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Comment It breaks extensions (Score 2) 187

been dealing with this as a nightly user and have turned off E10s - Though NoScript mostly works now, I have other extensions that have stopped. Unfortunately, at least one of them does not look to be too actively supported anymore. It is also not certain that E10s provides much more than easier recovery, the performance figures I have heard are not that great though I personally did not notice any slow down (or speed up).

Comment Re:Make DRM a double-edged sword (Score 1) 380

TL;DR: most of the cost is not in the medium

A roughly 300 page trade paperback costs about $4.50 to physically print in low volume. Now go look at the selling price of the books you see out there. Softs are mostly in the $12-22 range for 200-300 page books. Price rises both as the size goes up and/or the audience size goes down. Payments to the author as creator, editor, publisher and assorted others that make the final product possible are a good share of the final cost. Distribution of hardcopy (including storage) is also a factor as is a % cut to the retailer. E-products still require IT staff, equipment and procedures to distribute and e-editions can require additional time to make sure they are optimally formatted. These companies are not running Hillary's email server.

There is a fallacy out there that if you just make it cheap enough you will sell millions. Contrary to what you may think you know, most books sell in very low volumes. Many, if not most, books are fairly niche and the actual audience is not that substantial. Amazon sales ranks? I sold two copies the past three days. Sales rank went from 850K -> 125K.

Comment Re:Make DRM a double-edged sword (Score 1) 380

Have to call you out on that one. One word: Napster. Unfettered e-product resales will just end up with a Napster like clone, crushing the market for both the original work as well as future resales. As an author myself of both books and software, I am perfectly fine with somebody reselling the physical book. I am also ok (were it practical to do so) with the single transfer of software from user A to user B so long as there remains only one usable copy. I think the same could be applied to e-books: resale is fine, just as long as it remains as a single unit.

Copy protection is really a terrible term, it is really redistribution protection.

Comment Re:So it's air gapped. That's good, right? (Score 1) 267

Its not just air gapping. Air gapping is a fail when an infected usb dongle or other device that can contain hacked firmware is attached to a "secure" system.

My understanding is that there is still a US based manufacturer of 8" (and other sizes) of floppies. And doubt there would be any issue in having a DoD approved contract to periodically manufacture a bunch of new drives.

Comment Less than useful (Score 1) 130

This data is only for a 91 day period. To actually be useful, data should be presented for a rolling 6M, 1Y, 2Y and 3Y periods of time, or at least for however long they keep drives in service. They should also include mean and median age of the group of drives. Perhaps Backblaze has that info elsewhere but nothing like it in the article.

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