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Submission + - Hot Topic Buys Geeknet (

jones_supa writes: The clothing and music retailer Hot Topic is buying Geeknet for $117.3 million. Geeknet, the firm behind the legendary establishments SourceForge and VA Linux, is currently the parent company for ThinkGeek and ThinkGeek Solutions. ThinkGeek sells clothing, toys, gadgets and other products mostly based on popular movies, television shows and brands with geek appeal. ThinkGeek Solutions is a distributor of video-game themed merchandise through licensed web stores. Hot Topic Inc. will pay $17.50 per Geeknet share. Privately held Hot Topic, based in Los Angeles, has more than 650 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Geeknet will become a Hot Topic subsidiary.

Comment Too many phones! (Score 1) 171

The problem is Android phone manufacturers, rooted in traditionally consumer electronics oriented companies, are pumping out far more models than they could ever hope to provide adequate support for, as they aren't used to actually having to provide long term support for anything. This is one area they could really learn something from Apple, whose home computer roots have taught them what's involved with proper support. As consumer electronics get smarter, you're gonna see the same types of problems from everything these guys produce... next up, smart televisions. Those companies would have us just throw these perfectly good older devices away, and upgrade to a new ones, but I don't think consumers much like that idea - or at least, I know I don't.

Comment Morality (Score 1) 666

You can try to tackle this from a financial, support, or business perspective, but that's not the direction I'd go...

Red Hat funds a large chunk of the GNU/Linux development which you are benefiting from. They make a good product for a reasonable price (enterprise wise), and their competition is good for the software ecosystem. I want to see more companies follow their business model and promote Free Software. Given all that, personally, I think there is some, however small, level of moral obligation to support them if you have the resources. It's just the right thing to do - I think you feel it, and I know I feel it.

Tell your boss that you want to work for a moral company, and that includes things like not exploiting employees, recycling and green initiatives, and things like buying at least one copy of Red Hat Enterprise Linux if that's what you are using on your servers.

When he calls you a "linux hippy", just be like "yeah I'm a hippy, just like all the other hippies that got together, did what most people scoffed at, and created this software from scratch, for free, which you now want to run your whole enterprise on".

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