BSA Offers To Reward Piracy Snitches

"The BSA announced today that they are increasing their reward ceiling for accurate piracy reports to a big, fat $1,000,000."

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BSA announces $1 million reward for piracy snitches

Fancy making yourself up to a $1,000,000 dollars in the fight against piracy? Yep you heard me right - up to 1 million smackers for dobbing in a software pirate.

In their latest campaign against software piracy the BSA (Business Software Alliance) is offering an increased windfall to 'dob in a pirate'. The campaign will be reinforced through advertising on the common forms of media, but will conclude after October when the 'promotional sum' will be reduced back to its regular offering of $200,000. So why the big bucks?

The BSA believes that $1,000,000 might make even the most timid person don the daring cape of the whistleblower. "Businesses often have a million excuses for having unlicensed software on office computers. BSA is now offering up to a million dollars for employees who turn them in," said Jenny Blank, director of enforcement for BSA, in a statement.

Potential whistleblowers are often quiet for fear that they could not only lose their jobs but also get a reputation as a "snitch," making it difficult to find employment later. Now thanks to the BSA, some whistleblowers could trade in their jobs at piratical businesses for varying shots at a big jackpot. The only catch: you need to be aware of some serious piracy goin' down to qualify for the big payouts.

BSA reward guidelines

BSA Reward guidelines (Source: BSA)

Is this a step in the right direction to stamp out software piracy?

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02-07-2007, 06:48:08

Rastalovich
Does appear their angle has moved to "better performance per watt" than "better performance per buck".

I dunno, it`s clever marketing wize. Probably create a niche or 2 to be fair. It`s an arguement `for` buying amd to a company perhaps.

02-07-2007, 07:13:49

Mr. Smith

Does appear their angle has moved to "better performance per watt" than "better performance per buck".

I dunno, it`s clever marketing wize. Probably create a niche or 2 to be fair. It`s an arguement `for` buying amd to a company perhaps.



Hmmm not for me. Afraid the only niche I want to be part of is the "better performance vs anything else"

If AMD's new proccy doesn't outperfrom Intels offerings then I'm not interested!

02-07-2007, 07:15:54

Toxcity

Hmmm not for me. Afraid the only niche I want to be part of is the "better performance vs anything else"

If AMD's new proccy doesn't outperfrom Intels offerings then I'm not interested!



Good point to be honest!
I am not interested in how much power they take.. as long as they give some awesome performance..

The greens will kill me.. But, everyone knows my Climate change views! ;)

02-07-2007, 07:46:19

Rastalovich

Hmmm not for me. Afraid the only niche I want to be part of is the "better performance vs anything else"

If AMD's new proccy doesn't outperfrom Intels offerings then I'm not interested!



That`s very true tbh. Loads like to proclaim that they`ll recycle the odd cardboard package or what-have-u, but when it comes down to it - u offer a pc enthusiast a 16-core-5Ghz beast of an innefficient processor and they`ll take it everytime.

02-07-2007, 09:22:37

Ham

Does appear their angle has moved to "better performance per watt" than "better performance per buck".



This is the approach GPU manufs need too switch too i think...

Designed to operate within the same thermal envelopes as current generation AMD Opteron processors,



Thats an interesting claim. Will they actually be able too be sufficiently cooled with those crappy old alu HFSs that come with the A64s/lower end optys?

02-07-2007, 12:26:10

Bungral
Wonder what they're gonna set ya back.

02-07-2007, 13:19:48

nathan
i think both intel and amd are always looking at the power comsumptions of their new chips, so i'm predicting all new chips will use less power regardless.

02-07-2007, 16:01:19

Nagaru
I think people tend to switch sides constantly, when the Pentium D power consumption was through the roof, people complained. Now that the Athlon 64's are slow, but consume very little power, people complain. If someone gets both right then they complain that the other company doesn't have the same thing. If someone said to me here is a processor that outperforms your current one by 2 times but uses 10 times the power I wouldn't want it.

I don't see power consumption of CPUs or GPUs going down in the near future. Many people forget that we are really at an all time high with the Kentsfields, and I would expect the AMD to be worse since it has an integrated memory controller.

02-07-2007, 16:53:15

ionicle
ATi and Nvidia should both just keep there current range up and do an AMD, just keep working at it, and working at it, until they have an 8800 and a 2900 that are so efficient, they only use somthing like 30W

02-07-2007, 17:10:53

Allsorts
I suppose if you have a big energy bill then 'performance per watt' and 'performance per buck' aren't that distinct. At least they're giving you the choice between standard and 'save the planet' versions.
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