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[–] Chiefpacman 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Windows is headed [in] this direction.

Video games even perhaps. Look at where that industry has gone in 10 years. I would not be surprised if, eventually steam charges a monthly account fee to play their games. Even if they did that right now, a lot of gamers would happily hand their money over.

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[–] NoRagrets 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

Mandatory https://www.gog.com plug.

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[–] Skyrock 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Actually completely owning a game and having access to it even without an online connection, even if the vendor should go belly up: Priceless.

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[–] Sword-and-Shield 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

GOG is amazing and I always recommend people to get the DRM-Free version of a game every chance I get.

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[–] mostlyfriendly 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thank you! I wasn't familiar. Excited to see an alternative.

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[–] lorlipone 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I've never in my life owned a legitimate copy of ANY Windows operating system. Fuck those guys. I mean, I use their software, I just can't imagine paying them for it.

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[–] torky 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That sounds like entitlement. I know its a buzzword used on gamers, but honestly, you're​ saying you use a service, but don't feel obligated to pay for it. It's not a public service or a right. I know Microsoft isn't the greatest company in the world, but even then, if you use their products, you owe them.

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[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Windows is headed [in] this direction.

Almost all commercial software is headed in this direction. Even if you're not paying for a subscription in cash, you may well be paying for it in your personal data.

This is one reason why I stay the fuck away from things like cloud computing - you don't own the computer, someone else does. And they own the software and data, too. Now this isn't really cloud computing directly, but the cloud is part of the thrust of this (e.g. Windows 10 trying to drag users into a cloud-based OS, which is another "feature" it has).

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[–] jhaluska 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

It's partly a product of their own success and the cost of larger scale products. Newer software simply doesn't offer enough productivity advantages to justify the upgrade expense every year. The cost of development for products like Windows and Adobe means either they change their business model or go out of business..