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Bitcoin Explained - The Technical Side of Bitcoin

Sep 25, 2020

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.

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Sep 25, 2020

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. Sjors also briefly explains what he ultimate send RPC...


Sep 25, 2020

Aaron and Sjors welcome their first guest on to the show, Ruben Somsen, to discuss his proposals for Statechains on Bitcoin! Statechains allow you to send keys not UTXO and it offers quite a few scaling and functionality improvements! 

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Ruben's presentation on Bitcoin Magazine about Statechains: 


Sep 25, 2020

In this episode of the Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Sjors and Aaron explain what an xpub is and how it is used by Bitcoin wallets.

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http://rosenbaum.se/book/grokking-bitcoin-4.html#_hierarchical_deterministic_wallets
https://walletsrecovery.org

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Sep 25, 2020

In this episode of the Van Wirdum Sjorsnado, Sjors and Aaron discuss the future of Bitcoin Scaling. This podcast is all about Taproot and the cool feature it enables called Payment pools. 

Topics

What are payment pools?
 
Why they need Taproot. 
 
The UX of sharing UTXOs
 
How Payment pools work with lightning

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