What is expected of current mining equipment 2 years from now?

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Presumably you are asking about ASIC hardware as there is no sense in acquiring more GPU or FPGA hardware at this point in time.

There are always optimizations possible, so while the work performed by the miner hardware today will most likely still be a valid method two years from now there may be new approaches that make current mining hardware either incompatible with the new method, or of too low of performance to justify continuing to use it for mining.

As far as it being profitable, that cannot be answered. Mining hardware profitability is determined by the difficulty level at intervals over time and the exchange rates -- neither of which can be known today.

Mining is a form of speculation on the Bitcoin exchange...

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Is it better to mine in a virtual machine or on the desktop?

I'm mining for Bitcoins and Litecoins, and am wondering how I can get the most hashes per second without altering my hardware. If it matters, I am on a laptop. I see a couple of choices, such as:

So far I have tried running GUI Miner while doing other stuff. This doesn't work out well and I end up with only 32khash/s. Which of the above is the most optimal for doing this, or is there an even better choice?

My Laptop Specs

------------------ System Information ------------------ Machine name: SAMSUNG Operating System: Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_gdr.130531-1504) System Manufacturer: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. System Model: 520U4C/520U4X BIOS: P03RAL Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.5GHz Memory: 8192MB RAM Available OS Memory: 7894MB RAM Page File: 3598MB used, 5510MB available --------------- Display Devices...
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If you are thinking of getting into Eather mining and start building an expensive rig then dont, soon in a few months you will not be ble to mine anymore.

PoS will take over and mining will no longer be possible. PoS stands for Proof Of Stake, meaning people that hold Ether can do so called staking where they deposit their coins into a "staking vault" and receive fees for confirming transactions on the network. That works via a consensus algorithm.

My recommendation: Its too late to get into mining, instead buy Ether now with that money and you will make much more money. The required amount for staking is RUMORED to be 1500.

But if you allready have a few AMD cards laying around, then you can at least mine some Ether for now..but dont og out buy expensive equipment now. The party is already over and the only way to make money with Ether is to buy ether as an Investment and hold on to it for future gains in price.

Good...

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If “mining” sounds like a process which extracts value from Bitcoin, nothing could be further from the truth!

Miners are the backbone of the Bitcoin network:

Without miners, the network would collapse and lose all value.

The role of miners is to secure the network and to process every Bitcoin transaction.

Miners achieve this by solving a computational problem which allows them to chain together blocks of transactions (hence Bitcoin’s famous “blockchain”).

For this service, miners are rewarded with newly-created Bitcoins and transaction fees.

The Blockchain

To understand mining, it’s first necessary to understand the Bitcoin blockchain.

It works like this:

All Bitcoin transactions are recorded in the blockchain, in a linear, time-stamped series of bundled transactions known as blocks.

The blockchain is essentially a public ledger, which is freely shared, continually updated and under no central control.

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Ethash

BT: 18.86s
BR: 4.85
LB: 4,049,607

1,267,950,321M

67.25 Th/s
1.3%

0.0278
0.0281

$19,617,432,648
68,315.88 BTC 0.00236
0.00239 $5.91
$4.93 100% | 100%
100% | 100%

Nicehash-Ethash

Ethash

BT: -
BR: -
LB: -

0.00223
0.00234

-
78.23 BTC 0.00223
0.00234 $5.77
$4.79 95% | 98%
100% | 97%

Ethash

BT: 14.58s
BR: 4.85
LB: 4,129,740

90,272,429M

6.19 Th/s
-2.8%

0.3899
0.3789

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