Category Archives: be interested in this

making money.

fileserve, easy share, bit share, freak share, oron, filesonic, rapidshare...

i’ve noticed a pattern on rlslog over the last few weeks. it’s not just releaselog, it’s happening all over scene sites. people are moving away from linking torrents to linking to direct download sites. instead of a peer to peer network you visit a website and enter a captcha, wait few seconds and download the whole file directly to your computer.

how bittorrent works – a bunch of people share all of, or part of a file (known as seeds) and others take all or a part of it they need (known as leeches). it’s worked well for years but as you’ve noticed (and i’ve linked) crackdowns are happening all over the shop.

people are cashing in.

time was when the comments section of rlslog was just that – comments. people talking shit about whatever movie/tv show/release got posted or comments on quality of picture. now it’s all links to files hosted by the poster. why? because they get paid every time a file is downloaded. i should clarify, they get paid everytime their file is downloaded. thats a generalisation because each site offers ‘uploaders’ different pricing plans depending on a) how much data gets downloaded and b) where that data is going to. you get more money from an american downloading than say, an indian guy. it’s all to do with page clicks and advertising for the hosting website.

for example. sploogeserve (owned by you) allows people to upload files to your website (server). servers cost money and you want to make some income too. so you offer people incentives to upload to you rather than anyone else. soon, you’re running out of space, and want that shiny new cat for your house so you reach out to advertisers (like every websites does, including facebook) and say “bro, check out my stats, i get 1000 hits a month” and they say “1000 hits? we’ll pay you $3 a day to put our advert on your site. you think “shit, all this work for $3?” i need more hits. so you offer another bump/incentive. it goes on and on.

a typical pricing plan is this:

doesn't matter which, although this offers more money (simply to attract people)

so per 1000 downloads of your file, perhaps an mp3 for example (usually 1mb per minute so normal songs around 5mb-ish) would net you $4.00 if all of those 1000 people were from a category a country:

at least we're a. suck it france.

which is the main reason for this post really. when edthebear was in singapore i thought since rlslog started uploading copies of magazines/ebooks i could email them over to keep him busy. not so fast. looking at the file sizes for say, iphone magazine april 2011 – it’s a pdf file, they all are – it’s 110mb. it’s a hundred and something pages of bullshit and pictures.  but when you scan it at an incredibly high resolution, that’s a bigger file size, and earns you more money.

magazines are one thing. say you had a good dvdrip of a new film. say avatar, which was downloaded over 16m times via torrent > via file sharing but the number is in the hundreds of thousands. you’ve just made $3200 for about 10mins work and a couple of days waiting. games are where the big money is because the file sizes are way bigger than a movie. e.g. a new game can be 15x bigger than a dvdrip. you do the math.

anyway, it’s interesting stuff.

they’ve shut down seti. i feel like crying.

they lost government funding. it only costs $5m for two fucking years.

just the fact that we were looking gave me hope for humanity. that we were looking outside of our own arseholes to wonder at the universe, and imagine what if?

the fact that it costs a measly few million to fund should matter even more. considering in “october 28, 2009, the final size of the department of defense’s budget was $680 billion”. 650 billion divided by 5 million is 130,000. that’s 65,000 years of research. not including interest.

the entire cost of the apollo program (from “hey let’s go into space” to “eagle, shit i just landed on the motherfucking moon”) ,adjusted to 2005 dollars, would approximate to $135 billion. big sigh.

from bob dixon:

mankind must always explore the unknown and push the frontiers of knowledge. without new quests, we lose an important part of being human, and our society starts to decay.

the chances of seti finding anything are pretty much zero. i’ve always known this. i’ve read enough sciencey sci-fi to consider the numbers involved. it was never the point. like neil de grasse tyson says: “if we can’t communicate with lower order species here on earth that we know about, maybe aliens can’t communicate with us for the same reason.”

still sucks though. fingers crossed for google/gates/whoever to pick up the bill.

reddit down.

boooo. probably a reason for this mornings posts. a couple of iama’s in the interim.

abed in community.

brooks brown - columbine survivor that was told by the shooters to 'get out of here'

tom dwan. me neither. but he has made a fuckload at the poker tables.

robot exoskeletons and infinite soda.

present version costs $150,000 and has an 8 hour battery life.

this pretty much says it all:

robot exoskeleton helps man walk after 20yrs in a wheelchair…rewalk™ is an alternative mobility solution to the wheelchair for individuals with severe walking impairments, enabling them to stand, walk, ascend/descent stairs and more.

up to 106 flavors.

i present the coca cola freestyle. touch screen custom drinks. we’re getting closer to cafe 80’s.

but at least we survived skynet. again.

so, whales fucking rule then.

well, humpback whales do.

killer whales are scary as shit.

i’m been scared of killer whales for a few years now. that wave attack footage is pretty bad, as is their penchant for pwning great whites. they don’t mess around is my point. so they’re kind of like the fictional velociraptors as portrayed in jurrasic park (i’ll come back to that).

anyway. two articles that i read and wowed:

the first is that scientists think that humpback whales are using the stars, or earths magnetic field (or both) to navigate. they don’t know yet. the important thing is that over the last 8 years they’ve been tracking their movements. and they migrate in a straight line. so fucking what right? well, not really:

researchers found that, despite surface currents, storms and other distractions, the humpbacks never deviated more than about 5 degrees from their migratory courses. in about half the segments mapped by the researchers, humpbacks deviated by one degree or less

over 5000 miles. one of my earliest memories of school swimming was when me and my main popularity rival at the time (paul grey?) were asked to demonstrate to the rest of the class our front crawl skills by doing a length. a race basically. everything was going fine until i hit my hand against something, looked up, and saw that i had swum into the side of the pool. paul had already finished i was still half way down, looking confused, and being subjected to echoey laughter. my point is i can’t swim 25m in a straight line.

the last is that humpback whales follow musical trends, singing the same songs all over the world, then changing them a couple of years later.

the findings are based on 11 years of recordings from underwater microphones slung over the sides of boats…the team had to listen to 745 songs in total from six whale populations across the south pacific over the 11-year period. the researchers identified 11 distinctly different styles (audio). sometimes the “hit song” contained snippets from previous seasons, sometimes it was entirely revolutionary. but at any given time and place, there was only one song. what’s more, the popular song switched incredibly rapidly; it took only 2 to 3 months.

there is probably a lady gaga/weird al joke here, but i can’t think of one.

back to the velociraptor thing. can’t remember where i was referred from, but he’s pretty fucking funny:

the before time. the long long ago.

since that history mindfucks uber-post, i’ve been on a bender.

so here are some must watch/listen programmes:

bbc - the ascent of man

the presenter, jacob bronowski, has a ‘unique’ delivery system (like 10 minute unbroken takes) but information and access is pretty spectacular. there is a slight fear that because of his age/accent he did something regrettable during the war and this is his way of making up for it. but, it’s a very impressive series. stick with it.

civilisation - by kenneth clark

i actually prefer this guy. he is classic grandad material and gives you the impression that what he’s telling you is just the introduction into the topic. it’s a different focus though (what it means to be a civilisation (rather than human evolution in taom). it’s a gentle but informed delivery that tells you what you need to know. his long speeches are broken up with images of what he’s talking about (as opposed to the ascent of man).

both of these are available in their entirety on youtube, but i just dl’ed the torrents. moving swiftly on:

dan carlin's hardcore history.

one of the best factual podcasts i’ve heard. i started with ‘ghosts of the ostfront’ (in 4 hour-long parts). it was unbelievable. about 10 years ago a read a dissertation from a student at west point (us officer training school, yes i was that bored at social services) that focussed on stalingrad and the german invasion of russia. that opened my eyes. this guy’s detail is astounding, as well as his references and quoted material . it took me about 10mins to get over his accent/delivery, but when you do, it’s easy to enjoy.

12 byzantine rulers

exactly. me too. the byzantines…yeaah. those guys with their wacky locations and time in history. this 12 part podcast will give you the facts (i’m on ep 7 now). they’re quite short too so easy to listen to shopping.

ancient rome refocused.

i like this one because i’ve just been cherry picking topics i think i’ll like. e.g. ‘the first thriller’ (about theseus and the minotaur). have a browse.

the history of rome

unfortunately the website blows, so just use a reader instead. i like this one because it’s also short (about 10-15min eps) and there are over 100 of them. listen to the first few, if you’re not hooked (or informed), slap my face.

i told you.

right now, bruce campbell is taking questions on reddit. awesome.

hey reddit – demon-killer and ex-navy seal here to answer your questions. i’ve got someone manning the keyboard for me throughout the day – but i’ll be checking in and replying from 12:30-1:30 est and again from 4:30-5:30 est

col. chris hadfield

col. chris hadfield, an astronaut, did one the other day.

and so did yahtzee.