Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> The Five Dumbest Things on Wall Street This Week
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>| 3. Mister Hard Sell
>| One game that hasn't changed is the one in which Microsoft
>| airbrushes past pitfalls into great leaps forward.
>| It took the company five long years to bring out Vista, but
>| Thursday's announcement speaks only of the "Most Significant
>| Product Launch in Microsoft's History." Similarly, having been
>| criticized as slow to embrace the Internet, Microsoft now
>| claims to have more or less invented the thing.
>| "TCP/IP in Windows 95 helped pave the way for the popularization
>| of the Internet," the company claims. "Wireless capabilities in
>| Windows XP made mobile computing commonplace."
>| Not half as commonplace as Microsoft hype, though.
> Didn't they _steal_ the code for a TCP/IP stack?
Not exactly - they used the BSD stack, which because of the way the BSD
licence is written, they can take all the work and make no reparation to
the developers, unlike the GPL where they would have to at least make
source code available.
> You Blew It, Amazon!
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>| A feeding frenzy was obvious as consumers no doubt kept refreshing
>| the Xbox page as 2 p.m. Eastern approached. Amazon must have loved
>| the attention but this is a dangerous proposition when you're
>| offering something that most visitors aren't going to get.
>| There is no free lunch. And for most consumers, there is no $100
>| Xbox 360 either. As expected, Amazon's user forum has been livid
>| with folks whining about not being one of the chosen thousand.
| Mark Kent -- mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk |
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