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Microsoft may well find itself sharing the dock* in The Hague with Radovan Karadzic on a crimes against humanity rap after unleashing a "terrifying" video punting its Bing search thing: What we have here are "400 6th graders from Keith Valley Middle School in Horsham, PA" interpreting Bing Goes the Internet by Jonathan Mann. …

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Coat

And?

Aww c'mon, that wasn't so bad!

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apathy and equal guilt

For the composer... he wrote it afterall so I'm afraid that he is up against the wall long before any of the marketing bods who simply thought "add kids = marketing campaign".

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%=) letters and digits

yo el reg, imma let you finish, but first imma checking in to the nearest psyc ward.

you owe me a new pair of eyeballs!

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Not a chance

There is no way I'll get anywhere near seeing the video. I like to think of myself as a musician, and suicide is simply not on my agenda.

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Jobs Horns

Don't blame the composer...

...looks like he was trying to do something creative with his time....over 200 songs in an equal number of days? Impressive, if only for the longevity and perseverance.

But the school children? That's just sad. I'm afraid there's a chunk of the next generation who should be entirely discounted now. Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y/Why, and now Gen Bing?

Hopefully my daughter is young enough to be counted amongst the generation-after-next....

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Coat

Ahhh!

The machine that goes bing!!!!!.

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Grenade

Disgusting.

I feel sick.

Could I manage to *never* buy another microsoft product ever?

How do they manage to reduce stuff to something that should be flushed down the toilet?

I'm certainly not going anywhere near "bing" --- but then, I wasn't anyway.

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Coffee/keyboard

Ugh...

I think I just vomited a little here.

What's with MS and bad ads, dammit... The song itself is OK, chorus that sticks to the head (yuck) and all that, for a marketing thing. The MS marketing team just needed to throw in some puppies in there to make it complete.

(have to say though that there's a funny ad, involving puppies (rental puppies, more specifically), for some alcoholic beverage showing on TV here in the US these days, so it can be done.)

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Vogon Poetry is still worse...

...just.

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Ad-free zone

So much for schools being ad-free zones. Companies have known for years that college students are willing to be walking billboards if they just give out free shirts, but I don't think that kind of thing should be going on in elementary schools.

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No..............

Microsoft = Just don't get it.

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innernet?

Can't the americans pronounce the letter 't' ?

Silly cunns*.

PH - a not so silly cunn*??

*I was going to use idios, but it didn't seem to work as well.

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Negligent Politicians

So it's okay for kids to be indoctrinated into the Bing culture? Where are the outraged Republicans on this one?!? I want equal time to indoctrinate the kids into the Google culture! Where's my Google-tune?!?

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Oh No

AAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nooes! mai ize hurts

That was atrocious. It took so long for my brain to process how absolutely bad the first video was that I was half-way through the 2nd one before I realized the damage this did (to me and possibly my hard drive). Some things can not be unseen. I can haz mai 2 minutes back?

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Oh Christ!

It's five-thirty in the morning as I'm writing this and I already need a stiff alcoholic infusion. First on my eyes to burn them forever, then ingested to keep the repression going.

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Wrong.....

All of these children, these poor children, have been swayed by the populace of Windows users and the puppet masters that control them; they know no better, have not been taught that maybe there are other alternatives? This school advertises "Bing" becomes Microsoft pays them, no other. I sit in sorrow for these children, who sing in ignorance, paying no reverence to that of knowledge and understanding. I spit on the grave of the educators of those children's sincerity and love of knowledge and openness.

Blach!

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WTF

Sums this up perfectly.

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Lasted 20 seconds....

...and never even dared try the 2nd video.

*vomits*

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Like the pusher at the gates*.

Microsoft likes to get them young.

*Yes, I am aware that "drug pushers" are regarded as , at least semi, mythical creatures.

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Dear Lord please make them stop!

Next, Microsoft will bring back the dancing baby to do a "Bing goes the internet" dance.

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Horrible

Oh dear...

I think I'll take the advice and drink now

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Argghhhh

My ears / ears!

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Bing...

"Bing is a Scots word meaning to heap or pile up but it is also used to describe a slag heap."

Why are these kids getting excited about a slag heap?

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Surely it's:

Borg, borg ... borg goes the internet!

Borg, borg ... borg goes the internet!

Borg, borg ... borg goes the internet!

Borg, borg ... borg goes the internet!

Borg, borg ... borg goes the internet!

Borg, borg ... borg goes the internet!

Borg, borg ... borg goes the internet!

Ad infinitum.

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How do you 'not turn up'?

I was wondering how since Radovan Karadzic is in custody, how can it be possible to 'not turn up'?

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other hand

er, that makes three hands.

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Saved!!

My eyes were spared thanks to Flashblock!

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Coat

But think of the children..

.. oh, wait, umm..

The flasher Mac, please

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Bing.

Even after watching that... 'video', I still don't know what Bing *is*.

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Flash block

I didn't watch.

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anyone else notice

In the hallway scene, the litter all over the floor??

On a bright note, at least they seem fairly uncoordinated, so hopefully they haven't spent too much valuable classroom time on their dance to Dear Leader - woops I mean Bing. On the other hand, some of those kids in back look fairly miserable. I think mental cruelty charges could be warranted.

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And I just got out of therapy...

It took me all this time to recover from the original song. Why did I click? Why?

I may have to start drinking early. Well, earlier than usual.

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Oh god

I just threw up in my mouth a little.

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FAIL

Poor kids, getting "stupidified" like this already in their age?

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Bing Bing

I move away from the mic to breathe in.

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Eurk

Eurk, this is exactly why I hate the commercialisation of schools in the UK (aka Academies). Every kid is wearing an Office or Bing t-shirt - that suggests it's been pre-planned in concert with MS to some degree, rather then a spontaneous student idea - what sort of kickback did the school get for doing that?

The kids won't care (Office will be dead by the time they get into the workplace proper, or at least an ageing relic of some older computing paradigm - like saying "BBC Micro" to me now), but that's quite horrible to witness the branding of any company plastered over a school like that. Kids already do that to themselves enough by wanting to paint pictures of their Nike's or do every dance lesson to a top-10 single.

Once worked in a school/Academy that was sponsored by about ten companies - overnight the website had more ads and links and sponsor "news" than anything to do with the school itself (one company even sponsored a chicken coop, complete with chickens, inside the school grounds).

Damn, I argued against setting Google as the default start page in Firefox, but this is just crass.

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These kids need jailed

Nowhere near as good as them Filipino prisoners dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

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Gates Horns

title

Microshaft - is there anything they can't fuck up?

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Well, I think...

Everyone is taking this Internet thing too seriously. The kids will recover.

BTW, I thing the second video was much larger on the creepiness scale. I did have to watch that on Halloween!

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Grenade

Great stuff.

Microsoft knows how to play the advertisement game.Take something bad, and take it to the extreme. Get exposure with it. Follow up on it. Get exposure again.

Good marketing campaign. cost them almost nothing for maximum exposure. Even El-Reg falls for it (twice).

There is no such thing as bad publicity!

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I, for one

...welcome our Bing-dancing overlords.

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Gates Horns

How did you miss this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2OBWAgP8gA

^ Doesn't appear to be crying to much about it.

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I spent

days working out howto get flash working on a Linux X_64 OS running a 64 bit version of firefox

A true story of grit and determination and having to endure 1000's of geeks sneering

"hahaha search the forum luser" only to have a 1000 messages like that turn up in my quest for the right line of text that will enable me to watch flash on my linux box.

Then I watched the first vid........... and thought "Why the f*** did I bother?"

<<<booking himself in for some therapy

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Just goes to show...

... that Americans will whore themselves and their children for an easy buck. The pro Capitalist indoctrination always starts early in the US.

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Hopefully

Some outraged parents will take action against this school.

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Bing = acronym

Because

It's

Not

Google

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Jobs Horns

Is the next video...

A clip of the same kids enacting the Two Minutes' Hate against images of Steve Jobs and MacBook Pros?

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Has it Just Been Too Long?

Have we just got used to it? Is "Google" also a bloody silly name for an internet search site?

Yahoo always was. I guess we got used to Google, although its a pity they didn't call it Giggle. Imagine: "I don't know, I'll have to Giggle for it...".

Bing (unless followed by Crosby) is just puerile.

Like My Documents and My Little Pony.

Oh, sorry, I suppose the last one wasn't microsoft.

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