If most home users stop buying PCs in favor of tablets running iOS or Android, won't that cause PCs to become more expensive because businesses are willing to pay more?
How else do you think 'consumable' content is created?
By employees of established media production companies that can continue to afford PCs even after they become specialty products marketed only to businesses.
If the GPU is doing the decoding then you just record frame buffer.
Drivers signed by Microsoft for use with "premium" video are already supposed to disable the API calls needed to record frame buffer when a video is playing through Protected Video Path.
Couldn't you just set your monitor to 1080p (its native resolution) and increase the DPI setting in Windows?
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.
someone who has never bought anything from the iTunes Store
I wasn't referring to them. I thought we were talking about people who care enough about iTunes to complain about it stopping working. They probably still use iTunes because in the past they have bought something from the iTunes Store.
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?
What does Xubuntu 15.04 leak back to Canonical or any other "home base"?
I suffered through Ubuntu Unity on my laptop for one month until I did sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop. I wonder what'll break in a year once I upgrade from what amounts to Xubuntu 14.04 LTS to 16.04.
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.
I agree with you that copyrights are too broad. Now how should I go about convincing a majority of American voters to remove from office all representatives and senators who support keeping copyrights too broad?
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).
From the FAQ: "For best results, you should feed HandBrake unprotected video." Yet the vast majority of DVDs and all BDs are protected.
Does Winamp work with movies purchased through iTunes Store without having a working copy of the iTunes client on the PC?
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.