This Week In TurtleCoin (June 9, 2020)
This week we saw lots of new faces in the chat and many new users asking all the great questions new users ask, and as a bonus, diff has gone back to a sensible level. All in all, a good week!
This is a place where anybody in our community can submit a post about the TRTL project they’re working on. It’s a great way to attract helpers for your project and show people what to keep an eye out for. We encourage you to show works in progress as well as finished products, as we’re happy to see them all and it shows that we’re an active community.
There have been a few changes made to the TurtleCoin® branding over the last few months and we felt the need to summarize a few of the high points as we’re very proud of these changes.
The branding guide for TurtleCoin received a refresh a few months ago. It contains updated guidelines on how to properly reference the registered Trademark, proper use of logos or symbols, the wordmark, as well as font selections and the new color scheme (don’t worry, the green isn’t going anywhere).
Presentation Slide Templates
Rock also took the time to create a slick new set of presentation slide templates that anyone can use when presenting on TurtleCoin topics, technologies, or general promotions. These templates present a crisp, clean, and consistent message to those we wish to introduce to various TurtleCoin topics.
For those of you who haven’t noticed, the official website at https://turtlecoin.lol also received a much needed facelift. Rock, @mrrovot, and a few others contributed to the new simplier design that follows the new guidelines. We’ll be working on updating a few other core maintained site(s) to reflect the new look and feel across the board.
Those of you that frequent the chat have likely seen a few interactions that haven’t always ended very… well between a few community members and uaoverall. uaoverall allegedly secured the domain name turtlecoin.com almost two years ago by purchasing it from a domain name squatter for much more than the fair market rates that a registrar like NameCheap charges.
Since then, he’s forwarded turtlecoin.com to turtlecoin.lol in the hopes that one day the official project site would be migrated from turtlecoin.lol to turtlecoin.com. Unfortunately, without getting into the details, every time discussion came up, things always ended up very heated. Suffice it to say, the topic coming up every few months the past two years starts to grind a little bit (on both sides).
With this in mind, IBurnMyCd stepped up to the plate and worked out a deal with uaoverall to transfer the ownership of the domain to the same organization that holds the Trademark.
The most interesting part of all of this is that this very well might be the very first actual contract paid entirely in TurtleCoin. While the details of the contract aren’t being shared (to protect both parties), it’s very cool whenever TurtleCoin is used for a real-world transaction.
With this deal, the team is happy to report that the turtlecoin.com domain name is now securely in a member of Core’s hands. For now, the domain is retaining its forwarding role to turtlecoin.lol until such a time that the community may decide that switching from turtlecoin.lol to turtlecoin.com makes sense.
Thankfully, we can now put this issue to rest and leave it well behind us as the community moves forward with everything everyone is doing to make TurtleCoin the go to network for fast, safe, and fun transactions.
This week I did a significant amount of work getting the channel joining process working, and we had our first connection to a karai transaction channel on a remote network :) Since then, a few users seem to have forked the software and have pinged the stagenet a few times. It is definitely interesting to see.
The work done regarding connecting to channels is the process that is outlined in IBMCDs hackmd diagram for building a cert authority.
Here is a link to the rough layout of what we are doing, it is a large diagram showing the process that takes place when a node is connecting to a karai transaction channel. In short a websocket connection is made to the channel coordinator, if it is your first time joining the channel, your client will generate new keys via ed25519 and do an exchange and signing process with the channel coordinator. If your certificate is good, you will be allowed to connect.
Here is a summary of the steps for connecting to channels with an indicator of what is done so far, which is about half way, with most of the difficult stuff done.
// [✔️] Coord: Generates Secret Key (CA:SK)and Public Key (CA:PK)
// [✔️] Coord: Signs CA:PK with CA:SK(CA:S)
// [❌] Coord: Publishes CA:S & CA:PK in pointer record
// [✔️] Node: Generates Secret Key (N1:SK) and Public Key(N1:PK)
// [✔️] Node: Initial Connection Sends N1:PK to Coord
// [✔️] Coord: Signs N1:PK with CA:SK (N1:S)
// [❌] Coord: Sends CA:N1:S to Node
// [ ] Node: Verifies N1:S using known CA:PK from pointer (Good Coordinator)
// [ ] Node: Signs N1:PK with N1:SK (N1:S)
// [ ] Node: Sends N1:S to Coord
// [ ] Coord: Hashes (N1:S) and signs with CA:SK Node1 Cert (N1:C)
// [ ] Coord: Sends N1:C to Node
// [ ] Node: Requests Cert Revocation List
// [ ] Coord: Sends CRL to Node
When I finish with this, I will be adding a new transaction type, Join Transactions which allow a channel to track and announce new peers joining the swarm. This will help shorten the already short amount of time to sync your history when reconnecting to a channel.
Some things coming after that are:
- subgraph construction
- graph explorer
- libraries for go and js clients
Now that we’ve had a steady run of OpenNIC Tier-2 servers running for well over 6 months, it’s time to put on our big boy pants and actually apply to OpenNIC to accept .trtl domains everywhere. To do so though, we need to graduate from the github based DNS management to something more… automated.
I’ve been working the last few days to continue work I was doing on building a nifty REST API that can be used to register, manage, and perform basic functions with .trtl domains. Think of it like… like… your favorite unnamed registrars. This will make maintaining the system of .trtl domains a lot easier, have built in payment support using TurtlePay, live updates, basic managed DNS for the domains, and a few other cool features I’m baking in. No, I haven’t published any of the code yet, but I’m working to assemble it as quickly as possible. Most of the difficult stuff is done so at this point, there’s very little to do except put together the actual web interface that talks to the API. Hopefully I’ll have more news to post on this in the next few days/weeks.”
IBMCD & Frens
It’s always good to be recognized! These are the people who gained new roles in the community this week!
Moving down in this case! We removed the Ninja role, which was basically just me on there most of the time anyway. It felt counterproductive to have the highest rank be the most inactive so we removed it to get closer to the purple guys :)
We also created a moderator role for the possible impending changes to the market talk rules.
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Shoutouts & Thanks
This is the place to mention someone in the community who has done something nice or deserves recognition.
zerouan i would like to thank rock for unleash zerouannita zerouan i would like to thank brat for having improved audio at karaoke and i would also like to thank lilly meraviglia for the support she bring us everyday in the chat rock thanks to brat and zerouan for keeping karaoke going all night while we code :)
TRTL Dev Afterhours
The afterhours section is a new column we are trying out that aggregates all of the links from #Dev_OffTopic for the week so we can share them with you guys.
Submitted by ExtraHash on Sun, 17 May 2020 20:54:59 GMT The Cyber Security Hub™ posted on LinkedIn
May 17, 2020: The Cyber Security Hub™ posted on LinkedIn
Submitted by iburnmycd on Sun, 17 May 2020 21:37:51 GMT Openrouteservice Maps
Openrouteservice is a open source route planner with plenty of features for car, heavy vehicles, hiking and cycling.
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Wed, 20 May 2020 13:48:01 GMT The Rogue Experimenters | The New Yorker Community labs want to make everything from insulin to prostheses. Will traditional scientists accept their efforts?
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Wed, 20 May 2020 15:22:54 GMT Gemini Gateway
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Fri, 22 May 2020 00:57:39 GMT tildeverse
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Fri, 22 May 2020 05:03:40 GMT GitHub — cris691/discohash: Discohash — A super fast and simple hash. 5GB/s serial (depending on hardware).
:dancers: Discohash — A super fast and simple hash. 5GB/s serial (depending on hardware). — cris691/discohash
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Sat, 23 May 2020 16:12:03 GMT GitHub — tevador/hashx: A family of pseudorandomly generated hash functions for proof-of-work and client puzzles
A family of pseudorandomly generated hash functions for proof-of-work and client puzzles — tevador/hashx
Submitted by cryptonote.social on Sat, 23 May 2020 18:44:45 GMT To merge or not to merge [part 2] · Issue #27 · wownero/meta · GitHub The last time we had a discussion about merge mining, the general consensus was to push the envelope by adopting RandomJS (RandomX) early in order to serve as an interesting test-bed for Monero. We forked to RandomWOW on 2019–06–14 befor…
Submitted by cryptonote.social on Sat, 23 May 2020 18:45:30 GMT ed25519 — The Go Programming Language
Go is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software.
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Sun, 24 May 2020 02:21:21 GMT GitHub — google/tink: Tink is a multi-language, cross-platform, open source library that provides cryptographic APIs that are secure, easy to use correctly, and hard(er) to misuse.
Tink is a multi-language, cross-platform, open source library that provides cryptographic APIs that are secure, easy to use correctly, and hard(er) to misuse. — google/tink
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Sun, 24 May 2020 02:38:19 GMT GitHub — k0kubun/pp: Colored pretty printer for Go language Colored pretty printer for Go language. Contribute to k0kubun/pp development by creating an account on GitHub.
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Sun, 24 May 2020 02:48:38 GMT GitHub — myspaghetti/macos-virtualbox: Push-button installer of macOS Catalina, Mojave, and High Sierra guests in Virtualbox for Windows, Linux, and macOS Push-button installer of macOS Catalina, Mojave, and High Sierra guests in Virtualbox for Windows, Linux, and macOS — myspaghetti/macos-virtualbox
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Sun, 24 May 2020 11:44:22 GMT TurtleCoin IPFS Checkpoints
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Tue, 26 May 2020 16:49:36 GMT https://youtu.be/PF3gzLssFzk
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Fri, 29 May 2020 16:24:04 GMT GopherCon 2016: Rob Pike — The Design of the Go Assembler — YouTube
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Sun, 31 May 2020 18:29:11 GMT
80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds • The Register
As he gives us version 5.7 with support for Apple power tech and better exFAT
Submitted by zpalmtree on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:33:46 GMT Knex cheatsheet
One-page guide to Knex: usage, examples, and more. Knex is an SQL query builder for Node.js.This guide targets v0.13.0.
Submitted by zpalmtree on Thu, 04 Jun 2020 21:15:58 GMT LackRack — Eth0Wiki
Submitted by ExtraHash on Fri, 05 Jun 2020 17:14:57 GMT Permanent SSH Tunnels with autossh | Linuxaria
Article by Truelite.it already published on their useful wiki (in Italian) There are many occasions where you need to create connections to machines and services that are protected by firewalls because it is appropriate to adequately protect them, but for which the creation of a VPN becomes an excessive burden. For
Submitted by ExtraHash on Sat, 06 Jun 2020 01:05:37 GMT Welcome — File Browser
Submitted by ExtraHash on Sun, 07 Jun 2020 04:48:45 GMT https://crypto.stanford.edu/craig/craig-thesis.pdf
Submitted by if(true) on Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:37:27 GMT Haiku R1/beta2 has been released!
Submitted by RockSteady (TRTL) on Tue, 09 Jun 2020 22:19:55 GMT
You looked. There is no sense in denying it. You looked.
Originally published at TurtleCoin.