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This week, we kicked ass and simultaneously remembered to write about it, further confirming the hypothesis that we live in a simulation.
This week we added 2 inches to our blockchain with this one easy trick...
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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.
@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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Whats the best way to see how long we have before the upgrade takes effect?
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.
Thanks for taking a second to tell us about the fork upgrade, is there anything else you wanted to add?
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?
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!
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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
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
CN_Turtle Testnet – Now that PoW algo  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  and even just run straight from containers  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  to get added to #dev_testnet, everyone has access to view this channel if you’re curious as well. – soregums
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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New GUI for NibbleClassic! NBXleather linux edition https://github.com/Sudosups/NBX-GUI/releases
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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
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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.
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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