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Litecoin Core v0.17.1 Release Candidate

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We are pleased to release Litecoin Core 0.17.1 release candidate. This is a new major version release, including new features, various bug fixes, performance improvements and updated translations.

It is recommended for power users to upgrade to this version. After sufficient testing, Litecoin Core 0.17.1 final will be released and is recommended for all users to upgrade.

If you are running an older version, shut it down. Wait until it has completely shut down (which might take a few minutes for older versions), then run the installer (on Windows) or just copy over /Applications/Litecoin-Qt (on Mac) or litecoind/litecoin-qt (on Linux).

If your node has a txindex, the txindex db will be migrated the first time you run 0.17.1 or newer, which may take up to a few hours. Your node will not be functional until this migration completes.

The first time you run version 0.15.0 or newer, your chainstate database will be converted to a new format. This will take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour depending on the speed of your machine.

Note that the block database format also changed in version 0.8.0 and there is no automatic upgrade code from before version 0.8 to version 0.15.0. Upgrading directly from 0.7.x and earlier without redownloading the blockchain is not supported. However, as usual, old wallet versions are still supported.

The chainstate database for this release is not compatible with previous releases, so if you run 0.15 and then decide to switch back to any older version, you will need to run the old release with the -reindex-chainstate option to rebuild the chainstate data structures in the old format.

If your node has pruning enabled, this will entail re-downloading and processing the entire blockchain.

Litecoin Core is extensively tested on multiple operating systems using the Linux kernel, macOS 10.10+, and Windows 7 and newer (Windows XP is not supported).

Litecoin Core should also work on most other Unix-like systems but is not frequently tested on them.

From 0.17.1 onwards macOS <10.10 is no longer supported. 0.17.1 is built using Qt 5.9.x, which doesn’t support versions of macOS older than 10.10.

Known issues

  • Upgrading from 0.13.2 or older currently results in memory blow-up during the roll-back of blocks to the SegWit activation point. In these cases, a full -reindex is necessary.
  • The GUI suffers from visual glitches in the new MacOS dark mode. This has to do with our Qt theme handling impacting older versions of Litecoin Core, but is expected to be resolved in 0.17.1.

The listtransactions RPC account parameter has been renamed to label.

When litecoin is configured with the -deprecatedrpc=accounts setting, specifying a label/account/dummy argument will return both outgoing and incoming transactions. Without the -deprecatedrpc=accounts setting, it will only return incoming transactions (because it used to be possible to create transactions spending from specific accounts, but this is no longer possible with labels).

When -deprecatedrpc=accounts is set, it’s possible to pass the empty string “” to list transactions that don’t have any label. Without -deprecatedrpc=accounts, passing the empty string is an error because returning only non-labeled transactions is not generally useful behavior and can cause confusion.

  • -includeconf=<file> can be used to include additional configuration files. Only works inside the litecoin.conf file, not inside included files or from command-line. Multiple files may be included. Can be disabled from command- line via -noincludeconf. Note that multi-argument commands like -includeconf will override preceding -noincludeconf, i.e.

as litecoin.conf will still include relative.conf.

  • Block storage can be limited under Preferences, in the Main tab. Undoing this setting requires downloading the full blockchain again. This mode is incompatible with -txindex and -rescan.

The -wallet=<path> option now accepts full paths instead of requiring wallets to be located in the -walletdir directory.

If -wallet=<path> is specified with a path that does not exist, it will now create a wallet directory at the specified location (containing a wallet.dat data file, a db.log file, and database/log.?????????? files) instead of just creating a data file at the path and storing log files in the parent directory. This should make backing up wallets more straightforward than before because the specified wallet path can just be directly archived without having to look in the parent directory for transaction log files.

For backwards compatibility, wallet paths that are names of existing data files in the -walletdir directory will continue to be accepted and interpreted the same as before.

Previously, wallets could only be loaded or created at startup, by specifying -wallet parameters on the command line or in the litecoin.conf file. It is now possible to load, create and unload wallets dynamically at runtime:

  • Existing wallets can be loaded by calling the loadwallet RPC. The wallet can be specified as file/directory basename (which must be located in the walletdir directory), or as an absolute path to a file/directory.
  • New wallets can be created (and loaded) by calling the createwallet RPC. The provided name must not match a wallet file in the walletdir directory or the name of a wallet that is currently loaded.
  • Loaded wallets can be unloaded by calling the unloadwallet RPC.

This feature is currently only available through the RPC interface.

Partial spend avoidance

When an address is paid multiple times the coins from those separate payments can be spent separately which hurts privacy due to linking otherwise separate addresses. A new -avoidpartialspends flag has been added (default=false). If enabled, the wallet will always spend existing UTXO to the same address together even if it results in higher fees. If someone were to send coins to an address after it was used, those coins will still be included in future coin selections.

The default minimum transaction fee -mintxfee has been lowered to 0.0001 LTC/kB after relaxing the minimum relay and dust relay fee rates in prior releases.

It is now possible for a single configuration file to set different options for different networks. This is done by using sections or by prefixing the option with the network, such as:

If the following options are not in a section, they will only apply to mainnet: addnode=, connect=, port=, bind=, rpcport=, rpcbind= and wallet=. The options to choose a network (regtest= and testnet=) must be specified outside of sections.

A new ‘label’ API has been introduced for the wallet. This is intended as a replacement for the deprecated ‘account’ API. The ‘account’ can continue to be used in V0.17 by starting litecoind with the ‘-deprecatedrpc=accounts’ argument, and will be fully removed in V0.18.

The label RPC methods mirror the account functionality, with the following functional differences:

  • Labels can be set on any address, not just receiving addresses. This functionality was previously only available through the GUI.
  • Labels can be deleted by reassigning all addresses using the setlabel RPC method.
  • There isn’t support for sending transactions from a label, or for determining which label a transaction was sent from.
  • Labels do not have a balance.

Here are the changes to RPC methods:

Source: https://blog.litecoin.org/litecoin-core-v0-17-1-release-candidate-eeed77c42a22?source=rss—-d41bceeb173b—4

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Market Analysts Say Bitcoin Holders Are Adding On Dips, Noobs Panic Sell

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Rate this post The leading market analysts believe that the long-term holders of Bitcoin are adding the cryptocurrency on dips whereas the people who are beginners are selling the digital assets. The noobs in the crypto industry are selling off their asset and are losing their positions due to the panic situation in the market. Bitcoin Holders Stacking Up, Tells Market Analysts Well, the prices of the leading cryptocurrency seem to have stabilized over the past 24 hours as the panic selling has lowered and the noobs appear to have been pushed out of the market. At the time of writing this article, the price of bitcoin is $45,400, which is up 5% since yesterday, and its low during this period of correction went to as low as $42K on May 17. In addition to this, it should be noted that the correction has already shed 35% in 35 days which ultimately declared it to be the largest one of the current rally and almost copying a likely correction that occurred during the year 2017. Using the data from the weekly report of Glassnode, the analysts have confirmed that the recent entries in the market have surrendered at a loss while the long-term holders have continued to make purchases at the dips. Weak Hands and Noobs Panic Selling  In response to the tweet shared by the owner of Tesla, Elon Musk, heavy selling was witnessed in the market that ultimately led to the tumbling in the prices of Bitcoin to their lowest levels in 20 weeks. Glassnode, the on-chain analytics provider mentioned that the total number of addresses holding a non-zero BTC balance has also retreated from its ATH of 38.7 million as over a million traders in the market elucidated their positions.  Along with this, Glassnode stated: “A total of 1.1M addresses have spent all coins they held during this correction, again providing evidence that panic selling is currently underway.”

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The leading market analysts believe that the long-term holders of Bitcoin are adding the cryptocurrency on dips whereas the people who are beginners are selling the digital assets. The noobs in the crypto industry are selling off their asset and are losing their positions due to the panic situation in the market.

Bitcoin Holders Stacking Up, Tells Market Analysts

Well, the prices of the leading cryptocurrency seem to have stabilized over the past 24 hours as the panic selling has lowered and the noobs appear to have been pushed out of the market.

At the time of writing this article, the price of bitcoin is $45,400, which is up 5% since yesterday, and its low during this period of correction went to as low as $42K on May 17.

In addition to this, it should be noted that the correction has already shed 35% in 35 days which ultimately declared it to be the largest one of the current rally and almost copying a likely correction that occurred during the year 2017.

Using the data from the weekly report of Glassnode, the analysts have confirmed that the recent entries in the market have surrendered at a loss while the long-term holders have continued to make purchases at the dips.

Weak Hands and Noobs Panic Selling 

In response to the tweet shared by the owner of Tesla, Elon Musk, heavy selling was witnessed in the market that ultimately led to the tumbling in the prices of Bitcoin to their lowest levels in 20 weeks.

Glassnode, the on-chain analytics provider mentioned that the total number of addresses holding a non-zero BTC balance has also retreated from its ATH of 38.7 million as over a million traders in the market elucidated their positions. 

Along with this, Glassnode stated:

“A total of 1.1M addresses have spent all coins they held during this correction, again providing evidence that panic selling is currently underway.”

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#Bitcoin #Bitcoin Holders #Market Analysts

Source: https://www.cryptoknowmics.com/news/market-analysts-suggests-bitcoin-holders-are-adding-on-dips-noobs-panic-sell/

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StormGain: Crypto Mining now available on all smartphones

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For many years, cryptocurrency mining has only been reserved to a select few – those people with enough time and capital willing to invest resources into setting up their own mining rigs. However, cloud mining has been quickly gaining speed, and StormGain’s solution removes the technical barriers from the equation in hopes of creating a more even playing field. 

Since miners need to keep several factors in mind, including electricity costs, upkeep and maintenance, and the overall investment return, mining has become less lucrative for the smaller players. StormGain wants to change this narrative, and give everyone the chance to participate in the verification of cryptocurrency transactions, earning a nice income whilst doing so. 

Cloud mining is a prevalent trend in the cryptocurrency industry today. However, many providers claim to offer significant yields and fail to deliver on those promises. StormGain is a different breed, as it provides a mobile-based cloud mining solution. Every user can mine cryptocurrency directly from their mobile phone without dealing with the hardware side of things. Mobile app users connect directly to remote cloud servers, allowing StormGain to provide a risk-free and convenient mining solution, incomparable to those offered by other cloud mining service providers. 

The first step is to register at the StormGain platform using a smartphone – or desktop computer for those who prefer that option. StormGain purposely opts for a pain-free registration process to get as many people acquainted with cloud mining as possible. The registration process also involves a lucrative bonus of $5 USDT, delivered directly to users’ mining accounts. The process is simple – upon registering, use the promo code MINER to receive the bonus. After confirming the account, users can begin mining Bitcoin right away by connecting to the cloud mining server, with no impact whatsoever on the smartphone’s performance. 

After meeting the minimal $10 USDT profit threshold, users are free to trade and exchange their crypto assets with StormGain. Withdrawal of mined currency is not possible without going through the trading process first, but all profit generated via trading can be transferred out of one’s account at any given time – a fair trade-off.

The trading and exchanging via StormGain is available at 0% commission, with users benefiting from all standard and advanced instruments at their disposal. The service also introduces fiat-based cryptocurrency purchasing for those who want to expand their crypto portfolio quickly and effortlessly. 

StromGain has contracted incredible partnerships since its inception, making it the 1# interest rate provider for crypto traders by CoinMarketCap, a member of the well-known Blockchain Association within the Financial Commission, but also an S.S. Lazio official trading partner, and the market’s best cryptocurrency trading & exchange platform, according to The European. To date, StormGain’s trading product notes a 30-day volume of over $6 billion, generated by tens of thousands of traders worldwide. 

What sets StormGain apart from other cloud mining providers is how mining rewards are proportional to trading volume. Users with a higher trading volume will earn a higher daily mining income. Mining with StormGain over more extended periods can have a significant impact on one’s profit potential, showcasing huge capital inflows for the most active miners and traders.  

Cloud mining rewards are distributed every 30-40 minutes. Then, users are free to withdraw the funds to their trading accounts, within less than 72 hours. For newcomers, the first mined Bitcoin rewards will become accessible within 4 hours, a feat that is available nowhere else within the cloud mining industry. 

About StormGain

As part of its services, StormGain’s cloud mining service effectively removes all entry barriers to the mining market. Consequently, there’s no longer a need to invest in expensive mining chips that take up space, make noise, and consume electricity. Contract prices are inherently small so ongoing investments can translate to significant profits over the long term. Since the bitcoin mining service is readily available via the cloud, accessing it via desktop and mobile devices couldn’t be easier, with no hardware and time investments involved. 

Disclaimer: This is a paid post and should not be treated as news/advice.


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Bitcoin’s Market Share Falls Below 40%

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Bitcoin’s market share has fallen below 40% for the first time in three years as altcoin sezun gives rise to many cryptos.

In particular ethereum has risen to its highest crypto market share since the last peak in February 2018, accounting for more than 19%.

That’s almost as much as all other cryptos combined at 21%, which themselves have seen considerable appreciation with the top 20 ranking transformed:

Top 20 cryptos, May 2021
Top 20 cryptos, May 2021

Bitcoin’s market cap has fallen now to $800 billion, while ethereum is almost half of it at $400 billion.

Then we have Binance Coin which is like their token share, worth $80 billion in part because Binance buys it back based on quarterly profits.

Cardano is the only one to survive in rankings from the 2017 ICO whitepaper wave with it on fourth position based on promises of smart contracts ‘soon,’ albeit about five years too late as eth invented smart contracts in 2015.

Doge is perhaps the wildcard crypto as no one thought it would rise to top five, yet maybe it should have been predictable, except no one could guess Elon Musk would shill it even on SNL.

Tether is at the top still with a market cap of $60 billion. Some say the bull will end when tether goes to the second page of rankings, but we’re not sure how much that will be true.

XRP survives. Still no all time high as it fights SEC in court, but it’s clinging on despite being delisted from many exchanges.

Polkadot has risen to a market cap of $37 billion with this trying to solve scalability by getting shards to go through a central coordinator which happens to be a bottleneck.

Finally a new coin, the Internet Computer. Ohh, it’s Dfinity! Finally this has launched. Just now actually on May 10th. We haven’t quite looked at it yet, but back in 2019 Joseph Lubin of ConsenSys said:

“Dfinity has a very strong team. Because dfinity is a currently closed system controlled by a small number of investors and token holders – though they’ve indicated they will open source their project at some point – it is hard to tell, but it appears to me they are less interested in being a global base trust and settlement layer and more like a somewhat decentralized AWS replacement.

They’re likely to do a very good job of this whenever it gets released.

Ultimately, it doesn’t seem viable for Dfinity to be a base trust layer for the planet as there is one fundamental design choice that they and Cosmos made that will prohibit this.

Both Dfinity and Cosmos favor safety or consistency over availability and liveness. This means that if 34% of the nodes on their networks find themselves on the wrong side of some great firewall that blocks traffic for a period, their entire global network will halt, freezing every system built on it.

And there are other known related failure modes. This is a non starter for many different classes of application.”

As it happens, eth 2 has this 34% as well, which is why plenty think the ethereum PoW chain will keep running even if the eth 2 PoS chain becomes dominant.

Bitcoin Cash is down to 10th now with Litecoin keeping on since 2011. Uniswap keeps up and up, with quite interestingly even USDC making top 20 with a market cap of $14 billion (wow).

Solana, this launched in March 2020 and never got our attention but seems a bit interesting on the surface because they claim they use a Proof of History in the blocks themselves or in the transactions.

At the most basic and utterly simplistic to the point of perhaps misleading, it sounds like each transaction has a private key of sorts (a hash) to prove that it was made before its inclusion.

The full details are worthy of study for those interested because, unless our surface view is mistaken, this is an experiment in scientific blockchain pruning.

We all know about the blockchain data ever increasing and that means no scaling. If you can remove old data from storage however, while still being able to prove the history of such old data so that you can trustlessly synch on the network and obviously so that you can prove coins are not just being printed, then there are effectively no scalability constrains.

So if Solana proves itself, their method or some adaptation of it may be incorporated into bitcoin where devs there have been tinkering with crypto hash based pruning, something that would make bitcoin globally scalable.

Polygon (Matic) is a second layer on eth so how this is so valuable is not clear, but the token is probably used in a Proof of Stake environment and so speculators are maybe betting this will find much usage in eth.

VeChain is ancient by crypto standards of the second blockchain generation wave with it focusing more on supply chain use of the blockchain and presumably doing something right since it keeps surviving.

Theta is a new one in rankings, although this launched in January 2018, and is “a blockchain powered network purpose-built for video streaming.”

Showing thus the crypto space is transforming, as was predicted during bear years, with two new entrants as well as an eth token ranking.

Interestingly both new entrants are scaling focused, so maybe at some point we’ll hopefully get out of the 80s dial-up and into 90s broadband when cryptos can go mainstream in usage.

As well as technical challenges to get there, there are also political challenges but somewhat slowly it looks like this space is generally moving in the right direction with innovation still clearly very much booming.

Source: https://www.trustnodes.com/2021/05/18/bitcoins-market-share-falls-below-40

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