Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Apr 2009 22:21 UTC
Microsoft After the more-or-less positively received "You find it, you keep it" television advertisements, it seems as if Microsoft is quickly falling back to its previous mistakes of relying on easily countered FUD-like tactics. We already discussed the blog post regarding Linux on netbooks, which was easily countered on virtually every point made. However, it gets even worse: Microsoft has ordered a study detailing what the company calls the hidden "Apple tax" that you are supposedly paying if you go Apple. Now, I'm the first to state that Apple simply doesn't provide the optimal pricing for everyone, but this Microsoft sponsored study is so completely and utterly ridiculous it makes me wonder just who on earth would look at it and go "Yeah, this looks pretty convincing!"
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RE[3]: The OS taxes
by MikeekiM on Fri 10th Apr 2009 03:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The OS taxes"
MikeekiM
Member since:
2005-11-16

In my book, losing all your personal data, and re-installing from scratch is the equivalent of a "Blown Laptop". And I think that was obvious from the comment, where no physical damage was described.

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RE[4]: The OS taxes
by unclefester on Fri 10th Apr 2009 04:05 in reply to "RE[3]: The OS taxes"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Malware very rarely does much more than being a nuisance. Generally a repair involves no more than removing the virus and reverting to a virus-free saved state. In nearly all cases a competent technician can easily recover an personal data. Stop being drama queen.

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RE[5]: The OS taxes
by AdamR01 on Fri 10th Apr 2009 06:54 in reply to "RE[4]: The OS taxes"
AdamR01 Member since:
2005-09-14

I would not consider someone saying they need to reload from scratch after malware as being a drama queen. If a machine has been compromised by malware, then you should probably assume the worst and reload it from scratch. There is no telling what other malware or rootkit is on the machine. Virus scanners don't find everything. I sure wouldn't trust a machine once I know it is infected with something.

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