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April 04, 2017, 04:36:00 AM

Two cases for Segregated Witness (SegWit) activation via different channels are moving closer to reality this week for Bitcoin. Meanwhile, Litecoin is getting closer to its own SW activation as its price is climbing to new highs.


Despite not suffering the same teething problems as Bitcoin, SegWit appears to have definitely caught on at Litecoin, with support moving over 58%. At 75%, SegWit will trigger, as it already has done for fellow altcoin asset Syscoin.
Litecoin creator Charlie Lee has been a vocal proponent of SegWit, but not as a solution to block scaling, especially since Litecoin does not have any capacity issues.

“The main fix is transaction malleability, which would allow Lightning Networks (LN) to be built on top of Litecoin,” he wrote back in January.

 Charlie Lee ✔ @SatoshiLite
Thanks @f2pool_wangchun for supporting Litecoin and signaling SegWit! It's clear that the market is in favor of it.

Onwards and upwords!
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It appears traders have welcomed the news with Lee proclaiming the market gains as sign of support for SegWit activation. Litecoin price broke $9 USD on Monday, a value it hasn’t seen in three years.


Meanwhile, in Bitcoin-land, implementation via 2-megabyte blocks, known as SegWit2MB, received support from ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees and subsequently from Andreas Antonopoulos.

At the same time, ex-BTCC COO Samson Mow has announced the winner of his coding competition to produce a “safe” method of introducing SegWit via a user-activated soft fork (UASF).


In a post on Money And State published Sunday, Voorhees announced that SegWit2MB had been formally proposed to Bitcoin Core mailing list recipients.

Its proponents, Bitcoin security consultant Sergio Lerner and RootStock, foresee a successfully accepted proposal coming into force December 14, 2017 – if it gains community support.


Lerner was first to say that it was neither a technically perfect solution, nor a one-size-fits-all patch. Rather he referred to SegWit2MB as a “least common denominator.”

He explained:

Segwit2Mb is the project to merge into Bitcoin a minimal patch that aims to untangle the current conflict between different political positions regarding segwit activation vs. an increase of the on-chain blockchain space through a standard block size increase.
Lerner added that the concept was hardly a new idea, and Voorhees commented that the “cost of conflict” meant that a “social” as well as a technical solution was badly needed.


“Bitcoin is a technical project, absolutely. Yet it is a social project as well […] This current impasse is similarly both technical and social, and it continues at great cost,” he wrote.

Weighing up the proposal, Voorhees similarly touched on its use as a bridge between technical and social requirements of the community.

“SegWit2MB is the first reasonable compromise, considering the impasse’s technical and social aspects, actually put forth in code, based on well-known and studied fundamental components from Bitcoin’s best engineers,” he concluded.

Andreas Antonopoulos agreed with Voorhees’ perspective on Twitter, describing SegWit2MB as a “political, not technical solution.”

“Segwit2MB is far from ideal but better than more scaling war,” he added.

 Andreas ✔ @aantonop
Agreeing with Eric. Segwit2MB is far from ideal but better than more scaling war. A political, not tech solution.
7:38 AM - 3 Apr 2017
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Meanwhile, Mow announced on Twitter he was awarding 5.95 BTC to a coder named shaolinfry for his creation of Mow’s required “safe” method of activating SegWit via UASF.

Shaolinfry confirmed receipt of the money on Twitter, which was followed by another user sending 1 BTC as thanks for developing the potential activation solution.

As it stands now, SegWit activation is still well below the 95% threshold it needs to activate, which is why the UASF is becoming an increasingly popular idea in an effort to bypass the deadlock with miners.

Across the divide, Chain engineer Oleg Andreev added to opinion that Bitcoin’s capacity problems were something of a myth and that no block size increase was needed.

“Bitcoin works just fine,” he said Monday.

 Oleg Andreev @oleganza
It is blatant propaganda that Bitcoin is in impasse and some hardforking compromise must be reached. Bitcoin works just fine.
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April 04, 2017, 06:56:00 AM

Litecoin might activate SegWit, but with Bitcoin it's for entirely different practical purposes.  Litecoin handles far less transactions, so it doesn't have any issues with scaling at the moment and it'll activate SegWit mainly to make transactions more secure, whereas with Bitcoin it's mostly about scaling, making more argument between different solutions.

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April 12, 2017, 12:54:07 PM

For bitcoin idk, for LTC segwit activation looks imminent. It's just a matter of when. Hopefully soon and be successful.
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