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Monday Monero Missives (weekly report) - October 6th, 2014

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Monero Monday Missives
October 6th, 2014
Hello, and welcome to our thirteenth Monero Monday Missive! You'll notice a slight change in name - as of today we will be putting out a Missive every Monday. We want to start shifting the Missive from an announcement platform to a "week in review" platform. Traditionally the Missives have been a place for announcements, but all that is about to change.
Major Updates
1. We are happy to announce the launch of the official Monero forum. You can find it at
Instead of using something existing and off-the-shelf we wrote our own. There were several reasons for this, but the primary reason is that there is functionality we required that simply does not exist in existing forum software. Additionally, the nature of forums has hardly changed in well over 20 years (phpBB was released in 2000, SMF that is used on Bitcointalk was released in 2003). The forum software will be open-sourced and released soon. You will find the following features on the new forum of interest:
3. We have have been working hard in the background on the codebase, and the following additions are available in the source repository:
4. The Monero Research Lab is glad to release a new Research Bulletin, MRL-0003, entitled "Monero is Not That Mysterious". In it, the Monero ring signatures are broken down and analysed both cryptographically and mathematically. In conjunction with that, we are happy to announce the release of MiniNero, a Python implementation of the Monero ring signatures. This is a very basic reimplementation that produces valid ring signatures that are nearly Monero compatible, although slight differences occur due to the hashing and packing algorithms. You can find the MiniNero source code on Github:
5. Monero has been added to the Cryptsy voting list, and within a few short days it has shot up to number 2 on the voting list. Thanks to all that have voted and continue to vote!
Dev Diary
Core: file checkpointing. This is in the form of a checkpoints.json file added to the config_folder. This file is checked every 10 minutes, and new checkpoints are always enforced (it is assumed that if an attacker has write access to your config_folder they can just modify your blockchain without needing to do anything else). At its simplest, the file follows this format:
{ "hashlines": [{ "hash": "7cb10e29d67e1c069e6e11b17d30b809724255fee2f6868dc14cfc6ed44dfb25", "height": 22231 },{ "hash": "bbd604d2ba11ba27935e006ed39c9bfdd99b76bf4a50654bc1e1e61217962698", "height": 202612 }] } 
Core: DNS checkpointing. This scans TXT records on the domains every hour and, unless an enforce flag is set, notifies the user where checkpoints do not match. The records are all DNSSEC secured, although there is still some work to be done to provide cross-platform root trust anchors.
Build: the build system is a little precarious at the moment. We are working hard on improving it so that builds are easier and less problematic. Our focus is always on making sure the that "usual" dynamic build works, and static builds are thus a secondary concern. At this stage, static builds require a bit of massaging that we hope to have sorted out by the next tagged release.
Core: dga has kindly spend some time annotating and documenting the PoW algorithm in code. If you are working with the PoW algorithm you may find his notes in slow_hash.c to be extremely useful and revealing.
Until next week!
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Using Uber RUSH for sending cash for a local trade

Today I learned of Uber RUSH messenger service in Manhattan:
One of the inconveniences in doing a local trade is in actually delivering the cash to the party selling the coins.
A messenger / courier service would be a great way to do this except who wants to hand over an envelope with a thousand bucks in it to some kid on a bike and hope the money makes it to the intended recipient?
Well, Uber RUSH is an innovation that helps lessen the risks. They provide location tracking and ETA info (available to sender, but sender can share that feature with the recipient). Additionally, by default the service requires that the messenger take a picture of the recipient's government-issued ID (though the sender can request that the ID verification be waived.) Further, Uber claims to perform stringent background checks and in-person interview before hiring the messengers.
A similar service, Postmates, is available in San Francisco, NYC, Chicago, DC, and Seattle):
This still requires some level of trust (e.g., trader history in LocalBitcoins, or Bitcoin-OTC Web of Trust / WOT) -- or an escrow service can be used too.
Thoughts on this?
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