John Paczkowski

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It Looks Like You're Running a Pirated Version of Vista! Would You Like to Buy a License?

clippy.jpgMicrosoft’s gone and killed Vista’s infamous “Kill Switch,” a service that hamstrings unlicensed versions of the operating system.

Responding to complaints, the company said today that the upcoming Service Pack 1 update for Windows Vista will remove “Reduced Functionality Mode” from the OS’s copy-protection scheme.

That’s great news for innocent Vista users who’ve had their systems “reduced” for no good reason, although to be frank some users may find the nagware service with which it’s being replaced equally annoying. “Although our overall strategy remains the same, with SP1 we’re adjusting the customer experience that differentiates genuine from nongenuine systems in Windows Vista and later in Windows Server,” Windows product marketing Mike Sievert explained. “Users whose systems are identified as counterfeit will be presented with clear and recurring notices about the status of their system and how to get genuine. They won’t lose access to functionality or features, but it will be very clear to them that their copy of Windows Vista is not genuine and they need to take action.”

Recurring notices, huh? My God … they’ve finally found a new use for Clippy, haven’t they?

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik