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Windows 7: Intel selling $50 'upgrade' cards to unlock built-in CPU features

22 Sep 2010   #31
jimbo45

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What a ripoff.
Yup. Wait till hard drive manufacturers get in on this. You buy the drive, and then pay an additional 2 cents a MB to store the data. And I'll bet it will come with a 3 year contract that you can't delete anything until the contract is up.
I see technology moving more and more toward the world of "artificial limitations", and I don't like it. Next thing will be $30 Blu-ray discs that work only X times, and then require you to pay $5 each time you want to see the movie again. Oh, and $2 per special feature, if you want those.
Hi there.

Why do you think some people are pushing the idea of "The Cloud" so much -- use MS Office more than 30 times say --- sorry you now have to buy our "PRO" subscription to continue to use it at another 30 USD a month.

Just look at the mega rip off with "Per Seat" licensing which is rearing its ugly head more and more, or Capped ISP downloads.

DRM music was another mega rip off but because of "allternative sources" available the Music companies have been forced to partially back track on this.

Cheers
jimbo


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22 Sep 2010   #32
BCXtreme

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I can't say as I like this idea, but if the initial cost is lower than what it would be for a fully functional chip its not as bad as it sounds. Nobodies mentioned this but it looks to me like Microsoft is already doing this with Windows 7's anytime upgrade, which most people perceive as a good thing. You buy just the product code, type it in and features previously locked out become available. Personally I only buy AMD processors so at the moment I'm not loosing any sleep over it.
Stuff like Anytime Upgrade a little different, because you're talking about software rather than hardware. "Plus" versions of software really don't bother me, because it doesn't cripple the performance of the "Standard" product. With hardware, however, you're actually selling an intentionally-defective product and then making people pay more money just to get up to "Standard" functionality.

I have gone out and bought a certain printer specifically because it says it has wireless capabilities. I paid extra to have this feature. Then I get it home and realize that it DOESN'T have wireless capabilities. The special dongle (sold separately) is what actually has the wireless capabilities, and no you can't just plug any $20 WiFi dongle into that USB port, it has to be the printer company's super-duper-special $80 dongle that reviewers gave 2/5 stars. Not only are they charging me twice for the same feature (once for support for the feature, and then again for the actual feature), but they're programming the printer so that it will only work with their overpriced dongle. IMO, this kind of business practice borders on extortion.

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Yup. Wait till hard drive manufacturers get in on this. You buy the drive, and then pay an additional 2 cents a MB to store the data. And I'll bet it will come with a 3 year contract that you can't delete anything until the contract is up.
I see technology moving more and more toward the world of "artificial limitations", and I don't like it. Next thing will be $30 Blu-ray discs that work only X times, and then require you to pay $5 each time you want to see the movie again. Oh, and $2 per special feature, if you want those.
Hi there.

Why do you think some people are pushing the idea of "The Cloud" so much -- use MS Office more than 30 times say --- sorry you now have to buy our "PRO" subscription to continue to use it at another 30 USD a month.

Just look at the mega rip off with "Per Seat" licensing which is rearing its ugly head more and more, or Capped ISP downloads.

DRM music was another mega rip off but because of "allternative sources" available the Music companies have been forced to partially back track on this.

Cheers
jimbo
It has occurred to me that fully cloud-based computing is going to likely turn into just another way to extort more money from us. What it basically amounts to is the consumer paying twice. The first time they are paying to have the product. The second time they are paying to use the product. The economic repercussions are enormous because those secondary prices are not subject to typical supply/demand.
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