Don’t Like Our Ads? Let us Use Your CPU to Mine Instead

Brace yourselves everyone, because I’m about to say something GOOD about Salon.  The statey-left-leaning drama site is not necessarily one I peruse regularly.  But I do love what Salon is doing with its site.

In lieu of ads, please let us your smartphone to do a little mining, while you’re on our site.  That way, we get some CPU juice to mine for crypto, and you don’t have to see a bunch of ads.  It’s a win-win situation, and it really is.

See, sometimes even terrible people can give you good ideas.

Salon Asks Users to Mine Cryptocurrency in Exchange for Ad-Free Site

Ads are the unfortunate reality of the free and open internet — websites have bills to pay, and users have been more tolerant of ads than paid subscriptions. News website Salon has been nagging visitors about ad blockers for a while, but now it’s giving some people an alternative. Simply opt into the new “Suppress Ads” feature and browse ad-free. The catch: your device’s CPU will be harnessed to mine cryptocurrency.

We’ve seen websites running crypto mining plugins like Coinhive before, but it’s usually done in a profoundly shady way. You just show up at a website and your CPU usage skyrockets as the site tries to crunch as many numbers as possible on your hardware before you close the tab. People have also built ads and even WordPress plugins that can mine cryptocurrency.

In contrast, Salon isn’t hiding the presence of its mining operation. When the site detects you’re using an ad blocker, it offers the option of either turning it off or opting into Suppress Ads; or at least it will eventually. The feature is still just a beta that won’t show up for everyone. There’s a whole FAQ that covers the new Suppress Ads option, and it adequately explains what you as a user can expect. However, Salon makes the mining operation sound much nobler than it really is.


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