Hackers crack Vista - and it took less than a month...

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  1. SMM macrumors 65816

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    Somewhat funny, I will grant. However, if you are the person who has to support corporate licensing/activation, it loses some of the humor. Their response could very well be to create more work for us. Besides, I cannot support theft, even against the evil empire.

    Software piracy is just stealing. There is no justifiable reason to do it. We have become a society that no longer cares about lying. Let's not add theft.
     
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    I thought XP was the same way? :confused:

    Piracy isn't just limited to Windows, there are people who will probably pirate Leopard when it debuts as well.

    The tool could probably also be used by gamers to help get around the restrictions Windows places on customization. Microsoft's anti-piracy tactics are becoming about as absurd as the RIAA and MPAA. What next? Litigating?
     
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    Litigating is surely next. This story isn't a surpise at all. I'll bet you'll see plenty of Vistas and Leopards floating around torrent sites in the spring.
     
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    Say someone does that, Wouldn't it be easy for Apple and Microsoft to just notice the illegal copy and lock it when it hits the net once the computer goes for a software update.
     
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    No, only retail and OEM versions of XP require activation.

    This news doesn't surprise me at all, in fact the idea crossed my mind when I first heard of how the activation system would work.
     
  7. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    How?
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    It's been mentioned that Microsoft has built some shutdown device into Office 2007 so that it can be used at a minimal level only, if not properly activated. I would be surprised if they haven't done the same with Vista.
     
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    They'll find a way. ;)
     
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    So what? Pretty much every (minor) version of Mac OS X has been cracked to run on non-Apple hardware...

    And why +1 for Leopard? A publically available crack for Vista will only increase the number of people who use Windows..
     
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    What, already? That didn't take long, its not even out yet to most of us!
     
  12. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

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    Haha, I really hope that this gets onto news and such.

    This only helps Apple if people hear about this.
     
  13. MacNut macrumors Core

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    How does this help Apple if it hasn't changed peoples minds about the hacks to Windows over the past 20 years.:rolleyes:
     
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    Macs are on peoples minds now, though. At least that's the vibe I get. People seem to be fairly on the ropes about Macs, perhaps because of the iPod.
     
  15. MacNut macrumors Core

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    If that were true then why isn't there a massive shift by now.

    The reason is that people go into a computer store and say I need a new computer, what do you think the salesman says, Look at this Dell or look at this Mac.

    The average computer user doesn't know the difference so they relay on what the salesman says.
     
  16. Buschmaster macrumors 65816

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    But if the salesman says and it runs Vista and the average person watches their news... They won't want to jump on that computer.
     
  17. SRSound thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah, but it's more fun to pretend OS X is invincible
     
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    I find it funny how people try to find cracks to use Windows when I'd be doing the opposite ---- trying to find a way to break free and use another OS.
     
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    Maybe MS should do the opposite, make their OS easy to get, cheap and with little security, then the hackers would lose their interest in cracking vista :p
     
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    well they already have one. window$xp.
     
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    One really needs to take into consideration whether MS loses more money by paying to write in all the activation crap or by pirated copies. I seriously think that an open piece such as Mac OS X is much easier on all fronts. Crooks will be crooks regardless of what is in place.

    (I'm also not getting paid by either company for this idea, so you know what it's worth...)
     
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    Well cant you download beta versions of leopard from torrent sites to.
     
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    So, Limewire Vista mid 2007 then?

    I'll make a date in my diary.
     
  24. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Yes, but they haven't been hacked, unlike Vista.
     

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