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1  Other / Politics & Society / Bitcoin stigma and distrust: Public Online on: January 02, 2012, 10:56:48 PM
It should come as no surprise to any bitcoin user that there is alot of stigma out there about bitcoin and the people that use it. I recently ran into some of this first hand.

I participate in a multitude of different forums, and today decided to try and get some users interested in bitcoin. I created a new thread and advertised that I would send anyone who adopted the currency (just downloading the client) a free 0.01 BTC. I provided all proper links to documentation, and quotations to explain what bitcoin is. My post was met with dismissal and accusations of advertising a scam. A moderator even posted that "This is little to no different than a chain letter or pyramid scheme. Those get permanent bans. Are you SURE that you want to advertise it?". His non-obligatory posted warning was generous, and I commend him for doing so (tho I couldn't make use of it because I left to check the temperatures of my rig after posting the thread).

I have been a member of said forum for over 4 years, and I was given a permanent ban. It took 6 volleys back and forth between the moderator and I in private messages to have the ban reduced.

My point, look at the stigma bitcoin has, "This is little to no different than a chain letter or pyramid scheme". The name has been poisoned, this will have to improve before it can possibly meet mainstream adoption.
2  Other / Beginners & Help / [SOLVED] Mining on Ubuntu 11.04 with ATI, freeze while mining. on: August 24, 2011, 08:00:11 PM
Hey everyone, I'm new here (these forums), that is why this is being posted in this section.

I'm using Ubuntu 11.04 with an AMD/ATI Radeon 6990 (soon to be 2 6990s). I use poclbm with Catalyst version 11.8 and AMD APP SDK version 2.5. I'm using Gnome and Compiz as my desktop & window manager.

My problem is: Whenever I mine with both cores at the same time, my OS locks up and I have to hard reset. My OS also locks up if I leave a single core mining for a period of time. I get about 10 seconds of mining time on both cores before it freezes (I do get shares on both cores during this time), and up to 30 seconds or a minute with just one core running.

How I invoke poclbm (through a shell script):

echo "#started 1#"
export DISPLAY=:0
echo "changing directories..."
cd /home/teal/phoenix/python-jsonrpc/poclbm
./ -v -w 128 -f 10 -d 1

I have to use the line "export DISPLAY=:0" for poclbm to see both GPU cores (aticonfig can see both). I use a much higher frame (-f) parameter for adapter "0" to leave resources for running my display.

I hope someone has some advice for me as I've exhausted my own means to solve this. I'm happy to provide any more relative information. I will be back from work at 8:30 (EST), any help would be appreciated.  
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