Microsoft Reports New Subscribers For Office 365 Plunged 62%

An anonymous reader writes:
Microsoft is having trouble selling $7-a-month subscriptions to Office 365. In the last three months of 2016, Microsoft added just 900,000 new subscriptions — and throughout all of 2016, subscriptions increased by just 4.3 million. In fact, a chart at IT World shows that new subscriptions actually peaked in a year ago, with a steady decline in new subscribers ever since. “In each of the last three quarters, Office 365 grew by about 900,000 subscribers, the smallest quarterly increase since early 2014,” they write. “Prior to the nine-month stretch of 2016, subscribers were accumulating at rates two to three times larger per quarter.”
This explains why Microsoft announced 97 new markets for the software nine weeks ago. So far after four years, Microsoft’s found just 25 million subscribers for Office 365 — and it’s not clear how many of those came from their $100 five-user packages. (Although those figures suggest that Office 365 subscriptions are still earning Microsoft at least half a billion dollars a year.)

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Running For Congress, Brianna Wu Criticizes The FBI's GamerGate Report

An anonymous reader shares this update about programmer/game developer Brianna Wu as well as the FBI’s recently-released report on their GamerGate investigation:Wu has officially unveiled the web site for her campaign for a seat in the U.S. Congress, and says if elected she’ll confront the FBI over their “appalling failure” when investigating members of the controversial GamerGate coalition. “Wu catalogued more than 180 death threats that she said she received because she spoke out against sexism in the game industry and #GamerGate misogyny,” according to VentureBeat, which quotes Wu as saying “only a fraction of a fraction of the information we gave them was ever looked into.”
The article says the FBI did investigate — even asking Google to “preserve records” for several email addresses and YouTube accounts, and making a similar request to Microsoft. And the FBI also interviewed one minor who admitted to making at least 40 threatening phone calls, but after turning over that information learned that the state of Massachusetts had declined to prosecute. In the end the FBI’s 173-page report ultimately concluded that there were no actionable leads.
Wu’s response? “All this report does for me is show how little the FBI cared about the investigation.”

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This Week 'IT Issues' Ground Delta Airlines' Flights

Delta Air Lines has been forced to cancel at least 150 flights, and expects to cancel even more. But “the IT department is working to rectify the situation as soon as possible,” they tweeted Sunday — more than four hours ago. Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes CNBC:
Delta Air Lines U.S. domestic flights were grounded on Sunday evening due to automation issues, according to an advisory from the Federal Aviation Administration… “Delta teams are expeditiously working to fix a systems outage that has resulted in departure delays for flights on the ground,” the airline said in the statement. “Flights in the air remain unaffected”. [And their international flights were unaffected.]

Delta also grounded 2,000 flights last summer after a computer outage caused by a power outage in Atlanta. At the time Reuters reported that “Airlines will likely suffer more disruptions… because major carriers have not invested enough to overhaul reservations systems based on technology dating to the 1960s.” And sure enough, just last week, another “IT issue” forced United Airlines to ground all their domestic flights.

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'Second Life' Creators Develop A VR Social World Named 'Sansar'

An anonymous reader writes:
After four years of development, Sansar, the new virtual reality world from Second Life’s creators will arrive later this year on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. “It is trying to solve some of the big problems that plagued Second Life for years,” reports MIT Technology Review, “such as that most users come in through what is essentially a front door and have a hard time finding things to do once they get in… In the demos I tried, I navigated via an atlas that shows a simple clickable thumbnail image of each destination along with its name.”

But it still has to prove itself to users like John Artz, an associate professor at George Washington University who once taught a class about using Second Life for business applications. Artz “thinks Sansar will still suffer from the same fundamental issue that dogs Second Life: while the technology behind it is good, he says, it just got boring after a while.”

Second Life still has 800,000 monthly users — and in Sansar, virtual land will be cheaper, with Linden Lab concentrating “more on making money from selling virtual objects like clothing for avatars and furniture.”

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10% Of 'Resident Evil 7' Players Are Wearing VR Headsets

Released five days ago, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard already has over 800,000 players — and 84,036 of them are using a PlayStation VR headset. An anonymous reader quotes Digital Trends:

These numbers show that VR might have some real legs if compelling software is made… The numbers are also being updated live, so expect them to go up in the coming weeks. Earlier this week, numbers were in the 60-thousand range, meaning that positive buzz is driving gamers to pick up the game along with a VR headset.
Unfortunately for many gamers, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a PSVR exclusive, meaning PC gamers that own an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift are unable to experience the game in VR… Luckily, patient PC gamers will be able to experience the game in VR next year, when Sony and Capcom’s PSVR exclusivity deal expires.

It’s the first Resident Evil game using the first-person point-of-view. Are there any Slashdot readers who have already tried gaming with a VR headset?

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Server Runs Continuously For 24 Years

In 1993 a Stratus server was booted up by an IT application architect — and it’s still running.
An anonymous reader writes:
“It never shut down on its own because of a fault it couldn’t handle,” says Phil Hogan, who’s maintained the server for 24 years. That’s what happens when you include redundant components. “Over the years, disk drives, power supplies and some other components have been replaced but Hogan estimates that close to 80% of the system is original,” according to Computerworld.
There’s no service contract — he maintains the server with third-party vendors rather than going back to the manufacturer, who says they “probably” still have the parts in stock. And while he believes the server’s proprietary operating system hasn’t been updated in 15 years, Hogan says “It’s been extremely stable.”
The server will finally be retired in April, and while the manufacturer says there’s some more Stratus servers that have been running for at least 20 years — this one seems to be the oldest.

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Ask Slashdot: Should You Tell Future Employers Your Salary History?

An anonymous reader writes:

During the interview process for a technology job, I was asked to fill out an application which included questions about my compensation history. When I asked why, I was told that it was part of the background check and wouldn’t be used to determine the size of the offer… What is the risk for the employer of not knowing that info? Is this standard procedure or part of a trend at technology companies?
The original submission asks if this is ever a legitimate question — or more to the point, “Is it anything more than an attempt to gain negotiating leverage?” So leave your best answers in the comments. When you’re interviewing for a new IT job, should you tell future employers your salary history?

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Trump's Executive Order Eliminates Privacy Act Protections For Foreigners

Long-time Slashdot reader Kernel Kurtz writes
: January 28 is supposed to be Data Privacy Day, so it seems fitting in an alternative sort of way that U.S. President Trump just signed an executive order that eliminates Privacy Act protections for foreigners. As a non-American, I find it curious that the person who says he wants to bring jobs to America is simply confirming the post-Snowden belief that America is not a safe place to do business.
The Privacy Act has been in place since 1974. But now section 14 of Trump’s “Enhancing Public Safety” executive order directs federal agencies to “ensure that their privacy policies exclude persons who are not United States citizens or lawful permanent residents from the protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information” to the extent consistent with applicable law.

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