Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Apr 2010 21:40 UTC, submitted by Helge
Legal Well, this certainly explains a whole lot. Both Apple and Microsoft have stated that the legality of Theora is highly debatable, and as it turns out, they knew more than we do - most likely courtesy of their close involvement with the MPEG-LA. Responding to an email from Free Software Foundation Europe activist Hugo Roy, Steve Jobs has stated that a patent pool is being assembled to go after Theora. Update: Monty Montgomery of Xiph (Ogg and Theora's parent organisation) has responded on Slashdot: "If Jobs's email is genuine, this is a powerful public gaffe ('All video codecs are covered by patents'). He'd be confirming MPEG's assertion in plain language anyone can understand. It would only strengthen the pushback against software patents and add to Apple's increasing PR mess. Macbooks and iPads may be pretty sweet, but creative individuals don't really like to give their business to jackbooted thugs."
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RE[7]: arggh, f*ck patents
by nt_jerkface on Sat 1st May 2010 01:45 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: arggh, f*ck patents"
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True, but really, it'd be more of a toy to me. I guess I'm just a geek... heh. No matter how bad the price, lock-in, restrictions, attitude of the company and various other aspects are, it's always hard to reject playing with a new toy (piece of software). It's like a curse or something. It sucks, really.

Get a Mac mini from ebay. That way you can continue with your one man protest while not sending the company a dime.

If just want it for a toy then you don't want to spend that much money anyways. I do testing in OSX sometimes and while the geeky side of me likes playing with something different it's never been appealing enough to make me switch from completely. The nice thing about the Mac mini is that if you get bored of it you can put it in a drawer and use the monitor for something else.

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