Microsoft Wouldn't Sell Xboxes To US Army

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  1. dahahn

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  2. Swiper

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    The Army somehow manages to ruin the functionality of any technical equipment by implementing overzealous and overbearing security features. I think Microsoft is worried that the Army will ruin the Xbox360s reputation by making it run like total crap.
     

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    microsoft are idiots. they don't want to sell to them b/c they make a crappy product. the army should have contacted sony.
     
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    Process of sending an email on an Army computer.

    1. turn computer
    2. wait 2-3 minutes for bootup
    3. insert CAC card in reader
    4. input 8 digit pin code
    5. wait 2 minutes for login process to complete
    6. get annoyed at two popups telling you to practice good cybersecurity
    7. click on outlook
    8. wait 2 minutes for it to startup
    9. click 'ok' on three notifications that certain features has been disabled
    10. click on 'compose new email'
    11. find address in address book
    12. write message text
    13. press 'send'
    14. select classification level on email
    15. select classification level on email again
    16. input 8-digit pin code
    17. confirm that you are allowing outlook to access mail server
    18. bang head against desk
     
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    From someone who works in Federal facility I have to agree with this:

    Also, I don't hink M$'s reasons are trivial. They sell consumer level console gaming systems. Promising to deliver a "butt-load" of those systems (and likely at reduced, volume pricing) to the government (who will likely use them for training purposes only) doesn't really fit into the whole "let's make some money" ideology.

    The "we don't want mom to think we're training little soldiers in her living room" thing was, admittedly, a bit off-the-wall though.

    Lastly, M$ can sell to whomever they choose for whatever damn fool reason they choose. Just because they don't (seem to) want to undertake the process of working with the military (and supporting their CRAZY security protocols and delivery schedules) isn't all that far afield from common sense.

    Or, at least, that's how I see it.
     
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    So MIcrosoft won't sell to them. Big deal. Just send the purchasing officer over to Best Buy and they'll sell every XBox they have to them and then order more from Microsoft.
     
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    Tell them Wii would like to play
     
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    If someone was smart they would make a bluetooth M4 controller that worked like the real thing and worked on software that could be run by a console. Then have the Modern Warfare engine plugged into a simulator.
     
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    I don't remember where I saw this but I saw a crapload of playstations hooked up to make one supercomputer of some kind. Either for the Feds or Army or something.

    I know what I saw, but don't remember what was said when I saw it. Someone else had to see the same thing I did.
     
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    If they feel their product is not the right fit they have all the right to not sell it to them. Not a big deal.
     
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    or just tell them to drive to the PX/ BX i saw a bunch of Xbox360s and PS3's there the other day
     
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    THIS! Microsoft does NOT make money off the XBox. In fact they often lose money on the actual console. The console exists to sell games, and those games make money for both MS and the publish/developer. The same is true for the PS3/Sony and Nintendo/Wii.

    If the Army bought 10,000 XBoxes for $200 and a single copy of COD4 for each MS would wind up making around $100,000-150,000 off the deal (MS typically takes $10-15/unit on top of their base licensing fee for each XBox title, though obviously this can vary tremendously depending on the relationship MS has with the publisher and a whole range of other factors).