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Posted Apr 29, 2012 1:36 UTC (Sun) by slashdot (guest, #22014)
In addition the device is cheap, is a niche product and is only really useful for Linux users, which are a tiny minority, while on the market there are more expensive, powerful and general purpose devices of the same kind, and thus a fraudster would be most likely to steal those instead.
In this scenario, the likelihood of any kind of fraud is drastically lower than the average and essentially zero.
It's possible that these things could become less true as his business expands, but then he'd be able to self-insure against the (non-)issue like he claimed he's doing now.
Furthermore, the inclusion of such an anti-feature would be strongly opposed by your target market, and considering that marketing mostly relies on goodwill from that target market, including it is sure to drastically reduce that goodwill and thus cause loss of sales.
Not to mention that it's even done wrong, because the correct way is to make the hardware not work unless a device-specific secret code obtained from the Internet is passed to the device driver, after proving they received the device by entering another device-specific secret code included within the product.
Hence, including such an anti-feature implemented like he did is clearly batshit insane.
Posted Apr 29, 2012 1:44 UTC (Sun) by slashdot (guest, #22014)
That's really uncertain though, since the publicity was negative and towards an audience that tends to be strongly opinionated and discriminating.
Posted May 3, 2012 19:40 UTC (Thu) by hummassa (subscriber, #307)
No it isn't. It only works with Linux, but it comes with a livecd bundled, so you can boot it, export the .icc file and use it on OSX or Windows or any other OS too.
Posted May 4, 2012 10:04 UTC (Fri) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
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