Beta2 can take down the internet

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The Matrix ReloadedCould Windows Vista break the Internet? Bink.nu writes about the fact that the demand for Windows Vista Beta 2 has been overwhelming. It is the largest downloaded software in history. Currently, they are serving product keys out ten times faster then the downloads can be served. In fact, they are pumping out bits as fast as they can – any faster and there would be a measurable impact on the internet. They quote a Microsoft representive:

So, we are literally saying that if we increased our bandwidth any further there’s a possibilty of taking down the Internet – people might have problems with World Cup viewing, etc…

Robert McLaws on longhornblogs.com has more:

We want to encourage people who can wait to order the DVD. The DVD guarantees you RCI upgrade (as long as you activate). DVD’s will take about 1 – 4 weeks to arrive depending where in the world you live. And, I want to emphasize that we aren’t making money on the DVD’s. We are just charging for cost of goods and shipping. Along with that – people who have PID keys may have a wait on their hands to get the download. This could be several days to even up to a week or more in some cases. That speaks to why ordering the DVD might be a good option.

Q: What about BitTorrent?
A: We thought about Bit Torrent a lot, especially in the planning stages for this. There are legal and privacy issues which unfortunately make that not an option for Microsof to officially sponsor a BitTorrent. I really wish we could do it, but we can’t. If someone BitTorrent’s we can’t guarantee that they’ve got an unaltered copy, etc.

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