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Piracy still a problem

Industry experts estimate $50 billion is lost each year due to software piracy. The actual volume dropped slightly over the past year however the Asia-Pacific region is still a problem area which accounts for 60% of the activity. The United States and Japan had the lowest rates of piracy at 20% (link)

China says that they are trying really really hard to reduce the amount of software piracy that occurs but the thriving market is worth $19 billion and accounts for 12% of the country’s software sales. (link)

When to use free software

Who doesn’t like free stuff? While there’s no shortage or free software available there’s plenty to be wary of. If it’s from a major software company then it’s probably trustworthy. And when in doubt, there’s always Google. Do a search and see what people say. Undoubtedly there will be crapware that comes along with “free” software, but that’s just the price you pay for “free” software. Be prepared to spammed on a regular basis about the benefits of upgrading to the paid version.

By all accounts DO NOT click on those popup ads which claim to have detected a virus on your computer. Those type of tactics will most certainly install some sort of malicious program on to your computer. *tsk *tsk those pesky cyber criminals just keep getting more clever every day.

It you do have to test out some questionable software, don’t install it on your main computer. Set up a stand alone box, disconnected from the network and Internet and go nuts. Don’t forget to scan easy install file before running it. When you’re done with it, uninstall it. It may not be malicious now, but there’s no telling what it will do next week.

Oooh, shiny stuff!

Who doesn’t like shiny stuff? Oh did I mention it can store all of your porn and it will fit in your pocket? A-Data has “cum” out with some new portable external hard drives. Currently come in 3 flavors: light sliver, cherry pink, ocean blue, and a fancy leather pouch to boot. All models are offered in the 250GB or 500GB variety (which equals lots of hours of you masterbating). They are quite eye catching so don’t be surprised if you catch people staring at your unit.

This might not be such good news if you live in China. Lookout, here comes the censorship machine! It appears that all new pc’s will soon be equipped with anti-porn software. Guess the government no likey porn corrupting their impressionable youth. The special software was designed by Jinhui Computer System Engineering who I’m sure greased (or lubed up) a few hands to get the government contract to produce the software. Hello spammers! The D-day for the requirement is July 1st. It totally unrelated news, get ready for a new bot-net to be launched on July 1st with an army of a billion situated in China.

Tech on TV: 24

Did you happen to catch the television show “24” last night? If you’re any type of a geek I’m sure you spotted a few laughable technology incidents during the show. For me there were 2 spots where I just could not suspend reality and be entertained. There’s a scene where inside the FBI the technicians working for the secret organization manage to implement a system wide format. Yes, silly I know, but it moved the plot along. You can’t have Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) always yelling “put down the weapon!”. So according to the grand wise old television, all that is required to perform a system wide network format is a “special” I/O card, I’m guessing it was PCI, reprogram the firmware, plug the card into a server hot, without shutting or powering down, then type some command line functions and voila. System wide format. Oh and did I mention that you have to “tie the servers together”? HA!

Another issue I had was Chloe, magically recovering data of the secret list of agents stored on an “unknown media device” (which simply looked like a metal SD card or metal USB stick). And it wipes itself after one use? HA! As well Chloe manages to perform another magical data recovery after the system wide format. ZOMG! Run some data recovery software and there’s the files! A secure wipe would have taken a very long time. Sure maybe the bad guys could have performed a quick wipe but any cheap software could have saved the data files. Script writer FAIL! I guess I’m just nerding out but I have to pick on something.

Chinese hackers call Microsoft ‘hacker’

If you don’t know by now, the majority of pirate/hacking/illegal/software/computer activity comes from Asia. For years this has been a problem while the corrupt Chinese government has turned a blind eye. Microsoft decided to something about it. Recent Windows Genuine Advantage updates have caused annoying black screens to pop up on computers with pirated versions of Microsoft products installed. Not surprisingly, this caused a bit of an uproar with, say … a billion Chinese people? A lawyer even had the gall to call Microsoft “the biggest hacker” in the world. I nearly shat my pants laughing so hard.

*kettle ===> black

First of all just admit you have a pirated copy, like everyone else. If the government had stepped in and cut down on software piracy maybe you wouldn’t have had this problem. I bet right now there are a few million computers at Chinese government offices blinking with black screens (hmm, pirate much?). I’m glad the government is investing in developing their own operating system and planning on switching to Linux. Yeah, good luck with that.

China, you are stealing from Microsoft and you have been for years. That being said you probably house some of the dumbest person in the world (as well as the smartest) if you think you can install a pirated copy of Microsoft XP (Vista,Office, etc) and expect to be “entitled” to ongoing updates. WHY ARE YOU UPDATING DUMBASS? Do you not realize that Windows Genuine Advantage is an anti piracy update? What did you think it was? “Super fantastic porn time?” Let’s see, I can’t afford a BMW so I got buy a Ford, then I go to BMW expecting a free engine upgrade?

As for the “lawyer’s” argument (if he is a REAL lawyer, and not one who printed out a fake degree) Microsoft did not “hack” into computers. Each user has the option to disable automatic updates. When you agree to update your Microsoft product, you are agree to install whatever update Microsoft releases. Don’t get upset because you got caught. Simply back up your data, format and reinstall, and disable updates.

But some poor Chinese gold farmer can’t afford a legit copy of Windows, so why can’t they lower the price? I can’t afford a lot of expensive stuff, just because you want something the manufacturer is not required to lower their price. That’s the cost, if you can’t afford it, then tough. You don’t have a right to benefit from illegal software.

If you’re getting illegal cable, don’t complain to the cable company when your signal goes bad. If you’re selling cocaine and get robbed, don’t file a report with the police. If you’re avoiding government income tax, don’t apply for government rebates. And for God’s sake! If you have a pirated copy of software DO NOT download updates. Updates are legitimate paying customers.

Software to stop you from talking on the phone while driving

This new software from Aegis Mobility called DriveAssist is designed to reduce the number of traffic accidents. The software can determine whether the cellphone user is moving at “car speeds” and notifies the caller and gives the option to leave a voice message. It looks to be promising technology. For many people in theory talking and driving should not mix, however in practice it’s quite difficult to avoid picking up the phone when it rings. It becomes second nature, just ask any teenager.

The major stumbling block will be getting people to use/subscribe to the service. Definitely a company worth investing in. When legislation gets submitted this companies software will become mandatory and as you know government contracts are worth a pretty penny. (more)

Bluetooth headsets people! Use them.

Warez users get probation

Notice the quality of torrent movies seem to be … less than desired? Probably because some of them have decided to get out of the biz or have been arrested. The war on piracy has gotten nasty although punishments seem to be rather light. Recently a Warez ringleader was sentenced to probation for downloading and distributing pirated software. The sentence could have included prison time. I’m guessing the plea deal involved ratting out others in the Warez network. Which would explain the sudden disappearance of good quality bootleg movies. One thing’s certain, sources for pirated software,music, and movies are starting to dry up. Perhaps the gravy train will force those users to go legit. iTunes is gonna make a lot of money.


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