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The Handshake (HNS) project is gaining more attention as it is getting wider support from services that are allowing users to sell or buy hashpower such as NiceHash and MiningRigRentals (MRR). Handshake is a decentralized, permissionless naming protocol where every peer is validating and in charge of managing the root DNS naming zone with the goal of creating an alternative to existing Certificate Authorities and naming systems. So NiceHash has just added support for buying and selling hashrate for the Handshake algorithm on their platform and just recently added support for mining HNS in their dedicated multi-functional software for miners – NiceHash Miner 3.0.0.7.

You can of course also GPU mine Handshake (HNS) using the latest GMiner or NBMiner standalone software miners, though GPU mining may not be that profitable with BlackMiner F1 series FPGAs offering a bit better performance with lower power usage compared to GPUs. Unfortunately at the moment if you have hosted BLackMiner FPGAs you are apparently not able to utilize them with either NH or MRR, so these services are only available to users that have their own miners available and are not using HashAltcoin’s hosting services! Nevertheless you might still make some profit or bet longer term on HNS mining with GPUs or buying or selling Handshake hashrate until June when we are expecting to see the Hummer Miner Mars H1 Handshake (HNS) ASIC miners starting to join the network and significantly outperforming any existing GPU or FPGA mining option at the moment.

The RavenCoin (RVN) project is up for another fork sometime in April that will change once more the Proof of Work mining algorithm used in order to fend off FPGA and ASIC miners specifically and allow GPU miners to get back to mining the coin. The first fork to change the mining algorithm in October last year changed the initial algo to a new X16Rv2 and while that did drive off ASIC and FPGA miners for a while off the network, it did not help that much on the long run as apparently specialized mining hardware was quickly adapted to the new algorithm. This time the change in the algorithm is more drastic and should make sure that GPU mining on a level playing field for both AMD and Nvidia GPU miners is available for long…

The new algorithm that RVN will be adopting is called KAWPOW and is a derivative of ProgPOW with parameters specific for Ravencoin. The fork is planned for sometime in April, but a specific block time and expected date is not yet chosen. Meanwhile you are welcome to test the new dedicated miner called kawpowminer software that currently only supports mining the new algorithm and you can test it on the RavenCoin testnet using the MinerMore mining pool to make sure you are ready for the fork.

RavenCoin KAWPOW testnet pool:
kawpowminer -U -P stratum+tcp://WALLET.worker@rvnt.minermore.com:4505

The miner is currently available for both Windows and Linux operating systems, though apparently there is not yet official OpenCL binary for Windows, only CUDA. Since the binary releases do not include the required Nvidia CUDA 10.2 libraries you would also need to have the latest Nvidia CUDA Toolkit installed (or at least the runtime libraries from it). Other popular mining software would most likely add the required support for the new algorithm soon before or after the fork to the new algorithm occurs.

Expected performance on stock settings:
– GTX 1050Ti: ~5+ MH/s
– GTX 1060: ~9.5 MH/s
– GTX 1070: ~14 MH/s
– GTX 1070Ti: ~14 MH/s
– GTX 1080Ti: ~24.5 MH/s

We remind you that unlike with Ethash, PROGPOW does not favor lower-end AMD GPUs as it is not so much memory dependent, thus a lower-end AMD GPU will perform similarly to the same level of Nvidia GPU and a higher-end AMD GPU like a similar class Nvidia GPU when using the new KAWPOW algorithm!

The recent controversy surrounding STEEM and the Seemit project after it has been acquired by Justin Sun, followed by a decision of a large group of Steem community members to fork it to an independent project has been made and it is now a fact – meet HIVE. Today HIVE was born forking from STEEM carrying on most of the current state of the STEEM blockchain, but also becoming totally independent after the fork. Aside from the content and users at the point of time the blockchain snapshot has been made, their STEEM balances have been transferred to HIVE as 1:1 ratio with exchanges trading STEEM hopefully going t be doing the same, especially if they do plan to support HIVE.

There are currently over 30 experienced developers contributing to the new ecosystem, alongside many committed community members working on multiple aspects of Hive. These individuals may announce their participation through their own accounts in the future. This a true community effort, and therefore is open to all. Hive will remain open source, and open to everyone who wants to contribute to the future development of the blockchain.

If you had a STEEM account prior to the fork happening today,then most likely you will have a HIVE account as well, you can login in both platforms to check and also confirm your content and coin holdings are there as well. From now on, if you register at either of the platforms you will have an account only on one of them, you need to register on both to be able to use them as they are going their separate ways after the successful fork.

If you want to check out the new Hive Blog frontend of the HIVE blockchain…


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