MONERO LEAD SUPPORTS OFF-CHAIN BITCOIN SCALING ‘FOR MAXIMAL PRIVACY’

Monero team member Riccardo Spagni reaffirmed his belief that a so-called ‘layer two’ scaling solution is needed for Bitcoin — stating it is “necessary” for capacity improvements and “maximal privacy.”


LIGHTNING NETWORK STRIKES DOWN VER CLAIMS

Spagni’s comment appeared on Twitter in response to fresh assertions from Bitcoin Cash (BCH) proponent Roger Ver that Bitcoin (BTC) users should “move on” to alternative, on-chain scaling options. Wrote Ver:

If you think BTC with its full block, high fee policy will be able to maintain market share, you are mistaken. It won’t, and it is time to move on to other things.

The comments met with near-instant rebuttals from Bitcoin industry figures, with Blockstream CSO Samson Mow noting that the Lightning Network could, in theory, already handle almost four million transactions per second.

Riccardo Spagni (right)

Lightning has grown significantly in 2018 and continues to be built out by Blockstream. It currently focuses on micro-payments using Bitcoin, which users can send instantaneously for minute fees. As Bitcoinist reported yesterday, larger transactions face high rejection rates — a symptom of developers’ wish to reinforce the network while capacity remains low.

Samson Mow

@Excellion

Don’t forget that is also desperately looking at layer 2 scaling as they have serious scaling issues – to the point where full nodes cannot keep up anymore. Also lead dev @fluffypony has also said Monero will need a second layer to scale.

Riccardo Spagni

@fluffypony

From Monero’s perspective: I don’t think anyone will ever stop trying to improve on-chain scaling by reducing tx sizes, improving block/tx propagation etc., but second-layer solutions are necessary for scaling beyond those capabilities, and are necessary for maximal privacy.

All three implementations of Lightning, including Blockstream’s c-lightning, achieved beta release status this week.

In the future, Mow and Spagni agree, off-chain layer two type solutions will see better results than the on-chain options used by Bitcoin Cash and others. Spagni wrote:

From Monero’s perspective: I don’t think anyone will ever stop trying to improve on-chain scaling by reducing tx sizes, improving block/tx propagation etc., but second-layer solutions are necessary for scaling beyond those capabilities, and are necessary for maximal privacy.

MONERO CONFIRMS TREZOR HOOK-UP

Since the turbulence arising out of its hard fork in April, Monero has consolidated its status — with its addition to mobile wallet Edge this month and hardware wallet Trezor confirming future support.

However, an earlier tweet by Trezor hinted the integration period could extend, as “all staff” were busy working on new products.

 


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Twitter/@fluffypony, Twitter/@TREZOR.

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