Are you a user of Microsoft Windows? Are you a user of a
non-licensed copy of Microsoft Windows? Does it happen to be
Windows XP Professional? Have you seen “blackouts“?
Apparently, from about the end of last month (August 27 2008, to
be precise), users of pirated copies of Microsoft Windows XP
Professional that also happen to be connected to the Internet
will see their screens go black, and have no icons visible.
The esteemed folk at Microsoft Malaysia seem to think that there
are 8.6 million users of Windows XP Professional in Malaysia
(seems like a huge number, considering the population), and about
three million will suffer from these “blackouts”. Only 35% of
Windows XP Professional users are pirates?
Its a most interesting tactic. Annoy the user by allowing
them to change their …[Read more]