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  1. Great write up. Interesting point about declined RV sales being tied to an economic turndown - don't consumers cut out many discretionary large ticket items when a recession looms? I'd be interested in knowing what percentage of RV's are purchased with the intention of becoming the owners new primary residence (opposed to just 'another large ticket item'). Anyway.. I love the xrp diagram you posted in your blog. The fact that it includes 'Cash' under 'Banks' and 'Wallets' makes me think about possible solutions that align with the new PayLocal initiative struck between WesternUnion and Amazon. Your article also touches on some common quotes regarding "fiat and cryptocurrency co-existing." While this may be true in the near term, I think this kind of language is more geared towards regulators and skeptics of digital assets than anyone else. Because the truth is, as more fiat enters from different systems into XRP to be transferred (remittances, P2P, ATM's, e-commerce plugins, etc.), a lot of that fiat is gong to remain in XRP and the ecosystem. And the only way I see this not having an effect on sovereign currency is if it continues to be printed in abundance as well. Or maybe I am looking at this the wrong way.. I find the Mozilla and Grant For the Web to be very exciting news. I would love to know if a timeline exists on establishing WM/ILP with the W3C, and pushing it out to all major browsers. I know ILP hasn't had any additional changes for at least 2-3 quarters; the project seems to be coming along well with Kava and others growing on it. But at the same time, it's community posts like this one that leave me wondering if it is actually anywhere near ready.. I'd be interested on your take on all of this. You mention that we are edging closer to the 'delivery point' for a wide variety of Xpring projects including Xumm. Do you have any idea when the initial version of Xumm may be available to the public? Also, you've mentioned that Xumm is far more than just a crypto wallet, because it will eventually integrate with banks, and it is seen by the team as a cornerstone of their overall go-to-market strategy for the other tools and applications they're building. I am very interested in learning how how the signing application they are building might fit into other applications, and what kind of applications those might be. Perhaps large, international banks (and smaller FI"s) may be interested in adding this tech as a layer to their current mobile banking apps? Or would that be thinking too small? I've seen many members of the community express concern about the projects Xpring has invested in. But I've also noticed that Xpring partners with some pretty wide-ranging projects, like Blockchain Capital, whose portfolio consists of many impressive projects (including Ripple). The question I have not seen asked yet is this: Is it possible that the investments Xpring makes in other projects/companies allows for the enablement of those projects (as well as the portfolio of projects that fall under each) to access ILP in any way that they might not have otherwise (i.e running validators, or running connectors directly to ILP)? Or is that a stretch? A strategy resembling above would make a lot of sense to me. Because we often hear about how actual, real utility is what is going to ultimately determine a digital assets value and price discovery. However, there are very few other projects on the charts today that have production ready products ready for live use. Wouldn't this mean that if XRP volume in each corridor began to scale quickly, XRP would continue to grow in price exponentially while other coins remained largely unaffected (or even negatively effected as holders of all of those coins jump ship into the only growing asset)? While most of us in this forum would love for that to happen, I don't see the powers that be letting that happen - DS has said numerous times that there can't just be one winner; many projects need to grow together to bring maturity to this space. Maybe this is the true goal of the Xpring investments, as mentioned in the preceding paragraph.. Just a thought. I look forward to any input you can provide!
  2. I'd be very surprised to see this happen today. If this were to happen, then there would technically be no more excuses as to why Ripple has to wait to scale payment volume up dramatically, right? I don't see much happening until November, if not Q1-Q2 2020.
  3. What makes you think that regulations are right around the corner and that institutional dollars will be pouring into Binance?
  4. Interesting. What specific regulation are you referring to? XRP not being a security? Banks being able to hold digital assets? Is there a specific bill that Ripple is waiting on that would qualify as "the missing link" you mention?
  5. At 10:20, hearing about plans to scale the Mexican corridor liquidity from 500k to 100MM/day while opening up new corridors is exciting. Ripple has talked a lot about having market makers showing up on their own in each market, but I never really hear or see anything on this. When banks want to begin using XRP to cut costs and settle faster, will they also need to send their payments to a crypto currency exchange, and receive payments from a cryptocurrency exchange? Or are there regulations pending that might change the current transaction flow for them?
  6. Hopefully Wietse's Xumm app is made public before the market really kicks off. This exact scenario could be great for the adoption of it.
  7. This is the foundation I think we should all be focused on. The real question (in my opinion) is: how long until RippleNet is interoperable with ILP? When that happens, the sky is the limit for this asset.
  8. Thanks for sharing this. What does he mean when he says he hopes they can contribute their improvements back into rippled?
  9. When will ILP connect to the XRPL in a way that allows retail to interact with it?
  10. Not sure if any of this information has been posted yet. The following article was posted in March 2019: https://fortune.com/2019/03/26/citigroup-is-starting-a-payments-unit/ And from the official press release: https://www.citigroup.com/citi/news/2019/190326a.htm Speaking of Mastercard Payment Gateway Services, lets check out the video on their main landing page: https://www.mastercard.com/gateway/about.html At :20 - "We enable merchants to accept consumer payments from multiple brands all over the world through any channel, with a trusted technology that consumers don't see. At :32 - "It only takes a second to make a payment, but in that time, a lot can happen. At 1:15 - "Allows merchants with quick, highly secure, and effective ways for to accept digital payments from any connected device, anywhere in the world. At 1:20 - "And for acquiring banks and technology partners, we have custom built gateway solutions that can be fully branded, configured, and resold as their own, providing additional value to their own merchant banks. At 1:43 - "It seamlessly connects all key players in the digital commerce ecosystem, and that allows our clients to enhance billions more payment experiences all over the world." At 1:50 - "With market-leading gateway access, and MasterCards investments in safety, security, and innovation, we are committed to enabling a digital payments world beyond cash. And as a refresher, Volcalink, Earthport, and MasterCard all have direct ties to Ripple. Mastercard also has direct ties to MoneyGram (as well as Visa), and Mastercard/MoneyGram have direct ties to sending money over Facebook Messenger. I am looking forward to the day that this all begins converging together.
  11. Great to know. Thank you for sharing this information and links. Out of curiosity, are there any Ripple employees or developers close to Ripple that have commented on the CSC project? I'm not necessarily looking for a glowing endorsement, but surely there is dialogue on the subject since it is all based on the XRPL.
  12. I am relatively new to smart contracts. I am learning about Codius as well as Chainlink. I see both white papers leverage research from Cornell, with Link also using the new Mixicles technology from Cornell (Ari Juels), whereas Codius uses Google Native client for running untrusted code. I understand that Codius uses offline contracts for enhanced security. In Codius, how are the multiple hosts/independent smart oracles selected and incentivized? I know fault tolerance can be selected, but how do smart contract creators assess the performance and trust of the multiple hosts they are using for any given contract? I've gained an understanding of how Chainlink's project is set up to address this, and I would like to understand how this is addressed with Codius. Your smart contract can only be as good as your weakest oracles, and a distributed and trusted oracles ecosystem are essential for many high-value use cases. How does Codius approach this?
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