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Comment Re:Hypocrisy on both sides (Score 1) 203

without paying the creators whatever they want

how much does the Shakespeare estate deserve

I think his copyright expired around 400 years ago.

I am aware of that under current law. But "whatever they want" appears to be no expiration.

On the other hand, why does copyright expire at all? Why does, say, the U.S. Constitution even have a "limited Times" clause?

Comment Re:ECC (Score 1) 212

Your ECC RAM won't matter much if the cosmic ray hits the CPU registers. Or a cell in a block of your flash storage.

Also, your ECC RAM won't matter much if you get run over by a truck. So what? ECC RAM will help if there is a bitflip in your ECC RAM, that's what it's for and that's what the benefit is. It's not going to solve world hunger either, and nobody ever suggested that it would.

Comment Re: Ways around this (Score 1) 458

The next step would be to deny entry for people with wiped phones.

Perhaps -- and then the countermeasure would be to modify the procedure so that instead of placing a recognizably "vanilla" OS on your phone, it would replace your OS with an image that contains only some of your favorite innocuous data and apps that you don't mind Customs poking around in.

And the cat-and-mouse game continues...

Comment Re:Bug Bounty (Score 1) 74

It seems they succeeded in their goal and were hoist by their own petard. Of course, had they recovered the funds then ZeroCoin would have failed at its purpose. I wonder who took the loss.

My intuition was that it would have the same effect as any other currency counterfeiting operation has on the "genuine" currency: i.e. all holders of ZeroCoins took the loss, in the form of a certain amount of extra inflation caused by the increase in "supply", which reduced the values of their ZeroCoin holdings. Possibly also they might take a further loss if people start to lose faith in ZeroCoins and start selling them (or stop buying them), causing their value to decrease some more.

Comment Re:The publisher refuses to take my money (Score 1) 203

How does it hinder it in these particular cases? The things you listed aren't exactly classics.

Who decides what are "classics"?

Find me a lawfully made copy of these on a video format popular in the United States.

So buy it on DVD

From the linked page: "Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)" Region 1 DVD is popular in the United States. Region 2 DVD is not.

Comment Re:Super NES address space is far from linear (Score 3, Informative) 165

Different aspects of mirroring have different purposes.

Mirroring is the result of incomplete decoding of the address bus. Incomplete decoding saves a gate or two and usually doesn't hurt anything. Shaving pennies off the replication cost of millions of Game Paks could increase profit.

The 65816 requires the reset and interrupt vectors to be available at $00FFE0-$00FFFF in order to start up. If ROM is not mirrored into $00FFE0-$00FFFF, the system will hang at startup.

Only ROM at $808000-$FFFFFF is set up for fast access. The rest of ROM ($008000-$7DFFFF) is hardwired for slow access so that the 65816 can retrieve its reset vector before the memory controller is configured. So programs run memory controller initialization somewhere in $000000-$7DFFFF and then jump to $808000-$FFFFFF once they've initialized the memory controller.

I/O and a portion of RAM are mirrored into $00-$3F and $80-$BF so that the CPU can access a subset of data in ROM, data in RAM, and I/O without having to either change the data bank register or use 24-bit addressing all the time. Unlike the 8086, the 65816 doesn't have "prefixed" instructions that can change which segment is used. Instead, the data bank register must be explicitly reloaded in order to use 16-bit addressing, which is slightly faster than full 24-bit addressing. In addition, several 65816 addressing modes are hardwired to use bank $00, particularly those dealing with the base pointer (D) or stack pointer (S).

See Fullsnes or Super NES Development Wiki for more information

Comment Re:Travel phone (Score 1) 458

Get rid of Facebook. You do not need to see what your friends ate for breakfast. It is better to use a false name if you do need to use Facebook but do not use an obviously false name like Kingof Theworld as they will kick you. If you use John Gris your friends will get used to it. It is extremely dangerous, not just at the US border, to use your real name on Facebook. Many other countries will literally arrest you for things you do not even think of as wrong. A guy was arrested in Thailand for posting a BBC article about the junta on his Facebook page. He did not even comment, just linked to the BBC and got 5 years in prison. I am in south east Asia and I have stopped using Facebook altogether. I feel liberated.

Comment Buy a Nokia and a spare cheap laptop. (Score 1) 458

The Nokia 515 is just as good at making calls but that is all it does. Nokia are about the rerelease the 3310. You do not need to have any data on it but you do want to be able to call people and be called by people so you get a phone number. The cheap laptop can be wiped and you can store all your important data remotely so that you can access it after you arrive. Sit in a decent cafe and download all the date you need via your VPN while relaxing over a latte or in your hotel.

Comment Re:Ways around this (Score 2) 458

Wow, who stole your teddy bear? Most objective people have genuine reasons to criticise the US but that does not in any way imply a hatred of all things American (we are only talking about the US anyway). He did say that he preferred Canada so he obviously likes America. The US is a beautiful country with arguably the worst government on earth. All countries are full of normal people but run by insane governments and the US is the worst case of that. Visit Iran, lovely country with beautiful places to visit and the most friendly people you could hope to meet but run by a crazy government. I would not return to the US. That does not mean that I hate Harleys or want to stop seeing my son, just that I am not prepared to put up with the BS involved in actually entering that insane theatre. Last time I entered the US my friends practically dragged me out of the customs area because I objected to the totally racist attitude of the customs officers.

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