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What is Massive?

Massive™ is an ethical alternative to online monetization. Instead of showing ads or charging a subscription, any Massive enabled service allows users to pay by silently utilizing their unused computing resources (CPU, GPU, and bandwidth).

What are the benefits of Massive?

Massive-enabled services get paid for their valuable premium content without having to rely on intrusive ads, which charge users with their data, attention, computing power, electricity, and bandwidth (third-party ads and tracking take up unseen resources).

How does Massive work?

Once a partner integrates our SDK, they can allow users to “pay” for premium content by running a small program on their computer.

Our program works by utilizing unused processing and network power to perform calculations for the Massive network.

Once a user opts in, our app installs and runs in the background when a user’s computer isn’t utilized.

Then, users visit their favorite Massive-enabled websites in order to access the content they love.

How do partners get paid?

Partners get paid $0.005 per user per day (roughly $0.15 per month) once per month via PayPal.

How does Massive get paid?

We stitch together those small bits of computing power and use it for various computing tasks, like mining cryptocurrency, scientific research, training AIs, 3D rendering, distributed web scraping, and solving latency problems. We are kind of like Airbnb for computing.

Is Massive safe?

Massive was designed with user privacy and security in mind. We don’t collect or share personal information. You can see more in our privacy policy.

What does Massive cost in electricity for users?

Since computers require electricity to run, there will be some electricity costs for users, but our system is designed to be completely unnoticeable, including on their electricity bills.

How does a user uninstall Massive?

Users are able to opt out of a Massive-enabled service at any time. To uninstall on Windows, go to the Control Panel and Add/Remove programs. To uninstall on Mac, go to the Applications folder and drag and drop the partner app to the Trash.

What happens if a user uninstalls Massive?

When a user uninstalls a Massive-enabled service, they lose access to premium content. They can reinstall it at any time to regain access. Partners should allow users to pause it any time instead of uninstalling it (see our docs for instructions).

Is Massive really decentralized?

Massive has nodes in over 90% of the countries in the world. While our nodes are decentralized, it is true that Massive controls them. We are looking into ways to decentralize our organization itself, e.g., some of our governance, so that we can never be evil.

Is there anything else we can answer?

Contact us if you still have questions.

What is Massive?

Massive™ is an app that lets users access premium content on any Massive-enabled service by utilizing their unused computing resources (CPU, GPU, and bandwidth) instead of showing ads or charging a subscription.

What are the benefits of Massive?

Massive works by utilizing unused processing and network power to perform calculations for the Massive network.

Once you opt in to a Massive-enabled partner, our app installs and runs in the background when your computer isn’t fully utilized.

Then, you can visit your favorite Massive-enabled partners in order to access the content you love.

How does Massive use resources?

So far, we have used computing power for protein folding simulation (to find cures for cancer), cryptocurrency mining, and IoT device tracking. We are exploring powering other types of distributed services, like sharing storage.

Over time, we may use computing power for more services. Massive intends to find ethical alternatives to traditional online monetization, like paid subscriptions and advertising. We are constantly looking for more things that pay for compute, which are ethical and do not require personally identifiable information.

As we add things over time, we will update our FAQ.

Isn’t cryptomining bad?

Mining itself helps power cryptocurrency protocols and the transactions through those networks. Mining itself is not inherently bad, but has gotten a bad name because, as with anything that makes money, there are usually bad actors who aim to deceive users or not be totally transparent.

Massive uses cryptocurrency mining as a way to bootstrap up our network. Mining is the only thing that programmatically buys computing resources on a small scale and generates enough revenue to be meaningful to partners. Over time, we will look to diversify income and find more interesting things to do with these resources.

What does Massive mine?

We mine mainly Monero, a CPU-bound, ASIC-resistant cryptocurrency. We will we will update our FAQ if this answer changes.

Is it possible to mine without Massive?

There are many alternative tools that are unaffiliated with Massive available to mine cryptocurrency, including XMRig and XMR-Stak.

Is Massive cryptojacking?

Cryptojacking is when a miner uses other people’s computing resources to generate revenue without their consent. We require partners to show a clear opt-in for users, provide them with style guides, and have a review process in place for enforcement. Partners that do not show an opt-in are immediately disabled.

Will Massive effect performance?

Massive runs only during low-usage conditions, using a minimal amount of compute power. When you are doing those intensive operations, Massive will either throttle down automatically or shut off until you are idle again.

Will Massive depreciate my hardware?

Our monitoring system monitors things like temperature, fan speed, and a wide array of other metrics about your computer.

Massive is designed not to use all of your resources to generate as much money as possible. Instead, we focus on providing a seamless user experience and monetizing enough to be valuable for partners.

In short, we don’t want it all. We just want a little bit so that the revenue is meaningful enough to our partners to help subsidize the costs of services they are providing to you in exchange for enabling Massive.

Won’t my electricity bill be higher?

Yes, but only a little. Computers use electricity, so Massive does too; however, it is meant to be imperceptible, both for your computer and your energy bill, meaning it’s an insignificant amount that you will not notice.

Interestingly, ads and tracking services, which run on your computer to power ad-enabled sites, gobble up a ton of computing and, thus, energy. So we likely use significantly less of your resources than ad-enabled sites, we’re just a bit more honest about it.

Why should I download Massive?

Installing Massive allows us to grant you access to premium content that you have selected. It also allows us to use an unnoticeable amount of your computing resources.

Is Massive safe?

Massive was designed with your privacy and security in mind. We don’t collect or share your personal information but simply ask your computer to perform tasks when idle.

Will I be vulnerable to hackers or viruses?

No, as long as you are installing Massive from trusted partners. We only use computing power as described.

What do I have to do for Massive to work?

Just install! You will see a desktop tray icon for Massive, where you can monitor usage, access settings, and uninstall.

How do I turn Massive off?

Go to the settings in the partner app through which you enabled it and click to pause or uninstall. Uninstalling the Massive-enabled partner app will also turn off and uninstall Massive.

How do I uninstall Massive?

You can opt out of a Massive-enabled service at any time. To uninstall on Windows, go to the Control Panel and Add/Remove programs. To uninstall on Mac, go to the Applications folder and drag and drop the partner app to the Trash.

What happens if I uninstall Massive?

If you uninstall a Massive-enabled service, you lose access to premium content. You can reinstall it at any time to regain access. If you are worried about computing usage, you can pause it any time instead of uninstalling it.

Is there anything else we can answer?

Contact us if you have other questions.