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(C|Net)   Apparently having learned nothing from Clippie and Bob, Microsoft creates Inori, the feisty, robot-fighting anime heroine who, they say on "her " Facebook page is "The personification of Internet Explorer"   (news.cnet.com) divider line 93
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2013-11-07 04:30:56 PM
Meh, I prefer Firefox's mascot more:

webhome.idirect.com
 
2013-11-07 04:34:09 PM
Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer. When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow, and awkward girl. However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and I'm eager to show you what I can do. Why don't you get to know me a little better?

No IE, I will not have sex with you.
 
2013-11-07 04:35:30 PM
She looks like she gets around.  Does she have a NoScript plugin?
 
2013-11-07 04:38:24 PM
It looks like you're trying to rebrand your crappy web browser.

Would you like help?

- Create irritating "windows-tan" character and invite 4chan to Rule 34 all over her face
- Do nothing
- Punch yourself in the dick five times
 
2013-11-07 04:58:32 PM
Bloated, dumb, and slow?
 
2013-11-07 05:11:08 PM
So she just sits there and rubs her pussy?

I can fap to that.
 
2013-11-07 05:11:49 PM
More like "Ignore-y" amirite?
 
2013-11-07 05:26:43 PM
www.gamesajare.com
 
2013-11-07 05:34:36 PM
What... the... FARK??  What is it with men and animated underage girls?  And why would you want to make a Japanese child-sex fantasy the embodiment of any piece of software?
 
2013-11-07 06:15:52 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: What... the... FARK??  What is it with men and animated underage girls?  And why would you want to make a Japanese child-sex fantasy the embodiment of any piece of software?


Because Internet.

And honestly, yes, it's farking creepy as fark.
 
2013-11-07 06:19:51 PM
Her name is supposed to be a pun, but the pun doesn't translate to English. Her initials are "Ai E" (IE) but in English it's "Inori Aizawa" (ii ai)
 
2013-11-07 06:21:58 PM

CygnusDarius: And honestly, yes, it's farking creepy as fark.


Speaking of creepy, look what I found on DA!

fc07.deviantart.net
 
2013-11-07 06:22:19 PM
Too late.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-07 06:23:04 PM
Does she say "I love you long tiff"?
 
2013-11-07 06:23:32 PM
Incidentally, this kind of stupid stuff go over well in Asia.
 
2013-11-07 06:30:49 PM

Olympic Trolling Judge: CygnusDarius: And honestly, yes, it's farking creepy as fark.

Speaking of creepy, look what I found on DA!

[fc07.deviantart.net image 640x480]


It begins...
 
2013-11-07 06:32:00 PM
Was it wrong to immediately search for Inori Aizawa rule 34? Should I not have done that?
 
2013-11-07 06:34:05 PM

red5ish: Was it wrong to immediately search for Inori Aizawa rule 34? Should I not have done that?


Give me a week. By that time I'll have covered most major sub-genres of violation.
 
2013-11-07 06:34:39 PM
Rule 34, you're up.
 
2013-11-07 06:35:37 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer. When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow, and awkward girl. However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and I'm eager to show you what I can do. Why don't you get to know me a little better?


So she's, like, office hot?
 
2013-11-07 06:41:50 PM
So no updates for XP (IE8) users then......
picofoldwhore.jpg
 
2013-11-07 06:42:48 PM
Oh asia. Oh you!!!
 
2013-11-07 06:50:40 PM

CygnusDarius: Benevolent Misanthrope: What... the... FARK??  What is it with men and animated underage girls?  And why would you want to make a Japanese child-sex fantasy the embodiment of any piece of software?

Because Internet.

And honestly, yes, it's farking creepy as fark.


Yep, creepy
 
2013-11-07 06:51:06 PM
I'df hit it
 
2013-11-07 06:52:17 PM
"The personification of Internet Explorer"

Suicidal?
 
2013-11-07 06:52:25 PM
The transformation was a sailor moon rip off.  I am certain I have seen the combat moves in some other anime but I can't remember the name.

Benevolent Misanthrope: What... the... FARK??  What is it with men and animated underage girls?  And why would you want to make a Japanese child-sex fantasy the embodiment of any piece of software?


I am pretty certain the preference for teenagers is a japanese cultural thing where characters have to be kawai or whatever the japanese word for cute is.

data1.whicdn.com
 
2013-11-07 06:54:30 PM

red5ish: Was it wrong to immediately search for Inori Aizawa rule 34? Should I not have done that?


I can't judge.  I went searching for a SFW pic of Inari Vachs to bring to the thread and got... um... distracted.
 
2013-11-07 06:55:09 PM
It's not like they haven't tried this before.

/still, someone tell Microsoft's marketing department they're trying too hard
 
2013-11-07 07:02:17 PM

snake_beater: It's not like they haven't tried this before.

/still, someone tell Microsoft's marketing department they're trying too hard


In June, they had a cross promotional Surface anime advert with "Ghost in the Shell"
http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-surface-promoted-with-new-ghost -i n-the-shell-anime-short-in-japan
 
2013-11-07 07:20:58 PM
members.iinet.net.au

OS-tans are nothing new.
 
2013-11-07 07:34:20 PM
Windows 7-tan was moe as fark.
 
2013-11-07 07:38:14 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: What... the... FARK??  What is it with men and animated underage girls?  And why would you want to make a Japanese child-sex fantasy the embodiment of any piece of software?


Yes. Because women aren't equally as creepy...

www.moneyandshit.com
 
2013-11-07 07:50:20 PM
Huh. I'm running the RC for IE 11, and it's not bloated, dumb, or slow at all. Interesting.
 
2013-11-07 07:54:39 PM

FormlessOne: Huh. I'm running the RC for IE 11, and it's not bloated, dumb, or slow at all. Interesting.


SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH IE SUCKED AT ONE TIME SO CLEARLY IT ALWAYS WILL
 
2013-11-07 07:58:55 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: What... the... FARK??  What is it with men and animated underage girls?  And why would you want to make a Japanese child-sex fantasy the embodiment of any piece of software?


cdn.uproxx.com
 
2013-11-07 08:02:09 PM
I hate most anime. There I said it.
 
2013-11-07 08:17:53 PM
funny she doesn't look like she has a mental disability
 
2013-11-07 08:23:31 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: What... the... FARK??  What is it with men and animated underage girls?  And why would you want to make a Japanese child-sex fantasy the embodiment of any piece of software?


From the article:

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the anime character was created by Microsoft Singapore for the Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2013.

I have a hard time being judgmental about the company creating basically a localized ad campaign with extra elaboration to include it in a specific event.  This is basically the equivalent of a local mattress store doing their ad with all the actors wearing football helmets when they know they're going to show it during the game.

Not so much a creepy new thing as standard operating procedure for every company ever when participating in themed events.
 
2013-11-07 08:26:15 PM
My 11 year old daughter likes anime and stuff. I showed this to her and she liked the art. I asked if it made her want to try Internet Explorer. "No, I like Google Chrome," she said dismissively.
 
2013-11-07 08:32:58 PM
 Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer. When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow, and awkward girl. However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and I'm eager to show you what I can do. Why don't you get to know me a little better?

 Yeah, the ad is stupid and a little creepy, but at least they're willing to admit IE6 sucked.
 
2013-11-07 08:36:32 PM
Hooray, they are finally listening to the person who had a good idea back in 1995.  This will be sure to kick Netscape's ass.
 
2013-11-07 08:42:25 PM
I tried to get with Inori but all her good ports were blocked.
 
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2013-11-07 08:48:43 PM

Bossk'sSegway: I tried to get with Inori but all her good ports were blocked.


All my requests to her were 403'd.
 
2013-11-07 08:52:21 PM
A mascot that just downloads Firefox? That's pretty boring.
 
2013-11-07 08:55:27 PM

Jim_Callahan: Benevolent Misanthrope: What... the... FARK??  What is it with men and animated underage girls?  And why would you want to make a Japanese child-sex fantasy the embodiment of any piece of software?

From the article:

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the anime character was created by Microsoft Singapore for the Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2013.

I have a hard time being judgmental about the company creating basically a localized ad campaign with extra elaboration to include it in a specific event.  This is basically the equivalent of a local mattress store doing their ad with all the actors wearing football helmets when they know they're going to show it during the game.

Not so much a creepy new thing as standard operating procedure for every company ever when participating in themed events.



You're talking to a thread full of folks who froth at the mouth whenever Microsoft does anything - Microsoft is the proverbial "biatch eating crackers like she owns the place" - so, yeah, although it's a cool and well-targeted campaign for a specific event, this thread's bound to be full of "IE sucked a decade ago, so I must HATE IT NOW!" folks.
 
2013-11-07 09:02:32 PM
My god. I mean, someone has to have known how this would come across, and yet...here we are.
 
2013-11-07 09:22:35 PM

Olympic Trolling Judge: CygnusDarius: And honestly, yes, it's farking creepy as fark.

Speaking of creepy, look what I found on DA!


It's like she's screaming "help, I'm about to be molested by a serial killer".
/Never liked anime.
//People still use IE?
 
2013-11-07 09:23:37 PM

FormlessOne: Huh. I'm running the RC for IE 11, and it's not bloated, dumb, or slow at all. Interesting.


My work just upgraded to IE 9. Let me say that in a different way.  Up until a few months ago, I was using IE8.
 
2013-11-07 09:25:59 PM
*watches video*

anongallery.org
 
2013-11-07 09:44:54 PM
A friend of me complained about how unrealistic she is. Why doesn't one of the baddies use a XML exploit (I think that is what he said; not a CS guy,) to get around her shielding?
 
2013-11-07 09:49:57 PM
I downloaded the "preview" of IE11 for Windows 7 a few weeks ago. After installing, noticed none of my FTP programs would connect. The install apparently borked something in my settings (I'm not very versed in the more complicated computer stuff). Rolled back to IE10, everything went back to normal.

Not installing the update until I'm SURE they have resolved that issue, whatever it was!

/mainly Firefox user anyway
 
2013-11-07 10:15:43 PM
I don't know about IE, but the Metro Interface murders babies.
 
2013-11-07 10:20:32 PM

PanicMan: FormlessOne: Huh. I'm running the RC for IE 11, and it's not bloated, dumb, or slow at all. Interesting.

My work just upgraded to IE 9. Let me say that in a different way.  Up until a few months ago, I was using IE8.



In my company we're STILL using IE 6. It's awful. My company has just awful IT assets in every aspect.

We don't even get real computers, we use these Wyse thin client boxes from many years ago. It's brutal. I only ended up here because they bought my old company in a sweetheart deal (the owner of my current company and CEO of the old company that spun off my division to my current company are buddies) and I'm desperately searching for a new job with a company that isn't slowly strangling itself with OLD.
 
2013-11-07 10:24:57 PM

LoneWolf343: A friend of me complained about how unrealistic she is. Why doesn't one of the baddies use a XML exploit (I think that is what he said; not a CS guy,) to get around her shielding?



If you're going to go that route, it should be a video of a bunch of old people using her until she's violated to death by Lithuanian hackers.
 
2013-11-07 10:28:29 PM

libranoelrose: Too late.


[1.bp.blogspot.com image 800x528]


I think that's were they got the idea from.
/It must be causing a stir since this ad is being talked about on every tech site
 
2013-11-07 10:32:24 PM
 I thought Kuroki Tomoko was already the Explorer mascot?

/she's already clueless, mostly useless, and never does anything
 
2013-11-07 10:33:53 PM
Anime heroine that personifies IE? So she waits until her rivals come up with attacks, then copies them?


Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer. When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow, and awkward girl. However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and I'm eager to show you what I can do. Why don't you get to know me a little better?

No IE, I will not have sex with you.


Yeah, I hear that's a good way to get viruses.
 
2013-11-07 11:24:38 PM

cheer: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Hey everyone! My name is Inori and you can think of me as a personification of Internet Explorer. When I was younger, I used to be a clumsy, slow, and awkward girl. However, just like the story of ugly duckling, people told me that I have really matured and changed over the years. I feel confident in my abilities now, and I'm eager to show you what I can do. Why don't you get to know me a little better?

So she's, like, office hot?


Office hot is real hot to me. I never really got the distinction, if she's hot she's hot.
 
2013-11-07 11:33:44 PM

fusillade762: Benevolent Misanthrope: What... the... FARK??  What is it with men and animated underage girls?  And why would you want to make a Japanese child-sex fantasy the embodiment of any piece of software?


was waiting for the doctor to show
 
2013-11-07 11:34:45 PM

albert71292: I downloaded the "preview" of IE11 for Windows 7 a few weeks ago. After installing, noticed none of my FTP programs would connect. The install apparently borked something in my settings (I'm not very versed in the more complicated computer stuff). Rolled back to IE10, everything went back to normal.

Not installing the update until I'm SURE they have resolved that issue, whatever it was!

/mainly Firefox user anyway


The official one for W7 is out today
 
2013-11-07 11:42:17 PM

mongbiohazard: PanicMan: FormlessOne: Huh. I'm running the RC for IE 11, and it's not bloated, dumb, or slow at all. Interesting.

My work just upgraded to IE 9. Let me say that in a different way.  Up until a few months ago, I was using IE8.


In my company we're STILL using IE 6. It's awful. My company has just awful IT assets in every aspect.

We don't even get real computers, we use these Wyse thin client boxes from many years ago. It's brutal. I only ended up here because they bought my old company in a sweetheart deal (the owner of my current company and CEO of the old company that spun off my division to my current company are buddies) and I'm desperately searching for a new job with a company that isn't slowly strangling itself with OLD.


Well, now I know who to blame for  the .2%.
 
2013-11-07 11:59:14 PM

FormlessOne: so, yeah, although it's a cool and well-targeted campaign for a specific event, this thread's bound to be full of "IE sucked a decade ago, so I must HATE IT NOW!" folks.


I actually gave IE10 a fair shake when it came out. And I've pretty much never used IE regularly, even back when IE4 was thoroughly better than Netscape 4 and Mozilla wasn't ready yet. And it was... distinctly ok. It may not outright suck like it used to, but it still doesn't really offer any specific advantage over other browsers. At least for me. I'm happy with my Chromium setup and IE hasn't offered me any real reason to switch back.
 
2013-11-08 12:03:15 AM
I was really going this story would be linked through Ananova.
 
2013-11-08 12:18:33 AM
I honestly still don't understand the hate for IE. I suppose if you're a developer I could understand, but really? Seesm like if it opens websites.  What else do you need it to do?  Or is this one of those "But all the cool people are using Firefox!" sort of deals?

I use Chromne personally. But thats only because an older version of Flash I was using a couple years ago woulodn't play nice with E9.
 
2013-11-08 12:45:43 AM
Your ad campaign.
fc08.deviantart.net
 
2013-11-08 01:55:59 AM
Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.
 
2013-11-08 02:14:23 AM

I Like Bread: Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.


Apparently the sheer breadth and width of things you're not aware of, even on subjects you apparently hold as some level or another of hobby, is truly impressive.  Congratulations.

Next time, if you want a serious answer to go with your serious question, how about just asking it?
 
2013-11-08 02:35:38 AM

LowbrowDeluxe: I Like Bread: Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.

Apparently the sheer breadth and width of things you're not aware of, even on subjects you apparently hold as some level or another of hobby, is truly impressive.  Congratulations.

Next time, if you want a serious answer to go with your serious question, how about just asking it?


Your seething vitriol suggests that I hit a little too close to home. Did you go comfort your pillow girlfriend and tell her "the baka gaijin on the internet didn't really mean it"?
 
2013-11-08 03:09:25 AM

I Like Bread: Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.


Because that culture believes that one's personality is linked to one's blood type.
 
2013-11-08 03:09:30 AM
Photoshop request: can we get that chick looking at porn like we all know her function is going to be?
 
2013-11-08 03:17:54 AM
I was wondering how long it'd take MS to step up their advertising in Japan. And I have to say, creating a mascot the ever-growing "hikkikomori" demographic can cozy up to was a shrewd move.
 
2013-11-08 03:26:16 AM

I Like Bread: Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.


Guro porn?
 
2013-11-08 03:28:41 AM
fc02.deviantart.net
 
2013-11-08 04:13:26 AM
FTA:  Of course, no anime character is worth its weight in pixels without elaborate vital stats. Inori is 18 years old with an A-positive blood type. She loves mint ice cream and surfing the Internet, and dislikes bullies.

Go nuts, weirdos.

/ I love how they felt the need to state that specifically
 
2013-11-08 04:50:57 AM
Microsoft should make a killing on the inflatibles.
 
2013-11-08 07:05:52 AM
Just this week some fark link introduced me to what "Ryona" is, and I was thinking: "Who on earth could get a kick out of that?"
 
2013-11-08 07:52:06 AM
So it's the embodiment of internet explorer? Pretty on the surface, but violated thousands of times a day by anonymous Russians?

I can fap to that
 
2013-11-08 08:31:09 AM
Personification of IE10

so, vagina dentata unless you wear the special protection?
 
2013-11-08 08:38:22 AM

mxyzplk: My 11 year old daughter likes anime and stuff. I showed this to her and she liked the art. I asked if it made her want to try Internet Explorer. "No, I like Google Chrome," she said dismissively.


I tie my hope for the future to things like this.

Good kid.
 
2013-11-08 08:48:14 AM

aevorea: I Like Bread: Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.

Because that culture believes that one's personality is linked to one's blood type.


I wonder: do they administer some kind of MBTI before surgeries?

"We're losing her! Two pints of INFJ, stat!"
 
2013-11-08 08:49:24 AM
didn't suck.  I.E nowadays isn't too bad.  Chrome seems to suck up more and more memory with every update.
 
2013-11-08 08:59:18 AM
Once again, Microsoft goes where the open source community has been for years:
 
2013-11-08 08:59:57 AM
Let's try that with an actual pic this time:

cache.desktopnexus.com
 
2013-11-08 09:06:42 AM

I Like Bread: Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.


Given that this IE-tan seems to actually be targeted at the Japanese market, it sounds more like a Fukuppy thing than a weeaboo thing.
 
2013-11-08 09:11:04 AM

Smashed Hat: FTA:  Of course, no anime character is worth its weight in pixels without elaborate vital stats. Inori is 18 years old with an A-positive blood type. She loves mint ice cream and surfing the Internet, and dislikes bullies.

Go nuts, weirdos.

/ I love how they felt the need to state that specifically


Most likely, they were just going for a bit of trivia: her birthday is the release date of Internet Explorer 1.0. Rule 34 freaks will no doubt appreciate the "ZOMG I'm Legal!" aspect, though.

/staying far, FAR away
 
2013-11-08 09:11:09 AM
I liked the doggie that used to be in Office.
 
2013-11-08 09:13:33 AM

Millennium: I Like Bread: Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.

Given that this IE-tan seems to actually be targeted at the Japanese market, it sounds more like a Fukuppy thing than a weeaboo thing.


It's fukuppied, all right.
 
2013-11-08 09:58:01 AM

I Like Bread: Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.


No there's a superstition in Japan that your blood type influences certain characteristics, it's like your Horoscope sign.
 
2013-11-08 10:04:46 AM
Annoyi, more like.
 
2013-11-08 10:14:11 AM

I Like Bread: Serious question:
Why is it necessary for us to know the blood type of anime/videogame characters? I keep seeing that shiat since way back in Street Fighter 2. Is there some sort of prevalent "waifu organ donor" fetish I'm not aware of?

farking weeaboos.


In fighting games, at least, it makes a modicum of sense. You'd expect to see blood type on an application to a fighting tournament, because the whole nature of the tournament means that contestants might suddenly need medical attention.

Everywhere else, though: no.
 
2013-11-08 10:42:10 AM
So "She" has a lot of bugs.
 
2013-11-08 11:09:48 AM

mxyzplk: My 11 year old daughter likes anime and stuff. I showed this to her and she liked the art. I asked if it made her want to try Internet Explorer. "No, I like Google Chrome," she said dismissively.


Have you guys seen Kemono no Souja Erin? One of the greatest Anime shows I have ever seen and should be watched by everyone, including those who dislike the genre.
 
2013-11-08 12:15:43 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Once again, Microsoft goes where the open source community has been for years:


Ehhhh, not really. Far-east MS fanboys have been doing OS-tan for a a long time - long before Ubuntu was released.
http://www.wired.com/culture/design/multimedia/2007/04/gallery_masco ts ?slide=10

/although I'd say Tux came first.
 
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