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Old 2005-12-08, 04:04   #7
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Originally Posted by MS63
It would be easy to change the name of Prime95 to "explorer" or "svchost" - two real, vital processes - or maybe "sysman" or "winxp" - two I just made up.
But that's deliberate deceit. If you really thought your proposal was ethically acceptable, you wouldn't feel a need to deceive the user that way, would you?

(I believe that US juries award outrageous damages in the hope that, should they one day find themselves in the same position they too will be awarded an inordinate sum.)
I doubt many jurors do it for that reason. More likely is that jurors perceive that corporations don't respond to anything other than large monetary awards for damages.

A cursory reading of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 would seem to show that the only possible offence applicable would, I think, be "3.(2)(a) to impair the operation of any computer;", and that is debatable if Prime95 works as advertised ie only using 'idle' time. I'm not a lawyer, so I could be wrong.
When one gets picky (as one would in a lawsuit), one finds that Prime95 also occupies certain amounts of memory. Furthermore, memory-swapping and task-switching between Prime95 and other tasks takes a certain amount of non-"idle" CPU time that impairs response times and wouldn't be necessary if Prime95 weren't running.
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