Characteristic of the most ambitious altcoin projects are technical roadmaps which look suspiciously like Bitcoin's, "only better." Mimblewimble, a protocol embodied in two projects called Grin and Beam, has announced its own "second layer" to rival Bitcoin's Lightning Network. Other networks like Ethereum claim to be working on similar scaling protocols, but unlike Lightning network itself, these non-Bitcoin efforts seem to have stalled. Will the Mibmlewimblers fare better? If so, it might be a result of Beam's implementation of new ideas, namely "scriptless scripts," which promise to reduce resource consumption. But the magic of scriptless scripts is owed to the use of Schnorr Signatures, which are capable of aggregating multiple signatures into one. Schnorr is also a hot topic in the Bitcoin community, and could be implemented there within 1-2 years. Few of cryptocurrency's most cutting-edge ideas cannot be incorporated into Bitcoin, a fact which continues to undermine the "multi-coin" world view.
Mimblewimble Compatible Lightning Network
Zcash Break Still Isn't Fixed
Litecoin’s Halving Is Months Away, But Traders May Already Be Pricing It In
"LTC’s strong performance comes at least five months ahead of the mining reward halving, or the time at which the amount of litecoins produced as a network subsidy for each transaction block falls is cut in half. On Aug. 8, the mining reward will be reduced from 25 LTC to 12.5 LTC. Markets are always forward-looking and hence could be pricing in the impending supply drop."
Anatomy Of The Next Global Financial Crisis
"'When is the next global financial crisis going to happen?' We attempt to answer this by first explaining how that since 2008, the epicentre of financial risk seems to have shifted from the banks to the asset management industry. We therefore argue that a repeat of 2008, where retail banking deposits and payment systems are under threat, is unlikely. In particular, we assert that corporate debt investment funds and unconventional debt investment vehicles, encouraged by the deceptively low volatility and low return environment, could be the area where the fragility in the financial system is most significant."
Join the Lightning Network
"Use the tools and recommendations in this guide to select, install, and fund a wallet, connect to the network, and experiment with Lightning-powered payments today."
ASIC chip technology is renewable energy’s future
"It appears profitable to integrate ASIC chips with VRE sources at the time of deployment – by building them into solar panel installations, for example – to help offload surplus energy instead of curtailing it. Start by predicting the maximum curtailable electricity per VRE in KWh at a given time and work backwards to figure out how many ASICs to include using the formula above. "
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Don't Save Your Private Keys On the Cloud
Simple Takes Discipline and Skill
CryptoChat_009 - Holding the Lightning Torch on the Rollo & Slappy Show
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