Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jul 2006 17:38 UTC, submitted by raver31
Windows An anti-piracy check for Microsoft Windows is causing problems for some users who are being told their copies of operating system XP are not genuine. The tool, called Windows Genuine Advantage, is aimed at cracking down on millions of illegal copies of Windows XP in circulation. Update: Microsoft isn't the only one phoning home without consent: Apple does it too since 10.4.7. The goal is a little less disturbing (to check whether Widgets are up-to-date); however, it cannot be turned off.
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Surprise Surprise
by shotsman on Tue 4th Jul 2006 18:12 UTC
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Given the comments on the net in the past week or so it had to happen.
An average user who bought a PC from a reputable vendor suddenly gets told by the god that is Microsoft, you are a pirate.
If this happened to me I would be rightly angry. If I had paid good money to a reputable PC vendor for a system only for some coding mistake at Microsoft to say that I am a pirate is unthinkable. The Microsoft Legal dept should have insisted that they err on the side of letting a few so called pirate through.
I smell a few class action lawsuits in the offing here.
This is going to cost them a lot of dosh unless they decide to stop this silliness... Somehow, I doubt it.

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