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Long live decentralized bitcoin(!) A reading list

Newbs might not know this, but bitcoin recently came out of an intense internal drama. Between July 2015 and August 2017 bitcoin was attacked by external forces who were hoping to destroy the very properties that made bitcoin valuable in the first place. This culminated in the creation of segwit and the UASF (user activated soft fork) movement. The UASF was successful, segwit was added to bitcoin and with that the anti-decentralization side left bitcoin altogether and created their own altcoin called bcash. Bitcoin's price was $2500, soon after segwit was activated the price doubled to $5000 and continued rising until a top of $20000 before correcting to where we are today.
During this drama, I took time away from writing open source code to help educate and argue on reddit, twitter and other social media. I came up with a reading list for quickly copypasting things. It may be interesting today for newbs or anyone who wants a history lesson on what exactly happened during those two years when bitcoin's very existence as a decentralized low-trust currency was questioned. Now the fight has essentially been won, I try not to comment on reddit that much anymore. There's nothing left to do except wait for Lightning and similar tech to become mature (or better yet, help code it and test it)
In this thread you can learn about block sizes, latency, decentralization, segwit, ASICBOOST, lightning network and all the other issues that were debated endlessly for over two years. So when someone tries to get you to invest in bcash, remind them of the time they supported Bitcoin Unlimited.
For more threads like this see UASF

Summary / The fundamental tradeoff

A trip to the moon requires a rocket with multiple stages by gmaxwell (must read) https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/438hx0/a_trip_to_the_moon_requires_a_rocket_with/
Bram Cohen, creator of bittorrent, argues against a hard fork to a larger block size https://medium.com/@bramcohen/bitcoin-s-ironic-crisis-32226a85e39f#.558vetum4
gmaxwell's summary of the debate https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1343716.msg13701818#msg13701818
Core devs please explain your vision (see luke's post which also argues that blocks are already too big) https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/61yvvv/request_to_core_devs_please_explain_your_vision/
Mod of btc speaking against a hard fork https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/57hd14/core_reaction_to_viabtc_this_week/d8scokm/
It's becoming clear to me that a lot of people don't understand how fragile bitcoin is https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/59kflj/its_becoming_clear_to_me_that_a_lot_of_people/
Blockchain space must be costly, it can never be free https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4og24h/i_just_attended_the_distributed_trade_conference/
Charlie Lee with a nice analogy about the fundamental tradeoff https://medium.com/@SatoshiLite/eating-the-bitcoin-cake-fc2b4ebfb85e#.444vr8shw
gmaxwell on the tradeoffs https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1520693.msg15303746#msg15303746
jratcliff on the layering https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/59upyh/segwit_the_poison_pill_for_bitcoin/d9bstuw/

Scaling on-chain will destroy bitcoin's decentralization

Peter Todd: How a floating blocksize limit inevitably leads towards centralization [Feb 2013] https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=144895.0 mailing list https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2013-February/002176.html with discussion on reddit in Aug 2015 https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/3hnvi8/just_a_little_history_lesson_for_everyone_new_the/
Nick Szabo's blog post on what makes bitcoin so special http://unenumerated.blogspot.com/2017/02/money-blockchains-and-social-scalability.html
There is academic research showing that even small (2MB) increases to the blocksize results in drastic node dropoff counts due to the non-linear increase of RAM needed. http://bravenewcoin.com/assets/Whitepapers/block-size-1.1.1.pdf
Reddit summary of above link. In this table, you can see it estimates a 40% drop immediately in node count with a 2MB upgrade and a 50% over 6 months. At 4mb, it becomes 75% immediately and 80% over 6 months. At 8, it becomes 90% and 95%. https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5qw2wa_future_led_by_bitcoin_unlimited_is_a/dd442pw/
Larger block sizes make centralization pressures worse (mathematical) https://petertodd.org/2016/block-publication-incentives-for-miners
Talk at scalingbitcoin montreal, initial blockchain synchronization puts serious constraints on any increase in the block size https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgjrS-BPWDQ&t=2h02m06s with transcript https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/montreal2015/block-synchronization-time
Bitcoin's P2P Network: The Soft Underbelly of Bitcoin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6kibPzbrIc someone's notes: https://gist.github.com/romyilano/5e22394857a39889a1e5 reddit discussion https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4py5df/so_f2pool_antpool_btcc_pool_are_actually_one_pool/
In adversarial environments blockchains dont scale https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/hongkong2015/in-adversarial-environments-blockchains-dont-scale
Why miners will not voluntarily individually produce smaller blocks https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/hongkong2015/why-miners-will-not-voluntarily-individually-produce-smaller-blocks
Hal Finney: bitcoin's blockchain can only be a settlement layer (mostly interesting because it's hal finney and its in 2010) https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/3sb5nj/most_bitcoin_transactions_will_occur_between/
petertodd's 2013 video explaining this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZp7UGgBR0I
luke-jr's summary https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/61yvvv/request_to_core_devs_please_explain_your_vision/dficjhj/
Another jratcliff thread https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6lmpll/explaining_why_big_blocks_are_bad/

Full blocks are not a disaster

Blocks must be always full, there must always be a backlog https://medium.com/@bergealex4/bitcoin-is-unstable-without-the-block-size-size-limit-70db07070a54#.kh2vi86lr
Same as above, the mining gap means there must always be a backlog talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2453&v=iKDC2DpzNbw transcript: https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/montreal2015/security-of-diminishing-block-subsidy
Backlogs arent that bad https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/49p011/was_the_fee_event_really_so_bad_my_mind_is/
Examples where scarce block space causes people to use precious resources more efficiently https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4kxxvj/i_just_singlehandedly_increased_bitcoin_network/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/47d4m2/why_does_coinbase_make_2_transactions_pe
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/53wucs/why_arent_blocks_full_yet/d7x19iv
Full blocks are fine https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5uld1a/misconception_full_blocks_mean_bitcoin_is_failing/
High miner fees imply a sustainable future for bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/BitcoinMarkets/comments/680tvf/fundamentals_friday_week_of_friday_april_28_2017/dgwmhl7/
gmaxwell on why full blocks are good https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6b57ca/full_blocks_good_or_bad/dhjxwbz/
The whole idea of the mempool being "filled" is wrong headed. The mempool doesn't "clog" or get stuck, or anything like that. https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/7cusnx/to_the_people_still_doubting_that_this_congestion/dpssokf/

Segwit

What is segwit

luke-jr's longer summary https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6033h7/today_is_exactly_4_months_since_the_segwit_voting/df3tgwg/?context=1
Charlie Shrem's on upgrading to segwit https://twitter.com/CharlieShrem/status/842711238853513220
Original segwit talk at scalingbitcoin hong kong + transcript https://youtu.be/zchzn7aPQjI?t=110
https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/hongkong2015/segregated-witness-and-its-impact-on-scalability
Segwit is not too complex https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/57vjin/segwit_is_not_great/d8vos33/
Segwit does not make it possible for miners to steal coins, contrary to what some people say https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/5e6bt0/concerns_with_segwit_and_anyone_can_spend/daa5jat/?context=1
https://keepingstock.net/segwit-eli5-misinformation-faq-19908ceacf23#.r8hlzaquz
Segwit is required for a useful lightning network It's now known that without a malleability fix useful indefinite channels are not really possible.
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5tzqtc/gentle_reminder_the_ln_doesnt_require_segwit/ddqgda7/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5tzqtc/gentle_reminder_the_ln_doesnt_require_segwit/ddqbukj/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5x2oh0/olaoluwa_osuntokun_all_active_lightning_network/deeto14/?context=3
Clearing up SegWit Lies and Myths: https://achow101.com/2016/04/Segwit-FUD-Clearup
Segwit is bigger blocks https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5pb8vs/misinformation_is_working_54_incorrectly_believe/dcpz3en/
Typical usage results in segwit allowing capacity equivalent to 2mb blocks https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/69i2md/observe_for_yourself_segwit_allows_2_mb_blocks_in/

Why is segwit being blocked

Jihan Wu (head of largest bitcoin mining group) is blocking segwit because of perceived loss of income https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/60mb9e/complete_high_quality_translation_of_jihans/
Witness discount creates aligned incentives https://segwit.org/why-a-discount-factor-of-4-why-not-2-or-8-bbcebe91721e#.h36odthq0 https://medium.com/@SegWit.co/what-is-behind-the-segwit-discount-988f29dc1edf#.sr91dg406
or because he wants his mining enterprise to have control over bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6jdyk8/direct_report_of_jihan_wus_real_reason_fo

Segwit is being blocked because it breaks ASICBOOST, a patented optimization used by bitmain ASIC manufacturer

Details and discovery by gmaxwell https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2017-April/013996.html
Reddit thread with discussion https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63otrp/gregory_maxwell_major_asic_manufacturer_is/
Simplified explaination by jonny1000 https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/64qq5g/attempted_explanation_of_the_alleged_asicboost/
http://www.mit.edu/~jlrubin/public/pdfs/Asicboost.pdf
https://medium.com/@jimmysong/examining-bitmains-claims-about-asicboost-1d61118c678d
Evidence https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63yo27/some_circumstantial_evidence_supporting_the_claim/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63vn5g/please_dont_stop_us_from_using_asicboost_which/dfxmm75/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63soe3/reverse_engineering_an_asic_is_a_significant_task/dfx9nc
Bitmain admits their chips have asicboost but they say they never used it on the network (haha a likely story) https://blog.bitmain.com/en/regarding-recent-allegations-smear-campaigns/
Worth $100m per year to them (also in gmaxwell's original email) https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/849798529929424898
Other calculations show less https://medium.com/@vcorem/the-real-savings-from-asicboost-to-bitmaintech-ff265c2d305b
This also blocks all these other cool updates, not just segwit https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63otrp/gregory_maxwell_major_asic_manufacturer_is/dfw0ej3/
Summary of bad consequences of asicboost https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/64qq5g/attempted_explanation_of_the_alleged_asicboost/dg4hyqk/?context=1
Luke's summary of the entire situation https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ego3s/why_is_killing_asicboost_not_a_priority/diagkkb/?context=1
Prices goes up because now segwit looks more likely https://twitter.com/TuurDemeestestatus/849846845425799168
Asicboost discovery made the price rise https://twitter.com/TuurDemeestestatus/851520094677200901
A pool was caught red handed doing asicboost, by this time it seemed fairly certain that segwit would get activated so it didnt produce as much interest as earlier https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6p7lr5/1hash_pool_has_mined_2_invalid_blocks/ and https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6p95dl/interesting_1hash_pool_mined_some_invalid_blocks/ and https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/889475196322811904
This btc user is outraged at the entire forum because they support Bitmain and ASICBOOST https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/67t43y/dragons_den_planned_smear_campaign_of_bitmain/dgtg9l2/
Antbleed, turns out Bitmain can shut down all its ASICs by remote control: http://www.antbleed.com/

What if segwit never activates

What if segwit never activates? https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ab8js/transaction_fees_are_now_making_btc_like_the_banks/dhdq3id/ with https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5ksu3o/blinded_bearer_certificates/ and https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4xy0fm/scaling_quickly/

Lightning

bitcoinmagazine's series on what lightning is and how it works https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/understanding-the-lightning-network-part-building-a-bidirectional-payment-channel-1464710791/ https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/understanding-the-lightning-network-part-creating-the-network-1465326903/ https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/understanding-the-lightning-network-part-completing-the-puzzle-and-closing-the-channel-1466178980/
The Lightning Network ELIDHDICACS (Explain Like I Don’t Have Degrees in Cryptography and Computer Science) https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-lightning-network-elidhdicacs
Ligtning will increases fees for miners, not lower them https://medium.com/lightning-resources/the-lightning-paradox-f15ce0e8e374#.erfgunumh
Cost-benefit analysis of lightning from the point of view of miners https://medium.com/@rusty_lightning/miners-and-bitcoin-lightning-a133cd550310#.x42rovlg8
Routing blog post by rusty https://medium.com/@rusty_lightning/routing-dijkstra-bellman-ford-and-bfg-7715840f004 and reddit comments https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4lzkz1/rusty_russell_on_lightning_routing_routing/
Lightning protocol rfc https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lightning-rfc
Blog post with screenshots of ln being used on testnet https://medium.com/@btc_coach/lightning-network-in-action-b18a035c955d video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxGiMu4V7ns
Video of sending and receiving ln on testnet https://twitter.com/alexbosworth/status/844030573131706368
Lightning tradeoffs http://www.coindesk.com/lightning-technical-challenges-bitcoin-scalability/
Beer sold for testnet lightning https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/62uw23/lightning_network_is_working_room77_is_accepting/ and https://twitter.com/MrHodl/status/848265171269283845
Lightning will result in far fewer coins being stored on third parties because it supports instant transactions https://medium.com/@thecryptoconomy/the-barely-discussed-incredible-benefit-of-the-lightning-network-4ce82c75eb58
jgarzik argues strongly against LN, he owns a coin tracking startup https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/860826532650123264 https://twitter.com/Beautyon_/status/886128801926795264
luke's great debunking / answer of some misinformation questions https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6st4eq/questions_about_lightning_network/dlfap0u/
Lightning centralization doesnt happen https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6vzau5/reminder_bitcoins_key_strength_is_in_being/dm4ou3v/?context=1
roasbeef on hubs and charging fees https://twitter.com/roasbeef/status/930209165728825344 and https://twitter.com/roasbeef/status/930210145790976000

Immutability / Being a swiss bank in your pocket / Why doing a hard fork (especially without consensus) is damaging

A downside of hard forks is damaging bitcoin's immutability https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5em6vu/what_happens_if_segwit_doesnt_activate/dae1r6c/?context=3
Interesting analysis of miners incentives and how failure is possible, don't trust the miners for long term https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5gtew4/why_an_increased_block_size_increases_the_cost_of/daybazj/?context=2
waxwing on the meaning of cash and settlement https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5ei7m3/unconfirmed_transactions_60k_total_fees_14btc/dad001v/
maaku on the cash question https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5i5iq5/we_are_spoiled/db5luiv/?context=1
Digital gold funamentalists gain nothing from supporting a hard fork to larger block sizes https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5xzunq/core_please_compromise_before_we_end_up_with_bu/dem73xg/?context=1
Those asking for a compromise don't understand the underlying political forces https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ef7wb/some_comments_on_the_bip148_uasf_from_the/dia236b/?context=3
Nobody wants a contentious hard fork actually, anti-core people got emotionally manipulated https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5sq5ocontentious_forks_vs_incremental_progress/ddip57o/
The hard work of the core developers has kept bitcoin scalable https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/3hfgpo/an_initiative_to_bring_advanced_privacy_features/cu7mhw8?context=9
Recent PRs to improve bitcoin scaleability ignored by the debate https://twitter.com/jfnewbery/status/883001356168167425
gmaxwell against hard forks since 2013 https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=140233.20
maaku: hard forks are really bad https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zxjza/adam_greg_core_devs_and_big_blockers_now_is_the/df275yk/?context=2

Some metrics on what the market thinks of decentralization and hostile hard forks

The price history shows that the exchange rate drops every time a hard fork threatens: https://i.imgur.com/EVPYLR8.jpg
and this example from 2017 https://twitter.com/WhalePanda/status/845562763820912642
http://imgur.com/a/DuHAn btc users lose money
price supporting theymos' moderation https://i.imgur.com/0jZdF9h.png
old version https://i.imgur.com/BFTxTJl.png
older version https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CxqtUakUQAEmC0d.jpg
about 50% of nodes updated to the soft fork node quite quickly https://imgur.com/O0xboVI

Bitcoin Unlimited / Emergent Consensus is badly designed, changes the game theory of bitcoin

Bitcoin Unlimited was a proposed hard fork client, it was made with the intention to stop segwit from activating
A Future Led by Bitcoin Unlimited is a Centralized Future https://blog.sia.tech/a-future-led-by-bitcoin-unlimited-is-a-centralized-future-e48ab52c817a#.p1ly6hldk
Flexible transactions are bugged https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/57tf5g/bitcoindev_bluematt_on_flexible_transactions/
Bugged BU software mines an invalid block, wasting 13 bitcoins or $12k
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5qwtr2/bitcoincom_loses_132btc_trying_to_fork_the/
https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/5qx18i/bitcoincom_loses_132btc_trying_to_fork_the/
bitcoin.com employees are moderators of btc https://medium.com/@WhalePanda/the-curious-relation-between-bitcoin-com-anti-segwit-propaganda-26c877249976#.vl02566k4
miners don't control stuff like the block size http://hackingdistributed.com/2016/01/03/time-for-bitcoin-user-voice/
even gavin agreed that economic majority controls things https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5ywoi9/in_2010_gavin_predicted_that_exchanges_ie_the/
fork clients are trying to steal bitcoin's brand and network effect, theyre no different from altcoins https://medium.com/@Coinosphere/why-bitcoin-unlimited-should-be-correctly-classified-as-an-attempted-robbery-of-bitcoin-not-a-9355d075763c#.qeaynlx5m
BU being active makes it easier to reverse payments, increases wasted work making the network less secure and giving an advantage to bigger miners https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5g1x84/bitcoin_unlimited_bu_median_value_of_miner_eb/
bitcoin unlimited takes power away from users and gives it to miners https://medium.com/@alpalpalp/bitcoin-unlimiteds-placebo-controls-6320cbc137d4#.q0dv15gd5
bitcoin unlimited's accepted depth https://twitter.com/tdryja/status/804770009272696832
BU's lying propaganda poster https://imgur.com/osrViDE

BU is bugged, poorly-reviewed and crashes

bitcoin unlimited allegedly funded by kraken stolen coins
https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/55ajuh/taint_analysis_on_bitcoin_stolen_from_kraken_on/
https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/559miz/taint_analysis_on_btc_allegedly_stolen_from_kraken/
Other funding stuff
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zozmn/damning_evidence_on_how_bitcoin_unlimited_pays/
A serious bug in BU https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5h70s3/bitcoin_unlimited_bu_the_developers_have_realized/
A summary of what's wrong with BU: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5z3wg2/jihanwu_we_will_switch_the_entire_pool_to/devak98/

Bitcoin Unlimited Remote Exploit Crash 14/3/2017

https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zdkv3/bitcoin_unlimited_remote_exploit_crash/ https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zeb76/timbe https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/5zdrru/peter_todd_bu_remote_crash_dos_wtf_bug_assert0_in/
BU devs calling it as disaster https://twitter.com/SooMartindale/status/841758265188966401 also btc deleted a thread about the exploit https://i.imgur.com/lVvFRqN.png
Summary of incident https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zf97j/i_was_undecided_now_im_not/
More than 20 exchanges will list BTU as an altcoin
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zyg6g/bitcoin_exchanges_unveil_emergency_hard_fork/
Again a few days later https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/60qmkt/bu_is_taking_another_shit_timberrrrr

User Activated Soft Fork (UASF)

site for it, including list of businesses supporting it http://www.uasf.co/
luke's view
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zsk45/i_am_shaolinfry_author_of_the_recent_usedf1dqen/?context=3
threat of UASF makes the miner fall into line in litecoin
https://www.reddit.com/litecoin/comments/66omhlitecoin_global_roundtable_resolution/dgk2thk/?context=3
UASF delivers the goods for vertcoin
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/692mi3/in_test_case_uasf_results_in_miner_consensus/dh3cm34/?context=1
UASF coin is more valuable https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6cgv44/a_uasf_chain_will_be_profoundly_more_valuable/
All the links together in one place https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6dzpew/hi_its_mkwia_again_maintainer_of_uasfbitcoin_on/
p2sh was a uasf https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/v0.6.0/src/main.cpp#L1281-L1283
jgarzik annoyed at the strict timeline that segwit2x has to follow because of bip148 https://twitter.com/jgarzik/status/886605836902162432
Committed intolerant minority https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6d7dyt/a_plea_for_rational_intolerance_extremism_and/
alp on the game theory of the intolerant minority https://medium.com/@alpalpalp/user-activated-soft-forks-and-the-intolerant-minority-a54e57869f57
The risk of UASF is less than the cost of doing nothing https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6bof7a/were_getting_to_the_point_where_a_the_cost_of_not/
uasf delivered the goods for bitcoin, it forced antpool and others to signal (May 2016) https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/antpool-will-not-run-segwit-without-block-size-increase-hard-fork-1464028753/ "When asked specifically whether Antpool would run SegWit code without a hard fork increase in the block size also included in a release of Bitcoin Core, Wu responded: “No. It is acceptable that the hard fork code is not activated, but it needs to be included in a ‘release’ of Bitcoin Core. I have made it clear about the definition of ‘release,’ which is not ‘public.’”"
Screenshot of peter rizun capitulating https://twitter.com/chris_belcher_/status/905231603991007232

Fighting off 2x HF

https://twitter.com/MrHodl/status/895089909723049984
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6h612o/can_someone_explain_to_me_why_core_wont_endorse/?st=j6ic5n17&sh=cc37ee23
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6smezz/segwit2x_hard_fork_is_completely_useless_its_a/?st=j6ic2aw3&sh=371418dd
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6sbspv/who_exactly_is_segwit2x_catering_for_now_segwit/?st=j6ic5nic&sh=1f86cadd
https://medium.com/@elliotolds/lesser-known-reasons-to-keep-blocks-small-in-the-words-of-bitcoin-core-developers-44861968185e
b2x is most of all about firing core https://twitter.com/WhalePanda/status/912664487135760384
https://medium.com/@StopAndDecrypt/thats-not-bitcoin-this-is-bitcoin-95f05a6fd6c2

Misinformation / sockpuppets

https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6uqz6k/markets_update_bitcoin_cash_rallies_for_three/dlurbpx/
three year old account, only started posting today https://archive.is/3STjH
Why we should not hard fork after the UASF worked: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6sl1qf/heres_why_we_should_not_hard_fork_in_a_few_months/

History

Good article that covers virtually all the important history https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/long-road-segwit-how-bitcoins-biggest-protocol-upgrade-became-reality/
Interesting post with some history pre-2015 https://btcmanager.com/the-long-history-of-the-fight-over-scaling-bitcoin/
The core scalabality roadmap + my summary from 3/2017 https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-Decembe011865.html my summary https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5xa5fa/the_core_development_scalability_roadmap/
History from summer 2015 https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5xg7f8/the_origins_of_the_blocksize_debate/
Brief reminders of the ETC situation https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6nvlgo/simple_breakdown_of_bip91_its_simply_the_miners/dkcycrz/
Longer writeup of ethereum's TheDAO bailout fraud https://www.reddit.com/ethereumfraud/comments/6bgvqv/faq_what_exactly_is_the_fraud_in_ethereum/
Point that the bigblocker side is only blocking segwit as a hostage https://www.reddit.com/BitcoinMarkets/comments/5sqhcq/daily_discussion_wednesday_february_08_2017/ddi3ctv/?context=3
jonny1000's recall of the history of bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6s34gg/rbtc_spreading_misinformation_in_rbitcoinmarkets/dl9wkfx/

Misc (mostly memes)

libbitcoin's Understanding Bitcoin series (another must read, most of it) https://github.com/libbitcoin/libbitcoin/wiki/Understanding-Bitcoin
github commit where satoshi added the block size limit https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63859l/github_commit_where_satoshi_added_the_block_size/
hard fork proposals from some core devs https://bitcoinhardforkresearch.github.io/
blockstream hasnt taken over the entire bitcoin core project https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/622bjp/bitcoin_core_blockstream/
blockstream is one of the good guys https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6cttkh/its_happening_blockstream_opens_liquid_sidechain/dhxu4e
Forkers, we're not raising a single byte! Song lyrics by belcher https://gist.github.com/chris-belche7264cd6750a86f8b4a9a
Some stuff here along with that cool photoshopped poster https://medium.com/@jimmysong/bitcoin-realism-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-1mb-blocks-c191c35e74cb
Nice graphic https://twitter.com/RNR_0/status/871070843698380800
gmaxwell saying how he is probably responsible for the most privacy tech in bitcoin, while mike hearn screwed up privacy https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/6azyme/hey_bu_wheres_your_testnet/dhiq3xo/?context=6
Fairly cool propaganda poster https://twitter.com/urbanarson/status/880476631583924225
btc tankman https://i.redd.it/gxjqenzpr27z.png https://twitter.com/DanDarkPill/status/853653168151986177
asicboost discovery meme https://twitter.com/allenscottoshi/status/849888189124947971
https://twitter.com/urbanarson/status/882020516521013250
gavin wanted to kill the bitcoin chain https://twitter.com/allenscottoshi/status/849888189124947971
stuff that btc believes https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ld4a5/serious_is_the_rbtc_and_the_bu_crowd_a_joke_how/djszsqu/
after segwit2x NYA got agreed all the fee pressure disappeared, laurenmt found they were artificial spam https://twitter.com/i/moments/885827802775396352
theymos saying why victory isnt inevitable https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6lmpll/explaining_why_big_blocks_are_bad/djvxv2o/
with ignorant enemies like these its no wonder we won https://bitco.in/forum/threads/gold-collapsing-bitcoin-up.16/page-999 ""So, once segwit2x activates, from that moment on it will require a coordinated fork to avoid the up coming "baked in" HF. ""
a positive effect of bcash, it made blockchain utxo spammers move away from bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/76lv0b/cryptograffitiinfo_now_accepts_bitcoin_cash/dof38gw/
summary of craig wright, jihan wu and roger ver's positions https://medium.com/@HjalmarPeters/the-big-blockers-bead6027deb2
Why is bitcoin so strong against attack?!?! (because we're motivated and awesome) https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/64wo1h/bitcoin_unlimited_is_being_blocked_by_antivirus/dg5n00x/
what happened to #oldjeffgarzik https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ufv5x/a_reminder_of_some_of_jeff_garziks_greatest/
big blockers fully deserve to lose every last bitcoin they ever had and more https://www.reddit.com/BitcoinMarkets/comments/756nxf/daily_discussion_monday_october_09_2017/do5ihqi/
gavinandresen brainstorming how to kill bitcoin with a 51% in a nasty way https://twitter.com/btcdrak/status/843914877542567937
Roger Ver as bitcoin Judas https://imgur.com/a/Rf1Pi
A bunch of tweets and memes celebrating UASF
https://twitter.com/shaolinfry/status/842457019286188032 | https://twitter.com/SatoshiLite/status/888335092560441345 | https://twitter.com/btcArtGallery/status/887485162925285377 | https://twitter.com/Beautyon_/status/888109901611802624 | https://twitter.com/Excellion/status/889211512966873088 | https://twitter.com/lopp/status/888200452197801984 | https://twitter.com/AlpacaSW/status/886988980524396544 | https://twitter.com/BashCo_/status/877253729531162624 | https://twitter.com/tdryja/status/865212300361379840 | https://twitter.com/Excellion/status/871179040157179904 | https://twitter.com/TraceMayestatus/849856343074902016 | https://twitter.com/TraceMayestatus/841855022640033792 | https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/Screen_Shot_2017-08-18_at_01.36.47.original.png
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So, on the expiration date of the HK stalling / non-scaling non-agreement, Viacoin scammer u/btcdrak calls a meeting with no customer-facing businesses invited (just Chinese miners & Core/Blockstream), and no solutions/agreements allowed, and no transparency (just a transcript from u/kanzure). WTF!?

TL;DR: Bitcoin's so-called "governance" is being hijacked by some anonymous scammer named u/btcdrak who created a shitcoin called Viacoin and who's a subcontractor for Blockstream - calling yet another last-minute stalling / non-scaling meeting on the expiration date of Core/Blockstream's previous last-minute stalling / non-scaling non-agreement - and this non-scaling meeting is invite-only for Chinese miners and Core/Blockstream (with no actual Bitcoin businesses invited) - and economic idiot u/maaku7 who also brought us yet another shitcoin called Freicoin is now telling us that no actual solutions will be provided because no actual agreements will be allowed - and this invite-only no-industry no-solutions / no-agreements non-event will be manually transcribed by some guy named u/kanzure who hates u/Peter__R (note: u/Peter__R gave us actual solutions like Bitcoin Unlimited and massive on-chain scaling via XThin) - and as usual this invite-only non-scaling no-solutions / no-agreements no-industry invite-only non-event is being paid for by some fantasy fiat finance firm AXA whose CEO is head of the Bilderberg Group which will go bankrupt if Bitcoin succeeds. What the fuck?!?
Any update on the Silicon Valley meeting underway?
I was the one who encouraged this event to happen and I made the arrangements, so all blame should be directed to me.
~ u/btcdrak
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/4vdjhn/any_update_on_the_silicon_valley_meeting_underway/d5y5aqi
The 21 February 2016 Hong Kong Roundtable agreement expires on 31 July 2016.
Btcdrak (Blockstream contractor or at least supporter) organizes "an invite-only social event with Blockstream and Chinese miners" on 30+31 July 2016.
"Agreements explicitly forbidden"
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/4vfkpthe_fedfomc_holds_meetings_to_decide_on_money/d5y5co4
This is a good faith social event with agreements explicitly forbidden from coming out of it.
~ u/maaku
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/4vfkpthe_fedfomc_holds_meetings_to_decide_on_money/d5y0pec
To be clear, myself, Peter Smith, CEO of Blockchain.info, and I assume just about every other consumer facing business were not invited. It seems to only be Miners, and Core.
~ u/MemoryDealers
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/4vdjhn/any_update_on_the_silicon_valley_meeting_underway/d5y3ls9
What's the story with the ViaCoin scam? Anyone one know details?
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/42depj/whats_the_story_with_the_viacoin_scam_anyone_one/
BTCdrak forked bitcoin and hired Peter Todd to insert some new, basically useless feature that was purely for marketing hype.
ViaCoin was initially sold with a marketcap of $380,000 which is approximately how much BTCDrak made from the coin without including additional mining profits if he had any.
Then, like every other altcoin scam, the creator walked away holding a bag of fiat currency and laughing like a fool.
So, let me see if I understand this correctly:
Did I leave anything out?
What the fuck is actually going on here?!?
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Bitcoin dev IRC meeting in layman's terms (or an attempt to)

As you may or may not know, since scaling bitcoin in Montreal there's a weekly dev meeting on IRC. While very interesting to read, as a non-technical person such as myself it really takes some time to understand what they're all talking about, but I do like to know what they are working on.
Since I'm doing the work to find out anyway, I might as well share it with the community.
Please bare in mind I'm not a developer and I'd have problems coding "hello world!", so some things might be incorrect or plain wrong. Like any other write-up it likely contains personal biases, although I try to stay as neutral as I can.
The full IRC-logs can be found here.
There are no decisions being made in these meetings, so if I say "everyone agrees" this means everyone present in the meeting, that's not consensus, but since a fair amount of devs are present it's a good representation.
Main topics discussed where: Mempool limiting BIP68 + CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY CLTV soft fork deployment libconsensus merge time window
Mempool limiting
When a transaction is relayed across the network it is held by the nodes in memory, until it gets into a block. All these transactions that sit in memory are called the memorypool or mempool for short. Like we could see during the spam-attack if there's a big back-log of transactions that couldn't make it in the blockchain this mempool can get pretty big resulting in nodes crashing.
To stop this from happening devs are trying to find a way to limit this mempool, so a mechanism to reject and/or remove transactions from the mempool. The hard part here is to make it so nodes can't be attacked by abusing this mechanism.
There are multiple worked out ideas for this, namely: Limit mempool by throwing away the cheapest txn and setting min realy fee to it Mempool limiting with descendant package tracking exponential rising effective min relay feerate
devs are leaning towards 6722 (throwing away the cheapest txn and setting min relay fee to it) because it's the more simpler approach and possibly less edge-cases. The idea behind it is to have a mem-pool that gives a good approximation on what'll be included in the next blocks, meaning higher fee transactions. This approach also helps to build a fee-estimator. Some devs propose to include a time-based eviction as well.
6722 should be completed and 6722, 6557 and 6673 should be attacked by the others to try and find edge-cases. The default mempool size should be 300Mb.
Chain limits
Related to mempool limiting. Chain in this context means connected transactions. When you send a transaction that depends on another transaction that has yet to be confirmed we talk about a chain of transactions. Miners ideally take the whole chain into account instead of just every single transaction (although that's not widely implemented afaik). So while a single transaction might not have a sufficient fee, a depending transaction could have a high enough fee to make it worthwhile to mine both. This is commonly known as child-pays-for-parent. Since you can make these chains very big it's possible to clog up the mempool this way. The first unconfirmed transaction is called the ancestor and the transactions depending on it the descendants. The total amount of transactions is referred to as "packages".
All of the mempool limiting approaches are way easier to attack if you have bigger chain limits. the reason to have larger descendant packages is you can't control that yourself, somebody pays you and bob, and bob chains off a million descendants and he ends up screwing you. if you have a say 900kb ancestor package limit, then even if the ancestor fee rate is reasonably high, default mining code is likely going to find 100kb of very high fee txs to include first, and then there won't be room for your ancestor package. Morcos proposes 25/250kb for ancestors and 50/500kb for descendants, meaning max. either 25 transactions or 250kb in size for ancestors. Most seem to be fine with those limits and even smaller.
-meeting conclusion
morcos writes a chain-limit proposal to post on the mailing list in order to find possible usecases for large chain transactions.
CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY softfork
Commonly referred to as: How you thought nLockTime worked before you actually tried to use it. There's a fair amount of demand for this and the code is reviewed and has been running on sidechains alpha for 6 months. The only real issue is how and when it's merged. Currently softforks have been done by the isSuperMajority mechanism, meaning when 95% of the last X blocks has a version number higher than X the fork is deployed. A new way of doing this is currently being worked on and that uses all bits of the version number, appropriately being called versionbits. So instead of a fork happening when the version is larger than (for example) 00000000011 (3), a fork happens when (for example) the 3rd bit is up (so 00100000011). This way softforks can be deployed simultaneous and independent of each other.
Questions are being posed whether we wait for other time-related BIP's and/or versionbits, or do it now using isSuperMajority. If versionbits is deployed later it needs to wait for all supermajority softforks to be over. Vladimir van der Laan doesn't want to deploy any soft forks in major releases (0.12 in this case) so that people explicitly upgrade for the softfork not for other things. You could roll out multiple supermajority forks as long as they are cumulative. Talks seem to converge to using supermajority to deploy checkLockTimeVerify and checkSequenceVerify if it's ready by the end of October.
checkLockTimeVerify backports (deployment in older versions) needs to be reviewed as well as BIP68, 112 and 113 (all the time-related BIP's).
Libconsensus
Satoshi wasn't the best programmer out there, which leaves a pretty messy code. Ideally you'd have the part of the code that influences the network consensus separately, but in bitcoin it's all intertwined. Libconsensus is what eventually should become this part. This way people can more easily make changes in the non-consensus part without fear of causing a network fork. This however is a slow and dangerous project of moving lot's of code around.
Lot's of discussion on when existing changes should be merged, when the code should be frozen for next release etc. In linux changes are merged right after a major release. jtimon notices this was planned for after 0.10 and 0.11 too, but nothing happened. There seems to be a lack of planning and overview as to what where has to go.
jtimon will provide a high level rationale for what and where things should move so people can make comments and review according to this rationale.
Participants
dstadulis Daniel Stadulis wumpus Wladimir J. van der Laan morcos Alex Morcos gmaxwell Gregory Maxwell btcdrak btcdrak jonasshnelli Jonas Schnelli maaku Mark Friedenbach sdaftuar Suhas Daftuar sipa Pieter Wuille BlueMatt Matt Corallo CodeShark Eric Lombrozo Luke-Jr Luke Dashjr bsm117532 Bob McElrath jgarzik Jeff Garzik
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Bitcoin dev meeting in layman's terms (2015-10-8)

Once again my attempt to summarize and explain the weekly bitcoin developer meeting in layman's terms. Link to last weeks summarization
Disclaimer
Please bare in mind I'm not a developer and I'd have problems coding "hello world!", so some things might be incorrect or plain wrong. Like any other write-up it likely contains personal biases, although I try to stay as neutral as I can. There are no decisions being made in these meetings, so if I say "everyone agrees" this means everyone present in the meeting, that's not consensus, but since a fair amount of devs are present it's a good representation. The dev IRC and mailinglist are for bitcoin development purposes. If you have not contributed actual code to a bitcoin-implementation, this is probably not the place you want to reach out to. There are many places to discuss things that the developers read, including this sub-reddit.
link to this week logs link to meeting minutes
Main topics discussed this week where:
Mempool limiting: chain limits Low-S change CLTV & CSV review Creation of bitcoin discuss mailing list
off-topic but important notice
This issue has made most JS bitcoin software vulnerable to generating incorrect public keys. "This is an ecosystem threat with the potential to cause millions of dollars in losses that needs higher visibility; though it's not a bitcoin core / bitcoin network issue. Common, critical, JS code is broken that may cause the generation of incorrect pubkeys (among other issues). Anyone who cares for a JS implementation should read that PR."
Mempool limiting: chain limits
(c/p from last week) Chain in this context means connected transactions. When you send a transaction that depends on another transaction that has yet to be confirmed we talk about a chain of transactions. Miners ideally take the whole chain into account instead of just every single transaction (although that's not widely implemented afaik). So while a single transaction might not have a sufficient fee, a depending transaction could have a high enough fee to make it worthwhile to mine both. This is commonly known as child-pays-for-parent. Since you can make these chains very big it's possible to clog up the mempool this way. The first unconfirmed transaction is called the ancestor and the transactions depending on it the descendants. The total amount of transactions is reffered to as "packages".
As said in "Chain limits" last week Morcos did write a proposal about lowering the default limits for transaction-chains. 2 use cases came up which are currently in use or happened before: As example: someone buys bitcoin from a website and can spend those bitcoin in the marketplace of the same website without waiting for confirmation in order to improve the bitcoin user-experience. This leaves a sequential transaction chain. They don't need to chain more than 5 transactions deep for this, and it falls within the proposed limits. What's not within the proposed limits is the chain of +/- 100 transactions a company had during the spam-attacks. These where simply increased activities by end-users while not enough UTXO's where available (3 to be precise)(UTXO: unspent transaction output, an output that can be used as input for a new transaction). Notably this is with the best practices of using confirmed transactions first. Ways this can be solved from the company's end is to have more UTXO's available before hand, bundling transactions (which requires delaying customer's request) or using replace-by-fee to add payees (which saves blockchain space, is cheaper in fees and gets transactions through quicker, but is not widely deployed by miners atm). Bare in mind these proposals are for default values for the memorypool, not in any way hard limits.
Sense of urgency. Quoting sipa: "my mempool is 2.5G... we better get some solution!" Current attack analysis assumes child-pays-for-parent mining, it should probably be done again without. Higher limits on number of transactions increase attack-vectors. Proposed number of transactions gets some push-back, total size limit not. Mixing default values (for example having a 50% of a 10/10 limit and 50% of a 100/100 limit) wastes bandwidth while there are too many factors that limit utility of long chains as well. 25 transaction limit ought to be enough for everyone (for now).
Review & test Limit mempool by throwing away the cheapest txn and setting min relay fee to it Provide support for Lower default limits for tx chains aka convince people 25 should be enough.
Low-S change
This is in regards to the recent malleability attack. Which is caused by a value 'S' in the ECDSA signature which can be 2 values, a high and low value and still be valid. Resulting in different transaction id's. more info A solution for this is to require nodes to have the "low-s" encoding for signatures. Downside is that it will block most transactions made by sufficiently out of date software (+/- pre-march 2014) This does not replace the need for BIP62, it only eliminates the cheap DOS attack.
95% of transactions already confirm to this, and more fixes have been applied since. BlueMatt has a node which several people are running that auto-malleates to low-s transactions. Questions whether we release it ASAP or wait for the next release and get it to a couple of miners in the meantime (possibly with auto-lowS-malleating)
Contact miners about "Test LowS in standardness, removes nuisance malleability vector" Release scheduled for the end of the month, together with likely check-lock-time-verify and possibly check-sequence-verfiy.
CLTV & CSV backport review
CLTV: checkLockTimeVerify CSV: checkSequenceVerify Both new time-related OP-codes. Been discussed heavily last week.
Concerns whether CSV will be ready enough for release later this month. There's no clarity on how things look when all 3 time related pull-requests are merged. There's a number of people still reviewing the pull-requests. Uncertainty and confusion about whether the semantics are final or not (in regards to using bits from nSequence). nSequence are 4 bytes intended for sequencing time-locked transactions, but this never got used. Now these bytes are being repurposed for a mixture of things. Currently the plan is: " bits 0..15 are the relative locktime, bit 30 determines units (0: height, 1: time w/ 512s granularity), and bit 31 toggles BIP 68 (0: on, 1: off). bits 16..29 are masked off and can take any value."
Clarification from maaku regarding nSequence for BIP68. (after the meeting he explained he was waiting for opinions, but not enough people seemed to know the issue at hand) Continue review of pull requests 6312, 6564 and 6566
Creation of bitcoin discuss mailing list
The bitcoin-dev mailing list is intented for technical discussions only. There's things that don't belong there but need to be discussed anyway. Now this is done in bitcoin-dev, but the volume of this is getting too big. There's recently also an influx of really inappropriate posts, level kindergarden.
No clarity about who are the moderators. Next week there'll be a bitcoin-discuss list created. Decisions are needed as to who'll become the moderators for that and bitcoin-dev. Decisions are needed as to what will be the list and moderation policies.
The bitcoin-discuss list will be created as well as a simple website listing all the lists and corresponding policies. A meeting is scheduled on monday to discuss the moderation and policies of said lists.
Participants
morcos Alex Morcos gmaxwell Gregory Maxwell wumpus Wladimir J. van der Laan sipa Pieter Wuille BlueMatt Matt Corallo btcdrak btcdrak petertodd Peter Todd warren Warren Togami phantomcircuit Patrick Strateman dstadulis Daniel Stadulis GreenIsMyPepper Joseph Poon bsm117532 Bob McElrath
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Bitcoin dev IRC meeting in layman's terms (2015-10-22)

Once again my attempt to summarize and explain the weekly bitcoin developer meeting in layman's terms. Link to last weeks summarization
Disclaimer
Please bear in mind I'm not a developer and I'd have problems coding "hello world!", so some things might be incorrect or plain wrong. Like any other write-up it likely contains personal biases, although I try to stay as neutral as I can. There are no decisions being made in these meetings, so if I say "everyone agrees" this means everyone present in the meeting, that's not consensus, but since a fair amount of devs are present it's a good representation. The dev IRC and mailinglist are for bitcoin development purposes. If you have not contributed actual code to a bitcoin-implementation, this is probably not the place you want to reach out to. There are many places to discuss things that the developers read, including this sub-reddit.
link to this week logs Meeting minutes by meetbot
Main topics discussed where:
Mempool Memory Usage LevelDB replacement Median Past locktime & CLTV
Short topics/notes
BIP 9 Versionbits PR #6816 is ready for implementation and needs more reviews.
A 3 month moderation period on the bitcoin-dev mailinglist has started, as well as a new list bitcoin-discuss. more details: http://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-Octobe011591.html
"bitcoin.org had incorrect release notes for 0.11.1. It's corrected now. They had posted the release notes for the initial RC and not updated them. Process wise it would be good to watch out for that in the future."
Mempool Memory Usage
When a transaction is relayed across the network it is held by the nodes in memory, until it gets into a block. All these transactions that sit in memory are called the memorypool or mempool for short. Like we could see during the spam-attack if there's a big back-log of transactions that couldn't make it in the blockchain this mempool can get pretty big resulting in nodes crashing.
To stop this from happening devs created a mechanism to reject and/or remove transactions from the mempool. This mempool limiting got merged this week.
Also relevant: There is an already existing limit on the database cache size called "dbCache". The default value for that is 100MB.
Testing shows there's a discrepancy between the configured mempool limit and the actual memory usage. This is caused by the amount of UTXO data when processing transactions. This data is only flushed after a block is processed (so temporarily exceeding the cache limit set in dbCache).
There are 2 "obvious" solutions for this:
  1. Always enforce the UTXO cache limit, just like the mempool limit is always enforced. Downside for that is if you misconfigure your mempool limit an attack can blow away your UTXO cache, which significantly slows down validation and propagation.
  2. Take the UTXO cache into account when limiting the mempool. Downside for that is that you could construct transactions which require way more cache space and thereby more easily kick out other transactions.
A more optimal solution would be to give priority in the cache to things in the mempool. Ways to achieve that are to kick UTXO's from transaction that are evicted from the mempool out of the cache and from transactions that never made it into the mempool. Something TheBlueMatt is working on
Continue to research and optimize.
LevelDB replacement
LevelDB is the database system currently used in bitcoin. Since this is not being maintained for some time devs are looking for replacements.
jgarzik worked on a patch for SQLite Some people express concerns whether the performance will be good enough with SQLite, but there are no benchmark results yet.
Do research into other options Do lots of benchmarks and report results
Median Past locktime & CLTV
When a block is created miners include a timestamp. This timestamp has to be between the median of the previous 11 blocks and the network-adjusted time +2 hours. So this timestamp can vary a decent amount from the real time. With the introduction of lock-time transactions, that are only valid after a certain time, miners are incentivised to lie about the time in order to include time-locked transactions (and their fees) that wouldn't otherwise be valid. BIP 113 enables the usage of GetMedianTimePast (the median of the previous 11 blocks) from the prior block in lock-time transactions to combat this behaviour. Users can compensate for this by adding 1 hour (6 blocks) to their lock times.
CLTV stands for CheckLockTimeVerify, BIP65 Commonly reffered to as: How you thought nLockTime worked before you actually tried to use it.
CLTV is ready to be merged (and has been merged at time of writing) Questions of whether to add median past locktime as mempool only or as softfork Overall questions as to what to include in the CLTV deployment, what to include as mem-pool only and what as softfork. Median past locktime violates current 'standard' behavior, so we would prefer to have that violation dead in the network before the median past locktime softfork moves forward.
review BIP-113: Mempool-only median time-past as endpoint for lock-time calculations review the CLTV backports (done and merged at time of writing) Backport median past locktime to 0.10 and 0.11
Participants
btcdrak btcdrak sipa Pieter Wuille gmaxwell Gregory Maxwell BlueMatt Matt Corallo morcos Alex Morcos petertodd Peter Todd CodeShark Eric Lombrozo jgarzik Jeff Garzik maaku Mark Friedenbach kanzure Bryan Bishop jcorgan Johnathan Corgan Luke-Jr Luke Dashjr jonasschnelli Jonas Schnelli sdaftuar Suhas Daftuar
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"Core dev" /u/maaku7 is on the front page today for saying he'd "quit" if users were the "boss" of Bitcoin. He was *already* being laughed at yesterday in another thread for saying he thought *fiat* was run by "majority-vote". Let him "quit". He never actually understood how Bitcoin works.

"Core dev" maaku7 had already been getting laughed at the other day - when tsontar created a thread to highlight an earlier comment by maaku7 who had revealed his ignorance by saying he thought that fiat was somehow run by "majority-vote" (and that Bitcoin somehow wasn't):
"I'm pationate about Bitcoin. I have zero passion for majority-vote to change the rules system. We have one of those already -- it's called fiat." - maaku7
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/418y5p/im_pationate_about_bitcoin_i_have_zero_passion/
Here's how tsontar set maaku7 straight:
Two sentences here to parse out:
I'm pationate [sic] about Bitcoin. I have zero passion for majority-vote to change the rules system
As clearly laid out in the Bitcoin white paper, a majority of Bitcoin users (miners, nodes, and currency holders known collectively as the "economic majority") control Bitcoin - it is fundamentally majoritarian. ... That is a simple fact of Bitcoin's architecture - in fact it is a feature because blockchain voting is what prevents Bitcoin development from being hijacked from special interests that are hostile to or misaligned with the needs of the "economic majority."
Then there's this:
We have one of those already -- it's called fiat.
Fiat money is controlled by central bankers. Let's not replicate that with Bitcoin.
Later, in this other thread ...
To Core developers: We are not firing you. We are just reminding you who's the boss here
https://np.reddit.com/btc/comments/41fup9/to_core_developers_we_are_not_firing_you_we_are/cz29nu1?context=2
... maaku7 came in and made his comment "OK Mr. Boss, I quit."
Today, that comment "OK Mr. Boss, I quit." from maaku7 generated yet another front-page thread, over on /Bitcoin:
Core dev says he'll quit if controversial fork succeeds (they need our support!)
https://np.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/41hhi1/core_dev_says_hell_quit_if_controversial_fork/
Nobody has been trying to troll maaku7, and, who knows, he might be proficient at C/C++ coding. (Has anybody checked his contributions on GitHub?)
But he keeps making bass-ackwards comments revealing that:
  • He doesn't understand how Bitcoin works (he thinks it's not majoritarian rule).
  • He doesn't understand how fiat works (he thinks it is majoritarian rule).
This whole episode is just a healthy, natural shakeout in the Bitcoin ecosystem - letting people publicly expose their own ignorance.
It's just giving a chance for maaku7 (and the yes-men in the echo-chamber of /Bitcoin expressing their "support" for this "Core dev") to proudly show the world how clueless they are about how Bitcoin actually works.
Who is "Core dev" maaku7 anyways?
I'd never noticed him much until he opened his mouth now trying go against Satoshi and somehow claim that Bitcoin wasn't majority-rule by the users.
UPDATE: maaku7 made 9 commits to Bitcoin "Core".
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/commits?author=maaku
Here's four of them:
  • Fix typo in README.md
  • Minor code cleanup: remove indentation
  • Correct a possibly intentional pun that is nevertheless hard to read
  • Fix spelling mistake 'in' -> 'if' [in a user-displayed string]
[Note: Soon after posting, I deleted and immediately reposted this OP, to correct a typo in the title. Sorry about any confusion! - ydtm]
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Long live decentralized bitcoin: A reading list

Newbs might not know this, but bitcoin recently came out of an intense internal drama. Between July 2015 and August 2017 bitcoin was attacked by external forces who were hoping to destroy the very properties that made bitcoin valuable in the first place. This culminated in the creation of segwit and the UASF (user activated soft fork) movement. The UASF was successful, segwit was added to bitcoin and with that the anti-decentralization side left bitcoin altogether and created their own altcoin called bcash. Bitcoin's price was $2500, soon after segwit was activated the price doubled to $5000 and continued rising until here we are today at $15000.
During this drama, I took time away from writing open source code to help educate and argue on reddit, twitter and other social media. I came up with a reading list for quickly copypasting things. It may be interesting today for newbs or anyone who wants a history lesson on what exactly happened during those two years when bitcoin's very existence as a decentralized low-trust currency was questioned. Now the fight has essentially been won, I try not to comment on reddit that much anymore. There's nothing left to do except wait for Lightning and similar tech to become mature (or better yet, help code it and test it)
In this thread you can learn about block sizes, latency, decentralization, segwit, ASICBOOST, lightning network and all the other issues that were debated endlessly for over two years. So when someone tries to get you to invest in bcash, remind them of the time they supported Bitcoin Unlimited.

Summary / The fundamental tradeoff

A trip to the moon requires a rocket with multiple stages by gmaxwell (must read) https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/438hx0/a_trip_to_the_moon_requires_a_rocket_with/
Bram Cohen, creator of bittorrent, argues against a hard fork to a larger block size https://medium.com/@bramcohen/bitcoin-s-ironic-crisis-32226a85e39f#.558vetum4
gmaxwell's summary of the debate https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1343716.msg13701818#msg13701818
Core devs please explain your vision (see luke's post which also argues that blocks are already too big) https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/61yvvv/request_to_core_devs_please_explain_your_vision/
Mod of btc speaking against a hard fork https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/57hd14/core_reaction_to_viabtc_this_week/d8scokm/
It's becoming clear to me that a lot of people don't understand how fragile bitcoin is https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/59kflj/its_becoming_clear_to_me_that_a_lot_of_people/
Blockchain space must be costly, it can never be free https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4og24h/i_just_attended_the_distributed_trade_conference/
Charlie Lee with a nice analogy about the fundamental tradeoff https://medium.com/@SatoshiLite/eating-the-bitcoin-cake-fc2b4ebfb85e#.444vr8shw
gmaxwell on the tradeoffs https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1520693.msg15303746#msg15303746
jratcliff on the layering https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/59upyh/segwit_the_poison_pill_for_bitcoin/d9bstuw/

Scaling on-chain will destroy bitcoin's decentralization

Peter Todd: How a floating blocksize limit inevitably leads towards centralization [Feb 2013] https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=144895.0 mailing list https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2013-February/002176.html with discussion on reddit in Aug 2015 https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/3hnvi8/just_a_little_history_lesson_for_everyone_new_the/
Nick Szabo's blog post on what makes bitcoin so special http://unenumerated.blogspot.com/2017/02/money-blockchains-and-social-scalability.html
There is academic research showing that even small (2MB) increases to the blocksize results in drastic node dropoff counts due to the non-linear increase of RAM needed. http://bravenewcoin.com/assets/Whitepapers/block-size-1.1.1.pdf
Reddit summary of above link. In this table, you can see it estimates a 40% drop immediately in node count with a 2MB upgrade and a 50% over 6 months. At 4mb, it becomes 75% immediately and 80% over 6 months. At 8, it becomes 90% and 95%. https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5qw2wa_future_led_by_bitcoin_unlimited_is_a/dd442pw/
Larger block sizes make centralization pressures worse (mathematical) https://petertodd.org/2016/block-publication-incentives-for-miners
Talk at scalingbitcoin montreal, initial blockchain synchronization puts serious constraints on any increase in the block size https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgjrS-BPWDQ&t=2h02m06s with transcript https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/montreal2015/block-synchronization-time
Bitcoin's P2P Network: The Soft Underbelly of Bitcoin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6kibPzbrIc someone's notes: https://gist.github.com/romyilano/5e22394857a39889a1e5 reddit discussion https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4py5df/so_f2pool_antpool_btcc_pool_are_actually_one_pool/
In adversarial environments blockchains dont scale https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/hongkong2015/in-adversarial-environments-blockchains-dont-scale
Why miners will not voluntarily individually produce smaller blocks https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/hongkong2015/why-miners-will-not-voluntarily-individually-produce-smaller-blocks
Hal Finney: bitcoin's blockchain can only be a settlement layer (mostly interesting because it's hal finney and its in 2010) https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/3sb5nj/most_bitcoin_transactions_will_occur_between/
petertodd's 2013 video explaining this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZp7UGgBR0I
luke-jr's summary https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/61yvvv/request_to_core_devs_please_explain_your_vision/dficjhj/
Another jratcliff thread https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6lmpll/explaining_why_big_blocks_are_bad/

Full blocks are not a disaster

Blocks must be always full, there must always be a backlog https://medium.com/@bergealex4/bitcoin-is-unstable-without-the-block-size-size-limit-70db07070a54#.kh2vi86lr
Same as above, the mining gap means there must always be a backlog talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2453&v=iKDC2DpzNbw transcript: https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/montreal2015/security-of-diminishing-block-subsidy
Backlogs arent that bad https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/49p011/was_the_fee_event_really_so_bad_my_mind_is/
Examples where scarce block space causes people to use precious resources more efficiently https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4kxxvj/i_just_singlehandedly_increased_bitcoin_network/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/47d4m2/why_does_coinbase_make_2_transactions_pe
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/53wucs/why_arent_blocks_full_yet/d7x19iv
Full blocks are fine https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5uld1a/misconception_full_blocks_mean_bitcoin_is_failing/
High miner fees imply a sustainable future for bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/BitcoinMarkets/comments/680tvf/fundamentals_friday_week_of_friday_april_28_2017/dgwmhl7/
gmaxwell on why full blocks are good https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6b57ca/full_blocks_good_or_bad/dhjxwbz/
The whole idea of the mempool being "filled" is wrong headed. The mempool doesn't "clog" or get stuck, or anything like that. https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/7cusnx/to_the_people_still_doubting_that_this_congestion/dpssokf/

Segwit

What is segwit

luke-jr's longer summary https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6033h7/today_is_exactly_4_months_since_the_segwit_voting/df3tgwg/?context=1
Charlie Shrem's on upgrading to segwit https://twitter.com/CharlieShrem/status/842711238853513220
Original segwit talk at scalingbitcoin hong kong + transcript https://youtu.be/zchzn7aPQjI?t=110
https://scalingbitcoin.org/transcript/hongkong2015/segregated-witness-and-its-impact-on-scalability
Segwit is not too complex https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/57vjin/segwit_is_not_great/d8vos33/
Segwit does not make it possible for miners to steal coins, contrary to what some people say https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/5e6bt0/concerns_with_segwit_and_anyone_can_spend/daa5jat/?context=1
https://keepingstock.net/segwit-eli5-misinformation-faq-19908ceacf23#.r8hlzaquz
Segwit is required for a useful lightning network It's now known that without a malleability fix useful indefinite channels are not really possible.
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5tzqtc/gentle_reminder_the_ln_doesnt_require_segwit/ddqgda7/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5tzqtc/gentle_reminder_the_ln_doesnt_require_segwit/ddqbukj/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5x2oh0/olaoluwa_osuntokun_all_active_lightning_network/deeto14/?context=3
Clearing up SegWit Lies and Myths: https://achow101.com/2016/04/Segwit-FUD-Clearup
Segwit is bigger blocks https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5pb8vs/misinformation_is_working_54_incorrectly_believe/dcpz3en/
Typical usage results in segwit allowing capacity equivalent to 2mb blocks https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/69i2md/observe_for_yourself_segwit_allows_2_mb_blocks_in/

Why is segwit being blocked

Jihan Wu (head of largest bitcoin mining group) is blocking segwit because of perceived loss of income https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/60mb9e/complete_high_quality_translation_of_jihans/
Witness discount creates aligned incentives https://segwit.org/why-a-discount-factor-of-4-why-not-2-or-8-bbcebe91721e#.h36odthq0 https://medium.com/@SegWit.co/what-is-behind-the-segwit-discount-988f29dc1edf#.sr91dg406
or because he wants his mining enterprise to have control over bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6jdyk8/direct_report_of_jihan_wus_real_reason_fo

Segwit is being blocked because it breaks ASICBOOST, a patented optimization used by bitmain ASIC manufacturer

Details and discovery by gmaxwell https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2017-April/013996.html
Reddit thread with discussion https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63otrp/gregory_maxwell_major_asic_manufacturer_is/
Simplified explaination by jonny1000 https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/64qq5g/attempted_explanation_of_the_alleged_asicboost/
http://www.mit.edu/~jlrubin/public/pdfs/Asicboost.pdf
https://medium.com/@jimmysong/examining-bitmains-claims-about-asicboost-1d61118c678d
Evidence https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63yo27/some_circumstantial_evidence_supporting_the_claim/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63vn5g/please_dont_stop_us_from_using_asicboost_which/dfxmm75/
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63soe3/reverse_engineering_an_asic_is_a_significant_task/dfx9nc
Bitmain admits their chips have asicboost but they say they never used it on the network (haha a likely story) https://blog.bitmain.com/en/regarding-recent-allegations-smear-campaigns/
Worth $100m per year to them (also in gmaxwell's original email) https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/849798529929424898
Other calculations show less https://medium.com/@vcorem/the-real-savings-from-asicboost-to-bitmaintech-ff265c2d305b
This also blocks all these other cool updates, not just segwit https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63otrp/gregory_maxwell_major_asic_manufacturer_is/dfw0ej3/
Summary of bad consequences of asicboost https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/64qq5g/attempted_explanation_of_the_alleged_asicboost/dg4hyqk/?context=1
Luke's summary of the entire situation https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ego3s/why_is_killing_asicboost_not_a_priority/diagkkb/?context=1
Prices goes up because now segwit looks more likely https://twitter.com/TuurDemeestestatus/849846845425799168
Asicboost discovery made the price rise https://twitter.com/TuurDemeestestatus/851520094677200901
A pool was caught red handed doing asicboost, by this time it seemed fairly certain that segwit would get activated so it didnt produce as much interest as earlier https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6p7lr5/1hash_pool_has_mined_2_invalid_blocks/ and https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6p95dl/interesting_1hash_pool_mined_some_invalid_blocks/ and https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/889475196322811904
This btc user is outraged at the entire forum because they support Bitmain and ASICBOOST https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/67t43y/dragons_den_planned_smear_campaign_of_bitmain/dgtg9l2/
Antbleed, turns out Bitmain can shut down all its ASICs by remote control: http://www.antbleed.com/

What if segwit never activates

What if segwit never activates? https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ab8js/transaction_fees_are_now_making_btc_like_the_banks/dhdq3id/ with https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5ksu3o/blinded_bearer_certificates/ and https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4xy0fm/scaling_quickly/

Lightning

bitcoinmagazine's series on what lightning is and how it works https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/understanding-the-lightning-network-part-building-a-bidirectional-payment-channel-1464710791/ https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/understanding-the-lightning-network-part-creating-the-network-1465326903/ https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/understanding-the-lightning-network-part-completing-the-puzzle-and-closing-the-channel-1466178980/
The Lightning Network ELIDHDICACS (Explain Like I Don’t Have Degrees in Cryptography and Computer Science) https://letstalkbitcoin.com/blog/post/the-lightning-network-elidhdicacs
Ligtning will increases fees for miners, not lower them https://medium.com/lightning-resources/the-lightning-paradox-f15ce0e8e374#.erfgunumh
Cost-benefit analysis of lightning from the point of view of miners https://medium.com/@rusty_lightning/miners-and-bitcoin-lightning-a133cd550310#.x42rovlg8
Routing blog post by rusty https://medium.com/@rusty_lightning/routing-dijkstra-bellman-ford-and-bfg-7715840f004 and reddit comments https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/4lzkz1/rusty_russell_on_lightning_routing_routing/
Lightning protocol rfc https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lightning-rfc
Blog post with screenshots of ln being used on testnet https://medium.com/@btc_coach/lightning-network-in-action-b18a035c955d video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxGiMu4V7ns
Video of sending and receiving ln on testnet https://twitter.com/alexbosworth/status/844030573131706368
Lightning tradeoffs http://www.coindesk.com/lightning-technical-challenges-bitcoin-scalability/
Beer sold for testnet lightning https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/62uw23/lightning_network_is_working_room77_is_accepting/ and https://twitter.com/MrHodl/status/848265171269283845
Lightning will result in far fewer coins being stored on third parties because it supports instant transactions https://medium.com/@thecryptoconomy/the-barely-discussed-incredible-benefit-of-the-lightning-network-4ce82c75eb58
jgarzik argues strongly against LN, he owns a coin tracking startup https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/860826532650123264 https://twitter.com/Beautyon_/status/886128801926795264
luke's great debunking / answer of some misinformation questions https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6st4eq/questions_about_lightning_network/dlfap0u/
Lightning centralization doesnt happen https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6vzau5/reminder_bitcoins_key_strength_is_in_being/dm4ou3v/?context=1
roasbeef on hubs and charging fees https://twitter.com/roasbeef/status/930209165728825344 and https://twitter.com/roasbeef/status/930210145790976000

Immutability / Being a swiss bank in your pocket / Why doing a hard fork (especially without consensus) is damaging

A downside of hard forks is damaging bitcoin's immutability https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5em6vu/what_happens_if_segwit_doesnt_activate/dae1r6c/?context=3
Interesting analysis of miners incentives and how failure is possible, don't trust the miners for long term https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5gtew4/why_an_increased_block_size_increases_the_cost_of/daybazj/?context=2
waxwing on the meaning of cash and settlement https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5ei7m3/unconfirmed_transactions_60k_total_fees_14btc/dad001v/
maaku on the cash question https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5i5iq5/we_are_spoiled/db5luiv/?context=1
Digital gold funamentalists gain nothing from supporting a hard fork to larger block sizes https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5xzunq/core_please_compromise_before_we_end_up_with_bu/dem73xg/?context=1
Those asking for a compromise don't understand the underlying political forces https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ef7wb/some_comments_on_the_bip148_uasf_from_the/dia236b/?context=3
Nobody wants a contentious hard fork actually, anti-core people got emotionally manipulated https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5sq5ocontentious_forks_vs_incremental_progress/ddip57o/
The hard work of the core developers has kept bitcoin scalable https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/3hfgpo/an_initiative_to_bring_advanced_privacy_features/cu7mhw8?context=9
Recent PRs to improve bitcoin scaleability ignored by the debate https://twitter.com/jfnewbery/status/883001356168167425
gmaxwell against hard forks since 2013 https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=140233.20
maaku: hard forks are really bad https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zxjza/adam_greg_core_devs_and_big_blockers_now_is_the/df275yk/?context=2

Some metrics on what the market thinks of decentralization and hostile hard forks

The price history shows that the exchange rate drops every time a hard fork threatens: https://i.imgur.com/EVPYLR8.jpg
and this example from 2017 https://twitter.com/WhalePanda/status/845562763820912642
http://imgur.com/a/DuHAn btc users lose money
price supporting theymos' moderation https://i.imgur.com/0jZdF9h.png
old version https://i.imgur.com/BFTxTJl.png
older version https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CxqtUakUQAEmC0d.jpg
about 50% of nodes updated to the soft fork node quite quickly https://imgur.com/O0xboVI

Bitcoin Unlimited / Emergent Consensus is badly designed, changes the game theory of bitcoin

Bitcoin Unlimited was a proposed hard fork client, it was made with the intention to stop segwit from activating
A Future Led by Bitcoin Unlimited is a Centralized Future https://blog.sia.tech/a-future-led-by-bitcoin-unlimited-is-a-centralized-future-e48ab52c817a#.p1ly6hldk
Flexible transactions are bugged https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/57tf5g/bitcoindev_bluematt_on_flexible_transactions/
Bugged BU software mines an invalid block, wasting 13 bitcoins or $12k
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5qwtr2/bitcoincom_loses_132btc_trying_to_fork_the/
https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/5qx18i/bitcoincom_loses_132btc_trying_to_fork_the/
bitcoin.com employees are moderators of btc https://medium.com/@WhalePanda/the-curious-relation-between-bitcoin-com-anti-segwit-propaganda-26c877249976#.vl02566k4
miners don't control stuff like the block size http://hackingdistributed.com/2016/01/03/time-for-bitcoin-user-voice/
even gavin agreed that economic majority controls things https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5ywoi9/in_2010_gavin_predicted_that_exchanges_ie_the/
fork clients are trying to steal bitcoin's brand and network effect, theyre no different from altcoins https://medium.com/@Coinosphere/why-bitcoin-unlimited-should-be-correctly-classified-as-an-attempted-robbery-of-bitcoin-not-a-9355d075763c#.qeaynlx5m
BU being active makes it easier to reverse payments, increases wasted work making the network less secure and giving an advantage to bigger miners https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5g1x84/bitcoin_unlimited_bu_median_value_of_miner_eb/
bitcoin unlimited takes power away from users and gives it to miners https://medium.com/@alpalpalp/bitcoin-unlimiteds-placebo-controls-6320cbc137d4#.q0dv15gd5
bitcoin unlimited's accepted depth https://twitter.com/tdryja/status/804770009272696832
BU's lying propaganda poster https://imgur.com/osrViDE

BU is bugged, poorly-reviewed and crashes

bitcoin unlimited allegedly funded by kraken stolen coins
https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/55ajuh/taint_analysis_on_bitcoin_stolen_from_kraken_on/
https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/559miz/taint_analysis_on_btc_allegedly_stolen_from_kraken/
Other funding stuff
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zozmn/damning_evidence_on_how_bitcoin_unlimited_pays/
A serious bug in BU https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5h70s3/bitcoin_unlimited_bu_the_developers_have_realized/
A summary of what's wrong with BU: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5z3wg2/jihanwu_we_will_switch_the_entire_pool_to/devak98/

Bitcoin Unlimited Remote Exploit Crash 14/3/2017

https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zdkv3/bitcoin_unlimited_remote_exploit_crash/ https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zeb76/timbe https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/5zdrru/peter_todd_bu_remote_crash_dos_wtf_bug_assert0_in/
BU devs calling it as disaster https://twitter.com/SooMartindale/status/841758265188966401 also btc deleted a thread about the exploit https://i.imgur.com/lVvFRqN.png
Summary of incident https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zf97j/i_was_undecided_now_im_not/
More than 20 exchanges will list BTU as an altcoin
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zyg6g/bitcoin_exchanges_unveil_emergency_hard_fork/
Again a few days later https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/60qmkt/bu_is_taking_another_shit_timberrrrr

User Activated Soft Fork (UASF)

site for it, including list of businesses supporting it http://www.uasf.co/
luke's view
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5zsk45/i_am_shaolinfry_author_of_the_recent_usedf1dqen/?context=3
threat of UASF makes the miner fall into line in litecoin
https://www.reddit.com/litecoin/comments/66omhlitecoin_global_roundtable_resolution/dgk2thk/?context=3
UASF delivers the goods for vertcoin
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/692mi3/in_test_case_uasf_results_in_miner_consensus/dh3cm34/?context=1
UASF coin is more valuable https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6cgv44/a_uasf_chain_will_be_profoundly_more_valuable/
All the links together in one place https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6dzpew/hi_its_mkwia_again_maintainer_of_uasfbitcoin_on/
p2sh was a uasf https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/blob/v0.6.0/src/main.cpp#L1281-L1283
jgarzik annoyed at the strict timeline that segwit2x has to follow because of bip148 https://twitter.com/jgarzik/status/886605836902162432
Committed intolerant minority https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6d7dyt/a_plea_for_rational_intolerance_extremism_and/
alp on the game theory of the intolerant minority https://medium.com/@alpalpalp/user-activated-soft-forks-and-the-intolerant-minority-a54e57869f57
The risk of UASF is less than the cost of doing nothing https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6bof7a/were_getting_to_the_point_where_a_the_cost_of_not/
uasf delivered the goods for bitcoin, it forced antpool and others to signal (May 2016) https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/antpool-will-not-run-segwit-without-block-size-increase-hard-fork-1464028753/ "When asked specifically whether Antpool would run SegWit code without a hard fork increase in the block size also included in a release of Bitcoin Core, Wu responded: “No. It is acceptable that the hard fork code is not activated, but it needs to be included in a ‘release’ of Bitcoin Core. I have made it clear about the definition of ‘release,’ which is not ‘public.’”"
Screenshot of peter rizun capitulating https://twitter.com/chris_belcher_/status/905231603991007232

Fighting off 2x HF

https://twitter.com/MrHodl/status/895089909723049984
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6h612o/can_someone_explain_to_me_why_core_wont_endorse/?st=j6ic5n17&sh=cc37ee23
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6smezz/segwit2x_hard_fork_is_completely_useless_its_a/?st=j6ic2aw3&sh=371418dd
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6sbspv/who_exactly_is_segwit2x_catering_for_now_segwit/?st=j6ic5nic&sh=1f86cadd
https://medium.com/@elliotolds/lesser-known-reasons-to-keep-blocks-small-in-the-words-of-bitcoin-core-developers-44861968185e
b2x is most of all about firing core https://twitter.com/WhalePanda/status/912664487135760384
https://medium.com/@StopAndDecrypt/thats-not-bitcoin-this-is-bitcoin-95f05a6fd6c2

Misinformation / sockpuppets

https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6uqz6k/markets_update_bitcoin_cash_rallies_for_three/dlurbpx/
three year old account, only started posting today https://archive.is/3STjH
Why we should not hard fork after the UASF worked: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6sl1qf/heres_why_we_should_not_hard_fork_in_a_few_months/

History

Good article that covers virtually all the important history https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/long-road-segwit-how-bitcoins-biggest-protocol-upgrade-became-reality/
Interesting post with some history pre-2015 https://btcmanager.com/the-long-history-of-the-fight-over-scaling-bitcoin/
The core scalabality roadmap + my summary from 3/2017 https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-Decembe011865.html my summary https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5xa5fa/the_core_development_scalability_roadmap/
History from summer 2015 https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/5xg7f8/the_origins_of_the_blocksize_debate/
Brief reminders of the ETC situation https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6nvlgo/simple_breakdown_of_bip91_its_simply_the_miners/dkcycrz/
Longer writeup of ethereum's TheDAO bailout fraud https://www.reddit.com/ethereumfraud/comments/6bgvqv/faq_what_exactly_is_the_fraud_in_ethereum/
Point that the bigblocker side is only blocking segwit as a hostage https://www.reddit.com/BitcoinMarkets/comments/5sqhcq/daily_discussion_wednesday_february_08_2017/ddi3ctv/?context=3
jonny1000's recall of the history of bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6s34gg/rbtc_spreading_misinformation_in_rbitcoinmarkets/dl9wkfx/

Misc (mostly memes)

libbitcoin's Understanding Bitcoin series (another must read) https://github.com/libbitcoin/libbitcoin/wiki/Understanding-Bitcoin
github commit where satoshi added the block size limit https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/63859l/github_commit_where_satoshi_added_the_block_size/
hard fork proposals from some core devs https://bitcoinhardforkresearch.github.io/
blockstream hasnt taken over the entire bitcoin core project https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/622bjp/bitcoin_core_blockstream/
blockstream is one of the good guys https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6cttkh/its_happening_blockstream_opens_liquid_sidechain/dhxu4e
Forkers, we're not raising a single byte! Song lyrics by belcher https://gist.github.com/chris-belche7264cd6750a86f8b4a9a
Some stuff here along with that cool photoshopped poster https://medium.com/@jimmysong/bitcoin-realism-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-1mb-blocks-c191c35e74cb
Nice graphic https://twitter.com/RNR_0/status/871070843698380800
gmaxwell saying how he is probably responsible for the most privacy tech in bitcoin, while mike hearn screwed up privacy https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/6azyme/hey_bu_wheres_your_testnet/dhiq3xo/?context=6
Fairly cool propaganda poster https://twitter.com/urbanarson/status/880476631583924225
btc tankman https://i.redd.it/gxjqenzpr27z.png https://twitter.com/DanDarkPill/status/853653168151986177
asicboost discovery meme https://twitter.com/allenscottoshi/status/849888189124947971
https://twitter.com/urbanarson/status/882020516521013250
gavin wanted to kill the bitcoin chain https://twitter.com/allenscottoshi/status/849888189124947971
stuff that btc believes https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ld4a5/serious_is_the_rbtc_and_the_bu_crowd_a_joke_how/djszsqu/
after segwit2x NYA got agreed all the fee pressure disappeared, laurenmt found they were artificial spam https://twitter.com/i/moments/885827802775396352
theymos saying why victory isnt inevitable https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6lmpll/explaining_why_big_blocks_are_bad/djvxv2o/
with ignorant enemies like these its no wonder we won https://bitco.in/forum/threads/gold-collapsing-bitcoin-up.16/page-999 ""So, once segwit2x activates, from that moment on it will require a coordinated fork to avoid the up coming "baked in" HF. ""
a positive effect of bcash, it made blockchain utxo spammers move away from bitcoin https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/76lv0b/cryptograffitiinfo_now_accepts_bitcoin_cash/dof38gw/
summary of craig wright, jihan wu and roger ver's positions https://medium.com/@HjalmarPeters/the-big-blockers-bead6027deb2
Why is bitcoin so strong against attack?!?! (because we're motivated and awesome) https://www.reddit.com/btc/comments/64wo1h/bitcoin_unlimited_is_being_blocked_by_antivirus/dg5n00x/
what happened to #oldjeffgarzik https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/6ufv5x/a_reminder_of_some_of_jeff_garziks_greatest/
big blockers fully deserve to lose every last bitcoin they ever had and more https://www.reddit.com/BitcoinMarkets/comments/756nxf/daily_discussion_monday_october_09_2017/do5ihqi/
gavinandresen brainstorming how to kill bitcoin with a 51% in a nasty way https://twitter.com/btcdrak/status/843914877542567937
Roger Ver as bitcoin Judas https://imgur.com/a/Rf1Pi
A bunch of tweets and memes celebrating UASF
https://twitter.com/shaolinfry/status/842457019286188032 | https://twitter.com/SatoshiLite/status/888335092560441345 | https://twitter.com/btcArtGallery/status/887485162925285377 | https://twitter.com/Beautyon_/status/888109901611802624 | https://twitter.com/Excellion/status/889211512966873088 | https://twitter.com/lopp/status/888200452197801984 | https://twitter.com/AlpacaSW/status/886988980524396544 | https://twitter.com/BashCo_/status/877253729531162624 | https://twitter.com/tdryja/status/865212300361379840 | https://twitter.com/Excellion/status/871179040157179904 | https://twitter.com/TraceMayestatus/849856343074902016 | https://twitter.com/TraceMayestatus/841855022640033792 | https://fs.bitcoinmagazine.com/img/images/Screen_Shot_2017-08-18_at_01.36.47.original.png
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Relative CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY (was CLTV proposal) | Matt Corallo | Mar 16 2015

Matt Corallo on Mar 16 2015:
In building some CLTV-based contracts, it is often also useful to have a
method of requiring, instead of locktime-is-at-least-N,
locktime-is-at-least-N-plus-the-height-of-my-input. ie you could imagine
an OP_RELATIVECHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY that reads (does not pop) the top
stack element, adds the height of the output being spent and then has
identical semantics to CLTV.
A slightly different API (and different name) was described by maaku at
http://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/2z2l91/time_to_lobby_bitcoins_core_devs_sf_bitcoin_devs/cpgc154
which does a better job of saving softfork-available opcode space.
There are two major drawbacks to adding such an operation, however.
1) More transaction information is exposed inside the script (prior to
CLTV we only had the sigchecking operation exposed, with a CLTV and
RCLTV/OP_CHECK_MATURITY_VERIFY we expose two more functions).
2) Bitcoin Core's mempool invariant of "all transactions in the mempool
could be thrown into one overside block and aside from block size, it
would be valid" becomes harder to enforce. Currently, during reorgs,
coinbase spends need checked (specifically, anything spending THE
coinbase 100 blocks ago needs checked) and locktime transactions need
checked. With such a new operation, any script which used this new
opcode during its execution would need to be re-evaluated during reorgs.
I think both of these requirements are reasonable and not particularly
cumbersome, and the value of such an operation is quite nice for some
protocols (including settings setting up a contest interval in a
sidechain data validation operation).
Thoughts?
Matt
On 10/01/14 13:08, Peter Todd wrote:
I've written a reference implementation and BIP draft for a new opcode,
CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY. The BIP, reproduced below, can be found at:
https://github.com/petertodd/bips/blob/checklocktimeverify/bip-checklocktimeverify.mediawiki
The reference implementation, including a full-set of unittests for the
opcode semantics can be found at:
https://github.com/petertodd/bitcoin/compare/checklocktimeverify

BIP:
Title: OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY
Author: Peter Todd <pete at petertodd.org>
Status: Draft
Type: Standards Track
Created: 2014-10-01

==Abstract==
This BIP describes a new opcode (OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY) for the Bitcoin
scripting system that allows a transaction output to be made unspendable until
some point in the future.
==Summary==
CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY re-defines the existing NOP2 opcode. When executed it
compares the top item on the stack to the nLockTime field of the transaction
containing the scriptSig. If that top stack item is greater than the transation
nLockTime the script fails immediately, otherwise script evaluation continues
as though a NOP was executed.
The nLockTime field in a transaction prevents the transaction from being mined
until either a certain block height, or block time, has been reached. By
comparing the argument to CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY against the nLockTime field, we
indirectly verify that the desired block height or block time has been reached;
until that block height or block time has been reached the transaction output
remains unspendable.
==Motivation==
The nLockTime field in transactions makes it possible to prove that a
transaction output can be spent in the future: a valid signature for a
transaction with the desired nLockTime can be constructed, proving that it is
possible to spend the output with that signature when the nLockTime is reached.
An example where this technique is used is in micro-payment channels, where the
nLockTime field proves that should the receiver vanish the sender is guaranteed
to get all their escrowed funds back when the nLockTime is reached.
However the nLockTime field is insufficient if you wish to prove that
transaction output ''can-not'' be spent until some time in the future, as there
is no way to prove that the secret keys corresponding to the pubkeys controling
the funds have not been used to create a valid signature.
===Escrow===
If Alice and Bob jointly operate a business they may want to
ensure that all funds are kept in 2-of-2 multisig transaction outputs that
require the co-operation of both parties to spend. However, they recognise that
in exceptional circumstances such as either party getting "hit by a bus" they
need a backup plan to retrieve the funds. So they appoint their lawyer, Lenny,
to act as a third-party.
With a standard 2-of-3 CHECKMULTISIG at any time Lenny could conspire with
either Alice or Bob to steal the funds illegitimately. Equally Lenny may prefer
not to have immediate access to the funds to discourage bad actors from
attempting to get the secret keys from him by force.
However with CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY the funds can be stored in scriptPubKeys of
the form:
IF  CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY DROP  CHECKSIGVERIFY 1 ELSE 2 ENDIF   2 CHECKMULTISIG 
At any time the funds can be spent with the following scriptSig:
  0 
After 3 months have passed Lenny and one of either Alice or Bob can spend the
funds with the following scriptSig:
  1 
===Non-interactive time-locked refunds===
There exist a number of protocols where a transaction output is created that
the co-operation of both parties to spend the output. To ensure the failure of
one party does not result in the funds becoming lost refund transactions are
setup in advance using nLockTime. These refund transactions need to be created
interactively, and additionaly, are currently vulnerable to transaction
mutability. CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY can be used in these protocols, replacing the
interactive setup with a non-interactive setup, and additionally, making
transaction mutability a non-issue.
====Two-factor wallets====
Services like GreenAddress store Bitcoins with 2-of-2 multisig scriptPubKey's
such that one keypair is controlled by the user, and the other keypair is
controlled by the service. To spend funds the user uses locally installed
wallet software that generates one of the required signatures, and then uses a
2nd-factor authentication method to authorize the service to create the second
SIGHASH_NONE signature that is locked until some time in the future and sends
the user that signature for storage. If the user needs to spend their funds and
the service is not available, they wait until the nLockTime expires.
The problem is there exist numerous occasions the user will not have a valid
signature for some or all of their transaction outputs. With
CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY rather than creating refund signatures on demand
scriptPubKeys of the following form are used instead:
IF  CHECKSIGVERIFY ELSE  CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY DROP ENDIF  CHECKSIG 
Now the user is always able to spend their funds without the co-operation of
the service by waiting for the expiry time to be reached.
====Micropayment Channels====
Jeremy Spilman style micropayment channels first setup a deposit controlled by
2-of-2 multisig, tx1, and then adjust a second transaction, tx2, that spends
the output of tx1 to payor and payee. Prior to publishing tx1 a refund
transaction is created, tx3, to ensure that should the payee vanish the payor
can get their deposit back. The process by which the refund transaction is
created is currently vulnerable to transaction mutability attacks, and
additionally, requires the payor to store the refund. Using the same
scriptPubKey from as in the Two-factor wallets example solves both these issues.
===Trustless Payments for Publishing Data===
The PayPub protocol makes it possible to pay for information in a trustless way
by first proving that an encrypted file contains the desired data, and secondly
crafting scriptPubKeys used for payment such that spending them reveals the
encryption keys to the data. However the existing implementation has a
significant flaw: the publisher can delay the release of the keys indefinitely.
This problem can be solved interactively with the refund transaction technique;
with CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY the problem can be non-interactively solved using
scriptPubKeys of the following form:
IF HASH160  EQUALVERIFY  CHECKSIG ELSE  CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY DROP  CHECKSIG ENDIF 
The buyer of the data is now making a secure offer with an expiry time. If the
publisher fails to accept the offer before the expiry time is reached the buyer
can cancel the offer by spending the output.
===Proving sacrifice to miners' fees===
Proving the sacrifice of some limited resource is a common technique in a
variety of cryptographic protocols. Proving sacrifices of coins to mining fees
has been proposed as a ''universal public good'' to which the sacrifice could
be directed, rather than simply destroying the coins. However doing so is
non-trivial, and even the best existing technqiue - announce-commit sacrifices
create outputs that are provably spendable by anyone (thus to mining fees
assuming miners behave optimally and rationally) but only at a time
sufficiently far into the future that large miners profitably can't sell the
sacrifices at a discount.
===Replacing the nLockTime field entirely===
As an aside, note how if the SignatureHash() algorithm could optionally cover
part of the scriptSig the signature could require that the scriptSig contain
CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY opcodes, and additionally, require that they be executed.
(the CODESEPARATOR opcode came very close to making this possible in v0.1 of
Bitcoin) This per-signature capability could replace the per-transaction
nLockTime field entirely as a valid signature would now be the proof that a
transaction output ''can'' be spent.
==Detailed Specification==
Refer to the reference implementation, reproduced below, for the precise
semantics and detailed rationale for those semantics.
case OP_NOP2: { // CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY // // (nLockTime -- nLockTime ) if (!(flags & SCRIPT_VERIFY_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY)) break; // not enabled; treat as a NOP if (stack.size() < 1) return false; // Note that elsewhere numeric opcodes are limited to // operands in the range -2**31+1 to 2**31-1, however it is // legal for opcodes to produce results exceeding that // range. This limitation is implemented by CScriptNum's // default 4-byte limit. // // If we kept to that limit we'd have a year 2038 problem, // even though the nLockTime field in transactions // themselves is uint32 which only becomes meaningless // after the year 2106. // // Thus as a special case we tell CScriptNum to accept up // to 5-byte bignums, which are good until 2**32-1, the // same limit as the nLockTime field itself. const CScriptNum nLockTime(stacktop(-1), 5); // In the rare event that the argument may be < 0 due to // some arithmetic being done first, you can always use // 0 MAX CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY. if (nLockTime < 0) return false; // There are two times of nLockTime: lock-by-blockheight // and lock-by-blocktime, distinguished by whether // nLockTime < LOCKTIME_THRESHOLD. // // We want to compare apples to apples, so fail the script // unless the type of nLockTime being tested is the same as // the nLockTime in the transaction. if (!( (txTo.nLockTime < LOCKTIME_THRESHOLD && nLockTime < LOCKTIME_THRESHOLD) || (txTo.nLockTime >= LOCKTIME_THRESHOLD && nLockTime >= LOCKTIME_THRESHOLD) )) return false; // Now that we know we're comparing apples-to-apples, the // comparison is a simple numeric one. if (nLockTime > (int64_t)txTo.nLockTime) return false; // Finally the nLockTime feature can be disabled and thus // CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY bypassed if every txin has been // finalized by setting nSequence to maxint. The // transaction would be allowed into the blockchain, making // the opcode ineffective. // // Testing if this vin is not final is sufficient to // prevent this condition. Alternatively we could test all // inputs, but testing just this input minimizes the data // required to prove correct CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY execution. if (txTo.vin[nIn].IsFinal()) return false; break; } 
https://github.com/petertodd/bitcoin/commit/ab0f54f38e08ee1e50ff72f801680ee84d0f1bf4
==Upgrade and Testing Plan==
TBD
==Credits==
Thanks goes to Gregory Maxwell for suggesting that the argument be compared
against the per-transaction nLockTime, rather than the current block height and
time.
==References==
PayPub - https://github.com/unsystem/paypub
Jeremy Spilman Micropayment Channels - http://www.mail-archive.com/bitcoin-development%40lists.sourceforge.net/msg02028.html
==Copyright==
This document is placed in the public domain.
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Consensus-enforced transaction replacement via sequence numbers | Mark Friedenbach | May 27 2015

Mark Friedenbach on May 27 2015:
Sequence numbers appear to have been originally intended as a mechanism for
transaction replacement within the context of multi-party transaction
construction, e.g. a micropayment channel. The idea is that a participant
can sign successive versions of a transaction, each time incrementing the
sequence field by some amount. Relay nodes perform transaction replacement
according to some policy rule making use of the sequence numbers, e.g.
requiring sequence numbers in a replacement to be monotonically increasing.
As it happens, this cannot be made safe in the bitcoin protocol as deployed
today, as there is no enforcement of the rule that miners include the most
recent transaction in their blocks. As such, any protocol relying on a
transaction replacement policy can be defeated by miners choosing not to
follow that policy, which they may even be incentivised to do so (if older
transactions provide higher fee per byte, for example). Transaction
replacement is presently disabled in Bitcoin Core.
These shortcomings can be fixed in an elegant way by giving sequence
numbers new consensus-enforced semantics as a relative lock-time: if a
sequence number is non-final (MAX_INT), its bitwise inverse is interpreted
as either a relative height or time delta which is added to the height or
median time of the block containing the output being spent to form a
per-input lock-time. The lock-time of each input constructed in this manor,
plus the nLockTime of the transaction itself if any input is non-final must
be satisfied for a transaction to be valid.
For example, a transaction with an txin.nSequence set to 0xffffff9b [==
~(uint32_t)100] is prevented by consensus rule from being selected for
inclusion in a block until the 100th block following the one including the
parent transaction referenced by that input.
In this way one may construct, for example, a bidirectional micropayment
channel where each change of direction increments sequence numbers to make
the transaction become valid prior to any of the previously exchanged
transactions.
This also enables the discussed relative-form of CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY to be
implemented in the same way: by checking transaction data only and not
requiring contextual information like the block height or timestamp.
An example implementation of this concept, as a policy change to the
mempool processing of Bitcoin Core is available on github:
https://github.com/maaku/bitcoin/tree/sequencenumbers
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BIP: Using Median time-past as endpoint for locktime calculations | Thomas Kerin | Aug 18 2015

Thomas Kerin on Aug 18 2015:
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Hash: SHA512
Hi all,
In collaboration with Mark Friedenbach, we have drawn up a proposal for
using
the median time of the past 11 blocks in locktime calculations.
BIP: XX
Title: Median time-past as endpoint for lock-time calculations
Author: Thomas Kerin <me at thomaskerin.io>
 Mark Friedenbach <[mark at friedenbach.org](https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/mailman/listinfo/bitcoin-dev)> 
Status: Draft
Type: Standards Track
Created: 2015-08-10
==Abstract==
This BIP is a proposal to redefine the semantics used in determining a
time-locked transaction's eligibility for inclusion in a block. The
median of the last 11 blocks is used instead of the block's timestamp,
ensuring that it increases monotonically with each block.
==Motivation==
At present, transactions are excluded from inclusion in a block if the
present time or block height is less than or equal to that specified
in the locktime. Since the consensus rules do not mandate strict
ordering of block timestamps, this has the unfortunate outcome of
creating a perverse incentive for miners to lie about the time of
their blocks in order to collect more fees by including transactions
that by wall clock determination have not yet matured.
This BIP proposes comparing the locktime against the median of the
past 11 block's timestamps, rather than the timestamp of the block
including the transaction. Existing consensus rules guarantee this
value to monotonically advance, thereby removing the capability for
miners to claim more transaction fees by lying about the timestamps of
their block.
This proposal seeks to ensure reliable behaviour in locktime calculations as
required by BIP65, BIP68, and BIPXX (OP_CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY).
==Specification==
The values for transaction locktime remain unchanged. The difference is
only in
the calculation determining whether a transaction can be included.
Instead of
an unreliable timestamp, the following function is used to determine the
current
block time for the purpose of checking lock-time constraints:
enum { nMedianTimeSpan=11 }; int64_t GetMedianTimePast(const CBlockIndex* pindex) { int64_t pmedian[nMedianTimeSpan]; int64_t* pbegin = &pmedian;[nMedianTimeSpan]; int64_t* pend = &pmedian;[nMedianTimeSpan]; for (int i = 0; i < nMedianTimeSpan && pindex; i++, pindex = 
pindex->pprev)
 *(--pbegin) = pindex->GetBlockTime(); std::sort(pbegin, pend); return pbegin[(pend - pbegin)/2]; } 
Lock-time constraints are checked by the consensus method IsFinalTx(),
or LockTime() under BIP68. These methods take the block time as one
parameter. This BIP proposes that after activation calls to
IsFinalTx() or LockTime() within consensus code use the return value
of GetMedianTimePast(pindexPrev) instead.
A reference implementation of this proposal is provided in the
following git repository:
https://github.com/maaku/bitcoin/tree/medianpasttimelock
==Deployment==
We reuse the double-threshold switchover mechanism from BIPs 34 and 66,
with the
same thresholds, but for block.nVersion = 4. The new rules are in effect for
every block (at height H) with nVersion = 4 and at least 750 out of 1000
blocks
preceding it (with heights H-1000...H-1) also have nVersion = 4.
Furthermore,
when 950 out of the 1000 blocks preceding a block do have nVersion = 4,
nVersion = 3 blocks become invalid, and all further blocks enforce the
new rules.
It is recommended that this soft-fork deployment trigger include other
related
proposals for improving Bitcoin's lock-time capabilities, such as BIP
65, BIP68
and CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY.
==Acknowledgements==
Mark Friedenbach for designing and authoring the reference
implementation of this BIP.
Thomas Kerin authored this BIP document.
==Compatibility==
Transactions generated using time-based lock-time will take
approximately an hour longer to confirm than would be expected under
the old rules. This is not known to introduce any compatibility
concerns with existing protocols.
==References==
[https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/mastebip-0065.mediawiki BIP65:
OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY]
[https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/mastebip-0068.mediawiki BIP68:
Consensus-enforced transaction replacement signaled via sequence numbers]
[https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/mastebip-00.mediawiki BIPXX:
CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY]
==Copyright==
This document is placed in the public domain.
My PGP key can be found here: <https://thomaskerin.io/me.pub.asc>
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Bitcoin dev meeting in layman's terms (2015-10-8) | G1lius Caesar | Oct 10 2015

G1lius Caesar on Oct 10 2015:
Once again my attempt to summarize and explain the weekly bitcoin developer
meeting in layman's terms.
Link to last weeks layman's summarization:
https://www.mail-archive.com/[email protected]/msg02445.html
Disclaimer
Please bare in mind I'm not a developer and I'd have problems coding "hello
world!", so some things might be incorrect or plain wrong.
Like any other write-up it likely contains personal biases, although I try
to stay as neutral as I can.
There are no decisions being made in these meetings, so if I say "everyone
agrees" this means everyone present in the meeting, that's not consensus,
but since a fair amount of devs are present it's a good representation.
The dev IRC and mailinglist are for bitcoin development purposes. If you
have not contributed actual code to a bitcoin-implementation, this is
probably not the place you want to reach out to. There are many places to
discuss things that the developers read, including this sub-reddit.
link to this week logs (
http://bitcoinstats.com/irc/bitcoin-dev/logs/2015/10/08#l1444330778.0 )
link to meeting minutes (
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hCDuOBNpqrZ0NLzvgrs2kDIF3g97sOv-FyneHjQellk/edit
)
Main topics discussed this week where:
Mempool limiting: chain limits
Low-S change
CLTV & CSV review
Creation of bitcoin discuss mailing list
off-topic but important notice
This issue ( https://github.com/feross/buffepull/81 ) has made most JS
bitcoin software vulnerable to generating incorrect public keys.
"This is an ecosystem threat with the potential to cause millions of
dollars in losses that needs higher visibility; though it's not a bitcoin
core / bitcoin network issue.
Common, critical, JS code is broken that may cause the generation of
incorrect pubkeys (among other issues). Anyone who cares for a JS
implementation should read that PR."
Mempool limiting: chain limits
(c/p from last week)
Chain in this context means connected transactions. When you send a
transaction that depends on another transaction that has yet to be
confirmed we talk about a chain of transactions.
Miners ideally take the whole chain into account instead of just every
single transaction (although that's not widely implemented afaik). So while
a single transaction might not have a sufficient fee, a depending
transaction could have a high enough fee to make it worthwhile to mine both.
This is commonly known as child-pays-for-parent.
Since you can make these chains very big it's possible to clog up the
mempool this way.
The first unconfirmed transaction is called the ancestor and the
transactions depending on it the descendants. The total amount of
transactions is reffered to as "packages".
As said in "Chain limits" last week Morcos did write a proposal about
lowering the default limits for transaction-chains.
2 use cases came up which are currently in use or happened before:
As example: someone buys bitcoin from a website and can spend those bitcoin
in the marketplace of the same website without waiting for confirmation in
order to improve the bitcoin user-experience. This leaves a sequential
transaction chain. They don't need to chain more than 5 transactions deep
for this, and it falls within the proposed limits.
What's not within the proposed limits is the chain of +/- 100 transactions
a company had during the spam-attacks. These where simply increased
activities by end-users while not enough UTXO's where available (3 to be
precise)(UTXO: unspent transaction output, an output that can be used as
input for a new transaction).
Notably this is with the best practices of using confirmed transactions
first.
Ways this can be solved from the company's end is to have more UTXO's
available before hand, bundling transactions (which requires delaying
customer's request) or using replace-by-fee to add payees (which saves
blockchain space, is cheaper in fees and gets transactions through quicker,
but is not widely deployed by miners atm).
Bare in mind these proposals are for default values for the memorypool, not
in any way hard limits.
Sense of urgency. Quoting sipa: "my mempool is 2.5G... we better get some
solution!"
Current attack analysis assumes child-pays-for-parent mining, it should
probably be done again without.
Higher limits on number of transactions increase attack-vectors.
Proposed number of transactions gets some push-back, total size limit not.
Mixing default values (for example having a 50% of a 10/10 limit and 50% of
a 100/100 limit) wastes bandwidth while there are too many factors that
limit utility of long chains as well.
25 transaction limit ought to be enough for everyone (for now).
Review & test "Limit mempool by throwing away the cheapest txn and setting
min relay fee to it" ( https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6722 )
Provide support for "Lower default limits for tx chains" (
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6771 ) aka convince people 25
should be enough.
Low-S change
This is in regards to the recent malleability attack. Which is caused by a
value 'S' in the ECDSA signature which can be 2 values, a high and low
value and still be valid. Resulting in different transaction id's. more
info:
http://blog.coinkite.com/post/130318407326/ongoing-bitcoin-malleability-attack-low-s-high
A solution for this is to require nodes to have the "low-s" encoding for
signatures.
Downside is that it will block most transactions made by sufficiently out
of date software (+/- pre-march 2014)
This does not replace the need for BIP62, it only eliminates the cheap DOS
attack.
95% of transactions already confirm to this, and more fixes have been
applied since.
BlueMatt has a node which several people are running that auto-malleates to
low-s transactions.
Questions whether we release it ASAP or wait for the next release and get
it to a couple of miners in the meantime (possibly with
auto-lowS-malleating)
Contact miners about "Test LowS in standardness, removes nuisance
malleability vector" ( https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6769 )
Release scheduled for the end of the month, together with likely
check-lock-time-verify and possibly check-sequence-verfiy.
CLTV & CSV backport review
CLTV: checkLockTimeVerify
CSV: checkSequenceVerify
Both new time-related OP-codes.
Been discussed heavily last week.
CSV doesn't seem ready enough for release later this month.
There's no clarity on how things look when all 3 time related pull-requests
are merged.
There's a number of people still reviewing the pull-requests.
Uncertainty and confusion about whether the semantics are final or not (in
regards to using bits from nSequence). nSequence are 4 bytes intended for
sequencing time-locked transactions, but this never got used.
Now these bytes are being repurposed for a mixture of things. Currently the
plan is: " bits 0..15 are the relative locktime, bit 30 determines units
(0: height, 1: time w/ 512s granularity), and bit 31 toggles BIP 68 (0: on,
1: off). bits 16..29 are masked off and can take any value."
Clarification from maaku regarding nSequence for BIP68. (after the meeting
he explained he was waiting for opinions, but not enough people seemed to
know the issue at hand)
Continue review of pull requests 6312 (
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6312 ), 6564 (
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6564 ) and 6566 (
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6566 )
Creation of bitcoin discuss mailing list
The bitcoin-dev mailing list is intented for technical discussions only.
There's things that don't belong there but need to be discussed anyway.
Now this is done in bitcoin-dev, but the volume of this is getting too big.
There's recently also an influx of really inappropriate posts, level
kindergarden (
https://www.mail-archive.com/[email protected]linuxfoundation.org/msg02539.html
).
No clarity about who are the moderators.
Next week there'll be a bitcoin-discuss list created.
Decisions are needed as to who'll become the moderators for that and
bitcoin-dev.
Decisions are needed as to what will be the list and moderation policies.
The bitcoin-discuss list will be created as well as a simple website
listing all the lists and corresponding policies.
A meeting is scheduled on monday to discuss the moderation and policies of
said lists.
Participants
morcos Alex Morcos
gmaxwell Gregory Maxwell
wumpus Wladimir J. van der Laan
sipa Pieter Wuille
BlueMatt Matt Corallo
btcdrak btcdrak
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Bitcoin dev IRC meeting in layman's terms | G1lius Caesar | Oct 05 2015

G1lius Caesar on Oct 05 2015:
As per request of Luke-jr I'm sending a copy of my post on reddit
https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/3nh0s4/bitcoin_dev_irc_meeting_in_laymans_terms_or_an/
to the mailing list.
This was intended to be a simple explanation of the weekly dev meeting for
people to understand what you guys are working on, not as a summary for
other devs.
However, if this is in any way, shape or form useful for the mailing-list
I'll gladly post a copy of this every week (or a modified version of it).
Any comments, suggestions, etc. are welcome.
Mail me at G1liusbitcoin at gmail.com
Tweet me @G1lius
If you are to skim through this, skip "background" as you likely already
know this.
Please bare in mind I'm not a developer and I'd have problems coding "hello
world!", so some things might be incorrect or plain wrong.
Like any other write-up it likely contains personal biases, although I try
to stay as neutral as I can.
The full IRC-logs can be found here
http://bitcoinstats.com/irc/bitcoin-dev/logs/2015/10/01#l1443726030.0.
There are no decisions being made in these meetings, so if I say "everyone
agrees" this means everyone present in the meeting, that's not consensus,
but since a fair amount of devs are present it's a good representation.
Main topics discussed where:
Mempool limiting
BIP68 + CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY
CLTV soft fork deployment
libconsensus merge time window
Mempool limiting
When a transaction is relayed across the network it is held by the nodes in
memory, until it gets into a block. All these transactions that sit in
memory are called the memorypool or mempool for short.
Like we could see during the spam-attack if there's a big back-log of
transactions that couldn't make it in the blockchain this mempool can get
pretty big resulting in nodes crashing.
To stop this from happening devs are trying to find a way to limit this
mempool, so a mechanism to reject and/or remove transactions from the
mempool. The hard part here is to make it so nodes can't be attacked by
abusing this mechanism.
There are multiple worked out ideas for this, namely:
Limit mempool by throwing away the cheapest txn and setting min realy fee
to it ( https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6722 )
Mempool limiting with descendant package tracking (
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6557 )
exponential rising effective min relay feerate (
https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/6673 )
devs are leaning towards 6722 (throwing away the cheapest txn and setting
min relay fee to it) because it's the more simpler approach and possibly
less edge-cases.
The idea behind it is to have a mem-pool that gives a good approximation on
what'll be included in the next blocks, meaning higher fee transactions.
This approach also helps to build a fee-estimator.
Some devs propose to include a time-based eviction as well.
6722 should be completed and 6722, 6557 and 6673 should be attacked by the
others to try and find edge-cases.
The default mempool size should be 300Mb.
Chain limits
Related to mempool limiting.
Chain in this context means connected transactions. When you send a
transaction that depends on another transaction that has yet to be
confirmed we talk about a chain of transactions.
Miners ideally take the whole chain into account instead of just every
single transaction (although that's not widely implemented afaik). So while
a single transaction might not have a sufficient fee, a depending
transaction could have a high enough fee to make it worthwhile to mine both.
This is commonly known as child-pays-for-parent.
Since you can make these chains very big it's possible to clog up the
mempool this way.
The first unconfirmed transaction is called the ancestor and the
transactions depending on it the descendants. The total amount of
transactions is referred to as "packages".
All of the mempool limiting approaches are way easier to attack if you have
bigger chain limits.
the reason to have larger descendant packages is you can't control that
yourself, somebody pays you and bob, and bob chains off a million
descendants and he ends up screwing you.
if you have a say 900kb ancestor package limit, then even if the ancestor
fee rate is reasonably high, default mining code is likely going to find
100kb of very high fee txs to include first, and then there won't be room
for your ancestor package.
Morcos proposes 25/250kb for ancestors and 50/500kb for descendants,
meaning max. either 25 transactions or 250kb in size for ancestors.
Most seem to be fine with those limits and even smaller.
-meeting conclusion
morcos writes a chain-limit proposal to post on the mailing list in order
to find possible usecases for large chain transactions.
CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY softfork
Commonly referred to as: How you thought nLockTime worked before you
actually tried to use it.
There's a fair amount of demand for this and the code is reviewed and has
been running on sidechains alpha for 6 months.
The only real issue is how and when it's merged.
Currently softforks have been done by the isSuperMajority mechanism,
meaning when 95% of the last X blocks has a version number higher than X
the fork is deployed.
A new way of doing this is currently being worked on and that uses all bits
of the version number, appropriately being called versionbits. So instead
of a fork happening when the version is larger than (for example)
00000000011 (3), a fork happens when (for example) the 3rd bit is up (so
00100000011).
This way softforks can be deployed simultaneous and independent of each
other.
Questions are being posed whether we wait for other time-related BIP's
and/or versionbits, or do it now using isSuperMajority.
If versionbits is deployed later it needs to wait for all supermajority
softforks to be over.
Vladimir van der Laan doesn't want to deploy any soft forks in major
releases (0.12 in this case) so that people explicitly upgrade for the
softfork not for other things.
You could roll out multiple supermajority forks as long as they are
cumulative.
Talks seem to converge to using supermajority to deploy checkLockTimeVerify
and checkSequenceVerify if it's ready by the end of October.
checkLockTimeVerify backports (deployment in older versions) needs to be
reviewed as well as BIP68, 112 and 113 (all the time-related BIP's).
Libconsensus
Satoshi wasn't the best programmer out there, which leaves a pretty messy
code. Ideally you'd have the part of the code that influences the network
consensus separately, but in bitcoin it's all intertwined.
Libconsensus is what eventually should become this part. This way people
can more easily make changes in the non-consensus part without fear of
causing a network fork.
This however is a slow and dangerous project of moving lot's of code
around.
Lot's of discussion on when existing changes should be merged, when the
code should be frozen for next release etc.
In linux changes are merged right after a major release. jtimon notices
this was planned for after 0.10 and 0.11 too, but nothing happened.
There seems to be a lack of planning and overview as to what where has to
go.
jtimon will provide a high level rationale for what and where things should
move so people can make comments and review according to this rationale.
Participants
dstadulis Daniel Stadulis
wumpus Wladimir J. van der Laan
morcos Alex Morcos
gmaxwell Gregory Maxwell
btcdrak btcdrak
jonasshnelli Jonas Schnelli
maaku Mark Friedenbach
sdaftuar Suhas Daftuar
sipa Pieter Wuille
BlueMatt Matt Corallo
CodeShark Eric Lombrozo
Luke-Jr Luke Dashjr
bsm117532 Bob McElrath
jgarzik Jeff Garzik
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#bitcoin-dev Weekly Development Meeting Minutes 2015-10-08 | Daniel Stadulis | Oct 09 2015

Daniel Stadulis on Oct 09 2015:
More readable Google Doc version with html links here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hCDuOBNpqrZ0NLzvgrs2kDIF3g97sOv-FyneHjQellk/edit?usp=sharing
Meeting Title:

bitcoin-dev Weekly Development Meeting

Meeting Date:
2015-10-08
Meeting Time:
19:00-20:00 UTC
Participants in Attendance:
dstadulis
wumpus
btcdrak
morcos
petertodd
bsm117532
BlueMatt
gmaxwell
GreenIsMyPepper
phantomcircuit
warren
sipa
IRC Chat Logs:
http://bitcoinstats.com/irc/bitcoin-dev/logs/2015/10/08#l1444329019.0
———------------------------------
Topics to be discussed:
  1. Mempool limiting
  2. Partial transaction malleability fix: Low-S change (releases 0.10.3, 0.11.1
backport)
  1. CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY (CLTV) backport reviews
  2. CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY (CSV) reviews
  3. Creation of [bitcoin-discuss] mailing list planning
———------------------------------
2015-10-08 Meeting Conclusions:
Ecosystem Warnings & Alerts:
There is a Bitcoin ecosystem threat with the potential to cause millions of
dollars in losses that needs higher visibility. It's not a Bitcoin Core /
Bitcoin network issue but most Javascript-based Bitcoin software is
affected. The issue, documented here
https://github.com/feross/buffepull/81, is about common, critical,
Javascript code that is broken and may cause the generation of incorrect
pubkeys (among other issues). If Javascript is part of your implementation,
you should read the referenced pull request.
Action items
Responsible Parties
ETA/Due Date
1
Review/test code for Pull Request #6722 "Limit mempool by throwing away the
cheapest txn and setting min relay fee to it".
All
Unspecified
2
Provide ACK’s/support for low limits on PR #6771 "Policy: Lower default
limits for tx chains".
All
Unspecified
4
Urgent code review and ACKs of CLTV backports PR:

6706 “CLTV IsSuperMajority() soft-fork, rebased for v0.10.2”

6707 “CLTV IsSuperMajority() soft-fork, rebased for v0.11.0”

All
Unspecified
5
Contact miners about PR #6769 "Test LowS in standardness, removes nuisance
malleability vector" and turning on the long-existing anti-malleability
standardness rules in Bitcoin Core
Bluematt & Gmaxwell
Unspecified
6
Clarification from maaku regarding nSequence for BIP68
Continue review and ACKs of PR

6312 “BIP-68: Mempool-only sequence number constraint verification”

6564 “BIP-112: Mempool-only CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY”

6566 “BIP-113: Mempool-only median time-past as endpoint for lock-time

calculations”
All
Unspecified
7
Mailing Lists: [bitcoin-discuss] creation, moderators assignment of discuss
and dev list, simple website for mailing list policy.
Warren
Discussion meeting scheduled for: 2015-10-12 19:00-20:00 UTC
Meetingbot Minutes
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