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Submission + - Hackers Spawn Web Supercomputer on Way to Chess World Record (wired.com)

DeathGrippe writes: "By inserting a bit of JavaScript into a webpage, Pethiyagoda says, a site owner could distribute a problem amongst all the site’s visitors. Visitors’ computers or phones would be running calculations in the background while they read a page. With enough visitors, he says, a site could farm out enough small calculations to solve some difficult problems."

"With this year’s run on the value of Bitcoins — the popular digital currency — security expert Mikko Hyppönen thinks that criminals might soon start experimenting with this type of distributed computing too. He believes that crooks could infect websites with JavaScript code that would turn visitors into unsuspecting Bitcoin miners. As long as you’re visiting the website, you’re mining coins for someone else, says Hyppönen, the chief research officer with F-Secure.

Submission + - The total surveillance society

DeathGrippe writes: What if there was a simple app that would make your computer equivalent to a ganglion in an internet connected super mind which could see through every camera in every computing device in the entire world, as in "Person of Interest" and would combine the known lives and works of all humans, to the beginning of the historical record. It would not in any way interfere with your use of your computer, but would record every moment of your life, every move and every sound. There would be absolutely no privacy.

If it were offered, would you install it on your computer?

Would you be interested in building such an app?

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