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Comment: Partial Key Verification is your answer. (Score 2) 687

by Deffexor (#43229793) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is a Reasonable Way To Deter Piracy?

I found this answer on SO a couple years ago and flagged it as a favorite because I figured I might need it some day.

The short version is a lot like what people have already said, have cracked keys be detectable and then decide from there what to do.

This guy decided to redirect the users to a website to inform them that they're using a cracked key and that they should really purchase the software.

His studies seem to indicate that it works well.

Comment: Partial Key Verification (Score 3, Interesting) 635

by Deffexor (#39111199) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?

This is something that I have never dealt with directly, but I saw a similar post on StackOverflow a few months ago and bookmarked it because it seemed useful.

The answer it seems is something called "Partial Key Verification":

In short, the software would still work, but re-direct people to a page letting them know that they've been "caught" pirating software and that they should really purchase it. This won't stop everyone, but some people (especially in a business environment) won't risk "being caught", so they will purchase the software knowing that you know that they know they are pirating your software.

Comment: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose (Score 4, Informative) 235

by Deffexor (#38481602) Attached to: East Coast vs. West Coast In the Quest For Young Programming Talent

Once salary is satisfied, what drives us all are 3 things: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

I get the sense from my friends who work on the West Coast that they get these things from their jobs. On the East Coast, it doesn't seem to occur as often (or at the very least is harder to find.) I'm not surprised that young 20-somethings bail as often as they do in such an environment.

Here's a TED talk about it:

Data Storage

AnandTech Gives the Skinny On Recent SSD Offerings 96

Posted by timothy
from the they're-small-and-quiet-the-end dept.
omnilynx writes "With capacity on the rise and prices falling, solid state drives are finally starting to compete with traditional hard drives. However, there are still several issues to take into account when moving to an SSD, not to mention choosing between a widening array of offerings. Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech does a better job than anyone could expect detailing those issues (especially those related to performance) and reviewing the new offerings in the SSD arena. Intel's X25 series comes out on top for sheer speed, but OCZ makes a surprise turnaround with its Vertex drive giving perhaps the best value."

Comment: Re:Here's what I've done, for me and 600 of my clo (Score 1) 451

by Deffexor (#26500835) Attached to: How Best To Deal With WiFi Interference?

As previously mentioned, try switching to 5GHz if you can. It won't go through walls, which means that you need to locate the AP carefully to make sure you have coverage where you need it.

Agreed. The 5Ghz spectrum always seems so open and free. Not to mention that 802.11a allows for dozens of *discrete* (read: non-overlapping) channels.

To help with the "not going thru walls well" problem of 802.11a, I've found that a simple reflector placed on every antenna of your WAP can boost your signal by 10 - 12 dB (in a single direction) -- This is enough to make it through walls of a condo. It also helps reduce noise coming into your WAP as well as pick up the signal from your devices better.

They're very simple and cheap to make, too. Instructions can be found at the Free Antennas website. The designs work great for all Wifi standards.

Data Storage

+ - Storing unused hard drives?

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An anonymous reader writes "Over the years, I've acquired several hard drives, many of which are in use in various machines, but some of them don't have a home. I'd like to keep these around for later use, but I don't seem to have a place to put them or know how to store them. When new ones come in the mail, they have protective shells. Should I look for a place to buy some of these, or is there a better way to do this?"
GNU is Not Unix

+ - Do today's quiet SFF computers support GNU/Linux?

Submitted by traderwill
traderwill (666) writes "I'm an older man who got into the Linux/FOSS "hobby" well into my retirement 10 years ago.
I like it but it's time to upgrade my original desktop tower with a completely new system.
The process has been frustrating because the local stores don't sell Linux systems, and I'm having trouble finding the right answer online. After a week, my questions at the different hardware forums are basically unanswered. I like the modern day SFF computers because they're very quiet and easy to move for long weekends and trips. I just want a computer like that with all the expected ports (USB, Parallel, Card Reader), CD/DVD drive, good sound. Even Linux-supported systems turn out to have no support for onboard sound, etc. Why is this turning out to be an impossible task? Can anyone suggest a model or a Linux-friendly SFF vendor? Whatever it is has to be supported 100% by GNU/Linux/FOSS, of course."
Linux Business

+ - How do you advocate Linux in 5 mintues?

Submitted by xtracto
xtracto (837672) writes "I just returned from buying certain Linux magazine. While looking at the "Computing" stand in the library and right after I grabbed a copy of the Linux magazine a guy asked me if I used Linux, after that, the made told me he had tried to use Linux but that he found it difficult. I told him the first things that came to my mind, this is, that it depended on the distribution (to what answered that he tried using Kubuntu). I recommended him to look for a Linux User Group near his hometown (he told me he was not from nearby). What would you tell this kind of people?, Not so long ago a relative who is completely computer illiterate started talking about Linux (to my surprise) but the general thought is that "it is harder than Windows". What do you people say to advocate Linux, in very few words, considering people that tried to use it before or people that has never used it?"

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.