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Starbucks Restrooms Open for All Visitors

May 20, 2018 |

Starbucks is creating an official policy that allows all guests to use its cafes, including its restrooms, whether or not they make a purchase.
WSJ.com: US Business

Video shows visitors to Dutch wildlife park fleeing cheetahs

May 12, 2018 |

A group of tourists had an unsettling experience at a Dutch wildlife park after they got out of their car and were chased backed in by several cheetahs.
FOX News

Sheriff to Visitors: ‘If You Kill Someone, We Might Kill You’

April 8, 2018 |

Want to know where Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley stands in the culture war? Just read the sign outside his office, WSB-TV reports. “Our citizens have concealed weapons. If you kill someone, we might kill you back. We have ONE jail and 356 cemeteries. Enjoy your stay!” Jolley insists it’s…
Newser

Salon Offers Visitors In-House Cryptocurrency Mining When Blocking Ads

February 18, 2018 |

Salon Offers Visitors Cryptocurrency Mining to Block Ads

Mainstream web magazine Salon has started allowing its readers an ad-free site, if readers start mining cryptocurrency for them, after sustaining a decline in income due to ad blocking technology.

Also read: Japan Cracks Down on Foreign ICO Agency Operating Without License

Salon’s Mining Initiatives

Salon Offers Visitors Cryptocurrency Mining to Block AdsSalon, a left-leaning political and lifestyle webzine started in 1995, has launched a cryptocurrency mining option for its visitors in an effort to recuperate some of its declining income. The site is run by Salon Media Group, a publicly-traded company with offices in San Francisco and New York City.

“Like most media companies, Salon pays its bills through advertising,” the site explained, adding that the increase in visitors using ad blockers has “cut deeply into our revenue.” Acknowledging technological developments, Salon wrote “your computer itself can help support our ability to pay our editors and journalists,” noting:

For our beta program, we’ll start by applying your processing power to mine cryptocurrencies to recoup lost ad revenue when you use an ad blocker.

Salon also made the disclaimer that “mining uses more of your resources which means your computer works a bit harder and uses more electricity than if you were just passively browsing the site with ads.”

Let the Ads Display or We Will Mine Crypto

The mining option is now shown to all Salon website visitors using an ad blocker. Anyone arriving on any page of the site will immediately see the message, “We noticed you’re using an ad blocker. We depend on ads to keep our content free for you. Please consider disabling your ad blocker so we can continue to create the content you come here to enjoy.” They are subsequently presented with two options: to disable their ad blocker and allowing ads to be displayed or to keep blocking ads but allow Salon to use their spare computing power.

Salon Forces Visitors to Mine Cryptocurrency if They Block Ads

Salon Forces Visitors to Mine Cryptocurrency if They Block AdsFor its beta program, Salon is mining monero, which is more profitable to mine than bitcoin on common PC processors. The cryptocurrency also has a widely used application for websites like Salon to easily deploy, called Coinhive. The program allows websites to mine monero with their visitors’ CPUs, with or without their knowledge. While often described as malware, Coinhive is nonetheless used by several well-known websites including the Pirate Bay.

Salon informs their users upfront that its mining functionality is “Powered by Coinhive,” and displays a link to let visitors read more about the process. The webzine also says that “Nothing is ever installed on your computer and Salon never has access to your personal information or files.”

How Much Processing Power Is Used

To opt-in, users are asked specifically if they would like to allow mining for the duration of the current site visit. Once the “allow for this session” link has been clicked, the users’ processors will immediately start working intensively.

In our informal testing using a modern 4-core Intel processor, all 4 cores’ usage was instantly maxed out within a couple of seconds after clicking the allow button.

Salon Forces Visitors to Mine Cryptocurrency if They Block Ads

As soon as the Salon page was closed, the processors returned to normal. Without clearing cookies, the site will remember users’ opt-in preferences for up to 24 hours, Salon noted, adding that they will be asked to opt-in again after that. Furthermore, Salon clarified:

We automatically detect your current processing usage and assign a portion of what you are not using to this process. Should you begin a process that requires more of your computer’s resources, we automatically reduce the amount we are using for calculations.

What do you think about Salon’s plan to force their users to choose between ads and mining crypto? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Thailand Loves Its Chinese Visitors, Up to a Point

February 17, 2018 |

The Thai resort island of Phuket is facing a challenge other vacation spots around the world may soon confront: how to cope when the flow of Chinese tourists becomes a flood.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

L.A. County Fair won’t raise ticket prices and will offer food discounts to draw visitors

February 16, 2018 |

Hoping to reverse last year’s drop in attendance, the Los Angeles County Fair is giving visitors a break on ticket and food prices.

The fair announced it won’t raise daily ticket prices when it opens at the Fairplex in Pomona in August. In addition, the fair’s vendors will offer discount prices…


L.A. Times – Business

Tourism industry turns to American music to draw international visitors

February 13, 2018 |

An Elvis impersonator jumps from an airplane while mouthing the words to “Jailhouse Rock.”

A flash mob dances at a busy outdoor mall in Chicago to Aloe Blacc’s 2013 hit “Wake Me up.”

Salsa dancers shake and shimmy to “Conga” by Miami Sound Machine beneath palm trees in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.


L.A. Times – Business

Anaheim breaks tourism record for fifth straight year with 24.2 million visitors

February 13, 2018 |

A bigger convention center and two popular theme parks helped the city of Anaheim break its tourism record — again.

Anaheim welcomed 24.2 million visitors in 2017, about a 5% increase over the 23 million visitors in the previous year and more than 30% higher than 2012, according to Visit Anaheim,…


L.A. Times – Business

Coalition formed to reverse the drop in international visitors to the U.S.

January 17, 2018 |

President Trump’s statement about immigrants aren’t solely responsible for the drop in international travel to the U.S. but they’re not helping, according to members of a new industry coalition dedicated to promoting international tourism to the country.

The coalition, dubbed Visit U.S., formally…


L.A. Times – Business

US: 5 Mexican States Now as Dangerous as Syria for Visitors

January 11, 2018 |

The US State Department tells citizens not to visit Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. Five states in Mexico now carry the same “do not travel” warning, the Guardian reports. The State Department this week issued a level 4 advisory—the highest level of travel warning—against the states of Tamaulipas, Sinaloa,…
Newser