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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 4:30 pm    Post subject: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

Microsoft wants to patent your state of mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:26 pm    Post subject: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

So, Windows never does what you want it to do, so if it reads your mind, it will do the right thing?

I can imagine the following:

User thinks: "Hmm, I want to delete Windows and reboot into Linux and install that game I wanted to play earlier."
Windows opens Word
Clippy says: You want to write a letter to us to tell us how wonderful Windows is.
Clippy writes: "Windows Mind Reader is wonderful."
Clippy says: To install new software, you need to pay £399 for a new copy of Windows Installer. (New license required).
Clippy says: Program "Linux" is incompatible with Windows.
Clippy says: I don't know what "that game I wanted to play earlier" is.
User thinks: "Fromat Windows C:\ drive!"
Clippy says: Cannot reformat hard drive - Windows installed.
User thinks: "SWITCH OFF MIND READER!!!"
Clippy says: Windows Mind Reader is an integral and critical part of Windows. You cannot remove it.
User flicks power switch OFF.

OK, maybe a bit OTT...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:38 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

JS wrote:

User flicks power switch OFF.



More likely, clippy clicks user's power off. It's only a matter of time! Shocked
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:59 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
JS wrote:

User flicks power switch OFF.



More likely, clippy clicks user's power off. It's only a matter of time! Shocked


User asks" is there a God" -As on/off switch fuses shut, clippy replies "There is NOW!"

(with apologies to Frederick Brown)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:15 am    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

It tends to make me think of the 'Crell" ( from - Forbidden Planet ).

pootmans' opening post, and the signature seem somewhat curious as well Very Happy



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:30 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

jjmac wrote:
It tends to make me think of the 'Crell" ( from - Forbidden Planet ).


I think you'll find they were called Krell. You might remember that their instruments had a little pointer that moved a cross a scale. Just like you see in GKrellm, in fact. Coincidence? I think not. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:19 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

User thinks: "Hmm, I want to delete Windows and reboot into Linux and install that game I wanted to play earlier."
Windows has detected an error in the user. If you want Windows to try to recover the user, press enter. Otherwise Windows will restart the user.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

Rhakios wrote:
Coincidence? I think not. Wink


Read the last answer in the GKrellM FAQ and you'd know not Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:19 am    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

Google does have some links that use 'Crell', but it looks like a later corruption used in 'Deep Space Nine'. Which, while very good in it self, it does break some of the original star trek conventions, so i'll go with the wiki usage.

Also, considering that MS have been trying to use mind control for some time, i would be a bit suspicouse of it being offered as a direct user tool from them with out some covert angle involved..

Alas, the poor Krell Sad

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

nelz wrote:

Read the last answer in the GKrellM FAQ and you'd know not Razz


I don't know what it says about me that I had come to the conclusion when I first came across the software, without having read the FAQ. Confused

Nice to know you read every last bit of the available documentation, nelz. It must be why you're the top answers-man. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Get your tin-foil helmets ready... Reply with quote

I read about it on a mailing list post, but knowing what I was looking for, searching for GKrellM and Forbidden Planet turned up the right page.

Now you've got me thinking about the film , I'll have to dig out my copy and watch it again.
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