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Old March 14, 2008, 06:33 PM
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I don't think illegally installing software that destroys my hardware for legitimate use the cost of piracy. That's downright bs and forces honest people to consider dishonest methods to preserve their computer systems that have been unlawfully breached by overzealous companies.

Pardon any anger, it is not towards you but rather the circumstances.

I never heard of the other model you suggest, but I really like the idea...I will take a closer look because I would like to learn more.
I don't believe Microsoft has done any such thing... (I can't believe I'm standing up for them.... :) )

Sony on the other hand did, and as such doesn't get any of my business (including any music cd's I wish to purchase which have copy protection on them). They also paid a heavy price not only in court but also in the court of public perception.

My main reason for not going with Vista is the built in DRM features which allow third party content holders (like Sony) to arbitrarily disable (through software... no real damage done) hardware features which might be used to circumnavigate their copy protections.... that presumes guilt on my part and removes my right to make archival backups of products I purchase. That's an invasion of my privacy that I'm not willing to give up.

By "diablo web server" model.... I'm simply refering to blizzard's use of free on-line play (with on-going content improvement) for its Diablo series of games.

By offering a server based content model, they are able to check each connecting game for a valid code, and easily (relatively) adapt to new hacks/cracks.

Not only did this model keep sales strong for a decade.... it also meant that many folks went back for a second or third copy when their original media wore out, or they decided they wanted to set up a "mule" for easy item swapping/storage.
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