__/ [Roy Culley] on Saturday 03 December 2005 15:41 \__
> begin risky.vbs
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> __/ [Roy Culley] on Saturday 03 December 2005 06:55 \__
>>> On BBC World they just had a short piece on the latest Firefox
>>> release. They mentioned how it was gaining ground on MS's IE and that
>>> one of the new features was easier Firefox upgrades for Windows users.
>>> As MS can't even be bothered to produce a patch for the recent
>>> critical IE exploit (MS were informed of the security vulnerability in
>>> May) the more alternatives to security deficient MS apps are promoted
>>> the better.
>>> Of course the obvious solution is to drop MS entirely and use Linux,
>>> *bsd's or even Mac OS X.
>> Did the Beeb bother to mention anything along the lines of
>> paragraphs 2 and 3? Or is it like the Gartner Group? First they
>> advise people to avoid Vista and about 2 weeks later they officially
>> retract the statement due to... uhhh... pressure? Exchange of money
>> under the table?
> Nah, para's 2 and 3 are 100% mine. It was a very short piece among
> several other snippets.
> The old saying, any publicity is good publicity, is no longer the case
> for MS these days. Almost all mention of MS in the press is bad news
> for them. Just look at xbox360. Now't positive regarding the supply
> shortage. Even worse when you read that ~14% are dead on arrival.
They definitely hit the headlines whenever viruses (virii idiotism)
spread, simply because the public must know. And yet, I think you are not
correct on the point of supportive publicity. I syndicate about 10 news
agencies (technology in particular) and I can assure you that Microsoft
get a positive mention very frequently. It probably depends on the sources
In presidential races in the States, there are laws aspiring to equality
in terms of 'air time'. This is probably true for most other democratic
nations. Unfortunately, broad media is not subjected to similar laws. A
popular platform can dominate and perpetuate in people's minds (readers
prefer to read about things they know/use), regardless of how terrible it
truly is. It gains momentum, strength, iconic value, either justified or
dis-information-driven (propaganda). Shouldn't a platform be forced to re-
tire after 8 years?
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