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posted by martyb on Sunday December 06 2015, @01:55AM   Printer-friendly
from the rethinking-closed-source-software dept.

Akkana reports via the Shallow Thoughts blog

I went to a night sky photography talk on Tuesday. The presenter talked a bit about tips on camera lenses, exposures; then showed a raw image and prepared to demonstrate how to process it to bring out the details.

His slides disappeared, the screen went blank, and then ... nothing. He wrestled with his laptop for a while. Finally he said "Looks like I'm going to need a network connection", left the podium, and headed out the door to find someone to help him with that.

I'm not sure what the networking issue was: the nature center has open wi-fi, but you know how it is during talks: if anything can possibly go wrong with networking, it will, which is why a good speaker tries not to rely on it. And I'm not blaming this speaker, who had clearly done plenty of preparation and thought he had everything lined up.

Eventually they got the network connection, and he connected to Adobe. It turns out the problem was that Adobe Photoshop is now cloud-based. Even if you have a local copy of the software, it insists on checking in with Adobe at least every 30 days. At least, that's the theory. But he had used the software on that laptop earlier that same day, and thought he was safe. But that wasn't good enough, and Photoshop picked the worst possible time--a talk in front of a large audience--to decide it needed to check in before letting him do anything.

Someone sitting near me muttered "I'd been thinking about buying that, but now I don't think I will." Someone else told me afterward that all Photoshop is now cloud-based; older versions still work, but if you buy Photoshop now, your only option is this cloud version that may decide ... at the least opportune moment ... that you can't use your software any more.

[...] I talked to the club president afterward and offered to give a GIMP talk to the club some time soon, when their schedule allows.


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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Sunday December 06 2015, @03:01AM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday December 06 2015, @03:01AM (#272345) Homepage Journal

    But, CLOUD man! Having everything in the cloud means that I can buy they cheapest, shittiest computer in existence, and rely on someone else's computers to carry the load. So long as I've got WIFI I can rely on my 1/2 Ghz single core CPU with crap memory and slow 33 htz busses. I don't have to invest in one of those outrageous 3.5 Ghz 8 core computers, I don't have to have 8 or 16 gig of memory. CLOUD! Let the corporate computers carry the load!

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @10:49AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @10:49AM (#272449)

    Yeah, that's not how it works.