Nothing is stopping you from taking up the cause yourself
Other than, of course, the copyright in the programming that most people want to watch.
Why not have one app per device You want to control?
Because your fingers can't feel which on-screen button they're pressing on a flat sheet of glass while your eyes are pointed at the TV screen.
Sure the barrier to entry are lower and there is no subscription, but [YouTube] still control what you can and can not see, not to mention how you see it.
In what way? Point the web browser of your Android-based set-top device (be it Google or Fire) at any other website offering WebM or MP4 video, and should be able to display it.
Is there any such thing as a "standard" Bluetooth remote?
Yes. It's called an alphabetic keyboard. A lot of people use them to input text into tablet computers, and they make them for PCs too.
The basic premise of the argument is that live TV and satellite TV matter and they'll continue to call the shots.
And as long as the major professional and collegiate sport leagues have agreements with national and regional networks with blackout clauses, live TV will continue to call the shots.
The reality of the situation is that digital
Cable and satellite television are digital now.
Cable television offers on demand programming in addition to live programming.
computing wavelets consumes more energy than receiving bits
How does the wavelet transform performed with lifting use any more energy than the 8-band cosine transform of JPEG?
Should be possible to do it with range requests, surely?
Even if the browser knows that a server supports range requests, how will a browser know in advance what byte range corresponds to each PJPEG pass?
Having to activate your cell phone, get blaring light in your eyes rather than the dim theater room
The cell phone screen has it's own lighting
For one thing, this lighting is too bright. For another, the phone can't detect that you want to use it as a television control until you press the home button and navigate to the television control app. For a third, someone else in your household can't use it while you are using the phone.
So the "problem" you are describing there becomes completely moot.
And the fourth problem, which touch-screen television controls share with touch-screen video gaming, is unusability while looking away. Despite the name, touch screens provide no touch cues to the user, unlike a physical remote with discrete buttons that you can feel. Your touch-screen smartphone or tablet requires you to look away from the TV instead of finding the bump on the 5 and navigating from there.
For example, I will never tell you that it's OK to use mysql_real_escape_string in your PHP code, even if I think you're more likely to follow that advice than the "real" advice, which is use parameterized queries.
In PDO, I always use parameterized queries. When I was using MySQLi, I used parameterized queries except in cases where a query would have a variable number of parameters. Unlike PDO, legacy APIs such as MySQLi don't support named placeholders in parameterized queries. Nor are positional placeholders very convenient if you have a variable number of question marks in a query, such as the right side of operator IN. For some applications, putting critical bug fixes on hold while the entire application is migrated from legacy APIs to PDO is not an option.
Since when has Slashdot of all places become accepting of general mediocrity over personal excellence?
I didn't read it as intended for Slashdot users giving advice to other Slashdot users, who are on the whole more likely to comply. I read it as intended for Slashdot users giving advice to the general public.
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