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Comment: Re:Real-time communication without JS (Score 1) 152

by tepples (#47509993) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

A novel idea perhaps, but just maybe they should not try to push/throw everything into a webbrowser ?

In some cases, it's either deploy one JavaScript web app or deploy 15 native apps, one for each of 15 platforms. You can get the web app designed, implemented, tested, and deployed before you even become approved as a developer on half of those platforms.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 431

Oh no, East Germany was less economically oppressive than the Soviet Union, but it still was a planned economy with a few market elements. The outputs of the economy as a whole was dictated by government plans and quotas. Even at its most socialistic, that was never the way it worked in the west.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 431

There was little scarcity actually threatening day to day living in East Germany. They were the most productive eastern bloc economy by far, maybe because they experimented with some market pricing and even permitted some private enterprise.

What there was, was really invasive spying and political censorship, and bad coffee.

Comment: Re:Movies still unreleased on DVD (Score 1) 206

by tepples (#47509137) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

That consent can NEVER be revoked.

It can get revoked once all copies owned by Netflix are lost or damaged and the studio isn't authorizing a new pressing. Netflix DVD subscribers have been noticing this problem as titles just disappear from their queues. Or should Netflix be going out to Amazon and eBay to buy used copies as replacements?

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 431

Fascism was the one from Italy, remember? It was the nazis with the gas chambers. The fascists were content with torture chambers, executions and shipping the "undesirables" to other countries to do the dirtiest work.

But don't worry, you're not in the torturable class, so it makes little difference for you.

Comment: Re:I can already do this on Android... (Score 1) 37

by tepples (#47508917) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

With something as simple as a USB OTG adapter and a wired Xbox controller.

I was under the impression that the point of handheld gaming was that the player can hold up the screen and controller at once. What contraption do you use to hold your tablet up while holding your Xbox 360 controller? Or do you instead put the tablet on a stand on a table (like with a Vectrex console) and play it that way?

and reuse the Xbox controller you undoubtedly already have

I happen to own a Wii, not an Xbox 360, and Google made changes to the Bluetooth stack between Android 4.1 and Android 4.2 that broke Wii Remote support.

Comment: Movies still unreleased on DVD (Score 1) 206

by tepples (#47508853) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Unless the movie you wanted wasn't available on the streaming service, ONLY on a physical disc.

What do you do if the movie you want to watch hasn't been released on DVD either? Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987) and Little Men (1998) are among them.

Besides, if I'm not in a huge hurry to watch something, with a disk I can get extras easily

Studios have been providing bare-bones editions to rental stores, where selecting anything from the extras menu instead shows an error message that the rental disc contains only the main feature, along with an ad for buying the full version.

Comment: Re:I doubt most people care (Score 1) 206

by tepples (#47508771) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

How much more time was it to go to blockbuster and back home?

The locally-owned video store I used to go to was 25 minutes away from my home on foot or 7 minutes away during bicycle season. It's been replaced by a Redbox machine. So depending on the weather, it could be 50 minutes round trip.

Comment: Real-time communication without JS (Score 1) 152

by tepples (#47508679) Attached to: A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Webmail without JS is a trivial thing to implement.

In JS-free webmail, how would contact autocompletion work without having to resubmit the entire body text every time?

All website should provide base functionality without JS

"All" is a strong word.

Web chat
Say you have a web-based front end to a chat program. How are you going to detect whether others have sent messages to a channel/room without XMLHttpRequest? And how are you going to append the new comments to the existing list of messages without scripted manipulation of the HTML DOM?
Web painting
Or say you have an online paint program, which you may know under the term "electronic whiteboard" or the Japanese term "oekaki". How are you going to detect whether someone else has added a stroke to a picture without XMLHttpRequest? How even are you going to detect drags in order to send your own brush strokes? Server-side image maps support only click actions, not drag actions.

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