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Comment: Re:So more of the same then? (Score 1) 362

by tepples (#49551911) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

Are all of your purchases in a proprietary Apple format that only iTunes can play?

During the time period I describe, that was the only format in which movie studios offered movie downloads for sale. Someone who spent a lot of money buying movie downloads on iTunes Store before Amazon and Google Play started operating would have to spend a lot of money to replace them with Amazon or Google Play movie downloads.

Comment: Sources other than fuel (Score 1) 260

by tepples (#49551895) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Turning fuel into electricity at large scale is 40% efficient.

Thank you for clarifying that the big loss in electric heating is generation, not transmission. But I think batteries like this are intended to work with power sources other than "fuel", such as wind turbines and PV. These are not only unaffected by the Carnot limit but also intermittent enough to need energy storage between generation and use.

Comment: Re:Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 260

by tepples (#49551847) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

What is wrong with Watts? W*time/time = W. Why add the redundant time/time ?

Meter devices that measure each household's electric energy use for billing purposes traditionally express this value in kilowatt hours, each of which is 3.6 MJ. Billing is based on the difference between the reading this month and the reading last month, which is an average power in kWh/month.

Comment: I could overlook it (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#49551741) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

I haven't read the British copyright statute, but both the U.S. copyright statute (Title 17, United States Code) and the English language version of the Berne Convention use "work", "author", "publisher", and "infringe" rather than "content", "creator", and "steal". Using the same terms as the law helps show that you aren't parroting the opinions of someone with a second- or third-hand understanding of what copyright really is. Perhaps I can try to overlook these terms, much as I overlook "could care less". But one thing I see on Slashdot and can't overlook is the use of "copywrite" to mean anything other than "creating the text of an advertisement".

Comment: Transmission loss (Score 1) 260

by tepples (#49551685) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Ironic that burning a more environmentally sound fuel (electricity) gets you roundly criticized by others for using too much electricity.

Perhaps they're assuming that transmission losses in the electric grid will more than offset the theoretical gains of using electric heat over natural gas heat.

Comment: VFAT patent (Score 1) 97

by tepples (#49551647) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

fat32 is not patented

The method used to encode long file names in FAT32 is patented, unless that patent expired very recently. Did it?

you can also use wifi to present a network drive

That's in fact what I ended up doing when my PC was having problems with the implementation of MTP on my Nexus 7 tablet. But that doesn't help if you have authority to connect a device to the USB port but not to associate it to the WLAN. This has happened to me in various homes that either A. didn't have Wi-Fi or B. didn't want my devices on their Wi-Fi.

Comment: Re:Do they charge patent royalties for Windows Pho (Score 1) 97

by tepples (#49551547) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

I don't see USB for internal storage.

For internal storage on a PC, continue to use SATA. For internal storage on a smartphone, the manufacturer ought to just solder more flash memory to the motherboard.

WTF is a CF port. and is UDF the other port type?

CompactFlash (CF) is a storage interface proposed as an alternative to Secure Digital (SD). UDF (Universal Disk Format) is a file system proposed as an alternative to FAT.

Comment: Fails because movies are a younger art form (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#49551507) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

We should have a Gutenberg project of sorts for movies...

The difference between books and movies is that movies have advanced so far in storytelling techniques and production values since December 31, 1922 (the current public domain cutoff date), that there is little demand among the public for movies whose copyright has expired. The "classic films" are still under copyright.

Comment: "Content creator" term is part of the problem (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#49551475) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

I'll stand by you in at least calling for people to stop shitting on content creators.

I'll stop pooping on "content creators" once people stop using that horrid term "content creator" to refer to what the law calls "authors and publishers". "Content" connotes "something to fill a box" more than creative works of authorship, and "creator" compares authors to deities.

Comment: Defunct publishers and other out-of-print works (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#49551457) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

I assume you've taken steps to contact the content creator

For a lot of works, the company that produced a work no longer exists. What are the standard steps to track down ownership of copyright in a decades-old work?

and try to find other means to pay?

Plenty of people have requested a copy of the film Song of the South on DVD or BD from Disney. I can't think of one case in the past couple decades where Disney actually sold a copy to the public.

Comment: Lavabit (Score 1) 133

by tepples (#49551439) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

The second problem is that UK ISPs implemented the block sloppily instead of complaining, "The technology to implement the filter you describe does not exist" and not doing it

If compliance with a law is actually impossible, the only way for a company to comply is to cease trading and return the company's property to its shareholders. One company that chose this route was Lavabit.

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