Anyone who has actually used Bitcoin recently knows that the user experience for the average user isn't so great: transactions can take a long time, fees are crazy, addresses are confusing, and plenty of network disruptions can happen. But how did it actually get this way, and why is it that way? I break down the real technical limitations that lead to this end result, as well as the design choices, both politically-motivated an otherwise, that led to this current state of affairs.
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