I recommend OBZVault. OBZVault is a cross-platform encrypted text editor; with it you can secure sensitive information like passwords, quotes and messages, and access them from any operating system.
We use OBZVault in-house to store all our important company secrets (passwords, PINs, etc.) in a single file that gets checked into our source control system. Using OBZVault we can access that file on any of the operating systems we use (Linux, Mac OS X, and MS Windows).
It's licensed per physical machine, not per operating system, so e.g. a dual-boot Mac OS X and Ubuntu machine will only need one licence.
(Disclaimer: I co-founded OffByZero, the company that produces OBZVault.)
I didn't miss your point; rather, I was asking you to enumerate some examples of worker exploitation by large companies in America. Specifically, some examples that you think need correcting by the Government.
Since your argument seems to hinge on that claim, I thought you'd have a good number of examples to hand.
> Voters usually only manage to convince government
> to correct the grievous exploitation of workers
> or customers by business if it wouldn't be too
> damaging to the politician's campaign
> contribution network.
Care to give some examples of this 'grievous exploitation' that needs 'correct[ion]?'
Ah, America, land of the free
Mind you, it works both ways, with Sony illegally installing rootkits on PCs and lobbying the Government for favours in the form of Copyright legislation.
Perhaps they deserve each other?
AskOxford: Commonly Confused Words. I suspect most people will discover that they regularly make at least one of the mistakes in that list; I certainly did.
Er... couldn't you always do this with ILDASM + Notepad + ILASM? Tools to modify IL have been part of the
.NET SDK forever.
Quite possibly, but up until now no-one has produced a plugin that makes it literally a ten-second operation for an almost totally unskilled user.
They have a credit card and address on file, and damage will be apparent when the car is returned (or theft, when it's not returned), so they can both discourage damage in the first place and recover the costs of damage when it occurs.
... That model doesn't work with software. You can't tell when someone is copying or modifying your software, and you don't necessarily know who your customers are anyway.
But mostly you can, if you have a decent licensing system built into your software.
Sure, it's still possible that someone might be able to break the licensing & put that cracked version up on Pirate Bay or something, but for the most part businesses won't let dodgy pirated software from an untrusted source anywhere near their networks.
This means that a reputable company who wants your (licensed) software then has two options: pay for it, or hire a developer to crack your licensing. A good licensing system raises the bar for cracking sufficiently high that the latter option becomes too expensive.
If piracy is preventing you from selling enough copies to make a profit, maybe it's time to stop relying on selling copies and switch to a different model.
Only if you've tried a good software licensing system, and it's failed (or of course if you personally prefer the different model anyway).
You're right in that once you've shipped your app, there's no way to completely prevent tampering; every form of DRM is simply a means of raising the bar higher and higher. The trick is to make the bar sufficiently high by structuring your application well and using high-quality licensing and obfuscation tools.
The reason it's news is that Microsoft has been plugging CAS as a means to tamper-proof applications targeting the
Now there is, which means that companies that depend upon CAS for DRM need to change their approach. Note that companies depend upon this aspect of CAS for more than just licensing; e.g. some rely upon CAS to prevent tampering in the case of scientific instruments that handle legally and clinically sensitive data. It's important for those companies too to consider ways of raising the bar.
The only solution is to realize that once someone has a copy of your program, he can do whatever he wants with it, and choose a business model that's compatible with that reality.
That's akin to saying that you must realize that when you lend your car to someone, he can do whatever he wants with it, so car rental companies should just choose a business model that doesn't involve cars being returned in working order.
If you want to implement an open-source business model, then go right ahead & do so. Many companies do, and are successful. In fact as a strong proponent of free markets I'll be fascinated to see if either the open-source or proprietary model comes to dominate; my suspicion is that both models are viable and will wind up servicing different sectors of the market.
The economic well being of this nation certainly didn't benefit from it.
A business is run for the benefit of its shareholders (if a listed company) or owners (if not). Are you seriously arguing that the Government should force businesses to regard 'the common good' or 'the national good'?
That is, not just enforce laws against force & fraud, but actually force businessmen to run companies for the benefit of others?
I agree with you on that - businesses that fail should be left to be liquidised, just as individuals should rely on private charity. It's never right to force one group of people to pay for the decisions of another group.
Actually yes; Greenspan abandoned his hard-core laissez-faire philosophy when he began working for the Government.
The linked memo was written when he was still a friend of Rand's, and quite opposed to Government intervention in business or finance in any way.
Yet another case of punishing business for success. Alan Greenspan had it right back in 1966 when he wrote this memo on anti-trust legislation:
The world of antitrust is reminiscent of Alice's Wonderland: everything seemingly is, yet apparently isn't, simultaneously. It is a world in which competition is lauded as the basic axiom and guiding principle, yet "too much" competition is condemned as "cutthroat." It is a world in which actions designed to limit competition are branded as criminal when taken by businessmen, yet praised as "enlightened" when initiated by the government. It is a world in which the law is so vague that businessmen have no way of knowing whether specific actions will be declared illegal until they hear the judge's verdict -- after the fact.
I reckon you should install them with Puppy Linux, perhaps modified with a Christmas-themed desktop and a short Christmas message and introduction to GNU / Linux that is displayed at login time.
I mean, when was the last time you received a gift of a better operating system for Christmas?
Never trust anyone who says money is no object.