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Comment: Re:maybe (Score 3, Insightful) 353

by jrumney (#47770859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?
When the electricity company bills me, they bill me for the electricity metered at my premises, not for the overhead that is used by the grid. Why should Internet providers be any different? Yes, technically the ATM packets are coming into the premises, but they are part of the network overhead, not what is used by the customer.

Comment: Re:Hey, great idea here, guys... (Score 1) 76

by jrumney (#47734633) Attached to: Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

They've made this "bluetooth 5.0" you speak of. It's called Miracast.

More accurately, it was Bluetooth 3.0. Miracast is a pure WiFi solution. Bluetooth 3.0 supports establishing video streams over Bluetooth which are handed off to WiFi. In theory. I've never seen an actual working implementation of Bluetooth 3.0 in a commercial product.

Comment: Re:Hey, great idea here, guys... (Score 1) 76

by jrumney (#47734595) Attached to: Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers

It's not hard to make a device compatible with USB mass storage.

It is hard. USB MS exposes the internal storage as a block device for the USB host to do with as it pleases. The device has to avoid using the filesystem it is exposing for the duration that it is plugged in to avoid corruption, and when unplugged it has to dump any media indexes and reindex everything, as it has no way of knowing what changed.

This is why modern Android devices are now MTP only. With MTP, file access is via high level commands that are implemented on the device, so the device can track and control what is going on.

Comment: Re:Amost sounds like a good deal ... (Score 1) 376

by jrumney (#47700133) Attached to: Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up
Are you sure that $10 is going to the actual copyright holder, not the multinational corporation that holds the distribution rights? If it is, then I'm going to have to start pirating content to support the artists. Because that's a much better deal than they're getting under their current contracts.

Comment: Re:Hesitant about Kickstarter and hardware (Score 1) 107

by jrumney (#47682835) Attached to: Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM
I'm not positive, but I think SEC regulations intended to protect old grannies' pensions from high risk schemes get in the way of what you are asking for. To make high risk venture capital investments you need to be an institutional investor or high net worth individual with experience in the field. Kickstarter avoids being an investment to get around this. Kickstarter makes sense for startups that never intend to grow beyond serving a hobbyist community, individual artists, craftsmen or engineers and the like. It is just greed to use it for starting a company that intends to grow to global scale and sell out like this.

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