Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).

×

Comment: UMG v. MP3.com (Score 1) 107

by tepples (#49168753) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

NO. Sony v. Universal (and subsequent rulings) have made it clear, it does not matter where a backup comes from, as long as you dont share it.

Where do you get that? I see UMG v. MP3.com which decided exactly the opposite. The backup has to be made by you from a genuine copy, not transmitted by someone else through the Internet.

Comment: The mole is in your household (Score 1) 107

by tepples (#49168733) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

that are inserted by their owners

Not necessarily, because not everybody lives alone. Anybody in your household with the opportunity to insert a disc can attempt to exploit a vulnerability like this. I imagine that most people do not regularly disconnect their BD players and keep them under lock and key.

Comment: Re:Best defense is not to care (Score 1) 107

by tepples (#49168715) Attached to: Blu-Ray Players Hackable Via Malicious Discs

All those useless apps have vastly superior equivalents on other platforms.

Which is fine so long as you already own a device of one of these "other platforms" in your living room. "Smart" TVs and "smart" BD players are convenient for people who happen not to, such as households with one PC that is in another room.

Comment: Commissions are widespread (Score 1) 112

by tepples (#49168651) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

if everyone [took a percent of gross] it would be unfeasible.

Everyone does take a percent of gross: Google on Google Play Store, Amazon on Amazon Appstore, Apple on App Store, Nintendo on eShop, Sony on PlayStation Store, and Microsoft as I mentioned above. The market for physical goods is little different: Amazon takes a commission of sellers' revenue on Amazon.com, and eBay and PayPal take final value fees.

Comment: Hobby games in the living room (Score 1) 112

by tepples (#49168333) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free

The fact is Game development is rapidly moving into the hobby space much like home studios did to music and youtube is doing to TV.

Except there's a difference. Anyone can burn hobby music to a CD-R and play it in a stereo. Anyone can burn hobby video to a DVD+R and play it in any brand of DVD player. The game market is qualitatively different. The major consoles lock out hobby games, and PCs are uncommon in the living room. Some of this can be traced to certain bad decisions made by the North American video game industry in the first half of the 1980s.

Have you reconsidered a computer career?

Working...