Last year Bitfury’s multidisciplinary Blockchain specialists announced the possibility of revealing the identities of more than 16% of all owners of Bitcoin addresses. Several years ago, a team of CryptoLux developers, having conducted a study of transaction privacy on the Bitcoin network, concluded that 60% of all addresses can be deanonymized. Summarizing all this, it’s worth highlighting three existing methods that can successfully deanonymize private transactions.
The easiest way to cluster (link Bitcoin addresses) is by analyzing transactional networks. In other words, this is a method that allows finding several inputs combined in one transaction. The second clustering method is “distribution analysis”. It allows calculation the percentage of cryptocurrency at the certain address that comes from another specific address and it becomes clear whether these addresses are connected by one direct transaction or a chain of transactions or not.
It consists of quantitative and temporal analyzes. Quantitative analysis studies not certain transactions, but amounts. Time analysis tracks specific periods.
Memory Pool Method
When a transaction is made through the user’s wallet, the input nodes send information about the transaction to the Blockchain network. The purpose of this method is to identify the set of input nodes through the wallet and the user. In this case, the IP address of the client can be associated with its transactions. There are certain private cryptocurrency-leaders which are popular and trusted among users. Using one feature-privacy, they have different ways of functioning.
Basic principles of work: anonymous cryptocurrencies (Monero, Dash, Zcash)
The platform focuses on privacy and decentralization. The coin uses three levels of protection: • Ring signatures, that hide the origin of the sender by mixing the user’s address with the addresses of other group members. • Ring confidential transactions, which hide the amount of the transaction. • Stealth addresses, that allow a user to hide the recipient’s address. Such way guarantees the privacy of the sender and the recipient. Monero can be bought on Poloniex, Bitfinex, Livecoin, and Kraken crypto exchanges. It is possible to store Monero via an online wallet. More secure is its computer wallet. Due to its privacy, the popularity of the coin is expected to grow, so it makes sense to add a coin to an investment portfolio. Advantages • Increased privacy. Cryptocurrency is suitable for those who are afraid of deanonymizing network transactions. • Unlimited and difficult mining. • It takes less time to find blocks. • Resistance to the centralization of mining capacities. Disadvantages • Resources. All currency protection technologies require impressive machine performance for normal operation. The Monero block size is constantly growing, and this requires additional resources of network participants. • The popularity in the dark web leads to problems in working with regulatory authorities, exchanges often delist it. Speaking of reputation, Monero’s reputation is far from the best. The coin is often used on the dark web as payment for various illegal services. It happens to almost all crypto coins that provide privacy. • Large transaction sizes. Since Monero Blockchain is five times larger than the Bitcoin Blockchain in terms of one transaction. • Problems with scalability.
The Dash platform is a classic decentralized Blockchain-based payment system and the most technologically advanced cryptocurrency. It implements multi-off-chain money transfers without loss of reliability and overall security of the Blockchain. Its confidentiality is rather an additional option that can be used optionally. In the case of anonymity, it is possible to send a hidden transaction, but at a more expensive cost, which also requires additional time. Dash developed a hashing algorithm with eleven cryptographic functions-X 11 for the first time. The coin developers have released apps for other platforms. Today it is possible to use Dash for IOS, Zeal for Linux, LovelyDocs for Android and Velocity for Windows. As well known, the CoinJoin is an anonymization method for crypto transactions, which is used by Dash as an improved version called the PrivateSend. Its mixing sessions are limited to 1,000 DASH for each session and will require multiple mixing sessions to anonymize a large amount of money. Advantages • High transaction speed. It is achieved via InstantX technology, which enables the confirmation of operations in less than 4 seconds. • Law transaction fees. • Energy consumption. Unlike Monero, it does not require a lot of power or high commission costs. Disadvantages • “Transparency” of the network. Without triggering the “mixing” mechanism, the directions of transactions and their balances are publicly visible to everyone. • Lack of proper cryptographic technologies that provide privacy, but can provide a sufficiently high level of protection. • Transaction visibility to the founders and the team.
An open-source decentralized cryptocurrency that provides users with maximum privacy. Zcash is the first private cryptocurrency, using cryptographic protocol zk-SNARKS, a zero-knowledge security layer. It allows users to make hidden and open transactions. Mathematically guaranteed privacy is something cryptocurrency can not be proud of. This fact makes the currency specific. All Zcash coins are identical, it means that interchangeable coins do not contain information about past use created. In this regard, the connection of coins with their history on the Blockchain is broken, which makes them universal and identical to each other. Zcash blocks are generated 4 times faster than Bitcoin. The currency trades on Huobi, Bitfinex and Binance exchanges, and after purchase, it can be stored on the exchange’s internal wallet, as well as transferred to Jaxx, Cryptonator and Coinomi multi-currency wallets. Coins can also be stored on hardware wallets like Ledger and Trezor. Advantages • Privacy. Since no information except the time stamp, is recorded in the Blockchain, transactions cannot be tracked, and the identity of the sender and recipient is almost impossible to establish. • Interchangeability. Due to interchangeability, all coins have a “clean” history. This means that it is practically impossible to determine which transactions coin was used. • Security. Lack of information about user keys, which protects user wallets and the network.Mining energy efficiency. Zcash mining hardware consumes less electricity than Bitcoin mining ASICs. • The difficulty of mining. Zcash is beneficial for those who want to get coins for block creation. Bitcoin mining becomes more and more complicated, so miners cannot earn enough money via their computers with high capacity. Disadvantages • 6 users can decide to leave the transferred data completely open. • It takes a lot of calculations to complete a transaction. • Insecurity. There are fears that the system could be hacked, or users may accidentally open the data. • Legally ZCash is supported only by Linux, however, it provides users with wallets for other platforms: Jaxx, Ledger, Trezor, Trust, Zecwallet, Ibitcome, Exodus, Guarda, Coinomi, Cobowallet, and Bitgo. Private cryptocurrencies are necessary for anyone who values the privacy and confidentiality of financial transactions. Privacy can generate more value, than danger, as Eric Hughes says: “Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn’t want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn’t want anybody to know. Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world”.
https://preview.redd.it/xqiyqnj54is31.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=fae8da54bbba1b8369dffeabfa64f7987c8950a4 Welcome everyone, Today we had the chance to interview a member of the Luxcore team for their two year anniversary, Luxcore is a project in the crypto space with some very interesting innovative features. For all the new readers, let me start by briefly introducing ForAllCrypto. ForAllCrypto was founded almost a year ago. Our goal is to be the industry leader in E-learning regarding cryptocurrencies. We’ve written a book about all the aspects that come to mind when you want to get started on trading cryptocurrencies. The book has already been released in 2 languages is scheduled to release in more languages in the near future. We’re also currently working on two other projects, one of them being a video-course on trading cryptocurrencies. The video course will teach you about the subjects you need to know when you start trading cryptocurrencies. We help our members with learning about paying taxes in cryptocurrency all the way to making technical analyses. The second project we are working on is a collaboration with a well-known European crypto exchange, which will allow a user to buy crypto or commodities like gold and silver on a predetermined date and time every week or month. Our main goal is to let people set up their own savings plans in crypto or a chosen commodity so that they can set up their own retirement plan. LuxCore, the company behind the LuxCoin cryptocurrency and their groundbreaking PHI2 algorithm, with their everlasting focus on innovation will soon make the transition to a new revolutionary algorithm, called RX2 (a RandomX derivative). LuxCore continues to make steps towards worldwide adoption with its Proof of Stake Web Wallet and with products like LuxGate and LuxEdge right around the corner they’re well on their way to build an entire ecosystem. But what is LuxCore, and what are these products? First of all, thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me, Jorik. Could you tell us a bit more about LuxCore, when was it founded and what is the main goal that is driving LuxCore? No problem, I’m just as excited as you are talking about crypto and Lux in particular. I have to say when first getting in touch with ForAllCrypto I wasn’t exactly sure what it is you guys are doing. The E-learning book sounds like a great way for people to get more familiar with cryptocurrencies and the trading aspect of it. If you don’t mind, I'd also like to know more about the retirement plan in crypto but let’s do that after the interview. So let me answer your first question. LuxCore was founded exactly 2 years ago today, with a focus on designing and building enterprise ready security and privacy products. Why did LuxCore choose for a combination of PoS and PoW? What are the advantages of this integration? Up until this very day, the crypto community still hasn’t decided what the best consensus mechanism out there is. Proof of Work has an amazing track record of being immutable but has a colossal ecological footprint and often centralizes around ASIC mining farms. Proof of Stake is relatively new but tackles the ecological footprint and is much more accessible for your everyday user, but doesn’t have the long history of being immutable yet. We’ve decided to take the best of both worlds. We’ve been industry leading with our PoW algorithms and are soon to revolutionize the industry even further with the introduction of our RX2 algorithm. This hybrid form of PoS and PoW allows the more casual users to also contribute to the decentralization of the chain. I’ve heard a lot about the up and coming algorithm, RX2. Can you tell me what the fuss is all about, what makes RX2 so special? In order to fully understand what makes RX2 so special we’d have to dive deeper into ASIC mining. ASIC, short for “application-specific integrated circuit”, miners boast an integrated circuit customized for a very specific use - mining. These miners have improved energy efficiency, cost and performance. With volatility and increased hash rates, 2017 and 2018 saw the market decide upon two clear forerunners: Bitfury and Bitmain. With several mining companies controlling high percentages of computational power on the Bitcoin network, threats to the network’s immutability and decentralization grew all too real. RX2 is designed for ASIC resistance and acts as a safeguard against this specialized mining hardware by its simulation of virtual CPU. The general-purpose CPU optimization enables more participants to secure the network, as they no longer need the purchase specialized mining hardware. This will result in a more egalitarian distribution of block rewards which, with our hybrid consensus model, increases decentralization of the chain. It looks like LuxCore values the decentralization of the chain, can you tell me how the proof of stake web wallet fits into this? Security and decentralization is the thing we value most, so I’m glad you asked. We at LuxCore feel that in order for cryptocurrencies to gain mass adoption we need to improve the user experience as a whole, whilst not messing with security. Private keys are insanely secure, but they’re not easy to use for the everyday user. Proof of Stake is a great way of letting people participate in increasing the chains decentralization, but not everyone is running a server 24/7. We’ve created the Proof of Stake Web Wallet, which we believe is a great step towards worldwide adoption. With the Web Wallet users can create an account and pay with their Lux anywhere in the world, at any time. The Web Wallet also optimizes for staking, this way you’re contributing to the decentralization of the chain and receive rewards in return. On top of all that, the Wallet will be fully maintained by the LuxCore team, this way you’ll never have to perform difficult wallet upgrades again. If Luxcore is maintaining the web wallet, can you still guarantee that everything is completely decentralized? The web wallet is designed to tackle the centralization issue. By spreading wallets across many of our highly secured servers across the world, these coins aren’t as centralized as you would think. Due to the hybrid nature of our chain, Proof of Stake isn’t the only way our chain verifies transactions. Even if all the coins on the network would be in a single place, you’re still only holding 50% of the network, consensus-wise. Let’s move on to LuxGate. LuxCore claims to be the first that will launch a decentralized exchange, but a quick search on the web shows me several exchanges out there already claim to be decentralized, what makes you say you’re the first? We claim to be among the first truly decentralized exchange. We’ve also seen a lot of decentralized exchanges launch into the world, but as far as we’re aware of, none of them is truly decentralized. CryptoBridge being the latest example. They claimed to be decentralized, but out of the blue enforce KYC on their users. Now users have to submit to KYC to get their funds back, how is that decentralized? So now the question remains, what makes LuxGate different from what’s already out there? The most important change is that LuxGate uses atomic swaps and smart contract order books to allow for peer to peer trading, directly from their own wallet. Because of this, users can trade without interference of a third party with a small side benefit: no trading fees. I have to say I’m so excited about LuxGate, it really gives power back to people. Which is why we’re all into crypto in the first place, right? You’re absolutely right!Zero fees, that almost sounds too good to be true though. Where does LuxCore make their money if there are no fees to be paid? I agree with you, it does sound too good to be true, doesn’t it? We don’t make any money, not from LuxGate at least. We strongly believe that for crypto to gain traction, we as a community have to strive for a better user experience. We’ve seen exchanges getting hacked, enforce KYC, CEO’s leaving with funds. Mainstream media paying a lot of attention to these events scares the users new to crypto. LuxGate will be a safe environment for everyone to use and having this platform out there will help the entire ecosystem. Currently we are asking projects that are being listed to have a holding in Lux. This doesn’t benefit us directly, but will help support the project, the chain’s decentralization and gives the project the attention it deserves. Providing a useful tool for the crypto community is beneficial to us because it does wonders for our brand recognition. So even if we're not making money on fees, we are supporting the community and getting awareness for that. Amazing to see that you guys are really trying to build a brand around this instead of a get rich quick scheme! Could you tell me something more about LuxEdge, I believe that the safe environment that you’re talking about is also what you’re trying to accomplish with that, but for developers in particular, right? Exactly, we strongly believe that people should be in charge of their own life without interference of third parties. LuxEdge is a platform that will run on top of our decentralized file storage. It will allow developers to push their code, access it anywhere in the world, without depending on a centralized party, like GitHub. Back in July GitHub confirmed to have blocked developers in Iran, Syria and Crimea, they’ve been denied access to their own code. With LuxEdge we’re building a platform that will allow developers to stay in charge of their own code, so that they can continue to develop the beautiful things we all enjoy. I have to say I’m even more excited about LuxCore now than I was at the start of the interview and you can be sure I will continue to follow the project. If my readers want to follow your project too, what would be the best place for them to go to? We have an amazing community that discusses topics daily on our Discord [Discord] and Telegram [Telegram]. But we also have our Reddit [Reddit], Twitter [Twitter] and Facebook [Facebook] for a more casual way of staying up to date. We want to thank you for your time and we will keep in touch! This was our interview with the Luxcore Team, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment on this post. I want to thank all of you for reading the interview and if you liked it make sure to check Luxcore and Forallcrypto's channels! 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I'm trying to put together a list of what's coming out this year. Have this very simple list so far. Anyone care to add anything or suggest some better dates?
Latest News (most recent first) - Instant channels enable safe Lightning payments with unconfirmed funding Beta - Feb 10, 2019 - Voyager, New trading app from Uber & E-Trade execs announce launch date - Feb 9, 2019 - bumi/blockstream_satellite ruby gem for the Blockstream Satellite API - Feb 8, 2019 - New Zap Desktop 0.3.4 is out. New features, massive performance - Feb 8, 2019 - New release: @lightning desktop app v0.4.0-alpha - Feb 8, 2019 - valerio-vaccaro/Liquid-dashboard - Feb 7, 2019 - Japanese SBI Holdings will allow trading of coins - March 2019 - lnd v0.5.2-beta released - Feb 6, 2019 - Koala studios launches online LN gaming platform - Feb 6, 2019 - Independent Reserve has become the first #crypto exchange in Australia to be insured, with coverage underwritten by Lloyd's of London. - Feb 6, 2019 - Coinbase announces BTC support for their mobile (keep your own keys) wallet - Feb 6, 2019 - Blockstream published a new open source Proof of Reserves tool. - Feb 5, 2019 - RTL release v0.1.14-alpha - Feb 5, 2019 - dr-orlovsky/typhon-spec spec for new trestles side chain published - Feb 5, 2019 - Payment requests coming soon to BTCPay. - Feb 5th, 2019 - Kraken Acquires Futures Startup In Deal Worth At Least $100 Million - Feb 5th, 2019 - Next Blockchain cruise scheduled for June 9-13 - Feb 4, 2019 - Work on a GoTenna plugin to Electrum wallet in progress - Feb 4, 2019 - Bitcoin Candy Dispensers being open sourced - Feb 4, 2019 - New release of JoinMarket v0.5.3 - Feb 4, 2019 - Prime Trust won’t charge its clients to custody digital assets any longer. - Feb 4, 2019 - nodogsplash/nodogsplash wifi access using LN - Feb 3, 2019 - @tippin_me Receive tips using Lightning Network adds message feature - Feb 3, 2019 - Bitcoin-for-Taxes Bill in NH Unanimously Approved by House Subcommittee - Feb 3, 2019 - Full support for native segwit merged into bitcoinj - Feb 3, 2019 - Bitfury is partnering with financial services firm Final Frontier! - Feb 2, 2019 - Now you can open #LightningNetwork channels in @LightningJoule - Feb 2, 2019 - Integrating Blockstream’s Liquid payments on SideShift AI - Feb 1, 2019 - Wyoming legislature passes bill to recognize cryptocurrency as money - Feb 1, 2019 - Casa is open sourcing the code for the Casa Node - Feb 1, 2019 - Casa Browser Extension released - v0.5.2-beta-rc6 of lnd, full release getting very close now - Feb 1, 2019 - Tallycoin adds subscriptions and paywall features in bid to rival Patreon - Jan 31, 2019 - Static channel backup PR merged into LN - Jan 31, 2019 - The NYDFS grants another Bitlicense to ATM operator - Jan 31, 2019 - @pwuille currently proposing the “MiniScript” language to describe BTC output locking conditions for practical composition - Jan 31, 2019 - Fidelity is in the “final testing” phase for its new digital asset business - Jan 31, 2019 - Hardware wallet PR #109 just got merged so that @Trezor no longer requires user interaction for PIN - Jan 31, 2019 - CBOE, VanEck & SolidX filed a new & improved bitcoin ETF proposal. - Jan 31, 2019 - Casa Node code is now open sourced - Jan 31, 2019 - Next Bitoin halving in roughly 497 days - Jan 31, 2019 - BTCPay released 22.214.171.124 - Jan 31, 2019 - @binance now lets users purchase cryptos using Visa and Mastercard credit. - Jan 31, 2019 - Bitfury to Launch Bitcoin Operations in Paraguay - Jan 31, 2019 - Coinbase introduces very generous affiliate program - Jan 30, 2019 - DOJO Trusted Node bitcoin full node. Coming Early 2019 - Jan 30, 2019 - FastBitcoins.com Enables Cash-for-Bitcoin Exchange Via the Lightning Network - Jan 30, 2019 - TD Ameritrade says clients want cryptocurrency investment options - company plans major announcement in 'first half of 2019' - Jan 30, 2019 - Storage component of Fidelity's @DigitalAssets live, with some assets under management, @nikhileshde - Jan 29, 2019 - lightning mainnet has reached 600 BTC capacity - Jan 29, 2019 - Drivechain shows picture of Grin side chain and suggests might be ready in 2 month - Jan 29, 2019 - Lightning labs iOS neutrino wallet in testing stage now - Jan 29, 2019 - Aliant offering cryptocurrency processing free-of-charge - Jan 29, 2019 - Chainstone’s Regulator product to manage assets on the way - Jan 29, 2019 - Fidelity Investments’ new crypto custody service may officially launch in March. - Jan 29, 2019 - Gemini's becomes FIRST crypto EXCHANGE and CUSTODIAN to complete a SOC 2 Review by Deloitte - Jan 29, 2019 - Iran has lifted the ban on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency - Jan 29, 2019 - Confidential Transactions being added into Litecoin announcement - Jan 28, 2019 - http://FastBitcoins.com Enables Cash-for-Bitcoin Exchange Via the Lightning Network - Jan 28, 2019 - Germany’s largest online food delivery platform now accepts btc - Jan 27, 2019 - Launching a Bitcoin Developers School in Switzerland - Jan 27, 2019 - RTL release v0.1.13-alpha Lightning Build repository released - Jan 27, 2019 - The first pay-per-page fantasy novel available to Lightning Network. - Jan 27, 2019 - Numerous tools become available to write messages transmitted with Blockstream Satellite - Jan 26, 2019; - BTCPay 126.96.36.199 released - Jan 26,2019 - WordPress + WooCommerce + BTCPay Plugin is now live - Jan 25, 2019 - Juan Guaido has been promoting #Bitcoin since 2014 is new interim president of Venezuela - Jan 25, 2019 - Morgan Creek funds @RealBlocks - Jan 25, 2019 - Coinbase integrates TurboTax - Jan 25, 2019 - Robinhood received Bitlicense - Jan 25, 2019 - Anchor Labs launches custody - Jan 25, 2019 - NYSE Arca files w/ @BitwiseInvest for BTC ETF approval - Jan 25, 2019 - South Korea, Seoul, Busan & Jeju Island currently working to create pro crypto economic zones. - Jan 25, 2019 - valerio-vaccaro/Liquid-dashboard - Jan 25, 2019 - Bermuda to launch crypto friendly bank - Jan 25, 2019 - Mobile Bitcoin Wallet BRD Raises $15 Million, Plans for Expansion in Asia - Jan 25, 2019 - BullBitcoin rolling out alpha access of platform - Jan 25, 2019 - Electrum Wallet Release 3.3.3 - Jan 25, 2019 - Bitrefill, purchase Bitcoin and have it delivered directly over LN - Jan 25, 2019 - South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb looking to go public in USA - Jan 24, 2019 - Bitcoin Exchanges Don’t Need Money Transmitter Licenses in Pennsylvania - Jan 24, 2019 - US; New Hampshire Bill Aims to Legalize Bitcoin for State Payments in 2020 - Jan 24, 2019 - Robinhood, LibertyX Receive Licenses from New York Regulators - Jan 24, 2019 - Bakkt Bitcoin futures contract details released - Jan 24, 2019 - Blockstream CryptoFeed V3 now includes 30+ venues and 200M+ updates per day - Jan 24, 2019 - Binance Jersey – The Latest Binance European Exchange - Jan 2019
Bitfury Rolls Out Lightning Peach, Its Own Suite of Lightning Tools - Jan 24, 2019
Good news. v3.6.2 just hit the play store for Android. - Jan 24, 2019
Bitrefill - LN now accounts for more payments than alts - Jan 24, 2019
proofd.app allows you to store a checksum of a doc on the blockchain - Jan 24, 2019
487 days until bitcoin halving - Jan 23, 2019
New #GalaxyS10 coming with ‘Samsung Blockchain KeyStore’- Jan 24, 2019
Proof-of-Reserves tool for Bitcoin github.com/stevenroose/reserves - Jan 24, 2019
Lightning Network Pac-Man Arcade introduced - Jan 23, 2019
Satoshi quotes prove that the original bitcoin scaling plan was very clear from day one. And guess what ? it was not to have a centrally planned quota below market demand by the use of massive censorship and demonizing miners
An anonymous individual named Theymos controls the 2 main places where discussion happens: bitcointalkforums and bitcoin subreddit, and is known for censoring all discussion favoring certain improvement proposals mainly in the scaling debate. The mere fact that only 1 person can control and censor online social interactivity should be a big warning sign for any liberty minded individual. I have no proof that this individual is linked to a certain company other than the fact that they both started to act in this space at about the same time, Blockstream was funded in 2014 and Theymos started censorship about rising the blocksize in 2015. Also note that the behavior of this individual serves the motives of the said company that explicitly explained that they plan on collecting fees on their own side-solution that the other (original) scaling solution would not allow them to collect. The direction they are pushing is also allowing another company named Bitfury to de-anonymize transactions incredibly more easily. Bitfury and Blockstream have both supported the same path for bitcoin (segwit), and both profit from it or plan to do it. The original scaling plan was however very clear, as per cited in the original whitepaper or satoshi himself:
The [current] cost of mediation increases transaction costs, limiting the minimum practical transaction size and cutting off the possibility for small casual transactions
= bitcoin is invented as digital cash for small casual transactions against the high-fees of the current system.
The proof-of-work also solves the problem of determining representation in majority decision making. If the majority were based on one-IP-address-one-vote, it could be subverted by anyone able to allocate many IPs. Proof-of-work is essentially one-CPU-one-vote. [...] They vote with their CPU power, expressing their acceptance of valid blocks by working on extending them and rejecting invalid blocks by refusing to work on them. Any needed rules and incentives can be enforced with this consensus mechanism
= proof of work is the only way to vote in the system = miners are to be trusted to choose the path of the network
We define an electronic coin as a chain of digital signatures.
= segwit destroys the very definition of bitcoin
With computer systems typically selling with 2GB of RAM as of 2008, and Moore's Law predicting current growth of 1.2GB per year, storage should not be a problem even if the block headers must be kept in memory
It can be phased in, like: if (blocknumber > 115000) maxblocksize = largerlimit It can start being in versions way ahead, so by the time it reaches that block number and goes into effect, the older versions that don’t have it are already obsolete.
= satoshi wrote some code on how to prepare a hardfork to a bigger blocksize YEARS ago
“At first, most users would run network nodes, but as the network grows beyond a certain point, it would be left more and more to specialists with server farms of specialized hardware.” [...] Bitcoin generation should end up where it’s cheapest.
= satoshi envisioned asics, mining farms, and "specialized hardware" like asicboost, and that mining will end up in farms where it is cheap to mine
Bitcoin can already scale much larger than [Visa] with existing hardware for a fraction of the cost. It never really hits a scale ceiling.
Canadian Bitcoin Miner Hut 8 Reports Q3 Loss of $8.7 Million. What do you think about Hut 8’s quarterly performance? Let us know in the comments below.
Hut 8 Mining Corp., a Canadian bitcoin mining company, has released its third quarter earnings report, which shows a net loss of US $8.7 million on higher depreciation costs. Depreciation spiked to $13.3 million, wiping out mining profit which came to $6.7 million.
Revenue Soars but Profits Fall
During the third quarter of 2018, the Toronto-listed miner extracted 1,978 BTC at a cost of $3,394 per coin, almost half the average market price of bitcoin for the three months, which averaged $6,400. Hut 8 said this difference explains the profit on mining, at margins of about 51 percent. Overall, the company mined 3,581 BTC for the nine months to Sept. 30, and 4,200 BTC since operations began in December 2017. According to the earnings release published Nov. 8, Hut 8 reported revenue increase of 126 percent to $13.4 million from $5.9 million the previous quarter due to increased operational capacity. The $189 million-valued company deployed an additional 16 Blockboxes in September at its mining facility in the City of Medicine Hat (CMH), bringing it to a total 56 Blockboxes at the site. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization soared 86 percent to $5.5 million from $2.96 million a quarter earlier, “largely as a result of increased revenue from the new facility at CMH.” Hut 8 expects to see improved efficiency of the ASIC chips used to mine bitcoin during the colder months in Alberta, western Canada. Through Bitfury, Hut 8 has access to a proprietary mix of hardware, software and operational expertise to construct, optimize and manage data centres in low-cost and attractive jurisdictions. Shares of Hut 8 are up 4.21 percent at $2.25 in Toronto trading at the time of going to press. Over the past 52 weeks, Hut 8 shares have reached a high of $3.80 and a low of $1.77. What do you think about Hut 8’s quarterly performance? Let us know in the comments below. https://preview.redd.it/imycyxv6uhx11.png?width=493&format=png&auto=webp&s=14b98869ae950b3121339a736cbe1cf9ded9e9bc
So are folks ready to deep six SHA256(SHA256(HEADER)) PoW yet?
Miner concentration that occurs when PoW is so easily unrolled onto ASIC -- which is to say when the PoW is not memory, storage, and memory<->storage bandwidth demanding, will always lead in the end to mining concentration with the most marked advantage landing in the hands of manufacturing concerns. It is true of course that any process that can be done in commodity hardware can be done better, faster, in specialized ASIC. But with Bitcoin we have a single easily unrolled hash function buzzing a small piece of header data with only a very tiny nonce getting incremented between operations. Tiny, tiny, tiny amounts of memory per hash instance, nil requirements in terms of storage, and zero need for high bandwidth memory <-> storage. More and more parallel hashing instances per chip, smaller processes, and economies of scale lead to centralization especially in the hands of the manufacturers. That centralization leads to power, and as the entirety of human history proves, power has a corrupting influence. We see this today in the reporting today regarding remote kill functionality in Bitmain miners. We see it more generally in folks like Bitfury who do not offer consumer level mining equipment, and would rather sell monster shipping container sized rigs to monster sized customers. (If you have to ask how much it costs you can't afford it). Now, forgive me, but I cannot resist dropping an "I told you so" to all of the brazen UASF BIP148 supporters. I've been urging caution and getting a lot of crap for it. But imagine how a UASF chain fork would have gone if the UASF chain were not only a shorter chain at the outset, but the Antminer hashpower on that chain got remotely bricked in the middle of the process to see which fork would survive. At any rate, I'd say its time to put a plan in place to at least be READY to roll out a new PoW for Bitcoin within an 18 to 36 month time horizon. Its very extreme to think about, but ask yourself: Could you have ever imagined anything like the matters that are prevalent in mining these days? Pools refusing to implement broadly supported and very well tested protocol upgrades. Covert, patented, optimizations. Remote kill code in a crushingly large segment of deployed mining hardware. Hell, the mere fact that it is possible to get 5 human beings in a single room and, among them, have an overwhelming majority of hashpower spoken for is worrisome enough. I've seen luke-jr post about the potential need for such a change before. I would love to hear if nullc or any of the other core devs have considered the circumstances where a PoW change would need to be considered. Perhaps if there were a crypto break of SHA256 for example. Just my thoughts at present.
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''' Latest News (most recent first)
Bitfury Rolls Out Lightning Peach, Its Own Suite of Lightning Tools - Jan 24, 2019
Good news. v3.6.2 just hit the play store for Android. - Jan 24, 2019
Bitrefill - LN now accounts for more payments than alts - Jan 24, 2019
proofd.app allows you to store a checksum of a doc on the blockchain - Jan 24, 2019
487 days until bitcoin halving - Jan 23, 2019
New #GalaxyS10 coming with ‘Samsung Blockchain KeyStore’- Jan 24, [link]2 - Jan 24, 2019
Lightning Network Pac-Man Arcade introduced - Jan 23, 2019
Shower thought - Bitcoin miners that are in bed with Core will have an advanced notice of new POW algorithm so they can get a headstart after POW change
Miners that are laying in bed with Core currently are doing so because they want a headstart with the POW change that Core is threatening (attacking) the community with. This gives them an unfair advantage over other honest miners that are sticking with Nakamoto consensus (longest chain). I wonder what all the miners who have millions of dollars sunk into mining rigs will do with their newly bricked machines? Core literally wants to destroy your millions invested into mining overnight. The only advantage I can think of where a miner who has millions invested who could lose it overnight would be a POW that they can game in advance so they can make boat loads more while everyone else is playing catchup. Who makes sells/makes chips again? Isn't it Bitfury and Bitmain basically, the two top ASIC chip sellers? EDIT: Now Core developer and Blockstream CTO Greg Maxwell is saying they will change POW to only target SPECIFIC hardware (Bitmain!)
Buratino Blockchain Solutions: we have found new solutions to old problems
The market of the mining equipment continues to develop strenuously contrary to adverse conditions on the crypto exchanges. Technologies are constantly improving, increasing growth of mining profitability at the reduction of energy consumption and partly compensating negative dynamics of cryptocurrencies rates. However, it automatically increases the complexity of production of new digital coins that form request for creation of more powerful equipment. Industry is constantly changing and miners need to be able to understand modern trends of the branch. Let’s discuss market tendencies, new technology solutions capability to affect the efficiency of this business, and how exactly our team is ready to help miners. Mining market today Lets begin with the general review of the market, with emphasis on forecasts of the authoritative research companies. Analysts of the American consulting company Coherent Market Insights are convinced: in the medium term (5–10 years) mining will be profitable. Demand for the new equipment will remain high even during the crypto -markets depression. According to the last forecast of the company, by 2025 mining industry will exceed the capitalization level of $16,3 billion. The indicator of cumulative average annual growth rate (CAGR), according to experts, will grow by 18,68% from 2017 to 2025. At the time of posting, the greatest share of computing capacities has been concentrated in Asia. Experts from other large consulting company Technavio consider that the Pacific Rim will take 51% of the general growth of the industry in 2018–2022. Then the share of the Pacific Rim will be reduced below 50% level. The cause is a hard governmental line of China in relation to crypto industry. It makes miners migrate to other countries of North and South America and Eastern Europe. According to the Technavio, 33% of the market is now in the New World, but the share of the USA will grow, forcing out China. Coherent Market Insights experts are solidary with colleagues, and also give the future world leadership to North America. Improvement of production technologies of cryptocurrencies and increase in productivity of the hardware remains a key tendency of the current market. Along with it large producers of microelectronics, such as Samsung and United Microelectronics Corporation are entering the market as suppliers of hi-tech accessories. The large manufacturing companies (Bitmain Technologies, BitFury, Advanced Micro Devices, etc.) actively develop ASIC systems with bigger energy efficiency and the increased hashrate coefficients. It is important for providing the more effective mining. However alternation of generations in available lines of the equipment happens slowly that opens opportunities for new players, such as our company. According to the Coinshares company, hashrate of the only one Bitcoin network grows by 300% annually, the efficiency of chips increases by 80%, and their cost falls on average on 50%. So the profitability of digital coins production grows even in conditions of crypto rate instability with the introduction of new technologies in ASIC-mining . 74% of the mining market is the share of ASIC of all configurations in 2017. It is expected that they will continue to dominate. The process of improvement of the hardware leads to the growth of volumes of the mined coins. But the more is mined, the quicker the algorithm of generation of new blocks in the network complicates. As a result — miners need capacities to grow. Escalating levels of complexity become nearly the main factor of mining equipment market growth in the medium term. For example, analysts of Technavio predict the increase in growth rates for 2018 by 9,04%. Increase in productivity as natural selection To be a successful miner means always to work proactively. Anyone who first manages to use more productive mining systems also remains in a prize or at least in the market. The Forbes.ru magazine describes how the market of a mining is affected by the generation of more productive machines. All of us remember the last year's agiotage around the first ASIC systems for Dash cryptocurrency. Before it was mined only on video cards and brought the monthly income of $1-1,5 thousand from one farm. New miner (DM11G from iBeLink, Antminer D3 from Bitmain and DR-100 from Pinidea) promised income from $5 thousand from each installation. Those who the first have managed to connect ASIC to Dash network succeeded the most. Their monthly income has made about $6 thousand, but it was not for a long time. The rapid growth of the number of ASIC devices in the network has provoked the same fast increase in complexity of calculations. Therefore the payback period of one ASIC system has increased from 3-4 to 12 months. As a result, by the end of 2017, the profitability of Dash mining has decreased almost by 3 times (in comparison with September of the same year). In completion to everything, the Dash rate has fallen off in spring 2018. Production of cryptocurrency is favorable only to those who quickly reacts to the production of the new hardware. Only being guided by new generation equipment or modernizing old ones it is possible not to lose. Recent leaders VS perspective beginners BitFury and Bitmain remain recognized leaders in the global market in summer 2018. BitFury generally specializes in providing mining decisions under specific projects. Bitmain, on the contrary, is guided by production and sale of the ready-made mining systems. Today the market is rather highly consolidated and more than a half of all computing capacities belongs to largest companies. Nevertheless, Coherent Market Insights analysts consider that in the near future deconsolidation of branch due to the appearance of new players is expected. This segment is also interesting to us. With the support of the community on ICO, we will be able to impose market competition to the acting leaders. Just because present devices have a number of problems which are still not solved by anyone except for us. Support of the only one cryptocurrency, the impossibility of the partial modification, high noise level, high costs of cooling and a lot of things still. Everything remains unresolved. We plan to put on the market the multi-mining system of the new generation Papa Carlo. The equipment surpasses competitors in all key indicators: energy efficiency, productivity, customizability, the number of coins, etc. With our development, it will be not just ASIC anymore, but the first real multi-miner, allowing to get fifteen digital currencies on the most popular algorithms SHA-256 and SCRYPT. It is difficult to overestimate the potential of such a product. Papa Carlo is capable to take the worthy place in the market of the CIS and the whole world. It is enough to compare our technological product to the acting leader of sales - Antminer s9, to estimate all range of advantages of Papa Carlo. Compare several key indicators of Papa Carlo and Antminer s9: hashrate of Papa Carlo – 26 Th/s, Antminer s9 – 13,5 Th/s; Papa Carlo processors – 10 nanometers, Antminer s9 – 16 nanometers; the number of Papa Carlo chips – 210, Antminer s9 – 189; energy efficiency of Papa Carlo – 0,065 J/Gh, Antminer s9 – 0,1 J/Gh; Papa Carlo noise level – 35-45 dB, Antminer s9 – 75-80 dB. Conclusion Papa Carlo is a high-performance equipment which can compete with leaders of the market. Our Buratino Blockchain Solutions company provides its development and service. The issue of own token will allow attracting the capital for scaling of business and distribution our multi-miner. Everyone who wishes to receive exclusive privileges from the producer at a stage of the closed sales can join our tokensale.
Splitt Cloud Mining Service Sees Exponential Growth In Just Three Months
Launched in August,Splitt, a cloud server crypto mining service is gaining mass popularity within the crypto community. The platform is designed to make crypto mining more user-friendly and safe for all. In a short span of three months, the platform has managed to secure an investment of more than $5 million. It already boasts over 10,000 investors and has close to 100,000 users.
Splitt Aims To Take A Share Of The Crypto Mining Market
The recently launched crypto mining service is equipped with a cloud server. Its now taking giant strides as it works towards becoming the most preferred platform among crypto mining enthusiasts. Official sources reveal that the platform has already received over $5 million from ten thousand investors which will go into further development of the business. Bitcoin mining these days is not what it used to be in the past. More miners have joined the network making the competition stiff, and at the same time the mining difficulty keeps going up. To stay profitable, miners have had to up their game. It explains why Splitt has been welcomed with open hands. The platform offers many solutions to the current issues that face the mining industry. First of all, it utilizesASIC integrated chips for mining which are faster compared to GPU and CPU. They are also more efficient, and they consume less power. Additionally, the platform requires no specialized hardware since it uses shared processing power from data centers. The cloud mining crypto platform has received an endorsement from thousands of users due to many features, including; Flexible multi-algorithm cloud mining, hash power can be purchased and retained throughout the contract, there is transparency as everything is disclosed to the public, there are no fees charged, no waiting for equipment and no system crashes, and more importantly, the company can be located easily. In an official statement, a spokesperson from the company said: “We are happy to let you know that we have received an investment of more than $5 Million to grow our business. We have been unstoppable in recent months, with more than 95k users and 10k investors. Now, we also have a fully operational office in Thailand, and much more is expected in the near future.”
Have we not built up the bitmain monopoly buy supporting their hardware so heavily ? No one seems to use anything else and there are no other viable bitcoin miners on the market - in a market where its not that hard to design, print and produce mining chips ? A next-gen USB chip that does 1TH would easily put the market back where it needs to be... and make a ton of cash as well. Where are BitFury and Spondoolies when you need them. Even a simple USB miner based on the BitFury 16nm chip at 100GH/s would be awesome and the market would eat it up... and I am sure they have new hardware by now thats faster and better than this http://bitfury.com/products#16nm-asic
Hier sollte eine Beschreibung angezeigt werden, diese Seite lässt dies jedoch nicht zu. Bitfury is one of the first companies to start producing Bitcoin miners. Bitfury themselves mine coins on their equipment. Large data centers are located in Canada, Norway, Iceland, Georgia. The range includes ASIC mining chips, servers, and portable data centers. Bitcoin USB Miners Comparison. USB miner is not high-performance equipment. This ... Think of a Bitcoin ASIC as specialized Bitcoin mining computers, Bitcoin mining machines, or “bitcoin generators”. Nowadays all serious Bitcoin mining is performed on dedicated Bitcoin mining hardware ASICs, usually in thermally-regulated data-centers with low-cost electricity. Don’t Get Confused. There is Bitcoin mining hardware, which mines bitcoins. There are also Bitcoin hardware ... Bitcoin (BTC) mining software manufacturer Bitfury Group has launched a new generation of its BTC mining hardware based on its Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) chip Bitfury Clarke, according to an announcement published September 19. An ASIC chip is a piece of mining hardware geared to mine digital currency based on a specific hashing algorithm. AMSTERDAM — September 19, 2018 — The Bitfury Group today launched a new generation of bitcoin mining hardware, led by its newest bitcoin mining ASIC chip, Bitfury Clarke. Building on Bitfury ...
Bitfury Reveals New Generation of Bitcoin ASIC Chips
Heute geht's um folgende Themen: Bitfury bringt neuen ASIC Miner raus, grösster Geldwäscheskandal Europas & Dezentrale Börsen werden Mega-Boom auslösen. 1.) Bitfury Launches New Generation of ... Visit my Amazon store: https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/tingawinga5 I'm not done with BitCoin Mining its just too interesting. This is another USB ASIC: The Ice... This is the last video of our 3 video series about our new 16nm Bitcoin Mining ASIC. In this video we demonstrate the performance in immersion cooling. Don't... How to setup Bitfury Twin Chip 4-5 gh/s ASIC USB Miner with cgminer - Duration: 7:08. Eyeboot 15,553 views. 7:08 . Sapphire Block Erupter - USB Bitcoin Miner 330 Mhash @ 2,5 W - Duration: 2:25 ... This is 1 out of 3 videos in series about our new 16nm Bitcoin Mining ASIC where we demonstrate the low power performance of the chip. Notice that there is no heat sink attached. In the next ...