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Comment AT&T cramming; Android pod touch (Score 1) 164

On the other hand, why pay for stuff you don't need?

Because the carrier requires you to. For a long time, carriers would not activate low-minute pay-as-you-go plans with no data on smartphones. Only dumbphones were eligible for plans with no data. Instead, carriers required customers to have high-minute or unmetered plans including data, even if the subscriber already has a landline at home and plans to be near Wi-Fi whenever doing anything requiring an Internet connection. For example, Sprint's Virgin Mobile wouldn't activate a payLo plan on an Android phone, and AT&T has been known to cram a data plan onto a subscriber's bill unless the subscriber performed some obscure trickery involving buying a SIM online and activating it through the Internet before putting it in the phone.

Or because manufacturers have required you to. There hasn't been a serious Android-powered challenger to the iPod touch, a Wi-Fi-only tablet in the 4 to 5 inch range. The Archos 43 never caught on because of its resistive touch screen (though it worked well with a stylus) and lack of Google Play Store. Samsung tried with the Galaxy Player, but it didn't catch on either, possibly in part because it was stuck on Android 2 and because I never saw them in stores. So people who never plan to connect to a cellular network end up paying for a cellular radio that they don't use.

Comment exFAT requirement for SDXC certification (Score 3, Insightful) 164

Don't forget, the top phone brands are all busy neutering their phones by removing all the most useful features, such as an SD card slot

The SD Card Association already did that, by requiring SD licensees to license Microsoft's exFAT patent or not be able to use cards bigger than 32 GB.

Comment Preinstall to user partition, restore after reset (Score 1) 164

I mostly loathe my Samsung POS Android phone due to the small internal memory that is larded up with crap I can't delete

Android 5 "Lollipop" introduced a mechanism to let the manufacturer preload apps into the user partition. A factory reset erases them, but when the user connects to Wi-Fi for the first time after a reset, the phone restores the preloaded apps from the Google Play Store server. At least this way, the user can delete the apps from the user partition instead of having the factory version sit in the system partition even after the user has uninstalled updates. I wouldn't be surprised if use of this mechanism became mandatory for OHA members as of Android 6 "Marshmallow".

Comment Re:How to migrate away? (Score 1) 198

For a lot of these works, it isn't code as much as the character designs, scripts (in the screenplay sense not the ActionScript sense), etc. Somehow, free cultural works in entertainment never took off to quite the same extent as free software or free cultural works outside entertainment. Nor did free software in video games take off to the same extent as free software outside video games.

Comment Re:Still need the original FLA (Score 1) 198

At that point, it just becomes a decision by the user of whether they're willing to pirate an older version of Creative Suite, or download a free HTML5 development app. Legal-free beats pirate-free any day, so that's one area where HTML5 could still catch up.

Agreed in principle. But when is it likely to catch up? Which "free HTML5 development app" is comparable in features and polish to a preowned copy of Flash CS or even Flash MX? "Use a text editor" has no timeline.

Comment Double Action 53 for NES: now available (Score 1) 198

When even the authors don't care enough to port their stuff to HTML5 you can be confident that yours is a niche concern.

Are you implying that the public should have honored Franz Kafka's request to burn his manuscripts after his death? Because destroying a work once "the authors don't care enough" about it anymore is similar.

You might as well be arguing that the video game industry should still develop for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

I contributed two games and the menu to this NES collaboration released in 2015.

Proprietary platforms are always at risk of being ended by the proprietor

Prior to widespread support for <canvas> and <audio>, for what non-proprietary platform should these authors have created these vector animations instead of Flash Player?

Comment Re:F Yeah Seeking (Score 1) 198

And how many Flash productions present that ability to the user?

I have no resources to perform an exact count.

And what about Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One and PS4? They are the most popular consoles currently.

PC is more popular than those put together. Besides, PS3's browser supports at least some version of Flash Player since 2.5. I'll grant that Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 would need the author to convert the Flash to HTML5.

Comment When the recording copyright expires first (Score 3, Informative) 38

The copyright treaties define a shorter minimum copyright term for sound recordings than for other kinds of works. In some countries, if a song is written and recorded in the same year, the copyright in the composition expires 50 years after the death of the last surviving songwriter, but the copyright in the sound recording expires far earlier: 50 years after publication. This means someone can lawfully make and sell copies of any pre-1965 musical recording in those countries for only the cost of a license to the composition.

The United States is one huge exception. It applies the same 95-year copyright term to recordings published in 1972 or later as it does to any other work made for hire published in the same year. It also applies state copyright to pre-1972 sound recording copyright, and state copyright isn't subject to the "for limited Times" wording of the copyright clause of its constitution. Federal law has set a date after which state copyright must expire, but that's in 2067 to give them the equivalent of one full federal copyright term after the introduction of federal sound recording copyright.

Comment Slashdot uses Arial and VW uses VAG (Score 1) 132

Anyhow, the problem that I have with sans-serif fonts is that they look childish.

From Slashdot's CSS: body { margin: 0; font:13px/1.5 Arial,sans-serif; background: rgb(204,204,204);} Or is Slashdot likewise childish? Is Volkswagen's branding childish?

That's what you see in books for children, when they are learning to read.

That's not what I remember seeing for the text in The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. It looks like Times.

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