May 16, 2019
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Bitcoin [BTC]: Andreas Antonopoulos explains reason behind unknown block versions being mined

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Andreas Antonopoulos, the author of Mastering Bitcoin and well-known Bitcoin proponent, spoke about unknown block versions being mined in relation to the Bitcoin blockchain, during the latest Q&A session on YouTube. The author was asked whether this meant that there were possible unknown rules in effect as a warning message stated, ‘Unknown block versions being mined as possible unknown rules are in effect’ pops up when one runs a Bitcoin core node.

Antonopoulos stated that the message meant that miners were using the block version field with the block header in order to create more possible permutations of the block hash. He stated that the “most likely use” of this was to take advantage of ASIC boost, adding that there were different ways to take advantage of ASIC boost.

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