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On this episode of “Bitcoin, Defined,” hosts Aaron van Wirdum and Sjors Provoost focus on a latest weblog put up by Jameson Lopp titled, “Has Bitcoin Ever Onerous Forked?”
Onerous forks are typically outlined as Bitcoin protocol upgrades that take away or loosen guidelines, making some of these upgrades backwards-incompatible. Van Wirdum and Provoost clarify, nevertheless, that in his weblog put up, Lopp argues that this definition isn’t very exact and means that the time period ought to solely apply if the rule change was truly utilized. As well as, onerous forks will be categorized into specific onerous forks, the place the rule change was an intentional onerous fork, and implicit onerous forks, the place the rule change wasn’t initially meant to be a tough fork in any respect however turned out to be one anyway.
Within the second half of the podcast, van Wirdum and Provoost break down the seven onerous forks in Bitcoin’s historical past that Lopp was capable of finding and focus on, 5 of which have been by no means utilized (and will subsequently arguably not be thought-about onerous forks in any respect), one in every of them was specific and one other one was implicit.
To finish the episode, van Wirdum and Provoost briefly focus on the “onerous fork want record” of future onerous fork(s) that want(s) to occur so as to repair a time worth bug, and what sort of philosophy round deploying onerous forks may make sense for Bitcoin with reference to including further facets to a crucial change within the code.