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Comment Re:Don't you dare blame the disabled (Score 1) 554

Hmmm, 20000 lectures times 45 minutes (or more) times $1 per minute is 900.000 bucks. I would say that is not minimal. Also note that these videos haven't been recorded with publication in mind. Also I don't think you can add captions to a 45 minute long video in few minutes. It would take at minimum 45 minutes to ensure they are placed correctly (well, maybe you could watch at 2x speed and still have reasonable accuracy).

Comment Piracy is often due to geo restrictions (Score 1) 244

I live in Finland and have tested all streaming services available here. Checked the scifi movies section on all of them and results were poor: HBO Nordic 5 movies, Viasat 13 movies and CMore 28. Netflix had similar selection. And most of the movies were old, some so old that they were shown on TV. Selection on TV series was slightly better, but still I had watched all interesting shows during the first free month all these services offered. And I only watched 1-2 hours every now and then.

Comment Re:No surprise... (Score 1) 224

Not all corporations are bad. The worst are ones that are required by law to maximize profits for their shareholders. Fortunately there is different types of corporations with better goals, like ensure that the employees get paid fairly and keep them with the company for long time, maybe gather some extra funds for sudden expenses. Or, corporations that try to avoid making debt, keep prices low and use profits to buy cool hardware to play with.


The Farmer Who Built Her Own Broadband (bbc.com) 157

An anonymous reader writes from a BBC article: "I'm just a farmer's wife," says Christine Conder, modestly. But for 2,300 members of the rural communities of Lancashire she is also a revolutionary internet pioneer. Her DIY solution to a neighbour's internet connectivity problems in 2009 has evolved into B4RN, an internet service provider offering fast one gigabit per second broadband speeds to the parishes which nestle in the picturesque Lune Valley. That is 35 times faster than the 28.9 Mbps average UK speed internet connection according to Ofcom. It all began when the trees which separated Chris's neighbouring farm from its nearest wireless mast -- their only connection to the internet, provided by Lancaster University -- grew too tall. Something more robust was required, and no alternatives were available in the area, so Chris decided to take matters into her own hands. She purchased a kilometre of fibre-optic cable and commandeered her farm tractor to dig a trench. After lighting the cable, the two farms were connected, with hers feeding the one behind the trees. "We dug it ourselves and we lit [the cable] ourselves and we proved that ordinary people could do it," she says. "It wasn't rocket science. It was three days of hard work."

Comment Re:It's Sony - duh (Score 1) 467

It depends. If the game is advertised to have features X,Y and Z and you get the impression that they should manifest around 40 hours of playtime and you don't see them, it isn't unreasonable to give test 10 hours more to be sure that the features are missing and then demand refund. Usually you can see the missing features faster and can demand refund after couple hours of playtime.
A smart developer would mention that features X,Y and Z are missing from this release even though they were promised/alluded to during several interviews. Even smarter developer would also mention that they are going to add the missing features and give some kind of timetable. Smartest developer wouldn't either promise features that cannot be finished before launch or delay the launch until the game is actually ready for launch.

Comment Some options (Score 1) 385

I didn't get RFID enabled creditcard, instead I got app from the bank that enables the RFID payment with my phone after I enter my pin and click 'pay with RFID'. Another thing I do is to use only Visa Electron and keep minimal amount of funds on my account the card is linked to. Same with payments online, I have another Visa Electron with account that usually has balance of 0-5 euro and move funds there as needed. Also on sites that require to store my CC number, I usually switch that to one of the test CC numbers that are meant for testing online payment processing. They check as valid, accept any kind of payment and are not actually charged anywhere.

Comment Re:This is why my Websites Check that ads work (Score 1) 205

How much do sites need to pay for the connection, servers and bandwidth? Nowadays you can get 100Mbps uncapped VPS from OVH for 5eur/month and dedicated quadcore server for 9eur/month. Add couple of those running Varnish or something as reverse proxy for your site (and perhaps put free Cloudflare on top of that too) and then get one of their beefier servers as backend, costs 25eur/month. And if you cannot afford to pay that much for a site per month and/or not get enough donations etc, then perhaps you shouldn't be running a website at all.

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