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The discussions among contributors in the blockchain domain reveal ongoing efforts to address and refine Bitcoin's transaction protocols and cryptographic methods. Moonsettler points out the need for a more flexible and expressive alternative to the current TXHASH, suggesting SIGHASH_BUNDLE and APO/AS as viable options and speculating on the benefits of a future "Taproot 2.0" that incorporates new sighash modes to improve functionality and user experience. This highlights the community's readiness to evolve Bitcoin's script capabilities to meet emerging needs.

EvanWinget and Peter Todd delve into the economic and technical implications of adding transaction expiration to Bitcoin. By analyzing historical reorganization data and proposing adjustments in minimum relay fees for transactions nearing expiration, they aim to enhance the network's efficiency and security. Their analysis, supported by data from the stale-blocks repository and visualized in EvanWinget's plotted data, suggests that strategic economic incentives could mitigate potential risks associated with expiring transactions, thereby improving atomic asset swaps.

Lastly, Cmd's introduction of BitEscrow's parallel musig2 signing sessions, as documented on the BitEscrow/escrow-core GitHub repository, presents an innovative approach to utilizing Discreet Log Contracts (DLCs) through branching paths from initial nonce values. Despite skepticism about its novelty, this development indicates a forward-thinking exploration into enhancing blockchain transaction security and efficiency. These discussions collectively underscore the blockchain community's commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in tackling both existing and anticipated challenges.

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45 replies

Authored by

Chris_Stewart_5

Involving

dgpv, ajtowns+9 others

  • The review emphasizes the need for 64-bit arithmetic in TLUV and other protocols.
  • A Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) is available for public review online.
  • Early feedback on the proposal and its implementation is being sought by the author.

20 replies

Authored by

sdaftuar

Involving

rustyrussell, ajtowns+2 others

  • Optimizing Bitcoin's mempool involves challenges like transaction dependencies and maximizing fee collection.
  • Feerate diagrams and cluster linearization methods aid in identifying optimal transaction ordering strategies.
  • RBF policies and mining scores influence transaction replacement, balancing network integrity and fee maximization.

14 replies

Authored by

instagibbs

Involving

ajtowns, rustyrussell+2 others

  • The LN-Symmetry Project advanced the eltoo proposal into research-quality software without full consensus.
  • It tackled technical challenges in BOLT specifications and introduced innovations like using CTV emulation.
  • The project's findings contribute to ongoing discussions on future softforks and channel design enhancements.

Today in Bitcoin/LN History

8 replies

Posted March 3, 2020 21:35 UTC

Authored by

Pieter Wuille

Involving

Tim Ruffing, Dustin Dettmer+2 others

  • The article reviews anti-covert channel signing schemes, highlighting their pros and cons.
  • It details three schemes for securing Schnorr-like signatures against malicious wallet attacks.
  • Addressing signature scheme vulnerabilities, it suggests solutions including "adaptor signatures" for bias correction.

4 replies

Posted March 3, 2020 01:19 UTC

Authored by

Robert Allen

Involving

ZmnSCPxj

  • The Superbolt Network proposal aims to improve Lightning Network's liquidity and uptime issues.
  • It introduces Routing Node and Access Node classes with strict liquidity and availability requirements.
  • Automated channel balancing and a near 100% payment success rate are key features of the proposal.

13 replies

Posted August 24, 2022 16:14 UTC

Authored by

ajtowns

Involving

ZmnSCPxj, RubenSomsen+1 others

  • Active and passive are the two main types of investment strategies.
  • Passive investment's hands-off nature can lead to societal issues like asset underutilization.
  • The article suggests central banks could stabilize economies using a currency backed by Bitcoin.

All Activity

3 replies

Posted March 3, 2024 12:01 UTC

Authored by

ZmnSCPxj

Involving

moonsettler

The discussion revolves around the intricacies of Bitcoin's potential protocol upgrade involving OP_CTV (OP_CHECKTEMPLATEVERIFY) and its implications for consensus change within the network. The OP_CTV opcode is part of a broader conversation about introducing covenant opcodes to Bitcoin, which has sparked a counter-movement advocating for the ossification of Bitcoin's protocol to avoid risks associated with changes.


3 replies

Posted March 3, 2024 11:48 UTC

Authored by

cmd

Involving

moonsettler , moonsettler

The dialogue concerning the flexibility and expressiveness of Bitcoin's transaction signing process highlights a few notable proposals aimed at enhancing the system. One primary issue identified is the comparison of current capabilities with something like TXHASH, emphasizing the need for more nuanced control over transaction signatures, particularly through the introduction of new flags without necessitating a script version update.


6 replies

Posted March 3, 2024 02:22 UTC

Authored by

EvanWinget

Involving

ProofOfKeags , orkunkilic +2 others

The discourse around implementing a transaction expiration mechanism within blockchain networks delves into various complexities and potential ramifications. Such a feature introduces a layer of uncertainty regarding the finality of transactions, as it might incentivize miners to reorganize the blockchain to exclude blocks containing transactions on the verge of expiration.


1 reply

Posted March 2, 2024 22:11 UTC

Authored by

salvatoshi

Involving

cmd

The discussion highlights a novel approach to improve the signing flow for wallets, specifically targeting the limitations faced by hardware signing devices within the Bitcoin ecosystem. This new method is designed to efficiently manage signing sessions at the psbt-level, especially beneficial for devices with limited storage capabilities.


1 reply

Posted March 2, 2024 13:03 UTC

Authored by

remyers

Involving

remyers

The conversation delves into the complexities encountered by liquidity providers, particularly those running Lightning nodes, in effectively managing their wallets for facilitating liquidity transactions. These entities often face challenges including the regular expenditure of Unspent Transaction Outputs (UTXOs) on liquidity transactions, infrequent wallet top-ups, and the perils associated with unconfirmed transactions stemming from concurrent spending or unsafe change.


12 replies

Posted March 2, 2024 10:49 UTC

Authored by

josibake

Involving

MattCorallo , RubenSomsen +1 others

Recent discussions among programmers have focused on enhancing the Bitcoin protocol by introducing a new address format that emphasizes backward compatibility and streamlines the transition from the current standards. An innovative proposal includes appending an optional =v dummy value to addresses, aiming to simplify QR code representations by eliminating key-value pairs, thus facilitating a more compact format.


3 replies

Posted March 2, 2024 03:01 UTC

Authored by

thunderbiscuit

Involving

moonsettler , ZmnSCPxj +1 others

In the realm of digital currency systems, particularly those involving ecash schemes, ensuring privacy while maintaining practicality presents a significant challenge. The exploration of these schemes reveals a complex landscape where fungibility and trust play critical roles.


3 replies

Posted March 1, 2024 18:12 UTC

Authored by

virtu

Involving

bytes , cdecker+1 others

In the intricate ecosystem of Bitcoin's network, DNS seeds play a crucial role in ensuring the system's stability and security by facilitating the initial connection process for new nodes. These seeds help new nodes find peers to connect with, thereby integrating them into the larger network.


8 replies

Posted March 1, 2024 14:48 UTC

Authored by

rodarmor

Involving

bytes , recent +3 others

The discussion delves into the intricate workings of Bitcoin's blockchain technology, highlighting several key functions and processes that ensure the network's efficiency, security, and integrity. A primary focus is on the BlockAssembler::addPackageTxs function, which plays a critical role in the transaction selection algorithm for upcoming blocks.


Posted February 29, 2024 16:29 UTC

Authored by

fjahr

The exploration of utilizing a self-hosted GitLab instance for creating backups of the Bitcoin Core GitHub repository has unfolded into a comprehensive project, aiming not only at data preservation but also at ensuring that development can continue seamlessly under any circumstances. The process involved setting up a GitLab server and conducting initial trials, which initially suggested a quick resolution.


46 replies

Posted February 28, 2024 14:12 UTC

Authored by

Chris_Stewart_

Involving

moonsettler , halseth +10 others

The conversation begins with an examination of adapting CScriptNum for implementing OP_INOUT_AMOUNT in Bitcoin. This involves encoding satoshi values as minimally encoded integers and managing potential overflow exceptions when numeric op codes interpret these larger CScriptNum values.


4 replies

Posted February 28, 2024 11:14 UTC

Authored by

ajtowns

Involving

ariard , ajtowns

The discourse around the development practices within the Bitcoin Core community has shed light on several critical issues and proposed solutions to foster a more open and transparent environment for project discussions. A significant initiative introduced is the application of the wg-cluster-mempool::tag, which was implemented to ensure that past discussions remain accessible for future reference, addressing an issue where the tag's link was initially broken for all but moderators.

Central to the debate is the recognition of the importance of transparency and open dialogue in the Bitcoin Core development process.


12 replies

Posted February 27, 2024 20:25 UTC

Authored by

murch

Involving

sipa , ajtowns +3 others

The discourse delves into optimizing transaction orderings in blockchain technology using mathematical theorems, particularly focusing on the application of gathering and stripping theorems to enhance transaction linearization. It discusses achieving an optimal linearization, denoted as (L_{opt}' \gtrsim L_{opt}), through the practical application of these theorems, despite initial skepticism about their direct applicability in repositioning sublinearizations.


delvingbitcoin

Type Erasure & Script

Posted February 27, 2024 18:44 UTC

Authored by

JeremyRubin

In the ongoing discussions among programmers about Bitcoin's operational framework and its handling of transactions, especially concerning covenants, there's a notable exploration into improving the type system within Bitcoin's script language. Currently, Bitcoin functions with a low-level virtual machine that lacks explicit type information, relying instead on implicit types where operations might fail if inputs do not conform to expected formats or sizes.


1 reply

Posted February 27, 2024 14:02 UTC

Authored by

Chris_Stewart_

Involving

halseth

The discussion centers on a significant proposal to enhance Bitcoin's Script interpreter, specifically through the introduction of OP_INOUT_AMOUNT. This new feature aims at pushing input values and a set of output values onto the stack, thereby expanding the capabilities of Bitcoin scripting.


21 replies

Posted February 27, 2024 09:43 UTC

Authored by

sdaftuar

Involving

sanket , rustyrussell +4 others

The email discussion centers on the intricacies of managing transaction fees in blockchain protocols, with a focus on strategies such as version 3 (V3) and Child-Pays-For-Parent (CPFP), which are designed to improve network efficiency and fee management. V3 is noted for its dynamic adjustments to handle fee spikes, offering a flexible response to transactions being evicted from the mempool due to high fees.


15 replies

Posted February 27, 2024 06:27 UTC

Authored by

instagibbs

Involving

ProofOfKeags , rustyrussell +4 others

The discourse delves into improvements within blockchain transaction protocols, emphasizing the necessity of optimizing update mechanisms and fee structures for better performance and scalability. It suggests a focus on minimizing state update storage by retaining only essential data, thus reducing complexity and management overhead.


9 replies

Posted February 26, 2024 02:25 UTC

Authored by

glozow

Involving

morehouse , ajtowns +3 others

The integration of a slightly larger, single shared-key at 330 satoshis within the Lightning Network (LN) offers a promising avenue for simplifying commitment transactions. This proposition is part of a broader set of proposed improvements aimed at enhancing the LN's operational efficiency, including package relay/Replace-By-Fee (RBF) mechanisms and sibling eviction.


9 replies

Posted February 23, 2024 03:58 UTC

Authored by

ZmnSCPxj

Involving

harding , bytes +3 others

Recent discussions within the cryptocurrency mining community have highlighted several key areas of interest, including the dynamics of mining efficiency and profitability, innovative transaction fee mechanisms, strategic mining adaptations, implications of transaction selection strategies, and the utility of onchain contracts.

Firstly, it has been revealed through mathematical analysis that smaller miners could achieve a higher proportional payoff compared to larger miners when rewards are adjusted for hash power contributed.


3 replies

Posted February 22, 2024 14:16 UTC

Authored by

rijndael

Involving

dgpv , rijndael+1 others

The discussion centers around the innovative application of OP_CAT in Bitcoin scripting, particularly within the context of transaction introspection and covenant creation. The technique allows for dynamic concatenation of script elements, enabling more efficient and complex operations within Bitcoin's scripting language.


21 replies

Posted February 22, 2024 10:31 UTC

Authored by

sdaftuar

Involving

harding , instagibbs +4 others

The discussion revolves around the intricacies of managing the mempool in cryptocurrency networks, particularly focusing on Replace-By-Fee (RBF) transactions and their implications for Bitcoin's network efficiency and transaction management. A key point is the computational burden posed by RBF transactions, as highlighted by the current Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP 125), which sets a cap on total transactions evicted by a single replacement to manage these costs.


2 replies

Posted February 22, 2024 10:29 UTC

Authored by

sipa

Involving

hebasto, sipa

In the realm of cryptocurrency networks, optimizing transaction clusters is a critical endeavor for the efficient processing of transactions, especially when dealing with large clusters. The heart of this optimization lies in the development and application of advanced linearization algorithms.


4 replies

Posted February 22, 2024 09:48 UTC

Authored by

MattCorallo

Involving

ajtowns , tbast +1 others

The discussion revolves around the utilization of DNS records for simplifying Bitcoin Lightning Network (LN) payments and enhancing privacy. A suggestion was made to use specific subdomains and TXT records for resolving LN node addresses, aiming to improve privacy and ease of deployment.


1 reply

Posted February 21, 2024 23:53 UTC

Authored by

Dan Bryant

Involving

Olaoluwa Osuntokun

In the realm of peer-to-peer connections within the Lightning Network, a noteworthy discussion centers around the protocols for maintaining connectivity, especially when nodes experience changes in their IP addresses. When a node has a public listening interface and a static IP, it should be able to reconnect with its peers after a disconnection, leveraging the node_announcement message transmitted across the gossip layer.


Posted February 21, 2024 19:41 UTC

Authored by

buffrr

The project being developed, named Spaces, aims to innovate within the Bitcoin ecosystem by creating a scalable and permissionless Bitcoin Certificate Authority with an approximate size of ~250KB. This initiative is leveraging the capabilities of RISC0 zkVM for constructing a zero-knowledge light client, emphasizing the use of client-side validation to ensure privacy and efficiency.


9 replies

Posted February 20, 2024 13:16 UTC

Authored by

instagibbs

Involving

ajtowns , CryptiQ +1 others

The discussion focuses on the economic incentives and cost-benefit analysis associated with blockchain transaction strategies, specifically examining the advantages of manipulating transactions for economic gain. It details a scenario where controlling a transaction (TxB) becomes economically beneficial by paying 1,780 satoshis more than a base cost to evict another transaction (TxC), in contrast to other strategies requiring payments over 10,000 satoshis.


2 replies

Posted February 20, 2024 01:47 UTC

Authored by

ajtowns

Involving

calle , ajtowns

The recent exchanges have delved into the intricate process of enhancing ecash systems, particularly focusing on their integration with lightning wallets and the pioneering use of Zero-Knowledge Proofs (ZKPs). A noteworthy proposal considered for Cashu involves a mechanism requiring users to bridge their lightning and ecash wallets through the acquisition and utilization of a preimage.


22 replies

Posted February 18, 2024 01:33 UTC

Authored by

urza

Involving

roasbeef , ProofOfKeags +8 others

The discourse delves into Bitcoin's development process, focusing on the nuanced roles of developers, miners, and users in the soft fork activation process. It challenges the conventional belief that miners primarily influence soft fork activations, revealing a complex interaction where developers play a significant role in initiating changes.


13 replies

Posted February 16, 2024 16:27 UTC

Authored by

light

Involving

RobinLinus , recent +6 others

The recently detailed regulation at EUR-Lex distinguishes between custodial and non-custodial wallet providers in the cryptocurrency sector, indicating a move towards more regulated custody services to enforce Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations more effectively. This shift is likely to influence the digital finance landscape by promoting custodian services for better compliance.

Discussions around the implementation of "evil covenants" in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin acknowledge that while these features could pose risks, existing capabilities in altcoins and Bitcoin's scripting have not led to significant issues.


20 replies

Posted February 16, 2024 13:18 UTC

Authored by

moonsettler

Involving

ajtowns , sipa +5 others

The discussion encompasses several facets of enhancing Bitcoin's scripting language, focusing on the implementation difficulties and potential solutions for incorporating binary bitwise arithmetic using Categorical Availability Theory (CAT). It outlines the challenges faced in executing operations such as XOR, ROTR, SHIFTR, NOT, and AND within Bitcoin script due to the absence of native support.


5 replies

Posted February 15, 2024 13:36 UTC

Authored by

pgrange

Involving

tbast , edouard+1 others

The Vanadium project, currently in its prototypal and experimental stages, aims to significantly simplify embedded programming by abstracting the complexities and platform-specific quirks of different embedded toolchains and hardware. Targeting a developer-ready stage by Q4, it promises to ease the development process for applications, including low-volume lightning nodes and personal security HSM (Hardware Security Module) solutions.


1 reply

Posted February 14, 2024 21:44 UTC

Authored by

Michael Folkson

Involving

Keagan McClelland

The discussion underscores the complexities involved in negotiating configuration options for channel openings within the Lightning Network, with a particular focus on timelock settings such as to_self_delay and cltv_expiry. These configurations strike a critical balance between securing transactions against potential fraud and minimizing the undesirable effects of capital being locked up for extended periods.


40 replies

Posted February 13, 2024 16:34 UTC

Authored by

AntoineP

Involving

glozow , instagibbs +12 others

The discourse on Bitcoin protocol enhancements and transaction management addresses several key areas, including the efficiency of managing unspent transaction outputs (UTXOs) and the importance of optimizing transaction sizes within the Lightning Network (LN). Concerns are raised over high fees associated with large commitment transactions, suggesting the consolidation of UTXOs as a strategy to facilitate Child Pays for Parent (CPFP) transactions without significantly increasing costs.


1 reply

Posted February 13, 2024 16:04 UTC

Authored by

tbast

Involving

instagibbs

In the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency, Layer 2 contracts have significantly enhanced transaction capabilities, facilitating intricate exchanges between parties that may not inherently trust one another. These contracts typically necessitate participants to pre-sign a refund transaction.


Posted February 12, 2024 13:21 UTC

Authored by

fjahr

The progress on developing a reliable ASMap file for inclusion in future releases has been significant, leveraging tools like Kartograf and sipa’s asmap-tool. These tools facilitate the collection and processing of data critical for creating an ASMap file trustworthy enough for official release use.


Posted February 9, 2024 20:32 UTC

Authored by

Bryan Bishop

The bitcoindev mailing list has been successfully migrated to Google Groups after overcoming initial roadblocks. Subscriptions to the old list are no longer accepted as of February 2024.


9 replies

Posted February 8, 2024 15:24 UTC

Authored by

ismaelsadeeq

Involving

glozow , sipa +2 others

Blockchain transaction fee estimation is a complex process that aims to accurately predict confirmation times based on fee rates. The current estimation system faces challenges from inaccuracies caused by ignoring transactions with unconfirmed parents and assuming confirmations are due solely to fee rates.


2 replies

Posted February 8, 2024 14:18 UTC

Authored by

instagibbs

Involving

glozow , instagibbs

The evolution of programming frameworks has been an ongoing process with significant attention given to enhancing system topology constraints and transactional policies. The transition from earlier versions such as 3.1 to more recent iterations like 4.1c has allowed for increased complexity within the systems without compromising on performance.


2 replies

Posted February 8, 2024 13:52 UTC

Authored by

sdaftuar

Involving

t-bast, instagibbs

A recent simulation applying proposed v3 validation rules to Lightning Network (LN) commitment transactions from 2023 has provided important insights. Out of the 14,124 analyzed transactions, 856 (6.06%) would not have met the new criteria, including limitations on parent-child relationships and a maximum child size of 1000 virtual bytes.


23 replies

Posted February 7, 2024 19:35 UTC

Authored by

GregTonoski

Involving

murch , moonsettler +5 others

Bitcoin's transaction pricing strategy, particularly the witness discount, is under scrutiny by programmers and Bitcoin Core contributors. The discount offers a lower cost for witness bytes compared to other transaction bytes, based on the validators' higher operational costs for processing main transaction bytes.


2 replies

Posted February 6, 2024 14:10 UTC

Authored by

harding

Involving

ajtowns, instagibbs

The discussion surrounding the proposed BIP345 OP_VAULT feature surfaces potential vulnerabilities in vault security, particularly when an attacker gains access to a user's trigger authorization key. The concern centers on the feasibility of recovery actions when small amounts of funds are stolen from a vault.


1 reply

Posted February 4, 2024 23:47 UTC

Authored by

ZmnSCPxj

Involving

ZmnSCPxj

A new signature hashing scheme is proposed to address specific needs in Bitcoin smart contracts, particularly enhancing the functionality of Poon-Dryja payment channels and Decker-Russell-Osuntokun (DROR) update transactions. The suggested 84-byte signature operand is complex, comprising elements like SIGHASH flags, a vout_index, bounds on changes (delta_min and delta_max), and a Schnorr signature.


14 replies

Posted February 4, 2024 12:27 UTC

Authored by

reardencode

Involving

michaelfolkson , instagibbs +6 others

The integration of internal fees within onchain mechanisms to handle unilateral exits has been proposed, aiming to reduce blockspace usage by eliminating the need for anchor outputs and Child Pays For Parent (CPFP) transactions. An extension for OP_CHECKTEMPLATEVERIFY has been developed to support this and can be further studied at this link.

A new proposal suggests using a contract similar to LN-symmetry for statecoins, which could significantly improve the efficiency and scalability of digital assets by allowing a single channel funding to benefit many users in a continuous cycle with a timeout mechanism.

Developers have shown considerable interest in a speculated tool with functionalities like APO, anticipating it to widen architectural possibilities, particularly for channel factories and statechains.


10 replies

Posted February 2, 2024 15:00 UTC

Authored by

instagibbs

Involving

rustyrussell , ajtowns+5 others

In the realm of Bitcoin transactions, developers are increasingly prioritizing compactness in their coding strategies as a response to rising transaction fees. This shift places an emphasis on using endogenous fees within transactions and consolidating multiple operations into a single transaction with fewer occurrences of exogenous fees.


Posted February 2, 2024 09:52 UTC

Authored by

ajtowns

The recent update has introduced a small but significant feature that enhances user interaction with posts and comments on the platform. A "Raw Post" icon has been added, which users can find concealed within the options denoted by ".." located at the bottom of each comment or post.


6 replies

Posted February 1, 2024 22:58 UTC

Authored by

MattCorallo

Involving

tbast , morehouse +2 others

In recent technical discussions, programmers have been evaluating methods for optimizing transaction handling processes in anticipation of the deployment of version 3 (v3) protocols. The conversation revolves around the challenges associated with Child Pays For Parent (CPFP) mechanisms and the potential integration of a cluster mempool, which could provide significant improvements to v3's capabilities.


4 replies

Posted February 1, 2024 05:12 UTC

Authored by

oohrah

Involving

instagibbs , glozow +1 others

The technical considerations surrounding Bitcoin's transaction replacement mechanisms are at the forefront of a detailed discussion within the development community. The conversation centers on the issue known as the "free relay problem," where transactions held in memory pools across network participants could potentially be discarded without generating fees, resulting in costs without compensation.


Posted February 1, 2024 04:02 UTC

Authored by

ursuscamp

A new tool named ortty has been introduced for users who prefer to interact with blockchain technology through a command-line interface. This tool is designed specifically for those interested in the Ordinals Inscriptions within their nodes and offers both an interactive explorer and a scriptable CLI.


2 replies

Posted January 31, 2024 15:01 UTC

Authored by

CryptiQ

Involving

instagibbs , Crypt-iQ

The practice of running non-listening nodes within networks is gaining attention as a security measure. The primary advantage of such nodes is the considerable increase in difficulty for attackers to perform specific types of attacks due to the nodes' reduced visibility and interaction with the network.


11 replies

Posted January 31, 2024 12:43 UTC

Authored by

amiti

Involving

ajtowns , mdwards +1 others

Recent discussions among programmers have focused on the optimization of blockchain network performance, specifically addressing transaction relay rates and fee calculations. Modifications to the estimatesmartfee 5 command introduce a variability margin of ±10% to avoid random fees while allowing for fluctuations.

Efficient transaction propagation is essential, balanced with measures to prevent network abuse, such as setting a minimum fee rate measured in satoshis to deter "free relay" attacks.


7 replies

Posted January 31, 2024 08:40 UTC

Authored by

Peter Todd

Involving

Murch

Developers have identified a potential flaw in the Bitcoin network's replace-by-fee (RBF) policy that might prioritize less profitable transactions for miners over more profitable ones due to a loophole. A new commit is proposed to enhance network integrity by rejecting replacements with unconfirmed inputs conflicting with multiple transactions, thereby preventing cycles of unconfirmed transactions.

A scenario was presented showing how four unique conflicts can be constructed with transaction series and confirmed inputs, possibly leading to infinite replacement cycles.


5 replies

Posted January 30, 2024 15:39 UTC

Authored by

ajtowns

Involving

cguida , roasbeef +2 others

The email exchange sheds light on the current state of email interaction within the DelvingBitcoin forum. A user inquires about the ability to respond directly to forum threads through an email client without having to log into the website.


6 replies

Posted January 30, 2024 08:40 UTC

Authored by

Michael Folkson

Involving

ZmnSCPxj, Peter Todd+1 others

Lightning Network channels are currently designed with an understanding that the commitment transactions will pay a low fee rate by default, which can be later increased using anchor outputs and Child Pays for Parent (CPFP) methods. This design may not necessarily burden the initiator with the majority of the fee costs.


12 replies

Posted January 30, 2024 08:40 UTC

Authored by

Peter Todd

Involving

Michael Folkson, jlspc+3 others

The current discussions among developers are addressing the fee payment structure within the Lightning Network (LN), focusing on commitment transactions, fairness in fee distribution, and incentives. It is observed that the channel initiator might not necessarily pay most of the fees, challenging the expectation of 'initiator pays.' Real-world examples have shown that cooperative close failures can occur due to low initial fee rates, necessitating the recipient to use Child Pays for Parent (CPFP) to expedite their transaction.

Proposals such as BIP 118 and BIP 143 seek to modify digital signature hashing, influencing how fees get distributed in LN transactions.


2 replies

Posted January 27, 2024 19:54 UTC

Authored by

olkurbatov

Involving

harding, olkurbatov

Taprootized Atomic Swaps (TAS) are a novel approach to conducting cross-chain cryptocurrency transactions that enhance privacy by ensuring only the involved parties are aware of the swap. This method contrasts with traditional atomic swaps, which leave a transparent trail on the blockchain, potentially compromising the confidentiality of the transaction participants.


4 replies

Posted January 27, 2024 00:16 UTC

Authored by

dergoegge

Involving

Chris_Stewart_ , Davidson +1 others

The recent exploration in cryptocurrency security brought to light a critical vulnerability within the btcd software, which is an alternative Bitcoin node implementation. A discrepancy was found in how btcd handled transaction version numbers, treating them as signed 32-bit integers rather than unsigned, as mandated by the consensus rules of BIP 68 and BIP 112.


2 replies

Posted January 26, 2024 22:27 UTC

Authored by

bytes

Involving

ursuscamp, 40000bytes

The main challenge tackled by the proposed eCash protocol is to overcome the custodial risk inherent in previous implementations such as those used by cashu and fedimint. This new solution focuses on ensuring that at no point do issuers or redeemers have custody of user funds, thus enhancing privacy without compromising the security of the users' assets.


5 replies

Posted January 26, 2024 09:29 UTC

Authored by

salvatoshi

Involving

ErikDeSmedt , jungly+1 others

The discussion delves into the nuances of fraud proofs within blockchain protocols, exploring both their theoretical underpinnings and practical applications. Regarding the possibility of eliminating script requirements in interactive cases, it is noted that while Ark attempts to remove covenant requirements in favor of interactivity, this may not be feasible for all scenarios, especially when an operator becomes unresponsive.


2 replies

Posted January 26, 2024 08:15 UTC

Authored by

jamesob

Involving

CubicEarth , jungly

The exploration of off-chain activity generation within the realm of cryptocurrency mining presents the potential for a paradigm shift in how transactions and operations are managed. A proposed approach involves utilizing a peer-to-peer (P2P) network that could replace traditional federated models, such as fedimint.


5 replies

Posted January 25, 2024 23:40 UTC

Authored by

reardencode

Involving

moonsettler , harding+1 others

The programming and cryptocurrency communities are currently engaged in a nuanced discourse regarding the use of cryptographic signatures, with a particular focus on the ECDSA (Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm) within different scripts and its potential replacement by newer methods like Schnorr signatures. A recent conversation highlights the concept of reactivating CAT for proof-of-work proofs using plain hashes as a better alternative to ECDSA, citing that there are more efficient ways to achieve this.


1 reply

Posted January 25, 2024 23:04 UTC

Authored by

1440000bytes

Involving

moonsettler

HodlHodl, a P2P trading platform, has traditionally used a 2-of-3 multisig setup for its trades, involving public keys from the buyer, seller, and HodlHodl. This allows the buyer and seller to transact directly without incurring fees from HodlHodl.


1 reply

Posted January 25, 2024 16:49 UTC

Authored by

Antoine Poinsot

Involving

Michael Folkson

The Bitcoin community is currently observing the progression of a proposed standard for hardware signing devices, which has been in practical use by major providers including Ledger, BitBox02, and Jade. Initiated by Salvatore Ingala around eighteen months ago, this wallet policy standard is yet to receive formal recognition in the form of a Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) number.


10 replies

Posted January 25, 2024 12:39 UTC

Authored by

Mark Botley

Involving

Nongluck Loyha, Chris Malloy+2 others

Victor Umobi, an AI Engineer and MSc candidate at Cornell University with experience in MIT Driverless Control Systems, has provided his contact details: phone number (039)-34951-59614 and email victorumobi@gmail.com. An issue has arisen within the Lightning-dev mailing list, hosted by the Linux Foundation, where users have been receiving blank emails, notably one from Nongluck Loyha on September 20th, 2019 at 02:19, containing only standard mailing list information.


33 replies

Posted January 25, 2024 12:24 UTC

Authored by

Antoine Riard

Involving

Andrés G. Aragoneses, Luke Dashjr+12 others

The Bitcoin development community has engaged in extensive discussions addressing technological challenges and potential solutions to enhance the security, usability, and decentralization of Bitcoin and the Lightning Network (LN).

Keagan McClelland emphasized the need for easier connections between mobile Lightning clients and personal full nodes to counter centralized services.


23 replies

Posted January 24, 2024 15:46 UTC

Authored by

tbast

Involving

instagibbs , MattCorallo +5 others

Recent discussions within the blockchain programming community have focused on technical advancements and security measures in the Lightning Network, particularly concerning HTLC and PTLC transactions. The transition to Point Time-Locked Contracts (PTLCs) is anticipated, with a recommendation to hold off on new protocol implementations for exchanging partial signatures until PTLCs are introduced.


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Posted January 23, 2024 12:12 UTC

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Ava Chow

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Christopher Allen, Michael Folkson

Tim Ruffing, a notable figure in the Bitcoin development community, has shed light on the complications associated with using x-only public keys in advanced cryptographic operations like MuSig2 and other multisignature schemes. During an online meetup of the London Bitcoin Devs in 2022, he addressed the engineering challenges posed by these keys.


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Posted January 23, 2024 11:51 UTC

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mimoo

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388o

A new development in the field of blockchain technology has been recently introduced by a team comprising Ivan and another developer. They have created a minimal Layer 2 (L2) infrastructure that enables the construction of zero-knowledge applications (zkapps) on the Bitcoin network.


Posted January 22, 2024 17:42 UTC

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dgpv

The latest version of a highly regarded analysis tool for Bitcoin and Elements scripts has been released, boasting several new enhancements and features aimed at improving the user experience and analytical capabilities. This advanced tool can be accessed via its GitHub repository.

Notably, the release includes a revamped plugin system that allows plugins to integrate with various stages of the analysis process, offering both observation and modification capabilities.


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Posted January 21, 2024 17:14 UTC

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Greg Tonoski

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Nagaev Boris, vjudeu at gazeta.pl+1 others

The ongoing debate regarding the use of blockchain for data storage highlights several key issues. Firstly, transactions that incorporate large amounts of non-essential witness data, such as an image in a single transaction, could change the nature of the blockchain by inflating it with this 'bloated' data.


Posted January 20, 2024 21:33 UTC

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Peter Todd

The recent release of Bitcoin Core v26.0 incorporates significant enhancements, particularly the integration of Antoine Riard's full-RBF (Replace-By-Fee) peering code. This upgrade serves a dual purpose for nodes that operate with full-RBF functionality.


Posted January 20, 2024 17:00 UTC

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salvatoshi

The discussion revolves around optimizing fraud proofs in MATT contracts by employing a novel method that significantly reduces data overhead and transaction costs. The suggested strategy applies to two-party games, converting them into protocols with minimal data requirements for each move—approximately two hashes.


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Posted January 19, 2024 21:09 UTC

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Tom Briar

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Andrew Poelstra, Fabian+2 others

Tom's communication focuses on the development of data compression strategies for Bitcoin transactions, specifically targeting peer-to-peer encrypted traffic. He highlights that traditional compression tools like gzip are not efficient for compressing Bitcoin transactions due to their inability to handle pseudorandom data effectively.


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Posted January 19, 2024 19:27 UTC

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Anthony Towns

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Christopher Allen, Luke Dashjr+5 others

Kalle's resignation as a Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) editor has prompted the Bitcoin community to reconsider how responsibilities are distributed among the team to maintain the BIP editing process effectively. The debate around BIP-125, which deals with transaction fee variability and affects all wallet users, contrasts with more specialized cases like Ordinals or Taproot Assets, suggesting these niche topics may not be suitable for official BIPs.


Posted January 19, 2024 13:53 UTC

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JeremyRubin

The Bitcoin community has seen a surge in new Bitcoin Improvement Proposals (BIPs) that aim to introduce significant changes to the core system. Among these are suggestions for soft forks and enhancements like OP_TXHASH, OP_CAT, Arithmetic Opcodes, OP_INTERNALKEY, OP_CSFS, V3/Ephemeral Anchors, Cluster Mempool, and others that might not have been acknowledged.


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Posted January 18, 2024 07:56 UTC

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Chris_Stewart_

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halseth

The recent discussion on the implementation of new leaf versions in Bitcoin's interpreter has introduced a proposal to define a new SigVersion. This addition has the potential to alter how certain opcodes are interpreted, depending on the version.


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Posted January 16, 2024 15:02 UTC

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salvatoshi

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sipa , josibake +5 others

The discourse among developers centers on optimizing cryptocurrency operations, with a focus on deterministic address generation and the self-containment of processes. Developers debate the forward-compatible derivation of unspendable keys to improve user experience with hardware signers by indicating that no keypath spend is possible.


Posted January 16, 2024 13:50 UTC

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BitBlend2106

The Bitcoin network is on the brink of facing a significant technical hurdle as the year 2106 approaches, which poses a challenge to the current 32-bit field for block timestamps due to an overflow issue. A solution titled "BitBlend: A Non-Disruptive Solution to the Bitcoin 2106 Timestamp Overflow" has been proposed to tackle this problem without requiring a disruptive hard fork or consensus change.


Posted January 15, 2024 13:54 UTC

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sjors

Stratum v2, a new specification for secure communication in Bitcoin mining, employs end-to-end encryption via the Noise Protocol Framework. This move facilitates integration with Bitcoin Core, which is set to assume the Template Provider role within the Template Distribution protocol.


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Posted January 13, 2024 17:06 UTC

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Leslie

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Pavol Rusnak

The discourse within the cryptocurrency community regarding the BIP39 mnemonic phrase standard reveals efforts to evolve its capabilities while maintaining backward compatibility. A new proposal suggests adding a version field to the mnemonic phrases, aiming to address the absence of such a feature in the current BIP39 implementation.


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Posted January 9, 2024 18:30 UTC

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instagibbs

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rustynail, t-bast+2 others

The topic of Miner Extractable Value (MEV) and its implications on smart contracts, particularly within the Bitcoin network, has been a subject of significant interest. It hinges on the concept that transaction creators can engage bots to create transactions that are beneficial for miners, thereby avoiding scenarios where miners would have to run additional software to maximize their earnings.


Posted January 8, 2024 19:01 UTC

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morehouse

Recent findings have highlighted a significant security risk within versions 23.02 to 23.05.2 of the C-Lightning (CLN) implementation, where nodes are exposed to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack through the exploitation of a race condition occurring during channel openings. This vulnerability has been identified as a potential threat to user funds and stability of the network.


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Posted January 8, 2024 04:58 UTC

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RobinLinus

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ajtowns, RobinLinus

The ongoing discussion among programmers revolves around the potential applications and limitations of OP_CAT in Bitcoin scripting, specifically as it pertains to simulating cryptographic operations. The conversation begins with an analogy, comparing the restrictive use of a single tool for multiple jobs to the limited functionality available within Bitcoin's scripting language.


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Posted January 5, 2024 23:47 UTC

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0xB10C

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AntoineP, cdecker+1 others

In the realm of protocol design and implementation, there's a recognition of the importance of performance benchmarks and their role in decision-making. While such benchmarks are commonly associated with specific implementations on platforms like GitHub, there is a proposal to broaden this scope.


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Posted January 5, 2024 18:22 UTC

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yurisvb at pm.me

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Sergio Demian Lerner, Nagaev Boris+2 others

Recent updates to Bitcoin protocols have resulted in transaction authentication requiring only 36 bytes and dropping to 16 bytes for address reuse due to the Lamport scheme. A discussion on Twitter Spaces is scheduled to deliberate these changes.

Dave expresses skepticism about the benefits of reducing transaction sizes through new cryptographic elements, questioning whether such incremental savings warrant the potential risks and challenges in gaining community acceptance.

Another email suggests that while integrating a new scheme could fit within Bitcoin's existing framework, convincing miners and balancing the slowed validation process present significant hurdles, invoking the No-Free-Lunch Principle.

Research indicates signature serialization makes up 14-16% of a Bitcoin transaction size; thus, new signature schemes could reduce block space usage by a similar margin.


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Posted January 5, 2024 10:43 UTC

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xBC

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bruno

A comprehensive analysis of CPU usage by peers in Bitcoin Core has been conducted with a focus on the ProcessMessages() and SendMessages() functions. The study utilized a tracepoint at the end of these functions to collect data via bpftrace, which was then logged in CSV format.


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Posted January 4, 2024 13:50 UTC

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Bryan Bishop

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Andrew Chow, Ademan+18 others

The Linux Foundation's mailing lists, primarily running on an outdated Mailman version, necessitate migration or upgrade. Nostr is proposed as a replacement due to its decentralized nature, potentially through a custom Nostr Improvement Proposal (NIP) for relay functions.

Google Groups' interface is criticized for inefficiency and spam issues, prompting consideration of maintaining traditional mail servers.


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Posted January 3, 2024 13:05 UTC

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Robert Dickinson

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rotmaxi, Andrew Poelstra+9 others

The Bitcoin programming community is engaged in discussions focusing on blockchain scalability, transaction efficiency, and data storage. Scalability challenges stem not from block size but from the broadcasting and storing of transactions across network nodes.


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Posted January 3, 2024 08:36 UTC

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alicexbt

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Luke Dashjr, Anthony Towns+3 others

The advancement of Bitcoin's protocol through CheckTemplateVerify (CTV) has sparked a debate among developers, highlighting both the feature's potential benefits and the challenges it presents. CTV is designed to provide functionalities similar to ANYONECANPAY, allowing for additional inputs to be attached.


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Posted January 2, 2024 20:39 UTC

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tbast

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instagibbs , morehouse +1 others

The recent discussions among programmers have shed light on various technical challenges and potential improvements in blockchain transaction processing, specifically within the context of Bitcoin transactions. A primary focus is on mitigating pinning attacks and witness inflation.


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Posted January 1, 2024 22:15 UTC

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reardencode

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ursuscamp

The ongoing debate on how to manage and possibly change Bitcoin consensus rules has highlighted the community's struggle with selecting appropriate mechanisms for such changes. One viewpoint is the belief in the ossification of Bitcoin, where any alteration is viewed skeptically as the existing rules are considered satisfactory and further modifications could disrupt the system.