Statistically, that would be "XP didn't work for my hardware".
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"That information is available for me, as a technical user, if I want it"
Really? I'm a technical user, yet I have no idea where to find additional information as to why MS Word has encountered an error and needs to close. A simple "click here to view the logfile" is easily ignored by non-technical users but actually lets an advanced user figure out wtf just happened.
That would be true if there wasn't a shwack of other costs associated with each unit in addition to the cost of the parts. It costs money to build factories, ship units, print packaging, do quality control testing, etc etc. Unless Sony has also managed to make all of those things cheaper, I would bet they still aren't actually making a profit on each PS3 sold.
That said, Sony may still decide to drop the price to encourage sales now that the holiday shopping season is behind them.
I'm curious how you posted to slashdot with a typewriter...
You mean like "shoulder buttons" that have been on console controllers and handhelds since at least the PS1?
I would tell you that, no, you should not install the Gimp if those are your requirements. Congratulations, you're free to use whatever fits your actual needs! However, the Gimp does fit my requirements and plenty of other people's, so kindly stop bashing it and go quietly use whatever your tool of choice is instead. Thank you.