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Comment: Re:This never works (Score 1) 280

by Munchr (#49551907) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs
I've noticed the same thing when watching Youtube 4k videos on my phone - hurrah for high dpi screens. You'd think with a physically small screen the difference wouldn't be that noticeable, but it really is. The only downside I see is blowing through my monthly data cap in a single afternoon :P

Comment: Re: Holy shit is it over already? Isn't this ILLEG (Score 1) 255

by Munchr (#49035933) Attached to: Jeb Bush Publishes Thousands of Citizens' Email Addresses
Except anything relating to his governorship falls under the law, regardless if the communication went to his private, corporate, or government address. You can't just sidestep public records laws by "privatizing" your communications. Any communication with a government official as that government official is public record.

Comment: Re:First Sale (Score 1) 468

No, you bought a non-transferable license. If you bought a physical copy, then you bought a real tangible and transferable asset, subject to first sale. An electronic copy is legally different in many jurisdictions. Until everyone, everywhere, has law or court case precedence guaranteeing the first sale right to electronic purchases we will see many more of these actions by companies that want their cut of all sales, from the first and all proceeding secondary sales.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579

Microsoft does NOT control their own update process for Windows phone. Updates are delayed by each carrier for "testing" before being released. You can visit Windows Phone Availability to see which carriers phones have been updated to the latest version, Denim. As it stands, only 1 carrier has issued the Denim update, and only to 2 phones. If you don't have one of those 2 phones from that specific carrier in the US, you can only obtain the Denim update by signing up as a developer. Of course, by doing so, you acknowledge that your carrier no longer has to support your phone since you are no longer running carrier approved firmware.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579

Google didn't have the market clout that Apple did to force the carriers into the agreement. Remember, Apple had to "shop around" for a carrier that would agree to the financial and control terms for the iPhone. Verizon famously turned down the offer for exclusivity, AT&T did not. At the time, with the popularity of the iPod, one would think that an iPod phone would print it's own money and that all the carrier's would be scrambling to jump to Apple's whim. As we saw though, only AT&T saw the potential, and everyone else was left playing catch-up.

Comment: Re:Not to be an apologist for Google, but (Score 1) 579

Microsoft does NOT control their own update process for Windows phone. Updates are delayed by each carrier for "testing" before being released. You can visit Windows Phone Availability to see which carriers phones have been updated to the latest version, Denim. As it stands, only 1 carrier has issued the Denim update, and only to 2 phones. If you don't have one of those 2 phones from that specific carrier in the US, you can only obtain the Denim update by signing up as a developer. Of course, by doing so, you acknowledge that your carrier no longer has to support your phone since you are no longer running carrier approved firmware.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 4, Insightful) 579

No, the carriers made up this system, and it existed long before Android entered the market. Symbian OS, Windows Phone, and Android are all affected. Apple managed to get AT&T to agree to allow Apple to control when and how updates to the iPhone are provided as part of the initial AT&T exclusive partnership agreement for the original iPhone. Every carrier since AT&T has had to agree to the same provision regarding Apple's control, or they don't get the iPhone. I'm not aware of ANY other phone manufacturer that has managed that feat before or since, without being forced to sell their phones directly to the public as carrier free/unlocked phones as Nokia did with the n900.

Comment: Whatever (Score 1) 290

by Munchr (#47890747) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails
If I were Google, I'd simply reply to the court with Fuck You, and turn off Google.de, and then wait for their response since I don't care if I have users in Germany or not. But hey, I'm not Google, and I'm sure they care about making money there, so I wonder if they'll start answering that support address for only provably German users, or for anyone that uses that address regardless of location?

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