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June 24, 2011, 06:56:46 PM
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It might be a really stupid question but... how do I know if I found a block using the GUIminer when mining solo ?? I am getting about 0.2 for 12 hours so it like getting nothing. Might as wall have a go at solo mining and get nothing OR i might find a block. Soo... Pool mining = pretty much nothing for me... Solo mining = either nothing as well OR 50 BTC !!!
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June 24, 2011, 07:07:12 PM
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It will show up in your Bitcoin client. Pooled mining is the way to go.
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June 24, 2011, 07:09:15 PM
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is it really, I would be getting about £2 a day when mining in a pool
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June 24, 2011, 09:54:17 PM
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Hello Atuss,

if you do solomining you get nothing per day.
Some day, depending on luck, sooner or later you could get
an anctual block and get 50BTC.
With a pool you get regular payments.
In addition to that, you get BTC with a lower difficulty!

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June 24, 2011, 10:04:50 PM
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odds are odds.  You could grind away for a year and never score a block on your own, or you could start and get 7 blocks in one day.

I prefer the constant reliable payment from a pool.
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June 24, 2011, 10:27:47 PM
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With a pool you get regular payments.
In addition to that, you get BTC with a lower difficulty!

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lower difficulty  ?? how does that work ?

@jasonstx you would need several serious computers to get that much in a day ... wouldn't you ?
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June 24, 2011, 10:52:26 PM
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@jasonstx you would need several serious computers to get that much in a day ... wouldn't you ?

not really, just a whole damn lot of luck...

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June 24, 2011, 10:54:42 PM
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lol i wonder if it would be worth tossing old cpus and gpu in as solo to just see if you can get lucky and use strong gpus in pools to get a steady flow of coins.

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June 24, 2011, 10:56:37 PM
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lol i wonder if it would be worth tossing old cpus and gpu in as solo to just see if you can get lucky and use strong gpus in pools to get a steady flow of coins.

If you want an example of being unlucky, Ive pooled mined for 2 months earning ~350 BTC however I havnt solved a single block myself yet.

Without pooled mining I woulda gone off the edge by now Smiley

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June 24, 2011, 11:23:03 PM
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but as I said i am only getting about £2 worth of bit coins (0.22) minus the cost of electricity (i am only using one hd6950 but still) a day, this is like getting nothing, I am not planning on spending any money on a special mining computer so i will not be getting anywhere near 350BTC in two months, and the difficulty is rising like crazy .... :S
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June 25, 2011, 12:02:01 AM
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at the rate mining difficulty is going up, it is a hell of a gambit to go solo without having a good chance of finding a block before the next difficulty increase.

let's do some overly simplistic math
reward*mining speed/difficulty/time*probability

mining solo
50BTC*1MH/s/100 difficulty/2 weeks*(1/100)=0.0025
50BTC*1MH/s/150 difficulty/2 weeks*(1/150)=0.0011

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pool mining
50BTC*1MH/s/100 difficulty/2 weeks*0.97=0.25
50BTC*1MH/s/150 difficulty/2 weeks*0.97=0.1617

expand this out a year and what you have is something like this:
solo: $90 in electricity with either 0 BTC or a 0.4% chance of 50 BTC (avg. of 0.2BTC)
pool: $90 in electricity and 0.5 BTC

of course the real numbers will be different but it doesn't really matter unless you have a good chance of generating a block before the next difficulty increase. it only makes sense if you are a gambler

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July 16, 2011, 05:17:39 AM
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Don't think of it as 0.2 Bitcoins, think of it with the exchange rate.  Currently, MtGox exchange rate HIGH is $14.078 USD, so lets make it simple and round that down to $14 USD.

0.2 Bitcoins = $2.80

So you made $2.80 in 12 hours.

Also keep in mind that the exchange rate changes, so tomorrow the HIGH could be $16, making your 0.2 Bitcoins worth $3.20.

I know a healthy amount of html5, php, JavaScript and CSS, so I built myself a little web app for my iPhone that pulls data from mtgox and tradehill (averages their highs and lows), my slush pool data, and then extrapolates my potential earnings.  Not an exact science, but seeing local currency vs the bitcoin really helps keep me at ease.

of course the real numbers will be different but it doesn't really matter unless you have a good chance of generating a block before the next difficulty increase. it only makes sense if you are a gambler

My favorite game at the local Casino is Craps, which is why I have my "crap"py Asus AspireOne netbook as a solo miner in my closet.  Chances are low that it would ever find a block, but its a sort of set it forget it thing.  If it happens to generate 50 Bitcoins, my gable paid off.  If it does not, at least it was doing something in addition to collecting dust.

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July 16, 2011, 06:03:59 AM
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here is an old bitcoin calc, that also gives you the odds of finding blocks.

you have to paste in the difficulty sometimes.

anyways for my hash rate 320mh average is 242 days with 95% finding one within 727 days(5% take even longer) and as bad as this sounds it is actually worse as the calc doesnt take into account that difficulty goes up every 10-14 days.

Really at this point for most miners, you could go your entire mining cards lifetime and not find a block. Pooled mining is where it is at. You shouldnt think of pooled mining as making you miss out on "lotto" opportunities but actually something that helps you actually realize those lotto opportunities especially when you have no idea when the game will end.

unless you have enough of  gpus that you find an average of one block per difficulty change it is nearly insane to solo mine. Sure in the end the odds are the same, but I would rather not play a dice game where you roll 240 days apart, when the payout is the same over 240 days with daily rolls.

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August 07, 2011, 10:55:01 AM
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Really at this point for most miners, you could go your entire mining cards lifetime and not find a block.

So what?

Bitcoin is not about printing your own money but about collectively building up a peer-2-peer value transfer system.

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August 07, 2011, 04:59:30 PM
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Statistically the payoff is the same whether you solo or pool.
The difference is in the speed of payout.

Which would you prefer $1 a day for a year, or a lump amount of $365 a year from now. It's the same dollar amount.

Statistics do not guarantee anything. Soloing, you could hit the payoff in one day or have to wait three years+. Pooling evens this out to a very great degree.
So typically pooling is the best choice. However if you want to factor in luck then consider the following:

If you are a person who is known to be unlucky, do not do solo. Pooling is the way to go.
If you are a person who is known to have good luck, go solo. You will earn more as your above average payoffs will not be divided among others.
If you have no idea about your luck or are typical, go with pooled mining.
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August 07, 2011, 07:57:25 PM
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Can you try to count what is the possibility to get a bloct when solo and hashrate is 800MHash/s ?
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August 07, 2011, 08:20:54 PM
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If you are a person who is known to be unlucky, do not do solo. Pooling is the way to go.
If you are a person who is known to have good luck, go solo. You will earn more as your above average payoffs will not be divided among others.
If you have no idea about your luck or are typical, go with pooled mining.


This is technically untrue. There is no "luck" in probability.

Can you try to count what is the possibility to get a bloct when solo and hashrate is 800MHash/s ?

Yes, you should be able to make a cumulative distribution function of this probability. Wikipedia it, find the formula, plug n' chug.
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August 08, 2011, 04:43:43 PM
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>This is technically untrue. There is no "luck" in probability.

I said at the start, statistically there is no difference.

Now, if you are going to consider a luck factor(which has nothing to do with probability) that is another thing. Leave it up to the individual as to whether they will consider such a factor. But I don't think this is the forum to discuss philosophy. metaphysics,  or quantum physics.
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August 24, 2012, 12:24:18 PM
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How do I know for sure IF I ever find a block using solo mining I am actually being paid 50 BTC (or 25 BTC later this year)? It would be a real joke if you find a block and get nothing? Where is the warranty to be paid IF found? And will it be really be paid to the bitcoin client address, not some random address???
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August 24, 2012, 01:03:51 PM
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How do I know for sure IF I ever find a block using solo mining I am actually being paid 50 BTC (or 25 BTC later this year)? It would be a real joke if you find a block and get nothing? Where is the warranty to be paid IF found? And will it be really be paid to the bitcoin client address, not some random address???
The protocol requires that the block have the 50BTC and that it be assigned to some address. It is your mining program that creates the block and adds it to the blockchain. The mining program puts the payout address into the block. So you need to use a mining program that you trust.

Some options:

  • Learn to program, and write your own miner
  • Learn to program, use an open source miner, and read the code
  • Get a trusted friend who can program to read the code
  • Trust the word of the many other programmers who have reviewed the code

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