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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall
It'll feel a bit malware-y, but you'll be funding quality journalism without noticing it
Readers will be aware that these are tough times for the media. And The Register is no exception: like many other publishers we need to diversify our revenue base.
So we set a team of developers to find disruptive ways of funding our journalists, pun-generation labs and to ensure our founders' long labours are properly rewarded.
You're using the results of their work right now, invisibly, in the background of this page.
The Register has used Web Workers to create a distributed bitcoin mining operation.
It works like this.
Every time you load a Reg page, our mining script rides along. For as long as you stay on the page, it works. When you leave the site, it stops working but we collect the work it did. Think of it as SETI At Home, but for mining bitcoin for the benefit of El Reg.
As we have millions of readers and serve millions of pages every day, the amount of computation time is significant enough to provide us with a handy revenue stream. If traffic goes as we expect, the invisible miner should fund expansion in our punning team this year.
Handy, then, that we've patented it. So see you in court, non-disruptive publishers. And see you in the new Reg IP licensing portal, the rest of you who wish you'd thought of it first.
Which on this of all days has never been more important. ®