Anche io ho partecpato al programma Erasmus, era il 2006, l’anno dei mondiali e io ero a Siviglia. Non avete idea di quanto sia appagante vincere un mondiale all’estero.
E’ domenica, il Napoli non gioca, che fare? Dopo aver acceso il camino ho iniziato a guardarmi un po’ di VueJS.
La storia che sto per raccontare riguarda uno degli aspetti più mitologici dell’informatica intera: il Comic Sans, il carattere più odiato in assoluto, ma allo stesso tempo uno dei più usati al mondo.
Conosco Raffaele Gaito dai tempi dell’università, e mettiamolo subito in chiaro: siamo amici 😎 Oggi dobbiamo fare finta che non abbiamo mai bevuto una birra insieme (mai!) e parleremo di una cosa che Raf conosce molto bene:
When I posted the NaN article on facebook in a programmers group, I received some very bad reviews. Let’s analyze them.
Yesterday I was doing some maintenance on a corporate website when I found out that
NaN if the argument is, well, not a number.
A lot of stuff has happenend in the crypto-mining world: antiviruses, search engines, private miners, and more.
There are private miners out there
However, I’ve been contacted by a facebook friend that offered me to enter an “exclusive program” with a private monero miner, untraceable by antiviruses because it’s self hosted.
The reason is that, in his opinion, Coinhive and others lie about your true visitors and give you less in terms of cash.
I cannot tell you his name (private!) and I must say that I tried to enter his “programme” but at the end we didn’t achieve anything. It was just too complicated.
If your browser consumes too much CPU maybe you’ve found a private monero miner.
Antiruses and Extensions
I have personally tried a Firefox extension called NoCoin and it works for me; infact, my blog was blocked. On Chrome you might try other extensions.
Other friends have told me that antiviruses like Avast alert the user about the script. Some friends think that my website has been hacked :p
This is a great problem for website owners; if you are going to use something that is considered a threat, how can you bring users to your website?
Coinhive’s new project: Authedmine
Coinhive tries to stop antiviruses by creating a new project called Authedmine. The idea is simple: show a popup when users land on the website, explaining what’s going on, and how to opt out. The choice will be remembered for a session.
I’m using this on my website, now.
Mining vs Ads
Many bloggers or small enterprises see in cryptomining a way to avoid ads and earn some cash from their websites: users are splitted - the enthusiasts, “finally a way to not show ads entirely!” and the enemies, “the CPU is mine and I decide what to do with it”.
However,most users just don’t give a f*ck.
Will my website be blocked by Google ?
I believe this. Not because it’s a virus (it isn’t!) but because cryptomining is eroding (might erode) some market share from advertisement.
Don’t forget that Google is a big reseller of ads, and if they won’t sell ads, their business is over.
They are also a big search engine and if your website doesn’t show up on Google, well you just don’t exist.
So I imagine that in the future they will block cryptomining because it’s interfering with their business. They can unilaterally choose this.
However, There is no official position from Google about this.
The best comment about my experiment
I tried to open the page, and my macbook started screaming with pain. I have marked the url, and I have promised myself to never visit again. These things should not be done for morality issues, you’re literally ruining your users’ hardware. I didn’t even read the whole article, I closed immediately. For me, a big NO.
By deciding to use a cryptominer in your website, you should also think of users like him.
The day I found out that I could make some money with my blog, I was elettrified. It was (I believe) 2007. it all started with Adsense. However, for a small blog like mine, Adsense is not a perfect choice. Infact my analytics do speak for me: I’m not the most trafficked website on earth and my blog does not have the direct scope of making me earn cash.
Appena ho finito l’università ho acquistato un Macbook Air, che è durato ben 5 anni (!). All’epoca lo presi perchè, da neolaureato, non volevo chiudermi l’opzione di realizzare app per iOS, cosa che poi non è mai avvenuta. Quindi per il lavoro di tutti i giorni ho deciso di uscire dalla comfort zone e prendere un nuovo pc: un Dell XPS 9560, con schermo da 15”.
Esitono persone che ritengono che viviamo in una grande, enorme simulazione al computer, magari realizzata da una civiltà aliena che ci sfrutta o ci osserva, manco fossimo al Grande Fratello.