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Comment Shut down indies by claiming plagiarism (Score 1) 617

Based on the number of notes that it has been seen to take to count as copying, there are only a few million distinct songs. This means there'd be no need for a specific "homemade music prohibition act". When the major music publishers want to attack an indie artist, they could just try to dig up existing copyrighted songs that sound like the artist's songs. George Harrison, for example, lost a lawsuit for having subconsciously plagiarized a Chiffons song on his solo debut album (Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs Music). The only reason you haven't seen music plagiarism lawsuits more often, given the prevalence of plagiarism in popular music, is that disputes among major labels are often settled with a cross-license, something not as easily available to indies.

Comment Re:Also... (Score 1) 617

For one thing, not all car stereos have an aux input. For another, it would cost hundreds of dollars more per year for a dumbphone user to switch to a phone that plays MP3s. Verizon and Sprint won't activate a smartphone on a dumbphone plan, and AT&T is known to "cram" a data plan onto a dumbphone SIM if it is ever inserted into a smartphone.

Comment Re:How to discover Free music w/o data plan? (Score 1) 166

How do people discover these services and these free-culture-supporting bands in the first place? Not everybody has a data plan


You must not be an American. Due to poor or nonexistent public transit in much of the United States and a perception that public transit is for people with poor hygiene, a lot of American workers end up driving a motor vehicle to and from work. You can't wander YouTube while driving, and even if you can take good public transit, you still need an expensive data plan to do so on the commute.

Comment Virtually all FM radio music is non-free (Score 1) 166

This means people keep discovering RIAA bands through the convenience-by-default of in-car FM radio.

There is an ancient device called a radio that plays all manner of music

In my experience, a radio doesn't "play[] all manner of music". It plays only music published by labels big enough to afford payola, and this music is inevitably non-free.

Comment Fixed entry points (Score 1) 166

I am meaning, all the way back to when Apple started running the Apple 2 Clonemakers out of business with lawsuits.

The only reason those lawsuits happened in the first place is that the Monitor ROM (the BIOS of the Apple II) used entry points at fixed addresses in $F800-$FFFF. Fixed entry points mean that the implementations of BIOS routines have to be the same length in bytes as the existing routines, which pretty much ensures that only one specific copyrighted implementation will work. The IBM PC BIOS was more easily cloned because it used a proper syscall mechanism.

Comment How to discover Free music w/o data plan? (Score 1) 166

Not to mention the increasing popularity of copyright free music such as found on streaming services like Jamendo and Magnatune

How do people discover these services and these free-culture-supporting bands in the first place? Not everybody has a data plan, a car stereo with an AUX input, and the motivation to keep plugging an audio cable into the phone. This means people keep discovering RIAA bands through the convenience-by-default of in-car FM radio.

Comment Re:PAE on ARM (Score 1) 512

The move to 64-bit CPUs is more akin to the SNES using the 65816 as opposed to the NES' modified 6502

If you know what a "PHK PLB" is,* you'll see how the 65816 is still very, very PAE. The 65816's address space is 24-bit, but a machine register can hold only a 16-bit pointer, so pointers to anything bigger than 64 KiB have to be manipulated in a 3-byte variable in the stack frame.** The 24-bit address space on the 65816 is more like the "segmentation" on an 8086. I'd amend your claim slightly: the move to 64-bit CPUs is more like the move from 65816, Z80, or 6809 class CPUs to the 68000 family.

PAE seems closer in concept to the myriad of NES mappers that still give emulator authors and preservationists headaches.

Call me guilty. I designed a mapper that subsumes NROM, AOROM, BNROM, CNROM, and UNROM in a fairly slick way, and a commercially released homebrew multicart uses it.

* 65816 mnemonics to push the code segment (K) and pop the data segment (B).
** The stack frame or "direct page" replaces 6502's zero page.

Comment Make the memory card another dropbox (Score 1) 512

A great deal of effort has gone into the design of these Mobile OSs to free the users from having to be concerned with where their files are stored

Right now it's either on the device or in the cloud. And users have every right to be concerned because unless one subscribes to broadband at home and happens to be at home, files in the cloud are limited to a couple GB up or down per month. Does the OS attempt to hide whether files are in iCloud vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive vs. the service formerly known as SkyDrive? If not, then inserting a memory card could be handled like logging in to one of these online storage services.

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