Kansas City, mo: In an unexpected blend of old-school trucking and new-age technology, long-haul trucker Eddie “Big Rig” Johnson has reportedly converted his semi-truck into a mobile cryptocurrency mining station.
Known for his love of two things – open roads and open-source code – Johnson, a seasoned trucker with over two decades on the road, has found an innovative way to merge his interests. Using a self-designed, custom-built, power-efficient PC connected to his rig’s electrical system, Johnson claims to mine cryptocurrencies while he cruises the nation’s highways.
“Truck’s gotta lot of juice, doesn’t it? Why let all that energy go to waste?” Johnson said from behind the wheel of his now-iconic rig. “So I thought to myself, ‘Eddie, let’s make some crypto on this cargo run.”
The concept seems outlandish, but Johnson assures that he’s found a way to balance the power needs of his semi-truck with the high energy requirements of crypto mining.
“I’ve got a whole system rigged up,” Johnson explained, pointing to an array of blinking lights on his truck’s dashboard, “It uses surplus power from the rig without affecting its performance.”
Industry critics remain skeptical. “Running a PC powerful enough to mine cryptocurrency off a truck’s power system sounds more like a science fiction plot than reality,” scoffed Marvin Davis, a transportation industry analyst.
Despite the criticism, Johnson is buoyant, “It’s not rocket science. It’s truck science,” he laughed. His mining rig, he claims, has already mined a considerable amount of Bitcoin, although he hasn’t disclosed the exact figure.
While it remains to be seen whether Eddie “Big Rig” Johnson will become the next crypto tycoon, his unique approach to leveraging his truck’s power certainly adds a new angle to the discussion about cryptocurrency mining and its energy usage. If successful, Johnson could pave the way for a new era of mobile crypto mining.
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