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Comment: They'd just have to copy T-Mobile's business model (Score 1) 38

by tepples (#47535727) Attached to: Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

The carriers now will say that they have to raise prices or even completely do away with contract subsidies in order to be competitive.

Then they'd have to compete with their MVNOs and T-Mobile USA, all of which have been itemizing the hardware and the service for years. Prepaid MVNOs have always sold the phone up front, and even before T-Mobile branded itself "the un-carrier", it had the SIM-only "Even More Plus" plan that offered a discount for bringing a compatible phone or buying one up front.

Comment: Re:I don't see what good unlocking does (Score 1) 38

by tepples (#47535631) Attached to: Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

Having the opportunity to handle a phone before buying it varies on a case-by-case basis so much that I'm not quite sure why you mentioned it.

Because of this comment. I asked about being able to try an AOSP phone before I buy it, and someone replied that I sounded like an entitled whiner.

Comment: Compartmentalization (Score 1) 62

by tepples (#47535153) Attached to: New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

But if it is only accessible within the private network, do you really need it wrapped up in SSL at all?

Yes, for reasons of privacy from people in other departments who don't deserve access to particular pieces of information. For example, a hospital regulated under HIPAA wouldn't want a surgeon snooPING AS usual on the health information of patients who aren't hers.

Comment: A game's publisher is allowed to dictate (Score 1) 97

by tepples (#47535093) Attached to: eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

The real interesting stuff will be the cultural shift when video games start to challenge the popularity of athletic sports.

I expect that to happen around the 2080s when the copyrights in popular multiplayer video games start expiring, provided that national legislatures don't extend the term of copyright again. Until then, a game's publisher is allowed to dictate who, when, where, and how broadcasts are allowed to happen.

Comment: Chess isn't subject to copyright takedowns (Score 1) 97

by tepples (#47535057) Attached to: eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

If people classify chess as a sport, so should these things, no?

No. The difference is that Chess is more than 95 years old. Anyone can sell Chess equipment and stream Chess matches without permission from FIDE or any other governing body. With games like StarCraft, on the other hand, all leagues operate at the pleasure of Actiblizzard. If Actiblizzard doesn't like a league, then under current law, it can shut down the league's streams with a copyright claim.

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