Question for the Witnesses…

If you have been following me since some time you may know that I used to post once a month a short article regarding a simple process I do concerning my Witness Votes. I call this process “Auditing My Witness Votes” the aim of which is to assess if my Votes are used in the most efficient way so, ensuring the proper performance of theSTEEM Blockchain by signing Blocks (signal that the witness works properly) but also I try to check if the owner of the witness keeps being active and supportive for the community, posting and upvoting and also developing.

The following is my current 30 Witness List, all of them working perfectly according to my criteria:

@abit
@actifit
@arcange
@blockbrothers
@blocktrades
@cervantes
@cryptopassion
@curie
@dragosroua
@drakos
@emrebeyler
@fyrst-witness
@good-karma
@gtg
@holger80
@lukestokes.mhth
@mahdiyari
@partiko
@pharesim
@quochuy
@roelandp
@sc-steemit
@steemitboard
@steempeak
@steempress
@swisswitness
@themarkymark
@therealwolf
@yabapmatt

From that list, only 11 out of the 30 are Top 20 Witnesses:

@yabapmatt , @lukestokes.mhth , @blocktrades , @good-karma , @roelandp , @aggroed , @curie , @gtg , @therealwolf , @drakos and @cervantes .

For your information, as an average, a top 20 Witness does currently around 9200 STEEM per month . At today’s price of STEEM that means 2800 USD/Month .

Instead, Witness out of the Top 20 but within the first 50, the earnings obtained a month are around 1100 STEEM , i.e 340 USD/Month at the current price.

This number decrease dramatically if you are not one of the 50 first…

The thing here is that many of the witnesses are also struggling with the current price of STEEM, some of them have had to switch off the node because, apparently, the cost of maintaining alive the node surpasses the STEEM earned and so, does not justify to keep the equipment running or just maintaining the rent.

Thus, I can understand that many of the witnesses decide to Power Down their stake in a permanent mode, especially if they are not within the Top 20 witness List.

The fact is that I have seen many of my selected Witnesses powering down and not stopping lately, some of them as I said are Top 20 witnesses and I wonder…

Would not be good to stop powering down and stop withdrawing your STEEM to the exchanges in order to, I would not say increase the scarcity of the STEEM price but, at least, stabilize the price of STEEM in the market at the present times?

Is this not the time for ACCUMULATION?

Is it MORAL to keep feeding the exchanges with such a scarce demand right know?

Would not be better for you to sell your earned STEEM at a higher prices?

…an below the main question for the witnesses which I hope, some of them will reply…

WHAT IS THE MONTHLY COST OF RUNNING A WITNESS NODE/SERVER?

Could we have an averaged monthly value in USD about the Cost of maintaining a server/node running and working efficiently?

Thanks for answering.

@toofasteddie

By the way, many Steemians here do not have the time or maybe they are not interested in doing some research and try to Vote by themselves for the witness they like…If that is your case, choose anyone that you know he would do correctly as a Proxy, which means that your account will exactly replicate the Witness Votes of the proxy account you have chosen.

*Reminder: if you feel like not having time to do a proper analysis and still think that mine is fair , you can also choose me as your proxy that will vote for witnesses for you.

Just, keep using your witness votes doing an important work.

BITCOIN – 10 May

On 4hr chart, price continue to climb higher and tested possible big channel top resistance around 6400 zone. Possible major resistance around this 6400 zone. Possible multiple test on this zone as it cling the top channel or sideway consolidation.
News: (Current) | (Upcoming)
Short term moving average (day candle) :
RSI :
Network Value to Transactions Ratio :116
Total marketcap :194
Dominance :58.3
Bitfinex Margin Long/Short Volume Ratio :
Depth Chart : (S) | (R)
Weekly Timeframe :

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Is Roku The Next Microsoft???

On Wednesday, Roku reported their first quarter earnings. Although net loss of $9.7 million, or 9 cents a share, revenue rose to $207 million from $137 million a year earlier ago.  Also, active-account base grew by 2 million users sequentially, reaching 29.1 million in the first quarter.  And for the full year, Roku forecast $1.03 billion to $1.05 billion in revenue, slightly ahead of expectations.

This opportunity in the large streaming trend makes ROKU a great position to increase its number of users, the analysts said. As a result of its leadership in the sector, ROKU shares could soar three to

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OnePageX – Cryptocurrency Exchange Made Simple

Innovations won’t stop to amaze.

I am only familiar with a one-pager summary of a project, a book or an article.

How unbelievable it is that an operation as sophisticated and complex as trading cryptocurrency can be initiated and executed right on just a single page – Revolutionary, I call it!

The exchange procedure we are most familiar with look something like this.

work of the author

The process above may have been summarized in simple five steps, performing it in practice is not an experience to smile about.

In fact, this contributes to one of the reasons why cryptocurrency adoption is growing at a snail-pace rate.

Imagine a new user who heard about Bitcoin from the buzz on the street, decided to have a little holding of this so-called magic internet money was presented with the above mountain process of acquittance to climb.

The individual might just stop his adventure right at the KYC stage (something which is now becoming a mandate no matter the trade size on exchanges) or if he is lucky enough to sign up with established exchange who still provide a small window for users to transact under limited access without KYC confirmation, order placement complexes might just discourage him all at once (we are talking of a newbie after all).

Problems with multifarious exchange who mostly are built with centralized design extend beyond the user experience sample mentioned above. There are other reasons why their use offers many disadvantages.

Reasons such as:

• Insecurity of funds.

• Low liquidity (with the majority)

• Issue with theft and hacks

• Censorship.

These sets of problems cannot be tolerated in the long run if we really want to establish the decentralized mission of cryptocurrency.

Therefore, there is a need for urgent but lasting solutions.

Like the opening part of this post mentioned. There is a simple exchange with good capabilities to handle single or multiple exchanges between a wide range of cryptocurrencies right on a single page.

I am talking of the innovative OnePageX.

OnePageX

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Onepagex is a multifaceted simple exchange with the ability to host and executive trades between cryptocurrencies right on a single page.

This exchange relies on the market price feed from many reliable sources to provide fair market trade. Using the atomic swap technique, the exchange allows the immediate liquidity and conversion between user desired cryptocurrencies.

One special uniqueness of OnePageX is the total absence of any form of registration and confirmation before a user can start using the service. Providing absolute decentralization, privacy, and convenience.

Another exciting features about this exchange are the wide range of available selection of cryptocurrencies which are over 140+. This availability paves way for conducting microtransactions across a wide range of selections which is very beneficial to airdrop hunters and the likes.

Just like the words of Brian Armstrong -Coinbase CEO 

many people will earn their first cryptocurrency rather than buying it.

This quote is to the point, in that, the majority of just introduced newbies are airdrop and bounty hunters.

I started my crypto journey as a bounty and airdrop hunter.

I still remember how an airdrop token got stuck on an exchange because I couldn’t meet the withdrawal fee sum.

The decentralized architectural design of OnePageX mitigates the problem of fees arising from withdrawal. Another interesting part is that trading fees are drastically reduced, with just 0.5% charge, and transactions can be monitored in real time providing more assurance.

Here is a sample illustration of how the stages of exchange with Onepagex looks like.

i) Selection of preferred cryptocurrency type.

ii) Input of withdrawal address.

iii) Start exchange with a click on the button.

iv) Deposit address of the base currency to start the exchange. 

v) Deposit waiting for two confirmation.

vi) Actual conversion with a pending status (happens in second).

vii) Exchange completion.

Above descriptive images are sourced from.

Tracked your transaction on explorer by clicking the complete button.

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The process is as simple as that.

Apart from the waiting time for the base currency deposit to be confirmed, all the steps illustrated above take just seconds.

With this kind of speed in exchange, gradually, we are getting close to the future dreams.

At the very start of the exchange, Bitcoin was the only available base currency, but there are now more available options like Ethereum and Steem, providing even more versatility and speed in confirmation.

The ability to sort out transactions within seconds with no prior need for registration or identity confirmation is a special experience on its own but OnePageX have even more to offer. 

Rundown in a short list with inclusive features:

√ Convenience

√ Fast exchange window period

√ Absence of registration

√ Absence of KYC confirmation.

√ Adequate security.

Right on the same single interface, OnepageX offers an added advantage of conducting multiple transactions all at the same time.

Here is a sample of how the process looks like.

A broad overview of how that is conducted.

Mobile View.

Desktop View.

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All the above graphic samples showcase many of the cool features of the exchange.

The lack of registration may have prompted a curiousness of how a transaction can be retrieved in the case the window or tab was lost for various reasons like; sudden fail of internet connection, mistake arising from self-navigation from the page, and many more possibilities of mistakes. A simple way this is rectified is by resorting the page URL from the browser history – allowing the confidently use of the exchange without any reason to panic.

OneBox Exchange Widget

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With the type of convenience this exchange provides, it is right to think why aren’t crypto-based merchant using this solution to settle crypto payments on their website.

Well, maybe words haven’t yet reached out to them because OnePageX provides a good solution for websites through its website exchange widget “OneBox”.

Integrating OneBox widget on exchanges takes a simple copy-paste action of the widget code from theOnePageX.com OneBox Exchange Widget page.

At this point in time, OnepageX solution is something all crypto enthusiast and evangelist should be excited about as it is one of the solutions that is bringing about the actualization of the convenience, ease, speed and security that has long been needed.

Competing Solutions

OnePageX is innovative in its design and appearance, but the past few years have also witnessed other similar product with the established mission to provide these set of solutions.

How is Onepagex then different from these similar solutions?

Features That Distinguish OnePageX From Other Similar Exchange.

As a reality, there are other exchanges that provide instant liquidity and conversion between cryptocurrency assets. Such examples of well-known exchanges include Blocktrades and Bancor Network.

To highlight their difference without too much of words. A graphical representation showcasing their superiority and flaws is provided below.

Author’s work

Some Use Cases.

Scenario 1

Samuel is a college student whose recent discovery of cryptocurrency propelled him on an exciting adventure as a bounty hunter as he lacks the necessary financial prowess to invest directly on the assets of his choice.

By his voracious commitment, Samuel had a very good experience with this new adventure and earn some valuable reward in the process.

Having gotten familiar with the crypto world, he discovered much of these earned coins are with higher volatility risk than established ones, therefore, he decided to gradually convert them to less volatile ones as he has a long time goal of holding his earned cryptos for future possibility gains.

His regular way of trading these cryptos was to pass through exchanges that require formal registrations and KYC confirmation before any form of exchange can be conducted. As daunting as this process is, it became easily checked by Samuel but the problem with fixed withdrawal fee that eats up a significant part of his holding became a real case to worry about.

But the whole story changed when Samuel stumble on a discovery that matched his need and exceeded his imagination.

On a fateful day, Samuel woke up to dig out available opportunities. In the process of his search, he stumbles on a contest promoting a project called “OnePageX” which solution perfectly matched his need.

This new discovery ended Samuel’s agonizing experience with formal exchanges as they became a thing of the past. He now enjoys the convenience, ease and wide range of selections provided by OnePageX.

Scenario 2

‘I need to lead by example’ – Anatasia thought to herself, she is a well-known cryptocurrency enthusiast and evangelist.

Her past crypto wins gave her the financial power to set up her local dream store. But the majority in her locals have never heard or know about Bitcoin. She decided the best implementation to set out with was to enable a fiat gateway on her website.

Her business flourished, reaching some of her online fan she initially didn’t set the market for. Words reached to her to set up a gateway that accepts crypto payments.

She decided this was the best thing for her offline business and her online reputation.

However, getting the right solution became a struggle as available solutions did not fit her need.

After making a public announcement about her need, a stranger dropped a Twitter message describing a one-pager exchange.

Her carefulness and knowledge ensure she didn’t click any of the link sent to her, rather, she did a proper search on Google and read about the suggested solution.

In the means of her search, she finds out the solution was, in fact, the best fit for her need.

To get things right without further stress Ana hired a coder freelancer and gave the necessary description. The task took just some minutes to be completed as it was just a copy and paste job.

She paid for the job without having to part with much money.

Her dream store got more set-up with an added juice to it.

She became happy afterward.

Conclusion

Ease, convenience, and liquidity are some of the top desires of most traders.

It contributes to reasons why many people prefer to keep their crypto holdings on centralized exchanges who are vulnerable to hacks and theft despite alternatives with decentralized exchanges.

Although, liquidity-providing exchange using the swap model are not a feasible ground for speculative trading, they provide the best alternative for other types of trading.

OnePageX took the swap model a step further by providing a platform where the complete process of exchange happens on a page. Putting off the stress with registration, privacy, and identity confirmation that may be subject to regulation.

Suddenly, the decentralized infrastructures we dreamt about, are getting set up, and for sure OnePageX is part of the move.

For additional Information about Onepagex visit their Website.

And all of their available social media and forums.

Medium 

Twitter 

Reddit 

Telegram 

Instagram

Read up the OneBox setup if you plan on accepting cryptocurrency on your website.

Credits

Featured image

Paragraph divider is the work of @fancybrothers on steemit.

This post was written as to a Catered Content contest submitted on Medium.

Can $UBER give $LYFT a Lyft?

It sure does need one. After being pushed into the IPO market land and opening up well above the IPO price at 72, it has been utterly obliterated into the ground. Every single investor is losing money here (unless you are shorting, but they aren’t investors). This is a gigantic fail of an IPO. Does UBER make the same mistake?

They are doing everything they can not to including holding a valuation much below what was originally estimated and attempting to open the share price lower to. From the looks of it LYFT is not getting a bounce on UBER’s

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Index to Crypto with Bit Brain – Edition 2019/3

I can’t believe that it’s already Index time again. I’m almost tempted to put it off, but I know that that will come back to bite me later! It’s been an interesting month and a lot of important information has been covered. With that in mind, it’s rather important that I create this index without further delay.

Previous Index posts:

Index to Crypto with Bit Brain – Edition 2019/2 is my most recent index and was published in early April. In it you will find some posts about what I have been buying in 2019, the long overdue Part 3 of my “Diversification”

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Goldman Sachs…The Real Uber Winner

Uber makes its IPO debut Friday in one of the most anticipated IPOs in 2019.  Uber is set to price their shares at $44 to $50, given the company an immediate $80 or $90 billion market cap.

In 2018, Uber’s revenue reached $11.3 billion for the year, up 43% from 2017, but the company remains unprofitable.  Thus, tomorrow there will be winners and losers (just like with the Lyft IPO).  The losers will be the retail investors, who will be eager to jump in and get a piece of the pie.  The winners will include, Ashton Kutcher, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow

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STEEM Relief…GOOD SIGNAL?

STEEM is experimenting a slightly increase in the Trading volume, mainly coming from buyers!!!!

It is still a shy green growth but seems sustained on the 4 Hour-chart.

Also, what I like most is the fact that on hourly of the STEEM/BTC chart, there are 3 on-a-row green candles after having touched the lowest STEEM vs BTC price ever at 4657 Satoshis, and this is happening at the same time BITCOIN is growing in price!

Lately, there is nothing better than seeing STEEM changing the direction, let’s see if we can hold this trend…

In my opinion, everything depends now on the entrance of new FIAT to the market so, we need BTC to keep growing not because the leakage of the altcoins but the TETHER and FIAT from the investors…

Let’s break that 200 Billion USD market cap to ensure the trend!!!!

Stay positive my friends!!!!

@toofasteddie

Crypto Contest May 10: Seele

Seele (Huobi: SEELEBTC) has broken out of the triangle pattern in the daily chart.

(Chart courtesy of Tradingview.com (log scale))

Elliott Wave Analysis

In Elliott Wave terms, Seele began a wave one advance on February 20. The red wave one (blue sub-waves i-ii-iii-iv-v) finished on March 21, and the red wave two (blue sub-waves a-b-c) correction ended on April 26. If this wave count is correct, Seele should be heading next towards the March 21 peak in the red wave three.

(Chart courtesy of Tradingview.com (log scale))

Funnymentals

Seele is a blockchain ecosystem project developing a multi-chain heterogeneous forest network. You can watch their official introduction video below.

(Sources:

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🗞 Daily Crypto News, May, 10th💰

  • Facebook May Announce FB Coin Stablecoin in Q3, Say Anonymous Sources;
  • A New Crypto ETF Has Just Been Filed With the U.S. SEC ;
  • SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Concerned Crypto Industry Hindered by Regulatory Delays;
  • All of It Dark, All of It P2P: After the Binance Hack, Bitcoin Doesn’t Cut It
  • ConsenSys Announces Major Restructuring as Longtime Executive Kavita Gupta Steps Down ;
  • 📑 Daily Crypto Calendar, May, 10th💰
  • STEEM Trading Update

Welcome to the Daily Crypto News: A complete Press Review, Coin Calendar and Trading Analysis. Enjoy!

🗞 Facebook May Announce FB Coin Stablecoin in Q3, Say Anonymous Sources

Social networking giant Facebook is hiring PayPal staff ahead of its alleged cryptocurrency launch, Bloomberg reported on May 8.


Facebook, which has courted rumors over its planned entry into blockchain and payments for around a year, could launch its own token as soon as Q3 2019, anonymous sources told the publication.
The company began hiring for a dedicated blockchain team last year, under the auspices of David Marcus, himself a former president of PayPal.


Now, around 20% of the team’s 50 members come from the payments platform, a situation reminiscent of the so-called “PayPal Mafia” executive group of the early 2000s.

🗞 A New Crypto ETF Has Just Been Filed With the U.S. SEC

A prospectus for a new cryptocurrency-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) has just been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


The application, posted by the SEC on May 9, was created by Crescent Crypto Index Services LLC, a subsidiary of Crescent Crypto Asset Management LLC, to track the performance of a market capitalization-weighted portfolio of bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH).


Dubbed the USCF Crescent Crypto Index Fund (ticker symbol “XBET”), the ETF is sponsored by United States Commodity Funds LLC (USCF), which will invest XBET’s assets in the two portfolio cryptocurrencies.
The prospectus states:


“XBET is an exchange traded fund. This means that most investors who decide to buy or sell shares of XBET place their trade orders through their brokers and may incur customary brokerage commissions and charges. Shares of XBET are expected to trade on the NYSE Arca under the ticker symbol “XBET” and will be bought and sold throughout the trading day at bid and ask prices like other publicly traded securities.”


🗞 SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce Concerned Crypto Industry Hindered by Regulatory Delays

United States regulator and so-called “crypto mom” Hester Peirce gave remarks in which she expressed fears that the cryptocurrency industry has been hindered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dragging its heels. Peirce spoke at the Securities Enforcement Forum in East Palo Alto, California on May 9.


In her speech, Peirce stated that, given the rapid development of the digital currency industry, she worried that the SEC’s hesitance to provide clear guidance would hold back its growth.


The sticking point was, according to Peirce, how to decide when issuing tokens represented an offering of securities, especially considering that securities laws do not cease to apply just because there is a new evolution in the industry.

🗞 All of It Dark, All of It P2P: After the Binance Hack, Bitcoin Doesn’t Cut It

Binance, the biggest crypto exchange by volume, was hacked on Tuesday. The hacker took $40 million or 7000 BTC.


Binance had a chance to recover these funds. They could cut a deal with the majority hashpower miners. The miners would reverse the chain and gain a share of the stolen money.


Binance this time decided not to make the deal with miners. And as time goes on, the attack becomes harder. But all it took was a private phone call. The majority hashpower lies under control of a handful of men. They can collude and reverse the chain.

🗞 ConsenSys Announces Major Restructuring as Longtime Executive Kavita Gupta Steps Down

New York-based blockchain company ConsenSys is restructuring its various operations to shore up its market presence as it seeks $200 million in funding, a press release confirmed on May 6.


In a move which will also see the departure of a founding executive, ConsenSys will consolidate ConsenSys Labs, accelerator Tachyon and VC operation, ConsenSys Ventures, under one umbrella investment arm.


ConsenSys Ventures, which launched in September 2017, will no longer have Kavita Gupta at its helm, she confirmed to cryptocurrency news outlet The Block on Monday.

📑 Daily Crypto Calendar, May, 10th💰

Hubs hologram singing competition released for IOS and Android Mobile devices.

“2019 Harvard Blockchain Meetup Series #3 Creating Value: Blockchain Application and Real World Adoption.”

“Less than a week until our Rocket League Tournament, which will be held on May 10th @ 7pm EST, and will also be streamed LIVE on Twitch.”

AXpire burns 5% of their revenue from the license fees of their Resolvr software at the beginning of each month.

Weekly rewards for Cointorox community members holding over 200 OROX (5% rewards). Token rewards distributed from leftover bounty tokens.

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STEEM Trading Update by my friend @cryptopassion

Here is the chart of yesterday :

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Here is the current chart :

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As I was saying you, after the break of the support line at 0.34$, the direction was directly 0.31$ but I was expecting that this line hold us. Apparently even this support won’t survive as we already broken it. However, this support can still be save if we are able to go upper of this line in the coming hours. Let’s hope because if the break is confirm, we will try to do for sure new lows on the STEEM…

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