Tag Archives: Developers

The Time Is Now: We Need an Active Approach to Blockchain Inclusion

Alexis Gauba is co-founder at she256, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing diversity and breaking down barriers to entry in the blockchain space, and Mechanism Labs, which is conducting blockchain based research experiments in the domains of distributed consensus, scalability, and usability.  The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. Blockchain technology has been challenging norms and… Read More »

‘0% Success’: Why Blockchain Apps Just Aren’t Taking Off

Yin Wu is the founder of Dirt Protocol, a protocol for decentralized information curation that aims to organize the world’s data and make it freely accessible. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review. In 2018, the promise of a decentralized future fell apart. The most widely used dapps have a few thousand daily users and a… Read More »

Ethereum Developers Give ‘Tentative’ Greenlight to ASIC-Blocking Code

Members of ethereum’s open-source development community tentatively agreed Friday to implement a new algorithm that would block specialized mining hardware, or ASICs, pending further testing on the proposed code. If accepted by the network of users that run the ethereum software, the code change, dubbed “ProgPoW,” would block ASICs, such as those made by major mining firms like… Read More »

Crypto Is Far From Dead, as These Scaling Projects Show

Michael J. Casey is the chairman of CoinDesk’s advisory board and a senior advisor for blockchain research at MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative. The following article originally appeared in CoinDesk Weekly, a custom-curated newsletter delivered every Sunday exclusively to our subscribers. ——- After a gloomy look at the state of cryptoland two weeks ago, it’s time for more of a… Read More »

Simplicity Language to Give Bitcoin Ethereum-Like Smart Contract Capabilities

Simplicity, a combinator-based, typed, and functional language for blockchain applications can reportedly enable Bitcoin’s Script language to handle more complex yet reliable smart contracts. Bitcoin Script Language is Limited, For Now According to a new research from Blockstream on Simplicity – a blockchain applications language – distributed ledgers pose a range of unique challenges, which make traditional programming languages unfit.… Read More »

Ethereum’s Constantinople Hard Fork Is Being Delayed Until 2019

Ethereum upgrade Constantinople will be postponed until early 2019, developers confirmed in a meeting Friday. Initially targeted to activate in November this year, developers opted to postpone the hard fork push after several bugs were found in the code that was released on a test network. Now aiming for sometime in late January or February, developers on the… Read More »

To Scale Bitcoin, Little Improvements Will Need to Go a Long Way

Kaizen. The Japanese word for “improvement,” and as it relates to business, it’s the philosophy of continuous improvement on working practices. And with that as the tagline for the fifth edition of bitcoin engineering conference Scaling Bitcoin, it became a perfect way to summarize what’s happening today among the cryptocurrency’s developer ecosystem. With the scaling debate coming to a… Read More »

Momentum Is Building to Block Ethereum ASICs

Several ethereum miners and developers have come forward with the goal of stopping specialized mining hardware from effectively operating on the network. Underway since April, the controversy surrounding application-specific integrated circuits (or ASICs) on ethereum rose after news broke last Thursday of a new line of specialized mining hardware that claims to generate more than six times as much profit… Read More »

One of Investors’ Favorite Governance Blockchains Is Handing Over $20 Million

Governance is one of the hottest topics in crypto right now – and Decred developers’ take is that the community should decide. And, by way of the release of a communication tool called Politeia, they will soon be giving that community $20 million in DCR tokens to manage. Stepping back, Decred was built by a startup called Company 0,… Read More »