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Pieter Wuille
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Will there be 21 million bitcoins eventually?

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What does the curve used in Bitcoin, secp256k1, look like?

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What keeps the average block time at 10 minutes?

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What is the database for?

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When should I use -reindex-chainstate and when -reindex

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What are the keys used in the blockchain levelDB (ie what are the key:value pairs)?

51 votes
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My raw transaction destroyed 0.0284377 BTC. What did I do wrong?

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ECDSA: (v, r, s), what is v?

48 votes

What are orphaned and stale blocks?

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How do transactions leave the memory pool?

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What do the different .dat files contain?

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Why the signature is always 65 (1+32+32) bytes long?

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51% attack - apparently very easy? refering to CZ's "rollback btc chain" - How to make sure such corruptible scenario can never happen so easily?

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Why is it not possible to get the private key out of the public key?

36 votes
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What does the term "Longest chain" mean?

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What are the potential attacks against ECDSA that would be possible if we used raw public keys as addresses?

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What are the limits of m and n in m-of-n multisig addresses?

33 votes

Why is bitcoin written in C++?

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Bitcoin Segwit was released in the summer of 2017 to reduce the blocksize congestion. Why is it still congested?

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Get non-wallet transactions using bitcoin rpc (gettransaction)

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Is it possible to convert a taproot address into a native segwit address?

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Does bitcoin miner heat as much as a heater

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How are bitcoin transactions and the blockchain transferred over the internet?

29 votes

How are public & private keys in an address created?

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Is it possible to get the public key of a bitcoin address I do not have the private keys for with the standard client?

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How to get an address's balance with the bitcoin client?

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How does a client decide which is the longest block chain if there is a fork?

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How do you derive the private key from two signatures that share the same k value?

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Is a bitcoin address collision possible if generating 90 million addresses every 4 hours?

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How do I implement a Merkle Tree?

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