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June 26, 2012, 04:35:20 AM
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I haven't been folowing everything BFL related, Please enlighten me on the fpgas and asics ETA.
I wish I could purchase BFL FPGAs and have them returned for ASICs, but if I'm to be able to mine on the FPGAs for a few month only and have to pay shipping back and forth it wouldn't be worth it...

It's ~100$ lost for shipping back and forth for a single and 400$ on a mini rig. 

Wouldn't it be better if someone at driving distance from BFL could take care of mining with the FPGAs for us while we get our ASICs ready ?
(While paying electricity and maintenance fees.)
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June 26, 2012, 04:38:50 AM
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I haven't been folowing everything BFL related, Please enlighten me on the fpgas and asics ETA.
I wish I could purchase BFL FPGAs and have them returned for ASICs, but if I'm to be able to mine on the FPGAs for a few month only and have to pay shipping back and forth it wouldn't be worth it...

It's ~100$ lost for shipping back and forth for a single and 400$ on a mini rig.  

Wouldn't it be better if someone at driving distance from BFL could take care of mining with the FPGAs for us while we get our ASICs ready ?
(While paying electricity and maintenance fees.)

Inaba came by the office today and we spoke about just this issue.  Several overseas customers have been asking about this as well and it does make quite a lot of sense.  Inaba runs a data center of course...  and he's a stone's throw away from our office, so I expect he'll have a packaged solution worked up pretty soon.

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June 26, 2012, 04:43:27 AM
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This would be epic.

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June 26, 2012, 04:58:02 AM
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With asic rigs shipping out in 3 months there will probably be a few prototypes lying around for the finishing touches on the design of the aluminum cases etc. You could just mine on one in house and direct the equivalent hash power at the purchasers of the mini rigs. That way you wouldn't have to tote them around and everyone would be happy.
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June 26, 2012, 06:10:11 AM
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I haven't been folowing everything BFL related, Please enlighten me on the fpgas and asics ETA.
I wish I could purchase BFL FPGAs and have them returned for ASICs, but if I'm to be able to mine on the FPGAs for a few month only and have to pay shipping back and forth it wouldn't be worth it...

It's ~100$ lost for shipping back and forth for a single and 400$ on a mini rig.  

Wouldn't it be better if someone at driving distance from BFL could take care of mining with the FPGAs for us while we get our ASICs ready ?
(While paying electricity and maintenance fees.)

Inaba came by the office today and we spoke about just this issue.  Several overseas customers have been asking about this as well and it does make quite a lot of sense.  Inaba runs a data center of course...  and he's a stone's throw away from our office, so I expect he'll have a packaged solution worked up pretty soon.

This would be brilliant for those who have been waiting on deliveries.

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June 26, 2012, 12:07:39 PM
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With asic rigs shipping out in 3 months there will probably be a few prototypes lying around for the finishing touches on the design of the aluminum cases etc. You could just mine on one in house and direct the equivalent hash power at the purchasers of the mini rigs. That way you wouldn't have to tote them around and everyone would be happy.

Who pays the electricity and maintenance costs ?
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June 26, 2012, 12:11:50 PM
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With asic rigs shipping out in 3 months there will probably be a few prototypes lying around for the finishing touches on the design of the aluminum cases etc. You could just mine on one in house and direct the equivalent hash power at the purchasers of the mini rigs. That way you wouldn't have to tote them around and everyone would be happy.

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June 26, 2012, 05:29:52 PM
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This is an interesting proposition and I wait patiently to see what Inaba comes up with.

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June 26, 2012, 06:00:18 PM
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I am also looking forward to seeing what comes out of this idea.

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June 26, 2012, 06:34:51 PM
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I haven't been folowing everything BFL related, Please enlighten me on the fpgas and asics ETA.
I wish I could purchase BFL FPGAs and have them returned for ASICs, but if I'm to be able to mine on the FPGAs for a few month only and have to pay shipping back and forth it wouldn't be worth it...

It's ~100$ lost for shipping back and forth for a single and 400$ on a mini rig.  

Wouldn't it be better if someone at driving distance from BFL could take care of mining with the FPGAs for us while we get our ASICs ready ?
(While paying electricity and maintenance fees.)

Inaba came by the office today and we spoke about just this issue.  Several overseas customers have been asking about this as well and it does make quite a lot of sense.  Inaba runs a data center of course...  and he's a stone's throw away from our office, so I expect he'll have a packaged solution worked up pretty soon.

Something similar to this is exactly what I was hoping for to solve the "fairness" issue when it comes to who gets the ASICs first.
Just have Inaba mine with all the equipment coming off the assembly line and everyone that had initial orders would have shares in the mining venture. Once there was enough mining equipment to satisfy all the initial orders, you send them all out. Seemed like a great idea, but didn't sell very well. If you added that option, I would take it in a heart beat.
Would save me on shipping too because I've a ton of those little Jalapenos and I'm split between getting a few here and a few there to at least get some early compared to paying shipping once and getting all of them later.

Please consider this idea as an option.

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June 26, 2012, 06:40:42 PM
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I like that idea. Now, i want to keep my Mini-Rig order intact ;-)

I haven't been folowing everything BFL related, Please enlighten me on the fpgas and asics ETA.
I wish I could purchase BFL FPGAs and have them returned for ASICs, but if I'm to be able to mine on the FPGAs for a few month only and have to pay shipping back and forth it wouldn't be worth it...

It's ~100$ lost for shipping back and forth for a single and 400$ on a mini rig.  

Wouldn't it be better if someone at driving distance from BFL could take care of mining with the FPGAs for us while we get our ASICs ready ?
(While paying electricity and maintenance fees.)

Inaba came by the office today and we spoke about just this issue.  Several overseas customers have been asking about this as well and it does make quite a lot of sense.  Inaba runs a data center of course...  and he's a stone's throw away from our office, so I expect he'll have a packaged solution worked up pretty soon.
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June 27, 2012, 06:28:39 AM
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I can just see a rack in a data center filled with coffee warmers.  Smiley

Well, I guess that would come later since there's no FPGA coffee warmers in the interim.
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June 28, 2012, 01:44:57 AM
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Hey guys,

I am pricing out additional floor capacity right now.  I should have more info in the next day or two once some of the quotes wind their way back to me.  I think I can work out a deal that everyone will be happy with and save you time and money.  I should hopefully be able to take on equipment within a week or so.

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June 28, 2012, 07:24:39 PM
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How many people who bought the Singles, and is not resident USA ?
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June 28, 2012, 07:34:15 PM
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How many people bought Singles and are not USA resident ?
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Fixed your sentense

You might want to ask BFL,  I don't see why they would answer though.
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June 28, 2012, 08:41:48 PM
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Ok, I've got some numbers back.  I need a head count of how many people are interested and the number of machines.  If you do not want to make that public, just PM me your info.  Once I get a rough final count, I can negotiate the price for the space properly. 

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June 28, 2012, 08:45:44 PM
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How many people bought Singles and are not USA residents?
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Fixed your sentense

You might want to ask BFL,  I don't see why they would answer though.

Fixed your fix of his sentence.  Wink
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June 28, 2012, 08:49:46 PM
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Ok, I've got some numbers back.  I need a head count of how many people are interested and the number of machines.  If you do not want to make that public, just PM me your info.  Once I get a rough final count, I can negotiate the price for the space properly. 


This would depend on how it affects one's upgrade from FPGAs to ASICs.

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June 28, 2012, 08:53:07 PM
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Ok, I've got some numbers back.  I need a head count of how many people are interested and the number of machines.  If you do not want to make that public, just PM me your info.  Once I get a rough final count, I can negotiate the price for the space properly. 


This would depend on how it affects one's upgrade from FPGAs to ASICs.

I am working directly with BFL on this.  It will not affect your upgrade, other than get it to you faster.  It will also save your shipping costs, as BFL will not charge you shipping if you are hosting them here locally in KC (also means you don't have to pay for return shipping and you get the upgrade immediately instead of waiting for your unit to make it's way back to BFL when your upgrade turn comes up). 


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June 28, 2012, 08:55:48 PM
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I'd be interested, for 2 singles (provided my order for 4 gets changed over properly to 2 current-gen and 2 SC).
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