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The Current Problem The major challenge in the current routing mechanism is finding channels with sufficient balance on one side of a node to forward an incoming payment. To be more descriptive, the channel_announcement or the channel_update messages that are broadcasted contains the short_channel_id through which lightning nodes can look up the transaction ...


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You are pointing out trust issues that exist with any payment mechanism. You can pay for your coffee at Starbucks and still be denied your coffee. That is exactly the case you are pointing out. But, the protocol that is listed provides other benefits that help honest people make payments without having their funds stolen by straddling intermediaries, avoid ...


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