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

Kris Douglas webbox.uk at gmail.com
Sun Jan 4 19:29:44 UTC 2009

2009/1/4 Ron Wellsted <ron at wellsted.org.uk>:
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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?".

I find the official one, "Windows: a world without walls" to be a
stupid one, cause in a world without walls, who needs windows? lol.

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