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343 comments

Well, (5, Funny)

cheddarlump (834186) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165657)

There goes the xbox.

Re:Well, (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165735)

Ballmer post? Guess we'll be needing these:

Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers.

Re:Well, (5, Funny)

plover (150551) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165825)

Ballmer post? Guess we'll be needing these:

Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers. Developers.

Don't forget: Chair! Chair!

Re:Well, (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166175)

BING!!

Re:Well, (2)

marciot (598356) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166209)

I think you mean: Gamers, gamers, gamers!

Re:Well, (2, Insightful)

PoliTech (998983) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165969)

I thought it was: H1B's, H1B's, H1B's, H1B's, H1B's, H1B's, H1B's, H1B's, H1B's, H1B's ...

Re:Well, (4, Interesting)

Xest (935314) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165793)

Quite the opposite I think.

If you look at what happened with the DRM fiasco, we had Don insulting his customers saying basically that DRM was for their own good but also importantly that it couldn't be removed, then within a couple of days you had it removed including detail of the implications that had on other systems and features which is not a mere couple of days work to evaluate properly.

I suspect what happened is that Sony did their unveil, Don refusing to admit he was wrong (because he hates consumers, and is an arrogant dick, hence why Zynga is perfect for him) carried on parroting the DRM line whilst his reports knew that this was a major problem, bypassed Don because he was a waste of space and went straight to Ballmer to say "Let us remove this or we're done", Ballmer gave permission, they sent to work on it and had a good week to do it whilst Don was still oblivious, or knew full well, but was trying to fight his corner internally. Either way he obviously lost eventually.

Hence why he has now gone, because he was basically undermined by those under him who knew far better than him what the customer wanted and what strategy was required not to completely destroy their product before it was even released.

This is also I suspect why they're not replacing him, because his reports probably knew better what made a good product than he did, hence why they may as well report directly to Ballmer and cut out the idiot in the middle.

Goodbye Don, you wont be missed, EA's most awful DRM regime period, overseeing Microsoft's worst XBox ideas, Zynga, you're an example of everything that's wrong with the games industry. It's nice to see you've finally ended up somewhere that deserves you and that you deserve to be at.

Re:Well, (5, Interesting)

UnknowingFool (672806) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165901)

Or maybe Mattrick was a scapegoat and was doing what he was told to do. When he saw what was happening at MS, he looked for a way out. Either way this is another problem that happened on Ballmer's watch.

Re:Well, (5, Insightful)

Xest (935314) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166017)

It's hard to imagine Mattrick was a scapegoat given that he implicated himself by defending so rabidly the DRM policies in interviews to the extent of insulting customers. I very much doubt his orders were "Don, go make a dick of yourself in public".

I'm pretty sure he managed that all by himself.

Re:Well, (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166119)

I'm pretty sure he managed that all by himself.

You've forgotten one key detail. Slashdot has decided that Ballmer is the physical incarnation of all that is evil and malicious in the computing world. He's been blamed for Google reading your email, Apple overcharging customers for weak hardware, and Linux never having good GPU drivers. Your attempt to point out that he is actually a human and not an evil hellspawn with total domination of the tech industries will result in a vengeful tsunami of negative karma in your specific direction.

Re:Well, (4, Insightful)

TWiTfan (2887093) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166069)

Or maybe Mattrick was a scapegoat and was doing what he was told to do.

That might be reasonable, if it weren't for the fact that Mattrick was in charge of the Xbox division and answered only to Steve Ballmer (who doesn't have a rep of micromanaging).

No, Mattrick's many mistakes were Mattrick's and no one else's.

Re:Well, (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166155)

Probably. It'll be interesting to see what Ballmer does with Xbox or who he appoints to lead it. It was one of the few divisions that had any consumer appeal.

Re:Well, (5, Interesting)

JDG1980 (2438906) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165919)

Cutting out underperforming middle management and flattening the hierarchy is not a new idea in business. It can work well, but it relies on the person at the top being competent, hardworking, and flexible. Suffice to say that the events of the past few years indicate Ballmer might not be up to the job.

Re:Well, (5, Interesting)

Xest (935314) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166083)

I don't think Ballmer is bad in every way, I think there are some teams he seems to have recognised know what they're on about and so he just leaves alone for the most part. Windows Server and SQL Server for example have just continued to get better.

I think Ballmer's flaw is that he has no vision, whilst Steve Jobs knew a good product when he saw one and knew when resources needed to be poured into it, and also knew when a product was a lost cause and knew when to axe it I don't think Ballmer is capable of that.

In other words I think Microsoft's product success (like Kinect) happen in spite of Ballmer, rather than because of the support of him, but it doesn't mean that impressive products can't get through and tried and tested products can't just continue to improve when he just leaves them alone. It's possible he'll just take a hands off approach with the XBox One now.

Or in other words I think Ballmer is a relatively passive leader, he doesn't have the drive to really fire up Microsoft and make it move, but he doesn't have the competence to axe bad ideas either. Microsoft nowadays strikes me as being somewhat in zombie mode with some departments coming up with good ideas and getting them through all by themselves without any help from leadership and other departments coming up with awful ideas (Windows 8 Metro) and pushing them through with no real leadership opposition either.

Still I may be wrong, there are people here who work at Microsoft, maybe they can give their thoughts and explain it even if anonymously.

Re:Well, (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166025)

I suspect the scene ended more along the lines of Ballmer throwing a chair at Mattrick and screaming "Get the fuck out and never come back, you piece of shit!"

Re:Well, (2)

Xest (935314) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166115)

They should have videoed it and used it as the bootup animation for the XBox One.

Now that would win people back.

Re:Well, (5, Insightful)

RogueyWon (735973) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166121)

Yes, this feels like a case of emergency damage limitation. After a period in the mid-point of the current console cycle where things seemed to be going their way, Microsoft have had a fairly poor late cycle (unpopular 3rd-gen dashboard, a drought of major exclusives, overtaken by the PS3 in global installed-base stakes). This all culminated in a very difficult lead-up to E3 and an absolute disaster at E3 itself.

The company went in the wrong direction with always-online DRM and, arguably worse, didn't have a convincing story to tell on why it was going that direction in the first place. Admittedly, they probably got dumped on by some of their industry partners. In particular, EA claiming that they never wanted always-online DRM and denying that they had anything to do with its inclusion in the XBone was reminiscent of a small child frantically wiping cake-crumbs off his mouth while emphatically denying that he raided the fridge to steal the cake. But ultimately, whatever pressure there was on MS from publishers to go the always-online route, Sony recognised that it was a better long term strategy to side with the customers instead. MS's about-turn since E3 is welcome, but it hasn't helped the company's reputation.

And reptuation is probably what this is about. Not so much reputation with the general public, but reputation with shareholders. From its early days as a long-shot cash-hungry investment, the Xbox line has become a big part of MS's business. With the Windows side of the business not doing very much and with the company's attempts to get into the phone and tablet market not going very far, annual reports have shown that Xbox and Office are basically the two big growth areas in Microsoft.

On the day of E3 it looked like MS was about to commit suicide in one of those two areas. Shareholders will not have liked that. And while the general gaming public has welcomed MS's u-turn since then, shareholders will have liked it even less. Why? Because it smacks of confusion and a lack of a strategy. If MS had stood firm, then at least shareholders might have clung to the belief that the board knew what it was doing here and would be proved right in the long run. With a u-turn, it seems that the executive team has been making decisions that it doesn't even believe in itself.

So now, Ballmer (who, rather oddly, still enjoys a lot of shareholder confidence) steps in personally to provide reassurance that the company recognises it has a problem and is getting a strategy in place to fix it.

If the games industry in particular (and the tech sector in particular) had smarter and more in-touch shareholders, then a lot of executive teams would be getting very uncomfortable. However, there seems to be little chance of that happening any time soon.

Re:Well, (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166239)

I think the departure of Don Mattrick was already scheduled, I recall hearing lots of speculations about it prior to E3 (e.g. he would go to EA to replace their departing CEO).

Re:Well, (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165859)

When people said even a monkey could do a better job on XBox One, I didn't think MS would take it literally!

Re:Well, (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165911)

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.

Re:Well, (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166049)

Which would be great for microsoft. As much as I malign them, they really do deserve a better leader.

Re:Well, (1)

Lonewolf666 (259450) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166107)

I think the move to PC (as far as it actually happened) was due to the current consoles being a bit outdated, they are far behind a high end PC in performance. The new console generation might be able to win some of the hard-core gamers back.

But I think you are right about the casuals.

Re:Well, (1)

maroberts (15852) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165979)

There goes the xbox.

As long as the Xbox isn't on a chair, it'll be fine.....

Re: Well, (1)

Therad (2493316) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166055)

or in the chair's flight path.

Re:Well, (1)

ackthpt (218170) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166245)

There goes the xbox.

Are you kidding?!?

Steve Ballmer's Chair-throwing Battledrome will be a massive hit!

I have this weird dream... (1)

monzie (729782) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165659)

... where everytime I push any button on the controller... ... Ballmer jumps up on stage and says "GAMERS".... .... press it n number of times...

and he goes...

'GAMERS GAMERS GAMERS GAMERS GAMERS .....

XBOX ONE DOOMED !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165661)

Capricorn One !!

Ballmer to the rescue! (5, Funny)

meowgoesthecat (2872191) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165667)

...somewhere, the Sony executives just let out a chuckle.

D'oh! (2)

jones_supa (887896) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165669)

Makes my recent comment [slashdot.org] look kind of funny...

Re:D'oh! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165781)

Nope... still pretty stupid.

Re:D'oh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165807)

You and I are going to Vegas this weekend.

Reorg (5, Interesting)

recoiledsnake (879048) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165673)

A major reorg of MS is imminent, hence Ballmer doesn't want to reveal the real head yet and asked them to report to him for the time being. Tired of Slashdot's misleading and biased headlines and summary.

Re:Reorg (1, Interesting)

sribe (304414) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165725)

A major reorg of MS is imminent, hence Ballmer doesn't want to reveal the real head yet and asked them to report to him for the time being. Tired of Slashdot's misleading and biased headlines and summary.

What, exactly, is misleading about it???

MS, according to you, is in such a state of disarray that Ballmer cannot reveal the real head of Xbox, but instead has to step in temporarily??? And we expect that pending reorg to accomplish what, exactly???

Re:Reorg (4, Informative)

recoiledsnake (879048) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166085)

You have absolutely no clue how big reorganizations are handled in big companies. First everything is done in secret as much as possible with the fewest people knowing. Then each person is called to the CEOs Office and informed about the reorg. Things do leak, but revealing rumors and the CEOs hand early causes damage. Do things any differently(letting people know from the media or other employees) and it's going to cause a lot of bad blood and bad morale on top of those caused by the decisions themselves. The process is the same in almost all organizations including Google, so I don't know what you're foaming at the mouth for.

MS, according to you, is in such a state of disarray that Ballmer cannot reveal the real head of Xbox, but instead has to step in temporarily??? And we expect that pending reorg to accomplish what, exactly???

This reorg is just not just about switching heads, it about reorganizations the divisions themselves. There may not be a Xbox division at all and instead may be merged into a new hardware division along with Surface etc.

Re:Reorg (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166089)

"What, exactly, is misleading about it???"

The bit where it says 'Steve Ballmer announces that, from now on, he will be directly in charge of the Xbox One division.' It is misleading because there is no reason to believe he'll be in charge of the division for very long, and the article explicitly says that its likely temporary. Maybe you should RTFA next time.

Re:Reorg (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165765)

Reorg? How about he's not tapped the person to replace Don yet- or found him? Could be EITHER- and your commentary's just as misleading as the Slashdot headline/summary.

I've seen this one play out entirely too often. It's oftentimes not pretty when the CTO or CEO takes over as a director or manager for a group or team, regardless of what the story really being. Not all execs are cut out to dial back things for the peons- and it ends up being a reign of terror. I strongly suspect the same story here, knowing the "chair" man's proclivities.

Re:Reorg (1)

Bearhouse (1034238) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165777)

Well, it's actually quite factual, (if rather breathless, but what do you expect from a headline - deadpan?), Balmer is indeed taking direct charge.
Probably while he works out who the replacement should be; quite sensible.
This late in the game, Balmer will probably do little more than supervise the implementation of the existing plan.

Hard to see how this is amazing news, through possibly good for venting a little more MS hate, which will probably drag in the same anti-Sony crowd, as usual. *sigh*

Re:Reorg (1)

X0563511 (793323) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166163)

I expect the headline to be short, accurate, and noninflammatory.

Re:Reorg (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165873)

That's certainly something that a sane, logical, and rational human being who puts the well-being of his company ahead of management politics would do.

Child posts are free to add the punchline.

Re:Reorg (1)

recoiledsnake (879048) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166215)

That's certainly something that a sane, logical, and rational human being who puts the well-being of his company ahead of management politics would do.

Child posts are free to add the punchline.

Post misleading flamebait stories on Slashdot to get more ad clicks and revenue?

Oh wait... you weren't talking about Timothy and Slashdot/Dice Holdings?

Re:Reorg (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165883)

So you're whining the summary is misleading because they didn't entirely invent what was happening like you did? Get real, jackass.

Re:Reorg (2, Informative)

recoiledsnake (879048) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166135)

So you're whining the summary is misleading because they didn't entirely invent what was happening like you did? Get real, jackass.

It was misleading because the summary and headline intentionally left off and totally ignored the following line from the article so that it could have a better chance of getting posted on Slashdot.

There’s every chance this is a temporary solution until Microsoft completes its wider management restructuring.

Re:Reorg (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165959)

How is this biased or misleading? Is it not literally true? Did Balmer say "Report to me for the time being but don't get comfy because there are big changes coming!!"?

No. He didn't.

The only "major" re-org would involve a future without Balmer at the helm. Anything less and its going to be the same old MS. Nothing more than changing name stickers and shuffling chairs.

Re:Reorg (1)

recoiledsnake (879048) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166187)

RTFA.

It was misleading because the summary and headline intentionally left off and totally ignored the following line from the article so that it could have a better chance of getting posted on Slashdot.

There’s every chance this is a temporary solution until Microsoft completes its wider management restructuring.

In other words.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165679)

He's gonna f**k up the Xbox as he has with everything else!!!

Well, that seals it... (2)

sensationull (889870) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165695)

What little chance it had left it has now lost, tell us Steve, how much more boxy are you going to make it, how many more user hostile features are you going to add, what useful features can be stripped out and replaced by junk. By the time it launches it will be able to search for your keys in 30 different languages, tell you are about to have a heart attack, that you are due for a prostate check and that you have 50 new marketing emails from facebook. The one thing it won't be able to do is play games.

Re:Well, that seals it... (1)

JWW (79176) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165797)

I find myself imagining that about two years ago there must have been a big internal meeting at Microsoft, and Ballmer must have been up on stage yelling ... "RECTANGLES RECTANGLES RECTANGLES!!!!".

Re:Well, that seals it... (1)

BitZtream (692029) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165981)

My god, that joke is so ridiculously tired. Its been freaking YEARS, come up with some new material. Its not funny.

Re:Well, that seals it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166035)

Actually it will PERFORM a Mandatory daily prostrate check instead of the phoning home

Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (2, Insightful)

realmolo (574068) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165703)

He's a moron. He doesn't understand the business AT ALL. Plus, he's obnoxious as hell.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (1)

wowsignal (2970781) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165749)

He's a moron. He doesn't understand the business AT ALL. Plus, he's obnoxious as hell.

Yeah, I've been wondering about that for years. In any other company he would be long gone. I won't touch their stock until he's shown the door.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (2)

headhot (137860) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165945)

Ha, then your not a good investor. If you think Ballmer has screwed up MS, and any one could do a better job, one would expect their stock to rise once he is kicked to the curb, making this the good time to buy the stock low.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166095)

Unless you think they have not hit bottom yet. If it takes another decade you probably don't want to buy in now.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165999)

The company still makes lots of profit even though the stock has not been a great performer. Now you could argue that MS would have been the same with a Magic 8 ball at the helm, but unless they catch him sexual harassing interns or something, it's unlikely he's going any time soon based on performance alone. Second, I think the problem is that Ballmer only understands business; he doesn't understand products or designs. Lastly Ballmer does not seem to be a person who shakes up things like he should. MS has become the bureaucracy that they laughed at IBM for becoming. It has grown into a collection of fiefdoms with no one person leading the larger efforts.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165801)

He's a moron. He doesn't understand the business AT ALL. Plus, he's obnoxious as hell.

Because the last board member that tried to fire him ended up tied to a chair dead like this [blogspot.com] .

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165917)

I actually picture it more like this ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrXfh4hENKs&safe=active [youtube.com]

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (1)

X0563511 (793323) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166213)

&safe=active? Really? Why is that on there still?

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165841)

The stock and profits seem to be doing fine. What's the matter?

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (3, Interesting)

Tridus (79566) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166007)

The stock has moved around within a given range without really growing out of it for what, ten years now?

Besides, this short term thinking is what makes companies fail in the long run. Ballmer's job has been to grow into new markets. The company did that with the Xbox 360 (and then tried to piss it all away with the Xbox One), but hasn't exactly been tearing up the phone or tablet spaces.

The board should be asking "is this the right guy to grow the company in 5 years?" and not "is this the right guy to meet expectations for Q2?"

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (1)

Zimluura (2543412) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165843)

here are some possibilities:

a) they're scared they won't make it out of the room, though if the board organized they would probably be able to overpower him with only minor casualties.

b) his net worth of 15.2billion (not sure how much is ms stock) they could be scared of what happens afterward.

c) the ms board is as out of touch with the market as ballmer is, and don't think something is wrong.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (1)

SoldierII (2785237) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165973)

here are some possibilities:

a) they're scared they won't make it out of the room, though if the board organized they would probably be able to overpower him with only minor casualties.

b) his net worth of 15.2billion (not sure how much is ms stock) they could be scared of what happens afterward.

c) the ms board is as out of touch with the market as ballmer is, and don't think something is wrong.

It is simple, bolt down all the chairs in the room. Problem solved, and now fire him.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166117)

d) the alternatives are worse?

I know a few others in important roles at Microsoft (the WinRT department) and all of them are no better and just as obnoxious and self-centred, possibly worse. It all has the hallmarks of a virus eating Microsoft from within and that is very worrying if you're an investor / shareholder.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166191)

Option D: He's BFF with Gates. So fuck the board; he stays!

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (2)

AHuxley (892839) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165851)

These optical splitters — too accurate for MS people. Only NSA contractors are so precise.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165867)

He's a moron. He doesn't understand the business AT ALL. Plus, he's obnoxious as hell.

Despite poor opinions of Ballmer, Microsoft continues to post profits across much of its product lines and services. Until this changes, Ballmer will remain where he is.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166003)

They posted their first ever loss a quarter or two ago

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165931)

He's sleeping with part of the BoD members or has some blackmail material on them, would be what I'd guess...

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (1)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165953)

The stockholders tried to fire him but he and Bill Gates own most of the stock, he and Bill are best of friends and Bill still dominates the board so the board can't and/or won't kick him out either.

Re:Why hasn't the board fired Ballmer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166043)

Because he is the closer, they do not want MS to grow only shrink, it's the new American way of doing business. MS will soon join Kodak and the like, just watch.

Wow..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165711)

Ballmer really does have a lust for power.

Developers - developers - developers .... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165713)

Looking forward to the E3 2014 !

Xbox division employees better be careful (3, Insightful)

JDG1980 (2438906) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165715)

Look out for flying chairs!

Re:Xbox division employees better be careful (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165929)

After Dark for Xbone?

Re:Xbox division employees better be careful (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166039)

This joke is like 10 years old

Re:Xbox division employees better be careful (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166041)

Look out for flying chairs!

That's an exclusive launch title. Perfect for Kinect.

First new XBox One game? Chair Launcher (3, Funny)

kannibal_klown (531544) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165753)

The world is invaded by aliens, the country is in shambles...

There's only one weapon that can save you now: the might CHAIR

Throw chairs at your enemies and defend your planet. Customize and purchase new chairs: from the basic metal folding chair to the antique wingback

Coming to a store near you in 2014

NSA backdoors in closed source closed standard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165759)

What are the chances that the NSA has a backdoor in a closed source, closed standard box that always online on the net, has a Kinect camera on the TV that watches you all the time, and is from a company whose Skype product has been revealed to be an NSA intercept trap? (See the 'Chess leak') and whose Window product contains an NSA key.

I think its pretty likely. It will be very ironic that an Orwell Telescreen will play XBox games:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telescreen

"Telescreens are most prominently featured in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four as well as all film adoptions of the novel... as a member of the Inner Party, can turn off his telescreen (although etiquette dictates only for half an hour at a time). It is possible that this claim was false and the screen still functioned as a listening surveillance device, as after Winston and Julia are taken into the Ministry of Love, their recorded audio conversation with the telescreen "off" is played back to Winston. The screens are monitored by the Thought Police."

Re:NSA backdoors in closed source closed standard? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165961)

has been revealed to be an NSA intercept trap? (See the 'Chess leak')

Google asked me if I did mean "Cheese leek". What should I answer?

Re:NSA backdoors in closed source closed standard? (1)

BitZtream (692029) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166047)

I love when people post ignorant comparisons to 1984 ... which you clearly utterly missed the point.

We are nothing like 1984. 1984 reflects a society that willingly wanted the conditions told in the book to occur. That is no way the case in modern society, regardless of how your feeble thought process wants to pervert it. No one in modern society wants to be spied on.

Get some reading comprehension skills, or more likely, go actually read the book rather than spouting shit like you've read it and know what its about.

Re:NSA backdoors in closed source closed standard? (4, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166243)

We are nothing like 1984. 1984 reflects a society that willingly wanted the conditions told in the book to occur. That is no way the case in modern society, regardless of how your feeble thought process wants to pervert it. No one in modern society wants to be spied on.

Dear lord, but do I wish that were true...

In reality, there's actually a fair contingent of the populace who will not only bow to the governments every whim on the dubious claim of "safety," but will demand you hit your knees as well, with equal fervor.

You don't see this because you insulate yourself from them, partially by posting here on Slashdot; I implore you, go check out the comment sections on Yahoo, MSNBC, or Fox News for any of the stories about Ed Snowden. You will not like (and may have trouble believing) what you see.

So you won't be buying an XBox then? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166253)

" 1984 reflects a society that willingly wanted the conditions told in the book to occur."

Look behind you, TERRORIST! *I*, General Alexander, will save you, why only last week I saved you from 50 plots in 20 countries, so secret nobody but I know about them, even the Legislative and Judicial branches of government don't even know...

"Get some reading comprehension skills, or more likely, go actually read the book rather than spouting shit like you've read it and know what its about."

I guess you won't be buying an XBox then? You with the superior intellect must realize that you'll have an always internet connected camera (actually the Kinect is a stereo camera) controlled by Microsoft, a corp, which has already tapped Skype in a similar way, is already mentioned in NSA leaks.

They chose to tap their Skype on a specious fear mongering claim. They'll tap the XBox Kinect camera too, because if you're a terrorist with Skype you could be a terrorist with an XBox aswell.

developers, developers, developers, developers, (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165813)

eh, steve just wanted to get developers, developers, developers, developers,

... and in other news... (1)

kootch (81702) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165819)

Joe replaced Bob as the manager at the local frozen yogurt stand.

I predict ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165827)

There's still going to be tons of people who buy the new Xbone ... but for many of us, even the one-time mandatory sign up with Microsoft is too much.

Sorry Microsoft, but I'm not gonna buy it.

Fuck you.

Did anyone else misread that as: (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165835)

Steve Ballmer Replaces Dot Matrix As Xbox One Chief"?

I was vary confused for a bit...

Re:Did anyone else misread that as: (1)

TWiTfan (2887093) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166129)

Hey, it's not fair to compare Don Mattrick to a dot matrix printer! At least the printer can still serve a useful purpose.

Deja vu? (4, Interesting)

Kwpolska (2026252) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165837)

Steven Sinofsky, the moron responsible for Windows 8, left Microsoft a very short while after releasing Windows 8. We have a quite similar scenario here, save for the quit happening a bit earlier, but still after shit hit the fan.

Ballmer? RIP, XBox! (1)

zarmanto (884704) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165885)

The subject line pretty much says it all. The only real question here is, how long will it take him to well-and-truly trash the XBox division, such that it's no longer recoverable?

April Fools in July (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165913)

Did anybody else read the headline and summary, then check the date? And/or the source to see if it's an Onion article?

How bad is MS (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44165923)

How bad is it at Microsoft if one willingly leaves to work at Zynga?

Re:How bad is MS (1)

gtirloni (1531285) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165955)

Good point. The fact that he is leaving doesn't surprise me. The fact that he accept a job at Zynga instead of staying at home sure sounds crazy.

Re:How bad is MS (3, Insightful)

BitZtream (692029) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166105)

This is in no way a bad reflection on Microsoft, and is an entirely bad reflection on Mattrick. It just illustrates that he's a complete scumbag.

Going to work at Zynga as the CEO is not going to be a 'shitty' job. He's in charge, not one of the grunts stealing games from others and working 90 hour weeks.

It makes it clear that even Microsoft has some sort of moral standards, Mattrick isn't capable of living up to even those low standards, so he had to go run some other absolutely shitty company into the ground. Should be easy considering it was already well on its way before he became CEO.

The title is misleading (4, Funny)

Skiron (735617) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165933)

It should be eXboss

Great Game (1)

deboli (199358) | 1 year,20 days | (#44165975)

I know, I know it's old but I'm still hoping for a good chair throwing game!

Submarine Analogy (1)

guttentag (313541) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166021)

Imagine a nuclear submarine. You have a power plant with a seemingly limitless supply of fuel compared to conventional designs, which grants you the ability to operate at high speed underwater for long periods of time with only occasional needs to surface for air. However, it only works because you have a thick layer of shielding that protects the crew from direct exposure to the power source. Now consider the kind of energy Ballmer radiates. Technically, he is in slow decline, but he has a half life of about 20 years. A division president would have acted the shielding between Ballmerizing radiation and the crew. Without that shield, how long will the crew survive?

What I don't get (1)

korbulon (2792438) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166045)

Is that once you've reached the upper echelons of management in any major corporation you have job security for the rest of your life. There seems to be no fuck-up too big, no verbal slip too ridiculous, to relegate you to indefinite unemployment. On the contrary demonstrated incompetence appears to have no bearing on future job prospects. It's more like a game of musical chairs chairs chairs...

"CHAIR!"

Probably an improvement (3, Interesting)

Tridus (79566) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166091)

Believe it or not, I actually think this is better.

Let's be honest here, the reveal and everything since has been a fiasco. Mattrick was the guy in charge, and he blew it in "they'll teach this in business schools" fashion. They made a lot of mistakes with the Xbox One, Sony took their lunch money, and pre-orders have been disappointing.

Ballmer can't really do worse, though I don't expect he'll do a ton better. So much damage has already been done to the brand name that trying to sell it as the most expensive system on the market isn't going to fly. People don't hear the name "Xbox One" and think "worth a premium price". They hear it and think "that's the thing my friends on Facebook said sucked, why would I pay more for that?"

Ballmer might also be open to the drastic step necessary to right the ship - make a version without the Kinect and charge $100 less for it. Pricing problem solved, and early adopter core gamers don't give a rats ass about Kinect anyway.

thank goodness (1)

FudRucker (866063) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166207)

glad my Sony Playstation still works good, with Monkeyboy Ballmer at the wheel XBox is sure to blunder, it was Ballmer that was in charge of WinME and Vista and they both flopped just like XBox will again

Disappointment (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,20 days | (#44166223)

Come on, people. Not a single 'Assuming direct control...' joke? You shame me.

Warm (1)

Jim Louvau (2951951) | 1 year,20 days | (#44166241)

Yeah, I've got the warm 'n fuzzies now ...
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