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Electric Car Startup 'Better Place' Liquidating After $850 Million Investment

c0p0n Re:Will Tesla buy them? (193 comments)

You only got out of the car to stretch your legs and rest 15 minutes every 5 or 6 hours of driving? While I admit I have also done that in the past, it's a very dangerous thing indeed to do, even if you just jumped in on the driver seat. Makes you prone to mistakes, longer reaction times and to misjudge situations. There are regulations in Europe on just how much professional drivers (eg lorry and to a less extent taxi drivers) can drive every day, for very good safety reasons. Even if you think you're doing alright please do make longer and more frequent stops, you might find yourself involved in a situation where reacting half a second earlier can save your life and many others around you.

about a year ago
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Electric Car Startup 'Better Place' Liquidating After $850 Million Investment

c0p0n Re:Will Tesla buy them? (193 comments)

Despite what Elon says, I don't have 1/2 hour to waste every 400kms to sit at a high-powered charge station and drink coffee,

I would disagree with this particular bit - 400km works at 3-4hrs of continuous motorway driving. You should really take a rest every 2 hours or so, especially on very long journeys.

about a year ago
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UK To Dim Highway Lights To Save Money

c0p0n Re:Highway lights??? (348 comments)

I wouldn't know, I speak from my own experience, nothing more.

more than 2 years ago
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UK To Dim Highway Lights To Save Money

c0p0n Re:Highway lights??? (348 comments)

It's a lot easier to get "road tranced" in the dark. Road lighting help a lot avoiding people falling asleep at the wheel.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Should Teach Our Kids To Code

c0p0n Re:Programming will become the new Shakespeare (427 comments)

That's true of a proper, structured programming language. The subject is dry and guaranteed to alienate even the geekiest among those children. Why on earth would you teach assembler or C++ to a kid? In the same way, would you teach an 8 year old Calculus, or basic math operations instead? A well designed subject that teaches them to rapidly write fun software in a simple and graphical manner would be a fantastic choice. There must be programming languages and environments out there that accomplish something like this. Hell, if you could design the subject around coding some very simple games in this fashion the little ones would love you forever. From there, in the same way it's done with any other subject, every year you can go a bit deeper into something more formal.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Should Teach Our Kids To Code

c0p0n Re:heart's in the right place, but (427 comments)

Kids do not need any computer literacy classes in the same way you didn't need any to operate a television or a vcr back in the day. People who need it are those who came in contact with a computer a lot later in life than nowaday's kids. That would be a complete waste of time.

more than 2 years ago
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Spanish Extremadura Moving 40,000 Desktops To Linux

c0p0n Re:Undercosting much? (137 comments)

Also, the region (I was born there) has plenty of experience on rolling out Linux on institutions through LinEx first (schools), then Debian itself (on the health system's IT infrastructure) later on. They were far from smooth at the time as mistakes were made, particularly when it came to re-educate and retrain staff. The region's government staff desktops is the last, and biggest, migration to make.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?

c0p0n Re:It'd better happen quick then (311 comments)

I completely agree. I built recently a new brain for my studio and looked into hybrid drives only to get a separate SSD and traditional HDD at the end - first, I need the physical separation of program data and music projects as it just makes life a lot easier for backups, possible reinstalls and moving projects across machines. Second, I could get a decent 120GB SDD + 1TB traditional 7200rpm drive for about the same money I would've had to pay for a hybrid half the total size of that.

For a normal computer to browse the web and do the usual computery things I wouldn't even think on an SSD either, just a fast enough traditional drive.

more than 2 years ago
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Rethinking Rail Travel: Boarding a Moving Train

c0p0n Re:God no! (357 comments)

we CANNOT shut ourselves of from our daily grind.

Yes you can. Turn the goddamn thing off and bob's your uncle.

I do understand what you mean however - I certainly do not want to associate my home with working. I quite like the parent's idea on a local office space to telecommute from and which provides the tools you need (stationery, computers, IT support). I would definitely be up for that. We definitely need to travel less, not faster.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Locks Down Social Gift Giving Patent

c0p0n Re:beam in thine own eye (185 comments)

Incorrect. "Derecho de cita" grants much the same rights as fair use, no matter what you just read on the Wikipedia - the article in English is just plain wrong and misleading. It gives people the right to re-jiggle any copyrighted work for as long as it's within a series of fair use parameters. The Spanish example is not common law, but explicitly allowed by "el código civil" and actually drips from several articles of their Constitution.

On the "feeling superior to the US", I'm merely pointing out the misconception by the post I was replying to that the EU equalises all their members legal framework to the same uniform mess, when it's just not the case. Europe is not just the UK, Germany and France.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Locks Down Social Gift Giving Patent

c0p0n Re:beam in thine own eye (185 comments)

Again, that's incorrect. To put just one example, Spain grants their citizens a so called "derecho de cita" which for all purposes is equivalent to the fair use construct in the US.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Locks Down Social Gift Giving Patent

c0p0n Re:beam in thine own eye (185 comments)

"no fair use" sorry dude but that ain't true. "Europe" is not a single country you know.

more than 3 years ago
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Capcom Announces Unreplayable Game

c0p0n Re:I appreciate the warning (535 comments)

Where's the part in which he compares driving the bus with urinating on a hippie?

more than 3 years ago
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Nintendo Announces New Console: Wii U

c0p0n Re:Err...What?? (330 comments)

As a matter of fact, that controller was really comfy. The keypad was a pain in the arse though.

more than 3 years ago
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TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, the Next Round

c0p0n Re:But are they pocket friendly? (301 comments)

Well, of course, but where did I say otherwise? I keep me HP48G on my desk at home.

more than 3 years ago
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TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, the Next Round

c0p0n Re:But are they pocket friendly? (301 comments)

[quote]It is well worth carrying a small laptop instead of a pocket calculator for all the added power you get, unless you're doing simple arithmetic.[/quote]
No, it isn't. Unless your level of geekdom is over 9000, that is.

more than 3 years ago
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TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, the Next Round

c0p0n Re:Which calculator is powerful and Hobbyist frien (301 comments)

Ditto, I still use regularly my HP48G, best calculator I've ever owned hands down. Once one masters the reverse polsih notation there's nothing better to do calculations.

more than 3 years ago
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Square Enix Facing Big Losses For 2010

c0p0n Re:Sod Final Fantasy (210 comments)

August 11th, folks. Diaries should be marked.

We should pass a congress bill to make this mandatory. And nuke from orbit those countries which don't comply.

Most important event this year, without a shadow of a doubt. Even more than groundhog day I dare say.

more than 3 years ago

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Paypal blocking Haiti fundraising attemp

c0p0n c0p0n writes  |  more than 4 years ago

c0p0n writes "Tom Cosm is a big name on the underground electronic music scene, particularly on psychedelic trance, and very popular among live electronic artists due to his tutorials on every aspect of electronic music production and performance. Today I received this newsletter:

A few weeks ago, I worked on a tune with Circuit Bent (below). We were discussing ways that we could distribute this tune, and came to the conclusion that we would try and do a nice thing by offering a high quality download of the tune in exchange for a donation. Once the donation pool reached one thousand dollars, we would give that money to the Doctors Without Borders, a non-religious charitible trust that is currently undergoing medical aid in Haiti.

Using the Chipin widget, and my Paypal account, we quickly started raising money. Everything was going smoothly and everyone was feeling good, until I got an email from Paypal saying I was not eligible to run such a fundraiser, and that I needed to provide various documents (proof of charitible status etc) in order for my account to be restored.

I instantly contacted Paypal's support explaining the situation in detail, showing them that I was not in fact a trust, but was gathering money to give to a trust, as well as asking them what direction I needed to take to resolve the situation. Their automated system told me that it would take up to 72 hours for a reply, so I waited.

After 72 hours I still had not heard, so I contacted them again with the same story, and stating that I still had not yet recieved a reply, something I was concerned about as I understood very well how this could jeopardise my account and business.

Finally I recieved a reply, however I got this reply on the same day as another automated email saying that due to my failure to comply with their request my account was now set to "Limited" status, meaning all funds are frozen and I could not receive any more money into that account.

I quickly removed the fundraiser and refunded everyone who had donated in full. I emailed them explaining that I had done this and that I was waiting for their advice until I could comply with their request, however this waiting time for them to reply had meant my account had been frozen, something I thought was quite unjust.

I received some replies saying that by law, there was now nothing I could do and my account would be frozen for 180 days while under investigation. They were quite firm on the fact that there was nothing I could do.

Over the last 6 years I have been a very loyal customer to Paypal. I have transfered tens of thousands of dollars, always paying their high fees, and have resolved any issues or disputes instantly. This means nothing to them. They have frozen my account and managed to completley fuck up the last 6 hard years of work building a vibrant and popular online subscription service, which is this projects main source of income.

Each day, all of the subscribers that have payments due on that day get defaulted and their subscription gets cancelled. Each day, I am loosing customers, and there is nothing I can do to change this.

I have managed to divert DVD sales to my partners account (which according to the support people, is allowed) however all subscriptions are just going to have to die out, and I am going to have to rebuild the last few years from scratch.

Ouch. I have a lot of loyal subscribers, and I am sure you can imagine that trying to get everyone to resign up again once I find a new system is ultimately going to loose the project a lot of money.

I feel very betrayed by all of this, I know it was my screw up not looking into the fine print when it comes to accepting money for a fundraiser, but I felt that because I was collecting money personally, and then would make a personal donation to a charity, it wouldn't apply. Wrong wrong wrong.

We had nothing but the best intentions for this. All three of us are musicians trying to make it in an industry that keeps on changing, and none of us have much money or help we can offer to the people of Haiti, so this was our idea. Offer our talents and services to try and do some good, and get everyone feeling happy.

So theres the story.

I am asking anyone out there for any advice at all. I have come to the conclusion that it is not worth arguing with Paypal anymore, I get rough emails back which are very impersonal, and they have said straight up that this is the end of the matter, so I am going to move on.

So dear internet, please help me in the comments, please help me get some suggestions to get back on track. Each day I am not only loosing payments I used to get, but I am loosing subscribers for ever (apart from you awomse ones who will sign up again when it's sorted, eh eh?)

What should I do?

Original link: http://www.cosm.co.nz/index.php/News/paypal-troubles-the-full-story.html"
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c0p0n c0p0n writes  |  more than 7 years ago

c0p0n writes "Electronic Arts Spain took back an event invitation to a Spanish blog because of some bad reviews of EA products. Excerpt of the email from EA for those who don't speak Spanish:

... with articles like those we don't believe we can develop a good collaboration with you, therefore we cancel the invitation to come over to our offices and take a look at C&C 3...


Part of the answer from the blog's author:

...Well, it's true that we are small, but we are independent. And we are not having any company trying to make us biased on what we publish. We are not either allowing them to think they can act with impunity, with no one daring to comment it publicly in fear of losing advertisement incomes or first hand access to information.


Via Barrapunto."

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