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Microsoft sheds a little more light on its WGA iniative

A recent blog by Ed Bott over at ZDNET has brought even more attention to Microsoft's Windows Genuine Authentication (WGA) which has been coming under increasing scrutiny and has even been the subject of a lawsuit. Computerworld and Ed Bott have been trying to get to the bottom of the whole WGA mystery and some of the issues being brought to the forefront are quite interesting.

Microsoft’s WGA utility, which is used on the Windows XP operating system to combat piracy, has been used in the past to validate OS installs so that users could download certain system updates as well as downloads like Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta and Windows Media Player 11. But while Microsoft sees WGA as a major ally in the fight against pirates, the utility has been pegging some innocent customers as having pirated copies of Windows XP. "80% of all WGA validation failures are due to unauthorized use of leaked or stolen volume license keys," said a Microsoft spokeswoman to Computerworld.

Ed Bott, not satisfied with this response from Microsoft, fired off his own inquiry into the reason for a 20% false positive rating for WGA and received this response from Cori Hartje, Director of Microsoft’s Genuine Software Initiative, "While we will don't have specifics to share on other forms counterfeit installations, they mostly result from activities such as various forms of tampering and unauthorized OEM installations."

It'd be nice if Microsoft would go into more detail on that other 20%, but that likely won't happen anytime soon. Microsoft is no longer accepting interviews on the WGA matter -- possibly due to the pending lawsuit.



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By masher2 (blog) on 7/6/2006 11:41:12 AM , Rating: 4
> "You're a mindless prick...The phrase is "couldn't care less"."

Quite possibly so, but on this issue more educated than are you. According to the OED-- the definitive standard of the English language-- the phrase "could care less" is a colloqualism for "couldn't care less", and one that, in contempory English, is used considerably more often than the original.

Think before you post, son. You'll embarrass yourself less often.




RE: Microsoft Drops Phone Home "Feature" Entirely
By Tyler 86 on 7/6/2006 9:00:05 PM , Rating: 3
I could care less, but then I would be hating.

Don't turn it into personal shit, back to the topic at hand.

If Microsoft had an OS that had competitive support from developers, it would be a competitive OS.

If such an OS existed, Microsoft could not get away with WGA.
They would get dropped like a hot potatoe.
People could care less, but then they would be hating.

If Microsoft incorperates a trusted computing module, people will care less they could care - they would be hating.

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Got game for life, son - yaeh yuh!


By Tyler 86 on 7/6/2006 9:01:20 PM , Rating: 2
^ potato.
^ trusted computing model.


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