Salon's Monero mining project might be insane like a fox

Salon to Mine Monero with Ad-Blocking Readers' Computers

Salon: Turn off ad blockers or mine cryptocurrencies for us

If all goes according to plan, those who visit Salon while running an ad-blocker will face a pop-up, allowing readers a choice - turn off their ad-blockers or choose to "suppress ads". A link with more info about that latter option takes visitors to this page, where they find out that this option allows the site to use "your processing power to mine cryptocurrencies to recoup lost ad revenue when you use an ad blocker".

But Salon added: "ad-blockers cut deeply into our revenue". Most computers have fans that automatically turn on to dissipate heat when more processing power is used - regardless of the cause.

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. In a tweet, he says that Salon is lying about having unused power.

There's no word on exactly how much spare computing power will be sucked up.

The bottom of my laptop started heating up a little, but the computer still worked normally otherwise. 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.

It's not clear what the limit on Salon's CPU usage is and Salon did not respond to questions.

You'd be wrong to think, however, that Salon's cryptocurrency-mining activity won't have any impact on your computer.

The publication's mining efforts are powered by Coinhive, a JavaScript library that can be used by websites for mining Moreno. Like Salon's proposition, some other projects, including Siacoin and MaidSafeCoin, seek to pay people for spare computing cycles or hard drive space.

Salon to Mine Monero with Ad-Blocking Readers' Computers

Cryptojacking continues to be a problem, as we've detailed in several additional articles, including one yesterday.

Do you want adverts or can we use your computer for mining?

"This happens only when you are browsing Salon.com", the site's FAQ says.

Salon said the process only takes place when readers are on Salon.com, and the website will not gain access to readers' personal information or files.

Making money out of online publishing can be a tricky process.

"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 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. According to the Salon team, ad blockers "create a more one-sided relationship between reader and publisher".

Salon now doesn't seem to offer a subscription option but says it will soon deliver "a fast, ad-free experience" in a new, paid app for mobile phones and tablets.

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