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Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 160

by Ash-Fox (#47878721) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Just route your connection from an IP that has the GEOIP location of the US when you create your Google Voice account, verify your account with a US skype-in number (or whatever). Then you can access Google voice from anywhere and get free US calls at all times.

If you're already in the US, sign up, go aborad, get/do free US calls.

Comment: Re:That is a lot of money... (Score 1) 367

by Ash-Fox (#47870701) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Not really, the open source code wasn't a clean room implementation of the minecraft server so the GPL license can't be enforced

Uh.. The fact it isn't a clean room implementation means it can be enforced and it wasn't only the server component.

if Microsofts buys the rights and starts enforcing the rights to it then whoever stamped GPL on the decompiled code is in deep shit.

Now, the fact that Mojang has compiled against various SDKs (see the xbox version) if Microsoft buys them, it would make for an interesting liability with regards to how much would need to be released to adhere to the license. Never-mind the potential punitive damages of each copy sold.

Comment: Re:Umm... WHY??? (Score 1) 367

by Ash-Fox (#47869821) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Note: I am not the grand parent.

Have you even played the game for more than 5 minutes?

I have spent a significant amount of time on it.

it had more depth and FUN my first hour playing it than all the games in the last ten years of gaming combined!

I personally grew bored of the game it self quickly. I was more interested in the human interaction. Such as, making people freak out because one harmless block of dirt was in their house (you would be surprised how people react over nothing, not even doing anything destructive).

He is actually quite humble in the interviews

This is irrelevant.

Minecraft is an amazingly deep and thoughtful game,

I disagree. I don't see much thoughtful about it.

Minecraft is THE cult game of the last 10 years. The spinoffs, youtube channels, mods, servers, real life products, halloween costumes, t shirts... the list goes on and on.

Agreed, the masses love it. But knowing the game, played the game. I know the hype and hysteria is not deserved. It really isn't that impressive or amazing.

There is a TONNE of value with the minecraft brand.

I'm not sure people will see it the same way after Mojang's lawyers upsetting the community and then the community's response causing Notch to offer to sell all his shares (which causes Microsoft to bite). The community will lose their hero Notch.

I don't think the brand will last much longer with it's current popularity, but it can certainly be capitalized for a few more years.

Comment: Re:That is a lot of money... (Score 1) 367

by Ash-Fox (#47869775) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

I hope it doesn't happen though. I can't see Microsoft doing anything good with the game which runs on all three platforms right now.

I can't see Mojang doing any good either to be honest. They didn't even do a clean room implementation from the opensource code they based Minecraft off originally and as such, are in violation of the license's distribution terms for their derivative works.

Comment: Re:How is this going to happen? (Score 1) 367

by Ash-Fox (#47869765) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

otch seems like one of those people who wouldn't even let this sort of thing happen.

But it's happening because Notch offered to sell his shares after the lawyer drama Mojang created that upset the community.

He's had fights with Microsoft in the past,

Which is irrelevant, once the shares are out of his control, he has no control.

Even if MS wants to buy Mojang, this isn't the sort of thing that looks like it will even happen.

It does to me.

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