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Comment: Re:Microsoft can now kill Java... and modding (Score 1) 293

by Bing Tsher E (#47913769) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

However, they could make it a binare, and develop and publish an API that supports their language of choice, whatever that might be. A recruitment tool for their dev platforms and languages that entices many thousands of 7-15 year olds to get involved coding for it could be worth the $2.5B all by itself.

Comment: Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (Score 1) 293

by Bing Tsher E (#47913649) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Having a few satellite operations like their Skype business unit developing widely cross platform products like Skype is more valuable than one would think. It allows Microsoft to keep a toe immersed in a lot of their competitors' platforms. That's valuable wether or not there's even any profit in providing Skype on those platforms.

Comment: Re:Ads (Score 1) 293

by Bing Tsher E (#47913591) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

If Microsoft pulls it off right, they could even get positive mindshare, or at least some goodwill with the youth demographic out of this.

If you check the Minecraft forums today, there are some very hardened anti-Microsoft players venting in the 'MC buys MC' thread. Filtering these people out and actually earning some cred with other portions of the community would be gold for Microsoft. Also, if Microsoft bungles it, the fallout will be more severe than the marketing people at MS could imagine.

Comment: Re:+1 for this comment (Score 1) 556

This really buggered me, because until the U2 album incident; only items that I added myself showed up in my iTunes library. Apple already has plenty of ways to offer free downloads through the iTunes store; so there's no reason for them to automatically put it in everyone's account.

Comment: Re:Modest Gains for everyone but Apple (Score 1) 205

by Bing Tsher E (#47902541) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

The Android app stores tend to reach further back. There isn't a team behind Android app development vigorously encouraging app developers to recompile all updated versions against the latest API. So people aren't forced into OS updates because of their apps leaving them behind. But thats exactly one of the things Apple makes sure to do.

It makes good business sense to force your customers to upgrade as often as possible. And I bought an iPod Touch new at the store that it wasn't possible to OS upgrade slightly more than a year later. So cut with the bullshit about 5 years.

Comment: Re:But what about... (Score 1) 561

by Bing Tsher E (#47902471) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

My intent was sarcasm.

With this technology in place, all gun control laws can be removed, so long as its one of these magic guns. Which does not mean all guns to be legal need to have this feature. These special guns are just a new class of gun to introduce.

Every school teacher should have a handgun secured by this means in a holster on his/her hip. We should make that mandatory, as its for the safety of the children.

Comment: Re:But what about... (Score 1) 561

by Bing Tsher E (#47901961) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Yes, but you see, this technology is not designed to become mandatory on all guns. What it is for is to make guns safer for those who at present don't have one in their household.

If the technology is further developed into a product, more guns can then be deployed into households where people were previously afraid to keep guns.

Comment: Re:Guess I'll have to use google wallet or paypal (Score 1) 34

I just wish i could get the 7 bitcoins back I lost early on... ran a miner really early on to play with it... didn't get much use, and deleted the software and wallet... if I sold at a peak to USD, would have a bit of cash. I didn't think they'd be as successful as they have. When I see a traditional bank offering exchange rates, I'll convert.

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