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Do ASIC's have any use outside of coin mining? Like using them for folding or some other research support?
It's possible, but unlikely.
After some quick reading further into it, very, very unlikely.
Mining is a problem but I feel like this publicity stunt could have been better handled.
Oh, I have to disagree. This was very funny. Now if they had done that to the GPU's that seem to have also been seized, there would be total outrage!!
 
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Agreed, they could have parted it all out and donated it to local schools

What are schools going to do with it?

Do ASIC's have any use outside of coin mining? Like using them for folding or some other research support?

If they are specifically designed for a specific algorithm (they are, after all they are ASICs) , they can not be reprogrammed. Next to nothing is software, it is (near) all inside the circuitry. Pro: exptreme perf/watt, con: useless beyound their primary and sole purpose.
 
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I would try to get some of those fans before smooshing them.
 
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What are schools going to do with it?


engineering class for students, experiments, building/theory, hands-on computer experience.

not all schools just read from a book. where I live lot of schools have become... very creative.
 
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engineering class for students, experiments, building/theory, hands-on computer experience.

not all schools just read from a book. where I live lot of schools have become... very creative.
The only thing you can do with them is mine.....
 

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Still seems a waste. Could they not have been recycled for the value in resources? They must have some value, other than been used for mining.
 
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The only thing you can do with them is mine.....
Well they could of done that perhaps. Use rather than destroy the resource and use the money generated to support local causes.

Smashing stuff up for the sake of it is silly .
 
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I hope they recycle these afterwords. I would hate to see more e-waste go into a landfill or worse.

Do ASIC's have any use outside of coin mining? Like using them for folding or some other research support?

Mining is a problem but I feel like this publicity stunt could have been better handled.
They could be used for research or folding if the researcher wanted to limit themselves to a very specific kind of math. It probably isn't worth the researchers time.
 
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you are 100% positive some computer science kids can't reverse engineer them to do folding at home?
Not unless folding uses the same algorithm. If they did, I would assume you would see plenty of folders making use of them.
 
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you are 100% positive some computer science kids can't reverse engineer them to do folding at home?
Please read the Wikipedia page I linked to earlier in this thread. They can not be reprogrammed to do anything else then all the stuff hardwired in the ASIC circuitry.
 
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Well they could of done that perhaps. Use rather than destroy the resource and use the money generated to support local causes.

Smashing stuff up for the sake of it is silly .
Especially when they only reason people want to see them smash is because they can't buy a gpu.

Please read the Wikipedia page I linked to earlier in this thread. They can not be reprogrammed to do anything else then all the stuff hardwired in the ASIC circuitry.
Reading is hard.
 
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Please read the Wikipedia page I linked to earlier in this thread. They can not be reprogrammed to do anything else then all the stuff hardwired in the ASIC circuitry.

there was a coin a long time ago that linked folding at home with mining. if that coin allowed asic miners it couldn't be re-wired by someone savvy?
 
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Good riddance, now just to kill mining on gpus.
Bulldozing ASICs is not going to help that.

Do ASIC's have any use outside of coin mining? Like using them for folding or some other research support?
They are glorified hashing engines. In Bitcoin, they are really fast at SHA256. Thus, yes they do... but not somewhere terribly productive. They can crack password databases, basically.
 
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Well, after thinking for a bit, I do have to agree that smashing ASICs with freaking heavy construction equipment is over the top, to say the least. There are certainly other ways to decommission illegal mining operations without producing so much waste. Maybe the Malaysian Police really wanted to put out the message that criminal mining activity will not be tolerated, lol.
 
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Well, after thinking for a bit, I do have to agree that smashing ASICs with freaking heavy construction equipment is over the top, to say the least. There are certainly other ways to decommission illegal mining operations without producing so much waste. Maybe the Malaysian Police really wanted to put out the message that criminal mining activity will not be tolerated, lol.
Not so much. I mean, if that were the case, they would probably be giving the flat out thieving perpetrators the same heavy-handed/rolled punishment. Would add new meaning to the phrase of "throwing them under the bus". I guess the law rolls on.
 
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Wow... whether you love or hate mining, this seems like a waste of good hardware either way.
 
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You should see what they do to sports cars!
 
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You should see what they do to sports cars!

Oh, how I would love to see this:

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...thrown into one of these:

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