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June 28, 2011, 08:14:13 PM
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It'd be neat if the proof-of-work system could be made useful (besides supporting the bitcoin system) by working on real world applications like protein folding/genome decoding, etc, rather than just looking for hashes... although it can't be easy to come up with something that has the same probability profile, controllable difficulty, security, etc
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June 28, 2011, 08:24:22 PM
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I agree that would be great, but I don't know if it's possible. The current clients are basically doing password cracking/hashing - that probably wasn't one of the "good causes" you had in mind.  Undecided

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June 28, 2011, 08:29:42 PM
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I'm also wondering, at any point in time, what is the total energy cost necessary to keep the bitcoin system going, as a function of the difficulty of the proof of work.
Once mining is over, the difficulty will only be increased to keep up with the hardware, right?
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June 28, 2011, 08:32:15 PM
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Pretty sure the computing power is going towards securing the whole network. This has been asked a few times before.
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June 28, 2011, 08:42:52 PM
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It'd be neat if the proof-of-work system could be made useful (besides supporting the bitcoin system) by working on real world applications like protein folding/genome decoding, etc, rather than just looking for hashes... although it can't be easy to come up with something that has the same probability profile, controllable difficulty, security, etc

many people were folding or crunching for world community grid/boinc projects before they learned about bitcoin mining. I was also folding, even though my computing power is small (i plan to get some powerful hardware as soon as i get some decent money..)

I will come back to distributed computing in the future..

mining as a waste of computing pover? maybe. but i hope that all this demand for powerful hardware can encourage manufacturers to develop much more powerful and efficient CPUs and GPUs faster.

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June 28, 2011, 08:55:26 PM
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What you're ignoring is the cost savings with regards to coinage, minting, and currency storage of physical currencies.

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June 28, 2011, 09:03:06 PM
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There's no useful function that can reliably produce a successful output based on a specified difficulty.  The bitcoin economy requires that new coins be injected at a measured and reliable rate.  Nothing but a make work function will do.
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June 28, 2011, 09:23:30 PM
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When they start to pay for @home Projects im sure more people will keep theyr rigs working
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June 28, 2011, 09:30:22 PM
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mining as a waste of computing pover? maybe. but i hope that all this demand for powerful hardware can encourage manufacturers to develop much more powerful and efficient CPUs and GPUs faster.

well, that's the thing, as CPUs and GPUs become more powerful, the difficulty of the proof of work has to increase accordingly.
It's all about making it hard enough so that attackers can't throw more processing power at it than legit nodes.
But yeah, this might spike a computing power race!
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June 28, 2011, 09:31:06 PM
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How is helping to create a crypto currency a "waste" of computing power?
I don't think using resources toward a new movement in currency is anything short of revolutionary.
If you want to use your resources, then go fold, otherwise I don't see the point of your post.

You could always give money to charity or volunteer your services, i.e. computer resources to other endeavors.
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June 28, 2011, 09:32:14 PM
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What you're ignoring is the cost savings with regards to coinage, minting, and currency storage of physical currencies.

ok, but nowadays even $ transactions are more digital than physical (by volume).
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June 28, 2011, 09:34:42 PM
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How is helping to create a crypto currency a "waste" of computing power?
I don't think using resources toward a new movement in currency is anything short of revolutionary.
If you want to use your resources, then go fold, otherwise I don't see the point of your post.

You could always give money to charity or volunteer your services, i.e. computer resources to other endeavors.

No need to be so defensive Smiley (my title was a bit on the trolling side)
I get that the computing power is spent on making the whole idea sound and secure... the benefits will be countless.
But it's still funny from an engineering point of view to realize that GPUs are running day-in and day-out to simply find hashes that meet a certain characteristic.
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June 28, 2011, 10:30:24 PM
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I agree that would be great, but I don't know if it's possible. The current clients are basically doing password cracking/hashing - that probably wasn't one of the "good causes" you had in mind.  Undecided

The miners are not trying to crack anyone's passwords.  The proof-of-work system defends the blockchain from brute force attacks.  If you can actually think of a better way to do it, speak up; but many minds have been bent to this problem in the past.

"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

- Carroll Quigley, CFR member, mentor to Bill Clinton, from 'Tragedy And Hope'
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June 28, 2011, 10:51:11 PM
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The miners are not trying to crack anyone's passwords.
Probably not. But then again: http://truthfrequencynews.com/?p=5032#comment-769

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June 28, 2011, 10:55:09 PM
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the system couldnt prosper without this counting unnesesery hashes !

without it there would be no limitation is finding next bitcoins

this is thechnological bariere !

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June 28, 2011, 10:59:55 PM
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The miners are not trying to crack anyone's passwords.
Probably not. But then again: http://truthfrequencynews.com/?p=5032#comment-769

I know what my client is doing.  Do some research before you expose your own ignorance.  The packets aren't even encrypted.  You can use a sniffer and look at them yourself if you don't trust the code.

"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

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June 28, 2011, 11:22:52 PM
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The miners are not trying to crack anyone's passwords.
Probably not. But then again: http://truthfrequencynews.com/?p=5032#comment-769

I know what my client is doing.  Do some research before you expose your own ignorance.  The packets aren't even encrypted.  You can use a sniffer and look at them yourself if you don't trust the code.

Nice, why not make it personal. Did you actually read the link? I don't see that packets being encrypted has any relevance.

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June 28, 2011, 11:25:44 PM
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I started to read the link, but stopped when I hit the bullcrap at the top.  Why should I read it?  I know that it's wrong.  Waste of lifespan.

"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

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June 28, 2011, 11:41:55 PM
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Why should I read it?  I know that it's wrong.
Controversial, I know ... but maybe you should read it before you decide whether it's wrong or not. Seemed a very well thought out comment to me.

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June 29, 2011, 12:17:16 AM
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Why should I read it?  I know that it's wrong.
Controversial, I know ... but maybe you should read it before you decide whether it's wrong or not. Seemed a very well thought out comment to me.

This is the title...

"Could BitCoin be a decentralized password cracking system?"

This is the money quote...

"Could these mining processes be used to crack highly encrypted passwords and encryption keys by linking together computers for unmatched processing power?"

The answer is, no it cannot.  Thus continuing is not worth my time.  Anyone who can read the code, read the packets leaving their own computer, or even read blockexplorer.com, would know the answer to this question.  Nothing, and I mean nothing is actually being encrypted or decrypted in the bitcoin system, and certainly not in the p2p portion.  Bitcoin doesn't even use methods capable of encryption or decryption of arbitrary data.  Bitcoin uses secure hashing methods and secure public/private digital signature methods.  Nothing in bitcoin can actually do what it is accused of doing.  The open nature of Bitcoin aside for just a moment, the code cannot actually do it.  This crap is just FUD, and doesn't deserve the attention that I've already granted it.

That said, pool mining potentially could be used as cover for a distributed brute force cracking network, but pools are not Bitcoin.

"The powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."

- Carroll Quigley, CFR member, mentor to Bill Clinton, from 'Tragedy And Hope'
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