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Questions tagged [mining-pools]

This tag should be used for questions referring to mining pools. A mining pool is a way of sharing the work needed to find a block. Miners are rewarded in proportion to the amount of computing power they contribute to the problem, with various ways of calculating returns.

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Mining pools communicating outside of network

Does anyone know of any papers / evidence of bitcoin mining pools communicating outside of the bitcoin network for financial gain? It seems plausible in practice, but I am not sure if that has ...
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Bitcoin network/solo [closed]

Let's say I'm in idiot was mining back in 2009 2010 I'm shure I moved 70 million in bitcoin about a year ago I got every wanna be hacker trying to or already have got all my info but to top it off ...
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Why stratum's data previous hash has that specific byte ordering?

I am doing some tests to understand the stratum protocol. If I connect to a stratum pool (slush in this case), and check the data I receive after mining.authorize, I get the following previous hash: ...
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Is there a way that we can report a Bitcoin scam?

Good day Is there a way that we can report a Bitcoin scam? I was recently scammed over R200000 therefore I would like to report the person and the platform to alert people of her fraudulent platform.
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How much internet traffic and bandwidth does mining with a pool need?

As you know the new Antminer S9 is available and its hash rate per second is 14TH. Now, my question is if I buy one of these, how much internet traffic and bandwidth do I need for mining by pool and ...
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Stratum protocol - problem with implementation in python

For a couple of days I'm trying to write simple script in python to communicate with stratum pool server. I'm using simplified code of NightMiner (https://github.com/ricmoo/nightminer/) and some ...
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If I were executing a 51% attack, would I be broadcasting my state of the network to nodes?

In the scenario where an entity has control of greater than 51% of the hash power and wishes to build a longer chain where they double-spend previously confirmed transactions, do they broadcast the ...
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Calculate the hash of mined block using stratum parameters (coinb1, coinb2, xtranonce1…)?

Miners get several parameters from the stratum pool: coinb1, coinb2, xtranonce1, xtranonce2... according to here. I wonder if it is possible to reproduce the hash of one already mined block, but ...
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What is the pool in Nicehash?

I am new to Bitcoin and recently have invested in bitcoins. I came across Nicehash when I was planning to get into Bitcoin mining. I understand that Nicehash gives you an option to rent hash power for ...
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Stratum protocol - problem with mining.submit method

code was written according to documentation. I have following lines for submit method submit() { // ["<worker.name>", "<jobID>", "<ExtraNonce2>", "<ntime>", "<nonce>...
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Bitcoin blockchain minner

Q. Is it correct to state that a Bitcoin miner has only two jobs: validating transactions creating a block to add into the blockchain
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How to get the pool name from coinbase transaction?

Is it possible to retrieve the name of the pool that mined a block looking at the address in the coinbase transaction? For example, the address in the coinbase transaction of block ...
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Configuring GPU mining with CGminer

I know GPU mining is looked down upon, but I cant afford an ASIC. SO I would like to know how to mine Bitcoin with CGminer using my gpu. Any help would be appreciated. I already am connected to a ...
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Where can I get a visual example of the entire bitcoin network starting from physical network to the overlay network

*Note I am not a technical person so excuse any misunderstandings on my part here. I am looking to get a sense of how the entire system looks like as a whole starting from the physical hardware (such ...
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mining Blockchain Blocks

What if a miner starts to generate a new block hash based on trans data,latest block hash , timestamp and nonce , then in the middle of the work a new block has been added by another miner. in this ...
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What is the format of the coinbase transaction?

I'm trying to understand the format of the coinbase transaction. I've read that it is arbitrary and not specified. I'm wondering because I need to generate mining work and create an internal pool. As ...
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What is pool hopping?

What is pool hopping and how do pool hoppers affect other miners? Are there ways to prevent it?
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Why does it make sense for mining pools to send empty blocks to miners in Stratum v1?

I am reading the recently released specs of Stratum v1 versus Stratum v2. One of the features is that "it is equally as efficient for pools to send full blocks for miners to begin working on as it is ...
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Can a bitcoin transaction from a specific bitcoin address be banned? (via mining pools)

Can a bitcoin transaction from a specific bitcoin address be banned? (via mining pools) Suppose Satoshi Nakamoto wants to send some bitcoin from one of his bitcoin address, can the mining pools ...
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Can collective mining pools refuse to recognize a mining block mined by a specific miner?

This is a continuation to the question: Can a bitcoin transaction from a specific bitcoin address be banned? (via mining pools). Suppose Satoshi Nakamoto sends bitcoins from one address to another, ...
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Does getting shares when mining mean that I have earned a reward? [closed]

So I have 13 Total Shares (Non Rejected) and my pool is Mining Pool Hub. It does not show that I have gained any Ethereum when I go to Dashboard (Under Ethereum) on Mining Pool Hub. Do accepted shares ...
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Is it profitable to mine Bitcoin on iPhone X? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie to mining, so in just trying to explore our. I wish to know if it's profitable to mint it on iPhone X? What I mean by profitability is making between $1000 - $3000 monthly by mining. ...
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How do i configure two (or more) Antminer S9s on one bitcoin.com account?

I just added a second Antminer S9 to my pool. I've been mining with one S9 and bitcoin.com for about a year. in Antminer-1 configuration I have my bitcoin username in the "Worker" Field / password "...
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how do mining pools expose their stats?

Webistes like https://miningpoolstats.stream/ must communicate with the pools somehow. What protocol do they use to retrieve information such as the pool's hashrate and what blocks have been mined by ...
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Don't miners control who is allowed to make transactions?

Simple question really, considering theres a very small group of miners controlling the chain ATM. Whats to stop them from being forced by the goverment to disallow certain transactions or just mining ...
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How to transfer hash power from one pool to another

Is it possible to transfer hash power from one pool to another? If yes, how?
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Do you need to download the entire blockchain in order to mine bitcoins?

Do you need to download the entire blockchain in order to mine bitcoins? I'm downloading bitcoin-qt, and I'm afraid it will take up too much memory on my computer. Also, I just read that when another ...
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Bitcoin Mining on Office Network

I'm a bitcoin novice and i've read a bit about mining. It got me thinking that I could setup our office network to min bitcoin (obviously with permission) We have a centos linux server which is on 24/...
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when a miner solves the problem in less than one timestamp then what does it do with its extra capacity?

If a miner solves the problem in less than one second then how does it use the extra capacity.
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CPUminer minerd output confusion (OLY & crypticpool). How do I get multiple, “yay!!!” in a single block?

I'm a bit confused by the output of my minerd from cpuminer because my understanding is that there is a 3 minute block target time, but somehow I got 4 submitted hashes in less than a minute, and it ...
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What are the chances bitcoin big mining pools to unite and do 51% attack?

Looking at this bitcoin hash rate distribution chart (https://www.blockchain.com/en/pools), it only takes 3-4 mining pools to unite and do a 51% attack. With this possibility, how can people still ...
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I got a coinbase transaction and I don't know where it comes from

I received a small payment from a coinbase transaction, but I haven't been mining nor I have signed up on a mining pool. Does this happen when someone accidentally sets my address instead of theirs ...
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In a mining pool, how do shares counting works with vardiff?

I was reading this very interesting page: https://slushpool.com/help/hashrate-proof/ I read the "How does the mining and hash rate calculation work?" section and with a fixed difficulty for all ...
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How to determine the geographic distribution of the hashrate?

I would like to map the hashrate distribution geographically, which would require knowing the IP address of the winning miner for each block. According to the paper by Miller et al several aggregator ...
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How can size of a block be significantly small? [duplicate]

As we all know bitcoin block size should be sth about 1MiB. (Some blocks about 2MB). And this is because miners put all transactions to the block every 10 minutes. So what happens technically that ...
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What is the best way to earn money mining Bitcoin?

Simply stated- what is the most cost-efficient way to earn money from mining Bitcoin? I've been a HODL'er since '14 but I recently wanted to deep-dive into mining for fun and was surprised to find ...
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did Satoshi anticipate large pools?

Is there any statement about the design of Bitcoin alluding to dealing with large pools controlling a good part of the network? while it is true that pools can compete and people can "vote" by ...
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I'm running an antminer solo on my local bitcoind 'pool' will i get paid?

I'm running an antminer 'a' solo on my local bitcoind 'pool' plus an S5. Both are hashing away lovely, but only the S5 goes through bfgminer, 'a' is connected to my bitcoind 'pool' directly . My ...
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Besides greater probablity of discovery, are there other **significant** optimizations a of mining pool?

Besides the benefit of increased attempts, are there any other significant, measurable optimizations that mining pools provide? I'm referring to intrinsic functions such as non-duplication of failed "...
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Is it more dangerous when 51% attack happens than just having a pool with >50% hashrate?

Many people told me that, if a mining pool performs a 51% attack, the price of the coin will drop. But I disagree. There are pools with >50% hash power already for a long time. Flypool is an example....
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How do create Intermediary between an acic machine and minimg pool?

I need vps Intermediary between asic miner and mining pool ... normal mode : asic miner >> minig pool Required Mode: asic miner >> VPS >> mining pool How can I do this?
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What prevents a pool miner from stealing an entire block?

As I understand it,when mining BTC, and calculating a block, the goal is to find a SHA-256 hash below a certain value (with the previous block, a nonce, and other things as the input). Are pool ...
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Can a block have multiple coinbase transactions? Also is there a limit to the number of signatures a multi-sig transaction has or requires? [closed]

I am wondering if a block can be created with multiple coinbase transactions. The US government regulates mining pools that have control over the miner's wallets, so it would be fabulous if this could ...
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What would be required to disincentivize mining pools?

Now that mining pools are starting to hit the 51% cusp of total mining power, what would need to happen to the Bitcoin protocol to reduce their success, and encourage distributed mining power over ...
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Could mining centralization be countered by checking if the node connects to many ASICs instead of one?

In a mining pool, many ASICs and GPU/CPU from all around the world connect to the pool's node. Is it possible to force every node's client software to check if a node is connected to just one ...
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Mining behind a proxy and restrictive firewall (only http ports allowed) - possible?

I have a very restrictive firewall with an additional proxy here. Is there a GPU mining tool out there that supports proxy server? The best would be a SSL connection to the mining pool. A long living ...
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Bitcoin, BTC.com and monitoring double-spend attempts

I'm reading Analysis of hashrate-based double-spending article. On page 10 there's a table listing probability of successful double-spend attack in relation to required number of confirmation. ...
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Can a miner give themselves less than the maximum block subsidy if they wish to do so?

The current maximum block subsidy is 12.5 bitcoin. A mined block recently got rejected from full nodes after a miner tried to post the block subsidy as 13.26 bitcoin. But what about in the other ...
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How do I mine BTC using normal home computers if I have multiple computers? [duplicate]

I can get nearly 100s of computer at my place. how can I put them to work so that they can mine for me whenever its active.