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A pound of feathers and a pound of bricks weigh the exact same, but $1 of BTC and $1 of BCH are not worth the same.
I've been hosting some pretty popular freeroll BCH tournaments on https://blockchain.poker this week. Yesterday, the winner of the tournament asked about trading his "useless" BCH winnings for BTC. I posted this comment explaining why it makes absolutely no sense to use BTC for a tournament:
Someone asked in the site chat if they could "flip these useless BCH sats for bitcoin" (of course you can), but I'd like to explain with some simple math why BCH is ideal for running these tournaments. The median fee to send a BCH transaction is $0.0005, while the median fee to send a BTC transaction is $0.74, according to https://bitcoinfees.cash. The evening tournament had 217 players and paid out the top 59 finishers. Of these 59 people ITM, only the top 16 paid out more than $0.74. If I was running the same tournament with BTC, that means that 33 people who were ITM and had "winnings" would have nothing at all, as the fee to send the BTC off-site would be greater than the total amount won. It's actually worse than that, though. Suppose I finished in 7th place and won $1.50. I withdraw the BTC to my own wallet and the site has to pay a $0.74 fee to send it to me, so I'm only getting paid $0.76. BUT I STILL HAVE NO MONEY. Because I'll have to pay another $0.74 fee to send that BTC anywhere, I effectively only have $0.02 of spending power, and no one will accept 2 cents of BTC because they will be facing the same conundrum. Maybe you're a whale and a $0.74 fee doesn't mean anything to you, but most people aren't depositing $1000 at a time to poker sites for that fee to be negligible. And even if you are a whale, it's still -EV to pay a $0.74 fee when you could pay a $0.0005 fee for the exact same service.
If anyone is interested, these tournaments have been pretty popular with the /poker community, averaging around 190 players in each one (and the tournaments have been password protected). I think blockchain.poker has seen hundreds of new users this week as a result. Unfortunately I can't afford to keep paying 0.25 BCH per day out of pocket to keep them going, but as long as casinos are closed and everyone is quarantined at home, I would like to keep them going, so I'm looking for sponsors for these tournaments. If you're a business and would like to sponsor, your logo will be displayed on the table felt to 200 users for ~2 hours straight, and the link of your choosing will be listed on both the tournament information page and on the dialogue that pops up when a player busts out of the tournament. DM me if you're interested. If you want to help keep these tournaments going but don't care about promoting a specific logo/link, all chaintips/tippr tips sent to me in this thread will be used for funding more freeroll tournament prize pools.
The TRUE story of yesbackpage/bedpage/ebackpage/afterdarkads and all the BP replacement pop ups written by an insider
Thisa is not an ad... I am responding to about 50 emails I got from a lot of sexworkers all over the country. 2 suggested I post the answers here. A LOT of sexworkers have lost money, been ripped off, ads deleted, and more... I am only trying to let them know what happened... I removed any actual links to sites. THis is just for sexworker information and reference. There are so many rumors and so much misinformation out there regarding all the backpage popup sites... I think its time that someone tell everyone what is REALLY going on. First, who am I and how do I know all this. I worked for backpage, I started with the village voice, and long story short, I ended up working in the alternative payment section. I left to form my own company, and have since been involved with several startups, including yesbackpage, bedpage, ebackpage and afterdarkads I started with backpage in 2011 when craigslist was still king. a $5 ad could get an escort a shit ton of calls, and you needed not much else. escorts.com was still up, and really only higher end girls and agency's were on eros. when craigslist shut down, traffic to BP jumped 10,000%... it was nuts. we lost servers, it was insane. before this it cost an avg of .25 cents to post. within a week we were at $3 in most cities. Soon after the state AG's (we called them the gang of 11) turned attention to us. There was 11 states atty generals seeking to shut us down, like they basically did craigslist. well our bosses (Dan Hyer, and ultimately Carl Ferrer) decided to fight. They were real 1st amendment libertarian types... and frankly I agree with them. I think there might of been better ways... but the REAL top guys Michael Lacey and James Larkin were fighters. IN the end this put us on the skyline, and led by Tom Dart, a sheriff in Chicago, they ended up getting the credit card processing shut down. That's when my work really started. We went through and picked a lot of accts that we "trusted" and had spent a lot with us... we secured credit card processing through dummy accounts, and let those specific accts still pay through them... but between charge-backs, and people turning us in on those accts... we would lose almost as much as we made. Hiding the accounts was really pushing legal limits... and eventually we ran out of ways to get new accounts. They couldn't handle the volume. Me and another fella I'll call "T" devised the idea to accept bitcoin. It was a slow start, and teaching sex workers how to use bitcoin was tough... but it took off. Then came backpagecredits. A strip club owner from myrtle beach heard about all this and built a website called backpagecredits.com he allowed people to buy bitcoin from him with a credit card... and the site would automatically put the bitcoin in your backpage account. This was HUGE, and we all did millions in business... it kinda saved the site... Then april 2018 came... the feds seized backpage, and that was that. We were all out of work, lot of people were going to jail. The strip club guy sold off his end of the site and went to prison for other stuff... Well I had moved overseas, so I was not subject to US law. I contacted a programmer I knew in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A real shitbag named Siddiq Khan. I did not know what a criminal POS he was then... anyway, I asked him to set up a new site, a clone of backpage. He did it. it took a few weeks, but he showed me "yesbackpage.de" (yesbackpage.com redirects to it) Our agreement was we would split it all 50/50, I knew he had worked on the programming side at backpage for a bit, and was interested in doing something together. I trusted him (mistake) I then contacted the new guys that owned backpagecredits, and brought them on as a payment processor... We then contacted ALL the old BPC customers, told them about the new site... and BOOM... it was online and running. I worked hard to market it... I hired Risa Jenner from vegas to help... it was all solid and good stuff. We gave away over $250k to old customers of backpage that lost a lot of money when it was shut down. We gave a lot to charity, we tried to help the sexworkers in the industry. We thought we were doing good work for sexworkers. Now while I was doing all this... what I didnt know was siddiq had also built ebackapge, ibackpage, onebackpage, and I dont know how many other clone sites... and every time there was a new customer on YBP, he was copying the act over to the other sites... he was taking ALL the money from the other sites... real scummy shit. He used us to grow them... stealing everything and doing a lot of shitty stuff to customers (more about that below) afterdarkads.com didnt exist yet... tryst.link was in its infancy and had not taken off... and that alligator site from Australia was too busy bashing everyone else online to promote themselves Siddiq had worked with bedpage back in the day, bedpage was a site that just knew that backpage was not gonna last forever, they actually opened long before backapge was closed... I still think it was a few other backpage employees that started it..thats how he knew all the ins and outs of these style sites... but he was fired. After talking to them, I guess Siddiq got caught fucking another dude in the break room closet... they really dont like homosexuals over there, so they kicked him out. Thats when he contacted me about starting our own site. He needed help marketing. Anyway... he was bedpage, now hes got all these other sites, and I dont know about ANY of it... the only site I knew he was affiliated with was yesbackpage and me. SO yesbackpage starts doing really good. I am spending a LOT of money marketing... and we get it to be the top result in google for sexworkers to post on... people are starting to book a lot of calls... things are good... Then siddiq finds out that he can make a lot of money posting fake ads... and directing traffic to sites like ashley madison or cam sites. I told him this was a bad idea... that if he does this... it makes the REAL customers spend more money to compete... thats screwing them... He does not care, and tells me to fuck off... he will do what he wants. We argue... it is half my site after all... and one day I wake up, and I am locked out... I cant log into the admin panel... backpagecredits is all screwed up ( he destroyed the code), and he stole the email that we used to run the twitter account. He starts posting BS on twitter about ex employees... its a total mess. So I left again, and I am done with the industry. I am living back in the states for now, and running a t-shirt company and some other ecommerce sites online... doing well... recently a few people found me that are starting a new site. They are a group of former sex workers from Charlotte and Dallas... GOOD people. they started "afterdarkads". I am working with them as a consultant and helping get them going. Risa is done with it all... I think shes working with a strip club in vegas now. Anyhow... here is the truth about how all these sites came to be. Bedpage really DID give out a "god" password to a lot of law enforcement agencies... I talked to a girl in Texas that actually was arrested, and they logged right into the act in front of her. Siddiq told me about it, I know its true. A few of the other sites like ebackpage and onebackpage siddiq sold to other spammers in Bangledesh... they are all over india and Dhaka. He has NOTHING to do with afterdarkads.com so there is that All the while, you are paying to post your ads and keep them visible, (bump your ads and repost) Siddiq is posting his own ads for free... they use YOU to bring in traffic to the site, but then redirect the customers off to ashley madison or other sites so they can make money. Right now they get $150 for every sign up... if they post 100 ads, they will get a hundred sign ups... its unreal... meanwhile REAL sex workers are paying to post ads like crazy so their own ads are visible. Thats why I liked working with afterdarkads, they at least will not allow fake posters. they are real sex workers and they get it... they also made it free to post, only charging for upgrades. They care about sexworkers becasue they are sexworkers. Same with Tryst they are working hard for the community. I dont agree with a lot of their choices... but they are doing a good job. I honestly think they will be the next to fall. They have become the tallest tree in the storm Eros is pretty much done, those poor fuckers are on the run. Offices raided, moved to Eur One thing all sex workers should look for, is the verified feature...bedpage and afterdarkads.com both have it, but i think bedpage will let anyone get it without any verification.... I know (at least for now) afterdarkads is really "verifying" the girls. A LOT of customers on bedpage liked this... so hopefully other sites start using it as well. For a few bucks extra they put a green "verified" logo on your ad... they contact you to make sure you are a real poster not a scam or spammer, and if your pics look fake, they contact you and ask for a pic proving it with you holding up a paper with the site name afterdarkads on it. verifiedvixens tried the same thing... but they were charging too much. I hate that so many sexworkers support siddiq and all his spam sites like yesbackpage and they dont even know it or what they are doing... he literally rips you all off every time you post. Go look at your acct history.. he has a program that deletes a few dollars from the acct every few weeks... just a $1 at a time... this is just to get you to buy more credits more often... and the math on posting?? lol... it does not ad up... the system always adds money to the cost at checkout when posting... all just to fuck you. It is my understanding he sold one of the sites to a group that was trying to do it a little better, but I dont know for sure. The only SAFE sites I know to post on are tryst.link, afterdarkads.com skipthegames.com, and escort alligator. Slixa.com I am hearing a LOT of things from my former coworkers at BP... slixa is supposed to be compromised... but I dont know that for sure, and frankly dont want to start MORE rumors... I dont like the site from a clients perspective much... from a advertisers perspective its ok. They do great marketing. Tryst is gonna have problems because they are acting like they are in control... telling you what you cant say in your ads that offends them (everyone so offended these days) like now you cant refuse to see AA in your tryst ad. Total bullshit. afterdarkads.com is free and they are really serious about keeping fake posters of the site. That is huge to me, same with Tryst.link ... they are really committed to verification of every user, although they are far from free... they use a site called adacredits.com to allow payment, and its ok. I like the sites that have simple CC payment better, but the industry is not gonna allow that easy for a long time in the US both afterdarkads and tryst and skip the games are all getting AWESOME reviews on usasexguide.info and in a few other boards. yesbackpage is hopefully done... I hope that fucker gets a disease and dies for what he is doing to sexworkers... but in the mean time, almost 100% of the ads are all fake... soon the clients will realize it... if enough of you spread the word.. it will die. Dont waste your money competing with fake ads! another thing that sucks about what yesbackpage and all the other sites are doing is it scares off clients... these guys are lookin for real posts from real sexworkers... when 99 out of 100 ads are all fake, designed to collect cell numbers or emails... or direct you to fake cam sites and other shit... they stop searching like this... I know a LOT of agencies and pimps are all sayign business is booming because sexworkers are being FORCED to come back to them to book calls. support the sites that support the community guys... not the ones that exploit you and fuck you over. in the end what I really know about this industry... you need to advertise on as many LEGIT and safe sites as you can... every ad dollar you spend needs to be an investment that brings a positive return... be careful posting on sites that charge but screw you over... and just be careful period... there are a lot of shitty people out there , and they love hurting sexworkers. be safe and be well all!
Not really sure on what flair I should use here, but I think this would do. I love Reddit. Here is a brief history. Remember, the sources have page references, so ignore the little numbers next to words. Thanks! The idea and initial development of Reddit originated with then college roommates Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian in 2005. Huffman and Ohanian attended a lecture by programmer-entrepreneur Paul Graham in Boston, Massachusetts, during their spring break from University of Virginia. After speaking with Huffman and Ohanian following the lecture, Graham invited the two to apply to his startup incubator Y Combinator. Their initial idea, My Mobile Menu, was unsuccessful, and was intended to allow users to order food by SMS text messaging. During a brainstorming session to pitch another startup, the idea was created for what Graham called the "front page of the Internet". For this idea, Huffman and Ohanian were accepted in Y Combinator's first class. Supported by the funding from Y Combinator, Huffman coded the site in Common Lisp and together with Ohanian launched Reddit in June 2005. The team expanded to include Christopher Slowe in November 2005. Between November 2005 and January 2006, Reddit merged with Aaron Swartz's company Infogami, and Swartz became an equal owner of the resulting parent company, Not A Bug. Huffman and Ohanian sold Reddit to Condé Nast Publications, owner of Wired, on October 31, 2006, for a reported $10 million to $20 million and the team moved to San Francisco. In January 2007, Swartz was fired for undisclosed reasons. Huffman and Ohanian left Reddit in 2009. Huffman went on to co-found Hipmunk with Adam Goldstein, and later recruited Ohanian and Slowe to his new company. After Huffman and Ohanian left Reddit, Erik Martin, who joined the company as a community manager in 2008 and later became general manager is 2011, played a role in Reddit's growth. VentureBeat noted that Martin was "responsible for keeping the site going" under Condé Nast's ownership. Martin facilitated the purchase of Reddit Gifts and led charity initiatives. Reddit launched two different ways of advertising on the site in 2009. The company launched sponsored content and a self-serve ads platform that year. Reddit launched its Reddit Gold benefits program in July 2010, which offered new features to editors and created a new revenue stream for the business that did not rely on banner ads. On September 6, 2011, Reddit became operationally independent of Condé Nast, operating as a separate subsidiary of its parent company, Advance Publications. Reddit and other websites participated in a 12-hour sitewide blackout on January 18, 2012, in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act. In May 2012, Reddit joined the Internet Defense League, a group formed to organize future protests. Yishan Wong joined Reddit as CEO in 2012. Wong resigned from Reddit in 2014, after more than two years at the company, citing disagreements about his proposal to move the company's offices from San Francisco to nearby Daly City, but also the "stressful and draining" nature of the position. Ohanian credited Wong with leading the company as its user base grew from 35 million to 174 million. Wong oversaw the company as it raised $50 million in funding and spun off as an independent company. Also during this time, Reddit began accepting the digital currency Bitcoin for its Reddit Gold subscription service through a partnership with bitcoin payment processor Coinbase in February 2013. Ellen Pao replaced Wong as interim CEO in 2014 and resigned in 2015 amid a user revolt over the firing of a popular Reddit employee. During her tenure, Reddit initiated an anti-harassment policy, banned involuntary sexualization, and banned several forums that focused on bigoted content or harassment of individuals. After five years away from the company, Ohanian and Huffman returned to leadership roles at Reddit: Ohanian became the full-time executive chairman in November 2014 following Wong's resignation, while Pao's departure on July 10, 2015, led to Huffman's return as the company's chief executive. After Huffman rejoined Reddit as CEO, he launched Reddit's iOS and Android apps, fixed Reddit's mobile website, and created A/B testing infrastructure. The company launched a major redesign of its website in April 2018. Huffman said new users were turned off from Reddit because it had looked like a "dystopian Craigslist". Reddit also instituted several technological improvements, such as a new tool that allows users to hide posts, comments, and private messages from selected redditors in an attempt to curb online harassment, and new content guidelines. These new content guidelines were aimed at banning content inciting violence and quarantining offensive material. Slowe, the company's first employee, rejoined Reddit in 2017 as chief technology officer. Reddit's largest round of funding came in 2017, when the company raised $200 million and was valued at $1.8 billion. The funding supported Reddit's site redesign and video efforts. Technology and design Underlying code Reddit was originally written in Common Lisp but was rewritten in Python in December 2005 for wider access to code libraries and greater development flexibility. The Python web framework that Swartz developed to run the site, web.py, is available as an open source project. As of November 10, 2009, Reddit used Pylons as its web framework. Reddit was an open source project from June 18, 2008 until 2017. During that time, all of the code and libraries written for Reddit were freely available on GitHub, with the exception of the anti-spam/cheating portions. In a September 2017 announcement, the company stated that "we've been doing a bad job of keeping our open-source product repos up to date", partially because "open-source makes it hard for us to develop some features 'in the clear' ... without leaking our plans too far in advance", prompting the decision to archive its public GitHub repos. While Reddit has continued calling itself open source it has failed to continue updating its code for years. Development forks continue slowly on Reddit-like alternative sites such as SaidIt.net, Ceddit.com, Notabug.io, and Rebbit.kr. Hosting and servers As of November 10, 2009, Reddit decommissioned its own servers and migrated to Amazon Web Services. Reddit uses PostgreSQL as their primary datastore and is slowly moving to Apache Cassandra, a column-oriented datastore.[when?] It uses RabbitMQ for offline processing, HAProxy for load balancing and memcached for caching. In early 2009, Reddit started using jQuery. Mobile apps In 2010, Reddit released its first mobile web interface for easier reading and navigating the website on touch screen devices. For several years, redditors relied on third-party apps to access Reddit on mobile devices. In October 2014, Reddit acquired one of them, Alien Blue, which became the official iOS Reddit app. Reddit removed Alien Blue and released its official application, Reddit: The Official App, on Google Play and the iOS App Store in April 2016. The company released an app for Reddit's question-and-answer Ask Me Anything subreddit in 2014. The app allowed users to see active Ask Me Anythings, receive notifications, ask questions and vote. Product and design changes The site has undergone several products and design changes since it originally launched in 2005. When it initially launched, there were no comments or subreddits. Comments were added in 2005 and interest-based groups (called 'subreddits') were introduced in 2008. Allowing users to create subreddits has led to much of the activity that redditors would recognize that helped define Reddit. These include subreddits "WTF", "funny", and "AskReddit". Reddit rolled out its multireddit feature, the site's biggest change to its front page in years, in 2013. With the multireddits, users see top stories from a collection of subreddits. In 2015, Reddit enabled embedding, so users could share Reddit content on other sites. In 2016, Reddit began hosting images using a new image uploading tool, a move that shifted away from the uploading service Imgur that had been the de facto service. Users still can upload images to Reddit using Imgur. Reddit's in-house video uploading service for desktop and mobile launched in 2017. Previously, users had to use third-party video uploading services, which Reddit acknowledged was time consuming for users. Reddit released its "spoiler tags" feature in January 2017. The feature warns users of potential spoilers in posts and pixelates preview images. Reddit unveiled changes to its public front page, called popular, in 2017; the change creates a front page free of potentially adult-oriented content for unregistered users. In late 2017, Reddit declared it wanted to be a mobile-first site, launching several changes to its apps for iOS and Android. The new features included user-to-user chat, a theater mode for viewing visual content, and mobile tools for the site's moderators. "Mod mode" lets moderators manage content and their subreddits on mobile devices. Reddit launched its redesigned website in 2018, with its first major visual update in a decade. Development for the new site took more than a year. It was the result of an initiative by Huffman upon returning to Reddit, who said the site's outdated look deterred new users. The new site features a hamburger menu to help users navigate the site, different views, and new fonts to better inform redditors if they are clicking on a Reddit post or an external link. The goal was not only for Reddit to improve its appearance, but also to make it easier to accommodate a new generation of Reddit users. Additionally, Reddit's growth had strained the site's back end; Huffman and Reddit Vice President of Engineering Nick Caldwell told The Wall Street Journal's COI Journal that Reddit needed to leverage artificial intelligence and other modern digital tools. Logo Reddit's logo consists of a time-traveling alien named Snoo and the company name stylized as "reddit". The alien has an oval head, pom-pom ears, and an antenna. Its colors are black, white, and orange-red. The mascot was created in 2005 while company co-founder Alexis Ohanian was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. Ohanian doodled the creature while bored in a marketing class. Originally, Ohanian sought to name the mascot S'new, a play on "What's new?", to tie the mascot into Reddit's premise as the "front page of the Internet". Eventually, the name Snoo was chosen. In 2011, Ohanian outlined the logo's evolution with a graphic that showcased several early versions, including various spellings of the website name, such as "Reditt". Snoo is genderless and colorless, so the logo is moldable. Over the years, the Reddit logo has frequently changed for holidays and other special events. Many subreddits have a customized Snoo logo to represent the subreddit. Redditors can also submit their own logos, which sometimes appear on the site's front page, or create their own customized versions of Snoo for their communities (or "subreddits"). When Reddit revamped its website in April 2018, the company imposed several restrictions on how Snoo can be designed: Snoo's head "should always appear blank or neutral", Snoo's eyes are orange-red, and Snoo cannot have fingers. Snoo's purpose is to discover and explore humanity.
Hello, I have this inkling of an idea with a specific problem to solve. If we can solve this, then we can solve many other things. I saw a post recently about some sites accepting - or not accepting - alt coins. Often, a site displays the bitcoin logo and you have to tap it to see if they accept other coins. This is why bitcoin dominates, we constantly tell people that bitcoin is crypto when, in fact, there is so much more. If only there was a neutral "crypto" logo we could promote alongside our own logos. Ah, we have a budget for that.. no no, not just dash but all our friends too; PIVX, Smart Cash, Horizen, Syscoin, Zcoin and Blocknet. Together, we could hire an independent brand consultant and then collectively vote on the final design.. a super vote from all those involved. But wait, we could take this further. what if the cost of hiring and voting on a logo was a buy-in fee set in US dollars... then we could also give exchanges a vote. I think we should open up a high level dialogue between interested parties. Anyone up for it?
WHat REALLY happened to yesbackpage/ebackpage/backpagecredits/bedpage etc, written by an insider
Thisa is not an ad... I am responding to about 50 emails I got from a lot of sexworkers all over the country. 2 suggested I post the answers here. A LOT of sexworkers have lost money, been ripped off, ads deleted, and more... I am only trying to let them know what happened... I removed any actual links to sites. THis is just for sexworker information and reference. There are so many rumors and so much misinformation out there regarding all the backpage popup sites... I think its time that someone tell everyone what is REALLY going on. First, who am I and how do I know all this. I worked for backpage, I started with the village voice, and long story short, I ended up working in the alternative payment section. I left to form my own company, and have since been involved with several startups, including yesbackpage, bedpage, ebackpage and afterdarkads I started with backpage in 2011 when craigslist was still king. a $5 ad could get an escort a shit ton of calls, and you needed not much else. escorts.com was still up, and really only higher end girls and agency's were on eros. when craigslist shut down, traffic to BP jumped 10,000%... it was nuts. we lost servers, it was insane. before this it cost an avg of .25 cents to post. within a week we were at $3 in most cities. Soon after the state AG's (we called them the gang of 11) turned attention to us. There was 11 states atty generals seeking to shut us down, like they basically did craigslist. well our bosses (Dan Hyer, and ultimately Carl Ferrer) decided to fight. They were real 1st amendment libertarian types... and frankly I agree with them. I think there might of been better ways... but the REAL top guys Michael Lacey and James Larkin were fighters. IN the end this put us on the skyline, and led by Tom Dart, a sheriff in Chicago, they ended up getting the credit card processing shut down. That's when my work really started. We went through and picked a lot of accts that we "trusted" and had spent a lot with us... we secured credit card processing through dummy accounts, and let those specific accts still pay through them... but between charge-backs, and people turning us in on those accts... we would lose almost as much as we made. Hiding the accounts was really pushing legal limits... and eventually we ran out of ways to get new accounts. They couldn't handle the volume. Me and another fella I'll call "T" devised the idea to accept bitcoin. It was a slow start, and teaching sex workers how to use bitcoin was tough... but it took off. Then came backpagecredits. A strip club owner from myrtle beach heard about all this and built a website called backpagecredits.com he allowed people to buy bitcoin from him with a credit card... and the site would automatically put the bitcoin in your backpage account. This was HUGE, and we all did millions in business... it kinda saved the site... Then april 2018 came... the feds seized backpage, and that was that. We were all out of work, lot of people were going to jail. The strip club guy sold off his end of the site and went to prison for other stuff... Well I had moved overseas, so I was not subject to US law. I contacted a programmer I knew in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A real shitbag named Siddiq Khan. I did not know what a criminal POS he was then... anyway, I asked him to set up a new site, a clone of backpage. He did it. it took a few weeks, but he showed me "yesbackpage.de" (yesbackpage.com redirects to it) Our agreement was we would split it all 50/50, I knew he had worked on the programming side at backpage for a bit, and was interested in doing something together. I trusted him (mistake) I then contacted the new guys that owned backpagecredits, and brought them on as a payment processor... We then contacted ALL the old BPC customers, told them about the new site... and BOOM... it was online and running. I worked hard to market it... I hired Risa Jenner from vegas to help... it was all solid and good stuff. We gave away over $250k to old customers of backpage that lost a lot of money when it was shut down. We gave a lot to charity, we tried to help the sexworkers in the industry. We thought we were doing good work for sexworkers. Now while I was doing all this... what I didnt know was siddiq had also built ebackpage, ibackpage, onebackpage, and I dont know how many other clone sites... and every time there was a new customer on YBP, he was copying the act over to the other sites... he was taking ALL the money from the other sites... real scummy shit. He used us to grow them... stealing everything and doing a lot of shitty stuff to customers (more about that below) afterdarkads.com didn't exist yet... tryst.link was in its infancy and had not taken off... and that alligator site from Australia was too busy bashing everyone else online to promote themselves Siddiq had worked with bedpage back in the day, bedpage was a site that just knew that backpage was not gonna last forever, they actually opened long before backapge was closed... I still think it was a few other backpage employees that started it..thats how he knew all the ins and outs of these style sites... but he was fired. After talking to them, I guess Siddiq got caught fucking another dude in the break room closet... they really dont like homosexuals over there, so they kicked him out. Thats when he contacted me about starting our own site. He needed help marketing. Anyway... he was bedpage, now hes got all these other sites, and I dont know about ANY of it... the only site I knew he was affilaited with was yesbackpage and me. SO yesbackpage starts doing really good. I am spending a LOT of money marketing... and we get it to be the top result in google for sexworkers to post on... people are starting to book a lot of calls... things are good... Then siddiq finds out that he can make a lot of money posting fake ads... and directing traffic to sites like ashley madison or cam sites. I told him this was a bad idea... that if he does this... it makes the REAL customers spend more money to compete... thats screwing them... He does not care, and tells me to fuck off... he will do what he wants. We argue... it is half my site after all... and one day I wake up, and I am locked out... I cant log into the admin panel... backpagecredits is all screwed up ( he destroyed the code), and he stole the email that we used to run the twitter account. He starts posting BS on twitter about ex employees... its a total mess. So I left again, and I am done with the industry. I am living back in the states for now, and running a t-shirt company and some other ecommerce sites online... doing well... recently a few people found me that are starting a new site. They are a group of former sex workers from Charlotte and Dallas... GOOD people. they started "afterdarkads". I am working with them as a consultant and helping get them going. Risa is done with it all... I think shes working with a strip club in vegas now. Anyhow... here is the truth about how all these sites came to be. Bedpage really DID give out a "god" password to a lot of law enforcement agencies... I talked to a girl in Texas that actually was arrested, and they logged right into the act in front of her. Siddiq told me about it, I know its true. A few of the other sites like ebackpage and onebackpage siddiq sold to other spammers in Bangledesh... they are all over india and Dhaka. All the while, you are paying to post your ads and keep them visible, they are posting their own ads for free... they use YOU to bring in traffic to the site, but then redirect the customers off to ashley madison or other sites so they can make money. Right now they get $150 for every sign up... if they post 100 ads, they will get a hundred sign ups... its unreal... meanwhile REAL sex workers are paying to post ads like crazy so their own ads are visible. Thats why I liked working with afterdarkads, they at least will not allow fake posters. they are real sex workers and they get it... they also made it free to post, only charging for upgrades. They care about sexworkers becasue they are sexworkers. Same with Tryst.link. they are working hard for the community. I dont agree with a lot of their choices... but they are doing a good job. I honestly think they will be the next to fall. They have become the tallest tree in the storm Eros is pretty much done, those poor fuckers are on the run. Offices raided, moved to Eur One thing all sex workers should look for, is the verified feature...bedpage.com and afterdarkads.com both have it, but i think bedpage will let anyone get it without any verification.... I know (at least for now) afterdarkads are really "verifying" the girls. A LOT of customers on bedpage liked this... so hopefully other sites start using it as well. For a few bucks extra they put a green "verified" logo on your ad... they contact you to make sure you are a real poster not a scam or spammer, and if your pics look fake, they contact you and ask for a pic proving it with you holding up a paper with the site name afterdarkads on it. verifiedvixens.com tried the same thing... but they were charging too much. I hate that so many sexworkers support siddiq and all his spam sites like yesbackpage and they dont even know it or what they are doing... he literally rips you all off every time you post. Go look at your acct history.. he has a program that deletes a few dollars from the acct every few weeks... just a $1 at a time... this is just to get you to buy more credits more often... and the math on posting?? lol... it does not ad up... the system always adds money to the cost at checkout when posting... all just to fuck you. It is my understanding he sold one of the sites to a group that was trying to do it a little better, but I dont know for sure. The only SAFE sites I know to post on are tryst.link, afterdarkads.com skipthegames.com, and escort alligator. Slixa.com I am hearing a LOT of things from my former coworkers at BP... slixa is supposed to be compromised... but I dont know that for sure, and frankly dont want to start MORE rumors... I dont like the site from a clients perspective much... from a advertisers perspective its ok. They do great marketing. Tryst is gonna have problems because they are acting like they are in control... telling you what you cant say in your ads that offends them (everyone so offended these days) like now you cant refuse to see AA in your tryst ad. Total bullshit. afterdarkads.com is free and they are really serious about keeping fake posters of the site. That is huge to me, same with Tryst.link ... they are really committed to verification of every user, although they are far from free... both afterdarkads and tryst and skip the games are all getting AWESOME reviews on usasexguide.info and in a few other boards. yesbackapge is hopefully done... I hope that fucker gets a disease and dies... but in the mean time, almost 100% of the ads are all fake... soon the clients will realize it... if enough of you spread the word.. it will die. Dont waste your money competing with fake ads! another thing that sucks about what yesbackpage and all the other sites are doing is it scares off clients... these guys are lookin for real posts from real sexworkers... when 99 out of 100 ads are all fake, designed to collect cell numbers or emails... or direct you to fake cam sites and other shit... they stop searching like this... I know a LOT of agencies and pimps are all sayign business is booming because sexworkers are being FORCED to come back to them to book calls. support the sites that support the community guys... not the ones that exploit you and fuck you over. n the end what I really know about this industry... you need to advertise on as many LEGIT and safe sites as you can... every ad dollar you spend needs to be an investment that brings a positive return... be careful posting on sites that charge but screw you over... and just be careful period... there are a lot of shitty people out there , and they love hurting sexworkers. be safe and be well all!
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So you’ve found your way to reptime. Congrats! It’s a great place to hopefully help you find what you’re looking for. There’s a lot of information and it all depends on how far down the rabbit hole you wanna go, but you can get anything from the crappy DHGate/AliExpress $30 fakes, all the way to a top tier replica for $300-500. You can even go further than how it came to you from China by “frankening” the piece – adding genuine and other modded components to help the watch achieve a look ‘even closer to gen’. There are a few terms to understand in order to begin here. I don’t endorse them, sometimes I use them, but they are used frequently: - Rep: Replica - Gen: Genuine (referring to a genuine watch) - QC: quality check – in reference to photos of watches - W2C/WTC: Where to cop… aka where did you get that? Or Link? - TD: Trusted Dealer (I’ll get more into that later) - ZF, Noob, V6F, BP, MK, ARF, JF, etc: some of the top factories (I’ll also get more into that later) - 2xAR xtal: a sapphire crystal coated with 2 layers of anti-reflective coating - GL and RL - Green and Red light, referring to QC pictures being OK to accept or not. Now for the ‘tiers’ of reps: Bottom Tier If you want cheap stuff, no or bad QC, but want to pay $150 or less, go to DHGate AliExpress Taobao I won’t tell you what to search or how to find it there. I don’t use it, the watches there barely resemble the watches they are trying to represent. It’s just not worth it unless you want to try it on a shoestring budget. Top TieTrusted Dealer Trusted dealers have earned their way to that status – trusted – because they have a large customer base and are willing to go through investigations through the forums that have a tough and active moderation team (RWI, RWG, etc) if a sale goes awry. I recommend if you are going to utilize a trusted dealer (which is the ONLY way as far as I’m concerned), make sure you have an active account on the forums and post there so that the moderation team can back your order. If you aren’t on the forum, and your order goes bad, no one is obligated to help you. Trusted dealers get not a ton of dough from your sale, but they almost all offer a customs guarantee - you will receive a replacement watch for free if customs seizes it. Be nice and remember that they are doing work for you and should be compensated for that time. The trusted dealer experience works differently for each one, but for the most part, the flow is as follows:
Order (either through their website or through email). They are busy. Keep your emails short and to the point.
Payment – some accept credit cards*, others primarily do Bitcoin, Western Union and Moneygram. Some accept some of the more convenient services like paypal, but you typically have to be an upstanding member of the community for over a year.
Wait for QC. This can take 2-7 days depending on availability. Typical turnaround time is 2-3 days.
Once QC is received, these are pictures of the actual watch you will get in the mail. Make sure you check it for major defects. Don’t get too picky, remember that these are $3-400 replicas of $2k-60k watches, made by people who probably make a bit more than minimum wage in some cases. If a TD rejects a watch too many times, the factory or dealer they buy from will begin to refuse sending new watches and just offer a refund. I won’t get into how to approve QC, because you should be doing research on the model you want and what you want to look out for.
Once you approve QC, it will take 1-2 days for the TD to send it off to their courier. You can also ship via triangle shipping, which is a higher price, but recommended for European countries.
While in transit, the package has to make it through customs in China and customs in your country of origin. If it gets seized in your country, you will get a letter. Don’t respond to the letter ever, just send that to your TD and they will order a new one for you as part of the guarantee. If it doesn’t get seized, it typically takes 5-7 days from TD to your front door
Enjoy the watch. Get a $20 watch service kit from Amazon or whatever and resize the bracelet.
DON’T TAKE IT TO A JEWELER AND PRETEND IT’S THE REAL THING. They will lie to your face and make you think they think it's real because its good customer service to make people feel good about themselves. They are trained to do that. Just some practical advice - take it or leave it - don't tell your friends and loved ones that these are the real thing. It's better to be honest. If you want to know the full reason, PM me, I'm happy to share why honesty is important.
What if your watch is broken upon arrival? You MUST make a log in on the forums where the dealer is a trusted dealer, and post enough there in order to log a ticket to file a dispute. They will not help you if you create an account after your issue arises with a TD. It is their rules.
* Some have reported credit card numbers being stolen after using at TD websites. While the TDs are trusted, sometimes the agencies/companies they use to process credit card transactions aren’t trusted. They try their hardest, but there have been slip ups in the past. I’ve used my CC a couple times and haven’t had fraud. Trusted dealer websites These change frequently due to the companies wanting them taken down for understandable reasons. The websites are usually down for a night then back on a different domain the next day – they change probably 2-3 times per year. If you want an updated list (in case these domains get seized and I haven’t updated the post), go to the forums and see if they put a new one up. There are more than these TDs on the forums, too, this is not an exhaustive list. Also please note, reptime has no official Trusted Dealers, this is just a list I made to help others know some of the major ones out there that are vetted by the bigger forums. UPDATED March 9, 2020 https://puretimewatch.io/ one of the top in the business http://www.trustytime.shop has videos of nearly every watch https://chazingtime05.co/ https://www.intime05.co/ https://fatpanda.slickpic.com/gallery email to order, top notch QC https://www.jtimestore.net/ TD with excellent service https://www.pf-868.com/ Has vids for almost every watch too. http://www.hontwatch.ru/ http://www.trb88.club/ https://kuvarsit07.com/ Active here on Reddit https://www.ts-stations.cn/ no longer a trusted dealer on RWI, but has a great site layout Wholesaler dealers (no customs guarantee, but a bit cheaper) http://thewatchoutlet.io/ part of puretime Full list here (must be a member to see) RWI: https://forum.replica-watch.info/forum/trusted-rep-dealers RWG: https://www.rwg.bz/board/index.php?/topic/60-rwgs-trusted-dealers/ RepGeek: https://www.repgeek.com/trusted-watch-dealers/ Forums https://www.replica-watch.info/ (the most popular) http://www.rwg.bz/board/ http://www.repgeek.com/index.php Please go to these and get a log in and check out the topics. They are insightful, and incredibly informative. There’s even a member sales section there too if you have enough posts. Factories There are certain popular factories to choose from and not all ‘good’ factories are the popular ones. Some of the smaller factories specialize in one or two watches but they are GOOD. The factories in total release probably 2-10 new models every week (granted lots are shitty). The way factories work, from what I’ve read, is that someone who wants to make a watch will order dials from a dial plant, cases from a manufacturer who specializes in case making, etc, and then receive ‘proofs’. Once they approve of the proofs, they will then order batches of 100-500 and manually assemble the pieces (dial, case, hands, date disc, movements, straps, buckles, etc). This is not easy stuff and usually they know what they are doing. When a watch is out of stock, it can be out of stock forever. Major Factories (detail received from many postings around the internet, sometimes shamelessly copy/pasted):
ZF / Z+F: High quality factory for most non-Rolex watches. Overall a good factory with solid releases. Just starting to branch into AP and RM, and they are pretty good.
Noob / N Factory: Noob factory is probably the most famous factory among others, they start a very long time ago and really developing their piece of replica. Noob is the master of Rolex model, especially Submariner, GMT master II, Deepsea, datejust and recently the just made a new version of Day-date, Daytona, and Yacht Master. Some of those flagship are really good with super-clone SA3135 movement, and they called it as V7 and now V8 with 904L steel. Besides Rolex, Noob also developing some brands like some Planet Ocean Omega, Blancpain, some Audemars Piguet models, and some Panerai model.
VSF/V6F/XF/HBB/KW: All fall under a common parent company, but VSF specializes in Omega super-reps and Panerai, V6F does quite a bit of projects (though the name isn't used much nowadays) and XF focuses on Audemars Piguet. HBB does Roger Dubuis.
ARF/JF: JF is the brand name of AP reps. High quality, great detail, though ZF is showing them a run for their money these days. JF also makes middle-high tier Rolex watches among others. ARF is a division that focuses on high quality Rolex releases that focus on finishing.
ZZF: Quality releases recently for Rolex.
PPF: Supposedly family of ZF, but focused on Patek. Has the best current Nautilus
BP/GMF: BP is one of the OG rep factories. Has reps of most brands and models, and are at an affordable price. GMF seems to be a higher end brand focusing on finish, but sourcing from similar places.
MK/MKS: Focuses on IWC, Patek and Omega releases, though they have branched into other brands too.
TF: Specializes in tourbillons (hence "T" F), but most are 42mm and kind of thick.
GF: Originally started focusing on German watches ("G"F), but have branched into many other Swiss brands like JLC and Cartier. Creates 'copy cat' models for a bit cheaper, and sometimes surprises with improved details
FK: Makes quite a few reps, most are not very good or just barely miss the mark for one specific reason. However, their Breguet 5177 v3 watch is superb!!! So do not underestimate any release of theirs.
R Factory: Rolex
YLF: Connected to ZF, focuses on IWC
VRF: Specialized in the Rolex arena with an excellent sub, excellent new VR3135 movement, and gold wrapped subs too.
OMF: Focuses on middle tier quality and prices, but recently have high quality Omega releases
PF: Revolutionized the Nautilus market with the first thin Nautilus. However, they were recently outdone by PPF. Focused on Patek, but have other releases.
3K: Newer factory (as of 2020) that released a clone Patek movement.
JJF: Focused on Vacheron and Patek releases, came out with the great Overseas rep.
Who makes the best Rolex sub? My opinion only, there are many different opinions out there. As of March 9, 2020.
ZZF v2 3135
ARF v3 3135
Posting QC Photos
QC pics are the photos (and sometimes video) you get from your Trusted Dealer for the specific watch that you've ordered and will be shipped to you. While it is reasonable to ask for a new watch if there are significant defects in craftsmanship, there are also other reasons NOT to ask for a new watch that are a bit too 'picky' (i.e. microsopic misalignment of certain details that are OK in gen even). Something important to understand in this type of black market product with not a lot of QC oversight is that you cannot be too picky, and it can be tough for TDs to exchange products, meaning the loss is on their end if you do too many exchanges - just not a good experience for both the dealer and the customer.
Post all albums provided by TD up front
Write the following:
Dealer name - Puretime, Jtime, Mirotime, etc
Factory name - BP Factory, J Factory, ZZF, ZF, etc
Model name - Submariner 116610LN v2
Include the following as part of your evaluation prior to posting (if, for instance your watch does not have a bezel, put N/A):
Index alignment - are the hour markers aligned? Call out specific ones if they bother you - like '6 o clock looks crooked'. This also includes logo alignment as well
Date Wheel alignment - do the dates sit to one side or the other? Perfectly centered? Tip: some dates sit perfectly, and some don't on the same date disc sometimes.
Bezel - is the pip centered? Any of the engravings look improperly filled?
Solid End Links (SEL) - is there a gap between the bracelet's first link and the case lugs? How big is the gap?
Hand alignment - do the hands look reasonably aligned? Chrono hands point to 12?
Anything else you see - big scratches on the case, movement jewels missing, etc.
Here is a copy/paste format that will need to be used from here on out:
Model name (& version number):
Date Wheel alignment/printing:
Solid End Links (SELs):
Anything else you notice:
Again, this will be REQUIRED for all QC posts, and will be removed if they don't follow the guidelines. Gold plating, wrap, and diamonds Gold plating is getting better, but it seems to be a mixture of copper and some other materials that give the finish and coloring of gold. There is a tiny bit of gold in there though. If you get a scratch, don’t buff it out, just live with it. A scuff will show the stainless steel behind it if you get a significant enough ding. However, I’ve owned 4-5 rose gold plated watches and haven’t had issues with a single one and I don’t treat my watches too nicely. Gold wrapping is more expensive but also much more thick. It will take a serious ding and still show gold. It has more gold % in it. You can buff it lightly with no issue. Diamonds in a haute horology piece is typically done with a fine gemstone and perfectly placed using a gemsetting technique that isn’t done in the same manner as a replica would be done. If you need or want the look, then do it. Just know the stones are probably CZ, and will fall out easily, and will be inconsistently placed – which gives a poor brilliance when looking at it. Movements:u/eposseeker wrote a great summary of the different types of movements out there (non-comprehensive): https://www.reddit.com/RepTime/comments/c889yu/movements_found_in_replica_watches/
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Considering most VPN logging policies track at least server load or login information for maintenance purposes, this is what makes IPVanish a standout VPN for privacy. In 2016, when under previous management, IPVanish was however found to be collecting logs when it handed information over to US authorities to aid in the prosecution of a user. Since being acquired a number of times since then, IPVanish has turned things around and we have no longer concerns about its approach to user privacy. Jurisdiction IPVanish VPN was first released in 2012 by its former US-based owner HighWinds Network Group. IPVanish has since been acquired by StackPath and in 2019 by J2 Global which are both US-based companies. As you can see IPVanish is, and has always been, operated by companies headquartered in the US, which does have very intrusive surveillance laws and is a member of the Five-Eyes data sharing agreement. 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Screenshot of IPVanish's server list in the Windows app Power users will select servers from the main dashboard rather than the server list as it's a slicker experience. Screenshot of the server location filters in the IPVanish desktop app IPVanish server list view with filters - it's mostly pretty good but not as optimal as using the main dashboard. Screenshot of the advanced settings in IPVanish's desktop app IPVanish is rich with advanced settings for customizing connections and it's well laid out to boot. Nice! IPVanish’s desktop VPN apps are perfectly simple to use, even if they could do with a bit of a visual overhaul as they are starting to look a little out-dated. The advanced privacy settings are also easy to navigate, making IPVanish suited to both VPN beginners and more experienced users. The mobile IPVanish apps lack a few key features, such as the VPN kill switch, but they do still provide a very good, user-friendly experience. 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CyberGhost VPN is one of the most established VPN services around. It was founded by Robert Knapp in 2011, and it quickly became one of the most popular free VPNs. CyberGhost currently has over 30 million users and its popularity keeps growing but the question is, how does it compare to other top VPN providers? In this review you will learn what is good and what is not so good about CyberGhost, and you will find answers to popular questions like: Is using CyberGhost safe? Is it legal and does it really work? Does CyberGhost still have a free version? Does it work with Netflix? Is torrenting & P2P allowed? Before we answer all these questions (and many more), lets first examine CyberGhost VPN’s pros and cons: Pros Fast speeds: 64Mbps (global average) Unlocks Netflix, BBC iPlayer & other streaming sites Optimized servers for torrenting/P2P traffic Strong logging policy & no IP/DNS/WebRTC leaks User-friendly apps for PC, Mac, iOS, & Android Great server network across 60 countries Cons Torrenting not available on US & Australia servers Doesn't work in high censorship countries Not recommended for Kodi 14-day refund guarantee on 1-month plan Works with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Sky, HBO, Torrenting Available on Windows Mac Ios Android Linux Price from $2.75/mo As you can see CyberGhost is without a doubt an impressive VPN, but there are a few drawbacks that you need to know about in more detail. Lets start off our in-depth review by looking at how fast CyberGhost really is. Speed & Reliability Very fast speeds, especially for same-country connections CyberGhost will match almost any VPN service for fast download and upload speeds, but what it occasionally lacks is consistency. CyberGhost VPN’s same-country (for example, London to London) download and upload speeds are impressive and reliable, but CyberGhost users connecting to international servers may notice a drop-off in speed, with ping times also increasing. Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a London test server. Before using CyberGhost: DOWNLOAD Mbps 95 UPLOAD Mbps 97 PING ms 2 When connected to CyberGhost: DOWNLOAD Mbps 54 UPLOAD Mbps 77 PING ms 13 Download speed without CyberGhost: 95 Mbps Download speed with CyberGhost: 54 Mbps Our download speed loss when CyberGhost is running: 43% We put all of the VPNs on the site through a rigorous scientific speed testing process, determining the average speeds from multiple locations across the globe. These are the average speeds you can expect to pick up from these locations: USA: 51Mpbs (download) & 41Mbps (upload) Germany: 78Mbps (download) & 74Mbps (upload) Singapore: 28Mpbs (download) & 15Mbps (upload) Australia: 32Mbps (download) & 7Mbps (upload) Server Locations 4,600 servers around the world Globe with a blue flag 60 Countries Image of a city landscape 84 Cities Image of a pink marker 4,680+ IP Addresses See all Server Locations CyberGhost’s servers cover the whole world, with great server coverage in Europe and North America. A choice of over 4,680 servers is paired with a similar number of IP addresses. Screenshot of CyberGhost VPN server locations in Windows app 4,600 servers is a very good number, and one of the highest server counts on the market. While it’s considerably less than NordVPN‘s 5,000 plus servers, it is still a very high number of VPN servers. Similarly to IPVanish, CyberGhost owns all of its DNS servers meaning that it doesn’t rely on rented servers to provide VPN connections. The countries with the most CyberGhost servers are the US (1085), Germany (608), France (324), the UK (665) and Canada (223). At city-level, CyberGhost covers 13 different US locations, and 3 locations in Australia, Canada and the UK. Streaming & Torrenting Great for Netflix, Torrenting and More CyberGhost provides many dedicated Netflix servers, which is great. They are very east to find in the app and we’ve never had any issues unblocking Netflix when using CyberGhost VPN. CyberGhost has also its own dedicated BBC iPlayer server, too, and CyberGhost is currently our highest-recommended VPN for BBC iPlayer. That’s not all, though. CyberGhost subscribers also report that they can successfully stream: Amazon Prime Video Hulu HBO Sling TV Sky Now TV PlayStation Vue Torrenting CyberGhost is also a good choice for torrenting, although there are a couple of caveats: It doesn’t allow torrenting on its US or Australian servers Torrenting on mobile is a hassle compared to Windows and macOS applications You can torrent from mobile while using CyberGhost if you check and select the existing P2P servers on the desktop app or on the website. P2P torrenting is allowed on mobile, but there is no tab to find out which work. If you’re ok with these P2P limitations, then CyberGhost is a safe, fast and reliable VPN for torrenting. CyberGhost doesn’t log, it has a VPN kill switch and when we checked for IP/DNS leaks, we found none. If however the torrenting limitations above are putting you off, then take a look at our best VPNs for torrenting. Bypassing Censorship No good for China and highly censored countries We can’t recommend CyberGhost as a VPN to use in high censorship countries, as it simply can’t guarantee to bypass aggressive web censors. Unfortunately CyberGhost doesn’t have the obfuscation tools that make ExpressVPN and VyprVPN better VPN services to beat online censorship in countries like China, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iran. CyberGhost even warns that you use of a VPN in certain countries is forbidden and CyberGhost VPN shouldn’t be used in these nations. CyberGhost does mention that workarounds to make its VPN work in these countries are available, but that you shouldn’t try them. Basically, CyberGhost doesn’t want people to use its VPN in countries where VPNs are not legal. Platforms & Devices Compatible with popular devices, including routers Apps Windows Logo Windows Mac Logo Mac iOS Logo iOS Android Logo Android Linux Logo Linux Router Logo Router Whatever your device or operating system, CyberGhost has you covered with either a custom VPN app, or a manual workaround for you to configure your device and use CyberGhost VPN with it. CyberGhost VPN is compatible with all Windows, macOS, iOS and Android devices. You can also use CyberGhost on multiple devices at once, up to 7 in total (depending on the plan chosen). Games Consoles & Streaming Devices AppleTV Logo AppleTV Amazon Fire TV Logo Amazon Fire TV Chromecast Logo Chromecast Nintendo Logo Nintendo PlayStation Logo PlayStation Roku Logo Roku Xbox Logo Xbox You can also use CyberGhost with a range of gaming consoles and streaming devices, by installing the VPN onto your home router and connecting the devices to it. You can also piggyback off the CyberGhost VPN connection from another device running the CyberGhost app, such as your laptop. The recent addition of a native VPN app for the Amazon Fire TV Stick is also a big plus. Browser Extensions Chrome Logo Chrome Firefox Logo Firefox CyberGhost has VPN browser extensions available for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. These extensions are entirely free but, regardless of whether or not you’re a paying customer, you’ll only get access to eight servers in four locations (2 servers each) through them: United States, Germany, Romania and the Netherlands. These VPN add-ons are only proxies though, so they will only protect your web traffic. We recommend you use CyberGhost’s VPN extensions with the main VPN application or VPN client at all times. Encryption & Security One of the best VPNs for security Protocol IKEv2/IPSec L2TP/IPSec OpenVPN (TCP/UDP) PPTP Encryption AES-256 Security DNS Leak Blocking First-party DNS IPV6 Leak Blocking VPN Kill Switch Advanced features Split Tunneling TOR via VPN Server Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more. CyberGhost is an excellent choice for privacy, with one of the most advanced security suites of any VPN available today. The CyberGhost apps default to our favorite protocol, OpenVPN, and it encrypts your web data traffic with the ultra-secure AES-256 encryption and has a kill switch to make sure your identity stays protected in the event of a connection drop. Rest assured that your true location is safe and hidden with CyberGhost: we ran several IP or DNS leak tests and we found no leaks. Logging Policy Based in EU but no logs policy assures privacy This is a list of all the anonymous information that CyberGhost collects (taken from their logging policy): “CyberGhost VPN records the log-in of an anonymous account for statistical purposes. We do this once a day (all other log-ins will be ignored) and sum up each daily log-in for one month. The daily log-in data will be deleted after 24 hours, the monthly sum at the end of each month.” CyberGhost claims that this data is the bare minimum required to keep its VPN service running optimally. CyberGhost’s logging policy makes it clear that no personally identifiable information is collected and therefore there is nothing stored on CyberGhost’s servers that could be used to identify you, should anyone ever seize their servers. Excerpt from CyberGhost Logging Policy Excerpt from CyberGhost Logging Policy Jurisdiction CyberGhost VPN is operated by the Romanian company CyberGhost SA, which was acquired by Kape Technologies PLC (previously known as Crossrider) in 2017. The fact that CyberGhost is headquartered in Romania may seem less than ideal since Romania is part of the EU which has aggressive data-retention and sharing agreements in place with other nations. However we are not concerned by where CyberGhost is located given that it doesn’t collect any personally identifiable connection data. CyberGhost is a VPN you can trust with your online privacy. Ease of Use Extremely easy to use How to Install & Set Up CyberGhost CyberGhost download in our CyberGhost VPN review Find the relevant software on CyberGhost's website and click 'Download'. CyberGhost download in our CyberGhost VPN review #2 OPT Follow the simple installation prompts and agree to the Terms and Conditions. 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CyberGhost connected screen in our CyberGhost VPN review After connecting the main screen will show the time you've been connected, your chosen server location, and new IP address. CyberGhost extended screen and server list in our CyberGhost VPN review Click on the arrows in the bottom left to open up the extended app interface. Here you can see the full server locations list and choose optimized servers. CyberGhost settings in our CyberGhost VPN review Click the cog symbol to open up the setting menu where you can change the VPN protocol and switch on leak protection. CyberGhost connection features in our CyberGhost VPN review Under the Connection Features tab you can activate the ad blocker feature and other privacy extras. CyberGhost split tunneling in our CyberGhost VPN review Click the Smart Rules tab to the left and then Exceptions. Here you can decide which apps you'd like to route outside of the VPN tunnel. CyberGhost is still one of the easiest VPNs to use, even with all of its bells and whistles. Menus in the apps are clearly labeled and come with helpful contextual tooltips. There’s even a set of demonstrative videos on the CyberGhost website that show you just how simple its VPN apps are. Browser Extensions CyberGhost’s browser extensions couldn’t be simpler. You just have to click the icon and select a location. Customer Support Live chat and extensive troubleshooting 24/7 Live chat support Online Resources The round-the-clock live chat support agents are always friendly and responsive, usually managing to solve our queries in a matter of minutes. There’s a good chance you won’t ever need to use live support, though, as the online troubleshooting guides are pretty comprehensive. 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The History, The Current State And The Future Of NavCoin
The History, The Current State And The Future Of NavCoin
This is it. If you're interested to see what NAV is all about, this is the ultimate guide for you. You will learn about the history of NavCoin and how it evolved. You will learn about the current state and features of NavCoin and you will learn about the exciting new features that are planned and coming up in the (near) future. So buckle up, this is going to be a long ride!
Table Of Content
What is NavCoin?
Rebranding to SummerCoinV2 /NavajoCoin
Rebranding to NavCoin
The Current State
Tutorials And Guidelines
Where can you use NAV?
Introduction - What is NavCoin?
NavCoin is a cryptocurrency that has been publicly traded since mid 2014. It's a fork of the latest version of Bitcoin Core with many additional features and functionalities which differentiate NAV from other cryptos.
NavCoin has been one of the first projects to switch to Proof of Stake and is still using PoS to validate and generate blocks. NavCoin didn't have an ICO or a premine. It is self-funded from the beginning and primarily, but not solely maintained by developers of Encrypt-S - the NavCoin Core team (see below for more info about the team).
NAV is trying to simplify cryptocurrencies for the masses. It does this by providing features which make it easy to use like the implementation of OpenAlias, which allows people to send NAV to an email-like address (for example [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])). It also provides very easy to use desktop and mobile wallets.
NAV also provides optional privacy. You can send transactions publicly or private, as you prefer.
It's block speed is really fast with about 30 seconds per block. Transactions are confirmed as spendable within only 30 second which makes it ideal for retail and e-commerce.
High levels of scalability (260+ transactions per second)
It currently has a market cap of 11.6kk (as of writing) and trades for about $0.18 / 4'872 Sats per NAV. The circulating supply is 64kk with no max supply (with an inflation of about 4%).
Staking NavCoin currently yields about 8–10% of your holdings per year. This number depends on how many NAV are currently staking. The minimum return is about 4% (if every single NAV would be staking).
NAV is available on many different exchanges with the biggest ones being Binance, Bittrex and Poloniex.
Introduction The following chapter will summarize and break down the history of NavCoin in a few sentences. NAV started a long time ago, went through rebrandings and changes of the core team before it became what it is today. SummerCoin NavCoin was initially first introduced under the name SummerCoin on April 23 in 2014. SummerCoin was a fork of the Bitcoin blockchain. It used to have a PoW/PoS hybrid algorithm with a block time of 45 seconds. SummerCoinV2 /NavajoCoin Soon after the initial launch of SummerCoin, the original developer left and SoopY (soopy452000 on bitcointalk) took over as the main developer and rebranded the project to SummerCoinV2 respectively NavajoCoin and introduced new features. The name NavajoCoin was chosen in honor of the Navajo Code Talker. The unbreakable Navajo code was used to encrypt highly classified military information and commands and decrypt the same in WW II. SoopY introduced a technology which allowed sending transactions anonymously and private. This technology was called "Navajo Anonymous Technology". SoopY also released a new wallet and set the Proof of Stake rewards at 10% for the first year, 5% for the second year and 2% for every year after. NavCoin On August 12, 2014, Craig (current lead core developer, pakage on bitcointalk) started to get involved with NAV by helping to set up a website . It was officially announced that Craig joined the core team as a "Wallet & Web Developer" on November 06, 2014. The last tokenswap and restart of the blockchain of NAV happened on May 12, 2016. Soon later, SoopY stopped showing up and Craig stepped into the role of the lead core developer. Since then, Craig has assembled a strong team with which he built NavCoin into what it is today. Currently, Craig and the NavCoin Core team is located in New Zealand and they are actively developing many ground-braking features which differentiate NAV from other cryptocurrencies. You will read more about that later in this article.
The Current State
Introduction The year 2018 has been a thriving year for the NavCoin ecosystem. Despite the USD price of NAV not reflecting it, in 2018 the core team has developed a whole bunch of new features. Also the core content creators published the first official guidelines that function as an orientation guide for community content creators. This chapter will give you an overview of the current team, the features, the prior mentioned guidelines and the community of NavCoin. Core Team  Last year, the core team has grown alot. It contains of developers, content creators and interns. The core team are employees of Encrypt S, the New Zealand's leading blockchain R&D lab. Encrypt S is developing blockchain solutions since 2014 and values building open-source software highly. Craig MacGregor - Chief Executive Officer Craig is the CEO of Encrypt S and the founder of NavCoin. He is one of the world's most experienced blockchain developers. Craig founded NavCoin in 2014 and is developing software for it since then. He has assembled a strong team of like-minded people. Craig also speaks at seminars and conferenced. Some of the companies and conferences he did blockchain education sessions at are Oracle, Xero, Air New Zealand, Blok Tex and trademe. Together with the team, he is also doing a education series on YouTube where he explains upcoming features in-depth for the community. Alex Vazquez - Chief Technical Officer Alex is the CTO of Encrypt S and the most active contributor to the NavCoin core Github. He has incredible knowledge of blockchains and proposes and implements solutions for challenges and features. He supports community developers frequently and answers any questions of the community thoroughly. Like Craig, Alex is developing software for the NavCoin ecosystem for a very long time. Alex speaks at universities at times and educates students about the blockchain technology. Paul Sanderson - Lead Software Engineer Paul is the Lead Software Engineer at Encrypt S. He has a flair for technology. His technical and management skills are perfectly suited for consultancy and investment advising. He also frequently contributes to the NavCoin core source code. Rowan Savage - Senior Software Engineer Rowan is a full stack software engineer with more than a decade experience in developing complex front-end web applications. He joined Encrypt S in February 2018 and has since been involved in the Valence Plattform, the Kauri Wallet and NavCoin Core. You will read more about these feature/projects later. Carter Xiao - Lead UX/UI Designer Carter specializes in user-centric design and is also very talented with 3D animation, motion graphics and programming. One of NavCoins core principle is "Simplifying Crypto" and UX/UI is a very important part of that. Matt Paul - Software Engineer Like Rowan, Matt is a full stack Software Engineer. He joined the core team in Mai 2017 and has since worked on NavPay, NavPi, the Kauri Wallet and NavCoin Core. Kieren Hyland - Chief Strategy Officer Kieren is one of the employees that are working for Encrypt S for a very long time. He is the CSO and is a digital strategist and growth hacker with a passion for new technology and has a lot of experience in online marketing. Laura Harris - Creative Director Laura has a combination of commercial and creative flair. She manages the social media accounts for NavCoin and ensures, that NavCoins' message is always powerful, relevant and distinctive. John Darby - Content Creator John is an internationally awarded Technology and Financial sector marketing communications specialist. He is one of the Core Content Creators for NavCoin. Features of NavCoin  The following features are currently available and have been developed in the last months and years. It is sorted from newest to oldest. Static Block Reward The soft-fork for the enabling of static block rewards have been accepted and became active recently at 5th January 2019. This means, that the block reward was changed from a percentage based reward to a static reward. This will incentivize the stakers to have their node online 24/7 which increased the security of the network. It also aligns NavCoin with the PoSv3 specification. With this implementation, the yearly inflation will be 3.6% currently and will exponentionally decrease because of the static value of the rewards. Every staked block will now give the staker 2 NAV. Depending on how many people are staking, the yearly percentage varies. With the network weight currently being around 20'000'000 NAV, stakers earn around 10% rewards from staking 24/7. Cold staking To provide extra security to participants in the staking process in the NavCoin network, the core team decided to implement cold staking. This allows to store NAV offline and still be able to sign staking inputs. Looking forward, a possible integration into the Ledger Nano S would mean, that one can stake NAV securely from a offline hardware wallet. How cool is that? OpenAlias One of the core principle of NAV is to simplify cryptocurrencies. Many non-technical people are deterred from the long, cryptic addresses used in wallets. When sending funds, you have to make sure that every single letter and digit is correct which is nerve-wracking for the average person. NavCoin has implemented OpenAlias, which allows to transform the wallet address into a email-like form. Everyone can register a name like "[[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])". Funds can then be sent to this name, which makes sending crypto much easier and less error-prone. Community Fund This is the one big feature I was most excited about. NavCoin core has implemented the first fully decentralized community fund. Acceptance of proposals and release of funds is all approved by the decentralized network. No central authority has access to the fund. The community fund enables everyone to propose their ideas to the NavCoin community and to get paid to implement these ideas. Everyone can propose whatever they like (of course there is a higher rate of success if the proposal contributes to the NavCoin ecosystem ;-)). In fact, this article was sponsored by the NAV-Community by voting "yes" for my proposal. The fund works like this: For a fee of 50 NAV, everyone can create and present his idea/proposal to the entire NavCoin network. The fee is here to help prevent spam attacks. Proposals can literally be anything - be it development, marketing or anything else you can some up with. After creating the proposal, everyone contributing to the NavCoin network can then decide if they like the proposal of not. They vote with "Yes" or "No" for the acceptance of the proposal. Voting happens via staking. Every transaction that gets validated by you gives you one vote. This means that the more NAV you are staking, the higher your voting weight is. The proposal stays in the state "Pending" until it is accepted or rejected. To be accepted, a proposal has to have a participation of at least 50% of all staked blocks and at least 75% of these votes have to be "Yes"-votes. Like-wise to be rejected a proposal need 50% participation of the network and 75% of these votes have to be "No"-votes. Additionally, if a proposal didn't pass after 6 voting cycles (about 6 weeks) it is also rejected. After a proposal has been accepted, the creator of the proposal can start his work. When the work is finished, or at in the proposal defined checkpoints, the proposal creator can create a payment request for the full or part of the requested funds. The NavCoin network can then again decide, if the work is what the creator promised to do and vote for the funds or reject the payment request because it was not what he promised. This mechanism ensures, that the funds are only release if the creator of the proposal did what he promised. The NavCoin network decides everything, there is no central authority which makes the community fund 100% decentralized. The community fund is quite new but there have already been some proposals that were accepted like paying for the development & hosting of NAV block explorer, the creation and distribution of NAV car stickers to the community for free (or paid by the community fund), the funding of interns for NavCoin Core, translation of the website into other languages and YouTube videos. What ideas could you come up with? By the way: this article was also sponsored by the community fund :-) Proof of Stake Like said before, NavCoin uses the Proof of Stake algorithm to create and validate blocks. Participants of the NavCoin network can earn rewards by putting their coins to stake and thus validating blocks and securing the network. The reward used to be 4% fixed but recently changed with the implementation of PoSv3. Currently, rewards for stakers that are staking 24/7 is about 10% but it is dependent on how many people are staking. If more nodes come online, this reward will go down. If 90% of all NAVs would be at stake, stakers would still earn 4%. Tutorials And Guidelines  The NavCoin Core team pushes the community to contribute to the NavCoin ecosystem constantly. They emphasize that NavCoin is an open source project and everyone can contribute. The team tries to make it as easy as possible for the average person to contribute and thus created different tutorials and guidelines. Tutorials To Contribute To The Website The whole website is open source. Everyone can contribute to the website. The team created different guides for people to follow . The NavCoin Developer Manifesto The content creator core team has build a developer manifesto. It defines the values that should be uphold like for example that they will always operate in the best interest of the network. If defines the principles, purposes, scope of involvement and operational requirements . The NavCoin Content Creation Manifesto Similar to the developer manifesto, there is also a content creation manifesto. Again it defines the principles for creating content, the purpose, the scope of involvement and the operational requirements . NavCoin Brand Guidelines In addition to the content creation manifesto, there is also a brand guideline booklet. This should help content creators to create images, videos, articles etc. in the same style as the core team. It defines the NAV brand. The brand guidelines contain definitions, the language to use (words to use, words not to use), the tone of voice, what the community aspires to be and what we discourage to be. It also contains the logo pack which can be used in graphics etc. It describes correct logo spacing, logo placement, the colors of NAV and different web assets. It gives tips about gradients and overlays, the typefaces (with a font pack) and many more. Check it out yourself . NavCoin Educational Series The core team has decided to actively involve the community in the creation of new features. For this reason and to allow users to ask questions, they created the NavCoin Educational Series. The core team schedules an online live meetup which can be joined by everyone. On YouTube they do live-streams and explain upcoming features. Examples of these series are explanations for cold staking, static rewards (PoSv3) and the community fund. The community can ask questions live and the core team will answer them immediately. Community During the last year there have been an influx of software developers from the community starting to create features for NAV. navexplorer.com An examples is navexplorer.com which is programmed by community developer prodpeak and is a block explorer for NavCoin. Additionally, it functions as a interface to see what is going on in the community fund. It shows pending proposals and payment requests. NEXT Wallet The NEXT Wallet is an alternative wallet for NAV and other cryptocurrencies. It has a beautiful user interface and is additionally the easiest interface to interact with the community fund (create proposals, create payment requests and vote for proposals and payment requests). It is programmed by community developer sakdeniz who put hundreds of hours into it during last year. There were also some marketing activities starting to emerge with the release of the community fund. Some of these were for example free stickers for everyone in the NAV community to stick to their car / shop / window etc. or YouTube videos of CryptoCandor and Cryptomoonie that explained the details of NAV. I am sure, that with the 500'000 NAV available in the community fund per year there will be an influx of gread ideas - development as well as marketing activities - that will be funded.
Introduction These features are planned for the future. Many of the following features are part of the 2019 roadmap. Some will not be described in great detail because not much is known about them yet. I've still listed them as they are part of what is yet to come. Features Rimu - Improved Privacy Solution NavCoin used to be a optional privacy coin. That means, that you could choose to send a transaction in private. NavCoin was criticized for the way it handles private payments because it relied on a few servers which didn't make it that decentralized. The technology was called "NavTech" and was a secondary blockchain that obscured the transaction and the amount that was sent. NavCoin Core is currently developing a new improved privacy solution that will make the private payment system completely trustless and districuted and runs at a protocol level. Alex of the NavCoin Core team has published a paper that describes this new privacy solution. It's called Zero Confidential Transactions and can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330366788_ZeroCT_Improving_Zerocoin_with_Confidential_Transactions_and_more. What I want to highlight is the collaboration between Alex as the proposer of the solution and the Veil team, a Bitcoin Core developer and Moneros main cryptographer as reviewers. When the best work together, it will be interesting to see what the outcome is! Valence Plattform  Valence is an applied Blockchain platform that can help businesses realise the tangible benefits of blockchain. You can think of Valence as a platform with which you can build Anonymous Distributed Applications (aDapps) with. But Valence is a different kind of platform that enables developers to create new types of blockchain applications. The problem with current (turing complete) dApp platforms are their complexity and rigid nature. Security holes in smart contracts and scaling issues happen frequently . Valence provides transitional pathways that let businesses migrate only part of their activities to the blockchain without having to restructure their entire business model .
Valence will provide a spectrum of blockchain application solutions which sit along the decentralized spectrum, offering businesses simple ways to dip their toes into the blockchain at minimal risk or complexity .
Thanks to the proof of stake nature of the Valence blockchain, more of a node's resources can be used for processing and routing application data which makes the platform faster and scalable.
Valence aims to make building blockchain applications as accessible to the general public as WordPress or Squarespace has made building websites.
The developers NavCoin and Valence aim to make Valence extremely easy to work with:
A Valence application could be an open source mobile or web application that submits unencrypted or encrypted data directly to the blockchain. The only configuration necessary for the app developer would be setting up the data structure. Once they've done that they can start writing to the blockchain immediately. The Valence blockchain interface is language agnostic, meaning developers are free to build applications in whichever language they're familiar with, which greatly reduces the barrier to entry. As the platform progresses, Valence will introduce more and more smart contract templates in collaboration with the development community. These will be like plugins that users can simply select and configure for their application, without having to reinvent the wheel and risk contract errors or spend countless hours of research to program them.
NavShopper The following information is taken from the latest weekly news: NavShopper is a new project which will allow people to spend NavCoin on a growing list of retailers and service providers. NavShopper sits between traditional retailers accepting fiat and NavCoin users and purchases products on behalf of the user by managing the crypt-fiat conversion, payment and shipping. This project will unlock many more ways for people to spend NAV on existing websites/marketplaces without requiring each site to individually accept cryptocurrencies. Some of the prototypes we are working on include crediting your Uber account, buying products on Amazon and donating to charities. Kauri Wallet The Kauri Wallet aims to be an open-source, multi-currency wallet which functions as a foundation for other features. Kauri Enhanced Enhancements to the Kauri Wallet will allow multiple accounts, pin numbers, recurring payments and more. Kauri DAEx The Kauri DAEx is a Decentralised Atomic Exchange that utilises the features of the Kauri Wallet and enables users to create safe peer to peer atomic exchanges for any currency supported by the Kauri Wallet. NavDelta NavDelta will be a payment gateway that allows users to spend NAV at any business which accepts currencies supported by the Kauri Wallet. NavMorph NavMorph is a fusion of Rimu and Kauri DAEx and will allow to privately send every cryptocurrency supported by the Kauri Wallet.
If you have made it this far: Congratulations! You have learned about how NAV evolved, what its current state is and what the future will bring. To sum all up: NavCoin has made incredible progress during last year and released many long awaited features despite the bear market. Many more exciting features are yet to come and it's going to be very interesting to see where we will stand on this day next year.
Unfortunately, the giveaway was not possible in the cryptocurrency-subreddit because of their rules, so I'm doing it here :-) As a surprise, in the next 2 hours I am going to send some NAV to everyone who wants to try out the awesome features and NavPay you read about above. To get your NAVs, all you have to do is the following:
Download the app NavPay from the Android Play Store or as a iOS user, use the NavPay website
Follow the steps to set up your mobile wallet
Backup your private key (the random words) so you could restore your wallet if your phone breaks or something like that!
Post your public address, so I can send you some NAVs
If you liked the experience, I'd be happy to hear back from you :)
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