In Ten Years, Will You Own a PC, or Vice-versa?

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bluegray (November 23, 2006, 11:58:16 AM):
Some more on Microsoft and the new vista EULA:
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that..."
Mefiante (November 30, 2006, 09:43:21 AM):
Aah yes, The Register. Their off-the-wall irreverence is always a delight to read.

Okay, so you never actually own your M$ OS; you just get to use it for a while after handing over wads of cash. In practice, it probably won't make much of a difference to the end-user anyway, but obviously that will very much depends on how far M$ will choose to go in its attempts to uphold the clauses of the EULA. My own experience (several, in fact) is that M$'s customer support is atrocious, at least in SA: if they reply at all, it is in the form of useless touchy-feely rhetoric instead of helpful information.

[DERAIL]There's an analogous ownership situation in SA law that few people are aware of concerning what are called "precious metals" and "precious stones" (these are legal terms, hence the inverted commas): you don't actually ever own gold or platinum or diamonds in SA. You own only the value of the commodity in question. The subtle distinction is that the law makes provision for the State at any time and without prior notice to grab your jewels and gold coins and reimburse you the value in the ruling currency. This has never yet happened, but was written into the law as an emergency measure for raising funds in the event of a prolonged war or other threat to the State's health.[/DERAIL]



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