Bitcoin [BTC] has always dominated the cryptocurrency market in terms of market cap, as well as trading volume [Despite USDT recently recording a higher 24-hour trading volume]. However, the king coin’s community and that of the privacy-centric Monero, have always been at loggerheads.
In Monero Talk‘s latest live stream hosted by Douglas Tuman, noted developer Jethro Grassie spoke about Bitcoin’s shortcomings and the privacy coin, Monero. Weighing the pros and cons of the two coins, this edition highlighted that Monero is vulnerable to undetected inflation, just as much as Bitcoin is susceptible to private keys being decoded from public keys. Tuman stated,
“If it’s about security then Bitcoin is really just as vulnerable as Monero is on those in those terms because they both rely on this discreet logarithm not being broken”
The talk featured Jethro Grassie, a Monero developer, who spoke about Bitcoin’s shortcomings, especially the transparent ledger, and claimed that early assumptions regarding the king coin tuned out to be a “load of crap.”
What triggered Grassie the most is one of Bitcoin’s community members ranting that Monero couldn’t audit the security of the commitments because there was no formal order, as they were perfectly hiding and ‘only’ computationally binding.
The developer clarified that computational binding is fundamental to elliptic curve cryptography, which is the hardness of the elliptic curve discrete logarithm problem. Hence, saying “only computationally binding,” is kind of a misdirection, according to Grassie.
He added that anybody without a clear understanding of the hardness, who starts ranting about the weakness in Monero and hints at potential hidden inflation is basically spouting “nonsense”.
Talking about Bitcoin core devs’ reluctance to add confidential transactions for the purpose of anonymity, Douglas Tuman pointed out that Bitcoin “maximalists” prioritize keeping the coin secure, over implementing tools like the one aforementioned. The host also argued the need for using the “security protocol,” if Bitcoin is not “digital cash” in the first place. He went on to say that Bitcoin had almost “given up the pursuit of being digital cash.”
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ErisX goes all hands on deck to launch a Bitcoin Futures market
ErisX’s CSO, Matt Trudeau, detailed the company’s four important plans for the future, which includes launching a spot market, to secure a Bit License, DCO, and to launch a futures market.
ErisX currently has a DCM contract, which is a Derivative Contract Market that allows ErisX to run a CFTC-regulated futures exchange. However, ErisX aims to get a DCO [Derivatives Organization], which will effectively allow it to run a CFTC-regulated clearinghouse. A clearinghouse would mean that ErisX can take control of the custody of the assets and clear and settled trades.
The CSO explained the benefit of this, stating,
“There is some efficiency for firms like producers [like mining companies]; if they need to hedge their inventory or need liquidity on a spot market, they could do that conveniently on a single platform. “
Trudeau added that from the “post-trade standpoint” and “the collateral management standpoint,” ErisX would have cash, crypto, and the futures, all stored in their clearinghouse. This would boost efficiency since it would be available for all customers under a single platform. The CSO added,
“… so there is some efficiency in terms of managing collateral, if you don’t have assets on multiple platforms, it can all be in our clearinghouse.”
Apart from the aforementioned plans, Trudeau added that the crypto-industry needs to mature more and that ErisX plans to make a significant contribution to that. He added,
“The market is professionalizing and we think that in terms of what institutions are expecting from a trading/custody experience, we will bring some of the solutions to the market and that’s really the foundational pieces that they are looking in order to build their businesses on top of us.”
Apart from ErisX, LedgerX has also received a go-sign from the CFTC to settle Bitcoin Futures in Bitcoins. Other exchanges include Intercontinental Exchange’s Bakkt and Seed CX.
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