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Years into the great Bitcoin scaling debate no solution is in reach. Neither bigger blocks nor Segregated Witness have anywhere near consensus support. With the conflict escalating, a Bitcoin fork has become a real possibility.
Electrum Developer Thomas Voegtlin joined us to discuss the state of the Bitcoin scaling debate. We discussed Bitcoin Unlimited, ASICBoost, SegWit activation without miner support and how a Bitcoin fork could play out. Possible outcomes include that Bitcoin Unlimited gains a majority of hashing power and starts mining bigger blocks. In the event of a fork, a proof-of-work change could be done to defend the minority chain from miner attacks. And lately a proposal was brought forward to activate SegWit without the support of the hashing power.
Topics discussed in this episode:
– ASICBoost and its potential role in the conflict
– How a Bitcoin fork could happen
– How to split coins in case of a fork
– How UASF could be used to activate SegWit without miner support
– Requirements for UASF to be safe
– How Electrum would handle a fork
Links mentioned in this episode:
– Electrum Bitcoin Wallet:
– ASICBoost – Hacker Noon:
– Bitcoin's New Controversy: The AsicBoost Allegations Explained – CoinDesk:
– Timo Hanke on ASICBoost and SegWit Non-Activation:
– From AsicBoost to UASF: Greg Maxwell on Bitcoin's Path Forward – CoinDesk:
– [bitcoin-dev] Thomas Voegtlin: Soft Fork Threshold Signaling Proposal:
– UASF Working Group:
– [bitcoin-dev] Greg Maxwell: I do not support the BIP 148 UASF:
– Thomas Voegtlin: Electrum, SPV Wallets And Bitcoin Aliases — Epicenter:
– Jaxx: Wallets that Unify the Blockchain Experience Across Devices –
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