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Will the amount of electricity used for mining be huge if Bitcoin is widely adopted?

A quick and very rough estimation: If the USD/BTC exchange rate grows to $1000/BTC (not that far-fetched if Bitcoin is actually widely adopted) bitcoins for a value of $300000 would be produced every ...
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Can it really be true that the Bitcoin system consumes almost $1.000.000 in electricity per day?

So I've been trying to figure out how much running the Bitcoin system really costs using the following numbers: Total Bitcoin Hash Rate: 300.000.000 GH/s Hashrate of an ANTMINER S4 (currently one of ...
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Will the energy cost and deflationary nature of Bitcoins doom the currency to obscurity?

I couldn't find enough questions that ask this head-on1, so consider that if: Bitcoins are designed to reflect the deflationary characteristics of a specie currency; and The distributed nature of ...
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How much energy will the Bitcoin network eventually consume? [duplicate]

A recent Bloomberg article stated that the Bitcoin network currently consumes about half as much energy as the Large Hadron Collider or enough to power 31,000 US homes. Even if the article is way off ...
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Does difficulty ever stop increasing?

I know we don't have to worry about this for a very long time, but... One argument against Bitcoin, and really, digital currencies as a whole, is that, in order to time blocks with reasonable ...
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What can be done to slow/prevent mining centralization?

Assuming all buyers have access to the same ASICs (ignoring that ASICs developers and manufacturers will always have the latest first, even if only used for "testing" prior to sale) energy costs would ...
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Is the current network difficulty algorithm appropriate for “Peak transaction-only mining”?

At some point in the future miners will depend more on the Tx fee than per-block payout. Right now people turn on and off their equipment based on local trends such as price of electricity, etc. On ...
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What has a lower long term cost per hash: LTC, BTC or other alt coin?

I'm trying to understand the cost per hash operation with Litecoin vs Bitcoin over time. The theory is that the network that has the best prospects for long-term security (via hashing) will set a ...
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As transactions are getting increasingly slow and expensive, how can Bitcoin compete against newer better currencies? [closed]

If I understand correctly, every transaction needs new blocks to be created (mined), which is becoming increasingly hard, slow and expensive. Not mentioning the massive energy consumption, already ...
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What is the average amount of electrical power required to complete one Bitcoin transaction? [closed]

Once a bitcoin has been mined, if I want to use it to pay for something, what is the average amount of electrical power required to process that payment or bitcoin transfer? Does this vary with the ...
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Who Really Controls Bitcoin?

Source: https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@dantheman/who-really-controls-bitcoin This article suggests that governments and electricity companies have the power to control bitcoin. Any truth in this ...