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Comment Re: That doesn't fix anything (Score 1) 581

Posted this in another comment too... but here we go:

How is this any worse than all the cellphones/laptops/desktops/tablets with mics and cameras? Won't a simple software update to them enable the exact same thing? Okay, most laptop and desktop cams have a hardwired light that turns on, but almost all phones and tablets dont. How is the Xbox One any worse?

Comment Not only the One? (Score 1) 581

Not sure I am getting you, how is this any worse than all the cellphones/laptops/desktops/tablets with mics and cameras? Won't a simple software update to them enable the exact same thing? Okay, most laptop and desktop cams have a hardwired light that turns on, but almost all phones and tablets dont.

  Why is the Xbox One being singled out here?

Comment Misleading... (Score 1) 400

It always amazes me how many people actually think that the Xbox is a highly profitable endeavor for Microsoft. While it has turned profitable recently, the Entertainment & Devices Division (where XBox is accounted for) is only mildly profitable. Nowhere near the profit rate of Microsoft's enterprise and desktop cash-cows. It is a stretch to call the Xbox a fiscal "success", at best one could now say it is not "money-losing". It is highly unlikely that Microsoft could expand the revenues and margins of EDD into a company-sustaining business.

That is because the division includes Windows Phone which isn't making much profit right now, not to mention $250 million of cash payments to Nokia every quarter cutting into the profit.

Even with that, they still make a tidy profit.

The EDD reported revenue of $2.53 billion, a 56 percent increase over the $1.61 billion reported during the same period last year. The company also cited a "video game deferral" of $380 million – an advance on the launch of Halo 4, according to Gamasutra – effectively lowering revenues to $2.15 billion. Even so, the EDD racked up an operating income of $342 million, Xbox Live subscriptions rose, however, as did Xbox Live revenue. Specifically, Xbox Live membership grew 18 percent and now totals 46 million members.

So when people say the Xbox is highly profitable, they're right. And EDD would do very well on it's own, even with Windows Phone, with a profit of $342 million just in one quarter. Only on Slashdot does someone think a hypothetical company that makes >1billion profit in a year is not "sustaining".

Comment Re:It is based on Linux.... (Score 2) 349

They are choosing a system which has a record of a number of serious disasters and lack of performance at higher system demand levels.

What serious disasters? Do you have any references that of any, especially ones that say it was because of .NET? Those sound like typical things that people who only read Slashdot for news seem to believe. I remember the London Stock Exchange fiasco, but that was because of incompetent people rather than the technology itself. In the last quarter, Microsoft's Server and Tools division recorded an increase in revenue of 11% despite completely free alternatives available.

if for example your Java supplier has a bad security record, to migrate to a different one which is more responsive

Like who?

Comment Re:When are they going to arrest... (Score -1, Troll) 54

Right after they arrest Android developers for the huge malware problem on Android, and then Apple developers.

"91.3% of smartphone malware/viruses written for Android"
"Apple's iOS, Microsoft's Windows Phone and Blackberry are free of any malicious activity"

http://www.macworld.co.uk/ipad-iphone/news/?newsid=3448046

"Newly Discovered Android Malware Was Downloaded Millions Of Times"
http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/20/newly-discovered-android-malware-was-downloaded-millions-of-times/

Last week, American security researcher Jacob Appelbaum found that malware on an Angolan human-rights activist's Apple laptop was "signed" with a legitimate Apple developer ID, allowing it to slip past Apple's baked-in Gatekeeper security software. A new and unusually sneaky piece of Mac malware, discovered last week, has been linked to a larger online espionage campaign being waged from India.

  The campaign, dubbed "HangOver" after a text string in the malware code, appears to be based in India and focuses on stealing industrial secrets from companies all over the world.

http://www.technewsdaily.com/18120-hangover-malware-india.html

How come the "Superior UNIX design" that have lead to tens of thousands of +5 Insightful Slashdot posts over the years doesn't protect Android and OS X? If the blame goes to the users, why are you trying to blame the Windows dev team?

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