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Bitcoin miners busted? Police confuse bitcoin power usage for pot farm – Computerworld Blogs

Bitcoin, one of the world’s newest currencies, is an open source, peer-to-peer currency that does not exist in physical form. It’s owned and traded by means of an anonymous P2P network, without any third-party intermediary like a payment processor, without any government issuing or tracking the virtual currency. While there is a limit of only 21 million bitcoins to be generated by the year 2140, bitcoin is “free” to generate and is created by “bitcoin miners.”

The implication is that a completely untraceable underground economy will emerge using bitcoin.

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