"Barely a day goes by when you switch on your computer,
plug into the web and come across yet another deranged scheme to
restrict freedom in the name of security, safety or morality. RIAA,
DMCA, RIPA, Pallidium computing, the list almost seems to grow
exponentially. So, some guys got together in a dark room,
brainstormed and came up with yet another ruse to curtail access to
and use of the internet. Relax, this one won't fly. Trust me. But
the sheer audacity of it! Even the bovine docility of Windows users
wouldn't stomach this one (or would they?)—and here's the
irony. It seems to have been dreamed up by someone at Microsoft but
in reality this nonsense has form. The wrap sheet's a long one.
Welcome to the world of "Microsoft's Internet license".
"Microsoft and internet licencing. Same difference
"Users of proprietary operating systems and software are the
equivalent of digital couch potatoes. They are essentially passive
consumers of high cholesterol product. Digital sludge is their
fare. Users and advocates of free and open operating systems and
software are active producers. Digital freedom is their food of
choice. Lean, mean and low fat. Companies like Microsoft have
already larded their customers with a never ending escalator of
restrictions, licences and attempts to tie down their very
motherboards with intrusive polling to prevent copyright
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