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Is Merkle tree pruning described in the whitepaper feasible/useful? If not, would there be any alternative?

When I was reading bitcoin-paper-errata-and-details.md written by David A. Harding, I realized that there's probably a common misunderstanding or over-simplification about Merkle tree pruning. What ...
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Major changes to Bitcoin since original paper

Is there a history of the major changes/additions (as well as perhaps major proposals) to Bitcoin since the original paper by Satoshi? I realize of course that one can read through the BIPs and ...
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Understanding simplifying payment verification

I'm studying the paper "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System" and I've gone through many questions on this site. Still I cannot fully understand the contents of the Simplified Payment ...
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Bitcoin Paper: Why do we need the probability of catching up in double spend attack?

In the Bitcoin original paper, we have two probabilities: 1- Probability of generating k number of blocks in the period T in which z confirmations are generated. 2- Probability that the attacker ...
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in the white paper you have 2 sides : attacker and honest node

What does it mean that there is either the attacker or honest node. This means that within 10 minutes either attacker or honest node mines a block but what about neither OR another side ? How could ...