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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

mrspoonsi FLACs omission was strategic (120 comments)

Microsoft had an agenda to push Windows Media Audio Lossless, this has pretty much been abandoned now, hence the adoption of FLAC.

Apple are now in the same position, not including support for FLAC to push Apple Lossless on people.

2 hours ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

mrspoonsi Re:2 issues here. (171 comments)

>Seems this manuever by the US Gov. wants to solidify his guilt before there's even been a trial.

Seems this is standard practice in the US: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09...

However the world spotlight is on this case.

about a week ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

mrspoonsi Re:Wait what? (171 comments)

"a hold over money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork"

These assets are not even held in the USA, how can they possibly have jurisdiction on these assets? (such as a watch presumably taken from his home address).

about a week ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

mrspoonsi Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

Well, I have a rack in a datacenter, and I have an azure vm, which basically pings the rack servers / services to notify me of outage. In the last year I when I come to install patches on the azure VM, about 3 times I have had the message 'unexpected shutdown, enter reason' message waiting when log-on. Number of times this has happened on my own rack (in last year? zero, you can go back 4 years and still zero).

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

mrspoonsi XP as well? (178 comments)

I guess so, as Server 2003 is from a similar era.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

mrspoonsi 3 hops? (106 comments)

If tor has 3 hops from source to hidden service, and perhaps there are 10,000 nodes, how hard is it for a government to have 25% of those nodes under its control? and if you own all the hops, you know where the hidden server is.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

mrspoonsi How can you (171 comments)

get a $578M prepayment and go bankrupt in 10 months?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

mrspoonsi Re:Glad to hear it (353 comments)

From the article "possessing an extreme pornographic image likely to cause injury", this could apply to many BDSM images. Seems odd that...given that taking part in a Sunday sporting activity, might 'likely cause an injury', mountain biking, football, etc, I not see the police locking up these dare-devils.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

mrspoonsi Before leaving the server (116 comments)

Get an OS re-image then simply fill the hdds with random data. This works well on HDDs, but SSDs with their 10 or 20% wear space, perhaps not, they need pulling and disposing.

about 4 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

mrspoonsi ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Given that Ebola is currently confined to Africa, and that a relatively small number of people have caught it (less than 4000)...and these outbreaks seem to only come along once every 20 years, where was the incentive for the drug company to create this drug? Was it good timing that it has something ready to go just now. Will each dose be prohibitively expensive to administer in Africa, or it remains to be seen if WHO will foot the bill to the tune of 10's of millions $$.

about 4 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

...and what if your piano kills not just the guy with the knife, but 10 of his neighbors also? it was still justified because you were at risk? the neighbors are fair game because they live next to a guy with a knife?

Violence begets violence, simple as that.

>Since Hamas started tossing bombs into Israel a few weeks ago, how would you respond had you been in charge of Israel? Keep in mind that the Iron Dome is effective, but not 100%.

I would guess that more people had been killed by car crashes in that time frame, so if they really want to protect the lives of the population, mandate a country wide 15mph speed limit.

about 4 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

It is more to do with proportional response. Those rockets they have killed what 2 or 3? there are over 1000 Palestinians dead. You also have to consider that the Palestinian people as a whole are not Hamas, in the same way the Northern Ireland population were not the IRA. The UK did not resort to carpet shelling Northern Ireland to remove the IRA, because it would never have worked, the IRA would only get stronger. Ireland had segregation, it did not work, only by integrating the people can you bring them around and ultimately onto the same side. For every innocent non-terrorist killed, that will recruit many terrorists.

about 4 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

mrspoonsi Radicalization (868 comments)

Israel is sure doing a good job in that area creating more enemies, if that is their intention, the plan is working.

about 4 months ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

mrspoonsi Good (70 comments)

The more these big media / film studios merge, the less choice there will be.

about 4 months ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

It would have been smarter not to require an additional chassis (who wants to lug an extra 13U chassis into a datacenter?). It should be done in the rail system to offset the 2nd and 3rd server, then you only have to fit different rails to offset.

about 4 months ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

mrspoonsi Re:4.3 U (68 comments)

Exactly, in a cold / hot isle rack you are left with a gap which would need plugging with something.

A 42U rack would have 7U wasted space that is almost another 2 servers...

about 4 months ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

mrspoonsi Better yet ban the company from the whole country (206 comments)

If it can be shown that the company is working against the countries interests (company treason?), such as in this case, ban them from all sales in that country. That really would get the attention deserved.

about 5 months ago
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EU's Online Shoppers Get an Extended "Cooling Off Period"

mrspoonsi Re:Great (140 comments)

godaddy.co.uk They should be following UK law.

about 5 months ago

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Google should be broken up, say European MPs

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  1 hour ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The European Parliament has voted in favour of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favours is own services in search results. Politicians have no power to enforce a break-up, but the landmark vote sends a clear message to European regulators to get tough on the net giant. US politicians and trade bodies have voiced their dismay at the vote. The ultimate decision will rest with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. She has inherited the anti-competitive case lodged by Google's rivals in 2010. Google has around 90% market share for search in Europe. The Commission has never before ordered the break-up of any company, and many believe it is unlikely to do so now. But politicians are desperate to find a solution to the long-running anti-competitive dispute with Google."
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Kim Dotcom declares he is 'broke' because of legal fight

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  yesterday

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Kim Dotcom, the founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, has declared himself "broke". The entrepreneur said he had spent $10m (£6.4m) on legal costs since being arrested in New Zealand in 2012 and accused of internet piracy. Mr Dotcom had employed a local law firm to fight the US's attempt to extradite him, but his defence team stepped down a fortnight ago without explaining why. Mr Dotcom said he would now represent himself at a bail hearing on Thursday. He denies charges of racketeering, conspiring to commit copyright infringement and money laundering. He told a conference in London, via a video link, that his lawyers had resigned because he had run out of money. "The [US authorities] have certainly managed to drain my resources and dehydrate me, and without lawyers I am defenceless," he said. "They used that opportunity to try and get my bail revoked and that's what I'm facing.""
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New UK Anti-Terror Laws, The Time is Right

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  2 days ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Police and security services will get new powers as the UK faces a terror threat "perhaps greater than it has ever been", the home secretary says. The terror threat level in Britain was raised from "substantial" to "severe" earlier this year in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria. The new legislation includes: Counter-radicalisation measures — requirements that schools, colleges and probation providers help prevent people being radicalised. Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures — to allow the authorities to force suspects to move to another part of the country. Forcing firms to hand details to police identifying who was using a computer or mobile phone at a given time. Banning insurance companies from covering ransoms. Greater powers to disrupt people heading abroad to fight — including cancelling passports at the border for up to 30 days."
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Replacement for Turing Test Proposed

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  5 days ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A US professor is proposing a new way to test whether artificial intelligence (AI) is on a par with that of humans. Currently scientists use the Turing test — named after computer scientist Alan Turing — which evaluates whether an AI can convince a judge that it is human in a conversation. Prof Mark Riedl, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, is proposing a new test. It would ask a machine to create a convincing poem, story or painting. Dubbed Lovelace 2.0 it is an iteration of a previous Lovelace Test, proposed in 2001. "For the test, the artificial agent passes if it develops a creative artefact from a subset of artistic genres deemed to require human-level intelligence and the artefact meets certain creative constraints given by a human evaluator," explained Prof Riedl. The 65-year-old Turing test is successfully passed if a computer is mistaken for a human more than 30% of the time during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations."
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Obama offer to 5m illegal migrants

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a week ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Nearly five million people living illegally in the US can escape deportation under sweeping changes to the US immigration system. US President Barack Obama will unveil his plan, which he is enacting without Congress, in a televised address. Republicans have argued the action is beyond his authority and will fight it. There are about 11m illegal immigrants in the US and this year unaccompanied children coming across the Mexico border prompted a humanitarian crisis. "The president is taking an important step to fix our broken immigration system," said a White House statement before Mr Obama's speech, due at 2000EST (0100GMT)."
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U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a week ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution. The government brought criminal charges against Dotcom in early 2012, but he's been holed up in New Zealand awaiting word on whether he'll be extradited. The government got antsy and this past July, brought a civil complaint for forfeiture in rem, a maneuver to firmly establish a hold over money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property allegedly gained by Megaupload in the course of crimes. Dotcom is fighting the seizures by questioning the government's basis for asserting a crime, saying "there is no such crime as secondary criminal copyright infringement," as well as challenging how the seized assets are tied to the charges against Dotcom. But according to the U.S. government, Dotcom doesn't get the pleasure of even making the arguments. In a motion to strike, the government cites the doctrine of fugitive disentitlement, which bars a person from using the resources of the court if that person is aware of prosecution and is evading it."
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Amnesty releases anti-spying program for activists

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a week ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents. The Detekt software was needed as standard anti-virus programs often missed spying software, it said. Amnesty said many governments used sophisticated spying tools that could grab images from webcams or listen via microphones to monitor people. Karl Zetterlund, a senior researcher at security firm Sentor, said the needs of law enforcement were understandably different to those of the average cyberthief. "Criminals are mainly interested in information that can somehow generate money. Law enforcement spyware may only need to collect a few pieces of identifying information, such as a net address, from the computer," he said. "Generally, policeware may be better at hiding, as normal malware often aims for strength in numbers and spreading is more important than passing under the radar." There had also been cases in the past, he said, when computer security companies collaborated with governments to ignore spyware they found planted on machines."
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Microsoft releases out-of-band security patch for Windows

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Microsoft has announced today that they will be pushing an out-of-band security patch today. The patch, which affects nearly all of the company's major platforms, is rated 'critical' and it is recommended that you install the patch immediately. The patch is rated 'critical' because it allows for elevation of privileges and will require a restart. The platforms that are affected include: Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview customers are affected too."
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NYC to replace most of its payphones with free gigabit WiFi in 2015

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "NYC announced its plans: LinkNYC — a network of 10,000 gigabit WiFi hotspots that will line the streets of all five boroughs of New York City. The project will replace all but a small handful of historic payphones with "Links," small towers equipped with WiFi, an Android tablet with select city-service apps and, of course, the ability to make phone calls. What's missing? The word pay: it's all free."
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Google Owes A Woman Money After Photos Of Her Cleavage Appeared In Street View

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A judge has ruled in favor of a Montreal woman who says Google invaded her privacy after a photo of her sitting outside of her house with part of her breast exposed appeared on Google Street View. Now Google must pay up to the tune of $2,250. According to a 17-page decision, Maria Pia Grillo suffered shock and embarrassment when she looked up her house using Google Maps' Street View feature in 2009 and discovered an image that shows her leaning forward and exposing cleavage. Even though the original image, which was snapped by one of Google’s camera-equipped cars, blurred out her face, the rest of the picture provided enough information to identify her."
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Apple to distribute over $100 million worth of iPads in underprivileged schools

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Students in 114 schools across the country are about to get free iPads straight from Apple, thanks to the tech titan's $100 million pledge to President Obama's ConnectED initiative. Cupertino first announced its support for the project (which aims to give students access to high-speed internet) in February this year, but now we know how the company's fulfilling its multimillion-dollar promise. According to Apple's ConnectED page, 96 percent of the students in each of its 114 chosen schools are eligible for free or, at least, reduced-priced lunches. Also, half of the schools are in urban areas, with students who are mostly of Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian heritage. Apple placed emphasis in giving minorities access to technology and knowledge, as they usually don't, putting them at a disadvantage. The company says it sees "the results of this and other forms of inequality every day", as "minorities are significantly underrepresented in the technology industry.""
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Google changes 'to fight piracy' by highlighting legal sites

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Google has announced changes to its search engine in an attempt to curb online piracy. The company has long been criticised for enabling people to find sites to download entertainment illegally. The entertainment industry has argued that illegal sites should be "demoted" in search results. The new measures, mostly welcomed by music trade group the BPI, will instead point users towards legal alternatives such as Spotify and Google Play. Google will now list these legal services in a box at the top of the search results, as well as in a box on the right-hand side of the page. Crucially, however, these will be adverts — meaning if legal sites want to appear there, they will need to pay Google for the placement."
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Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide says Europol boss

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "There are only "around 100" cybercriminal kingpins behind global cybercrime, according to the head of Europol's Cybercrime Centre. Speaking to the BBC, Troels Oerting said that law enforcers needed to target the "rather limited group of good programmers". "We roughly know who they are. If we can take them out of the equation then the rest will fall down," he said. "This is not a static number, it will increase unfortunately," he said. "We can still cope but the criminals have more resources and they do not have obstacles. They are driven by greed and profit and they produce malware at a speed that we have difficulties catching up with." The biggest issue facing cybercrime fighters at the moment was the fact that it was borderless. "Criminals no longer come to our countries, they commit their crimes from a distance and because of this I cannot use the normal tools to catch them. "I have to work with countries I am not used to working with and that scares me a bit," he said The majority of the cybercrime "kingpins" were located in the Russian-speaking world, he said."
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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "GT Advanced Technologies is filing for bankruptcy. In an announcement on Monday, GT Advanced, which makes sapphire displays that many investors hoped would be in Apple's newest iPhone, said that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In early September, shares of GT Advanced got crushed after the company's sapphire displays were not in the latest version of Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. GT Advanced, however, signed a multi-year agreement with Apple last November to supply the company with sapphire material. That agreement included a $578 million prepayment, which GT Advanced is set to repay Apple over a five-year period starting in 2015."
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HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Hewlett-Packard is planning to split itself into two separate businesses, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Sources tell the WSJ that HP will split its personal-computer and printer segments from its corporate hardware and services business. The announcement could come as early as Monday, the sources said. The company reorganized itself in 2012 under CEO Meg Whitman. That move combined its computer and printer businesses. The PC and computer segment is massive for HP. For the first six months this year, it reported $27.8 billion in revenue. That's about three times the size of HP's next biggest unit, the Enterprise Group, which makes servers, storage, and network hardware. Under the new split, Whitman would be chairman of the computer and printer business, and CEO of a separate Enterprise Group, according to one of the sources. Patricia Russo, who sits on HP's board, would be chairman of the enterprise company. The printer and PC operation would be led by Dion Weisler, a current exec in that division."
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bentgate, a new issue Phone 6 users?

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "First, there was 'Antennagate', as iPhone 4 users found a noticeable drop in signal strength when touching the lower-left corner of their handset, leading Apple to tell its customers that they were holding the device the wrong way. Then came 'Scuffgate', as iPhone 5 users complained that it was all too easy to scratch that device's aluminium bodywork. Now, with the launch of Apple's latest handsets, comes 'Bentgate'. A handful of users — so far, at least — have complained that their iPhone 6 Plus handsets are 'bending', without significant force being exerted upon them. Several of these reports have come from users on the MacRumors forums. One user, 'hanzoh', said that his handset had been in his front trouser pocket for much of the day, which involved sitting while on a long drive and at a wedding, where he also danced. By the end of the day, when he placed his 6 Plus on his coffee table, he noticed that the device had bent slightly towards the top."
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ORACLE CEO LARRY ELLISON STEPS DOWN

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Oracle founder Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO. He will be replaced by two executives. Former Oracle presidents Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be co-CEOs. Ellison will be the Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board, and the company's CTO. Oracle's shares are off by 3% on the news. "Larry has made it very clear that he wants to keep working full time and focus his energy on product engineering, technology development and strategy," said the Oracle Board's Presiding Director, Dr. Michael Boskin."
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Apple and U2 work on secret new music format to get fans buying music again

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Bono's already inserted himself into everyone's iPhones this week, but now he wants even more control over the way you enjoy music. The Irish singer says that he's been working with Apple on a new audio format that'll get people paying for music once again. In an interview with Time magazine, it's said that the band has been working on a secret project that's "so terribly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music.""
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eBay redirect attack puts buyers' credentials at risk

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "EBay has been compromised so that people who clicked on some of its links were automatically diverted to a site designed to steal their credentials. The spoof site had been set up to look like the online marketplace's welcome page. The firm was alerted to the hack on Wednesday night but removed the listings only after a follow-up call from the BBC more than 12 hours later. One security expert said he was surprised by the length of time taken. "EBay is a large company and it should have a 24/7 response team to deal with this — and this case is unambiguously bad," said Dr Steven Murdoch from University College London's Information Security Research Group. The security researcher was able to analyse the listing involved before eBay removed it. He said that the technique used was known as a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack."
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Microsoft is reportedly buying 'Minecraft' developer Mojang for $2 billion

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 3 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Microsoft is in talks to buy Minecraft's developer, Mojang, according to a few different sources. The Wall Street Journal says that the ever loose-lipped "person familiar with the matter" has noted the deal is valued at over $2 billion, while reps for both Redmond and the Swedish developer remain mum on the subject. The New York Times reports that Microsoft approached Mojang as early as three months ago and the purchase should be finished by the end of this month. Perhaps most interesting though is that should the deal go through, Notch might not stay past six months after the ink has dried. Why? He likely wants to make sure his employees are being well taken care of."

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