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May 04, 2011, 07:20:47 PM
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http://www.searchenginejournal.com/new-google-grant-awards-researchers-with-cpu-power/29122/

"This program, dubbed the “Exacycle for Visiting Faculty Grant Program,” will distribute a billion core-hours to researchers around the globe. Exactly what “core-hours” mean in technical specifications is actually difficult to pinpoint, as core-hours isn’t one of the standard tracking units for CPU work (“bitcoins” being the more commonly used computation tracking unit). However, Google assures applicants that the amount granted represents a “magnitude larger than the computational resources most scientists normally have access to.”

I thought it was funny that some reporter did a quick google and decided that a "bitcoin" was a unit of measure of computational work.

....Not exactly wrong, but far from right Smiley
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May 04, 2011, 07:22:17 PM
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http://www.searchenginejournal.com/new-google-grant-awards-researchers-with-cpu-power/29122/

"This program, dubbed the “Exacycle for Visiting Faculty Grant Program,” will distribute a billion core-hours to researchers around the globe. Exactly what “core-hours” mean in technical specifications is actually difficult to pinpoint, as core-hours isn’t one of the standard tracking units for CPU work (“bitcoins” being the more commonly used computation tracking unit). However, Google assures applicants that the amount granted represents a “magnitude larger than the computational resources most scientists normally have access to.”

I thought it was funny that some reporter did a quick google and decided that a "bitcoin" was a unit of measure of computational work.

....Not exactly wrong, but far from right Smiley


LOL reporters.  Good God they are dumb.  I remember how terrible they were for the high school newspapers, but it turns out they never get better.
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May 04, 2011, 07:29:39 PM
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May 04, 2011, 08:21:33 PM
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I'm not sure they they're actually making reference to bitcoins as we know them.

I think they might actually be referring to a colloquial reference which is used inside the Google community?

Instead of getting paid in cash, they are getting paid in bits in a sense... or bit-cash/bit-coins...

Perhaps our heads have grown too large?
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