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Bitcoin [BTC] scalability crisis will not be solved by the Lightning Network: BTC.TOP founder

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The Lightning Network was seen as the cure for Bitcoin’s [BTC] scalability crisis, one that has persisted since 2014-2015 and has even led to hardforks. Aiming to speed up transactions between nodes, several proponents looked to the Layer 2 solution as Bitcoin’s push to be the payment-centric cryptocurrency it was created to be.

Jiang Zhuoer, the founder of Bitcoin mining pool BTC.TOP did share this opinion however and has questioned the Lightning Network’s capacity. He said that the network will not have a viable user base to address the main concerns, leading to the LN’s ultimate failure.

Bitcoin’s Lightning Network weathered the “crypto-winter” and is continuing its wave of adoption and growth, despite the coin market dropping to its current valuation of $130 billion from a high of over $800 billion a year ago.

According to the 1ML, an analysis engine for the Lightning Network, there are a total of 6,727 nodes at press time, which is a 17.83 percent increase in the past 30 days. In terms of the channels recorded, the current number stands at 30,496, a 37 percent increase in the same time period. The current network capacity is 725.71 BTC [$2.78 million].

The Lightning Torch, a mass adoption catalyst which is increasing attention on the LN, allows users to relay transactions between nodes. Recently, Fidelity Investment’s crypto-branch Fidelity Digital Assets became the first financial institution to receive the Lightning Torch, signaling their entry into the Bitcoin payments realm.

In a tweet posted on February 22, the cryptocurrency-centric wing of the investment bank stated that they received the torch from a BTC maximalist @Wiz, and as a gesture, they announced that the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency club of the Students Union of the Harvard Business School would receive the torch next due to the club’s focus on the research into Bitcoin.

However, Zhuoer, in a recent interview, stated that the Bitcoin’s scaling solution cannot be short-fixed by the Layer 2 solution as the cryptocurrency will be locked in channels. He said,

“For example, most of funds flow from crypto exchanges to payment gateways in a unidirectional way and BTC is consumed in the channels in a short period of time. Thus, executing the open and close of the channel simultaneously in each transaction will increase transaction fees, dampening merchants’ willingness to adopt LN.”

Furthermore, he added that cryptocurrency exchanges will not be able to control the coins of their customers and it will lead to Bitcoins languishing in channels, leading to several technical challenges.

He added that BTC mining and the price of BTC will not be affected by the Lightning Network, considering the small number of users who are on the solution and the little impact it has made.

In a Weibo post [translated from Mandarin] Zhuoer stated,

“As for some predictions about the lightning network, the lightning network is a payment network with a limited scope. Unless there is an extremely centralized super lightning hub, the BTC main chain congestion problem cannot be solved. It can be predicted that in the bull market in 2020-2021, the BTC main chain will continue to experience super congestion.”

The BTC.TOP founder was not the only one to lambast the Lightning Network as Roger Ver, the CEO of Bitcoin.com in his latest Bitcoin.com podcast also criticized the solution. Gabriel Cardona, the head of Developer Services at Bitcoin Cash joined in, calling LN “degrading” when compared to Bitcoin Cash [BCH].



Ver added, with reference to Bitcoin.com,

“Bitcoin.com on boards more people to Bitcoin Cash in a single day, than the Lightning Network has ever on boarded in its entire history.”

Cardona did not mince his words when he spoke about the user experience provided by Bitcoin’s Lightning Network,

“Our Lightning Network, will, in theory, work better…the Lightning Network is absolutely a horrible user experience, we all know this.”





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Bitcoin [BTC]: Debating on king coin’s transaction speed is a red herring argument, says Charlie Shrem

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Bitcoin [BTC]: 'Debating about BTC's transaction speed is a red herring arugument', claims Charlie Shrem
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The debate around Bitcoin [BTC] and its effectiveness in the current financial atmosphere has been a long ensuing debate in the cryptocurrency industry. The supporters and naysayers of the world’s largest cryptocurrency have locked horns on various aspects of the coin, be it the coin’s characteristic as a store of value or the amount of time it takes to settle Bitcoin transactions.

In a recent tweet, Charlie Shrem, the Founder of Bitcoin.org and one of the most popular Bitcoin proponents, spoke about the topic, directly addressing critics who had a problem with settlement times. His tweet read:

““Transaction speeds” when debating #bitcoin vs other faux-crypto’s is red herring argument. There were plenty of fast ways to move money before bitcoin. That’s not why we’re here. We’re building a censorship resistant value network that can-never be controlled by a single party.”

Bitcoin proponents had always made it a point that the cryptocurrency was never meant for fast transactions, but rather to compete with Gold as the standard for a ‘store of value’. Even Samson Mow, the CSO at Blockstream had earlier claimed that BTC was never meant to be fast by adding:



“If you want money, it does not need to be very fancy, and a lot of the altcoin projects; I don’t wanna go into it but they are just based on gimmicks. What you really want is sound money, something which is reliable and bulletproof.”

The ‘BTC is not effective’ camp had responded voraciously many a time by stating that something aimed at changing the financial dynamic should be nothing short of fast or else there was no way it could become an effective form of value. This rebuttal for this argument was that Bitcoin’s goal was to create a cryptocurrency integrated mainstream structure and even though it was not lightning fast, the transaction speed of Bitcoin was still faster than that of current methods like Visa and MasterCard.

Charlie Shrem was also in the news recently when he stated that when Mt Gox imploded, the market created the first “token as debt”. The statement was made in connection with the massive loss of funds which occurred following the hack of the then largest cryptocurrency exchange.





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