Not all proprietary software is actually evil. However, very few people who prefer proprietary software over OpenSource software will admit how evil it can be. So this is like having two societies. In one, by convention and social norms we don’t hit the kids. In the other, we spank the kids now and then, and this is acceptable. In both societies, there is violent abuse of children but it is never accepted.
Then, in the no-spanking society, violent attack on children that annoy us continues to be shunned and illegal, but in the spanking society, spankers defend all violence against children because there really is no place to draw the line.
Yes! I said it! Proprietary software is a form of child abuse!!!
Well, I didn’t really say that but the trolls will complain about it anyway. For those of you paying attention, I think you’ll get my point.
The point I’m making here is that once you go closed source, and allow design, deployment, upgrade, service, and support strategies to be run by non-users and by marketers, the user is subject to the most severe abuse.
What would the most severe abuse be? Well, how about turning an operating system that you are using legally off every two hours until the user agrees to pay money??????
Apparently, that is Microsoft’s Plan.
Regarding pre-release versions of Vista, which had been distributed for free some time ago to get a user base for testing the then new operating system:
“The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use.”
Do you need any more proof that Microsoft, as a corporation, is psychotic? Do you?