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Urgency is a dirty word

Vista users are losers

There was a time when Fry Up queued for stuff that got released at midnight because it felt special to be the first, or second, or third, or fiftieth in the whole wide world to get it.

We well remember those wee small hours in 2007, in the company of that All Black who does the underwear adverts, waiting for Vista to go on sale. And then paying for it. And after that taking it back to our little downstairs study, installing it on our PC and forever more putting up with 'patch hell'.

There were those that said, “not for me, I’m not going back in the alphabet from XP to Vista”. And they didn’t. They waited for Windows 7 or maybe they didn’t wait and went open source.

Only 11 percent of the enterprise market actually bought and installed Vista, apparently. But that seems like quite a lot of users. A lot more than bought that Zune thing, I bet.

But when Microsoft upgraded to IE10 this week they pretty much said, “so long Vistas, don’t even try to log on to this baby”.

OK, so the spokesperson, in an email, actually said: "Windows Vista customers have a great browsing experience with IE9, but in building IE10 we are focused on continuing to drive the kind of innovation that only happens when you take advantage of the ongoing improvements in modern operating systems and modern hardware.”

But everyone knows the phrase “we are focussed on continuing to drive the kind of innovation” is really just PR-tech-speak for “get a life loser”.

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Urgency is a dirty word

One of the reasons why Fry Up no longer queues for stuff at midnight is that we are generally in bed by 10pm, especially on a week night. Which is why we did not see that weird debate on the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill in parliament on Wednesday despite an unhealthy addiction to parliament TV.

If we had we would have been disgusted that as part of an urgent sitting on how to best to cope with the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, this country’s democratically elected representatives debated a controversial law that could make lots of people outlaws for downloading stuff. They debated until midnight, then they went home to bed and the next morning they got up and passed that bill into law.

David Farrar on Kiwiblog puts up a good case that there have been improvements made to the bill after its first iteration two years ago, but he describes passing it under urgency as a bad move for the Government.

"Up until this week, the Government had followed pretty much a model policy process in rewriting S92A, but the decision to pass it through the remaining stages under urgency has led to the backlash, and has in fact over-shadowed the many positive changes the bill makes to the current law. It is, to be blunt, an own goal."

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