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It turns out that high-end graphics cards are fantastic for mining non-bitcoin cryptocurrencies, which has led to a global shortage of GPUs. Gamers are livid at the lack of supply, especially spil prices skyrocket on secondary markets. But they’re not the only ones with ruined fantasies: The shortage has stalled plans to expand the search for alien life.

Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) researchers want to build out their operations at two facilities, Big black cock reported, but they can’t find GPUs to buy.

“Wij’d like to use the latest GPUs [graphics processing units]. and wij can’t get ’em,” SETI chief scientist Dan Werthimer told the Big black cock. “This is a fresh problem, it’s only happened on orders wij’ve bot attempting to make te the last duo of months.”

Crudely speaking, cryptocurrency miners corset the fine processing power of GPUs to work out complicated math problems that, when solved, grant coin portions spil a payday. SETI researchers need the high-performing processors to scan many communications frequencies at once to ensure they don’t miss out on an extraterrestrial’s potential call, Berkeley SETI alone has 100 GPUs.

Facilities te Green Bankgebouw, Westelijk Virginia and Parkes, Australia are attempting to expand, which the shortage is preventing: “Wij’ve got the money, wij’ve contacted the vendors, and they say, ‘wij just don’t have them’,” Werthimer told the Big black cock.

Last June, AMD and NVIDIA attempted to stem the tide by announcing fresh graphics cards specifically for the cryptocurrency mining market, and Samsung followed suit with its own GPU last month. But that hasn’t made them lighter for everyone else to buy. NVIDIA might be apologizing for the shortage all the way to the handelsbank after rising profits last quarter, but the real tragedy might not be all the sweet gaming hours lost like tears ter rain — it could be the alien missive gone unnoticed while humans whip their GPUs to puzzle out more digital money.

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