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Latest Strikes 3 - Sept 26th 2022

Sup! Welcome to this new edition of Latests Strikes, your weekly recap of what the cool kids talk about when they discuss the Lightning Network. Fasten your seatbelt and put on your helmet as we drive irresponsibly fast into the storm! Ecosystem BitGo goes long on Lightning Crypto custodian BitGo unveiled the integration of Lightning into their custody products. Basically, BitGo will take care of everything on behalf of their customer, which can replace all the Lightning stuff with API calls....

September 26, 2022 路 755771 路 7 min 路 Fanis Michalakis
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Latest Strikes 2 - Sept 18th 2022

Howdy! Welcome to this second edition of Lightning Strikes, your weekly recap of new shiny things in the world of Lightning. LFG! Ecosystem LN Markets Release LN Markets published a new release, which includes the lifting of trading limits from 2 million sats to 10 million (eg 0.1 BTC), Lightning Node Connect support (where you can interact with your LND node directly from the browser), new multilanguage support (starting with Spanish and French), as well as free internal transfers between LN Markets users and the (here comes the controversy) adoption of the Sat Symbol (aka kebab-symbol)....

September 18, 2022 路 754655 路 6 min 路 Fanis Michalakis
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Latest Strikes - Sept 11th 2022

Hello there, and welcome to this first edition of Latest Strikes, a brief weekly recap of what鈥檚 new in the Lightning world. Buckle up! Wallets & Tools Alby Alby announced their new release (v1.15.O). If you鈥檙e interested in the details of the release, you can read their Twitter thread or the release notes. In a few worlds: Alby now works in the Tor Browser, and will be even better than before at catching Lightning links such as LNURL or invoices....

September 11, 2022 路 753681 路 5 min 路 Fanis Michalakis
The Painting The Races at Longchamp by Edouard Manet, dated 1866

Full-RBF in Bitcoin Core?

The ability for users to alter their transactions while they are still waiting for confirmation has considerably better the UX of using Bitcoin, as it allows users to unstuck transactions that would otherwise have taken weeks to process because of too small fees, or even to 鈥渃ancel鈥 a transaction they made by mistake. Today鈥檚 mechanism for doing so, called Opt-in RBF, relies on the user鈥檚 transaction signaling that it can be replaced....

July 12, 2022 路 744726 路 12 min 路 Fanis Michalakis
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No, Proof of Work Is Not Some "Costly Mistake"

The desire to write this article came to me from the recent publication of two papers1 by Pr. Jean-Paul Delahaye, professor emeritus at the University of Lille 1 and researcher at the Centre de recherche en informatique, signal et automatique of Lille (CNRS/Centrale Lille Institut/University of Lille). However, I hesitated for a long time before deciding to do it. Indeed, I had the impression that counter-arguments to those of Pr. Delahaye already existed in profusion, freely accessible for those who would take the trouble to look for them....

March 30, 2022 路 729667 路 23 min 路 Fanis Michalakis