In this case a Florida government employee was arrested for “mining Bitcoin”. But there’s more to the story that is probably missing or inaccurate.
Many people use work resources to mine but this case is unique. This IT manager apparently spent $22K using his workplace issued credit card on mining hardware including dozens of GPU cards.
Considering we are talking GPUs the IT manager was more probably mining Ethereum or another profitable coin. It also could be he had some ASICs for Bitcoin running considering he racked up an extra $800/month in power consumption!
The moral of the story is that he wouldn’t have been arrested and charged with theft and fraud had he not used his work credit card.
I could see it being normal for an employee to be disciplined but its a gray area especially for workplaces without applicable policies for mining.
As much I like mining here is one of the evils that it can impact anyone paying utilites.
Youtube has announced it will be the new thought police. They’ll be doing this by discouraging and contradicting any thoughts, beliefs or theories that are not within mainstream beliefs or teachings. At this rate they’ll have met the gold standard for censorship and subversion and China will be viewed as an easier place to share your thoughts. On its face it may not sound that bad to link to Wikipedia articles but in fact anyone can write and manipulate Wikipedia. Google will be choosing what counterpoints to make by of course selecting which article(s) get linked to. This is quite alarming and also frustrating since hate, racism and other harmful activity has been rampant on the web ever since it began but no company or government have made any concrete steps to counter it. So why worry about people posting their alternative beliefs and thoughts online and exposing the lies of the news? By the gauge of most the mainstream news is the fake news yet media giants like Facebook want to declare thoughts outside of that realm as “Fake News”. By this method then the PRISM system of spying on and intercepting people’s private information is a “bad conspiracy theory” that people have to be warned away from (of course most now understand this was never a conspiracy since Edward Snowden revealed more details about what most already knew). There are some valid reasons for this to be done (from the perspective of nice government men and corporate greed). There is a lot of information being shared on Youtube about pharmaceutical companies and really whole swaths of very solid information about a lot of things going on in our world. The majority of it is well sourced and quoted and most people won’t view that content as conspiracy. Could it be that anything that doesn’t fit the viewpoint or ends of certain elite companies and people are what is really being targeted? Until racism and hate has been cleaned up from these platforms I am just not buying there is any good or genuine reason for Google to do this. I think we’re heading down a slippery slope to the point where freedom of thought and expression will be completely eliminated gradually through these policies. Eventually Google will probably start deranking websites which fit into this category of “non-conformity” to the mainstream and elitists.
What do you guys think? I think it’s time to support Tron (TRX) and any other decentralized social media platforms. It’s time to take the internet back!
Unsecured Mining Rig Made With Plastic Piping!
I really can’t believe I’ve found people who have made mining rigs like these. Imagine that these rigs on average cost minimum of a few thousand or more to build and they are selling these to hold your precious GPUs (Graphic Processing Unit Cards!). The picture above is literally some kind of plastic piping which the cards sit on, there is absolutely nothing from stopping it from falling off by itself!
My favorite is the trend of people selling rigs made out of plain wood!
As I think everyone knows wood is combustible and these GPUs make a lot of heat. You would almost think it’s a joke but they are too for sale on eBay. Now I give some of the sellers this, that the design is good looking and functional but why on earth would you risk a fire by using plain old wood from your local Home Depot?
There are other rigs I’ve seen that look like modified bread or shoe racks and even coffee tables. They all have pros and cons but it really is downright scary that some of them are completely unsecured and a true fire hazard. As a test I put some of my GPUs in a server rack and after just a few minutes the glass door and metal housing was actually quite warm to the touch. Imagine prolonged use against wood or plastic that may melt?