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BTC OR XBT?

What, if anything, is the difference between these two ticker symbols?

There isn’t any difference in value because, at the same time, both ticker symbols are used to describe the same cryptocurrency. Both of them refer to Bitcoin (BTC) but are used interchangeably depending on the place you found them. For example, Bloomberg uses XBT as does xe.com. The reason Bitcoin is often shown with the ticker symbol XBT is because of the ISO 4217 (the standard for currency codes). (1) The “X” represented in the ticker symbol defines that the currency is a non-governmental unit. One could argue that the symbol should then be XBC because it is representing “Bit” and “coin.” Alas, this symbol was already in use. Hence, the final ticker settled at XBT. For now, they are interchangeable; XBT for regulatory purposes and BTC for everything else.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_4217

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THE PRICE OF SHARING

There are more than 2000 crypocurrency ATMs in the world spread out across 60 different countries. (1) Of those ATMs, over 900 support Altcoins. These numbers only stand to see a dramatic increase in the next couple of years. But what is the cost of interacting with them? That depends on the cryptocurrency you want to use.

Matt Weinberger wanted to purchase $1 USD from a Bitcoin ATM in Las Vegas, United States of America. (2) After putting $11 USD into the ATM, he was told it still wasn’t sufficient enough to process the transaction. Due to the value of Bitcoin, the mining/transaction fee was about $40 – $45 USD at the time. Because Matt Weinberger wasn’t familiar enough with cryptocurrency, it caused him a bit a grief and a loss of $11 USD.

A commonly parroted phrase within the cryptocurrency community is that Satoshi Nakamoto intended for Bitcoin to be “a fast, secure and inexpensive means of making payments without using the traditional financial system.” Although not entirely true, I can understand where the basis for this assumption comes from considering the original Bitcoin whitepaper states “The cost of mediation [of third parties] increases transaction costs, limiting the minimum practical transaction size and cutting off the possibility for small casual transactions.” (3)

This would have been feasible to digest when Bitcoin was around the $100 USD value for each coin. Now, with the value soaring above $10,000, it doesn’t seem likely that Bitcoin can fill the niche for which it was created. ILCoin, while not yet distributed through ATMs, could be the perfect solution for filling every day transactions with mining/transaction fees averaging in the factions of a US Cent. We have the goal of making ILCoin available all over the world through ATM services. Our intention is to allow individuals as well as small and medium business to trade easily and cost-effectively using our cryptocurrency.

(1) https://coinatmradar.com/charts/#cryptocurrency

(2) http://www.businessinsider.com/buying-bitcoin-from-las-vegas-atm-2018-1

(3) http://satoshinakamoto.me/whitepaper/

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CLOUD MINING


Do you know where Bitcoins come from?

In a traditional economy, the governing body prints bills so that people have money. In currencies like ILCoin and Bitcoin, it is necessary to mine them to obtain them (SHA 256, POW). To do this, miners use a special software that solves complex operations and, in return, they are compensated with some cryptocurrency. This is the reward from mining (the block reward) and what causes more people to want to mine the currency.

But it is not as easy as it sounds. Each time a block is forged, the mathematical difficulty of a block’s encryption increases. A PC or laptop - like the one you have in your house - doesn´t have the necessary power to mine cryptocurrencies for long. That´s why miners use special devices for this process. Avalon Miner, Antminer, or Ebit Miner are example names of special mining equipment. These devices produce a lot of hashing power and require a lot of electricity to work; making them expensive to maintain.

This is the reason why cloud mining emerged. Cloud mining is the process of mining Bitcoin, or any other alternative cryptocurrency, utilizing a remote datacenter with shared processing power between any number of individual computing devices. This type of cloud mining enables users to mine Bitcoins or alternative cryptocurrencies without managing the hardware. In most circumstances, the mining rigs are housed and maintained in a facility owned by a company specializing in mining and cloud mining.

 

Types of Cloud Mining

In general, there are three forms of remote mining available at the moment:

 

·         Hosted Mining
Lease a mining machine that is hosted by the provider.

·         Virtual Hosted Mining
Create a (general purpose) virtual private server and install your own mining software.

·         Leased Hashing Power
Lease an amount of hashing power without having a dedicated, physical or virtual
computer. (This is the most popular method)

 

What are the benefits?

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider cloud mining:

  • ·         No noise
  • ·         No expensive electricity bills
  • ·         No ventilation problems with hot equipment
  • ·         Not technical issues with the mining equipment
  • ·         Minor investment

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BITCOIN IS ONYMOUS, ILCOIN IS ANONYMOUS

If you get fiat currency as change from your grocery store, does it matter who had it before you? Knowing that money was previously used to purchase pornography, drugs, or used to pay someone for a corrupt deed, would you not accept it as change and use it to provide for you and your family? If you owned a flower shop and a known member of the mafia wanted to order flowers for his mother, would you turn away the business because the money might have been gotten through ill-gotten means? What the money was used for isn’t what matters. What matters is how you got it and how you use it.

Attempts to limit the Bitcoin blockchain come about which have the intention of flagging accounts that are tied to “illicit” activities. Chainalysis, Elliptic, Skry, and now Bitfury’s Crystal are all such programs which have the aim of limiting blockchain activity. Bitcoin was built upon the idea that you don’t have to trust a person to receive money from them. The blockchain assures you will receive what is rightfully yours in a transaction. With a currency that has no borders, such as cryptocurrency, who is to say that money was gotten legally (or illegally) since not all laws apply to every country?

ILCoin still believes in anonymity. ILCoin still believes that you have the right to trade with whomever you choose. It should be a freedom that all people can express. Our blockchain is completely anonymous and limits users from perusing around transactions. If you know the wallet address, you can monitor its actions. But, that is information privy to the users of the address. It is none of our business, or anyone else’s, where you get your money and how you plan to spend it.

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMODITY AND FIAT MONEY

The US Dollar is backed by two things: the US government and the people who believe it has value. In times past, the US Dollar was a commodity money; meaning, it had a physical backing of gold. If you wanted, you could even decide to exchange the currency for actual gold. Since about 1971, the US government stopped this policy due to the fact that, when times are tough, people horde valuable resources. If your currency is backed by a precious resource, such as with commodity currencies, the flow of economy slows drastically as people don’t want to let go of their money.

Since the 1970’s, the US Dollar has been a fiat currency. As mentioned in the first sentence, it is backed by the value of the issuing party and the trust that it is worth something; not its worth in gold or silver. Since the Federal Reserve has more flexibility to control supply and demand of currency, it is more able to limit the impact of major economic shocks, such as the financial crisis of 2008-2009. It's fair to argue that the Federal Reserve's efforts to limit the impact of economic crisis could have unforeseen long-term effects, based on the additional money that has been put in circulation, versus a gold or silver standard that limits how much money circulates. However, using a commodity standard has historically had a much worse, opposite effect during crisis as people horde it. So long as the government can keep the balance of supply and demand stable, fiat currency is the better choice between the two.

As cryptocurrency enthusiasts, we can take key factors away from this information. Cryptocurrency is much like fiat currency in that its value is backed by the issuing party and the trust in its users that it is worth something. It has yet to been determined whether its limited supply is a strength or a weakness in comparison to its fiat relative. In the beginning, ILCoin was backed by gold; following the golden standard. Now, it has severed that bond and has its own independent value and is backed by its community, development, and development team. We strive to make ILCoin revolutionary. Some of the upcoming developments (now in development) will be game-changers…

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SCAM COIN OR… SOMETHING MORE?

How can you tell if it’s worth your time/money? The market cap of cryptocurrency as a whole has grown in the past year; it now stands at over 400 billion dollars. As that cap grows, the number of scammers has grown with it. More and more people are falling victim to cryptocurrency scams due to the amount of crypto newbies that are just getting started the cryptocurrency world. As such, it is difficult to decide which cryptocurrency or token is a good investment.

The internet is full of people who believe they know a scam coin when they see one. Do some quick searching and you will see that when it comes to scams, everyone is an expert. There are even people who say every cryptocurrency is a scam, and they won’t buy anything unless it is with cold, hard cash. At the time of writing this article, there are over 1500 cryptocurrencies listed on coinmarketcap.com and not even ILCoin (it’s a conspiracy) is one of them. While it isn’t always clear which are scams and which are true cryptocurrencies, it is fair to say there are a few general guidelines which you should always take into consideration.

Company name changes are a huge red flag. Some developers/development teams change their company or product name to accommodate for the latest news trend. ILCoin, in the past, was a commodity currency. Hey, it seemed like the right thing to do in a time when cryptocurrencies didn’t have anything backing them except someone’s promise that it was real. However, even though we have since-then changed our policy, earned an independent value, and undergone an internal shift in managerial structure, that doesn’t mean we change our name. ILCoin bought two years ago sold by ilgamos is still the same ILCoin today.

When a company spends more on its public relations (PR) and marketing than it does on its development, you need to watch out. This is the kind of cryptocurrency that will have a website to sell you the crypto but will not even have a wallet online; much less an offline, mobile, or desktop wallet. ILCoin isn’t very widely publicized. While a heavy dose of PR is in our plans, we firmly believe that the development should be sound first. What would we promote? Promises? It is better we boast about our developmental achievements.

Any time the investment strategy of a token or cryptocurrency heavily promotes recruiting your friends/family and promises to reward you for doing so, beware. There’s nothing wrong with a company wanting you to share the information about the company with the people you know. Word-of-mouth advertising is an incredibly effective way to spread news of your product. When you get guaranteed rewards for recruiting, that’s when it smells of trouble.

As a developer of ILCoin, this author can testify first-hand how difficult it is for a cryptocurrency exchange market to put attention to your application to become a part of their site. There is an article written on that very subject called “Becoming Part of an Exchange Site.” However, not being part of an open exchange is considered a red flag. This is because the self-proclaimed cryptocurrency may not even have enough back-end development to be compatible with an exchange. An investigation should be undertaken before deciding whether or not you should place your trust in a cryptocurrency with this limitation.

If you cannot find simple information about a company? You may be heading for problems. Without finding a company’s street address or information such as where they registered the blockchain, it would be unwise to become involved financially. Any time basic details are missing, there is a red flag.

Depending on who you speak to, there are TONS of reasons more why you shouldn’t trust a cryptocurrency. Most of those reasons are grey areas and subject to bias. Others, are situationally-based or conditionally-based. For example:

  • ·         Big Premine

    •  ILCoin is a centralized, decentralized hybrid and we do not allow outside mining. There is an article about it called “De/Centralization.”

  • ·         Owners/Devs have big walles
    • A lot of times, the development teams are early investors in their own work purchasing a lot of their own coin for next to nothing when it is first released. Is it wrong to believe in and invest in your own product?

  • ·         Daily trading volume way bigger than market cap

  • ·         Lack of website, or website down for days

  • ·         Owners/Devs failed at one coin, created another
    • Depends on the previous cryptos they were working on. Were they legit or scams themselves?

  • ·         Coin uses same exact source code with same parameters like another coin

    • Starting out with a source code that resembles another cryptocurrency isn’t a bad thing. An exact copy of said cryptocurrency probably is, but even ILCoin is based from the code of Bitcoin; highly modified, but based off of Bitcoin.

  • ·         Scam warnings posts being deleted from the forum

  • ·         Invisible team, No project
    • Members of our team can be viewed on our website at ilcoincrypto.com. You may notice there are only three shown on the website. Not everyone who wants a job wants to be in the limelight. This author chooses to remain anonymous and go by the title ‘ILCoinDev’ because fame of any type does not suit me.

  • ·         The company professes to be dedicated to a noble, altruistic cause

    • There can be great causes out there, but make no mistake: No one works for free without expecting some kind of beneficial outcome. Cryptocurrency is a great idea and has changed how money works, but it is also a business.

  • ·         The company’s operations are located in a foreign country

    • It is hard to believe people put this on their list of red flags for a cryptocurrency. Everyone is a foreigner to someone. Americans are foreigners to Europeans. Europeans are foreigners to Koreans. With cryptocurrency being constantly penalized legally in an ever-increasing number of countries, sometimes the base of operations is best suited within another jurisdiction.

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