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19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 18, 2013, 16:44 Eirikrautha
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 15:13:
I rarely apologize for companies. It's how it's viewed, but usually people are saying things like "they're trying to rape our unborn children!" and I try to explain how these decisions are made.

Rarely do people sit in a conference room and say "how can we fuck over our users?"

This, though, seems to be the result of just that.

Honestly, though... you don't think it doesn't make perfect sense based on the direction modern software licenses have been moving? First, eschewing direct ownership and selling licenses. Then, time-limiting and site-locking (see the newest Windows license) the licenses, so that you are constantly paying for the software you used to pay once for and reuse on different computers. It's the logical progression.

The only issue here is timing. Microsoft is moving too fast (perhaps spooked by Apple's success with its closed software market)... but every move so far is perfectly logical, so long as you see software as a "service" and not a "product." That's what many have been warning about here on BN for a while.

Sometimes the slippery slope fallacy isn't a fallacy...
 
 
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