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Comment: Re:Billionaire and no he doesn't need the money (Score 3, Interesting) 368

by bwcbwc (#47870229) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Yeah, just on off-the-cuff calculations, say 30 million copies across all platforms,could be as high as 40 M, but PC is only 16-17 M. I'm not sure what cut Mojang gets from the non-PC versions after you take out the development costs and Xbox/PS platform royalties, but let's say that Mojang grossed about $20 per copy overall. This includes he alpha and beta sales that were for under $20 averaged with the higher costs now.

This comes out to $600-$800 M before taxes, so after you factor in Minecraft Realms monthly fees and any income from Scrolls, you're probably somewhere around $1B in sales. I'm pretty sure there are more than 2 employees with equity in the company, and when you factor in Swedish income taxes, Notch is clearly not a billionaire in dollars.

It's worth $2B to Microsoft, because they can milk the Minecraft cow for at least that much by merchandising paraphenalia and movies, Minecraft Realms is also an ongoing cashflow. Oh, and I bet they institute a monthly fee for Minecraft Server.

Apart from the money, I think Notch is really selling because he's sick of the BS of running a company: Bethesda suing them over scrolls, parents suing them over exploitative MC servers....etc.

Comment: Re: What the heck? (Score 1, Interesting) 354

by bwcbwc (#47841423) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

So they're blackmailing Mojang...

Bad move when Mojang is finally making progress on their own Mod API.

The other way to make this legal is to change the license on Bukkit/CraftBukkit to something more liberal. They won't be able to do this retroactively, so someone may decide to pursue this idiocy on a back-level GPL-based fork, but at least the main project could legally license under CC by-sa, BSD, Apache or possibly even LGPL.

Comment: Re: What the heck? (Score 2) 354

by bwcbwc (#47841395) Attached to: DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

In other words, some idiot is trying to blackmail Mojang into open-sourcing Minecraft server by linking to Mojang's non-Open code into a GPL licensed product and then claiming that Mojang needs to release the source code to be compliant with the GPL? I know that the GPL states that all code needed to compile and link a GPLproduct must be available, but this is backwards. If there is Minecraft server code linked in CraftBukkit, that just means Craftbukkit and anything that links to it can't use GPL. You can't use the GPL to force open a non-open product that you elected to link to in your code. That just means you've misused the GPL in your own code.

Didn't someone already try this with proprietary graphics drivers in Linux?

Comment: Not precisely video editing.. (Score 1) 163

by bwcbwc (#47809475) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

But OBS (open broadcaster software) does a good job of video mixing/overlays greenscreening.

Corel Video Studio isn't quite free, but you can get it for around $50 on sale (or less if you go with a backlevel version 3 or 4) and it is pretty full-featured. It's not designed for full blown professional use because the front-end does more hand-holding than a pro would want, but the key features are all there.

Comment: Re:That's nice, but... (Score 1) 419

by bwcbwc (#47795687) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Actually, this is probably the main reason MS is defying the US court order. If they give over the info without getting permission from the Irish government, they are likely to be in violation of Irish or EU laws on data privacy. They have some ground to defer the compliance with the US court during the appeals process, so they are deferring the risk of violating the EU laws until absolutely necessary. Or they may elect to take contempt charges in the US over greater charges in the EU, and reap the PR benefit. It definitely isn't a purely altruistic "defend the consumer" action, even if they choose to play it that way.

On the other hand, it does defend their customers against overreaching by the US, so more power to them.

Comment: Re:bandaid solutions (Score 1) 455

by bwcbwc (#47790793) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Well, yeah - cops and arrestees are both human. That's the fundamental problem. Are we ready for RoboCop?

The practical issue here is that courts and juries give more weight to cop testimony than Joe Schmoe's testimony. So most of the time when the cops do something wrong, Joe loses. The cams are the best way to generate evidence and history to counteract that bias. In the short term, they also provide final proof between the cop said/Joe said testimony.

Comment: Re:Take it for what it is. (Score 2) 441

by bwcbwc (#47729155) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

One reason I route all email from my company's PAC to my junk folder. Why should I help fund legislation against my own interests as well as those of the country.

Now if there was a permanent residence visa program, I might go for it. The foreign workers would have more bargaining power over their salaries/benefits and they would be long-term paying payroll taxes and other things that would help the US economy and budget.

Comment: Re:Barnes and Nobles still lets you preorder (Score 1, Informative) 210

by bwcbwc (#47215977) Attached to: Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

Walmart used to do (and probably still does) this to their suppliers. The only difference is the consumer never knew their was a coercive price negotiation going on because the product simply never appeared on store shelves, and usually there was a substitute from another vendor.

Comment: Chu's certainly up on his current events... (Score 1) 1198

by bwcbwc (#47111629) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

but his history is pretty weak. Up until the rise of the internet in the '90s (or possibly the "Weird Science"/"Revenge of the Nerds" era in the 1980s), nerds/geeks/otaku were right up there with gays, women and ethnic/religious minorities for being bullied, harassed and abused by the crueler edges of the mainstream. And this kind of harassment still goes on in certain areas/communities - try being a geek in a gang-ridden slum sometime.

That certainly doesn't justify a nerd perpetuating the cycle of abuse onto women or any of the other groups. But it does mean that there are better ways to engage the "nerd community" than by claiming that they aren't the subjects of abuse themselves.

Comment: What went wrong before? (Score 3, Informative) 294

by bwcbwc (#46777893) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

In my experience a CAB usually gets introduced in a small organization if something really got screwed up under the old process. There are exceptions - you could get a CTO who is gung-ho for ITIL, or you may have a new, important customer who insists on "process". But a CAB is an attempt to manage change and prevent problems in the working environment. So unless you have a better solution that will prevent negative impacts from your change process, go do the paperwork, with special attention to any risks or issues associated with the change (extended maintenance window, complex install or backout process, partial or incomplete fixes that still leave issues open). You can probably half-ass the CAB and get your work done almost like the old days, but when the next failed change occurs and they find out you hid risks or didn't do proper research, your ass could be out the door.

OTOH, if you really hate bureaucracy that much, hauling your ass out the door could be your best option - as long as you have a different career in mind besides sysadmin.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe