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Comment Re:I wonder if TiVo is long for thisworld (Score 1) 84

I'm also not particularly tempted to replace my satellite bill with a bunch of smaller streaming bills especially when support for any particular service on any particular device is hit or miss.

The absence of standardisation here is one of my bugbears. My Sony TV supports Netflix and iPlayer (The must-haves in the UK), but players for the other major channels seem to be missing.

Still, you can get cheap android based devices, and Android itself is a fairly stable standard. Even Amazon's fork for FireTV seems to be pretty well represented, and the devices are cheap enough I don't mind throwing it out if it does become obsolete in a year or two.

Comment Re:The F-35 is having problems? (Score 4, Insightful) 178

It's a minor design issue discovered during testing. They happen in engineering. The solution is to fix it.

Not sure why this was a problem and why they couldn't use an existing ejector seat design but perhaps they have to be designed on a per-aircraft basis.

Comment Re:People say RMS is nuts (Score 1) 209

Well? When it comes to copyable media we do get to use it for free for near enough all eternity. The only exception is a relatively short time near the beginning.

Yes pedants - 95 years is a relatively short time compared to the billions of years we expect the universe to exist.

Comment Re:Got Anymore Of That 4K Content? (Score 1) 222

Don't think that many people care about 4k content.

The rental prices are daft. Also rentals make things confusing if you have Prime. I don't want to pay per item.

They have a couple of exclusives that look interesting though, I quite enjoyed The Man In The High Castle. And getting Amazon prime delivery is a nice perk.

Comment Why speculate? We have numbers! (Score 1) 317

Chip-and-PIN is not a new idea! We've had it for over a decade in Britain and we weren't the first to implement it! One of the reasons the banks pushed it here was because other countries that have tried it saw substantial reductions in fraud!

It works!

Comment Re:3D Printing (Score 1) 106

Chocolate teapots have their uses. Main one is that if you're hungry you could eat it. Also, these guys would have it that you can even use one for brewing tea

A 3D printed clock though - plenty of examples. Usually using other materials for the pendulum, but I imagine nowhere near as consistent or useful at sea as Harrison's clocks.

Comment Re:No Cost Clause (Score 1) 106

That depends entirely on how much safer and/or faster a journey is thanks to the clock, as well as the lifetime (and maintenance cost) of the clock,

It does indeed.

How long does a precision instrument that needs to keep perfect time last in conditions of wildly varying temperatures, high humidity and high chance of contact with saltwater? Larcum Kendall made a replica of H4 but he argued that it was too expensive for general use.

It's not unreasonable to wait for the claimed advantages to be tested and verified before paying out a hefty prize, after all. After others had demonstrated that the watch could be made more cheaply, then it's quite clear that Harrison deserved the award.

Comment Re:No Cost Clause (Score 1) 106

It was expensive, but not too expensive. Ships were also expensive. Entire fleets of warships and the upkeep of the sailors and marines even more so.

Yes, but when a quarter of the price of the ship is the clock, I'd say there's an argument that costs need to be reduced before it's really "practical".

Comment Re:It should... but what about Ecto-1 (Score 2) 138

True, but if you see a silver Aston Martin DB5 you immediately think of James Bond, and would that red stripe be enough to violate the copyright on the A-Team van?

There are of course always edge cases. I just wonder how these things would go if challenged.

Curiously, in a similar case, despite the vehicle in question being an unmodified creation of the Met Police, the rights to the Blue Police Box now belong to the BBC.

Comment Re:Honestly - piracy is an inalienable right (Score 1) 278

It's kind of like E=m c^2... if I hit you with mass (e.g., my fist), that's assault. If I hit you with energy (e.g., the reflected light off of my face), that's expected. There might be some limit that is in between the two extremes. Since the whole concept is rather modern, no one really knows where to put that limit.

No, but since 128 bits is considered a universally unique identifier and most copyrighted data is substantially longer than that.

But the law doesn't care about pure mathematics. It cares more about intent. If, through a purely mathematical process, accidentally managed to stumble on a number, that by coincidence was an ISO of The Little Mermaid, then as long as you could show that this was a coincidence you would not be in breach of copyright.