Does someone risk employment discipline when commenting publicly about their employer - of course. Common sense. Worth firing? Not sure, there may be other history at play that we wouldn't know about.
What is hard to find is an explanation of why "always on" is good or bad (pros and cons) that triggered this issue. I watched the IGN video (a great example about what's bad about anyone being able to report news on-line; what a slog waiting for mostly-amatuers to get to the point), and I can't figure out what XBox owners don't like about this fixed-to-the-TV device being plugged into the wall. Seems it evens out content downloads and other software related patching. Is it just the hassle of some complicated reset process if its offline from a power outage?
By the way - thanks for the non-anonymous posting. This thread seems to be loaded with Acs and I can't filter them out.
I didn't know it was still on, but that's mostly because I don't know what's on radio anymore except for the morning news station. I guess I'll just go out back and eat worms.
Most of us don't buy enough hardware to have a good sense of manufacturing defects directly. We get this indirectly from media sources, and human nature amplifies dissatisfaction more than satisfaction. I'm a somewhat recent Apple convert (about 5 years now), and a long time purchaser of computers of all kinds. While there have been some well known issues (the 24 inch screens currently, and I personally had to deal with the "expanding capacitor" issue on my iMac G5), my opinion of Apple is much higher than all the other personal computer manufacturers for build quality, service, and design. Admittedly, Apple doesn't really bother with the low-end market, so comparing the engineering art in an iMac to a mass market Dell desktop isn't a fair fight. But, I think "urban myth" is really too strong a description. My one motherboard issue was superbly handled by Apple Care, and my Apple laptops have lasted much longer than comparable Dell or Sony products I have purchased. I don't think my experience as been atypical, and any other PC manufacturer would have a list of quality snafus to point to - in most cases many more.
It's also interesting to look at the trigger for your comment. Even if you buy into the argument that Apple's quality is the best, comparing it to the quality of Ford is funny. Even the best personal computers last on average three years? Cars sit outside for years and years, have long term warranties, and lots of legislation controlling defect repair. The smallest manufacturing defect (Toyota comes to mind) get magnified into horrible PR nightmares that cost millions and millions to resolve. I'm guessing Apple wouldn't hold up well in a real comparison to Ford, or any other car company.
PS: Great Twain quote.
It has nothing to do with the line in jack. It has to do with the desire to eliminate all jacks except USB/FireWire. Simplifies manufacturing and design costs, maybe? But, lots have disappeared; parallel, serial, keyboard, etc. All replaced with one do-everything digital jack. As others have pointed out, an audio/USB is a $10 purchase and up, depending on your needs.
Which was somewhat similar to another movie which name escapes me. Late 70s? Early 80s? Scanned actors then killed so the studio could use their likenesses without having to pay them. Maybe it was a made for TV movie...
This may change over time. Red Flag rules and other identity theft laws in the US are increasing the liability for whomever is the source of the leak. Holding on to personal identifiers for people you have no active business with is increasing your corporate risk. At some point, most likely after an embarrassing information leak, a bunch of lawsuits that crush a company will cause others to reconsider not purging old information from their databases.
This is bad policy, since many potential hospital "customers" don't have an SSN. Hospitals have to service newborns, visitors, illegals, etc. Using SSN as the unique ID doesn't work, and they usually have work-arounds for this.
The person who can smile when something goes wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.