[linux-elitists] Walmart $168.00 PC

D. Joe Anderson deejoe@raccoon.com
Mon Jun 14 09:27:45 PDT 2004

On Mon, Jun 14, 2004 at 05:51:20AM -0400, Matthew W. Miller wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 13, 2004 at 01:45:30PM -0700, Tom Duffy wrote:
> >On Sun, 2004-06-13 at 12:59, D. Joe Anderson wrote:
> >> Eh, I didn't see any on their site for lower than $298, which
> >> has the 1.6GHz Duron of which you speak:
> Didn't your respective mothers ever tell you two to clean up after
> yourselves?
> >> http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2592736&cat=132690&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A41937%3A86796%3A132
> http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2592736
> >http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2642766&cat=86796&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A41937%3A86796
> http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2642766

What's wrong, Ma?[0]

Did your mail agent break[1] the links when it wrapped them?


This discussion of global capitalism is quite diverting. 
Whether in Taipei or Topeka, the workers are undoubtedly either
being woefully exploited, or exercising their God-given right to
toil for their own betterment in the best economic system yet
devised--depending of course, on your perspective.

Anyway, while we're indulging in some picayune Walmart website
proctology, consider

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   File that you are currently viewing

      Linkname: Walmart.com - Always Low Prices!
           URL: http://www.walmart.com/
       Charset: iso-8859-1
        Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0.0
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Whatever your stand on the perennial "is Linux ready for the
desktop" question, an -elitist almost certainly takes it as a
matter of course that free software (or Open Source, or LAMP, or
GNU/Linux, or whatever you want to call it) is a power in the
server space.

So, the fact that notoriously margin-savvy Walmart appears still
to be using Microsoft *servers* outweighs what they might be
playing with in their retail offerings, in terms of What It
All Means, Mr. Natural.

They probably just offer those cheap Linux boxen to tweak
Microsoft at the negotiating, er, conference call.  Either that,
or it's a good way to dump inventory, saving the CD drives and
license fees for use on more upmarket stuff.


[0] Sometimes, but no big deal.  Didn't you learn not to talk
about someone else's momma?

[1] Matthew W. Miller Memorial Footnote

[2] I could better respect when you said "I hate footnotes" as
that is a clear statement of personal preference, and nothing
more.  But since then you graduated to the more essentialist
(albeit, admittedly, slightly more pithy if not terribly
original) "footnotes suck," which doesn't leave much room for
reasonable people to disagree on the nature of footnotes.  I
happen to find footnotes quite useful for expressing what I have
to say, especially for netscold-directed asides like this. 
Sorry if that bugs you, man.

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