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Comment Re:Minecraft (Score 1) 112

But in order to get Minecraft or Cave Story or any of the other solo success stories onto game consoles everywhere

Have a look at the nowhere demos.

From the FAQ:

The final game will run on all three major platforms, just like the Codex of Indie Game Development that I just made up demands it. We release alpha builds for Windows, Linux and OS X, with a new build available to founders ideally every two weeks, if a major feature doesn't require more time.

I see nothing about a console port. My point is that it takes a larger team to shepherd a game through console makers' bureaucracy.

Comment Re:Cancel or Allow? (Score 1) 235

Why not just allow for Skype and Ok Google, but disallowed for any other generic website unless a request is popped up and accepted?

Agreed. The user would place Skype and the like under "Background access", but "any other generic website" would get "Temporary foreground access" with a pop-up to change the policy. The problem comes when users aren't given a way to say "Yes, this site has a legit reason to use my sensors, so quit bugging me," or when each site operator has to register with each browser publisher to enable the "quit bugging me" options.

Comment Re:Cancel or Allow? (Score 1) 235

How many people use their microphone that often? If they don't care about their own privacy over the inconvience of clicking a button then they probably deserve the privacy intrusion they're going to get.

How many people use their microphone that often?

I can think of users of Siri, users of OK Google, users of Cortana, users of voice-to-SMS, frequent users of VoIP, and people who use dictation because they have trouble using a standard keyboard. Someone who scans barcodes of products or scans personal checks from friends and family and payroll checks from employers too small for direct deposit might use the camera often.

I suggest a different privilege model for access to privacy-sensitive sensors:

  • Background access (while this origin or this app is open)
  • Foreground access (while this origin or this app is open and focused)
  • Temporary background access (revoked once all documents from this origin are unloaded, other than in navigation to another same-origin document, or all windows from this app are closed)
  • Temporary foreground access (default)
  • No access (do not ask user again)

Comment Re:What other ways? (Score 1) 235

Which side of the equation do the content creators care about the most? Would they rather provide the readers with value and treat them with respect, or suck up to those with the money?

If the choice is between trying to respect visiting readers while showing tasteful ads and trying to respect visiting readers while showing no ads, it depends on how much the authors want to keep a roof over their heads. The alternative (a paywall to cover authors' salaries and server costs) disrespects readers who are visiting, as paywalls lead to bounces, and bounces waste not only the reader's time but also server resources.

Maybe Computer Science should be in the College of Theology. -- R. S. Barton