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GNOME 3.12 Released

castrox Re:Good riddance Gnome (and KDE) (134 comments)

I've fled KDE before when they launched the public alpha as a major release. Since back then it's improved hugely in terms of performance and usability. I used to be a Gnome fan, but the new UI, while usable on the TV, is unusable on the dev box.

About the bling and widgets/plasmoids I just don't use them so they're not a problem. It's a way of attracting a certain user group.

castrox

about 4 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

castrox Interesting (742 comments)

FUCK BETA.

about 5 months ago
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Mixed-Reality 3D Volumetric Projector

castrox Not slashdot worthy (112 comments)

This video is lame. What did these guys accomplish? It is kind of hard to tell. 10 projectors + smoke. A guy claims there is a sphere -- well I do not see it. Now he says he is walking inside the sphere. Still do not see it.

What the hell is this?

more than 2 years ago
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PlayStation Network Hack Will Cost Sony $170M

castrox Huge cost in PR (189 comments)

Okay, so everyone thinks the cost is directly financial. What about the cost in PR?

This company just got mentioned in article after article in just about every newspaper on the globe. No pretty headlines, either. Lax security. Leaked data again? Oh.

The direct cost might be possible to calculate - but the cost of no one trusting Sony with personal data could disrupt their online business entirely.

The rootkit disaster, as often mentioned, still sits in all of our minds and everyone we talk with. Do not underestimate the badwill. Want to be a contender? Do not fuck up - this economy will not allow it.

The cloud crap gets another black eye and this one is hardly deserving, considering the immense lack of competence security-wise on Sony's part.

more than 3 years ago
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Gliese 581d Confirmed as 'Habitable' Exoplanet

castrox Fail (451 comments)

Nerd fail! There can be only 21 million Bitcoins, see Wikipedia

more than 3 years ago
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Pirate Party Coming To Canada

castrox One Wallet (394 comments)

Your question is interesting and one which many people ask themselves. I think it's more like people have one wallet to use and instead of spending money on music they kind of like they spend it on other things - just because they can get it by downloading. The total economic output is however more or less constant. I can only refer to my own spending statistics so feel free to contradict me. I don't put that same money in my savings account! I use it to go to the movies (5 of them past 6 months), fuel my car, go on vacation.

So the recent legislations in e.g. Sweden and the rest of Europe has nothing to do with economics, but rather only distribution of money and "fairness" to the companies. Of course, to succeed they must squash many citizen rights and deploy surveillance to keep citizens in check. One could argue that the win from such legislation really is nothing in comparison of how trampled the citizens become. Of course, the new legislation opens up a can of worms to further reduction of rights sort of like Pandora's box. We end up moving in the wrong direction if what we want is democracy. //S

about 5 years ago
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In Round 2, Jammie Thomas Jury Awards RIAA $1,920,000

castrox Contempt (793 comments)

This sort of obvious bullshit trials, bad defense lawyers withstanding, topped with ridiculous legislation really pushes the younger part of society, not yet indoctrinated, into anarchism. I usually state that I'm Swedish - we recently saw a "spectrial" (as The Pirate Bay called it) unfold, too.

Combine this with deaf politicians who refuse to listen to the (quite large) opposition and what do you have? You've got people contempt of law. I realize you need to build your own case and defend yourself, but even if you do, the playing field is uneven. I personally question the correctness of being able to monetize an idea/creative work for a life time. Most people outside of showbiz offers hard working labor - be it welding or consulting - for clients. We cannot profit from our monday 12'o'clock service for the rest of our lives. What's so got damn special with music or film?

I think, imagine at least, that people are growing more and more contemptuous to the powers that be. This is one failed business model - people recognize the absurdity of the situation. But when will this bullshit stop?

I'd had wished it'd be just like with SCO - touch and hard spirit then die a slow death in the media. Unfortunately, they have support from the government, who refuses to see the illogical conclusion that they need to work for their money (not just sell copies). //S

more than 5 years ago
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Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society

castrox Different views on "society" (326 comments)

I think the primary concern is the different views on society that citizens, politicians and corporations have. A report that says that something is good for society isn't so clear cut as you'd like.

For corporations, long copyrights are good for society - they couldn't make quality music otherwise and people want quality music!

Lobbyists persuading politicians means that long copyrights are beneficial for society as well. After all, how would artists make a living otherwise? Very common argument these days and more or less what the common man is thinking, too.

more than 5 years ago
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Weather Balloons To Provide Broadband In Africa

castrox Solar cells (179 comments)

Apparently the balloons need to be taken down daily to have their batteries recharched. I wonder, wouldn't 80,000-100,000 feet be mostly above cloud level and be an excellent opportunity to use solar cells?

The balloons come down every 24 hours due to the limitations of battery life -- and to keep them from floating into territories that don't subscribe to the service.

The drifting might be a tougher nut to crack though. Rather interesting idea for rural areas actually.

more than 5 years ago
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Researchers Build a Browser-Based Darknet

castrox Corporations and Consumers (163 comments)

In case you didn't notice, the latest trend is that there are Corporations and Consumers. You are probably part of the Consumer segment and so a product of Society and can be sold to the Corporations.

That's where we're headed people!

more than 5 years ago
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Researchers Build a Browser-Based Darknet

castrox Oops, tripped on the wire (163 comments)

Gosh, I just see a fair many obstacles to this tech which has many similarities to other systems (judging by the many references to other similar systems in TFA) and thus doesn't sound very revolutionary. But this one is browser based, so I guess, as TFA points out, it lowers the barriers to entry to a darknet. To me, this sounds like what it's about. Just click the link and be one with the dark side? Otoh the question is how it's supposedly used.

I admit I may look like an ass, but unless you've been hiding under a stone lately you'll have noticed that anything having to do with browsers and built-in tools is the shit of the century. So I guess my bullshit-o-meter gave a red reading. For some reason I'd rather like a solution below the application layer, so I can use all protocols while being anonymous. But we have that already. Almost at least, TOR has exit nodes that can easily be hosted by Bad Men.

Another interesting tech is OneSwarm, but it's not browser based and so not revolutionary.

more than 5 years ago
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Researchers Build a Browser-Based Darknet

castrox Late April Fools' joke? (163 comments)

Is this a late April Fools' joke? How does this supposed system work? It seems there must be a hosted PHP file somewhere - that server needs to have logs, at least if it's inside the EU and however you slice that you're toast.

Basically it seems to work sort of like a BitTorrent tracker that directs your client to other clients. So by what mechanism do you choose who to include in the "net"? If I understand correctly you sort of create channels for different purposes or groups. By using a introductory key? And how do you communicate that key? By encrypted e-mail? So any agencies that listen in on you very easily can see who you communicated with prior to your request for so and so domain holding the darknet PHP file? And how tough is that encryption? Ordinary SSL?

It connects the user's HTML 5-based browser to a single PHP file, which downloads some JavaScript code into the browser. Pieces of the file are spread among the members of the Veiled darknet. It's not peer-to-peer, but rather a chain of "repeaters" of the PHP file, the researchers say.

Spreads the file onto multiple peers? Is it possible for this file to run out of entropy in any way??

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Party Wins At Least One European Parliament Seat

castrox Want to hear something scary? (674 comments)

It's okay.. but don't make the mistake to think this is just about online privacy. This is offline privacy as well. How about having your cellphone tracked 24/7 and having those logs stored for 6 months. Or those hilarious SMS:es you sent while out partying, also stored for 6 months. This is now reality. Pretty rough awakening, don't you think? Not the most pressing matter? well perhaps not. We all value things differently. Me, I take my privacy way more serious than other EU matters or even the financial crisis. //castrox

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Party Wins At Least One European Parliament Seat

castrox One great big.. (674 comments)

This is one great big middle finger to the big parties who have ignored the privacy issues. Just this past month it's been very clear that the large parties are trembling because of the massive streams of voters who abandon them for the Pirate Party just because of these important issues. I really hope they will get with the program and realize that they can't dismiss the privacy debate and say that it's just a loud bunch who don't get it (the so called "pirates").

more than 5 years ago
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EU Sues Sweden, Demands ISP Data Retention

castrox Don't worry it'll be passed soon (315 comments)

IAAS (I Am A Swede)

This directive will soon be passed. The reason this has taken so long is because it's an initiative taken by the previous party in lower (Social Democrats) and the current part(y|ies) (AKA The Alliance, moderates) in power doesn't like the leftists and the head of the judicial branch has been wining over this directive ever since day one. Nonetheless she is obligated to enforce the directive and says so herself. Even though she proclaims herself to be a integrity watchdog she's just as bad as the leftists.

Battle lost on that front.

The Pirate Party will however make it to the EU parliament this year and we can hope for some real change on these integrity issues.

more than 5 years ago
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UK "Creative Industries" Call For File-Sharers Ban

castrox You're missing the point (211 comments)

You're missing the point. They don't believe in this themselves, but they need to say something outrageous so that the politicians - the sheep they are - will listen to them. They're now behaving like a spoiled child that doesn't get whatever it points at - shouting like crazy.

I'd really like a way to filter out all consumer BULLSHIT from the Internet so they'd leave it the fuck alone. But they LOVE the Internet - as long as they control it and this is precisely what they're aiming at. A wonderful, democracy, information, development tool is instead used as a fucking commercial channel.

I can't stand the fuckers, really. Keep your fucking music and movies and stay the fuck away.

more than 5 years ago
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Judge In Pirate Bay Trial Biased

castrox Re-trial (415 comments)

Several experts in Sweden are calling for a re-trial with another judge.

It's somewhat embarrassing. The judge says that he made the call that his participation in "intellectual property groups" (upphovsrättsföreningar) did not bias him.

When the trial started a nämndeman (assistant to the judge) was dismissed because he was considered biased due to his profession as a composer.

It sure will be interesting to see how this one plays out. One might assert that the judge made a huge mistake by taking the case and thus wasting a tremendous amount of time and energy for both sides. Rather moronic for a judge, who should be able to see this type of conflicts.

more than 5 years ago
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Judge in Pirate Bay trial biased

castrox Re-trial (1 comments)

Several experts in Sweden are calling for a re-trial with another judge.

It's somewhat embarrassing. The judge says that he made the call that his participation in "intellectual property groups" (upphovsrättsföreningar) did not bias him.

When the trial started a nämndeman (assistant to the judge) was dismissed because he was considered biased due to his profession as a composer.

It sure will be interesting to see how this one plays out. One might assert that the judge made a huge mistake by taking the case and thus wasting a tremendous amount of time and energy for both sides. Rather moronic for a judge, who should be able to see this type of conflicts.

more than 5 years ago
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After Sweden's New Law, a Major Drop In Internet Traffic

castrox Re:Not fun anymore (337 comments)

I understand your critisism but I disagree that the best option to fight for our apparent right to download music is to simply ignore that media companies will bring your ass to court, fine you into oblivion and then in some weird way you win.

You cannot win this battle by filesharing copyrighted works unless you mean that once all file sharers are economically obliterated, there will magically not be any consumers left and the politics and market will (again) magically change?

I don't understand the master plan here. Feel free to enlighten me - I enjoy this conversation (see my e-mail if you're unwilling to post all twists and turns to slashdot). I for one won't hope for your premature death.

How are "all" affected negatively by my actions (and I don't mean this to be a statistical rebuttal)? If I and all the rest continue to download, what exactly will happen? Will they change the law so that once again, the media companies cannot ask for IP-address to identity resolutions? At what price? You're not asking for little, are you.

You see, the only way for that plan to have an effect is to actually wind up in court. If you continue to fileshare their crap and manage to dodge their radar you haven't accomplished shit! So in other words, you want me to sell my car, move to a smaller apartment, dress like a hobo and eat noodles every day. Wow, you're a brave guy, aren't you. Please don't lecture me on civil disobedience when you're taking jack risk.

Finally, the way you DO win this battle is on the political arena. Now, you might not be Swedish and so you cannot vote on the Pirate Party. I am and I surely will. Meanwhile I participate in protests and educate friends and family (and co-workers).

more than 5 years ago
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After Sweden's New Law, a Major Drop In Internet Traffic

castrox Re:Not fun anymore (337 comments)

Whoah, that's quite some hostility. I'm sure you'll understand where I'm coming from once you read my comments and get a cool off break.

As someone else articulated: The game is rigged? Don't play the game.

I'm a fierce freedom activist. But continuing to support the media industry by filesharing their works (they do "own" them after all -- that's the current law -- let's respect it for a moment) is really a bad idea. My hope is that a sort of "open source" market will develop as people reject "the industry".

It's sad to see people like you, completely blinded by rage towards the media companies, attacking constructive ideas and the people behind them.

Don't play the game. Simple as that.

more than 5 years ago

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NSA is mining people's address books

castrox castrox writes  |  about 9 months ago

castrox (630511) writes "Apparently the NSA has decided on full blown warfare against people's private life and decided it was a good idea to record and store address books off of people accounts. Many popular service providers are affected such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Facebook and Gmail.

When will NSA's hostility towards private life end?"

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EU: Music piracy should not be a concern for copyright holders

castrox castrox writes  |  about a year ago

castrox writes "Ars Technica writes that the European Commission has published research based on samples from 16,000 users. The research suggests there are no correlation between piracy and decreased sales, but very well the opposite. This leads to the conclusion that music piracy should not be a "concern for copyright holders".

A very popular belief among Slashdotters and others just got handed a official research document (from the EC, no less) to strengthen it! Link to the actual research: http://ipts.jrc.ec.europa.eu/publications/pub.cfm?id=6084"

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Share links, become extradited to the US

castrox castrox writes  |  about 3 years ago

castrox writes "Sharing links online, particularly links to copyrighted material, may render you extradited to the United States of America.

The case is unique because the site, which the accused 23-year-old Englishman ran, was not located in the US in any way. Does this set a new precedent of things to come?

The agency responsible for the extradition request is Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). After contacting the site operator, shutting down the .com and .cc domain and finally paying the guy a visit in person, extradition is now on the table.

Read more on Ars Technica"

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Oracle cans commercial OpenOffice

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 3 years ago

castrox writes "Oracle gives up on development of the commercial branch of OpenOffice. The reason appears to be the drain of mindshare from OpenOffice to the newly created, vendor neutral, LibreOffice fork. Control is to be handed over to the community. I guess we'll see the details to this handover in the coming days or weeks."
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Swedish Pirate Party headed for Brussels

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

castrox writes "The Swedish Pirate Party gets 7.1% of the Swedish votes for the European Parliament. This means that the Pirate Party holds one seat out of a total of 18 representing Sweden. Here's to hoping they can make a difference. The make/female vote is 12/4%. The voters for the Pirate Party are also mostly under 30, but still has a big support older voters. The vote for the Pirate Party is much considered to be a protest against the sitting government and the EU."
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Pirate Bay Day 8 - IFPI working with Google

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 4 years ago

castrox writes "As the 8th day kicked off in court in the Pirate Bay trial, a number of new details have been revealed. The day has been dedicated to try to prove the correctness of the estimations of the stated compensations (~3 million USD). IFPI claims that the decrease in sales from 2001 to 2008 have been 9 billion dollars or about 30 percent. The entire decrease is blamed on file sharing and file sharing sites such as The Pirate bay.

That piracy in some respect can contribute to more sales and act to promote music is forcefully dismissed by John Kennedy, chairman of IFPI, adding that such views are old and obsolete.

John Kennedy also revealed that IFPI works together with Google on a daily basis, to ensure that illegal distributions of recordings are reduced and kept in check. Upon describing how the friendship with Google came to be, John Kennedy said that IFPI approached Google and explaining that either Google was going to be a partner or an opponent and thereby avoiding any misunderstandings of IFPI:s stand on the issue.

The defense also asked John Kennedy if he's of the opinion that each and every illegal download corresponds to a lost sale, upon which he confidently said "Yes", elaborating that, of course, these are music fans we're talking about.

(There's also a Swedish source to this: http://www.svd.se/nyheter/inrikes/artikel_2516799.svd)"

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Dangerous old Internet, meet new Secure Internet?

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

castrox writes "The New York Times is asking the question "Do We Need a New Internet?" The background being the spread of worms such as the rather widespread Conficker worm. Apparently the solution to operating system vulnerabilities is a secure Internet. So what would such a new Internet look like? NYT theorize that

What a new Internet might look like is still widely debated, but one alternative would, in effect, create a "gated community" where users would give up their anonymity and certain freedoms in return for safety.

Some apparently prestigious scholars have their say. Nick McKeown, a Stanford engineer:

Unless we're willing to rethink today's Internet, we're just waiting for a series of public catastrophes.

Some people are not late to spout doomsday scenarios (Rick Wesson, the chief executive of Support Intelligence, a computer consulting firm)

If you're looking for a digital Pearl Harbor, we now have the Japanese ships streaming toward us on the horizon

It appears the Internet is just too unsafe for people and agencies all over the world."
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Wiretapping law sparks rage in Sweden

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

castrox (630511) writes "This Wednesday at 9am the Swedish Parliament is voting on a new wiretapping law which would enable the civil agency (FRA — Defense Radio Agency) to snoop on all traffic crossing the Swedish border. E-mail, fax, telephone, web, SMS, etc. 24/7 without any requirement to obtain a court order. Further more, by law, the sitting Government will be able to instruct the wiretapping agency on what to look for. It also nullifies press tip or whisle blowing anonymity.

Many heavy agencies within Sweden have weighed in on this, with very hefty critic, e.g. SÄPO (akin to FBI in the U.S.), the Justice Department, ex. employees of FRA, and more. None the less, the ruling party block is supposedly pressuring its members to vote Yes to this new proposed law with threats to unseat any dissidents.

The new proposed law has given rise to a MASSIVE people uprise which will likely result in huge street protests on Wednesday. People have been completely surprised since this law has not gotten any media uptake and for the most part been kept in the shadows.

After massive activity on blogs by ordinary citizens and street protests the story has finally been picked up by major Swedish news sources.

There is more information on the Swedish (in English) newspaper, The Local. Specifically, see here, here and here."
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Prince, Village People to sue The Pirate Bay

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

castrox (630511) writes "YMCA to all! It appears the long since famous artists Prince and The Village people are getting ready to sue The Pirate Bay, if only they can figure out who to sue.

The Local:

Sandberg has been hired on behalf of the US musicians by British law firm Web Sheriff, which wants to claim "several million dollars" in damages in both Sweden and the United States, he said.
It's unclear how many tracks of Prince and Village People are being swapped via TPB at this moment. They are to seek damages nonetheless, of course..

Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde told The Local that Giacobbi [Web Sheriff president] had "no clue" what he was doing but that he was welcome to try to sue the file sharing site.
You might remember TPB taunting Web Sheriff multiple times in their much appreciated legal threats section."

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Gmail backdoor vulnerability

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

castrox (630511) writes "From the article on The Register:

The technique comes courtesy of Petko D. Petkov, a researcher at GNU Citizen, who writes in a blog post that the backdoor is installed simply by luring a victim to a specially crafted website while logged in to Gmail. The naughty site uses a slight of hand known as a multipart/form-data POST, which writes a filter to Gmail that causes all email with attachments to be forwarded to collect@evil.com.
Looks like a nasty "POST injection" from a malicious site you're visiting while logged into Gmail is all it takes to alter your Gmail settings. Apparently, Google is investigating and has no further comments at this time."

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Dell considers bundling virtualization on mobos

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

castrox writes "Ars Technica is reporting on a rumor at The Register that Dell is considering bundling virtualization on some of their motherboards. No more dual boot or VMs inside the running OS? Quoting Ars Technica:

Any way you slice it, though, putting the hypervisor in a chunk of flash and letting it handle loading the OS is the way forward, especially for servers and probably even for enterprise desktops. Boot times, power consumption, security, and flexibility are all reasons to do this.
Though it looks like more than a rumor, considering the following quote from The Register:

Dell CTO Kevin Kettler today confirmed these plans during a speech here at LinuxWorld, saying the company expects to see major performance and power-saving improvements by dumping a hypervisor in flash.
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Microsoft patent infringement suit tossed

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

castrox writes "Ars Technica reports on the just tossed verdict on the claimed Microsofts patent infrigement concerning MP3 compression, filed by Alcatel-Lucent. Quoting Ars:

A judge has overturned a jury's $1.52 billion award in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Alcatel-Lucent against Microsoft. Ruling that Microsoft had not violated one of the two patents in question after all, Judge Rudi Brewster threw out the verdict and indicated that the second patent was on shaky ground as well.
The future of software patents, it seems, will be dominated by people in courtrooms."

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EU slaps Intel with formal antitrust charges

castrox castrox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

castrox writes "Quoting Ars Technica

Intel faces a long and costly legal battle in Europe after the European Commission formally lodged antitrust charges against the world's leading CPU manufacturer.

Seems Intel has been playing dirty. A suit filed by AMD last year includes Intel making at least one sell-only-Intel deal in Germany. Sort of interesting since this is what e.g. Microsoft does on a daily basis?"

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Microsoft to simplify downgrades from Vista to XP

castrox castrox writes  |  about 7 years ago

castrox (630511) writes "It seems Microsoft have taken a notice that users may want to run XP instead of Vista. The new deal is to simplify downgrading for the OEMs. Currently, all OEMs must call Microsoft whenever a downgrade is done. After this "simplification" OEMs may submit batches of keys to Microsoft which will save time.

According to the Microsoft blog on ZDNet, the "downgrade software" will still need to be supplied by the end user. The deal is rather perplexing — it does not seem like you can convert the license since the only eligible versions for downgrading is Ultimate and Business.

Effectively, it seems nothing has changed. More on the downgrade "rights" (warning: PDF) here."

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