Bitcoin Q&A: Lightning usability, privacy, and Taproot

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NOTE: This video was originally uploaded on May 7th but has been re-uploaded to fix an error.

What is the best way to manage Lightning channels? How usable is the Lightning Network, in comparison to email? How do you re-balance a channel? In what scenario are payment channels useful? Can you identify on-chain transactions for payment channels? Why will Taproot make this more difficult?

More about splicing in this episode of Let's Talk Bitcoin: https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/lets-talk-bitcoin-389-revisiting-lightning-part-1

UPDATE: Pieter Wuille wrote about the BIPs for the upcoming Taproot soft fork here: https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2019-May/016914.html

These questions are from the January monthly subscriber session, the Buenos Aires event, and the fifth session of MOOC 11, which took place on January 26th, January 29th, and March 1st 2019 respectively. If you want early-access to talks and a chance to participate in the monthly live Q&As with Andreas, become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/aantonop

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Andreas M. Antonopoulos is a technologist and serial entrepreneur who has become one of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin.

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He is the author of two books: “Mastering Bitcoin,” published by O’Reilly Media and considered the best technical guide to bitcoin; “The Internet of Money,” a book about why bitcoin matters.

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MASTERING BITCOIN, 2nd Edition: https://amzn.to/2xcdsY9

Translations of MASTERING BITCOIN: https://bitcoinbook.info/translations-of-mastering-bitcoin/

THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v1: https://amzn.to/2ykmXFs

THE INTERNET OF MONEY, v2: https://amzn.to/2IIG5BJ

Translations of THE INTERNET OF MONEY:
Spanish, 'Internet del Dinero' (v1) - https://amzn.to/2yoaTTq
French, 'L'internet de l'argent' (v1) - https://www.amazon.fr/Linternet-largent-Andreas-M-Antonopoulos/dp/2856083390
Russian, 'Интернет денег' (v1) - https://www.olbuss.ru/catalog/ekonomika-i-biznes/korporativnye-finansy-bankovskoe-delo/internet-deneg
Vietnamese, 'Internet Của Tiền Tệ' (v1) - https://alphabooks.vn/khi-tien-len-mang

MASTERING ETHEREUM (Q4): https://amzn.to/2xdxmlK

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