Opera browser launches protection from mining

Opera browser is launching Nocoin extension for cryptocurrency mining protection, which is currently in development and will be fully released in January of 2018
26 December 2017   585

There is a spreading tendency nowadays that miners are minig cryptocurrency on users CPU by the owners of websites, and the most famous browsers aspire to release special extensions in order to prevent that. Opera browser the first one that is launching NoCoin, a cryptocurrency mining protection, which keeps miners away by blocking mining scripts.

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NoCoin will provide users with safe and reliable way to block miners from using their CPU and power without their consent. Moreover, NoCoin is also open source and licensed under MIT.

Currently NoCoin is in development but available in Opera 50 Beta RC, ans the full version of Opera 50 is stated to be released in January 2018.

Cheap Hydropower in Oregon Attracts Miners

During few months, a few bitcoin miners have been heading to regions in North America
23 February 2018   113

According to the local press, miners are starting operations in the area because of concentrations of cheap electricity.

In the state, there are roughly 12 more mining operations. For instance, in a small town called Dalles located the biggest mining operation in the state called Oregonmines, which is operated by Terrence Thurber. It is an industrial-sized operation with over 2,750 mining rigs in a warehouse with no windows. Robert McCullough of Portland General Electric (PGE) stated that more companies are on the way. He is not impressed by the mining movement in Oregon. In his opinion, Oregon may become the center of crypto-mining in the world.

We may find our burgeoning surplus of energy will make us quite a capital for useless servers solving useless puzzles. It’s not as if we have a huge amount of employment attached. It’s not as if you’re going to have a big staff and a lot of smart people working on it.

Robert McCullough

Portland General Electric consultant 

One of the biggest reasons miners are attracted to Oregon is because of the Columbia River hydropower system. The hydro-powered electricity costs 3 to 4 cents per kilowatt-hour. It is almost the lowest price in the U.S.

According to the Oregonmines founder, the location is also helpful because the facility is close to a major metro, and weather patterns are favorable.