New funding possibility?
Now, I've heard of web pages that mine while you are there. Then I thought: That, if done legally and with consent from the user, full transparency of course, could be an interesting way of micropayment. And now I see that the same could go for free (be it as in beer or speech) software.
Say, the page/program asks that the user provide the usage of a CPU core and some memory (I don't know how much would be necessary, I don't do mining, so that might make it prohibitive) for the use of the information/code. In programs, it could be for a set period, say, one year after installation, or a certain number of hours used.
If you do not like to donate that CPU time/memory usage, then click "no" and be redirected to another page or can't run the program.
Any thought for/against this possibly stupid idea, oh wise El Reg community? Has anyone out there actually tried doing this?