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Comment: Re:Lawyers win-win (Score 1, Interesting) 372

by sys.stdout.write (#32118422) Attached to: Canonical Explains Decision to License H.264 For Ubuntu
I'm sorry, why shouldn't we reward people who come up with a novel compression algorithm?

In any event, they only get it for the next 18 years. And in all likelihood, someone will come up with a better algorithm in the mean time.

I've never really understood the anti-intellectual property sentiment on Slashdot..

Comment: Re:This is why I only play D&D (3rd ed.) (Score 1) 471

by sys.stdout.write (#31827792) Attached to: <em>StarCraft</em> Cheating Scandal Rocks Korea

You *must* farm for Vespene gas. you *must* collect crystals. There is little room for true creativity and adventuring. There is little room for true creativity and adventuring.

I can't tell if I'm being trolled or not.

It's an RTS. Comparing Starcraft to RPGs is apples to oranges. That's like criticizing chess because you *must* move your pawn or *must* move your knight.

The real question in all this is whether Starcraft 2 is hackable or not.

Comment: Re:Who reads The Economist? (Score 4, Insightful) 386

by sys.stdout.write (#31786270) Attached to: The Economist Weighs In For Shorter Copyright Terms
The Economist is actually one of the more thoughtful news periodicals, in my opinion. Moreover, having a non-American perspective is very nice for those of us who get a majority of our news from American sources. The political coverage is especially enlightening, as it manages to transcend the Democrat / Republican talking points in a way that not even the New York Times or Wall Street Journal is able to.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst