Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 16th Nov 2012 07:43 UTC
Windows A California man is suing Microsoft, alledging that his Surface tablet did not provide the advertised amount of disk space. The 32G device has 16G of space for users, as the operating system uses the other 16G. The 64G Surface leaves 45G free for users. The case will turn on whether Microsoft has clearly explained to customers how much free space the Surface leaves for their use outside of the OS. How much disk space does your OS consume?
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Did you miss the fact that Microsoft is being sued exactly because of LACK of said space?

They're not being sued because of lack of space; they're being sued for misrepresenting the amount of space. E.g. being sued because they're (allegedly) giving consumers the impression that there's X GiB of space when in practice users are only able to use Y GiB of space and X != Y (and not being sued because X < K or because Y < K).

Imagine if you're buying a car, and the adverts for the car say "space for 8 people!". You buy the car, but after buying the car you find out that half of that space is used for the engine, fuel tank, etc and there's only space for 4 people. Did the advert lie?

- Brendan

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