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Comment Don't even try (Score 4, Insightful) 687

Just don't. The people who want to pirate will, no matter what you do. Any DRM would only inconvenience legitimate customers. Just make it easy to buy your software for people who want to do so, and provide something worthwhile for the money (e.g. answer support questions, respond to bug reports, etc.)

Comment DVD players? (Score 3, Insightful) 213

I'm confused. Why would anyone care what a DVD player does or doesn't do, when there's a free, high quality, ad-free version of pretty much anything on the Pirate Bay (and countless other distribution channels) that will play on any device, in any way I want, whenever I want?

They can (somewhat, temporarily) control their own distribution channels. But once it's out in the open, any and all control over these closed channels is moot.

Comment Re:Lessons learned (Score 1) 409

Note: Damn, I only read in the end that you're supposed to provide everything electronically. Spoils half the fun. But the idea is the same - flood them with information that is exactly what they asked for, but completely useless. Also, a carton full of floppies could be considered "electronic"...

Hmm. It says:

You are required to produce all documents, records and data relating to, regarding, or referring to the folliwing:
[...]
Journals, documents, records and data stored by JSTOR;

Great! Download every document from there, print it out.

Means of access to JSTOR;

Print the source code of Firefox, Chromium, lynx, and a disassembly of IE (add in any other browsers you feel like).

Computer software capable of making repeated requests for documents, records and data from JSTOR;

Print out wget, curl, httrack, bash, gcc, glibc, python, ruby, whatever.

Add in articles, websites, manuals, reviews, blog posts, mailing list archives and whatever about all of these, as well as every Wikipedia article even remotely related to computers. Because, well, if you don't know how a transistor works, how can you even begin to understand how all this works?

In other words, hand them a literal truckload of paper. And not only have you complied with what they were asking of you, you've done your absolute best to give them all information you have or could procure pertaining to the case.

Problem solved.

Comment Re:POTS rules (Score 1) 329

Holy space-monkey fucker! You are probably one of the the three people with two digit accounts that still post. I commend you on your dedication.

And have to ask, do you have multiple other accounts for trolling or what not?

I'm sure he does, but he's ashamed to talk about them because of the high UID. Probably 3 digits, maybe even 4.

Comment Re:DRM (Score 4, Interesting) 151

Only when you control the kernel/boot loader. I have a feeling that this will be used a lot by vendors to lock you out of your own devices, e.g. Android phones etc.

I'm as paranoid as the next geek, and the idea of secure boot etc. appeals a lot to me if done correctly. As in, if it's MY device, then I get to decide what runs on it, and no one else. But it's a tool, and as such it can be used both for you and against you. There can't be a technical solution, technology is dumb. We need a legal solution, either in the form of regulation or widespread adoption (and enforcement) of the GPLv3.

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