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Sun Jan 16, 2022, 11:50 AM

Panic as Kosovo pulls the plug on its energy-guzzling bitcoin miners

Source: The Observer

Panic as Kosovo pulls the plug on its energy-guzzling bitcoin miners

Speculators rush to sell off their kit as Balkan state announces a crypto clampdown to ease electricity crisis

Daniel Boffey in Brussels and Jack Butcher in Pristina
Sun 16 Jan 2022 08.30 GMT

For bitcoin enthusiasts in Kosovo with a breezy attitude to risk, it has been a good week to strike a deal on computer equipment that can create, or “mine”, the cryptocurrency.

From Facebook to Telegram, new posts in the region’s online crypto groups became dominated by dismayed Kosovans attempting to sell off their mining equipment – often at knockdown prices.

“There’s a lot of panic and they’re selling it or trying to move it to neighbouring countries,” said cryptoKapo, a crypto investor and administrator of some of the region’s largest online crypto communities.

The frenetic social media action follows an end-of-year announcement by Kosovo’s government of an immediate, albeit temporary, ban on all crypto mining activity as part of emergency measures to ease a crippling energy crisis.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/16/panic-as-kosovo-pulls-the-plug-on-its-energy-guzzling-bitcoin-miners

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 12:08 PM

1. Stupid Bitcoin mining.

Incredible waste of time and energy.

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Sun Jan 16, 2022, 12:58 PM

2. +1

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