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A Fork in the Chain

We're about 8 days away from an unpredictable and potentially harmful hard fork of the bitcoin blockchain. I've included a few of the best links of the week covering the potential outcomes of the hard fork, the consequences of the lack of replay protection, and how to deal with replay attacks assuming the fork leaves us with two independent chains.

I'm personally hoping that the 2x chain doesn't succeed, and we can all proceed as normal on the original bitcoin. Doubling block size is not going to make any meaningful difference to the transactions per second, and it'll only hurt people who want to run a full node and can't afford the explosion of storage and bandwidth requirements.

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