posted on Monday, July 03, 2006 2:37 AM
Windows Genuine Advantage vs. Privacy
Steve Jones has an interesting editorial about WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) at SQLServerCentral.com.
Like many of you, I too earn a living implementing Microsoft software. In addition, I've openly declared my admiration for Bill Gates as an individual and Microsoft as a company in an earlier blog.
That said, I think this is a huge mistake. I believe Microsoft is capable of doing a better job fighting piracy at the expense of privacy, and I believe they should.
Several comments in this interview with Peter Cullen, Microsoft's Chief Privacy Strategist, smack of the Sony rootkit debacle - including "phone home" functionality (that has since been removed from the product).
Although I'm certain lots of time, thought, and effort went into the development of WGA, the only viable solution is to stop it before this goes any farther. Please.
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