Bitcoin cash was one of the marvels of the bitcoin bubble. It is a fork from bitcoin. A fork of a cryptocurrency takes place when someone, anyone declares that a blockchain is going to be transferred to a new set of rules and network infrastructure.
The blockchain is a public ownerless database information, mostly transaction data, and anyone can get a copy of it and load it into their own system. The new system, which is likely a hacked about about version of the original code running the established crypto, is the new fork, it could be called Clem coin, bitcoin dung, utrillium (actually not a bad name for a new coin) or whatever. The fork then takes on a life of its own.
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Bitcoin cash was a fork brought into existence to scale bitcoin-style transactions by having bigger blocks. These bigger blocks can contain more transactions and therefore allow a lot more business to flow through the system. Bitcoin’s system can get congested and fees can skyrocket and the time it takes for coins to go from one person to another can rise steeply. The bitcoin cash fork was to create a new crypto coin mostly like bitcoin that would not suffer from this.
As a factor of the immaturity of the cryptocurrency industry nothing happens without an uproar and the launch of bitcoin cash was no exception. What happened next, however, was at the time unique…
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