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Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !



 
 
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Old February 1st 05, 06:57 PM posted to soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband
six-toes
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !

Microsoft shuts Windows on pirates

ARE you using a pirated copy of Microsoft Windows? Beware, the software
giant is getting tough.

Microsoft plans to introduce a new authentication system will still
allow people with pirated copies of Windows to obtain security fixes,
but their options will be limited.

The move allows Microsoft to use one of its sharpest weapons - access
to security patches that can prevent viruses, worms and other crippling
attacks - to thwart a costly and meddlesome piracy problem.

Microsoft will start adopting the programme, called Windows Genuine
Advantage, over the next few months. Users will be urged to provide
proof their Windows copy is authentic before receiving software
updates.

By mid-2005, the programme will become mandatory for Windows users to
get virtually all updates, including security fixes available through
the company's Windows Update Web site.

But users who have pirated copies of Windows will be able to continue
to get security fixes if they sign up to automatically receive security
updates.

MORE MALICIOUS ATTACKS?

But Mr Russ Cooper, a senior scientist with Cybertrust, said completely
cutting off access to security fixes for pirated machines could cause a
spike in malicious, Internet-based attacks. That's because there would
be more unsecured computers, which then could be used to attack others.

Mr David Lazar, a director of the effort, said Microsoft would monitor
that potential problem closely.

But the company actually considers its authentication requirement one
way to boost Internet security - stating that pirated copies of Windows
could contain viruses or other security threats.

While Mr Cooper praised Microsoft for continuing to allow all users to
get the automatic updates, regardless of whether they're running
pirated versions, he expected the software giant to eventually cut off
that security update avenue for pirated copies.

He said the company may feel it has few other options as it tries to
stop the millions of users who are running pirated copes of Windows.

The operating system is one of the company's major cash cows, and the
move comes as Microsoft is moving aggressively into emerging markets
where piracy is thought to be more common.

'The reality is that shareholders of Microsoft would like to see them
get all the money they are owed,' Mr Cooper said.

HIGH COST OF PIRACY

Piracy has cost the Washington-based company 'billions of dollars over
the past 10 years', Mr Lazar said.

'Our desire is to enhance the value of genuine Windows, to create a
differentiation (and) to add more value in the form of greater security
and reliability,' he added.

Customers who visit the manual Windows Update site will be asked to
prove that their copies of Windows are legitimate by allowing
Microsoft's system to automatically run a check, or by providing a
product identification number.

Users who have lost that number will be asked three basic questions
and, if they are deemed to be acting in good faith, they will be given
a free replacement key. - AP.

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Old February 1st 05, 08:30 PM posted to soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband
Uno
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !

Microsoft designs Windows Operating to accept Cookies, Spywares, Virus. If
you buy software from Microsoft and you have big problem on those Cookies
and Spywares, you should be able to sue Microsoft for the damage. Thai
lawers must learn law to protect Thai people. I would like someone to sue
Microsoft in this. Is there any Thai lawer to do this?


"six-toes" wrote in message
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Microsoft shuts Windows on pirates

ARE you using a pirated copy of Microsoft Windows? Beware, the software
giant is getting tough.

Microsoft plans to introduce a new authentication system will still
allow people with pirated copies of Windows to obtain security fixes,
but their options will be limited.

The move allows Microsoft to use one of its sharpest weapons - access
to security patches that can prevent viruses, worms and other crippling
attacks - to thwart a costly and meddlesome piracy problem.

Microsoft will start adopting the programme, called Windows Genuine
Advantage, over the next few months. Users will be urged to provide
proof their Windows copy is authentic before receiving software
updates.

By mid-2005, the programme will become mandatory for Windows users to
get virtually all updates, including security fixes available through
the company's Windows Update Web site.

But users who have pirated copies of Windows will be able to continue
to get security fixes if they sign up to automatically receive security
updates.

MORE MALICIOUS ATTACKS?

But Mr Russ Cooper, a senior scientist with Cybertrust, said completely
cutting off access to security fixes for pirated machines could cause a
spike in malicious, Internet-based attacks. That's because there would
be more unsecured computers, which then could be used to attack others.

Mr David Lazar, a director of the effort, said Microsoft would monitor
that potential problem closely.

But the company actually considers its authentication requirement one
way to boost Internet security - stating that pirated copies of Windows
could contain viruses or other security threats.

While Mr Cooper praised Microsoft for continuing to allow all users to
get the automatic updates, regardless of whether they're running
pirated versions, he expected the software giant to eventually cut off
that security update avenue for pirated copies.

He said the company may feel it has few other options as it tries to
stop the millions of users who are running pirated copes of Windows.

The operating system is one of the company's major cash cows, and the
move comes as Microsoft is moving aggressively into emerging markets
where piracy is thought to be more common.

'The reality is that shareholders of Microsoft would like to see them
get all the money they are owed,' Mr Cooper said.

HIGH COST OF PIRACY

Piracy has cost the Washington-based company 'billions of dollars over
the past 10 years', Mr Lazar said.

'Our desire is to enhance the value of genuine Windows, to create a
differentiation (and) to add more value in the form of greater security
and reliability,' he added.

Customers who visit the manual Windows Update site will be asked to
prove that their copies of Windows are legitimate by allowing
Microsoft's system to automatically run a check, or by providing a
product identification number.

Users who have lost that number will be asked three basic questions
and, if they are deemed to be acting in good faith, they will be given
a free replacement key. - AP.



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Old February 1st 05, 10:39 PM posted to soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband
7
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !

six-toes wrote:

Microsoft shuts Windows on pirates


Use liveCDs like Knoppix and Mepis
http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
They boot up off the CD, automatically configure the PC
and run without installing.
If you have ethernet card, it would also configure
broadband automatically.
And its open source, done up techies and all free.

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Old February 1st 05, 11:17 PM posted to soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband
Ventura
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !

Try to install the Xp - Service Pack 2, your computer will slow down
dramatically. Some program installed will get "hanged". MS had given the
world a piece of **** judging by the amount they earned from selling these
****s. For safe browsing, I suggested you should use FireFox instead of IE.
http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/

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six-toes wrote:

Microsoft shuts Windows on pirates


Use liveCDs like Knoppix and Mepis
http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php
They boot up off the CD, automatically configure the PC
and run without installing.
If you have ethernet card, it would also configure
broadband automatically.
And its open source, done up techies and all free.



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Old February 2nd 05, 10:23 AM posted to soc.culture.malaysia,soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai
Bob Eager
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !

On Wed, 2 Feb 2005 10:39:01 UTC, "adchin" wrote:

****s. For safe browsing, I suggested you should use FireFox instead of

IE.
http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/


I believe you will need an OS in the first place


What are you on about? He said 'instead of IE'...in other words, on
Windows. Or are you a Linux [1] fanatic?


[1] Linux; an upstart UNIX wannabee operating system. OK, but not
marvellous.

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Old February 2nd 05, 10:39 AM posted to soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia,soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband
adchin
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !

****s. For safe browsing, I suggested you should use FireFox instead of
IE.
http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/


I believe you will need an OS in the first place


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Old February 2nd 05, 04:43 PM posted to soc.culture.malaysia,soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai
adchin
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !

I believe the original thread was talking about Microsoft trying to cut out
pirate copies of their Windows OS.


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Old February 2nd 05, 05:04 PM posted to soc.culture.malaysia,soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai
alex
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !

and you were of course dead right!

"adchin" wrote in message
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I believe the original thread was talking about Microsoft trying to cut out
pirate copies of their Windows OS.




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Old February 2nd 05, 05:32 PM posted to soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai,soc.culture.malaysia
Bob Eager
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !

On Wed, 2 Feb 2005 16:43:40 UTC, "adchin" wrote:

I believe the original thread was talking about Microsoft trying to cut out
pirate copies of their Windows OS.


Sorry...was misled by "7" going off at a tangent about Linux!

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Old February 2nd 05, 06:58 PM posted to soc.culture.malaysia,soc.culture.singapore,uk.telecom.broadband,soc.culture.thai
Dave Stanton
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Default Microsoft crax down on PIRATE COPIES !



[1] Linux; an upstart UNIX wannabee operating system. OK, but not
marvellous.


Windows in its umpteeth incarnation and still not 100% !!

Dave

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again
in the future!!
 




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