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What is the longest blockchain fork that has been orphaned to date?

The orphaned blocks view from BlockChain.info shows a recent fork of the blockchain (starting with block 173,928) that went four blocks long before being orphaned. Other than the controlled rewind ...
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What cryptocurrency systems predate Bitcoin, and how do they differ from it?

Although Bitcoin is certainly making strides as the first cryptocurrency to enter (comparatively) widespread use, cryptocurrency has long been a topic of discussion in fiction and academia. What ...
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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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When was block 210000 generated and who solved it?

When was block 210000, the first block to feature halved 25BTC reward, generated and who solved it?
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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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How did Nakamoto untraceably pay for registering bitcoin.org?

Wikipedia says "Nakamoto created a website with the domain name bitcoin.org" and "transferred several related domains", while bitcoin.org says it was "originally registered and owned by Bitcoin's ...
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Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? I have heard about him and read his paper. Why is he no-longer publicly involved in Bitcoin?
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What was the last life sign of Satoshi Nakamoto?

I heard that the name may be a pseudonym and that very little is known about the initiator of bitcoin. Also it seems that he has stopped working on the main client. When was his last verifiable life ...
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Current Bitcoin symbol: Who designed it, when and why?

I am looking for informations about the authors of the current symbol used for Bitcoin. I am also interested about any brand design explainations such as graphic guidelines, and the way this symbol ...
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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 longest time gap between blocks in 2010 - 2011?

I notice on blockexplorer that block 159531 was mined at 2011-12-28 10:53:53 and the next block was mined at 2011-12-28 11:24:58 - a gap of more than half an hour. I know the 10-minutes-per-block rule ...
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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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What is the largest transaction by value to date for bitcoin currency?

As the title asked - what is the largest transaction by value to date?
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What is the story behind the “Linode problem”?

What is the story behind the "Linode problem"? How did the service become compromised and what has exactly happened because of it?
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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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Which Namecoin block was the first one to be generated by merged mining?

For a definitive record is it possible to determine if a namecoin block was generated via merged mining? Is so which was the first one. Which is the first bitcoin block to have namecoin information ...
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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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What was the longest held UTXO ever spent?

What output had the longest period between when it was created and eventually spent?
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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 are the most notable attacks on pools?

Since Bitcoin's inception there have been several attacks on mining pools. There was the Linode problem, where some 46,000 BTC were stolen from pool accounts. What are some other notable attacks on ...
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Has the TestNet ever been reset?

The Bitcoin TestNet is a network identical to Bitcoin in every respect except that the bitcoins on it are worthless because no one accepts them in payment or values them for anything other than ...
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When was the first GPU miner made available publicly?

The GPU miners are widely used nowadays, but that wasn't always the case. When was the first GPU mining software made available publicly?
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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 story behind Bitcoinica?

Bitcoinica was a very popular service when it was operating. What is the story behind it - when was it started, what did it offer, and what hurdles did it face?
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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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What is the story behind Tradehill?

Tradehill used to be an important Bitcoin exchange, but it was closed earlier this year due to losing a lot of money to their payment processor. What is the full story behind Tradehill?
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Any free books about Bitcoin? [closed]

Are there any free (e)books about Bitcoin? There are many articles, blogposts about it all over the internet. But is there actually any comprehensive book about it? Covering not only technical details,...
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When MtGox was hacked on 15th June 2011, how many bitcoins were actually stolen?

When MtGox was hacked on 15th June 2011, how many bitcoins were stolen? I remember at the time that news articles reporting the incident talked about the size of the sell order the hacker placed ...
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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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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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What was the first altcoin?

I'm aware that LiteCoin is (was?) the "silver" to bitcoin's "gold". The question is: What was the first altcoin? Was it actually LiteCoin or was there something else? For the purposes of "alt ...
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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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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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An authoritative resource for the history of Bitcoin

I've been developing an introductory course on Bitcoin and would like to have a lecture about its history. Other than Wikipedia, does there exist a community-accepted resource elaborating on the ...
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Have there been cases of traditional money theft from Bitcoin exchanges?

There have been a number of cases of thefts or losses of Bitcoins from a few Bitocoin exchanges, but has there ever been a case of traditional currency being stolen or lost by an exchange?
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What is the highest recorded difficulty in the main net? [closed]

What is the highest recorded difficulty in the main net and which blocks was it used for?
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How was the dust limit of 546 satoshis was chosen? Why not 550 satoshis?

Is there a reason why 546 satoshis was chosen as dust limit instead of 547 or even 550 satoshis, historically?
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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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When was the first non-coinbase transaction?

What's the block number? Also if it was a test transaction, then what was the first event of real commerce if know?
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Who came up with pooled mining?

What was the first implementation of pooled mining? Who came up with it? What protocol did they use and where can it be found?
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What does the FBI think about Bitcoin, in brief?

Also related: The context of FBI involvement with Bitcoin The FBI document regarding Bitcoin that was leaked in May 2012 is very long. Is there a brief summary of the most important points somewhere?
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What is the story behind MtGox and their French bank?

MtGox has their French bank account closed last year, as the bank stated they aren't legally allowed to undertake the activities they were doing in regards to trading Bitcoins. There have been a few ...
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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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What article started the Bitcoin bubble?

As I heard the Bitcoin bubble started around April 2011 due to an article on Bitcoin in some news website. What article started the Bitcoin bubble?
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What are some of the Bitcoin inaccuracies in the CBS Show “The Good Wife”?

The CBS Show "The Good Wife" had a series of shows speaking about the Bitcoin and its creation. Although the show is entertaining, it is prudent for those of you who know the truth to record it for ...
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When did Satoshi Nakamoto release Bitcoin v.0.1 to the public? 08 Jan 09 or 09 Jan 09?

Many websites say Satoshi Nakamoto released Bitcoin on 09 Jan 2009 (Source 1) (Source 2) (Source 3). After looking through the Satoshi Archive, it seems to have been released on 08 Jan 2009 (Source). ...
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Was it always required for the Coinbase transaction to be the first transaction in a block?

The user tempo mentioned on another topic: "At least in the early protocol versions it was possible to put the coinbase transaction not on the top of the outputs." I have never heard about this ...
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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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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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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 ...