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Comment Re:two sides to this (Score 1) 433

Android locks the user into a firmware jail, so that he can't interfere with the platform DRM. Android devices that support "rooting" will clear the phone storage before giving the user root access, and applications providing DRM-exclusive content (I don't know about Netflix, but I know that the Sky app behaves this way) will refuse to run on a "rooted" device.

Comment Re:Still need to install something (Score 1) 337

There is no industry standard for DRM in HTML5. The EME proponents didn't agree on any DRM standard. For stupid political reasons, all theirs.

Before: in order to watch Netflix, you needed an HTML browser AND the Flash plugin.
Now: in order to watch Netflix, you need Internet Explorer 11 on Windows. Firefox, Chrome and Linux users need not apply.
Where's the practical, workable value of this evolution?

Comment Re:two sides to this (Score 1) 433

You can't implement DRM in open source, so Firefox and Linux are out of the question. Chrome will probably implement some EME-compliant DRM, since Google are among the main proponents of EME. But you'll probably have to run it under a closed OS, such as Windows or (unrooted) Android in order to make it work.

Comment Re:Isn't this done already? (Score 1) 247

More than 95% of the population actually have a life that goes beyond watching youtube and reading reduced versions of web sites. For example they'll have to work.

They'll want, sooner or later, to use office, to embed a movie clip into a powerpoint slide, to collect the pictures from their digital camera, to open large zipped files, to send a properly formatted email, to read a DVD with video clips from their 2004 holidays, to play a game beyond the limited subset allowed by touch controls, to make a video chat while they're working on a document, to access that web site that requires Flash or even Java.

And even when the stuff they want to do can be done on a tablet, the user experience there is clumsy and the applications are almost always limited - many essential features are outright missing because the "app" designers give for granted that the user will use a desktop PC in order to access them.

Comment Re:Really (Score 1) 229

I can merely walk away or choose not to be around the person wearing Glass...

Not if both of you want to be in the same place.

or perhaps kindly ask them to remove them or otherwise disable it.

And they're free to ignore your request, to lie to you about the thing being disabled, and/or film your reaction and upload it to YouTube.

People are upset not because government agencies are doing the same thing, but mainly because there's not a damn thing citizens can do to stop it, or prevent massive abuse.

On the contrary, people have the right to interrogate the authorities about the images they're collecting and the scope of the collection. They can propose laws regulating, limiting or even preventing the collection. They can elect politicians who are against it, and vote against, or no longer vote for, the politicians who are in favour of it.

Comment Re:Isn't this what we would expect. (Score 1) 117

The first result of that search reports a measurement of the time of divergence between two species of bacteria between 120 and 160 million years with a substitution rate in protein-coding DNA of 0.7-0.8 million years which is remarkably similar to that observed in the nuclear genes of mammals, invertebrates, and flowering plants.

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