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March 24, 2013, 08:26:16 PM
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I thought you guys might like this hack:

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March 24, 2013, 08:49:47 PM
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It's great!
And slow  Grin

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March 24, 2013, 09:09:04 PM
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That is just wild!   I wish I was smart. Sad

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March 24, 2013, 09:19:19 PM
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HOLY SHIT!!!!


Where's my Bitcoin cartridge??!!!  Do I have to blow on it/the unit to make it go faster?

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March 25, 2013, 01:11:24 AM
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I've got a few ideas about how to pack it all into a cartridge, but that will involve more development.

I had a crazy idea to make a kickstarter out of this, but I think there's probably not enough interest to make it worthwhile.

I'm glad you like it!

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March 25, 2013, 02:37:24 AM
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Hmmm I wounder what the hash rate is from that lol..... As theirs no indication or info of person saying how much speed i would guess not that much lol but good effort to turn a nes into a miner lol.

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March 25, 2013, 03:40:42 AM
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Hmmm I wounder what the hash rate is from that lol..... As theirs no indication or info of person saying how much speed i would guess not that much lol but good effort to turn a nes into a miner lol.

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March 25, 2013, 11:24:15 AM
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Hmmm I wounder what the hash rate is from that lol..... As theirs no indication or info of person saying how much speed i would guess not that much lol but good effort to turn a nes into a miner lol.

WHAT NEXT SAGA :p
It said one static nonce per iteration and included a hexadecimal number is shown. It's obvious the guy has some different interpretation of Bitcoin, not saying a bad one.

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March 25, 2013, 11:31:35 AM
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That's weak yo, I just hooked up my BFL ASIC (pictured below).

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March 25, 2013, 11:35:44 AM
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That's awesome - nice way to make a forum entrance!  Do you think one of the newer game consoles like an XBox would be a worthwhile hack?

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March 25, 2013, 11:06:30 PM
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insanity

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March 26, 2013, 02:20:56 AM
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Well, Gameboys(as well as a few other consoles) has z80s. LOL
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March 26, 2013, 07:05:18 AM
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what do you think how many hashes / second a z80 would get?
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March 26, 2013, 02:31:01 PM
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what do you think how many hashes / second a z80 would get?

Considering a Z80 can't draw a parabola on a low-resolution TI-84 display in a reasonable amount of time, I think you're looking at seconds/hash, instead.

That said, I'm somewhat curious as to what an ODroid could do... Mine just kind of chills out as my most expensive alarm clock ever.

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March 26, 2013, 03:14:31 PM
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I think the Pi used in this would be multiples faster Grin

But that's not the point is it Grin

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March 26, 2013, 07:48:10 PM
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I like it, and sent you 0.01337 BTC Grin

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July 25, 2013, 06:32:44 PM
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/shameless necro

Has anyone ever tried mining on a Sinclair ZX 81 or ZX Spectrum?

As these actually have an ASIC-chip onboard. Grin

The initial ASICs used gate array technology. Ferranti produced perhaps the first gate-array, the ULA (Uncommitted Logic Array), around 1980. An early successful commercial application was the ULA circuitry found in the 8-bit ZX81 and ZX Spectrum low-end personal computers, introduced in 1981 and 1982. These were used by Sinclair Research (UK) essentially as a low-cost I/O solution aimed at handling the computer's graphics. Some versions of ZX81/Timex Sinclair 1000 used just four chips (ULA, 2Kx8 RAM, 8Kx8 ROM, Z80A CPU) to implement an entire mass-market personal computer with built-in BASIC interpreter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application-specific_integrated_circuit
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July 25, 2013, 10:51:47 PM
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Coolest miner ever!  We need to go back even more.... C64 with modem?  Someone do it!
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July 28, 2013, 03:10:37 PM
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Good work. Then We may be able to use some damn stuff like PS2 to do something good. The Nes is just the beginning...
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July 28, 2013, 03:35:23 PM
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/shameless necro

Has anyone ever tried mining on a Sinclair ZX 81 or ZX Spectrum?

As these actually have an ASIC-chip onboard. Grin

The initial ASICs used gate array technology. Ferranti produced perhaps the first gate-array, the ULA (Uncommitted Logic Array), around 1980. An early successful commercial application was the ULA circuitry found in the 8-bit ZX81 and ZX Spectrum low-end personal computers, introduced in 1981 and 1982. These were used by Sinclair Research (UK) essentially as a low-cost I/O solution aimed at handling the computer's graphics. Some versions of ZX81/Timex Sinclair 1000 used just four chips (ULA, 2Kx8 RAM, 8Kx8 ROM, Z80A CPU) to implement an entire mass-market personal computer with built-in BASIC interpreter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Application-specific_integrated_circuit
Oh, you can mine on pretty much any CPU. An old Z80, Motorola 68000 series, an Intel 8088, etc.
You just have to find a way to communicate back and forth from the network and ofcourse you will need some way of compiling the miner code into a binary that will run on the target machine.

small edit: Oh and in the case of gaming consoles, you would usually need to find a way to make it run code that didn't come from an official licensed disc or cartridge. In many cases, the usual methods of making a console run a copied disc should suffice for this.

However, your comment about ASIC doesn't really make sense.
The title of the page you quote specifies exactly what an ASIC is. It's an application specific chip.
It's internally hard wired to do something the creator needs it to do. In the case of a ZX Spectrum, it's function is to providing I/O and graphics.
An ASIC for mining would need to be designed for hashing SHA256.

It's pretty much like a spoon and a knife. Both are utensils, but they are not exchangeable for eachothers tasks.

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