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ThomasTheTGV

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  1. @XRPeteSampras I posted a story that I wrote and posted last year. Is that within the rules?
  2. Write a story Pete said, but how ThomasTheTGV thought… Posting the blog he previously published 'as is' didn’t cut it so I went back to the drawing board and came up with this, I hope you like it! Almost a year ago on September 15th 2017 I posted a blogpost called: “Raiffeisen, Ripple, DIY banking and why 'Bitcoins don't stink'”. It was based on an article published in the 'de groene amsterdammer' and was called why Bitcoins don’t stink. an Amsterdammertje I read it with great interest and although I don’t like Bitcoins very much it got me thinking about why I got interested in ‘ze Blockhain’ in the first place. The writer of the article Victor Broers researches the fact that alternatives for 'money' are popping up every where. Also he states this is not something new and exactly there are examples that can be found back as far back as 1934 with the Swiss wir, a complementary coin which still functions today. Another example is sardex a unit of exchange which is successfully used on the Island of Sardinia. This was introduced in 2009 by a group of Arts and Humanities students lead Giuseppe Littera. Use case there is the fact that the Island was hit hard by credit crisis and banks stopped giving out loans. The system gave local businesses the possibility to invest and trade among each other, so you could say it made money personal again, because users are trading with each other directly. The article goes on interviewing more people and exploring the pro's and con's of using cryptocurrencies, but it also takes me back to one of the reasons why I got interested in Ripple in the first place. My great granddad from my mothers-side was one of the founders of a local cooperative bank for farmers based on the Raiffeisen-system and the three 'S' formula: self-help, self-governance and self-responsibility. His bank later became a part of what is now the Rabobank. Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen In my opinion the Rabobank and other banks really f-ed up because they no longer follow the three 'S' formula and instead of that put their commercial interests in front. They lost contact with their roots and are no longer one of the pillars of community, something I think a bank should be. So late 2013 I was investigating for myself how banking could be reinvented with the wealth of technology that is available nowadays. It dawned on me that I was looking for a local, complementary money- and creditsystem just like my great granddad started over a century ago. Of course at first I looked at Bitcoin and I thought it would be able to provide a community with enough building blocks to create their own banking cooperation's again. But I saw that Bitcoin was/isn't flexible enough and it didn't provide me with a solution to make it complementary with the existing money- and creditsystems which are around. Also the fact that it was 'anonymous' isn't necessarily a plus because of trust-issues (it makes it difficult to the self-governance). That's when I stumbled upon Ripple, it was late 2013, it ticked all the boxes to support a 'do it yourself'-banking system like my great granddad did with his community. There even where some LETS (Local Exchange Trading System) initiatives like villages.cc and you could create your own currency which could co-exist next to other digital or fiat currencies in the ledger! I started talking about Ripple with my friends and family and even organized a Ripple meetup in Nijmegen. Also I joined the XRPtalk a forum where I learned a lot about Ripple and experimented with different use cases with fellow forum members, but those are stories for another time. I was really excited and with my limited financial knowledge I thought it would be question of time before more fin-tech savvy people would start creating their own local 'banks' based on the ripple system/protocol. This exactly wasn't really the case and although there where some other interesting developments my interest in Ripple faded for a couple of years. The price rise at the beginning of 2017, rekindled my interest. At first I had to learn to life with the fact that Ripple had focused more on banks and FI’s, although now I fully understand this point of view. It's a more 'if you can't beat them, complement them'-mentality, which hopefully makes it even easier to develop community driven financial solutions next or even into the existing banking landscape. How ever it turns out, I'm excited and anxious to see what the future will bring, because change is coming! 
  3. Binnen het Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid (IFV) zijn we opzoek naar een afstudeerder die de invloed van de blockchain op veiligheid in de logistieke keten onderzoekt. Het gaat ons met name om de duiding van de invloed op veiligheid en hulpverlening en de wijze waarop diezelfde hulpverlening goed meegenomen kan worden in de ontwikkelingen op dit gebied. Dit heeft natuurlijk niet direct wat met Ripple/XRP van doen, maar als je bezig bent met met de afronding van je master opleiding in een technische studie bijvoorbeeld civiele techniek, informatica of verkeers- en vervoerskunde, dan is dit natuurlijk wel een hele gave opdracht! Meer info vindt je hier: Afstudeerder Blockchain en transportveiligheid voor 36 uur per week. Periode september 2018 - februari 2019.
  4. I haven't been using kraken since 2014... But since they are working together with Fidor I reactivated my account. I just booked 100 euros from my Fidor bankaccount to Kraken and it took them less than 2 minutes. (Which isnt new but nice) Fidor: Kraken:
  5. Fidor as a bank have been in the crypto front lines for years... But direct integration is a first as far as I know, have to wait and so with which speed and ease the trading will go though.
  6. Last week I noticed that Fidor bank had a new feature called It effectively introduces trading on kraken directly from your Fidor bankaccount. It is still in Beta so I can't trade/test yet but this is the interface:
  7. $2.52653 Always fun a little light gambling on Tuesday evening! Price much lower than I would like to be but.. I think we need to wait another year so that 2020 is in reach!
  8. Would like to see a version of this for the blockchain....
  9. I've went ahead and contacted Alibaba support and asked if they tell me more about the mechanics behind 'New Retail' and if they are using Ripple products.... They will contact me in 1-3 business days.
  10. De website heeft een heel duidelijk doel; mensen beschermen om geen domme dingen te doen... Zeker niet om te informeren over de mogelijkheden en het nut ervan. Het lijkt erop dat de teksten geschreven zijn door mensen die niet bekend zijn met cryptocurrencies/blockchain technologie. Informeren is beter dan afschrikken als je het mij vraagt.
  11. Around September 2015 I think I was at a similar point as you @Graine, I had real issues with the strategy Ripple was taking, was tired of the FUD and XRPtalk was shutdown. Also my girlfriend got sick. So I had to make the decision to quit crypto's, because it was costing me energy instead of giving it. Difference is that I didn't sell I just didn't touch anything for about 2 years. So please do yourself a favour and keep a stash of XRP... And just forget about it and life your life without XRP/Crypto's for a while. It will make you feel better and less stressed (I hope... It worked for me at least) Thank you for your time and opinions and good luck with your endeavours! PS (I was the one who made the Fidor payment to Brain Walden and you can find JaiChai on Steemit)
  12. Ik voel inspiratie aankomen voor een volgende meetup: DNB meets the #XRPcommunity
  13. @Valhalla_GuyWho says that it should be govt AI... Most new tech is developed by/for the military but it will end up in 'the peoples' hand eventually. AND why do you think govt AI will have the government's best interest at heart? It would be very logical that the AI would learn from it's mistakes and cut out human decision-making/logic as it is subjective and emotional. Should we/you really be afraid to become redundant... Like horses? Stone tools? Roman senate? Telegraphers? Mankind is very versatile, we will find ways to survive and thrive. In the post I never said I dreamed of a one world government and currency. Also your personal perception is very US centred (a country that is only a little more than 200 years old). You can't call us fools without looking in the mirror man... BUT it seems you have given this a lot of thought as well and I enjoyed reading your reply! My question to you is: AI is already here and it certainly won't go away (yet), so what do you think will happen?
  14. Iedereen die nog niet gereageerd heeft op de mail van Claire rap die poll invullen!! Zie onderstaande bericht van Claire: Hi all - only 30% of the people on this thread have voted on the POLL - I'm closing it in 24 hours so we can decide on a day. I would like to include as many people as possible, so please go and do the poll ASAP ? We zitten op dit moment (4 uur na Claires laatste email) op 53 reacties... Toch wel kicken om te zien dat er zoveel interesse is want dan moeten er volgens mij meer dan 100 mensen gereageerd hebben op de oproep! Zelf moet ik bijna 1,5 uur rijden dus ik baal behoorlijk van het tijdstip, rond 6 uur zal het lekker vast staan rond Amsterdam, maar ja hoe vaak krijg je nu de kans op David en consorten de hand te schudden!
  15. Layman's terms explanation of Algorithmics and the impact of IA on society (Cambridge Analytics and Amazon) and of course the 'they will take our jobs'-fear passed as well. Frankly I don't know... Yet ? But Elon made it happen for cars so why not create a modern AI Oracle of Delphi? The goverment can't tax what the can't see, like the money in the sock under my bed..
  16. Okay this is a more philosophical brainfart... this week I followed a presentation about artificial intelligence (AI) and one of the questions from the audience was: Should the government regulate artificial intelligence? During the following discussions I countered with the question: Shouldn't AI regulate governments? This would make for far more objective decisions! Or would it? That made me think about crypto regulation as well: On the internet (and with the help of VPN) the concept of countries/borders can become a bit of a grey area. That makes it difficult to regulate and with anonymous crypto's it's even more difficult/impossible to pinpoint the owner, which in turn makes difficult to determine under which country he/she should be taxed/regulated. Also the rules and regulations differ hugely from country to country. Could it be possible to create global regulations by using AI in combination with smart contracts? And do we want this? I'd like to hear your thoughts!
  17. Still watching but those Asian guys are really difficult to follow/concentrate on there voices...
  18. After seeing this I'm so bummed that I missed TNW....
  19. Nee inderdaad nog geen datum, voor mij ook wel lastig omdat ik die dagen best wel wat afspraken heb staan. Maar goed ik begrijp van Claire dat ze er binnenkort nog een bericht uit doet aan degene die gereageerd hebben via het formulier.
  20. Nou meer dan 2000 euro voor een ticket is ook echt een dikke no no voor mij moet ik zeggen... Kijk er naar meer van jullie in het echt te ontmoeten!
  21. Disgruntled ex-employee is looking very sad right now... ?
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