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May 25, 2011, 07:00:36 AM
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/18335/bitcoin_miners_busted_police_confuse_bitcoin_power_usage_for_pot_farm
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May 25, 2011, 07:06:49 AM
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omg wow :S
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May 25, 2011, 08:14:00 AM
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thats really LOL and WOW, so you are pot grower if you need more than xx kWh per day!?
hopefully this will not happen in germany this way, where are your rights? oO i cant believe

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May 25, 2011, 11:15:28 AM
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lol I think pot growing would be much more profitable at this difficulty Cheesy
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May 25, 2011, 11:26:10 AM
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I remember years ago someone telling me authorities looked at your power bill to try and find people growing. Because of all the legitimate reasons for your power to go up I'd put it down at the time to paranoia from them smoking too many cones Cheesy.

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May 25, 2011, 11:31:33 AM
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thats really LOL and WOW, so you are pot grower if you need more than xx kWh per day!?
hopefully this will not happen in germany this way, where are your rights? oO i cant believe

http://www.faz.net/artikel/C31034/fahnder-entdecken-cannabis-plantage-gras-im-grenzverkehr-30098401.html

"Häufig führte der auffällig hohe Stromverbrauch die LKA-Fahnder der Projektgruppe Cannabis auf die Spur der Treibhäuser."
(Frequently the remarkably high current consumption led the police investigators of the project group cannabis on the trace of the greenhouses.)
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May 25, 2011, 03:52:24 PM
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I remember years ago someone telling me authorities looked at your power bill to try and find people growing. Because of all the legitimate reasons for your power to go up I'd put it down at the time to paranoia from them smoking too many cones Cheesy.
it China its may be different:
dialogue during police raid:
"are you mining bitcoins ?
no, sir. just growing marijuana and make child porn.
ok then."
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May 25, 2011, 04:57:42 PM
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lol I think pot growing would be much more profitable at this difficulty Cheesy

In all honesty, my buddy is a member/grower for a medical dispensary here in socal and he uses something like 10-15 1000w bulbs I think or something similarly ridiculous shining on his plants all over the growing rooms.

As for the income, My rough estimate says they are doing better than btc for now per watt used as profit margins are very high. It would be interesting to sit down with him and actually run some numbers against each other based on electricity cost. Cheesy
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May 25, 2011, 06:44:11 PM
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I remember years ago someone telling me authorities looked at your power bill to try and find people growing. Because of all the legitimate reasons for your power to go up I'd put it down at the time to paranoia from them smoking too many cones Cheesy.
it China its may be different:
dialogue during police raid:
"are you mining bitcoins ?
no, sir. just growing mariuana and make child porn.
ok then."


LOL made my day !
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May 29, 2011, 03:06:54 AM
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That's pretty stupid, the cops see high power usage, the first thing they'll assume "WE FOUND A MARIJUANA GROWER!", and not "Probably just some gamer with a powerful computer.", I really never thought they'd think you're growing weed just because you're using a bit too much power.

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May 29, 2011, 03:55:39 AM
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They should have used this as a plot device in Farenheight 411.

"We noticed you've had a light on for most of the night. You aren't reading books are you?"
"No sir, those are grow lights. These are my hemp plants."
"I heard you can make paper from that plant. We'll be keeping a close eye on you."

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May 29, 2011, 05:47:21 PM
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Thank god nobody got hurt... plenty of videos of over-zealous police on pot raids going in guns blazin.

I wonder how that went?  "Sir, what is this contraption with 8 video cards sticking out of it?"
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May 29, 2011, 05:51:28 PM
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GET A MINING RIG - SAVE A POT FARM!!!

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May 29, 2011, 09:18:08 PM
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Claims some guy in IRC  Roll Eyes
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May 29, 2011, 09:31:22 PM
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The Canadian town of Mission, BC has a bylaw that allows the town's Public Safety Inspection Team to search people's homes for grow ops if they are using more than 93 kWh of electricity per day.
[citation needed]

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May 29, 2011, 09:43:51 PM
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The Canadian town of Mission, BC has a bylaw that allows the town's Public Safety Inspection Team to search people's homes for grow ops if they are using more than 93 kWh of electricity per day.
[citation needed]

http://www.mission.ca/psit/
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May 29, 2011, 09:48:45 PM
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Thank god nobody got hurt... plenty of videos of over-zealous police on pot raids going in guns blazin.

I wonder how that went?  "Sir, what is this contraption with 8 video cards sticking out of it?"

"It's going to eat your monetary syst-I mean I like to play video games."

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May 29, 2011, 10:29:16 PM
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This so-called "bust" is an urban legend that almost certainly didn't happen.

Someone wrote an article about a blog post about an IRC chat where someone said something that supported a rumor about the situation where a minehouse could be mistaken for a growhouse.

There's more evidence for the existence of so-called "gods" than for the existence of the raid being discussed here.
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May 29, 2011, 11:04:12 PM
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excessive electricity consumption is often an indicator of a serious safety hazard.
Properties, which exceed the mandated threshold of 93 kwh/day, would be reviewed and inspected.

The PSIT inspects homes which are using more than 93 kwh/day of electricity and are observed to show signs of being a controlled substance property.

If the three-person inspection team reaches a consensus that there is no obvious reason for the property to be consuming abnormal amounts of electricity, or that the property exhibits one of the obvious signs of a controlled substance property, a notice of inspection is posted to the door of the property indicating that the PSIT will return for a home inspection in 24 hours.


24 hours later, the PSIT returns to perform a property inspection – for safety reasons, a RCMP officer is within sight distance (typically at the end of the driveway).   If the resident of the property grants access to PSIT, the team performs an inspection, which typically takes between 30 to 90 minutes.  If PSIT is denied access the team leaves and returns the next day with a warrant from a Justice of the Peace. If the warrant specifies, an RCMP member may accompany the PSIT inside the property for the inspection.



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May 29, 2011, 11:40:46 PM
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Grow a crop and turn it into biomass to fuel a generator to mine bitcoins ?

The only thing this story is missing was the cops shooting some guy's dog - oh and the truth.   Smiley
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