Feeds

MS Passport – let the games begin

It's a right meridianum spectaculum, let me tell you

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

All your data (and biz plans) are belong to Microsoft

In the gladatorial arena that is the Vulture Central Mailbag, there's nothing that the crowd like better than a bit of one-on-one combat to the death. This lunchtime's entertainment features retarius John Lettice, armed with trident and net, versus secutorAdam Alexander:

The document from which you quote is the terms of use, or a very general (and common) document that outlines the rights of Microsoft as the owner of the Passport web site. You did not, however, point out the link at the bottom of that very page to Microsoft's privacy policy. The privacy policy dictates what Microsoft will and will not do with the information they collect, regardless of the rights that are bestowed upon them by the terms of use. The privacy policy makes it very clear that any information divulged to third parties will be of a statistical nature and not linked to any specific person(s). Hotmail and MSN Messenger also have similar privacy policies.

The article was either written based on seriously inadequate research, or the author purposely included only the most shocking information in order to write a biased anti-Microsoft editorial. This article was not presented as an editorial but as a news story. Based on this, I think it would be prudent for you to post a correction on your web site. I would be interested in hearing your response.

This impudence provoked John to strike back thus:

Fiddlesticks. The terms of use clearly assign copyright of any of your IP that happens to pass through Microsoft systems to Microsoft. This has nothing to do with personal privacy rights - you can steal my IP without invading my privacy, you are merely starving my children. We are journalists. We know about such things.

Provoking Mr Alexander to escalate the conflict with:

I may stand corrected. Please send me any information you have concerning MS's hijacking of personal information sent over its network(s), and I will announce my defeat.

Judging from the intelligence level of the postings and email I have seen from your outfit, I may need to clarify that the above is a rhetorical request.

I sent this email under the impression that I was dealing with a reputable journalistic outfit. That was obviously my mistake. You may carry on in your non-journalistic endeavors.

Thanks very much, we will - morituri te salutant!

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.