Microsoft Fanboi Thread

Ok, I know you’ve been waiting for this.  Here’s a place for the Microsoft Fanboys to rant about how stupid I am.

When I left Nature Blogs, I spent time outlining why I hate Microsoft. Yes, that’s right, I do not like Microsoft or want to have anything to do with them.  They’re a monopoly, repeatedly convicted of abusing that monopoly to the detriment of the consumers around them.

It’s not a speculation, it’s a fact, held up in courts around the world.

In response to “Joe Hammock” – a coward who signed up with a “fastmail.fm” account just to write  a terribly rude comment on my Nature Blog post –  let me reply to get things started:

“You are quitely [sic] frankly the biggest fricken [sic] idiot I’ve ever seen in my entire life”

You lead a sheltered life.

“If you had a clue, you’d know that Microsoft is more altruistic than all the other tech companies combine. Hell, Bill Gates has pleged [sic] half of his wealth to charity. Jesus Christ, do some research before you run off a bunch of lies.”

Oh, I’m well aware that Bill Gates gives up a lot of his wealth to good causes.  I still consider much of it ill-gotten.   Microsoft made most of it’s money on its flag ship products of Windows and Office, both of which have been the focal points of lawsuits for the way that Microsoft has harmed their competitors. (The OS/2 Fiasco as well as WordPerfect come to mind as great examples of how Microsoft lied and cheated on their contracts to gain dominance.)  That Gates now feels he needs to give away 1/2 of his money to make him feel better about how he got it, after retiring from Microsoft, doesn’t make me feel any better about Microsoft as a corporation.

“As for the list of awful things Microsoft has done, would you like for me to reel off the massive list of things that Apple and Google have done?”

Actually, Yes!  I would.  I have never heard of Google abusing it’s monopoly, destroying competitors because it felt like it or engaging in otherwise unethical practices.  I know the standard lines about Google getting in Microsoft’s way, but that’s hardly a crime.  As for Apple, I don’t like their business decisions, but I’m not aware of any that were illegal.

So yes, please do list them! But hold the insults – they’re unnecessary.

“You are clueless and beyond idiotic.”

Thanks!  From you, that’s actually a compliment.

“It’s quite evident that you are nothing more than another pathetic Apple sycophant whose decided to hate Microsoft because of your love of Apple’s overrated products.”

Frankly, your shot is wide of the mark.  I rarely use Apple products, and I find them, for the most part, to be just as poor as Microsoft’s.  I don’t like the lack of interoperability or transparency.  If I’m a fan of anything, it’s GNU/Linux.   So, would you like to tell me why Linux is unethical?

“Did you know that hackers proved at a hacker’s convention that OS X is even less secure than Windows? No, because you’re an idiot.”

Wow.. that’s the best you can do for propaganda?  Common Microsoft Fanboys… man up and at least tell me which convention.  Anyhow, did I mention that I’m not emotionally attached to Apple?  Even if you had evidence, proving that Microsoft is no worse than Apple is hardly going to upset me.  Now, if you can show me how many critical flaws are found in the Microsoft Kernel versus the Linux Kernel, you might be on the right track.  Unfortunately, if you’re following the FUD trail left by Microsoft, their stats compare the Microsoft Windows kernel with the whole Linux ecosystem – hardly a fair comparison.

“God you are pathetic.”‘

I’m an atheist – suck on that.

Ok, have at it, Fanboy, this thread is all yours.

2 thoughts on “Microsoft Fanboi Thread

  1. hello, I am also a GNU/Linux fan and I agree with you in what you say about Microsoft: they have done a lot of damage and the worst thing they have done has been to educate newbie computer users with a certain attitude toward software. I consider the Bill Gates’ 1976 letter to hobbyists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Letter_to_Hobbyists) one of the worst and most misleading documents published ever, and I mistrust Microsoft even more after reading the Halloween documents. I didn’t know that Nature/Blogs was so involved with Microsoft, and I don’t understand too much what is going on in your posts (I admit I almost don’t read Nature/Blogs).

    I am also preparing a short manuscript on some ideas from open source that could be useful to inspire the scientific community. I am not sure I will be able to explain everything I want to say efficiently in the manuscript, so maybe I will write another manuscript later trying to involve more people in. I will probably need to contact and speak with you then, so I will let you know.

    In any case, a few years ago I engaged a short flame-war on the taverna mailing list because I didn’t like the fact that they were sponsored by Microsoft and they were putting too many ‘vista-aero’ slides in their talks. In short, I didn’t agree too much with some of their politics. However, after the years that have passed, I am not proud of that flame and to have argued with the taverna developers. They are scientists like me and honestly, I didn’t obtain anything from that discussion. It is very difficult to convince Microsoft people, because they have a totally different attitude toward software: in most of the cases arguing directly with them leads nowhere. So, be careful and don’t let them waste too much of your time.

  2. Hi Gioby,

    Thanks for the comment! Just a few things I should mention – Nature blogs is hosting a Microsoft Research blog – that’s just about the extent of the Nature-Microsoft relationship, so I don’t think anyone else should read too much into it. Although, for someone allergic to Microsoft, like me, it was just the straw that broke the camels back. I wasn’t particularly happy there to begin with, and having a Microsoft funded blog next door didn’t sit well with me, regardless of the looseness of that association.

    As far as a flame war goes, I think that will be my last post on the subject. I just put it there to give me a space to continue refuting the relentless Microsoft fans that trawl the Internet looking for ways to slag apple/google. I’m really not planning on opening a new battle front in the anti-Microsoft war, but I’m not going to let the Microsofties intimidate me either. (There are definitely flame wars in the annals of usenet in which I’ve participated that I’m not particularly proud of either, at this point. The Internet has a LONG memory.)

    Anyhow, good luck with your projects, I am looking forward to hearing more about it in the future!

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