[Wolves] M$ comes up with another money spinner....

Ron Wellsted ron at wellsted.org.uk
Sun Jan 4 16:37:12 UTC 2009

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Kevanf1 wrote:
> 2009/1/3 Andy Wootton <andy.wootton at wyrley.demon.co.uk>:
>> Kevanf1 wrote:
>>> I had to check it was January 1st not April 1st when I saw this:
>>> http://news.zdnet.com/2424-9595_22-256995.html
>>> Agreed, this business model does work with mobile phones.  How many
>>> home based mobile phone builders are there though?  I refer to home
>>> builders of PC's probably not being able to upgrade or otherwise tweak
>>> these machines.  I read into these 'subscription PC's' a locked in,
>>> closed source hardware model similar to MS's closed source software.
>> I was thinking more: thinnish client tied into services in 'the cloud'
>> that always take you to the company shop. The exact opposite of Freedom.
>> They'll make it really easy too and people will willingly pay extra to
>> have their freedom taken away in exchange for an easy life (see
>> iPod/iTunes.)

This is a natural deveopment of the "Trusted Computing".  This is
essentially what the games consoles (x-box, x-box 360, PS3, Wii) have
become.  Only signed, "trusted" (read "Approved") programs can be used
on the machines.

> Allied to this how many of you have seen the new poster campaign by
> Microsoft?  The one with the slogan:
> "Windows, a world without boundarys".
> I think I have the wording right but if don't that is the sentiment.
> I can't help but think that first they should be prosecuted by Trading
> Standards and secondly that the best prison is one in which the
> prisoners cannot see the bars..

I prefer "In a world without fences, who needs gates?".

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