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Comment: trust lost is difficult to regain (Score 5, Insightful) 415

by ChipMonk (#48556765) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'
With the crazy UI shifts, the security debacles, the hunger for hardware resources, and the generally inconsistent (read: shitty) performance of the various Windows releases, Microsoft has made a lot more enemies than friends over the years. What's worse is that it took their Board of Directors so long to oust Steve Ballmer, who was at the helm during their "screw the customers" years.

So now nobody likes Microsoft, nobody trusts them. The end users merely tolerate them, and even that has its limits. Such a transparent attempt to wring even more cash from their remaining customers is going to do nothing to win back former allies, while at the same time vindicating their critics.

There were once those who cried "break up Microsoft!" during the anti-trust sentencing. If Microsoft decides to go with subscriptions, it may end up bringing about its own break-up with very little outside effort.

Comment: Re:Don't understand (Score 4, Insightful) 82

by ChipMonk (#48305075) Attached to: "Car Talk" Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At Age 77
The onboard computer stopped working properly, causing systemic error conditions. The engine block ended up cracked, and the brake liners overheated and glazed. The windows wouuld only roll down. Replacing the compute module won't do any good in this case. It's time to total this one out and move on.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.

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