Cryptocurrency

Harvard Considers Mining For Dogecoin a Waste of Resources For Some Reason

Weird, right?
This is our money now. (Photo: Reddit)

Coming soon to a dollar bill near you…? (Photo: Reddit)

Against all logic, Dogecoin still exists and is worth money. And the digital currency is so popular, one Harvard University researcher just got in trouble for using the school’s 14,000-core supercomputer to mine for it.

Someone allegedly scheduled a Harvard device ranked among the top 500 supercomputers to mine for Dogecoin, the Register reports. Another researcher discovered the unusual activity and tattled to the administration. Later, an email went out to the people who use the computing cluster. The dogecoin miner, whoever he or she may be, was accused of “consuming significant resources” as part of a mining contest.

The stern anti-mining email is posted in full on the always-hoppin’ Dogecoin subreddit.

“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,” the email reads. “In fact, any activities using our shared resources for any non scientific purpose that results or does not actually result in personal gain are also clearly and explicitly denied.”

Cryptocurrency baffles most of the American public, so one could make the case that Dogecoin mining isn’t necessarily “nonscientific.” And a single Dogecoin is only worth 12 cents $0.00097, so we’re not quite sure it can be considered “profitable,” either. But sure, Harvard, keep fighting the good fight.

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