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Offline Maik

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Beyond ads
« on: Tuesday, 05 December, 2017 @ 02:55:33 »
OK, I've had a skim read through Everything you need to know about bitcoin mining / Everything you wanted to know about bitcoin but were afraid to ask / Understanding Cryptocurrency: How It Works, What Drives It, Should You Buy It? and, while blockchains seem pretty nifty, I don't see what gives Bitcoin, etc, any legitimacy or value. IMO, the bubble will burst.

But WTF do I know?

Well, I know that it costs money to run a website and that the web is, in effect, powered by adverts. Some of which are malicious and some just annoying. Hence ad-blockers are very popular. So, some websites are now generating income by using visiting PCs to 'mine' Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency - unbeknown to the PC's user. This increases CPU load and can adversely affect PC performance. Your Browser Could Be Mining Cryptocurrency For a Stranger. And it doesn't stop when you close your browser: Websites use your CPU to mine cryptocurrency even when you close your browser.

uMatrix or NoScript should be effective in blocking the scripts from running but neither are overly easy to use. So far as I know, uBlock Origin and Adblock Plus block known sites such as CoinHive via filter lists. I'd think the main Hosts files also now block them. If you aren't using it already, Malwarebytes blocks CoinHive and is pretty easy to use, another easy option is No Coin for Firefox and Google Chrome or, for Microsoft browsers, there's Anti-WebMiner.

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Re: Beyond ads
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 05 December, 2017 @ 13:30:23 »
Having just read about Roger's terrible experience I think I'll be keeping as far away as possible from bitcoins, mined or otherwise and installing No coin.

Thanks Maik

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Tony

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Re: Beyond ads
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday, 06 December, 2017 @ 01:55:17 »
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CryptoKitties craze slows down transactions on Ethereum

A new craze for virtual kittens is slowing down trade in one of the largest crypto-currencies.

CryptoKitties lets players buy and breed "crypto-pets" on Ethereum's underlying blockchain network.

An estimated $4.5m (£3.35m) has been spent on the cartoon cats at the time of writing, according to Crypto Kitty Sales.

What is a CryptoKitty?

Think of these rather unpalatable cartoon kittens as unique digital Pokemon cards. The game's developers describe them as "breedable Beanie Babies", each with its own unique 256-bit genome.

How much are CryptoKitties worth?

At the time of writing, the median, or mid-range, price of a CryptoKitty is approximately $23.06 (£17.19), according to Crypto Kitty Sales.

The game's top cat brought in $117,712.12 (£87,686.11) when it sold on Saturday, 2 December.

Where do the CryptoKitties come from?

Axiom Zen releases a new CryptoKitty every 15 minutes, but the rest of the supply is powered by the breeding of existing crypto-pets. Owners of kittens can put them up for sale and set their own price in ethers.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42237162


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Re: Beyond ads
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, 06 December, 2017 @ 17:13:24 »
Better off with the real thing!

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Re: Beyond ads
« Reply #4 on: Friday, 15 December, 2017 @ 13:48:02 »
From the Mail online yesterday (14/12/17):

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Is your browser slower than normal? Hackers could be mining Bitcoin on your computer without you ever knowing, warn experts
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5179179/Hackers-mining-bitcoin-computer.html