|This story[^], reported by CP's own 100-sharp-eyed mythologist, Terence Dorsey, on CP's "Daily News" e-mail newsletter, arrived about 2 hours ago my time (1PM GMT +7):
The story links to a ReadWriteWeb story, titled "Xbox, Not Windows, Is The Future Of Microsoft - Says Steve Ballmer"[^]:
Which, in turn, says the source for RWW's story is an interview in the Seattle Times titled "Ballmer trumpets Microsoft's 'epic year'"[^].
If you read the article on RWW, and compare its content with the Seattle Times interview:
You will find, I believe, the RWW story is a gross mis-representation of what Ballmer actually said in the Seattle Times interview.
j'Accuse: ReadWriteWeb is here engaing in what is the all too-frequent (think: CNet, ZDNet, etc.) "yellow journalism" of on-line computing-future's reportage: characterized by sensational, exaggerated/warped, headlines, unwarranted extrapolations from attributed source material, implying quotes, or other content, from other sources without attribution, etc.
In fact, the interview with Ballmer in the Seattle Times contains perhaps the most reasonable comments I've ever heard "Jumpin'-Jack-Flash Steve" make.
And, it contains this delightful quote from Ballmer: "Screaming loudly doesn't work very well in our industry." Which suggests to me that, underneath his frequent public performances as obstreporous harlequin, and/or high-school cheer-leader, perhaps: lies a very conventional business-suit
For what it's worth, I agree with Pete O'Hanlon's take[^] on both Ballmer and Sinofsky, as expressed recently on the "Slammin' the Apple" thread launched recently by HIC (Hamster-In-Chief) here on the Lounge.
"Trust nothing, question everything" ... attributed by some to Kabbala tradition, but origin uncertain.
"When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images." Niels Bohr
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