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Are you... genuine? It is a question often asked by software in recent years, and Windows is no exception in today's entry to The Register's hall of bork. Spotted by reader Glenn Hunt while he was stocking up on groceries on Boxing Day in Canada, the sign seems to imply that perhaps somebody behind the scenes has failed to …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    We don't even have a president

    President's choice is the 'Tesco Finest' branding for the pricey stuff at Canadas big discount supermarket chain.

    It's what they also call their own bank/credit card

    A bit ironic having a 'Presidents choice elite worldclass' mastercard from the equivalent of Aldi.

    1. John Savard

      Re: We don't even have a president

      Pricey stuff? It's the upper-tier generics, so it's pricier than the really cheap stuff, but still cheaper than the national brands.

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: We don't even have a president

        I only just found out that they invented the non-brand "white label" own brand concept - although in their case yellow.

        ob xkcd cartoon

        1. Toe Knee

          Re: We don't even have a president

          The Canadians essentially created (at least perfected) the store brand generic segment.

  2. John Savard

    It Isn't Trump

    It's the President (and CEO, I presume) of Loblaws, the grocery chain that operates Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, and NoFrills. Not Donald Trump, so there's no increased chance of things going wrong for that reason.

  3. keith_w

    Dave Nichol was the president of Loblaw's at the time that they started the "President;s Choice" house brand. Even the writing of the brand name is his.

    1. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

      Not to be confused with "Président® Cheese", I imagine.

      As further confusion, I looked closer in the supermarket and it was butter.

      1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge
        Paris Hilton

        Presidents Cheese

        JFK & Bill Clinton spring to mind!

  4. John Brown (no body) Silver badge


    Isn't it obligatory in Canada to do everything in English and French eh?

    1. J27

      Re: Francais?

      Only in packaging and government services.

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      1. Montreal Sean

        Re: Francais?

        In Quebec all signage can be all French or be bilingual, with French first and in significantly larger font.

        As for software - depending on the company size - it may also be required to be French, not English.

        Because French is an endangered language don't ya know!

        1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

          Re: Francais?

          The French are frequently endangered, especially during World Wars.

          Icon - Closest thing to a white flag option!

  5. Glenn Hunt

    The only President's Choice product that is half decent is the chocolate chip cookies. The rest is mediocre at best.

    1. Montreal Sean

      @Glenn Hunt

      I find the President's Choice kettle cooked chips to be quite good.

      I second the chocolate chip cookie vote.

  6. LeClandestin


    Aero-like Vista style??? But I may be wrong the UAC didn't pop-up... ;-)

  7. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge

    I read That As Gene Hunt

    They reckon you’ve got concussion. I couldn’t give a tart’s furry cup if half your brains are falling out. Don’t ever waltz into my kingdom acting king of the jungle. Gene Hunt. Your licence key NOW as it's nearly dinner time. I’m having Hoops.

    Icon - PUB!

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