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you think that they will overlook a simple workaround like that if they decide to implement this?

Yes, and intentionally.

If something like this ever got of the ground, it would be nag/annoyance-wear, not a serious attempt at enforcement. Most such stuff has all sorts of simple workarounds. They need to, else people wouldn't put up with them.

Microsoft knows this as well as anyone. A substantial portion of their market share is based on piracy. Microsoft cannot openly condone this, for a variety of reasons, but they are absolutely unwilling to take significant steps to stop it, because if they did, cheapskates would go elsewhere, and that erosion would eventually start to eat into profitable markets. Why do you think Windows still works forever even if you never activate it? Sure it prompts you, it won't let you use pretty themes, and generally becomes an annoyance, but most everything still works on "non-genuine" Windows.

Microsoft could probably secure more lucrative licensing deals with media providers if they implemented something along the lines of what's in the article. However, it's best for all involved if it doesn't really work in practice.
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Disconnect the kinnect? Problem solved.
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Disconnect the kinnect? Problem solved.

No. What if it KNOWS that you had a Kinect and now REQUIRES it?

You guys have to think OUTSIDE THE BOX.thumb.gif
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LOL i like how they patent this but will probably never implement it tongue.gif
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Like anyone Rents movies.
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Like anyone Rents movies.

I do. Netflix and Redbox are the way to go. Thankfully, I don't own a 360 anymore, and never had the kinect. Waste of money and time, now put into better things.
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This is getting a little out of hand.
Guys, Microsoft has patented this idea, but it doesn't mean that they will ever USE the idea. If they patented the idea of shipping Windows disks inside a steel bulletproof briefcase, we'd all be laughing at them for their absurdity. But the thing is, they're just claiming intellectual property ground. Microsoft may have no intention of ever using this tech. It's like an Oklahoma land rush. Microsoft has run into the swamp and grabbed some pretty cruddy ground and now everyone's laughing at them. Truth is, Microsoft probably has NO intention to build a house on that swamp, but they've got their name to it if they want to SELL the patent to someone who does.
Please don't just jump to conclusions so quickly.

I suppose if they don't use this it would be amazing, because it would stop anyone else from doing it anyway.
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Like anyone Rents movies.

I do. We got a Lovefilm subscription for free, though.
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LOL i like how they patent this but will probably never implement it tongue.gif

Misunderstood Microsoft: Patents a terrible idea so no other providers can use it on their customers.
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Misunderstood Microsoft: Patents a terrible idea so no other providers can use it on their customers.

or microsoft patents this. then later buys other providers as well just cuz tongue.gif
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Microsoft patents spying on you with your TV's camera and fining you if there are too many people watching
This is really stupid! It seems more like a pretext to allow them to spy on you and your family. What will they think of next...Colgate be putting cameras in your bathroom to make sure you're not sharing your toothbrush?
I mean seriously, what level of paranoia does it take to do this?
Or better yet, Oral B putting a tooth patent so that if it senses you are brushing more than 32 teeth, you need to pay for any extra teeth you may have.

But on topic, at least now you have a reason to exclude those friends you don't really like..."Damnit Jake, my xbox only allows me 3 friends over to watch a movie. Maybe next time?"
Edited by 8800GT - 11/18/12 at 4:02pm
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