OT: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to rob you.

From: James B. DiGriz <jbdigriz_at_dragonsweb.org>
Date: Thu Apr 4 10:44:10 2002

Feldman, Robert wrote:
> One more reason to stick to classic hardware/software:
> http://www.msnbc.com/news/732958.asp?0dm=C18MT&cp1=1#BODY
> "A California company has quietly attached its software to millions of
> downloads of the popular Kazaa file-trading program and plans to remotely
> turn on people's PCs, welding them into a new network of its own."

If you look at the license agreement you'll see you're agreeing to this,
and giving them use rights to your computer's resources.
In principle, it's no different from things like Mnet, but it's obvious
they're playing on people's ignorance and over-riding desire to exchange
files. Odds are you're going to get the short end of the stick. But
it's "for business", so therefore it's good. Count me out, though.

I run Seti clients, and I'd be happy to consider running distributed
processes for pay. I even joined one or two of those projects that never
  got off the ground and disappeared after the dot.bomb.

I would much rather do that and then pay for CD and movie downloads and
such out of the proceeds. Note that that last does *not* require a govt.
bureaucracy and govt. sanctioned and designed hardware or software, or
even centralized distribution and marketing. Which is what really
terrifies Hollywood, record labels, broadcasters, the advertising
industry, etc. *Not* "piracy".

Received on Thu Apr 04 2002 - 10:44:10 BST

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