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Where does the blockchain come from?

When I first download Bitcoin Core, and Synchronize with the network, where am I actually downloading the block chain from? The point of bitcoin is that there is no canonical source, yet I must get ...
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How is Bitcoin truly decentralized?

Whenever Bitcoins are discussed, one generally reads how "Bitcoins are decentralized. No company nor state controls them". My question is, how is this statement true when you read about how Bitcoin ...
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AWS ELB for Bitcoin node discovery?

I was able to locate the following discussion (and a few others that were marked duplicate of this one) on node discovery in Bitcoin: How do Bitcoin clients find each other? I guess, the primary ...
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How peer discovery works after connecting to hardcoded nodes?

I am tinkering with the bitcoin source code and trying to understand the exact working of peer discovery mechanism in the testnet mode for which I have made the following changes: Disabled the DNS ...
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How are transactions broadcast to the rest of the network?

If a person sends a transaction to another person, and Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer application, how will the transaction get to the rest of the Bitcoin community? How does everyone have the same ...
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How is the distributed transaction log stored in P2P network?

After mining, a block is validated and broadcasted by the miner. Then, where does this newly mined block get stored at? Where does my Bitcoin client pull the transaction data from?
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How does bitcoind find p2p hosts? [duplicate]

I read the bitcoin references but I can't find a description regarding how bitcoin clients find other host in the p2p network. Would you please tell me?
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How does a bitcoin transaction enter the network?

I am trying to understand Bitcoin at a more fundamental level. I'd like to know how a new transaction enters and propagates across the network? I've read many Bob and Alice type scenarios where it's ...
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When I make a transaction, how is it broadcasted to other clients? [duplicate]

It's a really nooby question, and with no doubt asked before, but if someone could tell me a)how are other clients found b)how is the information send to them (please explain in a simple way, ...
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How does bitcoin find peers? [duplicate]

I've seen a few questions about this already and they talk in generalities. I'm talking about specifics. If I start the bitcoin client from scratch, where in the source code does it actually add nodes....
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How do bitcoin nodes initially find peers? [duplicate]

In all materials related to bitcoin, the people talk about the p2p bitcoin network. OK, but there should be a central server that connects the peers to each one. Like the torrent sites. The torrents ...
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How do Bitcoin nodes know where to send new transactions and blocks to?

I am researching Bitcoin; what I can't find much information on though is how the P2P network itself operates. For example, BitTorrent uses a DHT protocol that allows for node discovery and ...
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Where does bitcoin-qt try to connect to when running for the first time? [duplicate]

My question is, where does bitcoin-qt try to connect to when running for the first time? How does it know where to connect? Is blockchain.info some domain that has discovery services? If yes, then ...
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How does the bitcoin client make the initial connection to the bitcoin network?

Once the bitcoin client is connected to a machine (or multiple machines) on the bitcoin network, they can share information (e.g. the block-chain, IP addresses of other nodes, etc). I understand how ...
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