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The Betamax and Mini-disc, I wouldn't necessarily call screw-ups. In fact, I'd say those were good things...they innovated and it never stuck (of course, it could be a screw-up if you consider lack of proper marketing as such) but they took a risk for the better and it never panned out. Root-kits, removing the other OS feature, suing GeoHot...those are in a different realm. It's like they went from no follow-through, to too much follow-though.
This has been an interesting exercise. Thanks for not taking my post the wrong way, I was worried that others would think I was just trying to be an ass.
I'm not trying to troll or whatever...this is a thinking exercise. Think about how much bad that you've done in your life where forgiveness was given. Sure, the scale my be smaller...but the badness is there. I'm not a Sony fan by any means...and I'm very upset about this, but think for a moment of how much bad you've done in your life and how people still give you a chance. In reality...none of us are really worth a damn.
Maybe once I reach the golden years (currently 29) -- I'll have found more things that I find as interesting hobbys, but until then...I'll just keep making my office a better place, one server/computer at a time.