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Windows With the new operating system, Microsoft is offering plenty of new graphics tricks, including translucent windows, animated flips between open programs and 'live icons' that show a graphical representation of the file in question. But before Vista will display its showiest side, known as Aero, it will run a check to make sure the software was properly purchased. "Those who are not running genuine Windows will not be able to take advantage of the Windows Aero user experience," a Microsoft representative told CNET News.com on Wednesday. Note: We had a slight problem with our submission system today, but it is now fixed. Submit away, boys and girls!
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So what should MS do?
by th3rmite on Thu 13th Apr 2006 17:41 UTC
th3rmite
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2006-01-08

Would we all agree it is morally wrong to take something you didn't pay but wasn't given away to you? I suppose we can all agree that programmers should get paid for their hard work if they want, right? So if Microsoft wants to prevent people stealing their software, what should they do? It seems like everytime a company comes up with a proposed way to help stop piracy everyone is always so quick to say how horrible they are for their implementation. Well the way I see it, piracy is a problem, and unless you have a better idea don't dis the current one.

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RE: So what should MS do?
by maxmg on Thu 13th Apr 2006 18:23 in reply to "So what should MS do?"
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2006-02-26

"...unless you have a better idea don't dis the current one"

I don't see why I, or anyone else, should be prevented from pointing out legitimate concerns with some system simply because I have not produced a better one. It is not my job to make a better solution. It is in Microsoft's best interests to listen to criticism; it is also in our interests to make the cricitisms reasonable, but that does not call for a blanket ban on negative comments.

As it is, any system which needs to contact some higher authority is to some extent flawed: why should I be forced to have my machine connected to the internet? Is that a reasonable requirement?

Given MS's unprecedented market dominance, they should be held up to even higher standards than other companies to avoid abuse of privilege, and if they propose a frankly unreasonable system we should say so, and we should not be expected to propose a solution. After all, we did not force them to choose their cuurent business model, did we?

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RE[2]: So what should MS do?
by th3rmite on Thu 13th Apr 2006 18:57 in reply to "RE: So what should MS do?"
th3rmite Member since:
2006-01-08

"I don't see why I, or anyone else, should be prevented from pointing out legitimate concerns with some system simply because I have not produced a better one. It is not my job to make a better solution. It is in Microsoft's best interests to listen to criticism; it is also in our interests to make the cricitisms reasonable, but that does not call for a blanket ban on negative comments. "

My friend, criticism without supplying a possible solution is just plain whining and complaining.

Don't get me wrong I am no MS fanboy, but I am willing to bet that no matter what MS does will not make you or all the other MS haters out there happy. Short of making Windows GPL you will never be happy with MS.

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RE: So what should MS do?
by sappyvcv on Thu 13th Apr 2006 18:24 in reply to "So what should MS do?"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

A lot of people here won't be happy unless Microsoft GPLs their software, which is.. well.. stupid.

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