If I were to generate an address and it happens to collide, legally speaking, would a transfer constitute theft?

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Adding my owner answer here thanks to some input from @Wats0ns and @Murch.

IANAL.

Let's say the following happened:

I generate a key pair that collided with an already existing address. That address happened to have a balance. I signed a transfer to a new address under my (and only my) control. In that transfer I put my contact information (and proved after the fact that I had the private key and had done exactly as everyone suspects, crazy I know).

I'd expect:

The other owner to claim they owned the address via a digital signature (the only way you can claim to own an address). The other owner to show either that they owned the previous incoming addresses or that they traded with others to result in the funding of the address in question. The other owner to sue me for those coins back, and press criminal charges for theft. I would use a "Claim of Right or Ownership of Property" defense for the theft charge. I might lose the civil case and have to return...
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If you need to derive a random key from another (rather than one that can be found though iterative search), don't use BIP32.

If you want normal derivation (allowing the pubkeys to be derived without knowing the parent privkey), use the pay-to-contract scheme: privkey = parent_privkey + H(parent_pubkey || id) pubkey = parent_pubkey + H(parent_pubkey || id) * G

If you want hardered derivation, just use the parent key as extra entropy source: privkey = H(parent_privkey || id) pubkey = H(parent_privkey || id) * G

(where id is at least 16 bytes of randomness)

BIP32 can be used if you really need it, for this use case, but it is unnecessarily complicated. I would suggest no less than 5 levels of 31-bit integers (4 would be less than 128 bits of entropy) or no less than 39 levels for single-digit subpaths (129.55 bits of...

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I am looking for a program (code or software, called the way you want) that can run totally autonomously, not requiring to be connected to Internet or to have a specific bitcoin software installed (like bitcoind or bitcore or else) and that would permit to generate Bitcoin Address/Private key pairs.

I think that it's called Cold Storage, but not sure about that.

From what I understand, the process of generating a bitcoin address and associated keys starts with randomly selecting a number between 1 and a bit less than 2^256.

I know that this "bitcoin address space" is huge but if I can avoid my random number generator to use the beginning and end of that address space, that would be better. In order to avoid some standard brute force attack.

Ideally, I'm looking for a program that permits to :

generate a bitcoin address/privatekey pair from a given input number

Example : take number 1234568418715843541357415745243574215345887354854857432541...

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If you generate a Bitcoin address and it has already been used and there are coins in it, is it legal for you to use the coins? And is it moral for you to use the coins?

I would argue that you have gained access to an address against the owners will, and by doing so you've gone to great lengths to defeat security precautions. First, a Bitcoin address is unique and hard to determine for a reason, by getting that address you have to systematically search for them.

(Alternatively, you could check the block chain for recent transactions: Bitcoin Block Explorer - Blockchain.info and get some big addresses there.)

Secondly, you'll still need the private key to make the transaction, so good luck getting that or generating it. But let's assume you do, somehow.

You've clearly done some work to get to these coins, so it's not like you've "found" money on the street. Even if you've found this money, and even if we can accept having the private key or generating it is...

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I think Joe was on the right track. Now, I have to reach back 30 years, so bear with me.

As far as the electron vs. positron goes, I recall that being called a "pair annihilation". The results would be energy in the form of one or more photons, and a neutrino.

Now, the electron vs. proton would really depend on the initial kinetic energy.

I must admit, I cheated on the following explanation. 30 years is a long time.

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"If an electron with enough energy collides with a proton, then what happens?
They just form a hydrogen atom?
Or they form a neutron?
If both are possible, then which factor controls the process?
I am asking because I heard that a neutron can decay to a proton and an electron and the reverse is possible.
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