Mining difficulty on the Bitcoin network has increased from 860221984436.22229004 to 923233068448.90527344 for an increase of approximately 7.32 percent to a new all time high. In this adjustment period a hard forked altcoin separated from the Bitcoin network to zero meaningfully apparent impact on Bitcoin mining, a 7-ish percent increase of mining difficulty to a new all time high is a very typical . Meanwhile, the altcoin is wrestling with its own precarious difficulty situation.
Today, Bitcoin network mining difficulty climbed from the previous all time high of 804525194568.13183594 to 860221984436.22229004 for a new all time high for an increase of approximately 6.92 percent.
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.
From Qntra, December 28th, 2015
The chief idiocy in the Blockstream camp is that if miners decide to stop enforcing the "soft" forks that Blockstream needs, the miners are somehow on "invalid" chains. Soft fork enforcement is nothing more than a courtesy extended by miners. Should miners trigger activation of segregated witness, and a super majority of miners later decide to stop enforcing its rule set, Blockstream is out of luck. Luke-Jr's protests about the "valid" blockchain would be as impotent as his protests about the valid Pope. So long as the longest chain that wins verifies on the actual reference Bitcoin client, life goes on.
There are hazards to artificially trying to introduce new levels of trust to a system that doesn't require it. Softforks that explicitly create an incentive for their own revocation create an extraordinary moral hazard
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.
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.
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.
This is yet another all time high for Bitcoin mining difficulty following last adjustment's achievement of yet another all time high.