Micropayments of a New and Pernicious Type

Many of us predicted long ago that the future of journalism was online micropayments – pay fractions of a cent an article instead of being bombarded with ads.

What we didn’t see coming was this strategy by Salon: if you want to keep your ad blocker, let us use your computing cycles to mine for cryptocurrencies.

The security issues are left as an exercise for the reader.

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3 Responses to Micropayments of a New and Pernicious Type

  1. thew says:

    Why did the life long segregationist LBJ champion and sign the 1964 civil rights bill?


  2. Michael says:

    I’m puzzled what this has to do with micropayments? But the answer will be found in Robert Caro’s long and wonderful biography of Johnson: He believed it was the right thing to do, and did it despite knowing it would hurt the electoral fortunes of the Democratic Party in the south for a long long time to come.

  3. The problem Salon has is that it’s been losing money continuously for years. At some point whoever’s bankrolling it is going to want to stop…but my lord this was a stupid move by someone who didn’t read the anger at The Pirate Bay when it tried it.


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