All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
While the controversy surrounding Bitcoin and the block size debate among others continues with the number of transactions ranking up, filling the 1MB blocks completely and transaction fees rising we just got a new Bitcoin Core 0.14.0 release. The key aspects of the new releases are focused on improving performance for initial block download if you are starting a new full blockchain download as well as faster new block validation and relay. This is a welcome improvement that can be really useful for users with the Bitcoin blockchain data already close to 115GB in size…
Another new feature available in the 0.14.0 release is the optional fee bumping (not enabled by default) that allows users to users to increase the fee their transactions pay even after they’ve broadcast an earlier version of the transaction. This new option might be useful with the increasing number of transactions to help you move some coins at a faster speed if your initial fee was too little. This however is not a real solution for the problem with the blocks getting filled with transactions… we actually need a solution that will help keep transaction fees at a reasonable low level with the Bitcoin price still going up and that will help transactions confirm reasonably quick even with lower fees.
Great start of the new 2017 for Bitcoin (BTC). The crypto currency is now trading at over $1000 USD per coin and today also marks the 8th year since the first block with 50 BTC was generated. That was the genesis block of Bitcoin or with other words the first ever block generated for the BTC blockchain. Time sure does fly fast and Bitcoin has been doing very well lately with predictions raging from $2000 USD exchange rate by the end of this year to much more, especially if the economic situation all around the world does not improve significantly in a short period of time. So happy birthday Bitcoin and may be the force be with you or something else along those lines.
The second Bitcoin block reward halving is going to happen in a bit less than 3 days from now with a little over 400 blocks remaining. The amount of Bitcoins rewarded for each block decreases over time, getting halved once every 210000 blocks (approximately every four years). When Bitcoin was created in 2009, the initial block reward was 50 BTC, then in November 2012, it dropped to 25 BTC after the first halving. As a result of the block reward getting reduced once more in a few days finding a new Bitcoin block will start rewarding the miner that found it with just 12.5 BTC instead of 25 BTC like it is still at the moment. Following this development in 4 more years or sometime in 2020 the next Bitcoin block reward halving is expected to take place further reducing the block reward in half to just 6.25 BTC and so on. This will continue until the total limit of 21 million Bictoins are mined, though this will take quite a lot of years. The total number of BTC after the halving of the block reward should be about 15 Million and 750 Thousands out of the 21 Million total and with the continuing reduction of the reward over time the remaining over 5 Million of coins will take years and years and more halvings to be mined (estimated time is around 2140).