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Bitcoin Core & Bitcoin XT

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  1. Collection of Writeups regarding Bitcoin XT vs Core
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  4. Forward:
  5.         There is a lot to read. If you pride yourself on being knowledgeable about this topic and care about the future of bitcoin, you will read all of it. This discussion has been framed around wither or not to increase the blocksize, with XT being in favor of bigger blocks and Core being against any changes. Nothing could be further from the truth. My hope is that by the end of this document you will be well educated on what the debate really is, what support of XT really means, and why so many people are outraged and view this as an "attempted takeover".
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  8. If you read nothing else
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  11. -Bitcoin XT Faq naming Mike Hearn as sole Decision-maker on all issues Bitcoin:
  12. "Decisions are made through agreement between Mike and Gavin, with Mike making the final call if a serious dispute were to arise."
  13. https://bitcoinxt.software/faq.html
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  15. -There is so much interest in scaling Core that there is a Conference for it:
  16. https://scalingbitcoin.org/montreal2015/
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  18. -Almost no blocks actually hit the block limit:
  19. https://blockchain.info/charts/avg-block-size
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  21. -Coinbase Director of Engineering on Why the XT fork is Dangerous and Irresponsible:
  22. https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/3hp190/charlie_lee_nuclear_option_of_forking_the/cu9e4tj
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  26. The False Dichotomy of Core Vs XT on Blocksize
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  28. -Major Infrastructure in favor of bigger blocks but not XT:
  29. Coinbase: https://twitter.com/SatoshiLite/status/634501460340940801
  30. BTCChina: https://twitter.com/BTCChina/status/633506381996277760
  31. BitPay: https://medium.com/@spair/increasing-the-block-size-limit-85ff236fc516
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  33. -Core Dev team members in favor of bigger blocks:
  34. https://twitter.com/adam3us/status/635317833086271488
  35. https://twitter.com/adam3us/status/635341310124146692
  36. https://twitter.com/adam3us/status/635340995467411456
  37. https://twitter.com/wmougayar/status/635113554761355264
  38. https://twitter.com/petertoddbtc/status/635142003076894720
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  40. Core Dev Proposal for dynamic block sizes (FlexCap):
  41. https://www.mail-archive.com/bitcoin-development@lists.sourceforge.net/msg07620.html
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  43. Bram Cohen, creator of BitTorrent pointing out the false sense of urgency:
  44. https://medium.com/@bramcohen/bitcoin-s-ironic-crisis-32226a85e39f
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  48. Trust issues & Problems with XT & "Voting"
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  51. -XT TOR Blacklist Privacy Leaks:
  52. https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-August/010379.html
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  54. -XT Node Count Manipulation:
  55. https://www.reddit.com/r/bitcoinxt/comments/3i1dra/psa_its_super_easy_to_manipulate_the_node_count_i/
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  57. -XT Mined Blocks Count Manipulation:
  58. https://www.reddit.com/r/Buttcoin/comments/3h9x47/new_bitcoin_fork_notbitcoinxt_pretends_to_be/
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  60. -Mike dodges question on existance of XT Network Test data:
  61. https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/bitcoin-xt/P8We1DokNUk
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  63. -XT's Rate of Scale Proposal is not based on hard data:
  64. https://gist.github.com/sipa/c65665fc360ca7a176a6#gistcomment-1553078
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  68. Problems with Mike Hearn
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  71. -Mike Hearn's US government involvement:
  72. https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/3d26tk/did_mike_hearn_work_in_sigint_does_he_now/
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  74. -Mike Hearn's anti-fungibility & stance on coin tracking:
  75. https://twitter.com/Tone_LLT/status/635465361354321920
  76. http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-tracking-proposal-divides-bitcoin-community/
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  79. Errata
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  82. -Luke-Jr's illustration of what is and isn't an altcoin:
  83. https://twitter.com/btcdrak/status/635235161525886976
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  85. -Other Writeups:
  86. http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/networks/the-bitcoin-for-is-a-coup
  87. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-23/what-bitcoin-xt-primer-everyone
  88. http://motherboard.vice.com/read/bitcoin-core-devs-in-civil-war-insist-were-not-getting-the-whole-story
  89. http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/22/money-and-politics-bitcoins-governance-crisis/
  90. http://wallstreettechnologist.com/2015/08/19/bitcoin-xt-vs-core-blocksize-limit-the-schism-that-divides-us-all/
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  92. -Satoshi Nakamoto's Unsigned but Origin-Confirmed email:
  93. https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2015-August/010238.html
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