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    Smile Microsoft Offers Free Software in Exchange for Your Privacy

    Microsoft Offers Free Software in Exchange for Your Privacy

    Want a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate direct from Microsoft, no piracy required? Don't care about your privacy? Have I got a deal for you! Microsoft is offering up free copies of Vista Ultimate, Office Ultimate, Money Plus Premium, Student with Encarta Premium and Streets and Trips, all for free. All you've gotta do is allow them to track your every move for a few months.
    Yes, Microsoft is looking for people to help test its new "Windows Feedback Program," and isn't afraid to reel people in with bribes. You'll have all of your computer usage tracked for three months, and you'll also need to submit to surveys every two weeks. As long as you don't mind Papa Gates and his menagerie knowing just how often you look at your ex-girlfriends Facebook profile, it's actually a pretty serious amount of free software for almost no work at all on your part. Not that I'll be taking part, mind you. I respect myself and my privacy. But hey, don't let me stop you. I won't tell; your computer will do that for me.
    Original source: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2007/12/mi..._software.html

    If you want to start the program and get yourself some free MicroSoft stuff then head on over to:
    MicroSoft FeedBack Program:
    http://wfp.microsoft.com/

    So it sounds like an easy way to get some freebies, enrol in the program use the freebies on a computer. Fill out a few surveys and everyone's happy.

    So how much would you sell your privacy for.?

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    Hey, all I can say is that at least for once... the spyware is actually of some benefit to you. Most spyware just wants to take and give nothing in return.

    I'd bet you that m$ has a patent out there on this type of spyware by now...
    Quitmzilla is a firefox extension that gives you stats on how long you have quit smoking, how much money you\'ve saved, how much you haven\'t smoked and recent milestones. Very helpful for people who quit smoking and used to smoke at their computers... Helps out with the urges.

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    WoW - By "tracking" what exactly do they mean. Say for instance you load a pirated game on there - are they able to track it and what can they do about it?

    Where is AO's laywers
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    http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/12/m...snooping-offer

    "Thank you for your interest in the feedback program. Due to high volume, we have reached our 'while supplies last' limit and have closed our free product incentive on 12/11/2007 at 2pm." Needless to say, they'd still love to have a look at your browser history, emails, IM logs, crash reports, and blood type.
    The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
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    wow that lasted a whole day! amazing what people will compromise. Even though you can get a pirated version of vista ultimate just as easy if not easier than jumping through microsofts hoops...

    funny post

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    Hmmmm,

    Obviously Microsoft and the WHO have gotten together to rid the World of roaches?

    Participation is currently limited to US residents of 18 years and older.


    Muhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.................

    Suspicions confirmed folks?............. age limited, and I always knew that Micro$haft's software was pure pr0n................

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    You see Nihil - myself here in SA gets nothing, so unfair! Come on guys - some one send me a legit copy of XP to me
    The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
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    Cider,

    They are after roaches, not rock spiders

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    Rofl To be perfectly honest with you I am quite the opposite ...

    Sigh what a stigma I have to live with.
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    Remember, this is a pilot program.
    All these features will be standard
    in the next official release.

    While some people will give up their privacy
    for freebies, what can you say of those
    who will give up their privacy and their money too?
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

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