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Comment Re:Linux == rounding error (Score 1) 290

the point is not that they should actively care about LInux, but rather that they should not actively obstruct it

On Linux, DRM means something else entirely. What facility does the GNU/Linux platform offer to ensure that all high-definition video outputs are tee-resistant?[1] Answer this and I'll address your comment about the difference between "care about" and "not obstruct".

[1] man tee

Comment Raw input; gamepads (Score 1) 380

The main issue is control inputs. Windows doesn't support more than one mouse input

For one thing, Windows since Windows XP has offered the Raw Input API. Rag Doll Kung Fu anyone? For another, Windows since Windows 98 has offered support for multiple gamepads through DirectInput and later XInput. Gamepad users could use the control bindings for the existing port of Minecraft to Xbox 360.

Comment Batman is a trademark (Score 2) 102

Nor will Warner Bros., given the name of one of the projects involved in this effort:

movement [of devices] and changes are a constant factor, making the burden of maintaining reliable routing information difficult enough to a inspire a new routing project, called the Better-Approach-To-Mobile-Adhoc-Network (BATMAN).

Warner owns the trademark for BATMAN, and I'm guessing this trademark is probably famous to qualify for dilution protection.

Comment Re:Linux == rounding error (Score 1) 290

We haven't seen the same shift for movies, because they had tighter DRM

That and because the vast majority of movies and TV shows aren't watched more than once,[1] making a rental model more viable than a model that anticipates only purchases. Read the BBC's comment linked from the summary.

[1] Except for G-rated animated films, which play into a small child's greater tolerance for repetition: "I wanna watch Sin-duh-weh-wuh again."

Comment Re:Long-term exclusive distribution contracts (Score 1) 159

If the price difference is large enough, the film's copyright owner doesn't have to 'allow' anything, they just have to not have any recourse when somebody in country A buys a containerload of cheap DVDs and ships them to country B. First sale, no unauthorized copies made, etc.

Perhaps these long-term exclusive distribution contracts require the film's copyright owner to do its best to grant such a recourse to a regional distributor.

Comment Neglect of big monitors by developers (Score 1) 380

Because as far as I can tell, Minecraft doesn't support split-screen multiplayer no matter how big your monitor is. A 1080p monitor for a desktop PC is 23 inches diagonal,[1] which is bigger than the bedroom TVs used for two- to four-player GoldenEye and Smash Bros. sessions in the Nintendo 64 era. So why don't more PC games support split-screen?

[1] The diagonal measure of a monitor is sqrt(width^2 + height^2), and for 1920x1080, this is 2203 pixels. The standard density for a desktop PC monitor is 96 dots per inch according to the CSS spec, giving 22.95 inches.

Comment Substitute good (Score 1) 290

but when a web service/site tries to funnel me into having to use an app

...you do what, exactly?

The impression I got from the incomplete sentence was "I find a close substitute".

But then this runs into problems when a web site provides a native application precisely to work around limitations of Safari for iOS, such as the restrictions on the media object upload element (<input type="file">) in iOS. Only pictures and videos are supported, not other media types, the element was completely unavailable prior to iOS 6, and live streaming from the camera is still completely unavailable in Safari for iOS. (Source)

Comment Re:Reality vs idealism (Score 1) 290

That or people will end up choosing a particular platform because it supports the DRM. That's what video game consoles have done for decades with exclusive titles, and that's what Amazon is trying to do by restricting Kindle Owners Lending Library books and Amazon Prime videos to work on Kindle Fire and no other Android tablet.

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