I lived for some years in Oz, and I can confirm that Aussies often show that they like you by having a dig at you. The correct response is to have a dig back at them.
In American terms, Aussies like to tease each other quite a lot, and it's considered entirely normal there.
exactly! we see a lot of the same trouble with americans (not all) but definitely a group that has trouble culturally adjusting. My wife had a hell of a time adjusting too when she moved to Australia. For the first year she was constantly offended when I had a dig at her or when someone else did, thankfully I finally got her over that and now she just fires right back at the person with a smile.
Microsoft has chosen this hill to die on; so be it!
die on? so far their surface offerings are performing massively well, so well that google and apple have been copying what they are doing. the sp4 looks like an exceptionally well built high specced machine, most of the execs where I work have replaced their ipads for surfaces and while the phones I think are still dead the surfaces are doing gang busters in enterprises as they are light, powerful and allow people to actually do real work rather than just consume media.
Of course this is a *problem* for MS, this is causing their partners to be at least somewhat concerned. I think getting dug in too hard into hardware is a mistake for MS. They overwhelmed Apple with partners to win in the past, trying to beat apple at their own game seems perilous.
It was a necessary thing. The oem's had shown complete unwillingness to compete on the high end with Apple and instead were ceding that market in exchange for fighting for the basement low cost high volume offerings. The high end offerings they were coming up with were while quite often performant were uninspiring.
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