[Ads-l] Possible substitution error: thousands of kilograms of electricity

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY DEVCOM AVMC (USA) 0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Sat May 29 17:25:09 EDT 2021


This is my inner pedantic engineer talking, but reporters do a horrible job of describing anything.

It shouldn't be "pounds of electricity".  It should be "pounds worth of electricity." (or "pounds' worth"?  is it possessive?)

(and for that matter, it shouldn't be "kilowatts of electricity", that would be "kilowatts of electric power".  )

> On 29 May 2021, at 13:12, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>
> Bill Mullins said:
>> It seems more likely that kilowatts was replaced with kilograms.
>
> Thanks for your response, Bill. Your suggestion of an alternative
> hypothesis is thoughtful. Here is the story in "The Scottish Sun".
> This evidence indicates that "pounds of electricity" was changed to
> "kilograms of electricity".
>
> Perhaps the change was performed by an automated script that replaced
> "pounds of" with "kilograms of".
>
> Website: The Scottish Sun
> Article: CRYPTO RAID Cops find giant Bitcoin ‘mine’ stealing thousands
> of pounds of electricity during warehouse drug raid
> Author: Hana Carter
> Timestamp: 14:39, 28 May 2021 Updated: 18:12, 28 May 2021
>
> https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/7177171/cops-find-bitcoin-mine/
>
> [Begin excerpt]
> COPS were stunned to find a Bitcoin "mine" stealing thousands of
> pounds of electricity during a suspected warehouse drug raid.
>
> Officers in the West Midlands thought they were about to bust a
> cannabis farm - but were met with the advanced tech scam instead.
> Cryptocurrencies have to be "mined" in order to be created, which
> involves solving increasingly complex mathematical puzzles - requiring
> more and more powerful computers and significantly more energy.
> [End excerpt]
>
> Garson

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