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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RE[10]: Comment by ilovebeer
by segedunum on Sun 18th Nov 2012 18:06 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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However, I cannot find any detailed judgments about the very topic at hand, ie. handling of advertised and used storage in an electronic device. Since there is no precedent set about this the outcome....

A class action lawsuit was presented against Western Digital some years ago that changed the way the industry advertised drive sizes. However, it is largely irrelevant. Advertising a set amount of storage space, consumers finding out they have nowhere near the amount of said storage space available to them and then finding out that there are caveats listed somewhere deep within a web site as to what they really mean is a pretty open and shut case. It's clear to me that the way this is advertised needs changing. Whatever a consumer is buying this is clearly unacceptable.

What the idiots on this thread are wanting is a specific law that says 'Users must get x bytes of free space' in order to dig themselves out of this hole without the faintest idea how this works legally. It's something I'm not going to do. I've argued why computer products are not a special case ("Oh, everyone does this!" is not a valid argument) and that's exactly what is going to happen in this case in the article.

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