August 22, 2015

Oh This Just Keeps Getting Better and Better

Tales of  teh tech-weasel's telescreen tyranny.

It seems that Windows "10" will have the ability to shut down any programs it considers unauthorized or illegitimate. 

Thus, it seems likely that game you got from DL Site that you stripped the DRM  out of because it was incompatible with anything after XP is just toast. 

But wait...

I am 45 years old. Not counting my old TI-99, I got my first real computer out of a dumpster in 1999. As it and its subsequent replacements have all been Macs, I've never learned code and the magical slabs of seeing are all black box technology to me. 

So...Keeping in mind the Gell-Mann  effect and the fact that I don't really understand the matter beyond the broadest basics, can anyone opine on the veracity/feasibility of this ?

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1 I've been following this, and the analysis seems to be that Microsoft needs to fire the lawyers writing their EULAs.  Basically, Windows 10 provides integration with all of Microsoft's online services and with Xbox, but all the rules for everything you could possibly do with Windows 10 and any linked Microsoft products and services have been shoved into the one 12,000-word document.

In this case, the rules apply to Xbox Live - if you download a pirated game onto your Xbox, Microsoft can remove it and/or cancel your Xbox Live account.  But that has always been the case with Xbox.

I'm still a bit leery of Windows 10 and waiting for at least the first update, but you need to remember that Microsoft are looking to upgrade about a billion business users to this new release, and they will get no traction at all if businesses are worried that Micosoft can reach into their computers.

But then, Amazon deleted unauthorised copies of, of all things, 1984 from users' Kindles, so I wouldn't be surprised if they pull a dumb stunt at some point, got their fingers burnt, and had to re-think.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sat Aug 22 20:59:40 2015 (PiXy!)

2 Ah. I had missed that this was an X-Box thing...that puts a different spin on it.  Thanks!
Hmmm...Your mention of the AMAZON kindle fiasco reminds me of the AMAZON RWBY kerfuffel, which as trivial as it was, struck me as much more worrisome in its implications. 
I'm old, I don't get these newfangled my view of this are not through the lens of someone who is tech savvy and it is probably being tainted by crumudgeonism.
But the ability to go in and rewrite libraries or break ones tools from afar if they have forbidden knowledge or associate with the wrong person...that's the stuff of evil sorcerers; a totalitarians wet dream...
Alas, such worries are for superstitious children of course...and crumudgeons who just don't get it. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Aug 22 21:21:54 2015 (ohzj1)

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