Word on the BLOCK: 15th April 2020

Hello everybody and welcome to the latest Blocknet newsletter! This newsletter is released twice per month to keep the community up-to-date on what is happening with Blocknet. You can view all previous newsletters here.

  • XRouter development continues as we head toward the XRouter 1.0 release:
  1. The XRouter lite libraries are continuing to be built out. We’re working to complete the beta version of the C++ library and the alpha version of the GoLang library. The GoLang XRouter library will allow ETH developers to more easily integrate XRouter into their applications as there’ll no longer be the need to have the Blocknet wallet running in order to interact with the network.
  2. The Enterprise XRouter Proxy is also undergoing continuous improvement as we work towards getting it ready for open beta where the community can run and install proxy servers to support high Service Node throughput.
  • Development on Block DX 1.7.0 continues with fixes and improvements to the new full app zoom functionality. Other changes that will be included in this release are an unverified asset warning and fixes for various bugs such as the order form getting cleared when creating a new address and not always displaying the BTC price in the orders panel when it’s available. If you would like to help with testing these features along with other updates, visit the #community-testing channel in Discord and check out the pinned messages.
  • Blocknet’s v6 staking protocol upgrade officially went into effect at 6pm UTC +0 and the chain should adjust over the next few days. This protocol enforces a the following new requirements:
  1. Staking nonce must be shared in block header nonce field.
  2. Staking nonce must be set to the time at which the stake was found.
  3. Staked blocks can’t be submitted for times prior to the previous block time.
  4. Staked blocks can’t be more than 3 minutes into the future.
  • As a reminder for why we needed a new v6 protocol update, it prevents blocks showing up in the past after previous blocks, fixes the difficulty (the difficulty broke when blocks were staked in the past causing the chain to move too quickly), and fixes the block times. Moving the stake time into the nonce field allows us to put the accurate block time in the block time field.
  • Heidi from Crypto Tips covered Block DX in a new video. Check it out here and be sure to like and retweet!
  • @Lucien has created a Twitter bot that posts the trade statistics for Block DX every 24 hours (volume in BTC/BLOCK/USD & total number of trades). Check it out and give it a follow and some likes here: https://twitter.com/dxstats
  • @Fazer has completed various new features to the dxmakerbot, including trading boundaries. The details for these latest commits can be seen in this merge. If you would like to help with testing these features along with other updates, visit the #community-testing channel in Discord and check out the pinned messages.
  • BLOCK has been successfully integrated into the Opolo hardware wallet thanks to efforts by @devkhalil.
  • The proposals for Superblock 1425600 can now be viewed here. Voting will close on block 1425540, but your voting inputs must not be spent until block 1425600 for your vote to remain valid (staking is okay).
  • A guide to submitting and voting on proposals can be found here.
  • The in-progress (and previous) proposals can be viewed on the proposal forum or within the Proposals screen of the wallet.
  • Please note, proposals are being submitted to the forum individually so please make sure you scroll down and take your time to look over each proposal.
  • Voting has changed with the release of Comet. Please view these instructions on how to vote in the new system.
  • For Service Node notifications such as critical updates or voting reminders, join this mailing list (separate from the Word on the BLOCK newsletter email list).
  • Blocknet Service Node stats can be viewed on Master Nodes Pro, on Masternodes Directory, and on Block Core.

Many thanks for reading. We hope that you are as excited as us with what the future holds for Blocknet. A decentralization project fundamentally requires an engaged community, and so if you would like to help with anything, have something to add, use your professional skills or have a problem, we want to know about it.

Please also be aware that a community project is run by a diverse group of people with varying time-constraints (in a number of time-zones) and personal lives, so remember to be kind and patient!

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Sincerely,

The Blocknet Team.

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