Re: [News] Users Suffer from Vista (Anti)Features That Microsoft+RIAA Enjoy - Linux

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  1. Re: [News] Users Suffer from Vista (Anti)Features That Microsoft+RIAA Enjoy

    Roy Schestowitz espoused:
    > Windows' Genuine Disadvantage
    >
    > ,----[ Quote ]
    >| When you install Vista, Microsoft claims that you consent to being spied
    >| upon, through the "Windows Genuine Advantage" system. This system tries to
    >| identify instances of copying that Microsoft thinks are illegitimate. This
    >| system includes a "kill switch" which allows Microsoft to remotely deactivate
    >| your copy of Vista. This deactivation, whether deliberate or by accident --
    >| as has been the case in some 500,000 cases already according to a study last
    >| year -- locks you out of your computer, and forces you to contact Microsoft
    >| to get access to your files.
    > `----
    >
    > http://badvista.fsf.org/blog/windows...e-disadvantage
    >
    > Wait until they shut down computers for (potentially false) suspicion of
    > infringements.


    It's not Microsoft's job to be the police.

    > New laws:
    >
    > MEP says providers should cut the line if copyright is infringed
    >
    > ,----[ Quote ]
    >| The European Parliament, under the leadership of the French socialist Guy
    >| Bono, is currently working on a report on promoting the cultural economy. The
    >| former Spanish minister for the arts, Pilar del Castillo Vera, had preceded
    >| her British fellow-conservative in calling for the installation of filtering
    >| mechanisms in access providers' networks. Heaton-Harris is now hitching up
    >| once more with his proposed amendment (PDF file)
    > `----
    >
    > http://www.heise.de/english/newstick...954/from/rss09


    My feeling is that the MEPs are being lobbied by suppliers of filtering
    equipment. It would be useful to know which companies are pushing their
    wares in Brussels.

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  2. Re: [News] Users Suffer from Vista (Anti)Features That Microsoft+RIAA Enjoy

    ____/ Mark Kent on Saturday 19 January 2008 08:58 : \____

    > Roy Schestowitz espoused:
    >> Windows' Genuine Disadvantage
    >>
    >> ,----[ Quote ]
    >>| When you install Vista, Microsoft claims that you consent to being spied
    >>| upon, through the "Windows Genuine Advantage" system. This system tries to
    >>| identify instances of copying that Microsoft thinks are illegitimate. This
    >>| system includes a "kill switch" which allows Microsoft to remotely
    >>| deactivate your copy of Vista. This deactivation, whether deliberate or by
    >>| accident -- as has been the case in some 500,000 cases already according to
    >>| a study last year -- locks you out of your computer, and forces you to
    >>| contact Microsoft to get access to your files.
    >> `----
    >>
    >> http://badvista.fsf.org/blog/windows...e-disadvantage
    >>
    >> Wait until they shut down computers for (potentially false) suspicion of
    >> infringements.

    >
    > It's not Microsoft's job to be the police.


    They play software police too and they were harshly accused of it when they
    simply decided to block some benign software from third parties.

    >> New laws:
    >>
    >> MEP says providers should cut the line if copyright is infringed
    >>
    >> ,----[ Quote ]
    >>| The European Parliament, under the leadership of the French socialist Guy
    >>| Bono, is currently working on a report on promoting the cultural economy.
    >>| The former Spanish minister for the arts, Pilar del Castillo Vera, had
    >>| preceded her British fellow-conservative in calling for the installation of
    >>| filtering mechanisms in access providers' networks. Heaton-Harris is now
    >>| hitching up once more with his proposed amendment (PDF file)
    >> `----
    >>
    >> http://www.heise.de/english/newstick...954/from/rss09

    >
    > My feeling is that the MEPs are being lobbied by suppliers of filtering
    > equipment. It would be useful to know which companies are pushing their
    > wares in Brussels.


    Here's what PJ said about the article (she has background in this area): "Is
    there some kind of contest to come up with the
    stupidest-punisment-for-IP-infringement, with the prize going to whoever comes
    up with a plan guaranteed to cause the greatest possible damage? Does he have
    one tech clue what it is that makes the Internet valuable? How it is set up?
    Why it works? For that matter, what the legal impact would be on internet
    service providers in terms of responsibility for all content? I'm sure we can
    trust them to get it just right. Not. But let me not be so negative. To get
    into the spirit of the contest, here's my entry: shoot people who infringe at
    dawn. Yes. No more molly coddling. Just cut off their oxygen, and you'll find
    your infringement problem fading away in no time. Of course, there will be
    fewer and fewer to buy anything either, and those who survive will hate you so
    much they will boycott your products. But one can't have everything. My idea
    tops his, because while both suggestions would be the end of the Internet as
    designed, with all the harm to the economy that one could possibly hope for,
    my suggestion has obvious human harm on top of that to society as a whole, so,
    even though his idea promises the enormous harm that clinging to dead business
    models always results in, I still think I win. Is there a cash prize, I hope?"

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