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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Most of the game developers around here use the Apple hardware too, even though Mac OS X is not a "gaming OS" (these are the best Windows 7 machines you can buy, though).

I call BS. I know game developers at a couple studios in that area and they sure as hell don't use Macs. They contract with a company like Dell and get maxed out desktops with next-day parts replacement. I doubt even Popcap has a majority Mac workplace.

As for desktop value the Mac Pro is a complete rip-off when at $2500 it comes with a single quad xeon (xeon?????) and only 3 gigs of RAM. SSD isn't even an option.

Look at their RAID option:
Mac Pro RAID Card $700

Oh and what type of RAID card would that be? They're going to charge $700 and just call it a Mac RAID card? No brand name? No specs? This is RAID for suckers.

Your claim about MS employees loving Macbooks is also questionable. I'm in Redmond sometimes and I don't see a lot of Macbooks at the coffee shops. Seattle on the other hand.

As for Macbooks they have good battery life but that isn't because of the hardware. Their price/performance ratio is poor and both Sony and Asus have better screens. You can't remove the battery, you only get white which is a bad color for heavy use and then there are Apple service charges if the thing breaks out of warranty. Oh and on top of it all you get a glowing Apple on the back so you can make sure to provide free advertising even if the room is dark.

Edited 2010-05-01 21:09 UTC

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