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Rampant versionitis strikes as readers bombard the small print

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Updated Confirmation that Microsoft accidentally shipped the beta of its attack on Linux (MS declares war on Linux) has arrived, in the shape of a further goof from the marketing department, followed by a swift amendment. Not counting any changes that have got by us, we calculate we're now on MS Linux War 3.0. When version 1.0 shipped, down at the bottom of the NT advantages list it read: "Why don't we address the int'l and accessibility point?" There's obviously some reason why not, because this bit has now been deleted. Send suggestions for its restitution to billg@microsoft.com. This change had been made by the time a plucky reader made it to the site, but he found another one. "NTFS provides a 64-bit file system which is capable of file sizes up to 264 (must be larger than 2GB)," it says. Or at least, it said, because they've fixed that one now too. But we have a GIF, and the complete version 1.0 we saved earlier. Well, yes, but 264 whats? For 264, the latest amended version now reads two to the power of 64 (no way am I risking the ASCII on that), and we have happily achieved the larger than 2GB imperative with "Much larger than 2GB." We really think MS marketing ought to look up how much larger though. Any more, team? If MS can get it up to version 3.1 the OEMs might start buying it. Unless of course they're worried about the rate of kernel changes. ®

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