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Bitcoin for Pros

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  • What is a Schnorr signature?

    A Schnorr signature is a type of digital signature used to verify and authorise transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain. Think of a digital signature as an electronic version of a physical signature that is virtually impossible to fake. It was…

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  • What is Taproot?

    Taproot makes it possible to process transactions in batches. This helps to improve Bitcoin’s network speed, privacy, security features, and scalability. 

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  • What is the lightning network?

    As the name suggests, the Lightning Network is a second-layer blockchain that sits on top of Bitcoin and helps make the transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain faster by processing multiple transactions at once. First proposed in 2015, the Lightning Network…

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  • How does Bitcoin differ from gold?

    Cryptocurrency investors argue that Bitcoin is the digital equivalent of investing in gold, in the sense that it is a hedge against inflation and turbulence in the financial markets. In other words, investors have long invested in gold as a…

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  • What does mining difficulty mean?

    To mine Bitcoin, computers solve cryptographic puzzles to process and validate blocks and their transactions. However, as pointed out by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, the capability of computer hardware and processing power becomes more advanced over time. To solve this…

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  • What determines the price of Bitcoin?

    The Bitcoin price is determined by the age-old economic principle of supply and demand. Supply and demand applies to virtually every asset and good – be it gold, property, currencies or cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin is special, though, because its supply is ‘programmed…

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  • What is a Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP)?

    A BIP (Bitcoin Improvement Proposal) is the document standard used for proposing changes to Bitcoin.  Proposals are usually first roughly outlined using a mailing list of developers, where feedback and their feasibility are assessed before a decision is made to…

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  • What happens to lost Bitcoin?

    Bitcoin that is “lost” refers to wallet owners that have lost access to their private keys. Critics argue that this is a vulnerability of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. If users lose access to their wallets, there is no way to recover…

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  • What will happen once all Bitcoin are mined?

    Bitcoin is created through a process called mining. Using supercomputers, these miners confirm transactions on the Bitcoin blockchain and are rewarded for their efforts in the form of newly-created Bitcoin. These payments are called block rewards.  Through a process called…

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  • What is a hash rate?

    Bitcoin miners are much like the Ringo Starr of the crypto market. Quite literally hidden in the background or network in our example, miners aren’t usually at the forefront of any discussions or articles you may have read about Bitcoin….

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  • Why is mining necessary?

    The process of mining gold can be understood as it is a mineral found deep underground that can only be reached and salvaged using mining equipment. But can the same be said for something that only exists on computers?  While…

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  • What is proof of work?

    Bitcoin runs on a blockchain network, a shared ledger similar to a traditional bank ledger that contains and records every Bitcoin transaction that has ever taken place. While many digital currencies are built around a central point of leadership keeping…

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