The Bitcoin Lighting Network has been called for many rarified levels of technical expertise in the past – and by many developers with strong stomachs. In some periods, this network was even called out by developers for its bugs.
Luckily, the lighting network is now getting less reckless, allowing cryptocurrencies to be received without waiting for a block to be mined on paying the miner’s fees. According to many, the network has moved ahead by leaps and bounds over the past couple of months.
Lighting Labs, the company behind the “lnd” implementation of the lighting network also published a blog post envisioning the non-techy end-user Carol buying a pair of socks using this network – picturing it in an easy way as if she were swiping a credit card.
The newest beta version of Lighting Labs is ready for mainnet use. However, the company recently tweeted the following:
“we recommend that users experiment with only small amounts (#craefulgang #craefulgang #craefulgang)!” pointing to a joke in John Oliver’s bit about cryptocurrency.
In order to minimize the risk for users, the Lighting Network won’t come with a mobile version – and the desktop app is still restricted to “testnet” which is fake money. Still, the frenzy of developer activity will continue to push its rapid development.
As the main developer behind testned lnd wallet for iOs called Zap says:
“One day it will be good enough for exchanges, one day it will be good enough for Amazon.”
That said, there is still no official launch date for a lighting network application that everyone can use.
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