You would think that somebody that would look at their own numbers before trying to piss of a group of customers.
The most recent numbers I could find show that Microsoft has moved over 66 million Xbox 360 consoles and that there are over 40 million Xbox Live users. That means that over one third of their customers don't want or use the online features of the console.
Now I know that Microsoft has crazy amounts of cash, but I am guessing even they don't want to lose over one third of their customer base. And those numbers don't even count the people like myself that do have a Live subscription but are concerned about always online requirements to use something I have purchased.
I can understand the frustration required to put up a site like this after my most recent encounter with a cable company that just happened today.
I work for a company that has locations spread across a decent sized region and one of the things I do is managing our communications (phones & internet). Because of this I have dealt with providers that range from the single town telephone coop to the big guys like Comcast, Verizon, and CenturyLink. I thought I had seen crazy after doing this for years but just today I have a new definition of crazy.
I have a new location that is in a city that signed an exclusive franchise agreement with a cable provider years ago. Somehow, even though they are the only provider allowed in city limits, they don't have cable in the ground near our building. If I want them to bury a cable I have to pay 100% of the trenching fee. That price estimate came in at $98,000. I almost laughed in the salespersons face when I was told that price.
I have never understood why something 'needs to be done'. Compare the growth of the internet to our last major communications development, the telephone network.
The telephone was developed in 1870, and by 1900 had started to take off. The most recent number I have heard is 6 of the world's 7 billion people have access to a phone line (land or cell). Almost 100 years to reach that type of penetration. The internet by contrast was developed in the 1960s and commercialized in the early 90s. It has already reached over 2 billion people. (If anyone could find penetration rates over time to compare that would be awesome)
Now I do believe that governments can have a role in helping the internet grow, but the governments I see pushing for ITU control don't appear (to me) to have the goal in mind.
Some theaters are realizing people go to their locations for more than just the movie they are showing. One of our local cinemas recently showed the extended cut for all three Lord of the Rings movies over three weeks (one each week).
They showed the movies in their largest and newest theater (the seats are actually really comfortable). I went even though I own the complete extended cut of the movies and have watched them. Many of my friends also went with me even though many of them also own the movies. We went because this was a rare chance to see the full extended cut on a huge screen with a great sound system with a dozen friends.
It looked like they did pretty good for the turnout as well, the theater was also close to full.
Infinity Ward made the choice to cut out some of their biggest fans, but as a purely numbers business the group of people they cut out was extremely small.
I feel it is sad when this happens as I am one of those people they cut out. I had been looking forward to the game for a long time and now I won't be buying it, and I would have been two sales as I have a 360 to play with my casual gaming friends, but prefer PC gaming. (I have both versions of COD4 and COD:WAW)
I will probably borrow it from a friend for the single player story but I refuse to give them money after what they have done, even though I know it is probably going to be an insignificant gesture against such a huge game.
Speaking of theatre that does more than simply performs a play, my friends and I had a great experience at the Globe Theatre in London.
My friends convinced me to go to the production of Romeo and Juliet. I honestly didn’t want to go because I have never cared for theatre but agreed to go with them simply for the historic value of standing in the pit at the recreated Globe Theatre. It is probably the best memory I have from my ten days in London.
The performers were awesome in their acting, and they kept interacting with the audience at different points. Before the play started and during the intermission, a group sang Shakespeare era songs on stage as we got let in, and at one point they were singing a love ballad and singled out my friend standing directly at the edge of the stage and all circled around her singing. During the performance they would also make their way through the pit area that was packed with people as well. When they were going to the masquerade ball, they wove through the crowd singing and one of them told the guy next to me he had strange clothes to be going to a ball.
Overall it was a great 'experience' and a highlight of my trip, because it was more that just sitting and watching people on stage.
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