Re: Knock Knock, bad business practice!!
> Excuse me! It's all nice and airy
> fairy if you can justify people coming
> into your house and putting private
> information at risk, moreso when the
> product at hand is DIRECTLY INVOLVED
> with development. You're getting
> completley desensitized from the TRUTH
> at hand by fatal and selfish...
Its Borland not Darth Vader...
To clarify, a software company has decided to protect its rights (..and the wages of its staff and future Linux development) by developing a license that isnt to everyones tastes. This, IMO, is over reaction. Borland are not going to suddenly start breaking your door down and stealing your top secret source code. Yes... they could enter your house but then we all know this wont happen and its designed to target small to medium companies actively stealing there software. No, I dont like this license nor do I work for Borland in any shape or form but I think the theory has got blurred with the reality. I personally *prefer* that they CAN enter my place of work (or house if we must all get paranoid) and ask me to prove I have paid for there software. This is a VAST improvement on having the software busy telling them things that I have no control over. At least this way the end user has absolute control over what information is known.
"which IS a violation of constitutional rights" - not being American I dont know or particuarly care what is or isnt a violation, perhaps im wrong but you have a *choice* over to agree this license or not. If it violates your rights then dont agree.. problem solved and your rights arent compromised.
"Borland charges extortionatly high prices for software" well then what are you whinning about ?! if they can curb software piracy the price goes down obviously. This is not a "perhaps" or "hopefully", the hard facts are that piracy costs money. Your contradicting yourselves complaining about them taking a hardline on software theft then about the prices they charge.
The answer seems pretty simple, if you feel this license is unfair and violation of some right or other then dont use the software. I would think home users arent particularly a massive revenue maker for Borland anyway and... money talks.
Knock Knock paranoia
Because a companies license disagrees with your personal opinions it doesnt immediately make them "greedy" as you term them. Personally, I like the fact Borland are supporting Linux with well priced good products.
"we forfeit our right of privacy at our facilities or our homes" - rubbish.
Borland, during reasonable times and with reasonable warning, can (note: not 'will') ask you to prove you arent stealing from them. How exactly do you propose Borland could verify you arent cheating them ? if the software "phoned home" or attempted to validate its license there would be a yet another huge fuss about that and what details it might be sending (i.e ms product activation). Borland, probably in conjunction with the BSA, want to secure there rightful income streams. If that means you might have to let someone come into your office (or in some very unlikely extreme case your home) to prove it then dont blame Borland, blame piracy.
If company A steals 9 of its 10 licenses whilst company B pays for all 10 then I see no reason why the legitimate company has any reason to fear a license which, all in all, helps it play on a level playing field.