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Comment: Re:In other news (Score 1) 609 609

It specifically is illegal actually.

No, it specifically ISN'T illegal.

"Agencies that allow employees to send and receive official electronic mail messages using a system not operated by the agency must ensure that federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency recordkeeping system."

And the State Dept allowed it. Because it was perfectly normal. The requirement for the Secretary of State to use federal email systems only became law in 2014, after Clinton had left office.

Comment: opinions don't count (Score 4, Insightful) 255 255

Commits count.

Turning up to a gig doesn't give you the right to dictate what the band plays. But if you turn up to the REHEARSALS for the gig armed with recordings and knowledge of the band's previous performances and sheet music containing instructions on how to correctly play something that the band had previously been fucking up without knowing it, then there's a chance that the squiggles and dots you've written might be performed at the next gig.

If the band chooses to not perform your squiggles and dots then just leave and perform them yourself.

Comment: Re:Kinect (Score 2) 171 171

And in what the hell sense is the Xbox brand a dismal failure?

These are all published numbers. Google them yourself.

XBox development costs: 24 billion
RROD writedown: 1.1 billion
Xbox division losses as at 2007: 5 billion

OK, so by 2007 the Xbox brand was worth negative 30 billion dollars. Earnings since then:

2008: +426 million (first profit for Xbox in a calendar year! yay!)
2009: +169 million
2010 +165 million
2011: +210 million
2012: -229 million (ruh-roh, Raggy)

So for Xbox 360's prime earning years, it made 741 million dollars. That doesn't even pay back the 1.1 billion writedown on the RROD fiasco. Let alone the 30 billion dollars Xbox was already in the red.

Negative thirty billion plus zero point seven four one billion equals TRAINWRECK BLACK-HOLE DISASTER.

Microsoft tries to deflect attention from overall Xbox performance by either mixing its numbers up in the greater Home and Entertainment reports, by emphasising "revenue" or "units shipped" or "market share", or by fixating on a small time period - that's how you get shit descriptors like "Microsoft's usually profitable games unit". Yeah, usual in the sense that the unit made annual profits for four straight years. It just cost Microsoft's shareholders thirty billion dollars in the years before that.

OK, how about some more recent numbers:

Summary: Xbox costs Microsoft two billion dollars a year.

Yep, that's right, Microsoft spent thirty billion dollars setting up a business unit that runs at a loss of two billion dollars a year.

By any sensible reckoning Xbox is arguably the greatest disaster in the history of the tech industry. Microsoft's just good at covering it up.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke