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Comment: Re:What /. doesn't want you to see -- (Score 1) 82

by AmiMoJo (#49796921) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

Strangely the SJW bullshit story about the IRC logs that GamerGate released, which prove beyond any doubt that it is all just manufactured outrage, astroturfing, sock puppets and misogyny was rejected too.

GamerGate is over. Nothing they do or say can recover from having their inner discussions exposed, which they were stupid enough to do on a public IRC server.

Comment: Re:The future of MIDI (Score 1) 82

by AmiMoJo (#49796913) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

We have most of those things.

Phones that aren't anorexic, instead being willing to be a bit thicker and sport two days' worth of battery life.

My OnePlus One can easily go three days on a charge, even with moderate use. It's a full smart phone, high end camera, Bluetooth, NFC, wifi, 4G, sensors etc. It's pretty thin too. Most manufacturers realized that there is "thin enough", it's only really Apple that needs to be 0.01mm thinner every year.

Phones with physical keyboards.

Just get a case with Bluetooth keyboard built in. That's the better solution now. You can choose a keyboard you like and easily replace it when needed. It also doesn't limit your choice of phone too much, because otherwise you would be stuck with one or two models at most.

Phones with intentionally lower DPI, for people with less-than-perfect eyesight that still want to use their phone.

Android lets you scale the UI easily enough for that purpose. You don't need a low DPI screen, you just need to make the font size bigger and have everything scale with it.

Phones with a better ability to leverage integrated storage

What does that even mean?

Phones with screens designed to be user-replaceable

Again, with the right case it is almost impossible to break the screen. High end cutting edge phones are only about £230 now, so it's easy to get the risk down to a level where you don't need insurance. If you paid £750+ for your phone, well...

Comment: Re:Tesla enables Edison to win the endgame? (Score 1) 496

by AmiMoJo (#49791277) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

At the time it made sense to use AC, because high efficiency solid state DC-DC converters didn't exist. Nowadays high voltage DC transmission lines are used all over the world, with conversion to AC at the destination.

For home use it is a little trickier, because you still want high voltage until you get close to the device. Maybe you could have a DC line direct from the battery pack to your car or a central air conditioner or something, if you could keep them physically close together. You won't want to 48V/50A to your appliances that are tens of metres away from the source though. You could step the voltage up but then it might as well just be AC...

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 304

by AmiMoJo (#49789609) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

They would love to just send you one large .png image of the page so that it renders exactly as they want it to, complete with ads. Well, it would probably be a seizure-inducing animated GIF actually.

The reason they don't is the same reason people don't make "websites" that are actually just big Flash animations any more. Search engines can't properly interpret them and tend to give them a low ranking. So they want it both ways - a high ranking for usefulness and information/bullshit ratio, but also total control over the display.

Comment: Re:Censorship in the UK (Score 1) 120

by AmiMoJo (#49789529) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

This is hardly something new. Books have been censored since before the invention of the printing press, especially if they are about the secret services or might leak information that the government considers sensitive. Before the internet the BBFC pretty effectively controlled what British people could see. There is a specific law allowing the government to censor newspapers.

Despite the on-going assault on freedom, we are winning and will continue to win. The internet massively increased our freedom and blocked a lot of censorship. We have to stay vigilant of course, but we are definitely subject to less censorship now than we were in the past.

Comment: Re:Consumption's up (Score 2) 120

by AmiMoJo (#49789513) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

so I wonder how much damage this "rise in piracy" is actually doing.

None. Piracy increases income.

At the end of the day I could go and hunt down a pirate copy of the book I need, find a website that actually allows me to download it, avoid the viruses and so forth. Or I could just buy it easily from Amazon, and strip the DRM for backup purposes. You see the legitimate content has a massive advantage here: It's much easier to get and comes with the ability to sync notes etc. with the cloud (if you don't mind Amazon knowing your reading habits), while it's not too difficult to remove the DRM for a backup copy.

Most people just prefer to head over to a trusted torrent site, free from viruses and the like, and download a clean DRM-free copy. It's easier and quicker, and if they are young or don't have a credit card it is also affordable and possible for them to do. Pirate copies are always the best quality ones, unless the vendor goes DRM free, and even then... eBooks are relatively easy to convert from one format to another, but movies and music are more hassle and why would people bother?

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