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What is the difference between Dogecoin and Bitcoin at the network level?

TL;DR: small code differences, but many larger ecosystem differences IIRC, Dogecoin is a fork of Luckycoin, which in turn was forked from Litecoin, which was forked from Tenebrix, which was forked ...
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What will happen to Bitcoin when it takes years to complete a calculation?

Mining is a self-adjusting system. The difficulty only rises in accordance to the available mining power. Hence, it can neither go to a difficulty where it will take months for a block to be found, ...
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Why would I choose to use Bitcoin and not other crypto currencies like Ethereum or Dash? Why is Bitcoin better or worse than the rest?

I find this article convincing in its analysis of the dynamics between Bitcoin and competing networks: The Coming Demise of the Altcoins To summarize briefly, the author suggests: The utility ...
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What exactly is Microsoft 365 going to support?

Presumably, this means that if you type '0.5 BTC' into a cell, it will be recognized as an amount of money instead of text. (Currently, if you type '$5' into a cell, it will recognize this as an ...
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What is needed to get listed on a currency exchange website?

First, you're going to have to prove that your altcoin is useful and has value and liquidity. You can't just create a new coin and expect people to value it. The most successful altcoins have ...
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Why would I choose to use Bitcoin and not other crypto currencies like Ethereum or Dash? Why is Bitcoin better or worse than the rest?

Bitcoin was the first, the most well known and thus has the most network effect. The network effect is extremely important and there are examples were better technologies lost to the competition ...
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Correlation of number of (non mining) full nodes to internet bandwidth

I don't think any such study exists, because it is very difficult to gain any concrete information about full nodes on the network. Because nodes can (and often are) run over proxies or TOR, their ...
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Beginning 2017 what estimate of individuals own bitcoin?

There's a hard limit on the amount of people that own one bitcoin: There currently are only 16.1 million bitcoins in circulation, so there can't be more more than 16.1 million people with one bitcoin. ...
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How many people own crypto currencies?

As Luca mentioned it is really difficult to measure, but there is a way to map Bitcoin addresses to IP address under certain conditions. Refer this paper Title : An Analysis of Anonymity in Bitcoin ...
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Why would I choose to use Bitcoin and not other crypto currencies like Ethereum or Dash? Why is Bitcoin better or worse than the rest?

Due to the network effect, the Bitcoin network has the most hashing power behind it, as well as the most investment in it. It had been vetted more than any other cryptocurrency, and the network is ...
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Which country has the highest number of Bricks and Mortal merchants who accept Bitcoin per Capita?

Coinmap is definitely not comprehensive. I imagine most of the listings are in NA and Europe because the site itself is in English. I doubt there will ever be a comprehensive centralized repository of ...
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What will happen to Bitcoin when it takes years to complete a calculation?

The cost of mining has actually decreased massively since CPU mining, which consumed something ridiculous like 5,000 Watts per GH/s. Today's best 16nm chips are speculated at running at less that 0.1 ...
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Why would I choose to use Bitcoin and not other crypto currencies like Ethereum or Dash? Why is Bitcoin better or worse than the rest?

The space is so broad that your question can't really be answered easily. In general, altcoins are far more risky but offer more potential reward. In general, altcoin portfolios will require far more ...
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How to suggest to our church that they should accept Bitcoin payments?

My best approach would be to show them coinbase.com or xcoins.io or gemini.com and show them how its similar to a bank account. They can log in and check their balance or withdraw to a bank account ...
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How did Satoshi grow the Bitcoin community?

The very early days of Bitcoin were pretty much only computer scientists/software engineers and the like. Satoshi posted his peer-to-peer electronic cash proposal to the cypherpunk's mailing list. His ...
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What is needed to get listed on a currency exchange website?

The public to whom you've addressed your question won't provide the best answer. Yours is a question about a particular business (digital currency exchanges) and so it is best directed to the few ...
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Why would I choose to use Bitcoin and not other crypto currencies like Ethereum or Dash? Why is Bitcoin better or worse than the rest?

The reason bitcoins is the best is this, how many places can you go to and trade coins on the market, like buying and selling like at Bitrex for example? If you go to these sites what do you have to ...
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Can I use Bitcoin elsewhere except in the deep web?

There are a number of applications. Bitcoin is e.g. used for donations, e.g. Khan Academy online-shops for digital goods, e.g. vpn, web hosting, mail servers, mp3s, computer games mail-order ...
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Can I use Bitcoin elsewhere except in the deep web?

Yes. You can use bitcoins in many places. There are Bitcoin exchanges where you may exchange your coins for USD or vice-versa. You can also use them on various websites like Newegg for example.
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Bitcoin purchases by country

Nate's answer is true about transactions generally, although companies like Chainalysis use sophisticated software and methods to try to find sources of transactions. This may not be what you are ...
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Bitcoin purchases by country

Nate is right. But there is this tool: http://fiatleak.com/ which can help you see a particular currency's exchanges in and out of Bitcoin. Euro, USD and Yuan are usually the most predominant. ...
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What are the biggest motivations for common people to adopt crypto currencies?

One of the benefits of cryptocurrencies that I recently heard at a Bitcoin Meetup that seemed very promising was how they lower the cost of remittances. I've heard remittances be defined as the act of ...
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Is Bitcoin still an experiment?

Is Bitcoin still an experiment? I don't think so. There's no control, and nobody's made one of those three panel boards. In all seriousness, though, I think Satoshi probably wrote and published ...
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How would Bitcoin's purchasing power be measured after fiat were gone?

It's typical to measure the purchasing power of currencies using something like the Consumer Price Index, so this is probably would be used if Bitcoin were to become a dominant currency. Basically, ...
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Why should retailers prefer bitcoin over other cryptocurrencies that have shorter confirmation time?

Bitcoin is the incumbent in the space with a strong lead. It is not feasible to create faster blocks than about 60 seconds (as short block intervals create a host of other problems). 60 seconds ...
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Does Bitcoin have a built-in life expectancy?

but never actually get there Except at some point there will be a rounding error (as numbers are integers in the code) to zero new coins being mined. does this imply that the incentives for ...
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How would Bitcoin's purchasing power be measured after fiat were gone?

There is now a BitcoinPPI (Bitcoin purchasing power index) available: http://bitcoinppi.com/ It uses the BigMac index published by The Economist and calculates a global weighted index and a local ...
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Will people not spending their Bitcoin cause Bitcoin to fail?

I beg to differ. If you go to https://blockchain.info/, and look at the 'latest transactions', you'll see numerous transactions taking place continuously. Also, there is a quite a bit of discussion ...
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Do all Banks and Credit Unions in the U.S. accept Bitcoin?

Certainly all banks and credit unions do not accept bitcoin, and I'm not aware of any that do. Banks and credit unions can be thought of as nodes in their own network that is not actually so ...
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