Harvard Supercomputer "Abused" To Mine Dogecoin

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Harvard's Research Computing department's 14,000-core supercomputer "Odyssey" has been moonlighting as a virtual currency miner. As The Register reports, a Harvard student has had their access credentials revoked after the discovery that the Odyssey cluster had been scheduled for use in a Dogecoin mining operation. Harvard is not happy: "Any participation in 'Klondike' style digital mining operations or contests for profit requiring Harvard owned assets to examine digital currency key strength and length are strictly prohibited for fairly obvious reasons."

That someone would seek to employ a supercomputer cluster in a mining operation is hardly a surprise, given the current market for Bitcoin and the various altcoin formats.

As The Crimson reports,

A "dogecoin" (bitcoin derivative) mining operation had been set up on the Odyssey cluster consuming significant resources in order to participate in a mining contest,” wrote Assistant Dean for Research Computing James A. Cuff, in an email to the FAS Research Computing Users Group last Friday.

Cuff went on to write that research computing resources cannot be used for “personal or private gain or any non-research related activity.” He wrote that the person involved in the mining operation no longer has access to “any and all research computing facilities on a fully permanent basis.”


The Odyssey cluster is a bunch of computers networked together in a way that allows fast data transfer between processors. Although each individual processor isn't much more powerful than your personal laptop, having many processors together can be a huge benefit when doing scientific computing,”

Or mining virtual currencies...

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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:03 | 4482408 fonestar
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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:08 | 4482433 Deathrips
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Doge Coin Up?

Doge Coin who cares?

Doge Coin is fiat?

Doge Coin is worthless.....?





Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:11 | 4482439 fonestar
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Dogecoin is great, easy to use, fanatical fanbase, popular with young doges everywhere on Earth.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:16 | 4482453 Kirk2NCC1701
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Whenever I go to Paris, I have to watch out for dog-e "coins" on the sidewalks.  Their owners are fanatical too, hence their prevalence.

Moral:  Prevalence does not always correlate with value.  ;-)

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:18 | 4482461 fonestar
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Nothing goes to show the power of the internet like Dogecoin does.  From silly internet meme to major emerging currency.

Here is the origins of the Dogecoin (circa 2005):


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:26 | 4482489 knukles
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Ha ha ha ha ha

Student engaged in "klondyke" type mining.

Protesting the suspension and public floogging, Maxine Headroom, fonestar's gender confused half-wit sister complained "It is discriminatory that after all the pain, suffering and exertion mining Dog-E-Coins in the electronic wilderness that I'm expected to act rationally.  And the fuckers won't even take them for tuition."

Harvard stated that Maxine was expelled for being "really fucking dumb" amongst a veritable plethora of serious character flaws.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:26 | 4482497 fonestar
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The very name fonestar is to pay homage to homestarrunner.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:45 | 4482557 StacksOnStacks
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FYI: Dogecoins we started as a joke, mocking Bitcoin, that's why it is so easy to mine.  I'm sure you have your money wrapped up in old Maxcoin too huh?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:15 | 4482652 fonestar
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fonestar bets you guys just wish all this bitshit would go away hey?  Well too bad it's not happening.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:58 | 4482803 StacksOnStacks
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I could really care less.  How I view it, you are no better than Wall Street.  All of these Alternative Currencies or Digital Currencies create nothing, they produce nothing, they feed nothing, basically the same as trading Dot-com part 2 stocks.  So, go ahead big guy!  Buy, mine, blow people for them, I don't care, I think it's funny now.  It actually made me sad when I realized it, I really though this was something when it started.  Oh well, back to silver!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 01:38 | 4483572 12ToothAssassin
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His credentials may have been revoked but the Wall Street job offers have not yet subsided.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 05:55 | 4483757 fredquimby
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Alternative Currencies or Digital Currencies create nothing, they produce nothing

Please read this research paper: "Its the platform, not the currency, stupid" by Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti, and Patrick Savalle, founder and technical director at Mobbr;crowd payments.




Thu, 02/27/2014 - 18:19 | 4486510 mmanvil74
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Excellent article, thanks for posting that link!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 22:47 | 4482821 TheMeatTrapper
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I don't mind BitCoin, it's you who should go away.

You see, you are the kind of asshole who takes pleasure in forcing his presence on others when he knows that it is not wanted. 

I work with a guy like that. He is a creep and leers at the women. Nobody can stand the guy and nobody will voluntarily talk to him. People turn and walk the other way when they see him coming. 

So he takes every opportunity to make people engage with him. He attends every meeting possible and always asks question after question. He goes out of his way to stop by your desk and ask mundane questions. 

He doesn't seem to understand that the reason people can't stand him is that he's an annoying asshole. If he'd just chill out a bit, people wouldn't avoid him.

You remind me of him. There must have been a lot of trauma in your childhood to result in such behavior. 


Edit to add:


Interestingly enough I just got an email indicating that somebody entered a password change request for my account here. 

Nice try asshole. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 09:37 | 4484061 Pseudonymous
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Yeah, this is interesting, because when I saw that I decided to check the email account that I only use for ZH and saw that someone tried to log in with a wrong password just 3 days ago. It looks like someone found the e-mail address by logging in to my ZH account. And they could have found my ZH password because I use TOR for ZH and ZH is unencrypted (no HTTPS). I changed my ZH password. It is still pretty insecure the way things are.

The log entry for the unsuccessful attempt to log in to my email account notes the IP address (it could well be a proxy and not the actual attacker's) which appears to belong to Vodafone Egypt in Cairo.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:18 | 4485154 fonestar
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Ah yeah sure, now that you can't deal with fonestar's RSBT you decide you are pro-crypto.  Haha... nice try though but fonestar is going nowhere anytime soon.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:16 | 4482654 johnQpublic
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i used to love that homestarrunner stuff



yer growing on me fone

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:18 | 4482662 fonestar
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Introduce the fonestar in time.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:27 | 4482689 medium giraffe
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Come on fhwdgads.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 01:43 | 4483577 playnstocks
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 02:17 | 4483616 fonestar
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Yes and a big shout out to BJF and MadBitcoins who inspires fonestar with the translucent Bitcoin top hat.  But it should be noted that fonestar does not seek fame or attention for himself, but only seeks to serve in Satoshi's name and to spread the gospel of Bitcoin.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:50 | 4483502 Exponere Mendaces
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Oh look, its the guy with the "Zippy the Pinhead" avatar living up to his namesake.


You're like the court jester that never learned to construct coherent sentences.


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:34 | 4482517 Kirk2NCC1701
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Got some crypto myself, but sorry, I just don't see the Doge attraction.  Looking at various Youtube clips, they all suggest the emotional age of a young teenager or doped up gamer.

Sorry, but this one seems like a fad - a la Pet Rock.  Will stick to BTC and LTC.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:38 | 4482718 Frickenkrap
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Looking at various Youtube clips, they all suggest the emotional age of a young teenager or doped up gamer.


I believe the children are our future.

Teach them well and let them lead the way....


to the moon!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 22:34 | 4483162 Scarlett
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Same here, btc + ltc + gold, silver, little cash, and other essentials.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:22 | 4482477 NOTaREALmerican
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So these are coins for the young urban hipsters?

WhoCouldaKnowed that we would have coins for market segments.

Dude,  is that a DogeCoin you got in your virtual wallet?   Like, epic fail, dude!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:34 | 4482518 fonestar
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That's right.. by the hipsters, for the hipsters and of the hipsters.

United the cryptocurrency community stands, under one nation invisible.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:48 | 4482567 RafterManFMJ
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I heard there's a widget that uses the processing power of all global idle PS4s to find Fonestar's missing bitcoin; no luck so far.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:48 | 4482762 logicalman
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Interesting thing about gold & silver is that no one can jump up and say 'look what I just dreamed up' and then someone else 'dream up another one'.

If you don't have access to a handy supernova you can't print/dream up more.

Just a thought.


Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:51 | 4482775 fonestar
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Would it make you feel more secure holding gold coins if people stopped dreaming things up?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:13 | 4482447 Ceylon tea
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*Shill intensifies*

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:40 | 4482537 fonestar
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Bitcoinophobic entropy guides fonestars gleefully towards all topics relevant and otherly.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:26 | 4482494 automaton
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I like dogecoin, but I still hate you.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:27 | 4482499 fonestar
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Who could possibly hate fonestar?

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:39 | 4482538 knukles
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Not everybody.
Because not everybody has met you, yet.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:48 | 4482760 Frickenkrap
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bitsisters too, bro!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:54 | 4482784 fonestar
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Sorry my bad!  fonestar is for gender equantity.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:04 | 4482414 faroffthunder
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To the moon!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:04 | 4482417 h0oS
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Someone sets us up a dogecoin.

All your blockchain are belong to Mt Gox.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:04 | 4482421 RaceToTheBottom
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Holding out for Obamacoin

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:06 | 4482427 fonestar
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Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:28 | 4482503 knukles
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"Trillion dollar Tungsten plated Tin Obie bucks" commonly referred to as a "Krugnut"

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:13 | 4482430 Kirk2NCC1701
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Dog-e/Doggy Coin?  WTF?

p.s. Its mining efficiency relative to price sucks, IMO.  Dog-e fans may start barking now.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:52 | 4482581 RafterManFMJ
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You know, you could call the next DC "we'regoingtoripoffeveryfindollaruspendufinmoron coin" and people would still buy them and shill for them. It's Amazing.

Remember, a Fonestar and his fiat are soon parted.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 20:57 | 4482795 fonestar
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we'regoingtoripoffeveryfindollaruspendufinmoroncoin?  What is the difficulty factor on this coin?  Pre-mined?  Where can fonestar get some?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 09:58 | 4484146 newdoobie
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OMG! Like, fonestar rules!

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:10 | 4482435 Kirk2NCC1701
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Maybe I've been hanging out on ZH for too long, but whenever I read "Harvard" the words "dual citizen" comes to mind.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:24 | 4482488 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  hanging out on ZH for too long, but whenever I read "Harvard"

HA, so true.   "Sociopaths in training" always comes to mind for me.

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 19:42 | 4482548 Freddie
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Harvard = sociopaths and douchebags.   I knew a few of them and they fit that bill.  One was definietly a sociopath.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 00:07 | 4483425 aphlaque_duck
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I know a harvard prof, citizen of Brazil, with phd in anthropology. She has worked with World Bank. She studies the poor, and is well paid to support proposals as to how power can solve everything.

I have been to the Amazon and seen what power does there. I saw crony contractors building diesel-powered mini grids for the benefit of naked savages in the middle of nowhere, as if this is supposed to be the basis for an economy.

I don't have the credentials to know how that is supposed to work, so I just wonder, who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

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