Archive for January, 2018

Blockchain State Storage Rent Revised

(This post is an updated re-post of a previous post in RSK blog) In a nutshell, storage rent is a fee users pay in order to have their accounts, contracts and memory live on the network at any time, so their data can be accessed fast and at a low cost. Storage rent does not fulfill any purpose in […]

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Scaling Bitcoin to One Billion Users, Part I

The most important comparative properties of cryptocurrencies are decentralization, scalability, confidentiality, stability, usability, security.  But scalability is always in conflict with the rest of the properties. To scale higher, some blockchains sacrifice security, usability or privacy. For example, Bitcoin sacrifices some security because it lacks stateful smart-contracts, so users cannot set daily withdrawal limits or […]

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