Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Feb 2006 22:49 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Mac OS X It seems like flee-in-Apple's-fur, cracker 'Maxxuss', has succeeded in cracking Mac OS 10.4.4 for Intel. "We were just about to hunker down and wait through the cold winter and a wet spring until we saw some results on the OS X 10.4.4 for Intel hacking efforts, but it looks like we're getting a little Valentines present from 'Maxxuss' who has already broken through Apple's heightened security that is present in their shipping version of the OS. It's just a preliminary release, not all hardware is supported and it requires a bit of futzing around to get it to work, but seeing as we weren't expecting this kind of breakthrough this early, we really can't complain."
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RE[11]: hmm..
by rayiner on Wed 15th Feb 2006 04:24 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: hmm.."
rayiner
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Windows XP's EULA is particularly entertaining. You don't agree to it until you get to the installer, but it says if you don't agree to it you should return the media and ask for a refund. Of course, nobody accepts returns on opened media. So basically, the consumer has no option --- if he doesn't agree to the EULA (which isn't printed on the outside of the box, of course!), he's forced to keep the software anyway. Of course, if anybody ever brought it to court, they would win, but software vendors don't care because nobody will spend thousands to recoupe a few hundred for a piece of software.

I understand that there is a need to protect software from pirates. However, if it cannot be done without infringing on the rights of the people, well, that's just too bad. Society has no obligation to protect your business model. If your business model is based on coercion that is legally unenforceable, its time to find another business model.

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