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1  Other / Politics & Society / Lightening threatening Indians on: July 15, 2021, 06:54:11 AM


With the prediction by the India Meteorological Department that more severe thunderstorms are on the way with the potential to harm people and livestock after the ugly incident that took place in the Indian state of Rajasthan while some tourist visited Amer Fort, built in the late 1500s, in the capital city of Jaipur when lightning struck a nearby watchtower stricking 11 dead while taking a selfie

For some years now lightening has been a big treat to the lives of Indian citizen recording over a 1,700
death caused by lightning strike between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 and if lightning strikes has killed more people in India than cyclones, stated the India Meteorological Department (IMD), thereby warning of more casualties from the natural phenomenon in the years to come then people in India aren't save at all and needs urgent help.

My major concern is if the 82 lightning detectors, apps that deliver alert notifications for upcoming lightning incidents in India is ineffective? This should be a major concern to the world at large because lives are at risk.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/07/12/lightning-india-selfie-monsoon/
2  Other / Beginners & Help / Back from a long break on: July 13, 2021, 05:02:14 PM
I have been away for quite a long time with lots of engagements and Haven't had the time to see what have been going on in and around the forum but I'm really back for good. I'm back to learn, share, and add value. But for the time been I'm still doing lots of observation from forum users to get acquainted with the recent changes so far as well the updated version of Bitcoin talk a whole lot has changed but with past experience I know it wouldn't be that difficult finding my way around the forum.

For now I'm still doing my research so I find a suitable baord that would interest me most but for the time been please expect me everywhere and feel free to make corrections we are here to explore the blockchain technology and in not long a time the technology we have so longed for would invade the whole planet with newer approach to world pressing issues don't be left out Bitcoin users grab a course and study the world is changing real fast and a whole lot of persons might be left behind
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / I rather stay hungry than sell my Bitcoin on: July 13, 2021, 03:57:08 PM
It's really a tempting period for Bitcoin investors considering the constant dip we have been experiencing for a while. I was once adviced to sell my coin when I had an issue that needed money urgently but I objected it took me quite a long time to hodl and loosing them now isn't a healthy idea at all.

If I sell off my coin I might not be opportunied to buy back the coin at the exact rate I bought the previous one and had to come to a concrete decision of not selling my coin no matter the consequence. Yes it's going to be a different story if it turns out negative but what if it turns out positive. Vertually everything about life had two faces been the negative outcome or the positive there is hardly any in-between and so for me I rather take the risk and face what ever comes my way in the near future because risk is a necessity as far as investment is involved.

If it turns out positive certainly the joy would be all mine and certainly a portion of it would be rubbed on people around and if it turns out the opposite direction then I bear my loss alone. It's really my cross to bear and making this decision was out of a deep quite time I had while I was wondering if I go ahead to cash out or I maintain my hodl and from all indication I just have to maintain my hodl till I get my reward no matter the manner it would appear.
4  Economy / Trading Discussion / If you aren't reading you shouldn't be trading on: July 13, 2021, 03:26:07 PM
It's just as simple as the both goes hand in hand both for technical and fundamental analyst. Trading is one career that requires steady update on how the news could affect the direction of a trade or possibly how an indicator or a candle stick can direct a trader on where the market is heading. If there is no time for a consistent update on your previous knowledge as a trader I guess at some point some level of gambling sets in.

A successful trader isn't a trader who makes consistent profit without any loss but rather a trader who knows why his trade went the opposite direction and also a trader who understand risk management. Most traders makes massive profit in a single trade and blows everything down in the next trade as such there is no professional despite his initial achievements. To maintain clean records of both profit and loss margin reading as a trader is inevitable because despite the level of knowledge you might have acquired there must always be a newer technique you learn each time you seek to update your previous views about how the market behaves.

Only gamblers stay a full month without refreshing their memories on what the already know because in as much as trading is concerned there are multiple ways of predicting market flows and it only takes consistent research to get a hand full of approach to maintain a good profit margin in trading.
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Quality of discussion on: February 20, 2018, 05:05:50 PM
Is it just me or has the quality of discussion and even grammatical coherence of posts gone down almost as logarithmyically as bitcoin went up last year?  I've been off the board for a little while and coming back it feels like it's completely different, I gleaned a MASSIVE amount of knowledge hear in the past years and now all I see is google translates of boiler plate statements.

Granted those translations have always been here, just seems like that's ALL there is these days.
6  Economy / Computer hardware / PCI Risers and some other stuff on: December 16, 2017, 02:41:06 AM
I have a box with 8 or 9 riser cards, cables enough for 8 (sata to molex, usb, slot card) with MOLEX power adapters.  I finally fully upgraded to PCI powered risers and don't intend to need or use these at all.  I also have add2psu modules, an m2 to pci and an m2 to usb adapter I'll throw in the box with them that I don't need anymore.

They're all clean and in good shape, not sure if they're all 100% because I don't think I actually used each one of them.

If you're interested make an offer. 

I'm open to cash or crypto or anything else interesting, personally value them at about $50 all together.
7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Anyone know this ETH address and why I got ETH for no reason? on: September 19, 2017, 10:52:06 PM
I wonder if this was some ICO issuing unannounced refunds?  It came in over a week ago but I just now noticed it:

0x78482281699b48dd34a2d521D1fE1E6e22e25314
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Blockfolio vs Coinmarketcap app on: September 11, 2017, 12:31:25 AM
I recently saw Coinmarketcap rolled out their own portfolio tracking app (not sure how new it is) but it appears to have the same functionality as blockfolio, and I'd wager the same information hoovering (tracking your portfolio and using/selling that data to others).

Just curious if anyone out there has used both and has seen any clear reason for one over the other.

ALSO, does anyone have a FOSS/private application or system (besides excel) for tracking their portfolios outside these two apps or the few major websites that do the same thing?
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Definitive Distribution Definitions on: August 25, 2017, 03:09:09 AM
In an attempt to seek, develop and foster a uniform terminology, I thought I'd start a list of common distribution types and their definitions.  I'm starting it based on my common understanding, but obviously welcome feedback/suggestions and will revise and add to it as time passes, as needed.

1) Mined - coin is distributed via proof of work by hashing, typically using a CPU, GPU or ASIC see bitcoin

2) Proof of Stake - coins are generated by a hash function, but is based on holding coins on an active and online wallet/service that maintains a complete and valid blockchain for that coin see Condensate
2a) Delegated Proof of Stake - PoS done via proxy, coin holders can typically vote their smaller holdings to a large stake pool and earn shares see ARK
2b) Hybrid PoS/PoW - A chain may be secured by both cryptographic hashing work and staking in various combinations see Decred

3) Masternode/Secure Node/Static Node/etc...  very similar in function to proof of stake but requires a pre-determined amount of coins to operate a "node" and generally provides higher staking rewards and some level of share in network transaction fees see PIVX

4) Airdrop - (read: GIVEAWAY, but those aren't allowed on BTCT) this is an early distribution of a coin or token, for free or near free (i.e. completing a registration form).  many coins purporting to be airdropped are not true airdrops but one of the following
4a) Airdrops can occur in various fashions and may have some pre-requisite, such as holding a different coin that is linked to the new coin (see: stellar), receiving coins for holding the same coin (see byteball), holding a token that is used for linked distribution (see WAVES), completing a registration form and providing a delivery address (see NEM) and various other simplistic methods, usually aimed at getting the coin into as many peoples hands as quickly as possible.

5) Bounty - Coins paid for some service provided to a given coin/token campaign, usually in the early stages of development (see Deep Onion)
Bounties can take many forms but common examples include: signature/avatar wearing in promotion of the coin, translating announcement threads into non-English languages, promoting the coin/token on social media, recruiting additional participants in these functions, etc...
generally speaking bounties ARE NOT airdrops, as they require work on the person's part to receive their rewards

6) Swap - a coin swap is a not uncommon ocurrence, in which a developer decides that an existing coins blockchain and codebase lacks the ability to be easily developed in a way they desire.  In a swap existing coins are exchanged (usually 1:1) with a new coin, the old coins are burned (lost) and the new coin is given to the person making the swap. (see BlockNET)
from a technical perspective there are not always clear reasons a swap is truly necessary, a soft or hard fork may be easier or equally functional, but this is a use case made by developers based on their plans and technical expertise

7) Snapshot - An image taken of a blockchain at a specific moment in time, this is then used to create and credit those same private keys with matching coins on a new blockchain that may or may not be related to the original. (see BTX (bitcore))

Cool Fork(hard) - An existing coin and blockchain has code changes that make future block propagation to the chain incompatible, in the event enough people maintain hashing the OLD chain, a hard fork will occur effectively generating 2 tokens/coins from 1 original.  In effect it's the same as a snapshot, but the snapshot moment is carried on in perpetuity in both directions. (see Bitcoin Cash)

Related terms:
Fork (soft) - A code update to a blockchain that while necessary to utilize new functionality, is not inherently incompatible with the way blocks are found or propagated, in a soft fork both old and new clients can continue using and sharing coins on the chain without a need to divide those pools into different coins.

Burned - when coins are "destroyed" typically by being sent to an address that has no private keys known or held by anyone or anything and thus can never be retrieved

Hashing - the process of searching for a cryptographically significant number that follows the coins formula of block generation (complicated crypto math)

Pre-mine - amount of coin that is created via PoW prior to releasing the ANN and codebase that is typically held by the developer see DASH

Fair distribution - typically a PoW coin is termed to have a fair initial distribution if there's NO or VERY SMALL pre-mine and PoW is released for public mining at the same time the developers initiate the chain allowing anyone paying attention to hash the coin from the start see SIGT
and many more I'm sure I'm not thinking of that will hopefully be contributed by YOU!

ICO - Initial Coin Offering, similar in nature to an IPO in the stock trading world.  ICOs are usually offered at a % premium in some model that rewards early investors more than those that contribute later.

Pre-ICO - A new-ish term that is basically just an ICO before the ICO.  Although these may appear redundant they are often done to develop funding for bootstrapping initial development/team creation in anticipation of the full ICO which is intended to provide operating capital and/or funds for the service offering of the coin.

Coin - a digital representation of a single unit of a cryptographic asset held on a blockchain typically this will be a unique chain for that coin asset

Token - frequently used interchangeably with "coin" but has a common difference in usage.  Tokens generally represent an on-chain asset that is managed using a secondary coin/token's chain (see ERC20)


and many more I'm sure I'm not thinking of that will hopefully be contributed by YOU!



10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / Want an ASIC for winter space heater @ work on: August 19, 2017, 11:42:54 PM
I want to get one ASIC for under my desk for the winter.  Since i'd need a real one anyway, it seems to make sense.  What i'm wondering is if there's ANYTHING that will be available to buy by then, that's not price gouged and will be relatively useful to run.

I have no algo preference or specific daily return, so long as the cost ROI isn't measured in years.

Any suggestions?
11  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / How to read Whattomine on: July 05, 2017, 01:34:12 PM
Something I've never been able to really understand why there's two different names, and what they represent, the "Est. Rewards" and "Est. Rewards 24h", the numbers vary somewhat signifigantly at times and I can't seem to intuit what each is really trying to represent.  The 24h number is always higher than the non-24 estimate.

The best I can figure is one is a spot check of nethash and diff, and the other is a 24h average of nethash and diff.  Is that accurate, or is it something else?
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / Parallel Miner 2400w PSU - questions / input requested on: June 16, 2017, 01:52:57 PM
So, currently I have 4 separate rigs running on a 240v line I put in a few weeks ago with assorted PSUs I've bought over time.  I'm frustrated/annoyed with the realization that different PSU manufacturers have different pin-out configurations for their cables (I actually accidentally killed 4 hard drives in a RAID as a result of this, thankfully I'm a backup fanatic).

To consolidate and hopefully improve efficiency I've order a 2400w PSU from parallel miners, and my search on the forum hasn't yielded much in the way of feedback on these, although the 1200w units seem alot more common.

This is the unit I've ordered (should be here in roughly a week):

http://www.parallelminer.com/product/94-platinum-2400w-power-supply-kit-for-2-a4-dominator-litecoin-miners-200-240v/

My questions are as follow:
1) This configuration is set up for 6 pin power cables, while many of my cards have 8-pin connectors on them - will using 6 pin only connectors work on the cards I have (480s and 1080s)?

2) I understand conceptually how to connect and bridge two standard PSUs to be used on one mobo (add2psu, jumpers, etc...) but since this unit doesn't have an ATX connector and only the PCIs - does this unit automatically power on due to logic on the breakout board or do I need to plan to do something else to have this power on with my cards?

3) Ideally I would like to use this PSU to run several rigs worth of cards to reduce cabling and clean things up on my rack, given the above question about how to trigger it to power on state - is it realistic to set this up to power on multiple motherboards worth of cards, and if so is there anything special I would need to do to make it work for that?

Right now I have 6 nvidia cards (mix of 1080/1070) that are on one rig, and 10 AMD cards (mix of 470/480/580) on 3 other motherboards.  I just received a new Z270 mobo I plan to use to condense those 3 into only two, so in the end I will have three motherboards running all of the cards.  I want to use this PSU to drive the 480s on a standalone rig, and possibly two 1060s on a rig I plan to build out of the leftover motherboard/parts I'll have, has anyone done something like this / have suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
DBC
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / Staking Rig - a few questions on: June 11, 2017, 04:51:13 PM
I found a great deal on a used laptop (on newegg) that I'm going to set up as a staking machine.  I've been wanting something that would have a built in battery backup (beyond my UPS setup) and that I could let run without worrying about a miner crashing it (or keeping it on my main computer as I've been doing).

So the questions I have:

The system comes with an i5 and 4 gigs of Ram, in everyone's experience is the 4g sufficient for running multiple staking wallets and/or master/secure nodes?

Backing up a wallet.dat allows me to import the wallet, but does this bring the blockchain with it or will I need to resync/bootstrap from day zero again for all the wallets i'm running?

Is there any advice/experience others have had with such a setup you could offer to save me some sanity?

Thanks in advance!
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / New Hardware Incoming on: June 07, 2017, 02:04:58 AM
https://hothardware.com/news/nvidia-amd-and-motherboars-optimized-for-ethereum-botcoin-and-cryptocurrency-mining

I'll just leave this here, looks like Summer is heating up.
15  Economy / Trading Discussion / Can you view Altcoin charts in relative USD over time? on: May 27, 2017, 02:00:24 AM
Topic kinda says it all.  With the recent meteoric rise in BTC pricing I'm finding I'm doing a lot of historic calculating to try to determine $ cost of coins 1 or 2 months ago compared to today.  Something that's 10K satoshi today might actually be priced HIGHER than itself when it was at 18K sats just a few months ago.

For trading purposes I want to try to compare my past relative performance on some coins but just using the charting (that I know of) doesn't provide an actual USD comparison, with the 100+% change in BTC value, it's a fair amount of guessing I've been doing on that front.

Thanks for any input.
16  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Lack of good "buy" options on: May 24, 2017, 06:41:10 PM
Wondering if/what you all see or would suggest as strong "buys" right now.  I follow the rubric of buy low sell high, so I won't buy during a pump, and right now I'm getting ready to divest some of my massive earnings from the recent rises and want to put them back into something that will hopefully rise later.

The only known coins that seem down now that are worth considering are STR/XRP and PIVX.

I'm already into STR and PIVX as much as I want to be and I avoid XRP if I can.

Any suggestions?
17  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / Should I be getting >24MHs stock? (480/470) on: May 23, 2017, 09:59:18 PM
I have a mix of 480 cards from MSI and XFX and one lonely sapphire 470.  My 480s seem to not be willing/able to pull more than 24-25MHs no matter what OC settings I attempt in Trixx/WattMan/Afterburner.  I either see no change in hash rate/power OR the system becomes almost instantly unstable and I see zero hash rate.  With settings bumped I still get about 23.5 MH/s out of each 480.  I've tried putting the 470 into a standalone tower to play with to see what I can make it do and can get that up to 20MH/s with Trixx/Afterburner but that seems to be it's max.

I know the 27-30 range is reserved for strap mods, which I have great difficulty with since ATIWinflash gives me "no discrete graphics device found" on both mining rigs and in the standalone tower, so I haven't even attempted those.  Although I figure if I can't get the OC to work first, why push it with strap mods that may just make them even more unstable.

Thoughts/input/suggestions/snide comments?  Any input is appreciated, I'm a little frustrated.

For details sake:
MOBO are a mix of FM2+ boards - asus extreme series
All systems have 8 or 16 gigs of memory
running win 10 and have tried win 7
have patched the driver with atikdmg patcher
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / GPU Availability (lack thereof) on: May 21, 2017, 01:18:13 AM
Obviously given the broader market with Vega and a Geforce refresh on the radar for the next two quarters, combined with the resurgent profitability of mining there is a DEARTH of GPUs out there.  Even Newegg and Amazon are running short and there's virtually no rebates or promos combined with the few that are available.

Wondering if anyone has any alternate vendors that they're willing to share that might actually have some reasonable availability/pricing out there?

19  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / TDP = Powerlimit in Afterburner? on: May 14, 2017, 03:43:46 PM
Whenever I see discussion about lowering TDP, I assume this is equivalent to lowering "power limit" settings in afterburner or Trixx.  Is that accurate, or is adjusting TDP a BIOS mod setting?
20  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / AMD FM2 vs Intel motherboards on: May 12, 2017, 10:15:43 PM
It seems there's an overwhelming preference (even for 4 card rigs) for intel based motherboards.  I've been using a few FM2+ rigs for a few months now, since that's what i had handy as spare parts and they're working fine as best I can tell.

I'm curious if there's any particular reason most people tend towards Intel based motherboard/chipsets rather than AMD?

Is there something I'm missing?
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