Salon, one of the best-read online magazines, has added Monero mining to its sources of funding. After testing other sources of revenues, and waging war against adblockers, the online media gave users the option to do some work on their computer, in exchange for content.
never seen this before: Salon now offers to "suppress ads" if you lease out your PC's "unused computing power" 🤔 pic.twitter.com/3oK78dPahN
Open Monero mining has been used by independent bloggers, but more often, the script remains hidden. The reason for this is that Monero mining tends to slow systems down. At the same time, it may be a bit less annoying than ads.
But this is not the only foray into the world of cryptocurrencies on the part of Salon. Beyond detailed coverage of blockchain topics, the magazine also offers educational materials, another side industry sprung after Bitcoin gained mainstream popularity.
Not sure if @Salon's decision to give you the choice between being exposed to a deluge of exploitative ads or mining Monero for them is a full-on embrace of dark UX or just shameless honesty about the sad state of staying in business on the internet.
At this point, the Monero project and similar coins using the CryptoNote algorithm are getting a mixed bag of reactions. On one hand, the knowledge of mining serves to popularize cryptocurrencies. On the other hand, users find it annoying and senseless to mine coins on consumer electronics, thus lowering the processor's life.
Others, however, are enthusiastic about returning mining to amateurs. Projects like Electroneum (ETN) are seeking a form of smartphone mining simulation, which is still in a test version.
Monero's Privacy Compromised?
The Monero (XMR) digital asset became attractive for its private transactions. However, there is another crack in the privacy, coming from forked coins:
Additionally, Monero's image also suffers from the recently active fake Twitter accounts promising a reward of coins for sending a small amount of XMR to an address. The XMR market price remains attractive for that type of scammers, as the asset traded around $233.32.