Microsoft's multiple cultural blunders

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  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Link: Microsoft's race relations blunders revealed

    Has Apple somehow managed to avoid blunders like these?
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Just read about this in the Metro this morning, made me laugh!
     
  3. Nermal Moderator

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    Apple's cultural blunder: When you select New Zealand in International Preferences, it defaults to M/D/Y dating instead of D/M/Y. And then there's one that MS is also guilty of - the 'thousands separator' defaults to a comma instead of a space. Windows has had this incorrect setting for so long that the majority of people in NZ seem to think that a comma is correct! :eek:

    Edit: Reported to Apple.
     
  4. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Admittedly annoying but not quite up there with Microsoft's efforts! :D
     
  5. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    "A Spanish language version of Windows XP gave users an option to select their gender from not specified, male or "bitch", due to an unfortunate error in translation."

    This was the funniest one to an American viewpoint. The other ones didn't seem nearly as bad. I wonder if crusader would be like saying "bitch" in the middle east. They probably hate Batman.
     
  6. jhu macrumors 6502a

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    you can laugh about that all you want, but in what other country besides nicaragua does 'hembra' mean bitch? i bet practically no one in spain knows that 'hembra' means bitch in nicaragua.

    the other ones aren't that bad either. especially the one concerning taiwan, which is really an issue with freedom of speech.
     
  7. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Apple's pretty good at catching these things.

    In Copland, the startup "Smiley Mac" winked during boot up, but a bug report was logged against it stating winking might cause offence in some cultures, so it was removed. It's an indication of how thorough Apple QA can be (or, at least, used to be).
     

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