Feathercoin daemon and wallet production version 0.17.0.2

Difficulty Discussion - Fork Update - Bushstar


  • Regular Member | Tip thep33t

    [quote name=“Bushstar” post=“2230” timestamp=“1368203680”]
    Let’s talk about difficulty. There are a lot of people who are keen to see a technical change to the way that difficulty is handled. These requests are down to Feathercoin being at a high difficulty compared to the amount of hash power on the network.

    One proposal is a difficulty adjust every 504 blocks and at a difference of 40% maximum.

    There have been some interesting suggestions put forward that would take more time to implement and test than it would take for us to get out of the current high difficulty. Perhaps the solution is an involved one and will not be seen soon.

    Miners are important but there is already a lot of coins in circulation. A dry spell in new coins does not mean the end of the coin. So do not get too worried about this.
    [/quote]

    Even if a fix takes longer to implement than this current difficulty spell, what about the next one, or the one after that?

    If FTC stays somewhat valuable, this will continue.

    I think it is worth investigating fixes -whether or not they get implemented is ultimately up to the populus.

    [quote author=zerodrama link=topic=363.msg2270#msg2270 date=1368209712]
    the problem is solved. give-me-ltc is the most trusted ltc pool and now give-me-ftc exists.

    there is no code change needed. we just needed to make our case.

    trust me on this.

    send everybody to serraz’s give-me-ftc.com pool. he has anti ddos measures, security measures. not just a fly by night shop.
    [/quote]

    How exactly will this fix anything with the difficulty/transfer time. Solo Mine, pool Mine, whatever, diff is still the same. Transactions do not go any faster there vs. any other pool.


  • | Tip Armandoke

    [quote name=“Bushstar” post=“2265” timestamp=“1368208885”]
    [quote author=omnom link=topic=363.msg2254#msg2254 date=1368206832]
    This is a huge problem, we cant move our FTC.

    I have sent a .5 k to another adress about 3 hours ago, they had reached 4/6 conf and now they came back to ?.

    What is going on? I have 48 active connections…

    Should I worry?
    [/quote]

    Can you PM me the transaction details so I can check?
    [/quote]

    I’ve just sent you a pm with a transaction ID of dissapearing wallet transactions. (Received 10 and sent out 10 FTC)


  • Regular Member | Tip zerodrama

    [quote name=“thep33t” post=“2276” timestamp=“1368210293”]
    [quote author=Bushstar link=topic=363.msg2230#msg2230 date=1368203680]
    Let’s talk about difficulty. There are a lot of people who are keen to see a technical change to the way that difficulty is handled. These requests are down to Feathercoin being at a high difficulty compared to the amount of hash power on the network.

    One proposal is a difficulty adjust every 504 blocks and at a difference of 40% maximum.

    There have been some interesting suggestions put forward that would take more time to implement and test than it would take for us to get out of the current high difficulty. Perhaps the solution is an involved one and will not be seen soon.

    Miners are important but there is already a lot of coins in circulation. A dry spell in new coins does not mean the end of the coin. So do not get too worried about this.
    [/quote]

    Even if a fix takes longer to implement than this current difficulty spell, what about the next one, or the one after that?

    If FTC stays somewhat valuable, this will continue.

    I think it is worth investigating fixes -whether or not they get implemented is ultimately up to the populus.

    [quote author=zerodrama link=topic=363.msg2270#msg2270 date=1368209712]
    the problem is solved. give-me-ltc is the most trusted ltc pool and now give-me-ftc exists.

    there is no code change needed. we just needed to make our case.

    trust me on this.

    send everybody to serraz’s give-me-ftc.com pool. he has anti ddos measures, security measures. not just a fly by night shop.
    [/quote]

    How exactly will this fix anything with the difficulty/transfer time. Solo Mine, pool Mine, whatever, diff is still the same. Transactions do not go any faster there vs. any other pool.
    [/quote]

    Give me ltc miners are the most dedicated miners you will find and they DO NOT come in here threatening and throwing their weight around. They will switch over to the ftc pool quickly.

    We don’t need miners on power trips. We need people who actually care. Serraz’s customers are the best customers.

    And serraz’s pool uses 10 confirms not 120.


  • Regular Member | Tip Magic8Ball

    Will spread the word about give-me-ftc.com over BTC-e chatbox when LTC difficulty jumps. Might get a few converts.


  • Regular Member | Tip zerodrama

    Awesome.


  • | Tip omnom

    [quote name=“Bushstar” post=“2265” timestamp=“1368208885”]
    [quote author=omnom link=topic=363.msg2254#msg2254 date=1368206832]
    This is a huge problem, we cant move our FTC.

    I have sent a .5 k to another adress about 3 hours ago, they had reached 4/6 conf and now they came back to ?.

    What is going on? I have 48 active connections…

    Should I worry?
    [/quote]

    Can you PM me the transaction details so I can check?
    [/quote]

    It took very long but it was resolved

    unforunately this diff. is pushing people to mass sellouts…


  • Regular Member | Tip ghostlander

    It’s not known for sure why FTC has dropped in price to 0.0013 on BTC-e today. I guess it has something to do with Vircurex being hacked.


  • Regular Member | Tip Markus1337

    It was still dropping before Vircurex went offline 😕 I donno if people are right that it’s dead or stock as many FTC as I can whilst it’s cheap… :S


  • Regular Member | Tip ghostlander

    I see over 1 million FTC in sell orders on BTC-e alone. That’s 1/6th of a total currency in circulation.


  • Regular Member | Tip zerodrama

    having a small diff to start with is what caused this

    making software tweaks isn’t going to help because until the circulation is decentralized it will keep doing this

    unless…


  • | Tip archminer

    [quote name=“Bushstar” post=“2230” timestamp=“1368203680”]
    Let’s talk about difficulty. There are a lot of people who are keen to see a technical change to the way that difficulty is handled. These requests are down to Feathercoin being at a high difficulty compared to the amount of hash power on the network.

    One proposal is a difficulty adjust every 504 blocks and at a difference of 40% maximum.

    There have been some interesting suggestions put forward that would take more time to implement and test than it would take for us to get out of the current high difficulty. Perhaps the solution is an involved one and will not be seen soon.

    Miners are important but there is already a lot of coins in circulation. A dry spell in new coins does not mean the end of the coin. So do not get too worried about this.
    [/quote]

    The problem is not the dry spell in new coins, but rather the risk of a 51% attack and the fact that the coin is unusable at the moment due to the time it takes to move coins around.


  • | Tip whenhowwho

    Ok we can solve this issue. 504 blocks make a soft re-target 10-30% and a hard re-target for whatever it needs to be every 8064 blocks. My reasoning is this bitcoin and the magical 2016 block diff target was based upon a block being generated every 10 minutes ish. This coin is 4x that so it needs to both retarget faster [i]and[/i] slower. Faster to avoid super long confirmations (no confirmation=no transactions = dead coin) and slower to reflect the long term sampling. The faster would be a soft re-target in other words not a full difficulty change but a percentage of target difficulty this would even out the initial hoppers hash fluctuation (what we are seeing right now) and help to ensure that the network can still handle transactions in a timely manner. Somehow in my head I have this picture of a nice calm beach and waves coming in nice and peaceful like as opposed to building your sand castle just in time to notice the tide has gone waaaaaaay out and here comes a 50 story wave to ruin your day.

    I think it could be done with an update patch of sorts like they did with the bitcoin client a little ways back. Just my .02 ftc.

    if i have entertained you helped you or etc donate your hashing power to a pool of your choice and let get through this!


  • Regular Member | Tip ghostlander

    [quote name=“Bushstar” post=“2230” timestamp=“1368203680”]
    One proposal is a difficulty adjust every 504 blocks and at a difference of 40% maximum.
    [/quote]

    That’s better than what we have now. People are losing faith in FTC and sell it at ridicuosly low prices. Transactions take long to get confirmed, 51% attack threat, etc. Some kind of averaging window may also be implemented, but it needs more testing to justify. For instance, to retarget every 504 blocks or even less, but to calculate geometric average over 2016 blocks.


  • Regular Member | Tip zerodrama

    We need to explicitly distinguish between normal and abnormal situations. 2016 is indeed useless. The web is a different beast from 4 years ago, speed wise, content wise, threat wise, culture. 2016 should simply be a reference point.

    I think restricting difficulty rise can create a different problem, pump and dump galore.

    We should use a moving average over 2016 blocks sampled every 504. We could as a rule accept a range of difficulty and also have a minimum and maximum reward.

    But again. Low difficulty was an unfortunate mistake. Nevertheless, perhaps this is a soft DDoS attack and should be dealt with as such.

    I still think the extremes should be dealt with in a different way. If the difficulty seems to be going too high, keep the earlier difficulty and drop the reward to preserve confirmation speed. If the difficulty seems to be dropping too fast, keep it higher and increase the reward.

    Also another thing: The only way this kind of attack is even possible is because 1) there is an opportunity to cause price crashes through massive processing power and 2) when price drops the attackers can buy more and increase their gains round after round.

    Therefore I would suggest maybe we need to cause coins to spread out more when these attacks occur. More decentralization. I would suggest requiring a higher difficulty for larger amounts.

    So mainly I think there should be two modes of operation: normal mode - no change in behavior, evasive action mode - apply changes.

    It may be possible to achieve much of this without a fork.


  • Regular Member | Tip Markus1337

    sorry guys to ask such noob questions but what is 51% attack exactly? Is it when a pool has over 51% total hash power and then changes some setting? I donno does it work like a DDoS?


  • Regular Member | Tip Nutnut

    [quote name=“Markus1337” post=“2423” timestamp=“1368259683”]
    sorry guys to ask such noob questions but what is 51% attack exactly? Is it when a pool has over 51% total hash power and then changes some setting? I donno does it work like a DDoS?
    [/quote]

    I [i]think[/i] if any one person (wallet) has more than 50% they effectively have control over the block chain which means they can undo transactions, double spend etc. They would have to have malicious intent though so just because someone has 51% doesn’t mean it will all go to brown stuff.

    Anyone more educated than i care to elaborate?


  • | Tip Bushstar

    In a 51% attack someone can generate their own block chain and force it on to the network. The idea is that you would generate this chain but not broadcast it until you had gone around and spent your money on goods. Then you broadcast your chain without those transactions present. Generally these attacks fail and just leave orphaned block chains behind.

    Back to business.

    To me it looks like we should not just wait on this like Freicoin did.

    The best option is to go for a four times faster difficulty adjust but with a much less variable adjust. This means when the difficulty comes down it will only do so by 40% which will not bring all the miners running but will be enough to entice some back. This will stop us from turning into bubble coin.

    I have made some basic changes and am getting some peer review. I will come back here to let you all know the details when I have them.


  • | Tip UKMark

    Great news bush! In the meantime, I’m stocking up on cheap coins. 🙂

    A 51% attack is usually what is bantered about by people who don’t really understand the complexity in successfully pulling one off, in fact usually by people who would actually struggle [i]pulling one off[/i] [citation needed] 😃


  • Regular Member | Tip Nutnut

    [quote name=“UKMark” post=“2449” timestamp=“1368264525”]
    A 51% attack is usually what is bantered about by people who don’t really understand the complexity in successfully pulling one off, in fact usually by people who would actually struggle [i]pulling one off[/i] [citation needed] 😃
    [/quote] 😉


  • | Tip archminer

    Great news bush! Looking forward for this getting pushed out.