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The only thing it shares with lightning is payment channels, which predate lightning.

Lightning is no longer hub-and-spoke. Earlier proposals for implementing lightning were hub-and-spoke due to the risk of setting up channels in the presence of transaction malleability, but after lightning decided to require segwit and hence a malleability fix, hub-and-spoke requirement was dropped.3 bitcoins

Lightning’s innovation of a payment network is largely unnecessary as most grinders are just going to point to a single pool, then forget about it. There is no need to be paid from potentially every pool, so a payment network is unnecessary, just a single payment channel from pool to each miner.

Lightning’s other innovation, bidirectional payment channels, isn’t necessary either. Grinders pay the pool with hashes to get bitcoins. They don’t send bitcoins back to the pool for any reason.

Mostly the article is just riding on the popularity of lightning. The concept being discussed is only related to lightning since they both use payment channels, but the concept itself does not require lightning-style bidirectional payment channels that can be linked into a network.

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