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Bitcoin and The Valley - a strong alliance

It’s no secret for anyone that Bitcoin and The Valley are creating a strong alliance as days go by. Korbit handles Bitcoin transactions currently charging 2% commission on any KRW (South Korean Won) to BTC (Bitcoin). As of now, Korbit is only trading  in KRW and BTC but hope to add more currencies in the near future. In addition to The Valley’s interest, the Bitcoin industry has also seen support from Korea’s more traditional banking infrastructure such as the Banks Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs, a group established by the country’s most important banking alliance.

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New Bitcoin Payment Through BitPay

Bitcoin, the cryptographic protocol that operates on a peer-to peer network, is without a doubt growing in popularity with every passing day. This decentralized digital money is used as a currency and allows for direct transactions between users. Now, Verotel, the leading Internet Payment Service Provider (IPSP) specialized in online credit card payment processing for high risk businesses, has started to take Bitcoin payments via BitPay.

Check this: https://bitpay.com/ and https://www.weusecoins.com/en/getting-started

Mining on an original Nintendo

I don’t recommend this, but I think it is a really cool concept and these people put a lot of work into making this happen. And no, don’t use your gaming systems to mine Bitcoins, that includes your XBOX 360, PS3, Atari, etc. This is just a cool concept that I thought some might enjoy.

http://retrominer.com/

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Anonymous asked: I want to start bitcoin and lite coin minning what do I need

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Anonymous asked: Hi, I heard that if i order a 25 GH/s Butterfly miner now i will get the miner in november or december. based on level of difficulty which increases so fast should i expect to make profit with the miner that time? I am afraid i cannot even make the investment back!

I usually try to stay out of the speculation and internet rumor market, but I wanted to respond to this question. First, I view Bitcoin mining as an investment and just like many other investment, there is a risk and you must understand that and be willing to invest an amount of money that you could potentially lose. However, I believe that there are also a lot of Bitcoin miners out there who are spreading rumors about BFL and other companies because they stand to gain by keeping potential competition out of the market. This is called FUD and I’ve seen it numerous times before in my experience in the technological world. The best way to calculate your profit/loss potential is to use a mining calculator like http://www.bitcoinx.com/profit/ to plug in a variety of factors that could impact your investment, such as the difficulty, price of Bitcoins, hashing rate, etc. 

I’m not going to tell you what to do with your money, but I will tell you from my experience that I believe strongly in Bitcoin and have seen it grow exponentially in regards to value and in the public consciousness since its infancy. I believe it will continue to grow and flourish as it grows up, despite the occasional setbacks that come with such a new idea and currency. Only you can decide if you are willing to take the risk to be part of something revolutionary.

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Anonymous asked: What is bitcoin-mining?

Good question. There’s a long explanation and a short explanation. I’ve tried to explain this to my friends and people I meet who ask about it, but normally their eyes just gloss over after about 5 minutes.

I’m going to refer to a website I found that explains it fairly well in an easy to understand manner. Check out www.bitcoinmining.com and watch the video. It gives you an idea but you really need to do more research as it has become much more advanced since I started mining.

Thanks for the question. I think you may have given me an idea for a new post to write about.

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Anonymous asked: So how do I actually start mining in a pool? Is there a list of pools somewhere, hopefully with ranking by payout share, etc? I have the default program installed and updated: Bitcoin version v0.8.1-beta, and there's nothing about mining solo OR in a pool, and didn't even have an option to create a new Wallet, which some other vague instructional inclined. My system: Radeon 7950+Intel 3570K+16GB 2400MHz DDR3.

Try using BFGMiner: https://github.com/luke-jr/bfgminer

You just need to find a pool and join it. Here is a list of pools:https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Comparison_of_mining_pools

Great article on AMD Radeon vs Nvidia GPU’s: Gaming vs. Mining

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Anonymous asked: I have an older 1.6 gig box with older decent graphics card. If I join a pool (slush) is it worth it to even try for solving a block or two? Electricity high and outdated hardware. Box will be dedicated, stay on always though. I started programming Bitcoin API stuff into ecommerce app, and became interested for the novelty of it at this point. Great site man. Thanks.

Thank you for the kind words and fellow interest in Bitcoins and mining. I try to do my best but run a little behind answering questions from time to time as I get so many. I would say that in your situation it all depends on what kind of graphics card you are using as that is the main determinant. I wouldn’t say that it would be worthless to try, but that you are probably going to end up paying more in electricity than you make in Bitcoin on average.

Check out this site to see what your GPU can do:
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Mining_hardware_comparison

And check out this site to get an idea of how profitable/unprofitable it would be:
http://www.bitcoinx.com/profit/ 

Mining Profitability and Hardware Spec Links

I just wanted to post a couple of handy links for everyone as I get a lot of questions regarding the efficiency/profitability of mining an various hardware.

This calculator will help you estimate the profitability of mining depending on a variety of factors:
http://www.bitcoinx.com/profit/

And this link will help you compare the specs of various mining hardware, like GPU’s, FPGA’s, and ASIC’s.
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Mining_hardware_comparison

Hope that helps. Stay calm and mine on!