[Bitcoin-development] Punishing empty blocks?

Peter Vessenes peter at coinlab.com
Tue May 29 15:45:39 UTC 2012

I see. That is undeniably more secure and "bitcoin-y" than my suggestion.

It's also really a lot more work, especially in that it requires extra
linkages between codebases that in my mind are largely separate.

I'm just one voice, but I persist in believing that the 'lighter' solution,
especially for something that may not be a particularly big problem in the
bitcoin world is good -- it carries much less technical implementation debt
going forward, and has a lower risk of sort of seizing up development with
additional necessary code to worry about for those implementing to-spec

If that lighter solution turns out to be gameable, or has problems that
require the full force of the bitcoin network and concepts, that would be
the time to implement the improved version. That's just my approach,
however. I worry that building in any additional requirements to the
protocol or codebase adds significant cost to the network as a whole over
the next 10 years.


On Tue, May 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM, Luke-Jr <luke at dashjr.org> wrote:

> On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 3:36:34 PM Peter Vessenes wrote:
> > I suppose I mean that I don't understand how to reverse that into a URL
> > when one is presented only with a block, or perhaps a coinbase in a
> > transaction.
> A new message can be added to the p2p relay network, similar to tx and
> alert
> broadcasts, that allow miners to publish/update their policy URI signed by
> the
> key in question. Counter-DDoS rules could decline to relay or store URIs
> for
> keys that haven't been published in - or achieved statistical significance
> in
> - the last N blocks.

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