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Chinese Principal Fired for Mining Crypto on School’s Electricity

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Free electricity is usually seen as an opportunity to mine cryptos. However, luck ran out on the Principal of a school in China who was discovered to be using the school’s electricity for mining. The principal, Lei Hua has been fired for using the electricity of the school to mine Ethereum. Lei Hua who was the principal of Puman Middle School, Chenzhou had set up an Ethereum mining operation with 8 mining rigs, which had been running for an undisclosed period of time.

South China Morning reports that the principal started the mining operations from home last year in June. However, his mining machine which is worth 10,000 yuan, consumed more than 21 kilowatt-hours power per day. The principal had to switch to another source of power in order not to pay the rising bill. His solution was to relocate the machine to the school.
For 12 months, the principal managed to deceive everyone and even when the electricity bill became high, he blamed the power consumption on the school’s air conditioners (ACs) and heaters. The principal was not the only one involved as the deputy headmaster of the school was also mining Ethereum using the same power supply of the school. However, the mining activity kept interfering with the school’s computer network making it difficult to teach normally.

Things came to a halt when the operation was eventually uncovered by staff members who were curious about the whirring noise that was heard continuously all day and night in the school. In October, principal Lei was fired from his post, while the deputy headmaster was given a warning. The money realized from the illicit mining has been seized by the local authority. Although Officials did not specify how much money was recovered.

China has placed strict restrictions on over the counter (OTC) and pair to pair (P2P) trading. However, despite the government’s strictness on bitcoin mining,  the mining of cryptocurrencies is still ongoing in China.

 

What do you think about stealing power to mine cryptocurrencies? Share your opinion with us in the comment section below.

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PAXFUL IN THE NEWS FOR THE WRONG REASONS

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Paxful In The news for the Wrong Reasons

It is no news that Paxful stands as one of the renowned bitcoin trading platforms in the world. Interestingly, the company has built a global reputation in the few years of its existence having established one of its biggest markets in Africa.

 

According to Paxful Team, over 300 ways exists through which payments can be made for the purchase of bitcoins. Among the lot are through the use of:

 

  1. Gift Cards– iTunes, amazon, OneVanilla Gift Cards VISA?MasterCard,Target, GameStop, BestBuy,walMart and many more.

 

  1. Cash Deposits– Western Union, MoneyGram, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, COOP Credit Unions, TD Bank, SEPA, National Bank transfers Nigerian Banks, SEPA, Wire transfer(domestic and swift) to mention a few.

 

  1. Online Transfers– PayPal, Serve to Serve, Skrill, NetSpend, PerfectMoney, OkPay and other major online wallets

 

  1. Digital Currencies– Ethereum, Litecoin, Eos, Tether, Cardano, Monero and including many other new coins and tokens.

 

With all these services available on the paxful exchange, one would rather believe that there exist a very healthy communication flow between the company and the customers. However this doesn’t seem to be the case as many traders on the platform recently observed an unexplained denial of access to their accounts.

 

Nigeria which happens to be the company’s biggest markets in Africa and is second to the Paxful market in America, have continued to support the company via continuous use of the platform.

With these locally done transactions which have to a great extent, generated huge capitals for the company, one would think a well structured company such as Paxful would have the courtesy to put in place a stand-on live service center which would act as support center and play an active role in resolution of complaints between customers and the global business magnet.

 

Unfortunately, reports reaching us is that Paxful makes use of Bots rather than Humans in attending to support-related issues and even in dispatching mails. One would argue that the above allegation if true, might not hold water as any company – in a bit to promptly service the needs of her clients, can adopt the use of any available means to disseminate information. However, if the said purpose for the adoption of automatic mailing and communication is defeated, then there is obvious need to raise and eye brow on Paxful’s transparency.

 

Recently, a number of Paxful Users took to twitter to tell their story of how Paxful had illegally frozen their accounts and have since started a trend “PaxfulNGisAScam”

 

These negative comments began a while after the Bot support stopped responding to the numerous support tickets. Paxful’s Under-performing customer relations might have done just enough to earn it a name in the blacklists of Cryptotraders and investors.

 

It is expected that Paxful and  CEO Ray Youssef  will respond to these allegations in an official statement or maybe their bots will do just that. Let us know your experiences.

 

In the mean time we ask questions like: Is this yet another reason why we need decentralized exchanges?

 

 

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Bitcoin Makes the long awaited $4,000 Mark

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Sunday, the 17th of March will be on the records for having the top 20 cryptocurrencies reporting to have sighted good points and losses in one day.

Bitcoin (BTC) has pushed back just over the $4,000 mark, according to CoinMarketCap data. At press time, the price of Bitcoin was $3,962 however it gained a 1.05% increase within 24 hours. From the weekly chart, the current price is over 2.4 percent higher than the price at which Bitcoin started the week.

Among the top 20 cryptocurrencies, other than ETH, only five coins are seeing an over 1 percent change on the day to press time — Bitcoin SV (BSV), Monero (XMR), Iota (MIOTA), Ontology (ONT) and Nem (XEM).

The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies is currently hovering just under $140 billion at $139.9 billion, which is about four percent higher than $134.3 billion, the value it reported a week ago.

Ethereum (ETH) is holding onto its position as the largest altcoin by market cap, which is at about $14.7 billion. The second-largest altcoin, Ripple (XRP), has a market cap of about $13.1 billion by press time.

As Cointelegraph reported yesterday, Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin said that he expects the global economy will be 10 times larger in 10 to 20 years, when blockchain is fully ramified, and that blockchain will be involved in most of it.

Speaking at Austin’s SXSW conference on March 15, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets at the United States Securities and Exchanges Commission, Valerie Szczepanik, reportedly noted that stablecoins could experience issues under current securities laws.

However, we are hopeful that Bitcoin will continue on its upward climb.

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5 Lies Frequently Told About Bitcoin and The Truth You Need to know

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5 lies about bitcoin

Since its creation in 2009, Bitcoin has gained a lot of popularity. However, with this popularity comes some “untruths” that some people or authorities spread. Gaius, in his recently published book, takes a look at 5 lies that are frequently told about Bitcoin.

1.Bitcoin is MMM: No, Bitcoin is not related to any Ponzi scheme. It is a digital currency and not a pyramid scheme where you rob Peter to pay Paul.

2. Bitcoin will make you rich instantly: this is a total lie. It took me 5 years to gain profit from my initial investment in Bitcoin. If you want to get rich instantaneously bitcoin isn’t for you.

3. To own Bitcoin, you must “buy at least one Whole Bitcoin”. This is not true as Bitcoins are divisible to eight decimal places, or 1/100 millionth of a bitcoin called satoshis. This means you can own bitcoin worth a thousand naira or even a hundred naira.

4. Bitcoins does not have any intrinsic value: Most people fear that Bitcoin lacks value because it’s supply is finite but this is a lie as Bitcoins offers a safer, faster, cheaper transaction network. Since people utilise it for transactions, it has value.

5. Bitcoin can be used for illegal activities more than cash: This is a lie because Bitcoin can be easily traced and offers less anonymity than cash. So while criminals prefer cash, investigators prefer Bitcoin as it is easier to catch these criminals.

These excerpts are from his my best selling book “How Bitcoin Changed My Life” now on Amazon. Get a copy.

 

Do you share similar views with Gaius?  If yes what other lie would you like to add to this list? If no what is your take on the topic? Drop your opinions in the comment section 

 

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How “Use-Case” Inspired Bitfxt Project Success

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Building a regulated platform in blockchain generally, would not classify as a walk in the park. It is even more demanding to take up such challenge in this part of the world where technology is obviously still far below average. To make matters worse, the competition globally- with the likes of Binance introducing their DEX, Huobi Exchange, Bittrex, Poloniex and a whole lot of VC-funded projects that make the playing ground very much uneven for local exchanges sprouting from the black continent of Africa.

#BUIDL CLUB provides an exclusive with Franklin Odoemena the CEO BITFXT, an IT firm that developed one of Africa’s leading cryptocurrency exchange platform. BITFXT portrays transparency, trust and user satisfaction.

 

In this interview,

Frank tells us about how “Use Case” helped him build BITFXT revealing secrets for pursuing a successful carrier within the most populated service area in the ecosystem.

 

In your own words, what would you say blockchain is?

Blockchain is simply an open, public, decentralized ledger for recording any kind of data and and transactions on the internet such that the records are irreversible and unchangeable.

Your Journey into the fast emerging Technology. When, how and through what means did you hear about Blockchain and Cryptocurrency?

I got interested in the technology when I first heard about bitcoin from a senior colleague in the year 2015. My first perception of it is that it is the future of money and that it has the capacity to become a global currency. I got much more interested in it when I performed my first transaction and discovered how fast and cheap it is… though my inability to purchase from coinbase and and the high exchange rate surcharge I got from a couple of other local exchanges available then made decide to provide a simpler and better solution for Africa, that was the birth of bitfxt.

In what areas of blockchain are you most passionate?

Exchange. I am passionate about providing a simpler solution for storing, buying and selling of cryptocurrencies in a seamless manner. I believe that such solution will hasten the adoption of the technology in developing countries. I have a goal of democratizing Africa financially.

 What is Bitfxt?

Bitfxt is an IT firm that deals on deployment and development of software, mobile apps and websites including crypto exchanges, wallets, payment gateways, e-commerce, RFID tracking system, etc on the blockchain. We also aim a pioneering the movement of tokenizing businesses, assets and currencies in Africa.

 What challenges or problems have you identified?

In as much as the hype is all over the place but in my own observations, not everyone truly understands the technology. 99% are in for the money and this is the reason why it will take a lot of people unaware.

When I got involved in the tech, I couldn’t find single developer in Nigeria, I couldn’t find a single trader both on the internet and offline, it was super frustrating. I had to outsource my project to a foreign country of which if we had developers, the money we spent would have gotten to the hands of a fellow Nigerian, thereby, improving on the economy.

 How will your innovation use the blockchain to solve these problems?

Though we started as an exchange where you can list, save, buy and sell cryptocurrencies but we have grown beyond that to solve other problems. Right now, Bitfxt Technology is more of a decentralized IT firm where you can find professional blockchain developers to take on any project you can imagine. So far, we have developed other solutions such as bitfxt cointracker, bitfxt exchange wallet, bxtcoin, bitfxt vault, and much more coming soon

 What milestones do you hope to accomplish in the coming years in the Blockchain Industry?

We want to be known as the largest blockchain IT firm in Africa at large. Lots of people have solutions locked up in their mind but because they dont have the funds and a professional to take on it, they die with the solutions and this is the reason why our coin BXTCOIN, is the official currency of the bitfxt ecosystem. Holders can pay at high discounts using our coin. We also hope to help tokenize Africa and stand as the largest exchange for trading African inspired tokens and coins.

How is your Project contributing to creating blockchain awareness and in turn Mass Adoption?

Our solutions are simple to understand and easy to use, and as such, anybody can easily use them. Our exchange is built with the African market in mind, users can easily connect their wallets to their local bank account in order to buy and sell cryptos and we hope to list more of African inspired projects and list them against other African currencies, I believe this will bring about mass user adoption.

Tell us about your project team?

My project team are made up of people from all works of life who has decided to make a difference in the industry. They are professionals to the core and are highly passionate about the project.

How did you come about the team?

I would say it was by the grace of God. I hand fully picked them one after the other not minding their academic background. I resonate more with passion because passion can drive a man to dare god, so I believe that getting the right people with the right attitude, willingness to learn and commensurate passion mattered more and that is what I go for.

How do you inspire them to give their best?

I try to be a true example of what I expect of them and so, they always pick a cue from my actions, resilience and passion towards the project. I also organize staff meeting once in a while where I ensure share knowledge and inspiration with them. In bitfxt tech limited, we are more of a family and it has helped us bond better.

Despite the obvious hurdles associated with building a start-up, exchanges seem to emerge on a consistent basis. Undoubtedly, most of them do not stand for progress in the ecosystem but those which truly are built with integrity are sure to survive the test of time. One would think this area was already saturated but wait till you hear the name of the next crypto exchange platform in town!

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