Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Oct 2012 11:58 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus
Windows "This may be a good sign for Microsoft: a little over a day after putting its new Surface RT tablet up for pre-order, the entry-level $499 version of the tablet has sold out. Its estimated shipping time has slipped from October 26, Windows 8's release date, to a more nebulous 'within three weeks'." We'll see. Wouldn't be the first time a company artificially keeps supply short to generate 'sold-out' hype.
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Comment by lucas_maximus
by lucas_maximus on Thu 18th Oct 2012 18:49 UTC
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

Wouldn't be the first time a company artificially keeps supply short to generate 'sold-out' hype.


If the surface does well ... then everyone will be claiming that Microsoft abused their monopoly position.

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Evidently...
by gfolkert on Thu 18th Oct 2012 19:00 in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
gfolkert Member since:
2008-12-15

"Wouldn't be the first time a company artificially keeps supply short to generate 'sold-out' hype.


If the surface does well ... then everyone will be claiming that Microsoft abused their monopoly position.
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Evidently, you've not been around more than 4 years in the industry.

Microsoft can't help themselves to NOT use it.

Sorry, you are just being intentionally naive.

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RE: Evidently...
by lucas_maximus on Thu 18th Oct 2012 19:29 in reply to "Evidently..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Evidently, you've not been around more than 4 years in the industry.

Microsoft can't help themselves to NOT use it.

Sorry, you are just being intentionally naive.


No I was making a statement about how FOSS advocates change the goalposts when Linux doesn't do well on consumer computing devices such as laptops and desktops.

I don't care if Microsoft leverage their monopoly ... I worked with proper vendor lock-in (bespoke closed source applications by a third party that would do as little work as possible) and anything Microsoft do is no where near as bad as what I have experienced.

Do us a favour and spend 3 months coding in a html text box and the the System not giving you any feedback whether you have or have not done something correctly ... and then complain about their monopoly.

Edited 2012-10-18 19:31 UTC

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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by WereCatf on Thu 18th Oct 2012 19:43 in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
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2006-02-15

If the surface does well ... then everyone will be claiming that Microsoft abused their monopoly position.


Not everyone. I really have no interest in seeing it fail any more than I have in seeing it succeed. I find it somewhat silly how so many people choose one extreme or the other

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

This is precisely how I feel about it. I tend to play devil's advocate a lot of here ... and a lot of the anti-Microsoft stuff gets old.

We joke about it a lot at work. I joke about how I hate Macs and Linux ... and the guys joke about how I am Bill Gates's right hand man.

Also I didn't mean everyone literally.

Edited 2012-10-18 19:58 UTC

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

If the surface does well ... then everyone will be claiming that Microsoft abused their monopoly position.

Not everyone. I really have no interest in seeing it fail any more than I have in seeing it succeed. I find it somewhat silly how so many people choose one extreme or the other


I'll go a step further and say I find it absolutely silly (to put it nicely) that people emotionally attach themselves, much like a parasite does, to these companies. People act as if they actually have a physical relationship or rivalry. It's beyond me why people choose to be such thin-skinned cheerleaders one way or the other. All of these companies have both good and bad qualities so to pledge allegiance to one while decrying another is nothing short of hypocritical.

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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by Soulbender on Fri 19th Oct 2012 10:07 in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Naturally but either way, saying "We sold out all our stock but, eh, we're not telling how much that actually was" is rather suspicious. It's all rather incredibly obvious and stupid so maybe it's just an oversight.

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