What is Mining?

Those who are not really interested in cryptocurrency still associate mining with coal, miner’s helmet and a lamp. The Coin Shark decided to make it clear, what is mining and how it is carried out.

Mining is indeed an extraction of contemporary gold – the cryptocurrency. To extract it, miners actually have to explore the virtual space, conducting complex operations. Yes, they don`t have to dig the earth – they carry out calculations. Anyway, how does it all work?

To mine means to issue a cryptocurrency. Everybody can do that. US Federal Reserve System issue dollars, European Central Bank issues euros, but cryptocurrency, like for example BTC or ETH, can be issued by any user. To do that they should “help” functioning of a particular digital currency blockchain that is in charge of recording all cryptocurrency transactions. Blockchain is stored on every user’s device and constantly updates, as there are new transactions made all the time. Mining is the process of creating new blocks to support the operation of a particular cryptocurrency platform. This process includes making calculations. Miner seeks to find the needed algorithm (hash) with particular parameters and, of course to get a reward for that.


Have you already decided to start mining? Wait a minute, it is not that easy. The more computing power a miner has, the higher their chances to generate a block. Don’t think that a modern computer with the cutting-edge processor and graphic card will be enough. Huge mining rigs with hundreds and thousands of graphic cards can grant you really successful cryptocurrency mining. However, industrial-scale mining is too expensive, and thousands of digital miners still mine cryptocurrency without supercomputers and get their money. It is not easy to carry out all the necessary calculations for getting cryptocurrency. Depending on the type of cryptocurrency, the calculations can take minutes and days. If we take Bitcoin as an example, it will be clear that (taking its restricted volume into account) the more coins were mined the more computing power is necessary to generate new blocks. Pools (association of miners) can be created to increase the chances of a successful block generation. Each pool member does a part of calculations and the whole team is then more likely to get a reward. Their reward is distributed considering the amount of computing power provided by each user.

Today people gain thousands and millions dollars out of mining. However, do not expect it to become your family business. Mining will not always be so profitable. For example, Bitcoin`s architecture includes the reduce of the reward for generating blocks. Ten years ago one block was rewarded with 50 BTC, however, after each 210 thousand blocks (approximately once in 4 years) the reward is reduced two times. Moreover energy prices and cryptocurrency market conditions also affect mining. Cryptocurrency mining will stop being that popular in the future, at least in a way it exists today. Anyway you still have the opportunity to board this “mining-train” and make your fortune before it comes to its final stop.

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The Schoolboy Bitcoin Millionaire Believes that Bitcoin Is Pretty Much Dead

As it has been reported by the Marketwatch, Erik Finman, a teenager who became a millionaire back in the times when Bitcoin cost 20 thousand dollars, gave a very negative outlook for BTC in the future.

Bitcoin is dead, it’s too fragmented, there’s tons of infighting I just don’t think it will last. It may have a bull market or two left in it, but long-term, its dead,” said Finman.

As for Litecoin, here the teenager is sure that this coin “has been dead for a while”. He also mentioned those coins that, in his opinion, still have a chance at the market, such as Ethereum, ZCash and, surprisingly, Bitcoin Cash.

Although Eric is still very young and not that experienced, the fact that he owned 4 million dollars in BTC in 2011 make his predictions quite reasonable.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 18: BTC and the Rest of Cryptocurrencies Are in the Green Zone

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) added 5.7% in the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3453 per coin.

The remaining cryptocurrencies are also in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 6.69% over the past 24 hours and costs $86 per coin;

Ripple grew by 13.39% and costs $0.33;

EOS increased by 21.76%, and its price is $2.45;

Litecoin gained 4.28%, and its cost is $28;

Cardano added 9.69%, and its value is $0.031;

Stellar became more expensive by 10.69% and costs $0.10;

IOTA grew by 11.83%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash gained 8.82%, and its price is $69;

Monero added 6.58% and costs $43.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 7.80%. The coin rate is $93, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization is $112 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 54.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $60 billion.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 17: Cryptocurrencies Are Trying to Recover in Price

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) added 0.8% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3266 per coin.

The rest of cryptocurrencies tend to fix in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 1.98% over the past 24 hours and costs $81 per coin;

Ripple lost 0.03% and is $0.29 in value;

EOS grew by 2.62%, and its price is $2.01;

Litecoin increased by 6.03%, and its cost is $27;

Cardano added 1.47%, and its rate is $0.029;

Stellar grew by 0.10% and costs $0.097;

IOTA dropped by 1.05%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash lost 1.32%, and its price is $64;

Monero became more expensive by 1.21% and costs $41.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 0.49%. The coin rate is $87, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization of $104 billion. The share of Bitcoin is 54.8% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $57 billion.

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The True Form of Bitcoin and Forecast for the Future

Now it is hard to find a person who has never heard of Bitcoin’s existence. But the vast majority of people do not fully understand what it is and how it really looks like. In this article we will discuss the true appearance of Bitcoin, and also find out whether BTC can have physical form.

1. What does Bitcoin look like?

We briefly remind that Bitcoin is the very first cryptocurrency in the world, it was launched in January 2009. This is the first decentralized payment system in the world, in which interaction takes place exclusively between users, and does not require regulation by intermediaries. It works with the help of blockchain technology, which guarantees security of transactions.

The Bitcoin network is a chain of blocks, which store information about every coin transfer in the entire history. Each block has timestamps as well as encrypted information about the previous block. This data is stored on every miner`s computer all at the same time, thus it is impossible to change anything in the registry. So, basically, Bitcoin is just a record in blockchain.

2. Is there a Bitcoin in physical form

It is very difficult for the vast majority of people to imagine something that does not exist in the real world. Some enthusiasts have begun issuing physical Bitcoins for this reason. What is it? The actual Bitcoin coins appear in the form of physical wallets. They are intended for safe storage of coins, as well as for offline payments. There is a wallet`s address that can be found on a coin, which is publicly available, as well as a private key, which is hidden by special hologram.

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/

The first physical coins were issued in 2011, produced by Mike Caldwell. The circulation was 3500 pieces, it is worth saying that the author mined those digital assets by himself. These coins were sold out very quickly, so in 2013, Caldwell released the next generation of physical bitcoins, which had new design.

3. What are the prospects for Bitcoin?

The first digital coin in history keeps leading position for almost 10 years and remains a powerhouse for the entire industry. The very first exchange rate of the coin was 1 dollar for 1.309.03 BTC. We remind that the coin’s rate in December last year was above $20,000, and then started falling down. Bitcoin costs about $3,300 now (according to CoinMarketCap).

No doubts, it is the biggest asset value increase in the history of mankind. Many cryptocurrency experts predict a great future for Bitcoin. Coin emission is limited, mining complexity increases every year, and users base is growing. All these factors will certainly have a positive effect on the cost of the asset in the future.

Bitcoin has one big problem that slows down its development – a small bandwidth. The network is able to perform only 7 operations per second. This It means that the more people will use the system, the longer it will take to wait for transactions confirmation takes to wait for. Sometimes it can take hours or even days.

4. Conclusion

Many people wonder: How does 1 Bitcoin looks like?” In general, BTC does not exist in physical form, it is just a set of data stored in the blockchain. But the enthusiasts created physical analogs of coins, mostly for collectors. They are physical wallets, made in the form of coins. Bitcoin`s future is not fully defined yet, but the majority of experts believe that the peak of its popularity is still ahead.

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Money Evolution: From Appearance to Cryptocurrency

The money is the most genius invention of mankind. During its long history, it has repeatedly changed its conceptual design. And each stage was accompanied by a qualitative leap in the development of human civilization. In this article we will talk in detail about money, its history and future prospects.

1. The main functions of money

The Money is fairly universal tool with the help of which you can perform many tasks.

  • Circulation tool. In turnover, money is a mediator. In order to effectively perform this function, money should be easy to deal with, and its transfer from one person to another should be fulfilled as soon as possible.
  • Payment tool. Each product has its own price, money allows to simplify the process of exchange of goods and services significantly.
  • Accumulation tool. Some of the unused funds can be accumulated for the future, but it is very important to diversify risks and not to keep money in one currency, because, in terms of inflation, its purchasing power in future may significantly decrease.

2. The origin of money and its evolution

The money origin is rooted to the times of primitive people. The development of money can be divided into several stages.

  • The first money. The money did not exist as such in human civilization at an early stage of its formation, at that time primitive people had barter. The first elementary monetary funds began to appear at the time of the division of labor. Different tribes used the various goods which were available to them  as the money. For example, cocoa beans in Mexico, animal skins in Siberia, pearls in South America were used as currency, etc. Salt was another valuable resource.
  • Metal money. With the development of civilization, money acquires a metallic form. In the VII century B.C. the first coinage appeared. This format of monetary funds becomes very popular all over the world. The primary materials of which were gold, silver, copper and bronze. This type of money significantly increased the sales turnover between people and brought human civilization to a fundamentally new level. During this period begins the accumulation of large capitals.
  • Paper money. In 910 A.D, in China, the first paper money appeared. The appearance of banks marked the beginning of a new era of market relations. Banks have become major custodians of values. People handed them their money, and received paper certificates in return. This format have become so popular that over the time these certificates began to be considered as money, which we can observe nowadays.
  • Electronic money. A year of 1991 becomes a critical point in history, this is the year when the Internet begins to function. Banks actively pick up this technology and begin to use it after a couple of years. Digital money is much faster and more secure than paper analogues. They are still the most common type of monetary funds.
  • Bank cards. The world’s first plastic card was issued back in 1950, it was  used in order to pay for dinner in certain restaurants. And only in two years after that, the first bank credit card was issued  in the USA.
  • Digital coins. The history of cryptocurrencies begins in the end of 2008, it was the first time when people heard the word Bitcoin. The main feature of cryptocurrency is the lack of a single center that controls emissions and acts as an intermediary in the course of transactions, digital coins also can be mined, i.e., engaged in mining.

3. Prospects of cryptocurrencies

Some experts predict a total collapse of cryptocurrencies, other experts predict the world recognition and almost the transfer of all the wealth of mankind into blockchain. What does really awaits the cryptocurrency industry in the future? In fact, there is not a single person who will be able to predict its further development by 100%. We can only assume certain scenarios based on certain facts.

  • It should be noted that a very technological and a universal technology such as  blockchain lies at the roots of cryptocurrencies. Potentially, it can be used in almost any field of activity.
  • Cryptocurrencies have altered the very essence of the money: no one controls them, they can not be banned or blocked.
  • Even against the background of the deep correction of 2018, large companies, funds and private investors are beginning to be interested in cryptocurrencies.
  • The governments of the largest countries are developing a legal framework for the market. This will allow to promote cryptocurrencies  massively.

Along with that, the mass media is overloaded by bad news which is one of the reasons for the protracted correction. If you look at the cryptocurrency chart in longer term, you can clearly see the liquidity of cryptocurrency assets (20x growth), even taking into account their rollback from peak values by 70-90%.

Source: CoinMarketCap

4. Conclusion

Money is the greatest invention of mankind, they became the catalyst of the progress of human civilization. We are witnessing the formation of a new type of money such as digital coins. Only time will tell whether cryptocurrencies will be able to take a palm of victory and push out paper and electronic money. But it is worth noting that in the long run they have all the chances to do that.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 14: Cryptocurrencies Are in the Red Zone Again

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 3.4% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3298 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies moved to the red zone:

Bitcoin Cash lost 11.17% over the past 24 hours and costs $82 per coin;

Ripple fell by 1.89% and is $0.29 in price;

EOS minus 4.67%, and its cost is $1.88;

Litecoin decreased by 2.35%, and its price is $23;

Cardano lost 4.17%, and its value is $0.028;

Stellar dropped by 6.46% and costs $0.10;

IOTA minus 4.53%, and its cost is $0.24;

Dash lost 4.67%, and its price is $61;

Monero became cheaper by 1.61% and costs $42.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 3.95% and continues to decline. The coin exchange rate is $85, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization fell to $104 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 55% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $57 billion.

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