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Author Topic: [40+ PH] SlushPool (slushpool.com); World's First Mining Pool  (Read 3859464 times)
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August 09, 2014, 06:43:52 AM
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Over the last 1-2 months, what has been the average block finding time on Slush?


For the last 54 days

Average Block Time
4:11:11

Blocks/day
5.74
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August 09, 2014, 07:56:05 AM
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Well it worked. Everyone do my block dance. I did and it started raining blocks after the drought  Grin
Gonna have to post "The Slush Block Dance" on Youtube so you can all follow along.
As my Grandmother said, "It all comes out in the wash".
An average is just that, what it will average over a longer period, not what to expect every day.
 
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August 09, 2014, 02:44:21 PM
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Over the last 1-2 months, what has been the average block finding time on Slush?


For the last 54 days

Average Block Time
4:11:11

Blocks/day
5.74


Is there somewhere to track these figures or did you manually tally them.?

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August 09, 2014, 02:49:13 PM
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I just want to say thanks to Slushy for still running this great pool. I've be out of mining for a bout a year now but I'm back up and running again. Last year I blew my graphics card and then went with the BFL for a miner which failed. Now thoughh I have a couple of Antminer S3's. Cheers Slushy Smiley
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August 09, 2014, 02:50:53 PM
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Over the last 1-2 months, what has been the average block finding time on Slush?


For the last 54 days

Average Block Time
4:11:11

Blocks/day
5.74


Would be interesting to see how the blocks per day changed with each difficulty increase!
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August 09, 2014, 09:27:11 PM
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Over the last 1-2 months, what has been the average block finding time on Slush?


For the last 54 days

Average Block Time
4:11:11

Blocks/day
5.74


Would be interesting to see how the blocks per day changed with each difficulty increase!



What was the date of that?
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August 09, 2014, 10:07:09 PM
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List of all BTC difficulty dates

https://bitcoinwisdom.com/bitcoin/difficulty
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August 10, 2014, 02:35:43 PM
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Pool luck is not really a measure of luck at all. Pool luck is a statistical calculation, like a probability; so for any given amount of hashing speed at a given difficulty level you should expect a certain return. This is like tossing a coin, if you toss it 50 times you should expect 25 heads and 25 tails, although you may not get exactly these proportions.

Your explanations are good and make sense, however they do not take into account that sh*t can and does happen. I work for a private fund that has lost millions over the last 10 years to outfits like Madoff, Corzine, EDF Mann etc. Yet we are still around, which kinda lets you deduce that there must be substantial funds at work here ;-)

Those were all bona fide, on-the-level, trustworthy outfits...until they collapsed with a ton of money, including ours. And take note of this curious fact: Money never disappears, it's just that somebody else has it. So, without implying that Slush or anybody is skimming, is crooked, or whatever... You cannot blindly go through life like a clown on a minefield, hoping that nothing will ever go wrong and there is no evil.

I am note sure I follow your logic here, Slush is not an investment fund it is a mining outfit, therefore the only sh*t that happens comes within the rules of probability. Slush does hold our bitcoins so there is a potential that he could shut up shop and run away with all the unpaid bitcoins, however setting your payment level at the minimum allowed and switching pools if a payment is late can go some way towards mitigating such a risk.

I would guess that as an investment fund you probably invest in shares, and by the sounds of things in shares with a high risk/return potential so you shouldn't be surprised when sh*t happens, in fact it should be a part of your investment strategy. If you are investing in shares then you should realise that a funds value is just virtual until it is crystallised by a sale of the shares. This means that if you invest say £10M in Google and it doubles to £20M then you have on paper a £10M profit but that £10M profit only really exists if you sell the shares. If before you sell those shares they drop back to £10M then you could say that you have made a £10M loss, but in reality you never realised the 10M profit so you have just broken even, in such an example the £10M never really existed so it isn't true that "somebody else has it", it really did never exist.

It is not the case that I "go blindly through life like a clown on a minefield" (although I do struggle to understand your analogy), I take the time to understand the risks and rather that trusting Slush not to do me out of bitcoins, I use statistics to ensure that the returns from Slush are within a margin of acceptability.

It's easy to through about inaccurate analogies, or to imply some wrongdoing this is why there are so many conspiracy theories in the world; considering the existence of a conspiracy or of pure evil without first ruling out the alternatives is a sign of a weak mind, or poor cognitive ability.

As luck seems to be back with us now we could deduce that the rules of probability are just demonstrating their usual variance, although some may say that this is evidence of some higher force reacting top the negative comments posted here, personally I like the rain dance theory and look forward to seeing the video.
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August 10, 2014, 03:26:27 PM
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I may have been away for a while but there has always been good days and bad. Some worse than others like when Slushy's pool was under dos attacks. The one thing though has always been that Slushy has striven to do his best for all of his customers on the pool. I know he gets his cut which he truly deserves but I am still thankful to him for all the hard work he puts in.  Smiley
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August 10, 2014, 03:27:49 PM
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+1 to RogMiner!
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August 10, 2014, 05:05:25 PM
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Keep on dancin  Wink

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August 10, 2014, 05:12:04 PM
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Could someone give me the plain English version of what it is EXACTLY that we are "mining" for ?
I understand we are processing " transactions" but what is it that we find that " solves " a block and finishes it. ?

That is the part of this I dont understand.

People talk about the  " height " of the blockchain, what the hell is that supposed to mean.

I've watch Antonopolis or what ever his name is and he just throws out all these fancy terms that most people dont understand but they
all sit there and nod as he babbles on.

I would like to know what we are looking for ?

Bob
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August 10, 2014, 05:23:11 PM
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This should help with your bitcoin questions. A lot of information is covered in the following links:

https://self-evident.org/?p=971

http://www.khanacademy.org/economics-finance-domain/core-finance/money-and-banking/bitcoin/v/bitcoin-overview

www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/17so2c/explain_bitcoins_like_im_a_mathcs_undergrad/

https://bitcoin.org/en/how-it-works

Note: The first link goes to a page of a series of papers where everything is in layman's terms. It's problably the best technical explanation of bitcoin you can find. You can use links at the top left of each page to see the entire 10 pages.

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Read:"He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past." ~ George Orwell
Think: http://unenumerated.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-dawn-of-trustworthy-computing.html
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August 10, 2014, 05:39:00 PM
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Could someone give me the plain English version of what it is EXACTLY that we are "mining" for ?
I understand we are processing " transactions" but what is it that we find that " solves " a block and finishes it. ?

That is the part of this I dont understand.

People talk about the  " height " of the blockchain, what the hell is that supposed to mean.

I've watch Antonopolis or what ever his name is and he just throws out all these fancy terms that most people dont understand but they
all sit there and nod as he babbles on.

I would like to know what we are looking for ?

Bob

I think you will find a reasonable explanation here http://www.coindesk.com/information/how-bitcoin-mining-works/ . However the short answer is that we are coding a block into a hash (a string of letters and numbers), once we have coded the entire block into a hash the pool gets a reward and we get a share of that reward. A block is a list of bitcoin transactions over a period of time.

So in a sense we are not looking for anything (as we are just coding); but you could say we are looking for unsolved blocks and as these unsolved blocks represent 25 bitcoins you could say we are looking for bitcoins.

Unless you want to get really technical I would suggest that you consider that we are digging in the earth looking for little clumps of bitcoins, in just the same way as some people dig in the earth and pan for gold. This isn't at all accurate but it does paint a nice picture in your mind, just imagine all your little asics with pick axes digging through the ground.
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August 10, 2014, 05:40:10 PM
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I understand we are processing " transactions" but what is it that we find that " solves " a block and finishes it. ?
I'm a newbie but I understand it this way.  When we solve a block, we solve a math equation whose difficulty is artificially inflated.
It's artificially inflated so that blocks are not solved too quickly, and hence maintains the systems integrity.
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August 10, 2014, 06:30:57 PM
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Could someone give me the plain English version of what it is EXACTLY that we are "mining" for ?
I understand we are processing " transactions" but what is it that we find that " solves " a block and finishes it. ?
Consider every transaction as the text "I from my wallet with address XXXX am sending to person with wallet YYYY the amount of ZZZZ BTC, which I am signing with my electronic signature for that wallet"
Now we all put a list of such transactions in a list and each one of us is signing that list with his own electronic signature by adding a transaction that states: "I confirm that I have checked all the transactions listed at date DDDD and there are no double spends - for which I will be rewarded 25 BTC" ... the one who is lucky that by applying his signature produces a result that starts with more zeroes than required from the network difficulty is the winner to 'solve' the block and is rewarded for that.

We are 'mining' the reward for 'solving' a block by signing it with our signature and the time we did that

BTC tips: 1KNK1akhpethhtcyhKTF2d3PWTQDUWUzHE
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August 10, 2014, 08:49:02 PM
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The 11 hour 20 minute block was an invalid orphan, the 2 minute 37 second block was valid. Sometimes the universe makes no sense  -- unless it is intentionally laughing at us. Roll Eyes
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August 11, 2014, 06:14:14 AM
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Hi need some opinion.
Seems like the pool is changing the difficulty ad hoc, why? Is that correct behavior?
Hardware is Bitfurry 45GH/s and I get difficulty 1024? Is this something I need to worry?
http://i59.tinypic.com/2nkjswp.png
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August 11, 2014, 08:34:01 AM
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Your output seems to be similar to mine, At the top the Diff is set to 19.7G this is the current difficulty, then each item in the list shows a different Diff such as 15/10 (I have no idea what this means), the difficulty changed to 1024 is I think a message showing that for some reason the difficulty of the work sent to you has been reset, this does not happen very often for me but it may be a sign that your internet connection is not responding quickly enough so the pool is sending you easier work so you can catch up (but this is just a guess).

Hopefully someone with more experience will confirm the reason for this.
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August 11, 2014, 10:04:28 AM
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http://i.imgur.com/w6Dv22h.png

I mine at a very slow rate. I have the privilege of free electricity and bought some mining hardware months ago. This privilege is running out and I wanted to get my last payout and leave the mining world. I got a mining contract of 3.3TH for 3hrs so that I could reach the threshold for a payout and then I was going to pack my bags and go. The block solved in this time was invalid which is just shit luck, but what I can't understand is why my BTC reward was so low while I had a (relative to my usual) massive share count.

Is there anyone who could clear up the reason for this?

Best,
Seamus
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