Mining Vs. Ads – Your Opinion | September 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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Robert
Robert
4 years ago

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.

Znayx
Znayx
4 years ago

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

Cubix
Cubix
4 years ago

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.)

pc2005
pc2005
4 years ago

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

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

scoin
scoin
4 years ago

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

Pokeranger
Pokeranger
4 years ago

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

Frank Lai
Frank Lai
4 years ago

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.