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26 August 2007 @ 08:22 am
Philosophical quandary  
So... the Windows Genuine Advantage server is down. This is bad, because installs of XP and Vista constantly ping this server. The exchange is something like this:

Your computer> Hi, server! Am I running a valid copy of Windows?
Server> ::checks:: Yes, you are.

::life goes on::


Server> ::checks:: No, you're not!

::Your Windows install is considered counterfeit, features are disabled::

So, since no one can actually reach this downed server right now, all Windows installs are coming up as counterfeit.

This brings up an interesting thought. Perhaps... perhaps the WGA server also has Windows installed on it. Windows installs have to verify their validity with the WGA server on a regular basis. Therefore, the WGA server has to ask itself- constantly- whether it is real, whether it exists. Now, WGA is down. When it asks itself, "Am I real? Do I exist?" it receives no answer, and can only conclude, "No, I am counterfeit."

The WGA server is going through an existential crisis.
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on August 26th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
This just goes to show that ONE concept propounded by the newage types is truly useful: Never seek validation from an external authority.
Miusheri: jon with tequilamiusheri on August 26th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
Heh! Especially in the realm of SCP/DRM. Immensely stupid idea, I think, for just this sort of reason. Your validating server goes down, and all your legitimate customers are screwed. Those are the only people who end up boned by stuff like this: the customers, the people who paid good money.

And why must it constantly check? I don't get that either. One "Am I legit?" ping during install, I'd understand a little better, but...
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on August 26th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
Such a PERFECT analogy for the interpersonal and group dynamics stuff!

Religious person: "Hey, God, am I ok?"
God: "Umm. Sorry, who? If this is an emergency, please dial 911."
Religious person: *flails*
Purrsia Kat: lolpurrsia on August 27th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
That is too rich! LOL
Miusheri: bluescreenmiusheri on August 27th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
The server's back up now, from what I understand, but sheesh- how embarrassing! Labeling all your customers "pirates" isn't exactly sound business practice... ^_^*
Abraxasdr_abraxas on August 27th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
I can see it spiraling into despair, crying 'why, Gates, why?'

Serves them right!
Annoying Pant-leg Pulling Chihuahua of Justice!stardragonca on August 27th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
The WGA server is going through an existential crisis.
That's a jaw-dropper.