Re: Hash/sec Throttling for Democracy

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2010-07-14 20:25:06 UTC - Original Post
So if your computer was only 1% towards solving block 68000
This is a common point of confusion.  There's no such thing as being 1% towards solving a block.  You don't make progress towards solving it.  After working on it for 24 hours, your chances of solving it are equal to what your chances were at the start or at any moment.

It's like trying to flip 37 coins at once and have them all come up heads.  Each time you try, your chances of success are the same.

The RNG is the OpenSSL secure random number generator.  On Windows it's seeded with the complete set of all hardware performance counters since your computer started, on Linux it's dev/random.