Chinese Miners to be Driving Force of Bear Market

Miners are playing short in order to get some profit
07 December 2018   113

As the 8btc notes, the new generation of miners are less likely to keep mined coins, preferring to hedge price risks by opening short positions.

To survive the notorious “cryptocurrency winter”, miners increasingly have to become experts of the financial market and risk managers, using the maximum functionality of trading platforms. Short positions sometimes harm the miners themselves, struggling to maintain profitability.

Everyone is short-seller, we do this for self-defense but that will lead to a further decline in cryptocurrency price… Without short selling, we will be eliminated ultimately, but if everybody keeps doing this, we will finally die together, which is quite heroic.
 

Jin

Miner, China

As noted by jin, he mines cryptocurrency partly on video cards. Miner began operations in October 2017. According to him, in the first two months, Jin Xin earned more than in the past three years in other areas of activity.

However, this year the situation has changed dramatically and the miner had to develop his own strategy for surviving in a bear market. To build capacity, he bought cheaply used GPU farms from those who wished to quit the game. Immediately after the price fell below the break-even point, Jin turned off the farm and sold the video card to video game lovers. After waiting for some price recovery, he again bought up video cards in the secondary market and sold them to miners.

Zcoin to Implement Hard Fork to Fight ASIC Mining

After update, which implement new  Merkle Tree Proof algorithm, the cost of mining on ASIC devices will be significantly increased
10 December 2018   78

On Monday, December 10, a planned hardfork will be held in the Zcoin cryptocurrency network (XZC), the purpose of which is to oppose mining on ASIC devices. As expected, the upgrade will take place at 12:00 GMT.

As a result, the upgrade will activate a new algorithm called Merkle Tree Proof (MTP), the development of which has been carried out over the past few years.

It is noted that the MTP algorithm provides for increased use of RAM, which significantly increases the cost of mining on ASIC devices and thereby eliminates their advantages.

The FAQ section says that before hardfork users and operators of the nodes need to upgrade to the latest version of the Zcoin software (0.13.7.4). Earlier versions will continue to work, but the new release not only contains important fixes for various bugs, but also significantly improves network performance and throughput.

In addition, the developers warn that if after the hard forks the user still has an earlier version of the software, this can lead to incorrect display of balances in the Zcoin wallet.

Znode operators, in turn, will be excluded from the queue and will not be able to receive the award until they update the software to the latest version.

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These news don't have any big effect on Zcoin's rate.