Engadget has just made me smile. Well, actually grin. And I guess I will be grinning for a while.
They have uncovered a sad photo manipulation. And the guys behind it? Microsoft.
So they have this photo used in an ad and they try to push that ad everywhere else in the world. But the photo contains a coloured man. So horror of horrors at Microsoft and they find out they would not like to use that coloured man for instance in Poland. So they manipulate the photo. And they replace the head of the man with a white guy.
To further prove their amateurism they do the following:
- They replace only the head, not his hand which still shows he is coloured “somewhere”
- They forget to fix the lighting so that the head of this new guy has light coming from a different angle than the rest of the photo shows. The shading on his jacket is now all wrong (inconsistent)
- The text-area does not have room for the button, making the design a bit stranger than it was
Caught with their pants down they have since removed the ad on the Polish site. As politically uncorrect as it may be, they show us their true colours. No wonder their products suck.