Pieter Wuille

Belgium

bitcoin.sipa.be

Age: 30

Jan
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comment Is it true the genesis block reward can't be spent forever?
It may or may not be considered a bug, but it is part of the consensus rules now, effectively. Software can be changed to alter this, but with a software change we could also make Bitcoin a frontend for Paypal - so it's not a very interesting argument. Effectively, every full validation node needs to be modified, at the same time simultaneously, or we'd be giving Satoshi a means to instantly fork the network. Changes like this are called "hard forks", and only done when there is very pervasive consensus that it is needed.
Jan
25
comment What does the term "Longest chain" mean?
We look at the amount of work in each chain: the expected number of hashes that were necessary to build them. This loosely corresponds to the sum of the difficulties of the blocks in both chains (which is almost always the same as just comparing the length, unless the fork spans a retarget).
Jan
13
comment What exactly is generator G in Bitcoin's elliptical curve algorithm?
Note that in the specific case of Bitcoin's secp256k1 curve, a = 0 and b = 7, so the formula is y^2 = x^3 + 7.
Jan
6
answered Why use OP_RETURN for long-term timestamping if they are pruneable?
Jan
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comment What BIPs are supported by the standard client Bitcoin Core?
As I said above, 'Status' has little meaning for most BIPs. For most changes, every project is free to implement them or not, and Bitcoin Core is no different. As far as I know, there is no place where a list of actually implemented BIPs in Core was ever compiled.
Dec
30
comment What BIPs are supported by the standard client Bitcoin Core?
@StephenM347 That's just a link of BIPs, not whether they're implemented or not in Bitcoin Core.
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comment What BIPs are supported by the standard client Bitcoin Core?
I'm surprised I only now see this question. I've answered below, and I'm going propose adding a list like the one in my answer in the Bitcoin Core repository.
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comment Is there a BIPs roadmap somewhere?
Read BIP 1, it explains the BIP process.
Dec
24
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