01 Nov '17, 4am

Understanding Segwit2x: Why Bitcoin's Next Fork Might Not Mean Free Money

Bitcoin is gearing up for what could be the biggest (and least understood) change to its software to date. Often called simply a "digital currency," bitcoin is best viewed as a protocol (a set of code) that delivers data (in this case bitcoins) in defined quantities (called blocks) that are then stored in a sequence (called a blockchain ) on a distributed set of global computers. Bitcoin is decentralized – in that many people help make the network function, and in choosing to run its software, users all agree to abide by the same rules to keep it operational. It's these qualities that make the proposed change particularly divisive. Called Segwit2x , the plan calls for a very specific fork (or a change to bitcoin's rules), one that would make certain rules valid that weren't valid before. Specifically, Segwit2x would change the size of the blocks passed regularly around the...

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