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Comment Re:Improving the performance by more than 100% (Score 4, Insightful) 167

Am I having an English fail, or are they having a Math fail?

Mr. Smith's salary has increased by 350% over the past 20 years. If his original salary was $22,000 per year, what is his current salary?
First change 350% to a decimal: 350% = 3.5
Next, multiply the original salary by the decimal number: (22000) x (3.5) = 77000
After 20 years Mr. Smith's salary has increased from $22,000 to $77,000 per year.

Didn't his salary increase by $77,000, from $22,000 to $99,000?

To simplify it, if his salary had increased by 100% would that mean he was now making $22,000 (their logic) or $44,000 (my logic)?

Comment Re:MS FAIL (Score 0) 156

With W2008 and newer, there are zero activation cracks that don't get patched, so people who pirate are pretty much stuck with W2003 if they want security updates.

Not sure about 2008, but 2008 R2 can be rearmed indefinitely. Not quite as good as an activation crack since it requires rebooting to safe mode to run a script to reset the rearm count every couple months, but that's no big deal if someone really wants to avoid paying for something.

Comment Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (Score 0) 145

No, they are likely exempt. Being 100% security related is only an exception for one of the two conditions.

And as stated before, ads are not the only thing that can cause a message to be deemed a commercial electronic message, so it's not as simple as "do we have ads? no? then it must be ok to send".

If it's easier for you to blame Microsoft than to realize this legislation is a real problem for many organizations, then that's cool, you're entitled to your opinion and I'll stop trying to change it.

Comment Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (Score 0) 145

If they're 100% security related, then they likely are exempt. The problem for Microsoft is making sure that they currently are 100% security related, and continue to be 100% security related in the future. The second they introduce non-security related content of a "commercial character", the law applies.

Comment Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (Score 0) 145

The problem is the FAQ gives a non-exhaustive list of examples. It's pretty much impossible to tell what is covered and what is not because the definition of Commercial Electronic Message depends on the definition of Commercial Activity, which in turn depends on the definition of Commercial Character, which is not defined.

(I just posted relevant quotes in a message above this one if someone wants quick reference for the two definitions).

Comment Re:It looks like a response to anti spam laws (Score 0) 145

CASL covers much more than just that. It covers all types of commercial electronic messages, where CEMs are defined as:

For the purposes of this Act, a commercial electronic message is an electronic message that, having regard to the content of the message, the hyperlinks in the message to content on a website or other database, or the contact information contained in the message, it would be reasonable to conclude has as its purpose, or one of its purposes, to encourage participation in a commercial activity.

Then "commercial activity" is defined as:

"commercial activity" means any particular transaction, act or conduct or any regular course of conduct that is of a commercial character, whether or not the person who carries it out does so in the expectation of profit, other than any transaction, act or conduct that is carried out for the purposes of law enforcement, public safety, the protection of Canada, the conduct of international affairs or the defence of Canada.

Then there is no definition of "commercial character" so you're at a dead end. If you call in and ask, they say they have no clue, it'll be up to the courts to sort it out if/when lawsuits are filed.

Comment Re:Unknown Lamer, that's not how justice works (Score 0) 225

But, no, you're not going to be sent to prison for years over a $49 theft.

Tell that to Issac Ramirez. Sure, it was a $199 VCR and not a $49 whatever, but yes with some of those crazy three strikes laws you may find yourself in prison for some pretty stupid reasons. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-strikes_law#Cases

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