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#1 rexifelis

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 03:17 PM

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so they mean as opposed to fake windows?

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 05:31 PM

They mean as opposed to a pirated version.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 05:40 PM

MS is getting serious about pirated software. Soon they will be requiring validation of
all who want to update their MS software.

"Genuine Microsoft software is software that is licensed by Microsoft, certified as authentic by Microsoft, and published and supported by Microsoft."

See this MS link for more info on the program.
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Posted 16 June 2005 - 08:52 AM

that seems something like ... 'cause a few people pirate software,
everybody gets to suffer under M$'s bull restrictions.
i can feel myself ditching windows altogether and going linux
or OSX.

on a similar subject:

for about 8 months local Wal-Mart stores made the ... uh...
Wal-Mart greeter check your bag before you left the store
to make sure that the contents matched the receipt.
i felt very violated. i made a big scene every time. a few times
the police was called. a simple fact, i don't steal. i feel very
offended that just because others have stolen that they (the
policy makers) would assume that i have stolen as well.
i never did go to jail, but i was asked to leave the premises
of that Wal-Mart. which did not bother me, as i was leaving
at that time anyway.

(stepping off soapbox)

sorry guys. i'm really bothered by this. my hands are shaking.

here's wishing you a good day!

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 09:09 AM

I've heard that Microsoft has even threated to make it so you have to pay for Microsoft Windows Updates. But they aren't going to do that... Thank God. Cause if they did I personally would switch to linux regardless of the confusion.

But I don't mind I do that stupid "Genuie"thingy just to make them happy however when I'm in a hurry I don't do that stupid thing. However if it makes them happy, and it doesn't hurt me (since I have a legal copy) I dont' mind.

Edited by yanowhiz, 16 June 2005 - 09:10 AM.


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Posted 16 June 2005 - 09:23 AM

so far... i have been able to find every update that they wanted
verification for... on other parts of their website, usually as a
re-distributable installer without any verification. just get the
filename of the update and search the downloads section of
their website...

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 10:23 AM

Here, Wal-Mart just uses the electronic theft equipment. And since many of the folks who work as checkers there aren't exactly the brightest bulb in the box, they often don't get the items demagnetized. This leads to the embarrassing bag/receipt check and that ghostly voice, "We're sorry . . ."

But take heart - Wal-Mart is having problems. Other stores, like Target, are getting a bigger part of the market share because their goods aren't quite as cheap and garbagey. People are finally getting tired of buying the absolute cheapest of everything.

People are also getting wise to the damage Wal-Mart does to communities.

And a lot of people have complained about MS's annoying anti-theft tactics involving activation. MS left themselves open to removing the protection if the heat gets to be too much. I wish there would be enough of a protest that they would remove it and go back to the older way of registration, but once the genie's out of the bottle, it's hard to get him to go back in.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 05:16 PM

If you set your computer to automatic update Microsoft will allow updates without authentication. They stated that just before they set the final date to comply with downloading SP2.




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