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Microsoft Sued Over WGA Privacy Issues

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  1. zekrahminator

    zekrahminator McLovin

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    Most people would think that Microsoft has had enough trouble with WGA in the past. It seems to not even phase pirating, and recently locked legitimate users out of Windows temporarily. However, a student at Beijing University in China wants to add "spies on legitimate users" to that list. He installed WGA on his XP SP2 computer, and according to some, he did this without knowing what exactly what WGA did. The student's lawsuit focuses on the idea that Microsoft's anti-piracy measure is a violation of privacy. Microsoft stands firm in their claim that WGA is non-invasive, and only checks on core parts of the operating system.

    Source: Neowin
  2. FreedomEclipse

    FreedomEclipse ~Technological Technocrat~

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    I bet Bill Gates Is just sitting in his big chair reading about this, rolling himself a fat one one & thinking..... f**k me this is going to hurt
  3. Flint

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    How is this going to hurt Bill Gates, or Microsoft? This isn't the first lawsuit over WGA, and somehow MS keeps rolling along. Does everyone really have that much of an issue with WGA? I'm not being a wise ass, I'm truly interested in whether most people have as much of a problem with WGA as this student does.
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    Please, if you're going to sound like a Microsoft shill (whether you are or not :p), at least do your homework: Weekend WGA Failure Locked Out Legit Windows Vista Users

    If this isn't a problem for you, then I don't know what is. Any software that punishes legitimate users while allowing pirates to roam free has serious issues. And this is just one example.
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    FreedomEclipse ~Technological Technocrat~

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    well it is because Microsoft have just been fined $688-$690 million & also orderd to pick up 80% of court costs in their anti-trust case

    so that, the drop in sales & also legal action by those such as this student here. but then again yeah im sure Bill Gates has more cash where that came from - this must be like buying a bag of KP Peanuts at the local Qwikie mart for him

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6998272.stm


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    not to mention what kinda other lawsuits they may have picked up along the way
  6. Flint

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    Why did you have to reply back with that tone? I asked for reasons, not insults. Chill out, man. That WGA failure didn't affect, so I had obviously had no problem it, nor did the other 4 PC's in my house. Sorry if sound like I am defending MS. Did you personally have a problem with WGA?
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    mdm-adph New Member

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    The "tongue-sticking-out-of-mouth" smilie :)p) is usually used to denote a lighthearted tone, and can sometimes be an indicator that a poster's intentions are other than that immediately inferred by the overall tone of the post.
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    {roles eyes} Here we go again. MS will just bog it down even "if" there is anything legit about it. If this kid is going to fight it he's not going to have time for school, lol.
    Not sure if Bill really cares too much about what happens to MS anymore (had he I'd have thought he would have picked someone smart in either the business or tech field to run it...).
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    Sorry man..this is me with too much coffee in the morning and too many phone calls in the morning. I totally read you wrong.

    In reading Freedom's posts and your post, I have to agree...MS use of WGA has brought about some major headcaches for MS and it's users, but I think that is the exception, rather than the rule. I was just curious as to whether you folks consider WGA a violation of privacy.

    Also, what alternative anti-piracy measures should MS look into..besides the obvious of not charging an arm and a leg for their OS?
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    Worry not -- my sarcasm was tightly veiled and hard to identify.

    But anywho, is WGA an invasion of privacy? Isn't any software that periodically "phones home" with information about what you're doing and what you've got installed without telling you an "invasion of privacy?" ;)

    And anti-piracy measures? Well, they could drop support for all major 3D games and business software. That'd pretty much cut out on people pirating copies of Windows. Short of that, there's nothing MS can do -- people can, and will always, pirate their software.

    The thing is, though -- they don't care. They want you to pirate it. Bill Gates said it himself in 1998 -- as long as you're pirating their stuff, they really don't care.

    Oh, they'll come after a few to make it look like they're trying to stamp out piracy, but this is mostly just for shareholders.
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    Nice read lol
    Says alot about Bill Gates but then again thats just for pirating in China :laugh::laugh::laugh:


    Also I noticwed something ironic Bill Gates says in this 1998 interview that in about a decade he will probably have another CEO replace him how ironic Bill Gates is stepping down as head honcho in Summer 2008 lol oh well this is a good story though
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    I could have sworn I read somewhere on here that mdm-adph was an alternative term for sarcasm on the forum ;P

    I agree, but on the charges actually brought up against pirates it seems its either the broadcasters of their piracy or companies that are caught with it. I've seen plenty of computers that say "your version of windows (insert version) is invalid" with the 30sec or so delay before allowing you to login and continue use.

    Flint, I think that a lot of companies we use software and drivers from violate our privacy but we agree to it when we install and use their products. Microsoft is just an antitrust company now so everyone worries about them. There are much smaller companies that no one looks at that take system information and don't specify anything but its anonymity.
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    I think thats a really good argument and says alot about companies other than Microsoft
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    Yeah, I mean, if a company wants to protect themselves and their profits, they get slammed for it. If they dont, they get slammed for it, its a catch 22 to be honest.

    Im assuming, that in 1998 when he said that, he didnt think it would cost them as much as it is currently costing them today.
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    Maybe so, but I just don't think that, even today, it's costing them nearly anything.

    Remember, this is the company that claimed record sales of an operating system like Vista -- sounds to me like they're getting most of their revenue through OEM sales and business contracts, and those are fairly immune to piracy.
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    Yeah, I think retail copies of Vista, if any are being bought, have to be a very small percentage of Vista sales. Most folks either get the OS preinstalled by the OEM, or opt to buy a cheaper OEM copy on their own. Or pirate it.
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    I'm guessing WGA is zune format?

    MS needs to back off of their customers; it would be funny if China ordered MS to make the format able to spy on their citizens. :laugh:
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    :laugh: I was thinking about that earlier. This fellow has more to worry about than MS spying on him.

    Hmm now that I think on it more, we all have more to worry about. :(
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    All-seeing oppressive totalitarian governments FTW!
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    I would say China is the least worst of these types of governments lol, but didn't they order MS to make there OSes so that what the government wanted censored on the internet was censored?
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    No I thibnk that was Google that they had censor the web.

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