CEO of Polybius Group to start in January 2018 January 15, 2018 at 02:12PM

This year’s New Year celebration will be particularly special for us at Polybius. Aside from the usual festivities, we will also celebrate our CEO joining the team in January 2018. Agreement with the new head of Polybius Group was reached in October 2017.


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Nader Al-Naji, a Princeton Graduate and Co-founder of Intangible Labs, is Working on Creating an Algorithmic Central Bank January 07, 2018 at 03:01PM

Basecoin is a project by Intangible Labs, where Al-Naji and two other Princeton graduates are developing a new cryptocurrency that has all the benefits of traditional cryptocurrencies, such as privacy, anonymity, and full decentralization, but also a rules-based monetary policy built into its blockc


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Brad Garlinghouse: Cryptocurrencies will fundamentally transform the way global commerce is managed January 07, 2018 at 03:01PM

Ripple (XRP), a top five cryptocurrency with a $43.6 billion market capitalization, has increased over 50% in the past 24 hours. As of December 21 2017, according to CoinMarketCap, Ripple ranks fourth on market cap, just behind the digital money giants Bitcoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash.


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What does good open data look like? January 06, 2018 at 03:35PM

Governments and organisations are collecting increasing amounts of data on everything from the weather, to shopping habits, to the how public money is spent. This represents a huge opportunity for improving the provision of public services and spurring inclusive economic growth.


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What is Wraith Protocol? January 06, 2018 at 03:01PM

Verge Blackpaper v3.0 has been released and Wraith Protocol, the upcoming major update to Verge Currency, is approaching.


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Preventing burnout for programmers January 05, 2018 at 09:55PM

It’s not rare in the field of programming to burn out and lose passion for your work. Just look at all these questions that arise, and the number of upvotes they get: These articles act as an evidence that burnout is a real and common phenomenon in IT industry.


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Our stance on the Segwit2x hard fork. January 03, 2018 at 04:01AM

On May 2017, we were invited to be for or against a phrase that read “I/we agree to immediately support the activation of Segregated Witness and commit to effectuate a block size increase to 2MB within 12 months”.


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Former Joint Chiefs chairman: Nuclear war with North Korea closer than ever January 01, 2018 at 09:06PM

Washington (CNN)The United States is “closer to a nuclear war with North Korea” than ever, Adm. Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday, adding that he does not “see the opportunities to solve this diplomatically at this particular point.”


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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch from Jesse Watson on Vimeo.Follow...

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch from Jesse Watson on Vimeo.

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Timelapse video of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg AFB as seen from Yuma, Arizona

I’ve been following the SpaceX launches online for some time now and have been in awe of the footage I’ve seen. I found out about this specific launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base a few days prior to the event. I wanted to capture this amazing spectacle in a fashion that I haven’t seen previously, as most of what I have seen is cell phones video or news reels.

This particular launch was close to my hometown in Yuma, Arizona, roughly 400 miles away but perfectly viewable for people in Arizona. I’ve one previous rocket launch years ago from White Sands Missile range in the morning time at sunrise and knew with the correct lighting from sunset that this launch had the opportunity to pop in a dramatic fashion.

I scouted four locations that had foregrounds to add depth to the imagery and was uniquely inspiring to my hometown. Location choices were between a favorite local hiking mountain, the Imperial Sand Dunes, or a small hill that resides in the historic downtown area overlooking the city. I ended up choosing the location that overlooked the city, partially because it was the easiest to access with all of my time-lapse gear. I used The Photographer’s Ephemeris and Google Maps to help scouting and initial line up.

I have never shot a rocket launch before, so I did not know exactly what to expect as far as exposure or precise location of the rocket in the horizon. I wanted to be prepared to capture comprehensive coverage of the spectacle. Therefore I packed four cameras and five lenses, to cover wide to telephoto details of the scene. Three of the cameras were rolling time-lapse and 1 was setup for telephoto video.

I arrived about two hours before launch time (1827 Arizona time) to have my gear prepped and ready for action. I started rolling the time-lapse sequences about 45 minutes prior to launch to capture some lead in footage. 1827 came by and I didn’t see anything, I was a little disheartened at first thinking maybe it wouldn’t show up or that something happened and they did not launch, but continued to roll the time-lapses. Then after what seemed like ages, but in reality probably only a minute or two the Falcon 9 rocket blasted into the horizon and my cameras’ field of view.

I was a little off target on my initial shot, but thanks to the high resolution aspect of shooting time-lapse on the Nikon D810 and wide angle lens, I was able to crop into the 6K time-lapse sequence and salvage the framing. I wrapped up a few minutes after the glowing contrail faded. I ended up shooting 2452 images and culled that down to 1315 images for the final project edited in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Etherparty & RSK Partnership Fuels the Future Adoption of Smart Contract Technology December 31, 2017 at 05:21PM

Seasons Greetings Everyone! The Etherparty team is delighted to provide the latest update on our Partnership with RSK which was announced this past August. The RSK integration has now been completed and is available on the Etherparty platform beta for registered users to test.


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