The pools are all reporting the wrong network data (I hope its this - but the rate of discovery of blocks by pools would suggest otherwise)”
(https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6782852#msg6782852) -2192: “New source (0.8.8.1) is up with optimizations in the hashing. Hashrate should go up ~4x or so, but may have CPU architecture dependence. Windows binaries are up as well for both 64-bit and 32-bit." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6788812#msg6788812) [eizh makes official announce of last miner optimization, it is may 17th] -2219: (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6792038#msg6792038) [wolf0 is part of the monero community for a while, discussing several topics as botnet mining and miner optimizations. Now spots security flaws in the just launched pools] -2301: "5x optimized miner released, network hashrate decreases by 10% Make your own conclusions. :|" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6806946#msg6806946) -2323: "Monero is on Poloniex https://poloniex.com/exchange/btc_mro" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6808548#msg6808548) -2747: "Monero is holding a $500 logo contest on 99designs.com now: https://99designs.com/logo-design/contests/monero-mro-cryptocurrency-logo-design-contest-382486" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6829109#msg6829109) -2756: “So... ALL Pools have 50KH/s COMBINED. Yet, network hash is 20x more. Am i the only one who thinks that some people are insta mining with prepared faster miners?” (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6829977#msg6829977) -2757: “Pools aren't stable yet. They are more inefficient than solo mining at the moment. They were just released. 10x optimizations have already been released since launch, I doubt there is much more optimization left.” (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6830012#msg6830012) -2765: “Penalty for too large block size is disastrous in the long run. Once MRO value increases a lot, block penalties will become more critical of an issue. Pools will fix this issue by placing a limit on number and size of transactions. Transaction fees will go up, because the pools will naturally accept the most profitable transactions. It will become very expensive to send with more than 0 mixin. Anonymity benefits of ring signatures are lost, and the currency becomes unusable for normal transactions.” (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6830475#msg6830475) -2773: "The CryptoNote developers didn't want blocks getting very large without genuine need for it because it permits a malicious attack. So miners out of self-interest would deliberately restrict the size, forcing the network to operate at the edge of the penalty-free size limit but not exceed it. The maximum block size is a moving average so over time it would grow to accommodate organic volume increase and the issue goes away. This system is most broken when volume suddenly spikes." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6830710#msg6830710) -3035: "We've contributed a massive amount to the infrastructure of the coin so far, enough to get recognition from cryptonote, including optimizing their hashing algorithm by an order of magnitude, creating open source pool software, and pushing several commits correcting issues with the coin that eventually were merged into the ByteCoin master. We also assisted some exchange operators in helping to support the coin. To say that has no value is a bit silly... We've been working alongside the ByteCoin devs to improve both coins substantially." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6845545#msg6845545) [tacotime defends the Monero team and community of accusations of just “ripping-off” others hard-work and “steal” their project] -3044: "image" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6845986#msg6845986) [Monero added to coinmarketcap may 21st 2014] -3059: "You have no idea how influential you have been to the success of this coin. You are a great ambassador for MRO and one of the reasons why I chose to mine MRO during the early days (and I still do, but alas no soup for about 5 days now)." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6846509#msg6846509) [random user thanks smooth CONSTANT presence, and collaboration. It is not all FUD ;)] -3068: "You are a little too caught up in the mindset of altcoin marketing wars about "unique features" and "the team" behind the latest pump and dump scam. In fact this coin is really little more than BCN without the premine. "The team" is anyone who contributes code, which includes anyone contributing code to the BCN repository, because that will get merged as well (and vice-versa). Focus on the technology (by all accounts amazing) and the fact that it was launched in a clean way without 80% of the total world supply of the coin getting hidden away "somewhere." That is the unique proposition here. There also happens to be a very good team behind the coin, but anyone trying too hard to market on the basis of some "special" features, team, or developer is selling you something. Hold on to your wallet." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6846638#msg6846638) [An answer to those trolls saying Monero has no innovation/unique feature] -3070: "Personally I found it refreshing that Monero took off WITHOUT a logo or a gui wallet, it means the team wasn't hyping a slick marketing package and is concentrating on the coin/note itself." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6846676#msg6846676) -3119: “image” [included for the lulz] -3101: "[…]The main developers are tacotime, smooth, NoodleDoodle. Some needs are being contracted out, including zone117x, LucasJones, and archit for the pool, another person for a Qt GUI, and another person independently looking at the code for bugs." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6848006#msg6848006) [the initial "core team" so far, eizh post] -3123: (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6850085#msg6850085) [fluffy steps-in with an interesting dense post. Don’t dare to skip it, worthwhile reading] -3127: (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6850526#msg6850526) [fluffy again, worth to read it too, so follow link, don’t be lazy] -3194: "Hi guys - thanks to lots of hard work we have added AES-NI support to the slow_hash function. If you're using an AES-NI processor you should see a speed-up of about 30%.” (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6857197#msg6857197) [flufflypony is now pretty active in the xmr topic and announces a new optimization to the crippled miner] -3202: "Whether using pools or not, this coin has a lot of orphaned blocks. When the original fork was done, several of us advised against 60 second blocks, but the warnings were not heeded. I'm hopeful we can eventually make a change to more sane 2- or 2.5-minute blocks which should drastically reduce orphans, but that will require a hard fork, so not that easy." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6857796#msg6857796) [smooth takes the opportunity to remember the need of bigger target block] -3227: “Okay, optimized miner seems to be working: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=619373” [wolf0 makes public his open source optimized miner] -3235: "Smooth, I agree block time needs to go back to 2 minutes or higher. I think this and other changes discussed (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=597878.msg6701490#msg6701490) should be rolled into a single hard fork and bundled with a beautiful GUI wallet and mining tools." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6861193#msg6861193) [tail emission, block target and block size are discussed in the next few messages among smooth, johnny and others. If you want to know further about their opinions/reasonings go and read it] -3268: (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6862693#msg6862693) [fluffy dares another user to bet 5 btc that in one year monero will be over dash in market cap. A bet that he would have lost as you can see here https://coinmarketcap.com/historical/20150524/ even excluding the 2M “instamined” coins] -3283: "Most of the previous "CPU only" coins are really scams and the developers already have GPU miner or know how to write one. There are a very few exceptions, almost certainly including this one. I don't expect a really dominant GPU miner any time soon, maybe ever. GPUs are just computers though, so it is certainly possible to mine this on a GPU, and there probably will be a some GPU miner, but won't be so much faster as to put small scale CPU miners out of business (probably -- absent some unknown algorithmic flaw). Everyone focuses on botnets because it has been so long since regular users were able to effectively mine a coin (due to every coin rapidly going high end GPU and ASIC) that the idea that "users" could vastly outnumber "miners" (botnet or otherwise) isn't even on the radar. The vision here is a wallet that asks you when you want to install: "Do you want to devote some of you CPU power to help secure the network. You will be eligible to receive free coins as a reward (recommended) [check box]." Get millions of users doing that and it will drive down the value of mining to where neither botnets nor professional/industrial miners will bother, and Satoshi's original vision of a true p2p currency will be realized. That's what cryptonote wants to accomplish with this whole "egalitarian mining" concept. Whether it succeeds I don't know but we should give it a chance. Those cryptonote guys seem pretty smart. They've probably thought this through better than any of us have." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6863720#msg6863720) [smooth vision of a true p2p currency] -3318: "I have a screen shot that was PMed to me by someone who paid a lot of money for a lot of servers to mine this coin. He won't be outed by me ever but he does in fact exist. Truth." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6865061#msg6865061) [smooth somehow implies it is not botnets but an individual or a group of them renting huge cloud instances] -3442: "I'm happy to report we've successfully cracked Darkcoin's network with our new quantum computers that just arrived from BFL, a mere two weeks after we ordered them." [fluffy-troll] -3481: “Their slogan is, "Orphaned Blocks, Bloated Blockchain, that's how we do"" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6878244#msg6878244) [Major FUD troll in the topic. One of the hardest I’ve ever seen] -3571: "Tacotime wanted the thread name and OP to use the word privacy instead of anonymity, but I made the change for marketing reasons. Other coins do use the word anonymous improperly, so we too have to play the marketing game. Most users will not bother looking at details to see which actually has more privacy; they'll assume anonymity > privacy. In a world with finite population, there's no such thing as anonymity. You're always "1 of N" possible participants. Zero knowledge gives N -> everyone using the currency, ring signatures give N -> your choice, and CoinJoin gives N -> people who happen to be spending around the same amount of money as you at around the same time. This is actually the critical weakness of CoinJoin: the anonymity set is small and it's fairly susceptible to blockchain analysis. Its main advantage is that you can stick to Bitcoin without hard forking. Another calculated marketing decision: I made most of the OP about ring signatures. In reality, stealth addressing (i.e. one-time public keys) already provides you with 90% of the privacy you need. Ring signatures are more of a trump card that cannot be broken. But Bitcoin already has manual stealth addressing so the distinguishing technological factor in CryptoNote is the use of ring signatures. This is why I think having a coin based on CoinJoin is silly: Bitcoin already has some privacy if you care enough. A separate currency needs to go way beyond mediocre privacy improvements and provide true indistinguishably. This is true thanks to ring signatures: you can never break the 1/N probability of guessing correctly. There's no additional circumstantial evidence like with CoinJoin (save for IP addresses, but that's a problem independent of cryptocurrencies)." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6883525#msg6883525) [Anonymity discussions, specially comparing Monero with Darkcoin and its coinjoin-based solution, keep going on] -3593: "Transaction fees should be a fixed percentage of the block reward, or at the very least not be controllable by the payer. If payers can optionally pay more then it opens the door for miner discrimination and tx fee bidding wars." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6886770#msg6886770) [Johnny Mnemonic is a firm defender of fixed fees and tail emission: he see the “fee market” as big danger to the usability of cryptocurrencies] -3986: (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6930412#msg6930412) [partnership with i2p] -4373: “Way, way faster version of cpuminer: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=619373” (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg6993812#msg6993812) [super-optimized miner is finally leaked to the public. Now the hashrate is 100 times bigger than originally with crippled miner. The next hedge for "cloud farmers" is GPU mining] -4877: “1. We have a logo! If you use Monero in any of your projects, you can grab a branding pack here. You can also see it in all its glory right here: logo […] 4. In order to maintain ISO 4217 compliance, we are changing our ticker symbol from MRO to XMR effective immediately." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg7098497#msg7098497) [Jun 2nd 2014] -5079: “First GPU miner: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=638915.0” (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg7130160#msg7130160) [4th June: Claymore has developed the first CryptoNight open source and publicly available GPU miner] -5454: "New update to my miner - up to 25% hash increase. Comment and tell me how much of an increase you got from it: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=632724" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg7198061#msg7198061) [miner optimization is an endless task] -5464: "I have posted a proposal for fixed subsidy: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=597878.msg7202538#msg7202538" (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg7202776#msg7202776) [Nice charts and discussion proposed by tacotime, worth reading it] -5658: "- New seed nodes added. - Electrum-style deterministic wallets have been added to help in the recovery of your wallet should you ever need to. It is enabled by default." (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg7234475#msg7234475) [Now you can recover your wallet with a 24 word seed] -5726: (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg7240623#msg7240623) [Bitcoin Pizza in monero version: a 2500 XMR picture sale (today worth ~$20k)] -6905: (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg7386715#msg7386715) [Monero missives: CryptoNote peer review starts whitepaper reviewed)] -7328: (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=583449.msg7438333#msg7438333) [android monero widget built] This is a dense digest of the first several thousand messages on the definitive Monero thread. A lot of things happened in this stressful days and most are recorded here. It can be summarized in this:
28th April: Othe and zone117x assume the GUI wallet and CN pools tasks.
30th April: First NoodleDoodle's miner optimization.
11th May: First Monero exchanger
13th May: Open source pool code is ready.
16th May: First pool mined block.
19th May: Monero in poloniex
20th May: Monero +1100 bitcoin 24h trading volume in Poloniex.
21st May: New official miner optimization x4 speed (accumulated optimization x12-x16). Open source wolf0's CPU miner released.
25th May: partnership with i2p
28th May: The legendary super-optimized miner is leaked. Currently running x90 original speed. Hedge of the "cloud farmers" is over in the cpu mining.
2nd June: Monero at last has a logo. Ticker symbol changes to the definitive XMR (former MRO)
4th June: Claymore's open source GPU miner.
10th June: Monero's "10,000 bitcoin pizza" (2500 XMR paintig). Deterministic seed-based wallets (recover wallet with a 24 word seed)
March 2015 – tail emission added to code
March 2016 – monero hard forks to 2 min block and doubles block reward
There basically two things in here that can be used to attack Monero:
Crippled miner Gave unfair advantage to those brave enough to risk money and time to optimize and mine Monero.
Fast curve emission non-bitcoin-like curve as initially advertised and as it was widely accepted as suitable
Though we have to say two things to support current Monero community and devs:
The crippled miner was coded either by Bytecoin or CryptoNote, and 100% solved within a month by Monero community
The fast curve emission was a TFT miscalculation. He forgot to consider that as he was halving the block target he was unintentionally doubling the emission rate.
This is a request for Shapeshift to list one of the most exciting first ever mineable erc20 token under ethereum driven by the fairest of distribution models utilizing proof of work, 0xbtc 0xBitcoin is the implementation of Bitcoin on the Ethereum blockchain and the first mineable, completely decentralized ERC20 token. The 0xBTC smart contract was initiated on Feb-06-2018 04:03:46 AM +UTC. It is the first SHA-256 PoW-mineable ERC20 token. It has the same halvings, difficulty, eras, and max coin supply of Bitcoin, but with the speed and versatility of an ERC20 token on Ethereum. This coin has never had an ICO or airdrop. The purpose of this token is to provide a tool that is the first truly Proof of Work mined ERC token on the Ethereum blockchain. This tool is also the first decentralized payment mechanism on Ethereum besides Ether itself. This is important because Ether is not designed to be a currency or to be a base pair. It is designed to be the lifeblood for the Ethereum Network. Ether is only a 'means to an end' for that purpose and would not exist if the Ethereum network could be secured without it. Therefore it is important that the community looks to shift payments to a token that is 1) specifically designed for the purpose of payments, as it is much cheaper and faster to send this token compared to sending ether, and that 2) interacts with all standardized token services unlike Ether. - No premine - No initial coin offering (ICO) or Airdrop - Mine for free with a CPU/GPU in a pool or solo - Decentralized community and ownership (Operated as a DAO) - There is no central entity controlling or operating this project - Mine and transfer exactly like bitcoin, but 10x faster and 100x cheaper. - Interfaces with smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain for storing and transferring value, unlike Ether. (Ether is not intended to be used for payments and is not a token.) - First ever mineable ERC token on Ethereum Blockchain Related Websites: - Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/0xbitcoin/ - BitcoinTalk: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=3039182.msg31301369#msg31301369 - Discord (Support and Chat) : https://discord.gg/JGEqqmS - GitHub Contract: https://github.com/0xbitcoin - GitHub Miner: https://github.com/0xbitcoin/0xbitcoin\-mineblob/masteRELEASES.md - Contract: https://etherscan.io/address/0xb6ed7644c69416d67b522e20bc294a9a9b405b31 - Stats: https://0x1d00ffff.github.io/0xBTC-Stats/?page=stats - Website: https://0xbitcoin.org/ Please consider listing this project.. its exciting.. its totally something new.. its adoption is through the roof.. its mineable.. it was never ICOed creating the most fair of 0xbtc token distribution look at the token holders chart ; https://etherscan.io/token/0xb6ed7644c69416d67b522e20bc294a9a9b405b31#balances the top token holder has about 1 percent with all other majority holders well under .2 of a percent holdings. No team holding 25 percent here..
Building Whalesburg We are getting questions from investors and bloggers who are not professional miners. They know in common words what it means, what hardware miners use but are not so familiar with numbers of this field. We regularly get questions how much profit Whalesburg will bring to our customers. So we decided to write a post which explains the basics of mining ROI.
This article is not for skilled miners; some details are not covered here!
What is typical ROI in mining, how Whalesburg will improve it? Mining ROI hardly depends on the hardware you use (GPU or ASICs), cryptocurrency prices, network difficulty, hashrate and other variables, which changes over time. It means that real data may hardly differ from those provided in this article. Let’s refer to a well-known website Cryptocompare.com on the page of Antminer S9 (https://www.cryptocompare.com/mining/bitmain/antminer-s9-mine). This website is quite popular and has an API used by thousands, so the data seems to be trustworthy. It tells that the price of a single piece of S9 is $2,725, its power consumption equals 1,375W, return per year is $3560 (incl. electricity costs) and ROI equals 130%. This way you will get $3560 — $2725 = $835 net income at the end of the first year if variables below will remain same. The second year will bring you $3560 more. Note calculations was made using price of 1 BTC = $10516, electricity price $0.12 per kW/h and network difficulty = 18,633,837 PH/s. Now let’s take a look at whattomine.com website on SHA 256 algorithm: screenshot is in a Medium post As you can see, there is an option to mine UNIT which more profitable than BTC by 31% (!!!). So switching some of the pool’s hashpowers to this coin and converting UNIT to BTC on the fly could increase miners profit. This is the main concept of Whalesburg smart mining pool. There is another problem — low UNIT’s network hashrate which can prevent this coin being such a profitable one if we will switch all our powers to it. We are developing an algorithm which will vary hash powers among new coins and split profits between all participants. So, if someone will mine COIN1 with 130% BPR (BTC Profit Rate) and other will mine Bitcoin with 100% BPR — each of them both will get 15% more profit than just mining BTC. A module which responds for payouts will convert them to BTC by intent and split rewards among participants with PPLNS method. Same picture we can see on other algorithms. For example our MVP use Ethash: screenshot is in a Medium post Will your partners who are mining hosting companies hold WBT or they will propose Whalesburg to their clients? All partners will have a will to hold WBT tokens for their clients, and they agree to such terms. The fee of 0,45% is cheap; additionally, they get a monitoring tool built to fulfill their needs. It is a win-win deal. Clients of our partners are investors, not IT geeks. They don’t need to hold these tokens to see increased ROI in reports. We offer services to any size mining facilities. They will want to hold our tokens and use our software. Can you make some more concrete arguments in favor of Whalesburg regarding time-saving and increased ROI? Time-saving: Now miners need to set a bunch of tools like EthMiner, Autominer, Claymore, Afterburner, and others. We incorporate all this functionality in one. Miners need to analyze the profitability of dozens of coins, look for good pools, create and run a .bat or .sh file to stop/run miners. They need to understand this all! Miners need to monitor the state of their hardware manually, and if something happened (drops of hash rate), they need to become a hardware doctors and to heal their farms. Let me tell you a story. Miner has a mining rig built with 8 GPU cards. He mines ETH with X MH/s. Suddenly he finds that hash rate become 0.6X MH/s — this is a 40% drop!!! But all the cards are working, responding at the same delay and have the same hash rate which is (0.6X)/8 MH/s. So Miner takes out GPUs one by one and restarts this rig until he founds one GPU card which causes a problem. He replaces this card with another one, and his rig’s hash rate returns to X MH/s. He still doesn’t know what is wrong with his GPU card. The Whalesburg monitoring tool can prevent failures and diagnose problems automatically and notify Miner. Even try to heal it disconnecting card programmatically. Return rate: A long time ago we experimented with my friends who own mining rigs and who were mining ETH. We’ve chosen most popular “smart mining pools” like Nicehash, Miner gate, suprnova.cc and solo mining mode with Claymore miner. The last mode was to mine with Whalesburg proof-of-concept solution — it was EthMiner + Autominer which connects to a pool of the most profitable coin among EtHash algorithm. So we connected five mining farms of the same hash rate to each of these modes and start to gather live statistics. A week was gone, and we calculated profits, rates, metrics: Lowest was solo mode mining with Claymore (obvious reasons — low hash rate, high difficulty). And still it brought to rig owner around 80% to average experiment income; Then go Nicehash and Minergate with 90% of average income, and both more-less were looking similar. Suprnova.cc was the best among all the previous and gave 115% of average experiment income. Whalesburg.com chart was hopping from one coin to another frequently at the start, then it stabilized and showed 125% of average income. Why we generate more profits, strong part: The first server-side auto-witching algorithm. The one in the world — all other smart pools leave this to a clients side. Transparent fees. Blockchain-based accounting shows we are not hiding a penny and using actual exchange rates. We have more Ethash coins already, at the start. We have other architecture that other mining pools, the proprietary software we coded our own from scratch. To be confident we can promise at least +15% income to whatever they use now. Weaknesses: Whalesburg is in the early stage. We have just released an MVP. Our pool’s hashrate on start will be low comparing to the biggest pools on the market. This is what we need to work out, but it will be easy. — Whalesburg team — Join telegram chat: https://t.me/whalesburg Test our MVP: http://pool.whalesburg.com Stay tuned!
I posted this article yesterday, pointing out some miner address behavior that seems to indicate that one miner alone is controlling four or more addresses in his wallet that have trafficked over 500,000 mined Litecoin to the exchanges (apparently). http://www.reddit.com/litecoin/comments/2dwyll/unknown_may_be_far_fewer_miners_than_i_originally/ I just took a look at the Hashrate Distribution chart on litecoinpool.org and that miner I pointed out is still at it...but the "Unknown" hashrate that is represented primarily by solo mining addresses has dropped 7% since I wrote that post, yesterday. We also had a difficulty decrease on the last adjustment of 4.08% yesterday and we're currently looking at another drop of 3.3% for the next adjustment in 2.5 days, as I write this. This seems to lend some credibility to the idea that a fair amount of the "solo" hashrate may have been a manufacturer, running their own equipment and dumping the mining rewards to improve cash flow. Will be interesting to see if KNCMiner ships Titans loaded with dust, as they've done to Bitcoin miners before. Edit: I also just noticed the appearance of a new name on the Top Hashrate list: Zeushash, at 5% of the network hashrate, in the #5 spot. So that may be where some of the "unknown" hashrate went.
Considering that there are people a lot of rigs out there that have all been ordered a year ago which still hasn't hit the market, and considering that the computational power of bitcoin actually jumped off the charts, expecting a huge difficulty increase, there may be a large number of people with even jalapenos who may drop out of mining because their computing power may just not match up enough to solo-mine or even make enough money in a pool. This may end up dropping a lot of computing power by the end of this event, and it might (for all I can speculate) take hours or days for a new block to generate. Yes, that event would make bitcoins much more scarce, which may increase the value thereafter, but businesses cannot operate face to face waiting for hours or days to see if a transaction has been cleared or sent. And it may take a very long time after that hypothetical event to clear up, because the time at which the network adjusts difficulty is based on counting the number of blocks generated and the time between them. Does Satoshi's paper say anything about this? If reasons can be pointed out as to why nothing wrong would occur, or if this event wouldn't happen at all, then someone needs to start working on a project called ScienceCoin so universities and NASA can use the computational power of this kind of network instead of spending millions of dollars on super computers which are vastly dwarfed by this network.
Ethereum is a decentralized programmable platform that utilizes that allows for the application of blockchain technology in many facets of life.
Like Bitcoin, Ethereum utilizes a blockchain for security and transparency. Ethereum, like Bitcoin, is also tradeable directly as Ether (ETH). However, Ethereum also allows for the creation of “smart contracts”, allowing developers to use blockchain technology, via Ethereum, in their own programmable applications.
What is Ether (ETH)?
Ether, or ETH for short, is the currency Ethereum uses. Ether is generated via algorithmic mining, and is the basis of the Ethereum network. Ether serves as the basis for Ethereum “smart contracts” which often utilize “tokens”, an abstraction of Ether.
How can I purchase Ether (ETH)?
Depending on your geographical location, your options for purchasing Ether may vary.
Purchasing Ether through Coinbase.com, using USD or BTC is a very popular method of obtaining Ether
Gdax.com allows for more rapid exchange of currency, and is connected directly to Coinbase.com
Alternatively, Poloniex.com, Kraken.com (EUR), and Bitfinex.com (USD) are popular exchanges.
Best places to buy EtheBTC with debit cards or instant bank transfers:
MinerGate isn’t recommended if you plan to have dedicated mining rigs.
If, however, you wish to mine on an existing computer as a hobby, or out of interest, it’s perfect. While it does take a fee from your mining, it’s GUI is quick and simple to use and once install you can be mining instantaneously. It also has some challenges that encourage you to mine, and if you’re an absolute beginner, then the simplicity of this software will have you jumping for joy.
Other ETH mining pools include:
ethereumpool.co/ – 0.8% fees. Payouts released 2 times a day for balances higher than 0.5 ETH.
dwarfpool.com/ – 2% fees. Payouts released 4-6 times a day for balances higher than 1 ETH.
weipool.org/ – 0% fees. Payouts released every 24 hours for balances higher than 1 ETH.
ethpool.org/ – Predictable Solo Mining pool. 0% fees. Payouts after 10 confirmations.
nanopool.org/ – PPLNS 1% fees. Payouts released 2 times a day for balances higher than 0.1 ETH.
www.alpereum.ch – 0% fees. Payout every 30 minutes for balances over 0.2ETH.
Cryptowat.ch is a popular website to track the price of Ether (ETH). In addition to listing the price of ETH on the major exchanges, it allows for a wide variety of charting tools which can be used to trade ETH more effectively.
How is Ethereum different than Bitcoin?
Ethereum creates an ecosystem for the utilization of blockchain in everyday transactions and is designed with this intention. Bitcoin, on the other hand, was created as a form of electronic cash. Ethereum uses similar blockchain technology to maintain all of the benefits of Bitcoin, but also allows for an infrastructure of applications which can extend beyond the exchange of currency.
ERC20 tokens are Ethereum derivatives. Tokens allow for smart contracts to interface directly with the Ethereum blockchain. As such, they are exchangeable through Ethereum wallets.
Proof of Work vs Proof of Stake
Proof of Work is the current method used to generate ETH, the "Serenity" update will change this to a Proof of Stake system, the difference is explained below.
Proof of Work is the system by which most cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, manage their blockchains. Through a process known as mining, individuals contribute processing power to solve difficult, arbitrary calculations as well as to validate calculations to determine what the next block in the blockchain should be. Whenever a new block is added to the chain, whoever was lucky enough to be the person that created that block is rewarded with some amount of currency.
The difficulty of these calculations can be determined by the devs behind the currency to control the rate at which new coins are dispersed into the economy. The reason for the difficult calculations is to secure the network by making it difficult for an attacker to start adding invalid blocks to the universally accepted chain - in this system, the attacker would need to generate over 50% of the processing power in the entire network to have their malicious validation be accepted. A higher-level way to think about this is that processing power is what creates scarcity and is proportional to the odds of you getting the next reward. This has the unfortunate side-effect of giving a disproportionate amount of power, in regards to both reward and blockchain validation, to miners that control a large portion of the mining hashrate.
Proof of Stake rewards are distributed via proportional to the “stake” that validators have in the economy as opposed to the work you can do. Your stake increases based on the amount of currency in your wallet and how long it’s been there. The greater your stake, the higher the odds are that you will receive a reward for the creation of the new block on the chain. In contrast to PoW where scarcity comes from processing power, in PoS, the scarcity comes from the currency itself.
As of June 2017, Ethereum is using a Proof of Work system. By the Serenity update the platform will be updated to use a Proof of Stake system. As we get closer to that release we will learn more details about how the PoS system will work in Ethereum’s implementation, known as Casper.
Anticipated ETH Updates:
zkSNARKs stands for “zero knowledge Succinct Non-interactive ARguments of Knowledge”. They allows us to manipulate and translate calculations that need to be double-checked so that nothing on the network needs to know exactly what the original calculation was, but can still confirm whEther a result is correct or not. The details of how this works are too opaque for this guide, but what it means is that code deployed on Ethereum doesn’t have to be open-source and the details of transactions can remain completely secret. zkSNARKs will be implemented in the Metropolis update.
Metropolis is the next major update to the Ethereum network, the third of four phases that the developers have planned for Ethereum. This update will bring with it modifications to the way that applications interact with the network, making it simpler for developers to write apps on the platform. zkSNARKs will also be implemented in this update, opening up the Ethereum network to developers that want to keep their apps’ source code a secret and users that want greater privacy for their transactions.
This is the fourth and final major planned update to Ethereum. This is defined by two massive changes: transition from a PoW to PoS system using the Casper algorithm (described above), and sharding. Sharding will allow applications to be split into tiny pieces, or sharded, and distributed across the network. One calculation required to execute an app may happen on one machine (and then double-checked using zkSNARKs on several others), then the next calculation happens somewhere else, and so on. Not only does this improve performance by reducing the time it takes for apps to execute on the network, allowing network nodes to validate only shards of the blockchain means that new blocks can be added, and transactions confirmed, near instantly. This is the biggest update planned for Ethereum and has no release date yet determined.
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