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Monday, September 22, 2008

NASA guy in trouble with the new Microsoft commercial

The three new non-Seinfeld commercials, which the New York Times described earlier this week, still don’t talk about Vista features. But they do try to break the stereotype that cool and interesting people use Macs, and everyone else is on a Windows machine.

There is a lot of chatter about the NASA guy appearing in the Windows ads is committing an ethics violation by being in these ads, punishable by fine for each violation. It turns out that US Government employees are prohibited by law from endorsing commercial products. If this guy had paid attention to the ethics training every US government employee is required to take, he would have known better. I guess Microsoft simply didn't care about subjecting this guy to Ethics Code violations and their penalties, which could curtain his NASA career.

The three new commercials are below:

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