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Old 04-10-2004, 07:33 PM   #1
lordshipmayhem
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Thumbs down Why do the ads include anti-Linux Microsoft FUD?


The ads right now (from Google...) include a link to Microsoft, advising us to "find out why Linux is more expensive than Windows!!"

Linux cost me a grand total of $40 because I preferred to order disks rather than download the program and burn it to CD. Otherwise, it would have cost me the minimal price tag for blank CD-R's.

How this is MORE expensive than XP, which costs several hundred retail, plus the pricey proprietary firewalls and antiviruses, I'm not sure. Maybe it's new math.

Can the admins kindly talk to somebody at Google and mention the words, "Truth in Advertising"?
 
Old 04-10-2004, 07:46 PM   #2
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Ads? What ads? I don't see any ads.

(Ad blocking in Firefox)

Seriously, though, assuming you're referring to ads here on LQO, if Microsoft wants to pay to help support our site, that's fine with me!
 
Old 04-10-2004, 08:03 PM   #3
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I blocked these a few days ago (or so I thought). If you see it again let me know the destination domain and I will look into it.

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Old 04-10-2004, 08:10 PM   #4
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You can't be serious.

Google couldn't give a rat's patootie about the content of their banner ads unless they were lewd or vulgar. Those banner ads are worth money to them, which keeps that search engine up and running for us to use.

Just think of it this way: Microsoft is *PAYING* a dang lot of money (banner ads on Google don't come cheap) to get people to read an article that they can't honestly think people will believe anyway.

As far as the truth in advertising bit goes; as soon as I finish typing this I am going straight to the grocery store to buy some beer so that I can be like those guys I see on TV commercials. I smoked for 10 years and I still look like the Marlboro Man, so I think its time for a change.
 
Old 04-10-2004, 08:21 PM   #5
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Jeremy, every time I go on LQ there is almost always the Linux News ad in the box at the top which says that linux is more expensive than windows. I dont think you blocked it.

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com...20048478783872

Erm. That was the copy shortcut thing if that was what you were looking for

http://www.microsoft.com/canada/gett...s/default.mspx

Thats where it sends me, but I'm from canada so it may be different for you.

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Linux cost me a grand total of $40 because I preferred to order disks rather than download the program and burn it to CD. Otherwise, it would have cost me the minimal price tag for blank CD-R's.

How this is MORE expensive than XP, which costs several hundred retail, plus the pricey proprietary firewalls and antiviruses, I'm not sure. Maybe it's new math.

Can the admins kindly talk to somebody at Google and mention the words, "Truth in Advertising"?
This has allready been brought up, the threads in the general forum. And besides, read the article, it is talking about networked things and whatnot, not individual users.

Besides, Google is not responsible for the advertising, it is paid to put a message up regardless to what it says. They are in no way resposible for the truthfullness of the ads, that is the company who pays who is responsible.

Last edited by Pauli; 04-10-2004 at 08:28 PM.
 
Old 04-10-2004, 08:27 PM   #6
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why do you worry about google affiliations? I Couldn't care less about google and microsucks and winsucks users and what they think about linux.

google isn't the only search engine and isn't the best even if it is the most popular.
 
Old 04-10-2004, 09:04 PM   #7
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Originally posted by mrcheeks
why do you worry about google affiliations? I Couldn't care less about google and microsucks and winsucks users and what they think about linux.

google isn't the only search engine and isn't the best even if it is the most popular.
Arguments I'm NOT willing to get in the middle of:
- which is the best search engine
- which is the best distro.

 
Old 04-11-2004, 01:59 PM   #8
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I have already made a similar post

Please try searching the general section. The thread is entitled "microsoft's get the fact's campaign on LQ?" or something similar. Maybe a mod can merge the two threads.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 02:59 PM   #9
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Actually squall, one part was legitimate considering Jeremy HAD said he was going to stop that particular ad, and it is still there. However, the arguing about it is not really suited, IMHO, for the suggestions forum. But nevertheless there was a suggestion involved.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 03:51 PM   #10
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I don't see the ad.

Just my 0.0109080 GBP (2 cents)
 
Old 04-11-2004, 03:56 PM   #11
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Its at the top of the page for me I dunno why you don't see it. Its not ALWAYS there, but its there alot. It's called Linux News.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 04:03 PM   #12
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Nope. Right now i see the following:
Desktop Linux Summit
Unix/Linux Specialists
Open Source Consultancy
Sysadmin Magazine

I see no FUD here.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 05:20 PM   #13
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I have:

Linux News
Linux more expensive than Windows. Find out why Now!

Free Unix Info
Get Unix tips, reviews and news free from UnixReview and Sys Admin!

Desktop Linux Summit
April 22 & 23 in Del Mar, CA Learn all about Desktop Linux!

Password Encryption
Find Security News, Product Info The Latest on Data Security Here
 
Old 04-11-2004, 05:23 PM   #14
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Nope - don't see them in any forum.
 
Old 04-11-2004, 05:29 PM   #15
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*blinks*

Are you joking with me?

Or are you running something that blocks banner ads?
 
  


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