Well, given what I read about Nokia releasing this bundle as a platform and the fact that PySide and PyQT are API compatible, I can imagine someone coding necessary features against PySide and then just decide whether a switch to a lighter version (i.e. PyQt) warrants the 400 EUR investement.
All in all, it's a smart move. You code in a standard environment and if your deployment gets too large, you can just drop in a cheap and qualitative replacement. The end result is the same: faster and more applications on a Nokia platform. This may even be a good thing for PyQT.
Well, my theory is a bit rusty, but wouldn't this add some liquidity for the Redhat stock?
Might as well decrease as well if passively managed funds want to keep on to the shares, but going by gut feeling, I would think it's a good thing regardless. If anything, the share should be more correctly priced in the long run;
Depending on your definition of correct pricing of course.
It gets even funnier when you look at the code.
They use comments to hide data, I was going to do a summary here, but better check for yourself.
Of course nobody is certain about how risky the console market is, nor does anyone know how big the return on investement will be in a few years, but the man has a point if he says that just throwing money at something isn't really the best way to invest. It seems to me that if you need 10 more "halo-size" hits, somebody didn't really do his or her homework properly.
On the other hand, one shouldn't account for sunk costs when calculating current future profits, which supports your point of "not closing down a now profitable division".
Just keep in mind that the profit of that division (and its possible growth scenarios) might be lower and more riskier than some other investments.
To end, I'd like to point out that Microsoft "sticking to their knitting" might be seen as a way to lower the risk involved, thus benefting the shareholder once more.
I think you both have a point, and that, like always, the truth is probably somewhere in between.
Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.