Some tech workers are already making noise about unionizing, and service workers at several tech companies have already joined unions. But even if traditional labor unions don’t take hold in Silicon Valley, there are still plenty of avenues for influence. The Tech Workers Coalition, a group of hundreds of concerned industry employees, has chapters in San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose, and a group called Tech Action began meeting in New York this year. The Center for Humane Technology, a group of ex-tech workers, has been pushing for ethical product development.
If there was only one computer mining Bitcoin, it would be fairly simple to estimate the amount of energy that is used to transmute coal/gas/renewable energy into a single bitcoin. But that’s not the way it works. To mine a bitcoin you need to solve an increasingly complex mathematics problem built into the Bitcoin code base — solving the crypto-math problem results in a reward of a Bitcoin block (25 Bitcoins) on the blockchain. Solving the math problem requires specialized GPUs (Graphic Processing Units) number crunching for hours at a time. In fact, a fairly typical computer with an average type of GPU isn’t going to cut it — a recent estimate was that to mine a single Bitcoin using an average computer would take you around 1,367 years (see Bitcointalk.org).
Purchase a new router with better software preinstalled. Since most routers aren’t made for security, consider purchasing one that comes with better software preinstalled. DD-WRT is the name of an operating system made for an ever-growing number of commercial routers. Although it’s been available for years, upgrading the OS on your router to use DD-WRT — a process known as “flashing” — is difficult for novices. For a small investment, you can buy a new router with DD-WRT already installed. Here is one of many options currently on the market for less than $80.