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What prior work influenced the design of the Bitcoin instruction set?

The "Script" system used by Bitcoin transactions is commonly described as a Forth-like, stack-based language. What prior work influenced the design and layout of the Script instruction set? ...
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How could Schnorr signatures be aggregated across the whole transaction?

I am studying the MuSig protocol and am having trouble grasping certain segments. This is my understanding thus far: In current Bitcoin CHECKMULTISIG format, the size of the signature grows linearly ...
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How many bitcoin transactions can be verified per second on commodity hardware in 2020?

I am trying to figure out how many Bitcoin transactions could be verified per second. Am I correct that signature verification is more expensive than computing Merkletrees and hashes and therefore ...
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Miners setting locktime in coinbase transaction

Some coinbase transactions have locktime values set. One such recent example is: { "txid": "5166cb509a5d786db33963a269ea08ff82a1c40d37d4fb828a394b0465cd5efd", "hash": ...
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Obtaining historical orphaned blocks (chaintips) without old node

I'm attempting to do some research surrounding orphaned blocks within the Bitcoin network. From my understanding the best and really only way to obtain data for blocks that no longer exist in the main ...
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How to recover corrupted Bitcoin-Core blockchain?

I recently experienced a I/O error resulting in data block corruption or index corruption cause bitcoin-qt wasn't quitting so I forced bitcoin core to shutdown without killin it properly. I checked ...
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How many useable UTXOs are possible with BTC inside them?

I've heard there are somewhere in the range of 80-100 million possible UTXOs, where users could hold their own keys, with their BTC savings inside, and still have them spendable in the future. Best ...
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Format of mkey field in encrypted wallet.dat file

I am writing a C++ application to scour large files (typically disk images) for wallet.dat files, with the intention of recovering the private keys. At the moment I am struggling the data contained ...
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Test Network Genesis Block

I am using BitcoinJ for my java application which fetches the test network's genesis block. I referred to the basics mentioned at JavaWorld and BitcoinJ's Google Code wiki. I am able to get it ...
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Satoshi introduced the 1MB block size limit in a commit. Why did Andresen make an identical commit some days later?

Satoshi added the 1MB block size limit in this commit on 15 July 2010 https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/commit/a30b56ebe76ffff9f9cc8a6667186179413c6349 https://sourceforge.net/p/bitcoin/code/103 ...
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Can we measure bitcoin's accumulated work in terms of entropy (in bits) directly rather than expected number of hashes?

The Background Bitcoin tracks chain work by counting the (expected) minimum number of hashes it would take to create a chain of the same number of blocks and same difficulty steps[1]. Naturally, ...
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Does BIP70 have any problem (security/privacy/etc)? Why will Bitcoin Core disable it by default in the next major release (0.19.0)?

Recently it's reported that Bitcoin Core will disable BIP70 support by default in the next major release (0.19.0): https://cointelegraph.com/news/sorry-bitpay-new-bitcoin-upgrade-proposal-disables-...
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How to build Bitcoin binaries for Windows on Ubuntu using cross-compile

I am trying to build Bitcoin 0.13 for Windows. I've always used this guide for building previous versions. Now seems that developers have changed their mind regarding Windows, and the new way seems ...
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How to build Merkle root from merkle branches?

Is there any help/tutorial on how to build the Merkle root from stratum data? The Slushpool's stratum protocol has an example of a mining job but it does not contain any Merkle branches and I don't ...
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Historical BTC data in JSON

As of now, the only API I can find that serves historical data is https://blockchain.info/charts/market-price?timespan=60days&format=json. It only uses USD, and I need to serve non-USD data. My ...

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