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Travel update: landed in Phnom Penh yesterday, and staying for a few weeks. Been enjoying it a lot so far; especially the food. Hadn't realized just how much I missed Thai basil.

 

"DART will be the first demonstration of the kinetic impact technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space." https://www.nasa.gov/planetarydefense/dart

 

The GNOME design team put in some serious effort to modernize app icons from GNOME 3.32 onward, and help designers and developers create better icons for their apps: http://jimmac.musichall.cz/blog/2019-01-23-the-big-app-icon-redesign/

 

XRP market cap may be overstated by a cool $6 billion pretty much everywhere online: https://www.coindesk.com/xrp-market-cap-may-be-overstated-by-billions-messari-report-estimates

 

Lightning Network Resources

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I hosted a small session on the Bitcoin Lightning Network at Hacker Beach last night, and promised to share all the resources from it somewhere. Hence, here's a random list of things you can read to learn about Lightning Network, and also start using/testing it.

Understanding the protocol

* The original Lightning Network paper
* Slides from a Lightning Network talk at the SF Bitcoin Devs meetup (Feb 2015) -- Slightly outdated, but contains a lot of the basics (from the authors of the paper)
The Lightning RFCs / BOLTs -- This repo contains the various protocol specifications. Also, scroll down in the README for a nice short introduction section.
* Lightning network in depth, part 1: Payment channels
* Lightning network in depth, part 2: HTLC and payment routing
lightning-onion -- Repo containing the code for LND's onion routing. Also, check the README for a broad overview of what this means for the Lightning Network.

Software

LND Developer Site -- Resources and documentation for the Lightning Network Daemon (LND)
c-lightning -- A Lightning Network implementation in C
Spark Wallet -- A GUI client for c-lighnting
eclair --
A scala implementation of the Lightning Network
eclair-mobile --
An Android wallet for the Lightning Network
Lightning Wallet for Android -- A fork of eclair with support for receiving payments (includes watchtowers)

 Stats and visualizations

1ml.com -- Lightning Network Search and Analysis Engine
* Bitcoin Visuals: Lightning Network statistics

 
 
 

Was wondering about how exactly maps.me submits user edits back to OpenStreetMap, and I just randomly stumbled across one of the ways they do it: https://storage.5apps.com/basti/public/shares/190109-0552-Screenshot%20from%202019-01-09%2013-47-46....

 
 
 

Recently stumbled across umap, which is an alternative to Google Maps for creating and sharing your own maps with POIs and such. Works really well so far, and the feature set is fantastic! http://umap.openstreetmap.fr

 
 
 
 
 
 

Adding a German word list for standardized Bitcoin HD passphrases is more difficult than you'd think: https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/pull/721

 

"I very recently worked on the Edge team, and one of the reasons we decided to end EdgeHTML was because Google kept making changes to its sites that broke other browsers, and we couldn't keep up." https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18697824

 

Who controls Bitcoin Core? TL;DR: nobody. https://medium.com/@lopp/who-controls-bitcoin-core-c55c0af91b8a

 

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