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    I don't think Microsoft could do that, to lock the illegal users of their OS. The first to attack them would be the freedom of speech NGO in the US. Bcos Microsoft would be infringing on the rights to privacy. I think what they did was to only detect and post a msg to inform the user of the illegalities of their OS...

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    ... depends on what "locking" is.... you see, there are pirated versions of windows which are actually beta versions.. these versions expire after sometime... the piraters want to make a quick buck so they market these betas as the full version..
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    Kress, I think you're right on the nail here.


    Just a comparison though. Here we're talking RM 380 or thereabouts for Windows XP licenced version.

    A high end phone today is about the same price as a PC. Only about RM 30-40 of each phone goes to Symbian, whose Symbian/EPOC is the most popular smartphone OS.

    One can argue that a PC OS has a little bit more functionality, but it's not *that* much difference...a Nokia 9500/9300/9210 still has very good word processor and spreadsheet for instance.

    So what MS is doing is high street robbery!!! Leveraging on their near-monopoly position.

    Linux! Symbian! even Macintosh! that's the future mates!
    See you...

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    With Apple using Intel processors now, Is it possible the Apple's OS may be usable on a Clone PC? If so, How much is the Apple OS X?

    Back to locking up of PCs. SS19Flyover can testify to that also. He installed his antique PC and was running fine untill he updated it. On completation, it just locked him out of the PC.

    Firefly also had a similar problem. And Firefly is sure that the XP used is not a beta. It only locks the user out after it does a critical updates.

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    if microsoft were doing it, i'd imagine the results to be pretty widespread... me thinks half of msia's pc's would be locked...
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    Firefly first installed with a P version as it does not require a full reformatting of the HDD. Since the lockup, Firefly have since installed a OEM version. The same P version was installed in another PC which does not have net access, No lockups. So is the locking up by MS or not?

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    Im On Suse Linux 9.1 haha

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    So just turn off the automatic updates...wont lock at all

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    but then all the doors will be left open...maybe linux is the way to go. I wonder a mass migration to Linux will have any effect on MS? Or maybe MS will launch a new OS...MSLinux

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    Quote Originally Posted by kress
    is that even legal?
    Can someone using a pirated copy that is illegal in the first place question the legality of Microsoft's action as illegal?
    This is not the US where the robber who breaks his legs breaking into a house can sue the houseowners.

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    From what i gather there's no such thing as a lock down on your windows, it's just a pop up or a tatoo (permanently on your OS) stating that it is illegal.
    Humans are unique creatures, no matter what one individual does, it will not suffice or be contented with. This is one factor which differentiates us between humans are animals, the will to strive for the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aurora97
    From what i gather there's no such thing as a lock down on your windows, it's just a pop up or a tatoo (permanently on your OS) stating that it is illegal.
    ... it WGA download/patch, which according to friends in the industry - has already been hacked and allowing for this "pop-up" or "tattoo" to be removed from the screen...

    now this is like less than 1 week since Microsoft started putting out this update~patch.... how-la!

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    totally not suprised, any type of meassure on software can be hacked. It won't be long other alternative Bit Torrent sites will be patronized, or maybe some will even find away to get around the IP ban by Telekom. who knows?

    I remembered a few years back someone got hold of Windows Vista and put it on sale in Malaysia, it was quite a shock since it was still in development.
    Humans are unique creatures, no matter what one individual does, it will not suffice or be contented with. This is one factor which differentiates us between humans are animals, the will to strive for the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USJ27Resident
    ....has already been hacked and allowing for this "pop-up" or "tattoo" to be removed from the screen...
    Where to find this patch?

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    the update can be rid off easily, the pirated software users can easily shut off the auto-update option, so whenever they feel its machine needs a fresh MS softwares, go to the shop & buy another updated one, need not to go auto-updating & get those funny funky foolish messages/tattoo from MS.

    so what's the point of introducing this, is that, the office users must avoid the embarassment. not to mention those who need to run the presentation shows.

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