SegWit2x still possible?

BitPico mining pool is going to implement SegWit2x hardfork; let's figure out, can they really realize their plans
10 November 2017   1100

The little known bitPico Mining Pool stated that, contrary to the statement on the refusal of the SegWit2X hardfork, it is intended to implement it. Also bitPico states that it controls about 30% of the bitcoin network hashrate.

We are carrying out the fork regardless as everything is set in motion. Backing down the difficulty right now is a strategy. Wonder why 30% network hash-rate disappeared? It’s ours; the miners that will continue what is set in motion... A handful of humans cannot stop what they have no control over...
 

BitPico statement

From the bitPico statement it follows that the pool is allegedly responsible for reducing the hashrate of the bitcoin network by doing it intentionally in order to reduce the complexity of the mining and simplify the block generation.

Bitcoin Hashrate and Difficulty
Bitcoin Hashrate and Difficulty

At the moment it is not clear who exactly stands behind the bitPico and whether this pool actually exists. So, a number of people on the web notes that a simple search on Google shows that even before September nothing was known about the pool with this name.

Also, there is no evidence that the pool actually controls 30% of the network hash. The last post in Twitter BitPico is dated October 27th.

We can not exclude the possibility that SegWit2x futures traders may be behind the bitPico, concerned about the high probability of losing funds as a result of the futures price drop. Since yesterday's announcement of the refusal to implement hardfork, their price has fallen by more than 70% and at the time of publication is $ 287.

SegWit2x futures price chart
SegWit2x futures price chart

Even assuming that the bitPico statements are true, and SegWit2X will be conducted, controling a 30% of Bitcoin hashrate does not give a chance that the new chain will be able to be bitcoin.

It should be noted that while a significant part of the community welcomed the decision to abandon SegWit2X, a number of industry representatives, such as Coinbase, said they continue to monitor the situation.

Bitcoin community expressed skepticism about this situation.

Miners Arrested in 2 Chinese Cities For Power Theft

Six people were detained in Tianjin and two in Wuhan
25 April 2018   91

Bitcoin miners were arrested in two Chinese cities on charges of stealing electricity. This is reported by CoinDesk.

In the first case, 6 people were detained in Tianjin. The suspects used 600 devices for mining bitcoins that were connected to a local substation. The police claim that the connection was made bypassing the counters.

The investigation was initiated after one of the electric power companies discovered a discrepancy between the actual and claimed consumption of electricity.

The police seized all equipment for mining, as well as 8 powerful fans.

Events are taking place while China continues to play a dominant role in the mining of bitcoin, despite the pressure on the cryptocurrencies. As Xinhua notes, this case of electricity theft turned out to be the largest in recent years.

According to another report, which appeared today on the website of the Supreme Prosecutor of China, two more suspects were detained in Wuhan. They also stole electricity.

The detainees used empty stores since March 2017 to house miners and did not pay for electricity, as did the defendants from Tianjin.