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5-07-2008 @ 10:15AM
If you look at Windows Vista, what it considers security could also be included in this lawsuit. Vista manipulates the ram to prevent stack overflows and other windows issues, mainly used in hacking a system. A memory stack in previous versions of windows was Put A in memory slot A. Program asks for A from slot A. Vista, on the other hand, includes an API that does NOT put A into Slot A. It tells the software it is, but instead places A into Slot M. When you ask for A, the API goes to Slot M. Obviously that is a very low-rent description. Hell, its a cardboard box in an alley! However, if Vista is allowed to manipulate not only the location of the memory but lie to the originating software then Blizzard has no case. You cannot willy nilly allow/disallow software to manipulate your program. The law is all or nothing and if Blizzard allows Vista to alter its plan, they cannot hold another software company liable. How about using Deepfreeze? That in a sense lies to the software about locations. Disk encryption? Its a pandora's box if we head down this road. Blizzard will lose the case and in turn set a precedent that no software company can remove users for breaking an over-reaching TOS and EULA. In fact, a case could be made that you as a user have the manufacturer agree to a TOS/EULA for what is on your system and how it is used. Obviously, this can get ridiculous quick and when you involve lawyers, its a downhill slip and slide. Someone said it best: eliminate how Glider works and move on.
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