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macropolo

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  1. Could an article published on Ripple Insights in early February indicate a renewed push into the Chinese market? https://coil.com/p/macropolo/XRP-and-China/NFsv1zA-
  2. I find the Escape From Tarkov video guides hard to reference when in-game, so I made this visual Customs money-run guide: https://coil.com/p/macropolo/An-Escape-from-Tarkov-Customs-Money-Run/r0sxeKCf
  3. That was such a weird, arbitrary, and nonsensical decision.
  4. I hope we're still allowed to post these kinds of articles here. I wanted to start a discussion about the slew of BS articles big crypto publications have been putting out ever since XRP started spiking. Most of my thoughts on the matter are in the Coil post below, but I'm very curious to hear what everyone else thinks on the matter. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/XRP-and-Mass-Media-Vultures/jYC386qc
  5. My latest post is about hopeium fueled XRP price predictions. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/Irrational-XRP-Price-Predictions/VefnicRW7
  6. The continuation of my hilarious Farming Simulator 2019 game-play review: https://coil.com/p/macropolo/Fields-of-Gold/X5d0K9WJa
  7. TemTem is an early access MMO game with a great deal of promise. But can it steal Pokémon's thunder? https://coil.com/p/macropolo/TemTem-The-Massively-Multiplayer-Pok-mon-Clone/t_B9utNoj
  8. In the world of competitive wheat farming one man stands above all others. Find out more in my latest Coil post: https://coil.com/p/macropolo/Diary-of-a-Wheat-Farmer/Y1ky9FMB6
  9. My latest post is about the future prospects of cloud gaming services like Stadia and Project xCloud. I'd love to hear everyones thoughts on whether or not they think these services will capture consumer attention. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/The-Future-of-Cloud-Gaming/ZbS_jw5ii
  10. My latest post is about the rise in popularity of the video game Escape from Tarkov. I hope you guys enjoy it. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/The-Rise-of-Tarkov/6XuIYBBOY
  11. My latest post talks a bit about the failure of Xpring backed company Omni, and the tendency to believe that blockchain can solve all of the worlds problems. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/XRP-and-the-Blockchain-Panacea/id_RS_8lp
  12. My latest Coil post is about the tendency of crypto publications to needlessly attach connotations to events in news titles. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/XRP-Headlines-and-the-Shaping-of-Market-Expectations/CkK0c7StZ
  13. I wrote a new blog post about the circular nature of disinformation and FUD in the XRP media space. It's a very interesting topic to me because this kind of phenomenon isn't isolated only to cryptocurrencies like XRP. We can see examples of it in politics, academia, and in the reporting on other technologies. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/XRP-Disinformation-in-the-News/AujrDPyAv
  14. Something about the messari.io XRP post from a few days ago didn't sit right with me, so I went through some of the data he linked and found several inaccuracies in the way he was representing it. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/The-Anatomy-of-a-FUD-article-A-response-to-the-recent-Messari-XRP-post-/bIKGsUoXy
  15. Some interesting data was release by an analytics firm on the prevalence of illegal activity on the XRP ledger. I wrote and article about how we compare to BTC, and how to avoid a common XRP related scam. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/Illicit-Activity-on-the-XRP-Ledger-/rxrqrmuIN
  16. In light of some of the recent Swell news, I wrote an article about the role Ripple could have in a world of nation-state backed digital assets. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/Ripple-and-the-Titans-of-Money/J0H9sq_dR
  17. They seem to suggest that their neural-net is an improvement over existing authentication mechanisms that use biometrics, but until we see a finished product that can be tested it's hard to say if that claim is true. I've read about a few proof of concept attacks where testers took a users biometrics and tricked Apple's touchid into unlocking phones, but I'm not aware of any specific real-world attacks that have been successfully carried out against actual users. There's also a risk of a false unlock with faceid, though it is very rare. My hope is that as the tech gets better these kinds of attacks will become harder and harder. I do think we're at the point now where it's simply easier to coerce someone into giving up funds instead of tricking a fingerprint reader. There is a risk with mainstream crypto adoption that people could walk around collecting beer bottles and trying to capture fingerprints and steal identities and authentication, but we're nowhere close to the level of adoption where that scenario is a risk, and by the time we have such widespread crypto adoption I suspect the tech will have improved to the point where that would no longer be viable.
  18. That is one of the big risks with this kind of tech. And people need to be careful which manufacturers they trust with biometric scans. It should be fine so long as the scanners are not storing the plain capture of your fingerprint in a readable form. Apple stores the fingerprint data locally and encrypts it with their secure enclave. I'm not certain specifically how Keyless is going to handle authentication over the internet as I only saw those brief slides about how the tech works, but I would be very surprised if Ripple was granting Xpring funds to a company that wasn't using secure encryption algorithms to authenticate biometric data.
  19. Thank you! I agree, it's a huge issue. I've done test restores of my seed-words a few times just to make sure that I haven't messed up the whole process of writing the code-words down and storing them safely. And I just can't imagine my mom or my dad taking the time to figure out how to use a hardware wallet. But they all use the biometrics on their iphones just fine, so I think something like Keyless could be a huge boon for the cryptospace.
  20. Why do you feel like it's not worth the ease of accessibility?
  21. I wrote an article about some cool new authentication and key management programs that are integrating XRP support. One of these in particular seems like it could have big implications for the ease of use of crpytocurrency wallets for less technically inclined members of the public. https://coil.com/p/macropolo/Ripple-s-Xpring-Holy-Trinity/ydJsQU0V-
  22. From what I remember of the Senator's statement, he suggested that his data was getting stuck in the series of tubes because of streaming video and other bandwidth intensive activities. And he used this analogy to criticize an amendment to a bill that would have forced companies like Comcast to treat traffic with neutrality. So that response by me above is given in that context, by which I mean if the series of tubes has become that congested, instead of charging users more for certain types of data, why not build more tubes?
  23. I didn't suggest that age had anything to do with tech aptitude. I just thought it was a bad metaphor. Mostly because if you have a tube bottleneck why not just build more tubes?
  24. I agree. Lobbying is very important and I'm glad Ripple is focusing on making these legislative and judicial connections in major economies around the world. I also think their push to educate lawmakers on the potential legal uses of blockchain tech is paramount because it will hopefully counter the reputation we have as being a medium only for illicit services. The mechanisms of the state in the U.S. can seem dreadfully slow but it was made that way by design, and for good reason in my opinion. This can lead to some frustrating feet dragging with certain legislative issues but I have faith that we'll get there in time.
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