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Comment: Re:Interesting Enigma (Score 1) 132

by PhilJC (#42648133) Attached to: Cuba Turns On Submarine Internet Cable
I don't blame Americans for Cuba's woes. Its just a shame that vocal minority have coloured the perception of Cuba to such an extent that the USA cannot (politically) relax their position and assist with Cubas development. Its true there is trade between other countries and Cuba but the problem is proximity - they're too poor to import goods across the atlantic but I'm sure costs would be a lot lower if they only had to hop across with supplies from Florida.

For a predominantly Christian country you would have thought that America would have heard of "Love thy neighbour".

Comment: Re:Interesting Enigma (Score 3, Interesting) 132

by PhilJC (#42648001) Attached to: Cuba Turns On Submarine Internet Cable
Having spent three weeks in Cuba, one week in a 5* hotel for my brothers’ wedding and the other two weeks trekking round the island on my own I thought I'd add some comments from my experiences there:

Yes it is a poor country but as far as quality of life goes I have to say I’ve seen a lot worse (India, Thailand, even rural Mexico to name but a few... Don’t even get me started on Africa). The people I met were friendly and largely happy with what they had.. I say largely because I did hear complaints but these were mostly along the lines of “I want a better TV.. my car needs new parts.. etc. Nothing you wouldn’t hear from a more wealthy first worlder.

Whilst travelling I tripped and cut my leg in Cauto Cristo. This is not a tourist destination and I have to say the medical attention I received was excellent and, best of all, free.

I didn’t see any food shortages – in fact people were continuously inviting me round for dinner (and only once was I asked to contribute and it was only for the price of ingredients rather than an attempt to con the foreign devil)

With regard to the “opulent” resorts mentioned by a previous poster I have to say they were great. But hardly “opulent” when compared to a Las Vegas hotel. Tourism is a major source of income for the country so why wouldn’t they spend money making it a place people want to visit? These resorts are hardly hidden from the populace either and instead offer job opportunities that everyone I spoke with were pleased to have.

Comment: Networking (Score 1) 146

by PhilJC (#38636470) Attached to: Ubuntu TV Finally Gets a Close-Up
Considering Ubuntu doesn't come with the (built in) ability to connect to Windows networks I'm a little concerned that Ubuntu TV will prove just as handicapped.

Yes I appreciate Samba (or similar) will add this feature back in but I would hope that they have had the foresight to include this as default in Ubuntu TV.
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+ - Pirate Movie Downloads Rise By 30% in UK says Stud->

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An anonymous reader writes "Internet research firm Envisional says it found that illegal movie downloads in the UK have increased by 30% in the last 5 years.

Blaming faster broadband speeds and better file sharing methods, Envisional claims that the top five box office movies of 2010 were downloaded in the UK around 1.4 million times.

Avatar, topped the list with an estimated 200,000 downloads. However the movie still managed to £98m in box office takings in the UK in 2010.

"The methods of piracy have become easier, with quicker downloads and easier to find content — anyone with broadband can do it.” said Dr David Price of Envisional.

According to the study, movies are not the only downloads that have risen. The most popular TV Shows were downloaded around 1.24 million times in the UK last year, a 33% increase on 2006.

"We have a big demand in this country for north American TV shows in particularGlee and House are heavily illegally downloaded in the UK” Price told Sky News.

"We're very eager to get the television shows as soon as they get broadcast in the US....... we often have to wait for one month or two months for those shows to be shown legitimately in the UK."

He stated that the entertainment industry needs to be more competitive to reduce illegal file sharing.

"The best way to challenge this is to give people what they want..people are prepared to pay for downloads, so making these things legitimately available would be a huge step forward." He said.

Kieran Sharpe of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) said piracy “costs the British economy £170m a year and is putting thousands of jobs at risk.”

"Research for the Government has shown that film piracy costs the (global film) industry about half a billion pounds a year Research for the government has shown that film piracy costs the industry about half a billion pounds a yearAbout a third of that is due to illegal downloading of film and TV content.” "

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Science

+ - Seismologists Tried for Manslaughter for Not Predi->

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mcgrew writes "From LiveScience:

Earthquake prediction can be a grave, and faulty science, and in the case of Italian seismologists who are being tried for the manslaughter of the people who died in the 2009 L'Aquila quake, it can have legal consequences. The group of seven, including six seismologists and a government official, reportedly didn't alert the public ahead of time of the risk of the L'Aquila earthquake, which occurred on April 6 of that year, killing around 300 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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+ - Student finds universe's missing mass->

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An anonymous reader writes "A 22-year-old Australian university student has solved a problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering part of the so-called "missing mass" of the universe during her summer break."
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