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

Jonathan Aquilina jaquilina at eagleeyet.net
Fri Nov 29 03:42:46 PST 2019


Regarding crypto mining these were plugins associated with wordpress sites that were turning them into cryptominors and i think as a result these miners were downloading onto peoples pc's and run wiht out them knowing if my memory serves me right.

Phone apps not to sure to be fair.

Regards,
Jonathan

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

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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