the surface is a turd?? please preface that with a 'in my opinion'. plenty of real people are buying real 'surfaces' and are really happy with it. i notice you have never called apple maps a 'turd'. surely by your own definition, it is. but hey, you're not a fanboy....
How’s this: In my opinion, I can do what I want on my own site.
As John Gruber notes, the most interesting thing about the Surface isn’t really the device itself, it’s that Microsoft decided they need to do it themselves. Just as with Google’s Nexus devices, the message here — intended or not — is that they don’t trust their partners to do a good enough job.
The thing is: Microsoft had relied on such partnerships for 37 years.