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Incidentally, it looks like that next 1 Tb outboard is going dramatically up in price, in Finland, soon. There's always been a tax on any kind of consumer-available memory or file storage - from hard drives, tape and digital players, and media such as CD, DVD blanks. The tax receipts do not go into general tax coffers, but are reserved for redistribution to content creators through independent funding organizations (who channel the tax income). So in Finland there are specialist organizations, each dealing with funding for different projects in music, theatre, film, TV, dance etc.
The organizations I know generally have civil service people in admin tasks, but the front line people, and the people who decide where the funding goes, come from the ranks of the creators themselves. They tend to be with a funding organization for 2 - 3 years and then get back to their own projects. So there's good churn and changes of views.
There have been accusations of favouritism, but on the whole it's a good system. At least I don't mind paying for extra gigas because I know where the tax is going.
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