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Comment: Hardware keyboards on gaming devices (Score 1) 108

by tepples (#48635371) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

If hardware keyboards are such "a dead technology", why do PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS still have hardware directional pads, analog sticks, and buttons, as opposed to relying on multitouch with zero tactile feedback the way the iPhone and Android devices do? For game genres using directional as opposed to positional input, even the widely panned Turbo Touch 360 gamepad is better than a flat sheet of glass. So there's at least one niche of applications best served by a specialized input device that helps the user align his fingers without looking at them. BlackBerry fans believe that e-mail is another.

Comment: The Legit Bay (Score 3, Interesting) 19

by tepples (#48635295) Attached to: Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay

I wonder how hard it'd be to take The Open Bay and turn it into a "LegitTorrent" site centered around works under a Creative Commons license or other licenses for free cultural works. Such a site would promptly respond to OCILLA notices to help discover uploaders that have been engaging in license laundering.

Comment: Moral != legal (Score 1) 114

by tepples (#48635177) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

My intent was not to make a rigorous argument from current law but to make a statement about the morality of cloning. Law rarely perfectly matches morality. Pajitnov's actions through The Tetris Company combined with his previous statements, such as that free software "destroys the market" and "should never have existed", imply that he believes that cloning is immoral. But by that standard, he used the product of immorality to make his flagship product.

Comment: Initial capital (Score 1) 126

by tepples (#48631253) Attached to: Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

There is a difference after all between "Polish metal" (geographic connotations) and "polish metal" (to make shiny).

Not at the beginning of a sentence.

Or, as another example, the sentences "I helped my Uncle Jack off a horse" and "I helped my uncle jack off a horse".

Or better yet, "I went to my Uncle Jack's stud farm and helped him jack off a horse". Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Comment: Re:No irony - rusty argument that falls apart (Score 1) 114

by tepples (#48631107) Attached to: The Personal Computer Revolution Behind the Iron Curtain

Should I be responsible for what IBM did in the 1940s if I use an IBM product?


Should Pajitnov be personally responsible for what the lawyers of the people he sold his rights to are doing?

Last time I checked, the Tetris keiretsu (Tetris Holding, The Tetris Company, and Blue Planet Software) was managed by Alexey Pajitnov and Henk Rogers. So yes.

Comment: Re:Caching proxy's certificate (Score 1) 377

by tepples (#48630933) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

As long as you aren't using any apps that verify both ends of the cert communication

Apps like this probably don't work over an ordinary HTTP proxy anyway. Nor do they typically need caching, so you could probably just run them straight out to the Internet.

as long as you don't care or need to see whether certs have EV

Then have the proxy verify the EV and use a separate EV certificate (which you have accepted in your browser)

especially when working in some industries where SSL inspection of various classes of traffic can be illegal due to breach's of various privacy and confidentiality laws

If deep inspecting HTTPS for the sole purpose of office-wide caching is illegal, then deep inspecting HTTP ought to be illegal too.

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