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  • Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

    it's a brave new world. years back, i remember being concerned that even the people who simply VIEWED my profile was shown to me... that is unless the user coughed up $$ to make that little detail private. who's to say that a higher level service tier ($$) could un-anonymize those profile views... and not only on profile views but also job posting views?

    for all we know, this could already be a buy in option for marketing / hr recruiters.

  • Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

    @figuerres:true, but with the ubiquity of sso and 3rd party app sign-in options, it's not too hard of a stretch of the imagination that those beans will be spilled. for an unlucky few. i guess that's the risk as all these siloed userbases eventually get combined, parsed, bought and sold. maybe a high level exec who i trusted actually entertained the idea of jumping ship 2 years and now my new ms erp bashboard shows me those past llinkedin conversations. the way things are headed with AI and nothing ever being truly secure, i'm hesitant to trust any digital communications anymore. even if you have nothing to hide, what if you have a dissenting opinion a coworker a certain govt official, then that coworker becomes boss and/or the government changes as it tends to do... you used to be able to rant and people would eventually forget. now there's a record. slightly off topic but i'd imagine more than 1 ms employee has had invites and exchanges entertaining the offer to jump ship through linkedin.

  • XboxOne S and Xbox Scorpio confirmed

    announcing both the xbox s and scorpio at the same time kinda gives me pause to buy the xbox s if i know a way better machine is coming in less than a year.

  • Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

    something that just occurred to me... most people in the job market might not want their current employer knowing they're putting feelers out there for a new job. how much of this data is known and could be put into the hands of those who would be in a position to retaliate for such 'disloyalty' either directly or indirectly? would this merger make this leaky data easier to come by? i've honestly never actively looked for a new job on linkedin, but i do get constantly approached by head hunters.

  • Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

    the data around the connections is probably more valuable than any other user base out there, except fb and google. linkedin also owned video training and other hr-type assets so maybe we'll see a vertically integrated hr solution that does everything from recruiting, to career development training, business social network/publishing (pulse)... could ms be managing my payroll and benefits next?

    as an aside... i had no idea how huge a fee head-hunters made when placing a candidate that sticks around. depending on the available talent pool, up to 1/3 of the candidate's salary for 3 months... for basically what amounts to placing an ad, doing an interview and doing the introduction. huge revenue potential just around the referral and certification of skills/interview.

  • XBoxOne kills OTA DVR?!

    , Ian2 wrote

    Hers how it went:


    They had a meeting to prioritize the development of the XBOX One.

    Someone in the room brought up the PS4 and it's focus on "Gamers only" and argued that if Microsoft wants to compete then it needs to show it's gamers that gaming is their priority as well.

    Everyone bought the argument.


    sounds plausible. they probably already have numbers on exactly how many OTA usb antenna are in use and their myopic projections concluded that the user base wasn't there to justify development.... but here's the thing about the telemetry: very few bought the usb antenna by itself (except for those who took them for their word in anticipation of the OTA DVR) because every TV set already has a tv tuner built in. it's not compelling by itself... BUT as a complete package that included free guide, dvr and tuner??? that would have sold like hot-cakes for everyone under 30. they could've worked out a deal with hulu to satiate the cable itch + OTA dvr all integrated into one-guide. they screwed the pooch on this.

    besides this OTA dvr fiasco, there is no forward vision with the xbox team. with the promises of an all-in-one media/gaming box, i would think by now, they would have opened up the APIs to get developers making living room and home automation apps (not to mention the hdmi drm apis figuerres brought up... so many APIs lacking). they have the equivalent of a low-power server running in millions of households and they don't even want to allow us to see what we could do with it. there are entire classes of apps that haven't even been thought up yet... it looks like Cortana is coming, but imagine if we had the APIs to make living room apps with Cortana... "Cortana > Temperature > 72", "Cortana > Camera > Front Porch > On", "Cortana > Lighting > Living Room > 50%", "Cortana > Apps > Hail Uber", "Cortana > Music > My Playlist", "Cortana > Weather Today", "Cortana > Message > Timmy > Come home its dinner time", "Cortana > Set Reminder > 5:00PM Next Tuesday > Dentist Appointment"... or any of those scenarios with the controller sans Cortana/Kinect.

    They had the opportunity to be a leader here.

  • Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

    , Ian2 wrote

    anyone worked out how much ms have paid per LinkedIn user?


    just curious how much I am worth ☺

    i've seen $65/user number thrown around for this deal. seems like a premium, although who knows what their grand vision will be. they could have become the defacto head-hunter for skilled positions by just leveraging the data but instead opted to sell access to the data to traditional head-hunter types.

    i just wish they would've negotiate $64.50/user and kept their OTA DVR promise for the xbox one :)

  • XBoxOne kills OTA DVR?!

    , magicalclick wrote

    as unpleasant as it is, the cable/OTA TV feature must go away from the core model if Xbox wants to stay relevant.

    i don't understand why you would say that. it's an awesome differentiating feature that a LOT of people have been clamoring for.

    the hdmi passthru is neat but not needed for ota dvr which would happen in software only so any new version of x1 without the hdmi passthru would still work with it (assuming it had a spare usb for the tuner). from what i understand ota broadcasting doesn't require any decoding/encoding... just bytes flushed to the hd from the tuner. it's working in parts of europe!

  • XBoxOne kills OTA DVR?!

    , Dr Herbie wrote

    I am VERY pissed off about this one too -- it was one of the deciding factors in getting an XBOne in the first place.; it would have made up for the drop of Media Center on desktop Windows.

    For those who wish to show their displeasure, there is a OneVoice suggestion that can still be voted on.

    Stop flip-flopping, you sh*t-heads and get a straight story and stick to it.




    thx for the link. voted.

    i can't help but feel this was not a technical or even resources issue as much as it was to not piss off media partners or cannibalize other media consumption revenue streams. i'm pretty sure parts of europe have ota dvr already and it works.

  • XBoxOne kills OTA DVR?!


    sorry for the rant... but i'm a little upset that ms had promised OTA dvr functionality for over a year and just reneged.

    as a 'cord-cutter' the promise of OTA dvr for local news and sports on major networks was the deciding factor for me to get the x1 and the OTA usb antenna over the ps4. I even have a dedicated usb hd just sitting there... waiting.

    the excuse that they want to focus on things gamers have asked for.... well, who goes onto a forum and votes for a feature that has already been promised?!?! ugg. //rant off.