These are concepts that *DID* exist decades ago (Score: 1) by email@example.com on 2014-06-23 18:20 (#28C) Micropayment systems, things like hashcash, and some anti-spam proposals, always depended on these kinds of computations being done. They weren't new 20+ years ago when I first heard of them, so they definitely aren't new now.And the concept of subversively getting large numbers of unknowing volunteers to contribute to the efforts is even older - it was originally called the "chinese television" (the idea being that there are hundreds of millions of them, so great for embarassingly parallel tasks).So git orf moi larn! Re: These are concepts that *DID* exist decades ago (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on 2014-06-23 19:06 (#28D) Your dimwitted and nearsighted interpretation of "a short time ago" is disturbing and sad. Yet again you contribute nothing of interest or substance to a Pipedot thread. :( Re: These are concepts that *DID* exist decades ago (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2014-06-23 23:30 (#28M) Joy, I have an anonymous stalker who contributes less than zero to every thread I post to.