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Comment Re:2FA (Score 1) 76

You're not "lucky" you're an extremely unusual person who doesn't visit any of the vast majority of sites on the internet that don't even have 2FA as an option, nor login notifications. Sure I use those when they're available... but they simply aren't in most places.

BTW... how's Slashdot's 2FA and login notifications working for you?

Comment A flailing industry. (Score 1) 168

The TV industry is hurting, they long for the glory days when everyone wanted to trade their old 20" SD CRT TV for a fancy new 43" HD LCD. Those were great times for the TV industry. Unfortunately for them, HD TVs have hit saturation, and there just isn't the desire for everyone to go out and replace their perfectly good HD TV with whatever today's gimmick is. We've seen 3D TVs, 4 colour pixels, Curved screens, apps, apps, and more apps, and now 4K. Nobody is rushing out to replace their TV for any of these. Sure 4K will eventually catch on, but much slower than HD did because for most people they can't tell the difference unless they can see it side by side with HD at the same time, and even then, it's only marginally better (if at all) at normal viewing distances and screen sizes.

There will likely be a new fad next year too as TV manufacturers try, yet again, to re-capture the glory days of the SD-HD shift. But those days are gone, and I don't anticipate them returning for another generation.

Comment Re: Fake News (Score 2) 270

You're wrong.

You know how you can tell the difference between a natural and a synthetic diamond? There's only one way. You look for the imperfections that occur in natural ones. Synthetic ones are "too perfect" and therefore worth less money (DeBeers logic)

The last thing you'd want here is a natural diamond as it wouldn't be as good for the application as a synthetic one where you can be sure there are no impurities.

Comment Re:But.. (Score 1) 178

If the lost sales are minimal, then you already don't have much left, so there's no point in doing this.
If there's an actual percentage left when you're done, then you are buying more bottles to get the same amount of product.

You can't really have it both ways. Either this is a real problem to be solved, in which case it will cut sales if it's solved. Or it's not a real problem, in which case there's no point spending the money on it. Either way the manufacturer has no incentive to implement it.

Comment Re:Costing to the RIAA vrs Ignoring? (Score 3, Insightful) 81

You grossly overestimate the cost per notice. To the rights holder the cost is basically zero. the automated system that google set up gets automated complaints generated by an automated system at the company submitting the complaints. There was a one time setup fee for developing the system, and it can run indefinitely in a closet somewhere unmonitored for decades.

Do you really think there'd be this many takedown requests if if cost actual money to process them?

Comment Re:What is the benefit? (Score 2) 81

When submitting that many million requests, the odds that that high a percentage are legitimate but not in the index is pretty low.
My bet is that the submitter just used an algorithm to generate possible names just in case, rather than actually find real infringers. For example, you know that www.questionablesite.com tends to host some content you don't like, so you do this:
- www.knownquestionablesite.com/bignamemovie.html
- www.knownquestionablesite.com/b1gnam3m0v13.html
- www.knownquestionablesite.com/big_name_movie.html
- www.knownquestionablesite.com/big-name-movie.html
- www.knownquestionablesite.com/big.name.movie.html
- etc

Now you don't know if they were even going to host your movie, but instead of checking, you just spam DMCA takedown requests because they're free and there's no downside if the site doesn't exist.

Comment Re:Won't be bought by any manufacturer (Score 1) 178

I'm honestly not coming up with any use that would make sense.
Consumer goods, it would be amazing, but as you point out, nobody would ever increase their manufacturing costs to decrease their sales.
Industrial processes, first of all, large vats, pipelines, etc have far less loss (as a percentage) than small bottles and tubes that consumers use, but beyond that, the odds are it would need to be re-applied after each cleaning, which would more than negate the cost savings of less product waste.

This is unfortunately a pretty niche product, and although it would benefit society as a whole, it will likely never see the light of day.

Comment Re:But.. (Score 2) 178

And this is exactly the point.
Where's the incentive to the manufacturer?
- Adds cost to the manufacturing process
- Decreases sales (due to less waste)

So why would any manufacturer actually use this product?

And don't say that people will pay more for it, they won't. Especially not by enough to compensate for the decreased waste and increased cost.
It would take an absolute marketing genius to find a way to get customers to pay enough extra for this to make it worth it. I just don't see it ever making it to market in pre-packaged products.

Comment Re:US release (Score 2) 44

You're implying that the Microsoft engineer didn't put it there on purpose in the first place. Seems somewhat unlikely that they "Accidentally" created a specific authentication system designed to prevent this from being used outside of India.

MS doesn't want anyone else to use this app. It probably has less spyware and tracking built in to make it lighter weight. They've decided they'd rather these people use it than use nothing (or worse, a competitor), but they don't want to risk anyone using this instead of the full garbage laden app.

It's the same mindset that makes software piracy ok in those countries, they'd rather people use their software without paying in those countries where the average person can't afford the ridiculous price of the software, rather than use a competitor and get used to working on a different platform.

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