[LINK] Neil Young: piracy is the new radio

Andy Farkas chuzzwassa at gmail.com
Fri Feb 3 20:43:26 AEDT 2012

On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM, Rachel Polanskis <grove at zeta.org.au> wrote:

> I believe the pervasiveness of Windows is directly due to piracy.   DOS  was so easy to pirate
> and the fact you needed it to boot your PC meant it has been cemented in right from the start.

I disagree. It has been proven that M$ forced OEMs to pay M$ for every
computer they sold.
Yes, DOS was easy to pirate (copy a: b:) but even back then you
couldn't buy a computer
without DOS (because M$ was making the OEMs license it for every
computer they sold).

Even more so with Windows 95. Thats when it became obvious M$ was
using predatory monopolistic
practices to make sure Windows was successful. Hence the DOJ case(s)
against them.


ps. I have never personally bought any M$ product, never will.
Probably because I've never bought
a new computer (I build my own). I am contemplating buying a laptop
where an OEM cannot be avoided.
I'm wondering how the fight will go when I refuse the M$ EULA and ask
for my money back (it says
you can do it in the EULA!).

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