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Comment Content protection isn't going away. (Score 1) 131

The only question remaining is whether protected content will be accessible through a general purpose web browser. If not, subscribers will abandon the browser for the app.

The app that has already been integrated into their smartphone, tablet, HDTV, video game console, set top box, etc.

The streaming music service I use has 30 million tracks to explore. It would be very tempting to settle in there to stay. If you want me to have a look at what can be found elsewhere, don't make it anymore difficult than it needs to be.

Comment Re:Discountined? (Score 1) 61

Privacy concerns helped kill it for one. Because the threat to your privacy isn't the NSA or CCTV cams everywhere or facebook on your phone or the two cameras on it. No no, it's a grainy camera on some tech bro's head evidently.

He's not my tech bro.

The smartphone is visible and there is no mistaking when it is being used as a camera.

The CCTV camera keeping watch over the till is not something I need to worry about. The creep sneaking videos of my girlfriend at the bar is something else again. The geek frets over the anonymous bureaucrat pouring over video footage at the NSA but this strikes close to home.

Comment Re: This is silly (Score 0) 322

So Firefox can write their own sound server to get sound data from each independent content tab, or blow huge holes in the sandboxes for ALSA dmix, or they can just use the sound server that already exists and is used by 98% of Linux desktop users: PulseAudio.

It's strange to think that audio can still be problematic on the Linux desktop over twenty years out from the launch of Win 95.

Comment Pot, Meet Kettle. (Score 0) 542

There are a large number of books that they can use as a base for movies.
The reason is not that they are out of ideas, the reason is that they are lazy and just re-use what did work one more time.

How many fan-made episodes of Star Trek: TOS have been produced in the last 20 years or so?

How many original productions?
How many adaptations of classic sci-fi stories, film or TV that hasn't been touched since the 1950s or even earlier? There is a lot out there, still relevant and entertaining, that could be successfully revived.

The geek doesn't have much cause for complaint if his amateur productions follow the same well-worn path of the big-budget studios.

Comment Re:ACA (Score 1) 456

Universal anything is a bad idea

I honestly thought he BlackBerry Message Center was a brilliant idea. Providing an API directly in the OS for your instant messengers to expose their contact lists and features to. Unfortunately, this is a feature on a very niche mobile operating system that is overlooked due to the popularity of the platform. I'd love to see something like this in Windows, KDE, macOS, Android, iOS etc.

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