I've been playing the game far longer than you have matey. I switched from bitcoin to DASH because I thought this had a promise of global presence on it when it came to its technology. Right now, it just reeks of disappointment and a handful of community members that think they're the adults in the room who avoid "speculation".
What a waste of technology.
Did you read the Dash white paper? If not, I will give you a significant snip of it:
"x11 is a widely used hashing algorithm, which takes a different approach, known as algorithm chaining. x11 consists of all 11 SHA3 contestants, each hash is calculated then submitted to the next algorithm in the chain. By utilizing multiple algorithms, the likelihood that an ASIC is created for the currency is minimal until a later part of it’s life cycle."
This is pretty much exactly how it worked out in real life. So, rather than pointing a bunch of Bitcoin ASIC machines at mining Dash as soon as it came out in early 2014 and locking out the hobbyists, the small time miners could profitably mine dash for a year or two, or possibly three years before the X-11 ASIC machines were developed. But it was known and stated that eventually, ASIC machines would come out for X-11.
"Due to the complexity and die size required to create an ASIC for mining x11, we expect that it will take considerably longer than it did in Bitcoin, allowing for hobbyists to take part in the mining for a longer period of time. We believe this is highly important for good distribution and growth of a cryptocurrency."
And again, this is what happened in real life. Instead of Dash mining being completely gobbled up by BitCoin ASIC rigs by the second week, the little guys got several years of profitable mining.
But even from the very beginning, we knew this would happen. We have warned people repeatedly that this would happen. Now that it has actually happened, we feel sympathy for those who got caught with an expensive machine that only pays a few dollars per week. But we are not surprised.
Did you not see the warnings on the mining forum?
2 years in Crypto land is like 10 years in the rest of the world.