OlaCrypto
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Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 5:37 pm

Hi there, I am ola. I am working with several members of the nxt community to bootstrap a new decentralized, built from the bottom up, 100% proof of stake crypto currency called NXT, Pronounced 'Next'. The Nxt community needs the help of this community badly :cry: . We are currently in the alpha stage testing the decentralized network and we are getting ddosed constantly...This problem will go away if we had several thousand nxt nodes set up on several computers. Your rasberrypi devices can help us accomplish just that 8-) . We are also not looking for a handout..We have a donation fund of ~460,000 nxt to reward those who help us by installing next node through our launch date Jan 3 2014 to Help bootstrap the network.

The fund is currently worth about ~$22,000 after only 3 weeks. It is expected that after a little while past the the launch date, the fund would most likely be worth several million dollars. and with some of these funds distributed to those of you who decide to help out, who knows you might find yourself with several thousand of dollars in extra cash :D . Of course nothing is certain. But every evidence indicates this will be the case. Nxt Is only been in alpha for 3 weeks and already it is close to competing with the top crypto currencies like bitcoin see here, 5th on the map:

http://coinmarketcap.com/

Here is some nxt money from the fund:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc ... qV1E#gid=5

It is expected that nxt would eventually overtake bitcoin due to the extensive list of features it will be launching with, its superiority in transaction processing speed and eco-friendly forging process ("mining"). Take a look below to gain some insight:

Detailed feature sets:

- Decentralized DNS / Alias System (Starting at block 22000) ( this is already in effect and it raised the NXT market cap to > $20 million)
- Transparent Mining (Partially starting at block 25000) IN A COUPLE OF DAYS !
- Decentralized Asset Exchange / Colored Coins (Starting after block 30000) Jan 3 2014
    This also allows gateways to issue other currencies (fiat or crypto) on the Nxt network.
- Decentralized Marketplace / Auction
- Decentralized Mixing Service
- Encrypted Messaging / Chat
- DDoS Protection - Project Kharon (in development)
- Voting


As you can see, its an impressive list of features for a currency / protocol to be launching with and there is much talk about nxt in several prominent crypto currency circles. If you would like to take the plunge to help out and be rewarded for your efforts, A guide has been written to help you accomplish this. See below:

Guide to installing nxt on raspberrypi
https://nextcoin.org/index.php/topic,12 ... l#msg10730


EDIT:: updated simpler installation guide:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic ... msg4140793
"Standalone package for the Raspberry Pi:

I've put together a package with the current version of the NXT server and the Embedded Version of Oracle JRE that you can run on your Raspberry Pi as-is. You can get it from my public node server here: Nxt raspberry Files: http://109.230.224.65/~nxt/nxt_rasppi.tar.gz

To download and run it in a console on the Pi, do the following steps. I assume you have the Pi up and running already, using e.g. Raspbian. I myself am using Raspbian, however, the package should also work with other distributions.

Code:
wget http://109.230.224.65/~nxt/nxt_rasppi.tar.gz
tar -xf nxt_rasppi.tar.gz
cd nxt
./run_nxt.sh

credit: davethetrousers

You can tweak the JRE call in the run_nxt.sh script if you want, most importantly of course: the memory usage. I have found that my preset values are more than enough, so you might want to try to tweak them lower, especially if you want to do something else with the Pi while running the server.
Also, I put a symlink in the rootdir called configfile which leads to the web.xml file, for easier access.

I recommend running the server in some sort of backgrounding context, as it is basically a daemon. Use a multiplexer like screen or at least use nohup.

If you want to access the client from another machine, as you probably are starting the server remotely, remember to put your accessing IP or "*" as allowed addresses in the configfile.

Have fun trying it out, and remember to post your impressions of NXT on a Pi. "


If you don't know what these feature sets mean, what you need to know is that the world you used to know will no longer be the same in ~1 to 2 years...Spend 30 mins to browse the resources below to understand this world changing innovation

Detailed nxt overview
http://nxtcrypto.wikia.com/wiki/Nxt_Wiki
http://nxtcrypto.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nxt

Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oAiCOWLtn4 nxt intro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8dLMoZLMzM nxt intro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1FTzBjy_8Q how forging works


If you manage to get your accounts up, respond with you nxt account addresses and you will be rewarded by several of the moderators coming to this forum post from the nxt community. Thank you guys. :)

Ola
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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:09 pm

It was hard for me to determine if this post was spam or not and after that if it really belongs here. I'm sure I will move it later (out of "general") because the post is more about your cryptocurrency and less about the R Pi.

OlaCrypto
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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:12 pm

Jessie wrote:It was hard for me to determine if this post was spam or not and after that if it really belongs here. I'm sure I will move it later (out of "general") because the post is more about your cryptocurrency and less about the R Pi.
I was trying to find the suitable place to place the post. I can assure you it is not spam at all. It is a call to the raspberry pi community to find yet another beneficial use of their devices

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:35 pm

OlaCrypto wrote:
Jessie wrote:It was hard for me to determine if this post was spam or not and after that if it really belongs here. I'm sure I will move it later (out of "general") because the post is more about your cryptocurrency and less about the R Pi.
I was trying to find the suitable place to place the post. I can assure you it is not spam at all. It is a call to the raspberry pi community to find yet another beneficial use of their devices

I also agree this is 100% not spam...we are in dire need of help to secure the Nxt network as we are under constant DDOS attacks which are trying to cripple us....your kind help in guiding us to the appropriate posting area would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:42 pm

All first posts have to be approved by a moderator. I wouldn't have approved it if my final determination was spam.

I will send the OP a PM if it gets moved. Right now I'm just working on xmas and keeping up with all the new users.

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:44 pm

If you're under DDOS attacks, wouldn't putting my RPi out there, with your server software running, expose me to the DDOS attacks? And why are you being attacked with DDOS?
There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand binary, and those that don't.

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:52 pm

This is a long story, bear with me a second. The people that wandered in above asking for help [Ola and landomata] are in the middle of a war, fighting for something they care about very much (and I do too), so they are sleep deprived and a little shell shocked and perhaps sound a little crazed. Before I go on with a few paragraphs of background below in my next post, here's what any responding Raspberry Pi owner is being asked to do, posted as a dispatch from the middle of the struggle:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic ... msg4140793
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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:55 pm

rickseiden wrote:If you're under DDOS attacks, wouldn't putting my RPi out there, with your server software running, expose me to the DDOS attacks?
No, ddos are based on ip number. Every major server gets ddos attacks including the R Pi servers. People just do that cause they can.

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:38 pm

OK, background to all of this.

Maybe you've heard of Bitcoin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin) in the news lately, maybe not. It's a new kind of digital money that was started five years ago that has grown into a billion-dollar business today. It depends on volunteers running computers in the background (for a Bitcoin profit) to solve increasingly harder cryptographic puzzles that secure the holdings of its (explosively) growing user base. Although Bitcoin is reasonably healthy today, it is a distinct possibility that in the next few years it will fail as the scaling of the background computers becomes too much to sustain. In the meantime, since the original bitcoin source code is public domain, there have been 50-75 "me-too" competitors to Bitcoin that have popped up. They tweak relatively minor aspects of the Bitcoin code to claim an advantage, but bottom-line they all share the same "need-ever-more-computers-to-solve-harder-crypto-puzzles (Proof-of-Work or PoW)" feature / flaw of the original Bitcoin.

NXT (pronounced "next") is a proposed alternative to Bitcoin. It has been written from the ground up in Java by a huge and growing group of developers (read about them here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=303898.0 and here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=345619.0 ) and uses the end-user wallet software in a peer-to-peer network to secure the transactions, not a separate class of "miner" computers running separately in the background. It also has many new features that Bitcoin lacks. Many people, me included, think it is the future of digital money and the logical successor to Bitcoin. It is currently in beta test among limited users and is to be publically released on January 3, 2014 - the 5th anniversary of the Bitcoin launch.

There's multi-millions of real dollars at stake here, and Bitcoin is not going to give up the throne without a fight. To that end, the ongoing beta test of NXT has been sabotaged by an unknown assailant launching a DDoS attack against NXT and trying to spoil its rollout next week. This attack floods the internet with junk packets aimed at the (currently relatively few) computers running the NXT software, swamping them and causing fatal loss of communication in the NXT network. If only there were LOTS more computers that could quickly be added to the NXT network and keep it going...

That's where the Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi users come in. The NXT developers have come up with a tweaked package of their software that will run on a Raspberry Pi. If you run this software, load the resulting wallet with 1 to 10 NXT coins, and leave the Raspberry Pi running and hooked up to the internet, then you have helped the NXT network grow stronger. Thank you.

What's in it for you? Getting in on the ground floor of a new digital currency that may well become as big as Bitcoin, a lot faster than Bitcoin did. Maybe you read this story: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2 ... -oslo-home . There's no guarantee that will ever happen again, but it might. As an initial investor in NXT, you can get some initial free coins to run in your Raspberry Pi NXT wallet from many sources (https://nextcoin.org/index.php/board,29.0.html) and even buy significantly more if you choose from official exchanges like dgex.com. However, at this stage you should view NXT as nothing more that a SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT; don't risk money you can't afford to lose!

NXT is a deep subject and this is a very brief overview. But if you investigate it and decide to help by turning your Raspberry Pi into a NXT node for a few weeks through the January 3 launch, you would be getting the appreciation of many fine people. And possibly helping to create the future.

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:30 pm

Jessie wrote:No, ddos are based on ip number. Every major server gets ddos attacks including the R Pi servers. People just do that cause they can.
I know that. But here's a network of computers already being attacked, and now they want me to add my computer to their network. My IP will eventually get exposed as a new IP on the target network, and I could be targeted. I don't like the idea of putting my Raspberry Pi, or my home network, in a position where there is kind of risk involved. I like the idea of NxT, and if they could assure me that safeguards are in place to stop my IP address from going public as part of their network (I know my IP is public all the time, but no one cares about little old me, so no one tries to DDOS me), I might consider joining up. I'm just scared, really.
There are 10 types of people in this world. Those that understand binary, and those that don't.

OlaCrypto
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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:07 am

rickseiden wrote:
Jessie wrote:No, ddos are based on ip number. Every major server gets ddos attacks including the R Pi servers. People just do that cause they can.
I know that. But here's a network of computers already being attacked, and now they want me to add my computer to their network. My IP will eventually get exposed as a new IP on the target network, and I could be targeted. I don't like the idea of putting my Raspberry Pi, or my home network, in a position where there is kind of risk involved. I like the idea of NxT, and if they could assure me that safeguards are in place to stop my IP address from going public as part of their network (I know my IP is public all the time, but no one cares about little old me, so no one tries to DDOS me), I might consider joining up. I'm just scared, really.
Hey there, I want you to know that there is absolute no risk to your device. The worse that can happen is to have several of these rogue computers requesting information from you excessively causing you not to be able to communicate with other node. And this is what we are trying to solve by adding more nodes by people like you with devices like yours, its a chicken and egg problem. Hopefully we can get more raspberrypi users to participate to render the annoying attack useless. Thank you for your consideration.

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:50 am

I'm curious about these crypto currencies, and I decided to install NXT on a fresh installed raspberryPi. I can leave it running as long as it does not create any problem on my network and internet connection.

I followed your simplified installation guide, browsed to http://192.168.0.x:7874, unlock the account with a big passphrase.
I see blocks, peers, transactions,...

Now, how can I check it is actually working correctly? Should I give your my nxt key?
My web site : https://codingfield.com

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:11 pm

Once you get an installation of NXT running on a raspberry pi and have it running quietly in the background on your corner of the internet, post your numeric only account number here on this forum and somebody will send you 10 NXT coins. This account number is in the upper left of your browser window, beside the unlocked padlock icon. Once your coins are processed by the network you have joined, you will see them in the upper right corner of the browser window. Happy NXTing!

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:23 pm

Ah ok, thanks. So, my account number is 15476939325729419053. It's running for ~10 hours, now.
My web site : https://codingfield.com

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:12 pm

Account #5193429875934354302

Figuring out how to unlock the account was a bit of a struggle.
The most important leg of a three legged stool is the one that's missing.
It's called thinking. Why don't you try it sometime?

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:30 pm

:D Ola thanks just got my pi and give your advice a go and wow just gone and done - took me an hour inc the time to watch the vids etc. Was good fun.

NXT acc no.: 12601929133854428455

Thnx :)

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:20 pm

10 NXT (currently worth around 1 USD total) sent to JF002, Jednorozec and RaspberryJonny. Scheduled to show up within 24 hours, should show up much sooner.

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:19 am

Successfully running on rPi: 181430055173034565530

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Fri Dec 27, 2013 11:33 am

10 NXT (currently worth around 1 USD total) sent to synace. Scheduled to show up within 24 hours, should show up much sooner.

A so-called "faucet" to obtain small numbers of free NXT coins for new account validation has been set up at http://nxtra.org/faucet/ . Future new Raspberry Pi NXT accounts should go there at the end of your setup to load your wallet and verify you are on the NXT network.

Happy NXTing, and thanks for participating!

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:36 pm

JF002 wrote:Ah ok, thanks. So, my account number is 15476939325729419053. It's running for ~10 hours, now.

Please defer to rickyjames for payment

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:36 pm

RaspberryJonny wrote::D Ola thanks just got my pi and give your advice a go and wow just gone and done - took me an hour inc the time to watch the vids etc. Was good fun.

NXT acc no.: 12601929133854428455

Thnx :)
I am glad you enjoyed it Please defer to rickyjames for payment

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Fri Dec 27, 2013 7:37 pm

rickyjames wrote:10 NXT (currently worth around 1 USD total) sent to synace. Scheduled to show up within 24 hours, should show up much sooner.

A so-called "faucet" to obtain small numbers of free NXT coins for new account validation has been set up at http://nxtra.org/faucet/ . Future new Raspberry Pi NXT accounts should go there at the end of your setup to load your wallet and verify you are on the NXT network.

Happy NXTing, and thanks for participating!

Thanks for your work and payments ricky

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:36 am

Hi, my Pi up and Fly
NXT acc no.: 4725458594010414912

Thanks for introducing to NXT

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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:39 pm

Hi,
When I open the browser and key in the Pi-NXT servers IP:7875 I got following message:

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java.lang.NullPointerException
I click it away and can unlock my account. But no active peers can be seen.
Further more, on the Pi-NXT server console following message appears:

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2013-12-28 16:29:30.760:WARN:oejs.DoSFilter:qtp8225998-27: DOS ALERT: Request delayed=2000ms ip=192.168.80.101,session=null,user=null
The mentioned IP is that one of my Laptop I just opened the browser and try to connect.
Is there something to worry?

Edit, 2013-12-31, after some study I can answer myself (I'm still quite new to nxt, please correct where needed):
"java.lang.NullPointerException" can be solved easily:
1. stop nxt server (ctrl-c)
2. copy this 3 files (blockchain.nrs, blocks.nxt, transactions.nxt) from the original "nxt_rasppi.tar.gz" to the nxt folder (overwrite existing)
3. start nxt server
Reson for this issue is an unclean/forced shut down of the nxt server. Always stop with ctrl-c and wait till it is shut down properly.

Regarding mentioned "DOS ALERT", after taking a close look to the CPU-usage of my Pi I think its just not powerful enough to forge and gets overloaded -> therefore the "dos alert". But to support the network Pi works all fine, since 3 days already.... since 1h as 0.4.8....

Edit, 2013-01-02,
With the updated RPi package of "davethetrousers" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic ... msg4140793) all is very nice and smooth... many thanks
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Re: Help Bootstrap "NXT" an innovative successor to Bitcoin

Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:14 pm

I'm highly sceptic of cryptographic money. Had a look at Bitcoin when it was still a niche, and concluded that it was a pyramid-structure with a pre-determined end: early adopters made real money, the rest looses out because of the real monetary value of the mined coins. Haven't studied NXT, but I fear it'll have the same outcome. Message contents above emphasize this not-very-good-gut feeling. Therefore, I shall not participate and ask the moderators to reconsider retaining this thread.

Mind, I understand those who have committed themselves to this scheme not to be very impressed and in no way I want to derogate their commitment and work they've put in. I just have the opinion they've put their skills and resources in the wrong basket.

NOTE: I must clearly state that I have no connection with any cryptographic money-making scheme anywhere! The above is my personal opinion, you have the right to a different one! :geek: :mrgreen:

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