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Comment: Re:I never got the fascination with AMD/ATI (Score 1) 111

by tom17 (#45608219) Attached to: Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

Just for your info, I covered the extra electricity charges for the coming month in under 24 hours.

And there are no ASIC chips for scrypt based mining yet so it's currently GPU mining all the way (to tha moon, lol).

I'm not 100% sure yet, but I also think that due to the very nature of the scrypt algorithm, ASIC mining is unlikely to come soon as it;s really reliant on having a lot of fast memory (Basically, high end video cards). There is one company that claims it's close to making one, but they have not actually shown anyone a working product yet so we'll see.

Comment: Re:I never got the fascination with AMD/ATI (Score 1) 111

by tom17 (#45608165) Attached to: Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

Yeah I thought I missed the bandwagon, but then I discovered scrypt based coins and it turns out I might just be able to catch the tail end of this ride. My first card I just bought should pay for itself in ~16 days. *IF* that happens, I will be upgrading to a bigger rig.

It's not too late.

Mine for WorldCoin by the way. It's still one of the best longterm options for mining.

I will either be wrong, in which case I have a perfectly sellable graphics card I can move on (Or game with) or I am right and BWUAAHAHAHAAAA

I think that's called win:win :)

Comment: Re:I never got the fascination with AMD/ATI (Score 2) 111

by tom17 (#45601271) Attached to: Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

I used to be an Nvidia guy until last week. Just hopped onto the crypto coin mining bandwagon and my new 7950 card should pay for itself in ~2-3 weeks.

Nvidia are junk for this, unfortunately.

And it shows, you try to find a new or 2nd hand 79xx card anywhere for a reasonable price. They have all been snapped up by the miners :(

Comment: Re:No thanks... (Score 1) 226

by tom17 (#44830481) Attached to: Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

'92, weren't they still RWD or something, back when Corollas were cool?

To be clear, my '99 is one of those annoying crapolabox ones that blocks up the roads everywhere you go..

Unless I'm driving it lol...
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g72/06gtpony/GTAMC%20Track%20Day%20-%20May%2015%202013/DSC_0726.jpg

Poor POS car :(

Comment: Re:No thanks... (Score 1) 226

by tom17 (#44828489) Attached to: Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

If you have not been on the track, do it - it's a different world.

When I first started racing in ~'95, I already thought of myself as a fairly accomplished driver when it came to car control and picking fast lines. Once I got on the track I learned how wrong I was. You simply can't drive like that on the road unless you are on a closed stage or something. There is always too much to think about, too many compromises to worry about. On the track, you don't have to worry about as much of that and you can concentrate on perfecting the lines and not worrying about getting 'stuck' in a tree (It was this thought that started me out in racing).

Do it :)

Comment: Re:No thanks... (Score 1) 226

by tom17 (#44825561) Attached to: Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

You may jest, but I recently took my '99 Corolla (Automatic, on worn out no-name (Wanli) winter tyres) to a track day with Mustangs and was catching up with some of them :)

Sure, those drivers probably don't know how to drive fast (Everyone has to learn, right!) or were too scared to scratch their precious, but come on, seriously? A Corolla faster than a Mustang? That should not be :)

Made me chuckle inside at least :)

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