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      CommentAuthorgreencard
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2008 edited
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    I tried doing a windows update and it said it was not a genuine version of windows and not only that their Office 2007 software they have on some computers say its registered to a Indiana University or something seems wrong! Why hasn't Fry's gotten in trouble?! I also noticed that Fry's uses some other software like Adobe Pagemaker and Photoshop and Im wondering if these are legit also.  
     
    Some one should call Microsoft Up:  
     
    1-800-RU-LEGIT  
    Piracy@microsoft.com
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      CommentAuthorknowitall
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    I wouldn't be surprised because when we were setting up the windows computers in the cashier dept our DM had us call the microsoft activation line and made us tell them we changed hardware so we could continue to install windows on other computers.
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    greencard:I tried doing a windows update and it said it was not a genuine version of windows and not only that their Office 2007 software they have on some computers say its registered to a Indiana University or something seems wrong! Why hasn't Fry's gotten in trouble?! I also noticed that Fry's uses some other software like Adobe Pagemaker and Photoshop and Im wondering if these are legit also.  
     
    Some one should call Microsoft Up:  
     
    1-800-RU-LEGIT  
    Piracy@microsoft.com
     
     
    How are you Surprised?  
     
    Frys will do anything to save a buck.
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      CommentAuthorman
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    you can get up to a million dollar reward for reporting this to the Business Software Alliance or 888-NO-PIRACY  
     
     
    What is Software Piracy ?  
     
    Software piracy is the unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted software. This can be done by copying, downloading, sharing, selling, or installing multiple copies onto personal or work computers. What a lot of people don't realize or don't think about is that when you purchase software, you are actually purchasing a license to use it, not the actual software. That license is what tells you how many times you can install the software, so it's important to read it. If you make more copies of the software than the license permits, you are pirating.  
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    SDCherryPicker:
    greencard:I tried doing a windows update and it said it was not a genuine version of windows and not only that their Office 2007 software they have on some computers say its registered to a Indiana University or something seems wrong! Why hasn't Fry's gotten in trouble?! I also noticed that Fry's uses some other software like Adobe Pagemaker and Photoshop and Im wondering if these are legit also.  
     
    Some one should call Microsoft Up:  
     
    1-800-RU-LEGIT  
    Piracy@microsoft.com
     
     
    How are you Surprised?  
     
    Frys will do anything to save a buck.
     
     
    Yep. I wouldn't be surprised if Randy Fry has prostituted his own mother to the men of the receiving dept a few times for a quick buck.:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorAyaHu
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    Anyone will do anything to save a buck on Windows.Superhero!
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    Like not install it.
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      CommentAuthorAyaHu
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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    How do you think Linux got so popular?Superhero!
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008
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      CommentAuthordash
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2008 edited
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    Nice to see you Digg, sasquatch. I've loaded hardy heron on my PC a few days ago and it rocks. I am fairly new to linux so there is a lot to learn but it's easier than I thought.  
     
    http://lifehacker.com/383769/hardy-heron-makes-linux-worth-another-look
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    At least when I quit working for Fry's 6 months ago I don't remember seeing any pirated software. If they had no qualms using pirated software they would have been using a more current version of Novell and they would be using InDesign as opposed to a 10 year old copy of Pagemaker. Add to the fact that they were still using Win2K and if there was any pirated software I sure didn't see it.  
     
    Merely because Microsoft says that xyz product isn't legit doesn't mean that the software is pirated. I have seen computers with legit licenses come up as invalid. The only reason that I seriously think it is pirated is why the key would registered to someone else.
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
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    Fry's would not be so foolish.
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      CommentAuthorworm
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2008
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    They probably don't upgrade to the latest versions because none of new software are compatible. Novell isn't in the Netware business anymore, plus the Netware they used at one time came with some support service contract. As for the version of Pagemaker they use, it is the current version even though its 10 years old. Can a retail store that sells software even be guilty of piracy since they are an actual authorized reseller?i am a worm.
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
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    greencard:I tried doing a windows update and it said it was not a genuine version of windows and not only that their Office 2007 software they have on some computers say its registered to a Indiana University or something seems wrong! Why hasn't Fry's gotten in trouble?! I also noticed that Fry's uses some other software like Adobe Pagemaker and Photoshop and Im wondering if these are legit also.  
     
    Some one should call Microsoft Up:  
     
    1-800-RU-LEGIT  
    Piracy@microsoft.com
     
    Since when does Frys use ANY Microsoft product other than Windows? They picked OpenOffice because its free. It's shit (well, it might be better if we used faster computers. 1.2 Celeron holla), but its free. There isn't a single copy of Office 2007 installed on a work station at store 25, or as far as I know, company (excluding home office) wide.
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    http://www.bsa.org/country/Report%20Piracy.aspx  
     
    report these mofo's and have justice on fry's for being greedy and pirating software!
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
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    Fry's does not pirate software.
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      CommentAuthorm_tux
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
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    Former_Frys_geek:At least when I quit working for Fry's 6 months ago I don't remember seeing any pirated software. If they had no qualms using pirated software they would have been using a more current version of Novell and they would be using InDesign as opposed to a 10 year old copy of Pagemaker. Add to the fact that they were still using Win2K and if there was any pirated software I sure didn't see it.  
     
    Merely because Microsoft says that xyz product isn't legit doesn't mean that the software is pirated. I have seen computers with legit licenses come up as invalid. The only reason that I seriously think it is pirated is why the key would registered to someone else.
     
     
    they are using Windows 3.1 on the computer in V-Con in Anaheim still. Reboot your v-con computer and see what it's using ;)I'm crushing your head... You flathead!
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
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    3.1? The sass doubts this.
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      CommentAuthorm_tux
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
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    I'm serious... 3.1  
    I don't know if that's chain wide, but in Anaheim it is.. or was.. it's been awhile since I've been to V-con.. maybe I should sneak in there sometime.. and take video ;) :face-devil-grin:I'm crushing your head... You flathead!
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      CommentAuthorAyaHu
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2008
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    Bitch, I love Open Office!Superhero!
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      CommentAuthorPunkzilla
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd 2008
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    Ours uses Windows 2000, highly doubt 3.1 can even run conference software.I shit trains, Now what?
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    Store 25's v-con computer takes roughly 18 minutes to boot up last time I checked. It was running win2k.  
     
    Also: Theres no way that any computer capable of running the network and video programs for v-con is on win3.1 It's just not possible.
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2008
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    They have some kind of serious bandwidth issue. The video feed quality is atrocious.
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      CommentAuthorPunkzilla
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2008
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    That video feed use to be better quality back when I started. Then gradually got worse.I shit trains, Now what?
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      CommentAuthorworm
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2008 edited
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    They need to upgrade their codecs. They are probably using old RealMedia it lol. go Xvid/Divx! Even youtube has better quality!i am a worm.
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    m_tux:I'm serious... 3.1  
    I don't know if that's chain wide, but in Anaheim it is.. or was.. it's been awhile since I've been to V-con.. maybe I should sneak in there sometime.. and take video ;) :face-devil-grin:
     
     
    Back when I quit Fry's Store 7 was still using a Windows 3.1 box for V-Con. I mean I didn't expect a quad core running Windows Vista at V-Con, but running anything before Windows 2000 seems a bit cheap. I imagine at some point the motherboard or the CPU on the old Windows 3.1 box failed and they replaced it. For most computers MTBF is 30-50K hours. Depending upon the quality of the parts in the machine, you will roughly see half of all computers of a model have a major hardware failure after about 3-5 years. That 3.1 box is clearly a statistical outlier. At some point it has to die and unless they want to go on ebay good luck finding hardware that can run Windows 3.1 the only way they will be able to run 3.1 anymore is by using VMware or VirtualPC or some other virtualization software to run 3.1 inside a virtual machine.
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      CommentAuthorAyaHu
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2008
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    Windows 3.1 is THE SHIT. Thanks.Superhero!
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2008
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    worm:They need to upgrade their codecs. They are probably using old RealMedia it lol. go Xvid/Divx! Even youtube has better quality!
     
     
    Lol, their possessor probably couldn't even handle MPEG4.
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    3.1 confirmed.  
    Moving to WinXP though soonhttp://www.frysblackfriday.com
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      CommentAuthorasdf
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2008
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    For computers you are interfacing with you probably want to put the software that works well for you. But for a simple video conferencing application that just broadcasts and receives video why care what software is being used. It does its service then it dies and it's replaced. Who cares about Windows 3.1 when a year back y'all been running DOS for the POS.
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      CommentAuthorGamefreak88
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008 edited
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    Yes Fry's is doing some very illegal things in terms of their Windows XP installations. And don't worry, I'll be working on that soon.  
     
    And a few computers (such as the managers office) have Microsoft Office 2007. There is a Photoshop CS3 trial (with keygen which probably contains a trojan) on several computers throughout the store too.  
     
    As for their v-con, it appears it is being done over dialup, but I find that hard to believe even with Fry's. Especially since there are high-speed cable connections for the store (although insanely overwhelmed).  
     
    I updated all the computers in the cashier area and am very familiar with the setup, software, and network. I validated all the installations and found some interesting info regarding licenses. I'm working on exposing some very serious privacy/identity theft/credit card fraud vulnerabilities with Fry's. It is not one of my priorities right now, but it will hit the news, don't worry. :)  
     
    I went to the San Marcos store and they had the same vulnerabilities (stupid sales associate in audio video actually allowed me to spend a few minutes "spying" in to the computer.. all he knew was I worked at the San Diego store). I was horrified to find the Fry's credit card vulnerability present at San Marcos too, in addition to a few others.Regular Member
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      CommentAuthorSasquatch
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008
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    That post reeks of smug.
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    Gamefreak88:Yes Fry's is doing some very illegal things in terms of their Windows XP installations. And don't worry, I'll be working on that soon.  
     
    And a few computers (such as the managers office) have Microsoft Office 2007. There is a Photoshop CS3 trial (with keygen which probably contains a trojan) on several computers throughout the store too.  
     
    As for their v-con, it appears it is being done over dialup, but I find that hard to believe even with Fry's. Especially since there are high-speed cable connections for the store (although insanely overwhelmed).  
     
    I updated all the computers in the cashier area and am very familiar with the setup, software, and network. I validated all the installations and found some interesting info regarding licenses. I'm working on exposing some very serious privacy/identity theft/credit card fraud vulnerabilities with Fry's. It is not one of my priorities right now, but it will hit the news, don't worry. :)  
     
    I went to the San Marcos store and they had the same vulnerabilities (stupid sales associate in audio video actually allowed me to spend a few minutes "spying" in to the computer.. all he knew was I worked at the San Diego store). I was horrified to find the Fry's credit card vulnerability present at San Marcos too, in addition to a few others.
     
     
    You didn't do shit to the computers. All you did was dick around for a couple weeks. And then leave your name on something you did that you weren't supposed to. Your gonna get your ass sued. Your acting all smug because you think your gonna do something to frys. Get over yourself greg.
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      CommentAuthorworm
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008
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    Sasquatch:That post reeks of smug.
     
    It pays to Discover (pirated software). BSA.orgi am a worm.
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      CommentAuthorAyaHu
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2008
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    Nobody care about pirated software. Its the most cost effective way of running a business. There is nothing "Very interesting" about product licenses being invalid. It's normal and stupid. "Very illegal things.." give me a goddamn break.Superhero!
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      CommentAuthorasdf
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2008 edited
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    These guys like RIAA equate downloading music to going to some fictional music store and stealing a CD right off the shelf. Stores that sell CD's are probably lucky to have customers.
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      CommentAuthorfanboy
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2008 edited
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    I just checked yesterday Fry's did remove alot of the pirated software they had I guess they were scared that someone would turn them in for a reward with Microsoft. By the way they did not remove all the pirated software I found some still.Out To Save The World From /\ FRY'S \/