The ad is simply brilliant. I never thought I'd see Microsoft looking out for my best interests.
OK, this is SERIOUS!
Vista, 7 and 8 are just incremental upgrades to the same OS
So on that note, is Windows 8.1 really Windows 6.2.1?
Maybe, but I've never seen a buffet discourage its customers from eating more food. Sometimes they have a sign asking you not to take more than you can eat, or even promising to bill you extra if you do, but large ISPs don't ask you not to waste their product, they simply discourage it across the board.
I think the buffet comparison is particularly apt. Whenever my customers ask me about transfer caps, I simply ask that they enjoy the bandwidth and do not waste it. I leave it up to them what constitutes judicious use of the resource.
I think it's high time to classify ISP's as a utility and be done with it.
I run a small hobby ISP and I can have effectively as much bandwidth as I'm willing to pay for, or rather, as much as my customers are willing to pay for.
As a somebody selling internet access, I love Netflix and any other online service that give my potential customers a chance to blow through the incumbent telco's artificially low transfer caps (I don't put caps on my service). I can't think of another business where the typical vendor prefers that his customer use less of the product he sells. It makes no sense to me.
If BT said you MUST replace your working, but not IPv6 compliant device there would be an even louder cry of EVIL!
I quite doubt that. The average consumer is used to being told that he has to upgrade. There might be the odd muttering of "money grubbing" and the like, but at the worst, it would go over like every other forced upgrade.
In reality, however, Joe average will take this information to his maven friends (like the folks who talk about this kind of thing on
We just bought a home and had to do some major renovations. I have replaced most of the bulbs in the house with Cree (9W, 800L) and Phillips (10.5W, 800L; 7W, 600L; 4W, 320L), and have to agree that the Phillips 10.5W and 4W models have a more natural feeling light to them compared to the Cree 9W and the Phillips 7W.
My biggest complaint with the Phillips LEDs (the 7 and 4W versions at least, since I didn't read the packaging on the 10.5W bulbs), is that they have a 1-year warranty at 3 hours of use daily, compared to the 10-year warranty at 6 hours of daily use for the Cree. Further, the Phillips packaging warns not to use the product in a sealed enclosure, which most light fixtures are, in my experience. Cree's included product literature inspires way more confidence in the technology, besides having the edge on efficiency.
Seen what happens to companies that milk the cash cow too long