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Is Oprah Cheating On Her Microsoft Love?

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the can't-even-fake-it dept.

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theodp writes "In what would be akin to General Petraeus pledging fidelity to his wife from the Gmail account he shared with his lover, Oprah has professed her endless love for the Microsoft Surface from an iPad. Microsoft's Surface tablet is one of Oprah's 'Favorite Things' of 2012, but an eagle-eyed observer at ZAPP noticed that a tweet from Oprah last night ('Gotta say love that SURFACE! Have bought 12 already for Christmas gifts.') apparently originated from Twitter for iPad. Betcha Steve Ballmer has a shiny new Surface for the Oprah staffer or intern who fesses up to Tweeting on her boss's behalf!"

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That's Racist! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038751)

Any time you point out hypocrisy in black folks it's racist.

Errrrrrrrrr (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038755)

Is this Slashdot or Shitdot.

Re:Errrrrrrrrr (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039853)

Is this Slashdot or Shitdot.

Both. They haven't been mutually exclusive for a long, long time.

Surface iOS Bridge (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038761)

This should really come as no surprise to anyone, as there are basically no apps available for WM8. At least M$ had the foresight to deploy their compatibility layer iOS Bridge Application (tm) allowing users to seamlessly use well-written apps from the Apple App Store on their shiny new non-Apple devices.

Re:Surface iOS Bridge (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038879)

At least M$ had the foresight to deploy their compatibility layer iOS Bridge Application (tm)

In industry lingo we call that "get a real fucking tablet, it's called the iPad". Microsoft, a day late and a cracked keypad/board thingy short. What a joke.

Re:Surface iOS Bridge (4, Funny)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039403)

"get a real fucking tablet, it's called the iPad"

Really! From day one I deemed iPads to be some kind of sanitary napkin.

Re:Surface iOS Bridge (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039795)

Oh, yeah, thanks for reminding me! That was some funny, albeit pathetic, shit when the haters all had themselves convinced the iPad's name would somehow blunt its landing in the market and the MS hegemony on personal computers would continue unabated.

Oops.

Re:Surface iOS Bridge (-1, Flamebait)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040169)

So, "a real fucking tablet" is a device that is worthless for anything where you're doing more than reading the news, playing games or watching videos of cats on the internet?

Re:Surface iOS Bridge (2)

alexgieg (948359) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039389)

This should really come as no surprise to anyone, as there are basically no apps available for WM8. At least M$ had the foresight to deploy their compatibility layer iOS Bridge Application (tm) allowing users to seamlessly use well-written apps from the Apple App Store on their shiny new non-Apple devices.

It'd be nice if they actually tried sending the tweet from Surface but couldn't figure out how after Twitter blocked Tweetro.

Re:Surface iOS Bridge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039873)

It'd be nice if they actually tried sending the tweet from Surface but couldn't figure out how after Twitter blocked Tweetro.

There's a joke in there somewhere with the Aflac duck [wikipedia.org] offscreen yell-quack-ing, "OPEN THE FRIGGIN' BROWSER AND GO TO TWITTER DOT COM YOU FUCKING DUMBASS". Alas, 'tweren't meant to be.

Re:Surface iOS Bridge (0)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039725)

Nice idea...

but, honestly, I'd cheat on the Surface (or any RT tablet) as well. Lets face it, if the only options were a Windows 8 RT tablet and an iPad... I wouldn't get a tablet.
(If, for some reason, they were free, or I had no choice and HAD to get one, I'd begrudgingly go for the iPad).

Thankfully, we have Androids.

zaPP? (3, Funny)

mwvdlee (775178) | about a year and a half ago | (#42038767)

zaGG.

I know P and G are nearly identical, but this is still has to be one of the most stuggid, poddamn tygos ever.

EPIC (2, Insightful)

xming (133344) | about a year and a half ago | (#42038777)

Fail.

Re:EPIC (2)

arth1 (260657) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039267)

EPIC Fail.

It may be a failure, but what makes it epic? Where's the epos? Are there tales of how Oprah has travelled around the world conquering microhaters, only to fall on her sword this way during the home run?

Re:EPIC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039987)

EPIC Fail.

It may be a failure, but what makes it epic? Where's the epos? Are there tales of how Oprah has travelled around the world conquering microhaters, only to fall on her sword this way during the home run?

This is a simple case of a celebrity paid to endorse a product and then not using the product themselves. Oprah endorsing anything will boost its sales, though the price of a Surface RT will sting many Oprah influenced households if it fails to deliver the level of quality (or in this case, user experience and usability) that Oprah followers have come to expect from her "blessing". This may be a moneymaker for Oprah, but if the Surface RT devices can't do what users expect - the way users have come to expect it - then it will tarnish Oprah endorsements in the long run.
 
Sure, a Surface RT can do the basics if you're willing to learn new things and compromise on features and available applications at the moment (which is the moment the new users expect it to "just work"), but it's not deserving of a "ringing endorsement" yet.

Let me be the first to say... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038785)

Who gives a fuck??

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038907)

Despite what the 24 hour talking head cycle may lead on about or even what you may think, all news doesn't have to be earth shattering seriousness every moment. Personally, I find stories exposing celebrity endorsement hypocricy mildly entertaining. I always knew Oprah was a fraud especially when she came out so strong for the whole "The Secret" nonsense. Now I have evidence to show any acolyte of hers I may come in contact with, that shows she's a bold face liar. Ha.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (3, Insightful)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039129)

Nobody, but me and little woman think it's amusing.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039307)

Ugh, little woman likes when I hit her with my club. Little woman bake cookies. Me go eat.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (3)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039343)

Newsflash!!! Oprah Winfrey's a paid shill for Microsoft, but really uses Apple products!! Melissa Gates uses an iPod and not a Zune to listen to her music!! I, for one, am shocked! Shocked, I tells ya'! (ran out of exclamation points on this post)

People care about Oprah? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038791)

I think it's time to forget about her and her radical opinions about things. If endorsing surface wasn't enough, wait until you hear what other things she's endorsed...

Re:People care about Oprah? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038933)

Opera endorsing whatever is a good reason to stay away from that product.

Re:People care about Oprah? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039031)

Opera endorsing whatever is a good reason to stay away from that product.

Considering she's using her iPad in her scheme shilling for the Surface, the only logical thing at this point is to get a Nexus 10! I've been thinking about getting a tablet and this is just the excuse I need to push me off the fence!

Re:People care about Oprah? (2)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039335)

Almost jumped onto the Nexus 10 myself, until

Google has explained that Nexus devices only offer fixed storage as the company wants to avoid "techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing".
Source [slashdot.org]

Since I'm personally trying to "avoid marketing nonsense heralding the gilded age of walled gardens," I'm giving the Nexus a pass, and still on the lookout.

Re:People care about Oprah? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42040317)

Samsung Note then.

Note 2 if you are cool with a PDA.
Note 10.1 if you want a big screen.

Re:People care about Oprah? (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040421)

If that's the one with the real stylus and the Wacom digitizer tech, then I've been waiting for that one for quite some time.

Re:People care about Oprah? (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039765)

Aren't those made by Samsung? Does google do the drivers and only leave Samsung the hardware?

If not, I'll take a Toshiba Thrive or Excite, or an ASUS thanks.

Re:People care about Oprah? (1)

oakgrove (845019) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040007)

Aren't those made by Samsung? Does google do the drivers and only leave Samsung the hardware?

Yes, Samsung makes the 10, however, AOSP hosts the factory images and drivers [google.com] since it is a true Nexus device. The AOSP site is always my first stop when I'm planning a new Android purchase.

Re:People care about Oprah? (2)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039797)

She's nothing more than a cheap shill, whoring her opinion out to the lowest bidder.

Yes. I said lowest.

Intresting (5, Insightful)

nssy (1530925) | about a year and a half ago | (#42038815)

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters

Re:Intresting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039097)

Oprah matters. She's a black woman. Don't try to opress women you racist pig.

Re:Intresting (5, Interesting)

1s44c (552956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040055)

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters

The news is the Microsoft astroturfing trolls that have so flooded slashdot are not just on slashdot, they are everywhere. They include TV personalities that the unwashed masses idealize.

Anyone that watches Oprah will believe anything, even that Microsoft products are worth buying.

Who gives a fuck? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038831)

Why is this even here? Is this Gawker? People Magazine? I don't give a flying fuck what Oprah is doing and this doesn't even remotely have anything to do with technology or nerds. You might as well be posting articles about what kind of phone Justin Bieber was spotted using last night. Nobody gives a fuck.

http://gawker.com/178280/the-mystery-of-non+blogger-theodp

Re:Who gives a fuck? (4, Interesting)

somersault (912633) | about a year and a half ago | (#42038855)

It's just a funny story. Chill. It's hilarious that even people being paid by MS to promote their products don't use them.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038923)

Agreed. The shit is effing hilarious. How cynical we have become that we don't even blink at out and out lies being told by highly influential people? It's kind of fucked up if you think about it.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (2)

Seumas (6865) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039113)

Has Oprah seriously influenced your life? Other than this story, I can't think of the last time Oprah even came up in my life. She was totally a thing back in like the mid 90s, though.

And I honestly don't give a shit what anyone endorses. What, without the demonstrated contradiction of loving the Surface via an iPad, I'm supposed to think "gosh, this Oprah chick is really sincere about her endorsement!". C'mon.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039173)

Has Oprah seriously influenced your life?

It's not my life that I was talking about, it's the legion of over 35 housewives that hang off her every word. When Oprah speaks, her followers listen. With one offhand comment, she can shoot a book up on the bestseller list. All I'm saying is if you bear that kind of social responsibility then at least keep it real. Surely if the woman is going to shill for the Surface, she can at least bother to use the one Microsoft assuredly furnished her for the task. The shit is free. Pick the damn thing up and tweet on it. Hell, get a lackey to do it. Don't be a fucking hypocritical liar heaping praise on a gadget when the very lying words you are writing are being composed on the competitor's product. When people get busted lying like that they need to at least be clued in that somebody noticed. Maybe one day, a modicum of shame or, God forbid, decency might enter the public discourse.

So, does Oprah "influence" me? Hell no. That doesn't mean she should be given carte blanche to tell bold faced lies to the people here words do effect.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039521)

Exactly why it is puzzling for this to be posted here. There are a total of 0 housewives reading Slashdot, and only one person over 35. And he is only here so he can post about the time he admin'd a VAX machine or had to look at a memory map to get his sound card to work.

Most other discussion sites are polluted with this kind of bullshit, I don't know why Slashdot feels like it needs to join them. I used to come here specifically because I didn't feel I needed to watch E News as a prerequisite to participating in a discussion. If summaries are going to be full of idiotic pop culture voyeurism references I'll just sit them out in the future.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (2)

1s44c (552956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040159)

..and only one person over 35.

Hey! I know plenty of people over 35 who read slashdot and have productive careers in IT.

Troll Oprah not us 35+ year olds you whipper-snapper and get the hell off my lawn.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42040391)

Just how old do you think 35 is?

Re:Who gives a fuck? (1)

Jose (15075) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039933)

t's the legion of over 35 housewives that hang off her every word

I always heard that she had an army..but I never heard an actual number put to it.

so she has roughly 37 ladies who will do what she says.

these must be some very rich ladies!

Re:Who gives a fuck? (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040129)

Has Oprah seriously influenced your life? Other than this story, I can't think of the last time Oprah even came up in my life. She was totally a thing back in like the mid 90s, though.

She influences the lives of a large number of the kind of people who watch Oprah's TV trash. They are the target audience of this deception, not You and I.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (1)

miknix (1047580) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039211)

If this is indeed true, then in my opinion it only reflects the desperate situation Microsoft is in..

Re:Who gives a fuck? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039561)

If this is indeed true, then in my opinion it only reflects the desperate situation Microsoft is in..

Desperate ain't even the word for it. Fucking scared shitless is more like it. Here, let me paint this iPad shaped picture for you. The WinRT Surface is the epitome of pointless me-too shite. For all the supposed "innovation" in the UI, all one has to do is take two steps back and really look at the situation for what it is. The Surface and the entire Windows on ARM initiative is a desperate attempt to copy the iPad and in true cargo cult fashion, MS thinks if they lock the app store down just so, and get just this many content partners then they can through sheer will somehow ape the iPad formula and *hand wave* beat Apple at their own game. Ha! What they're forgetting is the iPad is not just another competitive device from any old company. The iPad, when you look at it from the typical consumer perspective, is fucking fantastic. It has hundreds of thousands of apps, it's relatively cheap, it has a jaw dropping high-res screen (you know, that thing you'll be looking at when you use it), it has an interface that, again assuming the consumer role, is sublime in its simplicity.

Basically, the iPad is ridiculously better than the Surface in practically every way that matters to the market. The entry level price is cheaper, it has tons more apps, it has an interface that is not nearly as confusing, and on and on. Basically, the iPad is what people expect a tablet to be. Android through sheer virtue of looking and acting so much like iOS is acceptable to many people as well. Trying to pawn off WinRT as a legitimate alternative to the general consumer is laughable in its current state. And the back and forth desktop/metro mode is pure comedy. The thing is a joke. And an expensive one at that. The days of divine providence where if you were using a consumer device that could be confused with a computer, Windows as OS was a given, are quite simply over. MS know Windows and by extension Office are the keys to the kingdom and tablet by tablet and smartphone by smartphone, that providence is being revoked. Yeah, they scared.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (3, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | about a year and a half ago | (#42038891)

It's imporant news to the multitude of paid MS shills operating on Slashdot.
Since they make up a significant portion of first-posters, Slashdot should cater to their needs too.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038945)

I almost feel bad for them. Everything they try to shill from Windows Phone to Window 8 to Surface to Zune, etc. just flops that much harder despite their obvious earnest efforts. As was once said, the universe is not without a sense of irony.*

*My name is Alanis Morissette and I approve this message!

Re:Who gives a fuck? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039117)

MS earned $69+ billion last year. Hardly sounds like a company that's flopping, or selling flops.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039247)

MS earned $69+ billion last year. Hardly sounds like a company that's flopping, or selling flops.

I didn't say MS was flopping so you can sit on that strawman and spin. Had you the capability of actually comprehending what you read, you'd see that I mentioned 2 products that are definite flops, namely the Zune and Windows Phone, then I threw in a couple of other products that aren't off to a great start possibly fortelling a future flop, namely Windows 8 and the Surface. That 69 billion dollar figure doesn't mean shit anyway, since what they actually made was 27 billion. That money was made primarily in two places, Office and Windows licensing with some rounding errors accounting for the XBox and a few other things.

A ton of shit MS comes out with flops hard and just throwing up an income figure like some fucking fanboy moron isn't going to change that.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039719)

I wouldn't say they earned it.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040209)

Minor correction:
"Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony" - Morpheus

Alanis Morissette doesn't even know what irony is and wrote a whole song proving this.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039327)

I'm a paid Microsoft Shill. Honestly, it's excellent money. We just spend all day posting to Slashdot. Clearly this is well worth it to Microsoft, because just a few well worded comments will make the notoriously Microsoft-hostile Slashdot readers suddenly change their minds, and immediately decide that they're going to use an inferior product.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039437)

Is Tom your liaison officer or is it Jim ? I used to work for Tom but shilling for Jim gets me way more money !

Re:Who gives a fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039875)

Hmmm, interesting, tell me more....

I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter....

Re:Who gives a fuck? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039511)

If anyone praises Linux, it's because of liberty and choice. If anyone praises Windows, it's because they're a paid Microsoft shill. Is that right?

Go fuck yourself.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039737)

If anyone praises Linux, it's because of liberty and choice. If anyone praises Windows, it's because they're a paid Microsoft shill. Is that right?

Go fuck yourself.

Ha ha. Did Linus Torvalds embarrass you in a game of horseshoes or something so now you have to make it a point to drop some turd of an insult to the man's kernel in the middle of otherwise polite conversation? Whatever it was, I hope you get over it soon. Harboring resentment is a leading cause of strokes you know. Seriously, man. People are staring at the crazy rabble rousing Linux hater you otherwise affectionately know as your little old self. It's just a piece of software, not worth spending your hate on.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (3, Insightful)

1s44c (552956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040323)

If anyone praises Linux, it's because of liberty and choice. If anyone praises Windows, it's because they're a paid Microsoft shill. Is that right?

If someone praises a product that has been hammered by review after review it's likely a paid marketing attempt.

If someone praises a product within seconds of a new story being posted they are either the world's fastest typist or they are copy and pasting something.

The Microsoft astroturfers are all over slashdot and we all know it, but as you point out not everything pro Microsoft is a paid astroturfer.

Re:Who gives a fuck? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039393)

Bieber wasn't using a phone. It was a touchscreen shoe.

Fake news? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038875)

Twitter doesn't show what device she used.

Re:Fake news? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038943)

Twitter web interface doesn't, Twitter API does:

source String Utility used to post the Tweet, as an HTML-formatted string. Tweets from the Twitter website have a source value of web.

Re:Fake news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038957)

Okay, I'm just dying to know... Are you really that stupid?

Irony or Dispair (0, Flamebait)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year and a half ago | (#42038887)

Its oddly Ironic reading Apple propaganda, about Microsoft Propaganda. In fact it makes my head hurt. Thank heavens both these ghastly companies are losing relevance. I notice the Nexus 7 is optimistic about selling 5 Million tablets by new year [For reference Apple sold 14million tablets last quarter]

The sad second part of the the story celebrity endorsement is simply business as usual, I was reading about Adidas and Puma http://www.neatorama.com/2012/11/19/Family-Feud-Adidas-vs-Puma/#more [neatorama.com] just today, and how part of their success was getting Jesse Owens to wear their shoes. The only thing that has changes is the world is giving more power to celebrity endorsements as people "like" what they are told to like books; movies; products...and you have to go along to fit in. I personally believe the hipster fashion is simply a way of liking thinks and pretending they are irony [although to be fair I'm the only one that thinks so].

Re:Irony or Dispair (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42038991)

I notice the Nexus 7 is optimistic about selling 5 Million tablets by new year [For reference Apple sold 14million tablets last quarter]

As with the smartphone market where up until the Galaxy S3, no Android phone outsold the iPhone yet Google is mopping up the market share, so will the tablet market go. No time soon will any single Android tablet outsell the mighty iPad but believe that very soon Android will ship on more tablets than iOS does and when the tipping point is reached, the iPad will find its rightful place in the inevitable high margin//small share niche Apple seems to love so much on the desktop.

I was reading about Adidas and Puma http://www.neatorama.com/2012/11/19/Family-Feud-Adidas-vs-Puma/#more [neatorama.com] just today, and how part of their success was getting Jesse Owens to wear their shoes.

>

That doesn't bother me so much. I hope Owens loves his leather and rubber Adidas/Puma amalgamation since at least he actually wears what he is endorsing. If he thought the shoe would slow him down, no amount of money would put a pair on his feet. Compare that to what Oprah (a highly influential personality) is doing. The woman is basically lying her ass off pretending to be a Surface user when the reality is she wields an iPad. It's sad that the generation of cynics will just think business as usual. The woman is a hypocrite and a fucking liar. Simple as that.

Re:Irony or Dispair (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039219)

it's tuppe, ignore the little troll. What is ironic is that he claims that Apple and Microsoft are loosing relevance. If they do, the small minded idiot won't have anything to write about

Re:Irony or Dispair (0)

tuppe666 (904118) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039427)

What is ironic is that he claims that Apple and Microsoft are loosing relevance.

:) Sorry the reference was about, in the old world, on the Market shares were Desktop 90% Microsoft; 5% Apple; 2% Linux respectively in the New Mobile world its 70% Linux; 15% Apple; 2% Microsoft respectively.

In the context of this article the Apples tablet market share has dropped from 70% to 50% in the last quarter, and Microsoft have yet to have a successful product.

There is nothing ironic about those figures they are simply facts. Its a new world. :)

Re:Irony or Dispair (3, Funny)

clarkn0va (807617) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039449)

I personally believe the hipster fashion is simply a way of liking thinks and pretending they are irony [although to be fair I'm the only one that thinks so].

So let it be noted that you though so before it was cool to think so.

Re:Irony or Dispair (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42040353)

How come you post shit all the time and it's all so fucking inanely stupid? Here's a bright idea: Take a fucking economics class.

Paid off or what? (4, Interesting)

pointyhat (2649443) | about a year and a half ago | (#42038975)

In the UK at least, they've been paying for various celebrity trolls to say "OMG WINPHONE8 IS TEH WIN" all over advertising. I assume this is the same forces at work trying to undermine the intelligence of the masses.

A more realistic assessment is walking into my local Currys/PC World shop (like a UK version of Best Buy which is less interesting) and watching the various people milling around. One guy was buying a Samsung Smart TV, another guy a dryer, some woman was buying a USB internet dongle and asking if it worked on her MacBook and another guy was buying a Galaxy Tab and some overpriced HDMI cables.

Windows 8 love? Absolutely sod all. No one gives a flying fuck.

Now I could be considered to be a Microsoft shill. I work for a well known Gold Partner in the UK, are a certified Microsoft software dev, have used every MS OS from DOS5 and know their shit inside out, but fuck me no one cares about them any more, me included. I'm even jumping ship with my vested and historically expensive interest in them and leveraging the 15 years of Linux experience I've picked up on the side.

Re:Paid off or what? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039103)

In the UK at least, they've been paying for various celebrity trolls to say "OMG WINPHONE8 IS TEH WIN" all over advertising. [...] A more realistic assessment is walking into my local Currys/PC World shop [...] Windows 8 love? Absolutely sod all. No one gives a flying fuck.

Much the same over here in the US. Just like with the Zune, MS are shoveling piles of marketing dollars pimping a product that quite simply due to vastly superior choices already on the market, nobody wants. Nobody gave a shit about windows phone 7 when they could just get an iPhone or Android and it's probably pretty safe to say the same fate awaits windows phone 8. Metro is a disaster, that while blog pundits wax ecstatic over it, the man on the street just isn't impressed. I have an HD7 windows phone and I just don't like the damned thing. Something about it. Maybe the tiles are too "flippy" or it's too restricted but I vastly prefer my Nexus S over it and that's where my sim card stays. Windows 8 sucks ass too. It's only saving grace is what appears to be slightly better performance than 7, but you know what? I don't give a fuck. My computer is badass and a few percent here and there doesn't mean shit when I have to put up with the hideous Metro screen and ridiculous gestures everywhere. I think many people will agree.

Basically, MS has finally found itself in a highly competitive market and, guess what, the ersatz bully is floundering. Badly. Imagine that.

Re:Paid off or what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039337)

You slashdot market experts are a riot. People said the shame shit here about the iPhone and the iPod, lol.

Re:Paid off or what? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039619)

You slashdot market experts are a riot. People said the shame shit here about the iPhone and the iPod, lol.

The shame shit, huh? Yeah, I guess it is a "shame" the Surface is such a piece of "shit".

Re:Paid off or what? (2)

Inda (580031) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039705)

If James Kimberley Corden dances to dubstep with his W8 phone, I want one.

Wait, no, that's not right. I want to get pissed on Christmas day and ruin it for everyone.

Easy mistake to make, ay?

Oprah is a nigger (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039035)

She shilled for KFC and she will suck ballmers microsoft for money.

Give her a break (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039121)

Maybe Surface doesn't have a decent Twitter app yet.

Got any more mangled similes? (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039125)

In what would be akin to General Petraeus pledging fidelity to his wife from the Gmail account he shared with his lover

Yeesh.

Betcha

is not a word.

...who fesses up to Tweeting on her boss's behalf!

"His" is the gender non-specific pronoun.

Re:Got any more mangled similes? (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039141)

I'm being unfair. All of the above is forgiven since the submitter actually wrote their own submission (or at least went to the effort of not copy-pasting from either of the linked articles).

well, duh! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039203)

the staffer that sent it hasn't got their christmas present yet.......

I am... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039277)

... a bit surprised to see this here. I mean, seriously? Oprah? Why would anyone care?

Re:I am... (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039397)

Does anyone remember when Drew Barrymore went on David Letterman's show to say how she "Rocks the Kraft grilled cheese!". Same shit here. The whole point of advertising is to get us to buy shit we don't really need.

Astroturfing at its finest! (2)

1s44c (552956) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039509)

These are the people who go public proclaiming love for MS products, people who are paid to, people who don't use the stuff themselves.

WHAT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42039641)

"...Betcha Steve Ballmer has a shiny new Surface for the Oprah staffer or intern who fesses up to Tweeting on her boss's behalf!"

You mean to say Oprah doesn't post her own tweets????

No surprise at all (3, Interesting)

wjwlsn (94460) | about a year and a half ago | (#42039963)

I actually saw much of Oprah's 2012 "Favorite Things" show, including the ridiculous hour long leadup showing how Oprah picks the stuff to give away. Watching this wasn't entirely by choice, as I happened to be sitting on the sofa working on my laptop while my wife and daughter were watching. (I must say though, the actual giveaways are priceless... from the over-the-top OMG OMG OMG craziness when it's something good, to the valiantly concealed "Meh!" when it sucks.)

Anyway, Oprah didn't actually choose the Surface. It was selected by one of her producers (probably after prodding by Microsoft) and shown to Oprah for a grand total of about 2 minutes. Why did she then choose it? Probably because of the kickstand and the magnetic keyboard attachment.

What I want to know (1)

DrXym (126579) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040103)

Is who are these morons who suddenly find a product desirable just because a daytime TV host has been paid very large sums of money to say they are.

Get real... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42040221)

While the story is funny:

- Oprah didn't send that tweet, some flunky/intern did.

- Working for a company that has had a product included in "Favorite Things", the way products get included is that you GIVE them enough to pass to everyone, to include all staff/relatives/whomever PLUS you pay up to millions of $$$ to get included...

SLASHDOT SHOCKED (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42040301)

HEADLINE: Person Likes Both Apple And Microsoft Products. Slashdot Shocked, Appalled; Normal People Do Not Care

When will we be seeing these on Woot for $200? (1)

supremebob (574732) | about a year and a half ago | (#42040415)

At this rate, it's only a matter of time until Microsoft does a liquidation sale on this product to get rid of excess inventory.

Has anyone been able to hack this tablet and get Android on it yet? If so, I might pick one up when a liquidator like Woot starts selling excess Microsoft Surface inventory as "refurbished" for around $189,

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