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".
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.
If you bought non-DRM stuff, it's not impacted by this.
Where did I say "there's a DRM-free movie store"?
"If you bought non-DRM stuff" implied to me that you were aware of someone selling said "non-DRM stuff".
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.
Modern li-ion batteries are over 90%
Last time I checked, lithium-ion batteries lost a substantial chunk of their capacity after a few years. Does the 10 percent loss figure that you stated include the cost of manufacturing a replacement battery?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CloudFlare has been using SNI since Slashdot's previous story about CloudFlare expanding SSL support in September 2014. It became practical in April 2014 when Windows XP, the last desktop operating system in common use whose pack-in browser does not support SNI, reached end of extended support.
If HTTP, inspect the host name. If HTTPS then the IP will be enough by itself.
HTTPS allows multiple hostnames on one IP address on any platform whose TLS stack supports Server Name Indication. This includes essentially every web browser in common use except Internet Explorer on Windows XP and Android Browser on Android 2.x. So if HTTPS, inspect the SNI header, as it's cleartext.
CloudFlare blocks any IP address that sends an insane number of page hits in a short period of time
CloudFlare was treating Amazon's web crawler bot's IP range as a potential spammer and showing it a captcha page for every result
If any other CloudFlare customer sees behavior like this, try whitelisting each smaller search engine on which you want your site to appear.
[CloudFlare's CAPTCHA] is trivial for end users to get around and thus is not a true block
Even for blind users?
no legit company uses CloudFlare
These companies use CloudFlare services. Names I recognize include Reddit, eHarmony, Bain Capital, League of Legends developer Riot Games, Cisco Systems, Quicksilver, Y Combinator, NASDAQ Stock Market, Eurovision Song Contest, Massachsetts Institute of Technology, and Metallica. I've also seen CloudFlare services in use on Stack Exchange (the Stack Overflow company). If you can explain what you mean by "legit" and show how all of these companies fail tests for being "legit", I'll believe you.
Microsoft did the research and built the tech, anyone who doesn't want to pay royalties is free to fund their own R&D and develop their own technology.
Unlike copyrights, patents disregard provenance. This means that even someone who does fund his own research and development could end up independently reaching the same solutions* that Microsoft engineers reached. This would run the risk of having production shut down by Microsoft's legal department.
Again, vendors are free to develop their own technology, nothing stops them
One thing that stops them is the exclusive license granted by national radio regulators to cellular network operators. All cellular network operators holding substantial spectrum leases have chosen to require the use of patented protocols to communicate with their networks.
* "Same" here shall be interpreted in accordance with the doctrine of equivalents.