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Will metropolis delay the difficulty bomb?

Vitalik said the "ice age will be delayed anyways" (with metropolis). It's not that important or applicable either way, though on the other hand that given network going to be mucking around with ...
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How long will it be till ETH is not worth mining? (Ice Age)

I believe we recently started a period where difficulty bombs in ETH will have substantial effect, but it is surprisingly hard to find throughout explanation about this online, hence the question. ...
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Is there any way to diffuse the difficulty bomb and continue operating as though Ice Age doesn't exist?

I am running a private chain for my own purposes. Rather: it's a "public" discoverable chain but not any known or publicized chain. I want to continue to run this with PoW and no difficulty bomb. ...
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Parity: what is “bombDefuseTransition”

I see the Parity option for "bombDefuseTransition" here, under chain spec: https://github.com/paritytech/parity/wiki/Chain-specification Two questions: 1 - Why is this needed? (Would I be correct ...
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Hypothetical: What if ETH miners remove difficulty bomb and continue using PoW?

I am not advocating this! I am simply wondering what would happen if a bunch of ETH miners decided to remove the difficulty bomb in their clients and continue on as though everything was the same. I ...
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How does the Ethereum Homestead difficulty adjustment algorithm work?

From From EIP 2, the Homestead difficulty adjustment algorithm is: block_diff = parent_diff + parent_diff // 2048 * max(1 - (block_timestamp - parent_timestamp) // 10, -99) + int(2**...
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Understanding diff bomb script results

I've been using this difficulty bomb script, but when I run it... it shows not too accurate predictions. I'm interested on the predictions about how would be the behaviour of the diff bomb since block ...
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When will the difficulty bomb make mining impossible?

I know the answer must be out there in the code already, but I couldn't figure out where exactly. Could someone do the maths for me: With block 200k the difficulty bomb started increasing the ...
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What if difficulty bomb makes mining impossible before POS release?

As mining difficulty raises and POS is still not ready, I was just wondering if POS release can still be on time compared to the difficulty bomb giving too high difficulty. In simpler words, is there ...
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How is the Mining Difficulty calculated on Ethereum?

Having read various pieces of documentation, it's still not completely clear to me what dictates the difficulty rise, and how Ethereum difficulty levels differ to Bitcoin. In the past week ...
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What is the “difficulty bomb” and what is the goal of it?

The difficulty bomb is related to the switch to proof of stake. How does it work exactly and why is it going to help to switch to proof of stake?