University of Bahrain to Issue Blockchain Based Diplomas

University plans to use the Blockcerts open standard, developed by the Learning Machine startup
14 January 2019   308

According to Trade Arabia, the University of Bahrain will begin to issue diplomas, based on the blockchain.

For this, the university plans to use the Blockcerts open standard, developed by the Learning Machine startup. This solution involves BTC blockchain.

The demand for secure and interoperable digital records is exploding worldwide. Amidst the growing list of vendors claiming to offer blockchain solutions for secure records and identity, Learning Machine is unique in our triple commitment to vendor-independent open standards, a best-in-class enterprise product, and white glove service. We are thrilled to be working with the University of Bahrain to provide their students and graduates with digital records they own for a lifetime and can verify anywhere in the world.
 

Natalie Smolenski

Senior vice president of Business Development, Learning Machine

Note that the Blockcerts solution is also used by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which was one of the first to use the DLT for the issuance of diplomas. 

Bitcoin SV Blockchain to Undergo Reorganization

This happened due to the fact that some blocks were rejected by Bitcoin SV blockchain
19 April 2019   104

Several blocks were rejected by the Bitcoin SV network after the addition, which caused the re-organization in the blockchain's history.

Almost each time someone is trying to produce a very large block on the BSV chain, there’s a reorg. Just an hour ago our Blockchair engine has witnessed a 3-block reorg (I think that's a record)! Blocks #578640–578642 got orphaned by a longer chain because they were too big
 

Nikita Zhavoronkov

Lead developer, Blockchair

The large blocks, about which Zhavoronkov writes, are no longer displayed by the blockchain browser, since they are not part of the main chain in which they were located until a certain moment, until they were replaced by another chain, which eventually became dominant.

This is basically exactly the problem the BU gigabock testnet identified. At sizes > 100mb the mempools were so out of sync that blocks were basically transmitted as full blocks.

BSV had ONE 128mb block and it caused a six block reorg. On the BU testnet sustained 128mb blocks caused a total breakdown of the chain where there were so many reorgs that every node had a different view of the state of the blockchain.
 

Chris Pacia

Developer, Bitcoin

Thus, Chris assumes that the problem is caused not by the malicious actions of the network members, but by its functional bug. 

This update is noticeable in the background of recent Bitcoin SV delisting campaign, which was started by the number of big exchanges as a reply to lawsuit by Craig Wright, BSV supporter, against anonymous critic.