Dec
17
2013
6

Tweet of the Day, Microsoft To Take Over Healthcare.gov edition. #obamacare

I am not… exactly joking: they’re bringing in a Microsoft guy* to ‘fix’ the website. Changes have already been made:

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Apr
07
2013
10

So @Xbox kind of hates all those people living in flyover country, huh?

Short version: Adam Orth of Microsoft was getting into it with Manveer Heir of BioWare over why some companies were (bizarrely, or nastily, depending on your point of view) requiring always-on internet connections in order to play some games.  We turn now to Cheezburger:

Manveer Heir, a developer at BioWare, pointed out to Orth that “always-on” DRM was particularly unfair to customers in rural areas who aren’t always afforded the best internet connections to begin with. Orth’s response? “Why on earth would I live there?”

Sweet, dude. Not only does Orth not care about customer’s grievances surrounding their poor DRM model, he thinks that all those backwoods country folk have just made bad life decisions by living in sparsely populated areas.

I understand that Orth has since made his Tweets private.  Can’t imagine why…

Moe Lane

 

 

Jan
26
2013
--

California Senate President threatens Microsoft.

…And unlike Ed Morrissey, I’m not that sympathetic.  Because do you know what the problem is with pursuing a “throw other people to the crocodile strategy?”  It’s that the endgame’s pretty predictable.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is not backing down from a request for information about Microsoft’s dealings with California, a gesture that many interpreted as a warning to prospective Sacramento Kings buyer and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

After reports emerged that Ballmer was one of the investors seeking to purchase the Kings and relocate them to Seattle, Steinberg sent a letter to the Department of General Services asking for data about California’s contracts with Microsoft and the monetary value of the state’s past purchases from the technology giant.

Fifteen years ago Steinberg would have simply complained a bit that a sports team was moving out, but not too strongly; after all, there were plenty of sports teams that wanted to go to California.  Then again, fifteen years there were more people to throw to the crocodile.

Moe Lane

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