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Windows 8 is the next Windows ME? The sales numbers suggest that accusation is malarkey

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By 91TTZ on 11/28/2012 10:30:47 PM , Rating: 2
I think the real problem in subjects such as this is people who feel the need to force their views on others. It's an immature, self-centered thought process that invades politics and just about every other aspect of life. Self-centered people don't like others to have the ability to make their own decisions. They think that what they believe should be adopted by everyone. In politics you see this every day:

People may not like guns or have any use for guns so they don't want anyone else to own them either.

They might be straight and not have any desire to marry someone of the same sex so they feel the need to block the ability of gay people to get married.

They might drive a pickup truck or a hybrid and have no desire to own another type. Therefore they support legislation that limits ownership or development of other types of cars that they feel are unnecessary. "Sports cars/Pickup trucks just waste gas and should be banned"

On the other hand you have people who support freedom of choice, even if other people's choices are different.

You have pro-gun people who think that people should be allowed to own guns if they wish. They also think that if people don't want to own guns they shouldn't have to.

You have open-minded people that support gay marriage. It might not be their thing and be of no benefit to them but they support the ability of gay people to get married.

You have people who may be a fan of one particular type of car (such as electric cars, sports cars, or pickup trucks) that support the ability of people to choose what kind of car to drive.

In this current debate you have people trying to defend the act of forcing people to use certain customizations in an OS. They say that they like it so others should just get used to it. They'll usually claim that their preference is "progress" and that everyone who doesn't agree is a luddite. They might like the Start Screen so they feel that everyone should be forced to adopt it. They might like the Metro UI so they feel that everyone should have to use it and there should be no way around it. This is a strange belief, since Windows has always been customizable. If you wanted to use the Classic Interface instead of the Windows XP/Vista native interface you could choose it.

I'm a person who believes in choice and I'll go out of my way to defend your ability to have a choice even if your taste is different than mine. I'm not arguing that Microsoft should do away with the Start screen, I think that you should be able to choose either. In fact I really don't care how you customize your computer- it's your computer! But to see the self-centered mentality that some people exhibit is just depressing.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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