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Comment: Re:Why not some really old movies (Score 1) 120

by tepples (#47769971) Attached to: GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

you can also find old TV shows and music that are no longer under copyright

How is that possible? Practical TV broadcasts didn't begin until years after the January 1, 1923, cutoff for the Copyright Term Extension Act. And U.S. copyright law allows state copyright in sound recordings to continue until 2067.

Comment: The other provider is even worse (Score 1) 230

by tepples (#47769863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

A lot of geographic areas don't have a second provider other than satellite and cellular. In most cases,* switching from a provider with a 150 GB per month cap to a provider with a 10 GB per month cap (source: exede.com) isn't a good idea. Nor is moving to a different town.

* Watch someone come up with an edge case.

Comment: Conditions of admission vs. copyright (Score 1) 58

by tepples (#47764091) Attached to: Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million
Privately recorded videos fall under the conditions of the ticket granting admission to said insignificant local games. If said conditions include an assignment of copyright in any privately recorded video to the league, it could produce the situation you describe. But such conditions would not apply to, say, recording your kids playing soccer at a public park because nobody owns the exclusive rights to the sport of soccer itself. A video game publisher's copyright is different because it affects your ability to broadcast game play even if you start your own league or even if the match is not associated with a league at all.

Comment: RAID (Score 1) 291

by tepples (#47762485) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Say you have an 8TB drive with 6 platters - the option could be to pair up the platters and write alternate bytes to each, doubling sustained read and write

That would require the head to be right over both tracks at the right moment. I'm not sure the heads are physically aligned that precisely. Or are you suggesting to separate the head assemblies for the top 3 and bottom 3 platters and do RAID 0 in a box?

Comment: Re:and yet (Score 1) 312

by tepples (#47762123) Attached to: Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"
93 Escort Wagon wrote:

The way Slashdot hid a -1 comment made it appear as if

If you're replying to a post with a low score, especially Anonymous Coward, it may be a good idea to take a page from e-mail standard practice and state the nickname of the poster to whom you're replying. To fully avoid confusion, it might help to add multiple levels of quoting to provide enough context to interpret your post correctly even in isolation.

Comment: Re:There is no way this could work for me when I p (Score 1) 117

by tepples (#47762047) Attached to: Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games
I think they're moving the mouse a "typical" amount and rounding the predicted move command to either no motion or the predicted amount of motion. Besides, in first person games, screen motion due to mouse panning is easy to predict, as John Carmack pointed out.

Comment: Re:The right to demand a takedown (Score 1) 58

by tepples (#47762005) Attached to: Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million
A league likely has copyright over recordings of its own matches. But that doesn't mean the league has the legal right to prevent other leagues from playing the same sport. The NFL, for instance, has no legal right to shut down the AFL, USFL, XFL, Arena Football, our the new USFL expected to kick off next year. A video game publisher, on the other hand, can use copyright to keep an online league from broadcasting the league's own matches.

Comment: The right to demand a takedown (Score 1) 58

by tepples (#47758411) Attached to: Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million
To my knowledge, the law doesn't recognize an owner of exclusive rights in wrestling, javelin throw, chariot racing, jousting, or gridiron football. The law does, however, recognize an owner of copyright in a video game who has the legal right to pull streams off Twitch. For example, you can broadcast a joust, but Warner Bros. has the right to keep you from broadcasting Joust.

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