Bitcoin Mining – Centralization | mining

So often we are contacted regarding mining. The concept of mining is something that interests many. Bitcoin was envisioned as a decentralised peer to peer protocol that would allow transfer of value over the internet. A fair way to pay people was to devise a method to reward those that helped support and secure the network. The idea was to allow anyone with a pc to mine btc by simply providing hashing power to the bitcoin network.

Over time we have seen the race to mine the bitcoins get harder and harder. While the network continues to become strong, the idea of mining for a common man is long gone. The current pools and centralized mining centers have drifted the power of mining in favor of countries with cheap power. The fact that even the bitcoin blockchain now sits at 74GB with roughly 15gb of data transferred within 24 hour has made it very difficult for your everyday Joe to run a bitcoin node.

I would like to suggest people who do often call inquiring about mining to understand the concept first. Mining is not free money. You are basically securing the network mining. Hence it requires enormousness amount of electricity. The AISC miners specifically designed to mine bitcoin are now running at speeds of 14ths with 1.3 kwh electricity consumption and yet you will hardly make 0.5 btc at the time of this writing and it will decrease over time. Remember there are only 21 million bitcoins out of which about 12 million have already been mined. So basically you are entering into a race to mine the balance bitcoins while the blocks become harder to mine. The rewards on AISC’s have also decreased over time due this same reason. I would strongly suggest everyone who is still interested in this to first google bitcoin calculator and see if it will even be feasible for him over a period of 1 year before trying to get into mining.

Alternately people are now looking into GPU mining and mining altcoins such as ethereum and etherum classic. In either case the problem still persists of having cheaper power to run GPU’s. If you look back through this blog I have written a tutorial on how to mine with cpu, the same concept can be used to mine with GPU, however instead of using the cpu miner software you have to look for gpu miners such as cgminer etc.

The Rise of Ethereum

Since the unleashing of the bitcoin code onto the world as an open source digital asset, many have tried to fork the code and do much more with the with the underlining technology known as blockchain. While many have simply forked and the SHA256 algorithm with competing products based on other algorithms such as scrypt nscrypt and now dagger.

Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin envisioned a sort of a programmable blockchain. Based on smart contracts its a very powerful tool. In this Article I will try to cover the basics of ethereum so that you get clear picture of what it is and why its important. I think the best words of what ethereum is are on its website “Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference.” Similar to bitcoin blockchain the ethereum blockchain requires ether to make or setup contracts and build decentralized apps based on those contracts. It is important to note that ether or ehterium being used directly will be very costly, but using it as contract based setup makes it cheap, fast, secure and unstoppable.

Mining ether is one topic being googled alot recently since it has risen in price while bitcoin price has fallen of a bit. This is even more visible when the rates of bitcoins start to rise we see the fall of price in eth or ether the fuel of ethereum blockchain. Mining is done through a program called geth which is a communicator between ether network and your system. Block generation time is very small so mining is not that difficult since there are no ASICs available for this algorithm you can look into mining it with cpu or gpu. A full tutorial on how to mine eth the fuel of ethereum can be found here.

Is ethereum the new bitcoin, most certainly not. Its a reprogrammable blockchain which can be used with contracts based programming to improve and build decentralized apps with incentives.

Bitcoin Miner Hardware | bitcoin miner

    How to earn BTC with Antminer Hardware in Pakistan

    We all know that Bitcoin is a virtual Crypto currency/asset/software. I will not dig into the depth of who invented bitcoin and how it came into existence because almost half of the digital world knows about it and is using bitcoin. Satoshi Nakamoto was the inventor of Bitcoin who published the invention on 31 October 2008 in a research paper called Bitcoin that is mined in the parlance by computers plugging away at very hard math problems and is connected to a ledger called Blockchain. It is of much importance in Europe, America and China where people do online shopping by using it in the same way as by using the credit cards. I would like to write about Bitcoin mining today.

    Bitcoin is not run and managed by any individual, business or company. There are various ways to get it that includes CPU mining, cloud mining, GPU mining and ASIC mining, but the easiest and profitable way is ASIC mining. It is a hardware machine that is recognized as Bitcoin Miner Hardware or Bitcoin Antiminer. You can get it by from any part of the world as mining systems are set up worldwide. Now, a lot of people in Pakistan are making Bitcoins through ASIC miners without interrupting their jobs or any physical business routines. The mining system can be installed anywhere with the help of internet and electricity where Bitcoin mining will come into process automatically. We only have to buy miner hardware machine (ASIC miner), and it is connected to an online database where earned Bitcoins can be seen. The mining speed can also be noted down.

    It is the best time for earning Bitcoins in Pakistan. With the rising trend of mining, the difficulty in the mining is being increased. If someone was able to mine 1 Bitcoin 3 years ago, this process has been decreased to half or even less, but the mining speed, cost of electricity and miners efficiency remain same. The buying selling price of Bitcoin is also increasing day by day with the rapid demand of this digital currency. So, what are you waiting for? Start mining today as there is a total of 21 million Bitcoins in the world and more than 13 million has already been mined. That is why this process will not be beneficial after 2 or 3 years as it is now. Start this world’s fastest growing business and buy Bitcoin miner right now. It is to inform that mining machine (miner) will remain your personal property for the lifetime. There is no better way for the investors to invest in it and earn a living.

    Click on this link to order this machine

    However we do recommend checking profitability as it may vary from person to person. Therefore please also google bitcoin mining calculator to calculate your income. These machines are sold by 3rd party vendors and are not associated with this website in anyway.

What to expect

 

What to expect:
I plan to set this up as more of a help and tutorial to those new to bitcoin, litcoin, darkcoin. The posts to follow will be helpful for new miners on how to mine with cpu, gpu(graphic cards or video cards, amd based ones), asics and cloud mining. While I dont recommend mining with them but the idea is to teach people how to get started. Dont think of this as a get rich quick scheme. Mining takes a bit of effort, very powerfull hardware and some common sense. The idea here is to teach people what to expect.

 

Brief History:
Bitcoin as described by its maker (Satoshi Nakamoto) is a payment system based on open source standards that was presented to the world in 2008. Who is Satoshi Nakamoto no one knows there are many ideas who he might be but no one knows for sure who he/she is. Think of bitcoin as a torrent where bitcoin works peer to peer only. Meaning it can be transferred from me to third-party without any administrator with close to very little or no fees. To make this transaction possible different users have mining hardware running. This hardware can be in the form of a cpu, gpu, asic and cloudmining, heck there is even paper mining which you can do yourself it wont earn you anything but you will learn something(Will get into more details on each in later details). At this point I would like to inform you that there are only 21million bitcoins that can be mined from which about 61% have already been mined. At this point you can hop over to Bitcoin Wisdom to check out what current rates are for 1 bitcoin converted to usd. The idea presented by satoshi was to have a decentralized currency which can be termed as “Money without Boarders”. Today Paypal(For US Only), Dell, Expedia, Overstock are the big giants who have started accepting bitcoin, btc or xbt(xbt is being used by bloomberg as tracker on commodities market to give rates of bitcoin) other then these there are numerous other smaller companies accepting bitcoins. All mining hardware manufactures accept bitcoin, litecoin for payments. Bitcoin now works on a blockchain which is basically a public ledger of all transactions. The idea was to keep everything anonymous so a wallet and sha256 encryption was introduced. Hence when ever you talk about btc, xbtc and its mining it will be refereed to  as sha or sha256 hashing.

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The Wallet:
The wallet is basically where you store coins. Do remember if this wallet is stolen you have lost all your bitcoins permanently. Some people like online wallets some people like offline ones some like cold storage wallets which can be printed or engraved onto paper metal silver gold etc. You can pretty much google for different types of wallets for bitcoin and you will find alot. The best online and most trusted one is at blockchain. There are many android wallet available, you can just search blockchain or if you prefer another wallet search for bitcoin or bitcoin wallet on Google Play Store.

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How to Get bitcoins:
There are many websites that explain this. You can trade bitcoin for fiat(other printed currencies) through online exchanges such as Cryptsy or bittrex or btc-e just to name a few. Most of these sites support wiring money but if you prefer to use credit card which is an untrusted method since there can be chargebacks you can pay a little extra and use this blog to buy through credit card.

Other Sites to buy bitcoin from webbased atms:

Coinsafe
Bitcoinpk

 

Other interesting Coins:
The idea of bitcoins was really appreciated and it really took off around 2009 and 2013 respectively. There were many others who presented other ideas on coins which brought value. Coins like namecoin or nmc (a blockchain based domain of .bit and is not governed by any authority so you can host anything you want without any restrictions), primecoin or xpm(which uses its hashing power to produce prime numbers), korecoin, kore(a more recent coin with anonymous voip calling and later cheaper then skype calls), litcoin or ltc(A copy of bitcoin based on scrypt algorithm much faster transactions then btc, xbt ) and also darkcoin or drk (a truly untraceable coin also relatively new) based on x11 algorithm. Please take note there are about 400+ plus different types of coins some very unique some even arent open source I cant get into them all but these are the coins I personally like and therefore I have mentioned them here.

 

Going Forward:
This technology is still very immature at best there are things happening as we speak. Bloomberg has started carrying the symbol XBT to denote btc. Its being listed as a commodity in the US market. And should hit NASDAQ after December 2014. More and more companies as mentioned above in the brief history are starting to accept it. There are some negatives too like the Mt-Gox scandal, then a few hack attempts where people compromised pcs to mine for them. Bangladesh ban. Russian considering a Ban are at the center of btc and lets see where it takes us. but I for one believe that it is here to stay and it will be hard to ban people who you cant track and are dealing in this. My next post will get you started with mining we will proceed with cpu mining, followed by gpu, asic and round it up with cloud mining.