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I'm a PC and I'm 4-1/2

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the tweedledum-tweedledee dept.

Microsoft 435

theodp writes "Microsoft's new Windows ad made its debut during the Grammy Awards on Sunday. It stars a 4-year-old cutie named Kylie (Silverlight required) showing how easy it is to use Windows Live Photo Gallery to edit and share photos. And while it's impressive that little Kylie is able to transfer a snapshot of her pet fish from her camera to a PC, color-correct it, and e-mail it to her family, what's truly amazing is that the toddler was also apparently able to read, understand, and accept Windows Live's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. (But minors can't legally execute contracts, can they?)"

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Dear God! (5, Funny)

nog_lorp (896553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810011)

"I'm a PC and I'm 4 1/2"
They're assimilating children to make them smart enough to use their products? MONSTERS!

Re:Dear God! (1)

thsths (31372) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810107)

> They're assimilating children to make them smart enough to use their products?

Maybe children are smarter than you give them credit for? :-)

Anyway, the license is not a problem - nobody (except maybe a senior lawyer in contract law) really understands the legalese.

Re:Dear God! (5, Insightful)

dhavleak (912889) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810159)

I doubt kdawson has actually ever read a complete EULA either -- he simply needed something to bitch about..

Re:Dear God! (0)

wisty (1335733) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810449)

Yeah, especially since it is debatable as to whether the EULER and TOS are contracts. IANAL, but a contract = terms, agreement, and consideration, all at the same time. Agreement later on is not a contract. And yes, you have probably read this rant before.

Re:Dear God! (5, Funny)

sgbett (739519) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810247)

Quite, my 4 year old has no problem browsing the net on macos, linus or windows. And is particularly takwn with the iphone and the scribble app.

Reminds me I think I might have to change my pin number when she gets a bit older. Not that I would use the same pin for my bank card as my iphone, thats crazy talk.

Re:Dear God! (5, Funny)

Kokuyo (549451) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810285)

...browsing the net on ... linus...

What, you got Torvalds to babysit your kid?! You ROCK!

Re:Dear God! (3, Funny)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810463)

What, you got Torvalds to babysit your kid?! You ROCK!

Really? I can see it now: Torvalds: "Sure Andreas, I'll take a look." Baby: *climbs on cooker, knocks over pot of boiling water* Torvalds: *distractedly tilts head towards kitchen while battering the keyboard* "Hey kid, what you doing in there?" Baby: *screams horrifically* Torvalds: "Uhh.. sorry Andreas. What was that? Oh, OK. Yeah, no worries, I'll merge it now."

Re:Dear God! (0, Troll)

VagaStorm (691999) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810633)

Actualy, I have found that an old laptop with OpenSUSE is the perfect computer for the youngest.... Many of the kid games are easier to get going in wine than on a windows computer where ther dont have admin access... Why on erth would a 7 year old need admin access on my computer? A Restricted user acount should do just fine, but alas.

Re:Dear God! (5, Funny)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810371)

Reminds me I think I might have to change my pin number when she gets a bit older.

It is supposed to be a Personal PIN Number after all...

Re:Dear God! (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810611)

I can second all of the above, but with a 3-1/2 year old. Kids pick up simple patterns easier than most adults do. Something about over analyzing the situation.

I don't find it amazing that someone without preconceived notions has an easier time understanding simple things.

Re:Dear God! (1)

Architect_sasyr (938685) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810705)

Not that I would use the same pin for my bank card as my iphone, thats crazy talk.

That's only because you know the bank won't let you use 1234 on your card ;)

Re:Dear God! (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810613)

They're assimilating children to make them smart enough to use their products? MONSTERS!

Well, I look it as another case of Microsoft copying something. In this case, it's advertising. They can't even attack Apple without copying them. I'm not saying Apple is all that original, but at least their ads don't reak of "Nah, nah, I can do the same thing too to you!" It's rather pathetic that Microsoft has to lash out like this to a competitor that has less than 10% of it's marketshare. It just gives more credibility to OS X.

Also, I would say on the whole, the Windows is easy is a lark. How many times has a geek been called to fix his friend's computer? And it's usually just from browsing. Having to run spyware, adware, anti-virus isn't easy. But somehow security, those calls and that maintenance isn't added to the whole easy-to-use argument, sometimes deterred by the dubious market share whining rather than ascribing it to truly bad decisions.

And before someone whines, I use Vista day in and day out. I don't get infected because it's behind a router with firewall, run Firefox with adblock and noscript, and I generally know what I'm doing (not always). It's safer than it used to be, but now Microsoft is compromising UAC in the next version for convenience, still has IE married to the core, still has the registry, and until those things are remedied it will always have to contend with those valid charges.

Re:Dear God! (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810619)

Not really, I started reading when I was two. If we had owned a PC back then I could have probably figured it out. My parents letting me on the thing unsupervised would have been a whole separate issue however.

The plot thickens (4, Interesting)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810043)

I clicked the link to install Silverlight (firefox, ubuntu, i386) and got sent to Moonlight. [go-mono.com]

Re:The plot thickens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810053)

I've noticed that too on my Linux boxes. I don't know if that's good or bad.

Re:The plot thickens (2, Informative)

IBBoard (1128019) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810083)

Depends on whether you want to view Silverlight stuff on Linux or not. Personally, I'm quite happy with no Silverlight and Gnash for Flash viewing (set to start in "pause" mode).

Re:The plot thickens (5, Funny)

noundi (1044080) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810113)

Personally, I'm quite happy with no Silverlight and Gnash for Flash viewing (set to start in "pause" mode).

So you're saying that we don't need another platform for epelepticly blinking ads that jump around your monitor and covers 90% of the page you're trying to read? This is outrageous!

Re:The plot thickens (5, Informative)

pr100 (653298) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810165)

Me too, I courageously decided to install the firefox plugin when asked. It restarted firefox... then muttered about installing some codecs, which I also permitted, it then claimed to be restarting firefox again, but apparently just closed it.

I restarted firefox manually, tried once again to view the link, and was prompted to upgrade my version of silverlight. At this point I gave up...

Re:The plot thickens (4, Informative)

Errtu76 (776778) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810263)

I installed the Moonlight plugin, restarted FF and then it (the plugin) asked me if i wanted to download codecs. As soon as i clicked on Accept firefox crashed. This on Ubuntu 8.10 x86

Re:The plot thickens (4, Informative)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810349)

I downloaded Silverlight in OS X, installed without restarting browser, opened the video clip, this is what happens:

* I've taken a picture of my fish tank.
* First I plug this thing in *plugs in USB*
* Then I make this photo better (or something such), you don't get to see anything worth it in the application, images gets more saturated and better levels.
* Then I share it with my friends (pre-typed family in a to-field.)
* I'm 4.5 years old and I'm a PC.

That's all, the whole thing is over in 15 seconds or so, so unless you enjoy seeing an USB-cable get plugged in, the result of pressing "auto"/"fix it" and how the to fields in an e-mail look you won't be missing anything.

I've uninstalled Silverlight now ..

Re:The plot thickens (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810635)

Fedora 10 64 bit, installed the addon, asks for codec install, firefox crashes. Microsoft has deployed something that doesn't work.

Adobe can do it. Sun Java can do it. Microsoft can not [yet] do it. Keep trying. Interestingly enough, even though I have the addon installed, the main page still says I do not have the silverlight thing installed. I wonder if it is failing because I don't have mono installed? Nope. Got that installed... the 64 bit version anyway. I might get curious enough to figure out why at some point, just not now.

OP is a condescending asshole, and it shows... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810067)

You know, it's possible a 4 1/2 year old has parents... you know, the ones that have the laptop and the camera she's using to demo this?

Of course, if she was using any given version of Linux, she wouldn't be able to do anything without going through an insane amount of dialogs trying to get her digital camera recognized, her pic(s) 'fixed', and finally email them to her family/friends/whatever.

Could it be that *gasp* Windows is actually easy to use than ? Say it ain't so!

Re:OP is a condescending asshole, and it shows... (3, Informative)

loutr (626763) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810229)

Most (All ?) of the digital cameras I've used are detected by Windows and Linux as USB mass storage devices. Both Gnome/KDE and Windows will pop up a menu asking you what you want to do with it. So it really is about the same level of difficulty under both OSes (except Ubuntu and the like have better picture managers by default).

As for the 'fixing pic(s)' part I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.

PS : yeah, I know, I know, don't feed the trolls...

Re:OP is a condescending asshole, and it shows... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810591)

Both Gnome/KDE and Windows will pop up a menu asking you what you want to do with it.

No, KDE won't anymore since KDE4 - they managed to screw that too.

Re:OP is a condescending asshole, and it shows... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810677)

Using KDE 4.2 here. When I plug in my cell phone, which is seen as a mass storage device, I get a popup from the connected devices plasmoid. If I click the new icon it automounts the phone and opens the file manager. I'm not sure what more I would want to do with it when I have pictures, music, and backup Android apps on it. If I need a photo editor, one will open when I click a picture through the file manager.

Re:OP is a condescending asshole, and it shows... (1, Informative)

Idou (572394) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810407)

"she wouldn't be able to do anything without going through an insane amount of dialogs trying to get her digital camera recognized, her pic(s) 'fixed', and finally email them to her family/friends/whatever."

Hi. You obviously have not used a recent Linux distro. A lot of people recommend Ubuntu (it is my second favorite), but I prefer Mandriva [mandriva.com].

True story. My niece (she's 10) recently sent me a picture she had created using a program called "GIMP" that came on the netbook I bought for my sister. I was so pleasantly surprised I started sending her back versions of her picture using various GIMP filters. After commenting on how cool some of the pictures were, she finally said that people would think that I was a weirdo for being so in to pictures of ponies . . .

Re:OP is a condescending asshole, and it shows... (5, Funny)

xstonedogx (814876) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810699)

As the proud parent of a Linux user I advocate throwing a bare bones slackware install on strange hardware, giving the 4-year-old the root password, and walking away.

She's six now and she knows if she wants to be networked she has to roll her own cat 5 and figure out the appropriate network settings. She's almost there. (Boy was she mad when she finally figured out I had originally installed token ring on her box!) If she wants internet access she has to hack into the firewall and give herself that access.

You know, you see them struggling and you really want to help them, but you have to resist the urge. Otherwise they'll never learn!

Bill tightens his fist! (5, Funny)

Probie (1353495) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810071)

I'm a PC and I'm oppressed.

I'm not a computer (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810073)

PC [goatse.fr]

Mac [lemonparty.org]

Nauseating (-1, Troll)

hachiman (68983) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810075)

Is anyone else nauseated by this?

I mean, that add was like 30 seconds long if that and now I want to find somewhere dark to go and throw up in. The stationary cupboard maybe...

Doesn't this count as using child labour?

Re:Nauseating (1)

BSAtHome (455370) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810163)

More like child abuse. The perverts! Call in the Think-Of-The-Children-Police(TM).

Re:Nauseating (5, Funny)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810361)

Think-Of-The-Children

Fuck, now you got me horny again.

Re:Nauseating (3, Informative)

ta bu shi da yu (687699) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810425)

Dude, the "Post Anonymously" checkbox is next to the "No Karma Bonus" button!

Re:Nauseating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810485)

but surely it's not bad to have fake representations of the real thing???

It's just terrible... you know what I mean...

Re:Nauseating (2, Interesting)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810541)

Yeah, guess I should use the no karma bonus-button more often so my OS X bashing don't hurt my karma so bad, right? Because things can't go under -1 anyway so that way I'll lose less?

Anyway I don't really like being anonymous, I rather post things as the person I am, though I think it was 50% flamebait 50% funny, people who see it as a flamebait don't need to answer and that problem would get solved by itself.

Re:Nauseating (2, Insightful)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810547)

... and I don't think having a girl in an ad is "child abuse" even though she may not act natural, I doubt she feel abused from doing the ad but may even think it was funny to star in a commercial. So the reason I made the joke was to tear down some of the serious edginess of "omg it's a child in a video! porn! abuse!"

Re:Nauseating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810563)

Ah, Peter, here you are.
Too bad Jen dumped you.

Sounds like a good plan (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810395)

I mean, that add was like 30 seconds long if that and now I want to find somewhere dark to go and throw up in. The stationary cupboard maybe...

Sounds like a good plan. If you're using a cupboard, always make sure it's stationary. I tried to puke into a moving cupboard once, and... let's not get into details about the resulting mess ;)

Re:Nauseating (0)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810589)

Doesn't this count as using child labour?

Of course.
Just like all those Pampers, Nivea, McDonald's, and nearly every commercial for candy ever.

Lets crucify them all, then burn them, then boycott their products, then rape their wives and pillage their villages and sell their children to slavery.
   

Richard Dawkins (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810081)

"I am a PC and I'm 4 1/2"

What would Richard Dawkins say about that??

Re:Richard Dawkins (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810487)

Something about how this particular specimen is highly unlikely to survive long enough to get its genes into the next generation.

Easy to share photo's, difficult to share a movie (3, Informative)

captainpanic (1173915) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810091)

Silverlight?
In the age of Youtube, how hard can it be to share a movie? Why do I have to download a program first? Sorry, but that hasn't happened to me since Youtube was invented... oh, yeah, Youtube and google is the big competition isn't it? :D

Re:Easy to share photo's, difficult to share a mov (4, Insightful)

ketilwaa (1095727) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810189)

You are aware that one usually needs to download a flash player to view videos on Youtube, no? This is just a competing format. The main problem with Silverlight from where I sit is that it adds to the bloat, not that I need to download it, or that it comes from Microsoft.

Re:Easy to share photo's, difficult to share a mov (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810369)

YouTube uses Flash video instead so I really don't see the problem, except flash is currently bigger. It's not weird Microsoft use their technology, just as I assume the Apple ads [apple.com] use Quicktime.

Also YouTube video quality leaves much to wish for, and Microsoft probably rather host the video on their own servers.

Obviously they could had used WMV though, but I guess they want more people to install Silverlight, and it works.

I have no idea what sucks more of Silverlight vs Flash.

Can I install gnash in OS X? Does it work "better" when it comes to bloat? YouTube still works? Maybe I should just uninstall the flash plugin and use Miro for YouTube. No ads! No crashing browsers! No 100% CPU load!

What? (2, Insightful)

zblack_eagle (971870) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810101)

what's truly amazing is that the toddler was also apparently able to read, understand, and accept Windows Live's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. (But minors can't legally execute contracts, can they?)

What's with this? Seriously, who the hell takes the time to read these things every time they're presented with one? What an unnecessarily snarky summary

who the hell takes the time to read these things (1)

rs232 (849320) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810157)

"What an unnecessarily snarky summary"

What's good about exploiting a four & a half year old child to sell product and does she realize that she just indemnified MS against getting used by her end users .. :)

Re:What? (5, Insightful)

N1AK (864906) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810203)

I'm normally the one complaining about the manic MS bashing on /. but I think the summary makes an important point. Even MS advertising completely gloss over the need for users to agree to a set of extensive contracts to use the system, something that a small child certainly isn't able to do.

It seems somehow wrong to me that it is just accepted that people ignore online contracts, and yet the consequences of breaking those can be severe like with Lori Drew. Although different, it is not altogether unlike using a child in an advert for loans secured on your property "look how easy it is to get that new car, even a kid can manage it".

Re:What? (1)

Psilax (1297141) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810311)

It is microsoft and other software companies that need to be carefull with there online contracts. There contract is invalid when it's illegal according to a law. And if a parent finds i funny they can press charges against software companies because there kid (not of legal age) was able to buy or use something for which it should have it's parents permission. Let's hope nobody reads this and gets crazy idees.

It's already on youtube, no silverlight! (5, Informative)

gsasha (550394) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810111)

Re:It's already on youtube, no silverlight! (1, Troll)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810241)

Wow, I went to that Youtube page, and cared to read the comments. It's "go windows", "I love windows", "Windows rocks" all the way for pages after pages!

Not one comment pointing out the disgusting exploitation of a child's image of innocent to further a corporation's agenda. Either that or it was the deleted comments that dot the discussion.

Does this scream "astroturfing" or what?

Re:It's already on youtube, no silverlight! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810291)

I've figured you'd be rolling around in your grave, but posting on Slashdot" Shouldn't you be eating brains, and moaning?

Re:It's already on youtube, no silverlight! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810491)

I'm so glad that Microsoft is the only corporation on the planet to use kids in advertisements to promote a product.

Troll summary (0, Redundant)

tsa (15680) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810135)

The summary is so biased it reads as a troll. Is theodp a Twitter clone?

Monkey see, monkey do.. (5, Insightful)

AlterRNow (1215236) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810147)

.. does not mean monkey understand.

This doesn't show it is easy to use, it merely demonstrates the ability of a 4 1/2 year old to follow a set of instructions.

Re:Monkey see, monkey do.. (5, Interesting)

bluenovadesign (996064) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810357)

My 3 year old monkey(who obviously can't read/write) uses the computer all the time and I'm amazed at what she gets up to (ok she's not posting on slashdot, but give her time). She can switch on, start up the web browser, (her home page is the BBC kids page CBeebies) and she just looks around, finds the games to play, works out what to do and plays them. When she gets bored she goes back and chooses something else - painting a picture, watching a video etc. She only ever asks for help when she gets stuck in a dead end (like when she needs to download an add-on). I imagine the Monkey v4.5 is considerably more advanced.

Re:Monkey see, monkey do.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810505)

I can produce instructions that a 4 year old could read to do the same tasks on Ubuntu, for example. Do you honestly think it would be as easy for her?

No. That's the point of the advertisement.
Grow up a little, it won't hurt :)

Re:Monkey see, monkey do.. (1)

AlterRNow (1215236) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810545)

Yes, because all she would be doing is executing the instructions you gave her.

"Click A, Click B, Click C" is no more easier than "Click A, Click B, Click C, Click D, Click E". One instruction set is merely longer than the other.

If she couldn't follow your instructions, the instructions would be hard to use, not the application(s).

Soo.... (0, Offtopic)

PirateBlis (1208936) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810151)

It stars a 4-year-old cutie

... since when did Michael Jackson start posting topics here?

Re:Soo.... (1)

PirateBlis (1208936) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810195)

furthermore... I love that Microsoft is now doing what it does best by targeting a younger audience. Setting them up for a lifetime of disappointment... at least til they start using linux.

Re:Soo.... (2, Funny)

ThaReetLad (538112) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810205)

Last I checked Kylie was a girls name, so I don't think your accusation against MJ is entirely fair.

Silverlight/Moonlight (3, Interesting)

Trevelyan (535381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810173)

I have moonlight installed (what ever version Lenny has), and in Firefox add-ons->Plugins its listed as Silverlight Plug-in (1.0.30401.0).

However when I click play to see that advert it changes to a get Silverlight button.

I figured since I have flash 10 64bit installed (with flash block), I may as well install moonlight since there is a 64bit Debian package. I am not impressed that MS own website did not recognise it.

I will also need to find a flashblock equivalent.

Re:Silverlight/Moonlight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810381)

"I will also need to find a flashblock equivalent."

Apparently it is already installed by default on all of my machines/OS combinations. :-)

Re:Silverlight/Moonlight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810399)

I will also need to find a flashblock equivalent.

The following works perfectly for me:
$ dpkg -la | grep -- -cil | xargs dpkg -P

Another biased, hate inspired article (3, Interesting)

johnsie (1158363) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810207)

No matter what MS do there is always some conspiracy theorist or Linux/Mac fanboy on the case trying to spin things in a negative way. It gets boring sometimes. Hating on MS wont do you cause any good, it will only show what a bitter personality you have. Get out there and do something postive.

Re:Another biased, hate inspired article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810261)

Hating on MS wont do you cause any good, it will only show what a bitter personality you have. Get out there and do something postive.

Hey, good point. As a matter of fact, i just deleted Vista off my new computer. I guess that'll keep me positive for a while.

Re:Another biased, hate inspired article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810309)

You're a FANBOY. I have now named and shamed you, and I feel quite happy.

You are being dim, Stop it right away. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810551)

Nobody thinks there's a conspiracy. Microsoft is a huge corporation with more power than is good for them. They produce some software which is great, but then they undermine the competition by nefarious business practices - and that isn't good for us, the consumers. They are too big. They became dictators in the software world. They can't resist abusing their power and no responsible body is confronting them on it (maybe the EU is starting to).

People like you never change anything. Dictator, monarchy, oligarchy, democracy - it's all the same to you because you are too dim-witted to see the difference between them.

Well, I hope you're a troll because I don't like to think that anyone could really be so obtuse.

Re:Another biased, hate inspired article (0, Redundant)

GF678 (1453005) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810645)

Agreed. There's absolutely nothing attractive about the fanboy culture existant in the Linux/Mac crowd. It's utterly annoying - they cannot see anything positive about anything Microsoft do.

How can one listen to someone who completely lacks rational thought? Eventually it becomes apparent it's far easier to not bother listening anymore.

I always try to give him benefit of the doubt. (3, Insightful)

nawcom (941663) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810209)

I guess I find article about this ad on Sunday a day or so old, though I won't blame kdawson for that. I guess maybe I feel he is just always lucky to get his name linked to unneeded topics. who knows.

Personally I am glad that Microsoft (might) get their photo camera integration/editing down for once, as it was always third party apps and utilities given to you, which you would have to punch a screen over. I never had issues with OS X or Linux at all, and I'm speaking about the 2.4 kernel days. gPhoto was what I loved using way more than the shit Olympus or whatever other brand name would give you for software. This was of course serial db9, not today's USB. Oh well, this is my little experience with this type of software, and it's nice hearing Microsoft will take care of things from now on. (I won't lie though, if I am ever in a situation where I need to use Windows AND manage a photo camera, I'll stay with a usb card reader and Google Picasa)

Awwwwww (1)

BountyX (1227176) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810257)

Soooo cute ^_^, widdle girl using windows to send pics of widdle fishie Dorothy? Hmmm, her vampire like fangs at 0:26 make me a tiny bit suspicous of MS intentions...I'll stick to tux. At least they have made progress since the Gates/Seinfield ads. If Apple tries to counter this ad, they will just look like a bully. Seems like they are going to Linux route. I know it might not be spartan-warrior manly to admit it, but I'll be the first to say, tux is cute, cute builds positive and friendly image ^_^

I'm a PC and I'm 4 1/2 (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810303)

Do we need to pay attention to everything M$ throws its advert Mega $$ to?

Ignore them for a change. Maybe they will go away

Re:I'm a PC and I'm 4 1/2 (1)

gsslay (807818) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810689)

But then what would kdawson post on slashdot?

Actually.. you may be on to something here. Maybe kdawson's never ending stream of pointless and snarky posts about Microsoft are actually part of the Microsoft marketing borg. Anything that draws attention or browsers has to be a good thing.

So she is able to use windows to do something (0, Offtopic)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810315)

that macs have been able to do out of the box since before she was born?

Oh please... (5, Insightful)

wbren (682133) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810327)

And while it's impressive that little Kylie is able to transfer a snapshot of her pet fish from her camera to a PC, color-correct it, and e-mail it to her family, what's truly amazing is that the toddler was also apparently able to read, understand, and accept Windows Live's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. (But minors can't legally execute contracts, can they?)

Really? Out of all the things you could have criticized Microsoft for, you chose the one thing that Microsoft has in common with every other software company (an insane EULA/TOS)?

That would be like me saying "And while it's impressive that little Kylie is able to transfer a snapshot of her pet fish from her camera to a PC, color-correct it, and e-mail it to her family, what's truly amazing is that someone with an @aol.com email address was able to figure out how to submit a story to /."

See what I mean? Saying something like that weakens your whole argument... Oops!

+1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810621)

+1. THANK YOU! I read this and thought, "You've got to be @#$(*#$&*^@&! kidding me....?!?!"

PC != Windows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810441)

PC = Personal Computer
Personal Computer may contain Macintosh and Linux distros

LEAVE MS ALONE!!!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810447)

I agree with everyone here who is upset with the way Microsoft is being treated on Slashdot.

How fucking dare anyone out there make fun of Microsoft after all it has been through.!

They lost their battle with Vista, they had to resurrect XP. They gave birth to Windows fucking 7!

Their new CEO turned out to be a chair thrower. All you people care about is... Linux and FOSS.

Microsoft is A HUMAN! (ah! ooh!) What you don't realize is that Microsoft is making you all this money and all you do is write a bunch of crap about it.

Microsoft hasn't performed on stage in years. Its Songsmith demo-song is called "gimme more" for a reason because all you people want is MORE! MORE-MORE, MORE: MORE!.

LEAVE MS ALONE! You are lucky they even developed Songsmith for you BASTARDS! LEAVE MICROSOFT ALONE!....Please.

Steve Jobs talked about professionalism and said if Microsoft was a professional they would've pulled it off with Vista no matter what.

Speaking of professionalism, when is it professional to publicly bash a corporation who is going through a hard time????

Leave Microsoft Alone Please. ! Leave Microsoft alone! right now! I mean it.!

Anyone that has a problem with MS you deal with me, because MS is not well right now.

LEAVE Microsoft ALONE!

*sobs*

More Microsoft promotion masquerading as criticism (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810469)

Companies need exposure more than they need kind words - so long as those words aren't too damning. The article doesn't really criticise the software, just vaguely hints at the bad politics of the EULA. I am sure that Microsoft would rather a million people see this than nobody.

That's how advertising works. Get the subject into the punter's thoughts so that when they are in a purchasing mood, the product will be given consideration, and maybe even purchased.

By posting such an article on Slashdot exactly the right people are being targeted.

No Silverlight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810537)

Please do not post links that require Silverlight. I am not evil, and do not with to participate in evil. Thank you.

Now the need the cutesys to sell products? (1)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810561)

When all else fails and people don't buy into your mediocrity anymore you need either boobs or something adorably cute.
This time they went for the ethnic little girl. If this was a gaming ad she'd have to be at least 16 years older AND the cuteness would be an optional feature.

We've asked other 4 1/2 year olds on their opinion:
"I'm a PC, when I grow up I want to be a Mac" Stevie, Redmond, WA

"I'm a Mac, when I grow up I want to be Photoshop" Stevie, Cupertino, CA

"I am Linux, I passed my SATs today." The guy with the cuddle blanket, Portland, OR

(Silverlight required) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810595)

because pro windows commercials easily viewable by linux users would be bad for business?

I'm a PC and i come with linux installed ... (4, Interesting)

noddyxoi (1001532) | more than 5 years ago | (#26810597)

and therefore, since i haven't payed for anything more than a Personal Computer i'm not a Windows.

When I was your age... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26810683)

When I was 4 1/2, there was no Windows and PC's were not kid friendly. We got a Mac. I still have it. It still works well. Any questions?

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