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Related to the history of Bitcoin

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Have there been any examples of people manipulating transactions in a way that waiting for more than 1 confirmation would avoid?

A lot of bitcoin exchanges require some minimum amount of confirmations before they consider money deposited. Is there any evidence that this actually does anything? Has someone ever before ...
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Is there a documentation of the first altcoins timeline?

Meaning, which altcoin was created one, in a chronological order. It's interesting, from a historical perspective, to collect such an archive.
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What is the longnest blockchain fork that has been orphaned to date?

On this thread, the user asked what is the longest unintentional fork that Bitcoin had suffered. From the answers present, Bitcoin never had a >4 block fork until 2012. It has been 6 years though, ...
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What is the oldest physical bitcoin artifact?

The bitcoin network has been running since early 2009, but what is the oldest physical artifact related to bitcoin? I don't mean computer hardware that was used to run bitcoin, unless it is designed ...
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CoPay Bitcoin wallet Address History? [duplicate]

Is there a way to look up your Copay wallet address history? Thanks, Stacy
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What are the three values in the csv graph of price history?

I wanted to look up the price history of bitcoin on different exchanges (in order to compare them in one graph) and I found this site with the data organized in csv type files. What do the three ...
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How did pay-to-pubkey hash come about? What is its history?

We know that early blocks all used pay-to-pubkey (p2pk) and at some point, we mostly switched to pay-to-pubkey-hash (p2pkh). What is the history behind this? Who made the changes and when did p2pkh ...
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any website tracking history of circulating tokens of any coin?

Is there any website dedicated to tracking history of circulating tokens of any coin? Ideally, for each time a crypto has tokens added or removed to its circulating amount, we'd want to know: amount ...
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What's the history behind the first btc exchange [closed]

I've found out that the first BTC exchange was "BitcoinMarket.com" but I didn't find any information on it or any other exchanges that started at that time. So the question is how did this first ...
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At the beginning. when nobody owned bitcoins. what was being minned? [duplicate]

what I understood about mining a block is that, New/pending transactions are to be verified and placed into a block solving the proof of work. The miners are rewarded for this task. In the very ...
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When was the paper of bitcoin announced?

When examining about this, it is said that many are November 1, 2008, but on the other hand, there are sites that are on October 31st. Which one is correct?
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What is the significance of Bitcoin Pizza Day, and when is it celebrated?

Today, at Consensus 2017, some people were talking about getting Pizza to celebrate Bitcoin Pizza Day. What is the story behind that, and when is it celebrated?
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Have the early mined coins been moved/transacted?

Has anyone done an analysis of the early coins mined by Satoshi and Hal Finney? Have those coins been moved/spent/transacted? I wonder whether Satoshi has been cashing in on his collection or does he ...
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In what ways was the “Hong Kong Agreement” infringed upon?

There is a favorite talking point in some parts of the community claiming that this or that party broke the Hong Kong Agreement. Mentioned are for example: Delivery time of SegWit Delivery time of ...
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Is Bitcoin the first e-cash scheme which solved the double-spend problem?

Is Bitcoin the first trustless e-cash scheme which solved the double-spend problem? I'm under the impression it is and that was one if its greatest contributions, but I couldn't really find a source ...
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Do I spare 80Gb to only keep the blockchain and do I need it to be always present?

I am new to Bitcoin, reading a book and just downloaded a client. On site I read the note that I would need about 65-80gb to keep the whole history of transactions. What happens when it downloads the ...
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MtGox's secondary market?

I remember back in the day when MtGox halted its BTC withdrawals, someone put together a secondary market exchange for trading MtGoxBTC for actual BTC. You could deposit MtGox BTC to it since the ...
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The incident with 92 billion bitcoins

There is a documented case from 2010 when a block with 92 billion bitcoins was discovered. The bug was found and software was patched within 5 hours and everyone had to "hit the load button" to an ...
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What is the most expensive Bitcoin purchase ever made?

Relying only on publicly disclosed data, what is the most expensive Bitcoin purchase that has ever occurred? "Expensive" can be determined either by: Highest purchase price in Bitcoins Highest fiat ...
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Why does old Bitcoin client include code for advertising in market.cpp?

I was looking at the early bitcoin client source code 0.1.5 and I can see that there is a file called market.cpp. It seems to handle advertisements. What is the history behind that? It looks like ...
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Where did the idea of blockchain come from? Git was already using it since 2005

With bitcoin's blockchain, each block's hash is computed with the previous block's hash. That makes all blocks an immutable chain. This is not the first time people used a hash-chain. As far as I ...
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Why does Satoshi's public key have the uid “BuZz Spacedout”

This is more of a historical question about bitcoin than a technical question. Hope that's okay... Does anyone happen to know why the public key numbered: pub 1024D/5EC948A1 2008-10-30 ...
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The begining of Bitcoin [duplicate]

I want to ask, how was the first Bitcoin made? And how can it be made? Every time I think of Bitcoin, these questions come to my mind.
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What explanations are there for the bubble of 2013 and subsequent Bitcoin price in 2014?

I'm having a look at the price history of Bitcoin/USD, and there's a significant spike around the end of 2013 (to USD 1137), followed by a very volatile year in 2014 that ended with Bitcoin around USD ...
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When did the ASIC mining era begin?

I am trying to figure out when the ASIC mining era began. A Bitcoin magazine article from January 23rd 2013 announces the imminent arrival of the first batch of Avalon miners in early February. Is ...
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What is the “1 RETURN” bug?

From Nathaniel Popper's “Digital Gold : Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money", this heavily edited (by me, for clarity) excerpt: “In late July Gavin ...
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“Sipa” definition? (old terminology, circa 2011-12)

Vanitygen refers to "Sipa" format here: Currently, it is difficult to import the private key into bitcoin. Sipa's showwallet branch has a new command called "importprivkey" that accepts the ...
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Where can I find a full list of all Bitcoin mining hardware ever used?

I want to know where I can find a full list of Bitcoin mining hardware. I don't want a list of the most profitable hardware, I just want a list with the greatest number of Bitcoin miners (don't care ...
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Testnet version history

From Bitcoin Wiki: Testnet There have been three generations of testnet. Testnet2 was just the first testnet reset with a different genesis block, because people were starting to trade testnet ...
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Total number of Bitcoins generated by pool mining

Hi I'm doing some research regarding bitcoins and pool mining, however I couldn't find the following information online. Total number of Bitcoins generated so far by pool mining and how many miners ...
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History behind the scripting language in Bitcoin?

What is the history of the current existing scripting language in Bitcoin? Satoshi's original whitepaper on Bitcoin makes no mention of a stack based scripting language. So who was the first person ...
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Satoshi's final statement

I read some articles about Satoshi's history and stumbled upon this one: No one knows what Satoshi is up to, but one of the last emails he sent to a software developer, dated April 23 2011, said “I’...
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Duplicated hash values in mining reward

This transaction is contained in two MainChain-Blocks: https://blockchain.info/tx/e3bf3d07d4b0375638d5f1db5255fe07ba2c4cb067cd81b84ee974b6585fb468 On Blockexplorer there is a note of this anomaly: ...
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Where are statistics data about stolen bitcoins and successful attacks?

I am looking for data about stolen bitcoins. Is somewhere statistics about how many bitcoins were stolen etc.? I only know that bitcoins were stolen in Mt.Gox and Flexicoin...
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The correct term for Bitcoin currency

I have been reading about Bitcoin and the history of it. But I was not able to find a term that actually describes Bitcoin. I am looking for a term that is not only for Bitcoin but any digital ...
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History of cold boot attacks on Proof-of-Stake miners

Have instances of theft due to cold boot attacks been recorded? If so, is this a common problem? If so, are miners installing memory encryption software like Trezor?
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When was MyBitcoin created?

MyBitcoin used to be an online Bitcoin shared eWallet. It was the go-to place for easily handling bitcoins. The site eventually shut down with a major loss of coins, widely suspected to be perpetrated ...
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Earliest bitcoin forex & product purchases

How did bitcoin trade for conventional currency in the earliest days? Was there much demand to exchange it for conventional currencies, or were those who sold goods & services content with ...
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How big is the Bitcoin network?

How big is the Bitcoin network in terms of total number of computers (peers, clients) that are connected together? Are there any network statistics or historical size data available?
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Who has named 10e-8 BTC “Satoshi”?

When and where did the term come up for the first time? Did Satoshi Nakamoto comment on the naming?
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Can somebody provide me with the $price per GHps in mining since the old CPU days til present pre-orders?

Can somebody provide me with the $price per GHps in mining since the old CPU days til present pre-orders? I don't mean energy usage or price vs price of btc.. simply hardware costs relative to how ...
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Is the news story about the missing hard drive containing £4 million GBP of Bitcoins technically feasable?

I'll admit to being a complete newbie to Bitcoins. The whole thing has up until now passed me by, until my interest was peaked by this news story about a gentleman in the UK who supposedly threw away ...
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Who got the bitcoins when nobody was mining it in the very begin?

Who got the bitcoins when nobody was mining it in the very begin? If nobody mined it what used to happen to them? Cheers
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How has mining evolved since the start of Bitcoin?

Can someone post a detailed description on how mining has evolved since the introduction of Bitcoin all the way till today? I mean quantity of miners, hardware used, profits made, ROI etc. I guess ...
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Is it possible to determine Bitcoin ownership distribution?

Could someone guess on the most likely current Bitcoin ownership distribution? Are most bitcoins still owned by (early?) mining enthusiasts who are waiting for the price to go even higher?
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Why are the first 514 blocks on testnet3 dated much earlier?

This is kind of an obscure question, but I'm curious. In playing with Testnet (version 3), I noticed an odd jump in the block times. Blocks 0 through 513 have block times from 2-3 February 2011. ...
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When did litecoin fork bitcoin?

I'm looking for the git tag of Bitcoin at the time of the fork as well as litecoin after the fork
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What happened to the nonce distribution between blocks 24480-69120?

See: http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=Sk6vyBRu (each row represents 1440 blocks, each column represents a range of 100M values, covering blocks 0-216000) I've been doing some simple nonce analysis, as ...
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Mining on Amazon EC2

Was there ever a time when mining on Amazon EC2 was profitable? When the difficulty was low, so was the exchange rate, so I'm not sure.
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Why does Wikipedia's Bitcoin entry imply Satoshi's whitepaper is from May 2009?

The first citation in Wikipedia's Bitcoin article is of Satoshi's original whitepaper. It is worded: Nakamoto, Satoshi (24 May 2009). "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System". Retrieved 20 ...