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Comment: SMTP; Alice v. CLS (Score 1) 95

by tepples (#47714037) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation
Even if you ignore prior art from 1982, the Supreme Court of the United States recently decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank to strike down treatment of "with a computer" as an inventive step. I'm not a lawyer, but I'd recommend that nonpracticing entities reconsider their business plans in light of the opinion of the Court.

Comment: Every iPhone poops because it isn't an Android (Score 1) 69

by tepples (#47711523) Attached to: YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

Sure it doesn't mean "bend over and give us all your personal information," like having to disclose your real name in a Google+ public profile in order to be allowed to comment on a YouTube video? Or perhaps it just means birthday.

Which brings me to a song by Bad Lip Reading with lyrics "Everybody poops and if they don't they're an Android and should be destroyed." This is sold on iTunes but also on Amazon, which also runs an Android app store. I'm not sure with which platform this song's theme fits. On the one hand, "Android [...] should be destroyed" fits in with the dream of Steve Jobs to go thermonuclear on Android. On the other hand, the implication that every other smartphone OS "poops" could be taken either way.

Comment: Anecdote (Score 1) 221

by tepples (#47709041) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked
I recently had to get my cable TV fixed, as the cable box wasn't syncing for more than a minute after being plugged in. After about six calls the "customer account executive" finally determined that I should bring the box in and swap it. During the last of these six calls, the rep asked me if I wanted to upgrade to 105 Mbps Internet. I told him my computers are too low-end to make good use of that, and when I see speed problems, it's usually on the other side. I forget what else I had to embellish my "no thanks" with to get him to back off.

Comment: Vote with your feet, literally (Score 1) 149

by tepples (#47708879) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

Sure, I'd be pissed if [TWC or Verizon DSL] or both were dropped by Netflix, but I can't switch to anyone else.

If the Internet connection where you live has become unusable, you could always switch to somewhere else. Compare this: I imagine a lot of people would like to move to a rural area, but they like the Internet more than they like the country.

Comment: Opposition to a penny more per year (Score 1) 149

by tepples (#47708843) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

most netflix customers use it as a secondary service. it's the tiny percentage of cord cutters

Among some members of my family, I've detected a Grover Norquist mentality against any increase in entertainment spending. To afford another $120 per year recurring fee, they'd have to cut out something else. Cord cutters in countries where over-the-top video on demand (OTT VOD) services such as Hulu and Netflix are available recognize that everything but the "festering pile of social ills" that is televised sports is available on OTT VOD.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen

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