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Comment Re:Next disaster will be smartphones and headphone (Score 1) 270

Repair manuals won't help with mobile phones. They're rarely thrown away because of hardware issues. It's far more likely that they will be thrown away because they are no longer getting software updates. In the case of iOS and some Android devices, a locked bootloader prevents third parties from supporting them, in the case of most Android devices there's no financial incentive for longer-term support so no one does. For example, I have an old HTC Desire that still works fine. It's a bit underpowered, but still runs a lot of modern Android apps. Unfortunately, the last CyanogenMod build for it is based on Android 2.3, which includes an old TLS stack that only supports versions of the protocol and cypher suites that are now not supported by servers because of known vulnerabilities. This means that it can't connect to any HTTPS URL, for example. I can install F-Droid on it, but F-Droid can't fetch the repositories over HTTPS. I can side-load applications, and as long as they don't use TLS (or ship their own TLS implementation), they work fine. It probably has several other known vulnerabilities though.

At least with CRTs, replacing them with a modern LCD will cut the power consumption by a huge amount (20-50W, vs 100+W), so there's a good reason for using the newer technology. A 7-year-old Android phone is about as capable as a low-end budget phone now, yet became effectively unusable after about 4 years of life.

Comment Re:They also need to prevent unattended reboots (Score 1) 99

That's basically why I still have Windows. Yes, the Linux support with games gets better but we're still far, far away from the level you see in Windows.

With more and more games breaking in Win10 now, though, this may change. At least for those among us that are not always looking for the latest eye candy but enjoy playing the games we love.

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 205

The landlord example shows me that you never tried to be one. But be it as it may.

The original copyright was an incentive, allright. The current one is a travesty. Where the FUCK is an incentive to create from the right to reap rewards for three generations after your DEATH? Are you aware that even if both remaining Beatles died today their hits would go into public domain over 125 years after they have been created?

You have to be big into reincarnation to consider this an "incentive to create".

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 205

The same laws? Show me one single group of people who can work once and milk it forever. When was the last time you saw a bricklayer getting to charge everyone moving into a house he ever built? Or a plumber being paid every time someone flushes a toilet he connected?

Sorry, but the content industry HAS its very special laws that everyone and their grandchildren up to 70 years after their death can at best DREAM of.

Comment Re:TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 205

That we can agree on.

Your original posting came across as if the creator of something is entitled to being rewarded for the mere creation of whatever he did, and this he is not. Only when he finds someone who considers the creation valuable enough he will be rewarded, not by the mere feat of creating something.

Comment Re:The smarter thing to do (Score 1) 169

Not that easy, some ROMs straight don't exist except in some display or sales-pitch cartridges.

And yes, as you can imagine, they command insane prices. Collectors are kinda nuts that way. There are generally 3 kinds of games that are rare and hence valuable: Those that only exist in low number because they were just produced for events or to pitch them to investors (e.g. Nintendo World Championships), those that were produced so late that nobody gave half a shit about NES games anymore (e.g. Little Samson) and those that are SO bad that even without the internet word got around that they suck (e.g. Action 52).

So believe it or not, the most valuable games are those that are simply too bad to even play them. Nobody gives you a cent for Mario 3, but you don't even want to know what you'd have to pay to get a real stinker.

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