top Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
You guys are focusing too much on the game. The Minecraft, as an icon, is valuable in and of itself. Disney has Mickey. Nintendo has Mario. Sega has Sonic. Microsoft could possibly be buying Steve. If Steve, as an icon, can last decades into the future, it will be well worth the price tag to Microsoft.
Think Nintendo has made at least $2 billion off of Mario? They certainly didn't make that much off of Mario Bros. or even Super Mario Bros., but has an icon, I'm sure Mario has been worth way more than that.
top 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater
Your logic is ridiculous. Incarceration isn't a violent act, and more so, the damage that this guy did is real. It's really not that different from arson. An arsonist might cause many millions of dollars in damage, just so that he can have a moment of entertainment. Should arsonists go unpunished?
top Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing
for the cash. I don't consider it pathetic at all. The quality of the web results are on par with Google. Image results seem to be slightly behind, but for the $8/month I make, to me it was clearly worth it.
top Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 With Bing To Sell Cheaper Devices
I know that there will be a lot of negative comments here about Bing, but when Microsoft started
paying people to use Bing, I switched. The web results seem to be just as good as Google. I can't tell the difference. The image results seem to be slightly behind, but for the ~$8/month I make, I don't mind at all. :)
top Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC
But seriously, when Microsoft started
paying people to use Bing, I switched and haven't looked back. The search results are pretty good and I've already made $6.53 in the past month. :)
top Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency
Dwolla isn't in any way a competitor to Bitcoin. Dwolla, as you pointed out, is an online payment system. It is a competitor to PayPal, Google Wallet, credit cards, and other forms of online payment. Payments in these systems are done in dollars and other forms of currency.
Bitcoin is a currency. It's not competing with Dwolla but the US dollar.
top Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)
I checked out the beta. I'll reserve most judgment for now, but I'm thoroughly disappointed that the Slashdot Poll format hasn't changed. It's a shame that a site like Slashdot continues to use plurality voting. We should switch to ranked voting (or at lease approval voting).
top How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas
This isn't a Republican vs Democrat thing, but it _is_ very political. Planet Money had an explanation of the economics of car dealerships and how dealerships and politicians prevent sales directly to consumers.
top After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers
Not quite true.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Cable_plugs_.28USB_3.0.29 about a year and a half ago
League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke
Agreed. I read the articles. The story has nothing to do with the game at all, yet the articles (and Slashdot) highlight the game in their titles and pictures because the guy plays the game at times. If the guy happened to have a collection of postage stamps, would the media write their headlines as "Teenage Stamp Collector Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke"?
top BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS
You mean the renminbi. _A_ yuan is the unit of _the_ renmimbi currency in the same way that _a_ dollar is the unit of _the_ dollar currency.
top Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?
A garage door opener!
top "Superomniphobic" Nanoscale Coating Repels Almost Any Liquid
I know a few Democrats that were superromneyphobic.
top Device Sniffs Out Signs of Life After Disasters
Once Skynet becomes self-aware, this is one of the first devices that it will take possession of.
top Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?
I've been following the events closely and was trying to figure out how this will affect the industry. What has gone down is clearly a goof, not a marketing plan. Some say that it will help sales of CS5/6; others say it will hurt them. My best estimate is that the net effect on CS5/6 sales will be close to zero. However, as parent stated, if Adobe doesn't walk back their "permission" to use CS2, they have effectively killed off Elements. PS has the much higher price tag, but I'm sure that Adobe makes much more money off of Elements due to volume.
Paint.net: dead GIMP: dead on Windows any other photo-editing software already struggling to survive: dead
Aside from PS, the other big release was Acrobat 8 Pro. This is really bad for Adobe, too, as there are no free, _usable_ tools for creating PDFs. Acrobat 8 Pro has everything most people would need to create PDFs, so this particular goof will definitely hurts sales of the modern version.
Adobe is between a rock and a hard spot: kill major sources of revenue or take on a PR nightmare. If I were them, I think I'd take on the PR nightmare instead of losing Elements and Acrobat. Let's see how this plays out.
top Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo
Mod parent up. I was going to say the exact same thing.
top Firefox 16 Released: More HTML5 Support
They're calling it quits on Firefox 16. No more Firefox 16s.
Oh how I was looking forward to another Firefox 16. Too bad.
top Dice Buys Geeknet's Media Business, Including Slashdot, In $20M Deal
After checking out news.dice.com, my guess is that they'll keep
/. more or less the same, but add a list of related jobs to each news thread.
top HP Releases More WebOS Components for the TouchPad
This release should help CyanogenMod (and CyanogenMod should help customization of this release).
top Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?
I could never bring myself to pay for TV. It seems like such a huge, freakin' waste of money. I have no problem with paying a lot up front for a one-time fixed cost, but I don't want a subscription. Here's my set up:
MediaPC with 1 TB HDD, HDMI out, S/PDIF out, and two tuner cards using Windows 7, ~$400
the best antenna out there, the Winegard HD7698P, ~$150 (although I think I went overboard here. If I were to do it again, I'd go for a more moderate antenna.)
two Redbox kiosks within walking distance, $1/movie
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