Founding President of the Bitcoin Association Jimmy Nguyen is back on the road again, and this week, he’s updating us on the latest developments in the Bitcoin SV (BSV) ecosystem from Jamaica. The Caribbean island nation was an appropriate place to talk about the Bitcoin Vision, given that Nguyen was in the area for an event called the Visionary Summit, in which he shared the story of BSV, and how it is truly restoring the Satoshi Vision for Bitcoin, with leaders in private enterprise, government and academia.
The BSV ecosystem remains abuzz with the business of scaling. After all, it was only recently that the network saw its record-breaking blocks: On March 28, 113MB block were mined on BSV, followed by the first 128MB block mined by nChain’s BMG Pool two days later on March 30. More big blocks followed, and yet another 128MB block was mined by CoinGeek Mining on March 31.
Ryan X. Charles and the Money Button team get a lot of credit for these record-breaking blocks. The BitPaste app and Money Button allowed Ryan to fill three of these record-setting blocks with high-resolution pictures of San Francisco, uploading transactions using tools already available to the public.
The large block sizes are already big news for the network, but even more so for the miners. The 128MB blocks delivered transaction fees for the successful miner of 1.279 BSV, which is another 10+% of miner revenue on top of the normal 12.5 BSV block reward. Nguyen explains:
“The greater transaction fees that were earned on this big blocks is demonstrating the economics of Satoshi Vision at work. Satoshi always envisioned that as the block reward continually cut in half, miners have to earn more in transaction fees with greater transaction fee volumes to make up for the lost block reward and to continue to have mining state profitable. This is why we need blocks to continually get bigger and bigger to massive sizes so that the blocks can fit larger amounts of data, varied types of transactions such as the file uploads you’ve been seeing, payment transactions of course, smart contracts, tokens, internet of things, device communications management, and a whole array of other types of transactions you can do on BSV.”
Still on the mining news, the BSV network has also welcomed a new mining group—Kpool. The mining pool has quickly contributed significant hash to the network, quickly becoming one of the top three mining groups on BSV. The network is always happy to welcome more mining pools and groups, so if you believe in the Satoshi Vision, come mine on BSV today.
On the applications and services front, a new BSV protocol—D://Protocol—has been added to the BSV/DEVS directory. This dynamic Bitcoin protocol allows users to update content on the BSV chain by using D:// instead of B://. Check it out here.
Another win for Bitcoin SV is the launch of The White Wallet by The White Company. This is the first wallet that lets customers pay for their Amazon, Uber, Steam, and iTunes purchases with BSV. The White Wallet also allows cash withdrawals and use of prepaid Visa and Mastercard in 10 fiat currencies. Learn more about The White Wallet here.
This week’s Satoshi shoutout goes to the Centbee team, which has set a precedent for real BSV adoption in South Africa. Using a digital voucher program and Centbee wallet, users in South Africa can now easily buy Bitcoin SV at many major retailers with fiat, cash or credit card. Currently, there are already 50,000 locations participating, including Pick N Pay, gas stations, malls, liquor stores, and even Absa Bank.
While you’re at it, also check out the previous episodes of The Bitcoin Vision here.
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