I just had a call from our Microsoft Technical Account Manager and after ten minutes or so of him talking about his tax problems, we finally get around to talking about my MSI and Microsoft Group Policy problem with the new 64 bit GPMC on 64 bit Windows 7 and 64 bit Windows Server R2. (Bugs be tharrrr)
We had to work a bit late and my boss and I ended up on the 9:40pm train. We got there just in the nick of time.
Now it's the late train and that means its the "milk run", with the train stopping at every stop. (express trains during rush hour help make getting to and from downtown a lot less stressful and a little cheaper than driving, but I digress)
An extra twenty minutes of train ride, great!
The SecuROM "kill switch" supposedly kills your EA game account, and furthermore it supposedly would prevent you from running the game at all, (unless you purchased a new copy).
There was speculation earlier that a SecuROM "kill switch" was present, and such speculation had been previously dismissed.
Here is the relevant quote: "you [sic] account may be at risk of banning which in some cases would mean you would need to buy a new copy to play Spore."
According to this Moderator, after the so-called "Kill Switch" is activated the only way to play the game would be to buy a new copy, (or use the pirated version) "in some cases".
My issue is that EA would place a DRM "kill switch" into the game software at all. Remember that the software is a product that you bought and are running on your computer. With a SecuROM "Kill Switch" (if such a beastie exists) EA could deactivate your software without your permission, knowledge or control, and for any reason whatsoever.
The Astroturfing by deletion of EA's own forum comments is just icing on the cake, (which I concede that EA has every right to do).
They do not have the right to prohibit your use of purchased software through the use of what amounts to a root kit installed without your knowledge or consent, just because they don't like that you have written in their forums.
"U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007
Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called "consensus" on man-made global warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore.
This blockbuster Senate report lists the scientists by name, country of residence, and academic/institutional affiliation. It also features their own words, biographies, and weblinks to their peer reviewed studies and original source materials as gathered from public statements, various news outlets, and websites in 2007. This new consensus busters report is poised to redefine the debate.
Many of the scientists featured in this report consistently stated that numerous colleagues shared their views, but they will not speak out publicly for fear of retribution. Atmospheric scientist Dr. Nathan Paldor, Professor of Dynamical Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author of almost 70 peer-reviewed studies, explains how many of his fellow scientists have been intimidated.
This new report details how teams of international scientists are dissenting from the UN IPCCs view of climate science. In such nations as Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands, Russia, New Zealand and France, scientists banded together in 2007 to oppose climate alarmism.
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