[Bitcoin-development] Coinbase reallocation to discourage Finney attacks

Tier Nolan tier.nolan at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 21:23:08 UTC 2014

An interesting experiment would be a transaction "proof of publication"

Each transaction would be added to that chain when it is received.  It
could be merge mined with the main chain.

If the size was limited, then it doesn't even require spam protection.

Blocks could be "discouraged" if they have transactions which violate the
ordering in that chain.  Miners could still decide which transactions they
include, but couldn't include transactions which are double spends.

The locktime/final field could be used for transactions which want to be

The chain could use some of the fast block proposals.  For example, it
could include orphans of a block when computing the block's POW.

On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Gregory Maxwell <gmaxwell at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM, Adam Ritter <aritter at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Isn't a faster blockchain for transactions (maybe as a sidechain) solving
> > the problem? If there would be a safe way for 0-confirmation
> transactions,
> > the Bitcoin blockchain wouldn't even be needed.
> Large scale consensus can't generally provide instantly irreversible
> transactions directly: Increasing the block speed can't help past the
> point where the time starts getting close to the network diameter...
> you simply can't tell what a consensus of a group of nodes is until
> several times the light cone that includes all of them.  And if you
> start getting close to the limit you dilute the power working on the
> consensus and potentially make life easier for a large attacker.
> Maybe other chains with different parameters could achieve a different
> tradeoff which was better suited to low value retail transactions
> (e.g. where you want a soft confirmation fast). A choice of tradeoffs
> could be very useful, and maybe you can practically get close enough
> (e.g. would knowing you lost a zero-conf double spend within 30
> seconds 90% of the time be good enough?)... but I'm not aware of any
> silver bullet there which gives you something identical to what a
> centralized service can give you without invoking at least a little
> bit of centralization.
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