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. And it’s all the fault of people who use adblockers. You see, Salon isn’t a charity. There is no ethical or legal requirement for Salon to provide you with free news and opinions. In fact, 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… Read full this story
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