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Bitcoin Magazine's Technical editor Aaron van Wirdum teams up with Bitcoin core contributor Sjors Provoost to explain Bitcoin one episode at a time.

Bitcoin Explained - The Technical Side of Bitcoin Van Wirdum Sjorsnado

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Bitcoin Magazine's Technical editor Aaron van Wirdum teams up with Bitcoin core contributor Sjors Provoost to explain Bitcoin one episode at a time.

    Episode 86: Ocean Tides

    Episode 86: Ocean Tides

    

In this episode of Bitcoin, Explained, Aaron and Sjors explain what features are offered by Ocean, the relaunched and rebranded Eligius mining pool. They discuss how payouts from this pool are (partially) non-custodial, how the block template creation is fully transparent, and how payout distribution is determined. Aaron and Sjors also briefly touch on the "spam" filtering employed by Ocean, and how that potentially affects profitability of the pool.

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    • 36 min
    Episode 85: Bitcoin Core 26.0 (And F2Pool’s OFAC Compliant Mining Policy)

    Episode 85: Bitcoin Core 26.0 (And F2Pool’s OFAC Compliant Mining Policy)

    In this episode of Bitcoin, Explained, Aaron and Sjors explain what new features are included in the upcoming Bitcoin Core 0.26 release. They also briefly discuss recent developments concerning the transaction inclusion policy of mining pool F2Pool, which appears to have been compliant with the OFAC sanctions list.

    Link to testing guide: https://github.com/bitcoin-core/bitcoin-devwiki/wiki/26.0-Release-Candidate-Testing-Guide

    • 37 min
    Episode 84: Marathon Pool’s Invalid Block (And Some Updates About the Show)

    Episode 84: Marathon Pool’s Invalid Block (And Some Updates About the Show)

    

In this episode of Bitcoin, Explained, Aaron and Sjors discuss an invalid block mined by Marathon Pool. They explain why the block was invalid, what caused it (and what didn’t), and why that didn’t affect the Bitcoin network.



    Aaron and Sjors also provide some updates about the show, and what that means moving forward.



    Finally, Sjors briefly mentions some notable Bitcoin Core updates that were recently merged.



    For more information on the invalid block, also see: https://b10c.me/observations/07-invalid-block-809478/

    • 22 min
    Episode 83: The Milk Sad Vulnerability

    Episode 83: The Milk Sad Vulnerability

    In this episode, Aaron (@AaronvanW) and Sjors (@provoost) discuss a vulnerability in Libbitcoin dubbed “Milk Sad”, which allowed people to generate private key seeds with such weak entropy that their private keys could be brute forced and their coins stolen. Aaron and Sjors examine how this vulnerability (could have) ended up in Libbitcoin as well as in Andreas Antonopoulos’ book Mastering Bitcoin, to what extent it should be considered a bug, and more.For more information on Milk Sad, see: https://milksad.info/Libbitcoin lead developer Eric Voskuil on Milk Sad: https://youtu.be/3uwl5xDdc7c


    Sjors New Book: https://www.amazon.com/Bitcoin-Technical-innovations-Sjors-Provoost/dp/9090360425



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    • 46 min
    Episode 82: Scaling to Billions of Users

    Episode 82: Scaling to Billions of Users

    In this episode, Aaron (@AaronvanW) and Sjors (@provoost) discuss a recent blog post by Bitcoin Core developer Anthony Towns (@ajtowns), “Putting the B in BTC”, in which he outlines a vision for scaling Bitcoin to facilitate billions of users. As Aaron and Sjors walk through the article, they explain what some of Towns’ proposed solutions are, and which tradeoffs they entail.Link to the blog post: https://www.erisian.com.au/wordpress/2023/06/21/putting-the-b-in-btc



    Sjors New Book: https://www.amazon.com/Bitcoin-Technical-innovations-Sjors-Provoost/dp/9090360425



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    Bitcoin Magazine

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    • 30 min
    Episode 81: Bitcoin Core 25.0

    Episode 81: Bitcoin Core 25.0

    In this episode, Aaron (@AaronvanW) and Sjors (@provoost) discuss Bitcoin Core 25.0, the latest major release of the Bitcoin Core software. They highlight four of the most notable changes: performance improvements concerning huge transaction loads, further Miniscript integration, a faster wallet re-scan, and the decreased 65-byte transaction limit policy rule.



    For further reading on the reasoning behind 65-byte policy rule, also see: https://bitslog.com/2018/06/09/leaf-node-weakness-in-bitcoin-merkle-tree-design/



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    Sjors New Book: https://www.amazon.com/Bitcoin-Technical-innovations-Sjors-Provoost/dp/9090360425



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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Solid breakdowns

Great show but I wish they would add podcasting 2.0 tags so people can give value for value.

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Accessible to all

I love how even a n00b like me can get at least a basic understanding of Bitcoin technology by listening to this dynamic duo (and sometimes guests) explain things.

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Great!

Really good pod about all things Bitcoin. To the point and detailed 🤙🏼

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