__/ [ arachnid ] on Wednesday 09 August 2006 18:22 \__
> (Or maybe this isn't really news since any idiot could have seen it coming)
> Microsoft to Tighten the Genuine Advantage Screws
> "Come this fall, however, the Redmond, Wash., software maker is
> planning to turn up the Genuine Advantage heat in two ways: by baking
> more Genuine Advantage checks directly into Windows Vista, and by
> taking aim at PC makers, system builders, Internet cafes and other
> sources of potentially pirated software."
> "We built a set of features and a set of functionality that is only
> available to genuine Windows customers," Johnson said. "Windows
> Defender, for example, the anti-spyware for Windows XP and Windows
> Vista, is available to genuine Windows customers. Windows Media Player
> 11.0, Internet Explorer 7.0, will be available for download for
> Windows XP customers who are genuine, and of course those are built
> into Windows Vista. Future updates to Internet Explorer and Windows
> Media Player for Windows Vista will require them to be genuine. And
> certainly there's some premium features built into the Windows Vista
> operating system that will require genuine validation as well. So
> we're really trying to amplify the fact that being genuine enables the
> set of benefits and value to access these types of features and
> Now we know why Vista demands so much computing power... they need it
> for all the Digital Restrictions Management.
True. I read somewhere that the iPod's battery gets drained 40% (?doubt?)
faster due to DRM (decryption).
We thank our friends at Redmond for repelling all their existing customers.
What a suicidal move that has been...