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27-01-2011, 11:09 PM
from the slavering vogon/tory slashers?

28-01-2011, 02:17 PM
Funny thing, I was watching Hitchiker's Guide the other day on youtube (my gf is Spanish and had never heard of it so thought I should educate her). One thing that struck me is that part of the reason I liked it when little (along with the fact of hitchhiking through space in itself) was the idea of this little electronic book that you could tap in to which was full of information - and which (if I remember correctly, in later editions) updated itself. Now everyone has iphones and stuff and it's turned out not to be that exciting after all. They're much more joyless and trendy than the book though I guess - and don't say Don't Panic on the front (maybe someone is missing a trick in not doing an "app" for that).

10-02-2011, 08:21 PM
When I found out the BBC would be deleting 172 of its websites, I spidered and downloaded all of the content under each of these top level directories on the bbc.co.uk domain. I purchased a $3.99 'low end box' type VPS server and began the crawl. In total this took just under 24hrs - and would have been quicker if I had been less kind to the BBC's servers. For the aforementioned cost of $3.99 for a cup of Starbucks coffee, anyone can obtain, store and keep this content alive and accessible to the general public. And with this torrent I've already done the heavy lifting of retrieving the data for you.
This $3.99/month box is now hosting the content and making it available both via both the web and via bit torrent.
Clearly the BBC has additional costs associated with its size and scale, compounded due to the poor decision to sell off the organization's technical infrastructure to Siemens from whom it now rents those services back from. But even rounding up those 12 cups of coffee/year to 10,000/year, this still represents negligible budget impact and significant license payer value.haha classic bit of techno-bodgery at