A Response to ZeroNoncense’s Nonsense

June 23, 2019

Earlier today, I came across a series of defamatory statements written by James Edwards, also known as “ZeroNoncense” and “ProofOfResearch”, in the CryptoMedication Telegram channel. The statements revolved around Edwards’ conspiracy theories, and accused several people of being “compromised’ with “Binance and Bitmax/Torque Ventures dominat[ing] the IEO space unethically.” Quite frankly, I’m confused about why Edwards decided to throw my name onto his list of unethical IEO advertisers. I don’t invest in or talk about IEOs. Nevertheless, let’s take some time to go through Edwards’ outlandish claims.

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ICON’s ICX Staking Reward Model

June 17, 2019

In ICON’s initial network design, public representatives (P-Reps) had the power to influence ICX reward rates. Recently, ICON Foundation decided to change the reward model to reduce the power of P-Reps. In the network’s current state, the ICX reward rate is a function of the percentage of network staked, and there are no other contributing factors. In this post, we’ll discuss how the ICX reward rate is calculated, along with the economic implications of a lowly staked network versus a highly staked one.

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Clarifying ICON’s IISS & Pre-Voting Update

May 20, 2019

Last week, ICON announced a major change to IISS (ICON Incentive Scoring System), and provided details about the upcoming P-Rep pre-voting period. In this post, we’ll discuss the changes to IISS, as well as what kind of ICX rewards ICONists can expect to see during the pre-voting period in August.

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How to Speed up Your WordPress Site with Autoptimize

May 11, 2019

Autoptimize is a popular WordPress optimization plugin. Unlike other plugins like WP-Rocket and WP Super Cache, Autoptimize is strictly an optimization plugin. It doesn’t offer any page or object caching features, so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re looking for a plugin that also supports caching. In addition to Kinsta’s “must-use” caching plugin, Autoptimize is the only optimization plugin I use on this website to get a load time of 600 ms or less on most pages. In this post, I’ll share my Autoptimize settings, and teach you how to use this plugin to speed up your WordPress site.

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How to Disable WP-Cron to Increase WordPress Performance

May 9, 2019

A cron job is a server command that automatically executes at a predefined time. In the context of WordPress and other content management systems, cron jobs are useful for tasks like updating plugins every two weeks, running a database optimization routine every other night at 2 AM, exporting a CSV file containing sales data every 4 hours, and more.

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