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The Farmer Who Built Her Own Broadband ( 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.

Comment Re: Money talks (Score 1) 356

They really be more open on how much donations they are getting and how much the hosting actually costs. I really cannot support such projects that have vague donation'o'meter and I really can't judge if my money is spent running the infrastucture or to buy beers for the developers (which is just fine as long as I am told that part of my money is used this way).

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