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Comment: Re:Is that really a lot? (Score 1) 264

by dAzED1 (#49147895) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
police aren't crime prevention, that's silly. We're not in minority report yet. Police catch people who have already committed a crime and, in some cases, are still in the act of a crime. If police do a single thing to a person who hasn't yet committed a crime, the police are doing something wrong (and are potentially themselves committing a crime). Boarder patrol, on the other hand, has as their entire purpose...patrolling the boarder. If someone is in Mexico still, then boarder patrol can (and should) do nothing to them. If they have crossed, then only then is being apprehended an option. Since there are currently lots of people crossing the boarder, we're not in a situation where boarder crossings are eliminated and the agents are just there to continue preventing new crossings. What you're saying doesn't make any sense, and your examples are just making it worse.

Comment: Lockdown (Score 2) 53

by tepples (#49147667) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

At some point we need to just say, 'stop!', and write the code ourselves.

I wonder how much of "invented here" syndrome is related with frustration with curation on the popular curated platforms (iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, and game consoles). Cryptographic lockdown applied by the operating system publisher blocks end users from writing their own applications or writing a mod for an existing application. Because people are unwilling to go through the organizational overhead of becoming a licensed developer, they stick with the vanilla version of whatever they can get from the platform's official app store.

Comment: Re:Clear Channel (Score 1) 575

by tepples (#49147313) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

And Windows monopolizes the users of Windows PCs.

In a broader sense, Windows monopolizes the users of the large set of applications that are exclusive to Win32. The findings of fact in United States v. Microsoft spelled out the "applications barrier to entry" responsible for Windows market share.

Your point ... ?

Phrasing my point in a manner that you will most readily understand depends on your answer to the following question: If cellular weren't a cartel, then how could all four cellular carriers get away with raising pay-as-you-go texting rates at the same time?

Comment: Re:While the TV is occupied (Score 1) 169

by tepples (#49147263) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

[Someone who needs a PC to game on while another family member is using another PC] can use a $199 PC, which together with the $99 streaming box is going to be no more expensive than the fancy console - and provide more versatility.

Just to be sure: You mean keep the gaming PC and run the non-gaming stuff on the $199 PC, right? Then the question for households that currently have a $199 PC becomes whether to buy the expensive gaming PC or to buy one of the consoles.

I hate to come on like one of those "PC Master Race" dicks

Don't worry; I agree that PC users are masters of their own respective experiences.

but the consoles are either especially gutless (like Nintendo's) or spectacularly curated.

Some other Slashdot users would argue that this curation serves a purpose, namely saving people's time from having to wade through the crappiest of the crap, which is 90% according to Theodore Sturgeon, and that the profitable majority of people have been Stockholmed into not "feel[ing] hampered by that. Have you looked into what caused the North American video game recession of 1983-1984?

Comment: "Unknown sources" != root (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#49144345) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

There aren't too many enthusiasts out there rooting their phones to be able to use f-droid, and the other stores are useless.

F-Droid does not require root. It requires "Unknown sources", a checkbox that appears in the "Security" or "Apps" settings of virtually all Android-powered phones and tablets except about the first year of AT&T phones. And in what way is Amazon Appstore useless?

Comment: Are most countries still $0-only 5 years later? (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#49144261) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

On Android, most Android users don't pay for apps. Either because they can't (Google Wallet isn't universal), or other reasons. And if Google Wallet doesn't support the country, Google only shows free apps.

True, visibility of priced apps outside the United States was a significant problem in the Android 1.x and possibly early 2.x days. But I thought Google had expanded the set of countries in which priced apps are available over the past half decade.

Comment: Support costs (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#49144253) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

But, just because they're not the most profitable set of users, doesn't mean you can afford to ignore them.

You also have to take into account support costs. The cost of diversity of Android-powered devices (or "fragmentation" as detractors call it) is increased cost of supporting all configurations. Fewer configurations can mean lower costs, which in some cases may outweigh the increased revenue from Android.

Besides, writing app A for iOS and app B for iOS can reach more of these profitable "whales" than writing app A for both iOS and Android.

Comment: Improper fractions (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#49144229) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

Anyway, [revenue on Android is] a fraction of iOS revenue.

For one thing, rational numbers greater than one, such as 5/4, are still fractions. For another, app sales revenue doesn't tell the whole story. Due to Google's early failure to expand Google Checkout into all countries where carriers offered Android-powered devices, there is more of a culture of ad-supported software on Android rather than paywalls.

Comment: Re:Clear Channel (Score 1) 575

by tepples (#49144201) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

So you think Clear Channel has monopolized the radio spectrum?

My microwave!

Lawful unlicensed transmissions on ISM bands are limited to a power that won't reach far out of a building, definitely not across a city. And even so, an entity that monopolizes the FM band monopolizes the user experience of people using FM receivers.

Monopoly doesn't mean Quadropoly.

True technically. But the laws are written broadly enough to cover both monopolies and cartels.

Rather nice how all those cellular monopolies offer all these choices like unlimited texting, huh?

At a substantial extra monthly fee that's not efficient for low-volume users.

Comment: Clear Channel (Score 1) 575

by tepples (#49143627) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

The scarcity of radio spectrum would not result in a single radio broadcast corporation monopolizing the spectrum.

Apparently you've never lived in a city whose FM radio band was dominated by Clear Channel. Or when all four major U.S. cellular carriers raised their SMS pricing from 10 cents to send and 10 cents to receive to 20 cents to send and 20 cents to receive, in near lockstep.

Comment: So do you buy every console? (Score 1) 169

by tepples (#49142985) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

There may be "open world third person shooter with grappling hooks" games available for Linux, but I don't want to play "open world third person shooter with grappling hooks", I want to play Just Cause 2.

So if you want to play one PlayStation 4-exclusive game, one Xbox One-exclusive game, and one Wii U-exclusive game, do you buy all three consoles rather than looking for a same-genre game on the PC you have?

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