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UK Wants Surveillance Cameras To Watch 20,000 Worst Families?

What do you think about this, putting cameras in peoples homes because they are bad.  If this would happen I would have to hack it and make a loop but I wouldn’t stand for it in the first place.  But read it and what do you think.

Slashdot points us to a story that sounds like it has to be a joke/satire, concerning a plan by the UK’s Children’s Secretary, Ed Balls, to spend £400 million to put 20,000 families (the worst families) under constant surveillance including 24-hour CCTV cameras in their homes, and private security guards checking on them from time to time. The cameras will supposedly be used to make sure kids go to bed on time and eat proper meals. Even in the UK, where surveillance cameras are even more popular than in the US, this seems quite extreme. Balls apparently explained:

“This is pretty tough and non-negotiable support for families to get to the root of the problem. There should be Family Intervention Projects in every local authority area because every area has families that need support.”

I’m hopeful that someone in the UK can let us know if this is somehow an exaggeration of what’s going on or if this is accurate, because it honestly seems difficult to believe.

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Microsoft Kills Leaked Lenovo Activation Crack

I found this as well and that Microsoft has already fixed the activation crack problem!!!

The first public crack of the RTM build of Windows 7 (6.1.7600.16385) did not survive for very long, thanks to Microsoft and Lenovo’s partnership (Pirates – 1, Microsoft – 1). Microsoft has now blacklisted the OEM key and ensured that Lenovo will be able to deliver genuine, non-pirated copies of Windows 7 to its consumers. Microsoft made it clear earlier on the Genuine Windows Blog that this leak will not cause any issues for Lenovo:

We’ve worked with that manufacturer [Lenovo] so that customers who purchase genuine copies of Windows 7 from this manufacturer will experience no issues validating their copy of Windows 7. At the same time we will seek to alert customers who are using the leaked key that they are running a non-genuine copy of Windows. It’s important to note that no PCs will be sold that will use this key.

Microsoft then goes on to state that pirating Windows 7 will not be as easy as it was for Vista or XP, as it has an improved mechanism for protection:

Windows 7 already includes an improved ability to detect hacks, also known as activation exploits, and alert customers who are using a pirated copy. There is a hack that is said to enable, when paired with the leaked key, a system to install and use a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. The Windows Activation Technologies included in Windows 7 are designed to handle situations such as this one, and customers using these tools and methods should expect Windows to detect them.

Considering that the pirates are usually always one step ahead, it will be interesting to see how the game between Microsoft and the pirates will evolve once Windows 7 has been released. Microsoft can’t simply just blacklist a key once it has already been sold to genuine customers, and more OEM keys will almost certainly be leaked once the date of General Availability (GE) has arrived. Once that happens, we will see if Microsoft’s new anti-piracy system is up to par, or just another exaggerated scheme out of Microsoft.

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Nonetheless, Microsoft has a confident stand, as revealed by the last paragraph:

Our primary goal is to protect users from becoming unknowing victims, because customers who use pirated software are at greater risk of being exposed to malware as well as identity theft. Someone asked me recently – and I think it’s worth noting here — whether we treat all exploits equally in responding to new ones we see. Our objective isn’t to stop every “mad scientist” that’s out there from dabbling; our aim is to protect our customers from commercialized counterfeit software that impacts our customers’ confidence in knowing they got what they paid for. That will continue to be our focus as we continue to evolve our anti-piracy platforms, and respond to new threats that we see emerge in the future.

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CNET’s Eval Of Windows 7

I was reading through Cnet news and came across this article and wanted to see how there ratings compare to my testing.  Here it is, the following link is to the page.  There is a video to watch as well.

The good: Strong design and Microsoft don’t always go together, but they do in Windows 7. Users might take a while to get used to the new taskbar and Aero Peek, but they’re a pleasure to use.

The bad: Performance is still hit-or-miss in Windows 7. At the ripe age of seven, Windows XP still performs better in some categories.

The bottom line: Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it’s where Microsoft needs to go and they went there. How much damage did Vista do and is Windows 7 enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now.