Episode 113 – Cryto Currency Insanity, and Video Cards that Aren’t Graphics Cards

Topic 1: Does the obvious stupidity in the Crypto-verse help to increase or decrease the adoption of crypo currencies?

A bit of crypto news this week. But on the serious side, what does this activity mean?

Elon Musk makes fun of crypto currencies and the market goes wild (down). Dogecoin created as a joke. Now it’s going crazy. Then two winners created a spinoff coin because “people seem to like dogs” and became millionaires.

https://u.today/dogecoin-spin-off-turns-struggling-brothers-into-overnight-millionaires

https://www.vox.com/recode/2021/5/18/22441831/elon-musk-bitcoin-dogecoin-crypto-prices-tesla 

Topic 2: Ann Arbor to Launch Autonomous Shuttle Service October 11th

But there’s one already operating in Fairfax, VA. We have some questions about the experience . . . and we send Dave off to do some homework.

https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/2021/05/18/free-a2go-autonomous-shuttle-service-coming-to-ann-arbor-this-fall/ 

https://wtop.com/fairfax-county/2020/07/virginias-1st-self-driving-shuttle-starts-testing-on-fairfax-co-streets/ 

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation/autonomous-shuttle-pilot 

Topic 3: Lower hash rates, and video cards that aren’t graphics cards.

NVidia is finally making some moves to tackle the shortage of video cards despite the continuing chip shortage. They’re designing video cards with lower hash rates, so they’re not attractive to crypto-miners. And they’re creating cards designed for mining with actual video output.

https://seekingalpha.com/news/3697830-nvidia-lowers-hash-rate-for-new-geforce-graphics-cards-to-thwart-crypto-mining 

We’ll see what competitors do, and how quickly this has a visible effect on graphic card availability for plain old gamers.

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