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In my fictional universe, RUF are a robot species with a dog-like appearance, capable of learning on their own and are capable of long term memory without human intervention. The name comes from a Rust research project called RUF (Robot, Utility and Friend) into the NEAT algorithm and uses the Blockchain as Memory concepts to retain long term memory using the permissioned model (clearnet). Not all these concepts matter from a story telling perspective. The only one that does to any degree is the economy and how they learn.

A real life version of these concepts (sans the physical robot) is being worked on. Metrotoken was renamed to RUFchain. The currency for the RUFchain is BARKcoin (BKC).

Exonum is a blockchain framework. It's not cryptocurrency, but it allows you to build one, however this is not required. Blockchain is just database. Technially you could require a whole new SQL library based around this.

I stumbled upon a gold mine.

Blockchain as a Memory

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I discovered an algorithm called NEAT. It's an AI learning algorithm based on trial and error. You've probably seen videos of AI completing video games in record time. As of right now, AI uses only working memory. It can only go forward but not backward.

Then I realized the blockchain. A decentralized interconnected memory bank. In theory this would mean that not only will said robot store a copy of it's working memory but it would also have a copy of every robot's memory too. Combine that with NEAT and you got robots teaching robots using blockchain as eyes.

What the future holds, I don't know, but that is a future.


- Posted in CryptoToɱis by with comments

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Exonum is a permissioned (clearnet) Blockchain framework written in Rust. MetroToken (MTK), previously Cryptopaw, is a experiential permissioned blockchain and cryptocurrency based on that framework, and written in the same language. MetroToken's hypothetical goal - since I don't have the desire to create an full on ICO - is not limited to mass transit limit since Metro is short Metropolitan. The reason token, specifically, and not coin, is explained a little farther down.

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I choose MetroToken because it reminds me of New York City's MetroCard. I wanted to be broad about it's purpose because I didn't know what it's purpose will be but still limited in it's scope, since it's not designed to be like Bitcoin. It's meant to be private. Although I have tried to derive from Bitcoin, Litecoin and CryptoNote just to create my own private coin to play with before discovering Exonum.

MetroToken is still a work in progress. Most of the code is complete. The rest will come from experiments based on a list proposals - mostly to myself, but being an open project, suggestions are welcome.

The luxury of private or permissioned blockchains is how easy it is to experiment without the massive overhead of a public blockchain or the mining incentive that's required. Exoum mines on-the-fly using a similar ASIC-proof algorithm as CryptoNote.

And, in all honesty, if I were to create a serious my own cryptocurrency, it would be private, though technically permissioned. This is why it's specifically called a "Token" and not a "Coin," as Wikipedia explains:

The key point of difference between a token and a coin is that a coin is issued by a governmental local or national authority and is freely exchangeable for goods or other coins, whereas a token has a much more limited use and is often (but not always) issued by a private company, group, association or individual.

I have no need to create my own because I already got what I need with Monero. And while I could have easily called it "Tom's Token," that feels too personal for me, even though there is nothing wrong with doing - e.g. the TOML format. However, this isn't to say there is still a demand for new ones. There is. Especially as the good and bad altcoins get weeded out. This is why I push for more CryptoNote-based currencies.

This project is licensed under the BSD 3-clause license. Most cryptocurrencies fall under the MIT. MIT and BSD are very similar; however, I choose BSD 3-clause specifically for the 3rd clause.

  • Neither the name of the nor the names of its contributors may be used to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific prior written permission.

This is due to the nature of the currency, and other projects under the FENTREX umbrella, although some TPaw projects have migrated to it too. It's a respectful trade off in exchange for how permissive the license actually is.

But the party don't stop, no.

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I still find it kinda funny how I started and ended this year. It was using soda as a filler for beer after Trump, because I told myself I'd never drink. And now it ending with me referencing Tik Tok with my characters mincing a scene from The Simpsons' music video of that song. All in a political statement that simply says, "the show must go on," as a "fuck you" to Trump and his supporters. I can't quite explain how I got here right now because this war is hardly over.

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But I can say why "the show must go on." Because it needs to. Don't let people try to take you down. That doesn't mean you shouldn't listen to what they have say - their words matter, even they're complete jerks about it. Let the final choice be yours.


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As I was thinking up a scene for my new visual novel, "What's New, Furry Blue?" a re-imagining of my old web comic, "The Furry Blue DJ," I thought up one of a question for John, Zack's friend in both, to ask. It was, "have you ever stole something?"

The original reason I wanted him to ask this question was because Zack just turned 18 in this re-imagining. He was 15 in the original because that's how old I was at the time. So he is legally able to drive a car in this retelling. You can imagine where this is leading. Zack replies saying he accidentally stole something at a store that he forgot was in his pocket.

But then I thought about it some more as I begin to reflect back on 4th of July. John was introduced on 4th of July, 2005, with Zack stealing his underwear as part of a prank and celebration of 4th of July by using underwear as a substitute for the America flag, but Zack never returned it or apologized for his actions. This in-universe event was known as "Boxers of America." The idea was not mine but the artist who thought of it didn't mind that I did it, and even had Zack in his universe as a follow up. My adoption was sightly more deeper since I used it to create Tom & Jerry-like conflict that I had hoped to resolve. But life got in the way the following year.

I abandoned the comics by the time I got better because I was still no better at story telling. Which left that conflict lingering. Until now.

Taxing cryptocurrencies

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The US government feels the need to tax Bitcoin for trading to another cryptocurrency (clearnet). On one hand, it makes sense: Bitcoin is worth a thousands, and that money is worth millions now. That can go to the government, and help everyone in the long run. On other hand, it is stupid: because Bitcoin and all other cryptocurrencies tax you as is, and that money goes to the miners, regardless of what your trading.

And there is no short of hypocrisy here. The GOP's own tax plan gives tax breaks to the top 1% (clearnet). Surely owning any amount of Bitcoin now puts you in the 1% bracket. So this is more of an attempt at train robbery then of anything legit.

P.S. I have no idea how they are going to tax you, given the way the system is setup. That's another article on it's own in just me scratching my head.

Net Neutrality

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Speaking of overlooked, Net Neutrality has so far gone overlooked on this blog. In fact, this is one ideal place where I can speak openly about it and not fear censorship since ZeroNet bypasses all of that.

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Anyway, the precursor to Net Neutrality was Common Carrier. This meant competitors could use existing lines setup that the big boys, like AT&T, setup years ago. This allowed for a wide range of choices. For example, there were over 18 ISPs to choose from in the Washington DC area back in 2003. Comm Carrier was removed in 2005 and now there is only ... 5. In the post-Common Carrier era it is hard for even the biggest tech giants, like Google, to compete. Fiber, Google's ISP, only extends into major cities and very few, if any, rural areas.

The first Net Neutrality wave caught me off guard. This is because I've spent most of my time in South Carolina without cable news. I've kept track of all the events that went on during the Obama administration via word of mouth - so it is very hard convince me of the "they didn't say X" nonsense. We got cable-like TV in the form of internet TV with DirecTV Now, owned and operated by AT&T, after the elections when I suggested we subscribe to it because I didn't want us to deal with yet another election using low bandwidth mirrors of cable channels on YouTube. I had no idea Trump was going win. So my suggestion for getting DirecTV Now means that I am more in-tuned with this administration then I ever was with Obama.

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But, since we're discussing Net Neutrality, let's go back to DirecTV Now. AT&T brought DirecTV in 2015. They introduced DirecTV Now a year later. AT&T is first and foremost a telephone provider. They've slowly added on over the years. However, they does not charge you for using DirecTV Now if you're their customer that has subscribed to a certain package. That has not gone unnoticed by me. Net Neutrality usually uses the example of charging more to unlock more websites or fast vs slow lanes but AT&T has gone an entirely different route.

YouTube TV? That'll cost you bandwidth. Our TV? No cost to bandwidth.

Why wouldn't I be okay with AT&T? It's done us good so far. Right? Here's the thing. DirecTV Now is great and all but it has one annoying catch. My account is shared between Mom and I. I manage the account while she pays for it. I'm the technical wizard in the family. But the service is limited to two TVs at any one time. YouTube TV is not limited by this since it leverages Google's family sharing feature. Google is clearly the winner in this scenario but AT&T offers their service for free, if you're already a customer. It's a form manipulation.

Luckily, Mom isn't effected by this. She just wants CNN. Unfortunately, YouTube TV doesn't yet have that - which has me biting my pillow in frustration due to how much I loathe CNN for it's shouting matches in the afternoon and evenings.

Anyway, I know my example isn't fast vs slow lane. It's in someways worse. It's a loophole. "We won't slow you down, but we will charge you unless you use ours."

Mining, UBI and Jobs

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Mining is often overlooked with Monero. It is a privacy-centric currency. And it doesn't need to worry about mining as much Bitcoin and it's directives to in large part due it's ASIC-resistant algorithm. ASIC to Cryptonote-based currency, such as Monero, is basically a GPU.

But this also a reason why it shouldn't be overlooked. Yes, privacy of your wallet matters, but this is also a monetary system too. You're gonna want to get paid somehow. Mining provides a cryptocurrency-based Universal Basic Income (clearnet), and it secures the network! However, everyone's computer is different, so everyone's income will be different, and this is where new jobs based on those with higher income from more powerful computers can supply wages for people with a lower UBI, or don't have any at all but still want to earn some.

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To be fair, this isn't limited to Cryptonote-based currencies, but the entry level is low enough with these currencies that it's good for startups and small businesses. While Bitcoin and it's directives is basically home of the conglomerates and governments now due to ASICs and high fees. This is an idea I've considered for TPaw but, at the moment, I don't have an extra computer laying around to provide the cash.

I'll admit this is all hypothetical and possibly wondering into trickle-down economics territory. But, unlike Reagan, I admit I'm no economic expert. So, please, tell me if I'm wrong.

The story of Kit Welsh

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The Train (Github link) is a visual novel about Kit Welsh, a raccoon. He takes the train to a city called Furtropolis, similar to Zootopia, in order to start a new life where he will meet Tomes CaseyWilcox, my fursona, shown in the banner above, and his brother Tim as well as other characters I've created over the year.

Kit Welsh is a character I've wanted to explore since his creation but never really knew how to at first. He was inspired by Rocket Raccoon, and a friend of mine in Second Life who also uses the same avatar quite frequently. Kit's creation was initially developed in Second Life when I finally got the avatar my friend had on for my original and, at the time, alternative account.

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While his character remains static until The Train is done, Kit's overall personality is basically a darker version of Tomas and is meant to be the polar opposite of him. I had intended Tim to be this after his creation but I decided to make him posh, favoring a more formal lifestyle, but still liking some of what his brother is interested in. While Tomas remained a spiritual successor to Zack, my original character and fursona, as a lighthearted comedian who just wants to have a good time. That basically makes Kit Raven from Teen Titans.

He will likely be the point of view of many more stories since he was always meant to be odd one out that generally likes to keep to himself, which makes it perfect for narrating.