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Volunteer computing for coins - does anyone do it??

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Cryptocurrencies by and large don't interest me that much, just as real currencies don't interest me that much, but having a spare machine and a reasonably capable spare gpu that I don't need for gaming any more got me interested in finding out more.

 

I discovered that BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) is the modern-day SETI@home (in fact that is one of the projects it still runs, and I think it's the same guy behind it) and that Gridcoin should allow you to earn some crypto, as it were, for contributing to certain BOINC projects.

 

The power costs have put me off any form of mining or volunteer computer work, but covering the power cost would interest me to take part in something like this again, so I'm trying to set it up on the other machine now. I'm particularly interested in contributing to the Milky Way mapping project as that is in line with my interests.

 

Do you do any form of targeted computer work? How do out-and-out miners feel about more holistic approaches like this? Would any of you not interested in mining the usual cryptocurrencies be more interested in something like this?

 

And does anyone understand any of the terminology? Because I sure as shit don't, and could do with finding a glossary!

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On 6/5/2018 at 2:15 PM, pritch said:

Volunteer Computing

Do you do any form of targeted computer work?

Totally not what you were asking, but I volunteer at my local library as a computer tutor. Heh.

 

But, back on topic: here is an excellent summary on cryptocurrencies by John Oliver that I had watched just a few weeks ago.

 

Also: A Cryptocurrency Glossary

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I dislike crypto mining simply for the reason that it is screwing up the availability and pricing of graphics cards when some good friends are finally trying to get into PC gaming.

Can't even trust buying a used one because it'll probably just be an overused fried card :(

 

I'd like to learn more about it besides the above.

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I've been mining ZCash on my 1080 Ti for the past several months now. Not a significant deal money wise, but it makes more sense then letting a perfectly good high-end PC sit unused for no reason.

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Well, after a few days I can see that mining alone isn't going to cover the cost of the electricity. It's a shame because I really liked the idea of helping meaningful scientific research rather than simply using energy (a precious resource - financially and environmentally - unless you have a good solar pv set up on your home) to mine prime numbers or whatever.

 

But it looks like the cost of electric outstrips proof of research credit approximately ten-fold for me, and I can't sustain that.

 

On ‎6‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 1:50 AM, wheresthebeef said:

I dislike crypto mining simply for the reason that it is screwing up the availability and pricing of graphics cards when some good friends are finally trying to get into PC gaming.

Can't even trust buying a used one because it'll probably just be an overused fried card :(

 

I'd like to learn more about it besides the above.

 

Yes I feel your pain. When I wanted to upgrade from my R9 270 last year the highest I could go was a two-year-old 970 - I just wasn't prepared to pay over £200 for anything more powerful and certainly not £300+ for a new 1060 6GB.

 

The 970 is fine but it's made me think about holding off changing to a 1440p monitor for a while - mostly because of the amount of VRAM.

 

With the 11xx series supposedly out soon and mining getting more specialist, it may hopefully mean that 1080p gaming hardware at least is somewhat good value again.

 

On ‎6‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 7:12 AM, AndrewB said:

I've been mining ZCash on my 1080 Ti for the past several months now. Not a significant deal money wise, but it makes more sense then letting a perfectly good high-end PC sit unused for no reason.

Please tell me you do game at least a few times a week with that card...?

 

Has zcash covered the depreciation on the card?

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