[Bitcoin-development] ASIC-proof mining

Odinn Cyberguerrilla odinn.cyberguerrilla at riseup.net
Mon Jul 7 06:12:42 UTC 2014

Just as an aside to this lengthy convo, the Cryptonote-based BCN recently
had some interesting updates which made it easier for ordinary computers
(nothing special) to handle it.

I realize that's not Bitcoin, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

> Thanks Mike.
> Indeed, I am aware of current approach, which is why I was suggesting
> this as an alternative.
> I haven't thought about it enough, and perhaps it was too radical a
> rethinking - just wanted to see what the smarter minds thought.
> Thanks again.
> -Randi
> On 7/5/14, 4:43 AM, Mike Hearn wrote:
>>     Is it possible instead to allocate a portion of the reward to " a #
>> of
>>     runner up(s)" even though the runner-up(s) block will be orphaned?
>> There's really no concept of a "runner up" because hashing is progress
>> free. It's unintuitive and often trips people up. There's no concept
>> that everyone is 95% of the way to finding a solution and then someone
>> pips you to the post. It's more like playing the lottery over and over
>> again. Doesn't matter how many times you did it before, the next time
>> your chances are the same.
>> A better concept is of rewarding "near miss" solutions which is what
>> we already do of course, via pools, which pay you for shares which
>> don't quite meet the difficulty target but almost do. So the question
>> is how can we implement pools which have this reward structure (which
>> obviously works well) without miners simultaneously giving up their
>> right to block creation either due to technical problems or sheer
>> lazyness.
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