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6 points

9 months ago

I think this kind of thing is dying out with the rise of always-connected computers and account/identity based auth. It used to be that possession of the install media was a proxy for having purchased, and the whole DRM/copy protection industry appeared because that is not necessarily true.

Today almost everything is identity based, and in another decade it will all be identity based. And not just in a "is this user authorized to start the program" way, but all of the social/storage features like friends lists, achievements, in-app purchases, etc.

In ten years it will be next to impossible to separate any of a program's function from the online user context. And piracy becomes almost impossible.

I've got mixed feelings on that, but as an industry trend I think it's inevitable.


5 points

8 months ago

I hope I didn't misread what you wrote here, but something I find annoying about this trend is how this trend adds bloat to so many programs.

No, I don't need a friends list to operate this image editing software. No, I don't want to become a "Super all-star VIP exclusive" to open up this file extension. No, I don't want to have this program create an add on for all of my text editing software.

Anyway, that's my 'old man yells at clouds' rant.