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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Grismar Re:No. (368 comments)

Sure, most readers on /. will agree. But most of the people playing Minecraft aren't readers on here, they're little kids aged 7 or over, playing their little hearts out. And they'll play Minecraft from whatever supplier will keep the service and the brand going for the next couple of months, or years if MS is lucky.

about 2 months ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Grismar Only 326 ppi huh? (129 comments)

You could have mentioned a bunch of non-Apple phones available right now, with far higher ppi than those two Apple devices - without fancy future "in 5 years"-tech. And I'm not talking obscure brands either. But I guess that was kinda the whole point right? A small advertisement with a tech article hardly anyone on here will read.

about 4 months ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Grismar Good to know... (167 comments)

... that /. is still mostly a local US site. "Anyone" of course refers to "anyone in the US".

about 7 months ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Grismar Re:Where do you draw the line? (650 comments)

Most photocopiers aren't on the internet and even if they are, the essential risk and impact attached to failure is far lower than that of a business PC running XP.

I don't see how the Apple one even maps to the XP question. The problem is with support of an essential piece of software being discontinued.

Google Wave was free and never sold or supported as a piece of business software as far as I know. Apart from that, the Wave protocol is open and you were able to migrate the content to open alternatives at the time.

Windows XP is an essential piece of software to many, replacement of which is neither trivial nor free. It's almost exclusively used on machines that frequently (or continuously) require internet access and the software didn't come for free in most cases. You can call OEM versions free, but we know that's not exactly true.

The article seems to make the point that, unless MS extends support, it's only fair (and possibly legally enforceable) to make MS share the source with parties that want to support XP and offer assistance to such parties. Or, just release the source outright.

about 8 months ago
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Algorithm Composes Music By Text Analyzing the World's Best Novels

Grismar It's cute, but ... (31 comments)

... the only way this would have truly impressed, if the algorithm had come up with Beethoven's 9th for Clockwork Orange.

about 8 months ago
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The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

Grismar Technology maturity (260 comments)

Social media simply haven't matured to the point where it makes sense to standardize interfaces and infrastructure. Since all of them are allowed to use proprietary interfaces, there is no chance of integration and people are forced to move to the same network to find each other. As soon as I'd be able to read your Facebook post on my Google+ and you'd be able to read and respond to my tweets from your Linkein account, that need goes away. Stuff like RSS was a nice try, but that only carries the content, not the entire service.

But I don't think it will happen anytime soon, at least not without government interfering and I don't think the times are very conductive to that. The reason I say that is the battle for the app space. Suppliers need their proprietary protocols, so they can force you to use their apps and that's one of the ways to control what services and advertisements reach you. Ask yourself: why do we have protocols like XMPP, but do we still need Whatsapp, MSN, ICQ, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Google Hangouts, etc. etc.? Again, the protocol doesn't effectively carry the service, but that doesn't mean the services shouldn't support the standard. The companies providing these services have too strong an incentive not to standardize, that outshines any and all incentives that might cause them to.

about 8 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

Grismar What bunk (529 comments)

If the research shows that relaxing, avoiding stress and using your brain to think about imaginative things is healthy - say so. I'll happily increase the time I spend fishing and soaking up sun at the beach while reading a scifi novel.

None of that stuff has anything to do with religion per se though.

about 8 months ago
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German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

Grismar Misleading title (261 comments)

The court didn't "forbid" anything like reselling games. They simply agreed with the EULA stipulation that you're not allowed to transfer ownership of an *account*. This actually makes perfect sense.

The fact that Steam also disallows/lacks the functionality for the transfer (gifting or resale) of used games on Steam, simply means there's a market for other providers to start a platform that would allow sale and resale of games. Of course, they might have some trouble attracting large game publishers, but that's another matter altogether.

about 9 months ago
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First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

Grismar Re:Generic? (198 comments)

I agree with your point about it being Anglo-centric.

Unless of course the Igbo-speaking Nigerians really wanted a ".automotive" TLD, the Japanese wanted ".bicycles" or the Yoruba in Benin wanted ".healthy". :)

about 10 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Grismar Re:Skynet (514 comments)

Skynet? Really? That's the one thing /.-readers can think of that could go wrong with this technology?

So, as long as we don't develop self-aware AI that somehow decides to rise against its creator, we're fine with having weaponry that can acquire and engage human targets autonomously? We're fine with armies of these devices at the direction of a few mad men, with just a single conscience deciding the fate of thousands instead of having a human at every trigger?

We should oppose this type of weapon for the same reason we feel it's well beyond humane to use nukes, chemical weapons or even cluster munition. Because these weapons kill indiscriminately and wholesale, at the direction of perpetrators of crimes against humanity.

And don't start about the military command structure and how everything is ultimately always at the command of the commander in chief, because all evidence shows that the weak point always lies with the soldier that has to pull the trigger and decide to kill a fellow human being. And personally, I like it fine that way.

about a year ago
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CES 2014: There's a 'Pre-Show' Before the Consumer Electronics Show (Video)

Grismar Perhaps next year ... (43 comments)

... the /. reporter can go find a stand that has a halfway decent camera with a microphone that actually works first and then use that to shoot the video.

about a year ago
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Exoplanet Count Peaks 1,000

Grismar Re:Flags (116 comments)

Shows what you know. And the dolts marking this "Interesting", I suppose.

about a year ago
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Thailand Government Declares Bitcoin Illegal

Grismar Re:Can any government really stop BitCoin? (185 comments)

The Streisand effect applies when you're trying to avert attention from something but inadvertently attract attention to it in doing so. I don't think it applies here. Nobody is trying to avert attention from anything. In fact, I'd expect their government to be pleased as punch with so much free publicity for a simple policy change.

If your point is that telling people about illegal currency only makes them want to use it more, I think you're overestimating the general appeal of bitcoin. Main reason for bitcoin's popularity is that it's both difficult to trace and not illegal. One of those is no longer true in Thailand and I don't think that will improve its popularity with criminals in Thailand, nor with most others valuing the former.

Don't mistake my point for agreement with their policy though. I don't think bitcoin as it stands has lasting potential, but that doesn't mean I agree with a decision like outlawing it.

about a year ago
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Epic Online Space Battle

Grismar Re:This story sounds familiar (296 comments)

Did you even look at the footage? You sound like someone going "Pffrt, flew people to Mars in 6 months? I can get to work in 6 minutes! When they do that in 6 days, I will be impressed."

about a year ago
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Tech Companies Looking Into Sarcasm Detection

Grismar Slashdot (167 comments)

Of course, the illegible drivel that sits atop most /.-pages defies classification even by humans, so some margin for error is reasonable.

about a year ago
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LibreOffice Calc Set To Get GPU Powered Boost From AMD

Grismar Re:If you need it you are doing it wrong. (211 comments)

You could also argue that, if you need a modern GPU to be able to render the graphics for a fun game, you're doing it wrong! What's wrong with Pacman and Space Invaders, right?

More space allowing for more data and faster calculation in a spreadsheet allows for more uses. Just the fact that you'd pick another set of tools, doesn't mean someone able to do it quickly and effectively with a spreadsheet is doing anything "wrong".

about a year ago
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MagicPlay: the Open Source AirPlay

Grismar Not quite Airplay? (177 comments)

Like most people, I'm mostly interested in the capability to stream audio to all kinds of devices. And people have already pointed out some key differences with DLNA that explain why there is reason to be happy with something like MagicPlay.

But Airplay offers streaming of audio, as well as video, photo's and screen mirroring. I haven't looked into the source yet, but going by the description, it looks like MagicPlay doesn't offer any of that and sofar nobody is planning to add it. Has anyone looked at the source and are they able to refute this?

Calling MagicPlay "open source AirPlay" seems a bit of a stretch then. That's like calling AbiWord "open source Office". Of course the marketing department won't like it, but MagicPlay seems more like "open source RAOP" (Remote Audio Output Protocol, see the Unofficial AirPlay Protocol Specification ) with the added stuff required to nicely hook up sinks to sources.

about a year ago

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Fake ID enough to gain government building access in NL

Grismar Grismar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Grismar (840501) writes "Dutch journalist Brenno de Winter conducted an investigation for Dutch news website nu.nl into security at Dutch governmental organisations. He gained entrance to all the government buildings he tried to visit — a fair number, multiple attempts — and even managed to get his vote for the recent elections registered using the fake ID. And it's not like it's a perfect fake either, it contained all sorts of obvious clues that it was a fake. Sadly, no English story is available at the moment, so I hope the Google translation helps you out for now (Dutch).

Of course the real issue here is privacy. If the government requires you to produce ID, you lose some privacy and freedom. But if they then fail to adequately check the validity of the ID, it doesn't serve its goal at all — depending on how paranoid you are about what the goal was in the first place."

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