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Comment Re:Extract money from the lazy? (Score 1) 270

The problem isn't the cost, nor the quality. It's the un-announced, and under-informed/explained changes. Growl at least seems to have said they are abandoning free software and going pay-only (took a lot of digging to find a neoffice post claiming the same). Except elsewhere in this topic, it is said they are still releasing the source, etc, so maybe that wasn't their intent. I can't consider it paying for support, especially with neooffice. I don't think they want to offer support to non-corporate, see the price of admission to the forum.

Comment Extract money from the lazy? (Score 1) 270

Growl prompts you to upgrade and sends you to the site when you are told you need to pay. Perhaps some do. Some time later, it becomes open source again, and perhaps freely downloadable from the website. Didn't neooffice do this (first part at least? They were also quite hush-hush about the transition to no free binaries(for the current, and only 10.7 version)).

Comment Welcome to canada? (Score 1) 532

It is this way at the university of waterloo, and I believe canada. I paid 2500 a semester (3/year) whereas CS and ENG paid double or more. Doesn't seem to have reduced enrollment. If anything, the long-term effect is that the higher value departments (those that can charge more per student) become more important in the school to the detriment of the others. Waterloo does have a bit of an engineering/math/CS specialty, and I'm sure the increased revenue does nothing to dissuade this continuing.
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Euler's Partition Function Theory Finished 117

universegeek writes "Mathematician Ken Ono, from Emory, has solved a 250-year-old problem: how to exactly and explicitly generate partition numbers. Ono and colleagues were able to finally do this by realizing that the pattern of partition numbers is fractal (PDF). This pattern allowed them to find a finite, algebraic formula, which is like striking oil in mathematics."
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Facebook Suspends Personal Data-Sharing Feature 140

Suki I writes "Facebook has 'temporarily disabled' a controversial feature that allowed developers to access the home address and mobile numbers of users. The social network suspended the feature, introduced on Friday, after only three days. The decision follows feedback from users that the sharing-of-data process wasn't clearly explained and criticism from security firms that the feature was ripe for abuse."

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