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Oh shit, I think it’s dead

For 27 minutes the TurtleCoin blockchain was dead on the table. We shouted at it, poked it with sticks, it was muerto.. Difficulty went from a healthy 2 Billion-ish area to 1, not 1 Billion, but 1, a single digit.

What went wrong? What does this mean?

First, you’re reading this because we’re back online and working. Rest assured everything is fine. We were down for less than half an hour and stayed in touch with services the entire way. Had this gone any worse, you’d be reading this story from the back of a milk carton.

The difficulty with difficulty

Difficulty is the part of mining that makes sure that whether there’s 1 person mining, or 100 million people mining, that blocks stay difficult enough for a miner to solve so that we crack one every 30 seconds. Sometimes it can be 15 seconds, sometimes it can be 45, but as long as it averages 30 seconds over a few day’s worth of blocks, everything is fine.

Our difficulty algorithm is LWMA2, by Zawy12. This algorithm is suitable for networks of our size to keep our block difficulty smooth of spikes in the graph. It uses a moving average based on the blocks that came before the current one being mined to keep a constant adjustment of this difficulty factor so that no matter how many miners join us, all blocks come out as close to 30 seconds as possible.

Normally our difficulty algorithm works just fine, however during fork upgrades, especially ones that will radically change our hashrate, we have to make a best guess ahead of time of where we’ll be before, during and after fork hashrate wise. In this case, our test scenarios told us the difficulty adjustment we chose was good, but as with all things, running in production was a different story.

You can see the actual shit hitting the fan right here.

7:51 PM We first knew something was up, the first 11 blocks on the new algorithm came immediately, and difficulty immediately dropped to 1.

7:56 PM We had formed a plan and had an upgrade in the works when we realized what had happened. At this time we notified in #announcements on discord that there was a momentary delay and to stay tuned for a patch. Major exchanges and block producers were also notified.

Only a single exchange responded to our advisory. Their response time was 3 minutes.

8:03 PM We began tweeting the situation live after a mad scramble to find the login credentials. Not a single complaint was received during the delay, which was absolutely wonderful.

8:12 PM A patch is submitted and being built by CI on github to produce binaries. The source is released as 0.18.1 for others to build on their own while CI builds.

Wait a minute… did he merge without waiting for CI/CD tests to finish?!

8:14 PM Patch seems to work, we begin passing it on via Twitter and Discord to users. To bring some light to the situation we adopt the hashtag #BorkedFork

8:15 PM At this time we’ve received no complaints and only a single exchange responded to our message, which they responded in 3 minutes (Thanks TO, you’re a real one). We hold our breath and wait for the block producing (read: really big) pools to pass enough blocks to make it official.

8:33 PM Things have been going smooth enough at this point that we feel we can say we’ve revived the network and things are currently humming along at a blistering 159MH.

Well done everyone. You all helped each other to relay the correct information regarding the patch and we all made it through this small stumble.

This likely won’t be the last time we’ll go through this but a lesson learned is a lesson earned and we won’t be letting go of what we were taught tonight for quite some time. Thanks everyone who participated, especially IBMCD for providing the patch like a champ in just minutes. Bravo, all of you.

TurtleCoin®  Core Team

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Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin® (August 28, 2019)

This week, we kicked ass and simultaneously remembered to write about it, further confirming the hypothesis that we live in a simulation.

..and even with this, we still can’t get @turtlecoin on twitter.
Dear @jack, I’m going to need to see some origami.

It has been known since TurtleCoin® began picking up steam after Bebop lost the bet that something special was happening. The community was coming together in more ways than anyone could have anticipated. People all over the world were flocking to join in the project by creating memes, building tools, contributing code, launching services, hosting public nodes, pools, etc.

The community has grown quickly and has seen numerous code forks that follow our lead as we aim to provide a place for education, innovation, and hard work that gives rise to a smarter, more involved, and all together better cryptocurrency experience for all. The community was and still is building something special, ney, Turtlely, that we hope will become a household name. Over a year ago, one of us began the process of helping to protect the TurtleCoin® brand that has been built. One of the core began the process of applying for the trademark “TurtleCoin” with the USPTO using their own funds. Today, August 27, 2019, we received word that the TurtleCoin® trademark registration has completed and the registration certificate has been issued. As the USPTO does not issue trademarks to anonymous communities, the core member has assigned the trademark registration to one of their holding companies with the intent to use the mark solely with the TurtleCoin® project.

Over the course of the next few weeks, you see updates to the project branding guides, website, tools, etc. that reflect the use of the federally registered trademark TurtleCoin®. This is a milestone that many cryptocurrency projects only dream of and often fail to obtain and it is with great pride and excitement that we let everyone know that TurtleCoin® is here to stay.

Developer Updates

This is a place where anybody in our community can submit a post about the TRTL project they’re working on. It’s a great way to attract helpers for your project and show people what to keep an eye out for. We encourage you to show works in progress as well as finished products, as we’re happy to see them all and it shows that we’re an active community.

nodes.turtlecoin.lol

TurtleCoin Blockchain Explorer

I did a bit of work this past weekend and put together a quick node package that polls the list of Public Nodes from the JSON repository. It keeps track of the history much like http://trtl.nodes.pub/ but does so on a 2 minute timer instead of a 10 minute one. Then I wired that up to the TurtlePay blockchain cache API (https://docs.turtlepay.io), added a jazzy display of the data to the Explorer, and hit the commit and push buttons. The result is available via the TurtleCoin Explorer under Nodes. Give it a look and let me know if you have any feedback.

IBMCD

https://explorer.turtlecoin.lol

Zpalmtree (pictured) after the first semi-successful VioletMiner test on ARM boards.

Violetminer

“Hello friends,

A week passes so quickly. The ARM optimizations I mentioned last week got completed, but surprisingly, they actually performed worse than the reference implementation! After some investigation, this is actually to be expected. Rotations are quite slow to perform on NEON and this is a large part of the Argon2 algorithm, which might explain the lack of speed. Don’t quote me on that, though. However, the reference CPU still performs pretty well on SBC’s, and for some people may get better performance than xmrig.

As it turns out, GPUs are quite competitive for chukwa, so I have now started working on adding Nvidia support to violetminer. I’ve never used CUDA before, so am not sure how long this will take or if it will be competitive, but hopefully it will turn out well and teach me a lot too.

If this goes well, I’ll also look into adding AMD support – I don’t have an AMD GPU, so would probably have to buy one or rent one of AWS – that’s why I’m starting with Nvidia.

Shoutout to all the guys in the Mining and ARM channels who have helped test or taught me stuff :)”

Zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/violetminer

Standalone Web Wallet

Started working on a client-side web wallet that can be hosted statically (think Github) or ran locally. The interface will allow users to create new wallets which are stored locally on their device. Users can load these locally stored wallets and see incoming and outgoing transactions as well execute transactions, export keys and generate sub-addresses. As default, the wallet will sync against the Blockchain Cache API provided and maintained by TurtlePay, but users will also have the possibility to sync against any daemon of their liking. Currently only generating new wallets work as seen in the video.

fexra

daemon pinger

This is part 1, part 2 ought to be done next week. All this does is grab the /info blob from a TurtleCoin daemon’s RPC endpoint and measure how long it took for the request. It has been configured to work with the specifics of Google Functions serverless environment, however, as can be seen, the code can run anywhere that supports Node.js 10. Will post another update in the next roundup with part 2 🙂

SoreGums

https://github.com/SoreGums/daemon-pinger

Moving Up!

It’s always good to be recognized! These are the people who gained new roles in the community this week!

  • Fipsi gained the TESTER role this week, thanks Fipsi! Tester role is important to us because it is a self-applied role that people can give themselves if they’d like to be a crash-test-turtle for new releases before they come out. If you’d like to be a Tester, in the discord chat, type *tester in any room to get notifications when we have test builds!

Good First Issues

Good First Issues are tickets that are marked as ‘easy wins’ for new developers. If you want to be a TurtleCoin Developer, these are great tasks to start with!

  • Use matches property in ApiDispatcher regex #862
    Some calls in the ApiDispatcher use a regex, for example, getTransactionDetails. They then extract the query parameters. We could instead extract hashStr using the matches property on the req object, by adding a capture group to the hash regex. 
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/862
  • Remove no longer relevant asserts #811
    Since pretty much everyone runs the daemon in release mode, instead of debug mode, we’ve ended up where we have a number of asserts which constantly trigger, due to altered/moved/rewritten sections of code.
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/811
  • Daemon+WalletBackend timestamp adjustments #704
    The current /getwalletsyncdata rounds a timestamp to midnight. Depending on what time of the day you start a fresh wallet, you may have no blocks to grab (we need to roll back a bit more than we currently do with the timestamp adjustment), or too many (since it’s rounding to midnight which is quite far away).
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/704

Earn TRTL

  • 10-20 TRTL “10 TRTL Bounty – subscribe to DeroGold’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLKotoL38tq9s87CrapTMzQ Just ping me and say subscribed and I will take your word for it (will give a total of 20 trtl if you want to post a screenshot confirmation)” Rogerrobers
  • 500000 “Integrate TurtleCoin in BTCPay Server
    Info: BTCPay Server is one of the most used, self-hosted, free and fully open-source payment processor project focused on privacy. BTCPay Server has beside other things Point of Sale, Crowdfunding appliations and integration in widely used e-commerce platforms like WooCommerce, Drupal, Presta, Magento. Please don’t take the bounty if you have no intentions to maintain it. More at: https://btcpayserver.org/ Bonus 100k TRTL if you use TurtlePay™ to get it done” Elkim

Pay With TRTL

In the Discord we have a channel called #Merchandise where people can post things you can buy with TRTL. To view items for sale, check the pinned posts in that channel. These are a few of the items from this week.

All items in our shop:

  • ‘Small NEOS Voyager Overshoes’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #124437
  • ‘Alan Wake Collector’s edition (Xbox 360)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #196847
  • -Xbox one games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #355973
  • ‘Orignal NES in Box’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #496247
  • Lot of bluray tv series’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #514474
  • ‘eBook’ by DroppingThePacketsHard²#4751ID: #726088
  • -Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTE’ by Elkim#7747ID: #753245
  • -ASUS X570 STRIX GAMING-F’ by Elkim#7747ID: #862191
  • Xbox 360 Slim (120GB) + 9 Games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #863214
  • ‘Final Fantasy XIII2 Collector’s Edition (PS3)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #867107
  • ‘Lot of 4 Nintendo Gamecub Games.’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #957775
  • ‘Lot of 5 Game Boy Games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #983802
  • ‘Lot of bluray movies’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350ID: #994017
  • ASUS X370 ROG CROSSHAIR VI EXTREME’ by Elkim#7747ID: #010771

    Provided by fipsi#0789 and DroppingThePacketsHard²#4751

Free Advertising

This is a spot to spam anything TurtleCoin related that you would like to advertise, it’s free to put an ad in the roundup.

Shoutouts & Thanks

This is the place to mention someone in the community who has done something nice or deserves recognition.

  • Rogerrobers Shout out Leo congrats on the baby!!
  • JAPAKAR DUH di doy doy Thanks to all around here still going strong! I havent been able to get online much at all but looking forward to the 1.8 block!
  • rock shouts out to all the nerds who made chukwa possible, and all the service providers who made a smooth landing on the latest version good work. thanks to the testers who helped, and thanks to everyone who’s been dedicated to this task of keeping mining fair for as many people as possible. you’re doing good stuff.
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This Week In TurtleCoin (August 20, 2019)

We’re forking ready to get this show on the road!

Developer Updates

This is a place where anybody in our community can submit a post about the TRTL project they’re working on. It’s a great way to attract helpers for your project and show people what to keep an eye out for. We encourage you to show works in progress as well as finished products, as we’re happy to see them all and it shows that we’re an active community. To submit your post, click this link

Proton Wallet

Proton Wallet

Hey guys, I’ve just released the newest version of Proton Wallet, my wallet client for TurtleCoin. As always, you can download it at the link below. This wallet rewrites a ton of the logic powering the wallet and makes the entire thing leaner, meaner, and more modular. There’s also a few new features: closing to tray being toggleable in settings, a lock button in the navbar, as well as an auto-lock feature which locks your wallet with a password after 15 minutes of inactivity. Check out the changelog on the releases page for more details (and download the latest release!) Hope you guys are enjoying the wallet

ExtraHash

https://getproton.org/

TurtlePay

TurtlePay

After much consideration, I’m working on adding the ability for developers to supply their own view key and address when creating a new payment request. In doing so, TurtlePay will continue to monitor the TurtleCoin blockchain for incoming funds and fire alerts as it does now; however, it will never actually have access to the funds as the user will send funds directly to the specified wallet. This provides another avenue for payment processing that other projects do not have.

IBMCD

https://turtlepay.io

violetminer

violetminer

My miner has come a long way since the last roundup post. It is fully functional now, and has had lots of optimizations implemented for the different intrinsics available on different x86-64 CPUs. From my tests, it hashes just as well as trtlrig or better!

Today I’m working on adding some ARM optimizations, which I think trtlrig doesn’t have yet, so make sure to check out the hashrate after I get those in if you’re an SBC fan 🙂

Aside from the hashing speed improvements, there were lots of improvements to how the miner communicates with the pool. Still lots more to make the miner easier to use though, I need to improve the hashrate reporting, and add some interactive commands. Hopefully I can get that done before the fork date arrives!

Zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/violetminer

Moving on up! Thanks to all the community members who took new roles in the community this week!

Moving Up!

It’s always good to be recognized! These are the people who gained new roles in the community this week!

Sajo8, PstarSR, DroppingThePacketsHard, Farhod – Contributor

Great job, y’all!

Good First Issues

Good First Issues are tickets that are marked as ‘easy wins’ for new developers. If you want to be a TurtleCoin Developer, these are great tasks to start with!

  • Use matches property in ApiDispatcher regex #862
    Some calls in the ApiDispatcher use a regex, for example, getTransactionDetails. They then extract the query parameters. We could instead extract hashStr using the matches property on the req object, by adding a capture group to the hash regex. 
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/862
  • Remove no longer relevant asserts #811
    Since pretty much everyone runs the daemon in release mode, instead of debug mode, we’ve ended up where we have a number of asserts which constantly trigger, due to altered/moved/rewritten sections of code.
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/811
  • Daemon+WalletBackend timestamp adjustments #704
    The current /getwalletsyncdata rounds a timestamp to midnight. Depending on what time of the day you start a fresh wallet, you may have no blocks to grab (we need to roll back a bit more than we currently do with the timestamp adjustment), or too many (since it’s rounding to midnight which is quite far away).
    https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/704

Pay With TRTL

In the Discord we have a channel called #Merchandise where people can post things you can buy with TRTL. To view items for sale, check the pinned posts in that channel. These are a few of the items from this week.

List of all items
Type -item in the #merchandise channel in Discord to view more details for an item

  • ‘Small NEOS Voyager Overshoes’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #124437
  • ‘Alan Wake Collector’s edition (Xbox 360)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #196847
  • ‘Orignal NES in Box’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #496247
  • ‘Lot of bluray tv series’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #514474
  • ‘eBook’ by DroppingThePacketsHard²#4751
    ID: #726088
  • ‘-Gigabyte X570 AORUS MASTE’ by Elkim#7747
    ID: #753245
  • ‘-ASUS X570 STRIX GAMING-F’ by Elkim#7747
    ID: #862191
  • ‘ Xbox 360 Slim (120GB) + 9 Games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #863214
  • ‘Final Fantasy XIII2 Collector’s Edition (PS3)’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #867107
  • ‘Lot of 4 Nintendo Gamecub Games.’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #957775
  • ‘- Hand Forged Damascus Hunting Knife ‘ by Ftwjason#9933
    ID: #958971
  • ‘Lot of 5 Game Boy Games’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #983802
  • ‘Lot of bluray movies’ by Dustin Thewind | turtleland.fun#1350
    ID: #994017
  • ‘ASUS X370 ROG CROSSHAIR VI EXTREME’ by Elkim#7747
    ID: #010771

This MerchandiseBot item listing provided by fipsi#0789 and DroppingThePacketsHard²#4751

Free Advertising

This is a spot to spam anything TurtleCoin related that you would like to advertise, it’s free to put an ad in the roundup.

  • Hi Guys, it is with great regret that I announce that the turtlepool.space mining pool will be closing. I have been here since day one, and it’s been fantastic to see the community grow and develop from 20 people meming, and network forks every hour, to the 15,000 members there are now. I will still keep other services I run going, such as the tag/star discord bot, and my public node. For more details, please see the attached link. http://turtlepool.space/pool_closure.html
  • I used to have one of the higher fees, not anymore muahaha! Still going, even better uptime thanks to the crew here! http://turtle.japakar.com
  • List of nodes and pools! https://trtl.nodes.pub/

Shoutouts & Thanks

This is the place to mention someone in the community who has done something nice or deserves recognition.

  • Rogerrobers Shout out Leo congrats on the baby!!
  • JAPAKAR DUH di doy doy Thanks to all around here still going strong! I havent been able to get online much at all but looking forward to the 1.8 block!
  • Rock shouts out to the usual suspects keeping the karaoke channel going :D, and to the nerds in Abylon who keep their d20’s rolling strong
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Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (July 23, 2019)

This guy’s hairline is better than mine and that is perfectly okay.

Developer Updates

This is a place where anybody in our community can submit a post about the TRTL project they’re working on. It’s a great way to attract helpers for your project and show people what to keep an eye out for. We encourage you to show works in progress as well as finished products, as we’re happy to see them all and it shows that we’re an active community. To submit your post, click this link

TurtleAds

TurtleAds is an ad platform for TurtleCoin. You can advertise your node, website or anything else and pay with TRTL. Then people who own websites can embed your ads and will get paid for it. The project is still in a very early development phase and will launch in the next 2 to 3 months..

fipsi#0789

Sabo, Revolutionary (Pictured) surrounded by public node earnings

Public Node

I have just set up a node for a project I am working on, meanwhile feel free to connect to this public node.

Sabo (Revolutionary)

http://165.22.97.214:11898

Hey kid, you ever had a TPN? *opens coat*

TurtleCoin public node setup guide

For when you want to run an awesome public node but are on a very tight budget.

This guide covers the entire setup and build of the TurtleCoin public node as well as running it. It also covers the setting up of the front page for the public node. This guide was tested with various versions of Ubuntu using Google Cloud virtual machines with the aim of ultimate cost effectiveness and ease of use..

forcejunky

https://github.com/forcejunky/turtlecoin-budget-public-node-guide

Crypto lib’s just purrin’ like a cat

TurtleCoin-Crypto

I’ve performed a few small updates to the TurtleCoin-Crypto project that helps to make life a bit easier.

1) Javascript builds (.js and WASM) now build to single files to make it easier to import for packing.

2) Enabled a handful of optimizations that reduce the Javascript & WASM build file sizes significantly and results in slightly faster code execution.

3) Added Node v12 support

4) Added support for gcc 4.x versions for those of us running ancient build systems (dropped requirement to c++11)

IBMCD

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-crypto

TurtleCoin-Utils

A bit of work was done on this package to make it easier to work with TurtleCoin data:

1) Added support for Node v12 (thanks to TurtleCoin-Crypto updates)

2) General code cleanup

3) Added exports for the underlying Crypto module (in the event you want to get your hands dirty)

4) Added export for new Block object that allows for deserializing and serializing blocks to/from blobs. It also allows for the calculation of the block id (hash) as well as the PoW hash.

5) Added export for new Transaction object that allows for deserializing and serializing transactions to/from blobs. Also provides a property for the transaction prefix hash as well as the full transaction hash (when loaded with signatures) and supports version 2 transactions.

Next up, I’ll be working on the necessary transformations for handling block templates for mining pools.

IBMCD

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-utils

If you write about your backend and don’t include a pic, this is what happens.

turtlecoin-wallet-backend

Lots more updates to the JS wallet backend this week. These have mainly been fueled by extra’s new GUI wallet, proton, finding bugs and requesting features – check if out if you haven’t already.

Updates include…

  • Faster syncing in some environments
  • Fix bug when sending transactions to self
  • Fix bug with locked balance not been correctly updated
  • rewind() function, and daemon connection status events
  • Faster cryptography for those in a browser env thanks to turtlecoin-utils upgrade

If you didn’t know already, this library lets you create, import, sync and send transactions all from JavaScript. A lot of people have started building applications on top of it, and I’m excited to see what more can be built.

Check it out: https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-wallet-backend-js

Zpalm

TonChan

A few weeks ago I promised an update to TonChan, unfortunately, that slipped a little. I got distracted upgrading React Native for 64 bit builds which caused me to spend a lot of time fixing the build for the newer library.

That is all done now, and I’ve decided to add a few more features than planned to the release.

Currently implemented:

  • 64 bit support
  • Faster syncing
  • Auto optimize support
  • Better memory management
  • Icons that fit better with Android style
  • Faster transaction creation
  • Tons of bug fixes

And before a release, I also want to improve the background syncing process, and possibly add transaction filtering and fingerprint unlocking.

Hopefully these won’t take so long to implement.

Zpalm

Good First Issues

Good First Issues are tickets that are marked as ‘easy wins’ for new developers. If you want to be a TurtleCoin Developer, these are great tasks to start with!

Daemon+WalletBackend timestamp adjustments
The current /getwalletsyncdata rounds a timestamp to midnight. Depending on what time of the day you start a fresh wallet, you may have no blocks to grab (we need to roll back a bit more than we currently do with the timestamp adjustment), or too many (since it’s rounding to midnight which is quite far away).
https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/704

Remove no longer relevant asserts
Since pretty much everyone runs the daemon in release mode, instead of debug mode, we’ve ended up where we have a number of asserts which constantly trigger, due to altered/moved/rewritten sections of code.
https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/811

QueryBlocksDetailed does not populate transaction extra “raw” property in response
.transactions[i].extra.raw is not populated in the code as it should be.
https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/issues/815

Pay With TRTL

In the Discord we have a channel called #Merchandise where people can post things you can buy with TRTL. To view items for sale, check the pinned posts in that channel. These are a few of the items from this week.

mikeykones’s dad hats

TURTLECOIN DAD HATS 🧢 199k TRTL free shipping anywhere in the US, 299k TRTL shipped anywhere else in the world!

Red, black, grey and cream are available currently

Contact @MikeyKones in discord for details!

Free Advertising

This is a spot to spam anything TurtleCoin related that you would like to advertise, it’s free to put an ad in the roundup.

  • Hi 🙂 I’m working on a new game for Turtlecoin. It’s a web based card game where you can collect the emojis from the discord and then fight other players using them. The game will launch in the next 10 days, if you want to stay informed about updates join my discord server. Hope to see you there 🙂 https://discord.gg/USK4Zvb
  • I updated my node to 14.6! http://turtle.japakar.com

Shoutouts & Thanks

This is the place to mention someone in the community who has done something nice or deserves recognition.

  • SoreGums – “stay gone” your game is cool, https://shellwars.de.cool/ – I like the graphics and UI, looking forward to see what you do next 🙂
  • JAPAKAR.com – Thanks again to the community! As always! You guys rock 🙂
  • Japakar King of the Ozarks – Youre all welcome into my Ozark forest. There is magical fairies to eat, they taste like frogs.
  • Dungeon Master – Thanks to all who were part of the adventure this week, let’s shoot for sometime between Friday and Sunday
  • Rock – Shouts out to all the comedians with heart out there crackin jokes to two man crowds
Image result for site:imgur.com ballin

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CN Turtle Will Steal Your Girl

With all the commotion about the next fork upgrade, and the debut of our new hashing algo, CN Turtle, I wanted to make sure everyone has the run down about the fork upgrade before it arrives in a few weeks. Today, I got with IBurnMyCD who has been the lead on this algo and got a short interview about what is CN Turtle and what does it mean to me, both as a miner and a user.

If you’re a miner, a user, or a fan of fine rewritable optical media, I think you’ll enjoy this article. It was a fun interview. If you have any questions, just click this link and join us in the chat, we’re all here waiting on you.

We’re all gonna make it

RockSteady

@iburnmycd thanks for taking the time to do this interview. I wanted to get with you to discuss the upcoming fork upgrade in simple terms so our users know what’s in store for them.
First, what is the deal with this fork upgrade and why are we doing this?

iburnmycd

Thanks for having me @RockSteady (TRTL). It’s always an honour to help let the community that isn’t in the Discord all the time to catch the latest and greatest news. A while back, the project made the commitment to the community that the project would do its best to remain mineable for as many users as possible. Part of holding to that commitment is investigating, testing, implementing, and upgrading the Proof of Work used by the project. We’ve done this with experimenting with CN Soft Shell that a few forks of TurtleCoin have implemented and again with CN Turtle that we’re forking to at block 1,200,000. This upgrade is designed to help keep the project mineable for everyone by reducing the resource requirements necessary to mine. As a result, everyone will see higher hash rates which also means that there is a higher chance of solving a block as each miner will be producing hashes noticeably faster. However, there will be more hashes required (on average) to find a block. Our hope is that in the larger scope of things, this works out to be a win for the the littlest miners.

RockSteady

You mentioned our miners will be mining faster, what does that translate to for someone who has 100H/s of CPU power or another person who has 100H/s of GPU power?

iburnmycd

Based on testing, we estimate that miners will see on average an increase of anywhere between 3.0x and 4.0x for CPUs and 2.0x to 3.0x on GPUs. Personally, on my hardware I’ve observed a 3.8x increase on my CPU (AMD 1950x) and 2.8x on my GPU (AMD Vega64). However, not every CPU and GPU performs the same so the increase may be more or less than what we’ve observed. Variations in drivers, the mining software used, etc may result in higher or lower increases; however, what we can all agree on is that miners will see an increase in hashrate, no matter how small, due to the lower resource requirement and iteration count. On average a miner who was seeing 100H/s on CPU may see approximately 350H/s and a miner seeing 100H/s on GPU may see approximately 250H/s after the upgrade takes effect.

RockSteady

That’s great news. Let’s say you’re a miner, what do you need to do to be ready? Are most major miners already ready to work? And what if you’re just a user, do you have to do anything?

iburnmycd

That depends on how you mine 🙂 If you’re a solo miner and you use the miner binary distributed with the project, you’ll need only upgrade to v0.12.0 once it’s released. The miner software will automatically switch to the new PoW algorithm when it’s time. If you’re mining with a pool, you’ll need to contact the pool operator or check their website to verify that they have upgraded their pool software for the upgrade. If they haven’t, you might want to give them a gentle reminder that they need to do so. In addition, you’ll want to make sure that you have the latest release of your favorite mining software. For instance, we’ve released the necessary updates for xmr-stak via trtl-stak (https://github.com/turtlecoin/trtl-stak/releases/latest) that has the updated algorithm available as cryptonight_turtle. In the coming weeks, we’ll submit a pull request to the main xmr-stak repo to support the change. We’re still working the kinks out of the automatic algorithm switch in the package but in the event we don’t work that in, a miner need only manually switch the algorithm, delete their CPU & GPU configs, and let the software do the rest. We’re still working on adding support into XMRig and hope to have that completed before the network upgrade. We’ve also received information that SRBminer has also implemented the algorithm. Users of that mining software will need to switch the algorithm over when it’s time. Everyone, miners or not, need to keep their eyes out for the v0.12.0 release of the project. Service Operators, home users, pool operators, and other services will need to upgrade to v0.12.0 well ahead of block 1,200,000 to be ready for the upgrade. For most users, this upgrade will be like any other upgrade that we’ve done where you drop the new version in and you’re good to go.

RockSteady

Whats the best way to see how long we have before the upgrade takes effect?

iburnmycd

The quickest and fastest way is to head on over to the official block explorer at https://explorer.turtlecoin.lol/ In the Network Stats area, you’ll see an area that says Next Network Upgrade In (est.) with the approximate number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the next network upgrade.

RockSteady

Thanks for taking a second to tell us about the fork upgrade, is there anything else you wanted to add?

iburnmycd

If you’re reading this and you are not on Discord, you should be. We’d love to have you. It’s the only way to get a real feel for the project and meet all the different personalities. If you want to help out, there’s plenty of different areas to check out from development, education, marketing, international groups, and everything in between. Discord is the best place to meet other cryptocurrency developers who share a passion for the technology and their projects. Besides, where else can you learn about codename Chukwa?

RockSteady

:smiley: Thanks
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Weekly Update

This Week & Last Week in TurtleCoin (DEC 10th & 17th, 2018)

We got a little busy last week and a roundup article didn’t get written. Sorry for that, but there’s no time like the present to get this week’s article published!

Did you know you can type *news to get an alert every time we publish these articles? Try it! Go to the chat, and type *news

Developer Updates

TurtleCoin BLOC GUI Miner(dec 10, 2018) BLOC GUI Miner is a wrapper for XMR-STAK and XMRIG and comes built-in with XMR-STAK. We are working on a new update for our BLOC GUI Miner to support more cryptonote coins and to make it easy for anyone to update a coin or to add-edit a mining pool and much more. The 1st one to be added is TurtleCoin The main interface display the most important informations and links regarding TurtleCoin. We are collecting the data from CoinGecko for each coin and store it into a database where the BLOC GUI Miner has access using a private API. We still have to polish the exchanges stats on the left currently not displaying the right data. But everything else is working. This project is open source so anyone is able to contribute by adding/editing their own mining pools directly using the BLOC GUI Miner GitHub rep as soon as we launch the new version in the next few days. We also have added list of website from the TRTL network, social networks, Coin informations with Price, Network status and more. All the informations are contain in a single file called content.json makes it very easy for everyone to contribute to it. Any feedback is welcome before the official release in few days. Thank you! – FuriousTeam

(dec 17 2018) – First we would like to say a thank you to everyone for the great feedback we got from the previous release. Some users reported us not to be able to start the BLOC GUI Miner on different systems. We spent the last 3 days improving the miner and today we are happy to announce that the new version is fully compatible with all Windows (7 and 10), macOS (Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave) and Linux (14.04, 16.04, 18.04) operating system. Also there was another problem with macOS users with the last build. We found out that XMR-STAK require Xcode and microhttpd dependencies and this is mandatory. Installing such dependencies can be challenging for some users. For this reason we switched the BLOC GUI Miner macOS version to XMRIG as it is included as a bundle so macOS users will not require to installing anything else beside the actual BLOC GUI Miner. This version should work smoothly. Again we are looking for your feedbacks. This is the most important for us. Feedbacks keep us alive. Thank you. What’s new in 0.0.3 ? BLOC GUI Miner v0.0.3 comes with XMR-STAK 2.7.1 or XMRIG 2.8.3 already built-in, including configuration files for CPU and GPU mining in most of the cases. – Added XMRIG full support for all current and future coins – Fixed content.json file (that cause a major crash on the previous version) – Updated XMR-STAK with latest official binaries v2.7.1 – Replaced XMR-RIG for macOS – 7 binaries available for Windows, macOS, Linux v0.0.3 update details: https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner/releases/tag/v0.0.3 BLOC GUI Miner Github: https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner How to install on windows: https://wiki.bloc.money/mining/BLOC-GUI-Miner-using/#windows How to install on macOS: https://wiki.bloc.money/mining/BLOC-GUI-Miner-using/#mac-os How to install on Linux: https://wiki.bloc.money/mining/BLOC-GUI-Miner-using/#linux How to mine TurtleCoin: https://wiki.bloc.money/mining/bloc-gui-miner-using/#mining-turtlecoin-trtl BLOC GUI Miner is a beautiful, easy to use, Graphical User interface for mining multiple cryptocurrencies based on cryptonote. It is aimed at getting people that have never tried mining before with a focus on accessibility, security and simplicity. BLOC GUI Miner support two very popular miner backends: xmr-stak and xmrig BLOC GUI Miner comes with XMR-STAK 2.7.1 and XMRIG 2.8.3 already built-in, including configuration files for CPU and GPU mining in most of the cases. Some antivirus packages detect cryptocurrency miners as malware and will remove the miner as soon as it’s started. In order for the BLOC GUI miner to function, you’ll need to exclude the miner from being scanned by your antivirus software. Download and install BLOC GUI Miner for Windows, Mac and Linux from GitHub Everyone can add their own cryptocurrency to the BLOC GUI Miner as long as it is supported by XMR-STAK and XMRIG. In the same time everyone can add/edit a mining pool into the BLOC GUI Miner. More details here: https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner/tree/master/coins Much more is coming soon. – FuriousTeam

https://github.com/furiousteam/BLOC-GUI-Miner

lite-blocks – The testnet is going good so far.. we have achieved more than 95% reduction in size of the block being propogated.. some more testing and then you all can benefit from this new feature.. If I am thinking right then following are the benefits/advantages
1. less bandwidth usage for those who are running nodes 24/7
2. takes less time to reach more nodes compared to current situation
3. from the above point we can also deduce that less orphans will be created
Also iburnmycd is writing an article entirely based on this feature.. I’m eager to see what he comes up with – Rashedmyt

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/pull/623

CN_Turtle Testnet – Now that PoW algo [1] has been announced for block 1,200,000 lets start testing it all out. The project needs some people to run some infrastructure (seed nodes, pool, explorer). We’ll also need some testers to send a few hundred hashes at it and check the miners are all OK as they get updated. In the next day or two we’ll be able to compile the testnet bits [2] and even just run straight from containers [3] then we’ll aim for an upgrade height for around midnight Saturday UTC specifically block 1,060,600. So anyone that wants to help out with infrastructure bits please ping me SoreGums#8071 in discord [4] to get added to #dev_testnet, everyone has access to view this channel if you’re curious as well. – soregums
[1] https://blog.turtlecoin.lol/archives/proof-of-work-algorithm-change/
[2] https://github.com/turtlecoin/testnet/tree/cntrtl-v2
[2] https://github.com/SoreGums/docker
[3] http://chat.turtlecoin.lol

https://github.com/turtlecoin/testnet/tree/cntrtl-v2

TurtleEDU – The first week of the beta-semester for TurtleEDU is underway! Our test-students have already found a bunch of bugs and corrections, and even a whole section I’d forgotten to upload. Current obstacles are still working out some kinks in the login/email system, thanks to Greywolf for your patience and help troubleshooting in the meantime. Overall, we’ve received positive remarks mostly, and plan to add more revisions to the class before proceeding with the next classes. We’d like to move in a logical order from newbie -> smart TRTL user, and then next we’d like to turn those smart TRTL users into qualified TRTL contributors! If you don’t know what that means, we’re going to be teaching you what you need to know to be able to get the pink role in the chat “contributor”. After that we’ll be moving into development classes so you can learn the way to earn a red “service operator” or bright pink “developer” role! Cowabunga! If you want to know more, go ahead and type *student in the chat to get your “student” role which gives you access to the EDU_NEWS channel in the chat, your source for all TurtleEDU news and announcements. – RockSteady

If you’d like to report an error or correction, please post it in this meta post: https://github.com/turtlecoin/meta/issues/133

If you’d like to check out TurtleEDU, here you go: http://edu.turtlecoin.lol

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It’s that time of year again! To celebrate the holiday’s, turtlenode.online is laying down a special price. Check it out.

New GUI for NibbleClassic! NBXleather linux edition https://github.com/Sudosups/NBX-GUI/releases

Join the the ducks in finding turtles. My pool is based on the west coast of the USA. 0.1% fee – https://trtl.muxdux.com

TurtleCoin Bounties

2,000 TRTL – Image of a Turtle School – Sajo8

25,000 TRTL – Integrate TurtleCoin into Keybase client software – if(true)

1,000 TRTL – video about how to make pub node. – thcmaster

250,000 – Integrate Trezor T as auth/login method into the NEST wallet – Elkim

Fork Watch!

Name of your TRTL fork:
Aeon Classic
Github link for your code:
What is special or new about your network?
Privacy Oriented With A Mobile Focus
Decentralized digital currency is slowly becoming a normal part of everyday life. Yet everybody’s main internet device continues to be their cellphone, a device with a low-powered CPU and limited available storage. Aeon Classic is about enabling this era, enabling an age where all people everywhere have the freedom to privately send and receive money with whatever gadget they already own.
Aeon Classic team is pleased to announce an android application for shellnet based webwallets. We will be adding additional features in the future.
https://github.com/Biolith/android-wallet-wrapper/releases

Shoutouts & Thanks

Rock – Rashed, great job on lite-blocks, this will really help the network! I hope your bounty was a fun prize to receive! I’m proud of your work.

anon – shoutout to kev and beary for being awesome

Rock – Big thanks to Uran and the TurtleCoin China team out there translating our weekly roundup articles to Chinese for our people in the East! As a global project, it is important to us to reach all segments of the community to help our neighbors who speak other languages. I encourage all of you who are part of international communities to follow their example and spread the word to those in your neighborhood. Hello China!! 🙂

Rogerrobers – Shout to chef and capetn keep up the good wrkz work!

Rock – Thanks to FuriousTeam for including us in their GUI miner work, this should help out a lot of new Turtles who want to get started mining.

Morpheus – Happy Birthday, TurtleCoin! Congrats’ and well done to everyone who played a part in making TurtleCoin the success it is! Radical, Duuudes!

Rock – CN Turtle is something I can’t wait to see in action, thanks to IBMCD for your work, and thanks to everyone who helped test it.

Mufalo – shoutout to fexra and birfday boi, nice work with edu turtle, lets grow!

Rock – Thanks to my partner Fexra for helping out with TurtleEDU! and thanks to the students who are in our first beta semester finding bugs for the EDU team! Thanks Greywolf for helping troubleshoot our login and email system.

 

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Weekly Update

This Week in TurtleCoin (Nov 12, 2018)

This week was one of the best yet! Between playing the games you guys made with your TurtleCities pages, and ones you wanted to watch on TwitchTurtle, I’m spent! Awesome community participation this week, and we’re really looking forward to next week!

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Weekly Update

This Week In TurtleCoin (Nov 5, 2018)

This week we all became game streamers on Twitch Turtle, and rode our time machines back to the 90’s to see what kind of websites we could build on a floppy! We’re on track to hit 13,000 users in the Discord chat soon, join us! chat.turtlecoin.lol

Developer Community Updates

TwitchTurtle – This week, I tried TwitchTurtle as a streamer. I played ARK Survival for the normal amount of time, and got a few thousand TRTL in tips (if youd like to join Tribe of Turtles, we’re on ragnarok pvp official 61). In all, it was a fun experience. Streamlabs makes it really easy with their own personal spin on OBS, a popular screencaster program we use to capture the screen. I was up and raining in about 6 or 7 minutes. One thing that’s cool is that DSAnon is adding in the messaging functionality for custom tip messages into Shellnet so you dont have to set up box turtle on your own to send a tip with a message via the blockchain. There’s room for improvement, but as a brand new integration, I’d be skeptical if there weren’t any wrinkles to smooth out. Watter has done a great job! Very fun! – Rock

https://twitchturtle.com

TurtleCities – I had been toying with the idea of making some type of user homepages for our regulars in the chat. I was inspired by webrings of homepages on sites like geocities, angelfire, and expages, those types of sites from the 90’s. While I didn’t build an entire frontend for WYSIWYG design, I did create a system that allows me to provision users manually who get a 1.44mb FTP account with no shell access, and a homepage url like https://pages.turtlecoin.lol/~username.  The account gets created manually, and the user uses something like filezilla to connect via FTP and upload up to 1 floppy of web space. I suppose the next step is some type of shell account or BBS. I’d like to make it a paid service so you can get the page for free, and then upgrade to a dual density floppy or add shell access down the road. A lot of it is still up in the air waiting for someone to abuse it. I’d also like to automate account creation, as I’m currently using a google form and webmin. What’s cool is that I built a Bash script that generates the main page every 30 seconds server side and updates a list with a bunch of system specs and links to the latest modified pages. – Rock

https://github.com/turtlecoin/pages.turtlecoin.lol

http://pages.turtlecoin.lol

Swanson Clicker – Now introducing Swanson Clicker! Get addicted to a Clicker Game all over again…Turtle style! Complete with 3 different upgrades and more features to come. – xaz

http://SwansonClicker.com/

TurtlePay™ – I’ve been working the last few weeks hopping between core development and TurtlePay™. Most of my time there has been spent formulating plans including design documents that are in the repo. As always, slow and steady is the name of the game. I’ve published a draft development roadmap for everyone to take a look at. Feel free to ask questions, provide feedback, or help out. TurtlePay™ will hopefully build on the foundation of a lot of the tools I’ve already published. It’s like fitting together a bunch of puzzle pieces that we didn’t even realize were puzzle pieces 🙂 It’s definitely an exciting project and I’m looking forward to what others can build based upon the services the project will offer. – IBurnMyCD

https://github.com/turtlepay

TwitchTurtle – TwitchTurtle is a fast, simple, and secure way to donate to twitch streamers. Over the past weeks, there have been many improvements, such as a docs site at https://docs.twitchturtle.com/ and many improvements to the web dashboard. Adding messages have never been easier with the new Shellnet integration, you can see more at the docs site. Thank you to everyone helping this project live and grow! – Watt3r

https://twitchturtle.com

Krang – Been too busy with work and social the last few weeks. Doing nothing worth mentioning apart from starting mining some Soft-Shell coins and that is looking good, love a good solo mine with no pools, Cant wait to unleash that into the TRTL network. Today I’m working on adding more customization in Terraform and getting back into the groove of things, probably take a look at turtle.services and ibmcd node.js automation. Getting Schwifty. – Slash-atello

https://github.com/4Reallive/krang/tree/Development

Walletgreen / turtle-service rewrite – Good progress this week on the rewrite. I got fusion transactions working, which are essentially a standard transaction, but they have a few rules required to allow them to be zero fee. With some help from iburnmycd I implemented a nice algorithm, which should be able to pick the best inputs to optimize together. Pretty much everything on the backend is complete, minus some rare crashes which I’m still debugging 🙁 I started rewriting zedwallet using the new backend, to help me figure out where stuff is broken or could do with a rework. So far, it’s nearly complete, and has helped me find nearly all the bugs. *Hopefully* we will see it being used in a release after not too long. Since the wallet no longer uses some hacky dispatcher stuff, we can freely do everything on separate threads. With the current implementation, you have to update the wallet sync progress only on the main thread. To work around this, current zedwallet has a pretty ugly method, where it launches a thread to wait for input, and refreshes in the background whilst no input is coming, which is hard to follow, and not very performant. With the rewrite, we just attach to the event handler, and print out the transactions as they come to us, with a simple flag to ensure we’re not printing in the middle of a command, like transferring. Once everything is polished, this will hopefully make it a lot more trivial to add new features to wallets, with a sane, readable backend. I’d love to see some more core contributors – C++ isn’t that scary when you get into it! Oh, forget to mention – scan height works a lot better now – instead of starting at zero, and scanning the blocks below the height ‘quickly’ – it just skips those blocks, and starts right at the height you want to scan from. Still haven’t got around to writing that article on how transactions work… – zpalm

https://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin/tree/walletgreen-rewrite

TurtleStash – WhassupZA has really been championing this project. Currently there’s a few kinks to work out, but you can create wallets with seeds and read transactions as they come in, but there’s a weird timeout issue when you try to send them. This should work itself out soon, and it’s really cool to see the progress. Plenteum and Masari team have done the entire project conversion for TRTL and it’s been great watching things come together. Just a reminder, TurtleStash is a website running the clientless web wallet forked from Masari. This is important because it is a webwallet that allows the user to own their own keys and not depend on a third party to run the software. – rock

http://github.com/turtlecoin/turtlecoin-webwallet-js

Community Bounties

10,000 TRTL – create a Rastafari emoji and or graphical art – GiGaUrtle

20,000 TRTL – TRTL Meme that shows TRTL as the main currency in the future – wichtigwicht 🇩🇪

75,000 TRTL – I need a quick site done up with a simple (very simple) shopping cart interface that does the following: 1) guest selects “purchase access” 2) guest is given an address and payment ID to send the amount of TRTL to 3) once TRTL is received, guest is granted the ability to download a file up to 5 times. 4) upon limit reached, access to file is denied. Bonus bounty: +25K TRTL if TRTL.Services is used. Project will be used to host a TRTL blockchain bootstrap. – IBurnMyCd

Fork Watch!

Name of your TRTL forkGrubMine
Github link for your code: https://github.com/Franzferdinan51/GrubMine
What is special or new about your network?
To help us spread knowledge and understanding of blockchain technology via our diverse products

Community Advertising

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  • play a quick game o’ skribbl https://skribbl.io/?rOlUyY6dxv
  • 0 fee public nodes: greywolf Germany @ turtlenode.co:11898 & greywolf London @ turtlenode.me:11898

Shoutouts & Thanks

rogerrobers – Shout out billiontrtlhomepage.lima-city.de

ChiefCoin – Shoutout for all Twitter Turtles spreading Turtle Love out there ✌

greywolf³˜ – thanks to labaylabay for the reach-out … a good role model for https://medium.com/@turtlecoin/how-to-be-a-good-turtle-20a427028a18

. – I remember you canti 😘

@Knomore – Llama.Horse – Shout out to the devs for this update that removed old outdated nodes from the network. I feels like our nodes are having less issues and connect to less garbage peers now. Sweet hookup fellas!

Rogerrobers – Shout out to pages.turtlecoin.lol !! Thanks rock 🙂

greywolf³˜ – thanks to iburnmycd for the TurtleCoin-HA update, nodes are running fine now

JerMeeeeeeee – Shout out to the soft shell crew, get those CPUs cooking!!!

JerMe404 – Thanks AFDI for keeping everyone going while discord image upload was broken!

Slash-atello – SHOUTS to wichtigwicht 🇩🇪 who started running meme competitions. It’s hard to manage that along with everything else, although it is sorely needed. Encourage everyone not coding to give it a shot. Your chance to shape the community.