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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Swampash Re:Kinect (170 comments)

And in what the hell sense is the Xbox brand a dismal failure?

These are all published numbers. Google them yourself.

XBox development costs: 24 billion
RROD writedown: 1.1 billion
Xbox division losses as at 2007: 5 billion

OK, so by 2007 the Xbox brand was worth negative 30 billion dollars. Earnings since then:

2008: +426 million (first profit for Xbox in a calendar year! yay!)
2009: +169 million
2010 +165 million
2011: +210 million
2012: -229 million (ruh-roh, Raggy)

So for Xbox 360's prime earning years, it made 741 million dollars. That doesn't even pay back the 1.1 billion writedown on the RROD fiasco. Let alone the 30 billion dollars Xbox was already in the red.

Negative thirty billion plus zero point seven four one billion equals TRAINWRECK BLACK-HOLE DISASTER.

Microsoft tries to deflect attention from overall Xbox performance by either mixing its numbers up in the greater Home and Entertainment reports, by emphasising "revenue" or "units shipped" or "market share", or by fixating on a small time period - that's how you get shit descriptors like "Microsoft's usually profitable games unit". Yeah, usual in the sense that the unit made annual profits for four straight years. It just cost Microsoft's shareholders thirty billion dollars in the years before that.

OK, how about some more recent numbers:

http://www.businessinsider.com...

Summary: Xbox costs Microsoft two billion dollars a year.

Yep, that's right, Microsoft spent thirty billion dollars setting up a business unit that runs at a loss of two billion dollars a year.

By any sensible reckoning Xbox is arguably the greatest disaster in the history of the tech industry. Microsoft's just good at covering it up.

4 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Swampash Re:code names (170 comments)

Yeah, like "Wii"

5 days ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Swampash Kinect (170 comments)

"Fastest-selling consumer gaming device of all time"? Bullshit.

Kinect, like everything else to do with Xbox, is a dismal failure. People bought it only when they had to, developers didn't support it, and the product was flaky. Now no-one cares.

5 days ago
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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

Swampash because science (230 comments)

Coming up with better explanations is what science is for.

Summary: headline is sensationalist clickbait, Slashdot editors are whores, Netcraft confirms Slashdot is dying.

5 days ago
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What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Swampash Simple (323 comments)

For Google Glass to succeed it needs to not be Glass, and not be by Google.

5 days ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Swampash Re:I've worked for women (219 comments)

Newsflash: what we regard as "backstabbing", women consider "politics" and they consider us to be cavemen for not understanding how and when to do it.

about a week ago
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

Swampash reading emotion in faces (219 comments)

their members scored higher on a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes, which measures how well people can read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible.

Well, there goes Google.

about a week ago
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Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

Swampash mandatory apple story (55 comments)

Gotta meet those quotas for SEO whoring.

about a week ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Swampash Table SALES are down, not tablet USE (328 comments)

Let's not fuck around here, the tablet market is the iPad market. And Apple is a victim of its own success; the iPad is a device that people use without replacing for a lot longer than anyone predicted, certainly nothing like the 18-month phone cycle. I'm still using a "The New iPad" (3rd-gen) purchased in early 2012 and it's still awesome. I've purchased 2 new phones and 2 new desktop computers in that time, but the almost 3-year-old iPad just keeps on keeping on.

about a month ago
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Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress

Swampash Re:Ugh, WordPress (31 comments)

newsflash: nobody gives a shit.

about a month ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Swampash Let me guess (880 comments)

Perp was religious? Fucking crazies.

about a month and a half ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

Swampash Re:I am going to take this a step further (113 comments)

And it means that the tribe has a group of individuals who can contribute all the positive things about being male (strength, endurance, agility etc for hunting and group defence) without the number-one negative thing about being male: fighting with other males over females.

about a month and a half ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

Swampash Re:I am going to take this a step further (113 comments)

Shortsightedness is certainly an aid to finding a mate :)

Seriously though, the presence of male homosexuals in a tribe gives that tribe an advantage over all its hetero-only neighbors. They're males who aren't competition for breeding partners. Competition for breeding partners is the #1 source of self-destructive crazy in any tribal group, hell just look at Islam.

about a month and a half ago
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Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

Swampash Re:I am going to take this a step further (113 comments)

Modern homo sapiens is a species that contains homosexuals, which means that having homosexuals among your number is a survival trait. All the human societies that didn't have homosexuals, or that did but cast them out, well they're not around any more. They got outcompeted by the humans that did have homosexuals.

about a month and a half ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Swampash Re:Really? (772 comments)

No injuries, marks, or other affects, permanent or otherwise.

People were TORTURED TO DEATH. That permanent enough for you?

about a month and a half ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Swampash Dear USA, good riddance (772 comments)

Your time in the sun has passed; you turned your back on your hard-won Enlightenment birthright and you have squandered your wealth.

We are all the poorer for the loss of what the United States could have been.

Your Empire has lasted far shorter than most; the collapse is coming, and it is well-deserved.

Fuck off and die.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

Swampash Re:Not necessarily good news (172 comments)

LOL I love how the article is predicated on the assumption that evolution actually exists.

"There is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). AIDS was created 6000 years ago, just like the Earth and everything else.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Swampash 1:1? (330 comments)

shut up and take my money!

about 2 months ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

Swampash Re:Feds run 50% of Tor nodes? (135 comments)

Where do you think Tor came from? It was a government project designed to protect intelligence communications. The Feds know Tor inside and out because it was paid for by the federal government.

about 3 months ago
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Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

Swampash Re:Another summary edit (109 comments)

Not to mention the article IS FROM THE YEAR 2010.

Fuck you very much Slashdot, any excuse to get another article up with Apple in the headline for the SEO huh? Quotas to meet and all.

about 3 months ago

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Terminated AdSense customer sues Google - and wins

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Swampash (1131503) writes "Huffington Post contributor Alan Greenspan has posted an account of his successful small-claims battle against the faceless nameless phone-number-less monolith that is Google customer support over an AdSense account termination. "In the end, printed on a baby blue sheet of paper by the clerk's aging dot matrix printer, the judgment was actually entered for $761.00 total, due to the $40.00 court costs. I couldn't help but to smile in front of the judge. 'But it's not fair!' Google's paralegal protested. 'What if everyone whose account was canceled sued Google?'" What if indeed."
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Inventor Colin Murdoch dies of cancer

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Swampash (1131503) writes "New Zealand veterinarian and inventor Colin Murdoch died of cancer yesterday. Murdoch was responsible for (among other things) the disposible hypodermic syringe, the tranquilizer dart gun, the child-proof bottle cap, and the silent burglar alarm. His Wikipedia entry also mentions that "despite the relative ubiquity of his inventions, Murdoch did not become rich because of them. He deliberately chose not to sue companies that violated his patents, satisfied instead that they were being put to good use." You may not have heard of the man, but chances are your life has involved one of his inventions."
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Redstate.com accuses Lessig of communism, bigotry

Swampash Swampash writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Swampash (1131503) writes "This one comes in from Bizarro World. Republican blog Redstate.com has published an article decrying Lawrence Lessig as a "digital communist" who "believes there should be no such thing as intellectual property rights" and who spends his time "denigrating the Christian religion". The article concludes by rhetorically asking if, since Lessig is an Obama supporter, Obama really is the sort of person Christians can support."
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Fun with Boeing airliner networking

Swampash Swampash writes  |  about 7 years ago

Slurm (1131503) writes "Wired is reporting some ah... interesting networking issues with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Interesting in the sense that passengers may theoretically be able to gain network access to the plane's control and navigation systems. 'Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner passenger jet may have a serious security vulnerability in its onboard computer networks that could allow passengers to access the plane's control systems, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The computer network in the Dreamliner's passenger compartment, designed to give passengers in-flight internet access, is connected to the plane's control, navigation and communication systems, an FAA report reveals.'"

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