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Author Topic: [CLOSED] BTC Guild - Pays TxFees+NMC, Stratum, VarDiff, Private Servers  (Read 828711 times)
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December 19, 2013, 03:08:28 PM
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There appears to be a problem with the website this morning?

Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to www.btcguild.com. The OCSP server has no status for the certificate. (Error code: sec_error_ocsp_unknown_cert)

I'm seeing this too, must just be a website issue, all my rigs are still mining. I'm sure he'll be on it soon.

Seems to have fixed itself?  Not seeing it on my end.  Generally anything like that is just a generic Cloudflare problem that only lasts a few minutes or so.

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December 20, 2013, 07:33:34 PM
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I apologize in advance, some will find this off topic, but I disagree.

As miners in one of the leading pools, I believe we have a responsibility to educate ourselves about developments and trends in bitcoin.  Miners have the final word on any changes to the protocol.

I am linking a talk by Andreas Antonopoulos on Bitcoin Neutrality at the recent Latin American Bitcoin Confrence.  I ask miners to invest the half hour to digest this excellent presentation.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy6XIBnThpY&feature=youtu.be

This is not some pseudoeconomic post-modern Libertarian cult, it's an un-led, crowd-sourced mega startup organized around mutual self-interest where problems, whether of the theoretical or purely practical variety, are treated as temporary and, ultimately, solvable.
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December 20, 2013, 08:09:55 PM
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Thanks for the link jojo69.  It's probably a good time to restate BTC Guild's stance on some of this:

BTC Guild's primary focus is neutrality when it comes to the network.  Unless forced to take a stance (such as the BIP16, version 2 network blocks), the pool follows the standards currently in place in the official bitcoind client.  In the event of fast action being required (hardfork earlier this year), the choice will always be the one that keeps the network compatibility as close to 100% as possible with the given options.

When it comes to transactions, BTC Guild makes no prioritization of any transaction, nor does it deprioritize/block any transaction that follows the official client rules.  No modifications are made to the selection process, only the block size values (such as increasing the minimum block size to 150kb, and maximum to 500kb currently).

At this time, there are no plans to ever stray from the official bitcoin branch, unless a change within that main branch goes against the above stances, such as blacklisting, whitelisting, or immediate hardforking without a proper upgrade path, long timeline, and REASON to do so that is justified.  Example: The v0.8 upgrade which broke compatibility with some 0.7 clients in order to fix the problem of blocks with many affected transactions from being accepted by the network.  Once the hardfork was reverted, an upgrade path and time frame were made available in order to move the network forward.  The reason for this fork was it brought the client in line with the original protocol, which had a 1MB maximum size, while the 0.7 branch had the chance to reject blocks that fit within the previously defined parameters of what a valid block is.

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December 21, 2013, 05:31:30 AM
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Thanks for the link jojo69.  It's probably a good time to restate BTC Guild's stance on some of this:

BTC Guild's primary focus is neutrality when it comes to the network.  Unless forced to take a stance (such as the BIP16, version 2 network blocks), the pool follows the standards currently in place in the official bitcoind client.  In the event of fast action being required (hardfork earlier this year), the choice will always be the one that keeps the network compatibility as close to 100% as possible with the given options.

When it comes to transactions, BTC Guild makes no prioritization of any transaction, nor does it deprioritize/block any transaction that follows the official client rules.  No modifications are made to the selection process, only the block size values (such as increasing the minimum block size to 150kb, and maximum to 500kb currently).

At this time, there are no plans to ever stray from the official bitcoin branch, unless a change within that main branch goes against the above stances, such as blacklisting, whitelisting, or immediate hardforking without a proper upgrade path, long timeline, and REASON to do so that is justified.  Example: The v0.8 upgrade which broke compatibility with some 0.7 clients in order to fix the problem of blocks with many affected transactions from being accepted by the network.  Once the hardfork was reverted, an upgrade path and time frame were made available in order to move the network forward.  The reason for this fork was it brought the client in line with the original protocol, which had a 1MB maximum size, while the 0.7 branch had the chance to reject blocks that fit within the previously defined parameters of what a valid block is.
I have no idea what you just said as long as it doesn't mean that my miners will become useless?

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December 21, 2013, 05:40:50 AM
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please watch the presentation

bitcoin is about more than merely making us rich, and the value of our earnings will be determined by the direction the network takes as we navigate the rapids of regulation

This is not some pseudoeconomic post-modern Libertarian cult, it's an un-led, crowd-sourced mega startup organized around mutual self-interest where problems, whether of the theoretical or purely practical variety, are treated as temporary and, ultimately, solvable.
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December 21, 2013, 08:51:50 AM
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My M's Pool Monitor shows Difficulty at 1180923195 ?! Can someone check what is going on?

nxt: NXT-2V7G-C8BY-KTYY-CAHNU * nfd: NFD-WZ6A-MJRT-F7FU-9X6N8 * btc: 19UcQHepGvXb2fDcAMBJo1a3iduqBNXaGw *
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December 21, 2013, 11:11:58 AM
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My M's Pool Monitor shows Difficulty at 1180923195 ?! Can someone check what is going on?

What's going on?  People are going hog wild on ASICs.  Difficulty just increased again, welcome to billion difficulty.

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December 21, 2013, 03:14:15 PM
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My M's Pool Monitor shows Difficulty at 1180923195 ?! Can someone check what is going on?

Difficulty is now at 1.18B.  That's what's going on.

I'm not sure what you were expecting?
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December 23, 2013, 03:49:50 AM
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My M's Pool Monitor shows Difficulty at 1180923195 ?! Can someone check what is going on?

Difficulty is now at 1.18B.  That's what's going on.

I'm not sure what you were expecting?

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December 23, 2013, 04:28:10 AM
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Even more fun:  Looks like NMC will probably break 1b difficulty in another day Tongue

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December 23, 2013, 07:54:49 PM
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Is there any way someone could access my BTC Guild account, other than to see my stats with just my API key? Both my email and wallet are locked.
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December 23, 2013, 08:46:36 PM
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Is there any way someone could access my BTC Guild account, other than to see my stats with just my API key? Both my email and wallet are locked.

The API key is read-only.  It offers no access to accounts and is not used to "prove ownership" of any accounts if somebody is trying to recover a lost account.

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December 23, 2013, 08:53:16 PM
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Is there any way someone could access my BTC Guild account, other than to see my stats with just my API key? Both my email and wallet are locked.

The API key is read-only.  It offers no access to accounts and is not used to "prove ownership" of any accounts if somebody is trying to recover a lost account.

Info much appreciated!
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December 23, 2013, 09:41:18 PM
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Some work is being started (won't see much progress til after Christmas) on a rewrite of the Stratum servers.  The backend BTC Guild has been using was written in C/C++, and was actually designed for a completely different protocol which I had hoped to release before Stratum (more efficient, but less noob-friendly with the lack of JSON).  While the current servers have proven to be rock solid (can go months without restarts), I'm looking to extend their capacity significantly, as well as make the different parts of the system handle threading better and as a result, make it more modular.  Not much point in having quad/hex/octo core servers if the threading model puts most the load in one or two threads!

This new system will end up being tested on (gasp) an altcoin first, to get a sense of any bottlenecks/bugs, and give the modular nature a stronger test with multiple coin chains on a single service.  Once proven, it will end up deployed for the BTC side as well.

Keep an eye out for the news section around the start of the new year if you'd like to give it a test with your old GPUs.

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December 25, 2013, 01:47:15 AM
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December 25, 2013, 02:32:37 AM
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Site is down.

Working on it ASAP, figures something is hitting the pool on Christmas Eve.

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December 25, 2013, 02:50:59 AM
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Site is down.

Working on it ASAP, figures something is hitting the pool on Christmas Eve.
Major service bump.
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December 25, 2013, 02:57:06 AM
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Pool is back online and running.  Website back as well.  Sorry for the outage.  There is one problem that occurred during the outage.  A shfit was being closed at the same time as the DB server was overloaded.  In order to get the pool back online immediately, I force reset the database server, killing that shift of data.

PPS shares are logged every 10 seconds, so they were not materially affected.  PPLNS lost a shift worth of submissions.  However, this just means the current 10 open shifts will remain open for an extra hour, and get paid accordingly.  The only users that would be affected negatively are users who happened to *just* turn on more hash rate (or just start mining) during the shift that was lost.  All other users aren't really affected since no *blocks* were lost, just a shift worth of how the blocks should be split.  So by losing that shift, it just uses the previous 10 shifts worth of data instead of 9 shifts + the one that was lost.

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December 25, 2013, 05:19:52 AM
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Thanks for the update.

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December 25, 2013, 06:37:22 AM
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Good response. Diligent and trustworthy operators.

Most of the institutions the bitcoin community will need in the future are barely on the drawing board. It is good to see organizations like BTC guild leading the way.
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