Today Bitcoin mining difficulty increased ~3.24 percent from 460769358090.71423340 to 475705205061.62921143 for yet another all time high. The magnitude of increase is down slightly from the last two adjustments of ~4.535 and ~4.4 percent. US dollars continue trading under 1/1100th of a Bitcoin on fiat centered fiat/Bitcoin interfaces as fiat malaise continues.
The Bitcoin network mining difficulty has risen to 460769358090.71423340 from 440779902286.58917236 in a change of ~4.535 percent. This is in line with last period's rise of ~4.4 percent. Meanwhile fiat/Bitcoin interfaces continue to steadily report record malaise on the fiat side. Reported prices continue to be near or below the 2013 MtGox record low for the US dollar.
The Bitcoin network mining difficulty has climbed ~4.4 percent to 440779902286.58917236 from 422170566883.83685303 in a move that brings yet another all time high mining difficulty.
Coindesk1 today gave the exciting title
"Crypto Traders Flock to Altcoins Amid Bitcoin Price Malaise"
to a mundane piece whose only actual mentions of fiat/Bitcoin interface reported price concerns continued price stability. With the value of the United States dollar continuing to be reported under 0.001 BTC for much of this young year, all malaise seems to be accumulating on the fiat side.
The Bitcoin network mining difficulty has climbed to 422170566883.83685303 in an approximately 7.43% increase over the previous level. Two weeks ago, the last adjustment took the network mining difficulty up ~16.64% in move that represented a substantial purchases of computing equipment good at hashing double rounds of SHA256 and nothing else. As with most recent difficulty adjustments this is yet another all time high Bitcoin mining difficulty.
As mentioned in Shinohai's latest shitcoin Roundup, a few single language Chinese miners have taken to expressing an unjustified degree of loyalty to yet another doomed anti-Bitcoin forking effort. In the same week the fork effort's defective client unintentionally fell out of consensus due to its inherent slop, Andrew Quentson (WOT:nonperson) published a purported "cosmetically corrected" interview with Jiang Zhuoer (WOT:nonperson) where among other things Zhuoer confesses to "SPV mining" while asserting to have 100 million dollars1 committed to destroying any actual Bitcoin network which remains after splitting his favored altcoin from Bitcoin.
If Zhuoer's intent actually corresponds to what the words printed in English mean,2 it represents a paltry counter to the deterrent presented by Mircea Popescu and other lords of the Most Serene Republic, which has thus far damped off earlier social engineering attempts to fork Bitcoin into something else before they could root.
Continued imprudence among mining pool operators suggests that a solution to the mining bug3 in order to disabuse certain activist factions of their imagined participation in Bitcoin. Importantly, recent efforts by the People's Bank of China to bring sanity to their local fiat/Bitcoin interfaces does not preclude future statal attempts to attack Bitcoin via the mining vector from the People's Republic of China. Sorry for your loss.
Peter Vessenes (WOT:nonperson) of the failed Vessenes' Phoundation and failed start up Coinlab continues to stir the drama pot as he holds out hope that a court just might award him a portion of the insolvent Gox's corpse. Such a move would naturally represent the first, last, and best revenue received by Vessenes venture which promised much and delivered nothing.
Bitcoin mining difficulty has adjusted to 392,963,262,344.3704, constituting a shocking 16.64% leap above the previous level; for context, only two adjustments during the preceding fiat winter had a larger delta. While the network is close to completing its third exahash, more blocks at this level are needed for a confident estimate.
Following pressure from the "People's" Bank of China, the major Chinese fiat/Bitcoin interfaces have brought an end to margin trading for domestic Chinese customers. Further fiat side interference with fiat/Bitcoin interfaces is expected to continue or accelerate over 2017.
The Bitcoin mining difficulty has started off the fiat year with its sixth consecutive rise, reaching a value of 336899932795.8077; this being ~6.05% above the previous value, and corresponding to a network hashrate of roughly 2.4 EH/s.