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Over at Twitter, one of the authors of the study adds: "We quantified there's about 2.9 million machines. If they last for 1.5 years, then less than 80.000 of them will ever create a single block at all - more than 97% of machines will be discarded without even producing a single useful contribution ever."

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"The lifespan of bitcoin mining devices remains limited to just 1.29 years. As a result, we estimate that the whole bitcoin network currently cycles through 30.7 metric kilotons of equipment per year."

Having a very 90s Saturday night here, listening to tracker music while making a Quake1 level

Here's some confusing in CentOS 7 . In a panel of power-saving options, we see "Wi-Fi: turn off Wi-Fi to save power". I interpreted this as a feature that drops connectivity when the computer is inactive, and clicked to turn it off. Actually the switch was for *Wi-Fi itself* and what sounded like a feature description was a hint.

In a month or so I'm gonna hit 50 A4 pads' worth of . It's not really worth the space (particularly over years) so I think I'll take that as a sign to buy a cheap consumer flatbed scanner and digitise them (then throw it on a password-protected hard disk and forget about it till I hit the next 50!)

Updated my expenditure tracking for the last six weeks. Ah, I do like a nice sense of control

Well this is a great read, and that's what I call game dev. Gosh we have it easy these days!

I got what I deserved for drinking in Grand Canal Dock - ground zero for gentrification in Dublin - last night: €7.50 pints

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A single Bitcoin transaction consumes more electricity than the average American household does in two months.

Trying to learn maths on Wikipedia is a distinctive sensation, because every concept you're presented with very quickly opens up new concepts that you want to learn so as to understand the first one

A hind told me: don't be afraid of barking dogs. A heron told me: wait stilly at the borders of realms. The ghost of a wolf told me: don't reject madness.

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Aren't you tired from writing your Rust programs in English? Would you like to try something different, exotic and funny? Do you like saying "merde" a lot?

Here's my contribution to solve this problem: Rouille, a French Rust programming language.

September's project to compose a chord progression a day and record it using my piano as a MIDI keyboard (triggering SQ8L, a nice freeware VST) is going well. I'll publish them at the end of the month!

The sun's absolutely beating down... what a magnificent day

Got some done: revising types in C and making better use of SDL surfaces in my Pygame Breakout clone

This was floating on HN today, I read it tonight (over a beer) and it's solid stuff, targeted at those (like me) coming to C after java and Python

Spoilers for old TV 

Finally reached the X-Files ep where Scully and Milder kiss, "Triangle". What a nadir. Both the episode and the scene itself emphasised tone and spectacle over character. Maybe that was the point, it was after all a ludicrous time travel fantasy, but for me it was unwatchable.

We really go for health-and-safety in Ireland, compared to what I've seen of the UK and France anyway. Usually it's millions of traffic cones but tonight I spotted this traffic light guarding a totally silent and almost completely unobstructed cul de sac

Hurrah for automation... I thought I'd forgotten the process to update my own site (it's been a busy few months) but I found my old static gen script and... it just worked!

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