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If you are talking about Technical Analysis in general, we would need to write a book to answer that. As for Technical Analysis applied to Bitcoin, just look at the date when the predictions were made, look at the graphs and compare. During the last couple of months: He wrongly predicted a short term rally starting at $14 at the end of July He correctly ...


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Yes this is called an SPV client. See this question here for detailed explanation of how SPV works. There are several of these today, most mobile wallets and the multibit wallet use SPV technology.


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This strongly depends on what you think makes a financial system healthy. As long as there is no challenge to the core of Bitcoin, distributed no third party controlled transactions, there is no need to worry about any of the technical aspects. Stakeholders are the major problem here, the hashrate distribution being the clearest example. Stakeholder power ...


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There has been a rally in price of 10% or more since May, and there is constant supply of new bitcoins entering the market, so some of the cash from the order book has since moved into bitcoins. But no doubt, a thicker order book (reflecting lots of buying interest) lessens the risk of a selloff. When Mt. Gox's BTC/USD represented 80% or more of the ...


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Market analysis usually consist of Fundamental Analysis and Technical Analysis. I recommend http://www.babypips.com to get started with the the Technical Analysis. Fundamentals consist of understanding how the economy is effected by news and business. Social psychology to specific events and can vary depending on what market your looking into.


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The regtest mode is basically for running a node in a test network where all peers have to be added manually and it is extremely easy to solve blocks. As such, there won't be any network traffic unless you start multiple nodes and connect them using the addnode RPC command. Alternatively, maybe you meant to run this in -testnet mode instead of -regtest ...


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What you're describing is something I understand to be a well established practice in the land of ICOs and premined altcoins. I've seen it called "salting the tip jar". It doesn't take much effort to go find high profile "cryptocurrencies" that premined and presold 72 million tokens than as soon as their presale ended their "CEO" paid himself out a million ...


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Assuming that the BTC price is falling against USD, either BTC/LTC will remain stable and LTC will crash proportionately against USD or LTC/USD will remain stable and BTC will crash against LTC or something in between. Otherwise, there will be arbitrage opportunities by changing by using LTC as an intermediary between BTC and USD


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To answer your question completely: It is possible to implement a Bitcoin client without the whole blockchain. In fact, many exist, including Electrum, MultiBit, Mycelium, etc. However, it is not possible to implement the entire Bitcoin network without a full blockchain, unless you want to create a fundamentally new technology. Bitcoin thrives on the ...


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No, you can't. When a transaction refers to an unspent output, it refers to it by transaction ID and output number, not by address. So knowing that a particular address has a particular balance is not what you need to validate transactions. If you can't validate transactions, you can't validate blocks. If you can't validate blocks, you can't really do much ...


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It's entirely possible for a node to store only the balances (Actually the UTXO, but it's conceptually similar). This is called blockchain pruning, and IIRC has been on the wishlist for a while. The biggest problem is that to bootstrap a full node, it can't just take your word for what the set of balances should be, it needs proof. That proof is the full ...


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The math behind those graphs is pretty simple, the main problem is crawling through the data and creating readable images automatically. Difficulty (red line) can always be read from the generated Blocks, no problem there. 1/3/7/14/whatever-window estimates I assume are calculated by counting how many Blocks were generated in a given time period and at ...


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