Re: Broken, yes... and not fixable.
"In the 1980s, I visited the MS 'campus' many times. There was an electric hum in the air."
Yes, me too. I haven't been back in years, though. I wonder if it still exudes that creepy Bill-worshipping-cult vibe like it did back then?
"MS used to be a Mecca for software geniuses"
I don't remember Microsoft ever being that, to be honest.