It seems the general consensus is that miners should use a pool to maximise returns, yet pools are completely the opposite of what the philosophy of digital currency is about. Zcash will be safer and better if everyone was solo mining as the network would be more resilient and harder to corrupt… and people will not be constantly wondering (as I see them do here) whether their pool is stealing from them.
Do people join pools to make returns more even, or is there any further advantage?
As an example, if my rig has x% the sols/s rate of an average pool, after say 4 years of solo operation will I have made x% of the coins the pool has made? I am guessing the answer is a big fat NO, and not just because of random luck. Can anyone confirm that?
On a separate note, is it normal for a miner to run for a couple of hours with a Sols/s rate of 0? Granted, it is only an old workstation doing CPU mining but still I was expecting a non-zero value lol. The image below shows only a few minutes of runtime but I did leave it running for a couple of hours yesterday but only the validated transactions number was growing.