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the two miner type of reward

The definition of a block in the blockchain is "A block records some or all of the most recent Bitcoin transactions that have not yet entered any prior blocks. Thus, a block is like a page of a ...
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REST API to fetch block by height

I am trying to incorporate bitcoin in one of the applications and want to integrate the REST API which exposes all the public information. I tried using https://chain.api.btc.com/v3/block/3 but upon ...
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Bitcoin cash not syncing the current block [closed]

I have installed BCH "Bitcoin Unlimited Cash Edition bucash1.7.0.0". Problem is the current block is not synced in our wallet server, the server is stuck at block "635258". How to ...
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To be blunt bought bitcoin in 2009 at 25 cents have not touched it

I am hoping you can help I read through a few of you answers to other inquiries and as per my research you are very well versersed. I acquired Bitcoin back when it first came out of trading at 0.0008 ...
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Building Compatible Blocks Post Block 227836 - Relevant BIPs

To build a miner capable of mining at today's blockchain level of complexity, are there any other relevant BIPs aside from the SegWit spec and Bech32 address scheme? I have implemented compatibility ...
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How to deserialize the Transaction Count in a raw block?

In the bitcoin-book, the "Transaction Counter" part of a block is documented as being 1~9 bytes long instead of a fixed size. How is this counter parsed from the raw data?
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What unconfirmed transactions in Mempool get into a block? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding picking unconfirmed transactions from the mempool. Let's say, there are 1000 transactions in the mempool. Can I randomly select some transactions, say, transaction a, b, c, ...
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How are the nBits of a block calculated?

So I've been trying to figure out how the nBits of a block is calculated, but I can't seem to come up with an answer. I know (think) that it's based off the difficulty of the block, but I'm still not ...
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How is the Target Hash determined?

So, I understand how the amount of leading 0's are calculated, but how is the hexadecimal that come after the leading 0's calculated? For example, the previous mined blocks hash was ...
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How does solving a block work in relation to the first letter/number after the 0's?

I did a terrible job of explaining it in the title so I'll explain here. Say the target hash to solve for a block is 00004aef... etc. does that mean that you can't solve the block if you get 00005fad (...
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Does the Merkle Root get constantly updated inside the block or does it only get added once the block is completed?

So, pretty much just the title. I'm just wondering how the Merkle Root works exactly. I know it's the result of pairing transactions and then hashing them until the last transaction in the block, but ...
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How does the difficulty target affect the time to complete the block? [duplicate]

So, I'm currently doing a personal project where I'm creating my own crypto blockchain (just for fun). I'm currently coding the Difficulty Target part of the Blockchain, but I'm not entirely sure how ...
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Is it true that the rate of finding a new block is constant, but just that the bitcoin reward become less and less? [duplicate]

Can somebody ELI5? Is it true that every block that is discovered, the person that discovered the block will be awarded 12.5 bitcoins? But to discover such a block, somehow the person has to get a ...
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creating your own bitcoin block

I've just started reading about bitcoin, and I had this question, what if : I created two bitcoin addresses. added for example 1 btc to one of them. then I start sending that 1 btc back and forth ...
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1 MB Block Size as a Anti-DoS Attack Measure

Wikipedia explains the rationale behind the 1 MB block size limit as follows: The one megabyte block size limit was added in 2010 by Satoshi Nakamoto as a temporary anti-DoS measure A SE post ...
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unconfirmed transaction 1/2fdlhhxj [duplicate]

I have seen a transaction in my wallet that was not made by me how can I stop it please it’s still on 1to6 unconfirmed
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Do all of the records in the same block share the same hash?

From what I have read, when a transaction is settled, the record is added to a block among with other records. The block is given a new hash as well as a hash from previous block. So does that means ...
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Does bitcoin mining pool hash randomly and separately

When it comes to hashing does each mining entity use total random seed for each of their hashing function or do they have a range like " Im gonna cover from 0 to 500, and you cover from 500 to ...
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Can two related “spends” be in the same block?

Consider the case where: Address A has some BTC. Address B is empty/zero. Address C is the intended recipient. B sending to C is invalid on its own, but does make sense if associated with A sending ...
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Block with a smaller height mined after blocks with higher height? [duplicate]

According to the Timestamp: 2020-11-05 16:03 of the block 655534, this block was mined before after the subsequent block: 655535 Timestamp: 2020-11-05 15:31. How can this be?
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Question regarding stale blocks and the heaviest chain

According to this website: https://forkmonitor.info/stale/btc/644543, at the block heigh 644543 multiple blocks were produced. If I understand correctly, in Bitcoin, the heaviest chain survives, while ...
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Why is the block size so big, taking into account a relatively small number of transactions?

Why the size of the block 656143 is so big (Size: 2,337,727 bytes), taking into account a relatively small number of transactions (Number of Transactions: 84)? Extra question: What is the block size ...
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Upgrading - OLD PC - Wallet v0.8.1-beta and qt v4.8.3

Can you advise me on upgrading my wallet and bitcoin software. Are there files I should save before upgrading? what should I upgrade to? Other basic questions. I have a number of bitcoin files in my ...
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How bitcoin network appends new block in its Block-chain

Well, According to my research, After solving the cryptographic hash, when the multiple nodes broadcast the block at the same time as a suggestion to be the next block in the chain. Bitcoin network ...
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Which blk*.dat file contains a particular block?

Is there a way to find out which blk*.dat file contains a particular block? For example, it would be useful to know which *.dat file contains block 478558, which is the point where BCH forked from BTC....
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What is the total number (or rate) of orphaned blocks in Bitcoin in 2020?

Apparently, blockchain.com stopped to provide such information in 2017. Obviously, we still have orphaned/stale blocks in Bitcoin (see, e.g., BitMEX Research: Bitcoin Has a Stale Block For The First ...
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Is every copy of the blockchain the same? If I have an error within file should I be able to copy this file from a backup and reindex chainstate?

I recently moved the first 2000 files of my blockchain from the SSD to a HDD. The HDD gets mounted in /mnt/ext. A symlink per file is then put into blocks that points to the remote files. So my blocks ...
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What pools will allow asic block erupters these days? [closed]

I'm a Ubuntu cgminer/bfgminer guy and purchased 6 asic block erupters and a newbie to mining. Could never get into slushpool, but have been mining for poolin for about a week and really don't see any ...
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Why does the txn_count field exists in a block?

I was wondering why the txn_count field in a block exists. The count of transactions could be determined by parsing the txns field in tx format, right? Same for 'tx_in count' and 'tx_out count' in a ...
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Is it normal that blk and rev files are blank?

I am trying to run a full node on a Raspberry Pi 3. My computer is also not so good for initial block download. So I got a borrowed computer and synced the whole blockchain overnight. Then I copied &...
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What are the benefit of mining an empty block

Something peculiar just happened on the newly mined block number 655534, it contain only the coinbase transaction, nothing else. I have searched for a similar question but only found this one Why ...
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How much does a block's recorded time differ from the actual time that my node first sees it? [duplicate]

A block has a "time" and a "mediantime". Is it correct that the "time" is supposed to generally reflect the real time the block was mined and broadcast to the network? If ...
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bitcoin-cli getblockchaininfo “blocks”: 0 “headers” 0

Noob question. I've been following the raspibolt set up (https://stadicus.github.io/RaspiBolt/raspibolt_30_bitcoin.html), but I'm stuck trying to get the initial sync started. It is active (running) ...
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Attacker Changing Address to Receive Block Reward [duplicate]

A miner creates a block B which contains address α, on which he wants to receive his rewards. An attacker changes block B, such that instead of α it defines a new address α’, which is controlled by ...
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what does segwit remove?

It's said that Segwit removes signature data from transactions which makes block have more space for more transactions. Question 1) If SegWit removes signature data, where does it put it exactly ? ...
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how does node remove conflicting transactions from memory pool?

Sorry for the long text. This is just my observation and was wondering if you could let me know if I am correct or not. Case 1) Let's say minerA and minerB both have the same transaction in their ...
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Given a bitcoin block, what's the easiest way to determine the minimum net fee rate (including ancestors) for transactions in that block?

Given a bitcoin block, what's the easiest way to determine the minimum net fee rate (including ancestors) for transactions in that block? A naive approach would be to just find the minimum fee rate ...
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Is a timestamp in bitcoin different than just the “stamp of time”?

In the "References" section of Bitcoin's whitepaper, Satoshi Nakamoto points to three papers that serve as inspiration for digital timestamping. When you read those documents it is clear ...
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List of different unknown mining pools

A miner can identify himself when he receive his coinbase transaction, we can view them on website offering block explorer like https://www.blockchain.com/charts/pools Some of these miners are listed ...
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anyone can help me recovering my bitcoin bip38 password? [duplicate]

i have bitcoin wallet with more than 1 btc but i cant import it without losing this amount cos i forgot the bip38 password public key: 1CZosSHnf87ZqZ3fRiAuikpzdCZhAKsi3y private key: ...
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Tiny 1-block forks in blk.dat files

I just completed parsing the Testnet3 Bitcoin blockchain stored in the blk.dat files into a database. Since I was using multi-processing to parse several files at the same time, I didn't add the ...
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How is data in a blockchain stored? Structure of block and blockchain

I'm trying to build a blockchain-based application and I have a problem with understanding some crucial issues. What exactly is a block? I mean, I've seen application where blocks were just String ...
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How many transactions are there in one block

What I understand: When a transaction is made , miners compete to validate it and create a hash . If one miner creates the hash and more than 51% of miners agree on the validity .Then the a block is ...
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Why are mined blocks not always full

Why do mined blocks tend to vary so much in size. If the miner's objective is to maximize their revenue from transaction fees they should add transactions starting with the one with the largest fee, ...
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How come the bitcoin blockchain is only 285gb only?

I found some statistics that the bitcoin blockchain is 285gb. https://www.statista.com/statistics/647523/worldwide-bitcoin-blockchain-size/ Bitcoin has been around for how long? 10 years? with 1mb ...
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How do I call getblocktemplate from C#'s bitcoinlib?

How do I call getblocktemplate from the bitcoinlib package for C#? This call does not work ICoinService CoinService = new BitcoinService(useTestnet: true); var blockTemplate = CoinService....
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How to search for an address in last block?

I want to check in bitcoin-core and see if there is any of my watching addresses in last block. So my question is how can I know a specific address is included in last block or not? I can search with ...
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How to see highest available block number in “Bitcoin Wallet” app for Android (Schildbach wallet)?

If I have downloaded the "Bitcoin Wallet" by "Bitcoin Wallet Developers" (Schildbach wallet) onto an Android phone from the Google Play store, how can I see the latest block number ...
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How to know Block height when a transaction entered Mempool?

I'm hosting a Listening Bitcoin Node in Capital of Pakistan. I want to know the Block height when Transaction entered the mempool. Right now I'm using the time from the Json format of the Transaction ...
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Some miners set the nVersion field of the block header to 0x8000004. What were they signalling for? Was this an error?

Some miners set the nVersion field of the block header to 0x8000004. What were they signalling for? Is this an error? I have been through a lot of the BIP documentations, but cannot seem to find any ...

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