Questions tagged [block-header]

The block header is a portion of each block in the block chain that identifies the basic parameters of that particular block such as the block version, the time it was generated, the hash of the previous block, and the hash of the transactions in that block.

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Nonce size - Will it always be big enough?

If I understand correctly, the block only has 4 bytes (32 bits) for the nonce. Is it possible for the difficulty to become high enough that there are no nonce solutions? If so, then what options does ...
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Why don't the timestamps in the block chain always increase?

The timestamps starting at block 145044 are: 145044: 2011-09-12 15:46:39 145045: 2011-09-12 16:05:07 145046: 2011-09-12 16:00:05 // ~5 minutes before prior block 145047: 2011-09-12 15:53:36 // ~...
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How would the Bitcoin protocol be impacted if nodes only stored the blocks they cared about?

Right now, full clients of the Bitcoin network store every block ever generated (while "thin" clients instead rely on a node which does so). This greatly increases first-time initialisation for the ...
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Is there a way to use the block chain as entropy in random number generator? [closed]

I want to create a transparent gambling/lotto site and use the block chain as entropy for lotto numbers, dice rolls, that kind of thing. Would the transaction hash of the latest transaction be the ...
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How can one embed custom data in block headers?

Some mining pool admins put custom data in block headers, like prayers. How do they do that? Where can I see that data for myself?

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