What type of idiot actually buys software? Pirate that shit.
Semi related: why does Microsoft allow pirated copies of Windows to use all the Microsoft services and get Windows Updates?
Wouldn't it be in their best interest to block pirate copies from accessing Windows updates?
Microsoft makes most of their money from enterprise customers and system builders, doubt they give a shit about the tiny minority of people who build their own PCs and pirate Windows.
>he doesn't even know how MS copy protection
you don't need to copy that software.
pirating is bad because of people can die if you attack a ship
you can live with free-software only.
If it's not a money issue, why don't you pay for software?
inb4 some bullshit about how it's immoral to sell software, and you're fighting the capitalistic patriarchy for the good of humankind. You're just a selfish and/or poor faggot.
>tfw bought a ton of $15 Windows 8 Pro keys by inputting fake info during the Windows 7 upgrade period
>Sure I'll install you Windows 8 for half the price at retail
They all think I'm a hero.
>Wouldn't it be in their best interest to block pirate copies from accessing Windows updates?
Oh fuck no.
For several reasons.
One, massive massive increase in malware and viruses as systems now can't be patched.
Two, they want you to pirate windows, get addicted, and then pay.
It's classic dealer strategies.
>Two, they want you to pirate windows, get addicted, and then pay.
But why would I ever pay when it's so easy to pirate? I've been pirating Windows since 98, and I don't plan on paying for it any time soon.
Also, why would they care if people using pirated copies get malware? It ain't their problem, it's only the paying customers they have an obligation to protect.
I've have windows pirated since XP. I actually own a legit copy of windows pro because I bought my refurb thinkpad t410 from microcenter with it preloaded.
>I might buy windows 10 if it isn't utter shit and driver support exists.
There's one reason and only one reason.
Pirates are going to pirate Windows no matter what MS does. Fighting pirates and inconveniencing normal users as well just pisses off paying customers.
If they make it extremely hard to pirate then pirates will just move to other OSes. Letting pirates suck a couple million terabytes of updates is a small price to maintain OS marketshare and mindshare.
It also reduces pirates getting buttfucked with security holes and blaming Windows for not being secure even if MS already fixed the exploit.
>forcing malware on your aunt
It's one thing to be a dipshit and pirate your os using some nonfree shitware from god knows who which does god knows what to your install, but it's another to steal money from someone and then infecting them with this garbage
fuck yourself dipshit.
So let's say your PC runs a Linux host, and for gaming you have a Windows guest machine over KVM with VGA Passthrough (via VT-d/AMD-Vi) which takes control of your discrete GPU.
Now let's say you only have one 2560x1440 monitor with one Dual-Link DVI Input. You need the monitor to be connected to the integrated GPU's output while using the Linux host and connected to the discrete GPU's output when using the Windows guest.
What is the cheapest way to switch between display outputs with a single input? DVI-D KVM Switches with the bandwidth needed for 2560x1440 are in excess of $150.
In the event that the best option is to simply manually switch the monitor's DVI cable between outputs, does a form of dumb switch (non-KVM switch, just physically switches between sources and nothing else) exist to do this more conveniently?
Someone who is new to the internet.
Someone who wants to uphold the law.
Someone who believes a good software = paid software.
Someone who is legally required to upon required inspection.
(Professional who don't want their work to be damaged)
Legit Businesses who don't want to be sued.
Microsoft owns the PC OS market because it doesn't make piracy impossible or impractical. It makes gestures not really intended to deter piracy, and it can afford to because BUNDLED OS are where the money is. Not enough people build their own PCs for separate OS sales to be a huge deal.
That's also how it owns the office software market. Office 97 came out any most people who used it at work copied the disk and used it at home. Now other office suites have trivial marketshare.
>What type of idiot actually buys software?
ur mum loved my hardware so much she let me install my software
Piracy is theft.
Think of the software engineer who went to work every day to write that code. She probably missed time with her significant other and/or family to write that software for YOU the CUSTOMER, and you're going to turn around and steal it.
Learn some morals /g/. For people who like to drone on about how evil and unethical software companies are, you sure don't have any ethics yourselves.
>not getting it for free through your University
I'm a software engineer and have a quite bigger disposable income now than 10 years ago. I buy windows and other software because it's hassle free and somewhat safe from whatever extra shit slipped in in the pirate version. I still pirate media though for two reasons. It's more convenient and higher quality than commercial alternatives.
Don't forget to reuse your OEM keys on Windows 7 machines that had it factory installed. Much simpler.
That be some poor logic, friendo.
Successful companies maximise revenue from multiple streams of their business. Just because the brunt of it comes from Enterprise/re-seller areas, doesn't mean they don't pay try maximise income in other areas.
That's like saying McDonalds makes so much of its money from lunch and dinner options, they don't care how successful its breakfast products are.
Yeezus christ, there are people on /g/ right now who haven't read a single essay by our one true god, rms.
Two main reasons:
1. Vulnerabilities. It's why you make vaccines cheap/free, so that the majority of the population can be immune. If there are a shitload of infected copies of windows kicking about, they spread that shit.
2. Microsoft isn't selling software, they're selling an ecosystem. Their biggest customers are businesses. You use a pirated copy of windows at home and that's the OS you're used to using, so at work you use Windows too. And they have to pay for it.
It's also why windows is cheap as fuck for OEMs. They sell computers with Windows, and so whenever you buy a computer you're getting brought into the microsoft club. All your software, all your experience, is all in the microsoft fun land. So if you want to continue to be in microsoft fun land you have to pay.
Imagine if people were forced to use linux at home and microsoft at work. Businesses would just switch to linux.
And for all the copies it did sell, she's seeing a tiny, tiny fraction of the money it makes. Even taking into consideration the tiny fraction she would have contributed to colossal software projects like windows.
If anything, the company is stealing from her.
Software is a service, not a product.
She was paid by a person (microsoft) to write code. She walked home with a paycheck. Then that person turned around and tried to make money off the code they wrote and instead of making 2 billion in profit they made 1.5 billion in profit because a shitload of people pirated
But the software engineer is sitting at home eating a fat fucking pork roast
... and patents. I remember they're currently in a lawsuit against Samsung with lots of money involved.
This is why we can't have people think Leenucks is nice. Dammit.
You know, that argument is invalid. Pirated or not, she's still gonna get her pennies to get milk and buy nice clothes. People working for Canonical, Gnome or Red Hat and get paid produce software that is never charged for... so yeah, you're going to need to come up with something better than the movie industry shit.
Yes it is free. I suggest you research on the DreamSpark program for instance... Microsoft gives away enrolment into that program to educational institutions.
It's more like mcdonalds saying they don't care a store in texas made extra fries one night when it was already running slow for the night and they just had to throw them away.
How much revenue do you think Microsoft has? How many people do you think pirate windows?
It would cost them more money to prevent pirating then they would gain.
>Learn some morals /g/. For people who like to drone on about how evil and unethical software companies are, you sure don't have any ethics yourselves.
>Implying I use nonfree software.
Well, considering I have an MSDN Ultimate subscription, I must be really challenged...
Except, I make enough that your opinion means nothing more than the time I've taken to tell you... You're a fucking moron.
Read his post again. Programmer doesn't get hurt here, because he/she wouldn't get paid any more anyway in a giant corporation like that. People on higher positions in Microsoft get less profit, which is insanely high anyway. Microsoft is swimming in money, they throw it away on the most stupid stuff like Scroogled commercials for example. Buying Windows instead for pirating won't make it any better.
Speaking of windoze, what's the current consensus regarding 'doze 7 vs 'doze 8/10?
I got my copy of Windows 7 for $20 and I got my Windows 8 upgrade for $15 and I got three Windows 8 keys for family by stealing upgrades from my work.
It's what runs my computer. I can justify the $35 I've spent over the past 6 years. Just like I can justify the $1300 I just spent on a monitor today.
It means you have to activate them before two years have passed since you got the keys. NOT that your windows copy will become invalid after two years, it will last forever. And even on that two years time and two machines per key limits, I don't believe there are any checks.
And would i be safe in assuming that there's ways of de-gaying 'doze 8, which is to say get rid of the touch screen bullshit and have it look like my riced out 2kool4skool 'doze 7?
You're missing the point. It's a lot like the Adobe CS strategy, where they allow the software to be pirated by individuals so when they enter the professional/commercial environment they expect the software to be licensed to them. Accustom your users to the software so that their workflow involves your software, that way businesses purchase enterprise licences of the software to maintain productivity.
I'm not sure why you would want that. If you don't need the Metro menu, you don't have to use it, but you can install a program that brings the old start menu back and I'm sure there are many ways to rice it.
>Micro$oft spends millions on research and development (whether is bears fruit or not)
>People think it should be free and they have the right to get it for free
I don't have anything against pirating but this is a shit mentality.
Yeah but... How do you make sure the pirated windows doesn't have viruses in it? I don't want to download something sketchy from thepiratebay if there is a chance it might give me viruses, steal my passwords etc.
>having to buy your OS
Fuck no, nigga.
I'll be running 7 until 2020 when Microsoft cuts support. Hell, I'll still probably be using it even after that.