Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 11:08 UTC
Windows After ditching its Windows RT tablets from the US market, Samsung has now also confirmed to Heise.de it's going to stop selling them in Germany and several other European countries. The company cites lack of interest from consumers and confusion over what Windows RT is. Combined with the massive discounts Microsoft is now giving to OEMs, the writing is on the wall here: Windows 8 - specifically on tablets but also in general - is turning into a failure.
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chekr
Member since:
2005-11-05

Your mom [sic] should research what a product is capable of before making that purchase as should every other consumer.

I regularly buy products that I am not familiar with, however, I take the time to understand and research different options before I make a purchase. Many other people do the same. It's about time that the minority that expect society to attach padding to their lives grew up and acted like adults.

Edited 2013-03-06 12:33 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It's about time that the minority that expect society to attach padding to their lives grew up and acted like adults.


You don't research every product you buy. That's nonsense, and you know it. Nobody does.

It's just as much nonsense as people claiming not to be influenced by advertisements. I always get a good laugh out of that that one whenever people say that, after which they subconsciously pick the toothpaste that's seen heavy ad rotation on TV this past week.

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chekr Member since:
2005-11-05

You don't research every product you buy. That's nonsense, and you know it. Nobody does.


Actually I do, I can't think of anything I purchase that I don't know well or at least read up on before purchasing, I've even researched the meat content percentage of different meat pie brands at my local supermarket.

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ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

It's just as much nonsense as people claiming not to be influenced by advertisements. I always get a good laugh out of that that one whenever people say that, after which they subconsciously pick the toothpaste that's seen heavy ad rotation on TV this past week.


I find advertisements irritating and tend to boycott companies for getting through my ad blocking but, even before I stopped watching TV, I'd always pick the cheapest toothpaste which matches the active ingredients and other properties of brands I'm already familiar with, regardless of branding.

These days, whenever I do see advertising, I consider it a disincentive because there must be some generic competitor capable of offering the same product at the same price... minus the cost of running the ads.

However, I will admit that, once in a blue moon, a new type of product will enter my list of things it'd be nifty to have because someone advertised a product that is an instance of it.

(99% of the time, things enter that list because, for example, a friend introduced me to Arduino or LWN mentioned the ColorHug open-source colorimeter, or I was searching for something else on DX.com and stumbled across a $5 magnifier/light monocle intended for watch repair)

Of course, unless it's something truly unique like the Oculus Rift, all that means is that I'll find a generic clone on eBay/DX.com/etc. or wander over to somewhere like Instructables to look for instructions on hacking one up myself.

Edited 2013-03-06 14:11 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Thom Holwerda,

"You don't research every product you buy. That's nonsense, and you know it. Nobody does."

Maybe not "every product", but you'd be surprised Thom. Some of us are in the habit of researching the products we buy when we haven't bought them before, *especially* for high ticket technology items.


"It's just as much nonsense as people claiming not to be influenced by advertisements. I always get a good laugh out of that that one whenever people say that, after which they subconsciously pick the toothpaste that's seen heavy ad rotation on TV this past week."


Your assuming ads work universally, but in fact it depends on the person. Some of us don't watch or listen to ads at all and cannot be influenced that way. Many of us are price shoppers and so brand name's almost always loose out to generics regardless of their ads. Ads are not effective on everyone.

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bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12


You don't research every product you buy. That's nonsense, and you know it. Nobody does.

You'd be surprised. Ok I won't research products that I use only once or dispose of fast, like food (unless I keep on buying the exact same thing recurrently) and even then there's exceptions.
I'm pretty sure there's people at there that are worse.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Your mom [sic] should research what a product is capable of before making that purchase as should every other consumer.


I'm sorry. But they put a Windows badge on it. It's as confusing as the whole Vista sticker thing was. A person comes into a shop and sees a Windows machine. It looks very similar to other Windows machines. Even has a sticker saying Windows. There is an expectation that a brand will mean something. Having 3 levels of branding is counter-productive.

If they called it something else than Widnows then it would be painfully obvious, that it's not going to run your apps. They could have called it Metro(or something other, since that name is registered)

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Your mom [sic] should research what a product is capable of before making that purchase as should every other consumer.


Your mom should have researched other men before having sex with your dad and making you.

Selling Windows without Windows compatibility was a colossal f--k-up of techtarded history. We pointed this out to Sinofsky last year but I guess you and him needed time to understand how incredibly retarded this plan is. Thousands of Microsoft partners like myself screaming THIS IS A f--kING BAD IDEA wasn't enough. It had to go to market and waste a bunch of money on dance commercials.

Edited 2013-03-07 07:01 UTC

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