Reply to post: Re: house of cards question

Hold 'em, don't fold 'em: How to bite Bitcoin pools

Frumious Bandersnatch Silver badge

Re: house of cards question

> I guess what happens to them is the same thing that happens to all those decade+ old laptops and desktops.

Yes, the ASIC hardware is ultra-specialised, so it can really only calculate sha256(sha256(message)) < D, where "message" is the concatenation of the previous block's header, a proposed new block and a "nonce" (effectively a random number, though they are scanned in sequence).

This kind of thing is no use for, eg, breaking passwords, so if Bitcoin dies, the hardware is effectively useless. has a nice block diagram explaining this. See the "What Is Proof of Work" section.

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