Bitcoin and Open Blockchain Open Topic Livestream with Andreas – Audio Only – August 2021

Looking for an entertaining, trustworthy, unbiased opinion on bitcoin and open blockchains? This is it. During this livestream Andreas will answer questions about bitcoin and open blockchains, like ethereum and the lightning network. Andreas never talks investment but if you want to learn about the technology then don’t miss this event.

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0:00 Welcome to the Open Livestream!
1:36 My girlfriend always gets your name wrong: Andrew Populous, Anthony Aponoligous, Andrei Polygamoulos, etc… She also doesn’t like BTC. Can you tell her why it’s so much better than cash and why it’s the future?
4:31 Could you please explain in plain English what is meant by a computer program being or not being Turing complete. [Alan Turing was a great man]
10:09 How can I explain to my 12 year old where Bitcoin comes from?
11:01 Good story share time
13:44 What is Eltoo? What problems does it solve? Is it a no-brainer upgrade? Do you think the soft fork needed to implement it might be controversial? [Giovanni]
18:15 Is paper wallet still safe for long cold storage? In term that physical damage and lost is not an issue.
19:24 Post-Taproot— What are the top 1 or 2 important proposals that will come to Bitcoin? What are they, how do they work, and what will they change for users?
24:48 One can use a single list of 24 words for all cold wallets for BTC, ETH, ADA, etc. and a 2nd list of 24 for all hot wallets. If a person is properly organized and secure, will they ever need more than these 2 different lists of 24 words?
31:43 Why is everyone so obsessed with the price of Bitcoin? How can I convince my friends who see it as an investment that it’s so much more than that?
36:11 When is Mastering LN going to be available? I’d like to use your books to teach others, How do you feel about that? I don’t want to offend or use anything outside of your Creative Commons license.
39:53 Dubstep version of Mastering Bitcoin
40:30 Operators on LN are manipulating their channel fees to encourage flow in a direction or another to avoid rebalancing. High fees to encourage inbound, low fees to encourage outbound. Could someone infer payment flows from this behavior?
42:41 Story about Andreas Denial-of-servicing himself via fees
46:11 What are the security and privacy comprises someone makes if they use a LSP- (lightening service provider) is it comparable to a custodial wallet? Isn’t using an LSP the easiest way to have many channels open with just 1 connection?[swiss road to crypto]
55:19 Thank you to the helpers, and Happy Birthday Emoji Storm for Jessica
56:35 You’ve written Mastering Bitcoin, Mastering Ethereum, Mastering the Lightning Network. What’s next?
59:21 What’s you opinion on COMIT Network’s BTC-XMR atomic swap? is that a game changer or too little to late?
1:02:22 What is an atomic swap?
1:04:33 What are Bitcoin covenants? How could they be used?
1:09:13 Wrap-up, thank you, and upcoming events

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