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Comment: Re:Any chance (Score 1) 129

by tepples (#49630193) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

After all, the cable company doesn't actually have to share Internet revenue with any of the content creators

Yet. In some countries, ISPs pay a tax to "compensate for piracy", which they pass on to users. (Source)

Besides, even now, ISPs have to pay Disney for access to ESPN3, which is sold to ISPs, not to end users.

Comment: Hundreds of USD/yr for coding on the bus (Score 1) 85

by tepples (#49630083) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Chromebook-Like Unofficial ChromeOS Experience?

I am already paying for mobile data and a VPS for other reasons. Even so, I'd still probably get out my laptop on a bus only if it was a Google bus.

Citilink buses in Fort Wayne, Indiana, do not offer Wi-Fi. They don't even run at night or on Sundays, to give you a sense of the system's scope. I currently happen not to subscribe to mobile Internet access, and even if I did, the carrier would likely charge twice: once for a phone and the tethering surcharge for a Chromebook. And how much data does your preferred web-based IDE use per hour? I don't want to end up paying for overages.

I need the Internet for work.

So do I. But my day job is at an office with wired Internet. The hobby programming projects that I work on using my laptop while riding the bus to and from work require only intermittent access to the Internet, as I have downloaded API docs for use locally.

I don't really understand what it is about the idea of an Internet-only device that bothers you so much

If there is no way to write and test code on an offline Chromebook, then switching from my present laptop to a Chromebook would either cost me hundreds of dollars per year or force me to find something else to do for an hour and a half a day.

but I am actually pretty sure that you would be less inconvenienced than you imagine.

Does a Chromebook offer a way to write and test code offline, other than through Crouton?

Comment: When the finals are on ESPN (Score 1) 129

by tepples (#49629313) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

I'm really hoping the entire non-demand cable paradigm collapses as soon as possible. It really hasn't been necessary for some time

A lot of people would disagree with you in the case of live sporting events. One well-known example is the College Football Championship Game on ESPN. How should we convince people that it is acceptable to watch the big game a week after the fact?

Comment: Provided it's even possible to upgrade RAM (Score 1) 85

by tepples (#49628791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Chromebook-Like Unofficial ChromeOS Experience?

Swap was awesome back when RAM was expensive. RAM is now really cheap

Provided your device's RAM slots aren't already filled with the largest stick that your device can take. And provided your device even has RAM slots at all; a lot of smaller mobile PCs nowadays have soldered-on RAM.

Comment: Pay for the connection and pay for the server (Score 1) 85

by tepples (#49628743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Chromebook-Like Unofficial ChromeOS Experience?

With a web based IDE and an SSH client, you can accomplish almost anything.

But unless you go the Crouton route, what are you SSHing to? If you have your Chromebook open on the bus, you don't have an Internet connection unless you're paying for a mobile broadband plan. And you still have to pay to lease a server on which to run your "web based IDE and an SSH client".

Comment: Re:Contributory infringement (Score 1) 96

by tepples (#49626309) Attached to: UK High Court Orders Block On Popcorn Time

Napster was shutdown by a court in the country in which it operated.

Which also happens to be the country in which Slashdot operates.

Likewise just because one judge in the UK made one decision doesn't make the software illegal in any other parts of the world.

Yet.

Both the USA and Great Britain agree about the illegality of a copying service with no substantial non-infringing use. What makes you think courts in other countries that have signed the same copyright treaty won't reach the same conclusion when the MPA (the MPAA's foreign division) goes into those countries?

Comment: Daikatana for GBC (Score 1) 99

by tepples (#49625999) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

The Game Boy Color version of Daikatana actually didn't suck. So perhaps what they needed to do was repackage the GBC game and wrap it up in one of those newfangled hi-res emulators that replaces each of the game's 8x8 pixel tiles with a redrawn high-res 32x32 pixel tile. (See "HiSMS".) This would blow the game up to a 640x576 window.

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