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2022-03-19 3:35:44 PM  
Video cards from the Wherehouse?

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2022-03-19 4:16:39 PM  
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2022-03-19 4:19:47 PM  
I have installed datacenter class accelerators that have price tags like that.

They're the same full height full length form factor as your home GPU, except there's no video connectors and no fan, just one giant heatsink.

One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.
 
2022-03-19 4:20:43 PM  
At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.
 
2022-03-19 4:21:49 PM  
I'm sure the warehouse can make that money back if it uses it's remaining video cards to mine bitcoin.

/*snicker*
 
2022-03-19 4:28:47 PM  
Thanks Satoshi.  Really great thing you did to the world.
 
2022-03-19 4:29:39 PM  

Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.


They're the only ones that can afford them.
 
2022-03-19 4:33:34 PM  
erik-k:One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.

They're not any more sensitive then normal cards.
 
2022-03-19 4:34:20 PM  

Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.


Same reasons that most people end up at a whorehouse, those video cards have special needs and some extra cash to burn.
 
2022-03-19 4:34:37 PM  
That might be one of the few instances where cop math is remarkably restrained...
 
2022-03-19 4:35:36 PM  
If I were Russian, I could see trying that gamble. If I'm making $400/mo, then stealing $38k of high end electronics right as sanctions are hitting and the supply is getting cut off, and a severe currency crisis looks imminent? Those cards could see some insane value if they hadn't gotten caught trying to sell them to pawn shops. If they'd had a professional fence, that would have been quite the score.
 
2022-03-19 4:35:57 PM  

Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.


Some are exclusive, requiring a membership that can only be obtained with a GPU donation to the ladies' crypto-mining subsidiary.
 
2022-03-19 4:38:28 PM  

erik-k: I have installed datacenter class accelerators that have price tags like that.

They're the same full height full length form factor as your home GPU, except there's no video connectors and no fan, just one giant heatsink.

One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.


Ages ago I oversaw a rather large computational cluster installation in Colorado. At the time they were using Nvidia titan cards to compute star Dynamo models. I never knew one pallet could be worth over half $1 million.
 
2022-03-19 4:38:31 PM  

zbtop: If they'd had a professional fence


Look, Trump ain't coming back.
 
2022-03-19 4:40:50 PM  
While they successfully made off with the video cards, a haul worth nearly $38,000 USD, they were arrested after trying to sell them to local pawn shops.

Why is it that the easiest crimes to get away with are always committed by the stupidest farking people?

They literally could have just broken the seals on all of the boxes, chucked them on the nearest goods platform, said they were trying out mining but couldn't get into it and cutting their losses and that they're only barely used and recouped 50-70% of the RRP of the cards in an instant.

If someone wants a receipt, just say no warranty, we got them cheap on the side from their friend who runs a computer shop and is crazy into crypto.

Instead they went to farking pawn shops and tried moving a bulk new quantity of high demand goods to a reseller with no technical knowledge.
 
2022-03-19 4:43:29 PM  

Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse,


Have you seen the graphics on those girls now?  Simply amazing.
 
2022-03-19 4:49:18 PM  

dyhchong: While they successfully made off with the video cards, a haul worth nearly $38,000 USD, they were arrested after trying to sell them to local pawn shops.

Why is it that the easiest crimes to get away with are always committed by the stupidest farking people?

They literally could have just broken the seals on all of the boxes, chucked them on the nearest goods platform, said they were trying out mining but couldn't get into it and cutting their losses and that they're only barely used and recouped 50-70% of the RRP of the cards in an instant.

If someone wants a receipt, just say no warranty, we got them cheap on the side from their friend who runs a computer shop and is crazy into crypto.

Instead they went to farking pawn shops and tried moving a bulk new quantity of high demand goods to a reseller with no technical knowledge.


Yeah if I'm going to steal something valuable like that I'm gonna have someplace better to sell it than a pawnshop. But I guess criminals like this don't have a vast network of clients looking for this. Stuff like this was thought up after watching Oceans 11.
Dumbest crime I ever saw at work was someone took a corporate credit card that came in the mail and used it to pay her bills that were in her name. Not a lot of detective work had to be done there.
 
2022-03-19 4:55:00 PM  
So, you knew they were valuable, but you didn't know how to sell them. You ain't no Prometheus, and even he got burned because he didn't know how to fence something that hot.
 
2022-03-19 4:57:26 PM  

Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.


Probably get 2 chicks at the same time for a 3070.
 
2022-03-19 5:04:28 PM  

jtown: Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.

Probably get 2 chicks at the same time for a 3070.


A 3070TNA?
 
2022-03-19 5:07:24 PM  

Bslim: video cards are at a whorehouse


With the current price of video cards, the whorehouse is just customer service.
 
2022-03-19 5:10:40 PM  

ImmutableTenderloin: erik-k: I have installed datacenter class accelerators that have price tags like that.

They're the same full height full length form factor as your home GPU, except there's no video connectors and no fan, just one giant heatsink.

One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.

Ages ago I oversaw a rather large computational cluster installation in Colorado. At the time they were using Nvidia titan cards to compute star Dynamo models. I never knew one pallet could be worth over half $1 million.


When I was an undergrad, we had purchased a Sun SPARC Storage Array for the new research machine (a Sun E4000)

I unboxed them, loaded two of the trays onto a rolling cart, and wheeled them down to the machine room.  On the way there, one of the full time employees (I was still a student, working part time) asked me why I was taking them both together.

I don't remember if I was transporting $20k worth of gear, or each one was $20k.  (Each tray had 6 full height 5.25" 9GB drives in it, and a SCSI controller)

/remembers it was more than I got paid in a year
//would've been about 1995
///the E4000 had just been released, whenever that was
 
2022-03-19 5:11:02 PM  

jtown: Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.

Probably get 2 chicks at the same time for a 3070.


I'm holding out for a 3080 which will probably be equal to three at a time. I'll have to warn Mrs. Pow about the crazy new exchange rates
 
2022-03-19 5:14:35 PM  

Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.


The new Leisure Suit Larry takes a lot of resources.
 
2022-03-19 5:26:47 PM  

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2022-03-19 5:57:13 PM  

Oneiros: ImmutableTenderloin: erik-k: I have installed datacenter class accelerators that have price tags like that.

They're the same full height full length form factor as your home GPU, except there's no video connectors and no fan, just one giant heatsink.

One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.

Ages ago I oversaw a rather large computational cluster installation in Colorado. At the time they were using Nvidia titan cards to compute star Dynamo models. I never knew one pallet could be worth over half $1 million.

When I was an undergrad, we had purchased a Sun SPARC Storage Array for the new research machine (a Sun E4000)

I unboxed them, loaded two of the trays onto a rolling cart, and wheeled them down to the machine room.  On the way there, one of the full time employees (I was still a student, working part time) asked me why I was taking them both together.

I don't remember if I was transporting $20k worth of gear, or each one was $20k.  (Each tray had 6 full height 5.25" 9GB drives in it, and a SCSI controller)

/remembers it was more than I got paid in a year
//would've been about 1995
///the E4000 had just been released, whenever that was


High-end storage arrays can be pricey yo, the most recent one I installed was full of 15TB NVMe drives in each tray and it was certain not cheap.

/As a tradition I wander around the office before such an install with one of whatever the cool new drives are and get the newbs to hold it, then explain how many typical mortgages each tray of them is worth
 
2022-03-19 6:10:43 PM  

Oneiros: ImmutableTenderloin: erik-k: I have installed datacenter class accelerators that have price tags like that.

They're the same full height full length form factor as your home GPU, except there's no video connectors and no fan, just one giant heatsink.

One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.

Ages ago I oversaw a rather large computational cluster installation in Colorado. At the time they were using Nvidia titan cards to compute star Dynamo models. I never knew one pallet could be worth over half $1 million.

When I was an undergrad, we had purchased a Sun SPARC Storage Array for the new research machine (a Sun E4000)

I unboxed them, loaded two of the trays onto a rolling cart, and wheeled them down to the machine room.  On the way there, one of the full time employees (I was still a student, working part time) asked me why I was taking them both together.

I don't remember if I was transporting $20k worth of gear, or each one was $20k.  (Each tray had 6 full height 5.25" 9GB drives in it, and a SCSI controller)

/remembers it was more than I got paid in a year
//would've been about 1995
///the E4000 had just been released, whenever that was


That's about a year or two after I got my first genuine IT job.  At a university, as it happens.  Our department had just been robbed twice right before I was hired.  After the 2nd theft, they put in an alarm system.  :facepalms:  In the 2nd robbery, they stole half the RAM out of the Sun server while it was running.  Boss said she just turned it off and on again and it was fine.

Those 9.6 gig drives had just hit the streets and we contemplated getting one.  But the boss got two 4.8 gig drives instead.  It just seemed too much of a risk to potentially lose all of our scratch storage in a single failure.  At least we could limp along with half the storage.

I went to an open house at one of the university's most well-funded tech departments and talked to a guy who was working on a project to build a 4tb storage array.  A project.  With meetings and shiat.  Because, even with those new 9.6 gig drives, it'd take HUNDREDS of them to get to 4tb.

Last fall, I bought a 14tb drive for $200.  (It was on sale.)
 
2022-03-19 6:47:18 PM  
"...sell the RTX 3070s to local pawn shops"

Wow really? Talk about having no idea the value of your loot.
 
2022-03-19 6:50:42 PM  

RolfBlitzer: zbtop: If they'd had a professional fence

Look, Trump ain't coming back.


We all hope, anyway. if 202* has demonstrated anything, however, it's that if it can go wrong, it will go wrong.
 
2022-03-19 6:53:35 PM  

BumpInTheNight: High-end storage arrays can be pricey yo, the most recent one I installed was full of 15TB NVMe drives in each tray and it was certain not cheap.

/As a tradition I wander around the office before such an install with one of whatever the cool new drives are and get the newbs to hold it, then explain how many typical mortgages each tray of them is worth


I remember when RAID used to be 'inexpensive' disks.

When I worked at NASA, my boss had a graph of anticipated drive sizes in various standards (SATA, etc), trying to explain why it wasn't a big deal that we were going to be collecting over 1TB/day of data.  (Compressed to about 500GB/day)

I remember when we finally got a new array and went from 'disks per day' of data to 'days per disk' of data.  (our initial storage for it was 200GB disks)

Our limiting factor when I left was rebuild time... we couldn't make partitions any larger than 60TB and still expect them to be able to rebuild after a disk failure in a reasonable time

/we only used RAID for the recent data and the stuff that we were primary for
//most of our storage was MAID, Massive Array of Idle Disks
///like 60 drives crammed into 4U trays
 
2022-03-19 7:27:58 PM  

BumpInTheNight: /As a tradition I wander around the office before such an install with one of whatever the cool new drives are and get the newbs to hold it, then explain how many typical mortgages each tray of them is worth


I used to work for a fairly big magazine and was shooting the breeze with one of the VeePs.  He was stressed about a proposed upcoming postal rate hike.  It would increase our annual mailing costs by approximately the price of a 3 bedroom house in the area.  Just the increase, not our total mailing budget.
 
2022-03-19 7:36:30 PM  

ImmutableTenderloin: erik-k: I have installed datacenter class accelerators that have price tags like that.

They're the same full height full length form factor as your home GPU, except there's no video connectors and no fan, just one giant heatsink.

One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.

Ages ago I oversaw a rather large computational cluster installation in Colorado. At the time they were using Nvidia titan cards to compute star Dynamo models. I never knew one pallet could be worth over half $1 million.


Where I work at we used to warehouse auto parts for Toyota and Honda here in the states. One time, someone dumped a full pallet of turn signal control boards from 30ft up straight to the concrete floor. Toyota was *really* pissed at losing almost $500k of car parts.
 
2022-03-19 7:47:42 PM  

Oneiros: ///like 60 drives crammed into 4U trays


I splooshed the first time I saw one of those style trays in the flesh, it was 5RU though and on rails with crazy cable management arms so you could slide it out to top-load replacements live, the trays were all hooked into a Hitachi AMS2500.  Then I splooshed again the first time we ordered a next-gen VSP series array with 10TB 7.2K SAS drives stuffed into trays like that as its slow/big tier of storage, I'd never considered that sort of density before.  That was also right about the time I was warned, very sternly, about only racking those trays in the lower half of racks out of fear of them tipping the rack if they were too high and had to be opened up.

Your comment about the rebuild times is always one of those uncomfortable things eh, I've never been burned by a rebuild gone wrong and I'm fortunate that the arrays I've maintained all do a virtual pooling style setup where you make your raid groups of whatever size and classes of disks then toss the capacity into a common pool which you then extract LUNs from, so a rebuild is typically across a raid6 of 6+2 and its not completely thrashing the normal activities that raid group is backing in the process.  Was still wary of 3 day rebuild times any time they happened.  It also helps that those Hitachi arrays are so cautious about pre-failing any drives that even hint they're becoming dangerous.
 
2022-03-19 8:05:52 PM  

powhound: jtown: Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.

Probably get 2 chicks at the same time for a 3070.

I'm holding out for a 3080 which will probably be equal to three at a time. I'll have to warn Mrs. Pow about the crazy new exchange rates


I finally got the email from EVGA that my turn on the waiting list finally came up and I had a window to buy an RTX 3080 FTW2 direct from them.  It had been so long I had forgotten I had signed up.

My pledge not to cave to scalpers hold firm, although I'd also like a PS5.
 
2022-03-19 8:39:58 PM  

jtown: Probably get 2 chicks at the same time for a 3070.


At this point, I'd take the card.
 
2022-03-19 10:13:22 PM  

Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.


Took payment in ethereum.

Didn't realize it wasn't pre-mined.
 
2022-03-19 10:58:04 PM  

Bslim: At first I confused as to why  video cards are at a whorehouse, then I read the headline again.


I was even more confused. I seriously thought it had something to do with this:
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2022-03-19 11:24:53 PM  

ImmutableTenderloin: erik-k: I have installed datacenter class accelerators that have price tags like that.

They're the same full height full length form factor as your home GPU, except there's no video connectors and no fan, just one giant heatsink.

One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.

Ages ago I oversaw a rather large computational cluster installation in Colorado. At the time they were using Nvidia titan cards to compute star Dynamo models. I never knew one pallet could be worth over half $1 million.


Right now a single consumer grade gaming card is 2k (3080ti). An accelerator card of the same performance but for a data center or super computer will start at nearly twice the price.

That's why everyone wants these for mining. A card that launched at 700 bucks last year is easily 1700 this year.

It's asinine, and at this point it isn't a supply issue it's a greed issue. The shelves are over flowing everywhere but the highest traffic places. I'm looking to build another PC but won't until prices are reasonable. I'm not entirely outdated yet.
 
2022-03-19 11:27:41 PM  

Somaticasual: That might be one of the few instances where cop math is remarkably restrained...


Maybe it has to be just in case they get caught peddling them probabably back to the same pawn shops or they could be mining in the station. Maybe they tossed out some 700W TPDs and an mboard.

The article mentioned this...."authorities in Russia did reportedly confiscate some of the crew's video card haul."

Well 20 is modern math and police know lots of street math.

/a ruble is a ruble pass the vodCat
 
2022-03-19 11:44:14 PM  
Gawk me seeing $900 3070ti maybe the miners that  now have Nvidea drivers will be kind enough to make quite the sacrifice, and Nvidea will see the light on what is going on.

Thinking... ah nah neither one gives a shat about anything but greenbacks.
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"- we just wanted to mine some shiat"
- D E A T H !!!


/from the comment section, a little over board but on the right track.
// they would not like my idea as death fixes the problem, I just say pull there nose off. This is Russia its be done before.
 
2022-03-19 11:45:18 PM  

groppet: dyhchong: While they successfully made off with the video cards, a haul worth nearly $38,000 USD, they were arrested after trying to sell them to local pawn shops.

Why is it that the easiest crimes to get away with are always committed by the stupidest farking people?

They literally could have just broken the seals on all of the boxes, chucked them on the nearest goods platform, said they were trying out mining but couldn't get into it and cutting their losses and that they're only barely used and recouped 50-70% of the RRP of the cards in an instant.

If someone wants a receipt, just say no warranty, we got them cheap on the side from their friend who runs a computer shop and is crazy into crypto.

Instead they went to farking pawn shops and tried moving a bulk new quantity of high demand goods to a reseller with no technical knowledge.

Yeah if I'm going to steal something valuable like that I'm gonna have someplace better to sell it than a pawnshop. But I guess criminals like this don't have a vast network of clients looking for this. Stuff like this was thought up after watching Oceans 11.
Dumbest crime I ever saw at work was someone took a corporate credit card that came in the mail and used it to pay her bills that were in her name. Not a lot of detective work had to be done there.


"network of clients"

like Craigslist or Ebay, sold as open-box?
 
2022-03-20 12:56:45 PM  

the voice of raisin: groppet: dyhchong: While they successfully made off with the video cards, a haul worth nearly $38,000 USD, they were arrested after trying to sell them to local pawn shops.

Why is it that the easiest crimes to get away with are always committed by the stupidest farking people?

They literally could have just broken the seals on all of the boxes, chucked them on the nearest goods platform, said they were trying out mining but couldn't get into it and cutting their losses and that they're only barely used and recouped 50-70% of the RRP of the cards in an instant.

If someone wants a receipt, just say no warranty, we got them cheap on the side from their friend who runs a computer shop and is crazy into crypto.

Instead they went to farking pawn shops and tried moving a bulk new quantity of high demand goods to a reseller with no technical knowledge.

Yeah if I'm going to steal something valuable like that I'm gonna have someplace better to sell it than a pawnshop. But I guess criminals like this don't have a vast network of clients looking for this. Stuff like this was thought up after watching Oceans 11.
Dumbest crime I ever saw at work was someone took a corporate credit card that came in the mail and used it to pay her bills that were in her name. Not a lot of detective work had to be done there.

"network of clients"

like Craigslist or Ebay, sold as open-box?


you forgot NewEgg.
 
2022-03-20 2:14:44 PM  
Putin needs those for his cripto mining operation.
 
2022-03-20 3:23:00 PM  

FleshFlapps: ImmutableTenderloin: erik-k: I have installed datacenter class accelerators that have price tags like that.

They're the same full height full length form factor as your home GPU, except there's no video connectors and no fan, just one giant heatsink.

One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.

Ages ago I oversaw a rather large computational cluster installation in Colorado. At the time they were using Nvidia titan cards to compute star Dynamo models. I never knew one pallet could be worth over half $1 million.

Right now a single consumer grade gaming card is 2k (3080ti). An accelerator card of the same performance but for a data center or super computer will start at nearly twice the price.

That's why everyone wants these for mining. A card that launched at 700 bucks last year is easily 1700 this year.

It's asinine, and at this point it isn't a supply issue it's a greed issue. The shelves are over flowing everywhere but the highest traffic places. I'm looking to build another PC but won't until prices are reasonable. I'm not entirely outdated yet.


A electronics nerd friend of mine ended up making his own video card from scratch, including developing his own Linux Kernel modules. Granted its dog shiat compared to todays stuff, but now he knows how to do it and is in contact with a manufacturer to make parts kits for DIY video card projects.

Unless you do high end graphics gaming, or any kind of brute force mathmatics modeling, a 15$ video card of todays spec is really all you need. Hell CPUs with built in graphics capabilities work relatively well.
 
2022-03-20 3:40:24 PM  

ImmutableTenderloin: FleshFlapps: ImmutableTenderloin: erik-k: I have installed datacenter class accelerators that have price tags like that.

They're the same full height full length form factor as your home GPU, except there's no video connectors and no fan, just one giant heatsink.

One day I'll get a chance to install an SXM-2 or -4... Except you apparently need a precision torque (mini)wrench because apparently they're stupid delicate. Like, 10% overtorque will crush things delicate.

Ages ago I oversaw a rather large computational cluster installation in Colorado. At the time they were using Nvidia titan cards to compute star Dynamo models. I never knew one pallet could be worth over half $1 million.

Right now a single consumer grade gaming card is 2k (3080ti). An accelerator card of the same performance but for a data center or super computer will start at nearly twice the price.

That's why everyone wants these for mining. A card that launched at 700 bucks last year is easily 1700 this year.

It's asinine, and at this point it isn't a supply issue it's a greed issue. The shelves are over flowing everywhere but the highest traffic places. I'm looking to build another PC but won't until prices are reasonable. I'm not entirely outdated yet.

A electronics nerd friend of mine ended up making his own video card from scratch, including developing his own Linux Kernel modules. Granted its dog shiat compared to todays stuff, but now he knows how to do it and is in contact with a manufacturer to make parts kits for DIY video card projects.

Unless you do high end graphics gaming, or any kind of brute force mathmatics modeling, a 15$ video card of todays spec is really all you need. Hell CPUs with built in graphics capabilities work relatively well.


A raspberry pi is all most people need.
 
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