The Review of the Bitcoin Diamond Coin: Is it the Real Decoration of Crypto Market or the Forgery of BTC?

Bitcoin Diamond

Today we will talk about the next split of the community of the first coin – the fork of Bitcoin. Bitcoin Diamond coin: why was it created, how is it different from the original and are there any global perspective?

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  1. History of Bitcoin Diamond
  2. What are the technical features of the Diamond hard fork?
  3. Bitcoin Diamond forecast
  4. Conclusion

1. History of Bitcoin Diamond

At the end of time, the bottlenecks of one or another coin become obvious. Many network participants notice this, but some of them decide to fix it and make changes to the source code of the cryptocurrency, so forks appear. They can be simple, without a split, “soft fork”, and complex, which mean creating an alternative coin, “hard fork”.

There have been dozens of such branches in the history of Bitcoin, as the flagship of the industry certainly has some significant shortcomings that hamper its development. There is nothing surprising, because there is no limit to perfection. Especially, if it concerns a product which appeared on the market first.

Now there is fierce competition in the market, every year more technological coins appear in the industry. The need for our today’s hero matured at the end of November 2017, more precisely, at block #495 866, then a new Bitcoin Diamond cryptocurrency appeared.

2. What are the technical features of the “diamond” hard fork?

First of all, it’s worth to answer the question: “How much is mining of Bitcoin Diamond more technological than mining of BTC?” When the original Bitcoin with a block size of 1mb processes a maximum of three or four transactions per second, then the 8mb BCD works about five times faster. Of course, it is not the best indicator in the industry, but it is still quite a noticeable upgrade.

Continuing the frontal comparison of BTC and BCD, you can notice the encryption of the balance of the Bitcoin Diamond purse for the rest of the system, which reduces the likelihood of a hacker attack.

The developers planned to release a total of 210 million tokens, of which 40 million are reserved for mining, and 170 million are distributed to network participants.

Bitcoin Diamond differs from the original Bitcoin with partial confidentiality and faster confirmation of transactions. All this, according to the developers, will allow BCD to have all the prospects to become the leader of the cryptocurrency market. However, which creator of altcoins did not set such ambitious goals?

3. Bitcoin Diamond forecast

Forecasting the further development of a particular cryptocurrency, it is important for analysts to have information about the development team, since a lot depends on this variable. But in this case it is only known that three programmers have put their hand to the creation of the coin, and they wished to remain incognito. But on the other hand, as practice shows, the anonymity of the creator is not always bad. After all, the identity of the person who created the original Bitcoin has not yet been found out. And this did not prevent the coin from becoming the absolute leader of the industry.

Analysts of the crypto market found in the appearance of the BCD Chinese footprint in the form of the owner of the largest in the Middle Kingdom cryptocurrency exchange Yan Lun Ke. Perhaps this is true, or maybe it’s just a successful marketing move designed to attract Asian investors and traders.

The Bitcoin Diamond rate at the moment of entering to crypto market was about $50 per coin. The historical maximum is fixed at $92. At the time of writing, this digital currency can be bought for about $2.33.

It is rather difficult to predict the fate of forks. An example of this is Bitcoin Gold which has not justified the hopes. At the end of last year Bitcoin Diamond was connected with not very good news, about fraudulent schemes involving coins. Nevertheless, the level of capitalization of the coin is quite impressive and today it exceeds 360 million dollars. But this indicator does not say anything, as we should not forget about the total number of coins, which already have been mined more than 156 million.

4. Conclusion

The dynamics of the exchange rate and the capitalization of the coin, shown over half a year of existence, do not inspire particular optimism. We will closely monitor the development of the BCD and inform you. If you want to invest in this coin, then perhaps you should not give it more than 1-2% of the total portfolio and be patient, as the road map of the project is painted up to 2020.

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Monero Forked Successfully: Details of Upgrading

Hardly had the vulnerability been detected, when Monero forked victoriously. This happened yesterday, on October 18, without any big problem in the network at all. “Monero 0.13.0 “Beryllium Bullet” is the name of the release, which implemented bulletproofs inside the network’s protocol.

https://twitter.com/monero/status/1052939409392365568

The main advantage of bulletproofs is that users obtain more privacy hiding the amount of assets they send in transactions. But how to verify them? A special logarithmic math was implemented. Though, this feature is only available for huge-cap networks.

In addition, the protocol brought cheaper fees and faster transactions. To sum up, this upgrade enables Monero to remain best privacy coin.

We remind you

Binance Has Had a Number of Major Upgrades

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, October 19: Cryptocurrencies Fell into the Red Zone

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 1.44% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $6448 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are falling in price again:

Bitcoin Cash lost 3.53% over the past 24 hours and costs $434 per coin;

Ripple fell by 1.52% and is $0.46 in price;

EOS dropped by 2.10%, and its price is $5.30;

Litecoin decreased by 2.15%, and its rate is $52;

Cardano lost 3.32%, and its value is $0.074;

Stellar dropped by 3.34% and costs $0.23;

IOTA lost 3.53%, and its cost is $0.49;

Dash fell by 3.97%, and its price is $153;

Monero became cheaper by 2.41% and costs $103.

Over the past day Ethereum lost 2.37%. The cost of the coin is $202.

The total market capitalization is $207 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 54% of the total. In monetary terms, it is $112 billion.

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The U.S.-China Trading War Influences Cryptocurrency World, Bitmain Suffers Most

Not long ago, we discussed that Bitcoin was in danger, since Chinese authority was able to attack it any time. The US decided to keep up with opponents and stroke the crypto world of China, namely crypto asset industry.

These two countries are currently in a state of trading conflict, introducing tariffs on goods traded with each other. In June the USA changed the classification of ASIC miner, called Antminer S9, in a way that Chinese miners can be at a loss. That month the “electrical machinery apparatus”, the given category to the ASICs, had a 2.6% tariff.

Later in August, the tariff raised by 25 per cent. At the moment, Chinese mining producers deal with the fee of 27.6 per cent on their US shipments.This action has a colossal impact on Bitmain, the company based in Beijing and being the biggest Chinese mining hardware maker.

Bitmain tried to cope with the pressure by filing for a Hong Kong IPO. It could reportedly rise $3 billion. The company’s filing also mentioned the fact that about 62.8% revenue came from overseas in first half of 2018, though there was no comment on how many sales had come from the US.

The crisis came to Bitmain at a very bad time. IPO filing showed the company’s turnover dropped in second quarter of 2018 drastically, losing about $400 million in compare to $1.1 billion net profit in the first quarter.

One of the analysts, Mark Li, reckons the US tariffs aim at making Chinese hardware less competitive than opponent ones produced in other countries. He also added that Bitmain’s boardship is more aware of technology arms race, where the company is falling behind

The cold trading war between China and States can last for a long time, yet no one is sure how much loss or profit it can bring, we are only able to watch and wait. Now we want to remind you

Mining Complexity: What It Is and Where It Will Get

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, October 18: The Coins Are on the Border of the Red and Green Zones

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.38% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $6541 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies demonstrate both negative and positive dynamics:

Bitcoin Cash lost 0.83% over the past 24 hours and costs $450 per coin;

Ripple fell by 1.52% and is $0.46 in value;

EOS dropped by 0.08%, and its price is $ 5.41;

Litecoin decreased by 0.30%, and its cost is $53;

Cardano added 0.98%, and its value is $0.076;

Stellar grew by 4.05% and costs $0.24;

IOTA gained 2.18%, and its rate is $0.51;

Dash lost 1.76%, and its price is $159;

Monero added 0.76% and costs $106.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 0.90%. The cost of the coin is $207.

The total market capitalization is $210 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 53.7% of the total. In monetary terms, this is $113 billion.

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Bitcoin Mining: How Are the Most Popular Coins Mined Today?

How to mine BTС today?

Quite a lot of people really managed to make a fortune out of Bitcoin mining. And many still manage to do so today. In this article, The Coin Shark will tell what mining is, how the most popular cryptocurrency is mined today, when the latest Bitcoin will be mined, what are the prospects of the digital currency mining industry and other things that every crypto-enthusiast is interested in.

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  1. What is mining?
  2. How is Bitcoin mined?
  3. How many Bitcoins can be mined and what’s the time period for that?
  4. Types of Bitcoin mining
  5. Prospects of Bitcoin mining
  6. Conclusion 

1. What is mining?

Today, even those who are not really familiar with cryptocurrencies have definitely heard something about mining. However, it is not always clear what it actually is.

Mining is a computing operation. In fact, this is a kind of an attempt to solve a complex mathematical problem. The particular “X” that must be found as the result of the calculations is called a hash. If it is successfully found a new block is generated in the cryptocurrency blockchain. A block is a structural unit where the information about cryptocurrency transactions is recorded. It is sometimes not that easy to get all those terms, so let`s take a look at a rather simple example: a block is a kind of a banknote. Any banknote is a legal tender only if it looks in a certain way. It has a special design, watermarks, other security features, particular density, etc. Each banknote must meet certain specified parameters, otherwise, you will not manage to buy something for it and it will be just a piece of paper. The same thing with cryptocurrencies! Transactions are confirmed by being recorded into the blocks, and the blocks must be valid, must have a particular form. To meet this form, to generate a valid block, a hash with required parameters should be found as the result of computing operations. And that is exactly what miners are responsible for!

2. How is Bitcoin mined?

Bitcoin is a Proof-of-Work algorithm-based digital currency, that is why BTC is mineable. Proof of work actually means that transactions are confirmed, and the blocks are generated only if a certain work is done – new coins are issued only when one has managed to find the hash and create a new valid block. Every new block is generated approximately once every ten minutes. The Bitcoin code is written in such a way that, depending on the computing power in the network, the difficulty of the hash varies. In other words, the more powerful the miners are, the more difficult it is for them to find the hash. That is how the system maintains the balance between the available computing power and the complexity of the calculations. It does not matter whether only several personal computers are engaged in Bitcoin mining (as it was in 2009) or huge industrial mining farms (as it is happening today) – it will always take approximately ten minutes to generate every new block.

So, when miners do their calculations successfully and manage to find the hash, they are rewarded. This reward used to be as huge as 50 BTC. However, back then the number of coins was not actually a significant fortune. According to the Bitcoin code, this reward decreases by half every 210 thousand blocks. Since each block of Bitcoin is generated in about 10 minutes, it takes about four years to get 210 thousand blocks. So, every four years the reward is reduced by half. In 2012, there was the first reduction from 50 BTC to 25. The next reduction took place in 2016. Today miners get 12.5 Bitcoins for each generated block.

3. How many Bitcoins can be mined and what’s the time period for that?

It is only possible to mine a total of 21 million BTC. This maximum amount of cryptocurrency is provided by its programming code. First of all, this limitation is designed to prevent inflation and preserve the value of Bitcoin. Actually, those things are usually valuable, that have a limited supply, and if Bitcoin had an unlimited emission, like Ethereum and some other virtual currencies, it would have been potentially subject to inflation. As of mid-October 2018, according to coinmarketcap, the number of BTC coins in circulation reached 17,332,325, which means that only a bit more than 3.5 million coins remain to be mined. It would seem not a big deal – almost all Bitcoins have already been mined! But truth is, it will take more than a century to mine the remaining coins!

So, let’s see how long will it take for miners to get all Bitcoins. To calculate this, we should make several mathematical operations. Of course, these operations are not as complicated as those required to find Bitcoin hash. The computing power of your calculator will be enough! So that is what we have:

The reward is reduced by half every 210 thousand blocks (approximately once every four years). Accordingly, the number of coins issued will decrease every four years. So, 10.5 million BTC was issued during the first “four-year cycle”, when the reward for each block was 50 BTC. Then the number of coins is reduced by half with each cycle. According to this formula, the very last BTC will be mined about the year 2140! Interestingly, in the first seven “four-year cycles”, miners will extract 99% of the coins, and it will take more than a century to get the remaining 1%.

4. Types of Bitcoin mining

About ten years ago, when the first peer-to-peer decentralized payment system with a cryptographically protected digital cash (yep, it’s all about Bitcoin) was launched, there was only one, or perhaps several miners, in the network. Probably it was an ordinary PC or laptop owned by Satoshi Nakamoto – the mysterious Bitcoin developer – and maybe some other PCs owned by those involved in the development of Bitcoin. So initially users were able to mine Bitcoin using their own devices. The computing power of their processors was enough to perform necessary calculations and find Bitcoin hash. This type of mining was called CPU-mining. However, with the growing popularity of Bitcoin, more and more people joined the system, the load and difficulty increased, and eventually, it became clear that even the most powerful PC had not enough power to mine Bitcoin effectively. A casual user with his laptop was left behind. And the reason is that a probability of getting a reward is equal to the ratio of your individual computing power to the power of the entire network. So a new solution was found – users started mining Bitcoins using the computing power of video cards. That new type of mining was called GPU-mining. Several video cards were connected to a computer and the entire powerful device used special software to mine BTC. Today, a number of cryptocurrencies can still be mined using processors or video cards, but this is not working out with Bitcoin. To be able to find Bitcoin has users should make really complex calculations and special high-performance devices are required. These are ASIC-miners – a special equipment with high computing power and price.

Today users who have special equipment for BTC mining combine their computing power in special mining pools. Pools are groups of miners who use their computing power together and jointly perform the operations necessary to obtain Bitcoin hash. The probability of getting a reward is much higher than if users mine the cryptocurrency solely. This reward is then distributed in proportion to the computing power “invested” by each individual miner.

Moreover, cloud mining is also relatively popular. This, in fact, means that a user simply rents computing power from owners of large mining farms, who are often the manufacturers of mining equipment. Despite the fact that today this type of mining is gradually becoming less attractive, it still has its advantages – users do not need to buy equipment, place it, set up, maintain its operation, update hardware, pay for electricity, etc.

5. Prospects of Bitcoin mining

Many believe that the mining era is almost over and there are some reasons for this. After all, as we have already figured out, even the cryptocurrency code itself provides a reduction of the reward. If Bitcoin rate does not increase significantly, nobody will be interested in running expensive mining equipment and earning a couple of thousand satoshi (1 satoshi is 0.00000001 BTC).

Today mining is a fairly centralized industry with and it is rather difficult for beginners to join it. Especially for those who do not have a lot of money. Even owners of huge industrial mining farms experience some problems. For example, some of them realize that the equipment they used in 2017 cannot provide the same profitability in 2018. Today BTC mining is largely controlled by mining pools one hand and owners of huge industrial mining farms on the other and this tendency for mining to become more centralized is likely here to stay.

6. Conclusion

So, Bitcoin mining is not a “gold rush” anymore. The increased difficulty made it way more centralized and way less available for casual users. Today, mining still provides big profit for those who own huge mining farms or at least some high-performance equipment. The Bitcoin rate is far from the historical maximum, but nevertheless, it remains quite significant, and most importantly, according to many experts, has prospects for an even greater increase. However, today it is practically impossible to make money on mining without big preliminary investments. Mining prospects depend on the rate of cryptocurrency, and on the other hand, are also predetermined by the Bitcoin programming code itself. However, this predetermination can be defined differently. Yes, the reward is reduced every four years, so mining can become less appealing in the future. But this reduction can be compensated if Bitcoin price increases. Anyway, today many crypto enthusiasts consider other mining options. Sometimes it is easier to mine other coins, and then, if desired, exchange them for Bitcoin. One thing is clear – the mining industry has been changing, and the time will tell,  what will happen to it in the medium term.

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BTCC Opens Its HQ in South Korea

BTCC Opens Its HQ in South Korea (alien, space)

Crypto exchange BTCC decided to expand its services worldwide, launching its business in South Korea. The platform will set a beta-version on October 31 this year, and the debut appointed in November.

The exchange stated that it will provide not only the trading, buying/selling services, but also a possibility to create own a wallet, a mining pool and a consumer payments service. There is still no information about the coins listed on exchange.

A person, called Lee Jae-beom, will be a head of BTCC’s operations in Korea. He claimed that BTCC Korea planed to demonstrate a new vision of cryptocurrencies.

BTCC is a Chinese cryptocurrency exchange which was formerly expelled from mainland China due to inconsistency with the rules. Then it was moved to Hong Kong, where it support trading of five cryptocurrencies. We remind you

Bitcoin Is in Danger: Chinese Hegemony Over the Industry

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