Siacoin (CURRENCY:SC) traded down 1.6% against the US dollar during the one day period ending at 12:00 PM E.T. on November 4th. Siacoin has a market cap of $239.63 million and $4.06 million worth of Siacoin was traded on exchanges in the last 24 hours. During the last week, Siacoin has traded 9.7% lower against the US dollar. One Siacoin coin can now be bought for $0.0064 or 0.00000100 BTC on major exchanges including Bisq, LBank, Bittrex and OKEx.
Here is how other cryptocurrencies have performed during the last 24 hours:
- Bitcoin (BTC) traded down 0.5% against the dollar and now trades at $6,316.43 or 1.00000000 BTC.
- Ethereum (ETH) traded up 1.6% against the dollar and now trades at $203.10 or 0.03189228 BTC.
- Bitcoin Cash (BCH) traded 21.9% higher against the dollar and now trades at $580.23 or 0.09111265 BTC.
- Litecoin (LTC) traded up 7.6% against the dollar and now trades at $54.83 or 0.00860996 BTC.
- Monero (XMR) traded 3.8% higher against the dollar and now trades at $109.17 or 0.01714311 BTC.
- Ethereum Classic (ETC) traded up 3.1% against the dollar and now trades at $9.41 or 0.00147829 BTC.
- Zcash (ZEC) traded 2.2% higher against the dollar and now trades at $119.47 or 0.01875972 BTC.
- Bitcoin Gold (BTG) traded up 9.7% against the dollar and now trades at $29.66 or 0.00465762 BTC.
- Dogecoin (DOGE) traded down 0.4% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0037 or 0.00000059 BTC.
- Nano (NANO) traded down 1.1% against the dollar and now trades at $1.91 or 0.00030035 BTC.
Siacoin Coin Profile
According to CryptoCompare, “The foundation of Sia is a proof of work blockchain. Storage contracts are a new type of transaction that get enforced by the blockchain. Sia's hashing algorithm is blake2b. p2pool and multisig wallets are both supported on Sia. When a file is uploaded to Sia, a storage contract is created containing the Merkle root of the file, a reward for the host, and a penalty for the host (both in siacoins). After an agreed-upon duration, the host is required to prove that the file is still available by providing a random Merkle proof. If the proof is valid, the host is rewarded; otherwise, the host is penalized. Random numbers are generated deterministically using the most recent block as a seed. Sia has support for two way payment channels, and two way contract diffs. Among other things, this provides massive scalability, and eliminates the need for untrustworthy 0-confirmation transactions. Once you join a payment channel network, all transactions within that network will be instant and final, with no risk of a double spend. Reliability is achieved by using erasure coding in a massively distributed environment. Erasure coding allows a file to be split into many pieces, such that the original file can be recovered using only a few of them. For example, you can take a 50 MB file, break it into 200 pieces that are 1 MB each, and then you can recover the original file from *any* 50 of the pieces. This method has the same overhead as creating 4 complete copies of the file, yet is much more reliable because it's much less likely that 151 out of 200 hosts will go offline than it is that 4 out of 4 hosts will go offline. As the network grows, we will apply statistical analysis to determine the redundancy required to provide 99.9999% reliability on files. It is likely that 3x overhead is absurd overkill, and statistical analysis will give an accurate picture of how much overhead is required. Using 200 hosts to store a file means that downloads can be massively parallel. Even if the average Sia host does not have quick upload speeds, the massive parallelism enabled by Sia means that downloads will be blazing fast anyway. In addition, you can choose to connect only to the datacenters that are the closest and the fastest. This optimization (known as a CDN) is a hugely expensive project for a traditional cloud storage service, but for Sia it is a natural consequence of the decentralized network. As security is a top priority of Sia, all encryption is performed locally; the people storing your files will have no ability to see what you have uploaded. Not only is every file encrypted separately, every *piece* of every file is encrypted separately, and hosts are not told which pieces are part of the same file. “
Buying and Selling Siacoin
Siacoin can be purchased on the following cryptocurrency exchanges: Poloniex, LBank, Binance, CoinEx, Upbit, QBTC, Bittrex, OKEx, HitBTC, Bitbns and Bisq. It is usually not presently possible to purchase alternative cryptocurrencies such as Siacoin directly using US dollars. Investors seeking to acquire Siacoin should first purchase Bitcoin or Ethereum using an exchange that deals in US dollars such as Gemini, Changelly or GDAX. Investors can then use their newly-acquired Bitcoin or Ethereum to purchase Siacoin using one of the exchanges listed above.
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