[sldev] realXtend Global inventory tests successful

Lawson English lenglish5 at cox.net
Sat Aug 23 20:35:15 PDT 2008

Sean Linden wrote:
> While I don't agree with the "it can all be copied anyway so just get 
> over it" philosophy, I do think that there *are* limits to what is 
> feasible to protect with technology. Attempts to, say, encrypt 
> everything sent to the viewer with some black box that needs to be put 
> into even open source builds are completely worthless because it 
> imposes a high cost on development and use in favor of something that 
> only needs to be broken once. Obfuscation of, say, the cache, only 
> needs to be broken once too, but at least it costs less to have it. 
> And in both cases the hurdle for everyone but the one person who has 
> to break it is the same: you have to find and download some extra 
> piece of software that extracts stuff for you. But at least then you 
> know you're being naughty.
> Even the cleverest DRM schemes to date that have hit the open market 
> have turned into no higher a hurdle than obfuscation within weeks of 
> their release.
Even the cheapest padlock qualifies as a legally admissible deterrent so 
even a minor bit of obfuscation in the cache is a good thing.


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