[QUOTE=Halvri;1444226]The version of Vista I'm talking about is the full direct install version of Ultimate. Microsoft specifically sells upgrade versions of Windows to people who already have another version of the operating system. If you buy Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade and hack it to work as a full install, you just committed a crime, the same way as installing OS X on non-Apple hardware.
Companies price different versions of different operating systems differently because they serve different purposes. If Apple specifically markets and prices its software as an upgrade, subsidized by its hardware and you hack it, you have committed a crime. I don't care what jurisdiction you argue that in, you will be found guilty.
And as to your comment about EULAs, can an eight year old scan his debit card and buy one? Do not several companies require you be a certain age to even purchase software with an applicable EULA?
No, no company has age limits on purchasing software. How can they--do they require ID at the Apple store? I saw a very young high school aged girl buy an iPod Shuffle. She'll probably be the one to install it. It was only $60, she paid cash. I doubt in any court she could be held to the terms of the EULA. With click-wrap EULAs (like Mac OS X), the license agreement is not binding until the "End User" clicks agree because you cannot view the agreement until you install the software. In this case no contract can even be enforced until the user sits down at the computer and clicks Agree, in which case Mom can buy the software and little Johnny can install it.
As to what content I own, it has no bearing here, but no, I don't have any ripped DVDs or movies downloaded from torrents. As annoying as I find the idea of not ripping DVDs to be, I can understand it: there really is nothing stopping me from making copies and distributing them to my friends/family. So, again, whether you agree with the law or not on ripping DVDs, you are violating it in doing so.
There's nothing stopping people from making copies and distributing MP3 purchased from the Apple Store, now that there's no DRM. So that argument from the MPAA is moot.
Seriously, don't just take my opinion, how many top software companies do you know of that have headquarters in the European Union? The EU has no respect for intellectual property, the U.S. and Japan do. Disguising that lack of respect as anti-competitive laws doesn't make it any less apparent.
Headquarters have no legal bearing. As long as you sell your products in the EU you are bound by their copyright and IP laws. Which is why the iPhone is required to be sold unlocked in France.
And don't talk about the US' "respect" for intellectual property. You have no clue how much "respect" US citizens actually have for IP until you go to a college campus and find the 8TB drives RAID'ed together full of ripped movies. A law is only as good if most people agree with it, and many people happen to disagree with this government's stance on IP. I know that doesn't make it legal or in some cases right, but it does show that many people disagree with the philosophy that they don't own the content they purchase.
And as someone who writes software, you should appreciate Intellectual Property law since it exists to protect your right to fair compensation and usage. I've said this before, if an artist opens an exhibit of a painter's most famous works covered in excrement, the painter has every right to have that exhibit shut done because its misusing his/her IP. And Bob Dylan has every right to sue a man who decides it's okay to do an album of covers of his songs without first receiving his permission.
I do have a problem with people pirating software. However that's not what is at issue here. The issue is whether people have the right to use the software as they see fit. What if I put in my EULA a line that said you can only install the software on pink computers with polka dots? Unless you read every line of the EULA, which includes the EULAs that may come down AFTER you installed the software, you (and not me) could be held liable for damages done by "the software" when it is run on computers without polka dots. You don't find that incredulous? Yet it's legal, until a court says it's not. And you thought we were a litigious society now, wait until the courts have to approve every EULA.
And the thing is, legally speaking, if you believe in property rights of any sort, then yes, to get a midtower of the sort you speak of, you have to buy Windows because it's the only OS that will realistically have the drivers and software to take advantage of that power right now.
Buzz. Wrong. My hackintosh has the proper drives thanks mostly to Apple, thanks some to open source. I have the same video card, high end, that was in the Mac Pros--in my "iMac" replacement. The drivers were part of 10.5. It's just that Apple only had them available for Mac Pros, and only as a ridiculously priced add on. The iMacs were (are) stuck with a 2006-era video card.
One last thing, though, hell fucking no a Core i7 is not better than a Xeon. The entire point of the Xeon line is reliability. They are tested to a rigorous standard that off the shelf i7s simply never go through. The same is true of the RAM being used in conjunction with them.
Never said it was. It is WAY better though then the Penryn Apple is currently putting into the iMacs. Even the newest iMacs get smoked by my 8 month old computer. You are comparing my $1300 late 2008 Hackintosh to a mid 2009 Xeon Mac Pro that costs $3000 when you add in the 6GB RAM, video card and extra USB ports I have. You don't find that funny? And you know what: for tasks that only use 4 CPUs (which is basically EVERYTHING I do) I'd bet my computer gives the Xeon Mac Pros a run for their money, all $3000 of it.