This is a little over a month out of date now, but I somehow managed to miss it when it first came down the pike. The DailyTech recent put up an article on how those users with pirated copies of WinXP can now get what amounts to a $100 credit on a legit system if they just report their pirated copy (which is, in the end, exactly like buying a OEM copy of the thing; yeah, great deal). At any rate, they linked to blurb that was posted in April, regarding Microsoft's plans to deter people from pirating Vista.
Their solution? Disable Aero Glass. Yep--turn off the eye candy. No nonfunctional IP stacks. No failure to log in. Nope, just the same ol' 2D interface we've been using for years.
I am stunned at the idea that professional developers can come up with this kind of notion and think that it will really have a positive impact. Yeah, I'm sure that all those professional priates will just throw up the arms and call it quits over that.
that is sad, that the only thing they can think of is to disable the new interface
LAMO. I mean really, I'm sure they could do better than that. I wish Microsoft would at least try.
why? I could have thought of better ideas, for instance, they could make the computer lock you out until you bought a genuine copy
But they don't want to stop you running it. They want to you buy a legal copy.
if they stopped everyone that was pirating windows from running it then there would be a lot of people that would look at BSD or Linux that otherwise wouldn't consider it.
They wouldn't want to risk the legal ramifications of locking someone away from their data. Sure, anyone that sues them for that is out of their mind, but it's bad PR that MS will want to avoid with their latest OS.
XP activiation will lock you out after 30 days, but it's not exactly the most solid of things...
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Well that's gonna' last all of five seconds before someone finds a way around it. It took what - a month before people were pirating 360 games? This when they designed an entire system rather than just the OS around trying to stop people doing so. Microsoft should give up and go home - they can't win this fight.
I didn't make it!
The 30 day lock dont work, I know a couple of mates theres running on pirated windows without problems.
"WHAT? If I pirate I won't get some fancy new shiny slide features?! Oh boy! I'm not gonna pirate now!"
Please. I turn off those CPU eating features anyways.
:lol: there must be more to it than that