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Comment: Re:So more of the same then? (Score 1) 343

by tepples (#49549427) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

How does that make iTunes a better player?

If all my purchases are from the iTunes Store, then for purposes of playing my purchases, iTunes is a better player.

If I make a player that can interface with my own store but don't allow other players to interface with my store, does that automatically make my player the best one?

It is if you can convince substantially more publishers to sell through your store than through competing stores.

Comment: CSS in HandBrake might depend on platform (Score 1) 343

by tepples (#49546627) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

I think it refers to the fact that not all builds of HandBrake for all variants of all platforms include the DVD and BD decryption code. This page states that Windows users have to install Kodi (formerly XBMC) and dig the CSS library out of that. On which platform are you running HandBrake?

Comment: Power-limited but also connection-limited (Score 1) 71

by tepples (#49546465) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

Today's computing model is continuing to shift towards mobile devices with finite power supplies, thermal envelopes and limited/fragile storage.

And expensive connections. The going rate for a cellular Internet connection in the United States is $10 per GB uploaded or downloaded.

Comment: Legislators are both busy and bought (Score 1) 297

So why aren't we fixing the real issue of overly broad copyrights?

Because that would require national legislatures to actually do non-trivial work. They're already busy enough deciding whether and how much to spend on particular military, entitlement, and military entitlement projects. Nor have they seen any evidence that reforming overly broad copyright would win them more votes, especially when Hollywood promises them essentially free ad time to reach their constituents during election season but only if they "behave" (FOX News; The Hollywood Reporter).

Comment: Import duties (Score 1) 297

Such a copyright term applied to works with an individual author would violate the Berne Convention, which all World Trade Organization members must adopt. The Berne Convention requires a minimum term of 50 years after the death of the last surviving author or 50 years after publication for works with a corporate author. A country adopting such a copyright term for works with an individual author would get kicked out of the WTO and see its exports in unrelated industries become subject to prohibitive import duties.

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 1) 397

by tepples (#49542019) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

The "Winqual" certification for the Games for Windows logo can be fairly expensive. It also imposes rules on your game design, such as not being allowed to make the visible portion of the world 4:3 in shape ("The game must not stretch pixels or center a 4:3 render window"), which can make ports of classic games with naturally 4:3 playfields impossible. In addition, a game cannot use more than half the system's resources because it "must run in a new user session when it is already running in another session."

The PC CD-ROM SOFTWARE logo and its DVD successor can be used without needing to submit your game to this certification program.

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