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Comment: Re:So a the cars are the same model? (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by pr0nbot (#49370027) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

I've actually been watching the Formula E races, because I'm into Formula 1 and there are a bunch of B-list ex-F1 drivers in there.

As far as I can tell, there's a fairly strong emphasis on it being entertainment rather than sport. For example, drivers get a boost button they can use during the race if they're the "fan favourite" before the race. There are also some gimmicks like bonus points for fastest lap and pole position. In the pre-season trailers, one of the key talking points was the DJ that was going to be guesting for each race.

The races themselves are fairly laughable - short, with a fairly hilarious car swap when they run out of juice (the driver hops out of one car and does a little dash to the other car), and the cars themselves are fugly as hell and all the bits are wobbly (so... a bit like me I guess). The coverage is completely ghetto, minimum-budget stuff -- it's on ITV4 in the UK, which tells you everything you need to know.

However, it's a a new series, and the drivers at least are for real, so I'm giving it time to grow.

Comment: Opt-out (Score 5, Informative) 619

by pr0nbot (#48969125) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

I'd assume (without further info) that this is about the "allow some non-intrusive advertising" checkbox you get in the filter options. It's on by default, but when you install adblock (as I did a few days ago) it one of the things you go through when the configuration dialog pops up.

It links to:

It's not perfect in that it's on by default, but it's easy enough to disable. Perhaps they could improve it by tying this checkbox to your "do not track" preference?

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 495

by pr0nbot (#48935415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

Where I live (a stone's throw from Canary Wharf, London's other major financial centre and where the fat internet pipes come into the UK) there's no fibre, no LTE, and the exchange is miles away. 2MB down has been the best I've been able to get for the last decade, with no change in sight. I blame Thatcher!

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