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The Intrepid Report Issue #1402.01.2018

The Intrepid Report Issue #1402.01.2018

Peter Thiels Investment Fund Makes Major Bet on Bitcoin Peter Thiels Founders Fund recently made a major wager on Bitcoin adding to the list of well known investors whose support has added to the market mania. According to a new Wall Street Journal report , Thiels venture-capital fund bought $15 to $20 million worth of bitcoin last year. This is an opinion piece on the level of market manipulation in the crypto space. This really is the wild west. If you are investing in cryptocurrencies make sure you do your own research. Dont base your decision on a tweet from John McAfee. Driven in part by a dismal economic outlook including an unemployment rate almost three times the national average young South Koreans are flocking to virtual currencies despite the risks and warnings from officials. ***Join our fast growing community and get curated insights from industry insiders on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Click here Interested in contributing to our publication? Email - [email protected] Continue reading >>

Review: Midnight In Paris

Review: Midnight In Paris

Imagine the two of us settling here, says Gil (Owen Wilson) to his fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams) on a trip to Paris. She cannot. But he can: more so than he can imagine. After Gil relates his marvelous encounters during solo midnight walks, she suspects the screenwriter shes about to marry suffers from a brain tumor. Writer-director Woody Allen returns to classic style, complete with college-lit footnotes and his longstanding slur of pseudo-intellectual. His kneejerk liberalism lets Gil count his future father-in-law among Republican Tea Party crypto-fascist airhead zombies. Gil is like so many other neurotic Allen characters: a self-identified conflicted hack insecure about his creativity. This time his stand-in seeks inspiration for his labor-of-love novel about a nostalgia-shop owner. Soaking up atmosphere on the late-night streets of Paris, he gets magical rides from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Tom Eliot. They convey him to legendary scenes of the 1920s Paris he idolizes. Among the luminaries he meets are Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Luis Buuel and Djuna Barnes. Gertrude Stein looks at his manuscript and gives him tips. (Hes a long way from Pasadena.) He meets Adriana (Marion Cotillard), who pines for the more vibrant Belle Epoque. One carriage ride later the pair consort with the storied figures of that era, who in turn fantasize about the grander Renaissance. The enchanting Midnight in Paris is a cultural romance of time-travel tourism. With Corey Stoll, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller, Mimi Kennedy, Michael Sheen, Nina Arianda, Tom Hiddleston, Alison Pill, La Seydoux and French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. 94m. (Bill Stamets) Midnight in Paris opens Friday at Landmark Century, Renaissance, River East and Evanston Cinearts. Ray Pride is Newcity Continue reading >>

This Man Has Made More Money Trading Cryptokitties Than Investing In His Ira

This Man Has Made More Money Trading Cryptokitties Than Investing In His Ira

This man has made more money trading cryptokitties than investing in his IRA CryptoKitties, a game where users breed and trade digital kitties using Ethereum-based smart contracts, has emerged as the latest mark of societys obsession with rising cryptocurrency values. In some ways, the popularity of the game reflects the skyrocketing values of digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ether. Total sales on the platform created by Canadian startup Axiom Zen have reportedly hit $12 million, according to Coin Telegraph , as some cats with rare attributes have been sold for upwards of $80,000 . Cryptokitties are generated by code, and bred by spending Ether tokens on smart contracts that use two base cats to create a new one. Each resulting cat is unique and persistent, recorded on Ethereums public ledger. While the game has proven wildly popular, CryptoKitties has also been plagued by network slowdowns, little game progression and automated bots that snipe deals. Its also placing a new load on the currency itself. The game has slowed down the Ethereum network by as much as 11 percent, Motherboard reported last week. But as the first successful game built on the Ethereum network, CryptoKitties success has hinted at the greater potential of apps powered by blockchain technology and given rise to a new wave of cryptocurrency speculation. Like Bitcoin and Ethereum, CryptoKitties allowed speculators to make a lot of money if they got in at the right time. One of those speculators is Todd, who wished to remain anonymous in order to disclose personal financial details. While we talked, the CryptoKitties site dipped in and out of commission. Todd is a 30-year-old entrepreneur and software designer from Austin, Texas. Hes also been the owner of 35 cryptokitties , an extension of his bro Continue reading >>

Review Of The Loom Network: Powering Ethereum Collectibles

Review Of The Loom Network: Powering Ethereum Collectibles

The Loom Network is vying to be the premier Ethereum based gaming and social app development platform, and if theres truth to their claims they could get there sooner than anyone can believe. The company claims to already have an Ethereum based infrastructure that is scalable, faster, and more stable than anything previous developed. Using the Loom Network, and the tools being developed by their team, developers could create global social applications, and massive gaming worlds similar in size and scope to World of Warcraft and similar MMORPGs. Building DApps for gaming purposes is perfectly suited to tradable tokens. Games built from the Loom Network platform would have these features: Social apps developed using this platform would also be unique from the traditional social apps. Imagine the following features: The Loom Network was founded by Matthew Campbell, Luke Zhang, and James Duffy in 2017 as a Platform as a Service (PaaS). It allows decentralized applications (DApps) created using the Solidity programming language to run on the Ethereum blockchain . The Loom Network is based in Bangkok, Thailand and has recently secured $25 million in funding from The Ventures, a China based venture capital firm. The company has already seen success with its CryptoZombies project. This is a gamified learning tool used by developers who want to write smart contracts. Through a series of interactive tutorials the developers build their own crypto-collectable Zombie game (think of CryptoKitties, but with Zombies), and at the same time learn how to write smart contracts. Even though the project was launched in September 2017 6 months ago it already has over 130,000 developers that have used it to learn how to write smart contracts using Solidity . Other projects developed by the c Continue reading >>

Crypto Week In Review: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Verge, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash And Ripple Struggle

Crypto Week In Review: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Verge, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash And Ripple Struggle

Crypto Week in Review: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Verge, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ripple Struggle Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn It has certainly been an up-and-down week for cryptocurrencies. Things started out relatively peaceful when allegations arose that the currency had somehow dominated its incoming death cross , and that the slump users had been witnessing over the past several days may be coming to end. This seemed to hold true when Bitcoin rose from $6,900 to $7,100 a $200 jump from where it had long stood. Related Story: Japanese Brokerage Firm Monex Group to Buy Crypto Exchange Coincheck Within 24 hours, ideas of recovery were swelling social media and news platforms as the currency rose to just under $7,500 following the announcement that Coincheck one of Japans biggest cryptocurrency exchange platforms and the recent victim of a hack that saw over $500 million in NEM stolen last January would likely be rescued by Tokyo-based exchange Monex Group. The company issued a formal statement saying that it was in talks with Coincheck about a possible takeover, and that a deal could be reached by the end of the week. This sent the price of bitcoin surging, as hope and enthusiasm once again found themselves fluttering through the cryptocurrency arena. This positivity was short-lived, however, as a near $600 drop in the price occurred the following day, and bitcoin fell to about $6,800. Now, the coin has settled for $100 less and is trading at approximately $6,800, suggesting that the currency is holding its ground, but has undoubtedly been affected by recent trends. Related Story: Introduction to Verge (XVG) The Future of Privacy There appear to be several reasons for the latest drop, one being a hack that occurred on Verges blockch Continue reading >>

Learn Ethereum Game Development With Cryptozombies

Learn Ethereum Game Development With Cryptozombies

Learn Ethereum Game Development With CryptoZombies Learn Ethereum Game Development With CryptoZombies This has to be the funnest way to learn Solidity. Loom Network has just released the first lesson for CryptoZombies , an interactive code school that teaches you how to make your own Ethereum based crypto game using the programming language Solidity. Although there are already a few resources that teach people Solidity, there has never been something as fun and noob-friendly as CryptoZombies. The first chapter begins with the very basics and has you typing the first lines of code to create a smart contract. The left side of the page explains the concept and gives an example of how the code syntax should look. Then you are asked to use that concept to write your own lines of code in the code editor on the right side of the page. When youre done, the site will check your code and either let you continue to the next lesson or show you which line is incorrect. Each chapter adds another programming concept and makes it easy to understand without adding too much to read either. Theres enough of a challenge that youll be proud of yourself for passing a chapter on the first try, but its also not so challenging that you will get stuck and give up. Youll learn about arrays and structs and go into depth about the different types of functions. At the end of this lesson, youll get to put your code to the test and use it generate your own Zombie with a unique DNA and look based on the name you give it. You can even share your zombie on social media to show off your new Solidity programming skills! This is just the first lesson on CryptoZombies and they plan to release a new one every 2-3 weeks. I cant wait for the rest of the lessons and really hope that they will take you all the w Continue reading >>

Decentraland As A Playground For Crypto-collectibles

Decentraland As A Playground For Crypto-collectibles

Decentraland as a Playground for Crypto-Collectibles From crypto-pets to Rare Pepes, the possibilities areendless. A rendering of a 3D prototype of a CryptoPet As we prepare for the conclusion of our Land Auction , many in the community have turned their focus towards development. For example, each Decentraland District is targeting a specific interest or activity. Large blockchain projects ( such as major exchanges ) have also participated, with plans to develop new experiences within Decentraland. Today, wed like to cover a development possibility that will have major ramifications: crypto-collectibles. But before you start using Decentraland to breed virtual Ethereum cats, lets take a look at the impact crypto-collectibles could have. Before we get carried away, lets review what a crypto-collectible is: A crypto-collectible is a cryptographically unique, non-fungible digital asset. Unlike cryptocurrencies, which require all tokens to be identical, each crypto-collectible token is unique or limited in quantity. Typically, crypto-collectibles are visualized as real-life objects such as pets or avatars. Each token has variations in specific attributes and there are limits to the number of tokens that can be generated. Often, additional logic in the form of Ethereum smart contracts enables interaction between tokens such as breeding new unique tokens. Newer crypto-collectibles use the Ethereum ERC-721 Non-fungible Token Standard which enforces uniqueness, while older crypto-collectibles use the ERC-20 Token Standard with a custom Ethereum smart contract to enforce uniqueness. Some tokens use custom Bitcoin implementations, hybrid off-chain algorithms, or hybrid centralized databases. The most (in)famous crypto-collectible is, without a doubt, the CryptoKitty. Within a f Continue reading >>

Ethereum Game Cryptokitties Now Has Some Serious Rivals

Ethereum Game Cryptokitties Now Has Some Serious Rivals

Ethereum Game CryptoKitties Now Has Some Serious Rivals Feb 17, 2018 at 10:00 UTC|UpdatedFeb 19, 2018 at 10:25 UTC Some people just aren't that into digital cats. Once the only major ethereum application (or dapp ) to see a large number of users trading " crypto collectables ," CryptoKitties is seeing new competition from projects seeking to issue their own tradable code on the blockchain. Zombies, countries - even crypto celebrities - are now creating whole new markets for exchangeable goods. Indeed, earlier this week, more than $10 million in ether was documented to be circulating within ethereum games, according to data collected by DappRadar . "If 2017 was the year of the ICOs on ethereum, 2018 is the year of the crypto games on ethereum," Iuri Matias, developer of ethereum dapps framework Embark, tweeted . Maybe it should be no surprise, since the items being traded have produced incredible price tags. For instance, the most expensive cats on CryptoKitties are currently worth 100,000 ETH per cat, or $93.4 million at today's prices. Simon Powell, developerof CryptoCountries, one of the games garnering a significant amount of attention, told CoinDesk: "We're in the middle of the crypto gaming craze." And while CryptoKitties is still, by far, the most successful game according to transaction count, it has markedly ebbed since its peak in December. Entering February, some alternatives are attracting higher volumes. Here are the top-grossing games giving CryptoKitties a scare. The slick interface and money-making potential of CryptoCountries puts it first in line as the top-grossing ethereum game today. Billed as offering "world domination on the blockchain," the game allows users to purchase countries on a digital map in what amounts to a twist on the board game class Continue reading >>

Learn To Code On Ethereum With Cryptozombies

Learn To Code On Ethereum With Cryptozombies

Learn to code on Ethereum with CryptoZombies The popularity of CryptoKitties has demonstrated that decentralised applications can attract mainstream attention. Built on Ethereum, CryptoKitties saw thousands of players using cryptocurrency to purchase, trade, and breed digital cats. All of the games logic was implemented on the Ethereum blockchain, with the website and its server only providing a user interface for the game. The interest and activity this game brought to Ethereum prompted a team of developers at Loom Network to create a new online learning tool called CryptoZombies. CryptoZombies is a free, interactive resource which teaches developers how to create and implement games on the Ethereum blockchain. Ethereums smart contracts are written in Solidity, a programming language designed for the blockchain. CryptoZombies aims to teach developers the basics of Solidity through a series of interactive lessons. CryptoZombies walks users through the process of creating a CryptoKitties-like game one lesson at a time, with each lesson focusing on different aspects of Solidity and other skills required for blockchain development. Users do not require any prior knowledge of Solidity to work through the material, although a basic understanding of programming and blockchain technology is helpful. Loom Network plans to release new lessons to the CryptoZombies platform every week, and users can earn achievements and collectible stickers by completing lessons. All lessons and Solidity coding take place in the platforms browser window, and all lessons on the platform are free. Loom Network aims to build a platform for running decentralised applications on Ethereum side-chains, including decentralised games on the scale of StarCraft. Games are one of the areas where we think bl Continue reading >>

60 Zombie Icos: Sign Of The Cryptopocalypse? (charts)

60 Zombie Icos: Sign Of The Cryptopocalypse? (charts)

60 Zombie ICOs: Sign of the Cryptopocalypse? (Charts) The ICO window is narrowing, if not closing. Early exuberance is cooling, regulators are sharpening their focus and problematic projects like Bitconnect and Tether appear to be crumbling. And an increasing number of ICOs are joining the ranks of the walking dead. How much are ICOs raising? Plenty. Collectively, ICOs raised USD 910.5 million in the first month of 2018, according to Token Report data. After a spike in December, Januarys haul was more than projects raised in either October or Novemberalthough the number of ICOs that closed is way, way down. And, a more important question for the coming zombie cryptopocalypse: how many ICOs are opening. The number of ICO hopefuls continues to far outpace the number that are actually able to raise funds and close. When Token Report first started gathering data on ICOs, we were adding them at a rate of one or two a day to our database. That number has climbed consistently, through regulatory pressure and market dips. We are now adding them at a rate of seven to 10 a day. It isnt looking like theres much of a slowdown: 177 ICOs opened last month more than opened in each of the last three months of 2017. There are already 141 scheduled to open in February so far.Meanwhile, fewer ICOs closed in January than in any month in Q4. Token Report has so far found 60 ICOs that we would confidently considerInactivei.e., they are zombies.These projects had planned an open date of more than two months ago but had neither closed nor announced a cancellation. They simply stopped updating their websites, forums and social media and have not done so for one monthor more. Below is the list of all of them. We expect this number to grow, adding to the list of zombie ICOs that never made it pa Continue reading >>

Cryptozombies Review - Ethereum Dapps Solidity Interactive Coding School?

Cryptozombies Review - Ethereum Dapps Solidity Interactive Coding School?

Earlier this month, AxiomZen studios launched Crypto Kitties, an Ethereum-based game where you can buy and breed digital cats. If we've learned anything from the internet age, it's that anything to do with cats has a very high scope for virality. Duly, Crypto Kitties became an overnight phenomenon, with people forking out millions on digital cats. The game caused much delirium, anger, confusion all at once in the process. It also ground the Ethereum network to a standstill. Though at first may seem silly, the game served to presage a potential blockchain use case as a platform for digitizing and owning assets. It illustrates the possibility to create, tokenize and trade assets on the blockchain . Following in the footsteps of Crypto Kitties, two other crypto collectibles games surfaced on Ethereum CryptoPuppies and CryptoPets. Now there's another collectibles game, with an educational proposition. Build Your Own Crypto Collectible With CryptoZombies CryptoZombies is an interactive tutorial that walks you through building your first smart contract in Solidity step by step. The course is designed for beginners to Solidity and starts off with the absolute basics. So if you've never coded with Solidity before, the app walks you through the process every step of the way. It takes you from the very basics of Solidity to creating your own fully-functional blockchain-based game. Lesson 1 teaches how to build a zombie factory to build an army. Like the kitties, every zombie is non-fungible and will have randomly generated DNA and have his own unique appearance. Further lessons to be serialized every week will add more functionality to the game, like the ability to battle other people's zombies! Users can earn crypto-collectible zombies and bonuses by completing coding lessons. Continue reading >>

What Is Solidity? Our Guide To The Language Of Ethereum Smart Contracts

What Is Solidity? Our Guide To The Language Of Ethereum Smart Contracts

What is Solidity? Our Guide to the Language of Ethereum Smart Contracts Robert Devoe on January 8, 2018 / 1 Comment When you think of Ethereum, you probably think of its powerful smart contract system. For those who dont know, smart contracts are essentially programs that exist on the Ethereum blockchain. They perform various tasks such as sending or receiving Ether or ERC-20 tokens , among other tasks. What you may not know, however, is how the smart contracts are actually put together. Like all computer programs, Ethereum contracts are written in a programming language. In this case, that language is usually one called Solidity . While there are other programming languages that are compatible with smart contracts, Solidity is the language of choice today. So read on as we go over some of the basics of Solidity, and where you can find some resources on how to learn it. Most professional programmers today use one or more of a pool of popular modern programming languages. A few examples of this include C (and C++, C#, and so on), Python, Java (and JavaScript), Perl, or a few others. Solidity was designed to be easy to learn for programmers that are already familiar with one or more modern programming languages. If you learned something like Visual Basic back in high school, you may have a tough time picking up Solidity. Whereas, if you know a language like Python or C, youll find Solidity to be relatively familiar. Solidity uses a large number of programming concepts that exist in other languages. For example, Solidity has variables, functions, classes, arithmetic operations, string manipulation, and so on. While in a language like C, a programmer would likely create some form of a main function, like int main(arg1, arg2) { //code }, Solidity works with a contract that Continue reading >>

How To Code Your Own Cryptokitties-style Game Onethereum

How To Code Your Own Cryptokitties-style Game Onethereum

Co-founder at Loom Network. Building scalable blockchains for large-scale online games and social apps Creators of CryptoZombies.io How to Code Your Own CryptoKitties-Style Game onEthereum CryptoKitties has done a great job of demonstrating what blockchains can be used for beyond just simple financial transactions. Im hoping well start to see a lot more innovative uses of the blockchain for games like this in the future, so I wanted to write a quick walkthrough of the code behind CryptoKitties to show how it was implemented beneath the surface. This article is written for developers, and while its not an absolute-beginners introduction to Solidity, I tried to include links to documentation to make it as accessible as possible to developers of all levels. Almost all of the CryptoKitties code is open source, so the best way to figure out how it works is to read through the source code. Its around 2,000 lines total, so in this article Im going to be walking through only the sections I think are most important. But heres a copy of the full contract code on EthFiddle if you want to read through it on your own: Powered by EthFiddle, the #1 Solidity code-sharing siteethfiddle.com If youre not familiar with what CryptoKitties is, its basically a game for buying, selling, and breeding digital cats. Each cat has a unique appearance that is defined by its genes, and when you breed 2 cats together, their genes combine in a unique way to produce an offspring, which you can then breed or sell. The code for CryptoKitties is split into a number of smaller contracts in order to keep related code bundled together without having one single giant file with everything in it. The subcontract inheritance for the main kitty contract looks like this: contract KittyOwnership is KittyBase, ERC72 Continue reading >>

Loom Network - Twitter-scale Apps On Ethereum

Loom Network - Twitter-scale Apps On Ethereum

Blockchains are for more than just financial transactions Loom Network DAppChains are built for Games and Social Apps. Token-based karma, Ethereum-based crypto-collectibles, all based on forkable, decentralized, and human-readable blockchain rulesets. Build games that truly cannot be built without the blockchain: provably scarce items, tradable tokens, eternal worlds, and multi-game-spanning universes. Build social applications not driven by advertising. Monetizable via karma tokens, expandable via multiple-client apps, minimization of trust, and more DAppChains are full-featured blockchains that are built to run in parallel to Ethereum Smart Contracts. Theyre an advanced form of Ethereum sidechains optimized for scaling data rather than financial transactions. Every DApp runs on its own sidechain, meaning its data is public and forkable, just like Ethereum and Bitcoin. Generate Your Own DAppChain with the Loom SDK Choose your own Consensus Mechanism, build your own ruleset, and release fully-contained node software thats runnable on any major cloud platform. With Loom, you don't have to implement the consensus layer you just focus on building your app. More Than a DApp - Its a Real Blockchain Loom Network provides a infura-like caching layer to make things easy but its a real blockchain underneath: forkable, trustable, performant, and scalable. We dont write whitepapers. We ship product. Were laser-focused on developer experience. Our projects are well known in the community and we are constantly working on enriching the greater blockchain development community. You may know us from: DelegateCall: Earn tokens by posting and answering questions! Fully Blockedchain based Q&A site that runs on a DAppchain. Earn tokens by posting and answering questions! This is the first Continue reading >>

Cryptozombies - Learn To Code Games On Ethereum. Powered By Loom Network

Cryptozombies - Learn To Code Games On Ethereum. Powered By Loom Network

CryptoZombies is a free, interactive code school that teaches you to build games on Ethereum. The course is designed for beginners to Solidity and starts off with the absolute basics. So if you've never coded with Solidity before, don't worry we'll walk you through step by step. In-browser step-by-step lessons take you from the very basics of Solidity to creating your own fully-functional blockchain-based game. Even by the end of Lesson 1 (which can be completed in one sitting), you'll know enough to officially call yourself a Solidity developer! In Lesson 1, you will build a Zombie Factory to build your army. Every Zombie you create will have randomly generated DNA and have his own unique appearance. Further lessons (1 released each week) will add more functionality to your game, like the ability to battle other people's zombies! Earn crypto-collectible Zombies and bonuses by completing coding lessons. After completing all lessons and deploying your DApp, pit your zombie army against other players' zombies in one of the world's first blockchain-based games! Half code-school, half MMO crypto-collectible strategy game. What are you waiting for? Click the button below to dive into lesson 1 and build your first DApp. It's free! Who Made CryptoZombies and Why Is It Free? Loom Network . We're building a platform for running large-scale applications on Ethereum sidechains. We think blockchains are capable of a lot more than just payments, and we want to get more developers thinking outside the box and trying to build large-scale DApps. Games are one of the areas where we think blockchain will really revolutionize things. So we built CryptoZombies to help educate and inspire the next generation of blockchain game devs. Aside from CryptoZombies, we're working on some really co Continue reading >>

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