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+ - Microsoft is reportedly buying 'Minecraft' developer Mojang for $2 billion

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Microsoft is in talks to buy Minecraft's developer, Mojang, according to a few different sources. The Wall Street Journal says that the ever loose-lipped "person familiar with the matter" has noted the deal is valued at over $2 billion, while reps for both Redmond and the Swedish developer remain mum on the subject. The New York Times reports that Microsoft approached Mojang as early as three months ago and the purchase should be finished by the end of this month. Perhaps most interesting though is that should the deal go through, Notch might not stay past six months after the ink has dried. Why? He likely wants to make sure his employees are being well taken care of."

+ - Fukushima Thyroid Cancer Data released-> 1

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "The number of young people in Fukushima Prefecture who have been diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer, a disease often caused by radiation exposure, now totals 104, according to prefectural officials. Of these 104, including 68 women, the number of definitive cases is 57, and one has been diagnosed with a benign tumor. The size of the tumors varies from 5 to 41 millimeters and averages 14 mm.""
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+ - Google Chrome 64-bit Stable Arrives For Windows

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Along with the launch of 32-bit Chrome 37, Google today also released the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows 7 and Windows 8 in the stable channel. Nevertheless, going 64-bit is still an opt-in process: to take advantage you have to hit the new "Windows 64-bit" download link over at Google first launched Chrome 64-bit back in June, but only in the browser’s Dev and Canary channels. The beta channel received the same treatment in July, and now it’s finally available in the stable channel."

+ - Stanford team creates stable Lithium Anode using Honeycomb Film->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "A team at Stanford has created a stable Lithium anode battery using a carbon honeycomb film. The film is described as a nanosphere layer that allows for the expansion of Lithium during use, and is suitable as a barrier between anode and cathode. Use of a lithium anode improves the coulombic efficiency and could result in longer range batteries for cars."
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+ - The hacking of NASDAQ->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "Businessweek has an account of the 2010 hacking of the NASDAQ exchange. From the article, "Intelligence and law enforcement agencies, under pressure to decipher a complex hack, struggled to provide an even moderately clear picture to policymakers. After months of work, there were still basic disagreements in different parts of government over who was behind the incident and why. “We’ve seen a nation-state gain access to at least one of our stock exchanges, I’ll put it that way, and it’s not crystal clear what their final objective is,” says House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, who agreed to talk about the incident only in general terms because the details remain classified. “The bad news of that equation is, I’m not sure you will really know until that final trigger is pulled. And you never want to get to that.”""
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Comment: Crack team of Scientists (Score 1) 198

The review was reviewed by a crack team of scientists at the University of Halabalaga. The reason for the findings are that Yeti/Bigfoot RNA is made up of horse, bear, porcupine, wolves and dogs, is the Yeti/Bigfoot are a cross between horse, bear, porcupine, wolves and dogs. I'd like to thank the academics and researchers at the University for their cracker jack work, and wish them well in the continued research and pursuit of these elusive creatures.

+ - Firefox to support VR/Oculus Rift->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Mozilla programmers have begun a project to adapt the Web for virtual-reality interfaces such as the Oculus Rift, starting with test versions of its own Firefox browser. "We are adding native support for VR devices to early experimental builds of Firefox, so that Web developers can start experimenting with adding VR interactivity to their websites and content," said Vladimir Vukicevic, Mozilla engineering director in charge of gaming and special projects, in a blog post Thursday. "This is only the first of many steps that we'll be taking over the coming weeks and months."""
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+ - Toyota to Release Fuel Cell Car in Japan->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Toyota Motor Corporation (TM) announced today that its highly-anticipated fuel-cell vehicle will be introduced to the market next year. The company has been working on developing the technology for over 20 years, and has made several test runs previously." Cost of the vehicle will be $69,000 and it will be available in March 2015 in Japan. Toyota will target regions with infrastructure for hydrogen refueling, as well as spend money to build additional infrastructure."
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Comment: Slashdot (One Star) (Score 5, Funny) 64

Slashdot (One Star): Don't eat here! Most of the patrons and staff smelt of B.O., like they had been working for days on some late night software project. None of them had shaved or bathed in days. Food came directly out of a vending machine down the hall, same for the beverage choices. Menu items included Pop Tarts, Doritos, Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper. When I complained about the 3 inch roach in the break room I was told, "That's our mascot, Chubby."

Comment: Gamers no Likey (Score 1) 227

by puddingebola (#46992135) Attached to: Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect
Gamers don't like to Kinect, maybe because when the One was released, they were told they would always have to connect. Then when MS said developers could remove the ability to play used games, the gamers began to connect the dots. MS seems to have connected with their customers and made a connection between things they don't like about the new console and their sales numbers relative to their biggest competitor. Has this connected?

+ - Company kicked off Amazon for Threatening to sue Reviewer->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "After Mediabridge threatened to sue a reviewer who posted a negative review of one of their routers, Amazon has revoked their selling privileges. From the article, "After discovering the negative review — which quickly rose to become the "most helpful" negative feedback — Mediabridge threatened to sue the customer, claiming he was waging an "illegal campaign to damage, discredit, defame and libel Mediabridge."" Unfortunately for Mediabridge, the response from Reddit has won the company a considerable backlash. They are now the beneficiary of many more negative reviews."
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Comment: Cost RTFA (Score 5, Informative) 264

1. Initial costs of staying with Microsoft's software were lower.
2. Customizable security was one of the pros of switching to Linux.
3. Initial costs were projected over 5 years.
4. 10 years have now past and the city made an assesment of cost. Conclusion was 10 mllion euros saved.
5. HP made there own analysis and concluded that the Linux conversion had cost the city 60 million Euros more. However, when contacted for their methodology and numbers for the analysis, they declined to provide the information.

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