rfunches writes "Microsoft announced today how a pirated version of Vista will be crippled. From the article (may require registration/subscription):
Supposedly Vista won't be completely disabled, but at the same time critical security updates will still be downloaded. The question is, how much will it hurt those with false positives?"If a legitimate copy is not bought within 30 days, the system will curtail functionality much further by restricting users to just the Web browser for an hour at a time, said Thomas Lindeman, Microsoft senior product manager. [...] Under that scenario, a person could use the browser to surf the Web, access documents on the hard drive or log onto Web-based email. But the user would not be able to directly open documents from the computer desktop or run other programs such as Outlook e-mail software.