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(Wired)   Turns out there's a bunch of ways to steal software from CompUSA. Sometimes they'll even help you do it.   (wired.com) divider line 67
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2002-03-08 01:47:55 PM
"The reader, who asked to remain anonymous, said he later destroyed the disc."

HAHAHA!!! Yeah, sure.
 
2002-03-08 01:48:20 PM
can you get a raincheck for free stuff?
 
2002-03-08 01:48:36 PM
But will they also deliver it to me as well?
 
2002-03-08 01:49:27 PM
One word: shrinkwrapper

If you have access to one of these you can just buy the software, burn it, reshrinkwrap it, and return it. A little low-tech, but effective.
 
2002-03-08 01:50:39 PM
"Despite condemning stealing software, Machacker described in detail how he did it on the MacMerc website."

HAHAHA!!!! "condemning stealing software" This is good!
 
2002-03-08 01:53:23 PM
what, piracy is wrong?
 
2002-03-08 01:55:04 PM
These guys are doing it the hard way. There are USB devices that are smaller than a magic marker that will hold hundreds of MB. Very unobtrusive and non-obvious. If I were the type to steal software, that's what I'd be using.

Apples must be easier to steal software from than PCs. Trying to swipe something like Office from a PC would involve hunting down tons of files from several obscure locations on the hard drive, and you'd probably miss some.
 
2002-03-08 01:55:07 PM
You'd think they could decipher the blinking lights and know what you're doing.

on,off,off,off,on,on,off,on,off,on,on

hold it there son, yer pirating
 
2002-03-08 01:55:12 PM
so what's the problem?
 
2002-03-08 01:55:28 PM
How lame. I was doing this in the 80's at Radioshack with my 5.25" floppies on their Tandy machines... how in the world did this become "news"?
 
2002-03-08 01:55:56 PM
you have to pay for software? Thats so 90's.
 
2002-03-08 01:56:32 PM
Eh? Why would anyone want the shiatty programs off an in-store demo computer?
 
Zed
2002-03-08 01:56:36 PM
I find it hilarious how the people trying to fight piracy keep saying it costs the industry a certain billions of dollars. It is not a lost sale cause they wouldn't have bought it in the first place. Now companies that don't buy enough licenses...I'll accept that as lost sales, but not individuals that steal a $500 piece of software.
 
2002-03-08 01:57:07 PM
The teacher they mention in the article, J.R. Griffith, was my multimedia professor in college (art institute of Houston). He said if you got caught copying software off of the computers at school, you get expelled. But then he is the one who told me about hotline, and then my software problems were over (hello, photoshop! he heh)
 
2002-03-08 01:57:19 PM
"I know of someone who got software from Kinkos in this way," he wrote. "They had two 64-MB memory cards, though 128-MB (and possibly 256-MB) are available.

You can get 512 MB now, and 1GB will be available soon if it isn't already.
 
2002-03-08 01:59:34 PM
ummm, or you could just download the stuff from the privacy of your own home or dorm room, then there are no security tapes showing you did it and less chance overall of getting caught... just that thought... well scratch that, piracy in any manner shape or form is wrong (btw i bought photoshop, 3Dstudio max, maya, lightwave, flash, etc with my allowance money)
 
2002-03-08 01:59:35 PM
"Kruger said his organization estimates the software industry loses a whopping third of its potential income to piracy"

You're not going to get money some people don't have in the first place. So you can either spend even more money prosecuting end users that don't have any money or you can let them have it and save a fortune in legal fees so they can spread the good word about your products. I pirate lots of stuff! If it's good and I use it more than once or twice, I buy it. A lot of people do and if it wasn't for this, they wouldn't be selling at the levels they are now. But 1/3? This assumes everybody has $600 for photoshop. They don't, so these 'estimates' are irrelevant, based on sales that wouldn't happen in the first place. If piracy was somehow completely stamped out, these morons actually think people without $600 for photoshop suddenly will?
 
2002-03-08 02:00:16 PM
"Kruger said his organization estimates the software industry loses a whopping third of its potential income to piracy, or $12 billion annually. "

$12 billion=1/3 ??? can someone call him a waanaananaaabulance ?!?! please 11 that means they STILL make $24 billion !

 
2002-03-08 02:00:16 PM
"Kruger said his organization estimates the software industry loses a whopping third of its potential income to piracy, or $12 billion annually. "

$12 billion=1/3 ??? can someone call him a waanaananaaabulance ?!?! please 11 that means they STILL make $24 billion !

 
2002-03-08 02:00:41 PM
"Kruger said his organization estimates the software industry loses a whopping third of its potential income to piracy, or $12 billion annually. "

$12 billion=1/3 ??? can someone call him a waanaananaaabulance ?!?! please !! That means they STILL make $24 billion !

 
2002-03-08 02:00:55 PM
Haw, that 1/3 figure is bullsh|t. The RIAA says that about MP3s, too.
 
2002-03-08 02:01:19 PM
The reader, who asked to remain anonymous, said he later destroyed the disc.


After he copied the application to his harddrive. That is ok, AppleWorks is a peice of sh.it anyways. Let um have it.
 
2002-03-08 02:02:06 PM
"Kruger said his organization estimates the software industry loses a whopping third of its potential income to piracy, or $12 billion annually. "

$12 billion=1/3 ??? can someone call him a waanaananaaabulance ?!?! please !! That means they STILL make $24 billion !

 
2002-03-08 02:03:16 PM
err, what the ??.......
 
2002-03-08 02:04:44 PM
Seeking OS X and latest Adobe software for Mac -- gimme gimme gimme (or at least show me how to get 'em!)
 
2002-03-08 02:05:12 PM
"waanaananaaabulance"


wha?
 
2002-03-08 02:06:07 PM
Kruger said his organization estimates the software industry loses a whopping third of its potential income to piracy, or $12 billion annually.

well I have to say that every single solitary none freeware piece of software on my home system is pirated. And I can guarantee if I couldn't just download it I wouldn't use it.
Screw windows....its only worth using cause its free..if it wasn't I'd use linux.

I love how software companies scream about how much they lose in sales due to pirating.
 
2002-03-08 02:06:22 PM
upright - hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline
is the shiat!
 
2002-03-08 02:06:46 PM
Aarrr me matety, Who pays for software?
 
2002-03-08 02:06:46 PM
upright - hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline hotline
is the shiat! get the latest mac softs with hotline.
 
2002-03-08 02:09:59 PM
If you need instructions on how to ftp something to yourself you shouldn't be trying to steal software.
 
2002-03-08 02:14:53 PM
I can't believe these people. Who in the hell pays for software anymore? I personally know about 50 people (not me, of course) who have pirated copies of Windows XP. And that's supposed to be impossibe, according to M$. Plus, how many people on Fark actually have a real, licenced copy of Photoshop anyway? This is such farking bullshiat.
 
2002-03-08 02:15:43 PM
damn Drew... you caught on to me... f and i are supposed to work when I want to swear!
 
2002-03-08 02:16:35 PM
 
2002-03-08 02:25:42 PM
don't tell anybody but I know how to get free fark accounts...
 
2002-03-08 02:26:40 PM
USB to transfer files ? I-Pod is excellent in this case to steal programs, cause Firewire is WAY faster than USB. Using USB, , you'd be standing there 'till the cops slapped the cuffs on your wrists.

And hey if they don't know how to secure the computers in their store, people shouldn't steal, but I have no sympathy for the store.

Please mod me up to 5, Informative.
 
2002-03-08 02:29:53 PM
didn't Hotline recently shut down? that was my area of choice until Morpheus came along....(let's hope Morpheus gets its act together soon..)
 
2002-03-08 02:32:31 PM
Will someone call Vegasj a shift key repairairairmbulance?
 
2002-03-08 02:34:25 PM
alt.binaries.images.clonecd woop
 
2002-03-08 02:35:55 PM
Kruger Industrial Smoothing.
 
2002-03-08 02:39:09 PM
In my wreckless youth, I would purchase software for the full price, take it home, swap the CDs with something else and return it. My trick was to open the box in a way that they didn't expect so that I wouldn't break the sticker holding it shut. Like make a slit in the side of it and pull the software out, then stick in a couple AOL disks in their place. Okay so that's stealing, not pirating. And it wasn't during my wreckless youth, it was last Thursday.
 
2002-03-08 02:44:33 PM
Skinink - USB 2.0 is faster than FireWire.
 
2002-03-08 02:46:11 PM
some friends have been playing with airport cards and sniffer programs...you can find ALL SORTS of companies with wireless networks sitting wide open...all you need is a laptop, a card, the app and a car...run the app, drive around and let the sniffer program find all the open networks.
 
2002-03-08 02:50:32 PM
They forgot armed robbery. Go in there with automatic wepaons, and DEMAND your copy of duke nukem 3d!
 
2002-03-08 02:54:36 PM
Hotline sucks, and I'll tell you why: ratios. Everyone knows the l33t way to get free stuff is IRC (ok well the ub3r l33t way is Usenet, but that's more for porn addicts).

Also, this is quite the geeky thread. I like it.
 
2002-03-08 03:10:20 PM
The problem with those little USB keychains is that the data transfer rate is too slow. You'd have to be sitting around doing very little for about 10 minutes or more to transfer anything meaningful.

If a firewire keychain was available, well, that would be different.
 
2002-03-08 03:13:46 PM
Whoops, I typed my comment in, had lunch, and then clicked "add comment" so somebody beat me to it.

Anyways, for fark sakes.
I'm not trying to preach about the "sanctity" of software but this statement pisses me off:

I can't believe these people. Who in the hell pays for software anymore? I personally know about 50 people (not me, of course) who have pirated copies of Windows XP. And that's supposed to be impossibe, according to M$. Plus, how many people on Fark actually have a real, licenced copy of Photoshop anyway? This is such farking bullshiat.

Yeah, and in Africa lots of people rape women.

Just because a lot of people pirate things doesn't make it right.

Again, I'm not trying to be a hypocrite, but try that statement in front of a judge and see how far it gets you, ok?
 
2002-03-08 03:14:27 PM


Not that I would ever...
 
2002-03-08 03:17:31 PM


Not that I would ever...
 
2002-03-08 03:41:44 PM
"Kruger said his organization estimates the software industry loses a whopping third of its potential income to piracy, or $12 billion annually."

This guy cracks me up. What the hell is "potential income?" How can you lose something that doesn't exist? This guy didn't bid on my eBay stuff, so he deprived me of some "potential income" too.

What he really means is "the software industry would make half again as much money if everyone who copied software paid for it instead, leaving out of the equation the fact that some of these people wouldn't even have the software if they couldn't get it free."

If copying software is theft, birth control is murder.
 
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