Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Jun 2006 17:15 UTC, submitted by Eshton
Windows Microsoft released a new version of Windows Genuine Advantage Notifications on Tuesday and detailed how to remove the controversial antipiracy software. "Our customers have told us that they were disappointed with their WGA Notifications experience, and we have made an effort to improve that with this update," a Microsoft representative said.
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Translation needed:
by DittoBox on Thu 29th Jun 2006 17:58 UTC
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2005-07-08

""By using Automatic Updates, Microsoft is able to reach the greatest number of PC users," a representative of th software company said. "Microsoft believes it has a right to know whether systems using a service intended for licensed customers are in fact licensed systems.""

Let me translate that for you:
We're going to assume all our users are criminals, and treat them as such until we can run intrusive checks on their systems. Even then there is a failure rate. You are, in effect, guilty until proven innocent. In fact, with the failure rate we might just "prove" you guilty when you really aren't! Yay for us! It's our right to screw you over!

Can I for once buy a software or media product without being treated like a criminal? This is why I oppose DRM so much, because I feel like an untrusted customer: all they want is my money. That's fine, that's what most (all?) companies want (it's good!), but rather then treating me fairly and competing properly in an open and fair market they monopolize and extort...instead of trying to earn customer loyalty. This isn't what capitalism is about. Play fair and everything runs just fine. But with huge mega-corporations there's too much bureaucracy and too much greed to play fair.

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RE: Translation needed:
by Bink on Thu 29th Jun 2006 19:36 in reply to "Translation needed:"
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2006-02-19

For the most part, well said. IMHO, this, and the six plus years it's taking for Vista to ship, is likely the proverbial "beginning of the end" for Microsoft.

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RE: Translation needed:
by rattaro on Thu 29th Jun 2006 20:00 in reply to "Translation needed:"
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2005-08-22

>Can I for once buy a software or media product without being treated like a criminal?

No. Remember, you don't buy software from Microsoft anymore, and this is true for most proprietary software as well. You only have their permission to use it, as they tell you to, how they tell you to. That's how it works. If you don't like it, you have several choices: 1) live with it, 2) write your congressman, 3) don't use their products, 4) complain, or 4) use it illegally.

Basically, they violate every one of Stallman's software freedoms. But then again, you aren't meant to have freedom with proprietary software, and that has been pretty clear to me from the beginning, so I personally don't see anything to complain about.

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