A normal-size gateway dropped onto an Embraer 170 kind of looks like an elephant trying to eat a cigar-shaped peanut.

Heading to Berlin, after a fantastic week in late-summer Białystok. Thanks to my hosts, and everyone else I met, for the incredible hospitality!

The clock tower of the Białystok city hall offers smiling faces from 4 sides.

... also, it still doesn't address the battery/CPU/memory question.

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"But Râu, it's only a matter of time until the Internet is a free resource all around us."

Yeah, how did that go so far? Not saying it's impossible, but with current regulations creating and perpetuating oligopolies everywhere, I don't see this happening anytime soon.

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The problem with fully distributed p2p solutions for ALL THE THINGS is that half the world doesn't even have unlimited bandwidth at home, and virtually nobody does on mobile. I would argue that the vast majority of people likely don't want to spend their data plans or batteries on other people's data transfers.

Happy to hear about solutions to this problem, but I don't remember seeing a lot of people tackling these fundamental issues.

A random Easter egg you may or may not know:

Type ":Ni!" as a vim command.


Here's my explanation of vs

On-chain BTC:

* Savings account
* Virtually impossible to break security
* Slow (not compared to moving physical gold, or bank transfers across currency zones, but compared to instant transfers)
* Expensive (not compared to moving gold, or bank transfers across currency zones, but fees have to rise with more usage)

Lightning (Off-chain BTC):

* Checking account
* Reasonably secure, but not unbreakable
* Fast/instant
* Virtually free


* Limit for channel size lifted (introduced to protect beta users)
* Multi-path payments everywhere
* Many UI and feature updates for existing clients, lots of new client apps
* New self-hosted node solutions
* Accounting features for LND so you can properly
* ...

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I knew there was a lot going on with development, both protocol-wise and regarding implementations. But the latest Lightning Labs newsletter is amazingly long and chock-full of good news:


Asking, because we're planning a small FOSS project event with plans for decent remote participation...

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How do people do physical whiteboards in a room, with remote participants being able to see them properly?

Second camera, then switch between cameras? Second video stream, just for the board? Some kind of software feature? All digital whiteboard in the first place?

> The gloves were off on Tuesday as the US Government explicitly argued that all journalists are liable to prosecution under the Espionage Act (1917) for publishing classified information

> Counsel for the US government also argued that the famous Pentagon Papers supreme court judgement on the New York Times only referred to pre-publication injunction and specifically did not preclude prosecution under the Espionage Act.


Râu Cao boosted

We (Prosody project) just published a blog post with a range of advice and links to resources for dealing with the recent spam wave on #xmpp. Hopefully folks find it a useful and informative summary!


Cannot disagree with this office's free garden grapes.

Day 4 with Captain Sarin. The sun is shining on beautiful Poland again.

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