Microsoft sued over Xbox outage

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| The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, claims Microsoft's outages
| represent a breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation for which the
| software maker is liable. The suit doesn't claim specific damages, but notes
| the amount is in excess of $5 million.
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http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-984...=2547-1_3-0-20

As usual, Microsoft tried to give freebies and make the problem go away
unnoticed (but failed). Just a month ago:


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| There was recently an interesting thread where someone harshly criticised
| Microsoft security making some very good points and suddenly a Microsoft rep
| materialized on the mailing list to refute them, offer to put on a security
| dog and pony show for the group and buy everyone lunch, and that's where it
| ended! I'm dumbfounded at how easily Microsoft manages Windows users. Like a
| shepherd herding sheep! The story begins here:
|
| http://lists.mattware.com/pipermail/...26/021528.html
|
| If they complain a little more, maybe they'll also receive free Ferarri
| laptops.
|
|
| Related:
|
| INQhack survives Vistability test in Volesville
|
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| | The Vole (Microsoft) supposedly invited The INQ over for tea because
| | we are notorious "Microsoft doubters" - and we were accompanied by
| | other supposed Vole doubters such as the folk from lifehacker and
| | a very nice man from Slashdot, as well as some Microsoft MvPs.
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|
| http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=36312
|
|
| Microsoft desperately wants my love -- and yours
|
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| | I spent December seventh, eighth, and ninth in Seattle as Microsoft's
| | guest. Microsoft flew me there from Florida at its expense, put me up
| | in a nice hotel, provided decent food, and comped me and four other
| | invitees to this "special conference" with presentations about the
| | marvels of Vista and other recent or upcoming Microsoft products. They
| | didn't quite play the old Beatles song "Love Me Do" in the background,
| | but it was the event's unstated theme.
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|
| http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=06/12/12/085222
|
|
| Bribing Bloggers
|
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| | This is the most frustrating thing about the practice of giving
| | bloggers free stuff: it pisses in the well, reducing the credibility
| | of all blogs. I'm upset that people trust me less because of the
| | behavior of other bloggers. Don't even get me started about PayPerPost.
| |
| | [...]
| |
| | Do not, under any circumstances, consider upgrading an XP system to
| | Vista... even if it's fairly new and even if it's Vista Supremo
| | Premium Ultra-Capable.
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|
| http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/12/28.html
|
|
| Microsoft's Laptop Giveaway Becoming PR Disaster?
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| | This thing is starting to feel like a PR disaster. Bloggers are
| | starting to smell blood and this thing very well may begin to
| | turn into yet another episode of bloggers gone wild.
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|
| http://biz.yahoo.com/seekingalpha/06...4_id.html?.v=1
|
|
| Bribing Bloggers
|
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| | It's a bribe. Period. You say nice things about us, you get nice
| | things from us. Heck, just say neutral things about us-we'll give
| | you a killer new laptop and we know that you'll be inclined to say
| | better things about us.
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|
| http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759...129TX1K0000616
|
|
| Getting a Vaio [with Vista, from Microsoft, even in March 2007]
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| | Microsoft Belgium rang me yesterday (I don?t think they realised it
| | was a public holiday here!).
| |
| | [...]
| |
| | The phone call yesterday was to confirm my address - the laptop (a
| | Sony Vaio - dunno which model or spec yet) is en route with Vista
| | Ultimate and Office Ultimate pre-installed.
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| http://www.tomrafteryit.net/getting-a-vaio/
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