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  • Windows 8 Keys & Switching Machines.

    @Sven Groot:

    BAM! I don't remember seeing that, but that sounds plausible and maybe I missed that Big Smile 

    Edit: actually, I think I do remember reading that now.

  • Windows 8 Keys & Switching Machines.

    Option 2: 

    Take your perfectly legal Windows XP Professional complementary retail gold CD, which packaged with a standard retail EULA that you received from the XP Beta days, install it on the new PC (assuming that XP license isn't in use), then get Windows Intune w/SA for $11/month and legally upgrade to Windows 8 Enterprise and be eligible to stay on the latest version of Windows as they come out. They gave me four retail complimentary keys, so it looks like I'm getting four of my PCs on the latest Enterprise edition for $11/month.

    Edit to add: I don't even think you'd need to install it. If you have a valid XP Pro license, it's eligible for Intune SA upgrade rights anyway.

  • Windows 8 Keys & Switching Machines.

    , spivonious wrote

    @Craig_Matthews: And this why EULAs are a bad invention. Wouldn't life be a lot simpler if the EULA said simply


    It is actually laid out just as plainly in the EULA. The EULA just never gets around to giving the rights back for the original non-pro license on the original machine. There's probably other law that covers that since you (I'd think) have to be able to legally use the OS license preinstalled on a computer when that computer has been restored to factory condition absent any violations of the EULA.


  • Windows 8 Keys & Switching Machines.

    , felix9 wrote

    IANAL but I'm afraid thats not legal,

    1, your license was 'bound' to your old pc when you install the pro, you can't 'transfer' it to another pc, AFAIK,

    2, even if you have not really installed the pro, you just have a upgrade media with upgrade license but never used, even then, installing the upgrade version on a fresh new pc, without a home version license bound to it, is still illegel, AFAIK.

    IANAL either, but the EULA that comes with the Pro upgrade is interesting (available at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/intellectualproperty/UseTerms/default.aspx):

    The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.

    This is basically saying that when you install the Pro upgrade, it replaces not only the preinstalled OS, but also strips your right to continue using the preinstalled OS, and explicitly replaces the existing EULA. By replacing the OEM EULA, the language binding the license to the machine disappears (because the license it's in disappears). The upgrade can therefore be transferred under the terms of the next paragraph in the EULA packaged with the upgrade:

    You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement.

    This is basically saying you can transfer the upgrade as long as all of the other license conditions are met: e.g. you remove the upgrade from the PC you installed it on, and only use it to upgrade a qualifying licensed version of Windows on another PC. 

    So, if you have a computer that came preinstalled with Windows 8, and you upgraded to Windows 8 Pro, by the letter of the EULA packaged with the upgrade, removing the Windows 8 Pro from the first machine and then upgrading a new machine with Windows 8 preinstalled to Windows 8 Pro with the same license is acceptable within the terms of the license.

    The *real* wrinkle in the EULA is the fact that it makes no provision for the restoration of the OEM non pro license on the original computer when the upgrade is legally transferred to the new one. A strict reading of this EULA says you can transfer the Windows 8 Pro upgrade to the new computer, but you can no longer even use the original Windows 8 that shipped on the original machine because it became null upon upgrade. In practice, however, I'm thinking Microsoft wouldn't care much if you used your Dell restore CD to put your Optiplex back to factory condition.

    Edit to add: Translation: The EULA says you can transfer the upgrade in order to upgrade another Windows 8 non-pro PC, but strictly EULA speaking, you legally brick the old PC for both Pro and the originally shipped OS.

  • How to beat Google in image search

    The hover-preview actually got on my nerves. I'd preview one image, then I'd want to preview the one below it, but it was covered by the hover-preview of the first, so I'd have to move the mouse out of my browser window so the preview would go away to uncover the other picture I wanted to preview so I can preview it. Plus it kept interfering with wheel scrolling. Was really a bad idea and I'm glad it's gone.



  • Annoying Windows 8 bug

    There doesn't necessarily have to be a reason why it changed -- what would be a good reason for making the behavior of the breadcrumb bar inconsistent?  There are things called regressions and this could very well have been completely unintentional. By the admission of Microsoft's engineers themselves, "making changes to the sound system can break printing."


  • Is there an NSA API ?

    The word specific was in my /post/. I was simply pointing out that the FISA warrants are specific as to what is being requested and aren't random.

  • Is there an NSA API ?

    , Srikanth_t wrote

    *snipped standard dissertation on the difference between a pure democracy and representative democracy*

    Absolutely no on on this thread has said anything indicating that the United States is a direct/pure democracy, so I'm not sure why you are explaining something everyone already knows.

    The fourth amendment states the citizens right to be secure in their papers. In modern day, most of my papers are electronic documents. So no matter whatever the DAMN Kangaroo court says, You CANNOT take breach my papers without SPECIFIC court order of SPECIFIC AND DEFINITE "LOCATION" to be searched and SPECIFIC documents to be seized.

    Kangaroo court issuing blanket authorization for random documents, random locations of random people is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    Let me turn that around for you.

    The FISA court issued a SPECIFIC court order to SPECIFICALLY obtain the log of phone numbers SPECIFICALLY from telephone companies, at the SPECIFIC location of the telephone company's place where they keep these records, as upheld by the public courts since the 70s.

    Nothing random or non specific about it.


  • Microsoft helped NSA access private emails

    What I don't get is why all of a sudden everyone is all up in arms about crap that everyone has known the government has been doing for decades. I didn't imagine all the NSA jokes about saying "bomb" into your telephone that I've heard since 1980.

    What's so different now that people are suddenly pissed off about it, when everyone should have been up in arms over this for as long as I've been alive?


  • Win8 Backup was poor, but 8.1 makes it worse.

    , spivonious wrote

    I can see MS's side with excluding Skydrive files, but I have no idea why they're hiding libraries by default. That's one of the best things that came out of Vista.

    Afraid I can't see MS's side on excluding Skydrive files because it violates IT 101: Live data and Backup data are separate things. If I delete a file or modify a file out of my local Skydrive folder, the next time it synchronizes, it's deleted or modified in the cloud. That's not backup, that's synchronization of live data between two storage locations. It's like taking two replicated DFS targets and calling one of them a backup -- it's patently false because the function of both technologies is to provide access to live data through different means/channels. Deletions and modifications to data are assumed to be intentional so the changes are permanently replicated.

    The function of backup technology is to safeguard data over time away from direct live access and allow reversion to previous versions or recovery of deleted files. Modifications or deletions of files are not assumed to be intentional, but are assumed to be either intentional or unintentional. Backup and data synchronization are related but entirely different things meant for entirely different purposes, requiring mostly different handling.

    The only way the Skydrive cloud is a "backup" of your local Skydrive folder is if your local Skydrive folder is destroyed and you're lucky enough that it didn't synchronize it's own destruction to the cloud and the rest of your Skydrive client devices.

    "Damn I just wiped half the crap in my Skydrive folder. QUICK turn off all the other computers so the sync doesn't delete it on them too!" is not backup.