"The secret Hong Kong facility that uses boiling goo to mine Bitcoins" is the headline. I am not sure what the story is, because the headline alone makes it clear that we now live in a world which I can no longer understand on even the most rudimentary level, so it is time for me to amble off into the fading winter sunlight. Goodbye!
"Paul Harrison, Chris Kantola, and Jesse Angle, scrounging for bitcoins outside a public library in Pensacola, Florida," is the caption for the photo accompanying this article headlined, "Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving on Bitcoins," in which the following sentences appear, one after the other: "Jesse Angle isn’t your average homeless person. But he shows that bitcoin is changing the world in more ways than you might imagine. Some believe it could provide a major boost to the country’s 640,000 homeless, not only in providing extra pocket change for those on the street, but by helping urban homeless shelters more quickly secure donations [...]
This is a fairly helpful explanation of bitcoin mining. To back up a little, and to put it in non-nerd terms, your computer "earns" (or "makes") bitcoins by, basically, doing math. Because it's an "economy," you have to do a lot more math to "earn" the same amount of money over time; new bitcoins are being "issued," with greater "value" (defined as amount of work), until the system reaches a cap, in the year 2033, when we all live in space. Our guide writes: "Since competition made the difficulty level astronomical, they’ve overwhelmingly joined 'mining pools' that hand everyone a consistent small amount of bitcoins proportional to [...]