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Comment: Re:Umm... WHY??? (Score 1) 368

by dhalsim2 (#47869031) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

You guys are focusing too much on the game. The Minecraft, as an icon, is valuable in and of itself. Disney has Mickey. Nintendo has Mario. Sega has Sonic. Microsoft could possibly be buying Steve. If Steve, as an icon, can last decades into the future, it will be well worth the price tag to Microsoft.

Think Nintendo has made at least $2 billion off of Mario? They certainly didn't make that much off of Mario Bros. or even Super Mario Bros., but has an icon, I'm sure Mario has been worth way more than that.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 465

by dhalsim2 (#47730733) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Your logic is ridiculous. Incarceration isn't a violent act, and more so, the damage that this guy did is real. It's really not that different from arson. An arsonist might cause many millions of dollars in damage, just so that he can have a moment of entertainment. Should arsonists go unpunished?

Comment: Paid to Bing (Score 1) 124

I know that there will be a lot of negative comments here about Bing, but when Microsoft started paying people to use Bing, I switched. The web results seem to be just as good as Google. I can't tell the difference. The image results seem to be slightly behind, but for the ~$8/month I make, I don't mind at all. :)

Comment: Re:bitcoin versus paypal & other online transf (Score 2) 276

by dhalsim2 (#45425920) Attached to: Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

Dwolla isn't in any way a competitor to Bitcoin. Dwolla, as you pointed out, is an online payment system. It is a competitor to PayPal, Google Wallet, credit cards, and other forms of online payment. Payments in these systems are done in dollars and other forms of currency.

Bitcoin is a currency. It's not competing with Dwolla but the US dollar.

Comment: Economics of Car Dealerships (Score 3, Informative) 688

by dhalsim2 (#44812355) Attached to: How Car Dealership Lobbyists Successfully Banned Tesla Motors From Texas

This isn't a Republican vs Democrat thing, but it _is_ very political. Planet Money had an explanation of the economics of car dealerships and how dealerships and politicians prevent sales directly to consumers.


Comment: Re:"League of Legends Player" (Score 1) 743

Agreed. I read the articles. The story has nothing to do with the game at all, yet the articles (and Slashdot) highlight the game in their titles and pictures because the guy plays the game at times. If the guy happened to have a collection of postage stamps, would the media write their headlines as "Teenage Stamp Collector Jailed For Months For Facebook Joke"?

+ - General Motti Died

Submitted by dhalsim2
dhalsim2 (626618) writes "The man who memorably was schooled in the ways of the force by Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars" has passed.

Character actor Richard LeParmentier, who played General Motti in the original 1977 "Star Wars," died Tuesday morning in Austin, Texas while visiting family. He was 66 years old.

While General Motti didn't play a recurring in the ongoing "Star Wars" series, he figured in one of the first film's best and most famous scenes. As Motti discusses the various strategic errors made by the Empire as they try to bring down rebel forces, he makes the mistake of questioning the importance of the Force, and condescendingly tells Darth Vader, "Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes!""

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side. - Han Solo