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January 27, 2012, 05:44:24 PM
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Cipher (or cypher) used to be used by cryptographers. This is technically what bitcoin technology is. Has the term been dropped by the cryptographer community?

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January 27, 2012, 08:52:23 PM
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This is technically what bitcoin technology is.

No, it's not. "Cipher" is a synonym for "encryption algorithm". The core Bitcoin protocol doesn't use any encryption.

The word is still commonly used in the terms "block cipher", "stream cipher", "symmetric cipher", "ciphertext", "cipherspec", etc.

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January 28, 2012, 05:42:36 PM
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Eminem uses it all the time in like every other one of his songs.

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