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Display Eater

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    Feedback Type: Developer Note
    Contributed by: 02-07-07 12:46PM

    Product Platform: MacOSX
    Used Product For: Over One Year
    Recommend Product: YES

    You "checked" to see what piracy protection I was using, right. Why dont you just admit that you PIRATED it?

    For the rest of you nice people. I'll try to be as clear as I can. There exist several illegal cd-keys that you can use to unlock the demo program. If Display Eater detects that you are using these, it will erase something.

    I don't know if this is going to become Display Eater policy. If this level of piracy continues, development will stop.

    -Reza    [alert admin]

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    Development will stop? l0ungeb0y
    Please, please, please stop development.

    In fact, never ever write a line of code for anything ever again.
    We don't need malicious creeps like you who would harm people just because they pirate your pece of crap software app.

    I've never used your application and sure as hell never will.
    I hope you get sued for any damage you may have done someone by your malicious and immature actions.
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    Friday, February 23 2007 @ 12:02 AM PST

    Development will stop? the_toast_man
    My goodness..

    People often make mistakes, such as punching someone in anger or saying something foolish. But this mistake is much more serious; this is a total lack of judgment, all the way from when you first got the idea to delete people's personal files, till the code was complete, till is was compiled, tested, and sent for distribution.

    Did you not once consider that this might be a bad idea? What a horrible decision, with horrible consequences for some people. I do understand that small-time developers have difficulty with piracy, but so do other businesses! Local stores have to worry about kids stealing candy bars, but good heavens! They don't go shooting kids who do!

    I can't believe it.. you've lost your mind. If you are reading this, then STOP READING THESE COMMENTS, and immediately seek legal counsel. Actually, first, contact every distribution source of your software and demand that they remove the download links right away. Also, ensure that your personal information is COMPLETELY removed from the internet. THEN seek legal counsel. I am not joking about this.

    Wow. Simply wow.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 11:58 AM PST

    Development will stop? the_toast_man
    My goodness..

    People often make mistakes, such as punching someone in anger or saying something foolish. But this mistake is much more serious; this is a total lack of judgment, all the way from when you first got the idea to delete people's personal files, till the code was complete, till is was compiled, tested, and sent for distribution.

    Did you not once consider that this might be a bad idea? What a horrible decision, with horrible consequences for some people. I do understand that small-time developers have difficulty with piracy, but so do other businesses! Local stores have to worry about kids stealing candy bars, but good heavens! They don't go shooting kids who do!

    I can't believe it.. you've lost your mind. If you are reading this, then STOP READING THESE COMMENTS, and immediately seek legal counsel. Actually, first, contact every distribution source of your software and demand that they remove the download links right away. Also, ensure that your personal information is COMPLETELY removed from the internet. THEN seek legal counsel. I am not joking about this.

    Wow. Simply wow.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 12:07 PM PST

    Development will stop? the_toast_man
    My goodness..

    People often make mistakes, such as punching someone in anger or saying something foolish. But this mistake is much more serious; this is a total lack of judgment, all the way from when you first got the idea to delete people's personal files, till the code was complete, till is was compiled, tested, and sent for distribution.

    Did you not once consider that this might be a bad idea? What a horrible decision, with horrible consequences for some people. I do understand that small-time developers have difficulty with piracy, but so do other businesses! Local stores have to worry about kids stealing candy bars, but good heavens! They don't go shooting kids who do!

    I can't believe it.. you've lost your mind. If you are reading this, then STOP READING THESE COMMENTS, and immediately seek legal counsel. Actually, first, contact every distribution source of your software and demand that they remove the download links right away. Also, ensure that your personal information is COMPLETELY removed from the internet. THEN seek legal counsel. I am not joking about this.

    Wow. Simply wow.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 01:13 PM PST

    Do us all a favor and stop development umm_get_a_clue
    DELETE someone's home directory? WTF is wrong with you?
    Let me guess, Steve Ballmer is your uncle?

    You don't belong in the developer community. Pack up your application and go play in your own corner.


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    Friday, February 23 2007 @ 06:30 AM PST

    addressing you burtonboyz
    Perhaps asking if you are likely to contract some kind of wasting disease may be deemed as unpleasant. So be it. I shall not. Why do you consider this acceptable?
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    Friday, February 23 2007 @ 10:13 AM PST

    addressing you admford
    Excuse me, but I understand that one might want to stop the piracy of one's work. But actually damaging another person's computer is NOT a way to get good pubblicity. If you wanted to make a point, you could have had the software delete it's self (and not all of the user's files), and possibly leave a configuration file on the computer that would allow the installer to verify if this software was installed and tried to be pirated once before. At that point you could simply negate the installation for "x" number of days.

    That would be more than enough to discourage most people from pirating this software (or any software). This maliciousness in destroying someone else's work, that could have been done using completely legit software, is just completely disproportionate to what you achieve (a literall boycott of the software, instead of the limiting of the piracy of the software) with this tactic.
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    Friday, February 23 2007 @ 11:24 AM PST

    Addressing You Back Antimony
    Please stop writing code. You'll do the Mac community a huge favor by never showing your face here again.

    You could've delt with piracy the correct way, but you've chosen to make an idiot of yourself and your "company." From all the negative press you've been getting about this, I'll bet your "company" won't sell another single copy of this program.

    Maybe you should change the name of the program to "Home Folder Eater."
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    Friday, February 23 2007 @ 02:37 PM PST

    Addressing You Back Antimony
    Please stop writing code. You'll do the Mac community a huge favor by never showing your face here again.

    You could've delt with piracy the correct way, but you've chosen to make an idiot of yourself and your "company." From all the negative press you've been getting about this, I'll bet your "company" won't sell another single copy of this program.

    Maybe you should change the name of the program to "Home Folder Eater."
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    Friday, February 23 2007 @ 02:41 PM PST

    Addressing You Back Antimony
    Please stop writing code. You'll do the Mac community a huge favor by never showing your face here again.

    You could've delt with piracy the correct way, but you've chosen to make an idiot of yourself and your "company." From all the negative press you've been getting about this, I'll bet your "company" won't sell another single copy of this program.

    Maybe you should change the name of the program to "Home Folder Eater."
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    Friday, February 23 2007 @ 02:42 PM PST

    addressing you smurfonlsd
    You know what you're doing is illegal right can't wait till someone files a lawsuit
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    Friday, February 23 2007 @ 04:21 PM PST

    Why be an asshat? djkitsch
    OK, so what happens when someone has your software installed on their Mac by a friend who uses a pirated key, and ends up with financial records erased? You'll be happy to foot the legal bill on principle, yes?

    No-one here is endorsing piracy, especially towards small developers charging reasonable prices for their work, but why not just disable the software instead? Why be a complete asshole and descend to the level of the minor criminals yourself?

    Also, you've just screwed the chances of the app becoming more popular. I for one am not risking a bug inadvertedly erasing my files with an erroneous serial number. Well done!
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 07:33 AM PST

    Why be an asshat? djkitsch
    OK, so what happens when someone has your software installed on their Mac by a friend who uses a pirated key, and ends up with financial records erased? You'll be happy to foot the legal bill on principle, yes?

    No-one here is endorsing piracy, especially towards small developers charging reasonable prices for their work, but why not just disable the software instead? Why be a complete asshole and descend to the level of the minor criminals yourself?

    Also, you've just screwed the chances of the app becoming more popular. I for one am not risking a bug inadvertedly erasing my files with an erroneous serial number. Well done!
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 07:38 AM PST

    Why be an asshat? djkitsch
    OK, so what happens when someone has your software installed on their Mac by a friend who uses a pirated key, and ends up with financial records erased? You'll be happy to foot the legal bill on principle, yes?

    No-one here is endorsing piracy, especially towards small developers charging reasonable prices for their work, but why not just disable the software instead? Why be a complete asshole and descend to the level of the minor criminals yourself?

    Also, you've just screwed the chances of the app becoming more popular. I for one am not risking a bug inadvertedly erasing my files with an erroneous serial number. Well done!
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 07:43 AM PST

    You've done it ericdano
    Well, congrats, you've got your 5 minutes of fame now. You ended up on Slashdot. However, judging by the comments there and here, you have doomed yourself and your program.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 07:49 AM PST

    You've done it ericdano
    Well, congrats, you've got your 5 minutes of fame now. You ended up on Slashdot. However, judging by the comments there and here, you have doomed yourself and your program.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 07:57 AM PST

    Not a good tactic voldamir
    I hate piracy, and software pirates. But so many issues have arisen from software keys, that it hard to believe you are actually creating a malicious piece of software.
    What happens if you accidentally choose the wrong key set, and instead of pirates being victims, it becomes every legit user? There are to many variables in this situation. If you worked for me and my company, I would question your values toward creating good software. (meaning you probably would not last long here)


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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 07:59 AM PST

    You've done it ericdano
    Well, congrats, you've got your 5 minutes of fame now. You ended up on Slashdot. However, judging by the comments there and here, you have doomed yourself and your program.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:05 AM PST

    You are a disgrace vt.5.lannister
    Programmer everywhere will curse your name for years (you're now on Slashdot, by the way, congratulations on your infamy), and rightly so; you are a menace to users everywhere. Please stop developing software before you hurt someone.

    What if you missed something and your little malware app ends up deleting *everyone's* home folder? It is completely irresponsible and immoral to act as you do. As CIO at an extremely agile and profitable software house, I can promise you that *no one* I know will hire you, ever. And I know a lot of people. Good luck.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:10 AM PST

    You are a disgrace vt.5.lannister
    Programmer everywhere will curse your name for years (you're now on Slashdot, by the way, congratulations on your infamy), and rightly so; you are a menace to users everywhere. Please stop developing software before you hurt someone.

    What if you missed something and your little malware app ends up deleting *everyone's* home folder? It is completely irresponsible and immoral to act as you do. As CIO at an extremely agile and profitable software house, I can promise you that *no one* I know will hire you, ever. And I know a lot of people. Good luck.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:13 AM PST

    You are a disgrace vt.5.lannister
    Programmer everywhere will curse your name for years (you're now on Slashdot, by the way, congratulations on your infamy), and rightly so; you are a menace to users everywhere. Please stop developing software before you hurt someone.

    What if you missed something and your little malware app ends up deleting *everyone's* home folder? It is completely irresponsible and immoral to act as you do. As CIO at an extremely agile and profitable software house, I can promise you that *no one* I know will hire you, ever. And I know a lot of people. Good luck.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:17 AM PST

    Get a lawyer ASAP charonx2003
    Well, congratulations.
    This method of stopping piracy works... the unfortunate side effect is that it also works stopping your sales.
    Imagine the following scenario:
    John Pirate copies your program, uses a illegal key. Your program does his stuff and his directory containing, oh, say the financial dossiers of his customers or the project he was working on for his job gets deleted.
    So yeah, if he complains, you can go to him and say "you pirated it, I sue you". But he can in return go and say "you deleted my work, I sue you". Guess what. You will get your 100 odd bucks for him pirating your program. And he will get 1000nds of buck for you deleting his valuable project.

    What you do is "computer sabotage" - so you better cover you behind, get some good lawyer and try some damage control (by disabling that deletion routine).
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:17 AM PST

    wow this is incredibly stupid waddley
    I would never dare install your software at this point now. As a business owner of a small computer business, mostly hardware related, I have a huge say in what people use software wise. So now an entire city of my clients will never use your software, because I'll recommend against it. And for a small business, we have a large customer base, including over 3000 Mac users.

    It's sad that you feel this is the proper way to prevent piracy. Way to go and make even Microsoft's WGA look good.

    Oh, and enjoy your Slashdot infamy. I'm sure that'll do a lot of good for you. Please, go hang up your programmer hat and get a job serving fast food, I think it's more fitting for you.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:24 AM PST

    wow this is incredibly stupid waddley
    I would never dare install your software at this point now. As a business owner of a small computer business, mostly hardware related, I have a huge say in what people use software wise. So now an entire city of my clients will never use your software, because I'll recommend against it. And for a small business, we have a large customer base, including over 3000 Mac users.

    It's sad that you feel this is the proper way to prevent piracy. Way to go and make even Microsoft's WGA look good.

    Oh, and enjoy your Slashdot infamy. I'm sure that'll do a lot of good for you. Please, go hang up your programmer hat and get a job serving fast food, I think it's more fitting for you.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:29 AM PST

    addressing you HunterInteractive
    By doing this, you have just officially declared your own application as MALWARE. You can't tell me (or VersionTracker, or MacUpdate, or Apple.com) that purposely damaging a user's files FOR ANY REASON (NO PIRACY IS NOT ONE OF THEM) is acceptable.

    You cannot guarantee that this system is 100% foolproof. You haven't tested it on every machine configuration possible. In that sense, you cannot guarantee that even trying the demo won't end up with your files being deleted.

    There are systems similar to this, but the major difference is that these systems force the USER to damage his system in order to crack the program.

    I recommend you remove your listings ASAP before you do more damage than you already have.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 10:09 AM PST

    addressing you fred74
    I strongly suggest you read the Groklaw posts about "self Help" and then talk to a lawyer. You are likely to go to jail for this.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 10:12 AM PST

    Stop writing code bousch
    You are as bad as the virus writing script kiddies.


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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 10:14 AM PST

    stop development j.d.draaisma
    Stop development now. You are not trustworth as programmer.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 10:34 AM PST

    addressing you cyberbyte21
    Please never write a program ever again. I can't wait to tell people to stop buying things from you.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 10:40 AM PST

    addressing you muchmusic_dotmac
    Please, no more of this program. Shame on you, dev.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 10:40 AM PST

    addressing you cyberbyte21
    I hope someone installs an illegal version of your software on your computer.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 10:45 AM PST

    addressing you jason156
    I hope you realize that not ony is this a stupid idea, but that in most states, you would be guilty of violating various "computer sabotage" laws. (ie Hacking) Not only does this put you at risk of commiting a felony, it also puts you in violation of Kagi's AUP.

    If I were you I would find good legal representation real quick.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 11:10 AM PST

    addressing you jason156
    I hope you realize that not ony is this a stupid idea, but that in most states, you would be guilty of violating various "computer sabotage" laws. (ie Hacking) Not only does this put you at risk of commiting a felony, it also puts you in violation of Kagi's AUP.

    If I were you I would find good legal representation real quick.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 11:13 AM PST

    addressing you mr.snider
    Not speaking for myself of course, but if someone gets this put on their computer by a friend, employee, or simply someone else and does not realize it is pirated and it goes and starts deleting directories, a law suit may be the least of your worries if your address is published. There are some very mean people in this world and having their computer deleted by some small Microsoft wannabe might earn you the right to experience that ire. Or, you may escape that and draw the ire of a hacker that decides to make an example of you and this type of attack. I'm not saying I'd have any interest in this, but just pointing out things that have happened to other "companies" that have attempted to go this route. Damaging someones computer on purpose is illegal - ask Sony and their DRM software.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 11:23 AM PST

    addressing you linuxbren
    Are you as deranged as your website graphics imply? After visiting reversecode.com, I'm scared you're going to eat my face!
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 11:23 AM PST

    addressing you linuxbren
    Are you as deranged as your website graphics imply? After visiting reversecode.com, I'm scared you're going to eat my face!
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 11:25 AM PST

    addressing you xiota
    I had never heard of your program until a few minutes ago. I had no idea what your program did except "erase something", presumably something important that shouldn't be erased. Hmm. So I marked the developer note as helpful because it (1) alerts current users to stop using the program and demand a refund (2) alerts potential users to avoid the program (3) prompts lots of people to alert others about (not using) this program -- all very important tasks. It's refreshing when a developer of a program is honest enough to get the word out that his program isn't worth using.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 11:56 AM PST

    addressing you FT´e
    Your app contains code that destroy personal data. How can I be absolutely sure the software isn't bugged and will destroy my valuable personal (and professional) data in demo mode or with a good serial? Can I? No, I cannot.

    I'm a professional software developer, run my own business... I don't like software piracy as you can imagine, even when piracy is sometimes very usefull to populatize a software (Photoshop per example). But what you did... You don't respect my work? I destroy your data. You don't respect my religion? I kill your children. WHAT THE *censored*?! Ok, you're not a terrorist. You are a saboteur. You don't kill people, you just kill data. Oh, by the way... What if your software is used (pirated) in an hospital? With patient's data on the sabotaged computer? Medications and all?

    Ethics. You know that word? No. Obviously.

    I can't belive somebody can be as irresponsible as you are. You really should stop developing that software. Better, any software at all. Hope you'll never ever find a job in a sensitive department!

    I feel ashamed.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 12:10 PM PST

    addressing the developer grepnyc
    Man, the gods didn't exactly smile on you today did they?

    Sure one could understand your motivations to fight piracy of your work. Hell, I"m a developer myself and I hate to think that my work isn't always paid for.

    Difference between you and me though, is that I haven't written code into my app that has the potential to damage my paying customers data. And I'd never consider doing so.

    You sir, have the right to run your business any way you choose. Personally though, I think you've made some bad choices. I'd even go so far as to say that you're probably deserving of name calling like asshat.

    Don't bother trying to contact me...I wish to be anonymous. My product is irrelevant in the context of this subject. But I will say this: you don't get as big as us by pissing off your customer base. Nor by getting bad press on Slashdot for being innovatingly stupid.


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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 12:14 PM PST

    addressing the developer MentorMuniz
    Let me get this straight...If you are so against piracy, it is curious that you developed an application that basically allows any user to make...hmmm...piracy...at the end of the day, most users will capture copyrighted material, right?
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 12:26 PM PST

    addressing the developer MentorMuniz
    Let me get this straight...If you are so against piracy, it is curious that you developed an application that basically allows any user to make...hmmm...piracy...at the end of the day, most users will capture copyrighted material, right?
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 12:31 PM PST

    Well? Can you say felony? Jail? kissmyass47
    In Kentucky, USA, this would be a felony. Good luck. You have been warned.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 01:25 PM PST

    Well? Can you say felony? Jail? kissmyass47
    In Kentucky, USA, this would be a felony. Good luck. You have been warned.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 01:29 PM PST

    addressing you nelsonslament
    couldn't you have done something else like saving every other frame as tubgirl or something. that would have been much more satisfying rather than deleting some files. I hope you choke on a dick. I would never write, use or recommend an application so vile as yours is. Its just bad karma.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 01:48 PM PST

    addressing you versionbmntracker382
    I have never used this software, but after finding out that your program will delete a file upon entering an illegal key, I will make sure never to use this program or any program you write in the future. Why? Because you cannot be trusted. You are a terrorist, holding people's files hostage. I understand that piracy hurts your business, but there are other ways of fighting it than being destructive. Use your developing skills to come up with a new anti-piracy system, rather than taking a script-kiddy's way out.

    For all our sakes, please stop developing. You sound more like a cowboy, maybe a career change is in order.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 02:14 PM PST

    I am dankwad
    If this level of piracy continues, development will stop

    Please stop development.

    No matter what your intentions are, and how much piracy is going on, anyone who intentionally destroys a user's data doesn't deserve to call themselves a professional developer. Yes, that includes a pirate's data.

    You give all shareware authors a bad name.

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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 02:18 PM PST

    that explains what happened bobk4
    I was using your program with a pirate key, and then it stopped working.

    Upon checking I found the file had been deleted. Must have been this protection kicking in.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 02:22 PM PST

    that explains what happened bobk4
    I was using your program with a pirate key, and then it stopped working.<p>

    On checking I saw the program file had been deleted. Now I realize this protection system kicked in.


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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 02:25 PM PST

    addressing you bastardo1
    This is such an incredibly bad idea, I had to laugh. Seriously. Wow. What an apt name, "Display Eater".

    I'll never try any of your products, I can't help but wonder what sort of other "features" they have...
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 02:51 PM PST

    addressing you chris.ford
    I hope you do not have a "victim" of this app-delete program in Australia - You will, in all likelihood, end up with fines in excess of $10,000 and a jail term upto 10 YEARS.

    Reason? Under the CRIMES ACT 1908, as part VIA (6-a), your act of vigilantism is a CRIME and is prosecuted by the Police. In addition to this, civil actions under the CRIMES ACT are not expunged by the issuance of a guilty verdict. That means the person can sue you for damages.

    Another interesting point, your vigilante-style of license is also illegal under the Trade Practices Act (all states 1973,1988 - as ammended). Even if the person "stole" the software and attempted to install it, your damage of their computer is YOUR liability under the TPA. LOL! more fines, $1000 per person, $25000 per corporation.

    I'd be letting your insurance company know, or - get out of the software game, or do as I do, License the software under the GPL.

    So - If you keep this up and somebody in America doesn't blow your legal mind - Don't expect to travel to any Commonwealth country (including the EU) without some expectation of being arrested.

    As you say in the US... "Have a nice Day"
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 02:58 PM PST

    addressing you chris.ford
    I hope you do not have a "victim" of this app-delete program in Australia - You will, in all likelihood, end up with fines in excess of $10,000 and a jail term upto 10 YEARS.

    Reason? Under the CRIMES ACT 1908, as part VIA (6-a), your act of vigilantism is a CRIME and is prosecuted by the Police. In addition to this, civil actions under the CRIMES ACT are not expunged by the issuance of a guilty verdict. That means the person can sue you for damages.

    Another interesting point, your vigilante-style of license is also illegal under the Trade Practices Act (all states 1973,1988 - as ammended). Even if the person "stole" the software and attempted to install it, your damage of their computer is YOUR liability under the TPA. LOL! more fines, $1000 per person, $25000 per corporation.

    I'd be letting your insurance company know, or - get out of the software game, or do as I do, License the software under the GPL.

    So - If you keep this up and somebody in America doesn't blow your legal mind - Don't expect to travel to any Commonwealth country (including the EU) without some expectation of being arrested.

    As you say in the US... "Have a nice Day"
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 03:02 PM PST

    addressing you versiontracker.com56
    Somebody stole your bike. What he didn't know is that you'd booby-trapped it, just in case it got stolen. So the bike exploded and the thief lost a leg. Now then, what do you think the legal situation is here? Does the maimed thief go to jail? Do you?

    Brilliant, my friend. Stunningly brilliant.

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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 03:06 PM PST

    addressing you bigdog6
    Please, please, please stop development! Heck, is there someplace that we can send money to get you to stop? This kind of crap is just a hair short of sabotage..actually, it's dead nuts on sabotage.

    Most vigilanties are dicks...guess I don't have to tell you what that makes you do I?
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 03:20 PM PST

    addressing you bigdog6
    Please, please, please stop development! Heck, is there someplace that we can send money to get you to stop? This kind of crap is just a hair short of sabotage..actually, it's dead nuts on sabotage.

    Most vigilanties are dicks...guess I don't have to tell you what that makes you do I?
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 03:23 PM PST

    addressing you bigdog6
    Please, please, please stop development! Heck, is there someplace that we can send money to get you to stop? This kind of crap is just a hair short of sabotage..actually, it's dead nuts on sabotage.

    Most vigilanties are dicks...guess I don't have to tell you what that makes you do I?
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 03:24 PM PST

    addressing you bigdog6
    Please, please, please stop development! Heck, is there someplace that we can send money to get you to stop? This kind of crap is just a hair short of sabotage..actually, it's dead nuts on sabotage.

    Most vigilanties are dicks...guess I don't have to tell you what that makes you do I?
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 03:27 PM PST

    addressing you bigdog6
    Please, please, please stop development! Heck, is there someplace that we can send money to get you to stop? This kind of crap is just a hair short of sabotage..actually, it's dead nuts on sabotage.

    Most vigilanties are dicks...guess I don't have to tell you what that makes you do I?
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 04:27 PM PST

    addressing you bigdog6
    Please, please, please stop development! Heck, is there someplace that we can send money to get you to stop? This kind of crap is just a hair short of sabotage..actually, it's dead nuts on sabotage.

    Most vigilanties are dicks...guess I don't have to tell you what that makes you do I?
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 04:29 PM PST

    addressing you bigdog6
    Please, please, please stop development! Heck, is there someplace that we can send money to get you to stop? This kind of crap is just a hair short of sabotage..actually, it's dead nuts on sabotage.

    Most vigilanties are dicks...guess I don't have to tell you what that makes you do I?
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 04:34 PM PST

    addressing you xiota
    I just read that the developer of this program is claiming this was a hoax, some type of scare tactic. Right. Either he lied earlier when he said his program would delete something, or he's lying now, and it's not a hoax. Either way, he should not be trusted, and it's best not to run software written by untrustworthy people.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 05:07 PM PST

    addressing you cbruner
    I haven't used Display Eater, and don't even know what it is, or does (other than apparently delete items on the entry of an incorrect key).

    Now ... let me tell you what I do know. Software that is pirated, does very well for the authors. There are very few instances (none that I am aware of) of highly pirated software not also being highly lucrative for the developer. Think about it. Many of these pirated copies are used as demos, or are eventually recommended for corporate use, where it is fullly paid. Its part of the ecosystem.

    If you have to take such drastic measures, I'd suggest that your problem isn't that the software isn't being pirated, but that the software just hasn't found a market (and never will, now)
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 05:39 PM PST

    addressing you cbruner
    I haven't used Display Eater, and don't even know what it is, or does (other than apparently delete items on the entry of an incorrect key).

    Now ... let me tell you what I do know. Software that is pirated, does very well for the authors. There are very few instances (none that I am aware of) of highly pirated software not also being highly lucrative for the developer. Think about it. Many of these pirated copies are used as demos, or are eventually recommended for corporate use, where it is fullly paid. Its part of the ecosystem.

    If you have to take such drastic measures, I'd suggest that your problem isn't that the software isn't being pirated, but that the software just hasn't found a market (and never will, now)
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 05:42 PM PST

    addressing you cbruner
    I haven't used Display Eater, and don't even know what it is, or does (other than apparently delete items on the entry of an incorrect key).

    Now ... let me tell you what I do know. Software that is pirated, does very well for the authors. There are very few instances (none that I am aware of) of highly pirated software not also being highly lucrative for the developer. Think about it. Many of these pirated copies are used as demos, or are eventually recommended for corporate use, where it is fullly paid. Its part of the ecosystem.

    If you have to take such drastic measures, I'd suggest that your problem isn't that the software isn't being pirated, but that the software just hasn't found a market (and never will, now)
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 05:44 PM PST

    addressing you cbruner
    I haven't used Display Eater, and don't even know what it is, or does (other than apparently delete items on the entry of an incorrect key).

    Now ... let me tell you what I do know. Software that is pirated, does very well for the authors. There are very few instances (none that I am aware of) of highly pirated software not also being highly lucrative for the developer. Think about it. Many of these pirated copies are used as demos, or are eventually recommended for corporate use, where it is fullly paid. Its part of the ecosystem.

    If you have to take such drastic measures, I'd suggest that your problem isn't that the software isn't being pirated, but that the software just hasn't found a market (and never will, now)
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 05:46 PM PST

    addressing you cbruner
    I haven't used Display Eater, and don't even know what it is, or does (other than apparently delete items on the entry of an incorrect key).

    Now ... let me tell you what I do know. Software that is pirated, does very well for the authors. There are very few instances (none that I am aware of) of highly pirated software not also being highly lucrative for the developer. Think about it. Many of these pirated copies are used as demos, or are eventually recommended for corporate use, where it is fullly paid. Its part of the ecosystem.

    If you have to take such drastic measures, I'd suggest that your problem isn't that the software isn't being pirated, but that the software just hasn't found a market (and never will, now)
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 07:10 PM PST

    addressing you versiontracker1021
    Consider this, those here responding to the original offending remark: you're creating a monster. If the software poses a threat, don't buy/download/install it, spread the word at will. I wouldn't install it for the same reasons stated by others. However, the problem lies in the seething harshness, slamming the author for what we call "free speech". This guy is driven to the edge by personal beefs with piracy, and threatened to change hats. The rest of you just gave him every reason to do so. Now we all lose. You know a software developer can't just walk away from coding. You wish to shun him into a hole until black insidious things eventually come writhering back out? A round of public apologies starting with the author are in order.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 07:45 PM PST

    Take Your Ball And Go Home flagg.randall
    Seriously. Stop developing now. You have no business being in the software development world. As a shareware developer myself, I am absolutely disgusted by your actions; I will be advising anyone and everyone I know to avoid your products like the plague. And I hope you have a lawsuit slapped on you by the first user this dispicable tactic backfires on.

    The way to combat piracy is not to attack users, be they legitimate or otherwise. The way to combat it is to offer a quality product at a reasonable price that makes people want to out it legitimately. It's clear that you're unable to do this.

    Quit while you're ahead.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 07:59 PM PST

    Take Your Ball And Go Home flagg.randall
    Seriously. Stop developing now. You have no business being in the software development world. As a shareware developer myself, I am absolutely disgusted by your actions; I will be advising anyone and everyone I know to avoid your products like the plague. And I hope you have a lawsuit slapped on you by the first user this dispicable tactic backfires on.

    The way to combat piracy is not to attack users, be they legitimate or otherwise. The way to combat it is to offer a quality product at a reasonable price that makes people want to out it legitimately. It's clear that you're unable to do this.

    Quit while you're ahead.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:00 PM PST

    Take Your Ball And Go Home flagg.randall
    Seriously. Stop developing now. You have no business being in the software development world. As a shareware developer myself, I am absolutely disgusted by your actions; I will be advising anyone and everyone I know to avoid your products like the plague. And I hope you have a lawsuit slapped on you by the first user this dispicable tactic backfires on.

    The way to combat piracy is not to attack users, be they legitimate or otherwise. The way to combat it is to offer a quality product at a reasonable price that makes people want to out it legitimately. It's clear that you're unable to do this.

    Quit while you're ahead.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:01 PM PST

    Take Your Ball And Go Home flagg.randall
    Seriously. Stop developing now. You have no business being in the software development world. As a shareware developer myself, I am absolutely disgusted by your actions; I will be advising anyone and everyone I know to avoid your products like the plague. And I hope you have a lawsuit slapped on you by the first user this dispicable tactic backfires on.

    The way to combat piracy is not to attack users, be they legitimate or otherwise. The way to combat it is to offer a quality product at a reasonable price that makes people want to out it legitimately. It's clear that you're unable to do this.

    Quit while you're ahead.
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    Saturday, February 24 2007 @ 08:03 PM PST

    Unbelievable the_toast_man
    My goodness..

    People often make mistakes, such as punching someone in anger or saying something foolish. But this mistake is much more serious; this is a total lack of judgment, all the way from when you first got the idea to delete people's personal files, till the code was complete, till is was compiled, tested, and sent for distribution.

    Did you not once consider that this might be a bad idea? What a horrible decision, with horrible consequences for some people. I do understand that small-time developers have difficulty with piracy, but so do other businesses! Local stores have to worry about kids stealing candy bars, but good heavens! They don't go shooting kids who do!

    I can't believe it.. you've lost your mind. If you are reading this, then STOP READING THESE COMMENTS, and immediately seek legal counsel. Actually, first, contact every distribution source of your software and demand that they remove the download links right away. Also, ensure that your personal information is COMPLETELY removed from the internet. THEN seek legal counsel. I am not joking about this.

    Wow. Simply wow.
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    Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 03:40 AM PST

    This happened before! george_f_rice

    Back in the age of dinosaurs (e.g., the Atari 800), one of the Atari-specific magazines published a utility on a floppy disk (in the days when disks really did flop). The floppy had a bad sector that was verified to be bad periodically while the program was in use (which made a sound not unlike a chainsaw firing up). If the sector wasn't found bad, the floppy disk was assumed to be pirated and was promptly reformatted.

    You're way ahead of me.

    If a user swapped floppies while the program was still running, the program promptly reformatted the swapped floppy!

    Skads of data and some commercial program disks were erased before the magazine went totally bankrupt, having had most of their subscriber base flee in terror. And that's likely what will happen to this irrational noob of a sub-developer dinosaur.

    They never learn.


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    Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 05:51 AM PST

    Programmer everywhere will curse your name for years (you're now on Slashdot, by the way, congratulations on your infamy), and rightly so; you are a menace to users everywhere. Please stop developing software before you hurt someone.

    What if you missed something and your little malware app ends up deleting *everyone's* home folder? It is completely irresponsible and immoral to act as you do. As CIO at an extremely agile and profitable software house, I can promise you that *no one* I know will hire you, ever. And I know a lot of people. Good luck.
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    Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 07:12 AM PST

    Programmer everywhere will curse your name for years (you're now on Slashdot, by the way, congratulations on your infamy), and rightly so; you are a menace to users everywhere. Please stop developing software before you hurt someone.

    What if you missed something and your little malware app ends up deleting *everyone's* home folder? It is completely irresponsible and immoral to act as you do. As CIO at an extremely agile and profitable software house, I can promise you that *no one* I know will hire you, ever. And I know a lot of people. Good luck.
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    Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 07:17 AM PST

    Versiontracker: remove this creep henry.lenzi
    This is addressed to Versiontracker:

    Please remove this creep from your list.

    You must set the bar of ethical standards in your site.

    There must be a policy against unethical individuals, such as this creep.

    Stop tracking his software, or I'll boycott Versiontracker.


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    Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 10:27 AM PST

    Versiontracker: remove this creep henry.lenzi
    This is addressed to Versiontracker:

    Please remove this creep from your list.

    You must set the bar of ethical standards in your site.

    There must be a policy against unethical individuals, such as this creep.

    Stop tracking his software, or I'll boycott Versiontracker.


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    Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 10:39 AM PST

    addressing you FenrisUlf
    This sort of vandalism is not conducive to anyone using your product at all. Erasing something on someone's computer because they use something you find to be a "pirate" key is vandalism. You can't do it to someone's property, nor can you do it to someone's personal files.

    Sorry. You're opening yourself up to lawsuits because you think you can be the vigilante and stop people from infringing on your copyrighted content.

    You've sealed it so I wouldn't purchase water from you if I were dying of thirst in the desert. And I don't even care to "pirate" software... I support developers who aren't giddy about treating their customers as thieves.


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    Sunday, February 25 2007 @ 03:31 PM PST

    pirate complainers joemama1
    Waaaaa! You whiners are pathetic. The only people this will affect are those people who are pirating. He isn't using strange logic to decide who is stealing his work and who isn't. It is a simple if (compromised serial) exists, delete home directory.

    I use lots of pirated software and boy would I be pissed if adobe did this to me. But you wouldn't see me complaining on Adobe's website. This guy should be applauded.
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    Monday, February 26 2007 @ 11:37 AM PST

    pirate complainers joemama1
    Waaaaa! You whiners are pathetic. The only people this will affect are those people who are pirating. He isn't using strange logic to decide who is stealing his work and who isn't. It is a simple if (compromised serial) exists, delete home directory.

    I use lots of pirated software and boy would I be pissed if adobe did this to me. But you wouldn't see me complaining on Adobe's website. This guy should be applauded.
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    Monday, February 26 2007 @ 11:39 AM PST

    Relax, people! ishtar1
    It is a hoax. The software is now free and in the process of being open-sourced. It was an anti-piracy hoax. Read that again: hoax. So relax. The developer has even posted a key that will unlock the software for current users. Maybe it wasn't the smartest marketing decision, but you people are acting as if he's the scum of the earth. Get off your high horses and look into an issue before you flip out.
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    Monday, February 26 2007 @ 11:45 AM PST

    pirate complainers joemama1
    Waaaaa! You whiners are pathetic. The only people this will affect are those people who are pirating. He isn't using strange logic to decide who is stealing his work and who isn't. It is a simple if (compromised serial) exists, delete home directory.

    I use lots of pirated software and boy would I be pissed if adobe did this to me. But you wouldn't see me complaining on Adobe's website. This guy should be applauded.
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    Monday, February 26 2007 @ 12:00 PM PST

    sort this sucker out mail995636
    the way to sort this out is to get all the virus writers and crackers to spread a virus which searches the internet for legal copies of the program, and delete them and disable them in the legal owners p.c.

    that way the legal owners of the product get to sue his ass, and his product gets a bad name in the process.

    if the viruses delete the legal owners home directory and leave a message why, then all the merrier
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    Monday, February 26 2007 @ 03:24 PM PST

    addressing you mail995636
    the way to sort this out is to get all the virus writers and crackers to spread a virus which searches the internet for legal copies of the program, and delete them and disable them in the legal owners p.c.

    that way the legal owners of the product get to sue his ass, and his product gets a bad name in the process.

    if the viruses delete the legal owners home directory and leave a message why, then all the merrier
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    Monday, February 26 2007 @ 03:29 PM PST

    addressing you Spaztian
    This shouldn't even be possible in OS X. If you ask me ( a very big fan of Apple ), this is actually a FLAW in OS X. Non Apple applications shouldn't be able to do this without user or root authorise it anyway.

    This is Malware for the Mac. Congratulations...
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    Monday, February 26 2007 @ 07:40 PM PST

    addressing you Spaztian
    This shouldn't even be possible in OS X. If you ask me ( a very big fan of Apple ), this is actually a FLAW in OS X. Non Apple applications shouldn't be able to do this without user or root authorise it anyway.

    This is Malware for the Mac. Congratulations...
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    Monday, February 26 2007 @ 07:45 PM PST