r/technology – Sandwell Bitcoin mine found stealing electricity


It’s not totally wrong to interpret pounds as the unit of weight, though the result would be hilariously big in this context.

If we assumes thousands means at least two, and round to a simple value in SI units, it would be ~1000 Kg.
1000 Kg of matter can be converted to energy using the famous equation E=mc2 , the result is ~25000 TWh, or a bit more than the entire world consumption of electricity in a year.

If interpreting it as GBP and assuming it’s 2000 GBP, and using the local rates (I founds 15.15p/kWh for Birmingham from 2019), you’d get that they consumed ~13201 kWh.
Putting that in the equation E=mc2 gives you 528.8 µg of matter.

The joy of having free time to screw around with numbers.


It’s not totally wrong to interpret pounds as the unit of weight, though the result would be hilariously big in this context.

If we assumes thousands means at least two, and round to a simple value in SI units, it would be ~1000 Kg.
1000 Kg of matter can be converted to energy using the famous equation E=mc2 , the result is ~25000 TWh, or a bit more than the entire world consumption of electricity in a year.

If interpreting it as GBP and assuming it’s 2000 GBP, and using the local rates (I founds 15.15p/kWh for Birmingham from 2019), you’d get that they consumed ~13201 kWh.
Putting that in the equation E=mc2 gives you 528.8 µg of matter.

The joy of having free time to screw around with numbers.

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