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Romania proudly proclaims they 'built (their) country on pirated Windows'

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Recently, Romanian president Traian Basescu met with Bill Gates. He then proceeded to tell him how his country's IT business would be nothing if it weren't for pirated Windows software. He claimed that Romania's pirated Windows really helped the younger generation get into computers, which in turn accelerated IT development. Pirated copies of Windows also helped encourage creativity with computers. Basescu claimed that if it weren't for this piracy 10 years ago, he and Bill Gates wouldn't be the good friends they are now. Bill Gates got rather quiet, as he certainly doesn't like supporting piracy of his own software. Romania introduced anti-piracy legislation 10 years ago, but there are very few arrests being made considering that an estimated 70% of the country's software is pirated.

Source: The Inquirer
 

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Just goes to show, its everywhere. But this lead to a good thing as you can see how it helped them. Piracy isnt always a bad thing. (THough Bill is probably fuming really bad inside)
 

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lol thats great too bad for bill gates tho atleast he knows stuff for cheap makes people happy :D
 

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LOLOLOLOLOL he said it to his face
 

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Just goes to show, its everywhere. But this lead to a good thing as you can see how it helped them. Piracy isnt always a bad thing. (THough Bill is probably fuming really bad inside)
Piracy, can be a very good thing (not that I condone it...;) ), especially for a 'developing country' such as Romania. Lets face it, Bill Gates wipes his arse with more money than he's loosing from piracy in Romania.
 
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why doenst Romania just do the Brazil trick and all use linux.
 

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1. The romanian president is an idiot! I didn't vote for him :p
2. He might be right, but he's not the person to say that, not officially and not to Bill Gates' face!
3. He's an idiot!
4. Bill Gates cannot wasn't mad at all, he didn't even comment on that. Probably because Romania has the second largest number of foreigners in Microsoft after India and is followed closely by Russia. I sincerely don't think that those people had Windows licences when they went to Microsoft with considerable knowledge about the OS considering that right now, the medium income in Romania in about 300Euros/month!!! That's how much Windows XP Pro costs here! (Home Edition is a bit under 200E)!
I don't think Russia and India are doing great when it comes to income either!

So yes, one can say that some countries have trained their IT guys on pirated software...
I might be wrong though, maybe some people are born with Windows embedded :p
 

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Im sure Mr Gates would rather people used his software for free than having a whole nation turn to a Microsoft rival. Perhaps a bit foolish the president telling him to his face though. ;)
 

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Piracy, can be a very good thing (not that I condone it...;) ), especially for a 'developing country'
(or even a young developing developer ...)

:)

PSA: and lord knows! i certainly don't condone piracy either. (just payed a bit for sony vegas a while back ... worth every penny, btw)
 

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to bill gates he is.

i should do that more often, just go BILL, I NEVER pAYED FOR YOUR OS AND I USE IT. hell be like "wtf?"
Bill Gates isnt the man...

But if you tell him that to his face, he'll murder you like he has done many times before...:eek:



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Where do you get your numbers man?

"the medium income in Romania in about 300Euros/month!!! That's how much Windows XP Pro costs here! (Home Edition is a bit under 200E)!"

The real medium income in Romania is actually well under 150Euro(more than 80 % of the population makes less that money....get real man ,that is fact,dont't comment on things you have no idea,and XP costs under 200 euro and Home well under 100 euro).Basescu is an idiot as you say but he only told the truth..........I am from Romania and I would proudelly buy XP it it would not cost more that i earn in one mounth.....so f.ck of bill
 

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"the medium income in Romania in about 300Euros/month!!! That's how much Windows XP Pro costs here! (Home Edition is a bit under 200E)!"

The real medium income in Romania is actually well under 150Euro(more than 80 % of the population makes less that money....get real man ,that is fact,dont't comment on things you have no idea,and XP costs under 200 euro and Home well under 100 euro).Basescu is an idiot as you say but he only told the truth..........I am from Romania and I would proudelly buy XP it it would not cost more that i earn in one mounth.....so f.ck of bill
welcome to TPU, but in future i think youd do better avoiding violent flaming of other peoples posts. If you wish to make a correction, you can do so, present your facts and your arguement in a professional manner. Simply saying that another person is wrong is foolhardy...

its just like a kid saying "nah, im right, i dont care about your opinion."

Post some facts to back up your arguement.
Example - Census documents or surveys.
 
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Sorry for my post..i see that telling the truth upsets some guys in here...it's easy talking outside the problem,but i'm Romanian,I know wthat I'm talking and I mean no disrespect so here are my facts:

1:http://www.obiectiv.ro/vaslui/index.php?action=details&ids=14906
site is in romanian but there is also a currency excange rate there...do the math!
2:http://www.price.ro/preturi_microsoft_windows_xp_professional_9689.htm
use the excange rate on this aswell1

I have all the respect for this site and forum,so .......sorry:rockout:
 
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I forgot to say that i don't support piracy,and that I have an original XP,but for the record..........this NT 5.1 platform ain't worth it's money
 
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you think this is bad? go to russia, i just bought me a copy of adobe audition for about 1 american dollars.
Actually you can get a copy of that in China for around $0.5:p