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May 19, 2011, 01:25:47 PM
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This is probably a silly question, but why is maxtarget:

Code:
00000000ffff0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

Since sha256 hash has 32 bits, shouldn't the maximum possible target be:

Code:
ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

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May 19, 2011, 01:28:29 PM
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Yeah, but you'd be sending data with every single calculation.

Satoshi started it off to be "easy", but he didn't make it generate 50 coins per single hash!
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May 19, 2011, 02:06:39 PM
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Yeah, but you'd be sending data with every single calculation.

Satoshi started it off to be "easy", but he didn't make it generate 50 coins per single hash!

Thanks, I see now that the other calculations take the actual maximum into account:

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Difficulty

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