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(NJ.com)   Man who stole almost $3M in textbooks gets one year to read them   (nj.com) divider line 44
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2014-01-06 04:22:29 PM
Did he have to give both if them back?
 
2014-01-06 04:22:50 PM
I thought they would throw the book at him
 
2014-01-06 04:23:12 PM

TommyDeuce: Did he have to give both if them back?


Of them back, that is.
 
2014-01-06 04:24:17 PM

TommyDeuce: Did he have to give both if them back?


Done in one.
 
2014-01-06 04:24:49 PM
Honestly - it won't take him that long to read all three of those textbooks....
 
2014-01-06 04:26:00 PM
This should have had a  img.fark.net tag.
 
2014-01-06 04:26:08 PM
Yeah, but I bet he breaks his glasses.
 
2014-01-06 04:26:29 PM
So, 2.8 million for 16000 books. About $175 each. Must have used the wholesale value on those.
 
2014-01-06 04:27:10 PM

StopDaddy: Yeah, but I bet he breaks his glasses.


Nice.
 
2014-01-06 04:31:10 PM
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Where did this go down?
oh Hoboken, never mind.
 
2014-01-06 04:32:36 PM
That's what, like three math...

...oh, never mind, already done. Carry on.
 
2014-01-06 04:33:33 PM
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2014-01-06 04:34:00 PM

TommyDeuce: Did he have to give both if them back?


done in one
 
2014-01-06 04:34:39 PM
Doesn't he know that they all would have fit in one floppy.
 
2014-01-06 04:34:42 PM

TommyDeuce: So, 2.8 million for 16000 books. About $175 each. Must have used the wholesale value on those.


According to the article, he resold them for approx $450k...so that comes out to $28 per textbook....

InterruptingQuirk: This should have had a  [img.fark.net image 83x18] tag.


Hero indeed.
 
2014-01-06 04:37:16 PM
Honestly, it's the publisher's fault for printing a run of "Steal This Book" for academics.
 
2014-01-06 04:37:31 PM
What if this happens?

dailygrindhouse.com
 
GBB
2014-01-06 04:39:21 PM

halfpastnvr: TommyDeuce: So, 2.8 million for 16000 books. About $175 each. Must have used the wholesale value on those.

According to the article, he resold them for approx $450k...so that comes out to $28 per textbook....

InterruptingQuirk: This should have had a  [img.fark.net image 83x18] tag.

Hero indeed.


Funny.  I remember buying some cheap Wiley books for my classes in that time frame.

Nope, check that.  They were international editions.  They have the same content, but are soft cover books and sell for much less than the US versions.
 
2014-01-06 04:40:09 PM

halfpastnvr: TommyDeuce: So, 2.8 million for 16000 books. About $175 each. Must have used the wholesale value on those.

According to the article, he resold them for approx $450k...so that comes out to $28 per textbook....

InterruptingQuirk: This should have had a  [img.fark.net image 83x18] tag.

Hero indeed.


Seconded.
 
2014-01-06 04:40:24 PM
The real criminals are the ones charging for them.
Oh I need a NEW VERSION of the History book?
Did FARKING HISTORY GET REWRITTEN SINCE LAST GADDAMMED SEMESTER????
Did FARKING CALCULUS SUDDENLY CHANGE THE FARKING RULES FOR INTEGRATION?
Did the rules of the ENGLISHMOTHERFARKINGLANGUAGE SUDDENLY GET REWRITTEN AND NOW I NEED A NEW BOOK?


shiat should be online, and free to anfarking one.
Let anyone read the books, and test on line for farking free.
Make it free and you will have people self education and self testing and moving on.

It's a farking crime, no, it's organized crime what colleges are.

It's just a cover to launder money for babby rapers and what not.
Stole their model from the church, I tell you.
 
2014-01-06 04:43:20 PM

maram500: That's what, like three math...

...oh, never mind, already done. Carry on.


Now wait, the fundamentals of math change every 6 months and all books are constructed to fall apart every 3 months so they have to make new books as quickly as possible.

/haven't been to college in a while, why do they still even have paper textbooks?
 
2014-01-06 04:45:26 PM
Must have been a couple chemistry textbooks with 3x6 periodic tables.
 
2014-01-06 04:47:35 PM
it's the publishers themselves that should go to prison
 
2014-01-06 04:50:48 PM

TommyDeuce: So, 2.8 million for 16000 books. About $175 each. Must have used the wholesale value on those.


I teach college and it sucks how much textbooks cost.  Students pay enough for tuition, and then they have to take out more financial aid for books on top of it?
 
2014-01-06 04:54:36 PM
hehe, Hi I'd like to sell my books back to the school.  I'm done with them, oh you wanna give me a tiny fraction of what I paid?  Go fark yourself.  Off to the internet*
 
2014-01-06 04:55:32 PM
$2.8 million....a Wiley thief indeed.
 
2014-01-06 05:02:38 PM
vudukungfu
Did the rules of the ENGLISHMOTHERFARKINGLANGUAGE SUDDENLY GET REWRITTEN AND NOW I NEED A NEW BOOK?


Yes.. they added YOLO, srsly and selfie. The book is now called the downward spiral.
 
2014-01-06 05:23:52 PM
it should be a year and a day and testing at the end...until he passes them all!
 
2014-01-06 05:46:24 PM

LeroyBourne: hehe, Hi I'd like to sell my books back to the school.  I'm done with them, oh you wanna give me a tiny fraction of what I paid?  Go fark yourself.  Off to the internet*


I wonder what Rick at Pawn Stars would give you for them...
 
2014-01-06 05:48:02 PM

WTP 2: it should be a year and a day and testing at the end...until he passes them all!


Dangit, came here to make a "...and it'll ALLLLLLL be on the test" joke.

// kicks dirt clod
 
2014-01-06 05:49:52 PM

TommyDeuce: So, 2.8 million for 16000 books. About $175 each. Must have used the wholesale value on those.


Sounds like they calculated in student discounts, military discounts, senior discounts, summer sales, and 75% off coupons on that amount.
 
2014-01-06 05:52:24 PM

meddleRPI: TommyDeuce: Did he have to give both if them back?

Done in one.


Yup. Thread's over.
 
2014-01-06 05:58:27 PM
calculus book (new): $160
calculus book (used): $100... if they hadn't sold out before you were able to get one
amount received for selling calculus book back to bookstore: $0, because a "new edition" just came out.

fark you textbook publishers and university bookstores and profs who insist on the newest edition.
 
2014-01-06 06:03:55 PM
One of the best professors I ever had wrote his own text book for the class.  But instead of re-releasing it every year and charging students for a must-have text book (which other profs at my university did), he just gave us the pdf, told us to buy a 3 ring binder, and to print it off for free at the library.
 
2014-01-06 06:49:53 PM
Yet if he stole 30 bucks from the local gas station he'd be in jail 10 years minimum.
 
2014-01-06 07:18:29 PM
I teach college English classes and stopped using textbooks a few years ago.  I have not-so-fond memories of trying to sell back $100 texts and being told I should be grateful for the $3 bestowed upon me by sheer kindness.  All of the reading requirements for my classes can be found free and online.  Take that, Pearson, you mfers.
 
2014-01-06 07:45:32 PM

Mugato: maram500: That's what, like three math...

...oh, never mind, already done. Carry on.

Now wait, the fundamentals of math change every 6 months and all books are constructed to fall apart every 3 months so they have to make new books as quickly as possible.

/haven't been to college in a while, why do they still even have paper textbooks?


As a history major, I often had professors who stood up on the first day and said "Don't waste money--you can buy the last edition and save a few bucks. You'll still have all the information you need." In grad school, it got even better--some of my professors just gave out "evaluation" copies of the text books to the grad students, and others told us just to ask to borrow their copy if we needed it. (One professor put together her own "textbook" for the class that cost fifty bucks from the school copy shop, but she pulled me aside and handed me a binder on the first day, saying "This is everything in the student copy. And the binder is free, too.")

/Dr Susan [redacted], professor of Italian and Irish history
//She seriously helped me on my thesis project
///How do you cite a video game as a primary source?
 
2014-01-06 08:32:22 PM

halfpastnvr: TommyDeuce: So, 2.8 million for 16000 books. About $175 each. Must have used the wholesale value on those.

According to the article, he resold them for approx $450k...so that comes out to $28 per textbook....

InterruptingQuirk: This should have had a  [img.fark.net image 83x18] tag.

Hero indeed.


So, he sold them at a fair price that would have produced a profit for everyone without breaking students' banks, instead of selling them like drugs?

Hero all around, give him a pardon and tell the publishers to go DIAF.
 
2014-01-06 10:29:48 PM

vudukungfu: The real criminals are the ones charging for them.
Oh I need a NEW VERSION of the History book?
Did FARKING HISTORY GET REWRITTEN SINCE LAST GADDAMMED SEMESTER????
Did FARKING CALCULUS SUDDENLY CHANGE THE FARKING RULES FOR INTEGRATION?
Did the rules of the ENGLISHMOTHERFARKINGLANGUAGE SUDDENLY GET REWRITTEN AND NOW I NEED A NEW BOOK?


shiat should be online, and free to anfarking one.
Let anyone read the books, and test on line for farking free.
Make it free and you will have people self education and self testing and moving on.

It's a farking crime, no, it's organized crime what colleges are.

It's just a cover to launder money for babby rapers and what not.
Stole their model from the church, I tell you.


Not sure if troll, but I suppose you will volunteer a year of your life to writing this magical free book. To make sure you are competent enough to write said book you will need to spend at least 8 years of your life learning this material (while your friends and family make money, take vacations, have babies, etc.) Finally, it has to be vetted by a panel of experts with similar credentials, also for free.

Let me know how it goes.
 
2014-01-07 12:35:12 AM
I'm not sure why he stole them. Some colleges sell their overstock for a dollar each year when newer editions come out.  I've seen a guy have 400 dollars to spend at a used bookstore for whatever he wanted. After walking into a campus bookstore and taking advantage of the sale.

stealing 3M in books = gas and jail

spening 70 dollars on a sale, then getting 400 back.

  Which one would have been better.  Sure he would have made less going to sale occasionally.  Jail isn't worth it though.
 
2014-01-07 04:46:05 AM

maram500: ///How do you cite a video game as a primary source?


Computer software or video game List the developer or author of the software (if any); the title, italicized; the distributor and date of publication; and the platform or medium.


Firaxis Games. Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution. Take-Two Interactive, 2008. Xbox 360.
 http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/res5e_ch08_s1-0011.html
 
2014-01-07 05:17:00 AM

StoPPeRmobile: maram500: ///How do you cite a video game as a primary source?

Computer software or video game List the developer or author of the software (if any); the title, italicized; the distributor and date of publication; and the platform or medium.


Firaxis Games. Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution. Take-Two Interactive, 2008. Xbox 360.
 http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/res5e_ch08_s1-0011.html


It wasn't a serious question, but thanks all the same. The professor who was helping me had no idea at first, but the Chicago Manual of Style covers every possible situation.

(I'm on a mobile device, so no italics, sorry)

Ubisoft Montreal. Assassin's Creed II. Unisoft, 2009. Xbox 360.

/My fellow grad students were...interested
//Will be modifying and expanding the paper for presentation
///Thesis in a nutshell: Advances in video games allow them to teach a more accurate history than ever before
////We've come a long way since Custer's Revenge (Atari 2600)
 
2014-01-07 12:28:14 PM

maram500: ///Thesis in a nutshell: Advances in video games allow them to teach a more accurate history than ever before


So it wasn't entirely accurate that people travelling along the Oregon Trail frequently died of dysentery?
 
2014-01-08 12:05:31 AM

Gordon Bennett: maram500: ///Thesis in a nutshell: Advances in video games allow them to teach a more accurate history than ever before

So it wasn't entirely accurate that people travelling along the Oregon Trail frequently died of dysentery?


Here's a shocker: Civilization III lied to you when George Washington met with Gandhi. And the Aztecs developed aircraft. I do love me some Oregon Trail (first played it on an Apple IIe) and Civ (first played in sixth grade at recess), but historical accuracy was never a huge issue in the latter. Oregon Trail, meanwhile, was...questionable. Make one tiny mistake in the provisions you buy and you're screwed? Not really...

(Side note: visual aids--especially screenshots--are awesome in formally presenting papers. Especially if you go from Custer's Revenge (naked Custer going after naked Indian in 2-bit graphics) to the absolutely brutal gore of Ezio Auditore da Firenze going after a Templar agent with a wrist blade. My presentation was anything but boring.)
 
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