Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Jun 2010 21:27 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft has fixed the distribution scope of a toolbar update that, without the user's knowledge, installed an add-on in Internet Explorer and an extension in Firefox called Search Helper Extension. Microsoft told us that the new update is actually the same as the old one; the only difference is the distribution settings. In other words, the update will no longer be distributed to toolbars that it shouldn't be added to. End users won't see the tweak, Microsoft told Ars, and also offered an explanation on what the mystery add-on actually does."
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RE: Comment by marcp
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 12th Jun 2010 18:19 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

However, I would be very mad If I were Windows user. I'd probobly sue them, or just stop using their products.

By agreeing to Microsoft's EULA to be "allowed" to use their OS in the first place you would have probably waived that right... so you'd be screwed if you wanted to sue. You'd be forced to go to Plan B, stop using their products. Don't you just love how Microsoft weasels their massive monopolistic corporate ass out of everything? And of course, Microsoft is not the only company to do so, not even close, just to make that clear. But they were certainly one of the first to jump on this proprietary/licensed software idea and make it common.

Edited 2010-06-12 18:23 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sat 12th Jun 2010 22:10 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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2007-11-23

Hmm, that's a good point. Should I mention I don't use *any* proprietary software just to make sure my rights are satisfied. And by *any* I mean *none*, because I always try to choose from the liberal licenses, like ISC, BSD. GPL, etc.

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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by darknexus on Sun 13th Jun 2010 02:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
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2008-07-15

Hmm, that's a good point. Should I mention I don't use *any* proprietary software just to make sure my rights are satisfied. And by *any* I mean *none*, because I always try to choose from the liberal licenses, like ISC, BSD. GPL, etc.


Interesting. Does that mean you've never used an ATM machine? How about gone to the doctor? Or flown on an airplane? I take it you don't drive a car either, or ride on any other type of motor vehicle for transport?
I really hate when people say they *only* ever use one certain type of product or license, because in reality that's not true. Just about everything is powered by software these days, and a good majority of it will never be free as it takes time and paid experts in the respective fields to develop. Sort of a bigger picture when looked at that way, eh?

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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by nt_jerkface on Mon 14th Jun 2010 22:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Hmm, that's a good point. Should I mention I don't use *any* proprietary software just to make sure my rights are satisfied.


Well you must use an abacus then because most hardware is hard encoded with proprietary software.

If you want a fully open source computer then you'll have to go to the garage and build one from scratch. That way you can fully meet the rights that Stallman sanctimoniously declared for you while on the crapper.

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