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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

aitikin Re:Dupe? (321 comments)

Haven't we seen this story before?

That was speculation where as this is fact.

Okay, I see now, maybe because the full amount has been publicized. I'm just a little curious why so many Minecraft stories have been bubbling to the front page recently.

This is /. I see them as so many M$ stories and suddenly it makes sense.

2 days ago

DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

aitikin Re:ELI5 please (354 comments)

Actually, that's not quite right. From my understanding, Bukkit, a separate plugin that is dependent upon the Server, was created using GPL. As such, Bukkit itself should be GPL. But saying that the Server should be as well, that's like saying because I wrote a GPL piece of software for Windows, Windows must be GPL'd.

about two weeks ago

Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

aitikin Re:"Death to Gamers and Long Live Videogames" (1134 comments)

Scrutiny is not hard evidence. At best, it is circumstantial evidence. And it is not at all associated with the aforementioned situation.

about two weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

aitikin Re:*Dons asbestos suit* (1262 comments)

As far as I can tell, both of you are making mountains out of molehills.

That being said (yes, I'm going to help with that mountain, let me pull a car analogy), if I said I have no interest in driving, you would fault me as a liar when I mean I have no interest in driving a semi and would love to drive a Shelby Cobra, so I kinda gotta side with i kan read on this one. I don't think you would go ahead and defend my example as imprecise so much as lying (I clearly have interest in driving, just not one specific style of it). She clearly wants to play games, just not shooters. I'm not a huge fan of shooters, so it's perfectly reasonable to me to think of being a gamer without playing shooters.

This isn't a "knee jerk" reaction, it's a logical statement.

about three weeks ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

aitikin Re:Will the cameras work? (643 comments)

It may be missed in this debate, but cameras should change the behavior of citizens also. If a moron is arrested, claims the usual 'brutality' defense, and is confronted with video that prejudices the judge or jury against them to the tune of some time in jail, perhaps they will stop short the next time and try not to pile on additional charges.

Well this point was made in the summary by the senator who wants this to be requiredso I doubt it's lost, just lost on /.

about three weeks ago
top Groupware 3.3 Release Adds Tags, Notes, and Dozens of Other Features

aitikin New Featur? (26 comments)

Really? Can't even finish headlines anymore?

about a month ago

Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

aitikin Re:8 years or 125k miles (174 comments)

And your previous comment ignored TFA where it is stated that, if it were out of warranty, that's how much it would cost. A number of people have needed that repair, but it does not mention that those people ever were out of warranty.

about 1 month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

aitikin Re:There's hope... (327 comments)

... that one of them will find the successor of General Relativity in his goof-off time :-)

Nah. This is the US Patent office, not the Swiss one.

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

aitikin Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

Actually, I work in a sales position where, so long as what you're doing makes the company money, you're pretty well set. Not 100%, there's still general things you have to do or you'll get the axe, but you almost have to try to get fired Of course, if you don't sell, you make a pitiful base check...

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

aitikin Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

Best response yet!

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

aitikin Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

Seriously? You're posting this here without telling me how I can get this job? From the sounds of it, I could do it in the background while at my real job.

about a month ago

Extracting Audio From Visual Information

aitikin Re:Requires a very high speed camera (142 comments)

If you use a 1 kHz ADC to measure a 1.1 kHz signal, what do you measure at 900 Hz?

450Hz. Just like, in your example of 1.1kHz measured by a 1kHz ADC, your measurement would be .650kHz or 650Hz.

about a month and a half ago

Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

aitikin Re:What? (790 comments)

Isn't it a part of Google's platform that their bots search through emails in your inbox? I could be wrong, but, as memory serves, it is the case that they do this to refine their ads. As such, why would it be surprising when their filters find nothing but stuff that they refuse to use for ads that a red flag would come up? This is not a still that would be in any movie considered acceptable (from my understanding from the summery) in America , nor in most civilized countries. As such, your Saw analogy is kind of a failure.

Aside from these small points, I agree with you.

about a month and a half ago

Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

aitikin Re:Socialism? ... riiiiiiight (171 comments)

If a 15 minute open refund period produced "obvious and intuitive consumer benefits" just think about what an hour could do.

Uhyou misread that. "15-minute open purchase window produced 'obvious and intuitive consumer benefits'" I doubt the FTC would be opposed to an open refund period...

about a month and a half ago

A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

aitikin Re: Wow ... (419 comments)

And Apple Stores ran the card AGAINST their cardholder agreement (which states you cannot run a card for a declined charge again on the same business day, even though everyone does it), so Apple is out $300k.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

aitikin Re:Good grief (98 comments)

The acronyms are fairly common and the terms make perfect sense if you've ever admined (and even if not for many purposes) a Linux system.

about 2 months ago



First usage, now cell phone calling on US Airlines

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about 10 months ago

aitikin (909209) writes "The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, people familiar with the matter said.

While phone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet, an FCC official said."

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Apple Retailer facing Class Action Suit over Employee Bag Checks

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Former Apple employees say the company requires workers to stand around without pay for up to 30 minutes a day while waiting for managers to search their bags for stolen merchandise."
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Inventer of the Mouse dies at 88

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year ago

aitikin (909209) writes ""The inventor of the computer mouse, Doug Engelbart, has died aged 88.

Engelbart developed the tool in the 1960s as a wooden shell covering two metal wheels, patenting it long before the mouse's widespread use.

He also worked on early incarnations of email, word processing and video teleconferences at a California research institute.

The state's Computer History Museum was notified of his death by his daughter, Christina, in an email.""

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Microsoft's Creative Director Resigns

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Well, looks like his commentary was not so well received internally either, although it's unclear whether it was voluntarily or forced.

Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth is no longer with the company following last week’s “deal with it” comments. The news comes via Polygon, who confirmed with two sources that Orth has departed.


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How to Choose the Better Linux Distribution?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I've been out of the Linux world for a few years, living in the relatively un-walled Garden that has gradually become more walled... That being said, I'm looking to head back to the Linux world. Back when I was actively using Linux, I was using Gentoo primarily, but I kind of had the mentality of, "if it ain't broke, don't stop tinkering!" Now I'm a little older and my desktop is no longer something that I can just let go down due to a package conflict or a circular dependency and I still want similar customization. I'm trying not to start a flame-war between distros but I'd love to hear the pros of some that I have or haven't heard of. My end all be all goal for this is this project, but like I say there, it'll be a while coming."

Web Hosting for a newb?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I'm currently helping out a friend who is trying to put together a website for his business and is very eager to get started but we have not figured out a webhosting solution yet. It is mostly and informational website and as suchit does not require much in the way of upkeep beyond the typical information updates, however he needs the ability to upload decent file sizes (multiple files up around a couple hundred megs, some even to gigs) and have them accessible preferably through a changeable password protected system. While the focus won't be rich interactions, having a music player and video streaming available is required. He is not exactly the most tech savvy individual, doesn't have the administrative know-how to manage a website without usage of tools like iWeb, and I do not have the ability to maintain it for him, so a "set it and forget it" type mentality is going to be necessary for anything that's public facing. He knows his way around FTP and SSH well enough to upload all the necessary files, is working on the layout, and has most of the media he needs put together, however he has yet to register the domain. In my searches I found this post from February however it takes a much more nerdy focus than he will be able to achieve (as expected given this is /.). I know he has a significant interest in the use of subdomains, although he's not exactly sure what he will be using them for at this point, he wants to have them readily available. I personally do not run any websites and while I can code and have limited experience, I don't want this to become a project that I will have to deal with regularly. I'm sure that many amongst you have had this sort of occurrence before and as such, any advice from the /. community would be much appreciated."

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Apple recently changed their license for the OS X kernel. According to semthex's post, Apple has reworded the APSL to prevent him and others from open sourcing the kernel hacking under the APSL:

"This file contains Original Code and/or Modifications of Original Code as defined in and that are subject to the Apple Public Source License Version 2.0 (the 'License'). You may not use this file except in compliance with the License. The rights granted to you under the License may not be used to create, or enable the creation or redistribution of, unlawful or unlicensed copies of an Apple operating system, or to circumvent, violate, or enable the circumvention or violation of, any terms of an Apple operating system software license agreement.""


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