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Posted by Soulskill
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MrSeb writes "With the latest Windows 8 build (8064) that has been delivered to Intel, it's clear that the company is taking strides to make sure that its upcoming OS isn't quite so easy to pirate. For starters, the generic volume license keys that were so easily exploited during the early days of Windows 7 leaks will no longer be an option for pirates. Product keys also won't be shipped in the prodkey.txt file included in the build packages. Instead, installers will need to retrieve a unique key from a Microsoft web page. There's also a good possibility that the recently-surfaced fast booting patent could come into play as well. If Microsoft does indeed have designs on using a remote server to push OS code to systems at boot time, that code would be a very clever place to embed activation-related programming. Even if a crack was discovered, it would be neatly undone during a subsequent start-up sequence — similar to the way Microsoft's now-idle Windows Steady State could turn back the clock on an entire Windows installation after rebooting." Microsoft has also indirectly confirmed in a recent blog post that Windows 8 will make use of an app store.
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Windows 8 To Fight Piracy With the Cloud

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  • by TaoPhoenix (980487) <TaoPhoenix@yahoo.com> on Friday August 19, 2011 @01:35PM (#37145040) Journal

    Found it!

    If you no longer even own your full OS and require "pushed OS code at boot time" the Cloud Scam will be complete!

  • To the roots (Score:4, Insightful)

    by iONiUM (530420) * on Friday August 19, 2011 @01:39PM (#37145128) Homepage Journal

    Microsoft needs to go back to their roots and remember that their success in the PC market these days can largely (but of course, not entirely) be attributed to the fact that many younger people pirated their OS and used it a lot.

    This is why they should just let piracy go, especially for the OS and Visual Studio, that way when people enter the workforce, they already are accustomed to these things. This is why RIM should be so disturbed that many younger people don't use BlackBerry's anymore; when those younger people enter the workforce, they're going to scream and yell to get their iPhone's and Android's connected to the exchange server.

    It has always been this way, and Microsoft would be stupid to forget it.

    That said, there's the China piracy problem, which is outside of above.. maybe this is targeting that..

  • by MightyMartian (840721) on Friday August 19, 2011 @01:48PM (#37145286) Journal

    I'm fairly certain this will apply mainly to consumer versions. The corporate world won't put up with external dependencies like this for any number reasons, so I'm sure copies bought via corporate channels like volume licensing won't be crippled in this way.

    Or maybe I'm wrong, in which case when our next set of upgrades happen in about two or three years, I may in fact be making a strong case for moving from Windows entirely.

  • by recoiledsnake (879048) on Friday August 19, 2011 @01:50PM (#37145328)

    Here it begins, the FUD DRM campaign against Windows 8 and a collective group of people getting their panties in a twist.

    Remember some gems for Windows 7, can anyone tell what became of them?

    Draconian-DRM-Revealed-In-Windows-7
    http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/02/16/2259257 [slashdot.org]

    Debunked here:
    Oh, the humanity: Windows 7's draconian DRM?
      http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/02/oh-the-humanity-windows-7s-draconian-drm.ars [arstechnica.com]

    Vista was the most fudded one though(DRM etc.) , with a fake columnist making up fake data and benchmarks to play on Slashdot commenters and it did work well.

    Sponsored by BoycottNovell?

  • by mystikkman (1487801) on Friday August 19, 2011 @01:54PM (#37145422)

    From the summary:

    There's also a good possibility that the recently-surfaced fast booting patent could come into play as well. If Microsoft does indeed have designs on using a remote server to push OS code to systems at boot time, that code would be a very clever place to embed activation-related programming. Even if a crack was discovered, it would be neatly undone during a subsequent start-up sequence — similar to the way Microsoft's now-idle Windows Steady State could turn back the clock an entire Widows installation after rebooting."

    Who writes this crap? Companies come up with patents all the time. Doesn't mean that they're going to be implemented.
    Even Chrome OS doesn't come close to booting from the cloud. And Windows has had updates to the Activation checking code in Windows updates since a long time.
      Works well for baiting Slashdotters though.

  • by recoiledsnake (879048) on Friday August 19, 2011 @01:58PM (#37145480)

    Seriously, most of the comments on the article already seem to indicate that Slashdotters have already fallen for the flame and link bait as if it were the truth, just like in the Windows 7 DRM article. It's almost surreal if it were not so predictable. Flamepait posts drive ad traffic from getting people worked up over nothing.

  • As a Linux user... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bmo (77928) on Friday August 19, 2011 @02:03PM (#37145576)

    I'm OK with this.

    The sooner the theft of Microsoft products ends the better. Turn all the knobs to 11, Mr. Ballmer. The sound of gnashing teeth will be as sweet as Beethoven's Pastoral symphony.

    --
    BMO

  • by Baloroth (2370816) on Friday August 19, 2011 @02:04PM (#37145602)
    Don't worry. ~80% of Windows 8 users (the other 19.9% are business users) won't be using this "feature", as TPB edition won't have it...
  • Re:Gawd (Score:5, Insightful)

    by armanox (826486) <asherewindknight@yahoo.com> on Friday August 19, 2011 @02:12PM (#37145774) Homepage Journal

    I consider Ubuntu to be an example of the problem.

  • The VLK license codes are usually the ones used in pirated Windows. The VLK codes are easy to mask when the system dials in (it's not unusual that multiple machines have the same code), they usually unlock all the different flavors Windows comes in and not easy for Microsoft to de-active (unless they want to piss off a major client).

    It doesn't prevent them from doing so, the institution I work at is at it's 3rd or 4th VLK for WinXP and at least one of them is easily found in Google and will fail the 'Genuine' test.

    The problem I find with pushing OS code is that when (not if) a flaw is found in the system or a private key gets found it opens the way for malware to enter into the system and masking as OS boot code it won't be easy to find or remove until it's too late. It's a security incident waiting to happen. The other obvious problems are when the system is not on a network or their systems are not available besides bandwidth. If they allow for systems to run without 'checking in' a crack for the system will easily be built.

    If you haven't already migrated away from Windows, I would recommend doing it soon. There is no reason anymore to stay with it. I have successfully phased it out at my place of employment for both Mac and Linux. Sadly people still depend on MS Office so I still have to donate to Bill Gates' trust fund but it's a bunch cheaper than having to buy Windows, Windows Server, CAL's for every single piece of server software they sell etc.

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