Any statistical mathematicians want to tell us what the likelihood of a 50 GH/s pool going 128 hours without a block are? (And don't say 100% because it's happening, I hate that smartass answer)
IMO the percent chance that this is a scam is inversely proportional to the chances of going 128 hours without a block legitimately.
Also, Mr Sam hasn't directly responded to the accusations that he's just keeping blocks - this is NOT behavior typical of the innocent, although we're not exactly interviewing him in person to read body language. He could be as outraged as an innocent person usually is at the accusations but is simply keeping the outrage off of the forums.
In any case, I'm back at eligius which is only 4x the size of this pool and yet somehow manages to hit blocks with some regularity.
Wow man, what an accusations.
First of all, about the 128 hours story, any other pool has did over 6mil shares recently, we did 5,6 million. Thats not even a record.
PLEASE DO NOT USE 'difficulty' as a reference.
Gigahash has absolutely nothing to do with that.
(ps: your eligius pool recently had a 8million share block, how do you think your payout looks there then ?! http://22.214.171.124/~artefact2/blocks/
Second of all, what would you want me to do, i gave up. Those that want to leave can leave, i'm staying in my pool. Don't you get that it doesn't matter? If the pool is small you get a slow big payout, if it's big you get a fast small payout.
I have read statements like 'the chances of a pool operator to "" steal "" blocks are bigger when the pool is small' ?!
I mean, what the hell would you like me to say about that ?
And how does that make sense, if deepbit does 4 blocks an hour instead of 5, who would notice. I on the other hand have everything to loose since i'm trying to start something up here. Do you really think i went to so much effort to steal 50 BTC the first week ?
There are many questions as in why i would do all of this with a profit margin that low, well the truth is that i'm trying to start and build a community that trusts me, so that when i will try to launch other bitcoin related services, people will know that MrSam is not a scam.
Triplemining is not a cashcow, it is a service provided to gain trust amongst users.
PS: We all know by now that i don't make that much as a pool opererator.. Thats fine: SINCE IT IS NOT MY JOB
Anyway, since we had so much bad luck finding this block, the odd's are really on our side for the next few, since in the long run everything should even out to the current difficulty.