I occasionally write, but usually don’t post because a couple months later I’ll realize the flaws in my writing: I guess that means I’m learning. In light of this, I’ve decided to start writing and posting more regularly. Below is a collection of my thoughts, organized from most to least recent. Posts that I’m particularly fond of will have a little preview.
Stellar Quest (Mis)Adventures
2021-05-03 · About 16 minutes long
Good evening fellow Lumenauts!
For those of you who don’t know what Stellar is yet, it’s a cryptocurrency that’s been around since about 2015 by the same guys who made Ripple. I personally find it notable for a couple of reasons:
Instead of using Proof-of-Work or Proof-of-Stake, Stellar uses the Stellar Consensus Protocol, which is a construction of Federated Byzantine Agreement. I’ve written more about (and am working on an implementation of) SCP here, for those interested. Stellar is really fast (e.g. closing times are <5s on average) and environmentally friendly (no mining or farming).