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1  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Ripple Giveaway! on: May 13, 2013, 02:18:05 PM
2  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: [Round 4]Free BTC on: April 29, 2013, 05:13:47 AM
The smallest BIG number, please. 

   aka     17
3  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Bitcoin Businesses and Developers, Let's Get Started! on: April 29, 2013, 05:07:18 AM
hmmmm....   ~80% developers, ~20% entrepreneurs... why do I feel like such a YAD?

Godspeed to the lawyer, rocket scientist, organic chemist, massage therapist, and lawn care guy I saw up there...  you are the voices that stand out in this very large (and noisy) forest.


.NET, SQL Server, and Android development... but so what?
i.e., yet-another-developer
4  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Change A Life on: April 29, 2013, 04:37:06 AM
I agree with Foxpup... and I totally disagree about having to be ruthless.  Life is not a zero-sum game.

And I'd add... you can't truly help a man by giving him a handout.  [of course, you can't help a man by stealing from him either, but there's little hope that the socialist drones will recognize that any time soon].

So... imagine a pioneering miner from ca. 2009 who quietly mined and hoarded his BTC all of these years but then kicked the bucket, leaving 100k BTC to each of his two sons.  The noble son decides he's going to "help" the homeless by giving 20 lucky losers... erf, sorry, "winners"... 5k BTC each.  Within a few months, at least 19 of them are homeless again (probably all of them, but we'll give this foolish do-gooder a *very* lenient benefit of the doubt and assume that at least one of his recipients *really* gets their life back together).  So, the "generous" brother gets credit for changing someone's life

The other brother also breaks his inheritance into 5k BTC chunks, but being a greedy damned capitalist, he uses it to start 20 new alpaca farms in 20 different countries for profit!.  He hires 10 homeless people for each farm, giving a fair shake to anybody who's willing to work hard for an honest wage.  He teaches them how to raise and sheer alpaca, how to make and sell fine alpaca socks, and the most promising 2 workers at each farm also learn how to manage a business.  He hasn't denegrated anybody with a hand-out. He's taught them how to fish, so to speak, and he's made a profit doing it.  The greedy capitalist has helped roughly 200 times as many people as his generous brother.

BUT... the capitalist wasn't ruthless... he strove for mutual profit (win-win) rather than zero-sum profit.  He acted morally, and there are 200 people who appreciate his actions. 

So yes... there are ways to change people's lives... but the only one that *really* counts (IMO) is helping someone to escape slavery... and a hand-out of anything except enlightenment will only drive someone deeper into slavery.

Moreover... if you're ruthless or callous... you may appear to be "winning" on paper, but you ultimately lose in the end [but, alas, that's a much longer explanation].
5  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: New Rig: Motherboard that supports 6 Video cards ( 6 x 7950) on: April 29, 2013, 03:43:29 AM
I'm drooling... but afraid I don't have any suggestions re. your MB question. 

I'm curious, though, what's driving your MB format constraint?  What do you intend to mount this stuff in?   and what are your plans for cooling?

6  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: I've lurked for years... on: April 28, 2013, 11:14:13 PM
I'm admittedly not a long time lurker...  but I just caught wind of the ASICminer round 2 auction last night and want to try to get in.  Probably no way in hell I'll get out of newb jail in time <pout>, but I'm learning a lot by browsing the forums... so doing time in newb jail is turning out to be profitable in its own right.

7  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Building a rig on: April 28, 2013, 10:56:54 PM
I am not sure, but are the drivers the same for 7xxx and 5xxx series? I think I read someone managed to make a combination like this work before, just mentioning it as something you might want to look into first.

Pretty sure the drivers are different... but interesting idea mixed cards on one MB.   I read that you can mix them on a MB for multi-heading, but you can't link them with Crossfire tech for gaming.  But I haven't seen a clear tutorial/example of someone actually doing it for mining vs. gaming.

8  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Newbie restrictions on: April 28, 2013, 10:39:59 PM
ouch... four hours of active forum activity before being freed from newbdom.  It's gonna be a long night, sifting through god-only-knows how many garbage posts to find the interesting stuff.

I'd better get started  :/

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