05.12.09

Vista 7 is About Digital Rights. Not Yours, Microsoft’s.

Posted in DRM, Microsoft, Security, Vista, Vista 7, Windows at 8:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Pessimistic look at Microsoft’s latest iteration of Vista, known as “7″

THERE ARE SOME valuable news items today and they illustrate just how bad things will get for Vista 7 when it’s out there for Unwashed Masses©.

Charlie from the Inquirer says that with Vista 7 “you have no rights” and he thoroughly rips the operating system apart. [hat tip: Mad Hatter]

MICROSOFT IS DOING its level best to make Windows 7 seem more palatable than the Broken OS, but it is all just show. As usual, once you look beyond the hype and spin, you will see it is once again a cynical scam.

We have already covered the “hype and spin” Charlie is referring to. Those who say the truth by merely delivering scientific numbers get viciously attacked, whereas those who senselessly rave about the operating system often turn out to have been bribed by Microsoft. It’s the magic of aggressive, compulsive marketing. Many journalists who never even tried the software simply parrot what bribed reporters/bloggers wrote. Microsoft pays a lot of money to create the consensus that Vista 7 is to be loved by all. Those who dislike it are treated as insane and attacked personally. Vista 7 is the naked emperor, even in beta.

To further illustrate what Charlie says about users’ rights, how about this from the news?

Phony fixes will automatically install in test of Windows Update

[...]

Microsoft plans to test Windows 7′s update mechanism by feeding users of the just-issued Release Candidate as many as 10 fake updates in the coming week, the company said Friday.

As Groklaw puts it, “Whose computer is it, anyway? If they want to use my equipment to test their software, I think they might want to ask me and then pay me.”

Microsoft can use “security” as an excuse for these unnecessary mass-intrusions. There is probably justification for it given that Microsoft Office is suffering from two new vulnerabilities which will not be patched any time soon:

Microsoft’s software will never be secure. It’s just the familiar old cycle and Vista 7 is no exception.

Vista 7 starts now

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5 Comments

  1. Shane Coyle said,

    May 12, 2009 at 11:24 pm

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    If they want to use my equipment to test their software, I think they might want to ask me and then pay me.

    Um, it is a Release Candidate, and any folks who went out of their way to obtain it and install it should be well aware that is exactly it’s intended purpose, and should expect some hiccups at a minimum.

    In this situation, you want to use your equipment to test their software (which is really the same for most FOSS, no? If anyone complained as such about Ubuntu One, the first response would be it’s a beta – don’t install it if you don’t want to deal with some inconveniences, etc.) no?

    David Gerard Reply:

    I’d have to agree. You’re running the thing to test it. That’ll include testing the update mechanisms.

    pcolon Reply:

    Yes it’s an RC and FOSS uses RC & Betas for testing, but, FOSS clearly spells out it’s (RC & Beta) usage clearly and doesn’t shovel unwanted (for the time being) updates by default which may also lead to MS pushing down unwanted code whether you want it or not.

    David Gerard Reply:

    Yeah, I wasn’t clear on the “updates even when you expressly tell it not to” bit when I wrote the above. That’s just a little more odious.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    This has gone on for years. They bypass user preferences.

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