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F**ktard: Microsoft

I was reading some posts about the upcoming Nintendo Wii. Apparently, there are some issues in using the gaming console controller in sunlight. One commentor posted: "What f**ktard would use the Wii outside?" For some reason, the term, f**ktard, and the construct of the sentence was just funny.I then had a thought about Microsoft's change in stance on "concurrent use" and "per seat" licensing for their software. At one point, they knew that many users had a "home" computer and "work" computer - so you were allowed to install, say, Microsoft Office at home for free. Well those days are bye-bye with their "authentication" scheme. To make matters worse, you can only install the XP Home operating system a limited number of times before you have to call them to get "authenticated."So I ask my buddy, "how does your Macintosh OS handle these issues, you have to buy it right?" Yes, but there is no "authorization" or registration process like what Microsoft has. Technically, you could buy an upgrade and use it on 2 computers - although not legally, I would imagine. I bought an old version of ABBYY scanning software and it lets you install on more than one machine but it will tell you nicely if it is already running. No problem, I just stop running it on one machine and switch over. Some of us have more than one computer that we use at a time - say a desktop and a laptop.So what does all of this have to do with f**ktard and Microsoft? Microsoft needs to loosen up. Crimping down on software in such a way that it makes you feel like a criminal when you buy it is no way to treat a customer. In fact, it makes one take a serious look at Open Source or Free Software operating systems and software packages. It also makes one call Microsoft a f**ktard.