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1  Bitcoin / Pools / Mainframe MC News - Sep 2011 (2 months in service!!!) on: September 14, 2011, 09:56:17 AM
Hi All,

Just thought I would take a moment to update anyone who cares with a summary of the recent developments over at the Mainframe MC pool in the last month or so.  If this turns out to be of interest to anyone i might continue to do this each month.   

So of course the biggest news for us us that in less than 2 months time we have grown to 230-300gh/s which places us solidly in the top 10 largest public pools list (our rank hovers around 8-9th place).   Big thanks to all our miners who saw something in what we were doing and came over to join us.   

Two other major changes were implemented over the last month as well. 

1) We implemented a PPLNS reward method of scoring and payout as an anti-poolhopper measure
2) We did away with the mandatory donation amount to charity.  It had originally been set at a fixed rate for all miners which didnt allow them to choose if they wanted to donate to charity or not.  This was done away with this month and a system put in place to allow miners to choose if they donate and how much they donate.

Some of the less notable but certainly worth mentioning changes include:

- A pretty major facelift and redesign of the frontend layout and design. 
- Implementation of some really spiffy charts library (probably the best out there) resulting in very cool new charts for statistics visualization (if you havent seen them its worth making an account just to check them out)
- Many new features added to the user interface to make sure miners can get the information they want and are looking for
- we "integrated" bitcoin.org.uk forums into the pool website so you can browse the forums without leaving the pool website
- We added an IRC channel (#mainframe.nl @ freenode - come join us!)
- Twmz added cool forum/signature banners for the MMC pool ( check them out here: http://btcstats.net/?mmc )
- added a !stats bot to the irc channel

And of course, to coincide with breaking into the top 10, our main support thread got sticky'd @bitcointalk.org! 

Additionally, we have had 5 more 10gh/s or larger miners join our pool and are mining with us 24/7 (alot of smaller miners as well, of course).   

This means Vladimir is no longer the "king of Mainframe".   His hashing capacity now accounts for only about 21% of the entire pool's capacity. 

Random interesting fact :

- In only 2 months,  Mainframe MC has generated and paid out ~4,040 BTC to its miners

Warm thanks again to everyone who has joined over the last 2 months and if you havent checked us out in awhile (or ever)  now is a good time to give us a second look!   

Kind Regards,
AnnihilaT
MMC Pool Operator
2  Bitcoin / Pools / [ANNC] Mainframe MC moves to PPLNS reward system on: August 22, 2011, 01:24:31 PM
Mainframe Mining Cooperative OFFICIAL NOTICE:

After careful monitoring of our current situation, we have determined that the erosion of income from our loyal miners has no longer become merely negligible due to pool hopping.  In order to head this off before it becomes a problem and discourages loyal miners from using this pool we have taken the following immediate action. 

10 minutes ago after our last block payout,  I implemented a PPLNS reward system in this pool.   From this point forward, Mainframe is no longer a "pool hopper friendly" pool.

Let this serve as official notice to all pool hoppers - Mainframe will not help you cheat our loyal users out of hard earned BTC.

Cheers!
AnnihilaT, Vladimir, and the rest of the Mainframe Staff.
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Mainframe MC Aug./Sep. Block Finder Bonus Promotion on: August 20, 2011, 09:29:24 AM
Hi!

Effective immediately,  Mainframe Mining Cooperative (https://mining.mainframe.nl) will be giving away a 1 BTC bonus to the finder of each block.   This promotion will run until furthur notice but at least for the next 3 blocks found by users who are not site admins, partners, or otherwise directly associated with the site.   This means the following users are excluded from eligibility from the promotion:

AnnihilaT
Vladimir
luxs
luxs_nan

Come check us out at https://mining.mainframe.nl.   

our main support threads can be found here:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=24650.0 

and here:
https://bitcoin.org.uk/mmc
4  Bitcoin / Pools / Mainframe MC Bonus Promotion has ended. congrats to winners... on: August 20, 2011, 09:28:19 AM
Hi!

Effective immediately,  Mainframe Mining Cooperative (https://mining.mainframe.nl) will be giving away a 1 BTC bonus to the finder of each block.   This promotion will run until furthur notice but at least for the next 3 blocks found by users who are not site admins, partners, or otherwise directly associated with the site.   This means the following users are excluded from eligibility from the promotion:

AnnihilaT
Vladimir
luxs
luxs_nan

Come check us out at https://mining.mainframe.nl.  

our main support threads can be found here:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=24650.0  

and here:
https://bitcoin.org.uk/mmc
5  Bitcoin / Pools / [ANN] Mainframe Mining Cooperative (Mainframe MC) Updates Charity Policy on: August 07, 2011, 12:46:09 PM
Hi All,

Link to announcement is here:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=35170.0


6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / [ANN] Mainframe Mining Cooperative (Mainframe MC) Updates Charity Policy on: August 07, 2011, 12:42:56 PM
Hi,

Just wanted to formally announce to the community that Mainframe is making a small change to its donation/charity policy in an effort to:

- simplify the explanation of the way things work
- simplify accounting and admin for the pool operators
- NOT exclude miners who are interested in the pool but not in donating to developers
- NOT fix miners to a fixed donation amount (let them choose if and how much they will donate)
- hopefully in the end be able to collect more for the developers and writers of opensource bitcoin software

To this end,  our policy has been updated and the charity donation has been made optional and user configurable. 

More details can be read here:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=24650.0

or check out and read the front page of the pool website here:
https://mining.mainframe.nl/

If you were curious about us before,  come have another look!  We have grown, evolved and are up and running with no downtime since our inception.  *knocks on wood* Cheesy Cheesy 

Kind Regards,
AnnihilaT
7  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / [ANN/FullDisc.] Mainframe & Vladimir join forces - Offer Pool Service on: July 16, 2011, 03:16:53 PM
[Announce/Full Disclosure] MMC Charity Pool & Vladimir join forces to  promote new Mining Pool & finance further development of Bitcoin  Software

[Community Press Release]

In the interest of transparency and full disclosure, Mainframe Mining  Cooperative (mining.mainframe.nl) would like to announce that we have  reached a formal agreement with Marchenko Ltd (Vladimir) to form a joint  venture which will include, among other things, co-ownership, co-administration and joint operation of the MMC mining pool.   Under this venture, both parties will be jointly focused on bringing a quality  service to the community and further diversification, redundancy, & computational capacity to the Bitcoin Network.   Additionally, and perhaps more importantly,  this service will be donating a portion  of  every generated block to the developers and writers of open source bitcoin software & literature.  Our intention is to provide benefit to the network, the miners, and the developers who make it all possible and facilitate further development of Bitcoin infrastructure.

We understand that there are unique challenges to bootstrapping a mining pool service  one of the largest being Variance.   It’s the old “chicken & egg” problem.  Under this venture, to help mitigate this  problem and attract users and growth to the pool,  we will be  providing a sustained 30 – 100Ghps of our own hashing power to the  pool to help get the ball rolling and reduce variance for those of you  who want to come and join us. There are further perks and bonus’s  being offered for Early Adopters who join the pool which you can read more about in the official Mainframe forum thread here:

https://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=24650.0

We would also like to be completely open and honest about the fact that while we are a Charity Pool,  we are not 100% non-profit.  We do take a 0.5% administration fee from each generated block to help us cover expenses and infrastructure costs and to help cover the time and effort we invest to be able to offer top notch reliability and efficiency.

Best Regards,
The Mainframe Mining Cooperative

8  Other / Meta / How to unsubscribe to a thread? on: July 11, 2011, 07:34:33 PM
Maybe im an idiot but i cant find this option anywhere! Sad
9  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / PROOF-OF-WORK submitted upstream. Result: false on: July 06, 2011, 11:14:23 AM
Can anyone explain to me what this message means or point me to the bit of code that generates such a response as in the subject above?

Im fairly certain i understand what it means but just would like some validation that my understanding is correct!

thanks alot!
10  Bitcoin / Project Development / mmcFE v2.1.23-stable - A Clean & Simple Pushpool frontend (PHP/BASH/JS/MYSQL) on: July 02, 2011, 09:16:47 PM
Announcing a new pushpool mining frontend package called - mmcFE

This is the same software that the Mainframe Mining Cooperative (https://mining.mainframe.nl) uses.

A Live example of this software running can be found here:
https://mining.mainframe.nl/
(while you are there throw us some hashes!  Its for a good cause!) Smiley

svn is at:

http://mmcfe.mfis.net/

The idea is to keep a frontend very simple to install, easy to use, secure, and easy to customize.   More stats for the analytically minded are planned - as well as eventual integration with some of the bigger exchanges.   Other than that anything could be possible but i decided that the direction the original code base was heading was not where i wanted to go with something i would run live on my own servers.

Props and respect to simplecoin, ozcoin, & xenland from whom this code was originally forked.  

Cheers,
AnnihilaT
11  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / mmcFE - A Clean & Simple Pushpool frontend (PHP/BASH/JS/MYSQL) on: July 01, 2011, 05:19:00 PM
Announcing a new fork of Simplecoin which im calling - mmcFE

svn is at:

http://mmcfe.mfis.net/

or

svn://svn.mfis.net/mmcfe

The idea is to keep a frontend very simple to install, easy to use, secure, and easy to customize.   More stats for the analytically minded are planned - as well as eventual integration with some of the bigger exchanges.   Other than that anything could be possible but i decided that the direction the original code base was heading was not where i wanted to go with something i would run live on my own servers.

Props and respect to Mike and all his hard work on Simplecoin.  

Cheers,
Anni
12  Bitcoin / Pools / [ ~250 GH/s ] Mainframe MC - 8 decimal, SSL, API, LP, MT on: June 30, 2011, 02:58:59 PM
Hi!

Mainframe is a mining pool founded with the goal of giving something back to the developers who help make bitcoin what it is and continue to improve it.

The Mainframe Mining Cooperative is an open registration charity mining pool which gives 50% of its earnings in user set donations to open source bitcoin developers and writers. (https://github.com/Unthinkingbit/charity/blob/master/bitcoindonationinformation.html)

!!! NEW !!!
The charity features are optional! If you want to help support developers, just set a donation percentage in your "Account Details" page. You control if you want to donate and how much you want to donate.

If you just want to mine with us and not worry about the whole charity thing, just leave your donation percentage set at zero to opt-out of the charity features of this pool.
----

(If you are a bitcoin open source developer or writer, you can post your information on the bitcoin donation thread (https://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=18498) to request addition to the list of developers we donate to.)

We currently have an administration fee of 0.5% and utilize a PPLNS (Pay Per Last N Shares) scoring system for a fair payout to our committed miners. This is no longer a "pool-hopper friendly" pool.

You can use the following URL to mine with us:
http://mining.mainframe.nl:8343

Website:
http://mining.mainframe.nl

Pool Features
  • SSL
  • Dedicated Redundant Servers in Private Data Center
  • Latest bitcoind (0.3.23) patched with multi-threading and native long polling support (low stales)
  • latest pushpoold (v5) with memcached and LP enabled
  • JSON API for worker information
  • Threshold and instant manual payout options
  • PPLNS Reward System
  • Long Polling
  • Simple and Clean interface
  • Server stats JSON API (available at http://mining.mainframe.nl/api )



13  Bitcoin / Pools / [ POOL CLOSED ] Mainframe Mining Cooperative on: June 30, 2011, 10:33:32 AM
Ill leave the original post below intact for posterity but Mainframe is shutting its doors.   Dont worry we werent hacked and all BTC is safe and will be paid out on the same schedule as normal.
Please see this post for more detail:  https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=24650.msg585867#msg585867

---------------------------------------------

Hi!

Mainframe is a mining pool founded with the goal of giving something back to the developers who help make bitcoin what it is and continue to improve it.

The Mainframe Mining Cooperative is an open registration charity mining pool which gives 50% of its earnings in user set donations to open source bitcoin developers and writers. (https://github.com/Unthinkingbit/charity/blob/master/bitcoindonationinformation.html)

!!! NEW !!!
The charity features are optional! If you want to help support developers, just set a donation percentage in your "Account Details" page. You control if you want to donate and how much you want to donate.

If you just want to mine with us and not worry about the whole charity thing, just leave your donation percentage set at zero to opt-out of the charity features of this pool.
----

(If you are a bitcoin open source developer or writer, you can post your information on the bitcoin donation thread (https://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=18498) to request addition to the list of developers we donate to.)

We currently have an administration fee of 0.5% and utilize a PPLNS (Pay Per Last N Shares) scoring system for a fair payout to our committed miners. This is no longer a "pool-hopper friendly" pool.

You can use the following URL to mine with us:
http://mining.mainframe.nl:8343

Website:
http://mining.mainframe.nl

Pool Features
  • SSL
  • Dedicated Redundant Servers in Private Data Center
  • Latest bitcoind (0.3.23) patched with multi-threading and native long polling support (low stales)
  • latest pushpoold (v5) with memcached and LP enabled
  • JSON API for worker information
  • Threshold and instant manual payout options
  • PPLNS Reward System
  • Long Polling
  • Simple and Clean interface
  • Server stats JSON API (available at http://mining.mainframe.nl/api )



NOTE:  If you are unable to post in this forum please check out this thread in the newbie section where you will be able to post
Newbie Thread here:  http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=24717.0

14  Bitcoin / Mining / Anyone have an explanation for the growing "anonymous" pool of miners? on: June 12, 2011, 12:24:44 PM
My intention is not to stir anything up here but I'm really curious what's going on with the network. 

http://www.bitcoinwatch.com/

Graphs show a steadily enlarging "Other" group of mining capacity over the last week and a quickly climbing overall hash rate.  Given the shortage of decent GPU's at the moment I'm really wondering who is bringing such amounts of capacity to the network. 

Anyone care to speculate?
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