The war against sanity has claimed another victim. This time the victim was a Bitcoin miner who had excessively high power consumption for his home due to him running several mining rigs.
Computer World reports:
Blogger Mike Esspe captured an IRC chat that supports the rumor floating around that at least one Bitcoin miner has been arrested.
In regards to if being a miner will bring the cops to your doorstep, according to the Bitcoin Miner, the power consumption will be somewhat like the electric usage for “marijuana grow-op.” An example was “The Canadian town of Mission, BC has a bylaw that allows the town’s Public Safety Inspection Team to search people’s homes for grow ops if they are using more than 93 kWh of electricity per day.” There have allegedly been reports floating in IRC of two different cases of police showing up at a bitcoin miner’s residence with a search warrant.
Of course, the war against sanity requires that the Police State actively invade the citizenry’s privacy. When crimes are victimless, there is no one who will come forward to report them. This means that if the terrorist State is to find and prosecute offenders, it must invade the privacy of the public in order to actually find anyone it can prosecute.
We have now reached a point where the terrorist State is actively monitoring the power consumption of your private residence. If you happen to use a little more power than the average user, the State will invade your poperty with weapons drawn. The miner in question is lucky he didn’t end up like this guy.
Praise Mao – Because you apparently love it when you are monitored like children.