Questions tagged [ethereum]

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Why is a short blocktime considered to be unsafe?

I've heard a couple of times "a shorter blocktime is unsafe," (first about Litecoin and now Ethereum) but never understood why. Is it the higher probability of a fork? Why do some people consider a ...
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What is Gas Limit in Ethereum?

What is the function of Gas Limit parameter in Ethereum? Is it involved in mining or something else?
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Is Ethereum essentially Bitcoin with Turing-complete Script?

Is Ethereum essentially Bitcoin with a Turing-complete scripting language and, if I understand correctly, where the script to be executed (not its hash) is placed in the Ethereum blockchain? If so, ...
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What is the approach to calculate an Ethereum address from a 256 bit private key?

For a given private key generated by MyEtherWallet, I would like to see I have the tools to independently arrive at similar results. Wrote a wrapper around Keccak to accept both hexadecimal and ...
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Ethereum - how is the output of a contract computation verified?

This may be as simple as a pointer to some place in the docs I've missed, but how/where is the output of a contract's computation checked, or assured against a malicious miner with an intentionally ...
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Can Ethereum support compressed secp256k1 public keys to compute Keccak addresses? [closed]

Starting from a private key, a working functional example provides details for how an Ethereum address can be calculated from an uncompressed secp256k1 elliptic curve public key. This functional ...
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The Ethereum gas limit seems prohibitively low. Will it ever be raised? If so, when and how?

I'm having trouble publishing contracts and executing transactions due to the low gas limit (3.14 million gas ~0.15 ETH). How and when will the gas limit rise?