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  1. Schalk Bower

    Voting NO on anchor and Oracle master grants

    Just as an update, we plan to get the auditor/backup anchorer completed in roughly 3 months.
  2. Schalk Bower

    Voting NO on anchor and Oracle master grants

    I believe they are time sensitive, other than the obvious security benefits they bring, it brings that extra layer of finality and trust. Once an entry is anchored into Bitcoin it gives that extra layer of confidence. I don't think it would be wise to drop Bitcoin as an anchor. From a marketing...
  3. Schalk Bower

    Voting NO on anchor and Oracle master grants

    Yup definitely, hence my post here: https://factomize.com/forums/threads/voting-no-on-anchor-and-oracle-master-grants.3423/#post-25144 Once we have open source anchor code (which we as an ANO committed to doing without any grant funding). I think it still makes sense to recoup the transaction...
  4. Schalk Bower

    Voting NO on anchor and Oracle master grants

    Some quick math based on https://billfodl.com/pages/bitcoinfees $0.44 per transaction. 144 blocks a day, 30 days a month, 0.44 per anchor. That's still roughly 144*30*0.44=$1,900 a month for anchoring into Bitcoin
  5. Schalk Bower

    Voting NO on anchor and Oracle master grants

    For the oracle master, yes. But private keys aren't "necessary" for anchoring right? Useful, but not necessary
  6. Schalk Bower

    General Update

    We have committed to developing a backup anchorer. For more information see: https://factomize.com/forums/threads/voting-no-on-anchor-and-oracle-master-grants.3423/#post-25144
  7. Schalk Bower

    Voting NO on anchor and Oracle master grants

    TLDR: We will develop a backup anchorer. I believe I have a solution. RewardChain would like to commit to open sourcing and completing our anchor auditing bot as well as extend it’s functionality to automatically anchor into both Bitcoin and Ethereum when it picks up on missed anchors. This...
  8. Schalk Bower

    Question for RewardChain from Nate Miller

    Hi Nate Thank you for your question. I can understand your concerns, particularly with how the timing has worked out. I invite you to see a demo of what we have come up with so far, so that you are able to see this has developed beyond just being an idea...
  9. Schalk Bower

    General Update

    Just to chime in as well. Yup it's totally possible for those users that currently use an adblocker to also block the "paywall". Even now there are several websites that you can only access through a paywall and there are extensions out there to bypass those paywalls. Just like how most the...
  10. Schalk Bower

    General Update

    Hi David, I’d echo what Alistair has already said. This new focus of ours is driven by a problem we have identified that can work very well with Pegnet, and can bring serious usage to the protocol if we as a community can figure out the issues of liquidity, price stability, key management, on...
  11. Schalk Bower

    Possible restructuring of EC price to encourage volume...

    I personally think tiered pricing would be troublesome. In this scenario, SaaS applications, such as Apollo and Facto API would be in a tier that costs low and can therefore offer writing to Factom at a low priced tier. So people with small volume, would likely use that instead of "manually"...
  12. Schalk Bower

    Problems with how we currently anchor

    I think that is a good point and strong argument for not wanting the writing of anchors to be done directly in Factom. Do you know if there has been any decision made whether Factom will open source the anchor maker software? Regarding whether auditing should be part of factomd in the future...
  13. Schalk Bower

    Problems with how we currently anchor

    Anchoring I disagree with there being no advantage in anchoring being developed directly in factomd. However, I acknowledge there are also disadvantages to this. Lets break down some of the advantages/disadvantages Advantages: Transparent - I know you can argue that this doesn't need to be...
  14. Schalk Bower

    Problems with how we currently anchor

    I know Adam from Canonical Ledgers has looked into the factomd code and has put through a pull request as well. But I'm not sure of any other community members which have gotten deep into the code.
  15. Schalk Bower

    Problems with how we currently anchor

    Thanks Benny. I haven't come up with a timeline yet, but I'll ballpark now: Setup and run a bitcoind node for querying / validating the anchors Setup github repository with fresh nodejs project Loop through all directory blocks and check ( 1. There is an entry in the Factom Anchor Chain...
  16. Schalk Bower

    Problems with how we currently anchor

    As we have almost 21 ANOs on boarded and the guides are in the process of organising the next round of ANOs. The protocol will have multiple teams promoting it and developing tools utilising it. So I believe it is becoming increasingly important that these anchors are validated, especially as...
  17. Schalk Bower

    Problems with how we currently anchor

    Anchoring into Bitcoin is central to the trust in the protocol. Below I have listed problems with the current anchoring and would like to open up the discussion around the outlined problems and a way forward to address these problems. Problem: Anchoring is central and no one is validating the...
  18. Schalk Bower

    Should a "Neutral Information Website" Committee be created? And does anyone want to head it?

    RewardChain supports this. I'm glad you also mentioned, "Factom protocol code documentation". I personally think either, the documentation committee is dissolve and the suggested committee is created to include the work for documentation. Or the two committees will work very closely together...
  19. Schalk Bower

    API wishlist

    I would like: 1. API calls that get director block information to include information on the Anchor(s) 2. Consistent "raw" or a separate API call, to get the hex of the raw binary for the block from the start of the header to the end of the body. Currently the directory block includes raw in...
  20. Schalk Bower

    Update on Factomize / Canonical Ledgers Development Project

    Good work guys! It's shaping up nicely and the open source code is a valuable resource for other developers. Thanks for the contribution CL and Factomize
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