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Comment: CGNAT (Score 1) 90

by tepples (#49154989) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

along with all other twitter handles that have posted from that IP

With all the carrier grade network address translation (CGNAT) going on in mobile networks and in developing countries' wired networks, I imagine that matching people by IPv4 address would need a team of humans to weed out all the false positives.

Comment: Movies and tax returns (Score 1) 190

by tepples (#49151951) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

Playing Music? No iTunes, but otherwise works.

Unless you're buying music and you can't find a particular track on Google or Amazon.

Web browsing [...] Word processing [...] Email

You forgot watching Hollywood movies (lawful DVD player, lawful BD player, clients for each country's DRM'd streaming services) and preparing tax returns.

Comment: Bootstrapping a Google account (Score 1) 164

by tepples (#49150771) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

That sign in at a Google search screen bothers me, at which point is one going to be required to use it.

Last time I checked (which was today), creating a Gmail account required a mobile phone number. So for someone buying a mobile phone in order to have a mobile phone number in order to create a Google account, where is one supposed to search for reviews of mobile phones? If a different web search engine, then why not just stick with that instead of using Google Search?

Comment: Re:Clear Channel (Score 1) 617

by tepples (#49150343) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

And MS has a government granted monopoly on Windows due to copyright.

The relevant market here is not Windows but operating systems compatible with widely used applications. And at the time, enough of those were exclusive to for Windows that Microsoft was using its monopoly in one area (copyright in Windows) to secure or strengthen market power in other areas.

Given how much people apparently hate cable companies and their municipal monopolies, perhaps we should revisit the assumption that "natural monopolies" are best served with an actual monopoly.

I agree. Access to rights of way is a natural monopoly that has been allocated inefficiently in the past, and I presented an alternative to this inefficiency in another post.

Comment: Lockdown (Score 2) 149

by tepples (#49147667) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

At some point we need to just say, 'stop!', and write the code ourselves.

I wonder how much of "invented here" syndrome is related with frustration with curation on the popular curated platforms (iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, and game consoles). Cryptographic lockdown applied by the operating system publisher blocks end users from writing their own applications or writing a mod for an existing application. Because people are unwilling to go through the organizational overhead of becoming a licensed developer, they stick with the vanilla version of whatever they can get from the platform's official app store.

Comment: Re:Clear Channel (Score 1) 617

by tepples (#49147313) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

And Windows monopolizes the users of Windows PCs.

In a broader sense, Windows monopolizes the users of the large set of applications that are exclusive to Win32. The findings of fact in United States v. Microsoft spelled out the "applications barrier to entry" responsible for Windows market share.

Your point ... ?

Phrasing my point in a manner that you will most readily understand depends on your answer to the following question: If cellular weren't a cartel, then how could all four cellular carriers get away with raising pay-as-you-go texting rates at the same time?

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir