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Ethereum Classic is undergoing a network upgrade code named Thanos (ECIP-1099). Participating core developers and community members concluded consensus on October 2nd, 2020, to accept ECIP-1099. The Mordor Testnet has successfully implemented the Thanos upgrade, and now we are excited to prepare for mainnet activation.

Why is the Thanos Upgrade important?

After the successful implementation of MESS, the finality algorithm for 51% protection, it was decided to double the Ethash epoch duration from 30,000 to 60,000 blocks, effectively reducing the DAG size. This modified Ethash is also referred to as EtcHash. …


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ETC Core, in consultancy with OpenRelay and ChainSafe, have developed and proposed a finality algorithm, called MESS, for Ethereum Classic

Hitting Hackers at their wallets

MESS is a solution that would make attacking the chain 31x more expensive than it currently is. Want to do a re-org 3000 blocks deep? You could purchase the hashrate on NiceHash.

Protected by MESS, that would now cost over $20,000,000.

Not only would that make virtually any attack unprofitable, but even using NiceHash, this amount of hashrate is simply not available.

This change comes at a very critical juncture for Ethereum Classic.

“MESS will enable exchanges to safely reduce…


Our new AI service is a paradigm shift in the fight against social media misinformation

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The new @DimosFactCheck bot

How common is the following Twitter of Facebook interaction?

You scroll through your feed and you see a news article post with something that probably isn’t true…

“Marijuana might prevent the Coronavirus”

But no one has shared a fact to disprove it.

That’s where the new Dimos comes in.

Now, you can tag that same article, and quickly get the facts you need to know about authenticity, bias, and if its true.


How healthier discussion is promoted by the platform

In the Dimos Manifesto, the first principle we shared was:

Shared attention — focusing on the same thing leads to healthier conversation. We need structure to guide conversations; like roads that lead to a destination.

To get shared attention, we need to give limited access to topic creation and unlimited access to participation. Anyone can discuss a topic, but topics will not be equally discover-able.

Discover-ability is a critical tool for how we steer discussion into specific topics. Freedom of speech is an essential human right, but freedom of reach should be earned. Shared attention is about having topic overlap…


Principles for Discussion-First Social Platforms

We believe that the Internet should be the forum for the most powerful and insightful discussions of today

There is just one problem: The social media platforms we use today lack the foundations to unlock this potential.

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Dimos comes from the Ancient Greek word for a “body of citizens”

Dimos is about promoting thoughtful discussion supported by facts and accelerating the discovery of knowledge.

The following are the responsibilities of a social platform built for discussion:

  1. Shared attention — focusing on the same thing leads to healthier conversation. We need structure to guide conversations; like roads that lead to a destination.
  2. Transparent Moderation — there must be a zero-tolerance for irrelevant posting. Issues like trolling, doxing, and harassment live in the grey areas of public commenting and by making every post conform to topic relevance, you remove these problems. …

Or “How I learned to keep it simple and just buy Bitcoin”

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Disclaimer:The below references an opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice.

New people are coming to crypto

If you are reading this, you most likely have some exposure to crypto already. You’ve made your decisions about consensus algorithms like Proof-Of-Work and Proof-Of-Stake and you know how you feel about Smart Contracts and Layer 2 protocols. You chose your coins already, and you’ve been an advocate through thick and thin. Congratulations! We made it to the other side of 2018.


Unpopular Opinion: Bitcoin’s Rise will Wreck Altcoins

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Ivan Aguinaga/AP

Disclaimer:The below references an opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice.

New people are coming to crypto

If you are reading this, you most likely have some exposure to crypto already. You’ve made your decisions about consensus algorithms like Proof-Of-Work and Proof-Of-Stake and you know how you feel about Smart Contracts and Layer 2 protocols. You chose your coins already, and you’ve been an advocate through thick and thin. Congratulations! We made it to the other side of 2018.


A Bridge for Decentralized Service Development

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TLDR version

The Ethereum Classic Labs Core (ECLC) team recently created the Jade Service Runner, a service manager for JSON-RPC based services. Building upon the recent success of the OpenRPC specification, the Jade-Service-Runner is the first release of the team’s new Jade Suite of DApp development tools.

Core developer Zane Starr said, “The Jade Service Runner is a software development tool, that allows developers to support users running their own infrastructure. Service Runner is meant to ease the congitive load for users, while providing developers with nice features that make connecting to services easy”.

This isn’t just for Ethereum Classic; Ethereum will…


ETC adoption increases as interoperability moves into focus

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The “Scalability Trilemma” shows us that Blockchain systems must deal with trade-off decisions at their inception . Different consensus models provide different qualities that become the base DNA of their respective blockchain platforms. Proof-Of-Work systems are great for securing valuable assets with their “unforgeable costliness” protection, while Proof-of-Stake systems can facilitate much faster transactions at scale. Even at a 10,000 foot view, the decisions at such a fundemental layer have huge ramifications on use cases and point to a likely eventuality: there will be multiple blockchains.

The transfer of value is only one use case, but that use case alone…

McDappas

Dean Pappas | AltcoinAgnostic: a Bitcoin Maximalist that thinks there might be more | Host of “CryptoGrownUps” on YouTube | Editor @ TalkBitcoinTalk |

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