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Comment: Will continue to be developed for other platforms (Score 4, Interesting) 291

by Sockatume (#47908017) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

According to Mojang, Microsoft has agreed not to meddle in the development of the game for other platforms, although they point out that they can't do anything about any objections platformholders might have about distributing a Microsoft game.

+ - Minecraft developers Mojang sold to Microsoft for $2.5 Bn, founders to depart

Submitted by Sockatume
Sockatume (732728) writes "Mojang, the developers of the extraordinarily popular Minecraft game, have confirmed rumours that they will be bought by Microsoft. Minecraft creator Marcus Persson will be leaving the company, along with co-founders Jakob Porser and Carl Manneh. The sale was motivated in part by the pressure and responsibility placed upon Persson by the game's unexpected success. The details of the deal have yet to be settled, but Microsoft has agreed that the game will not become an exclusive to their platforms and will continue to be developed and supported on other formats."

Comment: Re:didn't have to be worse.. (Score 1) 195

by Sockatume (#47906613) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

There's one Android phone shipping with sapphire glass - the Kyocera Brigadier - and it's one of those "ruggedised" models that's permanently moulded into a giant rubber shoe. When the glass was removed from the enormous impact-resistant body, it shattered on the first three-foot drop test:

You won't see a sapphire screen in a non-ruggedised phone any time soon.

Comment: Poor Math Skills (Score 1) 170

by Sockatume (#47880737) Attached to: Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

It's not a maths issue, it's an issue of idiomatic versus literal English. "N times more" doesn't mean "Add N times the original value", it just means "N times the original value". Similarly "N times less" doesn't mean "Subtract N times the original value", it means "reciprocal N times the original value".

Comment: Might even be pragmatic sometimes (Score 5, Interesting) 144

by Sockatume (#47669819) Attached to: Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

Quite aside from tradition, which is great, there are situations where you need to send a message to a physical address. Maybe the occupant doesn't have a phone or email, or you don't know their contact details, or whether they even have a phone or email. If that message has to get there within three hours rather than overnight, then the $4.30 rate is pretty competitive with getting an express courier to carry a post-it note.

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