General Data Protection Regulation and your consent to use a site or service

May 21, 2018, 01:31:50 PM by kat
In the coming weeks many online sites and services based in the Europe (and optionally elsewhere) will be emailing various notification of consent messages, or provide updated cookie consent pop-ups online, so as to be in compliance with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (come into effect 25 May), required to be issued for visitors (continued) use of a site or service.

It's not exactly clear how this affects forums and other community or participatory services like KatsBits because the regulations carry the implication that if consent is not given, any content, user accounts or other material must be removed with immediate effect (because consent for its continued use has not been/is no longer given). Needless to say the consequences of having to do this where more than one person is involved in a conversation potentially means/implies all associated content need be removed (and likely permanently deleted), which then obviously breaks context and continuity, of particular importance for technical support, fixing issues and getting appropriate degrees of community assistance.

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Will Blender 2.8 run on older computers?

May 10, 2018, 08:05:50 AM by kat

With Blender 2.8 getting closer to a final release it's times to ask "will Blender 2.8 run on older computers and hardware?". If it does just how old might this be? Lets find out using a current developer build.

Generally speaking one of Blenders greatest strengths compared to other 3D applications has been the programs ability to run faultlessly on old hardware or in more 'exotic' operating environments. Does 2.8 change this? A question of particular interest to laptop users whose systems tend to use embedded graphics chips (Intel), and individuals or groups in places with poor access to up-to-date technology.

With Blender 2.8 legacy Blender Game Engine (BGE) and the default renderer, Blender Internal, will no longer be available or supported, or where included will be in name only - BGE is now essentially Eevee.

URGENT: YouTube policy changes

January 17, 2018, 01:45:14 PM by kat
Thank you for your continued support of KatsBits.
Unfortunately as of today (20Feb) both KatsBits YouTube Channels are demonetised.


To ensure the KatsBits YouTube channels (KatsBits and the archived KatsBits Tutorials) are kept free and you are not constantly asked for money or are constantly hawked products to buy like other sites, both rely on Ad Revenue generated from video uploads.

Due to a policy update at YouTube, in less than 30 days, on February 20th, this all changes. To what is not exactly clear at present.

Do note that were both KatsBits channels to reach the minimums (4,000 view hrs [check] (update: that's HOURS thus YouTube Creators need at least 240,000 MINUTES view time) and 1000 subscribers [blank]), Partners are to be approved by YouTube rather than auto-granted Partner status.

On one hand you could be asked to subscribe and get the numbers up, but on the other doing so is no guaranty at all that Partner status would be reinstated and/or then perhaps removed with the next round of quota fulfillment.

Again, the implications of this uncertainty are not particularly encouraging for the channels.

In the meantime subscribe to both KatsBits and KatsBits Tutorials if you haven't already.


The YouTube Partner message/text in full...

Today we are announcing changes to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). While our goal remains to keep the YPP open to as many channels as possible, we recognise that we need more safeguards in place to protect creator revenue across the YouTube ecosystem. 


What's Changing
Under the new eligibility requirements announced today, your YouTube channel, KatsBits, is no longer eligible for monetisation because it does not meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. As a result, your channel will lose access to all monetisation tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Program on 20 February 2018 unless you surpass this threshold in the next 30 days. Accordingly, this email serves as 30 days notice that your YouTube Partner Program terms are terminated.

One of YouTube’s core values is to provide anyone the opportunity to earn money from a thriving channel. Creators who haven’t yet reached this new threshold can continue to benefit from our Creator Academy, our Help Centre and all the resources on the Creator Site to grow their channels. Once your channel reaches the new threshold, it will be reviewed to make sure it adheres to our policies and guidelines, and if so, monetisation will be re-enabled. 

The YouTube Team [emphasis added]
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