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Comment Huh! I just got it (Score 3, Interesting) 300

Looking at a still photo of the XBox One screen just made me realize... it finally dawned on me where Microsoft got the idea for the start screen tiles on XBox and Windows 8.

It's the Wii. All they've done is let you have some of the boxes be bigger than the others - but it's basically the Wii's interface that Nintendo released in 2006.

Even the ads. The Wii used the boxes for the Shop to advertise stuff you could buy.

Comment Another title that's basically a lie (Score 4, Insightful) 95

Jay-Z's app wasn't hacked at all. The story states that McAfee (the antivirus company, not the insane founder of that company) "found" an app that purports to be Jay-Z's app but does these things. It doesn't say where they found the app, nor if anyone has even been affected by this at all - it mainly seems to be a weird "Hey can we turn this whole Snowden story into a way to get our company so e attention" thing.

We rail about the Slashdot editors all the time; but come on. Shouldn't you guys at least make sure the title isn't out and out WRONG?

Comment I blame the government (Score 4, Interesting) 287

I know, that sounds like the lead-in to a joke - but not this time.

In the US, anyway, Congress established quite some time ago that companies had more rights to our personal information than most of us would want them to have. So it's not surprising when we find out the NSA (or whoever) has carte blanche to our information - and also that Congress doesn't grok why we get upset about it.

Europeans ostensibly have much stronger protections in this regard; but it seems to me there's a lot of "wink, wink, nudge nudge" going on over there, and those "protections" are mainly in place so their officials can posture indignantly whenever news like this comes out. In practice I don't think there's much of a difference on either side of the Atlantic.

So what's the big deal about yet another large entity slurping our personal information? Whether they're public or private - according to the folks elected to represent us, we shouldn't be upset about it...

Comment Re:Well, (Score 1) 343

There goes the xbox.

I realize my opinion on this isn't shared by everyone, but I have a strong suspicion ALL of the new consoles are going to have disappointing sales because gaming has largely moved on (hard-core gamers to PCs, casual gamers to Android/iOS phones and iPads). But, now, if XBox One doesn't do well, it will be seen as Ballmer's fault by many people - even if he had little to do with this particular failure.

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