NETBIOS: WINDOWS1: Windows Genuine Advantage Check: Requesting CD key.
This isn't a thing is it? Tell me it isn't a thing.
More than likely, though, they're using XML over HTTP.
That post was attempting to convey two main points. First, NETBIOS, even over TCP, is a chatty protocol that causes your network to be filled with meaningless crap. The second was a direct jab at Microsoft's often draconian efforts to stop piracy.
Hey, it's more realistic than you think. Remember NetWare? If two NetWare servers saw each other using the same license key, Bad Things™ would begin happening. One or more of the servers would actively harass you.
well, two wintendos with the same guid would also make magic things happen.
I think we're getting burned by our use of a cloud server for
distributing a/v content. I suspect that we don't have a dedicated
pipe of networking, and someone else is consuming the pipe we're trying
to use, because we're not quite getting the throughput we'd been
You may also be facing traffic shaping...don't know which cloud provider you're using, but my previous employer restricts bandwidth based on the "size" of the VM you've built.
In this case, the cloud server is Amazon.
I think it forces you to share on a Gigabit pipe unless you specifically pay for something else.
Not surprised. My Cit is currently on Amazon until I get my new server built.
NETBIOS: WINDOWS2: Glad to meet you, too WINDOWS1!hahaha.. You've just inspired me to write a plainspeak protocol analyzer.
Don't have time today tho. Maybe tomorrow.
Adobe apps do this too. They broadcast a hash of their license key over
the network periodically and if another copy hears the hash of the same
key you're using it will start bugging you.
Consider how much effort goes into license compliance, license enforcement, license management, license purchasing, and all the tech support that goes into figuring it all out.
We're probably talking about hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity every year, just to maintain the myth that software is property that can be bought and sold.
Adobe is a good example. I can't believe people still pay money for software to write PDF's. Every Linux system comes with that, out of the box. And every Windoze system could be given that ability with gratis software.
It is a bit like a religion, especially since there is only immaculate conception. Try re-selling maculate Adobe suites, at least commercially, that is very tricky. (At least in germany it is, MS and Adobe come done with armies of lawyers at you.)
On a Windows system, you can install a simple driver that lets you print to a PDF. As such, all applications on a Windows system can generate PDF files without much fuss.
But, I guess some people want to make it a little bit easier by not having people install the printer driver.
you could probably also use open/libreoffices pdf printing for non-bitmaped pdfes
There are also pdfs which you can edit but then you not save the edited version. At least not with the free windows stuff. With the proper Acrobat, you can. But it is alright to use vesion 5 or 6 of it, you do not need to buy the whole new CS. Also, sometime you want to correct text in a pdf, dunno if gimp or any other tool does that yet.
But "pdftotext -layout" probably is the best ever tool to convert pdfs into a plaintext file while preserving the layout. You can then use perl or awk chew down the data. This might sound uncomfy, but some pdfs which look fine and ordered to humans are a pain if you want to extract the contained data mechanically.
If PDF really is that flexible, one must wonder why it has not become the native document format for pretty much anything and everything. What are its limitations?
people started wrapping bitmaps by a pdf container.