Microsoft specs out 'pay as you go' PC scheme

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Spidey01
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Microsoft specs out 'pay as you go' PC scheme

Files patent for metering hardware capabilities but admits overall cost 'may be higher' (computeworld).

I've been hearing about this for more then a year, but never thought they'd have the balls to go for a patent. If Micro$oft ever tries to charge me by the hour to use MY HARDWARE, I am taking retirement if future [SAS] games don't run on a Mac lol.

a brief except from the article:

"A different business model may allow a more granular approach to hardware and software sales," Microsoft argued. "A computer may have individually metered hardware and software components that a user can select and activate based on current need. When the need is browsing, a low level of performance may be used, and when network-based interactive gaming is the need of the moment, the highest available performance may be made available to the user."

If you currently own a machine with more then 2GB of RAM, and better then a Core 2 or Athlon, and intend to always keep high end systems -- you won't like it if this ever happens in the future, and you end up buying Windows 9 or something like that lol.

Although I must admit, this idea would work nice if MS tried to compete with the Blackberry some more......

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I wouldn't have a problem with this at all if it's an option instead of the only way to continue to use Microsoft products. I don't even think that Microsoft can make it mandatory, as wouldn't such a scheme require constant access to the internet in order for such a system to work? Thus, couldn't someone just hack the OS and disable the part that sends the billing information to Microsoft?

However, if Microsoft does do such a thing and does not leave the option to keep the current 'business model', then I will be frustrated and faced with an impossible dilemma: switch to Mac and lose all of my good games, or put up with Microsoft's outrageous scheme.

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Even the activation / proof process you first go through when setting up a Windows XP install requires internet access; only it delays the transmission until there is one available to phone home with Wink

I know if they pull it off, the privacy-people will be in an uproar; but what I wonder, is what happens to the government if it becomes mandatory? lol. The increased cost could make the Iraq war look like bus fair....