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Sidechains and Sister Chains on EOS: An Explainer

"This article will focus on the role that sidechains and sister chains play in the EOS ecosystem and will address some of the challenges that these projects face."

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PoW is Efficient

"Most people think #Bitcoin’s PoW is “wasteful.” In this article, I explore how everything is energy, money is energy, energy usage is subjective, and PoW’s energy costs relative to existing governance systems.* This article is a collection of direct thoughts from many individuals in the space — my value add was in the aggregation, distillation, and combination of narratives."

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Gluton Plasma - A Plasma Variant for Non-custodial Exchanges

The whitepaper. "We introduce a plasma sidechain designed specifically for non-custodial, high-speed, low-latency trading. We explore extending the value proposition of plasma to a financial institution using comprehensive set of fraud-proofs to enforce correctness and voting to handle data unavailability."

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Detailed overview of Ethereum 2.0 shard chains: Committees, Proposers and Attesters

"Many details of how Ethereum 2.0 will work are available today, and multiple teams are already working on implementations of it. One large component for which neither spec nor any detailed info is available today is the shard chains."

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Bulletproofs: The New Kid in Blockchain Security Land

"Bulletproofs, was originally published in a 2017 whitepaper from Stanford University and quickly became an area of research within the blockchain community. With the announcement, Monero becomes the first cryptocurrency to adopt bulletproofs as a privacy protocol."

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Raiden Transport Explained

"The Raiden Network relies heavily on nodes being able to exchange messages in a timely manner in order to facilitate token transfers. Hence, the transport of these messages is a crucial component of the Raiden Network."

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What Are Atomic Swaps? The Most Comprehensive Guide Ever!

"Atomic Swaps has the potential of completely revolutionizing the money transfer system in the crypto world. To put it in simple terms, atomic swaps will enable people to directly trade with one another wallet-to-wallet."

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An Introduction to the Block-Lattice

"Today, we take a look at the system architecture underlying these next-gen payment cryptocurrencies, the so-called block-lattice, and compare it to its predecessor, the blockchain."

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Lessons Learned Squatting ENS Domains

".eth domains are handled by a Vickrey Auction—the winner only pays as much as the second place bidder was willing to spend. If I had bid what the domain was actually worth to me, maybe I’d really appreciate this feature. However I didn’t take the process seriously and as a result I lost it all. Fueled by remorse I began a post-mortem to understand exactly how my adversary had foiled me."

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Synchrony and Timing Assumptions in Consensus Algorithms Used in Proof of Stake Blockchains

"All blockchains and cryptocurrencies require consensus, or agreement on the state of the ledger between all parties in the system. However, achieving consensus is non-trivial. "

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Blockchain Oracles

"Oracles aim to allow blockchain contracts to interact with the outside world."

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Work is Timeless, Stake is Not

"There are many ways to slice and dice PoS and uncover its weaknesses."

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A Simplified Look at Ethereum’s Casper

"Here’s a simplified sketch of how I understand Casper to work."

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Classifying Staking Implementations: A Framework

"In the following post, I will try to clear up some of the confusion around staking by creating a framework for classification and discussing how delegation works in “pure” PoS implementations."

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Ethereum Tokens: the 5 most used ERC standards

"The Ethereum blockchain, launched in 2014, is widely known for its smart contracts, contracts that are self-executing according to defined parameters. In order to make these smart contracts work as well as possible and to allow them to communicate with each other, the developers have decided to set up standards, the latter are called ERC – Ethereum Request for Comment."

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On consensus

"Achieving and enforcing consensus is at the heart of what makes cryptocurrencies tick. What does it mean and how is it achieved? Let’s start with a dictionary definition."

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THE NEXT GREAT WAVE: A decentralized oracle network

"A decentralized trustless smart oracle network will be highly disruptive technology by creating the first self-verifiable and self-executing environment allowing true automation to occur. "

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Layer 1 Economic Abstraction

"How to drive more blockchain and dApp usage through layer 1 economic abstraction on the current transaction fee model."

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