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#1 m.oreilly

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 01:03 AM

http://www.computerworld.com/action/articl...;intsrc=hm_list

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According to the patent application filed last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the "Metered Pay-As-You-Go Computing Experience" scheme would meter software use and access to specific computer hardware. Fees would be charged against a prepaid or billed account.

:roadrunner:

WTF???

and i thought apple was bad...what's a good distro these days? :rofl_mini:

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 01:18 AM

:roadrunner: not just NO ,but f**k NO.....damn MS :rofl_mini:

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 11:14 PM

I just read that this idea has hit a wall. The patent office declined Microsoft's patent for this idea. So, I guess we are fine with leaving our computers on 24/7 for awhile yet. :roadrunner:

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 12:23 AM

View Postchriso_86, on Jan 3 2009, 12:14 AM, said:

I just read that this idea has hit a wall. The patent office declined Microsoft's patent for this idea. So, I guess we are fine with leaving our computers on 24/7 for awhile yet. :roadrunner:
*starts plundering the business account*

No seriously, first, I'm surprised the patent didn't come through, but I think the system works differently from what is said.
I can not imagine Windows being 'paid per minute', but Office systems on the other hand, that makes sense, depending on how-much-per-minute offcourse.
Assuming 1 cent per minute, with an upper limit of the actual 'free' buying price? that's not a bad idea imo, although this system brings some problems. I paid just under 60 euro for my Office Enterprise license, so it'll require user registration and identification in the case of my price... which I wouldn't like because I hate registrating...




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