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Help understanding the blockchain [duplicate]

I am trying to better understand the fundamentals of the BLOCKCHAIN. I am not technical and am hoping someone can offer up an explanation in LAY TERMS. Thanks in advance.
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Where can one find the best explanation of the blockchain? [duplicate]

Sorry if these questions seem stupid but after a lot of research I still feel rather lost and confused !! I understand what is bitcoin and have a fairly good understanding of the basic blockchain idea ...
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is every Block of blockchain is connect to each other? [duplicate]

like as we create a new block , so it will connected to existing Blockchain or it will create a new blockchain?
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How do you obtain bitcoins?

This is a question many people ask when they're introduced to Bitcoin. Bitcoin sounds interesting, but if I want to use this system I will need to get some coins, otherwise, there's no way I can ...
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Why is 6 the number of confirms that is considered secure?

Why is 6 is the number of confirmations that is considered secure? I haven't found any mathematical explanation or otherwise that explains why it is 6 and not 5 or 7. Is there a historical reason for ...
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How is difficulty calculated?

Can anyone explain me in the plain English how difficulty is calculated. I have a very approximate understanding that it is calculated based on the amount of hash power in all the bitcoin community ...
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I am new to Bitcoin, how can I get started?

I am new to both StackExchange and to the new online currency called Bitcoin. I understand what Bitcoin is and how it works, but I was wondering: how do you actually get started with Bitcoin? I have ...
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What keeps the average block time at 10 minutes?

I've been told "the network" sets the difficulty level such that there will be one new block mined every ten minutes. I imagine the rich would instead prefer to keep difficulty as high as possible to ...
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Why is downloading blocks taking longer and longer?

First off, this really needs to get fixed. I'm downloading blocks for at least 8 hours now, and it's still not done. I know the problem of having to download the entire block chain is being worked on, ...
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What are orphaned and stale blocks?

If I understand it right, a stale block is a block for which an earlier confirmation has been found and was accepted by majority of people. This block is considered invalid and is later never used. ...
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What are bitcoin “confirmations”?

When I receive bitcoins I see a certain number of "confirmations" in the client. What do these mean? Why do most sites make me wait for 6 "confirmations" before a purchase will go through?
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What is an “unspent output”?

What is the meaning of the term "unspent output" in the Bitcoin protocol?
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What is the coinbase?

I searched the bitcoin wiki and found references to coinbase, but no clear cut explanation of what exactly it is. I know that miners can tag their coinbases (that is how some sites tell who mined a ...
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What is the “blockchain”?

What is the blockchain? I keep hearing about other "blockchain technologies", does this mean other cryptocurrencies or what?
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Can you transfer Bitcoins from one address to another address directly without going through the web?

If you and a recipient both have a wallet on a flash drive, is it then possible to transfer bitcoins from one wallet to the other using a computer without going through the web? Example in life: "...

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