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  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...o-mine-cryptocurrency/?utm_term=.1df77cd76b16

    Claiming that ad-blockers have cut "deeply" into its revenue, the media company Salon is asking some readers to bolster its bottom line — by helping the site generate cryptocurrency.

    The move, launched Sunday, makes Salon one of the first major online publishers to adopt virtual currencies as an alternative revenue stream, and highlights the ongoing difficulty that many news sites face in an era of declining ad income. In an interview, Salon chief executive Jordan Hoffner said that early data suggests some users are choosing to support the alternative funding model.

    "If it’s a new thing, we want to be there first and make our mark," Hoffner said. "We are a small company in tune with innovation."

    Visitors to Salon.com who have an ad-blocker enabled now see a pop-up asking them to donate their spare computing power to generating monero, a cryptocurrency known for its privacy-protecting properties.

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    Readers who opt into the plan must then permit a third-party program called Coinhive to run in the background of their Web browser.

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    The technology is designed to consume a reader's unused processor power to help perform the decryption needed to create new monero coins, which are currently worth about $233 each. If enough readers participate in the program, Salon reasons, it could lead to meaningful revenue.

    "We realize that specific technological developments now mean that it is not merely the reader’s eyeballs that have value to our site — it’s also your computer’s ability to make calculations, too," Salon says in an FAQ posted to its site. "Indeed, your computer itself can help support our ability to pay our editors and journalists."

    Salon's embrace of Coinhive comes at a sensitive moment. The software has increasingly been linked to malicious activity, in which hackers force a website to run Coinhive's otherwise legitimate code and, in turn, recruit unwitting visitors to the site into mining monero without their consent. Major U.K. and U.S. government websites have been hit by this attack in recent days, in a high-profile example of what experts call "cryptojacking." In October, the fact-checking site Politifact was also the victim of a cryptojacking attack.

    The creators of Coinhive have said that they did not anticipate their software being misused to facilitate illegitimate cryptocurrency schemes, and that the money generated by the attack on the government websites — all of $24 — has not been paid out to those responsible. They added in an interview with Motherboard that the entire Coinhive project has yielded "a few million USD in total."

    The legitimate use of Coinhive could open a broader discussion about the economics of online content, some analysts say.

    Whereas online ads can be obtrusive and distracting, allowing websites to turn excess computing power into money could be a low-profile alternative.

    "[Coinhive] is a white-label solution," said Hoffner, arguing that many fringe technologies often begin with illicit connotations but gradually become mainstream. "You have to take a historical perspective when a disruptive technology comes to market."

    Should more websites shift to this business model, it could lead to outside consequences, such as greater energy consumption. But, Salon said in its FAQ, putting the world's excess computing power to use could also have its benefits.

    "Some scholars," the site said, "have proposed using spare computing power to help secure voting and verify the integrity of democratic elections."

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  2. good
     
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  3. People who go to Salon.com deserve it, tbh.
     
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  4. I do not consent
     
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  5. Only faggots go to Salon to not mine rediculous articles or salt.
     
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  6. "Turn off that pesky adblock!"
     
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  7. God damn Salon supporting computer rape culture.
     
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  8. Or I can just block the iframe containing the pop-up and the massive iframe preventing me from scrolling, and add them to my blacklist of elements.

    This only appeals towards idiots who fall for their shit.
     
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  9. This is offensive to my computer.
     
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  10. I give up on even making fun of shit like this. Remember when nool got mocked for trying this shit and it was completely in the open and totally ethical?

    And now shit like Salon is doing it and trying to be sneaky about it? Even though they instantly get caught?

    How is it possible even to make fun of this? It's absolute madness.
     
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  11. No, he got reported to the FBI.
     
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  12. I bet the cucks running the malware domain lists will give Salon a pass on this though.
     
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  13. Remember when some fag sperged like mad over it? Forgot who though.
     
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  14. It's not rape if you consent
     
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  15. The FBI can suck about a million dicks. They can't do dick.

    Nobody even remembers them. That's how gay they were.

    I just tried to remember their names but I couldn't.
     
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  16. Helps that they got banned like a fag.

    Even Cucky was more memorable.
     
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  17. He was just trying to get out of eating the hat.
     
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  18. Salon botnet now. Now they can pay their pedos directly in pedotoken.
     
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  19. Who would have thought that a editorial policy of seeking to normalize pedophilia would fail to result in increased ad revenue and profit growth?
     
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  20. Not that I'd ever go to Salon, but my computer is so old that using it with some miner running would probably make it explode.

    I have adblocked the "we see you are running an adblocker" popups on some sites. And it worked while I stayed on the page.:lol:
    But it doesn't really work well on most sites. They are probably getting craftier about people bypassing their ads.

    Please allow us to consume your excess electricity to pay our bills.

    I have serious reservations about how it would affect voting.

    I don't want my tiny bit of excess computer power being used for anything by anyone if I can help it.
     
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