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UNICEF launches gamer-focused 'Game Chaingers' cryptomining fundraising project

By Polycount ยท 8 replies
Feb 2, 2018
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  1. Cryptocurrency mining has no shortage of detractors, perhaps for good reason. "Drive-by cryptomining" code was recently discovered within YouTube's ads and ASIC-resistant cryptomining in general has been a major factor in the ongoing GPU shortage, frustrating casual PC gamers and enthusiasts alike.

    However, not all cryptomining has negative consequences. Some websites allow their visitors to opt into lightweight, background cryptomining as an alternative to ads or paywalls. Humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF are even using it to help those in need.

    UNICEF recently launched a new initiative dubbed "Game Chaingers" that looks to target gamers. "Thanks to the solidarity of the PC gaming community, Game Chaingers turns graphics cards into a humanitarian tool and organize [sic] the first ever blockchain fundraising by mining Ethereum for UNICEF."

    This is a smart move on UNICEF's part, since many PC gamers already own pretty high-end video cards despite the recent shortage. The organization's goal with this project lies in providing emergency assistance to Syrian children, who are reportedly facing "the world's worst humanitarian crisis." UNICEF's top four priorities will be to provide these kids and other Syrians in need with water, hygiene, education, "Children's protection" and medical attention.

    If you want to jump in and help out for yourself, you simply have to download UNICEF's provided Claymore mining software and turn it on. The software will mine Ethereum without further intervention from you, depositing the resulting currency directly into UNICEF's wallet. Naturally, you'll be able to stop this software at any time and the organization claims it will have no impact on energy usage.

    Image via Unicef

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,033   +1,434

    Definitely nice to see some good being done. If I had a better card I might be will to jump in and help too. ^.^
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  3. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,339   +312

    I tried it myself, but unfortunately, it slowed my PC down way too much. Still, if all someone intends to do is watch Netflix hands-free, it wouldn't be too intrusive.
    stewi0001 likes this.
  4. CrazyDave

    CrazyDave TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +32

    "...the organization claims it will have no impact on energy usage."

    Really? So it's mining using no additional electricity? Sorry, don't believe it. not possible.
  5. It's a cold fusion miner. It produces its own electricity.
  6. UNICEF, part of the United Nations scam.
  7. Reaper7799

    Reaper7799 TS Rookie

    Quick fix for that....Mine froze everything up too. If you go into prog files x86, then unicef and open the config txt. Enter the line without quotes "-ethi 1" and save. IT has to do with intensity but it also doesn't drop your hashrate and will clear up the lag so you can watch vids, browse, etc...
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  8. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,339   +312

    Oh, awesome! Thanks. I'll try that out. :)
    Reaper7799 likes this.
  9. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,063   +563

    Careful Ivan. Get any more obvious, and they'll send you to the gulag.

    I thought the same thing. Maybe if they turned it down to, I dunno, 10% resource usage, I would buy that from a practical sense. Reading other people talking about it though, that doesn't sound like what they did, sounds like they are just letting it grab all the resources it can.

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