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+ - Doesn't all computing power help mine?->

Submitted by es330td
es330td (964170) writes "

"Mining BitCoins these days requires a specialist rig featuring graphic cards so using low-powered embedded systems is not terribly practical. "Kudos to camera DVRs hackers for finding something worse (ie, very ineffective cryptocurrency mining) to use them for than surveillance,"

While I recognize a low power system is not likely to find the next BitCoin, isn't there at least a non-zero chance of any system mining to be successful? Nobody in their right mind wanting to mine Bitcoins would start out by saying "let's design our engine using a 386SX CPU" but offered a bunch of them for free, wouldn't it still make sense to add their compute power to the big picture so long as it is capable of running the software?

If the odds truly are zero (not almost zero) then what these guys did is a complete waste of time. If not non-zero then using surveillance cameras to mine Bitcoins is a big middle finger to TPTB and hardly "dim witted.""

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Power

+ - Alternative energy is people!->

Submitted by es330td
es330td (964170) writes "From TFA: An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia.

Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said "We thought our ordinance excluded this type of material at the waste-to-energy facility. We will take immediate action to ensure a process is developed to prohibit human tissue from future deliveries.""

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+ - China's Underground Hotel: How many ways can this go wrong?->

Submitted by es330td
es330td (964170) writes "China is legendary for its pollution problems; pictures of cities in China wherein the haze is nearly impenetrable are spread generously around the internet. I want to know how on earth they plan to keep particulate pollution from settling in this hole and effectively suffocating the hotel guests. The pictures all show clear blue water in the man made lake, but my guess is that short of creating an artificial tornado in the hole Google Earth will never see the lake at the bottom for all the pollution above it."
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Programming

+ - Ask Slashdot: How can I find expertise for a game I'd like to develop? 4

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es330td
es330td writes "I'd like to write a program that takes the old cannon game to another level, but instead of the path being a simple parabolic arc, the projectile will move through a field of objects exerting gravitational attraction (or repulsion) and the player will have to adjust velocity and angle to find the path through the space between launch point and the target.In an ideal world, this would end up as one of these Flash based web playable games, as that would force me to fully flesh it out, debug and complete the app. I doubt this will ever be commercial, so hiring somebody doesn't make sense, and I wouldn't learn anything that way either.

I have been programming for almost 20 years, but the bulk of my work has been in corporate programming, primarily web (Cold Fusion, ASP & C#.Net,) or VB6 and then C# Windows GUI interfaces to RDBMS. I have never written a graphics based game, nor have I ever written something using the physics this will require.

Once upon a time, I could program in C but I think I would be much better off to work with someone rather than try to roll my own unless good books exist to flatten the learning curve.

Any advice on how to proceed?"
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+ - Advice needed on moving beyond the "elf" r

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es330td
es330td writes "I've been doing network application design of some sort since 1995; my first full web application was a SQL Server 6.0 database running on Windows NT 3.5 with Cold Fusion 1.0 middleware served by O'Reilly's WebSite Pro. Since then I've done multiserver solutions using mixtures of Windows, Linux and AIX with code written in .Net, ASP, C, Perl & PHP. Although I can do all these things and many others, I am tired of writing code. The true enjoyment in my job is in the design of the solution. I like sitting down with clients, even the client is just a manager in another department, and analyzing their needs and processes and devising a solution. Once the problems are solved I can do the code but I'd rather just hand it off to some elf to do and move on to the next solution to design. I'd really like to find some kind of role that is more interaction with the consumer of the app and less of the implementation coding.

I am not expecting to make a move tomorrow, if it means taking a time to get a Master's degree or some kind of additional formal training I'm prepared for that, I just need to know what it is I need to be looking for in my quest.

I'm sure there are at least a few people who have taken it to the next level; is there any advice y'all can offer?"

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