Microsoft Enlists Pawn Stars to Call Chromebook ‘Not a Real Laptop’

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misterz100

Can somebody explain to me this conspiracy that these companies want my private info? Aren't all they doing is collecting your habits so you get ads more suited to you? I rather get Battlefield 4 or planetside 2 ads then fucking how to lose weight or how "this mom found the formula to white teeth" crap.

I don't know about you people but I love having my internet free, and if it means skipping over a few ads so be it. People that bitch about ads should pay the websites the cost of their visit directly.

The privacy shit seems entitled, if you walk into a store and don't think they try to notice what you want to buy and how to sell you things you're naive. Go wear your tin hats and shut off your power and stop annoying the rest of us.

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r3dd4wg

Microsoft is pissed because it's no longer number one. To add insult to injury, now it can't innovate its way out of a paper bag. Microsoft is SOOOOOOO stupid, it can't even figure out how to monetize data we've been feeding them with our Windows activations. It can count them but that's all it can do. That's because they're an O/S company and not a data company like Google. They have builders but no analysts. All brawn and no brains. Nerds win again assholes!

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methuselah

What's funny is you're blindly missing the point about Google. Take off the fanboy glasses and recognize Google is just as bad as the rest when it comes to collecting your personal info.
Yes, I use Android, Chrome and search w/ Google but I'm not blind to their evil either.

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r3dd4wg

Microsoft is pissed because it's no longer number one. To add insult to injury, now it can't innovate its way out of a paper bag. Microsoft is SOOOOOOO stupid, it can't even figure out how to monetize data we've been feeding them with our Windows activations. It can count them but that's all it can do. That's because they're an O/S company and not a data company like Google. They have builders but no analysts. All brawn and no brains. Nerds win again assholes!

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Random

This coming from a company that gave the NSA direct access to their applications and infrastructure for the purpose of spying on users.

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vrmlbasic

Google?

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NavarWynn

The lack of IC isn't really that big of an argument anymore, since just about every modern smartphone can act as a wiFi hotspot (even some apple products ;-) ). Yeah, not ideal, but still doable.

All you need is a new OS, while the hardware is a bit... barebones... on most, many models are easy to install ChrUbuntu on. Of course you'll have to *gasp!* do it yourself, and your boot time will suffer, but suddenly that Ch(rap)book is a very usable, and doesn't require any IC at all for full functionality. Not to mention, your data is far far more secure. It seems that the only performance hit comes in booting (because of the Chrapbook's OS verification) but other than that is only limited by the specs of that particular model.

Obviously, doing this won't appeal to the masses, but cheap chrapbooks with decent hardware (for the price) are a dime a dozen... and second hand are likely to be far cheaper still.

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pastorbob

I think it's freaking hilarious.

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bigrigross

This coming from a company who tried to sell the Surface tablets that did even less than the chromebooks and for more money. Sort of funny.

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bathtbgin

And this is what happens when you hire a used to make negative political ads as you advertising director. I agree that the chromebook is pretty useless at least for me but their MS just comes off as so whiny and bitter its pretty pathetic.

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Rebel_X

Microsoft is right. It is just a tablet with keyboard attached. boring.

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Baer

Look, without a net connection this thing is garbage and worthless. If you loose your connection it is useless. If you are in a location without a connection it is useless. I am not hearing anything about Chromebooks anyplace except here, I am not seeing Chromebooks anyplace. Most people who buy them, the few that do, buy them on price and do not have any idea how limited they are.
Come on MPC, there are lots more tech items to discuss and write about. Enough already!

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Nixon

Needs to focus on its own products. It's nice and all to see them try, but it's coming out like an elderly man trying to speak millennial slang to grab the short attention span of a teen.
The advertising front should just maintain a clinical and professional attitude. It might not appeal to younger generations buying into the next hip tech aimed at them, but if it's a last ditch effort to keep the company afloat, at least go down with some amount of dignity.

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vrmlbasic

"Corporate Hipsterism" is everywhere now. Microsoft too has donned the Austin Powers-esque, non-prescription "hipster glasses".

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draconis123

This title hurts my brain.

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RandomInt

Let's get the Pawn Stars guy to lecture people about getting screwed out of their money. And then we'll show him beating up on some girl who's so desperate for cash she has to go to a fucking pawn shop.

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number2

I thought it was a 'Great Commercial'. Google should be exposed. I'd like to see both MS and Google clean up their 'Act'.

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PCLinuxguy

"And when you are online, Google tracks everything you do so they can sell ads. That's how you get Scroogled.”

And you don't do anything similar, Microsoft? Pot calling the kettle black.

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John Pombrio

What a disaster of a ad campaign for Microsoft. Can't sell Win8? Chop down the competition instead.Poor move, poor commercial. Who hired these guys? Balmer, for revenge for getting booted?

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Renegade Knight

That's fair. Windows is working hard to become "not a real OS".

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Bucket_Monster

I think MS should probably just lay off the attacks and focus on how much better their products are (whether or not they really are that much better is another debate). But I agree with Granite, their assessment is fairly accurate, MS sponsored ad or not.

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Granite

Fundamentally, those guys are correct.

Without wi-fi, that thing is useless and with wi-fi, it's a tracking device.

Heck, a cheap laptop running Android would be more useful than a Chromebook.

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thematejka

Exactly. Why should Gooogle spread themselves thin with ChromeOS and Android when Android is far superior.

Android works better with an internet connection too, but functions better than ChromeOS without internet.

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Obsidian

This doesn't generate any good will or understanding of Microsoft's own product line. This kind of poop-flinging might have a place during reruns of The Kardashians or Big Brother, but it's not really Microsoft caliber. Negative political campaigns have been proven to work, but do they sell products?

Why attack a $199 Chromebook if you can't compete in that price range? The Microsoft Surface Pro, the only thing able to run all these apps they are talking about, starts above $700. So if we're comparing price points shouldn't Microsoft be trying to sucker-punch Apple instead? But they go for the web-browsing social-media-using FB-game-playing user base that can't afford the Surface in the first place.

I hereby offer my services to Microsoft to market their wares. They are creating more ill-will which won't result in a lot of return on investment. This advertizing campaign can be forgotten if they switch gears now and start showing a better understanding of consumers.

I eagerly await the Google response to this, which will probably be little kids mimicking this ad word for word ... can you imagine casting a cute little chubby Rick? And then Google will win again.