BOOK REVIEW – The Bitcoin Dilemma – Colin L. Read

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It’s disruptive to review The Bitcoin Dilemma when the author is called ‘READ’ because once that gets in your head then ‘read’ and ‘review’ merge into one portfolio word and all those old days of LSD come back with a swirly vengeance.

Even so, the aforesaid The Bitcoin Dilemma is not a book to be forgotten and while not an easy read, it’s very much worth the effort in doing so.

Instead of focusing on all the speculation and hyperbole about making profits and destroying Satoshi’s invention, this book delves into the maths of crypto.

Moreover, Colin L. Read really knows what he’s talking about. He has worn many hats, but his experience of being the mayor of a ‘crypto mining’ US city lays bare the real costs of bitcoin mining, not just for the local and global environment, but for the people who live where mining takes place.

Effectively they pay for the mining to take place and it takes a tough mayor to ensure that miners do not take the capacity, the piss, the biscuit.

In some places the book reads like a collection of essays and the gentle touch of a sub-editor to dispel the over-adjectives and the self-crusading would have been welcome, but those who know of maths and mining no less about reading and reviewing.

As somebody who is fairly well-versed in crypto, there was a lot in this book that was new and I learnt a lot. While proof-of-work protocols are clearly bad and proof-of-stake are much better for Planet Earth, those who don’t know the difference will know by the end of the book.

Apparently Ethereum’s recent ‘upgrade’ from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake took off a whopping 0.2% of the world’s total power supply and it is a move that bitcoin, alas, cannot replicate.

This book made me want to sell my bitcoin portfolio and move it a more sustainable currency. It made me think. I would suggest most readers will have a similar reaction.

That makes it a good book.

 

Q&A: Moojan Asghari – CEO, Thousand Faces

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Welcome to Mob76 Outlook, Moojan, what is Thousand Faces?

A pleasure to be here. Thousand Faces is the first exclusive investment club in the form of a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) fund to finance female-led projects with carbon-negative art NFTs.

We are targeting women, diversity, the environment and NFTs; all important and hot topics at the moment.  Raising initial funds for impact projects and under-represented talents anywhere in the world without a middle man has never been easier.

How are you dealing with the transition to Web3?

Web3 is a great opportunity to create a new and real diverse environment and community in a world of severe climate change. Moreover, NFTs are new marketing tools that have considerable viral potential.

We use it as a membership token and the total NFT market is estimated to reach $212 billion by 2030. There is a lot of controversy around the climate effects of NFTs and crypto. Thousand Faces uses Polygon, which is a carbon-neutral network and we offset our CO2 up to 10X more.

Are you addressing the gender gap when it comes to funding companies?

Anyone regardless of gender and nationality should be able to get access to funds and educational resources for their projects. Female founders, immigrants and underrepresented minorities can’t do this due to the centralized organizations holding funds and making biased fund distribution decisions.

With a DAO we open up the opportunity of funding and education to a vast number of people, anyone anywhere in the world, to launch a project that serves humanity as a whole. The world needs to recover the lost feminine in order to create mindful and sustainable organizations.

How do you do this logistically?

With a DAO fund that community members buy an NFT and get access to various resources, right to apply for funding, and participate in fund allocation decision making. With our community fund we invest in female founders and environmental projects with a strong ESG.

Our NFTs are 10,000 randomly generated pictures that have been designed by hand, and have certain utilities and voting powers attached to them. The NFTs represent a membership for the holder.

We will also  release a utility token to give rights to our DAO. that token can be staked and spent in our universe. We have an educational program for women to learn about Web3 in order to remove the barriers to entry. We give grants to the selected companies.

What does this mean to a non-techy person?

We are an investment club and by buying a membership which is a digital card, you join the club and obtain access to benefits including the right to apply for funding for your project or access to various educational programs’ content.

If you become a board member you can decide with other board members across the globe to vote on projects with the most social and environmental impact. In return for your participation, you can get rewards and interest in a digital currency in your digital wallet, with which you can invest or spend on various platforms.

How big is the market for all of this, Moojan?

Women entrepreneurs? Well, women are 50% of the population. there is only 2.2% of the total VC funding going to female founders. So you can imagine how many talents are left without funding.

the NFT market in 2022 was at USD 20.44 billion and is estimated to grow to USD 211.72 billion in 2030. The climate innovation and the need to create new sustainable solutions is also at the heart of important topics.

What did you do before this, Moojan?

I am a serial entrepreneur, activist, technologist and community builder. I was born in Iran, and after industrial engineering, I moved to France to finish my studies in corporate finance and banking. But the capitalistic world was not for me.

I started my entrepreneurial journey and created various initiatives for female empowerment and diversity and inclusion. I am now a digital nomad, traveling the five continents, speaking at various conferences and giving lectures on diversity, inclusion, and the basics of AI for business.

That’s a fascinating story and one that our readers will love. Thanks, Moojan

My pleasure, thanks for inviting me.

SWEATCOIN – GAME ANALYSIS #1

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Sweatcoin gameplay review and analysis from Gamepay – introduction

  1. Game Overview
  2. Getting Started with Sweatcoin
  3. How to Earn in Sweatcoin
  4. Conclusion

Sweatcoin is a mobile application that will literally reward you for sweating. They accomplish this by translating your outside steps into a currency that can be spent on goods and services. And you will be in a good company – since its inception in 2015 Sweatcoin has attracted more than 100 million users.

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Game Overview

Sweatcoin uses Google Fit. It’s a Google-created health-tracking platform for the Android operating system. Similar to a fitness monitoring app, it tracks your motions and steps. You may exchange your coins for NFTs, goods services, and experiences both free as well as heavily discounted.

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SweatCo Ltd. was the firm that launched it. It was an instant success since it was new and claimed to transform your outside walks into “money.” The earned amount can be used to purchase different products, services, discounts, and other items that are available.

You’ll be earning Sweatcoins, SWC when you clock in your steps on a daily basis. For every 1000 steps clocked, you will get approximately 0.95 SWC. The coins earned will accumulate in your Sweatcoin account. Please note that only verified steps are converted into sweatcoins. The company has developed its own proprietary movement verification model to ensure that dishwasher shakes, cradle swings, dogs’ run in a park are not counted to sweatcoin generation.

Getting Started with Sweatcoin

The Sweatcoin app does not show the distance you have walked or the route you have traveled during your current session. It just shows the steps, so if you’re serious about monitoring and charting your path, we recommend using another free activity tracker that includes these functions.

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Once you download the Sweatcoin application and sign up, you will be asked to sign in to the app, and the first thing you will see is a step counter. This is the screen where you will be able to view how many steps you have taken for the day and how much you’ve earned. You will have to provide access to your fitness tracker application in order for Sweatcoin to track your steps.

There are 2 types of Subscriptions mode in Sweatcoin, Free and Premium.

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The Free mode gives you the standard earning feature which allows you to clock 10,000 steps per day and get access to the standard marketplace and auctions where you can view and purchase the offers and discounts listed with earned Sweatcoins, SWC.

The Premium mode gives you unlimited 2x Earning with no limitations to how many steps you can clock in per day, Premium marketplace and auctions which gives you early access to offers and discounts available, Donations given to organizations by Premium users will be doubled, and get exclusive access to upcoming latest features.

They provide a 1 week free trial for a Premium subscription for everyone.

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You can get free Sweatcoins daily by opening the gifts available. These gifts will give you a random amount of Sweatcoins depending on how lucky you are. Everyday Sweatcoin enables you to utilize 2x Boost for free for 20 minutes. Make the most out of these 20 minutes by activating at your active time of the day.

How to Earn in Sweatcoin

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The most basic approach to earn via Sweatcoins will be to clock in steps on a daily basis to earn as many Sweatcoin points SWC as possible by either utilizing the Free membership or Premium membership depending on how active you are and using the acquired points to purchase deals and discounts from their marketplace.

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Another way to earn will be through the referral program. By inviting your friends and family onboard to Sweatcoin will instantly get you five Sweatcoins, even though it’s not much it’s still a method you can utilize to accumulate more points while also sharing the offers and moments with your friends and family.

And if you are lucky enough to be located outside of the US and China (a few other countries are excluded too) you can opt-in to start earning their upcoming crypto token called SWEAT. Create your crypto wallet by clicking on this banner in the app:

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And on September 13th at 12:00pm UTC you will receive an amount of SWEAT equal to your sweatcoin balance at 12:00pm UTC on September 12th. Install Sweat Wallet App to manage your future SWEAT holdings – buy NFTs, earn interest, trade, etc: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sweatwallet

Conclusion

Sweatcoin is a legitimate smartphone software that allows you to earn “money” (and soon crypto token) by walking about while the program runs in the background. It has several appealing characteristics as well as some obvious shortcomings.

Appealing characteristics:

  • Now the steps your take on a daily basis has some form of reward
  • The application is fairly easy to use
  • Available in most regions
  • Sharing offers and discounts with your friends and family
  • Ability to walk into crypto – no need to part with your hard-earned cash to start learning web3 world

Shortcomings:

  • If you want to make a lot of money from it, this is not the application for you
  • Limited offers and discounts
  • As the program operates in the background, the device’s battery life may suffer
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SWEATCOIN breakdown:

Ratings: 4.5/5

Potential Daily Earnings: 10 Sweatcoins

Starting Cost: Free

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Tranya T10 Pro ear buds – PRODUCT REVIEW

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The Tranya T10 Pro is a product that has been released at the right time in a world where supply chains and fiat money are undergoing challenges that haven’t been seen for more than four decades.

With inflation rampant and people in the West finally coming to terms with their previously rampant consumerism and the need to buy the latest tech products as quickly as they are released, the T10 Pro is the perfectly priced product.

Coming in at less than $100, the T10 offers quality and economy in equal measures. They come with multifarious features, come in a range of six colours, and have a battery life that is longer than the majority of such audio products.

They also have multiple audio settings, 5.1 Bluetooth, and can be charged wirelessly. It is easy to connect them to an Android or iOS device and they have multiple uses. Whether it’s music, gaming, phone calls, or using them when exercising, they are perfect.

Even when it’s raining or the user is sweating as they run, the waterproof rating of the Tranya T10 Pro ensures they are just as good in perfect climatic conditions. Moreover, the 12mm Graphene Drivers deliver fantastic audio quality.

The ear buds market is a very crowded place and sometimes it’s difficult to see the wood from the trees or the best products from the not-so-good ones.

But the Tranya T10 Pro has an identity for today’s user. Quality of product and economy of product, there long-lasting ear buds are a worthy purchase for anybody who understands the challenges of the times and wants to know the beats of the world.

Technical aspects. 

Earbuds battery 50mAh
Charging case battery 480mAh
Playtime Up to 8 hours
Standby time 120 hours
Charging Wireless charging and Type-C
Input 5V+/-0.25V
Charging time Less than 2 hours
Bluetooth version 5.1
Bluetooth range 10 Metres
Driver type Graphene-coated Dynamic
Bluetooth profiles A2DP/HFP/HSP/AVRCP
Audio Codec SBC
Microphone 4-Microphone system

SiennaLend user guide – privacy crypto heaven

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SiennaLend User Guide

SiennaLend provides liquidity, lending and borrowing on the first-ever private DeFi lending protocol.

SiennaLend—the first-ever private DeFi lending protocol—is live on mainnet!

Follow the steps outlined in this guide to provide liquidity for lending pools, and to privately lend and borrow assets.

Before you get started (pre-requisites)

If you are new to the Secret Network ecosystem, you will need to complete a few preliminary steps.

Note: The APY rates in the included screenshots may be inaccurate.

Step 1: Create a Keplr Wallet account.
To interact with Secret Network dApps, you will need to connect your Keplr wallet. Set the network to Secret Network. We have some SCRT tokens in our wallet for gas fees. Go here to install the app or watch this tutorial.

Note: Want to protect your identity? Use the Secret Wallet Guide to create a wallet that cannot be linked to a public wallet, centralized exchange (CEX), or doxxed address in any way.

Step 2: Gather some $SCRT for Gas Fees.
You can get SCRT via direct pay, CEXs and decentralized exchanges (DEXs) on Secret, or as a wrapped ERC-20 version from DEXs on Ethereum (note that you will need native SCRT for gas) — find all your options here.

How to Provide Liquidity and Lend Assets on SiennaLend

Here are the steps you need to take to provide liquidity for SiennaLend markets. Make sure you are connected to your Keplr wallet before starting (and ensure you have a sufficient SCRT balance for gas fees. 1–2 SCRT should be enough).

Step 1: Head over to the Sienna Network app.

Select “Lend” from the menu on the left-side of the app. Similarly, you can click on the “Use SiennaLend” button on the right-side of the app.

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Step 2: Select “Deposit” on the Lend page.

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Step 3: Select the lending market you want to deposit liquidity for.

Select your desired lending pool and click on “Deposit”. For this example, we will make a deposit into the sSCRT lending pool.

After clicking on “Deposit”, you will be prompted to select your desired deposit amount. Input your desired deposit amount and click on “Deposit” (and approve the transaction in the Keplr pop-up) to broadcast the transaction.

You have now successfully made a deposit into a lending pool. Your deposited liquidity is now being used by borrowers for loans. You can either stake your SL (SiennaLend) tokens in their corresponding rewards contract to earn yield, or use them as collateral to take out a loan.

How to Stake SL Tokens to Earn Yield on SiennaLend

Step 1: To stake your SL tokens in their corresponding rewards contract, you will need to go to the “Rewards” page available at the top of the Lend interface.

Step 2: In the rewards page, you will see all the lending pools you have deposited liquidity into. Select the pool you want to earn rewards on and click on “Deposit”.

Step 3: You will be prompted to specify the amount of SL tokens you want to stake in the rewards contract. Select your desired amount and click on “Deposit” to broadcast the transaction.

You are now earning yield on your staked SL Tokens. Enjoy your lending APR!

How to Borrow and Repay Loans on SiennaLend

How to Borrow

To use your deposited liquidity as collateral for a loan, follow the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Go to the “Borrow” page available at the top of the Lend interface.

Step 2: Find the lending market you would like to to utilize for borrowing. For this example we will use sSCRT.

Step 3: Click on “Enable as collateral” to deposit your liquidity as collateral for a loan.

Step 4: After you have enabled your liquidity as collateral, click on “Borrow” to take out a loan against your provided collateral.

Step 5: You will then be prompted to specify the amount you would like to borrow (up to 80% of your provided collateral value is the maximum upper limit we recommend. You can actually take out a loan worth 95% of your provided collateral value, but this is significantly riskier and is not recommended). Specify an amount and click on “Borrow” to broadcast the transaction.

You have now successfully taken out a loan against your collateral!

After taking out a loan, you can monitor your risk ratio on the “Borrow” page. If the collateral value drops, your risk of liquidation increases. When your risk ratio hits 100%, your loan is liquidated and your provided collateral is used to cover the loan.

How to Repay a Loan

Step 1: Go to the “Borrow” page available at the top of the Lend interface.

Step 2: Find the lending market you would like to repay a loan for. For this example we will use sSCRT. Click on “Repay”.

Step 3: You will then be prompted to specify the amount you would like to repay. Specify an amount and click on “Repay” to broadcast the transaction.

You have now successfully repaid your loan!

Once you have repaid your loan, you can disable your collateral and deposit your SL tokens back into the SiennaLend rewards contracts to continue earning yield.

What’s Next?

Guide for setting up liquidator bots is in development. Will be shared with the community soon.