No to product activation


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Tarquin Mills

Dear All,
As Microsoft have a complete commercial monopoly it is time to break the
Product Activation system. MS software prices could be regulated by
government e.g. Oftel regulated BT telephone call charges. Or it could be
made free for consumer or very heavy price reductions for everyone. As MS
has alot money in it's bank account and does little actual development,
I propose to put MS product activation codes on the Internet starting
with this Windows 95 one ID# 05697-OEM-0019182-74655, please send me your
codes and I will post them on alt.destroy.microsoft and put them on
www.rebootcampaign.org.uk

No I will not give into TPM, Bill.
 
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Ronnie Vernon MVP

Just a couple of things wrong with your message.

1. Windows 95 was never a part of product activation?

2. The number you posted (ID# 05697-OEM-0019182-74655) is not an activation code or even a product key?

3. Yes, Microsoft is a monopoly, but being a monopoly is not a crime.

4. What difference does it make how much money Microsoft has in their bank account?

It sounds like your message has more to do with a lot of jealousy toward someone who is successful.

Watch out for those black helicopters.
 
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RJK

What a crock of s**t !
For all it's faults, and for all the crap talked about a MS monopoly,
Windows is LOVELY !

( ...except for that stupid Windows Validation registry key that I got rid
of, then had to put back in ! )

regards, Richard
 
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Ronnie said:
Just a couple of things wrong with your message.
3. Yes, Microsoft is a monopoly, but being a monopoly is not a crime.
Ever hear of the anti-trust act? Being a monopoly *is* a crime.

Alias
 
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Bruce Chambers

Tarquin said:
Dear All,
As Microsoft have a complete commercial monopoly ...

What's it like to go through life completely out of touch with reality?
i bet you still live with (i.e., sponge off) your parents, don't you?


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HeyBub

ºAliasº said:
Ever hear of the anti-trust act? Being a monopoly *is* a crime.
There is no "Anti-trust" act. Perhaps you mean the "Sherman Anti-Trust Act,"
the "Clayton Act," or the "Wilson Tariff Act." However, all "trust" acts
deal with collusion amongst erstwhile competitors, not monopolies.

Even so, being a monoply is not a crime per se, in fact monopolies are
explicitly sanctioned and encouraged by the very first Article in the
Constitution (Article I, Section 8).

Virtually all knowledgeable people agree that monopolies are usually good
for the consumer. That's why there's no law against being a monopoly. The
arch-monopolist, John D.Rockefeller, drove down the price of kerosene down
from $3.00/gallon to five cents in only three years! This was, admittedly,
bad for the whale-oil industry, but it lit up America.

Microsoft is a practical monopoly, true, but there is a force equally as
powerful that serves as a Microsoft competitor: Microsoft itself. Unless
Microsoft creates new products, to compete against its existing offerings,
the revenue stream essentially becomes a trickle.

So why do monopolies have a bad rap then? It's not being a monopoly that's
bad -- it's the actions sometimes undertaken to achieve monopoly status or
the business practices once monopoly status is gained that generate the
criticism.
 
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HeyBub

Tarquin said:
Dear All,
As Microsoft have a complete commercial monopoly it is time to break
the Product Activation system. MS software prices could be regulated
by government e.g. Oftel regulated BT telephone call charges. Or it
could be made free for consumer or very heavy price reductions for
everyone. As MS has alot money in it's bank account and does little
actual development, I propose to put MS product activation codes on
the Internet starting with this Windows 95 one ID#
05697-OEM-0019182-74655, please send me your codes and I will post
them on alt.destroy.microsoft and put them on
www.rebootcampaign.org.uk
The government is not the solution. True, Microsoft could be regulated like
BT. But then, the United States (and by extension, the rest of the world)
wouldn't HAVE Windows. In its place would be something designed by the
telephone company, say, UNIX.

There was a time, not so very long ago, when, with every tolling of the hour
by Big Ben, the British Ensign was being hoisted at dawn somewhere on the
globe. Now, with every tick of the Atomic Clock at the National Bureau of
Standards, somewhere on the earth Microsoft Windows displays its opening
logo (often for the fifteenth time of the day).
 
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Doug Knox MS-MVP

Let's see how long it takes MS's legal department in the UK to track you down through your ISP.

Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 23:04:51 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Host: 82.31.182.181
X-Trace: newsfe4-gui.ntli.net 1151795091 82.31.182.181 (Sun, 02 Jul 2006 00:04:51 BST)
 
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paulmd

Ronnie said:
Just a couple of things wrong with your message.

1. Windows 95 was never a part of product activation?
This it true.

2. The number you posted (ID# 05697-OEM-0019182-74655) is not an activation code or even a product key?
Windows 95 and NT4 use product keys in this format.
 
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Charlie Tame

Shouldn't think they'll bother Doug, appears to be more of a threat to
himself than to Microsoft :)

Wasn't "Tarquin" one of the contestants in Monty Python's "Upper Class Twit
of the Year" sketch?

Charlie

Let's see how long it takes MS's legal department in the UK to track you
down through your ISP.

Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 23:04:51 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Host: 82.31.182.181
X-Trace: newsfe4-gui.ntli.net 1151795091 82.31.182.181 (Sun, 02 Jul 2006
00:04:51 BST)
 
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UVP

3. Yes, Microsoft is a monopoly, but being a monopoly is not a crime.

Yes it is dumbass, and Microsoft have already been fined for monopolistic
practices.
 
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UVP

HeyBub said:
Virtually all knowledgeable people agree that monopolies are usually good
for the consumer. That's why there's no law against being a monopoly.
What a ****tard. Maybe in the USA they condone anti-competitive monopolies
but in many countires it is a crime.
 
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Doug Knox MS-MVP

No, being a monopoly is not a crime. Various methods that are used to become a monopoly are.
 
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Guest

I found out I had to re-activate Windows because I re-installed a whole lot
of drivers (system was stuffing up). So yeah, activation annoys me, but I
wouldn't go as far to say remove activation full stop.
 
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Rhonda Lea Kirk

Tarquin said:
Dear All,
As Microsoft have a complete commercial monopoly it is time to break
the Product Activation system. MS software prices could be regulated
by government e.g. Oftel regulated BT telephone call charges. Or it
could be made free for consumer or very heavy price reductions for
everyone. As MS has alot money in it's bank account and does little
actual development, I propose to put MS product activation codes on
the Internet starting with this Windows 95 one ID#
05697-OEM-0019182-74655, please send me your codes and I will post
them on alt.destroy.microsoft and put them on
www.rebootcampaign.org.uk

No I will not give into TPM, Bill.
I don't see how this solves anything.

It looks remarkably childish to me.

rl
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Rhonda Lea Kirk

If you ever need some proof that time can heal your wounds,
just step inside my heart and walk around these rooms;
where the shadows used to be.... Mary Chapin Carpenter
 

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