If you’re not all that fond of intrusive traditional online ads, then you just might want to visit Salon’s website more, especially once they start allowing user computers to use their own processing power to mine cryptocurrency.
This was the grand plan of the digital media publication through Verge. According to the post, traditional ads used to play such a huge role in the site’s sustainability, although it still never quite had the full capacity to pay for most media outlets. So with this new cryptocurrency mining scheme, Salon is hoping to expand their on-site money-making options.
By allowing “a small percentage of [users’] spare processing power to contribute to the advancement of technological discover, evolution and innovation,” Salon will already be earning a profit.
According to Salon, there is already a huge demand for computing power across various industries, and there is such a high potential for its application. To maximize this, they will allow “a small percentage of [users’] spare processing power to contribute to the advancement of technological discovery, evolution and innovation,” in their beta program, which they can then earn from.
Their approach is also going to be different from the malware approach, as they will “automatically detect your current processing usage and assign a portion of what you are not using to this process. Should you begin a process that requires more of your computer’s resources, we automatically reduce the amount we are using for calculations.”