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Bad News for Miners: Siacoin to Block Mining Hardware via Hard Fork

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In a recent development, the Sia blockchain network decided to release code for a hard fork which will prevent Siacoin miners from using mining rigs created by large mining manufacturers. As one representative of Sia stated, some mining hardware manufacturers, most notably Bitmain and Innosilicon, are viewed as bad actors that are harming the network.

Because of this, the founder and current CEO of Nebulous, David Vorick, announced that Siacoin would go through a hard fork on October 31st. According to him, users who wish to stay on Siacoin’s network will have to upgrade to a new code version 1.3.6 before the hard fork. Additionally, he mentioned that all large exchanges would participate.

Mining hardware producers are harming the Sia network

The decision to perform a hard fork came after a long debate within the Sia blockchain community. The discussion lasted for an entire year, and it was finally decided to enact a hard fork in October.

Due to the fact that Bitmain mined Siacoin for months in secret, and Innosilicon managed to mine around 50% of Siacoin hashrate to one single address, it was decided that only ASIC processors created by Obelisk will be able to mine Siacoin in the future.

In short, ASIC miners made by Innosilicon, Bitmain, and likely other mining hardware manufacturers will be blocked from the blockchain.

The Siacoin team still prefers ASIC-based mining to GPU-based mining, since a lot of GPU-based mining environments experienced 51% attacks in the past, while ASIC mining projects managed to avoid such incidents. At the same time, only mining equipment created by Obelisk will be allowed.

Is Siacoin heading towards mining centralization?

Obelisk is a known subsidiary of Nebulous, the firm behind Siacoin, which is why many have criticized the move, calling it nothing more than a way to protect the investment made in Obelisk. A large part of the crypto community believes that this will only create a monopoly on Siacoin mining and that it is another step toward mining centralization.

It should be noted that Siacoin is no stranger to hard forks, and it had several of them already. The change of algorithm previously led to two forks that separated from the network — Sia Prime and Sia Classic.

Additionally, back in July, Hyperspace also decided to separate itself from the network because of numerous disagreements concerning development.

They also posted a statement regarding the newly announced hard fork and said that Hyperspace has different views than Sia. This is why they forked in the first place, and that they will keep the blake2b hashing algorithm. Furthermore, as part of the same announcement, Hyperspace invited Bitmain and Innosilicon users to join Space Cash mining at any time.

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Property Loans for Foreigners in Singapore That You Must Know About

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Intending to invest in a residential or commercial property in Singapore?  

When it comes to foreigners applying for a loan in Singapore, things can be pretty hard regardless of the reason whether you need the property for personal or business purposes.  

In Singapore, buying a property is challenging, whether you are a foreigner or a native, and sometimes applying for a loan is the only way for you to afford it.  

HOW MUCH CAN YOU BORROW FOR A PROPERTY LOAN IN SINGAPORE? 

As for the Foreigner Loans, in Singapore, there is an exact amount of money you can borrow to finance the purchase of a property.  

In this sense, Singapore has the Loan to Value Ratio (LTV).  

The LTV ratio is what determines the exact amount of money you can borrow for a property loan, which changes depending on where you try to obtain the loan:  

  • If you are applying for a bank loan, you can borrow a maximum of 75% of the value of the property you want to purchase. That means if you are looking for a property that costs $500.000, the maximum amount of money a bank lender can give you like a loan in Singapore is going to be $375.000. 
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CoinField Launches Sologenic Initial Exchange Offering

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CoinField has started its Sologenic IEO, which is the first project to utilize the XRP Ledger for tokenizing stocks and ETFs. The sale will last for one week and will officially end on February 25, 2020, before SOLO trading begins on the platform.  Sologenic’s native token SOLO is being offered at 0.25 USDT during the IEO.   

Earlier this month, Sologenic released the very first decentralized wallet app for SOLO, XRP, and tokenized assets to support the Sologenic ecosystem. The app is available for mobile and desktop via the Apple Store and Google Play.  The desktop version is available for Windows and Mac.

“By connecting the traditional financial markets with crypto, Sologenic will bring a significant volume to the crypto markets. The role of the Sologenic ecosystem is to facilitate the trading of a wide range of asset classes such as stocks, ETFs, and precious metals using blockchain technology. Sologenic is an ecosystem where users can tokenize, trade, and spend these digital assets using SOLO cards in real-time. The ultimate goal is to make Sologenic as decentralized as possible, where CoinField’s role will be only limited…

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Many of the Top Sports Betting Websites for 2020 Can Be Found On Boomtown’s Best Betting Page

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Sports betting is one of the widely known types of online gambling. With a large number of sports fans around the world, this type of gambling is one of the most sought after. The problem usually comes from when gamblers try to find the best sites out of the many available ones. Many new sports betting sites come up daily, thus making the selection process even harder. One of the best places to find top betting websites for sports is Boomtown Bingo. This platform doesn’t just give users the best online casino games websites, but they also cover sports betting. As such, boomtown bingo remains a one-stop-shop for everyone who needs the best and the latest online gambling and gaming sites for all types of devices.

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