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Comment Re:If... (Score 1) 363

Speaking as a former student: what's a textbook? Ok, I exaggerate slightly for effect: one of the many lecture courses that I took in my degree was taught from a textbook, although in that case it was written by the lecturer and she handed out photocopies of the relevant chapters. All of the other courses were taught from the lecturer's own notes. The idea that lecture courses should be taught from a textbook is part of a specific university culture, not a universally accepted notion.

Comment Re: Don't care (Score 3, Interesting) 174

The reason they've always given is that some of the stuff they broadcast is third party content for which they've only bought the rights to distribute within the UK. Apparently it's too much effort to set up a system whereby they classify content as "OK to distribute worldwide" vs "UK-only" and allow foreigners and ex-pats to watch the former category.

Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 311

I don't think I've ever heard of or seen a clause in the US that requires all lawsuits to be settled in a specific venue.

Really? I don't think I've ever read an EULA which didn't have such a clause. Since Facebook's has been mentioned elsewhere on this page:

15. Disputes

1. You will resolve any claim, cause of action or dispute (claim) you have with us arising out of or relating to this Statement or Facebook exclusively in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California or a state court located in San Mateo County, and you agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of litigating all such claims. The laws of the State of California will govern this Statement, as well as any claim that might arise between you and us, without regard to conflict of law provisions.

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 1) 264

There are plenty of loanwords in English which still retain diacritics, as well as a few personal names. Everywhere else I just type them: on Slashdot I catch them in preview and have to replace them with HTML entities. So yes, there's a workaround, but it's not a good user experience.

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