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

dhalsim2 Re:Umm... WHY??? (368 comments)

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.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

dhalsim2 Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

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?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

dhalsim2 Re:Not just Brazil (90 comments)

I switched 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.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 8.1 With Bing To Sell Cheaper Devices

dhalsim2 Paid to Bing (124 comments)

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. :)

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC

dhalsim2 Re:Ummm, let me guess... (127 comments)

Hopefully not.

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. :)

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

dhalsim2 Re:bitcoin versus paypal & other online transf (276 comments)

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.

about 10 months ago
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Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

dhalsim2 Slashdot Poll Format (1191 comments)

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).

about a year ago
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Teenage League of Legends Player Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke

dhalsim2 Re:"League of Legends Player" (743 comments)

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"?

about a year ago
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

dhalsim2 Re:Well the ultimate value of Bitcoin is (605 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

dhalsim2 A garage door opener! (322 comments)

A garage door opener!

about a year and a half ago
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"Superomniphobic" Nanoscale Coating Repels Almost Any Liquid

dhalsim2 Democrats? (104 comments)

I know a few Democrats that were superromneyphobic.

about a year and a half ago
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Device Sniffs Out Signs of Life After Disasters

dhalsim2 Skynet (48 comments)

Once Skynet becomes self-aware, this is one of the first devices that it will take possession of.

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?

dhalsim2 How will this affect the industry? (385 comments)

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.

Elements: dead
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.

about a year and a half ago
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Republican Staffer Khanna Axed Over Copyright Memo

dhalsim2 Re:Open Comment to Derek Khanna (506 comments)

Mod parent up. I was going to say the exact same thing.

about 2 years ago
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Firefox 16 Released: More HTML5 Support

dhalsim2 Re:Final Version? (133 comments)

They're calling it quits on Firefox 16. No more Firefox 16s.

Oh how I was looking forward to another Firefox 16. Too bad.

about 2 years ago
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Dice Buys Geeknet's Media Business, Including Slashdot, In $20M Deal

dhalsim2 Job ads per news thread? (466 comments)

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.

about 2 years ago
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HP Releases More WebOS Components for the TouchPad

dhalsim2 CyanogenMod (48 comments)

This release should help CyanogenMod (and CyanogenMod should help customization of this release).

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

dhalsim2 Free TV is best (479 comments)

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

more than 2 years ago

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General Motti Died

dhalsim2 dhalsim2 writes  |  about a year ago

dhalsim2 (626618) writes "The man who memorably was schooled in the ways of the force by Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" has passed.

Character actor Richard LeParmentier, who played General Motti in the original 1977 "Star Wars," died Tuesday morning in Austin, Texas while visiting family. He was 66 years old.

While General Motti didn't play a recurring in the ongoing "Star Wars" series, he figured in one of the first film's best and most famous scenes. As Motti discusses the various strategic errors made by the Empire as they try to bring down rebel forces, he makes the mistake of questioning the importance of the Force, and condescendingly tells Darth Vader, "Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes!""
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Josh Bloch leaves Google

dhalsim2 dhalsim2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dhalsim2 (626618) writes "Joshua Bloch is the respected author of Effective Java and Chief Architect at Google. I just got word from a Google insider that today is his last day at Google."
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Which is the best voting system?

dhalsim2 dhalsim2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dhalsim2 (626618) writes "Plurality: 1 person, 1 vote
Approval: 1 person, 1 vote per candidate
Runoff: multiple rounds of plurality
Ranked: runoff based on ranking candidates
Condorcet: rank votes and tabulate with matrices
Rated: score candidates and add
Random: Cowboy Neal thinks of a number between 1 and n"

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