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June 25, 2011, 03:20:50 PM
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Obvious you would get better results by having it run longer, so lets say bitcoin per hour.

I was wondering if I mine, then decide to use my computer a few hours for gaming etc., if it will hurt my mining?

I can see the flaming posts already, so let me claify this, I do know if you leave the darn computer running all the time you will get better results. My question is, if I mine 80% of the day, and take the computer down 20% of the day, will I still get 80% of what I would have got if I had the computer running 100% of the day.




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June 25, 2011, 03:42:12 PM
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It wouldnt matter... finding a block is a matter of luck and the number of hashes you can compute...
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June 25, 2011, 04:33:27 PM
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Obvious you would get better results by having it run longer, so lets say bitcoin per hour.

I was wondering if I mine, then decide to use my computer a few hours for gaming etc., if it will hurt my mining?

I can see the flaming posts already, so let me claify this, I do know if you leave the darn computer running all the time you will get better results. My question is, if I mine 80% of the day, and take the computer down 20% of the day, will I still get 80% of what I would have got if I had the computer running 100% of the day.

It won't hurt you at all. =)

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June 28, 2011, 10:18:49 PM
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Over a long period of time, yes, it'll average out to 80% of what you would have gotten.
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June 29, 2011, 03:47:14 PM
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Probability only evens out in the long term so it could turn out you missed out on a lot of short rounds and nearly double daily rewards while you were gaming (proportional pool luck).
Then again, you might've "saved" money by not participating in multi-hour rounds that only generated a few bitcents during the time you were gaming.

Really, the only way to mine without gambling is using a pay-per-share system like on Deepbit. It has a higher fee, but you get the same reward every single day (for the duration of that difficulty) given you always mine 80% of the day.

PPS doesn't care about pool luck, invalid blocks, long rounds etc...
You get paid for every single share day in & day out.

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