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Comment: Re:Kinect (Score 1) 170

by Swampash (#48880817) Attached to: Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

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:

http://www.businessinsider.com...

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.

Comment: Table SALES are down, not tablet USE (Score 0) 328

by Swampash (#48700497) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Let's not fuck around here, the tablet market is the iPad market. And Apple is a victim of its own success; the iPad is a device that people use without replacing for a lot longer than anyone predicted, certainly nothing like the 18-month phone cycle. I'm still using a "The New iPad" (3rd-gen) purchased in early 2012 and it's still awesome. I've purchased 2 new phones and 2 new desktop computers in that time, but the almost 3-year-old iPad just keeps on keeping on.

Comment: Re:I am going to take this a step further (Score 1) 113

by Swampash (#48597247) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

And it means that the tribe has a group of individuals who can contribute all the positive things about being male (strength, endurance, agility etc for hunting and group defence) without the number-one negative thing about being male: fighting with other males over females.

Comment: Re:I am going to take this a step further (Score 4, Interesting) 113

by Swampash (#48580117) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

Shortsightedness is certainly an aid to finding a mate :)

Seriously though, the presence of male homosexuals in a tribe gives that tribe an advantage over all its hetero-only neighbors. They're males who aren't competition for breeding partners. Competition for breeding partners is the #1 source of self-destructive crazy in any tribal group, hell just look at Islam.

Comment: Re:I am going to take this a step further (Score 1) 113

by Swampash (#48579931) Attached to: Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

Modern homo sapiens is a species that contains homosexuals, which means that having homosexuals among your number is a survival trait. All the human societies that didn't have homosexuals, or that did but cast them out, well they're not around any more. They got outcompeted by the humans that did have homosexuals.

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