what is Dune all about in a Nutshell? Tell us about you and your team
and how large is the Dune Community? How Many years have you been
working on Dune?
The team has been working on Tezos since 2016. They switched to Dune
in June 2019, but they already had a tuned version of Tezos for
private networks before.
How Does it relate to Tezos?
Dune Network is based on Tezos software. It is currently very close,
so most tools available for Tezos will work without major
modifications with Dune Network. However, the two will diverge in the
future, it has already started.
Who are Origin Labs?
It’s the former blockchain team at OCamlPro, they left OCamlPro to
create a company completely focused on the Dune Network project.
Features: How does this Baker Proxy work? Does it add extra privacy?
Usually, a baker is on the same computer as a Dune node, probably in
the cloud. If you want to use a Ledger Nano S to sign blocks, you
cannot connect it to that server, so you have to have a local
computer, with just a signer on it and the Ledger (we use Raspberry Pi
for that). This computer is a liability, so it needs extra protection,
so you can put it behind a firewall, it will just connect to the node
and sign the operations.
What is IronMin?
A Tezos node uses a lot of disk space, about 230 GB in one
year. Ironmin is a solution to that problem, it reduces the storage to
under 25 GB. Yet, it was not accepted by Tezos (because it came from
OCamlPro ?), but it will be in Dune Network in the next
version. Irmin2 also solves the same problem, but Ironmin is much
How is it possible to use Dune wallets offline with no internet connection?
The next version of Dune’s client can forge an operation, sign it
offline and then inject it once the internet connection is back. It’s
an important feature for people caring about security.
How does on-chain Governance work, can you give me an example on how you see it being used in a real-world scenario?
On-chain governance in Dune will be used to vote for the Dune Council,
which takes the big decisions for the project. The details are not all
fixed yet, in particular, whether stakers will vote for individuals or
for teams. We want it to be as efficient as possible to preserve the
current dynamics of the project.
What privacy might people have to give up to use governance?
We might introduce some anonymity in votes, to avoid some problems
that we see on Tezos (organizations putting pressure on bakers to
change their votes).
How large is the Dune Dapp ecosystem currently and what are your favorite Dapps?
A bit early, but lot’s of things being built right now…
Tell me about the airdrop and why you did it? Marketing? Exposure?
In technology, Dune is close to Tezos. We wanted to have an initial
set of users, so it made sense to choose the people who were the most
interested in the technology, i.e. those who invested in Tezos. Also,
it is a community that we already knew, that could easily switch from
Tezos to Dune, especially because they see in Dune a dynamic that is
missing in the Tezos ecosystem.
How would DunePY attract Python devs to use Dune?
DunePy is one of the languages that we want to support natively in
Dune Network. We might actually also support Solidity at some point.
Learning to develop in a blockchain environment can be difficult, it’s
even more if you have to also learn a completely new language. With
Dune, we tried to decrease the difficulty by supporting well-known
languages, so that devs can immediately be productive in their
favorite languages. Once they know the environment, they can start
learning safer languages, like Liquidity for LoveVM. The team also working on implementing Move language
Ethereum Co-Founder Anthony Di Iorio Bets Big on the Future of Cardano and Polkadot
Anthony Di Iorio, a Canadian entrepreneur and the co-founder of leading smart contract platform Ethereum, said that he believes in the potential of Cardano (ADA) and Polkadot (DOT).
In an interview with crypto proponent Anthony Pompliano, Di Iorio, who is also the CEO and founder of Canadian blockchain startup Decentral and crypto wallet Jaxx, revealed that he has a diversified investment portfolio featuring several top projects, including Cardano and Polkadot.
A Big Fan of Cardano and Polkadot
“Now I’ve kind of fallen back to just simplicity. I’m in a number of different projects, but the majority of my stuff is in the top projects. I’m a big fan of Polkadot, I’m a big fan of Cardano.”
Di Iorio went on to narrate why he was so sure of the future of these two projects. He had joined the Ethereum development team earlier in 2012 when he met Vitalik Buterin at a Bitcoin conference.
He has formed strong relationships with other co-founders of Ethereum, including Vitalik Buterin, Cardano’s founder Charles Hoskinson, and Polkadot’s current CEO Gavin Wood.
Di Iorio admitted that while he worked with these men, he knew that they were goal-oriented and would help push these projects further.
“Big fan of Charles, let’s say that. You know, taking some different approaches in the way that they’re doing things, much more on the academic side of what he’s done and bringing stuff forward. Real big fan of Gavin Wood… Knowing those guys from the days back at Ethereum – and knowing their drive and knowing their competitiveness and their smarts – I was able to see those projects for the last few years and know that they were gonna get to where they’ve gotten up to.”
Not Getting Lost in DeFi
Despite all the recent hype about DeFi, Di lorio pointed out that he is keeping his investments simple and investing in larger projects.
“Most of my stuff is in the top few things, Ether, Bitcoin, Cardano, Polkadot. I like Cosmos as well. And there’s a few others, but I’m not getting lost in all the DeFi stuff. I just think there’s not enough time, not enough energy. It’s a full-time gig to be running a lot of that stuff and keeping on top of stuff, so I’ve simplified my life quite a bit over the past few years.”
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What you should know if your bank is exposed to Bitcoin
On one hand, El Salvador recently became the first nation to officially declare Bitcoin as its legal tender, and on the other, several nations have recently opined that their indigenous banks face a ‘threat’ from the world’s largest crypto-asset. Nevertheless, the rise in the adoption of cryptocurrencies has been accompanied by regulators taking the fast-growing market seriously.
Banks will now face “the toughest” capital requirements for their holdings in Bitcoin and other crypto-assets under global regulators’ plans to brush off the insecurity offered by the “volatile” crypto-market.
Using money laundering, reputational challenges, and massive price swings as the base of their proposal, the Basel Committee on Banking and Supervision is in the news after it explicitly stated that the banking industry faced “increased risks” and “financial stability concerns” from crypto-assets.
Accordingly, they have now placed Bitcoin in the “highest risk” category. The aforementioned committee comprises a host of nations and global institutions as its members.
The Basel Committee isn’t alone, however, with a Bank of International Settlements exec recently commenting that El Salvador’s Bitcoin policy is an “interesting experiment.”
*BITCOIN PUT IN HIGHEST RISK CATEGORY IN BANK CAPITAL PROPOSAL
— *Walter Bloomberg (@DeItaone) June 10, 2021
What’s more, the panel proposed a 1250% risk weight be applied to a bank’s exposure to Bitcoin and certain other cryptocurrencies. Bloomberg’s estimates highlighted,
“In practice that means a bank may need to hold a dollar in capital for each dollar worth of Bitcoin, based on an 8% minimum capital requirement.”
However, stablecoins and other tokens tied to real-world assets are set for lower capital requirements. The report further highlighted,
“The capital will be sufficient to absorb a full write-off of the crypto asset exposures without exposing depositors and other senior creditors of the banks to a loss.”
The proposal did not specify any specific timeline, and hence, the implementation of these rules can take a couple of years. The proposal is, however, open to public comment before it comes into effect. It should also be noted that the committee said that the initial policies were “likely to change” several times as the market “evolves.”
Even though banks like HSBC have been cautious about stepping into crypto-trading, a few big names, like Standard Chartered Plc have announced their entry into the space.
As for Bitcoin, it fell by over 3.7% in the last 24 hours to trade at $35,418 at press time.
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Why Amp is the Best Altcoin You’ve Never Heard Of
Crypto Summer Pt. 2
I work with a crypto wizard.
Yesterday the wizard gave me a piece of advice: “Hey man, your fly is down.” After that, he told me to look into Amp, otherwise known as Crypto-Square.
Through this ERC-20 token, retailers can accept Bitcoin, Litecoin or Ethereum without having to wait 10 minutes or more for the network. Today Nordstrom, Lowes, Baskin Robbins, GameStop, Ulta Beauty, Office Depot, AMC Theaters, and Petco are just some of the stores that support Amp.
That’s right, you can go to these retailers and use Flexa’s SPEDN app (pronounced spend) to easily buy things with Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.
And if that wasn’t enough, Coinbase just listed Amp yesterday. Coinbase-approved altcoins often skyrocket in price as 56 million users are nothing to scoff at.
Here’s everything else you should know about this project.
There’s only one thing that Flexa and ConsenSys created Amp to do: Act as collateral. Amp guarantees that real-world transactions go through instantaneously due to collateralization.
Flexa, the company that created Amp, is the puppet master attempting to make cryptocurrency the new global financial system. They initially launched a Flexa token years ago, but ditched it for Amp and a close partnership with ConsenSys.
“The new Amp token demonstrates Flexa’s unrelenting commitment to DeFi and to building new technologies that will democratize access to payments for people all over the world,” Tyler Spalding, CEO of Flexa wrote in a blogpost.
Flexa eventually wants to use Amp to guarantee home purchases, loan distributions, and fiat exchanges.
Can you guess it? Go ahead — on three…
Oh, sorry I got excited.
Staking on Amp is just like providing to a liquidity pool on Uniswap or any other DeFi protocol. I just imagine a giant Uncle Sam poster pointing at you saying “we need your tokens.”
This is another reason why Amp works. It follows the old Army adage “K.I.S.S.” or Keep it Simple Stupid. In the past few months, Amp is one of the only altcoins I feel like I can explain to my mother. That’s a good thing.
Three words should make you very bullish about an altcoin: ‘Real-World Use’
Many altcoins over-engineer their projects to death and bog their white papers down with technical mumbo jumbo to make you think their team is smarter than you. Amp is not one of these projects. It keeps it simple, stupid.
Moreover, Amp is the leading technology making it possible for retailers to exchange cryptocurrencies. It’s so ahead of the pack that dozens of businesses are already using it.
It’s a no-brainer 10x, in my opinion.
Amp is trading at $0.06 at the time of publishing with a market cap of $2.59B (for reference the market cap of Ethereum is $276 B)
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