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Microsoft Launches IT Superhero Comic

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the humor-doesn't-come-from-the-comic dept.

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willdavid writes "Paul McDougall reports in InformationWeek on Microsoft's new online comic. The Heroes Happen Here comic strips are being created by Jordan Gorfinkel, a former DC Comics editor who helped revitalize the Batman series. 'Tech workers who in the middle of the night fix a downed server or take on a computer virus don't really have extraordinary powers. It just seems that way. But a new comic book has debuted in which IT pros literally are superheroes. The daily Web comic, called Heroes Happen Here, features tech savvy crime fighters like Lord Firewall, who "stands between chaos and order" and says things like "begone vermin!"'" And because it's never easy, in order to read the archives of the comic you're going to need to install Microsoft's Silverlight.

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Just wondering (5, Funny)

Skevin (16048) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255152)

Will the main villains of this strip also feature an evil software company that abuses its monopoly?
Will the heroes use Open Source in a positive responsible manner?

Solomon

Re:Just wondering (3, Insightful)

phrostie (121428) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255178)

It'll be like Wanted where the villians kill off the heroes and take over the world

Re:Just wondering (2)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255318)

What's this "Wanted" thing? More details, please.

Re:Just wondering (5, Funny)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255236)

Nope, the villains will be open-source using anarchists who use open source software to spread viruses. The heroes will only use properly licensed proprietary software, will say negative things about free software and reverse engineering, and will pay homage in a ritualized way to Microsoft 5 times a day.

I haven't looked at it (I don't have silverlight available on my Linux machine), but this comic sounds like a really stupid idea. Who wants to idolize some corporate goons? People always root for underdogs, and despite how much MS might try to somehow paint themselves that way, they're not an underdog, they're a big oppressor.

Re:Just wondering (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255674)

Could this be the first superhero comic where the audience roots for the villain and is constantly happy throughout the comic only to get really let down in the end?

Re:Just wondering (4, Funny)

value_added (719364) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255986)

Could this be the first superhero comic where the audience roots for the villain and is constantly happy throughout the comic only to get really let down in the end?

Naah. For someone to root for a villain, the villain has to be endowed with a certain measure of cool, or otherwise be extraordinarily interesting. In this scenario, we'd likely see a slow-moving and slightly stupid superhero dressed in a costume emblazoned with the letters WGA, a belt decorated with animated icons, a magic red "Reboot" button on his wrist, and cape with a big blue "e" on it. When not pressing the magic button, he'd be spending his time shouting at a motley collection of unwashed, bearded, sandal-wearing villains, or, when the action really heats up, throwing a chair or two.

Re:Just wondering (1)

OECD (639690) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255890)

Hmmm. Could they have stolen the idea from the free-as-in-beer Beatnik Turtle song I.T. Department (Super Heroes of I.T.) [thesongoftheday.com] ? (OK, not likely, but if you're on Vista, you must now downgrade your video and audio, because they *might* have.)

Re:Just wondering (5, Interesting)

rbanffy (584143) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255952)

A couple years back, I got, for my birthday, a book called "Programmers at Work", edited by Microsoft Press. The book is a collection of interviews of programmers ranging from Andy Hertzfeld, Gary Kildall and Butler Lampson all the way to Bill Gates.

I strongly suspect it's not available today and never again will be printed in this form, mainly because in his interview, Bill Gates said:

Interviewer: Is studying computer science the best way to prepare to be a programmer?
Bill Gates: No. the best way to prepare is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. In my case, I went to the garbage cans at the Computer Science Center and I fished out listings of their operating system. You got to be willing to read other people's code, then write your own, then have other people review your code. You've got to want to be in this incredible feedback loop where you get the world-class people to tell you what you're doing wrong.

You have to love the fine irony.

Re:Just wondering (1)

Trogre (513942) | more than 6 years ago | (#22256076)

they're not an underdog, they're a big oppressor.

Okay, but so is DC Comics.

Re:Just wondering (1)

Naughty Bob (1004174) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255284)

I see it now- the closed-source model is equivalent to Superman hiding his susceptibility to Kryptonite. Oh wait, the bad guys knew that, didn't they....

Re:Just wondering (1)

mikelieman (35628) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255302)

[Comicbook Guy]
In the 8th Issue of Volume 1 ( season 8 ) of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer, it's quite clear that Willow Rosenberg uses Linux.
[/Comicbook Guy]

Re:Just wondering (1)

ThreeGigs (239452) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255334)

Another funny...

If you install Silverlight, the license is specifically for XP SP2 (see here: http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/license-Win.aspx [microsoft.com] ). "INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS. You may install and use any number of copies of the software only with the browser and operating system software named above." Does that mean when SP3 comes out, your Silverlight license is invalidated?

Re:Just wondering (1)

Tink2000 (524407) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255600)

Yes.

Re:Just wondering (3, Insightful)

magnusrex1280 (1075361) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255638)

However it is kind of nice that you can install Silverlight on Firefox. I'm so used to Microsoft forcing you to use IE for some things, like Windows Update.

Re:Just wondering (4, Insightful)

daeg (828071) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255680)

No, it just means Microsoft can make Firefox insecure like IE used to be. Hooray!

(Only half kidding.)

Re:Just wondering (0, Troll)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255932)

I hope that your comment was at least partially sarcastic.

Microsoft, no matter what your opinion of them may be, have the complete right to make Internet Explorer the proprietary Web Browser for updating their Software, its their tool, for updating their tools.

I have never been angry at any developer for choosing to use their own software.

Microsoft has never disallowed people from downloading updates individually (or ocasionally in small 'Packages', and obviously SP's) which does not care what Web Browser you may be using, although sometimes it does require ActiveX (for WGA testing).

Are you equally annoyed with Apt-Get? or Ubuntu's update system?

Re:Just wondering (1)

magnusrex1280 (1075361) | more than 6 years ago | (#22256042)

Maybe you should put a little less effort into being a douchebag, and a little more effort into reading the posts you're responding to. I didn't say I was annoyed. I said I was used to them doing things that way. Silverlight being a Microsoft product, I thought it was great that they made it play nice with Firefox. Go back to your sandbox.

Cross-platform? (Re:Just wondering) (5, Interesting)

Kiralan (765796) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255690)

I find it interesting that Silverlight is announced as 'cross-platform' on its home page, and the compatibility chart lists Mac OS-10X, yet the license agreement only permits use on XP and Vista????

Re:Cross-platform? (Re:Just wondering) (2, Insightful)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 6 years ago | (#22256080)

XP and Vista- 2 platforms. Thats as crossplatform as MS is gonna make it.

Re:Just wondering (5, Funny)

garlicbready (846542) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255570)

No Mr Stallman I expect you to Die

Re:Just wondering (1, Offtopic)

Shaklee39 (694496) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255782)

I hope it's funnier than Penny Arcade. Oh wait, Penny Arcade isn't fucking funny at all, so that won't be very hard. Fuck you guys.

Beware, vile FOSSies!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255984)

OMG, this is great! The valiant members of IT Support can fight off the hordes of FOSSie Zealots, Puling Stallmanistas, and most evil of all, the corrupt anti-MS Pointy Haired Boss who read was brainwashed by an article he read in eWeak, who wants to destroy why IT Support spent decades building so he can spread the disease of Teh Lunix!!

It makes my day job feel so... heroic!!

First new hero announced (1, Interesting)

Malevolent Tester (1201209) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255172)

VSS-Man, who possesses the mighty power of corrupting anything he touches.

Captain Fanboi !!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255190)

A MS superhero. Barf.

Who is the target audience? (4, Insightful)

ResQuad (243184) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255192)

I don't mean to sound cruel, but what is their target audience? Anyone who isn't in IT is going to think this is amazingly stupid. Most of those in IT will probably be using firefox and therefor not be using Silverlight. In the end its free press for Microsoft, I guess.

I wonder the same thing (4, Informative)

_merlin (160982) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255332)

Real geeks have XKCD, Dilbert and BOFH to amuse them among other things.

Re:I wonder the same thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255710)

I get antsy if BOFH isn't available by dinner time on a friday.

Re:Who is the target audience? (4, Insightful)

LDoggg_ (659725) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255360)

The target audience is the morons that microsoft is able to dupe into installing silverlight just to view static pictures.

Requiring it to view archives is stupid. They can link to a page with img tags just like everyone else has been doing for the last 15 years or so.

Re:Who is the target audience? (5, Funny)

gullevek (174152) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255592)

yeah, but they are happy they have finally a place where they can use silverlight.

Re:Who is the target audience? (2, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255724)

Yeah, but where's the PR capabilities?

Investor: "Well, tell me why Silverlight is the next big thing."
MS-PR-goon: "Oh, well, it can be used to display content in a new, meaningful way!"
Investor: "Aha. Do you have any examples?"
MS-PR-goon: "Certainly! Here, look at this webcomic."
Investor: "I ... see... But how is it different from all the other webcomics?"
MS-PR-goon: "It uses Silverlight. Duh."

Re:Who is the target audience? (2, Interesting)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255774)

Actually it's not quite as dumb as it sounds. They're not simple static pictures, they're actually vector graphics, and with Silverlight you can view them fullscreen, without any stretching or distortion. (Guess who had to install Silverlight at work?)

It works in Firefox under Windows, by the way. (Word of warning: Silverlight and FlashBlock do NOT work together. However, Silverlight, NoScript, AdBlock Plus, and Firebug all work fine together.)

Now if only there were an open scalable vector graphics [w3.org] format that they could have used instead... if only...

Re:Who is the target audience? (1)

chuckymonkey (1059244) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255878)

Hell why don't they just print it on paper like everyone else for the last oh 60 years. There is nothing wrong with a company using their technology to present something they are paying to have made regardless of your personal views on them.

Re:Who is the target audience? (1)

CSMatt (1175471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255370)

Actually I would imagine that anyone who is in IT would be far more likely to find this stupid than anyone who is not in IT.

Re:Who is the target audience? (1)

Coriolis (110923) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255372)

I presume you mean "not using it by choice or out of aversion to Microsoft", as the Firefox Silverlight plugin works just fine for viewing the comic...

Re:Who is the target audience? (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255530)

But, how would you know that for sure unless... you've... installed...

ALAAAAAARM! Slashbot incursion in progress! Quarantine sectors 7-G though 27b/6!

Re:Who is the target audience? (1)

Malevolent Tester (1201209) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255438)

Out of boredom, and as my XP partition is just for gaming, I tried installing Silverlight and viewing the comics with Firefox - works fine.

Who is the bullseye audience? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255516)

Companies doing comics is nothing new. Radio Shack use to have electronics comics. BTW my hero is Flynn.

Re:Who is the target audience? (5, Funny)

Tribbin (565963) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255526)

"Microsoft® Silverlight(TM) is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in ..."

What is this ".exe" file and how do I use it?

Re:Who is the target audience? (1)

magnusrex1280 (1075361) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255714)

"using firefox and therefor not be using Silverlight"
Huh? Silverlight works just fine on Firefox. I'm not exactly a big fan of Microsoft, but Silverlight does have kind of a "neat" factor to it. I don't know how it stacks up to its competition, but it's kind of fun to tinker with.
I think tonight I'm going to install the Moonlight runtime on my linux laptop when I get home, see how well it works.

Re:Who is the target audience? (4, Insightful)

Petrushka (815171) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255822)

Most of those in IT will probably be using firefox and therefor not be using Silverlight.
For MS employees, there's Silverlight. For everyone else, there's blogs.technet.com/hhh_comic/rss.xml [technet.com] .

Re:Who is the target audience? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255964)

Here is a great example of the target group... [blogspot.com] "...people have asked why I chose the name Shamino. Shamino is a character from the Ultima series of computer games..." - cracks me up :)

Holy Dilbert, Fatman! (1)

khasim (1285) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255202)

The HHH Comic Series is a daily web comic that adapts tech stories from actual IT Professionals and Developers - a web comic that reflects the real lives of IT Hero's such as you.

Ummmm, isn't that Scott Adams' shtick?

So in the MS world of Superheros... (4, Funny)

Japong (793982) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255214)

Is Linus or Steve the new Lex Luthor?

Re:So in the MS world of Superheros... (5, Funny)

Kuukai (865890) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255310)

Or, better yet, is Steve Ballmer the new Green Lantern? Unfortunately, his ring only holds power over chairs...

Re:So in the MS world of Superheros... (1)

Japong (793982) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255380)

He can only use the ring while chanting "DEVELOPERSDEVELOPERSDEVELOPERS" however.

Re:So in the MS world of Superheros... (2, Insightful)

Kelson (129150) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255908)

Or, better yet, is Steve Ballmer the new Green Lantern? Unfortunately, his ring only holds power over chairs...
And it can't affect wooden chairs. All of you using plastic and metal chairs had better watch out!

My hero is still virtual man (1)

TheLazySci-FiAuthor (1089561) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255218)

Access flow was our virtualization vendor, and I must say that they have my favorite corporate comics.

http://www.accessflow.com/pdf/ComicVMPowersLOW.pdf [accessflow.com]

I wonder I will still be their favorite customer after posting their several meg PDF on slashdot?

I need a "super" hero (2, Funny)

hermit_tries_virtual (1229948) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255234)

This is currently being posted from a mere Slackware 12 system. I want to know if the Super Hero can configure my box to allow me to read these comics with having to involve the arch nemesis known as Silver Light. Also, if this hero could remove the engineered cyber-plague known as SharePoint, I would be in their debt!!!

Re:I need a "super" hero (2, Informative)

pugilista (1121265) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255650)

Actually, I've got the same system (Slack 12, Firefox 2.0.x) and if you click on the RSS feeds, it shows them all just fine. I don't have any random addons, either.

i'm not sure... (1)

marvelouspatric (1112793) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255254)

i'm not sure if this offends me more as a cartoonist, or as someone who dislikes bad interfaces, or as a mac user. well, this is slashdot, so probably as a mac user, so as to heap more fuel on the fire. but the cartoonist in me is still crying.

The further adventures of.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255262)

MONKEY-BOY!

Awesome! (1)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255266)

Will he team up with the Whiz Kids? [hijinxcomics.com]

That explains it... (1)

rgraham (199829) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255268)

That explains why SQL Server 2008 will be late [joelonsoftware.com] .

From the actual comic (1)

darkhitman (939662) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255272)

The above content is not owned by Microsoft and Microsoft disclaims and excludes all representations, warranties, and conditions whether express, implied or statutory that may be contained in the content above. Further, no partnership relationship exists between Microsoft and the content owner and the above content is not meant to constitute an offer, acceptance or contract on behalf of Microsoft.


Looks to me like they don't really want to be associated with this. In fact I'm having trouble figuring out just why they bothered with the whole thing.
I guess that won't stop the oncoming shitstorm of unfunny MS-bashing, though. *pours gasoline on karma*

Re:From the actual comic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255388)

"In fact I'm having trouble figuring out just why they bothered with the whole thing."

Silverlight

Silverlight (2, Informative)

PenisLands (930247) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255290)

I try to view the comic archives. Then it seems that it requires Silverlight, so I click the 'get silverlight' thing. Then eventually I'm imformed that my operating system/browser (Windows 2000/Firefox) combination is not supported. How about that.

Makes sense (5, Funny)

nine-times (778537) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255296)

So Microsoft is admitting that you do need super-human abilities to keep Microsoft's crap from bombing out.

Odd strategy for Silverlight acceptance (1)

QuietLagoon (813062) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255314)

Get the corporate geeks to load it on their systems by writing a comic strip about them, a comic strip that just happens to require Silverlight to view.

Re:Odd strategy for Silverlight acceptance (1)

Count of Montecristo (626894) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255696)

It's a trap! if there was ever a story that needed that tag, this is it.

silverlight (1)

magwm (466805) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255322)

I _was_ going to give it a try. the first comic is boring. then oh my I had to install silverlight to see the rest of them? they must be desperate. xkcd here i come!

M

Viral Marketing (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255350)

It's just a ploy to get you to install Silverlight!

Admiral Ackbar: "It's a trap!"

Heroic plot idea (5, Insightful)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255362)

In a Web 2.0 twist, readers will be asked to submit real-life IT stories that could possibly be used for future episodes.

The hero deploys a mail client that doesn't execute a fucking attachment when someone clicks it. Then the hero deploys a web browser that doesn't execute someone else's code when a user looks at a web page. Then the hero deploys an OS that doesn't load and execute code from removable media whenever the user inserts the media, and doesn't automatically treat somebody else's code as automatically executable simply because the user happened to save it and then clicked it in their file manager.

The climax of the story: the users never have any problems and never bother to call him to remove viruses, because they never get any. The users are bored and nobody knows why. Nobody knows the sacrifice the hero made, because it wasn't really a sacrifice and it ended up costing less. The hero, tragically depressed because he missed out on all the !!!GLORY!!! of cleaning up easily predictable and preventable messes, walks off into the sunset.

Sound like a good episode?

Re:Heroic plot idea (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255426)

I'd rather have some penguins fight an evil monopolist...

"The New Adventures of Tux and the Freedom Brigade"

That'd be cool :)

Send in your IT stories! (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255390)

"As an outsider looking in, I'm counting on the IT community for ideas and support as this comic strip goes forward," said Gorfinkel, who goes by the name nickname Gorf.

Send in some stories! Also, MSFT is just sponsoring (as is Seagate), so I wouldn't be too concerned about their editorial influence.

Silverlight ? (1)

makapuf (412290) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255406)

Well, I guess if it is any good, and the target audience being what it is, a random guy will use the "PrtScrn+paint" rendering technology and post it somewhere, so I'll avoid installing Silverlight for this, thanks.

Shouldn't that be... (1)

Roger W Moore (538166) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255424)

The daily Web comic, called Heroes Happen Here, features tech savvy crime fighters like Lord Firewall, who "stands between chaos and order" and says things like "begone vermin!"'

Since this is MS shouldn't his favourite saying be "Cancel or Allow?"

Microsoft has no guts (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255428)

If I had to push Silverlight I'd immediately create a dozen porn sites allowing the download of free Silverlight encapsulated hires long movies. That would kill Flash in less than one month.

Something's happening there! (2, Funny)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255432)

Are the two, um, heroes spooning in that last panel?

And hackers of the world fear him? What? That he'll eat them?

Lame Tags (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255434)

You know what's even lamer than Microsofts comic?

That it's tagged "gay". Come on, nothing more childish to say?

Re:Lame Tags (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255704)

You know what's even lamer than that? The gay anonymous coward who I'm replying to.

Super Hero cross overs (1)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255458)

I sure hope Biclops gets some time in there.

Gender confusion happens here (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255466)

And What sex are they? The big one could be a guy or a butch fat woman, and the one in the chair could be a woman or a really fem guy.

Re:Gender confusion happens here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255746)

Does it matter? They're IT geeks. Sex is irrelevant to them.

Re:Gender confusion happens here (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255780)

That's political correctness, you insensitive clod! Gender neutrality!

IT superhero: thanks for the pr0n! (4, Funny)

mveloso (325617) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255494)

The other day, my SAN filled up with unauthorized images. My IT hero j*s*n, archived all the images for me so I could examine them in the privacy of my own home. He also cleared out the SAN so more images could show up.

Thank you, j*s*n! You're my hero!

Re:IT superhero: thanks for the pr0n! (4, Funny)

meta-monkey (321000) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255888)

Seven or eight years ago I worked at a university high-performance computing research lab. One night a cracker got in through one of our ancient unpatched Solaris boxes, and proceeded to wipe out everyone's home directories (thank god for backups!), uploaded 40GB of porn (that was a lot back then) and then started an IRC server to share it. It was kind of awesome.

And another thing... (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255496)

Who else thinks there needs to be a repurposing site along the lines of the Dysfunctional Family Circus?

Anyone? Anyone? Just me? Oh, OK. (kicks pebble)

Fucking pathetic. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255498)

This is what they're doing to try and get us to install silverlight? Make this reason #923497832 why I can't stand this company.

Silverlight (1)

Jyuujin (1229354) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255500)

You don't need silverlight to view the comics, if you subscribe to the RSS feed with an RSS viewer it displays them. I am using RSS Owl and have verified that this works personally.

But We Already Have One of Those (4, Funny)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255506)

The BOFH. Our hero isn't the guy who quietly fixes the computer after the 47th time user error screwed it up. Our hero is the extremely psychotic individual who gets away with killing those users so they stop screwing up the IT Infrastructure. Or interrupting his game of Couterstrike. Our hero is the guy who can add several zeros to the end of your electricity bill just because he thought the question you asked him was retarded. Our hero is the guy who will blackmail users who post photos of themselves to alt.gay.likes.to.be.spanked.by.nuns. Or who occasionally posts pictures of those users there himself.

Somehow I suspect that Microsoft's version of this will make me vomit a little in my mouth... just like everything else that Microsoft does. In fact I suspect that making people vomit in their mouths will be Microsoft's hero's super power.

Change the icon (1)

heteromonomer (698504) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255556)

Somebody change the gates-borg icon. He is not representative of microsoft anymore. May be a borgized monkey should be the new icon. Whatever it is, it's got to change.

Re:Change the icon (1)

Constantine XVI (880691) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255662)

And you will get that after they give Ubuntu its own icon

oops? (4, Funny)

quest(answer)ion (894426) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255628)

silly me. i thought the flashy "install silverlight" prompt was the comic. imagine my surprise that there's another comic hidden behind that.

will microsoft's innovation never cease?

Re:oops? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255806)

will microsoft's innovation never cease?

Huh? I'm sorry, did it commence when I wasn't looking?

So a superhero who fixes his own problems? (4, Funny)

wardk (3037) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255678)

so WHY is the server down, WHY is there a virus getting in?

Obviously we need a [Mac,Linux,BSD,Amiga] superhero who can deal with these problems AT THE SOURCE.

yes, go Cloverdale on Redmond....

Book? (1)

petehead (1041740) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255684)

But a new comic book has debuted in which IT pros literally are superheroes. The daily Web comic...
Daily web comics are books?

Cant they just write a fucking OS? (4, Insightful)

Jackie_Chan_Fan (730745) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255756)

Talk about expanding yourself into ridiculous areas, that they need not be in. Write a fucking OS that isnt full of bloated shit, and supports all major graphic file formats, all open source and major video/audio codecs, a secure os without DRM, an OS that runs FASTER than previous versions...

JUST DO THAT.

Enough with the stupid attempts at trying to be as cool as google or yahoo. You're fucking Microsoft. You were never cool. STOP IT.

Re:Cant they just write a fucking OS? (2)

Macthorpe (960048) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255904)

You think any company is 'cool'?

I don't think it's Microsoft that needs to 'STOP IT'.

Who is who? (4, Insightful)

dedeman (726830) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255792)

The daily Web comic, called Heroes Happen Here, features tech savvy crime fighters like Lord Firewall, who "stands between chaos and order" and says things like "begone vermin!"'

So, does this "Lord Firewall" work for, or against, Microsoft?

I'd be worried about anyone, IT or otherwise, who "says things like "begone vermin!""

Microsoft and Silverlight (4, Interesting)

MobyDisk (75490) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255826)

They are reeaallly stooping low to make this require Silverlight. Nobody else wants to use this product, so just pay people to use it. Brilliant!
- Donating money to non-profits and earmarking the money to transform their Flash web sites into Silverlight
    (I went to a BaltoMSDN presentation on Silverlight, done by the guys who did the conversion)
- Making webcomics that use Silverlight
- Displaying a nag screen on MS download sites recommending that people use the new Silverlight download manager

No one came imagine the hilarity of my laugh once someone writes a tool to convert the comic into Flash. :)

Re:Microsoft and Silverlight (try pixton!) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255866)

Try pixton (http://www.pixton.com/home). YOu can make a comic in flash to ridicule the MS silverlight comic site.

Oh great (1)

proxy318 (944196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255910)

Now Apple's going to come out with a comic with better artwork, but with simpler story lines an fewer characters. And you'll have to buy it on iTunes.

haha (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#22255918)

Desperate much?

The hell with your heros (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22255968)

Read as:

The hell with Silverfish

But the Chairs! (2, Funny)

SJ2000 (1128057) | more than 6 years ago | (#22256044)

Does the hero or the villain throw the chairs?

Ultimate lesson for Silverlight-only websites (2, Insightful)

mxs (42717) | more than 6 years ago | (#22256060)

I clicked the link.

Drawing looked decent, so I click it.

Requires Silverlight.

I am not going to install Silverlight for a Comic Strip or any other website content that works just as well without it.

I don't care enough about that website to install Silverlight.

That website just lost a prospective repeat visitor.

Silverlight just cost you, prospective silverlight-only website operator, money.

Thank you Microsoft, for this great lesson on why not to use Silverlight.

is that an example on the link? (5, Insightful)

NotZed (19455) | more than 6 years ago | (#22256070)

It isn't even funny. It isn't even remotely funny, nor particularly entertaining, and barely makes sense for that matter.

And the stereotyping is just sad - but what do you expect from 'an outsider'. Not all technical people are 1. overweight, 2. wear druggie shirts, nor 3. give a shit about hackers. And it's also pushing that other sickening stereotype that seems to pervade American comedy - that guys are bumbling/overweight 'lovable fools' and girls are smart and classy/usually at least a bit hot.

A very strange form of viral marketing for their craptastic clone of the craptastic flash software though. I imagine it could only be dreamt up in the strange cultures that develop in the closed world that Microsoft and other large companies seem to develop. (Novell was almost cult-like, and a little scary to be honest). I bet they thought it would be really 'cool', 'nifty', and 'hip', and no doubt plenty of their cult-members think the same.
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