#1 Posted by pizzapotomus (46 posts) -

So I bought a new SSD and did a clean install using my upgrade only version of windows 7. I no longer had my windows XP so this was pretty much my only option. So I gave a call to Microsoft and thought "hey I'll just explain what happened and they will give my an alternate key to activate it." I was correct in this assumption, but it took Microsoft an hour and 20 min of me repeating my key to them over the phone and being transferred around and repeating my key again and again to get them to finally give me the alternate key.

Contrast this with spending about 5 min to download a keygen and just entering that. Why is trying to do things the right way so much more difficult? Don't they know they are competing with free and peoples moral compass?

#2 Edited by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Because Microsoft is a front run by the Illuminati intentionally running a horrible customer service department so that they can force people to turn to piracy at which point they track and record every IP address that attempts to download these files so that they can one day activate the Darknet, turning control of every personal computer on the planet over to the whims of the AI Core, a hyper advanced cybernetic intelligence covertly researched and constructed on the International Space Station, which will use its newly found deific status and unlimited power to rule the world, if not the universe, with a cold iron fist.

#3 Posted by pizzapotomus (46 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish: Well played Microsoft, well played.

#4 Posted by Zaccheus (1793 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish: You deserve a standing ovation for that.

#5 Posted by korkesh (133 posts) -

Don't know if this is for all versions but the upgrade of windows 7 home premium doesn't even require an old O/S to be installed. It only ever requires you to input the key on the upgrade box.

#6 Posted by JasonR86 (9695 posts) -

Good God.

#7 Edited by Peanut (954 posts) -

Because that's the way the world works. Why does the fucking bum family who lives down the hall from me come in with expensive furniture and electronics every other week? Why does the teenage drop out have a new car? Why do the parents go on vacation every other month? Why do they have donated food delivered to their door every week? Why do they have a new born baby after having a young child taken by the government less than a year ago? Why do I have to work and pay taxes while that entire family sits around doing nothing and live like fucking kings?

If you do things right you get fucked by everyone and everything, because they all know we're going to do the right thing, despite being shit on.

#8 Edited by dungbootle (2457 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

Because Microsoft is a front run by the Illuminati intentionally running a horrible customer service department so that they can force people to turn to piracy at which point they track and record every IP address that attempts to download these files so that they can one day activate the Darknet, turning control of every personal computer on the planet over to the whims of the AI Core, a hyper advanced cybernetic intelligence covertly researched and constructed on the International Space Station, which will use its newly found deific status and unlimited power to rule the world, if not the universe, with a cold iron fist.

Cyber opium

#9 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

@Peanut said:

Because that's the way the world works. Why does the fucking bum family who lives down the hall from me come in with expensive furniture and electronics every other week? Why does the teenage drop out have a new car? Why do the parents go on vacation every other month? Why do they have donated food delivered to their door every week? Why do they have a new born baby after having a young child taken by the government less than a year ago? Why do I have to work and pay taxes while that entire family sits around doing nothing and live like fucking kings?

If you do things right you get fucked by everyone and everything, because they all know we're going to do the right thing, despite being shit on.

Word.

#10 Posted by 9cupsoftea (654 posts) -

Nature's way of telling you to pirate.

#11 Edited by BombKareshi (996 posts) -

Leah: Bah! This is difficult...

Adria: Everything worth doing is.

#12 Posted by CaLe (3981 posts) -
#13 Edited by psylah (2173 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

turning control of every personal computer on the planet over to the whims of the AI Core,

I read that, not as A.I. Core, but as AL Core, the cybernetic brain of former vice president and internet inventor Al Gore.

It worked either way.

#14 Posted by Brodehouse (9949 posts) -

What's worse is people who refuse to take your money as you hold it at them. I can think of three separate occasions in the last 6 months where I went to buy something, and they demanded I set up an account or subscribe to their mailing list before they would accept my money. If selling my information to advertisers is more profitable than the products you're selling, maybe you should quit now.

#15 Posted by Sackmanjones (4701 posts) -

I had an issue with Microsoft office. An hour and a half later I just told them " well this has been a waste of my damn time, I'll figure it out myself." 5 minutes later I did.

Moral of the story: don't call microsofts customer service.

#16 Posted by Athadam (692 posts) -

I have no problem with piracy if you buy the software honestly and just need it again.

Sure it's technically illegal but it's not morally wrong.

#17 Posted by Zaccheus (1793 posts) -

@CaLe said:

Fucking saved. Amazing and so true. All the copy protection, shit like installation restrictions and online activation crap is totally insane since it's all cracked in few days and bother only the people who actually bought the thing. The stupidity in that is truly incredible.

#18 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4351 posts) -

@Peanut said:

Because that's the way the world works. Why does the fucking bum family who lives down the hall from me come in with expensive furniture and electronics every other week? Why does the teenage drop out have a new car? Why do the parents go on vacation every other month? Why do they have donated food delivered to their door every week? Why do they have a new born baby after having a young child taken by the government less than a year ago? Why do I have to work and pay taxes while that entire family sits around doing nothing and live like fucking kings?

If you do things right you get fucked by everyone and everything, because they all know we're going to do the right thing, despite being shit on.

Sell drugs.

#19 Posted by Swoxx (2998 posts) -

@Zaccheus said:

@CaLe said:

Fucking saved. Amazing and so true. All the copy protection, shit like installation restrictions and online activation crap is totally insane since it's all cracked in few days and bother only the people who actually bought the thing. The stupidity in that is truly incredible.

Yup yup yup.

Why don't I pirate videogames anymore? Cause Steam.

Why don't I pirate music anymore? Cause Spotify.

Simple truth for me. I know pirating was wrong when I did it, but I was too goddamn lazy to deal with all the bullshit surrounding legal ways of obtaining that stuff. That's not me excusing or justifying it, that's just how it was. #Truetruth

#20 Posted by Everyones_A_Critic (6298 posts) -

@Peanut said:

Because that's the way the world works. Why does the fucking bum family who lives down the hall from me come in with expensive furniture and electronics every other week? Why does the teenage drop out have a new car? Why do the parents go on vacation every other month? Why do they have donated food delivered to their door every week? Why do they have a new born baby after having a young child taken by the government less than a year ago? Why do I have to work and pay taxes while that entire family sits around doing nothing and live like fucking kings?

If you do things right you get fucked by everyone and everything, because they all know we're going to do the right thing, despite being shit on.

I raged, I lost. But I still pirate music on a weekly basis because I can get new music before you can actually pay to buy it for free.

#21 Edited by cannonballBAM (602 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

Because Microsoft is a front run by the Illuminati intentionally running a horrible customer service department so that they can force people to turn to piracy at which point they track and record every IP address that attempts to download these files so that they can one day activate the Darknet, turning control of every personal computer on the planet over to the whims of the AI Core, a hyper advanced cybernetic intelligence covertly researched and constructed on the International Space Station, which will use its newly found deific status and unlimited power to rule the world, if not the universe, with a cold iron fist.

I was waiting for the evil maniacal laugh.

edit: @Swoxx said:

Yup yup yup.

Why don't I pirate videogames anymore? Cause Steam.

Why don't I pirate music anymore? Cause Spotify.

Simple truth for me. I know pirating was wrong when I did it, but I was too goddamn lazy to deal with all the bullshit surrounding legal ways of obtaining that stuff. That's not me excusing or justifying it, that's just how it was. #Truetruth

Steam, Google Music & Amazon Digital. It is easy to just pay for it and have it backed in case you lose your files.

Honestly, any other reason for not paying for products it is just an excuse.

#22 Posted by pizzapotomus (46 posts) -

@BombKareshi said:

Leah: Bah! This is difficult...

Adria: Everything worth doing is.

What is that from?

#23 Posted by j0lter (231 posts) -

Moral compass? They still have those?

#24 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1850 posts) -

@pizzapotomus said:

@BombKareshi said:

Leah: Bah! This is difficult...

Adria: Everything worth doing is.

What is that from?

Diablo 3, based on several quotes along the same lines.

#25 Posted by gamefreak9 (2359 posts) -

because its the tech industry vs the music industry. The old dinosaur will eventually die off.

#26 Posted by No0b0rAmA (1490 posts) -

Just need to wait for the Valve OS to come out....

#27 Posted by AbsolutHysteria (41 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish: You sir, are GOD TIER OF THE INTERNET

#28 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

Because Microsoft is a front run by the Illuminati intentionally running a horrible customer service department so that they can force people to turn to piracy at which point they track and record every IP address that attempts to download these files so that they can one day activate the Darknet, turning control of every personal computer on the planet over to the whims of the AI Core, a hyper advanced cybernetic intelligence covertly researched and constructed on the International Space Station, which will use its newly found deific status and unlimited power to rule the world, if not the universe, with a cold iron fist.

/thread.

#29 Posted by TooWalrus (13195 posts) -

Because Microsoft- Wait. What @LordXavierBritish said.

#30 Edited by believer258 (11895 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

Because Microsoft is a front run by the Illuminati intentionally running a horrible customer service department so that they can force people to turn to piracy at which point they track and record every IP address that attempts to download these files so that they can one day activate the Darknet, turning control of every personal computer on the planet over to the whims of the AI Core, a hyper advanced cybernetic intelligence covertly researched and constructed on the International Space Station, which will use its newly found deific status and unlimited power to rule the world, if not the universe, with a cold iron fist.

So are they building HAL, Durandal, or Shodan?

Online
#31 Posted by NlGHTCRAWLER (1215 posts) -

Some people just like to watch the world burn.

#32 Posted by Tsoglani (585 posts) -

@LordXavierBritish said:

Because Microsoft is a front run by the Illuminati intentionally running a horrible customer service department so that they can force people to turn to piracy at which point they track and record every IP address that attempts to download these files so that they can one day activate the Darknet, turning control of every personal computer on the planet over to the whims of the AI Core, a hyper advanced cybernetic intelligence covertly researched and constructed on the International Space Station, which will use its newly found deific status and unlimited power to rule the world, if not the universe, with a cold iron fist.

Best post ever.

#33 Posted by BombKareshi (996 posts) -

@Artemesia: "There's no need to be snide."

#34 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

Because MS wants you to sufferrrrrrrrrrrrr. Should of just downloaded something and clicked a button like I did for my the computer I built for my Aunt last weekend.

#35 Posted by Intro (1207 posts) -

I buy all my games but can't always blame people for pirating. Most of the time it's simply because they're cheap and don't want to spend the money I would guess, but every once in awhile there's a good reason for it.

Cool, somewhat related story. I remember I bought a CD from the guy who made the soundtrack for VVVVVV. Well I lost the music and had no way to redownload it without paying for it again..... or stealing it. Well, I decided to send him an email, letting him know of my situation. So the guy replies back with the 320kbps MP3 download and the FLAC free download links for me to use. I will always support this man and his work, I also plan on donating money for him as well.

The reason I brought that story up was because it kinda goes with the pic of Jeff (posted on 1st page) and his description on piracy. If your business model is to treat the customers as best as you can, then they, for the most part, will treat you with respect too. When a company puts out a game with a ton of stuff that doesn't sit right with PC players and is never fixed, expect a lot of pirates. Obviously it's going to happen no matter what though. You're always going to have the people who just won't spend the money. You can't always combat it.