Salon is now using their reader’s spare computing power to mine cryptocurrency.
Salon, a popular progressive website, has introduced a new feature that harnesses the spare computing power of its reader’s devices to mine cryptocurrency.
When visiting Salon’s website, readers are now presented with the option to either turn off their ad blocker or to “suppress ads,” which means handing over your spare computing power to mine Monero.
An explainer on the Salon website describes how the mining process helps the publication earn revenue in the absence of advertisements.
pic.twitter.com/Xg6kKkawz6 — Cameron (@Cameron) February 14, 2018
This is amazing. Salon is using your computer to mine for crypto. You can either choose to see ads, or let Salon abuse your PC for mining coins. You don’t even have to hit accept… https://t.co/KM47lfORQY
— Mark Kern (@Grummz) February 13, 2018
Congrats @Coinhive and @Salon. You are out here ruining people’s computers. 100% of the CPU power is being used for a mining script. If you have any knowledge of computers running it at 100% is dangerous and a quick way to be buying a new one. pic.twitter.com/Xg6kKkawz6
— Cameron (@Cameron) February 14, 2018
Online ads suck and no one wants them. Trading computing power for content is a new option for users that they might be willing to stomach.
— Neeraj K. Agrawal (@NeerajKA) February 13, 2018