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Fact or fiction; medical addiction

Fact or fiction; medical addiction

Ignorance is truth: If George Orwell were alive today and working as a marketing wonk, he'd probably have a job at Microsoft. Case in point: MS' Australian division is offering $15,000 in prizes to OEM channel partners who can dispel certain "misperceptions" about Windows Vista. To qualify for the grand prize you merely need to correctly answer a few "fact or fiction" questions. For example, "Windows Vista faces significant compatibility issues with hardware devices." Answer "Fiction," and you move on to the next question. Answer "Fact" and the quiz gives you another chance to answer it correctly (and another, and another, and so on...), gently providing you with the "facts" to use in altering your perceptions.

It's impossible to complete the quiz without getting a perfect score - isn't that fabulous? Other questions deal with software compatibility, reliability, popularity with business users, security improvements, and the like - proving that Microsoft truly does understand what's wrong with Vista, they just refuse to acknowledge it.

Please hold still while we Google your colon: It seems there is no place where Google fears to tread. Now the search behemoth is experimenting with storing medical records, starting with a Cleveland medical clinic. (In this instance it's actually behind Microsoft, which launched its HealthVault service last year.) Letting Google and MS play doctor with my PC is bad enough, but doing it to my actual body is just a bit beyond the pale. What's next, ads for Preparation H next to the results from my proctology exams?


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