Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Response to Microsoft's Code of Conduct

I'm following the recent news around Microsoft's Windows Code of Conduct and the impact one clause is having on the firearms community.

Prohibited Uses You will not upload, post, transmit, transfer, distribute or facilitate distribution of any content (including text, images, sound, video, data, information or software) or otherwise use the service in a way that: ... • promotes or otherwise facilitates the purchase and sale of ammunition or firearms.

I banished Microsoft Windows from my personal life way back in 2001... I was a Switcher a full year before Switching was a thing.

However, I couldn't kick out the Master Chief as easily. I went through not one but two Xbox 360 machines - the first suffered the famed Red Ring Of Death. The replacement machine's disc drive gave up the ghost shortly afterword.

After a profanity-laden, despondent, and sobering tear-down of the dead console, only one solution seemed appropriate.

Friends begged me not to...
Buddies thought I didn't have the guts to...
But I found the huevos to...
give the rabid ol' pal an Old Yeller sendoff.

It was a silly decision, but I was pissed. I'd never wantonly blown up something I spent so much money on. But... It had to be done.

This machine had simulated countless M4s, 1911s, and Glocks. That day, it met all 3... up close and personal.

The same day, I brought home a PS3 that's run smoothly for over half a decade, evicting Microsoft from my life forever.

I don't doubt other tech companies will try to pull the same "conduct" bullshit, and I seriously doubt Microsoft is going to start yanking licenses from gun ranges, trainers, and retailers...

but you never know.

- Posted from somewhere on this big blue marble.

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