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Comment: When royalties drop to zero (Score 1) 97

by tepples (#49631731) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

Except in reality, this likely means that you will only get access to the subset of content that has been negotiated in ALL EU member countries individually.

Then anything not negotiated for the entire EU market will disappear from the EU view of the service. The publisher will get zero hits and thus zero royalties. If the publisher wants to continue collecting royalties from the service, it will have to negotiate with the service for the rest of the EU market.

Comment: What's the canonical URL? (Score 1) 97

by tepples (#49631661) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

you encode 'state' on the url!

So which URL for a given resource is canonical to be listed in indexes and shared with other users of the Internet: the one with or without cookies? Your answer to this will help me phrase my next question.

with RESTful apis being so trendy, cookies are often JUST use for authentication.

OAuth 2 uses bearer tokens, which behave like cookies. Is OAuth 2 considered "RESTful"?

Comment: Re:I'm shocked ... (Score 1) 225

And the police wonder why they're no longer treated with respect, while being people who regularly abuse their power and ignore the law.

No longer? Police have never been the embodiment of the Officer Friendly persona, on the whole. There are bright spots here and there to be sure, particularly in laid back suburban communities with high pay and low crime, but police have a history of abuse and extortion. See *any* third world country for an example of what our own police used to be. Police behavior has actually improved quite a lot since, say, the early 1900s, but, sadly, it was never better than it is now. The golden age of Leave it to Beaver and Andy Griffith is nothing but a fantasy.

Comment: Re:Any chance (Score 1) 135

by tepples (#49630193) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

After all, the cable company doesn't actually have to share Internet revenue with any of the content creators

Yet. In some countries, ISPs pay a tax to "compensate for piracy", which they pass on to users. (Source)

Besides, even now, ISPs have to pay Disney for access to ESPN3, which is sold to ISPs, not to end users.

Comment: Hundreds of USD/yr for coding on the bus (Score 1) 91

by tepples (#49630083) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Chromebook-Like Unofficial ChromeOS Experience?

I am already paying for mobile data and a VPS for other reasons. Even so, I'd still probably get out my laptop on a bus only if it was a Google bus.

Citilink buses in Fort Wayne, Indiana, do not offer Wi-Fi. They don't even run at night or on Sundays, to give you a sense of the system's scope. I currently happen not to subscribe to mobile Internet access, and even if I did, the carrier would likely charge twice: once for a phone and the tethering surcharge for a Chromebook. And how much data does your preferred web-based IDE use per hour? I don't want to end up paying for overages.

I need the Internet for work.

So do I. But my day job is at an office with wired Internet. The hobby programming projects that I work on using my laptop while riding the bus to and from work require only intermittent access to the Internet, as I have downloaded API docs for use locally.

I don't really understand what it is about the idea of an Internet-only device that bothers you so much

If there is no way to write and test code on an offline Chromebook, then switching from my present laptop to a Chromebook would either cost me hundreds of dollars per year or force me to find something else to do for an hour and a half a day.

but I am actually pretty sure that you would be less inconvenienced than you imagine.

Does a Chromebook offer a way to write and test code offline, other than through Crouton?

Comment: When the finals are on ESPN (Score 1) 135

by tepples (#49629313) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

I'm really hoping the entire non-demand cable paradigm collapses as soon as possible. It really hasn't been necessary for some time

A lot of people would disagree with you in the case of live sporting events. One well-known example is the College Football Championship Game on ESPN. How should we convince people that it is acceptable to watch the big game a week after the fact?

Comment: Provided it's even possible to upgrade RAM (Score 1) 91

by tepples (#49628791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Chromebook-Like Unofficial ChromeOS Experience?

Swap was awesome back when RAM was expensive. RAM is now really cheap

Provided your device's RAM slots aren't already filled with the largest stick that your device can take. And provided your device even has RAM slots at all; a lot of smaller mobile PCs nowadays have soldered-on RAM.

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