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Comment: Re:He said free software destroys the market (Score 1) 37

by tepples (#48460629) Attached to: The Man Who Made Tetris

He's right when it comes to games.

But not so much when it comes to the libraries that underlie games and the marketing of games. Though the free software community has so far failed to developer a business model for producing original games, it has excelled at producing infrastructure. EA's ports of Tetris to Android run on top of free libraries. Tetris Zone was first made for OS X, whose low-level components are based on Mach and FreeBSD. Tetris can be played over the Internet, and many TCP/IP stacks are based on the free TCP/IP implementation released by AT&T in 1989 as free software. Tetris has a Twitter account, and Twitter was originally written in the free language Ruby until it switched to the free language Scala. Tetris.com uses the CloudFlare CDN, which according to Netcraft runs Linux. Yet Mr. Pajitnov thinks all the free software on which his business depends "should never have existed".

I'm surprised you didn't ask [pastiche of my previous question patterns]

I've moved on. Best practice is "prototype your original game on PC first then talk to Sony", contacting is "@tetris_official will tell you what you need to know", and how same-screen Tetris works is "whatever BPS and its partners have put out on the latest console".

Comment: Vicarious infringement (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#48458749) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

So he's being charged with some made up offense

Vicarious infringement is defined as profiting from infringements that you have power to stop. A policy of paying users who share infringing copies of popular files is pretty good evidence of profiting from infringement. Safe harbor laws such as OCILLA exist in many countries to protect site operators from having to pay excessive damages due to accidental vicarious infringement, but it appears Megaupload didn't take steps to qualify for these safe harbors.

which isn't a law anywhere.

What do you mean by "isn't a law"? New Zealand and the United States are common-law jurisdictions, which rely heavily on how previous judges have interpreted statutes.

Comment: Disney Disc Replacement Program (Score 2) 151

by tepples (#48458439) Attached to: Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack
First see if Disney offers a discount on a new copy with the exchange of a broken authentic disc. If not, a workaround is to find a decent adaptation of the same story not distributed by Disney. I can think of a half dozen versions of The Adventures of Pinocchio, and there are probably plenty of "Rapunzel" and "The Snow Queen" adaptations that aren't Tangled or Frozen. Yes, mockbusters exist; read reviews to avoid the worst. And when they get old enough, show them the other Tangled with Rachael Leigh Cook.

Comment: Clickview counts reporting (Score 1) 301

by tepples (#48454917) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

admen don't trust webmasters on clickview counts reporting.

Then why do they trust Google and the other major ad networks on clickview counts reporting?

Putting an ad blocker or plugin click-to-play on top of hosts

Hosts are a ALSO valuable added layer of security!

That's what I was trying to imply. Adblock is a layer, and hosts is a layer.

Comment: Re:Maybe.....but maybe not (Score 1) 278

It's not inconceivable that fuel cell cars will be a success, but fundamental physics dictates that if this happens it will be due to human stupidity rather than technical superiority.

Hydrogen is a terrible energy storage medium compared to modern battery technology. The only possible advantages it has are (a) you can generate it from fossil fuels, and (b) it lends itself far more in today's rooftop-solar-filled world to central control and taxation.

Comment: Define "program itself" (Score 2) 433

Computers have been able to "program themselves" since the first Fortran compiler. We just taught computers how to interpret specifications written at higher and higher levels. Let me know what it'd take for a computer to come up with a program's requirements all by itself, and then we'll know what a singularity needs.

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