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  • Microsoft Surface blamed for NFL football playoffs meltdown

    tezgno said:
    While I can understand bashing the competition... unfortunately, this issue can't be blamed on the Microsoft Surface (or Microsoft at all). As has been reported on (and confirmed by) the NFL before, the issue has nothing to do with the Surface. Rather, it's the NFL's servers and application that went down (hence why it goes down across multiple teams at the same time). The tablet runs an application that connects to NFL servers and pulls in data including pictures, replay information, etc. It is that system that has been going down recently. To be honest, while Microsoft has paid a large sum of money for their tablets to be shown and used, the entire process is technically platform agnostic. They can run the application on anything. Unfortunately, it wouldn't matter which tablet they chose in these cases... if their servers are down, then there is nothing that can be done.

    Have you seen ANY of the Surface NFL ads? I don't recall EVER seeing any mention of servers or backend systems. The Surface tablet is front & centre in all of them. Nobody cares about where the problem is - they only remember seeing those tablets in the bright blue cases.


    ON another note.....

    Looks like two POS loser trolls ALREADY signed up with new accounts. Any predictions how many more will show up shilling for MS?
    Why in the world would they advertise the backend? Literally no one would do that. The NFL uses Rackspace as their backend so the backend is probably Linux anyways. Don't call me a POS loser troll. I have the utmost respect for Apple. They are a titan in the tech industry and are the most valuable company in the world. I love the fact that OSX is Unix based and posix-compliant, it really is an impressive operating system. The thing I take issue with is the fact that this article is chalked full of misguided oversimplifications. I have no problem with people who love apple products, I admit they have a certain sex appeal that you just don't get from other devices, I just don't like when sites that are devoted to technology really just overlook the technical aspect and go straight to mud slinging. But go ahead and throw more vitriol my way if you feel you must, I will not resort to name calling and religious-like zealousy about silicon and glass.
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  • Microsoft Surface blamed for NFL football playoffs meltdown

    thompr said:
    tezgno said:
    While I can understand bashing the competition... unfortunately, this issue can't be blamed on the Microsoft Surface (or Microsoft at all). As has been reported on (and confirmed by) the NFL before, the issue has nothing to do with the Surface. Rather, it's the NFL's servers and application that went down (hence why it goes down across multiple teams at the same time)...
    According to the article, the outage only affected the Patriots sideline while the Broncos were still using their Surfaces without issue.  If true then you are going to have to modify your defense a little bit.


    It was a wifi outage, literally a router problem. 
  • Microsoft Surface blamed for NFL football playoffs meltdown

    Your facts will fall on deaf ears here. Everyone here seems to be more interested in "feels" than "reals".
  • Microsoft Surface blamed for NFL football playoffs meltdown


    Mmmm yes, it's failing so badly that Apple decided that it needed to make a "Pro" version of the iPad to "compete" with it. I will not argue the sales or revenue numbers. I admit that Apple is the unopposed king as far as raw revenue and margin go. However, the Surface line has done a lot to reinvigorate the Windows OEM landscape. Overall build quality has drastically increased in the high end windows space over the last few years in response to MS actually investing time and effort into showing what an innovative and premium Windows experience can be. My college campus is filled with 2 in 1 touchscreen Windows laptops and tablets. Surface may not move the same numbers as MacBook and iPad, but you're forgetting that there is an entire Windows ecosystem out there to choose from, you aren't limited to the five or 6 offerings that Apple has to offer. MS and Apple have strikingly different business models and to judge the success of any given product line by using the same criteria as the other is absolute lunacy. 
    And that, dear readers, is how you move the goal posts when badly losing an argument. Troll.
    You clearly have no idea how the Windows PC space works. It's not a walled garden like Apple. You can't compare Apples to Oranges. You literally have no argument here, all you've said is that I'm wrong, and then you called me a troll. It's not like it matters here anyways because everyone here is so dead set on their own righteousness that vitriolic claims like yours get everyone salivating. 
  • Microsoft Surface blamed for NFL football playoffs meltdown

    genovelle said:
    The 6 surface owners clearly showed up on this site to come to their defense. Selling like hotcakes?!
    Yes. They had ~4 billion dollars in revenue last year from the Surface line. I admit that those aren't "Apple-like" revenues, but they are impressive nonetheless.
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  • Microsoft Surface blamed for NFL football playoffs meltdown

    slurpy said:
    "Struggling product" Who wrote this? Surface products are selling like hotcakes. Your example of how Surface failed was Surface RT. Yes, RT was an objective failure, however the x86 implementations of Surface have been resounding commercial successes. The fact that you use this as an example shows that you are either hideously biased, or don't know what you're writing about. Plus you're going to quote NFL players and coaches on technology issues? What do they know? If it's a network or server issue the same thing would happen with any device. If you're not going to be objective or knowledgeable, don't be a journalist.

    Do you have a SHRED of evidence for anything you've just said? Selling like hotcakes you say? Ok, provide us some sales figures for this "resounding commercial success". Cause I haven't seen any. I know you're a microsoft shill, but stop being full of shit. 
    There you go. http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/23/8484267/microsoft-earnings-report-q3-2015. They recorded 713M in revenue for the surface line in Q3 2015. Sure, they aren't "apple" revenue numbers, but no one has "apple" revenue numbers besides apple. The surface line might not sell as well as iPad, but it definitely isn't struggling. Quit flinging around insults, I find it very hard to take you seriously if you have to result to calling me a "shill" and "full of shit". 
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  • Microsoft Surface blamed for NFL football playoffs meltdown

    "Struggling product" Who wrote this? Surface products are selling like hotcakes. Your example of how Surface failed was Surface RT. Yes, RT was an objective failure, however the x86 implementations of Surface have been resounding commercial successes. The fact that you use this as an example shows that you are either hideously biased, or don't know what you're writing about. Plus you're going to quote NFL players and coaches on technology issues? What do they know? If it's a network or server issue the same thing would happen with any device. If you're not going to be objective or knowledgeable, don't be a journalist.
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