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Comment: Re:Unfortunately (for them) (Score 1) 296

by tsotha (#49549637) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

Worse yet, PC's today are barely faster than 5 year old ones at similar price points. Moore's law ran headlong into a thermal brick wall.

That's not really true. Design rules are still shrinking at about the same rate they always did. Moore's law, after all, is about transistors and not speed. Chip makers can certainly use that extra real estate to add cores and dedicated hardware for things like video processing.

But the real problem (from Intel and Microsoft's perspective) is far more pernicious. Five year old hardware is good enough for 99% of people who need a PC. If all I'm doing is commenting on Facebook, watching Netflix movies, and doing my taxes there isn't any reason to replace my old hardware. I'm sure that's a big part of the attraction for the chip makers - they'd love to force everyone to buy new hardware in order to watch videos.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately (for them) (Score 1) 296

by tsotha (#49549629) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

No, it just means it will get phased in over time as old PCs die and are replaced, and there's nothing new to buy except what supports this scheme.

But then they have a chicken-and-egg problem. Nobody is going to make sure to buy a PC with the DRM hardware if they can get the content without it. Nobody is going to produce content exclusively for DRM'd hardware if market penetration of that hardware isn't more than a tiny blip. And consumers aren't going to wait five years for the industry to get its shit together and produce a system that works transparently for authorized users.

One of three things is going to happen: Tools to strip the stream of DRM will become ubiquitous, the scheme will die from lack of adoption, or Microsoft will succeed in prompting a mass move off of the PC platform, thereby finishing the process (started with Windows 8) of slitting its own throat.

Comment: Re:Free advertising (Score 2) 218

by Baron_Yam (#49468905) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

>How many homes no longer have a home stereo system with a radio turner?

I do. I leave it on to keep the dog company while I'm out and about. He feels pretty strongly about not paying royalties as the programming's pretty weak.

The humans in the house use Internet streaming or locally stored content.

Comment: Re:oh jeez. (Score 1) 140

by tsotha (#49389935) Attached to: World's Largest Aircraft Seeks Investors To Begin Operation

But only in small quantities. Not enough to affect the bottom line. In the early airships they would simply vent hydrogen if they needed lower buoyancy, so they took on hydrogen along with fuel and ballast when arriving at the destination. You don't need to do that with helium. Or rather, you don't design a helium airship such that it's necessary.

The biggest drawback to helium is it gets contaminated by other molecules moving the other direction. Not really sure why that happens. Anyway, that's why Zeppelins undergo periodic maintenance in which the helium has to be pumped out and purified.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.