Miners on the Bitcoin network signaled that they would begin enforcing a new set of block acceptance rules concerning the handling of "anyone can spend" transactions, commonly referred to as "Segregated Witness". For users of the actual Bitcoin system and actual Bitcoin software, this news comes with the usual "soft fork" related increase in the risk of chainsplits and orphaned blocks. For users engaging in fringe behavior on the Bitcoin network and seeking to abuse the new "rules" surrounding the "anyone can spend" edge case, there exists incredible potential1 for "your loss".
This move by Bitcoin miners circumvents an effort advanced by assorted social engineers to attempt enforcing this new "anyone can spend" ruleset through a loud tantrum. It remains to be seen how large a pile of coins the brave and the duped are willing to amass under "anyone can spend" conditions in order to tempt miners to abandon this new "soft forked" ruleset.
This week a Bitcoin network difficulty adjustment took the mining difficulty from 708659466230.33203125 to 804525194568.13183594 for an increase of approximately 13.52 percent. This is an all time high mining difficulty, and it comes on the heel of last adjustment's ~0.43 percent drop to the the then second and now third highest mining difficult in the history of Bitcoin so far.
The USG, fiat aligned, domain squatters at Bitcoin.org are hyping a supposed "network disruption" which they hope will follow their latest effort to fork away from actual Bitcoin. The effort fronted by known sleeze Luke-jr (WOT:luke-jr) has been dubbed by the social engineers a "User Activated Soft Fork", and in this scheme the vermin attacking Bitcoin are attempting to dupe would be Bitcoin users into running their software instead of an actual Bitcoin node. The idea is that by creating the impression of easily faked support, the social engineers may bully miners into accepting a forking away from Bitcoin and into something lesser.
This effort, supported almost entirely by assorted USG stoolies and assorted single language anglophone social engineering victims, is the most transparently desperate effort so far to undermine Bitcoin by imposing governance outside of The Most Serene Republic. It remains to be seen how many persons supposing themselves involved in Bitcoin will be victimized by Luke-jr and his co-conspirators when this latest fork's "flag day"1 passes.
Mining difficulty on the Bitcoin network has undergone a small drop to 708659466230.33203125 from 711697198173.75659180 for a decrease of approximately 0.43 percent. This downward adjustment to the second highest mining difficulty in history breaks the recent long streak of all time highs.
Following last period's almost 14 percent jump, the latest Bitcoin mining difficulty adjustment is a more modest increase from 678760110082.99023438 to 711697198173.75659180 for an approximately 4.85 percent rise to this newest all time high.
Bitcoin network mining difficulty has reached a new all time high of 678760110082.99023438 up from 595921917085.41601562 for an approximately 13.90 percent increase.
The period of sustained malaise which hit fiat currencies this year continues to take it's toll with the United States dollar spending much of May under 1/2000th of a Bitcoin. New all time lows for the dollar threatened to cross 1/3000th of a Bitcoin, but they did cross the 1/2800th mark more than doubling the dollar's pre-2017 low mark. At present fiat/Bitcoin interfaces are sitting around a ~1/2200th of a Bitcoin price for the US dollar, a mark unheard of before this May. Sorry for your loss.
Bitcoin network mining difficulty has climbed to 595921917085.41601562 from 559970892890.83813477 for an increase of ~6.42 percent for a strong follow up to last period's 7.28 percent climb. At present, the all time highs keep climbing while the all time losers keep fumbling.
Mining difficulty on the Bitcoin network has risen ~7.28 percent to 559970892890.83813477 from 521974519553.62823486 for a new all time high. The previous adjustment a slight increase of ~0.22% from 520808749422.13983154 to was also a new all time high as has been the trend for much of Bitcoin's ever increasing history.
Fiat currency malaise continues as well with the United States dollar continuing to suffer an increasing number of all time lows against the Bitcoin.