per block. The proposal was submitted months before network fees skyrocketed to $ 30-50 per transaction, but at the time the mempool (transaction queue) had already started to fill up. Back then the BIP was brushed off pretty quickly, since the scaling debate was starting to peak and people were already upset about the rising fee market.

Fast forward to today and Dash Jr is again proposing to shrink the block size down to less than one third of the 1mb limit. “This patch would enforce a very simple soft fork, reducing Bitcoin block sizes to ~300kb between Aug 1 and Dec 31 — It demonstrates how one can make a truly temporary soft fork,” the developer explained to on Twitter. “Do not run this in production even if you support UASF.”

Core Developer's 300kb Block Proposal Bolstered in Bid to Push Lightning Adoption

‘Increase Fees and Move Transactions to Lightning’

Three days later Bitrefill’s John Carvalho told his followers Dash Jr’s plan was something he could get behind. “I agree with Luke Dash Jr that the block size should be smaller. I feel more confident to say it now that we have Lightning Network making strides — I’ll run the soft fork,” Carvalho explained. When he was asked what financial incentives smaller blocks offered, Carvalho replied by bolstering higher network fees.

“I could imagine a few,” Carvalho stated. “To increase fees (doesn’t even have to be malicious, could be for survival). To move transactions to Lightning Network (maybe miners realize they can make easier money by increasing fees on L2, under the right conditions). To reduce costs (new network/web conditions).”

Core Developer's 300kb Block Proposal Bolstered in Bid to Push Lightning Adoption

In response to Carvalho’s tweet, the cryptocurrency entrepreneur Vinny Lingham replied to the discussion by saying that he totally agrees with Dash Jr’s plan and has been saying it for a while. “1mb is an arbitrary number and if Bitcoin is going to rely on L2 to scale, then it makes no sense to keep it at 1mb. — Reducing it to 350k as per the research from Luke Dash Jr is practical and can help move transactions to layer 2,” Lingham emphasized. A slew of people on Twitter believed that Lingham’s statement was said in jest, however, and was basically poking fun at the idea. Core Developer's 300kb Block Proposal Bolstered in Bid to Push Lightning Adoption

‘Stop the Madness’

However, not everyone agreed with Dash Jr’s concept and Carvalho’s statements about higher fees to push more Lightning Network adoption. One observer on Twitter commented: “Smaller blocks simply means less transactions on the chain, purposefully hard-coding a lower limit — It doesn’t make any logical sense.” However, Carvalho, Dash Jr, and Bitcoin Core developer Jorge Timón simply dismissed the individual’s statements after he said Lightning Network was “centralized, bloated, and overcomplicated”.

Core Developer's 300kb Block Proposal Bolstered in Bid to Push Lightning Adoption

Whatever the case may be, this time around Dash Jr’s concept to decrease the block size to 300kb has been more fruitful, especially for those pushing for adoption of the Lightning Network. However, Cobra the anonymous owner of Bitcoin.org, wants this discussion to end and has asked the community to “stop the madness.”

“A soft fork to ‘reduce the block size’ is a hard fork in all but name and this will split off from the established consensus, cause massive drama, and damage trust in Bitcoin,” Cobra stated. Once again it seems certain cryptocurrency proponents are all about high onchain fees due to their distrust for miners and the hope that the Lightning Network will work as well as Nakamoto consensus.

What do you think about Luke Dash Jr’s idea to temporarily soft fork bitcoin to decrease the block size to 300kb? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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Proposal to Increase Bitcoin’s 21 Million Supply Sparks Debate

February 9, 2019 |

Proposal to Increase Bitcoin’s 21 Million Supply Sparks Debate

21 is a number that holds deep symbology to bitcoiners. In addition to denoting the total number of bitcoins, in millions, that will ever be issued, it’s inspired scores of cryptocurrency business names, websites, and merchandise designs. Despite its assumed inviolability, some members of the community are opposed to Bitcoin’s rigidly set 21 million supply. If they have their way, that arbitrary cap will be lifted. For many devout bitcoiners, this suggestion is sacrilegious.

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Bitcoin’s Fixed Supply – Arbitrary or Mandatory?

At a “Satoshi’s Roundtable” event last week, decried by some as Bitcoin’s very own version of Bilderberg, the prospect of raising BTC’s 21 million cap was raised. It was Matt Luongo who floated the proposal, in response to a discussion about anticipated adoption of the Lightning Network (LN). With the block reward halving every four years, and onchain transaction volume likely to be low in future should LN take off, there will be little incentive for miners to secure the network. This could lead to it being vulnerable to 51 percent attacks that would undo the trust instilled in the Bitcoin network over many years.

An argument has also been made for increasing the 21 million supply of Bitcoin Cash in future, on similar grounds. Due to the network’s low fees, miners would theoretically have little economic incentive to secure the network once the block reward diminishes.

Luongo’s suggestion of raising BTC’s total supply is intended to incentivize mining in a future of minimal block rewards and minimal onchain volume. While there may be an economic and security case for doing so, it is a matter that resonates strongly – even emotionally – with a sizeable portion of the Bitcoin community. There are also those who are motivated by purely financial reasons. The fact that there will never be more than 21 million bitcoins is what gives the currency its digital scarcity. Raising the fixed cap, even by a fraction, could dilute the value of everyone’s holdings, it is feared, and consign BTC to the status of an EOS-style inflationary cryptocurrency.

Proposal to Increase Bitcoin’s 21 Million Supply Sparks Debate

A Controversial Proposal That’s Sparked Intense Debate

Numerous Bitcoin luminaries have waded into the debate regarding Bitcoin’s supply following the Satoshi’s Roundtable discussion. Nick Szabo insisted that decreased hash power due to lower mining rewards would not have a significant impact on security, but conceded that “it may require recipients of very-high-value transactions to wait more blocks before relying on them.” Cobra Bitcoin took a more combative approach, tweeting “There will only ever be 21 million bitcoins. If you have a problem with that, get the fuck out of our community because you aren’t welcome.” To this, Matt Luongo responded:

This stuff has to work … If the stars align and this becomes an issue do you sacrifice a core tenet of the community or the entire security of the chain?

It is not entirely known why Satoshi chose 21 million as the number of coins to be issued, though it is speculated that this ties in with the halving reward schedule that occurs every four years. Alternatively, it could be because the total number of sats that will ever be created approximately mirrors the maximum capacity of a 64-bit floating point number.

Given that there was no mention of Bitcoin’s proposed supply in Satoshi’s seminal whitepaper, perhaps the number itself was never particularly significant to him. Whatever the case, 21 million has come to be one of Bitcoin’s defining features, and any attempt to meddle with the magic number is liable to be treated as heresy. Future generations of bitcoiners may be more receptive to raising the supply, but in the here and now, that notion seems untenable.

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Russian Institutions Back Proposal to Let Companies Use Cryptocurrency

January 21, 2019 |

Russian Institutions Back Proposal to Let Companies Use Cryptocurrencies

An idea to allow companies from certain sectors and in some regions to use cryptocurrencies is gaining traction in Russia. The proposal has been included in a draft law prepared by the Economy Ministry, a high-ranking parliamentarian has voiced his support, and big business is discussing its implementation.

Also read: No Reason to ‘Bury’ Cryptocurrencies, Russian PM Medvedev Says

Draft Law Offers to Create Regulatory Sandboxes in Russian Regions

Select entities from the IT sector and the blockchain industry may be permitted to utilize digital assets in their financial transactions, Russian media reported. The experimental regulatory regime is to be implemented in some regions of the vast country, according to a draft law put forward by the Ministry of Economic Development.

Russian Institutions Back Proposal to Let Companies Use Cryptocurrency

The State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, supports the idea of “pilot regions” where the circulation of cryptocurrencies can be tested, the chairman of the parliamentary Financial Markets Committee, Anatoly Aksakov, told the business outlet Izvestia. Efforts to regulate the crypto space continue in several directions, he added, and the establishment of regulatory sandboxes is one of them. Aksakov further detailed:

The law on the regulatory sandbox, which I hope we’ll adopt during the spring [parliamentary] session, will allow either individual companies or a given industry to use crypto instruments in their economic turnover and business operations in certain regions.

The Economy Ministry said its bill is still under discussion. The potential regions and corporate entities for the program have not been determined yet but according to its representatives, businesses working with cross-cutting information technologies will be eligible to participate. This includes not only blockchain firms but also businesses developing quantum technologies and artificial intelligence products.

Local authorities and companies based in the Russian regions of Kaliningrad Oblast and the Republic of Tatarstan have already expressed a desire to be part of the implementation of the proposed regulatory regime. Other regions such as Primorsky Krai, Omsk Oblast, Novosibirsk Oblast, Saint Petersburg, the capital Moscow, and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea are also potential candidates.

Businesses Affected by Sanctions May Use Cryptocurrencies

Major Russian companies are currently discussing the proposal within the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP). The leading industry organization has already created a special advisory board which is looking into related matters, RSPP vice president Sergey Mytenkov told Izvestia. He believes it’s necessary to authorize about a dozen companies to operate with financial crypto instruments in order to make an assessment of the possible legal and economic risks.

Another group of businesses that might be interested in the crypto regulatory sandboxes are those Russian entities that maintain an international presence and have been forced to deal with foreign sanctions and restrictions. Mytenkov said that cryptocurrencies and asset-backed digital tokens can be used by these companies to attract capital and make payments.

Russian Institutions Back Proposal to Let Companies Use Cryptocurrency

The latest regulatory development concerning cryptocurrencies in Russia comes before the second reading in the Duma of a package of draft laws designed to regulate the crypto space. The bills were voted on first reading in May 2018 but their adoption was postponed many times and now lawmakers are expected to review them again in February.

Since last spring, the original texts have been revised significantly and references to cryptocurrency, tokens, mining, and smart contracts have been dropped. Under pressure from the industry, Russian lawmakers recently broadened the legal definition of “digital financial assets” to cover cryptocurrencies. However, Russian media reported last week that the Presidential Council for Codification has criticized the legislation. The Kremlin’s negative assessment means more changes may be on the way.

What do you think of the proposal to allow Russian companies to operate with cryptocurrencies? Share your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below.   


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NYPD Finds Couple Who Lost Ring After Proposal

December 3, 2018 |

British couple Daniella Anthony and John Drennan are overjoyed that the NYPD has found the engagement ring that fell down a grate in Times Square on Friday night—but there’s something Drennan wants to set the record straight about. “I want to clarify that I did not propose over a…
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Developers Launch BDIP: A Bitcoin Cash Proposal Process for Decentralized Apps

November 4, 2018 |

Developers Launch BDIP: A Bitcoin Cash Proposal Process for Decentralized Apps

Over the last few months, the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) developers who created the Yenom wallet have been developing a lot of BCH applications and tools. On Nov. 3, the Yenom developer Shun Usami revealed a new proposition model for decentralized application development proposals called the Bitcoin Dapps Improvement Proposal (BDIP) standard.

Also read: New Bitcoin Cash Stress Test Sees 700,000 Transactions in One Day

Decentralized Application Proposals for Bitcoin Cash

Developers Launch BDIP: A Bitcoin Cash Proposal Process for Decentralized AppsSince the introduction of re-enabled opcodes last May, Bitcoin Cash developers have been steadily working on applications like Memo.cash, Bitdb, and other platforms. Shun Usami from the BCH-centric wallet Yenom, revealed on Saturday a new scheme called the BDIP standard. The process is aimed at decentralized application (dapp) development using the BCH chain. BDIP is short for Bitcoin Dapps Improvement Proposal, and it’s a similar scheme to Ethereum’s EIP model, and Amir Taaki’s original BIP system created in 2011 for the Bitcoin Core (BTC) network. Essentially, the BDIP system is meant for characterizing new dapps built on the BCH network, alongside describing what the applications do and the platform’s associated processes.

“The BDIP should provide a concise technical specification of the feature and a rationale for the feature,” the BDIP Github repository explains. “The BDIP author is responsible for building consensus within the community and documenting dissenting opinions.”

The BDIP documentation also explains the rationale behind the standard. The developers believe the process is a suitable method to track decentralized applications built on the BCH chain. This way programmers and users can check the status of an implementation and maybe give feedback, check for issues, or see if the dapp software developers are active.

The repository continues by stating:     

For Bitcoin dapp implementers, BDIPs are a convenient way to track the progress of their implementation. Ideally, each implementation maintainer would list the BDIPs that they have implemented. This will give end users a convenient way to know the current status of a given implementation or library.

Developers Launch BDIP: A Bitcoin Cash Proposal Process for Decentralized Apps

The First BDIP

According to the specifications, there are three types of BDIPs which include a standard track, an informational BDIP, and the described processes involved with the BCH application. The BDIP authors explain that a proposal must meet criteria and be fully descriptive of the application’s nominated intentions. The developers recommend BDIP authors “vet their own project” to make sure the proposal is original and has utility. “It helps to make sure the idea is applicable to the entire community and not just the author,” the repository adds.

After the BDIP process was announced, the Bitbox creator and BCH developer Gabriel Cardona detailed on Twitter he created the first BDIP called Dapp ID, a “unique identifier for a single dapp protocol with the specification of the dapp.” In addition to the BDIP creation, Yenom developers had recently proposed a new deep link payment protocol, on Oct. 21. The developers also won the first San Francisco BCH Devcon alongside introducing a new Bitcoin Cash Kit (BCK) for BCH developers that contains the first Bitcoin Cash library (lib) for iOS software.

What do you think about the BDIP process for Bitcoin Cash applications? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.


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U.S. Won’t Resume Trade Talks Without Firm Chinese Proposal

October 26, 2018 |

The U.S. is refusing to resume trade negotiations with China until Beijing comes up with a concrete proposal to address U.S. complaints about forced technology transfers and other economic issues.
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Guy’s Disney Proposal Didn’t Get Fairytale Ending

October 13, 2018 |

A Long Island man thought July 8, 2015, was going to be “one of the most important” days of his life, but now he’s suing Disney World for ruining it. Fox News reports on Marc Rubin’s lawsuit, which the 57-year-old filed Sept. 27 in Florida’s Orange County Circuit Court, and…
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EU Leaders Reject U.K.’s Post-Brexit Economic Proposal, Pressuring May

September 21, 2018 |

EU leaders rejected Britain’s proposal for maintaining economic relations with the bloc post-Brexit, piling pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May as she’s trying to put down a possible rebellion in her party.
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First Couple to Get Engaged on ‘The Proposal’ Have Split

September 17, 2018 |

The first couple who got engaged on ABC’s ‘Bachelor’-spinoff, “The Proposal,” have called it quits just a few months after the show premiered this summer. Amputee police officer Mike Crowe tells TMZ that his new fiancee, Monica Villalobos, broke…

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Union workers in Long Beach collect enough signatures to qualify hotel ‘panic button’ proposal for ballot

July 31, 2018 |

Union workers in Long Beach have collected enough petition signatures to place on the ballot a measure requiring hotels with more than 50 rooms to give workers a “panic button” to call for help in the event of a sexual assault.

The Long Beach city clerk’s office confirmed Tuesday that hotel workers…


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