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How to get started mining Ethereum

What is Ethereum and mining? Ethereum itself is a platform for decentralized applications. This means that instead of talking to one central server, clients talk to each other. Developers can then build applications that rely on this network to perform tasks distributed among clients in real time. This creates a peer-to-peer network of nodes that perform tasks with one another, similar to how peer-to-peer file sharing protocol BitTorrent works. It's not the same, but similar enough to compare ("peer to peer" with the "reward" being a file). The process which you, a miner, is interested in surrounds finding information in a particular block. As the information is found ("mined") and verified, the worker (you) will receive a reward (Ether) for completing task. Although this...

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