The first halving of BEAM is scheduled to happen after a year of existence of the project on January 4th, 2020 or in just about 3 weeks from now. Earlier this year the project had its first hardfork successfully executed and now it is the time for the first block reward halving. Currently the block reward for BEAM is 100 coins out of which 80 go to miners and the other 20 go to the BEAM Treasury, after the firs halving it will be 40 coins for miners and 10 for the Treasury. It is important to note that the first BEAM block reward halving is happening just 1 year after the project start, but the next one will be in 4 years and will continue to be every four years. After year 5 there will also be no more coins going to the BEAM Treasury, everything will be for miners, so instead of 20 coins miners will be getting 25 from year 5 to 8th, then 12.5 and so on.

In just 1 year BEAM will have 52,560,000 coins emitted with 20% of them in the BEAM Treasury, this is 20% of the total supply of 262,800,000 BEAM coins to be ever made available. After the second halving in another 4 years the total percentage of the available BEAM coins will be 60% as a part of the rapid initial availability of coins in order for the BEAM’s coin emission to get closer to that of Bitcoin’s. So if you are betting on BEAM in the future you may need to act now and take some action in order to get prepared before the first fork, either in terms of trading or mining. Again, we remind you that the second fork will be in 4 years, only the first one that is coming very soon is after 1 year…

For more information about the privacy-oriented crypto project BEAM…

Zcash Blossom is the next major network upgrade of Zcash (ZEC) scheduled to activate today at block height 653600 in a couple of hours. This mandatory network upgrade is designed to improve the network scalability and user experience by cutting block times in half (to about 75 seconds), making transaction confirmations faster, doubling network throughput and keeping transaction fees low. To keep the ZEC coin emission rate and halvening schedule of Zcash unchanged, the halved block times also require that the per-block reward be halved as well. The emission rate per time, however, remains unchanged. Other values based on block intervals will also be updated accordingly, such as end-of-service halt, default transaction expiry, and the number of confirmations required to consider a transaction final.

For a Zcash Blossom countdown and additional information about the upgrade…

RagerX is a new RandomX miner for Monero (XMR), built for speed and ease of use, featuring an integrated PPLNS pool and its own dedicated operating system for the mining software. According to the developers RagerX is the fastest and easiest RandomX miner on the market, offering up to 10% faster performance compared to other RandomX CPU miners available such as XMR-Stak-RX or XMRig. There is a catch however, you need to flash a dedicated operating system that the RagerX miner uses on a USB flash and boot from it on your mining rig and use the dedicated mining pool that only supports Monero (XMR) mining for the moment, though support for other RandomX coins is apparently coming soon.

With the RagerX miner you get up to 10% faster performance with zero development fee for the miner, but since you have to use the dedicated pool you are going to get a 3.5% pool fee, but even like that you should still get better hashrate compared to other alternatives that are supposedly slower. The only drawback for the moment is the fact that the RagerX Monero mining pool was just opened for the public and the hashrate it currently has is pretty low, so it will take a bit of time for users to come and bump it up so there is a faster block time. What we liked especially is the fact that email address is not required for a registration to the pool, only username and password along with an XMR payment address… an email address can be added later on if you wish to use notifications for example. The pool uses the PPLNS payout system which is short for Pay-Per-Last-N-Shares and the minimum payout is 0.1 XMR which can take a while to be reached with just a single CPU mining RandomX.

To check out the RagerX faster dedicated mining software and pool solution for RandomX…

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