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Eric Wall

Eric Wall is the crypto lead at Cinnober, a company that develops real-time clearing technology for trading venues and clearinghouses.

Reviews by Eric Wall

🔑 2 positive | 💩 9 negative


A *Byzantine* *fault* *tolerant* consensus system's whole purpose is to be designed to handle ANY error or malicious behavior from a subset of the nodes and still reach consensus. In NEO, their system couldn't handle the most simple error of one node.

2018-03-04 | Full Review


EOS is a necessary experiment with decent performance, semi-centralization and invisible fees.

2018-08-13 | Full Review


I am not convinced by Cardano's base-layer security. AFAIK, it's non-slashing PoS (slashing appears to be not decided on yet but unlikely?). I'd be very curious to learn how this doesn't introduce an array of trust assumptions and attack vectors.

2018-10-07 | Full Review

PoW is only secure if an attacker can't conceivably amass 51% hashrate. BCH was *never* secure. This hashwar drama is just a symptom of the broader underlying problem. Reorg protections can't fix it. In reality, BCH's best bet is a hash function change or even a switch to PoS.

2018-11-23 | Full Review


The power of miners is very limited. Try to stop your central bank from diluting your currency by doubling the money supply in the next 30 years. Impossible. Now try doing it in bitcoin. Easy: just run a full node. We'll run them together. It'll work. That's how we got here.

2018-11-19 | Full Review


We have evidence that IOTA intentionally has been misleading their community.

2018-07-31 | Full Review

Binance is the world's fastest profitable unicorn. But can anyone riddle me how their $15MM ICO wasn't an illegal securities offering? Some facts about BNB coin:

- ERC20 token
- Offered to the public
- Founders kept 40%
- Clearly sold as an investment
- ICO before a live product

2018-04-12 | Full Review


If you are satisfied with a solution where the consensus among a small group becomes canonical for the rest of the network, then both XRP or Bitcoin SV are good solutions for you (most cryptocurrency enthusiasts aren't).

2019-01-06 | Full Review


A tailor-made token for a specific use case never makes sense. It goes against the fundamental idea of money. People don't want to have accept payment in things they can't use elsewhere. It's a limitation, not a feature.

To trade in one currency and settle in another requires a liquid market for CVC to other currencies. Who do you think is going to provide that liquidity? Probably someone earning on the spread = hidden fees. For the users, this is the opposite of an optimal economy.

2018-11-01 | Full Review