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I Hate Microsoft III

I've really meant to post these more often after I posted kwc blog: I Hate Microsoft I and II, but it's hard to post something everytime I'm confronted with more material. I found this one so stupid it deserves a post:

This item updates the Bookshelf Symbol 7 font included in some Microsoft products. The font has been found to contain unacceptable symbols. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Any of you with Windows will have probably already seen this, but I just wanted to highlight the relevant portion. Apparently, removing a swatiska from a font (the reason for the update), requires a reboot. I guess you need the cleansing reboot to remove all the remnants Nazi symbols from your system. Actually, the symbol exists in the font set because it represents "good luck" in Hinduism/Buddhism, so really the reboot must be because all the luck that's holding Windows from falling apart disappears.

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The symbol also denotes a temple on Japanese maps.


And it's used to denote vegetarian (buddhist-friendly) food in China.

Ben also points on that the "good luck" version is left-facing. The Nazi swastika is right-facing. It's also rotated 45 degrees. My bet is that the one included in the font was the left-facing one, but most people are ignorant of the difference.

my favorite "i hate microsoft" moment was a dialog box that stated:

Can not remove file. Insufficient disk space. Please remove some files and try again.

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