Setup PAI Coin Full Node with Tor Support

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

This HOWTO assumes you will be setting up a seed node with no wallet enabled. It is noted in steps the option to add wallet support if desired.

Install dependencies:

sudo apt-get install build-essential libtool autotools-dev automake pkg-config libssl-dev libevent-dev bsdmainutils python3

Boost dependencies:

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Using Qubes OS for Fun and Profit

Note: This review assumes the reader has a basic understanding of what Qubes OS is and how it works. Please refer to their site for introductory information.

I have been using Qubes OS full time for about six months. The design and architecture have intrigued me for much longer than I have been using it. One of the main hurdles to using Qubes OS is the hardware compatibility needs. My old computer had some issues, so I bought a Dell XPS with i7 Intel processor and 16+GB RAM. My chance had come to give Qubes OS a real try.

Being that I am a full-time consultant for DevOps, Information Security, and Cloud Architecture my needs were a bit different from your average user. With multiple clients with many logins and VPNs, it can be tricky using one main OS (Linux) with VMs.

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Challenges and Solutions for Tech Companies Doing Business in China

China is a unique challenge for building infrastructure for SaaS or App based services. Unlike other (or most other) countries in the world, China has additional hurdles to overcome to offer services to Mainland China effectively.

From the legal standpoint, there is the ICP license is required for every domain name used in China. So it is a challenge for outside companies to get a license since they are outside of China. Many must partner with 3rd parties to obtain this license. Cloud providers like Tencent or AliCloud help users to gain use their license. So once you have your ICP taken care of you must now build cloud infrastructure.

One big issue with trying to work from outside China to service providers inside is what referred to as “The Great Firewall of China” is a state-run firewall that filters content and ports used for services the Chinese government has an issue. A recent example is their crackdown on the use of VPN (Virtual Private Networks) which are frequently used to circumvent the content blocking. However, for administrators are used to connect to cloud providers to manage services securely.

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Decentralizing the Internet Is Only the Start to Reclaiming Privacy

There is much backlash going on over Facebook’s revelations of user data being in the hands of Cambridge Analytica and perhaps many more. Not much of a surprise to more technical users who are more familiar with the surveillance economy as it is now known. People for going on decades have given away their digital identities in exchange for some free services. It is a somewhat timely moment of clarity for Internet users as a whole since it coincides with the explosion of blockchain and other decentralized services and projects.

Now is the time to seize on the backlash and reclaim our privacy online as not just a country but as the Internet as a whole.

There are many good open source and decentralized projects for social media and Facebook equivalents. The real issue comes down to user adoption and supporting the developers.

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Anonymous Smart Contract Driven Orgs and Funds

One of the biggest things that first came out of Bitcoin and blockchain was initially Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs).  This concept has evolved with Colored Coins, Counterparty, and Ethereum since then.  Of course there have been (big!) bumps in the road. The Ethereum DAO being seen as securities by the SEC is one good example.  Along with the DAO hack which wreaked havoc and caused a lot of drama.

But in hindsight these were all just growing pains of a young technology. Not to say these were not big issues. But with any new technologies there are some casualties. When real world money is involved this can make things more painful for those affected.

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