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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.

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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.

    Headers First, Assume Valid and Assume UTXO - NADO 14

    Headers First, Assume Valid and Assume UTXO - NADO 14

    On this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss “Assume UTXO”, a proposal and project by Chaincode Labs alumni James O’Beirne.

    Aaron and Sjors explain some of the ways sync-time has been sped up over time. First, sync-time was improved through “Headers First” synchronization, which ensures that new Bitcoin nodes don’t waste time validating (potentially) weaker blockchains.

    • 23 min
    Bitcoin Core 0.21 supports Tor v3 - NADO 13

    Bitcoin Core 0.21 supports Tor v3 - NADO 13

    Bitcoin Core 0.21 will support Tor v3 addresses. Aaron and Sjors explain what this means and why it matters, and also discuss how new Bitcoin nodes find existing Bitcoin nodes when they bootstrap to the network.

    Helpful Links:

    * Tor V3 (onion) address support in Bitcoin Core: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/19954

    * the ADDRv2 message added in BIP155 that allows nodes to gossip those new Tor addresses: https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0155.mediawiki#Specification

    • 18 min
    The Perpetual One-Way Peg - NADO 12

    The Perpetual One-Way Peg - NADO 12

    In this episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Ruben Somsen returns to explain his proposal to combine blind merged mining and perpetual one-way pegs in order to create a new type of sidechain. The bad news: it won't make you rich but it could help scale Bitcoin!

    Helpful Links:

    https://medium.com/@RubenSomsen/21-million-bitcoins-to-rule-all-sidechains-the-perpetual-one-way-peg-96cb2f8ac302

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    • 40 min
    Accounts for Bitcoin, Easypaysy! - NADO 11

    Accounts for Bitcoin, Easypaysy! - NADO 11

    In this episode Sjors and Aaron discuss Jose Femenias' Easypaysy proposal, an account system for Bitcoin, on Bitcoin. They also announce groundbreaking news: The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado now has its own RSS-feed!

    https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/bitcoin-need-accounts-one-developer-thinks-figured


    https://github.com/bitcoin/bips/blob/master/bip-0047.mediawiki

    • 32 min
    Explaining Signet - NADO 10

    Explaining Signet - NADO 10

    Sjors and Aaron discuss Signet, a new type of testnet for Bitcoin that was merged into Bitcoin Core last week. They also discuss the original version of testnet and its problems, as well as alternative testing environment regtest.

    Support the Show!
    Follow Bitcoin Magazine on Twitter @BitcoinMagazine
    Follow Aaron van Wirdum @AaronvanW
    Follow Sjors Provoost @provoost

    Music:
    Song Title: Segwit Sounds
    By: The NakamoTones
    Album: Citadel Music
    Produced by: Bitcoin Audio

    • 15 min
    Schnorr Signatures and Libsec256k1 - Nado 9

    Schnorr Signatures and Libsec256k1 - Nado 9

    Schnorr signature support was merged into the libsec256k1 library last week. In the episode of The Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Aaron and Sjors discuss what the libsecp256k1 library is, why it matters for Bitcoin, and what it means that Schnorr signature support was merged.

    The Power of Schnorr:
    https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/the-power-of-schnorr-the-signature-algorithm-to-increase-bitcoin-s-scale-and-privacy-1460642496

    • 25 min

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Raginggrandma ,

Great new technical podcast!

This Bitcoin Magazine podcast now has its own podcast feed! So happy to just get my weekly bitcoin fix from Aaron and Sjors!

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