Norway to Deprive Miners of Electricity Concessions

Northern Bitcoin reports the cost of mining one bitcoin in Norway is about $ 7,700
22 November 2018   384

In the state budget of Norway for the next year there are no special preferential conditions for the mining industry. So, from January 2019, the miners will be forced to pay at standard rates, reports Forbes, citing local sources.

If now the price of a kilowatt for miners is about $ 0.05, then in January it will increase to $ 1.94. Northern Bitcoin reports the cost of mining one bitcoin in Norway is about $ 7,700. In China, for example, this figure is significantly lower - $ 3,100.

Norway can not continue to provide huge tax incentives for the most dirty form of cryptographic output as bitcoin. It requires a lot of energy and generates large greenhouse gas emissions globally.
 

Lars Haltbrekken

Parliamentary representative, Norway

Earlier, mining enterprises in the Chinese provinces of Xinjiang and Guizhou suspended their work at the time of the tax audit, and the network hashrate fell by almost 20%.

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.

Zcoin Price
Zcoin Price

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