Microsoft fires game test contractor who talked to VentureBeat

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Keith E. Whisman

Quote "Get Serious

All I have to say is this guy looks like a serialmurderer/publicmasturbatoringrapistpeodophile" End Quote

Hey that describes me and what I do while driving the City Bus.

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SteveCamper

let's face it, no it was not health related but in the Tech world your reputation is what sells you.  If you had to make software for the public that you knew was fine but the equipment which you have no control over craps all over it, you are a dead company!  For example, DX10, how many of those companies that made thier games for it (no DX9 versions) are now out of business because MS did not release DX10 for XP.

 

I guess the other side of the coin is that he could have left and went to a new job.  Leave the public unaware and let them pay to price.  Anotherwards, let the mopnopolistic behaivors of the big companies tell the consumers what they need without being questioned!  Mac computer anyone!?!?! 

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Asevening

All I have to say is this guy looks like a serialmurderer/publicmasturbatoringrapistpeodophile.

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hogkill

 He did the wrong thing.  He got himself fired.

 If he or anyone else thinks he made some sort of good moral decision think again.  We aren't talking about some drug that had hidden side effects, we are talking about a buggy video game console.  Nobodies lives are at stake and everyone already knows xbox had a buggy launch.  What good does getting yourself fired do at this point?  Nothing.

 Robert Delaware you are a dumbass.

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fake gordon mah ung

1. Consoles are crap.

2. Microsoft is vindictive.

3. Robert Delaware should not be left alone with small children.

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sdcat

Microsoft did the right thing to have him fired and sued. He did the wrong thing and went very very wrong way.

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atomaweapon

Maybe if this guys didn't look so much like a child molestor in his web cam photo I could concentrate on the story.

 

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Primus2112

LMAO!

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Dwood15

With Delaware.

 If the story was old why should the company even bother firing him?

   Freedom of speech anyone?

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Tekzel

Listen, and spread the word.  Freedom of speech is only protected where the government is concerned, and only under certain conditions.  Go call in a bomb threat or sign an NDA and blab about it and find out what happens.

You are not guaranteed freedom of speech from private entities.  Never have been, and never will be.  

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whisp

 he did the right thing imo, he risked putting his head in the guillotineso that we are in the know. I say its admirable.

"we Plan for Tomorrow, but we Live for Today"

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Tekzel

I don't think MS has gotten nearly enough bad press over the Xbox360 failure rate.  It is painfully obvious that what this guy said is true, but that MS hasn't gotten nearly enough of a black eye over it.  The 360 is the failingest piece of consumer electronics, in what, the history of the universe?  Mine just recently red-ringed out of the blue, and my brother has had it happen to his original, then within a couple of months to the replacement.  So far so good on his third.  Does anyone doubt that they rushed this thing to market waaaaaaaaay before it was ready?

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streetking

my friend's xbox 360 red ringed and MS said "OK, we'll fix it, just pay US the full price of the system." So I took it apart. :D

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sdcat

In otherwords, you are paying the full price of the system to your friend instead.

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streetking

no he said screw it and is getting a new one...

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Wolfmann

This is a double edged sword.

An employer has every right to control the actions and public exposure of it's employees, especially contract employees, but at the same time there should be protection for employees that "whistle blow" or otherwise reveal anti-competitive, and/or illegal activities. Like there are work place protections for those that feel they are working in an unsafe work environment.

The problem with that is that you can get companies and people involved in petty disagreements. But at the same time, a company would think twice about cooking it's books, or covering up intentionally putting a product on the market that is not really fit for sale - even if you're willing to fully support the product afterward. But what if they didn't? And an employee knew MS was intentional grinding it to consumers.

 As for this specific case...I largely agree he hasn't said anything new, and he may've gotten fired for nothing. Now if he can find specific information about what happened with Vista...that would be worth it.

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