* Posts by Gene Cash

1730 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Made My Day

> ruling technology by making it do what they dream up

Eh, I had a TRS-80 and suffered from the "ok, now what do I do with it?" syndrome myself, and I didn't have Minecraft to distract me.

That's still my problem today. I can implement the hell out of something if I can figure out something useful to implement.

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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"an iPad glued to a dashboard"

I have a patent on that! WHOOO! I'm gonna be rollin' in the bucks!

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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So is it rooted/rootable? And is there a chance of FCC acceptance on this side of the pond?

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More deaths linked to Ashley Madison hack as scammers move in

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Now the FTC can beat them like a red-headed stepchild

A U.S. appellate court has ruled that ignoring your security is an “unfair or deceptive business practice” and the sort of thing the FTC was made for.

http://www.wired.com/2015/08/court-says-ftc-can-slap-companies-getting-hacked/

This made my week.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Re: Fucking self-scan tills!

Actually, I think it was El Reg that taught me this trick a couple months ago, so I use a "self-checkout" only if I have a huge purse of change I've accumulated.

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Antiques in spaaaaace! Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts

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Re: Not as horrible as it sounds, really

Yes... however there is a retired SSME viewing stand near the KSC visitor center Saturn V building where you can see an actual engine. It looks complicated as hell compared to a SpaceX Merlin.

The other reason the engines were removed is they're using them on SLS. I hear there is still a fight to restart the production line.

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The shuttles should still have never flown 100 missions.

The shuttles should have been something NASA learned from, and designed a second generation vehicle that was less expensive and even more reusable. But as usual, no funding.

It would be like everyone still driving Model As, and Ford never making a Model T.

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Re: Sanctions?

Yes, Bolden took the moment to stick it Congress:

"We wouldn't need to be buying more Soyuz seats if you fully funded commercial crew"

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/missions/human-spaceflight/bolden-calls-for-support-of-commercial-crew-in-letter-to-congress/

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> blame an unholy alliance in the Republican Party of economic liberals

Hahaha. No, this has been happening for decades. It goes all the way back to Nixon, who hated the space program because it was Kennedy's pet project, and Kennedy made a fool of Nixon several times.

Nixon is the one responsible for 7 dead astronauts, because he canned the reusable flyback booster, forcing NASA to fall back to SRBs.

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Linux boss Torvalds: Don't talk to me about containers and other buzzwords

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Re: This seems a very level-headed and straight forward discussion

> Linus didn't think that the OS could ever be truly hardened

He's essentially saying the code can never honestly be bug-free, and where there are bugs, there are security holes.

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Indian Mars probe beams back 3D canyon snaps

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FAIL

Now why isn't Mars Global Surveyor returning these sorts of images? I know they have the data.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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I like this new FCC

I don't know where they finally got the balls to actually enforce their rules, but I like it!

I'm finally getting some of the government I pay for. I'm completely gobsmacked.

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Boffins dump the fluids to build solid state lithium battery

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Re: Another week...

Yup. Riding an electric bike, I see a "NEW BREAKTHROUGH BATTERY TECHNOLOGY" headline at least twice a week, and the tech is never heard from again.

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IRS: Tax-record snaffle scam actually 200% worse than first feared

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Re: Not everyone can get a credit report

> By the way, bad credit history is considered better than no credit history. I find that somewhat disturbing.

Yes, because someone with a bad history has a history by which they can be judged. NO history whatsoever starts ringing fraud alarm bells and you get really squinty looks, and no chance in hell of a loan.

So yep, you're basically screwed if you want a house or a car around here. I was screwed by the "pay cash for everything" attitude too, so I know.

I was lucky to get a house in the bubble when they were giving loans to anyone with a pulse. I was also lucky enough to not buy more house than I could afford, regardless of the advice from my "friends"

The world has moved on from "pay cash for everything" as you do need a credit card to buy stuff on the internet. Don't be stupid enough to use a debit card, as that's not covered by consumer protection laws, at least in the US. I do pay it all off every month though.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: So where do the Amazon-phobes shop online?

> locally if practical

I wouldn't touch ebay either, and "locally" doesn't work because stores on this side of the pond don't stock anything. For example, I've gone to Best Buy for a wired mouse, a hard disk, and a wired ethernet card, and not only have they not had them, I've been laughed at for not wanting wireless.

"hahaha! oh we haven't had wired stuff in MONTHS - nobody buys that any more! hahaha!"

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Re: Any Amazon IT types care to comment?

> leave early on wednesday

Which of course means your coworkers associates then stab you in the back for "leaving early and not working hard"

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'Marshmallow' picked as moniker for Android 6.0

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FTFY

> previous version was Key Lime Pie

Fuck the branding crap with KitKat. Fuck Hershey and their suing Cadbury over KitKat imports so that none of the British candy shops around here can stock decent candy.

The only "customer confusion" was that Americans would discover is that Cadbury KitKats don't taste like motor oil due to the PGPR (polyglycerol polyricinoleate) which is the cheap cocoa butter substitute that Hersheys uses.

That's typical of American made crap and the "American way". Use a cheap substitute and sue people who complain.

Yet another reason I'm totally ashamed of being American.

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Mainframe big boy Big Blue tries to drum up new biz via Linux

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I've seen a dozen takes on this story, and NOBODY has mentioned that the Emperor and Rockhopper are species of penguin....

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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It's not a launch vehicle

It's a jobs program. As all new NASA launchers, especially manned ones, it'll get 90% to flight and be canceled. Remember Venturestar (aka X-33)? Remember the Constellation program? Remember Ares I (which actually got one test launch) and Ares V? All canceled after tons of money was spent.

I give it about 15% chance of a flight, and no chance of a second flight.

Congress is trying hard to cancel the commercial crew capsules as well, but they've got Elon Musk to deal with, so it won't be the usual stroke of a pen.

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Linux 4.2 release 'possible' for next week, if Linus feels good

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Re: more detail?

Actually from what little I can tell, it's reorganizing the crufty old x86 assembly code to make room for crufty old ARM assembly code and other such architectures.

Apparently x86 is a sorry bag of special cases because "it was there first", "this is the way we've always done it" and "this needs to be fixed someday" and Ingo is tired of it and making that "some day" now.

Just a SWAG from looking at patches.

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more detail?

> we had some more fallout from the low-level x86 entry code rewrites

For those of us that don't have time to trawl the kernel list, it would be interesting to hear a technical background what this problem was, what the "low-level x86 entry code" is, and why it was being rewritten.

Edit: my google-fu returns some incomprehensible patches from Ingo Molnar but sheds no more light than that.

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Would YOU make 400 people homeless for an extra $16m? Decision time in Silicon Valley

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Can you trust the county?

I've seen 'em do things like this "for the good of the citizens" then up and sell a year or two down the road.

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Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

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> all laptops should be vanilla with no differentiation

If you're going to differentiate[1] your product, then it's your obligation to support that difference.

[1] another way of spelling "proprietary" and something to be avoided at all costs

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Google flubs patch for Stagefright security bug in 950 million Androids

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Does this require updating to Lollipop?

I've got an old 3G Moto G, and all the people that have upgraded theirs to Lollipop do nothing but complain of short battery life, unexplained crashes, and wi-fi that continually dies, among other problems.

This is in addition to the folks that have found they don't like Lollipop and regret upgrading.

So I'm rather leery and have disabled MotorolaOTA.

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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> Does the world today really have difficulty talking to people and where appropriate, flirting and chatting them up?

Seriously? Do you even really need an answer to that in an age where people would rather text someone that's only 5ft away rather than talk to them face-to-face?

Edit: and no, I'm not talking IT people, I'm talking to everyday Joes and Josephines I see in public.

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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Re: Does it also simulate

Me too... my other fun bit is I'd gotten a TRS-80 Model I over the summer, so I could type faster than anyone in the building, except the principal's secretary, but it wasn't "the right and proper way"

My teacher would try to correct me, but as I could ace any test she threw at me with time to spare, I wasn't having any.

My grandfather used to joke about "the Christopher Columbus method of typing: you discover a key then you land on it"

He could afford to joke however, as his handwriting was IMPECCABLE. I swear to god, a high-end Calcomp plotter could not have done better.

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Model M

"Can anybody not speaking go on mute? Someone is typing really loudly"

Oops!

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Repeatedly robocalling? That's a paddlin' – a record $3m paddlin'

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Re: At least 185 calls?

Yeah, it's a shame almost no one actually makes FCC complaints, despite a fairly well done website to help file such complaints.

It got my ISP a beatin' a while back. I filed about the DNS records going to ads instead of failures, which screwed up a samba script. They responded with "everyone does it. suck it." so I made a further complaint saying essentially "so my ISP says if all my friends jump off a roof, I should too..." and the FCC fined them for not having an opt-out for the DNS bit.

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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"majestic ostrich"??

I don't think I've upgraded to that version of Ubuntu yet...

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Texas senator Ted Cruz serves up sizzling 'machine gun bacon'

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Re: The republican clown car.

> 1) Not all Republicans are clowns.

> Carly held her own in the debate

What? I can't believe you can say that with a straight face. Have you seen HP recently?

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X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

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"The homogenisation of triple-A games continues apace"

Yes, it does. Emphatic agreement there.

So don't play triple-A games.

There's a metric assload of really good indy games out there that are a blast, even if you restrict yourself to stuff written using Unity and running on Linux.

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ROBO-TENTACLE with mind of its own wields deadly electrical power – turns on Tesla car

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It's better than my Zero electric motorcycle. Plugging in the house charger is like plugging in a laptop, but if I want it to charge in less than a decade, sticking my hand up its ass to for the high power charge port is like birthing a calf.

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Pray harder for AMD

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Hidden nvidia feature

On my 750Ti, the fans were on all the time. Horribly noisy. On the 960, the fans are *completely off* unless I am playing a game, and then they ramp up apparently automatically.

Unfortunately, this is not mentioned anywhere and is only something I discovered by using the card. You'd think this would be a marketing bullet point.

Since I spent a lot of bucks for water cooling for silence, this is a big deal for me.

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Re: Prayers won't help

Not really. I've used a GTX-750Ti using Debian drivers, and am currently using the beta GTX-960 drivers and they work flawlessly with dual monitors and a couple games including KSP, Don't Starve, Minecraft, and others, plus with my VirtualBox VMs running various Windows versions.

The beta drivers worked fine just downloading and running install. No issues in about 6 months of using them.

Before that, I had this same discussion with a friend, and he loaned me a couple AMD cards - I don't remember the numbers as it was 3 months ago - one was new and "top end" and one was about 11 months old.

I got the Debian drivers working, and KSP had bad shadow and other rendering issues. I used beta drivers and KSP crashed after 5 minutes. Edit: I spent about 2 days chasing drivers to get it to work.

Sooooo... that is just one data point, but it was pretty decisive for me.

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Android faces SECOND patching crisis, on the same scale as Stagefright

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Re: Apparently OEM only

Cool, because the Moto G (1st gen) "MotoCare" app was so battery hungry, I disabled it over a year ago.

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Testing Motorola's Moto G third-gen mobe: Is it still king of the hill?

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SIM free?

So did they drop the SIM option? My Moto G was in fact my first SIM phone.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Where's Dr. Theopolis?

Seems strange to see Twiki without him!

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Popping the Tesla S bonnet – to reveal SIX NEW FLAWS

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> Handbrakes on a lot of newer cars are now ... run by small motors

So if my car runs out of battery (not really possible on a Tesla, I know) it rolls downhill? That'll be an interesting lawsuit when it hits something.

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Fork off! FFmpeg project leader quits, says he's had enough with these forking AV libraries

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Re: That's Open Source For You...

> At least in Linux I can edit xorg.conf and permanently force things to work the way that I want

And that in a nutshell is why I use Linux. I have to go through incredible pain sometimes to get something to work, but once it works, it works. It's fixed. It's doing what I want/need. And it stays that way.

With Windows, I sometimes end up at "nope, can't do it" but sometimes I manage to get it working. For a week. Or perhaps a month. Until it shits the bed for whatever reason and doesn't work any more, and I'm screwed because I'm depending on using that feature/setup to get work done, and SUDDENLY I CAN'T GET WORK DONE ANY MORE. So there's a panic and I'm stuck dicking around with Windows instead of getting work done.

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Cop shops mock cop for cop stop flop: He'll cop it for copping it up - top cop

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This is *SO* the El Reg editorial desk:

http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty/1983/01/18

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Epson: Cheap printers, expensive ink? Let's turn that upside down

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Ah, but there are more pricing models than one. Take your glasses example:

Like everything else, I buy my glasses online at places like 39dollarglasses.com (one of quite a few such firms, but I have personal experience with them) You need your standard prescription plus your Interpupillary distance (distance between eyes)

They offer PDF printouts of frames, so you can roughly see how they fit. It's not great, but then I'm not looking for top fashion.

I've had lenses that were mis-made several times, but that was done by the expensive opticians, and I've never had a problem with the online ones.

This enables me to have 4 pair of glasses for computer use and for driving, with spares, and costs less than $120 TOTAL, instead of the usual $280 per pair.

My exams are NOT free, as I see a professional optometrist, but it's paid for by my health insurance. Instead of the huge machine with the dozens of lenses in carousels where the doctor constantly asks which is better, she has a computer operated unit where I stare at an image and it somehow figures out my prescription. A couple minutes on that, another machine that puffs air at my eyeball to check for glaucoma, she does a exam of my eyes with the bright flashlight, and I'm done. She then usually spends some time discussing how much my prescription has changed, and why (because I am getting old, that's why)

Things have changed.

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RIG exploit kit scum pop 27,000 machines a day

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The new El Reg drinking game

Take a shot when the header image is actually relevant to the article!

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New US cyber laws will hit privacy and security, says Homeland Security

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Sad...

That a senator who was a former comedian is now one of our best and hardest-working legislators.

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Nearby exoplanets circle naked-eye-visible star

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Re: denizens of city centres (who deserve what they get).

> The idea of a post-midnight switch off

Over on this side of the pond, they've just hacked down the light poles altogether, as it's a multiple whammy of saving electricity, pole/light maintenance costs, and anti-light-pollution.

So drivers have compensated by turning on their high-beams all the time, because we have tons of idiot forest rats deer randomly standing in the road. Sigh.

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Nokia sells HERE maps to Audi, Daimler and BMW for €2.8 billion

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Re: How long before all new cars have gps/satnav as standard?

> Google already have a traffic view and it's surprisingly accurate

That is, if it is working. I have been left in the lurch half a dozen times in the past month by the Google maps & navigation app deciding to go TITSUP. I had a full cell data connection that Firefox, Google Mail, and other apps had no problem with.

It wouldn't update the map display, it wouldn't do searches, and it wouldn't do navigation. No reason given other than "Sorry, search doesn't seem to be working at the moment"

The only reason I wasn't stranded multiple times is I had the HERE app.

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Be quick or be silent: Social media as a business tool

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Speaking of brickbats

Can we reserve a special level of hell for those idiots that are ONLY on facebook and have no other net presence whatsoever?

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This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER

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Hm...

So this was a pork barrel project?

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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non-compete

So non-competes of this form are mostly illegal in the US due to the fact that a bloke's got to earn a living so you can't tell him he can't have a job, unless you're willing to pay them full wages for the term of the non-compete.

How does the BBC get away with it?

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W3C's failed Do Not Track crusade tumbles to ad-blockers' Vietnam

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Re: Speaking of alternative ways of revenue generation

I would do this. I support Rooster Teeth in a similar fashion with their paid sponsor program.

Also I do like RT's ad model, they have one of the cast do actual ad reads during podcasts. It's very 1920s ye olde radio style and pretty non-intrusive. I actually listen to them as they're selected by RT as "products *WE* would (and do) buy" so they're intelligent ads for decent products.

Similarly, we could have Tim Worstall hawk the mineral refining blokes of the week!

Not Dabs tho, does he actually like anything?

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