I saw this post on the Genuine Windows Blog site today Pirated Windows 7 RC builds a botnet. So let me understand this. Instead of getting the software for free from Microsoft, people prefer to get it from some stranger(s) over the Internet for free.
<SOAPBOX>It always amazes me how many people troll the Internet looking for “free” stuff. Free music, free movies, free pirated software. No one ever stops to wonder why it’s free. I know people that spend an inordinate amount of time downloading movies from the Internet. Then they jump through a bunch of hoops burning or converting the movies so they can use them. Maybe I’m getting lazy but most DVDs cost less than $20 so it seems like a lot or work (and risk) to me for a movie. Search for “malware bit torrent” in your favorite search engine and you can see what I am talking about. In my experience there is no such thing as free. You will end up paying with your time and time is not free… </SOAPBOX>