[Beowulf] [EXTERNAL] Re: Is Crowd Computing the Next Big Thing?

Lux, Jim (US 337K) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Wed Nov 27 09:50:49 PST 2019

Wasn't there a minor scandal a year or so ago about websites mining bitcoin in the background using user resources? And some phone apps doing the same?

´╗┐On 11/26/19, 9:30 PM, "Beowulf on behalf of Greg Lindahl" <beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org on behalf of lindahl at pbm.com> wrote:

    On Tue, Nov 26, 2019 at 08:07:32PM +0000, Chuck Petras wrote:
    > Are there any classes of problems that would be monitizeable in a grid computing environment to make those efforts financially viable?
    Sure, currently there are 2 major areas:
    1) Creating web proxies for web scraping from residential addresses
    2) Mining cryptocurrencies
    #2 pays less than the electricity consumed, but there are lots of circumstances
    where people don't pay for their own electricity.
    #1 doesn't use much cpu, but it's about as sleezy as #2.
    Presumably you had something more noble in mind? And something other
    than the well known SETI-at-home, etc.
    -- greg
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