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Comment In other words (Score 1) 57

The "I have an open WiFi router, therefore anybody in my neighborhood could have downloaded that content" defense really does stand up in court? I'm still not clear why downloading is actionable as copyright infringement, it's only uploading that constitutes distribution of copyrighted material without a license. Anybody downloading could just say they thought the person distributing the content for free had a license to do so!

Comment Re:Audio (Score 1) 108

You can already get much better wireless audio by going over WiFi, at the cost of greater power consumption, of course. The other day, I was contemplating installing a Google Chromecast Audio in my car. It could in theory run off the WiFi Hotspot in my phone.

Comment Re:A European Perspective (Score 1) 1055

My knee-jerk reaction as an American is to argue with you, but I honestly can't find anything wrong with what you said. Most importantly, the doomsayers predicting a Trump presidency is "The End" are certainly wrong; the situation is nowhere near as bad as liberals fear nor as good as conservatives imagine. Keep repeaiting to yourself: "The power of the presidency is limited by a system of checks and balance --- thank God!"

Comment Re:close so close (Score 1) 80

Sports is the only content it makes sense for everyone to watch at exactly the same time (live, duh!). Any prerecorded show, you're better off timeshifting it to when it's convenient for you to watch. And, there are a lot of people ready, willing, and able to pay big bucks to watch their favorite sports (not me, I don't really care who wins, which makes it significantly less enjoyable.) So Sport is really the only product cable has left to sell.

Comment Re:Corner the market (Score 1) 155

Too companies are leading the state of the art in OLED screen technology: LG and Samsung. Both Korean, and both way too big for even Apple to buy. Who do you think makes most of the parts for Apple in the first place? I'm pretty sure it's Samsung. Apple has a very strange relationship with one of it's main suppliers where they sue each other for patent and trademark "look and feel" infringement all the time.

Comment Re:For what reason? (Score 2) 155

If the curvature "surrounds" you, you're sitting way too close to the screen! The only advantage of curved TV screens is it makes the glare from a single light a narrow strip instead of a huge blob on the screen. But you pay for it by distorting the image whenever the viewer isn't directly in front of the screen, so on the whole definitely not worth the added cost.

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 155

Yeah, I already have a phone that triggers multitouch from the hand holding the phone, so that touching with my finger doesn't work. That's the other reason I keep it in a case, because without the case the screen is too close to the edges. The S7 edge would just mean I could never hold my phone without it thinking I was touching the screen on the sides.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 155

"retina" just means high enough resolution that you can't see the individual pixels. Problem is, you need to specify at what viewing distance that is. I suppose if you keep your phone 4 inches from your eyes, you can appreciate the higher resolution. Don't laugh -- my daughter does keep her phone within a few inches of her face!

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