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Mining Vs. Ads – Your Opinion 09/29/2017

by Joe

I’m sure a lot of you have read the news about Pirate Bay running a script on their website that uses its visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency for them. Here’s an article about it https://torrentfreak.com/the-pirate-bay-website-runs-a-cryptocurrency-miner-170916/.

Basically, as far as I understand, if you visited the site, the script would use your computer’s processing and graphics card power to mine tiny amounts of cryptocurrency to the site’s wallet. A tiny amount individually but with thousands of visitors mining to one wallet, I imagine it adds up pretty quickly.

It got me thinking: what if I replace The Pocalypse’s ads with this script? I don’t know what kind of revenue it would produce or if it’d be worth it since visitors don’t stay for very long (a scene takes 5 minutes at most to view, right?). And, honestly, I don’t feel good about using your electricity to make revenue. Especially if I don’t tell you about it.

To be completely transparent, I don’t plan on using a script like this for The Pocalypse. But, it did pique my curiosity: what do you, as a visitor, think about script mining vs. ads? Would you be willing to use your computer to idly mine money for a site owner?

Thanks for your opinion and, again, I’m not gonna do it for the site and nothing’s changing :D Thank you for your support as always!

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i have several sites open at the same time very often. this is a no go if they all leach 90% of my cycles especially if I’m running background processes.

They do have caught a lot of flak for that afaik.

Robert on September 29, 2017 at 10:48 pm

Forgot for a few weeks, game back to three new episodes. Man… The tension is up!

Znayx on September 29, 2017 at 10:57 pm

Sorry Jake, he didn’t miss you because Bernie is still inside.
He missed you because he is actually an X-COM soldier. (Most likely one under my command.)

Cubix on September 30, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Well it would be still faster than some other pages :-D

Sadly I have so slow computer it would probably not mine anything.

pc2005 on September 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

its a interesting idea joe could the revenue go towards funding other projects like the pocalypse defense 2 that was in development?

scoin on October 1, 2017 at 2:47 am

I feel like it could work. Maybe a disclaimer comes up when the sites starts mining, or make it optional.

Pokeranger on October 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

Thanks for your opinions, everyone! :D From what I’ve read, mining just isn’t worth it considering what I’d be asking you to do. Ads and especially Patreon Patrons simply make more at this time. Thanks again and I always appreciate your support, in any way :D

@scoin – Yes! Any and all support that is The Pocalypse-related goes toward all The Pocalypse projects :D From the webcomic to game projects!

Joe on October 3, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Yeah, but if you can inject mining code, what’s to say you can’t inject malware? The only way that this could work is if you have a manual download and installation that’s optional on your site.

Frank Lai on October 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm

@Frank Lai – Yeah, there’s a lot of backlash, mistrust, and general negative public opinion with this system. That, and I believe that most people don’t know or understand what cryptocurrency is, let alone what mining is and what it does to your computer. I currently don’t see it replacing ads anytime soon :D

Joe on October 4, 2017 at 11:11 pm

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