Microsoft Just Wants to Be Loved

Can Microsoft make customers love its software? Many readers say yes, and lay out some steps to make it happen. What could make you love Microsoft's software? Join the discussion.

A new lawsuit could force the Recording Industry Association of America to reveal its investigation techniques. Most agree that this is a good thing because the RIAA must be held accountable to legal and ethical standards. What do you think? Let us know.

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Can Microsoft Make Users Love Its Software?

mathion says: There are several things Microsoft can do which will help people "love" their software: 1. Price it reasonably. It's usually too expensive. 2. Make it work for everyone. 3. Stop forcing proprietary formats on folks 4. Play nice with others.

Number3124 says: It's very easy to bash Microsoft; it's like they painted a big target on their butts. But as fun and easy as it is to bash them, I have to say that in terms of compatibility, ease of use, and stability Windows XP is the most balanced, and therefore the best, OS out there.

Evildave says: As for whether Microsoft can make users "love" their software, that's easy. Of course they can! There are masochists and perverts out there who will love just about anything. XP can't be beat. I've had XP Home SP2 for years and had barely a lick of trouble from it.

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Lawsuit Could Force RIAA to Reveal Investigation Techniques

jack253 says: I hope she drags these greedy bastards over the red-hot coals.

RastaMon says: The RIAA needs to adhere to appropriate and ethical standards of discovery. Their alleged tactics are worse than the crime they are alleging has been committed. Too many people accept the RIAA's claims at face value, without examining the evidence.

janekMZ says: I think the point of this story and the lawsuit is not about illegal downloads, but how the RIAA conducts searches of people that break the law. If you steal a car and the police do an illegal search of your premises without an warrant then I believe it's a mistrial in court. The RIAA is not the police; it should not invade our online privacy and conduct illegal scans of our PCs.

Rolandk10 says: To me, this isn't a campaign to raise awareness and force compliance. It's a money-making witch-hunt and I think [the RIAA] should start being looked at for RICO or antitrust.

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Crafty Spam Outsmarts Gmail's Filters

0chance says: Only a few people have to reply to a spam message for it to be profitable, and those few responses raise hell for the rest of us. If everyone was intelligent and stopped responding, there would be more space on servers for legitimate things.

Ajwitzel says: I think it's absolutely crazy that out of 3 billion e-mails, 2.5 billion are spam. That's almost 80 percent of the e-mail traffic consisting of spam. I'm an IT specialist and have to deal with spam on a daily basis. The answer to faster Internet isn't bigger pipes, but rather putting an end to spam.

Kwjordan says: I would like to know what percentage of Internet users don't have the slightest idea that it is dangerous to open spam. I'm sure the number is shockingly high. We need to educate them.

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