From time to time I choose a programming project to keep in touch with what’s important. This time I combined game development with cryptocurrency. I downloaded a Game Engine and created the World’s first Lightning Network (micro)payment solution for gamedevelopers to add to their Godot creations.
Because I’m fully aware being a Indie game developer is, from time to time, a harsh existence, I decided to Open Source this little project here and add this tutorial for those interested. It’s under MIT license but I appreciate attribution. Anyway: Have fun with it!
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Last week, together with Jordi Jansen, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Blockchain Realists, Ronald Mulder and Lykle de Vries. These are two blockchain specialists from the first hour and leaders in the Netherlands on the subject. This resulted in a very nice talk in podcast style.
During the 50-minute interview (in Dutch), Jordi Jansen and I talk about the minor about Blockchain that we have developed for students at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, about the effort it takes to innovate in the educational sector and about the enthusiasm that blockchain education is currently unleashing.
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DAICO’s will empower individuals that use ICO’s for crowdfunding purposes and bring an end to some of the risks accompanied by current ICO’s. The proposed regulation within the EU unfortunately still focuses on the past paradigm and prepares the nation states for an unnecessary amount of paperwork.
Last week I was invited to join the discussion, at the European Parliament, about the way forward with regulating ICO’s in Europe. The debate was motivated by a draft report which proposed a new framework of regulation on crowdfunding through regular crowdfunding platforms and ICO’s.
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The website satoshis.place has been thoroughly renewed and now offers the possibility to pay through micro payments via the Lightning Network. After years of innovation Bitcoin technology has overtaken the enormous influx of users and scaled the number of transactions per second to unprecedented heights.
In 2014 it was possible to pay with Bitcoin for a few cents per transaction. At the time many projects popped up online and so did the original version of satoshis.place. Originally inspired by the 2005 million dollar homepage satoshis.place was promoted as a free advertising platform that allowed users to claim some space on a webpage for a custom advertisement.
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The surge of crypto-assets and blockchain technology heralded the end of the PetroDollar. Recent insights in this transition -from atoms to electrons- show governments they need to act accurate and promptly or get left behind. Around the world jurisdictions such as the USA, Russia, Asia and the EU respond very different, as they try not to panic and react responsible.
As data swiftly becomes the primary asset in modern societies it is surpassing the importance of physical oil based assets; A remnant from the previous industrial age. With this shift a new base bearer instrument has sprung up: decentralised digitalassets, known as cryptocurrencies. According to Vladimir Putin, governments around the world are required to act informed and swiftly as those late to the race will lose independence to the leading nations of the blockchain space.
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How joining the lightning network became an emotional experience.
Today I’ve joined the Bitcoin Lightning Network mainnet with my dedicated raspberry pi fullnode and suddenly realised what is really happening.
The Lightning Network is an upgrade of the Bitcoin network that allows the network to scale globally. As currently more people want to use Bitcoin than the network can handle, a long needed upgrade of the throughput finally makes its entry: the Lightning Network.
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Recently I got married to the most wonderful woman on earth and enjoyed a great lengthy honeymoon. After returning home I found myself amidst an interesting mix of innovations, news and developments; together signalling a large conflict in the crypto-space.
Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve (FED) of the United States recently considered it fair to say that the American bond market is in a bubble that is not discounted in the market places. Irrational exuberance was the term coined by Greenspan in the nineties to explain that the markets were in a bubble. This time the term was appropriate to describe the markets again, according to the former chairman.
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While authorities around the world target the anonymity of digital currencies with impracticable regulation, the industry innovates at an exceptional speed, complicating effective regulation further. There is a better solution to the problems around regulation of digital currency, but it requires an innovative approach from the authorities.
Members of the European
Parliament (MEPs) seek significant regulatory authority over the usage of
digital currencies like Bitcoin. With a draft publishing, prepared by the
EU Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs along with the
Committee of Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs, MEPs are
deliberating to extend the scope of the Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD)
to include digital currencies.
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The price of financial services drops to near-zero while the speed of innovation in finance increases exponentially. The latest in financial services development: Hawk.
In their ‘programming lab’ students of the University of Maryland developed a near free auction. The auction uses blockchain technology combined with state-of-the-art programming software named ‘Hawk’.
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