One very strange creature in GitHub-land is the man (always a man, don't know why) who forks *every* repo he think is interesting but never works on them. Why is that? Not familiar with the "star" function? Does forking a repo gives a sense of "having" or taking something for themselves?

I knew that Moxie was full of shit after I read his infamous "ecosystem is moving" piece, and this sort of threw me away from Signal.

Reading drewdevault.com/2018/08/08/Sig, made me realize *how* full of shit the man is. Refusing to release signal clients on F-Droid? Outright shutting down any attempt at federation? Not releasing the server code for months? How can anyone take him seriously ?

@sneak, I didn't see any bashing, only warnings against its centralization. In any case let me know how your DDOSd service is working out for you now ;)

@cassidyjames Have you looked into Brave Creators program? People can schedule a monthly donation of the tokens they receive by opting in to receive ads. If you verify your github profile/website/identity, let me know.

Starting new job, still some work on hub20 needed to be done to receive the last part of the grant, kids at home for 3 weeks straight due to closed kitas. How is your year going so far?

Few things tell me more about the decline of America than checking HackerNews and realizing how much it changed.

The place supposed to be flooding with non-conformists and individuals who want to challenge the status quo, reduced to a forum with discussions about whether we should just stick with the convenience with of subjugating to Apple/Google or if we should ask for Government to come and save us from ourselves.

Any message in the contrary gets downvoted to oblivion.

@alex that's awesome, I didn't know they were doing this. I wonder why they don't accept coins, though. Probably harder to detect fake coins?

One of the use-cases I hope to see for Lightning and Raiden networks is in coin and vending machines. If these machines start accepting payments and also being able to dispense small amounts, they could become effectively tiny ATMs and the vending machine companies would save in value transfers.

@sneak I am surprised if this is true, as it can be a way for money laundering.

If it *is* true, though... the issue is not even with crypto, just Wikimedia doing what every shady NGO does: treat every donor as a potential sucker that can be nagged endlessly to be milked of a couple bucks every year. I made the mistake of donating to them via SEPA, I think they only stopped asking for more after 3 years.

With the Brave program, they don't get to know me.

@sneak you need to take this complaint to your representative to get less draconian KYC/AML laws. "Pure BTC" can not be accepted by wikimedia if they don't know who is behind the transaction, while for BAT they can just point to the wallet custodian (in this case, Uphold Inc)

@sneak those scammy fools let you donate to Wikimedia without id'ing yourself, using erc20 shitcoins that can be traded for greenbacks, just like wikimedia would trade the "hard sound money" of BTC.

But if you don't want to get off the high horse, it's okay.

@sneak they are registered on Brave creators program. Brave users can donate all the BAT they receive without KYC

@alex if Bitcoin is "digital gold", Lightning is a network where each of your peers puts some gold in a vault (channel) as credit for IOUs that get sent around the network. Sending IOUs is off the blockchain, so they are ridiculously faster and cheaper than on-chain transactions. You only use the blockchain when you want to cash out all the IOUs you collected.

Challenges: sometimes you can not find a route to complete a payment & LN node needs to be 24/7 for security of funds.

@alex @raucao on a similar note, take a look hub20.io which works as a payment gateway for ethereum tokens (so you can collect stable coins) and provides a stripe-style checkout widget.

Not ready for public release, but given that I am the developer you know you have a direct line of support.

@io sorry, I know it is a cheap shot but I found this on twitter and it reminded me of this conversation...

@io First, unless you are in a swing state, any vote would very likely be more of a waste anyway. Second, democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner... sometimes signaling disagreement is more important than joining a side when both options are so horribly wrong.

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