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I work in a lab and I have full access to the lab. I often leave my old laptop in this lab to do computational stuff (for lab or for my own stuff). If I want to mind bitcoin using this setup, what unusual behaviors will alert the administration of the school's network? Will there be a huge outgoing traffic? Does it require some ports to be opened?

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I know it doesn't answer your question, but: don't do that.

Time to mine on regular computers, even with strong GPUs, is long gone. If you don't have powerful ASICs, forget mining at school computers.

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  • What's the reason? Does this have any relation to the price?
    – CppLearner
    Nov 30 '13 at 12:38
  • It has a relation to the mining difficulty. More powerful computers are mining, the more hard it is to mine. Right now, ASICs - chips, that can do nothing else but mine bitcoins - are made by large numbers. You cannot compete with them with general purpose computers. Nov 30 '13 at 13:45

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