1/19/2001: New protection system in the Microsoft Whistler?
Apparently, and as The Register reports, in Microsoft they study to incorporate into his future operating system Whistler a novel and "revolutionary" protection system it anticopies, although the recent beta 2 (liberated a few days ago) does not take this system for problems of last hour with the record of the users. Also Microsoft hopes to implant this system in the Microsoft Office 10.
Basically, the system anticopies is based that during the installation process generates a code; by phone or by means of Internet one contacts with Microsoft, and a number is obtained to unblock the software. Nevertheless, this number will generate from the key of the product (product key, the protection used till now) and the only number generated from the characteristics hardware of the computer where he settles.
The result: it will be possible only to install for the only user and in an ordering only one. If you have to reinstall the operating system (slightly not at all strange with Windows), or if certain hardware changes (the motherboard? the BIOS? the mike? the graphic card? the hard disk? still be clear...), very possibly the initial code serve and be necessary call to Microsoft and it explain.
Nevertheless, Tomas Jensen, spokesman of Microsoft Germany, in declarations mentioned to Financial Times Deutschland that Germany might be an exception in the implantation of this system, for being a "critical" market (economically, in sensibility and in number of users of... Linux), then to be out of line you are the same words on the following day and to the same publication; we go, where I said I say, say Diego.
The question is that these practices very probably might be declared illegal in Germany, or in the whole European Union, on what perhaps finally they do not decide to it. The true thing is that perhaps Microsoft is capable of the use of the computer doing to us easier and easier and friendly, but with these "inventions" certainly it is not going to obtain it. This remembers me to this song, "a step p'alante and another p'atrás"...
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News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship