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Comment 599 US dollars (Score 0) 52

Your cell phone also probably costs a lot more to run per month than a Nintendo 2DS/3DS or Nintendo Switch does. Many cell phone games such as Super Mario Run depend on a continuous Internet connection even in single-player mode. This requires players to pay a cellular ISP for a data plan, which often costs hundreds of US dollars per year, in order to play outside the range of home or restaurant Wi-Fi.

Comment Re:Protip (Score 2) 52

They understand emulation. They also understand that legally running a nonfree game in an emulator in Slashdot's home country requires buying an authentic copy of the game and dumping it to a ROM image yourself, not downloading someone else's ROM image from the Internet. See 17 USC 117(a)(1) and UMG Recordings v. MP3.com.

Comment A lot of sites use Google services (Score 1) 67

the sites they are visiting independently use Google services in some sort of hosting capacity

This is in fact the case. One possible reason for this is that Google's AdSense was the one of the first major ad networks (if not the first) to support HTTPS, beginning in September 2013. Other sites are hosted on Blogspot or Google App Engine, or they include YouTube embeds, Google "+1" buttons, jQuery from Google's CDN, Google Fonts, reCAPTCHA, or Google Analytics.

Comment Let's Encrypt is for domain owners (Score 2) 67

The one weakness of Let's Encrypt is sites on a home LAN that don't have a fully qualified domain. To pass the DNS challenge of Let's Encrypt, you first have to buy a domain. Or is every head of household who owns a router, printer, or NAS supposed to spend $15 per year on a domain?

Comment SNI (TLS virtual hosting) works in all browsers (Score 2) 67

ISPs will often charge dedicated IP and/or certificate maintenance fees

That hasn't been the case since April 2014, when extended support for Internet Explorer on Windows XP ended. Since then, all supported web browsers in wide use have supported Server Name Indication (SNI), which allows the TLS client to specify for which hostname the server should try to present a certificate. WebFaction, for instance, has offered TLS+SNI hosting at no additional charge.

"But I want to support 3-year-old unpatched IE/XP!"
I don't recommend this, because a browser that neither receives security updates nor has been formally proven secure is presumed vulnerable to man-in-the-browser attacks.

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