rfunches writes "Microsoft announced today how a pirated version of Vista will be crippled. From the article (may require registration/subscription):
Supposedly Vista won't be completely disabled, but at the same time critical security updates will still be downloaded. The question is, how much will it hurt those with false positives?"
If a legitimate copy is not bought within 30 days, the system will curtail functionality much further by restricting users to just the Web browser for an hour at a time, said Thomas Lindeman, Microsoft senior product manager. [...] Under that scenario, a person could use the browser to surf the Web, access documents on the hard drive or log onto Web-based email. But the user would not be able to directly open documents from the computer desktop or run other programs such as Outlook e-mail software.