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Microsoft Battles Vista Perception With Prizes

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the you-too-may-already-be-a-winner dept.

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LambAndMint writes "In what can only be described as an act of utter desperation to overcome Vista's mostly negative public perception issues, Microsoft has put together an online "Fact or Fiction" quiz about Windows Vista. Every person who submits themselves to Microsoft indoctrination gets a free shirt and the chance to win a $15,000 prize. Some of the supposed 'facts' will make you feel like you're reading a document from an alternate reality. Get ready to get a job as a computer salesman for a mass-market retailer as you go through the quiz."

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All I read was... (5, Funny)

csguy314 (559705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22427958)

Woohoo! Free shirt!

Re:All I read was... (5, Funny)

irby0 (886254) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428018)

Free shirt for OEM system builders.

Re:All I read was... (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428164)

what is this arachnology!?


i want a free shirt, seriously i need some new clothes and free is better than paying.

Re:All I read was... (4, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428252)

I tried to play it because I'm certainly willing to have half an hour of laughs for a good shirt.. but the "australia" in the URL is scary since they're shipping things, and though I'd have been willing to install some activex control and take the quiz in IE, apparently the SilverLight installer is just some shady .exe.... so no way ~~~~

Re:All I read was... (4, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428444)

Meh.. I don't care if it's free - I'm not going to get one unless they provide access to the source pattern..

The shirt's source pattern? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428560)

You want the shirt's 'source pattern'?  Here you go.  I ... uhh ... reverse engineered it:

####
####
####

Good luck with your free shirt... (4, Informative)

mythosaz (572040) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428148)

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Instructions on how to enter form part of these Conditions of Entry. By participating in this promotion, entrants agree to be bound by these Conditions of Entry.

You must be a Local OEM Channel Partner. Definition of a Local OEM channel partner ("partners") includes resellers and System Builders who resell other branded hardware (PCs and Servers) with Microsoft OEM Licenses or who build hardware to sell directly to end customers.

Entry is only open to Australian residents residing in NSW, VIC, QLD, NT, or SA who are Microsoft OEM Channel Partners. The promotion commences at 09:00am (Sydney time) on Friday 14th December 2007 and closes at 11:59pm (Sydney time) on Friday 14th March 2008 ("Promotional Period"). The Promoter's decision in relation to all aspects of this promotion is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Re:All I read was... (1)

DMoylan (65079) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428190)

no, it looks like you have to install silver light shite. that's way too expensive for my tastes.

Re:All I read was... (5, Funny)

coolhaus (186994) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428300)

Woohoo! Free shirt!

I dropped an "r" or two when I first read that. It made better sense at first, honestly.

Re:All I read was... (4, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428370)

Great, a free t-shirt that...

You have to type in Allow before you can put it on.

Can only be washed in Microsoft approved detergent

And isn't compatible with any other clothes I own.

I'll stick with my plain white open source t-shirt

Jane Fonda will soon be hired to apologize (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428474)

Communist fucking bitch shithead Jane Fonda is begging micro$oft for a job as their chief apologist for vista, for $10 she will go on Today show and call linux a cunt then say she is sorry she meant vista is a pussy and Bill Gate$ is sorry for taking money from everybody for it and trying to buy himself a nobel prize by claiming to be a humanitarian now he is done getting rich from evil

Propaganda (2, Interesting)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22427962)

Microsoft has put together an online "Fact or Fiction" quiz about Windows Vista.
What's with the all the online based propacation Microsoft is using these days?

Re:Propaganda (2, Funny)

CSMatt (1175471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428006)

I'm assuming that question was rhetorical.

Re:Propaganda (3, Insightful)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428012)

And the actual meat and potatoes of all this would be here [microsoft.com] , Silverlight required of course!

Re:Propaganda (2, Insightful)

Ynot_82 (1023749) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428122)

Why?

if you're trying to win people over,
why restrict the "facts" site to people you've already got (requiring silverlight....)

Re:Propaganda (5, Funny)

Divebus (860563) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428126)

Oh. It's just a way to seed Silverlight. Nevermind.

Re:Propaganda (3, Insightful)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428626)

Bingo. that's absolutely correct. It's maddening when I have to hit their site (for work) and I have to click to remove that stupid silverlight full page cover.

I don't want it, I don't need it, and please, for the love of god, stop mooning me with it.

Re:Propaganda (2)

matazar (1104563) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428152)

Only for australians?!
I want a free shirt :(.
Canadas never get anything.

Also, vista isn't so bad.
Don't like it, then don't use it.
Bitching about it isn't going to make it go away.

Re:Propaganda (1)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428220)

Bitching about it isn't going to make it go away.
I dunno, when I'm ranting and bitching to myself while doing my daily web crawl, it sure seems to make my old lady go away pretty quick.

Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (5, Informative)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428172)

Windows Vista sold more copes than any other Microsoft Operating System (including Windows XP) In the first month following launch.
(Fact) Fiction

Windows Vista faces significant Compatibility issues with hardware devices.
Fact (Fiction)

Windows Vista faces significant issues in terms of integrating with other software applications.
Fact (Fiction)

Windows Vista delivers all new levels of security compared to previous Windows operating systems.
(Fact) Fiction

Windows Vista is expneisve to deploy and run.
Fact (Fiction)

Windows Vista hasn't been popular with businesses.
Fact (Fiction)

Windows Vista is unreliable and requires more technical support than Windows XP.
Fact (Fiction)

Microsoft has been swift to diagnose and rectify initial issues with Windows Vista.
(Fact) Fiction

Windows Vista can help deliver peace of mind for parents in terms of their children's online safety.
(Fact) Fiction

Windows Vista won't truly be ready until the first complete Service Pack is released.
Fact (Fiction)

Their answers, not mine!

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (5, Insightful)

KublaiKhan (522918) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428232)

Cheat Sheet, Short form:

Pick the answer that makes Microsoft look good.

That sound about right?

Pick the one that makes you laugh (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428584)

... or cry.

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (3, Interesting)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428258)

Wow...every single one of their "answers" is exactly wrong. I figured they'd toss in at least one or two that were real...but no!

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (2, Interesting)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428412)

Hey, McDonald's is suing a dictionary [wordpress.com] to try to get the definition of "McJob" changed. Corporate types thing they can push everyone around like they push their slaves. So in Microsoft's case, they are betting that the general public is just as greedy and dumb as their company is. Oh yes brainwash me for a shitty T-shirt made by kids in Malaysia and a one in a couple million chance of winning a $15k (retail) "home entertainment system". How about dropping the price of the OS to $30, and selling more copies?

Idiots.

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (4, Interesting)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428630)

How about dropping the price of the OS to $30, and selling more copies?
Truth be told they should be selling the ultimate version for $100 bucks, that seems to be the sweet spot. And considering that price point has been used atleast since Ballmer was hawking Windows 1.0 [youtube.com] . We'd still be seeing a price break, once inflation is factored in. Which would be good for us, and they'd be fine. As the are shipping far more copies now than in the past.

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (2, Insightful)

Chysn (898420) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428702)

> Hey, McDonald's is suing a dictionary to try to get the definition of "McJob" changed.

I'm familiar with this story, but followed your link anyway. Where do you get the idea that McDonald's is "suing" anyone?

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (2, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428610)

No kidding, it's like watching the White House press secretary.

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (2, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428640)

They're not all total BS. It's sold badly but compatibility is fine- blame Creative and ATI for being lazy and not making drivers on time.. Microsoft is definitely not at fault at all there, and anyway compatibility is fine now. Also (I work part time in Windows support), while Vista doesn't have anything like the massive toolset that developed over XP's unprecedented lifespan, Vista actually does tend to have less crazy things go wrong. I don't know why they're trying to discourage the myth of SP1 not solving all of vista's problem's though- since SP1 is coming out very soon they should probably be letting anyone who still thinks that continue to think that.

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428554)

So the answers in brackets should be discarded right?

Hmm, there's no right answer for the last question :(

Got them all correct (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428608)

I actually got them all correct. It is nice to see that you also included the wrong answer in parentheses.

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (2, Informative)

Drewmeister (1036004) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428614)

Here's the quiz: http://www.microsoft.com/australia/vistafacts/fact.aspx [microsoft.com]

I filled it out and will be getting my free shirt sometime. I only filled it out because of curiosity and I want that grand prize. At any rate, a bum should enjoy the free shirt I'll give him.

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428670)

How does that not still require silverlight?

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (5, Funny)

Timothy Brownawell (627747) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428686)

Windows Vista sold more copes than any other Microsoft Operating System (including Windows XP) In the first month following launch.
(Fact) Fiction

Sold more copies of what? XP?

Windows Vista faces significant Compatibility issues with hardware devices.
Fact (Fiction)

It's the hardware devices that have Compatibility issues with Vista.

Windows Vista faces significant issues in terms of integrating with other software applications.
Fact (Fiction)

Similarly, it's the applications which have trouble integrating with Vista.

Windows Vista delivers all new levels of security compared to previous Windows operating systems.
(Fact) Fiction

How low can you go?

Windows Vista is expneisve to deploy and run.
Fact (Fiction)

Compared to the hardware you'll need, the OS is downright cheap!

Windows Vista hasn't been popular with businesses.
Fact (Fiction)

Microsoft is a business, and they certainly like it!

Windows Vista is unreliable and requires more technical support than Windows XP.
Fact (Fiction)

This one's correct, because it is reliable -- reliably slow.

Microsoft has been swift to diagnose and rectify initial issues with Windows Vista.
(Fact) Fiction

Due to the size of these issues, this "rectification" has produced many goatse look-alikes.

Windows Vista can help deliver peace of mind for parents in terms of their children's online safety.
(Fact) Fiction

You can't get in trouble online if the computer doesn't work.

Windows Vista won't truly be ready until the first complete Service Pack is released.
Fact (Fiction)

I'd say it'll take until the second or third.

Their answers, not mine!

But the snarky comments are all mine.

Re:Cheat Sheet! No Silverlight Required! (5, Insightful)

Admiral Ag (829695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428726)

Ugh... now that's desperate.

Even though I am usually a pitiless and fanatical member of the Apple Hyper Commando Flame Unit in their Eternal War Against Evil (TM), this has gotten so bad that it is hard for me not to feel a bit sorry for the programmers who wrote Vista. It has to suck when you spend five years on something and pour your heart into it (as many no doubt did), yet poor management turns all your work into that.

Re:Propaganda (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428318)

...not to mention the irony of a non-stop FUD-campaign coming out of /.

Who'd'a thunk that after years of whining to the stars about the unfairness of FUD, ole slashdot would become a bottomless cesspool of it ... hippocracy apparently knows no bounds...

-AC

Re:Propaganda (1)

YaroMan86 (1180585) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428566)

Fortunately, I see no FUD here, especially after reading the "correct" answers Microsoft provides for it, and the highly restrictive rules. Have to be in Australia, have to be an MS ass-kissing OEM, and basically the best way to get a good score is to flatter MS. FUD? Plus you have to use Silverlight to play it. I don't think installing Silverlight is worth a T-Shirt that probably advertises being an MS shill anyway. Anyone have a good link to buy some good Linux-themed T-shirts?

Re:Propaganda (1)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428682)

a T-Shirt that probably advertises being an MS shill anyway.
I dunno that'd be a pretty awesome shirt, from a comedic stand point. Maybe a big grinning face, with two thumbs up, saying, "Microsoft! We're A-okay". I'd wear it till the sleeves fell off.

Re:Propaganda (2, Funny)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428636)

hippocracy apparently knows no bounds...

If we were discussing anything other than Vista, I'd correct your spelling.

Sheesh. (4, Funny)

Divebus (860563) | more than 6 years ago | (#22427968)

I'm glad they're not running an airline. They'd be in the side of a mountain by now.

Re:Sheesh. (5, Funny)

csguy314 (559705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428014)

Sure, you make that sound like a bad thing. But for all the people that *live* on the side of the mountain it'd be pretty darn convenient. ...
Uhh... Don't mind the burning fuselage, it's a feature!

Re:Sheesh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428570)

It would be convenient if I wanted a burning fuselage near my house, but come on, it's totally ruining my otherwise gorgeous vista.

No, 100% safe. (4, Insightful)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428284)

If Microsoft Marketing was running an airline, it would be 100% safe! Zero crashes. Because no Microsoft aircraft would work well enough even to taxi on the runway.

Have you ever talked with Microsoft marketing people? Every day they have to go to work and pretend that they are doing something positive for a company that pretends to sell quality products. They pile fantasies on fantasies. They live in a world of unreality.

Microsoft marketing people are far scarier than zombies [wikipedia.org] . Zombies have more respect from the universe; they were at one time at least allowed to die.

Like zombies, MS marketing people also have no will of their own; they are automotons of corporate speak, which is a language that no one understands, including themselves. But they wander the earth undead, believing that they are human, believing that they have jobs.

Okay, some of this may not be completely true. However, I'm not sure what or how much.

Re:No, 100% safe. (3, Insightful)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428502)

Okay, some of this may not be completely true. However, I'm not sure what or how much.

I'll give it a shot:

  • That you've ever met a Microsoft employee, or anyone in the computer industry besides a Best Buy cashier: Fiction
  • That you sincerely think you're impressing us by providing a Wikipedia link to "zombie": Fact
Do I win a t-shirt?

Re:No, 100% safe. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428588)

If Microsoft Marketing was running an airline, it would be 100% safe! Zero crashes. Because no Microsoft aircraft would work well enough even to taxi on the runway.
Heh, you don't know how true that is. My entire Vista experience comes down to the Vista installer crashing on startup. I never even got to the UI to install Vista. And this on a machine that runs XP flawlessly!

Gotta love MSDN lab subscriptions! After that experience we decided it wasn't worth the effort to test under Vista when none of our customers are planning on touching Vista for the foreseeable future.

Re:Sheesh. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428414)

I'm glad Slashdot isn't pimping a competing airline or I'd be sitting in the airport reading "In a pathetic attempt to get people to fly their sucky airline, Delta is having a terrible contest to pretend that their stupid airline isn't for losers."

Microsoft must be having a pretty good day if this is the worst thing the Lunix mob can slime them with. Wasn't there a new vulnerability found in IE or something?

Re:Sheesh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428696)

Yes.

Prizes for Teh Lunix? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22427980)

I hear if you can suffer through using Teh Lunix, you get a free bowl of soup!

And if you don't get hacked within the first half hour, you get a free Ubunghole CD to give to your "friends".

And the grand prize...... (4, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428000)

is a free upgrade to XP Pro!

I went to Camp Microsoft... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428008)

...and all I got was this lousy operating system.

(But the T-Shirt wasn't half bad)

Re:I went to Camp Microsoft... (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428446)

The question I have, can I enter for the prizes without purchasing Vista??

Otherwise, it's just too much of a gamble...

here we go again (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428028)

first post

Prizes (3, Interesting)

buyvalve (1152115) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428036)

The grand prize includes a multitude of Sony products. *sniff* I can smell the conspiracy theorists from here!

What site? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428038)

All I can see in Firefox is a notice that says "Get Microsoft Silverlight". I thought it was an ad for Vista... *confused*

Re:What site? (1)

lexarius (560925) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428170)

Silverlight = Microsoft Flash. Need to have the player installed to play the game.

Incentive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428072)

They should have offered punch and pie!!!

Re:Incentive (1)

CSMatt (1175471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428096)

Or a free hat.

dont feed the troll (0, Offtopic)

RiotingPacifist (1228016) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428080)

stop feeding microsoft, just ignore them they'll go away and make a good product if they want some attention.

Re:dont feed the troll (1)

Fx.Dr (915071) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428168)

they'll go away and make a good product if they want some attention.

Or attempt a Yahoo buy-out.

Re:dont feed the troll (0, Redundant)

Bender Unit 22 (216955) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428314)

That has not worked for the last 20 years.

Re:dont feed the troll (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428352)

I haven't "fed" Microsoft since Windows 98. I run pirated XP SP2 and only for games. My box is dual boot with Ubuntu.

      I downloaded Flight Simulator X the other day - what a piece of crap - over TWO FUCKING MINUTES staring at a splash screen to load the game, only to wait another minute or so to actually load the sim after you choose your settings. That on a AMD 64 Athlon X2 4200+ (dual core) with 2 GB of RAM. Glad I didn't pay $80 for that piece of shit (and yes I deleted it).

      Microsoft is failing harder every year. Good thing OO and Cedega are at a point where it's almost worthwhile to switch completely to linux for a gamer like me.

Why do they care about perception? (1, Redundant)

Cajun Hell (725246) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428090)

It'll still come preloaded on almost all non-Apple x86 boxes. Like it or hate it, Microsoft still gets the money and the marketshare statistics.

Re:Why do they care about perception? (4, Informative)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428278)

Because the preloading on non-apple x86 customers is only a small piece of the pie. What they really want is large corporations to start rolling it out by the truckload. Major companies don't want to do that, largely because of the perception (whether true or not) that it is a crappy product. Many large companies are flat out telling Dell and HP and their ilk that they will not mass order machines without XP on them, or that they better ensure that they can revert to XP, and still have working drivers and support. Then Dell, HP, and their ilk get mad, because they have to train employees how to troubleshoot problems on model X in two os's, driving their costs up.

Re:Why do they care about perception? (4, Informative)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428354)

Sorry to reply to my own post, forgot the second point....


By not having large corporations move to vista, one of the major incentives for moving to Windows server 2008 is evaporated, meaning a huge financial hit for MS. One of the biggest selling features of 2008, is how well all the new features are supposed to work with vista. Yes, that and server core, and Hyper V.

Re:Why do they care about perception? (1)

JebusIsLord (566856) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428416)

As one of those decision makers, we just now are rolling out XP here. Vista, from an imaging and deployment perspective, would have been lovely. When you take into account the number of legacy applications and the current hardware situation though, it becomes completely unfeasible. I don't think it was seriously considered for more than a day or two.

Re:Why do they care about perception? (2, Interesting)

Farakin (1101889) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428624)

Absolutely the case. I work for CDW selling to large customers (500 emp +) NO ONE will order a machine with vista, we had to make Lenovo, Acer, HP offer downgrade disks available. The only way MS will pull a huge rollout is if they require those with EA's to upgrade on their next true up.

Re:Why do they care about perception? (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428400)

Because the marketing department's bonus depends upon the perception. They need proof that their huge budget accomplishes something.

Re:Why do they care about perception? (2, Interesting)

Threni (635302) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428628)

I'm waiting for the next one:

http://www.vistaforums.com/Forum/Topic13358-8-1.aspx [vistaforums.com]

Vienna - coming out next year. I think Vista will be swept under the carpet as soon as Vienna is out. In the meantime, SP3 for XP will be out soon, which apparently will make XP even faster than Vista on the same hardware. I still can't get over how slow Vista is at copying files off of USB drives, DVDs and networks.

No Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428108)

A free tee-shirt isn't worth installing silverlight on my computer.

Little slanted (3, Insightful)

Protonk (599901) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428110)

This is slashdot, but I find myself a little surprised to see this as a headline. Sure, microsoft is giving crap away in order to boost sales of their new lackluster OS. Same story happens in every business. Marketing gets told to go make some sales happen and they often ocme up with things like this. It's not propaganda anymore than any advertising is propaganda. How about we stick to decrying the main and major faults in the OS, rather than poking fun at a common business tactic. It's not like we are short on low hanging fruit.

Re:Little slanted (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428226)

i'VE GOT SOME LOW Hanging FRUIT For YA... stick out your tung!

Not the first instance of lame MS marketting. (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428120)

Those of us who went to the Vans Warped tour last year will remember the Zune booth which gave out free Zune wristbands. Shame on Microsoft for not having a clue and shame on the Warped tour for being so blatently corporate whore.

Oh, and nice try, Microsoft, but I'm not installing silverlight.

Re:Not the first instance of lame MS marketting. (1)

milsoRgen (1016505) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428280)

Warped Tour has been a corporate shill for a loooooong time now. I still go every year tho, just to smoke cigarettes in front of the TheTruth.com bus... oh and some of the bands are alright.

Re:Not the first instance of lame MS marketting. (1)

zrobotics (760688) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428394)

Warped tour? Corporate whore???

Wait, you're talking about the Van's Warped Tour, right? As in Vans, the shoe manufacturer? The place with $3 bottles of water and $10 hot dogs? Sorry to break it to ya, but it's always been a moving musical advertisement. Just because Microsoft is involved doesn't increase the whore-ism level.

I love vista & i love silverlight (1)

jtsagata (1095109) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428138)

That was a great way to express my fellings to M$. Let's try it. Hey i can't what is silverlight? Does it run on Linux?

I'd give up 30 minutes of my time (1)

Scoutn (992649) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428192)

for the chance to win a home theatre package worth $15K. Too bad it's only for Local OEM Partners [microsoft.com] . (Being Canadian doesn't help either, heh.)

Vista isn't so bad (4, Informative)

LM741N (258038) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428202)

I've got a triple boot laptop: Vista, FreeBSD, OpenBSD. I only ever had one problem with it and it was fixed- the USB subsystem blue screen. Most of my old programs run on it unless they have some funky driver.

But I customized it so perhaps I just don't see any of the problems. My screen looks like Win2K and all the eye candy and crap is turned off. And I have yet to see any Ultimate Extra that is anything more than a screen background.

One thing that is useful is to download "Server Tools". With it you get a utility that will make bootable iso DVD's. Otherwise I just make DVD's in FreeBSD.

Instead of Gates doing the "Wow" thing, he should have just stuck to the features.

Re:Vista isn't so bad (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428592)

So you took away everything (that you could) that made it vista, and it's not so bad.

That sounds about right.

Why would I want a Vista T-Shirt? (0, Redundant)

InsMonkey (324276) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428214)

Vista is such a steaming pile of 5hit. Why would I want to wear a shirt with that on it?

It's like one of those "best mix" radio stations (3, Funny)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428234)

that secretaries listen to that suck so much that they have to give away money every hour to get people to listen.

Microsoft: The most free money every hour!

Fact or fiction (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428242)

This test is interesting enough to clog your system with silverlight.

[ ] Fact
[x] Fiction

Re:Fact or fiction (4, Funny)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428484)

This quiz will change people's perceptions of Windows Vista.

[ ] Fact
[x] Fiction

but wait! its all true! (2, Insightful)

mugnyte (203225) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428248)


  All of the "facts" are true, and yet Vista is still a slow giant that doesn't play well with others and needs an uber-machine to accomplish basic feats.

  Comon' guys, the market isn't saying these criticisms based on fictional accounts - they bought/used Vista and it sucked as an experience.

  And PLEASE, give up on the Aero-is-cool stuff. You are playing catchup on the desktop - by far. You've simply been in GDI for so long you can't see the irony of cheering about abandoning it now.

  Give your user support offices that "quiz" and listen for laughter.

Link? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428290)

I can't find this.

Anyone have a link?

The fscking thing didn't even work (0, Redundant)

Werrismys (764601) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428296)

"Silverlight?" WTF?

What's with it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428320)

I think the thing is buggy. When you had to choose which version for the person, I couldn't click on anything but Vista Ultimate.

From the makers of Eduganda... (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428344)

...Quizaganda.

The cock rub and crow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428358)

How long before Microsoft's popularity dips so low they decide to change their name?

Think "Splenda" for something which rots your dick upon contact.

Terms and conditions (1)

onk (1239746) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428406)

I like that you have to accept their terms and conditions before playing.

It's a Silverlight app (5, Funny)

schickb (629869) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428420)

I love how the silverlight download [microsoft.com] wants me to run silverlight.exe to install it... on my Linux box. Probably not going to work. How about some better user-agent checking with a message like: "For your own good, please go away. We are only planning to provide half-baked implementations and lip-service to non-Microsoft platforms".

Ooh, Prizes! Can I have the Fast Boot one? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428450)

And maybe it would be nice if my OS didn't take twice as long to accomplish the same basic task while you're at it ...

you 1nsensitive clod! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428460)

to avoid so as t0 The failure of as WideOpen, Happen. 'At least invited back again. goals. It's when

User Agent (1)

JonathanR (852748) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428476)

Make sure you complete the quiz from your Linux box (or use the User Agent Switcher add-on under Firefox)

Help (4, Insightful)

robertjw (728654) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428488)

Can somebody help me? I'm trying to complete the quiz, but I'm having trouble installing this sliverlight stuff on my Linux box and getting the site to work under Firefox.

If I could just finish the quiz I might ditch Slackware and move to Vista!

Fun (4, Funny)

whitehatlurker (867714) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428524)

Okay, so I went and installed silverlight to try this out. They won't let you give a "wrong" answer.

Q: Vista faces significant compatibility issues with hardware devices
A: Fact!
MS: Are you 100% sure? We supported 1.4M devices at launch and have doubled that number since then. Are you sure
YES / NO
A: YES
MS: You're wrong WRONG! WRONG! Too stoopid to have a computer TRY AGAIN
Q: Vista faces significant compatibility issues with hardware devices

I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that.

Silverlight (5, Funny)

Kamineko (851857) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428564)

I'm not too familiar with this 'Silverlight'.

Is it equally devastating to both werewolves and vampires?

Text quoted from the Silverlight quiz applet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428586)

Text quoted from the Silverlight quiz applet...

How to Play

Fact or Fiction is designed to test your knowledge of the Windows Vista operating system. There are 18 questions in total, and you must answer every question correctly in order to go into the draw to win.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Accept the competition terms and conditions.
  2. Select the button below to start playing.
  3. For the first 10 questions -- `Bust Myths'.
    1. You will be presented a statement
    2. Select either the `fact' or `fiction' button
    3. On some occasions you may receive a `hint' -- and be asked to confirm your answer. Select either `yes' or `no'
    4. If your answer was correct, you will automatically proceed to the next question. If your answer was incorrect, you will have the option to try again
  4. For the remaining eight questions `consultation test' there are a total of four short video clips to watch. You will be asked two questions based on the content in the video clips. The questions will appear under the video clip and the answer options will be displayed to the right of the page.
    1. The first question will require you to select three options from a possible list of six
    2. After selecting the three items, press the `submit answer' button or you can select `clear' and start selecting your answers again
    3. If your answer is correct, you will proceed to the next question
    4. If your answer is incorrect you will be asked to `try again'
  5. Once you have successfully completed all 18 questions you will be asked to register your details.

Exchange rate (1)

fabu10u$ (839423) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428642)

AUD 15000 = USD 13486.50

Fact or Fiction? (3, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 6 years ago | (#22428644)

Where's the CowboyNeal option?

----0-0-0000--0---- fun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22428666)

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