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2018-03-02 10:21:08 PM  
I bet the elves did this.
 
2018-03-02 10:21:19 PM  
I just checked my wallet and those computer theft proof greenbacks are still in there.
 
2018-03-02 10:40:06 PM  
It's an old code headline but it checks out
 
2018-03-03 12:40:14 AM  
You think those computers are for Bitcoin? Nah, they're just preparing for Crysis 4.

/old joke is old
 
2018-03-03 01:12:51 AM  
eleven ninety two twelve

"buzz, dont' be a moron."
 
2018-03-03 01:35:25 AM  
Wow - After years and years of lurking on Fark, I got my first two Greenlights this week.

Thanks again for the TF Slackananda

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2018-03-03 01:38:02 AM  

Spice Must Flow: Wow - After years and years of lurking on Fark, I got my first two Greenlights this week.

Thanks again for the TF Slackananda

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grats on the green light!

/would that spice happen to be ground habanero and/or ghost pepper?
 
2018-03-03 02:04:24 AM  

Spice Must Flow: Wow - After years and years of lurking on Fark, I got my first two Greenlights this week.

Thanks again for the TF Slackananda

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Good job. Took me years to get my first green light. Once you find the fark formula they will start rolling in.
 
2018-03-03 02:21:38 AM  

Insult Comic Bishounen: Spice Must Flow: Wow - After years and years of lurking on Fark, I got my first two Greenlights this week.

Thanks again for the TF Slackananda

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grats on the green light!

/would that spice happen to be ground habanero and/or ghost pepper?


Why not both?
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2018-03-03 02:55:57 AM  
Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.
 
2018-03-03 03:19:40 AM  

Eravior: Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.


If you're trying to save money you can consider buying one of last year's cards for $700 or less. If you want a 1080 and don't want to spend $1080 I really feel for you. If you upgraded your PC last year already and want this year's card, I really, really feel for you.
 
2018-03-03 03:21:40 AM  

Spice Must Flow: Wow - After years and years of lurking on Fark, I got my first two Greenlights this week.

Thanks again for the TF Slackananda

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1 year account even...

0/0 myself after 11 years. I've seen an account with somewhere over 10,000.  I think there is some formula of outrage and regular discourse threads they like. Dunno.

\ congrats!
 
2018-03-03 03:23:51 AM  

Eravior: Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.


I think card dumping started last month actually. Probably going to find deals on used cards. Unless they were abused by weird clocking I think they are fine.
 
2018-03-03 03:27:28 AM  

UsikFark: Eravior: Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.

If you're trying to save money you can consider buying one of last year's cards for $700 or less. If you want a 1080 and don't want to spend $1080 I really feel for you. If you upgraded your PC last year already and want this year's card, I really, really feel for you.


Dell was selling Alienware i7-7700's, 16GB, with a 1080 for around $1,200 at Christmas time. I set one up for a friend's kid.  Didn't bench it, but everything together seemed like a deal and no screwing around with CPU grease, etc.
 
2018-03-03 03:49:30 AM  

Cyclonic Cooking Action: Eravior: Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.

I think card dumping started last month actually. Probably going to find deals on used cards. Unless they were abused by weird clocking I think they are fine.


If anything I'd say those vBios mods make the card even more efficient. It changes the timings on the memory at higher speeds while lowering voltage on the gpu.  You can run the cards well below TDP but with decently higher hash rates.  Buying those kind of mining cards could be ideal.  If I'd buy one I'd make sure seller had the original bios file.  If not then I'd just move on.  I would also assume (yeah yeah) that most cards that sell from now until the end of year, specially AMD cards, will have modded vBios.
 
2018-03-03 04:08:28 AM  

wolfemane: Cyclonic Cooking Action: Eravior: Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.

I think card dumping started last month actually. Probably going to find deals on used cards. Unless they were abused by weird clocking I think they are fine.

If anything I'd say those vBios mods make the card even more efficient. It changes the timings on the memory at higher speeds while lowering voltage on the gpu.  You can run the cards well below TDP but with decently higher hash rates.  Buying those kind of mining cards could be ideal.  If I'd buy one I'd make sure seller had the original bios file.  If not then I'd just move on.  I would also assume (yeah yeah) that most cards that sell from now until the end of year, specially AMD cards, will have modded vBios.


I'd heard of the under powering of cards, but it didn't make sense until now. I figured some might make them scream just to get in while it was good and dump cards as they upgrade or cash out maybe but, yeah power was the thing I'm remembering now limited farms when they were using custom cards and not GPUs.
 
2018-03-03 04:09:06 AM  

Cyclonic Cooking Action: UsikFark: Eravior: Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.

If you're trying to save money you can consider buying one of last year's cards for $700 or less. If you want a 1080 and don't want to spend $1080 I really feel for you. If you upgraded your PC last year already and want this year's card, I really, really feel for you.

Dell was selling Alienware i7-7700's, 16GB, with a 1080 for around $1,200 at Christmas time. I set one up for a friend's kid.  Didn't bench it, but everything together seemed like a deal and no screwing around with CPU grease, etc.


I never had trouble with grease on my two machines I used it with (artic silver compound with Pentium D and later Core 2 Duo) but when I bought an i5 (built my current PC in 2012) I used the stock heatsink which had paste on it, ready to go. $1k is a good price for those parts and a case, hopefully it keeps kicking.
 
2018-03-03 04:11:37 AM  

Cyclonic Cooking Action: Spice Must Flow: Wow - After years and years of lurking on Fark, I got my first two Greenlights this week.

Thanks again for the TF Slackananda

[img.fark.net image 271x186]

1 year account even...

0/0 myself after 11 years. I've seen an account with somewhere over 10,000.  I think there is some formula of outrage and regular discourse threads they like. Dunno.

\ congrats!


Thanks.

My friend showed me Fark back when it was nothing but a picture of a squirrel.
I don't remember exactly when I started lurking, but I remember turning to Fark for news on 9/11 when the news stations were replaying the same things on a 30-minute loop, if that,

I started my account to comment on the recent Presidential election.

There is a definite advantage, for getting Greenlights, to having a TotalFark account, so you can see if an article has already been submitted. I have been sponsored twice since Christmas, because of my enthusiasm for posting the latest Ben Garrison cartoons, and of course for my spicy dune memes.

I remember hearing about Bitcoin mining years ago, and found the idea fascinating, but had too many other thing going on to set up properly. A few months ago, when I was hearing about Bitcoins in mainstream circles, I assumed the bubble was getting ready to burst. I'm tired of being right all the time, when I can't cash in on it.
 
2018-03-03 04:24:43 AM  

UsikFark: Cyclonic Cooking Action: UsikFark: Eravior: Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.

If you're trying to save money you can consider buying one of last year's cards for $700 or less. If you want a 1080 and don't want to spend $1080 I really feel for you. If you upgraded your PC last year already and want this year's card, I really, really feel for you.

Dell was selling Alienware i7-7700's, 16GB, with a 1080 for around $1,200 at Christmas time. I set one up for a friend's kid.  Didn't bench it, but everything together seemed like a deal and no screwing around with CPU grease, etc.

I never had trouble with grease on my two machines I used it with (artic silver compound with Pentium D and later Core 2 Duo) but when I bought an i5 (built my current PC in 2012) I used the stock heatsink which had paste on it, ready to go. $1k is a good price for those parts and a case, hopefully it keeps kicking.


I've built all mine from a 8088 to 286 on up, but the Ryzen I built last year I wasn't sold a CPU heatsink on a full build in store, then I put too much paste on and it ran out the sides. So I was like dammit I'm a dumbass, I was just reading a paste "applying technique" benchmark even.

I only do this every 4 years and while I enjoy it mostly, sometimes I think instead of saving the money or knowing the parts I should just order one and save the price/performance calculations and sometimes incorrect part purchasing and by a built machine.
 
2018-03-03 04:31:47 AM  
Spice Must Flow:

I think I got here through Slashdot links, and I lurked but I'm guessing it was about 2 years only before pulling the trigger. Seemed around invasion 2003 and when politics was really spicy. I don't remember when the political meters were removed though I saw them installed. :)

/ I'd go TF more often but I don't use it.
// half dozen sponsorships and more purchased myself
/// finally did get to sponsor someone a couple months ago
 
2018-03-03 04:49:32 AM  
Paul's Hardware told me bitcoin mining has driven up the cost of memory and I believe him. Because he knows a lot more about it than me.
But I'm still playing Skyrim so I am not mad yet.
 
2018-03-03 05:13:46 AM  
The thefts, which occured between late December and early January, were reportedly captured on surveillance cameras by Advania, the server company hit by two of the three thefts.

Haha WTF. A DC with no active security?
 
2018-03-03 07:24:21 AM  

Siskabush: Spice Must Flow: Wow - After years and years of lurking on Fark, I got my first two Greenlights this week.

Thanks again for the TF Slackananda

[img.fark.net image 271x186]

Good job. Took me years to get my first green light. Once you find the fark formula they will start rolling in.


TF seems to be the key for some reason.
 
2018-03-03 07:59:05 AM  

Eravior: Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.


Ethereum mining bastards maybe. Bitcoin mining uses ASICs, not GPUs.
 
2018-03-03 10:25:33 AM  

UsikFark: Eravior: Good. Those bitcoin mining bastards made it a lot more expensive to upgrade gaming computers.

If you're trying to save money you can consider buying one of last year's cards for $700 or less. If you want a 1080 and don't want to spend $1080 I really feel for you. If you upgraded your PC last year already and want this year's card, I really, really feel for you.


Or...

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/​0​3/the-hunt-for-cheaper-gpus-is-finding​-some-unexpected-bargains/?amp=1
 
2018-03-03 10:31:10 AM  

Cyclonic Cooking Action: I've seen an account with somewhere over 10,000.


But we don't get to see the actual hit rate.
 
2018-03-03 10:33:23 AM  

Spice Must Flow: Wow - After years and years of lurking on Fark, I got my first two Greenlights this week.

Thanks again for the TF Slackananda


You're welcome and congrats! And I got my first call out. When I checked my email this morning I was all "I didn't look at that thread. And where's the link to my comment?"

I guess "call out" is not the right term, because we're not supposed to do that. "Summoning" I think it is, or a variant. Anyway, I'm starting to suspect you're familiar with this but based on something you said earlier I thought maybe not. I would have sent it to you before but no EIP so here it is for all of Fark, but who would we be to monopolize it?
 
2018-03-03 10:48:09 AM  

Spice Must Flow: There is a definite advantage, for getting Greenlights, to having a TotalFark account, so you can see if an article has already been submitted.


I'm not big on submitting links because I spend most of my time on Fark so I'm not seeing new material to submit here that often. There is one other advantage of TF which I have observed, in addition to what you mentioned. It's hard to explain, but you can see times when new submissions are really needed. For example, if there's already a dozen or more pending greenlights and hundreds of links still not green or red, your submission is entering a crowded field and probably has a lower chance.

My second green (out of three) was at a time when I saw there were hardly any pending greens or unapproved links. I thought, "They're going to need some material" and went out to find a link to submit and sure enough, it went green.
 
2018-03-03 11:15:48 AM  

jgilb: Siskabush: Spice Must Flow: Wow - After years and years of lurking on Fark, I got my first two Greenlights this week.

Thanks again for the TF Slackananda

[img.fark.net image 271x186]

Good job. Took me years to get my first green light. Once you find the fark formula they will start rolling in.

TF seems to be the key for some reason.


 I've only submitted 2 articles and both were greenlit. It's more dumb luck than skill, and I don't think I had TF either time.
 
2018-03-03 03:46:28 PM  

slackananda: Spice Must Flow: There is a definite advantage, for getting Greenlights, to having a TotalFark account, so you can see if an article has already been submitted.

I'm not big on submitting links because I spend most of my time on Fark so I'm not seeing new material to submit here that often. There is one other advantage of TF which I have observed, in addition to what you mentioned. It's hard to explain, but you can see times when new submissions are really needed. For example, if there's already a dozen or more pending greenlights and hundreds of links still not green or red, your submission is entering a crowded field and probably has a lower chance.

My second green (out of three) was at a time when I saw there were hardly any pending greens or unapproved links. I thought, "They're going to need some material" and went out to find a link to submit and sure enough, it went green.


My first Greenlight was a sidebar story from an article some other Farker linked to. The sidebar story said, "posted 14 minutes ago", so I popped over to see if anybody else had submitted that breaking news. Nobody had, so I had the advantage of being first, which quickly put it onto the Commented section. And my headline was a twist on the cliche headline formula: "[News Flash] News: Kushner gets security clearance. Fark: Downgraded"

I certainly do not claim to understand the "formula" that entices others to greenlight my headline over others, but it is amusing that after so many years I would get two greenlights within days of each other. Maybe I'll start shooting for that 10,000 greenlights goal!
 
2018-03-03 05:00:54 PM  
You can't bite a bitcoin to see if it's good.  (byte?)

Nor can you displace water with it.

Etc...

You have to trust someone...You all haven't figured out money is after millennia of rip-offs???
Trust BUT verify.
 
2018-03-03 10:51:23 PM  
A guy on one of my Reddit boards just bought a 1070 for $10.86. Still in the sealed box.

New.

Yes, just under eleven bucks.

Theories range from "mistyped decimal point" to "someone thought it was destroyed because the box was banged up."

It works. Hell, if it only works for a week, he got his money out of the deal.
 
2018-03-04 01:33:02 AM  
I thought these rigs had multiple gpus? These sound more like gaming boxes.
 
2018-03-04 02:01:17 AM  
Bitcoin mining just isn't profitable anymore unless you have cheap electricity and a few million dollars to buy equipment. Best strategy is to buy and HODL.

Been doing $25/paycheck since early 2014. Paid off very well. Took out 10X my investment and still have 30X that left.
 
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