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April 21, 2013, 02:10:31 PM
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Hey guys,

I'm kinda new to BTC, and some things are unclear even after some reading. I kept the blockchain page open, and noticed that block 232424 was mined by Eligius, and the subsequent block 232425 only has the initial transaction of 25 mined bitcoins in it and is immediately also mined by Eligius. Does this happen often? Doesn't that break the whole concept of mining? How did they immediately find the next block?

So many questions..
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April 21, 2013, 02:13:32 PM
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Hey guys,

I'm kinda new to BTC, and some things are unclear even after some reading. I kept the blockchain page open, and noticed that block 232424 was mined by Eligius, and the subsequent block 232425 only has the initial transaction of 25 mined bitcoins in it and is immediately also mined by Eligius. Does this happen often? Doesn't that break the whole concept of mining? How did they immediately find the next block?

So many questions..
Thanks!
luck.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of doubts." -Bertrand Russell
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April 21, 2013, 02:23:12 PM
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Hey guys,

I'm kinda new to BTC, and some things are unclear even after some reading. I kept the blockchain page open, and noticed that block 232424 was mined by Eligius, and the subsequent block 232425 only has the initial transaction of 25 mined bitcoins in it and is immediately also mined by Eligius. Does this happen often? Doesn't that break the whole concept of mining? How did they immediately find the next block?

So many questions..
Thanks!
luck.
I don't really believe in that much luck for someone who doesn't appear to even be in a pool? The timestamps are even the wrong way around.  Huh
and? ts it here is nothing in the specification that says that a block should have a perfect timestamp(only that they should be within acceptable limits).

Eligius could be running multiple boxes with bitcoind on them, with a slightly different clokcs on them. or it could be that Eligius did not mine the block.

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April 22, 2013, 01:21:15 AM
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it could be that Eligius did not mine the block.

^^ this ^^

Blockchain.info does not know who mined any blocks.  They only know who relayed the block to them.  The information provided on their website even says "Relayed by" not "mined by".

There is nothing in the protocol that requires timestamps to increase with every block.  There is also nothing in the protocol that requires the miner to include any more transactions than the block reward.

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