Crypto-craze Hinders Alien Life Search, SETI Says

Due to GPU mining popularity, scientists had faced with issues trying to buy videocards
15 February 2018   1300

The scientist of the Institute for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) said that the "crypto-currency craze" and popularity of mining negatively affect the activities of the organization. In particular, researchers have faced a shortage of video cards, which are necessary for complex calculations, BBC reports.

We'd like to use the latest GPUs [graphics processing units]... and we can't get 'em. That's limiting our search for extra-terrestrials, to try to answer the question, 'Are we alone? Is there anybody out there?' This is a new problem, it's only happened on orders we've been trying to make in the last couple of months. At Seti we want to look at as many frequency channels as we possibly can because we don't know what frequency ET will be broadcasting on and we want to look for lots of different signal types - is it AM or FM, what communication are they using?
 

Dan Werthimer
SETI

According to him, some telescopes can use up to 100 video cards to process data from satellites that can catch sounds and echoes throughout the solar system - for example, echoes of natural phenomena like exploding stars.

Currently, SETI scientists are trying to update the equipment in two large observatories: Green Bank in West Virginia and Parkes in Australia. However, the shortage of video cards on the market is a serious problem.

Amberdata to Study Abnormal ETH Miners Rewards

As reported, unknown person mixed up the “gas price” field and “transaction cost”, left the workplace, and the bot did not work correctly
21 February 2019   55

The research startup Amberdata analyzed the activity of the Ethereum network in the last 24 hours and, like the media, found five transactions with an abnormally high commission.

It turned out that all five transfers were made from one address. Within four hours, the owner of the address paid the miners about $ 583,976 for processing transactions.

Note that the commission for block # 7,238,290 in the amount of 2103,1485 ETH, which was received by the Sharkpool pool, is the largest in the history of the network. Nevertheless, representatives of the pool temporarily froze funds in case the owner of the address made a mistake.

Amberdata is convinced that an unknown person mixed up the “gas price” field and “transaction cost”, left the workplace, and then the bot did not work correctly.