Microsoft’s virtual reality

I happened across this today in an article from the BBC News site, discussing a feature in their recent Vista OS which is supposed to prevent piracy:

Microsoft says its efforts have seen a drop in piracy of its software.

This just cracked me up. From what I’ve heard about Vista, the reason that there’s been very little piracy has nothing to do with the feature known as the “kill switch,” but is simply because no one wants it. People who buy new computers that have Vista pre-installed are actually buying copies of older operating systems to replace Vista because, to put it bluntly, Vista sucks.

If MSoft wants to believe that their anti-piracy feature is what is preventing theft, let them believe it. However, it seems that the best anti-piracy feature you can have is to make a software product that people will actually pay not to use.

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