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Re: instant web payments via the lightning network

From: Michael Bumann <hello@michaelbumann.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:24:18 +0000
To: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Cc: Web Payments <public-webpayments@w3.org>
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On Monday, January 14, 2019 11:50 AM, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 14 Jan 2019 at 11:30, Michael Bumann <hello@michaelbumann.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi Melvin,
>>
>> yeah, I've been experimenting with the Bitcoin lightning network for a while and I am pretty excited about the state and how easy it is to build on top of it.
>
> Hi, Great!
>
> Funnily enough I was just reading your page, and realized it was you :
>
> Tim did actually a while back ask me to interact with this group regarding http 402.  Some work has been done on that, including by me, and it would be great to compare notes at some point.  Or maybe flesh out use cases.

I got a bit lost in the different efforts around this topic. And some seemed to me rather complicated (e.g. including standards for providing invoice/shipping details)

I'd love to see and online equivalent of handing a coin to the newspaper person and getting some content in return.

>
>
>> Did you see/use lightning browser extension "joule"[1]?  It brings lightning payments to the browser - and there has been some discussion around supporting web payment standards - maybe somebody familiar can help?
>
> I have it installed, but dont fully understand the fine details.  When my casa node arrives I'll be able to try it out with my own node.  But I might set up a raspblitz while I wait.

Let me know if you want to set it up on a server. I am happy to help,

> I was lead to your blog post from :
>
> https://github.com/wbobeirne/joule-extension/issues/46
>
>> I am wondering how to make it easier for content providers to integrate LN payments and also experimented with lightning payments for API requests [2].
>
> I have written in the past working code for pay walls, with a dance around http 402, and in fact that's my current use case.
>
> Do you think some areas of this work flow would benefit from standardization?

as mentioned above I am not super aware of the current standardization efforts and I ignored it because of simplicity with my experiments.
I think also joule ignored it for that reason.

But yeah this must use some standard. Does anyone know how this could fit into the current efforts?

> With solid it's possible to access control content, and give back a 4xx.  We dont yet return 402s but I've custom hacked a server to do that.  I'm not quite sure how a server will be able to know to send a 402.
>
>> [1]https://lightningjoule.com/
>> [2] http://michaelbumann.com/post/180389589277/bitcoin-lightning-machine-to-machine-api-payments
>> [2] https://github.com/bumi/ln-markdown-to-pdf
>>
>> ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
>> On Saturday, January 12, 2019 6:04 PM, Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I am curious if any of this group is interested in the lightning network [1].
>>>
>>> For those that are unaware, it is a system built on top of block chains that allow zero cost instant payments in a zero trust environment.
>>>
>>> There has been lots of innovation already this year, and it seems to be growing fast.  One service that impressed me is a custodial service built on top of twitter that allows you to add a tip jar based on your twitter account.
>>>
>>> https://tippin.me/
>>>
>>> This is a really easy way for non technical people to experience web payments and bitcoin in the browser, without the overhead of a high technical barrier to entry, or downloading a wallet.
>>>
>>> Additionally I have added this to my sollid profile using the the foaf : tipjar predicate that has been around for about a decade but never really used.  The I have added it looks as follows :
>>>
>>> In turtle :
>>>
>>> </#me> <http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/tipjar> <https://tippin.me/@melvincarvalho> .
>>>
>>> In RDFa :
>>>
>>> <a target="_blank" rel="http://xmlns.com/foaf/0.1/tipjar" href="https://tippin.me/@melvincarvalho">https://tippin.me/@melvincarvalho</a>
>>>
>>> There are also new solutions such as a mobile wallet that receives payments (blue wallet), decentralized apps (Lapps) and ability to run your own node eg on a raspberry pi.
>>>
>>> If anyone is playing around in this space would love to hear from you, or if you'd like to get started and have, say a tippin me account, I'd be happy to send some satoshis (the unit of currency) to play around with.
>>>
>>> I think this brings forth an exciting new era of instant payments in the browser.  Would love to hear from anyone else that is interested in this tech.
>>>
>>> [1] http://lightning.network
Received on Thursday, 17 January 2019 17:24:48 UTC

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