Prominent BTC Core Developers Discuss Non-Lightning Network Wallets Using SegWit


BTC and the entire crypto market has seen some major disruptions in price with the prices hitting highs and extreme lows. In just 20 days of 2019, there have been bull runs and bear runs in equal measure.

After seeing a major downturn towards the end of 2018, BTC saw a slight bear run on January 19, where the price went from $3624 to $3778. The rise of BTC for use in payments has caused most people in the crypto world to express support for it. Recently, a BTC Core developer, Luke Dash Jr recently tweeted about it.

In his tweet, he said that SegWit must not be used in BTC wallets without lightning support. This will be harmful in his opinion. The developers claimed that larger blocks would lead to more centralization of BTC. In his closing remark, he said that it included Bech32 addresses. Instead, he advised people to use 1xxx or 3xxx addresses which they were sure did not have SegWit.

A Heated SegWit Debate

The debate on SegWit has been around for a while now. Several proponents of BTC have given their opinion on this issue. A renown BTC proponent called Andreas Antonopoulos and an author added his voice to the discussion.

He said that the computation power required for verifying a timelock contract and route was such that if there was a pair of nodes on a network, and conduct transaction between the nodes, you might be able to conduct hundreds of thousands of transactions in a second. This was because the transactions would only be visible to the nodes in the channel, in his opinion.

In Luke’s opinion, there was an exception to using SegWit. This was where it was used for long-term savings. He mentioned that if a user planned to leave the assets untouched for years, they could utilize SegWit. This was because they would probably only conduct another transaction when they needed to upgrade to Lightning.

In a tweet, Dash said that since many people had expressed concern, there was no risk of funds being stolen when they use SegWit. He added that anyone who claimed funds would be stolen with more ease was a liar. Luke concluded by stating that the danger lay in the sync time and not in the funds being stolen.

Luke Defends the BTC Small Block Size

Luke was recently in the news for defending the small block size of BTC. He also mentioned that the Lightning Network is a great solution that allows P2P transactions to take without flooding the network. The smaller block debate was one of the reasons, which led to the creation of Bitcoin Cash.

While discussing the scaling of BTC, Dash Jr. discussed some of the possible changes that might occur in future. He told the audience at the LA Bit conference in Chile that various changes were still being considered. He introduced Segwit v1, which is a revised script that is not the same as SegWit v0 released in 2018.

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