Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Nov 2012 15:17 UTC
Windows "As we pass the one month anniversary of the general availability of Windows 8, we are pleased to announce that to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses. Tami Reller shared this news with industry and financial analysts, investors and media today at the Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Windows 8 is outpacing Windows 7 in terms of upgrades." Not bad, but there are the usual asterisks, as Ars notes.
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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Copyright is bloody important ... stop talking rubbish.

Software Patents which are bullshit are the problem.


Hmm. Personally, I believe copyrights are also a problem. You know how nowadays things can have copyright on them for hundreds of years, long after the original creator has deceased, and how fair use - rights are being stomped on ever harder and so on? Copyright should really be reworked to much, much shorter copyright terms and to distinguish between completed works and ongoing works like e.g. Linux is an ongoing work, whereas Elvis Presley's albums are completed works.

That said, copyright is not the issue on this particular topic and on that I agree with you.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

While there are some shitty things about Copyright, it is pretty important to protect the author of the work from being ripped off.

Idiotic responses like the OP saying it needs to be abolished is just nonsense.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Copyright should really be reworked to much, much shorter copyright terms and to distinguish between completed works and ongoing works

Perhaps giving copyright protection should also require placing the source code to works in some kind of escrow.

We have the "source code" to books - because, luckily, the "source code" to a book is the text, the consumed work itself.

Not so with films, music, or closed-source software - even when it's out of copyright, they can't be mashed up as easily as a book. But if, after copyright lapses, we'd get pre-mixed tracks of audiovisual media, or the code to formerly closed source software...

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