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Comment Windows isn't free; it's cheaper than free (Score 1) 130

Bash is free software (as in speech) on all platforms. But GNU/Linux itself is not free as in beer for those who need to replace an incompatible laptop with a compatible one. Furthermore, laptops warranted by their manufacturer for use with GNU/Linux, such as System76 or Dell XPS, tend to have a higher sticker price than entry-level laptops warranted for use with Windows 10.

Comment Re:planned for AFTER hillary's election (Score 0) 37

The only election that counts has not occurred. That's December 19, 2016, and it's not the foregone conclusion that some of Mr. Trump's supporters claim. For one thing, as Secretary Clinton's popular vote margin continues to rise, there remains the distinct possibility that close states will flip to her slate of electors. For another, eight electors have already announced intent not to vote for their party's nominee.

Comment Re:Airtime is still scarce (Score 1) 156

You're talking about per-user airtime. I'm talking about "only X songs will be played on the air in this city this week"

Per-user airtime times the number of subscribers in a city equals per-city airtime.

My point is that schools ban "disruptive" electronic devices from school property, meaning the only music source left is the FM radio on the bus.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 156

Thank you for the correction. Now what are your thoughts on the following claim?

Labels affiliated with RIAA are already finding your "favorite" bands for you. If I go through your music collection, 99% of it will be music from RIAA affiliated labels (or whatever IFPI affiliated marketing/promotion entity is in your part of the planet).

Comment Re:Whine whine whine... (Score 1) 156

Don't like the system, don't consume from it.

How can I avoid the system when the local grocery store licenses the system's music to play over its speaker system?

And how can I avoid the system when writing my own music? Is there an accepted way for a songwriter to avoid accidentally infringing the system's copyrights?

Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 156

amongst the other videos they might watch that do not contain third party copyrighted music content

Or do they? Even if a video is ostensibly 100 percent original, how does the composer of the video's background music know that he or she isn't subconsciously infringing one of the millions of copyrighted musical compositions in existence?

Comment Go away, you're not 21 (Score 1) 156

I learned about bands through word of mouth and going to concerts, clubs, and bars.

Then how are high school students and college underclassmen under age 21, for whom entering a bar or a club that serves alcohol is a crime, expected to learn about bands without help from labels affiliated with the RIAA?

Comment Airtime is still scarce (Score 1) 156

do kids still listen to the radio?

Yes, if only in the bus or car while riding to or from state-mandated attendance at a public or accredited private school.

Now there's no scarcity of airtime

If there were "no scarcity of airtime", people wouldn't be complaining about monthly usage caps, and Google wouldn't have to introduce delta compression for Android application package updates.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 48

Unlimited data plans have been very cheap for several years now.

Not in Slashdot's home country.

In some more remote parts of the U.S., the only option for high-speed home Internet is satellite, and satellite doesn't have unmetered data during waking hours. In other remote parts, such as East Buchanan, Iowa, DSL is harshly metered as well.

Cellular carrier T-Mobile has introduced an unmetered plan, whose name reminds one of synthetic motor oil. But at $70 per month for the first of four lines on a plan, it's more expensive than metered plans, and it puts the subscriber at the back of QoS after using 25 GB in a month. Furthermore, in some parts of the U.S., Verizon is the only cellular carrier with adequate coverage, and Verizon has refused to offer unmetered plans.

Comment No Fitbit then (Score 1) 128

Legalities aside, if this is how Fitbit treats existing customers now during an acquisition, I have no faith they'll do any better on their other products whenever they can get out of it.

I've seen some Garmin products at the store - probably I'll get one of those instead. At least they have a reputation for long-term support of their products.

Comment Re:What a breakthrough! (Score 1) 48

Lossless compression, such as PKZIP for Microsoft Office and LibreOffice documents, FLAC for audio, and PNG for images, makes it less trivial in the general case to find "only the parts of files that have changed". A protocol like rsync would need to have specific support for each archive container and lossless codec in order to identify said "parts". This story is about Google Play Store gaining such support for APK files, which use the PKZIP container.

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