Torrents are not supported by my VPN provider, streaming sites are.
That is more an indictment of the shortcomings of the VPN provider you chose.
Streaming is a 1:Many relationship which is prohibitively costly. For media: This may be subsidized by advertising, tracking, or malware. A 'capture' of a stream will not yield a unique hash so services such as cover art scrapers and subtitle-downloaders will yield non-optimal results. The file is also unlikely to be compressed in a way that maximizes quality while efficiently using disc space and processing power. For applications/OSes: This can become unsustainable for a small company or result in overloaded and slow servers for a large company (ie: ASUS).
Torrents allow for leeching (Many:1) and seeding (Many:Many) which takes the burden off the host, allows redundancy, and achieves far greater speeds than having a single point from which to obtain the files.
Don't waste your time voting in a system that was never meant to be for actual people.
While the system is obviously designed to be easily gamed, doing nothing will achieve nothing.
The status quo is maintained by pitting two identical opponents against each other with a massive 'us v them' campaign. Voting for minor parties and independents won't have any bearing on the results of THIS election, but will serve as a catalyst for change in the following ways:
While I am sure that you have the stats on how many views the videos attract, I will offer some suggestions.
I watch a lot of videos and also love to watch interviews and watch news stories. However, when I visit Slashdot, it is for the summaries and comments; I am not in a video-viewing mood. It is often at the beginning or end of my day when I want my quiet time; or when I am taking a break and want to minimize sensory load.
I believe that there is a place for Slashdot Videos - and that place is YouTube or an alternative.
Currently, your videos appeal to less than 10% of Slashdot visitors. There is a much larger market available through other streaming services. The difficulty will be in driving traffic to Slashdot from sites like YouTube. Perhaps a weekly news wrap-up (30-60 minutes) video directing people to the relevant articles for more detail will drive traffic.
I can't exchange BitCoin for a real house either.
Without copyright you couldn't monetise your knowledge
There are many individuals and organizations that place their work in the public domain, use a lesser form of copyright (CC, GPL), or otherwise give their rights away. They monetise their knowledge by being proficient or pioneering. Then there are people who want to control the knowledge but fail to monetise it.
... and so wouldn't publish publicly.
Money is not the sole reason for publishing. I would also say that it isn't even a top reason for publishing. Recognition, fame, sharing, sense of achievement, and sense of community are all great reasons why one would publish. I publish comments without payment. I publish blogs without advertising revenue. I publish source code without a licencing fee. Why? Because I value the betterment of society higher than having the freedom to have someone else water my lawn.
Whenever people agree with me, I always think I must be wrong. - Oscar Wilde