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Bitcoin's Forking Dilemma

POSTED BY Windsor Holden

The latest furore to emerge in the world of Bitcoin concerns a fork. Forking – where two distinct block chains briefly co-exist - may take on two forms: an accidental fork (typically caused by a bug) or, as in this case, a hard fork, when cryptocurrency developers decide that changes must be made to the programming of the coin that will create incompatibilities between the older and newer versions.