Skip to comments.Vista's Legal Fine Print Raises Red Flags (All your computer are belong to us.)
Posted on 01/29/2007 11:13:55 AM PST by quidnunc
Vista, the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, makes its long awaited consumer debut tomorrow. The first major upgrade in five years, Vista incorporates a new, sleek look and features a wide array of new functionality, such as better search tools and stronger security.
The early reviews have tended to damn the upgrade with faint praise, however, characterizing it as the best, most secure version of Windows, yet one that contains few, if any, revolutionary features.
While those reviews have focused chiefly on Vista's new functionality, for the past few months the legal and technical communities have dug into Vista's "fine print." Those communities have raised red flags about Vista's legal terms and conditions as well as the technical limitations that have been incorporated into the software at the insistence of the motion picture industry.
The net effect of these concerns may constitute the real Vista revolution as they point to an unprecedented loss of consumer control over their own personal computers. In the name of shielding consumers from computer viruses and protecting copyright owners from potential infringement, Vista seemingly wrestles control of the "user experience" from the user.
Vista's legal fine print includes extensive provisions granting Microsoft the right to regularly check the legitimacy of the software and holds the prospect of deleting certain programs without the user's knowledge. During the installation process, users "activate" Vista by associating it with a particular computer or device and transmitting certain hardware information directly to Microsoft.
Even after installation, the legal agreement grants Microsoft the right to revalidate the software or to require users to reactivate it should they make changes to their computer components. In addition, it sets significant limits on the ability to copy or transfer the software, prohibiting anything more than a single backup copy and setting strict limits on transferring the software to different devices or users.
Vista also incorporates Windows Defender, an anti-virus program that actively scans computers for "spyware, adware, and other potentially unwanted software." The agreement does not define any of these terms, leaving it to Microsoft to determine what constitutes unwanted software.
Now I know I'll stick to Windows XP.
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That kinda reminds me of the Patriot Act.
XP has a similar set up.
Ping for a later post of URL with interesting information.
I think the direction Microsoft is moving in is disturbing..but it is their product I guess.
Regarding defender, I ran that stuff on my w2k box for a while and it never found anything. That would be good if were not for the fact that spybot and adaware were finding things. Did anyone else run it and what did you think?
I think his partner, Paul Allen is really the one who must be watched.
Someone contact Admiral Ackbar. I think we need his input here.
What do you think of this?
Yawn. Same old ****, different day.
Jeez, they're turning it into a Mac!
LOL, that didn't take long. Looks like someone's already cracked Vista's DRM.
| Someday, someone will
build special asylums for
the people who feel
to spend every waking hour
"informing" the world
of Microsoft's "flaws"
and attacking everything
that Microsoft does.
(If I'm put in charge
of the asylums' IT,
I'll make it a point
to build our software
around Vista -- then inmates
can dream of escape . . .)
..Gates knew it all along...
"Oh, and Microsoft locked out the other antivirus companies so you can't use your reliable security programs with it even though it's very lame."
I had not heard this. Is this a perm. situation?
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