Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Jun 2012 00:10 UTC
Windows So, the Microsoft announcement - taking place as I write this, 01:45 in my timezone - turns out to be a bigger deal than expected. Microsoft just announced it's going full-on hardware - the company announced a new tablet called 'Surface', and boy, is this thing something to behold. Microsoft's hardware partners? They're not happy right now. Update: Here's Microsoft's official Surface site. I believe someone coined the phrase 'sexy as a succubus' in the comments about Vizio? Stealin' it! Update II: They aren't just taking the iPad head-on - this is a straight-up MacBook Air competitor.
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Not with a ten foot pole
by cmost on Tue 19th Jun 2012 01:39 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

Sorry Microsoft, I don't buy your stuff.

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RE: Not with a ten foot pole
by Priest on Tue 19th Jun 2012 02:42 in reply to "Not with a ten foot pole"
Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

If we exclude companies based on ethics reasons, we aren't left with many options. I'd say Apple is far more brutal in both litigation and being closed than Microsoft.

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RE[2]: Not with a ten foot pole
by bnolsen on Tue 19th Jun 2012 03:01 in reply to "RE: Not with a ten foot pole"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

An obvious answer is to get one of the android based tablets. Some of them don't even give money to google and the manufacturer/distributor keeps all the money without any OS tax to any of the big three.

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RE: Not with a ten foot pole
by tomcat on Tue 19th Jun 2012 06:02 in reply to "Not with a ten foot pole"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Sorry Microsoft, I don't buy your stuff.


Oh, right, you only use stuff from "principled" companies like Google (who spies on you, forces its G+ social networking POS on you, trying its damnedest to de-anonymize you, cooperates with government surveillance and censoring, etc, pays zero corporate taxes, etc) and Apple (who sues everyone who dares to compete with them, locks down its hardware to prevent competing software like Flash, turns a blind eye to human rights abuses in China in order to maximize profits, files ridiculous design patents when there is clearly prior art, etc)...

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RE[2]: Not with a ten foot pole
by Priest on Tue 19th Jun 2012 12:39 in reply to "RE: Not with a ten foot pole"
Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

>human rights abuses in China

People flipped out when foxcon employees commit suicide but they have 1.2 million employees. The suicide rate for Foxcon employees is less than the national average in China and isn't terribly different than the US but the suicides makes a nice sensationalist story for ad revenue so reporters ignore that.

Because of the media attention they have restricted workers' overtime to 36 hours a month (max) from 80 hours a month. You think 36 hours of over time in a month is a human rights abuse? There were several times where I have worked more overtime than that in a week in the US.

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