[Bitcoin-development] Addressing rapid changes in mining power

Andy Parkins andyparkins at gmail.com
Wed Nov 23 11:30:58 UTC 2011

On 2011 November 23 Wednesday, Jorge Timón wrote:
> 2011/11/23, Andy Parkins <andyparkins at gmail.com>:
> > Let's abandon the idea of a target difficulty.  Instead, every node just
> > 
>  > generates the most difficulty block it can.  Simultaneously, every node
>  > is listening for "the most difficult block generated before time T";
>  > with T being
>  > picked to be the block generation rate (10 minutes).
> A miner could try to obtain more difficulty out of time and cheat its
> reported datetime (T).

Just as with the current system.

The defence is that on receipt of a block, its timestamp is checked against 
the node's own clock and averaged network clock.  Blocks out of that band are 

Dr Andy Parkins
andyparkins at gmail.com
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