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Pretty neat: WebAuthn now works nicely with a Yubikey in Firefox, on both on my Linux desktop as well as Android device (via NFC). Also works well with fingerprint on Android.

 

Great news for people stuck on macOS, in need of a good feed reader: the rewrite of NetNewsWire (now FOSS) is almost done, and a beta is available today. https://ranchero.com/netnewswire/

 

Are we OMEMO yet? https://omemo.top

 

"The League of Entropy is a collaborative project between the founding members [...] to provide a verifiable, decentralized randomness beacon." https://www.cloudflare.com/leagueofentropy/

 

"Natural gas venting: How Bitcoin solved a 160 year old problem": https://www.upstreamdata.ca/post/natural-gas-venting-how-bitcoin-solved-a-160-year-old-problem

 

Finally confirmed my attendance of this weekend in Munich. Who else is coming?

 

Someone created a new tool for deploying static sites to with minimal effort, and it looks pretty great: https://interplanetarygatsby.com/ipfs-deploy/

 

"While exciting results get headlines, itโ€™s the boring results that often do the most to add to our knowledge of the world."

Enter the "Series of Unsurprising Results in Economics (SURE)" journal: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/5/17/18624812/publication-bias-economics-journal

 

What's the best jurisdiction, in your opinion, for hosting physical servers in regards to and ?

 

Looked into deploying our smart contracts to RSK in the last view days. Setting up a node, wading through docs, using RBTC from MetaMask, etc.. So far, everything seems to be 100% compatible with Ethereum, short of some RPC limitation details (which wouldn't affect us).

 

I've been trying for more than a month to get a Twitter developer account, in order to create a new OAuth app for Data Transfer Project's software. Replies take weeks, and I still don't have access. So I must assume that https://datatransferproject.dev is just show.

 
 

Added a privacy policy to one of my apps. There wasn't much to write: https://webmarks.5apps.com/privacy

 

Changing your GitHub username: how painful is it on a scale from 1 to 10? (Account is from 2008, almost daily activity in many different repos and projects.)

 

I didn't know the Raspberry Pi ran a closed-source core OS under Linux. This, and other issues with it, are explained in this post: https://ownyourbits.com/2019/02/02/whats-wrong-with-the-raspberry-pi/

 

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 atย 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)
*ย 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
*ย 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

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

ย Stats and visualizations

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

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