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It is possible to build a P2P system to trade Bitcoins?

It is possible to build a peer-to-peer (similar to BitTorrent) system to trade Bitcoins? Well, the discussion pointed in the 1st answer is very similar to what I have in mind. But, I have some sub-...
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What is fairCash?

There may exist a potential Bitcoin rival, fairCash. The founder mentioned this briefly at the Mobile World Congress in a Q&A session with Google. There a little resources on the internet about ...
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How can I identify the coin type from its address?

I know Bitcoin addresses start with 1, and it seems that testnet addresses start with m or n, and Namecoin addresses start with N, but is there a more complete list that would allow me to identify the ...
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Can I CPU mine other coins to win Bitcoins?

I have a useless Nvidia, until now, unconfigurable to mine (7300) So, if I mine just with CPU, can I get more coins mining others coins like NMC,LQC,LTC,SC, or whatever, and trading after for BTCs?
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Should fractional reserve banking be prohibited through the bitcoin protocol or otherwise, and how could such a change be implemented?

There's a massive macroeconomic debate between Keynesians, who want central banks to control the money supply, and Austrians who want no central banks doing any such thing--or at least competing ...
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Is “Dacoinminster's Second Bitcoin Whitepaper” logically/economically consistent?

Dacoinmister's "The Second Bitcoin Whitepaper" is a new proposal to create another p2p network over Bitcoin (called MasterCoin), that will fix some of Bitcoin's drawbacks. Are there any logical ...
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Alternative currencies eWallets

Are there any online wallet services that offer services for alternative cryptocoins, such as Namecoins, Litecoins, etc?
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Can a competing cryptocurrency make Bitcoin obsolete?

If a new cryptocurrency is created, with some unknown property that Bitcoin does not have, can Bitcoin be adapted to include this property, or will Bitcoin become obsolete? (I believe I know the ...
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Bitcoin over HTTP?

Are there any implementations of a Bitcoin client that would run over HTTP, allowing one to communicate by, for example, sending raw message bytes as a POST? Edit: I'm not looking for ways to control ...
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How exactly is Rucoin different than Bitcoin?

Rucoin is a "Russian Bitcoin clone" (see announcement thread). Besides the fact the website is in Russian, what other characteristics does this coin have? Is it just a 1-to-1 Bitcoin clone? Is ...
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What Bitcoin-esque alternatives are there? [closed]

I'm seeing lots of bitcoin-esque alternatives mentioned here. What alternatives exist and how do they differ from Bitcoins?
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Trading between different cryptocoins

Is there a website that allows one to trade multiple different cryptocoins (Bitcoins, Namecoins, SolidCoins, RuCoins, LiteCoins, etc) all in one place?
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Different ways to encode Bitcoin Address

What are the different ways to encode a Bitcoin Address (both private and public) and how are they calculated? I've heard of things like firstbits, mini private key format, and I`d like to know how ...
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Speed of operations in the Bitcoin network

Did anyone measure how fast transactions spread through the Bitcoin network? For example, how long does it take for a newly generated block to be propagated to most active clients? Mainly asking this ...
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Has anyone attempted to make a working voting system using a bitcoin based system?

It occurred to me the other day that the difficult problem of electronic voting could possibly be solved quite nicely using a bitcoin system. I believe it's transparent enough to be trusted. I found a ...
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Is there a uniform measure of “difficulty”, that when multiplied by price, will give “profitability of one hour of mining”?

I recently open Bitcoin Pie, a site that compares crypto-currencies. Given the exchange rate in BTC, I would like to add another column that tells "relative mining profitability", regardless of the ...
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Is there an easy way to check out the market cap of the alternative currencies?

Ideally, I'd like to see a pie chart with the whole pie being "Bitcoin-derived crypto currencies", and each major alternative represented as a market cap in Bitcoins and USD. Currently, from what I ...
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What does a comparison of Bitcoin Days Destroyed say about Bitcoin vs Namecoin vs SolidCoin?

The Abe blockchain explorer provides statistics for percentage bitcoin days destroyed, using the generic term "% CoinDD". Currently Bitcoin is 36.1245%, Namecoin is 41.5547%, and SolidCoin is 47.0952%...
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Can new types of transactions be included the current block chain?

I was putting an answer for this question together when I realised my idea would require a new type of transaction to be invented and included in blocks. Then I wondered how that could work. There ...
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What is the “zeitgeist attack”? Does it affect all blockchain technologies?

What exactly is this attack? It would be nice to have a good explanation of how it works and which chains can be effected by this. Does it apply to the bitcoin main chain, or only the newer and ...
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Can Bitcoin technology be leveraged to implement a decentralized trust system (i.e. a replacement to SSL)?

Like Namecoin is intended to replace / augment DNS, can the Bitcoin principles / protocol be extended to support a distributed "trust" mechanism, in a way that no central authority will need to be ...
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Does flattr complement or compete with bitcoin?

I realise that the underlying technologies for Bitcoin and flattr are different, but do they serve the same purpose? For example: if I set up a webapp that uses micropayments for revenue (like github ...
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Is there a way to set up proof-of-work systems so they would be even more useful?

One of the arguments made against Bitcoin's design choices is that it wastes resources authenticating transactions. In particular, finding small hashes is completely useless for the world. Are there ...
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What are the perceived advantages of bitcoin as a means of exchange?

There are lots of ways to send money - western union, paypal, bank wire, etc that are more established and fairly quick. What are the advantages of using bitcoin from a bitcoin-proponent's point of ...
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Decentralized transactions between two decentralized currencies

Currently, bitcoins and namecoins are implemented using the Bitcoin protocol. And there might be several reason for new block chains to appear, but this is not the subject here. As far as I know, ...
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Are there alternatives to Bitcoin which take a different approach?

Are there any alternative approaches to decentralized, electronic currencies? Bitcoin was built with certain technical characteristics in mind. I'm hoping to see if there are alternative approaches. ...
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Where can I find graphs the values of alternative crypto currencies?

Hashrates and value in BTC. Is there one site that can show them all, perhaps even on the same chart?
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Is there an easy way to diversify your Bitcoin holding among the other popular forks?

Recently there has been a spread of Bitcoin clones, starting with Namecoin and following with other newer clones. There is a chance these coins will appreciate relative to Bitcoin. Is there an easy ...
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Will forks and alternative block chains cause hyper-inflation of decentralized digital money?

Great effort has been put into Bitcoin's concept of money supply and that there will never be more than 21 million units. However, it's relatively easy to fork it and create alternate block chains. ...

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