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Men Face criminal charge for Xbox Tampering
Reuters ^ | 12/20/2005 | cawats

Posted on 12/21/2005 12:39:30 AM PST by CAWats





Men Face criminal charge for Xbox Tampering
Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:45 PM ET168

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have charged three men with copyright infringement for selling modified Xbox consoles that enabled the original video game machine from Microsoft Corp. to play pirated games.

The criminal complaint filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday named ACME Game Store co-owners Jason Jones, 34, and Jonathan Bryant, 44, as well as Pei "Patrick" Cai, 32.

(Excerpt) Read more at today.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; convictedmonopoly; tampering; thoughtpolice; xbox
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1 posted on 12/21/2005 12:39:31 AM PST by CAWats
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To: CAWats

Isn't that how Bill Gates got his start?


2 posted on 12/21/2005 12:41:42 AM PST by msnimje (Political Correctness -- An OFFENSIVE attempt not to offend.)
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To: msnimje

if the buyer knows.. is there a crime here?


3 posted on 12/21/2005 12:55:36 AM PST by GeronL (1678 computer infections and still Freeping!!!)
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To: msnimje

besides subborning pirating?


4 posted on 12/21/2005 12:55:52 AM PST by GeronL (1678 computer infections and still Freeping!!!)
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To: msnimje

And China too?


5 posted on 12/21/2005 12:59:53 AM PST by oceanperch (Don't Let Your Meat Loaf!)
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To: msnimje

His start came with his co-inventing the harddisk operating system. Before Gates, there was only tape. :-)


6 posted on 12/21/2005 1:01:49 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: JoeSixPack1
His start came with his co-inventing the harddisk operating system.

I was HALF kidding. Didn't he swipe some ideas from IBM and claim them as his own?
7 posted on 12/21/2005 1:03:30 AM PST by msnimje (Political Correctness -- An OFFENSIVE attempt not to offend.)
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To: msnimje

Gates contracted with IBM to manufacture his product. IBM held steadfast to it's design patent after Gates wanted to outsource the exclusives he gave IBM.

Simple response to your statement..... Cart before horse. :-)


8 posted on 12/21/2005 1:21:43 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: JoeSixPack1
Gates contracted with IBM to manufacture his product.

He did so by selling a product which he did not yet have. He then approached several operating system designers. One of them sold him Quick and Dirty Operating System, which Bill renamed MSDOS.

He got the money from two places. One was his daddy, an Intellectual Property lawyer and also from sales of his BASIC compiler, which he got by stealing the work of others.

There are a couple of sad points to this. One, he was turned down by the creator of CP/M, which was a pretty good operating system compared to the kludge which was QDOS. Second, he wasn't tossed in jail for his antics. People who get away with crimes like theft and fraud generally go on to perpetuate larger thefts and frauds.

9 posted on 12/21/2005 1:42:51 AM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: Knitebane

"People who get away with crimes like theft and fraud generally go on to perpetuate larger thefts and frauds."

A.K.A Marketing...


10 posted on 12/21/2005 2:26:38 AM PST by DB ()
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To: JoeSixPack1
His start came with his co-inventing the harddisk operating system. Before Gates, there was only tape. :-)

And CP/M ... and Linux ... and System 32 ... and ...

11 posted on 12/21/2005 2:33:57 AM PST by The Duke
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To: Knitebane; The Duke
I had my fill of Bill Gates after he purposely set out to, and did, destroy Stack Industries.

First he stole their architecture for compression. Then he took them to court for using what he then claimed was his. Then he lost his court case but came away with a court order to share technology, research and buy stock in Stack.

So he shut down his R&D of compression algorithms so he wouldn't have to share.
He used his court ordered stock purchase for a hostile take over.
He tap danced until the courts orders were fulfilled and Stack Industries was dead.
Then he bloated his programs and started stealing disk impression architecture to expand capacity.

Gates is a piece of work like no other.

12 posted on 12/21/2005 2:50:39 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: JoeSixPack1
Gates is a piece of work like no other.

A liar, a thief and a socialist. But I repeat myself.

13 posted on 12/21/2005 2:56:53 AM PST by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: Knitebane
A liar, a thief and a socialist. But I repeat myself.

A rat, by any other name, is still a democrat. :-)

14 posted on 12/21/2005 3:03:00 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: JoeSixPack1

Agent Smith will be here shortly. Mr. JoeSixPack1.


15 posted on 12/21/2005 3:15:29 AM PST by Stentor
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To: CAWats

We have all the terrorists now in custody? That would be the only explanation as to why the feds are wasting their time on something like this.


16 posted on 12/21/2005 3:24:58 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Knitebane

"A liar, a thief and a socialist."

I'll bite! I get your argument for the liar and theif bit. 'Socialist'? I get the impression I'll be inviting you to jump on your hobby horse soap box here but, it is Christmas, so go on...... why a 'socialist'?


17 posted on 12/21/2005 3:29:06 AM PST by Brit_Guy
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To: Knitebane
and a socialist

Why? Because he is giving away billions of dollars to save some of the suffering this planet offers to its denizens?

18 posted on 12/21/2005 3:32:27 AM PST by Glenn (What I've dared, I've willed; and what I've willed, I'll do!)
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To: Brit_Guy

"A liar, a thief, and a Socialist," ...and Time's "Man of the Year. If you steal enough and ruin enough competitors so that you can give an infinitesimal fraction of the loot to liberal causes, you can buy honors like that in this evil world.


19 posted on 12/21/2005 3:34:33 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: Stentor

It was the reference to architecture, right??? :-(


20 posted on 12/21/2005 3:36:26 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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