Bitcoin cash now has 32 MB blocks and smart contracts. The controversial hard fork of bitcoin hard forked again several days ago in an effort to add new functionality to the cryptocurrency protocol and further differentiate it from its predecessor.
But in the process – executing at block 530350 – a portion of the bitcoin cash community was left behind. At the time of writing, between 16 percent and 17 percent of bitcoin cash nodes are running old software and because of the way upgrading by hard fork works (whereby changes are not backwards compatible), those nodes are now running on a completely separate network.
As such, if any user running one of those nodes were to make a transaction, the new, larger bitcoin cash network would not recognize it. Critics of bitcoin cash argue it’s a bad sign that so many nodes haven’t upgraded, since those users are now completely cut off from the rest of the network.
Some have even gone as far as to argue the quietness around the hard fork as a sign that relatively few people care about bitcoin cash. If more people cared, they contend, the changes would see more debate, because people would be worried about the implications, Bitcoin Core contributor Kalle Alm argued on social media.
“You can tell bitcoin cash is not bitcoin by looking at how not everyone is losing their shit all over the place,” he said, adding: But proponents of the network disagree. “That’s a rather meaningless statistic. Read more from coindesk.com…
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