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February 22, 2014, 11:41:38 AM
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Love of money can cause people to do unwise things—like stealing time on your university's resident supercomputer to mine crypto-coins. The Harvard Crimson is carrying the story of someone who did exactly that: an unnamed individual who was discovered using Harvard's Odyssey supercomputing cluster to generate dogecoins.

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February 22, 2014, 11:52:22 AM
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This should probably be in the alt coin section since it's not really Bitcoin press, but why didn't the guy choose to mine Bitcoin instead of Dogecoin if he had access to a supercomputer?  Cheesy

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February 22, 2014, 06:40:56 PM
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This should probably be in the alt coin section since it's not really Bitcoin press, but why didn't the guy choose to mine Bitcoin instead of Dogecoin if he had access to a supercomputer?  Cheesy

Supercomputers have sucked at mining Bitcoin for years now.

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February 22, 2014, 07:17:01 PM
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It reminds me the movie named "Catch me if you can".
I am really curious how many coins had he mined before they caught him ?

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February 22, 2014, 07:31:25 PM
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I think there should be some acknowledgement towards Harvard for even having the intelligence to spot that their computers were being used in such a way, most schools wouldn't have realised at all because the people never even touch computers most of the time.
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February 23, 2014, 10:02:11 AM
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I think there should be some acknowledgement towards Harvard for even having the intelligence to spot that their computers were being used in such a way, most schools wouldn't have realised at all because the people never even touch computers most of the time.

I bet he left it on for days, and the room got so hot the fire alarms went off.

Guess I'll make that my sig, all the cool kids have one...
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February 23, 2014, 06:48:57 PM
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I think there should be some acknowledgement towards Harvard for even having the intelligence to spot that their computers were being used in such a way, most schools wouldn't have realised at all because the people never even touch computers most of the time.

I bet he left it on for days, and the room got so hot the fire alarms went off.

Then maybe he doesn't deserve to be at Harvard because all he needed to do was open a window. They are in the middle of a frigid winter! (Maybe there were no windows in the supercomputer lab!) Wink

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February 24, 2014, 01:54:41 AM
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This Just In: The computer at one of America's most prodigious universities had its resources redirected away from the world's most important unsolved continuous probability theorem to produce millions of virtual doggy silly tokens!

The world is a wonderful place!  Just the fact that this happened makes me kind of happy haha.
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February 24, 2014, 04:43:37 AM
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That computer is estimated to run scrypt mining at around 20 megahash/sec. If he managed to run it a few days, then also he made a lot of DOGES
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