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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

SJHillman Re:More evidence for the existance of the Tech Bub (329 comments)

Why aren't they worth that much? What do you value them at? The value of Minecraft is way, way beyond those 50 million copies sold. Minecraft has a metric fuckton of merchandising out there - people love the merchandise more than they love the game. It would also give them control of the IP to use it in marketing elsewhere as well. Picture, instead of Clippy, we could have Microsoft Creeper.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

SJHillman Re:Throwing chairs was less costly (329 comments)

"a willfully incomplete game"

I don't know which cave you've been in for the last decade or so, but a great deal of games are now sold before completion. Developers, especially indies, realized that people absolutely love putting down $20 for a alpha/beta game that's getting new features added every few weeks/months. I have to say, having Minecraft add new features every few months gave me significantly more interest and play time than if I just started with all of those features already there. It doesn't appeal to everybody, of course, but neither does any finished game.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

SJHillman Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (329 comments)

Last I knew, Microsoft was still the second largest developer of software for Mac (after Apple, of course). There's always hope in that direction *if* there's a market for it.

about a week ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

SJHillman Re:I dont know why this is a bad thing (194 comments)

No, they want to go way past 2014 to a magical time in which no smartphone every experiences glitches, bugs, and has infinite battery life thanks to magic fairy dust.

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SJHillman Re:And if I am ridding in the car? (364 comments)

I don't think "treason" means what you think it means. Or "arresting". Or "suggestion". Actually, I'm not sure if you speak English or just pissed on a dictionary and strung together whatever didn't get wet.

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

SJHillman Re:It should be (364 comments)

You'd have more of a point if the US wasn't so often concerned with the domestic policies of other nations.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

SJHillman Re:Well... (171 comments)

I'm not really sure that Opera counts as a "mega" corp. Also, I believe that Chromium is still open source.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

SJHillman Re:Google needs to clean up search (126 comments)

I'm on Windows 7 right now and that's almost exactly how my Chrome looks. The only difference is that my title bar has very slight transparency.

about three weeks ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

SJHillman Re:End Program. (247 comments)

What if we're a simulation being run on a really advanced iPhone?

Siri, end program.

about three weeks ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

SJHillman Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

In a lot of ways, modern breweries are like priest guilds, with the administrators/owners the Pharaohs and the Master Brewer the head priest.

about three weeks ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

SJHillman Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

That picture is of moving a statue, which I would assume couldn't be moved by most of the other methods mentioned. They could very well have used different techniques for transporting different objects. Personally, I'd like to think they planted pyramid seeds and grew them in the rich Nile soil.

about three weeks ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

SJHillman Re:Public cynicism about fusion (147 comments)

It took somewhere between 1500 and 1700 years from the time the first steam engine (aeolipile) showed up until it was practically applied. If that's your idea of instantaneous development, then fusion should be no problem for you.

Likewise, depending on where you want to consider the development of the internal combustion engine beginning, it took somewhere between 60 and 2100 years to develop it into a practical application.

The key difference with fusion is that we're not saying "here's an invention, what can we do with it?", we're saying "here's what we want to do, what can we invent to do it?". It's a very different way of approaching things, and should explain why your development idea of "here's a prototype" obviously doesn't apply. It's more akin to the well-known anecdote about Edison's "ten thousand ways that don't work" - you know your goal, you just need to figure out how to get there.

One other thing to keep in mind is that fusion, if we can find a way to make it work, could potentially outshine every other technological achievement in human history up to this point because of the possible applications. It's very much a high-risk/high-reward endeavor.

about a month ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

SJHillman Re:Public cynicism about fusion (147 comments)

Isn't that true of pretty much every technology that's still in the development stage? There was a time when microprocessors weren't worth the materials they were made with, but they seem to have paid off in the long run. If we can get fusion to pay off, the benefits could potentially far outweigh what we've gotten from the microprocessor.

about a month ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

SJHillman Re:Spherical Torus (147 comments)

Not to be confused with a spherical taurus in a vacuum.

about a month ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

SJHillman Re:Poor John Smedley (131 comments)

Having to stay in Phoenix *with a Sony exec*. It's like cramming two levels of Hell together into one Boss Level of Hell.

about a month ago
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The Man Responsible For Pop-Up Ads On Building a Better Web

SJHillman Makes sense (135 comments)

We finally have it confirmed that pop-up ads are the result of anal sex. Makes sense to me.

about a month ago
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Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

SJHillman Re:Shocker (160 comments)

Because Florida Man only lives, works, and commits felonies in Florida. Expecting it to be elsewhere is like expecting to find Batman fighting crime in San Francisco. It's just not going to happen.

about a month ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

SJHillman Re:Open WiFi (110 comments)

Just because it's by choice doesn't mean it's not a vulnerability. You can choose to never lock your front door, but that doesn't mean it's not a vulnerability... it just means you made the choice not to secure it.

about a month ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

SJHillman Re:Nerd Blackface (442 comments)

Making fun of someone is still making fun of someone. Just because they can get a good job later on doesn't make it better.

about a month and a half ago

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