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Comment: Re:Students will complain (Score 1) 419

by smegmatic (#34028500) Attached to: Colleges May Start Forcing Switch To eTextbooks

Mine tended cost around $50-120 and if you sold it back in mint condition you might get half of that back.

It sounds like you used the university's book store. Most offer similarly horrible buyback deals. Don't do that. Boycott the campus book store. Buy used online, sell used online. Except for when a new edition just came out, you end up coming pretty close to breaking even.

Comment: Re:Mr. Newell would disagree with you. (Score 1) 399

by smegmatic (#33691484) Attached to: Review: <em>Civilization V</em>
They they should make some explicit, legally binding agreement like the agreement between KDE and Trolltech that guaranteed Qt would be released under a BSD-type license if Trolltech (or someone who bought Trolltech) ever turned Qt proprietary. This protects against situations like bankruptcy, which might now allow Gabe to do whatever he wants.

Comment: Re:Ubuntu users have more problems (Score 1) 382

by smegmatic (#33586600) Attached to: Shuttleworth Answers Ubuntu Linux's Critics

I can understand that poor people might be less likely to use Google, thus skewing the results. But I doubt there are large socioeconomic differences between users of various distros like there are between citizens of different countries and members of different religions. The problem is that more people use Ubuntu, so more people have problems with Ubuntu.

Comment: Re:I'm not all that worried (Score 2, Interesting) 204

by smegmatic (#33425930) Attached to: 'Free' H.264 a Precursor To WebM Patent War?
It is possible that On2 didn't join MPEG-LA so they could be patent trolls later. If so, it would be ironic that their patents would then be used for good by Google.

Similarly, it is also possible that On2 didn't join MPEG-LA so that they would be more attractive to being bought be another company who wanted to acquire patents on some part of H.264.

I have no idea how likely either scenario is, but they don't seem totally implausible.

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