the most impressive number in this article is that the energy consumption of a single bitcoin transaction is equivalent to leaving an electric oven on for three days straight
RT @firstname.lastname@example.org Bitcoin: the 39th largest country by energy consumption, beating out Austria and Chile https://digiconomist.net/bitcoin-energy-consumption
and since the network is intentionally designed to do approximately constant work per unit wall-clock time, that will get WORSE as people add mining nodes, and only improve when the network votes to increase block size or ASIC manufacturers execute die shrinks
it took 7 hours for a bitcoiner to complain that this analysis isn't counting the "something of value" the system is doing by committing a coinbase transaction to magically give someone 25 BTC, which is longer than I expected and still the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard
additional fact for all my vegan friends out there: that's equivalent to the energy cost to produce about five pounds of beef, per https://www.treehugger.com/green-food/energy-required-to-produce-a-pound-of-food.html
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