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Comment: Re:No way (Score 1) 512 512

The guys at MS are professional engineers--they may have different philosophies or coding styles or project priorities than you do, but they're not slowing things down in order to make you buy the next product.

That's right--they're professionals who are coding what they get told to code.

And you might not like MS, but they haven't been a disreputable company for decades.

I must have missed that. My Bing-fu is a bit weak at the moment--perhaps you can post a link to a news article or something showing me when they started being reputable?

Comment: Re:sigh... (Score 2, Insightful) 937 937

It wasn't common knowledge to me, and I do care.

It is considered proper--even courteous--to supply citations when making a claim, and not to get in a snit when someone asks you for them in a nice way.

Thanks for the links, they make interesting reading.

Comment: Re:bloatware (Score 2) 164 164

Most languages can be written with English characters (ie. plain latin).

Name a language written with Latin characters (other than English) that does not use any special characters or diacritical marks whatsoever.

(Even English requires extensions to the Latin character set. which originally had no "U", "J", or "W". )

Comment: Re:Stupid stupid stupid (Score 1) 190 190

Let's assume the customer thinks IMAX is awesome. Given that he's buying X because it was compared favourably with IMAX, this is reasonable. Let's say product X turns out to be crap. The customer's reaction is likely to be something like, "This is a piece of crap--the experience is in no way comparable to what IMAX does for films." This, too, is reasonable.

He is not going to decide of a sudden that IMAX has suddenly turned to crap, too, which is what you seem to think, even though this is not reasonable.

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"