[Bitcoin-development] 32 vs 64-bit timestamp fields

John Dillon john.dillon892 at googlemail.com
Thu May 9 01:00:05 UTC 2013


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On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM, Peter Todd <pete at petertodd.org> wrote:
> Who knows?
>
> Satoshi used 32-bits and those fields can't be changed now without every
> single Bitcoin user changing all at once. (a "hard-fork" change)
>
> We'll probably need to do one of those eventually for other reasons, so
> we might as well leave fixing the timestamps until then.

Perhaps Satoshi did this delibrately, knowing that at some point a hard-fork
would be a good idea, so that we all would have a good excuse to do one?
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