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Comment: Re:This must be confusing to y'all (Score 1) 66

by MightyYar (#47517415) Attached to: Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

Well, they've already become AAPL - their margins are almost identical at around 20%. But that is down from the roughly 30% margins they enjoyed over the last 5 years. And the trend is downward. A pessimist might look and see them trending towards Samsung's 12% margins if they insist on ramping up their hardware business.

Comment: Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (Score 1) 285

by MightyYar (#47517353) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

I agree that it is hard, but we've had over a hundred years of public education to figure this out. I suspect some combination scoring from peers, parents, and administration along with maybe some test scores. We have to do something, and that is why I don't push too hard against the standardized testing - despite the obvious flaws, at least they are trying to affect change. It should be completely routine to lay off the bottom performing teachers in a district each year or so. Tiny districts are exceptions, of course - but most of your cities and suburban schools would stand to benefit.

Comment: Re:This must be confusing to y'all (Score 2, Insightful) 66

by MightyYar (#47516335) Attached to: Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

They are taking on more and more hardware business. This is a much less profitable venture than they had before, so I don't expect things to be as rosy as you seem to. It is very hard to maintain the profit margins that they are accustomed to. Wall Street has given them a huge boost over the last year, but remember that comes after 10 years of no movement, and they still aren't anywhere near their highs during the dot-com bubble.

Still, the layoffs show that they are serious and PC sales have finally stabilized. While I am not a stockholder, I think you are right to be bullish in the short term.

Comment: Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (Score 1) 285

by MightyYar (#47515773) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

Again, I completely agree. But I refuse to support throwing more money at the problem until they fix the systemic issues. If we are buying iPads while lacking pencils, this is just plain stupid and we need to address the stupidity. We already spend more per pupil than any other country in the world, and more in constant dollars than at any time in our history. More money will not fix anything.

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