Salon has every right to hijack your laptop to mine cryptocurrency while you read it

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Salon is mining cryptocurrency via the web browser of any reader who refuses to turn off their adblocker.
The liberal web magazine is being totally upfront about it, and readers have a choice: They can turn their adblockers off.
This is a cunning solution to the problem of people who think the web should be free.
The web isn’t free, duh.

Salon, the liberal, San Francisco-based web magazine, has a new adblocking policy: Either turn off your adblocker to read the site, or you can keep it and let Salon take the unused computing power on your machine to mine cryptocurrency.

The decision is, needless to say, controversial.

When I tweeted about it yesterday I was surprised by how many of my followers thought this was a good idea.

That got me thinking: This is a good idea.

If you use an adblocker, this is your fault

You see, Salon isn’t a charity. There is no ethical or legal requirement for Salon to provide you with free news and opinions. Websites are in no way “free.” Someone has to pay to publish them, to maintain them and keep them on the net. If you’ve ever tried running even the smallest web site you’ll know that the monthly costs of keeping one alive start to mount pretty quickly. Any company that publishes news that you can read for “free” is, in fact, paying thousands of dollars to keep it “free.”

And yet there is this weird belief, seemingly held by 90% of people on the internet, that there is a requirement for media companies to pay your internet server, and publishing costs, in order to provide you with information free of charge.

Most media companies, obviously, pay for these costs by hosting advertisements on their sites. But a few years ago, many people — again, it feels like 90% …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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