Turn off ad blockers or mine cryptocurrencies for us

Turn off ad blockers or mine cryptocurrencies for us

Turn off ad blockers or mine cryptocurrencies for us

To end the explanation, Salon makes a pitch that the "possibilities for [cryptocurrency] are limitless" including secure online voting, predicting the impact of climate change and finding alien life. "This is in part because the value of an online ad is far less than a print ad; the maxim, "print dollars become digital dimes become mobile pennies" articulates the approximate 100:10:1 ratio of print to digital to mobile ad revenues". Ironically, many ad blockers will stop coin-mining software too, as will JavaScript blockers like NoScript. It asks readers to either disable the ad blocker or else "block ads by allowing Salon to use your unused computing power".

Ad-blocking users who visit Salon's site will be asked to either turn off their ad-blocker, or "suppress ads". Before opting for any such option, it is very important for you as a reader to understand the technicalities of this approval.

"Back in the 1990s, as now, Salon offered the common relationship of serving ads to its users in exchange for keeping most of our content free", Salon wrote. "We depends on ads to keep our content free for you". Essentially, Salon is moving the cost of readership from advertising revenue to cryptocurrency mining, an idea that was floated by MIT students in November 2013.

"Turn off your ad blocker if after you opt-in but decide you no longer want to donate your processing power when viewing Salon and are within the 24 hours of having opted in last". This is followed by a "learn more" link.

I enabled the mining on Salon.com today in order to see how much computing power it used.

Salon goes on to explain the mining process by saying it's borrowing the power to solve complex calculations. There are thousands of cryptocurrencies.

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While Monero will be the first cryptocurrency to be involved in the plan, Hoffner said Salon is planning to build a portfolio of digital coins. Monero is now popular among criminals because it offers more anonymity than Bitcoin.

Salon posted an average of 13.1 million unique visitors a month in the final quarter of 2017-though its view figures are likely higher. A Salon representative told PC Mag that Salon is indeed using Coinhive, but there was no mention of what the CPU usage would be set to be.

Coinhive is a controversial mining tool that was recently uploaded to government websites by hackers.

"Currently a lot of sites that have trouble monetizing with ads use Coinhive".

Salon is also being called out by David Gerard, author of the cryptocurrency book Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts. Mooching off unused CPU is a novel approach-one that could either have huge financial benefits or do damage to Salon's reputation.

This would cause a problem.

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