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There's so much controversy around these factoids, regardless of what movies might claim, that I won't argue the point. It's just interesting to me that Microsoft puts so much emphasis on protecting software that has its own skeletons in Redmond closets.

For more on CP/M and Gary Kildall, see:

http://www.patersontech.com/Dos/Micronews/paterson04_10_98.htm

and even this reference is cloudy on facts...

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I did come across some software the other day on accident that blocks government IPs from accessing your PC...forget what it was called though. (To keep BSA and stuff out of your PC.)

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I think the cannot afford it reason applies to the majority of us. However, we must realize that folks write software stuff for a living. So to use illegal stuff is taking away their living. There are alternatives though. I use Mandriva linux 2007 a great alternative, and well supported in software.
chrisbees.

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