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Comment: Re:Real-time communication without JS (Score 1) 156

by tepples (#47509993) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

A novel idea perhaps, but just maybe they should not try to push/throw everything into a webbrowser ?

In some cases, it's either deploy one JavaScript web app or deploy 15 native apps, one for each of 15 platforms. You can get the web app designed, implemented, tested, and deployed before you even become approved as a developer on half of those platforms.

Comment: Re:Let's talk about the article... (Score 1) 333

by tibit (#47509139) Attached to: MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Alas, the article refers to the contrails that show mostly failed intercepts. So you have an Iron Dome engagement, as you claim, on an incoming that was determined to be a threat. It also demonstrates in terms of high school physics why such intercepts are bound to fail in the conditions listed. It's pretty much as simple as that. The king is naked, but a lot of adults have a problem acknowledging such simple truths.

On top of that, Israel-located commenters of the article seem to have a bit of a problem with discriminating successful and failed intercepts. That's because a lot of intercepts happen during the unpowered, ballistic part of the incoming's flight. Yes, the interceptor will explode, but that's immaterial. It will poke a couple holes in the expended motor case and will alter the incoming's trajectory a slight bit. Again, it's all very simple, and people somehow can't swallow the simplicity of the argument.

It's like Feynman's famous presentation of the root material cause of the Challenger disaster. All the while the bureaucratic machine of the Commission, and NASA, was expending untold resources skirting this material cause, and the root underlying organizational cause that then proceeded to kill the Columbia crew.

Comment: Re:Movies still unreleased on DVD (Score 1) 222

by tepples (#47509137) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

That consent can NEVER be revoked.

It can get revoked once all copies owned by Netflix are lost or damaged and the studio isn't authorizing a new pressing. Netflix DVD subscribers have been noticing this problem as titles just disappear from their queues. Or should Netflix be going out to Amazon and eBay to buy used copies as replacements?

Comment: Re:I can already do this on Android... (Score 1) 37

by tepples (#47508917) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

With something as simple as a USB OTG adapter and a wired Xbox controller.

I was under the impression that the point of handheld gaming was that the player can hold up the screen and controller at once. What contraption do you use to hold your tablet up while holding your Xbox 360 controller? Or do you instead put the tablet on a stand on a table (like with a Vectrex console) and play it that way?

and reuse the Xbox controller you undoubtedly already have

I happen to own a Wii, not an Xbox 360, and Google made changes to the Bluetooth stack between Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 that broke Wii Remote support.

Comment: Movies still unreleased on DVD (Score 1) 222

by tepples (#47508853) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Unless the movie you wanted wasn't available on the streaming service, ONLY on a physical disc.

What do you do if the movie you want to watch hasn't been released on DVD either? Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987) and Little Men (1998) are among them.

Besides, if I'm not in a huge hurry to watch something, with a disk I can get extras easily

Studios have been providing bare-bones editions to rental stores, where selecting anything from the extras menu instead shows an error message that the rental disc contains only the main feature, along with an ad for buying the full version.

Comment: Re:I doubt most people care (Score 1) 224

by tepples (#47508771) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

How much more time was it to go to blockbuster and back home?

The locally-owned video store I used to go to was 25 minutes away from my home on foot or 7 minutes away during bicycle season. It's been replaced by a Redbox machine. So depending on the weather, it could be 50 minutes round trip.

Comment: Real-time communication without JS (Score 1) 156

by tepples (#47508679) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Webmail without JS is a trivial thing to implement.

In JS-free webmail, how would contact autocompletion work without having to resubmit the entire body text every time?

All website should provide base functionality without JS

"All" is a strong word.

Web chat
Say you have a web-based front end to a chat program. How are you going to detect whether others have sent messages to a channel/room without XMLHttpRequest? And how are you going to append the new comments to the existing list of messages without scripted manipulation of the HTML DOM?
Web painting
Or say you have an online paint program, which you may know under the term "electronic whiteboard" or the Japanese term "oekaki". How are you going to detect whether someone else has added a stroke to a picture without XMLHttpRequest? How even are you going to detect drags in order to send your own brush strokes? Server-side image maps support only click actions, not drag actions.

Comment: Re:"Will this result in more private lawsuits" (Score 1) 107

by Opportunist (#47508663) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Dear Sir/Madam,

We found out that from your IP address someone downloaded our stuff. You may now either admit guilt and pay $inconvenient_sum or spend the next 10ish years in court in a legal battle against a company with more funds than dear God himself over $ridiculous_sum. You'll probably win the suit, but for sure it will cost you more than $inconvenient_sum, and you can bet your ass that if you dared to try getting it back from us, we'll drag it out 'til the red guy from the basement complains about heating problems or you're finally totally broke.

It is of course entirely your choice.

Comment: Re:By Neruos (Score 1) 107

by Opportunist (#47508639) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Of course you can! It's even easy.

For-sale content of course cannot compete on price with free stuff. That's a given. But there are two areas where you can very easily compete with it: Convenience and quality.

Of course, if you're like the content industry and artificially lower both for the sake of "fighting piracy", you only shoot your own foot.

Comment: Re:Look at *why* people are pirating (Score 1) 107

by Opportunist (#47508587) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

That's just the tip of the ice cube.

Imagine you're living in a country where movies are dubbed. Dubbed BADLY, I should probably add. I would PAY to get movies that run on public TV if I could only watch them without the atrocious dubbing!

And don't think that buying the DVD would solve that problem. Because of course you can ONLY get the dubbed version, while importing any media is of course outlawed. I tried to ask some politicians around here why it's ok for companies to manufacture abroad and import them for zilch while it's not ok for me to buy DVDs abroad. So far no sensible answer...

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