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Even nearly a decade after its creation, Bitcoin’s basic technology can still be hard to understand. A new website that visualizes Bitcoin transactions as bus passengers offers some surprisingly compelling insights into how the cryptocurrency works—and it’s strangely enthralling to watch in action. translates real-time transaction data from the Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash networks into South Park-like cartoons of passengers boarding a series of buses. The site is partly intended to show contrasts between the two networks, whose supporters have been at odds since Bitcoin Cash “forked” from Bitcoin nearly a year ago.

But you don’t need a dog in that fight to learn a lot from the site, about both cryptocurrency basics and the day-to-day reality of the networks. Each cartoon character on TxStreet represents a cryptocurrency payment moving from one account to another.

A character’s size corresponds to the amount of money being sent, while its walking speed reflects whether or not the sender has paid a system fee to speed the confirmation. Those characters move towards buses waiting at a pair of stations—one for Bitcoin, one for Bitcoin Cash. Read more from…

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