[Bitcoin-development] On-going data spam

Peter Todd pete at petertodd.org
Tue Apr 9 17:58:19 UTC 2013

On Tue, Apr 09, 2013 at 04:53:47PM +0200, Mike Hearn wrote:
> there's an obvious backwards compatibility problem there. It should
> probably wait until the payment protocol work is done, so the major user of
> micropayments-as-messages  can migrate off them.

As I pointed out in my initial post on the issue, SatoshiDice is pretty
much unaffected by the patch. They just have to deduct enough from
incoming bets to make the "you lost" output economical and they're good
to go. IIRC they already deduct fees on low-value bets anyway.

On the other hand, the patch makes a clear statement that Bitcoin is not
for microtransactions. If succesful it will gradually force a number of
users, ad-based faucet sites and the like, to off-chain transactions or
off Bitcoin entirely. The payment protocol has nothing to do with that.

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