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Electric usage increased ~5x, having trouble seeking resolution
My electric provider started reporting ~5x my typical usage, overnight. Typical minimal usage would be 0.5 kWh in the middle of the night. Now it's 9! My weekly rate is now $200 (1550 kWh). Before it was ~$25 (200 kWh). https://i.imgur.com/lg7DQYN.png It seems to line up with the night a storm hit. It wasn't bad, but that same night our power went out for just a minute. Restored itself. Didn't think anything of it, until weeks later when this issue first became apparent. I've called my energy company, who told me I need to call the energy provider to send someone to check the meter. Weeks later, I'm told they sent someone and he reported the meter was fine. Today I spoke to my apartment's office, and someone from maintenance checked my unit for bad outlets, found none. He asked a ton of questions of the nature "did you buy anything big recently" / "how often do you use X appliance" / "do you blast the ac or heater" ... all of which, no, nothing abnormal. So now I'm 2 weeks after reporting this, and all I can think to do is call the energy provider again but insist the technician they send out speak to me (before he only dealt with the apartment maintenance crew) and we try turning off my unit's breaker and reading the meter again. If after that nothing is resolved, what can I do? I've removed my auto pay, but eventually they'll just shut off my power ... I did some research in this subreddit on this issue, and it seems that either the meter must be broken (but he already checked it...), or a neighbor is stealing my electricity to mine BitCoin / grow weed (is that even possible in a large apartment complex on the 5th floor?) ...
Flurry of dealmaking Bayer (OTCPK:BAYRY) is paying as much as $4B for U.S. biotech firm Asklepios BioPharmaceutical, bolstering its pharmaceuticals division as it continues to reel from its acquisition of crops giant Monsanto (and cancer-related Roundup lawsuits). The latest deal, which includes upfront consideration of $2B and potential milestone payments of up to $2B, is a bet on cutting-edge gene therapy, which offers the potential to cure a wide range of often-rare diseases by editing errors in the body's instruction manual. Drugmakers including Novartis (NYSE:NVS), Roche Holding (OTCQX:RHHBY) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) have also made big bets on the industry, snapping up gene therapy makers. Dunkin' may sell and go private Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin Robbins chains owner Dunkin' Brands (NASDAQ:DNKN) confirmed preliminary talks to be acquired by Inspire Brands after the NYT reported on the negotiations. Inspire would take Dunkin' private at $106.5 per share, valuing the company at $8.8B, or a 20% premium over DNKN's closing price of $88.79 on Friday. While Dunkin' said "there is no certainty that any agreement will be reached," if successful, Inspire would add the new assets to the Buffalo Wild Wings, Arby's Sonic, and Jimmy John's chains that it already owns. DNKN +19% premarket. More M&A: Blackstone to buy Simply Self Storage for about $1.2B. New Canada oil giant Cenovus Energy (NYSE:CVE) has agreed to buy Husky Energy (OTCPK:HUSKF) in a C$3.8B ($2.9B) all-stock deal that will combine two of the largest players in Canada's struggling oil-sands industry. The combined company will have about 750K boe/d production, making it the third-largest Canadian oil and natural gas producer. it would also be the second-largest Canadian-based refiner and upgrader with total North American upgrading and refining capacity of ~660K boe/d. Coronavirus surge, elusive stimulus deal U.S. stock index futures are starting the week on the backfoot, falling nearly 1% overnight, as the nation reported a record of more than 83,000 new COVID infections on both Friday and Saturday. "We're not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas," White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told CNN's State of the Union program. Meadows and Nancy Pelosi also accused each other of "moving the goalposts" on stimulus legislation in back-to-back interviews, dimming chances a deal could be reached before Election Day. Vaccine trials The COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:AZN) produces a robust antibody and T-cell immune response in elderly people, the group at highest risk, FT reports. While details of the finding are expected to be published shortly in a clinical journal, sources cautioned that positive immunogenicity tests do not guarantee that the vaccine will ultimately prove safe and effective in older people. AstraZeneca resumed the U.S. trial of its experimental vaccine on Friday after a pause due to safety concerns, while Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) also restarted trials, saying the first batches of its shot could be available in January. Farm purchases under China trade deal "China has purchased approximately 71% of its farm purchases target for 2020," according to an interim report on agricultural trade from the U.S. Trade Representative. "They have purchased $23.6B in agricultural products so far this year, substantially more than the base year of 2017, and should end up being our best year ever in sales to China. It is worth noting that the Phase One Agreement did not go into effect until February 14, 2020, and March is the first full month of its effect... We already are on pace to have all-time high sales to China in beef, pork, corn, and soybeans." Go Deeper: Some are questioning the figures and the timeline. California blackouts PG&E (NYSE:PCG) is pre-emptively cutting power again in northern California, affecting 386,000 homes and businesses in 38 counties, or nearly 1M people. It's the fourth times this year the state’s largest utility had to shut off electricity due to high winds and extreme wildfire danger, which could spark blazes if live wires topple into dry brush. Utilities in Southern California, like Southern California Edison (NYSE:EIX), are also warning of potential blackouts. Potential election chaos As the threat of election-related unrest escalates in the U.S., Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) said it would implement emergency measures reserved for "at-risk" countries to bring down the online temperature. The social media giant plans to limit the "spread of viral content" and lower the bar for "suppressing potentially inflammatory posts" using internal tools previously deployed in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, WSJ reports. The tools would only be used in the event of election-related violence or other serious circumstances, though some employees are concerned it could slow down viral content and unintentionally hide legitimate political discussions. Go Deeper: Facebook will ban U.S. political ads indefinitely after November 3. Samsung chairman and icon dies A chapter has closed for the Samsung conglomerate following the death of Lee Kun-hee, who transformed the South Korean appliance maker into the world's biggest producer of smartphones, TVs and memory chips. He had been incapacitated for years following a 2014 stroke, leaving day-to-day operations to his son, Lee Jae-yong, who goes by Jay Y. in the West. While Lee spends about 95% of his time focused on Samsung Electronics (OTC:SSNLF), the conglomerate's most valuable arm, he formally takes the reins with Samsung on the defensive and struggling to evolve within the tech industry. What else is happening... SAP (NYSE:SAP) tumbles 18% premarket after slashing revenue forecast. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) steps away from bottling in Australia. Chinese policymakers discuss new five-year development plan. Airbnb (AIRB) approves private share split ahead of IPO. American (NASDAQ:AAL) plans PR events before 737 MAX (NYSE:BA) takes to the skies. AT&T (NYSE:T) job cuts at historical levels; CNN's Zucker may be on the block. Today's Markets In Asia, Japan -0.1%. Hong Kong +0.5%. China -0.8%. India -1.3%. In Europe, at midday, London -0.2%. Paris -0.6%. Frankfurt -2.1%. Futures at 6:20, Dow -0.9%. S&P -0.9%. 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Comprehensive Introduction of Polkadot - the Heterogeneous Sharding
https://preview.redd.it/bgrn6rycyrg51.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=431db2a4586709ee404bebbdb184f30564ea6f1e Review: Comprehensive Introduction of Polkadot-Overview (1) Comprehensive Introduction of Polkadot - Cross-Chain Composability (2) We mentioned above that Polkadot is like a plug board with the XCMP data transfer protocol. The blockchains inserted in the plug board can transfer data and asset and interoperate across chains. This is Polkadot’s Cross-chain composability. A friend asked me that in real life, only a few electrical appliances can be plugged into one plug board as plugging in too many appliances may cause fires and explosions as a result of overload. How does Polkadot’s plug board connect unlimited multiple blockchains and maintain the hits per Second (TPS) ) in a high standard. This is the knowledge to be discussed today: the Heterogeneous Sharding of Polkadot. 1. The Dilemma of Ethereum The DEFI ecology of Ethereum is widely expected, but its performance problem has always been a flaw. Remember that 18 years ago, Ethereum experienced serious congestion due to the super-popular game CryptoKitties, and the high transfer fees caused by congestion has become the biggest factor restricting the development of DEFI. As more and more DEFI applications are deployed on Ethereum chain, the performance defects of Ethereum have become more and more obvious. It’s not that Vitalik Buterin is unaware of this problem. There was sharding technology as a solution for a long time. However, as I said in the first article, Ethereum is a building that is nearly completed and it is very difficult to renovate from the foundation. Thus, the sharding technology is lagging behind. How can the Cryptokitty game crash the entire Ethereum network? Because Ethereum is like a large computer, many applications can run on it, its performance is limited, and different applications must compete for execution rights. So once a huge transfer request broke out in a short time from a popular application, the performance of Ethereum will be occupied by this application, causing other applications to be congested. Look at the picture below to understand: https://preview.redd.it/g29x7v4q2sg51.png?width=428&format=png&auto=webp&s=cb7f78feaa541038d9327279ee43ed8286f1de04 In this picture, Ethereum is like a business bank. A group of people are queuing to process the business, but as long as there is a very tough guy (CryptoKitties) stand at the door to occupy the Ethereum business (compete for execution rights), then people who are crowded outside (other applications) will not be able to enjoy the resources of Ethereum. This is the dilemma of Ethereum. It is a closed ecology. With so many applications competing for execution rights on Ethereum, it is impossible to imagine that if hundreds of millions of people use DEFI applications at the same time in the future, how Ethereum can carry the banner of "world computer"! 2. The Heterogeneous Sharding of Polkadot Gavin Wood, the former CTO of Ethereum, has seen through all of this a long time ago. He knew that it was impossible to blast on the Ethereum building and restart it. So, he left Ethereum and created Polkadot to realize the cross-chain communication between blockchains with high TPS. When we buy things in the supermarket, if there is only one cashier, there may be a long line waiting for checkout; if there are two cashiers, the efficiency will be doubled; if there are five cashiers, there may be no need to wait in line. This is the basic logic of sharding. If one person's work is divided among multiple people, the efficiency can be greatly improved. From the perspective of blockchain: Before sharding, there is only one ledger book in Ethereum, which can only process 20 transactions per second. When the transaction volume is greater than this number, it needs to queue up and cause congestion. Sharding is to turn one ledger book into hundreds of ledger books, allowing them to process transactions at the same time. It is equivalent to Polkadot opening hundreds of banks like Ethereum to handle business. Were you shocked? In the introduction to Polkadot’s cross-chain composability, I said that all kinds of blockchains can be inserted into slots and become parachains. Even the completed blockchains like Ethereum and Bitcoin, they can also become a member of the Polkadot’s parachains through the parachain bridges. As shown in the figure below, Polkadot has opened many banks like Ethereum to process business in parallel through relay-chains and parachains. The DEFI application on Ethereum can be completely independent and become a parachain of Polkadot, so it wouldn't be congested anymore. You can imagine what impact this trend will have on Ethereum in the future and what it means for Polkadot. https://preview.redd.it/9xpwbcow4sg51.png?width=1000&format=png&auto=webp&s=85c81f1a0839b4e1eeda7929ac74695b88ffdb64 There is a problem here. If a fishing village, a fruit village, and an Orion village, they all join Polkadot as a parachain. In the past, they used one Ethereum ledger book to keep accounts for three villages and the speed is a bit slow. However, now they are out of Ethereum and changed to use three ledger books separately, then what if the people in the fishing village want to make transactions with the people in the fruit village? They will find that the ledger book has become three books, and they don’t have each other’s’ account information in their respective books. Remember Polkadot’s XCMP data communication protocol mentioned above? The XCMP protocol is to solve the problem of data communication between ledger books. It is not only for cross-chain, but also for the consistency of the ledger book of Polkadot relay-chain. Now, someone would ask, "Hey, Joie, supermarkets pay every cashier they hire, would Polkadot hire hundreds of cashiers without paying?" It is impossible not to pay. To quote the analogy of Bryan Chen co-founder of Acala (Polkadot's first DEFI project): Ethereum built a server with limited performance, while Polkadot built a computer room. At the beginning, there were only 100 servers. You only need to pay a small rent to rent one of them. So, there is a cost to become a Parachain of Polkadot. Polkadot’s parachain slot adopts a lease model. Any project that wants to become a parachain must first go through an auction (IPO.) After winning the bidding, the rent for using the parachain slot need be paid by DOT to officially become a parachain of Polkadot. The lease also needs to be renewed after a certain period. The detailed mechanism will be introduced in our later article. This is Polkadot's heterogeneous sharding. Through heterogeneous sharding, multiple blockchains are connected to a network, allowing them to process transactions in parallel and exchange data between chains, which greatly improves TPS. 3. Unlimited Expansion What if the performance of the Polkadot relay-chain reaches a bottleneck? It is true that the number of parachains connected by Polkadot's relay-chain is limited. After all, the more blockchains connected, the more complicated the data processed by the XCMP protocol. In Polkadot’s design philosophy, the relay-chain can not only connect to the parachain, but also connect to the next level of relay-chain. How great it is! Layer upon layer, unlimited expansion, and finally can connect countless blockchains. This is Polkadot's expansibility. Connecting countless blockchains can still maintain a high TPS. I can no longer describe the power of Polkadot in words. I can only draw a picture for you to see: https://preview.redd.it/xt9dvjhf6sg51.png?width=550&format=png&auto=webp&s=b722ec4fd5a1036df0f2eb4fc142c8eeb846b113 It can be said that the release of Polkadot has completely matched or even exceeded the vision of Ethereum 2.0. It is no longer a simple blockchain, but the Internet in the blockchain. ——END My name is Joie. I am a big fan of Polkadot and I founded the Polkadot New Era community. My Twitter account is @ joieCui, If you support me, you can nominate my node: 15DLJZ4ceN58vEgDiQjK8JsSJuLNBqhUnQ6QCY1QNSjrQntm I made a website about Polkadot, which will be launched this month, please stay tuned.
Thai Nhat Minh | Stably: First of all, can you have a brief introduction about yourself as well as about Chromia? Henrik_hjelte, Sergelubkin Henrik Hjelte: Hello. My name is Henrik Hjelte. I am Co-Founder and CEO of Chromia. I have more than 30 years of experience in programming and a degree in Economics from Uppsala University. BTW economics and computers = blockchain, so finally found a job that fits me. I was introduced to the blockchain by the leader of the colored-coins project Alex Mizrahi in 2013 Colored coins project was a very influential thing It was the first way for user created tokens bolted on to the only blockchain at the time (almost) bitcoin We started ChromaWay 2014, with Or Perelman too, to explore if the world was interested in “tokens” and those kind of applications We worked with enterprise blockchain for some time, but now we are focused on Chromia, a new public platform for mainstream decentralized applications using relational blockchain technology. Ok, maybe I should tell something about Chromia and not myself too. Chromia is a better blockchain for building decentralized Apps. better because it follows the “normal worlds” way of managing data. A little history: I found a text/description to paste: Chromia is a brainchild of ChromaWay. ChromaWay has a long record of delivering pioneering projects around the world. We issued Euros on the Bitcoin blockchain with LHV bank, allowed investors to invest in startups in a wholly decentralized way with Funderbeam, digitized the title transfer process with the Swedish land registry, and mediated the green bond market. ChromaWay’s core team created the world’s first protocol to issue tokens already in 2012, when blockchain was called “bitcoin 2.0”. Then ChromaWay introduced the relational model to enterprise blockchains with a consortium database called Postchain. Now Postchain is going public as the foundation for Chromia, a better blockchain for building decentralised Apps. Chromia is a new public blockchain based on the idea of integrating traditional databases, Relational databases with blockchain security. Chromia is a general purpose blockchain with full smart contract capabilities, just that it is a lot easier to code, even complex applications. You code with an easy to learn new programming language that combines the power of SQL and normal languages but makes it secure in a blockchain context. Up to 1/10 the code-lines vs other blockchains. If you don’t believe me, check this blog (later, stay in the chat): https://blog.chromia.com/reasons-for-rell-compactness/ The aim of Chromia is to combine relational databases, which exist in every kind of organization, with blockchains. We want to provide a platform for our users to develop totally decentralized apps securely. Our goal is for Chromia to be seen as the number one infrastructure for decentralized applications. Think about it: blockchain is about managing data (in a shared context). And… What do we use to manage data? A Database! Serge: Sure! My name is Serge! And I work in Chromia marketing department. Also, I help coordinate various projects inside the company My background is in Economics and Marketing Thai Nhat Minh | Stably: Question 1️⃣ DApp is currently mainly concentrated in the field of games, and its life cycle is basically short, just like the Crypto Kitty is only hot for a while, how to dig the application of DApp in more fields and how to improve the utilization rate of DApp? u/henrik_hjelteu/sergelubkin Serge: Good one, let me answer Gaming is quite a challenging target because good UX is expected, it needs to be fast, responsive, etc. If we can do that, then we can also do all sorts of other stuff. Also, it lets us experiment with things without a lot of hassle, it’s easier to get users, and so on. It’s also a growing niche within blockchain. You can check our latest game, Mines of Dalarnia https://www.minesofdalarnia.com We also have Enterprise projects already, for example Green Assets Wallet https://greenassetswallet.org/about that already launched on the first Mainnet version called Bootstrap Net,we also have https://capchap.se built on our tech, more projects like non-profit review platform Impactoria, public land registries, medical projects and so on Also don’t forget about our fully decentralized social network/forum that is live already on the testnet https://testnet.chromunity.com. Thai Nhat Minh | Stably: Question 2️⃣ How will dapp face the world change after the epidemic? u/henrik_hjelteu/sergelubkin Henrik Hjelte: Nobody can say for sure, but maybe people will tend to be online more than offline, so demand on online products and dapps as well will increase. I just came in from an internal demo of a secret project we do, and it can be seen as a way to hang out online (a bit cryptic answer) There are also interesting use cases of dapps in the medical field. For example, we participated in the world-wide hackathon Hack for Sweden. Where our submission was to create an app on Chromia blockchain that increases the coordination between countries and hospitals especially during the hard time and COVID19. Chromia wants to help the European Union (and the world, but we saw problems in the EU…) and its citizens to provide transparency over the necessary medical and protective devices and appliances of which we see shortage during this emergency crisis. You can watch our promo here https://twitter.com/chromaway/status/1247557274337447938?s=20. For me it was a fun Hackathon too because for once I got the opportunity to code… I told everyone else I will not do any bossing… We try to continue this path on medical applications a bit. Thai Nhat Minh | Stably: Question 3️⃣ DApps are still not directly embedded in mobile phones like Apps at this moment, and DApps have also been flooded with bet content. How can guests increase the use of DApps and lower the threshold for using DApps? u/henrik_hjelteu/sergelubkin Serge: The answer is — better User Experience. We believe that in order for a DApp to be usable and become more widely accepted it has to feel like a normal App. A DApp needs to have quick transactions, scale well & shouldn’t require users to pay for each transaction. This is something that is possible now with using Chromia. It’s an extremely exciting time since we are going to see a new generation of DApps. On top of that, we think that we might have an ace coming up. We have built a game to demonstrate the powers and possibilities of Chromia. A little bit about the game: In Mines of Dalarnia (https://www.minesofdalarnia.com), players get to explore the vast expanses of interplanetary treasure mines. With an innovative Dalarnia Token system, players can purchase virtual mining plots, and put them up for rent into the community, allowing for real-estate tycoons to earn more Tokens. Mining plots can also undergo their own upgrades, making them more lucrative to explore, as well as a hot property for rental by miners. The game takes advantage of these NFT-based tokens to securely track exchanges, and provide a sense of ownership and wealth to players as they grow their mining and resource empire. Watch our trailer https://youtu.be/bDXKOp1Asqw and sign-up for the TestNet on the website! Thai Nhat Minh | Stably: Question 4️⃣ Many practitioners think that the main reason for restricting the development of DApp is “incomplete infrastructure”. How effective is the current “cross-chain” and “side-chain” solution? u/henrik_hjelteu/sergelubkin Serge: Our infrastructure resembles Alibaba Cloud, so a DApp developer just goes and deploys his DApp’s blockchain into it, it’s easy. Also our language Rell https://rell.chromia.com/en/maste is more robust than any other blockchain programming language.Or Azure or AWS Rell combines the following features:
Relational data modeling and queries similar to SQL. People familiar with SQL should feel at home once they learn the new syntax.
Normal programming constructs: variables, loops, functions, collections, etc.
Constructs which specifically target application backends and, in particular, blockchain-style programming including request routing, authorization, etc.
We want people to join our channels such as telegram, twitter, email also our decentralized forum https://testnet.chromunity.com and participate in discussions
We want people to try our dapps such as Mines of Dalarnia
We want to get feedback and understand the most important issues people care about Chromia and the blockchain industry in general
We want to get more developers building on top of Chromia
LBTS: What was your motivation for creating RELL and not use other languages? What benefits? Why name it RELL also? Henrik Hjelte: We have a private/federated relational blockchain called Postchain, and it allows SQL. But that can work in a small environment when you know all parties, and if you are really careful in checking code. But not for a more secure, distributed on the web setup, so we had to make it more secure (Deterministic, statically typed). In the process, we also took the opportunity to make it cool and nice. Also: it is simply not possibly to use evm, jvm, or web assembly. We need/want a database in the bottom. Postgresql is our virtual machine. You do not reimplement that…. 10+ years codebase…. Lee: Being part of the gamer community, I would like to know what you would think about collaborating with a MOBA, RPG or Arcade game or some kind of project? Henrik Hjelte: We are already collaborating with some smaller studios. For bigger fish, we want to show them what is completely unique and visionary with Chromia, and we think we need various examples. So, first arcade game MoD (linked above) is one example, it is not the full potential or anything but a start. In this summer, krystopia 2 a puzzle game from Antler Interactive will be released. What is even cooler is the “demo project” we do together with them, where we will show how a mutliplayer game with real blockchain features will work. I just saw it an hour ago and was blown away OH, and there is another studio releasing something very cool. Full logic on chain strategy game. Chain of Alliance. oyibo pepper: Do you encourage HACKATHON programs for intending Developers to test their skills and build on RELL Can you explain more about CHROMIA AMBASSADORS PROGRAM, CAN I BECOME AN AMBASSADOR Serge: Yes, you can, but you will need to change your avatar 🤣 Seriously, we are growing our Chromians community if you want to become one please ping our admins in Chromia telegram group. Also, we are planning virtual hackathons soon, please subscribe to stay updated Infinite Crypto: Since the Chromia project is currently working on the Ethereum blockchain ERC20 standard! But we know that there are a lot of scalability issues with Ethereum, so why would you choose the Ethereum blockchain over other scalable blockchains? Do you have any plans for Mainnet launch of Chromia? Henrik Hjelte: ETH is just used in a pre-phase for tokens. We will have our own mainnet tokens interchangable with ETH. Oyinbo pepper What’s CHROMIA SSO and SDK, how can I get started Henrik Hjelte Both are 3 letters. That is what they have in common. SDK = software development kit, check docs on https://rell.chromia.com SSO = single sign on. A unique UX improvement. You approve an app in your wallet (vault) with super ease. no need to remember codes sso: https://blog.chromia.com/chromia-sso-the-whys-and-the-whats/ We have a fundamentally different model from bitcoin and ethereum and the likes. The blockchain is not run by anonymous computers in basement and student dorms across the world. We have more of known identities, so 51% attacks is protected not by PoW/PoS but other consensus. Please see our whitepaper. Note that we are not noobs when it comes to this, our CTO Alex has published papers in academic journals on consensus etc. from 2013, and done several important ideas for blockchain. Sidechains we think he was first with, tokens too. Sheron Fernando: Is there any plan to makes partnership with local cryptocurrency developers from each country to make $CHR usage more worldwide? Serge: Yes, we are looking for cooperation with more external developers. Send me a message if you are interested in developing something on Chromia. Stella: What are the underlying problems in the Dapps today that can be solved with the Chromia protocol? Serge:
Scalability — on Chromia your dapp can have unlimited numbers of users thanks to parallel scaling
Easiness of use — you don’t need external wallets, no need to buy crypto to pay for gas etc
Cost — in general to deploy the dapp and to use the dapp
Marcel Lagacé: Why build this platform? What is Chromia mission? What are the most prominent features of the platform? Can you clarify the use case for this feature? Henrik Hjelte: We build the platform to fix the problems with blockchains, that we ourselves have experienced since 2014 (before ethereum existed). LBTS: Can you tell us about Chromia developers? How motivated and experienced are they to always deliver the best products? Henrik Hjelte: I can tell you that we recruit developers that are really good, from all parts of the world. Vietnam has been a hub because we found many good, so in Ukraine. How can we say “we have so good developers”? First one thing that is a bit different is that we are pretty experienced in leadership team of development. I do not code much anymore since I’m a CEO. But I do have now over 30 years of experience. Got published and was payed when I was 15. First full-time professional developer job at 18. Have released open-source projects used by 10: s of thousand developers. And Alex, our CTO is Extremely good. That is why I recruited him to my old startup 2006 or so… So: we have experience to sort out good developers from bad. Marcel Lagacé: Does Chromia staking model is different from other staking platform?? What are the beneficial advantages of chromia staking system? Serge: The main difference is that we have independent Providers, entities that are not connected. These serious players are exchanges, data centres, professional staking companies. They provide a backbone of the ecosystem and host dapps. Like Amazon servers in the cloud. They cannot have stake bigger than the maximum thus they can’t control the network. This is probably the main difference with classic DPoS networks Nguyen Duy Bao: A lot of people will want to know what the strength of Chromia is but I want to know the weaknesses and problems Chromia faces ? How do you plan to solve it? Henrik Hjelte: A weakness I guess is weak compared to “competition”. And there are some blockchain projects that got crazy amount of funding. So how can we compete with that, when they can hire more developers for example? Well here is what experience comes into play: More developers does not always increase productivity a lot, it is diminishing returns. You can see many large projects, with 100 of developers fail miserably with no results. And actually, sometimes true with marketing spend too. It is generally good with money, but if you are a bit clever you can compete also on marketing with less money than your competition. Please follow Chromia on Social Media: Website: https://www.chromia.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/chromia FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/teamchromia LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chromia Telegram: https://t.me/hellochromia Decentralized Social network Chromunity: https://testnet.chromunity.com Free-to-Play Blockchain Game Mines of Dalarnia: https://www.minesofdalarnia.com
During the coronavirus, are cryptocurrencies suffering or taking advantage of the moment?
Up until just a short time ago cryptocurrencies were considered to be a sort of safe haven. This idea has gained greater strength in the measure in which, during recent periods of crisis and instability, the Bitcoin has risen in value; however, now, with the pandemic of the coronavirus hitting the entire planet, the freefall of the cryptocurrency quotes most used these days shows an uncertain scenario and demystified the option of “safe haven”. https://preview.redd.it/yspkat1aan151.jpg?width=1280&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=e692f86d3141a021fce448812f3a3815b886ccb5 Halfway through February, before the before the pandemic became widespread, Bitcoin’s quote reached over 10,200 dollars, its highest quote during the last seven months; but, from that moment on the decline has been resounding – around 40% - so that its present value is in the region of 6,300 dollars. In its fall, Bitcoin dragged other cryptocurrencies along with it, like Ethereum which lost 29% as went from 194 dollars to 137, and Ripple, which ceded 22%.
What provoked the decline in prices?
Cryptocurrencies operate contrary to the traditional financial system, because they don’t need banks; however, this doesn’t make them immune to the economic chaos unleashed by the pandemic. In China’s case, the country where the virus arose, the analysts waited for the launch of the digital yuan; however, the Wuhan crisis will postpone the presentation of the new cryptoasset between three and six months, since, according to YuanJie Zhang, the director of operations of Conflux, “The majority of the budget’s resources were spent in containing the virus”. For Zhang, the coronavirus hasn’t had a negative impact on the cryptocurrency mining industry in China, because the majority of these farms continued working and never hired a lot of people. Nevertheless, the fall in prices was evident. What could have provoked it? This continues to be a subject that divides the experts, since more than a few feel that there are no clear elements that explain the downward trend, because cryptocurrencies aren’t affected by the prices of petroleum and or the global recession. According to various experts, the decline was expected because Bitcoin, for example, saw its price rise 100% during the last six months and many investors opted to sell them now to cover the losses that they suffered in their portfolios from other assets with variable yield. Others look for a link to the pandemic and analyze that the collapse in prices was produced at the moment when the bonds and shares fell around the world. The investors suffered so many losses that they had to liquidate assets that, at this time, have enough value to cover their obligations. “Investors are liquidating alternative assets like gold and cryptocurrencies to comply with obligations of the market and to create cash reserves, a theme that is similar to what happened during the last financial crisis,” stated Matthew Dibb, co-founder and director of Stack operations. A variation is that the retail investors have sold their cryptoassets so that this way they can obtain money that will allow them to obtain more food, medical supplies and take on other monthly expenses, since extended quarantines impede them from working and, therefore, generate income.
Blockchain initiatives against the coronavirus
The donations in cryptocurrencies to support the most affected areas with medical supplies or to encourage research about the coronavirus have increased in recent times. The Binance exchange donated 1.4 million dollars to the Chinese authorities for medical supplies. The project was called “Binance for Wuhan”. In addition, Binance Charity continues to be wrapped up in raising five million dollars in cryptocurrencies that make it possible to buy essential medical articles for the countries most affected by the coronavirus. The crowdfunding platform The Giving Block launched a campaign for donating cryptoassets, in coordination with Gitcoin, an open code reward platform in the Ethereum blockchain. The decentralized Alliance of AI presented the #COVIDathon, considered the first hackathon designed to help the medical industry to search for solutions that allow them to battle the COVID-19. This alliance depends on more than 50 members of the blockchain.com space, Ocean Protocol, Aragon, Shivom and SingularityNet. Ripple Labs donated 200,000 dollars to two non-profit organizations, Tipping Point Community and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, to contain the propagation of COVID-19 in the United States. The Napoli Blockchain Association undertook a crypto fund raiser that made the purchase of a large amount of appliance equipment possible for strengthening medical attention in Italy. cryptos, coronavirus, coronavirus-and-bitcoin, coronavirus-and-cryptos
I literally have tens of thousands of dollars in top-shelf hardware, looking to repurpose some before selling on eBay to build a NAS system, possibly a dedicated firewall device as well. o_O
Q1) What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.** A1) This will be a dedicated NAS system for my home network. As such, I'm looking to have it: - Host ##TB's of 720, 1080 & up resolution Movies and TV Shows I'm about to begin ripping from a MASSIVE DVD & Blueray collection I have. - My kids are big on Minecraft. I understand it's possible to host your own "worlds" (or whatever they call the maps you can build) on your own "server". I think it would be pretty neat to offer them (& their friends - if can be done 'safely/securely') their own partition on one of my NAS HDD's. - I also have accounts with a couple diff VPN companies... I understand it's possible (?) to sync said VPN's with a NAS, this might be a more relative topic on the next point/purpose... - I'd like to be able to remotely link to this NAS for when I travel overseas and want to stream at my temp location from my house/this NAS. ______________________ Q2) What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?** * A2) Here's where I make matters more complicated than most others would... I've been an advocate for Bitcoin and crypto-currencies in general since 2013. I invested in a small mining outfit back in 2014 (strictly Bitcoin/ASIC's). One of my buddies is the President of a large-scale mining operation (foreign and domestic) and he convinced me to dabble in the GPU mining-space. I made my first hardware purchase in Q4, 2017 and launched a small-scale GPU-Farm in my house since then. I had the rigs mining up until Q3 of 2018 (not cost-efficient to keep on, especially living in SoFlo) and since then, the hardware's been collecting dust (& pissing off my family members since they lost access to 3X rooms in the house - I won't let anyone go near my gear). One of my New Years Resolutions for 2019 was to clear out the house of all my mining equipment so that's all about to go up on eBay. So "budget" is relative to whatever I "MUST" spend if I can't repurpose any of the parts I already have on hand for this build... (Anyone having something I "need" and is looking to barter for one of the items I'll list later on in here, LMK). ______________________ Q3) When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.** A3) IMMEDIATELY! :) ______________________ Q4) What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)** A4) Well I had a half-assed idea approximately 1 year ago that it might be wise to build a bunch of 'gaming rigs' to sell on eBay with my intended repurposed mining hardware so I went on a shopping spree for like 6 months. That said; I've got a plethora of various other components that aren't even unboxed yet. 90% of the items I've purchased for this additional project were items that were marked down via MIR (mail-in-rebates) & what-not...
AFAIK, there are only 3X items I absolutely do not have which I 'MUST' find. Those would be - 1) Motherboard which accepts "ECC RAM". 2) CPU for said MOBO. 3) Said "ECC RAM".\*
______________________ Q5) Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?** A5) I'm located in Southwest Florida. No Microcenter's here. Best Buy is pretty much my only option although I am a member of Newegg, Amazon & Costco if that makes any difference? ______________________ Q6) If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.** A6) In an attempt to better clean up this Q&A, I'm going to list the items I have on-hand at the end of this questionnaire in-case passers-by feel like this might be a TLDR.* (Scroll to the bottom & you'll see what I mean). ______________________ Q7) Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?** A7) I don't think that's necessary for my intended purpose although - I'm not against it if that helps & FWIW, I'm pretty skilled @ this task already (it's not rocket science). ______________________ Q8) Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)** A8) As stated in A4; ECC RAM is non-negotiable... RAID seems like a logical application here as well. - This will predominantly be receiving commands from MacOS computers. I don't think that matters really but figured it couldn't hurt to let you guys know.\* - I'd also be quite fond of implementing "PFSENSE" (or something of that caliber) applied to this system so I could give my Netgear Nighthawks less stress in that arena, plus my limited understanding of PFSENSE is that it's ability to act as a firewall runs circles around anything that comes with consumer-grade Wi-Fi routers (like my Nighthawks). Just the same, I'm open to building a second rig just for the firewall.\* - Another desirable feature would be that it draws as little electricity from the wall as possible. (I'm EXTREMELY skilled in this arena. I have "Kill-A-Watts" to test/gauge on, as well as an intimate understanding of the differences between Silver, Gold, Platinum and Titanium rated PSU's. As well as having already measured each of the PSU's I have on-hand and taken note of the 'target TDP draw' ("Peak Power Efficiency Draw") each one offers when primed with X amount of GPU's when I used them for their original purpose.\* - Last, but not least, sound (as in noise created from the rig). I'd like to prop this device up on my entertainment center in the living room. I've (almost) all of the top-shelf consumer grade products one could dream of regarding fans and other thermal-related artifacts. - Almost forgot; this will be hosting to devices on the KODI platform (unless you guys have better alternative suggestions?) ______________________ Q9) Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?** A9) Definitely! Desired theme would be WHITE. If that doesn't work for whatever reason, black or gray would suffice. Regarding "Case Size". Nah, that's not too important although I don't foresee a mini-ITX build making sense if I'm going to be cramming double digit amounts of TB in the system, Internal HDD's sounds better than a bunch of externals plugged in all the USB ports. ______________________ Q10) Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?** A10) I don't know. If I do need a copy of Windows, I don't have one so that's something I'll have to consider I guess. I doubt that's a necessity though. ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ **Extra info or particulars:*\* AND NOW TO THE FUN-STUFF... Here's a list of everything (PARTS PARTS PARTS) I have on-hand and ready to deploy into the wild &/or negotiate a trade/barter with: CASES - Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 Arctic White (Model# Crypto-Currency-9011048-WW) - (Probably my top pick for this build). Cooler Master HAF XB EVO (This is probably my top 1st or 2nd pick for this build, the thing is a monster!). Cooler Master Elite 130 - Mini ITX - Black Cooler Master MasterBox 5 MID-Tower - Black & White Raidmax Sigma-TWS - ATX - White MasterBox Lite 5 - ATX - Black w/ diff. Colored accent attachments (included with purchase) NZXT S340 Elite Matte White Steel/Tempered Glass Edition EVGA DG-76 Alpine White - Mid Tower w/ window EVGA DG-73 Black - Mid Tower w/ window (I have like 3 of these) ______________________ CPU's - ***7TH GEN OR BELOW INTEL's ("Code Name Class mentioned next to each one)**\* Pentium G4400 (Skylake @54W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "ECC CAPABLE" Celeron G3930 (Kaby Lake @ 51W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "ECC CAPABLE" :) i5 6402P (Skylake @65W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( i5 6600k (Skylake @ 91W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( i7 6700 (Skylake @ 65W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( i7 7700k (Kaby Lake @ 95W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( ***8TH GEN INTEL's **\* i3-8350K (Coffee Lake @91W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "ECC FRIENDLY" :) I5-8600K (Coffee Lake @95W TDP) - Intel ARK states is "NOT ECC CAPABLE" :( ***AMD RYZEN's **\* Ryzen 3 2200G Ryzen 5 1600 Ryzen 7 1700X ______________________ MOTHERBOARDS - ***7TH GEN AND BELOW INTEL BASED MOBO'S - **\* MSI Z170A-SLI ASUS PRIME Z270-A ASUS PRIME Z270-P ASUS PRIME Z270-K EVGA Z270 Stinger GIGABYTE GA-Z270XP-SLI MSI B150M ARCTIC MSI B250M MICRO ATX (PRO OPT. BOOST EDITION) ***8TH GEN INTEL BASED MOBO'S - **\* EVGA Z370 FTW GIGABYTE Z370XP SLI (Rev. 1.0) MSI Z370 SLI PLUS ***AMD RYZEN BASED MOBO'S - **\* ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING MSI B350 TOMAHAWK MSI X370 GAMING PRO ASROCK AB350M PRO4 ______________________ RAM - Way too many to list, nothing but 4 & 8GB DDR4 sticks and unfortunately, none are ECC so it's not even worth mentioning/listing these unless someone reading this is willing to barter. At which time I'd be obliged to send an itemized list or see if I have what they're/you're specifically looking for.\* ______________________ THERMAL APPLICATIONS/FANS - JUST FANS - BeQuiet - Pure Wings 2 (80mm) Pure Wings 2 (120mm) Pure Wings 2 (140mm) Silent Wings 3 PWM (120mm) NOCTUA - PoopBrown - NF-A20 PWM (200mm) Specifically for the BIG "CoolerMaster HAF XB EVO" Case GREY - NF-P12 Redux - 1700RPM (120mm) PWM Corsair - Air Series AF120LED (120mm) CPU COOLING SYSTEMS - NOCTUA - NT-HH 1.4ml Thermal Compound NH-D15 6 Heatpipe system (this thing is the tits) EVGA (Extremely crappy coding in the software here, I'm like 99.99% these will be problematic if I were to try and use in any OS outside of Windows, because they barely ever work in the intended Windows as it is). CLC 240 (240mm Water-cooled system CRYORIG - Cryorig C7 Cu (Low-Profile Copper Edition*) A few other oversized CPU cooling systems I forget off the top of my head but a CPU cooler is a CPU cooler after comparing to the previous 3 models I mentioned. I almost exclusively am using these amazing "Innovation Cooling Graphite Thermal Pads" as an alternative to thermal paste for my CPU's. They're not cheap but they literally last forever. NZXT - Sentry Mesh Fan Controller ______________________ POWER SUPPLIES (PSU's) - BeQuiet 550W Straight Power 11 (GOLD) EVGA - 750P2 (750W, Platinum) 850P2 (850W, Platinum) 750T2 (750W, TITANIUM - yeah baby, yeah) ROSEWILL - Quark 750W Platinum Quark 650W Platinum SEASONIC - Focus 750W Platinum ______________________ STORAGE - HGST Ultrastar 3TB - 64mb Cache - 7200RPM Sata III (3.5) 4X Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD's 2X Team Group L5 LITE 3D 2.5" SSD's 480GB 2X WD 10TB Essential EXT (I'm cool with shucking) + 6X various other external HDD's (from 4-8TB) - (Seagate, WD & G-Drives) ______________________ Other accessories worth mentioning - PCI-E to 4X USB hub-adapter (I have a dozen or so of these - might not be sufficient enough &/or needed but again, 'worth mentioning' in case I somehow ever run out of SATA & USB ports and have extra external USB HDD's. Although, I'm sure there would be better suited components if I get to that point that probably won't cost all that much). ______________________ ______________________ ______________________ Needless to say, I have at least 1X of everything mentioned above. In most all cases, I have multiples of these items but obviously won't be needing 2X CPU's, Cases, etc... Naturally, I have GPU's. Specifically; At least 1X of every. Single. NVIDIA GTX 1070 TI (Yes, I have every variation of the 1070 ti made by MSI, EVGA and Zotac. The only brand I don't have is the Gigabyte line. My partners have terrible experience with those so I didn't even bother. I'm clearly not going to be needing a GPU for this build but again, I'm cool with discussing the idea of a barter if anyone reading this is in the market for one. I also have some GTX 1080 TI's but those are already spoken for, sorry. It's my understanding that select CPU's I have on this list are ECC Friendly and AFAIK, only 1 of my MOBO's claims to be ECC Friendly (The ASROCK AB350M PRO4), but for the life of me, I can't find any corresponding forums that confirm this and/or direct me to a listing where I can buy compatible RAM. Just the same, if I go w/ the ASROCK MOBO, that means I'd be using one of the Ryzens. Those are DEF. power hungry little buggers. Not a deal-breaker, just hoping to find something a little more conservative in terms of TDP. In closing, I don't really need someone to hold my hand with the build part as much as figuring out which motherboard, CPU and RAM to get. Then I'm DEFINITELY going to need some guidance on what OS is best for my desired purpose. If building 2X Rigs makes sense, I'm totally open to that as well... Rig 1 = EPIC NAS SYSTEM Rig 2 = EPIC PFSENSE (or the like) DEDICATED FIREWALL Oh, I almost forgot... The current routers I'm using are... 1X Netgear Nighthawk 6900P (Modem + Router) 1X Netgear Nighthawk X6S (AC 4000 I believe - Router dedicated towards my personal devices - no IoT &/or Guests allowed on this one) 1X TP-Link Archer C5 (Router). Total overkill after implementing the Nighthawks but this old beast somehow has the best range, plus it has 2X USB ports so for now, it's dedicated towards my IoT devices. ---- I also have a few other Wi-Fi routers (Apple Airport Extreme & some inferior Netgear's but I can only allocate so many WiFi Routers to so many WiFi channels w/out pissing off my neighbors) On that note, I have managed to convince my neighbors to let me in their house/WiFi configuration so we all have our hardware locked on specific, non-competing frequencies/channels so everyone's happy. :) Please spare me the insults as I insulted myself throughout this entire venture. Part of why I did this was because when I was a kid, I used to fantasize about building a 'DREAM PC' but could never afford such. To compensate for this deficiency, I would actually print out the latest and greatest hardware components on a word document, print the lists up & tape to wall (for motivation). I was C++ certified at the age of 14 and built my first PC when I was 7. At the age of 15 I abandoned all hope in the sector and moved on to other aspirations. This entire ordeal was largely based off me finally fulfilling a childhood fantasy. On that note = mission accomplished. Now if I'm actually able to fulfill my desires on this post, I'm definitely going to feel less shitty about blowing so much money on all this stuff over the last couple years. TIA for assisting in any way possible. Gotta love the internets! THE END. :) EDIT/UPDATE (5 hours after OP) - My inbox is being inundated with various people asking for prices and other reasonable questions about my hardware being up for sale. Not to be redundant but rather to expound on my previous remarks about 'being interested in a bartetrade' with any of you here... I did say I was going to sell my gear on eBay in the near future, I also said I wanted to trade/barter for anything relative to helping me accomplish my OP's mission(s). I'm not desperate for the $$$ but I'm also not one of those people that likes to rip other people off. That said; I value my time and money invested in this hardware and I'm only willing to unload it all once I've established I have ZERO need for any of it here in my home first. Hence my writing this lengthy thread in an attempt to repurpose at least a grand or two I've already spent. One of the most commonly asked questions I anticipate receiving from interested bodies is going to be "How hard were you on your hardware?" Contrary to what anyone else would have probably done in my scenario which is say they were light on it whether they were or weren't, I documented my handling of the hardware, and have no problem sharing such documentation with verified, interested buyers (WHEN THE TIME COMES) to offer you guys peace of mind. I have photo's and video's of the venture from A-Z. I am also obliged to provide (redacted) electricity bill statements where you can correlate my photo's (power draw on each rig), and also accurately deduct the excess power my house consumed with our other household appliances. Even taking into consideration how much (more) I spent in electricity from keeping my house at a constant, cool 70-72F year-round (via my Nest thermostat). Even without the rigs, I keep my AC @ 70 when I'm home and for the last 1.5-2 years, I just so happened to spend 85% of my time here at my house. When I would travel, I'd keep it at 72 for my wife & kids. Additionally; I had each GPU 'custom' oveunderclocke'd (MSI Afterburner for all GPU's but the EVGA's).* I doubt everyone reading this is aware so this is for those that don't.... EVGA had the brilliant idea of implementing what they call "ICX technology" in their latest NVIDIA GTX GPU's. The short(est) explanation of this "feature" goes as follows: EVGA GPU's w/ "ICX 9 & above" have EXTRA HEAT/THERMAL SENSORS. Unlike every other GTX 1070 ti on the market, the one's with this feature actually have each of 2/2 on-board fans connected to individual thermal sensors. Which means - if you were to use the MSI Afterburner program on one of these EVGA's and create a custom fan curve for it, you'd only be able to get 1/2 of the fans to function the way intended. The other fan simply would not engage as the MSI Afterburner software wasn't designed/coded to recognize/ communicate with an added sensor (let alone sensor'S). This, in-turn, would likely result in whoever's using it the unintended way having a GPU defect on them within the first few months I'd imagine... Perhaps if they had the TDP power settings dumbed down as much as I did (60-63%), they might get a year or two out of it since it wouldn't run as near as hot, but I doubt any longer than that since cutting off 50% of the cooling system on one of these can't be ignored too long, surely capacitors would start to blow and who knows what else... (Warning = RANT) Another interesting side-note about the EVGA's and their "Precision-X" OveUnderclocking software is that it's designed to only recognize 4X GPU's on a single system. For miners, that's just not cool. My favorite builds had 8X and for the motherboards that weren't capable of maintaining stable sessions on 8, I set up with 6X. Only my EVGA Rigs had 3 or 4X GPU's dedicated to a single motherboard. Furthermore, and as stated in an earlier paragraph, (& this is just my opinion) = EVGA SOFTWARE SUCKS! Precision X wasn't friendly with every motherboard/CPU I threw at it and their extension software for the CLC Close-Loop-Cooling/ CPU water-coolers simply didn't work on anything, even integrating into their own Precision-X software. The amount of time it took me to finally find compatible matches with that stuff was beyond maddening. (END RANT). Which leads me to my other comments on the matter. That's what I had every single 1070 ti set at for TDP = 60-63%. Dropping the power load that much allowed me to bring down (on average) each 1070 ti to a constant 110-115W (mind you, this is only possible w/ "Titanium" rated PSU's, Platinum comes pretty damn close to the Titanium though) while mining Ethereum and was still able to maintain a bottom of 30 MH/s and a ceiling of 32 MH/s. Increasing the TDP to 80, 90, 100% or more only increased my hashrates (yields) negligibly, like 35-36 MH/s TOPS, which also meant each one was not only pulling 160-180W+ (Vs. the aforementioned 115'ish range), it also meant my rigs were creating a significantly greater amount of heat! Fortunately for the GPU's and my own personal habits, I live in South Florida where it's hot as balls typically, last winter was nothing like this one. Increasing my yields by 10-15% didn't justify increasing the heat production in my house by >30%, nor the added electricity costs from subjecting my AC handlers to that much of an extra work-load. For anyone reading this that doesn't know/understand what I'm talking about - after spending no less than 2-3 hours with each. and. every. one. I didn't play with the settings on just one and universally apply the settings to the rest. I found the 'prime' settings and documented them with a label-maker and notepad. Here's the math in a more transparent manner: *** I NEVER LET MY GPU's BREACH 61C, EVER. Only my 8X GPU rigs saw 60-61 & it was the ones I had in the center of the build (naturally). I have REALLY high power fans (used on BTC ASIC MINERS) that were sucking air from those GPU's which was the only way I was able to obtain such stellar results while mining with them. **\* Mining at "acceptable" heat temps (not acceptable to me, but most of the internet would disagree = 70C) and overclocking accordingly brings in X amount of yields per unit. = 'Tweaking' (underclocking) the GPU's to my parameters reduced my yield per unit from -10-15%, but it SAVED me well over 30-35% in direct electricity consumption, and an unknown amount of passive electricity consumption via creating approximately 20%+ less heat for my AC handler to combat. I say all this extra stuff not just for anyone interested in mining with their GPU's, but really to answer (in-depth) the apparent questions you people are asking me in PM's. Something else that should help justify my claims of being so conservative should be the fact I only have/used "Platinum and Titanium" rated PSU's. Heat production, power efficiency and longevity of the hardware were ALWAYS my top priority.* . I truly thought Crypto would continue to gain and/or recover and bounce back faster than it did. If this project had maintained positive income for 12 months+, I'd have expanded one of our sites to also cater to GPU mining on a gnarly scale. Once I have my NAS (& possibly 2nd rig for the firewall) successfully built, I'll be willing/able to entertain selling you guys some/all of the remaining hardware prior to launching on eBay. If there's something you're specifically looking for that I listed having, feel free to PM me with that/those specific item(s). Don't count on an immediate response but what you can count on is me honoring my word in offering whoever asks first right of refusal when the time comes for me to sell this stuff. Fortunately for me, PM's are time-stamped so that's how I'll gauge everyone's place in line. I hope this extra edit answers most of the questions you guys wanted to have answered and if not, sorry I guess. I'll do my best to bring light to anything I've missed out on after I realize whatever that error was/is. The only way anyone is getting first dibs on my hardware otherwise is if they either offer compelling insight into my original questions, or have something I need to trade w/. THE END (Round#2)
My Lower-Middle Class Family I grew up watching my mom and dad fighting over money. They weren’t two funny leprechauns fighting over a bag of gold. They were two adults yelling at each other about things I couldn’t understand. My dad was the only one with an income at the time; my mom had quit her job to take care of me and my brother at home. Despite working at an office in an airport, my dad’s pay was small. Maybe something about being under a manpower company. Understandably, my dad wanted to be thrifty. He’s barely able to save money however. My mom on the other hand thinks its better to invest that money. She’s right but sadly she makes very bad investments. My mom is basically a junkie for make-money-fast schemes. Multilevel marketing with magical supplements that can cure any ailment? She’s done it. Making commission off helping sell property? Yup. Hey, have you heard about bitcoin? Yeah, you should see the facebook groups and group chats she’s in. Did she make money off any of this? Yeah, a bit, but not enough to cover her own expenses and the time she spent attending events and meetings. Long-story short, she’s bad with money. To make things worse, she also buys a lot of crap we don’t need. In the Philippines we have a lot of thrift stores and my mom can’t stop spending money on clothes and kitchen appliances. She’s actually kind of a hoarder but that’s a story for another time. So, it’s not a surprise that my mom and dad fight a lot about money. Well, not really fight. My dad just gets really upset when my mom asks him for money knowing that she’ll buy something stupid with it. He always angrily yells out things like “Magdahan-dahan naman kayo sa paghingi ng pera” (~“Stop asking for money all the time”) and “Di naman kayo ang nagbabayad” (“You’re not the ones who pay”). Note that ‘kayo’ in Filipino is the plural form of ‘you’ which means he’s addressing everyone at home. That got to me. Even if I needed money for school, I’d refrain from asking my dad for money. The idea of stressing him out stressed me out too, so as much as I could, I tried not to ask for any money from him, other than my daily allowance of P100 (~$2) which was barely enough to get a snack and to pay the fares. Our home might better show how broke we really are. For about three years now, our front door was kept shut by a bolt-lock when everyone’s inside and a padlock when everyone’s out. The door has rotten and fallen apart and my dad just haphazardly pieced it together. One good kick is all it will take to open that up then we’ll get robbed. I’m surprised we still haven’t been. Then there’s our ceiling which is literally falling apart, thanks to the many cats running around in it. We also have malnourished dogs; I’m not proud of that. I’m not proud of any of this. Being Broke in College Here’s a fun fact: about a year after my ex and I separated, I asked if I could get a loan from her because I needed to buy a laptop. A few months later I add another loan for an expensive project at uni. When I told my current girlfriend about this she was just like “Oh my god, David.” I’m guessing she won’t be lending me any money if we break up. Kidding aside, I did have a lot of expenses in uni, and never enough money. The only reason I’m able to study in the university is my scholarship. I only bought a laptop in my fifth year in college, and yes, I really did borrow money from my ex for it. I tried different thrifty strategies. I tried packing lunch. I tried walking instead of riding public tranpo, to save a few coins. Sometimes I’d walk home just because I didn’t have any money left at all. What small money I had saved was never enough whenever I had stuff to pay for. My only relief was my small stipend from my undergrad scholarship. It wasn’t a lot, but it certainly helped. Realizing how broke I was, I wanted to make some money. I needed to. That’s when I started tutoring. What I liked about tutoring is how easy it was for me. Oh, your son needs help with linear algebra? Easy shit. Polynomials? Pffft, nothing an engineering student couldn’t handle. World history? Wait, I’m gonna have to review that first. In all seriousness, I think I’m a good tutor. All my students have said so themselves. And the pay was good enough for me, at my highest I made an extra P2400 a week. It was nice being able to go to the canteen and not having to look for the cheapest item on the menu. What I didn’t like about tutoring was the time it took from me. I could be working on that paper but here I am commuting on the train. I could be studying for that test but here I am teaching a kid how to combine variables. It was a necessary tradeoff. My grades suffered a bit but not enough that I had to worry about losing my scholarship. So, I tutored for a few years more. The Climb Out Eventually, I graduated, 2018. Finished cum luade, thank you very much (although I always regret not pushing a bit harder to make it to magna cum laude). Instead of preparing for the board exams and eventually joining the work force, I decided it would be better to take graduate studies, this time in computer science. It was a good decision. The government offers scholarships for full-time graduate students with a competitive monthly allowance. This was it. This was the financial stability I was hoping for. I’ll finally be able to get that god damned door fixed. A few weeks ago I signed the contract. I was officially a scholar. They gave me a bank account for the money they’ll give me every month. Never really had a bank account before. Neat. A few weeks later the first few allowances come in. I have five digits in my account, close to six. Nice. I pay off my debt to my ex (we’re in good terms, really). I buy a kindle to help me study; it’s secondhand. I’m still cheap. I also buy more dog food. I look at the price of doors online. Most importantly, I was also planning ahead and considering making some investments. Banks won’t grow my money. I need to make an investment. I compare different trust funds, bonds, and investment options. I consider getting a small franchise, money I’m willing to lose. I also want to get my teeth done, and get my stomach checked. I install the moneylover app. I make budgets. I also tell my dad to stop giving my daily allowance. I don’t need it anymore. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was genuinely happy then. I was finally getting my shit together. I was starting to be financially capable and I focused on my studies, no more tutoring on the side needed. Then suddenly… My Mom Falls Ill At first it was just a bad case of sinusitis. My dad had been able to save lately, with two kids out of college after all. He paid for the expenses and she was out in a day. The problem is, she doesn’t get better. She only gets worse. Three weeks after the first ER visit, we find a tumor in her head, a cyst in her liver, and a mass in her lungs. Years of smoking. The results of her biopsy are not in yet but it’s most likely cancer, and it’s most likely spread from the lungs to different parts of her. The doctors warn us that treatment is gonna be pricey. Treatment hasn’t even started yet but our money is already being drained by the medical expenses. I withdrew most my cash and gave it to my dad. Right now there’s only enough there to keep the account open. My dad has been withdrawing most of his cash too. My brother is helping too, but he’s making so little money being a on-call photographer. We’re begging family and friends to help. The expenses keep piling up. One time I was at a pharmacy buying an antibiotic called ertapenem and when the pharmacist told me how much it cost I actually yelled out ‘WHAT?’, thinking that there must be some kind of mistake. I’m not sure we can keep this up. I’m not sure I can. This is just pre-treatment expenses. There might be chemo, surgery, probably more things ahead. Our doctor gave us an estimate of how much her brain surgery might cost. Our combined bank accounts can barely cover a third of it. It’s stressing me so much that I’m getting migraines just thinking about it, and I constantly think about it. Other times I just want to break down and cry. I haven’t so far. Big picture, I tell myself. Big picture. The money will probably come. Your relatives are well off; well better than you. Don’t worry about it. Help will come. You’ll afford it. Somehow. But Will It Be Enough? I was expecting my mom to get sick soon enough. She’s turning 63 this year and (was) an active smoker. I was just hoping it would be a few years from now, when I’ve had some money saved up, or some sort of business running, or maybe moved somewhere where healthcare is more affordable. I was hoping it would happen later, when I could take care of her better. Now, I’m just hoping it would happen sooner. I just want her to go now. I just want her to fall asleep and not wake up. It would be so much easier that way. The expenses will stop racking up and we’ll be able to chip at it. Of course, that’s not what I really want. What I really want is for it to be over. I want her to be instantly healed, to be discharged good as new, as soon as possible. I want that so badly that I dreamt it a few nights ago. Sadly, that’s all it was. Just a dream. Whenever I think about the brain surgery and the chemo she might go through, I can’t help but feel doubtful that any of it would help. Even if it did, her old age would just bring in more illnesses, more pains, more expenses we can’t afford. Her surviving this ordeal would just mean longer medical bills in the future. I’m sorry for being selfish, reddit. I don’t want to be buried in debt; I don’t want to be financially disabled again. It’s really. Fucking. Hard. To live like that. I want financial security. I want to make investments. I want them now because growth takes a long time and I don’t want my future children enduring this pain I’m going through when I’m old. I want her to die. I’m sorry, mom. (I also want that god damned door fixed.) If you made it here, thank you. First of all, don’t you have shit to do? Anyway, thank you for reading this. I really just wanted to vent out how I’m feeling about all that I’m going through. If you read most of what’s on here, thanks. I’m imaging us sitting in a circle like in AA meetings and talking about our problems, and this rant is my turn to speak. I feel devastated about all this. Having written this is a comfort. For now, I don’t really have a choice but to go along with the motions. If the doctors say chemo might work, we’re probably gonna go for it. My mom also needs brain surgery to remove a tumor in her head, but that will have to come after the chemo, or way before. Most of my stipend will probably go to her medical expenses; I just hope it doesn’t arrive late when we need it. I’m just gonna have to go back to being thrifty again. I’m also looking into government agencies and NGO's that can help. A kind lady at the hospital gave me some advice on how I can politely ask for help from senators and congressmen. Relatives abroad are also sending some money. If worse comes to worse, we might start selling some stuff at home. Well, this laptop is pretty old anyway.
This Company Sets Out to Prove Crypto Mining Has a Place in Your Home
Hotmine, a company based in Ukraine which engineers home appliances for crypto enthusiasts, is not new to mining equipment development. But sometimes it takes the right time and the right technology to be able to create and offer solutions that consumers would be willing to buy and use. Thanks to tech progress and proper market conditions, cryptocurrency mining at your home is once again becoming an option to support your budget with some satoshis or save on utility bills. Cryptocurrency mining has passed through different stages since the invention of Bitcoin and Oles Slobodenyuk, the owner of Hotmine, was willing to explain why he thinks that after a period of industrialization, the minting of digital coins can once again return to living rooms and garages. And it can not only bring households some additional crypto income but also heat air and water without affecting the noise comfort of a home. Hotmine produced its first hashboards using 55nm chips and developed a system to utilize the thermal energy emitted by the hardware in September 2013. In October the same year, 10 hashboards with 12 chips each were capable of mining three bitcoins a day. A complete module had 80 hashboards and a total of 960 chips. This equipment was exploited for a few years until it was eventually replaced with a more productive hardware. Hotmine can change the hashboards, which act as the heating elements in its systems, with new ones based on 16nm, 10nm, and 7nm chips. https://news.bitcoin.com/this-company-sets-out-to-prove-crypto-mining-has-a-place-in-your-home/
Entire source of the claim "UK businesses are stockpiling bitcoins" or "European banks are stockpiling bitcoins" is ... two Citrix press releases.
For the ransomware section of the book, I tried tracing the 2016 flurry of press on these claims back to its sources. Literally all the press traced back to a single Citrix 2016 press release, a survey making a claim that a third of the businesses they spoke to were stockpiling bitcoins. They didn't even release the survey data itself or the wording of the questions that I could find, just the press release. https://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/jun-2016/ransomware-risk-could-cripple-british-businesses-with-many-not-r.html Citrix released another press release yesterday: https://www.citrix.com/blogs/2017/06/06/ransomware-in-the-uk-one-year-on/ These two PRs are the only actual sources for the claim - it makes good headlines, and you can get people to comment at length on the implications of it, but the source material is literally just two press releases. I commented on the new press release on the Citrix site asking if they can detail how the sample was selected, and what the precise wording of all questions was - same as you'd expect from e.g. a political poll. I'm not saying the claim is made up, but I am saying that I want to see the wording and how the sample was selected before allowing any great claims about British or European IT, or that preemptively buying up bitcoins is even a non-negligible phenomenon at all.
Georgia Tombstones (Part 2) by Jayge 8^J "Project Blue Beam is a conspiracy theory that claims that NASA is attempting to implement a New Age religion with the Antichrist at its head and start a New World Order, via a technologically-simulated Second Coming. The allegations were presented in 1994 by Quebecois journalist and conspiracy theorist Serge Monast, and later published in his book Project Blue Beam (NASA). Proponents of the theory allege that Monast and another unnamed journalist, who both died of heart attacks in 1996, were in fact assassinated, and that the Canadian government kidnapped Monast's daughter in an effort to dissuade him from investigating Project Blue Beam. The project was apparently supposed to be implemented in 1983, but it didn't happen. It was then set for implementation in 1995 and then 1996. Monast thought Project Blue Beam would be brought to fruition by the year 2000, really, definitely, for sure. The theory is widely popular (for a conspiracy theory) on the Internet, with many web pages dedicated to the subject, and countless YouTube videos explaining it. The actual source material, however, is very thin indeed. Monast lectured on the theory in the mid-1990s (a transcript of one such lecture is widely available), before writing and publishing his book, which has not been reissued by his current publisher and is all but unobtainable. The currently available pages and videos all appear to trace back to four documents: A transcript of the 1994 lecture by Monast, translated into English. A GeoCities page written by David Openheimer and which appears to draw on the original book. A page on educate-yourself.org, compiled in 2005, which appears to include a translation of the book from the French. Monast's page in French Wikipedia. The French Wikipedia article is largely sourced from two books on conspiracy theories and extremism by Pierre-André Taguieff, a mainstream academic expert on racist and extremist groups. From these few texts have come a flood of green ink, in text and video form, in several languages. Even the French language material typically does not cite the original book but the English language pages on educate-yourself.org. However, conspiracy theorists seem to use quantity as a measure of substance (much as alternative medicine uses appeal to tradition) and never mind the extremely few sources it all traces back to. Proponents of the theory have extrapolated it to embrace HAARP, 9/11, the Norwegian Spiral, chemtrails, FEMA concentration camps and Tupac Shakur. Everything is part of Project Blue Beam. It's well on its way to becoming the Unified Conspiracy Theory. Behold A Pale Horse, William Cooper's 1991 green ink magnum opus, has lately been considered a prior claim of, hence supporting evidence for, Blue Beam by advocates. The book is where a vast quantity of now-common conspiracy memes actually came from, so retrospectively claiming it as prior evidence is somewhere between cherrypicking and the Texas sharpshooter fallacy. However, the following quotes, from pages 180-181, intersect slightly with the specific themes of Blue Beam: It is true that without the population or the bomb problem the elect would use some other excuse to bring about the New World Order. They have plans to bring about things like earthquakes, war, the Messiah, an extra-terrestrial landing, and economic collapse. They might bring about all of these things just to make damn sure that it does work. They will do whatever is necessary to succeed. The Illuminati has all the bases covered and you are going to have to be on your toes to make it through the coming years. Can you imagine what will happen if Los Angeles is hit with a 9.0 quake, New York City is destroyed by a terrorist-planted atomic bomb, World War III breaks out in the Middle East, the banks and the stock markets collapse, Extraterrestrials land on the White House lawn, food disappears from the markets, some people disappear, the Messiah presents himself to the world, and all in a very short period of time? Can you imagine? The world power structure can, and will if necessary, make some or all of those things happen to bring about the New World Order. “Without a universal belief in the new age religion, the success of the new world order will be impossible!” The alleged purpose of Project Blue Beam is to bring about a global New Age religion, which is seen as a core requirement for the New World Order's dictatorship to be realised. There's nothing new in thinking of religion as a form of control, but the existence of multiple religions, spin-off cults, competing sects and atheists suggest that controlling the population entirely through a single religion isn't particularly easy. Past attempts have required mechanisms of totalitarianism such as the Inquisition. Monast's theory, however, suggests using sufficiently advanced technology to trick people into believing. Of course, the plan would have to assume that people could never fathom the trick at all — something contested by anyone sane enough not to swallow this particular conspiracy. The primary claimed perpetrator of Project Blue Beam is NASA, presented as a large and mostly faceless organization that can readily absorb such frankly odd accusations, aided by the United Nations, another old-time boogeyman of conspiracy theorists. According to Monast, the project has four steps: Step One requires the breakdown of all archaeological knowledge. This will apparently be accomplished by faking earthquakes at precise locations around the planet. Fake "new discoveries" at these locations "will finally explain to all people the error of all fundamental religious doctrines", specifically Christian and Muslim doctrines. This makes some degree of sense — if you want to usurp a current way of thinking you need to completely destroy it before putting forward your own. However, religious belief is notoriously resilient to things like facts. The Shroud of Turin is a famous example that is still believed by many to be a genuine shroud of Jesus as opposed to the medieval forgery that it has been conclusively shown to be. Prayer studies, too, show how difficult it is to shift religious conviction with mere observational fact — indeed, many theologians avoid making falsifiable claims or place belief somewhere specifically beyond observation to aid this. So what finds could possibly fundamentally destroy both Christianity and Islam, almost overnight, and universally all over the globe? Probably nothing. Yet, this is only step one of an increasingly ludicrous set of events that Project Blue Beam predicts will occur. Step Two involves a gigantic "space show" wherein three-dimensional holographic laser projections will be beamed all over the planet — and this is where Blue Beam really takes off. The projections will take the shape of whatever deity is most predominant, and will speak in all languages. At the end of this light show, the gods will all merge into one god, the Antichrist. This is a rather baffling plan as it seems to assume people will think this is actually their god, rather than the more natural twenty-first century assumption that it is a particularly opaque Coca Cola advertisement. Evidence commonly advanced for this is a supposed plan to project the face of Allah, despite its contradiction with Muslim belief of God's uniqueness, over Baghdad in 1991 to tell the Iraqis to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Someone, somewhere, must have thought those primitive, ignorant non-Western savages wouldn't have had television or advertising, and would never guess it was being done with mirrors. In general, pretty much anything that either a) involves light or b) has been seen in the sky has been put forward as evidence that Project Blue Beam is real, and such things are "tests" of the technology — namely unidentified flying objects. Existing display technology such as 3D projection mapping and holograms are put forward as foreshadowing the great light show in the sky. This stage will apparently be accomplished with the aid of a Soviet computer that will be fed "with the minute physio-psychological particulars based on their studies of the anatomy and electro-mechanical composition of the human body, and the studies of the electrical, chemical and biological properties of the human brain", and every human has been allocated a unique radio wavelength. The computers are also capable of inducing suicidal thoughts. The Soviets are (not "were") the "New World Order" people. Why NASA would use a Soviet computer when the USSR had to import or copy much of its computer technology from the West is not detailed. The second part of Step Two happens when the holograms result in the dissolution of social and religious order, "setting loose millions of programmed religious fanatics through demonic possession on a scale never witnessed before." The United Nations plans to use Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" as the anthem for the introduction of the new age one world religion. There is relatively little to debunk in this, the most widely remembered section of the Project Blue Beam conspiracy, as the idea is so infeasible. Citing actual existing communication technology is odd if the point is for the end product to appear magical, rather than just as cheap laser projections onto clouds. This hasn't stopped some very strange conspiracy theories about such things popping up. Indeed, the notion of gods being projected into the sky was floated in 1991 by conspiracy theorist Betty J. Mills. And US general (and CIA shyster extraordinaire), Edward Lansdale, actually floated a plan to fake a Second Coming over Cuba to get rid of Castro. Step Three is "Telepathic Electronic Two-Way Communication." It involves making people think their god is speaking to them through telepathy, projected into the head of each person individually using extreme low frequency radio waves. (Atheists will presumably hear an absence of Richard Dawkins.) The book goes to some lengths to describe how this would be feasible, including a claim that ELF thought projection caused the depressive illness of Michael Dukakis' wife Kitty. Step Four has three parts: Making humanity think an alien invasion is about to occur at every major city; Making the Christians think the Rapture is about to happen; A mixture of electronic and supernatural forces, allowing the supernatural forces to travel through fiber optics, coax, power and telephone lines to penetrate all electronic equipment and appliances, that will by then all have a special microchip installed. Then chaos will break out, and people will finally be willing — perhaps even desperate — to accept the New World Order. "The techniques used in the fourth step is exactly the same used in the past in the USSR to force the people to accept Communism." A device has apparently already been perfected that will lift enormous numbers of people, as in a Rapture. UFO abductions are tests of this device. Project Blue Beam proponents believe psychological preparations have already been made, Monast having claimed that 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars and the Star Trek series all involve an invasion from space and all nations coming together (the first two don't, the third is peaceful contact) and that Jurassic Park propagandises evolution in order to make people think God's words are lies. The book detailed the theory. In the 1994 lecture, Monast detailed what would happen afterwards. All people will be required to take an oath to Lucifer with a ritual initiation to enter the New World Order. Resisters will be categorised as follows: Christian children will be kept for human sacrifice or sexual slaves. Prisoners to be used in medical experiments. Prisoners to be used as living organ banks. Healthy workers in slave labour camps. Uncertain prisoners in the international re-education center, thence to repent on television and learn to glorify the New World Order. The international execution centre. An as yet unknown seventh classification. Joel Engel's book Gene Roddenberry: The Myth and the Man Behind Star Trek was released in 1994, shortly before Monast's lecture on Project Blue Beam: “In May 1975, Gene Roddenberry accepted an offer from Paramount to develop Star Trek into a feature film, and moved back into his old office on the Paramount lot. His proposed story told of a flying saucer, hovering above Earth, that was programmed to send down people who looked like prophets, including Jesus Christ.” All the steps of the conspiracy theory were in the unmade mid-'70s Star Trek film script by Roddenberry, which were recycled for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Devil's Due, broadcast in 1991. There is no evidence of deliberate fraud on Monast's part; given his head was quite thoroughly full of squirrels and confetti by this time, it's entirely plausible that he thought this was the revelation of secret information in a guise safe for propagation. However, the actual source was so obvious that even other conspiracy theorists noticed. They confidently state it was obvious that Monast had been fed deceptive information by the CIA. Of course!" -- rationalwiki.org "Serge Monast was a Québécois investigative journalist, poet, essayist and conspiracy theorist. He is known to English-speaking readers mainly for Project Blue Beam and associated conspiracy tropes. His works on Masonic conspiracy theories and the New World Order also remain popular with French-speaking conspiracy theorists and enthusiasts." -- Wikipedia "A human microchip implant is typically an identifying integrated circuit device or RFID transponder encased in silicate glass and implanted in the body of a human being. This type of subdermal implant usually contains a unique ID number that can be linked to information contained in an external database, such as personal identification, law enforcement, medical history, medications, allergies, and contact information. The first experiments with an RFID implant were carried out in 1998 by the British scientist Kevin Warwick. His implant was used to open doors, switch on lights, and cause verbal output within a building. After nine days the implant was removed and has since been held in the Science Museum (London). On 16 March 2009 British scientist Mark Gasson had an advanced glass capsule RFID device surgically implanted into his left hand. In April 2010 Gasson's team demonstrated how a computer virus could wirelessly infect his implant and then be transmitted on to other systems. Gasson reasoned that with implanted technology the separation between man and machine can become theoretical because the technology can be perceived by the human as being a part of their body. Because of this development in our understanding of what constitutes our body and its boundaries he became credited as being the first human infected by a computer virus. He has no plans to remove his implant. Several hobbyists have placed RFID microchip implants into their hands or had them inserted by others. Amal Graafstra, author of the book RFID Toys, asked doctors to place implants in his hands in March 2005. A cosmetic surgeon used a scalpel to place a microchip in his left hand, and his family doctor injected a chip into his right hand using a veterinary Avid injector kit. Graafstra uses the implants to access his home, open car doors, and to log on to his computer. With public interest growing, in 2013 he launched biohacking company Dangerous Things and crowdfunded the world's first implantable NFC transponder in 2014. He has also spoken at various events and promotional gigs including TEDx, and built a smartgun that only fires after reading his implant. Alejandro Hernandez CEO of Futura is known to be the first in Central America to have Dangerous Things' transponder installed in his left hand by Federico Cortes in November 2017. Mikey Sklar had a chip implanted into his left hand and filmed the procedure. Jonathan Oxer self-implanted an RFID chip in his arm using a veterinary implantation tool. Martijn Wismeijer, Dutch marketing manager for Bitcoin ATM manufacturer General Bytes, placed RFID chips in both of his hands to store his Bitcoin private keys and business card. Patric Lanhed sent a “bio-payment” of one euro worth of Bitcoin using a chip embedded in his hand. Marcel Varallo had an NXP chip coated in Bioglass 8625 inserted into his hand between his forefinger and thumb allowing him to open secure elevators and doors at work, print from secure printers, unlock his mobile phone and home, and store his digital business card for transfer to mobile phones enabled for NFC. Biohacker Hannes Sjöblad has been experimenting with NFC (Near Field Communication) chip implants since 2015. During his talk at Echappée Voléé 2016 in Paris, Sjöblad disclosed that he has also implanted himself between his forefinger and thumb and uses it to unlock doors, make payments, and unlock his phone (essentially replacing anything you can put in your pockets). Additionally, Sjöblad has hosted several "implant parties," where interested individuals can also be implanted with the chip. Researchers have examined microchip implants in humans in the medical field and they indicate that there are potential benefits and risks to incorporating the device in the medical field. For example, it could be beneficial for noncompliant patients but still poses great risks for potential misuse of the device. Destron Fearing, a subsidiary of Digital Angel, initially developed the technology for the VeriChip. In 2004, the VeriChip implanted device and reader were classified as Class II: General controls with special controls by the FDA; that year the FDA also published a draft guidance describing the special controls required to market such devices. About the size of a grain of rice, the device was typically implanted between the shoulder and elbow area of an individual’s right arm. Once scanned at the proper frequency, the chip responded with a unique 16-digit number which could be then linked with information about the user held on a database for identity verification, medical records access and other uses. The insertion procedure was performed under local anesthetic in a physician's office. Privacy advocates raised concerns regarding potential abuse of the chip, with some warning that adoption by governments as a compulsory identification program could lead to erosion of civil liberties, as well as identity theft if the device should be hacked. Another ethical dilemma posed by the technology, is that people with dementia could possibly benefit the most from an implanted device that contained their medical records, but issues of informed consent are the most difficult in precisely such people. In June 2007, the American Medical Association declared that "implantable radio frequency identification (RFID) devices may help to identify patients, thereby improving the safety and efficiency of patient care, and may be used to enable secure access to patient clinical information", but in the same year, news reports linking similar devices to cancer caused in laboratory animals had a devastating impact on the company's stock price and sales. In 2010, the company, by then called "PositiveID", withdrew the product from the market due to poor sales. In January 2012, PositiveID sold the chip assets to a company called VeriTeQ that was owned by Scott Silverman, the former CEO of Positive ID. In 2016, JAMM Technologies acquired the chip assets from VeriTeQ; JAMM's business plan was to partner with companies selling implanted medical devices and use the RFID tags to monitor and identify the devices. JAMM Technologies is co-located in the same Plymouth, Minnesota building as Geissler Corporation with Randolph K. Geissler and Donald R. Brattain listed as its principals. The website also claims that Geissler was CEO of PositiveID Corporation, Destron Fearing Corporation, and Digital Angel Corporation. In 2018, A Danish firm called BiChip released a new generation of microchip implant that is intended to be readable from distance and connected to Internet. The company released an update for its microchip implant to associate it with the Ripple cryptocurrency to allow payments to be made using the implanted microchip. In February 2006, CityWatcher, Inc. of Cincinnati, OH became the first company in the world to implant microchips into their employees as part of their building access control and security system. The workers needed the implants to access the company's secure video tape room, as documented in USA Today. The project was initiated and implemented by Six Sigma Security, Inc. The VeriChip Corporation had originally marketed the implant as a way to restrict access to secure facilities such as power plants. A major drawback for such systems is the relative ease with which the 16-digit ID number contained in a chip implant can be obtained and cloned using a hand-held device, a problem that has been demonstrated publicly by security researcher Jonathan Westhues and documented in the May 2006 issue of Wired magazine, among other places. The Baja Beach Club, a nightclub in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, once used VeriChip implants for identifying VIP guests. The Epicenter in Stockholm, Sweden is using RFID implants for employees to operate security doors, copiers, and pay for lunch. In 2017 Mike Miller, chief executive of the World Olympians Association, was widely reported as suggesting the use of such implants in athletes in an attempt to reduce problems in sport due to drug taking. Theoretically, a GPS-enabled chip could one day make it possible for individuals to be physically located by latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, and direction of movement. Such implantable GPS devices are not technically feasible at this time. However, if widely deployed at some future point, implantable GPS devices could conceivably allow authorities to locate missing persons and/or fugitives and those who fled from a crime scene. Critics contend, however, that the technology could lead to political repression as governments could use implants to track and persecute human rights activists, labor activists, civil dissidents, and political opponents; criminals and domestic abusers could use them to stalk and harass their victims; and child abusers could use them to locate and abduct children. Another suggested application for a tracking implant, discussed in 2008 by the legislature of Indonesia's Irian Jaya would be to monitor the activities of persons infected with HIV, aimed at reducing their chances of infecting other people. The microchipping section was not, however, included into the final version of the provincial HIV/AIDS Handling bylaw passed by the legislature in December 2008. With current technology, this would not be workable anyway, since there is no implantable device on the market with GPS tracking capability. Since modern payment methods rely upon RFID/NFC, it is thought that implantable microchips, if they were to ever become popular in use, would form a part of the cashless society. Verichip implants have already been used in nightclubs such as the Baja club for such a purpose, allowing patrons to purchase drinks with their implantable microchip. In a self-published report anti-RFID advocate Katherine Albrecht, who refers to RFID devices as "spy chips", cites veterinary and toxicological studies carried out from 1996 to 2006 which found lab rodents injected with microchips as an incidental part of unrelated experiments and dogs implanted with identification microchips sometimes developed cancerous tumors at the injection site (subcutaneous sarcomas) as evidence of a human implantation risk. However, the link between foreign-body tumorigenesis in lab animals and implantation in humans has been publicly refuted as erroneous and misleading and the report's author has been criticized over the use of "provocative" language "not based in scientific fact". Notably, none of the studies cited specifically set out to investigate the cancer risk of implanted microchips and so none of the studies had a control group of animals that did not get implanted. While the issue is considered worthy of further investigation, one of the studies cited cautioned "Blind leaps from the detection of tumors to the prediction of human health risk should be avoided". The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) of the American Medical Association published a report in 2007 alleging that RFID implanted chips may compromise privacy because there is no assurance that the information contained in the chip can be properly protected. Following Wisconsin and North Dakota, California issued Senate Bill 362 in 2007, which makes it illegal to force a person to have a microchip implanted, and provide for an assessment of civil penalties against violators of the bill. In 2008, Oklahoma passed 63 OK Stat § 63-1-1430 (2008 S.B. 47), that bans involuntary microchip implants in humans. On April 5, 2010, the Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 235 that prohibits forced microchip implants in humans and that would make it a misdemeanor for anyone to require them, including employers. The bill would allow voluntary microchip implants, as long as they are performed by a physician and regulated by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. The state's House of Representatives did not take up the measure. On February 10, 2010, Virginia's House of Delegates also passed a bill that forbids companies from forcing their employees to be implanted with tracking devices. Washington State House Bill 1142-2009-10 orders a study using implanted radio frequency identification or other similar technology to electronically monitor sex offenders and other felons. The general public are most familiar with microchips in the context of tracking their pets. In the U.S., some Christian activists, including conspiracy theorist Mark Dice, the author of a book titled The Resistance Manifesto, make a link between the PositiveID and the Biblical Mark of the Beast, prophesied to be a future requirement for buying and selling, and a key element of the Book of Revelation. Gary Wohlscheid, president of These Last Days Ministries, has argued that "Out of all the technologies with potential to be the mark of the beast, VeriChip has got the best possibility right now"." -- Wikipedia "In this latest book Joseph P Farrell examines the subject of mind control, but from a very unusual perspective, showing that its basic underlying philosophy, and goal, is not only cosmological in nature, but that the cosmology in view is very ancient, and that mind control of any sort, from the arts to hypnosis, remote electromagnetic technologies and “electroencephalographic dictionaries” has cosmological implications." -- Microcosm and Medium: The Cosmic Implications and Agenda of Mind Control Technologies publisher's description
Late buy-in of Cryto as nonbuyer's remorse, pricing itself out of a recessione, rumblings of approval despite quantum decryption threats, use in crimes, and predictive NLP "Trump's currency is dividing us" says one thing: Get you to the blockchain and open that trapdoor
The title really says it all. Some say I'm butthurt about the late buy-in on crypto. If only I had bought myself a bitcoin when I gave a bitcoin to James Corbett...I'd be RICH. Well yes. That's exactly what they want me to think. You missed the boat on the deepstates own currency--Sucka! And shame. Shame on you for not having a bunch of disposable income to throw into a highly speculative hobby. Too bad you aren't a dot com millionaire who basically recreated twitter and IPO'd at laughably nonsensical overvaluation of 200M that you couldn't throw most of those millions into bitcoin, because that would make you a billionaire at this point. You couldn've been playing giant robots with Bezos in his high tech romper room. Too bad! Plebe. Lumpen plebe. You suck. Right? The latest thing is the twighlight language trying to further divide us with more "love trumps hate" type of languge. The latest shitmeme is from DNC chair Perez: "Trump's CURRENCY is Dividing us". This is a twilight language because it's trying to use black transfer propaganda language abuse to tie "currency" to "Trump", which is trying to make you hate "currency". Ya dig? So that when they offer a new 'currency', you will hate "Trump's Currency' which is the dollar. Screw Trump and all his dollars! Dollars are for Trumpers. Dollars are so 2016. Crypo man. Gotta get me some of that Crypto and get with the progs Sorry, the source is Breitbart, which you should know is kind of limited hangout altright mainstream press.
Crypto skyrocketing under principles hitherto unseen. Is there really THAT much confidence in a thing based on nothing with no protections, that is difficult for most people to even think about deploying in any secure or technical way. I say this being not an expert but competent in crypto.
I ran linux, I set up a couple grand mining rig with 4 gpus. Noisy. Loud. Annoying. It NEVER PAID FOR ITSELF even though projections were made to pay itself and then make money. It never did. I did everything right. I was mining in a mining pool. Now, no one without several millions can mine. There is now a barrier to entry for anyone getting started in mining. I'm talking bitcoin. Maybe other coins you can mine still
Therefore the cost of electricity needed to mine a bitcoin along with the marginal cost of the equipment makes it so you can't mine on any small or even medium scale...what i mean is you are better off buying bitcoin from an exchange
Where is the exchange getting all that bitcoin from?
Those who have bitcoin don't want to get rid of it...it's skyrocketing why would they sell unless they are trading crypto!
People on zerohedge are saying flipping crypto doesn't work, everyone's lost money--maybe they are wrong... Keiser was pushing this
So keep in mind, when Silkroad and Silkroad 2 went down, who confiscated all that bitcoin? Ahem. It was the US GOvernment. I believe at one point they had over 50% of the market, so that means they effectively control bitcoin circulation...therefore...
So where are the exchanges getting their bitcoin from...that much bitcoin to trade every day?
Well from asset forfeitures...It's the government. I believe they are running the exchanges
It fits their pattern. The best way to control a subversive currency is to buy most of it up (sorry there's a Lenin quote in there somewhere)
Someone has made it VERY clear they don't like me saying these things. I mean if I'm wrong, then why...?
We also know because of leaks that they run the drug purity testing houses, and they ran alphabay and they run all the darknet drug sites. LOL
It's all an illusion folks
So here's what happens. They are prepping people to use bitcoin. So when they cay ICO, it doesn't mean as much 'Initial Cryptocoin Offer' as it means "Illuminati Cult Offer"... That temptation of the money from crypto skyrocketting is pressing everyone's avariciousness buttons and only the dumbest among us go for it Because here's what happens. Scenario 1
You move most of your USD to bitcoin, it goes up like a stock. Yay, I have more wealth.
Lots of people do this instead of storing wealth in precious minerals or investing in something real like your own business or yourself or your children or a farm
Lights out! "North Korea Attacked the powergrid with our own retooled cyber tools leaked with vault7" Uh oh
The US Gov now has all your wealth becuase you traded it for useless crypto that doesn't work when lights out
Or they just drop the price to nothing. That's even easier. Oh no..it was a crash!
No one really knows why these things happen...they just do!
Wall st crashes are the best way to pump money out of the people. We know they control the market to some extent, they could be controlling it to a larger extent
You move most of your USD to bitcoin
US GOV or some other hostile intelligence agency releases an AI that manipulates the market to favor itself
US GOV or some other hostile intelligence agency achieves the ability to unzip the blockchain with a quantum attack on the non-quantum proof algorithms of crypto. Ok everyone is exposed and could potentially have all their money siphoned away
You move most of your USD to bitcoin
Gov approves crypto
All those gains you made are retroactively made into capital gains and you didn't pay taxes on them
IRS comes after you, USMS comes and does asset forfeiture of your house and car, visits you at work demanding to see your computer there, shaming you. You lose your job, shamed on facebook, have to change your name and move
Sorry I'm so cynical these days but I've seen how they've pulled every stop in the book to undermine americans irrespective of politics. They are hurting everyone equally in each their own ways. They=deepstate / new world order. Basically this is coming down to Technoneofeudalists versus Populists. Are you on the side of the fascist dominators? Or the side of people, truth and everything we gave ourselves in the constitution? What inspired this post is the idea of honeypots. The honeypot is also the free-sandwich technique. Anything free is going to have strings whether you see them or not With google it was they were telling you 'do no evil' and yet we now know they are a CIA appliance for surveillance, bulk collection of deep mineable data, gaslighting (filter bubbles), and a domestic human zoo management strategy. Now they are attacking journalism by deploying very heavy-handed strategies to limit speech they dont' like politically (ie populist speech--'open source intelligence' primarily) They hate that we deal in facts and that the natural configuration of the truth is as a weapon against tyrants. Because they are the tyrants! Bitcoin, I still believe, will turn out to be a honeypot. They will use it like the stock market (which they control on the back end through fast transactions and ai, in addition to having insider intelligence on gov contracts and war). They will get everyone on bitcoin and then they will open that trapdoor. It's a money funnel..that's what it will be. I do understand that it will destroy money also if they do that. But that's ok. They already have all the gold and all the infrastructure to spin up more shell games...to them money hasn't existed for a while. Their currency is stolen art, stolen guns, stolen minerals, stolen children, stolen women, stolen organs, drugs, embargoed oil sold on the spot market. They dont need money. They've been bartering since time immemorial
Bitcoin vs. Ripple and why I believe in Ripple (5 min. reading time)
My English grammar is not that good, so please forgive me for my mistakes. In advance I want to say that the blockchaintechnology behind the digital currencies is revolutionary. This technology will definitely leave his marks in the financial world. Compare the blockchaintechnology to the first car ever made. The first car was also revolutionary and have changed our perception on mobility since then. But also the first car had some shortcomings. It wasn’t very safe to drive, not quite comfortable and not functioning optimal. Thanks to further development cars are now indispensable in our daily living. Blockchaintechnology still has to go through this development in the nearby future. Nowadays almost everybody refers to Bitcoin if you start talking about digital currencies. Bitcoin is very popular and well known among a lot of people. But still I don’t think the Bitcoin will have any role of importance in the future because the coin has some shortcomings. First of all, money needs to serve as a medium of exchange, facilitating transactions between different parties. Due to high volatility of the Bitcoin this is not possible. The coin has increased strongly in value since his introduction. In a real economy this would cause a wave of postponing payments for goods and services. Simply because they are able to buy more things tomorrow for the same amount of money. This grinds the economy to a halt. In the second place money has to be a store of value. Allowing people to hold on what they have for later. Due to the low interest rates on your saving accounts nowadays I understand that people think that the Euro for example doesn’t meet with this main function. But look at the Bitcoin. The value of the Bitcoin is uncertain, because it’s fluctuating strongly. The Bitcoin could be worth more today than tomorrow and vice versa. This means that the Bitcoin is unreliable for storage. Now you might think: “But the value of the coin has increased enormously since 2009, so it should be a great store of value.” In my opinion it’s not. I believe the Bitcoin is a bubble. I refer to this paper https://media.algebris.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-09-21-interplanetary-bubbles-1.pdf. On page 3 you find 10 typical characteristics of a bubble. At least 7 of them I can link to the Bitcoin. Characteristic such as: ‘this time it’s different’, ‘the fear of missing out’ and ‘the sky is the limit’. Just look at the comments on this forum such as ‘to the moon’ and ‘lambomooning’. These are perfect examples that match to the characteristics written in the referred paper. Digital currencies are a hype right now. Hypes come and go, also the Bitcoinhype. In the third place money needs to be a unit of account. Serving as a common measure of the value of goods and services being exchanged. Again because of the high volatility this is a shortcoming of the Bitcoin. Imagine going to a bakery buying a bread for 1 BTC this week and suddenly you have to pay 5 BTC the other week. Like WTF?! Besides these 3 shortcomings the Bitcoin has a deflationary character just like gold. One of the main reasons why there is no more Gold Standard. The only difference is that you need to mine Bitcoin’s and the gold needs to be delved. If the financial system collapsed you’re glad to have some Bitcoins or Gold, but I prefer gold since it’s tangible and is more functional as a medium of exchange. The Bitcoin is limited to a maximal amount of coins circulating. The quantity of the coin is not elastic, so the Bitcoin is not able to adapt to any form of economic growth. In this current state I estimate the viability of the Bitcoin very low. Perhaps in the future this might change due to further development but for now I see the Bitcoin as wronged money. This is my opinion about Bitcoin. Maybe I’m wrong on some points but this is just what I think. People are free to believe in whatever they want, so are the people that believe in Bitcoin. The future is uncertain, so time will tell what happens to the Bitcoin. Then there is Ripple. A company that I know since the beginning of this year. At my university we have a lectureship specialized in the optimization of business processes where I worked for a little while. As a student business economics I didn’t know that much about IT, but blockchain got my attention since then. From that moment I believed in blockchaintechnology. Take for example a look at good economic innovations. Thanks to cars and planes we’re able to travel much faster from A to B. Thanks to invention of household appliances women were able to participate on labour market in the 1950’s. I think Ripple is also a true innovation. A company that offers a solution for global payments between financial institutions and lies more closer to the traditional payment system compared to the Bitcoin. I believe in Ripple. Thanks to the blockchaintechnology it lowers the transaction costs, reduces inefficiencies and executes several risks. Ripple is also deflationary but has a maximal supply of 100,000,000,000 XRP. A huge difference compared to the maximal supply of the Bitcoin. Besides that there is a lot market transparency with their escrow account. I know there are more technical benefits with Ripple like stability and scalability but most of us know already know them. Thinking about blockchain in the future I see potential for Ripple. The Ripple network functioning as a ‘bridgecurrency’ to transfer regular money from one place to another with the blockchaintechnology they created. The company is trying to solve a real problem in the world and is focusing on this problem only. This is why I believe in Ripple. The viability of Ripple is in my opinion much higher. But remember, the future is uncertain. We don’t know what will happen.
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I [27/F] just found out my [27/M] boyfriend for 17 months, has been spending money behind my back and lying about it; ended up spending entire bonus check in secret.
I want to start this off, with that I plan on showing him this entire interaction when he returns from work. I'll try to organize this as best as I can, although it will be long. Let's call him "D". We met and knew instantly our relationship would be something so different. We're crazy about each other, and care deeply about one another. D moved in fairly fast, although he didn't have a job. We set the ground rules, and he had a great job within two months. No horror stories about our time together. Living together has been 90% amazing, and I have to say this is because of our great communication skills. We get things out in the open. If I have an issue, I bring it to him even if uncomfortable and vice versa. We don't have the same passions, but love what the other does. He's very technical and I'm very artistic. We love each other, no doubt there. Makes for a happy household. After D got his job, we both talked about me leaving mine. It was a huge stress, no one appreciated me, and we would be financially in the same place. He was a big supporter, and wanted me to leave my current employment. So I left. I love to cook and clean, eventually realizing that writing and drawing; selling on etsy was my passion. I have been stuck in shitty jobs my entire working career (since 14) and he urged me to pursue these passions while he brings in the money. I quit my job, telling him I would gladly work around the house. I blog about homemade items and love being crafty. He loves his lunches, clean laundry and while this was great, the underlying issue has been we don't have much money. This is when I started Etsy. If I put hours into it like a part time job, I will be making just as much as if I was working one outside the home. When this came about, starting this April, I asked him if he could start pulling his weight around the house. At this time, we had our chores at myself doing all the chores inside, and him working outside. We rent a very small place, and this includes for D: raking/shoveling/mowing (depending on the season) and picking up dog poop. While I cook, clean laundry, dishes, appliances, toilets, sinks, showers, vacuum, go shopping, pay bills, and drive him to work (he cannot drive a stick), etc. At this point, about May(ish) he stopped doing chores. I was trying to give him a break. He grew up with a really shitty mom, and has been running away from responsibilities as far as I can tell, since he was old enough to. He would get annoyed that I was asking him to do his part (two chores per week) and we would end up arguing. Each time he would end up cleaning up I would have to remind him, I would get mad that I was acting like his mother, he would get mad I was nagging him, then he would do the chore begrudgingly. We talked about him finding a way to remember and be accountable on his own. He would also apologize afterwards, knowing he was being selfish. We ended up seeing a therapist. My suggestion, and his whole-hearted agreement in the matter. D has such a good kind soul, that he's not one to get angry or offended. Our therapist is great. She's funny, kind, and helps D bring his issues to light and helps us find solutions. Together we discussed his willpower issues as well as a pattern of making himself miserable, because he thinks he doesn't deserves to be happy. We had been seeing her for a few months, when D got an offer for a better job. We're excited, and because of the job switch, he doesn't have insurance for therapy until his insurance kicks in at his new job. So we stop going. Seemed okay at first, although even D said that he was worried about his willpower and his issues. I start working more on etsy, now pulling in enough to buy us groceries and pay for gas. I love what I do, and he loves his new job. We lost the health insurance the end of November, so we did have a chance to talk to our therapist while I was working on National Novel Writing Month. (This is a huge deal to me - writing 50k in a month to an inspiring author) D promised to help more, due to my obligations, and he failed. After me trying a lot of different ways to helping him get motivated, we all (us and therapist) realized it was his choice. He vowed, and said he would try the therapists suggestion, of just picking one small chore each day to help with. He did it for about 2 days, then he no longer put forth the effort. Now, at this point, Christmas is coming and because of our severe lack of funds, I decided to make everyone's Christmas present. I'm still selling well on Etsy, and had enough to buy him a small gift with my own money. At Christmas, I got him a gift that I didn't understand, and he mentioned buying the correct part. I agreed; no biggie. (We talk about all purchases, really) He told me this was about $30. The entire month of December I was really worried about finances. We had started keeping track of a budget, but then because of accountability on his end, it stopped. I was the only one doing it, and I couldn't keep up. I checked my bank account frequently, and would ask him how much money we had, check the balance and pay our bills. No biggie. We have complete trust and faith in one another. THEN! We found out he got a bonus check! YAY! We talked about saving most of it, because of a switch in car insurance that's coming up, and maybe spending $100 each on something we want. The rest going away to be saved. The total bonus check after taxes was $1400 (about the same as a two-week check of his). This came right before Christmas, and we were thrilled. Knowing you have a few bucks saved can be so life altering. We cashed the check, and his next weekly check was direct deposited into his account, making it nice and full! :) Offhandedly when getting gas this morning, I ask how much is in his account, and he kind of mumbles something about he doesn't know. He normally mumbles, but we're really tuned into each other, so I knew something was up. He logs into his bank site, and I jokingly say - well there better be enough for rent. We get gas, he finally logs in and says, well I just emptied my account. He should have had at least $600 after Christmas and a few expenses and a dinner we went out to. Not to mention another $400 he made online: so at least 1k in total. I was dumbfounded, and asked what in gods name he spent it on. Turns out the part was 120.00 dollars he bought himself at Christmas. Oh, and he got EXPRESS SHIPPING on it. For no fucking good reason. Just because he wanted it, bringing the total to 179 and some change. I then asked him if I could look at his account. We always look at each others banks, we have no secrets, but I thought it would be polite at this point. Now I'm angry, but I honestly want to know how he spends so much money in two weeks. Short story, he spent it on bitcoins, steam games, and express shipping at least 5 items to the house. Extra shipping costs alone add up to well over $250.00. He doesn't play video games except for once a month, bought express/one day shipping for items that didn't need to be here by a certain date, and bought bitcoins when he told me he got the money transferred from another source. So not only did he only spend it entirely on himself, but didn't tell me, and lied about where most of the money for certain items came from. I am so hurt, and at this point don't give a fuck about the money. I feel betrayed and hurt that he's lied to me for this long, and everyday has talked to me as if we were truthful and respecting one another. We tried to talk about it in the car, but I decided that less talking was better for me. I was livid and really sad. He told me: "I knew you were going to find out sooner or later." I also want to make something clear: some weeks we have problems buying food. It's tough, but he's even told me he doesn't mind. It's been rough overall, but it's not like I go out and buy things either. I communicate everything I buy and neither of us are perfect. This fact could be remedied by him picking up his own chores at home, so that I can make more money. It's really simple; he can do a few chores and we'll have more cash flow at the end of the month. I don't know what to do. I feel like my complete trust in him has been compromised. I feel like a fool, and like a stupid girl who "should have known better". We tried discussing some of this via text while he's been at work, and he tells me he loves me but he always tries to push away the people that mean the most to him. He doesn't want to leave me, so he says, but reddit: I have that feeling. That gut feeling that tells you that you're suddenly going to be all alone. I logged into his bank account (which he told me I could do once I got home) and the amount of money spent, made me weep. I don't buy myself anything. I reuse items and upcycle everything. It was like a kick to the stomach. Couple this with his lack of interest in keeping a house or even acting like an adult, and I begin to question everything. He won't do any chores that need to be done (quite literally we will be fined if the snow/grass is not kept) and he's spending all of the money we have for our backup funds in secret. I feel like the lone adult, knowing I'm the only one who pays the bills and cleans the house. In 14 months, he hasn't learned how to drive a stick, therefore I have to drive him. Questions are in TL;DR. Please give any advice you can spare. I've been crying all day, and my face is swollen. TL;DR: Boyfriend of 17 months spent $1,000 on meaningless "stuff", lied about it for weeks, and now I don't know how to deal with a breach of trust this deep. He is the love of my life, but what do I do? Can I ever get trust like this back? How do I tell "D" my requirements for a relationship without it sounding like demands? I won't be that girl who is walked all over, but I won't be the bitch who needs her way or the highway.
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